Celco Heating and Air Conditioning Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Norwalk’

Heat Pump Repairs: Refrigerant Leaks

Monday, February 5th, 2018

service-timeModern HVAC systems are generally well-designed and you can count on trusted manufacturers to build them to last. There’s been plenty of time over the decades to innovate and to work kinks out of the systems. This applies to everything from the boiler to the heat pump. No mechanical system is going to function at a level of 100% reliability, though. Even the best systems fall prey to operational issues from time to time. Some of them are fairly simple fixes.

If you do use a heat pump, however, you really need to report any signs of trouble right away. Heat pumps, like central air conditioners, are reliant upon the refrigerant cycle in their operation. If you encounter a refrigerant leak in your system, then it is possible for that system to suffer serious damages when the problem is ignored or, as is often the case, simply unnoticed. In today’s post, we’ll be discussing what refrigerant does in the system, signs of refrigerant leaks, and how low refrigerant can affect your heat pump in Norwalk, CT.

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Why Does My Heater Keep Starting and Stopping?

Monday, January 8th, 2018

dog-under-blanketIf your heater is up and running and producing heat, then you may think that everything is just fine. This is not necessarily true, though, and that is a lesson that too many homeowners wind up learning the hard way. In fact, you should never wait for your heater to break down completely before scheduling repairs. There are plenty of other problems that will develop leading up to such an event, and they all deserve to be taken seriously. This is the case with short cycling.

Today, we are going to look at what short cycling really is, as well as the problems that may cause it—and the problems caused by it. While short cycling may not cause your system to break down immediately, it is going to take its toll over time, and it will produce a number of negative effects along the way. It gets too cold around here to take any such chances with your heater in Norwalk, CT.

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How Does Geothermal Heating Work?

Monday, December 25th, 2017

geothermal-systemThere are a lot of ways in which homeowners may choose to keep their homes warm and cozy throughout even the coldest days and nights of the year. While most people are familiar with traditional heating systems like boilers and furnaces, there are other options out there to consider. The fact that you may not yet be familiar with geothermal heating, for instance, does not mean that it is not worth your attention. In fact, geothermal heating has many unique benefits to offer homeowners.

It is important to note that a geothermal heating system, like any other heater, is not going to be ideal for every home or homeowner.  For those that can and do take advantage of geothermal systems, however, the rewards are many. Read on to learn a bit more about how geothermal heating works, and why you may want to consider using a geothermal system in Norwalk, CT. As you’ll see, it is vital that you work with trained professionals when having your system installed and serviced, so be sure to keep us in mind.

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HVAC Tips: Signs That You Need Heating Repairs

Monday, November 27th, 2017

cold-manWinters in New England really can bring a picturesque image to mind, and it is an image that the reality of snow-covered hills can often fulfill. As beautiful as winter in this part of the country may be, however, your overall enjoyment of it is going to depend upon a number of factors. Your commute, a good pair of boots, and, of course, the overall performance quality of your home heating system. If your heater is not functioning properly, no amount of idyllic scenery is going to make winter enjoyable.

The key to avoiding discomfort during the winter season is not to guarantee that your heater cannot and will not encounter operational problems.  That level of reliability is simply impossible for any mechanical system. Rather, it is to recognize the signs of trouble with your heater early on, so that you can schedule prompt heating repairs. The sooner that you do so with the Norwalk, CT HVAC professionals on our team, the better off your heater and your comfort will be.

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HVAC FAQ: Why Choose a Radiant Heating System?

Monday, November 13th, 2017

in-floor-heatingWhen you live in Connecticut, you know to expect cold and snowy weather throughout the winter season. That means that you also know how important it is to have a great heating system installed in your home. If you have a home under construction or are ready to replace your existing heating system, though, you may be wondering what type of heater to move forward with. One that is well-worth your consideration is the radiant heating system. Today, our Norwalk, CT HVAC pros will help you to understand why.

We should also note before we go any further that the installation of a radiant heating system is a pretty big undertaking. The ideal time for the installation of a system like hydronic in-floor heating is at the time of construction or during renovations. You’ll see why just below. That being said, you can count on our professional heating technicians to guarantee that your new heating system is expertly installed and functioning at peak performance levels.

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Take Advantage of Our Residential AC Maintenance Program

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Spring has finally arrived: the season of air conditioning maintenance. You may not think of spring that way, but it is good to keep AC maintenance in mind as this part of the year begins. Before moving into the hot weather of the summer, it is wise to take precautions to see that the cooling system that will keep your home comfortable is up to the task.

Air conditioning maintenance isn’t a minor chore that you can do on your own; it’s a professional job that requires HVAC technicians with special training and experience. To sign up for an excellent residential AC maintenance program in Norwalk, CT and throughout Fairfield County, call up Celco Heating and Air Conditioning today. Our maintenance plan will not only see that your air conditioner is ready for the summer, it will also take care of your heater in the fall and deliver you other benefits as well.

Why a professional maintenance program is beneficial

Signing up for a residential air conditioning maintenance program isn’t just a good idea: it’s mandatory if you want to receive a full life from your AC and keep energy bills under control. Each year that an air conditioning system goes without routine maintenance from a professional, it will start to lose its energy efficiency, raising the cost to run it. This increase in operating stress will also cause the system to age faster and need to have a replacement much earlier.

An air conditioning system that receives regular maintenance will also suffer from fewer repair issues and a reduced chance that it will break down during a hot summer day. Simple peace of mind that your AC will keep working through the hottest months of the year is perhaps the best benefit of routine maintenance.

The maintenance program from Celco Heating and Air Conditioning has some other important advantages to consider: you will receive a 15% discount on our other services; you’ll be able to jump to the head of the line when you need fast assistance; and we will give you a 10% discount off duct cleaning. You also won’t need to worry that you’ll forget to schedule maintenance every spring: our technicians will contact you to remind you when your system is due for its regular inspection and tune-up.

To find out more about our excellent residential AC maintenance program in Norwalk, CT, just give us a call today. It’s never too soon in the spring to get started with preparing your air conditioner.

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How Can I Get Zone Control in My Home?

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Zone control is a unique feature in some homes, but one that nearly any homeowner can benefit from. With a zone control system, you’ll get individual thermostats installed in each room or zone, which any family member can control separately from the other rooms. This helps to keep everyone more comfortable, and it can save homeowners a lot of money. If you shut off the air and heat or adjust the temperature in a room that goes unoccupied throughout the day, you can potentially save hundreds of dollars in heating or air conditioning bills over the years. And a zone control system can help to keep temperatures even in homes where maintaining consistency is difficult, such as those with multiple floors or unusual architectural designs.

If you’re worried that your current forced-air air conditioning system cannot accommodate zone control, never fear. Most ducted heating and AC systems can be modified to include zone systems. Dampers are installed throughout the ductwork in any area of the home you’d like to control separately from the others. These dampers open and close to increase or decrease airflow. Each damper hooks up to its own thermostat, but you can also control all of the thermostats at once with a master thermostat.

This job will require a specialist. The technician needs the proper tools in order to cut access holes into the ductwork. Furthermore, the technician must select the proper size and shape of damper for the job and the ideal location in the ducts for the damper to perform most effectively.

Don’t have any ductwork for zone control in your home? Renovating your home to accommodate ductwork is quite a task to take on, and can be rather inconvenient and time consuming. However, you can still get zone control when you choose a professional for ductless AC installation. This is not the same as those noisy window units to which you may be accustomed. Ductless ACs contain an outdoor unit just like a traditional split system air conditioner and several indoor air handlers mounted high up on the walls. Each air handler comes standard with its own thermostat for built-in zone control, and these are some of the most efficient systems for those without any ducts.

Call Celco Heating and Air Conditioning to learn more about how you can get ductless air conditioning or forced-air zone systems in Norwalk.

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Repairs Your Generator May Need

Monday, September 8th, 2014

With the colder weather season approaching, you will probably start thinking more about your whole-house generator and if it is ready for the possibilities of power outages during stormy weather or other emergencies. A generator that needs repairs and is in danger of failing the moment it’s first needed is no better than no generator at all, so make sure that you have all necessary repairs for the system done before winter arrives.

The best way to discover if your generator needs repair work is to arrange for regular maintenance. You should always have an inspection and tune-up for the system during the fall so a technician can find out if there are any repairs the generator needs done.

To schedule maintenance for your generator, call Celco Heating and Air Conditioning. We specialize in maintenance, repair, and generator installation for Norwalk, CT.

What sort of repairs might a generator require before the winter? Here are few of the more common ones:

Sealing leaks

If your generator uses stored heating fuel (propane, oil, gasoline), it might develop leaks if left without attention for too long or if it sustains damage due to the weather. Technicians will locate any places where leaking is occurring during a maintenance check and handle the repairs to seal them up.

Repairing natural gas fuel line

If a connection to a municipal natural gas line is available, most homes rely on gas-powered generators because of their convenience and dependability. However, it’s possible for low-flow in the gas line to impair performance, or for the line to become blocked. Technicians can safely resolve this problem. (It is very important that you do not try to tamper with a natural gas line on your own.)

Replacing corroded spark plugs

Spark plugs can suffer from corrosion, causing them to fail. Usually, repair technician will simply replace the corroded plugs for new ones.

Lubricating motors

The motors inside the generator need to have occasional lubrication to keep them from suffering from mechanical stress and possibly burning out.

Fixing electrical components

Like spark plugs, the wiring in a generator can start to corrode over time, and this will affect the proper flow of voltage. Wiring can also fray, severing connections. Technicians will replace and tighten wiring where necessary.

Keep in mind that if your generator received poor, amateur installation in the first place, it will either encounter problems with overloading your home’s circuit breaker panel or fail to provide you with adequate power when you need it. There is usually little that can be done to repair a generator that is the wrong size for a home, and often the best route is to have professionals replace it with a new unit. If you think the only way to solve the repair problems is with new generator installation in Norwalk, CT, contact Celco Heating and Air Conditioning. We offer full service for generators and have 24-emergency service so your back-up generator is ready whenever you need it.

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How Dehumidifiers Help Your Air Conditioning

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Here is something you may not have known about your air conditioning: it helps to dehumidify your home. The evaporator coil in the inside cabinet removes heat from the air, but as it removes heat it also removes moisture, which gathers along the coil and then drips down into a pan and a drainage system. When you hear the sound of water inside your AC, that’s water vapor behing removed from your home’s air.

There is a bit of bad news to this bite of information, however: an air conditioner’s dehumidifying power is rarely enough to make your home more comfortable, or to protect it from the dangers of high moisture levels. Air conditioners are not designed specifically to dehumidify; to handle that properly, you need to have a dedicated whole-house dehumidifier installed into your ventilation system.

We will see that your air conditioning gets the full benefit of a quality whole-house dehumidifier.

For assistance choosing among the many available dehumidifiers in Norwalk, CT, call Celco Heating and Air Conditioning and speak to one of our indoor air quality professionals.

How does a dehumidifier help my air conditioning?

The main job that a dehumidifier does for your home is make the people inside it more comfortable. When humidity is lower, the human body can easily release heat through sweat. As the vapor level in the air increases, evaporation through sweat slows down, and the body feels hotter because of trapped heat. With a dehumidifier working for you, your home will feel cooler. And that means you will need to run your air conditioner much less in an effort to keep cool. In situations with very high humidity, the comfort resulting from the power of a well-installed dehumidifier will be enough that you can cut your air conditioning use by 30%, which will lead to significant savings. (The dehumidifier does require power to run, but it is negligible compared to running the AC.)

The reduction of work the air conditioner must do also means the air conditioner will not wear down as fast. You can expect fewer repairs visits from technicians and a system that will last longer before needing replacement.

The lowering of humidity also means less moisture condensation inside the air conditioner. Too much condensation moisture in an AC can cause clogs in the drain from the growth of algae, and you will end up with an overflowing pan and water damage around the air conditioner.

Should I have a dehumidifier installed?

If your home is always stuffy, hard to cool, and you often find water moisture on your windows and other surfaces, then you should definitely invest in a whole-house dehumidifier. For a second opinion, call Celco Heating and Air Conditioning, where dehumidifiers in Norwalk, CT and other parts of Fairfield and New Haven Counties are one of our specialties.

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3 Advantages of Modular Commercial Air Conditioning

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Keeping your business cooled down during a long summer is vital for protecting your revenue. An overheated building means unproductive employees and unhappy customers and clients.

Searching for the right commercial air conditioning in Norwalk, CT may seem intimidating, but you only need to find the right professional commercial HVAC installer to handle the work (contractors who only do residential installations are not suitable) and most of your worries will vanish.

Call Celco Heating and Air Conditioning today and talk to our commercial air conditioning specialists about how we can cool down your business.

One of the options you have is modular air conditioning, and we’ll explore this possibility here.

What is modular air conditioning

Modular ACs are commercial units that come in separate modules able to integrate in a variety of ways and sizes. The purpose of these systems is to shift away from the traditional installation style of putting in a system from the ground-up at a business. Instead, the modules are created off-site, and the installers select a configuration of the different modules to fit with a business’ size and layout, all without sacrificing customization.

What are the advantages of modular ACs?

  1. Fast, phased installation: Putting in a modular air conditioning system does not have to be done all at once, causing a shutdown of your business while the work is done. You can easily tailor the installation schedule around your work, and not the other way around. Because the modules are smaller than a traditional central system and already completed off site, they can be quickly installed.
  2. Easily increase the cooling load: Modular systems come in units of 12-ton, 15-ton, 20-ton, and 25-ton modules to fit your cooling requirements. These can be put together into units up to 50 tons of cooling power. You don’t have to replace a smaller system for a newer one if your business grows and needs additional comfort levels.
  3. Efficiency: The individual modules of modular ACs are extremely durable, capable of dealing with weather extremes. Because of their rooftop location, they are easy for repair technicians to access out of the way of your workspace.

Although modular commercial air conditioning for a Norwalk, CT business may sound like the ideal answer for your comfort, it isn’t perfect for every company. You will need to consult with commercial HVAC experts; they will survey your workspace, make important heat load calculations, and recommend which systems can provide you with the comfort you and your employees/customers need.

Celco Heating and Air Conditioning takes pride in the service we offer for commercial heating and cooling. Since 1976, we’ve kept businesses in Fairfield and New Haven counties shielded from the weather outside.

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