Do you know how to properly take care of your air conditioner or heat pump in severe weather? Lots of things can happen to an air conditioner if it is not properly taken care of. HVAC units are built to withstand a tremendous amount of wind, rain, heat and cold, but special precautionary measures should be taken in certain instances to preserve the longevity of your outdoor units. Robinson Heating and Cooling is here to help you increase the longevity of your air conditioner and heat pump!
First, there is no need to cover up your air conditioner or heat pump when it is simply raining or snowing. Covering up your outdoor unit can actually really hurt the interior mechanisms. For example:
Rodents can build nests inside covered air conditioners or covered heat pumps. The cover provides a nice, safe, dry, warm place for them to squirrel away into. Rodents may chew through the wires inside the outdoor unit, causing shorts in circuitry or killing the entire machine. They may die inside, causing an unpleasant smell. Rodents may also strip your Freon lines for nest-building, causing your lines to be uninsulated and vulnerable to weather.
Lack of airflow encourages the growth of mold and other plant life. Mold and mildew growing inside your air conditioner will not negatively affect your health in any way, but it can decrease your unit’s efficiency by cutting down on airflow. Over time, this may cause damage to the unit as it tries to compensate for the efficiency loss.
Moisture will still get in. Even if you are trying to keep all moisture out of your HVAC unit, it will still find a way in. Humidity in the air will bring moisture inside a sealed air conditioner or heat pump, evaporation from the ground can bring water up into the cover, or melting snow or rain may puddle around the base and splash up into it.
Severe weather, on the other hand, requires proper care of your air conditioner or heat pump. Severe weather happens frequently in Wisconsin, so knowing how to prepare your outdoor HVAC units can help keep your air conditioner or heat pump up and running for years to come. When severe weather, such as a blizzard or thunderstorm, is on its way, a few precautionary steps can be taken to prevent or reduce damage to your HVAC unit.
Turn off whatever heating or cooling units you have running. A power surge can cause damage to your heating or cooling system. Unless you are caught in a blizzard and need heat, turning off your heating or cooling units can potentially prevent lots of property damage.
If severe winds are present, cover your outdoor HVAC units. Strong winds can blow debris into your unit or cause heavy objects to fall onto it. Covering your air conditioner or heat pump can prevent or reduce damage to the outdoor unit. Be sure to remove the cover after the storm has cleared.
Remove loose yard furniture. Loose things in your yard such as patio furniture, toys, and tools can cause damage to your home, including your outdoor HVAC units. Removing them from your yard previous to a storm may prevent hundreds of dollars in damage.
If you notice damage to your air conditioner or heat pump after a storm, contact us or give Robinson Heating and Cooling a call at (920) 490-3394.
Natural gas has it’s advantages. If you are thinking about switching from a fuel oil boiler to a natural gas boiler, here is a list of reasons detailing how switching can benefit you, your home, and your wallet:
No more oil. Natural gas is typically piped into your home, cutting down on maintaining the oil in the boiler and eliminating the need to run out and buy some in an emergency. Oil also smells and produces lots of soot. Natural gas is odorless when in use and produces very few emissions, helping out the environment and cutting down on cleaning time.
Save money. Natural gas costs less than oil. Because natural gas is also far more efficient, it will also cost less to heat your home, saving you hundreds of dollars a year in heating costs. A natural gas boiler also tends to cost less; the units are cheaper to produce than oil burning boilers.
Help the environment. Natural gas is cleaner than oil to burn, produces less soot, and the way it is obtained is better for the environment. Natural gas is gathered from pipes run deep underground; no oil wells or drills are required.
Are you thinking about replacing your boiler? This is a high efficiency, modulating Triangle Tube Solo 110 Boiler with a SMART40 Indirect water heater that we installed in De Pere, WI that replaced an old, inefficient fuel oil boiler. This new unit operates via natural gas, making it easier to use, more efficient, and is far better for the environment, as it cuts back on emissions and soot. This boiler/water heater will now heat all of the water for the space heating in the home as well as the domestic hot water the customer uses in their home. This change will save the customer hundreds of dollars in heating and water heating bills every year.
A dying furnace has its warning signs, but they might not be inherently obvious. Here are a few hints that it may be time to replace your furnace:
Your furnace is old.When properly maintained, the average lifespan of a furnace is 15 to 20 years. If you’ve had your furnace for a while, it may be time to replace it completely. Check out our specials for more information on saving money when replacing an HVAC unit in your home!
There are hot and cold spots in your home. Uneven heating can occur when a furnace begins to get older. If you are sure that cold areas in your home aren’t due to poor insulation, your furnace may be to blame.
Airflow is poor. If you can’t actually feel the air coming from your vents, there’s a problem with your furnace.
Your bills are on the rise. This may be the most obvious sign that your furnace is on it’s last legs. An old furnace is less energy efficient, resulting in more energy usage and, yes, higher bills. If you feel that you are paying more for heat now than you were a few years ago, it’s most likely due to a dying furnace.
If you’ve tried replacing your furnace filter and it doesn’t seem to be helping much, it may be time to call Robinson Heating & Cooling to talk about replacing your furnace. Call (920) 490-3394 or fill out the form on this page for more information!
With winter fast approaching, Robinson Heating & Cooling is here to help you prepare for the cold while saving money on heating bills. It can be very easy to forget to winterize your home until it’s almost too late. Don’t be caught unawares; begin winterizing your home when it is still consistently above 50 degrees Fahrenheit outside.
Begin by winterizing your outdoor equipment and areas outside your home. Robinson Heating & Cooling can assist you in winterizing your air conditioner, which will require draining hoses and performing a basic cleanup before shutting down your A/C for a period of months. Cleaning your roof of any debris and checking for loose branches on trees around your home will prevent possible damage that may happen due to snow build-up. Any exposed pipes should be insulated and secured before freezing occurs.
Indoors, first check for drafts around windows, doors, light switches, and power outlets. Seal any problematic places with a door or window sealant, or with specialized insulating plastic sheeting. Turn down your water heater and thermostat-for every degree you turn down your thermostat, you save 3% on energy bills.
Finally, call Robinson Heating & Cooling to schedule your yearly tune-up for your heating systems. Optimize your home’s heating system and save money on your winter energy bills! For more information on replacing HVAC units in your home, see our installations page.
Did you know that most HVAC manufacturers void the warranty on your HVAC unit if yearly tune-ups are not performed on the unit? It is highly recommended that a tune-up be administered every year to each of your HVAC units; this includes your furnace, air conditioning system, boiler, water heater…if you have it, a tune-up is almost certainly necessary.
Robinson Heating & Cooling understands that paying for multiple tune-ups a year can become very costly. To help alleviate costs without compromising service, we offer the Preferred Residential Customer Maintenance Agreement. This program is designed to help our customers save money and time by offering discounts on parts, priority when scheduling appointments, reduced cost in labor, and much more. Contact us using the form on this page or by calling (920) 490-3394 for more information on signing up!