Handling Emergency Heating and Air Conditioning Repairs

Heating and air conditioning are essential elements of comfortable home living in most, if not all, residential properties. However, there will come a time when your system will succumb to wear and tear and need a little TLC. Often, HVAC repair issues will spring up at the most inopportune times. As emergency HVAC repairs can be quite difficult to deal with, you’ll need the steady hand of expert technicians.

On Servicing Thermostatic Expansion Valves

Servicing a Thermostatic Expansion Valve

Thermostatic expansion valves generally offer worry-free operation and are highly reliable. If they’re malfunctioning it’s usually not because of something wrong with the valve itself, but rather a problem somewhere else is expressing itself symptomatically in the TEV. If you’re going to have to be servicing a TEV it means you’re either fixing an issue somewhere else, or you’re going to be replacing the TEV due to an improper installation. If you’re lucky however, the issue could be fixed with a superheat adjustment.

Causality in Servicing TEVs

More often than not when you’re on a service call and dealing with a malfunctioning TEV you’re not going to be doing much, if any, fiddling with the TEV itself. Flooding, starving and hunting can be caused by a direct malfunction of the TEV by debris in the lines getting caught inside the inner workings, from an improperly installed valve, or improperly set superheat. Installing a filter-drier ahead of the valve can remedy any issues with debris in the valve body.

Servicing Thermostatic Expansion Valves

For this you’re going to need your gauges and your thermocoupler. In order to diagnose an issue you will need to attach your gauges and you’ll also want to measure amp draw. A restricted TEV will cause amp draw to be low since the compressor doesn’t have to work as hard and a flooding TEV will cause amp draw to be high. Remember to let the system run for at least five minutes before attaching your gauges.

With gauges attached and system running, locate the bulb and remove it from the line.

You’re going to need to replace it in exactly the same position to mark, photograph, or remember how and where it was attached. Hold the bulb in your hand and watch the gauges. The high side should drop substantially as the TEV opens to supply more refrigerant. If the pressure does not change substantially then the TEV is likely stuck. Next, immerse the bulb into a cup of cold water.

The high side pressure should increase as the TEV closes to restrict the flow of refrigerant. If it doesn’t, again it is likely stuck.

If the TEV is hunting excessively, this is caused by either an oversized TEV or an improperly installed one. Replacement will be necessary if that is determined to be the case.

Remember to reattach the bulb to the line set before packing up. Remember, if the line is 7/8 or smaller, install the bulb at 12 o’clock. If it is larger than 7/8 then install the bulb at 4 or 8 o’clock.

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From 10,000 B.C. to 2016: The History of Air Conditioning

Did you ever wonder why our cave dwelling ancestors preferred dark and dank environments to the open air?

The answer is simple: the early hunter-gatherers hung out in caves because they were trying to protect themselves from the elements. In the winter they gathered around cave fires to stay warm, but in the summertime the natural air conditioning of caves offered a welcome respite from the wilting heat of the sun.

Air Conditioning through the Ages: Milestones and Highlights

Human beings are a curious and inventive species, and a good part of our collective creative energies have been invested seeking ways to improve home comfort.

Modern air conditioners are a pinnacle of technological achievement, but long before the invention of the first mechanical air conditioner in 1906 men and women were busy devising methods to keep their homes and public buildings cooler during the summer.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the great moments in air conditioning history …

In ancient Egypt, homeowners hung water-drenched reeds in their windows to cool the hot desert breezes. Contact with the water reduced the temperatures of penetrating winds dramatically, allowing the reeds to function as a primitive type of window-mounted air conditioner.

Around 1,000 B.C. the first handheld fans were invented in China. These fans came in both rigid and folding forms, and the latter in particular are still a popular gift item. The Chinese also invented a manually-powered rotary fan that was a forerunner of the electric fans we use today.

The ancient Greeks were the first to discover the utility of ductwork systems for whole-house heating or cooling. They invented miniaturized aqueduct systems that piped cold water throughout their homes; indoor air temperatures were reduced as the water absorbed heat from the surrounding atmosphere, and the water supply was continuously replenished to keep the process going.

Roman Empire architects were pioneers in the use of ductwork for the delivery of heated or cooled air. They incorporated open channels under the floors of their residential, commercial and public structures, which allowed warm or cool air to be dispersed throughout those buildings.

In the ancient Middle East, vented towers that harvested cool air flowing through underground tunnels were added to the interior of many buildings. These tall, cylindrical air conditioners functioned all year round, which was vital in desert climates where the arrival of winter brought little relief.

During the 19th century, Victorian architects began designing homes that included curved ceilings and large windows on every floor. This eliminated stuffiness by promoting significant air flow and cross-ventilation, and needless to say it also helped keep indoor temperatures quite moderate even on the warmest summer days.

Don’t Move to a Cave this Summer, Call All Climate Heating & Air Conditioning Instead

The first crude mechanical air conditioner was invented at the turn of the 20th century by an engineer named Willis Carrier, and from those modest beginnings decade after decade of fantastic innovation has brought us to where we are today.

At All Climate Heating & Air Conditioning we are thrilled to bring you the next generation of energy-efficient, money-saving air conditioners from Bryant, the foremost name in 21st century home climate maintenance. In a highly competitive field Bryant beats them all, and we are proud to act as their representative in the greater Seattle area.

If you are in the market for a new air conditioner please contact All Climate right away. It has taken centuries for the technology of air conditioning to reach its peak of excellence, and we can help you reap the benefits of the amazing history of innovation that has brought us to where we are today.

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Stopping Mold Growth in Your Commercial HVAC System

Mold contamination is bad news for any business, including yours. Airborne mold spores can trigger allergic reactions, cause significant property damage and blemish your reputation in the community.

Cleaning mold isn’t impossible, but the best strategy to manage the problem is to prevent mold outbreaks from occurring in the first place. Taking proper care of your commercial HVAC system is a vitally important part of this mission, since heating and cooling equipment and the infrastructure that supports it are extremely vulnerable to the predations of this hardcore invasive fungus.

Mold Grows Where Moisture Collects

The battle against mold is really a battle against moisture accumulation and dampness. Mold spores need chronically humid environments to take root and grow, and in HVAC systems in particular ideal breeding grounds for mold tend to proliferate.

In large-scale commercial HVAC systems, mold can often be found in prodigious quantities in or on:

  • Duct work interiors
  • Cooling coils
  • Condenser drain pans
  • Humidifying equipment
  • Dehumidifying equipment
  • Return-air plenums
  • Cooling towers
  • Outdoor air intakes
  • Grills, screens and air filters (when clogged by dust and debris)

In some instances poor drainage allows water to collect in pools that can turn into toxic stews of microbial life, including bacteria as well as mold and other types of fungus. Meanwhile other areas inside commercial HVAC systems suffer from perpetual dampness, helping mold spores gain a solid footing from which to spread outward.

Cleaning and Preventing HVAC Mold Infestations

Mold fighting strategies in HVAC systems require thorough, inch-by-inch inspections of every possible area where mold might be found. If and when it is found, the affected parts should be vigorously cleaned until all traces of mold have vanished.

Treatment to prevent future mold growth in all vulnerable areas is the next step, preferably using fungicides, disinfectants, cleaning solutions and protective coatings that are environmentally benign and EPA-approved.

Before you hire any company to handle these tasks, you should make sure their technicians have extensive training and plenty of first-hand experience in this area. As they proceed you should monitor their actions carefully, to make sure they take protective measures to ensure mold contamination is contained and not accidentally spread to previously unaffected sections of your HVAC system.

All Climate Heating & Air Conditioning Hates Mold

Regular duct work cleanings and annual maintenance inspections are two of the best ways to prevent mold outbreaks in your commercial HVAC system. So if you happen to live in the Seattle area you are in luck, because All Climate Heating & Air Conditioning has expertise in both.

Mold is a sneaky invader, and you can never rest easy assuming you won’t have a problem. But All Climate can help you manage your mold risk to the point where it becomes virtually non-existent.

We invite you to call us today about all your commercial HVAC maintenance needs. Be sure to ask about our money-saving annual service plans, which offer affordable cleaning, tuning and maintenance procedures on a regular basis.

Duct Cleaning: Scam or Worth it?

The air ducts in your home work hard every day circulating the air you breathe and heating and cooling your home. So they deserve a little love and attention, right? Not necessarily. Duct cleaning services are offered by most HVAC service providers, but before you pay for it, make sure it’s really worthwhile.

Routine Duct Cleaning Isn’t Always Necessary

If someone tells you that all air ducts should be cleaned regularly to remove dust, mold, and other dangerous contaminants or to make your system run more efficiently, you are not being given the whole truth. There is no evidence that the typical home needs regular duct cleaning or that doing so improves indoor air quality. What can help your system run more efficiently is the regular cleaning of registers, motors, fans, coils, and the air handler. Let a professional do this and your furnace and air conditioner will run more efficiently and use less energy.

When You Should Consider a Duct Cleaning

While regular duct cleaning isn’t needed for most normal situations, there are times when you should consider it. In these cases you will want to rely on a professional HVAC service provider to do the job for you.

The Ducts Have Mold Visible

Mold can be very dangerous and can negatively impact the health of everyone in the home. Most duct systems will not grow mold, but it is possible. If you see mold growing in them, a professional cleaning is a good idea to make sure you are not breathing it in your indoor air.

Your Home Was Recently Renovated

Renovations and remodeling projects kick up a lot of dust. You may even have had asbestos or lead paint that needed removal. All of that can accumulate in the ducts if you didn’t have them well sealed off during the work. Duct cleaning will remove the debris, dust, and contaminants.

Animals Have Gotten into the Ducts

If animals have gotten into your ducts they may be nesting or could even have died in there. The result is that dander, fur, and other contaminants could be in your air. You can eliminate these with a good professional duct cleaning.

Someone in the Home Has Allergies or Asthma

Respiratory illnesses like allergies and asthma can be made worse by dust or other allergens in the ducts of your home. If a family member seems to get worse symptoms in the house, you may need a duct cleaning to take care of it.

An offer of a professional duct cleaning is not necessarily a scam. There are several situations in which it makes sense to pay for this service. Just watch out for anyone trying to sell you on a regular cleaning when you don’t have any of these special situations in your home.

For more information about duct cleaning and everything else you need to know about HVAC services, follow the All Climate Heating & Air Conditioning blog.

Destress Heat Pump System

Keeping your family warm in the winter and cool in the summer is what your heat pump system does best. As the summer months are leaving, it is time to consider having HVAC maintenance on your system, if you haven’t already. Here at All Climate we provide a variety of maintenance services to make sure you’re not left out in the cold this winter. Whether you realize it or not, there are some major maintenance steps that need to be taken to prevent problems when those temperatures drop.

Why Do I Have To Have Maintenance?

Your heat pump system runs double duty all year long. That means it doesn’t get a break during the year unless the temperatures are nice and it’s not running. Your heat pump system is always on duty. By performing annual maintenance between the changing of seasons, you can make sure everything is running in tip-top shape to keep your family cozy and comfortable. It will also save you money as you know your unit is running at its top efficiency. It can help you avoid costly repairs and emergency service calls when the temperatures drop low. Take a look at a few things that you can do and that our team will do for your annual maintenance.

Change Filters

This is a step you can take and it should be done each month. Clogged and dirty filters make it hard for the heat pump system to do its job. You should always change out your filters each month or at least every 60-90 days.

Outside Unit

Make sure you remove any debris from around the outside unit. You do not want to cause issues with the heat pump system’s outdoor unit by having the air flow blocked by limbs, grass clippings, or dirt and debris. Whenever you are outdoors, it’s a good idea to check around the unit and get rid of any items you see that may cause a problem.

Call Your HVAC Company

The biggest step you can take in helping your heat pump get through the winter is by calling us here at All Climate for your annual maintenance inspection. Our team will inspect the heat pump itself, ducts, and other aspects of your system to ensure it’s working properly. When our technician comes out they will treat your home with respect, just as they would their own. They’ll take a look at the heat pump system and let you know if any heating repairs are needed as well as clean the system itself. Fixing small repairs now helps you avoid costly repairs later on.

When it comes to caring for your heat pumps, remember that HVAC maintenance is the answer. Your heat pump system pulls double duty and doesn’t just have one season of work such as a furnace or air conditioner would. You must take care of your system to ensure you get the longest life possible out of the unit. Typical units last 10 to 15 years if they are taken care of properly. HVAC maintenance will help you get all those years out of your system.

Schedule your annual maintenance now so that when winter hits you’re prepared for the cold temperatures. Whether you need maintenance, service, or even a new installation, we have you covered. Don’t let your HVAC system go without a routine check-up each year. You can save yourself time and money in the long run. Call our office today to set up your appointment for annual maintenance and service on your current system. You can rest assured our highly trained technicians will take care of your HVAC needs and have you cozy and comfortable in no time.


Fall AC Maintenance

Get Your Air Conditioner Prepared for Shutdown

Fall is finally here and this means you can turn off your air conditioners and simply enjoy the fresh air. Open a few windows and let the cool breeze freshen your home and provide you with a cool and comfortable space to enjoy. As you prepare for the heating season, you are not quite finished with your air conditioning system. At All Climate, we suggest you undertake fall AC maintenance. Have your air conditioning system serviced at the end of the year to ensure the unit is ready to be shut down before the winter season. This way, you AC unit will be ready to function properly as you prepare for another summer in the months to come.

You may be wondering what you can do to prepare your air conditioning unit for downtime during the winter. There are a few steps you can take to have a clean and prepared AC system. Below are simple ways to get you started on fall AC maintenance before winter begins.

Air Filter

The air conditioning system works hard to cool the home and in the process will remove dirt and particles from the air. These particles are caught in the air filter of the unit, which can quickly become dirty with allergens and pet dander. It is best to check your air filter once you are done operating your air conditioning unit. You can remove the dirty air filters and replace it with a clean and fresh one. This way, the unit will be ready to operate if it provides heating as well or you will have a fresh filter in the system for when summer arrives next year. This is a critical step in fall AC maintenance.

Outdoor Condenser Cleaning

Strong winds, rain, dust and leaves can easily dirty up the condenser coil of your system. The coil is located on the outdoor portion of your unit, which is subject to the elements. Clear away any leaves, weeds or tree limbs that may be in the way of your unit. Once you have done this, use a water hose to rinse off the coils. Keep the pressure of water minimal to ensure the fins do not bend under the pressure of the water. You may want to leave the cleaning up to the professionals, like our technicians, who have years of experience in cleaning HVAC systems and undertaking fall AC maintenance.

Professional Fall AC Maintenance

Because you have limited knowledge of air conditioning systems, it can be best to leave the fall AC maintenance servicing to the experts. Contact our office at All Climate to schedule a fall AC maintenance service appointment. We have more time during the off-season to help with air conditioning maintenance. The fall AC maintenance service option will include an examination of the outdoor and indoor equipment of your system as well as any repairs needed. Lubrication and adjustments plus cleaning will take place to ensure your unit is ready to rest for the winter season.

Prepare Your AC for Winter

Once you have your cooling system shut down the winter, you will be ready to prepare for the heating season. From a furnace unit to central systems, All Climate can help you with servicing, repairs and maintenance. Our technicians have experience in all areas to ensure your unit will be working correctly and efficiently. We can assist you with a new installation before winter, to help you get the most out of your winter heating needs.

Contact our office today to learn more about our many heating and cooling services. We are ready to assist you with all service options and can provide a comfortable space to relax indoors while the temperatures outside continue to dip below freezing!

Air Conditioner Repair Or Replacement?

Air Conditioner RepairDeciding whether to repair or replace your current air conditioner system can be quite a daunting task. Here at All Climate our technicians are highly trained and certified to answer all your questions on your air conditioner system. With their assistance you can make an informed decision on your question of air conditioner repair or replacement. They will inspect your home and your current unit to help you figure out what the best option would be.

Knowing what to look for when you’re deciding on air conditioner repair or replacement is key in making a smart choice. Sometimes a repair will work and other times you’re just wasting money if you choose that route. Here are a few things to consider when you’re looking at the repair or replace question.

Air Conditioner Repair

There are three main items to look at if you’re going for air conditioner repair instead of replacement.

First, what is the expectancy of the air conditioner repair once it is done? Will the system last for years to come or will it most likely need to be repaired again in a short time? Considering how long the repair will last is critical to knowing whether this step is the way to go or not.

The second item to consider is the efficiency of the unit. If you undertake air conditioner will it run as efficiently as possible? Sometimes an air conditioner repair is all you need to get the most out of your unit. It might be a simple fix and you’ll have years of efficient cooling on your hands. Other times the air conditioner repair may make your system run but it will be a huge drain on your energy bill and consumption.

Third look at the current condition of your air conditioning unit. Is it running smoothly? How long has it been in your home? What is the condition of the system as a whole? These questions can help you determine whether you want to consider an air conditioner repair or replacement.

Air Conditioner Replacement

When looking at replacing your system you want to consider a few items. How many times have you had to repair your current system? When was the system installed? Is it up to date with maintenance? These questions can help you to know whether or not replacing the system is a good idea or not. Talking with our trained technicians can also lend you some guidance on which route to go.

Most units have a life span of 15-20 years depending on how well the system is maintained. If you are keeping up with repairs and maintenance then it can last you a good long time. If it hasn’t been maintained well, the life span can be much shorter.

Replacing your system is a major cost to you and there are some plans in place to help with that. One thing to remember is when you’re updating your unit you’ll have a more efficient system. This means your energy drain will be lower and so will your monthly power bill. There are also federal tax breaks and credits from your energy companies when you install an energy conserving unit.

Deciding whether to undertake air conditioner repair or replacement can be quite an overwhelming task. Talking with our trained technicians at All Climate and getting an inspection can help you to make an informed decision.

If you’re faced with having to decide on repairing your current unit or replacing it, give our office a call. With an estimate on costs and a plan of what will work best, our technicians can have you cozy and comfortable in your home again in no time.

About All Climate

Here at All Climate we are always eager to help you and provide you with the right information. Never settle for a company that is going to give you false information on how you should operate your thermostat. Here at All Climate we want to save you money so we will do all we can to make sure that your monthly utility bills do not cost you a ton of money. Contact us to learn more about new units and the many servicing options we can provide your home.

Take a look at this brochure to see if you are interested in Geothermal. Call us today, and we will explain the features and all the advantages of geothermal systems to you.

HVAC Tune Up Steps

HVAC Tune UpTaking care of your home furnace and air conditioner system is critical to getting the most life out of the system. HVAC tune up is important. For your HVAC system to run properly, maintenance has to be done annually or semi-annually depending on if you had any issues with the system.

Maintenance, or, HVAC tune up, helps to make sure your system is running efficiently at all times. You can work with one of our highly trained staff members here at All Climate. There are some steps you can take yourself to make sure your air conditioning system runs at it peak at all times. Learning the HVAC tune up steps to take for your furnace or air conditioning unit will help you to rest easy that your system is ready to face the temperature changes. If you’re not ready to work on your system yourself, here’s a look into what our technicians will do for your system.

Air Conditioner Tune Up

Checking out and tuning up your air conditioner system is important for the summer time heat. Here are a few steps that you might see when our technicians come to check out your system.

  • Clean and wash condenser coils
  • Clean or replace your air filters
  • Lubricate moving parts
  • Make sure the system is on  level ground
  • Clean and examine the evaporator coil
  • Clean and calibrate the thermostat if needed
  • Test the system start up
  • Make sure all safety controls are in working order
  • Measure the Freon in the system

Furnace Tune Up

When working on your furnace it’s important to remember to be safe at all times. Here are a few items that our technicians look at when working on your system:

  • Inspect all the components of the system and tighten them if needed
  • Clean and adjust main gas burners
  • Vacuum out the blower compartment
  • Inspect the flue
  • Test and make sure all the safety controls are in working order
  • Test and adjust gas pressure as needed
  • Clean and lubricate blower motor
  • Repair minor leaks

 While these are not all the steps in inspecting your furnace, these are a few of the main ones that explain a little about what the inspection entails. You’ll find that our technicians take their time and examine the whole system to ensure you stay warm in the winter.

HVAC Tune Up By a Professional

The steps are similar for your HVAC tune up as well. You’ll find that having a certified technician like those at our All Climate office can make a huge difference. When they arrive at your home for maintenance you can trust that they will get the job done swiftly and efficiently. Proper care for your system is important to ensure your home stays cozy and comfortable at all times.

If you’re interested in regular maintenance then be sure to ask about service agreements. These can help you save money in the long run and keep your system protected. We offer great service agreements to help you keep up the regular HVAC tune up and maintain your HVAC system, furnace or, air conditioner in top form all the time.

Whether you’re getting a HVAC tune up, need repairs on your furnace or just need to compare maintenance agreements, our highly trained staff can assist you. Trust our technicians to make sure your system is ready to face whatever the outside temperatures throw at it. Be sure to schedule your regular maintenance and tune up today so you can be confident in your heating and cooling system. You’ll be glad you did when those hot temperatures hit and your system runs smooth and easy.

About All Climate

Here at All Climate we are always eager to help you and provide you with the right information. Never settle for a company that is going to give you false information on how you should operate your thermostat. Here at All Climate we want to save you money so we will do all we can to make sure that your monthly utility bills do not cost you a ton of money. Contact us to learn more about new units and the many servicing options we can provide your home.

Take a look at this brochure to see if you are interested in Geothermal. Call us today, and we will explain the features and all the advantages of geothermal systems to you.

Energy Savings Tips

Energy SavingsStaying cool in the summer is a huge ordeal if you do not know what steps to take to make the most of your energy usage. You can easily cool your home and keep your family happy without breaking the bank. Learning a few energy savings tips and ways for heating and cooling your home can help you to reduce your consumption and your power bill each month.

One age old question that many people ask is – should they leave their doors open or closed when running the AC unit. Your air conditioning unit works hard when the temperatures rise and maybe you believe that shutting the doors helps. Take a look at these tips below and learn how our team All Climate air conditioning can help you make the most of this summer.

Shut the Doors or Leave Them Open?

Many are under the assumption that by shutting off rooms that are not in use you are helping to stay cool. This is not really the case. When you shut the door you put more strain on your HVAC system. By closing your door you are blocking the air flow it needs to stay cool. The pressure in the room will push the air out through cracks and crevices. That also means when it is pulling air in it is not running through the system as it comes through windows or doors. It is not filtered air and it can be bringing in pollen, dirt and allergens that can mess up your breathing. When not cooling a room, leave the door open to have ample energy savings when you use the air conditioner again.

Keeping Cool in the Summer

Leave the doors open and consider adding in these few items to help you keep cool. Run your ceiling fans to keep the air circulating in all rooms. It helps you to feel a breeze and you may be able to run your thermostat up a few degrees. That step alone can contribute significantly to your energy savings.

Make sure your air filter is changed on a regular basis. This helps your system run efficiently which means you do not overwork the system. It also helps to make it easier to breathe when you have those who suffer from allergies in the home. Be sure to also talk with our technicians about an air purifier to help keep your air clean of allergens.

Regular Maintenance of Your HVAC

Maintenance on your cooling system is critical to getting the most life out of your unit. Schedule regular maintenance on your air conditioner to check for leaks, repairs and to clean the unit. Your technician will come out and help you to find small repairs now that could turn in to costly fixes if left alone.

Maintenance alone can add 10-20% to your energy savings and extends the life of you HVAC systems.

Have You Looked at Your Windows?

Consider installing window treatments that help to block the heat from coming in during the summer. These can be stylish and serve a purpose by keeping cool air in and hot air out.

Duct leaks can cause your cool air to escape before it ever makes it into your home. When your technician comes out to check your unit, they’ll check this too to repair any duct leaks you may have. By repairing leaks and closing up windows and door leaks, you can keep the cool air where it belongs, in your home.

Taking these steps in keeping your home cool and allergen free make it easy to relax and breathe easier in your own home. Staying cool in the summer can be difficult when those temperatures reach triple digits. These steps will ensure your energy savings are on track and help you worry less and live more comfortably.

Be sure of your system and rest easy knowing that you’re ready to face whatever temperatures may come with a visit from our All Climate technicians. You’ll be glad you did when you’re enjoying the cooler temperatures inside without any other problems.

About All Climate

Here at All Climate we are always eager to help you and provide you with the right information. Never settle for a company that is going to give you false information on how you should operate your thermostat. Here at All Climate we want to save you money so we will do all we can to make sure that your monthly utility bills do not cost you a ton of money. Contact us to learn more about new units and the many servicing options we can provide your home.

Take a look at this brochure to see if you are interested in Geothermal. Call us today, and we will explain the features and all the advantages of geothermal systems to you.