• The Dangers of Old and Unmaintained Water Heaters

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    Aging water heaters can present risks for your home, some more severe than others. You might deal with an inconvenient lack of hot water, or you could experience a sudden leak that causes extensive water damage to your home. Your heating and air conditioning specialist can help you understand how water heaters should be maintained, how often they should be checked, and when it’s time to replace them to avoid issues:

    Catastrophic Leaks

    Many old water heaters can develop leaks. Even a slow leak can cause damage over a short period of time, which can be especially problematic if you’re not at home when the leak occurs. You could come back home to a giant puddle of water soaked into your carpet as well as an empty, non-functional water heater.

    Scalding Water

    The thermostats inside old water heaters may lose their ability to accurately read temperatures. This could cause your system to activate too often or for too long, bringing the temperature of the water inside the tank to dangerous levels. Scalding injuries can occur if your water heater suddenly delivers water that is too hot, which is why you should have yours inspected and maintained on a regular basis.

    Water Quality Problems

    Old water heaters can also experience corrosion issues and mineral buildup. Depending on the water in your area, excessive hardness can shorten the life of your existing water heater by depositing minerals inside the tank and on the anode rod. The anode rod is designed to prevent corrosion of the tank walls; it can no longer function when caked with minerals. Rust and debris may also deposit in your potable water supply, adversely affecting taste and quality. When enough sediment, debris, and minerals have built up, your water heater becomes expensive to operate and delivers water that isn’t warm enough.

    Estes Heating & Air Conditioning can help you avoid these problems by repairing, inspecting, or replacing your water heater. Visit us online or call us at (678) 733-9791 to schedule an appointment today.

  • Understanding How Air-Source Heat Pumps Work

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    A heat pump is a highly efficient companion to your existing HVAC system . It can help you save energy and provide you with both heating and cooling while using less energy. A heat pump is similar to an air conditioner in that it uses refrigerant and coils, but instead of generating heat, it simply moves it from one place to another.

    Evaporation and Condensation

    Like an A/C, a heat pump uses evaporation and condensation for heating and cooling. A heat pump system contains two coils, and either one can function as an evaporator coil or condenser coil depending on the flow of heat. The refrigerant in the system is evaporated in one coil, absorbing surrounding heat. The refrigerant is then transferred to the other coil, which condenses it back into a liquid and releases the stored heat. The air handler inside your home blows air over the indoor coil, either distributing hot or cold air as necessary. Depending on whether you need your home heated or cooled, the evaporation can occur inside or outside of your house.

    Heat Transfer

    An air-source heat pump absorbs heat from the surrounding air during the evaporation stage. When the evaporator coil functions outside, heat is absorbed and then released during the condensation phase inside your home. This transfers heat from the outside in. The opposite occurs during cooling. This is why air-source heat pumps are so versatile—not only can they be used year-round, but they can also complement your existing HVAC system by using less energy during mild days. This means you only need to use your air conditioning or heating system during the hottest and coldest times of the year.

    To find out if a heat pump is right for your home, call Estes Heating & Air Conditioning of Atlanta at (678) 733-9791 today. We can help you save energy and enjoy comfortable temperatures for less.

  • Focus on Filtration: A Guide to Furnace and AC Filters [INFOGRAHIC]

    As a homeowner, maintaining a clean, safe home and an efficient, cost-effective lifestyle are likely among your top priorities. While energy-efficient design, appliances, and daily practices are all great ways to cut costs on utilities, even minor things like HVAC air filters can make a big difference for your health and your savings. Keeping up with proper HVAC maintenance is a vital part of ensuring your equipment is working efficiently and effectively to heat or cool your home. Take a look at this infographic from Estes Heating & Air Conditioning, an Atlanta heating and cooling company, to learn more about your home’s furnace and air conditioner filters. Share this information with your friends and neighbors to spread the word about functional filtration!

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  • Take A Look At These Sites To Learn More About Furnace Problems And Heating Efficiency Ratings

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    You deserve an efficient heating and cooling system that you can count on to keep your home comfortable year-round. Estes Heating & Air Conditioning is dedicated to providing unmatched customer service for all of your installation, service, and repair needs. Click on the links below to learn more about common furnace problems and how to improve your HVAC system’s efficiency:

    No matter your heating or air conditioning needs, Estes Heating & Air Conditioning provides superior quality at affordable prices. Check our offers online or call our Atlanta office today at (678) 733-9791 to schedule a service call.