Professional Heating & Air Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Walker’

Control Humidity Levels in Your Home

Monday, March 20th, 2017

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Humidity levels can be just as trying as high temperatures in Louisiana, and while most local homes are focused on temperature control during our steamy summer months, muggy weather can be just as devastating as hot weather. People tend to lean on their air conditioners to take care of the problem, and while that works – crudely – it also adds a great deal of strain to your system. A better solution is the installation of a whole-house dehumidifier to control humidity levels. Here’s a quick breakdown of how it all works.

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Get Your AC Replaced Before Spring

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Walker, LA is quite warm for most of the year, and our winters are brief in the extreme. January is one of the few months where our air conditioners aren’t called upon to work on a regular basis. If yours is getting older, you might be concerned about its ability to get you through another long Louisiana summer. Now is the perfect time to consider your options and plan for a replacement if your system is ready to be put out to pasture. But how can you determine that? We have a few suggestions for you.

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What Happens When Furnace Burners Won’t Work?

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

Most homes in the Walker, LA area use gas forced-air furnaces to heat their homes in the winter. They’re simple and effective, and they make a great fit for our warm Southern climate. Furnaces depend on burners for their heat, and when the burners don’t work, there’s a big problem. The good news is that a trained repair services can usually take care of the problem quickly and effectively.

How Burners Work

Burners in gas furnaces rely on natural gas for fuel. They burn it below a heat exchanger – a shaped piece of metal that effectively transfers the heat to the air (which can then be blown into the ducts of your home with a fan). That’s more energy efficient than just letting the gas burn in the air. But that also means that any problems with the burners need to be addressed quickly. At best, a few burners knocked out of commission will lower the efficiency of the heater a great deal: increasing wear and tear on the rest of the unit and raising your monthly energy bills to boot. At worst, they can shut the entire system down completely.

What Causes Burners to Fail

Sometimes, burners will shut off automatically, to prevent a gas leak or present a similar type of hazard. In these cases, the problem usually lies elsewhere, such as a leak in the gas lines or a faulty ignition system. Burners can often become clogged with dirt and gunk as well, preventing them from running. And in some cases, wear and tear, can take their toll, or they may suffer damage from misadventure or something similar.

Regardless, you need a qualified repair service to diagnose the issue and find a solution. The friendly professionals at A Professional Heating and Air are on the job for you!

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Signs of a Duct Breach or Leak

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Most folks in the Walker, LA area rely on a system of ducts to move conditioned air (whether hot or cold) from their HVAC system into the rest of their home. It’s a safe and effective way to make sure your household is comfortable, and with the ducts themselves usually hidden behind walls on in spaces like the attic, damage to them is relatively uncommon. Sometimes leaks do spring up, however, and worn bolts or damage from other sources could open up a breach in your duct systems. This is a significant problem since it leeches your system of efficiency: raising your monthly bills and adding strain to other components in your system that can increase the likelihood of a breakdown. But how do you spot a breach if it’s hidden in an out-of-the-way location? Here’s a brief list of symptoms for you to look for.

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Is Your AC Outdated? The Latest Government Info

Monday, October 31st, 2016

It’s been a long and brutal summer here in Walker, LA, marked by high temperatures, catastrophic floods and enough weather-based mayhem to fill an entire decade. We hope that your air conditioner has weathered it all as well as you have. With temperatures falling, now is the time to discuss a government mandate that might affect your unit. If the air conditioner in your home uses R-22 refrigerant, you need to give your friendly service professionals a call immediately.

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Common Problems with Old Air Conditioners

Monday, September 12th, 2016

We’ve still go some hot weather to come here in Walker, LA, where summers are long and winters brief. And with months of steady work already under its belt — to say nothing of possible problems caused with recent flooding — you  need to make sure your system is still running the way it should. This is especially the case with older systems, which may be showing more wear and tear than normal, and which are particularly vulnerable to breakdowns this time of year. Spotting a common problem with your old air conditioner can give you a jump on making repairs, and may even prevent a wholesale breakdown. The list of issues can include:

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Should I Consider a Ductless Mini-Split System?

Monday, August 1st, 2016

If you’re in the market for a new air conditioning system, we know that you have to move quickly. The heat here in Walker, LA is brutal this time of year, and a replacement air conditioner may be your top priority. Depending upon your home, you might want to consider a ductless mini-split system in lieu of a traditional centralized air conditioning system. Why? There are a number of good reasons, though as always, the final decision is yours. Here’s a few facts to help you out.

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The Benefits of a Dehumidifier

Monday, July 4th, 2016

If you live in Walker, LA, you don’t have to be told how much of a problem high humidity levels and be in the summertime. The moist air can feel like a wall, and if you can’t address the condition appropriately, then your home is apt to be adversely affected in a number of ways. High humidity prevents sweat from evaporating off of your body, making it feel hotter than it is and forcing your air conditioner to work harder than it should. 

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Easy Steps for Air Conditioning Efficiency

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Summer has arrived — in deed if not in word– and here in Walker, LA, that means making sure your air conditioner is working at its very best. Timely repairs are part of that, but there are other steps you can take to keep your system running, and running efficiently. That last part is just as important as the first, for while your system need to be ready to go every day, that doesn’t mean it should cost you an arm and a leg in the process. You can take a few easy steps for air conditioning efficiency and ensure that this summer’s cooling bills don’t break your budget in half.

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Common Misconceptions about Air Conditioning

Monday, May 9th, 2016

We’re already into May here in Walker, LA and a warm spring is already promising a very hot summer. That means you’re going to need your air conditioner to function at its peak every day. Not only that, but you need it to do so without wasting any unnecessary energy or driving your bills up higher than they should go. Many homeowners harm their own cause on this front with some common misconceptions about how air conditioners work and the best way to make use of them. By clearing up those misconceptions, you can save yourself a lot of cost almost by default.

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