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Preparing your Furnace for Winter It’s still warm here in Charlotte, NC but temperatures will soon begin to fall and winter will be here before you know it! By tuning up your furnace before winter arrives, you can help ensure you and your loved ones remain comfortable this winter. If you’re like most people, it’s been awhile since you last turned your furnace on. There’s a lot that can happen to your furnace during Spring and Summer so it is imperative that you don’t wait until that first cold snap to turn the heat on in your house. To make life easy Charlotte Comfort Systems offers a furnace tune-up valued at $130 for only $89. The furnace tune-up process includes the following: Check thermostat calibration Clean and adjust furnace burner assembly Clean and adjust furnace burner assembly Clean furnace ignition assembly Check combustion air Test furnace starting capabilities Examine heat exchanger for damage and corrosion Monitor flue draft Test furnace safety controls Inspect gas piping Measure for correct air flow Tighten electrical connections Measure volts and amps Lubricate all moving furnace parts Clean condensate drains Measure temperature difference between supply air and return air Adjust gas pressure Adjust pilot Monitor heating cycle In place, clean and adjustment of...View Article
By PAMELA SAMPSON Associated Press By PAMELA SAMPSON The Associated Press ATLANTA-As the U.S. tries to phase out a polluting refrigerant that is used in millions of air conditioners across the country, unapproved coolant is popping up on the market — with potentially dangerous consequences. The FBI is warning people to be on alert for refrigerant substitutes that have not been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency. Some contain propane, which is flammable and can explode or catch fire if, for example, a technician servicing an air conditioner gets too close to the coolant while soldering. So far, the explosions have been rare. The problem has cropped up as the U.S. phases out R-22, a chemical used for decades as a refrigerant in air conditioners and refrigerators. Because R-22 destroys the ozone layer, it is being banned globally under an international treaty. The EPA is guiding the switch over to ozone-friendlier refrigerants, and has listed approved ones on its website. The phaseout caused prices of R-22 to skyrocket, increasing the demand for cheaper, unapproved replacements, many of which are made in China and sold on the black market. Products like “Super Freeze 22a” have been selling mostly online or over...View Article
Switching from R-22 to R-410A Refrigerant Today, almost every modern air conditioning system purchased in the United States is outfitted with R-410A refrigerant. For those of you who aren’t aware, R-22 was used in most A/C systems worldwide for decades until an international agreement was reached through The Montreal Protocol. The approved replacement refrigerant for R-22 is R-410A. Beginning on January 1, 2004 the systematic removal of R-22 began in the United States. By 2020 chemical manufacturers must completely stop the production of the R-22 refrigerant and the U.S. must decrease its use of R-22 type refrigerant by 99.5%. What you should know: R-22 was found to be hazardous to the earth’s ozone layer because of environmentally unfriendly hydrochlorofluorocarbons. Every new home air conditioner sold in the United States is designed to handle the R-410A type of refrigerant. Air conditioning systems that utilize the new R-410A refrigerant operate at a significantly higher pressure than those that operate with the intent of using R-22. This means units currently operating with R-22 will not be able to be charged with R-410a. Once an R-22 system reaches the end of its service life, it must be replaced with a new R-410A system. Newer...View Article
Despite our long winter here in Charlotte, we are beginning to see the early signs of Spring. We wanted to share a few tips with you that will help to make sure you have uninterrupted comfort during the upcoming air conditioning season. First and foremost- make sure your air conditioner will turn on. Switch your thermostat to the cooling setting and lower the temperature to create a call for cooling. If your air conditioning system didn’t start at all, some common problems people have are faulty thermostats, improper thermostat settings, blown fuses, and tripped circuit breakers. If you replace the fuse or reset the circuit breaker and your system stops working again shortly thereafter, we recommend you call a technician immediately as you may have a problem that should be handled by a trained technician. If you turn on your air conditioner and cold air is coming from the vents but you feel like the air flow is weaker than normal, you might have debris in or around the air conditioning evaporator or condenser coils. It’s a good idea to go ahead and move any objects surrounding the outside A/C unit to another location for optimal air flow. If you feel the...View Article
As the Charlotte Knights begin play in their new Uptown facility, BB&T Ballpark, Charlotte Comfort Systems and Lennox are excited to be proud partners of the team. Get to the ballpark and be on the lookout for special promotions and offers.
Cold Weather Tip- Heating your home also means you need to be aware of the potential for carbon monoxide poisoning. Oil and gas heaters are known to be involved in more of these kinds of problems. Be safe. Replace the batteries in both your carbon monoxide AND smoke detector.Test both devices to be sure they are working properly. The pros here at Charlotte Comfort Systems want you and your family to be comfortable and healthy all winter. Leaky Ducts – Take this quick survey to find out if you are in need of HVAC service.
It is getting colder here in Charlotte. The frigid temperatures are a constant reminder to stay warm both inside and outside the house. We know the challenge to find new and creative ways to stay warm but also saving money. Here are some tips and tricks that you can utilize to get the most out of your heating system. Let’s start with the things that have no cost but big impact:
Your family’s comfort during the Holidays is at the top of your list… and ours. But staying comfortable month after month does not happen automatically. It takes effort to keep things running smoothly. To help you stay on track we offer a furnace inspection for just $89.
Each year Charlotte Observer readers vote for their favorite businesses in the metro area. We are proud to be included in this year’s top three in the Heating and Air Services category. Thanks to you, we are still keeping Charlotte comfortable with our expert service and quality products. We appreciate your vote! Other News – Have You Heard?