Lehigh Valley HVAC Troubleshooting Tips

Posted on: March 26th, 2014 by Brett Lewis

It is spring again and there are many reasons to love this season. It means enjoying time with your family and friends outside. It’s the chance to wear your shorts, flip flops for adventure trips. It also signifies the end of polar vortex; and spring is also the time to check that your air conditioning system is functioning properly as temperatures will be above average. So, watch out for the heat!

But what are you going to do if your residential HVAC is not working properly or produces little cooling? Don’t panic if this happens. Instead, try the following HVAC troubleshooting tips and solve the problem.

Tip#1: Change your Thermostat Batteries

Basically, a thermostat allows users to control the temperature inside the home by controlling the functions of a cooling system. It comes in various kinds namely electromechanical, digital manual and digital programmable. Electromechanical thermostat is considered the oldest type while digital thermostats are quite popular nowadays.

Digital thermostats can be powered either with the power from the furnace or with batteries. If powered by batteries, it is recommended that you change or replace them especially if there is no power at the unit.

In order to prevent the thermostat from shutting down or from malfunctioning, it is best to change the batteries once a year.

Tip#2: Check the Programming/Setting of your HVAC System

If you’re using a digital programmable thermostat, make sure that you program it according to the temperatures you need and at what time of the day. The use of pre-programmed settings can definitely save energy costs.

But in case you’re doing it manually, ensure that the thermostat or main control switch is “on” and set to a temperature, which will turn the unit on. Check if the thermostat is in the “Cool” position and not set to “Off” or “Heat”.

Tip#3: Make Sure that the Breakers are On

Make sure that the breakers, as well as the disconnects, are all on. Likewise, ensure that the circuit breaker has not tripped. In case you found out that the breaker is tripped, try resetting it by shutting it off and then turning it back on. If the problem continues, check the wiring in the furnace for sign of damage and have it repaired immediately.

Tip#4: Examine the Air Filter

If you have noticed that your HVAC system does not keep you cool, a dirty filter may possibly caused it. A dirty filter slows down airflow; hence, change it regularly or every three months.

Having a clean filter is important. It will not only prevent dust and dirt from blocking or destroying the system but will also make the system operate efficiently.

Tip#5: Do Tune-Ups

Make sure your HVAC system is in shape to keep you cool this spring. One way to do that is to have a system tune-up. Inspect the following parts of your air conditioning system including the thermostat, electrical wiring, compressors, capacitors, air ducts, and the like.

It is highly advised that you conduct a yearly tune-up of your HVAC system to improve its efficiency and prevent unwanted problems and expenses. You may seek the assistance of a technician in performing an air conditioning tune-up. Usually, an expert inspects and clean the condenser, the outdoor disconnect, and the coolant levels and pressure.

Celebrating 30 Years in Business

Posted on: March 10th, 2014 by Brett Lewis

R.F. Ohl is celebrating 30 years of being in business. Come check out our 5 day celebration at the end of March.

In the video, Steve Ohl talks about all of the fun activities that we be taking place between March 25th through March 29th.

30th Anniversary RF Ohl

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Spring Is Coming: Time For An HVAC Tune-Up

Posted on: March 9th, 2014 by Heating Oil Guru

This is the time of year when the snow will begin to melt away and after a long and burdensome series of winter storms and cold winds, the green lawns will start to appear once again. But with those days of fierce and harsh cold, we ‘re sure that you aren’t thinking about your air conditioning system. However, once the warmer temps of spring hit and the birds start waking us up in the morning with their songs, it is an ideal time to have your HVAC system serviced. Allentown HVAC tuneup, Stroudsburg HVAC tuneups or anywhere in between, now is the time to start thinking about making your appointment.

Scheduling an HVAC tune-up is a simple as calling R.F Ohl at (610) 624-4827.

Allentown HVAC Tuneup

Why perform regular HVAC Maintenance?

Efficiency is the first thing that comes to mind. Having an efficient heating and cooling system allows it to run at it’s optimal levels and helps you to conserve energy. Regular maintenance also helps to pro-long the unit’s lifespan.

There are a few things that you can do as a homeowner to keep you system in good shape. For example, you can replace the system’s air filters on a routine basis. However you’ll still need to call in the professionals to perform the actual tune-up. When it comes to actually tuning up the entire HVAC system, we recommend a regular schedule, or bi-annual to be specific. A good rule of thumb is to use daylight savings time as your reminder to schedule the tune-up. These are the ideal periods right before the peak of the heating and cooling seasons.

1 – Thermostat Setting

It is always recommended to have a programmable thermostat at home for your HVAC system. Using a thermostat means you are in total control of effectively heating your home for the winter and then cooling it for the summer. Part of the seasonal tune-up is checking the settings in order to guarantee that the system is indeed doing its function based on what it is programmed to do.

2 – Electrical Connections

Electrical and system components should likewise be inspected. Remember that broken or disconnected connections may result to inefficient or even inoperable HVAC system. Also, there will be greater possibility of component failure or even accidents.

3 – Lubrication

Any kind of machine or equipment with moving parts need lubrication and your HVAC is no exception. Know that if those moving parts lack lubrication, there will be more room for friction and it usually means affecting the entire system’s efficiency. Likewise, the lack of lubrication causes the moving parts to deteriorate and wear out faster than expected.

4 – Condensate Drain Inspection

Be reminded as well that when the drain for condensation in your air conditioner or heat pump is hindered and obstructed, the resulting problems will include not just water damage, but also high levels of humidity as well as mold and bacteria growth.

5 – System Startup and Shutdown Settings

In order to make sure there is optimal operation, the startup and shutdown cycles in your HVAC system must also be check in order to guarantee everything is running the way they’re supposed to.

6 – Moving Parts

All of the moving parts are inspected and if needed, they are adjusted to correct any loose or misalignment.

7 – Refrigerant

Your refrigerant levels are checked and if needed, refrigerant is added back into your system. We also look for and diagnosis leaks.

We are all looking forward to spring, but remember that the dog days of summer are just around the corner and that means the start of the air conditioning season. So take the time now to call for an HVAC tune-up so you can stay cool during the pending hot summer months. Click here for more information on our HVAC service plans.

Allentown Propane Supply Issues & Recent Acquisitions

Posted on: March 3rd, 2014 by Brett Lewis

The winter of 2014 has proven to be challenging creating some pricing jumps in propane and electricity. Watch this video to learn more about why we are seeing fluctuations in propane and electric pricing.

Coping With The Winter

Posted on: February 19th, 2014 by Brett Lewis

This has been a harsh winter for many households in the Northeast. In this interview, Steve Ohl discusses the winter’s impact and he gives some pointers on how to deal with the snow and cold temperatures.

After a small technical problem, we were able to wrap up this video segment – here is the remainder of the video: