Month: December 2018

Should I Clean My Ducts?

Plenty of home-improvement projects fall by the wayside as we follow the routine of the week. While there are a couple that demand our attention, it’s usually because our home will fall into disarray if we don’t fix them immediately. Cleaning your ducts is not one of them. Sometimes this job goes unnoticed for years before a homeowner discovers something horrifically wrong with the air and decides to do something about it.

Cleaning your ducts is a comprehensive, foolproof way to ensure your family breathes clean, healthy air. It freshens your home and can even produce benefits you might not realize were possible. Here are a few reasons cleaning your ducts is beneficial – all from the friendly folks at Weeks Service Company!

It Reduces Pollutants and Increases IAQ

Since ducts are more or less out of sight, it can be hard to tell when they need work. It’s only when your home suddenly resembles a dust tornado that we realize something needs fixing. However, this doesn’t happen all at once. The factors that create these situations build up over time.

That’s where duct-cleaning comes in. Performing this job will eliminate the pollutants that reside in your ducts, which improves your home’s indoor air quality.

You’ll notice significantly cleaner air – and that especially goes for anyone in your family that may suffer from allergies.

It Also Eliminates Mold

Just like how airborne pollutants take up residence in your ducts, mold can do the same. If your ducts haven’t been cleaned in a while, then moisture collects up there and becomes a fertile breeding ground for mold-producing spores.

But by cleaning your ducts, you get rid of that unwanted moisture. In addition to getting rid of the existing mold, a technician can also help you eliminate the things that led to mold growing in the first place.

It Optimizes Your HVAC System

Cleaning your ducts also has benefits that extend beyond clearing your air – although that’s a terrific thing by itself. When you schedule someone to perform this job for you, you’ll also probably notice a notable improvement in your home’s heating cycle.

When your ducts are cleaned, your furnace is able to funnel hot air through your home more efficiently. There are fewer obstructions in its way, which means it won’t have to work nearly as hard to heat your home. So, your home heats itself easier and you don’t have to pay as much in energy bills? Sounds like a win-win.

Duct Cleaning from Weeks Service Company

Most experts recommend you have your ducts cleaned every 3 to 5 years. That ensures that you’ll keep your home’s air quality at a decent level and your air will circulate without any stressful hiccups.

If it’s about time to have yours cleaned, Weeks Service Company has you covered. With more than 40 years of experience, our team will be able to perform any job quickly and efficiently – and we’ll do it right the first time.

Give us a call at 346-595-7575 to see how we can get your ducts squeaky-clean in no time!

Why Do Air Conditioners Ice Over?

There aren’t many things that instill as much frustration and aggravation as finding out your outdoor HVAC unit has iced over. And, yes, even though we’re in the winter and temperatures have dropped, it’s still possible for your condenser to freeze. To get it fixed, all you’ll need to do is give us a call – but that doesn’t explain why it happened.

As it turns out, there are a couple of primary reasons why your condenser could ice over. Just follow along with this quick explainer from the pros at Weeks Service Company! We’ll do our best to help explain why this might happen, so that you know how to better avoid it in the future.

There’s Bad Airflow

A lack of airflow accounts for a vast majority of AC freeze-ups. However, there isn’t one catch-all explanation for why that happens. That said, there are a handful that can usually explain it. Each one is equally possible, although you can usually eliminate a few of them just by checking something quickly.

  • Blocked/Closed Vents: When the exhaust openings are closed or obstructed, airflow gets backed up, which means your AC can’t get rid of cold air. Voila, frozen unit.
  • Old Air Filter: You should be changing out your air filter every 30 days or so, but if you forget then you could easily encounter this aggravating issue. The results are similar to what happens when you block your vents.
  • Clogged Evaporator Coil: This coil is what expunges the old air from your circulation. When it gets clogged, the air that normally gets expelled has nowhere to go, and it freezes your AC over.

Refrigerant Problem

Refrigerant, or more specifically, freon, is the chemical that runs through your AC system. It’s responsible for cooling and heating the air, and when it leaks, the whole system grinds to a halt. You’ll notice a lack of properly heated or cooled air, and more often than not you’ll see a frozen AC unit.

The only way to fix this is by repairing the leak – adding more refrigerant won’t help. Another potential issue comes from improperly charged refrigerant, which will manifest itself in the same way that a leak would.

Other Potential Causes

Although restricted airflow and refrigerant problems account for the majority of AC freeze-overs, there are a couple of other potential causes. If you’ve run your AC when it’s cold outside, your unit could freak out since it won’t be able to handle the abundance of cold. A malfunctioning blower fan can lead to a frozen unit, and a loose or broken component in the unit itself can do the same thing.

Weeks Service Company: Your AC Experts

No matter what the cause, a frozen outdoor unit isn’t fun. It makes your day-to-day life more difficult, and it makes you want to pull your hair out. Whenever you think you may have this problem on your hands, just give us a shout!

Weeks Service Company’s team of knowledgeable technicians can handle whatever your home throws at you, and we’ll do it right the first time.

Give us a call at 346-595-7575 for more information