Archive for the ‘HVAC Preventative Maintenance’ Category

The Nose Knows – Dirty Sock Syndrome

 

Earlier this month, a school in Arlington with a number of indoor air quality issues received back an environmental analysis that had a peculiar-sounding HVAC ailment you may not have heard about before now – Dirty Sock Syndrome.  It may sound like a very made up name, but it’s actually a very real and common problem.  In the last few weeks alone, Southern Comfort Mechanical’s staff has fielded calls for HVAC service in Corinth, The Colony, Lantana, Flower Mound, Coppell, Lewisville and more, all reporting an unusual odor emanating from their heating and air conditioning systems.  They used colorful language to describe the smell – it’s like a “locker room,” or “dirty gym clothes,” or “stinky feet” – so it’s no wonder where Dirty Sock Syndrome got its name.

The district said it has already removed allergenic mold that was on the coils of heating and cooling units… http://bit.ly/2kPyxDy

Posted by FOX 4 News on Wednesday, February 8, 2017

But, just what is Dirty Sock Syndrome?  Dirty Sock Syndrome is caused by a buildup of mold and bacteria within your unit.  The indoor evaporator coils and heat pump of your Corinth air conditioning system are a perfect environment for bacteria and fungi, especially as you quickly transition from warm to cold and back frequently.  In the so-called “shoulder seasons” of the year, when the daytime and nighttime temperatures fluctuate significantly, your system is doing exactly that.  As your unit cycles out of cooling in the afternoons, the coils begin to defrost, the ice evaporates and the warmer, moister dark and dusty environment inside your unit allows these microbes to flourish.  Eventually this breeding ground produces enough waste product and decay that it becomes noticeable to the human nose as the warm air of the system pushes the odor out into your home.

Is Dirty Sock Syndrome a health hazard?  Generally, no.  While mold and mildew and bacteria are all pretty scary words on their own, typically, unless you or someone in your family is immuno-compromised or incredibly sensitive to mold and allergens, Dirty Sock Syndrome is unlikely to cause any ill effects unless left untreated.  Delaying treatment will only increase the number of bacteria and mold spores that contribute to the smell and further deteriorate the indoor air quality produced by your Highland Village air conditioner system.

How can I prevent Dirty Sock Syndrome?  Like most illnesses, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure for Dirty Sock Syndrome.   Mildew, bacteria and mold need dust and other debris to truly thrive, so preventing foreign particles from entering your system is of primary importance.  Choose a high-quality air conditioning filter that can stop Dirty Sock Syndrome before it starts.  Change filters regularly for both your family’s health and the health of your air conditioning system.   Periodically cleaning your evaporator coils with a non-acidic solution is also recommended as part of your routine heating and air conditioning maintenance.  Having your Lantana AC system regularly serviced, such as with Southern Comfort Mechanical’s Comfort Club Service Plan, is a further measure that helps ensure your heating and air conditioning system’s overall health.

How to get rid of Dirty Sock Syndrome?  If your Flower Mound air conditioning system is emitting a certain gym locker smell, you may already have Dirty Sock Syndrome.  If you have performed preventive maintenance and changed your filters as scheduled, and you still have a pervasive odor, it’s time to call Southern Comfort Mechanical and request a professional coil cleaning for your affected Corinth AC system.  Our skilled technicians can help identify if there are any contributing factors to the odor you may not have considered and can clean and treat your coils with expert care.

 

 

 

Early Fall is the Optimal Time for Heating Maintenance

With the temperatures fluctuating in the 80s and 90s in the Lewisville, Lantana and Flower Mound areas lately, it probably feels strange to think about your home heating system right now.  But take a look at your calendar: Fall is here, and the famously temperamental Texas weather is sure to deliver cooler temperatures when we least expect it.  Although you may not turn on your heater until November, now is the ideal time to prepare it for the heavy lifting ahead.

Why Early Fall is the Optimal Time for Heating Maintenance

  • Convenience – Because you do have the luxury of a bit more time, you can plan your appointments ahead of time to better meet your schedule.  Waiting until you need your heating system and finding out there’s an issue at the last minute is decidedly inconvenient, and puts you at risk of going longer without heat.  Take advantage of the time you have and schedule your maintenance today.
  • Preparedness – Fall weather is often unpredictable. You never know when the first chilly, rainy day may blow through. It’s prudent to have a heater that’s in prime condition and operating reliably long before the official start of winter.
  • Prevention – Maintenance on your system before you need to fire it up for the first cold day will identify any repairs that need to be completed well in advance.  If anything does come up that requires scheduling a separate furnace repair, you’ll have the benefit of being able to plan ahead.

To take some of the guesswork out of maintaining your heating and air conditioning system, we suggest signing up for the Southern Comfort Mechanical Comfort Club, which includes two seasonal preventive maintenance appointments and notification when your system is due for servicing.  In addition, the program provides other benefits.  To learn more, please visit our Maintenance Program page.  We pride ourselves on being the best heating and air conditioning company servicing Lantana, Lewisville, Flower Mound and the surrounding areas and look forward to helping you maintain your furnace properly so that you get the most out of your investment.

What is Preventative Maintenance and Why do I Need It?

 

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We know that as a homeowner in the Flower Mound, Corinth, Lantana, or Lake Dallas area, you’ve invested a great deal in your HVAC system. Even if you’re not homeowner, there’s probably been some time or another when your air conditioning system has failed you. In the Texas heat, this is no joke and it’s definitely no fun. So what’s the vital key to keeping your home’s heating and air conditioning system healthy? It’s simple, really. Regular preventative maintenance. But what does preventative maintenance actually entail?

When you schedule a maintenance call, we’ll send one of our licensed and certified HVAC technicians to your home to do an overall comprehensive cleaning and analysis of your system which includes the air conditioner or heat pump, the furnace, the evaporator coil, etc. While they’re doing this, they’ll make sure that everything is operating and running properly while also making sure that nothing needs to be replaced or repaired. In most cases if something like an air filter needs to be replaced, this is the time to do it and your A/C service tech will take care of replacing items such as these.

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Another important part of a maintenance check-up is a safety check. Your technician will check your system to look for any safety concerns such as cracks in your heat exchanger or gas leaks. This is an extremely crucial checkpoint as carbon monoxide leaks could be severely harmful to you and your family and in some cases, even fatal. If you have a CO detector, the tech will also check that to make sure that it works accordingly and that there aren’t hazardous levels of gasses in your home.

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Once all that has been checked, your technician will clean any parts or components of your HVAC system that you can’t do on your own. If any air conditioning repairs need to be made, your technician will either complete them during this visit or schedule a time at your convenience to come and fix any issues found during the maintenance check.
If you have any questions at all about your HVAC system or anything related to it, don’t hesitate to ask your technician. They are trained to help you and answer any question you might have in great detail and with helpful suggestions. You can also always call our office at 972-420-1700 if you have any questions about your heating and cooling system.
At the end of your maintenance check-up, you will receive a report written up that will review and summarize what the visit entailed and what the technician did if any repairs or replacements were made at that time.

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Through our Comfort Club maintenance program, you can get regular inspections on your air conditioning and heating units. And At Southern Comfort Mechanical, if you’re a Comfort Club member, we’ll always remind you of your bi-annual check-ups–one in the spring (before it gets too hot) and one in the fall (before it gets too cold). We save our customers money in the long run by doing maintenance work on your units and keeping your systems working efficiently. When you use our service plan, you also get discounted prices if you should require an air conditioning or heating repair anytime throughout the year. If you’re not a Comfort Club member, please call us before you get stuck in the heat this summer! Use this coupon if you’re a first time customer with us to receive $16 off of your precision tune up!

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Valentines Day and Early Spring Prediction

We all wanted to wish you a happy Valentine’s Day and a happy Groundhog Day from your friends at Southern Comfort Mechanical. Punxsutawney Phil the Groundhog predicts an early spring this year, so get your warm clothes out and keep your eyes open for spring cleaning tips from us.

Here’s what you’ve missed in the last few months! We’ve been awarded Angie’s List Super Service Award for the second year in a row as well as the Best of Denton County’s Heating and Air Service Company for the second year in a row. Thank you to all of our amazing customers for your continuous support and fantastic reviews!ALBODC_Winner2015 (2)

 

In other news, our lovely co-owner, Laurie, made an appearance at SSgt. Johnnie Yellock’s special homecoming after the tight knit community of Lantana came together to help him after he suffered life-threatening injuries to both of his legs from an IED blast during a deployment to Afghanistan in 2011.

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“The event was a lovely showmanship of all active sponsors, law enforcement and neighbors.  I walked away loving the community of Lantana even more than before!” said Laurie.  He received a Bronze star, Purple Heart and a Combat Action Medal for his service to our country. Being a part of the community is essential to Southern Comfort Mechanical’s core values and being a part of this ceremony was truly touching. The full article on SSgt. Johnnie Yellock’s story can be read here on Lantana Living’s website.

That being said, we’d like to wrap up by offering you a quick tip. Preventative maintenance is key to keeping your HVAC system running well all year long. That means, changing your filters, having your wires inspected, and cleaning out your condenser coils to name a few preventative measures. This month, take advantage of our 13 point checkout precision tune up! See the coupon below and use the discounted price while it still lasts!

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Last but not least, here is the link to our Valentines Day contest. Simply like the photo linked on our Facebook page and you will be entered to win $100 to go towards a lovely dinner for two <3 Encourage your friends and family to like our Facebook page to get in on this fun contest!

 

Best of Denton County 2015

Thank you again for voting Southern Comfort Mechanical BEST heating and air conditioning company in Denton County! We are truly honored!

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Here is the complete list of winners which we are honored to be associated with!

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Southern Comfort Mechanical is proud to announce we are the 2014 winners of Best Heat & Air Repair Company in Denton County! With over 300,000 casted votes, we are much honored to be titled “The Best!” We could not have done it without all of our loyal customers support. We are a small, family owned and operated company with little overhead, passing our savings down to you. With 45+ years of combined experience, our staff is dedicated to making you our priority for all of your air conditioning and heating needs. Based in Lewisville, we service, sell, and install all makes and models including Trane, Lennox and Carrier. We also have preventative maintenance agreements available. We work on both residential and commercial properties, no job is too small.

In honor of our win, we are giving new customers $25 off any repair for your heater or a/c. We want to show you why we earned this title. Be sure to mention “Best of” when scheduling your service call. Our office telephone is 972-420-1700.

The Best of Denton County is put on by Murray Media Group of Flower Mound.

 

 

The Importance of Heating System Maintenance

What if something as simple as preventative maintenance on your heating system could save you or your loved ones lives?  An average of 70,000 homes catch on fire due to heating equipment every year in the US. Nearly 400 people die each year due to carbon monoxide poisoning. A simple heating system check-out can literally save your house and your life.

The heat exchanger, a major system component, is warmed up by the burners. The exchanger can eventually rust and the rust will fall into those burners. If the burners aren’t properly adjusted and cleaned out, it can cause an explosion.

Carbon monoxide (CO), also known as the silent killer, needs to be properly ventilated out of your home. If you have a cracked heat exchanger, the CO will fill up your attic or home depending on where your furnace is located.  Another way CO can seep in to your house is if your vent pipe is clogged. Squirrels, birds and other little critters can build nests and that will stop the CO from escaping your home.

During our thorough heating checkout, we will make sure that your system is up to code and safe to run. We will clean and adjust your burners and heat exchanger, inspect all electrical, check for gas leaks among many other things. Call Southern Comfort Mechanical today for more information about our Comfort Club Service Plan, a bi-annual preventative maintenance contract, so you can stay at ease and prolong the life of your heating system or take advantage of this months’ coupon.

 

 

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Commercial Repair & Maintenance

Here at Southern Comfort Mechanical, we take care of businesses from bakeries, to computer shops, to aquariums. All of which require year round specific temperatures. Temperatures matter and in order to keep and maintain that specific degree range, preventative maintenance and fast response time is crucial.

Most commercial properties need maintenance four times a year; spring, summer, winter and fall. Spring/Summer maintenance includes brushing condenser coils, cleaning out drain lines, changing filters, checking all electrical and Freon, and much more. Fall/Winter checkout includes inspection and adjustment of heat exchangers, burners, search for gas leaks and safety switch and again, much more.  Each checkout is very thorough and our technicians are highly trained to go through your system with a fine tooth comb. Should we find anything that needs repaired, we can repair that day as our trucks are fully stocked and we give discounts to those who have a contract with us.

Many times if you are in a lease agreement, there is a stipulation where you have to have a maintenance contract with licensed professionals. Southern Comfort Mechanical, a local Lewisville company, can customize an agreement to fit your businesses HVAC needs and make air conditioning repairs faster and more cost effective than other competitors. Whether you only want filter and belt changes or you need a whole system checkout we are here to help. Call us today at 972-420-1700 to speak with someone about setting up a maintenance plan to help fit your needs.

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Is Your AC System Frozen Up? Helpful DIY Tips

After a long, hard day at work, the last thing you want to come home to is a hot house. If your air conditioner is blowing warm air, check to see if your system is “frozen up.”  Go to your evaporator coil, which is typically located in the attic or hall closet. If you see ice, here are a few tips to help pin point the problem and to know what to financially expect.

First, you need to thaw it out. Turn your air conditioner off and your fan on. Be sure to have a bucket or pan to catch the water from it thawing out.

While the coil is thawing out, check your air filter. If it’s dirty and 100% clogged, you may have identified the problem. Remove the filter and go get a new one. Be sure to get the correct size. Once home, put the filter in. Do not turn on the system until it is completely thawed.  Once it is, turn it back on. If the air conditioner comes on and cool air is coming out, you’ve saved yourself a service call. If starts, but freezes up again it’s in all likelihood that you have low refrigerant. If you never heard the indoor fan motor come on at all, then it is your motor.

In order to avoid any of these common problems, preventative maintenance is key. Give Southern Comfort Mechanical a call at 972-420-1700 and schedule your check up today!

 

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Coppell TX Air Conditioning Tune Up from Southern Comfort Mechanical

Anyone who has spent a summer in Texas understands the value of a working air conditioning system. Before the first heat wave hits, it is a smart idea to have an air conditioning tune up each year. Having a trained air conditioning technician from Southern Comfort Mechanical check over your AC unit for potential problems can both give you peace of mind and save you money.

No one wants to spend the summer wondering if their AC unit will make it until fall. What’s worse than the worry, though, is the reality of an AC unit going out on the hottest day of the summer. Southern Comfort’s Comfort Club Service Plan provides the best air conditioning tune up in Coppell. The service plan includes a thorough inspection of belts, lubricants, coils and electrical connections. Your technician will change filters and clean condenser coils and drains. The AC unit will be tested to ensure that it is running correctly.

Knowing that your AC unit has been prepped for its summer workout will give you confidence that you will remain comfortable all summer long. What may be more important, however, is that you can save money by having your AC checked out and cleaned. An efficiently running AC unit is one that requires less power to function, leading to lower electric bills. If there is a problem with the AC unit, it can be addressed before the unit breaks down completely. Fixing your AC unit while the weather is cool and you have the time to research the least expensive solution can save you a significant amount in repair costs.

As important as these short-term savings are, the long-term savings associated with preventative maintenance on your AC unit are significant as well. Many of the elements that keep your air conditioning system functioning efficiently in the short term can also lead to a longer life for your unit. Keeping filters, coils and drains clean helps reduce the wear and tear on the unit’s mechanical parts from dust and other particles. Periodic replacement of belts and refrigerant keeps the unit functioning smoothly for many years.

Southern Comfort Mechanical provides the best Coppell TX air conditioning service. To keep your AC unit running properly through the summer heat, call 972-420-1700 and let Southern Comfort keep your family comfortable.

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