Troubleshooting Your Overton Heating System?

Woman Checking Temperature Air Conditioning

Troubleshooting Your Overton Heating System?

November 29, 2014
Woman Checking Temperature Air Conditioning

It’s a chilly night and something’s wrong with the heating system. It’s either not working or poorly heating the home. Troubleshooting heating systems isn’t difficult, and it can, in some cases, get the system up and running without the need to bring in an HVAC professional. 

Heating System Quick Tip Guide

  • Start with the thermostat. Make sure it’s on and the temperature is properly set. If the thermostat uses batteries, replace them to verify a lack of power isn’t causing the problem. 
  • If the thermostat appears to be working correctly, turn your attention to the breaker box. Make sure the breakers for the heating system and the air handler are in the on position. Reset if necessary. If the box has fuses instead of breakers, check for burnt or blown fuses. 
  • Look at the air filter next. A clogged air filter can prevent air from heating up properly, as well as overheat the system, causing it to shut down prematurely. Be sure the air filter is clear and air is flowing.
  • Examine air registers. They should be open to allow good airflow. Make sure furniture or other objects aren’t blocking any registers, and verify that the cold air returns are getting enough airflow as well.
  • Look at the heating system itself. Be sure the door on the furnace is tight. A switch on the inside of the door can prevent the system from working when the door is open. If the system runs on gas or propane, look for the gas reset valve on the unit. Shut it off and wait five minutes. Turn it back on and see if the system works properly. If it’s an older unit, make sure the pilot light is on. 

Troubleshooting heating systems can often solve simple problems. However, if the troubleshooting doesn’t tackle the issue, contact JD’s A/C. We’re proud to handle the home comfort concerns of homeowners throughout the Longview area.

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Does Your Texas Home Have Adequate Attic Insulation?

Man Installing Insulation

Does Your Texas Home Have Adequate Attic Insulation?

Nov 29, 2014

Man Installing Insulation

With high temperatures typically reaching into the 80 and 90s for several months out of the year, Longview area residents are always looking for effective techniques to help keep their indoor living spaces comfortable and cool. Attic insulation is one of the most effective ways to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Even when temperatures get cold, energy-saving procedures can help maintain indoor comfort while reducing the amount of energy used and the amount of money spent for heating. The following short guide should help you understand answers to questions about why attic insulation is important and what’s required for an effective insulation project.

Benefits of Attic Insulation

The fundamental purpose of insulation is to stop the flow of heat from warmer areas to cooler ones. When heat flow is slowed or stopped, heat from the outdoors has a harder time getting into your home in winter. At the same time, during cooler months, more heat is kept inside your home if it has adequate levels of attic insulation.

Summer heat can affect your indoor living spaces by heating up the attic. When the attic warms up, the excess heat radiates downward and increases temperatures in living spaces under the attic. In winter, as you run your heating system to boost indoor comfort, the heat you’ve paid for will tend to rise. The heat can move through the ceiling and into the attic, where it then escapes your home.

Attic insulation can help prevent these heat-related scenarios. As a result, you are less likely to run your furnace, heat pump or air conditioner at a higher level to compensate for heat gain or loss. You’ll spend less on indoor comfort and will reduce excess wear and tear on your HVAC equipment that can lead to malfunctions and breakdowns.

Most Common Types of Attic Insulation

Loose-fill insulation is made up of pellets of heat-resistant material such as cellulose (usually recycled newspaper), foam and fiberglass. The pellets are blown into your attic spaces using specialized equipment that dispenses them in even, consistent layers. The pellets fill up open spaces in your attic floors and walls. Loose-fill insulation is useful if you have large areas or wall cavities to insulate. It’s also a good choice for insulating areas that are difficult to reach with other types of insulation or that have an irregular shape.

Blanket or batt insulation is made from spun fiberglass arranged in layers that produce a thick, blanket-like roll of insulation. It’s usually coated on one or both sides with heavy paper, thick cardboard or a type of plastic. These coatings make the insulation easier to handle and prevent itching and irritation caused if the insulation contacts your skin. Blanket insulation can be cut or trimmed to size as needed and is usually placed between wall joists, beams and studs. When used on attic floors, it’s commonly installed perpendicular to the floor joists.

Before choosing a particular type of insulation, make sure you know the material’s R-value. The R-value indicates how well the insulation resists the flow of heat. Higher R-values mean better levels of heat resistance.

Dangers of Installing Attic Insulation

Insulation that contacts light bulbs, light fixtures, electrical outlets, vents and other electrical devices could be damaged by heat or sparks. Contact could also cause the insulation to burn, creating a fire hazard. When installing attic insulation, use sheet metal or wire mesh to create barriers around these electrical devices and prevent insulation from making contact.

Installation of Attic Insulation

If you are a do-it-yourselfer with proper tools and equipment, you could most likely do your own attic insulation installation. However, remember that conditions in many attics mean you’ll be working in cramped spaces that make substantial demands on your strength and stamina. You also will need the proper protective equipment, such as goggles, protective clothing, gloves, and a respirator or mask. Most of the time, it’s a better idea to leave attic insulation to professional installers.

JD’s AC provides professional heating and cooling services to both residential and commercial clients in Longview and the surrounding Texas communities. Contact us today for more information on how attic insulation can help keep your home more comfortable while trimming monthly household expenses and reducing energy waste.

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