Enjoy the Flexibility of a Ductless Air System.

blogA ductless air system (heat pump) is a dual heating and cooling system that functions without the use of ducts.

Ductless systems have outside condensing units, just like central air systems.  But instead of pumping conditioned through air ducts, ductless units pump it directly to one or more wall-mounted blowers. A single ductless condensing unit, in fact, can support up to five such blowers.

How might ductless air serve your family’s home comfort needs?  Consider the following possibilities:

  • If your house doesn’t have air ducts and it’s not practical to add them, you can enjoy the all the benefits of central air with a ductless system, one that can also replace your present furnace or boiler.
  • If you already have central air but the system can reach every room in your home, a ductless system can prove to be the missing link.
  • Or, let’s say you’re planning to build an addition to your home and your current AC system can’t provide the added cooling capacity. Once again, a ductless air system can work hand-in-hand with your other home comfort system to help bridge the gap.

Here’s what else you enjoy with a new ductless air system:

  • Quiet operation since there are no potentially noisy air ducts needed to distribute the air.
  • Installation costs are typically lower for a whole-house system comparted to installing a whole-house central AC system air ducts and all.
  • Ease of maintenance.
  • Remote control operation.
  • If you’re thinking about purchasing a ductless system to replace window air conditioners, you’ll enjoy the added security ductless system provides – burglars cannot remove a ductless wall blower go gain indoor entry.

If you’re thinking about replacing your central AC system or adding central air for the first time, contact Eagle Service Company where we can help you explore the additional option of a ductless air system.  It’s definitely worth a closer look.

The Value of AC Preventative Maintenance.

blogEvery time you dive into a new air conditioning system without having preventative maintenance performed on your central AC system, you’re more or less asking for trouble.  Not on purpose, of course, but the end result is likely to be the same.

That’s because your AC system has a limited lifespan, but it’s one that can be stretched with proper care, the kind we provide here at Eagle Service Company.  In fact, with our multi-point AC and heating inspection, you have a great deal to look forward to, including:

  • Longer system lifespan
  • Fewer if any repairs
  • Reduced repair costs
  • Reduced energy costs
  • Consistent temperatures throughout your home
  • Added safety
  • Cleaner indoor air

All of which leads to your greater peace of mind.

What exactly does an AC inspection consist of?  Here are just some of the steps we employ on your behalf:

  • Check refrigerant pressure
  • Clean or replace filter, as needed
  • Check amp draw on motors
  • Check run capacitor
  • Inspect bearings and lubricate moving parts, as needed
  • Check drain pans, fuses, and thermostat
  • Inspect outdoor coil
  • Run and test your system

That’s the short version, but you get the idea which, ultimately, is this:  your AC system is not capable of maintaining itself.  But Eagle Service Company is more than up to the job, and that goes for your home heating and plumbing systems, too.  Has it been a year or longer since professional preventative maintenance was performed on your AC system?  If so, contact us today so we can help keep it in its best possible working condition.

The Value of Annual Central AC Maintenance.

blogHave anything lined up for the summer?

You know, the funny thing is that any time you ask someone that question, the first thing that typically comes to mind is summer vacation plans or any other activity out of the ordinary.

But what about scheduling an annual preventative maintenance for your air conditioning system? Definitely not as exciting as a trip to Disneyworld or Hilton Head, but it’s way more important than any trip you’ll ever take. That’s because you count on your AC system to keep you reliably cool and comfortable all cooling season long, and not for just a week or two a year.

So, if you haven’t already “lined up” annual maintenance for your AC system, now’s the perfect time to pick up the phone and call Eagle Service Company. You see, our well-trained and experienced technicians are at the top of their game when working to make your life more comfortable, convenient, and a little safer, too.

With all that at stake, our AC cleaning and inspection process is as thorough as can be, including steps like these:

  • Clean or replace your filter, as needed
  • Check all electrical connections
  • Check thermostat for accuracy and proper operation
  • Check for hot and cold spots throughout your home
  • Lubricate all moving parts, as needed
  • Visually inspect ducts for cracks and leaks
  • And much more

How does all of this benefit you? In several important ways, including:

  • Longer system lifespan
  • Fewer & less costly repairs
  • Cleaner indoor air
  • Added safety

So if it’s been a year or more since you had preventative maintenance service performed on your AC system, contact Eagle Service Company today. That way, you can rest a little easier tonight.

 

4 Common AC Repair Symptoms

If you could see the inner workings of your AC system – the outside condensing unit, indoor air handler, and all your ductwork, you might just think “oh my, so many things that could go wrong.” And you know what? You’d be exactly right.

That’s why, for example, we place so much emphasis on annual preventative maintenance – but we’ll get more into that in a future blog. For now, we want to focus on what happens if your AC system needs to be repaired anyway, even with the best of preventive care. After all, its expected lifespan is no greater than 20 years, so if you own it long enough, soon enough it’s going to need to be repaired and, eventually, replaced.

blogIn fact, either could be true right now if you’re witnessing any of these telltale symptoms:

  • Skyrocketing Electricity Bills – If you were paying an average of $150 per month last summer for electricity and double that or more this summer, chances are your AC system is the culprit. It could be something as simple as a dirty or clogged filter, or something a little more ominous like a frozen coil. Either way, you should get it checked out and stop wasting so much extra money on electricity.
  • Hot and Cold Spots throughout Your House – Very often this indicates a minor repair issue, such as a cracked or leaking duct, a problem with one of your thermostats, or a blocked register or vent. Still, the older a system becomes, the harder time it has distributing cool air evenly.
  • Things that Go Bump in the Night (or Day) – Several things can cause an AC to make a racket, starting with a fan blades that are coming in contact with their protective guard or undersized ducts that are popping under the strain of too much pressure. Whatever it is, it’s not going to fix itself.
  • No Cool Air at All – Hang on a sec, as this might not be the death knellyou’re your system that it first appears to be. Instead, maybe you have a broken thermostat, a tripped circuit breaker, or a power plug that accidentally got disconnected. All three such possibilities are the logical starting point to unravel this indoor (dis)comfort mystery.

If any of the above sounds even remotely familiar, we invite you to contact Eagle Services Company today for fast response, accurate problem diagnosis, and the appropriate repair or service action with a guaranteed price for our proposed service presented before we start the job. All for your increased comfort and peace of mind.

The Best Time to Replace Your AC System in Homewood & Trussville

People USED to say that the only two things you could count on were “you know what” and taxes.

But no one really says that anymore.  Why not?  Because there are all kinds of other things you can count on in life, such as:eagle services

  • There won’t ever be fewer TV networks than there are now, only more.
  • Sooner or later you’ll have a Facebook account (if you don’t already) or spend way too much time explaining why not.
  • The music from your era will always sound better than the music your kids listen to.
  • People won’t ever stop talking about the weather.

“Duh”, right?  Well, here’s another life certainty that’s actually worth paying attention to:  if you live in your home long enough, sooner or later you will need to replace your air conditioning system.

The cold, hard fact is that no AC system was built to last forever.  With consistent annual maintenance, you can count on a good 12 -15 years.  How will you know when it’s time to replace it, other than keeping track of its birthdays?  Actually, there are a number of telltale signs that indicate the end is probably near, including soaring energy costs plus more frequent and costly repairs.

And then there are those folks who choose not to look or wait for a problem before replacing their AC system.  They simply choose to do so on their terms, and on their schedule.  If that sounds like something you might do, then here’s a helpful tip to the wise:  the best time to replace your AC system is in the fall or winter.  Here’s why:

  • Since demand is lower, you can often work a better deal.
  • With cooler prevailing temperatures, you won’t have to wait as long for installation.
  • The more time you have to plan a purchase, the more likely you are to acquire exactly the right AC system for your home and budget.

How about you?  Is your AC system getting up there in years and definitely not running as smoothly and efficiently as it once did?  Then contact Eagle Service Company today to request a free in-home consultation and proposal.  In return, you’ll get the very best we have to offer in comfort, energy efficiency, ongoing reliability, and value.

How to Cool Your Home for Less in Birmingham and Homewood, AL

howSometimes it’s a question of affordability, other times a matter of sheer common sense.

The subject?  Your monthly electricity bill.  And there’s no time of the year when it’s higher than during the air conditioning season.

If you have painful memories of how much you paid during the 2013 cooling season and you still have the same AC system, then common sense tells you your bills will be as high or higher unless you take certain steps toward a happier end result.

Observe the following energy saving tips, and you will definitely see a reduction in energy usage (assuming you’re not making up for it elsewhere):

  • Block the sun.  During the day, keep windows covered that are receiving direct sunlight to keep inside temperatures cooler, thus requiring less conditioned air to achieve your desired comfort level.
  • Keep vents and ducts unobstructed.  It’s all too easy to block floor vents, for example, with various items of clothing if you’re not watching where you toss them.
  • Check your attic.  If your attic feels even a little cool then there’s a good chance conditioned air is escaping through a crack or some other type of leak.  Grab a flashlight and see if you can find the source, or contact an HVAC professional to conduct a thorough investigation.
  • Keep shrubs away from your outside condensing unit.  If shrubs or trees g are encroaching on your outside condensing unit, then the heat can’t escape as efficiently as it should, thus making the unit work that much harder to cool your home. Keep that area well pruned, and don’t plant anything too close to the unit in the first place.
  • Save the heavy cleaning ‘til after the sun sets.  Heavy cleaning and other activities generate heat, especially when you’re using a vacuum cleaner, dishwasher, and other appliances.  So during the summer, save all or some of those chores for later on the day when your house is naturally cooler.
  • Install one or more ceiling fans.  One ceiling fan can make a room feel 3 degrees cooler, thus minimizing the amount of conditioned air you need.  And it takes a lot less electricity to run a ceiling fan than it does your central AC system.

For even bigger savings, contact Eagle Service Company for our annual AC cleaning and inspection service.  A well-maintained system will run more efficiently and consume less energy.  Plus, during our inspection, we can spot and take care of little things that could eventually lead to costly repairs:  the kind that can be easily avoided.

Ac Cleaning & Inspection in Birmingham & Vestavia Hills

acImagine being asked to compete in a triathlon with no warning, no training, and no time to prepare physically or mentally. Depending on your physical condition, you might be able to pull it off. But would you be at your best? No way, as there’s simply no substitute for prior training and preparation.

Well the same goes for your home’s central air conditioning system. All winter long, it’s been hibernating. And while it might perform well enough when you abruptly turn it on the first hot day of the season, it could benefit from a little “training” in the form of an annual cleaning and inspection.

You see, regular maintenance of your home comfort system can help save you time, money, and stress down the road. And while nothing can completely prevent sudden repair issues, your Eagle HVAC professionals can isolate minor problems now before they become costly repairs.

Here’s what else you can expect from regular AC system maintenance:

Better energy efficiency – Routine air conditioner maintenance allows your system to operate more efficiently, which means a reduction in energy consumption and more money in your pocket.

Improved system performance – Regular maintenance allows your system to work better, not harder, to keep you cool and comfortable. A clean, well-maintained air conditioning system, for example, doesn’t have to work as hard to reach a desired temperature.

Longer life cycle – Replacing an air conditioning system is a big investment, but proper care can help your current system last longer than it otherwise might.

Cleaner, healthier indoor air – As part of an inspection and tune up, an HVAC technician will clean or change your filter and clear dust and debris off system components, which improves the air quality inside your home, making it a safer and healthier environment.

When’s a good time to call Eagle for service?  Well, how about today?  Especially if it’s been a year or more since the last time your AC system was cleaned and inspected.  At Eagle, we look forward to your call.