Is Your Air Conditioner Ready For The Heat…Carolina Summers Are Hot.

Schedule your system service soon.

William D. Taylor Comprehensive AC Maintenance Service includes over 40 tests, inspections and services to ensure your air conditioning system is functioning properly per the manufacturer specifications.

When your AC system is operating at its design efficiency it doesn’t need to work harder to keep you comfortable and your home cool. An air conditioner or heat pump system operating at optimal efficiency also helps to prevents you from paying too much in energy costs.

Our thorough system maintenance helps to ensure your air conditioner is less likely to stop working when it is needed the most. The benefit of William D. Taylor Comprehensive AC Maintenance Service verses the generally promoted low cost A/C Tune-up is that our service incorporates the best of required maintenances, and goes well beyond the basic tune-up services.

Most of our tests are performed using advanced electronic digital diagnostic tools which records and calculates your system performance more accurately. Your system performance test data is documented and can be downloaded and printed out.

With the advanced diagnostic tools information you can be assured that your system analysis results are accurate resulting in more accurate recommendations. It ensures that your system is operating efficiently saving you money on energy costs, maximizing comfort in your home and extending the life of your air conditioning equipment.

When is the best time to have this comprehensive maintenance service performed on your system?

During the spring and early summer this helps to find and repair any minor issues prior to the peak hot Carolina summer heat.

 

Call William today to schedule him to personally come out and perform this service. 919-225-4654

Selecting The Best Heating And Air Conditioning Contractor And The Importance Of A Good Installation.

Furnace Repairs and Replacements in Durham, North Carolina.

We replaced the furnace and ductwork in this home.

Proper installation of any HVAC system is EVERYTHING! Brand is not near as important as a quality install. A poor quality install can knock YEARS off your systems life span.

A quality installation will save energy and money. A new system “improperly installed” can cool and heat although not efficiently…but WILL FAIL IN A VERY SHORT TIME… Proper installation is EVERYTHING!

Here is something to think about: A heating and AC system is an installed product, it is NOT a commodity like a washer or microwave one just plugs in… Installation is “literally everything”.

Below are a few independent studies to exemplify the importance of selecting a solid heating and air conditioning contractor and the importance of a good installation.

FACTS AND STUDIES ON BAD INSTALLATIONS

Advanced Energy of North Carolina Study on New Heating & Cooling Units

  • 90% of all units tested exhibited some sort of energy waste problem
  • 50% of all installations had an improper refrigerant charge
  • 40% failed to meet the minimum requirements for air flow standards
  • A 20% reduction in air flow will reduce SEER about 17% (12/9, 14/9, 18/14)
  • A 15% return air leak from 120 degree attic will easily reduce a 12 SEER TO 6 SEER

APS (Arizona Public Service Company)

  • Improvements to duct leakage and insulation can save 16% on cooling cost
  • Properly insulated ducts and efficient units can reduce cooling usage by 42%
  • 64% of units tested had air flow less than 350 CFM per ton (Ideal CFM is 400)
  • 82% were improperly charged (average improper charge reduces efficiency 31%)
  • Installation technicians frequently do not evacuate a system properly with Micron Gauges
  • 53% of units tested were oversized causing wear and tear, and thus higher energy costs

Texas A&M University

  • A 15% savings can be observed when one disconnected duct was repaired
  • A 7.5% savings can be observed when diffuser air leakage was repaired
  • A 5.6% savings can be observed when air flow circulation was balanced correctly
  • A 18.4% savings can be observed when air leaks were sealed and refrigerant charges were correct

HVAC Manufacturers

  • A 13 SEER condenser mismatched with an existing air handler will typically lower SEER to 9.2, which is a 30% efficiency loss
  • Mismatched equipment, or replacing components in pieces and not installing the entire system new, typically will lower overall efficiency by as much as 30% and can void the manufacturer’s warranty

There is no WAY a proper install could EVER be done for the low total cost some are charging today “it’s just TOO labor and knowledge intensive”. Unfortunately some companies charge the proper amount needed for a proper install but either take short cuts in the installation and/or have unqualified and sometimes qualified individuals not following industry and manufacturer’s best practices and requirements.

WELL trained and experienced personnel is needed for the refrigeration circuit…and installation of the air circuit needs to be done and checked for proper system air flow as well.

The HVAC Profession involves a “vast knowledge level, expensive tools” and continuing education. Don’t fall for the too good to be true specials because if you think you are getting “quality” at a discount in this profession…you will be unfortunately sadly mistaken.

The quality of the installation is more important than equipment brand. A contractor who takes pride in their work will always be a better value than one with a quick sales pitch. And generally, one gets what they pay for.

William D Taylor “guarantees” that it is done properly…pays close “attention to detail” enabling the equipment to perform as designed, minimizing warranty issues and ensuring equipment longevity. Upon completion of every installation or replacement system a sophisticated HVAC program based analysis report is computer generated to verify the system is operating per manufacturer specifications.

Remember brand is not near as important as a quality installation.

 

A/C and Heat Pumps – 101

You’re A/C or Heat Pump system is a “major” household appliance.  It is probably the third largest investment you will purchase besides a home or automobile.  Unfortunately it is the most neglected of the three. Proper maintenance and servicing of your system can prolong its life and provide the owner with many years of not only comfort cooling but also efficient operation.

Heat Pump Repairs, Replacement and Installation in Durham, NC

These systems need more than a typical annual tune-up. What’s needed to ensure they are operating at peak efficiency is for the following work to be performed.

  • Initial System documented measurements with state of the art instruments.
  • Clean Condenser Coils
  • Check for proper Refrigerant Charge
  • Check Suction Line Insulation
  • Verify Power (V and A) draw on Outdoor Unit
  • Check wiring for physical damage
  • Inspect Evaporator Coils
  • Inspect Indoor Blower
  • Check Air Filters
  • Lubricate Fan Motor
  • Inspect and Clean Condensate Drain
  • Verify Voltage and Amperage Draw on Indoor Unit
  • Check Contactors, Capacitors, and all Electrical Connections
  • Check Thermostat Calibration
  • Inspect Duct Work
  • Final Documented System Measurements left with owner.
  • As repairs and adjustments are needed the technician will point these out with the customer.

Get your system thoroughly serviced today by William D Taylor HVAC

Mold Issues With Your North Carolina Home or Building?

Mold Remediation North Carolina.

It is important to understand how to control and prevent mold and moisture in your home. Below is some abbreviated and basic information gathered from the EPA.

Click the following link to read the entire U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s mold guide for homeowners. http://www.epa.gov/mold/pdfs/moldguide.pdf

Guide to Basic Mold Information and Prevention:

  • The key to mold control is moisture control.
  • If mold is a problem in your home, you should clean up the mold promptly and fix the water problem.
  • It is important to dry water-damaged areas and items within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.

Why is mold growing in my house?
Molds are part of the natural environment. Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees, but indoors, mold growth should be avoided. Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air. Mold may begin growing indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet. There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture.

Can mold cause health problems?
Molds are usually not a problem indoors, unless mold spores land on a wet or damp spot and begin growing. Molds have the potential to cause health problems. Molds produce allergens (substances that can cause allergic reactions), irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances (mycotoxins). Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Allergic responses include hay fever-type symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash (dermatitis). Allergic reactions to mold are common. They can be immediate or delayed.

Molds can also cause asthma attacks in people with asthma who are allergic to mold. In addition, mold exposure can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs of both mold-allergic and non-allergic people. Symptoms other than the allergic and irritant types are not commonly reported as a result of inhaling mold. Research on mold and health effects is ongoing. This brochure provides a brief overview; it does not describe all potential health effects related to mold exposure. For more detailed information consult a health professional. You may also wish to consult your state or local health department.

How do I get rid of mold?
It is impossible to get rid of all mold and mold spores indoors; some mold spores will be found floating through the air and in house dust.

The mold spores will not grow if moisture is not present. Indoor mold growth can and should be prevented or controlled by controlling moisture indoors. If there is mold growth in your home, you must clean up the mold and fix the water problem. If you clean up the mold, but don’t fix the water problem, then, most likely, the mold problem will come back.

Molds can gradually destroy the things they grow on. You can prevent damage to your home and furnishings, save money, and avoid potential health problems by controlling moisture and eliminating mold growth.