Why Fall Maintenance Is Important

With fall around the corner, the temperature in Virginia Beach is starting to drop which means it’s time to prepare your HVAC system for the upcoming months. HVAC technicians recommend getting your HVAC system serviced twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. Fall maintenance is essential because it helps prevent costly breakdowns and unwanted surprises taking over your wallet. Additionally, it will help you save money on your energy bill in the long-run. Below are four reasons why you should give your HVAC system maintenance during the fall.

1. Secures System’s Efficiency All Year-Round

Inadequate care and maintenance compromises your system’s effectiveness as well as performance. Your system is susceptible to an unexpected failure, which might be costly and inconvenient. It’s advisable to get in touch with your HVAC professional and set up a maintenance appointment right away to prevent encountering any unexpected issues with your system during these chilly months.

2. Extends System Life

Maintaining your unit is one of the most important things you can do to ensure it lives a long and healthy life. On average, most residential units last 10 to 15 years but may last less if proper care is neglected. Due to the coils, filters, and fins in your unit operating year-round, it is important to clean and replace them once in a while. If you fail to maintain your unit, this will create a snowball effect on your electricity bill that will blow a hole through your wallet in the long-run.

3. Increases Air Quality

According to the EPA, indoor levels of airborne contaminants may be up to 5 times greater than outside levels, and in some rare cases more than 100 times higher. This is especially important if you or any family members have respiratory conditions like asthma or recurrent allergies. Air quality is important for your overall health and should not be overlooked. If your HVAC system isn’t operating correctly or isn’t frequently maintained, it will carry indoor pollutants from the outside in, where they may remain and contribute to respiratory issues.

4. Minimizes Danger of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Although carbon monoxide sounds like some strange chemical that only scientists are exposed to in a lab, it is actually way more common than you imagine! In fact, you can get exposed to carbon monoxide in your own home. According to the CDC, Approximately 50,000 people in the U.S. visit the emergency department each year due to accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. The risk of carbon monoxide poisoning increases once temperatures start to drop, as this type of poisoning correlates with your home’s heating system. Turning on your heating system might be harmful due to issues like short circuits or heat exchanger fractures which is why it’s important to ensure that your system or furnace is working properly by maintaining it regularly.

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How To Tell If Your AC Unit Needs Repair

Does My Air Conditioner Need Repair?

Even your AC system will need repair from time to time, much like your car or a doctor’s visit. Typically, your unit will show signs it needs repair before it completely breaks down. We want you to be prepared for any issues you may have with your system, so below we have provided common signs on how to tell if your AC unit needs repair!

Warm Air Blowing From Your Vents

If you notice warm air blowing from your vents, it could be a warning sign that your system is not working properly. Make sure your thermostat is on the correct cooling setting and a temperature lower than your home’s current temperature. If your vents are still blowing warm air, it could be a variety of issues such as the compressor or duct leakage. 

Insufficient Airflow

Lack of air completely from your vents is an immediate sign something is wrong. Insufficient airflow could be a serious cause or could mean a simple blockage. Either way, we suggest having your Galactic tech evaluate the issue as soon as you notice the lack in airflow. 

Unusual Noises

It is normal for your HVAC unit to make some noise, but if you hear noises such as grinding, squealing, or scraping, you may have a problem on your hands. To truly understand the issue, we recommend calling your technician to get ahead of the problem. 

High Humidity

Wet and sticky weather should stay outside. If you notice higher humidity inside your home, this could also be a sign you need to repair your system. Air conditioners moderate humidity levels inside your home to keep you comfortable. Purchasing a dehumidifier can be a short term fix for the moisture levels, but if this warning sign is ignored it can cause more issues for your HVAC system. 

Water Leaks

If your air conditioner is leaking water, it could be caused by many issues. One of the most common reasons why air conditioners leak is due to a clogged condensate drain line. These leaks can not only cause issues to your AC unit, but your home as well. Much like most signs you need repair, we recommend double checking this is the issue with your technician before performing a DIY fix. 

Your Thermostat Isn’t Working

Your thermostat is the command center for your air conditioner. Although this could be a simple fix with new batteries, this warning sign is still something to pay attention to. Your thermostat could have lost power or need cleaning, but not operating correctly could also mean an issue with your HVAC unit. 

Together we can catch an air conditioning repair before the breakdown. Pay attention to these signs this season, and do not wait until you have a broken unit in the Virginia heat, call us today at (757) 575-5334. We want you to stay cool and comfortable in your home all summer long! 

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The Importance of Getting Your Heating System Tuned Up

As we begin to enter the cooler months in fall and winter, homeowners across Virginia Beach will begin shifting from AC to heat in their house. Often times, when your heater or furnace goes a period of time without operation, it may encounter some issues when you turn it on. So it’s important to have a professional HVAC company come out and do a proper tune-up on your system before the cold weather arrives.

Benefits of Getting Your Furnace Tuned-Up

Aside from having a warm cozy home during the cold winter days, there are several benefits of routine maintenance to your residential heating system.

  • Improved efficiency
  • Increased lifespan of system
  • Lowered utility costs
  • Less repair costs
  • Improved indoor air quality

Don’t wait until you attempt to turn the heat on for the first time to get your system tuned-up!

Contact Galactic Air Today!

If you are interested in getting your heating system tuned-up and ready for the fall and winter months, contact Galactic Air today! Our team is standing by ready to help you out. You can schedule your service by calling (757) 575-5334 or you can request service online.

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Summer HVAC Maintenance Tips

5 Summer Maintenance Tips

Memorial day just passed which means it’s a straight shot to the summer months!

Yippie! With summer on the horizon, we’d love to share our five favorite maintenance tips that will keep you cool all summer long.

1. Replace/clean your air filter

Air filters allow your HVAC system to work efficiently and effectively. Cleaning or replacing it will make sure your HVAC can produce the coldest air to keep your home cool this summer.

2. Upgrade your thermostat

Smart thermostats like nest allow you to control your home’s temperature from your phone, allowing you to turn it on and off when you need it. Smart thermostats allow you to turn it on and off from anywhere, which could save you $ on your next energy bill–and who doesn’t like saving some cash?

3.  Clean up the area around your unit

Clear and clean out any mulch, leaves or other yard debris. When you are cleaning and prepping your yard for those summer barbeques–don’t neglect your HVAC.

4. Seal up those leaks!

Check those windows and doors to see if/where that precious cool air may be leaking! Make sure your insulation is adequate–without correct insulation, your unit will have to work much harder to cool down your home.

5. Schedule with the Professionals

HVAC systems are complex and require skilled and trained professionals to diagnose and treat issues. We will make sure your home is cool all summer long!

The Importance Of Routine HVAC Maintenance

Proper maintenance saves you money and keeps you comfortable!

Our maintenance agreement is once a year. We will inspect your equipment from top to bottom. We test and inspect electrical components, check the equipment operation, and clean the coils when needed. Clean equipment equals more efficiency. Galactic Air Inc. does more to keep your system running properly than most other companies! Also, you get a 10% discount on all repairs as long as you are a maintenance member!

Maintaining HVAC equipment is essential to ensure peak performance at all times. Manufacturers advise that your HVAC system is efficiently maintained or serviced by professional techs at least once yearly. Occasionally, equipment warranties may be declined or voided if you fail to maintain or service the equipment. Having your HVAC system examined routinely also reduces the number of breakdowns experienced.

Underlying Issues
The HVAC system works more during scorching or freezing temperatures. For this reason, if there are any hidden problems with your system, it might not pop-up until the system is working its hardest for a long period. By maintaining your HVAC system on a regular basis, problems or underlying issues can be discovered and resolved instantly. This will avert any additional problems.
It is vital that you have your HVAC system serviced regularly to make sure that it is working properly. It is best to service the system before extensive use mounts pressure on it throughout the season.

Below are reasons why it is important to maintain your HVAC system regularly:

HVAC Maintenance Saves You Money
Changing the air filter is among the essential parts of preserving or maintaining HVAC systems. If your HVAC system can not take in or release air freely (breathe) it can stop working, freeze and leak water, or lead to a complete system breakdown.
HVAC coil cleaning and changing your system’s air filter is advisable by the supplier and will also help to keep your HVAC system working at peak performance and extend the life of the equipment.

Keeps you Comfortable Longer by Extending Service Life
Proper maintenance of your system on a regular basis will extend system service life. When your system gets professional yearly maintenance, it will cut down wear and tear and possible problems before they cause breakdowns.

Enhances the Efficiency
System maintenance ensures your system is working at its best, enhancing its performance. When your air conditioner, furnace, or heat pump is consuming less energy, you’ll see a savings in your utility bills.

Reduces Repair Needs
Another benefit of regular yearly maintenance is less time without heating or air conditioning. We check electrical components for wear and tear and can see when they are working harder than they should and need to be replaced before they break down. This we do during the maintenance so there is no need for a diagnostic fee. Saving you money and keeping you comfortable.

Contact Information

Phone: (757) 575-5334
Email: rob@galacticairinc.com
Address: 420 Investors Pl #107, Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Office Hours

Monday-Friday: 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday: CLOSED

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