Atlanta HVAC Expert Offers Gas Leak Tips

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If you have any appliances in your home that run on natural gas, follow these safety tips from an Atlanta HVAC expert.

  Atlanta, Georgia – Do you have appliances that run on natural gas? Do you know what to do if there is a natural gas leak at your home? If not, be sure to follow these tips from an Atlanta air conditioning expert.

 “Appliances that run on natural gas are very cost effective,” says Phil Montgomery, who owns Atlanta HVAC company Mr. Cool Mr. Heat. “It efficiently operates your appliances, and keeps your energy bills down. But, if there is ever a leak, it can be extremely dangerous.”

 It is important to have any appliances that run on natural gas inspected each year. This will prevent leaks from happening in the first place. A heating and cooling expert can inspect your furnace or other gas-run appliances to be sure there are no leaks. Scheduling routine maintenance checks will give you peace of mind that your appliances are working properly. If you’ve had to call for furnace repair frequently, make sure the technician is always checking for any places gas could be leaking out.

 There are several signs that you may have a gas leak. The first is a strange odor, similar to the smell of rotten eggs. A blowing or hissing sound, dead or discolored vegetation in and otherwise green area, and bubbling in wet or flooded areas are other signs of a gas leak. Additionally, homeowners should look for dirt or dust blowing from a hole in the ground, and be on the lookout for flames in case the leak should spark.

 If at any time, you smell something strange or see any of these signs, it’s best to leave the area and call your gas company. The company will send out a technician who will inspect the area and find the source of the leak.

 Do not use any electrical devices, including light switches or phones as these could spark and ignite the gas. Do not use any open flames or try to locate the source of the gas leak yourself. Do not start vehicles, attempt to shut-off gas valves or appliances, or re-enter the area until you have been told it is safe. If at any point the natural gas ignites, do not attempt to put out the flame. Let it burn until a properly trained technician can handle the situation. Burning gas will not explode.

 If you fear your natural gas pipeline may have been damaged in any way, leave the area right away. Do not use motorized equipment, including cars, near the area. Stay away from the area until you are cleared to re-enter.

 Natural gas appliances are energy efficient and overall, very safe. However, in the event of a gas leak, it’s important for homeowners to understand what to do. Following these tips can keep you and your family safe.

 

 

 

What To Know Before Using Your Atlanta Furnace

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Before you use your Atlanta furnace for the first time this winter, there are a few things you should know first.

 Atlanta, Georgia – Fall has officially arrived, and before we know it, winter will be here and we’ll be reaching for our thermo stats to turn on our Atlanta furnace and heating units. But before you do, there are a few things you should know. Phil Montgomery, owner of Mr. Cool Mr. Heat offers some tips for homeowners.

“Safety is the most important thing to remember before using your furnace,” says Montgomery. “Be sure you have a working smoke alarm installed near the home’s bedrooms and living areas. This will be sure to alert residents in case of a fire. Also, if your home has a gas furnace, a carbon monoxide detector is also a necessity. An improperly working furnace can release the odorless and colorless gas, and breathing in the fumes can be extremely harmful, even fatal.”

The next step is to be sure you have a new, clean filter in your furnace. A clean filter will be sure your furnace runs as efficiently as possible. Failure to change the filter often can result in the unit overworking and eventually breaking down, leading to furnace repair.

If your furnace has a pilot light, light it. Many newer furnaces will not have a pilot light, but older ones will, and homeowners may choose to extinguish it during the spring and summer months. Direction for properly lighting it will typically be printed directly on the furnace. Be sure to follow the direction exactly as printed.

Before turning on your unit, be sure there are no flammable objects near it. Next, turn the furnace to on and set your thermostat to your desired temperature to keep your home comfortable. As the furnace runs, listen to it. If you hear strange noises, such as squealing or knocking, turn it off and immediately call your Atlanta Heating and Air conditioning technician. You should do the same if you see smoke coming from the furnace.

“The first time you use your furnace this winter, there may be a burning smell,” says Montgomery. “As long as the smell if faint, it is completely normal. This is due to dust that has accumulated burning off. It should go away quickly, but if it doesn’t turn off your HVAC unit immediately and call one of our technicians.”

By taking a few precautions before using your furnace this winter, you can ensure your family will stay comfortable even when the temperatures begin to drop.

 

 

Atlanta Air Conditioning Company Explains Benefits of 24 Hour Service

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Atlanta air conditioning companies that offer 24-hour service can ensure homeowners are always comfortable.

 

Atlanta, Georgia – It’s a thought most homeowners dread – it’s the middle of the night during the hottest day of the year, and your air conditioner suddenly stops working. With an AC repair company such as Mr. Cool Mr. Heat, that’s no cause to worry because their heating and air technicians are on call 24 hours a day.

“We know our customers rely on us to help keep them comfortable throughout the year,” says Phil Montgomery, whose Atlanta air conditioning company has been in business for more than 40 years. “We offer 24 hour service, seven days a week, but we also encourage homeowners to be proactive in maintaining their HVAC units.”

Maintaining routine appointments with a licensed technician can help homeowners avoid needing a repair at an inconvenient time. HVAC specialists can provide thorough inspections of a home’s heating or cooling unit to ensure that there are no leaks, frayed wires or other dangerous problems. A quick inspection will also ensure that a home’s unit is working to its full efficiency.

Even maintaining regular appointments isn’t always enough to avoid an emergency. There are some things a homeowner can do on their own to get their unit back in proper working order until a licensed technician can get there.

“First, homeowners should always check the power source,” says Montgomery. “Many times when a unit stops working, the power source is to blame. Homeowners should keep a flashlight near their unit and breaker box for ease of checking in the middle of the night. Homeowners should look for blown fuses or tripped breakers.”

The next step is to check the pilot light. If that has gone out, the unit will have instructions to restart it. This should be done by adults only – never let children check the pilot light on their own.

Is the thermostat set correctly? Check the batteries on your digital thermostat. If you keep a thermometer in your home, hold it up near the thermostat to check the temperature. The thermometer should register within a couple of degrees of what the thermostat reads. Adjust the thermostat to see if the vents come on; if they do not, turn the unit off and then back on. The relay should make a clicking sound that will be audible. If there is no sound, the thermostat could be the problem with the unit.

For homes that have gas units, homeowners should always know where the emergency gas shut-off valve is. It should be easily accessible.

“The most important thing to remember, though, is to call your trusted HVAC company as soon as there is a problem,” says Montgomery. “Mr. Cool Mr. Heat is available 24 hours a day to ensure our customers are never left in the heat, or the cold, for any longer than necessary. It’s important for homeowners to establish a relationship with a company such as ours, so they know there is always someone who can help them with their problem, no matter the time of day.”

Other important tips include keeping the number for your HVAC company close and keeping the area around your unit clean and accessible. Establish a relationship with a company so that if you need help in the middle of the night, you know the technician is someone you can trust. Having to hire a heating or cooling company during an emergency may also mean homeowners won’t have time to research the company properly. Having a previous relationship will mean homeowners will know the standard of work to expect, leaving homeowners with peace of mind.

Don’t let an emergency make your family uncomfortable. Establish a relationship with a trusted company that offers dedicated 24 hour service, and you can rest easy knowing that even in the middle of the night, a trusted heating or cooling technician will provide exceptional care to get your home’s HVAC unit running properly.