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Warning Signs Your Air Conditioner Needs Servicing

Air conditioner maintenance needed - warm lady

Do you live in a home with an air conditioner, but you’re not sure how to tell when it’s breaking down? Is there something wrong with your air conditioner, but you’re not sure if it needs a professional?

Air conditioner maintenance is an essential part of keeping your machine running without fail.

Many homeowners rely on their air conditioners to keep them safe and comfortable during those searing hot summer months. Without a working AC, you’re putting your family and yourself at risk for things like heat stroke and heat exhaustion.

To stop this from happening, check out the warning signs below that indicate when you need AC maintenance!

Blows Hot Air

If you notice that your AC is blowing out hot air instead of cold, then it’s time to think about an air conditioner maintenance service. This makes your machine work harder since it’s increasing your home’s temperature but thinks it still needs to cool everything down. It’ll get caught in a constant loop trying to do its job.

This excessive hot air also damages the inner workings of the machine, which results in more significant repairs in the future.

Sometimes it’s as easy as changing the filter or refilling the refrigerant. Other times, it requires an experienced hand to find the underlying problem.

Leaks Water

Leaks are never a good sign, and an air conditioner is no exception to this rule and should be at the top of your air conditioner maintenance checklist.

Leaking indicates that there’s a clog in the drain line or condensation pipes and could cause further damage. If the leaking is bad enough, it could even cause water damage to other parts of your home. Left unattended, this water damage might turn into a mold problem that puts your family in a health-risk situation.

Trying to take your machine apart and fix it by yourself is never a good idea. Instead, call your local professionals to ensure that nothing is damaged further!

Blocked Air Flow

Do you have your air conditioner turned on all the time but never notice a dip in temperature? Are there a few rooms that get cooled down but not others?

This indicates that something is blocking the cool air from getting into the home.

Over time, dust and debris build up in your vents, making it more difficult for the air conditioner to push out the cold air it’s producing. This is why some rooms might cool down more than others. Make sure to note down which rooms still get the cool air so that you can tell your local service company where to look within the vents.

Another cause behind poor airflow is the compressor. It might be breaking down and will need a professional to look at it for repairs.

Continuous Cycling

An AC that constantly churns and cycles is never a good sign for any homeowner. It means that the machine is working overtime without doing much of anything.

Short-cycling is often a warning that there’s a problem with the thermostat, but it could be more serious such as air leaks letting the cold air escape the system.

Either way, these are issues that a professional AC maintenance company can fix for you right away.

Foul Odor

Is there a weird smell in the air? Have you looked throughout your home but still can’t find the culprit behind the odor? The chances are good that it’s coming from your air conditioner.

As soon as you notice this problem, it’s essential to turn off the air conditioner right away and call for maintenance. Sometimes trapped moisture sits in a machine and starts to mold, which is a health hazard to you and your family.

It could also be due to a dirty filter blowing out contaminated air that smells like old wet socks. It’s an unpleasant way to enjoy an air conditioner!

Call for maintenance and let the professionals figure out the problem to get your AC smelling new again.

Strange Noises

It’s not uncommon for an AC to make a few noises, mainly when it cycles, but it should be silent for the most part. Besides the sound of blowing air, you shouldn’t even notice it running most of the time.

If there’s a loud bang or screeching sound, there’s something wrong with the machine, and it needs maintenance as soon as possible.

Banging indicates that there might be a loose part inside the AC and is moving around, causing damage to other parts of the system. Screeching occurs when there’s a moving part that’s stuck or obstructed and grinds against the obstruction.

Both situations are never good for homeowners and will require professional help to fix. If ignored, those noises will create more significant problems in the future that’ll end up costing you even more money. Make sure to call for AC maintenance to get your machine working again!

Higher Energy Costs

Most air conditioner maintenance warning signs are easy to spot if you know what to look for in your home. Sometimes, however, problems occur that don’t have an easy way to notice.

This is when your bills come in handy. If there’s a massive spike in your energy bill, that indicates that there’s something wrong with your air conditioner system.

The cost of running a broken machine over a long time is more than the air conditioner maintenance cost. It’s essential to call for service as soon as you notice the increase in your bills.

Stay Comfortable All Year Long With Regular Air Conditioner Maintenance

With thousands of homes using ACs in America, everyone should know the air conditioner maintenance warning signs. It keeps people safe and also helps to cut down on overall costs.

Make sure to share this list with your friends and family so that they can keep their AC in working order all year long as well!

Do you need central air conditioner maintenance right now? Contact us right away, and we’ll help you through the process!

Ideal Temperatures for Storage When Organizing Your Home

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Maybe your New Year’s resolution is to get your home organized and clear the clutter.  You may not realize it, but storing away cherished family photos, heirlooms, and other important items in the garage or attic may not be the best idea.  Many of us are guilty of just cramming things in a closet or anywhere that’s convenient at the moment, thinking we will organize it later.  When storing and organizing your home, the temperature should be taken into consideration to protect from possible damage.

Of course, totes and boxes make it easier to organize your home, but this isn’t enough.  Here are some tips that will help you keep your New Year’s resolution.

Holiday decorations.  Many homeowners have decorations for every season.  You want to be able to use it each year, so protecting it is vital.  Bubble wrap is good to protect from breakage, and placing your decor in a plastic tote protects from rodents, bugs, moisture, etc.  A damp basement isn’t the best place for storage, so make sure you put away your bins in an area that isn’t susceptible to significant temperature or humidity fluctuations.  Label your totes so you can easily find what you need next time.

Photos and artwork.  Whether old family photos, valuable paintings, or those cherished pieces of artwork your children have created over the years, storing these items at the proper temperature is critical to preserving them and protecting from damage.  Clear plastic totes protect from moisture and dust, and temperatures ranging between 70 and 75 degrees are ideal.  You will also want to keep humidity levels at about 50%, as too much moisture can cause your photos to stick together.  If you have several paintings, use racks to separate them when stacking to protect from potential damage.

Clothing.  Storing your clothing in a dark area away from sunlight is essential to keeping your clothes looking new year after year.  Before putting away in a cabinet or on a closet shelf, wash the clothes you will be storing and make sure they’re thoroughly dry.  Avoid extremely hot or cold temperatures, and aim for about 50 to 55% humidity levels to protect from dampness.

No matter where you intend to store your clothing, artwork, holiday decor, or other items you’re putting away to get your home organized, a ductless mini-split system will help ensure the perfect temperature and humidity level.  Contact Haley Mechanical today to learn how these systems could transform your shed, basement, or garage into the ideal storage space.

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How to Protect Your Air Conditioner from Theft

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“Honestly, I am thinking of just taping a $100 bill to the next one I install,” the business owner said, shaking his head. For the second time in a year, he was making a police report on a stolen central air conditioning unit. “It will be cheaper for me. They get something like $80 worth of copper out of the thing, and it costs me $1400 to replace it!”

In the last few years, as the price of copper has risen, so has the price of air conditioners and the demand for scrap copper to recycle. Theft of air conditioners and air conditioner parts have risen right along with the price of copper. Imagine coming home from vacation and finding an empty concrete pad where your central air conditioning unit used to be. Or waking in the middle of the night to a strange hissing sound or a too-warm house, and finding your air conditioner gutted but still safely bolted to its foundation!

While taping $100 bills to your AC unit is not feasible, there are steps you can take to make your air conditioner harder to steal. No system is perfect, but most thieves are after the easy score. Anything you can do to “harden the target” will make it more likely that the thief will bypass your home, or even get caught in the act.

There are two kinds of thefts, for two kinds of resales. One is theft of complete units, which is mostly done by organized rings who sell the units directly to consumers (some of whom are trying to replace their own stolen units on the cheap!) or unethical builders and renovators who reinstall the air conditioners elsewhere. The more common type of theft targets the copper innards, and this is usually done by a single thief. He destroys your air conditioner by prying it open and removing the copper parts. These thefts are most prevalent in areas near a metal recycling business, but thieves have been caught ransacking subdivisions fifty miles from their home as well!

Once the theft has occurred, there is little that the police can do to catch the perpetrator after the fact. Although such a theft can be financially devastating to a homeowner or business, in a busy police department, violent and person crimes such as murders, rapes, and robberies take priority over property crimes. Even if a police officer or detective wants to work the case, there are few leads. As they are working with leaking coolant and sharp metallic edges, thieves almost always wear gloves. The metal recyclers know that a significant portion of incoming metal is probably stolen, but they usually follow a policy of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” In fact, county and state governments have been scrambling to put laws in place requiring the recyclers to keep records of sellers, because the industry has been so loosely monitored in the past.

So what can you do? The best approach is to keep a thief from going after your air conditioner at all by making it too hard to steal.

1. Fence in the yard, and lock the gate.

If your air conditioner is behind the house or on a side near the back, install a back yard fence that has the unit inside its perimeter. Make the fence as high as allowed by your local zoning regulations–backyards are usually allowed to have higher fences. Anything under 6 feet is too easy to climb over. For the same reason, choose a fence made of closely set wooden panels over chain link, and face the side with the braces to the inside rather than the outside. Have a lockable latch on the gate, and buy a lock that is more difficult to pick or cut. Higher end, specially keyed locks require special picking equipment most thieves will not have, and the round locks are impossible for most amateurs to cut.

2. Cage your air conditioner.

Any barrier around the unit will make it a less tempting target. Businesses have added chain link enclosures with locked gates, and landscapers can suggest thick, thorny bushes to make the unit less accessible (although any HVAC technician will also be cursing you!). Make sure that there is enough space between the barrier and the unit that air can circulate freely. Otherwise, the air conditioner will not work correctly. In response to the increase in thieves, different types of steel and iron cages have come on the market, some as cheap and basic as a criss-crossed pair of rebar pieces, and others with decorative leaves and vines in the design to make the cage less of an eyesore. The 2-piece rebar cages will not prevent a determined vandal from opening the unit and salvaging the copper from it, so if you decide to go this route, choose a true cage made from strong metal. And again, lock it up with a padlock that is difficult to impossible for the typical thief to defeat. And while you are at it, lock up the power box too–a thief will think twice about your air conditioner if he cannot turn off the juice running to it!

3. Light it up.

Place motion sensor lights that will shine directly onto the area where the air conditioner is. This is especially useful if your air conditioner is within view of the street. Of course, this only works in places where there are more likely to be observers. If you live in an area where the houses are more spread out, or if your business is in an industrial area that is mostly deserted at night, the lights will help the thief work faster!

4. Include the air conditioner in your alarm system.

If you already have an alarm system on your home or business, talk to your vendor about expanding it to include proximity or motion sensors near the air conditioning unit. Choose an audible alarm as well, which will likely scare off a thief in a quiet residential area or business district. A silent alarm will aid in catching a crook in the act, but by the time he is caught, he will probably have damaged the air conditioner. If you do not yet have a security system for your location and decide to get one, get quotes that include air conditioner sensors.

5. Keep eyes on the air conditioner at all times.

Businesses with large, very expensive air conditioning systems, or who have been frequent targets of theft, might consider upgrading their security to a camera system that is continuously monitored by the security company. Many services offer guarantees that include paying your expenses if a thief gets past their monitoring without being noticed. Such a service can cost several hundred dollars per month, but for larger or frequently victimized businesses, it can be money well spent.

If you take some extra steps to make your air conditioner harder to steal or break into, you will be able to keep your cool throughout the hot season–literally!

Who Knew Fido Could Be Such a Threat to Your A/C System?

Picture of a Cute Puppy

Many Southeast Michigan homeowners are dog lovers; in fact, many of us think of our pets as a member of the family.  Just like your children, it’s likely your family dog has a few habits you aren’t too fond of.  While it’s common knowledge that dogs (especially puppies) enjoy chewing on those things they aren’t supposed to chew on, scratching furniture, jumping up on the sofa, and damaging other belongings, you probably didn’t know that your beloved Fido may be putting your air conditioning system at risk!  Even if your dog is well trained, there is one “secret” habit he may have that he’s hiding from you:  Urinating on your air conditioner.

For A/C Equipment, Dog Urine Can Be Deadly

Ultimately, dog urine can damage your A/C system to the point that it’s beyond repair, meaning you must replace your air conditioner.  Hopefully, though, you’ve discovered the issue before it’s gotten to this point.

When a dog urinates on an air conditioner, the urine will literally disintegrate the outer shell over time, and destroy the interior coils.  Eventually, if the ‘habit’ is not discovered, the air conditioner’s coils will spring a leak which makes it possible for the refrigerant to escape.  Refrigerant is essential for cooling, so when this happens your A/C system cannot cool your home.  At the point leaks have formed in your air conditioning’s coils, making repairs is no longer an option.

The good news?  If things haven’t progressed to this stage yet, you can create a barrier to keep Fido a safe distance from your unit.  A simple fence placed about 1 1/2 to 2 feet from the unit will allow for air flow, while preventing your dog from causing any further damage.

How Haley Mechanical Can Help

First of all, you may want to consider checking your air conditioner for discoloration and corrosion around the base, along with the unmistakable odor of urine to determine if your male dog (or even a neighbor’s) has been doing the dirty deed to your A/C system.  If you do detect signs, Haley Mechanical can help.

All you have to do is give us a call, and we will be happy to schedule a complete inspection of your cooling system.  A coil cleaning may be all it takes to get your A/C back in good working order if the damage is not extensive. Otherwise, we can assist you in finding a new system that is energy efficient, and right for your needs regarding size.  If your current system is salvageable, we’ll help you determine how to best protect the unit from potential further urine damage.

Live in Ann Arbor, Dexter, Ypsilanti or nearby communities of SE Michigan?  Give us a call today for all of your air conditioning installation or maintenance needs.

The Importance of a Quality Furnace Filter

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Southeast Michigan homeowners are advised, over and over again, to change their furnace filters often, yet many neglects to take care of this simple task. The fact is, there is no other factor that affects the performance of your system and energy efficiency like a dirty or clogged filter, which will impede airflow. Most homeowners aren’t aware that the blower of their systems sends all the air volumes in their homes through the filter countless times each day. Along with the air, imagine all the airborne particles including lint, dust, dirt, pet dander, and other contaminants! Not to mention pollen, mold spores, and other tiny microorganisms that aren’t visible.

Cheap Filters are Inexpensive for a Reason

A dirty filter can reduce airflow from your system, which can result in several consequences including poor indoor air quality, excessive wear and tear on your system, and increased energy consumption which results in higher utility bills. You can prevent most of the above by installing a high-quality filter and make sure you change it each month during the winter season.

What type of furnace filter should you get?

Understandably, many homeowners in Ann Arbor, Dexter, and surrounding areas buy the cheapest filters available – fiberglass panel filters, which are only capable of filtering larger dust particles. These filters are nearly useless when it comes to improving indoor air quality. By purchasing pleated polyester or cotton filters in multi-packs, you enjoy a great value and much-improved efficiency. The efficiency of filters is measured by the MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) displayed on the package. The higher the rating, the more airborne contaminants you can expect your filter to remove from the air. If you want a filter that is capable of trapping mold spores and other invisible particles, be sure to get one with a rating of 6 to 8. Those rated higher than 10 can severely restrict the airflow of your system, so be aware of the fact.

Changing Your Filter

In most cases, the filter on a furnace is installed in a slide-in slot placed vertically at the bottom of the unit, in the area where the return air duct enters the furnace cabinet. When changing the filter, be sure to turn the thermostat to the “off” position. Slide the old filter out, clean the furnace frame to remove any accumulation of dirt and dust using a soft rag, then slide the new filter in while making sure the side with the printed arrow is pointing in the direction of airflow. Turn the thermostat to the “on” position, and you’re ready to enjoy improved efficiency and better indoor air quality.

Need help selecting a filter to replace your old one, or changing the filter on your furnace? Contact the SE Michigan heating and cooling professionals at Haley Mechanical for all your furnace needs.

Do Furnaces Work Harder in Colder Weather?

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You know those days in Southeast Michigan when the weather isn’t fit for anything but staying indoors and reading a good book or napping. Cold temperatures that make your teeth chatter, slippery ice and snow – and if you don’t have a garage, scraping ice from the windshield as you try to get the door open.

Even then, you wonder if your vehicle will start up or if it does, whether it will keep running until you get to your destination and back. When temperatures drop to single digits or even below zero, does it make your furnace work harder as well?

Your Furnace Doesn’t Work as Hard When Temperatures are in the Deep Freeze

For most people, it makes sense that when temperatures are moderate on winter days (30 or 40 degrees), the furnace doesn’t have to work as hard to keep their homes comfortable. It doesn’t run non-stop, so that must be easier on it, right?

No. The fact is, it’s easier on the furnace when it does run for a longer, sustained period of time. Think about your vehicle; constant starts and stops cause wear and tear on many of the components. If you’ve ever checked your gas mileage after driving at a constant speed on the interstate vs. driving in the city at various speeds with lots of slowing at stoplights before accelerating back up to speed, you know gas mileage is better on the interstate or highway.

Your furnace works in much the same way; when temperatures plummet to zero or colder, it runs for a more extended period to make your home comfortable. When temperatures are 30 or 40 degrees, an average for SE Michigan, the furnace doesn’t kick on all that often and runs just a short time before shutting off again.

It’s late winter now, and most of us enjoy the sunshine that warms up our homes during the daylight hours in February and March. The furnace doesn’t run too often once the sun is up in the sky and coming through the windows while heating the roof, siding, and other components. Once it starts getting dark and the sun sinks below the horizon, it’s a different story – the furnace goes back to work again. It’s those stop-and-go days when temperatures are moderate that is really hard on your furnace.

When temps are frigid during the day, so cold you don’t even want to open the door let alone step foot outside; it is a good day for your furnace! There is nothing better for it than running in long stretches when it comes to extending the life of the motor and other components.

Have questions about your furnace or heating system? Give the Ann Arbor heating experts at Haley Mechanical a call today. Creating comfortable indoor weather is our business!

Five Reasons Your Ann Arbor Heating Bill is Too High

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Your heating bills might be the most expensive part of maintaining a comfortable home this winter. Many factors determine how much you are going to spend to keep your place warm and cozy this year. While you cannot do anything about some of them, here is a look at five of the most common reasons why heating bills are higher than they should be.

Poorly Sealed Windows and Doors. One of the most common reasons behind high heating bills, poorly sealed windows and doors happen to every homeowner. It is essential to inspect your windows and doors at least once a year to ensure they are adequately sealed. Weather, aging, and pests do much damage over the years to caulk and sealing agents, so you should expect to replace these items every few years to maintain a secure seal between your home and the cold air outside of it.

Leather, Plastic, and Glass. Believe it or not, when you heat your home, the only thing that is thoroughly heated is the air. Items closest to the heating vents feel warm to the touch, but most of your other furnishings will not become hot enough to retain any real semblance of heat. This is particularly true of leather, glass, and plastic. Cloth, on the other hand, warms up more readily, and it can help to make you feel warm. Consider adding blankets and pillows to the leather sofa or seat cushions to the kitchen chairs.

Insufficient Insulation. If your home is not insulated well, a lot of your heated air is making it outside through the attic, crawlspace, and basement. Unless you have radiant heating, the air that you heat rises to the ceiling and continues going upward through the attic and out of your home through vents, cracks, and holes. It is important to ensure your attic is insulated well. If you are not up to the task, hire a professional to come in and do it for you. Older homes, in particular, are at greatest risk of needing new insulation due to the detrimental effect that aging, dirt, and pests have on older styles of insulation.

Higher and Higher. The air in your home is not the only thing going higher and higher each day. As you turn the thermostat higher each time the heating cycle kicks off, and the air becomes somewhat chilly, your heating bill continues to rise. Instead of turning the heat up a notch every hour or so, reach for a sweater, blanket, or someone to cuddle.

Taking Your Shoes Off. How many times do you kick off your shoes when you arrive home after a long day of being on the job or shopping? Not wearing shoes, particularly on uncarpeted flooring, can make you feel cold. As a result, you kick up the thermostat, and your bill continues to rise. Grab a pair of slippers or comfortable shoes and keep them on to minimize the cost of heating your home this winter.

Stop dreading your heating bill each month and take charge of reducing this expense. Whether you arrange for a professional energy audit or you conduct one on your own, it is time to find out why the bills to heat your home are so high.

The Mood is Warm During the Holidays; Your Home Should Be Too!

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Holidays are when we gather with family and friends, creating new memories and reminiscing about old ones. It is warm, inviting, comfortable – and your southeast Michigan home should be just as warm! Of course, it is also when temperatures are plummeting, and you want your home to stay comfortable while keeping energy costs down. What issues may you face, and what can you do about it?

Take control of the temperature inside your home

While temperatures may fluctuate outdoors between milder days and those that are uncomfortably chilly during the holidays, you can still maintain control of the comfort inside your home. Some options include an auto-switching thermostat and the iComfort® S30 Smart Thermostat Perfect Temp. An auto-switching thermostat is capable of switching back and forth between heating and cooling modes, with no help from you. With the iComfort® S30 Smart Thermostat set the temperature you desire once, and the system maintains this temperature for you year-round whether it is summer, winter, snowing, raining, or sunny. Easy!

Keep your home warm during the holiday while saving on energy costs all season

Many homeowners in Ann Arbor and other areas of SE Michigan use gas furnaces to heat their homes during the holiday season and beyond. In some areas, this may not be the best solution because of the cost of natural gas when compared to electricity.

The solution? You may want to consider a dual-fuel system which essentially works by combining a gas furnace with a heat pump. When temperatures heat up in summer months, the heat pump works to provide cool air; in winter months, it provides warmth by switching to heating mode. When temperatures become brutally cold, the system switches to gas furnace automatically. According to the temperature, the system switches back and forth between electricity and gas, so you enjoy energy efficiency without raising a finger.

If you are going away for a few days over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, you want to save money on heating an empty home. The iComfort® S30 Smart Thermostat is truly a smart investment, as its “Smart Away” mode knows when your family is home, and when you are away! This amazing thermostat can determine if you are home or away using your family’s smartphones. When no one is home, the iComfort S30 will automatically reduce energy use by reducing the heat! It also works just the opposite in summer months, reducing cooling when your home’s empty.

Controlling temperatures when your home is buzzing with activity

During the holidays, many families have lots of company – and lots of cooking going on. When you put a large group of people in a room, it warms up from body heat; when the oven, stove top, and other appliances are in use, and there are lots of cooks busying about in preparation of a great meal, there can be substantial temperature differences from one room to the next. How to get a handle on the drastic temperature changes?

Zoning systems such as the Lennox iHarmony® Zoning system controls temperatures throughout your home by dividing it up into four sections or zones, each controlled by its thermostat. Zoning makes it possible for you to direct heated or cooled air precisely where you need it by simply opening or closing motorized dampers.

Zoning systems are also ideal when you have overnight guests for the holidays, as you can supply heat or air to the rooms your guests will use, and deliver little or no heating or cooling to guest rooms when they are empty the rest of the year. Talk about comfort and energy savings!

Give your guests (and yourself) the joy of a beautiful landscape

While closing the drapes is a practice many adhere to in winter months to help keep out cold drafts, it is a shame to miss all of the beautiful landscapes! Colder weather is when you can enjoy watching the snow as it gently falls, or brilliant sunshine on sunny days. Instead of closing the drapes when family and friends visit for the holidays, consider insulating cracks and filling any gaps that may exist. Clear shrink-wrap insulation is another option, as you can insulate the windows and still enjoy a gorgeous view without sacrificing your guests’ comfort or paying high energy costs.

Holiday guests mean constantly opening doors – stay comfortable

Holiday get-togethers mean the front door of your home will be opened and closed countless times. To prevent your heater from running constantly, try to have guests enter through the door that’s furthest away from the thermostat.

At Haley Mechanical, we wish you a warm and happy holiday season! Hopefully, the tips above will help you understand how to save on energy usage and costs while enjoying comfort all through the holidays.

Need a HVAC Contractor in Ann Arbor? 3 Things to Look For

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Regardless of whether it’s winter or summer in Southeast Michigan, there’s never a “good” time for your heating and air conditioning system to go on the blink. Perhaps you have an emergency with your heater, or simply need your HVAC system checked out to ensure everything’s in good working order. Before you choose the first contractor you come to in the phone book, Haley Mechanical recommends you consider the following.

Training & Certification of Technicians

Not all companies hire only highly trained and skilled technicians. It’s important to learn the educational standards the company adheres to when hiring employees, whether they participate in ongoing training, even whether technicians have undergone OSHA training or contractors are registered with ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning) or other nationally accredited groups. Technicians must be skilled and capable when it comes to the latest HVAC technologies or even detecting, handling, or treating mold if you suspect it exists in your heating & cooling system.

Legitimate Businesses are Happy to Provide Credentials

Unfortunately, not all heat and air companies in the Ann Arbor area are truly legitimate. In order to ensure you’re hiring a professional who will take care of your needs, ask for information including insurance and a business license. This is possible before anyone actually comes to your home, via email or phone. It’s also possible to contact the issuing licensing authority in order to verify the company does have a license that’s current and in good standing. If there are complaints against the business or their insurance coverage has lapsed, be sure to ask questions.

Take a Look at Online Reviews

The best way to choose an HVAC business you can trust is to ask around and look at online reviews. Family members, co-workers, neighbors, friends, other businesses you’re familiar with in the area; all of these sources can give you their opinions and recommendations. There are also lots of places you can check online to ensure a business is legitimate and has a good reputation such as Yelp, the Better Business Bureau, Facebook, Google, Angie’s List, and others. If you do choose to investigate using social media platforms, pay close attention to how any customer issues have been addressed or resolved.

Now that you’re prepared, finding a professional to resolve your SE Michigan heating repair issues or to perform regular maintenance won’t be a problem at all. Be sure to keep Haley Mechanical in mind, one of the most trusted and reputable companies in the heating & cooling business!

Copper Theft – Tips for Protecting Your Property

Copper Pipes

According to NICB (National Insurance Crime Bureau), copper is highly prized by thieves who are looking to make some easy money.  Over a two-year period, 25,000 claims were filed related to the theft of aluminum, brass, bronze, and copper.  Not surprisingly, 96% of these thefts were copper-related.

Retail facilities and construction sites are two of the hardest hit by copper theft.  Considering both of these are typically dark and deserted during the nighttime hours, they become easy targets for copper thieves.  Retail strip malls often offer easy access to AC units on the rooftop, as well as access from one retailer to the next without ever getting off of the building.  Copper coils, wiring, and piping are like “gold” to thieves, who may strip every copper component they can find from HVAC equipment on a construction site, waiting to be installed.

How can you deter copper theft at your retail location or construction site?  Here are a few tips:

  • Avoid letting copper materials and equipment sit out where they are vulnerable to theft by having them delivered on the day of installation
  • Make sure storage trailers and trucks are securely locked, and restrict access to keys
  • Be on alert when at the construction site for vehicles or activity that seems suspicious
  • Use storage containers, wire cages and/or secured buildings to store large quantities of equipment which contain copper components
  • Consider hiring a security service or local law enforcement to patrol and/or guard the work site during the hours no workers are present
  • Make sure your crew is trained on security procedures regarding materials and equipment; you may want to devise an inventory management system for tracking and identifying these materials as well

Preventive measures can also help deter copper theft at retail stores and shopping malls.  Some of the things you can do to prevent theft of copper components from AC units include installing exterior motion-sensor lighting, secure fencing, and video surveillance.  You may also want to consider locked steel cages around AC units, and monitoring during nighttime hours, weekends or other times which would be regarded as opportune for would-be thieves.