Month: July 2021

Why Does My AC Smell Weird?

With the scorching temperatures of summertime in Crystal River, FL, you’ll need to rely on your air conditioner over the next few months. The fresh, cool air flowing from your vents keeps you and your household comfortable in the face of the intense heat outside. However, if you notice strange odors like the following in your home when you use your AC, they almost always mean something is wrong in your system.

AC Smells Like Car Exhaust

Since your air conditioner doesn’t have an internal combustion engine, it should never smell like exhaust fumes. However, some of the fluids that help your air conditioner cool the air before pushing it into your home may smell like fumes if they get too hot. If you notice an exhaust fume smell coming from your air conditioner, you probably have a leak in your refrigerant line.

AC Smells Like Rotten Eggs

The sulfuric smell of rotten eggs is hard to miss. If you notice this pungent odor coming from your air conditioner, it probably means that there’s a dead animal somewhere in your ductwork. Sometimes small animals find their way into ducts but end up dying while they’re in there.

AC Smells Hot

If you notice the smell of smoke or your AC smells like something is hot, you should immediately shut the system down and call for a service appointment. Your air conditioner has several electrical components that make it work, and electrical fires are dangerous. Once you know your home is safe to stay in, schedule air conditioner repair.

When your air conditioner functions correctly, there should be no strange odors coming through your vents. If you notice a weird smell, let us diagnose and resolve the problem. Call Senica Air Conditioning today to find out about all our HVAC services.

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AC Repair: What you need to know

Late spring and summer put HVAC technicians in high demand. As temperatures rise, homeowners rely on their central air conditioning system on a regular basis. When cool air isn’t flowing from the vents, an air conditioner repair may be needed.

Unless you’re a trained HVAC technician, we don’t recommend opening your unit and testing or replacing parts. However, there are some simple air conditioner troubleshooting steps you can take to determine the severity of the problem.

Most Common Ac Repair Problems

Understanding some of the most common reasons your AC may not be working will help you feel more confident during the a/c repair process. From simple solutions, like recharging refrigerant, to larger challenges, like a failed AC capacitor, look for these symptoms to pinpoint the problem.

Refrigerant Leak

AC refrigerant is a chemical that takes a liquid or gaseous state to transfer heat out of your home and deliver cool air back into the space. Without refrigerant, or if there is a leak in the system, the air conditioner will not be able to cool the air coming into your home.

Signs of an AC refrigerant leak:

  • Unexpected increase in cooling cost. Without the proper amount of refrigerant, the unit will work harder to try to lower the temperature in your home.
  • Air coming from vents isn’t cool. Without refrigerant, the HVAC loses its cooling capacity. You may hear the unit running and feel air being dispersed throughout the home, but it likely won’t be cool enough to make your space comfortable.
  • Increased indoor humidity. A lack of refrigerant means the indoor temperature is higher and an increase in humidity isn’t far behind.
  • Outdoor unit makes a hissing sound. If your unit sounds like it’s releasing air or hissing, a leak within the system is likely.
  • There is low airflow throughout your home. Refrigerant is partly responsible for creating the amount of cool air needed to reach your desired temperature. Without it, your HVAC unit can’t pump out the same amount of air.

The AC repair needed to address a refrigerant leak may include repairing or replacing the line where the leak has occurred and recharging the unit. Recharging your home’s AC is when a technician adds more refrigerant to the unit and, if needed, pressurizes the chemical to ensure it will operate properly in your AC. The Environmental Protection Agency mandates that only a certified technician can recharge your home’s HVAC unit.

HVAC drainage issues

An air conditioner’s cooling process produces condensation, which normally flows away from the equipment, allowing the unit to operate smoothly. However, if a clog develops in the condensate drain lines or drip pan, or if outdoor humidity levels are high, moisture may back up into your air conditioner. 

Excess condensation will increase indoor humidity levels and hinder the air conditioner’s performance. It could also cause damage to the unit’s components. There are three likely drain issues to look for in your AC troubleshooting process:

  • Water leakage and spilling: When algae, mold, or other debris blocks the trap or pipe, the condensate pan will fill with water and can eventually overflow. If left unaddressed, the water can damage your drywall, floors, or HVAC system.
  • Mold growth: An odor of mildew or dampness may indicate mold is growing in the drain tube. Scheduling regular cleaning of the condensate drain will help avoid poor indoor air quality because of mold spores.
  • Drain trap: A U-shape trap is connected to the condensate drain and allows water to flow out of the system. The trap can become clogged or dry out. Mold, mildew, and fungus can develop if water doesn’t flow properly, causing sewage odors to back up into your home. 

If your air conditioning system shuts down, it may because the overflow components were triggered and the float switch signaled for the unit to turn off. A trained HVAC technician should make this AC repair.

Air conditioner broken compressor fan

Your air conditioner’s outside unit is home to the compressor, fan, and condenser coils. These components work to release heat from the air, transferring it out of your home to produce a cool indoor climate. 

When the outdoor fan isn’t working correctly, the heat transfer process is hindered. A broken fan can cause the system’s compressor to overheat, triggering the air conditioner’s safety controls and turning off the air conditioner.

Symptoms of a bad AC compressor: 

  • Lack of hot air being released from the outdoor unit. The compressor is designed to release hot energy outside and deliver the cool air indoors. If the fan in your outdoor unit is expelling lukewarm or cool air, the compressor may need to be repaired.
  • Unit makes strange noises. Banging, screeching, or clicking noises coming from the outdoor unit when the AC is turned on may point to electrical problems with the compressor.
  • Indoor temperature isn’t cooling off. The fan inside your home may work properly even when the compressor has failed. If the outdoor unit doesn’t sound like the motor is running, call a technician to explore possible a/c repair options.
  • Circuit breaker continually trips. If the compressor begins to pull too much power to perform, it will overheat and trip the circuit breaker. This could be a warning sign that the compressor is about to fail.

There are other ways a bad compressor will present itself, but these are a few of the most common problems. Replacing or repairing the compressor is not a DIY job. Allow a qualified home AC repair specialist to diagnose and fix the issue.

Frozen condenser coils

Poor airflow through your cooling system can cause ice to form on the condenser coils. A number of problems can contribute to poor airflow, like a dirty air filter or blocked return air ducts. 

A clogged drain pipe or a refrigerant leak may also cause the condenser coils to freeze. If you suspect the coils are frozen, you’ll likely need an HVAC repair professional, but you can still try these AC troubleshooting steps.

  • Thaw the coils. Turn the AC unit off or to “fan only” mode. It can take up to 24 hours for the coils to thaw completely.
  • Check the filter. If air flow has deteriorated because of a dirty filter, change it and wait for the coils to thaw before turning the system on. If the coils refreeze, call a technician.
  • Schedule preventative maintenance. Whether you’re able to determine how to fix home air conditioner problems yourself or relied on a pro, schedule seasonal maintenance now to prevent further damage to your unit.

Emergency AC Repairs

It’s never a convenient time to have to troubleshoot AC problems, but some moments are more problematic than others. If your central air conditioning goes out on a holiday weekend or the middle of the night and there’s no emergency AC repair company available, use our central air troubleshooting steps.

Step 1: Check filters and replace them if needed.

A dirty filter can create low air flow throughout your HVAC system. Replace your filters before calling a technician to see if that addresses your problem.

Step 2: Check all air vents.

Furniture, toys, drapes and other household items can find their way into the path of return and supply vents. Do a walk through of your home to ensure all vents are clear of blockades and are open.

Step 3: Remove foliage and debris from around the outdoor unit.

Leaves, sticks, and other debris can get stuck within the HVAC unit. Clear the foliage from around and within the unit to support good airflow.

Step 4: Check your thermostat.

Ensure the settings on your thermostat are correct. A recent power outage or trip in the circuit breaker may have caused the thermostat to malfunction.

Step 5: Check your AC circuit breakers.

Go to your home’s electrical panel and look for the breaker for the air conditioning unit. If needed, flip it to the “on” position. Try turning the AC on. If the breaker immediately flips back off, call an HVAC technician to make this a/c repair.

If the unit fails to run properly after you’ve tried these five steps, turn the system off and schedule immediate HVAC care. You don’t want to leave a broken unit running, possibly causing more damage to the components.

Finding local AC repair contractors

A local AC repair contractor is your best bet for quality, timely cooling system repairs. Do your homework before hiring the first company available. Read online reviews of the contractor’s service and follow our tips on how to choose the best HVAC technician in your area.

Troubleshooting for Air Conditioner Repairs

Whenever you experience performance problems with your air conditioner, whether it isn’t producing enough cooling or isn’t turning on, troubleshooting should be your first step. Some simple troubleshooting has the potential to solve the issue, getting your home cool faster without the expense of calling an air conditioner repair company.

Run through these air conditioner troubleshooting steps before you call your air conditioner repair technician:

  • Check your thermostat’s settings. The thermostat should be set to cooling model, and the temperature set a few degrees lower than the home’s current temperature to initiate a cooling cycle. Make sure the hold or vacation setting hasn’t accidentally been initiated to halt your air conditioner’s operation.
  • Check power. Make sure your thermostat has power, as well as your cooling unit. Replace batteries in the thermostat if necessary. Ensure the power switch of your air handler hasn’t been turned off (it is located on or near the unit inside your home) as well as the power switch to the outdoor component, if applicable (this is likely positioned on the exterior wall of your home near the unit). Check your home’s electrical panel to ensure the breakers of the circuits suppling power to your cooling system are not tripped, or that fuses are in good shape.
  • Check your air filter. A filter that has become clogged with contaminants can restrict airflow, preventing cool air from coming into your home. It could also cause the cooling system’s coils to freeze up, inhibiting performance. If your filter is dirty, replace it with a new one or clean your reusable filter according to the manufacturer’s directions.

If these air conditioner troubleshooting steps don’t solve the problem, it’s time to call a local HVAC company for air conditioner repair.

Air Conditioner Repair Costs

Air conditioner repair costs vary greatly, depending on the issue your system experiences. The cost of repairing a home’s cooling system is often stressful for homeowners, especially when it’s a sudden, unexpected expense.

The average air conditioner repair costs homeowners approximately $300. Air conditioning repair contractors typically charge a fee for a service call, covering the diagnostics necessary to determine what is wrong with your cooling system. Service call fees typically range between $50 and $100, and may be more if you need emergency air conditioner repairs.

Below are some average prices of common air conditioner repairs so you know what to expect during your service call:

  • Replace condensate drain tube – $20
  • Replace condensate drain pump – $240 to $450
  • Replace drain pans – $250 to $575
  • Flush drain line – $75 to $250
  • Recharge refrigerant – $250 to $750
  • Repair refrigerant leak – $200 to $1,500
  • Replace compressor – $1,900
  • Repair outdoor fan motor – $200 to $650
  • Replace breakers, relays, or fuses – $75 to $290
  • Replace condenser coil – $1,900 to $2,900

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How to Clean Mold in Window AC Unit

Do you smell that? If your air conditioner is putting out more than chilled air, you may be dealing with mold in your AC unit. A damp or musty odor is often the first non-visible sign that there may be mold in air conditioner parts you can’t immediately see.

Tackling the issue has far more benefit than ridding your home of the mildew smell (although that may rank pretty high on your priority list). Breathing in mold spores can create health challenges like coughing, wheezing, or an itchy throat.  

If you can see mold on your window ac unit or a lingering odor indicates growth is happening just beyond the vent grille, don’t ignore it. We’re going to help you determine if you’re facing a DIY job, need to hire a pro, or may even need to purchase a new window air conditioner.

Is Mold in air conditioner units dangerous?

Before you determine whether your unit can be cleaned or should be replaced, it’s important to understand just how dangerous mold can be. Black mold in air conditioner units can develop for a number of reasons, and left untreated, the growth can begin to affect your family’s health.

Symptoms of mold exposure:

  • Coughing 
  • Wheezing
  • Nasal congestion
  • Itchy or red eyes
  • Skin rash
  • Irritated throat

These symptoms may be more severe in individuals who have a mold allergy. If you’re inspecting a window unit, the fix can be fairly quick because the spread of mold spores was likely contained to a single room. 

If, however, your problem is mold in central air conditioner components or ductwork, professional cleaning may be necessary. Mold spores can be distributed through a home’s ductwork, creating poor indoor air quality in potentially every room in your house. 

What causes black mold in air conditioners?

Even if you invest in the best window air conditioner, the unit can develop mold if it’s unused for an extended period of time. 

Over the winter months, for example, dust can collect inside the vents. With the right amount of humidity, mold can begin to grow, feeding on particles of dust. You likely wouldn’t notice the air conditioner’s black mold problem until you turn the unit on in the warmer months and a mildew odor fills the room. 

It’s also possible for mold to develop if there’s a leak in the condenser or evaporator coil and moisture persists inside the unit. Plus, a dirty filter can serve as a food source for mold, accelerating the growth. Many units have a “check filter” light that indicates when cleaning is needed. You may also refer to your user’s manual for best practices on keeping the filter clean.

Steps to remove mold from AC

To properly remove mold from your window AC, you’ll need to gather a list of common household items. Use our supply list below for guidance. 


  • Protective eyewear
  • Face mask
  • Latex or non-porous gloves
  • Water
  • CLR or other mold removal cleaner
  • Mild dish soap
  • 5-gallon bucket
  • Cloth
  • Scrub brush
  • Screwdriver
  • Vacuum cleaner with attachments
  • Protective eyewear
  • Face mask
  • Gloves
  • Water
  • Laundry detergent
  • Bleach
  • Mild dish soap
  • 5-gallon bucket
  • Cloth
  • Scrub brush
  • Screwdriver
  • Vacuum cleaner with attachments

Mold Removal Safety Tips

You won’t know the full extent of the mold growth in your unit unless you remove it from the window. Grab some help to safely remove the AC and place it in a sturdy spot for cleaning, like the garage or outdoor work bench. It’s best to remove the mold from air conditioner parts outdoors so you have plenty of fresh air to combat the mold and any fumes from the cleaner.

AC Unit Mold Removal Instructions

  1. Safety first: Put on your safety gear (mask, eyewear, and gloves).
  2. Remove AC: Turn off the air conditioner and unplug the unit from its power source. Remove the unit and relocate it to an outdoor space or the garage floor for cleaning.
  3. Disassemble: Remove the front body grille of your unit. On most units, this can be done easily by pulling it forward and pushing down slightly. If the grille is screwed in, use the screwdriver to remove the screws.
  4. Remove filter: The filter will be located in the air conditioner’s front grille. Most filters are reusable and can be cleaned with soap and water, while other filters are disposable and may need to be replaced.
  5. Clean reusable filter: For a washable filter, fill your sink or bathtub with a couple inches of warm water and dish soap. Spray the filter with CLR (or your chosen mold-removal cleaner) and allow the filter to soak for approximately 15 minutes.
  6. Scrub filter: Next, use the scrub brush to clean both sides of the filter. Rinse out the filter with clean water and hang it to dry.
  7. Remove cover: Next, go back to your air conditioner unit and unscrew the metal cover located behind the front body grill and lift it directly upwards.
  8. Vacuum dust: Use the vacuum and attachments to clean out as much dirt and debris from the interior of the unit as possible. Use a cloth or sponge to wipe away any visible mold growth.
  9. Scrub the mold: Spray a liberal amount of your chosen mold cleaner onto the air conditioner and scrub the moldy areas of your air conditioner. Also, clean the air conditioner front grille if it has mold on it. Allow the solution to sit on these surfaces for approximately 10 minutes, then rinse with water and a damp cloth.
  10. Allow drying time: Let the unit, filter, grille, and metal cover dry completely.
  11. Install clean unit: Reassemble the air conditioning unit, install it into the desired window and plug it into its power source.

The housing of a window AC (the part that hangs outside your window) is waterproof, but you should be careful not to get water or cleaner within the controls on the front of the unit. Once you’ve cleaned each part, give the drying process 24 hours before you put it back together.

It should also be noted that if your window air conditioner has substantial mold growth, meaning the mold covers one-third or more of the unit, it’s best to purchase a new AC. It’s not likely that you’ll adequately kill all the mold spores, and even after heavy-duty cleaning, the mold may still exist and continue to spread.

Prevent mold in window air conditioner

If you’re thinking you’d rather put in the work to prevent mold in window air conditioner parts rather than break out the scrub brush and gloves each summer, we’re here to help. 

  • Remove dust from the unit to deprive mold of its food source. Use a vacuum to remove dust particles from the front portion of the unit.
  • Use “fan mode” occasionally to dry out any exposed parts of the unit that may have become damp with condensation.
  • Change or clean your filter as suggested by the user manual. 
  • Inspect the unit monthly while it’s being used to ensure mold isn’t going undetected.
  • Clean the unit thoroughly once the summer season is over.
  • Protect the unit with a durable air conditioner cover while it’s stored away after the summer season.

Mold in central air conditioners

If you suspect mold in your central air system or ductwork, contact an HVAC professional to handle the inspection and cleaning process. Repairing your heating and cooling system is not a DIY job and you don’t want to risk damaging other parts of the unit.

To ensure your system works properly for its intended lifespan, schedule routine maintenance ahead of the summer season. A technician can help you prevent mold growth and other damages from occurring so your home and family are comfortable when hot weather hits.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I clean dirty coils on a window AC? 

Wondering how to clean a window air conditioner without removing it? First, use a brush hose attachment on your vacuum cleaner to vacuum out loose debris. Use a self-rinsing foam-based spray and then wipe it off using a fin comb. Periodically rinse your fin comb in water. 

How do I clean the condensation pan on my window AC? 

Unscrew the pan from the bottom of the unit. Using a wet rag, scrub the pan until clean, and then replace the pan to the unit.

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A Hissing AC Isn’t Normal

ac-condensor-and-wrenchesAs the temperature here in Florida gets hotter and hotter, making sure that your air conditioning system is working properly is crucial to stay cool and comfortable. With all the hard work your AC is doing this summer, it is possible that it will develop problems. A properly working air conditioner should run without making any noise. If you hear any strange noises from your AC, it is a sign that you have a major problem on your hand, and you need to hire a professional for AC repair in Kendall, FL.

One of the best ways to tell if your air conditioner is struggling is to listen to it. Do you hear a strange hissing sound? A continuous hissing sound coming from your air conditioning system could be a symptom of several possible problems with your unit.

We’ll tell you what could be causing the hissing noise and what you should do about it.

Why Is My AC Hissing?

Are you wondering what exactly is causing your air conditioner to make the hissing sound? Here are the major reasons you could be hearing that strange noise coming from your AC and what it could mean.

Refrigerant leak

Refrigerant leaks are the most common reason for the hissing sound. The copper refrigerant lines carrying the refrigerant throughout your air conditioner can develop leaks. If these lines develop cracks, it can cause the refrigerant to exit the lines at high pressure. An air conditioner that loses its refrigerant charge can sustain significant damage to the compressor and the rest of the unit.

Internal valve leak

There are chances that the compressor valve in your air conditioning unit can develop leaks. Refrigerant leaking from the internal valve can also cause a continuous hissing sound. This valve is responsible for pressurizing the refrigerant and help it flow throughout the system. You need to get the part repaired immediately to ensure that your AC can keep cooling your house.

The compressor could be failing

The hissing sound could be a sign that the compressor in your air conditioner is failing because of too much internal pressure. The compressor is effectively the engine that makes sure that your air conditioner is cooling. It is also the most expensive component in your unit. If the hissing sound is coming from your air conditioner’s compressor and it turns into a louder shrieking noise, you should turn off the unit and get in touch with professionals immediately.

Do Not Ignore The Hiss

If you only hear hissing sounds that last a few seconds, you might not have a reason to worry. Your air conditioner can make a hissing sound because of the expansion valve as the gas expands inside the valve.

However, a continuous hissing sound could be there because of major repairs that your air conditioner requires. Failing to address the problem immediately can cause significant damage to your air conditioning system and be potentially dangerous for you and your family.

You should turn off your air conditioning system if you hear a constant hissing noise and call a professional to diagnose and repair the problem.

When you need a trained professional technician to help with your air conditioning system, contact Air On Demand. We are always honest, and we are upfront about pricing.

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5 Signs of an Inefficient AC Unit in Your Damon, TX, home.

You probably don’t think about your HVAC system in Damon, TX, unless a problem crops up. While it’s common for something that’s out of sight to also be out of mind, you should pay attention to small signs before they become a major problem. Below are five indications that you have an inefficient AC in need of repair or replacement.

1. Dirty Air Filters

Not only do dirty air filters impact your indoor air quality and aggravate allergies and asthma, but dirt buildup also impacts your AC efficiency. Your AC unit has to work harder to keep you comfortable, which uses more energy. We recommend changing or cleaning your air filters every 3 months, or more frequently if needed, during peak cooling season.

2. Frequent AC Repairs

Regular maintenance is important for your AC to function properly, and occasional repairs are necessary. However, if you notice that your calls to repair professionals have increased, it may be time to consider a new system. If repairs will be close to 50% of a new system, it’s usually a wise decision to replace your AC system.

3. High Humidity

Not only does your air conditioner keep you comfortable by controlling the indoor temperature, but it also removes humidity from your home. When your AC system has low refrigerant levels, you’ll notice higher humidity in your home as well as other moisture issues. Contact an HVAC specialist if you suspect that you have low refrigerant levels.

4. Inaccurate Thermostat

Your thermostat controls how well your HVAC system functions. If you have a faulty thermostat, it causes your HVAC system to use more energy than normal. If you have a faulty thermostat, then it needs repairs or a replacement.

5. Increased AC Utility Bills

A spike in your utility bills is another sign of an inefficient AC system. This means that your HVAC system now operates below peak efficiency and consumes more power than it normally would. Routine maintenance or repair service jobs usually fix this, but it’s sometimes a sign that you need a new air conditioner.

Don’t let an inefficient AC unit drive up your energy bills this summer. Contact us at Davis Air Conditioning and Heating today to schedule an HVAC tune-up to maintain AC efficiency.

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Rid Your Systems of Struvite and Vivianite


What is Struvite or vivianite?

Struvite is formed when ammonia, phosphate, and magnesium come together to precipitate and initiate Struvite crystallization. Struvite can present itself as a white, brown, or yellowish hardened substance.

Vivianite is a combination of iron, phosphorus, hydrogen, and oxygen and is formed during anaerobic digestion. Vivianite commonly presents as a deep blue to deep blue-green crystalized color.

Both of these formations can rapidly adhere to various equipment surfaces. Both Struvite and Vivianite crystalize and solidify to rock-like formations. Struvite and vivianite formations significantly reduce flow and functionality within wastewater treatment plants causing significant maintenance costs and loss of efficiency.

Where do you find Struvite or Vivianite?

Struvite and Vivianite are commonly found in industrial piping that has wastewater with Magnesium, Ammonia, or Phosphate. Areas within wastewater systems most prone to these formations are piping, especially 90° bends, valves, T fittings, pumps, belt presses, centrifuges, Digesters, grit screens, and heat exchangers.

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How to get rid of Struvite and Vivianite?

The most common concern with Struvite and Vivianite is how to get rid of them without having to replace pipes or cause interruptions. When removing Struvite or Vivianite, you can either do it chemically or by hydro-blasting. While hydro-blasting has its benefits, most piping lays underground which makes this method inefficient. Chemical solutions are the most effective and easiest method of dissolving Struvite and Vivianite from pipes. When reduced flow is noticed within pipes the use of chemical solutions during the circulation process to destroy Struvite and Vivianite formation is the wastewater operator’s best choice.  As these chemicals react with the building blocks of struvite and vivianite, they steadily dissolve formations found within the pipes. Our solution to dissolving the Struvite and Vivianite is our ScaleBreak®-SS, a non-hydrochloric acid solution.

ScaleBreak®-SS can dissolve struvite and vivianite formations, restoring the flow of pipes and equipment. Every system cleaning procedure must take the specific challenges related to that particular system into account.  Depending on the severity of the Struvite/vivianite formation, these methodologies can range from static soaking to circulation to flow reversal or all three.

Next Steps:

Reach out to a Goodway expert to find the best way to get your pipes back to prime condition.

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How Does Radiant Barrier Work?

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We’re always looking for ways to make our homes as energy efficient as possible. A solution that sometimes goes overlooked is radiant barrier. This insulation method is pretty much tin foil. We can see your quizzical expression, and today we’re telling you how radiant barrier works.

What is Radiant Heat?

During the summer months, your attic takes a beating from the sun. For example, on a hot summer day even though it’s 95° outside, your attic can reach a temperature of 150°.

The reason your attic gets so hot without actual sun exposure is because of radiant heat. UV rays from the sun will make your attic so hot it starts to radiate its own heat. All without actually being touched by something that’s physically hot.

Think of your car in the sun. When parked in an area without shade, the inside of your car gets warmer faster than the outside temperature.

This extreme heat can do damage to anything stored in your attic and even your HVAC system. Additionally, the high temperature can be felt in your insulation, which transfers that heat to your home. Making your HVAC system run harder to cool your home.

How do Radiant Barrier Work?

Going back to the car example, when you put a shade over your windshield or park under a tree, these things block the heat from the sun. There’s a remarkable temperature difference between the interior heat of a shaded and non-shaded car.

This same rule applies to your home. A radiant barrier acts as a mirror in a way. It bounces heat and UV rays away from your home. The heat will try to transfer from the sun to your roof, shingles, and eventually your attic.

When installed properly, the radiant barrier will stop heat from getting in. Think of an insulated stainless steel cup. The science that keeps your drink cold throughout the day can do the same for your home.

What is a Radiant Barrier Made From?

Radiant barriers are reflective surfaces that create a gap between your home and the sun. They’re usually made from an industrial grade tin foil. Similar to the tin foil blankets found in emergency survival kits.

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We don’t recommend getting the tin foil in your kitchen and taping it all over your attic, this will do absolutely nothing and just waste a bunch of time and perfectly good tin foil.

Your options are to either call in a professional, like the ones at Service Champions. Or work closely with someone well versed in the language of home improvement.

What are the Benefits?

With the right conditions, radiant barriers can have great perks. This insulation will be the most beneficial for homes with HVAC systems and ductwork in the attic.

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When your HVAC system and ductwork are in the attic, the extreme heat from the sun can degrade your system and force it to work much harder than it needs to. With a radiant barrier, you’re elongating the life of you HVAC system.

Additionally, you can save between 5% and 10% on your energy bill. Which also makes your carbon footprint a bit smaller.

Radiant barriers can be a great, cost effective, way to help keep your home cool, lengthen the life of your HVAC system, and be more energy efficient.

How to Fix a Slow Draining Bathroom Sink That Isn’t Clogged

Slow draining bathroom sinks happen to everyone, but that doesn’t make them any less obnoxious, especially when the cause of the slow drainage is ambiguous. 

While clogs are a common cause for slow draining bathroom sinks, you can face a bathroom sink that won’t drain and is not clogged. You may just need to don your detective hat to figure out the problem. 

Why do I Need to Fix a Slow Draining Sink? 

Fixing a Slow Draining Sink

A bathroom sink that’s slow to drain but not clogged can lead you to ask: Why bother fixing it anyway? If there is no clog, and it’s just annoying to drain, is there a problem?

The truth is a slow draining bathroom sink that is not clogged can cause a variety of other problems for your plumbing. While most of the issues are minor, they’re still problems. Here are a few to consider.

Mold and Mildew: A slow draining bathroom sink that’s not clogged can lead to potential mold or mildew growth in and around your sink. As the water pools in the basin, tiny mold and mildew spores can grow in the drain because they thrive in damp, dark places. 

If the water in your bathroom sink is stagnant, it’s easy for mold and mildew to spread.

Sewer Line Issues: If your bathroom sink won’t drain but is not clogged, it can lead to some potentially serious issues with your sewer line. A slow drain indicates an issue is present, so if it’s not a clog in the sink, it could be an issue with your sewer line. 

Leaving the problem unattended could lead to more serious problems, so consult a plumber to get the problem resolved.

Odor and Stains: As the water sits in your bathroom sink, it’s easy for soap scum, stains, and even strong foul smells to build up. The water is naturally going to be dirty if it’s used for tooth-brushing, hand-washing, and even cleaning, and because a slow draining bathroom sink is difficult to clean, odors and stains can occur.

Irritation: While this may seem like a minor problem for some, the amount of time wasted on a bathroom sink with a slow drain that’s not clogged can add up. Not being able to wash the sink due to a slow drain, looking down into a pool of water filled with spit-out-toothpaste every day, and even having the sink back up when you wash your hands gets annoying. 

Stop wasting time for the drain to fix itself and get the problem resolved by a professional.

Causes and Solutions

Your Home Has Old Plumbing

If your home is older and the plumbing hasn’t been updated, it can result in a slow draining sink. It can be either the fixture, pipe, or drain that are decaying and slowing water flow. Get them all checked by a professional plumber to see if anything needs updating. 

Sink Drain

In the worst-case scenario, your pipes could be corroded or deteriorating and cause slow drainage (in which case they’ll need to be replaced by a professional). 

Regular plumbing maintenance helps extend the lifespan of your system, so consider an annual appointment to keep your plumbing in shape.

There Are Minor Clogs

A slow draining bathroom sink that’s not clogged can still have minor clogs somewhere in the plumbing system.

While there are some DIY fixes for drain clogs, it’s impossible to tell if a minor clog is the real issue without professional plumbing assistance. 

A plumber can use a camera to view inside your pipes and see if there are any clogs. If a clog is located, they can snake it out and clean the pipe.

Infiltrating Tree Roots

Tree roots can cause problems for your plumbing system. They can infiltrate a sewer line and cause catastrophic problems for your whole plumbing system, including a bathroom sink or even issues with your kitchen sink

Removing a tree root from your plumbing system is a costly project, and there’s little you can do to prevent this type of issue because you can’t plan out where a tree’s roots might grow. 

Consult a professional if you think this may be the problem, and they can walk you through the best course of action.

Issues with Your P-Trap

Some type of blockage can get stuck in the bend of the P-trap under your sink. This makes it harder to remove than in other sections of the pipe and even lead you to believe the slow draining sink isn’t caused by a clog. 

To resolve the issue, remove and clean the P-Trap following a few simple steps, or you can call a professional plumber for assistance.

Build-Up in Your Drain Pipes

There are many pipes in your plumbing system designed specifically for draining, and they all connect to your main sewer line. 

Unfortunately, these pipes can end up with leaks or a build-up of sediment or sewer-line sludge, causing your bathroom sink to drain slowly. 

The only way to fully determine if this is the problem (and resolve it) is with the assistance of a professional plumber.

How to Prevent Bathroom Sinks from Draining Slowly

Preventative maintenance is one of the best things you can do for your plumbing. It will save you the annoyance of dealing with a slow draining sink and help extend the lifespan of your plumbing. Here are some steps you can take to prevent bathroom sinks from draining slowly.

Have Your Plumbing Checked by a Professional Annually: This is one of the best things you can do for your plumbing system. A regular check-up by a professional plumber helps catch potential plumbing issues before they happen, keep your plumbing working as it should, and extend the lifespan of your piping and appliances.

Don’t Flush Hair Down the Sink: Bathroom sinks collect a lot of hair. From shaving to hair brushing and styling, it’s tempting to wipe all that down the drain. Resist the temptation. 

While a bit of hair may seem like a small issue, over time this collects to be a lot of hair. Pair that with soap scum and other debris, and you end up with a clogged or slow draining sink.

Use a Grate on High-Use Sinks: Putting a grate over high-use sinks helps ensure fewer things get dropped down the drain. It catches hair, soap scum, and anything else that might accidentally go down the drain, keeping your plumbing draining well.

Clean the Sink Stopper: Stoppers tend to collect all sorts of debris, from hair to soap scum to whatever else slips down the drain. If it’s left there without being cleaned, however, it will end up falling down the drain at some point and potentially causing some issues.

Rinse the Sink with Hot Water: Hot water can help rinse off any buildup, oils, or soap scum. You can even pour boiling water down your drain every once in a while to help rinse out potential causes of slow drainage.

Don’t Settle for a Slow Draining Sink

John C. Flood can repair and fix whatever drainage problem you’re dealing with, even if you can’t detect any type of clog in your sink. Don’t wait for the issue to resolve itself or settle for harmful drain cleaners that could end up causing more harm than good. 

Call John C. Flood today or schedule a service online and one of our expert technicians will gladly resolve your slow draining sink issues.

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