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AC 101: Why is My Air Conditioning Unit Leaking?

A leaking Air Conditioning Unit poses several concerns and is a major sign that something is wrong with your system. Leaking AC units can cause water damage and even a fire if it gets near electrical equipment.

So why do leaks happen in an Air Conditioning Unit anyway?
Here are some possible reasons:

-Frozen evaporator coils

If the evaporator coils form ice on them, this build-up can melt and overflow from your drain pan.

There are three main causes of a frozen coil:

1. Dirty filter: If your filter becomes dirty, it will slow the airflow through the coil, causing it to get too cold and possibly form ice on the surface. An easy way to avoid this outcome is to replace your filter as recommended by the manufacturer.

2. Low pressure in the refrigerant lines: If there is not enough refrigerant in your unit, the pressure will lower. This will reduce the coil’s ability to remove heat from the air, which causes the coil to freeze. Low refrigerant levels can cause some serious damage to your compressor so you will need to turn off your Air Conditioning Unit and call us immediately!

3. Issues with the fan: If you notice low airflow coming through your vents in addition to the frozen coil, issues with your fan are likely the cause. Shut off your Air Conditioning Unit right away and call us to correct the problem. 

-Condensation issues

Air Conditioning Units do more than simply keep the air in your home cool. They also help Air Conditioning Unitremove the humidity as well. This is done by removing condensation. If condensation is building up and overflowing, you might have condensate drainage problems. Here are three possible reasons why:

1. A blockage in the condensate drain: a blockage will cause a backup. Clear the drain if you can or call us to clean the line for you.

2. A damaged drain pan: your drain pan might be cracked and leaking condensation. It is often best to replace a damaged drain pan, to avoid future issues. 

3. A broken condensation pump: depending on where your Air Conditioning Unit is located, you might have a pump that removes the condensation. If this pump becomes broken, water can build up and overflow. Which means you will need to replace the pump.

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Air Conditioning Unit is Leaking!

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How to Protect Your Air Conditioner from Storm Damage

These past few weeks have brought a lot of rain and storms to the area. In addition to all of these storms, the temperatures have also been climbing. You have likely been running your air conditioning system to keep your home comfortable. Unfortunately, thunderstorms can pose a serious risk to your ACFollow these handy tips when a strong storm hits and help protect your
Air Conditioner from the elements.

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-Turn Off Your AC During Thunderstorms 

Whenever possible turn off your air conditioner before a storm hits. Strong storms typically mean lightning. Electrical surges are common when lightning hits and you don’t want your AC’s electrical components destroyed, or risk a fire! If the weather is particularly hot, you can usually run your AC until the sky darkens. Keep in mind, however; lightning might be flashing before the rain comes so don’t wait that long, to turn off your unit. 

-Cover Your AC Before A Storm

Covering your air conditioning unit can be a great option to help protect it during a strong storm. Fast winds, hail and flying debris can cause some serious damage to the exposed components on your unit. You can use a tarp or even a board to cover your AC, to help protect it when severe weather hits.

*Make sure your cover is secure so it doesn’t turn into debris itself to cause damage elsewhere, and after the storm passes, remove the covering before starting up your unit again.

-Clean Up Your Yard

Speaking of flying debris, cleaning up your yard is a great way to help reduce the amount of debris that can be tossed around. Well before a storm hits, pack away outdoor furniture, toys, your barbecue pit and anything else that’s not tied down. Clean up branches that might have fallen and remove anything else that could puncture your AC equipment. Collaborate with neighbors to clean up their yards as well. Storms have no respect for property lines!

*If the storm is already rolling in or you see lightning, it is best to skip this step. Your own safety is more important. 

-Inspect and Clean Your AC Before Start-up

Once the storm has passed and it is safe to go outside, it is a good idea to do a thorough inspection of your AC unit and refrigerant piping to check for damage. Be sure to clear any debris that might be covering your air conditioning unit. As long as you’re certain that the unit is free from damage and debris, turn it on and monitor to make sure it’s working as it should.

-Get Professional Help

If despite your best efforts, your unit or piping has been damaged, call us right away at (866)844-3770We can also help you prepare for the storms ahead and reduce your equipments risk of being damaged.

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6 Energy Saving Tips You Need To Try This Winter!

Winter has arrived in the Midwest and with it comes cold weather that can drive up your energy costs. No one wants to waste money unnecessarily and that is where these six handy energy saving tips come into play!

6 Energy Saving Tips You Need To Try This Winter!

1.  Let the light shine in.

Heating your home can be a major expense during chilly days. Give your furnace a bitenergy saving of a break and use the sun to help warm your home naturally. Open your curtains during the day and let the sunshine in. This action will help warm your home and cut energy costs.

*Remember to close your curtains again at night to help trap the warm air inside your home.

2. Switch over to LED lights.

Winter brings shorter days and less sunlight. Meaning, you are using more energy lighting your home. Help cut energy costs by switching over to more energy efficient and LED light bulbs. 

3.  Prevent leaks.

Drafty doors and windows can drastically increase your heating bill each month. Even small leaks can really add up. It is best to make sure that you have properly sealed all of your doors and windows with caulk or weather strips. 

* If you are concerned that your home may be leaking cold air, call us at (866)844-3770 to have an energy audit performed. An energy audit can show you all of the ways that your home is wasting energy and how you can potentially save a lot of money in the long run.

4. Keep the heat flowing.

Avoid blocking heating vents whenever possible. Not only is blocking heating vents a potential fire hazard but it also forces your heating system to work harder to keep your home warm. Make sure that your vents are not blocked by furniture, toys, clothes, etc. 

5.  Make sure that your furnace is working properly. 

An old, inefficient and/or malfunctioning furnace or heating system can have expensive consequences. Schedule a furnace tune-up and safety check today to ensure that your heating system is functioning at optimal levels. 

*Remember having your heating system cleaned and maintained annually will increase the lifespan of your equipment and keep your system running at peak performance levels, saving you money in the long run.

6. Consider adding more insulation. 

If your energy bill is higher than you believe it should be during the winter months, you may have an issue with your insulation. Insulation, especially in vulnerable locations like your attic, plays a major role in your home’s energy efficiency needs. 

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3 New Year’s Resolutions that are Better than Joining the Gym

2016 is quickly coming to an end and you may be making your resolutions for 2017.  Popular resolutions include: joining a gym, starting a diet or quitting a bad habit. While personal and professional resolutions are important, it is also a good idea to add a few New Year’s resolutions for your home as well. 

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Keep These 3 Resolutions in Mind for 2017:

1. Replace Your Furnace Filter.

Your furnace filter plays a vital role in keeping your heating and air conditioning systems running smoothly. Plus, your furnace filter is an important tool when it comes to improving your home’s indoor air quality and keeping your family healthier. 

2. Have Your Ductwork Cleaned.

Speaking of your indoor air quality, if it has been awhile since you have had your ducts cleaned, the beginning of 2017 is a great time to give us a call. Dust mites, allergens and tiny particles love to accumulate in your ductwork. Once you turn on your HVAC system, those particles are blown into the air you and your family breathe.  Poor indoor air quality can lead to the worsening of allergies, asthma and other respiratory issues. 

3. Take Control of the Humidity in Your Home.

Humidity is an important part of life in the Midwest. Unfortunately, maintaining the right levels of humidity in our homes can be tricky. Too much humidity can lead to mold and mildew growth inside your home. Too little humidity can dry out your skin and nasal passages. Both of these scenarios can be harmful to you and your family’s health. In order to ensure that your home stays between the 30-50% humidity mark, it is a good idea to have a humidity assessment performed. 

If you need any help reaching any of these New Year’s resolutions for 2017, just give us a call and we will be there for you. 

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Are You Ready for the Cold? Eight Steps to Winterize Your Home

Having to winterize your home may not sound like a fun way to spend your weekend. However, you will be happy that you took the time to winterize and complete these eight tasks when old man winter finally rolls in.

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Eight Steps to Winterize Your Home:

Step One: Have Your Heating System Inspected.

-Midwest winters can be brutally cold and the last thing you want to deal with is a broken furnace. Keep your home toasty and comfortable this winter by having your filters, fan/motor, burners, heat exchanger, electrical components, etc. inspected by one of our expert HVAC technicians.  

Step Two: Tend to Your Outdoor Faucets and Plumbing.

-Frozen outdoor faucets, busted hoses and valves are a nightmare to deal with and can be expensive to fix. That is why you will want to drain your outdoor faucets and hoses. It is also a good idea to disconnect your hoses if possible. Make sure to close any shutoff valves to your outdoor faucets and switch on the tap, in order to drain the built up water from the pipes.

Step Three: Check Your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors.

-If you have not checked the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, now is the perfect time to do so. Winter comes with an increased number of house fires and cases of carbon monoxide poisoning and you will want to do everything you can to protect your home and family. So, take a few minutes to put fresh batteries in your detectors and check them to ensure they are functioning properly. 

Step Four: Seal Up Those Doors and Windows.

-Keep the cold outside and the warm air inside. Make sure that your window and door seals are properly caulked and ready for the harsh winter weather. 

Step Five: Have Your Ductwork Cleaned and Inspected.

-Maintaining your ductwork is vital for the health of your home and family during the colder months. Wintertime means that you will be spending more time indoorsCustomer (14), so you will want the air in your home to be as safe and clean as possible. Having your ductwork cleaned is a great way to improve yours and your family’s health and quality of living. Additionally, you will want to have your ductwork sealed to prevent warm air from seeping into unheated areas in your home. Well sealed and insulated ductwork can save you a ton of money down the road.

Step Six: Remember That Insulation is Your Friend.

-Making sure that your home has adequate insulation will help save you money and keep your home nice and comfy! 

Step Seven: Get Your Winter Equipment Ready. 

-Grab your snow shovel and stock up on rock salt now. You do not want to wait until the first heavy snowfall and find that the stores are all sold out! Also, if you have a snow blower or winter weather equipment, now is a great time to dig them out of the garage and make sure they are working properly. 

Step Eight: Take Steps to Avoid Losing Power This Winter.

-A power outage during a blizzard is a major hassle and can be dangerous if it lasts long enough. Investing in a whole home generator will ensure that the power will stay on, even when the weather is at its worst. Call us at (866) 844-3770 today, to learn more about your generator options. 

Have A Safe Winter!

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Some of the Most Expensive Mistakes You Can Make as a Homeowner

Being a homeowner comes with a lot of responsibilities and tough choices. Unfortunately, some of the decisions you may be making in your home can actually be costing you quite a bit of money. No worries, we are here to help you identify some of the most expensive mistakes made by homeowners and how to correct them. 

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The Most Expensive Mistakes You Are Making As A Homeowner:

1. Ignoring That Dripping Faucet.

How much dplumbing 62234amage could a small drip or leak really do? A lot more than you might think! You can waste up to 265 gallons of water per day, depending on how fast the faucet is dripping. This much water waste can really add up on your monthly water bill. Have dripping faucets and other leaks fixed right away to prevent your hard earned money from going down the drain! 

2. Allowing Leaky Doors and Windows.

Doorways and windows require regular maintenance to help ensure that you are not wasting extra money on heating and cooling. To save money on your heating bill, it is important to make sure that your doorways and windows are properly sealed and caulked around the edges.

3. You Are Still Using Incandescent Light Bulbs.

Traditional incandescent bulbs require a greater amount of energy than more efficient models. You can see real savings on your power bill each month by switching to LED and energy efficient CFL bulbs.

4. Treating Your Air Filter like an After Thought.

Using the wrong size air filter or forgetting to change it regularly will force your hefilter-2ating and air conditioning system to work much harder, increasing the amount of money you are spending on your power bill. Additionally, failing to properly maintain your air filter will damage your heating and air conditioning system over time, causing costly repairs and shorten the system’s lifespan.

5. Failing to Properly Adjust Your Thermostat.

A benefit of being a homeowner is that you get to control the temperature of your home to fit
your specific comfort desires. However, there is no need for you to be wasting money on keeping your home at the perfect comfortable temperature when you are not there to enjoy it. You can see real savings by simply adjusting your thermostat 10 degrees before leaving for work. 

Not to worry if you are not a fan of the idea of coming home to an uncomfortable house or you do not want to have to worry about adjusting your thermostat each morning. Wifi and programmable thermostats are great options if you want the power to control your temperature settings when you are not at home. Contact us today to learn more about the benefits of upgrading your thermostat.

6. Your Water Heater Settings Are Higher Than They Should Be.

Traditional water heaters, versus tankless water heaters, store and heat water around the clock.  Which means your water heater is almost constantly using energy to keep a large tank of water heated and ready for use. So, if your temperature is set higher than it needs to be, you are wasting money needlessly. We recommend a water heater setting between 110-115 degrees to save you money on your power bill. You may also want to consider upgrading to a tankless water heater to save even more money.

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Give A Toy and Help Us Support Our Local Toys for Tots Chapter!

Once again this holiday season, Tiger Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical Services will be collecting NEW, unwrapped toys for our local Toys for Tots chapter. The toys we collect will be donated to needy children in the Metro-East area. Last year we collected over 140 toys and, with your help, we can blow our old record out of the water! 

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We will be collecting donations through December 16th, and you can donate two ways:
1. For your convenience, you can hand your donations directly to our technicians during your service call,
2. Or you can drop toys off at our location in Collinsville:
 
1902 Vandalia St. Suite 100
Collinsville, IL 62234
 
Items Needed:
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Brand NEW unwrapped toys for kids of all ages, including:
1. Sporting Equipment.
2. Books for Kids of All Ages.
3. Board Games.
4. Unopened Bath Gift Sets.
5. Radio Controlled Cars/Trucks.
6. Dolls and action figures. 
 
Items Toys for Tots Can NOT Accept:
1. Clothing Items.
2. Stuffed Animals.
3. Food Items
For more information please visit the Toys for Tots Website.
 
With your help, we can work together to make the holidays a little brighter for the children in our area.
 
For more information on how to donate, or to have any other questions answered, please call 1.888.9TIGER4, or feel free to check us out online at TrustTiger.com.
 

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Common Household Electricity Hazards That Need to be Addressed

characters-696951_960_720Electricity is a valuable resource that is interwoven within just about every aspect of our daily lives. It is easy to take the electricity in our lives for granted. When we flip a switch, we just naturally assume that the lights will come on and work safely. Thanks to modern electrical advances and skilled Electricians, like ours, electricity is generally safe to use. However, electricity is still dangerous if not used properly or when electrical concerns go unaddressed. Be on the lookout for these all too common household electricity issues that could be dangerous for you or your family.

5 Common Household Electricity Issues:

1.  Using the wrong light bulbs.

It is important to check the wattage rating on your lamps and light fixtures. Make sure that you never use higher wattage light bulbs than your lamp fixture is designed to handle. The heat put Electricity off by higher wattage light bulbs can melt through and/or scorch your fixture’s socket and wiring. This is a leading cause of electrical fires in residential homes. Keep in mind that using the wrong light bulb may not cause a fire right away, it typically takes time, but it is best to avoid that risk altogether and use the right wattage light bulbs.

2. You do not have enough electrical outlets.

If you find yourself using extension cords and power strips throughout your home, you may want to consider having a few more electrical outlets installed. Using a few heavy-duty extension cords in your home is usually perfectly safe. Just remember to avoid overloading the circuits and that these cords are free from damage or obstruction. However, the best option is to have more outlets installed, especially in rooms that use the most electrical devices.

3. Your home is lacking Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs).

Properly installed and maintained GFCIs play a vital role in protecting your ho355560me. GFCIs are designed to shut down an electrical current when there is moisture present or a circuit becomes overloaded. This protects you and your family from dangerous and possibly deadly shocks. Once the GFCIs shut down the current you are required to push a button next to the receptacle to get the current flowing again. GFCIs should always be used in locations where water maybe present, kitchens and bathrooms are particularly vulnerable. GFCIs are required in all new homes, but if you do live in an older home it is possible that you are missing GFCIs in key locations. You will want to upgrade to GFCIs to make your home safer.

4. Frayed or damaged outdoor wiring.

Outdoor electricity is a major convenience, but since it is exposed to the elements, wiring is vulnerable to damage. If you notice your outdoor electrical fixtures behaving oddly, it is time to call in the experts. For example, if your outdoor lights tend to flicker, this is a sign that your wiring could be frayed or damaged and in need of repairs, to avoid a potential fire hazard.

 5. Your outlets are damaged.

Have you noticed a plug-in that is loose or a little wobbly in an outlet? If so, it is time to replace that outlet. Loose connections can often lead to sparks which create a fire hazard. This makes it a much safer option for you to have all of the damaged or loose outlets in your home replaced by one of our expert Electricians.

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Take Care of Your Home and Family by Taking Care of Your Furnace Filter

You probably do not give your furnace filter much thought but it plays an important role in keeping your family healthy and your HVAC system running efficiently. What makes your furnace filter so important? Take a deep breath. How is the air quality in your home? The condition of your furnace filter helps improve you and your family’s quality of living.

What does a furnace filter do?

There are different types of furnace filters ranging from basic to high efficiency models. The type of furnace filter used in your home will depend on the type of HVAC system in your home. However, the functions of any furnace filter are basically the same. Furnace filters are designed to work with your heating and cooling system to improve your indoor air quality. furnace filter

Additionally, furnace filters also work to help protect and extend the life of your furnace. Debris and dust are drawn into your furnace through your return ducts and without a filter the debris will collect on the heat exchanger, fan, coil, etc. causing your unit to work longer and harder, leading to early system failure.

Why should you clean/replace your furnace filters regularly? 

A dirty furnace filter means air has trouble flowing through your system. Greatly hindering the amount of heating and cooling your system can do. If your system cannot heat and cool properly your evaporator coil can freeze up if the across air flow is low, which can cause your AC unit to stop working altogether.

A worn out or dirty furnacdollar-926397_640e filter will also affect the efficiency levels of your HVAC system. Your fan has to work so much harder to pull air through the dirty coil. Your HVAC system will consume more energy having to run longer and harder, costing you more money on your power bill. However, a clean furnace filter will allow air to flow freely through your HVAC system, saving energy and money, while still blocking pollutants and allergens.

Your furnace filter and your indoor air quality are intertwined. Once your filter becomes clogged with dust, air flow will be restricted, causing dust to settle throughout your ductwork. This dust will then be blown into the air you and your family breathe. Dust mites, bacteria and other allergens will be able to grow in your ductwork and be released into the air.

How can you ensure that your furnace filter is clean and functioning properly?

Your filter is located in your furnace and most are disposable. If you have a disposable filter, remember to change it every 1 to 3 months (although some filters may last up t142715_image2 copyo six months) depending on the type of filter you have and the cleanliness of your system. There are a few other factors that will determine how frequently you will need to change your filter. For example, if you have pets, smoke or anyone in your home suffers from allergies; your filter should be changed more often. Additionally, fiberglass filters need to be changed sooner than pleated filters.

These disposable furnace filters are typically only capable of removing 3-5% of the debris and dust particles that pass through them. There are other options when it comes to furnace filters, some of these are permanent and more efficient. To learn more about these higher efficiency filters or to have any of your heating or cooling concerns addressed, call us at (866)844-3770.

 

 

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Electrical Safety Tips to Help Protect Your Home and Family this Season

Fall has finally arrived and as the cooler temperatures begin to roll in it is important to keep the following electrical safety tips in mind to help protect your home and family.

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Electrical Safety Tips for the Fall

  1. Be sure to only use weatherproof electrical devices and lights outdoors.
  2. Clear away all debris and leaves from outdoor power cords and outlets.
  3. Test all smoke and CO detectors and change batteries as needed.
  4. Replace all damaged or frayed electrical cords inside and outside of yoElectrical Safety Tipsur home.
  5. If you use electric blankets, make sure they are working properly and the power cords are not damaged or frayed.
  6. Replace loose plugs to prevent overheating or electrical fires.
  7. Have your circuit breakers inspected if you are having to reset them constantly.
  8. With the holidays coming up, remember not to overload your outlets with too many plug ins.
  9. Be careful where you place extension cords and remember to never run cords underneath rugs or furniture.
  10. Remember to have one of our Electricians perform an electrical tuneup and safety inspection to ensure all of your electrical components are functioning properly.

Follow these electrical safety tips this fall and have a safe and fun season!

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