How heat pumps work (and the benefits of having one in your home)

When it comes to home appliances, you might care more that they work and less about how they work. However, heat pumps have some vital differences from air conditioners and furnaces, and they’re worth discussing. In this blog post, we’ll break down how heat pumps work, and why one might be a good fit for your home.

Here are the basics

Essentially, heat pumps transfer warm air inside and outside your home, depending on the season and your preference. One of the great things about heat pumps is that they’re so energy efficient, able to use very little energy to keep you and everyone else inside your home or business nice and comfortable.

During the colder months of the year, heat pumps pull humidity and heat from outside and funnel them into your home. You might not realize it, but even during the middle of winter there is still heat to be found outside. Heat you can put to good use inside.

In the summer season, heat pumps reverse their flow and pull warm air from your home and blow it outside. Depending on what kind of model you have, there are also pumps that can use excess heat for other purposes, such as heating water you can utilize to shower, wash dishes, and a number of other tasks.

Taking care of your heat pump

Now that you have a better idea of how heat pumps work, we’d like to offer you some tips on taking care of your appliance so you can go longer without the need for professional heat pump repair. Of course, the best thing to do is to schedule a cooling or heating tune-up with the team here at Bob’s.

If there’s a lot of humidity in the air, or if it’s especially cold, there’s a chance that ice or frost can start to gather on your heat pump’s outdoor unit. Your appliance might have a defrost mode to combat this, and you may even notice steam coming off it, which is normal.

That being said, it’s still a good idea to keep an eye on your outdoor coil to see that it’s defrosting and operating properly.

Call Bob’s for more on heat pump installation

For more details on how heat pumps work, or if you ever need heat pump service, know that we’re here. Contact us today to learn more.

Here are some reasons to upgrade to a new AC system

On the fence about upgrading to a new AC system? In this blog, we’re going to focus on the benefits of replacing your old air conditioner with a new model, professionally installed by the team at Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning. From greater reliability to improved energy-efficiency, there’s a number of reasons to make the switch!

Here are some reasons to consider upgrading to a new AC system

#1. Get better system reliability this summer

If your old air conditioner constantly needed repairs last summer, you need to think about whether or not that hassle, time, and money is worth it for this summer.

A new AC system is a big investment. However, if you’re slowly bleeding money in repairs over the course of several summers, you may find that making the switch is less expensive than you might think.

#2. Improve your home’s comfort

Summers here in South Louisiana are hot and humid. We all know it. If your air conditioner is struggling to keep up with the cooling needs of your home, it’s time to make the switch. After all, the only reason you have an HVAC system is for comfort; if your AC isn’t getting it done, what is it doing for your home?

Bob’s installs a variety of advanced AC units designed and manufactured by Carrier and Trane—two of the most-trusted names in indoor summer comfort. If comfort is your goal, we’re the team to call.

#3. Boost your home’s value

If you’re looking to make a common-sense investment in your home that boosts your home’s value, consider a new air conditioner. Replacing your old, failing air conditioner with a new model not only puts additional value into your home, but also increases the curb appeal of your home if you decide to sell in the next decade.

Here’s another way to think about it: very few buyers—after paying closing costs and their downpayment—are going to be enthusiastic about having to replace an air conditioner right after move-in. If their home inspection reveals that your AC system is on death’s door, they’ll probably make for the door.

More buyers, better offers, and a higher appraisal: these are just some of the probable secondary benefits of having Bob’s replace your old air conditioner with a brand-new Carrier or Trane system.

#4. Save money with better energy-efficiency

As they age past the decade or two decade mark, air conditioners become less efficient because of the accumulated wear-and-tear. However, they’re also falling behind for another reason: the air conditioners manufactured today are far more energy-efficient than those installed 20 years ago.

By switching to a new air conditioner, professionally installed by the team at Bob’s, you’ll not only get the efficiency that comes with a brand-new system, but you’ll also benefit from the efficiency that comes with a system designed and manufactured in 2018.

Think about just how much use your air conditioner sees in the summers. Then, multiply that over the course of 20 summers. A new air conditioner can mean big energy savings for years to come. It’s one of the best reasons to upgrade to a new AC system.

Call Bob’s to learn more about upgrading to a new AC system

If you’re ready to make the switch from your old air conditioner to a new AC system, give Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning a call (CONTACT US) to schedule your free in-home estimate on a new Carrier or Trane system. This estimate will allow us to take the measurements needed to match the right air conditioner to your home’s cooling needs.

Now’s a good time for a backup generator inspection

Your home’s backup generator is a lot like car insurance: you hope you don’t ever have to use it, but chances are that you will need it one day, and you need it to be ready to help you. Make sure your generator is ready to go with a backup generator inspection from the pros at Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning.

It’s important that electrical generators are properly maintained to ensure that they work without a problem when they’re needed the most. Here in Houma, Berwick, Morgan City, and other parts of southern Louisiana, it’s a good idea to have your generator ready for future storms and hurricanes.

A backup generator inspection can make sure your gas generator continues to run right when you need it most.

To schedule a backup generator inspection from our team, give us a call at (985) 855-5775 or schedule a checkup with us.

Three reasons to schedule a backup generator inspection

1. Prevent fuel leaks

Older generators are susceptible to leaks. These leaks can come from a fuel line, hose, or storage pan. They may be gas or oil, depending on the type of the generator you have at your home.

The coolant that prevents the engine from overheating may also leak. Scheduling a routine inspection of the unit is the best way to address the problem. The licensed and experienced technicians at Bob’s will thoroughly inspect your unit to look for leaks and perform necessary repairs.

2. Increase the lifespan of the generator

Another benefit of getting your generator inspected is that it will be likelier to live a longer life. Most generators have an operating lifespan of 20 to 30 years. The fact is that the generators represent a major purchase for most people.

In order to ensure optimum lifespan of the generator, it’s essential that you get it inspected by a professional technician at Bob’s Heating and AC.

3. Have peace of mind for whatever’s next

The reality is that a power outage can occur anytime. Hurricanes, snow, high winds, and other natural elements can knock out the power supply from the utility companies. A home generator kicks on as soon as that happens to provide continuous power to your home.

There is nothing more frustrating than having to shiver during the cold winter months or sweat out during the summer months due to a power outage. And who knows how long that outage will last!

With a properly maintained backup generator, you will have the peace of mind in knowing that you don’t have to face any inconvenience during a disruption in power supply. You and your family will be safer and won’t experience any problems during the power outage.

There will be no spoilage of food and the electrical appliances can be used to cook meals, clean clothes, and above all remain comfortable despite frigid cold or scorching hot temperature outside.

Schedule your backup generator inspection with Bob’s

If you have not scheduled an inspection of your generator in the past six months, it’s important that you call us. We serve Houma, Thibodaux, Morgan City, and the surrounding areas in Louisiana.

Apart from maintaining backup electrical generators, our professional technicians can also service all kinds of commercial and residential HVAC units.

To get in touch with us, call us at (985) 855-5775 or get in touch with us online.

4 Tips For Marine HVAC Maintenance

For the comfort of your river, lake, or ocean voyages, your marine air conditioner needs to be kept in its best shape.

The marine HVAC system is an important part of any watercraft, as it heats, ventilates, and cools the inside of the boat.

In this blog, we’ll review some tips you should follow in order to make sure that your vessel or yacht’s heating and cooling systems are working properly at all times.

Pictured: Bridge of a boat, cooled by an efficient and working marine air conditioner.

#1. Clean the air filter of your marine air conditioner

Cleaning your boat’s air filters is the easiest maintenance task you can do. Remove the panel cover of the filter and inspect it for dust and fluff. If you notice considerable accumulation, then remove the filter and wash it with running water. Reinstall it once it’s completely dry.

How often you need to clean this filter depends on how frequently you use your vessel and the HVAC system it has. In normal conditions, cleaning air filters once a month is appropriate, with more cleaning taking place in the summer.

If you need advice about how to best clean your boat’s air filters—or need advice about when to replace the filter—contact the professional team here at Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning.

#2. Clean your sea strainer for better cooling

Like air filters, sea strainers play an important role in the cooling process because they filter out all foreign pollutants and debris from the pumped water used to cool off the heat produced by the engine and marine HVAC system.

Cleaning sea strainers can be done without much hassle. Shut the seacock off, open its casing, and pull the basket cylinder out. Flush this mesh cylinder with a hose to clear any debris. You can also use a scrubbing brush to clean every last single remnant of debris. This is recommended.

Here’s a helpful video detailing the best way to clean you sea strainer.

Once you are done cleaning the sea strainer, place the cylinder in its housing. Close the strainer, open the seacock, and run the system to check its efficiency and to make sure everything looks good.

#3. Check the evaporator coils

The evaporator coils are an important part of any air conditioner, and your marine air conditioner is no exception. There are several indicators of an improperly functioning evaporator coil that you need to keep your eye on:

  • Inefficient cooling ability
  • Increased energy consumption
  • Frost buildup on the coil

If you see a buildup of dust on the coil fins, remove it through an air blower. If the problem(s) continue after that, you’ll probably need to call our team for marine HVAC service.

#4. Schedule marine air conditioner maintenance

Lastly, check the condenser unit of your marine HVAC system. This is the system that takes the biggest beating from all the debris and rubble in seawater. Seawater is corrosive in nature, so you need to protect the condenser from its effects.

Condenser units must be flushed chemically once a year for better performance. If you’ve been putting off this service, give us a call. We provide marine air conditioner services in Berwick, Morgan City, and other parts of southern Louisiana.

Call Bob’s for marine HVAC maintenance and repairs

To make sure that the marine HVAC system of your vessel or boat is working properly, get it inspected by a seasoned and reputable marine air conditioner company. Bob’s has a reputation in southern Louisiana for providing expert services. Learn more about us or contact us by calling (985) 384-0283.

It’s important to hire an experienced AC technician

The Importance of Hiring an Experienced AC Technician

Hiring an experienced AC repair technician is of paramount importance. When it comes to your air conditioner, you want a trained professional working with your system. Those are the kind of people who work at Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning.

While hiring an inexperienced technician at a cheap rate may look like you are saving money, in the end you will most certainly end up losing money if shoddy repairs are made.

In this article, we will take a look some of the ways you can benefit from hiring an experienced AC technician.

1. The experience needed to perform complex repairs

Our experienced technicians handle all kinds of AC repair, from making simple fixes to diagnosing and performing complex repairs. For both the former and the latter, you want steady and trained hands at the wheel. You want someone who has experience in dealing with faulty motors, damaged condenser coils, and many other complex repair tasks.

Once the repair work is performed, you won’t have to face the problem for a long time. In contrast, if you hand over the repair task to an inexperienced technician, you will probably have to face more frequent repairs that will make a big dent in your pocket.

2. Timely repair work when you need it

Another benefit of hiring experienced technicians is that the repair work can be performed in the minimum possible time without comprising quality of work. Experienced technicians can quickly get to the root of the problem. An inexperienced technician, on the other hand, will probably take hours to detect the cause of the issue.

Hiring an experienced technician will ensure that you don’t have to wait long for the air conditioner to start cooling the room again.

3. Reduce the risk of AC system failure

An experienced technician like the team at Bob’s will thoroughly check your air conditioner to ensure that everything is in working order. They’ll inspect the system and look for the small things that could turn out to be a major issue.

Finding and fixing these small things is something that comes to technicians with years of experience and training.

4. Save money and time by going with the right people

Finally, an experienced technician will save you money and time on repairs. Our technician will perform the repairs in a quicker time and do things right, which will help prevent emergency breakdowns.

Only an experienced technician knows how to handle an AC tune-up right. Don’t trust your air conditioner with just anyone, or you could be in for a major headache when you find that the AC maintenance you paid for did nothing to help your system.

Call Bob’s for an experienced AC technician

Hiring an experienced AC technician will lead to hassle-free services and repairs. At Bob’s, our technicians are friendly, professional, and good at what they do. Our experienced technicians help resolve minor issues before they become larger problems.

We provide service to Thibodaux, Houma, Morgan City, and other nearby areas in Louisiana. Contact us today for experienced, NATE-certified technicians who can perform all types of air conditioner repair work.

Tips for avoiding AC breakdown in the summer

Avoiding AC BreakdownThe last thing you want is for your air conditioner to stop working in the summer. In this blog post, we’ll review some tips for avoiding AC breakdown in the hottest months of the year.

Why do air conditioners need maintenance?

Air conditioners can work without any problems for years. In fact, most air conditioners will work without much trouble for 15 years or more. However, if the units are not properly maintained, they breakdown frequently. Lack of maintenance also greatly reduces their lifetime. If it is not maintained, you may have to replace the unit a decade—or even sooner—after purchase.

Regular air conditioner maintenance is essential. Here are some maintenance tips that can reduce the chances of your air conditioner breaking down  in the middle of a particularly hot summer day.

1. Inspect and clean the filter

An air conditioner filter serves the same function as your nasal passage. It filters out dust and dirt, while blocking things from getting into the system. Over time, your air conditioning filter can become clogged with debris. This prevents air from entering the system. As a result, the air conditioner will heat up, resulting in increased wear and tear. It will also increase the likelihood of system breakdown.

In order to avoid this prospect, it’s recommended that you have the filters checked and replaced at regular intervals. Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning can help with this—give us a call today to schedule AC maintenance. This will help with avoiding AC breakdown.

2. Have us clean your air conditioner coils

When the air conditioner coil gets dirty, the air conditioner will not be able to expel heat. The system will strain to generate cool air with the increased likelihood of a system breakdown.

A professional air conditioner technician will inspect the system to ensure that the air conditioner coils are clean. Clean air conditioner coils will ensure that the compressor works efficiently without heating up.

3. Have Bob’s check your refrigerant levels

The refrigerant inside the air conditioner will leak if a cracks develops. The compressor will strain if the refrigerant level becomes too low. This will make the air conditioner work extra hard to generate cool air. Eventually, the system will break down.

Apart from too low refrigerant, adding too much—or the wrong type of refrigerant—can also lead system failure. That’s why it’s important that you have the refrigerant filled by a licensed and qualified air conditioner technician from Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning.

4. You might need a new air conditioner

In case your air conditioner is more than 15 years old, you should consider replacing the unit. Older systems are prone to more frequent emergency breakdowns.

Having the old system replaced will prevent the likelihood of having to sweat out the day due to a system breakdown. It will also lead to reduced energy bills and less costly repairs.

5. Schedule annual maintenance

Annual maintenance of your air conditioner can also help you avoid an emergency breakdown of the air conditioner during summers. It’s recommended that you have the system checked at least once a year. A regular tune-up of the AC unit will ensure its efficient operation. It will also result in less wear-and-tear and an increased lifespan.

Need help avoiding AC breakdown this summer? Call us!

You should never ignore any problem with your air conditioner. If you suspect any problems, you should contact an experienced air conditioner technician near you.  You can contact Bob’s Heating and AC if you reside in Houma, Thibodaux, or Morgan City and the surrounding areas in Louisiana.

We have a team of licensed and experienced technicians who can expertly perform all kinds of air conditioner repair and maintenance.

Here’s the ideal thermostat setting for reduced energy bills

The Ideal Thermostat Setting for Reduced Energy Bills Today, a majority of homeowners are concerned about energy bills. Even though the gas prices have declined, overall energy prices in the United States have continued to climb upwards. It’s important to save energy however you can, and that includes by optimizing your thermostat.

You should set a temperature on the thermostat that provides the most cost efficiency as well as personal comfort. In this blog post, we will discuss the ideal thermostat setting that offers satisfactory comfort and reduce the energy bills.

What is the ideal temperature? (and according to who?)

For what it’s worth, the EPA suggests 78oF as the recommended thermostat setting. However, the fact is that the ideal thermostat setting varies from person-to-person. Some people feel hot even at 62.6oF while others tend to shiver at 83oF.

You must determine for yourself the ideal temperature setting for the household. Consider setting different temperatures and see which one makes everyone feel comfortable. Remember that you can save yourself about 10 percent on the annual energy bills by setting the temperature 10oF above the normal temperature setting for 8 hours in a day.

So, if your bill averages $210, you can cut the bill to $200 if you reduce the thermostat setting from the usual 68oF to 78oF. It is up to you to decide whether the savings in energy bills is worth the sacrifice in comfort by increasing the temperature.

Consider installing a programmable thermostat

Another effective way to cut the energy bills is by installing a programmable thermostat. This kind of thermostat will automatically adjust the temperature based on your settings. Depending on the comfort preference of the family, one idea is to program the thermostat to lower the temperature when sleeping, and then increase the temperature during the day.

Most programmable thermostats allow you to set the temperature for up to five or more days. You can manually adjust the settings during any part of the day without overriding the programmed setting. Also, you should consider setting the temperature to above 80oF when everyone is away from home, unless you have pets who need a cooler home.

Schedule an air conditioning tune-up with Bob’s

On a final note, you should always have your air condition maintained by a professional air conditioner technician. A properly maintained air conditioner will operate efficiently without drawing additional power.

In case the air conditioner is not maintained properly, the system develops a fault. It strains to keep the rooms cool that spikes up the bill. To avoid this problem, it is important that you schedule a thorough check-up of the unit.

A professional air condition technician will inspect all critical components of the air conditioner and perform the necessary repairs. This will ensure that the system continues to perform efficiently resulting in optimum cooling.

Call Bob’s for more professional thermostat advice

In case you are a resident of Morgan City, Thibodaux, Houma, or the nearby areas in Louisiana,  you can contact Bob’s Heating and AC to schedule regular maintenance of your air conditioner.

Here are some of the dangers of AC duct condensation

AC Duct Condensation ExplainedAir conditioner units are put to test during the summer months in Louisiana. Due to continuous usage of the air conditioner unit, it’s not uncommon for issues to develop with the cooling device. One of these problems is AC duct condensation.

While this does not seem like a serious issue, the fact is that—if left unresolved—it could lead to major problems. In this article, we will explain how condensation develops on the ductwork, and why it’s important to resolve the issue by hiring a professional air conditioner technician from Bob’s.

AC duct condensation can develop for many different reasons. One of the main reasons that condensation develops on the ductwork is when the cool air in the ducts come into contact with more humid and warm outside air.

This commonly occurs due to improperly sealed openings, inadequate insulation around the ductwork, or leaks in the duct from where warm air enters the ducts.

Why it’s important to resolve AC duct condensation

Condensation of the ductworks is something that should not be treated lightly. Accumulation of moisture on the ducts can lead to many problems. As moisture develops on the ducts, it can lead to secondary issues as well.

The first problem is what the water will drip off into the insulation. This will reduce the R-value of the material and hence its ability to properly insulate the ducts. Another problem with condensation in the ductwork is that the water can leak to the ceilings. Eventually, water will rot the drywall and even cause the ceiling to collapse.

Lastly, constant moisture around the ducts will contribute to the formation of toxic mold and mildew. This can create a great health hazard for the residents. What’s worse is that the property value will go down as well so you will have trouble selling the property at top dollar.

The bottom-line: Schedule an AC tune-up

The discussion in this article will have made you realize the importance of addressing AC duct condensation problems. However, most people either don’t think that condensation of the ducts is an issue or don’t know whether there is a problem.

Regular inspection of the air conditioner is the solution that can help in early detection and resolution of condensation problems. This is more of a problem in southern states where humidity levels are generally high. Residents are advised to call a professional to check the system and find out whether any repairs are required to resolve the condensation problem.

If you reside in Houma, Thibodaux, Morgan City, or the surrounding areas in Louisiana, you can call Bob’s Heating and Air Conditioning.

Here’s How To Maximize Your Air Conditioner’s Lifespan

Air Conditioner LifespanThe air conditioner unit is one of the most expensive items inside most homes. New air conditioners on average cost about $5,000. Fortunately, with proper care and maintenance, you’ll see a longer air conditioner lifespan. If the unit is properly cared for, it can last for up to 15 years or more.

Here are 5 tips that can help you to maximize the lifespan of your air conditioner. What’s more, the AC maintenance tips shared in this article will ensure that your unit performs optimally, resulting in cost savings for you over time.

1. Install an energy-efficient cooling unit

Modern air conditioners come with a lot of features that ensures optimum operation and maximum lifetime. The units will help you save money as there will be less frequent repairs and lower energy bills.

The highly energy efficient cooling units come with features such as two stage compressors and variable speed air handlers that maximize the efficiency and lifetime of the cooling unit. The air conditioners installed by Bob’s meet this criteria. Learn more about our AC installation services.

2. Ensure proper installation of the unit

Another important tip to maximize the lifespan of the air conditioner is to have the system installed by a qualified technician. An experienced technician will know where to place the unit that results in efficient operation of the unit.

Improper installation can reduce the lifespan of the cooling equipment. You may have to replace the unit a few years after purchase if it’s not installed by a qualified technician.

3. Clean the air registers and ducts

The air registers ducts that circulate cool air inside the house become dirty and clogged over time. When they become clogged, the unit will not work with maximum efficiency. It will cause the unit to strain, resulting in greater wear-and-tear of the components inside.

In order to ensure maximum lifespan of the unit, you should have both the air registers and the ducts inspected and cleaned regularly. Unobstructed registers and ducts will ensure a long operating life of the unit, thereby saving you money in the long run.

4. Give the unit proper rest

The more rest you give to the air conditioner, the longer it will last. Avoid running the unit 24/7 as it increases wear-and-tear. Take advantage of cooler air during the morning by opening the windows.

When the temperature increases, you can turn up the ceiling fan. Only when the heat causes you to sweat should you consider turning the air conditioner. The more rest you give to the air conditioning unit, the greater the air conditioner lifespan will be.

5. Keep up with the regular replacement of the filters

The filters act as the lungs for the air conditioner. They keep dirt and dust from damaging the critical components inside the unit. However, over time, the filters become clogged with airborne pollutants.  When this happens, the air conditioner works with less efficiency. It takes more power to generate cool air—resulting in increased energy bills.

What’s more, it also results in increased wear and tear resulting in reduced air conditioner lifespan. Having the filters cleaned at regular intervals will ensure optimum operation and long lifespan of the air conditioner.

Call Bob’s for more on maximizing your air conditioner lifespan

In case you want the help of professional technicians to repair or tune up the AC in Morgan City, Houma, Thibodaux, or surrounding areas in southern Louisiana, call us! Bob’s Heating and AC.

AC compressor failure: 5 reasons it happens and what to check

A number of issues can result in your air conditioner breaking down. One of the most common problems, however, is AC compressor failure. In this blog post, we’ll provide some tips for why compressors fail.

We fix AC compressor failureCall the experts at Bob’s for reliable 24/7 AC repair service.

What is the AC compressor?

Compressors pump the refrigerant so that it moves through the air conditioning unit. They can generate hundred pounds per square inch of internal pressure, and run up to several hundred degrees.

Here are five common reasons that your air conditioner compressor can fail.

1. Dirty condenser coils

Dirt, dust, and mineral deposits can accumulate on the condenser coil over time. The dirty coils prevent heat from being expelled from the system. Dirty coils lead to a buildup of pressure inside the unit. As a result, the compressor constantly runs at a high temperature—and eventually breaks down.

2. Clogged refrigerant lines

The compressor pumps the refrigerant through the system. Clogged refrigerant lines can lead to a buildup of increased pressure within the unit. This ultimately results in the temperature rising and an AC compressor failure.

3. Too much or too little refrigerant

Too much or too little refrigerant is equally bad for the air conditioning unit. The refrigerant becomes low in case it leaks through a hole. Low refrigerant makes the system work harder to pump the refrigerant through the unit. This can strain the system that eventually leads to a breakdown of the compressor.

Placing too much refrigerant inside the unit can also lead to AC compressor failure. High refrigerant levels inside the unit makes the compressor work harder, which will ultimately lead to system failure.

4. Improper lubricant

The lubricant is important for proper functioning of the compressor. Improper lubricant results in the system working harder to pump the refrigerant through the system. This results in the breakdown of the air conditioner compressor.

5. Electricity problems

Air compressor can become damaged due to electricity problems such as over or under voltage. Once the compressor becomes damaged due to an electrical problem, replacement is generally the only option. Damaged wiring can also lead to failure of the air compressor.

How do you prevent compressor failure?

The air conditioner compressor failure can cause a big dent on the wallets. Compressors are expensive to repair or replace. Fortunately, more than 80 percent of the compressor problems are preventable.

Regular servicing and maintenance by the professional technicians at Bob’s can reduce the chances of a compressor failure.

Have AC compressor failure? Call the professionals at Bob’s

If you want to get in touch with experienced and reliable air conditioner professionals in Berwick, Morgan City, Patterson and the surrounding areas, you should contact us.

Our company has been serving southern Louisiana reliably for more than five decades. The expert professionals at our company can easily detect and resolve almost all types of AC compressor failure problems at an affordable cost, as well.