What causes an electric or gas furnace to run loudly?

When the cold weather sets in, it’s comforting to feel the warm air from your furnace coming through the vents to make your home cozy. It can be less relaxing, however, when you start hearing unexpected loud noises from your furnace or ducts.

There are several things that can cause a noisy furnace, and some of the causes are more serious than others. Many minor problems have simple do-it-yourself fixes, whereas others require a trained HVAC expert. At Ace Air Conditioning, our certified technicians can inspect your entire heating system and recommend an effective solution.

Contact our team if you’re hearing any of the strange furnace noises listed below.

If you're hearing strange furnace noises this winter, call the team at Ace Air Conditioning.Diagnosing strange furnace noises in your home

1. There is a clog in the air filter

If you hear a loud shaking or vibrating sound emanating from your air ducts, it could indicate a clogged air filter that is hampering airflow on the return side. When dust and debris prevent the filter from letting air through, the significant decrease in pressure may cause the walls of your air ducts to shake or vibrate. You may be able to eliminate this issue by cleaning or replacing a clogged air filter.

2. There are insects or rodents in your ductwork

Buzzing or scratching noises may indicate the presence of uninvited guests in your air ducts. Sometimes bees or other insects get into your ductwork and start building homes. Small rodents, such as mice or rats, can also get into your ducts. In this case, you may want to call an exterminator to remove them and then schedule an HVAC inspection to complete any necessary repairs to your system.

3. There are broken parts inside the furnace

There are several moving parts that make up the mechanics of a furnace, and they can be noisy when they start to wear out or break. For example, a frayed belt may make a squealing sound. If you hear grinding or knocking noises, it could be an issue with the blower, the vibration damper, or the blower motor. When you hear these sorts of furnace sounds, it’s generally best to call in an expert to find and repair or replace malfunctioning parts.

4. The ducts are loose

A rattling noise may be caused by the metal ducts knocking against one another. This type of problem is generally more frequent in older homes when years of operation have caused all the ductwork connections to loosen. You may be able to quiet noisy ducts by tightening and resealing the connections. However, you could also call an expert if you don’t want to spend the time to find and fix all the connections in your home’s ducts.

5. There is a clogged burner inside the furnace

If you hear a loud banging or popping noise when your gas furnace starts up, it could indicate a clog within the burner. When dust or debris gets caught inside the system, it can prevent the fuel from igniting immediately. When this happens, fuel can build up and then ignite all of a sudden in a loud explosion.

It’s essential to have an expert repair this issue as soon as possible to prevent a dangerous malfunction or damage to the furnace.

Call our team at Ace Air if you’re hearing loud furnace noises

Noises in your furnace or ducts may simply signal normal operation. However, they can also indicate a problem. The easiest solution is to schedule an inspection from Ace Air Conditioning. We can find and fix the cause of the noise so your heating system can operate safely. To schedule an appointment, contact our team online.

What are the qualities of a qualified HVAC technician?

In the event that your heater stops working this winter, it’s important that you have someone you can call for fast and reliable service. In other words, you want a qualified HVAC technician.

However, with all the cooling and heating companies and contractors out there, how do you know if you’re hiring the right person? In this article, we’ll review the seven most important qualities that a great HVAC technician has, and why the technicians at our company—Ace Air Conditioning—embody those values.

The Ace Air team is here for all your cooling and heating needs in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

The 7 qualities of a qualified HVAC technician

1. NATE certification

Let’s start here. We’d argue that this certification from the North American Technician Excellence (NATE) program is essential for any trustworthy HVAC technician to have.

NATE is the largest and most reputable certification organization for HVAC technicians. Numerous distributors and contractors around the country partner with NATE to ensure their workers have the knowledge necessary to work on homes. It shows the technician has obtained certain knowledge in the field, and you want that expertise put to work on your home’s HVAC.

At Ace Air, our technicians are NATE-certified professionals who combine their extensive training with real-world, in-the-field experience.

2. Good company backing

Your HVAC technician should be backed by a reputable company. Here’s how you can separate out high-quality companies from the rest:

  • Go online and see what kind of reviews the business has earned on sites like Yelp and Google.
  • Talk to your friends, family members, and coworkers about companies they have worked with in the past.
  • Check out the guarantees of the different companies being considered.

3. Background-checked

The company you hire from should background-check every single employee. The technician you hire may end up working in and around your home. For your peace of mind, you want to be confident this individual does not have a serious criminal history or issues with drug or alcohol abuse.

4. Licensed, bonded & insured

In addition to having the proper licensing, the company you hire should also be fully bonded and insured. Working on any system around your house can be dangerous. If you hire a technician without insurance, then you could be liable for any injuries that occur or any damages that they do to the system or your home.

5. Organizational skills

You want someone who will be punctual and show up on time to work on your house. This is especially important for the initial house visit when the technician comes out to examine your HVAC system. When you hire technicians from a company like Ace Air Conditioning, you know you are getting someone who is passionate about the craft and will not leave you waiting for hours on end.

6. Communication skills

The HVAC technician should know what he is doing, but it is also critical for this person to explain it to you in terms you can understand. You deserve to know precisely what is going on with the system, so you can take steps to avoid it in the future. Part of good communication involves providing an accurate quote that will not be wildly off from the final price.

7. Trustworthiness

At the end of the day, you need to hire someone you feel comfortable letting into your home. This involves listening to your gut, and while it may not be scientific, there is something to be said about knowing whether you can trust someone. Part of this trustworthiness involves not tacking on any hidden fees at the end of the process, so make sure you keep an eye out for any guarantees the company makes.

Want to work with a qualified HVAC technician? Call Ace Air.

You will be incredibly uncomfortable if you have to go without your air conditioner or heater for any length of time, so make sure you hire the experts at Ace Air Conditioning. We have been in business for 60 years, so we know exactly what we are doing. We are available 24 hours a day, so if you have any questions about our services, feel free to contact us.

Complete your spring cleaning with an IAQ test

Many homeowners here in South Louisiana are opening up their doors and windows, thawing out from the winter, and starting the process of what is commonly referred to as “spring cleaning.” As you put together your spring cleaning checklist, don’t forget to have your indoor air quality tested. An IAQ test can help identify exactly what’s in your home’s air, and the professionals at Ace Air can also provide recommendations for purifying and cleaning your air so that you can breathe easier this summer.

Schedule your IAQ test with the professionals at Ace Air this spring.

Clear the air in your home this spring with an IAQ test from the professionals at Ace Air.

To schedule your IAQ test here in Lake Charles and surrounding communities, contact our team today.

5 reasons to schedule an IAQ test this spring

Still on the fence about scheduling an indoor air quality test with the IAQ pros at Ace Air? Here are some of the benefits of adding an IAQ test from our team to your spring cleaning checklist.

Reduce airborne pet hair and dander

If you have pets, you’re probably not allergic to your pets. However, your guests might be. Cat and dog hair and dander can build up throughout your home over time, collecting in your air ducts and on almost every surface. Even pet hair you can’t see might be present in your air. An indoor air quality test can help identify just how saturated your air is with pet hair, and what you can do through filtration to reduce the amount of pet hair and dander in your home’s air.

Good for asthma sufferers

Although it may seem like asthma attacks are completely random, there is usually some kind of irritant in the air that is causing your airway to tighten. There are a number of culprits that may be lurking throughout your home:

  • Air pollution
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Pet dander
  • Dust
  • Mold

An IAQ test from the professionals here at Ace can help you uncover these sources of asthma discomfort and resolve them. As a result, your overall quality of life is likely to improve.

You’re allergy-prone

Spring is a terrible time for those who suffer from seasonal allergies. The misery is mostly caused by pollen. Here in South Louisiana, allergies can be a year-round problem. Even though pollen originates outside, allergens can quickly find their way inside, extending your misery. We can help you find a filter that removes pollen content from your home’s air.

You haven’t had an IAQ test in a while

Because of the number of particles that can disrupt your air quality, it’s wise to have your house tested every year as part of your home’s regular maintenance routine. Not only is an IAQ test a good idea for your own benefit, but you’ll help guests feel more comfortable when they visit.

Schedule an indoor air quality test with our team

To have your annual IAQ test completed, contact our team. We can help you clear the air as part of your spring cleaning checklist.

Here are the benefits of scheduling a heat pump tune-up this fall

You’ve made it through another sweltering summer, and now it’s time to think about heating your home during the winter. Luckily, if you have a heat pump, you have a system that can both cool and heat your home. However, all that wear-and-tear throughout the entire year means that you need to keep your unit in working order. That’s where we come in. Ace Air offers heat pump tune-up services here in Lake Charles.

In this blog, we’ll run through the top 5 reasons to schedule a heating tune-up this autumn.

Here’s why you should schedule a heat pump tune-up

#1. Compliance with your warranty

Heating and cooling systems are expensive, which is why manufacturers provide customers with warranties to protect the system from defects and problems for years after purchase. However, these warranties often have a very specific catch: you have to have your system inspected regularly by a certified technician from a trusted HVAC company.

This actually makes sense: since a heat pump tune-up can help you avoid the need for repairs by minimizing the risk of a breakdown, the manufacturer sees them as a way to ensure that the system is running at its best for the life of the warranty.

#2. Boost energy-efficiency

Since you’re using electricity to heat your home, you’ll want to get maximum value out of every kilowatt, and a fall heat pump tune-up can help you boost efficiency. It’s easy for components to rattle loose over the course of a year, and our technicians will make sure everything is secure in its place. Plus, the buildup of dirt and grime within the heat pump can cause minor inefficiencies that lead to big costs over the course of the winter.

#3. Help your system recover

Heat pumps work differently than other HVAC systems because they use the same equipment for both heating and cooling. Since your pump works on a year-round basis, it’s a good idea to schedule service whenever the weather transitions from hot to cold.

#4. Increase your system’s lifespan

Like any other piece of machinery, a furnace’s components experience wear-and-tear through normal operation, and an annual service can help identify failing parts. If you put this important maintenance off, you’ll potentially shorten the serviceable life of your heating system.

#5. Find problems before it’s too late

When you turn your furnace on for the winter, you expect it to heat your home. By getting a fall tune-up for your heat pump, you can ensure the system is ready to go. You’ll also avoid the long wait for a repair appointment if it fails on a cold day.

Call Ace to schedule your heat pump tune-up this fall

If these benefits sound good to you, turn to the experienced professionals at Ace Air Conditioning for service on your HVAC system this fall. Why void your warranty or risk premature equipment failure? To schedule a heat pump tune-up, or to learn more about our other available services, contact us online today.

Why you should improve your indoor air quality

Did you know that the quality of your indoor air is just as important as the quality of outdoor air? Just like outdoor air pollutants, indoor air contaminants can affect your health. In this blog, we’ll review just some of the reasons why you should improve your indoor air quality.

A professional indoor air quality test is a great way to assess the quality of the air inside your home or building. To schedule yours here in Lake Charles, contact the team at Ace.

Why should you improve your indoor air quality?

Here are four health benefits of improving the quality of your indoor air:

Pictured: Your living room might look immaculate, but there could be unseen contaminants in your air. Just another reasons why you should improve your indoor air quality!

Your living room might look immaculate, but there could be unseen contaminants in your air. Just another reason why you should improve your indoor air quality!

1. Decrease allergens

Common indoor allergens include pollen, mold spores, and (yuck!) cockroach debris. These allergens float through the air and accumulate on surfaces, and they cause symptoms like eye irritation, a scratchy throat, and sneezing.

Maintaining the IAQ in your home reduces the number of indoor allergens and alleviates the symptoms of allergic reactions.

2. Sleep more soundly

Indoor air quality matters, even when you’re asleep. As your body moves through the sleep cycle, your breathing rate changes, so it’s important that the air is clean and easy to breathe while you sleep.

Better air quality means the body doesn’t have to work hard and interrupt sleep to get the right amount of oxygen. This causes less sleep disturbances and helps prevent or improve breathing-related sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea.

Cleaner air will have you waking up feeling rested and refreshed.

3. Breathe better

Air that is filled with contaminants puts a strain on your body when you breathe. Your breaths become shallower, and your lungs and heart have to work harder to take in enough oxygen. If it continues, this unnecessary stress on your body can cause health problems in years to come.

However, improved indoor air quality lets you take deep breaths and give your body the oxygen it needs without all the extra work. Our technicians at Ace Air Conditioning can test your air and help you breathe easier.

4. Regulate humidity

The right amount of humidity is important and can affect your health. Air that’s too dry can trigger nosebleeds and skin irritation. On the other hand, high humidity (hello, Louisiana!) promotes mold growth and makes your home feel musty, which causes heavy breathing.

Having cleaner air with less contaminants makes it easier to achieve the ideal balance of humidity (usually around 45 percent) and keep everyone comfortable.

Contact Ace Air Conditioning

The better your IAQ, the happier and healthier everyone will be. Contact the team at Ace Air today for more information and to schedule an appointment.

What are the differences between ductless heating and a standard unit?

Are you thinking about having Ace install a new furnace before colder weather arrives? If so, you might want to at least consider getting a ductless heating and cooling system. In this blog, we’ll provide you with some information about these systems, so that you can make an informed decision about which one to upgrade to.

If you’re in Lake Charles, Sulphur, or surrounding communities, contact Ace for all your heating needs. Our experienced and friendly technicians are ready to help!

What is ductless heating, and what makes it different?

Standard HVAC versus ductless heating and cooling

A ductless system has both an outdoor unit and an indoor unit, connected by a thin line. You can have multiple indoor systems all connected to one outdoor compressor.

For heating, the heat is distributed through the indoor unit(s) directly to the rooms. These systems are typically wall-mounted. As you can imagine given the name, no ducts are used to transport heated or cooled air.

Precise control

Here’s an advantage: You can control the temperature of individual rooms with a ductless heating system, since each room has its own system. Thanks to this, ductless heaters offer more control over room temperature.

Further, that type of precise control helps you cut down on your monthly energy bills—all year. That’s because only selectively cooling / heating rooms as needed is more energy-efficient than pumping your entire home full of cooled or heated air via ducts.

No need for ducts

Of course, there’s another reason that ductless systems are popular: for homes without existing ductwork, ductless heating is cost-effective, since the cost of even multiple units is far less than the renovation work needed to put in air ducts. Especially for historic homes, which might lose value through such destructive remodeling.

Which is better? Ductless or standard heating?

That depends on your home, whether you have ducts, and a number of other factors. The best place to start? Call your local HVAC specialists for a free in-home estimate on a new system. That’s what Ace offers, and our technicians help people here in Lake Charles, Sulphur, and surrounding communities get the heating or cooling system that’s right for them.

The case for ductless heating

You should select a ductless air conditioner if:

  • You want to set individual temperature in each room.
  • There is no room for ducts inside the house.
  • You want to add a heating device to new space in the home, such as the garage. In such a case, a ductless heater will be less costly.
  • You want improved air quality. Ducts can harbor dust and mildew decreasing the air quality.

The case for standard heating

On the other hand, a standard heating system might be a better option if the following applies to you:

  • Humidity is a problem. Standard systems are better in removing humidity from the room.
  • The room has existing ducts that are in good condition. In such a case, it might be less costly for you to install a new standard heating.
  • You want improved air circulation. Ducted heaters are better in circulating the air. As a result, there is an issue of stagnant air or low air pressure.

It’s important that you consider your budget and heating requirements before selecting a heater. That’s why you should always start your shopping by calling our team for a free in-home quote.

Call Ace to learn more about ductless heating systems

For experienced help in heating installation, you should contact us at Ace Air Conditioning. We have a team of experienced technicians ready to help you. Contact us online, or give us a call at (337) 477-4530.

Here are just a few tips for improving your home’s indoor air quality

Many people believe that air pollution is something that only exists outside. However, the reality is that poor indoor air quality can have even more of a negative impact on your health than polluted outdoor air. That’s because we all spend so much more time inside than outside, but also because trapped indoor air can become bad to breathe.

Indoor Air Quality can matter even more than outside air.

So, what can you do to improve your home’s indoor air quality? In this blog, we’ll review five valuable tips that can help you improve your indoor air quality.

1. Avoid smoking inside of the house

First and foremost, try to avoid smoking inside the house. If you are a smoker, take it outside whenever possible. That’s because cigarette smoke contains 3,000 chemicals and 43 separate carcinogens. Even if you do smoke, you don’t want that stuff trapped in your home’s indoor air.

Not only will not smoking in the house improve your indoor air quality, but it will make your home smell better and keep your family healthier. Putting limits on where you smoke might even be the first step to helping you quit.

2. Monitor humidity levels

Here in Lake Charles, we’re no strangers to high humidity. But, if the humidity levels in your home are excessive—even above-and-beyond what the outside is like—there could be consequences. First, excessive humidity can promote the buildup of mold and mildew in the home, triggering health concerns and allergic reactions.

High humidity can also make your home uncomfortably hot, and even pose a heatstroke risk to those living under your roof. Low humidity is less of a problem here in Louisiana, but dryness can cause cracked lips and skin. One study even found that the flu spreads more quickly when humidity levels are low.

Ideal humidity levels should be between 30 and 50 percent. If your humidity is above or below that range, call Ace Air and we’ll talk to you about your options for either a humidifier or dehumidifier. Both can improve your indoor air quality.

3. Open windows for ventilation

You should open the windows for about 10 minutes every day. This will allow fresh air inside the house and allow your air to circulate, draining off any indoor air quality problems. If the days are hot, consider opening your windows at night once the sun goes down and things begin to cool off. In particular, consider opening the window every time you dust or vacuum the house.

4. With indoor air quality testing, tackle pollutants

You can also improve your home’s air quality by eliminating the sources of pollution. For instance, gas stoves should be serviced to prevent the emission of harmful gases; asbestos-containing materials should be enclosed or removed; carpets should be deep cleaned; and HVAC ducts should be cleaned at a regular interval.

The best place to start is by scheduling an indoor air quality test from Ace Air Conditioning. Our experienced technicians will determine what exactly is in your home’s air, and how to best go about purifying your air.

5. Have Ace install air purifiers

Air purifiers can also help improve your home’s indoor air quality. Ace Air can help you find the right air purifier for your home to remove pollutants and improve your indoor air quality.

Call Ace for indoor air quality testing in Lake Charles, Louisiana!

If you’re looking for expert help with air quality here in Lake Charles, Sulphur, or surrounding communities in southwestern Louisiana, call in the pros at Ace Air Conditioning. Our experienced professionals can help you, starting with an indoor air quality test.

To get started, call us at (337) 477-4530 or contact us online.