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Spring Forward – Change your Clocks & Batteries
On Sunday, March 13, Daylight Savings Time will begin in Illinois.
As you walk through your home Saturday night, setting your clocks ahead 1 hour, don’t forget about your battery operated safety items in your home.
Set your Clocks & Replace your Batteries
Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors save lives, IF they’re powered on with a fresh battery.  The safety experts recommend replacing all batteries twice a year.
The programmable/digital thermostat is the most often forgotten device when it comes to replacing batteries.
All digital and programmable thermostats require batteries that hold your settings during power outages.  With Spring around the corner and the possibilities of high winds and storms it’s best to replace your existing batteries with a fresh set.  When your batteries start to become weak, the thermostat usually gives a “low battery” warning about a month before it goes out but not all homeowners notice.  Before you place a service call because your furnace or air conditioner isn’t running properly… change the batteries in your t-stat.  Drained batteries will cause a weak connection between the thermostat and furnace/air conditioner causing the units to not run properly.  Changing your batteries in the Spring and Fall can save you money on that Service Call.
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Having problems with your furnace making noise?  Visit http://www.aries-mechanical.com/blog/why-is-my-furnace-making-loud-noises    we might be able to help you out.

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Why Does My Furnace keep turning on and off?
 
When your furnace is working properly, it automatically cycles on when it senses that the air is too cold. When the temperature in your home is comfortable, the heating system shuts itself off in response. The process is so automatic that you probably don’t give it much thought. However, it could indicate a serious problem when your furnace keeps turning on and off randomly throughout the day. Below are some troubleshooting tips you can try on your own before placing a call to Aries Mechanical.

Diagnosing the Problem
 When a furnace keeps turning on and off, it is usually due to short cycling. This is the term used to describe problems originating from within the heating system. If short cycling is not promptly diagnosed and corrected, it could cause permanent damage to your heating unit and higher utility bills. The average furnace cycles on and off three to six times every hour.
 
Pay Attention to Your Air Filters
 One of the most common causes of short cycling is also the easiest to fix. If you don’t make a habit to regularly clean or change your furnace’s air filter, it could have a major impact on its efficiency. Warm air can’t pass through the filter and it backs up within the unit. This sends the incorrect message to the furnace that your home is already warm enough. The unit subsequently shuts itself off and your home becomes cold, signaling the system to start up again. To avoid this problem, make sure that you change the air filter at the start of each new season and check it monthly.
 
Check Your Thermostat
 Sometimes the problem of short cycling is caused by a faulty thermostat and not by the unit itself. You should ensure that your thermostat is turned on and set to the accurate settings before assuming that your furnace needs to be repaired.
 
Time to Call the Experts
 If you’ve ruled out a dirty air filter or a malfunctioning thermostat, the problem may be caused by one of the following:
·         Corroded flame sensor
·         Improperly sized furnace
·         Foreign objects lodged in the chimney or air vents
 
If you suspect any one of these issues, schedule an appointment with an experienced HVAC professional.  Aries Mechanical, Inc. is proud to serve the following communities:  Newark, Oswego, Plano, Yorkville, and Sandwich, IL with more than 25 years’ experience in the heating and air conditioning mechanical industry.  Check us out on Facebook.
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A capacitor is needed to start and support the condenser fan motor and compressor while the air conditioner is operating.
Failure of capacitors is the most common reason for a breakdown in the summer heat.  The electrical components get very hot during their operation.  In combination with the summer heat, such as a rise in temperature causes a capacitor failure.
When your A/C doesn’t operate, the most likely cause will be a capacitor failure.
Listen, if you hear a humming noise coming from your air conditioner and the fan doesn’t seem to be running, your capacitor has most likely failed.
* CAUTION * A capacitor holds a high voltage charge and should only be serviced by a professional HVAC technician.
Call Aries Mechanical for all of your A/C service needs.  Visit www.aries-mechanical.com.  Click on the “specials” tab and print the $50 off Service Repair coupon.

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Why Is My Air Conditioner Not Cooling My Home
The worst thing is walking into your home to cool off after you’ve been outdoors and realize that your air conditioner doesn’t seem to be cooling your home.
When talking to your friends or neighbors about your situation they may tell you that you must be low on refrigerant (Freon).   That might not be the case; there are several reasons why this happens.
We have put together a few steps for you to look into that could fix your problem.  If none of these work you will need to make an appointment with an air conditioning technician to diagnose your problem.
FIRST STEP - Double check your thermostat settings
Check your thermostat to make sure it’s on the correct setting.  It has happened on occasion when a homeowner has accidently set the thermostat to “heat” instead of “cool”.  If this happens the A/C will never come on.  Also check the fan settings.  This can be set to ON or AUTO.  If the setting is set to ON, the indoor blower will keep blowing air.  Sometimes it will be cool air and other times it will be warm.  This will cause you to think your air conditioner is low on refrigerant (Freon).  We recommend you set your fan settings to AUTO, this will only allow cold air to blow through your vents.
If your thermostat settings were not the issue, then…
 
SECOND STEP – Check your air filter (furnace filter)
Go to your furnace and pull out your filter.  If it is extremely dirty, replace with a new one.  REMINDER, your filter needs to be replaced on a monthly basis as long as it is a standard filter.  A dirty air filter blocks the airflow to your air conditioner.  This will make your air conditioner work harder get the amount of air needed to cool off your home.   ALSO, the use of a pleated air filter can restrict the amount of airflow needed to cool off your home. 
If your air filters have been properly maintained and are not the issue, then…
 
THIRD STEP – Clean the outdoor condensing unit (A/C)
Have you had you’re A/C serviced and cleaned?  If you answered with “A few years ago” or “Never”, this may be the reason your air conditioner isn’t cooling your home.  Your outdoor condenser needs to be cleaned and clear of any grass (clippings from mowing), leaves (from the Fall), twigs from your trees and any bushes or plants that are overgrown and close to the outdoor unit.
 
 “We have a coupon for A/C Clean & Check on our website under the SPECIALS tab”.
 
When you have your A/C cleaned & checked our technician will also check your refrigerant levels as part of the safety inspection.    Our technician may detect other issues like faulty condenser fan, faulty compressor, etc.  
 
If you are in need of a contractor to come to your home to repair your air conditioner, visit our website www.aries-mechanical.com  to see if we service your area.  Don’t forget to go to the “specials” tab to print off our $50 off A/C repair coupon.             

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80 degree weather is upon us.  Take advantage of our A/C saftey inspection and A/C Cleaning.  Stay a head of the game and avoid Air conditioner breakdowns. Give us a call.
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