Upstairs too hot in your 2 story St Louis or St. Charles area home? Try these home adjustments.

John Thurmond HVAC ManagerThroughout the hot St. Louis summer months, the upstairs of a two-story home is often much warmer than the downstairs level, even when the air conditioning system is operating. This is a common problem for homeowners with forced-air HVAC systems with one thermostat located on the first floor of their home. To know why the system isn’t keeping upstairs as cool as the downstairs, it helps to understand how a forced-air system works. Then you can apply a few strategies that will help distribute the cool air more evenly throughout your St. Louis and St. Charles area homes.

How Does a Forced-Air HVAC System Work?

thermostatA forced-air, or central air HVAC home cooling system begins at the thermostat. You set the thermostat to your desired temperature, and when the temperature in the room rises above that, the AC unit kicks on to bring the temperature down and cool the home. Whenever your AC unit is running, it is pulling in air in through return vents, cooling the air, and then forcing the air back out through the supply ducts and into the living space. When the temperature in the living space drops to the set level, the thermostat then responds by shutting the AC down. Heat rises and cooler air drops into the lower areas of the house (usually where the thermostat is located). Heat from the hot Missouri summer outside then begins to warm things up again. Because heat rises, the temperature on the second floor goes up first, causing the second floor to feel warmer than the first floor. Despite these variables, there are some things you can do to level your home’s temperature to a more comfortable level all over.

What Can You Do to More Consistently Cool Your Missouri Home?

Homeowners can do a number of DIY adjustments to more evenly cool your St. Louis and St. Charles County area homes and make them more energy-efficient.

Here are some simple changes you can do on your own:

home air ventAdjust dampers on your vents.

If your vents have levers or dials, that means you can control the airflow by adjusting the level of air coming out. If the second floor of your home is hotter than the lower in the summer months, keep the dampers on the second-floor vents completely open and just partially open the vents on the first floor to force more of the cool air to enter the second-floor areas.

Use your ceiling fans properly.

upstairs fan at st. Louis homeIf you have ceiling fans in your home, you can use them to directly cool a room as well as to improve the efficiency of your HVAC system. During the summer months, set the switch on the base of your ceiling fan so that the fan blades move in a counterclockwise direction. This pushes the air downward to directly cool people upstairs. This kind of direct breeze you create helps the room feel cooler.

Open top return vents (top/bottom return systems only).

If you have a top/bottom return vent operation, open the top vents in the summer months. Opening the top vents will make your system draw in air from a higher point in the room where the warmer air exists. Do the opposite in the winter months.

Close curtains during the day upstairs to keep the sun’s rays out.

Blocking the sun from entering your home during the day will naturally help keep the indoor temperature cooler and place less demand on your AC system.

AAA Home LogoIf you’ve tried these changes and it’s still just too hot upstairs and your system isn’t keep up, your cooling system may be the wrong size for your home. If your system isn’t big enough for your home, it will run longer and more often.

Make sure that your HVAC unit is maintained before the summer and winter months to keep it running at it’s optimal performance.

If think your system is insufficient for your home, call AAA Home Services or request an hvac estimate online for a free in-home estimate.


Long-time AAA Technician Stewart Wrozier is Retiring

Stewart WrozierStewart Wrozier is retiring from AAA Home Services after 40 years of dedicated service to AAA and the Community. Owner Jeff Probst and Stewart have been best of friends since the 7th grade and both graduated from North County Tech School in 1975. In 1982, Stewart started delivering appliances for AAA. In addition to appliance delivery, he began installing gas and electrical appliances for the company. Stewart also was a licensed HVAC and water heater technician. Stewart became a leader within AAA Home Services and formed many strong relationships throughout the community. AAA employees and the thousands of satisfied customers in our community wish Stewart all the best with his retirement! May God Bless Stewart and his family!

7 Signs My St. Louis Air Conditioner Is Low on Freon.

new-americanstdIf your StL AC unit is low on coolant/refrigerant, or Freon as it’s more commonly known as, then it’s time to purchase more.  You’ll probably be paying a higher than normal Ameren or Cuivre River electric bill and you’re running the risk of a costly air conditioner unit breakdown.

To ensure cost and energy savings this year, be aware of these 7 signs of low refrigerant.

  1. It takes a really long time for your home to cool off. With high temperatures, your AC is working in overdrive to cool your home. Low refrigerant makes this worse with high indoor temperatures and high costs.
  2. Cool air is not coming out of your vents. Warm or lukewarm air blowing through the vents could indicate many different issues, but low refrigerant could be one of the causes.
  3. The temperature you set your t-stat to is never reached. If you put your thermostat at 75, but the thermometer never reaches that number, there’s an issue with your AC and you need to have it checked.
  4. Your electric bill is higher than normal. Comparing your electric bills month-to-month and year-to-year can help you identify issues with your HVAC unit. If you experience higher than normal electricity costs, have your air conditioner serviced.
  5. Ice is forming on refrigerant lines. If you suspect your air conditioner is low on refrigerant, check the unit for ice build up. Ice accumulation on copper tubing or the evaporator coil occurs when an air conditioner does not have enough refrigerant.
  6. Water leaking are visible around heater. When the ice that accumulates on the refrigerant lines melts, then water can puddle up near the furnace. This water can then drip to the floor or into the furnace. You should never see water on the floor near your furnace.
  7. Hissing or bubbling noise. If you’re low on refrigerant, it’s because there is a leak somewhere. A hissing or bubbling noise can indicate an AC refrigerant leak in the system which will have to be repaired by an HVAC service technician.

Don’t let low refrigerant ruin your hot St. Louis summer with high temperatures and high energy costs.  Get your air conditioner serviced today to get the temperature in your home and your electric bill back to normal.  Signing up for AAA Service Club Membership Plan is a great way to make sure your AC unit is set with an annual scheduled AC Clean and Check appointment that we call you to set for the hot summer ahead.

For more information, visit our recent blog post on Freon and Your St. Louis Air Conditioner.

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Freon and Your St. Louis Air Conditioner

AAA Professional performing a furnace checkAn AC doesn’t “go through” refrigerant. So you ought to never have to re-energize your forced air system with more Freon—except if there’s a hole.

However, here’s a situation we find out about way time and again:

1. AC isn’t blowing cold air

2. A cooling tech says you need Freon

3. You pay to place 1-2 pounds in your framework (this is designated “charging” your AC unit)

4. AC works for the summer

5. The following summer, rehash stages 1-4

In the event that this has happened to you, call a different AC Repair Service! You are either being defrauded or the tech is not trained. Fail to fix the refrigerant break resembles knowing there’s a nail in your tire however topping off the tire with more air as opposed to taking the nail out and fixing the opening. We can help repair your AC today.

In addition to the fact that this is more costly for (you need to continue to pay to re-energize your AC, however in the event that your framework actually utilizes the R-22 refrigerant, it’s additionally amazingly awful for the climate. R-22 is being eliminated on the grounds that it depletes the ozone, which adds to environmental change.

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So what ought to have happened when you called the AC organization about a potential Freon charge?

The AC tech should investigate what is wrong with your forced air system.

Similarly as a specialist considers your entire body’s wellbeing while surveying your indications, an AC tech should take a gander at your whole cooling framework prior to making an analysis and solution.

For this situation, the cooling professional ought to:

* Look at your air channel and indoor regulator

* Inspect the indoor unit, which is part of a regular AC Clean and Check appointment as well

* Take the cover off your open air unit to search for issues

Why not simply quickly measure the measure of refrigerant noticeable all around conditioner?

In the event that you have different issues (messy air channel, frozen evap curls, and so forth), they will influence the perusing of the refrigerant charge in your focal climate control system.

In this way, whenever they’ve examined all the other things, the specialist will know whether their instrument for estimating Freon (AC complex check) is exact or not.

In the event that refrigerant is low, they should inform you concerning the hole

Maybe simply saying, “You need more refrigerant; here’s the expense,” your AC expert should tell you that you are low on refrigerant and disclose to you that implies you have a hole.

At that point, contingent upon your circumstance, they may give several alternatives that can include:

Option 1: Recharging your AC without fixing the hole

Indeed, we recently said that is not a smart thought. Be that as it may, finding and fixing a hole can be costly. So you might not have any desire to do it if both of coming up next are valid:

* You’ve never needed to re-energize the unit—The break is likely a lethargic one and re-energizing the unit may get you through the late spring.

* You will supplant the unit inside the following year—No utilization in sinking cash into something you’ll before long be supplanting.

In any case, regardless of whether you go this course, we suggest having the tech placed in a UV dye with the new refrigerant. At that point, whenever your AC is low on refrigerant, the HVAC tech can undoubtedly find the break and let you realize the expense to fix.

Option 2: Finding and fixing the hole

The tech will probably give you a cost to find the break. At that point, whenever they’ve discovered the hole, they’ll give you the cost to fix the hole, which will rely upon where it’s found. As a rule, the AC tech should:

1. Discover the hole utilizing electronic hardware, UV color or a gurgling specialist

2. Empty all the refrigerant (this is an extravagant word for eliminating the refrigerant from the framework)

3. Fix the break

4. Re-energize the climate control system

5. Test to ensure the break has been fixed

Option 3: Replacing the unit

Indeed, we know supplanting the entire unit due to a refrigerant break appears to be outrageous. Also, it doesn’t occur that regularly.

Yet, in certain circumstances it bodes well.

For instance, suppose your climate control system is 14+ years old and to fix the break we need to supplant the gathering curl. Would you truly like to put $1,000+ into your present framework when you’ll in any case probably need an entirely different framework in a year or less?

This is generally the situation if your framework utilizes R-22 refrigerant and the fix for the hole is incredibly expensive. Since R-22 is being eliminated, parts are more earnestly to stop by and more costly. As is simply the refrigerant.

Over the long haul, moving up to another framework that utilizations R-410A refrigerant might be a superior decision. (In addition, this new refrigerant is better for the climate!)

Think your AC needs refrigerant? Contact a reliable St. Louis AC Repair Company.

AAA can fix any AC issue. Furthermore, we’ve been serving the whole St. Louis and St. Charles area since 1970.

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Top 9 Common Heating Service and Furnace Repair Issues

There are a variety of points that can go wrong with a furnace. When the temperature drops, the experts at AAA Home Service get plenty of telephone calls concerning busted or defective heating units.

Call us to fix your heater and take steps to guarantee you remain cozy this winter months.

Most Common Home Heating Concerns House Owners Experience

1. Poor Maintenancehvac furnance repair

Similar to any of the machinery in your house, your heating system needs normal maintenance. If you stop working to set up examinations or tidy the heaters, air filter, as well as duct you might wind up with a broken or inadequately functioning heating system.  Furnace clean and check service twice a year is very important to the proper upkeep of your furnace.

2. Clogged Air Filters

Dirty air filter.If your filters are unclean, the heating system will certainly have difficulty flowing air.

A couple of aspects that can result in clogged up air filters consist of the sort of air filter you use, the difference in between the air high quality in your house and also the air top quality you need, whether you have family pets, how many people reside in your house, and just how much contamination exists in the location around and beyond your residence.

3. Use & Tear From Daily Use

It is common for heating units to malfunction from over-use, especially during the winter months. If you utilize your heating system consistently as well as it is an older system, eventual malfunction might be inescapable.

Normal maintenance can assist you avoid these problems, specifically with more youthful furnace.

4. Broken Thermostatnest installation of thermostat

When your thermostat damages it can lead to faulty fan which can create convenience problems. If your thermostat breaks, you will certainly probably demand to call a professional to have it replaced.

5. Faulty Ignition Control or Pilot Light

In a gas heating system, the pilot light allows the heater to provide heat. In various other heating unit, the ignition control serves this purpose. If either goes out, you might quit receiving heat.

It’s cool when your heating system isn’t creating sufficient or any type of heat.

6. Not Heating Home Well Enough

If you are not getting any kind of warmth and your pilot light or ignition control gets on, your heater might have thermostat, gas, or power issues.  A stopped up filter can result in inadequate levels of warm. If you do not have a clogged up filter but your area is still not cozy sufficient, your heating system might be also small for the area it is attempting to heat.

7. Cycles Regularly

When a heating system consistently cycles between on and also off it may indicate bad thermostat settings. If altering your thermostat settings does not function, your heating unit can have a stopped up filter or inappropriate air flow.

8. Too Loud

Heating systems make different sounds as they operate, but if you hear abnormal rattles or squeals you might have a mechanical problem. These noises can additionally represent decreased air movement and clogged up heaters.

9. Blower Runs Constantly

When the blower remains to run it is a sign that you have a broken or faulty limitation switch.

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AAA licensed HVAC Professionals can diagnose as well as fix your heating and a/c troubles effectively as well as cost effectively. Call (636) 397-3200 today for reliable St. Louis and St. Charles area home heating service and furnace repair.

When should you call a HVAC Professional for Furnace Repair?

Are you prepared if your furnace suddenly breaks down in the middle of a chilly winter? What if it starts emitting cold air instead of hot air when you start your system on?

A furnace has electrical components that, like any gadget, have the potential to malfunction at any given time regardless of age. Staying on top of furnace maintenance will prevent your heating system from failing when you need it most.

While some furnace issues can be troubleshot at home yourself, temporary DIY fixes or alterations can end up decreasing the efficiency or shortening the life of your furnace. If anything more than a small adjustment is required for your furnace to run properly, your best option is to call an HVAC Professional for Furnace Repair. AAA Home Services offers you the award-winning Furnace Repair Service with guaranteed satisfaction and value for money.

Before calling for professional HVAC services, you can take a look at your hvac system for these common furnace related issues:

  • Check For A Faulty Thermostat: Whenever you face any problem with your furnace, the first thing to check is your home system’s thermostat. A common issue is that thermostats are simply set incorrectly, so make sure that your thermostat is set to the proper temperature settings with the fan mode on “Auto”. Double check that your thermostat is not set up next to a heat source that could alter its readings, and make sure it’s free of any dust or dirt that could alter its ability to take accurate readings.

  • Look For Damaged Ducts: The ducts transfer the hot air produced by your furnace throughout your home. A leakage in these ductworks can cause the air circulating in your home to lose its heat, become colder, and then be unable to heat your house to the required temperature you desire.

  • Replace Air Filters Regularly to Prevent An Overheated Furnace: The main cause of an overheated furnace is jammed air filters. In order for your system to work efficiently, it is crucial to ensure that the filters are free from dirt and dust, allowing the air to pass through the system freely. A blocked filter will prevent air from moving freely, which causes the system to overheat. Recurring overheating can cause severe damage to the heat exchanger.

Why is it important to call an HVAC Professional for Furnace Repair?

If your heating system has leaks that do not get repaired, it could lead to air contamination in your home. There are some gases, such as methane and carbon dioxide, created by your system that are emitted outside the house by a properly functioning system. Faulty vents could cause these gases to circulate inside your home, causing severe respiratory problems and allergies.

Trying to fix these problems on your own without proper HVAC knowledge and training could lead to serious injuries or damage to your home, such as electrical shocks, damage to the system itself, or even fire and explosions. Improper DIY maintenance and repair can also lead to much more costly repairs for your system down the line. It is always recommended to call a trained professionally licensed HVAC repair specialist, such as AAA Home Services, to maintain and repair your home system according to proper guidelines and safety measures.

Why is HVAC professional recommended for Furnace repair?John HVAC Mgr

There are several reasons why trained and licensed HVAC professionals are your best and only choice for Furnace repair:

  • The Right Diagnosis – DIY solutions tend to put a bandaid on larger issues. An essential aspect of proper furnace repair is deciphering the correct reason for the problem; in many cases, there could be more than one issue. HVAC professionals with experience and supporting knowledge will find and treat the source of all issues so that your system doesn’t continue to experience problems that previously went unnoticed.

  • Accurate and Absolute Repair – What is the good of doing a job, if not done right the first time? Mistakes, quick fixes, and sloppy jobs can all cause more headache and costly repairs in the future. Get the confidence and satisfaction of a job done right the first time by trusting a professional.  Always go for professional HVAC  AAA Home Services for Furnace repair.

  • Insurance – Professional HVAC service members are required to be licensed, bonded, and insured. These prerequisites mean that your repairs are always done by someone you can trust – which might not be the case if repairs are taken care of by amateurs

  • The Right Tools – HVAC professionals use specialized tools for their work that require special training to properly fix your furnace. Using the incorrect tools, or even the using the correct tools incorrectly, can create alternative problems for your machine.

  • Find Comfort Faster – An experienced professional will diagnose the problem accurately and take steps to repair the furnace in the shortest possible amount of time, giving service priorities to you and your family’s comfort.

Our qualified and seasoned HVAC professionals are certified to install, maintain and repair any Furnace make and model. We are champions in managing heating and cooling systems. Our years of experience and high customer satisfaction rates ensure your complete satisfaction and peace of mind when you call AAA Home Services for Furnace repairs.

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AAA Home Service, Our Techs & Our Customers

“Sam was professional and very personable. He showed up on time and greeted me with a big smile, then immediately put on his mask. He best service company in st charlesalready had on his protective gloves. All these things put me at ease given this current pandemic. I have been doing business with AAA for 20 years! Sam is one of the best repair man…very professional and thorough, he explains things to me in simple terms that I can understand. Sam is a great example of why I continue to do business with AAA!
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Microwave Oven Repair

AAA Home Services has been repairing all brands of microwave ovens since their AAA Service Truck in drivewayinception in the 1970s in St. Louis and St. Charles.  AAA is the leader in Appliance Repair in the Greater St. Louis and St. Charles area.

A number of things can go wrong with microwave ovens, including diode burnouts, faulty switches and magnetron failures.  We will quickly diagnose the problem and get the parts necessary to get yours running again.

Repairing all Types of Microwave Ovens

We will repair any type of microwave oven including: Frigidaire, GE, Kenmore, LG, Maytag, Panasonic, Samsung, Sharp, Whirlpool.

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Navigating the Rebates, Tax Credits and Savings on HVAC and Water Heaters in 2020

A popular question right now… “Is this a good time to upgrade my HVAC or Water Heater in my home?”

Here’s the breakdown of the Current Rebates (Ameren Rebates and Spire Rebates), Tax Credits and Savings from AAA Home Services, Utilities and Manufacturers on HVAC and Water Heaters.

HVAC System Savings:
Up to $2,000 savings on American Standard Equipment. This includes rebates from Ameren on high efficiency units and discounts and savings from AAA and American Standard. In addition, 0% interest financing is available for 60 months for qualified buyers. Installation of a smart thermostats like Nest will include a $50 rebate from Ameren.

Water Heater Savings:
Up to $450 on tank water heaters and up to $750 savings off tankless water heaters. This includes rebates from Spire, federal tax credits and discounts from AAA. 18 months same as cash is available as well.

AAA Home Services will help you get the best deal available when upgrading your home HVAC or Water Heaters. We will help you understand and apply for all rebates as well. Call AAA today for a free quote on a new system: 314-514-4084 or 636-707-2309.

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