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Playing a Game of Hot-Cold-Hot in Your Home? Here’s How to Fix It

Playing a Game of Hot-Cold-Hot in Your Home? Here’s How to Fix It

We’ve all been there — you can’t get the temperature right in your home. It’s too warm for a sweater in one room, but then you need your fuzzy socks in another.

Unless you’re enjoying the comforts of a brand new home, chances are you know exactly what we’re talking about. Aside from the expected results of an aging home, there are a lot of other factors that go into the game of temperature swings — and some of them could even be costing you money each month.

Common Causes of Temperature Imbalances Throughout a Home:

Poorly Installed Ductwork
Ductwork plays a major role in the successful flow of hot or cold air throughout your home. Three main ways ductwork can make an impact are:

  1. If your ductwork (or connected HVAC) is the wrong size then you won’t get the airflow you need on a consistent basis.
  2. Small holes or gaps in your ductwork can result in a loss of proper airflow, as well—to the tune of roughly 25-30%.
  3. Finally, though not always possible due to structural design, the track of your ductwork should impede airflow as little as possible; as an example, sharp turns at a 90 degree angle in the ductwork typically increase turbulence within which reduces the level of pressure flowing through.

It’s a Fact: Heat Rises
We’ve had enough science lessons at this point to know this but it doesn’t help make us any warmer downstairs on a cold morning, does it? Unfortunately, many two-story homes are subject to temperature changes just because of the fact that heat always moves from low to high. On average this can make up to a 10 degree difference in temperature from the bottom of the stairs to the top.

Room-Related Factors
Believe it or not, the room itself actually plays a part in the delivery and distribution of hot/ cold airflow, too. Everything from how far the room is from the HVAC system to the size of the room makes a difference. Other factors include: number and size of windows in the room, access to natural sunlight, and proximity to open windows or doors throughout the day.

All of these factors contribute to how the rooms in your house maintain the set temperature of your thermostat. If you feel that your home isn’t maintaining the quality standard your family deserves, that’s where we at Burkhardt come in.

The Solution?

While it will take a visit from one of our trained technicians to nail down the exact cause, there could be a number of solutions available:

  • Smart Vents
  • Repairing, Replacing or Adding a HVAC System
  • Fixing the Insulation or Ductwork
  • Add a Zoning System

Getting a balanced and consistent temperature throughout your house is possible. Unless you enjoy the collection of sweatshirts, blankets and socks throughout the house, contact us today at 985-626-7741 to schedule your consult. We’ll get to the root of the problem so you can get back to enjoying your home—no matter which room you’re enjoying it in.

HVAC Home Inspections

HVAC Home Inspections

Buying or selling a home? Congratulations—this is an exciting time in your life! 

That said, there are matters to attend to before signing on the dotted line. As with any major purchase, an inspection is essential to avoid any surprises or potential issues that could result in spending additional money out of pocket. While a standard inspection will check for structural conditions, mold issues and electrical or plumbing problems, a clean bill of health on your HVAC system can be a major selling (or buying) point—especially during negotiations.  Simply put, an HVAC inspection is an investment.

Sellers

For sellers, we know you want to ensure that the home you are handing off to new owners is safe and reliable. While we certainly hope you’ve been having your HVAC unit serviced regularly (hyperlink to services page)with up-to-date records that will help alleviate the fears of buyers, offering to have an independent inspection with one of our trained technicians is sure to impress.

During your inspection, one of our certified technicians will thoroughly test your HVAC system for performance and functionality. With the report in hand, you can feel confident that nothing will come up that could set your sale off track. 

Selling your home? Get in touch with us today for a comprehensive overview of what you can expect from your HVAC system inspection prior to the sale of your well-loved home. We will inspect and test the following:

Inspection includes:

  1. We will check and clean the thermostat.
  2. We will check all electrical connections and verify that all connections are tight and properly connected.
  3. We will oil and grease motors which will in turn extend the life of the motor.
  4. We will blow out and flush drain lines and verify they are draining properly.
  5. We will check and record refrigerant pressures.
  6. We will wash the condenser coil which will ensure proper capacity and efficiency of the unit.
  7. We will check and record operating amperages and voltages of all motors.
  8. We will check and record the temperature spilt across the evaporator coil.
  9. We will make an overall visual inspection of the entire cooling system.
  10. We will visually inspect the heat exchanger or heat strips.
  11. We will inspect all safety controls.
  12. We will inspect the gas lines to the furnace if applicable.
  13. We will check and record the temperature spilt across the furnace or heat strips.
  14. We will make an overall visual inspection of the entire heating system.
  15. Inspect for problematic airflow through the home.

Buyers

While it’s always important for a seller to have a clear conscious going into the final days of their home sale, it’s even more important for you as a buyer to have all the facts before making the biggest financial investments of your life.

On average an HVAC system has a lifespan of 10-15 years, though if it is properly cared for throughout its lifetime, it can easily continue working past that timeframe. During a routine real estate home inspection, a system could look and sound in working order, leaving the inspector to assume there are no potential problems before continuing to other areas of the house. 

Unfortunately, problems with the HVAC system are some of the most overlooked issues during an inspection. Without the proper tools and specific knowledge, an inspector isn’t always equipped to conduct a comprehensive exam.  A faulty HVAC system can cost you money each month due to reduced energy efficiency and also in repair or replacement expenses. 

To avoid this, contact us today at 985-626-7741 to have our experienced team members survey and assess the HVAC system in the house you hope to soon call home. Get our seal of approval today!

Having a Burkhart HVAC inspection will ensure that the following is inspected:

Inspection includes:

  1. We will check the thermostat.
  2. We will inspect all electrical connections.
  3. We will inspect the drain pans and verify they are draining properly.
  4. We will check and record operating amperages and voltages of all motors.
  5. We will check and record the temperature spilt across the evaporator coil.
  6. We will make an overall visual inspection of the entire cooling system.
  7. We will visually inspect the heat exchanger or heat strips.
  8. We will inspect all safety controls.
  9. We will inspect the gas lines to the furnace if applicable.
  10. We will check and record the temperature spilt across the furnace or heat strips.
  11. We will make an overall visual inspection of the entire heating system.
  12. Inspect for problematic airflow through the home.

To schedule an inspection with a member of our Burkhardt HVAC Inspection team, please call today. We service the Northshore (985) 626-7741 and Southshore (504) 277-7520.

Repairing, Replacing and Maintaining a Routine Servicing of Your HVAC Unit

Repairing, Replacing and Maintaining a Routine Servicing of Your HVAC Unit

Cool air in the summer, warm air in the winter—that’s at least the way it’s supposed to happen, right? Most times that’s exactly the case as we rely on our trusty air conditioning units and heaters to save us from the intolerable temperatures outdoors. What happens, however, if the units stop working? Or perhaps you begin to hear a strange noise? Suddenly, you’re worried that you’ve waited too long for a routine service appointment and now you may be footing the bill for a brand new unit.

Thankfully, by adhering to the right service schedule, you’ll be ahead of any potential problems that could turn a routine repair into an unexpected—and costly—replacement.

Here’s our guide for keeping up with your AC and heating unit–and how to know which “R” job you need done:

Routine Tune Up

You service your car every few thousand miles, right? And we bet, you’ve recently attended your annual physical. Yet when it comes to the appliances in our homes, we often forget that they need routine care, as well. Across the board, industry experts—including our team of experienced technicians—recommend getting your air conditioning unit and heater serviced once a year to ensure everything is running smoothly.

During these appointments your Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) technician will perform:

  • A 6-point furnace inspection, including: filter change, check thermostat calibrations, inspect connections and system controls, check condensate drain in the furnace and assess any repairs that may need to be made.
  • A 6-point AC inspection, including: check condenser coil, thermostat, take a wet bulb reading, assess the motor amperage, inspect the superheat and subcooling and again, check for any necessary repairs.

Repair v. Replace

  • If your system is relatively new, then it is likely more financially sound to repair your unit than replace.
  • If the cost of repairs is less than half of its value, again we suggest repairing.
  • If you don’t own the building that the unit is in, then replacing would not be a good investment in the long run.
  • And obviously, if it is a smaller, more affordable fix–or this is your first issue with the unit—it’s logical that a simple repair will yield years of hard work for your unit.

Now, to the big question: to repair or to replace—that is so often the question (and concern)! While every situation is different and should be assessed by a professional HVAC technician, a general rule of thumb for repair is:

As for replacing, we suggest:

  • If you are consistently having issues with your unit, then it eventually becomes more financially sensible to replace entirely, than to pay for repair after repair.
  • If your unit is 10 years or older, the EPA suggests replacing the units rather than repairing.
  • If there are excessive noises or run even temperatures, it is an indicator that the system is overworked and cannot adequately maintain the necessary temperatures in your home. In this case, a newer unit may be better equipped to heat or cool your home without difficulty or overexertion

Hopefully you haven’t already begun to hear a rattling coming from your HVAC unit or walked into your home on a cold day only to be greeted by an obvious lack of warmth. If so–or if you need to schedule your annual service appointment to avoid any possible pitfalls—please don’t hesitate to call today! We service the Northshore (985) 626-7741 and Southshore (504) 277-7520. Whether it’s cooling your home during the hot summer days or keeping it toasty during the frosty winter months, our job is to ensure you’re always comfortable in your home all year round. 

Reasons to Have a Whole-House Backup Generator Installed

Residents of the Northshore and Southshore know better than anyone else how vital it is to have a backup power source during power outages. Living in our region means that we must prepare for the weather to change at a moment’s notice, especially during hurricane season. A standby generator from Burkhardt Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration will give you both peace-of-mind and assurance that you and your family will be safely supplied with electric power for as long as it’s needed. We are pleased to offer whole house generator services, repairs, and installations.

Why Choose a Burkhardt Generator?

Unlike your typical portable generators, whole house generators from Burkhardt automatically turn on and power your home whenever a power outage is detected and automatically turn off once electric power is restored. By connecting to an existing gas or liquid propane supply, Burkhardt-installed generators eliminate the need for refueling. What’s more, whole house generators from Burkhardt deliver power straight to your home’s electrical panel so that you will never again have to run extension cords through cracked windows or doors. You can rest easy knowing that your whole house generator from Burkhardt is always protecting your home and family, even while you’re away.

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Generator Installation, Repair & Service

When you choose to go with a Burkhardt home generator, you will receive top of the line whole house generator maintenance services from Burkhardt’s skilled technicians. They not only make the installation process easier for you, but they can quickly diagnose and troubleshoot any repairs needed on your generator. We also offer generator maintenance agreements to help extend the life of your home generator and save you even more money over time. Just like any other important piece of equipment, it is vital to keep up with maintaining your generator to ensure optimal performance during times of power failure. This multi-point service for your generator will guarantee safe and effective operation.

Generators We Trust

As part of the trusted generator services provided, Burkhardt technicians will be more than happy to help you select the perfect generator for your home and your budget. Comfort and safety are top priorities for you and your family, so we offer only the top generator brands for you to choose from such as Generac and Kohler Power. Both brands provide top of the line home generators that are proven to keep your family safe and out of the dark. When you need generator solutions for your home, rely on Burkhardt Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration to meet your needs. Call us today for friendly, professional assistance with your generator. Southshore residents contact us at 504.277.7520, and Northshore residents please call 985.626.7741.

The Importance of a Clean System as it Relates to Air Quality and Efficiency

Burkhardt’s Air System Maintenance and Tune-up Services 

Did you know that the average household spends over $1,000 every year on heating and cooling costs alone? Just like any motorized vehicle or equipment, your HVAC, ductless, or air quality system requires regular service to maintain reliability and maximize energy efficiency. Burkhardt Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration is pleased to offer tune-up and maintenance services that are guaranteed to reduce your home’s energy consumption, improve indoor air quality, and preserve the life of your air system for years to come!

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Maintaining Your Air System For Maximum Energy Efficiency, Air Quality, and Reliability

Performing regular inspections and service work on your HVAC, ductless, or air quality system will benefit your wallet and provide your home’s occupants with maximum comfort. Failing to properly inspect and service your air system will cause dirty or faulty parts to reduce system performance, promote excess energy consumption, and diminish home indoor air quality. Regularly inspecting and servicing your air system can also prevent system breakdowns and costly emergency repairs. Ideally, inspections and service work should be performed based on how rigorously the system is operated, increasing frequency during periods of heavy use. At a minimum, Burkhardt recommends that a certified technician perform inspections and service work at the start and end of each heating and cooling season.

Trust Burkhardt For Professional Air System Maintenance, Service Work, Tune-u,  and Repairs

Burkhardt Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration’s expert staff will take the time to thoroughly inspect your HVAC, ductless or air quality system, and ensure that your equipment operates reliably and efficiently. Save money with reduced energy consumption, enjoy cleaner indoor air, and rest easy knowing that your air system is guaranteed to keep your family as comfortable as possible by choosing Burkhardt Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration for your HVAC, ductless, and air quality needs!

At Burkhardt, our ultimate goal is total comfort for you and your family, as well as energy savings for your household. Call us today for friendly, professional assistance with your air conditioning needs. Southshore residents contact us at 504.277.7520, and Northshore residents please call 985.626.7741.

The Quality of Your Indoor Air is Important

Did you know that hand washing is not the only preventative measures for staying healthy during cold and flu season? Burkhardt Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration offers a complete selection of air purification options that will improve the indoor air quality inside your home, help occupants breathe easier, and can greatly reduce exposure to cold and flu viruses. Let us help you bring your cold and flu prevention to the next level.

Burkhardt’s Air Purification and UV Air Purification Systems

Home air purification systems work to protect the health of a household’s occupants by removing airborne allergens and pathogens that are trapped inside the house. An air purifier from Burkhardt Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration like the GT50 Plug-In is ideal for removing pollen, allergens, and other irritants from the air in smaller spaces like bathrooms, laundry rooms, closets, offices and even hotel rooms or guesthouses. The GT50 Plug-In and similar models work well to filter out dust, animal dander, and pollen.

Indoor-Air-QualityFor complete protection from airborne pathogens, Burkhardt also offers ultraviolet (UV) purification systems. Often found in hospitals where airborne pathogens are easily carried by circulating air, UV air purifiers work differently than standard air purifiers by removing microbiological contaminants that pass through your HVAC system with ultraviolet light sterilization. UV air purifiers fill in the gaps left by standard air purifiers and will provide your home’s occupants with thorough protection from airborne viruses. Installing both standard and UV air purification systems in your home will help curb your allergies, give your immune system a break, and remove living contaminants from your home’s HVAC system. Burkhardt Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration offers a wide selection of high-quality air filters for any budget and is committed to providing the best products and installation services for your home.

If you are concerned about the quality of your indoor air, give Burkhardt Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration a call or visit our website to learn more about our line of air purification systems and how they can help to improve your health. Southshore residents contact us at (504) 277.7520 and Northshore residents please call (985) 626.7741.

Heating & Furnace Safety

Half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January and February according to the National Fire Protection Association. Before turning on the heat this winter, you should make sure your furnace or home heater has been inspected and is ready for safe operation! Follow these heater and furnace safety and inspection tips to keep your home warm and safe this winter.

INSPECTION – Pay careful attention to your heating system connectors, terminals, and electrical wiring. Inspect them for loose connections or damaged wiring. You will also want to inspect the main gas burners, igniters, or the pilot assembly. Ensure your heating system works properly by inspecting the controls, switches, relays, transformers, motor fans, heat exchanger and blower assembly. An overall visual inspection of your entire heating system is the most comprehensive measure to ensure your system is working properly.

home heaterMAINTENANCE – Clean your unit’s evaporator coil, drain pan and condensate lines. We recommend replacing your system’s air filter every three months. Your system also has moving parts which manufacturers recommend lubricating to maintain their proper function.

TESTING – Test temperature differences between rooms in your home. Review safety features on your furnace and heating system and make sure they are operating properly. Lastly, calibrate your thermostat to ensure they are accurately measuring the temperature in your home.

If your heater is not properly working or you have concerns regarding a part of your system, we welcome you to call us to schedule a professional maintenance of your heating or furnace equipment.

Southshore residents contact us at (504) 277.7520 and Northshore residents please call (985) 626.7741.

Why Maintaining Your Tankless Water Heater Is Essential

How Often Should I Flush My Tankless Water Heater?

Depending on your water usage and the mineral content in the water running through your unit, your tankless heater should be flushed every six months to two years. Water with a medium to high mineral content is known as hard water. Hard water contains a high concentration of dissolved minerals, most commonly calcium and magnesium. Running hard water through your tankless heater will require that you regularly flush the system. Soft water on the other hand contains fewer dissolved minerals, leaves smaller deposits of lime and scale, and subsequently requires that you flush the heater less often than if you were running hard water through it.

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What is Lime and Scale Flushing?

Your tankless water heater must be properly maintained to sustain maximum water flow and performance. The most common maintenance required by tankless heaters is known as flushing. Flushing is a process that uses virgin food grade white vinegar to break down mineral deposits of lime and scale that build up inside the heater over time.

What Supplies Do I Need for The Flushing Procedure?

For this flushing procedure, you will need a small garden hose, a small circulation pump or pond pump, a five-gallon pail or bucket, five gallons of virgin food grade white vinegar, and about one hour of time. NOTE: This procedure and supply list is recommended for tankless water heaters installed with isolation valves only! If your heater is not installed with isolation valves, it is recommended that you seek the assistance of a professional.

Count on us for professional maintenance of your tankless water heater.

Southshore residents contact us at (504) 277.7520, and Northshore residents please call (985) 626.7741.

Heading into Hurricane Season – Is Your Home Prepared?

In our area, we unfortunately know all too well the devastating effects that hurricanes can leave in their wake. Often, severe storms and hurricanes cause power outages that can last for hours, and sometimes days. We know that being without power is more than a mere inconvenience – it can pose health and safety risks and can be extremely costly for homeowners.

People with health concerns often need a source of electricity for their home medical needs, like dialysis machines, oxygen or nebulizers. And, infants, the elderly and the ill are especially sensitive to extreme weather – indoor climate control is extremely important to their health and well-being. Another concern is food spoilage – according to the FDA, a refrigerator will only keep food cold for about four hours if it remains unopened, and the freezer will only keep food up to 48 hours if the door stays closed.

Luckily, at Burkhardt we have a solution that can help you weather the storm and get through the power outage with your family’s safety intact. When you choose a standby generator for your home, you’ll get automatic standby protection that ensures you won’t have to be without lights, heat, well water and sump pumps, and you won’t have to worry about the cost of spoiled food because your refrigerator will always have power. Even more, if you have a loved one who needs power for their medical equipment, you can rest assured they’ll get the proper care no matter what the weather brings.

Automatic standby generators from Burkhardt are completely powered by natural gas and turn themselves on and off automatically, so if you’re away, you and your family can feel confident in knowing that your home’s equipment and appliances are running fine. Our skilled technicians will install, repair and maintain your whole house generator so you know you’ll always be able to rely on your generator to keep you safe should a storm hit and the power go out. Our weather can change rapidly, and we experience severe storms, hurricanes and flooding. Let us help you and your family stay safe when inclement weather hits.

At Burkhardt, our ultimate goal is top comfort for you and your family, as well as energy savings for your household. When you need a standby generator for your New Orleans, LA area home, rely on Burkhardt Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration to meet your needs. Call us today for friendly, professional assistance with your generator. Southshore residents contact us at 504.277.7520, and Northshore residents please call 985.626.7741.

Fall Preventive Maintenance is Important – Here’s Why

The equipment that works the hardest in your home – your comfort system – is often the most overlooked. Too often, people don’t pay enough attention to their heating or cooling equipment until it’s too late. Then, they’re faced with costly repairs or at the worst, the need for a system replacement. What can you do to ensure your home comfort equipment is always running optimally?

The best way you can make sure your air conditioning system, furnace or heat pump is ready for whatever weather may come is by making sure it has received the proper preventive maintenance. When you work with a home comfort company you can trust, they can work with you to ensure you’re getting the right kind of maintenance for your equipment. When it gets right down to it, your home comfort equipment, and its efficiency, work the same way as your vehicle. By having your unit serviced twice yearly, it will maintain that efficiency – because of the money you save on energy bills, the service essentially pays for itself!

At Burkhardt, we offer maintenance for both the spring and fall seasons. When you choose a plan with us, you’ll receive 10 percent off of the parts if you need any repairs, and priority scheduling so that you can rest assured that when you need us, we’ll be there to help. Here’s what you’ll receive when you choose a customer comfort agreement with us for your preventive maintenance services:

Spring/Summer Services

  • Clean condenser coil and check for damage
  • Inspect controls, switches, relays, contactors, motors and fans
  • Measure line voltage and operating currents
  • Measure refrigerant pressure and temperatures
  • Measure supply air and return air temperatures
  • Test compressor and motors for voltage and amperage draws
  • Lubricate any moving parts as per manufacturer’s specs
  • Check the system starting capabilities
  • Test system starting and running capacitors
  • Make overall visual inspection of entire cooling system
  • Clean or replace air filter; customer to supply filters or we supply under separate bill

Fall/Winter Services

  • Inspect heating system electrical wiring, connectors, and terminals
  • Inspect main gas burners and igniter or pilot assembly
  • Inspect controls, switches, relays, transformers, motors and fans
  • Lubricate any moving parts as per manufacturer’s specs
  • Check for leaks and proper airflow
  • Test temperature differences
  • Test all safety features
  • Calibrate thermostat
  • Check blower assembly
  • Inspect heat exchanger
  • Make overall visual inspection of entire heating system
  • Clean evaporator coil, drain pan and condensate lines
  • Clean or replace air filter; customer to supply filters or we supply under separate bill

At Burkhardt, our ultimate goal is top comfort for you and your family, as well as energy savings for your household. When you need a customer comfort agreement for your New Orleans, LA area home, rely on Burkhardt Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration to help you get the preventive maintenance you need. Call us today for friendly, professional assistance with your air conditioning needs. Southshore residents contact us at 504.277.7520, and Northshore residents please call 985.626.7741.

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