Why should I be worried about the quality of air in my home or business?

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), your exposure to air pollutants can be up to 100 times higher indoors than outdoors. At Patrick Mechanical, we can asses your current air quality, clean your system of pollutants, and address any other issues that may be affecting your health.

How do I know if my A/C or furnace needs to be replaced?

You should consider replacing your air conditioner or furnace if it is old, inefficient or in need of major repair. Today's systems are up to 60% more efficient than systems manufactured ten years ago.

How expensive is a new A/C or furnace unit?

Many factors affect the cost of a heating or air conditioning system, including the size of your home, the type and condition of the ductwork installed, and the accessories you might need such as a thermostat or an electronic air cleaner. Patrick Mechanical has a complete range of systems available to meet all your needs and fit your budget.

What is the process for installing a new heating or cooling system?

If you're installing a brand new system, some of the equipment needed will include: ductwork, insulation, wiring, a thermostat, chimney liner, a filter, registers, grills, drain pans and evaporator coil. Besides the equipment, the most significant component is ductwork. We can design custom ductwork if it is needed.

How long does a heating or cooling system usually last?

If you have an expert technician perform regular maintenance and service on your unit, industry averages suggest that an air conditioner should last 12-15 years and a gas furnace should last as many as 20-25 years.

How often should I have my system serviced?

Heating and A/C equipment should be serviced at least once a year. It is best to have the heating system checked in the Fall before the winter months and have the air conditioning checked in the Spring before the weather warms up.

Is it normal for ice to form on the outside pipe of my A/C?

No, this is not normal. More than likely, your A/C is either low on refrigerant or low on airflow. You should replace your filter and allow the unit to thaw out. We recommend having annual maintenance performed to keep your systems in peak operating conditions.

What happens in an emergency situation?

Emergencies happen. On a hot day, the last thing you want is for your A/C to go out. Same goes for a bitterly cold winter day. If your system stops working, Patrick Mechanical will dispatch a service truck immediately.

I own a large commercial building. How can I reduce utility costs?

Operating a commercial HVAC system is a big business expense. However, there are ways to ease costs. Perform routine maintenance. Check motors, check belts, replace filters, and clean coils. Try to run your system only during hours when the business is in operation. Patrick Mechanical also offers ongoing programs to assess the efficiency of your facility and to maintain the effectiveness of your system.

Do I need to be worried about carbon monoxide?

Carbon monoxide is an invisible and unscented gas. At high levels, it can be deadly. Lower concentrations of carbon monoxide can cause headaches, lightheadedness and fatigue. Poorly maintained chimneys may release carbon monoxide and other harmful gases into the air. Fireplaces and woodstoves that do not have ample outdoor air supply can pour carbon monoxide and other pollutants into your home. If you use a space heater, allow some air flow in the room. It is also a good idea to get a carbon monoxide detector.