Here’s what makes tankless water heaters energy-efficient

If you’re like most homeowners, you probably are on the hunt for ways to save and to upgrade your home. Here’s something you might not have heard about before: tankless water heaters. Also known as “demand-type water heaters,” these systems take everything great about standard water heaters and bump it up a notch.

By heating water as it's needed, tankless water heaters are energy-efficient.

What makes tankless water heaters energy-efficient? For one, they heat water as it’s needed at the tap, not wasting energy keeping a reserve of water hot.

At Axsom Air, we install a wide variety of tankless systems here in Natchitoches, Louisiana. If you need a new water heater or you’re considering the benefits of a tankless system, contact our team today! Our plumbers can help you find the right new unit for your home.

Water is only heated when the tap is on

With a standard water heater, water is stored in a tank and kept at a specific temperature so water is ready to go when you turn the tap on. With a tankless water heater, water is only heated when you turn the faucet on, which is where added energy efficiency comes into play.

How a tankless heater works is cold water flows through a pipe to the heater where water is warmed via electricity or gas. Besides being energy efficient, having a tankless heater means you don’t have to worry about running out of hot water while enjoying a shower or running a bath.

There are additional benefits

There’s much more to enjoy with a tankless water heater than just energy efficiency. Here are just a few of the other benefits to consider:

  • Save Space: You can save space with the compact design of a water heater that operates without a tank. In fact, most demand-type water heaters are wall-mounted in your garage or utility closet.
  • Long Life: Tankless water heaters can often last twice as long as their tank peers. This means that you could have more than two decades before you need to replace your system with a new one.
  • Less Risk: An older standard water heater is always a risk to leak or have a tank burst. Tankless water heaters don’t have tanks that can deteriorate, thus greatly reducing this risk.

Call us to learn more!

Start exploring your options for an efficient water heater by reaching out to us here at Axsom Air. Answers to all your questions are a phone call away.

5 common furnace issues that require a professional HVAC technician

To keep your home heated throughout the cold months, you need to pay attention to your furnace. Without the proper maintenance and repairs, your furnace can fail to produce adequate heat or maintain the correct energy-efficiency. And while some small things—such as changing filters—can be handled by homeowners, you should call in a professional HVAC technician to help with all other heating repairs.

When you need an HVAC technician in Natchitoches, contact our team!Here in Natchitoches, we’re the team to call. If you need furnace repair this winter, contact our team today!

5 common furnace issues

#1. Problem with the thermostat

Considered the “brains” of your furnace, the thermostat can be the source of many furnace problems. Always check your temperature and fan settings to achieve your desired comfort level. If your furnace doesn’t respond to thermostat adjustments, you almost certainly have a problem that requires the assistance of a professional HVAC technician.

#2. Clogged air filter

Dust and other common household particles have a tendency to collect in your air ducts. Your furnace uses filters to keep dust out of the blower.

However, over time as dirt collects, your filters can clog, restricting or preventing adequate heat flow. Always remember to change your filters every three to six months, depending on usage and seasonality.

#3. Dirty burner

If you hear your blowers come on but don’t feel any heat, you likely have an issue with your burners. The burners are what ignite to heat the air that circulates through your home. However, dirty or clogged burners can cause them to fail, resulting in no heat.

#4. Ignition failure

When you turn on the heat, you should hear your furnace ignite. However, if nothing happens when you switch on the thermostat, you may have a bad ignition system.

If you suspect an issue, turn off the heating system and call an expert. Failed ignitions nearly always require the help of a professional technician. Problems with ignition are also a key sign that your furnace might need to be replaced after this winter.

#5. Faulty blower

If your furnace is making high-pitched whining noises and producing little to no heat, all signs point to a bad blower. Annual inspections and maintenance can help identify a faulty blower before it fails.

Call Axsom Air and have an HVAC technician inspect your furnace

Don’t wait until the dead of winter to address your furnace problems. If you have any questions regarding your and cooling systems, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert Axsom Air technicians.

What are the signs your water heater needs to be replaced?

Your water heater is an easy thing to take for granted. In fact, it’s often out-of-sight, out-of-mind. However, when you stop to think about everything that your water heater makes possible—comfortable showers, sanitary dishes, clean laundry, running the dishwasher—you suddenly realize that your water heater is more important to your home than you originally thought. That’s why you need to keep an eye out for the signs your water heater needs to be replaced.

Water Heater Repair and InstallationWater heaters don’t last forever. The average standard tank system lasts between 10-15 years before needing to be replaced. That’s why Axsom Air provides water heater repair and replacement services here in Natchitoches. To schedule service, give us a call today!

What are the signs your water heater needs to be replaced?

It’s important to recognize the early signs you need water heater replacement. Here are a few red flags that it may be time to replace your water heater soon.

You’re not getting enough hot water

The main purpose of a water heater is pretty simple–to heat water. If your showers start getting cold, this is a telltale sign you need a new unit. Usually, this is an indicator that sediment is building up in the water heater, which separates the water from the heat source. Built-up sediment will also result in damage and less efficiency.

Rusty-colored water from the hot tap

If your water is brown or has a reddish tint, this may indicate that there is rusting going on inside the tank. Not only is this gross and unpleasant to deal with, but it’s also a forewarning that your unit’s anode rod is spent. This means that the inside of the tank itself is starting to corrode.

Pooled water around the unit

Your appliance may already be leaking. If you see moisture building up around the heater, this may signal that there’s a fracture inside the tank. As soon as you detect a leak, you should reach out to us here at Axsom Air to get it replaced.

Strange noises

A properly working water heater should be relatively silent. If you start to hear a rumbling noise or even banging sounds, you probably need a replacement system. Strange sounds typically occur because of sediment building up and hardening.

Age

Time itself may be enough of a reason to get a new water heater installed. Most water heaters only last about 10-15 years—maybe longer, depending on the situation and if the sacrificial anode rod was replaced at some point during the system’s lifespan.

If you know the age of the system, just keep that in mind: if your system is up there in age, you should be prepared to replace it, if needed. If you’re unsure of the age, you can typically find this information by checking the unit for a serial number, and then looking it up on the manufacturer’s website.

Call Axsom Air for water heater repair and replacement!

If your water heater shows any of these signs, it’s time to consider water heater replacement for your  Natchitoches home. For excellent plumbers, contact the team at Axsom Air today!

Why you should have us install a water filtration system in your home

Sanitary tap water, available on-demand, is one of the most important yet overlooked features of the modern home. Yet, while the water coming out of the tap is technically sanitary, it may not be as clean, clear, or good-tasting as it should be. That’s where a water filtration system, professionally installed by the team at Axsom Air, comes in.

Clogged DrainOur plumbers install a wide variety of water filtration systems, including reverse osmosis (RO) systems, whole-home water filtration units, and water softeners. In this blog, we’ll review just some of the reasons to have us install one in your home.

Why should you get a water filtration system?

Health

While public water is treated prior to arriving in your home, it’s not possible to remove everything found in the public water supply. This can include things like nitrates and pesticides (from agricultural runoff), arsenic (from pumped groundwater), and lead (from aging pipes and infrastructure). Of course, water can also transmit pathogens and disease.

There’s a saying: if you’re not using a filter for your water, then your body is acting as the filter! Safety is one of the primary reasons homeowners decide to make the upgrade to a water filtration system. The systems we install can easily filter out contaminants and bacteria, leaving your home with clean, purified water.

Taste

To prevent the transmission of disease, many municipal water supplies are treated with chemicals to disinfect the water. Chlorine is a commonly used disinfectant that kills pathogens and protects homeowners from contracting bacteria that cause waterborne diseases such as:

  • Giardiasis
  • Cryptosporidium
  • E. Coli

While chlorine does its part to fight the bad bacteria, your drinking water can be left tasting like a swimming pool or smelling unpleasant. If you are looking for better tasting water, our quick water filter installation can clean your water starting right away, making it more enjoyable to drink.

Do you know what’s in your water?

If you are unsure about the quality of your own residential water supply, contact us for more information about local contaminants and to set up a water filter in your home. At Axsom Air, we guarantee your satisfaction with our Ironclad Guarantees.

Here in Natchitoches, it’s time to schedule your heating tune-up

With the nice fall temperatures we are accustomed to here in north central Louisiana, most people are probably not thinking about fall heating maintenance. However, fall is actually the best time to schedule a heating tune-up from the qualified professionals at Axsom Air. Here are four good reasons for you to plan yours today.

Axsom Heating RepairHere are 4 reasons to schedule a heating tune-up

1. You want to have a great winter

Axsom Air has been in business for decades, and we have never met anyone who enjoyed waking up in the middle of the night freezing because their furnace or heat pump is malfunctioning. Getting a fall furnace checkup now, while the weather is still relatively warm, can prevent a rude and chilly awakening in your future.

2. You need to know if you have any leaks

Before you fire up your gas furnace for the first time this winter, you want to be sure it is not leaking any harmful gases. Natural gas is highly explosive, but it is usually detectable by its odor. Carbon monoxide from a broken furnace is also dangerous, but harder for the average homeowner to notice.

3. You will see lower heating bills

A fall heat pump check or heating system tune-up could result in some lower energy bills for you this winter. Making sure that the heating system is running at top energy-efficiency can lower the strain on the motor and allows the unit to use less power while keeping your home comfortably warm.

4. You will help ensure you qualify for repairs under your manufacturer’s warranty

Most manufacturers recommend annual heating system checks. If you ever have any significant trouble with your system while it is still under warranty, being able to provide the company with yearly maintenance records will almost guarantee you will get the warranty service without question.

Call Axsom Air to schedule your heating tune-up

Don’t wait until the weather gets cold to have an expert look at your furnace or heat pump. Contact us today and schedule a heating system maintenance visit from one of our professionally certified and friendly technicians.

4 signs you need air duct cleaning (and when to call Axsom Air!)

As you go about your busy life, your air ducts might seem like the least of your concerns. That being said, making sure your ducts are clean is extremely important. If they’re dirty, it can lead to a variety of issues, including respiratory problems and high energy bills. In this blog, we’ll review the top-4 signs you need air duct cleaning here in Natchitoches.

Pictured: Strange smells are just one of the signs you need air duct cleaning. Call Axsom Air today!4 signs you need air duct cleaning

At Axsom Air, we want to ensure that you always have the highest quality of air in your home. For high-quality home services here in Natchitoches, contact us today!

1. Mold growth

A more serious problem may be present if you detect any mold in or around your air ducts. There may be too much moisture, which could cause mold to spread quickly. As mold can lead to a variety of health issues, it is one of the most important reasons to have air ducts cleaned.

2. Strange smells

If you’re smelling strange odors or smells, see if the odors are still present when you turn off your HVAC systems. It could be that odors are trapped or otherwise emanating from your air ducts, and that you’re pumping your home’s air full of foul smells every time you turn on the thermostat.

3. A high energy bill

Have you noticed an unexpected spike in your latest bill? If your air ducts have any clogs or leaks, it may reduce the efficiency of the system. This means your system is overworked, so you will be overcharged. At Axsom Air, we can check for any problem areas and clean or seal them as necessary.

4. Dusty or dirty vents

If you happen to notice an abnormal amount of dust or debris around your vents, it could indicate that too much dirt is circulating in your system or that your vents are blocked. This may reduce the efficiency of your HVAC system, and it may also trigger allergies, asthma, or other respiratory problems.

Schedule your air duct cleaning today

As you can see, there are many benefits of air duct cleaning. Though these four signs indicate when you need to schedule an immediate cleaning, it’s always a good idea to have your air ducts cleaned regularly to prevent these problems from occurring in the first place.

Contact us to schedule air duct cleaning services.

Here are 4 signs you need AC repair in your home this summer

You and your family rely on your air conditioner to stay cool and comfortable in the hot summer. When your air conditioner breaks down, it’s a major disruption to your daily schedule. In this blog, we’ll review the signs you need AC repair in your home—and when you need to call Natchitoches’ trusted HVAC company: Axsom Air.

Here are four signs you need AC repair:

1. Hot air is blowing

When your air conditioner is acting more like a heater, it’s time to look into AC repair. It could be that you have a coolant leak or a failed compressor, or it might be something else. Either way, have an Axsom Air technician come out and take a look at your home’s air conditioning unit to get to the bottom of the situation.

Pictured: Summers in Natchitoches and the 4 signs you need AC repair

As we move into the dog days of summer, be on the lookout for these 4 signs you need AC repair.

2. Little to no air coming out of your vents

While you may feel cool air coming out your vents, it might be a weak flow of air, barely enough to even start to cool you off. Just like with the issue above, it could be your compressor that’s failing, or it might be a problem with your ducts. Have both looked at so you can get cool again.

3. Odd smells when you turn your air conditioner on

Your vents should be free of odd smells no matter if your air conditioner is on or off. As with most AC repair signs, there are a number of reasons behind the stinky smell.

You might have mold or mildew issue going on in your vents, or there could be burned wire insulation within the unit. This particular issue is especially vital to have taken care of as soon as possible, mainly because there’s the potential for it making you and everyone else in the house sick, which can result in unnecessary medical bills.

4. More and more problems with your air conditioning unit

Over the years, you could have more issues with your air conditioner with increasing frequency. This is common with older units, and a sign that you should start looking for something new rather than waste money more money than necessary on repairs.

Call Axsom Air for repair services in Natchitoches

Do you recognize any of these signs? Contact Axsom Air and allow us to keep your home and everyone in it cool and comfortable.

Save energy and money with a heat pump system

Are you shopping for a new heating and air conditioning system for your home? You’ve likely heard that heat pump systems can save energy, reducing your carbon footprint and lowering your utility bills. Here’s what you need to know about how heat pump systems work and their benefits.

What are heat pumps?

Despite the name, heat pumps provide both heating and cooling with a single unit. Heat pumps use energy to pull heat from the air or ground and transfer it to the home. To cool the interior rooms, this process is reversed.

Customers can choose from three types of heat pumps:

  • Air-to-air heat pumps, the most common option, transfer heat from the external air into your home. They can reduce electricity use for heating by as much as 50 percent, according to the federal Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
  • Water-source heat pumps use a nearby water source to the home to cool or heat air.
  • Ground-source heat pumps use geothermal energy, pulling heat from the ground rather than from a water source.

The right option for you depends on the size and layout of your home, the composition of the surrounding landscape, and other factors. If you’re interested in a heat pump for your home, contact Axsom Air for a free in-home estimate.

What are the benefits of heat pump systems?

Since Louisiana is a moderate climate and rarely has freezing temperatures, the heat pump is an ideal option for many homeowners in and around Natchitoches. These systems have multiple advantages:

  • Even distribution of heat throughout the home
  • Less energy consumption than a traditional gas or oil furnace
  • Improved dehumidification compared with standard air conditioning units
  • Utility bills reduced by 30 to 40 percent, according to the OEERE
  • Little required maintenance beyond monthly filter change and annual servicing
  • Lifespan of up to 30 years

How can I get started?

If you’re considering heat pump installation, contact the pros at Axsom Air to schedule a free in-home estimate here in Natchitoches. We provide a full spectrum of heat pump and air conditioning options, and we offer financing with approved credit. We also have regular specials and back our work with our Ironclad Guarantees.

Here’s why Axsom Air is proud to be your local Trane dealer

Axsom Air is proud to be your local Trane dealer. In this blog post, we’ll run through some of the reasons we install Trane air conditioners and heat pumps here in Natchitoches, Louisiana, and why you should give us a call for a free in-home estimate.

Benefits of Trane AC products

Trane is a dependable company dedicated to providing modern and progressive air flow technology that is second to none. The company’s professionals are committed to redefining excellent customer service. They are worried about far more than just selling their products.

It is a priority for them to offer various resources and specialists to help you keep the air in your home clean, safe and healthy for everyone that lives there. Trane HVAC ensures that there are experts available for consultation and assistance when you need them, as well as easy access to all the information you need to make the right decision for your home systems.

State-of-the-art air conditioners

Trane prides itself in providing nothing but the best, most advanced AC units. The XV20i TruComfort Variable Speed is one of their top, most efficient units currently being featured on their website. This new product enables the fans to run at changing speeds in order to attain and maintain a comfortable temperature in your home, regardless of the weather that’s going on outside.

Guarantees from Axsom Air

As a proud seller of Trane air conditioning products, Axsom Air promises 100% satisfaction guaranteed, as we are confident you will be pleased with the quality of our work. Also provided are ironclad first-class HVAC contractor services, with a comfort guarantee.

That means that we offer free replacement if your air conditioning unit fails to achieve and/or maintain the promised temperature. Axsom Air also carries a No Lemons Guarantee, which promises nothing less than a deluxe system. If your AC fails twice within the first five years, we will replace it with an entirely new one.

Axsom Air is your local Trane dealer

Axsom Air is your friendly neighborhood Trane dealer. Call today at 318-352-7777 for AC installation and other HVAC or plumbing needs in your home.

Here are 4 reasons to schedule your AC tune-up with Axsom Air

As we exit winter, enter spring, and look forward to summer, our experienced techs are busy inspecting and maintaining air conditioners throughout Natchitoches and the surrounding areas. It’s that time of year: it’s time to schedule your AC tune-up with Axsom Air.

In this blog, we’ll review the top-4 reasons you should book your maintenance appointment with the pros here at Axsom Air.

#1. Save money this summer with greater energy-efficiency

Your air conditioner requires an annual checkup and tune-up to keep it running efficiently. In fact, an unmaintained system is an inefficient one, and one which will cost you extra money over the summer ahead.

Here in Louisiana, our combination of heat and humidity means that you’re probably running your air conditioner nearly 24-7 over the course of the summer. Even the smallest gains in efficiency, over each minute of the hottest months of the year, can result in big savings.

#2. Avoid breakdowns by scheduling professional maintenance

If better energy-efficiency isn’t enough of a perk, an AC tune-up can also help keep your system running throughout the summer without a breakdown. A professional HVAC technician from Axsom Air will inspect your air conditioner and fix small problems before they lead to a major system breakdown.

Not only is a breakdown inconvenient and uncomfortable, but the AC repair you’ll need represents an extra, surprise cost that would have been better spent on an AC tune-up.

#3. Extend your system’s life and protect its warranty

Just like with your car, a regular tune-up will help your air conditioner live a longer, more productive life. This matters: every year that you can put off having to replace your air conditioner because it’s still running great is a year where you save.

There’s another longevity-related reason to schedule maintenance. Many HVAC manufacturers include clauses in their warranties requiring you to schedule a professional annual checkup for your system. If you don’t, your warranty could be voided early.

Your system’s warranty is valuable. Protect it by continuing to have your system maintained on an annual basis.

#4. Improve your home’s indoor comfort

Comfort matters. A well-maintained air conditioner is not only more energy-efficient, but it’s also running better, meaning it’s cooling your home that much more quickly and keeping temperatures more consistent. The result? Summertime comfort for you and your family.

If your air conditioner has been prone to “temperature swings” in the past, make sure you have an Axsom Air tech take a look. These swings not only cause major discomfort, but also probably are burning extra energy.

Call Axsom Air to schedule your AC tune-up today!

Here in Natchitoches, there’s one company to trust with your AC tune-up: Axsom Air. We’re your local HVAC company. From our experienced techs to our Ironclad Guarantees, we treat our customers right.

It’s spring, and that means it’s time for an AC tune-up. To schedule your air conditioner service, contact us today!