Harvey Air Conditioner Repair
Harvey Homeowner Relief Rebate, victims have lost so much and still recovering. TJE Mechanical L.L.C. understands your misery having been flooded with 4 feet of water ourselves. The wheels of the assistance programs turn very slowly while you need relief right now!
Here is a quote from Johnson controls, the manufacture of Coleman Air Conditioners.
“Harvey Home Owner Relief Rebate
Johnson Controls is dedicated to helping those affected by Hurricane Harvey rebuild and return to the lives they had before this tragedy.We’re offering a Rebate* program to all counties in Texas that are within the FEMA disaster area(DR-4332). This rebate program can be used for any qualified Coleman HVAC and Evcon products listed below. “( please contact TJE Mechanical L.L.C. for a complete list)”Rebates are organized by product efficiency. You can apply for the rebate up to 60 days from installation,if you qualify.This rebate is available on applicable systems installed from September 1,2017 to February 28,2018.
*This rebate cannot be combined with any other factory rebate offers.
Hurricane Harvey was the costliest tropical cyclone on record, costing nearly $200 billion in damage, breaking the previous record set by Hurricane Katrina.The damage was caused primarily from widespread flooding in the Houston area. It was the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States since Wilma in 2005. this ended a record 12-year span in which no hurricanes made landfall at such an intensity in the country. In a four-day period, many areas received more than 40 inches of rain as the system slowly moved over eastern Texas causing catastrophic flooding. With accumulations of 60.58 in, Harvey was the wettest tropical cyclone on record in the United States. The resulting floods affected hundreds of thousands of homes, effected more than 30,000 people, and there were more than 17,000 rescues.
Harvey developed from a tropical wave to the east of the Lesser Antilles, reaching tropical storm status on August 17. The storm crossed through the Windward Islands on the following day It passed just south of Barbados and later near Saint Vincent. Upon entering the Caribbean Sea, Harvey began to weaken due to moderate wind shear and downgraded into a tropical wave north of Colombia early on August 20. The storm was monitored as it continued west-northwestward across the Caribbean and the Yucatán Peninsula, before redeveloping over the Bay of Campeche on August 23. The Storm then began to rapidly grow on August 24, to tropical storm status again and becoming a hurricane later that day. While the storm moved generally northwest, Harvey’s intensification phase stalled slightly overnight from August 24–25 however, Harvey soon strengthened and quickly became a major hurricane and attained Category 4 class later that day. Hours later, Harvey made landfall near Rockport, Texas, at peak intensity. Afterwards, rapid weakening ensued, and Harvey had downgraded to a tropical storm as it stalled near the coastline of Texas, dropping torrential and unprecedented amounts of rainfall over the Lone Star state. On August 28, it went back over the Gulf of Mexico, strengthening slightly before making a third and final landfall in Louisiana on August 29. As Harvey drifted inland, it quickly weakened again as it became extratropical on September 1, before dissipating two days later.
Harvey caused at least 91 confirmed deaths: 1 in Guyana and 90 in the United States.Total damage from the hurricane is estimated at $198.63 billion, making it the costliest natural disaster ever in the United States.
Bugs in my Air Conditioner
Bugs in my Air Conditioner well you’ve heard about ‘bugs’ in computer programs before, but when we speak of bugs in the air conditioner, we’re speaking literally! That’s right, insects aren’t just a problem in the kitchen or garden – they also damage air conditioning.
Particularly in the summer months, we’re often called on to fix problems with air conditioners that have been caused by bugs. Elder bugs look very similar to ladybugs and they seem to love getting into air conditioner units. Asian beetles like your AC too. So what do these bugs in your air conditioning actually do?
If a bug ends up in your contactor, it can cause electrical shorts or even a complete failure. When the air conditioner switches on, the contactor closes, squashing the bug and that’s the start of your problems! You might feel sorry for the bug, but you’ll be feeling sorry for yourself, since the contactor is now dead too and your air conditioner doesn’t work.
The best way to prevent this problem from occurring is by making sure that your air conditioning system gets a thorough going-over in the spring before you need to turn it on. If our technicians find bugs in the unit, they’ll clean them out, thereby preventing your contactors from burning out the first time your air con kicks in during the summer.
Of course, there’s always a chance you’ll get a bug in your air conditioner even if you do have it cleaned out regularly. That’s why we’re on call to help you out with any repairs you might need and you may be sure that our qualified technicians will give you the best service and technical know-how that’s available. Make sure you save our number for your HVAC (Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning) maintenance and repair requirements. TJE Mechanical L.L.C. 281-259-1381
Texas Renaissance Festival
Texas Renaissance Festival
The Texas Renaissance Festival (TRF) started in 1974 on the location of an old strip mining site. The Texas Festival claims to be “the nation’s largest Renaissance theme park.” The festival sits on 55 acres of land, and offers camping facilities to patrons. The festival welcomes half a million guests annually.
The Festival was founded in 1974 by George Coulam and his brother David Coulam. At the time, it spanned only fifteen acres, with three stages featuring small improv theatre groups, and merchants selling their goods on blankets. The opening year saw a turn-out of 33,000, nearly a twentieth of the turnout of 2012
Each of the eight weekends of the festival take on a different theme, influencing the performances, costumes, food, drink, art, shops, contests, and games throughout the festival grounds.
Oktoberfest – German theme, including polka music and dancing, and the serving of traditional German beer.
1001 Dreams – Fantasy theme, encouraging lavish costumes of wizards, fairies, and elves and including several fantastical contests, such as scavenger hunts and costume contests.
All Hallows Eve – Medieval Halloween theme, including spooky decorations and contests, such as jack-o-lantern carving contests, to celebrate the holiday.
Pirate Adventure – Pirate theme, encouraging pirate costumes and including several sea-related games and contests.
Roman Bacchanal- Roman theme, encouraging Roman costumes and hosting several Roman-themed contests and games such as toga contests and spaghetti eating contests.
Barbarian Invasion – Medieval Barbarian theme, encouraging costumes of medieval barbarians and including “barbaric” contests such as the “Barbarian Battle Cry” contest and eating contests.
Highland Fling – Scottish theme, encouraging traditional Scottish costumes and including bagpipe-playing and traditional Scottish food and drink.
Celtic Christmas – Christmas theme, including Christmas decorations and music, and featuring Christmas-themed contests such as “Candy Cane Hunt” and “Guess the Present” contests.
Trying to be the lowest bidder. The race to the bottom to be the lowest bidder results in everyone being a loser. The ones who don’t get the contract lose. The one who gets the contract can’t do the work properly because they have to scrimp on labor and materials. And the homeowner/customer loses because, as the saying goes, you get what you pay for.Then usually have trouble with system.( Most warranty calls are installation errors, not manufacturer errors!)
When contractors try to get low-bid work, they have to keep all their costs as low as possible. They hire poorly trained techs and then don’t do enough—or anything—to get them trained properly and keep them updated. They use equipment that won’t last. They do the least work they possibly can on the air distribution system.
This is no way to run a business. Because there are so many companies willing to do this, though, there will always be room for smart contractors to come in and do things right.
Call TJE Mechanical to get it done right !
Heating system that is best for you?
When you have to make choices such as what type of heating system is best for you, being informed is the first step in assessing the pros and cons of different types of systems. Here’s the low down.
Forced air heating and cooling systems.
Most people choose this method of heating and cooling. Air is heated by the furnace and the furnace fan then moves the heated air through the air ducts and is released through vents. The system is efficient, reliable and you can choose to humidify or de-humidify the air at the same time. It’s a cost-effective way to heat your home. Forced air is either gas or electric.
Some people are more comfortable with radiant heating systems. The most common and effective choice is underfloor heating. Hot water pipes are laid beneath the flooring and radiate heat up through the floor distributing the heat evenly. Unfortunately, these systems are costly to install and difficult to repair and maintain if they malfunction. They’re also a bit slow to heat up a room because the heat has to pass through the flooring materials first.
In this type of system, hot water is heated in a boiler and piped through the house to baseboards from which the heat is released. It’s a fairly energy efficient system and of course, it’s dead quiet. It’s also really easy to regulate the temperature, but it takes quite a long time to heat up a chilly room. The other problem is the baseboards: they get in the way.
Heat pumps work perfectly in more mild winter climates like the southern half of the United states. They are more cost effective to operate than gas or electric heat systems.Heat is removed from the outside air and sent into the evaporator coil inside. Unlike a fire type furnace they do not dry out the air in your home. Too dry of air will crack wood floors, bookshelves ect. made of wood.
Choosing a heating system
Whatever type of heating system you choose, it’s important to make sure that it’s the right size for the area you want heated. You’re going to spend a fair amount of money on a new furnace, so getting one that’s going to be energy efficient and do the job is top of the list of priorities. If you call in a pro, they’ll do some pretty complicated math and come back with a recommendation that will work for you.
Ask about the AFUE, that’s the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency of the system. The higher the AFUE the less you’re going to pay in energy bills once the system’s up and running. Getting a system with a low AFUE is going to cost you in the end, even though it might initially seem cheaper.
Written by Trevor Ellis
Why air conditioning and furnace inspection is important
If you have a system that heats, it should be inspected by a licensed professional before you need it in the winter. A cooling system inspection should be done in the spring and furnace inspection should be done in the fall. There are several good reasons for this. Let’s take a look at what these furnace inspections actually consist of and you’ll see why they’re so important.
HVAC preventative maintenance
As implied by the name, we are looking for potential problems during your furnace inspection. A furnace inspection you can potentially increase efficiency and reduce expensive repairs . You will be rewarded with a system that works when you need it.
In the spring outdoor units will be checked to ensure that the refrigerant level is correct and the coils will be thoroughly cleaned. The base pan is inspected to make sure that the drainage openings are clear. Next, we take a look at the fan motor and blades to make sure they’re not getting worn out or damaged. They might also need a bit of lubrication. Then we turn our attention to the control box and all its wiring. There’s a whole list of things we look at here: relays, contractors, circuit boards, capacitors and so on. Last but not least, we make sure that the compressor is in good working order.
indoor furnace inspection is just as thorough. We check the blower assembly, makeing sure the motor and fan are lubricated if needed and checked for signs of wear. We change the blower belt if needed. We make sure there’s no debris in the blower housing. Now we inspect the evaporator coil, drain pan and drainage lines making sure that they’re clean and in good working order. The furnace inspection includes checking for gas leaks.This is clearly an important safety measure. We also make sure that the burner assembly is properly adjusted and cleaned. Then we go over the ignition system, all the safety controls. We check the heat exchanger. We check out the flue system making sure that all its parts are safe and in good condition. We make sure that all the wiring and electronics are working nicely and ensure that the filters are properly cleaned so that you’ll have good air quality. Last but not least we go over all the ducts making certain that they’re intact.
Did you think our furnace inspection is finished now? Think again. Once we’re sure we’ve checked and cleaned everything and replaced any worn parts, we run the system to make sure it’s working correctly.We make sure it responds to the controls and doesn’t give off any funny smells. That’s not all! We check temperatures, system pressures and refrigerant and make sure that the vent system works properly. Once we’ve ensured that the system is working to specification, we give you a full report so that you’ll know exactly what we needed to do to get your system up and running at peak performance!