Air Specialties Air Conditioning and Heating Air Specialties Air Conditioning and Heating
Angie's List Super Service Award 2013 Angie's List Super Service Award 2016 Angie's List Super Service Award 2015 Angie's List Super Service Award 2014 
Connecticut Heating and Air Conditioning
Installation, Maintenance & Repair Service
call 203-934-7984203-934-7984



Schedule Now
Air Conditioner Maintenance West Haven

Before you schedule your annual air conditioner maintenance there are a few simple steps you can take yourself to ensure your central air conditioner is ready to run when the first hot day of the season rolls around.

Outside the House

The outside section of the air conditioner, called the condenser, should be clean and unobstructed. The unit draws air in from the sides to dissipate heat so ensure that there are no trees, shrubs or other objects near the unit that could be reducing the flow of air. The fins and condensing coils of the air conditioner should be clean, without excessive dirt or debris.
  • Vacuum away any dirt, leaves and debris outside the main cabinet. Never use a power washer to clean an air conditioner!
  • Inspect the base pan for blocked drain openings
  • Inspect the coil and cabinet for any holes and leaks
  • Inspect the fan blades for any damage

Inside the Home

  • Replace the air filter - A dirty filter can increase energy costs and damage your equipment, increasing the likelihood of early failure.
  • Ensure that air vents or registers are unobstructed in every room of your home.
  • Update your thermostat for the cooling season.
  • Check for any unusual odors when your system starts.
  • Listen for abnormal noises when your system starts.
If you experience any strange odors or sounds, or the air conditioner is not cooling correctly, give Air Specialties Air Conditioning and Heating a call.
Published in Air Conditioning
How Long Does a Central Air Conditioner Last?

As the hot, humid weather arrives in the West Haven area and you prepare to switch on your central air conditioner for another summer you may be wondering just how many more years of service it will provide before needing replacement. The short answer is approximately 10-15 years. The long answer, however, is a little more complicated. How long your air conditioner will last depends on many factors. Some of these factors include the quality of the air conditioner itself – lower costs models will likely need replacement before a more expensive, higher end model does. A lower cost air conditioner may be ready for replacement in as little as 8 years.

The good news is that many of the factors that determine how long your central air conditioner will last are under your control. The most important thing you can do is have your air conditioner professionally maintained each spring. Annual maintenance will not only help the unit last longer, it will allow it to operate more efficiently, saving you money on your utility bill and reducing the likelihood of unexpected repairs.

Because most air conditioner parts can be replaced as they wear out, it's usually a good idea to repair parts as wear out. With new air conditioners operating at much higher efficiency than units made just a decade ago, replacing the unit could ultimately be more cost effective in the long run when compared to the cost of keeping an aging 10-15 year old unit running.

Have questions about your central air conditioner? Give Air Specialties Air Conditioning and Heating a call, we can help answer all your home cooling questions.
Published in Air Conditioning
With warm weather right around the corner we will soon be turning our central air conditioners on to cool our homes.  Regular maintenance is critical to ensuring that your cooling system is running reliably and efficiently. A dirty, unmaintained air conditioner not only costs you money in the form of more frequent repairs and a shortened lifespan of the unit, but every time it's running in the form of higher utility bills.

West Haven AC Maintenance

Consider these facts:

“A dirty filter will slow down air flow and make the system work harder to keep you warm or cool – wasting energy and leading to expensive repairs and/or early system failure...A buildup of .042(1/20) inches of dirt on the heating or cooling coil can result in a decrease inefficiency of 21%.” – EnergyStar.gov

“1/8th of an inch of dirt and dust build-upon the blower wheel can reduce airflow by up to 30%” – Texas A&M Study

In addition to keeping your air conditioner clean, an Air Specialties Air Conditioning tune-up includes lubricating moving parts, checking coolant levels, inspecting the blower motor, belts, electrical systems and much more. So call us today to schedule your AC tune up and keep your cooling system is operating reliably and efficiently all year long.

So don't wait until the busy summer season to tune-up your air conditioner. Schedule you air conditioner tune-up today and rest easy knowing your air conditioner is running efficiently all summer long.
Published in Air Conditioning
Sunday, 21 January 2018 21:13

How To Check a Gas Furnace Pilot Light

How To Check a Gas Pilot Light

Gas Furnace Standing Pilot FlameWhile electronic ignition furnaces have been around for a while now, you may still have a gas furnace with a standing pilot light that remains lit all the time. The standing pilot light works in conjunction with a thermocouple to control the ignition of the burners and the flow of gas. The thermocouple senses if the pilot flame is hot enough to ignite the fuel to the burner.

If you have an old furnace that uses a pilot light, it needs to be kept clean burning and properly adjusted to ensure that the furnace operates safely and efficiently.

Inspecting a Gas Furnace Pilot Light Flame

Remove the furnace cover panel to expose the burner assembly and pilot. You should be able to clearly see the flame of the pilot light. The first thing to check is the color of the flame.
  • A natural gas flame should be a bright blue color with a small amount of yellow at the very tip.
  • A propane flame will have more of a bluish-green flame with a tinge of yellow at the tip.
  • The flame should strong enough to cover about 1/2 inch at the end of the thermocouple tip.
  • If the flame is too strong and not adjusted correctly, it will be blue and may make a hissing sound as the flame crosses the thermocouple. The pilot should be adjusted to reduce the intensity of the flame.
  • A yellow flame is caused by lack of oxygen and incomplete combustion. If the pilot light is a weak yellow flame it will not get hot enough to heat the thermocouple to the temperature needed to enable the gas valve to open. This is often caused by a dirty pilot tube tip.
  • A split flame is usually caused by a dirty pilot tube.
  • A flickering or wavering flame is usually caused by a draft. Check to see if there are sources of drafts in the room and take steps to reduce the effects on the furnace.
Have questions about your gas furnace or boiler? Call Air Specialties Air Conditioning and Heating.
Published in Heating

Preventing Mold In Your Central Air Conditioner

Proper drainage and maintenance is the key to preventing AC mold problems

Preventing air conditioner mold problems Summers in Connecticut can be hot and very humid. With the air conditioner running and the home tightly sealed. It's important to ensure that your central air conditioner is operating properly to prevent excess moisture build up that can lead to the growth of unhealthy mold and mildew. When your central air conditioner is running, the condenser, the part located inside the home, creates condensation that accumulates into a pan before emptying down the condensation drain tube. This pan is called the condensate drain pan. If the tube that drains the water from the pan becomes clogged, water can accumulate allowing unhealthy mold and mildew to grow. By checking the drain pain occasionally and taking some basic maintenance steps you can prevent mold from growing.

IMPORTANT: Before doing any work near the air conditioner always turn off the power to the unit first.

1. If you notice water accumulating in the evaporator pan, check to see if the drain line is obstructed with dirt or debris.

2. Clean out the evaporator pan with hot soapy water. A small amount of bleach can be added to disinfect the surface and kill any existing mold and bacteria, and a sponge.

3. Next, Pour bleach through the pan's condensate tube to kill mold and algae, which can obstruct the drain tube and cause the pan to fill up and overflow. Check the tube's outside end to make sure it's draining freely.

4. To prevent future mold and algae growth, a chlorine tablet and be placed in the evaporator pan. Note that this is the kind of chlorine tablet used for swimming pools and hot tubs, not the kind used in toilets.


Have questions about preventing mold in your air conditioner? Call Air Specialties. We can help identify the cause of the mold and offer effective solutions for preventing future mold growth. We also offer whole home dehumidifiers that can reduce excess humidity and improve the air quality and comfort in the home.
Published in Indoor Air Quality
Call, Or Schedule Online Now
You will be contacted to confirm your appointment details.

Powered by ChronoForms - ChronoEngine.com

Connecticut Heating and Air Conditioning Coupons

We Accept
We accept all credit cards

Twitter   Facebook    Google+ 
Air Specialties Air Conditioning & Heating. • 25 Spring Street, West Haven, CT 06516 • 203-934-7984

Copyright © 2018 Air Specialties Air Conditioning & Heating.