COVID-19: IMPORTANT NOTICE TO CUSTOMERS

We want you to know that in this difficult time, Kirk A/C remains open to take care of your HVAC needs. We also want to emphasize that we are following health guidelines to protect the well-being of our customers and employees.

We want to share how we address the current situation. We have been proactively implementing a number of measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and safely get through this peril.

Despite this existing predicament, our heating and cooling services are still operational despite the situation. Our crew will remain active in responding to service calls while carefully following our safety guidelines updated by the local and national health authorities.

SAFETY PRECAUTIONS WE ARE TAKING

  • Frequent hand washing
  • Frequent sanitizing of all hard surfaces including our service vans
  • Covering a sneeze or cough
  • Immediate home quarantine for employees showing any symptoms of sickness
  • Increased cleaning frequency of our facilities
  • Staggered schedules to minimize employee interaction
  • Heavily increased use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and hand sanitizers

We are fully prepared to continue serving your (service) needs as we navigate through these trying times. We will keep on monitoring the situation and act quickly on the advice of our health authorities.

Thank you for your patience and your support!

Stay safe and healthy, Kirk’s community! We will get through this together!


Common HVAC Fire Hazards to Watch Out For

It may surprise you to know that your HVAC can pose safety risks to you and your family. It is the second leading cause of home fires according to the National Fire Protection Association.    

So, what are those common HVAC fire hazards to watch out for? Let’s find out!

Leaking Fuel Lines

It seems like an obvious fire hazard, but many homeowners don’t easily notice a leaking fuel line. When a highly flammable substance comes in contact with heat, it may result in a terrifying incident. As soon as you smell oil or gas near your system, contact an HVAC professional.

Electrical Issues

Bad electrical connections and loose and frayed wires are among the leading causes of a system failure. The longer these problems left unchecked, the higher the chances of an HVAC fire. If you notice a burning odor from your comfort equipment, don’t spare a moment to call a certified technician. It won’t just protect you from potential fire danger but it’ll also save you money.

Cracked Heat Exchanger

A cracked heat exchanger increases the risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and fire-related hazards. This odorless gas is a silent killer that can start fire when neglected. You and your family’s health might be at risk without knowing it. So, make sure you install CO detectors in your home and replace the batteries if needed. Also, have your HVAC inspected, cleaned, and serviced regularly by the experts.

Low or High Gas Pressure

The gas pressure on your unit must be correctly regulated to achieve safe and efficient combustion. High gas pressure can cause the heat exchanger to overheat, whereas low gas pressure may lead to condensation inside the system. This is where the importance of proper gas fitting steps in. Subpar quality of work can lead to gas leaks, damaged components, poor indoor air quality, and fires.  Hire only a licensed and credible contractor who can get the job done correctly. 

How To Prevent HVAC Fire Hazards

Here are some preventive measures you can do to ensure safe heating this winter:

  • Don’t skip HVAC maintenance.
  • Maintain clean filters, air ducts, vents, and registers.
  • Keep flammable materials (paper, furniture, drapery, clothing, pillows, leaves, or gasoline) at a safe distance. Give at least three feet from any heat-generating equipment.
  • Don’t use an extension cord for your space heater and be sure to turn it off before leaving the house or going to bed.

As a homeowner, it’s essential to stay informed about these potential fire hazards caused by your comfort unit. Learn from this blog to prevent any unwanted problems.

At Kirk Air Conditioning & Heating, we make sure to provide HVAC services that are above industry standards. Plus, we offer various maintenance programs that are tailored to your needs and within your budget. Talk to us today!