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Nov 04
Importance of Dryer Vent Cleaning

​Every year an estimated 15,000 fires are sparked by clothes dryers. Even still, putting all of the danger aside, your clothes dryer is a huge energy consumer. Whether its electric or gas, you don't want to end up spending more than you should each time you dry a load of clothes. The ventilation pipe for your clothes dryer accounts for a lot of wear and tear to your dryer and increasing energy bills. This is due to poorly filtered lint from your clothes dryer being blown into the pipe and sticking to the side walls. Over time, the original 4" opening is reduced dramatically creating extra resistance for your clothes dryer to attempt to blow through while removing the warm air to the outside of your home from drying your clothes. This creates unsafe temperatures for your clothes dryer and can cause damage to your clothes dryer. Cleaning the ventilation pipe is essential to maintaining optimum efficiency for your clothes dryer and also to keeping your family safe. 


Here are some of the signs that it's time to clean your vent:

  • Clothing does not dry completely after a normal drying cycle.
  • Drying time for clothing takes longer than 35 to 40 minutes in duration.
  • A musty odor is noticed in the clothing following the drying cycle.
  • Clothing seems unusually hot to the touch after a complete drying cycle.
  • The dryer vent hood flap does not properly open as it is designed to do during the operation of the dryer.
  • Debris is noticed within the outside dryer vent opening.
  • Excessive heat is noticed within the room in which the dryer is being operated.
  • Large amounts of lint accumulate in the lint trap for the dryer during operation.
  • A visible sign of lint and debris is noticed around the lint filter for the dryer.
  • Excessive odor is noticed from dryer sheets that are used during the drying cycle.


We recommend having your dryer vent cleaned yearly along with your fall heating system service. This way we can keep your clothes dryer and your heating system operating at optimum efficiency and ensure that they are both operating safely.


Aug 11
The TRUTH about R22 (Freon)

​Okay, this summer has been one for the records. Not any records we would like to brag about, however. We have heard story after story from disgruntled new customers we have picked up from other contractors about R22 (Freon) prices per pound. Stop paying $50 to $100 dollars per pound for refrigerant on top of the service call and hourly labor rates!

Some companies around here are gouging on R22 and forcing homeowners to make drastic decisions about new systems or very expensive repairs. This is business at its worst and people are taking advantage of the volatile R22 market.

Yes prices have increased, but not as much as other contractors would like you to think. Six years ago, we charged $24 per pound. Now we are at $40 per pound and have not gone any higher in almost 2 years. We aren't increasing our margins, we make the same no matter where the market goes with our pricing formula. We never gouge and take advantage of poorly informed consumers.

If you happen to need refrigerant in your system, it is going to be broken down two ways:

1) We are at your home performing maintenance on your system: The system is in complete working order, this is just to check system performance and do routine maintenance. It will be our service rate of $75 plus $40 dollars per pound R22 should it require it. Otherwise, service on your system is just $75 plus additional charges such as filters or service on system accessories (condensate pumps, dehumidifiers, etc.). That covers all the inspection and preventative maintenance on your system!! Additional systems $50 per.

2) Your system is not cooling well or not cooling at all:  We are at your home for a diagnostic, this could mean it is low on R22 (Freon) or that there is something else wrong with the system. If your system happens to be low on R22, and not a mechanical part such as a motor or other smaller electrical component (which is a much more likely scenario), then we will service and charge the system. After performing the diagnostic, we charge $50 to perform service on the system (includes all preventative maintenance) and charging the refrigerant. Then the R22 is still just $40.00 per pound.


If you're looking for a new company, we would like to show you how we are the better choice. On average, you will find that we provide a much higher quality service than the rest with significantly lower costs of doing so. We are a small family owned and operated business that only focuses on the local area. We are not tangled up with expensive advertising campaigns or trying to service the entire metro area. We service Cobb, Douglas, and Paulding counties. We are a business that relies on word of mouth referrals to grow our customer base. See what the Weldon Smith Services Advantage is and call today for all of your indoor comfort needs (770) 941-4696.



May 27
Big companies with their even bigger advertising campaigns

​So I am sure that we have all heard or seen at least 3 to 4 advertisements daily from large HVAC companies promoting their companies and the specials they are running for spring time. I know every time I get in my vehicle and turn the radio on I can't escape them no matter which station I turn it to. The questions it leaves me with are; what does all of this mean to the home owner and why should it matter?

All of the advertisements out there from some of the very large companies with their Coca-Cola style ad campaigns should leave consumers with a buyer beware feeling. These campaigns are costing hundreds of thousands of dollars and these costs have to be recouped somewhere. There are some companies with billboards in a near 50 mile radius of Atlanta with hundreds of billboards and each of them costing a pretty penny. The same type companies are also flying planes over the metro area dragging banners advertising their names. A bit extreme, but obviously it is working for them, or not, time will tell.

So what does that mean to you? It means that on average, their prices have to be inflated at least 10 to 15 percent just to cover their advertisement costs and not to mention their huge overhead costs are weighed into that price also. That means you are paying much more than necessary for at best average service. Use local small businesses and trim the fat from your repair and replacement bills and get better service all at the same time! Companies like our own, Weldon Smith Services, do not advertise or even attempt to go head to head in that market. Our business strategy is to obtain knowledgeable and friendly customers, make them happy and keep them happy so that they will be confident and thrilled to share their experience and refer us to their family, friends, or coworkers. We do this by offering 5 star service at a fair price. We will always be there right when you need us and we are a familiar and friendly face that lives here with you in our local community. We may not have a baseball stadium or 150 vehicles in our fleet, but what we do have to offer is much, much more than that. That is why all of this matters and is an issue that consumers should be aware of. Please let us prove to you that bigger is not always better and call today, (770) 941-4696.

Apr 09
You have heard about winterizing your home, why not summerize your home?

​"Summerizing" your home, whether that is a real word or not, is a wonderful idea. We prepare many things for winter by winterizing them so that they are able to withstand the extreme cold temperatures that our Georgia winters can carry with them. So, what are some things that can be done to "Summerize" the home?

Here a few ideas:

1) If you have a crawl space, make sure the vents are open around the home. This will allow the air to change frequently and decrease humidity. Also, a complete vapor barrier covering the entire floor of the crawl space is necessary. This will dramatically reduce the amount of humidity entering the home. The lower the humidity level in the home, the lighter the load on your air conditioner.

2) Seal all window and door frames and any other leakages that allow the air from the outside world to enter your home. This is an inexpensive step for home improvement that can really help lower your utility bills. These openings are allowing hot humid air to enter the home at a much higher rate then you would like to believe. Also, if you still have single-pane windows it is time to replace them with double-pane windows. The savings are huge and so is the noise reduction. If the replacement cost is out of budget, look into having storm windows installed, as this will accomplish nearly the same thing.

3) Make sure your attic is well ventilated. Passive ventilation is the way to go. When it comes time to have your roof replaced, make sure you have a ridge vent system installed. Avoid powered ventilation if at all possible, the energy used to power the fan can cancel out the savings. We recommend Atlanta Roofing Specialists as our roofer of choice.

4) Have your air conditioner serviced! We may be a little biased when it comes to this point, but it really is one of the most important things you can do to prepare your home for summer. Your cooling system on average consumes 40% of your electric bill during the summer months. Having your system serviced every spring can dramatically lower your power bills and keep the air in your home cool and dry. A poorly working air conditioner runs longer and does not keep the space comfortable. Your central air conditioner has two jobs, remove humidity and lower the temperature in your home. If the air conditioner is not operating properly, 75 degrees can feel like 80 degrees when the humidity is not being removed from the air in the home due to problems with your air conditioner. Do not wait until it's July and your air conditioner is not keeping up. By this time, you have already spent more on your electric bill than you would have spent simply having your air conditioner serviced! To see what spring service includes, go to our preventative maintenance page.

5) Have your duct work checked for leakage. This is very important if your system is in a crawl space or an attic. If you have leaky duct work in either of these environments your system is literally trying to heat and cool the world, and that can get expensive. Have us check your duct work for leakage while we are in your home. We can seal your duct work and keep your money from being spent on cooling the air in your crawl space or attic.

6) Insulate your attic stairs. This is a very cheap and highly effective way to make your home more efficient. Purchase an Atticat attic stair cover from a home improvement store near you. While your attic may be well insulated, your attic stairs are not and it can be compared to leaving the top off of a cooler. This Link will take you to the manufacturer's website where you can use the store locator to find a store near you that carries this product.

As always, if you have any questions or would like some more information, feel free to email us at weldonservices@weldonservices.com, or give us a call (770) 941-4696. Make sure to schedule your spring service and start saving money on your electric bill this summer today!

Apr 01
Spring is here and it's time to tune-up your air conditioner!

​Okay everyone, pollen is in the air, the temperatures are rising, grass is starting to grow again, and its time to start cleaning up the home and yard. As you start on your DIY projects and organizing the garage this spring, don't let the performance of your air conditioner slip your mind. I know that most of the time your air conditioner is the last thing on your mind. Like many, you think as long as when you turn it on and it is cool in the home then you're good to go right? Wrong.

Even though it may be cool in your home, it may be costing you a lot more money to make it that way than it is supposed to be. Your heating and cooling system account for approximately 40-50% of your monthly utility bills! Having your system checked by a professional HVAC technician like myself can save you hundreds of dollars throughout the year. Preventative maintenance along with regularly replacing your filter more than pays for itself and is a worthwhile investment that will prolong the life of your system.

Preventative maintenance is made simple and affordable by Weldon Smith Services Heating & Cooling. At just $69.50 for regular customers and an introductory price of just $75 for all others, the service more than pays for itself. No one performs a more complete and comprehensive service. I know this because I do this day in and day out. All of our technicians and myself take the time to not only clean the outdoor coil, but wash the entire unit. We even take the time to clean the fan blade to reduce air resistance. We check all the electrical connections and components. We clear the condensate drains and we clean the condensate pump if you have one. Also, we check your filter, inspect the indoor coil, inspect the blower motor, and your thermostat. We then check your duct work for leaks or breaks. The last step of the service is to check the refrigerant charge of your system. We are experts at this and we use the latest instruments to ensure that your system is running just like it is supposed to based on the manufacturer's specifications. If there is a problem with your system, we will notify you and work with you on a cost effective corrective action.

Don't be fooled by our competitors with massive advertising budgets and over priced service fees. They simply do not have the quality control that a small owner operator family business can provide and their prices are inflated to pay for those billboards, radio ads, and television ads. Our primary source of obtaining customers is your referral and that is what we depend on. We want to make sure you are 100% satisfied and that you would feel comfortable referring us to all of your friends and family. After all, our name is on every job that we complete.

So call today, and start saving tomorrow. Don't let your air conditioner break down this summer and end up with a repair bill that could have been prevented by having it serviced this spring.

Call (770) 941-4696, or request a service call online today.

 

Feb 20
Welcome to the Weldon Smith Services Blog!

This is where we will be sharing important information on home performance, industry topics, and advice from your HVAC contractor.