How to choose a reputable HVAC technician in your area

How to choose a reputable HVAC technician in your area

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This answer is pretty short and sweet. Unless you have someone that you know personally and trust to do the work, or if you have faith in someone else's recommendation, the best advice I can offer is to go to http://www.angieslist.com/. That is what that site is there for, so that you can go there ...

Hurricane Irene put your house underwater. Will you need to replace the entire heating system?

Hurricane Irene put your house underwater. Will you need to replace the entire heating system?

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No, not necessarily. Once the water subsides, and the house drains, as with everything else in there, it needs to dry. So after giving it the proper amout of time, once all the moisture is gone, you can begin to troubleshoot the unit. First off, I can tell you that the unit will not work. There ...

Good bye spring and summer, hello fall and winter. What to do to prepare...

Good bye spring and summer, hello fall and winter. What to do to prepare…

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The warm, sunny months are coming to an end soon, and Jack Frost is about to come out and play. It is this time when the weather is still in between seasons that it is wise to do a little pre-season check up and maintenance to keep you from being, well... left out in the cold. Run down the following ...

Not sure if the repair part you received is correct? Follow these steps to find out...

Not sure if the repair part you received is correct? Follow these steps to find out…

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Ok, so ordering repair parts online of any kind can be a risky gamble. Whether it's parts for a computer, a car or even HVAC you have to be able to trust that the people running the business know what they are doing to ensure you get the right part the first time. Typically, if you go to a company ...

How to diagnose a gas furnace

How to diagnose a gas furnace

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When it comes to diagnosing a gas furnace, there a quite a few more parts in play here than with a condensing unit. There is a transformer, an inducer (vent) motor, a pressure switch, a door switch, a circuit board, a gas valve, an igniter, a flame sensor, burners, limit switches, fan switches, a ...

How to diagnose an outdoor condensing unit

How to diagnose an outdoor condensing unit

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When it comes to diagnosing an outdoor condensing unit, the process is pretty easy. In a standard condensing unit, there are only a few parts in the unit. There is a contactor, a fan motor, a compressor and a capacitor. These parts all work in tandem. The way a condenser works is the thermostat ...

My ac works, and it blows cold, but for some reason it takes a while to cool down the house. Why?

My ac works, and it blows cold, but for some reason it takes a while to cool down the house. Why?

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In this entry, I refer you back to my last blog where I addressed the issue of the house not retaining the cool air. Make sure all doors and windows are sealed and blinds are closed. That will help ensure that the air is not escaping or being superheated by the sunlight. Beyond that, there are a few ...

When I run my ac, the house gets cool. But when I shut it off, the house heats up again quickly. Why?

When I run my ac, the house gets cool. But when I shut it off, the house heats up again quickly. Why?

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This is a pretty simple diagnosis. Just like with anything, the best way to maintain a certain temperature is to have a sealed environment. For instance, if you are driving your car and you are running the ac, the car stays cool. When you shut it off, it will stay cool for a while. But if you open a ...

Determining the size of your outdoor heat pump condenser unit: Is it properly sized for the home?

Determining the size of your outdoor heat pump condenser unit: Is it properly sized for the home?

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In most all cases, the equipment model number has the size of the unit included in the model number. This is referred to as the horsepower (H.P.) or as tons, but ultimately it is referring to the BTU’s (British Thermal Units). It is very important to have the proper sized system for your home to ...

Heat Pump, Condenser or Furnace, OH MY! Choosing the proper replacement thermostat

Heat Pump, Condenser or Furnace, OH MY! Choosing the proper replacement thermostat

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In this week’s episode, we are going to explore the process of choosing the proper thermostat for your system. There are quite a few different choices, so it is important to know the type of system you have. With all the different systems, this can be a bit confusing, but don’t fret… we are ...