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 ...

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 ...

Your compressor failed… Now what?

Your compressor failed… Now what?

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Well this is a kind of bittersweet situation. A compressor is the most expensive part that can go out in your air conditioner or heat pump, so replacing it can become fairly pricey. This is also an item that cannot be replaced without the assistance of a professional, so there will be some ...

Split System Air Conditioner Not Working: Diagnosing the problem

Split System Air Conditioner Not Working: Diagnosing the problem

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It’s the peak of summer, and the heat couldn’t be any worse. You go to your thermostat and turn on the air conditioning expecting an icy summer treat to bring the temperature in your house down to a comfortable temperature. The blower kicks on, but there is no cool air coming out of the vents. ...

Replacing a capacitor: When to replace and what are the indicators that it is bad?

Replacing a capacitor: When to replace and what are the indicators that it is bad?

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Capacitors are often the reason for the downfall of your heating or air conditioning equipment. They are also one of the least expensive parts to have to replace, so it's always a good idea to check it out. Here, I will describe a capacitor and where to locate it in your unit, determine if it is ...