Understanding HVAC Issues

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Furnace Won't Restart After Being Off All Summer? What Are The Possible Causes?

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If you’ve endured the last vestiges of a summer heat wave and are finally beginning to unpack the fall decor and heavier sweaters, you’re likely doing some late-summer cleaning and home maintenance. In the course of making sure your furnace is ready to power through another winter, you could be dismayed to discover that it won’t turn on – or that it runs for only a few seconds or minutes and then shuts off without providing much heat. Read More»

Two Signs of an AC Refrigerant Leak

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If you have a central air conditioner that is not working properly, then you may be able to troubleshoot the problem before you call in a professional. Sometimes, the problem may be a broken or failing part that needs to be replaced. Maintenance issues and dirty parts can cause issues too, and so can a leak in the refrigerant line. Refrigerant leaks produce some telltale signs that you can look for, like the following. Read More»

How to Troubleshoot a Malfunctioning Heating Zone

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If you have a hydronic heating system, then you have water baseboard heat. Baseboard heating is generally efficient and consistent, but you may sometimes notice that one part of your home is not as warm as the other spaces. If this has become a constant problem in your home, then one of the heating zones is not working properly. This issue can typically be fixed with a few easy troubleshooting tasks. Read More»

How to Troubleshoot an AC Blower that Isn't Working

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If you have a central air conditioning system that cools down your home, then one of the major parts of the system will sit inside your house. This is the air handler or evaporator that moves cool air into your house. Air is cooled by the evaporator coils and then blown up through the vents. A blower helps the air move, and this part may need some maintenance if you notice that only a small amount of air is coming through the vents. Read More»

Investigating AC Fan Electrical Issues

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The air conditioning unit that sits outside your home produces a great deal of heat. Heat must be expelled from the device, or the motors, pumps, seals, and other parts may overheat. Also, if heat is not removed, then the coolant may remain warm and will not cool air effectively. Heat is moved out of the unit with the help of an exhaust fan. This is the large fan that you see on top of the air conditioner. Read More»

Two Quick Ways To Uncover Potential Air Conditioner Problems During A Home Tour

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A home is probably the biggest purchase you will make in your lifetime, so it goes without saying that you should take every precaution possible to ensure you’re not investing in a money pit. One major appliance you should definitely check is the air conditioning unit. These machines can cost an average of $5,234 to replace, and you want to make sure the seller gives you a good deal on the home if you have pay for a new one right away. Read More»

Tips To Help Improve Your Existing HVAC System's Efficiency

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According to Angie’s List, the average homeowner can expect to pay anywhere from $2,500 to $14,000 for a new, high-efficiency, gas furnace. Purchasing a high-efficiency furnace is a great investment. Unfortunately, if you simply don’t have the funds for a new model, chances are you’re looking for ways to make your existing HVAC system run more efficiently. Here are a few ways you can begin improving the efficiency of your existing furnace: Read More»

How To Clean Your Residential Grease Trap

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The job of cleaning a grease trap is not for the faint of heart; it is dirty, smelly and hard work. However, if your home has a grease trap, then it is important that it be periodically cleaned to prevent backups and to keep foul odors from overtaking your home. Below is more information about how grease traps work as well as what you need to do to keep your grease trap well-maintained: Read More»