Blower Motor Breakdown

The blower motor is one of the most important parts within your HVAC system. It works all year round with both the furnace and the air conditioner, and when there is something wrong with your blower it will either make a lot of noise or no noise at all. Without a functional blower motor, you will never feel the heating or cooling being produced by the furnace or air conditioner because the blower motor’s job is to circulate air across the heat exchange or the cooling coils and then deliver it to the home. When the blower motor is broken, homeowners will usually call with one of these two complaints:

  • It Sounds like there is a Helicopter Landing in My House: The blower motor is encased in a cage and unless the motor is properly balanced within the cage, it will make a lot of extra noise. The noise made by an unbalanced blower is caused by the blades knocking into the sides of the housing, and when this happens, the entire motor, blower, and housing will probably have to be replaced. Continue reading

Your HVAC Contractor is Not a Plumber!

No homeowner likes having to call in a professional to perform repairs, but when you are forced to employ their services, it is important that you choose the right pro for the job! Many states require contractors to acquire licenses for the various types of work that they claim to perform, and as the consumer hiring their services, making sure your contractor is properly licensed could be the difference between a job well done and a job that needs to be re-done! There are some HVAC contractors out there that advertize plumbing services along with their heating and cooling services. This isn’t a problem if the company is licensed to do both and hires both licensed HVAC professionals and licensed plumbers, but if you don’t ask for proof of a plumbing license, don’t assume that your HVAC contractor is qualified. Continue reading

R-22 Prices Skyrockets as Summer Approaches

With summer on its way, take a moment to consider the type of refrigerant your air conditioner uses to remove heat from the air in your home. Unless you are very involved in the care of your air conditioner, odds are you have no idea which type your air conditioner uses. However, if you haven’t replaced the air conditioner recently, odds are your system uses R-22. If this is indeed the case, it just got a lot more expensive to repair leaks that may occur within your unit, and unfortunately, leaks are among the most common air conditioner problems. Now may be the time to rethink investing any more money into this outdated system.

Phasing Our R-22

We have been in the midst of an R-22 phase out over the past several years. This type of refrigerant is harmful to our environment and with it leaking out of systems all across America, a change had to be made. We now use R-410a refrigerant in newer air conditioning systems, and this refrigerant is not harmful if released into the atmosphere. As R-22 is phased out, it will continue to become scarcer and therefore more expensive. Continue reading

Look at the Bigger Picture

You come home from work one day to find that the furnace is out. Having never experienced a breakdown before, you aren’t sure who to call. You may flip through the telephone book but everyone you come across will claim to offer “the best service” at the “best prices.” This isn’t a reliable way to choose a contractor, so many people turn to a trusted friend or family member for advice. They recommend someone they have used before and because you trust them, you decide to trust that company. The only problem is that your friend or relative is only one person that has had experience with that company. Sure their job may have gone well, but is that really a good indicator of the company’s track record? Maybe not.

Consumer Review Websites: What You Need to Know!

Countless homeowners find out the hard way that one person’s good experience doesn’t guarantee honest service. Luckily, there is a way to get a better picture of what a company really looks like to the consumer. Through the use of consumer review websites, homeowners have been able to find countless reviews on companies that they are considering for service. However, be careful with these sites as well. The free sites are usually easily manipulated by companies to reflect a better score than they deserve, but review sites that require users to purchase membership are much more secure. Continue reading

Changing Your Filter and Identifying Problems

Many people have questions about changing their furnace’s filter, and when searching for an answer you will find a lot of mixed information out there. There are no clean cut answers that can be applied to every home and everyone must assess their own situation in order to determine what is best for their heating and cooling systems.  You will hear many people give the blanket answer, “Change your filter every 30 days,” but filter manufacturers have no way of knowing where your unit is installed, the age of the furnace or the condition of your duct work.  Therefore, we recommend following these simple steps in order to determine what is best for your particular situation:

  • Check the filter at least every 30 days even if your filter manufacturer states your filter can be last longer.  Depending on the state of the air quality in your home you may not be able to get much more than 30 days of safe use per filter. Keeping a dirty filter in the system can cause air flow and air quality problems that can have serious consequences for the condition of your furnace. If the filter can last longer and it is still clean at 30 days, you can keep it in, but don’t forget to keep checking it every 30 days! Continue reading

Go Green with this Winter’s Savings

Though the snow may be falling now, so far this winter has been very mild by comparison to years past. This has left many homeowners with much fuller pockets than usual and that money needs to be put to good use. That means that we need to find good investments to ensure that this money is well spent. Investing this money in your home is a great place to start and spending it in improving the homes energy efficiency is even better! Going green has many benefits for the environment and for your wallet. Take a moment to look at your last energy bill. Odds are the cost was much lower than you were paying at the same time last year. How would you like to pay that much on your energy bills every year! Making energy efficient upgrade could make that possible!

3 Wise Energy Efficient Investments:

  • HVAC Replacement: Replacing the furnace and air conditioner could be your best bet at this time. Air conditioners are out of season and therefore at amazingly low prices, and if your furnace and air conditioner are in bad shape, replacing them could be all that your home needs to make low energy bills a common occurrence in your home. Continue reading

Increase Comfort Control with a Zoning System

Having a working furnace and thermostat doesn’t mean that you have control over the comfort level in the home. These are the most basic components of a heating system, but just because the thermostat says its 72 degrees in the home, doesn’t mean that the entire home is actually at that temperature. All your thermostat does is read the temperature in the room that it is located in and that is it. That is why other rooms in the home may feel cooler or warmer than the temperature that the thermostat claims it to be. High ceilings and lots of windows, among other things, can contribute to temperature variances from room to room. Before you raise the temperature on the thermostat to compensate for that one chilly room, consider whether or not your home could benefit from a zoning system.

What a Zoning System can Do for Your Home

When a zoning system is installed in your home, you now have multiple thermostats that control different parts of the home. The one furnace still operates as normal, but the duct system is now full of dampers that will regulate the amount of air allowed into a particular part of the home. This will each area of the home is warmed to the temperature set on the thermostat. Rooms that aren’t used very frequently can be set at very low temperatures, and areas of the home that need more heat can be warmed without having to use more energy. This conserves energy because you only heat the rooms that need it, and therefore the furnace can run less frequently. Continue reading

Winter Air Conditioner Protection

This may be the season for giving, but it is also the season for stealing, stealing air conditioners that is. You may have thought that your air conditioner worries ended with the summer season, but the truth is that the winter is the best time for thieves to take advantage of the easy access they have to your air conditioner. Everyone is spending their time indoors and there are far fewer eyes on your air conditioner this time of year. You need to take certain steps to keep your unit safe. This is a crime that is growing in popularity and if you did nothing to prevent it this past summer, you were one of the lucky ones. Don’t let another season go by without getting your air conditioner protected.

Send a Message to Potential Thieves

Protecting the air conditioner requires doing something that sends a clear message to potential thieves. The message should be that they need to move on to another home and leave your unit alone!  There are two ways to do this. Either move the air conditioner to the roof or encase it in a security cage. The first option could cost you tons and is likely not possible in all situations. So, for the majority of us, a security cage is the way to go. Continue reading

Trim the Fat from Your Energy Bills

Do high natural gas prices have you worried this winter. Well you are not alone! It seems like everyone is scrapping by these days, and those energy bills are only going to make things more difficult during this upcoming winter season. However, you can take a bite out of that high energy bill with a few simple ideas that will increase the efficiency of your home.

Small Investments to Help Save Energy:

  • Programmable Thermostat: We recommend using a digital set back thermostat. This will let you automatically lower the temperature at night while you sleep yet wake up to a warm home. You can save as 12% on your gas bill if you use a 10 degree temperature roll back while you sleep. You can save even more if you use the setback mode during the day while you’re at work. Continue reading