• How to know if your thermostat is failing

    While thermostats rarely fail outright, they can degrade over time as mechanical parts stick or lose their calibration. Older units will send faulty signals if they’ve been knocked out of level or have dirty switches. To recalibrate an older unit, use a wrench to adjust the nut on the back of the mercury switch until it turns the system on and, using a room thermometer, set it to the correct temperature. Modern electronic thermostats, sealed at the factory to keep out dust and grime, rarely need adjusting. However, whether your thermostat is old or young, the hole where the thermostat wire comes through the wall needs to be sealed, or a draft could trick it into thinking the room is warmer or colder than it really is.

     

  • How long can I expect a new furnace or air conditioner to last?

    If you have a qualified technician perform regular preventative maintenance and service suggested for your unit, industry averages suggest that an air conditioner should last 12-15 years (sea coast applications may be less) and a gas furnace should last as many as 20-25 years.

     

  • Should I change my indoor air conditioning coil?

    When replacing your air conditioner or heat pump, the answer is most likely yes. The efficiency ratings that are advertised for an air conditioner or heat pump are based on the performance as part of a matched system. If only the outdoor portion is changed, the efficiency and savings could be less than that of a matched system.

  • Why should I replace my existing furnace or air conditioner?

    You may wish to consider replacing your furnace or air conditioner if it is old, inefficient or in need of repair. Today’s systems are as much as 60% more efficient than those systems manufactured as little as ten years ago. In addition, if not properly maintained, wear and tear on a furnace or air conditioner can reduce the actual or realized efficiency of the system. If you are concerned about utility bills or are faced with an expensive repair, you may want to consider replacing your heating or cooling equipment rather than enduring another costly season or paying to replace an expensive component. The utility cost savings of a new unit may provide an attractive return on your investment. If you plan on financing the purchase, the monthly savings on your utility bill should be considered when determining the actual monthly cost of replacing a system. The offsetting savings may permit you to purchase a more efficient system.
  • How can I reduce my energy costs?

    Upgrade to a high-efficiency system - Swapping your old, inefficient air conditioning system for a high-efficiency one can cut electricity bills by up to one-third. Schedule a FREE in-home consultation with one of our HVAC specialists to receive an estimate showing how much you can save by upgrading to a high efficiency system. Get started with some energy saving tips:

     

    •  Adjust the temperature - Typically, adjusting temperatures 5–8 degrees (down in winter, up in summer) can help save energy if you're going to be away from home for several hours.

     

    •  Install ceiling fans – Change the direction of airflow on your ceiling fans. In the summer, the blades should operate in a counter-clockwise direction. In the winter, the blades should operate in a clockwise direction helping to push the warm air from the ceiling down into the room.

     

    •  Have annual maintenance performed – Tuning up your cooling system each spring and your heating system each fall will  help ensure each operates at peak efficiency and can help you identify and resolve any potential issues before a breakdown occurs. Learn more about HVAC tune-ups

     

    •  Don't block vents in well-used rooms – Keep your supply and return air vents free of objects like blinds, carpets or furniture so your air conditioner can operate efficiently and there is even, cool air distribution.

     

    •  Close vents in less-used rooms – By closing the vents, you won't be spending money cooling rooms that are used less.

     

    •  Install a programmable thermostat – A programmable thermostat enables you to control your home's temperature when you're away or asleep. For every 1° you lower your thermostat for seven hours per day, you can save approximately one percent on your heating bill.

     

     

  • Can you give me a price without a in-home consultation?

    No, we cannot provide a quote over the phone, as pricing varies based on your needs and the unique conditions in your home. In order to properly size your system, a detailed load calculation must be performed by a qualified technician. Installing an oversized or undersized unit may result in higher utility bills and your system may not heat or cool at capacity.

  • What is a tune-up?

    A tune-up is when an HVAC system professional checks the key components of your system and makes adjustments to the system to keep it operating efficiently.
  • When do I need to have my unit serviced?

    You should have a regular tune-up twice a year -- typically at the beginning of each heating and cooling season -- to ensure that your system is working efficiently before the weather gets too hot or cold. However, tune-ups may be scheduled at any time.
  • My outside air conditioning unit stopped cooling and I checked outside to  find ice on the bottom part of the unit. When I turned back on the outside fan kicked in but I am getting no cold air in the house. Is there a reset switch?

    There are 2 things that cause this: First, it freezes up for only two reasons. One is low on refrigerant and the other is usually your indoor blower is not working, which sounds like your issue. The blower motor itself could have failed or it could be a number of other problems causing your issue. The system needs to be diagnosed to be sure of the real problem. There is no reset, and I would recommend you have us come out today and don’t try to open the system and check yourself, as sometimes that can cause more issues. Also, turn off the system, as it will just freeze up again and could potentially harm your outdoor unit and compressor.
  • My air conditioner isn't running?

    If your condenser isn't running, check the power to make sure the unit is plugged in. If so, check for a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker. Restore the power and see if it starts. Another potential cause is a thermostat that isn't set properly. Lower the thermostat by five degrees and see if it kicks on. If not, the problem is likely a faulty motor or compressor. You'll need to get professional help to fix that problem.
  • Air conditioner turns on and off repeatedly?

    This is another problem that can happen with a dirty or blocked condenser unit, as well as a dirty evaporator. Most of the time, giving the entire unit a good cleaning and removing any obstructions will eliminate the problem.

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