Indoor Air Quality and Viruses - The recent advent of the COVID19 virus has many people worried about catching the virus. They wonder what they can do to avoid catching it not only for themselves but also for their family members.
Of course, there are many things to take into consideration when out in public to avoid exposure, but how do you protect yourself at home? At work? Let’s take a look at the air quality inside your home and how to increase the quality of that air to protect yourself and your family not only from viruses but also from other bad substances including bacteria and mold. (more…)
Air Conditioner Blowing Hot Air – Hello Richard, my air conditioner is blowing hot air today and I am wondering what’s going on with it. It is mild weather here and still winter, but the temperature here got above 80° F today, and when I came home from work, I decided to turn the AC on to cool the place down a bit.
Cooler weather hits tonight when it’s going to be around 40° F according to the forecast. Is this something I need to worry about right now? It is uncomfortable here right now, but I can hold out until tonight. Am I just a little worried the next time I need the air conditioner? Should I call for service? Or maybe there is something I can fix?
Air Conditioner Maintenance | Maintaining Comfort - There are many things people neglect to take care of and before they know it whatever it is they neglected fails to work. That happens with air conditioners also. Of course, being a licensed and trained technician, I could tell you some horror stories from things I have observed when people neglect their air conditioner maintenance.
I will forgo telling you these horror stories and cover the nub of the subject of air conditioner maintenance. I’ll describe the basic things you can do yourself and then cover things you should call a professional to do. Real AC maintenance tips can save you money and keep you comfortable. What can be so bad about that? How did Johnny stop a Trane, you ask? Well, keep reading, and we’ll get to it. Stop yawning, and we’ll get to it okay? (more…)
Energy Star Central Air Conditioners | It is not an unusual question. What is an Energy Star air conditioner, and what makes it better than an air conditioner that is not Energy Star rated? We get this question from time to time in our email for different types of HVAC systems including air conditioners. Moreover, many people want to get the best efficiency from their air conditioners including any other types of HVAC systems they have in their home.
Furthermore, they want efficiency basically because it saves them money while they can stay comfortable. With energy costs rising from electric bills to other utility costs, it is important to get the most efficient type of HVAC system you can buy. If you buy one, will an Energy Star rated air conditioner save you money? Is it the best you can get to save money on your utilities? Finally, we will answer those questions in this article as there is no simple answer to these questions. (more…)
What do you do when the Air Conditioner Breaker Trips and it won’t reset? What to do if the breaker keeps tripping? Try to reset it. If that doesn’t work? What do you do when it trips again? I’ve been on several service calls where the problem was a tripped breaker. Of course, this causes the air conditioner not to function correctly. Sometimes the problem with the air conditioner breaker trips is simple. However, other times, they are complex and result in significant repair.
Here we’ll describe the two separate line voltage circuits for your split system air conditioner. Additionally, we will also describe the possible causes that will make your air conditioner trip the breaker. If you have a package unit, then you will have a single circuit for your air conditioner. Lastly, a package unit is an air conditioner or heat pump in one package (all in one air conditioner).
Air Conditioner Circuit Board Troubleshooting Question - Hello, my name is Calvin and I am an HVAC Technician that graduated from a community college 2 years ago and I am still learning and know I have much more to learn before I think of myself as an expert. I have been running into a lot of circuit boards in air conditioners and heat pumps and I simply want to know what is the best way to troubleshoot and air conditioner circuit board? It seems like a lot of electronics and they never covered electronics too much in school.
How Much Refrigerant for the Air Conditioner Question: What amount of Freon would it take to service a unit that services a 1200 square foot residential house if it were completely depleted?
How Much Refrigerant for the Air Conditioner
Answer: We get questions like this a lot in our email and this is not easily answered especially when we are talking about charging an air conditioner or heat system. No matter how the system lost its charge of refrigerant (many people refer to it as Freon which is technically incorrect) there are many things you need to know before attempting to charge the air conditioner or heat pump with refrigerant (or Freon if you prefer). (more…)
Hello, We need to ask you about water damage and how an air conditioner can cause this kind of damage. The whole ceiling in one of the rental properties just fell into the living room. All the drywall and insulation from the attic fell and caused damage to our tenant’s furniture. Thank God the tenants were not at home and injured when the ceiling fell in.
HVAC Tip - A thermocouple is commonly used in standing pilot gas furnaces and water heaters are technically referred to as a copple element and produces millivolts when heat is applied to the tip. This millivoltage is necessary to keep the pilot valve inside the gas valve open. If the pilot flame goes out, the thermocouple stops generating millivolts. Without the millivolts, the valve closes thus preventing gas from escaping when there is no flame. Thermocouples fail because of oxidation. It is recommended that you keep the pilot lit throughout the year to prevent excess oxidation. The thermocouple can be found in many different types of gas furnaces, gas logs, and gas water heaters. Learn How to Test a Thermocouple with a Multi-Meter
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