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  • Respect our customers!
  • Do what they  need.
  • Make their homes comfortable and safe.

We arrive at your home or business as scheduled. Our trained HVAC technician will inspect your heating and air conditioning system, appraise it’s condition and give you an estimate for the work that is needed to get your system up to speed. We understand that your life is precious. We will respect both your time and your home.

  • Free Inspection and Estimates
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  • We can replace your heater or air conditioner if necessary
  • We service heat Pumps, furnaces, wall heaters and air conditioning
  • We are the best trained and most experienced heating techs in town.

Heating Repair

When your heating or air conditioning system is down, you need it fixed, now. The health and comfort of your whole family is affected. You need a dependable heater and air conditioner. If your heating system is malfunctioning, it could present a health hazard to your family! It is very important that your heating system is checked out by competent trained, experienced technicians.

If the heater is pretty new, then we can get parts and fix it. Often the parts need are stocked on our work trucks! If your system is antique, we will fix it if we can get parts and it is repairable, or we can replace it if needed.Air Conditioning Repair

The heat exchanger is the part in the furnace that transfers the heat to the air that is circulated throughout your home. If the heat exchanger is cracked, it might be poisoning your air with exhaust gases. It is important that it be inspected to be sure it is safe.

Our primary priority is to do what’s best for our customers. We will maintain and repair your existing system if possible. Sometimes an old furnace is more expensive to repair and is often less efficient to run, than replacing the older furnace with a new one. We will give you a free estimate for the cost of replacement, if that is what is needed.

New furnaces are up to 95% efficient! That means almost all the fuel you are paying for is getting converted to heat. The cost of a more efficient furnace is returned to you via the lower heating bills that you pay each month. That is much better than paying each month for fuel that is going up the flue.

Furnace Maintenance

Your furnace needs to be inspected and maintained annually, preferably in the fall. Your air conditioner needs to be inspected annually, preferably in the spring. Your furnace filters need to get replaced when they are dirty. They are generally not hard to change, you probably could do it your self. Ask the technician when he comes out to show you how to do it.

Sometimes the heat in a home is not “even”. You have hot spots and cold spots. That is generally because the heat outlets, the registers, are not adjusted correctly, or the system wasn’t installed correctly initially. Tell the technician about any problems when he arrives, so he can see what is going on, and make recommendations for improvement.

A programmable thermostat is a must. If your thermostat isn’t programmable, you are wasting a lot of money heating or cooling the house when it isn’t needed.

Air Conditioning Repair

Air conditioners need maintenance also. The condensing unit, the part that is outside, is a big fan and a radiator. The fan drives air through the radiator to dispel the heat that has been taken out of the house. The air that goes through the radiator, is dirty. During parts of the year it is laden with pollen. The radiator can get plugged up, which reduces the system’s efficiency and eventually it doesn’t work at all! You need a technician to clean the radiator when needed. Spring or summer is a good time to check this out, after the trees are done flowering. If your system doesn’t seem to be cooling the way it should, definitely get the technician out to look at it. Cleaning the radiator is tricky, it is easy to damage it. Only a qualified person should tackle this job.shutterstock_132189731

In some homes the initial install of the heat ducts was done quickly and not necessarily correctly. In repairing existing systems, we’ve found heat registers that aren’t hooked up, or they are plugged. Ducts are sometimes damaged or torn, pumping heated air outside, We’ve found ducts that were never hooked up, just pumping heated air into the attic or under the house! We’ve replaced or re-installed thermostats that were installed wrong or in the wrong location.. We’ve recommended insulation, where it is needed to reduce heat loss.

An efficient heating and cooling system is a great comfort. An efficient system is cheaper to operate. Call our technicians to inspect your HVAC system. It will maximize the comfort of your home and minimize your daily ongoing expense.

 

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How Does Air Conditioning Work?

How Does an Air Conditioner Work?

picture of air conditionerAir conditioners and refrigerators work the same way. Instead of cooling just the small, insulated space inside of a refrigerator, an air conditioner cools a room, a whole house, or an entire business.

Air conditioners use chemicals that easily convert from a gas to a liquid and back again. This chemical is used to transfer heat from the air inside of a home to the outside air.

The machine has three main parts. They are a compressor, a condenser and an evaporator. The compressor and condenser are usually located on the outside air portion of the air conditioner. The evaporator is located on the inside the house, sometimes as part of a furnace. That’s the part that heats your house.

The working fluid arrives at the compressor as a cool, low-pressure gas. The compressor squeezes the fluid. This packs the molecule of the fluid closer together. The closer the molecules are together, the higher its energy and its temperature.

The working fluid leaves the compressor as a hot, high pressure gas and flows into the condenser. If you looked at the air conditioner part outside a house, look for the part that has metal fins all around. The fins act just like a radiator in a car and helps the heat go away, or dissipate, more quickly.

When the working fluid leaves the condenser, its temperature is much cooler and it has changed from a gas to a liquid under high pressure. The liquid goes into the evaporator through a very tiny, narrow hole. On the other side, the liquid’s pressure drops. When it does it begins to evaporate into a gas.

As the liquid changes to gas and evaporates, it extracts heat from the air around it. The heat in the air is needed to separate the molecules of the fluid from a liquid to a gas.

The evaporator also has metal fins to help in exchange the thermal energy with the surrounding air.

By the time the working fluid leaves the evaporator, it is a cool, low pressure gas. It then returns to the compressor to begin its trip all over again.

Connected to the evaporator is a fan that circulates the air inside the house to blow across the evaporator fins. Hot air is lighter than cold air, so the hot air in the room rises to the top of a room.

There is a vent there where air is sucked into the air conditioner and goes down ducts. The hot air is used to cool the gas in the evaporator. As the heat is removed from the air, the air is cooled. It is then blown into the house through other ducts usually at the floor level.

This continues over and over and over until the room reaches the temperature you want the room cooled to. The thermostat senses that the temperature has reached the right setting and turns off the air conditioner. As the room warms up, the thermostat turns the air conditioner back on until the room reaches the temperature.


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Heat Pump

Imagine that you took an air conditioner and flipped it around so that the hot coils were on the inside and the cold coils were on the outside. Then you would have a heater. It turns out that this heater works extremely well. Rather than burning a fuel, what it is doing is “moving heat.”

A heat pump is an air conditioner that contains a valve that lets it switch between “air conditioner” and “heater.” When the valve is switched one way, the heat pump acts like an air conditioner, and when it is switched the other way it reverses the flow of the liquid inside the heat pump and acts like a heater.

Heat pumps can be extremely efficient in their use of energy. But one problem with most heat pumps is that the coils in the outside air collect ice. The heat pump has to melt this ice periodically, so it switches itself back to air conditioner mode to heat up the coils. To avoid pumping cold air into the house in air conditioner mode, the heat pump also lights up burners or electric strip heaters to heat the cold air that the air conditioner is pumping out. Once the ice is melted, the heat pump switches back to heating mode and turns off the burners.

http://www.energyquest.ca.gov/how_it_works/air_conditioner.html

How to Trouble Shoot A Furnace?

How To Troubleshoot A Furnace?

Heating systems are usually trouble-free and easy to maintain. Efficient operation is a function of good regular maintenance. No matter what type of furnace you have, there are several things you can do to keep your heating system in top condition. In this article, we will tell you how to service and troubleshoot your furnace, regardless of the type.

When a heating or cooling system malfunctions, any one of its three components — heat/cold source, distribution system, or thermostat — may be causing the problem. If the furnace or air conditioner doesn’t run, the malfunction is probably at the source. The furnace or air conditioner may have lost power. Fuel may not be reaching the unit. If the fuel is gas or oil, it may not be igniting. If the furnace or air conditioner turns on but the warm or cool air isn’t reaching the rooms of your home, the problem is likely to be the blower or distribution system. And a faulty control, or thermostat, could keep the system from turning on or could cause it to turn on and off repeatedly. Whatever the problem, start with the simplest procedures. In most cases, all it takes is patience and common sense.

Before you start work on a heating or cooling system, take these preliminary steps:

  • Make sure the unit is receiving power. Look for blown fuses or tripped circuit breakers at the main entrance panel. Some furnaces have a separate power entrance, usually located at a different panel near the main entrance panel. Some furnaces have fuses mounted in or on the unit.
  • If the unit has a reset button, marked RESET and near the motor housing, wait 30 minutes to let the motor cool, then press the button. If the unit still doesn’t start, wait 30 minutes and press the reset button again. Repeat at least once more.
  • If the unit has a separate power switch, make sure the switch is turned on.
  • Check to make sure the thermostat is properly set. If necessary, raise (or, for an air conditioner, lower) the setting 5º.
  • If the unit uses gas, check to make sure the gas supply is turned on and the pilot light is lit. If it uses oil, check to make sure there is an adequate supply of oil.

There are also several important safety factors to remember:

  • Before doing any work on any type of heating or cooling system, make sure all power to the system is turned off. At the main electrical entrance panel, trip the circuit breaker or remove the fuse that controls the power to the unit. If you’re not sure which circuit the system is on, remove the main fuse or trip the main circuit breaker to cut off all power to the house. Some furnaces have a separate power entrance, usually at a different panel near the main entrance panel. If a separate panel is present, remove the fuse or trip the breaker there.
  • If the fuse blows or the circuit trips repeatedly when the furnace or air conditioner turns on, there is a problem in the electrical system. In this case, do not try to fix the furnace. Call a professional service person.
  • If the unit uses gas and there is a smell of gas in your home, do not try to shut off the gas or turn any lights on or off. Get out of the house, leaving the door open, and immediately call the gas company or the fire department to report a leak. Do not reenter your home.
  • To keep your heating and cooling systems in top shape, have them professionally serviced once a year. The best time to have a furnace serviced is at the end of the heating season. Because this is the off-season, you can often get a discount, and service is likely to be prompt. Have your air conditioner checked at the same time.

The heat/cold source is the most complicated part of the heating and cooling system, and it’s the part most likely to suffer from neglect. Problems in this area may also lead to distribution problems. Whatever heat/cold source your system uses, give it regular attention to prevent problems.

Dirt is the biggest enemy of your home’s heating and cooling system. It can waste fuel and drastically lower efficiency. Dirt affects all three basic components of the system, so cleaning is the most important part of regular maintenance. Lubrication and belt adjustment at the furnace are also important.

To keep your system working properly, there are some simple general procedures you can follow. To start, learn how to clean your furnace. We’ll show you how on the next page.

http://www.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/heating-and-cooling/furnace-maintenance.htm

How to Clean A Furnace?

How To Clean a Furnace

Dirt is the biggest enemy of your furnace. It can waste fuel and drastically lower efficiency. Dirt affects all three basic components of your furnace, so cleaning is the most important part of regular maintenance. The three parts of the furnace should be cleaned: the filter system, the blower, and the motor.

The furnace filter should be replaced or cleaned at the beginning of the heating season and about once a month during periods of continuous use. To check the filter, take it out and hold it up to the light. If it looks clogged, replace it with a new filter of the same type and size regardless of the length of time it has been used.

Step 4: Clean blower assembly, belts and pulleys to blower, and motor housing. Cleaning blower is critical if furnace has a squirrel-cage fan, because openings in this type of blower often become clogged with dirt. To clean blower, remove panel that covers filter to gain access to blower or panel on front of furnace. This panel may be slip-fit on hooks or held by series of retaining screws. Access to inside of blower is usually gained by sliding out fan unit, which is held on track by screws.

If power cord to fan assembly is not long enough to permit fan unit to slide all the way out, disconnect cord. Mark wire connections first so you’ll be able to reassemble unit correctly. With toothbrush, clean each fan blade and spaces between blades. Then, with vacuum cleaner hose, remove all dirt and debris loosened by brushing. Vacuum belts and pulleys. Wipe motor housing clean to prevent heat buildup in motor.

Sealed blower motors need to lubrication, but if yours has oil ports, learn how to service them on the next page.

How to Lubricate A Furnace Motor?

How To Lubricate a Furnace Motor

To keep the motor running cool, make sure it’s clean. Most motors are permanently lubricated and sealed by the manufacturer and, therefore, require no further attention. Some motors, however, have covered oil ports above the bearings near the motor shaft.

If the motor has oil ports, it should be lubricated annually. Apply two or three drops of 10-weight nondetergent motor oil (not all-purpose oil) to each port. Do not overlubricate. If the blower shaft has oil ports, it, too, should be lubricated annually, following the same procedure.

You’ll probably have to remove an access plate to get at the ports. If the blower has grease cups instead of oil ports, remove the screw caps that cover the cups and fill the cups with bearing lubricant, which is available at automotive and hardware stores.

On furnaces that have a blower, inspect the belts on the blower and motor when you clean and lubricate the furnace. If the belts are worn or frayed, replace them with new ones of the same type and size.

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