Prevent Power Surges from Harming Your HVAC System

Prevent Power Surges from Harming Your HVAC System

Prevent Power Surges from Harming Your HVAC System

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Intense thunderstorms produce lightning, which can pose a major risk to your HVAC system. Workers or other manmade causes may also result in power outages and surges that affect your heater or air conditioning. Not only does your HVAC system require electricity to function, but today’s heating and cooling appliances incorporate numerous electrical components that can be damaged by power outages and surges as well. Although you cannot control power surges, you can take a few precautions to prevent them from harming your HVAC equipment.
 
Turn Off Your System
One of the easiest ways to prevent power surges from harming your HVAC system is to turn off the system at the thermostat or the circuit breaker (or both) before a storm occurs. Your HVAC equipment can be more extensively damaged by a power surge if it is on and operating at the time of the surge. Thus, turning your system off will reduce any damage that could occur if your heater or air conditioning is operating during a storm. Even if you only use room air conditioners or window units, turn them off and unplug them to prevent a power surge from causing damage.
 
Use Surge Protection
Surge protection provides a buffer for excess electricity if a power surge does occur. Whole-home surge protection is a big step toward protecting your HVAC system and your other appliances in case of a power surge. This type of surge protection is installed at the point of entry for your main power line and provides protection for every appliance in your home—including your HVAC system. Additionally, you should use power strips that incorporate surge protection in each of your outlets. Make sure your HVAC equipment is plugged into one such power strip and that the surge protection in the strip is functioning properly.
 
Utilize Time-Delay Technology
Power surges can also occur following a power outage as the grid stabilizes, during which time brief power spikes can persist for a few minutes after power is restored. If your HVAC equipment starts up immediately upon the restoration of power, these lingering power spikes could still cause damage. Installing a thermostat that incorporates time-delay technology will automatically prevent your HVAC system from turning on the instant power is restored. Time-delay technology will keep your system off for a brief period of time, usually five minutes, to allow the power grid time to stabilize before reactivating your heating or cooling system.
 
Severe weather can cause extensive damage to your HVAC system, requiring repairs or replacement. Your Service Experts technician can help you prevent lightning and other power surges from affecting your HVAC equipment—visit our website to schedule service today.
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Protect Your HVAC Unit from Storm Damage

Protect Your HVAC Unit from Storm Damage

Protect Your HVAC Unit from Storm Damage

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Storms are a common cause of damage to HVAC systems. Storms can bring with them heavy winds, rain, and hail, which all pose a threat to your HVAC system as well as your home. Knowing how storms can affect your HVAC system and the steps you can take to protect your heating and cooling systems from storm damage can save you stress and prevent the need for repairs. If any part of your HVAC system is damaged during a storm or flood, don’t try to solve the issue yourself—contact a professional to help you assess the damage and make any repairs safely and quickly.
 
Install and Maintain a Sump Pump
If your HVAC system is located in your basement, it could be prone to damage from flooding during heavy rains. If you don’t have a sump pump in your basement, consider installing one to prevent floodwaters from causing damage to your HVAC system. A sump pump automatically activates when water is detected in your basement, pumping it away before it can accumulate. If you have a sump pump installed, check it and the power supply periodically to ensure it will work in an emergency situation.
 
Use Protective Covers
Debris blown by heavy winds and hail are two common causes of damage to outdoor HVAC units. Before a storm hits, placing hail guards or a heavy canvas cover over the outdoor components of your HVAC system can protect them from storm damage. If you do place protective covers over your outdoor AC unit, do not to use your air conditioning until the storm has passed and the cover has been removed. Even if your HVAC unit was protected by a cover during the storm, check it over completely after the weather has passed for any signs of damage.
 
Keep Your Yard Clear
Blowing debris can often come from right in your own yard. Keeping your yard well maintained is a good way to protect your HVAC system. Make sure the area around your outdoor unit is clear for at least four feet in all directions and keep any nearby trees or landscaping trimmed. Remove dead branches promptly to prevent them from being knocked loose in a storm. If a storm is looming, bring bicycles, lawnmowers, and other equipment indoors to prevent it from being blown into and damaging your HVAC system.
 
Raise Your HVAC Equipment
If your home is in a low area and flooding is a concern, raising your HVAC equipment off the floor or installing it on a higher level of your home can prevent water damage. You can find out the most likely height of potential floodwaters in your area either online or from your city’s building commission. Use this information to raise your HVAC system above the potential flood level to reduce the risk of damage caused by floodwaters. Your HVAC professional can provide more information about the type of equipment needed to raise your appliances above flood level.
 
Don’t let flooding and other storm damage affect your comfort at home—visit Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning on the web to learn more about our comprehensive heating and cooling services in your area! We also provide additional information you can use to maintain your HVAC equipment and extend its lifetime on our blog; click through our informative articles for more helpful tips you can use at home.
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Babies, Goats and Dinosaurs?

Babies, Goats and Dinosaurs?

Babies, Goats and Dinosaurs?

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What do babies, goats and dinosaurs have in common? They’re all in this one-minute video that will update you on our Experts Creating Experts contest. We want to award $25,000 to one person to pursue a lifelong passion…even if it doesn’t involve babies, goats or dinosaurs! Watch the video below, then get busy on your entry. 

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2014 Outlook of the R-22 Market on Refrigerators and Air Conditioners

2014 Outlook of the R-22 Market on Refrigerators and Air Conditioners

2014 Outlook of the R-22 Market on Refrigerators and Air Conditioners

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After the discovery that R-22 has many negative effects for the environment, many new, greener refrigerants have been developed to take its place. Since the year 2010, the United States has ceased the use of R-22 refrigerant in new refrigerators and air conditioners. Thus if you have replaced your air conditioner or refrigerator after January 1, 2010, it probably does not use R-22 refrigerant. This manufacturing of R-22 refrigerant will cease entirely on January 1, 2020. After this time, all R-22 used to service existing air conditioners or refrigerators will come from stores of recycled or reclaimed R-22, as no new R-22 can be introduced into the United States. 

 
Current Use of R-22
R-22 was a popular refrigerant for over four decades. The widespread use of R-22 means that if you own an air conditioner, refrigerator, or heat pump that predates the year 2010, it is likely that your comfort system uses R-22 as its refrigerant. If your air conditioner, refrigerator, or heat pump requires additional refrigerant between today and the year 2020, new R-22 may currently be used. However, because the import and manufacture of R-22 is now limited, you can expect the cost of replacing R-22 in your existing system to rise.
 
Future Use of R-22
After the year 2020, no new R-22 may be introduced into the United States. If your older air conditioner, refrigerator or heat pump requires additional refrigerant after this time, it may only be added from a store of reclaimed and recycled R-22. Because this supply will be extremely limited, it will become even more costly to replace the refrigerant in your existing system. Alternatively, you may be able to retrofit your appliance to allow it to use alternative types of refrigerant. While the retrofit itself may be costly, the price of alternative refrigerants will certainly be less than the cost of using limited R-22. However, many HVAC manufacturers warn that using a refrigerant other than that which the system was designed for, and that it may also void any current warranty. Your air conditioner, refrigerator, or heat pump may also be more costly to run on a daily basis and may not deliver the cooling you expect. In this case, the most cost-effective solution may be to completely replace your older appliance with a new one that was originally designed to utilize refrigerants other than R-22. This option will deliver better performance at lower cost over the long term. 
 
If you’re concerned about the long-term cost of your air conditioner, refrigerator, or heat pump and how the R-22 restrictions will affect you, your heating and cooling technician can help. Take a look through our website to find out more about your heating and cooling options, or click through the articles on our blog for more information about the heating and cooling industry standards and what they mean for you.

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How to Beat the Summer Heat with Your Air Conditioning System

How to Beat the Summer Heat with Your Air Conditioning System

How to Beat the Summer Heat with Your Air Conditioning System

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Since its widespread implementation in public homes in the years following World War II, air conditioning has become an integral part of modern life. Your air conditioner cools and dehumidifies air to keep your home cool and comfortable, regardless of the temperature outside. Learning to keep your air conditioner functioning at peak efficiency will help you beat the summer heat this year, and every year to come.
 
Setting the Temperature
The most basic use of your air conditioning system involves setting your desired indoor temperature using your thermostat. Whether you have a manual or programmable thermostat, one of the best ways to save money and prolong the life of your system is to develop a cooling plan. Set your thermostat to 78 degrees (or as close as you comfortably can) while you’re home; before you leave for the day, raise the temperature by a few degrees. By reducing the cooling load on your air conditioner when your home is unoccupied, you’ll help reduce the amount of your monthly energy bills. Less strain on your air conditioning system can also help lengthen the life of its parts, potentially putting off the need for air conditioning service and repairs. 
 
Maintaining Your Air Conditioner
Routinely checking and maintaining your air conditioner can save you 5-15 percent on your system’s energy consumption. While the best way to maintain your air conditioner is to schedule a yearly professional tune-up with your HVAC service, there are a few steps you can take at home between professional visits to protect your system.
 
Keep the area around your furnace and air conditioner clear. Indoor systems are often located in garages or basements, and can be at risk from falling items if you store furniture, seasonal items, or anything else nearby. Keep the area around the outdoor condenser clear as well, to reduce the amount of dirt and debris that can affect the coil’s operation.
 
Check that all your home’s vents are unblocked to allow air to circulate properly. If there are unused rooms in your home, closing the air registers in these areas can help push more cooled air into the rest of your home. However, check with your HVAC expert before closing a large number of registers—closing too many vents at once might do more harm to your system than good. Finally, replace your HVAC filter every 30-90 days; a dirty filter will place excess strain on your air conditioner by reducing airflow through the system, which will also affect your comfort. If you aren’t sure which type of filter to use, talk to your HVAC service company about your needs. You can also schedule monthly reminders or filter change services with your HVAC specialist to help you keep track of filter changes yourself.
 
Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning can provide the professional service and advice you need to beat the summer heat and enjoy low indoor temperatures as well as low energy bills. Visit our website to find out more about our full range of HVAC services, including AC installation, repairs, and maintenance. You can also check out the other articles on our blog for heating and cooling tips and information.

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You Want To Be An Expert WHAT?

You Want To Be An Expert WHAT?

You Want To Be An Expert WHAT?

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Our “Experts Creating Experts” contest has been running for a month now, and we’re all very inspired by many of the great entries. From being an iceberg explorer and whale photographer to an expert cake decorator, there’s great interest in being an expert. Our “Experts Creating Experts” contest awards $25,000 to be used toward gaining expertise and training in an area you’re passionate about.  (After all, we think being an expert is very important!). Here’s a few of the great entries we’ve received. Which one is your favorite? 

  • Cat in Winnipeg dreams of opening a mountain bike riding camp. “I’ve experienced personally, and witnessed first hand the change and empowerment that mountain biking can do for women.”
  • Janice from Missouri is a retired teacher, but she’s ready for her second act! “I now have time to pursue a life-long goal of becoming a professional cake decorator. I am self-taught and have provided over 25 beautiful wedding cakes to family and friends.”
  • Brad from Ontario wants to combine travel and golf expertise: “I’d love to be a travel expert for golf. Be able to play courses around the world and then act as a consultant for other travelers.”
  • Shauna in Alberta hopes to become an expert in cartoon voice-overs. “My dream is to become a expert in Cartoon voiceovers. I need to fund a demo and a trip to LA to audition for an agent. I have everything lined up just can’t afford to go. My son has special needs so all our resources go towards medication and therapy. To be able to live my dream and hopefully one day voice my sons favorite cartoon would be the best thing to ever happen to me!
  • Bob in Dallas pictures himself as a photographer. “I want to become an award-winning, internationally recognized portrait photographer. I will use the winnings to get my masters degree in photography. I want to pursue this as a career to help people capture memories of their loved ones and families.” 
Now let us see your entry! Dream big and get creative – you can send us videos, drawings, photos, presentations, essays… or whatever you like! We want to see just how passionate you are. To enter, visit ******************/ExpertContest, or ServiceExperts.ca/ExpertContest. (Deadline to enter is September 30.)

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Only In America

Only In America

Only In America

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We were very honored to learn that our Oklahoma City location, Gordon’s Service Experts, earned a chapter in the book “Only In America,” as an example of all American hard work and premiere customer service. Congratulations to the whole Gordon’s Service Experts team. Here’s the excerpt.

Only In America…101 Stories from George Johnson’s American Journey (Tate Publishing LLC, 2012; for more information visit www.gbjohnsoninc.com.) By George Earl Johnson, Jr.

Hard Work: What Do We Know About Hard Work?

Hard work showed up at our front door with a pleasant smile on its face. The summer of 2009 had not really been that hot, but it decided to claim the central heat and air conditioning unit in our home for good. In a home built fifty-seven years ago, about the time central heat and air were becoming popular, the system and all of its ancillary accessories gave up the ghost. That meant an entire system replacement was needed as thought it was a new construction project.

The three-man team was led by a twenty-two year old young man. The crew started unloading the new equipment and their tools from their bobtail truck, and it took up the entire space in the driveway in front of the two-car garage. An hour later, another worker showed up, and two hours later another. This was serious business. These men were serious about getting the job done. I had been working at Oklahoma’s State Capitol for three decades, and I had worked hard, but this was a different type of hard work these men were doing.

The best way to describe this team was to think about army ants on the move. They were moving from the moment they got on our property. They were the American workers that we don’t see on television. There were tools moving between the attic rafters, the house, and the crawl space under the house. Yes, this house is old enough to be built when homes did not yet have concrete foundation pads.

Cody, Paul, Charles, Tom and Rick let me know by their deeds and actions that they were on the job as employees of Gordon’s Service Experts. In a fourteen-hour workday, they took two breaks that lasted all of ten minutes total. They took a really long lunch break – twenty minutes. Other than that, they hit this job and hit it hard. Many times we hear about the people who are conning people out of their hard-warned money, but that was not the case here. Their sweat equity was very obvious on their uniforms at the end of the day.

Charles was the new guy on the team. He told me, “These guys are like animals. They are first cousins to the Energizer Bunny.” They gave Charles grief most of the day as they kidded him about one thing or another. The team leader Cody said, “That’s what they did to me when I was new. I am just checking to see how bad he wants to be on our team. I was made a team leader because I worked hard, and I have two ears with no complaints from customers. Guys really have to bring their A-game to work on my install team. It’s about being the best so you don’t have to come back to fix mistakes.”

He said when they paid attention to the details, they really can get it right the first time. This is a twenty-two-year-old that was going places. He had leadership skills others were hoping for but were not working hard enough to earn. This heat-and-air team that spent two days in our home were the guys who were still making America tick.

They were skilled, they worked hard, they respected us as their customer, and they took great pride in wanting to do an excellent job. By twilight, they were still going full-tilt in the fourteenth hour of day one. They put the same energy into the six hours it took them to take care of all the final details, check all of the system’s operations on day two, and cleaned up around the property, without being asked. When they left our home, there was no physical evidence they had ever been working there for two days. American worker-you make us proud!

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Keeping AC Repair At Bay

Keeping AC Repair At Bay

Keeping AC Repair At Bay

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We’re often asked by customers, "What can I do to prevent repair problems besides just changing the air filter?" They want to know if the breakdown could have been avoided and how. Here are a few more ways to help ensure your air conditioning system keeps up during the dog days of summer.

Turn the system off when mowing grass nearby.

It doesn’t take much for lawn clippings to enter the outdoor coil, that’s the exterior wall of the outside unit, the air conditioner or heat pump. So when mowing nearby, turn the thermostat to off temporarily. It’s also a good idea to check around the equipment and clear any vegetation or brush away from the sides.

Check to ensure all air vents are open and free from obstruction.

Proper airflow is critical for all air conditioning systems. Return air grills (where room air is brought back to the air conditioning system) are particularly important.

Level the equipment pad.

As the area around the Air Conditioner or Heat Pump settles, the pad that supports the unit can unlevel.  It’s important for continued reliability that the Air Conditioner be level, or in the case of a Heat Pump only a slight slope occurs.  A professional air conditioning company can help in this area.

Pest control can really help.

In many areas around the country, ants and bugs can be attracted to the electrical components within the outdoor Air Conditioner or Heat Pump.  These bugs may actually cause the unit to malfunction and not start.  An environmentally safe pesticide spread around the base of the unit can help prevent insect infestation.

If you don’t have one yet, get a programmable thermostat now.

The EPA estimates that the proper use of a programmable thermostat can save as much as 15% more on the Air Conditioning portion of your home’s energy costs.

For optimum comfort, it’s important for the Air Conditioner to have longer run cycles.

Longer run cycles (cycles = the length of time that the system operates to cool the home) helps remove more humidity from the air and provides a much more comfortable living environment.  Short cycles may not adequately remove moisture from the air and could lead to a "clammy" or "damp" environment. In many instances, the indoor air blower can be adjusted to provide maximum dehumidification, improving overall comfort.  A professional Air Conditioning company can help in this area.

My number one suggestion? Get A Maintenance Agreement.

A PLUS Maintenance Agreement is the most proactive approach to taking care of your central air conditioning system. Regular tune-ups from a qualified expert, just like having your car tuned, are required to keep the system operating smoothly and efficiently… especially during the months when it’s operating the most. Simply having a comprehensive tune-up from a qualified company could save up to 15% on your air conditioning costs during the peak Summer season.

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“Experts Creating Experts” Contest To Make One Winner’s Dream Come True

“Experts Creating Experts” Contest To Make One Winner’s Dream Come True

“Experts Creating Experts” Contest To Make One Winner’s Dream Come True

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DALLAS (JUNE 30, 2014) – Does the dream of being a top chef stir your soul? Does the possibility of getting your pilot’s license make your heart soar? Want to fine-tune your musical talent? What kind of expert do you want to be?

 
Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning, one of North America’s largest heating and air conditioning brands, wants to make your passion happen. The “Experts Creating Experts” contest, open now through September 30, will award $25,000 to be used toward gaining expertise and training in that one topic you’re most passionate about. 
 
To enter, visit ******************/ExpertContest, or ServiceExperts.ca/ExpertContest, and submit an essay, presentation, photos or video explaining one subject in which you would like to become an expert, why you are interested in that subject and how/why this expertise would improve your life. The winner will be awarded $25,000 to be used for professional instruction, to attend school, take a trip, for equipment or in other ways that help make them an expert on the topic. 
 
“We know that becoming an expert isn’t easy, and it doesn’t happen overnight, but the upside is tremendous” said Dave Moody, director of marketing for Service Experts. “We’re committed to being experts in home comfort because that is what our customers deserve. Now we want to also “pay it forward”, and help someone else in their pursuit of expertise and excellence. We cannot wait to see what America wants do to!” 
 
Judging of entries into the Experts Creating Experts contest will be based on: the creativy of the entry, the uniqueness of the area of expertise and the inspirational appeal of the entry. The initial round of judging will be conducted by a panel selected by Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. Finalists will then be posted on the Service Experts Facebook page for the public to encourage Service Experts to help one person’s dream come true. 

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Las Vegas Air Conditioning on Yelp

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Established in 2003.

Thermal Services is a locally-owned, family-operated air conditioning, heating and refrigeration company serving Las Vegas and Henderson. In 2003, Ralph Pane founded Thermal Services on the principles of honesty and integrity that continue to be the backbone of his company today.

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Las Vegas Air Conditioning by Thermal Services offers installation, service and repair for all brands and types of air conditioning, heating and refrigeration equipment. We offer a variety of seasonal, preventative maintenance services to fit your needs. We offer standard, high and super-efficiency air conditioning and heating equipment for residential homes. We can help you choose the system that is right for you and your family.

 

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