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.
 
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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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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Energy Audits

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Energy Audits

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Energy Audits

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Energy Audits

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As a homeowner, you may already know that home energy audits help lower your utility bills and improve home comfort, but they provide even more benefits than you might think. Here are five things you probably didn’t know about energy audits:

1. There are two types energy audits:

  •  Home Energy Survey
    • A visual inspection not including the use of diagnostic testing equipment.
    • Assesses the general energy performance of an existing home including:
      • Building envelope features (windows, doors, insulation, ducts) and ages.
      • Heating, cooling and ventilation equipment types, characteristics and ages.
      • Appliance and lighting characteristics.
      • Comfort complaints.
      • Visible moisture issues.
      • Visible health and safety issues.
    • A report of the complete audit is provided, including basic recommendations for improving the home’s energy efficiency, as well as low-cost, do-it-yourself tasks.
    • Takes approximately one hour to complete.
  • General Energy Audit
    • Collects more detailed information about the home’s energy usage, as well as a more thorough financial analysis of its energy costs.
    • Includes diagnostic testing using specialized equipment to determine:
      • The location and number of air leaks in the building envelope.
      • How much leakage is occurring from HVAC distribution ducts.
      • The effectiveness of the insulation inside walls and ceilings.
      • If there are any existing or potential combustion safety issues.
      • Includes a detailed report providing suitable retrofit recommendations and specifications.
    • Takes 3-4 hours to complete, depending on the size of your home.

2. Depending on the type of home energy audit you get, you can expect to pay $300 to $800 for one.

3. A home energy audit can help increase your home’s resale value and marketability.

  • A home’s market value increases by $20 for every $1 decrease in annual energy costs.
  • Decreasing your energy costs by $300 per year increases the value of your home by $6,000.

4. You can defray the costs of many energy improvements recommended by an energy audit through government energy tax credits and incentives.

5. You can expect a good return on investment when you opt for energy-saving improvements to your home, around 16% after taking into account the money spent making those improvements. And your ROI continues to increase as energy prices rise, which means the value of your investment grows accordingly.

To schedule a home energy audit, contact your local certified RESNET Home Energy Auditor and enjoy the peace of mind of knowing you’re working with a recognized industry professional.

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Which Appliances Cost the Most Money to Run?

Which Appliances Cost the Most Money to Run?

Which Appliances Cost the Most Money to Run?

Which Appliances Cost the Most Money to Run?

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Appliances that are not operating in an energy efficient way can be one of the reasons for your high energy bills. If you’re wondering which appliances cost the most money to run, here’s a list of the top five:

1.    Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning

The heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system comes in at number one on the list. Up to 44 percent of the typical American homeowner’s utility bill will go towards their HVAC costs. According to ENERGY STAR, once your HVAC system has hit the 15-year mark, you’ll probably have to look into upgrading to an energy efficient version. If replacing your HVAC system is not feasible, here are some steps you can take to help your system work more efficiently:

2.   Water Heater

The water heater is number two on the list. According to the Department of Energy  (DOE), water heating can account for about 18 percent of a household’s utility bill. Some tips to reduce your water heating costs include:

  • Consider installing low-flow faucets and showerheads.
  • Repair leaky faucets ASAP – a leaky faucet results in gallons of wasted water.
  • Set the thermostat on your water heater to 120°F (a comfortable hot water temperature for most uses).
  • Insulate your electric hot-water storage tank.

3.   Refrigerator and Freezer

According to the DOE, refrigerators consume the most energy of all kitchen appliances. If your fridge or freezer is more than 15 years old, your best bet is to replace it with a new energy efficient ENERGY STAR model. If that’s not currently an option, you could also:

  • Disable the power-saver switch if your fridge has one. This switch activates indoor heaters to reduce external condensation; if you don’t have external condensation, you don’t need the heaters.
  • Set the ideal temperatures:
    • Refrigerators: 36?F – 38?F
    • Freezers: 0?F – 5?F
  • Defrost regularly – more than 0.25 inch of frost buildup impacts energy efficiency.
  • Check the door seals by closing the door on a piece of paper to see if it’s held firmly in place; if not, you need to replace the seal.

4.   Clothes Dryer

Clothes dryers rank number four on the list. If your dryer is equipped with a moisture sensor, this can be used to increase its efficiency and reduce energy consumption. The moisture sensor turns your dryer off once the clothes are dry. Some other dryer tips include:

  • Dry full loads to maximize electricity usage.
  • Dry towels and heavier cottons separately from lighter-weight clothes.
  • Clean the lint screen after every drying cycle; it improves air circulation and prevents fire hazards.

5.   Dishwasher

The last on the list is the dishwasher, which accounts for around two percent of a typical household’s annual electricity bill. If your model dates from 1994 or earlier, it’s time to replace it with an energy efficient ENERGY STAR qualified dishwasher. Otherwise, here are some tips you can follow to reduce your dishwasher’s energy usage:

  • Don’t rinse off your dishes – scrape off large food pieces and bones. Only soak or pre-wash dishes with burned or dried-on food.
  • Run your dishwasher only when it’s full (but not overloaded).
  • Avoid using the “rinse hold” function for only a few dishes; it uses 3-7 gallons of hot water per use.

To find out which systems in your home are operating inefficiently and costing you money, you should contact a certified RESNET Home Energy Auditor for a home energy audit. This is the best way to learn how to make your home more energy efficient.

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

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

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

% title%After the discovery that R-22 has many negative effects for the environment, many newer, greener refrigerants have been developed to take its place. Since the year 2010, the United States has ceased the production and import of R-22 refrigerant for use 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. However, R-22 may still be manufactured or imported for use in existing air conditioners and refrigerators. This practice will cease 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 still be added. However, because the import and manufacture of R-22 is now limited, you can expect the cost of replacing R-22 refrigerant in your existing system to rise sharply, increasing the overall cost to service a home’s central air conditioner.

Future Use of R-22 Refrigerant

After the year 2020, no new R-22 refrigerant 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 and become very rare over time, it will become even more costly to replace the refrigerant in your existing system.

Alternatively, you may be able to retrofit your air conditioning system to allow it to use alternative types of refrigerant. While the retrofit itself may be costly, the price of alternative refrigerants will be less than the cost of using R-22. However, HVAC manufacturers and certified AC service contractors warn that using a refrigerant other than R-22 in an older system, even if it has been retrofitted, may not provide efficient performance, and will likely cause any warranty to be void. The air conditioner, refrigerator, or heat pump may become more costly to run on a daily basis and may fail to deliver adequate cooling, or even cause damage to part of the air conditioning equipment. In this case, the most cost-effective solution may be to completely replace your older air conditioner with a new one that was originally designed to utilize refrigerants other than R-22.

If you’re concerned about the long-term cost of your air conditioner, refrigerator, or heat pump and how R-22 refrigerant restrictions will affect you, an expert air conditioning service and repair technician can help. Take a look through our website to find out more about your heating and cooling options, or find a local AC expert at ServiceExperts.comLas Vegas Air Conditioning
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How Do You Know If the R-22 Report Affects You?

How Do You Know If the R-22 Report Affects You?

How Do You Know If the R-22 Report Affects You?

% title%R-22, also known Freon, is a chemical refrigerant used in many air conditioning systems. For over 40 years, R-22 was the refrigerant of choice in the Heating and Air Conditioning industry. However, studies have found that R-22 is both a greenhouse gas and a gas known to deplete the ozone layer that protects the Earth from harmful solar radiation. As a result of these findings, R-22 is now being phased out of use in the United States. Keep reading to find out more about the phaseout of R-22 and how it could affect you.

How Is R-22 Being Phased Out?

Since 2010, R-22 has not been used in the production of new air conditioning systems in the U.S. However, R-22 can still be manufactured or imported by HVAC companies to maintain or repair existing equipment. By the year 2020, R-22 will no longer be imported or manufactured at all in the U.S. At that point, the existing supply of R-22 will come from recycled refrigerant collected from old air conditioners.

Does Your HVAC System Use R-22?

If you have an air conditioner that was manufactured before 2010, your equipment will most likely use R-22. However, if you purchased your air conditioner after January 1, 2010, then your air conditioner would most likely not use R22. You can check the type of refrigerant your air conditioner uses by inspecting the appliance’s nameplate, which states the type of refrigerant it uses. This nameplate is often found on the outdoor condenser of your central air conditioning system. Alternatively, you can check your user’s manual or contact your local Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Service Company to find out whether your air conditioner uses R-22 refrigerant.

What Does This Mean for Consumers?

If you own an older appliance that uses R-22 refrigerant, you don’t need to stop using it or replace your system immediately. However, increasingly limited supplies of R-22 have driven the cost of this refrigerant up. The rise in the price of R-22 means that since 2010, the cost of repairing older HVAC equipment has also been on the rise. As R-22 supplies continue to shrink, the cost of making repairs to older appliances will only continue to increase. Furthermore, if your older equipment does need repairs, only a technician certified by the US EPA should service it to avoid accidents that could cause R-22 to leak or escape into the atmosphere.

What Can You Do?

For now, repairs to your current HVAC system can be made using new R-22. While you can choose to replace the R-22 in your current system with an alternative more environmentally friendly refrigerant, this solution is not ideal. Rather than switching refrigerants, HVAC professionals recommend replacing your entire Air Conditioning system once you have determined that the cost of maintaining exceeds the value of the system. When you do replace your air conditioning system with a newer one, you will need to replace both the indoor coil and outdoor unit, as well as clean and flush the refrigerant lines that connect the indoor unit to the outdoor unit, to ensure your new system works properly.

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Flooding Could Put the Big Chill on Home Heating and Cooling Equipment

Flooding Could Put the Big Chill on Home Heating and Cooling Equipment

Flooding Could Put the Big Chill on Home Heating and Cooling Equipment

% title%Dayton (June 18, 2014) — The effects of May’s flooding are still being felt by some homeowners, who are finding their air conditioner is not operating properly from exposure to flood waters – with the first day of summer just days away. Although they won’t be needed for some time, furnaces also could be badly damaged by the recently flooding.

According to the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigetation Institute (AHRI), an independent institute that sets standards for the HVAC industry, standing water can damage a home’s heating, cooling, and water heating equipment in ways that are not always readily apparent and put families at risk.

Mark Weaver, General Manager of Stevenson Service Experts in Dayton notes, “It is surprising to see how quickly corrosion takes place in these situations, and the HVAC equipment may work at first, but then you encounter a short or other problem, and it stops working. We’ve had a real spike in calls in the past week or so, and we’ve seen units that have been severely damaged by the floods.”

AHRI notes that “Corrosion begins inside the valves and controls, and damage may not be apparent, even if the outside of the device is clean and dry.”

Weaver added, “What if the valve controlling the flow of natural gas to the furnace fails to shut off when it should. The results could be catrastrophic. That’s why any equipment that has been submerged must be professionally inspected before it can be turned on, and almost always needs to be repaired or replaced.”

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Las Vegas Air Conditioning Tips

Las Vegas Air Conditioning Tips

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The last thing anyone wants is to find that their heating or A/C unit is malfunctioning. It is essential that you take proper care of it. If you’d like to learn more, the following article has some great advice!

Go through your home before you call Central AC professional. Determine which rooms feel cold and which feel hot. If you do this, it will be a great help to the future tech, who will now be able to quickly locate the problem issue.

Before choosing an Las Vegas Air Conditioning repair service company, think of what you wish to have done. You can’t get a decent estimate over a telephone, nearly as disregard those numbers and wait until they view your system. They need to come look at the system. Understand this information beforehand.

Outdoor ground mounted condensing units need to be cleaned regularly. After a wind or rain storm things may pile up, causing problems with your system. Left unchecked, your is more likely to break down.

Make certain that you clean your ground mounted condenser when the weather begins to warm. Shut the power off before you do anything. Then, take the grill off, pull the blades out, and gently work on cleaning them as well as the equimpment itself.

During the fall, leaves can gather around your Air Conditioner. During this time of year, check and clear off the fan grill on your unit on a regular basis. The fan must stay clear in order to function, and if it gets blocked, you will have to contend with problems.

If you can, install double-paned windows throughout the home. In warmer months, these windows will help to maintain the cooler inside temperature. The home will also stay warmer in the winter.

Don’t let your house get too hot. Air conditioners only cool down a home by 20 degrees. If your home happens to get near 101 degrees Fahrenheit, then you will only be able to reasonably cool to around 80. Depending on humidity levels, this isn’t even a safe temperature for a human body to sleep at to recover from hot summer heat.

To help you pick a good AC contracting tech, be sure to research a number of different companies. Look at review sites and check with the BBB. Doing this makes it more likely that you choose wisely..

Use an Central AC service company that has been in business for a while. It is more likely that a company who has been in business for a longer time will give you better value for your money. Working with someone that does not yet have a reputation in the business is a bit riskier.

Keep your Heat And Air healthy by using the tips shared here. You probably already know that suddenly learning that your system isn’t running correctly is very frustrating. And high repair costs on top of that just compounds the issues. By using the above information, you can prevent this from happening. Remember these hints when taking care of your HVAC system.

This information served as a great tutorial regarding AC repair. Luckily, you will be able to find all the information you need right here. You do, however, need to apply what you’ve learned to realize any benefit from this article.

 

 

 

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