When I go to my local “big box” home-improvement store, I am strangely drawn to the aisle where they sell air conditioning filters. Sometimes I am educated (or amused) by the vast assortment of AC filters. And, I am often distressed as I see people leave the store with an inexpensive filter that will cost them hundreds of dollars in AC repairs in the future. Let’s look at a few things that will help you make the right choice from the dozens available: Begin with a Good Fit Nearly every AC system is designed with a track for the filter. It may be in the blower unit, the ductwork or a grille. The
Both the Ghostbusters and air conditioner repair issues have us asking the question, “Who you gonna call?”. The Ghostbusters theme song was #1 on Billboard Hot 100 in August 1984. Over the years, very little has changed – people still want to know who to call. Call Someone You Know for Air Conditioning Repair The vast digital landscape overloads us with choices, but word of mouth has remained the most reliable source for finding a quality contractor. When someone whom you know and trust recommends someone they know and trust, the outcome will nearly always be favorable. Reliable air conditioning repair service companies will develop a strong community among their users.
Air conditioners are engineered to cool and dehumidify the air. So, it will come as no surprise that the most frequent air conditioning repair and maintenance needs are for loss of cooling or water leakage. Our technicians find the root of AC problems nearly always fall into one (or more) of three categories: dirt, electrical, water (I remember this by the letters D– E– W). Air conditioning problem no1: Dirt A typical home contains about 800 pounds of air. All of this air moves through the filter, coil, and blower every 8 minutes or so while the air conditioner is running. Every hour, about a third of that air is lost through leakage and
It was my privilege to have lunch the other day with 8 young men. They will soon graduate high school after having studied HVACR (heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration) for the past 4 years. They are sharp, well-trained, and ready to enter the work force. During lunch, I tried to gain some insight into what makes the next generation tick. Here are some of my questions – the answers both surprised and inspired me. Why Study HVACR? This is not an easy trade. As one graduate put it, “it didn’t take me long to figure out that wherever I went, the air conditioning wasn’t working.” Yes, it’s often a hot and uncomfortable job, working in a hot
Certainly, you’ve heard of the ‘elephant in the room?’ It’s a popular metaphor for that thing which is obviously present, but nobody wants to talk about. Perhaps they are fearful, or the conversation might prove awkward. Have you considered the ‘elephant in the attic’ of your home? What Elephant? Some years ago, I (Jim) visited the home of a new client. The problem was, their air conditioner was not cooling the house as when it was new. Several other companies had been to the home and recommended a new air conditioning system – both the outdoor unit and the blower unit in the closet. As part of the inspection process, I brought my ladder and drop