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|Posted on July 15, 2014 at 9:27 AM||comments (102)|
Here's an easy thing you can do to keep your air conditioner running as efficiently as possible: Don't crowd the condensing unit, the outdoor part of your AC. In the photo below, you see a common problem.
As the shrubbery gets bigger, it's going to crowd that condensing unit. When it does, it's going to restrict the air flow across the condensing coil. Basically, the condensing coil is where all the heatthat got picked up from your home gets dumped outside. Your AC is engineered to remove the heat by having a designed amount of air flow over the condensing coil. If less air flows over the coil, less heat is removed. That means the whole cycle warms up a bit, and your AC works harder to keep your home cool.
You'll pay extra for it in more than one way: (1) Your monthly electric bill will be higher; (2) your equipment may not last as long, so you'll pay more in repair bills and in having to replace the AC sooner.
Remember, keep some space around your condenser and let your air conditioner breathe!
|Posted on July 1, 2014 at 6:13 PM||comments (1)|
Hiring the "cheapest" heating or cooling contractor could end up costing you more...
If your cooling system stops working this summer do you know who to call? As we enter into summer here in Texas, many homeowners will suddenly realize that their cooling system has developed new problems or has an unresolved operating issue leftover from last summer. The problems with the may be so serious that new equipment is required.
One of the common mistakes consumers make when hiring a heating and air conditioning contractor is hiring based solely on price. Hiring a heating and air conditioning company based solely on price can not only be dangerous, but it is typically the bait to get inside your home, where unnecessary repairs will be found to increase the price.
Over the years, a high number of consumer complaints prompted a popular investigative TV show to conduct several undercover investigations into ripoff A/C companies, exposing their competency and honesty. So, how do you determine whether a heating & cooling contractor is the right contractor since, you won’t find any contractors claiming that they are not legit or qualified for the job? Relying solely on customers’ reviews is a dodgy affair as they can be made up or even purchased. So now that you know not to hire a contractor based solely on price, what should you look for in a contractor?
1. Look up a company's webpage and make sure they have a place of business. Here's ours: www.fillmorehvac.com or www.heatingservicedallas.com
2. Call and ask for their State License number. For Texas residents you can go to: http://www.tdlr.texas.gov/LicenseSearch/Here is a link directly to our license: http://www.tdlr.texas.gov/LicenseSearch/SearchResultDetail.asp?1=AIRREF00053841&2=BE
3. Ask for referrals. Companies will happily give you 2-3 references to verify their work.
For more information regarding what questions you should ask when hiring an HVAC contractor or need more information, please feel free to contact us anytime at 214-431-5789 or E-mail: [email protected]
Fillmore Heating and Air Conditioning, LLC
|Posted on May 9, 2014 at 4:19 PM||comments (401)|
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|Posted on April 14, 2014 at 11:24 AM||comments (1)|
R-22 Refrigerant and what you should know:
Prices for R-22 refrigerant, commonly known as “Freon,” have definitely risen over the past few years.
Here’s why: About 25 years ago, the EPA ordered the phasing out of R-22 as part of the international treaty on protecting the ozone layer called the “Montreal Protocol”, because of the refrigerant’s ozone-depleting substances.
As part of the agreement, production ended in 2010 for new air conditioning units “charged” with R-22 and production of the refrigerant itself was reduced by 75 percent. By 2015, there will be a 90 percent reduction in the production of R-22. By 2020, it will no longer be produced at all. Because production is limited, costs to charge existing units that are leaking R-22 refrigerant have gone up and are only expected to rise.
All that said, all homeowners should look at the bigger issue here. If you paid to have R-22 added to your A/C four years ago. Really, R-22 should never need to be replaced. If your system needs R-22, that means you have a leak. Rather than continuing to pay these increased costs to replenish the leaking R-22, we recommend you invest your hard earned dollars to replace the entire system.
The good news is that, if you do invest in a new unit, it will be more environmentally friendly and more energy efficient. You’ll save money on your monthly cooling costs – those long-term savings can really add up – plus you can take advantage of federal Energy Star tax credits and local state credits. To read more about energy credits, go to: http://www.goodmanmfg.com/ResidentialProducts/FederalTaxCredits/tabid/1461/Default.aspx
|Posted on March 28, 2014 at 9:39 AM||comments (190)|
Beyond changing the air filter on a regular basis, one of the best ways to ensure your home's #HVAC system is operating at peak efficiency is to have a qualified professional like Fillmore HVAC tune up the system on a bi-annual basis.
1. Clean air conditioner coils, inside and out, before cooling season begins. Dirty coils make the A/C system run longer, decreasing efficiency and increasing cooling costs.
2. Check and refill the refrigerant charge if necessary
Not having the right amount of cooling refrigerant can lead to a damaged air compressor.
3. Clean and calibrate blower system components for optimal airflow. The AC system produces cool air for the entire home by blowing warm air over the cooled coil. Ensuring that air is moving over the coil as efficiently as possible can mean increased durability and efficiency of the system.
|Posted on March 21, 2014 at 6:53 PM||comments (20)|
Achoooooo! Attack of the dirty Harry. More adventures of Harry and his friends to come....
"Sometimes I'm asked what is the most important thing that homeowner's can do to protect ...their air conditioning and heating system between their regular Maintenance Tune-ups. It's a simple question with a simple answer; remember to change the heating and air conditioning air filter." Mario Plascencia
|Posted on February 26, 2014 at 10:32 AM||comments (76)|
We didn’t think thermostats mattered either. Until we found out they control half of your home’s energy. That’s more than appliances, lighting, TVs, computers and stereos combined.
THE PROBLEM: If your thermostat isn’t programmed, you could be wasting around $173 a year. But many of us don’t program our thermostats - they’re just too complicated.
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If you need assistance in setting up, installing or considering a NEST Thermostat for your home, please call Fillmore Heating and Air Conditioning for pricing at 972-365-8356 or E-mail: [email protected]
|Posted on January 6, 2014 at 12:24 PM||comments (12)|
Does your home suffer from what we in the HVAC industry call the "Dirty Sock Syndrome"? The smell, typically described as a musky, dirty, locker room smell is usually caused by a bacteria that collects and grows on the indoor coils of heat pumps and air conditioners.
Our Fillmore HVAC technicians typically start to get calls of a funky smell in their home when heat pumps go into defrost or when systems are run on the "heating" mode for a brief time then switched back into cooling (A/C). The bacteria or odor collects and grows on the coil during this heating time and is released all at once when the indoor coil gets cool and damp. Heat pump owners notice the odor when the system goes into defrost, usually when the outdoor temperature dips below 40 degrees. Heat pumps and air conditioners experience the problem when the air conditioner is turned back on after the heating has been used. Our climate can require heating in the morning and cooling in the afternoon which is a perfect condition for a complaint to surface.
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If you require assistance to determine whether or not your home is suffering from the "Dirty Sock Syndrome" call us for a thorough inspection to get to the root of the problem. Once the problem has been properly identified, action can then be taken to resolve or reduce the complaint, starting with a thorough cleaning of the evaporator coil with a non-acid coil cleaner. Cleaning will bring the system back to normal and will usually prevent a complaint for the rest of the heating season.
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|Posted on November 27, 2013 at 12:14 PM||comments (97)|
Indoor air pollution ranks among the top five environmental health risks. The best way to address this risk is to control or eliminate the sources of pollution inside your home: https://www.activtek.net/Content/whyactivtek.aspx
Pictured he...re is a mold buildup case taken by one of our trained and certified technicians. If your HVAC Contractor finds mold buildup in any way you may want to consider the activTek Air Scrubber Plus.
If you have this problem or your home smells like a stinky sock, call us we can help! (972) 365-8356 or Email: [email protected]
|Posted on August 19, 2013 at 12:00 PM||comments (210)|
Air conditioners use refrigerant to cool indoor air that passes over the cold, refrigerant-filled coils. If your air conditioner was manufactured prior to 2010, there is a good chance it requires R-22 refrigerant, which means you will begin to notice continuing annual increases in maintenance costs because supplies of R-22 are dwindling.
R-22 refrigerant is a hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HFC) that emits ozone-depleting chlorine. As such, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set strict limitations on it’s production for use in commercial and residential A/Cs through 2020. After that, the only way to recharge equipment requiring R-22 will be to capture and recycle it from phased out units. The extra labor costs, as well as the rising refrigerant costs due to lack of supply, will be transferred directly to the consumer.
To prepare for the R-22 phase-out:
If you haven’t scheduled your A/C Maintenance yet, now is a good time to make an appointment. Ask our technicians whether or not your unit requires the use of R-22. If it does, you will need to begin preparing for increasing refrigerant costs over the next several years.
If your unit was made prior to 2010 and it requires R-22, you should begin thinking about a system replacement.
Beware of alternative refrigerant options! You may have read alternative refrigerants, such as R-407C, R-438A and R-422 are compatible in an R-22 system. Unfortunately, they can seriously compromise your equipment.
Contact Fillmore HVAC at 972-365-8356 to learn more about your options during the R-22 phase-out. We’re dedicated to helping Dallas/DFW-area residents find cost-effective HVAC solutions.