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No Cool Air Problem DIY

Posted on August 12, 2013 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (108)
At Fillmore HVAC we understand budgets are sometimes tight and you’d rather try to figure out the problem before calling us for service. Below is a potential problem with central air conditioning to help you better understand your HVAC and when you have a serious air conditioning repair problem. We're never insulted when people would rather ask about an air conditioning repair problem rather than us to service one. 

No Cool Air Problem

1.) Remember to always refer to the owner’s manual and follow the guidelines.

2.) Some units with this problem may need cleaning. When completing this air conditioning repair, turn off the power to the unit. Typically, you’ll need to shut of the unit’s 240-volt circuit at the electrical panel and the panel next to the outdoor compressor.

3) Remove any debris away from the condenser (located outside). You don’t want anything blocking the airflow.

4) Unscrew the protective and top cover grilles from the compressor. Be careful if the fan is attached to the grille. You can unknowingly pull wires loose when removing it.

5) Use a (soft) brush to clean the debris from the fins

6) Use a vacuum—with a brush attachment—to vacuum the fins

7) Inside the unit, place plastic covering over the motor and wiring to protect them from getting wet (a plastic garbage bag works too). You can use a spray bottle or hose with a sprayer attached to it.

Use the hose to remove any pesky dirt and debris that wasn’t removed during the first cleaning

9) Remove the plastic sheeting then reassemble

10) To make sure the unit works properly, turn the thermostat to the OFF position.

11) Reset the power (the reverse of what you did when you disconnected the power)

12) Wait five minutes

13) Set the thermostat to the ON position

The unit should run for about three minutes before you check the two pipes which connect the condenser unit to the handler. Sometimes the pipes are covered by insulation. Just need to slide the insulation back to check the pipes. One of the pipes should feel cool and the other warm.

If this doesn’t work, CALL US @ (972) 365-8356. You probably did everything right. The refrigerant may require recharging.
‪#‎TheMoreYouKnow‬‪#‎HVAC‬‪#‎StayCool‬ my friends! @fillmorehvac
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Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are much more toxic than mold, pollen, and dead skin cells.

Posted on July 21, 2013 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (706)
If your HVAC technicians aren’t recommending that you add at least one standard ultraviolet (UV) light "system sanitizer" for your system, they’re doing you a disservice!

Here are some things you may not know about our standard ultraviolet (UV) light "system sanitizer"

1. You no longer really have to pull and clean indoor coils any more. Shine a UV light on a dirty evaporator coil 24 hours a day, and by the time the system is due for its next tune-up, the coil will be cleaner than it would have been if it had been cleaned it by hand. Try it. Take a dirty coil you’ve replaced and shine a UV light on it. It will take a month or two to get the job done, but the UV light will clean it.

2. You don’t need to have a mold problem or allergies to need a UV light shining on the coil. Nearly every indoor coil has debris on it. That debris is almost certainly composed primarily of dead skin cells: we shed up to 30,000 of them per hour. Those dead skin cells are also on the blower wheel. That’s why indoor coils and blowers stink.  Go out and pick up a handful of dirt and sniff it. Dirt doesn’t stink. Neither does pollen. Most molds have a sweet smell. Dead skin cells stink. If your HVAC equipment is 8 years old, and you've only lived in the house for two years, you have six years worth of the previous residents’ dead skin cells on your equipment!

3. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are much more toxic than mold, pollen, and dead skin cells. Television commercials quote the EPA as saying that indoor air pollution is up to five times worse inside your home than it is outside. 

Common VOCs are most cleaning supplies, wax, hairspray, deodorant, air fresheners, the formaldehyde in the carpet, the glues holding everything in the house together, pesticides, carbonless paper, dry cleaned clothing, moth repellents, and drier sheets.The most effective way to reduce VOCs is with our standard UV Light. 

If you have plug-in air fresheners, you're a prime candidate for a standard UV light. Have you ever considered opening up that air freshener and drinking the liquid inside of it?  Think we're crazy? Well, if you can smell it, you’re ingesting it. It’s in your blood stream. Inhaling the VOCs emanating from any air freshener is the same thing as eating or drinking it. Trying to hide an odor? The most effective way to reduce odors is to eliminate them with a standard UV Light. By the way, the odor is probably all the dead skin cells in your heating & cooling equipment and ductwork.

And now you know.  You're welcome!  @fillmorehvac
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How a Central Air Conditioner Works

Posted on June 27, 2013 at 10:07 AM Comments comments (233)
  • The typical central air conditioning system is a split system, with an outdoor air conditioning, or "compressor bearing unit" and an indoor coil, which is usually installed on top of the furnace in the home.
  • Using electricity as its power source, the compressor pumps refrigerant through the system to gather heat and moisture from indoors and remove it from the home.
  • Heat and moisture are removed from the home when warm air from inside the home is blown over the cooled indoor coil. The heat in the air transfers to the coil, thereby "cooling" the air.
  • The heat that has transferred to the coil is then "pumped" to the exterior of the home, while the cooled air is pumped back inside, helping to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature.
  • Central air conditioning can also be provided through a package unit or a heat pump
  • Indoor comfort during warm weather - Central air conditioning helps keep your home cool and reduces humidity levels.
  • Cleaner air - As your central air conditioning system draws air out of various rooms in the house through return air ducts, the air is pulled through an air filter, which removes airborne particles such as dust and lint. Sophisticated filters may remove microscopic pollutants, as well. The filtered air is then routed to air supply duct work that carries it back to rooms.
  • Quieter operation - Because the compressor bearing unit is located outside the home, the indoor noise level from its operation is much lower than that of a free-standing air conditioning unit.
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Alternative Water Source: Air-Conditioner Condensate!

Posted on June 17, 2013 at 11:38 PM Comments comments (131)
I just saw a special on a University who collects the condensate from their air conditioning system and uses that 15-20 gallons/day to water in and around their building.  Genius! 

Cooling systems rely on evaporator coils through which refrigerant fluid changes from liquid to vapor, cooling the coils in the process. Air blowing past the coils cools off as it goes by, and moisture from the air condenses on the coils. Condensate drains carry away the water, usually into the sewer. Instead of wasting it, more and more buildings, especially in parts of the country with hot, humid summers, are capturing that condensate for reuse.  In large commercial buildings collecting the condensate often produces enough water to supply all of the landscape irrigation needs!

Collecting air-conditioning condensate is most practical in climates with high cooling-season humidity. Along with the obvious places like Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Atlanta, and Miami, it also makes sense in cities like Philadelphia, Chicago, and New York, which experience high humidity that coincides with the greatest cooling loads. Condensate recovery is especially attractive in facilities like shopping centers, where there is a high degree of air exchange. The quantity of condensate water produced depends on the temperature and humidity conditions.

Fillmore HVAC will start a pilot program this summer to examine the spectrum of this unconventional water source that can be used in and around your home. 

For FAQ's on water harvesting, please visit our friends at 1st Water Harvesting for more information:

#StayTuned my friends!

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Admit it: You probably don’t think about your indoor comfort system until it stops working

Posted on May 29, 2013 at 11:06 AM Comments comments (215)
Admit it: You probably don’t think about your indoor comfort system until it stops working and you become either too cold or too hot. It’s human nature to put something in the back of your mind as long as it doesn’t cause a problem and stays in the background.

Don’t ignore your heating and cooling system. Your HVAC system is a great big mechanical system, just like your car.You know that you need to keep your car tuned up and get your oil changed regularly. Your comfort system also requires regular maintenance from qualified specialists like Fillmore Heating and Air Conditioning.

Ignoring your comfort system means it will break down more, need replacement sooner, cost you more money throughout its shortened lifespan, and it might impact your health. Check out this public notice from our friends at ACCA

@fillmorehvac #StayCool my friends! $48 service call 972-365-8356
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Your HVAC System is only as good as its installer!

Posted on May 28, 2013 at 11:51 AM Comments comments (101)
HVAC Installation – The system is only as good as its installer.

Proper HVAC installation procedures are essential to the health and lifespan of your HVAC system. A HVAC system that is installed correctly can last upwards of 20 years, while a poorly installed system will only last five years.

Taking the time to choose the right HVAC company is a small price to pay to extend to life of one of the biggest financial investments in your home. 

Our Contractors are knowledgeable and have years of experience in HVAC installations and use only the best materials and the industries best practices. 

We stand behind our services and our products. 

Call Fillmore HVAC today 972-365-8356
#StayCool my friends!
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Nothing in your house affects your comfort more than your heating and cooling systems.

Posted on May 18, 2013 at 1:02 PM Comments comments (345)
Nothing in your house affects your comfort more than your heating and cooling systems. Yet unless the heater conks out during a blizzard or the air-conditioning goes on the fritz in the middle of a heat wave, most of us pretty much ignore our heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) equipment. We shouldn't. When it's not kept in shape, even the best system can cost you. How much? Depending on how you heat and cool your home and the climate of the area you live in, clogged filters, dirty thermostats, sooty flues, leaky ductwork and unlubricated fan motors can reduce heating and cooling efficiency by up to 25 percent. Some of these maintenance tasks are simple, while others require a trained pro. You'll also need an HVAC contractor if your system is at the end of its useful life. Here are some tips for dealing with HVAC equipment and the pros that service it. 

Routine Maintenance 
DFW is gearing up for the heat.  Air-conditioning units must be maintenanced before it's to late. At the beginning and end of each cooling season, you should have a technician clean or replace the filters, vacuum out the unit and lubricate the motor. If the unit is not cooling properly, call Fillmore Heating and Air Conditioning to check the pressure level of the refrigerant. Arrange for service calls before the start of heating or cooling season. You'll get better attention and have more flexibility when scheduling the appointment. 
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If it keeps your car at a cool 65 degrees, who are we to judge?

Posted on May 13, 2013 at 9:51 AM Comments comments (268)
With a brutal heat waves on the horizon in the US, those who aren't clinging to their A.C. units are probably looking for new ways to beat the heat. With temperatures reaching up to 100  in some places, those without air conditioning need to get creative, fast.But don't worry! We found 15 funny, DIY ways to beat the heat by creating your own cooling system. Some of the ideas are pretty brilliant life-hacks (like a fan mounted on the driver's side of a car) and some are just plain dangerous and dumb (like taping a fan to the ceiling), but regardless, the spirit of creative problem solving is what counts. Vote for the funniest solution below.

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Live cool and long with Fillmore HVAC

Posted on May 10, 2013 at 9:38 AM Comments comments (441)
Studies of heatwaves in American cities during the 1980s and 1990s observed that a good predictor for falling ill was poverty, and specifically a lack of air conditioning in the home. Surveys since then suggest that the dramatic fall in the number of Americans who sicken or die during heatwaves is a direct result of widening air-conditioner ownership, from 68% of American households in 1993 to nearly 90% today.

Fact:  A statewide study of summer admissions to hospital in California, published in 2010, adjusted for household income, found that for each 10% increase in ownership of air conditioning there was an absolute reduction in cardiovascular disease of 0.76%, and of respiratory disease by 0.52%, for people over 65. For places less blessed than California, where risks include insect-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue fever, or high levels of toxic particulate matter in the air, the benefits of wider air-conditioning use could be far greater.

Good thing we have great HVAC contractors!
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You Probably Know That You Should Change Your Air Filter Regularly, But Do You Know Why?

Posted on May 9, 2013 at 12:18 PM Comments comments (91)
At one time or another you have probably heard that it’s important to regularly replace or clean your furnace’s air filter. However, have you ever stopped to wonder why? The truth is, regular filter replacement can SAVE YOU MONEY.

Following are some of the key benefits associated with proper filter maintenance:

  • Energy Savings. A dirty air filter can significantly reduce the air flow to your heating system, forcing the motor on your fan to work harder. Unfortunately, the harder your fan has to work, the more energy it consumes. By replacing your filter you can improve airflow, thus lessening the load on the fan’s motor. As a result you can substantially lower your monthly heating costs.

  • Improved Indoor Air Quality. Properly selected air filters help to improve your indoor air quality by trapping dust, allergens, mold and other pollutants. Dirty filters are far less effective at removing these contaminants. Consequently, without regular filter changes your indoor air quality can suffer. Replacing a dirty filter with a new, clean one can eliminate this problem and have you breathing easy again in no time. (Check the labeling to make sure the filter is the right kind for removing mold, allergens and other particulates aside from dirt and dust.)

  • Longer Equipment Life. By restricting air flow, a dirty filter forces your whole heating system to work harder. Not only that, but it allows dirt and debris to build up inside your furnace. The combination of dirty parts and increased wear and tear can lead to frequent breakdowns. Worse, over time it can even cause system failure. By frequently changing your filter, you can reduce the likelihood of breakdowns and prolong the life of your heating system.

If you live in Dallas or surrounding areas and need help replacing your filter(s), give Fillmore Heating and Air Conditioning a call @ 972-365-8356.  
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