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|Posted on August 12, 2013 at 9:15 AM||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 ...call 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
|Posted on July 21, 2013 at 12:55 AM||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
|Posted on June 27, 2013 at 10:07 AM||comments (233)|
|Posted on June 17, 2013 at 11:38 PM||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!
|Posted on May 29, 2013 at 11:06 AM||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 http://youtu.be/T8HQdQIwQq0
@fillmorehvac #StayCool my friends! $48 service call 972-365-8356
|Posted on May 28, 2013 at 11:51 AM||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!
|Posted on May 18, 2013 at 1:02 PM||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.
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.
|Posted on May 13, 2013 at 9:51 AM||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.
Check out more here posted by Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/21/heat-wave-2012-funniest-ways-to-beat-the-heat_n_1615664.html
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