Category Archives: Service & Maintenance

Top 5 HVAC Tools You Need

Posted on August 31st, 2017 by
Top 5 HVAC Tools You Need

Have you ever wondered about the various tools and equipment a qualified HVAC technician needs to repair your home’s system? Some simpler problems can be dealt with using just a screwdriver, wrench, pliers, drill, and other basics, but the more complex issues require specialized HVAC tools to be resolved. Here are the top five tools and what they’re used for:

Digital thermometer

To make sure your system is doing its job, it’s important not only to know what the temperature is in your home, but to be able to track the differences from one room to another. That’s why a handheld digital thermometer is one of the first HVAC tools a technician needs. Many even display multiple temperatures at once, allowing you to compare the current room to the outdoor temp, other rooms in the house, etc.

Voltmeter

A voltmeter’s a great way to figure out if one of your system’s parts is defective. It will show you, at a glance, whether or not there’s power running through it. This can be a great tool to help your technician narrow down the problem quickly.

Refrigerant scale

How much refrigerant is in your A/C? Not enough, and the system won’t be …
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Pets and HVAC Technicians: The Importance of Behavior Training

Posted on August 15th, 2017 by
Pets and HVAC Technicians: The Importance of Behavior Training

Whether you need routine HVAC maintenance or repairs for your air conditioning this summer, it’s important to make sure your pets can handle having a technician around. HVAC technicians are there to ensure that your system is working as it should, but they need to be able to do so safely and without distractions.

Reasons to Train Your Pet

Your pet should know how to behave around technicians in your home for a few important reasons. Having pets that are calm allows technicians to do their job without having to worry about being jumped on, lunged at, or bitten. Well-behaved dogs also don’t distract technicians with constant barking, which lets them work on your HVAC system in a timely manner and without interruptions. If your dogs are relaxed around HVAC technicians, they’re also less likely to get in the way and cause problems while work is going on.

How to Train Your Pet

If your pets need a bit of training to be calm around HVAC technicians, you can do so with some simple steps. Just keep in mind that you should start working on this training with them before HVAC technicians are scheduled to come by. This gives them …
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HVAC Maintenance and Replacement: A Timeline

Posted on August 25th, 2016 by
HVAC Maintenance and Replacement: A Timeline

When your HVAC system is humming along fine, it’s easy to take for granted. Though, at the first hint of trouble, the reality of costly A/C repairs suddenly comes to light. So, help take care of the systems that take care of your comfort with this HVAC maintenance timeline and system replacement guide.

Cooling System

Your A/C or heat pump leverage the natural properties of refrigerant to remove heat from your home. This requires a lot of parts and components working together fluidly. Free airflow, good compression, and clean electrical connections are key.

Maintenance: Schedule preventive maintenance for your A/C or heat pump in mid spring. If you wait too long, you may be waiting in line for an available HVAC company. Replacement: Central A/C systems last 15 years on average. Your heat pump may last only 10 if you use it for home heating, too. Heating System

Gas furnaces need special and expert attention due to safety factors. Combustion parts are tested and cleaned, and the heat exchanger is checked for hairline cracks and corrosion. Make sure your contractor sends an experienced NATE-certified technician to service your HVAC system.

Maintenance: Preventive maintenance for your heat pump or furnace should …
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Look for a Pro With These HVAC Certifications

Posted on August 4th, 2016 by
Look for a Pro With These HVAC Certifications

Your HVAC system provides you essential heating, ventilation and cooling services to keep you comfortable all year long. When it’s time for maintenance, a repair or an HVAC replacement, you don’t want just any old Tom, Dick, or Harry working in your home. Make sure your contractor sends a skilled technician with the right HVAC certifications and credentials.

NATE Certification

Becoming certified by the North American Technician Excellence (NATE) organization is the pinnacle which career-minded HVAC technicians strive. NATE isn’t a technical school but, rather, an organization founded on the principles of HVAC training, achievement, and continued education for the advancement of HVAC services and technologies.

When your HVAC technician or contractor is NATE certified, it means that he or she has the knowledge, experience and skills necessary to service, repair and install HVAC systems, from standard models to home-automated “smart” systems.

HVAC Excellence

Another prominent certification to look for in your technician is the HVAC Excellence certification. For more than 20 years, this nonprofit organization’s goal has been to improve the competency of the HVAC workforce through the validation of technical education. HVAC Excellence certifications include Professional Level Certifications, Master Specialist Certifications, and Specialty Certifications which cover energy efficiency, …
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Should You Consider an HVAC Maintenance Contract?

Posted on June 28th, 2016 by
Should You Consider an HVAC Maintenance Contract? | Powers

The HVAC system contains some of your home’s most costly and important equipment, and you need to ensure it gets timely, professional care to keep it in the best possible operating condition. If remembering to schedule preventive care visits is a concern, signing an annual maintenance contract is something you should seriously consider. Not only will you get helpful reminders about routine system checkups, but maintenance contracts also offer you a number of other key benefits, such as:

Preserved efficiency — Neglecting regular maintenance can result in a decline in your HVAC equipment’s efficiency of up to five percent a year. Making sure the system gets a tuneup and cleaning twice a year with a maintenance agreement can stop or even reverse these efficiency losses and help you save money on your utility bills. Fewer big repair bills — Semi-annual routine maintenance appointments give your HVAC pro an ideal opportunity to find and bring any developing problems to your attention, so they can be dealt with before they get bad enough to cause a component breakdown that leaves you facing a big repair bill. Improved reliability — Twice a year inspections, tuneups and cleanings and fixing minor issues promptly enhance …
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