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19 12, 2016

AC Safety Disconnect

By |December 19th, 2016|Blog, General HVAC Maintenance|0 Comments

Why Should My AC Have a Safety Disconnect?  National Standards The first point to understand about any industry in America, and specifically the High Velocity Air Conditioning and Heating industry is there are departments and selected groups that set the standards for installation, sales, and maintenance. Each area of concern is addressed by these [...]

9 12, 2016

Home Winter Maintenance

By |December 9th, 2016|Blog, General HVAC Maintenance|0 Comments

Prepare Your Home for Winter in 12 Steps As the days shorten and temperatures drop steadily, you need to make sure you’re ready for the winter season in the Birmingham, AL area. Here’s a checklist of items to take care of before the temperature plummets: Check your heating system. Have a professional inspect your [...]

7 12, 2016

Is Your Furnace Working Too Hard

By |December 7th, 2016|Blog, General HVAC Maintenance, Heating|0 Comments

Your Furnace is Working Too Hard Commercial and industrial businesses have preventative maintenance systems to maximize their equipment lifespan. There’s no reason your home should be any different. Scheduling preventative maintenance to help prevent a breakdown or something worse (like leaking carbon monoxide) with these tips: Change Filters This is the easiest and most basic [...]

23 09, 2016

The Importance of Keeping Your Filters Clean

By |September 23rd, 2016|Blog, General HVAC Maintenance|0 Comments

Fall maintenance on your HVAC is like making sure your lawn is ready for the winter. You have to make sure it’s ready for the changes. Go poke around inside your furnace and you’ll likely find a folded sheet or a fibrous mesh. That’s the filter and it’s typically located just before the cooling coil [...]

3 08, 2016

Building a new home?

By |August 3rd, 2016|AC Repair, Blog, Comfort, General HVAC Maintenance, Heating, heating and air, Save Money|0 Comments

We can help. You definitely want to have an experienced HVAC contractor on your team when you decide what kind of system to install in your new house. We can answer your questions about size, insulation, ductwork and other issues that will make or break your comfort level. First, we can help you assess [...]

16 06, 2016

Bad Compressor: Replace or Repair?

By |June 16th, 2016|General HVAC Maintenance, Repair Costs, Save Money, Savings Tips|2 Comments

Compressors for air-conditioning units are a little like modern television sets. Sometimes it makes more sense to replace the whole unit rather than repair the broken part. At Freedom Heating and Cooling, we always give customers a rundown of the pros and cons on the question of replace/repair. Either way, your decision won’t be as [...]

7 06, 2016

June 2016 Forecast

By |June 7th, 2016|Blog, FAQ's, General HVAC Maintenance, Savings Tips|0 Comments

Getting warm? April showers bring May flowers, but June brings heat – lots of it. Here’s a look at what happens in the Birmingham area in a typical June, thanks to this report from weatherspark.com. Daily highs will increase from 84°F to 89°F over the course of the month, exceeding 95°F or dropping below 77°F [...]

27 05, 2016

Spring weather forecast

By |May 27th, 2016|Blog, General HVAC Maintenance|0 Comments

What’s ahead for your heating and air conditioning this spring? Look for relatively cool weather before May brings warmer than average temperatures to much of the Southeast. That’s the March-May 2016 temperature outlook released by The Weather Company's Professional Division. “However, it should be noted that spring is usually marked by large changes in temperature [...]

24 05, 2016

Don’t ignore these HVAC problems

By |May 24th, 2016|Blog, FAQ's, General HVAC Maintenance|1 Comment

The compressor, which pressurizes the refrigerant in your system, operates under high pressure. It won’t work well if there is a problem with the compressor motor, run and start capacitors or refrigerant level. Rather than keeping it operating in a weakened state, call a trained technician because the compressor is complicated. A quick repair now [...]

16 05, 2016

Tax credits for new AC

By |May 16th, 2016|AC Repair, Blog, General HVAC Maintenance, Save Money, Savings Tips|0 Comments

Program to expire this year You can receive tax credits this year if you install new windows, insulation and air conditioning and heating equipment. The credits are worth between $50 and $500 and apply only to high-efficiency residential heating and cooling products. The categories and credits are part of the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance [...]

16 05, 2016

Beware of propane-based refrigerant

By |May 16th, 2016|AC Repair, General HVAC Maintenance|0 Comments

Alternative 22a not approved Don’t be fooled if someone tries to sell you 22a as an alternative to HCFC-22 (R-22) for recharging your home air-conditioning system. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says that using a propane-based refrigerant in an air conditioner that is not designed to use propane or flammable refrigerants poses a threat [...]

12 05, 2016

Spring now for AC maintenance

By |May 12th, 2016|Blog, General HVAC Maintenance, Save Money, Savings Tips|0 Comments

The arrival of spring means you will be using your air conditioning system more often, and you want to make sure it’s ready for the muggy Alabama summer heat. Better to fix a small problem now than encounter a big problem in the midst of the July 4 holiday. As energystar.gov reminds us, it’s [...]

24 12, 2015

5 heating problems to avoid this winter

By |December 24th, 2015|Comfort, General HVAC Maintenance, Myths and Misconceptions, Save Money|Comments Off on 5 heating problems to avoid this winter

          Get a furnace tune-up and relax   Many problems with heating can be traced back to five areas, according to serviceexperts.com: 1) The thermostat breaks, which causes a loss of heat or other unpleasantness. Fan motor, belts or bearings malfunction, causing too much or too little heat. Dirty or clogged filters lead to airflow [...]

6 11, 2015

8 signs your furnace is dying

By |November 6th, 2015|Ask the Expert, General HVAC Maintenance, Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on 8 signs your furnace is dying

Here are eight warning signs that your furnace may need to be replaced. Thanks to Home Energy Center, which compiled this report based on research undertaken by the federal Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, Minnesota Department of Public Service, electric and gas utilities heating and cooling manufacturers, trade associations, and field service personnel. [...]

13 09, 2015

A Look Back at R-22 through the summer

By |September 13th, 2015|Ask the Expert, General HVAC Maintenance, Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on A Look Back at R-22 through the summer

Reprinted with permission from https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/look-back-r-22-through-summer-christie-devore Sep 9, 2015 The article below appeared at the beginning of the 2015 summer. It is interesting that many of the things mentioned began to occur as the summer wore on, with one significant exception…in spite of the fact that production of R-22 was cut by 57%, equal to [...]

18 05, 2015

6 Reasons to Have a Service Agreement With Us

By |May 18th, 2015|Ask the Expert, General HVAC Maintenance|Comments Off on 6 Reasons to Have a Service Agreement With Us

6 Reasons to Have a Service Agreement With Us It’s that time of year when home owners should be arranging for a spring checkup to make sure their air conditioning doesn't give out when things really heat up. When we book these calls, the top priority for scheduling goes to home owners who are part [...]

29 04, 2015

Residential Heat Load Calculation – Manual J

By |April 29th, 2015|General HVAC Maintenance|Comments Off on Residential Heat Load Calculation – Manual J

I recently attended a training class by Alabama Power on Manual J training (Residential Heat Load Calculation). They taught the Manual J version Eighth Edition abridged version.  Tim Offord was the class teacher.  Here are the notes I took as well as the link to download a free excel spreadsheet to do the calculations. In south [...]

6 02, 2015

Free Downloads

By |February 6th, 2015|General HVAC Maintenance|Comments Off on Free Downloads

We have added and updated our page on Free eBooks.  These guides are very valuable and helpful to understanding and improving the lives of homeowners.  Understanding Heat Pumps, Mold, designing an HVAC System, and hiring guides give advice on how to make improvements to your home. www.FreedomHvacAL.com/free-ebooks    

28 01, 2015

6 Things You Should Know About Carbon Monoxide

By |January 28th, 2015|General HVAC Maintenance, Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on 6 Things You Should Know About Carbon Monoxide

Heating season is upon us and that brings seasonal danger from carbon monoxide poisoning. Tasteless, colorless, odorless, carbon monoxide (CO) is produced by almost every fuel-burning appliance, including furnaces, water heaters, fireplaces, grills and gas space heaters. When the equipment is working right, very little CO escapes and what does gets vented harmlessly to the [...]

27 01, 2015

Dangers of Carbon Monoxide

By |January 27th, 2015|General HVAC Maintenance, Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Dangers of Carbon Monoxide

Tasteless, colorless, odorless, carbon monoxide (CO) is produced by almost every fuel-burning appliance, including furnaces, water heaters, fireplaces, grills and gas space heaters. When something goes wrong with the equipment or the venting, CO becomes one of America’s most deadly household hazards. Here are some things every homeowner should know about CO and how to [...]

26 01, 2015

Protect Your Home, Your Family and Your Health with a Furnace Safety Inspection

By |January 26th, 2015|Ask the Expert, General HVAC Maintenance|Comments Off on Protect Your Home, Your Family and Your Health with a Furnace Safety Inspection

Most people never think about their heating system until it breaks down. That’s because most gas furnaces are very reliable and they’re “out of sight, out of mind.” The problem is, despite its reliability, a catastrophic failure of your furnace could occur at any time, and that failure could result in a gas leak, fire [...]

3 10, 2014

HVAC definitions and terms

By |October 3rd, 2014|General HVAC Maintenance|Comments Off on HVAC definitions and terms

Here are a list of definitions that are used daily in the HVAC industry. Acid – Most commonly created in compressor burnouts, when the refrigerant reaches extremely high temperatures. Acid in a refrigeration system can cause huge problems for compressors. Air Flow Distribution – The amount of air that is distributed throughout the designated space. [...]

1 02, 2014

HVAC Technician Training: Step 17 Should You Have Your AC Unit Cleaned?

By |February 1st, 2014|Ask the Expert, General HVAC Maintenance|Comments Off on HVAC Technician Training: Step 17 Should You Have Your AC Unit Cleaned?

 HVAC Technician Training: Step 17 Should You Have Your AC Unit Cleaned? Should You Have Your AC Unit Cleaned? It is much easier to keep your unit clean rather than trying to clean it after it is very dirty. The amount of heating or cooling, and the efficiency of operation is highly dependent upon the [...]

27 11, 2013

What is the Freedom Comfort Club?

By |November 27th, 2013|FAQ's, General HVAC Maintenance|Comments Off on What is the Freedom Comfort Club?

The Freedom Comfort Club (FCC) Membership is different from a tune up.  The tune-up consists of a one time appointment.  It does not come with the amenities of the FCC membership. Manufacturers recommend you have your unit serviced every six months to prevent your system from breaking down at the most inconvenient time.  This is why we offer our services to [...]

3 11, 2013

Do You Change the Filter with HVAC Tune Up?

By |November 3rd, 2013|Comfort, FAQ's, General HVAC Maintenance|Comments Off on Do You Change the Filter with HVAC Tune Up?

Freedom Heating and Cooling does change the filter with HVAC tune up service.  However, we do not provide them.  Due to the increasing amount of  indoor air pollution we have upgraded our brand of filters to suit the environment inside your home.  Aprilaire and Practical Pleat filters are more efficient than the filters found in the hardware [...]

31 10, 2013

Do You Repair Ductwork with Seasonal HVAC Tune Ups?

By |October 31st, 2013|General HVAC Maintenance, Save Money|Comments Off on Do You Repair Ductwork with Seasonal HVAC Tune Ups?

As part of the 34 point inspection for our seasonal HVAC tune up, we do an inspection of the ductwork. This inspection is to see if there are any holes or places where your duct has come apart.  We also look to see if there is any sort of bacterial growth on the outside and inside of [...]

31 10, 2013

How to Prevent Evaporator Coil Leaks?

By |October 31st, 2013|Allergy Solutions, FAQ's, General HVAC Maintenance, Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on How to Prevent Evaporator Coil Leaks?

Ninety-five percent (95%) of evaporator coil leaks are preventable. We see about 5% that are legitimate manufacturers defects. The major manufacturers state the failure rate is only 2%-3%.  We believe that the humidity levels in the south cause the difference with longer AC runtimes than in other areas. So, can you really prevent evaporator coil leaks? YES [...]

29 10, 2013

Why Do I Have a Leaking Evaporator Coil?

By |October 29th, 2013|AC Repair, Ask the Expert, General HVAC Maintenance, Myths and Misconceptions, Repair Costs|Comments Off on Why Do I Have a Leaking Evaporator Coil?

We sometime hear customers ask, Why do I have a leaking evaporator coil?  I posed this question to our internal tech forum. The following are the comments and discussions that came from our service technicians.  Please excuse the grammar as this discussion took place over text message. Don:  Forum Question:  Why do evaporator coils leak? [...]

28 10, 2013

Do You Provide Weekend HVAC Tune Ups?

By |October 28th, 2013|AC Repair, Comfort, General HVAC Maintenance, Heating, Save Money|Comments Off on Do You Provide Weekend HVAC Tune Ups?

 Yes!  Our weekend staff is one third the size of our normal staff during the week.  We work a 3 week rotation so our staff has 1 weekend on and two weekends off.  The weekend services are designed to be able to respond to emergency calls such as units not working (not heating and not cooling), noise coming from [...]

26 10, 2013

What Does a HVAC Tune Up Consist Of?

By |October 26th, 2013|Comfort, FAQ's, General HVAC Maintenance|Comments Off on What Does a HVAC Tune Up Consist Of?

Unlike most companies, we service both the heat and the AC of your unit during each season. Why? It's the crazy Alabama weather!  It can be cold one morning and the next afternoon hot again.  You never know when you will need the heat or AC. Our comprehensive 34 point inspection incudes: Inspect and clean burners Check carbon [...]

26 10, 2013

Why Should I be a Freedom Comfort Club Member?

By |October 26th, 2013|Comfort, General HVAC Maintenance, Save Money|Comments Off on Why Should I be a Freedom Comfort Club Member?

The Freedom Comfort Club Membership is more inclusive from a Precision tune up. The tune-up consists of a one time schedule appointment, but it does not come with the benefits of a membership. Industry experts recommend that you have your HVAC unit serviced every six months to prevent system break downs at the most inconvenience time of the [...]

26 10, 2013

Will a AC Tune UP Fix my Unit?

By |October 26th, 2013|AC Repair, Comfort, FAQ's, General HVAC Maintenance, Heating, Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Will a AC Tune UP Fix my Unit?

Many new clients call in to ask about our precision AC tune up and preventative maintenance programs.  We often here the question, "If my system is not running, not cooling or not heating, will the tune up get the HVAC system running again?" Usually, NO!  Our precision tune ups are designed for systems that are functioning.  Just think of your [...]

21 10, 2013

What is Carbon Monoxide?

By |October 21st, 2013|Ask the Expert, General HVAC Maintenance|Comments Off on What is Carbon Monoxide?

What is Carbon Monoxide? Carbon monoxide (CO) is an invisible, odorless, tasteless gas produced when fuels don’t burn completely, or are exposed to heat (usually fire). These fuels include: wood, coal, charcoal, oil, natural gas, gasoline, kerosene, and propane. Because carbon monoxide poses a serious public health risk, most states in the U.S. have made [...]

21 10, 2013

One Dead, One Hospitalized after Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Talladega

By |October 21st, 2013|Ask the Expert, General HVAC Maintenance, Heating|Comments Off on One Dead, One Hospitalized after Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Talladega

Read this article about Carbon Monoxide poisoning.  It's from NBC News about an Alabama family.  The article is short but talks about a malfunction on the exhaust system.  This article came out this weekend but didn't get a lot of attention. The exhaust system of a furnace makes sure the burnt gases (including Carbon Monoxide) [...]

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