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25 01, 2017

Should I Buy Used AC Equipment?

By |January 25th, 2017|Ask the Expert, Blog|0 Comments

Making a Deal Everybody loves a deal. In this fast paced, capitalistic economy we are happy when we can get a lower cost or somehow feel like we got the better advantage in a situation. It's normal. We buy low and sell high. And , when we can spend less money to get a better [...]

13 10, 2016

9 Fire Safety Tips for Cold Weather

By |October 13th, 2016|Ask the Expert, Blog, heat, Heating, heating safety|0 Comments

Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths. Half of home heating equipment fires are reported in December, January, and February. The National Fire Protection Agency recommends these simple steps to prevent heating-related fires: Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood [...]

28 09, 2016

Avoid these 3 heating mistakes

By |September 28th, 2016|Ask the Expert, Blog, Comfort, Save Money, Savings Tips|0 Comments

Thermostat Many people like to lower the heat at night while they sleep, but turning down the thermostat too far can be counterproductive. That’s because the heating system will have to work harder in the morning to warm the house. Space heater Don’t expect to save money or energy with a space heater unless [...]

28 09, 2016

Protect Your Home With This One Trick

By |September 28th, 2016|Ask the Expert, Blog, Comfort, Save Money, Savings Tips|0 Comments

If you own a home with an attic, temperatures can get as high as 150°F in the summer in your attic. That intense heat leaks into the home below and raises your cost to keep your home cooled efficiently. While your air conditioning thermostat may be set in the 70s for your comfort down [...]

15 08, 2016

7 steps to saving money

By |August 15th, 2016|Ask the Expert, Blog, Save Money, Savings Tips|0 Comments

A homeowner can cut heating and cooling costs by taking some simple steps: Install weather stripping on windows, exterior doors and doors that lead to the garage and attic. The weather stripping will keep in the air you want and keep out the air you don’t want. Install plastic window covers to help prevent [...]

5 07, 2016

AC numbers to remember

By |July 5th, 2016|Ask the Expert, Blog, Comfort, Save Money, Savings Tips|0 Comments

Plus savings tips 78 Degrees, that is. This is the temperature recommended by utility companies for energy conservation in the summer. Setting it at 78 or higher works for some people, but many prefer to dial down the thermostat. Just remember: 10 percent That’s the amount of added energy needed for an every degree below [...]

30 06, 2016

Control that thermostat

By |June 30th, 2016|Ask the Expert, Blog, Comfort|0 Comments

Modern thermostats can make your life easier and more energy-efficient. A programmable thermostat lets you set the temperature to rise and fall, depending on the time of day and when you want your home to be warmer or cooler. But shop around and think about what’s best for your situation. Programmable thermostats come with a [...]

14 06, 2016

Be a Ceiling Fan-atic

By |June 14th, 2016|Ask the Expert, Blog, Comfort, FAQ's, Save Money, Savings Tips|0 Comments

Don’t make your air-conditioner do all the work cooling your house this summer. Ceiling fans do a great job of moving cool air and giving you more benefit for your AC dollar. However, be sure to first remove any dust that may have accumulated on the blades over the winter. Dust is doubly bad because [...]

2 02, 2016

HVAC Technician Training: Step 23 – Sizing Wire

By |February 2nd, 2016|Ask the Expert|0 Comments

Sizing Wire:  When sizing the wire you should refer to the electrical data attached to the equipment. We must run a wire that will handle the MIN.CIRCUIT AMPACITY listed on the data plate.  If for some reason it does not have the data plate, you must decide which components the wire and protection will be [...]

25 01, 2016

Smart thermostats, sensors and other devices are having a big impact on air conditioning, heating and ventilation of homes.

By |January 25th, 2016|Ask the Expert, Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Smart thermostats, sensors and other devices are having a big impact on air conditioning, heating and ventilation of homes.

ACHRNews.com asked members of its Contractor Advisory Board to talk about their favorite smart, connected products and why they like them. Check out these reports from some of the contractors who discussed their favorite new tools for residential HVACR: HONEYWELL PRESTIGE IAQ COMFORT SYSTEM KIT Chosen by: Paul Ainsworth, owner of M.L. Building Technologies [...]

31 12, 2015

Check these HVAC items before buying your next home

By |December 31st, 2015|Ask the Expert, Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Check these HVAC items before buying your next home

The location and the floor plan may be just what you want, but check the heating and cooling system before you buy a home. How old are the air conditioner and the furnace? Tell the Realtor you want to know the age of the equipment and see maintenance records so you can judge for [...]

30 12, 2015

When temperatures vary from room to room

By |December 30th, 2015|Ask the Expert, Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on When temperatures vary from room to room

Do you notice that some rooms in your house are warmer or colder than others? This problem is fairly common, especially in older homes, but we can help you get all your rooms closer to the same, temperature-wise. Maybe the rooms are drafty, or the thermostat needs to be moved to a more central [...]

16 12, 2015

Trane to charge 3-4 percent more

By |December 16th, 2015|Ask the Expert, Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Trane to charge 3-4 percent more

Trane to charge 3-4 percent more Buy now and beat Jan. 1 price hike   There will be an average price increase of 3 to 4 percent on select residential HVAC equipment for Trane, American Standard and Ameristar, according to Ingersoll Rand’s Residential HVAC strategic business unit.   Achrnews.com said the price increase is effective [...]

15 12, 2015

These furnaces fit in tight spaces

By |December 15th, 2015|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on These furnaces fit in tight spaces

Two new furnaces from Johnson Controls provide two-stage heating and are small enough to fit in many snug places such as attics and closets. The York LX Series TM8Y and TM9Y residential gas furnaces combine two-stage heating with the efficiency of a standard electronically commutated motor (ECM). Both furnaces are factory-shipped for up-flow or horizontal [...]

11 12, 2015

This Lennox product clears your air

By |December 11th, 2015|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on This Lennox product clears your air

Lennox now is selling an air purifier that offers major upgrades  -- improved filtration, better ozone removal, more energy efficiency and lower operating and maintenance costs.   Those are all good reasons to like Lennox’s PureAirGeneration3.   “It’s the only home solution to fight the three biggest sources of indoor pollution: small, breathable particles such [...]

30 11, 2015

Should I buy an air conditioning cover for winter?

By |November 30th, 2015|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on Should I buy an air conditioning cover for winter?

You probably don’t need a cover for your air conditioning in winter, at least not in Alabama.   On the one hand, a cover can keep the unit from getting beat up too much in the winter. But a cover also can be a great winter retreat for rodents and other critters that will set [...]

25 11, 2015

How to pick the right refrigerant

By |November 25th, 2015|Ask the Expert, Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on How to pick the right refrigerant

5 points to consider   Thanks to new technology, we sometimes have more than one choice when it comes to picking a refrigerant.   But five factors should go into the decision-making process, as industry veteran Joe Marchese points out at achrnews.com.   They include saturation, volume, toxicity, global warming potential and miscibility – the [...]

12 11, 2015

New HVAC products to solve your heating, cooling needs – Part 4 of 4

By |November 12th, 2015|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on New HVAC products to solve your heating, cooling needs – Part 4 of 4

Part 4: Furnaces, heat pumps, much more Cars and boats aren’t the only items that have seasons. It’s the season now for many new HVAC products in the heating and cooling field. An in-depth list was compiled by achr.news, which covers the heating, air conditioning and refrigeration business. At Freedom Heating and Cooling, we will [...]

11 11, 2015

New HVAC products to solve your heating, cooling needs – Part 3 of 4

By |November 11th, 2015|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on New HVAC products to solve your heating, cooling needs – Part 3 of 4

Part 3: Furnaces, heat pumps, much more   Cars and boats aren’t the only items that have seasons. It’s the season now for many new HVAC products in the heating and cooling field. An in-depth list was compiled by achr.news, which covers the heating, air conditioning and refrigeration business.   At Freedom Heating and Cooling, [...]

10 11, 2015

New HVAC products to solve your heating, cooling needs – Part 2 of 4

By |November 10th, 2015|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on New HVAC products to solve your heating, cooling needs – Part 2 of 4

Part 2: Furnaces, heat pumps, much more   Cars and boats aren’t the only items that have seasons. It’s the season now for many new HVAC products in the heating and cooling field. An in-depth list was compiled by achr.news, which covers the heating, air conditioning and refrigeration business.   At Freedom Heating and Cooling, [...]

9 11, 2015

New HVAC products to solve your heating, cooling needs – Part 1 of 4

By |November 9th, 2015|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on New HVAC products to solve your heating, cooling needs – Part 1 of 4

Furnaces, heat pumps, much more -    Cars and boats aren’t the only items that have seasons. It’s the season now for many new HVAC products in the heating and cooling field. An in-depth list was compiled by achr.news, which covers the heating, air conditioning and refrigeration business. At Freedom Heating and Cooling, we will [...]

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. [...]

27 10, 2015

HVAC Cheatsheets

By |October 27th, 2015|Ask the Expert, Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on HVAC Cheatsheets

Every industry has shortcuts and quick reference guides.  Here are a couple of HVAC refrigerant cheatsheets. ABOUT THE AUTHOR    

21 10, 2015

Benefits of Having a Plumbing Service Agreement

By |October 21st, 2015|Ask the Expert, Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Benefits of Having a Plumbing Service Agreement

Benefits of Having a Plumbing Service Agreement Many homeowners have signed agreements with an HVAC company for periodic inspection and maintenance of their HVAC systems. We strongly encourage this and urge you to take a step beyond and also contact us about a plumbing service agreement. Just as with HVAC systems, a plumbing inspection [...]

14 10, 2015

What is a TXV Valve?

By |October 14th, 2015|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on What is a TXV Valve?

Subject: TXV Trane is having issues with sticking TXV’s on Air Conditioning Units.  Trane is saying they will pay $200 to add the oil additive and unsticking the valve by heating and cooling the sensing bulb until the TXV unsticks.  They will not pay anything to change the TXV out if that fails to free the [...]

22 09, 2015

Old house, new AC system

By |September 22nd, 2015|Ask the Expert, Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Old house, new AC system

Modern equipment and techniques make it much easier to install energy-efficient new air conditioning systems into old homes.   That’s a blessing for people who want to renovate old homes that are full of character but perhaps short on today’s conveniences.   “New technology allows you to place HVAC registers almost anywhere, a good thing [...]

14 09, 2015

Inverter vs. scroll compressor

By |September 14th, 2015|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on Inverter vs. scroll compressor

Inverters are giving consumers a new option when it comes to selecting an air conditioning unit. An inverter air conditioner costs more to purchase than a traditional scroll compressor unit, but it pays off in reduced electricity costs, less maintenance and quieter performance. The inverter unit, which has been around for a while, is gaining [...]

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 [...]

2 09, 2015

Which is better, gas heat or heat pump?

By |September 2nd, 2015|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on Which is better, gas heat or heat pump?

I recently had an email inquiry.  I thought this would be a good information to share. Client: Which is better, gas heat or heat pump? Don: Everyone has their own preference. A heat pump is more energy efficient, but gas heat gives a hotter feel and will warm a space quicker.   A great alternative is [...]

1 09, 2015

Anode Rods Save Water Heaters

By |September 1st, 2015|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on Anode Rods Save Water Heaters

The average storage tank water heater lasts 12-15 years. Like all averages, some last much shorter and others much longer. If there’s one single thing you can do to assure the longevity of your water heater, it’s to have the anode rod(s) inspected periodically and replaced when necessary. Anode rods are made of magnesium, [...]

21 08, 2015

12 easy ways to trim your electric bill

By |August 21st, 2015|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on 12 easy ways to trim your electric bill

Heating and cooling are big factors in the size of your monthly electric bill, but there are many smart and relatively painless ways to shave costs. Here’s a dozen: Get a grip on the thermostat Set strict limits on the thermostat, especially when no one is home. Or delegate that duty to a programmable [...]

20 08, 2015

AC Problems? Try These Tips Before You Call Us

By |August 20th, 2015|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on AC Problems? Try These Tips Before You Call Us

It's a sweltering summer day when your air conditioning goes out or just doesn't cool enough. Your first instinct might be to call us to send a technician out. We appreciate your business, but we hate to see you waste your time and money having us come out and troubleshoot a problem you may be [...]

18 08, 2015

Key Differences in Water Treatment

By |August 18th, 2015|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on Key Differences in Water Treatment

What is the difference between water softening, filtering and purifying? Some people use those terms almost interchangeably, but they attack different problems with different technologies. Water softeners: These products deal with “hard water,” which basically means your water supply has an excess of minerals like magnesium and calcium. If you notice white chalky deposits [...]

17 08, 2015

Why We Cannot Warranty Products We Do Not Sell

By |August 17th, 2015|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on Why We Cannot Warranty Products We Do Not Sell

Any reputable home repair company will offer a warranty of at least one year on their workmanship and the products they sell. We certainly do. However, we always inform our clients that we cannot warranty products they may furnish themselves and the reasons are simple. First, even if the product is the same one we [...]

14 08, 2015

Nu-Solve NR

By |August 14th, 2015|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on Nu-Solve NR

Nu-Solve NR Nu-Solve NR is a ready-to-use, detergent based cleaner that removes efficiency-robbing grime on condenser coils. The non-foaming specialty cleaner does not require a water rinse and is ideal for situations where water availability is an issue such as in drought-stricken areas like the Western US or for structures where water outlets are [...]

13 08, 2015

Features and Benefits of the ClearVue Mini Pump

By |August 13th, 2015|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on Features and Benefits of the ClearVue Mini Pump

I wanted to share this article by Doug Smith of Diversitech. With all the duct mini split units being installed, how do you get rid of the condensation, this is how! Enjoy ClearVue Mini Pump is the newest innovation in ductless system pumps from DiversiTech. It’s small, quiet and offers a host of unique features [...]

12 08, 2015

Reduce Humidity By at Least 10%

By |August 12th, 2015|Ask the Expert, Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Reduce Humidity By at Least 10%

REDUCING INDOOR RELATIVE HUMIDITY BY AT LEAST 10%  IS EASY TO DO!   A 10% reduction in relative humidity is the comfort equivalent of a three degree drop in temperature. HVAC SUPER STARS in hot and humid areas love the ecMModulator kit that includes a (top of the line) ECM motor. This kit is [...]

11 08, 2015

Do You Suffer from Over Active AC Blower?

By |August 11th, 2015|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on Do You Suffer from Over Active AC Blower?

Eliminate Over Active AC Blower Control Humidity by defeating the OAB syndrome                                      Over Active AC Blower Syndrome is the major cause of poor humidity control.Blasting enough cooling or heat into the home in ten minutes to make up for a twenty minute cooling gain or heat loss can’t help but screw things up. On [...]

10 08, 2015

AC Inverters: Efficient, Comfortable, Quiet

By |August 10th, 2015|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on AC Inverters: Efficient, Comfortable, Quiet

I wanted to share this article of the newest technology available in the HVAC Industry.  It called AC inverter technology but makes an AC system fully varible and not just the fan speed.  Enjoy Once the hallmark of high-efficiency ductless equipment, more manufacturers are incorporating inverter-driven compressors into their ducted air-source heat pump (ASHP) offerings. [...]

7 08, 2015

AO Smith ProMax Direct Vent Water Heater

By |August 7th, 2015|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on AO Smith ProMax Direct Vent Water Heater

Company: A.O. Smith Corp. Product: ProMax Direct Vent Description: Redesigned to utilize improvements to the Power Vent line, the standard input ProMax Direct Vent product is outfitted with 2-inch foam insulation. The improved design offers energy factors (EF) of up to 0.60. Available in 40-, 50- and 75-gallon capacities, the ProMax Direct Vent comes [...]

7 08, 2015

Fujitsu General America Inc: 33-SEER Mini Split

By |August 7th, 2015|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on Fujitsu General America Inc: 33-SEER Mini Split

The 9,000- (9RLS3), 12,000- (12RLS3), and 15,000- (15RLS3) Btu model wall-mounted ductless split systems provide up to 33 SEER and 14.2 HSPF. All of the inverter wall-mount systems are available as quietly operating split-system heat pumps. The units offer nearly full heating capacity down to minus 5°F ambient and cooling operation down to 14°F. [...]

6 08, 2015

New 2015 Residential Allied Commercial AC Products

By |August 6th, 2015|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on New 2015 Residential Allied Commercial AC Products

Allied Commercial Model: Z-Series ZCA package rooftop air conditioner Footprint (in inches): 48 (length) by 76 (width) by 37 (height) Serviceability features: Smarter filter access requires no tools, and the use of four filters instead of two makes each one easier to insert without bending. Hinged compressor access allows the panel to cover the access opening when [...]

5 08, 2015

New 2015 Residential AirEase AC Products

By |August 5th, 2015|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on New 2015 Residential AirEase AC Products

AirEase Model: 4SHP14LE heat pump Footprint (in inches): 29 (length) by 31 (width) by 38 (height) Serviceability features: Precision Service™ technology features removable louvered panels on all four sides (two screws per side) for interior access. Four screws allow easy access to the fan assembly. Corner-mounted service valves are raised off the ground to provide [...]

2 08, 2015

The Air Filter Conundrum

By |August 2nd, 2015|Allergy Solutions, Ask the Expert|Comments Off on The Air Filter Conundrum

The Air Filter Conundrum Just when you think you have a filter with high efficiency, it won’t hold much dirt or the resistance to airflow is too high. Conversely, when you get low resistance to airflow, the filter usually will not be very efficient.  (The National Air Filtration Association – Residential Air Filtration)What’s a [...]

31 07, 2015

New 2015 Residential Comfort-Aire AC Products

By |July 31st, 2015|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on New 2015 Residential Comfort-Aire AC Products

Comfort-Aire Model: HZV Series Geothermal HP Footprint (in inches): 26-31 (length) by 22-25 (width) by 49-59 (height) Serviceability features: Multiple access panels provide ready access to components. A swing-out control board is a convenience service techs will appreciate. A service warning on the communicating thermostat allows the homeowner to contact the contractor with fault information. The [...]

30 07, 2015

New 2015 Residential Bard AC Products

By |July 30th, 2015|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on New 2015 Residential Bard AC Products

Bard Mfg. Co. Model: GEO-TEC Geothermal HP Footprint (in inches): 26-27 (length) by 27-32 (width) by 48-55 (height) Serviceability features: The unit features a high-efficiency, two-stage, step-capacity scroll compressor; R-410A green refrigerant; and a variable-speed electronically commutated motor (ECM) for superior efficiencies and quiet performance. Increased dealer-friendly installation and service features include left- or right-side [...]

29 07, 2015

New 2015 Residential Ducane AC Products

By |July 29th, 2015|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on New 2015 Residential Ducane AC Products

Ducane Model: 4AC14L air conditioner Footprint (in inches): 25 (length) by 25 (width) by 29 (height) Serviceability features: Manufacturer did not specify. Technical support: Available 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time, weekdays, at 800-515-3501. Installation manuals are available online at www.ducanehvac.com. Technical support materials: Wiring diagrams; installation, operation, and maintenance manuals; parts list; troubleshooting guide; specification [...]

28 07, 2015

New 2015 Residential Daikin AC Products

By |July 28th, 2015|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on New 2015 Residential Daikin AC Products

Daikin  Model: DX/Z14SA split system a/c and heat pump Footprint (in inches): 26-35 (length) by 26-35 (width) by 27-38 (height) Serviceability features: Features include service valves with sweat connections and easy access to gauge ports, SmartShift defrost technology, a high-capacity muffler, a factory-installed suction line accumulator, a bi-flow liquid line filter drier, a compressor crankcase heater, a [...]

27 07, 2015

Top Ten Things About Air Conditioning by ASHRAE

By |July 27th, 2015|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on Top Ten Things About Air Conditioning by ASHRAE

I recently read a great article by ASHRAE (an HVAC trade organization).  This article has 10 points of interests that I think you will find helpful. These 10 points will help consumers be more aware of their air-conditioning systems and better able to care for them and use them well. Should it become necessary to [...]

26 07, 2015

New 2015 Residential Ruud AC Products

By |July 26th, 2015|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on New 2015 Residential Ruud AC Products

Ruud Model: Ultra™ Series air conditioners; model numbers: UA17 and UA20 Footprint (in inches): 30-36 (length) by 30-36 (width) by 25-51 (height) Serviceability features: With Ruud’s Triple Service Access, this line delivers very serviceable units. The first access point is the 15-inch control box; the second is a two-fastener removable corner, which allows ideal [...]

24 07, 2015

New 2015 Residential York AC Products

By |July 24th, 2015|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on New 2015 Residential York AC Products

York Model: LX Series PCG4 packaged units Footprint (in inches): 49 (length) by 34-44 (width) by 47-53 (height) Serviceability features: Front access to the compressor, refrigeration controls, and blower enhances serviceability, as does top access to the condenser fan and motor and side access to the compressor, coil, heat exchanger, and filters. The evaporator [...]

23 07, 2015

New 2015 Residential Trane AC Products

By |July 23rd, 2015|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on New 2015 Residential Trane AC Products

Trane Model: Trane 4MXW27/4TXK27 ductless mini-split heat pump Footprint (in inches): 34 (length) by 8 (width) by 12 (height) Serviceability features: The indoor ductless heating and cooling unit works as part of a ductless mini split. Mounted on the wall, this ductless unit offers flexible, high-efficiency heating and cooling for precise comfort without the ductwork and [...]

22 07, 2015

New 2015 Residential Tempstar AC Products

By |July 22nd, 2015|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on New 2015 Residential Tempstar AC Products

Tempstar Model: TCA9 air conditioner Footprint (in inches): 35 (length) by 35 (width) by 47 (height) Serviceability features: When installed as part of a complete Observer communicating system, including the Observer wall control with Wi-Fi capability, the TCA9 offers system control with remote access, text-based diagnostics, and the ability to display a contractor’s name and information. Three-piece [...]

21 07, 2015

New 2015 Residential Tappan AC Products

By |July 21st, 2015|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on New 2015 Residential Tappan AC Products

Tappan Model: FS4BG iQ Drive air conditioner Footprint (in inches): 31 (length) by 31 (width) by 37 (height) Serviceability features: A two-digit LED provides system operation, status, and diagnostic troubleshooting information. Common suction service port allows a contractor to read suction pressure in all modes of operation without removing panels. Removable top-grille assembly provides service access [...]

20 07, 2015

New 2015 Residential Rheem AC Products

By |July 20th, 2015|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on New 2015 Residential Rheem AC Products

Rheem Model: Prestige™ Series air conditioners: RA17, RA20 Footprint (in inches): 30-36 (length) by 30-36 (width) by 25 51 (height) Serviceability features: Rheem’s Triple Service Access simplifies service on these heat pumps. The first access point is the 15-inch control box; the second, a two-fastener removable corner, which allows ideal access to internal components; and, third, [...]

20 07, 2015

New 2015 Residential Panasonic AC Products

By |July 20th, 2015|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on New 2015 Residential Panasonic AC Products

Panasonic Model: E12RKUAW heat pump Footprint (in inches): 8 (length) by 34 (width) by 11 (height) Serviceability features: Washable filters, the ability to change to cooling-only mode, ECONAVI (activity and absence detection) and vertical/horizontal diffusers enhance serviceability. Technical support: Support is available at 800-851-1235 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time. Technical support materials: Wiring diagrams; [...]

16 07, 2015

New 2015 Residential NuTone AC Products

By |July 16th, 2015|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on New 2015 Residential NuTone AC Products

NuTone Model: FS4BG iQ Drive air conditioner Footprint (in inches): 31 (length) by 31 (width) by 37 (height) Serviceability features: A two-digit LED provides sys-tem operation, stat-us, and diagnostic troubleshooting information. Common suction service port allows a contractor to read suction pressure in all modes of operation without removing panels. Removable top-grille assembly provides service [...]

15 07, 2015

New 2015 Residential Mitsubishi Electric AC Products

By |July 15th, 2015|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on New 2015 Residential Mitsubishi Electric AC Products

Mitsubishi Electric US Cooling & Heating Division Model: Hyper-Heating INVERTER™ (H2i®) single-zone heat pump system/MUZ-FH09NA Footprint (in inches): 11 (length) by 32 (width) by 22 (height) Serviceability features: Built-in self diagnostics direct a technician to a specific issue. Convenient front, side, and top panels allow for easy access to serviceable components. Easily accessible filters, no ductwork [...]

14 07, 2015

New 2015 Residential Midea AC Products

By |July 14th, 2015|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on New 2015 Residential Midea AC Products

Midea Model: 5-Zone Universal System heat pump Footprint (in inches): 15 (length) by 37 (width) by 54 (height) Serviceability features: Manufacturer did not specify. Technical support: Support is available 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., weekdays, at 866-646-4332. Technical support materials: Wiring diagrams; installation, operation, and maintenance manuals; parts list; troubleshooting guide; and specification sheets are included. [...]

13 07, 2015

New 2015 Residential Maytag AC Products

By |July 13th, 2015|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on New 2015 Residential Maytag AC Products

Maytag Model: PPA3SE package air conditioner Footprint (in inches): 56 (length) by 48 (width) by 43 (height) Serviceability features: External accessible refrigerant ports offer enhanced serviceability. Technical support: All documents are available online at www.nordyneu.com or 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Central time by phone at 800-422-4328. Technical support materials: Wiring diagrams; installation, operation, and maintenance manuals; parts [...]

10 07, 2015

New 2015 Residential Luxaire AC Products

By |July 10th, 2015|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on New 2015 Residential Luxaire AC Products

Luxaire Model: LX Series PCG4 packaged units Footprint (in inches): 49 (length) by 34-44 (width) by 47-53 (height) Serviceability features: Front access to the compressor, refrigeration controls, and blower enhances serviceability, as does top access to the condenser fan and motor and side access to the compressor, coil, heat exchanger, and filters. The evaporator coil slides [...]

9 07, 2015

New 2015 Residential LG Electronics AC Products

By |July 9th, 2015|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on New 2015 Residential LG Electronics AC Products

LG Electronics USA Model: Standard Single Zone Inverter HSV4 Series Footprint (in inches): 9 (length) by 35 (width) by 12 (height) Serviceability features: The HSV4 system can be used with SIMs 2.0, which consists of a wireless module and a smartphone application. The module connects to the outdoor unit, and the app displays real-time data, including [...]

8 07, 2015

New 2015 Residential Amana AC Products

By |July 8th, 2015|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on New 2015 Residential Amana AC Products

Amana Model: APC/H/G14_M package a/c, heat pump, and gas/electric unit Footprint (in inches): 51 (length) by 47 (width) by 35-43 (height) Serviceability features: Convertible airflow comes in horizontal or downflow models. A totally enclosed, permanently lubricated condenser fan motor; fully insulated blower compartment with convenient access panels; and liquid line filter driers are offered. Technical support: [...]

8 07, 2015

New 2015 Residential Lennox AC Products

By |July 8th, 2015|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on New 2015 Residential Lennox AC Products

Lennox Model: SL18XC1 air conditioner Footprint (in inches): 40 (length) by 36 (width) by 41 (height) Serviceability features: SmartHinge™ louvered coil protection allows quick, easy access to interior components from all sides, allowing the unit to be serviced in minimal time. The Quantum™ coil is engineered from a durable, yet lightweight, fortified aluminum alloy for performance [...]

8 07, 2015

New 2015 Residential GeoComfort AC Products

By |July 8th, 2015|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on New 2015 Residential GeoComfort AC Products

GeoComfort Model: GVS/GVT Element Series compact vertical water-to-air package Geothermal HP Footprint (in inches): 22 (length) by 22 (width) by 37 (height) Serviceability features: Most commonly accessed components can be reached via the front cabinet, including: desuperheater, reversing valve, blower motor, refrigerant ports, thermostatic expansion valve (TXV), and filter drier. A hinged control box easily tilts [...]

8 07, 2015

New 2015 Residential Carrier AC Products

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Carrier Model: Infinity® 19VS air conditioner Footprint (in inches): 23 (length) by 23 (width) by 40 (height) Serviceability features: Communication between system components allows the Infinity Touch control to display the system’s history for faster diagnosis of the complete Infinity system, which allows a service technician to attach a second control to the outdoor unit for service without [...]

8 07, 2015

New 2015 Residential Bryant AC Products

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Bryant Model: Evolution® Extreme 280ANV heat pump Footprint (in inches): 35 (length) by 35 (width) by 44 (height) Serviceability features: The Evolution Connex™ control can display system history for faster diagnosis of the complete Evolution system, which allows a service technician to attach a second control to the outdoor unit for service without entering the home and [...]

7 07, 2015

New 2015 Residential KeepRite AC Products

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KeepRite Model: CCA7 air conditioner Footprint (in inches): 31-35 (length) by 31-35 (width) by 39-47 (height) Serviceability features: When installed as part of a complete Observer communicating system, including the Observer wall control with Wi-Fi capability, the CCA7 offers system control with remote access, text-based diagnostics, and the ability to display a contractor’s name and [...]

6 07, 2015

New 2015 Residential Johnson Controls AC Products

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Johnson Controls Model: Series 5 rooftop gas/electric, electric/electric, and heat pump units Footprint (in inches): 82 (length) by 45 (width) by 33 (height) Serviceability features: Includes Simplicity SE; smart equipment controls with LCD display; and supply, return, and outdoor temperature sensors. Wireless access to unit information is available via a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or PC. Filter, [...]

3 07, 2015

New 2015 Residential Hydron Module AC Products

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Hydron Module Model: HVS/HVT Origin Series compact vertical water-to-air package Geothermal HP Footprint (in inches): 22 (length) by 22 (width) by 37 (height) Serviceability features: Most commonly accessed components can be reached via the front cabinet, including: desuperheater, reversing valve, blower motor, refrigerant ports, thermostatic expansion valve (TXV), and filter drier. A hinged control box easily [...]

2 07, 2015

New 2015 Residential Heil AC Products

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Heil Model: HCA7 air conditioner Footprint (in inches): 31-35 (length) by 31-35 (width) by 39-47 (height) Serviceability features: When installed as part of a complete Observer communicating system, including the Observer wall control with Wi-Fi capability, the HCA7 offers system control with remote access, text-based diagnostics, and the ability to display a contractor’s name and information. [...]

1 07, 2015

New 2015 Residential Halcyon AC Products

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Halcyon Model: System 9RLS3H heat pump Footprint (in inches): 11 (length) by 37 (width) by 12 (height) Serviceability features: The system provides a self-diagnostic system with easy-to-read LED error codes that can be looked up in Fujitsu’s Mobile Technician App. Easily accessible washable filters are available. Technical support: From mobile devices, contractors can download the Fujitsu Mobile [...]

30 06, 2015

New 2015 Residential Haier AC Products

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Haier Model: FlexFit Series heat pump Footprint (in inches): 27 (length) by 11 (width) by 31 (height) Serviceability features: These ductless systems provide a solution to mix and match the same indoor unit to both single- and multi-zone outdoor units, effectively reducing the time and cost of inventory management. Technical support: Support is available 8 a.m. [...]

29 06, 2015

New 2015 Residential Goodman AC Products

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Goodman Model: GPC/H/G14_M package A/C, heat pump, and gas/electric unit Footprint (in inches): 51 (length) by 47 (width) by 35-43 (height) Serviceability features: Convertible airflow is available in horizontal or downflow configurations. The unit is totally enclosed and features a permanently lubricated condenser fan motor. A fully insulated blower compartment includes convenient access panels. Liquid line [...]

25 06, 2015

New 2015 Residential Frigidaire AC Products

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Frigidaire Model: FS4BG iQ Drive air conditioner Footprint (in inches): 31 (length) by 31 (width) by 37 (height) Serviceability features: A two-digit LED provides system operation, status, and diagnostic troubleshooting information. The common suction service port allows the contractor to read suction pressure in all modes of operation without removing panels. A removable top-grille assembly provides service access [...]

24 06, 2015

New 2015 Residential Friedrich Air Conditioning AC Products

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Friedrich Air Conditioning Model: Ductless split single zone Wall-Mounted, M12CJ Footprint (in inches): Manufacturer did not specify. Serviceability features: This line of ductless splits is full of convenient installation features. The unique mounting- bracket holes are 16 inches on center. The unit offers level line ledges and a tape measure assist. A wall standoff bracket, spacious [...]

23 06, 2015

New 2015 Residential Fraser-Johnston AC Products

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Fraser-Johnston Model: Package rooftop gas/electric, electric/electric, heat pump units Footprint (in inches): 82 (length) by 45 (width) by 33 (height) Serviceability features: Features include Simplicity SE; smart equipment controls with LCD display; and supply, return, and outdoor temperature sensors. Users can access unit information wirelessly via a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or PC. Filter, electrical, and compressor [...]

22 06, 2015

New 2015 Residential EMI AC Products

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EMI Model: Comfortwave/CAW four-pipe cassette air handler Footprint (in inches): 25 (length) by 25 (width) by 13 (height) Serviceability features: Manufacturer did not specify. Technical support: Available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time, weekdays, at 800-228-9364 Technical support materials: Installation, operation, and maintenance manuals; parts list; and specification sheets are included. Noise-reduction features: Manufacturer did [...]

18 06, 2015

New 2015 Residential Dettson AC Products

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Dettson Model: Alizé/COND-09/12 heat pump Footprint (in inches): 35 (length) by 15 (width) by 24 (height) Serviceability features: This heat pump is designed to be highly serviceable. Component placement has been well thought out in order to make troubleshooting and repairs very convenient. Technical support: A bilingual technical team is available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. [...]

17 06, 2015

New 2015 Residential Day & Night AC Products

By |June 17th, 2015|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on New 2015 Residential Day & Night AC Products

Day & Night Model: CCA7 air conditioner Footprint (in inches): 31-35 (length) by 31-35 (width) by 39-47 (height) Serviceability features: When installed as part of a complete Observer communicating system, including the Observer wall control with Wi-Fi capability, the CCA7 offers system control with remote access, text-based diagnostics, and the ability to display a contractor’s name [...]

15 06, 2015

New 2015 Residential Daikin Ductless AC Products

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Daikin Ductless Model: FTK/XN wall-mounted ductless a/c and heat pump Footprint (in inches): 30-39 (length) by 11 (width) by 9-10 (height) Serviceability features: It includes long-life washable filters and is compatible with an optional Daikin ENVi wireless control that provides remote access to program and control. The pre-charged outdoor units allow for 33 feet of refrigerant [...]

12 06, 2015

New 2015 Residential Concord AC Products

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Concord Model: 4HP14L heat pump Footprint (in inches): 28 (length) by 28 (width) by 29 (height) Serviceability features: Manufacturer did not specify. Technical support: Support is available 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time, weekdays, at 800-515-3501. Installation manuals are available online at www.concord-air.com. Technical support materials: Wiring diagrams; installation, operation, and maintenance manuals; parts list; troubleshooting guide; [...]

11 06, 2015

New 2015 Residential Comfortmaker AC Products

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Comfortmaker Model: CCA9 air conditioner Footprint (in inches): 35 (length) by 35 (width) by 47 (height) Serviceability features: When installed as part of a complete Observer communicating system, including the Observer wall control with Wi-Fi capability, the CCA9 offers system control with remote access, text-based diagnostics, and the ability to display a contractor’s name and information. Three-piece [...]

9 06, 2015

New 2015 Residential Coleman AC Products

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Coleman Model: Apex rooftop gas/electric, electric/electric, heat pump units Footprint (in inches): 82 (length) by 45 (width) by 33 (height) Serviceability features: Includes Simplicity SE; smart equipment controls standard with LCD display; and supply, return, and outdoor temperature sensors. Wireless access to unit information is available via a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or PC. Other features include [...]

8 06, 2015

New 2015 Residential ClimateMaster AC Products

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ClimateMaster Model: Tranquility® 30 Digital Series Geothermal HP Footprint (in inches): Manufacturer did not specify. Serviceability features: The iGate™ technology control system allows an installer to monitor the performance of the unit, custom tailor its operation, and diagnose any issues, all from the thermostat. vFlow™ variable-water-flow technology builds the major water circulation components into the unit for [...]

5 06, 2015

New 2015 Residential Century AC Products

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Century Model: HMG X Series air handler with a/c coil Footprint (in inches): 22 (length) by 14-23 (width) by 44-56 (height) Serviceability features: Two-piece front panels remove easily, and all components are readily accessible. Additionally, a built-in filter rack and plug-in wiring connections save installation and service time. A breaker is accessible from the front when [...]

2 06, 2015

New 2015 Residential Broan AC Products

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Broan Model: FS4BG iQ Drive air conditioner Footprint (in inches): 31 (length) by 31 (width) by 37 (height) Serviceability features: A two-digit LED provides system operation, status, and diagnostic troubleshooting information. A common suction service port allows the contractor to read suction pressure in all modes of operation without removing panels. A removable top-grille assembly [...]

1 06, 2015

New 2015 Residential Bosch AC Products

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Bosch Thermotechnology Model: SM024 – SM070 Geothermal HP Footprint (in inches): 34 (length) by 26 (width) by 53 (height) Serviceability features: The filter rack is easy to access, and the evaporator air coil is tin plated. Technical support: Support is available online 24/7 at www.boschheatingandcooling.com. Online data includes technical specifications; an installation, operation, and maintenance manual; and an [...]

28 05, 2015

New 2015 Residential Armstrong Air AC Products

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Armstrong Air Model: 4SCU14LE air conditioner Footprint (in inches): 25 (length) by 27 (width) by 30 (height) Serviceability features: Precision Service technology features removable louvered panels on all four sides (two screws per side) for interior access. Four screws offer easy access to the fan assembly. Corner-mounted service valves are raised off the ground for [...]

27 05, 2015

New 2015 Residential Arcoaire AC Products

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Arcoaire Model: HCA7 air conditioner Footprint (in inches): 31-35 (length) by 31-35 (width) by 39-47 (height) Serviceability features: When installed as part of a complete Observer® communicating system, including the Observer wall control with Wi-Fi capability, the HCA7 offers system control with remote access, text-based diagnostics, and the ability to display a contractor’s name and information. [...]

26 05, 2015

New 2015 Residential American Standard AC Products

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American Standard Heating & Air Conditioning Model: AccuComfort™ Platinum 20 variable-speed air conditioner Footprint (in inches): Manufacturer did not specify. Serviceability features: This state-of-the-art technology delivers precise and efficient climate control by running at the exact speed necessary to maintain a home’s ideal temperature, within 1/2 degree of the selected comfort setting. Instead of cycling on and [...]

22 05, 2015

New 2015 Residential AC Products

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18 05, 2015

6 Reasons to Have a Service Agreement With Us

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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 [...]

15 05, 2015

The Importance of Venting for Indoor Plumbing

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The first evidence of a mechanical flushing toilet dates to 1596, invented by a Sir John Harington in England and ensuing centuries saw European and American inventors patent designs for workable toilets. So why did it take until the late 19th Century for indoor plumbing to finally catch on? The main reason is because most [...]

14 05, 2015

Household Hazards Keep Increasing for Toddlers

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It seems like evening news programs are always talking about a new hazard you’ve never thought of. Something that crept up on me and a lot of other people recently is the danger presented by those popular laundry detergent pods. A recent news story reported that some 17,000 children under the age of six have [...]

30 04, 2015

When Is It Time To Replace Your Furnace?

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Our technicians know what agony looks like. They see it on the faces of homeowners every time they deliver the bad news that a furnace is beyond repair. Sometimes we can fix it, sometimes we can't. Or we can, but we have to explain why it's not in the homeowner's best interest to do so. [...]

13 04, 2015

The AC condensing unit needs cleaning, should the top be removed?

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The quick and easy answer is yes.  Air is pulled from the outside of the unit into the middle of the ac condensing unit then up.  If the ac tech simple washes from the outside it may impact the dirt and debris into the fins instead of removing it.  The fins are there to increase [...]

9 04, 2015

Are 13 SEER Air Conditioners Really Gone?

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We hear this a lot.  There is plenty of misinformation floating around that says 13 SEER equipment has been eliminated.  Well, there is more to the story than that. For the first time every, the government has decided to create Regional standards for the North, South and West.  See this article for a chart and details. [...]

7 04, 2015

THE CONS OF FILTRETE AIR FILTERS FOUND IN COSTCO

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Filtrete Air Filters are a popular and top rated brand in the air filtration industry.  However, there are some shortfalls of the Filtrete Air Filter. One Inch Size: Filtrete Air Filter are only 1" thick.  Filter depth provides more surface area of filter material.  More Surface area makes a filter last longer.  Even though  Filtrete [...]

6 04, 2015

THE PROS OF FILTRETE FILTERS FOUND IN COSTCO

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Filtrete Filters are a popular and top rated brand in the air filtration industry and are used even in hospitals systems due to the fact that they are so efficient and effective. You don't want to take chances with the breathing air in your home. Why Filtrete Filters found in Costco Stand out from the [...]

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