I put in a new heating & cooling system last winter; do I need to schedule regular maintenance?

Yes!! Even though your system is new, it still needs to have annual maintenance performed. This will help keep the warranty in effect. Most all equipment manufacturers state in the terms of their warranty that a qualified technician must ...

Is a heating & air conditioning system with more capacity always better?

No. A larger system with more capacity actually delivers less comfort and costs more to operate. An air conditioner is at its least efficient when it’s first turned on. A system with too much capacity will run in numerous short cycles, turning ...
What happens when roots get inside water/sewer lines and what can I do?

What happens when roots get inside water/sewer lines and what can I do?

Once roots have entered the pipe, they continue to grow and expand, exerting considerable pressure at the crack or joint. This increased pressure can cause the pipe to break or collapse, in which case it will need to be repaired or completely ...

During the winter the fan occasionally shuts off on my heat pump outside unit, then restarts. Why?

Nothing is wrong with your unit. What appears to be smoke is steam from the outdoor coil after it completes a defrost cycle. After extended run times the outdoor unit will start to build frost or ice on the coil. The system is designed to go in ...

What are the benefits of insulating ductwork and pipes?

Insulating pipes and ducts that run through unheated space will result in a significant savings in your energy bill. Making sure conditioned air isn’t leaking out of your ductwork can save you on your utility bills and keep your system from ...

Is it too late for me to take advantage of federal tax credits?

Absolutely not! The government extended tax credits through this year. From now until December 31, 2011 you can still claim federal tax credits when purchasing and installing a new energy efficient heating and cooling system within this year ...

How important is an EnergyGuide Label?

The EnergyGuide label is important when shopping for an energy-efficient product.  The U.S. government requires manufacturer’s to affix the label to a variety of products to provide a way for consumers to compare the energy use of similar ...

What should I do if have a major leak in my home?

If the leak is inside your home or you have a burst pipe you should first turn off your water supply at your main shutoff valve. If you do not have a main shutoff valve, or don’t know where it is located, you may turn off your water at your ...

What are some things I should look for in a good contractor?

Here is a list of things to check out when looking for a good contractor: Make sure they are licensed and insured. Make sure they use name brands. Verify that their technicians are certified. Make sure that they file city permits for all ...

Should I be concerned if my toilet is running?

You bet. Not only is it annoying to listen to, it’s a waste of water and money. Leaky toilets can add up on your water bills. If the toilet continues to run after the toilet is flushed, it indicates that some part of the internal ...

What should I do in case of an emergency like water dripping from my ceiling?

The first thing you should remember is that safety comes first. If there are any electrical appliances nearby, turn the electricity off at the main breaker. Then, turn off your main water shut off valve. It’s a must to know where this is! (Did ...

What are the benefits of replacing my existing air conditioning system?

If your system is old and inefficient, or the repairs are starting to increase in cost and frequency, you’ll probably want to consider replacement.  Today, systems are as much as 60% more efficient than those systems manufactured as ...