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What should I do if my air conditioner will not come on?

First, check your circuit breakers for a tripped switch. Note: Changing the thermostat quickly can cause a disruption. Allow 15 minutes for the compressor to automatically reset itself. Next, make sure the blower compartment door is closed. The unit will not come on if the door is open. Lastly, shrubbery around the outside unit can…

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What are some indications that I have a leak in my plumbing?

Water leaks around the house are often underestimated in their potential to cause serious damage. A trap that’s not tight, a toilet seal that’s lost its grip, or even a water line with a tiny drip too hard to see or hear, but every day it continues to wear away parts of your home, causing…

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I am getting a foul odor from a bathroom in our basement. What can I do?

Plumbing systems are designed to prevent foul odors from entering your home by means of the trap attached to fixtures. Traps contain water to seal out foul odors; if the water seal evaporates, the odors enter the house. To solve this problem, pour a bucket of water in each trap, sink, shower and floor drain.…

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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 running too hard. Heat escapes from bare hot-water pipes causing the water sitting in…

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How is the efficiency of heating and air conditioning equipment measured?

When purchasing an air conditioner, furnace or heat pump, always ask about its efficiency rating. This rating will tell you how efficiently the unit uses fuel (gas, electricity or oil). The most common efficiency ratings are: SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio): This ratio tells you the amount of cooling your system will deliver per dollar…

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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. If this is something you’re considering make sure to act soon. This will expire in December and…

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