Learn How to Reset a Furnace or Heat Pump

January 11, 2022

A furnace and a heat pump have numerous features that every homeowner must understand. Knowing how to restart your system is one thing you should understand how to do in case it turns off. Sometimes, pressing a simple button can restore the unit, but there may be more steps you need to follow. Keep reading to learn about the steps to reset different types of furnace systems. How to Reset an Electric Heat Pump Using the Reset Button Some furnace models use a power switch for turning on and off the furnace. Don’t worry if you don’t find this feature....

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Understanding Heat Exchangers and How They Work

December 20, 2021

A heat exchanger is vital to the proper functioning of your furnace. Unfortunately, many homeowners only learn about the heat exchanger when something goes wrong with the furnace. This post explores what a heat exchanger is and how it works. What Is a Heat Exchanger? A heat exchanger is a thin metal shield that’s located inside your furnace. It has two key functions: Exchanges heat: First, it transfers heat from your furnace via air ducts into the living spaces of your home. Aids in combustion: Then, it helps prevent incomplete combustion that can cause your furnace to produce high levels...

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Tips for Getting Your Home Winter Ready

November 20, 2021

Make no mistake. The winter is fast approaching bringing rain, snow, sleet, and the dreaded wintry mix to the Fieldale area. Wind chills can plummet below zero, and you will need a warm place. The one place you can count on feeling warm and cozy is within your own home. To ensure your home is ready for winter, you must act now. There are several things you can do to ensure your home will be a haven from freezing temperatures. Have Your Heating System Checked On the list on how to prepare for winter, having your heating system checked should...

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What Is a Thermostatic Expansion Valve?

October 20, 2021

One little-known but extremely important component in home cooling systems is the thermostatic expansive valve. Found just at the evaporator inlet, this valve regulates the flow of refrigerant through the system. When too much refrigerant is allowed to move through the evaporator, its coils will freeze over. Conversely, when there’s too little refrigerant, the evaporator can overheat and cause accelerated air conditioner wear. If your AC system is having a hard time keeping your Martinsville, Virginia, home cool, a damaged thermostatic expansion valve (TEV) could be the reason why. When the AC System Blows Warm Air, the TEV May be...

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What’s the Most Efficient Heating System for Your Home?

September 20, 2021

It can be tough to know what heating system is best for your home, especially when there are many options. From natural gas to electric heating, there are many different types of heating systems out there. The most efficient heating system will depend on the type of property and the amount of money you want to spend. Forced Air System If your home is relatively small and you want a comfortable temperature all year round, a forced-air system is probably the most efficient heating system for your home. These systems typically use little electricity and can even be controlled by...

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3 Myths About Cooling Your Home During Summer

August 16, 2021

There are a lot of reasons to know everything you can about your AC system and how it works. Busting myths about how to properly use your air conditioner can save you money and frustration. Here are three myths that you need to avoid. Myth #1: Lower Your Thermostat So It Can Cool Your Home Faster Lowering the temperature won’t make cooling happen faster. Unless you have a variable-speed air handler, the fan can only blow at a single speed. Therefore, it will not cool faster. It will cool at a rate of speed determined by the fan. Creating what’s...

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Noisy AC? Learn These Tips

July 28, 2021

An air conditioner plays a vital role in keeping your home feeling cool and comfortable during the summer season. However, an air conditioner can eventually get louder over time due to wear and tear. Sometimes you can make a few modifications on your own to decrease the noise of an air conditioner. If the noise seems to signify an issue, you may need to consider getting a replacement or calling a technician. Here are a few tips on how you can reduce the noise from your air conditioner. 1. Plant Shrubs One way to lessen the noise from an air...

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How To Prepare Air Conditioner for the Summer

June 12, 2021

The summer season puts a lot of strain on your air conditioner due to it running nearly non-stop to keep your home cool. All of this extra wear and tear can cause your system to malfunction. One way to avoid this malfunction is to take the extra time to prepare your air conditioner for the summer season. Taking a few precautionary steps can play a key role in boosting the lifespan of your system while saving you a lot of money. Here are a few tips to remember for preparing your AC system for the summer season. Replace the Filters...

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Why Does My Air Conditioner Smell?

May 13, 2021

Air conditioners can make some strange odors from time to time. There are several reasons why this happens, and some require the attention of an HVAC technician to resolve. Motor Issue An exhaust odor is created when there’s a problem with the motor. If you smell exhaust, you should immediately flip the switch in your breaker box to shut down your air conditioner. An experienced HVAC technician is needed to fix this problem. Blocked Drainage Line Your AC system has a drainage line that removes water. This line removes condensation that gets produced on the evaporator coil. If the line...

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What Are the Major Parts of an Air Conditioner?

April 5, 2021

Your air conditioner does more than cool your home. It also dehumidifies humid air. Air conditioners clean indoor air by eliminating debris particles and allergens. That’s why every homeowner in Martinsville should invest in air conditioners. The primary role of cooling systems is to remove heat from the indoors and cool it for a comfortable home throughout the year. Air conditioners comprise several major components that aid in their functioning. The Fans The air conditioning system consists of two fans to enable air circulation in and out of the house. The system has one indoor fan to pull in heated...

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