If you're the thrifty type and you like to keep your energy bills low, you're probably aware that shutting off your air conditioner is the quickest way to a lower energy bill. An electric central AC unit consumes around 15,000 watts and costs around $1.50 per hour – that's 11,000 watts and $1.10 more expensive than the next most costly appliance, the water heater. And you're probably familiar with strategies for keeping cool without your central AC.
17 August 2016
Nothing is more frustrating than when your home's air conditioner stops working. Whether your air conditioner only blows warm air or stops blowing air altogether, you will likely want to get it working again as soon as possible to keep the summer heat out of your home. You may not need to hire a professional immediately, as there are some repairs you can do yourself. Here are two problems that can occur with your AC unit you can remedy yourself.
9 August 2016
Being the homeowner of an older home or one that was built during the last century can leave you with the responsibility of dealing with an aging sewer. Here is some information about fiber conduit sewer pipe, how to determine if you have it installed in your home's sewer line, and what to expect from it when it fails. What is Fiber Conduit Sewer Pipe? Fiber conduit sewer pipe, also referred to as Orangeburg pipe, Bermico pipe, and cellulose fiber pipe, is a type of pipe that was made from ground wood fibers, which were bound together with a waterproof adhesive, then impregnated with liquid coal tar pitch, and rolled together in layers to create a pipe.
10 March 2016
"Is your refrigerator running?" may be the introduction to a classic prank call, but if your refrigerator can't seem to achieve a cool enough temperature or is cycling on and off more frequently than normal, you probably find it anything but funny. Whenever the workhorse of your kitchen appliances begins showing signs of trouble, you may wonder whether an expensive repair (or worse, replacement) is in your future. Fortunately, there are a number of refrigerator problems that can be easily fixed with a bit of elbow grease.
7 March 2016
Water leaks are one of the most common problems homeowners face with their air conditioning systems. This often comes as a shock to those who associate water leaks with plumbing problems. There are plenty of reasons why you could suddenly find a pool of water around your A/C unit. The following takes an in-depth look at 5 common reasons for A/C water leaks. Reason #1: Overflowing Drain Pan As the evaporator coil removes heat from the surrounding air, it also causes water vapor to condense and fall into the drain pan below the coil.
7 March 2016
Adding central air to an existing home is no small remodel. It may be worth it, but you need to be extra prepared in order to ensure the process goes smoothly. Here are some of the things you need to plan for if central air is in your future. Plan Which Areas Are Going To Be Used In Installation Unless there is old duct-work in the walls that you can get access to, which is unlikely if you are just now installing a centralized system, you are going to have to run new ductwork through the walls as part of the installation.
4 March 2016
On a hot summer's day, the last thing you need is your air conditioner deciding to call it quits. There are plenty of reasons why this can happen, but the most common reason involves an evaporator coil caked with frost or even solid ice. A frozen evaporator coil can stand in the way of cooling comfort. The following is a comprehensive guide detailing how freeze-ups can happen, what can be done to fix them and how to prevent them from happening in the future.
7 July 2015