Cut your losses

Sometime it is better to replace than to repair a boiler. Older systems can have a cascade of issues that spans over months or several seasons that can cost almost as the cost of whole system. Sometimes seeing the forest for the trees and cutting your losses before the suck you in a money black hole is the right decision. This replacement was the case. Older boiler was condemned due to combustion issues and a blocked heat exchager.

Importance of keeping condenser coils clean

One thing that a lot of folks overlook in basic air conditioning upkeep/maintenance is keeping a condenser coil clean.  The condencer coil’s (outside unit) primary goal is to condense the refrigerant and extract heat from it in order be ale to extract it again inside to make it cool again.  If the condenser coil is dirty/clogged it can not adequately extract heat(cool the hot refrigerant) it puts strain on the compressor, which will eventually burn out.  Easy solution is to periodically wash it.  Some areas require condensers to be washed anually and some can go 5 years between washes.  Some can be easily inspected and some need to be taken appart to be properly washed.  The condenser in the picture below ( Rheem/ Ruud) had to be partially disassembled to gain access to coil.  The best way to keep the condenser coil clean is to keep the lawn away at a distance.  Lawn creeping on the condenser brings the landscaping workers, who seem to love beating on the condensers.  Best thing yo do is put either large gravel or pavers around the condenser (approx 1.5′ on each side).  That will keep the lawn at a distance and will also press down loose dirt and dust.  This will increase the lifespan of a condenser.  Remember we are just a phone call away

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Quality Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning

Although we can service and install every brand, not every brand is worth installing.  Some brands we try to steer clear of.  These brands produce poor quality products and back it up with even worse quality warranties.  Our company guarantee our labor for up to one year on everything we do whether its a faucet install, or a new air conditioning system.  We have learned our lessons with products that just don’t hold up and we take it to heart when something does not live up to its expected standards.  We will always offer advice based on our long learned experience.  Our advise is based on product longevity, serviceability and availability of parts.  After all customer satisfaction and our reputation is of most importance to us.

No filter in central air system

Last week I wrote an article about having a really dirty air filter and why it is a important to change them regularly.  In that article we discussed that dirty filters will restrict airflow in the air handler, which can cause serious malfunction in the system.  Now, lets talk about the repercussions of removing the air filter entirely and forgetting to put one back in .  The same effect as a dirty filter is recreated inside the evaporator coil. Dust gets lodged in between the coil fins, which forms into a giant patch and restricts air flow.  Side effects may include coil freezing and compressor burnout.  At the least it will require the coil to have specialized cleaning which may be expensive and in extreme situations the coil must be removed entirely for propper cleaning.  However, this can all be avoided if the air filter is replaced regularly.

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Effects of not having an air filter in central air

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Evaporator coil dirt blockage due to lack of filter