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Plumber that found a major issue unexpectedly

My mother-in-law’s house was built in 1853.

Now I am sure you are thinking this must be a mistake but it is not. The vast majority of the homes in her area are old farm houses that are well over one hundred years old. Because of this the contractors in the area are well versed in fixing issues that come up. Many, like the plumber we hired when her sewer lines backed up, tend to check out other systems while looking at the original one. While he was in the basement looking at the drainage lines he noticed a pile of black sawdust looking stuff on the floor. He looked up to see that the exhaust pipe for the furnace had started to crumble. It was an old cast iron pipe and had simply started to decay from age. He brought this to our attention and said that it really should be replaced. Even though there was not a leak at that time it could become a dangerous issue down the line. My husband explained the problem to his mom and even though it meant doing major construction and opening up walls she understood that it was needed. The saddest part of the whole thing was that it would mean removing the custom cabinet that my deceased father-in-law had built for her. We were very grateful to the plumber that went above and beyond to find the problem and he was able to recommend an HVAC technician that could complete the other job for us as well. Older homes do present special issues that newer construction ones do not but if they are maintained and repaired the old world charm that they have certainly make them worth owning.

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Carbon monoxide was our biggest fear

My wife and I purchased our home about three years ago and have done a lot of renovation work.

The main thing that we wanted to update was the kitchen and the HVAC system.

Planning the new kitchen was fun because we could choose new cabinets and appliances but when it came to the HVAC system we just wanted a system that would be efficient and safe for years to come. It wasn’t like it needed to be aesthetically pleasing as no one would really see it anyway. My wife was more concerned with the safety aspect of the whole thing. She did a lot of research to find a system that had features that would alert us to problems with filtration, overall performance and most importantly any danger of carbon monoxide gas. Your HVAC system can experience problems that can lead to these types of leaks and as it is an odorless gas it can be deadly before you know that there is a problem. Even if you have an older system you should install a carbon monoxide detector near the unit so that you can know that you are safe. Many of the new systems have safety features that will shut them down at the slightest indication of a leak and even alert authorities that there is a problem. Having this type of monitoring and safety feature allows the homeowner to feel comfortable and secure even while they are sleeping or away on vacation. If you are looking to purchase a new system or simply upgrade an older one make sure to ask your HVAC dealer about this because you will not regret the purchase of this type of life saving equipment.

 

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Hiring the right technician is key

Did you ever pay for something and realize it wasn’t what you thought it was? Sure, we all have.

You know, those deals that seem like they are the best in the world but turn out to be the exact opposite. This happened to me just last year when I hired someone to clean my ductwork at my home. I had just bought it and wanted to remove all the old junk from the lines from the previous owners. Having my own germs and dust in there was enough without any that came from complete strangers. I was excited when I found a guy that offered the services for half the cost of the other dealers so I signed a contract with him. The day of the appointment he was two hours late and when he was in the house he kept tracking dirt all over. I tried to tell myself that it was worth having to clean up later because I was saving money. When he finally finished the job he handed me the invoice and it had several unexpected fees. He said that he found “extra” problems that he didn’t know he would encounter. The funny thing was that he never came to get me and show me what he was talking about. I had no way of verifying anything and had no choice but to pay him. When I turned on the air conditioner afterward my house was instantly filled with a cloud of dust. I really wish I had checked his credentials better because I would definitely have hired someone else.

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Using my HVAC to keep kids healthy

It is that time of year again, flu season! With four kids under the age of ten I am sure you can imagine what it would be like to have that run through my house. The whole idea of it stresses me out beyond belief. Other than forcing them to take vitamins, washing hands on a regular basis, and cleaning the house like a crazed person there is one line of defense that many people don’t consider. Having your HVAC system serviced and cleaned on a regular basis can make a huge difference when it comes to avoiding illnesses. My husband and I have our system serviced twice a year without fail and our ductwork cleaned every other year. This makes sure that we don’t have any built up bacteria or germs that can resurface and start a whole illness over again. We also have a powerful HEPA filter, humidifier and air filtration on our system. Keeping our family safe and healthy is our number one priority. Even though the expense of having all of this associated with our HVAC system can get high it is worth the added cost. When you think of all the money we are saving on doctor visits, medication, and having to use vacation days to take care of sick children does not compare to that. If your family is anything like mine you should consider upgrading your HVAC system to include the added features we have. A qualified HVAC dealer can set you up with whatever you need to help avoid having sickness and even allergies in your home.

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An icy situation

My buddy called me the other day to tell me that he was having problems with his air conditioner and asked that I take a look at it. Normally I tell people to just call the shop and make an appointment but he is one of my best friends from college so I agreed to check it out. The way I look at it, it is like asking your auto mechanic friend to fix your car for free and I don’t like it when people ask me to look at things without paying for it. After all this is my livelihood and I would like them to respect the fact that I work as an HVAC technician. This is my livelihood and I don’t mind helping people out in a pinch but as a normal thing it cuts into my families income. The same can be said if you hire someone on the side to work on your HVAC system. You not only void the warranty that comes with your system but the work is not guaranteed like it is when you hire a reputable company to come in and do the job. This can end up costing you more in the long run. At any rate, the reason my buddy called was because he said that his air conditioner was coated in ice. The most common reason that this happens is the lack of refrigerant or small leaks. It can be an easy fix if caught early and hiring a professional is usually the best course of action to address it.

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Monitoring system on new HVAC equipment

I’m sure you’ve heard about the advances in modern appliances that include a self monitoring system.

Many of your larger appliances or equipment in your home have indicators to let you know when there is a specific problem.

This is great because just like your car can let you know when you need some oil change your refrigerator can tell you that it’s having an issue with a specific area so you can call for repair. The new HVAC system we had installed last year has the same capability and actually has a monitoring system built in. This monitoring system is connected through Wi-Fi and all we have to do is place a call to the HVAC dealer and have them check it out. This type of smart technology makes it easy to schedule maintenance repairs and no when a problem is looming instead of waiting for something terrible to happen. When we place a call to the HVAC dealership they can simply log on and test many of the system problems without even having to send a technician out. Sometimes they can even send the signal to the unit and have a diagnosis within minutes. If our HVAC system is in need of repair they know what parts that they need to bring in order to fix it so there isn’t any wait time during the appointment either. I’ve always been sort of a technology geek so I love the fact that they can now do things remotely and save valuable time and money for customers. I highly recommend that you look into these new types of technology if you are looking to replace any appliance in your home.

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Better safe than sorry

On my way home from work the other day I saw a billboard that reminded me that I needed to make an appointment with my local HVAC dealer.

The weather was turning colder and before long I would regret the fact that I didn’t if I needed my heat and it didn’t work.

I made that mistake several years ago and ended up in a freezing cold house for hours waiting for a technician to arrive to fix my heat. The emergency call I had to place for repair was costly and I have since replaced my HVAC system with a new one. I don’t really have concerns that the new system will break down but I would rather have it checked on a semi-annual basis to ensure that everything is running smoothly. My service calls, at this point, are included with the warranty and so long as I maintain those appointments I shouldn’t have any problems. When purchasing the new system I was shocked at the amount of money I needed to invest but having a newer, and well-maintained system really gives me peace of mind and I would rather be safe than sorry. The HVAC dealer in town is really great and they are really accommodating when it comes to scheduling appointments. They even offer some weekend hours at the same rate that they have during the work day and that makes it really convenient for people who work 9 to 5,Monday through Friday. I really appreciate this service because otherwise I would have to take off work to meet someone for the appointment and that would cost me in my hourly pay. I recommended this dealer to many people for that very reason.

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Lights out, heat on

My husband and I share common thoughts when it comes to our home, we never want to be without power or heat.

For this reason, we decided to have a whole house generator installed just after we bought the house. When we first looked into the installation we found that it was rather costly and that the existing HVAC system would require some modifications in order to work with the new unit. This process was really easy to navigate because our HVAC dealer would be handling the installation of the new unit anyway. The highly trained technicians on his staff could easily handle all of the adjustments while installing the new generator and we would have the peace of mind that our home would be comfortable no matter what mother nature threw at the infrastructure and power grid in our area. The last thing my husband and I wanted was to be stuck in a dark, cold house with three small children wondering when the power would be restored. Our area is susceptible to powerful storms in both the summer and the winter that can knock out the electricity for days. This would leave us without lighting, refrigeration for our food, no way to cook, and worst of all no way to heat or cool our home. If you share these same concerns then you should contact a local HVAC dealer and see if they install generators. If they don’t then you can probably ask them to recommend someone that they work with to do the job for you. I know that we sleep better at night knowing that our home is protected by one.

 

 

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New job with a lot to learn

If you are looking for a career choice that is growing and allows for some on the job training then I recommend checking with your local HVAC dealers in town

When I took a new position with the HVAC company in town I didn’t have a clue what most of the terms meant. To be honest after a week or so I wondered if I would ever catch on to what people were talking about. I had graduated college with a business degree so my options were wide open when it came to office jobs. This company was well known, had an excellent reputation for service and were quite busy. They hired me to work as a call center receptionist. This meant that I could schedule appointments for service and routine maintenance on HVAC systems for clients. The first day or so I was able to shadow a fellow employee so that I would understand my duties, after that I was left on my own. The first time someone called and needed an appointment to have their heat exchanger looked at my only thought was, “how do you exchange heat”?. I slowly learned the difference between forced air, hot water, and even geothermal systems and I think I have a handle on most of the trouble calls now. Our HVAC technicians have been a big help in my learning process because they are always happy to talk me through any of the questions that I have. If you are looking for a career choice that is growing and allows for some on the job training then I recommend checking with your local HVAC dealers in town. The job is seldom boring and you will constantly be learning about new and old technology.

 

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Just trying to pay my bills

A job is the type of thing that you do in order to make cash and pay your taxes, but a career is a job you are fully invested in, as an area of your life, and you base your future goals and dreams around it.

And then you have what is called the side hustle, a job you do besides your official job for extra cash, oftentimes a side hustle is related to a hobby, meaning there is little to no paper trail and you just job “gigs” much appreciate how a musician might.

Thanks to the quarantine I no longer have to work forty hours a day, however our side hustle is more fancy than ever. A couple of years ago I almost became an Heating and A/C contractor for a local business, however it just didn’t pan out. They hired myself and others on to jobs as an assistant to an Heating and A/C tech, so I could get on the job training while I studied for the certification test. It turns out I was not able to pass the Heating and A/C certification test, so the business fired me. I moved on with my life, however periodically I would do some minor Heating and A/C job for friends or family, and that is how it became our side hustle, however now that all of us are safe at home, many Heating and A/C companies are just as locked down as everyone else and won’t repair anything. Suddenly our skill set with Heating and A/C repairs, as limited as it may be, has become incredibly fancy and I’m getting calls each day! I know I’m not as skilled as a real Heating and A/C tech however times are tough and I’m going to take advantage!

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