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Top 4 HVAC And Air Conditioning Troubleshooting Tips

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

As spring turns into summer and the weather starts heating up, you need your air conditioner to work. But what do you do if you turn it on and it doesn’t work? Before you call a repairman, try troubleshooting the issue yourself. Air conditioning services can be expensive, so having some tips on hand can save you some money. Here are the top four HVAC troubleshooting tips: 1. The air conditioner doesn’t turn on If you lower your thermostat, but the unit doesn’t turn on, there are two reasons this can happen. The first issue could be that your thermostat doesn’t work. The second issue that can cause this is a lack of power. To identify the problem, set your thermostat as cool as it will go to make sure it’s set to a temperature lower than that in your house. Next, check your fuse box to ensure the breaker for the air conditioner isn’t tripped. Check to see if the fuses are in good condition. Reset the breaker, and if necessary, replace the fuses. If your air conditioner still won’t turn on, you will need a repairman to replace the thermostat. 2. The air doesn’t feel cold If your air conditioner turns on, but doesn’t seem cold, it may just need to be cleaned. If the filters get clogged with dust and hair, this reduces the amount of cool air that can pass through the system. Start by cleaning the filters of your air conditioner. Make sure all the vents of your central air system are open and clear. Next, make sure the power to the outdoor unit is off. Vacuum the fins and vents of the outdoor unit. Turn the power back on to the unit when you’re done. If the issue persists, an HVAC technician can replace the coolant. 3. The system leaks If you notice more water leaking from your unit than usual, this indicates a clogged line. Dirt, dust, and debris can collect in the lines of the system and prevent water from draining properly. This water has to go somewhere, so it pools underneath the unit. A little water pooling from time to time is nothing to be concerned about, especially if it’s very humid. But if you notice a large pool, check the lines and vents for your system. If they are clogged, pull the obstruction out and thoroughly clean the line with a wire brush. 4. The air conditioner won’t turn off If your system won’t turn off, there are several troubleshooting ideas you can try. When a unit won’t turn off, this usually indicates a lack of air flow to the thermostat. Your vents, fans, or lines are dirty. Check your vents for clogs or blockages. Vacuum the inside of the condenser. If this still doesn’t solve the issue, check the condition of your fans. If they are dirty, wipe them with a cloth. Check to see if they are bent or chipped. If they are bent, try to pull them straight. Clean your filters. As a last resort, apply a drop of oil to the motor of your unit. If your air conditioner is malfunctioning, try to troubleshoot the issue. These four tips can save you money and sweat this summer. If the problems continue even after you’ve tried...

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Four Tips For Deciding On The Best Glass Shower Design For Your Remodeled Bathroom

Posted by on Mar 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Even if you live in an older home, the prospect of a bathroom remodel means lots of possibilities for your new glass shower. As with any other household object, the best glass shower design for you will depend on both your personality and your home’s previous layout. If you haven’t yet decided how you want your glass shower to look, consider these four tips. For Smaller Bathrooms, Look Into Getting A Neo Angle Shower If your bathroom isn’t particularly large, maximizing the space available to you without compromising shower quality is a top priority. In contrast to a square or rectangle shower that protrudes out of the wall, a neo angle shower has a small and unnecessary part of one corner corner cut out. Some neo angle showers fit a small swinging door on the corner cut out from the rectangle. Others economize on breathing space by having a sliding door on one of other sides. Take The Position Of Your Toilet Into Account Some people like their toilet close to their shower door so they’ll have a convenient place to put their towels on. Other people don’t want to be reminded of a toilet while they’re taking a shower. Which camp you fall in should influence whether you choose to have a glass door or a protruding wall separate your shower head from your toilet. Don’t Use An Opaque Type Of Glass With Large Plants Large plants in a bathroom with space for them are great for making the room look more inviting. Tinted glass, rain glass, and all the other types of opaque glass conflict with this because of their emphasis on privacy. For Natural Light, Consider Installing A Shower Window High Off The Ground There’s no reason to minimize natural light in your shower just because it’s in a bathroom. Either a sunroof directly above your shower head or a window placed just below the ceiling will do wonders to raise your morale just before you have to go to start your day’s work. If you decide on a window in your shower just below the ceiling, you might think that it’s a good idea to place it in such a away that it’ll let as much light into the rest of your bathroom as possible. But if the light is confined mostly to a shower with three solid walls and one opaque glass door, you’ll be able to focus on the light more easily and it’ll stick out in your mind long after you’re done showering. Deciding on the perfect glass shower for your own particular bathroom can be a lot of fun. If you combine your natural enthusiasm with getting something new with at least a rudimentary knowledge of bathroom designs and layouts, you’ll almost certainly stumble upon some glass shower doors that you just can’t do...

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Maintenance Tips To Keep Vinyl Windows Like New

Posted by on Dec 11, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Most people choose vinyl for their replacement windows because they are low-maintenance.  It’s certainly true that vinyl windows require far less care than do wood windows—there’s no paint, no weather-proofing, and no risk of rot.  While you won’t have to work too hard to keep your vinyl windows looking like new, there are a few important things you should know about caring for them.   Clean Vinyl Door and Window Frames Keep your vinyl window and door frames clean and shiny with simple mild dish soap diluted in water.  Harsh cleaners can damage the frames – avoid anything that is petroleum or oil-based.  You should also avoid using cleaners that are abrasive or include any kind of solvent.  These can damage the finish on your vinyl windows.  If you need something stronger and you’re not sure about a cleaner you want to use, test in a hidden area first or contact the manufacturer of your windows to find out if it’s safe.  Rinse cleaners away with fresh water and gently dry with a clean soft cloth. Regularly Inspect Your Windows Check the weatherstripping around windows and doors regularly to look for any damage.  You should also inspect all the hardware to make sure everything is in good working order, and nothing needs to be replaced.  Any damaged pieces should be replaced immediately to keep the windows functioning well and prevent further damage. Keep Tracks and Well Holes Clear Clean all tracks and well holes and make sure they are clear to allow windows and doors to open and close smoothly.  Debris in tracks can be damaging to the windows both functionally and cosmetically over time.  You can clean all of the tracks and well holes with the same soap and water mixture as the frame.  Don’t use any sharp objects to clear debris, as it can scratch the window’s finish.  Air blown through a compressor or even a hair dryer can help to clear areas that are hard to reach of dust and debris. Your vacuum cleaner can do the same, especially if you have an attachment with a narrow end. Keep the Glass Clean Clean your glass with products that are designed to safely clean glass without damaging frames should the cleaner come into contact with them.  Cleaning the glass regularly prevents buildup around the edges of the frame, ensuring that your windows continue to look like new.  Most glass cleaners on the market are safe for use with vinyl windows, but it’s always a good idea to spot test or call for advice...

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Four Benefits Of Installing A Geothermal HVAC System

Posted by on Dec 5, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you want to have an energy-efficient HVAC system installed in your home, one of the best options available is a geothermal system. These are systems that use a geothermal heat exchanger to reduce the amount of energy that is needed to heat and cool your home. These systems can be much more efficient than a conventional HVAC system and will significantly reduce your energy bills. If you want to have a geothermal HVAC system installed in your home, here are four things that you will get from your system: 1. Reduced Energy Costs With Geothermal Energy The biggest benefit of geothermal HVAC is the reduced energy costs. This is because these systems take advantage of the available geothermal energy in the ground. There is a circuit of pipes that acts as a heat sink to collect the energy that can be used by your system. The amount of energy you save depends on the median ground temperature where you live, but it can be up to 50% more efficient than conventional systems. 2. Fewer Repairs To Your HVAC System Because a geothermal heat pump reduces the energy needed to heat and cool your home, there is less wear and tear on your system. This means that your HVAC system will need to have fewer repairs than a conventional system. When something does need to be repaired, it is usually part of the components of the air handling system, and not the geothermal aspect of the system, which means that repairs do not cost any more than a conventional system. 3. A System That Can Be Used For Heating And Cooling Another benefit of geothermal HVAC is that is can be used for heating and cooling. Unlike things like biomass heating, it will provide you with heating in the winter months and cooling during the summer months. With a geothermal system you will not need to have two separate systems for the heating and cooling needs in your home. 4. Environmentally Friendly System That Works Much Like Conventional HVAC Geothermal HVAC has been around for many decades, and it is also an environmentally friendly heating and cooling solution. It also works with technology that is tried and tested. The system itself will work much like the conventional HVAC system that you already have installed in your home, so there are no new tricks to learn when operating the system or extra maintenance or repairs that these systems are going to need. These are some of the benefits that a geothermal HVAC system can provide your home. If you want to have a geothermal system installed in your home, contact an HVAC contractor and ask them about some of the different options you have for installing your system. To learn more, contact a company like Robert Bair Plumbing Heating & Air with your questions and...

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3 Affordable Ways To Change Up Your Kitchen By Working On The Cabinets

Posted by on Nov 30, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you have finally had enough of your current kitchen cabinets, you might be ready for a change. However, you do not want to make the mistake of assuming that because you are working within a tight budget, this is a near-impossible task. Just take a moment to reflect on the following tips for changing up your kitchen cabinets. Take Off The Doors Some people might think that this is an odd thing to do. However, if you take a quick look in some current home interior or remodeling magazines you should stumble across many pictures of kitchen cabinets that are purposely missing the doors. Simply remove the screws from the hinges and take the door off, using wood fill to fill in the small holes where the screws were. Then, once the filling is dry, you can sand it smooth and paint your cabinets a fresh, vibrant color. You can now showcase all of your pretty plates and glasses. Replace The Handles And Knobs There are lot of options when it comes to replacing the handles and knobs from your kitchen cabinet doors and drawers. Believe it or not, you do not have to stick with the knobs and handles you find in the kitchen department of a home improvement store. You can shop at used stores for old dresser knobs and use the ones that you find the most interesting. Another thing that you might want to do is to mix it up a bit. There is no rule out there that says that all of your knobs and handles have to match each other. As long as they line up with the pre-drilled holes in the wood, you can use whatever you want. Mix and match everything for a truly unique look. Replace With Gently Used Cabinets If your old kitchen cabinets are a little beyond these simple updating ideas, you might need to completely replace them with something better. Should you need to keep your expenses to a minimum, you can look online for people who are replacing their good quality cabinets with something newer, simply because they want a new look. You can often find good quality kitchen cabinets for a fraction of the cost of brand new ones. As you can tell, there are plenty of ways to change up the look of your kitchen cabinets, whether you are dismantling them or replacing them. Talk to a company like JK Cabinets & Design to learn about other ways to upgrade your kitchen...

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Planting New Trees? 3 Ways To Reduce Their Stress During Their First Year

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The trees that you’re planting in your yard may experience stress during their first year of growth. Things like improper care, lack of water, and injuries can cause your trees to experience stress. If they are not properly cared for, the stress can eventually kill them. You can keep your new trees healthy and reduce the amount of stress they experience by following these easy steps. Provide Proper Drainage Your trees need to have good drainage. Too much water on the trunk can leave the tree susceptible to damage. Not enough water on the roots can dry it out. New trees require special draining for their first year. Here is the best way to ensure proper drainage for your new trees. Directions Dig a hole in your yard. Place your tree into the hole. Add or remove soil until the root ball is about 2″ above the opening of the hole. Fill the hole with dirt and pat it down firmly around the tree. Rake the soil surrounding the tree trunk so that it slopes down away from the tree. Moving about 18″ out from the base of the trunk, create a 3″ high berm around your tree. Fill the trench you’ve created with water twice a day. Provide Secure Staking When you stake your tree, it’s important that you allow enough movement for the tree to move.  Tying the tree too tightly can lead to gouges and rope burns. These injuries can leave your new tree susceptible to beetle infestations. Directions Place one stake about 24″ away from your tree. Move to the other side of the tree and place a second stake 24″ away from the tree. Use twine or fabric ties to secure your tree to the stakes. Attach one tie to the middle of your tree and tie it to the stake. Move down about 8″ from the first tie and attach a second tie. Leave the ties loose enough to allow for movement and growth. Provide Proper Pruning When you prune your new tree, you should not make the cuts too close to the surface of the tree. Cuts that are made too close can weaken the stability of the tree. Close cuts can also introduce diseases to your tree. Before you make the cut, measure about 2″ up from the tree. That will leave enough of the branch to provide proper healing. Your new trees are their most susceptible to stress during their first year. Reducing their stress can help them grow faster and avoid growth problems and infestations. For more tips, contact a tree care company like Done-Rite Tree Company...

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Here’s What To Look For When the Air Conditioner Stops Working

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It never fails. As soon as the hottest part of the summer arrives, your air conditioner is going to break down. The first thing you should do is call your service technician and schedule an appointment. The second thing you should do is use this handy list to try and troubleshoot the problem while you wait for repairs. There are a couple of things that might be preventing your air conditioner from working properly. Low Air Flow If your air conditioner unit seems to be working but you’re not getting air through the vents, you might have a dirty filter or clogged ducts. Try fixing the problem by following the steps below. Dirty Filter If it’s been a few months since you changed the filter on your air conditioner, this might be a good time to take care of that. A dirty filter can prevent the proper amount of air from getting through to your air conditioner. You should change your filter about once a month during peak times, such as summer and winter. Once you’ve replaced the filter, turn your air conditioner on and see if it’s providing cold air. If it isn’t, there might be a problem in the ducts. Clogged Ducts If your air conditioner is working but you aren’t getting cold air through the vents, you might have a problem with clogged or dirty air ducts. You can use a vacuum cleaner and a feather duster to give your ducts and vents a quick cleaning. Directions Remove the covers from your wall or ceiling vents. Remove the cover from your filter compartment and take the filter out. Use your feather duster to loosen up the dirt inside the vents. Use your hose attachment to vacuum away the loose dirt and debris. Replace your filter and vent covers. Turn your air conditioner on and test the air pressure. Air Conditioner Won’t Turn On When your air conditioner won’t turn on, you have a bigger problem than just dirty filters or ducts. Here are a couple of things you can check while you wait for your service technician. Seized Motor Your air conditioner works hard during the summer. During particularly hot days, your air conditioner can overheat. When that happens, the motor can seize, which means it’s not going to move. You might need to cool down the unit. Take your garden hose and spray down your air conditioner. Be sure to get the fan blades too. Once you’ve sprayed down the entire air conditioner, try turning it back on. Damaged Wires If you’ve tried everything else and your air conditioner still won’t turn on, you might want to look at the wires. This is particularly important if you have dogs, especially the type that like to chew. Look at the wires that run from the unit to your home. If you see any damage, you’ll want to notify the repair company as soon as the technician arrives. Being without an air conditioner during the summer can be miserable. If your air conditioner suddenly stops working properly, use this simple guide to troubleshoot the issue. You just might be able to find the problem before the technician, one like Springer Bros Air Conditioning-Heating LLC,...

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2 Tree Care Mistakes You Might Be Making

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

After you plant trees in your yard, you might imagine a day when you can enjoy a little extra shade and better curb appeal. Unfortunately, that day might never come if you unintentionally kill those trees by doing the wrong things. Here are two tree care mistakes that you might be making and how you might be able to prevent problems. 1: Removing Too Much Foliage at a Time If you had several medical conditions that all required surgery, would your doctor recommend taking care of all of them at once? To keep you alive and well, most physicians would probably spread operations out over a period of time. Although this concept might make perfect sense when you think about your own health, when it comes to your trees, you might be tempted to throw common sense aside and cut away vast amounts of foliage in a single trimming session. However, one thing that most people don’t realize is that you can kill your tree by cutting away too much foliage. Just like any other living organism, your tree can only handle so much injury at a time. In addition to struggling to heal fresh wounds, your tree will also need to use existing leaves to gather the nutrients that it needs to survive. To keep your tree alive and well, experts generally recommend not removing more than 15-20% of your tree’s foliage at a time. If you want to make sure that the job is done correctly, consider hiring a professional tree services company. Not only do they have the proper tools to do the job, but they will also know how much they can take off without harming your tree. 2: Over Watering Do your trees look parched and thirsty? If those leaves look dried out, you might decide to park a garden hose near the base of your tree for several hours or even days to make sure to properly hydrate the plant. However, crumpled leaves can also be a sign of overwatering, and you might just be making the problem worse. When water swarms the area around the base of your tree, it can actually suffocate the roots and keep the tree from pulling in enough moisture. Although it might not seem like much, most trees will do just fine with about 1-3 inches of water each week. To avoid overwatering, watch the weather and keep track of how much rainfall you should expect. If your meteorologist is predicts several inches of rain, don’t worry about watering those trees. Being familiar with tree care mistakes might help you to make better decisions, so that those trees have the chance to thrive. Click here for more information from a professional tree...

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Four Common Causes Of Roof Leaks

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

You can get most roof leaks repaired without a full replacement if you catch them early enough. Learn the four most common problems that lead to leaks, along with how to spot them. Problem #1: Broken Shingles Most roof leaks begin with a broken or missing shingle. Water gets under the remaining shingles and pools, making its way into the home. You don’t need a wind storm to suffer from damaged shingles. Common causes include: Sun damage, which leads to cracking. This often occurs on the south side of the roof where it receives the most sun. Moss growth, primarily on the north side of the roof. Moss can work its way beneath a shingle, where it lifts and breaks the shingle. Outside damage, such as from falling tree limbs. Normal deterioration. Asphalt shingles will eventually begin to crack and crumble as they age. A quick inspection of the roof, even from ground level, will usually reveal any damage. Problem #2: Insufficient Flashing Flashing is the metal strips used to seal gaps between the roofing material and parts of your home’s structure, such as around chimneys or sky lights. Missing or damaged flashing leaves an opening for water to seep in and cause a leak. Caulk is used along with the flashing to make a water-tight seal. As your roof ages and your house settles, gaps can open up in the flashing. Getting the gaps repaired and resealed when they are still small can prevent leaks and extend the life of your roof. Problem #3: Weather Damage A new leak after a storm indicates weather damage. High winds are the main culprit, because they lift and tear off shingles. Visually inspect your roof after every wind storm. A water leak may not make itself known immediately, but the visual damage to the shingles will be obvious. Snow and ice can also result in weather damage. Sometimes the damage is as obvious as a broken shingle, while at other times ice may buildup beneath the shingle. As the ice melts, you end up with a leak inside. If you notice these ice dams forming, calling in a roofing repair specialist to help minimize the damage. Problem #4: Soffit Issues The metal or wooden board that runs along the underside of your roof’s overhang is called the soffit. If it gets damaged or develops a hole, water can get into your roof and cause moisture problems and leaks. The fascia board, which runs behind the gutters, can also become damaged. Keeping your gutters cleaned out helps prevent damage. Regular visual inspections also ensure you find minor problems before they turn into major leaks. If you suspect roof damage or a leak, getting it repaired immediately is the best course of action, pop over here for professional help. A single broken shingle may not seem like a big deal, but it can result in a costly leak. Damage also tends to grow, so where you see a small problem today is a larger repair waiting to...

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Restore Your Valuable Items With Antique Glass Repair

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Antique lovers may have antique mirrors or antique pieces containing glass artwork. Many of these pieces can be very valuable, but time has tarnished or damaged the glass. In order to restore your timeless pieces, you may feel you have to get the glass replaced, but that may cause the value to decrease. The other option is antique glass repair. The following are reasons why you should examine the possibility of antique glass repair. Repair Items Without Further Damage Letting precious items sit with broken pieces or cracks can cause further damage. Many times the item can be repaired without damaging the areas surrounding it. You may even find antique items while shopping and feel they are too damaged to be of any use. Having a professional glass repair specialist such as K & W Glass Inc look at the item can give you an estimate of how much can be repaired, and if the integrity of the item can be maintained. Holds More Value Over Time If you ever decide to sell your items, they’ll be worth more if they are undamaged and have been restored to their original state. A damaged item can also take away from the overall beauty of the piece. If they are collectible items, the value will increase if the item is in good condition. You can keep your items gaining value by taking care of the damage, and having them restored to their original state. Special Handling Is Used Special tools and chemicals are used in restoring antique and precious items. Trying to repair them on your own can cause irreversible damage. Using the wrong type of bonding or chemicals on the item can cause discoloration, cracking, and misshaping, You’ll want to make sure you use a glass repair company that specializes in restoring antiques and glass repair so the correct techniques are utilized. Longer Lasting Finish Your item may receive a finish that will help it withstand weather, insects and time. The restoration techniques used can also give the item more durability in changing climates. Ask your glass repair specialist about any special finishes that can be applied to help your antiques last longer. Things To Remember: Make sure the glass repair shop specializes in restoring antiques. Inquire about any chemicals they use on your items. Give as many details on the origin and state of your antique items so correct techniques can be applied. Ask about any special storing instructions after your antiques have been...

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