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Scams, SEER, Refrigerants and more ...

Scams in the HVAC Industry

Remember what P.T. Barnum said ...

P.T. Barnum supposedly said "There's a sucker born every minute", and many HVAC contractors seem to believe that to be true. As with any home repair service, you need to turn on the BS detector and keep a keen eye on it when deciding who to call. And don't forget what your daddy told you - if it looks too good to be true, it probably is!

The Great Home Warranty Debate

Home Warranties - and insiders view

You buy a new house, and part of the package from the mortgage company includes a shiny new home warranty. One day your HVAC system breaks, and you dig out the paperwork, call the 800 number and start the home warranty process. Easy as cheese - right?

Your might want to rethink that after reading below ...

The Importance of Maintenance

Why maintenance is VERY important with your new R410A system

We've preached this for years: Get your system serviced twice a year, every year, by a qualified service company. It's an important part of your home's maintenance plan, and can extend the life of your equipment, catch troubles before they start, save you money on repairs - the list goes on and on.

However, many people assume that when they buy their new R410A system, they don't really need to keep up the maintenance for the first few years, or that they can continue with the "fix it when it breaks" mentality. And nothing could be further from the truth.

My R-22 unit is dead! What do I do???

How the HVAC industry manhandled the EPA

In 2004, the EPA begain the process of phasing out the use of R-22 (sometimes known as "Freon"). R-22 was used extensively in home air conditioning systems and has been a work horse in our industry for more than 4 decades.

The EPA, however, claimed that R-22 was a "greenhouse gas" and contributed to the depletion of the ozone layer and global warming. While many feel this is a non-issue, the fact remains that you cannot get a new R-22 condensing unit if yours decides to give up the ghost.

Or can you ....

R-410A. It's here. And it's staying

And why that's a good thing.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2010, our industry moves into a new era. As of that date, R-22 equipment can no longer be manufactured. This doesn't mean that your older R-22 system is dangerous or that you should immediately purchase a new air conditioning system. Your system will work just as it always has, and you should find no real impact on your home - until it fails.

The Dangers of Space Heaters

Why you should NEVER use them for permanent heating solutions

Every year at this time we hear the headlines: House Burns Due To Faulty Space Heater. And the sad fact is that almost all of these stories need never be told. Space heaters, while they have a place in the market, were never intended to be the primary heat source for a home and should only be used as a temporary solution until your central system is functional.

However, the simple truth is that many people use space heaters for heating troublesome rooms, converted garages, or workshops. In any case, the following tips will help you to use your space heater more safely

So you need to call a service company ...

Do's and Don't's - and what to expect

So your system is down, and you've followed our troubleshooting time but your system is still down. It's time to pick up the phone and call your service company (and, if you're in the CSRA we hope that call is to the Pros at Wrenn at (803) 279-4064).

But what should you expect when you call? What sort of information does the service company need? The tips below can help get your system fixed more quickly.

First, gather a little information.

13 SEER Equipment - the new standard

Why is my changeout so expensive?

In January of 2006, regulations were enacted which required HVAC equipment manufacturers to produce cooling system with a SEER of 13 or higher. This super high efficiency equipment is pricey - often 30 - 50% more than a 10 SEER unit you could purchase prior to January 2006 - and as a result costs have gone up. Prices have gone up on other items as well - copper has shot up in price, for example - and the fuel shortage affects anything which must be transported.

Heating Your Home Efficently

The Rising Cost of Home Heating

With winter upon us, your thoughts may be turning to those high heating bills from last winter. Rest assured, your rates will not go down, so it's up to you to make the best of those long winter months. While much of your heating needs are determined by old man Winter, you can prepare your home for the coming cold.