Here are the Blogs in the Maintenance category.
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Saturday, 18 November 2017
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It always seems your heat will go out on the coldest day of the year!  Why spend money when you may be able to fix it yourself? This post describes some trouble-shooting and fixes you may be able to do before calling a technician.   1. Thermostat-related issues: Is the display on your thermostat ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/18/2017 5:12 AM by tony anderson
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Sunday, 15 October 2017
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We all try to make our dollars go farther and last longer.  Big expenditures – like a new HVAC system or a major HVAC repair – can break the budget… and who has time for that anyway?  Here are some true stories from customer experiences we can all learn from. .embed-container { position: relative; ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/15/2017 8:30 AM by cherylaustin
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Friday, 15 September 2017
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Fall has come to mean football and tailgating.  But it also means it’s time to get ready for heating season.  Having a fall maintenance check now will help ensure you stay warm as temperatures drop in the months ahead. We tag along on a typical fall maintenance check done by Lance Waterbarger, technician ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/15/2017 8:00 AM by cherylaustin
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Friday, 31 March 2017
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With heating and cooling accounting for roughly 50% of your home’s energy consumption, things that decrease your monthly energy costs or help your HVAC to be more efficient are the best investments you can make.  Here are the 5 best ways to optimize your HVAC investment: 1.  Adding Attic Insulation Close ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/31/2017 10:13 PM by Tony Anderson
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Tuesday, 3 January 2017
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The cold months of winter arrive this week. After the deep freeze we experienced last week, it looks like Middle Tennessee may be in for a challenging winter in 2017. During these long, cold winter months your furnace will work much harder and will require more energy than any other time of year. Fortunately, ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/03/2017 2:19 PM by Tony Anderson
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Tuesday, 13 December 2016
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We hate to be the bearer of bad news (maybe good news to a few of you) but Winter just happens to be right around the corner. Yes, in this the year 2016, winter will come roaring in like a lion on December the 21st. Also known as 4 days before Christmas! We don't want you to be blindsided by this event, ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/13/2016 10:04 PM by Tony Anderson
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Wednesday, 23 November 2016
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There are many conflicting opinions online about getting your air ducts cleaned. In fact the EPA says there is currently no research on the benefits so they are careful not to make a recommendation either way. Since we are your resource for all things HVAC, we'd like to give you the honest facts- good, ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/23/2016 10:01 AM by Tony Anderson
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Saturday, 15 October 2016
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You rely on your HVAC all year long. But now is when your HVAC is relying on YOU to take the necessary steps to keep it healthy all winter long. Here are six things you should do right now to prepare for the heating season ahead: 1. Change the air filters The ones with MERV ratings between 8 and ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/15/2016 11:38 PM by Tony Anderson
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Monday, 1 August 2016
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Cleaning the air conditioner coils is part of regular spring and summer HVAC maintenance and is something homeowners can do themselves. Dirty coils can adversely affect your air conditioner's performance, and when the heat index creeps up past 100 as it has the past few days you need to get every ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/01/2016 6:57 AM by Tony Anderson
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Friday, 15 July 2016
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By mid-summer, you may begin to notice your air conditioner is not cooling as it should and may even be freezing up with visible ice forming on the lines or the condenser coil. This can be a sign there is a refrigerant leak. Perhaps additional refrigerant (a so-called "shot of Freon") was added at ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/15/2016 6:32 AM by Tony Anderson
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Wednesday, 15 June 2016
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Air conditioning is a necessity in the south, especially as the temperatures soar into the 90's, and it is expensive! So we're here to debunk some air conditioning myths to help you stay cooler and save money this summer. Myth 1:  Dropping the thermostat setting extra low will cool your house faster. This ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/15/2016 3:16 PM by Eddie Hutton
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Wednesday, 1 June 2016
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Perhaps you've read or listened to one of our earlier posts entitled "Fix the Refrigerant Leak Now!" so you know how expensive refrigerant leaks can be! With the phasing out of R-22, a "shot of Freon" (as it is often called), could run you $400 or more. And there's no telling whether that will last ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/01/2016 6:05 AM by Tony Anderson
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Sunday, 15 May 2016
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It may surprise you to learn that indoor air pollution is among the top five environmental health risks. That's why we've been devoting a series of posts on air filtration.  If you've been watching and listening to our posts, you've heard us talk about the MERV ratings of air filters, and how to select ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/15/2016 5:07 AM by Tony Anderson
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Sunday, 1 May 2016
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                    Over the years, we've posted lots of great tips and answers to customers' questions on our HVAC News page and podcasts. Now we've compiled and edited all the posts dealing with spring maintenance (getting ready for air-conditioning season) into a single ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/01/2016 7:02 AM by Tony Anderson
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Friday, 15 April 2016
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When you go to a hardware or big box store to purchase air filters you will find a bewildering array of products. 3M, for example, offers 9 different types of filters each with different ratings and at a different price, and then each of those comes in different sizes. It can be confusing, to say the ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/15/2016 7:50 AM by Tony Anderson
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Friday, 1 April 2016
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You've heard us preach over and over about how important it is to change your air filters on a regular basis. But there are so many to choose from these days and prices vary widely!  We'll help you make sense of it all in this and two subsequent posts on this subject. What's the purpose? The purpose ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/01/2016 7:02 AM by Tony Anderson
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Tuesday, 1 March 2016
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Depending who you ask, folks will either tell you that cleaning your ducts is a must or it's just a waste of money.  Who can you believe?  We're here to help you make sense of this difficult question. First, let's clarify what we mean when we say ducts.  In one of our earlier posts, we talked about ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/01/2016 6:17 AM by Eddie Hutton
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Monday, 1 February 2016
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It always seems your heat will go out on the coldest day of the year!  Why spend money when you may be able to fix it yourself? Here are a few examples of do-it-yourself easy fixes: Thermostat   Is the display on your thermostat blank? It could be because it needs a battery, or that the ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/01/2016 7:03 AM by Tony Anderson
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Sunday, 1 November 2015
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Fall and spring are great times to do small maintenance jobs around the house, before the extreme cold or hot weather sets in.  It is a good idea to make cleaning the vents and ducts part of your yearly spring and fall cleaning routine. After watching the video try out this fun Test your knowledge.   Follow ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/01/2015 3:06 AM by Tony Anderson
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Wednesday, 30 September 2015
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Every year, many deaths are attributed to home heating hazards which cause fires, carbon monoxide poisoning, and other calamities. Here are some very important steps you can take to reduce or eliminate some heating safety hazards: . Steps You Can Take First, check the area around your furnace. ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/30/2015 11:53 PM by Tony Anderson
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Tuesday, 15 September 2015
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Well, the short answer is, "it depends."  Ask yourself these questions: What is included? If the contract is very cheap, it may be just a ploy to get a technician into your house and try to sell you something you don't need.  However, if the contract entitles you to a discount on parts or labor, ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/15/2015 7:39 AM by Tony Anderson
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Wednesday, 1 July 2015
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It's summer and it's hot, and with the humidity it's way uncomfortable!  Your air conditioning may not seem to be cooling as well as it used to, or it seems it's having to work overtime to get it cool.  Well, you figure, it's nothing that a shot of Freon can't fix… how expensive can that be? Unfortunately, ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/01/2015 7:20 AM by Eddie Hutton
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Thursday, 30 April 2015
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If you are embarking on a home improvement project, such as painting a room, doing drywall repairs, or sanding/refinishing wood floors, steps must be taken to protect the ductwork from paint, sand/dust, flumes, tools, and damage.   Remove the vent registers prior to beginning work.  Then, cover the ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/30/2015 9:00 PM by Tony Anderson
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Tuesday, 31 March 2015
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After a long, cold winter, spring's bright sun and warm temperatures are more than welcomed in Middle Tennessee.  But the hot summer weather is just a few weeks away and you can bet by then air conditioning repair technicians will be plenty busy!  It seems if your air conditioner is going to go out, ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/31/2015 10:00 PM by Tony Anderson
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Sunday, 15 February 2015
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Are some rooms in your home too warm or too cold?  Does one floor of your house get much warmer or cooler than the other?  Do you find that some vents blow lots of air while others - usually those farthest from the HVAC source - hardly blow much air at all?  No matter how you set your thermostat, does ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/15/2015 8:13 AM by Tony Anderson
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Thursday, 15 January 2015
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Something is not working quite right.  All you know is that it's cold and your heat does not seem to be working as it should.    Listed below are some common issues, their common causes, and tips on how you may be able to fix the problem yourself, before contacting a service technician for repair.  This ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/15/2015 7:28 AM by Tony Anderson
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Saturday, 15 November 2014
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It is easy to be overwhelmed with the many different thermostats on the market and all the features!  Which one is right for you?  We've taken three of the top thermostats and done a comparison for you: the Honeywell WiFi, the Nest (now owned by Google), and the Honeywell Lyric. All tout easy installation ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/15/2014 8:06 AM by Tony Anderson
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Wednesday, 15 October 2014
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Over the years, we've posted lots of great tips and answers to customers' questions on our blog.  Now, we've compiled and edited all the posts dealing with fall maintenance into a single resource.  We've even included links to the videos (see icons) that first appeared with these articles.  Enjoy!  Download ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/15/2014 2:35 AM by Eddie Hutton
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Wednesday, 1 October 2014
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This photo shows a major safety issue that can occur from a cracked heat exchanger.  The heat exchanger is where hot forced air warms the inside air that passes through your furnace unit.    Tiny cracks can develop in your heat exchanger, causing carbon monoxide to leak out into your home.  Carbon monoxide ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/01/2014 9:05 AM by Tony Anderson
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Sunday, 17 August 2014
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Here in Middle Tennessee, our summers are known for their extreme humidity, making breathing harder and making us feel sticky and sweaty. Humidity refers to the amount of water vapor in the air, and in Middle Tennessee, we live in an area where water sources are plentiful (lakes, streams, rivers, and ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/17/2014 6:30 PM by Tony Anderson
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Wednesday, 30 April 2014
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I came across a recent article in Money magazine titled “8 Spring Home Maintenance Projects That Will Save You Money” and was not surprised to see that scheduling routine HVAC maintenance was #2 on their list!  Before the cooling season, having your central air conditioner professionally ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/30/2014 10:00 AM by Eddie Hutton
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Friday, 21 March 2014
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There are several indicators that a system needs attention. Using your own senses, here are some examples: 1. Sight:  The appearance of your outdoor system is a good indicator of how well the unit is working.  Heat pump units will ice up, but the unit should go into a defrost mode and the ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/21/2014 9:00 AM by Tony Anderson
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Friday, 28 February 2014
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Today, there seems to be a lot of chatter about the new crop of HVAC units made with stainless steel. Although stainless steel can be used for the frame, fan plate, blowers and burners to increase their durability and strength (as compared to other metals), we’d like to focus on the heat exchanger, ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/28/2014 5:35 PM by Tony Anderson
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Wednesday, 12 February 2014
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Nashville Interstate AC Service's technician, Lance Waterbarger, reveals how he checks the heat exchanger in an 11-year-old York HVAC dual-fuel furnace in the basement of a customer's home. There is much talk these days about stainless steel heat exchangers and the customer was interested in ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/12/2014 1:29 AM by Eddie Hutton
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Wednesday, 29 January 2014
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Nashville Interstate AC Service's technician, Lance Waterbarger, reveals three secrets as he completes a fall maintenance check on an 11-year-old York HVAC dual-fuel furnace in the basement of a customer's home. The unit is high efficiency and uses a heat pump and a gas furnace.  ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/29/2014 10:14 AM by Eddie Hutton
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Thursday, 16 January 2014
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Nashville Interstate AC Service's technician, Lance Waterbarger, reveals two secrets as he completes a fall maintenance check on an 11-year-old York HVAC dual-fuel furnace in the basement of a customer's home. The unit is high efficiency and uses a heat pump and a gas furnace.    1. ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/16/2014 8:00 AM by Eddie Hutton
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Tuesday, 7 January 2014
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  Nashville Interstate AC Service's technician, Lance Waterbarger, reveals six secrets as he completes a fall maintenance check on an 11-year-old York HVAC unit.  In this video, Lance demonstrates the six steps (listed below) he performed on the outside unit while cleaning the coils.  ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/07/2014 2:01 PM by Eddie Hutton
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Tuesday, 10 December 2013
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Nashville Interstate AC Service's technician, Lance Waterbarger, reveals five secrets as he performs a fall maintenance check on an 11-year-old York HVAC unit. It is comprised of a heat pump coupled to a gas furnace in the basement. In this video, Lance demonstrates the five checks (listed below) ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/10/2013 3:13 PM by Eddie Hutton
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Tuesday, 26 November 2013
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  Nashville Interstate AC Service's technician, Lance Waterbarger, reveals seven secrets as he performs a fall maintenance check on a 19-year-old Ruud air handler installed in a customer's attic. The air handler uses both a heat pump and a bank of two electric heaters. Lance explains ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/26/2013 3:00 AM by Eddie Hutton
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Saturday, 18 May 2013
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No, if you want to do all the maintenance yourself and have the time, knowledge, tools, and spare parts to do the job right.  Yes, if you don't want to worry about your system failing.  A heating and air conditioning unit is just a big heat transfer unit. It will transfer your inside air ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/18/2013 1:14 PM by Eddie Hutton
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Monday, 15 April 2013
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There are several indicators that a system needs attention. The easy ones are when the unit will not reach the heating or cooling set point on your thermostat. Typically that means the unit is not working properly. If you have a digital thermostat and it is blank that means you have lost power ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/15/2013 2:10 AM by Eddie Hutton
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Monday, 1 April 2013
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Tim Panther, Interstate AC Service Technician, demonstrates cleaning coils and discusses hail damaged coils.   Always have a spring maintenance check before the hot weather.  Avoid having your system fail on the really hot days.  Cleaning your air conditioner’s outside ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/01/2013 1:00 AM by Eddie Hutton
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Friday, 15 March 2013
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Spring is almost here and the weather in Nashville is warming up.  Don’t wait for hot weather before your having your air conditioning system checked.  Do you remember the blog post last October about Why Air Conditioners  Fail on Hot Days.  Maybe you read  What Makes ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/15/2013 1:00 AM by Eddie Hutton
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Tuesday, 15 January 2013
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Chris Joiner, Technician, explains why some systems have an unnecessary ultraviolet light sold by technicians working on sales commissions. .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/15/2013 9:36 AM by Eddie Hutton
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Saturday, 1 December 2012
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Eddie Hutton, Partner, and Swaney Powers, COO, talk about this issue.   Eddie: Preventative maintenance will save you some aggravation: Because the unit won’t break down as often and maybe won’t break down on a hot or cold day.    It will also save you ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/01/2012 1:46 AM by Eddie Hutton
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Thursday, 15 November 2012
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Chris Joiner, Senior Technician answers this question.   For residential heating the most common types in the Nashville area are heat pump, gas and straight electric.  Since a heat pump doesn’t work with temperatures below 40 degrees such systems need to have auxiliary or emergency ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/15/2012 1:00 AM by Eddie Hutton
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Monday, 15 October 2012
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Swaney Powers, COO and Tim Panther, Technican  explain it this way.   In prior posts we have talked about the two main reasons why your air conditioner will fail. The number one reason is a dirty filter and number two is the contactor (a switch) that turns the power to the compressor ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/15/2012 7:03 AM by Eddie Hutton
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Wednesday, 15 August 2012
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Eddie Hutton answers the question this way. There are two main reasons why your air conditioner will fail. The number one reason is a dirty filter. A dirty filter in the return duct blocks the air flow causing the unit to have to work harder to cool to the desired temperature.  It is just ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/15/2012 2:00 AM by Bob Duthie
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