Browse Month: April 2018

Hoping to repair the heater equipment

I live pretty far out, in the middle of nowhere.  There aren’t any other farms within twenty miles of mine.  My farm is surrounded by woods, off a dirt road. There is rarely a time that a vehicle drives by.  I like the tranquility, quiet and solitude, for the most part. I don’t mind that I have a long way to drive to get animal feed, gas or buy food.  I order the majority of my necessary supplies online and have them shipped right to our farm. However, there are complications with the delivery and service trucks finding our place.  This was the case last winter, when our furnace began to fail. As soon as I noticed the heating system was having trouble, I contacted the closest HVAC for service. Since it was the middle of January and the weather forecaster predicted below freezing temperatures and plenty of snow, I couldn’t take risk the furnace not being operational.  I set an appointment for the following day, with an arrival time between first thing in the morning until one o’clock in the afternoon. After two in the afternoon when the HVAC professional still had not shown up, I called and asked about the delay. I was told that the HVAC service technician could not find our house. Since it was now after regular service hours, they would not be sending another technician until the following day.  I made sure to explain the directions carefully, and promised to tie a orange ribbon to our mailbox. I again waited patiently all day for the furnace to be repaired, and once again, no one showed up. This time, when I called to complain, I insisted on a much smaller window for the arrival time. I then volunteered to stand beside the road and wave to the professional.

furnace tune up

Adding some moisture to IAQ

For the past several years, I’ve suffered from a skin condition known as psoriasis. No one seems to know what causes psoriasis, as well as there’s no available cure at this time. The most I can do is to treat the symptoms. I deal with red, irritated, as well as itchy skin on my elbows as well as knees.  I’ve tried all sorts of natural remedies, prescriptions, and lotions, separate from much success. Stress as well as air quality seem to have the greatest impact on the severity of my symptoms. I live in the northeastern part of the country, and have seriously long and chilly Winter seasons. During the Winter season, the air is naturally much dryer. Running the heating plan for several weeks straight makes it much worse. The air in the condo becomes dangerously dry, causing all sorts of concerns. Static shock, chapped lips, frizzy hair, greater susceptibility to infection, as well as damage to wood furnishing are all consequences of insufficient moisture. For me, it means aggravated symptoms of psoriasis. To combat the dry Winter season air, I’ve invested in a whole condo humidification system. I chose a steam-style humidifier because it works independently from the gas furnace and is able to handle the requirements of a larger home. The humidifier uses electrodes to turn water into steam, and then introduces it into the air to achieve optimum relative humidity. Properly hydrated air feels warmer which allows lower temperature control settings as well as saves money on weekly heating costs. Plus, it makes a crucial difference to the severity of our psoriasis. Because of the humidifier, our condo is far more comfortable as well as healthy, and I’ve significantly trimmed expenses.

furnace company

Keeping HVAC in good shape

I’ve been researching bizarre possibilities for temperature control for my home, as well as, I’m interested in a geothermal heat pump. I love that one unit would give both heating, as well as, cooling capacity, which would split down on the amount of repair.  Instead of scheduling separate repair for a oil furnace, A/C, as well as a water heater, there would only be the single geothermal system. This type of unit requires entirely little upkeep beyond periodic checks as well as filter changes. Plus, the heat pump will last far longer than conventional unit because it is installed inside the condo as well as protected from the temperature, as well as, weather. The heat pump should last upwards of twenty years. The underground loop system, which makes this type of heating/cooling so high-priced to install, should last a minimum of fifty years. Although a geothermal heat pump is super costly to purchase as well as install, the lower running costs as well as longer repair life would absolutely help to reuse the investment. I’m also leaning toward geothermal heating because of how safe and clean these units are. Conventional gas furnaces, which burn fossils fuels to generate heat, and also create combustion byproducts, including carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide as well as formaldehyde. Despite safety features, there’s typically a risk of fumes, flames, as well as contamination. Geothermal also eliminates the emission of greencondo gases which pollute the environment. In fact, a geothermal system is the most environmentally responsible means of heating, as well as, cooling available. And, these innovative heat pumps give entirely even heating, as well as, cooling with no hot or cold blasts of air. It dehumidifies air while I was in the Summer weeks, as well as, doesn’t overly dry the air while I was in the Winter season.  

heat pump machine

Want the heater checked out

I had a large problem with our gas furnace last winter.  The heating component hastily quit in the middle of a Friday night.  I woke up shivering, and wasn’t sure why. I immediately tested my thermostat setting, thought about replacing the batteries, and even updated the really old air filter.  Nothing made a difference. The furnace refused to start back up even after all those things. It had not given any warning signs about any trouble, and I’d just had the heating component professionally inspected the month prior.  Since the temperature outside was down to thirty-five degrees, the apartment cooled off very suddenly. I knew I’d have to pay way extra for maintenance outside of proper business hours, however didn’t have a choice. I first tried calling the Heating and A/C supplier who’d provided the heating plan maintenance in earlier, however could not get ahold of them.  I then researched online, looking for a reputable, local Heating and A/C supplier. I called more than six Heating and A/C companies before finally hearing someone answer their phone. The guy promised to send a licensed worker to our apartment within one hour. I waited nearly two more hours before calling the guy back. I was really frustrated when he again assured me that a professional would be arriving within the hour.  I shivered for two long hours before a worker finally arrived. The guy made a mess, tracking dirt across our floor, leaving parts and debris all over, and told me he’d still need to come back the next day with a new part. I refused to pay all the overtime charges when he’d had completely failed to supply repair.

furnace installation

HVAC professional is next door

I own as well as operate a small coffee shop within a much larger company complex.  The area around me has over time built up, so is becoming more expensive and more popular.  Because I have rented the same location for a really, really long time, my rent is acceptable.  All of the new stores coming in are paying a much more expensive rate. It is occasionally surprising to me which corporations can afford this coveted spot.  Just recently, a Heating as well as A/C contractor moved in right next door to me. He occupies many spaces that have been combined into one, so must be paying a fortune in rent.  He uses some of the smaller rooms for reception and also some company offices. He has numerous larger areas for a showroom and he stores heating as well as cooling units and also replacement parts.  When the Heating as well as A/C contractor first moved in, I stopped by with homemade pie. I stop in with coffee to chat with the receptionist as well as the Heating and A/C specialists every once in a while.  The air conditioning as well as heating component in my salon is not very reliable, and I deal with malfunctions. I usually call whichever Heating as well as A/C contractor will respond the quickest, although sometimes the repairs are costly.  Maybe I can depend on my neighbors for quick as well as affordable solutions and repairs. I’ve offered them discounts on coffee, assuming they’ll do the same for me. I’ve enrolled in a regular maintenance program with them, which includes annual plenty of troubleshooting of the gas furnace as well as air conditioning.  Having a Heating as well as A/C contractor as my acquaintance is going to be honestly beneficial to me.

HVAC serviceman

The older HVAC technology

My parents were about to celebrate their 50th anniversary, which as you might imagine was quite the ordeal. Their eight children got together and we decided to throw them a huge party. Honestly we weren’t sure if they were going to be enthusiastic about it at first, but they actually surprised us by deeming it a great idea! We were so happy to be able to put this party on for them. They were fantastic parents to their eight children, and we all agreed they deserved a celebration of their marriage and parenting. We were excited to find a great place on a lake that was uncannily similar to where they first met more than 50 years earlier. We knew it was probably going to be a warm day, but the place was air conditioned. So we had no real worries. The day of the party arrived and ended up being one of the hottest mornings on record for our little town. Frankly, we were ecstatic that we’d reserved a place with air conditioning! When we started to arrive to set up, we noticed that the foyer was rather warm. The manager tried to dismiss it as being fine, but I could tell the ceiling fans were just blowing the warm air around the room. I pushed him a bit and he admitted that their HVAC system was not working properly. Honestly, I couldn’t believe this was happening! He assured us that the technician was on their way to repair it and we would be enjoying air conditioning very soon! When the HVAC specialist arrived, he said he unfortunately couldn’t work on refurbished units. The event space had tried to save money by purchasing a refurbished air conditioning unit. I was livid with them for ruining my parents’ special celebration!


I need better water quality

When the two of us scouted new beach houses, the two of us weren’t looking at all of the Small Things. The two of us were busy looking at Big Picture problems, like the HVAC system and the flooring. The two of us generally found a beach house with a pretty nice floor plan, and made a generous offer. Several months later, the two of us moved into the beach house property. The kitchen was full of amazing amenities like a double garbage disposal and a double capacity oven. Everything in the kitchen was like a dream kitchen, and I spent several of my hours sitting around staring at the beautiful Cabinetry. Unfortunately, the same couldn’t be said for what the two of us generally found upstairs. There were several Plumbing issues, that were subpar. The two of us noticed some fixtures put on incorrectly. The two of us generally noticed that our shower had to be facing the cold area, in order for the two of us to generally receive any warm water at all. There is a small half bathroom in our beach house garage, with just a small toilet and a sink. Unfortunately, the toilet in that area has a wobble and a crap. The two of us haven’t even venture to guess if that toilet is even manageable or not. The two of us have decided to write down all of the necessary plumbing repairs, so we can contact a plumbing contractor and get an estimate for the hours of labor plus parts. Hopefully, it won’t be too costly.

HVAC part time job

Well, I was finishing up my junior year of high college when I suddenly realized I was at a total loss regarding what I planned to do with my life. Frankly, I had no career path to speak of, and nothing seemed worthy of passion to me! The furthest thing from my mind was a college education, unlike all of my brothers and sisters. I honestly didn’t have any ideas what I should do. When you’re finishing your junior year, however, it’s all about these decisions and then some. On day my guidance counselor suggested I go to the college fair later that week. I wasn’t sold on it, but then again, I had nothing to lose by going. Well, I was surprised and pleased to discover that it wasn’t just colleges populating the fair. I had known nothing about working as an intern previously, so this was particularly interesting to me. The first booth that I walked up to was the one hosted by our local heating and cooling provider. I have long been gifted with my hands; I can usually fix things on my own. But I got excited when the representative told me about their program, where you spend a good chunk of each school day shadowing an HVAC specialist in order to pick up the trade. Then, after you do this for your entire senior year, if you’re successful you will be offered a salaried position post-graduation. It sounded to me like a legitimate way to get out of my silly senior classes and the related festivities that I loathed. Plus, I could learn something interesting to me. Fortunately, it turned out that I was superb at HVAC tasks. I was picking up the skills to do all sorts of repair and filter changes within my first month as an intern. And by month five, I was already comfortable installing a full HVAC component on my own! It was particularly exciting to me, and I honestly couldn’t wait to begin my new career!

HVAC contractor

I think we need better plumbing

Everyone of my friends were upset when we went apartment hunting. My fiance Davis as well as myself were upset about not finding any Grand Apartments in our favorite location. Everyone of my friends were looking for a sizable tract of land where our youngsters could easily ride around on their snowmobiles as well as 5 wheelers. Everyone of my friends easily found a grand apartment where there was a duck pond located in the backyard. There were forest trees on both sides, as well as a wide open lawn area. Davis as well as myself knew this grin Department would work out great, so Davis as well as myself were happy with everything being entirely perfect. Davis as well as myself have regularly loved the advantages of living in the city. Davis as well as myself love being close to all of the nightlife. Everyone of my friends as well as myself have found it interesting to have a water well. Everyone of us no longer need to worry about paying a hefty water bill from the city, because we have our own water from the ground. Everyone of us have had some trouble with this hard water, because there is much calcium as well as rest. The hard water causes many different types of complications, plus the water easily ruined many of our objects in the house. There is a dark hard water stain on many of our appliances like the washing machine as well as dish cleaner. There is much sediment as well as hard water scale in the base of our hot water heater additionally.


We added another a/c unit

A few years ago, the university had some problems with the cooling system plan in the gymnasium, and since the gymnasium is on a separate cooling system system, they decided to close down the gym while they made repairs to the cooling system system! I was upset, because every basketball class was outside. Since the gym was closed for cooling system repairs, the locker rooms were out of order also. The whole cooling system service was tied up for half a semester; When the company started looking at the ducting system, they noticed a good deal of mold in the ventilation system. They shut down the gym, until the mold could be remediated. It has now been nearly 2 semesters and the gym is still closed for repairs. The mold has been determined to be significant. Many members of the university board want the gym to be torn down and rebuilt, however the university doesn’t have cash for that. There is a meeting next Thursday, and they are going to decide the fate of the outdated gym. I do not care what decision they make, however I have been without a gym for long enough. It’s time to do something to correct this for good. Summer is right around the corner and they better figure something out. There’s no way I’m going back to the university, if the gym is still full of mold next semester.