The search is over. Below we have compiled the top frequently asked questions to anything that involves HVAC, heating and cooling, and your systems. Do you have a question that you don’t see answered? Feel free to give one our HVAC specialists a call today at (573) 864-9900!
Q: Where to buy an HVAC capacitor?
A: HVAC capacitors are going to be available at most local appliance repair stores. In addition to places like Home Depot and Lowes, you will also more than likely be able to find a local motor repair service. If you are having trouble finding what you need, or need some guidance, feel free to give our technicians a call.
Q: Where is my furnace Filter Located?
A: A common question we get is “where is my furnace filter located?” You are looking to change your own filter and save some money but just can’t seem to find it. You know it has to be in there, though! There is not a “one-size-fits-all” answer for where your filter is located, as all furnaces aren’t created the same. The way to go about locating the filter is thinking about its purpose. The filter is there to block any dirt or damaging particles to getting into the fan section, so chances are, that is going to be the general location. They will typically be located upstream from the fan, so once you can identify where the “return duct” is, you should be heading the right direction (If you aren’t sure, just find the position in your home where the air is drawn in, not blown out). Be careful when locating your filter, and always seek assistance from a professional when possible. As systems vary, so do the locations of the filters
Q: Where should HVAC be located?
A: When installing an HVAC heating or cooling unit, you want to make sure that it is placed in the most efficient place possible. Not only do you want the system to be in an efficient location, you also want to place it where you can avoid the risk of possible contamination for the rest of your home. This is why it is ideal to have a set mechanical room. They call the locations of rooms like this the “thermal envelope,” because they are in positions that are insulated well enough to avoid freezing temperatures and over hot exposures. Everyone’s home is different, but having a dedicated location where your systems can power your house in a safe and efficient way is a good standard in the installation process.
Q: Where is air conditioner capacitor located?
A: It’s a hot summer day and all of the sudden your air conditioning unit decides that today is a good day to stop working. To diagnose this, a good checklist item is to see if you have a capacitor problem. If you are standing by your unit and it is making a humming sound but the fan doesn’t seem to be spinning, you have a capacitor problem. When locating the capacitor, the first step is to always turn the power to the unit off at your breaker panel. From there, remove the service panel and you will find the “start capacitor.” From here, you will be able to further diagnose how severe of a problem you have.
Q: Where is HVAC fuse?
A: If you have run into a blown fuse, you are going to want to locate the circuit board on your furnace. The first step as always will be to turn off the power to the unit. Pull off the furnace doors, and check the circuit board near the bottom of the furnace. In this circuit board, you will be able to find the burnt out fuse, and replace it with a new one by pulling the old fuse out.
Q: Where should HVAC returns be located?
A: Return air is an absolute must in the efficient set up of an HVAC system. These return air locations tend to be placed on the interior walls of your home, opposite of the supply duct. If your supply ducts are located on the floor, then you want to place the return ducts high on the walls to create an efficient flow of air. Air ducts work much like your body. Air is supplied out into the home, and then it is returned to the source on a repeating cycle.
Q: Where to buy HVAC systems?
A: The most common purchase points for all HVAC equipment is at your local hardware stores like Home Depot and Lowes. We offer caution though in going about this buying process on your own. There are a lot of factors that go into getting the right system from your home. You need to be conscious about your home’s square footage, how many levels you have, where you are planning to put the system, and how cool/warm you like your home to be in the respective seasons. As always, consult with a professional before buying a system that isn’t right for your home!
Q: Which direction should the furnace filter face?
A: Decreased efficiency and higher utility bills, that’s the cost of not properly installing your furnace filter! When installing the new filter, locate the arrow that indicated the proper flow direction. This can be confusing to some, but this arrow needs to face towards the furnace and away from the return duct that brings in the air. When you do this the first time, a good tip would be to draw an arrow on the inside of your system for future use on which direction the filter should face.
Q: Which HAC system should I buy?
A: Where to buy and which system to buy are common questions we get from our customers. The quick answer is, there is no quick answer. Each home is different and you need to make sure that you have taken into account all factors that will go into heating and cool your home. For example, two homes could both be 3,000 square feet, but one home could have a basement and main level while the other has three floors, therefore having different needs. It is best practice to never go cheap on your HVAC systems. The extra money will more than pay itself off over the long run as the systems last longer with proper maintenance.
Q: Which HVAC brand is the best?
A: When we are asked what the best HVAC brands are, we often respond with Trane, Goodman, Lennox, and American Standard. At Complete Service & Repair, we are an authorized dealer of Trane products. These products are often referred to as “the Cadillac of HVAC,” because they are known for their high quality and performance.
Q: What do I do when my air conditioner is not cooling?
A: If your Air Conditioner is not working at all, be sure to check the power source first. Without looking at the unit in person, we recommend people check or change the filter if they haven’t done so in a while, check to see if ice has formed in the unit, and check and clean the outdoor compressor. If both of those are clean we recommend calling a professional to figure out what is wrong.
Q: How often should I change my filter?
A: Every house differs, but it is recommended to change your filter every season (Heating season, Cooling season). Sometimes a filter can need to be changed even more depending on the type of filter you are using and the traffic in your home.
Q: Do you work on gas and electric furnaces?
A: Yes, we work on both gas and electric furnaces. Most modern furnaces use electricity, natural gas, or propane, and our HVAC specialists are qualified to work on all of these units.
Q: Why did my furnace stop running?
A: We often find that when someone has changed their filter and had to pull the blower door off, they didn’t get it back on properly. They might have shut the power switch to “Furnace Off” and forgot to turn that back on. It is also possible that your pilot light went out. If that’s not the problem, we recommend having a professional look at it.
Q: What does HVAC Stand for?
A: Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning
Q: Why should I change my filter?
A: As that filter serves its purpose and collects dirt and dust, it will start to clog and prevent airflow. Replacing your filter will improve the quality of air in your home and improve the life of your unit, as well as letting it run efficiently.
Q: Why do I need regular maintenance to my heating and air conditioning systems?
A: Regular maintenance to your heating and air conditioning systems is recommended to keep them running properly and always inspected. The highest costs you can incur with a unit are often associated with lack of maintenance. If you want to avoid large problems in the future, having regular maintenance performed is a great idea.
Q: How often should I have maintenance done on my air conditioner?
A: Typically every other year, but with preventive maintenance, it will happen once a year to avoid problems.
Q: How important is it to get the right size of heating and cooling?
A: It is very important to get the right size unit. Not only is it important to make sure that the unit you are using isn’t underpowering or overpowering your home, but having the wrong sized unit can also significantly increase your monthly bills. Getting the right size unit will ensure that your home feels comfortable.
Q: What is the life expectancy of my unit?
A: Trane products are very dependable and are among the longest lasting HVAC products available today; however, there are a lot of variables, such as routine maintenance that can affect the life expectancy of your specific Carrier Unit.
Q: What are the advantages of a programmable thermostat?
A: Programmable thermostats provide you with the ability to control your home’s temperature throughout the day to help save on your monthly energy bill without having to manually change the temperature! They are also more accurate than a thermostat containing mercury since they are electronic.
Q: Do I need to replace ductwork?
A: The ductwork is a critical component of your HVAC system that homeowners often overlook. When ducts have been installed poorly, through leaky ducts or poorly insulated ducts, the hot and cold air that is being circulated doesn’t go where it needs to. To compensate, HVAC systems need to be run longer to bring your home to the temperature that is right for you. When your ducts are not efficient, you are spending a lot of extra money on both monthly energy bills, as well as an early replacement for your unit itself.
Q: What is involved in replacing an old system?
A: Aside from the placement of the new equipment, your HVAC technician will inspect several items and make a determination of whether or not these items need to be supplied or replaced. Some of the items include ductwork, insulation, refrigerant piping, electrical service, wiring, thermostat, condensate piping, flue piping, flue terminations, chimney liner, slabs, filter, driers, registers, grills, drain pans and evaporator coil.
Q: How do I choose a good HVAC service company?
A: When looking for the perfect company, ask your friends and family members for recommendations. Then, make sure the company has the proper license and insurance. After that, get a written estimate for the work they’re going to do (a good company should have no problem giving you a written estimate).