Car Talk – LIVE Question & Answer – Podcast #315 with Scotty Kilmer

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You can ask any company to supply evidence of basic liability contractor insurance coverage. Any company that is not going to offer evidence of general liability (GL) insurance coverage should be avoided. A minimum standard for GL insurance coverage is $1 million for residential work and $2 million for light industrial.

There are other approaches for researching air conditioning, heating and ventilation companies such as: contact your local Better Business Bereau (BBB), perform online searches and evaluations and ask the business in concern for references. However, all of these techniques fall brief of comprehensive openness. The BBB in fact works for the business it represents as they are only rated if the company in concern pays them a recurring cost. Online evaluation sites hardly ever show all the reviews received, and post reviews from sources that are not always reputable. This offers a platform for companies to publish their own reviews and individuals to hastily publish evaluations without the business in question's ability to professionally solve the problem. Furthermore, no company would provide an unfavorable referral; only those that are exceptionally positive. None of these are ideal characteristics for consumers seeking entirely unbiased evaluations and referrals. It is recommended to utilize these approaches as an educated consumer and consider the details source for what it is worth.

Among the best ways to discover a brand-new air conditioning, heating and ventilation specialist is by means of the "word-of-mouth" approach. If the company suggested was cost effective, expert and dependable for a good friend or family member, there is a good possibility that business will do the exact same for you. Great companies utilize the word-of-mouth method to continually supply a new client stream by keeping their customers delighted.

Other conventional techniques for finding a brand-new air conditioning, heating and ventilation professional consist of performing online searches, phone book directories or online directories and other advertisement mediums. Remember that all of these techniques are bought and spent for by the companies in concern. None of these techniques ought to function as a review and must be utilized just as finding sources.

Third celebration suppliers such as Angie's list, Discover Local and other online business are the latest platforms for sourcing and score air conditioning, heating and aerating companies. Although these business do supply a service with some merit, they are, in reality, including cost to the customer. Angie's List, along with some other online business directories, charge the consumer directly for their rankings and business' contact info. Other third-party sites provide customers with cooling, heating and ventilation companies and include the cost of being a middle-man to the business equation. Keep in mind that none of these are "complimentary" which customers need to comprehend the expense and worth of using entities like these.

Numerous price quotes are recommend when working with a cooling and heating professional. There are no industry standards for rates HEATING AND COOLING associated service or products. Similar jobs can differ thousands of dollars from one company to the next. A minimum of 3 quotes is advised prior to the repair work or replacement of any significant a/c and or heating unit element and before the style and installation of new systems.

A consultation can be of worth if the repair work or replacement is costly. Not all service technicians or business are equivalent or reliable. Repairing cooling and heating unit is exceptionally complex. It is not uncommon for a repair work service technician to be unable to isolate the problem or for an agent to advise an unneeded purchases. Calling a completing cooling and heating business can conserve time and money and remorse.

Car Talk – LIVE Question & Answer – Podcast #315 with Scotty Kilmer

Frequently Asked Questions:

What Is The Best Air Conditioning Unit?
I'M Wondering What Brand Of Air Conditioning Unit Is The Best For Me Buy Online? I Have Search All Over The Internet For Information On The Best Air Conditioning Unit And I Really Can'T Decide.

6 years ago a bought a goodman heatpump and its still running great, and it was half the price of anybody here in tallahassee, i picked it up in tampa myself , and they deliver

I Have A Ford Taurus 2002. Air Conditioning Is Not Working.?
The Blower For The Air Coditioner Was Not Blowing Air. I Checked The Fuse (It Was Fine) And Replaced The Motor Blower Resistor. It Still Does Not Work. Someone Suggested The Air Conditioning Needed Recharging. How Does One Go About Doing That Or Does It Have To Be Taken To A Mechanic?

The a/c charge should not affect whether the blower fan works or not otherwise the fan would not work with just the heater on. Best thing to do is run a jumper wire from the battery to the fan motor directly and see if it works.If not, it's a bad fan motor... If it does run you'll have to determine why it's not getting power through the circuit. Get a 12 volt test light and test for power starting with the dash switch which then sends power through the fan resistor to the motor for low speeds and through a relay for high speed. Go to www. wirediagram.com...for 4.00 you can access a wiring schematic for your vehicle. And also check to make sure you have a good ground on the motor by clipping a jumper wire to the ground terminal of the motor if it has one or the metal body of the motor and then to a clean metal part of the engine or the negative post of the battery.
People sometimes forget that a bad ground can stop things from working as well as no power.
Good luck, Paul

What Temperature Should My Server Room Be?
What Temperature Should My Server Room Be? Please List Any Sources To Support Your Claims (If Possible).

65F-75F but temp is not the most important thing to monitor

HUMIDITY will be the killer dont let the humidity get to high or to low.

Temperature

Ambient temperature in a server room is typically the temperature that is being focused on. However one must realize that temperature in the room can be very different from the temperature in a server rack.
It is generally recommended that temperature inside a rack is not to exceed 23°C or 73° F. Sensors are best located in the server racks rather than in the room as ambient temperature will rise at a slower pace compared to the temperature in the rack. As hot air climbs compared to cold air, it is recommended to put the sensor in the hotest spot of the rack.

Humidity
Most people understand the need for having temperature sensors in a server room but the dangers of humidity are less known.
Low relative humidity (as of 35% rH) has the danger of causing electrostatic discharge (ESD). ESD is caused by static charges resulting from people movement, charges on furniture etc... These charges are mostly not noticeable but when discharged to or in proximity of IT equipment, they can cause severe damage to the equipment. Another danger of low humidity is the break down of some plastics in your equipment resulting in premature aging of it.
To overcome the danger of low humidity, moisture is often added to temperature controlling systems to avoid too dry conditions in server rooms. High humidity or rapid temperature drops result in condensation that can occur on any surface. Water can condensate on the inside of IT equipment and cause rust or dust & dirt being deposited. This pose a great risk to the components and as a result to the availability of the equipment. Relative Humidity (rH) is server rooms should be around 50% with a +/- 10% margin.

My 2005 Toyota Matrix'S Air Conditioner Cycles From Cold To Warm And Then Back Cool. Any Ideas Why?
The Air Conditioner Was Cooling But It Wasn'T Getting Cold. So, I Bought An After-Market Air Conditioner Charging Kit. Immediately After I Charged It, The Air Was Extremely Cold. The Next Day, However, The Air Would Not Get Cold. It Was Fluctuating From Cool To Warm And Then Back Cool Again. Any Ideas Why Or How To Fix It? I Would Rather Not Have To Take It To An Auto Shop.

I have some (probably) bad news. My wife also has a 2005 Toyota Matrix and in fact I just got off the phone with the tech at the Toyota dealership. We've complained about the A/C being "cool" but NEVER cold from day one (we bought the car brand new, it NEVER has been cold). Each summer we go back to the dealership, the plug in the hoses/gauges, etc, and say "everything looks fine"... but still, when you drive it on a hot day, the air coming out of the vents is never, ever cold. Cool, yes. Cold, no.

The shop foreman at the local Toyota place here said he drove 2 other 2005 and 2006 Matrixes and they were exactly the same and were "working as designed." That's right. It's a bad design. Imagine that, Toyota, a Japanese company, made a badly designed product! I'm sorry to say, that's the exact problem.

Ironically, the "twin" of the Matrix -- the Pontiac Vibe (built on the same assembly line, identicle cars mechanically -- uses a GM A/C compressor and it gets ICE COLD! I know this, because we had one as a rental car while the Matrix was in for body repairs last year (fender bender).

So, basically, the problem is... it's a Toyota. They have mediocre air conditioning systems. GM cars have frigid, ice-cold air conditioning systems (such as the ICE COLD a/c in my 2004 Chevrolet Colorado). Toyota? No.

I was recommended by the dealer shop foreman to call the Toyota customer service number listed in the owner's manual and complain about this problem and ask them to resolve it. If nobody ever calls to complain that it is a problem, it will never be fixed. End of story. Call and complain to Toyota! I'm calling today!

If Toyota can't resolve this by redesigning something and sending a new part to be installed, I will NOT be buying a Toyota next time. The perceived "reliability" of Toyota as compared to reality is vastly different. Ask the thousands of Toyota owners with sludge-filled engines that had to be rebuilt under recall or those with grossly defective drum brakes on Toyota Sienna vans, etc. All manufacturers have their issues, and apparently Toyota's issue is they don't know how to make an air conditioning system. On the other hand, this is an area where GM and Ford do very well. In Texas, I'm more concerned about a COLD A/C than I am about some bogus Consumer Reports biased magazine report.

What Are The Best Brands Of Air Conditioners?

Window units
a) Whirlpool
b) LG
c) Kenmore
d) Frigidaire
e) Fedders

Central Units
a) Lennox
b) Carrier
c) Armstrong
d) Heil

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