Here’s how to keep your air conditioner alive in the dog days of summer

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You can ask any company to offer proof of general liability professional insurance coverage. Any business that is not ready to provide proof of basic liability (GL) insurance need to be prevented. A minimum standard for GL insurance is $1 million for property work and $2 million for light commercial.

There are other techniques for researching air conditioning, heating and ventilation business such as: contact your local Better Business Bereau (BBB), perform online searches and evaluations and ask the company in concern for referrals. However, all of these methods disappoint comprehensive transparency. The BBB really works for the companies it represents as they are just ranked if the company in concern pays them a recurring cost. Online review sites rarely display all of the reviews got, and post evaluations from sources that are not constantly reliable. This supplies a platform for business to publish their own reviews and individuals to hastily post evaluations without the company in concern's ability to professionally fix the concern. Moreover, no company would provide an unfavorable reference; just those that are incredibly positive. None of these are perfect characteristics for customers looking for entirely impartial reviews and recommendations. It is advised to use these approaches as an educated consumer and consider the info source for exactly what it deserves.

One of the best ways to find a brand-new air conditioning, heating and ventilation professional is by means of the "word-of-mouth" approach. If the business suggested was inexpensive, expert and reputable for a friend or relative, there is a great possibility that business will do the very same for you. Good companies use the word-of-mouth technique to continuously supply a brand-new client stream by keeping their consumers pleased.

Other conventional techniques for finding a brand-new air conditioning, heating and ventilation contractor consist of performing online searches, telephone directory directories or online directories and other advertisement mediums. Remember that of these techniques are bought and spent for by the business in concern. None of these approaches must act as a testimonial and ought to be utilized only as finding sources.

3rd party companies such as Angie's list, Discover Regional and other online business are the newest platforms for sourcing and rating air conditioning, heating and ventilating business. Although these business do offer a service with some benefit, they are, in reality, including cost to the consumer. Angie's List, in addition to some other online service directories, charge the consumer directly for their rankings and business' contact information. Other third-party sites supply consumers with air conditioning, heating and ventilation companies and include the cost of being a middle-man to the organisation formula. Keep in mind that none of these are "complimentary" and that customers ought to comprehend the expense and value of using entities like these.

Several price quotes are recommend when working with an a/c and heating professional. There are no market requirements for rates HEATING AND COOLING associated product or service. Similar tasks can vary thousands of dollars from one company to the next. A minimum of 3 price quotes is suggested prior to the repair work or replacement of any significant air conditioning and or heater element and before the design and setup of new systems.

A 2nd opinion can be of value if the repair work or replacement is pricey. Not all specialists or companies are equivalent or trusted. Fixing air conditioning and heating systems is very intricate. It is not unusual for a repair work technician to be unable to separate the problem or for an agent to advise an unnecessary purchases. Getting in touch with a contending air conditioning and heating business can conserve money and time and regret.

Here’s how to keep your air conditioner alive in the dog days of summer

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What Is A Good Brand Of Split Air Conditioner?
I Am Looking To Get Rid Of My Old Window Ac And Put In A Split Ac, I Would Like To Get One That Is As Quiet As Possible. What Other Key Things Should I Be Looking For In A Good Unit?

Brian,
The advantage to a split system is that it can be used in a home without heating ducts and all are generally made to be quiet. (If you have a furnace with ducts throughout your home a central A/C is what you should be looking for). There are many manufacturers that produce split systems (Sanyo, Pace Air, Napoleon, LG, Carrier, Friedrich, Soleus, Amcor and others), and just like everything else in life - you will get what you pay for. Depending on how many rooms you need to cool will determine if you need a mini-split or a multi split system for multiple zones/rooms. Most all are made using the new R410A refrigerant instead of freon and are made to be energy efficient. Personally, I prefer to work with manufacturers that only make one product and are experts with that one product, which is why I would steer more toward a Friedrich (which pride themselves on quality and low noise) or a Carrier than a Sanyo. That being said - LG is quickly becoming a solid source for quality in refrigeration units. Any of the sources listed above have a good track record with cooling units - the key is not skimping on cost and buying to the higher end. This doesn't mean buying all the "bell's and whistles" (although higher end will come with them all) but buy those units that have a compressor with solid manufacturers warranty. If price isn't an issue and your looking for a product that will last - my vote would be Friedrich...
Good luck!

Tom A
Sr. Construction Manager
Albion, MI

Air Conditioner Turns Off Then On By Itself?
It'S A Frigidaire 22,000 Btu Window Ac, Brand New. Around The Same Time Every Day (5:30-5:45) And Then Comes Back On Around 45 Minutes Later. When It Comes On, All Of The Lights Illuminate And Then Actually Turns On. Is It The Air Conditioner Itself Or Could It Be The Outlet/Breaker? Thanks In Advance. Model # Of The Ac Is Fra226st2

Modern air conditioners have so many functions that save energy that it can get quite complicated.

Your unit is Energy Star rated and has the following energy saving/timer functions: auto-cool mode, energy saver mode, sleep mode and 24-hour timer (see source below).

While it is most likely either the sleep mode or the 24-hour timer that is activated, check with your manual to make sure you are in control of all the settings.

What Is The Ideal Temperture For A Server Room?
I Hear 68-71 Degrees F. What Do You Do/Have Heard. How About Humidity? At What Temp Can Damage Begin. I Know, Vague Question, Just Trying To Get A Ballpark. Thanks

Most of the data centers I am in are kept in the low 60's. Having the ambient temperature at that rate means the temperature in the cabinets is likely at a safe level. Start shutting things down when the ambient temp gets into the upper 80s.

Humidity you want to be as low as possible, but usually the air conditioning to keep the temperature down does a good enough job on the humidity as well.

Small Air Conditioners?
The Air Conditioning In The House I Live Is Broken. I Rent Out A Very Small Room. The Summer Heat Is Already Getting Unbearable. Is There A Small, Low-Energy Air Conditioner That I Could Buy? Is There One About The Size Of A Microwave? Just Something Small Enough To Cool A Small Room?

For a small room Wal-Mart carries an AC unit at around $70 with a energy star label on it that is about the size of a microwave. I recommend you get one without the energy star label for about the same price. The "Energy efficient" ones go through multiple cycles to keep energy costs down but do not keep the room icy cold like you want it to be on a hot day.

Where Is The Best And Cheapest Place To Buy A Portable Air Conditioner?
Is An Evaporite Or Air Conditioner Better? Any Brands You Would Recommend. Where Is The Cheapest Place To Buy It Online As Well As Stores? Thanks.

Really the best place is on amazon in my opinion. Bestbuy has some good deals and cheap refurbished models as well.

Also an evaporative air "cooler" works best in dry heat and not so much in humidity. See our article below for more in depth information on the differences from a portable air conditioner.

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