Back when I started out (including my first 10 years with no employees) over 35 years ago, I used to wonder if I would ever become one of the "old timers" some day.
You know, the guys who had been around the block, could fix almost anything, and everyone knew. Well, the question has been answered. I believe I'm officially considered an "old timer."
So where's the stopping point. All the old timers I knew have long ago left the premises, so where do I turn for advice. Even though I've been partially retired for a while and have left all the hard work and most of the thinking to younger, stronger minds, and I am much less involved in the day to day activities, I still feel needed (at least for moral support if nothing else).
But old timers have to make room for the young "up and comers". Father time and my lovely bride of 48 years are saying "if you can't dance anymore, get off the floor." Well, even if I can't boogie, I can still slow dance. So maybe there isn't really a stopping point...just a gradual fading away. I guess I'll figure it out eventually.
Steel and aluminum tariffs, how will they affect HVAC
Unfortunately our air conditioning systems are almost totally comprised of steel, aluminum and copper. If tariffs on foreign steel (25%) tariff and aluminum (10%) tariff are implemented there will surely be a price increase in the equipment. From what I have gathered, manufactures are already testing alternative materials (probably plastics) to reduce the amount of steel in their products. Between inflation, government efficiency regulations and tariffs, we're probably in for higher prices in the near future.
The evolution of AC compressors has come a long way. The introduction of the Scroll compressor (back around 1980) has made them more dependable, more efficient and even more quiet than the old standard reciprocating type. There is a long standing issue that sometimes plagues scroll compressors. It is a noise the compressor makes (sometimes) when it shuts down at the end of a cooling cycle. It is not harmful to the compressor, but sounds like something is wrong. It occurs because of back pressure that causes the scroll to momentarily turn backwards when the cycle ends. Most people don't notice it unless they happen to be standing outside when the unit shuts down. The problem can be solved by installing a check valve in the discharge line close to the compressor. It's time consuming and rather expensive to fix, but if you just can't stand it, it's doable. Many of the newer compressors are coming with the check valve built into the compressor (it's about time). This is the type of compressor you will find in most residential applications today.
How important is it? Well, remember the cleaner your system is, the more efficiently it will run.
Sometimes we find potential problems that we can fix while doing the maintenance. This can save you a future service call and the inconvenience of not having air conditioning for a while. Although it doesn't guarantee no break downs it does lessen the possibilities.
We do offer a Membership program where you will receive two maintenance calls, we call them “Clean & Checks,” every 6 months, during normal business hours. We prefer to do these calls in the morning, especially if your system is in the attic.
The Membership program also provides a 20% discount on repairs, a fixed diagnostic fee of $49 instead of $74 and above. The monthly fee is only $16.95 a month per system.
Call the office at 428-6603 for more information.
Between June 1st and August 31st of 2017, we had 11 days of 100 plus degree days (most occurring in August). However the average temps for this period were a little above normal.
Did you know that cinnamon is good for your garden?
Cinnamon will actually kill ants. The powdery substance will suffocate the bugs when inhaled. The aroma can also make it hard for ants to smell food sources, but it's nontoxic for kids and pets.
When you sprinkle ground cinnamon on soil, it kills surface-level fungi.
The antifungal properties in cinnamon make it a great tool for protecting seedlings from rot and disease, also known as damping off.
You can make your roses (or other plants) sturdier after cutting and replanting by first dipping them in cinnamon powder, which works like a rooting hormone.
Sprinkle a bit of cinnamon around your plants to keep mosquitoes and other bugs away. They don't like the strong smell of cinnamon, so you can enjoy your garden (even at night) in peace.