Thermostatic Expansion Valve Basics

October 20, 2021

The thermostatic expansion valve, or TXV, regulates the refrigerant flow in your air conditioning system. Here is how this valve works. Sensing Bulb Although the sensing bulb is not inside the TXV, it is critical to the valveā€™s operation. The sensing bulb is next to the output end of the evaporator. When the evaporator temperature increases, the sensing bulb gets warmer. When the sensing bulb temperature increases, so does the pressure of the refrigerant. As a result, the refrigerant level rises toward the capillary tube. Capillary Tube The capillary tube is a small-diameter metal pipe that carries refrigerant from the...

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How To Keep Snow Out Of Your Furnace Vent

January 10, 2021

Snow doesn’t arrive unless the weather is cold outdoors, and that means homeowners will be trying to stay warm. Obviously, they’ll be running their furnaces during snowy weather, and they won’t want to experience a malfunction. Hopefully, all the components of the furnace do their jobs properly, including the furnace vent, yet problems may arise when snow blocks it. Keeping this vent clear should be a priority for homeowners. A blocked vent could raise the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning in the home. Clearing Out the Snow and Cleaning the Vent If snow piles and blocks the vent, taking steps...

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How to Properly Winterize Your HVAC System

October 20, 2020

3 Tips for Winterizing Your HVAC System Preparing your HVAC system for the upcoming winter months can substantially extend its working life. Winterizing, as it’s called, can also improve your heater’s performance and reduce your household energy expenditures. If you’re not already, be proud of yourself for wanting to learn more about winterizing your home’s HVAC system the right way. Use these three tips to help safeguard your HVAC from Mother Nature this winter. 1. Prime Your Furnace Before Winter Arrives Every year, countless Americans are blindsided by malfunctioning furnaces when cold weather first rolls around. You can prevent this...

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Advancements in Lennox HVAC

July 13, 2020

To receive a more efficient and cost-effective indoor air solution, Lennox has the products homeowners want. Lennox has been a leader in quality and comfort since 1895. This trusted American manufacturer continues to push forward with advancements in heating, cooling and air quality products. Innovative Residential HVAC Designs The Lennox team has brought many innovative home comfort products to the marketplace. Included in this long list is the first solar-powered air conditioner which was developed in 1978. In 1984, Lennox introduced the first AC unit to reach an efficiency rating of 15.00 SEER. The most efficient AC available is the...

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The R-22 Phase Out: Repair or Replace?

June 8, 2020

If you have an old R-22 air conditioner, the costs of replacing lost refrigerant are going to be high. R-22 is no longer legally allowable for use in new cooling systems. Furthermore, the manufacture and sale of this formerly high-demand product are being phased out. Property owners now face the choice of either retrofitting their older cooling equipment, repairing them as needed, or replacing them entirely. Benefits and Drawbacks of Retrofitting an Old System There are few benefits and numerous drawbacks in attempting to retrofit a cooling system to accommodate the R-22 phase out. Foremost among these is the fact...

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Why Does My HVAC System Smell Like Smoke?

May 13, 2020

Your HVAC system in Jackson, MO, should not produce any odors when it heats or cools your house. If you start to notice a smoke odor during a heating or cooling cycle, this indicates a potential problem. Here are some reasons why your home’s HVAC system is emitting a smoky odor. 1. Overheated Motor An overheated motor is a leading cause of smoke smells from HVAC systems. The motor could overheat because of a loss of lubricant, a layer of dirt, or debris getting in the way of the fan. On an intensely hot and humid day, the motor might...

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How to Add Home Equity with HVAC Upgrades

April 16, 2020

When you are renovating your home, it is always useful to think about whether or not an upgrade will increase the value of your property. The right choices can ensure that you get a better price for your house if you decide to sell it later on. Making wise choices when you upgrade your HVAC system can help to increase your home equity and make the residence more attractive to future buyers. Upgraded Ductwork Air ducts last about 25 years, so this is an HVAC upgrade with long-term value. New ductwork is important because it helps your HVAC system to...

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How AC and Heating Maintenance Saves You Money

March 17, 2020

As temperatures rise and plummet in Jackson, you may notice an increase in your energy bills. During chilly fall and winter weather, your heater has to work extra hard to keep your family comfortable. When temperatures spike in the spring and summer, your air conditioner can become overtaxed as it works to keep your house at an ideal temperature. The following are four ways heating and AC maintenance service can actually save you money in the long run. 1. Reduces Cost of Repairs Most heating and air conditioning problems develop long before you may even notice them. By scheduling ongoing...

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