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Furnace Motor Diagnostics: 4 Ways to Prepare for The Cold Months Ahead

Posted by Gregg on Sep 14, 2017 10:12:07 AM

Winter is on its way — you can almost feel it in the fall air. It’s the time that Minnesotans start thinking about the cold months ahead and begin making sure they’re ready for a comfortable, maintenance-free heating season. Planning ahead should include an annual inspection — always a good idea to make sure everything is in tip-top shape.

But beyond a general check-up, there are some more in-depth diagnostics to consider. And one really important one is the condition of your furnace motor. No one wants to get caught with a failed motor — or one that is working at sub-par efficiency — in the middle of a Minnesota winter.

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Topics: System Maintenance, HVAC

Air Conditioning Repair Service: 11 Ways to Tell You've Hired the Right Experts

Posted by Gregg on Aug 10, 2017 10:31:06 AM

Your heating and cooling (HVAC) system is a fundamental component of your home. It’s also one that you will typically spend more to purchase, install, and maintain than almost any other part of your home. It just makes sense that you want to hire the best professionals you can. But how to decide on the best pros for you? Here are some tips to help make sure you’re hiring the right experts.

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No Heat? Don't Panic, Follow These 6 Simple Steps

Posted by Gregg on Nov 8, 2016 11:13:52 AM

No one wants to come home and find there’s no heat — especially in a Minnesota winter! But if that happens to you, keep in mind that often the cause may be minor and something that you can correct yourself. Here are six simple steps to take to see if you can correct your "no heat" problem without a service call. 
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Topics: System Maintenance, Heating, HVAC, Winter

Your First Steps in Thermostat Troubleshooting

Posted by Gregg on Aug 25, 2016 9:06:34 AM

Have you ever gone to change your thermostat setting and it just doesn’t seem to respond? That can be a nightmare when you are looking for cooling on a humid day or some heat on a frigid one! Maybe it seems to run, but you can’t feel any cool or warm air coming from the vents. Maybe it doesn’t even turn on. Here are some of the first things to check if you need to do some thermostat troubleshooting.

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Topics: System Maintenance

How to Find the Best Heating Repair Company

Posted by Brittany on Sep 25, 2015 1:24:36 PM

If only there were a magic ball to tell you the best choices to make for all your everyday decisions – what route to take to work, when you should trade in that old car for a new one, and who the best company is to hire to do work on your HVAC? Well, unfortunately, there’s not, but we’ve got a way for you to narrow down your choices when it comes to finding a good heating repair company that will work for you.

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Not All Companies Are Built The Same

First, it’s important to know that just as in any profession, there are a wide array of skills and specialties when it comes to heating repair companies. Keith Hill, technical support manager from Minnesota Air suggests thinking about levels of expertise in terms of medicine.

“A doctor specializing in dermatology may be knowledgeable on cardiovascular, but I would rather have the heart specialist helping me when I’m feeling chest pains,” says Keith. “And I’d rather have the one with training at the Mayo Clinic and ten years of experience instead of the recent medical school grad.”

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Topics: System Maintenance, Home Maintenance, Heating

What to Do If Your Furnace is Not Working?

Posted by Brittany on Sep 23, 2015 4:49:36 PM

On a cold day, the last thing you want is to turn your thermostat on only to have your furnace remain off. Don’t be left in the cold this fall, there are some simple steps to take if your furnace is not working.

Check To See If There Is An Easy Solution

If you go to turn on your thermostat and nothing happens, don’t run to call a technician right away. It could have a simple solution that you can find yourself through a little troubleshooting. These simple steps could save you time and money before picking up the phone. 

First, if you are feeling no heat being produced by your furnace, make sure the thermostat is in heat mode and the temperature is at a proper setting. Something that simple can be overlooked and if you move your setting up and down a few degrees it may trigger your furnace on.

Also check or replace the batteries on your thermostat if you have one that uses them.

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Topics: System Maintenance, Heating, HVAC, Winter

Hiring an HVAC Pro: 5 Things You Need to Know

Posted by Brittany on Jul 31, 2015 8:39:41 AM

If you’re new to homeownership or have never had to hire a professional for home repairs or maintenance—it can feel a bit intimidating. You may not be sure what to expect, and you could be quoted a price but don’t know what you are getting for your money. When it comes to heating and cooling systems, we’re here to teach you the five things you need to know when hiring an HVAC pro.

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Topics: System Maintenance, HVAC

How Do I Know When to Call the HVAC Experts?

Posted by Brittany on Jul 28, 2015 12:43:10 PM

With making any home repairs, you need to calculate the cost of trying to do it yourself versus the cost of hiring a professional. Some things are easy – a trip down to the hardware store and a quick Internet search can give you answers to most small household problems. But when expensive equipment is involved – like with your HVAC system – your time and money may be better spent calling in a pro. So, to save you a little more time, here are some examples of when to call in the HVAC experts.

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Topics: System Maintenance, HVAC

HVAC And Indoor Air Quality Tips For Spring

Posted by Kelly on Mar 19, 2015 1:42:00 PM

Indoor Air Quality Suggestions to Help You Breathe Easier

Spring! It’s the time of year where we all want to get outside or fling open our windows and enjoy some fresh air blowing through our homes after a long winter of being cooped-up inside. But wait – before you settle into a springtime mindset, let’s slow down and think about why you want a gentle breeze blowing through your curtains (fresh air) and what it can really bring inside (allergens and moisture). We want you to enjoy the season, so we’ve got some indoor air quality suggestions to help you breathe easier.

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Home Heating and Cooling Tips from the Pros

Posted by Jordan on Dec 11, 2014 10:17:55 AM

Maintenance Resolutions For Your Furnace and Air Conditioner

The holidays may not be the time of year when you think about HVAC upkeep, but it is a good time to
set a New Year’s resolution to schedule basic HVAC maintenance. According to Keith Hill, manager, part sales and technical support, with Minnesota Air, September in Minnesota is the best month to schedule basic maintenance, but if you missed that window, there is no time like the present. Here are some HVAC tips from the pros that you can accomplish before the New Year!

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