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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have questions related to your HVAC system that are not listed below, please give us a call at 941-306-3715.

Some signs you need a new water heater are an old unit, rusty water, not enough hot water, noise, or leaks.

Old Unit: You can find your units exact age by looking for the manufacturers sticker near its top. The first two numbers represent the year. You should check your manufacturer’s website for more information and have your water heater replaced if you find out it is more than 10 years old.

Rusty Water: If your hot water is rusty, your water heater could be rusting on the inside, and it might start leaking soon. To see if your hot water is rusty, fill three or four five-gallon buckets or other containers. If rust comes from hot water only, you probably need a new water heater.

Not Enough Hot Water: If your shower keeps turning cold before you get done, you should get a new water heater. The most common sign that your water heater will fail is a lack of hot water. Sediment often builds up over time in hot water heaters, which separates water from heat sources and takes up space.

Noises: As water heaters get older, sediment builds up on the bottom of the tanks. As the sediment is heated and reheated, it eventually hardens, wasting energy and using a lot of your water heater’s capacity. You could notice banging or rumbling noises from your unit. You’ll also run out of hot water sooner. The extra time required to heat water leads to cracks or holes in your water heater, so you should look for leaks if you hear banging or rumbling.

Leaks: As metal heats, it expands, and if there are slight fractures, water may leak from your tank. A leak could damage your basement or utility closet, but your water heater’s inner tank will stop leaking when its metal cools down. Before you replace your water heater, make sure there are no other leaks coming from the fittings or connections to the tank. You should also check your heater’s temperature and pressure overflow pipe for leaks. If you find a leak, have your tank replaced right away by an experienced professional.

Your system should be cleaned, inspected, and serviced at least once a year. We recommend checking the heating system in the Fall and your cooling system in the Spring.

The system cools by removing heat from the air via a refrigerant and replacing the heated air with cooled air. When it gets cold, the system works in reverse, pumping in hot air and removing the cold air.

A zoning system is a simple and straightforward network of thermostat devices, one in each zone, automatic dampers in the ductwork and a central control center which gives you constant control of indoor temperatures inside, and throughout, your home. Zoned temperature control affords you the benefit of personalized comfort 24/7/365 in each area of your home in conjunction with your current forced-air cooling and/or heating system (e.g. A/C or heat pump).

By installing an indoor air quality device, you only need to install them and let them do the rest of the work. The first device is an air purifier, which differs slightly from an air cleaner. Both trap dust from entering your HVAC system, but an air purifier sanitizes the air as it passes through the system. Often, air purifiers utilize a UV lamp, which kills hazardous organic material such as bacteria, viruses, and mold. UV lamps themselves do nothing to prevent pet dander and dust from entering the house, but when used in conjunction with an air cleaner or air filter, they’re highly effective at promoting healthy air.