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Shopping for a new air conditioner or heat pump? Let Sam the Furnace Man help you find the right one!

Shopping for a new air conditioner or heat pump? Let Sam the Furnace Man help you find the right one!

The air conditioner and heat pump have been around for many decades. Since their common use has went mainstream in just about all the continental United States, most only think that they are all the same. However, that is far from the truth!

Need to upgrade your air conditioner? In the market for a new central cooling system? Here are five helpful tips.

  1. Do not accept the statement “All brands use the same parts/compressors.” Wrong! They may use the same vendor, but the specs are not the same! Manufacturers have different engineering specs that are brand and model specific. Even though the part has the same name ,,a good and best example is the compressor ,,its the heart of any system pumping the refrigerant throughout,,,the manufacturer called “COPELAND”  makes just about 90 to 95% of all compressors ,,yet  they have differences in quality of materials and specs within ,depending on the brand and model.
  2. most brands have a good,better ,best models ,,,ask about differences,,also compatability with your current furnace.
  3. If sound is a problem enquire of sound decibel rating of their unit,all units have a sound output rating,,don’t accept “its quiet.”
  4. All brands carry at least a 10 year parts warranty, so make sure yours gets registered! Sam the Furnace Man      takes care of all warranty registration for you and sends it right to your e-mail within  (3 ) days after installation.
  5. I, Sam the Furnace Man, sell mainly my skill level and expertise. If you’re just shopping price only in this field you will be disappointed, quality installations with proper technique only come from years of experience and equipment knowledge. I am that man!

Call me today! Get a free quote on a new installation of the industry’s leading products!

heat pump fan

Ready to buy a new heat pump? Read some helpful advice from Sam the Furnace Man!

The phasing out of R-22 freon based air conditioners and heat pumps has been underway for over four years. What should you do when faced with repair or upgrade?

The money you spend on an R-22 freon unit may end up costing way more than it is worth. Consider this: R-22 freon systems passed the torch over three years ago to a better, safer, cheaper chemical called R-410A. What does this chemical, also called puron, mean to you? Repairing any R-22 freon unit leak is difficult, due to the mandated refrigerant phaseout.

Heat pump and air conditioner parts facts

However, if it is a replaceable part only, the risk of the repair may be worth it. Having said that, if you are replacing your unit, there are a few things you need to know:

  1. Try to match the system brand you are purchasing to the same one as your current furnace. For example, do this if it is an air conditioner and evaporator coil being replaced. Why? The evaporator or “A” coil is designed to allow air to flow through it. Manufacturers base this on brand specific designs. When efficiency rating (S.E.E.R.) is calculated, it is based on this combination. In short, a mismatch affects both your output and efficiency.
  2. Also, every reputable brand has models that vary in construction, so a contractor could be selling you a “brand name”, but a lesser model. Do your homework! All brands have websites, so ask your tech about what you are getting and why. Sam the Furnace Man offers five major brands, so you can get proper system matchups. We also feature unparalleled service and expertise.
  3. Lastly, don’t let others fool you. Get a state licensed contractor. Any other contractor could have limited skills, and possibly even be a felon. Without a license, a technician does not have to continue education or carry state required insurance. A state license ensures that this is not the case. Upon annual license renewal, the state confirms backgrounds and educational hours. Let’s face it, if they can’t or won’t pass the test, what kind of tradesman are they?

Sam the Furnace Man holds both Ohio and Kentucky state licences. I am the best choice! Contact me today!

Choose the right air conditioner service - don't get scammed!Hello again from Sam the Furnace Man, with a helpful air conditioner service alert. Showtime is here! Summer is upon us, and some businesses combine bait and switch with a lack of knowledge, creating a homeowner scam. It never fails! Each year I will see the Facebook ads or hear on the street how the “AC tune up” or “service” deal is the launching pad for a monetary scam of homeowners. Here are five plain truths about this :

  1. The average outdoor condenser (air conditioner or heat pump) contains absolutely no serviceable parts.
  2. It is impossible to check a refrigerant level in those units correctly with ambient or outside temperatures in the 70s or under.
  3. It is rare that the outdoor coil could have enough debris or lint from a dryer exhaust to warrant a cleaning.
  4. Controls and parts such as contractors, capacitors, hard start kits or relays are a scammer’s favorite way to charge you more. They’ll say it is because they are “weak or failing”. Therefore, their so called tune up or service call now becomes a costly bill.
  5. Freon or refrigerant is not “sold by the pound”. This is ludicrous, since it is never scaled in to charge a unit which is low on freon! Their gauges only can test system PSI, and not pound weight of chemical added. A technician must use a scale.

The so called technicians from other companies could be felons, abusers, or simply not qualified. My state licenses ensure that I could not hire them, even if I wanted to! State background checks are mandatory, and my employees must complete a minimum of 10 hours of annual continuing education. They also must carry one million dollars of liability insurance.

Air conditioner service from a pro you can trust!

Lastly, you need the one and only state tested and licensed HVAC contractor I know who also works out in the field! Contact me, Sam the Furnace Man!

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