ACI Northwest Blog

Remodeling Your Home? Beware These Safety Hazards!

May 13th, 2019

outlet-on-wall-with-cord-plugged-inWhen remodeling your home, there are so many factors to take into consideration. For instance, if the renovation includes your kitchen, you have not only appliances and cabinetry to think about, but also your plumbing fixtures and lighting. Or if you’re redoing a family room, you may need to do some rewiring to move an entertainment system.

The one thing many remodeling jobs have in common is that it may require at least a small change to your electrical system. And if you’re doing your remodel without a professional helping, then you could very well run into some safety hazards. For this reason, we highly recommend working with a trained and experienced electrician for a job of this caliber.

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How to Best Prep Your AC for Summer

April 29th, 2019

two-fenced-in-air-conditioning-condenser-unitsWith temperatures still fairly cool for now, it’s hard to imagine those hot, humid days of summer in our future. But the future is closer than you think. And the last thing you need this summer is to be stuck with a malfunctioning or inefficient air conditioning system.

Now is actually the perfect time to start prepping your air conditioner for summer. The reason for this is because then you have plenty of time to take care of any pending repair or performance needs well before temperatures start rising. It’s convenient for you as you won’t have a disruption in service, and it’s convenient for your schedule as well, since you’ll probably have to wait longer for an appointment in the busier days of summer.

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Common End-Of-Season Electric Heater Repair Needs

April 15th, 2019

heater-ventAs Mother Nature has proven time and time again, weather can be unpredictable. Sure, we’re officially in the spring season, but does that mean we’ve seen the last of our heater usage? Well, no. Still though, many homeowners are looking forward to warmer temps and as a result, getting ready to shut down their heaters for the season. But, what if repairs are needed for your electric furnace in Coeur d’Alene, ID? Can you just ignore them for now and wait until next fall to take care of them?

We really wouldn’t recommend it. Ignoring any type of heating system problem can cause it to turn into a much bigger issue, leaving you with a broken down heater next fall when you need it the most. Or depending on the circumstances, it could at least be malfunctioning. But, how do you know if you have repair needs that require attention now? Read on to learn some of the sins of a heater malfunction.

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Factors to Consider with a Furnace Replacement

April 1st, 2019

checklist-animationSpring may officially be here, but we’re still dealing with cooler temps for now. Hopefully, your heater has served you well this winter and you’re still keeping warm and comfortable in your home. If it hasn’t, or if you’ve decided this is its last winter, you may be considering a replacement. This is a huge investment and it’s important that you consider it carefully. When you contact our team for any sort of furnace service in Spokane, WA, you can count on us to help you make an educated decision.

We believe that selecting a new heater doesn’t have to be complicated or scary, so long as you work with an HVAC pro who is aware of your home’s specific needs. Keep reading for our brief guide on selecting a new heater. And don’t hesitate to reach out for more information!

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It’s Time for Spring Cleaning!

March 25th, 2019

daffodils-in-a-fieldWith the start of spring officially here, homeowners throughout Coeur d’Alene and the surrounding communities have a lot on their plates, preparing for the warmer weather.

This can include clearing your yard and gutters of debris, cleaning out your garage and tool shed, and last but not least—cleaning your air conditioner!

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Do Ductless Systems Have Unique Repair Needs?

March 18th, 2019

close-up-view-of-ductless-systemWhen customers ask about options for new heaters and even new air conditioners today, we’re fast to recommend the ductless system. Reason being, these systems are extremely efficient and very effective in their operation. Rather than function by using a network of air ducts connect to an indoor air handler (like a traditional central air conditioner), a ductless system has an outdoor unit to which you can connect up to 4 indoor air handlers. These air handlers are mounted up high on the walls of the rooms where they’re installed, and can be controlled independently from one another.

There are a variety of advantages to going ductless in your home. But it’s important to remember that these systems are not immune to the need for heating repair in Spokane, WA, especially if you don’t have yours professionally installed or maintained. Given that, we’re going to discuss some unique needs that can come up for your ductless system, if you neglect it.

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Take Note of These Common Furnace Repairs

March 3rd, 2019

technician-looking-over-furnaceIf you’re like many Coeur d’Alene homeowners, there’s a good chance you’ve been using a furnace for your winter heating needs. This is, after all, the most common type of residential heating system across the nation. This also means, of course, that our team sees a lot of them and is pro at repairing and servicing furnaces.

Our prompt repair team will get your malfunctioning heater back in good working order. Of course, this means you’d have to know you have repair needs to begin with, and some furnace repair issues can be tricky to spot at first. We’re here to help you detect these problems early on so that our team can get to you ASAP before the problem grows worse and you’re stuck with a completely broken down heater when you need it the most. Read on for a list of warning signs, and if you notice any of these, give us a call!

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Have You Considered a Career in the Trades?

February 25th, 2019

banner-with-construction-workers-hand-holding-blueprints-and-hard-hatGrowing up, we’re often asked what we want to do when we get older. Common answers involve doctors, lawyers, and even CEO’s. Rarely are we led to pursue jobs such as becoming a tradesperson—that is, an individual who works in HVAC, plumbing, or electrical service. You may be surprised to find, however, that these are all very rewarding career paths, both in terms of finances and the feeling of a job well done.

A few years back, Mike Rowe—creator of Dirty Jobs and Somebody’s Gotta Do It—was interviewed in the HVACRBusiness magazine to discuss the labor shortage and lack of focus on the trades, which has improved but is still a struggle today. But it’s not for lack of opportunity. As Rowe discusses, there is a lot of focus put on a formal education, and therefore many individuals coming out of high school assume that’s the direction they need to go, and may not ever even consider trade school, and pursuing a career as a service technician, as an option.

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Boost Your Heating Efficiency and Spend Less

February 18th, 2019

gas-powered-furnace-systemWhen it comes to heating in Spokane, WA, you need a system that will perform as effectively and efficiently as possible. Considering that most of our year is cool, you don’t want to be stuck without a fully functioning heating system in place. You also don’t want to be stuck paying for much higher energy bills than you should be. One way to ensure this isn’t the case is by scheduling annual maintenance for your heater, which we hope you did in the fall. Another way is by following up on repair needs ASAP.

We have some good news, too. Boosting your heating efficiency doesn’t just require you to invest in what can be costly HVAC services. There are simple things you can do around the house to boost that efficiency (and therefore, the cost effectiveness) of your heater. Keep reading to learn more!

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Signs It Is Time to Replace Your Furnace

February 4th, 2019

technician-looking-over-gas-powered-furnaceBefore winter starts each year, we encourage—well, we urge—our customers to schedule furnace maintenance with professional HVAC technicians. The reason for this is because a maintenance tune-up helps our technicians spot small problems before they grow into much bigger emergency needs. The last thing you want is to be stuck with a broken down heater right when you need it the most, right?

Just like any other large appliance or piece of equipment, though, your furnace won’t last forever—even with maintenance! So, at what point do you stop depending on maintenance tune-ups and furnace repair in Spokane, WA, and instead choose to replace your furnace altogether? This is a question we’re going to answer below, and it’s probably the biggest question you’ll ever have to face with your furnace system. Fortunately, you aren’t alone in making this decision—our team is here to help you make an informed choice.

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