ACI Northwest Blog

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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Yikes! High Electric Bill? Here’s Why

January 21st, 2019

Scared looking woman hiding picking through dollar banknotesIt’s no secret that this time of the year, energy bills are high. This is particularly true if you have an electric furnace or some other type of electric heating system. But there is the standard “higher bill” during this time of the year, and there are electrical bills that are far beyond the scope of what you’d imagine it should be.

Your HVAC systems do account for over half of all your energy costs, but this isn’t the only contributor to high electric bills. And if your bills are much higher than last year, or in comparison to your neighbors, then something is definitely up. We first urge you to have your HVAC systems inspected in case a neglected repair need or some system inefficiency is what’s causing this spike. In the absence of an heater problem though, we urge you to consider the following possibilities:

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Solve the Dry Air Problem in Your Home for Good!

January 7th, 2019

Image of young woman relaxing and using digital tabletLiving in Idaho, we’re pretty familiar with the experience of dry air during the winter. This lack of moisture can cause a variety of problems such as dry, itchy skin and static electricity. But what’s even more frustrating than dealing with dry air outside is contending with it inside your home.

This is where Coeur d’Alene, ID humidifier services come in. There is no bad time to have a humidifier installed, therefore there’s no time like the present to give us a call! But of course, we don’t expect you to rush out and buy a whole-house humidifier or any home comfort device without knowing the benefits of doing so. Keep reading to learn more about humidity and the problems that too little of it cause.

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What a GFCI Outlet Is (And Why You Should Care)

December 24th, 2018

A new GFCI electrical outlet.In our previous post, we delved into what exactly can cause your electrical system to get overloaded when you add holiday lights, and talked about the outlets that would most likely be affected by this overload—the GFCI outlet.

The fact is, there have been many changes in the electrical usage of homes throughout the country, with most households consuming at least double the electricity than ever before, even without adding on holiday lights during this time of the year. It’s vital, then, that your electrical wiring and system stays current with this rise in consumption—and this includes outlets.

Should you discover or suspect you need an outlet upgrade or some other type of electrical work, don’t hesitate to contact our team of professionals for electrical services in Coeur d’Alene, ID. In the meantime, read on to learn more about this GFCI outlet, and why you should care about it.

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Could Your Holiday Lights Be Threatening Your Electrical System?

December 10th, 2018

woman sitting in her home with holiday lights on a tree in the foregroundThe holiday season is well upon us, and if you are like many homeowners in our area, you are likely decorating your home, if you haven’t done so already. Quite often, this means putting up holiday lights in and around your home.

You may be surprised to learn that one of the most frequent calls received by our professional electricians is in regards to outlets and wall switches failing to operate, and tripped circuit breakers. This may include areas such as your bathroom, garage, or even outdoors. And the most common reason for these components not working is due to holiday lights overloading the electrical system. We are, of course, always happy to help you out with professional Coeur d’Alene electrical services should something like this occur in your home, but we’d also like to help you understand what’s going on and what you can do about it.

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Whole-House Generators: Do You Have One?

November 26th, 2018

A home generator that provides electricity during a power outage. It is connected to a propane gas supply.With winter well on its way, you probably are thinking about a lot of different things—the holiday season, your kids getting out of school for winter break, if you scheduled maintenance for your heating system yet, and if your generator is ready in case there’s a power outage.

Wait, what’s that? You don’t have a generator in place? Or you do, and you haven’t had it maintained or checked to make sure it can handle a sudden winter power outage? Either way, you can contact our team for quality, reliable Coeur d’Alene generator services. In the meantime, read on to learn more about these systems.

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