One of the big HVAC companies in the area has a coupon
where you get an AC checkout, cleaning, etc for $89, including
2lbs of free refrigerant (not necessairly freon so Stormin doesn't
have a fit). From what I know, this company is one of the more
expensive outfits, they drive around in fancy new trucks and
put on cute little shoe covers when they show up. But I don't
think they are shysters either.
Sound like a good idea if you have a system that you think
might not be up to par?
In the 15 years that I've owned this house, I've paid not one dime to
anyone to perform any service on the (now) 39-year-old furnace or the (I
think) 18-year-old A/C unit, and same goes for gas water heater, gas
dryer or washing machine (both of those also being 15 years old).
Have just turned on the A/C unit the first time this season a few days
ago. Works fine.
Turned off gas to the furnace pilot light just recently too (it's been a
That part, cleaning I do it myself. Not that hard.
At end of season I do it. Just turned on A/c last week
and guess what, there is frost warning out tonight.
Wife went out after supper, covered tomato and cuke plants.
A few years ago I took the cover off the condenser unit and cleaned it
with a garden hose and a nozzle that gave me a high-velocity spray.
Last year I partially removed the evaporator A frame out of the furnace
plenum and cleaned it with a combination of vacuum cleaner and
I also removed a couple of baffle plates that forced all air through the
A frame so that about 1/3 of the plenum opening was free of airflow
restriction and the other 2/3 would have to flow through the A frame.
This took some load off the fan and made the furnace more efficient for
winter heating. I noticed no reduction in the house cooling performance
last summer after doing that. In fact, the extra airflow made just
having the fan running (without A/C on) was probably more sufficient
more of the time.
I never turned off pilot when I lived in Scarboro. Moisture concern.
Even out here in Calgary I keep pilots on. Only pilots are in the
fire places. That 39 year old fura/c tune up costs 160.00, recharging
the system properly; evacuate refrigerant Puron and weigh and recharging
is 260.00 from a releiable service guy.
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