Category Archives: Tips & Recommendations

Why Change Your Furnace Filter?

by: Katey Gallagher

I will be the first to admit, that before I met my now husband (Chris Gallagher), I knew nothing about furnaces and air conditioners! I had my own home in Cincinnati and I couldn’t even tell you where my furnace was located! Now that I’ve been in the industry for years, I have a much better grasp of the ins-and-outs of heating and cooling a home. As service manager of our company, I work with our customers on a daily basis who have questions, similar to the ones I had before starting in this business. After hearing all these familiar questions, I felt like it would be helpful to share our knowledge with our customers. Hence why we started this video blog!

One of the comments I get a frequently is, “I didn’t realize I needed to change my filter that often”, and I believe it! I don’t think frequency of filter changing on your furnace or air handler is common knowledge. And I definitely don’t think people understand how much a dirty filter can negatively impact your heating AND cooling system’s operation all year around. Continue reading

Repair or Replace?

It can be difficult to decide whether to repair or replace your HVAC equipment. While the age of the system is a major factor to consider, how well the system has been maintained and how up-to-date the technology is are also important considerations. Issues brought on by wear and tear should also be considered, as rust or cracks may lead to carbon monoxide or other toxins, which affect air quality.

To complicate the issue, heating and cooling equipment may share components, and heating equipment tends to outlast air conditioning systems. When only a portion of the equipment is being replaced, it is essential to consider compatibility issues.

Common reasons for repairing rather than replacing your heating and air conditioning system include:

  • The facility may be nearing the end of its use
  • The building or home may require modification before energy efficiency can be achieved
  • The purchase new equipment may not be financially permissible
  • Anticipation of new equipment technology may be worth delaying purchase

Typical reasons for choosing to replace your system are:

  • Return on investment in monthly energy bills
  • Repair costs approach the cost of a new system
  • Purchasing incentives such as tax credits or rebates
  • Better performance with new system technology
  • Desiring a system that is environmentally better

We look forward to delivering our award-winning service to your home!

What to Check Before Calling

Air Conditioner – “It’s Not Cooling!”

  • Check the settings on your thermostat. Make sure the temperature control selector is set below the current room temperature, and the system switch is on the COOL or AUTO position. The fan switch should be set to ON for continuous airflow or AUTO if you want the blower to operate only while the air conditioner is operating.
  • Try to get the air conditioner to turn on by lowering the thermostat to its lowest temperature setting.
  • If the air flow out of your registers seems low, check the air filter. An extremely dirty air filter can block air flow.
  • Make sure all registers are open and not obstructed.
  • Check the power disconnect switch by each unit (outdoor and indoor).
  • Check the fuse/breaker at the electrical panel for both the outdoor and indoor unit.
  • If the problem persists, please call us.

Heat Pump – “It’s Not Cooling!”

  • Check the settings on your thermostat. Make sure the temperature control selector is set below the current room temperature, and the system switch is on the COOL or AUTO position. The fan switch should be set to ON for continuous airflow or AUTO if you want the blower to operate only while the heat pump is operating.
  • Try to get the heat pump to turn on by lowering the thermostat to its lowest temperature setting.
  • If the air flow out of your registers seems low, check the air filter. An extremely dirty air filter can block air flow.
  • Make sure all registers are open and not obstructed.
  • Check the power disconnect switch by each unit (outdoor and indoor).
  • Check the fuse/breaker at the electrical panel for both the outdoor and indoor unit.
  • If the problem persists, please call us.

Heat Pump – “It’s Not Heating”

  • Check the settings on your thermostat. Make sure the temperature control selector is set above the current room temperature, and the system switch is on the HEAT or AUTO position. The fan switch should be set to ON for continuous airflow or AUTO if you want the blower to operate only while the heat pump is operating.
  • Try to get the heat pump to turn on by raising the thermostat to its highest temperature setting.
  • If the air flow out of your registers seems low, check the air filter. An extremely dirty air filter can block air flow.
  • Make sure all registers are open and not obstructed.
  • Check the power disconnect switch by each unit (outdoor and indoor).
  • Check the fuse/breaker at the electrical panel for both the outdoor and indoor unit.
  • If the problem persists, please call us.

Gas Furnace – “It’s Not Heating”

  • Check the settings on your thermostat. Make sure the temperature control selector is set above the current room temperature, and the system switch is on the HEAT or AUTO position. The fan switch should be set to ON for continuous airflow or AUTO if you want the blower to operate only while the furnace is operating.
  • Try to get the furnace to turn on by raising the thermostat to its highest temperature setting.
  • If the air flow out of your registers seems low, check the air filter. An extremely dirty air filter can block air flow.
  • Make sure all registers are open and not obstructed.
  • Check the power disconnect switch by the furnace.
  • Check the fuse/breaker at the electrical panel for the furnace.
  • Check to make sure the gas control valve to the furnace is open.
  • Check the pilot light. (Electronic ignitions will not have a pilot light).
  • If the problem persists, please call us.

Oil Furnace – “It’s Not Heating”

  • Check the settings on your thermostat. Make sure the temperature control selector is set above the current room temperature, and the system switch is on the HEAT or AUTO position. The fan switch should be set to ON for continuous airflow or AUTO if you want the blower to operate only while the furnace is operating.
  • Try to get the furnace to turn on by raising the thermostat to its highest temperature setting.
  • If the air flow out of your registers seems low, check the air filter. An extremely dirty air filter can block air flow.
  • Make sure all registers are open and not obstructed.
  • Check the power disconnect switch by the furnace.
  • Check the fuse/breaker at the electrical panel for the furnace.
  • Check to make sure you have fuel oil.
  • Check the pilot light. (Electronic ignitions will not have a pilot light).
  • If the problem persists, please call us.

Gas / Oil Boiler – “It’s Not Heating”

  • Check the settings on your thermostat. Make sure the temperature control selector is set above the current room temperature, and the system switch is on the HEAT or AUTO position.
  • Try to get the boiler to turn on by raising the thermostat to its highest temperature setting.
  • Check the power disconnect switch by the boiler.
  • Check the fuse/breaker at the electrical panel for the boiler.
  • Check to make sure you have fuel oil or check to make sure the gas control valve to the boiler is open.
  • Check the pilot light. (Electronic ignitions will not have a pilot light).

Tuesday tip!

Right before I go to the dentist is when my teeth are brushed and flossed like in a pro!

Yes before. I feel like I have some sort of accountability to my dental hygienist and I’ll let him down if I show up with an average clean mouth.

Weird.

We get that too on Heating tuneup and cleanings. People wait till the day before we arrive to change the air filter. It’s kind of funny because we pull the filter and it’s brilliant clean. And as we pass the garbage can the old filthy filter is poking its nasty head up saying “I’m still heeeere”. Continue reading

Hows your air?

CarrierAd31Years ago, we were always certain to use the word “Heating” along with “Air Conditioning” to make sure no one ever would assume that we didn’t do heating systems also.

Then we got a clever marketing idea.

Hauser Air wants to know; Hows Your Air?!

Now “air” means so much more than heating and air conditioning. We have learned about the indoor air quality in our homes and why we get sick. The EPA has an entire page dedicated with amazing facts and figures about air quality. For instance; Indoor air pollution can be up to 10 times worse than outdoor air pollution! That’s kind of scary if you suffer from asthma or allergies. Continue reading

You can’t get no…?

Out shopping for a tv yesterday I was surprised how similar in awesomeness televisions are today (are they still called that?). They all have really cool apps with wifi and amazing graphics. It seems we must be getting close to a pinnacle. So while talking to a store employee he basically said that they are all one as bad as another and just pick one.

But internally I was struggling with which one will I be 100% satisfied with?

Sounds elusive doesn’t it? We offer a 100% satisfaction money back guarantee, and yet I think people just pass by that point when they see it on our brochures and proposals. 100% satisfaction guarantee may be the single most important we make though. It’s not a gimmick or marketing ploy. We mean it and back it up in writing with a legal document. We are so confident that you will be comfortable – not only with your Carrier heating and cooling products, but with Hauser Air, your Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer – that we back it up in writing with a 100% satisfaction guarantee: If, for any reason, you are dissatisfied with your Carrier equipment within one year of the installation date, we will correct the problem or remove the equipment and refund your purchase price. Continue reading

Repairing Versus Replacing Your Old Air Conditioning Unit

When your air conditioning breaks down, the first thought that probably runs through your mind is: Will I be able to get it fixed, or will I have to purchase a new system?

It is usually less expensive to repair the unit than replace it. However, there are a few factors to consider before deciding whether to repair or replace. For example: the age of your air conditioning system. Remember that your air conditioning unit has an estimated service life of 10 to 15 years. Fixing an air conditioning unit that should otherwise be replaced, may just be a temporary solution and can cost you more money in the end.

Here are several factors to consider before making a decision: Continue reading

Humidity

It’s 65º in Cincinnati and 80% humidity outside according to my sensor. Yet I have received more than a few calls today about humidifiers! Fair enough, they were calling from conversations last week about not having enough humidity when it was cold.

You see, the average home, in the cold of winter, is recycling air through the furnace and burning the humidity out of the air. Some homes indoor relative humidity drops to 10% or less (that’s dry, like the Sahara dessert dry!). Carrier says that’s the average humidity in an un-humidified home.

We installed a humidifier in our home for multiple reasons. Continue reading