The Basics of Portable Air Conditioners


Have you ever wondered if a portable air conditioner is right for you? Do you think it would fit your HVAC needs but don’t feel like you know enough about it? We can help. In this blog post, we will cover the basics of portable air conditioners including what a portable air conditioner is, how to install a portable air conditioner, and the pros and cons of having a portable air conditioner. We hope to answer all your questions and help you decide if a portable air conditioner is right for you. 

What is a Portable Air Conditioner?

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A portable air conditioner is a small, mobile cooling unit. It was designed with the idea of being able to cool a room without having to be permanently installed, unlike traditional air conditioners. Portable air conditioners work by taking in hot air and then cooling it. They have to be vented and because of that, they have an exhaust hose that can vary from 4 to 7 feet. In order to use a portable air conditioner as intended, you must have a window in the room you intend to cool. The reason why you have to have a window in the room is because the exhaust hose extends to the window and releases hot air. The AC has to have a place to expel air to work properly. A portable AC has similarities to a traditional air conditioner but differs greatly from one.

How to Install a Portable Air Conditioner

It is a fairly easy process to install a portable air conditioner. In five simple steps, you can have one up and running. Below are the steps to install most standard portable air conditioners: 

  1. Place Your Air Conditioner 

When placing your air conditioner in a room, put it by a window and an electrical outlet. If you can, keep it away from furniture or anything flammable. Make sure that nothing is put in front of your air conditioner as it might block the airflow. 

  1. Take Out the Window Kit 

The window kit will look like a long piece of plastic. Window kits are extendable and fit most windows. A good rule of thumb is to measure your window first and make sure that that window kit will fit. Your portable air conditioner should have the measurements of the window kit. If your window kit will fit, open your window and put the kit inside of it.  

  1. Check for the Window Exhaust Connector  

After taking out the window kit, check the back of your air conditioner to make sure the window exhaust connector is there. The connector will generally look like a curved small piece of plastic that has an opening for the exhaust hose. If your portable air conditioner doesn’t have a connector installed, make sure to find it and put it on. It should connect easily to the back of your AC.  

  1. Connect the Hose  

The next thing you need to do is connect the hose. Connect the hose into the window exhaust connector and the window kit. Try to not stretch the hose. Keep it as short and straight as possible. The reason why you want to do this is because the hose can get damaged if it isn’t connected correctly. 

  1. Plug-in Your Air Conditioner

When you are done connecting the hose and making sure all the parts are secure, plug your air conditioner into an electrical outlet. Your air conditioner should have an on button. Push it and see if your air conditioner powers on. If it doesn’t, you may have to push a button that says “reset” in order to use your air conditioner. Check your manual for exactly what the manufacturer intended.

You can find out more information about installing your portable air conditioner here. Cool and Portable provides a wonderful guide that helps to go more into depth about installing portable air conditioners. 

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What are the Pros?

There are several pros to owning a portable air conditioner:

  • They Are Less Expensive

Portable ACs are less expensive than traditional ones. The price of them varies but they usually cost between 50 to 500 dollars. The reason why the price of them greatly varies is because more expensive portable air conditioners can cool larger rooms. For example, a $100 portable air conditioner may only be able to cool a 200 square feet room while a $250 one might be able to cool a 400 square feet room. A more expensive portable AC might also have a longer warranty or be more durable. 

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  • They Are Transportable

Portable air conditioners are known for their transportability and do not fail in that regard. They do not have to be permanently installed unlike regular air conditioners. They can also be easily dismantled which helps when transporting them. While they are transportable, they are not lightweight. The average portable air conditioner weighs between 50 to 75 pounds. We recommend that you do not try to lift a portable air conditioner alone. When transporting a portable air conditioner, do not put it upside down or lay it on its side. Positioning a portable air conditioner incorrectly while transferring it can result in permanent damage. Be careful and follow the directions stated by the manufacturer when transporting it. 

  • They Are Easily Installed

Installing a portable AC can be done in five steps or less as shown in the How to Install a Portable Air Conditioner section. Being able to install your air conditioner saves you time and money. It also helps to reduce the amount of potential error in installing your AC.

What are the Cons?

While portable air conditioners have a lot of pros, they have a fair amount of cons too. The cons of owning one might outweigh the pros depending on your situation. The best thing you can do is decide if the cons are something that you can live with. 

  • Most HVAC Technicians Won’t Work on Them

Most HVAC technicians will not work on portable air conditioners. Some reasons why HVAC technicians refuse to work on portable air conditioners is because portable air conditioners are not designed to be worked on like regular air conditioners. Portable ACs are also not considered to be cost-efficient because it’s cheaper to replace them than to work on them. For example, even if a portable air conditioner is only worked on for an hour, you potentially have to pay for a part and you have to pay the HVAC technician for working on it. Given the price of a portable air conditioner and the likelihood of it breaking again, it’s not worth it for the customer or the HVAC technician. 

  • They Have Shorter Lifespans
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The average portable air conditioner will not last as long as one that is permanently installed. Most portable air conditioners will last ten years at most if they are properly taken care of. There are some cases where portable air conditioners have lasted fifteen years, but those are rare. Portable air conditioners are less durable than the average air conditioner. This is because in prioritizing portability, they sacrifice durability. They are also less efficient. When an air conditioner is less efficient, its lifespan is decreased. Portable air conditioners are best as a temporary cooling system and not a year-round one. 

  • They Need Constant Maintenance

Portable air conditioners need more maintenance than the average AC. You will always have to check the hose and make sure that it’s properly working. If your portable air conditioner doesn’t have a hose then you will have to drain it daily. If you do not maintain your portable air conditioner every day then you run a risk of it growing mold or deteriorating in general. 

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We hope that this blog post helped you to decide if a portable air conditioner is right for you. Portable air conditioners can be a great addition to your home as long as you are aware of their cons. At the end of the day, you should factor in your situation and budget for a cooling system before you decide to buy a portable air conditioner or not. Knowing the basics of them can be extremely helpful.

Do you have a traditional air conditioner and need it repaired? If you live in Jefferson County or the surrounding areas, we would be happy to work on it. Our phone number is 636-475-9384. 

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How to Increase the Lifespan of Your HVAC System


Are you wondering if you can increase the lifespan of your HVAC system and save money down the road? You can! The average lifespan of an HVAC system is not set in stone and relies on a variety of factors. For example, if you maintain your HVAC system you will find that it will last longer. Whether you are looking to buy an HVAC system or have already bought one, there are steps you can take to increase its lifespan. Increasing the lifespan of your HVAC system will undoubtedly save you time and money. 

The Average Lifespan of an HVAC System

The average HVAC lifespan depends on several factors such as maintenance, type, and efficiency. For example, if an HVAC system is properly maintained then its lifespan increases significantly. Maintenance can help homeowners to avoid costly repairs down the road or having to replace their HVAC systems entirely. The type of an HVAC system determines the average lifespan too. An example of this would be an HVAC system that is sturdier and more reliable is likely to last longer than one that isn’t. If you buy an HVAC system from HVAC manufacturers such as York, Lennox, Trane, and Goodman then you are more likely to have an HVAC system that lasts longer. 

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As a rule of thumb, the more efficient an HVAC system is in the beginning, the longer it will last. To put that in perspective, the difference between a 95% efficient HVAC system and an 80% efficient HVAC system is significant. An 80% efficient HVAC system is already less efficient than a 95% one. The decline of it will be more noticeable in the coming years.

Those factors aside, the average lifespan of an HVAC is fifteen to twenty years. However, specific parts of an HVAC system such as a furnace and air conditioner can vary. A furnace lasts fifteen to twenty years, but an air conditioner’s lifespan tends to be less.

Setting Your HVAC System up for Success

There are some easy ways that you can automatically set your HVAC system up for success. The easiest ways to set it up for success are when you are still shopping or have just installed it. However, increasing the lifespan of your HVAC system is an ongoing process.

  • Get a Good Warranty

It is crucial that you make sure that you have a good warranty when buying an HVAC system. Whether the warranty with your HVAC system lasts two years, five years, or longer, make sure that it covers a variety of situations. For example, if one of your HVAC system’s parts break, make sure that your HVAC manufacturer will pay for the costs of labor required to repair it. Try and get written paperwork that states what the HVAC manufacturer will cover and what they won’t. 

Another good idea is to read through your warranty completely and go through any questions you have about it before committing. Some situations will automatically have your warranty voided. These situations could range from not getting your HVAC system yearly inspected to using the wrong replacement parts when something goes wrong. If you have any questions, call your HVAC manufacturer. You can also talk to a trusted certified HVAC company.

  • Go with a Reliable Company

Not only should you go with a reliable HVAC manufacturer, but you should also go with a reliable HVAC company. Your HVAC manufacturer may be able to point you in the right direction, but it is a good idea to do some research. Some things you should research when deciding what HVAC company you want to install your HVAC system is accessibility, response time, and quality of service. 

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You should try and choose an HVAC company that is close to you and gives you easy accessibility. The farther away an HVAC company is, the more their response time is likely to be. Of course, there is always the possibility that the HVAC company you choose might only be five minutes away and still not respond for weeks. An easy way to avoid that is to look online at reviews and see if they mention the response time of the HVAC company. The more reviews an HVAC company has, the more accurate they likely are.

The quality of service of an HVAC company plays a huge role in the lifespan of an HVAC system. If an HVAC system is installed incorrectly, its lifespan decreases drastically. You will constantly have to be calling for repairs that cannot be easily fixed. The best thing you do is research an HVAC company before committing to anything. 

  • Maintenance, Maintenance, Maintenance

Maintenance is key in increasing the lifespan of your HVAC system. You should have your HVAC system regularly checked by an HVAC technician. You should also follow the instructions that go along with it. Some HVAC systems are specialized and require more maintenance. Be sure to check with your HVAC manufacturer what maintenance must be done by a certified HVAC technician and what maintenance you can do yourself. 

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How to Maintain Your HVAC System

There are several ways you can maintain your HVAC system and increase its lifespan. Basic maintenance will go a long way. No matter the age of your HVAC system, these tips will help. 

  • Change the Filters

A lot of HVAC issues can be traced back to a clogged filter. A common question that HVAC companies ask customers when they first call them is when the last time they changed their filters. How often you need to change your filters depends on a variety of factors. A good rule of thumb though is to change your filters at least every six months. However, if you have pets, notice an excessive buildup of dust, or run into HVAC issues, check on your filters. If you notice a large amount of dust in them change them. 

  • Keep the Area Around Your Units Clean

If you can, keep the areas around your HVAC system clean. Make sure there is no debris or flammable objects around your units. If you have a gas furnace be extra careful. If you put flammable objects around a gas furnace you risk the chance that they may catch on fire. While unlikely, it’s better to be safe than sorry. 

  • Have Your HVAC System Checked Yearly

The best way to increase the lifespan of your HVAC system is to catch problems early on. You can do this by having your HVAC system checked yearly by professional HVAC technicians. If you hear any strange noises coming from your HVAC system, notice it’s not working as well, or that a strange smell is coming from it, call an HVAC technician right away. They may be able to fix the problem before it gets worse. If they can then fixing it may add years to your HVAC system. 


While it may seem complicated at times, increasing the lifespan of your HVAC system is entirely possible. There are several factors that influence an HVAC system’s lifespan, but you can set your HVAC system up for success. If you maintain your HVAC system it will last longer. We hope this blog post helped and if you have any more questions, leave them below! We would be happy to answer them. Looking for a reliable HVAC company and live in Jefferson County or the surrounding areas? Give us a call! Our number is 636-475-9384.

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Is a High Efficiency Furnace Worth It?


When you are shopping for a furnace, it is important to decide what you want. For example, you might want a high efficiency furnace but aren’t sure if it is right for you. Luckily, we can help. In this blog post, we will be talking about what a high efficiency furnace is, what the cost of it is, what makes it different from regular furnaces, and if getting it is right for you. We hope this blog post helps and if you have any questions, leave a comment below! 

What Is a High Efficiency Furnace?

A high efficiency furnace is a furnace that is 90% efficient or more. It utilizes less energy and works more efficiently than the average furnace. The higher the efficiency of the furnace is, the less your electrical bill will likely be. A high efficiency furnace requires specialized ventilation and runs more often. Furnaces are most efficient when they are first brand new and high efficiency furnaces are no different. However, during their lifespan they will release less waste than the average furnace. They are also quieter than the average furnace. There is no such thing as a 100% high efficiency furnace, but there are 96% ones. A 96% high efficiency furnace will save you more money than an 80% high efficiency furnace in the long run. The higher the percentage of efficiency the furnace has, the more likely it is a high efficiency furnace. 

High Efficiency Furnace

What is the Cost of a High Efficiency Furnace?

As a rule of thumb, the higher the efficiency of a furnace, the more it will cost. 

  • According to Home Advisor, the average high efficiency furnace can cost between $2,000 to $6,000. Be prepared to spend at least $5,000. The price of a high efficiency furnace depends on the size of it and the brand you decide to go with. This does not include the cost of labor.
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  • To put the cost of a high efficiency furnace into perspective, the average gas furnace can cost between $2,614 to $6,311. This does not include the cost of labor and is only an estimate.

With a high efficiency furnace, you will end up spending more money at first to purchase it and have it installed. However, it lowers the cost of your utility bills. It will also likely pay for itself over the years and work better than an average furnace. How much money you save with it depends on your heating builds and the efficiency of your previous furnace. For example, if your furnace was 85% efficient and you buy a 90% efficient furnace, then you will only notice a 5% difference. The furnace will still be better but the chances of you noticing will be less. That is true with any furnace though and not just a high efficiency one.   

What Makes a High Efficiency Furnace Different? 

A high efficiency furnace, as mentioned in the “What is a High Efficiency Furnace” section, is more efficient than the average furnace. However, what exactly does that mean? We covered some reasons why it is different, but we didn’t cover those reasons in depth. We thought it might be important to revisit them one more time. 

  • It Runs More Often 

A high efficiency furnace runs more often than the average furnace. The reason why it runs more often is so it can make better use of energy. Even though it runs more often, it is quieter than your average furnace. You are less likely to notice it. 

  • It Uses Less Electricity 

A high efficiency furnace might run more often but it actually uses less electricity than your average furnace. It runs more often so it can work at an even speed and not be forced to speed up or slow down depending on your household’s needs. Instead, it can adapt to changes quickly and not waste energy doing so. 

  • It Focuses More on Efficiency Than Durability 

One downside to a high efficiency furnace is that in focusing more on efficiency, it sacrifices durability. However, if you take care of your furnace you are less likely to notice this. Change your filter as recommended and get yearly checkups on your HVAC system and your furnace should last 15 years or more. You can read more about how to take care of your furnace here.

  • It Is Environmentally Friendly

High efficiency furnaces are more environmentally friendly because they use less energy. It also lowers your carbon footprint. It releases less carbon dioxide into the air.

These are the main points that cover what makes a high efficiency furnace different from an average one. They are becoming more popular as time goes on due to the advantages owning one has. A high efficiency furnace is pricey, but it has more to offer than the average furnace.

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Should You Get a High Efficiency Furnace? 

The million-dollar question: Should you get a high efficiency furnace? It depends on your situation. If you live in a climate where you don’t use your furnace often, then it is probably not the right choice for you. A high efficiency furnace will only save you money on your utility bills if you use your furnace frequently. If you don’t use your furnace often then the extra cost of it may not be worth it. However, if you live in a colder climate you might find that a high efficiency furnace is worth it. If you buy one you will notice a decrease in your utility bills. It may not be a large amount at first, but it will slowly but surely add up. At the end of the day, you should consider how much you use your furnace and if a high efficiency furnace is right for you given that fact. A high efficiency furnace has more pros than cons, but its price tag is not something to scoff at. 


We hope this helped to answer your questions about high efficiency furnaces. If you are interested in installing a high efficiency furnace and live in Jefferson County or the surrounding areas, give us a call! We would be happy to help you with the process of choosing a high efficiency furnace and installing it. Our phone number is 636-475-9384. We won’t let you down. 

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Do You Need a New HVAC System?


Even the best HVAC systems are bound to break. A furnace may sputter out because of old age, an air conditioner may no longer produce cold air, and air ducts may become clogged. Without proper care, the lifespan of an HVAC system is greatly reduced. Certain parts of an HVAC system have different lifespans than others. For example, a furnace’s average lifespan is between 15-20 years while an air conditioner’s lifespan can vary from 10-15 years to 15-20 years. While it is unlikely you will have to replace your HVAC system all at once, there are some signs to look out for. In this blog post, we will talk about how to determine if your HVAC system is properly working, what to do if your HVAC system is not working and if you should replace part of your HVAC system. If you like this blog post or have a question, leave a comment below. We would be happy to answer.

Is Your HVAC System Working?

Is your HVAC system working and if it is, is it working to its best ability? Sometimes it can be difficult to tell if your HVAC system is working and other times, not at all. For example, one day your furnace could stop producing heat and that’s how you know something is wrong with it. Other times it may be more of a gradual process such as you might notice that more dust is collecting in your home. 

The first thing you should do is change your filters in your air conditioner and furnace. If you haven’t changed them in six months it is usually a good rule of thumb to do. However, it depends on your filter. We recommend you look at the instructions manual that came with your filters.

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A lot of HVAC issues can be traced back to a clogged filter in furnaces and air conditioners. For example, a dirt filter could be the reason an air conditioner might not be producing cold air. The same goes for a furnace not producing hot air. When in doubt, always replace your furnace or air conditioner’s filter. 

There are some other signs that your HVAC system is not working. Some signs are the temperature of your house does not seem to match the temperature your thermostat says, different rooms in your house vary drastically temperature-wise, your furnace and air conditioner won’t turn on, and abnormal sounds are coming from your HVAC system. If any of these signs sound like something your HVAC system is experiencing it’s worth investigating. 

What to Do if Your HVAC System is Not Working

If you have concluded that your HVAC system is not working there are some things you can do. The first thing you should do, after replacing the filters if needed, is try to figure out where the problem is coming from. Is it your air conditioner or furnace that has Is it something else entirely? After you figure out where the issue is coming from then you can start to properly troubleshoot. The next question you should consider is when the last time was that you had an HVAC technician inspect your HVAC system. If it has been over a year, you should go ahead and call an HVAC technician as your HVAC system needs to be looked over anyway. To prevent larger issues from coming about, your HVAC system should be maintained yearly by an HVAC technician. Proper maintenance of your HVAC system can help avoid costly bills in the future. 

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If you have had your HVAC system looked at in the last year and have narrowed down the problem, then you can proceed. As mentioned before, check to see if your furnace or air conditioner is clogged. A clogged furnace and air conditioner can stop working properly as the airflow is restricted. Consider the age of your HVAC system if your furnace and air conditioner are not clogged. If serviced properly, a good furnace and air conditioner should last at least fifteen years.

If your furnace and air conditioner are not fifteen years old, then the next thing you can do is narrow down the problem even further. Try and find the specific part that is acting up in your furnace or air conditioner. After that, you can try to fix it or if need be, replace it. Replacing a single part in your HVAC system is tremendously cheaper than replacing your whole HVAC system. However, sometimes your whole HVAC system does have to be replaced.

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Should You Replace Part of Your HVAC System?

If you tried everything above already to no avail then it might be time to replace part of your HVAC system. We don’t mean just a single part in your air conditioner or furnace units as suggested, but your air conditioner or furnace as a whole. Usually, your air conditioner or furnace will go out separately, but if they are around the same age then they might go out at the same time. If you believe that is the case, call an HVAC technician and have them come out before you rush to buy a new HVAC system. Replacing an HVAC system is a huge commitment both time and money-wise. It is best if you go into it knowing that your HVAC system is beyond repair and must be replaced. 

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After your HVAC system has been deemed beyond repair, research different HVAC systems that work best for you. You can also call a reputable HVAC company and ask them for their opinion. The higher your budget the more choices you will have. If you have had issues with your HVAC system’s lifespan before, it might be worth looking into newer HVAC systems. For example, you might want to look into an HVAC system that promise a longer life. Buying a new HVAC system is a huge ordeal, but you can reduce your stress. If you research HVAC companies and systems before buying one then you will save yourself stress and money.


We hope this answered your questions. If it didn’t, feel free to leave a comment below. We will try to answer to our best ability. If you live in the Jefferson County area or surrounding counties and need to replace or repair your HVAC system, call us below! Our number is 636-475-9384. We would be happy to assist you with your HVAC needs. 

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What Makes Up an HVAC System


The abbreviation “HVAC” stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. It serves as a simple explanation for what an HVAC system does and what the parts are responsible for. In this blog post, we will be talking about what the main parts of an HVAC system are, what the secondary parts of an HVAC system are, and how they all go together. If you like this blog post, feel free to leave a comment below. Partney Heating and Cooling is always happy to answer any HVAC questions. 

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What are the Main Parts of an HVAC System?

The main parts of an HVAC system consist of a furnace, an air conditioner, and air ducts. Of course, other parts are just as crucial such as thermostats, condenser units, blow motors, evaporator coils, and more. We will talk about those more in the next section. 

A furnace is used to heat a building. Air is heated up in the furnace and then distributed throughout the building using the air ducts. The air ducts connect to both the furnace and air conditioner. They are the main transportation used for air. 

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An air conditioner is the opposite of a furnace and yet its complement. An air conditioner cools a building and then, like a furnace, has its air delivered throughout the building by the air ducts. Both a furnace and air conditioner can be automatically or manually turned on. If a building’s temperature goes above or below than desired then an air conditioner or furnace will turn on. Air conditioners and furnaces are similar in the fact that they are both used to balance out the temperature of the air in a building. That’s their main purpose. 

The main parts of an HVAC system may not seem complex, but they are the foundation of an HVAC system. Without them, an HVAC system can not exist.


What are the Secondary Parts of an HVAC System?

The secondary parts of an HVAC system, as mentioned above, are thermostats, condenser units, blow motors, and evaporator coils. Some of them are more simple than others. The easiest one to explain is thermostats. Thermostats are used to manually change the temperature of a building and set the bar for the desired temperature. They can also be used to automatically control the temperature. As long as a temperature has been set on a thermostat, the thermostat will do its best to make sure the entire building stays at it.  

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Condenser units, located outside, get rid of excess heat inside of a building. Condenser units cool down heated air by condensing it into a liquid. Condenser units then expel the heated air and circulate the cooled liquid as refrigerant. Blow motors help to force air from the furnace and air conditioner throughout the vents. Depending on the blow motor, the speed at which it blows out air can be adjusted. Evaporator coils absorb the heat from the refrigerant and reuse it. The secondary parts of an HVAC system may not be what first comes to a person’s mind when they hear about HVAC systems, but they are crucial. They help to make up the necessary components of an HVAC system.


An HVAC system is a complex system of parts, pieces, and components that all have their own roles to play. They all serve the purpose to heat and cool a building. We hope this blog post helped to answer the question: “What makes up an HVAC System?” for you. If it didn’t, please leave a comment below with any remaining questions you might have. We would be happy to answer them. If you are having trouble with your HVAC system and live in Jefferson County, give us a call! Our phone number is 636-475-9384.

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How to Fix a Furnace Ignitor


Is your furnace ignitor not working? Do you even know what a furnace ignitor is? Luckily, we can help you. In this blog post, we’ll be discussing how you can troubleshoot your furnace ignitor and what to do when you can not fix it. We will also be discussing what a furnace ignitor is, how it works, and what to do when your furnace ignitor isn’t the problem. We hope you find this informative and that it helps you navigate the murky waters of dealing with a broken furnace ignitor. If you have any additional questions, leave a comment below and we will try our best to answer them.  

Furnace Ignitor

How Does It Work?

A furnace ignitor, to put it simply, is used to heat the gas in a furnace and cause combustion. This allows a furnace to produce enough heat to properly warm a home. The average temperature a furnace ignitor operates around is 1,200 Fahrenheit or around 649 Celsius. If a furnace ignitor isn’t hot enough, then it won’t be able to start the chain reaction which is required to generate heat inside of a furnace. If your furnace ignitor isn’t working then you won’t be able to heat your home. 

Ways to Fix Your Furnace Ignitor

  • Make Sure It is Actually Your Furnace Ignitor Causing Problems

While you may believe your furnace ignitor is causing issues it’s important to check other things in your furnace first. For example, when was the last time you replaced your air filter? If it has been a while, replace it and see if that is the issue instead of your furnace ignitor. As mentioned in our article “How to Take Care of Your Furnace,” you need to replace your filter regularly. The thicker the filter is, the longer it is going to last. You should also check your thermostat and make sure it is working properly. 

Of course, there is an easy way to tell your furnace ignitor has gone out. If you open your furnace panel and see that your furnace ignitor is cracked, chipped, shattered, etc. it has gone bad. You can also test your furnace ignitor with a multimeter. A multimeter measures the voltage, current, and resistance. After measuring your furnace ignitor, if it stays on zero then it has gone bad. Remove your furnace ignitor before testing it and turn your furnace off. 

  • Check Your Breaker

Your furnace ignitor may not be working because of a tripped breaker. Your breaker might have been overloaded and caused your furnace to switch off. You should check to make sure that your breaker wasn’t tripped. There might be a red light next to the breaker if it was tripped. Flip the breaker completely off and then flip it on again. You can try this a few times and see if it helps. If it doesn’t, you can narrow the issue down even further and rule your breaker out. 

  • Reset your Furnace Ignitor

To reset your furnace ignitor, the first thing you should do is to make sure your furnace is on. After checking to make sure your furnace is on, turn it off along with its gas supply. You should wait at least ten minutes to make sure that it is no longer running. Once you have made sure that your furnace is no longer running and waited the appropriate amount of time, turn your furnace back on. You can do this by finding the ignition button on your furnace and pressing it. Wait a bit for your furnace to power back on and see if resetting your furnace ignitor solves your issue. 

What to Do When You Can’t Fix It

  • Replace It

The average lifespan of a furnace ignitor is four to seven years. If your furnace ignitor has reached its lifespan, replace it. If it hasn’t however, the average furnace ignitor costs around $30 to $50 if you replace it yourself. If you have an HVAC technician replace it, you’ll have to count labor in the cost. You can replace your furnace ignitor yourself easily, but first, make sure your furnace is turned off. We can not stress this enough. Always, always turn off your furnace before attempting to work on it. Another thing to keep in mind is that your furnace ignitor is fragile. Handle it carefully when replacing your old one. Replacing your furnace ignitor can sometimes be the only thing you can do. Thankfully, it’s not as expensive as replacing your whole furnace. 

  • Call an HVAC Technician

If replacing your furnace ignitor doesn’t work or you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself, we recommend you call an HVAC technician. An HVAC technician will not only replace your furnace ignitor but make sure that it’s the issue in the first place. As mentioned in the “Ways to Fix Your Furnace Ignitor” section, while a furnace ignitor might seem like the issue, it isn’t always. 

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 We hope this blog post helped you. Fixing a furnace ignitor can be a simple task, but getting there can be complicated. It’s important to make sure that your furnace ignitor is the part that is causing issues in your furnace. If your furnace is still not working properly after troubleshooting it, contact us if you live in Jefferson County or the surrounding areas! We would love to be able to help and we will give you a free quote. Our phone number is 636-475-9384. 

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What Causes a Furnace to Stop Working?


Are you wondering why your furnace just suddenly stopped working? Did it just happen abruptly with no warning? If that’s the case, then maybe we can help point you in the right direction. In this month’s blog post, we’ll be talking about the signs of a broken furnace, reasons why a furnace may have stopped working, and what to do next if you can’t fix it. If this blog post helps you out, feel free to leave a comment below! You can also leave a comment if you have any additional questions. Now, let’s get into the blog post.

Signs of a Broken Furnace

There are plenty of signs that your furnace isn’t working with the most obvious one being that it won’t turn on. However, that is not always the case. There are signs of a broken furnace that are not always so black and white. In this section, we’ll be covering five signs of a broken furnace. 

  • Excessive Dust Buildup

If you notice excessive dust buildup in your home then your furnace may not be working properly. Excessive dust buildup can be caused by your furnace not being able to circulate air. You should check your furnace’s filter and see if that is the cause of your problem. If you haven’t replaced your furnace in a while, it is likely that a clogged filter is the reason why your filter is not working. 

  • No Hot Air

Another sign of a broken furnace is when there is no hot air blowing out of it. There might also be cold air blowing out of your furnace. You should first check on your filter and see if it is dirty. If it is, replace it and see if there is a change. If there is a change, the issue might not have been with your furnace but specifically with your filter. A clogged filter prevents proper airflow. A way to make sure you don’t have a clogged filter is to replace your filter frequently as recommended. Depending on the size of your filter depends on how often you should replace it. A rule of thumb though is the thicker the filter is, the longer you can go without replacing it. 

  • Strange Odors Coming from Furnace

If you smell something such as rotten eggs or burning dust from your furnace, check it out right away. If you smell rotten eggs in your house for any reason at all, you likely have a gas leak.  Evacuate your house and call the fire department. If you smell burning dust from your furnace, check your furnace filter. If you haven’t used your furnace in a while then it is likely just the cause of dust buildup from lack of use. The odor should clear out after a while and not cause any damage to you or your furnace in the process. 

  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide poisoning is a silent killer that can happen because of a gas leak. In oil and gas furnaces, carbon monoxide is produced. The carbon monoxide is usually contained inside your furnace, but sometimes a leak happens. Your furnace will not be working properly if there is a gas leak and you and your family will be at risk. Some signs of carbon monoxide poisoning are dizziness, headaches, vomiting, confusion, and shortness of breath. If you suspect you have carbon monoxide poisoning you should call poison control immediately and evacuate your house. Carbon monoxide is an odorless gas and cannot be detected unless you have a carbon monoxide detector. A carbon monoxide detector measures the amount of carbon monoxide in the air and warns you if it gets too high.

Carbon Monoxide Detector

Explanations Why Your Furnace Stopped Working

There are different reasons why your furnace may have stopped working. If you can narrow them down, you can figure out how to fix your furnace and get it back to optimal condition again. 

  • Old Age

Your furnace may just have stopped working due to old age. A furnace usually lasts between 15-20 years depending on the amount of care it was given and the model. Old age comes for all furnaces eventually. You can increase your furnace’s lifespan by taking care of it. In our blog post, “How to Take Care of Your Furnace,” we highlight some tips and tricks for taking care of your furnace. 

Home circuit breaker
  • Your Home Circuit Breaker Needs to Be Reset

Your home circuit breaker may be the issue with your furnace. All furnaces, even gas furnaces, use electricity. If your furnace isn’t working, try resetting your home circuit breaker. To safely reset your home circuit breaker, turn off all your lights and unplug everything. Then reset the main breaker on your circuit breaker by turning it off. Wait a little bit and turn it on again and see if that helps. If you want to specifically only reset the circuit breaker used for your appliances, then you need to reset the double-pole breakers. You can read more about resetting your home circuit here.

  • Your Furnace is Clogged

As mentioned in the above section regarding a furnace that doesn’t produce heat, your furnace might be clogged because of your filter. If your filter hasn’t been changed in a while, particles will get stuck in it and prevent air from passing through. The more buildup in your furnace’s filter, the worse it is going to be able to do its job. In order for your furnace to keep working, you have to change your filter as recommended. 

Furnace Filter
  • Your Thermostat Malfunctioned

The reason your furnace may not be working is because of your thermostat. Some issues that are correlated with furnaces not working and thermostat malfunctioning are furnaces producing too much heat and not enough heat. A few ways you can figure out if your thermostat is the issue is to replace the battery if it is electric. If you notice that your furnace is working right after you replace your thermostat’s battery, the issue was with your thermostat and not your furnace. 

What You Can Do

If you have tried everything and still can’t figure out why your furnace isn’t working, you can call an HVAC company and talk to them about the issue. Sometimes your furnace can’t be fixed with just a simple solution. You should talk to the HVAC technician and tell them what you have already tried doing. This can help them to narrow down the issue. We do not recommend you try to  repair your furnace yourself unless you are an HVAC technician. A lot of HVAC companies will not want to touch furnaces that have been clearly altered by homeowners or other companies. HVAC companies can potentially be held responsible if anything goes wrong after a homeowner or another company tries to fix a furnace. Save yourself the heartache. Make sure you research an HVAC company before letting them into your home and leave more complicated fixes to the professionals. 


We hope we were able to help and answer your question about why a furnace may not be working. Sometimes a broken furnace can be easily solved by routine maintenance and just resetting a thing or two. Sometimes it can’t be, however, it’s good to know what to do in the future if a problem arises again. If you need to have your furnace repaired and live in Jefferson County and any surrounding areas, contact us! We would be happy to assist you in all of your HVAC needs. 

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How to Take Care of Your Furnace


Knowing how to take care of your furnace is crucial to its health and your wallet. Being able to take care of your furnace can save you from paying an expensive bill and worrying about not being able to heat in your house. In the last blog post, we addressed how to take care of your air conditioner. We talked about why you should take care of your air conditioner, tips and tricks on how to take care of it, and what to do when things go wrong regarding it. In this month’s blog post, we will be doing exactly the same except instead of talking about air conditioners, we will be talking about furnaces instead. It’s just as important to know how to take care of your furnace as it is to know how to take care of your air conditioner. You’ll be having your furnace for a long time after all. Furnaces can last for twenty years before they have to be replaced if they are taken care of properly. It costs more to replace your furnace than it costs to take care of it. We hope that we can direct you in the right direction when it comes to taking care of your furnace and it will be with you for many years to come. 

Gas Furnace

Why Take Care of It?

There are several reasons why you should take care of your furnace. When your furnace doesn’t work properly, you will eventually notice and you won’t be able to ignore it. It may start as a minor issue, such as a weird noise occasionally, but as time goes on, it will get worse. You should also take care of your furnace so it works to its best ability and you can avoid future problems. A furnace that works well will be able to heat your home better and will be able to regulate temperatures so they don’t vary from room to room. Not only should you take care of your furnace to make sure it works properly, but you should do it because taking care of it will save you money. As mentioned in the above paragraph, taking care of your furnace will save you more money as time goes on. It costs more money to completely replace your furnace than it costs for it to be serviced. If you take care of your furnace, you can extend its life. Taking care of your furnace is a good idea for a multitude of reasons. While only a few of them were highlighted in this paragraph, we hope you found them informative. Taking care of your furnace might be tedious and tiresome, but it is worth it in the long run. 

Tips and Tricks

It can be hard to take care of your furnace when you don’t know how to. In this section, we will be covering some tips and tricks you can do to take care of your furnace. 

  • Keep All Flammable Objects Away from Your Furnace

It’s important to keep all flammable objects away from your furnace. Flammable objects near your furnace are a fire hazard. While some may argue that keeping flammable objects away from your furnace may not technically be a tip for taking care of your furnace, if your house burns down then your furnace will go along with it. A good rule of thumb is to keep flammable objects at least five feet away from your furnace. If possible, try and keep flammable objects outside of the room where your furnace is housed. It will give you more peace of mind. 

  • Replace the Filter

You need to replace your filter frequently in your furnace. The thicker the filter is, the longer it’s going to last. For example, a 2-inch filter needs to be replaced every three months while a 4-inch filter needs to be replaced every six months. You can check to see how thick your filter is by turning off your furnace and locating where it is on your furnace. It should say it clearly. Once you find your filter and determine its size, you can order another filter to replace your old one. The average furnace filter costs around $10 to $30 according to Home Advisor. The cost can depend on the thickness, quality, and brand of the air filter. After your new filter arrives, you can replace the old one and you are all done! You can cross off replacing your furnace filter off your to-do list and feel good about maintaining your furnace. 

  • Clean the Vents

Your ductwork, a system of vents, is used to transport hot air from your furnace to different rooms in your home. If there is a blockage in them then it can prevent the air from reaching its destination. As addressed in our blog post, “How to Clean Your Ductwork,” you’ll need a few tools such as an HVAC brush, high powered air compressor, and a high powered vacuum. You’ll need to turn off your furnace and air conditioner, open up a ductwork entrance, seal off the rest of your vents, and use the tools mentioned to clean your ductwork before closing it up. You can read more about it in our “How to Clean Your Ductwork” post that we mentioned. Keeping your vents clean will help your furnace to transport air easier and you will notice the difference as your home significantly warms up faster. 

  • Check the Thermostat

Checking to make sure your thermostat is displaying the right temperature is important. If your thermostat is displaying the wrong temperature, it can indicate problems with your HVAC system as a whole. One simple thing you can do to test your thermostat is to adjust your thermostat’s temperature five degrees higher or lower than what you usually have it on. If your furnace doesn’t turn on, that means there is an issue with it. If you have a digital thermostat, try replacing the batteries and see if that changes anything. If you are still having problems and that doesn’t help, try switching between two options on your thermostat: heat and cool. Depending on what you would like, switch the option, and see if that helps. The reason why you want to check your thermostat is because, without it, your furnace will not be able to work properly. You won’t be able to control how hot or cold it is in your house without it.  

These tips and tricks should help to prolong your furnace’s life and help it run to its best ability. We hope this helped you and gave you an idea of how to take care of your furnace. These simple tips and tricks can help you take care of your furnace tremendously if you follow them.

Forced air gas furnace

What to Do When Things Go Wrong

Sadly, things do sometimes go wrong with your furnace. A weird noise or smell may come from your furnace or it may stop working altogether. When that happens, you should call an HVAC technician. Try to remember if you changed anything right before your furnace stopped functioning properly as this will help the HVAC technician. Describe in detail how your furnace is acting up. Even the smallest details will help the HVAC technician to get a picture of what the problem is and help to come up with a timely solution. The HVAC technician will come out to your house and examine your furnace. During this time, tell them if you have tried to troubleshoot your furnace if you haven’t told them already. The HVAC technician will be able to better understand if the issue can be solved with a basic fix or not. An important thing to also include is the model of your furnace and how old it is. Also, tell the HVAC technician what type of furnace it is. Is it a gas furnace? Is it an electric furnace? The more specific you are, the faster your furnace will be fixed. You can not control when your furnace breaks, but you can control how you react to it breaking. Educating yourself on what to do when things go wrong with your furnace can help significantly and the HVAC technician you call will appreciate it.  


Learning how to take care of your furnace is an essential skill that will help you keep your HVAC system running. You should always replace the filter, keep flammable objects away from it, and keep the vents clean. When your furnace fails, you should contact an HVAC technician and provide them with as much information about your furnace as possible. We hope this blog post taught you how to take care of your furnace. If you have any more questions, ask them in the comments below. If you live in Jefferson County or any of the counties surrounding it and need your furnace repaired, contact us!

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How to Take Care of Your Air Conditioner


Taking care of your air conditioner can be as easy as breathing if you know how to do it. Basic air conditioner maintenance can save you thousands of dollars down the line and several costly phone calls to your local HVAC company. In this blog post, we will outline some things that you can do to prolong the life of your air conditioner. If you take proper care of your air conditioner, it will last longer and perform better. We hope this blog post will help you to better take care of your air conditioner and save you money in the future. 

Why Take Care of It?

You might be asking yourself “why should I take care of my air conditioner?” We recommend you take care of your air conditioner for several reasons including the ones mentioned in the paragraph below. Some other reasons why you should take care of your air conditioner is because it will not run properly unless you do so. Minor issues when left unchecked on an air conditioner can build up to become bigger, costly issues. Your air conditioner’s health depends on proper care and while an air conditioner can last up to twenty years, it won’t unless you take care of it. Your air conditioner’s care should not be left up entirely to an HVAC technician. There are several things you can do yourself that can keep your air conditioner healthy and working to its best ability. In the paragraph below, we will be highlighting some tips and tricks to keep your air conditioner healthy. 

Outside unit air conditioner

Tips and Tricks

  • Replace Your Filter

One of the biggest tips we can give you is to replace the filter of your air conditioner. We recommend you change your filter once a month unless it is a 6-inch pleated filter then you should change your filter every six months. You should also make sure that you have the proper replacement filter before attempting to change the filter in your air conditioner. An important thing to note is the size of the filter. 

To change your filter, first, turn your air conditioner off. Then, locate on your internal air conditioner unit where it says “filter.” It will be a panel and your air conditioner should say it clearly. There should be two screws on both ends of the panel that can be loosened.  After loosening the panel, gently pull your old filter out. Before inserting your new filter, look for an arrow that should be located on it that says “airflow.” For proper airflow, you want that arrow pointing up so your air conditioner will work right. It may take a few tries to get the filter in. Once you are done inserting the filter, carefully slide the panel back into place and tighten the screws up. Now, you are all done! 

  • Clear Debris Around Your Outside Unit

Another easy thing you can do to keep your air conditioner working properly is to clean the debris around it. You should clear away branches and leaves that are around your outside unit. If you also have any bushes or shrubs planted near your outside unit, you should trim them. A good rule of thumb is to keep any debris away from your air conditioner by three feet. This will help your air conditioner to be able to circulate air coming in and out of it to its best ability. 

  • Clean the Fins

The outside of your air conditioner has fins that are used to help improve the airflow of your unit. If these fins are blocked, that reduces the airflow of your unit and can lead to your air conditioner not working optimally. You can use a gardening hose to carefully clear off the fins of your air conditioner. You can also use a brush specifically made for cleaning the fins if you want to get a deeper cleaning. The fins on your air conditioner are delicate so we recommend you be careful when cleaning them. 

Trane air conditioner

There are several other things you can do yourself to take care of your air conditioner, but these are some of the basic ones. We do recommend that you have an HVAC technician check your unit once a year to make sure it’s working properly. HVAC technicians have equipment that can help your air conditioner run to its best ability that the average person doesn’t. While it may seem costly at the moment, an HVAC checkup can help detect problems early on. If an issue is treated early on, it will cost less than if it had been if left unchecked. 

What to Do When Things Go Wrong

Sometimes even with the best care, an air conditioner can stop working. While maintenance can stop a multitude of problems, there is always room for error when it comes to machines. Air conditioners are no different in that regard. When that happens, don’t blame yourself. The first thing you do is call an HVAC technician and talk about the issue at hand. Don’t leave any details out when you do. 

Some things you might want to include when calling an HVAC technician are:

  • Tell the HVAC technician if your air conditioner is making a weird noise and describe it. For example, maybe your air conditioner sounds like it’s rattling or something is banging around in it.

  • Has your air conditioner stopped working completely? If so, when did it stop working?

  • Is there a weird smell coming from your air conditioner? Sadly, we also recommend you describe it.

These are a few things an HVAC technician will appreciate hearing when you call them. The more details you can give them, the better they will be able to get a grasp of the situation. An HVAC technician will come out to check on your air conditioner unit. The best thing you can do when something goes wrong with your air conditioner is to call an HVAC technician. Don’t let it get worse and wait until the only thing that can be done is replacing the air conditioner. 

Old air conditioner


We hope this helped you to learn how to take care of your air conditioner and what to do when things go wrong. It can be difficult to know what to do when it comes to your air conditioner. Basic maintenance of your air conditioner will help you to save money and will save you a headache or two. If you have any questions about your air conditioner or anything HVAC related, leave it in the comments below! If you need to have your air conditioner looked at and you live in Jefferson County and the surrounding areas, our number is 636-475-9384. Thanks for reading and we will see you next month with a new blog post! 

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the difference between a condenser and an air handler


Do you know the differences between each of your HVAC units parts? Have you ever wondered what they are? In this month’s blog post, we’ll be answering what the difference is  between two main parts in your air HVAC unit: the condenser and the air handler. Both parts are crucial to your HVAC units and their ability to transport air up and down your vents, but they both vary. For example, a condenser turns gas into liquid and an air handler focuses solely on air regulation. We’ll explain more about them below. Now, let’s get into the blog post! 

What Is a Condenser?

A condenser is an outside part of the HVAC unit that, as mentioned above, turns gas into liquid. It releases and collects heat during the process it changes gas into liquid. It produces a considerable amount of heat as it cools the gas. Condensers are not only part of your HVAC unit, specifically your air conditioner, but they are part of refrigerators and steam power plants. In air conditioners, condensers cool heated up refrigerant vapor and use compressors to help move the refrigerant forward. A fan is then used to blow heat to cool the refrigerant vapor into a liquid. Tubing is then used to transport the air in and out of the building. While a condenser’s function may seem simple, it is extremely vital to your HVAC unit. Without a condenser, your HVAC unit wouldn’t be able to run smoothly.   

HVAC Condensers

What is an Air Handler?

An air handler’s sole purpose is to regulate the air in your air conditioner. Some parts in your air handler are filters, a motor, an evaporator coil, humidifier, and more. They are all interior parts. A filter is used to keep air clean and assure the quality of it. A motor is used to power the rest of the components in the air handler. An evaporator absorbs heat from inside your house and reuses it. A humidifier makes sure the humidity in the air is balanced. The air handler is not just one part of your air conditioner but a collective name for all the parts that come together to do the same job but in different segments. Every part is crucial to your HVAC unit. 

What Is the Difference?

The difference between an air handler and a condenser is their functions. As mentioned above, an air handler regulates air and a condenser turns gas into liquid. They have their similarities such as they both work together and if one fails then the other is affected because of it. However, their differences are numerous. For example, a condenser is an external piece of an HVAC unit. An air handler is a bit more complicated in that it is not just one piece of equipment but instead several. An air handler is also inside of the HVAC unit instead of outside of it. The difference between an air handler and condenser does not make one more important than the other, however. They are both necessary and when in doubt just remember; you need both a condenser and an air handler for your HVAC unit to work properly.


We hope we answered your questions in this month’s blog post. The different parts of an HVAC unit can be confusing even for us. If you have any more questions about the difference between a condenser and an air handler, or just HVAC questions in general, leave them in the comments below! If your HVAC unit needs service and you live in Jefferson County or the surrounding areas, our number is 636-475-9384. We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during this time. 

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