11 Steps To Cleaner Ductwork!

February 20, 2020

We use negative air machines, very powerful equipment for the industry to clean your air duct system. We do virtually all cleanings with these vacuums which help us provide a thorough and efficient service. We also have portable equipment available to handle every cleaning situation possible. Our technicians are trained on the NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaners Association) process. This ensures that you get the best trained and expert service in the industry. Step 1 Uniformed technicians will greet you. Next, they do a walk-thru of your home or building as part

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What’s Covered Under a Manufacturer Warranty?

February 20, 2020

Air conditioners, furnaces, and other heating and cooling system components are expensive pieces of equipment. Nearly all HVAC manufacturers offer at least a basic five-year warranty that covers malfunctions and failures due to a flawed component. Many HVAC manufacturers also offer extended warranties or service contracts at an additional cost, which can help defray the considerable cost of other types of repairs. Warranty Term “Warranty term” refers to the duration of the protection the manufacturer is offering you. Terms vary depending upon the manufacturer, but one of the more popular warranty terms is

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Fixing Common AC Failures

February 10, 2020

Life can get unbearable quickly when your home’s air conditioner has failed. There are some common reasons why an AC unit quits working well or at all. Here are some reasons, including ones you can handle yourself before calling in a professional. 1. Filter Just like your furnace, your AC unit has a filter that needs to stay clean, as dirty ones cause reduced airflow. Depending on the make and model, the filter may need to be cleaned or replaced every month or every three months. Some AC units have a reusable filter while others are

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What’s the Best Thermostat Setting?

January 27, 2020

There is no “one size fits all” solution for thermostat settings because the right setting will depend on your personal preferences. Here are some tips for finding the best setting for your home. The Best Setting for Saving Energy If you love saving money and living in an energy-efficient home, you should pick settings that are easy for your thermostat to maintain. According to the JEA, in the summer, 78 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal. In the winter, 68 degrees Fahrenheit works well. The Most Comfortable Setting for Residents

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The Best Conditions For Your Outdoor Unit

January 10, 2020

It’s important to keep your air conditioning unit in a location that will help it perform well and require less maintenance. There are a few things you can do to make sure the conditions around the unit are optimal. McGowan's Heating & Air Conditioning can help you by installing, repairing, and maintaining your AC unit. We are located in Jacksonville. Keep Plants Away From Your AC Unit New Plants should be placed at least 24-36 inches away from your air conditioning unit. Bushes should be trimmed so that there are at least 12-18 inches of space around the

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Solutions for Common Thermostat Issues

December 18, 2019

Problems with a home’s thermostat are usually not obvious. There aren’t going to be sparks flying out of it. Instead, your home won’t heat or cool properly. If you feel like there’s a problem with the temperature in your home, here are some common thermostat problems and what to do about them. There’s a Power Problem If the display is blank on your thermostat, it probably just needs new batteries. If it is running at times when it should be off, make sure the batteries are lithium. Alkaline batteries run out quickly and start

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Why Is My Heater Not Blowing Hot Air?

December 8, 2019

There are a few things to check when you feel your heater blowing cold air. These are easy items to troubleshoot that anyone can do. It’s only after checking these that it might be time to contact an HVAC specialist. Check Your Thermostat Check to make sure the fan switch is set to “auto” rather than “on.” When it’s on, the fan will constantly run whether or not the furnace is heating air. This means it will blow cold air when the furnace is off. The auto setting will allow the fan to only

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What Causes The Burning Smell When I Turn On The Heater?

November 19, 2019

When your heater turns on, does it make a burning smell that has you racing from room to room, searching for a fire? If so, you’re not alone — that burning odor is fairly common, and, in many cases, completely harmless. However, it can be indicative of an electrical problem or broken components. Here are a few of the most common causes of that burning smell and how to fix them. Clogged Air Filter A clogged air filter harbors lots of dust, pet hair, and other debris. When hot air passes through the filter,

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Why Is My AC Making Unusual Noises?

November 1, 2019

McGowan's Heating & Air Conditioning provides a full range of cooling services in Jacksonville and throughout the surrounding areas. Over our more than 40 years of service, we have often had customers ask us about strange noises coming from their AC units. Let’s take a closer look. Noise From Outside Units If you have an outside unit such as a heat pump, some noise should be expected. In fact, your heat pump will sound different in winter than it does in summer due to the reverse flow of refrigerant. However, you will get to know your unit over

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The Importance of Unit Sizing

October 22, 2019

If you want to keep your home comfortable without wasting energy, your central air conditioning unit must be the correct size. The tonnage of air cooling capacity and BTU power usage per hour describe the size of AC units. However, a system with a higher rating is not automatically a superior unit for your home. At McGowan's Heating & Air Conditioning, we understand the importance of unit sizing. Drawbacks of an Over-Sized AC Cooling equipment capable of processing more air than your home holds greatly reduces energy efficiency. The problem arises because the system can cool the home

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