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More blog posts about heating and air conditioning:

  1. How can I find out the size of my air conditioner?

  2. How can I find out the age of my air conditioner or furnace?

  3. The coils on my heat pump are covered with ice on cold mornings. What’s wrong with it?

  4. What is the SEER of my old air conditioner?

  5. What is the difference between the “ON” and “AUTO” settings on my thermostat?

  6. What is a “ton” of air conditioning?

  7. What is the best air conditioner for a mobile home?

  8. How do I find the right size air conditioner for my house?

  9. What is an HVAC system?

  10. What is the difference between the SEER and EER of an air conditioner?

  11. What does an ultraviolet air treatment system do?

  12. The coolant line to the outside unit of my air conditioner is frozen. What's wrong?

  13. What size air conditioner is right for my mobile home?

  14. What is the minimum SEER rating for a new air conditioner?

  15. What does the “AFUE” rating of a furnace mean?

  16. How much life is left in that air conditioner?

  17. Why is there mold around the air conditioning ducts?

  18. What is a geothermal heat pump?

  19. What is the difference between a heat pump and a cooling air conditioner?

  20. Is it alright to close the air conditioning vents in unused rooms?

  21. What is the right MERV number for my air conditioning filter?

  22. Should I move my air conditioner into the attic?

  23. What are the minimum requirements for bathroom ventilation?

  24. What is an air conditioning heat recovery system?

  25. When should I switch the thermostat to “EMERGENCY HEAT” for my heat pump air conditioner?

  26. What is the average lifespan of an air conditioner?

  27. How can I find out what SEER my air conditioner is?

  28. Should I remove an old whole house fan or keep it?

  29. What is a jump duct?

  30. What is the purpose of the vent grille over the bedroom door?

  31. Should I have a return air vent in the master bedroom?

  32. Will closing doors reduce my heating and cooling costs?

  33. How much will I save on my utility bill if I get a new higher SEER air conditioner?

  34. Why is there a wall switch next to the furnace or indoor unit of the air conditioner in the garage?

  35. Which one is better for a home heating system: electric or natural gas?

  36. Why does an air conditioner condenser need to be level?

  37. When does the ban on R-22 air conditioning refrigerant take effect?

  38. How can I tell if an air conditioner uses R-22 or R-410A refrigerant?

  39. When is an auxiliary drain pan required under an air conditioner indoor unit (air handler)?

  40. Why does it take so long to cool a house when the air conditioner has been off for a while?

  41. What are the right words to use when talking about a heating and air conditioning system?

  42. Why has the thermostat screen gone blank?

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   The photos below illustrate two recurring defects we see with condensate drain lines: termination at or very near the wall of a home, resulting in a moisture problem at the wall, and terminations that blocked by dirt or mulch and will clog easily.




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