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Appliance Repair Fall Tips to Keep Your Home Running Smoothly

As most homeowners know taking care of a home is a year-round job. Hi, I’m David Leon for American Home Shield. Breaking down maintenance choice by season can really help you stay on top of things. Here are some tips that might benefit your home this fall.

After the bulk of autumn leaves drop, clean your home’s gutters and downspouts to prevent blockages and dams. Make sure downspouts are positioned to direct water away from the walls. Trim back all trees from your roof to protect it from falling limbs during winter weather.

Fall is generally a good time to prune most landscaping plants throughout your property. To make sure your fireplace is ready to use, check your chimney for loose bricks or missing mortar. Have it professionally cleaned and inspected for safety.

Speaking of fire safety, test all your smoke alarms. When you sit your clock back for Daylight Savings Time, remember to change smoke alarm batteries too. Review the location of all gas and water shut-off valves with all members of your household.

Have your heating system serviced one month before cold weather sets in. Make sure your system’s filters are clean and ready to go. When the growing season winds down take your lawn mower to have it serviced and the blades sharpened so it will be ready to use again next spring.

If you have an automatic lawn irrigation system, you may need to have it winterized. I hope these maintenance suggestions got you thinking about how you can get your home ready for the cooler weather.

Introducing Kristen….and smoke alarms!

We have a new blogger! Kristen, of Safe Keepers LLC, will be writing a monthly blog for Firefighters’ Wives! Her website will be live next month, but until then, she is kicking off her February blog talking about smoke alarms! Check it out!

Let’s talk smoke alarms. Wait I should probably introduce myself first, then we’ll talk…

My name is Kristen. I have worked in the fire service for the last 6 years, child passenger safety the last 13. Before that, well, it was a mixture of work with preschoolers, elders and customer service with the public in general. That is probably enough for now – more later.

Now let’s talk smoke alarms.

I have a feeling many of you probably know more than I do about them… What I have found though, during my time in the fire service is we are sometimes not the best at practicing what we preach, so I want us to have the conversation… None of us wants our husband, boyfriend, son or brother to have to deal with a “kid call”, but have we done everything we can to prevent it for our own families?

Did you know there are different kinds of smoke alarms – ionization and photo-electric. Both detect fire and smoke a little differently, so it is best to have a combination of them in your home to best protect yourselves and your family.

Ionization smoke detection is generally more responsive to flaming fires.

Photoelectric is generally more responsive to smoldering fires.

You can’t predict the type of fire you may have in your home or when it will occur. The important thing is to have a combination of the two and assure they are working -in order to provide early warning of fire at all times of the day or night and whether you are asleep or awake.The best evidence has always indicated that either type of smoke alarm will provide sufficient time for escape for most people. (we will talk about Home Fire Escape Plans next time).

Do you know where and how many you should have? For best protection – one in every sleeping area (this includes living rooms and family rooms where kids might have slumber parties or where dads/grandpas might nap before bed), one in the hallway (outside the bedrooms), and one on every level of your home. I know, I know, it seems like a lot, doesn’t it? Well consider this – in my house which is just over 1000 sq. ft., we have 6 – three of which are hard-wired and interconnected. We have two in each of our bedrooms. Unfortunately, the hard-wired ones were only available with ionization technology and I also wanted photo-electric in our bedrooms. You never know….

Working smoke alarms save lives – check yours monthly!

Air Conditioner Repair – How It Works


While air conditioners can differ from model to model, they all operate on similar principles. In this article we will address how an air conditioner operates, as well as potential problems you may encounter.

When you switch the air conditioner on, the thermostat control sends 120 volts of alternating current to the compressor and the fan motor. The compressor acts as a pump, compressing refrigerant in gas form into the condenser coils located near the back of the unit where the gas is condensed into a hot liquid. The condenser coils dissipate the heat as the liquid travels through them. Once the refrigerant has passed through the condenser coils and the capillary tube, it travels to the evaporator coils located near the front of the unit.

As the refrigerant liquid enters these coils, it expands into a gas which makes the coils cold. The gas flows through the coils to a suction line attached to the compressor. The compressor converts the gas back into a liquid, and the cooling cycle continues.

At the same time the fan motor rotates a blower wheel which draws in air to be cooled by the evaporator coils before re-circulating it back into the room. The same motor also operates the condenser fan blade, which blows outside air through the condenser coils to cool them.

The air temperature is regulated by the thermostat control. Depending on the model, the control may be a thermostat switch and sensing bulb assembly or an electronic control board that works with a sensor. The sensing bulb or electronic sensor is clipped to the front of the evaporator coils to monitor the temperature of the air entering the coils. Once the room has sufficiently cooled, the thermostat control shuts off the voltage to the compressor. Some models which use a vent can operate the fan motor only to draw in air at night. However, when the appliance is actively cooling the air, the vent must be closed for the system to work properly.

Bear Appliance Repair has a solution for many of the problems you may be experiencing with your air conditioner and offers extensive AC Repair in Brooklyn and Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. They provide 24/7 on site support and have been in business for more than 20 years. Google them for more reviews on their trusted AC Repair in Brooklyn service.

Be aware that it’s normal for water to collect in the bottom of the air conditioner when the appliance is running. A slinger ring on the condenser fan blade picks up this water and sprays into the condenser coils to help the coils dissipate the heat. To prevent the water from dripping into the room, the appliance should be tilted back slightly when installed.

If you can hear the appliance running but the air does not appear to be recirculating, the fan motor has likely burned out and will need to be replaced. If the air does not cool at all, the compressor may have failed, or the refrigerant may have leaked out of the system. Be aware that any repairs to the refrigerant system must be performed by a licensed technician.

If you suspect that the air conditioner is not cooling the air properly, you can perform a test using a thermometer. Allow the air conditioner to run for 15 minutes then measure the temperature of the air in the room, and the temperature of the air exiting the cooling duct. The difference in temperature between the room air and the cooled air should be 15 degrees Fahrenheit or more. If the difference is less than 15 degrees Fahrenheit, the air filter may be clogged, or the condenser coils may require cleaning.

A clogged air filter can cause the evaporator coils to frost over and the efficiency to be greatly reduced. Over time the condenser coils collect dirt and debris, so we recommend cleaning the coils periodically by using compressed air to dislodge the debris and a vacuum to clean the inside of the cabinet.

Enter the appliance’s full model number in our website’s search engine for a complete list of compatible parts. Our site also has an extensive selection of instructional videos to assist you, covering topics like part testing, disassembly, and part replacement. At Bear Appliance Repair they make fixing things easy.

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