Energy Saving Systems

We have energy saving systems for both heating and cooling. We sell, install and service ground water heat pumps, and split systems. For your water needs, we have water pumps, water conditioning and free in store water testing.

Appliance Repair

We provide appliance repair service and maintenance on almost all brands of residential appliances. This includes refrigerators, washers, dryers, as well as repair service for freezers, dishwashers, ranges, air conditioners, disposals, compactors, stoves, heaters, and ice makers.

 

Appliance Maintenance Tips for Homeowners

1. Always clean your dryer lint trap at least once a week. The lost airflow can increase drying time and in severe cases even present a fire hazard. The dryer is one of the most expensive home appliances to operate. Removing lint will reduce drying time and save you money!


2. Clean your washer hose screens at least once a year. A clogged screen will slow down your cold water flow and cause long rinse cycles while you wait for it to fill. New filter cones always point upstream, you can move screens to valve end if more easily accessed.


3. Replace rubber hoses with steel braided fill hoses. These will pay for themselves the first time your hose does not burst! Also take the time to properly balance and load your machine to reduce mechanical wear.


4. AC duct filters should be changed at least twice a year for health and efficiency purposes. Use a leaf blower to keep the outside exchanger free of debris.


5. Refrigerator coils and maintenance area should be vacuumed every year and the drain hose examined for wear or clogs - you may be able to vacuum the drain hose as well and avoid a clog that could have water leaking both inside the unit and spilling out onto floor. A clogged evaporation drain line is very common on frost free refrigerators. The drain line is typically strapped to the rear of the refrigerator where it empties into a drain pan on the bottom and connects to a drain outlet near the top. Simply disconnect and clean the hose and outlet with a dry vac. A small tool may be needed to loosen a stubborn clog inside the outlet.


6. Always stock surplus vacuum cleaner bags for your model and replace them once half full. Packed with bacteria, your vacuum bag is one of the dirtiest places in your home. The unit also becomes less efficient and can allow finer dust to escape once the pressure becomes concentrated on the remaining bag surface. A clogged bag makes your machine run hotter and puts a strain on the motor.


7. Water doesn't drain from the dishwasher? A clog in the drain line is normally the cause. Check for blockage where the dishwasher drain hose attaches to sink drain or garbage disposal. Remove hose and test for blockage. Other causes can be the drain valve, the pump or belt, which should be addressed by a professional repair service.


8. Energy-saving hints for operation of dishwashers:

  • Air-dry dishes with heat selector on OFF.
  • Only run the dishwasher when full, do not overload.
  • Use the Rinse/Hold cycle to save dishes until a full load has accumulated.
  • Use the shortest cycle necessary to clean dishes.
  • Operate when power demand is low, between 8pm and 8am
  • Use only the recommended amount of FRESH dishwasher detergent. Old, caked detergent may neither dissolve nor clean properly.
  • Put detergent into cups when ready to start the dishwasher.

9. Energy-saving hints for operation of a refrigerator:

  • Locate it in the coolest area of the room, out of direct sunlight and away from heating ducts or registers.
  • Allow space around the unit for good air circulation.
  • Level the refrigerator so doors close tightly.
  • Use suggested operating settings and the Energy Saver switch.
  • Do not overcrowd your refrigerator or block cold air vents.
  • Cover foods and dry containers before placing in the refrigerator.
  • Organize the contents to reduce door openings.
  • Vacuum the condenser at least once a year.

Refrigerator:

  • Keep the unit away from direct sunlight and heat-producing appliances. Refrigerators are designed to stay in a conditioned climate, so the excess heat will make your refrigerator work harder to keep cool.
  • Consider keeping refrigerators with rear external condensers at least two to three inches away from the wall. This allows more breathing room and better air flow around the condenser coils, which helps the refrigerator cool more efficiently.
  • Clean the door seals with a mild soap twice a year to prevent them from drying out and cracking or splitting. If you notice cold air leaking around the door, it may be time to replace the seals.
  • Clean the condenser coils at least twice a year. Dirt, dust and pet hair accumulate and make the unit work harder to keep cool.
  • Limit the number of times you open the refrigerator door. The air suction created by the action of opening the door causes the refrigerator to lost more air than if the door were left open a little longer instead.
  • Keep the refrigerator and freezer moderately full. Cooled mass in the refrigerator and freezer helps them stay cool more efficiently.

Dryer:

  • Keep the lint filter clean to maximize air circulation and energy efficiency. Keeping the lint filter clean also prevents fire.
  • Dry full loads, and use the moisture sensor setting. Not only does this save energy, it also protects your clothes from heat damage.
  • Keep the dryer’s outside exhaust clean to prevent dryer fires and reduce drying time, which saves energy. Keep the dryer at least four inches away from the wall to prevent kinks or tears from forming in the exhaust vent.

Washer:

  • If you have an older top-loading washing machine, consider converting to a front-loading washer, which uses about 70 percent less water.
  • When appropriate, wash clothes in cold water. This saves the energy needed to heat the water.
  • Wash full loads. Washing machines use about the same amount of energy for all load sizes, so fill up the load to avoid wasting energy.
  • Use the high speed spin cycle, which takes more moisture out of your clothes. The drier they are coming out of the washer, the less drying time is needed, which saves energy.

Stove:

  • Keep electric and gas burners clean. Clean burners reflect heat better use energy more efficiently.
  • Turn off electric burners two to three minutes before cooking is done and let residual heat take care of the rest.
  • Use a pot or pan that fits the burner. The correct size pot or pan will distribute heat more efficiently, and less heat will be lost into the air.
  • If your stove has radiant or halogen burners, always have a pot or pan on the burner when you turn it on to allow the pot and burner to heat at the same time. A cold pot coming in contact with a hot burner could cause a crack in the stove.

Oven:

  • Leave the oven door closed. The more you open it to check on cooking food, the more heat you let escape, and the harder your oven has to work to stay heated.
  • If you’re cooking a dish that has a long cook time, such as a turkey, put the dish in as the oven is heating up. Then turn the oven off and allow residual heat to finish the job.
  • If you’re making two dishes that both require oven cooking at about the same temperature, put them in together to take full advantage of the energy used to heat the unit.

Dishwasher:

  • Run full loads. Dishwashers use the same amount of energy for all loads, so take advantage of the energy used in each one.
  • Use the air-dry setting or open your dishwasher after the wash cycle is finished. Air drying dishes saves more energy than the heat-dry setting. Use a water-sheeting agent, such as Jet Dry®, to allow your dishes to dry quicker.
  • Don’t pre-rinse; scrape dishes clean instead to save up to 20 gallons of water.
  • Run your dishwasher after peak energy hours. In some cities, this can save you money on your energy bill.

 
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