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Air Conditioner Repair Phoenix

Friday, June 12th, 2015

Air Conditioner RepairIs it just me or do newer AC units break down more? At work we have buildings with really old units and they just keep chugging along but the ones with new units need to be serviced all the time. We had both new units dump their glycol load all over one of our data centres, like a week apart! AC fail followed by high temp then followed by fire alarm is something that will sure wake you the hell up when working night shift. The glycol created a haze in the air which then triggered the fire alarm.  And about 2 seasons ago, cold air stopped coming from our home AC unit, but the fan was still working. Had someone come out and take a look at it, and they said the capacitor went bad, so we had it replaced and cool air started flowing again until. We enjoyed cool AC for about a year, then the AC again stopped working. Had the same guy come out and look at the AC unit and he said this time the problem was a bad compressor. He said it is still under warranty but that labor to replace the compressor would be well over $1000.

Since that price seemed quite high, we had air conditioner repair Phoenix come out to examine the AC unit and give us a repair estimate as well as an estimate for replacing the entire AC unit. He said if we could get the compressor replaced under warranty, he could fix the AC for about $750. When asked how much a new unit would cost (we have a Trane – for a 1350 sq ft house), he said he could get an equivalent model new and installed for around $1400-$1600. To save money, I just had the AC repaired by Morehart Air Conditioning and Heating and it still runs like a brand new unit up to now.  It’s a big job as they need to bleed the system out and collect the refrigerant, desolder (debrase?) the compressor to change it then braise new one in and refill. But 1k still seems a little steep for that. We have stopped working with some other companies because their prices went through the roof and we felt our customers were taken for a ride. Morehart Air Conditioning and Heating been doing it a long time and are very honest. My office building where we were quoted $10k to replace most of the outside unit, had Morehart Air Conditioning and Heating give a second opinion, turned out it was a $300 clogged pipe issue. At home just a few weeks ago Action Air came out and charged me almost $600 to do five minutes of leak detection and 55 minutes of trying to convince me why I’d be better off replacing my entire R22 system for $6500. I had forgotten to call Morehart Air Conditioning and Heating since I hadn’t needed him for a few years. They ultimately quoted $2000 plus labor to just replace the evaporater coil, would need several hundred more in R22, he was able to do the whole job for $1400. Would have saved a few hundred more if I had remembered to call him first.

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I run the AC all summer long. Temps get to be in high 90s to say under 105 or so. House is 2 stories, so it gets especially hot upstairs. About this time of year, I’m not feeling the need to run the AC… it’s only around 85-89 degrees or so, and I can open the window and be okay. But maybe starting sometime in May through late Aug/early Sept, I’m using the AC daily starting in the mid-afternoon and overnight, mainly because I have a retired family member at home during the daytime.

At work (it’s like a mix of office and retail, not manufacturing or anything) we have 4 Trane package unit heat pumps, all 5 ton R-410a units and less then 5 years old. One blew a compressor, a second sprung a refrigerant leak at a joint that was caked with flux, and a third both had a bad bearing on the blower and had the tube going to the TXV attached in such a way the loop in it was rubbing against one of the main lines and actually wore a hole clean through the copper. The compressor might just be ‘stuff happens,’ but both leaks were bad workmanship.

 

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Getting Wine Out of Cow Hide Rugs

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

cowhide rugA cowhide rug can be a great accessory for many homes and buildings. While cowhide rugs are very durable and easy to clean, a wine stain may require some extra work to remove. The following guide provides simple tips and tricks on how to remove win stains from cow skin rugs.

When cleaning a cow hide product, it’s important to understand that some chemicals can damage the hide. It’s important to avoid very acidic or basic cleaning agents. These include bleach, acetone, peroxide, hydrogen peroxide and sodium carboxide. Cleaners with a very high pH level will dissolve the amino acid bonds in the cow hide. If a cleaner with a very low pH is used, it will bleach the cow hide, creating lighter-colored sections.

If wine is spilled on a cow hide rug, it’s important to clean it up as soon as possible. Using a dry paper towel, dab the area where the wine was spilled. Try to avoid pressing the liquid into the cow hide rug: This will make it significantly more challenging to remove any stain.

Once all liquid has been removed from the rug, apply a 5:1 mixture of water and baking soda directly to the stained area. If possible, try to make sure that the baking soda mixture is warm. This will help to lift the stain out of the rug.

Allow the baking soda mixture to sit for at least five minutes. Once five minutes are over, dab up all liquid using a dry paper towel. It’s still important to avoid grinding any liquid deeper into the carpet. Repeat this process until the baking soda mixture remains clear.


Another effective way to get a wine stain out of a cow hide rug is through the use of a steam cleaner.


A steam cleaner uses regular water to clean. By applying steam directly to the site of a stain, it’s possible to “lift” the stain out of the rug. In many cases, steam cleaners are an excellent way to ensure that there isn’t any residue left behind. In addition, most steam cleaners are less likely to cause discoloration.

By cleaning a cow hide rug immediately after a spill, it’s usually possible to reduce the risk of a permanent stain. If a rug has multiple stains on it, it may be a good idea to hire a professional cleaning company. A professional cleaning company has access to specialized tools and cleaning agents that can thoroughly clean a cow hide rug without the risk of damage.

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Custom Metal Fabrication

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Sheet Metal Fabrication Division offer all types of fabrication, targets, stands, ornamental iron gates & fences, electrical cabinets, security front doors, roll cages, custom kids wagons, elevator parts, architectural, large retail fixtures etc. Their shop does all kinds of different fabrication from small items to large structures. Sheet Metal Fabrication Division builds out of everything from 20 gage sheet metal to 2″ thick solid steel motor/adaptor plates and to tube and pipe bending, handrails, etc. They can custom build most items out there, if they can’t they will let you know.  If you need a custom metal fabrication service like steel plate or bar bending, steel punching, shearing, milling, band saw cutting, welding, tube bending, no job to small or too big.

Metal fabrication refers to the process of constructing metal by changing the standard raw metal materials with the use of specialized tools and equipment. Metal fabrication techniques, depending on the temperature at which the metal is processed, can be either be cold, hot or warm.

Examples: forging, rolling, extrusion, drawing, deep drawing, bending, spinning, etc.

Things we use everyday have been modified by one or many metal fabrication processes. A paper clip is just steel wire formed and it might have a vinyl coating on it. Automobile parts could be stamped then laser cut or others are laser cut and then bent with a press brake and powder coated. During this shopping season, take time to check out the store displays. Store fixture that displays product for consumers to purchase include quite a bit of metal fabricated parts. Processes used could be laser cutting of sheet metal or laser cutting holes in tube fabrication, tube or sheet metal can then be bent in press brakes or rolled through roll forming equipment. There could be drilling, welding and grinding, threading, pem inserts and many other processes involved.

You can stop by the website of Sheet Metal Fabrication Division to check out some of their products and services. Everything in their website store are made by them.  The price and product are worth the hassle.

 

 

 

 

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Hardware and Industrial Supplies

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Trying to improve your own house can be a very big project. Though there are some who just do small improvement, there are others who are good with their hands and are able to renovate a room or a part of their house. The things that they need are the right tools and supplies for their project. If hardware or industrial supplies are needed, one can check out Reid Supply which has lots of different hardware available for renovation needs or if someone needs to add fans, ducting, airconditioners and even walls and windows. It would really be a big achievement when the project has been finished.

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Leather Rocker Recliner

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

The living room is probably the most favorite place of many people in their house as it is where they could relax and bond with their families or entertain and chat with friends and guests. The living room is, of course, not a living room without a comfortable seat like the sofa and recliner.

Design is about practicalities and aesthetics- neither one nor the other, but both. If you want to update the look of your living room, a leather rocker recliner is a great addition as it adds warmth and the leather texture with swivel glider recliner styles speak modern in more ways than one. This is also ideal for a sleek space that is casually classy and perfect for small spaces. Your living room instantly becomes warm and evokes of an inviting atmosphere. Positively redolent with charm, any room in your house will illustrate low-key opulence with the addition of a leather rocker recliner set in the right space with other furniture pieces to accentuate the look of your house. Your living room and any other rooms in your house should always be comfortable and if your recliner is anything, it’s comfortable and elegant. A good piece is never for display only, but to sit in, touch, use, and relax.

 

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Swivel Recliner Chairs

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Putting together a space that is every bit as beautiful as it is functional could be challenging for most homeowners. A look that is as casual and as carefree as the function it serves is what we all dream to have. The best home designs do all these with flair, imbuing everything with a healthy dose of luxury. Indeed, the tiniest detail make a world of difference.

Modern contemporary home designs complement a wide variety of different design aesthetics. Function must be satisfied with elements like the swivel recliner chairs that pull off a stunning balancing act, remaining natural, even s it is structured and contemporary. You can update the look of your own space with these comfortable and quality, hand-crafted bonded leather or upholstery fabric recliner or sofa. These living room furniture pieces allow its dwellers to make the space a personal sanctuary after a long and busy day at work. It is where you and your family can unwind, sit back, and relax. The best modern contemporary furniture pieces are those with the most chic appeal and are as comfortable as they are sophisticated. Clean surfaces in the living room of a modern contemporary home are state of the art, like the swivel recliner chairs that evoke of scales, rhythm, and proportions that are often realized in startlingly novel forms.

 

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Update your Home Accents and Design

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

Modern contemporary home design, like comfort and beauty, does not always come in expected and recognizable forms. Scale, rhythm, and proportions are often realized in startling forms. The look of modern contemporary style has smooth and unbroken linear appeal. To foster this, fabrics are usually solid shades or quiet tone-on-tones that are softly textured. To delineate areas for dining, entry or sleeping, rugs are placed to also add a grand touch of art on the floor.

The texture of accents is important to prevent monotony in the modern contemporary home style and so are occasional accent colors in the living room to make an interesting focal point. The textures are supple and sumptuous. If you have a good eye, you can update your home accents and design and add a classy carpeting that takes on radiance from shining mirrors in your modern contemporary conversation area.

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Very Classic and Contemporary

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

When decorating your house, remember to incorporate some of the emblems of the recognized classics of your selected style. If you want to achieve a classic contemporary look for your house, take note that there are specific furniture forms that symbolize the very essence of this home design.

The dominant color of a classic contemporary house is a neutral wheat wherever the eye falls. It makes for a pleasing, monochromatic appeal, broken only by varying shades of earth color. The windows can be covered with hard-edge blinds or wonderful curtains that will either keep out the night or let in the light. The airy curtains permit the entrance of light, but still give privacy and conceal the fading effects of the sun on the heavier fabrics in the room. In addition to this, the sumptuous textures and colors of the curtains can warm up the look of a classic contemporary house which has the tendency to look cold and austere. Curtains can indeed provide style and comfort in many incarnations.

The uncluttered appeal of a classic contemporary bedroom on the other hand is achieved by the clean look of architecturally pristine walls with a stunning bed. The look of the room can be softened by adding fine bedding from Very.co.uk like comforter and a lush throwover that can relax you and lull you to sleep after a stressful day.

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Fiberglass Home Improvement

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

A contemporary looking home sends a message of the state-of-the-art taste. It is the look of the cutting edge which is linear. The aim is to achieve unbroken, smooth, architecturally faithful lines in the look of a whole room. If you want to achieve this look for your own house, you could get ideas from Richmond Home Improvement. The contemporary look relies on unblocked vistas which is why glass is so important, and you could get Fiberglass Doors Richmond VA to achieve that.

The proper flow of light is a very important element of a contemporary look as well. Try for the airiest look by using Fiberglass Windows Richmond VA and  keep it uncluttered with no heavy draperies. The best look is either unadorned windows or hard-edge blinds. Also remember that to decode a contemporary look, the unbroken look is optimum, punctuated only occasionally with light colors that blend with simple floor. Look around and get a lot of ideas to achieve the best look possible.

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Richmond Home Improvement

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Bring your house to life by using some redecorating skills and techniques, making it a lively arena where guests can converge, converse, and unwind in each other’s company. Remember that when updating your style, update even the items that are more functional than decorative. The design of every single item in your home rounds out the overall look of the place.

Richmond Home Improvement has many great ideas to help you make your home a better place to live. You can update the feel of your home by adding Vinyl Replacement Windows Richmond that allow for friendly interaction with neighbors, and also open up the house to warm sunlight.  These windows are also built to provide energy efficiency, beauty and comfort. Fiberglass Doors Richmond VA are also a great addition as they  obscure boundaries, blending the indoors with outdoors. Fiberglass Windows Richmond VA will also serve your house well, adding to the neat,uncluttered feel, without interrupting the flow of light air and energy. Stripped down to simple geometry, these pieces will definitely make your place a well-planned home, exuding clean and cool.


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