Category: HVAC

This article is about future “Second-Generation”  Evaporative Coolers (also known as Swamp Coolers).  They are called DeVap Coolers because they dehumidify incoming air before the air passes through the Evaporative Cooler.   This product is being worked on (as a prototype) because a  second-generation DeVap Cooler will work in high humidity locations like DFW.  It will operate […]

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Al’s Plumbing, Heating & A/C in Plano, Texas provides maintenance & repairs for all brands of Central A/C, Gas & Electric Furnace, and Heat Pumps.  Additionally we sell and install new HVAC Systems from American Standard (same company as Trane), Ameristar (same company as American Standard) and Coleman HVAC (same company as York HVAC). Al’s […]

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We’re entering peak heating season in DFW.   Is your furnace ready?  For a detailed explanation of furnace components, see our page entitled “Air Conditioning and Heating Maintenance”. Here are some things to be checked: Filter  Your filter should be changed as often as once a month.  Install a new one now and check it […]

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TROUBLE-SHOOTING YOUR FURNACE BEFORE CALLING FOR EMERGENCY SERVICE THERMOSTAT NOT SET TO “HEAT”.  While this seems obvious, it’s the thermostat setting are the first thing to check. THERMOSTAT BATTERIES ARE DEAD. While some thermostats are wired to the house, others use batteries. DIRTY FILTER.  A dirty filter is one of the most common furnace shut […]

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HVAC TERMS GLOSSARY Need to know what an HVAC (Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning) Term means?  Use our handy glossary. AC (Alternating Current):  Electrical current where the directional flow of the current reverses at regular intervals. Accumulator: A storage tank that receives liquid refrigerant from the evaporator, preventing refrigerant from flowing back into the compressor. Acoustical:  Relating to […]

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Al’s Plano, TX Plumbing   Growing Electricity Demand — One Way Texas Is Keeping Up With our population and electricity demand growing fast, one way Texas is keeping up is by lowering electricity demand with Energy-Saving and Demand Response Programs. The Electricity Reliability Council Of Texas (ERCOT) has worked to establish these programs to reduce stress on […]

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Al’s Plumbing, Heating & A/C in Plano, Texas provides maintenance & repairs for all brands of Central A/C, Gas & Electric Furnace, and Heat Pumps.  Additionally we sell and install new HVAC Systems from American Standard (same company as Trane), Ameristar (same company as American Standard) and Coleman HVAC (same company as York HVAC). Al’s […]

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What Is An Air-Handler? Air Handler Is A Term Often Used Interchangeably With Electric Furnace Why?  An Air Handler becomes an Electric Furnace only after Electric Heating Strips are added.   As built, an Air Handler has no ability to heat or cool — it’s sole purpose is to move air. The reason Air Handlers exist is […]

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