March 31, 2021

Dangers of DIY Air Conditioner Repair

If you live in our service area, you know the summer heat can be brutal. Almost every modern home has a central air conditioning unit as part of its HVAC system. As with any mechanical system, your AC Unit requires maintenance, and eventually, you’ll need air conditioner repair or replacement. The good news is most modern units average 15-20 years of service if kept in good condition. Do NOT open your Air Conditioner Unit. Not only are you possibly voiding the warranty, but you’re risking: ELECTROCUTION – Air Conditioners are Appliances that draw a lethal amount of electricity. The cover is there to keep you safe. CHEMICAL EXPOSURE – Carbon monoxide, or Freon and other coolants are both risks you expose yourself to if you attempt air conditioner repair without proper training. Freon is nearly impossible to smell or taste, so you may not even realize you’re being exposed until it’s too late. BREAKING THE UNIT BEYOND REPAIR – Air conditioning repair is often significantly cheaper than replacing the entire unit. Watching a video and trying to do the repair yourself may result in damage that turns a small job into a complete replacement. FALL RISK and HEAT STROKE –...

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February 22, 2021

How to Safely Shut Down Your Furnace

First Sign of Spring For our service area, seeing robins in the yard is usually a good sign that spring is right around the corner. Another sign of spring is warmer weather, and you might want to know how to shut down your furnace. Tips to Shut Down Your Furnace Switch Off Your Thermostat The most obvious step to shut down your furnace is turning off the thermostat. Set your thermostat to off or cool. This will prevent your furnace from turning on. Change Your Filter Another easy step is swapping out the used filter for a new one. Most systems use the same blower for the air conditioning, so you’re also setting up your air conditioner when you shut down your furnace. Clean Up Around Your Furnace It’s always a good idea and also safer to leave clearance around your furnace. If you need an emergency repair or maintenance having access to your furnace is essential. Check Your Registers The registers are the bigger vents in your house. Take the opportunity to vacuum them out while the system isn’t running. Removing the dust and allergens from your ductwork is good for you and your HVAC system. For Older Gas...

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January 15, 2021

Emergency Furnace Repair: A Timeline

You Notice the Problem You’re woken up by how cold your home has gotten or settling in for the night when you realize you need a sweater. Even worse, it could be your day off, and you notice the house isn’t warming up. Here are a few things you can check before you make a call for emergency furnace repair. Check The Thermostat – Is it on and set to heat? Is the fan set to on or auto? Is it set higher than the current temperature in the house? Check The Breaker – Gas and Electric furnaces both need electricity to generate heat. Check The Furnace Filter – A clogged filter won’t allow the furnace to blow the heated air. It’s also dangerous and could lead to an emergency furnace repair. Check the Gas – NOTE: If you smell gas, get out of the house and call 911. If you have a gas furnace, make sure the gas is on. The handle for your gas line should be parallel to the pipe when open. Check the Pilot Light – Another gas furnace issue is the pilot light being out. It’s an easy fix. Do I Need Emergency Furnace Repair?...

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December 22, 2020

Heating Services Near Me When My Furnace Fails

As the recent recipient of the “Best Heating and Air Company in Clark County” award, we hope we’ve already earned your trust before you search for “Heating Services Near Me”. We know you have many choices for furnace repair, however, we’ve developed a base of long-time loyal customers through years of quality service and want to add you to that list. Here are a few reasons that will have you telling your friend that Mitch Craig Heating and Cooling is the best choice for heating services near me: Servicing All Makes and Models We service all makes and models for both commercial HVAC systems and residential HVAC systems. Lots of businesses make this claim, then use it as a foot in the door to sell you a completely new system. Our technicians are trained to service every major system and will not “find problems” that aren’t there. Why don’t we do it like everyone else? We Stand By Our Work As the local experts we refuse shoddy workmanship. If you’re not happy, we’re not happy. Our reputation matters and our client reviews show that we stand by our work. No one is going to say, “they offer the best heating...

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December 11, 2020

Commercial HVAC Systems vs. Residential HVAC Systems

The team members at Mitch Craig Heating & Cooling are trained to work on both commercial HVAC systems and residential HVAC systems. Are the two that different? Does the expertise our technicians bring to your job matter? The Difference between Commercial HVAC Systems & Residential HVAC Systems Here are a few significant differences between commercial heat and cooling systems and residential systems: Equipment An average home doesn’t require the same temperature and humidity management as most commercial applications. A commercial HVAC system may have to deal with large areas of windows, an influx of employees or customers, doors that customers clients are opening and closing regularly. All of which can cause temperature variations that the HVAC system manages. Some larger or modern home designs may require equipment that falls in-between commercial and residential. Our team is familiar with both and will make the best recommendation for your situation. Placement Where are the furnace and air conditioner in your home? Usually in the basement and on the side of the house you rarely see respectively. When placing a commercial HVAC unit, we must consider more variables. Will the noise be disruptive to the business? Will access for maintenance and repairs disturb...

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October 21, 2020

When to Repair or Replace Your Furnace

It’s a reality of homeownership that all appliances have a lifespan. Homeowners dread the failure of their furnace for many reasons. It seems that it always happens on the coldest day of the year or right before a family gathering. Before you google furnace repair or furnace replacement, here a few items to help you make the decision. Age of Your Furnace If your furnace is 15 to 20 years old, it’s time to seriously consider a furnace replacement. As the appliance nears the end of the predicted life cycle, the cost of ongoing repairs will eclipse the replacement cost. Warranties If your furnace is newer, some parts and labor-related costs may be under warranty. Track down your warranty information before deciding how to proceed. If you choose to do a furnace replacement, retain your warranty information for future repairs. The new equipment will often have a comprehensive warranty, while repairs only warranty the part replaced. Energy Bills Does your older furnace shock you every fall and winter when the bills are delivered? Newer furnaces are more energy-efficient and could reduce your monthly heating bill. A more efficient modern system is also an excellent way to reduce your environmental impact....

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September 11, 2020

Best Heating and Air Company in Clark County

Mitch Craig Heating & Cooling was announced as the News and Tribune Clark County Readers’ Choice 2020 award winner for Best Heating and Air Company in Clark County. These awards carry meaning with local businesses because they’re given by the community. When a business wins a readers’ choice award, it tells us the quality of their work is appreciated by their customers. Mitch Craig Heating & Cooling has always offered a satisfaction guarantee with all our work and it’s because we want to be the best heating and air company in Kentuckiana. Why are we the best heating and air company? It starts with our core values: honesty, quality, hard work, and integrity. You’ll never be offered a service you don’t need from us because making a sale is never as important as being honest. We want you to see the value in your investment with us, so our work with always be of the highest quality. Our experienced employees work hard and do the job with integrity to keep our customers comfortable and satisfied. We strive to set ourselves apart from the competition: If any need arises after the initial work, we promise to be there for the customer....

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August 25, 2020

It’s Not Too Early to Think About Your Furnace

The Kentuckiana area weather is fickle, and an early cold snap often leads to homeowners turning on their heat for a few nights before they’ve adjusted and can sleep with the windows open waiting for that first really cold night. These early test runs are how most find that they need heating service. To avoid a late-night search for “heating services near me” we’ve included a few tips below: Clean around your furnace. Those totes that filled up during spring cleaning can prevent airflow and are a fire hazard. While some furnaces can get away with almost no clearance, 18” of unobstructed space is usually a safe minimum, with 24”-36” on the side that a home heating repair technician would access. If you’re not sure of the clearance requirements for your furnace, err on the side of caution and clear that space. Change or clean your filter. A dirty filter forces your HVAC system to work harder. This is one of the most manageable heating service maintenance steps you can take. If you don’t know where your furnace filter is located, there’s a good chance it’s going to be extremely dirty. Find the filter, notate the direction of airflow (there...

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July 27, 2020

Signs Your Air Conditioner is Failing

No one wants to have to google “AC Repair Louisville” after their air conditioner breaks, so we’ve created a list of a few symptoms to watch for that are indicators of a failing AC unit. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, make the call to Mitch Craig Heating & Cooling before you find yourself sweating while you wait for service to arrive. Unfamiliar Sounds from AC The whirr and whoosh of the air conditioner kicking on during a hot summer day is not only comforting, but familiar. Animal nests, leaves, grass, or a rusty part that’s come loose could all cause issues that you’ll hear before you feel. When your AC Unit grinds, squeaks, knocks, or makes some other unfamiliar noise, that’s a sure sign of a mechanical issue. Moisture Leaks It could be a simple as a problem with the condensation line, but it could also be refrigerant, which is much more dangerous. If there’s moisture around your unit, a call for AC repair can give you peace of mind and prevent damage. Odd Smells A burning smell could indicate a wire short or exposed wiring that’s burning its insulation. This will not only likely cause the unit to fail...

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May 18, 2020

Why should you consider a mini-split system?

The classic argument over who controls the thermostat has been exacerbated by the number of people turning kitchens, sunrooms, and guest bedrooms into home offices lately. Some are looking for HVAC services in Louisville and Southern Indiana because they think their home heating and air conditioning system can’t handle the demands of multiple people as the temperature changes throughout the day. A mini-split system can give you small area temperature control that allows for one person to crank the thermostat to their preference while you moderate the temperature of your new home office for your comfort. What is a mini-split system? A mini-split system typically consists of a wall-mounted interior air handling unit connected to an outdoor compressor/condenser through a small hole in the wall. Advantages of a mini-split system Creates independent temperature zones so everyone can moderate to their comfort. Ideal for additions where ducting hasn’t been run, but airflow from your central system is moderating the temperature. Support your primary HVAC system in areas of the home where sunlight or shade creates significant temperature variants. Increase energy efficiency by only heating or cooling the places where you’re spending the most time. Also, the small hole in the wall...

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