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3 Ways to Combat HVAC Emergencies after Hours
Oct 19, 2017READ POST
If you already enjoy, or would like to enjoy, the benefits of becoming a McCall's dealer, one thing you're probably already familiar with is emergency calls. These emergency calls often deal with serious HVAC problems, but on occasion, the HVAC owner can remedy the issue.
Below is a list of some of the more common HVAC problems that do not always require an emergency after hours HVAC repair visit, and what to tell your customers when they call about them.
Check the Circuit Breakers
On occasion, an air conditioner or heater won't turn on because a circuit breaker tripped. Getting things back up and running only requires you to flip the breaker back into place. There is a caveat about this fix, though. If the air conditioner or heater shuts off again after resetting the breakers, do not continue resetting the breaker. This is a sure sign something serious is wrong with your HVAC system, and it will certainly require a professional HVAC technician to come out and figure out what's wrong.
Check the Air Filters
If you're not experiencing the normal amount of warm or cool air from your vents, there could be an obstruction stopping or slowing the air flow. Severely clogged filters can cause this. When this happens, it means the filters need replacing or cleaning. After placing clean air filters in your HVAC system, you should observe an obvious and immediate increase in air flow.
Air Conditioner Doesn't Produce Cool Air
There are multiple reasons to explain why your air conditioner isn't producing the cool air you've come to expect. One thing you can do that doesn't require an emergency HVAC visit is checking your outdoor compressor. Make sure the fan can spin freely and that there isn't any debris obstructing the compressor from working properly. If there is, see if you can carefully and easily remove the debris. Do not take apart the compressor to anything, and don't stick your hand into an area with moving parts! For example, if a tree branch is sticking out, you can carefully try to pull on it. But if you have to reach inside the grill to pull something out, let a professional handle the problem.
For additional assistance on handling an HVAC problem, as well as learning the benefits of becoming a McCall's Dealer, please contact us.
3 Reasons Your Air Vents Are Noisy when Your Heat Turns On
Oct 12, 2017READ POST
Many home and business owners become frustrated with one of the most popular general HVAC service questions: What causes noisy air vents? For some, this is a mere annoyance. For others, it can make it impossible to live or work in the building. Most explanations for this noise revolve around the fact that too much air is flowing through the HVAC system. But why is this the case? There are three common reasons:
1. Inadequate Ductwork
Not all ductwork is the same. As common sense would indicate, larger and wider ductwork can handle more air flow. When ductwork is too narrow to effectively provide the necessary amount of warm or cool air to a building, the speed of the airflow usually increases to compensate. When the air is moving faster than the ductwork can take, it can create unusual noises.
Ductwork can be inadequate for multiple reasons, including a miscalculation during installation, poor design or the installation of a more powerful HVAC unit that provides more air to the building than the original ductwork can handle.
2. Blocked Air Return Vents
Another reason for too much airflow through an HVAC system is when the air return vents are unable to deliver the required amount of air. This can be because there aren't enough air return vents, but more often, it's due to closed or blocked return vents. One of the quickest and easiest fixes to noisy air vents is simply unblocking them.
3. Not Enough Air Supply Vents
When there aren't enough air supply vents, what little air the HVAC system can pull from the building's indoor areas must flow through one or two air supply vents at high speed. Because there aren't enough vents, air flow has no choice but to move faster in the existing air supply vents. This faster-moving air can be the source of strange or loud sounds coming from the HVAC's air vents.
To get answers to any additional general HVAC service questions you may have, don't hesitate to contact our knowledgeable HVAC technicians and staff at McCall's Supply, Inc.
5 Ways to Make Your Commercial HVAC More Efficient
Oct 05, 2017READ POST
Improving your commercial HVAC unit's energy efficiency with the use of product upgrade benefits is always nice. But gaining an increase in energy efficiency doesn't require the purchase of a brand new product. Below is a list of five ways you can make your commercial HVAC more efficient:
#1 Obtain an Energy Audit
For an energy audit, a building expert will come to your home and assess how a building uses energy, including how well the HVAC system works. An energy audit can find examples of where an appliance, such as an HVAC unit, can use less energy. The audit can also find situations where the building itself is not taking full advantage of what the HVAC system is providing, thanks to issues like air leaks.
#2 Use a Smart Thermostat
The newest thermostats on the market today have special features that allow for improved energy usage. For instance, the smart thermostat will notice when you aren't using the HVAC system most efficiently, gently inform you of this fact and even tell you how to fix it.
#3 Receive Regular Maintenance
Just because an air conditioner or heater is working, that doesn't mean it's working efficiently. Also, even if everything seems to operate normally, your HVAC system could have a component that's close to failing. With regular maintenance, you can identify these potential points of failure and inefficiency.
#4 Block the Sun
The sun is hot, and so are the rays that make their way through your building's windows. Avoid extra heat from the sun by putting up shades, blinds or curtains on windows that receive a significant amount of sunlight each day.
#5 Use an Economizer
An economizer is a feature of HVAC systems that will determine if the temperature outside is cooler than the air inside. If this is the case, it will use the outside cool air to help cool the inside of the building without having to run the air conditioner. This can save a tremendous amount of energy in the summer time.
To learn more about HVAC product upgrade benefits and ask any extra questions you might need answered, contact us at McCall's Supply, Inc.
3 HVAC Products You Should Be Offering
Sep 28, 2017READ POST
You can learn how to improve your HVAC business by becoming familiar with all the great new products available today. Here's an overview of what you can provide that will keep them coming back.
Discuss Indoor Air Quality Products with Your HVAC Customers
Building homes today involves more insulating products to prevent air leaks and cut energy consumption. While vastly improving heating and cooling costs and the comfort level of your home, increased insulation can cause poor air quality inside the building.
Without air leaks, the air inside your home can become over-laden with off-gassing paint and other chemicals, unhealthy humidity levels, strong odors, and pet dander. This situation leads to sinus and upper respiratory irritation and creates a breeding ground for colds, flu, and viruses. It can also lead to more serious health problems, such as asthma attacks.
As concern grows over this health threat, offering a viable solution to your customers to improve the air quality inside their home can increase sales.
Recommend the installation of special traps and filters to customers to remove toxins from the air. Not only will they enjoy a healthier environment, but your company will also benefit from the increased sales.
Offer Wi-Fi Thermostats to Improve Your HVAC Business
The new smart thermostats work to keep energy costs low and make controlling the temperature inside of a home easier than ever. These gadgets feature some amazing technology to make life easier for the homeowner. Some of the benefits of a Wi-Fi thermostat include:
- Adjusts inside temperatures automatically without human intervention
- Some models control humidity levels inside a home for increased comfort levels
- Available with voice control or phone apps for remote control.
- Significantly reduces heating and cooling costs
Talk to your customers about the benefit of installing a Wi-Fi thermostat and discuss all the advantages it can offer.
Ductless Air Conditioning Can Increase Sales for Your HVAC Business
Ductless air conditioning can solve many problems within a home when it comes to hot spots in different rooms or areas. Easy to install and cost efficient, ductless air conditioning can offer the perfect solution to adding air conditioning to new home additions or existing rooms with lots of sun exposure. They can also be retrofit into a home that currently uses a traditional type of forced-air air conditioning.
Offering sleek design, a smaller footprint, and increased efficiency, ductless air conditioning units allow a homeowner to cool the most occupied zones of a house and not the unused rooms.
If you have been wondering how to improve your HVAC business sales, look no further than these three popular products. Contact McCall's Supply to inquire about becoming a dealer of these top-rated products.
4 Ways to Jumpstart Your Business with McCall’s
Sep 21, 2017READ POST
If you would like to expand your business, consider the benefits of becoming a becoming a McCall's dealer. A dealership with McCall's gives you access to our extensive line of bestselling products to add to your existing merchandise.
Here are 4 ways to jumpstart your business with McCall's:
1. Linking Your Business with McCall's Excellent Reputation
For over 45 years we have been a well-established HVAC product distribution dealer with a fantastic reputation. We provide quality service to our customers in the Johnsonville, South Carolina area, as well as North Carolina and Georgia. In total, we have 19 locations across the Southeast.
2. McCall's Offers Superior Knowledge to Expand Your Business
McCall's Supply possesses the expertise and knowledge you need to expand your business and profits. Utilizing the valuable lessons we have learned through our 45 years of business, we can mentor the distributors that join our partnership program.
3. Other Great Benefits for Your Business
What else do we provide? Here's a quick overview:
- Become an automatic member of the Ruud team to increase your degree of professionalism and sales ability
- Receive training and support for the PSI exam
- Wholesale prices on top-name HVAC systems and water heating equipment
- Professional assistance in marketing and advertising your business
- After hours emergency assistance for team members to help assist their customers
4. Expansion and Increased Profits
Becoming a McCall's HVAC dealer will not only expand your customer base and increase your overall profits, but your business will benefit from the reputation we have built over the years and that people have come to respect.
As the heating and cooling industry continues to evolve with new products and technology, McCall's will provide the necessary training and continued education for our dealers so they can face the future with confidence.
Contact McCall's today to explore the benefits of becoming a McCall's dealer!
6 Air Quality Mistakes Most Homeowners Continue to Make
Sep 14, 2017READ POST
When it comes to general HVAC service questions, many homeowners ask how to improve the air quality inside their homes. Standard practices of day to day living can quickly add up to produce unhealthy air - here's what to avoid:
1. Not Controlling Humidity in Bathrooms
Always use an exhaust fan when showering or bathing. High humidity levels in a bathroom can encourage the growth of mold and mildew. Avoid installing wallpaper or cloth shower curtains in a bathroom because these surfaces also encourage mold.
2. Not Changing HVAC Filters on a Regular Basis
HVAC filters work year-round to trap dust, pet dander, and mold spores that pass through your heating and cooling system. Changing these filters at least once a season can prevent mold growth, which can seriously pollute the air inside your home.
3. No Annual Maintenance for your HVAC System
Not scheduling an annual checkup for your HVAC system can lead to a mechanical breakdown or inefficient fuel use. Spend the cash to take care of your system once a year. This will prevent any system breakdowns and make sure you stay comfortable.
4. Not Using a HEPA Filter When You Vacuum
Some vacuums broadcast fine dirt particles into the surrounding air like a sprinkler throwing droplets. Using a high-efficiency particulate filter or HEPA filter will trap those particles and keep them out of the air you and your family breathe.
5. Ignoring Moldy Smells In Your HVAC
Musty and moldy smells indicate a big problem is brewing somewhere inside your home that could adversely affect your health. If stinky smells come from your HVAC, you should contact McCall's without delay to investigate the problem.
6. Pet Dander Buildup
Those microscopic skin flakes, called pet dander, can build up on furniture and in carpets, causing sneezing and runny noses. Sometimes dander causes more severe reactions such as allergies and asthma attacks.
Call for More Information
The professionals at McCall's can answer your general HVAC service questions and any concerns you may have about indoor air pollution. We can test your HVAC system for problems as well.