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  • On July 1, 2014, new California State mandated Title 24 Code Requirements went into effect. This means new code requirements for the heating and cooling industry. We have additional testing with new systems that include fan watt draw and fan flow requirements. With these new testing requirements, equipment selection will be more important and will require higher efficiencies to meet the standards and pass the necessary tests. Along with equipment selection, the existing duct system in a house may have to be improved to pass the new testing as well. On January 1, 2015, new Federal Regional Standards for Heating and Cooling Products will increase the minimum efficiencies from our current minimum 13 SEER to 14 SEER. All of these new regulations add to the bottom line, both in labor cost and equipment cost, for a homeowner who just wants to replace their system.

  • (Not all thermostats have replaceable batteries.)

    1. Turn the thermostat to the “Off” position.
    2. Make sure the fan is set to “Auto”
    3. Depending on the thermostat, remove the cover for the batteries, or remove the faceplate, or remove the entire thermostat from the base.
    4. Replace the batteries.
    5. Reverse whatever action you took on step 3.
    6. Turn the thermostat back on by setting it to “Cool” or “Heat” and adjusting the temperature accordingly.
  • The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports R-22 refrigerant depletes the ozone layer.  Therefore, R-22 (Freon) is being phased out.  The EPA has reduced the production of R-22 refrigerant for 2013.  By 2015, production will be almost completely banned.

    The price of R-22 refrigerant has increased drastically, and will continue to rise.  The availability of R-22 refrigerant will decrease until eventually contractors will not have it in inventory.

    If you have an existing R-22 heat pump or air conditioning system, take care of it by having it serviced regularly.

     

     

  • The average heating and cooling unit runs 3000 or more hours each year in the Central Valley.  By comparison, a car traveling only 35 m.p.h. would travel more than 100,000 miles!  If you serviced your car every 5000 miles, you would service it 20 times or more a year.  When you see this, servicing a heating and cooling unit twice per year is very reasonable.

  • We would like to inform our customers of an ongoing, industry-wide problem. Units are developing leaks in the evaporator coils. This is not a problem with a single manufacturer; it is with all manufacturers (including after-market coils). It is happening in both package units and splits systems.  Many of the units are developing leaks when the units are between two and four years old.  The manufacturers are aware of the problem, and have given many reasons ranging from formicary corrosion to bad copper from China, etc.  They are all assuring us that they are working on solving the problem.  Some manufacturers have switched to tin plated coils, aluminum coils, or micro channel coils.

    Manufacturers will usually warranty the coil itself under their parts warranty if it is within their terms (usually 5 years).  This does not include the labor to replace the coil (approx. 10 man hours), the freight to get the part, the dryer, or the refrigerant. 

    We warranty our labor on our unit installations for one year.  Within the first year of using the unit, any problems with our work should come to light so we can take care of it and make it right.  We want to do quality work, and we absolutely want to correct any problems arising from our installation.

    When we determine that a unit we have installed has a leaking evaporator coil, we will need to charge the system with refrigerant, in which the homeowner is responsible to us for that invoice if beyond our one year warranty. We then order the coil (if the homeowner so chooses).  Once it arrives, we schedule the replacement.  A normal coil replacement takes 10 man hours, a filter dryer, and 8-15 lbs. of refrigerant.

    Please, don’t take our word for it, do your own research.  We will install any unit of our customer’s choosing.

    If we have installed your unit, and you have a leaking evaporator coil and would like to contact the manufacturer to file a complaint, you may contact our office and we will provide you with your unit information.  Phone numbers for the manufacturers are listed below.

    Here are some websites to begin your research:

    tomdurbin.net/ACCOILLEAKS.html   (At the bottom is a link to a Goodman lawsuit)

    http://www.leesair.com/webapp/p/474/formicary-corrosion.html  

    http://www.baileysheatair.com/Coil-Corrosion.html   (After reading, click on the gray button/link at the top right for updated information.)

    http://www.hydro-temp.com/help/drawings/Formicary_Corrosion.pdf  (For Carrier units - must read their conclusion at the very end.)

    http://www.furnacecompare.com/air-conditioners/reviews/   (This is a website that posts customer reviews on all brands.)

    Major Brands:

    ·         Amana 866-616-2664/Goodman 1-877-254-4729

    ·         Carrier 1-800-CARRIER/Bryant 1-800-428-4326/Payne 1-888-41PAYNE/ICP/Day & Night/BDP/Tempstar 1-931-359-3511

    ·         Lennox 1-800-953-6669

    ·         Rheem1-800-621-5622 /Ruud 1-866-720-2076

    ·         Trane 1-888-232-5290/American Standard 888-232-5290 

    ·         Nordyne 1-800-422-4328: Gibson/Broan/Tappan/Maytag/Frigidaire/Westinghouse/NuTone

    ·         Johnson Controls 1-414-524-1200:  York 1-877-874-7378/Luxaire/Coleman

  • Be sure to change your batteries in your thermostat, smoke detectors, and carbon monoxide detectors at least once each year.  If you do not have a CO detector, one of our certified technicians can install one for you at a discounted rate while we are performing your preventative maintenance.

  • Congratulations Steve on passing the North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certification test.  We especially commend you for attempting and passing all three tests at one time, which is not the norm.  Keep up the good work.

  • Summer is over!  Winter is coming!

    Call Kennies to get your heater humming! 559-584-3916

    Schedule a routine check-up of your equipment today. Over 50% of all repairs are caused by lack of maintenance. One of our certified Service Techinicians will arrive at your home or business to:

    *Check air filter and replace with a new one as needed

    *Check Thermostat

    *Check Air Flow

    *Lubricate Blower Motor

    *Inspect Electrical Wiring

    *Check Combustion Blower Motor

    *Check Blower Motor Amps

    *Check Blower Assembly

    *Visual Check Heat Exchanger

    *Check Pilot Assembly

    *Check Gas Valve Manifold Pressure

    *Check Burners

    *Check Safety Controls

    *Check Unit for Gas Leaks

    *Check Vent Pipe for Leaks & Obstructions

    *Check Condensate Drain

    We value your business. Thank you for selecting Kennies as you heating and cooling company!

     

  • Prolong the life of your equipment and your investment - Regular inspection and maintenance calls will protect your investment by preventing potential problems before they can happen.

    Assure your comfort - By correcting minor problems before they become major - and costly - you'll reduce the likelihood of being without comfort.

    Maintain your warranty records - As a member of the COMFORT CLUB, with regular maintenance checks we'll make sure your equipment and your records are up to date.

    Our Reputation - Kennies Indoor Comfort Specialists, Inc. is a family-owned company that has been in operation in the Central San Joaquin Valley area since 1954. We stake our reputation on fine customer service and exellent products, provided in a safe and timely manner. You can count on our service team to know the lastest technology, and our factory-trained, friendly and experienced professionals will show you the true meaning of customer service.

     

  • Don't wait for the summer blaze! Call Kennies now to beat the craze.

    Join our comfort club and sign up for your spring service. Kennies Indoor Comfort Specialist can help you maintain your air conditioning system. Our Comfort Club is a contract with you whereby we will routinely check up on your system's operation and provide its scheduled service and maintenance. The Comfort Club also provides you with perferred customer service and discounts on parts and labor. You will recieve these benefits all year long, every time you call...we gaurantee it!