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5 ways mistakes make you a better hvac tech

HVAC Training: 5 Reasons Making Mistakes Creates Better HVAC Technicians

Making mistakes means better technicians In an industry that that has a recruitment field that is slowly diminishing in size year by year, HVAC technicians entering the field need
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SMUD’s Heating and Cooling Rebates for Your Sacramento County Home

Breakdown of SMUD’s Heating and Cooling Rebates for Your Sacramento County Home

MUD rebates for Sacramento County in 2019 and 2020 In September of 2019, SMUD which is our electric company here in Sacramento County just announced the start of their
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Turning on the Furnace for the First Time Each Year

Turning on the Furnace for the First Time Each Year

What is that burning smell when I turn my furnace on for the first time each year? As the winter season approaches, a lot of you will turn on
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8 Reasons Hot Igniters Fail

8 Reasons Hot Surface Igniters Fail

The Hot Surface Igniter has become an industry standard in gas heating systems in the Sacramento Valley.  To technicians and furnace manufacturers everywhere, the sequence of events that takes place
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Turning on the Furnace for the First Time Each Year

11 Ways to Avoid Hot and Cold Spots in Your Home

Delivering the right amount of air to each room at the same time is key to being comfortable.  And not just in one or two rooms.  A properly set
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Do I need an AC Tune-Up or Diagnostic Service Call

Do I Need an AC Tune-Up or a Diagnostic Service Call?

Our administrative staff has gotten very good at being intuitive about what a potential customer really needs from a Fox Family Heating and Air Conditioning service technician.  With all
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Keep Your AC Running the Rest of the Summer

Top 5 Things You Can Do to Keep Your AC Running the Rest of the Summer

Keep your AC in Good Shape for our “Second Summer” in Sacramento Hope you had a nice Labor Day weekend!  Can you believe it still got up to 100
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100-degree days linger in Sacramento

After Mild Start to Summer, 100 Degree Temps Linger in Sacramento

Week long stretches of high temps continue This summer has been almost as screwy as this past winter.  Mark Finan on KCRA News says we usually have about 22
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Should You Hook Up Your Manifold Gauges Every Time?

Should I Hook Up My AC Manifold Gauges at Every Service Call?

Maintaining the Integrity of Your Sacramento Valley AC System As a technician starting out in this field, I was told by the company trainer to hook up the hoses
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Fox Family Heating Air Conditioning and Solar

Life or Death: Flammable Refrigerants Used in Homes Will Be the Norm

The global warming potential of R410 is leading to the use of flammable refrigerants for indoor comfort With the complete phase-out of R410A already underway, the industry is looking
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HVAC Zoning Basics - Bypass Dampers Dump Zones

HVAC Zoning: Bypass Dampers & Dump Zones

HVAC Zoning: What to Do with That Extra Air Last week we did a zoning basics blog post on zoning for residential homes.  This week on the Fox Family
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how zoning works

That’s Not How Zoning Works!

How Heating and Air Zoning is Supposed to be Used I find that some technicians don’t know how to explain to their customers how to properly use their zoned
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