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Everything from “how-to” to videos to HVAC trends

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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how to protect low voltages wires to the AC

How To Protect an Air Conditioner Low Voltage Wire

Protecting the Low Voltage Wires to the AC That brown-sheathed, low voltage wire from the air handler to the AC unit outside tells the contractor when to engage. This
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how to handle a refrigerant leak at my home

How to Handle a Refrigerant Leak in My Home

If your HVAC technician tells you your A/C has a refrigerant leak, I want to tell you how we handle that here at Fox Family Heating and Air Conditioning.
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Fox Family Installs Ameristar Heating and Cooling Products

What’s the Best Brand for a New Air Conditioner?  An In-Depth Look at Ameristar Sacramento Valley residents looking for a quality system to replace theirs with can turn to
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How often do you need to change the air filter

What Happens if I Don’t Change the Air Filter for My Air Conditioner?

Do I Really Need to Change my HVAC Air Filter? Most people know they need to change the air filter for their air conditioning system.  How often would say
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Is a Bigger Air Conditioner Better?

Is Your Sacramento Valley Air Conditioner underperforming? There are many reasons why your air conditioner may be underperforming.  Your system could be low on refrigerant, your evaporator coil could
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