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Turning on the Furnace for the First Time Each Year

Turning on the Furnace for the First Time Each Year

Turning on the furnace for the first time each year here in the Sacramento area can be intimidating.  Let’s review some reasons why you should do it while the
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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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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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