Frequently Asked Questions - Heating, Cooling, Electrical

Brown Service Company has compiled a list of some of the most commonly asked questions our technicians get about heating, cooling, air ducts, and more. Select from the set of popular questions or browse an entire category.

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Air Conditioning FAQs

First, locate all of your home’s vents and clear any furniture, rugs, or other objects out of the area so they don’t get dust on them. After you remove the vent cover, get a vacuum and suck all the dust, dirt, and debris out of the duct. (If the vent is high up or otherwise in an awkward spot, you may want to get someone to help hold the vacuum.) Next, wipe down the inside of the vent with a rag and soapy water. You should also check for mold; if you find any spray with vinegar or mold killing solution and then scrub it away. After you let the duct dry out, replace the cover and put everything back.

Or, if all that seems like a lot of work, you can just hire Brown Service Company to do your duct cleaning for you.

Category: Air-Ducts

There are a number of things that might indicate your ducts are getting dirty. If you smell stale or musty odors when the furnace or air conditioning runs, that’s one indicator; another is that your furnace filters quickly become dirty after changing them. If you notice excessive dust that reappears on your furniture or walls shortly after cleaning, that’s another indicator of trouble. Other problems that might indicate you need to clean the ducts include low airflow from your vents and unexplained headaches or congestion. Even if you don’t have any of these warning indicators, you should have your ducts cleaned regularly if anyone in your home has allergies or asthma; if you, your family members, or prior residents of the house are or were smokers; and if you or the prior residents kept cats, dogs, or other pets.

Category: Air-Ducts

In most cases, no. If the problem is low airflow or spreading dust, simply cleaning out the duct will almost always be sufficient. If you have mold, however, it depends on the type of duct—fiberboard ductwork will probably need to be replaced to eliminate the infestation, while metal ducts can just be cleaned. If you have minor leaks in your ductwork, then minor repairs should so the trick. For major problems, however, you might need to replace the duct. You’ll also need to replace your ductwork if you’re replacing your air conditioner or furnace, in order to ensure that the ducts are a good match. If the ducts don’t meet the necessary specifications of a heating or AC unit, then the warm or cool air can’t get to you, which defeats the purpose.

Category: Air-Ducts

Condensation is a perfectly normal part of a functioning air conditioner. HVAC technicians inspecting AC units for condensation look for proper drainage when performing an air conditioner trouble shooting procedure. A lack of condensation coming from your unit can signal a larger problem. As temperatures change, humidity in the air condenses on the lines and other components of your AC unit. A drain allows that water to escape. On particularly humid days, that condensation and draining can create a large puddle of water under or near your AC. A clogged drain slows or stops the water’s escape, leading to unpleasant smells, contamination, rust accumulation on metal components and corrosion of electrical connections.If you detect unusual odors coming from the AC unit or suspect that your condensation drain is clogged, have an expert perform an inspection.

Category: Air-Ducts

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There are many important reasons to check your indoor air quality. The most simple and basic air quality tests rely on your own senses. Musty air and unnatural odors, for example,often signal an air quality problem. To detect some forms of contamination, however, you’ll need special sensors. Carbon monoxide and radon are undetectable by human senses, so most homes have special detectors that alert you when your home has an unhealthy level of these deadly contaminants. Proper ventilation may resolve some of the common air quality issues. If you are experiencing symptoms of physical illness, however,hire an HVAC expert to perform a professional test of indoor air quality. A professional HVAC technician will use advanced diagnostic equipment to identify mold, asbestos and other unseen high-risk elements.

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Air Duct FAQs

First, locate all of your home’s vents and clear any furniture, rugs, or other objects out of the area so they don’t get dust on them. After you remove the vent cover, get a vacuum and suck all the dust, dirt, and debris out of the duct. (If the vent is high up or otherwise in an awkward spot, you may want to get someone to help hold the vacuum.) Next, wipe down the inside of the vent with a rag and soapy water. You should also check for mold; if you find any spray with vinegar or mold killing solution and then scrub it away. After you let the duct dry out, replace the cover and put everything back.

Or, if all that seems like a lot of work, you can just hire Brown Service Company to do your duct cleaning for you.

Category: Air-Ducts

There are a number of things that might indicate your ducts are getting dirty. If you smell stale or musty odors when the furnace or air conditioning runs, that’s one indicator; another is that your furnace filters quickly become dirty after changing them. If you notice excessive dust that reappears on your furniture or walls shortly after cleaning, that’s another indicator of trouble. Other problems that might indicate you need to clean the ducts include low airflow from your vents and unexplained headaches or congestion. Even if you don’t have any of these warning indicators, you should have your ducts cleaned regularly if anyone in your home has allergies or asthma; if you, your family members, or prior residents of the house are or were smokers; and if you or the prior residents kept cats, dogs, or other pets.

Category: Air-Ducts

In most cases, no. If the problem is low airflow or spreading dust, simply cleaning out the duct will almost always be sufficient. If you have mold, however, it depends on the type of duct—fiberboard ductwork will probably need to be replaced to eliminate the infestation, while metal ducts can just be cleaned. If you have minor leaks in your ductwork, then minor repairs should so the trick. For major problems, however, you might need to replace the duct. You’ll also need to replace your ductwork if you’re replacing your air conditioner or furnace, in order to ensure that the ducts are a good match. If the ducts don’t meet the necessary specifications of a heating or AC unit, then the warm or cool air can’t get to you, which defeats the purpose.

Category: Air-Ducts

Condensation is a perfectly normal part of a functioning air conditioner. HVAC technicians inspecting AC units for condensation look for proper drainage when performing an air conditioner trouble shooting procedure. A lack of condensation coming from your unit can signal a larger problem. As temperatures change, humidity in the air condenses on the lines and other components of your AC unit. A drain allows that water to escape. On particularly humid days, that condensation and draining can create a large puddle of water under or near your AC. A clogged drain slows or stops the water’s escape, leading to unpleasant smells, contamination, rust accumulation on metal components and corrosion of electrical connections.If you detect unusual odors coming from the AC unit or suspect that your condensation drain is clogged, have an expert perform an inspection.

Category: Air-Ducts

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There are many important reasons to check your indoor air quality. The most simple and basic air quality tests rely on your own senses. Musty air and unnatural odors, for example,often signal an air quality problem. To detect some forms of contamination, however, you’ll need special sensors. Carbon monoxide and radon are undetectable by human senses, so most homes have special detectors that alert you when your home has an unhealthy level of these deadly contaminants. Proper ventilation may resolve some of the common air quality issues. If you are experiencing symptoms of physical illness, however,hire an HVAC expert to perform a professional test of indoor air quality. A professional HVAC technician will use advanced diagnostic equipment to identify mold, asbestos and other unseen high-risk elements.

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Electrical FAQs

First, locate all of your home’s vents and clear any furniture, rugs, or other objects out of the area so they don’t get dust on them. After you remove the vent cover, get a vacuum and suck all the dust, dirt, and debris out of the duct. (If the vent is high up or otherwise in an awkward spot, you may want to get someone to help hold the vacuum.) Next, wipe down the inside of the vent with a rag and soapy water. You should also check for mold; if you find any spray with vinegar or mold killing solution and then scrub it away. After you let the duct dry out, replace the cover and put everything back.

Or, if all that seems like a lot of work, you can just hire Brown Service Company to do your duct cleaning for you.

Category: Air-Ducts

There are a number of things that might indicate your ducts are getting dirty. If you smell stale or musty odors when the furnace or air conditioning runs, that’s one indicator; another is that your furnace filters quickly become dirty after changing them. If you notice excessive dust that reappears on your furniture or walls shortly after cleaning, that’s another indicator of trouble. Other problems that might indicate you need to clean the ducts include low airflow from your vents and unexplained headaches or congestion. Even if you don’t have any of these warning indicators, you should have your ducts cleaned regularly if anyone in your home has allergies or asthma; if you, your family members, or prior residents of the house are or were smokers; and if you or the prior residents kept cats, dogs, or other pets.

Category: Air-Ducts

In most cases, no. If the problem is low airflow or spreading dust, simply cleaning out the duct will almost always be sufficient. If you have mold, however, it depends on the type of duct—fiberboard ductwork will probably need to be replaced to eliminate the infestation, while metal ducts can just be cleaned. If you have minor leaks in your ductwork, then minor repairs should so the trick. For major problems, however, you might need to replace the duct. You’ll also need to replace your ductwork if you’re replacing your air conditioner or furnace, in order to ensure that the ducts are a good match. If the ducts don’t meet the necessary specifications of a heating or AC unit, then the warm or cool air can’t get to you, which defeats the purpose.

Category: Air-Ducts

Condensation is a perfectly normal part of a functioning air conditioner. HVAC technicians inspecting AC units for condensation look for proper drainage when performing an air conditioner trouble shooting procedure. A lack of condensation coming from your unit can signal a larger problem. As temperatures change, humidity in the air condenses on the lines and other components of your AC unit. A drain allows that water to escape. On particularly humid days, that condensation and draining can create a large puddle of water under or near your AC. A clogged drain slows or stops the water’s escape, leading to unpleasant smells, contamination, rust accumulation on metal components and corrosion of electrical connections.If you detect unusual odors coming from the AC unit or suspect that your condensation drain is clogged, have an expert perform an inspection.

Category: Air-Ducts

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There are many important reasons to check your indoor air quality. The most simple and basic air quality tests rely on your own senses. Musty air and unnatural odors, for example,often signal an air quality problem. To detect some forms of contamination, however, you’ll need special sensors. Carbon monoxide and radon are undetectable by human senses, so most homes have special detectors that alert you when your home has an unhealthy level of these deadly contaminants. Proper ventilation may resolve some of the common air quality issues. If you are experiencing symptoms of physical illness, however,hire an HVAC expert to perform a professional test of indoor air quality. A professional HVAC technician will use advanced diagnostic equipment to identify mold, asbestos and other unseen high-risk elements.

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HVAC System FAQs

First, locate all of your home’s vents and clear any furniture, rugs, or other objects out of the area so they don’t get dust on them. After you remove the vent cover, get a vacuum and suck all the dust, dirt, and debris out of the duct. (If the vent is high up or otherwise in an awkward spot, you may want to get someone to help hold the vacuum.) Next, wipe down the inside of the vent with a rag and soapy water. You should also check for mold; if you find any spray with vinegar or mold killing solution and then scrub it away. After you let the duct dry out, replace the cover and put everything back.

Or, if all that seems like a lot of work, you can just hire Brown Service Company to do your duct cleaning for you.

Category: Air-Ducts

There are a number of things that might indicate your ducts are getting dirty. If you smell stale or musty odors when the furnace or air conditioning runs, that’s one indicator; another is that your furnace filters quickly become dirty after changing them. If you notice excessive dust that reappears on your furniture or walls shortly after cleaning, that’s another indicator of trouble. Other problems that might indicate you need to clean the ducts include low airflow from your vents and unexplained headaches or congestion. Even if you don’t have any of these warning indicators, you should have your ducts cleaned regularly if anyone in your home has allergies or asthma; if you, your family members, or prior residents of the house are or were smokers; and if you or the prior residents kept cats, dogs, or other pets.

Category: Air-Ducts

In most cases, no. If the problem is low airflow or spreading dust, simply cleaning out the duct will almost always be sufficient. If you have mold, however, it depends on the type of duct—fiberboard ductwork will probably need to be replaced to eliminate the infestation, while metal ducts can just be cleaned. If you have minor leaks in your ductwork, then minor repairs should so the trick. For major problems, however, you might need to replace the duct. You’ll also need to replace your ductwork if you’re replacing your air conditioner or furnace, in order to ensure that the ducts are a good match. If the ducts don’t meet the necessary specifications of a heating or AC unit, then the warm or cool air can’t get to you, which defeats the purpose.

Category: Air-Ducts

Condensation is a perfectly normal part of a functioning air conditioner. HVAC technicians inspecting AC units for condensation look for proper drainage when performing an air conditioner trouble shooting procedure. A lack of condensation coming from your unit can signal a larger problem. As temperatures change, humidity in the air condenses on the lines and other components of your AC unit. A drain allows that water to escape. On particularly humid days, that condensation and draining can create a large puddle of water under or near your AC. A clogged drain slows or stops the water’s escape, leading to unpleasant smells, contamination, rust accumulation on metal components and corrosion of electrical connections.If you detect unusual odors coming from the AC unit or suspect that your condensation drain is clogged, have an expert perform an inspection.

Category: Air-Ducts

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There are many important reasons to check your indoor air quality. The most simple and basic air quality tests rely on your own senses. Musty air and unnatural odors, for example,often signal an air quality problem. To detect some forms of contamination, however, you’ll need special sensors. Carbon monoxide and radon are undetectable by human senses, so most homes have special detectors that alert you when your home has an unhealthy level of these deadly contaminants. Proper ventilation may resolve some of the common air quality issues. If you are experiencing symptoms of physical illness, however,hire an HVAC expert to perform a professional test of indoor air quality. A professional HVAC technician will use advanced diagnostic equipment to identify mold, asbestos and other unseen high-risk elements.

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Insulation FAQs

First, locate all of your home’s vents and clear any furniture, rugs, or other objects out of the area so they don’t get dust on them. After you remove the vent cover, get a vacuum and suck all the dust, dirt, and debris out of the duct. (If the vent is high up or otherwise in an awkward spot, you may want to get someone to help hold the vacuum.) Next, wipe down the inside of the vent with a rag and soapy water. You should also check for mold; if you find any spray with vinegar or mold killing solution and then scrub it away. After you let the duct dry out, replace the cover and put everything back.

Or, if all that seems like a lot of work, you can just hire Brown Service Company to do your duct cleaning for you.

Category: Air-Ducts

There are a number of things that might indicate your ducts are getting dirty. If you smell stale or musty odors when the furnace or air conditioning runs, that’s one indicator; another is that your furnace filters quickly become dirty after changing them. If you notice excessive dust that reappears on your furniture or walls shortly after cleaning, that’s another indicator of trouble. Other problems that might indicate you need to clean the ducts include low airflow from your vents and unexplained headaches or congestion. Even if you don’t have any of these warning indicators, you should have your ducts cleaned regularly if anyone in your home has allergies or asthma; if you, your family members, or prior residents of the house are or were smokers; and if you or the prior residents kept cats, dogs, or other pets.

Category: Air-Ducts

In most cases, no. If the problem is low airflow or spreading dust, simply cleaning out the duct will almost always be sufficient. If you have mold, however, it depends on the type of duct—fiberboard ductwork will probably need to be replaced to eliminate the infestation, while metal ducts can just be cleaned. If you have minor leaks in your ductwork, then minor repairs should so the trick. For major problems, however, you might need to replace the duct. You’ll also need to replace your ductwork if you’re replacing your air conditioner or furnace, in order to ensure that the ducts are a good match. If the ducts don’t meet the necessary specifications of a heating or AC unit, then the warm or cool air can’t get to you, which defeats the purpose.

Category: Air-Ducts

Condensation is a perfectly normal part of a functioning air conditioner. HVAC technicians inspecting AC units for condensation look for proper drainage when performing an air conditioner trouble shooting procedure. A lack of condensation coming from your unit can signal a larger problem. As temperatures change, humidity in the air condenses on the lines and other components of your AC unit. A drain allows that water to escape. On particularly humid days, that condensation and draining can create a large puddle of water under or near your AC. A clogged drain slows or stops the water’s escape, leading to unpleasant smells, contamination, rust accumulation on metal components and corrosion of electrical connections.If you detect unusual odors coming from the AC unit or suspect that your condensation drain is clogged, have an expert perform an inspection.

Category: Air-Ducts

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There are many important reasons to check your indoor air quality. The most simple and basic air quality tests rely on your own senses. Musty air and unnatural odors, for example,often signal an air quality problem. To detect some forms of contamination, however, you’ll need special sensors. Carbon monoxide and radon are undetectable by human senses, so most homes have special detectors that alert you when your home has an unhealthy level of these deadly contaminants. Proper ventilation may resolve some of the common air quality issues. If you are experiencing symptoms of physical illness, however,hire an HVAC expert to perform a professional test of indoor air quality. A professional HVAC technician will use advanced diagnostic equipment to identify mold, asbestos and other unseen high-risk elements.

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Thermostat FAQs

First, locate all of your home’s vents and clear any furniture, rugs, or other objects out of the area so they don’t get dust on them. After you remove the vent cover, get a vacuum and suck all the dust, dirt, and debris out of the duct. (If the vent is high up or otherwise in an awkward spot, you may want to get someone to help hold the vacuum.) Next, wipe down the inside of the vent with a rag and soapy water. You should also check for mold; if you find any spray with vinegar or mold killing solution and then scrub it away. After you let the duct dry out, replace the cover and put everything back.

Or, if all that seems like a lot of work, you can just hire Brown Service Company to do your duct cleaning for you.

Category: Air-Ducts

There are a number of things that might indicate your ducts are getting dirty. If you smell stale or musty odors when the furnace or air conditioning runs, that’s one indicator; another is that your furnace filters quickly become dirty after changing them. If you notice excessive dust that reappears on your furniture or walls shortly after cleaning, that’s another indicator of trouble. Other problems that might indicate you need to clean the ducts include low airflow from your vents and unexplained headaches or congestion. Even if you don’t have any of these warning indicators, you should have your ducts cleaned regularly if anyone in your home has allergies or asthma; if you, your family members, or prior residents of the house are or were smokers; and if you or the prior residents kept cats, dogs, or other pets.

Category: Air-Ducts

In most cases, no. If the problem is low airflow or spreading dust, simply cleaning out the duct will almost always be sufficient. If you have mold, however, it depends on the type of duct—fiberboard ductwork will probably need to be replaced to eliminate the infestation, while metal ducts can just be cleaned. If you have minor leaks in your ductwork, then minor repairs should so the trick. For major problems, however, you might need to replace the duct. You’ll also need to replace your ductwork if you’re replacing your air conditioner or furnace, in order to ensure that the ducts are a good match. If the ducts don’t meet the necessary specifications of a heating or AC unit, then the warm or cool air can’t get to you, which defeats the purpose.

Category: Air-Ducts

Condensation is a perfectly normal part of a functioning air conditioner. HVAC technicians inspecting AC units for condensation look for proper drainage when performing an air conditioner trouble shooting procedure. A lack of condensation coming from your unit can signal a larger problem. As temperatures change, humidity in the air condenses on the lines and other components of your AC unit. A drain allows that water to escape. On particularly humid days, that condensation and draining can create a large puddle of water under or near your AC. A clogged drain slows or stops the water’s escape, leading to unpleasant smells, contamination, rust accumulation on metal components and corrosion of electrical connections.If you detect unusual odors coming from the AC unit or suspect that your condensation drain is clogged, have an expert perform an inspection.

Category: Air-Ducts

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There are many important reasons to check your indoor air quality. The most simple and basic air quality tests rely on your own senses. Musty air and unnatural odors, for example,often signal an air quality problem. To detect some forms of contamination, however, you’ll need special sensors. Carbon monoxide and radon are undetectable by human senses, so most homes have special detectors that alert you when your home has an unhealthy level of these deadly contaminants. Proper ventilation may resolve some of the common air quality issues. If you are experiencing symptoms of physical illness, however,hire an HVAC expert to perform a professional test of indoor air quality. A professional HVAC technician will use advanced diagnostic equipment to identify mold, asbestos and other unseen high-risk elements.

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