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

Your energy bill could be high for many reasons, including an overused or malfunctioning air conditioner. Fortunately, there are also numerous ways to lower your air conditioning expenses.  As a basic rule, remember that your costs rise as your air conditioning works harder to cool your home. To ensure that your AC unit is functioning at peak performance check for and replace any old, worn-out thermostats or clogged air filters. If you think that your bill is still too high, even after you’ve performed a basic air conditioner troubleshooting procedure, have an expert HVAC technician make recommendations to improve the performance of your AC unit for summer.

Category: Electrical

Your heat pump options include those that run off of natural gas, those that operate off of electricity, pumps with variable speeds and those with dual speed motors. While shopping for a heat pump, be sure to look for one that’s energy efficient, operates quietly and will be able to keep running efficiently no matter how cold it becomes outside.

If possible, we recommend heat pumps that run off of natural gas since electric heat pumps can drive up your power bills exponentially if the weather gets cold enough. We also suggest that you choose a heat pump with a two-speed compressor so that your pump doesn’t have to work as hard and experience as much wear and tear, which can go a long way in extending the life of your heat pump.

Category: Electrical

Yes. The reason for this is that local building codes are put in place to ensure that your electrical remodeling and any other type of remodeling you plan on doing is done safely. While you might not like the idea of having to pay for a permit in order to be in compliance with codes, you have to realize that doing so makes your home safer and can cause less of a headache and financial stress should an accident occur.

If you proceed with your electrical remodeling without checking building codes and you violate them, you can be subject to fines and penalties. If your remodeling is complete when the violation is discovered, you’ll have to return your home to its original condition. Let us know if you need help with information about local building codes or with your electrical remodeling.

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To repair an electrical panel, you’ll need a screwdriver to remove the cover, a multimeter and a fuse puller if there are fuses in the box. If you need circuit breakers, replacement fuses or a new panel, you’ll most likely be able to find them at a local home improvement center or hardware store.

If you don’t feel confident in your ability to repair an electrical panel, of if you’d prefer to have a professional do it instead, our expert electricians would be more than happy to give you a hand or offer you some tips and advice if you ever find yourself stuck. Before you get started, make sure that you consult the index on the panel for information about which lights, appliances and receptacles are on the circuit.

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Air Duct FAQs

Your energy bill could be high for many reasons, including an overused or malfunctioning air conditioner. Fortunately, there are also numerous ways to lower your air conditioning expenses.  As a basic rule, remember that your costs rise as your air conditioning works harder to cool your home. To ensure that your AC unit is functioning at peak performance check for and replace any old, worn-out thermostats or clogged air filters. If you think that your bill is still too high, even after you’ve performed a basic air conditioner troubleshooting procedure, have an expert HVAC technician make recommendations to improve the performance of your AC unit for summer.

Category: Electrical

Your heat pump options include those that run off of natural gas, those that operate off of electricity, pumps with variable speeds and those with dual speed motors. While shopping for a heat pump, be sure to look for one that’s energy efficient, operates quietly and will be able to keep running efficiently no matter how cold it becomes outside.

If possible, we recommend heat pumps that run off of natural gas since electric heat pumps can drive up your power bills exponentially if the weather gets cold enough. We also suggest that you choose a heat pump with a two-speed compressor so that your pump doesn’t have to work as hard and experience as much wear and tear, which can go a long way in extending the life of your heat pump.

Category: Electrical

Yes. The reason for this is that local building codes are put in place to ensure that your electrical remodeling and any other type of remodeling you plan on doing is done safely. While you might not like the idea of having to pay for a permit in order to be in compliance with codes, you have to realize that doing so makes your home safer and can cause less of a headache and financial stress should an accident occur.

If you proceed with your electrical remodeling without checking building codes and you violate them, you can be subject to fines and penalties. If your remodeling is complete when the violation is discovered, you’ll have to return your home to its original condition. Let us know if you need help with information about local building codes or with your electrical remodeling.

Category: Electrical

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To repair an electrical panel, you’ll need a screwdriver to remove the cover, a multimeter and a fuse puller if there are fuses in the box. If you need circuit breakers, replacement fuses or a new panel, you’ll most likely be able to find them at a local home improvement center or hardware store.

If you don’t feel confident in your ability to repair an electrical panel, of if you’d prefer to have a professional do it instead, our expert electricians would be more than happy to give you a hand or offer you some tips and advice if you ever find yourself stuck. Before you get started, make sure that you consult the index on the panel for information about which lights, appliances and receptacles are on the circuit.

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Electrical FAQs

Your energy bill could be high for many reasons, including an overused or malfunctioning air conditioner. Fortunately, there are also numerous ways to lower your air conditioning expenses.  As a basic rule, remember that your costs rise as your air conditioning works harder to cool your home. To ensure that your AC unit is functioning at peak performance check for and replace any old, worn-out thermostats or clogged air filters. If you think that your bill is still too high, even after you’ve performed a basic air conditioner troubleshooting procedure, have an expert HVAC technician make recommendations to improve the performance of your AC unit for summer.

Category: Electrical

Your heat pump options include those that run off of natural gas, those that operate off of electricity, pumps with variable speeds and those with dual speed motors. While shopping for a heat pump, be sure to look for one that’s energy efficient, operates quietly and will be able to keep running efficiently no matter how cold it becomes outside.

If possible, we recommend heat pumps that run off of natural gas since electric heat pumps can drive up your power bills exponentially if the weather gets cold enough. We also suggest that you choose a heat pump with a two-speed compressor so that your pump doesn’t have to work as hard and experience as much wear and tear, which can go a long way in extending the life of your heat pump.

Category: Electrical

Yes. The reason for this is that local building codes are put in place to ensure that your electrical remodeling and any other type of remodeling you plan on doing is done safely. While you might not like the idea of having to pay for a permit in order to be in compliance with codes, you have to realize that doing so makes your home safer and can cause less of a headache and financial stress should an accident occur.

If you proceed with your electrical remodeling without checking building codes and you violate them, you can be subject to fines and penalties. If your remodeling is complete when the violation is discovered, you’ll have to return your home to its original condition. Let us know if you need help with information about local building codes or with your electrical remodeling.

Category: Electrical

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To repair an electrical panel, you’ll need a screwdriver to remove the cover, a multimeter and a fuse puller if there are fuses in the box. If you need circuit breakers, replacement fuses or a new panel, you’ll most likely be able to find them at a local home improvement center or hardware store.

If you don’t feel confident in your ability to repair an electrical panel, of if you’d prefer to have a professional do it instead, our expert electricians would be more than happy to give you a hand or offer you some tips and advice if you ever find yourself stuck. Before you get started, make sure that you consult the index on the panel for information about which lights, appliances and receptacles are on the circuit.

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HVAC System FAQs

Your energy bill could be high for many reasons, including an overused or malfunctioning air conditioner. Fortunately, there are also numerous ways to lower your air conditioning expenses.  As a basic rule, remember that your costs rise as your air conditioning works harder to cool your home. To ensure that your AC unit is functioning at peak performance check for and replace any old, worn-out thermostats or clogged air filters. If you think that your bill is still too high, even after you’ve performed a basic air conditioner troubleshooting procedure, have an expert HVAC technician make recommendations to improve the performance of your AC unit for summer.

Category: Electrical

Your heat pump options include those that run off of natural gas, those that operate off of electricity, pumps with variable speeds and those with dual speed motors. While shopping for a heat pump, be sure to look for one that’s energy efficient, operates quietly and will be able to keep running efficiently no matter how cold it becomes outside.

If possible, we recommend heat pumps that run off of natural gas since electric heat pumps can drive up your power bills exponentially if the weather gets cold enough. We also suggest that you choose a heat pump with a two-speed compressor so that your pump doesn’t have to work as hard and experience as much wear and tear, which can go a long way in extending the life of your heat pump.

Category: Electrical

Yes. The reason for this is that local building codes are put in place to ensure that your electrical remodeling and any other type of remodeling you plan on doing is done safely. While you might not like the idea of having to pay for a permit in order to be in compliance with codes, you have to realize that doing so makes your home safer and can cause less of a headache and financial stress should an accident occur.

If you proceed with your electrical remodeling without checking building codes and you violate them, you can be subject to fines and penalties. If your remodeling is complete when the violation is discovered, you’ll have to return your home to its original condition. Let us know if you need help with information about local building codes or with your electrical remodeling.

Category: Electrical

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To repair an electrical panel, you’ll need a screwdriver to remove the cover, a multimeter and a fuse puller if there are fuses in the box. If you need circuit breakers, replacement fuses or a new panel, you’ll most likely be able to find them at a local home improvement center or hardware store.

If you don’t feel confident in your ability to repair an electrical panel, of if you’d prefer to have a professional do it instead, our expert electricians would be more than happy to give you a hand or offer you some tips and advice if you ever find yourself stuck. Before you get started, make sure that you consult the index on the panel for information about which lights, appliances and receptacles are on the circuit.

Category: Electrical

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Insulation FAQs

Your energy bill could be high for many reasons, including an overused or malfunctioning air conditioner. Fortunately, there are also numerous ways to lower your air conditioning expenses.  As a basic rule, remember that your costs rise as your air conditioning works harder to cool your home. To ensure that your AC unit is functioning at peak performance check for and replace any old, worn-out thermostats or clogged air filters. If you think that your bill is still too high, even after you’ve performed a basic air conditioner troubleshooting procedure, have an expert HVAC technician make recommendations to improve the performance of your AC unit for summer.

Category: Electrical

Your heat pump options include those that run off of natural gas, those that operate off of electricity, pumps with variable speeds and those with dual speed motors. While shopping for a heat pump, be sure to look for one that’s energy efficient, operates quietly and will be able to keep running efficiently no matter how cold it becomes outside.

If possible, we recommend heat pumps that run off of natural gas since electric heat pumps can drive up your power bills exponentially if the weather gets cold enough. We also suggest that you choose a heat pump with a two-speed compressor so that your pump doesn’t have to work as hard and experience as much wear and tear, which can go a long way in extending the life of your heat pump.

Category: Electrical

Yes. The reason for this is that local building codes are put in place to ensure that your electrical remodeling and any other type of remodeling you plan on doing is done safely. While you might not like the idea of having to pay for a permit in order to be in compliance with codes, you have to realize that doing so makes your home safer and can cause less of a headache and financial stress should an accident occur.

If you proceed with your electrical remodeling without checking building codes and you violate them, you can be subject to fines and penalties. If your remodeling is complete when the violation is discovered, you’ll have to return your home to its original condition. Let us know if you need help with information about local building codes or with your electrical remodeling.

Category: Electrical

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To repair an electrical panel, you’ll need a screwdriver to remove the cover, a multimeter and a fuse puller if there are fuses in the box. If you need circuit breakers, replacement fuses or a new panel, you’ll most likely be able to find them at a local home improvement center or hardware store.

If you don’t feel confident in your ability to repair an electrical panel, of if you’d prefer to have a professional do it instead, our expert electricians would be more than happy to give you a hand or offer you some tips and advice if you ever find yourself stuck. Before you get started, make sure that you consult the index on the panel for information about which lights, appliances and receptacles are on the circuit.

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Thermostat FAQs

Your energy bill could be high for many reasons, including an overused or malfunctioning air conditioner. Fortunately, there are also numerous ways to lower your air conditioning expenses.  As a basic rule, remember that your costs rise as your air conditioning works harder to cool your home. To ensure that your AC unit is functioning at peak performance check for and replace any old, worn-out thermostats or clogged air filters. If you think that your bill is still too high, even after you’ve performed a basic air conditioner troubleshooting procedure, have an expert HVAC technician make recommendations to improve the performance of your AC unit for summer.

Category: Electrical

Your heat pump options include those that run off of natural gas, those that operate off of electricity, pumps with variable speeds and those with dual speed motors. While shopping for a heat pump, be sure to look for one that’s energy efficient, operates quietly and will be able to keep running efficiently no matter how cold it becomes outside.

If possible, we recommend heat pumps that run off of natural gas since electric heat pumps can drive up your power bills exponentially if the weather gets cold enough. We also suggest that you choose a heat pump with a two-speed compressor so that your pump doesn’t have to work as hard and experience as much wear and tear, which can go a long way in extending the life of your heat pump.

Category: Electrical

Yes. The reason for this is that local building codes are put in place to ensure that your electrical remodeling and any other type of remodeling you plan on doing is done safely. While you might not like the idea of having to pay for a permit in order to be in compliance with codes, you have to realize that doing so makes your home safer and can cause less of a headache and financial stress should an accident occur.

If you proceed with your electrical remodeling without checking building codes and you violate them, you can be subject to fines and penalties. If your remodeling is complete when the violation is discovered, you’ll have to return your home to its original condition. Let us know if you need help with information about local building codes or with your electrical remodeling.

Category: Electrical

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To repair an electrical panel, you’ll need a screwdriver to remove the cover, a multimeter and a fuse puller if there are fuses in the box. If you need circuit breakers, replacement fuses or a new panel, you’ll most likely be able to find them at a local home improvement center or hardware store.

If you don’t feel confident in your ability to repair an electrical panel, of if you’d prefer to have a professional do it instead, our expert electricians would be more than happy to give you a hand or offer you some tips and advice if you ever find yourself stuck. Before you get started, make sure that you consult the index on the panel for information about which lights, appliances and receptacles are on the circuit.

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