Purl's Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Blog

Why Won’t My Heater Stop Running?

January 17th, 2018

question-mark-badgeWhen you set your furnace or other home heating system to come on, and then nothing happens, you’ll instantly know you have a problem. It might be a simple issue, like a tripped circuit breaker or clogged air filter. It could a more serious malfunction, and in that case you’ll need the assistance of HVAC professionals to inspect and repair your heating in Fresno, CA or elsewhere in the Central Valley.

There’s a flip side to this: a heating system that comes on and won’t shut off. When this happens, not only will the heating system waste immense amounts of energy and risk suffering permanent damage, but the house can become overheated, stuffy, and unpleasant. Why does this happen? What can be done about it?

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Davidson Racing & McKenzie Rage at the River!

January 8th, 2018

Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning is a sponsor for Davidson Racing in the 2017 McKenzie’s Rage at the River Race, which was held in Laughlin, NV, this past Dec 7–9. Several of our Purl’s Sheet Metal team participated in this off-road racing event as owners and drivers.

Racers, pit crews, and spectators packed the town for this off-road extravaganza. And it was the perfect sunny weekend for an off-road race! Over 300 entrants participated in the 12-mile tight racing course. The event included three days of racing, including qualifying, a fun run, and heat races. It was the perfect venue for SNORE (Southern Nevada Off-Road Enthusiasts) to wrap up their 2017 season of racing.

Davidson Racing closed off the weekend with Beans Davidson finishing 8th in Class 12 and Kurt Davidson Jr. finishing in the top 20 of his class of 50 entrants! The team is looking forward to their next race in February of 2018.

Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning creates custom sheet metal for many local race teams in our Central Valley. We are proud to support all types of racing and helping our local teams bring to life their custom sheet metal designs and ideas.

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Coats for Kids Campaign for Dec 2017 Was a Great Success!

January 3rd, 2018

coats-for-kids-2017Purl’s Sheet Metal wrapped up our 2017 Coats for Kids drive with a total collection of over 240 coats. Coats were collected by our customers, employees, the kids at Lincoln Elementary School, and students at Madera Community College. We appreciate all the donations! We have customers come through our front door with an arm full of coats! This has been a very cold winter and every coat collected was desperately needed.

All of the coats collected stayed in Madera County and were distributed by our local Salvation Army Office. What a great way to celebrate successful Coats for Kids drive in Madera and we look forward to another great year in 2018.

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Cracked Heat Exchanger: Do I Need a New Furnace?

January 3rd, 2018

natural-gas-burnerWe’ve written before about the importance of having your furnace’s heat exchanger regularly checked by a professional. This is a part of our routine preventive maintenance program, the Ultimate Service Agreement, and it’s a vital inspection to make sure that a furnace operates as safely as possible. What our technicians look for when they examine a heat exchanger is signs of cracks along it or corrosion that can lead to those cracks. A cracked heat exchanger can allow toxic combustion gases to escape into the airflow moving into the rooms around a house—a dangerous situation!

Furnace owners often feel nervous when they learn their furnace may pose a safety risk. This leads to the question whether they should have the furnace repaired—which means replacing the heat exchanger—or instead have a new gas furnace installed.

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Dryer Vent Cleaning Is an Important Job

December 15th, 2017

purl-s-hvac-service-and-repair-purls-madera-dryer-ventAs one year ends and another begins, you will probably take a look over your house to find various cleaning and improvement projects. One that you may not have thought of, but which is a critical job to have done on a regular basis, is dryer vent cleaning.

What is dryer vent cleaning?

The dryer vent is the hose and outdoor vent that removes heat and moisture from a household clothes dryer. The vent can be located in a variety of locations, such as on the roof (as the one in the picture at the top of this post).

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Remember These Winter Heating Energy-Saving Tips

December 4th, 2017

hand-setting-thermostatA long winter doesn’t have to be uncomfortable, as long as your home is outfitted with the ideal heating system, such as a powerful natural gas furnace. But too often people associate using the heater with paying extremely high winter utility bills. Chances are, though, that those heating bills are unnecessarily high and can be brought down with a few steps and precautions.

If you’re tired of paying too much for your home heating in Fresno, CA or elsewhere in the Central Valley during the winter, we have some important tips to follow. These measures will cut down on heating costs and also reduce the strain on the heating system, giving it an overall longer service life with fewer repair needs.

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Coats for Kids 2017

November 28th, 2017

Coats for Kids 2017

Start saving those winter coats from last year!   Winter months are on the horizon and will be here soon.   Don’t throw away any coats that are too small for your kids!  We accept gently used or new coats and jackets.  All donations stay in our own community and help children in our area.

Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning is proud to join Kiss Country (KSKS 93.7 FM) and the Salvation Army as a collection location for the 2017 Coats for Kids drive.  Each year the community and local businesses work with the Salvation Army to collect gently used or new winter coats to keep kids warm in the cold winter months.

For more than 30 years this campaign has brought together organizations, schools, businesses and members of the community with the single goal to donate to children in need.    Kiss Country has been part of Coats for Kids in the Central Valley for more than 20 years.   Their efforts to bring this issue and coat drive to the forefront, has made a real difference in the lives of so many young children.

We are open to the public as drop off location for coats Monday – Friday from 8am-5pm.   We encourage our customers and members of the community to get involved and help keep the kids in our Valley warm.  Our goal is to help collect hundreds of coats in the hope that no child will have to be cold!


Please come out to the Purl’s office here: KISS Country and Purl's Sheet Metal helps out needy kids in Madera CA by collecting coats and jackets every year. Help out needy kids in Madera CA by donating coats and jackets.

Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning

232 S. Schnoor Street
Madera, CA 93637

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It’s Not Too Late for Your HVAC Maintenance for Winter!

November 20th, 2017

hands-opening-heating-cabinetIt looks like we’re going to enjoy a warm—or at least moderately cool—Thanksgiving here in the Central Valley. We can’t expect this to last, of course. By the end of December, the heating systems in our homes will be working regularly, and they’ll keep up their hard work through until April.

The takeaway from this is that you still have time left to have major problems with your heating system fixed before the heater gets down its the hard winter work. And, if you haven’t yet scheduled regular fall maintenance for your heating system, it’s still fall and not too late to have it done. Simply put, you shouldn’t miss your heating maintenance for the year. It’s better late than never, and right now it’s definitely not too late.

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Electronic Ignition in a Furnace: Why It’s Better Than a Pilot Light

November 15th, 2017

inside-a-gas-furnaceIf you’ve had the same furnace in your home for many years, you’re probably accustomed to it having a pilot light. If you have newer furnace, or you’re planning on having one installed in the near future, it probably doesn’t use a pilot light at all. Instead, an electronic ignition system ignites the burners. In fact, you rarely see standing pilot lights on newly manufactured furnaces anymore. Why did this change happen? Let’s take a look.

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How to Prepare Your HVAC System for the Winter Months

October 30th, 2017

capsAlthough the official start of winter doesn’t arrive until the third week in December, the cooling in the Central Valley often sets in earlier. Right now, we are still experiencing warm days, but the nights are developing a chill. Once Daylight Savings time ends in November, we can anticipate a faster change in the temperatures to the colder side. Right now is the time to see that your HVAC system is prepared for the change in seasons. Here’s what you can do to help prepare it.

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