A Cracked Heat Exchanger Is a Major Furnace Repair Issue

February 19th, 2024

Gas furnaces are reliable and powerful heating systems that can work for many years delivering warmth to a home. It’s why they’re still the most common household heating system across the country. 

Some homeowners are cautious about using gas furnaces because of possible safety hazards. Burning natural gas in any appliance has some risk of uncontrolled combustion and toxic gas leaks. But as long as a furnace receives regular maintenance each year and prompt repairs when needed, the risk is minimal.

We want to focus on one specific furnace repair problem that can create serious health hazards: a cracked heat exchanger. The more you know about it, the easier it will be to prevent it.

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5 Smaller Signs of a Dying Furnace

February 5th, 2024

We’ve examined before the ways you can tell that you may need heating repair in Fresno, CA. As we keep moving through another cold winter in the Central Valley, you’ll want to know how to recognize all the potential indicators that your furnace is teetering on the brink of failing. 

Some of these signs we haven’t shared before—they’re the silent and small warnings that may not leap out at you. Today, we’re going to delve into these sneakier signs so you’ll know sooner to call our technicians to investigate your heating system. If there’s a problem, we will find it and see if a repair will fix it or if we need to replace the whole furnace because it’s truly at the end of its service life.

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What Exactly Is “Puron” and How Is It Different From Other Refrigerants?

January 22nd, 2024

If you don’t have deep knowledge of the refrigerants used for air conditioning systems and heat pumps, that’s fine. This is a technical field and you want to leave any work with refrigerants to certified HVAC professionals. For example, you might think that the refrigerant in your current AC is called “freon.” But freon isn’t a general term. It’s a brand name for a specific type of refrigerant. And it probably isn’t what your AC uses. Your AC or heat pump probably uses Puron

What’s the difference and why is it important? This is useful information to have, so we’ll go over the basics below.

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How Your Water Heater Stays Rust-Free (Most of the Time)

January 8th, 2024

What do you do with a rusted water heater in Fresno, CA? Most of the time, you replace it. Rust and other types of corrosion on a water heater usually signal that the system is beyond repair because of age, leaks, or neglect. 

Fortunately, water heaters are designed to stay rust-free for most of their service lives—provided they receive the right attention with regular annual maintenance and prompt repairs as needed. Even though water heaters contain both metal and water—a combo to create rust—they have ways to keep that rust away.

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Why Rain Gutters Are So Important for Your Home and Property

December 25th, 2023

Our winter rains in the Central Valley are often severe, and it’s essential that your home has rain gutters in good condition to handle these downpours. If you’re looking for rain gutter installation in Fresno, CA or you need repairs for your current gutters, you can depend on us for the work. We custom-fabricate rain gutters, including seamless gutters, to match any home.

Please don’t delay when it comes to improving your rain gutters: they’re extremely important for protecting your home and property. We’ll go over some of the reasons why rain gutters are an essential part of any home.

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Why Won’t My Furnace Turn On?

December 11th, 2023

During the winter, there are few frustrations more annoying and uncomfortable than a furnace that won’t turn on. If you’ve had your furnace maintained annually during the fall, you likely won’t run into a problem like this—but there’s never any guarantee of a perfect furnace performance. 

If you’re currently facing a furnace not heating in Clovis, CA, you can call our team to see what repairs it may need. In some cases, you may only need to do a bit of troubleshooting to correct the problem. Below, we’ll look at reasons for an obstinate furnace, what you can do about it, and when you need to contact us. 

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Why Pilots Lights Have Gone “Out of Fashion”

November 27th, 2023

Once upon a time, when people discussed gas furnaces, they often talked about the pilot light. This flame burned through the winter in the furnace, ready to ignite the burners as soon as gas started to flow to them. Sometimes the pilot light would go out and need relighting—and this was often Troubleshooting Step #1 on lists of what to do if a gas furnace stopped working. 

But now the question people are asking isn’t “how to light a gas furnace in Fresno, CA” so much as wondering what happened to the pilot light. Some models may still use them, but not many. The pilot light has gone out of fashion, and for some good reasons.

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Hot Dog Dinner at Madera Fair 2023

November 22nd, 2023

Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning along with Randy and Sheryl Berry hosted the Annual Hot Dog dinner on Sept 4th from 5–7pm. We hosted a dinner for all the 4H and FFA Exhibitors and their families the night before the Madera District Fair opened to the public. The 4H and FFA kids arrive a few days before the Fair to work and prepare to show their livestock animals. The hot dog dinner is an annual tradition in Madera that everyone at Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning looks forward to attending. We cooked over five hundred hotdog dinners complete with drinks and all the fixings. It is a great way for us to get out in the community and support our local hardworking kids and the agricultural community.  

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Black Friday & HVAC

November 22nd, 2023

Heating and Cooling 101

Thanksgiving is a time to gather and be thankful for the things that have happened during the current year. Black Friday leaves many waking up early to journey to stores to purchase Christmas gifts for family and friends. Many people also shop for deals for their home for appliances, televisions, and computers.

If you are shopping for Black Friday deals on HVAC products, we have good news and bad news. The bad news is that HVAC Black Friday deals don’t really exist. The good news is that the pricing in our industry is already applied to your purchase at any time before the end of the year and some rebates are still available until Mid-December: Carrier Cool Cash Rebate.  

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Are There Drawbacks to Tankless Water Heaters?

November 13th, 2023

If you’re considering getting a new water heater, then you have probably heard about the many benefits of replacing an old storage tank water heater with a tankless model. Tankless water heaters have several excellent advantages that appeal to customers, including:

  • Unlimited hot water
  • Lower energy consumption
  • Longer lifespans
  • Small size

However, we want to stress that—as with HVAC systems—there is no such thing as a “one-size-fits-all” water heater for a house. Tankless water heaters are excellent systems, but they may not be the system for your household’s specific requirements.

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