Purl's Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Blog : Archive for August, 2017

What to Do if Your Air Conditioning System Is Leaking Refrigerant

Monday, August 28th, 2017

air-conditioner-units-near-grassRefrigerant loss is one of the major problems an air conditioning system may encounter during its service life. And it’s not only a problem that occurs in aging, over-the-hill ACs. An air conditioning system that’s been in service for around 5 to 6 years can develop corrosion along its refrigerant lines because of exposure to formaldehyde in the air. It’s wise to always watch for indications that your AC, no matter how old it is, may be losing refrigerant to leaks:

  • A decline in cooling capacity
  • Hissing sounds from the cabinets
  • Ice developing along the indoor evaporator coil
  • Short-cycling (i.e. the compressor turns on and off repeatedly over a short time)
  • Hard starting
  • Liquid dripping from the indoor cabinet

These symptoms can point to other problems, but no matter the cause, they need professionals to look into them to see what air conditioning repairs will remedy the problem.

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It is with a very heavy heart that we say goodbye to Michael Purl.

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017


Mr Purl

We will miss this great man!

It is with very heavy heart that say goodbye to Michael Purl.   Michael was a very respected business man in the San Joaquin Valley and he was known as a man of great integrity.    He was a true leader in every sense of the word, and his leadership, friendship and guidance affected us all.

He was proud of the employee’s at Purl’s Sheet Metal and saw the importance in continuous training to adhere to “better than industry standards”.   Many of the employee’s on our team have been with Purl’s Sheet Metal over 10 or 20 years.   He felt he was very fortunate to have been surrounded by great people over the years.   He expressed that this has been a key factor in the growth of Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning.    He had an amazing ability to choose the right people for the right job.

He always said “Madera has been good to Purl’s Sheet Metal.”   That is absolutely true.   Michael and Mickie Purl also showed us the importance of supporting our community and giving back.  We learned why it is important to invest time in youth programs.  The Purl’s were deeply rooted and involved in countless organizations.

He was very proud of the solid relationship he built with Carrier and very honored to provide Carrier equipment to our customers.   In 2010 Michael received a very high honor and was inducted into the Carrier Dealer Hall of Fame. The coveted lifetime achievement award is given each year to only a select few.  This was a very special honor and he was humbled by the award.

Michael also shared his love of antique fire engines with us.   We have some of the greatest memories decorating and riding on the fire engines in the Madera Light Parade.  Even a memory or two of a break down and quick repair to make it back to the shop!   This event brought us together each year for some extra holiday cheer!

He led by example.  He taught us that the little things can matter.   He showed us how to stand back and see the whole picture.  He taught us how to respect the American Flag.   He expressed we should always be prepared.  He wanted us to take pride in our work and our relationships with our customers.

He made time to stop and talk about the latest Giants game or a local little league team.  Always a quick wit and smile!  He was interested in the important events in our lives.  He took the time to create lasting relationships and he made the business atmosphere feel more like a family.

He always did so much for others and wished to remain unnamed in his good deeds.   He always said that he wanted to fly under the radar!

Mr. Purl, you may have flown under the radar with some, but for us, you you could never hide how great of a man you were.   Words cannot express how much we will miss you!

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Wednesday Closure

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

We are writing with my deepest regrets to announce the recent passing of Michael Purl last Wednesday evening. As many of you have heard, Michael has had a hard fought battle with ALS. He passed away peacefully surrounded by his entire family. Michael was respected and loved by all.  He was a man of high moral character, which was built on honesty, respect and solid core values. He worked very hard and always had time to develop personal relationships and connections with each of us. That is the heart of what has made Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning feel like a family and not just a business. His teachings and influence will have a lasting effect on all of us and he will be missed by everyone!

Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning will be closed on Wednesday 8-23-17 in observance of funeral service for Michael Purl. With heavy hearts our Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Family will be attending services and will return to work on Thursday 8-24. Thank you for your understanding and support.


The Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Family

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Are You Paying to Cool Your Attic, Not Your Home?

Monday, August 14th, 2017

ductwork-in-atticThe question in the title may at first sound a bit strange. Why would you cool your attic at all? You almost never go up there, and there’s no reason to provide cooling (or heating) for it during the year.

But the truth may surprise you—because many homeowners are accidentally paying money during the summer to send conditioned air up into their attics. They don’t mean to do it; it’s the result of a problem that’s alarmingly common in modern homes, which is ductwork suffering from air leaks. The ductwork passing through an attic (one of the easiest places to install ducts so they don’t take up space elsewhere in a house) often loses the conditioned air in it through gaps and holes. That means cooling power goes into the attic, where it’s no good to anybody in the rest of the house.

So it’s possible that right now during our hot later summer here in the Central Valley that you’re paying to cool down air that’s going right into the attic rather than to the living spaces. The people in the household will receive some of the cooled air, but less than they should. (According to government studies, the loss of cooled air to duct leaks can be up to 30%.) The air conditioning system will run more often to make up for this loss, causing electrical bills to climb and placing a higher toll on the AC.

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