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Maintaining Your Mini Splits: FAQs

As you know, mini splits provide many great benefits. They not only have the ability to save you money, they can even save you the time and hassle often associated with a duct installation. Once you have mini splits in your St Anthony home, you begin to see all of the many wonderful advantages associated with owning this type of heating or cooling system. But, with regards to maintenance, questions do come up. As a trusted name in heating and cooling, the experts at Aabbott Ferraro have fielded many questions about mini splits. Here are a few of our top questions and answers below:

Q: How long can mini splits last?
A: If properly maintained, mini splits could last up to or over 20 years! It is very important, however, to maintain your unit in order to keep it working as long as it’s able.

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Q: What do I do if my mini split isn’t functioning correctly?
A: At Aabbott Ferraro, we offer comprehensive repair and maintenance for all of your heating and cooling needs. We will come directly to your home and look through the entire system to find the problem. We can test for leaks, electrical issues, drainage problems and even help you clean your outdoor or indoor units. You can even become a Pro-Tune member and receive seasonal maintenance, free reminders, discounts and more!

Q: What kind of cleaning do indoor mini splits require?
A: Air filters play a key role in your air conditioning system. When it comes to indoor units, it is very important to keep these filters cleaned or replaced on a regular basis. Dirty filters can cause the cooling coil to freeze up and block air flow. You can clean or replace the filter on your own. However, there are many to choose from so you must choose wisely, as the wrong filter can shorten the lifespan of your mini splits, increase your utility bill or even impact your health. Call our mini splits repair experts for assistance with all your air filter needs.

Q: And what about outdoor mini splits, what kind of cleaning do those require?
A: Outdoor units also need to be cleaned regularly, especially its coil which can trap dirt, leaves and other debris. You can use a soft brush to clean the coil but if you are uncomfortable tackling this cleaning yourself, call the experts at Aabbott Ferraro for assistance.

Q: What are some other issues that can arise?
A: It is important that mini splits are installed correctly by professionals to ensure they work for as long as they should. Unfortunately, we have been finding more and more systems that have been installed incorrectly by other contractors. There are also many other issues that can come up; from compressor malfunctions, faulty wiring, or issues with the refrigerant or condensate drain line. Our service technicians are trained in troubleshooting for these issues other repair companies struggle with.

Having issues with mini splits in St Anthony? Learn more about the many replacement and maintenance services we offer by calling Aabbott Ferraro today at 651-776-7214 or Contact Us.

Heating Up in Arden Hills: Home Heating Systems

Did you recently host the holidays at your home? If so, there is a chance you noticed a few things about the importance of functioning home heating systems. Arden Hills is a beautiful place to host the holidays but, being in Minnesota, it can also be a very chilly place! The last thing you want to worry about next year when thinking about the comfort of your loved ones is the temperature throughout your house. Take the time to have your home heating systems looked at now so that when next year comes around you can concentrate on the important things like making great holiday memories! Here is a check list from the experts at Aabbott Ferraro to help keep your furnace functioning and home heating systems up and running.

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Have it Inspected
Before winter even hits, having home heating systems inspected by professionals is key. Our trained professionals at Aabbott Ferraro will come to your home, take a look at the entire system and recommend any necessary repairs. While we’re there, we will also clean and change your furnace’s filters if necessary. Being proactive with all kinds of home heating systems is the best way to avoid malfunctions, especially when you really need the heat!

Keep the Light On
When home heating systems suddenly go out, chances are it could be that the pilot light has gone out. If you know how to relight it safely, do so. But, if you are unfamiliar with the relighting process, then give the experts in home heating systems a call! At Aabbott Ferraro our trained professionals will come by and take a look.

Cleaning & Maintenance
All winter long home heating systems work hard, filtering, heating and circulating air. A properly maintained filter will prevent most matter from getting inside the machine. When we visit for your furnace inspection we can give you some great tips on how to keep your furnace clean throughout the winter. We can even show you how to change filters on your own!

Thermostat Shmermostat
No really, thermostats are important too! Before you start blaming your furnace, one of the most important parts of home heating systems is the thermostat. When your heat stops working, double check the thermostat and keep an eye on it throughout the winter.

For more information on how to get the most out of home heating systems in Arden Hills, or to get it repaired, inspected or replaced, call Aabbott Ferraro at 651-776-7214. Or, contact us and get a Free Estimate on a New Installation.

Is Heating Repair Needed at Your Home?

The HVAC system is often a little sluggish for one reason or another when you try to kick it into operation. It may need a little service or heating repair. Your St Anthony home is just about to get back into workout mode this winter. These Minnesota winters of ours are known for the extremes in frigid, icy and snowy weather phenomena, so you need to make sure that you keep your furnace or boiler in good shape. Follow our suggestions below to learn what you should do now and throughout the winter to make sure that your home heating system stays fully functional.

In advance of the arrival of our worst winter weather, you should have your home heating system inspected by professionals like those that we offer at Aabbott Ferraro. We will come to your house, take a look at the entire system and recommend any necessary repairs. Your furnace having taken many months off, we will clean the furnace, changing its filters if need be. We will give you tips on how to keep your furnace clean through the winter. You will also be shown how to change the filters yourself if you are unsure of how to complete this task. It is usually a simple process, and filters are on the cheap end of the spectrum. Following a regular schedule of filter changes is a crucial component of keeping that home heating system working, especially during the winter months when it is in constant use.

If your home heating system suddenly goes out and if your furnace is not new, then chances are the pilot light has gone out. If you know how to do this safely, relight it and your home heating system should start to work like normal again. If you do not know how to relight the pilot light safely, or if you have an electronic ignition furnace (a newer type of furnace that doesn’t have a pilot light) and it isn’t working for some reason, then give the experts in home heating systems a call here at Aabbott Ferraro so we can come out and take a look.


Finally, make sure your thermostat is in good shape too. The thermostat is what tells your home heating system what the temperature should be inside your home. When your heat stops working, you might immediately think the culprit is your furnace, but it could very well be a problem with your thermostat. Keep an eye on this appliance as well throughout the wintertime.

For more information on heating repair at your St Anthony home, call Aabbott Ferraro at (651) 776-7214 or contact us to Schedule an Appointment.

Ready Your Home Heating Systems for Maximum Efficiency

It is more than time to get those home heating systems up and running! Before you consistently run that system, you will want to make sure that it is fully functional. In other words, don’t let it get to winter before you make sure they work right and proper. It gets down right frigid inside a house with non-functional heat. Since you are paying for it, you want it to be running every bit as efficiently as is possible.

Much like your car needs the occasional tune-up, you will need to set up some routine maintenance on the home heating systems in your Minneapolis or nearby home. Home heating systems can be repaired as needed, over time. It is far more worth your while to have someone come out, study the whole system, alerting you of potential issues that may loom. Knowing what may lie ahead allows you prepare for it, particularly in the form of budgeting. That aging home will become less and less energy efficient as time passes. As far as the home heating systems itself goes, there are things you can do to help. Try to stay on top of routine maintenance on any cracks that you come across, seals or any other place air has the chance to get out of it. Patch up any holes, seal off the home itself to vastly improve the chances of keeping the heat within, preventing its escape. This, coupled with whatever means of heating implemented in the house, in effect makes the entirety a home heating system in and of itself.

Home heating systems have settings that do not have to just be turned on and kept the same all winter long (simple common sense will get you quite a long way with home heating systems). If it is extra cold, do not hesitate to compensate with extra warmth, the reverse also applying.

Take a look at the furnace and water heater both to make sure that you are getting the proper relative temperature balance. Going this route allows you to establish maximum efficiency and comfort throughout the whole of your home. If you are not aware of how to appropriate the adjustments throughout the winter, consult an expert.

To further add to the obvious, make sure you adjust the temperature setting in your home—if you are off to work or even off to vacation. If vacation is where you are heading, turn the system off or take it down to super low. Have a neighbor or whoever is coming to feed the dog return your thermostat to its preferred setting shortly before your return. There is no need to heat an empty house, after all. If your heater is not already equipped, upgrade your thermostat to a set-up that has a timer on it. This will allow you to begin heating your home before you get home, preventing wasted energy.

Another suggestion to make your home more heat efficient is to change the direction of your ceiling fan blades. One of the actual intended uses of ceiling fans is as a means of manipulating the heating and cooling within your home. Your fall and winter ceiling fan blades should be oriented towards pushing the heat (which, of course, rises), downward in the direction of the floor.

Do you need assistance in any way on your home heating system? Call Aabbott Ferraro today at (651) 776-7214 or contact us.

Is There Furnace Repair in Your Future?

Autumn is here, more than under way, Halloween is right around the corner. The annual dip in temperatures has already begun. The leaves have started to turn. Get out the sweaters and the jackets, keep the winter coats and gloves at the ready! Your furnace needs some pre-winter love also. To prepare your home for winter, now is the time to make sure that furnace is ready to roll! It is distinctly possible that once you turn on with the greater furnace network within your home that you will discover that it is not working. In such cases, call on Aabbott Ferraro to handle a furnace repair at your Vadnais Heights or nearby home.

To get started, look at your furnace’s filters. Are they soiled? They have likely just sat in their current state the last time you used your furnace, so it stands to reason that they may be loaded with grime. Should this be the case, go buy some new filters. Something as simple as a dirty filter can be the cause of a furnace not functioning properly. Checking the furnaces themselves and changing them out is a great way to avoid having to call HVAC contractors for help. If you change out your filter and things are still all awry, it is time to look into furnace repair.

Eye up the area surrounding your furnace. Has clutter of any sort accumulated around it? If so, get these items away from your furnace. Though the following statement may be beyond obvious to many, remove any and all items that currently sit atop your furnace, as well. The last thing you need is a fire breaking out in your home, especially one started by you.

Check your thermostat to see if it is working correctly. If the thermostat appears to be in a state of disrepair, it tends toward being an easy fix.

Once free of neighboring debris, turn the furnace on and check the air vents. Is warm air blowing out? If you find that what is emitted is cold air (or even no air at all), call in the professionals at Aabbott Ferraro. . Our furnace repair specialists will gladly come to take a look to assess what the problem is.

You also have the option, should you not wish to carry out the above yourself, to contact our furnace repair specialists for a routine inspection, during the fall. We will swing by to ensure the full functionality of your furnace through inspection.

Do you need reliable and professional furnace repair specialists near Vadnais Heights and the surrounding areas? For more information on air conditioner repair in Vadnais Heights, call Aabbott Ferraro at (651)776-7214 or you can contact us to schedule your Free Estimate.