How to Stucco

Stucco is a mix of different concretes, applied in multiple layers to provide a strong, solid bond to the wall. It has a timeless appeal as it closely resembles mud and adobe. But stucco is so much more. It is waterproof, easy to maintain, and long-lasting. Some stucco types are also affordable, earthquake resistant, breathable in humid temperatures, and attractive whether by itself or in combination with other siding materials like clapboard and brick. However, the stucco application is quite challenging as it requires meticulous preparation of the substances as well as proper knowledge in its application methods. 

Prepare the substance 

If you are applying stucco over an existing wall, you have to check if there is any crack or damage first as these damages may affect the result of the stucco application. If you find any crack or damage, you need to immediately repair it with fresh mortar. Also before applying the stucco, wash the wall using a power washer or scrub it using a combination of water and trisodium phosphate solution. 

Prepare your plywood, OSB, or cement board sheathing. To cover the surface of your stucco project, buy enough galvanized stucco lath and galvanized fasteners. 

Step by step process on how to apply stucco:

  1. Hang a Double Layer of Building Paper

Begin by hanging the building paper at the bottom of the wall and overlay every successive layer at least 4 inches over the one below it. Make sure that the sheets overlap by at least 6 inches once you form vertical seams. Then expand the paper around corners for at least 16 inches. Once extended, using galvanized roofing nails or staples, fasten it in place. 

  1. Install Trim Accessories

Prepare and fasten trim accessories, such as casing beads, with galvanized nails. The weep screed is one of the trim accessories that is very important to let moisture drain from behind the stucco.

  1. Apply Galvanized Lath or Netting

The netting should be attached to the wall using galvanized nails or staples which are long enough to reach the studs by at least 1 inch. Allow at least 6 inches of spaces in between fasteners. Overlap the vertical seams of the lath by 2 inches while the horizontal seams by 1 inch. 

Applying the Stucco

You will need two different types of stucco regardless if you are applying the stucco in a two or three coat system- the base coat formulation which is suitable for undercoats and a lighter finish coat formulation which is great for the topcoat. 

Just like mixing cement, mixing a stucco is straightforward. Simply pour the contents of a bag into a wheelbarrow or mixing trough, then add water as you mix. The proper consistency is very important. Check this by trowelling your wet stucco mix and hold the trowel sideways. If the stucco mix slides off, it means that there’s too much water in the stucco mix.   

  1. Apply and spread the Scratch Coat. Using a square trowel held at a 45-degree angle apply the scratch coat to the lath or netting. Begin applying stucco from the bottom of the wall and work your way to the top. Apply it with enough pressure to push the substance into all gaps in the netting. If there are voids or spaces, apply more. 
  1. Spread the substance using a straight back and forth movement to flatten with a uniform 3/8-inch thickness and straight border darby or a straightedge. Wait for it to solidify. Once the material is stiff, scratch the surface using a raking tool to draw ⅛ inch deep horizontal grooves. Let this scratch coat sit for 24 to 48 hours while maintaining its surface moisture level by misting water. This may avoid shrinkage and crack. 
  1. Apply the Brown Coat

Apply another layer of base coat on the scratch coat to a depth of ⅜ inch. Scrape it using a darby to flatten. If you find any void spaces, fill it with the material to create a smooth, flat surface. The total thickness of the material on the wall should be now 3.4 inches. Allow the brown coat to harden for a few minutes then using a sponge masonry float, smooth the surface. Once again, let it sit for 24 to 48 hours while misting to keep the necessary moisture. 

If you are applying it over masonry or brick, the brown coat is the first and only base coat. 

Step 3: Finish With the Color Coat

Prepare the finish stucco coat by mixing it with water referring to the same texture consistency as the base coat. You may add some stucco colorant if desired. Spread the stucco to the wall using a trowel with ⅛ inch thickness. In order to give the stucco the desired texture, use ling strokers, knife swaths, and other similar techniques. When your stucco is stiff enough, you can use a sponge trowel to flatten the surface. Mist the surface for several days to avoid cracking while it cures. 

How to Adjust Hunter Sprinkler Head

Hunter Industries is a well-known sprinkler system maker company because of its rotary sprinklers, which has found its use in commercial and residential lawns. Each sprinkler from Hunter has the same adjustments you can do to fit your preferences. 

And so, what adjustments will work on all of them? This post will elaborate on what you need to do to accommodate your lawn needs.

Here’s how to adjust Hunter sprinkler heads:

1. Find the ideal nozzle for the sprinkler head

To determine whether the nozzle is fit for the job, it must be able to provide head-to-head coverage is the capacity of the sprinkler to aim and reach another sprinkler head. There are two approaches for this step, which are: looking at the chart provided in the Hunter manuals that detail the characteristics and efficiency of the pieces or trial-and-error process. Hunter sprinklers come with various assorted nozzles. The distance that the water stream will reach is dependent on the size of the nozzle holes. Once you identified the proper piece, proceed to the next step.

2. Insert the chosen nozzle in the rotor body

You can insert the nozzle by pressing it in the opening of the rotor body until it clicks in there. Secure the new nozzle by using the metal end of the rotor key (which, by the way, allows you to adjust the sprinkler heads) into the arrow that is in the raised area of the rubber cap, and then screw it clockwise once set to tighten. 

Word of caution: screwing the nozzle too tight will affect the amount of water sprayed. That’s why you should screw it just enough to be secured and not to limit the water stream at the same time.

3. Set the direction of the right-hand limit

Do this method to assign the limit of travel for the right-hand side. To do so, you must first raise the sprinkler body. Here are the detailed instructions:

  • Insert the plastic end of the rotor key to the hole beside the arrow, which allows you to pull out the sprinkler. Be sure that in pulling out, it has cleared two ridges, which is about an inch before the body completely pulls out. 
  • Then, hold the sprinkler body to prevent it from lowering. 
  • After that, twist the rubber cap to the left-hand travel limit, then rotate it in reverse to the end of the right-hand position. 
  • If the right-hand limit of travel isn’t oriented to reach your preferred area, then rotate the sprinkler body to the right until the right-hand travel limit is at the correct position.

4. Set the direction of the left-hand limit

By repositioning the right-hand limit, the positioning of the left-hand limit alters in the process. That is why you must also correct it. This one is easy to do. 

  • Start by inserting the plastic end of the rotor key to the hole at the rubber cap with plus and minus sign. 
  • Then, rotate the key to the direction indicated by the plus side if you want the left-hand side to cover more, or to the minus direction to reduce the coverage.
  • Once corrected, let the sprinkler body descend, and lock the collar.

5. An alternative method to adjust the right-hand limit

You can use this alternate method to reposition the right-hand limit. To do it:

  • Begin by detaching the inner body assembly by twisting the body cap in a counterclockwise direction. 
  • Pull out the inner assembly, then rotate the rubber cap to the left-hand limit, then to the end of the right-hand rotation. 
  • Make sure that the arrow points at the area where you want to get coverage. 
  • Once done, you can now place back the inner assembly while oriented at the desired coverage and then tighten the body cap by twisting it clockwise. 
  • Then do step 4 for adjusting the left-hand limit.

With these steps, you’ll now have an adjusted Hunter sprinkler head! If you think that this guide has helped you, then please don’t hesitate to share this with others!

Stucco Cracks When to Worry

There are so many reasons why we love stucco. It’s sturdy, attractive, and timeless. But when you see a crack in your stucco, there’s a tendency for you to worry about the overall built of your covering. 

Cracks in stucco happen because of various factors. These include inadequate mixing, poor workmanship, incorrect mix proportions, seasonal changes, and seismic movement. However, there are two leading causes of cracks in stucco. One of those is the house settling process and the other one is shrinkage-induced stresses which usually happens during the dry months. 

Every case is different, but check out these guidelines to see how serious a stucco crack can be. 

Hairline cracks in the exterior

Hairline cracks are not as serious deep cracks but it shouldn’t be dismissed completely. They can pave a way for water and moisture to seep into a wall system, causing further damage eventually. If water enters the inside, the stucco wall will soften the substances, causing the stucco to creak away later on. These water and moisture if gets trapped inside the stucco walls cause additional issues such as mold development, foul smell, paint failure, swollen drywall wood rot, and irreparable damage. Fixing these hairline cracks is akin to an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.

Depending on how wide or obvious the crack is, repainting can make these flaws virtually disappear. Even though this type of cracks are smaller than 1 1/16 inches and don’t pose a great threat to the overall integrity of the stucco wall, repairing them immediately prevents it from escalating into bigger and permanent damage. 

Aside from repainting right away, you can also apply a high-quality caulk on the crack. Using a brush dab the caulk while wet. Let it cure and dry for a while then paint the entire spot. 

Large stucco cracks 

Large cracks signal a structural issue. This type of crack is usually deep and therefore, allows the water and moisture to seep into the structure’s envelope and pass freely through walls. It usually starts at the intersection of vertical walls, at the upper corners of door and window frames, or at the connection between wood framing and masonry.

The most “dangerous” cracks are typically wider than 1/16 inches, with unaligned edges. This may signal that structural changes in your house will occur when the foundation settles heavier on one side than on the other as it might cause enough stress for the stucco to crack. It is important to properly investigate large cracks before working to repair them. 

Credit card stucco test 

Follow these easy steps you can do yourself to test how big is the crack in your stucco. 

  1. Use your credit card or any materials alike, go to the spot where you see the crack in your stucco.
  1. Slide your credit card into the crack in your stucco and see if it glides smoothly.
  1. If you can slide your credit card into the stucco crack, it’s time to call for some professional help.

Large cracks of 1/16 of an inch can indicate structural problems that have to be addressed before repairing the stucco. The underlying cause must be treated first before treating the symptom, which in this case is the crack. 

Stucco is your properties’ first line of defense against any harsh climate, attending even to the simplest stucco crack immediately using the best products and methods is important to ensure your home’s strength and longevity. 

How to Apply Stucco

Applying stucco in your home is actually a simple process that requires the right tools and background. Stucco homes come with a lot of benefits like having a sturdy, weather-resistant covering for unfurnished or less attractive surfaces like concrete blocks or clay bricks. 

Below are the steps professionals follow in applying exterior stucco over a steel or wooden base or over a solid wall.

Stucco over a concrete wall or masonry 

Prepare the surface of the wall where you want to apply stucco. If the wall surface has a rough texture and absorbent, you can directly apply the stucco over these solid or rigid surface. Otherwise, if the wall is not absorbent, you can moist the surface with water. If you see any visible contamination, wash the surface thoroughly. Also, is the wall is too smooth like those that are covered by paint or sealer, you can apply the following treatments: 

  • Sandblasting 
  • Acid etching 
  • Bush hammer or roughing 
  • Apply bond agent 

If unsure if the wall can support stucco, apply the stucco using the same process that you apply stucco over a stud wall. Attach a metal lath and plastering over it. 

Make the wall surface wet. In order to improve the suction bond and lessen the amount of moisture the wall absorbs from the plaster, wet the wall surface before the stucco application. You may use a fog spray to do this. Just make sure to damp the surface and not fully soak  Also, if you felt that the temperature is extreme – either very hot or cold, suspend the application as extreme weather could interfere with the curing process.

Prepare the scratch coat by mixing it. The coat must be a mixture of 1 part cement (includes lime) and 2 ¼ to 4 parts sand. Plastic cement is already pre-mixed with lime, making it the easiest to use and mix. Mix it with a dry material like plaster sand. 

Apply the scratch coat.  Trowel a layer of ¼ inch (6.4 mm) thick and apply this with shallow, horizontal lines. Keep the notched trowel perpendicular to the wall as you apply so that the next coat bond on the surface properly. 

Wait for a few hours before applying the brown coat. But if you’re using a modern cement, you can apply the brown coat immediately. No need for a scratch coat to totally cure. Once the first layer of brown coat solidifies, normally after 4 to 5 hours, trowel on the second layer. 

Maintain the proper moisture as the brown coat cures. It is important to keep the stucco moist while it’s curing, usually over the next 48 hours preceding the application. 

Apply the finishing coat. This consists of the mix of 1 part cement materials and 1 ½ to 3 parts sand. You also have an option to add some colors. You can use a texture roller if you are inexperienced at applying with textured finishes. 

Stucco over a stud wall 

Check if the weather is ideal for applying stucco in a stud wall. The ideal weather should be between temperatures of 50 degrees to 50 to 60ºF (10–16ºC). Postpone the working the temperature rises above  90ºF (32ºC)  or drop below 40ºF (4ºC).

Place the sheathing materials. The most common surfaces for stucco are oriented strand board, cement board, exterior grade gypsum sheathing, and plywood. 

Cover the plywood with any of the following – building paper, draining house wrap, or rain screen. You can also use a 15 lb per 100 square foot roofing felt or some kinds of house wrap except a plastic one because it is not designed for stucco. Lay the cover by at least 4 inches (10 cm) and secure them using roofing nails. Take note that most building codes need at least two layers of Grade D building paper or any water-resistant barrier. 

Place the casing bead and weep screeds. At the corners of doors and windows, apply the casing bead as a plaster base. Meanwhile, place the weep screed at the base wall. 

Fasten the metal lath. This is better done by an experienced contractor. However, you can also do it on your own. Nail the lath to the studs at not less than 7-inch intervals. Overlap the lath by at least t ½ inch (1.25 cm) on the side and inch (2.5 cm) at the end. 

Install control joints wherever two different walls meet. Separate the wall into rectangular panels using control joints, with a space between them less than 18 ft (5.5 m) apart, to minimize cracking. 

Combine and mix the scratch coat. Mix from 1 part cement material and 2 ¼ to 4 parts plaster sand. You need to add a hydrated lime if you are using type 1 Portland cement. Mix with sufficient water that you can trowel the stucco. Having excess water makes it prone to sagging or falling off. 

Trowel the scratch coat into the lath. Put the scratch coat using a square trowel while steadily pressing it into the lath. The thickness of this layer should be ⅜ inches. 

Score the scratch coat lightly. Scratch coat refers to the first coat that ensures a strong bond with the next coat. 

Allow the scratch coat to cure for at least 48 hours while keeping it moist. During this stage, it is necessary to protect the stucco from being dry. That’s why sprinkling water or misting the stucco twice a day is recommended unless relative humidity is above 70%. You may also protect the wall with a sunshade if needed. 

Mix the brown coat using 1 part cement and 3 to 5 parts brown coat. Apply another ⅜  inch layer of stucco and screed. 

Let it cure for at least 7 days while keeping the moisture up. Note that the first 48 hours are the most important in maintaining the right moisture level. But it doesn’t mean that you won’t continue misting afterward. 

Apply the finishing coat. This is the final coat that has a ⅛ inch layer. This defines the texture of your stucco wall. 

How to Repair Stucco Hole

Repairing Stucco Holes

Stucco is an aesthetic finish and is also known for its resiliency and flexibility. Although it can survive at any given climate and weather conditions, it is more suited as a siding choice for hot and dry climates. This is because stucco finishes do not do well enough with climates that give excessive moisture and precipitation. However, stucco is not just for exterior walls; interior stucco finishes are a great option and solution for more durable and aesthetic walls, and can also be used to cover up deteriorating plaster walls. With that being said, we can say that stucco finishes are surely low-maintenance. But just like any other household materials, it can also wear down through time, so household owners should not be surprised if they any damage from time to time.

These damages, specifically holes, must and should be repaired as soon as possible as they pose potential problems in the future. It can grow bigger and let water get behind the wall, causing damage to your walls. Sure, stucco damages are such a hassle to deal with, but there are ways to repair it.

What Causes Stucco to have Holes?

Stucco holes are notorious for causing bigger problems and damages. It is very common due to cracks caused by the natural soil movement and expansion that happens in the ground due to temperature. It can also happen for some other reasons, such as:

  1. Stucco getting old
  2. The foundation and settling of the house was too weak
  3. Uneven stucco layers
  4. Did not install weep screed, which allows the moisture to escape the wall above the foundation
  5. The stucco layer that is applied was too thin 

Tips on How to Repair your Stucco Holes

Repairing your stucco holes is relatively easy. By doing it, you should first consider some aspects. Stucco finish hole repairs will always depend on its depth, the length, and the cause of the hole. If the hole is just too small to be noticed or just less than ¼ inches, then it will be relatively easy for you to repair. This kind of hole repair is best done if you are going to paint the wall after the repair. Nevertheless, you must quickly remove all of the caulk that surrounds the hole. If you want to get the best results, painting the repaired area is always recommended.

Here are some tips for caulking your holed stucco:

  • Always remember to apply the caulk in the morning. The sun causes concrete to expand, making the holes relatively smaller than at night.
  • Apply caulk generously. Do not be afraid of putting caulk around and inside the hole as you can easily clean it afterward.
  • Once the caulk is applied, you can always use your fingers to spread the caulk evenly. Make sure that the caulk reaches all of the hole’s edges.
  • Once you applied all the caulk the hole needed, let it dry. If it shrank during the curing process, apply more. 
  • Once it is dry, it is now ready for painting.

How to Cut Stucco

Stucco provides a solid and good looking covering to the exterior of your home. But, there may come a time that you need to make some changes in your house that may require you to cut your stucco wall. 

There are a few different processes to cut through the stucco. Being familiar with different tools, blades, and equipment will help to properly cut through all kinds of stucco plaster. 

The right tools

There are a few different tools you can use to cut through the stucco wall. One of the main tools is a diamond blade or a carbide-tipped blade. These tools make a clean cut through the stucco. Firstly, you must choose the saw that is perfect for your needs. 

What You’ll Need

There are a few different tools you can use to cut stucco. You can use a diamond blade or a carbide-tipped blade in order to make a clean cut through the stucco. Firstly, choose the saw that’s best for your needs:Circular saw – good for cutting a large area

Angle grinder – great for virtually all purposes

Oscillating tool- good for smaller cuts and detailed work

Power drill with a hole saw attachment -great for cutting circular holes

After identifying the best saw for your project, you’ll need these tools on hand as well:

  • Painter’s tape 
  • Work gloves
  • Shop-vac 
  • Respirator 
  • Safety goggles 
  • A helper 

Step 1: Set up the work area 

Before you begin cutting, prepare the area where you will be working to maximize efficiency and avoid accidents. 

You can place painter’s tape around the perimeter of the hole you’re going to be cutting. Since stucco is prone to chips and cracks, taping off the perimeter will help lessen the possibility that you damage the good stucco in the vicinity area as you work.

Step 2: Prepare the shop vacuum 

Cutting through Stucco results in so much dust in the area that could sometimes blur you while working. Having a helper and a shop vacuum can help to manage the dust, making it easier to see your work. It is also important for you and your helper to wear respirators to protect you both from breathing any airborne dust particles. 

You should also make sure that your shop vacuum is totally clean. Otherwise, your vacuum will be ineffective in pulling the dust from your workplace as it will just spit it all out on the other side of the vacuum. 

Step 3: Cutting the Stucco 

When you are ready for the actual cutting, it is also important to know what you need to do depending on the kind of say you’re using. 

Circular Saw

Circular saw is perfect when cutting larger sections. It doesn’t work well with small cuts that required detailed work.

Make sure you are wearing the proper protective gear like safety goggles and gloves for safety before cutting the walls. 

Push the blade guard back of your circular saw and turn it on. Before starting to cut, wait until it reaches full RPM. Finally, make your first cut with the circular saw. Work slowly and carefully to lessen the change of chipping or cracking the stucco. Continue until you’ve reached the edge of where you are cutting and repeat the process if necessary. 

Angle Grinder

An angle grinder is powerful enough to cut large surfaces and is also useful in smaller cuts as well.

Allow your angle grinder to reach its full RPM as you switch it on. Plunge the blade into the surface of what you’re cutting. 

Oscillating Tool

An oscillating tool is a good choice for smaller cuts and detailed work. Just keep in mind that the blades tend to clog as you work.

Switch the oscillating tool, turn the tool on and allow it to reach full RPM. Then,  slowly plunge the blade into the stucco. 

Using a Hole Saw

A power drill with a hole saw bit is best for a circular hole. Load the bit into your drill and tighten it in place. Switch the trigger and allow it to reach full RPM before beginning your cut.

Air Conditioner Turns On and Off Right Away.

Having your air conditioner turn on and off is both worrisome and annoying. If it does so, it probably means that your AC system is short-cycling. This could be happening due to a dirty, inefficient, broken parts, and other mechanical or electronic reasons. Short-cycling refers to the instance on which your AC system turns of voluntarily and then turns on again after a short time. 

This can negatively affect both the owner and the air conditioner unit itself. It takes a lot of power to turn your AC on, and imagine how much power would it cost if it turns on repeatedly in a short time. Also, all the mechanisms that work to turn your air conditioner on would be paying more wear and tear than it should have if your AC turned on just once for a long cycle. 

Here are the most probable reasons why your AC turns on and off right away:

Dirty Air Filter

Having a dirty air filter is one of the main causes of having a list of AC malfunctions. What makes it the cause of almost every AC malfunction is that when it gets dirty, the airflow gets restricted which will then result in more complicated problems. With that said, it can cause your air conditioner to turn on and off repeatedly. 

The best way to resolve this is by cleaning your air filter regularly to avoid getting it dirty or replacing your air filter regularly, especially when it’s already dirty. By doing one of these, you can avoid paying more expenses due to the results of having a dirty air filter. 

Refrigerant Leak

Having a refrigerant leak might mean that your AC is too low in the refrigerant. The refrigerant is the one to cycle throughout the system to absorb heat and cool down the air inside your home. 

If this happens, the compressor will shut down due to low pressure. By shutting down its pressure will rise to cause it to turn on again. This makes the short-cycling occur that will cause huge wear and tear in your system, making more problems to your air conditioner unit. 

The best way to resolve this is to call the HVAC professionals since refrigerant leaks can be dangerous. 

Frozen Evaporator Coils

If your AC’s airflow has issues or has refrigerant leaks, there’s a high chance that your evaporator coils are freezing. If this happens, your outside AC unit or the entire AC system will shut down until the ice melts and turn on again. 

The best way to resolve this is to check if you have the first two probable reasons mentioned above and resolve them to avoid having frozen evaporator coils. 

Thermostat Placement

The thermostat is the one to measure the temperature of the air around it and determine whether to turn your AC on or off. If you placed it near a window, a room that’s hotter than anywhere else, or near an air vent, then It wouldn’t have an accurate measurement of the temperature of your room. This can then cause your AC to turn on and off repeatedly. 

The best way to resolve this is to reposition your thermostat to a more centralized area. 

Electrical Problems

Short-cycling may also occur due to electrical problems. This can be because of an issue with the supply line or broken capacitor. It can also be caused by the thermostat, electrical connections in the system, or on the circuit boards.

The best way to resolve this is to call a professional electrician because resolving it on your own is dangerous even if you know about it. 

These are the most common reasons that may be causing your air condition system to turn on and off right away. Remember, if you solve these all by yourself, you may cause harm to yourself and to your AC which may cause you to pay more expenses than if you just consult it to a professional. In case this happens, make sure to call a professional HVAC technician right away.

Where to Buy Air Conditioner Capacitor

 

Your air-conditioner might break down at the most impractical moment. It might be a quick fix you can do yourself and wouldn’t need to call a professional for help. How would you know? Well, the most common problem with unexpected air-conditioner malfunction is the capacitor.

 The capacitor gives the motor, compressor, blower, and other parts a boost when starting up and continues supplying power to keep them running. It is a tiny, cylindrical object inside. To know if your problem is a bad capacitor, here are some questions for you.

  • Is it emitting humming sounds?
  • Does it take a long time to startup?
  •  Is it not turning on?
  • Does it shut off on its own?
  • Is it not blowing cold air?

If most of your answer is yes, then most likely, your problem is a bad capacitor. You might want to check if your air-conditioner is still under warranty if you don’t want to take care of it yourself. If you think you can do it, you only need some tools available in your house.

 Inspect your air-conditioner. Unplug it or turn the breaker off, then remove the service panel. Look for a misshapen capacitor. When you found it, take note of some things.

  • The type of capacitor may vary. It might be a start capacitor or run capacitor. The former is for giving some components a boost to start running, so it only works when you turn on the system initially, while the latter still operates with the system on. Take note if it is a capacitor for the fan, compressor, or others.
  • The voltage rating that matches your unit is critical to the system. The capacitor will have the voltage range capacity printed on the side of its canister. You can also find it in your owner’s manual if you have trouble locating it. 
  • Another thing of importance is the capacitance value. It is measured in micro Farads, often expressed as μF or MDF. You must find one that matches your system. A start capacitor will have 70μF to 200μF or higher, while a run capacitor typically has 1.5μF to 100μF.
  • You also have to take note of your capacitor’s shape. Some might be cylindrical, while others are oval. Purchase a new one that matches the old one in your system.

To find the best capacitor for your air conditioner, here are some places you might consider looking for.

Local Contractor Supply Store

You may check out your local contractor supply store to find some capacitors. Most of the time, they will have many kinds of capacitors, and you only need to specifically ask for the one you need. If they don’t or they are out of supply, there are other places to check.

Online Stores

 Try looking online. There are many trustworthy and honest HVAC retail stores on the net. You may also check eBay, Amazon, AliExpress, or others. Many resellers would offer various types of capacitors so be careful to choose the one that suits your system.

It will be easy for you to find the best capacitor if you know what you are looking for. Make sure you buy the right one or if you need more help, ask your HVAC contractor.

What Service Should Be Done On Home Air Conditioners and Furnaces?

A service plan contracted by your trusted HVAC contractor helps relieve you some of your worries and assures you that your HVAC will be well-maintained, especially your air-conditioning unit and furnace. It will assure you that your unit is running at its best and will not break down anytime soon. It will assure you that even at worst days, nights, and weathers, your HVAC system will still give you the utmost comfort that you and your family need. Regular inspections, check-ups, and tune-ups shall always take place. Here are some essential services your units need for it to run at maximum efficiency.

Electrical Components

Some problems that you might encounter may come from your unit’s electrical components. Check the capacitors, fuse, wires, and breakers that may occasionally break down. Also, try to take care of your motor by applying oil inside it from time to time.

Air Filter

One of the parts of your unit that will greatly affect your air quality is the air filters. They get dirty every once in a while, so make sure that you always check them at least once or twice a month. Filters may vary from different models, so it is better to consult your HVAC contractor whether it only needs to be cleaned or replaced.

Evaporator Coil

The air filter helps and protects your evaporator coil from accumulating too much dirt, but it can eventually still get dirty. It is very important to always check and clean your evaporator coil, as dirt build-up might hinder its ability to absorb heat effectively. Sometimes, ice can also build up here if there is a leak. For that matter, it is best to call your HVAC contractor as you may need chemicals for the task.

Condenser Coil

This is the most exposed part of the unit, as this is the outside part of your air conditioner. Always check it from time to time and make sure that it is free of debris, grass, dirt, and other stuff that can block this part. Make sure that the air can easily run through it.

Refrigerant Level

If you have an annual HVAC check-up contract with your contractor, they should regularly check the amount of refrigerant your unit has. As time goes by with frequent usage, your unit’s refrigerant level will eventually decrease. With this, your unit may fail to make the air cooler. Your HVAC contractor should recharge this so that it will be able to cool the air again.

Chimneys and Vents

To assure you that your HVAC system, the air conditioner, and furnace, is working properly, you should always check the chimneys and the vents. Many homeowners overlook the importance of this, but it is an essential step in making your HVAC running smoothly.

Ductwork

With proper ductwork installation on your unit, the air will flow smoothly and properly. Make sure that the junctions and insulations are placed appropriately. With the help of a good HVAC contractor, leaks, check-ups, and diagnostics of ductworks will be easily addressed.

If you want to be assured that your HVAC system will run smoothly all the time, it is best to book for a service and maintenance contract with your trusted contractor.

How to Manually Turn On An AC Unit

Technology made some impressive advancements for the comfort of the people. Homeowners these days often use remote controllers to turn on and use their appliances; this includes their air-conditioners and setting them to the right temperature. In this way, they can finish the task faster and easier; this also makes people more efficient.

However, when temperatures are rising, the last thing you want is to lose the remote of your air-conditioner! Your most beloved unit will only annoy you or give you a headache. You probably misplaced and cannot find it, but it is also possible that it stopped working altogether. Take a deep breath, calm down, and do not panic; you can still operate it manually, and that is the back-up plan. 

Try checking your owner’s manual because there is useful information in there, like its brand, unit, design, etc. You may even find the answer to your problem there. However, many people don’t really like keeping those, so here are some tips to help you how.

1. Check the Thermostat

 Most of the time, a power button is here to allow you to turn your unit on or off. You can also make adjustments to temperature, timers, etc. in here. Just be careful of the buttons and make sure you know what you are doing.

2. Check the Sides of the Unit

 Other air-conditioners have their switch on the bottom right side of the product, so search this part of the unit if you have trouble looking for the power button.

3. Open the Front Grille

 Most split-type air-conditioners have their switch hidden by the front grille, so you would have to lift it to have access to the button. 

4. Reset your Air-conditioner

 If your unit has a timer and you can’t turn it on again after it shuts down, you can try resetting it. All you have to do is to turn off your appliance first, then go to your circuit breaker. Shut it off, then wait for 30 seconds before turning it back on. 

5. Try Using Mobile Apps

The latest air-conditioners can connect to Wi-Fi, which means you can control it by connecting it to your smartphone. Just visit Google Play and search for some apps related to air-conditioners, examples are AnyMote – Smart Remote Control, IR Universal Remote, AirTouch, Tado Smart AC Controller, and many others. 

 The tips stated above should be enough to help you with your problem. You may also try replacing your remote when you can. However, if these did not work, then this might be a sign that your missing remote controller is not the only problem with your unit. 

 Many other factors may be contributing as to why you cannot turn on your unit. If you suspect that something is wrong, don’t hesitate to call a professional to help you. 

 Still, the most important thing is to maintain your air-conditioner and take care of the things that come with it. Just don’t lose your remote controller again!