How the Summer Heat Is Affecting Your Home Appliances

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Warm summer days are the best for swimming and soaking up the sun, but the heat can also be getting the best of your home appliances. Extreme heat, summer storms, and power outages can damage your appliances and make them work much harder than they are used to. If you don’t keep an eye on your major appliances, they may unexpectedly break down or start functioning less efficiently.

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Product Pick of the Week: Air Conditioner Compressors

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Summer is in full swing, which means that you’ve probably been using your air conditioner for the past few weeks.  But have you ever wondered how your air conditioner works?  Well, you’re in luck because in this week’s Product Pick we’re going to talk about just that.  Our pick this week goes to Air Conditioner Compressors, the in-between step in the cooling process. Continue reading

Your next refrigerator may be cooled by magnets!

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Have you ever wondered how much energy or gases your refrigerator consumes? The days of using refrigerant to cool down your food may be very well behind us thanks to some new technology. This cooling technology is based on magnetocaloric effect; that transfers heat from the interior of the fridge to the outside of the unit. The effect can be traced back to first being observed back way in the early 1900’s. With today’s technology and manufacturing breakthrough, refrigeration by magnets is almost possible thanks to General Electric. Continue reading

Springtime Tips | Getting Your Air Conditioner Ready

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Spring is officially here and with that comes longer days and rising temperatures.  It may seem early, but now is the perfect time to start readying your Air Conditioning Unit for those fast approaching summer days.

Although your air conditioner may be the last thing on your mind, it’s better to check it out earlier rather than waiting until it’s too late and you’re stuck waiting a week in the heat for a repair appointment.  Not only will you thank yourself, but your wallet just might too.

A poorly maintained system can increase your bills because it has to work harder than it normally would and can give small problems time to develop into bigger (and more expensive) ones.  Regular maintenance can help you save money and potentially extend the life of the unit.

So work your way through this short checklist to ensure your AC unit will be ready when you need it.  You’ll be glad you did!

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Are You Ready for Winter? | Fall/Winter Furnace Prep Tips

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Have you prepared your furnace for winter yet?  We know it’s only October, but with the evening chill setting in, now is the time to make sure your furnace will be ready when the cold and snow hit.

Plan to set aside a couple of hours over the next few weeks, and work your way through the following tips.  Not only will it give you peace of mind to check things out now, it also means that if something is wrong you’ve still got some time to fix or replace the furnace.

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Store Shout-Out | 1st Source Servall Appliance Parts of Gretna, LA (New Orleans)

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Did you know that we have over 40 retail locations across the country?  We’re guessing some of you may not, so we’re starting a special Store Shout-Out Series to help you find the location nearest to you.  Each week, we will try to highlight one of our many locations and the valued members of the 1st Source Servall team.

Our first Shout-Out goes out to our Gretna, Louisiana location.

 400 Lapalco Blvd Gretna, LA 70056   Phone: (504)407-0531

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Legionnaires Disease | Keeping You and Your Air Conditioner Safe

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Today’s blog post is a little different from some of our previous posts in that it is not entirely appliance related.  Legionnaires Disease, caused by a bacteria that survives in water and water systems, has been in the news lately in relation to air conditioner units, most recently Evaporative Condensers and Cooling Towers in HVAC systems in large buildings such as office complexes.

In light of recent events, today we’re going to share some information with you on what you can do to keep you and your unit safe with a few recommendations from OSHA and highlight some basic maintenance tips.

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