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  • AC Problems to Look Out for in the Heat

    || 18-Jun-2015

    The sweltering Arlington heat will start rising even more in the next few months, which means your air conditioning system will be working extra hard to keep you and your family cool. Even with proper maintenance and up-keep, your AC unit won’t be immune to typical problems and issues. So what’s the solution? Keep an eye on your unit during the summer and take fast action if you notice ...
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  • What is HVAC Zoning?

    || 18-May-2015

    As with many homes, you’ve probably noticed the issue of fluctuating temperatures depending on the room you are in or the floor you are on within your house. This can be very frustrating, especially when you are unable to achieve the ideal comfort and energy savings you would like. There are many factors that can contribute to this issue, including sunlight, room usage, and even structural ...
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  • Is Your AC Ready for the Summer?

    || 30-Apr-2015

    The humidity is beginning to thicken and the cicadas are getting ready to fill the air with their unmistakable sounds. As summer in Texas quickly approaches, you need to ask yourself one very important question: is your air conditioning system ready to handle the heat? Many home and business owners put offer AC maintenance or service until they notice a problem. While they may think this is saving ...
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  • How to Get Rid of the Most Common Indoor Air Pollutants

    || 8-Jan-2015

    How to Get Rid of the Most Common Indoor Air Pollutants Posted by Tom's Mechanical Have you ever wondered just how clean your home’s air is? It seems clean enough, but there’s always that thought in the back of your mind that makes you wonder what you might be breathing. Well, your suspicions aren’t necessarily misplaced, and what you can’t see can hurt you. Indoor air ...
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  • Integrity Matters

    || 17-Dec-2014

    Integrity Matters Posted by Tom's Mechanical I am often asked what sets Tom's Mechanical apart from our competitors in the heating and air conditioning business. It is a fair question and one which is easy to answer. At Tom's Mechanical we believe that integrity should govern everything we do and every decision we make. That is what makes us different. When things are going well, the ...
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  • You'd Never Treat Your Car This Way!

    || 5-Dec-2014

    ⁄ ⁄ You'd Never Treat Your Car This Way! Posted by Tom's Mechanical What do you think would happen to your car if you decided not to change the oil regularly? Sooner or later the engine would quit running, that's what! And those consequences are severe enough to cause almost all of us to pay attention to oil change intervals. But are you as diligent about preventive ...
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  • You Let That Guy in Your Home?

    || 9-Sep-2014

    ⁄ ⁄ You Let That Guy in Your Home? Posted by Tom's Mechanical The world is a harsher place than it used to be. Like it or not we all must be more careful about routine things, like who we let in our home to make repairs. So, how do you know which repairmen are safe? Reputable service companies take great care to investigate backgrounds of all prospective employees. At Tom's ...
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  • Don't Ignore That Little Drip, Drip, Drip!

    || 26-Jun-2014

    ⁄ ⁄ Don’t Ignore That Little Drip, Drip, Drip! Posted by Tom's Mechanical When the outside weather is hot and/or humid your air conditioning system runs a lot of the time. When your system is doing its job properly it creates large quantities of moisture called condensation or condensate. Under normal conditions this moisture exits through your drainage system. Like all ...
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  • Same Day HVAC Service? You Bet!

    || 4-Jun-2014

    ⁄ ⁄ Same Day HVAC Service? You Bet! Posted by Tom's Mechanical Are you one of those people who forgot how to have your cooling system checked out while the weather was mild? Is your system failing to keep up now that the hotter weather has arrived? Don't worry - it isn't too late to call for service and to receive same day service! Tom's Mechanical is in business to ...
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  • How do You Know Who to Trust?

    || 29-May-2014

    ⁄ ⁄ How do You Know Who to Trust? Posted by Tom's Mechanical Truth is, inviting any stranger into your home to make a repair is a pretty daunting thought. Unless you have a friend in the maintenance business, how do you go about choosing a trustworthy contractor? Here are three recommendations to help you make an informed decision. Start with the Better Business Bureau and look ...
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  • 5 of the Best Smart Thermostats

    || 20-May-2014

    ⁄ ⁄ 5 of the Best Smart Thermostats Posted by Tom's Mechanical Using a well-placed, properly installed, and up-to-date thermostat is an important step for any homeowner in search of energy savings. Even upgrading from an antiquated analog thermostat to a newer digital model can improve efficiency and lower your bills. But stepping up to a cutting edge "smart thermostat" ...
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  • Preventive Maintenance: Should I Leave Well Enough Alone?

    || 20-May-2014

    ⁄ ⁄ Preventive Maintenance: Should I Leave Well Enough Alone? Posted by Tom's Mechanical When it comes to preventive maintenance, many homeowners operate according to the old slogan "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". Sounds pretty logical on the surface, but does it really make sense? Your air conditioner is a complex, highly engineered piece of equipment. Like ...
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  • 5 of Arlington’s Best Restaurants

    || 16-May-2014

    The Arlington-Fort Worth metroplex is packed to the gills with restaurants of all shapes and sizes, each one vying for the business of visitors and natives. Like most cities, a handful of local favorites beat out the rest. But, if you're passing through, finding those local favorites isn't always easy, meaning you often are forced to take a gamble when choosing a spot to eat. That's ...
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  • Condensate Leaks – Big Problems Easily Solved

    || 16-May-2014

    ⁄ ⁄ Condensate Leaks – Big Problems Easily Solved Posted by Tom's Mechanical Maybe you have noticed the beginning of a strain on your dining room ceiling. Or, maybe you hear a "drip, drip, drip" above your bedroom ceiling during the night. These are the warning signs of a condensate leak in your attic air conditioning system. This is one of those situations which ...
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  • 2 Easy Ways to Reduce Allergens in Your Home Air Supply

    || 13-May-2014

    ⁄ ⁄ 2 Easy Ways to Reduce Allergens in Your Home Air Supply Posted by Tom's Mechanical The spring season is here. And while you're surely enjoying the temperate weather and flourishing blossoms, your eyes, nose, and throat are likely feeling less than spectacular. Just like you, millions of people suffer from seasonal allergies every year. As most are already aware, air ...
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  • If You Call Us, We Will Come

    || 29-Apr-2014

    ⁄ ⁄ If You Call Us, We Will Come Posted by Tom's Mechanical Officially we are still in the springtime, but it is beginning to feel like summer has already arrived. Temperatures are creeping into the 90's and high humidity levels make it feel even warmer. If your cooling system hasn't had a preseason tune-up, you may already be feeling uncomfortable in your home. You know ...
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  • Do it Yourself A/C Repairs

    || 22-Apr-2014

    ⁄ ⁄ Do it Yourself A/C Repairs Posted by Tom's Mechanical You need to save money and you have a little experience with do-it-yourself projects. Why not save a little money and perform your air conditioning maintenance yourself? Good news - there really are some maintenance items you can take care of yourself. The easiest and most important is regular filter replacement. Fiberglass ...
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  • 5 Easy, Money-Saving Home Efficiency Hacks

    || 21-Apr-2014

    ⁄ ⁄ 5 Easy, Money-Saving Home Efficiency Hacks Posted by Tom's Mechanical Times are tough. Financial recovery is coming slowly, but most of us are still feeling the hurt of the so-called "Great Recession." But in good times or bad, nobody wants to throw away money, especially not on invisible energy costs caused by inefficiency. That's why homeowners have spent so ...
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  • Don't Ignore These Red Flags of Furnace Maintenance

    || 14-Apr-2014

    ⁄ ⁄ Don’t Ignore These Red Flags of Furnace Maintenance Posted by Tom's Mechanical It's been a long winter. And even if you live in a warmer climate, your furnace has probably been working pretty hard. As HVAC systems age and undergo seasonal stress, their behavior can change - new noises present themselves, they run longer or at different intervals, and so on. Not all ...
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  • Are Pathogens Hiding Out in Your Vents?

    || 11-Mar-2014

    As we're sure you know by now, it is very important to change your filters regularly and perform routine HVAC maintenance. There is no doubt that these are two of the biggest steps in minimizing dust and keeping your unit running smoothly. However, there is another important area of HVAC system maintenance and contaminant control that homeowners and technicians often overlook - ventilation ...
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  • How to Know When to Repair and When to Replace Your HVAC System

    || 10-Feb-2014

    As your home ages, different fixtures of your heating and air conditioning system will begin to deteriorate. For the most part, the condition of your HVAC system can be sustained for a quite some time, given that its parts are maintained, repaired, and replaced when needed. However, there comes a point in the life of every system where you must decide whether or not to continue repairing it or ...
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  • The Ultimate Guide to HVAC Air Filters

    || 4-Feb-2014

    Regular filter replacement is an important part of every HVAC maintenance routine. However, the type of filter that you choose for your HVAC system matters too. For what seems like a simple part, air filters can actually be pretty complicated. Filters come in a variety of types, sizes, and qualities, making choosing the right one somewhat of a hassle. And if any member of your family suffers from ...
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  • How to Choose the Most Energy-Efficient Green HVAC System for Your Home

    || 28-Jan-2014

    During the recent nation-wide cold snap, average daily temperatures were in the teens, and home heating units were being stressed to their limits. Of course, it won't be long before we're back into the dog days of summer, another time of year when our HVAC systems are pushed to the max. Along without HVAC units, our energy bills also seem to be maxed out during these times of extreme ...
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  • 5 Energy Efficient Ways to Keep Warm This Winter

    || 21-Jan-2014

    Extreme snowfall and record-breaking low temperatures have been making headlines in 2013 and 2014, but it doesn't take a Polar Vortex to cause a pricy winter! Even average winter temperatures can make your energy costs skyrocket. Rather than accept higher-than-usual gas and electric bills with a frown and a sigh, make an effort to save energy and money. Here are five easy and energy efficient ...
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  • Why Maintenance Matters

    || 14-Nov-2013

    If you are one of those homeowners in the "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" camp, this message is for you. Maintenance of your heating and air conditioning system is a necessity, not an option. Forget the arguments about energy efficiency. If you want to spend too much money on your utility bills there isn't anything I can write to change your mind. And, forget about the ...
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