Is your furnace safe to operate? By Dan Jape

Thursday, January 22nd 2009
Is your furnace safe to operate? A few tips from Dan Jape. I visit customers in their homes everyday of the week, and I constantly see furnaces that have been neglected to the point of being unsafe and unfit to...Read more

Please TURN IT OFF before you DESTROY it!

Thursday, January 22nd 2009
This time of year we are besieged with desperate phone calls from homeowners who have noticed their cooling systems not working properly or frozen up with ice. If this happens to you, turn the unit off immediately. Turn...Read more

Hail Damage To Your A/C Is Costly

Thursday, January 22nd 2009
by DAN JAPE of Reliable Heating & Air originally published May 2008 In the past few months, there have been many severe hail storms in and around the Metro Atlanta area and many homeowners have had damage to their...Read more

Do I Have a Leak? (Yes) and Why Can’t You Fix It? (Read...

Thursday, January 22nd 2009
These are two of the most common questions I am asked by homeowners all spring and summer and they are the area of the most confusion and misinformation in the air conditioning business. Every year we get new customers...Read more

Your condensate pump is your friend!

Monday, March 23rd 2009
  There are a few simple and easy steps any homeowner can perform on their heating and cooling system that can help keep their equipment operating at peak performance. Last month I went over the importance of...Read more

Home Automation Made Affordable and Easy

Wednesday, November 10th 2010
by Dan Jape of Reliable Heating & Air There is an exciting new Trane product we have available that will allow you to put control of your home in the palm of your hand and provide total comfort and total security...Read more

The Last Water Heater You’ll Ever Buy

Monday, April 2nd 2012
By Dan Jape of Reliable Heating & Air, Plumbing and Electrical When you are in need for a new water heater, there are a number of different models on the market today. One can choose the regular tank water heaters...Read more

Polybutylene Lines Will Fail

Monday, May 14th 2012
Polybutylene Replacement By Dan Jape During the late 70’s to the mid 90’s, polybutylene was the preferred piping material for builders of new homes and businesses. It was easy to install, cheap and could be installed...Read more

Ice on Your Air Conditioner By Dan Jape

Wednesday, August 1st 2012
One of the biggest issues we encounter in the cooling repair business is the formation of ice on an air conditioning system. When a homeowner sees ice on their unit,  they often turn it off until the ice they see is...Read more

A/C Not Keeping Up?

Wednesday, August 1st 2012
By Dan Jape Atlanta has seen record temperatures this summer and this type of weather reinforces the need to keep one’s air conditioning system in top operating condition. A unit that is slightly undercharged with...Read more

Freon Is Not Free Anymore

Tuesday, April 2nd 2013
In 1986, the EPA mandated that refrigerant R-22, commonly called Freon, be slowly phased out of the air conditioners in the United States due to the harm it inflicts to the ozone layer. The original plan put forth by the...Read more

Be Prepared for Storm Season with a Standby Generator

Monday, May 6th 2013
Everyone knows that severe weather increases the chance of a power outage. Strong winds can knock trees and branches over power lines, lightning strikes can damage transformers and equipment, even the build-up of ice can...Read more

Is Your Home Too Humid

Thursday, September 5th 2013
One of the biggest concerns of Georgia homeowners is the amount of humidity levels inside their home. There is one very simple mistake many homeowners make in the operation on their HVAC systems and by simply correcting...Read more

Why Is My House Dusty?

Monday, September 9th 2013
Every homeowner I speak to ask us why they have so much dust build up in their home. Many times you will see a thin black line all around the baseboards just where the wall meets the floor. And everyone feels they are...Read more

A Checklist of Tasks Your Contractor Should Perform During HVAC...

Friday, September 20th 2013
Regular annual HVAC maintenance can extend the life of heating and cooling equipment, effectively driving a higher return on investment. That means you not only get more value from the money you invest in the equipment,...Read more

What’s the Big Deal About Weatherization?

Tuesday, October 1st 2013
Weatherization. It’s an extremely important issue often times overlooked and many times a builder does not properly seal the building envelope . If the structure of a home isn’t airtight, it will build up...Read more

Sump Pump Noise: Don’t Ignore It

Thursday, October 10th 2013
If there’s one rule homeowners should live by it’s this one: Don’t ignore sump pump noise. Allowing any type of noise to go unchecked can be bad for the pump — it will likely break down sooner — and the...Read more

Could Efficient Lighting Lower Energy Bills? You Bet!

Monday, October 28th 2013
There’s $50 on the table for Woodstock and Roswell homeowners willing to make one simple change: Use efficient lighting. The Department of Energy estimates that homeowners can save $50 a year just by replacing 15...Read more

Why a Damp Crawlspace Is a Big No-No

Monday, October 28th 2013
Here in the southeast, Atlanta and Buckhead residents have to follow certain rules to keep a damp crawlspace from overtaking their homes. A moist crawlspace can deteriorate the home’s structure, cause the home...Read more

Smartphone Home Automation: It’s Here, Efficient and Affordable

Friday, November 15th 2013
Though you can find nearly any piece of information and perform countless tasks on a smartphone, many people are surprised about the potential of phone-based home automation. You can control appliances, monitor...Read more

Saying Yes to Septic Maintenance Prevents Costly Problems

Wednesday, November 27th 2013
You may not think about it much, but your household depends on your home’s out-of-sight septic system on a daily basis. Treat it right and it will treat you right. Treat it wrong and, well, you get the picture....Read more

Holiday Safety Tips for a Problem-Free Season

Monday, December 23rd 2013
Given the flurry of activity that surrounds the holiday season, it’s a good idea for families to review their holiday safety tips. Safety might not be the first thing on your mind, especially if you’re caught...Read more

Does an HVAC Tuneup Make a Real Difference in Performance?

Monday, January 27th 2014
With even colder weather on the way, the time has come to check up on your HVAC performance. Performing maintenance on your heating and cooling system in the early winter can help you avoid problems and sudden...Read more

Must-See Home Automation Trends

Monday, January 27th 2014
The portrayal of home automation that has appeared movies for years is now a reality. Home automation trends show nearly limitless opportunities for homeowners looking to sync their home’s security system,...Read more

A Gas Generator Can Power Your Home When You Need It Most

Wednesday, March 12th 2014
The weather in the Sandy Springs area is becoming more and more erratic and unexpected. Ice storms, heavy snow and even spring storms can knock out the power to your home, leaving you and your family helpless until...Read more

Choosing EPA Duct Cleaning Ensures a Safe, Reliable Service

Wednesday, March 12th 2014
Have you tried nearly every measure imaginable to improve the indoor air quality of your Dunwoody home? Your next step should be EPA duct cleaning. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) advises homeowners on the...Read more

Space Heater Fires: The Biggest Reason Not to Use Them

Wednesday, March 12th 2014
Need more than one reason not to use a space heater? Space heater fires are the cause of 79 percent of fires in the home that cause death, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). That statistic...Read more

Schedule an Air Conditioner Tuneup Today and Save!

Tuesday, April 22nd 2014
Have you heard HVAC contractor ads for an air conditioner tuneup and wondered what all the fuss was about? Tuneups help  homeowners get their air conditioners ready for the summer heat, and they should give you peace of...Read more

Important Care and Maintenance for Your Condensate Pump

Thursday, June 12th 2014
A condensate pump is an important part of your HVAC system. During the cooling process, an HVAC system produces condensation. Most systems depend on both gravity and a 3/4-inch drain line to direct the water to the...Read more

Are Vapor Barriers the Way to Control Mold in Your Home?

Thursday, June 12th 2014
Every homeowner faces challenges in controlling moisture. Humid conditions from Alpharetta to Buckhead can contribute to the growth of mold and mildew when water vapor seeps into a home over the years. These conditions...Read more

What Are the Benefits of Turtle Vents?

Monday, June 23rd 2014
When trying to maximize home efficiency and prolong the life of their roof, homeowners should review different options in attic ventilation. There are two types of ventilation systems: powered ventilation options and...Read more

Avoid a Dirty A/C at All Costs

Monday, June 23rd 2014
The best medicine for a dirty A/C is a professional tuneup. A professional has the expertise and tools to get deep inside the air conditioner, cleaning all of the tiny cracks and crevices as well as the components that...Read more

The Problem With Dirty Dryer Vents

Monday, June 23rd 2014
Homeowners in Marietta aren’t immune to problems from dirty dryer vents. In fact, across the country, over 2,900 fires are started by dryers each year, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Most homeowners use...Read more

Air Conditioner Service a Must Now That Summer’s Here

Wednesday, July 2nd 2014
If you haven’t already made an appointment, it’s not too late to schedule air conditioner service for the summer. Your air conditioner will be pulling all-nighters to provide your Woodstock home with the...Read more

The ACCA Serves HVAC Contractors and Homeowners

Wednesday, July 2nd 2014
To the average Buckhead homeowner, navigating home heating and cooling issues may seem like a lonely journey. Figuring out how to lower energy costs, creating an environment that’s comfortable and making sure...Read more

Basic Home Electrical Safety

Tuesday, August 5th 2014
Maintaining your home’s electrical system is crucial in providing electrical safety for you and your family. According to the NFPA (National Fire Prevention Association), electrical malfunctions in one- or...Read more

Duct Sealing Makes Your Home More Efficient

Monday, August 18th 2014
Did you know that one simple task can drastically reduce your cooling bills by as much as 30 percent? According to ENERGY STAR, duct sealing prevents cooled air from escaping through cracks and gaps in the system. This...Read more

How to Finish a Basement

Monday, August 18th 2014
Many homeowners love their home but find they need more space. One option is to move to a new home. Another option is to build an addition. A third option is to convert the basement into usable living space....Read more

Avoid Basement Mold at All Costs

Thursday, September 25th 2014
Termite infestations, failing foundations, burst plumbing pipes — could there be anything worse than these messy, costly problems that are often irreparable? Basement mold is right up there with these very possible...Read more

Carbon Monoxide Safety Procedures for Your HVAC System

Wednesday, October 29th 2014
Carbon monoxide safety is a very important facet of home safety that homeowners should always take into account. The odorless and colorless gas is extremely toxic and can cause severe injury or even death due to...Read more

Do You Need UV Lights for HVAC Systems?

Wednesday, October 29th 2014
Germicidal or UV lights for HVAC systems are used to kill the DNA of germs, viruses, mold spores, bacteria and fungi as they pass through the air handler system. A strategically placed UV light is very effective at...Read more

Advantages of a Backup Generator

Thursday, November 6th 2014
Natural disasters — such as hurricanes in the Southeast and the numerous tornadoes in the Midwest — really highlight the importance of having a backup generator. Often referred to as a standby generator, backup...Read more

HVAC Unit Issues You Shouldn’t Try to Fix Yourself

Monday, December 15th 2014
Most HVAC unit issues require expert help. Roswell homeowners are wise to leave problems to the pros. Trying to resolve HVAC unit problems on your own can often lead to even more problems down the road. You’ve...Read more

Space Heater Safety Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

Monday, December 15th 2014
Do you run a space heater in your Sandy Springs home to enhance the warmth? Space heater safety is critical, as the handy units have a deadly side. According to experts, one out of every 20 fires that is started by a...Read more

Save Money on your Plumbing by following these Professional Tips

Monday, December 15th 2014
Stop flushing your hard-earned money down the drain and save money on your plumbing by following these professional tips. Economic times are hard enough without wasting money due to a water guzzling or leaking plumbing...Read more

Electrical Repairs: When it’s Time to Call in the Electrician

Friday, December 19th 2014
Homeowners often attempt to repair broken things around their homes by themselves. One type of repair better left to the professionals is electrical repairs. There has been a DIY revolution. The internet, the TV, the...Read more

Why Does My Garbage Disposal Smell So Bad? And Can It Be Fixed?

Friday, December 19th 2014
Prepare your kitchen for the holidays by eliminating the garbage disposal smell emanating from your kitchen sink. A garbage disposal is a kitchen appliance used to grind or break up kitchen waste such as food scraps...Read more

A Wet Crawl Space: Avoid the Costly Problem

Wednesday, April 29th 2015
A wet crawl space is a serious problem. Moisture in the area leads to mold growth and it wreaks havoc on the home’s building materials, eating away at the structure through dry rot. A wet space also invites insects...Read more

HVAC Terms Georgia Homeowners Need to Know

Friday, May 22nd 2015
It’s not fair, really. When your furnace or air conditioner breaks down, you must enter into a discussion about heating and cooling with an area contractor, but you’re at a disadvantage. You’re not an...Read more

Commercial Property Managers

Wednesday, November 2nd 2016
? Have you ever wondered how to choose one company for your commercial property management division? There's a correct way to choose a company to service all your needs.  One of the biggest challenges in...Read more

Free Freon? Is It REALLY Free? By Dan Jape

Friday, January 19th 2018
Free AC service call. Free diagnostic with heating and air conditioning repair call. Free repair with paid service call. Free furnace with air conditioner!! And now FREE FREON. I...Read more

What’s a filter for? Not what you think…

Friday, February 23rd 2018
  As the warm spring weather arrives, homeowners frequently ask me if there is anything they can do to ready their cooling system for summer. There are a few simple steps that one can take to assure their...Read more