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Frequently Asked Questions

At Joseph The Handyman, it’s my duty to educate my customers for them to know the basic do’s and don’ts when it comes to their HVAC system at home. Here are some of the HVAC FAQs that I’ve been asked for. Feel free to browse through.

Don’t hesitate to contact me and I’ll be happy to support you with your needs.

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General Questions

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

My pricing is flat rate per job. I also have a min and add travel charges with my quotes if the service area is out of my normal travel radius. I try to be competitive as much as I can by researching my competitors and big box stores.

How did you get started doing this type of work?

I started by doing projects around my own house and saw how I can use my experiences to help others. Soon I begin helping family, then family friends, and before you know it I begin getting calls from friends or friends.

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

I start by getting as much information as I can about what the specific needs and wants out of the project are before I begin talking about price. I also try to communicate clearly about the work that I can perform and set expectations together. I also try to disclose anything that may be needed upfront before any work is done. I never do any work without approval and the pricing is also disclosed upfront.

Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?

I was able to tackle multiple projects that were put off by the customer due to medical restrictions. I was able to complete the small projects in a very efficient time frame which ended up saving the customer money and time.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have been through formalized training through an accredited trade school.

What types of customers have you worked with?

I have worked with a variety of customers, from all walks of life. Also I have worked with commercial property management groups.

What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?

The more details the better. If pictures are available please post or share them.

What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?

Time frame for completion, materials needed, and expectations.

What forms of payment are accepted?

Joseph The Handyman accepts credit cards.

How is Joseph The Handyman rated?

Joseph The Handyman is rated 5 stars.

What days are Joseph The Handyman open?

Joseph The Handyman is open Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat.
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When should I schedule service for my heating?

Generally, you should have your system checked and maintained before and after using it for a prolonged period of time. So, you should have your furnace or heat pump serviced at the end of summer or the beginning of fall.

How to determine if my furnace needs replacement?

There are several factors to look at before deciding whether or not it's time to replace your furnace. The major factor is age. If your furnace is about 10-15 years old already, it's already a candidate for replacement mainly because it will improve your energy efficiency. The other factors include how efficient your furnace is heating, how often does it require repairs, and how much do you pay for this system to heat your home.

Are heat pumps more efficient?

Yes! Heat pumps are one of the most efficient HVAC systems you can find today because they don't burn fuel to generate heat. Moreover, heat pumps function not only as heating but also as a cooling system. This means you will only have one system which is subject to service, maintenance and replacement. 

Is it really required to do yearly furnace cleaning?

Yes! Manufacturers require a yearly furnace cleaning to maintain the warranty. Also, cleaning your furnace will definitely improve its performance and efficiency which will benefit you greatly.
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Ventilation

Why is attic ventilation important?

In the attic, ventilation can reduce heat buildup, especially during summer. With the uncontrolled temperature in the attic, your HVAC system is going to have to work harder to reach the temperature you set in the thermostat making your HVAC system less efficient. Ultimately, a cooler attic will result in a cooler living space below.

How important is indoor air quality?

If you care about your family's health, you should take special attention to your indoor air quality. Depending on the overall state of your HVAC system, your indoor air may be contaminated with allergens, pollutants, mildew, and dust which endangers your family's health. At Joseph The Handyman, I dedicate my service to make every family breathe comfortably and safely. 
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Air Conditioning

When should I schedule an air conditioning service?

You should have your air conditioning system serviced at the end of winter or the beginning of spring.

What is dual-zone air conditioning?

It is an air conditioning system that is composed of a network of duct dampers and thermostats which allow the homeowner to regulate the amount of cooling a specific zone receives. This zoning technology makes only cooling the occupied space or setting different temperatures on each zone possible.

What do I do with my frozen AC?

If your AC is frozen, whether outside or inside, it is subject to serious damage or replacement if it's not addressed immediately. To answer your question, the best thing to do is to contact an HVAC technician. Contact Joseph The Handyman.
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Plumbing

How would I know if I have water leakage?

There's one easy way to check if you suspect you have a leak in your home. First, make sure no one is using any water for the duration of your test. Then, record the reading on your water meter. After a considerable amount of time, read again the water meter. If it changed, you probably have a leakage in your plumbing. The best way to do it is in the evening when everyone is sleeping. Then, check the reading again in the morning and see if it changed. The time period should be enough to detect even a small amount of leakage.

Can leaks become bigger?

Yes. The water that's leaking will cause corrosion that even a tiny hole will eventually grow and could even cause water damage to your home structure.

What are the causes of pipe corrosion?

There are a lot of causes why your pipe gets corrosion over time. Majority of which though tells about the quality of the water, including:

amount of oxygen in the water
temperature of the water
the pH of the water
the pressure of the water inside the pipe

Do I need to worry about undetected leaks?

Absolutely. Not only that hidden leaks will eventually become bigger, but they will also cause water damage to your home structure. No matter how big or small the leak is, finding and fixing it is important to:

reduce water loss
avoid emergency repairs
minimize damage caused by leaks
eliminate the need for pressurization and water treatment
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Electrical

What does it mean when a circuit breaker trips?

If your circuit breaker trips frequently, it's a sign that the circuit is overloaded somewhere in your property. Moreover, an appliance, wire, or socket could be overheating which could cause a fire.

How does a surge protector work?

A surge protector is an appliance that protects your appliances from electrical damage due to voltage spikes. This device will block unwanted voltages above a safe limit.

Why does my lightbulb gets busted faster?

A lightbulb that burns out faster than expected is a sign of a poor electrical connection which causes heat to build up in the bulb. Locating the poor connection and fixing it should do the trick.

Is a loose-plug outlet dangerous?

An outlet with a loose plug can result to an high electrical resistance. Further, electrical resistance can cause overheating which can then result to fire. Replacement of the outlet is the best thing to do.
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Dryer Vent and Gutter Cleaning

What is the main cause of dryer fires?

Air flow restriction.

Air flow can be restricted by a lint build up which makes the drying time longer. As a result, dryer temperature exceeds its safe threshold and may cause fire.

How long should it take to dry a load of clothes?

Typically, dryers should be able to dry your clothes in 45 minutes or so. If after such time your clothes are still damp, it might be because you overstuff the drum. However, if the load is sufficient, it means that your duct work is clogged and needs to be cleaned.

Can I clean the dryer vent myself?

Though there's nothing I can do if you really wanna do it, I highly recommend you hire a professional dryer vent cleaning service. Moreover, it is advisable you have it cleaned once a year. However, if you noticed warning signs such as longer drying times, unusually hot clothes, or excessive lint build up, get a professional service right away to keep your family safe.

How to determine if my gutter needs cleaning?

There are many signs where you can tell that your gutter needs cleaning. One, you may observe that parts of your gutter start overflowing when it rains. Two, you can see debris building up over the gutter. Three, you observe that less or no water is draining out of your downspout. In these cases, your gutter might be badly clogged and requires immediate cleaning service. Ideally, you should have your gutter cleaned on a regular basis so you won't have to guess when it's needed. Besides, cleaning your gutter is important even if you don't have trees around. Other factors like, nesting pests, organic debris like dust and pollen, and shingle grit may collect over time and clog your gutter.

What would happen if I ignore my clogged gutters?

Ignoring clogged gutters will cause more serious problems. For instance, overflowing water will fall on the places you don't want them which cause water damage on your property. Specifically, flooding, landscape erosion, mold growth, and foundation issues.
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Fence Repair

How is vinyl fence compared to a wood fence?

Generally, a vinyl fence costs more than a wood fence. However, vinyl fences do not require regular maintenance compared to wood fences. In conclusion, the cost evens out over time. 

What is the maximum height for a fence?

Most fencing laws limit the artificial fence height to 4 feet in the front yard and 6 feet in the backyard for residential areas.  Some local height limits apply to natural fences. For instance, bushes or trees that are placed to border a certain property meet the criteria of being called a fence. That said, the height limit is 5-8 feet.

What should be the distance between posts?

Fence posts should be distanced no more than 10 feet apart. This setting gives your fence the support it needs to be safe and strong against all weather conditions.

What is the cost for fence repair?

Several factors go into the cost for fence repair. For instance, size or total area of the fence, materials to be used, and special features like gates, etc. Contact me for a quote.

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