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Whats wrong with my AC? Its blowing but its not cold….

Often when you see your AC system is still running but it is not cooling there is more often than not one problem, a Freon leak.  The Freon can leak from anywhere, but more commonly it’s the coil.  Sometimes there are no leaks and the system just ran low of Freon, this is the best case scenario because new coils can be quite costly.

Sometimes the newer systems will shut themselves off if Freon runs low and just your interior fan will be circulating the air, not cooling it.  In this instance the outside unit of the newer systems will not be running.

If you have to replace a coil, then you will run into the question of replacing the whole system or just parts.  There are new government regulations that dictate what kind of systems can be installed.   They are doing away with the current Freon and moving to a new kind (See Post about Types of Freon), so you can not get a whole new system that runs on the old Freon, only the outside or inside units, not both.

What is a GAF Certified Roofer? And why do you need one?

Master Elite GAF certified roofers are usually very good. It is not the toughest license to get, but it will reduce your chance of hassling with a bad company.

To become a master elite GAF roofing contractor, you must exhibit that you are;

  1. Fully Licensed in that State to perform work.
  2. Be Adequately Insured for the project at hand.
  3. Have some kind of reputation for providing good roofing services in your community.
  4. Be committed to ongoing Professional Training to ensure ongoing quality of work.

“Because of GAF’s stringent standards, only the top 3% of all roofing contractors have qualified as Master Elite™ contractors!” (–gaf.com)

Only 3% of roofers are Master Elite GAF Certified

New Roof Tax Credit

The new roof tax credit, part of the federal stimulus bill made law in 2009, allows some homeowners to take a credit for 30 percent of the cost for energy-efficient roofing materials, up to $1,500. Are you eligible, and if so, would the roofing improvements help you cut energy costs?

Who is Eligible for the New Roof Tax Credit

Only metal roofs with pigmented coatings and asphalt (shingle or modified bitumen) roofs with cooling granules are eligible for the new roof tax credit. Roofing materials must meet Energy Star requirements and be designed to reflect heat.

To be eligible for the new roof tax credit you must also meet the following requirements:

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Heating and Air Conditioning Tax Credit

Having problems with an outdated heating and cooling system? Considering an upgrade to a more energy-efficient one? Act now and you could be eligible for a federal heating and air conditioning tax credit up to $1,500.

How You Can Save by Upgrading to an Energy Efficient Heating & Air Conditioning System

Depending on the age and efficiency of your current heating and cooling system, upgrading to a more energy-efficient one could bring tremendous savings on electric bills. So much so that the cost of replacement could quickly be recovered even without the tax credit.

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