The Very First Labor Day Celebration

August 29th, 2014

Labor Day as a federal holiday, held on the first Monday of September, has been with us now for 120 years. President Grover Cleveland signed the law that made Labor Day a national holiday in 1894. Ever since then, the three-day weekend has provided people in the U.S. with the opportunity for vacations, time with their families, shopping trips, and a general celebration of the conclusion of summer and the beginning of fall.

However, there were twelve years of Labor Day observations in the U.S. before it became an official holiday. The first Labor Day celebration took place in 1882 in New York City on September 5. According to the accounts from the time, it had a rough start and almost didn’t happen.

The main event planned for that first Labor Day was a parade along Broadway that was to start at City Hall. However, the parade ran into a bit of a snag early on. The marchers started to line up for the procession around 9 a.m., with a police escort to make sure the event went peacefully. However, the problem of the day wasn’t rowdy members of the parade—it was that nobody had remembered to bring a band!

With people ready to march, but no music to march to, it started to look like no parade would happen at all, and the first Labor Day would have ended up a failure. But just in time, Matthew Maguire of the Central Labor Union—one of the two men who first proposed the celebration—ran across the City Hall lawn to the Grand Marshal of the parade, William McCabe, to inform him that 200 men from the Jeweler’s Union of Newark were crossing the ferry to Manhattan… and they had a band!

At 10 a.m., only an hour late, the band from Newark walked down Broadway playing a number from a popular Gilbert and Sullivan opera. They passed McCabe and the other 700 marchers, who then fell in line behind them. Soon, the spectators joined in, and an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 people marched through Lower Manhattan.

According to the New York Times, “The windows and roofs and even the lamp posts and awning frames were occupied by persons anxious to get a good view of the first parade in New York of workingmen of all trades united in one organization.”

The parade concluded two hours later when the marchers reached Reservoir Park. But the party was only getting started. Until 9 p.m., some 25,000 people celebrated with picnics and speeches and beer kegs. It was an enormous success, and all thanks to the speedy arrival of jewelers carrying band instruments.

If those musicians from Newark hadn’t shown up, perhaps we wouldn’t have the holiday opportunity that we now have every year. However you celebrate your Labor Day, our family at Shaw’s Air Conditioning wishes your family a happy end of summer.

Gift of Warmth – 2nd Annual Blanket Drive

August 27th, 2014

Starting to do your Fall cleaning? Have extra gently used or new blankets? We will gladly accept them!

Cold weather serves as a reminder that the kind of warmth and comfort that so many of us enjoy is hard to come by for others. Help us make a difference in the lives of those in need by giving the gift of warmth.

Shaw’s Air Conditioning & Heating is proud to be hosting our 2nd Annual Blanket Drive starting October 1, 2014 and running thru December 31, 2014. During these three (3) months, you can either drop off your new or gently used blanket at our office located at 16838 18th Avenue, Lemoore, CA 93245 or we will happily pick them up at your home. How convenient is that!

Shaw’s is matching all donations and will deliver the blankets to our local Kings County homeless sheltersLast year we delivered 212 blankets. This year our goal is 250. Help us reach our goal!

To find out more information:
On our web site: www.shawsacandheating.com
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Call us: 559-925-9923

Images from our 2013 Blanket Drive

Delivery of the blankets.

Unloading the truck.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeff and Annette Shaw with their daughter displaying a blanket.

Jeff and Annette Shaw with their daughter displaying a blanket.

Shaw’s team delivering the blankets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 Common Compressor Problems

August 22nd, 2014

There are three key parts to your air conditioning system: the compressor, the condenser and the evaporator. All three work together in the refrigeration process to release heat and condition your air. The compressor and condenser reside in the outdoor unit while the evaporator resides indoors, typically in your basement or attic. The compressor’s role in the refrigerant cycle is to pressurize the cool, low-pressure, gaseous refrigerant that enters it from the evaporator. Should problems ensue with the compressor, this process won’t unfold as it should, and can affect the entire heat release/cooling process, resulting in the need for air conditioning repair. Compressors are complex, so repairs should always be conducted by trained professionals, like the ones at Shaw’s Air Conditioning.

Common Compressor Problems

  • Electrical issues – the compressor has wiring, capacitors and valves, and all can develop issues such as fraying, corrosion or disconnections. This can result in uneven electrical flow to the compressor (or even a lack of electricity), which will result in malfunction or breakdown.
  • Low refrigerant – low refrigerant in your system is almost always the result of a leak, and it can have a serious impact on how your compressor operates. The compressor is made to pressurize an exact amount of refrigerant. When this amount decreases due to a leak, it can cause the compressor to overwork, which can lead to overheating and possible breakdown.
  • Motor issues – the compressor motor can have its own issues, such as low oil, overheating or seizing. Low oil can occur from a lack in maintenance, a leak or improper amounts administered, and overheating and seizing can be the result of multiple things, including aging. If the motor on your compressor cannot be fixed, you will need to replace the entire compressor.

One of the best ways to ensure that your compressor works as it should is to schedule bi-annual maintenance. Fall is the perfect time to have your AC tuned-up, which can help you avoid repairs. Call Shaw’s Air Conditioning today and schedule a maintenance appointment with one of our trained specialists. If you happen to need air conditioning repairs in Selma, give us a call immediately.

Noises that Indicate the Need for Air Conditioning Repair

August 8th, 2014

Odd sounds are the best “early warning system” that air conditioners have when it comes to repair needs. Unusual noises emanating from the cabinets of an AC usually mean you should call up professionals and arrange for repair work—before the cooling system faces worse problems and even suffers a breakdown.

Here are some of the more common noises that indicate the need for repairs and what they might mean. Do not, however, attempt to do any diagnosis yourself: repair technicians will track down the specific issues and address them.

For fast and skilled AC repair service in Sanger, contact Shaw’s Air Conditioning. We have 24-hour emergency service available so you will never need to spend long with a malfunctioning air conditioner.

Here Are Some Warning Signs of Air Conditioning Repairs

  • Humming: If you notice an electronic humming sound coming from either the indoor or outdoor cabinet, it might mean that one of the motors is struggling to turn on. The cause of this is often a failed capacitor. A motor that is making the humming sound is at risk of burning out, which can lead to an expensive repair, so call up technicians right away to replace the capacitors.
  • Hissing: A noise that sounds like steam escaping from a pipe is refrigerant leaking out of the system. This is a serious issue, since it will lead to a drop in cooling power and possibly an overheated compressor. The escaping refrigerant is also unhealthy to breathe. Call for repairs to locate and seal the leak, then recharge the lost refrigerant to its proper level.
  • Grinding, screeching: This is usually an over-stressed motor close to burning out. The motor may be overly dirty or has lost lubrication, triggering these unpleasant mechanical sounds. The noise could also come from a dying compressor, and this is one of the most urgent repair problems an AC can encounter.
  • Banging, striking: There are loose mechanical parts somewhere inside the cabinet. A likely source is bent fan blades that are striking the outside fan casing, or (in older ACs) a snapped fan belt hitting other components. You need to call in repairs quickly before the loose pieces start spreading the damage around.
  • Stuttering: If the AC makes stuttering noises each time the compressor tries to turn on to start the cooling cycle, then it is “hard starting,” a situation that can have a number of different causes. An expert can determine the reason the system is hard starting and find a way to put a stop to it before the air conditioner sustains additional wear and tear.

Any unusual noise from an air conditioner needs investigation. Don’t delay in calling for help from professionals.

Shaw’s Air Conditioning is now entering its second decade serving Sanger, CA with AC repair. Look to us for the assistance you need to stay cool.

How Can a New Thermostat Help With Air Conditioning Energy Efficiency?

August 1st, 2014

While today’s air conditioners are very energy efficient, there are ways to maximize energy efficiency. One way is to upgrade your thermostat, particularly if yours is over 10 years old. Your thermostat is the instrument that controls when your air conditioner cycles, so the more accurate it is, the better for your system and energy use. Shaw’s Air Conditioning offers thermostat installment, replacement and repair, and our trained technicians will teach you how to properly use your new thermostat to ensure the best operation for your air conditioning system

Help with Energy Efficiency

There are two main ways a new thermostat can help with your air conditioner’s energy efficiency:

Precision

Dial and slide thermostats are not very precise; in fact, many list degree settings in groups of 5, such as 60-65, etc. A digital manual or programmable thermostat lets you set a precise temperature, helping reduce energy waste that can come when using less precise thermostats that can consistently be 2-3 degrees off.

Programming

A programmable thermostat allows you to schedule your cooling in a 7-day, looping program in which you can accommodate for occupancy and different times of day (such as daytime and nighttime temperatures). A programmable thermostat saves energy because it cycles only when you program it to do so.

Other reasons to consider upgrading to a new thermostat include: better comfort, easier operation, easy to read, convenience and the opportunity to place your thermostat in a better spot should it be poorly placed.

Why Use a Professional?

Your thermostat is an important instrument and, if installed incorrectly, can wreak havoc on your system and compromise your indoor comfort. This is why it’s best to schedule your installation with a trained professional.

Looking for Better Energy Efficiency? Start with Your Thermostat

There are a number of ways to help your air conditioning system achieve maximum energy efficiency, but one of the easiest is upgrading your thermostat. Shaw’s Air Conditioning experts can help you select a thermostat that best fits your air conditioner and your needs, and then install and teach you how to use it. If you think it’s time to upgrade your thermostat, call us and schedule air conditioning installation service in Lemoore with our experts today.

How a New Thermostat Can Make Your Air Conditioner More Energy Efficient

July 25th, 2014

At the height of summer, being able to lower your energy bills may seem like a tough goal to achieve with your air conditioning system, but one way to maximize on energy savings is with a new thermostat. With advanced technology and programmable features, today’s thermostats can be important tools in lowering your monthly energy bills. Shaw’s Air Conditioning specializes in the installation, replacement, repair and calibration of a wide array of thermostats, and we can help you select and install the right thermostat for you.

What Types of Thermostats Are There?

There are a number of thermostats available on the market these days, but the most energy efficient ones are:

  • Digital manual
  • Digital programmable
  • Wi-Fi/learning

How Are These Thermostats More Energy Efficient?

Digital manual thermostats are precise, which is what makes them more energy efficient than sliding or turning mechanical thermostats. They are also easy to use and easy to install.

Digital programmable thermostats take energy efficiency a step further by allowing you to program how your home cools (or heats) at any given time throughout a day. Being able to turn your cooling up during times of low or no occupancy goes a long way toward saving energy. There are usually several options on how you can program your thermostats, but all are for 7 day cycles: 

  • 7-Day – this program allows you to program a unique setting for each day. You can set up to four periods per day, every day of the week. 
  • 5-1-1 Day – this program allows you to set one program for the weekdays and a separate program/programs for Saturday and Sunday. This type of thermostat can be programmed for up to four periods per programmable session. 
  • 5-2 Day – this program option allows up to four programmable sessions with separate settings for the weekdays and weekends. 
  • 1 Week – this option allows you to set one program for the entire week with up to four sessions.

A Wi-Fi thermostat is the “gold” standard of thermostats. Not only are they fully programmable, they are accessible from your smart phone, tablet and/or computer, and give you the ability to monitor, manage and program your cooling from just about anywhere at any time. This kind of control helps you save energy while maintaining comfort in your home.

Don’t Miss Out on Energy Efficiency with an Old Thermostat

A new thermostat can make a big difference in how much energy your air conditioning uses this summer. Call Shaw’s Air Conditioning today and schedule expert air conditioning service in Lemoore and see how a new thermostat might help you lower your energy bills.

How Fan Motor Problems Affect Your Air Conditioner

July 18th, 2014

You’ve certainly noticed the fan in the outside condenser unit of your air conditioner, the largest part of your AC system. It’s certainly an important part of your air conditioner, but the motor that makes it turn may be of greater importance. The fan motor is an electrical component that often needs occasional maintenance in order to work properly. If something interferes with this component, it can mean big trouble for your air conditioner that requires professional air conditioning repair.

There are many indicators that your fan motor may be working incorrectly. If the outdoor fan is moving too slowly, not moving at all, or if you hear strange noises in your outdoor unit, your fan motor may be experiencing some major issues. If you don’t receive any cool air in your home, there may be a problem with the indoor fan that blows cool air through the ducts.

The fan motor must keep the outdoor fan running whenever your AC is running. If the fan slows down at all, you may receive reduced cooling in your home because the heat from inside your home cannot vent to the outdoors. If the fan stops turning entirely, you may receive no airflow whatsoever.

There may be a number of different problems with your fan motor. There may be a wiring issue that requires an expert to repair. Often, the fan motor is simply worn out and needs replacement. You should call a professional if your fan motor gives out, so that the technician can choose a motor that is compatible with the rest of your AC system.

Loud grinding noises may indicate that debris is lodged in your fan motor, or that the motor needs lubrication. If this is the case, a technician can usually repair the problem, but these issues can also be prevented with annual maintenance. During a maintenance visit, a technician will check your entire system for dirt and debris and lubricate moving parts when necessary.

Your fan motor is an important component of your air conditioning system. If you notice problems in your outside condenser unit, don’t wait to call for repairs. Call Shaw’s Air Conditioning today for quick air conditioning repairs in Lemoore.

What are the Benefits of Ductless Mini Split Systems?

July 11th, 2014

Although the phrase “ductless mini split system” may seem like a confusing term, it’s actually a fairly painless alternative to other air conditioning options. Ductless mini splits are air conditioning systems that don’t need ducts in order to cool your home. This may be a great solution for those who have had issues with their ductwork or want to save on their energy bills every month. Read on to find out whether ductless mini splits are the best option for your new air conditioning installation this summer.

No Ducts

Of course, the main distinction of a ductless system is that it does not use ducts. This may mean that you’ll have to make fewer service calls, especially if you’ve experienced a lot of issues with the ductwork in your home in the past. Sometimes, the ducts inside of a house have been installed improperly, causing airflow issues that may decrease performance and efficiency or repair issues with other parts of your AC. Ductless systems eliminate this possibility, which could mean fewer future repairs.

Zone Control

Ductless mini-split systems allow you to install multiple air handlers throughout your home, each of which can be controlled with its own individual thermostat. This is good news for your family members; they can adjust the temperature in their own rooms according to their own unique preferences. This keeps everybody happy, while also allowing you to heat or cool only the rooms in use. If no one is downstairs on a warm night, for example, you can always turn off the AC to prevent unnecessary energy loss.

Energy Savings

When you cool an entire home although only one or two rooms are occupied, you end up spending more on cooling costs than is necessary. The multiple thermostats involved in ductless systems can help you save energy, as can the lack of ductwork. With most central AC units, there is a high risk of air leaking through the ducts, which results in a lot of unnecessary energy loss. Ductless systems could significantly reduce the amount of money often spent on this type of issue.

Shaw’s Air Conditioning provides many heating and cooling options for your home, including ductless systems. For air conditioning services in Fresno, call us now!

Leading the Way with Independence Days!

July 3rd, 2014

The term “Fourth of July” is the popular name for the U.S. federal holiday officially known as Independence Day. It isn’t surprising that we would come up with a different name from the official one, since “Independence Day” is one of the most common holiday names across the globe. Most of the nations in existence today won their independence from another power, whether through wars, treaties, or long transitions.

What might surprise many people is how old U.S. Independence Day actually is compared to the similar holidays of other nations. Although the U.S. is still considered a young nation, it was one of the first to make a full break for its colonial master with a new constitution. Most countries that celebrate a national Independence Day are commemorating events that occurred in the second half of the 20th century, when many older empires at last relinquished control over their colonies.

How substantial is the difference in time for the U.S.A. and the rest of the world? U.S. Independence Day celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1776, making our country unusual in that almost no existing nations celebrate an independence event from the eighteenth century.

In terms of age, there is only a tiny handful current countries that celebrate an independence day that occurred earlier than the United States. Switzerland celebrates its independence from the Holy Roman Empire of the Germans in 1291 with “Swiss National Day,” held every August 1—although this only gained status as a national holiday in 1994. Sweden Celebrates “National Day of Sweden” to commemorate events in 1523 and the election of King Gustav I during the War of Liberation against Christian II of Denmark and Norway. Romania comes almost a hundred years after U.S. Independence, with its 1877 freedom from Turkish rule.

The most recent Independence Days to come into existence are for Montenegro, which gained independence from Serbia in 2006 and celebrates the day on May 21, and South Sudan, which gained independence from Sudan in 2011 and celebrates the day only a day after the U.S., on July 5.

Does anyone else celebrate a literal “Fourth of July,” an Independence Day that also falls on the fourth day of the seventh month? Yes: Abkhazia, a small Central Asian country that declared its independence from the Republic of Georgia in 1999 (although not all countries recognize it). Coming a day (like South Sudan) on July 5 is the independence of the small Atlantic island nation of Cape Verde, which became free from Portugal through signed agreement in 1975.

Everyone at Shaw’s Air Conditioning hopes you and your family enjoy a vibrant Independence Day/Fourth of July this year!

How to Find the Best Air Conditioning Service

June 27th, 2014

When you search for air conditioning service in Fresno, you may find many contractors that claim to offer the best service at the lowest price. So how can you be sure you’ve found the best air conditioning service for your particular needs? With so many air conditioning businesses in the Central Valley, it can be difficult to find the right service for you. This list details some of the things you should look for when selecting a new AC contractor.

Read through the Website

Many contractors have websites that detail some of the services they offer and some information about the company. Make sure the company lists contact information and that your area is included in the listed service areas. It is also helpful if the air conditioning service providers list the various services they provide, so that you’ll be able to return to them whenever you need repair, maintenance, an upgrade or replacement. Even if you are only calling for a repair, you should make sure the company offers other services in case you need to call again in the future. Many AC companies even offer 24-hour emergency services.

Look for Recommendations and Reviews

When searching for a reputable AC service, you should always look at the recommendations and reviews of others. You might want to begin by asking your friends and neighbors about any successes they’ve had with professional air conditioning installation, maintenance, or repair. You can also check the company’s website or other sites where customers post ratings and reviews. You’re more likely to have a good experience with an AC company who has a history of positive feedback.

Ask for Quotes

When you call an AC service, ask if they can give you a quote or estimate for the service you need. You can always call several companies to compare prices. However, don’t sacrifice the quality of your repair service for lower prices. Make sure the contractor you choose offers both affordability and quality service.

Whether you need professional AC installation, repair, or maintenance, Shaw’s Air Conditioning is one of the best sources for Lemoore air conditioning services.