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Your Maintenance Visit: Checking an Oil Heating System

This is a continuation in a series where we talk about what our Good Natured Technicians look for when testing your home systems. Our focus today is on your oil heating system.

First, our technicians test the thermostat and replace the batteries if necessary. Read more »

Your Maintenance Visit: Checking a Gas Heating System

This is a continuation in a series of four posts where we will talk about what our Good Natured Technicians look for when testing your home systems. Our focus today is on your gas heating system.

First, our technicians test the operation of the thermostat and replace the batteries. Read more »

Technician Spotlight: William “Hutch” Hutchinson

“Hutch” is another one of our “Good Natured Guys” here at Summers & Zim’s. Always one to bring a smile to everyone’s face, Hutch genuinely enjoys being an HVAC Technician and doing work for our valued customers. Read more »

Spring Allergy Relief

As summer nears and people start to feel the effects of allergies, asthma, and sinus infections, folks are trying to beat the symptoms and enjoy the warmer weather. This year, Pennsylvania is experiencing a “pollen tsunami,” which researchers attribute to delayed tree growth and development due to a late spring after extended cold winter weather. Read more »

Your Maintenance Visit: Checking the Air Conditioning

This is the second in a series of four posts where we will talk about what our good natured technicians look for when testing your home systems. Our focus today is on your air conditioner.

First, our technicians will test the operation of the thermostat, and if necessary will replace the batteries for optimal performance. Read more »

How New Water Heater Regulations Affect You

Water heaters are changing and we want to make sure you know! In April 2010 as part of the NAECA (National Appliance Energy Conservation Act), the US Department of Energy mandated that certain household appliances meet high standards for energy efficiency.  As of April 16, 2015, all water heaters manufactured in the United States must comply with these new regulations making them more efficient, but also more expensive up front to install. Read more »

Your Maintenance Visit: Checking the Heat Pump

This is the first in a series of four posts where we will talk about what our good natured technicians look for when testing your home systems. First up is the heat pump.

A heat pump is similar to an air conditioner in the way the refrigerant absorbs heat and releases it into a specific area of your home. Because they are similar in nature, most of the same tests apply for heat pumps and air conditioners. The difference lies when the heat pump goes into its heat cycle. Read more »

Technician Spotlight: Troy Brown

Troy Brown has worked at Summers & Zim’s for over a decade, and has the distinction of the most experience in different positions within the company.

Troy started in sales, and then transitioned to the field where he worked in the installation department, installing furnaces, air conditioners and anything in between. Read more »

Avoid Costly Repairs with a Plumbing Service Membership

Your maintenance checkup includes:

  • Tagging of the emergency shut off valves in your home
  • Carbon monoxide check
  • Water heater sediment inspection
  • Water pressure test
  • Water test (hardness, iron, pH)
  • Test operation of sump pump
  • Inspection of the toilet tanks for leaks and flapper operation
  • Faucet inspection for leaks and drips
  • Drain inspection
  • Outside faucet inspection for proper winterization

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Technician Spotlight: Jesse Brubaker

Jesse Brubaker is one of the newest additions to the Summers & Zim’s family, serving our customers’ needs for the past three years.

Jesse is a NATE certified technician, which means he is well qualified to work on any type of HVAC equipment.  When you see Jesse, he tends to have a rather large smile on his face because he loves talking to customers, learning new things, and putting his newfound technical knowledge into practice to protect your home and keep you comfortable. Read more »

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