Frequently Asked…

At Atticman Heating, Air & Insulation, we’re committed to providing our customers with superior heating, cooling, and indoor air quality services.

Our experienced Technicians, Installation Specialists, and Customer Service Specialists are among the best. We will thoroughly inspect your system to determine the precise cause(s) of your HVAC issues, and provide you with repair solutions to get your system up and running smoothly again!

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Where did the name Atticman come from?
In the beginning days of the business, the owner Mario spent countless hours in attics. One time, a friend called him to get some food. Mario said his usual response, “I can’t, I’m in an attic” to which his friend replied, “Your always in attics, Atticman” and hence the name Atticman was coined.
Replace Your Air Conditioner When It Has Trouble Keeping Up

Air conditioners, like all machines, lose efficiency over time and might need to be replaced. Part of this is due to normal wear and tear, but another factor is increasing temperatures world-wide. A 3-ton air conditioner might have cut it when your old AC unit was installed, but many older houses (pre-2000) did not have adequate insulation for today’s temperatures, and by the way, electricity was a lot cheaper back then too.

Now, however, it is a bigger deal if your old air conditioner is running all the time to keep up, and it gets expensive. Is your AC always running on hot days? Do some rooms feel hot no matter what you set your thermostat to? A 4-ton air conditioner might be a more appropriate size these days (in this example), and modern air conditioners are designed to save energy by not running so often, meaning that they are often times sized differently than they used to be.

How Often Should I Change My Air Filter?

Your HVAC system’s standard air filter is in place to block allergens from reentering your home’s air and from infiltrating the interior components of your air conditioning and forced-air heating systems. When the air filter becomes too clogged, it decreases HVAC efficiency.

To ensure proper HVAC efficiency, you should change the air filter as follows:

  • 1″ Filter – every 1-2 months
  • 2″ Filter – every 4 months
  • 4″ Filter – every 6-8 months
  • Electronic Air Cleaner – every 3 months

Repair VS Replace

Figuring out whether you should repair or replace your HVAC System can be a difficult decision to make. You’d be surprised at how often we get called out for a second opinion, only to find that the old HVAC System has plenty of life still in it and doesn’t need to be replaced, as other contractors have told them. Figuring out when to repair or replace your air conditioner can be tough. To begin with, replacing an HVAC System can be a pricy endeavor, so make sure that your old HVAC unit is on its last leg before doing so. To be clear, in most circumstances, an HVAC System can be repaired. Remember that anything can be repaired, but just like pouring money into an old car, at some point it becomes more financially prudent for you to just replace it with a new one. Here are some common reasons an HVAC system should be replaced:

If it is older than 15 years old:

An HVAC System has a typical lifespan of around 10-15 years (According to the National Association of Home Builders – “Life Expectancy of Home Components”), so if your HVAC System is acting up, and it is over 15-years-old, then it might be better to replace it. Just like the car example, we can repair any air conditioner, but is it worth it? If your system was repaired last year and is down again, this is a good sign it may be time to replace your system.

Energy bills keep rising:

When deciding whether to repair or replace your air conditioner, consider this: if you’ve noticed that your energy bills keep rising, but your Electrical Utility Company hasn’t raised the rates…then it might be time to replace your air conditioner. Make an appointment with one of our Technicians to determine what’s right for you!

What Is in the Air I Breathe in My Home?

The air in your home is filled with the same pollutants as the outside air. In fact, these pollutants can be found in higher concentrations within the home, and require the right combination of indoor air quality solutions to resolve.

The most common contaminants and allergens found inside Sacramento homes include:

  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Particles from Household Cleaners
  • Mold Spores
  • Pet Dander

The particles from these pollutants degrade your indoor air quality by making the air in your home unhealthy. Fortunately, there are various products and services we provide to improve your home’s air quality. Be sure to speak to one of our Diagnostic Engineers or Installation Specialists about your options to help determine the best choice for your home.

Why Is My Thermostat Display Blank?

Homeowners rely on their thermostats to control the temperature and maintain a certain level of comfort. It can be understandably frustrating to find a thermostat with a completely blank screen, or one that seems to be registering the temperature incorrectly. There are a number of reasons this can happen.

If you’re having thermostat problems, please try the following troubleshooting tips:

  • Change the Batteries – Your thermostat’s batteries should be changed at least once a year.
  • Check the Circuit Breaker – If a circuit breaker was tripped, your thermostat may have lost power.
  • Check the Safety Switch – When there’s a problem with your HVAC system, like excessive heat or a condensation buildup, the safety switch can get triggered. The thermostat will shut off as a result. If this occurs, please contact our technicians as an inspection is required.

Your thermostat ages just like any other component of your HVAC system. Eventually, it will fail. If you’ve tried the above troubleshooting tips to no avail, it may be time to contact our pros about a potential upgrade.

How Often Should I Add Freon to My HVAC System?
Freon is a brand name given of refrigerant fluid within your air conditioner, and is currently being phased out. However, your air conditioning system is filled with enough refrigerant, or Freon, to last the duration of its lifecycle. It does not get depleted like gas from a car or oil from an appliance. Therefore, you should never have to add refrigerant or Freon to the system.

If you notice symptoms such as low cooling output or low airflow, you may have a refrigerant leak. The leak must be located and repaired by a professional, and at that point we will refill—recharge—the refrigerant level.

How Does the R-22 Phase-Out Affect Me?
Commonly called Freon, R-22 is the refrigerant previously used in all air conditioners. It is, however, found to be harmful to the ozone and will be completely phased out by January 2020. This means it will no longer be produced or imported. This doesn’t mean your AC system needs to be replaced, however if your air conditioner uses Freon/R-22 still, any repairs that require recharging can only be done using recycled Freon.
What Is My System’s Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio?
Referred to as SEER, the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio is how a central air conditioner’s efficiency is measured. Air conditioning systems with higher SEER ratings are more efficient. If you have an older air conditioner with a low SEER, it may be time to consider an upgrade.
When Does My HVAC System Need to Be Replaced?
If you have an older air conditioner or heater—generally speaking more than a decade old—then you might want to consider an upgrade to a more energy-efficient system. An upgrade can save you money on utility bills and costly repairs in the future.
Could My System Be Causing My High Energy Bills?
Your HVAC systems contribute to approximately 50% of your entire energy bill each month. If you have an aging system, or your system hasn’t been properly maintained over the years, your bills could be a lot higher than you’d expect.

Make sure you entrust a qualified HVAC technician to inspect your system and repair any issues, so that it will work at its peak performance. You may also consider an upgrade to a more energy efficient model to keep your energy costs down. Consider too the installation of a home automation system, including a WiFi/Smart thermostat, to regulate temperature when you are away.

What Can Be Done about Hot and Cold Spots in My House?

There are a few factors that cause this type of uneven heating and cooling throughout your home.

Uneven temperatures can be caused by:

  • Improper HVAC Unit Size for Your Home
  • Poor Ductwork Insulation
  • Poor Attic Insulation

If you experience uneven temperatures in your home, be sure to have one of our experts check your system and insulation to determine the root of the problem. We’ll help you make an educated decision on how to proceed from there.