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WHO WE ARE.

Owens is the largest Commercial and Residential Energy Services Company in the Twin Cities. We were industry pioneers in preventive maintenance, energy retrofit, design/build, and energy management more than 40 years ago; and were recognized as the national HVAC Contractor of the Year in 1996. Today, we build upon our proud heritage by providing outstanding customer service; integrating innovative technologies; and delivering reliable, single-source solutions.

WHAT WE DO.

We provide homeowners, building owners, and building management professionals with:

— Reliable Systems
— Comfortable Indoor Environments
— Cost-Effective Operation

Owens’ professionals perform preventive maintenance, equipment repair and replacement, engineering and design, retrofit and modernization, and commercial building services and facility operation.

WHY OWENS.

Single-Source Responsibility = Absolute Accountability. True single-source responsibility allows Owens to deliver an unmatched level of customer service. Our broad range of capabilities, skills, and integrated disciplines enable Owens to deliver results, not excuses. So, if you are looking for a contractor who does what it promises, look no further: Owens has been standing behind our work since 1957.

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Since 1957, Owens has been providing answers to commercial and residential customers about how to run a better building and home. Whether through preventive maintenance, retrofit or energy management, the three main measures of performance have remained unchanged.

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How Efficient is Your AC Unit?

Higher efficiency air conditioning units are better for the environment and will cut down your energy bill each month. For those reasons and more, every homeowner should understand how efficient their current AC unit is and be able to accurately compare it to the efficiency of models on the market today. Using the industry’s ‘SEER’ rating, you can quickly compare the efficiency of your unit to a new one and make a more informed decision on whether an upgrade it right for you.

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, which is disclosed on the manufacturer’s Energy Guide label. The higher your SEER rating, the more efficient your AC unit is– almost like a MPG rating on your car. As of 2006, newly installed units must have a rating of SEER-13 or higher, but it is common to see SEER-18 or even SEER-23.

Contact Owens if you are in the marketing for (or just curious about) a new AC system. We’ll walk you through each step, calculate your yearly savings on a new model, and help you make a well-calculated decision. On top of that, most energy providers in Minnesota offer cash rebates for installing an energy efficient unit. Xcel Energy®, Minnesota’s largest provider, currently offers up to $450 in rebates when a new unit is installed by an approved contractor like Owens. These rebates along with big yearly savings can go a long way in justifying the upfront costs of a new unit with a high SEER rating.

7 Most Common Air Conditioning Problems

An air conditioner may be your best friend on a hot summer day, but it always seems to break down at the worst possible time, leaving you frustrated and uncomfortable. As we head into the hot summer months, we’ve armed you with this guide to the most common AC problems. Not all problems can be fixed by the homeowner, but this article will help you quickly understand the issue and properly address it– either on your own, with any easy fix, or by bringing in a licensed professional.

Issue: AC Unit Will Not Power On

First, determine if this happened as a result of a specific event, like a thunderstorm or if it happened seemingly at random. There are many possible causes for an AC unit to not power on even though the internal fan still runs. Start with the thermostat and determine if it is operating properly. Try setting the temperature 5 degrees cooler and see if the AC kicks on.

Not the thermostat? Check the circuit breakers. If any breakers to the unit have been tripped, try resetting them one time. Do not continuously flip the breaker if it trips repeatedly. Not the breaker? The likely culprit is a faulty motor or compressor, which needs to be addressed by a professional.

Issue: AC Unit Shuts On and Off Repeatedly

It seems like your AC is trying to kick in, or it may even do so temporarily, only to fail after a short while. This is almost certainly a clogged or blocked condenser unit. A skilled homeowner with a working knowledge of the AC unit might be able to give a good cleaning and fix the problem. Otherwise, schedule a quick and easy check-up appointment with Owens.

Issue: AC Unit Runs Continuously and Will Not Shut Off

Your AC runs, cools, but simply won’t STOP running. It’s possible that the AC unit is too small to cool the volume of your home. It’s also possible that your thermostat is placed in a room that isn’t cooling as well as the rest of the house. Low refrigerant or faulty relay switches are equipment issues that could cause your unit to run continuously as well. In all circumstances, it’s best to seek the help of a certified professional.

Issue: AC is Running but Not Cooling

Once again, start with the thermostat and lower the temperature setting by five degrees. Does the cool air kick in? If not, check the condenser unit for any blockages, dirt, tall grass, weeds, or anything that could be impairing the air intake. Check your air filter and replace if necessary.

Was the loss of cool air gradual, or is it minimal? It’s possible the issue is unrelated to your AC unit and instead the result of leakages in your ductwork. Owens can inspect your ductwork and seal it if necessary.

More critical issues include a stalled condenser coil or low refrigerant, both of which require a professional.

Issue: AC Unit is Making a Strange Noise

As a homeowner you know that sounds of your home, and you know when something doens’t sound right. This principal holds true with your AC unit as well. If you hear a rattling, vibration, or squealing noise that is beyond the normal range of “house sounds,” there could be an issue. Trust your gut and have it inspected by a professional before it becomes a bigger and more costly issue.

The air-handler is the part of the unit that regulates air flow to the ductwork. Some older units have air-handlers that are belt-driven. This belt can slip and cause a loud squealing noise. If this happens, shut the unit off immediately and call for help!

Issue: Drip Pan is Full of Water

Inside your home is a condensation line and drip pan designed to collect water build-up. It’s normal to have condensation, but abnormal for it not to drain. Try blowing compressed air through the line to clear obstructions. If that doesn’t work, try a 50/50 solution of bleach and water. In severe cases, you may need to call a professional to clear or replace a clogged condensation line.

When to Contact a Professional

Skilled homeowners can address minor issues such as thermostat settings, fuse replacement, and some basic cleaning. A homeowner should never go beyond their comfort level or come near the electrical components of their HVAC system. Do not address the coolant or refrigerant, either. If you’ve done basic troubleshooting and the issue persists, it is time to call Owens.

Avoiding Common Issues

Owens’ Preventive Maintenance Program can catch most issues before the start. We thoroughly inspect your HVAC unit for possible trouble shots. This is a simple and worry-free way to ensure your HVAC unit is operating efficiently and safely. Routine care is the best way to avoid catastrophic and expensive repairs later on. It extends the life of your appliances and also properly documents system care for insurance and resale purposes. Learn more about what is included and contact us by email or phone at 952-854-3800 to discuss these comprehensive plans and what’s best for your home.

 

Maximize Efficiency by Maximizing Air Flow

Efficiency with your AC unit means you’re saving money and doing your part for the environment. The better air flows through your system, the more efficient it will be. These tips will help you maximize the efficiency of your current HVAC system during the warm summer months ahead.

1. Start Outside with your AC condensing unit. A skilled homeowner can take the wire guard off the unit and clean debris from the exterior of the unit. Next, cut back all vegetation, weeds, tall grass, and other disturbances. Keep leaves and grass clippings away throughout the summer. Make sure nothing but air is getting pulled into the system. Spray and eco-friendly pesticide around the exterior of the unit to discourage ants and other bugs from entering the system.

2. On the inside, ensure all vents inside the home are clear from furniture or any obstructions that could prevent the output of air. Change your air filter with the proper high-quality filter. With a high quality filter, you may only need to change your filter twice each year. Lastly, check your ductwork for obvious holes or leaks and seal with aluminum duct tape if necessary.

3. Monitor the slab that your condensing unit is housed on and periodically check for level. Over time, the unit can sag or settle causing inefficient operation.

4. Install a wireless programmable thermostat if you haven’t already. It is among the easiest and most dramatic ways to save energy, especially if your house is empty during the middle of the work-week.

These simple steps can be easily implemented to make your AC run more efficiently, saving you money while helping Mother Nature!

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