Entries by Ryan Uecker

Is your outdoor central air conditioner or heat pump level?

It’s important that your outdoor AC condenser unit is level. Whether incorporated during the initial construction or added later by a local HVAC contractor, the outdoor AC condenser of your home should have been carefully leveled by the installer. Over time, as the ground surrounding your residence settles, the platform beneath your air conditioner may […]

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Insulating and Sealing Attic Access Hatches

Why is it important to insulate and seal the attic access hatch in your home? Insulating and sealing your attic access hatch is essential for several reasons. One of them is energy efficiency. Especially during Minnesota winters. As we heat the air in our home, it will naturally rise towards the ceilings and upper levels. […]

Dryer Exhaust Ducts

What should you consider when selecting a dryer exhaust duct? When selecting a dryer exhaust vent duct, several factors must be considered to ensure safety, efficiency, and proper function. Here are some important considerations to keep in mind: Material. Choose a vent duct made of non-combustible material, such as aluminum or stainless steel, that can […]

Are Federal Pacific Stab-Lok Panels Dangerous?

Federal Pacific Stab-Lok panels have been the subject of much controversy and concern in the electrical industry for several decades. Some experts have claimed that these panels can pose a risk of electrical fires, due to reported problems with the circuit breaker design and manufacturing. Studies and investigations have found that Federal Pacific Stab-Lok panels […]

Do I Need a Warranty Inspection On My New Home?

Simply stated, yes, a warranty inspection, often referred to as an 11th Month Warranty Inspection, or a Builder’s Warranty Inspection, is definitely worth your time and money. The cost of the inspection is minuscule compared to the cost of the home and any repairs that might be discovered which fall under your warranty — which is […]

Is a pre-listing inspection a good idea?

A pre-listing inspection, also known as a seller’s inspection, can be a good idea for several reasons. First, it allows the seller to be aware of any potential issues with the property before it goes on the market. This can help the seller address any repairs or maintenance that may be needed and can also […]

Cleaning Your Air Exchanger

Air exchangers can help improve your indoor air quality. They remove stale and polluted indoor air and replace it with fresh outdoor air. This is critical in newer, tightly-built homes that do not have natural leakage of air through the building envelope. Most air exchangers have an internal “core” that takes the heat from the […]


What Are Gas Meter Regulator Vent Clearances?

What is a gas regulator and relief valve? That “dish” looking thing on your gas meter is a regulator. Its job is to control the pressure of the flammable natural or propane gas as it enters your home. High pressure is needed to distribute gas to all the homes in your neighborhood or city. But […]

Double Tapped Circuit Breakers

What Is a “double tap? If your electrical panel has a “double-tap,” this means that two wires are connected to a single terminal on a circuit breaker or busbar. Sometimes this may also be referred to as a “double lug.” This condition is not always a problem. Some circuit breakers are designed to have two wires connected […]

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Frost in the Attic

When warm moist air from inside the conditioned living area of a home makes its way into the attic, we need to vent that air out in a quick and efficient manner. This is especially true during the very cold Minnesota winter months. In the picture above, we see frost accumulating on the underside of […]

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