Tips And Tricks


As temperatures rise in Tennessee, ensuring your home's AC system is running efficiently becomes essential. At Phil's Heating and Air, we understand the importance of regular maintenance to keep you cool all summer long. Learn our top AC maintenance tips to help you beat the heat and maintain optimal indoor comfort, and contact us today for service.


If you have a heat pump, you might be aware that you should avoid using the emergency heat setting on your thermostat. You might have been warned not to use this setting because it uses electric heat strips to heat your home, which are not nearly as energy efficient as your heat pump’s normal function. While you shouldn’t have to choose the emergency heat setting (except in actual emergencies), it is OK for your heat pump to occasionally use heat strips during normal operation.

Because heat pumps work by pulling heat from the air outside your home, the colder that air is, the more difficult it is for your heat pump to operate this way. So, in addition to this heating method, most heat pumps use strips of electric heating coils as an auxiliary heating source if the unit is not able to meet the setting on the thermostat fast enough or efficiently enough. Heat strips are wire elements in your unit that are heated by electricity, which in turn heat the air that flows over them.

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During the hot months in the tri-cities area of Tennessee, a well-functioning air conditioner is your refuge from the heat. However, sometimes your AC may show signs of wear and tear that can lead to unanticipated breakdowns and discomfort. This blog post aims to highlight some common air conditioner problems and how Phil's Heating and Air, known as the King of next day/same day service, can help.

1. Poor Airflow: If your AC isn't providing a consistent airflow or isn't cold at all, it could be an indication of a blockage restricting the air flow or a malfunctioning motor. Regular maintenance is critical to keep your AC unit efficient and extend its lifespan.

2. Leaking Water or Refrigerant: If you notice water pooling around your air conditioner or a refrigerant leak, it could be due to various reasons such as a clogged drain and needs prompt professional attention.

3. Thermostat Issues: If your AC isn't cooling your home evenly, you could be dealing with a thermostat issue. It might not be calibrated...


A reliable heat pump plays a crucial role in maintaining a comfortable indoor environment, especially in the diverse climate of the tri-cities area of Tennessee. However, like every machine, it doesn't last forever and will reach a point where replacement becomes inevitable rather than repair. Knowing when it's time to consider changing your heat pump is vital. Phil's Heating and Air is here to guide you on this journey, with next day/same day service and flexible financing options on changeouts.

Here are a few telltale signs that it might be time to replace your heat pump:

1. Age: A well-maintained heat pump has a lifespan of about 10-15 years. If your heat pump is nearing or has surpassed its life expectancy, it might be time to consider a replacement.

2. Increasing Energy Bills: If you're noticing an unexpected spike in your energy bills, this could indicate that your heat pump's efficiency is decreasing, and you may need a replacement.

3. Frequent Repairs: If your heat pump needs constant repairs to keep it working, it might be more cost-effective in...


There’s no doubt that your HVAC system plays a crucial role in maintaining comfort in your home, especially during the extreme seasons in the tri-cities area of Tennessee. However, keeping your HVAC running flawlessly involves more than just reactive repairs. It needs proactive attention. That’s why a preventive maintenance plan for your HVAC system is a wise choice, and Phil’s Heating and Air offers you the best option in this regard.

The primary purpose of a preventive maintenance plan is to mitigate the risk of unexpected breakdowns, ensuring your HVAC system is always at its peak performance. Here’s why it’s a worthwhile investment:

1. Improved Efficiency: Over time, dust and grime accumulate in your HVAC, causing it to work harder, decreasing efficiency, and escalating power bills. Regular maintenance ensures cleaning of essential components, making the unit run smoother and more efficiently.

2. Extended Lifespan: Just like your car, your HVAC system requires regular tune-ups to extend its lifespan. Neglecting maintenance can cause your system to wear down...


As the temperature dips and the season transitions from fall to winter in the tri-cities area of Tennessee, it's time to switch your HVAC system from cooling to heating. But before flipping the switch, there are a few things you should be mindful of to ensure a warm and cozy winter. Phil's Heating and Air, the unrivaled King of next day and same day service, is here to guide you about what to check when turning your heater on for the first time this season.

1. Thermostat Check: Test your thermostat before the cold weather hits. Make sure that it is programmed correctly and can still adequately control the temperature.

2. Filter Replacement: HVAC filters trap dust, allergens, and pollutants. Over time, these filters become clogged, making your system work harder and damaging its efficiency. For optimal running, clean or replace the filters before starting your heat for the season.

3. Unusual Noises: On startup, listen for any unusual noises like bangs, hums, rattles, or buzzing sounds. They could be indicators of a problem requiring professional...


Your HVAC system is the beating heart of your home. It keeps you cool in the sweltering summer months and maintains a snug warmth during winter's chill. Yet, like any machine, it requires regular upkeep to perform efficiently and reliably. Here's why you need your HVAC unit checked multiple times a year and how Phil's Heating and Air can help.

Twice-yearly maintenance of your HVAC unit can help uncover potential problems before they become costly emergencies. During these inspections, professionals evaluate components, ensure parts are functioning correctly, and identify any signs of wear and tear. Regular check-ups can increase the lifespan of your system and help you avoid the discomfort of a sudden breakdown.

Seasonal changes can heavily impact HVAC's resilience. As the Tri-city area experiences various climates, the cooling and heating needs shift, and so does the strain on your HVAC unit. Having your HVAC checked before the shift in seasons allows you to ensure that it's ready to handle the new weather demands and operate at peak performance.


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As the temperatures start to drop, it is important to make sure that your HVAC system is in good working condition. Here are four signs that your HVAC system might need repairs. If you’re experiencing issues with your heating or cooling systems, contact Phil’s Heating and Air today!

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• Helps unit last longer

• Keeps system clean

• Healthier air quality

• Keep energy costs down


The air inside your home can be two to five times more polluted than the air outside. The air pollution inside your home can contain humidity, noise, smoke, chemical fumes, mold, bacteria, lent, dust, carbon monoxide, radon gas, pet dander, plant spores, dry air, cooking odors, and pollen. Ask us about services we offer to solve the poor air quality in your home today!!

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Whether used for heating or cooling purposes, all mini-split AC systems are comprised of outdoor and indoor apparatus. The outdoor condensing/compression unit applies pressure to refrigerant, which is then dispersed through lines that are connected to indoor apparatus. This indoor unit consists of three elements, including air-handlers, blowers, and the evaporator coil. Indoor air-handling units are placed strategically throughout a home, which allows for more efficient energy usage. Air-handling units can be placed in a number of areas within the home, including both walls and ceilings. This can be beneficial for a number of situations, as necessary equipment can be placed in out of the way locations. Additionally, by placing the condensing unit outside, homeowners won’t be bothered by operation noise typically associated with air conditioners.

Mini-Split Systems Options

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When it comes to the heating of your home, heating is not only a necessity, but one of the most important elements in your home. No matter what time of year it is, when your heating goes out or is not functioning like it usually does, it can be a big pain to try and figure out what is going on and how to fix it. Luckily for you, that's where Phil’s Heating and Air comes in! Today, we’re going to be discussing some of the most common problems that people run into, specifically when it comes to heating. Learn more, and connect with us today to get started!

Lack of Maintenance

No matter how well your system is working, routine maintenance is essential for the function of your heating system. Whether you have a gas heater or furnace, your HVAC system and appliances should be maintained or looked at every so often. Many times a lack of poor maintenance can lead to larger issues, that if they had been found earlier, could be completely avoided. It can also help you save money on your energy bills and on replacement parts. We...