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23 05, 2017

How to tell when you need a new water heater.

By |Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on How to tell when you need a new water heater.

How to tell when you need a new water heater.
Even the most well built water heater will one day reach the end of its natural service life. If you live in an area like Idaho Falls, this can be a serious problem – especially in winter. This is definitely not the season to suffer a serious plumbing issue. Luckily, there are plenty of signs that will give you a good idea of when it’s time to replace an aging water heater.

Ten Years Is a Good Long Life for a Tank Heater

If you rely on a tank heater to keep your Idaho Falls home nice and snug in the winter, it’s a good idea to look into just how long that heater has been there. Ten years is generally a respectable service life for a tank heater. You may not be able to recall exactly when you first purchased your heater. Of course, the heater may already have been installed in your home when you first began living in it.

If you don’t know how old your tank heater actually is, you can find out by checking the serial number label on the unit. This serial number will contain the month and date in which the unit was produced. In some tank heaters, this info may be part of a special alphanumeric code. You can log on to the website of the manufacturer in order to learn how to interpret the code and thus find out the true age of the unit.

The Quality and Quantity of Your Hot Water May Be Compromised

A good indication that your tank heater is giving out comes when the quality or quantity of your hot water is compromised. Your water may […]

15 05, 2017

3 Things to do in Southeast Idaho This Summer

By |Monday, May 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 3 Things to do in Southeast Idaho This Summer

It’s May! That means that the dreary weather that has been habitually apart of Southeast Idaho is soon to draw to a close, and the weather is going to start warming up. Remembering to get your air conditioner tuned up, or even an air conditioner installed can be a crucial part of staying cool this summer. With the rising spring temperatures, we also know that you are aching to get outside. Living in such a beautiful area means there are three pretty great activities in Southeastern Idaho to keep your family busy all summer long.

 

Head to the zoos! – There are two zoos located in southeast Idaho and both have a lot to offer to the local area. The Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park exhibits animals from far away lands. From camels to penguins to lions to bears, you can find it all. While strolling around, you may be greeted by the peacocks that roam the zoo freely. You can easily take a lunch and relax in the shade of a tree and enjoy spending time with your family.

The Pocatello Zoo, now known as Zoo Idaho, offers visitors a more local approach to animals. Featuring animals that are native to the intermountain west, it strives to educate about the animals that are naturally around us. Zoo Idaho tries to make the animals habitats as natural as possible as well so that the animals feel comfortable in their enclosures. And to help you stay cool, there is even an Ice Cream Safari in August that you won’t want to miss. You’ll want to mark this down as a zoo to go too

Visit Lava Hot Springs – This place is a blast for […]

26 05, 2016

Carbon Monoxide The Silent Killer part 3

By |Thursday, May 26th, 2016|Safety|Comments Off on Carbon Monoxide The Silent Killer part 3

What is your Carbon Monoxide Detector Saying?
Most of us know and understand the dangers of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. You know – that odorless, colorless gas that will kill you at high levels after a significant amount of time. However, what you may not know is that CO poisoning can slowly poison your body with low doses over a large period of time. While the exposure may not be deadly, it can cause other serious health problems such as depression, chronic fatigue, fainting spells, blurred vision, and body weakness. Even with all this knowledge, many of us do not understand what our carbon monoxide detector is telling us, and even if we do understand, we don’t really have a plan for what to do when the detector goes off.
After working in the HVAC industry for over 2 years (no – I am not a technician), I have learned of the dangers of carbon monoxide and how common CO leaks put our homes and families in danger. About 2 years ago I purchased an awesome CO detector: the top of the line. I went home and installed the backup battery, plugged it in, forgot about it shortly thereafter. This last spring my forgotten CO detector started beeping at me and displayed a slew of numbers. Imagine a slightly annoying “chirping” sound, much different from the horrifying sound your smoke alarm makes after burning a bag of popcorn in the microwave. To be honest, I wasn’t sure what it was and I wasn’t too concerned because it only happened when I ran my gas dryer. In my mind, I believed that a CO leak would warrant a bigger reaction from my detector and that I probably just […]

16 02, 2016

Carbon Monoxide #Silentkiller part 2

By |Tuesday, February 16th, 2016|Safety|Comments Off on Carbon Monoxide #Silentkiller part 2

Carbon monoxide, as you know, is the gas that is produced from the incomplete burning of different fuels. Those fuels range from, the gas that your range, fireplace, and furnace use. To the gas that is used to fuel your car, all of those items produce carbon monoxide that can and will kill you if not handled with care and/or used properly or with proper venting. Carbon Monoxide proves fatal when it is released into an enclosed area that has little to no ventilation. When you breathe in carbon monoxide it  binds to the part in your red blood that is responsible for getting oxygen to your cells because CO will bind over oxygen less and less oxygen is carried to your cells which causes the cells to die causing the tissues in your body to die and organs to shut down causing death.

As scary as CO poising sounds, and is, it is easily prevented from harming you, your family and pets by taking certain precautions.

Install CO detectors and place them close to where you can hear the alarm if it goes off, preferably ones that have a battery back-up and replace the batteries every six months.
Get your heating system, water heater and any appliances that use gas, oil or coal services by a professional technician each year.
Get your chimney cleaned each year.
Never patch any vent pipe with anything other than the materials meant for patching vents.
Only use a gas range or oven for cooking and never for heating.
NEVER burn charcoal indoors.
Portable gas stoves should only be used outdoors.
Make sure to operate gasoline-powered tools, engines, generators, etc. in a well ventilated area and never use for […]

9 02, 2016

Carbon Monoxide #silentkiller

By |Tuesday, February 9th, 2016|Safety|Comments Off on Carbon Monoxide #silentkiller

Carbon Monoxide #Silentkiller

 

Carbon Monoxide poisoning has recently gained notoriety lately, it seems like every day we are hearing of another tragedy involving and Carbon Monoxide. What is Carbon Monoxide? Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that when breathed in by humans and animal can cause serious injury and death. Carbon monoxide is found almost everywhere, from our cars and trucks, to generators, small engines, furnaces, appliances and grills and gas fireplaces caused by the incomplete burning of the fuels that they use. Wood and charcoal also produce carbon monoxide and should only be used in well vented areas.

There are many symptoms of CO (carbon monoxide) poisoning:

Dizziness
Headache
Weakness
Upset stomach
Confusion
Shortness of breath

As the levels of CO poisoning increases the symptoms progress and worsen, such as:

Mental confusion
Vomiting
Loss of muscle use and strength
Loss of conscience
Leading to death

Because CO poising can mimic flu symptoms it can be hard to initially diagnose CO poisoning exposing them to further poisoning and has been known to cause death. While others may not experience the initial symptoms of Co poisoning that they become so confused they are unable to seek help and die, which is why carbon monoxide has been branded the “Invisible Killer.”

Carbon Monoxide is very serious and isn’t anything that should be taken lightly, however, there are ways that you can keep your family and home safe from carbon monoxide and that is to buy and install a carbon monoxide detector in your home as well as practice safety when using things that produce carbon monoxide.

19 01, 2016

Tax Credit….YES please!

By |Tuesday, January 19th, 2016|Air Conditioning, Ductless Heat Pump, Furnace, Heat Pump, HVAC|Comments Off on Tax Credit….YES please!

Did you know that you can receive a tax credit for upgrading your gas furnace, heat pump or air conditioner to a qualifying high efficient equipment? If you didn’t, then you do now. Last year on Dec 18 the Federal tax credit that was offered has been extended through December 31, 2016. What does this mean to you? This means, if you upgraded your equipment any time during 2015 to a high efficiency gas furnace, heat pump or air conditioner you may quality for a Federal tax credit of up to $500.  

18 01, 2016

Electrical Safety

By |Monday, January 18th, 2016|Electrical, Safety|Comments Off on Electrical Safety

January 16, 2015

First Call Jewel has been South-East Idaho’s electrical service company for over 60 years. We take pride in our work and continue to provide all of our customers with fast and reliable service. In addition to doing panel upgrades, like the picture, we install whole house generators, re-wire homes, change electrical outlets, add a breaker, we can do it all. Electrical malfunctions account for more than 10% of fatal home fires, many of those fires due to untrained individuals doing complicated electrical repairs.  Other causes of electrical malfunctions are caused by faulty wiring, improper grounding, aging wiring, dated electrical panels etc.  Electrical repairs should always be left to the professionals who have been trained and received their license by completing the required hours learning about electrical repairs and the way electrical circuitry works. In the event you choose not to hire a professional for your electrical needs; here are some safety tips, from the ESFi, help keep you and your family safe.

Learn about your home electrical system.
Never try to do a repair that you know is beyond your skill level.
Always turn off the power to the circuit you are going to work on at the main panel.
Unplug appliances before working on them.
Never touch other pipes or outlets when performing your own electrical repair.
When in doubt, stop immediately and call a professional.

24 06, 2015

Experienced HVAC Installer Needed

By |Wednesday, June 24th, 2015|Air Conditioning, HVAC|Comments Off on Experienced HVAC Installer Needed

First Call Jewel is looking for an experienced Heating and Air Conditioning Installer. We want someone who would like to earn $60,000 to $80,000 a year, doing what you do best. If you meet the following requirements, please consider applying for this wonderful opportunity!

Journeyman HVAC license holder
4 Years experience
Takes pride in doing good work
Is drug free
Has valid drivers license
Enjoys working in home and businesses
Excels at retrofit and add on work
Enjoys local work and being home at night
Has a clean criminal background

Benefits of working with our team include:

Full time, consistent, year round work
Performance based pay, (get paid for what you do, not how long it takes)
Company provided uniforms
Training
Vacation and Holidays
Medical Insurance
Dental Insurance
401K retirement
Weekly direct deposit pay

We are serious about finding a really good HVAC installer. If you meet the criteria above, please apply here, or give us a call at 2085227777, and ask for Frankie.

Have Questions?

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Who we are:

First Call Jewel is a family owned business in Idaho Falls, Idaho providing HVAC, Plumbing, and Electrical installs and service to Eastern Idaho. We have been in business for over 60 years, and have been voted best Electrician and best HVAC multiple times in the annual Post Register Best of Idaho Falls contest. Read more about us here.

12 06, 2015

WI Fi thermostats – Honeywell

By |Friday, June 12th, 2015|Air Conditioning, Efficient Devices, Furnace, HVAC|Comments Off on WI Fi thermostats – Honeywell

There are ways that you can take control of the temperature of your home while you are away. Technology is constantly changing and improving to help make our lives easier and stress free. Here First Call Jewel strive to always on top of new technologies so that we can help to  keep our customers safe, comfortable, happy, and stress free which is why we are excited to announce the use of WI-FI thermostats. We all enjoy saving money while keeping our home comfortable and now it is easier than ever. Wi-Fi thermostats can do a variety of things to keep you in control the temperature (or atmosphere) of your home. With the simple use of an app your thermostat can be controlled from your smart phone, tablet, or computer regardless of your location, regardless if you are in your backyard or half way around the world.

Most Wi-Fi thermostats require a professional to install and set up and because here at First Call Jewel we believe in keeping up with modern technology, all of our technicians are trained, and experienced at installing and program your thermostat. We are also happy to take the time to explain you how to program your thermostat based on your needs to ensure you start saving money right. The best part of this new technological era is the ability to have everything user friendly and are capable to adjust to our needs and function by themselves and the new Wi-Fi thermostats are no different. A smart thermostat system is easily able to detect your heating and cooling needs that it will simply adjust to your behaviors to ensure that your home is the exact temperature when you need it to […]

2 05, 2014

Increasing Comfort Through New Technology

By |Friday, May 2nd, 2014|Air Conditioning, Ductless Heat Pump, Efficient Devices, Furnace, Heat Pump, HVAC|Comments Off on Increasing Comfort Through New Technology

I was in a client’s home recently and despite being a very nice home, it had always been uncomfortable as far as temperature goes.  The way the furnace and air conditioner were originally installed was not done like it should have been.  Now, with all the air ducts are covered, it would be a huge mess to try to change it.  She has a home office where she spends 10 hours a day, but that part of the home gets virtually no air.  They were wise and chose a new Trane XM95 modulating gas furnace with a Trane XV18 variable volume air conditioner as well as a Trane XL950 comfort control.

This new furnace and air conditioner will greatly improve their comfort in their home.  To address the home office area, we proposed a Mitsubishi FE12 Ductless Heat Pump.  This will allow her to heat and cool that space as she wants, making it very comfortable and much safer and more energy efficient than the plug in space heater she has been using.  These product are the future of heating and air conditioning and are available here today!