Your Roof, Attic and HVAC System: Partners in Keeping You Comfortable

05 Apr 2017

Your Roof, Attic and HVAC System: Partners in Keeping You ComfortableYou likely don’t think about it too often, but your roof and attic are critically important elements in ensuring that you stay comfortable in your home. Sure, your AC unit or heater can blast air around your house to keep you cool or toasty, but that system is only as good as the materials around it. That’s why it’s so important to have quality materials and the right hardware for your specific environment in your attic and on your roof. (more…)

Where to Spend Easter in Tracy in 2017

17 Mar 2017

Where to spend Easter in Tracy CA 2017
Easter isn’t far off (it’s April 16, 2017, in case you forgot) so it’s time to start thinking about how you want to spend it. Whether you’re going to church, spending time outdoors, or want to do something really different, there are lots of great ways to spend Easter in Tracy.

How to Choose the Right Commercial HVAC Company

22 Feb 2017

Rooftop packaged commercial HVAC installation in Turlock

Finding an HVAC provider for your business isn’t fun. If you’re like most building owners or office managers, you’ve probably put it off for longer than you should. But what if we told you that we could make finding the right commercial HVAC company easy? Or, at least, a whole lot easier. After reading this, you’ll be equipped with the tools to help you ask the right questions, find the best deals, locate the best service providers, and ultimately choose the right commercial HVAC company for your business. (more…)

What Does It Mean if a Furnace is Blowing Cold Air?

24 Jan 2017

What Does It Mean if a Furnace is Blowing Cold Air?

It’s a frustrating experience to turn on your furnace only to have it blast cold air – especially when it’s dipping to 30 degrees or below at night. You’ve checked to make sure the temperature is set where you want it, but still, all you feel is cold, uncomfortable air. So what does it mean if your furnace is blowing cold air? Here are a few common causes we come across during our repair visits. (more…)

Why is Water Pooling at the Bottom of My Furnace?

04 Jan 2017

Why is Water Pooling at the Bottom of My Furnace?

First and most importantly: if you notice water pooling at the bottom of the furnace, you should not under any circumstances think it is normal. If you see water near or coming out of your furnace, then you definitely have a problem. How big of a problem? That depends on the root cause, which can be easy to fix or a costly, difficult repair. (more…)

Halloween 2016 in Tracy: The Complete Guide

20 Oct 2016

Jack O'Lanterns out for Halloween 2016 in Tracy CA

Are you looking for something spooky to do for Halloween 2016 in Tracy? Halloween is the one holiday where you’re expected to have a bit of fun and get up to no good (safely, of course). While you might be in the mood for some late night shenanigans, it can be difficult to decide exactly what to do in the weeks leading up to Halloween, and of course on the witchy night itself.

Last year, Tracy was home to the amazing Disney Villains musical Halloween light show – so what is the city going to do this year to top it? Whether you’re into haunted houses, loads of candy, or fun for the whole family, we’ve got a list of our favorite events for Halloween 2016 in Tracy and nearby cities. (more…)

Should I Replace My Furnace and Air Conditioner at the Same Time?

02 Aug 2016

Air conditioner replaced at the same time as furnace

Did your HVAC system just call it quits? It’s true that the cost of buying a new furnace or AC can seem overwhelming when you first see your bill. While it is tempting to just ask for the bare minimum, we actually often recommend that our customers think about replacing both their furnace and air conditioner at the same time. Why? There are a handful of benefits that, over time, really pay off. (more…)

Should I Replace My Air Conditioner Before I Sell My House?

29 Jun 2016

should I replace my air conditioner before selling my house?

Are you getting ready to put your home on the market? Or is it already on the market? Selling a home is a big task for any homeowner. You might be wondering if you should invest in new carpets, a new paint job, a new roof, and more. If there’s one thing we know about at Irish Heating and Air, it’s HVAC equipment. If you are wondering whether you should replace your air conditioner before you sell your house, then we’ve got some answers for you. (more…)

Why Does My Home’s Air Conditioner Smell Like a Wet Dog?

08 Jun 2016

home air conditioner smells like a wet dog

Are you sitting at home plugging your nose and wondering what the heck is making your home’s air conditioner smell like a wet dog? Wonder no more. We’ve got a lot of experience with smelly air conditioners, whether it’s from a leak, mold, or a dead rodent in your ductwork. There are many reasons that your AC might smell like a wet pooch – but we’ve seen a few happen more often than others. Luckily, there’s usually a quick fix for a stinky air conditioner once you’ve determined the cause. (more…)

The 5 Biggest HVAC Fire Hazards

02 Jun 2016

Firefighters combat HVAC fire in Modesto

Can an air conditioner or furnace catch on fire?

This might seem like a ridiculous question to some. Your AC is going full throttle and your house is cool as a cucumber, but somewhere inside your air conditioner, a fire sparks. Or, on the other hand, it’s 30 degrees outside, your furnace is blasting, and the thought of a fire is probably the last thing on your mind in the middle of winter. (more…)

What Will Tracy Look Like in 2030?

18 May 2016

What will Tracy look like in 2030?

Between 2000 and 2010, Tracy’s population shot up nearly 50%, from 56,929 to 82,922. Longtime residents will tell you the town has changed: Tracy has been flooded by Bay Area residents looking for more affordable housing, businesses looking for new transportation hubs, and new infrastructure that is struggling to keep up with the astronomical growth.

But what many Tracy residents don’t realize is that this is still just the beginning. Depending on who you ask, by 2030 Tracy could be California’s newest tech hub, home to the biggest theme park in California, or something else entirely. 

Let’s take a look at some of the biggest forces shaping Tracy’s future and try to answer the question: what will Tracy look like in 2030? (more…)

Why Does My Central Air Conditioner Freeze Up?

05 May 2016

Jack Nicholson looking like a frozen central air conditioner

It’s the middle of the hottest summer you can remember, you’ve had your AC running at full blast all week long, when all of a sudden you realize that there’s a puddle of water below your air conditioner and you can’t hear the fan. Believe it or not, but the culprit of this AC meltdown could actually be a central air conditioner freeze up. Pop open your AC housing and you’ll likely be greeted with a block of ice covering your AC equipment, which, oddly, isn’t something you want to see in the dead heat of summer.


How to Avoid Air Conditioning Repair Scams in Tracy

27 Apr 2016

In the middle of an air conditioning repair scam in Tracy California

Air conditioning repair scams in Tracy are more common than you may expect. Here are some of the most common scams and how to avoid them. (more…)

The Best AC Filters for Allergies

12 Apr 2016

The best AC filter for allergies

As spring comes into full swing, those of you with seasonal allergies have already started popping Claritin on the regular. And according to The Weather Channel’s Allergy Tracker, it’s only going to get worse. While allergies outdoors are generally a given, allergies indoors can be easily remedied with the proper equipment. Don’t let spring get you down. Instead, fight back with a high performance ac filter just for allergy sufferers.  (more…)

Round vs Rectangular Ductwork: What’s the Difference?

30 Mar 2016

round vs rectangular ductwork

You’ve probably never given a second thought to your air ducts – but we have. Air ducts come in different sizes, shapes, and materials. Why are there so many different kinds of ducts? Because each type of air duct serves a different purpose and has different strengths and limitations. To the everyday consumer, this might come as a surprise – and it is probably slightly overwhelming. But your local HVAC professionals have all the answers to help you outfit your building with the appropriate ductwork.

You might have heard your HVAC professionals discuss round vs rectangular ductwork – but what is the difference? And which one is right for your needs? (more…)

Save on AC Installation by Adapting Your Old Stand and Duct Work

11 Mar 2016

New AC installation using old stand and duct work

If you’re looking for a smart way to save on AC installation, Irish Heating and Air has got answers for you. Whether you have an old home. a new one, or are renting a place, installing a new AC unit can get expensive – fast. However, many homeowners don’t realize that you can save on a new ac installation by adapting your old stand and duct work. (more…)

What to Do if Your Furnace Exhaust Pipe is Leaking

04 Mar 2016

A furnace exhaust pipe, or flue pipe, without leakage

A furnace exhaust pipe, otherwise known as the furnace flue pipe, is used to help vent harmful gases such as carbon monoxide outside of your home. The furnace exhaust pipe, typically made of galvanized metal, tends to run from the furnace’s combustion chamber and up to the attic where it is vented outdoors.

Have you noticed that your furnace exhaust pipe is leaking?

Then you’ve come to the right place. One common yet serious concern is a flue pipe that is leaking water or condensation, or even gas. Both of these flue pipe leaks are cause for concern, since they can indicate an even bigger problem – a carbon monoxide leak.

In this blog post, we’ll discuss

  • What to do if your furnace exhaust pipe is leaking water
  • What to do if your furnace exhaust pipe is leaking gas
  • The possible causes of these different leaks
  • How to fix or avoid them in the future


Sensi vs Nest: Who Makes a Better Smart WiFi Thermostat?

11 Feb 2016

Sensi Wi-Fi thermostat by White-Rodgers Emerson

A wireless thermostat is a great option for people who want full control over their energy usage (and savings) whether they’re at work, at home, or on vacation. At Irish Heating and Air, we prefer the Sensi Wi-Fi Thermostat by Emerson over popular competitors such as Google’s Nest Learning Thermostat.


Affordability, reliability, and ease of use are among our top reasons. If you’ve narrowed your options down to Sensi vs Nest, take a minute to learn more about Sensi’s advantages. (more…)

How to Improve Home Humidity in Winter

03 Feb 2016

Barometer showing very low humidity in winter

Every winter, we hear our customers complain that the air inside of their homes feels cold and dry. Before you blame your heater, read our other blog post about whether or not your furnace causes low humidity in winter. Then, if you are still suffering from low home humidity, continue reading to discover our tips on how to improve your home’s humidity this winter season. (more…)

Can a Furnace Cause Low Indoor Humidity in Winter?

11 Jan 2016

Barometer that can show low humidity in winter

It has been a commonly discussed topic over the years – does running a furnace cause low indoor humidity in the winter? We’re here to explore this topic with you and hopefully dispel some common misconceptions about dry air, humidity levels, and your furnace this winter. We’ll also offer some alternative causes for low indoor humidity and what you might do to increase your home’s humidity and keep it at a comfortable level. (more…)

Why Does My Furnace Smell Like Diesel?

03 Dec 2015

Does your furnace smell like diesel gasoline?

If your furnace smells like diesel, then it might be a cause for concern. This depends, however, on the type of furnace you are using in your home or business. The majority of United States residents use gas or electric furnaces to heat their homes. If one of these furnaces lets off an odor, it will typically be either rotten eggs, gas, hot electrical, or smoke. However, there is a small percentage of homes in the United States that use oil furnaces. These provide efficient heat with a clean-burning fuel. Occasionally we have customers saying that their oil furnace smells like diesel or burning oil. We’re here to discuss a few reasons why that might be, and what to do if your furnace smells like diesel. (more…)

Gas vs. Electric Heat in Tracy: How Much Do They Really Cost?

03 Nov 2015

The cost of electric vs gas heating in Tracy, CA

As winter is fast approaching, many of our clients come to us with questions about their heater and the cost of running a heater in Tracy. Our technicians have a great deal of experience working with furnaces of various makes and models – and we also have access to the facts required to calculate the cost to use either an electric or gas furnace in San Joaquin County. Below is a breakdown of our calculations and the final cost estimates so that you can help make the right decision when it comes to upgrading to a new furnace in Tracy. (more…)

3 Signs You May Need Furnace Repair in Tracy, CA

20 Oct 2015

3 signs you need furnace repair in Tracy, CAThe best time to schedule a furnace repair in Tracy is before you need it. With weather that could soon dip into the 50s and below during the day, now’s the time to make sure your furnace is ready to be put to work.

While scheduling a system tune-up is the most reliable way to spot necessary heating repairs, it’s not the only way. Here are few things you can look for yourself. (more…)

Choosing the Right Air Filter for your HVAC System

07 Sep 2015

Air filter

Regardless of whether you have a brand new heater or one that is a decade old, the type of air filter you purchase matters. But once you get to the store, you realize there are several filters to choose from. So which one is right for you? (more…)

Evaporative Cooling vs. Air Conditioning

02 Sep 2015

Swamp coolerDuring the hotter days of summer, you are probably wondering whether or not there’s a more efficient way to cool your home. While traditional air conditioners do a good job, you might have heard of an alternative: evaporative coolers, aka swamp coolers. But what exactly are the pros and cons of traditional and evaporative coolers? And which one is right for you? We’re here to give you a quick breakdown and weigh in on the matter. (more…)

6 Cheap Ways to Lower your A/C Costs

05 Aug 2015

Lowering your A/C billIf you’re like most people in the central valley, you’re probably running your A/C system nonstop. If you’re not careful, it could quickly add up to a serious chunk of change. The good news is that there are a few easy ways to take the strain off your A/C system and lower your electric bill which don’t require big installations and long payback periods. Here are a few of our favorites: (more…)