Mystery Solved: Air Handler vs Furnace (Residential)

The video above, by Genteq Motors, gives a very good overview of how your average residential furnace works. For those of us, however, who has no life and would like to know more we will go into a little more detail in this article covering the history of heating homes to the difference between gas and electric.

Air Handler / Furnace
When you have electric heat it is called an air handler. When you have a gas heater it’s called a furnace. Up north you may have an oil burner, but that is also called a furnace. What they all have in common is a fan that circulates air in the house.

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Fresh Market

Fresh Market 

– Install windows and doors –

Fresh Market, similar to Whole Foods, is coming to Metairie. We got the opportunity to install some window fixtures and doors. Why we didn’t simply get the entire job we’re not sure, but it is what it is. Here are the photos:

Laponica Refrigeration offers both Industrial and Commercial HVAC & Refrigeration services in addition to residential services. The Nordic blood of the Laponica Refrigeration technicians knows no boundaries and our skills in high quality commercial ice machines, walk-in cooler/freezers, is a testament to that fact. Please take note that all of Laponica Refrigeration’s customers will receive the best customer care and quality materials to match.

Commercial Maintenance Program

IMG_3468Prevention Reduces Costs!

Many expensive air conditioning, heating and refrigeration repairs are caused by lack of proper maintenance and service. Planned maintenance inspections reduce the number of emergency calls by revealing potential problems that can be corrected, before they become expensive, and thereby reducing major repairs and equipment replacements.

A maintenance plan with Laponica Refrigeration provides peace of mind through periodic scheduled inspections. Lubrication, adjustments, safety testing and cleaning of your heating and cooling system will keep it running at peak, trouble-free efficiency. Potential problems are spotted before they cause trouble.

Identify & discern everything!!

Every inspection comes with a detailed checklist of your equipment’s current status, what equipment or part(s) need immediate service and what can wait. Twice a year Laponica will schedule an appointment to inspect your HVAC and/or refrigeration equipment. Regular inspections serve the purpose of inspecting and advising the customer of any needed repairs. No repairs are made without the customer’s approval. Servicing your refrigeration equipment on a regular basis can help drastically reduce the number of emergency service calls your company needs.

On the financial side, the most obvious benefit is lower overall service costs. If all works as it should, your company will require fewer emergency calls throughout the year. As a result, total spending on equipment service will be lower as well as, all things being equal, your costs will be more predictable vs. relying on emergency calls only.

Hidden benefits!!!

These types of agreements have some additional, less obvious, but still very real financial advantages. Properly maintained equipment will use less energy than ones that are not regularly serviced, resulting in lower utility bills. Even more significant, such equipment will last longer, lowering capital investment expenses. Consider a refrigerator or icemaker: A clean condenser means fans are running less, compressors are running less – all the moving parts are running less. So you get a longer lifespan for the equipment on top of the energy savings.

A service tech that is familiar with the system and has access to the equipment’s history does not need to spend time (money) trying to figuring out what has been done in the past. All our inspections are detailed and can serve as a visual aid for both the customer and the technician.

While budgets are still tight for most foodservice operations, equipment service and repair should not be an expense your company should worry about. Planned maintenance agreements offer the ability to control that expense and pay attention to what really matters: your company and its customers.

Call Laponica at 504-273-4013 or fill out a Request Service form to find out more. One of our members will come out to your business and explain how our Commercial maintenance program works. There’s no obligation and the visit is free.

Residential Service Plan

Prevention Reduces Costs

Many expensive air conditioning and heating repairs are caused by lack of proper service. Planned service reduces the number of emergency calls by revealing potential problems that can be corrected, before they become expensive, and thereby reducing major repairs and equipment replacements.

A service agreement with Laponica Refrigeration provides peace of mind through periodic scheduled inspections. Lubrication, adjustments, safety testing, and cleaning of your heating and cooling system will keep it running at peak, trouble-free efficiency. Potential problems are spotted before they cause trouble.

Know Everything!

Every inspection comes with a detailed checklist of what equipment or part needs immediate service and what can wait. Twice a year Laponica will schedule an appointment to inspect your equipment – one at the start of each heating and cooling season. Regular inspections serve the purpose of keeping your equipment clean and advising you of any needed repairs. No repairs are made without your approval! You will be provided a complete checklist of what needs immediate attention, to make your equipment work safely & efficiently, and what item(s) can wait.

All our service plans include:

    • Free service calls (Reg. $75)
    • Discount on Freon and repairs
    • Priority service for emergency calls
    • Check proper refrigerant charge
    • Lubricate motors (if required)
    • Check for proper voltage and amp draw
    • Check electrical connections and relays
    • Check Thermostat
    • Check condensate drains
    • Clean or replace filters (as needed)
    • Inspect condenser coil
    • Inspect evaporator coil (where accessible)
    • Perform system operational check
    • Detailed records and operating history for your review at all times

Hidden Benefits!

These types of agreements have some additional, less obvious, but still very real financial advantages. Properly maintained equipment will use less energy than ones that are not regularly serviced, resulting in lower utility bills. Even more significant, such equipment will last longer, lowering capital investment expenses. While budgets are still tight for most homes, equipment service and repair should not be an expense your family should worry about.

A service tech that is familiar with the system and has access to the equipment’s history does not need to spend time (money) trying to figuring out what has been done in the past. All our inspections are detailed and can serve as a visual aid for both the customer and the technician.

Call Laponica at 504-273-4013 or fill out a Request Service form to setup an informal meeting to discuss what service plan is right for you. One of our members will come out to your home and explain how our Residential Service Plans work. There’s no obligation and the visit is free. Whether you go with us or not your HVAC system, just like any another mechanical device, needs regular maintenance. Don’t wait until it breaks. Bad idea.

The Rusty Skipper

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Laponica Refrigeration is looking at buying a used forklift from one of our seafood plant customers. I, Ole Andreas Haug, have decided to name it The Rusty Skipper! At least that’s what I’m thinking right now. I will accept some other ideas.

002 - Laponica Refrigeration - ForkliftLaponica Refrigeration is a family operated small business located in Kenner, Louisiana. We are a full service and state licensed mechanical contractor for A/C, Heating and Commercial Refrigeration.

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It finally happened – Hell has frozen!

Laponica Refrigeration - Hell, Norway

By: Ole Andreas Haug

That is – Hell the city in Norway has frozen. According to my brother, who has been to Hell and back, visitors can take a train ride to “Hell” and, in plain good old English, be greeted by a sign that says, “Welcome to Hell.” In Norwegian we spell the religious underworld location as “Helvete”, so naming a city “Hell” was perfectly fine until English speaking visitors began to come. Then it became funny.

As Norwegian immigrants to the United States Laponica Refrigeration brings extensive knowledge on making things as cold as possible, circumstantially evident by our slogan: “We work in the heat, so you don’t have to!”

If you live in the Greater New Orleans area we recommend you visit our newly designed web page, request service, or browse our extensive list of photos on our blog About Laponica Refrigeration.