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Why Hire a Mitsubishi Diamond Contractor™?

Monday, August 22, 2016


After you’ve done your research, and decided that a Mitsubishi Electric Heating & Cooling system is the perfect solution for your home, your next step is to pick a contractor. Picking a licensed and insured contractor is a must, but Mitsubishi has taken it a step further. Mitsubishi Electric Heating & Cooling created a certification program for a select group of elite HVAC professionals, recognized as Diamond Contractors™.



Selecting a Mitsubishi Diamond Contractor™ comes with several benefits.


• Diamond Contractors™ are required to complete annual training to keep up to date on the latest technology and best installation practices.

• They must agree to uphold the highest level of professionalism and adhere to the Diamond Contractor™ Code of Conduct.

• Customers who hire Diamond Contractors™ are eligible to increase their residential products to a 12 year part and 12 year compressor warranty when registered.

• Diamond Contractors™ must be nominated by a distributor.

• Have peace of mind knowing that a Diamond Contractor meets certain requirements or installs at least 20 systems annually, and can find the right fit for you.


Handyside Plumbing & Heating is your local Diamond Contractor™. Get the most out of your new Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating system, by having our estimator provide a free-in home consultation.




Panel Box Safety

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Older homes often have a rich history and beautiful character. However, there are certain primary features in an older home that need to be periodically inspected and maintained. In particular, the home’s circuit breaker panel could pose a safety hazard.



What to Look For?


Homes built between 1950 and 1990 are at a higher risk of an electrical hazard, if they are equipped with a Federal Pacific Electric (FPE) or Zinsco circuit breaker panel. In most cases, a logo will be printed on the front cover to display the brand. If you fear that your panel box is a safety hazard, don’t hesitate to contact a licensed professional for inspection.


Why Should I Be Concerned?


If you do have a Federal Pacific Electric or Zinsco electrical panel, it is highly recommended to replace the entire circuit panel. According to Angie’s List, “An estimated 2,800 fires each year directly result from Federal Pacific panel breaker malfunction.”

Essentially, a circuit breakers job is to trip during a power surge. This often occurs when too many electrical devices are attached to the same breaker. When a breaker is tripped, it will cut of the electrical supply to prevent overheating, electrical damage and fires. These panel box breakers are flawed, because they may not always trip in the event of a power surge. This makes them more susceptible to catching on fire.


What We Recommend?


We strongly encourage replacing Federal Pacific Electric or Zinsco panel boxes. We do not feel that replacing parts alone is a safe alternative. Safety standards today are much greater than in the 60’s and 70’s and these panels would not be approved for use today. The overall weak design deficiencies are serious, and are considered an electrical shock and fire risk.


If you have questions, or are interested in a free estimate to replace your Federal Pacific Electric or Zinsco panel box, please call us at 717-938-2521 to request an appointment.



The R-22 Phaseout

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


The United States is phasing out the importation and production of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs). This greatly effects our industry because most residential air conditioning units manufactured prior to 2010, use HCFC-22. Which is more commonly known as R-22.


Why is R-22 Being Phased Out?


The goal of the R-22 phase-out is to protect the stratospheric ozone layer. Under the U.S. Clean Air Act, the EPAbegan the framework for the phase-out in 1993. HCFCs are considered an ozone depleting substance, so by phasing out production they hope to reduce the risk of skin cancer caused by UV radiation exposure. Since HCFCs are greenhouse gases, it also may be a contributing factor to climate change.


How Does this Affect Me?


If your air conditioning unit uses R-22, immediate action is not required. However, as of 2015 production of R-22 has been reduced by 90%, and by 2020 there will be no production or import allowed. This means that price of R-22 has already sky rocketed because there is limited supply.


Planning for the Future


According to the EPA, you are not required to stop using R-22 or replace existing equipment. However, you must have a reliable service contractor that has EPA Section 608 certification to service equipment containing R-22.

If your unit is low on refrigerant, it is recommended that you request the service technician to locate and repair the leak instead of just “topping it off”. This will optimize performance of your existing system, and ideally reduce the need for additional pounds of costly R-22.

In some cases, financially it could be a more sound decision to replace the unit. If your system requires a costly repair, it may be in your best interested to look into a more energy efficient model that could significantly save on your energy costs and eliminate the need for R-22.


Where Can I Find More Information?


For more information and questions about servicing your R-22 air conditioner, please call Handyside at 717-938-2521.


Or, to learn more about the HCFC Phaseout visit www.epa.gov/ozone/ 


Backflow Testing & Prevention

Friday, June 10, 2016

Did you recently receive a letter from your water company requiring a backflow prevention test? If so, you are not alone. Most public buildings including businesses, apartments, condos, restaurants and other commercial facilities are required to have a backflow prevention device installed at each cross connection. These backflow valves must comply with municipal codes, and must be tested annually.



Your first thought may be, why do I need backflow preventers and annual testing? Backflow occurs when the flow of water in your plumbing systems becomes reversed, and causes your drinking water to become contaminated. To prevent this from occurring, a properly installed, tested and maintained backflow preventer will help keep a higher quality of water throughout your community.


Next, you’re probably thinking why do you have to pay for the installation and maintenance of the backflow preventer? The water utility company is responsible for the water, until it goes beyond the meter. Essentially, once the water is in your plumbing, they don’t want the water back. Your neighbors who use the same water utility would also not be very happy paying full price for re-used and contaminated water.


If you are in need to a backflow preventer installation, or an annual inspection, we have the equipment and certificated plumbers to handle the job. To schedule an appointment, call us at 717-938-2521.


Handyside Plumbing, Heating & Electrical: Active NARI of Central PA Member

Thursday, May 19, 2016

At Handyside Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical, we take pride in our commitment to exceed industry standards. It is our responsibility to go above and beyond, and provide our neighbors with superior service. We are proud to announce that we are members of the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.


The National Association of the Remodeling Industry is an organization of remodeling professionals that are committed to high standards, ethics, integrity and the local community. Our values sharply align with those of NARI. The NARI Code of Ethic’s mirrors our everyday practices, so joining an organization that promotes smart and ethical business practices was a no brainer.


NARI Code of Ethics


Each member of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry is pledged to observe high standards of honesty, integrity and responsibility in the conduct of business:


1. By promoting only those products and services which are functionally and economically sound, and which are consistent with objective   standards of health and safety

2. By making all advertising and sales promotion factually accurate avoiding those practices which tend to mislead or deceive the    customer

3. By writing all contracts and warranties such that they comply with federal, state and local laws

4. By promptly acknowledging and taking appropriate action on all customer complaints

5. By refraining from any act intended to restrain trade or suppress competition

6. By attaining and retaining insurance as required by federal, state and local authorities


Since 2014, we have been active NARI of Central PA members. We participate in monthly member meetings, and have met other great business professionals in our community. Throughout our membership we have participated in various events, such as the annual Toys for Tots Christmas Mingle and the Annual NARI Scholarship Golf Outing. NARI has been a great fit for our company.


For more information, and resources for your next home remodeling project, please visit: http://www.nari.org/.


HVAC Check-Up vs.Cleaning

Friday, May 13, 2016

When you hire a heating and cooling contractor to perform maintenance on your HVAC system, the terminology can be confusing. Every company uses slightly different labels to describe their routine maintenance programs.



Often the terms check-up and cleaning are used synonymously; however, it is important to understand the difference. These routine maintenance programs range from a simple inspection, to a full blown cleaning. A thorough cleaning, which is important for the longevity of your unit, is much more labor intensive than a simple inspection.


If you are not sure what all is included with your annual maintenance program, we encourage you to ask your HVAC contractor. There is not an exact industry standard when it comes to a heat pump, air conditioner, boiler or furnace tune-up. If the price seems too good to be true, it most likely is! 



Flooding: The Unnerving Side of Spring

Thursday, April 14, 2016

On a typical day your backyard may be serene, maybe overlooking the Yellow Breeches Creek or one of the midstate’s other beautiful waterways. But often, that beautiful view and wildlife comes with a sacrifice. The risk could result in a flooded basement, or worse. Enduring the stresses and costs that come along with flooding is difficult, and in some cases can be traumatizing. If you live in a flood zone, or noticed your home has tendency to flood, it may be wise to take some precautions.


There are several precautions you can take outside your home to help prevent interior water damage. Ensure your landscaping outside is directing water away from the home, preferably towards a storm sewer. Also, make sure that your gutters are clean and the downspout pours the excess rainwater at least six feet away from the foundation of the home, further is better.


Now, step inside and make sure the interior or your home is also prepared for flooding. A sump pump is a must for homes that flood. A sump pump is used to transfer water that enters your basement and pump it outside away from your home. The sump pump is located in a sump pit in your basement.


Unfortunately, taking these standard precautions don’t always work. For instance:


-The power could go out


-The main sump pump could become clogged


-The float switch could become stuck or fail


-There might be too much water flushing into the home for the main sump pump to handle


-The discharge pipe could get clogged


There are many circumstances that could occur and result in a flooded basement. That is why we recommend installing a battery back-up sump pump to help supplement for these trying times.


Having a battery back-up sump pump can offer peace of mind by protecting you during a power outage, during types of extreme rainfall, or if you’re primary sump pump fails. It could also prevent much further damage to the home in the event of a flood, which would save you thousands of dollars!


If you would like to learn more about battery back-up sump pumps, please contact Handyside at 717-938-2521.


  1. Why Hire a Mitsubishi Diamond Contractor™? Carley Handyside 22-Aug-2016
  2. Panel Box Safety Carley Handyside 26-Jul-2016
  3. The R-22 Phaseout Carley Handyside 20-Jul-2016
  4. Backflow Testing & Prevention Carley Handyside 10-Jun-2016
  5. Handyside Plumbing, Heating & Electrical: Active NARI of Central PA Member Carley Handyside 19-May-2016


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