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About Your Equipment and System

About Your System:
Each of these menu topics describe the components of  the various heating, cooling, ventilation, and plumbing systems that we install and service.  Our goal is to make this part of our website a resource to better inform our customers about their equipment and systems.  When you call for service, we hope the information will assist you in describing what kind of service you need.  When you receive an invoice from us, we hope the information will help clarify which parts and systems we worked on during our service visit.

Our goal is to be Martha’s Vineyard’s premier plumbing and HVAC shop – we appreciate the opportunity to inform you about your plumbing and HVAC system.

A Brief History of Heating, Cooling, and Ventilation

  The heating, cooling, and ventilation industry is quite young – equipment and techniques were developed in the 1930s and 40s and solidified in the 50s and 60s.  Since then, we have seen gradual improvements in efficiency, comfort,  and reliability.  The two biggest innovations to take us into the modern age (2017) have been the computerization of the equipment and the ability…

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Air Conditioning 101

The descriptions and pictures below are designed to foster a basic understanding of the parts of your air conditioning system.  When you call for service, we hope they will help you to identify those parts of your system that may need service.  When you receive an invoice from us, we hope the information below will help clarify which parts and systems we…

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Boilers and Hydronics 101

The descriptions and pictures below are designed to foster a basic understanding of the parts of your boiler and hydronic (hot water heat) system.  When you call for service, we hope they will help you to identify those parts of your system that may need service.  When you receive an invoice from us, we hope the information below will help clarify which parts…

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Domestic Hot Water 101

The descriptions and pictures below are designed to foster a basic understanding of the parts of your domestic hot water system.  When you call for service, we hope they will help you to identify those parts of your system that may need service.  When you receive an invoice from us, we hope the information below will help clarify which parts and systems…

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Furnaces and Forced Air Heat 101

The descriptions and pictures below are designed to foster a basic understanding of the parts of your furnace and forced air system.  When you call for service, we hope they will help you to identify those parts of your system that may need service.  When you receive an invoice from us, we hope the information below will help clarify which parts and systems…

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Geothermal 101

The descriptions and pictures below are designed to foster a basic understanding of the parts of your geothermal system.  When you call for service, we hope they will help you to identify those parts of your system that may need service.  When you receive an invoice from us, we hope the information below will help clarify which parts and systems we worked on…

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Heat Pumps 101

The descriptions and pictures below are designed to foster a basic understanding of the parts of your heat pump system.  This page will focus on ducted split systems such as the Carrier, Mitsubishi, and Daikin systems that have an outside heat pump and an inside fan coil / air handler connected to ductwork that delivers heating and cooling.  For wall units and slim…

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Mini-Split 101

The descriptions and pictures below are designed to foster a basic understanding of the parts of your mini-split system.  This page will focus on non-ducted split systems such as the Daikin and Mitsubishi that have an outside heat pump and a wall unit (or units) and slim ducts that have minimal or no ductwork.  For heat pumps with duct work, please visit our Heat…

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Plumbing 101

The descriptions and pictures below are designed to foster a basic understanding of the parts of your plumbing system.  When you call for service, we hope they will help you to identify those parts of your system that may need service.  When you receive an invoice from us, we hope the information below will help clarify which parts and systems we worked on…

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Radiant Heating 101

The descriptions and pictures below are designed to foster a basic understanding of the parts of your radiant heating system.  When you call for service, we hope they will help you to identify those parts of your system that may need service.  When you receive an invoice from us, we hope the information below will help clarify which parts and systems we worked…

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Solar Hot Water 101

The descriptions and pictures below are designed to foster a basic understanding of the parts of your solar hot water system.  When you call for service, we hope they will help you to identify those parts of your system that may need service.  When you receive an invoice from us, we hope the information below will help clarify which parts and systems we…

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Water Treatment 101

The descriptions and pictures below are designed to foster a basic understanding of the parts of your water treatment system.  When you call for service, we hope they will help you to identify those parts of your system that may need service.  When you receive an invoice from us, we hope the information below will help clarify which parts and systems we worked…

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