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Jimmy Williams

Owner, O’Brien Service Company

Born in Wilmington in 1961, Jimmy Williams attended New Hanover County schools with dreams of becoming a machinist at GE. He graduated from the Machine Trades program at Cape Fear Technical Institute in 1984, but GE was not in his  

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May 9, 2018

Ductwork Evaluation

When planning an update to your heating and air conditioning system, people often forget a very important part - their ductwork! Whether hidden under your home or up in the attic, it is vital to yo ...

Mar 15, 2018

2018 Federal Tax Credit Extensions

The federal tax credits, including most heating and cooling system installations, have been extended!  Not only will this save you some money, it will also encourage people to choose to instal ...

Mar 1, 2018

Ballpark Estimates

We understand why asking for ballpark estimates for a new HVAC system may seem like a perfectly reasonable question.  You have a budget and want a broad sense of the cost to ensure your family ...

Feb 6, 2018

In-Home Evaluation Expectations

When it’s time to replace your HVAC system, it’s very important to have a proper evaluation for your new system. This assessment needs to be done in your home to get the precise measu ...

Dec 20, 2017

Variable Speed HVAC Systems

Technology has come a long way in many applications in our lives. Your heating and air system is no different. Variable speed HVAC systems have been around for some time now. However, the technol ...

Nov 16, 2017

Treatment Sticks For Your HVAC System

One accessory for your HVAC system should not be without is a treatment stick. A treatment stick can help prevent damage to your home, while killing bad bacteria. This article will explain what it ...

Oct 13, 2017

Replace your HVAC System In The Fall

Do you currently have an old, unreliable HVAC system in your home? If you’re considering replacing your heating and cooling system, the fall season is a fantastic time!  This article wil ...

Sep 15, 2017

Trust A Trane

There are many HVAC equipment manufacturers across the globe, so when it’s time to choose a replacement system for your home or office, how do you pick?  Well, it was an easy choice ...

Sep 5, 2017

How To Prevent AC Repairs

As the temperature gets warmer, your air conditioning system has to start working harder. This is when unwanted AC repairs arise. As your system ages, sometimes these AC repairs are inevitable. How ...

May 8, 2017

What Causes HVAC Water Leaks?

Like any system in your home, your heating and cooling system might have some issues through the years. A water leak is one problem that can be worrisome if not addressed.  While water leaks v ...

May 3, 2017

Benefits Of Annual HVAC Maintenance

Just as a tune-up for your car can improve your gas mileage, a yearly tune-up of your heating and cooling system can improve efficiency and comfort.  -EnergyStar Your heating and air system ru ...

Mar 1, 2017

Defrost Cycle Of A Heat Pump

On a crisp winter morning, our office regularly receives phone calls from concerned customers regarding their system not functioning correctly. After our staff hears the situation and explains th ...

Jan 9, 2017

Is It Time For A Duct Evaluation?

When thinking about their heating and cooling systems, people often forget a very important part - their ductwork!  Whether hidden in your crawlspace or up in the attic, it is essential to you ...

Oct 17, 2016

Avoiding The High Cost Of Freon

If you recently had R-22, also known as Freon, added to your heating and air conditioning system, you probably noticed the high price.  No matter where you live or what company you call, expec ...

Sep 15, 2016

Why Replacing An HVAC System Is Cost Effective

Are you struggling to decide if it’s time to replace your old HVAC system? You’re probably not alone. It can be agonizing and time-consuming to decide if it makes more sense to contin ...

Sep 1, 2016

With Oversized AC Systems, Bigger Is Not Always Better

When it comes to purchasing a new heating and air system, you have choices to make. There are different manufacturers, types of systems and efficiency ratings, for example. One fac ...

Jul 15, 2016

Variable Speed Systems Offer Savings, Efficiency

Chances are, if your heating and air conditioning system is more than a few years old, you’re familiar with the jolting, disruptive sound that it produces when it starts. Unfortunately, that is ...

Jul 1, 2016

How To Fix A Frozen Air Conditioner

If you have never walked outside in the middle of summer and found a block of ice on top of your air conditioning system, the idea of that ever happening might sound impossible. In fact, it is not unc ...

May 15, 2016

Five Advantages To Ductless HVAC Systems

The use of ductless HVAC systems is becoming more prevalent in Wilmington, North Carolina, and the surrounding areas. As the name implies, ductless HVAC systems are cooling and heating systems that do ...

May 1, 2016

Practical Tips For Saving Money On Heating And Cooling Costs

Whether saving more money is a constant focus or just a New Year’s resolution, an effective means to achieve your goal is to reduce your energy bills. Considering that heating and cooling system ...

Mar 20, 2016

It’s Time For Spring HVAC Maintenance

It’s that wonderful time of year again – time for spring cleaning! Be sure that you don’t forget your heating and cooling system, which is one of the most important systems in your h ...

Mar 10, 2016

Heating And Cooling Tips To Reduce Energy Use This Year

If one of your goals for 2016 is to save money, then lowering your energy bills could really help. A good place to start is by improving the efficiency of your heating and cooling system, which likely ...

Jan 15, 2016

Should You Repair Or Replace Your HVAC System?

The subject of whether to repair or replace an aging appliance or an older system has fueled a lot of debate in many households. As with any topic that is worthy of discussion, there are valid points ...

Jan 1, 2016

Cut Energy Costs By Limiting Your Use Of Auxiliary Heat

Even in an area such as Wilmington that has a comfortable, temperate climate, it’s necessary to have a heat source during the winter months. By far the most popular method that clients of O&rsqu ...

Nov 20, 2015

Geothermal Systems Tap Into Savings, Free Energy Source

By harnessing the free natural energy that is trapped beneath the earth, geothermal systems provide homeowners with significant savings every month. Considering the fact that the life span of a geothe ...

Nov 10, 2015

How To Choose The Right Heating Contractor

Think it’s time for a new heating and air conditioning system? There are many choices that you'll need to make when the time comes to replace your system. Having a contractor such as O&rsquo ...

Sep 15, 2015

5 Proven Ways To Extend The Life Span Of An HVAC System

At O’Brien Service Company, we know that it can be stressful to be faced with the purchase of a new heating and air conditioning system (HVAC). Since customer service is our top priority, we try ...

Sep 1, 2015

Is It Time To Change Your Home’s HVAC Filters?

One of the questions that we hear on a consistent basis is about how often homeowners should change the air filter to their heating and air conditioning systems. Whether it’s a forgotten item on ...

Jul 20, 2015

How To Save Energy While Cooling Your Home

Carolina, area home are cranking up the air conditioning and bracing ourselves for the higher energy bills that inevitably follow. Summer doesn’t have to break the bank, however. Luckily the fol ...

Jul 10, 2015

The Risk Of Having An Improperly Sized Heating And Air System

When the time comes to purchase a new heating and air system, one of the most important factors to consider is the size of the system. Not having the right system in place to fit the specifications of ...

Jul 1, 2015

Simple and Effective Troubleshooting Ideas For AC Systems

If you think your AC system needs repair, the professionals at O’Brien Service Company will be happy to help you get it up and running again. However, some problems have a quick and easy solutio ...

Jun 15, 2015

When To Schedule A Free In-Home Estimate

Saying goodbye to your heating and air system isn’t easy, but sometimes it’s for the best. In this WILMA Insights, I’ll go over several of the signs that you many need to consider ...

Jun 1, 2015

Why Geothermal?

The past several years there has been a push for systems and appliances to be more and more energy efficient, so how can you heat and cool your home more efficiently? An excellent answer is to choose ...

May 15, 2015

Air Conditioner Basics

An air conditioner is an important part of your home, but it’s not uncommon to not know much about it. You set the thermostat to the temperature you like, and don’t think much more about i ...

May 1, 2015

Improve the Longevity Of Your Air Conditioner And Ensure Its Warranty With An Annual Inspection

It’s that wonderful time of year again, time for spring cleaning!  Be sure not to forget one of the most important systems in your home, your heating and cooling system.  After your co ...

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Apr 15, 2015

What to Expect During A Free In-Home Estimate

Is your heating and air system on its last legs? If you’re considering replacing your current heating and cooling system, make sure you have a quality company provide you an estimate. There are ...

Residential Real Estate
Apr 1, 2015

What Is A Load Calculation?

Heating and cooling systems can seem complicated when you are not familiar with them. There are many terms affiliated with these systems that can be hard to understand. One term that you should learn ...

Residential Real Estate
Mar 15, 2015

Why Does My System Need An Annual Maintenance Inspection?

Whether your heating and air system was installed last year or 10 years ago, it will benefit from having an annual maintenance inspection. Your heating and cooling system is running almost every day o ...

Mar 1, 2015

What Is The Price Of A New Heating And Air System?

The first thing that most people want to know when considering the purchase of a new heating or air system is the price. We don’t blame them for asking. A new heating and air system is a major p ...

Residential Real Estate
Feb 15, 2015

A Quick Guide To Furnace Repairs

During the cold winter months, it’s important to make sure your heating system is working properly. If it’s not or you’re not sure, give O’Brien a call.  There are many ...

Residential Real Estate
Feb 1, 2015

Do You Know The Difference Between A Heat Pump And A Furnace?

During the winter months, you want to make sure that you have a reliable heating system for your home, but how do you know which system is best for it?  At O’Brien Service Company, we offer ...

Residential Real Estate
Jan 1, 2015

Five Things To Check If Your Furnace Goes Out

It is important to have your heating system working properly during the cold winter months, for obvious reasons. There are many problems that could cause a gas furnace to have issues, and O’Brie ...

Residential Real Estate
Dec 15, 2014

How To Avoid “Dirty Sock” Syndrome At Home

Dirty sock syndrome is not something that you want in your home; even the name is unpleasant.  Unfortunately, it does occur, and the root cause has yet to be pinpointed.   Dirty sock synd ...

Residential Real Estate
Dec 1, 2014

Tips To Try Before Calling For A Heating Repair

At O’Brien Service Company, we know that when the heat quits working on a cold winter day, you don’t want to wait very long. While we will try and get to your home as soon as we can, here ...

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Nov 15, 2014

What Is A Zone Control System?

A zone control system uses a programmable thermostat that can heat or cool different areas of your home to different temperatures. In your home, you probably use certain rooms more than others, or may ...

Residential Real Estate
Nov 1, 2014

Do I Need A Ductless Split System?

Keeping your home cool during the summer months and warm during the winter months is essential for staying comfortable, and having a ductless split system can help you achieve that. Many people have q ...

Residential Real Estate
Oct 15, 2014

Aeroseal: What Does It Do, And How Can You Benefit From It?

Here at O’Brien Service Company, we are one of the few authorized Aeroseal dealers in the region. Aeroseal is one of the many ways that O’Brien can make your home more comfortable and ener ...

Residential Real Estate
Oct 1, 2014

Winter Maintenance For Your Heating System

If you may step outside today, the last thing you may think of is getting winter maintenance for your heating system; in reality, it should be something you get taken care of now. If you were in the W ...

Sep 15, 2014

High Humidity Can Cause Health Problems

Consequences of relative humidity rising over 60 percent and above are the air feeling stale, your hair getting frizzy, and feeling hotter than it really is. That’s because more humidity in the ...

Residential Real Estate
Sep 1, 2014

Why Geothermal?

The past several years there has been a push to, “Go Green,” and to be more energy efficient. So how can you heat and cool your house this way? The best answer is to choose a geothermal sy ...

Residential Real Estate
Aug 15, 2014

Understanding SEER And HSPF

When it comes to purchasing a new HVAC system, there are many different terms and numbers that can make it difficult to compare your options, especially if you don’t understand what the terms me ...

Residential Real Estate
Aug 1, 2014

Before You Call For An Air Conditioner Repair

Think you may need an air conditioner repair in Wilmington? Then look no further than O’Brien Service Company!  We’d love to help you with any issues your system might be having, alth ...

Residential Real Estate
Jul 15, 2014

Why Purchase A Programmable Thermostat?

As heating and air systems become more energy efficient, so does the equipment that works with them, including programmable thermostats. If you’re looking for ways to cut costs, upgrading to a p ...

Residential Real Estate
Jul 3, 2014

How Can I Get The Most Efficiency Out Of My Cooling System

It is starting to heat up. Is your cooling system ready for the warm seasons ahead? There are several ways to help make sure you are getting the most efficiency out of your cooling system. A few simpl ...

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