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Water Heaters – New vs. Old

As you may have heard, new regulations went into effect earlier this year that required design changes in residential water heaters.  The new style is more efficient, but has a significantly larger diameter.  Here’s a “Pre-2015” model on the left along with a “Current” model on the right.

If you think your water heater might be due for replacement, take a look at the space that’s available where it’s installed.  Plan ahead so that if and when your water heater does fail, you’re not caught by surprise with a space that won’t accommodate the new style heaters.


Spray Foam Insulation – New Call Center at JRAC

Here’s some video of the application of spray foam insulation to the walls in our new residential call center at our office.  We used the same type of insulation at our Solar Idea House.  We consider all aspects of your home, including insulation.  Contact us today to learn how to make your home more efficient!

Congratulations Bruce Allsop – Retiring After 43 Years!

It’s with mixed emotions that we say goodbye to one of our longest-serving employees.  Our commercial special projects supervisor, Bruce Allsop, is retiring after 43 years of service with James River Air.

For many years now, Bruce has managed our commercial equipment replacement jobs.  He’s been a link between the engineers and supervisors that design the projects and the technicians that complete the actual install.  Whether you needed help designing the best solution for a client, assistance on the job site putting the equipment in, or troubleshooting on difficult circumstances, Bruce was your guy.

Bruce worked with the founder, Hugh E. Joyce, during his time leading the company and has always demonstrated the great qualities that Hugh, Sr. taught his employees.

We wish Bruce the best, and thank him for his many years of service!  His wife, Mary, also a long-time employee, still works with James River, so we’re sure we’ll still see plenty of him around!

Bruce James River

Residential Fall Preparation Checklist

It’s time again to look at preparing your home for cold weather.  Here’s a helpful set of tips:

  • Make sure your vents are closed if you have a crawlspace.  In our area, because of our climate, they should be closed year-round.
  • Make sure your outdoor unit is clear of any debris.
  • Check your windows for leaks or cracks, and install weatherstripping in any gaps.  Caulk any cracks around the frame that need to be filled.
  • If you have an oil or gas furnace, make sure to have it checked and cleaned.
  • Check your gutters; make sure they are clear, clean, and secure.
  • Check your attic for any insects or other animals that may be have gotten in.
  • Replace the batteries in your CO and smoke detectors.
  • If you have a fireplace, make sure you’ve cleaned out any old ashes, made sure the damper is working properly, and have had the chimney tested.
  • Drain and winterize any outdoor faucets or irrigation systems before freezing weather comes.
  • If your water heater is older and has never been flushed, call us to help flush built-up sediment from the tank.
  • Check water pipes to make sure that any exposed ones are insulated properly.
  • Make sure that you have a good fire escape plan and an easily accessible fire extinguisher.
  • Assemble some emergency kits, containing supplies like batteries, non-perishable food, blankets, and flashlights.

James River Air Conditioning is always here to help with any of your home’s heating, cooling, plumbing, or electrical systems – and we service appliances as well!

James River Air & Richmond International Raceway

James River Air Conditioning is proud to be the official heating and cooling contractor for Richmond International Raceway.  We’re excited about the races coming up September 10th through 12th!  Click here to get information on how to get tickets, and call James River Air Conditioning if you’re interested in getting the same great service we provide RIR for your home or business!  We are your one source for heating, cooling, plumbing, electrical, and appliance repair, maintenance, and installation.

James River’s Sheet Metal Shop

Did you know that James River Air has it’s on in-house sheet metal shop?  Here’s Hugh Joyce along with one of our sheet metal mechanics, Gordon.  The computer-controlled plasma cutter (the machine that says Lockformer Vulcan) can cut duct fittings so there’s very little waste.  What little waste is left, we recycle!

Tips for Extreme Hot Weather

WTVR has a helpful article on money-saving tips from Dominion Virginia Power for coping with the hot weather we’re experiencing.

Keeping your system maintained is key!  Call or e-mail us today to set up an inspection on your system to make sure you’re prepared for this summer!

Children’s Museum of Richmond Virginia 529 Raffle!

James River Heating & Air is excited to be offering Free tickets for the Children’s Museum of Richmond 529 College Savings raffle!

James River Air and The Children’s Museum of Richmond want to give You the chance to win a free college education.. The proceeds from this raffle will benefit the Children’s Museum of Richmond’s mission, programs, exhibits and the winning raffle ticket will be drawn at Short Pump Town Center. Purchase tickets and view detailed rules and regulations at

The First 50 Clients who purchase a Residential Heating and Cooling System, between May 29th  and June 29th will have a chance to win a 529 College Tuition Plan.

Below are a few simple, but important Rules:

  • Purchase a new residential Heating and Cooling System between May 29th and June 29th.
  • System must be paid in full (unless financed).
  • System must be installed by July 30, 2015.
  • Raffle tickets will be given to the first 50 clients with purchase of new heating and cooling system.

CMoR Virginia 529 ticket raffle

For more information regarding CMoR (Children’s Museum of Richmond) please visit:
For detailed overviews of Virginia 529 savings plan please visit:

Temporary Cooling Solutions

You know that James River Air can help you with permanent air conditioning solutions, but did you know that we can also help you with your temporary cooling needs?  Below is a picture of a couple of our technicians helping one of our commercial clients install a temporary cooling unit.  Call or e-mail us today for more info on how we can help you!


Temporary Cooling Richmond

Avoid Water Damage – Know Where Your Condensate Lines Are!

With warm temperatures here, your air conditioner is probably running quite a bit.  As you may know, air conditioning systems work in part by removing moisture from the air – and that moisture has to go somewhere!  Make sure you know where your condensate is going so you can avoid water damage to your home.

  • Condensate lines are typically ¾” PVC lines that go from your inside coil to the outdoors.  Sometimes they are encased in downspout material along with the copper lines that go between the indoor and outdoor units.
  • Find where your condensate lines are on the outside of your home, and make sure that they are not blocked.  Sometimes we’ve seen mulch or other items laid down in such a way that the pipe gets blocked, creating backups inside.  Also look out for mud daubers:  they can build a nest in a day that will stop up a condensate line.
  • Know where your indoor coil is and what sort of condensate removal setup you have.
  • Condensate lines require periodic maintenance to avoid being clogged by algae growth or dirt and other particles from your air conditioning system.
  • Sometimes a condensate pump is involved.  These require periodic cleaning to prevent algae buildup and clogs.
  • If your air handler is in a finished space, like an attic, you probably have an emergency drain pan.  If you’re seeing water in this emergency pan, it’s not normal!  Water should only be going into that pan if there’s a problem in the normal condensate drain system.
  • If your indoor unit is in a finished space, consider getting a ceiling saver kit.  Our kits include special traps and water sensors that cut your unit off if a clog is detected to help prevent ceiling damage.


Our technicians have seen some costly damage caused by condensate over the years.  If you have any doubts about whether you have a good condensate drain system or would like to have maintenance performed, please contact us to arrange for a visit from one of our qualified techs.