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What is the difference between a rebuilt and remanufactured engine?
The main difference between a rebuilt and remanufactured engine concerns the standards to which the product is tested. A remanufactured engine is tested to meet the standards of a new engine, and it's crafted using the blueprints and specifications of the original equipment. With a rebuilt engine, repairs are done to replace parts that have failed, but other components are left intact. While rebuilt engines may perform adequately, they might not function at the same high level as a new engine or one that has been remanufactured.
Is it worth buying remanufactured truck parts?
Remanufactured truck parts can represent a sound investment, and they're less expensive than new truck parts. They also offer a high level of quality, since they're crafted to meet the standards of a new truck part and come with solid warranties.
What is a remanufactured transmission or differential?
A remanufactured transmission or differential is one that has been completely restored to meet the standards of a new part. This involves adding new components and restoring mechanical tolerances. Remanufactured parts offer a higher level of quality than parts that have simply been rebuilt, and they typically come with warranties that are longer and more generous.
How much does it cost to maintain a truck?
The cost of maintaining a truck can average between 5 percent and 10 percent of the vehicle's purchase price. Maintenance cost will depend on factors such as the age, make, and model of the truck. Truck maintenance involves things such as brake servicing, checking the batteries and the drive axles, servicing the driveline and exhaust system, as well as the steering, engine, and suspension.
What are the most commonly replaced truck parts?
Trucks are heavy vehicles, and this weight can place a great deal of strain on a truck's braking system. For this reason, a truck's brake pads and brake rotors often need regular replacement. The list of commonly replaced truck parts also includes tires, headlights, brake lights, turn signals, windshield wiper blades, and batteries.
How much does it cost to put in a new heating system?
The cost of putting in a new heating system is going to depend on a variety of things. The square footage of your house is a big factor. How’s your home's insulation?
What type of system are you planning to buy? Each system has its own hardware and installation variable, so price points will vary.
Are you converting to gas or oil? Add in the cost of running gas or oils lines to your house.
Are you digging underground or is it all above ground, like solar?
What system are you replacing? It’ll have to be removed and disposed of, so the more complicated or elaborate set up you have, the more it will cost to remove or install.
Finally, you have to consider contractor fees. Luckily there are a lot of resources available to find quality candidates. To get a real idea of cost you will need to get estimates from contractors and/or full service hardware stores that sell and install systems.
What is hydronic heating?
Hydronic heating is a newer technology that is water or liquid based and uses green technologies to heat or cool your home. Water (or an alternative liquid), is heated and then sent through a network of tubing or piping that sits under the floors. This system literally heats the floor, and the heat then rises up to heat the room. Imagine no more cold floors on those chilly winter mornings! Hydronic heating is an efficient method of delivering heat cheap and leaves no carbon footprint.
Solar heating is a method where the sun’s energy is collected by panels and converted to reusable energy. The sunlight collected is converted to direct current (DC) by photovoltaic cells in the panels. Then an inverter converts the DC current into alternating current (AC) and the panels send that electricity out and into your home to power things like your TV, computer, game consoles, and air conditioner. The more sunlight you have access to, the more energy you can produce. In some areas, solar powered homeowners can sell or trade the excess power they have accumulated to local power companies.
Which type of heating system is cheapest to operate?
Solar heating is the cheapest to operate. Once you have the hardware in place, the energy is free. That’s an awesome deal if you live in sunny climates, but in areas of less sunshine, specifically more extreme climates, you will likely have to have alternative heating methods available to you for when solar energy is not available.
What is a warm air heating system?
A warm air heating system is one of the most common types of residential heating systems. Cooler air that filters through a heat exchanger is warmed, and then blown directly into rooms via vents in your floors, walls, or ceilings. These types of furnaces are generally fueled by gas or electricity. The system heats the air directly and immediately.