Goettl Air Conditioning Phoenix Blog : Archive for October, 2013

Improper Heating Maintenance Can Stir Up These Issues

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

The hot desert weather in the Valley of the Sun means that many homeowners often neglect to think about their heating systems until the moment they need them. Although this is understandable, since heaters receive far less use during the year than air conditioners, it’s still unwise to leave any important part of a house without regular care.

If you let your heater—whether it’s a furnace, radiant system, or heat pump—go without an annual professional inspection and tune-ups, you can encounter unpleasant, inconvenient, and expensive problems. Investing in a regular maintenance program, like The Good Guys Club from Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning, will help you avoid troublesome issues that require heating repairs.

Here are troubles you may encounter if your heater is not properly maintained:

Safety concerns: A heater that is improperly maintained can turn into a safety hazard. This is especially true for gas-powered furnaces, one of the most common types of home heaters. If a furnace goes without professional maintenance, gas leaks and cracks in the heat exchanger may escape notice. You don’t want to risk exposure to toxic gases or a possible explosion. During an inspection, a technician will catch any troubles that might lead to safety hazards.

Energy-inefficient operation: A properly maintained heater is an efficient heater. If your heating system starts to wear down because it hasn’t received regular tune-ups, it will begin to drain excess power to reach its target temperature. You’ll experience higher bills, and the heater will start to age faster from overwork.

Frequent repairs: One of the main reasons to get maintenance on any machine is to prevent it from needing repairs later. A heater that hasn’t gotten proper maintenance will be much more prone to malfunctions and breakdowns. Hiring professionals to do regular check-ups and tune-ups will save you money in the long-term because you’ll have to schedule fewer repair visits.

Reduced system lifespan: All of the above issues flow together into one major trouble: a heating system that hasn’t been properly maintained will need to be replaced sooner than one that has gotten regular maintenance visits. Don’t let your heater wear down faster than it should; get experts in at least once a year to keep it running at its best.

Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning has been in business for more than seven decades: we’ve watched the HVAC industry grow and we’ve grown with it. When it comes to providing your heater with the maintenance it needs to give it a long life of service, you can’t go wrong with Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning. Call us now for heating repair in Chandler, AZ.

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What Causes My Air Conditioning System to Rattle?

Friday, October 18th, 2013

One of the pleasant side effects of home air conditioning is the soothing white noise they produce, which can effectively block distracting outdoor sounds. When your AC begins to make odd noises, it not only breaks up that barrier of white noise, it might also be a signal that the AC system needs attention.

Of the different strange sounds an AC can make, rattling is one of the most common. We have often made service calls to attend to rattling air conditioning in Tempe, AZ, so we can explain some of the reasons it can occur. If you start hearing your AC rattle, contact Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning, and we’ll get right out to you to discover what the trouble is and fix it before it grows into bigger trouble.

Loose panels: This is the simplest explanation for a rattling sound. Sometimes the panels on the cabinets housing the condenser or the evaporator will become dislodged because of screws that have worked loose or weren’t screwed back tight enough after the panel was opened. Before considering other issues, make sure the panels are secure.

Debris: Your air conditioner’s cabinets should be as free as possible from outside contamination. But if the air filter becomes clogged, or the outdoor unit doesn’t have a clear area around it, then dirt, gravel, leaves, sticks, and other small items can enter the cabinet and start getting knocked around. This requires immediate attention: not only will such debris damage the AC’s components, but you have to find out how the debris got inside so you can prevent it from happening again.

Misaligned fan: One of the AC’s fans may be striking its casing, either because of damage (from the debris mentioned above) or poor installation. This will become progressively worse until the fan no longer works, so have it fixed as soon as you can.

Broken motors: The motors that run the fans and the condenser in an air conditioner contain the most moving parts of any component in the system. If the motors suffer damage or start to wear down, their internal parts can become dislodged and start to rattle around. This is another problem that debris infiltration can create.

Although a rattling air conditioner may need only a simple fix, it could also indicate the start of an issue that will only grow worse and trigger a domino effect of other repair needs. Since many of these problems come from debris, make sure you regularly change the air filter to keep the interior of the AC clean. But when that rattling noise starts, be prepared to call for professional help—you want the problem solved when it’s still small.

With over 70 years providing Tempe, AZ with air conditioning repairs, maintenance, and installation, Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning is the company to call.

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Common Late Summer AC Repairs

Friday, October 11th, 2013

In Arizona, what people call “fall” is really “late summer.” With our long hot season, we need air conditioners to keep pouring out chilled air far past Labor Day. But with all their extra time put into cooling down our homes, air conditioners can develop a number of malfunctions that require professional attention. Your AC has many more hot days to cope with, so make certain that you get top quality repairs from a company like Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning. We can handle your AC repair needs for Mesa, AZ.

We perform many fixes for air conditioners at this time of year, and here are the ones we see the most often. Take note of them in case you start to experience similar trouble:

Replacing clogged air filters: You should change your air filter once a month during times when you frequently use your AC (in other words, most of the year in Arizona). A filter that becomes heavily clogged because it’s been left in place all summer can become a major problem, causing damage to the inside of the AC cabinet and letting dust gather in the ducts and in your home. A duct that has become extremely clogged often needs professionals to take care of it and any other troubles it might have caused.

Recharging refrigerant: Refrigerant is the chemical mixture that carries out the heat exchange that cools down your home. Under normal operation, the refrigerant’s “charge” (the level inside the system) doesn’t drop. However, extensive wear on an AC can cause leaks to develop, and this will cause your air conditioner to lose its cooling power. You’ll need a technician to seal the leak and recharge the refrigerant to its normal level.

Cleaning condensate drains: As your air conditioner cools your home, the refrigerant goes through a process of condensation and evaporation. This produces excess water moisture, which drips into a pan where a drain removes it. Over the summer, the drain can become blocked with biological growth or other debris—which will rapidly cause the condensate pan to overflow. Repairs involve removing the condensate pan and cleaning, or even replacing, the drain.

Leave all your air conditioning repair troubles in Mesa, AZ to Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning. Not only do we have the necessary experience from decades in the HVAC business, but for every repair that we make we’ll give you an upfront estimate so you won’t end up with an unexpectedly high bill. Contact us today for an air conditioner that will keep doing a top-rate job for the rest of the year.

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Do I Need New Insulation In My Home?

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Most homeowners don’t understand how important the insulation in their home is to maintaining their comfort and the overall efficiency of their house. Your insulation is designed to resist heat transfer through it, which is critical to you keeping as much of the heat out of your home as possible. Here at Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning, we offer a full range of Phoenix, AZ insulation services and we wanted to share some of the reasons why your home’s insulation is so important.

Why Insulation Is So Important

Typically, you don’t keep your home’s interior temperature at the same temperature as the outside air. In the summer, you keep your home much cooler than the outdoors and in winter you keep your home warmer. Because this temperature difference exists, heat will naturally try to leech between your home and the outside and your insulation is the only thing stopping that from happening.

If your home’s insulation is thin, rotting or if there are holes in it: these things can allow heat to move freely into or out of your home. This is of the upmost importance in your home’s attic. You see, your home is sometimes referred to as an “envelope” that is sealed off. Your walls, ceilings, windows and doors comprise the edge of the envelop. Your attic, however, is not part of this envelope and it also gets the most exposure to the elements. During the summer your attic will get very hot and in the winter it will get very cold. Having great insulation in your attic floor is a great way to reduce the amount of heat that can leech through into your home.

Here at Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning, our insulation experts offer a full range of services. We can visit your home for an insulation inspection and then recommend a course of action if we find that your insulation isn’t up to standard. Give us a call today to learn more and to talk with one of our friendly specialists.

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