Goettl Air Conditioning Phoenix Blog : Archive for November, 2013

Why Am I Not Getting Enough Heat from My Furnace?

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

The winter season is short in the Valley of the Sun, with only a few seriously cold days—that’s why our cities attract so many tourists during this time of year. But if you live hear year-round, you know that those few days (and the nights) can feel unpleasant without a good heater like a furnace to keep you warm. If your furnace starts failing to give you sufficient heat, you’ll want to know why… and what you can do about it.

Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning has serviced Mesa, AZ with heating and cooling since 1939. When you need help with a malfunctioning furnace, give us a call. You’ll receive a 100% Unconditional Satisfaction Guarantee if you enroll in our Concierge Program.

Reasons for poor heating from a furnace:

Clogged air filter: The air filter protects your furnace’s components from debris. But if it goes to long without getting changed (once a month during a heating season), it will start to cut off the air flow from the furnace to the ducts. Lower air flow means less heating.

Broken heating elements: If you have an electric furnace, then one of the individual heating elements inside the cabinet might have broken. The furnace contains a series of these heating elements, and turns on additional ones when you require more heat. If you can’t get the heat you want, you may need to have a technician replace one of the heating elements.

Malfunctioning thermostat: You should always check your thermostat when you have trouble with getting enough heat, just to check that you haven’t set it incorrectly. However, the thermostat itself might have a flaw that is preventing it from turning the furnace up to the comfort level you want. Have a technician recalibrate the thermostat or replace it.

Call in the experts

Modern furnaces require expertise to repair. If you try to take on the repairs yourself, you could cause damage to the furnaces components. Worse, you could cause damage to yourself from electrical shock or toxic gas exposure. Leave the work to the trained professionals.

Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning can handle trouble with your heating in Mesa, AZ, whether it’s a furnace, heat pump, or radiant heat system. Call us any time of the day or night.

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Does a Heat Pump Use Refrigerant?

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

Using heat pumps in Chandler, AZ is a reliable and efficient choice to keeping your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. They essentially act as all-in-one units, with the same basic system as an air conditioner used to perform heating functions as well as air conditioning functions. Does a heat pump use refrigerant? Absolutely. Indeed, without refrigerant gas, the heat pump couldn’t run, making refrigerant an indispensable part of the unit’s ability to function. Explaining how heat pumps work can help you understand the role that refrigerant plays in the process.

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The exact type of refrigerant and the amount uses varies by model, as do the precise details of the heating and cooling process. The general parameters are unchanged, however. The refrigerant starts out as a gas before entering a compression valve that subjects it to a huge amount of heat and pressure. It then releases the gas into a series of compression coils, where the heat is bled off and the gas reverts to a liquid (still under a lot of pressure). From there, it moves through an expansion valve, which releases a set amount into a series of evaporator coils. As it evaporates, it cools the surrounding air: reverting to a gas and return back to the compression valve to start the cycle again.

As you may have noticed, there are two sets of valves/coils: one that heats the surrounding air and one that cools it. In a heat pump, there’s one set of valves/coils inside the house and one set outside. In the summer, the inside set serves as the expansion/evaporator, cooling the air, while the outside set serves as the compressor, warming the air. In the winter time, the two roles are basically swapped, and the inside set warms the air while the outside set cools the air.

The process is very cost efficient – saving you money over a traditional gas furnace – and it works well in areas with mild winters, which is why heat pumps in Chandler, AZ are fairly common. The experts at Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning can perform installation and repair services on your heat pump, as well as answering questions like “does a heat pump use refrigerant?” Pick up the phone and give us a call today.

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I’ve Heard About Boilers: Should I Consider One for My Phoenix Home?

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

Boilers are a common form of heating back east, using hot water run through a series of pipes to warm your home. The technology has been in use for some time and it remains a safe and efficient way to warm your home in some parts of the country. “I’ve heard about boilers: should I consider one for my Phoenix home?” It’s a valid question, and one that requires careful thought. The answer, however, is usually “no.” Phoenix AZ heating installation experts can explain why.

Boilers work with a very simple process. A series of burners heats water in a main chamber. The heat is then distributed throughout your home via a series of pipes, which cycle the hot water or steam through it. Boilers are useful because they distribute the heat very evenly and don’t create drafts or cold spots the way furnaces do, and they don’t cost much to run either.

Boilers tend to work best in areas with particular cold air and with fuel availability to match. In the Northeast, many boiler systems still operate via fuel oil, which we don’t see much of out here. Gas-heated boilers are more common, but they can’t match gas furnaces for efficiency, and the cost of installation is often much higher than it is for gas furnaces. Running those pipes in a modern home is inefficient and often cost prohibitive as well. The boiler’s pipes and radiators are more a staple of older homes, which Phoenix, as a more modern city, doesn’t usually feature.

In the briefest possible terms, boilers aren’t a good fit for a city such as ours. If you’re looking for an alternative to gas furnaces, then heat pumps and radiant heat systems prove far more efficiency than boilers, and can readily be installed by the experts at Goettl Good Guys. “I’ve heard about boilers, should I consider one for my Phoenix home?” If you’re asking that, then give us a call today. We handle Phoenix heating installation issues of all varieties and can provide numerous options that are appropriate to our area!

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How to Increase the Heating Efficiency of Your Home This Winter

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Although people around the country consider Phoenix one of the best places to go to for winter retreats from icy weather, residents know that the cold can still be a problem, especially at night. You won’t use the heater in your home nearly as much as your air conditioner, and because of that you may not know about steps you can take to make your heating system more efficient during the winter.

Here’s a short list of ways you can get the most energy-efficient performance from your heater this winter. If you want more assistance with heating in Phoenix, AZ, contact Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning and schedule an appointment: whether it’s repairs, maintenance, or a new installation, we can handle it all.

3 ways to get more efficient heating this winter

Seal up possible heat leaks: Contemporary residential construction aims to seal up homes in order to prevent heat from escaping to the outside. However, these seals aren’t perfect, and likely there are spots in your house where heat will get out, reducing the effectiveness of your heater and draining power. Before the cold weather starts, have your windows caulked, put weather stripping around exterior doors, and check to see that you have sufficient insulation in the walls and ceilings. You may also want to look into duct testing to determine whether or not you have any leaks within your ducts themselves.

Find energy-saving thermostat settings and stick with them: People often don’t have a good idea how high to set their thermostats during the cold. An ideal energy-saving setting for when you’re awake is 68°F, and 58°F when you’re asleep. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends lowering your thermostat 5-10° a day for at least 8 hours each day. This can add up to an 18% or greater savings on your heating bill each year.

Schedule routine preventive maintenance: Unfortunately, in a place with as much hot weather as Phoenix, people often neglect to take care of their heaters and don’t discover until too late that their heating system has developed serious malfunctions. Regular maintenance, done annually, will help prevent repairs. But it will also assure that your heater is running at its most efficient. A worn down heater will require additional power to reach its temperature goal, so take the simple step of getting it a regular tune-up so it doesn’t cost you extra each month.

At Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning, we are ready to serve you 24 hours a day. Call us any time when you need help getting the most out of your heater.

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Heating System this Winter

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

In matters of heating repair, Mesa AZ is definitely a seasonal community. Heating issues usually arise in the winter, when our nights get cold and the high temperatures of summertime are long forgotten.  You’re probably accustomed to paying higher heating bills in the winter, matching the increased use you make of your unit. But do those bills have to be so high? You can cut into them with a few canny tips and a little foresight.

Here’s how to get the most out of your heating system this winter.

  • Have your heater cleaned. Most reputable repair services offer a routine maintenance and upkeep session, which gives your heater a little tune-up. The technician cleans off the dust and dirt that have built up over the summer (which can be quite a bit here in Arizona). He also tightens the bolts, belts and fittings that may have loosened during last year’s heating season, to prevent leaks and lower stress on the individual components. Not only will it reduce the possibility of more major repairs, it will help the heater perform more efficiently, saving money in monthly energy bills.
  • Consider a heating upgrade. If you want to save money, you might think about having upgrades added on to your system. For example, look into zone controls, which divide your home into individual sections that can be heated separately. That lets you warm only those parts of the house that you’re using, which can save you a great deal of money.
  • Insulate your home better. Insulation in your home helps keep cool air in during the summer season, as well as hot air in when it gets cold. See about adding more insulation to your attic or crawlspaces to help reduce the cost of energy.

For more on how to get the most out of your heating system this winter, or for maintenance and repair issues in general, talk to Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning. We offer heating repair service to Mesa, AZ and the surrounding communities, and we are dedicated to your complete satisfaction. Call us today to set up an appointment!

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