Goettl Air Conditioning Phoenix Blog : Archive for April, 2014

Causes of Low Air Flow in Your AC Unit

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Your air conditioner is one of the most important parts of your home, especially here in the Valley of the Sun with summer temperatures on their way. The system needs to perform at its peak and when problems arise, you need to get them corrected as quickly as possible. To do otherwise can cost you a great deal in needless energy expenses, and possibly leave you without reliable cooling power to boot. This extends to the fans and motors providing you with air flow as well as the unit’s cooling power itself. Here in Phoenix AZ, air conditioning repair services can usually resolve the causes of low air flow in your AC unit, but it helps if you yourself understand what those causes are. To give yourself peace of mind when it comes to your AC unit it is often best to enroll it in our maintenance program so that any of these issues are dealt with before any larger problems arise.

Common Sources of Low Air Flow in AC Units

  • Blockage and build ups. Dirt and dust can build up on your air filter, as well as clogging tight lines and even wider spots like your ducts. The net result – besides spreading dust and dirt throughout your home – is to lower the overall flow of air, forcing your air conditioner to work harder to do its job and increasing the risk of future repairs.
  • Fan motor problems. Faulty electrical wiring or an internal problem with the fan motor will cause it to turn more slowly, lowering the flow of the air. In the case of a damaged wire, the problem is easy for a professional to correct, but a burnt-out motor is a serious repair that may necessitate replacing the whole air conditioner.
  • Bent or misaligned fan blades. Fan blades can become misaligned through damage, or individual blades may become bent. The fan may also run into trouble if a foreign objects like a twig or loose screw gets jammed into its mechanism.

Regardless of the causes of low air flow in your AC unit, the experts at Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning can get it fixed quickly and efficiently.

Our air conditioning experts have handled Phoenix AZ air conditioning repair issues for decades, and we know how to do the job right. Give us a call today!

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3 Reasons Why Heat Pumps Are a Good Investment

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Heat pumps continue to expand into homes as more people discover their numerous advantages. They have become particularly common in hot climates like Arizona’s, where their effective air conditioning power combined with their capability to handle mild winters make them perfect for year-round comfort.

Installing a heat pump is an excellent investment for your next air conditioning/heating installation. We’ll list three reasons why you should put a heat pump at the top of your shopping list when it comes to keeping your home comfortable any day of the year.

Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning installs, maintains, and repairs heat pumps in Goodyear, AZ. We’ve made a name for ourselves since 1939 for always placing customers first.

3 reasons why heat pumps are a good investment:

1. They work as both heaters and air conditioners

The basic operation of a heat pump makes it a good investment because it takes care of two comfort issues in a single unit: heating and cooling. This means you don’t need to purchase a separate heater, like a furnace, along with an air conditioner. A heat pump also saves space and provides a convenience you won’t find in other systems.

2. They’re highly energy-efficient in heating mode

Although heat pumps can sometimes struggle with providing heat in extreme low temperatures (which are rarely an issue in Arizona), they have superior energy efficiency in heating mode compared to fuel-burning systems like furnaces. Furnaces must burn fuel to create heat, but by comparison a heat pump only uses a small amount of electricity to run its mechanical components in order to move heat. Studies have shown that a family of four switching from a furnace to a heat pump can save up to 30% off their heating bills over a winter.

3. They can increase a home’s value

The growing popularity of heat pumps—especially in Arizona, where they ideally suit the climate—makes them valuable additions to a home. The advantages of a home with an energy-efficient, safe, space-saving heating and cooling system already installed will give it the edge over homes that don’t have such advantages.

There are many other advantages to heat pumps, such as safety and humidity control.

If you want to find out more about how heat pumps operate and if they are the best choice for your home, call our Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning experts in heat pumps in Goodyear, AZ today.

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Problems with Your Heater in the Summer

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

A summer in Tempe will tax air conditioners to their limits, and keeping an AC working is a homeowner priority. So if you don’t think much about your home’s heater during the next couple of months, that’s perfectly understandable. However, that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. The summer offers an ideal time to tackle problems you may have encountered with your heater earlier in the year. And, if you’re like many homeowners and use a combination of a furnace and an air conditioner, problems with your ductwork can end up causing damage to your heater during those months when it isn’t in use.

Call Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning any time this summer for heating repair in Tempe, AZ. Don’t put off heater problems until the cold weather sets in; call us when the problems are easier to fix and it won’t bother you to have the heat shut off for a stretch.

If more than a year has gone past since your heater received an inspection and tune-up, then call Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning to sign up for our maintenance plan.

What might be wrong with my heater in summer?

Let’s phrase that a bit differently: “What might be wrong with your heater right before summer?” When the winter heating season came to a close, your home’s heating system may have started to run into operating problems causing spikes in your bills and uneven comfort throughout your home. If you shut down the system for the season with such problems unrepaired, you’re risking bigger troubles later in the year, probably during a time when you can’t afford to go without your heater. As summer heat arrives, have a technician take a look at the strange behavior from your heater. Warning signs include: grinding, booming, and clicking sounds—any strange sounds, actually—from the cabinet; odd smells from the vents; fluctuations in heating levels; the system “hard starting”; low airflow; and abrupt rises in energy bills. Do not allow such omens of malfunctions to go without repairs this summer.

Ductwork issues that affect your central air conditioner will also affect your forced-air heater (i.e. a furnace) since they use the same ventilation system. Breaks in ducts need sealing as soon as possible, because they will not only damage your AC’s cooling ability, they could lead to damage to your heater.

The air filter for your AC is also your furnace’s filter, and if you don’t change it regularly during summer you could end up causing damage to your heating system along with the AC. Please change the filter once a month this summer, for your heating system’s sake as well as your AC’s.

Even if you don’t think your home’s heater has summer repair needs, make sure that it’s up to date on its maintenance through our regular maintenance program.  You can reach us 24/7 for heating repair in Tempe, AZ.

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Furnace Problems to Correct This Spring

Monday, April 7th, 2014

The Valley of the Sun is certainly not a place with a reputation for cool, occasionally chilly summers. If you use a furnace to heat your home, it will likely take a long vacation for the next few months while your AC takes over the role of comfort-giver.

However, this is an excellent time to have furnace repairs done. You won’t need to have the furnace running, so repairs will create no disruption. The repair technicians will have more open calendars to schedule your repairs, since they will have far fewer summer air conditioner breakdown emergencies.

For your heating in Apache Junction, AZ, call Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning and schedule early those furnace repairs so you’re ready for the first cold day later in the year.

Furnace issues to repair

  • Uneven heating: At the end of the winter, during days when the furnace was still running, did you notice that some rooms felt cooler than they should? Uneven heating points to a number of possible malfunctions in a furnace, such as faulty air handlers or the system short-cycling. In an electric furnace, it could be failed heating elements. Repair technicians will find the root cause and repair it.
  • Unusual odors from the vents: Whether the smell your nostrils detected from the vents was musty or acrid, anything out of the ordinary needs investigation. A motor might be on the edge of burning out. The vents might be broken, allowing in stale air. Too much dirt could have gathered along the burner in a gas furnace.
  • Weak and intermittent burner ignition: Whether your gas furnace employs a standing pilot light or an electronic ignition, it should light up all the jets along the burner. But if the burner turns on and off, or not all of the jets come off, you may have trouble with gas flow, valves, dirt, or corrosion. Repair technicians will need to remove the burner to inspect it and find out what is causing the problem.

Schedule maintenance sooner rather than later

Something else to consider for spring: has your furnace had maintenance during the last year? Usually, technicians inspect furnaces during the fall, but if you didn’t schedule it for the previous fall, you should have it done now rather than waiting for the upcoming fall. Maintenance will help you discover repairs that you may not have realized were necessary.

Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning has the Good Guys Club to help you maintain your furnace or other heating in Apache Junction, AZ. Enjoy preferred pricing and extended warranties on all parts and labor.

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Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning Makes Donation to Foundation for Senior Living

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

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PHOENIX (April 2, 2014) – Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning Repairmen, a leading heating and air conditioning company in Arizona, announced today the company donated $750 in money and parts to the Foundation for Senior Living in late March to help support the organization’s annual Evaporative Cooler Start-Up. The donation included $500 in air conditioning unit parts, and an additional $250 to sponsor a volunteer breakfast for the 24th annual event on March 29.

 

The annual event, in which HVAC businesses team up with the Foundation for Senior Living and other sponsors, brings together leaders in the industry to fix and maintain evaporative coolers at elderly and low-income households throughout the Valley. Goettl, which has previously participated in the event directly, chose to take a more active role by providing the necessary parts and funds that help make the event possible each year.

 

“We’ve been fortunate to participate in this event in years past, and we’re excited to contribute to such a wonderful cause,” said Ken Goodrich, Goettl’s managing partner. “We wanted to take our commitment to serving seniors and low-income families to the next level. By donating the evaporative cooler parts, we equipped technicians with the parts they needed to provide residents with the cool air they need during the hot summer months.”

 

The Foundation for Senior Living is a nonprofit, charitable foundation that assists elderly and low-income residents throughout the Phoenix Valley. The organization partners with HVAC industry members one Saturday each spring to clean and repair evaporative coolers for those in need of service.

 

“We would like to thank Ken Goodrich, Dan Burke and the good guys at Goettl,” said Katie Smith, program director for the Foundation for Senior Living Home Improvements. “We truly appreciate their continued support.”

 

About Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning

The best built and longest lasting unit will do no better than the cheapest if it is installed improperly. Goettl Good Guys is committed to doing the job correctly the first time. The company guarantees that jobs will be handled in a fast and efficient manner – with satisfaction always being the main goal. Goettl Good Guys specializes in the most reliable, high-quality, energy-efficient air conditioning and heating equipment available. For more information, visit http://www.goettl.com.

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