Goettl Air Conditioning Phoenix Blog : Archive for October, 2014

Common Electrical Problems with an Air Conditioner

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Your air conditioner is a complex electro-mechanical device, so it’s not uncommon for electrical issues to develop with your system. What is important with any air conditioning repair in Gilbert is that you hire trained professionals to fix any problems. Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning has been helping people with their air conditioner repairs since 1939. We’ve seen and dealt with every problem imaginable, so if you are having issues with your AC, call us today.

Common Electrical Problems

Here are some of the more common electrical problems the technicians at Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning see:

Bad/Faulty Capacitors

There are 3 motors in your air conditioning system: 2 fan motors (condenser and indoor blower) and the compressor motor. Because your air conditioning system operates on an alternating current (AC), these motors need 2 capacitors – a start capacitor and a run capacitor – to help them to start up and maintain their electrical flow. When there are issues with either capacitor on any of the motors, you may see stuttering at start-up, problems with intermittent operation or a total breakdown of the motor.

Problems with Wiring

There are a lot of wires in your system. With regular wear and tear, these wires can fray, corrode or disconnect, which can cause problems with electrical flow and operation. Finding faulty wiring can be tricky, so it’s important to use a trained expert for repairs.

Issues with the Breaker

Your air conditioner draws enough power that it needs its own breaker in your home’s electrical box. Sometimes problems can develop with the breaker. Common problems are a faulty breaker, an undersized breaker or a loose breaker. Loose breakers can be tightened, but undersized or faulty breakers will need to be replaced.

Electrical issues with your AC are important to repair, but should only be done by someone who has the expertise and knowledge to do so.

If you are experiencing problems and need air conditioning repair in Gilbert, call Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning today and schedule an appointment with one of our certified technicians.

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How Duct Cleaning Helps Your HVAC System

Monday, October 20th, 2014

The ducts in your home serve an extremely important role in your HVAC system. Your furnace, heat pump, or air conditioner is responsible for producing the heating and cooling that you need, but without a functioning duct system in place it cannot properly distribute air to the home. One of the ways to keep your duct system in top shape is by scheduling regular duct cleaning.

The most notable benefit of professional duct cleaning is better air quality. The HVAC system uses the ducts to draw in air from a vent in your home and redistribute conditioned air throughout the house. Although an air filter helps to keep out some particles that may aggravate allergies and other respiratory issues, some particles may still pass through. These can cling to the ductwork, circulating through your home over and over again. But one of the added benefits is what it can do for your HVAC system. Professional duct cleaning can improve the state of your HVAC system and keep you from spending too much money later on.

  • Greater Efficiency: Duct cleaning can actually improve the efficiency of your unit. Although your HVAC system was efficient when you first purchased it, it has likely lost some efficiency over the years. Your unit must be in top shape in order to use as little energy as possible. And dirt in the ducts creates friction that may make it more difficult for air to travel to your home, inhibiting efficiency.
  • Fewer Repair Needs: When friction creates trouble for air distribution, it means your system will have to work harder to cool or heat your home. And if this is the case, parts may become worn down from all of the extra strain on the system, causing problems for major components such as the compressor or blower fan.
  • Detect Leaks: Finally, with duct cleaning, a technician may be able to tell you if there are leaks in your ductwork. Air leaks greatly reduce the efficiency of an HVAC system and may cause reduced performance. With duct cleaning, you may be able to schedule repairs before the problem worsens.

For thorough, quality duct cleaning with professional equipment in Scottsdale, call Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning today!

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Choosing the Right Contractor for Commercial HVAC Services

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Quality HVAC services can help you save money over time and keep your customers, clients, and/or employees happy. Regular commercial HVAC maintenance can help your business save money and keep everyone more comfortable throughout the year. Professional repairs can get your commercial property back to normal quickly. And replacing an older system can leave you with better performance for years to come.

But if you choose an inexperienced contractor, repairs and maintenance can take far too long, or your new HVAC system may be less than satisfactory. Choosing the right contractor for commercial HVAC services is vital to a positive experience. So in order to help you find the right commercial HVAC contractor for the job, Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning has put together this list of a few of the questions you should ask before scheduling service.

  • Are you licensed to do this type of work? Make sure that your technician has the proper licensing and certification to work on large commercial units and make any necessary repairs. This ensures that the person will be familiar with all makes and models and that they carry the proper equipment for the job.
  • Do you have experience servicing HVAC systems for large commercial properties? Commercial HVAC repair, replacement, and maintenance differs greatly from residential services. Generally, one packaged unit holds all of the components of a business’s cooling and heating system. This is much different than split-system residential air conditioners and furnaces, which is why you need an experienced commercial repair or maintenance who can locate all of the components quickly. And a residential technician may simply be unfamiliar with the installation process, any zone control needs, or the duct system involved with commercial properties.
  • Can I call any time for future services? You should also make sure that the company you hire is able to make repairs or perform maintenance for your unit in the future, so that you can easily locate their contact information for services. A company that is available 24/7 is an added bonus, as you can make sure you can contact this company at any time.

If you need commercial HVAC services in Phoenix, Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning has experienced technicians you can contact us any time, 24/7.

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The Cost Effectiveness of Dual Fuel AC Systems

Monday, October 6th, 2014

In Phoenix, you probably rarely think about your heating system for most of the year. A large part of your year is spent running your air conditioner for much of the daytime, or enjoying a nice temperate day outdoors. But December and January can bring cold weather, and you’ll want a reliable heating system to get you through the winter as well.

If you are ready for a new heating and air conditioning systems, one of the most effective ways to keep your home comfortable is with a duel fuel AC system. In fact, because they switch between two different fuel sources depending on the weather, duel fuel AC systems are quite cost effective as well. In this quick post, we’ll take a look at how these units combine an electric heat pump with a gas furnace to cool and heat your home with a smaller monthly cost year round.

Electric Heat Pump

The main component of dual fuel AC systems is an electric heat pump. Heat pumps are extremely efficient for both heating and air conditioning. For the most part, they work much like traditional central air conditioners do. In the cooling season, fans suck in warm air through the ducts and refrigerant removes heat as it passes through the evaporator, then moving to a condenser to release heat outdoors. In the heating season, however, a heat pump can reverse refrigerant so that it removes heat from the outside air and moves it into your home.

A heat pump is one of the most efficient heating systems because it moves heat around instead of generating heat, like a furnace does. However, heat pumps cannot function properly when it becomes too cold outside.

Gas Furnace

The gas furnace will kick in only when it is too cold outside for your heat pump to run effectively and efficiently. While it is rare that this happens in Phoenix, you’ll want that extra protection on a very cold day. And a temperature gauge ensures that the gas furnace turns on only when it is absolutely necessary, which helps you save on heating costs.

For more information about installing dual fuel AC systems in Phoenix, call the team of dependable experts at Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning today!

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