Goettl Air Conditioning Phoenix Blog : Archive for September, 2017

AC Repair Warning Signs: Hot Spots

Monday, September 25th, 2017

comfortable-womanWhen you live in a climate as hot as ours, any problems with your air conditioning are cause for concern. The last thing that you want to do is to let problems get to a point where your system breaks down entirely. There are a lot of warning signs that your air conditioner may be in trouble, and one of the most obvious of these warnings are hot spots throughout the house. When properly sized and installed, your air conditioner should be capable of cooling your home effectively and evenly throughout.

Now, not every instance of hot spots in your home is going to be the result of air conditioning problems. Some are, though, and having the problem diagnosed professionally is a must if you want to resolve it before further issues develop. Leave your air conditioning repairs in Phoenix, AZ to the pros on our team, and know that your system will get the attention that it needs to succeed throughout the hottest time of the year. 

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Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

Goettl gives gift of cool air to Arizona Animal Welfare League

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AC FAQ: What’s Up with These Hot Spots?

Monday, September 11th, 2017

AC-techniciansFor those of us that have made Arizona our home, high temperatures are a part of daily life. Just because we choose to live in this climate, of course, does not mean that we are immune to the discomfort that the heat can cause. Even those of us that can appreciate the heat of summer the most need to be able to keep cool and healthy. That is why running into trouble with our air conditioning systems is so alarming in this area.

Remember, an air conditioner does not — and really should not — need to break down entirely before the homeowner takes the initiative to schedule service. Typically, there are several warning factors that can warn of trouble brewing with an air conditioner. Sometimes, though, such symptoms may not be a result of a malfunctioning air conditioner itself. Following are some reasons why you may encounter hot spots in your home, and what that may mean for your air conditioner in Chandler, AZ.

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By Ken Goodrich as featured in The Arizona Republic 8/26/2017

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Why is the cost to recharge your AC unit going up?

By 2020, Arizona air-conditioning users will be forced to find new sources of refrigerant to recharge their systems as R22, a popular Freon now in use, will be phased out by order of the Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA believes R22 harms the ozone layer and its use will be banned forever in January 2020. There are other types of less harmful refrigerants that will replace R22, but homeowners today need to make informed decisions when servicing and replacing their AC units.

Here are some common questions:

I keep hearing about R22. What is it and how does it impact air-conditioning in my home? R22 is a type of Freon refrigerant that helps your air conditioning produce cool air. The EPA has determined R22 harms the ozone layer and has ordered it to be phased out of use by 2020. Once this happens, R22 will no longer be produced or imported and will be replaced with R-410A. Air-conditioning manufacturers stopped production of R22-charged systems in 2010.

Why is the EPA phasing out R22? Hydrochlorofluorocarbons, or HCFCs, are chemicals that are mainly used as refrigerants. Unfortunately, the EPA has found the releases of HCFCs can deplete the Earth’s protective ozone layer and contribute to climate change.

What should I do? Do I need to replace my AC unit? No, you don’t have to replace your AC system at this time. You can continue to use R22 in existing systems, however, it will be available only from older systems that have been recycled, reclaimed or recovered. Lower supply of R22 is already resulting in much higher costs to recharge AC systems, and there will be no guarantee that R22 will be available in the future. In fact, R22 costs 10 times what it did five years ago. According to the EPA, “as a homeowner, you need to consider and balance several key factors in your decision to purchase a new unit, such as energy efficiency, performance, reliability, cost and the refrigerant used.”

Should I buy a new unit now or wait until 2020? It really depends. You’ll need to balance the age of your system with cost benefits realized from new systems. New, energy-efficient air-conditioners save on energy costs. Even if your air conditioner is less than 10 years old, you may save significantly on your energy costs by replacing it with a newer, more efficient model, according to the EPA.

How do I know what kind of AC unit I should consider buying? A central air-conditioner that has earned the ENERGY STAR label is at least 14 percent more efficient and will save you money. Ken Goodrich is owner and CEO of Goettl Air Conditioning.

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