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WINTER FREEZE WARNING!

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

PHOENIX – (Dec. 06, 2017) Freezing weather is expected to arrive in Phoenix this week and homeowners are urged to follow a few proven steps to prevent expensive pipe damage and plumbing repairs.

When cold air enters the perimeter around your residence, it causes piping to expand which often leads to leaks, breaks and other potentially costly repairs. Stopping this expansion and freezing is key to keeping your pipes operational.

Gary Eisenhauer, a manager at The Sunny Plumber, recommends a few preventative tips as the weather turns cold. These include:

  • When a freeze is expected, slowly run one or two faucets to keep water moving through the lines.
  • Outdoor hoses and their connection to water sources are particularly vulnerable to freezing weather. Eisenhauer advises consumers to unscrew hoses from the outdoor facet to allow for drainage and keep outside hose bibs open to allow water to drain.
  • All outside pipes and hose spigots should be insulated as best as possible. This is easy to do with the purchase of an installation kit from your local hardware store.
  • Pipes running against exterior walls, like those in kitchens, are often subject to freezing and typically have little to no insulation. Keep cabinets under kitchen and bathrooms sinks open to allow for warm air flow to prevent freezing.
  • Pipes in unheated areas like basements, attics and near garages are also susceptible to damage from cold. Take special care to insulate these areas.
  • Heat tape is a great product to insulate water pipe. These “pipe sleeves” could be as simple as newspaper wrapped around pipes to keep them warm and insulated.
  • During cold spells, Eisenhauer recommends keeping your thermostat set at the same temperature during the night and day – this helps regulate temperatures and prevent unwanted expansion.

“In Phoenix we are used to sunny, dry and warm conditions so thinking about our pipes freezing isn’t too common,” said Eisenhauer. “By following a few tips and using common sense, homeowners can avoid a costly and messy situation.”

 

About The Sunny Plumber

The Sunny Plumber offers the highest quality plumbing services throughout the Southwest. All plumbers are experienced in solving a wide variety of plumbing problems including drain cleaning, leak detection, sewer line and garbage disposal repair. The company also sells, installs and services standard and tankless water heaters. All plumbers are background-checked, drug-tested, and receive continuous technical training to make them the best in the industry. The Sunny Plumber was recently named the “Best Plumbing Company” in the state by readers of Arizona Foothills Magazine’s “Best of Our Valley 2017.” For more information, visit thesunnyplumber.com.

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Goettl leaving a legacy as a longstanding cooling company in EV

Monday, August 7th, 2017

For 78 years, Goettl Air Conditioning has been cooling off the sweltering East Valley. Now, the hard-to-spell company is adjusting to new consumer needs and technology while expanding its footprint to Southern California and Nevada.

Gust and Adam Goettl developed the Phoenix area’s first evaporative cooler and refrigerated air conditioning unit in 1939 to battle the severe desert temperatures, according to the Goettl website.

Dan Burke, chairman of Goettl, joined the company in 1989.

“At the time I came, the business was focused on building and manufacturing of air conditioning equipment,” Burke said of the Tempe-based firm. “As time went by, we could see there was a growing need for high-quality and expert contracting to repair and replace units.”

Goettl survived and thrived in its small-business phase.

“We were one of the fewer smaller manufacturers still operating,” he said. “Most had already been gobbled up by bigger companies. In this business, you can’t be a small manufacturer.”

Times have changed for Goettl.

“We’re a big contractor but we’re a relative small company and we do what we can,” Burke said.

“We do have a shortage of technicians and will probably always have that going forward. There is a lot of movement of employees, and a lot of competing for technicians.”

Burke listed reasons Goettl is a great place for an air conditioning tech to work.

“We have work year-round, at a level that will keep anybody who is good and wants to be successful in this industry busy,” he said. “We have a great operation here.”

The company’s unique Southwestern base helps it approach the job differently.

“For us, it’s not a hobby,” Burke said. “Back East and in the Midwest, you can open a window. But here, it’s not that way.

“It’s not just temperatures but dust storms and the monsoon. You need compression systems to deal with that. Otherwise, your utilities bills will continue to increase.

“Goettl provides comfort at a decent price.”

The company also made the shift to service because of government regulation.

“I’m not sure the typical homeowner realizes the regulations in this business,” Burke said. “We had to shift our focus to become expert in service. That has allowed us to grow.

“We decided to let the bigger companies make the best equipment and we would focus on the best service and installation. That was a good decision for us.”

Goettl and Burke have seen a lot of new innovations in their years. Among the most current are variable-speed and variable-capacity units.

“Now, units can operate at a lower performance level when you have less areas to cool or the temperature is less demanding,” Burke said. “That saves money and gives more comfort.

“Having it not run, then run like hell, then not run doesn’t provide the best comfort.”

Networked units and apps are also changing the game.

“Another thing being implemented now is self-diagnostics systems that will alert the homeowner or service company to things it detects,” he said.

“Now, you can get applications through your wireless device to control the thermostat. When you’re getting on an airplane, you can tell your home in Phoenix to turn on the air conditioning.

“It’s really a wireless thing. The next generation of people are quite comfortable with those kinds of apps.”

Despite all the new tech, gadgets and gizmos, the best thing a consumer can do to help keep the air conditioner in good shape is a simple one.

“Make sure the filters are changed regularly,” Burke said. “If you don’t do that, you can get debris, cat hair and dust into the coils of the equipment, and that reduces the efficiency and slows down air flow.”

Burke also recommends maintenance.

“Units should be checked every year,” he said. “Refrigerant, tuneups and a general tightening would avoid a really extensive, serious failure later.

“Relatively modest repairs can help avoid major repairs.”

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Keep Warm Efficiently with a Heat Pump

Monday, October 31st, 2016

You are going to need to use a heater to keep your home warm and comfortable when temperatures drop, even in Arizona. Nighttime temperatures are subject to chilly levels, even when daytime temperatures are mild or warm. In this part of the country, using a heat pump to keep warm makes a lot of sense. If you are looking for a new heater, we strongly recommend that you consider a heat pump in Phoenix, AZ.

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What Are Dual Fuel Systems and How Do They Work?

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Heat pumps are one of the best systems available for home comfort on the market today. These systems can either heat or cool a home, and instead of burning fuel to do their job—like furnaces and boilers—they work through the system of heat exchange that moves heat from one place to another using only a modest amount of electricity. Heat pumps are fantastic ways to have year-round comfort in Arizona.

There is one disadvantage that heat pumps have, however, but through the use of a dual fuel system, they can overcome this. We’ll look into dual fuel AC systems in Tempe, AZ and what they can do for you. For a consultation to see if a heat pump is ideal for your home, either on its own or as a dual fuel system, call Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning. We have many years of experience finding ways to cool and heat the Valley of the Sun.

How dual fuel hybrid systems maintain heat pump efficiency

Here is the main drawback of heat pumps: at extreme low temperatures, they will have trouble with maintaining their heating efficiency. Because a heat pump must remove heat from outside and bring it inside when in heating mode, the lower the outdoor temperature, the less heat is available for it to use. In most cool temperatures, this is not a problem—but when the thermometer drops below the economic balance point (which varies based on humidity), the heat pump will begin to experience troubles.

A dual fuel hybrid system combats this with a smaller backup heater that uses a different fuel source. Most backup heaters are natural gas furnaces, although propane furnaces are also common for homes that lack access to a natural gas pipeline. When the temperature reaches the economic balance point and the heat pump starts to lose efficiency, the backup heater automatically switches on and compensates for the loss of heat. As soon as the temperature rises back above the economic balance point, the backup heater shuts off.

Since heat pumps are known for their energy saving abilities in heating mode, a dual fuel system is an effective way to bump up a heat pump’s performance while only making a small extra sacrifice in costs. The backup system will only need to run occasionally, so it’s a less expensive option than having a full furnace or boiler rather than a heat pump.

Your home may not have the need for a hybrid system to assist the heat pump; to find out, call on the experts at Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning.

We have many years of experience installing all kinds of heat pumps and dual fuel AC systems in Tempe, AZ, so you can trust that we will find the right solution for your home and family.

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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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Why Do Heat Pumps Use Refrigerant?

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

A heat pump is an alternative to more traditional forms of heating and air conditioning, combining both functions into a single unit. When it comes to using heat pumps in Tempe, AZ, many residents are quite familiar, since they work extremely well in a desert environment like ours. Refrigerant gas is the key to a heat pump’s functioning, cycling it through a system of valves and coils to alternately warm and cool the air. Why do heat pumps use refrigerant? Because it’s a very efficient way to deliver the conditioned air you need without using a lot of energy.

Refrigerant serves as a sort of transfer for different temperatures, adding heat to the surrounding air or pulling it from the surrounding air as it transitions from a liquid to a gas and back again. At the start of the cycle, it enters a compressor valve, which subjects it to a lot of heat and pressure, then into a compressor coil, which bleeds the heat into the air and returns it to a liquid state. Later on in the cycle, it enters an evaporator coil, which pulls heat form the surrounding air as it moves from a liquid to a gaseous state. (In heat pumps, that process can shift from indoor to outdoor coils and back, allowing you to heat your home with the warm air in the winter, and cool it with the cold air in the summer.)

None of that involves actually creating any heat of coldness. This differs markedly from gas-powered furnaces, which require fuel to burn, and from electric furnace, which use electric coils to create the heat directly. Heat pumps don’t need to create any energy to manufacture heat. The refrigerant does he job for them. All they need to do is circulate the refrigerant through the system, a process that takes much less energy than other types of heating.

For more answers to “why do heat pumps use refrigerant?” or to schedule repairs or installation services, Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning is standing by to help. We specialize in heat pumps, Tempe AZ residences are part of our service area, and we back all our repair up with a pledge of quality to you. Pick up the phone and give us a call today!

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What’s the Difference Between a Heat Pump and a Furnace?

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

From the point-of-view of a person standing in a room where a vent is sending out warm air, there seems to be little difference between a heat pump and a furnace. The end result is the same: heated air. The two units, wherever they are housed, may make different sounds, but otherwise nothing else is.

This is an illusion however. In almost all important ways, furnaces and heat pumps are vastly different devices that operate on separate principles. We’ll go into a bit more details about the differences between the two comfort systems. We hope this will help you if you’re trying to make a choice between the two for your home. But to make a final decision, you should have expert guidance: Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning. Our many decades of experience will help you decide if a furnace or a heat pump in Scottsdale, AZ is right for you.

Furnaces and heat pumps

Furnaces create heat and then transfer it to the air. In a general sense, they are similar to ovens (from which they originally developed): they heat up the air using their fuel source. Most furnaces either use electricity or natural gas (again, similar to ovens) to create this heat. The heat is transferred to the air, and then fans blow that air into the ducts that send it through your home. Natural gas furnaces have to vent away the exhaust from combustion. All this occurs inside a single indoor cabinet.

Heat pumps do not create heat at all, however. They move heat from one place to another, using separate units: one indoors and one outdoors. The outdoor unit draws heat from the air, then transfers it indoors using refrigerant. The inside unit then releases the heat to the indoors, which blowers send through vents. (There are ductless versions, however, called ductless mini splits.) Heat pumps use electrical power to run and do not create any emissions from burning fuel.

Perhaps the biggest difference between the two is that the heat pump can also serve as an air conditioner: if it reverses the direction of heat exchange, drawing heat from indoors and putting it outdoors, it will cool down the inside of a home. Furnaces will only heat; heat pumps can heat and cool.

So why doesn’t everyone install a heat pump?

They sound a bit too good to be true, don’t they? But heat pumps are not ideal for every home or every climate; sometimes they have trouble providing enough heat, something at which furnaces excel. However, the easiest way to know which system will work the best for you is to consult with experts, such as those at Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning. Our specialists are devoted to bringing you the best comfort they can, and they’ll help you decide in your debate of furnace vs. heat pump in Scottsdale, AZ.

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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.

We install heat pumps in Chandler, AZ!

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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