Goettl Air Conditioning Phoenix Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Chandler’

Don’t Put Your Heating Repairs on the Backburner

Monday, January 15th, 2018

dog-under-blanketYou aren’t going to have to worry about waking up early to shovel out your car when you live here in Arizona, nor will you really have to worry about subzero temperatures turning every errand that you have to run into an adventure through the tundra. Our winters are mild—but not mild enough to completely put them out of mind. It does get uncomfortably chilly even around here, which is why you need your heater to function properly.

Because we don’t really rely on our heaters to the same extent that we do our air conditioning systems, it can be easy to overlook the warning signs that your heater is in trouble. Doing so will only lead to more serious problems down the road, though. If you are serious about getting the best performance that your heater has to offer, you are going to need to schedule prompt heating repairs in Chandler, AZ when trouble arises. 

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AC Problems: Faulty Capacitors

Monday, November 6th, 2017

ac-tech-workingWouldn’t it be great, particularly in as hot a climate as ours, to know that no problems would never befall your air conditioning system? As those of us living here in the real world know, of course, this goal is tragically impossible. An air conditioner is a mechanical system with many moving parts and electrical components. Occasional operational problems are a certainty,  not a possibility. Eventually, you are going to require professional air conditioning repair in Chandler, AZ. Contact us when you do.

As we mentioned above, there are a lot of different moving parts and components in any air conditioning system. Any problem with any one of these components is all that it takes to cause serious operational issues with your AC. Left unresolved, such problems could wind up doing real damage to the system. One problem that you may encounter is a failing capacitor. In today’s post,  we’ll take a peek behind the curtain to discuss what capacitors do, and how a failing capacitor can affect your system.

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What You Can Do to Prevent AC Problems

Monday, October 9th, 2017

AC-technician-manifoldWhen you run your air conditioner as hard as we have to in this part of the country, you have to expect that you are going to run into trouble with that system at some point. There are a lot of different components in your air conditioner, and trouble with any one of them will spell trouble for the system at large. Today, we are going to share some tips with you that will help you to keep the occurrence of air conditioning problems to a bare minimum.

Now, it is important to reiterate that no amount of care, no preventative measures, will make your air conditioner 100% reliable. At some point, you’ll still find yourself in need of professional air conditioning repair in Chandler, AZ. When you do, we strongly recommend that you schedule any necessary repair services as soon as possible. That will help to limit the extent of any damages to your system. And now, here’s what you can do to keep the need for repairs at bay.

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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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Tips for Efficient Cooling

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

ac-on-pile-of-moneyThere is no point in sugarcoating it. The heat so far this summer has been absolutely brutal. When you have flights grounded due to the extreme heat, you know that things are getting serious. If you want to live comfortably, then you need to get serious about your home cooling system. Of course, most homeowners are also serious about another topic: their budgets. If you are having trouble reconciling the running of your AC with your budget, we’ve got a few tips to help you out.

Modern air conditioners are more efficient than ever, but the fact is that cooling your home comes at a price. The key is to keep that price as low as possible, without sacrificing your comfort and that of your family in following this pursuit. Keep these handy tips in mind, and remember that you can always turn to Goettl Air Conditioning for truly outstanding air conditioning services in Chandler, AZ.

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Some Services to Improve Home Energy Efficiency in Chandler, AZ

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Are you looking to improve your energy efficiency this winter, but aren’t sure what kinds of services and products can help? Here are some options to consider:

  • Insulation installation – good insulation makes your home both energy efficient and comfortable year-round; without good insulation, you risk having high energy bills, stressing your heating and cooling system(s) and being uncomfortable. By adding more insulation to your home, or ensuring that the right amount is installed correctly into a new one, you can achieve better energy efficiency and comfort for years to come.
  • Duct sealing – do you have a forced-air system and are seeing the signs of faulty ductwork? Faulty ductwork can account for up to 30% of your home’s total air loss. This kind of air loss can significantly reduce your heating and cooling and drive up your monthly energy bills. Duct sealing can significantly reduce and/or eliminate the problems created by faulty ductwork, restoring a great deal of lost energy to your home.
  • Blower door testing – blower door testing is used by professional home energy auditors to determine the air tightness of your home. A blower door test allows the technician to pinpoint the exact areas of energy loss in your home, and create a plan to remediate the problems.
  • Upgrade your thermostat – are you still using a mercury-based dial thermostat, or even a slide thermostat? You may be missing out on potential savings. By upgrading to a digital, programmable or smart thermostat, you can have better control over your heating through precise temperature-setting and an ability to program (depending on which type of thermostat you choose).
  • Zone control system – a zone control system divides your home into separate zones that heat and cool independent of one another. This allows you to use only the amount of heating or cooling you need, and allows you to turn off heating and cooling to rooms or zones that are unused or unoccupied.
  • Annual maintenance – scheduling annual maintenance for your heating and cooling system(s) is one of the best ways to prevent repairs and increase energy efficiency. The full tune-up your system receives during a routine maintenance appointment allows the system to operate optimally.

As you can see, there are a number of available products and services that can increase your energy efficiency in Chandler. Interested in finding out more?

Contact Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning and schedule an appointment with one of our experts today!

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How Do Swamp Coolers Work?

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Swamp coolers, also known as evaporative coolers, have been around for a long time. While today’s models are more sophisticated than earlier ones, the method of cooling homes with water has been enjoyed by many. Swamp coolers are used in arid climates, so installing a swamp cooler in Chandler may be a great option for you. One of the best ways to determine if a swamp cooling system is good for your home is to work with trained professionals.

How Does a Swamp Cooler Work?

A swamp cooler uses water evaporation to cool the air. It does this by saturating a pad inside the cooler from a reservoir of water. A fan draws in warm air from the outside and blows it through the saturated pad. As the dry, warm air passes through the pad, the water from the pad cools the air by removing the heat. This cooled air is then blown into your living space.

What Are the Benefits of Installing a Swamp Cooler?

There are a few benefits swamp coolers have that other systems may not:

  • Very efficient – swamp coolers only need a small amount of electricity to operate, making them very energy efficient.
  • Very “green” – there is no use of refrigerant in a swamp cooler, making them very environmentally-friendly.
  • Constant stream of fresh air – swamp coolers draw in air from the outdoors to cool your home, so while the system operates, you are assured a constant stream of fresh air.
  • No need for ductwork – a swamp cooler does not need ductwork to distribute the cool air.

Other Considerations

As we mentioned above, swamp coolers are meant for arid climates. Before you install one, it’s important to make sure the humidity level in your home is low enough to make the swamp cooler effective. Additionally, swamp coolers sometimes need more maintenance than other systems due to its water usage.

A swamp cooler can be a great option for some people, but they aren’t for everyone. Working with a specialist from Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning can help you determine if a swamp cooler in Chandler is for you.

Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning has been helping people stay cool in Chandler since 1934, so call us today and speak to one of our experts.

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Benefits of Packaged Air Conditioners

Monday, July 7th, 2014

If you live in Chandler, you can’t be without air conditioning for very long. With temperatures well over 100 degrees, you need a reliable air conditioner that won’t fail suddenly without notice. If you have been looking into air conditioning options and are unsure of what will work for your home or business, a packaged air conditioner may be a great option for you.

Packaged air conditioners are used for both residential and commercial purposes. You’ll often find packaged systems in hotels and other business properties, or in homes that don’t offer space options for split systems. If you need a new solution for your home or business, packaged air conditioning may offer many benefits.

Space

Many homes and commercial properties are set up for a split central AC system with both an indoor and outdoor unit. The two units help to pull heat from the inside and release it outdoors. However, some homes are not set up properly for both an indoor and outdoor unit, while some homes and businesses cannot reasonably accommodate a bulky outdoor unit. Packaged air conditioners do not utilize separate indoor and outdoor units; rather, all of the components of an AC system are combined into one self-contained unit that can be installed either adjacent to the house or on the roof, if space is an issue for your home or commercial property.

Accessibility

With split systems, diagnosing repair issues can be a tricky job for a technician because the specialist will have to examine every part of your system, both inside and out. This can mean a somewhat lengthier visit and a longer period of time without AC, and in Chandler this may be something you simply cannot afford. Packaged systems can benefit you and your AC technician because the indoor evaporator and outdoor condenser unit of your system are combined into one, making maintenance and service an easier job.

At Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning, we’ll help you choose the packaged unit that’s right for you and provide professional A/C installation services.

If you need packaged air conditioners in the Chandler area, call our friendly technicians to help right away!

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Is a Swamp Cooler a Good Choice for Air Conditioning Replacement in Chandler?

Friday, June 6th, 2014

You have more options for air conditioning replacement in Chandler, AZ than you probably realize. You can have a heat pump installed, or a ductless mini split, or even an evaporative cooler, i.e. a swamp cooler.

“Wait a minute, what is a swamp cooler?” you might ask. That’s a good question, and it may turn out that the energy-efficient power of a swamp cooler is the perfect AC solution for your home. These systems aren’t right for everyone, but if a swamp cooler fits your needs, the advantages are tremendous.

To find out if your house and a swamp cooler are a good match, talk to the professionals at Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning today. Since 1939, we’ve used innovation to keep people in the Valley of the Sun cooled down in the summer heat.

What evaporative (swamp) coolers do

If you hang a wet towel across a window and feel the cool breeze blow through it, you are experiencing the power of evaporative cooling. As hot dry air passes over or through water, it loses heat and cools off. Swamp coolers are based on this simple principle. (And, despite the mysterious name, they don’t work in wet climate but are more suited for arid desert climates.)

A swamp cooler contains a blower that draws in outside air and passes it through a set of damp pads, allowing evaporation to occur that absorbs the heat from the air. A pump keeps the pads wet, so you don’t need to keep supplying them with water. The cooled air then enters your home.

Is this an effective replacement for an air conditioner? Sometimes. Evaporative coolers are more energy efficient than ACs because they do not need to power a compressor, and they cost less to install. Swamp coolers also act as humidifiers, since they place water into the air (where ACs remove it), and this can be either a positive or a negative depending on your house and where it’s located. If you are concerned about the environment, a swamp cooler is a good option because it does not release any ozone depleting gases.

However, swamp coolers must have climates that are hot and dry or they simply cannot draw out heat from the air. On wet days, a swamp cooler can turn the inside of a house into a damp, even sticky and unpleasant place; this also leads to damage to building material. Swamp coolers also require extensive maintenance, with the pads changed regularly or else they will develop mildew and contaminate indoor air quality and create unpleasant smells.

The dry, hot climate makes swamp coolers an attractive possibility for air conditioning replacement in Chandler, AZ. But you need to think about this choice carefully, and consult with professionals in heating and cooling.

Call Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning today and ask about your best choices for cooling off this summer and the summers to come.

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Does Insulation Save You Money in the Summer?

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Home insulation in Chandler AZ doesn’t have the same priority as it might in, say, Bangor ME. People associate insulation with staying warm in the winter, and indeed that’s one of its main functions. But the same principle that makes it work so well in cold weather also makes it work in hot weather. That means you should think very seriously about improving your insulation, perhaps even more than you might in a colder environment.

Does insulation save you money in the summer?

The principles of insulation involve three distinct concepts: conduction (the way heat moves through solid materials), convection (the way heat mores through liquids and gases) and radiation (the way heat warms the temperature of anything in its path. Insulation works to slow that process in the first two instances and often the third as well. It’s composed of material that slows the transfer of heat, whether it be fiberglass, rigid foam or even sheep’s wool. It’s also why you want to have lots of insulation in your attic, since warm air rises and moves towards the highest spot in the house.

However, that process isn’t just one way. The same concepts that help the insulation keep warm air inside your home also keeps outside hot air from getting into your home. In other words, the cool air generated by your air conditioning system will stay in your home longer and your air conditioner won’t need to spend as much energy to keep you home cool. That translates to lower monthly cooling bills over the summer, as well as a reduced risk of breakdowns and lower stress on your air conditioner overall.

Knowing that insulation saves you money in the summer means that you may wish to consider adding more before the Arizona heat rises beyond comfort. And for home insulation in Chandler AZ, the experts at Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning are ready to help.

We know a number of techniques to make your home more energy efficient, including the addition of more insulation. Give us call today to set up a consultation.

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