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Reasons to Install a New Heating System ASAP

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Spring in Paradise Valley is one of the finest times of the year, bringing a warm climate that hasn’t yet climbed to the summer sidewalk sizzle. Now is a good time to install a new heating system in your home if you think you need to replace your old one: you won’t have to worry about being stuck in the cold during the installation, and technicians will have more open schedules.

Do you have a reason to install a new heater? You might have a very urgent one: here are a few that should make you call up professionals like those at Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning right away and discuss new heating installation in Paradise Valley, AZ. Our many decades of experience will make the installation smooth and quick.

Some Reasons to Replace Your Current Heater Right Away

  • Carbon monoxide leaks: If you have a natural-gas heater in your home, you want to make sure that it isn’t leaking carbon monoxide. Since CO is colorless and odorless, make sure you have detectors in your home. If the CO detectors alert you, leave your home and contact a heating contractor right away to see if your gas-powered heater is responsible. An old heater that leaks CO should be replaced immediately.
  • Continual loud noises from the cabinet: If your heater starts to make a constant racket as it runs, not just a single odd sound, then it’s probably on the verge of a complete breakdown that will require expensive repairs to fix—if it can be fixed at all. Call in professionals to assess if you need a replacement to head off a potential breakdown.
  • It costs too much to repair: Look over the bills for repairs to your heater over the last two years. If the cost per year to keep it running with repairs exceeds $500, you’re wasting money. Schedule a replacement right away before you have to call for repairs again.

You Don’t Need to Install the Same Type of System

Here’s something to keep in mind: when you replace your old heater, you can take the opportunity to change to a different type of heater. If you had a furnace, you can have installers easily hook up a heat pump to your existing ductwork. You might consider radiant floor heating if you want to plan to also do some house remodeling. Ask your contractor about some of the new possibilities for heating installation in Paradise Valley, AZ.

Give us a call today and talk to our experts at Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning to learn more  about our many heating service options in Paradise Valley, whether you stay with the tried and true or want to try something new.

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I’ve Heard About Boilers: Should I Consider One for My Phoenix Home?

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

Boilers are a common form of heating back east, using hot water run through a series of pipes to warm your home. The technology has been in use for some time and it remains a safe and efficient way to warm your home in some parts of the country. “I’ve heard about boilers: should I consider one for my Phoenix home?” It’s a valid question, and one that requires careful thought. The answer, however, is usually “no.” Phoenix AZ heating installation experts can explain why.

Boilers work with a very simple process. A series of burners heats water in a main chamber. The heat is then distributed throughout your home via a series of pipes, which cycle the hot water or steam through it. Boilers are useful because they distribute the heat very evenly and don’t create drafts or cold spots the way furnaces do, and they don’t cost much to run either.

Boilers tend to work best in areas with particular cold air and with fuel availability to match. In the Northeast, many boiler systems still operate via fuel oil, which we don’t see much of out here. Gas-heated boilers are more common, but they can’t match gas furnaces for efficiency, and the cost of installation is often much higher than it is for gas furnaces. Running those pipes in a modern home is inefficient and often cost prohibitive as well. The boiler’s pipes and radiators are more a staple of older homes, which Phoenix, as a more modern city, doesn’t usually feature.

In the briefest possible terms, boilers aren’t a good fit for a city such as ours. If you’re looking for an alternative to gas furnaces, then heat pumps and radiant heat systems prove far more efficiency than boilers, and can readily be installed by the experts at Goettl Good Guys. “I’ve heard about boilers, should I consider one for my Phoenix home?” If you’re asking that, then give us a call today. We handle Phoenix heating installation issues of all varieties and can provide numerous options that are appropriate to our area!

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Heating Installation FAQ 2: What Does BTU Mean?

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Have you ever been looking for information on the internet only to find terms, phrases and abbreviations that you are unfamiliar with? At Goettl Good Guys we believe that the key to keeping your home warm and comfortable with maximum efficiency is to better understand your heating system. While only a trained heating professional can complete your heating installation in Phoenix, you should still familiarize yourself with some of the terms you are likely to come across in the process. One such term is BTU. Chances are you’ve seen it before, but recognizing it and understanding it are two very different things.

The acronym BTU stands for British Thermal Unit.  A BTU is a unit of measurement for energy in which 1 BTU equals the amount of energy it takes to raise the temperature of 1 pound of water by 1 degree Fahrenheit. A BTU is equivalent to 252 heat calories and around a 3rd of a watt-hour. All you really need to know about BTU’s when it comes to your home heating installation, though, is the more BTU’s your heating system has the more powerful your heating system is. This does not mean, though, that you should buy the heater with the most possible BTU’s that you can afford.

A professional Phoenix heating technician can work with you to help determine the appropriate size of the heating system required by your home. Bigger is not necessarily better in this case. While an undersized heater with too few BTU’s will obviously fail to heat your home efficiently and effectively, an oversized heater is no better. It will bring temperatures up too quickly, which can reduce efficiency and air quality as well cause short cycling. Short cycling occurs when your heater cycles on and off too frequently, which can lead to damage to your system.

If you have any further questions about BTU’s and how they apply to your new heating system, call Goettl Good Guys. Our team of Phoenix heating installation experts has the answers you need. Contact us for your heating installation in Phoenix.

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Heating FAQ 2: Which Heating System is Right for Me?

Monday, February 18th, 2013

At Goettl Good Guys, we want to help our Phoenix, AZ area customers get the right heating system for their needs. That’s why we’ve put together a short list of the different types of heating systems that we can install so that you can compare them. If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to call the Phoenix heating experts at Goettl Good Guys any time.

Furnaces

Whether you are replacing an older furnace or building a new home in Phoenix, we can install a gas or electric furnace. We also install mobile home furnaces. Depending on the cost of fuel and availability, a gas furnace can be an efficient way to heat your home in the winter. Because of our warmer climate, you probably won’t use your heater that often, and electric furnaces also provide efficient heat.

Heat Pumps

Heat pumps are ideal for the dessert climate. They both heat and cool your home, and you won’t typically need a backup heater for the winter since temperatures rarely get below freezing. There are a wide variety of high-efficiency heat pumps on the market today, including Energy Star models.

Ductless Mini Splits

Ductless mini splits are installed as individual units. This provides efficient heating without the use of ductwork. You get even more efficiency without the potential air loss from leaky air ducts. They are not for every home, so be sure to speak with a heating contractor before you decide.

Radiant Heat

Radiant heat can be installed as pipes under floors or as electric baseboards. You can also install electric radiant walls. Radiant heating is very efficient, and although it is ideal in new home constructions, they can be installed in existing homes and under a variety of flooring.

Zone Control System

Zone control Systems can also be installed either in new homes, or the technician can retrofit an existing forced air heating system. Zoning provides efficient heat by heating certain areas instead of the entire home at once. We also install thermostats for each area, and we can upgrade your older thermostats. Ductless mini splits also provide zone control.

Call the Phoenix heating experts at Goettl Good Guys for quality heating installation service. Contact Goettl Good Guys today!

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Heating Installation FAQ 1: Is It Time For A New Heater?

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Most homeowners dread having to replace any appliance in their home—the heating system is no exception. But there are huge benefits to heating replacement and it can be done fairly painlessly if you work with a professional heating contractor. At Goettl Good Guys, we provide fast and reliable heating installation in Phoenix for all types and brands of heating systems. Here are some of the things that you should look for that could mean you need a new heating system.

Signs of Heating Replacement in Phoenix AZ

While all heating systems eventually need repairs, they also eventually need to be replaced. Knowing when that is can be difficult. At Goettl Good Guys, we’ve responded to countless calls for heating repairs in Phoenix and wanted to share some of the signs that could indicate that you should replace your heating system.

  • Age of your heater – Probably one of the best indicators of when you should replace your heating system is its age. Most heating systems are designed to last about 20-25 years. If your heating system has reached that point and it is requiring more repairs, it might make more financial sense to just replace it.
  • Cracked heat exchanger – If you have a furnace, a cracked heat exchanger is normally the kiss of death for it—no matter how old it is. Heat exchangers can crack if they over heat or if they get short cycled for a long period of time. A cracked heat exchanger is a huge safety issue because it can cause a carbon monoxide leak in your home.
  • Rusted boiler – If your boiler has started to rust on the inside of the tank it usually means that it needs to be replaced. Rust is a huge problem for your entire radiant heating system because it can spread to other parts.

If you need new heating installation, call the Phoenix heating experts at Goettl Good Guys. We provide comprehensive heating services, including heating repairs throughout the Phoenix, AZ area. Contact Goettl Good Guys today!

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Benefits of Proper Heating Installation in Phoenix

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Are you considering a new heating system installation in your home? The Phoenix heating experts at Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning can help you get the right system and prepare your home for the new installation. Whether you want us to install a new furnace, heat pump, dual fuel system, packaged heating and AC system, radiant heat systems, or zone control system, a proper heating installation in Phoenix will provide many benefits. Here are just a few of those benefits.

First, before the installation, a qualified contractor will ensure that your home is properly sealed and insulated. Without the right upgrades to your home, you may not get the most out of your new heating system. Not only will the system have to work harder to maintain comfortable temperatures, but you may also lose energy through air leaks, which won’t provide the ultimate amount of savings.  We offer blower door testing and other home energy services to help you prepare for a new installation.

Proper installation can also prevent repair needs. When a heating system is sized incorrectly or installed by an unqualified technician, it can cause problems down the road. A qualified technician will also make sure that you know how to properly operate your new heating system. This can save energy since setting back the thermostat on some systems, especially dual fuel systems, can actually be more expensive to operate.

Because any type of heating installation will determine how effective your new system heats your home, you should always hire a heating contractor you can trust. This will ensure proper sizing and installation, as well as proper ductwork design and installation. Your contractor should also ensure that you have a good ventilation system if you are choosing to install a gas furnace rather than an electric model.

For all your Phoenix heating installations, call Goettl Good Guys. We can handle all your local heating needs!

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