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Why Bother with Late Season Heatinng Repairs?

Monday, March 26th, 2018

logoHave you run into trouble of any kind with your home heating system lately?  If so, we know what you may be thinking. “Well, it’s pretty late in the season for heating repair in Phoenix. I guess I’ll  just wait until next winter.” If we have hit the nail on the head, then we suggest you reconsider. Sure, your heater may make it through the rest of the heating season—but at what cost?

We’re pretty much out of the heating season at this point, but nighttime temperatures are still dropping down into the low 60s and frequently into the 50s. You may need your heater to make it through the chillier nights, and it may be able to handle this type of demand. Ultimately, however, you are not doing yourself or your heater any favors by ignoring existing problems just because the end of the season is in sight.

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Is Your Heater Short Cycling?

Monday, January 29th, 2018

temperature-just-rightIf your answer to the question posed in the title of this post was, why yes it is, thank you for asking, then today’s post is for you! If your answer was what the heck does that mean, then today’s post is for you as well! Short cycling is a condition that may afflict a heater for a number of different reasons, and it is one that homeowners sometimes mistake as being little more than a minor nuisance. It’s not.

Short cycling is definitely an annoyance, but the problems that it can cause go far beyond that. Left unchecked, short cycling could wind up costing you a lot of money in the long run. We may not use our heaters all that much around here, but that doesn’t mean you can ignore the signs that yours is not functioning properly. If your system starts to short cycle, or you have any other reason to believe you may require heating repair in Chandler, AZ, contact us immediately.

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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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Dirty Air Filters Cause Heating Problems

Monday, January 1st, 2018

man-with-filterHeaters are mechanical systems,  and that means that occasional operating problems are inevitable. Routine heating maintenance will certainly help to keep any such problems to a minimum, but you are eventually going to require professional heating repairs in Phoenix, AZ.  The fact that our winter season is so mild does not mean that you can just ignore problems with your home heating system. While annual maintenance is a must, there is also one maintenance task that you should handle on your own, much more frequently than once a year.

That task? Changing your air filter. If you use a forced-air heater, such as a furnace or a heat pump, then you need to make sure you are keeping a fresh filter in that system at all times. Typically, it will need to be changed somewhere in the range of every 1-3 months. These filters are cheap and very simple to swap out, and the benefits of doing so as needed cannot be overlooked.

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Is It Time for Heating Repairs?

Monday, December 18th, 2017

chilly-manIf so, then you really should schedule service as soon as possible. We know that it can be easy to overlook potential problems with your heater if the system is still up and running, but trust us when we tell you that this is never going to be in your best interest. The longer that you wait to schedule your heating repairs in Phoenix, AZ, the worse off your system is likely to be. You don’t want to wait until the system breaks down entirely.

But how are you supposed to know that your heater is in need of repairs, particularly if it is still warming your home at least moderately successfully? The key is essentially to look for any irregularities in your heating system’s overall performance.  We have a few tips to help you identify such irregularities. Should you notice any such trouble in your home, schedule prompt heating repairs with Goettl Air Conditioning Phoenix. We’ll resolve your problems ASAP.

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Why Is My Home Heating Unevenly?

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Granted, our winter season in this part of the country is not at all comparable to that in, say, Vermont or Minnesota. However, we still need to be able to heat our homes successfully, as there is plenty of chilly weather to be had. In order to heat our homes successfully, we must be able to heat them evenly. If there are cold spots throughout your home, you are simply not going to be able to live in the true comfort that we believe you deserve. If your heating system in Phoenix, AZ should fail to heat your home evenly and effectively, contact a member of our staff today. Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning will get to the bottom of the problem and do whatever it takes to resolve it entirely.

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How Duct Leaks Can Lead to Heating Repair

Monday, January 5th, 2015

The ducts in your home essentially have two very important jobs: transporting the air from inside of your house to the heating and air conditioning unit and bringing the newly conditioned or heated air into your home. So a well-designed duct system is vital to the operation of any forced-air heating system such as a furnace or heat pump.

A good installer will design the ducts in such a way that it will be difficult for them to develop leaks and cracks, yet a majority of homes in the U.S. still have a problem with leaky ducts.

Ductwork Holes

Many homes have at least a small hole somewhere in the ductwork, but this may seem like no big deal to some. However, when your heating system generates warm air and some of that leaks into an unconditioned attic or crawlspace, it can mean a lot of trouble for your heating system. It may surprise you to learn that duct leaks can cause components of a furnace or heat pump to break down, leading to the need for heating repair.

Duct Leaks

Duct leaks can be difficult for the average homeowner to detect. A leak is often located well in the duct system, away from your sight, but your heating system still suffers. As heat escapes through small leaks and cracks, the air that finally arrives at the vents is slightly cooler, and there’s less of it. This means it will take your home a long time to finally reach the proper temperature, which means your unit will have to run for a lot longer. This can cost you more in utilities, and overwork the parts of your system.

Suddenly, the components of your heater have to work overtime to raise the temperature as needed. The fan motors may begin to fail, the heat pump compressor may begin to stutter, or the controls of a furnace may give out. So how can you avoid this possibility?

Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning offers blower door testing and duct inspection to help determine whether there are leaks that require immediate repair. For duct sealing, home efficiency testing, or heating repair in Tempe, AZ, call our skilled team today.

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Problems with Your Heater in the Summer

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

A summer in Tempe will tax air conditioners to their limits, and keeping an AC working is a homeowner priority. So if you don’t think much about your home’s heater during the next couple of months, that’s perfectly understandable. However, that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. The summer offers an ideal time to tackle problems you may have encountered with your heater earlier in the year. And, if you’re like many homeowners and use a combination of a furnace and an air conditioner, problems with your ductwork can end up causing damage to your heater during those months when it isn’t in use.

Call Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning any time this summer for heating repair in Tempe, AZ. Don’t put off heater problems until the cold weather sets in; call us when the problems are easier to fix and it won’t bother you to have the heat shut off for a stretch.

If more than a year has gone past since your heater received an inspection and tune-up, then call Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning to sign up for our maintenance plan.

What might be wrong with my heater in summer?

Let’s phrase that a bit differently: “What might be wrong with your heater right before summer?” When the winter heating season came to a close, your home’s heating system may have started to run into operating problems causing spikes in your bills and uneven comfort throughout your home. If you shut down the system for the season with such problems unrepaired, you’re risking bigger troubles later in the year, probably during a time when you can’t afford to go without your heater. As summer heat arrives, have a technician take a look at the strange behavior from your heater. Warning signs include: grinding, booming, and clicking sounds—any strange sounds, actually—from the cabinet; odd smells from the vents; fluctuations in heating levels; the system “hard starting”; low airflow; and abrupt rises in energy bills. Do not allow such omens of malfunctions to go without repairs this summer.

Ductwork issues that affect your central air conditioner will also affect your forced-air heater (i.e. a furnace) since they use the same ventilation system. Breaks in ducts need sealing as soon as possible, because they will not only damage your AC’s cooling ability, they could lead to damage to your heater.

The air filter for your AC is also your furnace’s filter, and if you don’t change it regularly during summer you could end up causing damage to your heating system along with the AC. Please change the filter once a month this summer, for your heating system’s sake as well as your AC’s.

Even if you don’t think your home’s heater has summer repair needs, make sure that it’s up to date on its maintenance through our regular maintenance program.  You can reach us 24/7 for heating repair in Tempe, AZ.

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Causes of Low Air Flow in Your Furnace

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Furnaces are “forced-air” systems: they distribute the heat created in the furnace’s cabinet through ductwork using an air handler. Your furnace’s burners, gas jets, heating elements, and heat exchangers can work perfectly—but without proper airflow, the heat they generate will not reach you. When you discover low airflow coming from your house’s vents, it points toward a possibly serious problem with the furnace.

There are a number of potential causes for a drop in furnace airflow. The list below will give you some diagnostic help discovering what may be causing the problem. However, you will often need experts in heating repair in Gilbert, AZ to learn the reason for the low airflow—and you’ll almost certainly need these professionals to fix the trouble. You can call the skilled technicians at Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning any time of the day or night for the help you need.

3 Possible Causes of Reduced Airflow From a Furnace

  1. Clogged air filter: The air filter installed in the furnace’s intake prevents debris from entering the cabinet. It needs to be changed once a month during the height of the heating season, or else the filter will become clogged with dust and dirt and begin to choke off the airflow into the furnace. (A clogged filter can cause other trouble as well, so make sure you have it changed on schedule.)
  2. Breaks in the ductwork: The sealed ductwork maintains the pressure of the air as it travels from the furnace to the vents. If breaks or gaps appear in the ducts, they will cause the air to escape and air pressure to drop. This will also allow an infiltration of dust into the ducts and a loss of heat. If you notice a musty odor along with the reduced airflow, then duct breaks are a probable cause. You will need professional duct repair and sealing.
  3. Broken air handler: The air handler of the furnace contains the blower and motors that send the air through the furnace for heat exchange and then into the ventilation system. Damaged or broken motors, bent fan blades, cracked fan belts, and electrical faults can all contribute to an air handler than can’t work at its regular level. The components will need repairs, or the whole air handler may require replacement.

Furnaces Need Professional Repairs

Changing the air filter is something you can take care of on your own, but for any other issues with airflow, you should call professionals to look into the problem and find the best way to remedy it. If changing the filter doesn’t restore your airflow, get on the phone and call Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning for excellent heating repair in Gilbert, AZ.

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Heating Repair Caused by Poorly Sized Ductwork

Friday, December 20th, 2013

You probably haven’t considered how important your ductwork is for your heating system, whether it’s a gas furnace or a heat pump. The reason people often forget about ductwork is because most of the ducts remain out of sight, hidden in walls, floors, ceilings, and rooms you rarely enter. But if you have ductwork that suffers from maladies such as leaks, bad connections, or poor construction, it can have a large negative impact on your heater, possibly leading to it requiring repair.

Another problem with ductwork that can affect your heater: improper sizing. If the installers who put in your ducts in the first place picked the wrong size—either too large or too small—your heater will struggle. Here are some of the heating repairs that we often encounter because of poorly sized ductwork.

Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning is an excellent source for both fixing duct issues and providing heating repair in Chandler, AZ.

We can take care of your heating system, and we also specialize in duct cleaning and testing.

The effect of poorly sized ducts on your heater

If your ducts are too large, you’ll probably notice the issue right away, because the system will make noise from the restriction on the air flow. The reduced air flow from the constriction will build up pressure inside the ductwork.

If the ducts are too large for your heating system, they will cause low airflow, and this will result in uneven heating throughout your home, since the air will not reach all the vents.

Studies have shown that improper ductwork design can cause as much as a 60% loss in heating efficiency. This is not only bad news for your pocketbook, it’s also bad news for your heater, which will struggle to reach the temperature set for it and begin to degrade and age rapidly. This means more repairs to things such as motors, fan belts, and compressors. And it can also end up with a need for an early retirement for your heater and the expense of purchasing a new one.

You should never let any heating repair go without attention. Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning knows both your heater and your duct work: we can provide repairs for your heating system, and cleaning and sealing services to take care of your ducts. Give us a call for your heating repair in Chandler, AZ and let us take a look at your ductwork so we can advise you on what you should do. You can reach us 24/7.

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