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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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Heating Issues During the Winter

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

If you’ve ever talked with a friend or relative who lives in a northern state about troubles you have heating your home in Arizona, they may have acted as if you were crazy. Who needs heat in Arizona? Although it’s true that we enjoy one of the warmest year-round climates in the U.S., anyone who has lived here for at least a year knows that winter evenings can get quite chilly. Your home needs effective insulation and a sturdy heater to keep you comfortable during the upcoming months, especially at night. Below are just some of the heating problems you may encounter during this winter. Some will require you schedule heating repairs, and when that happens, make sure you call Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning.

Having problems with your heater in Mesa, AZ? Don’t fret – call Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning for quick and easy heating repair.

Common winter heating issues

  • Heater won’t turn on: When the season starts, you may encounter trouble with your heater failing to turn on at all. Perhaps it comes on at some times and not others. A common reason for this is a thermostat miscalibration that developed during the summer and fall, which means the thermostat isn’t recording the correct colder temperature that will make it signal that the heater needs to turn on. Your heater may need more serious repairs to its motor or fuel supply—troubles that could have developed from neglect during the months it sat idle.
  • Uneven heating: If your heater does come on, but some rooms aren’t getting warm, then there are a number of possibilities to check. Vents might be blocked or shut. Hot air may be escaping through cracks around the edges of windows or outside doors. The insulation could be deteriorating. Don’t immediately leap to the conclusion that the heater is malfunctioning—although this may ultimately be the reason. Have an HVAC expert come to your house to help you discover the source of the problem.
  • Unexpectedly high bills: If you’ve already gone through one heating season with your current system, you will know what to expect to see on your energy bills when your heater comes on for the season. But should you discover surprise spikes on your monthly bills, then your heater may have a malfunction that developed over the summer. Schedule repairs right away before the issue becomes worse.

Let Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning Help Make Your Winter That Much More Pleasant

Make sure you act on any issues that develop in your heater during the coming chillier months. Contact Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning—any time of the day or night—and we’ll take care of your Mesa heating repair service needs so you won’t have to spend any unpleasant nights in the future without your heater.

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Heating System this Winter

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

In matters of heating repair, Mesa AZ is definitely a seasonal community. Heating issues usually arise in the winter, when our nights get cold and the high temperatures of summertime are long forgotten.  You’re probably accustomed to paying higher heating bills in the winter, matching the increased use you make of your unit. But do those bills have to be so high? You can cut into them with a few canny tips and a little foresight.

Here’s how to get the most out of your heating system this winter.

  • Have your heater cleaned. Most reputable repair services offer a routine maintenance and upkeep session, which gives your heater a little tune-up. The technician cleans off the dust and dirt that have built up over the summer (which can be quite a bit here in Arizona). He also tightens the bolts, belts and fittings that may have loosened during last year’s heating season, to prevent leaks and lower stress on the individual components. Not only will it reduce the possibility of more major repairs, it will help the heater perform more efficiently, saving money in monthly energy bills.
  • Consider a heating upgrade. If you want to save money, you might think about having upgrades added on to your system. For example, look into zone controls, which divide your home into individual sections that can be heated separately. That lets you warm only those parts of the house that you’re using, which can save you a great deal of money.
  • Insulate your home better. Insulation in your home helps keep cool air in during the summer season, as well as hot air in when it gets cold. See about adding more insulation to your attic or crawlspaces to help reduce the cost of energy.

For more on how to get the most out of your heating system this winter, or for maintenance and repair issues in general, talk to Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning. We offer heating repair service to Mesa, AZ and the surrounding communities, and we are dedicated to your complete satisfaction. Call us today to set up an appointment!

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