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Phoenix Air Conditioning Repair – Getting Ready for Summer


 

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Phoenix air conditioning repair companies know that the key to enjoying the summer is being able to retreat into your cool home when the heat becomes too much. With temperatures reaching over 110 degrees in the summertime, Phoenix is the kind of place where a properly functioning air conditioner is essential.

To help you get through these hot summer months, hvacrepairphoenix.net is offering these tips for ac repair in the Vally of the Sun.

High temperatures will be here before you know it, so take a few minutes to learn how to spot potential trouble with your air conditioning unit, how to keep it running properly and, if the need arises, find a reliable air conditioner technician.
Since heating and cooling represents a large seasonal expense, it is worth the time and effort to make sure that everything is working correctly.  In fact, according to one report, electricity to power air conditioners represents 16% of all electricity used. In warmer places, air conditioner energy usage can make up 70% of monthly electric bills. Obviously, it makes sense to get your unit functioning properly.

AC Maintenance Tips and Tricks

As mentioned above, keeping your home cooling unit functioning properly can save you time and money. A few simple maintenance tasks can help the system that cools your home running smoothly. Take the time to perform these tasks now to be ready for the upcoming heat wave.

  • Removing the cover from the outdoor condensing unit of your home’s system is the first step to starting the unit up after the winter. Repair companies in Phoenix often receive calls about a system failing to cool a home only to find that the cover is still on or else something is blocking the condenser. Without the ability to draw air into the system to cool, an air conditioner simply cannot function.
  • Changing filters at the start of the season will also help the unit work at its optimum level. Dirty filters can restrict airflow and even cause blockages that can freeze up the internal evaporator.
  • Starting the unit before hot days arrive is a great way to make sure everything is working properly. If you wait until the summer months arrive and then discover a problem, you may be waiting for some time to get a technician to look at your machine. In addition the cost for ac repair may be more as it may be an emergency call when a Phoenix ac repairman may have to visit during off business hours.  Taking the time to check up on your unit now will make sure you are ready for the sweltering Phoenix summer.

Warning Signs of AC Repair Needs

Small problems with your residential cooling unit might be easy to ignore. However, if left unchecked, some of the following warning signs could lead to serious issues. If you’re experiencing any of these problems, you’ll want to contact a repair specialist today.

The most common sign that something is wrong with your HVAC  or AC unit is a reduction in cooling performance. If the unit is running around the clock but your home is not getting cool, there is probably a blockage or mechanical problem that needs to be addressed.

If your system turns on and off frequently and seemingly at random, you may have an electrical problem. Check circuit breakers and fuses to see if the unit is somehow malfunctioning. It is best to seek a professional if you suspect an electrical problem with your cooling unit.

If your system displays a warning that it is low on coolant, you may have a Freon leak on your hands. Check the exterior and interior parts of the system for puddles of refrigerant. Leaking water or ice forming on the unit are also signs that something is not quite right.

What To Expect When Working with an Service Technician

When you hire a repairman to look at your unit, it pays to have an understanding of how the system works. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and ask for alternative solutions.

Many problems with an air cooling unit are simply caused by the need for regular maintenance. A technician usually does not charge huge fees for cleaning the system. However, if certain components have failed, expect to pay for both the technician’s time and ac replacement parts.

On rare occasions, technicians may suggest replacing the entire system. This is especially true in older homes where the cooling system may be obsolete. Many older units might have problems that can’t be fixed with replacement parts and in some cases it is actually better to replace the entire system.  This is especially true when a replacement will be more efficient and cost effective by saving money on home cooling costs.

Technicians may also recommend professional cleaning and tune-up services. These services are normally completed in one to two hours and are definitely worth considering. If you want to get the most out of your unit, regular professional maintenance is the best way.

Finding A Trustworthy Phoenix AC Technician

In looking for an AC repair service, you might find a huge list of firms in the phone book or online. Unfortunately, not all Phoenix repair companies have your best interests in mind.

How do you determine which one is best?

One way is by investigating the company’s professional certifications. Air conditioning repairmen should be licensed and certified. The EPA Certification and HVAC Excellence are two industry certifications that validate a company’s experience and dedication to professionalism.

Professional companies will also have brand-name training certifications that demonstrate their ability to work on your specific brand of air conditioner.  Companies should also be bonded and insured.

You’re online research will likely reveal customer reviews as well.  Many free sites such as Yelp and the Yellowpages Online show customer reviews that you can read through to learn about what customers thought of that company’s professionalism, honesty, integrity, etc.  That feedback in many cases helps you in finding a reliable service company or organization.

When selecting a potential air conditioning repair company in Phoenix, it is also important to think ahead. Does the company have technicians on call for sudden emergencies? What level of response time do they guarantee? Will they always send the same technician who is familiar with your system?

These are good questions to ask up front.

Stay Cool

Air conditioners do more than just make us comfortable. Air conditioning systems have improved the health in the United States population. They have prolonged the lives of those who suffer from heart disease and respiratory problems.

Lack of a good air conditioning system can even be dangerous. Heat stroke and other serious medical issues can result from overheating especially for homeowners in the Valley of the Sun. The elderly need to be especially careful during hot summer nights.  Pets are also at risk when an AC unit stops working properly.  It’s because of this that having a working reliable air conditioner can make a huge difference and even save lives.

By following these simple tips you can make sure your home is ready for the upcoming summer temperatures. Now is the time to make sure your ac unit is functioning properly and if not, take care of Phoenix air conditioning repair work needed so that your cooling system is ready to go this summer.

Phoenix Energy Audit – The Results Are In!

So as I mentioned on a the HVAC Talk Page of HVAC Repair Phoenix,  I talked about the Phoenix Energy Audit I had done and the repair work that resulted from it in an effort to cut down on energy costs.  A great deal of work done to help improve the energy efficiency of my home.  That work included adding some insulation to the attic, sealing and blowing out air ducts, putting in a new blower unit to match the energy efficiency of the compressor, addition of a new register in one of the bedrooms…plus a couple of other things.

Phoenix energy efficiency savingsWell, it’s been over a month and now it’s time to report on the results.

ARE YOU READY!!!  (Sorry, I’m just a little excited…well, and nervous too!  :0))

So, the temperature has been changed first off.  The temperature was set at a somewhat miserable yet bearable 82 degrees.  Now, of course I don’t want to look a gift horse in the mouth.  That temperature is better that being outside in the Phoenix heat under the Arizona sun.  However, compare it to what our setting is now and…let’s just say the comparison was like going from a warm over into the freezer.

Currently we are sitting at a very comfortable 78 degrees… and I do mean VERY COMFORTABLE.  The air is blowing and the funny thing is that it could actually be heard blowing through vents.  In fact, I had to stop for a moment when I first heard it to figure out what the noise was.  🙂  (I admit I had to laugh at that.)

And it is cool air.   There is a noticeable difference over the last month and even the dogs are noticing the difference because they don’t pant like they use to.

Now admittedly, the next test was a little scary, but it was time to see the energy bill and find out what the differences were.  While opening that bill created a little nervousness and tension, finally seeing it brought a HUGE smile to my face.

The kilowatt hours over the course of the month were actually down compared to last year.  (Just to clear up any questions, I couldn’t compare the bill to last month because the outside temperatures were vastly different…like 85 degrees last month in comparison to 95 degrees this month.)  However, my bill does show last year’s numbers and that is how I know that the Phoenix energy audit made a HUGE positive impact.

As mentioned above, this month the temperature outside was 95 degrees.  Last year the temperature was 2 degrees warmer.  That difference is minimal.  However for those who may still be skeptical or need a little more convincing, there were 28 days in the billing cycle this year and 30 in the cycle last year.  2,339 kWH were used this month and 3,126 kWH were used this month last year.  That’s a difference of 83.53 kWH per day this month as compared to 104.2 kWH per day this month last year.  Even if you added in two extra days into this month’s bill based on the daily kWH amount from last year…the totals are still lower.

Now, while these numbers might not prove everything out 100% that the Phoenix energy audit and subsequent HVAC repairs to improve home energy efficiency, saves me money on air conditioning and electric costs, that do confirm one thing.  I’m not paying more in cooling costs and yet I am much more comfortable in my home.  I mean seriously, 82 down to 78 degrees.  I’m not sweating indoors anymore.

And based on that, I don’t think anyone can argue the energy savings with that.  And because of these results, I don’t think anyone can argue the value of a home energy assessment either.

So while it’s still hot as Hades outside, take advantage of a Phoenix energy audit on your home to lower your heating and cooling costs and save some money.

 



When I was a new home owner, admittedly I use to take the operation of the hvac unit for granted.  My only thoughts were to turn on the air conditioning in the summer when I got hot.  And turn up the heat in the winter when I got cold.

how your hvac system worksWhen either of those functions stopped working, my only recourse was to call for professional help.  I quickly learned that with the summer heat here in Phoenix, that gets to be a costly service when that help is needed on a consistent basis.

Through these service calls, I discovered that doing some basic maintenance and minor repairs on my own has helped save me quite a bit of money.  It’s also what I would recommend to help you cut down your service cost.  But before taking on that do-it-yourself type of task, it’s helpful to know how a hvac system works.  To learn that, here are the hvac, heating and cooling system basics.

How your HVAC Systems works 101

Every system used to control the climate in your home has three basic components.  They are: a warm or cooled air source, a way to distribute the air that’s been heated or cooled to each room in your home, and a way to control or regulate the system which typically is the thermostat.  When put together, the warm air source, such as your furnace, and cool air source, such as the air conditioner, typically uses the same air ducts to distribute the air and thermostat to regulate the temperature.  Any of these components of your hvac system could be the culprit if it stops working.

A common principle is put into play when it comes to the heating and air conditioning on your system.  That principle is that heat always moves from a warm object to a cooler one, much like the manner in which flowing water travels from a higher level to lower level.  In short, heat is put into the air by the furnace in order to warm your home and heat is removed from the air by your air conditioner so as to cool your home.  Simple right?

Some form of fuel is burned by all hvac units be it electricity for the air conditioner or gas or fuel oil for the heater though sometimes even the heater will use electricity.  If a heat pump is used, it is powered by electricity and will both heat and cool air.  It will pull the heat from the air inside your home during the summer, and it pulls the heat from the outside air to warm the home during the winter.

So when you turn your furnace on, fuel is consumed to power that source.  Whether it’s electricity, gas, or oil, it’s the burning of that fuel that produces the heat driving it to the living areas of your home via wires, pipes, or air ducts.  Then that heat is blown out through heating panels, radiators, or registers.

Electrical power is used to cool a gas in its liquid state when an air conditioner is turned on.  By making contact with the cooling coil, the warm air within your home is cooled and that air is distributed via ducts and registers to each room.

That in short is how your hvac system works…from HVAC Repair Phoenix.

Take a look at this video for basics about how a hvac system works…