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Preparing Your HVAC System for Fall

If you’re like most homeowners in the greater Phoenix area, you are relieved that temperatures are starting to drop. It’s time to open the windows for some fresh air and delight in the lower utility bills. It’s also a great time to ensure your HVAC system is ready for the upcoming chilly months. While the mild fall weather is delightful, downright cold nights will soon be here. Is your heating unit ready?

Clean the Exterior of Your HVAC System

Although monsoon storms were relatively minor this year, dust, dirt and debris have likely accumulated in and around your exterior HVAC unit.

Understanding Air Conditioning Load Calculations

Are you in the market for a new air conditioner? Not sure if your current unit is performing as it should be? It may be time to take a look at your air conditioning load calculation.

It may sound mathematical, but it’s the best way to ensure you get the right-sized system for your home or business. Choosing the wrong size or type of air conditioner can have serious ramifications that range from an inability to keep your interior cool to excessive running that reduces your unit’s lifespan.

An Air Conditioner That’s Not Too Big or Too Small

It’s a basic fact that every home or commercial building is unique.

Should You Purchase an HVAC Preventive Maintenance Contract?

An unexpected repair on an air conditioner or heater can wreak havoc on even the most well-planned budget. Just as you protect your home, life and vehicles with insurance, it only makes sense to protect the components of your HVAC system with an HVAC preventive maintenance contract.

Benefit from Twice-Yearly HVAC Preventive Maintenance

Many costly repairs can be prevented by simply having an HVAC contract with regularly scheduled maintenance. During twice-yearly tune-ups of your HVAC system, a complete system inspection is performed. For air conditioners, this means checking the refrigerant, oiling the motors and ensuring it is functioning optimally.

5 Questions to Ask Your AC Contractor Before Replacing Your Air Conditioner

It’s an unfortunate reality that air conditioners don’t last forever and eventually need to be replaced. If you’re facing this reality right now, you may be unsure of how to choose a new air conditioner that will meet the needs of you, your family and your budget. The following are five questions to ask your AC contractor before you say “yes” to any new unit.

  1. How will you size a new air conditioner?

    A qualified, experienced HVAC contractor will take time to calculate which air conditioner is right for you. Be suspicious of any contractor who has a quick answer to this question,

Signs of an Air Conditioner Capacitor Problem

Uh oh! It’s getting uncomfortably hot inside your home, but it sounds like your air conditioner is working as it should be. It can be a perplexing problem for many homeowners. This common air conditioner issue often indicates the failure of a key component of your compressor and fan motor called a capacitor. While small, the capacitor helps to circulate refrigerant through the compressor and blow cool air into your home. In other words, if you’re facing this problem in your Phoenix area home, you don’t want to delay in calling for service.

Signs of an Air Conditioner Capacitor Problem

Although the telltale sign of an air conditioner capacitor problem is no cool air blowing through your home,

The Basics of SEER Ratings

Are you shopping for a new air conditioner? You might be surprised by the volume of available options. There are certainly many considerations, including brand, capacity and price. You may also notice that models are given a specific SEER rating.

What Is a SEER Rating?

SEER is an acronym stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. And, this rating is an important tool for comparing air conditioners because it can help you determine a model’s specific level of energy efficiency.  In other words, it will provide insight into how much you’ll be spending each month on your utility bill.

4 Ways to Prevent an Air Conditioner Breakdown on the Hottest Day of the Year!

There is a common source of anxiety for many Arizona homeowners. It’s the fear of having a major air conditioner malfunction on the hottest day of the year. Where temperatures frequently soar well above 110 degrees, it’s an understandable worry.  Yet, there are some simple ways that you can greatly reduce your chance of having an unexpected breakdown during a blisteringly hot day.

The greater Phoenix area is known for its relentless summer heat. Air conditioning maintenance isn’t just a good idea. It’s an absolute must for preventing a system malfunction or failure. The following are some basic preventive tips to ensure your air conditioner will keep you cool even during the hottest days and nights.

Saving Dollars on Your AC During the Hot Arizona Summer

Triple digit temperatures, along with triple digit utility bills, are par for the course for Valley homeowners throughout the summer. In fact, keeping a house cool and comfortable in the Phoenix metro area can be a costly endeavor from May through October. Yet, there are some simple ways to reduce the financial pain of soaring air conditioner costs.

Slightly Raise Your Thermostat

When it’s 100 degrees or higher out, it’s natural to want to drop the thermostat to near refrigeration levels. However, each degree you raise your thermostat will save energy and reduce your monthly bill.

Is Your Air Conditioner Drain Line Clogged?

Monsoon season is right around the corner. This is the time when Phoenix-area homeowners often experience a common HVAC problem. Their air conditioner drain line becomes clogged. With high levels of dust and high humidity, it’s a perfect recipe for a clog to happen. While this isn’t a fun problem, it’s relatively easy to prevent and fix.

Why You Should Get Your Clogged Air Conditioner Drain Line Fixed Right Away!

A seemingly small problem like a clogged air conditioner drain line can cause costly problems if it’s not repaired quickly. It can back up water and cause damage to your home.

Air Conditioner Maintenance for Summer’s Soaring Temperatures

We Arizonans know that June, July and August can be unbearably hot. Air conditioning doesn’t just keep us comfortable, it’s necessary for staying active and productive throughout the long desert summer. If you own a home in the greater Phoenix area, you definitely don’t want to take chances with your air conditioning system. One summertime malfunction can throw your entire household into chaos. Right now, before the triple digits hit, is the perfect time to take some proactive steps and to schedule air conditioner maintenance.  Here’s what to do to stay cool all summer-long:

Flip Your Thermostat to Cool

If you haven’t done so already,

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