Without a doubt, an air conditioner is a major purchase that can take a big chunk out of a family budget. You definitely don’t want to be blindsided by an unexpected air conditioner replacement. Fortunately, there are signs to watch for that can enable you to prepare for this upcoming expense.
The Age of Your Air Conditioner
While there are plenty of air conditioners that will function perfectly for 20 years, it’s wise to begin saving for this expense once your unit has reached 10 years of operation.
Rising Monthly Energy Bills
It is sometimes a subtle clue but one that you shouldn’t ignore.
Here in the greater Phoenix metro area, there are plenty of pollutants, as well as dust, in the air which ultimately filters into our homes. These irritants are then circulated through our HVAC system, posing health risks to those with compromised immune systems, allergies and asthma. During the winter, indoor air quality issues are compounded when we keep windows and doors shut. This is why it’s important to start your annual spring cleaning by focusing on your HVAC system.
Common Indoor Air Pollutants
Many individuals are surprised to learn that indoor air is typically more polluted than that outside.
With a growing influx of snowbirds and a rising number of year-long residents, the greater Phoenix area is a literal and figurative hot spot for investing in rental properties. While there’s plenty of money to be made here in the Valley of the Sun by investing in residential properties, you need to effectively manage your rentals to ensure you’re generating consistent return on investment. One of the most important considerations to rental investment success is the HVAC system.
Purchasing a Rental Property?
Just as you would with any residential real estate transaction, it’s important to have the HVAC system carefully checked in any property you’re considering buying for the purpose of generating rental income.
Over time, cities acquire colorful nicknames. New York is the Big Apple. Los Angeles, the City of Angels. Phoenix is alternately referred to as the Valley of the Sun. One other alias could be the Capitol of Air Conditioning. For Arizonans, AC holds a special place in their hearts. Great air conditioning is the key to enjoying the desert lifestyle, especially in the summer months when temperatures soar to triple digits. Paying for air conditioning is another issue altogether. Are your cooling dollars going out the window?
Air Conditioning and Your Utility Bill
Air conditioning comprises more than half of most people’s electric bills.
If you’ve ever been driving down the road when your, “check engine” light comes on, you know it’s crucial to get your car to a mechanic quickly. Wouldn’t it be great if all household products could give advance warnings? Unfortunately, air conditioning compressors don’t come with such an indicator, so it’s difficult to know when a breakdown is imminent.
Compressors are located outside your home – out of sight, out of mind. And, many homeowners inherit existing air conditioning units when they purchase a home without knowing the date the compressor was installed or the maintenance history.
Sneezes, wheezes and plenty of dust. These are the most common signs that your HVAC system air filter is past its prime. If you’re guilty of not replacing your air filter each month, you’re not alone. It’s common among homeowners. However, it’s one of the top home maintenance tasks that you should prioritize.
Unlike pulling weeds and washing windows, replacing your HVAC system air filter only takes a few minutes, and the benefits are substantial. Not only will you improve the quality of your indoor air, you’ll increase the functionality of your system while saving money with reduced energy consumption.
Whether you’re headed to the mountains or a tropical beach, a winter getaway is the perfect opportunity for some post-holiday downtime. However, just as it’s important to consider your HVAC system if you’re going on a summer vacation, you need to do the same in the winter.
The following are a few HVAC system tips to ensure you’re not wasting energy and money while you’re away.
Turn Your Thermostat Down, Not Off
Yes, it can be tempting to just switch your unit off while you’re out of town. However, this can be short-sighted,
Like any technology, there are terms in the HVAC industry that are worth knowing as an owner of an HVAC system. Scroll down this page to find the technical definitions of some of the most common terms used when referring to home comfort systems.
Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency. This is a measure of a furnace’s heating efficiency. The higher the AFUE percentage is, the greater the efficiency.
This is the part of your HVAC system that pushes heated or cooled air throughout your home’s ductwork.
The temperature at which a heat pump’s output equals the heating needs of the home,
Before singing Auld Lang Syne or watching the ball drop in Times Square, it’s a good idea to commit to a few resolutions to guide the year ahead. While most New Year’s resolutions revolve around self-improvement, why not consider a goal of improving your home’s comfort? In 2018, focusing on the optimization of your HVAC system makes perfect sense – especially here in the Valley of the Sun.
In 2017, Phoenix set many records for heat, including an extended heat wave in June that resulted in temperatures exceeding 120 degrees. In other words, maintaining your HVAC system isn’t just a good idea,
There’s no place like home for the holidays, yet, it’s no fun when you’re fired up for a celebration, but it’s downright chilly. With temperatures dipping into the 30s in the evenings and early mornings, here are a few home heating tips for the holidays and throughout the winter.
Get Your HVAC Winter Maintenance
If you haven’t already, schedule your routine maintenance check for your HVAC system. During the check, your system will be evaluated for heat-hindering issues like loose belts, gas pressure problems and cracks in the heat exchanger.
Have Your System Ducts Inspected
Leaky and dirty ducts are among the most common reasons for sky-high heating bills.
Although the greater Phoenix area is known for its summer heat, it can be downright, bone-chilling cold on winter nights. While no one enjoys paying for high heating bills, it’s sometimes necessary to turn the thermostat up to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. This begs an important question for any homeowner on a budget. Is it more energy or cost-efficient to use a space heater while keeping the thermostat low or to turn up the temperature on your thermostat?
Like with most questions pertaining to HVAC, the answer is – it depends. There is no one right answer because there are several factors which can impact your energy consumption.
You know when your home is feeling a little too toasty or chillier than you like. So, when the temperature doesn’t match up with what your thermostat is saying, it can be a bit of a head-scratcher. At Chandler Air, we hear from plenty of homeowners who experience this problem. This is why we wanted to address the most common reasons why a home thermostat is reading the wrong temperature.
Your Thermostat Is Just Getting Old
Just as some of us get a little overheated as we age, so do thermostats. As with any home appliance,
Take a listen to your HVAC system this Halloween. Is it making spooky sounds that make your home sound more like a haunted house? The following is your guide to identifying the unknown scary noises that indicate it’s time to call Chandler Air.
Clunk, clunk, clunk. Is that banging sound coming from your furnace? It’s unlikely that the walking dead are causing this commotion. Most often, banging is a sign of an ignition problem. When the gas valve opens the pilot light or electric starter should light immediately. If it doesn’t the gas can cause a bang.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
Your HVAC system is engineered to make your home comfortable throughout the hot summer months, as well as during our brief, but chilly winter. Yet, malfunctions can happen. Problems can arise from a variety of issues, from faulty installation to a lack of maintenance to just bad luck. Interestingly, sometimes it’s an unusual smell that signals that it’s time to call for HVAC service. Have you experienced an odd odor emanating from your HVAC system? Here’s what it could indicate.
A musty smell indicates the likelihood of mold. Air conditioners have condensation buildup and produce moisture inside the system.
Before modern air conditioning, it was not uncommon for places of work and schools to halt their operations in the summer. This was so that people could avoid the overwhelming heat. Today, about 74% of homes in the Western part of the United States, and about 85% in the Southern states, have central air conditioning, according to the EIA.
However, with all great technology comes the balancing side of that equation, and for air conditioning services that means air conditioning repairs. If the thought of finding enough funds to cover air conditioning repair costs makes you cringe,
Before calling us for Service
- Make sure that all the switches of your thermostat are in the correct position.
- Make sure that your circuit breakers are in the ON position.
- Make sure that your filters are clean.
- Do not start and stop the unit, the compressor can be damaged.
- Check the air access if you have a ground unit.
If you have a Heat Pump
- Don’t turn your thermostat off during cold weather.
- If you have an electronic thermostat,
In the heat of the summer, you might forget all about the Polar Vortex and how brutally cold this January was. But though staying cool has probably not been much of a challenge during the last month or so, you might need to find ways to do so in the summer, especially if the heat matches the cold. Investing in air conditioning services in the spring is a good way to make sure your home cooling systems are working properly, but there are other ways to beat the heat as well. In fact, cooling your home without cranking up the AC might not be as difficult as you think.