Thursday, December 7, 2017

Finding A Qualified Air Conditioning Repair Professional


A quick glance through the online search results can lead you to think that  air conditioning repair professionals are a dime a dozen, but how do you really know that the person you’re calling is a professional?  Your HVAC system is the heart of your home, controlling not just the comfort of your family but also, in a very real sense, their health and safety.  Since improperly installed or poorly functioning HVAC systems can lead to problems with everything from carbon monoxide to mold, it’s imperative that you know how to evaluate your service technician.  Here are some things to look for:

HVAC Experience

How long has your HVAC professional been in the business?  What kind of jobs have they done before?  Here at Phoenix HVAC we are proud to say that we’ve been in business since 1997, and our technicians are highly trained and certified.  We are happy to discuss with you what’s involved in certification at any time, and we don’t advise you to trust your system to anyone without proper training.

Checking Qualifications

If your HVAC company says that it’s licensed or certified, you should ask: licensed or certified in what?  Any company that isn’t willing to tell you should set off a red flag.  Many states maintain websites where members of the public can look up licenses for professionals (such as certain HVAC professionals that might be also licensed as plumbers or to work with gas lines), and your HVAC company should be able to explain any certification that it holds, enabling you to look it up online later.  That way, you know you’re getting excellent service, not just paying for fancy words in an advertising campaign.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Get Ready For Winter: Air Conditioner Repair And Maintenance Steps


Winter Air Conditioner Repair: Avoid Damage
With all the planning and activities surrounding the holidays, the last thing most homeowners have in mind is  air conditioner repair and maintenance, but did you know that a bit of attention to your HVAC system this time of year can save you a lot of time–and money– in the summer?  Don’t neglect your HVAC system, especially if you plan to turn your air conditioner off for part of the year.  Here are some winterizing tips to consider.

  1. Clear The Clutter

The outside portion of your air conditioner bears the brunt of any weather changes.  Before the days get gloomy, take a few minutes to check on the following:
  • Debris: are there branches, dead leaves, or weeds around your outdoor unit?  These should be removed, so that nothing is touching the unit, possibly causing damage that would have to be repaired in the spring.
  • Check for animals or insects: One reason for removing dead leaves or twigs from the area round your unit?  Mice and other small animals like to make nests there, and you don’t want uninvited guests wintering in your air conditioner.  Look for evidence of infestation like droppings or wasp nests.  If you notice them, contact a qualified exterminator.
  • Electrical connections: Without touching them, inspect the electrical cords going to and from your outdoor units, if visible.  If you notice any fraying or damage, contact your HVAC professional immediately.
  1. Change The Indoor Settings

Many people switch their air conditioner to “off” and don’t give it another thought, but unless you’re using a heating system, you might notice that the air in your home isn’t as well-circulated as usual.  Some HVAC units have the option to continue to filter and circulate air with fans even though they’re not cooling it.  If you want to continue to take advantage of your system’s air filtration, then consider switching to “circulate” rather than simply turning the system off.  If you’re planning to switch to heating, see our next tip.
  1. Baby Is It Cold Outside?

Are you switching from cooling to heating?  When was the last time you gave your furnace any love?  Just as air conditioners perform more efficiently and are more reliable when they have proper maintenance, so are furnaces.  Here are a few things to think about checking, before the first cold snap:
  • air filters
  • settings
  • cleanliness of the vents
If you can’t remember the last time you changed your furnace filters, and if you’ve never optimized the thermostat settings, now is the time to do so.  And dirty, dusty vents can cause lung and eye irritation and aggravate the feeling of “dry winter air” that many people find so uncomfortable.

Monday, October 30, 2017

When To Call For Help With Air Conditioner Repair

Have you been noticing that your air conditioner isn’t performing like it used to?  While calling an air conditioner repairprofessional can seem scary, putting it off can be more frightening, leading to damaged units and increased costs.  Calling a professional can lead to fixing a problem while it’s small.

But how do you know when it’s time to call a pro?  Read on for a list of things to look at to make sure that a service call is necessary.  If, after you’ve run the following simple checks, you’re still having problems, don’t hesitate to call in the air conditioning repair pros.

Is The Unit Getting Power?

This might seem like a no-brainer, but one common reason for an air conditioner failing to function is that it’s simply not receiving electrical power.  This may occur when the whole neighborhood is suffering an outage, or more commonly, when a fuse is tripped or blown.  Check the fuse box, and if you have questions consult a qualified electrician.

Is The Filter Clean?

The filters in your air conditioner are very important and should be changed or cleaned regularly.  If you’ve been ignoring your filter, take a moment to try cleaning or replacing it before calling a service technician.  A dirty filter can block the airflow in your system and lead to a cascade of problems.

Is Your Thermostat Working?

How old is your thermostat?  Does it run on batteries that might need to be replaced?  If so, try replacing them.  If you’ve ensured that the system is getting power, and your filters are clean, try lowering your thermostat setting by five degrees and see if that can coax the air conditioner to turn on.  If it doesn’t, you may need to replace the thermostat.  (One of our qualified service professionals can help.)

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Avoid Air Conditioner Repair Bills And Keep Your System Humming With Simple Maintenance Steps

It might be always sunny where you live, but ignoring seasonal cleaning and maintenance for your HVAC system can lead to costly air conditioner repair bills.  According to the Department of Energy, properly maintaining your air conditioner by taking steps such as changing filters can actually reduce your system’s energy consumption by 5%-15%.  Finally, maintaining your system just makes sense: a quality HVAC system is a significant investment.  Why not ensure that you’ll get as many years of service out of your system as possible?
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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Keep Your Air Conditioners Ready for the Fall Season


Summer’s almost officially over and, for many students, the new-school-year feeling has just barely started. Just like many others, for sure you, too, have a couple of things to do and you’re excited about it.

Before you forget, there’s one important home appliance that requires your attention, and that’s your air conditioning unit. Amidst the scorching heat, it kept you fresh and cool inside, so it’s just fair that you take good care of it through proper air conditioner repair and maintenance.

Here are some simple ways to maintain the optimum performance of your AC:

Clean the air ducts, airways, and blowers

Dirty ducts can cause contamination all throughout your house. Worse, this can cause what we call the Sick Building Syndrome. Protect yourself and your entire family by taking good care of all the ductwork. Moreover, ensure maximum efficiency of your AC by keeping the blades clean and the motor fully functional.


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http://www.phoenixsouthhvac.com/keep-your-airconditioners-ready-for-fall/

Monday, September 4, 2017

Love Your AC Even More This AC Appreciation Week

Residential air conditioning became popular in the US in the 1950s. In fact, over 1 million air conditioning units were sold in 1953 alone. Now, billions of homes around the world use the AC, not just as a standard amenity, but as a necessity.
Through time, air conditioning technology has likewise gone past its function of keeping rooms cool and comfortable. It has offered a lot more to modern homeowners such as:
  • Filtering indoor air and removing irritants such as airborne allergens and industrial pollutants
  • Dehumidifying air as it cools
  • Variable fan and speed settings
  • Smart thermostats which make controlling AC energy use easier than ever
  • Robust construction that can withstand tough weathers
Like any other appliances, the air conditioning system can serve you for a long time if it’s properly taken care of. It’s not as difficult and complicated as you might initially think.

You can maintain your air conditioner in three ways:

Changing the air filter regularly

The AC breathes through its filter, thus it struggles when the filter becomes clogged. Moreover, a dirty filter can wear out your fan prematurely and cause the fan to increase energy usage.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Why Is It Important To Conduct An HVAC Audit?

If you aim to reduce operating costs, decline wear and tear of HVAC equipment, longer life span, and a better environment to make things work correctly and efficiently, then you got your answer. Performing an HVAC audit offers a chance to examine your HVAC system’s energy needs and pinpoint potential trouble spots by analyzing energy where the HVAC system receives the heaviest use, or the lightest or where it might be losing energy. Assessment of how well the HVAC system is doing is vital. In short, conduct a component-by-component examination of your HVAC system’s health and get the most out of minimizing energy loss and maximizing the system’s efficiency.

A typical energy audit would include a complete evaluation of your:

  •         Home or company’s insulation and air flow measurements
  •         Energy spending habits
  •         Ductwork and indoor/outdoor unit inspections, etc.

Depending on the results of the energy audit, the following steps may also be required:

  •         Adding, updating, or replacing air quality equipment
  •         Sealing of ducts and minor leaks found in doors or windows
  •         Installation of blown-in insulations
  •         Tidying ductworks