Goettl Air Conditioning Blog : Archive for July, 2017

Keep Cool and Safe During a Monsoon This Summer with Tips for your AC Unit

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

 

How will a monsoon affect my HVAC system?

Monsoons bring dust storms, torrential downpours, flash flooding and lightening, all of which wreak havoc on air conditioning systems. With the average temperature in July in Phoenix 104 and Las Vegas 106, a non-working air conditioning can be uncomfortable and dangerous.

How can I maintain my HVAC system during the summertime?

When an AC unit sits idle for a long time, it collects debris and is then in need of maintenance to keep it running properly. You can do several things to keep up with the health of your unit such as having the condenser cleaned, and checking the coolant lines.

Most importantly, be sure to replace your filters regularly since monsoons increase the amount of dust and particles in the air, that are then being sucked into your HVAC system. Because the wind from a monsoon is blowing debris around your condenser, be sure that you clean and maintain the area around your unit. It is recommended that you keep plants, patio furniture, or other outdoor items, at least 2 feet away from your unit.

How often should I change my filter during the summer monsoon season?

The amount of dust and particles being trapped in your HVAC system can reduce the air flow to your air conditioning and cause poor indoor air quality resulting in allergies and reduced efficiency. Replace the filters at least once a month and when a monsoon blows through consider replacing them as soon as it passes.

 What should I do if lightning strikes near my home during a monsoon, causing a disruption in my HVAC system?

Surges in electricity can damage the components in the air conditioner and lightening doesn’t have to hit the home to cause surges, a lightning strike within a half mile can cause damage. A lightning strike can deliver 20k volts into through a home, taking out the air conditioning unit. To prevent expense repairs and hot nights if your unit is damaged invest in a circuit breaker, during extreme electricity changes the breaker will be tripped. If you have a breaker and come home to a hot house, make sure to check it before calling for a service call.

What should I do if my system won’t turn on?

There are a few things to check if your system is not turning on. First, be sure your AC unit is plugged in and check your circuit breaker – if it trips, don’t force it. Make sure to also checking the batteries in your thermostat regularly. You’ll want to ensure the cooler setting is on, and your fan is on the auto/on mode, as opposed to off.

How often should my system be maintained?

Twice a year, before the heat and before the colder temperatures. If you had your system maintained before the start of the summer season last year, you should not go through the whole summer without doing so again. We depend upon our air conditioners far too much to force them to go through two long, brutal summer seasons without service.

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COOL ACT OF KINDNESS: Air conditioning company gives family new air conditioner, for free

Monday, July 10th, 2017

A woman and her elderly mother have been living the past few weeks without a working air conditioning unit. Thanks to a local business, they got some much needed relief Thursday.

With an Excessive Heat Warning in effect through Friday, the cold gift couldn’t have come at a better time.

“I know it was 97 to 100 in here,” said Susan Garcia. When the old air conditioning unit went out at her elderly mother’s home, Garcia said she didn’t know what she was going to do.

“Suffocating type feeling. You can’t drink enough water,” said Garcia, who is the caretaker for her 84-year-old mother. Her mother has dementia.

Susan, on a fixed income and not knowing where to turn, called the Salvation Army, and that got the ball rolling.

“Before you know it, Dale calls and he says my mom can have a new AC unit,” said Garcia. “I didn’t know where it was going to come from.”

“Dale” is Dale Steele with Goettl Air Conditioning.

“We just want to help out whenever we can,” said Steele. “Goettl’s been in the community for 78 years, and we believe in taking care of our neighbors.”

On Thursday, Goettl techs showed up to make sure Garcia and her mom can be comfortable at home, once again.

“In this type of weather when it’s so hot and a system is down and somebody has no cooling, it’s a serious issue,” said Steele. “It’s definitely a life support system in Arizona.”

“I believe it’s a godsend, because it’s been two weeks since the air’s been out, and my mother being elderly and she has dementia, she doesn’t understand what’s going on,” said Garcia. “I’m thanking God for this company. I’m thanking God for Dale because I didn’t know what to do.”

The new unit reportedly cost about $8,000, and Garcia said there is no way they would have been able to afford that on their own.

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