Goettl Air Conditioning Blog : Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

Weird Furnace Noises You Should Listen for

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Furnaces make all kinds of noises during operation. You’re probably familiar with the kinds of noises that your furnace tends to make. However, some furnace noises can indicate a problem with the system. If your furnace starts to make unusual noises, you should call for repairs as soon as possible. Let’s take a look at some common furnace noises that indicate repair needs.

Booming

If your furnace sounds like a cannon firing when it starts up, it probably means that you have a dirty burner assembly. Carbon particles build up on the furnace burner assembly over time, eventually clogging the jets and causing them to fire later than they should. When the jets finally do ignite, they burn through a lot of excess gas and cause a deep booming sound. Having the burner assembly cleaned should fix the problem. Best to do it quickly, though, as the longer the particles buildup the more likely it is that they will completely clog the assembly.

Grinding

Furnaces use air handlers to move air around the house. The air handler is essentially a large motor with a fan attached to it. The fan uses oiled bearings to cope with the friction generated during operation. These bearings wear down over time, however, which produces a loud grinding sound. If the bearings are not replaced in time, the air handler motor will overheat and burn out. Call for repairs as soon as you hear this sound coming from your furnace. It is far cheaper to replace worn out bearings than it is to replace a burned out air handler motor.

If your furnace is making any kind of strange noise, call Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning. We offer a full range of furnace repair services.

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Do I Need Furnace Repairs?

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Because we live in such a warm climate, a broken down heater may not elicit the same level concern as a broken down air conditioning system. As anyone that has lived here for a while can tell you, though, even our arid climate is not immune to the chill of winter. If your furnace needs repairs, then you definitely want to have them completed promptly.

Of course, in order to do so, you must ensure that you are able to recognize the signs of trouble that your furnace may exhibit. Here are a few tips to help you do so. Contact us the moment that you notice any of these issues in your home.

Strange Sounds

Now, a furnace is a forced air heating system. A forced air heater is not going to operate completely silently. There is a big difference between normal operating sounds, however, and alarming new noises.

A gentle whoosh as the system cycles on and starts distributing air is normal. Screeching, clanging, banging, or grinding sounds are not. Don’t ignore them just because the heater is still running – for now.

Odd Odors

When you run your furnace, you shouldn’t smell burning. It is very possible that you’ll smell a bit of burning when you first turn the furnace on for the season, as dust may be built up on the burners or electric heating elements. However, it should go away quickly.

If you continue to smell burning, or if you ever smell gas, schedule repairs immediately. You cannot put your comfort at risk by ignoring such problems. Dial our number when your nose puts you on alert.

Creeping Costs

Are your heating bills creeping higher and higher? You will see some fluctuation, obviously, based on how much you run your heater. However, you shouldn’t see big spikes with no clear cause.

If your bills seem like they’re getting a bit out of hand, just let us know. Your system may be getting old enough that efficiency is just starting to slip. It may be the result of a problem with a solution, though.

Schedule your heating services with Goettl Air Conditioning.

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Are You Going to Need a New AC This Year?

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

While we are still quite a ways off from the hottest weather of the year, there is no denying that the 70 degree days are giving us some glimpses of warm weather to come. The nights are still chilly, and you aren’t going to be retiring your heater for the year just yet. That being said, you may want to start thinking about your options if you’re planning on replacing your air conditioner this year.

It’s not a decision that you should rush, of course. We live in a very hot area for much of the year, so you want to be sure to choose your system carefully. Here are a few options to consider. Remember to schedule your AC installation or replacement with our team. 

Central Air Conditioners

This is the most common of all home cooling systems, and it may be what you’re using right now to cool your home. By removing heat from the air and then circulating that cooled air around the house via a system of ductwork, central ACs are not only very effective but also allow for prompt cooling. They are far more efficient than using multiple window units throughout the house.

Ductless Mini Splits

If you don’t have ductwork installed in your home, or if you are looking to avoid the use of air ducts due to potential problems with leaks, then a ductless mini split system may be right for you. You can cool different areas of the house to different temperatures, thanks to the use of independent blowers. You can also take advantage of heat pump technology to reverse the operation of the system and to use it to heat your home with great efficiency.

Evaporative Coolers

These cooling systems are great for our dry area. They use very little electricity, as no compressor is used. Instead, they force air through a soaked pad that not only cools that air, but which can help to humidify the house a bit as well.

Contact Goettl Air Conditioning with any questions that you may have regarding your air conditioning options. 

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Common Problems with Insulation

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

man-sits-in-front-of-fanThe heat of our summer seasons around here is legendary. Our winter weather is obviously far milder than the heat of summer, but we still have plenty of uncomfortably chilly nights during that time of the year. When you think of overcoming such discomfort in your home, your mind may immediately go to your heating and air conditioning systems. There is another important factor to consider, however, and that is your insulation.

Chances are that you don’t think about your insulation all that much. It’s not like it is going to suffer mechanical problems the way that a heater or an AC might, right? Well, this is true. That does not, however, mean that your insulation is always going to function properly or maintain its integrity indefinitely. Here are a few problems that you may encounter with the insulation in your home. If you suspect trouble with your insulation, be sure to give us a call right away.

  1. An Inadequate Amount of Insulation. This is a problem that we’ll sometimes come across with blown-in insulation (though certainly not when our team installs your insulation). If you have had trouble maintaining even temperatures throughout your home ever since having your insulation installed, or if your energy costs have always seemed higher than they should, it’s possible that your house want not outfitted with enough insulation to begin with. Insufficient amounts of insulation result in insufficient R-value levels, which denote the resistance to heat transfer offered by the insulation.
  2. Poor Installation Practices. Batt insulation, those fluffy pink rolls that most homeowners think of when the envision insulating materials, is still very commonly used. However, if misaligned or not installed directly against surfaces, your batt insulation is not going to provide the R-value specified by the product. We will always make sure that your batt insulation is installed correctly so that it gets off to a great start, and stays on that path.
  3. Degradation. Over time, it is possible that your insulation may degrade in quality. We don’t mean to suggest that problems with one’s insulation are always the result of shoddy service quality. It is possible that leaks in your home may damage your insulation with water. You may have an infestation of pests and varmints that damage your insulation. Whatever the case may be, though, it is always in your best interest to contact trained professionals immediately.

Is It Really That Big of a Deal?

You may not think that subpar insulation is really that big of a deal. After all, you are still able to heat and cool your home effectively, right? Well, there are a lot of negative consequences to ignoring signs of trouble with your insulation. For instance, you may put excess strain on your HVAC system as it struggles to maintain balanced temperatures throughout your home. That increases the risk of a breakdown. You may also be paying more than you should have to in order to live comfortably. We believe that you deserve better than that.

Schedule your insulation services with the pros here at Goettl Air Conditioning.

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