Posted on July 12th, 2018
Keeping your home cool in the heat of summer can be a challenge. You’re sure to lean on your A/C to help your home stay as comfortable as it should be when the weather outside is extremely hot. Knowing some of the most common A/C problems that you may be forced to deal with may be helpful to any homeowner.
It’s important to get the most out of your A/C by keeping it tuned up at least once a year. There are a number of things that will be done during this process that may include checking the electrical components of your unit, cleaning the condenser and making sure all of the coils are clear and free of debris.
One thing that frequently occurs during the summer is refrigerant leaks. This can prevent the air in your home from getting as cool as it should be.
Freon is the necessary component that helps get the air in your A/C unit as cool as you want it to be. It’s necessary to check to ensure there is enough of this in your unit and leaks can decrease the necessary amount.
Clogged Air Filters
It’s important to help your A/C unit run efficiently as it should to keep a fresh air filter in place at all times. When these get overly dirty or clogged because they haven’t been changed, this can prevent the air in your home from getting as cool as necessary.
Take the time to change the filter at least once every three months for optimal results.
Give Us A Call!
We want to help you keep your home as cool as you want it to be. This means addressing any A/C problems as they occur to help you enjoy a cool home when the weather is out outside. Be sure to visit TimeForComfort.com or call us at 801-375-COOL and schedule an appointment with us!
Posted on June 28th, 2018
Nothing is more frustrating than having your air conditioner coil freeze up just as the temperature outside is climbing. Coils freeze when the temperature in your evaporator coil drops too low. Moisture in the air freezes on contact, building up ice on the coil. This buildup blocks airflow and can cause your unit to fail completely.
Why do AC coils freeze?
Low air flow prevents heat from being absorbed by the refrigerant in your evaporator coil. The temperature in the coil then plummets below freezing and ice accumulates. A dirty filter, malfunctioning fan or motor are possible causes of low air flow. Restrictions of any kind in your ductwork can also prevent the air from flowing across the coil.
A faulty thermostat can overwork your air conditioner, reducing the temperature in the coil to the point of freezing it. The unit’s internal controls can also cause problems so have the entire control system checked.
Low refrigerant pressure results in a lower temperature in the evaporator coil as the refrigerant expands. This is typically caused by leaking refrigerant which must be repaired immediately.
How to prevent frozen coils
Clean and replace filters at least four times per year to maintain airflow across the coil. If you have pets or live in a dusty area, you’ll have to change them more often.
Keep your blower fan and motor well-maintained to ensure that it blows enough air across the coil.
Check your thermostat and controls so the unit operates within its designed temperature range while maintaining your indoor temperature at a comfortable level.
Have a professional recharge your refrigerant if the levels get too low. Checking refrigerant pressure should be part of routine maintenance.
Keep your evaporator coil clean to allow sufficient heat transfer from the air to the refrigerant flowing through the coil. This keeps the unit operating at a higher efficiency, lowering the risk for
frozen coils as well as reducing your utility bills.
If you have a frozen coil and manage to melt the ice, the problem will remain unless you address the root cause. If your unit is properly maintained, the chance of it happening drops
considerably. If you need help with a frozen coil or want to ensure it doesn’t happen to you, give Western Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 801-375-COOL or visit TimeForComfort.com!
Posted on June 13th, 2018
Water Heater Regulations Have Caused Prices To Increase
Due to high energy costs, water heater regulations have recently changed. Water heaters are now required to contain certain energy efficiency materials which in turn are increasing the manufacturing and distribution costs.
What this means for you…
As your trusted Comfort Experts, we are reaching out to notify you of this price increase, before we raise our water heater prices. In order to cover our costs, we will be raising our prices on all of our water heaters by several hundred dollars.
If your water heater is 10 years old, or is underperforming in any way, now is a good time to consider replacing or upgrading your water heater.
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Benefits to Upgrading Your Water Heater System
- Reduce your energy costs/lower utility bills.
- Have more consistent hot water. No more cold showers.
- Special features of Tankless Water Heaters
- We offer rebates, warranties, and special financing. Call us for details.
Always Happy to Help
If you have any questions about your heating & cooling system, or whether it’s time for you to upgrade your water heater, please make sure to contact our Certified Comfort Experts today at 801-375-COOL and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Posted on June 7th, 2018
Five Reasons You Need an AC Tune-Up
Regular air conditioning system tune-ups are an important part of keeping your system running smoothly. However, check-ups are often forgotten or viewed as an unnecessary expense. Here’s five reasons you should take check-ups seriously:
Minimize Costly Maintenance
Regular AC check-ups can help you avoid costly maintenance. Typically, when you avoid being proactive about potential problems with your system, problems simply build up until they are catastrophic. The big problems will add up to expensive repair costs and this may occur when you are not prepared for the expense.
You probably don’t want to be stuck in the extreme heat without air conditioning, but that is a likely result without proper check-ups. Contractors do their best to make service calls as soon as possible. However, during extreme heat, the number of service calls increases and you might be stuck without air longer than expected.
Reduce Utility Bills
Regular AC check-ups can help reduce your utility bills by checking the efficiency of your system. Just because your system seems to be working fine, does not mean it is working at optimum levels. A small investment in a check-up can pay for itself in the money you save on your monthly cooling bills.
Problems with in your AC can compromise the air quality in your home. You want to make sure your air filters are doing their job and there are no problems with clogged ductwork. Not only can both affect the performance of your system, but they can increase household allergens.
Improve Household Safety
Safety is of the utmost importance and problems in your AC can put your family at risk. Regular check-ups can prevent electrical problems or fires that can occur if your AC malfunctions or the possibility of dust and debris catching fire.
Don’t neglect routine AC maintenance. Call Western Heating & Air Conditioning at (801) 224-8899 or visit TimeForComfort.com. Schedule an appointment for your next service appointment.
Posted on April 26th, 2018
What Do You Mean There’s No Hot Water?!
Believe it or not, tankless water heaters have been around for a long time. In 1868, a painter from England named Benjamin Waddy Maughan invented the first tankless water heater called the geyser. It used hot gases to heat water flowing through a pipe and into a tub. Today tankless heaters work in a similar way but with added features like flue gas exhaust.
Tankless heaters can be installed centrally to provide hot water for the entire home or they can be installed at the point of use for a fixture or group of fixtures. They are sized based on the fixture flow rate and have a higher energy input than tanked equivalents because of how quickly the water is heated.
Why go tankless?
Tankless water heaters are ideal for a number of reasons. Whether you want one central heater or multiple point-of-use heaters, here are the reasons to go tankless:
1) You save energy by not having to keep 60 gallons of water hot all day while the house is empty. Tanked heaters also have losses through the tank walls, further adding to the energyconsumed.
2) There’s no wait time for water to reach the right temperature in a tank. Water has a high heat capacity, which means that it needs a lot of heat to raise the temperature by one degree. In a tank situation, this means time waiting for the water to heat up if you happen to be the unfortunate one who gets in the shower last. Tankless heaters eliminate this problem by heating the water to the right temperature while it flows to you.
In addition to eliminating the wait times for heating a tankful of water, there’s no limit on how long you can run a tankless before the water gets cold. So even if you just finished a full load of laundry and need to wash the dishes, you’ll always have the hot water you need.
3) Tankless heaters are smaller and take up less room than tanked heaters. So if space is tight, you can reclaim an average of ten square feet of your home’s floor space for other important items.
4) They last longer than tanked heaters. Typical tankless heaters have a life expectancy of 20 years as opposed to the 10-15 years of tanked heaters.
If you want to find out whether tankless is ideal for you and to assess how to make it work for your family, give us a call and we can help you get these benefits with special pricing!
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