Posted on July 9th, 2019
Is Your AC in Need of a Repair? Try These Tips before Giving Us a Call
It’s a sweltering summer day when your air conditioning goes out or just doesn’t cool enough. Your first instinct may be to call us to send a technician out. We appreciate your business, but we hate to see you waste your time and money having us come out and troubleshoot a problem you may be able to fix yourself. Before you pick up the phone, do a few of the following casual checks.
If your window unit doesn’t run when turned on.
It’s not unusual for our technicians to come into a home and discover that the unit is not plugged in. Plugs can get pulled out accidentally for numerous reasons. If the unit is plugged in, check for a tripped circuit breaker or a blown fuse. Replace the fuse or trip the circuit if necessary.
If your condenser is running but not cooling enough.
First, check the thermostat and make sure someone hasn’t set it higher than your comfort level. If that’s the case, lower the temperature setting and see if that makes you feel better. If not, it could be that you have a dirty filter, condenser and/or evaporator coil. Check your filter first and make sure it has been changed recently.
With most systems the condenser unit is located outside your home, where it is likely to accumulate dirt and debris. To clean the coil you need to remove the protective grille and use a specialized coil cleaner that can be obtained from home centers. Warning: do not use a garden hose. The fins are made of light aluminum and could be damaged by water pressure. Cleaning the condenser can be a tricky and dirty job, so unless you have a lot of experience and expertise with HVAC systems, we don’t recommend you try it yourself.
The evaporator coil also accumulates dirt and is typically located inside the home in a chamber above the furnace and usually is not easily accessible. Most home owners prefer that a trained technician handle this task.
By the way, cleaning condensers and evaporators is among the services performed during our AC Rejuvenation, which is more than a tune up. If you are a service agreement customer (part of our Monument Savings Club), these chores will be performed automatically.
Another reason your air conditioner could operate sluggishly is it may be low on refrigerant. Replenishing refrigerant is NOT something you want to do yourself. This task requires special equipment and is governed by EPA restrictions that prohibit the venting of refrigerant gases into the atmosphere. When systems are low on refrigerant you could possibly have a leak, which are also difficult to detect on your own and require a special leak detection kit.
The Certified Comfort Experts at Western Heating & Air Conditioning are fully trained and know exactly what your AC needs to run cool again. We have been helping Utah Valley stay cool and comfortable for over 24 years. If you have checked these simple items and your AC is still not working, we would love an opportunity to serve you! Give Western a call at 385-273-3200 or visit us online at www.WesternHeatingAir.com.
Posted on June 26th, 2019
Ready or not, the hot summer temperatures are here. Not only will you feel the effects when you take the kids to the park, but your air conditioner will experience it while you’re cooling off at home.
Air conditioners are a type of “heat pump”. That means they transfer heat from one place to another (from inside your house to outside). Normally, heat travels from a hotter area to cooler area so it naturally enters your home on a hot day. The air conditioner works to remove this heat and discharges it to the air outside.
The hotter the outdoor temperature, the harder your AC has to work. One of the effects of high heat is a drop in efficiency.
Your air conditioner efficiency drops when it has to work harder to cool your home, costing you money as your electricity consumption rises.
Since your air conditioner has to work harder and longer, it’s inevitable that the lifespan of the unit will be reduced. Moving parts like the fan motor and compressor components burn out quicker and your AC needs more thorough maintenance to reduce and postpone total failure.
Here are a few tips you can do to help improve air conditioner’s performance during a heat wave:
- Locate your outdoor air conditioner in a shady area, preferably with trees nearby. That will allow it to run at a cooler temperature than the surrounding air.
- Set the temperature inside your home to a slightly higher temperature, like 76°F (24°C) instead of the usual 72°F (22°C). This will allow your unit to work less.
- If it’s still too warm, combine your air conditioner with other means of cooling, like a standing fan or ice packs.
- Have a certified comfort expert give your air conditioner a rejuvenation! A complete and thorough cleaning and tune up done annually will keep your system running strong. Mention this post and you can receive $30 off our normal $129 AC Rejuvenation (cannot be combined with other offers).
If your AC unit is close to the end of its life (15+ years), consider replacing it sooner. You may even want to consider a heat pump for your cooling and heating needs. With an upgraded unit, you will have the benefit of a unit that’s more efficient and will reduce the risk of sudden failure on the hottest day.
Keep your AC in the best shape
Give the experts at Western Heating & Air Conditioning a call at (801)375-COOL if you need to assess whether your air conditioner can handle the heat this summer and we’ll help keep you cool during the worst of heat waves. Visit www.WesternHeatingAir.com for more information.
Posted on June 14th, 2019
If you own a home with an attic, temperatures can get as high as 150°F up there in the summer. That intense heat leaks into the home below to raise your cost of cooling. While your air conditioning thermostat may be set in the 70s for your comfort down below, the temperature at your ceiling may measure in the 90s. You’ll be paying for the air conditioner to cool down the ceiling as well as your living space.
An attic fan can reduce attic temperatures by as much 50°-60°F. Studies have shown that this can reduce your air conditioning bill by as much as 30%. It also helps prevent your floors from warping and the rafters and shingles on your home from deterioration.
Air circulation keeps moisture from condensing, which can ruin rafters and floors and soak insulation. In winter, heat and humidity from inside the house can rise up into a cold attic. This not only loses heat, the humidity wafting up into the attic will dampen and create frost on the wood framing of your house, eventually leading to mold and rot.
Compared with your air conditioning system, fans are simple devices that don’t require a condenser and evaporator. A fan simply draws in cooler outside air to replace the stifling air that gets trapped in your sweltering attic. The fans have sensors that enable you to set the temperature at which they automatically shut on and off. In summertime a fan will typically start operating when attic temperature reaches 100 degrees or so.
Most attic fans run on conventional household electricity. Yet some homes can be fitted with a solar-powered attic fan that costs virtually nothing to operate. Solar attic fans have few moving parts, no tricky wiring and battery storage that enables them to continue operating for several days even when the sun doesn’t shine. Solar attic fans are so quiet you will not notice them running and they are built to tough weatherproofing standards.
A solar attic fan is an ideal way to experience the savings and comfort made possible by solar energy. An existing electrical attic fan can be changed out to a solar-powered unit without much trouble, and with considerable energy savings. Whether you prefer a conventional electrical fan or a solar-powered unit, if you want to protect your home while lowering your energy bill, give the Certified Comfort Experts at Western Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 801-224-8899. We’ll evaluate your circumstances and offer the options that best suit your needs and your budget. Learn more at www.TimeForComfort.com.
Posted on May 24th, 2019
School is out and kids everywhere are celebrating! If you have kids like I do, you know that every summer is different. Once this summer passes, the next one will be you’re your children a whole year older.
The good news is, you don’t have to spend a fortune to make great memories. Here are some tips for at-home summer fun.
Not every day is sunny in the summer (plus some days are just too hot to go out). Playing card and board games are a great way to bond while developing useful life skills like fairness, analytical thinking, and patience.
Even if you feel guilty about letting your kids watch too much TV, time spent watching a movie together is different. You can laugh together, discuss important lessons, and enjoy the physical closeness of sitting together in front the screen.
You can do crafts any time of the year, but some crafts are best done outside. Let the kids go wild with paint, chalk, glitter, and whatever else you can think of. Cleanup is only a hose-down away.
Speaking of hoses, you don’t have to wait for an epic mess to have fun in the water. As long as there’s no drought, an occasional run (and slide and jump) through the sprinkler turns an unbearably hot day into memorable fun.
Camping in the backyard can be almost as much fun as camping in the forest (without the scary wildlife). If you can’t make it into the woods this summer, bring this outdoor adventure to your home.
Gardening can be a terrible chore or an amazing activity. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, your kids (especially little ones) will love an excuse to play in the dirt. And who knows? Your efforts might yield beautiful flowers or a side dish for summer barbecues.
You don’t have to wait for Halloween to dress the kids in costumes. Have them make their own and let their imaginations run wild. You could even have them put on a show for visiting extended family.
Harness your children’s imagination by having them put on a puppet show. Like the costumes, they can make their own and turn it into a family production for you or visitors.
You can let kids do this on their own or with your help. Turn it into a bonding opportunity that will develop fine motor skills and produce something to make everyone proud.
Regardless of what you choose to do with your kids this summer, the most important thing is to enjoy it. The years go quickly, even if the days seem long. Make them memorable.
At Western Heating & Air Conditioning, your family’s comfort is our number one priority, so please keep us in mind for your cooling needs. Contact us at www.TimeforComfort.com or 801-375-COOL.
Posted on May 2nd, 2019
The Perfect Gift for Mom?
by Angie Snow
With Mother’s Day soon approaching, my husband asked me what I wanted for Mother’s Day. I am a very practical thinker and don’t really need extra gifts. So jokingly, I replied, “I want healthy kids and clean house!” Isn’t that what all moms want?
I’m very excited to share that there is a wonderful solution, and gift that will meet both of those demands! It’s a wonderful home comfort solution I use in my home, and it’s called an Air Scrubber.
The Air Scrubber protects your home by eliminating viruses, bacteria, mold, odors and harmful pollutants in the air and on surface areas. It goes beyond typical air purification systems by using certified space technology. In fact, it’s the only air cleaning technology that has been given the Space Certified Seal of Approval by the Space Foundation, in cooperation with NASA.
This innovative machine is professionally installed in the ductwork near your furnace. As the air and water molecules travel through the device, it transforms the molecules into super charged oxidizers that seek to destroy contaminants, fungi, mold and odor-causing bacteria. It’s very similar to how trees in nature clean the air that we breathe outside.
After having this device in my home, I feel confident knowing that the air in my home is fresh and clean. My family members with allergies find immediate relief in my home because of the reduced allergens in the air. My children tend to stay healthier and viruses do not spread. I also love it when I cook bacon and the odor it leaves behind is gone in about an hour. People with pets love the way it freshens their homes. Another huge bonus is that with the Air Scrubber, I only have to dust about once a month! The Air Scrubber clears the fine dust in my home.
The results are so amazing, that KSL’s Studio 5 will be featuring Western Heating and the Air Scrubber on their show tomorrow! Tune in to Studio 5 at 11am on Friday to watch! All mothers should enjoy these benefits so they can have peace of mind about their family’s health and well-being. Breathing fresh, clean air will improve your health and help you feel safe in your home.
Western Heating & Air Conditioning has installed hundreds of these units in Utah County and we get amazing feedback from our clients. From mothers of cancer patients… to fire evacuees, they are all so grateful for the protection the Air Scrubber provides.
As an added Mother’s Day ONLY bonus, the Certified Comfort Experts at Western Heating & Air Conditioning are offering a FREE Roomba (iRobot) with the purchase of an installed Air Scrubber. We have 12 Roombas available, so schedule your Mother’s Day Installation before they are gone! Call the experts at Western Heating & Air Conditioning at 801-375-COOL or visit www.TimeForComfort.com. You may also learn more about the Air Scrubber here: https://www.timeforcomfort.com/lp/airscrubber.html
Angie Snow with Brooke Walker of Studio 5