Posted on June 30th, 2017
Women in HVAC
When someone says “HVAC,” what do you think of? You probably think about men coming into your home and repairing or replacing ‘things’ in your utility closet. That’s a pretty accurate thought you might have. Rarely do we see women in the HVAC industry. At Western Heating & Air Conditioning, we’re hiring and giving opportunities to women who have a desire to learn more about HVAC and becoming technicians!
Our very own Angie Snow, Vice President, was interviewed by HVACSchool.org and answered questions about women in HVAC and industry related topics, such as:
HOW DO MEN ACCEPT WOMEN IN THE INDUSTRY?
HOW DOES YOUR COMPANY FEEL ABOUT CONTINUING EDUCATION?
WHAT KIND OF EMPLOYEES ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?
To read the interview and learn more about Angie, Click the link!
Posted on June 20th, 2017
We are Celebrating HVAC Tech Day!
On June 22nd, we celebrate HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) Tech Day, showing appreciation for those awesome technicians with the special skills to keep our indoor conditions just right. These men and women come in late at night, on weekends and holidays to climb on your roof, into your crawlspace and attic to install and keep your HVAC systems going.
They maintain equipment like furnaces, fans and air-conditioners. They install and maintain ductwork, refrigerant piping, hot water piping, controls, thermostats and combustion venting for our systems to work.
Why should you celebrate HVAC technicians?
– They help keep you warm in winter and cool in summer.
Sometimes we tend to take our comfort for granted as long as everything is working well. But nevertheless, when things go array we always have technicians to help keep our equipment in check.
– They make sure you’re getting the right ventilation
Heating and cooling equipment are not the only systems critical to indoor air quality. HVAC technicians also maintain equipment that gives you the right amount of fresh air to keep your family healthy.
– They keep you safe
When things go wrong with HVAC systems, it’s more than just discomfort. Carbon monoxide leaks, electrical fire, explosion hazards and gas leaks can all put you at risk. Keeping your equipment in top shape is another way HVAC technicians help protect you from disasters.
– They save you energy
When your equipment is new, energy use is low as efficiencies are higher. As your home and HVAC equipment age, you need the right maintenance to minimize power and gas usage. HVAC technicians keep your energy consumption low by maintenance and upgrades to your systems.
– They save you money
When you use less electricity and gas, your bills go down, allowing you to keep more of your hard-earned cash. Not only do HVAC technicians help lower your bills, but their maintenance of your equipment postpones the time before you need to replace it. This saves money in the long run and allows you the opportunity to upgrade after enjoying the full lifespan of your HVAC equipment.
We’re here to serve you!
As we celebrate HVAC Tech Day, we hope you will take time to thank your technician for the hard work and dedication to serving their community. In return, we’d like to thank you for your support and letting us serve you. Give Utah’s Most Wanted Techs from Western Heating & Air Conditioning a call if you need anything done to your HVAC System and we’ll be happy to help.
Visit www.TimeForComfort.com or call 801-921-5250.
Posted on June 15th, 2017
Owning a home is highly emotional, despite what the financial experts say about it being your biggest investment. At a certain point it becomes more than just the house you live in.
Here are 5 signs that you love your home:
1. You daydream about how you‘ll make it better and then proceed to invest in it
Wanting to change the kitchen cabinets doesn’t mean you’re not satisfied. In fact, it means the exact opposite. Like raising children and watching them grow and develop, making upgrades shows how much you care about having your home grow with you.
2. You visualize the future in it – children growing up, moving out then visiting you in that same house
If you sit in the backyard on a summer afternoon and daydream about your six-year-old bringing her friends over in ten years, or bringing her own kids over in twenty (or thirty) years, it’s a sign you love your home.
3. You make sure it’s in top shape, attending to repairs immediately
If anything goes wrong, you make sure to address it as soon as possible. You’re in it for the long haul so leaving problems unattended for the next owner is not an option. Upkeep takes time and money and, just like home improvement projects, doing it is a sign that you mean to take care of this house and want to stay there for the long term.
4. Walking in the door calms you down after a tough day
Having your dwelling bring out the best in you and relax you after a tough week makes the difference between a house and a home. If your home has a positive effect on your mood and you look forward to returning every night, it’s a sign you love your home.
5. Your fondest memories are there
Of course, home is about more than just the building. Family makes it all worthwhile and relationships are what make life worth living. Look back at the photos from the last few years. Besides vacation pictures, if the majority of your everyday photos were taken at home, it’s a sign that your best memories are being made there.
If you need help with the comfort level in your home, call us to help you take care of the home you love. Western Heating & Air Conditioning specializes in HVAC repair, maintenance, equipment replacement, indoor air quality solutions, water heaters, duct cleaning and fireplaces.
Visit us online at www.TimeForComfort.com
or call our friendly office staff at 801-224-8899.
Posted on June 6th, 2017
Why AC Units Leak
A leaking air conditioner is a red flag that something’s wrong with your system. Besides the inconvenience of having to clean water from the ground, leaking AC units can cause water damage, mold, and even a fire if the moisture gets near electrical equipment.
So why does it happen? Here are some possible reasons:
Frozen evaporator coils
If the evaporator coils form ice on them, this build-up can melt and overflow from your drain pan. There are three main causes of a frozen coil:
- Dirty filter: If your filter has a build-up of dust, it will slow the airflow through the coil, causing it to get too cold and form ice on the surface. Luckily, this one’s an easy fix. Simply clean or replace your filter and keep monitoring to make sure it never gets too dirty.
- Low pressure in refrigerant lines: If there is not enough refrigerant, the pressure will be too low, reducing the coil’s ability to remove heat from the air, which causes it to freeze. Low refrigerant can damage your compressor so turn off your unit and call a professional immediately. You might be leaking refrigerant.
- Fan problems: Your filter might be clean but the air flowing through your coil still isn’t enough. If you notice low airflow through the vents in addition to the frozen coil, your fan is likely the cause. Shut off your unit and call a professional to repair this problem.
Air conditioners do more than cool the air. They remove humidity as well, which forms condensate that has to be removed. Usually it happens without an issue but if your condensate is building up and overflowing, you might have condensate drainage problems. Here are three main reasons why:
- Blocked condensate drain: as with all drains, a blockage will cause a backup. Clear the drain if you can or call a technician to clean or replace the line if needed.
- Damaged drain pan: your drain pan might be cracked and leaking condensate. While you can temporarily repair a crack with sealant, it’s best to replace the drain pan completely.
- Broken condensate pump: depending on where your unit it, you might have a pump to remove condensate. If this pump is broken, water will build up and overflow. You’ll need to replace your pump to solve this problem.
Utah’s Most Wanted Techs at Western Heating & Air Conditioning are trained and ready to help you detect and identify the cause of the leak in your air conditioner. Our goal is to fix it right the first time, and help you experience a whole new level of cool comfort in your home. Give us a call at 801-921-5250 or schedule an appointment online at www.TimeForComfort.com