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Poorly Designed HVAC System

Posted on September 11th, 2019

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Commercial HVAC systems seem to get all the love with engineers devoting months to designing them to be just right. Many homeowners don’t have this luxury and their systems are often sized based on square footage. And while these rules of thumb are quick and easy, the long-term effect of poorly sized equipment can be costly and stressful.

Heating
It may seem obvious that if your furnace is undersized, you just won’t get the heating you need. You’ll shiver winter after winter while you wait for the temperature to go up. But that’s not the only indicator. You may find some parts of your home get warm while others are cold. One typical reason is that the airflow isn’t properly balanced. Another possibility is an undersized furnace that simply can’t heat your entire house.

More often than not, though, the problem is that your unit might be oversized. Unfortunately, this means a higher initial cost and potentially higher energy consumption to power a larger fan. If you have a single stage furnace, you might find it cycling on and off more frequently. Your home’s temperature will fluctuate and your furnace will experience more wear. Modulating furnaces aren’t prone to this problem but they will run at a less than optimum efficiency, consuming more fuel than if properly sized.

Poorly designed cooling
In northern climates, air conditioners are sometimes considered less important. While heating is more critical for severe winters, cooling systems are vital for both temperature and humidity control in the summer. An undersized air conditioner will struggle to cool your home and run longer, drawing more power. It will also take a long time to bring the temperature and humidity down, leaving you at risk for all the issues associated with high humidity.

Similar to furnaces, some air conditioners may be oversized, especially in hotter climates where air conditioning is critical for extreme temperatures in the summer. The problem is that oversizing your air conditioner can increase wear as the compressor cycles on and off for single stage cooling systems. It can also lower humidity too much, leaving your home dry and uncomfortable. Added to that is the higher initial cost and energy use for a unit that is bigger than it needs to be.

There’s no question that much thought needs to go into choosing the right equipment for your home. If your HVAC system isn’t performing despite proper repair and replacement, give the experts at Western Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we can assess the design to help you deal with those issues. For a limited time, we are offering a free home analysis ($79 value). Call 385-273-3200 or visit us online at www.WesternHeatingAir.com.


Posted on August 21st, 2019

Finding the Right Summer Indoor Temperature

The ideal temperature setting is something we rarely think about when fiddling with the thermostat in summer. Though the perfect temperature may seem purely based on opinion, there are some factors we must all consider before setting the dial.

According to the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the ideal indoor temperature for comfort is between 75°F (24°C) and 80.5°F (27°C) in the summer. This temperature range is based on factors like clothing, humidity levels, individual metabolic rate and airflow speed. Your personal comfort levels may deviate from this range, based on your body’s metabolism, but not by very much.

Health
We must consider our health when setting our home temperature. The ideal body temperature is 98.6°F (37°C) so try to maintain that when possible. When you set your thermostat, the humidity of your home is also affected. Air conditioning lowers humidity, which can then dry out mucus membranes. This leaves you susceptible to colds other respiratory issues.

Temperature also affects sleep quality, which impacts your immune system and overall health. For most people, a temperature range of 65°F to 72°F (18°C to 22°C) works best. In the summer, this might mean running your air conditioner on hot nights. As with daytime temperatures, ideal sleep temperatures will vary depending on your body and how bundled up you are.

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Energy savings
You can save energy on cooling by finding other ways to cool down in summer. Keeping your thermostat set to slightly higher temperatures will cut your energy bills by 6-8% per degree. You can use a fan with your air conditioner set to a higher temperature to keep cool while consuming less electricity.
Equipment performance and life cycle
Depending on how your equipment is sized, setting the temperature wrong may cause it to cycle on and off or cause it to run excessively. This has the undesired effect of reducing your equipment life cycle as it works harder and experiences more wear and tear.

Make sure that whatever your preferred indoor temperature, your air conditioner is correctly sized so it doesn’t experience too much run time or too much cycling. Have a professional from Western Heating & Air Conditioning review your system to make sure it’s the right size for your home.

Keep your cooling equipment ready to go

With more hot days ahead, you will want your cooling equipment running at its best. Give Western Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 385-273-3200 for any maintenance issues or simply to review your air conditioning so you’re never stuck without cooling. Learn more at www.WesternHeatingandAir.com.

 


Posted on July 26th, 2019

Your HVAC Independence Plan

Nearly two hundred and fifty years ago, the United States gained independence from the British Empire. It took dedication, hard work and tenacity.

But how independent are we in our own lives? Figuring it out requires close self-examination. Even the small aspects of our daily existence affect our independence. One aspect is our home environment, figuratively and literally.

In the literal sense, our home’s systems affect the freedom we experience. Here are some tweaks you can do to ensure your HVAC system helps boost your independence.

Independence from high utility bills 
You’re unlikely to gain full independence from utility bills but you can be independent from the ones that keep you up at night. HVAC systems use a substantial percentage of energy so lowering consumption with the right upgrades will bring those bills down.

High efficiency furnaces, air conditioners, boilers and water heaters are designed to reduce energy use and bring you closer to independence. Using solar collectors for hot water can lower your bills even more.

Independence from indoor air pollution 
Indoor air pollution is an invisible enemy that can make you sick and you won’t even know why. You can’t gain true independence with health problems, especially ones you can avoid.

Keep indoor air pollution at bay with properly maintained exhaust fans, filters upgraded to high efficiency or an energy recovery ventilator (ERV) that boosts air quality with minimal impact to your heating and cooling bills.
Independence from allergies
Speaking of health, allergy symptoms can rob you of true independence by leaving you too miserable and sick to function.

Minimize your exposure to allergens in your home with proper furnace maintenance: replace filters (or upgrade them to HEPA filters), clean the fan and ductwork and install an air purifier. Proper ventilation combined with the right filtration and purification will bring you closer to allergy independence at home.

Independence from humidity issues 
Achieving comfort at home is about more than just getting the temperature right. Your home must be at the right humidity as well, and not just for comfort. Humidity that is too high or low can cause problems with your home (damage to walls and structure) and your health (triggering allergies, making you more susceptible to colds, drying skin and mucus membranes).

When evaluating the health issues that your family has, and because of the dryness in Utah Valley, you may want to consider installing a humidifier, or air conditioner to control the moisture levels and keep you independent of humidity problems. If you need help achieving more independence in your HVAC life, give the Certified Comfort Experts at Western Heating & Air Conditioning at call at 385-273-3200 or visit us online at www.WesternHeatingAir.com.

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Posted on July 18th, 2019

Summer Utility Bills High? Let Us Help!

Some Utah County home owners tell us that they try to NOT run their air conditioner in the summer because they don’t want the high utility bill that tends to accompany an AC that is constantly running. It is no secret that the two biggest appliances that run up your energy bill are your furnace and your central air conditioner. We have some great tips that can help you get the most money out of your cooling dollars this summer, as well your heating dollars in the winter. Watch our full video on Youtube.

Make sure your air filter is clean.

Check your filter often. If you are not sure how clean or dirty it is, pull it out and hold it up to the light. If there is not a lot of light coming through, then you know it’s time to change it. Some filters will last up to a year, and some need to be changed every month. It will depend on the circumstances of your home and the size and quality of your filter. For example, if you own pets, have been doing remodeling or live in a dusty area, then your filter will need to be changed more often. There are different sizes, types and qualities of filters. If you would like suggestions for improved filtration please contact the Certified Comfort Experts at Western Heating & Air Conditioning.

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Regular tune ups are very important.

When scheduling a tune up, make sure it’s not just a quick check over, but that it includes a thorough cleaning. A complete tune up should include cleaning burners, coils, blower wheels, motors, etc. It should also include a complete inspection of safety and mechanical components. When you schedule a furnace or AC rejuvenation with Western Heating & Air Conditioning, you will get a complete cleaning and inspection which will give you a peace of mind that your system is running at peak efficiency. Some studies have shown that a professional tune up can save up to 30% on your utility bills.

Keep air flow clear.

This is especially important when it comes to your outside condenser. Keep the shrubs away from the unit so it has room to breathe and get maximum air flow. We also have a lot of cotton trees in our area, so beware of the cotton that can easily plug up your condenser fast. We recommend having a professional clean the cotton out so that you do not damage the fragile aluminum fins in the condenser. Inside the home, do not cover return air grills, and keep all vents open so the air can flow freely. When vents are closed, the system has to work harder to cool or heat the home.

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When it comes to keeping your family comfortable, that also includes your family budget. At Western Heating & Air Conditioning, we strive to educate our clients to help them save the most money on their utility bills and keep their families comfortable. If you have questions or would like a trained technician to rejuvenate your AC or furnace, give us a call at 801-375-COOL or visit us online at www.WesternHeatingAir.com.


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.

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. If it’s still too warm, combine your air conditioner with other means of cooling, like a standing fan or ice packs.
  4. 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.

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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.

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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 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.

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Avoid Inconvenience

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.

Reduce Allergens

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 March 29th, 2018

10 things that make us different

 

When you are researching a contractor to work on your heating and cooling equipment, we know that you have a choice. That’s why we have chosen to be different, and to offer exceptional value at an affordable price. Besides being named best in the valley for the last three years, here are ten reasons that we hope you will trust us to maintain and care for your heating and cooling equipment.

 
1 – Exceeding Expectations. We go above and beyond to give our customers the best experience with Western. Our technicians look for extra ways to serve you and your family.

2 – Integrity and Trust. Our company is built on these values. We are always honest and we work hard to do the right thing. We never compromise our integrity.

3 – Happy Customers. Don’t take our word for it – we have over 1,000 online reviews from happy customers. Visit WesternHeatingAir.com to read them!

4 – Monument Savings Club. Our Monument Savings Club members are like family! They receive VIP service, discounted repairs, regular maintenance which extends the life of their system, and our very best pricing. Join the club and save!

5 – Old Fashioned Values. We conduct business by always adhering to our company’s mission and values.

6 – National Best Practices. We belong to national best practice organizations to make sure we continually improve our service for our customers.

7 – Local and National Awards. We have won the Best of Utah Valley for three years straight, along with several national awards, including the Service World Woman of the Year award in 2016.

8 – Exceptional Value, Fair Price. Our pricing is fair and we go above and beyond to provide exceptional value for our customers. We take time to educate customers on their equipment and provide energy saving tips.

9 – Treat You Like Family. Our customers are like family – and family deserves the best!

10 – Available 24 Hours. We are available 24 hours a day to help with your heating and cooling needs. Call us day or night at 801-375-COOL and our friendly office staff will address your needs.

 

Have you experienced service from Western Heating & Air Conditioning?  If you haven’t yet, don’t hesitate!

Schedule a Pre-Season A/C Tune-Up online or call us today!

 


Posted on November 9th, 2017

3 Reasons You Might Want A Humidifier This Winter

The winters here in Utah are very dry. Maintaining the ideal indoor humidity level is important to ensuring that your home isn’t growing mold or mildew.  Not only is this hard on your home, but it can also cause a myriad of health problems for those living in your home.

Why is having a humidifier important? These three reasons might surprise you.

The TOP 3 Reasons to Install a Whole Home Humidifier Today:

1. Improve your health.

dry-skinOur bodies are made up of between 60 and 65% of water. When the humidity levels in our home are below 40% that causes our bodies to work harder to retain moisture. Often times we end up with chronic dry coughs, stuffy noses, very dry and cracking skin, headaches from dehydration, and a multitude of other unpleasant symptoms. Our nasal passages dry out, leaving us more susceptible to colds and sinus infections.

2. Protect the wood in your home.

Warped FloorMany homeowners do not realize what the proper humidity levels are for a home. Ideal humidity levels should be between 45 and 65%. With each winter the loss of moisture to a home, dries out wood and can actually cause walls to shift. It is also damaging to any other wood materials or items in the home.

3. Maintain correct humidity levels.

If too much humidity is happening in your home, it can cause mold and mildew to grow. We definitely don’t want that! Humidifiers are also known for reducing dust and dust mites in your home, keeping those with dust allergies happy and requiring you to dust less. There’s also nothing worse than being shocked just from walking across the room. Humidifiers help to eliminate that from happening by maintaining the proper humidity levels.

 

Don’t let the cold dry air harm your home and family this year. Give us a call and we’ll come assess your home and humidity levels to see if a humidifier is a good investment.

Need tips to know what to do if you have high or low humidity?  CLICK HERE to learn more!

Choose to protect your family and home this winter by installing a Whole Home Humidifier today with $50 off! Click here to learn more, or give us a call at 801-375-COOL to set up an appointment.


Posted on August 31st, 2017

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Is Your Home Connected?

We are so fortunate to live in a time where we have the technology and ability to automate our homes. But it can be a pain to control your devices when they each have a different app that you must log into. Wouldn’t it be nice to have it all connected on one system that you can access and control directly from your smart phone, anywhere?

Well now you can have that and more with the NEW Western Connected Home App!

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Western Heating & Air Conditioning has been helping customers experience a whole new level of comfort for over 20 years. Let us help you experience a peace of mind and convenience with a connected home. 

CALL 801-375-COOL to learn more or visit www.timeforcomfort.com. 


Posted on July 28th, 2017

The Effects of High Temperatures on Your AC

In Utah, we have had one of the hottest summers with severe heat waves.  With streaks of hot weather averaging above 90 degrees since the beginning of June, you are probably already feeling some of the effects of the extreme heat.

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.

To help improve your air conditioner’s performance locate your outdoor air conditioner in a shady area, preferably with trees nearby, and that will allow it to run at a cooler temperature than the surrounding air. Setting the temperature inside your home to a slightly higher temperature, like 76°F (24°C) instead of the usual 72°F (22°C), 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.

If your unit is close to its end of life, consider replacing it sooner. 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 us a call at Western Heating & Air Conditioning if you need us to assess whether your air conditioner can handle the heat this summer. Utah’s Most Wanted Techs are ready to help keep you cool during the worst of heat waves that are yet to come.

Visit us online at www.TimeForComfort.com or give us a call at 801-921-5250.

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Posted on June 20th, 2017

We are Celebrating HVAC Tech Day!

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        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 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:  AC

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Condensate problems
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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

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Posted on May 22nd, 2017

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We have teamed up with FM100.3 again to bring comfort to someone special! This time we are giving away a brand new Air Conditioning system to a homeowner in Utah or Salt Lake County whom you feel stands out for something they have done, or something special that sets them apart as a neighbor, friend, etc. If they win, they will be named the “Coolest House on the Block” by FM100.3 and Western Heating and Air. Our techs will come and install a brand new AC unit to help keep them cool all summer long!

To nominate someone by May 31st, 2017  GO HERE

 


 

Are you spending too much money on your heating and cooling systems and services? Don’t miss out – Join our Monument Club today for excellent service maintenance and special savings!

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Posted on May 17th, 2017

Case Study: A/C Tune-Up

 

Western Heating & Air Conditioning provides solutions to your HVAC problems.  See how we helped this customer cool his home again.

CUSTOMER’S CHALLENGE:

Russell and his family live in Provo and noticed that they couldn’t feel as much cold air coming through their vents and figured it was just a problem with their blower filter being clogged.  Like most people, they put the issue aside and forgot about it.  Thankfully they are Monument Club Members, so Western gave them a call reminding them that it was time for their routine tune-up at a discounted price.

WESTERN’S SOLUTION: 

One of Western’s Most Wanted Technicians, Adam, was sent to visit Russell for a tune-up.  Adam first checked the outside A/C unit before going inside to make sure the unit itself was working properly.  From the outside, Adam saw that the A/C looked clean and damage free.  It wasn’t until he unscrewed the cover to see how dirty and cluttered it was inside the A/C unit.

AC case studyThere were cobwebs, leaves, and dirt everywhere.  After a 30 point Precision Tune-Up, Adam found that the A/C was working properly.  Like every tune-up Western does, Adam took the time to properly clean and clear out the inside of the A/C unit to prevent it from potential break downs or issues in the future.

FINAL RESULTS: 

Adam spoke with Russell and let him know that his diagnosis of the issue was that the system just needed to be cleaned and serviced.  He also mentioned that there was nothing wrong with the A/C unit besides that it was dirty on the inside, which could cause several problems in a few years since his A/C was 10 years old.  Adam helped switch the filter in Russell’s vents and had the A/C blowing cold air again.  Russell was glad he got a tune-up to rejuvenate his A/C and keep it in great shape and that Adam showed him how to keep his A/C clean so that it’d extend the life of the unit.

REMEMBER THIS:

1)  A/C units have an average 15 year lifetime.  Around this time different parts begin to wear and the unit can break down.  If your A/C is routinely maintained then you may be able to extend the life for several additional years.  That’s why we’ve provided the Monument Club for customers so we can keep track of their A/C for them!

2)  A/C units are easy to clean!  Adam has said that anyone can simply screw the cover off their unit, check what’s inside, and clean it out. Simply, all you need to do is to remove any debris, hose the outside and inside, and if any of the outside fins are bent, grab a butter knife and straighten them out!  There is a lot more to a tune-up than that, but those 3 things are basic things that homeowners can do.

3)  Every A/C is different, so be sure to call Western Heating & Air Conditioning today to have a technician come out to give your A/C tune-up to keep it running great.  It could save you hundreds, even thousands of dollars down the road to take a few minutes to clean and service your A/C unit.

 

Call 801-375-COOL or visit our website at timeforcomfort.com!

 


Posted on May 7th, 2017

The Best of Utah Valley Contest Results Are In!

2017 best of Utah Valley magazineBest Of Utah Valley 2017 RibbonFirst off we want to give a big THANK YOU to our loyal followers who voted for us in both The Best of Utah Valley Magazine and The Daily Herald’s Best of Utah Valley contests! It was fun to watch the votes pouring in. We appreciate you all so much!

We got the results back and we are happy to say we placed in the Top Three in both contests for the Best HVAC company! 

When we first began almost a decade ago, we weren’t sure exactly how things would turn out. Would we be able to compete with all of the other HVAC companies in Utah County and still keep with our small town, family values? We made a commitment to never place monetary goals over the needs of our customers. We have worked hard to keep our honest reputation, and based on our customer’s feedback, we feel we have been able to hold true to our commitment.

Placing in the top three for Best of Utah Valley means a lot to us and our team. It shows our dedication to honest, hard work and a customer focused mindset has paid off, and that YES we can compete with the big guys! We couldn’t however, do it without all of you. Thank you again for your support and for taking the time out of your busy day to vote for us. Here’s to being number one next year :)!

To show how much we appreciate you, we are offering all our customers a special offer on A/C tune-ups this spring, called our Spring Rejuvenation Tune-Up!

To schedule yours, just call our office at 801-375-COOL or Schedule Online. Happy Spring!

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Attention Monument Club Members: One of our Most Wanted Techs will be servicing your A/C unit shortly! Not a Monument Club member? Click here to join and save today!

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Posted on August 4th, 2016

Summers can be pretty hot here in Utah and homeowners know it can be expensive to keep your home cool. 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.

One simple trick that can help reduce ceiling temperatures and lower your energy costs is to install an attic fan. This 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.

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. 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 us a call at 801-375-COOL or click here to schedule an appointment. We’ll evaluate your circumstances and offer the options that best suit your needs and your budget.


Posted on April 19th, 2016

AC Maintenance and AC Repair When you are looking for ways to cut costs in your home, you may not immediately think about AC maintenance. However, keeping up regular maintenance of your cooling system not only will make your system more efficient, but it also can significantly lessen your chances of having to bear the brunt of a costly air conditioner repair. Here are just some of the benefits you will enjoy by investing in professional AC maintenance.

Lengthen Your System’s Lifespan

AC systems that have been given regular maintenance can last much longer than cooling systems that haven’t. Routine maintenance usually means a regular change out of air filters, cleaning, and monitoring of the system itself. Any problem that arises can be caught and repaired quickly rather than manifesting into a larger, more expensive repair. A typical AC system can last 15, even 20 years with optimal maintenance. Without annual maintenance at the minimum, you may be replacing your system much sooner.

Cleaner Air, Less Repair

Part of regular maintenance means you are changing out and cleaning your system on a regular basis. This can have a profound effect on the air quality in your home. It also can prevent gunk and buildup from clogging up your AC system and making it less efficient. One of the most common repairs we see is due to an AC system being loud and not as effective as cooling the house. Many times, this is because of a clogged filter. With a regular change out of your AC filters, your family will breathe clean, healthy air and your AC system will need less repair.

If you are interested in regular professional maintenance for your cooling system, contact Western Heating & Air Conditioning. Contact us to schedule our HVAC professionals today!


Posted on April 4th, 2016

Springtime is here!

And that means our technicians are starting to get busy doing routine maintenance to prepare furnaces, air conditioners and heat pumps for their transition to summertime operation. Sometimes home owners look over their shoulders and think, “Hey, that’s simple. I’ll save money by doing it myself next time.” Many tasks become second nature when you perform them day after day like our technicians do but it’s easy to overlook things when you tackle a project once a year.

For example, let’s just take one of multiple tasks involved in our annual clean and check procedures for our AC maintenance. It’s important to clean the outdoor condensing unit that’s been exposed to the elements all winter long. Dirt, leaves and other debris usually accumulate around the condensing coils and this can severely hamper performance. This isn’t rocket science, but unless you have the proper tools you may end up doing more harm than good.

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First, the grille cover needs to be removed with a screw driver. Once the grilled cover is removed, the dirt and debris needs to be cleaned from the condensing coils. When cleaning the coil fins, you have to be careful not to bend them. The coil fins are delicate and cleaning them requires a soft brush, spray gun and shop vacuum.

If we find bent coils, they should be straightened out with a special tool called a fin comb. These come in varieties that include single, multiple or interchangeable heads having different fin comb sizes and counts. Straightening the bent fins requires matching the teeth count of the comb to the fins per inch of the coil. Then we carefully draw the comb across the bent coil fins.

We also lubricate the fan bearings and motor. This requires removing the protective side grille and the top panel that protects the fan and motor of the condensing unit, without disturbing any wiring connections. Then we locate the fan motor oil ports above the fan and place a few drops of lightweight household oil into each port.

Finally, after putting everything back together we use a mechanic’s level to make sure the condenser is level for proper operation. If it’s seriously out-of-level, you may need to replace the concrete slab block the unit sets upon. An experienced pro makes all of these steps seem routine and simple but when you don’t do them day after day, it’s easy to omit steps. Give us a call instead and we’ll take out the guess work for you.


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