Posted on September 21st, 2017
Prepare Your Furnace for Winter
Fall is the perfect time to get your home ready for winter. Your highest priority for this season is heating and that’s where your furnace comes in. Take care of it now so you’ll be spared the freezing consequences later.
1. Replace filters you probably spend most of your time indoors during the cold months. Dirty filters will contaminate the air you breathe, decrease the efficiency of your furnace and overwork your blower. Regular replacement will prevent this problem, and keep your winter breathing clearer.
2. Clear your mechanical room of debris remove unrelated items from the room, particularly flammable items. Make sure to leave the areas around your unit clear for servicing or repair. Concentrate on the area around the duct opening from outside. This outdoor air is critical for your furnace to burn gas completely so you don’t get carbon monoxide in your home when it’s all fired up in winter.
3. Do visual checks on internal parts like the blower and burners Open your furnace and take a look at the blower belt and motor. Make sure the belt is tight and clean any dust from the motor and blower. This ensures your furnace’s efficiency is maximized and reduces the likelihood of failure when the fan is running at top speed during winter. Inspect your burner and gas connection for signs of corrosion, dirt or loose connections. This is critical for safety of you and your family.
4. Clean ductwork and check for leaks have a Western Technician clean your ductwork before the season starts to keep the air in your home safe and breathable this winter. Turn on your furnace (you can use the fan-only setting on your thermostat) and listen closely for air escaping from ductwork. Note whether there are grilles with not enough air coming through as this can indicate a leak in that branch of your duct system.
5. Clean the area around your flue exhaust as with the combustion air intake, make sure the area around the flue exhaust is clear of debris to keep your furnace working safely and to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Remove branches and other debris from the flue outlet and when the snow comes, make sure it’s not piled around your flue vent. If the vent is on the roof, make sure there are no birds’ nests blocking the air from your furnace exhaust.
Have a professional technician from Western Heating & Air Conditioning inspect your furnace. Give us a call at 801-375-COOL or visit TimeForComfort.com for us to do a full inspection and tune up so your furnace is completely ready for the coming winter.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
There 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.
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.
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 April 5th, 2016
Have you ever jumped in the shower only to be greeted by ice-cold water? Heating up your home’s water takes a lot of energy. That energy can cost you a lot on the next utility bill if you aren’t careful. There is a solution! Solar water heaters are an excellent choice for your home or business. There are many benefits to having solar water heaters installed on your property. Here are just a few!
Lower Your Electricity Bill
Solar power is notoriously efficient when compared to other energy methods like natural gas. In fact, studies have shown with solar water heating, your water-electricity use can be cut in half! Of course, where you live will impact how much you can save, as rates are different everywhere in the US. It can even vary from county to county. It also depends on the frequency that you get full sun. If you live in a very cloudy area of the nation, your savings may not be as much as somewhere in the Southwest where full sun is typical every day.
Solar water heaters also help you save the environment by using less natural resources and cutting back on CO2 emissions. By saving energy, you are actually cutting down on your carbon footprint, allowing less pollution to be released into the environment.
Increase Property Value
Going green is trendy! Adding a solar water heater installed will increase the property value of your home and make it easier to sell. The more efficient your home, the more attractive it will be to buyers.
If you are thinking about having solar water heaters installed, contact the experts at Western Heating & Air Conditioning. We are happy to assist you in answering any questions or concerns you may have.
Posted on March 21st, 2016
Summer is just around the corner, and you may be asking yourself if your home’s air conditioning is up to par. You may have heard of heat pumps, but it sounds like something that you wouldn’t want to use during the summer heat. Contrary to its name, a heat pump is not only associated with heating but cooling down your house as well. Here are the top three things you need to know about heat pumps and why they might be right for you.
1) What Is a Heat Pump
A heat pump is a refrigeration system that uses a mechanical compression cycle that can either heat or cool an area of the house. Usually, there is a unit in your house called the “air handler” and an outside unit which is the actual “heat pump.” The heat pump resembles a typical A/C unit in both size and stature. A compressor in the heat pump circulates refrigerant between itself and the air handler which absorbs and releases heat as it makes its cycle.
2) How It Works
A heat pump system constantly moves air from one place to another wherever it is needed or vice versa depending on the ambient temperature. During the winter and colder times, the heat pump will pump warm air into the house from outside. This seems odd, but there is actually heat energy present despite the cold temperature. During the summer and hotter temperatures, the heat pump will reverse its direction and take the warm air from inside your house allowing fresher cooler air to be circulated inside.
Being that a heat pump moves and transfers heat rather than generates its own heat, the heat pump system is much more efficient than a typical heater or furnace. Heat pumps are electric, which means you can save a considerable amount on your gas bill.
If you are considering having a heat pump installed in your home, give us a call, and an experienced technician will be happy to help you with any questions you may have.
Posted on September 29th, 2015
Your heat pump should not leak water. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. If this is happening, it could be caused by something problematic. The Western Heating & Air team decided to discuss what these problems might be if your heat pump is indeed leaking or dripping water.
Refrigerant is a key player in cooling your home. However, if it is lacking insulation or there is a tear in the insulation, water could be dripping out and onto the surrounding area. Make sure to check your insulation on your unit to ensure it’s properly secured and doing its job.
Coil is Dirty
If the coils used within your unit are dirty, this can cause water to leak. That is because water is supposed to slide down the coils and into a drainage area. However, if the coil is dirty, the dirt traps the water from sliding down the drain, but instead the trapped water eventually just drips down the coil to the floor.
Coil Icing Up
The coils in place within your heat pump unit are not supposed to ice up. But due to malfunction, sometimes they will. This ice can melt and turn into condensation. If this is the issue, you may need a professional to assess what’s wrong with your unit.
Heat Pump Problems Need Addressing
Don’t let water drip from your heat pump and not do anything about it. The qualified technicians at Western Heating & Air can figure out your heat pump’s problems and ensure a solution!
Posted on December 10th, 2014
The heat pump in your home is a clever device; a dual purpose, low energy pump that can transfer air and either heat or cool your home.
Spotting early signs of failure or problems can often save you a little money in the long run, but what should you look for?
Your unit may be switching on and off too often, this is a classic symptom of a clogged or dirty filter, it’s worth checking that before calling out the repair man!
Not coming on
If your heat pump doesn’t come on when it is supposed to, check all the controls are set to on and then try it manually. If it still doesn’t come on, it is a sign of something more serious.
If your heat pump doesn’t seem to heat up as it should, it could be a refrigerant leak. Whilst this isn’t something that can be fixed by you, it is quite easily sorted with the right equipment and is quite common.
In any mechanical piece of equipment, strange and unusual noises should always be investigated sooner rather than later, don’t let it turn into a catastrophic failure.
Whilst we have listed some common faults and problems, you will know your system better than anyone, anything out of the ordinary should be monitored. You should always take professional advice on what the problem is and how to fix it before it does further damage, it is better to catch it early than when it has caused more damage.
At Western Heating & Air, all of our staff are fully trained and professional, always willing to help.
If you are having problems with your heat pump, CONTACT US now to see what we can do for you.