Posted on April 26th, 2016
Top Questions to Ask Your Tech About HVAC Replacement
Even with the best maintenance, your HVAC system will need to be replaced at some point. If your HVAC system is in need of repair and is on the older side of a typical system’s life span, you are probably considering replacement. The best way to decide if your system needs repair or replacement is to speak with a licensed HVAC technician. Western Heating & Air Conditioning has a team of experienced professionals that are ready to assist you when you are thinking of replacing your system. Here are the top questions to ask your tech when you call our office.
How Long Does an HVAC System Last?
This question is tricky because it depends on both the brand of the HVAC system you have purchased along with how well you maintained it. Well-maintained systems can last upwards of 20-25 years. If you are starting to experience multiple HVAC system malfunctions, it may be time to replace your unit.
When Should I Choose Replacement Over Repair?
If your system’s repair is more than 50% of the cost of a new system, then you should strongly consider replacement rather than repair. Putting more money into an HVAC unit that will likely continue to fail is better spent on a brand new system that is also more energy-efficient.
Are There Other Considerations for Replacement?
Sometimes clients decide to replace their HVAC system based solely on eco-friendly or energy efficiency concerns. Brand new systems are much better at utilizing energy, and therefore, you pay less on your utility bills each month. By saving on your electricity bill, a new HVAC system practically pays for itself.
If you have questions about HVAC replacement, contact the experts at Western Heating & Air Conditioning today. Call (385) 273-3200 to schedule an appointment with one of our licensed technicians.
Posted on April 19th, 2016
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 15th, 2016
I know what it’s like to deal with springtime allergies… I have suffered with them since I was a little girl. My eyes get swollen and itchy. My nose runs, and my throat can feel sore. It seems like on high pollen days I can only be outside for a short period of time. While there are medications and other remedies, I have found the best way to find relief in my own home!
We simply had our technicians install an Air Scrubber Plus! It is an amazing product that produces active, pure air, cleaning the air that is sent out from your central air system. It uses a non-toxic, natural process to reduce pollen, mold, odors, and it attacks 99.9% of the bacteria in your home, not only in the air, but also on surfaces and door knobs! That’s something that every mom needs in her home!
Not only do we see benefits from our Air Scrubber in the springtime with allergies, but all year long… especially during cold and flu season. Viruses are zapped! Even more amazing is the fact that an Air Scrubber can actually protect your heating and cooling system. Filters are simply not enough. An Air Scrubber keeps your system cleaner and lasting longer. To find out more about Air Scrubbers, watch this short video.
Since we have installed our Air Scrubber, my family is healthier, my allergies are less severe, and I can breath healthy again! Call our office to find out about the Springtime Special we are running and start seeing the benefits now!
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 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.
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.