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Repair or Replace Air Conditioning System; The Core HVAC Decision

Arizona Repair or Replace Air Conditioning TroubleshootingRepair or Replace Air Conditioning With Confidence Means You Make An Informed HVAC Decision

If your central cooling system is not functioning correctly, the question of repair or replace air conditioning is unavoidable. However, these tips from your local Arizona American Cooling and Heating support team can help you take the guesswork out of this pressing HVAC decision. By showing you how to combine cost, comfort, and the resources that best ensure that your home heating and cooling system delivers optimum energy-savings, we can help you capture money-saving efficiency in a system that can provide your Arizona home with years and years of reliable A/C or Heat Pump indoor comfort.

 

Repairing or Replace – The Value of Updating

TIP! If replace is your only option, make sure you buy ENERGY STAR compliant equipment. It may seem a small thing, but it isn’t.

Experience is the best teacher, and we all know that age affects reliability. It may be that your old, inefficient air conditioning system is worth repairing. But calculating all the associated costs is the only way you can accurately measure the value of updating versus repair. Yet the older your home’s heating and cooling system, the more often you must face the question of repair or replace. If after reading this article you determine that fixing your aged HVAC equipment is preventing you from enjoying the cost-saving operating benefits of modern home air conditioning equipment, know that ACH can tailor a new Arizona A/C installation package to meet your specific budget, a package that not only includes a new, energy-efficient cooling unit, but that also comes complete with the exceptional limited warranty coverage associated with the specific product and manufacturer.

 

Making a Wise Repair or Replace Air Conditioning Decision

When reviewing repair or replace air conditioning options, determining the best course of action involves many areas of consideration. The following breakdown highlights some of the most important decision making factors. Apply them equally to any make or model of HVAC equipment. If you have any manufacturer-specific questions, contact your local Arizona American Cooling and Heating office. We are on standby 24/7, and ready to respond to your immediate home comfort needs.

Air Conditioning Refrigerants

R-22 or R-410A; These are the two types of A/C refrigerants most widely used in home heat pumps and air conditioning condensing units. However, due to the 1987 Montreal Protocol and the associated Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, a phase-out of R-22 and any other ozone-depleting chemicals is in effect. By January 1, 2020, no chemical manufacturers will be permitted to produce R-22 for home air conditioning servicing. At that point, only recovered, recycled and reclaimed R-22 will be available for use in servicing existing A/C and Heat Pump systems. Although uncharged R-22 systems can be installed as a replacement or repair option for an existing older unit, 13-SEER efficiency is the highest available option and the cost of R-22 may run higher than your greatest imagination. If your HVAC decision runs between major repairs for an R-22 unit versus upgrading to a new R-410A system, go with the new.

Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ration (SEER)

TIP! Before buying a new HVAC system, consider the rated energy efficiency.  Pricing may be important, but the long-term savings of an ACH On-Sale Trane HP can save you thousands of dollars in reduced unit lifetime energy consumption. It’s an HVAC decision you cannot afford to ignore.

Established by the United States DOE and increased in January of 2006, 13-SEER is the lowers current efficiency rating for central air conditioning systems. A higher rating reflects greater performance and energy efficiency. When faced with the decision of repair or replace air conditioning in an older 10-SEER setup, make sure that repair is very cheap and very simple, or else install something newer and better.

HSPF and SEER

Heat pump performance and efficiency is not only measured by a residential SEER scale that is equivalent to that used on residential central sir conditioners, but they are also rated for efficiency on a Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF). Also established and set by the DOE, the HSPF of your installed Arizona Heat Pump may be just as important as your A/C SEER rating. In general, running an hp is less expensive than heating with a fuel-based system. In Arizona, a good heat pump will save you money on your winter heating bills.

Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) – Add Fuel Utilization to Your HVAC Decision

As a service of ASHRAE, the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers, the specs for your system’s AFUE are designed to ensure that your home is serviced by efficient HVAC equipment. The current ASHRAE restrictions require that manufacturers produce heating and cooling systems that perform no lower than 80% AFUE. But concerned air conditioning manufacturers strive to reap 96% and above. So what means the AFUE rating? In simple terms, AFUE rating identifies just how much of your energy dollar is fully utilized in the operation of your home furnace system. Thus, a 90% AFUE rating means that ten cents of every dollar is wasted.

Manufacturer Warranty Coverage

Perhaps you wonder why anyone needs a warranty for a product that should be built to last? Well, face it! In this world, perfection does not exist. Even the best efforts to design a fully fault-proof heating and cooling system fall short. Most times, buyers get a winner, but on occasion someone gets a lemon. Every major HVAC equipment provider strives to give you the best product for the money spent, yet they too recognize the complications of Murphy’s Law. Compare product warranties. Find out exactly what is covered and for how long each component is covered. Consider the value of acquiring an extended warranty when available.

And then follow-up by making sure your Arizona HVAC installation provider supports their services with a limited lifetime workmanship warranty.

 

ACH, Helping Arizona Residents Through The Core HVAC Decision Process

 

Since 1993, American Cooling and Heating has serviced AZ commercial, industrial and residential heating and cooling needs. We are Bonded, Insured and Licensed to meet your A/C installation, A/C repair and A/C maintenance requirements. Our Workmanship carries a 100% guaranteed of quality and reliability. For more information on Air Conditioning repair or replace options, click here.

 

HVAC Maintenance and Repair: Tips by Gilbert AZ HVAC Service Center ACH

Gilbert AZ HVAC ServicesEstablishing a simple and doable Gilbert AZ HVAC preventative home maintenance plan ensures that your heating system remains in top shape. Basic heat pump or furnace upkeep demands one to three hours per year in personal effort and routine filter replacements ranging from $40 to $100 in costs.

According to the ten-day forecast from Weather Underground, current Gilbert, AZ nighttime lows ranging between 45°F and 51°F remain in effect. It’s going to get worse and the demand on your home heating system will increase. This means a jump in the cost of staying comfortable on the inside of your home.

But you can reduce the cost for Gilbert AZ HVAC operations and repairs.

The team at American Cooling and Heating recommends a professional inspection at the beginning of spring and at the beginning of fall. Heavy-duty HVAC maintenance and repair involves opening the primary system, inspecting and cleaning the wiring, the mechanisms of the unit and examining the condition of the duct system. It’s usually a bit more than the typical Gilbert homeowner should attempt. But that doesn’t prevent you from practicing basic cooling and heating and preventative home maintenance.

Prolong the life of your Gilbert AZ HVAC system. Apply the following energy efficiency best practices for extended life and better service from your heating and cooling equipment.

Standards for Routine HVAC Maintenance and Repair

Whether heating and cooling with a dual-stage power-efficiency Trane XL20i heat pump or an Amana premium packaged dual-fuel gas and heat pump system, effective preventive home maintenance of your Gilbert AZ HVAC demands certain immediate actions:

  • Buy and install a pleated, high-efficiency air filter
  • Maintain a clear airflow path around your outdoor heat pump or AC system
  • Control the accumulation of grass, leaves or any other loose substances or materials that can hinder the performance of your external units.

Additional energy efficiency best practices include monthly and seasonal maintenance. Upgrading your HVAC filter system to a pleated unit with electrostatic particle management only works if the remains unclogged by pet hair, dust or other obstacles. Inspect the filter monthly. Replace it every ninety days regardless of appearance. Additional seasonal HVAC maintenance and repair practices include:

  • Checking the visible refrigerant lines for damaged insulation
  • Cutting off the water supply to the furnace humidifier during the summer
  • Replacement of the humidifier filter and engaging the water supply during the winter.

Following up on the immediate and the seasonal, make sure your Gilbert AZ HVAC inspection, maintenance and repair program includes annual servicing. Along with scheduling heating and cooling preventive home maintenance from American Cooling and Heating, here are some annual energy efficiency best practices that you can handle yourself:

  • Inspect the balance of the outdoor units to ensure that erosion has not caused the pads to become unleveled
  • Inspect your in-home registers to ensure that they are blocked or closed thus placing unnecessary strain on your heat pump, ac or furnace system
  • Prevent excess buildup of algae and mold by pouring a mixture of bleach and water down the inside condensate drain.

As a final step, replace the battery in your carbon monoxide detector. While you are at it, replace the batteries in your fire alarms. The U.S. Consumer product safety commission reports an estimate of 14,000 CO poisoning incidents during 2009. The average yearly CO poisoning death rate falls on 14 people per year. Don’t be one of the few.

American Cooling and Heating For Reliable Gilbert AZ HVAC Services

ACH provides 24/7 emergency Gilbert AZ HVAC maintenance and repair services. The company installs all major brands of heating and cooling equipment. For more information, click here.

 

 

 

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  2. http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Research–Statistics/Carbon-Monoxide

 

 

Trane Air Conditioning Troubleshooting, Fix Your Trane Heat Pump Now

Trane Air Conditioning TroubleshootingTrane Air Conditioning Troubleshooting – Sometimes Simple and Sometimes Not

When correctly installed by a professional Phoenix heating and cooling technician, your Trane heat pump or Trane A/C system should function effectively, energy efficient and trouble free. However, time conquers all equipment, including the best of the best in heating and cooling products. But before you call for a qualified Arizona Trane heating and cooling service tech, cover the following basic Trane Air Conditioning troubleshooting steps.   

Trane A/C Troubleshooting, the Simple Side 

The following details deal with heat pumps and central air conditioning systems. Sometimes heating and cooling complications are related to product age. Sometimes they can occur due to poor Phoenix A/C installation practices. Yet even if you have an extended fully transferable 10-year Trane Air Conditioning Registered Limited Warranty Protection program on parts only, labor only or parts and labor, not every problem requires immediate contact with your Arizona Trane A/C repair center. Remember: Air Conditioning service calls, even when covered under warranty, can cost you in time, missed work hours and the discomfort of going without a functioning A/C even if only for a few hours.  

The causes of improper heating and cooling can range from minor and simple to major and complex. The Trane Air Conditioning troubleshooting tips listed here primarily focus on quick home remedies. They are as follows: 

Thermostat/Control Incorrectly Set – This may seem like an obvious Trane Air Conditioning troubleshooting step, but if you live with a houseful of kids the thermostat/control may not be set like you think it is. Even if you are running the cream-of-the-crop Trane ComfortLink™ II programmable controller with remote access, live weather and indoor/outdoor air temperature monitoring, the system is human managed. Make a thermostat check your first stop.  

No Airflow – Start by checking the system filters. The Trane CleanEffects™ collector is designed for rinse or vacuum cleaning. Likewise, the Trane FreshEffects™ filter permits easy slide out cleaning. Don’t permit a clogged filter to hinder your indoor comfort.

Frozen Coil – While considering the possibilities of a clogged indoor filter, you should also check for a frozen or dirty coil system. If you notice water beneath the unit and a cold exterior surface on the coil enclosure, try shutting down the system thermostat for several hours. Note: Even if a shutdown permits the unit to defrost and restart, a frozen coil indicates the need to contact your Phoenix Trane Air Conditioning repair center. 

Tripped Circuit Breaker – In older homes, the electrical wiring is often substandard to modern requirements. Older wiring and circuits are more easily overloaded than new equipment. If your heating or cooling system has come to a complete halt, effective Trane Air Conditioning troubleshooting begins by checking the A/C, HP or Air Handler circuit breakers. If a reset is necessary, ask yourself three questions: 

  1. Is the breaker directly linked to the heating and cooling equipment or does it trace back to the primary home breaker box?
  2. Is this an ongoing problem throughout the home or is it isolated to the Trane Heat Pump or Trane Air Conditioning system?
  3. Did a recent electrical storm cause a household-wide electrical failure? 

The answer to these questions directs the next step in your Trane A/C or Trane Heat Pump troubleshooting session. If the failure is due to a recent household electrical outage, the problem may not need any further attention. If the failure traces back to the primary home breaker box, and it is not due to a recent household electrical outage, you may need to contact an Arizona electrician rather than your Phoenix Trane AC installation professional. Likewise, if the problem tracks to the installed Trane A/C breaker box, call the installer. Something is amiss in the unit. 

Warning: Before resetting any circuit breakers, investigate your installed Arizona A/C system for signs of physical damage due to high winds, rocks thrown from lawn mower equipment and more. You should also work with a partner: One person to reset the breaker and the other to keep watch over the unit of signs of immediate need for shutdown. 

Problems That May Require Professional Arizona Trane Air Conditioning Troubleshooting 

  • Indoor unit functions but the outdoor unit doesn’t
  • Extreme increase in electrical usage
  • Excessive system cycling
  • System fails to achieve thermostat set point
  • System runs continuously
  • Overflowing drip pan. 

Some of the above problems can be related to thermostat settings, an increase in local utility rates, an extreme increase in local temperatures or the purchase of new home appliances. However, it may be that you need the skills and training of a professional Arizona Trane Heat Pump or Trane Air Conditioning Troubleshooting expert. If you have taken the basic A/C troubleshooting steps to no avail, click here to contact American Cooling and Heating. We can fix your Trane A/C equipment.

 

Heat Wave Safety for Outdoor Survival in High Ambient Temperatures – Viewpoints of an Arizona Air Conditioning Service Center

Arizona’s premier Phoenix A/C repair and A/C installation company, American Cooling And Heating, offers unique, air conditioning service viewpoint for survival in the high ambient area temperatures.

The area around Phoenix AZ ranks among the worst for high ambient temperatures. For the homeowner or the business owner, the cost of Air Conditioning Repair or A/C Installation involves time, some inconvenience and a major financial investment. But for the Phoenix A/C Service Technician, the cost of doing business during extreme Arizona heat waves can involve major health risks and precautions must be taken to avoid serious injury or death.

“Air Conditioning Service Techs and Installers face two major areas of extreme exposure to high ambient temperatures: 1) While installing primary exterior A/C equipment on the shade-less side of a home or business and 2) While installing air handlers in home attics or overhead business storage areas. Knowing how to avoid heatstroke and other high ambient temperature complications is critical to survival as an air conditioning technician,” AC&H Gilbert regional technical expert.

Triple digit temperatures make the external functions of A/C repair, A/C installation or A/C services difficult and risky. The symptoms of heatstroke, dehydration and serious breathing issues can come quickly and without opportunity for self-preservative reactions.

Working in the attic also presents serious health risks – even to an extreme that far exceeds the dangers of installing A/C products and systems under exposure to severe external temperatures. Studies performed by the Building Science Corporation conclude that Las Vegas and Phoenix attic temperatures typically hit 150-degrees during high ambient temperatures. The same tests allot 180-degrees as the max acceptable in an enclosed attic space near the sheathing.

* The Building Science Corporation is a science consulting firm working out of Boston, MA.

Identifying the Risk Factors of Arizona’s High Ambient Temperatures

The techs from American Cooling And Heatingunderstand the risks associated with their job, and they know how to practice high temperature safety. Here is some of the safety procedures implemented by the AC&H Phoenix air conditioning installation crews:

* Accept That Risk Factors Exist—Staying safe demands a safety conscious mindset. The AC&H air conditioning service crews deal with snakes, critters and weather conditions. Each situation involves certain risk factors. Staying safe is a matter of knowing how those factors can affect the tech’s health and survival.

* Know How To Recognize the Signs of Heatstroke – The danger begins with one or both of two less risky heat-related complications: 1) Heat cramps which involve fatigue, thirst, excess sweating and cramps, and 2) Heat exhaustion which follows on the tail of untreated heat cramp conditions. Heat exhaustion typically involves dizziness, headache, cool and moist skin, and muscle cramps. Drinking cool nonalcoholic fluids, finding shade, seeking reprieve in an air-conditioned environment of taking a cool shower can treat either condition. If the situation persists, seek immediate medical aid.

Heatstroke typically follows in the wake of untreated heat clamps and untreated heat exhaustion. The symptoms include:

• Elevated body temperature

• Hot dry skin due to a lack of sweating

• Upset stomach accompanied by nausea and vomiting

• Changes in skin color due to rising body temperature

• Shallow and rapid breathing

• Increasing and rapid heart rate

• Intense and throbbing headache

• A sense of confusion, sometimes accompanied by hallucinations, seizures or difficulty with communications and speaking

• Muscle cramps, weakness and sometimes limp muscles

• Unconsciousness.

Surviving in High Humidity, No Wind and Triple Digit Temperatures

Installing heating and cooling equipment when the humidity is high, the winds are silent and the Phoenix temperatures are cracking the triple digit mark demands attention to personal health details. It’s about doing a great job while taking care of self during the process. Whether working in Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale or any other AC&H serviced Phoenix region, the A/C techs avoid danger by practicing the following simple safety rules:

• Limited Exposure – Schedule work hours for early morning and evening hours. Take more breaks in shady or air-conditioned areas.

• Increased Intake of Fluids – Drink water when thirsty and when not thirsty. Also take in fluids that can increase body salt and body minerals. A common recipe is to mix Gatorade with 50% water.

• Avoid – Beverages that pump up the sugar level or that contain alcohol.

• Eat light – small infrequent meals that are easily digested, small sandwiches, protein bars, etc.

• Where protective clothing – sun hats, long sleeve cotton shirts, sunglasses, gloves, use sunscreen.

• When working in direct sunlight, get to shade at intervals to avoid overheating and if any sign of overheating begins, then immediately get to shade and cool down.

• When working in an attic, exit at intervals to prevent overheating and exit immediately upon signs of overheating.

• Take Advantage of Available Air Conditioning – The AC&H Phoenix A/C installation team travels in air-conditioned vehicles. When necessary, the techs crank up the company furnished, air conditioned trucks and enjoy a moment of body and mind refreshment.

• If heat related danger signs manifest then call an ambulance and seek medical attention.

American Cooling and Heating will do its best to provide service to it’s Arizona customers no matter what temperatures and harsh conditions there may be, providing quick and efficient Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Repair or Replacement. The company’s A/C services are available in Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, Scottsdale, Phoenix, Glendale, Peoria, and all surrounding areas in Arizona. Call today! AC&H will exceed all customer expectations in every sense of the word.

Disclaimer: American Cooling And Heating provides professional HVAC services only and the content contained herein is opinion only. For detailed heat wave safety measures, readers should check with a government-confirmed source of healthcare or safety authority. The information contained herein is meant for basic informational purposes only. It is not intended to serve as safety, health, or medical advice, substitute for a doctor’s appointment or to be used for diagnosing or treating a disease. Users of this information are advised to consult with their physician or verified by a licensed healthcare provider before making any decisions concerning their health. Safety related issues should be confirmed with OSHA or other licensed safety authority.

Monsoon Safety – Phoenix AC Installation Tips For Dealing With The Severity of Arizona Weather Phenomenon

Phoenix AC Installation Designed to Promote Monsoon Safety

ACH Trane Air Conditioner SaleIt’s mid-week in the Arizona Monsoon Awareness Program. Area homeowners and business owners are keenly aware of the dangers associated with this serious Arizona weather phenomenon, but perhaps some don’t know exactly how to respond to the threats. American Cooling and Heating has geared up to help handle the increased demand for Gilbert AC repairs, new Scottsdale Air Conditioning installations, and all the other compounded AC service calls passing through the Phoenix area.

If you need emergency AC installation or Heat Pump repair anywhere from Chandler up to Peoria or from Scottsdale down to Buckeye, AC&H is on hand to provide immediate Air Conditioning Repairs or Air Conditioning Replacement on all major brands. American Cooling and Heating service trucks are fully stocked with components for Amana, Carrier, Goodman, Lennox, Rheem, Trane and others. The courteous AC&H technicians can correct Heat Pump problems, AC systems and furnace units. Call for an immediate appointment.

Arizona Air Conditioning Only One Component in Monsoon Safety Considerations

The Phoenix based American Cooling and Heating Website site is more than a mere sales tool to a for-profit Arizona Air Conditioning service center. The company strives to provide pertinent information relevant to current Valley Metro residents and businesses.

Dealing with the severity of Arizona weather phenomenon requires awareness of the total issue and not merely those components that are associated with Phoenix AC repairs. The following Monsoon safety tips will help you protect your family during the current Arizona Monsoon season.

Dust Storms

Linked to Microbursts, dust storms (haboobs) can kill. Never drive in a haboob. There are no reduced visibility options. If you get caught in a dust storm: 

  • Park the vehicle off the road
  • Turn off your headlights
  • Leave the vehicle in park and avoid putting your foot on the brake pedal.
  • Stay in the vehicle.
  • Do not move until the storm is passed. 

Flash Flooding

Understand the danger of moving water. Flash floods rank as the number one thunderstorm-associated killer. More often than not, the deaths occur in vehicles. Even water depths less than two feet can carry your truck or car into disaster. When flash flood warnings are in effect: 

  • Avoid entering moving water.
  • Keep close watch over young children. During thunderstorms, it only takes moments for a creek or a wash to turn deadly.
  • When traveling at night, avoid roads that are known for flooding. Darkness hinders your ability to judge water depth and road conditions. 

Wind – The Microbursts

Thunderstorms often produce sudden thrusts of downward air gusts, commonly called “downburst winds,” but technically identified as Microbursts. The force of a Microburst can exceed 100 mph. The danger to person and property is sudden, extensive and possibly deadly. Clouds of ground level dust may accompany the Microburst.

For safety during Monsoon thunderstorms: 

  • Get inside a sturdy structure
  • Avoid windows and glass doors
  • Use a battery operated radio to keep track of current news. 

Heat

According to the Arizona Division of Public Health Services (DPHS), heat related fatalities in the area are on the rise. In 2011, 206 U.S. citizens died as a result of extreme heat. This is 68 more heat related deaths than what occurred in 2010, and it is almost double the preceding ten year average.

The Arizona DPHS describes AZ heat as “more than a nuisance – it is lethal.” Authorities define heat as the nation’s number one weather-related killer. Recognize the threat and take appropriate defensive actions.

Here is how to survive the intense Arizona Monsoon temperatures: 

  • Restrict outdoor projects to the cooler hours of the day either mornings or evenings
  • Wear clothing suitable for extreme heat conditions
  • Take breaks, often and then more often
  • Take advantage of any nearby Air Conditioned structures
  • Drink water, in excess of all that you think you need
  • Keep an eye on the elderly, the young and people with known health conditions
  • Never leave children, pets or any other living creature in a vehicle that lacks adequate ventilation and/or functional air conditioning.
  • If you or someone with you experiences heat stroke — Call for emergency assistance. 

Home AC Installation Experts – American Cooling and Heating

American Cooling and Heating provides Valley wide residential, commercial and industrial Phoenix Air Conditioning services. Company technicians and AC repair experts are proficient in all types of cooling, heating, heat pumps, furnaces, air handlers, refrigeration and HVAC equipment. Current specials include reduced pricing on Trane AC systems throughout Gilbert, Scottsdale, Mesa and other Phoenix areas.

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