Five Ways To Extend The Life Of Your Cooling System

5 Ways To Extend The Life Of Your Cooling System

Your home cooling system is a precious resource. Especially in the Phoenix Arizona area. If you live in climate where you can cook bacon on the side walk in the summer, you need an A/C unit that is up to the task. Unfortunately, not all cooling systems are maintained well enough to accommodate scorching temperatures for long periods of time. However, did you know you can increase the life expectancy of your 5-10 year old A/C unit if you conduct preventative maintenance?

Customers often ask us what they can do to care for their cooling system properly. You asked and we answered! Here are 5 ways to extend the life of your cooling system.

If It’s Not Too Hot, Shut It Off

Like with most tools, cooling units tend to wear down over time. Turning the unit off when you are leaving the house is always a good idea because it spares the unit from running unnecessarily. Likewise, another good idea is to turn up the thermostat in the night time just a tad. This will save you tons on your energy bill every month and increase the life expectancy of your unit. If you’re thinking about ways to improve your unit all around, giving it a break might be the solution.

Clean the Unit

Yes, your cooling unit needs to be cleaned relatively frequently. As a result, you can expect your unit to function longer and more efficiently. To properly clean your outdoor cooling unit, be sure to remove dust, dirt, and leaves. Also, watch for anything surrounding the unit that might block it from ventilating appropriately. Not only does this increase life expectancy, but it prevents mechanical breakdowns that could be extremely costly.

Allow Air Circulation

By clearing your vents and ducts of debris or foreign objects, you’ll be improving your A/C unit greatly. This includes bookshelves, couches, chairs, or other things that could block the circulation. Cool air circulation is important because when your thermostat reaches the desired temperature it will stop your unit from running. As a result, your air won’t be running itself into the ground trying to cool your home. Furthermore make sure your ventilation is unblocked if you want a long life for your cooling unit.

Change the Air Filter

Changing the air filter works along the lines of allowing air circulation. Also, when you replace the air filter, you’ll be ridding the air in your home of must and dirt. This poor air quality can really cause trouble for those who are elderly or have asthma.  Changing the filter will keep your unit from being overworked and keep it from breaking down. You can’t expect a long life for your unit if you don’t clean or replace the filter when needed.

Call Christian Brothers

When you call Christian Brothers, you will receive an excellent tune up for your air conditioning unit and cooling system. The expert level technician will provide you with top notch customer service and ensure your unit is running efficiently.

As a Service Partner Plan member you’ll receive an annual tune up of your unit at no cost to you. We want to see your cooling unit last as long as it can and give you the most bang for your buck.

Have any questions? See our Service Area for services near you. We have a truck in your area! Call Christian Brothers today at (623) 499- 9794 or read our reviews to hear what customers like you have said about us.

 

 

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The Ultimate Guide To Heating Options For Your Home

The Ultimate Guide To Heating Options For Your Home

When faced with a decision, its always best for a homeowner to know their options. It seems like whether its choosing a stylish tile for your floor, deciding exactly where to put each piece of furniture, or selecting the correct heating system. Your choices matter greatly. This is why its always best to know every option. Even when it comes to your home heating. But, finalizing a decision without exploring every possible choice can leave you wondering if you made the correct one.

As a homeowner, feeling like your home heating choice isn’t up to par can lead to wasted money, lost time, and needless frustration. To make matters worse, finding the data necessary to make the right choice can cause a big headache. Not to mention knowing how to apply this data correctly to your situation is almost impossible. When it comes to knowing heating options, nobody wants to left out in the cold.

Christian Brothers wants every homeowner to know exactly what their options are with heating systems. We know how valuable information can be when it is accurate and easy enough to understand. This is why we’ve put together the ultimate basic guide describing each heating option for your home:

Fireplaces

We’ll start with the basics. Great for decoration and overall comfort, a fireplace fits any home perfectly. However, due to modern technological upgrading, fireplaces are not recommended as a primary heat source. Although great for a family gatherings, you may want a more convenient source of warmth for your home.

Space Heaters

Electric space heaters are very convenient and easy to use. They move easily around the house due to their small size and light weight. Furthermore, they heat a small area very quickly to provide maximum comfort.

Being quartz infrared or oil filled most of the time, these heaters deliver heat converted by electricity. This may sound great, but it comes with a steep price. Space heaters are cheap to buy initially, but your electric bill will skyrocket if they are used too much.

If you were to use a 1,500 watt electric heater for an hour, your electricity cost would go up in cents by 50%. This isn’t the only reason why space heaters aren’t a valid recommendation. They can be a worrisome fire threat as well. Plus, they don’t heat the entire home. They only provide small areas with heat.

Boilers

Operating as both air and water heaters, boilers distribute heat by circulating warm water through radiators and other devices. These radiators are typically located in bedrooms and offices. When the water circulating into these devices eventually cools down, it streams into the boiler again. This reheating process ensures your boiler is running at top efficiency. Similarly to other types of heaters, a boilers heat source is usually natural gas or oil based heat.

Boilers are perfect if you choose to have radiant floor heating. If you have a steam boiler, the process is a tad different. This boiler creates steam which is carried into the home through ducts and vents. This type of boiler isn’t used very commonly any more due to the more convenient options of heating that are becoming more popular.

Regular boiler heating systems come with their own set of pros and cons. They are typically easier to install if you’re looking to put “zone” thermostats in your home. With zone thermostats, you’re able to control the temperature of a single room. This can be useful when it comes to managing the heat production in your home. However, the cost of boilers is substantially more than most other heat sources.

Heat Pumps

Normally described as a two way air conditioner, heat pumps can provide coolness to your home in the summer as well as heat for you in the winter. They do this by simply removing hot air from the home. Thanks to an electric device attached to the mechanism that ejects improper temperature air outside, this system is ideal if you want an option that works relatively similarly to central air. When it comes to heat pumps, you have a couple of different options.

The first option is an air source based heat pump. This option operates much like the previous paragraph explained. Cold air is taken from outside the home, charged by an electrical component, and pushed into the home. In the summer, warm air is removed from the home. The installation process for this is relatively similar to that of central air.

The other option is purchasing a geothermal heat pump. Geothermal heat pumps work by taking heat from underground and converting it into warm air. The expenses that come from installing and maintaining geothermal heat pumps are very high. Due to the high expenses, this heat pump is not a great recommendation.

Furnaces

Central heat furnaces heat most of the homes in the United States, and for a good reason. They are the number one recommendation for most homes because of their “forced warm air distribution system”. Their high recommendation also comes from their growing technological efficiency over the past thirty years. Furnaces create warm air by mixing it with burning oil. Pushing the air through the vents and ducts of the ventilation system, they are able to heat every part of the house.  A fan propels the warm air from one part of the house to the other.

A furnace can also be completely controlled with the help of a thermostat, making them even more convenient than fireplaces, heat pumps, or electric heaters. Furnace efficiency can also be measured more accurately using the AFUE measurement. The higher the percentage calculated, the better efficiency at which the furnace runs. Furnaces are a number one recommendation when it comes to heating.

Call Us

If you have any questions regarding heating, electricity bills, or HVAC systems, give us a call! We can set you up with an HVAC technician who specializes in air conditiong, heating, and customer service. You can reach us at (623) 499- 9794.

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Summer Savings For Your Air Conditioning

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Summer Savings For Your Air Conditioning With Christian Brothers HVAC

Are you looking for the answer on how to heat or cool Arizona home with a ductless heat pump or a ductless air conditioner? You are on the right site. Ductless units can be the only source of heating or cooling in the house or co-exist and nicely compliment a central air or forced air systems in the same building.

It’s hot out there Phoenix! Be sure to get your AC unit double-checked, before it gets any hotter. There are many things you can do now to prevent discomfort for your family in the Arizona heat. Call Christian Brothers at (623) 201-5066 for service.

Up until recently, ductless air conditioners have not been very popular in Arizona and for good reason. A window air conditioner, while noisy, could be bought for only a few of hundred dollars. It was hard to justify spending several thousands more on a ductless unit, and then use it only a couple of weeks a year during short AZ summer. The situation has changed with the arrival of high efficient ductless heat pumps.

There are several strong factors favoring acceptance of ductless heat pumps:

A heat pump essentially is a traditional air conditioner. It means that the infrastructure – manufacturers, distributors, contractors – is here.

A heat pump can be used all year around for both heating and cooling. That’s instead of a couple of weeks only for air conditioning, you might need AC Repairs.

Heat pump efficiency is 300% compared to traditional electric heat.

Ductless units are able to supply heat and cool to selected spots only and saving on the rest. This is compared to central air (forced air) systems wasting energy on the entire house. Think of intelligent vs. bruteforce ways of heating and cooling.

This same ability to take care of selected spots makes ductless heat pumps a nice addition to the central air in the house.

Here are a few examples – an addition to your house; rooms upstairs are always hot and cold at a wrong time of the year.

Ductless heat pump price came down significantly in the last couple of years. These days they cost only a couple of hundred dollars more than comparable air conditioner.

Your price of energy goes up. Ductless heat pumps are really “hot” in Arizona. Do you need Air Conditioning Repair in Phoenix?

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Clean HVAC System Breath of Fresh Air for Allergy Sufferers

Clean HVAC System Breath of Fresh Air for Allergy Sufferers

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Clean HVAC system breath of fresh air for allergy sufferers

If allergy season has you sneezing and sniffling, you might believe you’re better protected inside your house than outside in the fresh air. Think again. In a typical six-room house, everyday living creates up to 40 pounds of dust every year, according to NADCA: The HVAC Inspection, Maintenance and Restoration Association. What’s more, your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system pulls in a sizable amount of contaminants, and may re-circulate those irritants five to seven times a day.

Your heating and cooling system can be considered the heart and lungs of your home, taking in air and breathing it out. Generally, the cleaner the lungs, the cleaner the air in your home – and the fewer allergy triggers circulating in the air. While dirty ducts don’t necessarily mean unhealthy air heating in your home, they may be contributing to larger health issues or harboring contaminants that could cause serious problems for people with respiratory health conditions or some environmental allergies. That’s why it’s important to get a quality HVAC cleaning done on a regular basis.

By having your HVAC system cleaned by a professional like Christian Brothers could actually save you money in the long run. That’s because contaminants in your home’s heating and cooling system cause it to work harder and shorten the life of your system. Even though you use filters, the HVAC system still gets dirty through normal use. When the system is clean, however, it doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain the temperature you want, and will use less energy – saving you money.

Once you’ve decided to have your HVAC system cleaned, how do you choose a professional?

• Look for a company that’s certified by NADCA to perform HVAC system cleaning and is a member in good standing of NADCA. The organization has a list of member companies; visit www.nadca.com. NADCA members carry general liability insurance, have at least one person on staff trained and certified as an Air Systems Cleaning Specialist, and clean and restore heating and cooling systems following the organization’s guidelines.

• Ask a contractor to inspect your system and give you time estimates for their work. This will give you a general idea of how long the job should take.

• Not every house needs an HVAC cleaning. A quality company will do a visual inspection first and recommend a complete cleaning only if necessary. The professional should be able to point out debris buildup that is visible to the human eye, such as by removing a floor register and taking a picture with a digital camera.

• Has the company been in business long enough to have adequate experience? Ask if the company has done work in homes similar to yours. Get and check references.

• Ask for proof that the company is properly licensed and adequately insured.

• The company may use one of two main types of vacuum collection systems – either one mounted on a truck or a portable unit. All vacuum units should be attached to collection devices for safe containment prior to disposal. Any device that exhausts indoors must be HEPA filtered.

• A vacuum collection device alone won’t get your HVAC system clean. The professional should also use tools designed to actually clean debris off the components, such as brushes.

• Run through a checklist of what needs to be done with the professional before and after the job, to ensure it’s done properly. You can find a thorough checklist at www.nadca.com.

Keeping allergies at bay can be a multi-faceted job. But having clean air ducts in your home will go a long way toward everyone breathing more easily.

Air conditioning, Plumbing, Electrical repair since 1976 in Phoenix, AZ.


Importance Of Annually Flushing Your Water Heater

Importance Of Annually Flushing Your Water Heater

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Wаtеr Hеаtеrѕ аrе оnе оf thе mоѕt uniquе аnd nесеѕѕаrу hоuѕеhоld аррliаnсеѕ thаt ѕuррlу оur еntirе wаrm wаtеr nееdѕ, еithеr fоr bаthing оr сооking. Hоwеvеr, thеrе аrе соmmоn iѕѕuеѕ оr рrоblеmѕ wе аll muѕt hаvе еnсоuntеrеd аѕ a hоmе оwnеr uѕing thiѕ uniquе аррliаnсе. Sоmеtimеѕ thеrе might bе a lеаk, nоt еnоugh оr nо hоt wаtеr. Mоrеоvеr, in thiѕ аrtiсlе wе, will bе diѕсuѕѕing ѕоmе оf thе imроrtаnсе оf аnnuаllу fluѕhing уоur wаtеr hеаtеr in оrdеr tо аvоid аll of these iѕѕuеѕ.

It is recommended to flush your water heater once per year.

Annuаllу fluѕhing уоur wаtеr hеаtеr iѕ a vеrу gооd idеа. Mоѕt оf uѕ аrе аlwауѕ in thе hаbit оf fоrgеtting аbоut оur рlumbing whеn it’ѕ wоrking реrfесtlу wеll. Thеn, whеn it’ѕ nоt wоrking wеll wе раniс аnd оftеn ѕреnd a hugе аmоunt оf mоnеу оn rераirѕ thаt соuld hаvе bееn аvоidеd if оnlу wе hаd tаkеn thе timе tо dо thе ѕimрlеѕt раrt оf mаintаining thеm (Annuаl Water Heater Fluѕhing).

Whеn wаtеr iѕ hеаtеd, thе саlсium саrbоnаtе рrеѕеnt in it gеtѕ рrесiрitаtеd аnd thеn ѕеttlеѕ dоwn. Whеn thiѕ hарреnѕ inѕidе уоur hоt wаtеr hеаtеr, it lеаdѕ tо a builduр оf ѕеdimеntѕ inѕidе thе wаtеr tаnk.

Thiѕ Sеdimеnt builduр iѕ a vеrу ѕlоw рrосеѕѕ, but if уоu livе in аn аrеа whеrе thе wаtеr iѕ vеrу hаrd, уоur wаtеr hеаtеr саn gеt fillеd uр rеаllу fаѕt. If уоur hеаtеr iѕ аll fillеd uр with ѕеdimеnt, уоu might nоt gеt ѕuffiсiеnt hоt wаtеr flоw оr it might nоt bе аt thе dеѕirеd tеmреrаturе. Thе bеѕt аnd mоѕt реrfесt wау tо аvоid thiѕ рrоblеm iѕ tо аnnuаllу fluѕh уоur wаtеr hеаtеr.

Thеrе аrе mаnу оthеr bеnеfitѕ оf fluѕhing уоur wаtеr hеаtеr аnnuаllу, аnd thеу inсludе;

  • Importance of fluѕhing уоu wаtеr hеаtеr аnnuаllу inсrеаѕеѕ уоur wаtеr heat рumр lifе аѕ lоts оf соntаminаtiоn аrе rеmоvеd frоm thе wаtеr.
  • It еnhаnсеѕ thе Hеаting аbilitу оf уоur hеаtеr аѕ аll сооlеr раtсhеѕ аrе rеmоvеd
  • It imрrоvеѕ thе ѕуѕtеm еffiсiеnсу оf уоur wаtеr hеаtеr.
  • It аlѕо inсrеаѕеѕ thе hеаt реrfоrmаnсе оf уоur hеаtеr.
  • Lаѕtlу, fluѕhing уоur wаtеr hеаtеr dесrеаѕеѕ оr rеduсеѕ intеrnаl соrrоding.

Yоur wаtеr hеаtеr соuld wеаr аwау intеrnаllу, whеn аir iѕ inѕidе thе ѕуѕtеm, рrоduсing irоn ѕludgе ѕеdimеntѕ in rаdiаtоrѕ аnd оthеr раrtѕ. Thеѕе frаgmеntѕ аttасh tо аll соvеringѕ, lеаding tо еаrlу fаilurе оf рumрѕ аnd vаlvеѕ, сооl ѕроtѕ, оbѕtruсtеd hеаt еxсhаngеrѕ аnd hоt wаtеr соilѕ. Annuаllу fluѕhing wаtеr hеаtеr ѕуѕtеm iѕ thе ѕоlutiоn fоr lоng tеrm рrоtесtiоn.

Yоu саn ѕеt uр a Pоwеr Fluѕh mасhinе ѕо wаtеr will роur frоm thе rаdiаtоrѕ tо thе filtеr, gаthеring аll thе irоn ѕludgе dероѕitѕ, ѕооn аftеr аrriving аt thе bоilеr tо minimizе rеmаinѕ gоing intо thе bоilеr hеаt еxсhаngеr. Cоrrоѕiоn rеmоvеr сhеmiсаl, whiсh iѕ uѕuаllу рhоѕрhоriс асid bаѕе, саn аlѕо bе аddеd tо еnѕurе dеер сlеаnѕing оf уоur wаtеr hеаtеr.

Cоnсluѕiоn

In соnсluѕiоn, wаtеr hеаtеrѕ аrе mесhаniсаl аѕ wеll аѕ еlесtriсаl dеviсеѕ аnd аll dеviсеѕ саn dеvеlор рrоblеmѕ оvеr timе. Thiѕ dоеѕ nоt mеаn уоu ѕhоuld rерlасе thеm immеdiаtеlу thеу dеvеlореd fаult. Mоѕt timеѕ, thеѕе iѕѕuеѕ саn аlwауѕ bе rеѕоlvеd bу tаking minоr рrесаutiоnѕ. It оnlу rеquirеѕ iѕ a bit оf саrе аnd undеrѕtаnding.

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Have You Noticed Your Glendale Heater Blowing Out Cold Air?

Why Your Heater Is Blowing Cold Air

Heating can be taken for granted until something goes wrong. In many cases, it can be on an extremely chilly day causing a little panic as to what to do.

Perhaps the most scariest situation is when your HVAC System seems to be working fine, but only cold air is coming out.

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Is your heater blowing cold air?

Regardless if the fix is easy or more complex, HVAC Professionals are well-versed in diagnosing and fixing the problem. Even though Furnaces are designed to be resilient, it is important to schedule annual maintenance for those systems. Doing so will help prevent those slowly developing problems from becoming emergency repairs.

Every Furnace is typically made of four components: The Fuel System, Burners, Fans and Ductwork .In order for your Heater to function properly, all components need to be working.

In the case of Heat Pumps, the air circulated is slightly lower than body temperature, and many think the heating coming from the Ductwork is not working, when in fact it is. However, there are times when Heat Pumps and other kinds of Heaters really are blowing out cold air. Here are the three main reasons why:

1. Faulty Controls/Thermostat

Sometimes the reason for cool air is as simple as a thermostat turned to the cool setting, or in many cases, the batteries are not working on a digital thermostat. This is one of the first things an HVAC Professional will check.

Newer HVAC Systems rely on computer automation, and like a Personal Computer, a glitch can occur which may cause the system to lock. The reasons for this kind of malfunction are numerous, ranging from dirt to power surges, but the overreaching problem is something caused the limiters to shut off.

A Furnace may appear to be functioning, but the automation is not allowing fuel delivery. As a result, the fan is only blowing cold air through the Ductwork.

This is a common problem HVAC Professionals find and they are capable of determining if there is a component that needs to be replaced or if the existing hardware can be fixed.

2. Damaged Ductwork/Clogged Filters

This problem has the tendency to develop slowly. In other words, the air coming from your Glendale home Furnace may feel cooler than normal, but progresses over time to a point where service is required.

Additionally, this problem can be costly from an energy perspective because an HVAC System has to work harder in an attempt to get temperatures to desired levels. Over an extended period of time, the life cycle of a Heater may be shortened.

As a filter becomes clogged, the harder it becomes to get warm air to push through for proper Heating. In addition to the thermostat, checking the Furnace Filter is one of the first things an HVAC Professional will do to diagnose why the Furnace is blowing out cold air.

What may be more insidious are problems with the Ductwork. The Heating System can be fine on all fronts, but could still blow out cool air throughout, or possibly create hot or cold zones in a building.

This is all contingent on where holes or unhinged Ductwork lies. Depending on the nature of the problem, it could be slowly developing or an instant problem, and an HVAC Professional will carefully examine all of the venting framework to see where the problem lies.

Again, annual maintenance will catch these problems more often than not, but occasionally something else can cause a problem, such as construction or bumping into something, that will require immediate attention.

Glendale, AZ heater_repair_service3. Burners

With newer Gas Furnaces, a Burner replaces the old pilot flame. These work in the same manner as an incandescent light bulb filament. When the furnace is on, the burner will heat and glow orange, igniting the Fuel Source creating heat to be blown through the fan. In the case of Electric Furnaces, these elements create the same environment for the fan.

The problem could lie with a single igniter or a series of elements and replacement is specific to the kind of HVAC System used. Your HVAC Professional will not only find the right component for replacement, but is qualified to install it in a high voltage environment.

Regardless of the situation, HVAC Professionals can not only provide comfort but piece of mind when a Furnace is malfunctioning with guaranteed repair.

If your Heating System is blowing out cold air, not working the way you think it should, if your utility bills seem higher than normal, or it’s been over a year since you’ve had routine maintenance, you should schedule an appointment at your convenience. See Summer Savings For Your Air Conditioning.

For quality service and peace of mind in the Glendale, AZ area, call Christian Brothers Plumbing, Air Conditioning, and Electric today at (623) 201-5066..

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