Goettl Air Conditioning Las Vegas Blog : Archive for September, 2017

What Causes an AC to Short Cycle?

Monday, September 18th, 2017

AC-technician-workingThere are certain problems that you could ignore with your air conditioning system — though we want to make clear that no problem, no matter how minor you may think it is, should ever be ignored! If your air conditioner is making a strange sound but still running fine, for instance, you may be tempted to just let it continue working in that state (though we warn you that repairs will likely be only a short way down the road).

Other issues are impossible for even the most stubborn of us to ignore, though. For instance, if your air conditioner is short cycling, you are probably going to be contacting a professional technician right away. Hopefully, you won’t run into this issue, as it can be quite disruptive, but the good news is that there may not be a very serious problem at the root of the situation. The fact that there could be, however, does necessitate prompt and professional air conditioning repairs in Henderson, NV.

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By Ken Goodrich as featured in The Arizona Republic 8/26/2017

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Why is the cost to recharge your AC unit going up?

By 2020, Arizona air-conditioning users will be forced to find new sources of refrigerant to recharge their systems as R22, a popular Freon now in use, will be phased out by order of the Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA believes R22 harms the ozone layer and its use will be banned forever in January 2020. There are other types of less harmful refrigerants that will replace R22, but homeowners today need to make informed decisions when servicing and replacing their AC units.

Here are some common questions:

I keep hearing about R22. What is it and how does it impact air-conditioning in my home? R22 is a type of Freon refrigerant that helps your air conditioning produce cool air. The EPA has determined R22 harms the ozone layer and has ordered it to be phased out of use by 2020. Once this happens, R22 will no longer be produced or imported and will be replaced with R-410A. Air-conditioning manufacturers stopped production of R22-charged systems in 2010.

Why is the EPA phasing out R22? Hydrochlorofluorocarbons, or HCFCs, are chemicals that are mainly used as refrigerants. Unfortunately, the EPA has found the releases of HCFCs can deplete the Earth’s protective ozone layer and contribute to climate change.

What should I do? Do I need to replace my AC unit? No, you don’t have to replace your AC system at this time. You can continue to use R22 in existing systems, however, it will be available only from older systems that have been recycled, reclaimed or recovered. Lower supply of R22 is already resulting in much higher costs to recharge AC systems, and there will be no guarantee that R22 will be available in the future. In fact, R22 costs 10 times what it did five years ago. According to the EPA, “as a homeowner, you need to consider and balance several key factors in your decision to purchase a new unit, such as energy efficiency, performance, reliability, cost and the refrigerant used.”

Should I buy a new unit now or wait until 2020? It really depends. You’ll need to balance the age of your system with cost benefits realized from new systems. New, energy-efficient air-conditioners save on energy costs. Even if your air conditioner is less than 10 years old, you may save significantly on your energy costs by replacing it with a newer, more efficient model, according to the EPA.

How do I know what kind of AC unit I should consider buying? A central air-conditioner that has earned the ENERGY STAR label is at least 14 percent more efficient and will save you money. Ken Goodrich is owner and CEO of Goettl Air Conditioning.

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Air Conditioning Repairs: 3 Warning Signs

Monday, September 4th, 2017

service-timeWhen you need air conditioning repairs in Henderson, NV, you have to act fast. Even if the system is not on the verge of breaking down, any problems with your AC are going to have negative ramifications. And, even if the system doesn’t seem on the verge of a breakdown, a breakdown is a very real possibility if you let the problem progress to that point. But if you don’t want to wait for your AC to break down before repairing it, then you need to learn how to spot the signs that your system is in trouble early on.

That is what we are going to focus on in today’s blog post. We have a few examples of some of the more common and telling signs that your air conditioner is struggling. We strongly suggest that you contact us the moment that you begin to notice any such issues developing with your home cooling system. When you live in a climate like ours, taking the initiative to keep your air conditioner in the best working condition possible is hugely beneficial.

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