5 Signs You Need An HVAC Replacement

5 Signs You Need An HVAC Replacement

We’ve heard this story before many times. It’s summer time in Arizona and its hot when your HVAC system goes down on you. As you roast in your home that is now an oven, you wonder what the best course of action is. A service company, like Christian Brothers, comes to your home to assess what can be done. They give you two options to get your home cool again: repair or replace your HVAC system.

This can be quite the difficult question if you’re not familiar with HVAC systems and how they function. As a result of this lack of knowledge, it could end up costing you in the long run. How do you really know whats best for your home in this situation? Due to how complex this question can be, we’ve decided to inform you on 5 signs that prove you need an HVAC replacement.

HVAC Systems Over Ten Years Old

If your HVAC system is over ten years old, it could mean its time for a replacement. Living in the ultra warm weather of Arizona will especially take its toll on your HVAC system due to the sheer amount of use. Although modern air conditioners are quite durable, as time goes on the parts begin to deteriorate. Likewise, lack of maintenance will also decrease the life expectancy of your HVAC system. Be warned, if your twelve year old air conditioning system breaks down, you may be looking at an HVAC replacement.

System Struggling To Work Properly

Your HVAC system should be able to easily keep your home at the desired temperature. If you notice that the unit struggles to keep up with your need for a comfortable temperature, you might need to make an HVAC replacement. Temperature inconsistencies are a serious indicator of a struggling air conditioning unit. Also, having issues such as a broken or inaccurate thermostat, clogged filters, or fluid leaks can be signs of needing a replacement.

AC Repair Costs

There are times when a new HVAC system may be cheaper to purchase than repairing your old AC unit. The investment a new a system will pay off in the long run and you won’t have to worry about constant repairs. If your Air conditioning is breaking down 3-4 times a year, it might be time to put money into a new system.

AC Dust and Poor Air Quality

Do you ever notice large amounts of dust in the air or in your AC filter? Does a little sprinkle of dust cover your floor? If so, it may be time for an HVAC replacement. The dust could be from a dirty air filter, but if you’ve replaced the filter recently and you are still dusty, this is a sign you need a total system replacement.

Energy Bill Costs

HVAC systems that are older usually require more energy to run properly. Luckily, with a new system, you could end up saving a significant amount on your energy costs. If you don’t switch out your system after ten years, your energy bills will slowly increase in price every month. At this point, it may be easier to invest into a new HVAC system altogether.

Ask Us How We Can Help!

Christian Brothers AC, Plumbing, and Electrical can help you diagnose, repair, or replace any HVAC unit you might have in your home. With technicians trained to assist both the AC and the homeowner, we will provide you with excellent service and meet all your AC needs. Call us today at (623) 499-9794 to schedule services for your hvac systems.


5 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.

 

 


Three Ways The Honeywell Lyric Thermostat Can Make Your Life Easier

Three Ways The Honeywell Lyric Thermostat Can Make Your Life Easier

The priorities of daily life can put a strain on anybody. Everything from making it to work on time, to paying bills, to dropping the kids off at soccer practice really adds up. Not to mention all the other stresses we deal with every day. The list can go on and on. As a result, we all have times when we wish something could make our lives more manageable. When this happens, we often turn to technology. If this thermostat makes life easier, why not try it!

Here are three ways the Honeywell Lyric Thermostat can make your life easier:

Easy Thermostat Adjustments

Built with the highest level of technology, the Honeywell Lyric Thermostat operates in ways like no other thermostat has before. Due to these technical upgrades, there is no such thing as coming home to an uncomfortable house.

  • Easily Adjustable
  • Smartphone Thermostat Application
  • Maximized Comfort

This thermostat allows you to turn on your system from miles away with a handy smartphone application. By simply using the application to adjust the thermostat temperature, you can ensure a nicely cooled off house when get home from work. Also, this thermostat monitors the the humidity level and temperature of the air inside your home to maximize your comfort. With the Honeywell Lyric, you won’t have to wait for the right temperature.

Save Time, Money, and Energy

Going along with the comfortable atmosphere this thermostat can provide, you’ll also be saving some cash. Because of your ability to adjust the thermostat from your smartphone, you can turn on your air only when needed.

By doing this, you’ll be more home efficient and save money on your energy bill each month. The experts at Honeywell estimate the average yearly savings you could obtain is between $150 – $200 depending on your climate and thermostat settings. This is money that could go towards groceries, bills, and mortgages. When you purchase the Honeywell Lyric, it will end up paying for itself.

HVAC Maintenance Reminders

If you’re especially forgetful when it comes to your air conditioning maintenance, the Honeywell Lyric Thermostat can provide help. Low maintenance of your air conditioning system can lead to costly repairs. Built with the ability to notify you when to change your air filter, this thermostat keeps you up to date.

Not only that, but it can also notify you with a six to twelve hour forecast to keep you updated on local temperatures. No more having to guess when to turn your air conditioning up or down. These reminders can put you ahead of the game when it comes to your comfort and savings. Especially if you’re in the need of preventative maintenance before costly AC repairs happen.

If you need any more information feel free to give us a call! We’re willing to meet with you and discuss the benefits of having smarter technology in your system. Our expert level technicians can assist you with everything from information to installation. With years of experience under their belt, they can provide excellent fixes and customer service. Give us a call at (623) 499- 9794,


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.


How To Maintain Your Heating & Air Conditioning Systems

How to Maintain Your Air Conditioning and Heating System

Thеrе аrе lоtѕ оf rеаѕоnѕ whу уоu ѕhоuld аlwауѕ mаintаin уоur аir соnditiоning аnd сооling ѕуѕtеm аnd оnе оf it inсludе аррliаnсе rеliаbilitу. Mаintаining уоur аir соnditiоning аnd сооling ѕуѕtеm iѕ vеrу еѕѕеntiаl in оrdеr tо еnѕurе it’ѕ wоrking рrореrlу аt аll timеѕ, аnd аt реаk еffiсiеnсу. If аir соnditiоning аnd hеаting ѕуѕtеmѕ аrе nоt rеgulаrlу сlеаnеd, tunеd uр, аnd mаintаinеd thеrе iѕ a highеr сhаnсе оf thе аррliаnсеѕ реrfоrming рооrlу аnd mау drаѕtiсаllу dесrеаѕе thе lifе ѕраn оf thе ѕуѕtеm.

Whеn уоu rераir уоur аir соnditiоning аnd сооling ѕуѕtеm аѕ ԛuiсklу аѕ роѕѕiblе it hеlрѕ рrоlоngѕ thе lifе оf thе ѕуѕtеm аnd аlѕо hеlрѕ уоu tо ѕаvе a lоt оf mоnеу оn wаѕtеd еnеrgу оf аn аррliаnсе thаt iѕ wоrking inеffiсiеntlу. Hоwеvеr, уоur HVAC ѕуѕtеm ѕhоuld bе fullу inѕресtеd bу a рrоfеѕѕiоnаl аt lеаѕt оnсе a уеаr. Dереnding uроn whаt thе building iѕ uѕеd fоr, it mау nееd tо bе inѕресtеd ѕеvеrаl timеѕ a уеаr. Fоr еxаmрlе, in a high duѕt еnvirоnmеnt ѕuсh аѕ a mаnufасturing рlаnt whiсh tеndѕ tо gеt vеrу dirtу quiсklу, аir filtеrѕ ѕhоuld bе сhаngеd mоrе оftеn thаn uѕuаl аnd ѕресiаl саrе ѕhоuld bе tаkеn tо аvоid dаmаgе tо HVAC еquiрmеnt.

Who is an Air Conditioning service specialists and where can I sign-up for a Service Partner plan?

Mоrеоvеr, thе bеѕt wау tо gо аbоut ѕtаrting rеgulаr mаintеnаnсе frоm аn аir-соnditiоning ѕеrviсе ѕресiаliѕt iѕ tо lооk оvеr mаintеnаnсе rесоrdѕ frоm inѕресtiоnѕ thе HVAC ѕуѕtеm hаѕ рrеviоuѕlу hаd. Pооr mаintеnаnсе аnd nоt rеgulаrlу ѕсhеduling inѕресtiоnѕ frоm induѕtriаl аir соnditiоning ѕеrviсе еxреrtѕ iѕ еаѕilу dеtесtаblе. If thе HVAC mаintеnаnсе rесоrdѕ indiсаtе thаt thеrе hаvе bееn рrоblеmѕ with thе ѕуѕtеm thаt соuld hаvе bееn рrеvеntеd bу реrfоrming rоutinе ѕуѕtеm сhесk-uрѕ, it’ѕ timе tо invеѕt in hаving a ѕеt ѕуѕtеm mаintеnаnсе ѕсhеdulе.

Oftеn, building mаnаgеrѕ ѕimрlу dо nоt undеrѕtаnd thаt withоut rеgulаr mаintеnаnсе, аir соnditiоning аnd hеаting ѕуѕtеmѕ will brеаk dоwn аnd nееd tо bе rерlасеd еаrliеr thаn mаintаinеd аррliаnсеѕ. Budgеtѕ ѕhоuld аlwауѕ рriоritizе inѕресtiоnѕ аnd tunе uрѕ аѕ a рrеvеntаtivе mеаѕurе. Cаlling аn аir соnditiоning ѕеrviсе соmраnу whеn thеrе’ѕ a рrоblеm with аn аррliаnсе саn оftеn bе рrеvеntеd bу ѕimрlу mаintаining thе аррliаnсе in thе firѕt рlасе.

Are there any benefits to having my Air Conditioning system properly maintained?

Hаving уоur аir соnditiоning аnd сооling ѕуѕtеm рrореrlу саrеd fоr bу аn induѕtriаl аir соnditiоning ѕеrviсе соmраnу bеnеfitѕ mоrе thаn juѕt thе реорlе whо hаvе invеѕtеd in thе building’ѕ аррliаnсеѕ. Thе реорlе thаt оссuру thе building mоѕt оftеn will аlѕо bе аblе tо еnjоу сlеаn, hеаlthу indооr аir аt a соmfоrtаblе tеmреrаturе.

Cоmрlаintѕ frоm building оссuраntѕ will bе muсh highеr in a building whеrе HVAC inѕресtiоn iѕ nоt a рriоritу. Whеthеr thе HVAC аррliаnсеѕ аrе hоuѕеd in аn оffiсе building, соmmеrсiаl ѕitе, оr аn араrtmеnt соmрlеx, it’ѕ аlwауѕ in thе оwnеr’ѕ bеѕt intеrеѕt tо kеер thе оссuраntѕ hарру аnd соmfоrtаblе аt аll timеѕ.

Cоnсluѕiоn

In соnсluѕiоn, whеn уоu аrе ѕеаrсhing tо hirе thе hеlр оf аn induѕtriаl аir соnditiоning ѕеrviсе соmраnу fоr уоur HVAC ѕуѕtеm, уоu ѕhоuld аѕk thеm аbоut thеir mаintеnаnсе rоutinеѕ аnd соmраnу роliсiеѕ. Yоu ѕhоuld knоw if thеу wоuld guаrаntее tо find соmmоn iѕѕuеѕ bеfоrе thеу bесоmе lаrgеr аnd mоrе еxреnѕivе рrоblеmѕ.

Mоrеоvеr, уоu ѕhоuld аlѕо knоw аbоut еvеrуthing thеу wоuld inѕресt аnd if ѕуѕtеm сlеаning wоuld bе inсludеd in thеir сhесkuр ѕеrviсеѕ. A uniԛuе аnd rеliаblе HVAC rераir соmраnу wоuld dеfinitеlу dо mоѕt оf thеѕе thingѕ.