Are HVAC Maintenance Plans Worth It?

HVAC technician checking over an ac unit.HVAC systems, including furnaces, air conditioners, and heat pumps are a vital part of your home. They can control temperature and humidity while keeping you comfortable. But these systems usually require some regular tune-ups in order to keep them running smoothly and prevent expensive breakdowns. 

Many companies offer different types of HVAC preventive maintenance plans that are meant to mitigate that cost or at the very least, spread it out over a year. But are these plans worth the cost? We’ll answer a few questions you might have about HVAC maintenance plans that should be able to help you make your decision.

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How to Prepare Your AC Unit For Monsoon Season in Arizona 2019

A desert monsoon, also known as a haboob, coming in to a city. These bring high winds which stir up sand and debris.

Today we’re going to be looking at how to prepare your air conditioning unit for the upcoming monsoon weather.

Arizona has a defined season called the Arizona Monsoon.  The monsoons are also known as  haboobs (which comes from the Arabic word habb). This is a time where humidity levels increase. Weather conditions like wind storms, dust storms, and periods of heavy desert rains occur. This can be a dangerous time and it’s important to make sure you are well prepared. There are a few things you can do around your house to help protect your ac system. Let’s look at how to keep your system running strong through the monsoon season and longer.
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Five Signs That Your AC System Needs to be Replaced

An expert HVAC technician checking an AC unit to see if it needs to be replaced

Cranking up strong and reliable air conditioning systems is the best way to beat the summer heat, especially if you don’t have a pool or lake nearby where you can take a quick dip. As a result, it should come as no surprise that, in 2012, an estimated 87% of American homes used some form of AC. But, unfortunately, even the most dependable units do not last forever, even if homeowners invest in the necessary air conditioning services and upkeep. In the same way that your beloved old car isn’t going to run forever, at some point you’ll need an AC replacement. Thankfully, there are a handful of signs that let you know when it’s time.
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Should You Leave Your Air Conditioner on When You’re Not at Home?

If you’re like most homeowners, you dread summertime electricity bills. Air conditioning can drive up monthly costs by tens and even hundreds of dollars. While there is no way to get around using your air conditioner during the hot Arizona summer, there are ways to keep costs under control. One of those ways is to think strategically when it comes to when and how your use your air conditioner. This includes determining if it is more economical to keep your AC on or off while you’re away from home.

Should You Turn It Off?

Many homeowners wonder if it’s better to turn off their air conditioner while they’re at work all day. This is really a question of indoor climate control efficiency. Many believe that it is more economical to leave their air conditioner continuously on rather than jumpstart it upon returning home.

This is a myth that will be disproven by any experienced air conditioning professional. It’s a reality that leaving the air on all day results in a higher use of energy which can increase your monthly bill. The ongoing fluctuation to sustain a constant temperature is more taxing on an air conditioner than if you flipped on the system when you returned home. With more use, you’ll also decrease the lifespan of your air conditioning system. By turning your air conditioner off when you’re not home, you will see an immediate difference in your utility bill, as well as increase how long your system functions.

Other Cost-Saving Air Conditioner Tips

Along with turning off your system when you’re not home, there are other ways to reduce your energy consumption.

  • Lower your thermostat to 78 degrees when you are home.
  • Use screens to shade your windows.
  • Add more plants around your home.
  • Turn on your ceiling fans.
  • Limit use of your oven and burners.

It’s also important to maintain your air conditioning unit’s efficiency with ongoing maintenance and proactive repairs. At Simply the Best, we’re here to keep you cool throughout the summer with expert service across the greater Phoenix area.

When Is It Time to Call for Air Conditioner Service?

Temperatures are heating up in the Valley, and it’s time to turn on the air conditioner. If you’re already experiencing cooling issues, you may be wondering if you should call an air conditioner service provider. Before you schedule a service call, there are some quick fix tips that may help you diagnose and solve your own air condition problem.

Thermostat

At the start of the summer season, we always get a flurry of service calls that are related to improper thermostat settings. It’s important to switch your thermostat to “Cool” and “Auto” if you want it to start cooling your home or business. If you have a digital thermostat, you’ll also want to check the time/date/room setting. If you’re not able to reconfigure the settings, it may be a battery issue within your thermostat. By simply changing your batteries, you can save yourself the aggravation and headache of an air conditioner service call.

Air Filter

In the desert, dust and debris quickly collects in air filters. We recommend changing out disposable air filters at least once a month. This will help your system run more efficiently and can even save you money on your monthly utility bills.

Check Your Circuit Breaker

Is your system not turning on at all? Before you assume that your air conditioner has broken, it’s worthwhile to try resetting the power to the unit. Often an air conditioner can trip a circuit breaker. To make the fix, flip the breaker to the off position and then on again. If your circuit breaker isn’t clearly labeled, ask your service technician to help you.

The Outside System Isn’t Working

If your air conditioner system isn’t working at all, you don’t want to take chances with trying to fix the problem yourself or by calling for outside help.  Instead, call us! At Simply the Best we specialize in cooling and heating services, as well as indoor air quality. Call us today to schedule an appointment at 480.361.8458.