Heating Repair Problems For North Tempe Homes
Heating Problems and Repair Solutions For Heat Pumps and Furnaces For South Tempe Homes
From the insulation, to the number of returns in the home, these things all cause Tempe homeowners to have high energy bills and uncomfortable rooms. About half of the homes south of the US60 Highway were insulated with fiberglass batts. (Learn why we think fiberglass batts in Arizona should be outlawed here.) In these Tempe homes your heating and air conditioner is likely working twice as hard as it should be just because the insulation was installed incorrectly.
A more common HVAC contractor mistake that more than 90% of the homes in south Tempe suffer from is what we call the "flex duct flaw". Do you have one room that just doesn’t stay the same temperature as the rest of the house, or gets hot in the summer and cold in the winter? Does that room happen to be the room that’s furthest away from the air handler in the attic? When HVAC companies started switching from all sheet metal ductwork to using flex duct in the 1980’s and 1990’s, it meant that heating and air conditioning installers needed much less still to install, so labor became cheaper and jobs were completed much faster than before, which was good for the HVAC contractors.
The flip side of installing flex ductwork in homes is that it is so easy to install, almost anyone can do it, so the best practices for airflow and air balancing became non-existent. If you go up in your attic you are likely to find at least 4-5 wye branches where the flex duct reduces in size and splits. Every wye branch adds an equivalent length of 15 extra feet of ductwork your heating and air conditioner needs to deal with. If your unit is already stressed from low insulation and leaky ductwork, having another 60 feet of ductwork in the attic can spell a recipe for a shortened heating and air conditioner life and high energy bills.
Tempe Heating Repair Contractors Won’t Talk About These Permanent Solutions
Do you know it’s rare for a heating contractor in Tempe to go into the attic at all during a maintenance inspection, heater tune up, or a heating service call? Heating contractors need to focus more on the whole-home and less on the bells and whistles of heating systems like UV lights and washable filters (the scams of the HVAC industry). If the ductwork was sealed like it should be, homes wouldn’t be half as dusty and the need for a UV light would completely go away!
Symptoms of a Broken Heater in Tempe
- Your heater is blowing cold air
- Your heater or fan never shuts off and runs constantly
- The heater never turns on
- The heater runs for 5 seconds then shuts off
- The thermostat doesn’t turn on
All these heating problems are likely caused not from the age of the system or its components, but something outside of the unit itself.
What Causes Heater Problems Around Tempe Homes?
- Ductwork leaks. A return duct leaking 15% of its air in the middle of the summer will cause a 5 ton heating and cooling system to operate as a 2.5 ton system. The #1 reason why air conditioning components fail is because the system is overworked during the hot Arizona summers, not because the heating and cooling systems are undersized. For Tempe homes, there was no code for ductwork sealing when the homes were built, and after 20 hot summers, any tape that was used around the ducts has lost its effectiveness. Leaky ductwork wastes our hard earned money because every time the heater or air conditioner turns on, 15% of that is lost into the attic through ductwork leaks. If you could gain an extra 15% of airflow into your home, it would be very noticeable, and it all starts by sealing up the ductwork. SRP estimates homeowners can save $200 a year by sealing leaky ductwork.
- Undersized ductwork. Have you ever seen a child try to breathe through one straw? They get starved for air pretty quickly and that’s exactly what’s happening to your heating and air conditioning system when the ductwork is undersized. In Tempe homes were built with round rigid ductwork has was too small for the existing HVAC system. Next time your heater turns on, listen to see if your return sounds very loud, it’s likely from an undersized return.
- Low insulation. Insulation on a heating and air conditioning repair post? Yes, your home’s insulation is very important in keeping the warm air in the winter time and cool conditioned air in during the hot Arizona summers. If your attic has too little, your heating and cooling system will be constantly running and short cycling on and off, overworking your system. In Arizona, the DOE Energy Star recommends R38 level of insulation in the attic. Most homes have been under insulated unless you were a part of the City of Tempe noise reduction program. To add insult to injury, most Tempe homes in 85281 and 85282 zip codes are grossly under insulated (insulation code was less than 6” in 1960).
- Capacitors that go bad, overworked fan motors and bad mechanical components. All of these home performance defects cause the heating and cooling system to constantly overwork itself, putting stress on the mechanical components. The first components to go out are the capacitors and fan motors and then overtime, the compressor. Gain a few more years on your heating and air conditioning system by fixing the home performance defects and you’ll have a comfortable, energy efficient and long lasting heating and cooling system for many years.
What causes the most heating problems in Tempe homes?
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