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Category: Heating pg. 2

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Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

Don’t get left in the cold! How to keep your heater in top shape

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015


With average low temperatures of around 39° predicted for the month of December in outlying Valley areas, you really don’t want to get left out in the cold! It is essential to keep your heater in top working condition, otherwise you could be looking at the need for a heat pump repair this winter. To prevent needing heat pump repair in Queen Creek AZ, as well as in Gilbert and Tempe, we suggest following this checklist throughout the year to keep your heater in operational shape. Following these steps will help avoid unnecessary worry and stress to you and your heating unit:

  1. Schedule regular maintenance calls

With John’s, you can join the club and save big with our maintenance program. As a member, you are given priority and will receive service ahead of non-members. Our Peak Performance Club extends the life of your equipment and guarantees savings in the long run.

  1. Change filters regularly

It goes without saying, but this simple tasks is often overlooked. If your system is cycling for longer periods of time in the summer and/or winter, make sure to keep track on your calendar every time you change out the filter.

  1. Invest in a programmable thermostat

This will allow you greater control over your air conditioning and heating system. If you are more technically inclined, you may want to look into a Wi-Fi enabled thermostat. These gadgets are the future in home automation and help you set a schedule that works for you and your home.

  1. Clear debris from the outdoor unit

This prevents a buildup of twigs and leaves, and dust from blocking the outdoor unit. It also stops unwanted pests from using these areas as breeding grounds.

  1. Ask for advice

All our staff are certified professionals and happy to advise you on getting the most out of your heating system. Our technicians are extremely knowledgeable, so the next time they stop by for a maintenance checkup, don’t be afraid to ask them any questions or have them address your concerns.

If you are noticing any strange noises and/or smells or the system is lagging, you may want to consider scheduling a service request sooner rather than later. We are your specialists for heat pump repair in Queen Creek, AZ and Valley wide.

How long should my heat pump run?

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015


Winter is officially here! The shorter days and longer nights mean our heat pump is probably getting as much use as it did during the summer, especially with the current cold spell we’ve been experiencing in Mesa, AZ. A lot of our customers frequently ask us, “How long should my heat pump run?”

The run time is determined by two things: (1) the set point and (2) the type of thermostat that you have in your home.

The set point

In the summer months, the unit will typically run more and when we have extreme temperatures, it may not even cycle off. We usually size our units to keep the temperature at 75° when it’s 108° outside. As long as the set point remains in place, the unit should operate efficiently.

The type of thermostat

Older thermostats used a temperature gap of 2°, which meant if the thermostat was set to 76°, it would turn on at 78° and off at 74°. The newer thermostats use just a .5° gap and tend to cycle more often than the older models.

If you are traveling this winter, we advise you to keep your heat pump on while you are away. Many homeowners are surprised to learn that you don’t save on utility bills when powering off the system, as the heat pump will need to work twice as hard when you turn it back on. This can be more costly and cause a strain on your HVAC unit. Instead, we recommend a set point of between 3 and 5 degrees higher than normal when you are heading out of town.

If you are also thinking about replacing your thermostat, consider looking into a Wi-Fi enabled option. This will maximize the amount of control you have on your heating system and it’s a cost effective way to save on energy while ensuring your home is at a comfortable, controlled temperature.

If you are unsure about the efficiency of your heat pump, give John’s Refrigeration a call. We’d be happy to answer your questions.

Why Is My Furnace Short Cycling?

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Cool weather has come to Mesa, AZ, and while that is a relative term out here, we still need our heaters to keep us warm during those chilly desert nights. That means you need to pay close attention to your system and act promptly when any problems arise. Otherwise, it could leave you without any heating just when you require it the most. Among the most common and problematic issues with your furnace is short cycling, where it turns off and on rapidly multiple times throughout the day, often without adequately heating your home. Why is your furnace short cycling and what can be done about it? Read on for the answers. (more…)

Heat Pump vs Furnace: What’s the Difference?

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015


In many cases, the decision to install a heat pump or a furnace is largely dependent on whether your house uses natural gas or electricity to heat the home. Although there are a variety of furnace models on the market that offer electric, gas, and propane options. Don’t just huddle under a blanket, stay warm with a heat pump or a furnace.

The furnace is one of the most common heating systems found in homes throughout the U.S. because of its reliability, efficiency, and durability. While the East Valley gets its share of cool days and nights during the winter months when the furnace will be operating, much of the country experiences a more seasonal climate. When it comes to deciding to install a furnace in your home, a number of factors come into play, including local utilities; is your neighborhood within the parameters of a gas line/service area? Other factors include the actual building structure of your home and how it’s configured. It’s important to know the differences and what each system offers so you can ask the right questions in order to help with a smooth installation.

At John’s, our technicians are certified and able to answer your questions every step of the way. We’ll make the initial calculations to help find the right size furnace to effectively heat your home. Once we have established what model to install in your home, we will begin the process. Then, 60 days after an installation is complete, we return for an inspection, as promised in our guarantee.

Heat pumps do an excellent job in more temperate climates, as they provide both heating and cooling in one convenient systemHeat pumps are one of the most efficient HVAC systems on the market, making them an attractive option to many homeowners looking to reduce energy usage and costs. A heat pump uses electricity to heat and cool your home and they are typically found in many homes in Arizona.

Installing or replacing a heat pump in your home is not a small decision. You will live with it for many years, so you want to be certain that it provides an efficient way to heat and cool your home. One of the most common causes of heat pump issues is poor installation. There are many different components involved to ensure the system runs like clockwork. At John’s, we go the extra mile and take a whole-house approach to make sure your heat pump operates efficiently with the ductwork and structure of your home.

It is our responsibility to provide 100 percent customer satisfaction and we proudly carry an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, so you know you’re in good hands when you call on John’s. We also offer a money-back guarantee on new installations and replacements. If you aren’t happy with the performance of the system we installed – or the service within the first year – you can call us to remove the unit free of charge.

If you still have questions about the differences of both the furnace and heat pump, contact John’s; we’re here 25 hours a day, 8 days a week and are happy to address any of your heating concerns.

Simple Signs of Heating Trouble

Monday, November 16th, 2015

As our heaters see more and more use in the latter part of the year, Mesa, AZ residents need to keep a careful eye out for signs of trouble. Heating problems have a way of sneaking up on you, and something that’s easy to fix now may cost you a pretty penny if you let it wait for a few weeks. A good maintenance session from a trained professional can help you spot signs of heating trouble, but you yourself can keep an eye on your heater as well, and call in a professional as soon as you detect anything out of the ordinary. What does “out of the ordinary” mean? We’ve provided a quick list below. (more…)

Tips to Winterproof Your Home | Heating Repair in Gilbert, AZ

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015


Investing time and effort now to winterproof your home will not only save you major headaches later, it will keep your costs down during the chillier months. You can keep the cool air out and warm air in and have your home operating more efficiently by implementing a few winterproofing steps. To prepare your home for the change of seasons, follow these top tips:

  1. Add Insulation

This can be as simple as adding some plastic coating to your windows. You’ll be able to pick up a window insulation kit at your local D.I.Y. store for just a few dollars and once installed correctly, you won’t even notice it’s on the windows. This acts as a buffer against draftsAccording to the U.S. Department of Energy, drafts can waste 5-30 percent of your energy use. It can also make a big difference to add some more insulation in your attic area and insulate your pipes, which means you’ll pay less for hot water.

  1. Tune-up your Heating System

A heating system is much like a car, as it needs regular maintenance checks to make sure it’s performing at its best. Keep your system clean by changing out the filter on a regular basis. This will also help you reduce heating costs. If you suspect that your system is clogged, call John’s; we specialize in heating repair in Gilbert, AZ and throughout the metro Phoenix area.

  1. Run Ceiling Fans in Reverse

Most Arizonans think a fan’s job is to help cool you down, when in fact, it has a dual function. A nifty trick is to run your fan in a clockwise direction in the winter. This simple click of a button can help cut heating costs by as much as 10 percent.

  1. Invest in a Programmable Thermostat

Thermostats are one of the most essential components of your entire HVAC system. They control not only when the system is turned on, but also the temperature in your home. Many of the modern thermostatscan be connected to our electronic devices and can be controlled via apps to ensure peace of mind. The majority of households fork out 50-70 percent of their energy budgets on the cooling and heating of the home. It doesn’t make sense to pay for heat when you have left your house for the day. If you are interested in discussing zone control with John’s, we can talk to you on this topic. We can help you control the temperature in the different zones of your home independently, as we specialize in zone control system installation services.

Call John’s today if you are interested in scheduling a comprehensive energy audit of your home or if your heating system is in need of a checkup. With 45 years of experience serving many of the communities in the Valley, we can help ensure that your home is ready in time for the winter months.

My Heat Pump is Smoking: What Do I Do?

Thursday, November 5th, 2015


If you think your heat pump is smoking, it’s probably not! Though it may appear that your heat pump is smoking, what you’re probably seeing is just steam.

To calm your fears that a house fire may be brewing, it helps to familiarize yourself with the “nuts and bolts” of the system. To start, knowing how the equipment works can help you rest easy and won’t have you jumping to call in the local fire department, unless it’s a real emergency!

My Heat Pump is Smoking Steaming

A heat pump defrosts much like your refrigerator. Condensation and cold air can cause the outer casing to develop a thin layer of frost. Fortunately, the heat pump has a defrost feature to keep frost from building up and creating larger problems.

During the defrost cycle, the heat pump warms up to melt off frost, which is then released as steam.Once the cycle is complete, the steam will clear and your heat pump will look normal.

Your heat pump shouldn’t need to defrost very often (especially in a mild Arizona winter). If you’re seeing the heat pump steam often, it might mean something more serious. To be sure, call John’s to schedule a heating inspection.Your heat pump works hard year round, heating and cooling your home. To keep your system working at its best, be sure to:

  • Check and change your air filters monthly. Dirty filters make your system work harder, causing extra wear and tear.
  • Have regular preventative maintenance done by a professional to fix small problems before they become big.

When you take the time to conduct basic care and schedule professional maintenance checks, your heat pump will run more efficiently and you can prevent more costly repairs.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your heat pump, call John’s to learn more.

How Does A Heat Pump Work?

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

These days, we’re all looking for ways to save money, especially on our utility bills. One smart way that home owners are finding for saving money is areversible air conditioner, which cools in the summer and heats in the winter with a heat pump. What is a heat pump? How does a heat pump work? The answers to these questions will help you decide whether a heat pump is right for your home.(more…)

Have a Zone Control System Installed Today!

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Fall is here, which means that now is an excellent time to make repairs and upgrades to your heating and air conditioning system. The hot weather of our Mesa, AZ summers is over, but things haven’t yet gotten so cold that you need your heating system running on a regular basis. If you’ve been thinking about fixing or improving your system, this is a perfect chance. (more…)

3 Reasons to Get Your HVAC System Serviced

Monday, October 19th, 2015

Maintenance sessions don’t always seem like a wise investment. After all, if your heating or air conditioning system isn’t broken, why spend unnecessary money on it? In point of fact, however, a good maintenance session may be the smartest money you ever spent on your HVAC system, and with fall finally here in Mesa, AZ, now is a good time to schedule one for both your heater and your air conditioner. Why? Here are 3 reasons to get your HVAC system serviced. (more…)

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