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Blog Index 22

Blog Index 22

John’s Refrigeration Blog

Don’t Let Heating Repairs Wait

March 19th, 2014

Winter is starting to wind down, and your heater is likely to feel a lot less pressure to perform in the coming weeks. Here in Mesa, heating repair services are kept quite busy handling breakdowns and other emergencies while people’s heaters were running every day. As the temperatures warm up, those crises will slowly abate, which ironically means it’s a great time to deal with lingering heating issues that you’ve been able to put off before now. Don’t let heating repairs wait, especially with the summer season on its way.

The biggest reason is the one already intimated above: as the need for emergency repairs abate, you have the flexibility and luxury to schedule repairs at your leisure. A breakdown in the middle of heating season basically puts you at the mercy of the weather, since you need to get it fixed before things get too cold in your house. With temperatures warming, you can afford to put your heater on hold during the time it takes to get it fixed, which means you can set up a schedule that works well with your busy life.

Furthermore, the longer you let heating repairs wait, the greater the chances of your heater experiencing a more serious breakdown. Dirt and dust accumulate over the summer, increasing friction during those periods when you need to use the heater and generally contributing to overall wear and tear. Even if you don’t use the heater at all over the summer, the neglect could exacerbate the problem, making or a more costly repair when the time comes to finally deal with it. Getting the issue taken care of sooner can avoid all of that, and ensure that your heater is in good shape next season without you having to be concerned.

If you live in Mesa, heating repair is inevitable, and the spring makes the perfect time to address it in a flexible and responsible manner. Don’t let heating repairs wait. Call the Mesa. AZ heating repair experts at Johns Refrigeration to schedule a session today. Our trained staff is dedicated to your complete satisfaction and we’ll get your heating back into shape as quickly as possible!

Take me out to the Cactus League Spring Training!

March 17th, 2014

One of the best reasons to be in the Valley in March is for Major League Baseball’s Cactus League Spring Training. Since 1947, teams have been arriving to practice for the regular baseball season. Back then it was only the Cleveland Indians and then-NY-now-San Francisco Giants; both teams still play here. Join friends and family for America’s pastime where you can see your favorite and up-and-coming players up close while enjoying the Arizona weather.

 

What makes Spring Training a great event?

  • It’s fun for the whole family.
  • Good excuse to leave work early.
  • Reward employees with an afternoon out of the office.
  • See players vie for spots on your favorite teams.
  • 15 teams play across the Valley.

Tips for making your Cactus League experience memorable:

  • Arrive early to get optimal parking and a chance for player autographs.
  • Wear sunscreen and a hat.
  • Lawn seats are an affordable option –  especially for families.
  • If you’re on the lawn, bring a blanket.
  • Don’t forget your glove to catch foul balls and home runs.
  • Have fun!

The Cactus League Spring Training games are an opportunity to spend time with friends and family while enjoying America’s pastime. Grab a hot dog and enjoy the game!

App-Accessible Thermostats

March 14th, 2014

The ability to control your thermostat from just about anywhere is one of those conveniences that, once you have, you’ll wonder how you ever managed without. In order to control your home’s thermostat remotely, though, you need to download an app onto your smart phone or other mobile device. The app is free to install and not only very functional, but can save you a lot of money on your utility bill, too.

 

App-accessible thermostats are great for when you are away from home for spring break, a long weekend, or a vacation of any length. Being able to remotely control the temperature in your house when you are away from it means being able to take control of the amount of money you still have to pay your utility company even when you are not at home.

Installing an app-accessible thermostat should be done by a professional because of the electrical knowledge required to safely connect this appliance. These pre-programmable, app-accessible thermostats represent one of the most sophisticated and innovative items on the market today. Its high level of accessibility, usability, and convenience when paired with a mobile device makes it a product too handy to overlook.

This type of thermostat works with most HVAC systems, but it’s a good idea to contact a reputable company like John’s Refrigeration Heating and Cooling to ensure that it is compatible. One of John’s N.A.T.E. certified technicians will review your HVAC system and install and program one of these state-of-the-art thermostats so you can vacation without worrying whether you turned the a/c down or the heat off. We want you to have no trouble Setting Your Thermostat When You Are Away and enjoy your much deserved break from everyday life.

Setting Your Thermostat When You Are Away

March 12th, 2014

If you are planning on going away on vacation for spring break – or even sometime later in the year – you may want to set your home’s thermostat at a level that saves you money while you’re away. After all, your couch doesn’t need to enjoy lower temperatures when it’s scorching hot outside and you’re not home. But you also don’t want candles to melt or electronic devices to suffer, either. Plus, a home’s furniture holds onto heat, which makes it more difficult to cool a house down if the temperature has been left at too high a setting for long periods of time.

 

We’ve mentioned some of the benefits of Programmable Thermostats before, but can’t speak enough to their convenience and efficiency, especially if you and your family plan on being away from home for an extended period of time. Pre-programming your HVAC unit’s thermostat is one of the easiest and least expensive actions you can take to save energy and money.

If you are not sure how to change the settings on your programmable thermostat, call us to see if we can help. John’s can install a programmable thermostat for you if you don’t currently have one and if we do, we will program it for you based on your schedule. We’ll also make sure you know how to re-schedule it for your regular, daily schedule, too.

There’s no reason you should have a high utility bill if you’re not at home, but we also want to make sure your home will be at a comfortable temperature upon your return. Spring break, lengthy vacation, or long weekend away, there’s no reason you can’t take a break from worrying about the temperature in your home while you’re enjoying yourself. Just Call John’s Refrigeration today.

A/C Tune Up

March 10th, 2014

Although it’s still early in the year, those of us in the Phoenix metro area do live in the desert, so it will get hot again before we know it. Think ahead and schedule you’re a/c tune-up today. In order to run efficiently, your HVAC unit needs to be properly and regularly maintained. Tune-ups are required in order to ensure your home’s HVAC system is able to provide you with cool, refreshing air when you need it, as well as heated air during the chilly desert evenings.

 

John’s offers several inspection options to make sure your unit is performing the way it’s supposed to in order to save you money while keeping you comfortable. Our Peak Performance Club members receive annual maintenance visits, priority service, 24/7 emergency HVAC services, and much more, including access to certain guarantees and warranties. But anyone can contact us to check out their home’s a/c unit.

As a homeowner, you are responsible to make sure your family is healthy inside your home and keeping up on the maintenance of the a/c unit by having John’s inspect it gives you peace of mind. Maintaining the HVAC system so it runs efficiently also saves you energy and money by keeping your utility bills lower.

Running your system means it’s working to cool or heat your home. We want to keep it working so that you stay cool and comfortable before the temperatures rise to over 100 degrees. Schedule an appointment for one of our NATE-certified technicians to inspect your unit now so we can help keep you comfortable all year long.

Why Arizona Doesn’t Have Daylight Savings Time

March 9th, 2014

On Sunday March 9, 2014, most of the nation will spring their clocks forward one hour to Daylight Savings Time (DST). The only area of Arizona that will change its clocks is the Navajo Nation. The rest of us will stay the same time.

 

Do you know why Arizona doesn’t have Daylight Savings Time? It has to do with our summer weather.

DST started with an energy conservation effort by the US government more than 100 years ago. The increase of sunlight over the summer months means families have to spend less money on utilities. They can keep lights off for longer because the sun is shining until 9 or 10 pm.

This works great if summer weather isn’t as extreme as what we experience in the desert. If we had Daylight Savings Time, the sun would come up at 6:30 am instead of 5:30 am. The sun would set at 9pm instead of 8pm. That means more time awake in the summer heat.

There have been periods of time when Arizona changed its clocks but it didn’t go over well. People wanted time to be able to do personal activities like drive-in movies, nighttime golf, and spend time outside without the sun beating down on them. As a result, Arizona requested and received an exemption to daylight savings time from the US government.

Remember, if you’re calling East after March 9th, they’re three hours ahead of us. We’re the same time as the Pacific coast until November when the clocks fall back an hour. Enjoy your summer evenings and stay cool through the heat of the summer.

Give the team at John’s Refrigeration a call to schedule maintenance on your A/C before it gets too hot.

Causes of Duct Cleaning Calls in Mesa

March 5th, 2014

For the cleanliness of your home, efficiency of your heating and cooling system, and quality of your indoor air, you need to have a clean ductwork system. Contamination inside ducts can consist of dust, dirt, debris from construction, dander, pollen, hair, mold, and mildew. Removal such a variety of pollutants requires more than a long-handled broom and a bottle of cleaner. Duct cleaning requires special training and professional equipment. When you need duct cleaning in Mesa, AZ, call Johns Refrigeration and talk to our air quality specialists today.

You should schedule duct cleaning every one or two years, depending on how rapidly build-up develops inside your ventilation system. Here are some causes for contamination to begin to accumulate and lead to the need for duct cleaning.

  • Ductwork breaks and gaps: Dust will gradually begin to build up inside ducts, but it can take over a year for this to become thick enough that it will cause trouble. But if your ducts have breaks in them from corrosion, damage, or poor sealing due to improper installation, dust and other outside debris will rapidly start to infiltrate the ventilation system. Not only will you need to schedule cleaning, you will also need repairs to seal the breaks.
  • Clogged air filters: Neglecting to regularly change the air filters in the ventilation system will cause the filter to clog and dust to begin to get through. The air filter should be changed once a month during periods when your HVAC system is working regularly.
  • Time: You simply can’t avoid some debris entering the ventilation system, and because the ducts are sealed along their length to maintain air pressure, this contamination will continue to grow over time. According to the NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaners Association), in a typical six-room home, up to 40 pounds of dust is created each year through everyday living, and this contaminated air circulates through your home 5 to 7 times a day. No matter how clean your home, no matter how strong your ducts, contamination will get inside it and eventually require cleaning.

If you’ve never had your ducts cleaned before, you should schedule it right away. Find out from your professional cleaning technicians how often you should have the service in the future, since they will have a solid idea of how much contamination your ducts will gather each year. Get into a habit of regular duct cleaning visits: you deserve to have the healthiest air in your home.

Johns Refrigeration has the Mesa, AZ duct cleaning team that can take care of you.

Nosebleeds and Your HVAC Unit

March 1st, 2014

If you’ve ever wondered if there is a connection between your HVAC system and having a bloody nose, wonder no more.  Our Arizona desert is well known for its lack of humidity, but if our homes aren’t properly ventilated, the air inside can be just as bad, if not worse, than the air outside. Poor indoor air quality and low humidity can cause or contribute to the development of dry and cracked skin, respiratory infections, asthma, and nosebleeds.

 

Controlling these health problems before they start, with humidifiers and clean indoor air, as well as appropriate ventilation with clean, fresh air, can reduce the number of nosebleeds you or family members experience. Mucous membranes in the nose and throat dry out, making you more susceptible to colds and respiratory illnesses. Adding humidity to a dry house or balancing the amount of humidity in your home can reduce nosebleeds and other, more serious health problems.

If your HVAC unit is running efficiently, it works to create an environment that keeps the air inside your home healthier and cleaner. A properly functioning HVAC system can help reduce indoor allergens that irritate your nose and throat in part by maintaining a consistent indoor environment free from external, airborne irritants.

A whole house Humidification System can help increase the comfort of your home and allow you to breathe easier once John’s identifies any air quality problems inside your home and resolves them. Between proper air balancing, duct sealing, using the correct filter, and making sure humidity levels are healthy, you can prevent pollen and other allergens from getting in your house, significantly reducing allergies and asthma symptoms.

John’s Refrigeration will improve the air quality in your home by taking a holistic approach because we understand how your home, duct system, and A/C system work together to improve your health. Stop nosebleeds before they start and Just call John’s.

Common Allergy Triggers in Arizona

February 28th, 2014

If you have a green lawn in Arizona, you have a lawn that was imported from outside our desert environment. Adding plants like this to the desert air has created a variety of allergic reactions, sometimes called Arizona Nose. If you’re feeling pain between your eyes, scratchy throat, runny nose, and congestion, you might be having an allergic reaction to the desert in bloom.

This year, allergies are in high gear early due in part to the warmer winter. Plants are blooming sooner than normal; they think it is springtime already. Our friend’s orange tree is quite confused. There’s fruit ready to be picked and orange blossoms ready to bloom all at the same time. Orange blossoms are a common allergy trigger; they smell delicious, but cause a lot of us to sneeze.

 

Other common allergy triggers in Arizona include:

  • Palo Verde Trees – found near desert washes and other flats; the trunk is grayish green and shiny. Thorns often appear at the base of leaves.
  • Red Fescue and other desert grasses commonly used in pastures and in desert landscape.
  • Date palms are the shorter, stockier palm trees. The male plants produce pollen, which is an allergy trigger.
  • Orange, peach, and other fruit tree blossoms produce pollen, which attracts bees and keeps the desert looking pretty, even if they do make us sneeze.

There are a variety of other triggers. While some of these plants and trees are native to Arizona, there are many that we have brought here, creating a high potential for allergies for many of us. Visit our blog post 5 Natural Remedies to learn ways to treat allergies without taking over the counter medication.

To learn more about the products and services offered by John’s Refrigeration to help with your allergy symptoms, call us today!

3 Causes of Heating Repair in AZ

February 27th, 2014

If you’ve lived in Arizona for more than a year, you know that it isn’t always sunny and pleasant here. The winter months can bring some chilly nights. A properly working home heating system is essential for your year-round comfort. When your heater starts to show signs of a malfunction, you need to call forprofessional heating repair service in Mesa, AZ before you lose your toasty warm home.

Johns Refrigeration has worked on heaters in Arizona since 1970, and we have experience with how heating systems can become damaged and require repair. Here are three of the main reasons that a heater might need to have professional attention to get it working right again:

  1. Dirty heat pump coils: During the heating season, the outdoor unit of your heat pump operates as an evaporator, absorbing heat and then moving it indoors. If the coils begin to become dirty—which is common if the area around the outdoor unit isn’t properly cleared—it will block the heat absorption. This leads to icing along the coil, which will further block the heat absorption and could cause the heat pump to completely lose the ability to provide you with heating. Call for professionals to remove the coils and clean them. (Just scraping off the ice isn’t enough.)
  2. Clogged air filters: The dry and dusty desert air of Arizona means a lot of little particles can end up drawn into your heating system’s ventilation shafts. An air filter is positioned to catch these contaminants, but if the filter is not changed out regularly, it will start to allow debris to get inside your furnace or heat pump and cause damage to the components that will require repairs. Make sure you change your air filter once a month.
  3. Lack of regular maintenance: Your heater, no matter its type or age, should have heating maintenance done once a year. Fall is the usual time, but you can schedule during any season if you have neglected it for more than a year. A heater without maintenance will be prone to breakdowns as its parts wear down and suffer damage. With regular maintenance, the unit with receive the cleaning, tune-ups, and replacements necessary to keep repairs away.

You can never make your heating system 100% repair-proof—complex machinery is always at risk of a malfunction—but you can avoid the majority of repairs your system may need with the proper care and attention. Contact Johns Refrigeration to sign up for our maintenance plan so you can avoid future repairs. But should you need heating repair in Mesa, AZ, you can count on us to bring you the quality work to get the job done right.

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