Is your air conditioner more than eight years old? If so, your AC may use Freon® as a coolant, which is part of a federally regulated R22 phaseout. Translation: your air conditioner repairs will soon get more expensive.
Your air conditioner contains a refrigerant fluid. Depending on the make and model of your system, the coolant inside your system could be R-22. R-22 is a coolant known by other names, such as R22 or Freon®. The EPA identified this refrigerant as a cause for ozone layer depletion, so the government is phasing out the use of it in different equipment. As of January 2020, refrigerant suppliers can no longer produce or sell Freon®. That means the only R-22 available will be recovered, recycled, or reclaimed supplies.
Check out our infographic to learn more about what you can do to prepare for the upcoming R22 phaseout:
As a homeowner in LA, you know that getting a tuneup for your heater is important. But… do you actually schedule heater maintenance?
Why A heater tuneup is Important, even in LA
A lot of homeowners ignore – or conveniently forget – to get maintenance scheduled. A lot of people say, “my furnace is running fine, why do I need a tuneup?”. This goes on for several years until suddenly, they are calling us for an emergency heater repair in the middle of the night.
To be clear, we’re happy to take your calls 24/7. But these last-minute repairs are not only inconvenient, the repair costs can add up!
There are several reasons why you should make sure to get a heater tuneup in LA:
1. For the Safety of Your Family
It’s important to remember that a furnace is a machine. It produces heat by burning natural gas. Over time there will be normal wear and tear on the metal parts inside the machine. Gone unchecked, a furnace poses real dangers, like gas leaks and carbon monoxide leaks.
Natural gas is flammable – that’s why it’s used in furnaces! But in a furnace, it’s kept enclosed inside the metal tubing and chambers. If it escapes into your home, any spark could cause a fire.
Since furnaces burn fuel, they produce carbon monoxide (CO). Carbon monoxide is poisonous to humans and animals, causing nausea, headaches, and asphyxiation.
Getting maintenance for your Los Angeles heater will help identify any potential safety risks. Plus, you’ll get peace of mind that your furnace is working properly.
2. To Ensure Warmth
There’s a group of people out there that wait to turn on the furnace until they just can’t stand the cold any longer. Finally, on a cold morning, they bundle up, shuffle over to their thermostat, and switch the heat to ‘on’. And they experience that brief moment of dread, thinking, ‘Is it going to turn on? I’m cold!!’
When you finally DO decide to turn on your heat, have confidence that you’ll get the warmth you desire! All LA residents should schedule a heater tuneup before the heating season begins. That way, you can be certain you’ll be cozy on that first cold day.
Plus, if your furnace requires repair, wouldn’t you rather have the work done when you’re not freezing?
Similarly, a furnace inspection can reveal how close you are to needing to replace it. If the time has come to install a new heater, it’s best to do it ahead of the cold. That way, you get full benefit from your new system all winter long.
All of this is to say, make sure you take care of your furnace maintenance before the cold truly arrives.
3. Protect the Environment and Pay Less
In California, nearly 27% of our energy consumption is attributed to space heating. One way we can reduce our impact on the planet is by improving the efficiency of high-consuming devices we use, like furnaces.
A furnace that has received a tuneup will use less energy and be more efficient. That’s because your furnace will receive a bit of a deep clean. We’ll check the system for any leaks or blockages that would contribute to higher energy use.
Combine your furnace inspection with a programmable thermostat and you’ll start to see big savings. Don’t have one? Check out our current promotion! Until November 15, 2019, qualifying LA customers can get a free Nest thermostat and free AC tuneup when you schedule a heater tuneup!
When you use less energy, you’re doing right by the environment. Bonus: your energy bills will get smaller, too.
LA Homeowners: Schedule Your Heater Tuneup!
We’ve shared just a few reasons why it’s important to get a heater tuneup in LA. There are many more reasons to schedule heater maintenance, like the longevity of your furnace and maintaining your warranty.
The fact of the matter is that every home in Los Angeles should have annual furnace maintenance. We make it easy to get your furnace inspected. Fill out this form to schedule your appointment!
One last thing. If remembering to schedule your maintenance is part of the hurdle, consider joining the Brody Pennell Maintenance Club. In addition to helping you get your inspections scheduled, you’ll receive discounts on parts and repairs. It’s a great deal; that’s why hundreds of your LA neighbors are already signed up!
Spring is here! And you know what that means: spring cleaning. There are plenty of excellent tips on deep cleaning your home, but what about spring cleaning for your HVAC? Here’s three things you can add to your deep cleaning checklist:
1. Replace air filters
Be sure you replace your HVAC filter this spring! Consider this: the most important thing of all to be clean in your home is the air that you and your family breathe! All the air in your home travels through your filter.
But here’s a question you might not have thought about. Should you replace your HVAC filter before or after you clean? If you replace your filter before you dust, all of those airborne dust particles will get trapped on your new filter. That means your filter will be dirtier much sooner than normal. And those particles will just sit there until you replace your filter next. The result will be a less efficient HVAC system, and air that’s not as clean as it could be.
So if you’re going to be doing a ton of cleaning and dusting, wait to change your air filter until a day or two after you’re done. That way, all of the chemicals and dust bunnies you’ve created that are floating in the air will get captured on your old filter. Then, you can promptly throw it away and get the dust out of your house for good!
2. Wipe down your vents
Here’s another tip for your HVAC this spring: give your air vents a quick once-over. Allergens and dust build up on vents. If you skip cleaning them, they’ll have a dirty and dingy look. Also, whatever is sitting on your air vents will become a part of the air you breathe.
If you’re already vacuuming the rooms in your house, swap over to the extender rod to suck up the dust from your air vent. Or if your vent is near the floor, use damp rag or towel to wipe up any grime.
3. Get a tune-up scheduled
Sometimes, you gotta bring in the professional. A preventative maintenance visit is of utmost importance to keeping your air conditioner running smoothly. Since a new HVAC is an expensive investment, it’s critical to ensure your system works for as many years as possible. Give us a call to schedule your seasonal tune-up. Or, consider joining our maintenance agreement program. You’ll get a tuneup in both the spring and the fall, so your entire system stays in good condition.
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At Brody Pennell, we believe in excellent customer service. We do things old school: like giving our customers value before they even use our service. That’s why we provide tools and checklists like this one.
We get it: maintenance is a boring thing to spend your hard-earned cash on. But regular HVAC maintenance really is necessary to ensure long term performance. With a well-maintained air conditioning and heating system, you’ll be able to avoid costly repairs, prevent uncomfortable nights with a broken AC system, and delay the purchase of a new system entirely.
Because we think regular maintenance is so beneficial, Brody Pennell offers homeowners in Los Angeles an HVAC maintenance contract to provide this regular service. When you join our maintenance plan, you’ll receive two tune-up visits a year, plus these other benefits:
Get Treated like a VIP
Our maintenance agreement customers get the blue carpet treatment. We know not everyone can be available during weekdays, so we offer extended hours on weekdays and weekend visits to customers that participate in our maintenance plan. And in case of an emergency – our maintenance agreement customers shoot to the top of our list of homes to service.
Lower Utility Bills
By investing in the performance of your HVAC system, you are also ensuring your energy bills will stay low. Regular preventative maintenance will help ensure that your system is operating as-intended… that is, efficiently! In fact, you can achieve as much as 95 percent of the original efficiency when you keep your system regularly maintained.
Keep your Warranty in Check
With the regular visits checking in on your heating and cooling equipment, Brody Pennell is able to help our Los Angeles HVAC customers validate their manufacturer’s warranties. This is important in case of breakdowns later on. Plus, the Brody Pennell maintenance agreement includes warranties on all repairs, parts, and labor completed under the agreement for 12 months.
Cash in on Discounts
By participating in our maintenance program, you’ll receive promotional pricing on other HVAC products and services.
- 10% discount on heating and air conditioning repairs
- 10% discount on heating and cooling equipment
- 10% discount on air quality accessories such as air cleaners, humidifiers, duct cleaning, and more
Are you ready to join our maintenance program? Call us today to sign up and save: (310) 896-4911.
Many L.A. HVAC contractors offer maintenance contracts or agreements as part of their maintenance services. These agreements provide certain routine maintenance services on a regular schedule for a set annual price. But are these agreements really worth it? We definitely think so! Here are just a few ways that HVAC maintenance agreements can help save you money:
1. Consistent maintenance keeps your system running smoothly.
Just like your vehicle, your HVAC system needs consistent maintenance to keep it running smoothly. During your seasonal maintenance visit, one of our HVAC technicians will clean and lubricate the system while checking for any repair needs. By keeping your system clean, lubricated, and in good working order, you’re ensuring that the system runs as efficiently as possible.
When your system is dirty or has parts in need of repair, it can cause your system to work harder than it should to keep your home comfortable. This causes unnecessary wear and tear on your parts that leads to early replacement needs or even system breakdowns. Staying ahead of routine maintenance helps you avoid these issues and the costs associated with them.
2. Regular maintenance helps maintain efficiency.
Regular HVAC system maintenance also helps maintain the efficiency of your system. By keeping your system cleaned and lubricated, your HVAC technician is making sure that your heating and cooling equipment can run efficiently and perform optimally year-round. The more efficiently your heating and cooling system is running, the more energy you can save over time. And we all know that saving energy means lowering your overall utility costs.
3. Routine inspections can help you avoid more costly repairs.
As part of your seasonal maintenance, our HVAC technicians will not only keep your system clean and parts well-lubricated, but they will also inspect your system for any repair needs. They can spot problems that are impacting your energy efficiency while also pointing out any potential issues early before they become big costly repairs. By fixing issues early on when they are small and easy to fix, you can save money on repair costs while also preventing further damage to your system.
When you compare the cost of a seasonal maintenance agreement to the potential costs of major repairs that a neglected HVAC system might need, it’s easy to see the cost savings. The HVAC maintenance agreement fee is small compared to the costs you might have to pay for major and complex repairs that happen during the most inopportune times. Not to mention, the money that you are paying for a maintenance agreement is well worth the hassle you will save and discomfort you’ll experience if your HVAC system were to break down during a time when you need it most.
Fall can bring unexpected temperatures, with some days rivaling the heat of summer and cool nights that sneak up on you. To stay comfortable during this changing season, it’s important to have a HVAC unit that responds to your commands and works quickly to get your space to the desired temperature.
Maintaining your unit and being sure that all of the inside components work properly is vital during this season, as increased use over the summer is likely to have worn certain parts of the unit down. Below, we will provide some tips to help you keep your unit well-maintained all season long.
1. Monitor energy usage.
If you’ve been using your HVAC system a lot in the summer months, you may have seen your utility bills increase. As the average outdoor temperature drops and you start to use the system less, you should see a decrease in the amount of power your unit is using.
If your utility bills remain high even though you haven’t been using the unit very much, this can be a sign that there is something wrong with the unit, causing it to work more than it should. When this happens, it can point to an issue with the unit itself or a possible tear in the ductwork that carries the cooled air around the home. Keeping an eye on your energy usage will help you better understand when maintenance and repairs are needed.
2. Check for animal visitors.
As the temperature drops, small animals may try to find a warm place to pass the time. They might make their way into the compressor, the outer portion that powers the HVAC system or into the vents and ducts that work with the HVAC system. With sharp teeth and claws, squirrels, raccoons, chipmunks, mice, and rats can cause damage to wiring and other vital parts of the HVAC system.
If you hear sounds coming from your attic, check to see if an animal visitor has made themselves a nest. If you find any signs of animals there, access the damage and take the necessary steps to make any necessary repairs. Keep an eye on these areas periodically to avoid any future damage.
3. Change filters to reduce allergens in the indoor air.
Your HVAC system’s filters work to remove dust, dirt, pollutants, and other particles out of the air supply before it is funneled through the home. Increased pollen and dust in the outdoor air as the seasons change can clog the filters. Without a clean filter, the unit won’t be able to stop any allergens in the air from re-circulating, which can cause allergies and asthma to flare up.
Check your filters at least once a month and change when you notice that they have become clogged or dirty. If you live in an area that’s experiencing lots of dust or high winds, you may need to check and change your filter more often to maintain a healthy indoor air quality.
4. Invest in a seasonal HVAC tune-up.
Having an expert inspect your system at the beginning of the season can save you a lot of headaches and expenses down the line. During a fall HVAC checkup, a technician will check all the major components for signs of rust, wear, or damage and alert you to any signs of possible issues with the system.
In addition to checking for repair needs, your technician will also replenish any fluids, make sure the parts are well lubricated, and check the condition of the wiring to avoid short circuits that can shut down the entire unit. This pre-emptive maintenance visit can save you time and money later by alerting you to issues before they become major breakdowns.
As one of the most important appliances in your home, your furnace plays a vital role in helping you stay comfortable. Replacing your furnace unexpectedly can cost thousands of dollars that you may not have available to spend at a moment’s notice. One of the biggest reasons to stay on top of your furnace’s condition is so you can be prepared for the eventual replacement of the unit and work it into your budget. Here are some of the ways to ensure that your furnace doesn’t break down at an inopportune time.
Have Regular Seasonal Checks Done
If your furnace works every time you turn the heat on, it may never have occurred to you to have scheduled a furnace maintenance visit. But waiting until the furnace breaks down to have an expert look is more expensive and inconvenient than keeping up with routine seasonal maintenance visits. If the furnace breaks down on the coldest day of the year, in the middle of the night, or when you have holiday guests over, you can end up scrambling to call someone for help.
Scheduling a regular fall HVAC tune-up can prevent this from happening, and also provide you with valuable information about the condition of your HVAC unit. During the visit, our HVAC technicians will not only clean and lubricate your system, but they will alert you to any repair needs or let you know if a certain part is worn or on its way out, helping you anticipate your future HVAC needs.
Keep An Eye Out For Symptoms
Even if you don’t have experience with HVAC units, there are obvious signs that a furnace is on its way to breaking down, including:
- Loud sounds when the unit is running, like banging or whining sounds.
- Burning or rotten smells when you run the HVAC system.
- Lack of effective heating or cooling or the system taking a long time to get your home comfortable.
These can be early warning signs of a serious HVAC problem, so it’s vital to call for furnace repair as soon as you hear or see these symptoms. One of our experienced HVAC technicians can assess the severity of the problem and inform you about whether repair is possible or if you’ll need to replace the furnace in the near future.
Rely On An Expert For Help
Trying to troubleshoot the HVAC unit yourself can be a recipe for disaster. If you aren’t familiar with how to maintain an HVAC unit, you can end up creating issues with the components and causing the unit to shut down while trying to perform furnace maintenance.
With years of training, a qualified technician can easily spot elements that need replacing and major components that are likely to wear out soon. Replacing these elements before a problem occurs is one of the best ways to prevent larger issues from occurring with your furnace.
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If you need help keeping your furnace in top shape, call Brody Pennell Heating and Air Conditioning at (310) 896-4911. We provide regular furnace maintenance and seasonal HVAC tune-ups to help keep your home comfortable.
Have you heard the old saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”? This is especially true when it comes to items around your household, like your HVAC system. A single broken component in your air conditioner or heating unit can end up costing you hundreds of dollars to replace. If this occurs around a holiday or after you have taken on extra expenses, the cost of this repair can be a burden on you and your family.
Instead of letting a broken down unit or replacement need take you by surprise, you can prepare yourself by knowing the condition of your HVAC system and its parts. One good way to do this is with an HVAC maintenance plan. Not only does a maintenance plan help you keep your system well-cleaned and lubricated, but it will also give you the chance to have your equipment inspected by an HVAC professional.
How Does an HVAC Maintenance Plan Help Save You Time and Money?
Regular inspections as part of an HVAC maintenance plan can help you be aware of the condition of the inside of the unit and anticipate the need to replace key components that may be close to wearing out. Having a technician take a regular look at your unit allows them to monitor the condition of these components and spot potential breakdowns that may threaten the life of the unit. With a trained eye, an expert can see the wear and tear that can contribute to key parts breaking down over time. Fixing or replacing these parts before they have a chance to fully wear out can save you the hassle of having to make an emergency repair call in the middle of the night.
An HVAC maintenance plan also helps ensure that your system gets the TLC it needs to continue running optimally. As part of your maintenance visit, a trained HVAC technician will not only inspect your unit for issues but also clean and lubricate your system’s parts to keep it running smoothly. The more smoothly and efficiently your system operates over time, the more money you can save on operational costs over time. Not to mention, this routine maintenance care can even extend the life of your unit, meaning you won’t need a new AC or heater right away.
What Does an HVAC Maintenance Plan Include and How Does It Work?
As part of a regular HVAC maintenance plan, a qualified HVAC technician will visit your home or business on a regular schedule to check on the condition and function of the unit. He or she will inspect the quality of vital parts and take note of any issues with key components. During this check, the technician can change the filter in your AC system and perform any small repairs that will improve the overall function of the unit.
As we mentioned before, this helps to prolong the lifespan of the unit. But it also helps keep you in compliance with any manufacturers warranty you may have on the unit in case the need arises to make a claim. Keeping the unit in optimal shape also helps to ensure you get the most effective operation out of the heating and cooling system, which keeps your utility costs down.
If you’re interested in getting an HVAC maintenance plan for your home or business, contact Brody Pennell Heating & Air Conditioning today. We offer maintenance plans for every budget and schedule. Our HVAC technicians have the experience and knowledge to keep your unit in good condition for many years to come. Call us now to learn more: (310) 896-4911.
It’s easy to get advice on how to make your heating and air conditioning units more efficient. However, many of the tips you hear, especially regarding its maintenance and repair, may just be misconceptions. To maximize the potential of your HVAC system, it pays to learn the truth about how to take care of it properly.
Heating and Air Conditioning Myths Busted
To keep your home cozy throughout the seasons, here are top heating and air conditioning myths you shouldn’t believe:
- HVAC Maintenance Is a Waste of Time and Money. As one of the most hardworking components of your home, your HVAC system requires special attention. Regular cleaning, inspection, and tune-ups will maintain its peak efficiency and minimize the risks of costly breakdowns. In turn, you prolong its service life and save on utility bills.
- The Bigger the Size, the Better the Comfort. Every home is unique, which is why it’s important to choose the right size for your furnace and air conditioning equipment. Oversized units will produce too much heating and cooling, which not only consumes more energy but also creates excess pollutants.
- It’s Best to Leave the Thermostat at the Same Temperature All Day. This practice wastes a lot of energy while you’re gone. To better manage your HVAC unit, use a programmable thermostat. This automatically changes your home’s temperature according to a pre-set schedule.
- Using Fans Can Reduce the Energy Consumption of Your HVAC System. Fans don’t cool air; they just circulate the air in your home. This won’t lower the amount of energy your HVAC system uses to achieve your preferred temperature. That said, use fans when you’re in your room, but switch them off when you leave.
Using your HVAC equipment sensibly is the best way to enjoy optimum comfort and great savings. Check your units often for signs of damage and configure your thermostats to a reasonable setting. For the best results, work only with reputable HVAC contractors.
Rely on the HVAC Repair and Replacement Experts Today
Brody Pennell can help you separate fact from fiction so you can have heating and air conditioning systems run smoothly for many years. We know the ins and outs of our work, which is why we can provide you the best HVAC tips.
Whether it is a soft hum from the equipment or a whooshing air from the vents, it is normal for your HVAC system to create some noise. After all, it is comprised of various components working together to serve its function. Certain unnatural and disruptive sounds, however, may signify deeper or worse problems. It is important not to ignore them, as they might help you determine if you need repair or even an upgrade.
Here’s a look at some of these signs.
Common HVAC Noises and Their Meanings
The best way to prevent problems down the road is to work with a trusted HVAC contractor for timely inspections and tune-ups. That said, it pays to know which sounds are normal and which aren’t so you can take immediate steps to mend them. Take note of the following:
- Clanking. HVAC systems in great condition usually produce a humming noise. But if it is clanking, this could imply serious issues. The blades, blower motor fan, or pipes might be loose or detached, causing them to rub or strain against each other. This can lead to major damage when left neglected or actual physical danger to your person. Switch off the unit at once and have an expert repair it as soon as possible.
- Rattling. This could indicate a few problems. If the rattling noise comes from the outdoor equipment, there is external debris, such as a twig, stuck in the system. Even if the grate could keep large debris out, smaller ones can still pass through. Before removing the debris, turn your system off. If you notice signs of damage on the compressor, fan, or condenser, seek the help of a technician. Do the same if the rattling originates from an internal component, as removing the obstacle is a bit complex.
- Hissing. This usually means air leakage. When the hissing is coming from the walls, your ducts might be damaged. This can increase your energy costs because instead of dispersing throughout your living space, the air is discharged into the walls.
Keep in mind that you should only call a technician to come over when your unit is making a loud hissing noise. If the hissing is light, this implies that your filter is not secured properly. You might also have the wrong filter size, forming a gap in the seal. This can be easily repaired by replacing the filter with a more appropriate one for its size, which would get rid of the sound.
Brody Pennell: The Trusted Name for Top-Notch HVAC Services
As your reliable source of first-rate HVAC services, Brody Pennell can assess your units once you hear any of the aforementioned noises. We are experienced and trained in all types of HVAC systems, whatever the brand or make. We will determine the source of the problem and provide the necessary repairs so you can keep your heating and cooling equipment quieter, safer, and more efficient.