In the state of Arizona, we usually see mild and mostly dry winters, especially here in the valley of the sun. We rarely experience freezing temperatures and never get snow, but there are times when the temperatures dip near freezing overnight, causing the locals to crank up their heater. Even though the heater isn’t used as much in Arizona as it is in other parts of the country, prepping your HVAC unit is still important. You can prepare your system yourself or call the experienced technicians at Rainforest Plumbing and Air to perform routine maintenance. Having a professional check your HVAC can prevent costly repairs down the road.
Prepping Your Unit for Winter
1) Replace Filters
First, check and replace your filters. This is something you can do on your own and should make a habit of doing. Dust can build up easily, especially here in the desert. When filters are clogged, air can’t circulate and your unit will need to work harder. Changing your filters on a regular basis will improve the efficiency of your unit and air quality. If you have pets, then you might want to change your filter more often as their hair can cause more buildup. Also, if you keep your windows open to enjoy the fresh air, more dust will be coming into your home. Make sure to check your air filters before turning your heater on.
2) Check the Thermostat
As your thermostat gets older, the accuracy of the reading could be compromised. This makes the unit work harder and drives up utility costs. A new programmable thermostat can help you save on electric bills as it will be more accurate and efficient. Make it a habit to check your thermostat often as you will most likely notice when something is not right. If you do notice your thermostat is not working properly, call Rainforest Plumbing and Air so we can diagnose and resolve your problem.
3) Clean Your Vents
Just like your filters, you want to keep your vents free of debris. Vents can get clogged as easily as your air filters which can block airflow. When you are deep cleaning your home, also check your vents to see if they need to be cleaned. You should also do this before turning on your heater. Clean vents will help your HVAC unit work efficiently, saving you money.
4) Check Out Your Unit!
Before you turn on your heater, you want to check your unit since it hasn’t been used in months. Look to make sure there is no damage and schedule a tune-up in the fall. Since your AC unit has been working hard all summer, you should call a professional to inspect your unit thoroughly. Our technicians will get full diagnostics, test the airflow, search for any leaks, check the filters, inspect the valves, and make sure all parts of the system are working properly. Our knowledgeable technicians at Rainforest Plumbing and Air know what to look for and will recommend the necessary repairs or replacements.
Why does my heater smell when I turn it on?
Since your heater has been inactive for a while, a thin layer of dust builds up. This dust then burns up when the heater is first turned on. The smell is harmless but can be an annoyance. It helps to open your windows to air it out. However, if the smell doesn’t seem quite right, always call a professional right away to inspect.
How often should I change my filter?
It depends on the filter and other factors, like how much dust is in your home from pets or open windows and living in the desert. But most filters usually need to be replaced about once a month. You will notice how often you should change your filter the more you do it. Once you figure out the right timing, mark it on your calendar and make it a habit to change it on time.
Why preventative maintenance?
Preventative maintenance is important for many reasons. Having regular HVAC tune-ups will alert small problems, so that they can be fixed before it becomes a larger issue, leading to less costly repairs. With a fully inspected unit, you will have confidence that your unit will work when needed. Plus, with Rainforest Plumbing and Air, there will be no surprises and you will always work with qualified and reliable technicians that will know when it is time to repair or replace.
What to Look for in a Technician
Being in business for nearly 20 years, Rainforest Plumbing and Air provides the expertise needed to get the job done right the first time. You will be dealing with certified technicians that are all licensed and insured in the state of Arizona. Not only are all of our technicians qualified, but Rainforest also comes with a crime-free advantage, meaning that all of our employees are screened with professional background checks that are updated each year. Keeping a higher standard is why the Rainforest is one of the best in the business. Excellent service can come at a fair price whether it’s reactive or preventative maintenance.
We also provide the Up-Front Guarantee. This means that there are no surprises when the Rainforest is done with the job. All of the repairs, installation, and cost will be discussed with you before any work is started. You will know the exact cost up-front because we price by the job, not the hour. We also aim to be timely, accurate, and fair which is what is needed from your technicians.
With an efficient order and dispatch system, Rainforest is always there to respond to your needs with qualified technicians and an accurate pricing structure. Plus, it is easy to schedule an appointment at any time with our emergency service. Thanks to our ongoing success, we are able to continue to grow and thrive by keeping up with the latest technology advances in the field.
Emergency Services Available
Rainforest Plumbing and Air have years of experience serving the Valley. We are always open to help at all hours of the night. That means if you are having an issue at midnight with your HVAC unit, Rainforest will be there to fix it. We can also come to fix faucets, garbage disposals, hot water heaters, clogged drains, residential AC units, commercial AC units, thermostats, and more. All of your HVAC and plumbing needs can be easily scheduled 24 hours a day so that you can rest easy knowing that only the best is available with just a click or phone call away.