When is it Time to Have My Furnace Serviced?

October 31, 2014 9:31 pm

This time of year brings a laundry list of things to check off the to-do list before the holidays arrive, so one less thing on your plate is always a good thing. As the temperatures cool and your furnace begins to kick on more frequently, making sure your furnace is in working order should be at the top of your list. Fortunately, having your furnace serviced can be an easy affair if done properly. If you notice any of the following, call a professional to come check things out: Odd noises coming from your furnace. Now, even though furnaces are notorious for making odd sounds and scaring children and adults alike, that doesn’t mean you should expect them. If you’re hearing many noises beyond the steady hum of the unit working, there may be an issue with your furnace or in your ducts. Strange smells coming from the vents. Warm air from the vents is a great thing, but if it is accompanied by dusty or smoky smells, that could signify a larger problem that needs to be fixed. With furnaces, early detection of issues is the best way to save money and identify a problem before it becomes a...

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Does Duct Design Matter?

September 30, 2014 11:20 pm

Asking why duct design matters is very much like asking why roads matter. I can have the best car available, driven by a professional driver, but if the driver encounters a blocked road, he still will not reach his destination. In the same way, if he has to travel through various detours, he will still arrive, but later and with less energy. Duct design is important to the flow of air through your home, because like that car and driver, a clear, straight path is needed to reach a destination. Here is what you need to know: 1)      Heating load and duct size should be calculated when ducts are installed to ensure that each room receives the optimal amount of air. This does not depend solely on the size of the room, but also on factors such as the average temperature of the room based on direct sunlight, how many people typically occupy a room, and the like. One room that is the same size as another may require larger ductwork or more registers to ensure optimal efficiency. 2)      There should be no leaky ducts. This seems obvious, but if a duct is leaking, it is forcing the HVAC unit...

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Why You Should Leave Some Repairs to the Experts

August 29, 2014 5:17 am

We’ve all been there- something goes wrong in the house and we assume we can just fix it ourselves. If it is something like a small hole in the drywall, an area of paint that needs touched up, or a stain on the carpet, there is no harm in tackling the project yourself. Save yourself time and money by using the spackle you have in your garage or the leftover paint under the sink. However, there are some issues that may occur in your home for which you should probably hire and expert. 1)     Most plumbing issues. Unless you have a working knowledge of the basic plumbing components in your home, you have great potential to do more harm than good. Before you burst a water pipe or flood your basement, call someone to help you out. 2)    Air conditioner maintenance and if need be, installation. Your AC starts to make a weird noise, and you decide to go in there and fix it yourself. Unless you are an AC repair person, that can be a huge mistake. HVAC units are quite complex and a slight misstep can bust the whole thing. For maintenance and AC service Mesa trusts, call...

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Avoid Repairs with Regular Maintenance

July 28, 2014 11:55 pm

Are you continually finding yourself in need of services for your air conditioning in Scottsdale AZ? Do you feel as the issues identified have continued to progress due to not being properly resolved the first time? Having a skilled team member from Mason Mechanical service your air conditioner will make all the difference in the world! We have the standards for service quality, customer care, and technical proficiency of our staff to ensure that the job is done correctly on the first service call. Having regular maintenance visits scheduled with our team will mean less issues and less repairs down the road. The best way to ensure your HVAC systems functions properly and efficiency all year long is to annual maintenance. Regular maintenance may not seem like a necessity, but there are a large number of benefits that you will experience. When we inspect your system, we will ensure that your air conditioner is operating dependably, safely, and at its peak efficiency. When a system runs efficiently, heating and cooling costs will be reduced, saving you hundreds of dollars per year. Another benefit of maintenance agreements is that we stand by our work, so if a problem presents itself, you’ll...

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AZ is Hot – Don’t Neglect Your AC!

June 5, 2014 10:40 pm

It’s 105 degrees in Mesa, AZ today and June has only just begun! It’s not even technically summer yet and we’ve had 100+ degree weather for at least a few weeks now. Arizona holds the #2 spot in the rankings of the 10 Hottest Temperatures in US History. In 1994, Lake Havasu City earned our state this spot by reaching 128 degrees. Even higher yet, Death Valley, CA holds both the country and the world record for the hottest temperature ever recorded at 134 degrees in 1913. Some days in Mesa, in the short few minutes we are all forced to be outdoors in the summer, it sure does feel like the obscenely high temperature of 134. We cannot tolerate such high temperatures for long periods of time, and that’s why air conditioning systems go from being a matter of comfort to a matter of safety. Arizona homeowners should have their air conditioners serviced at least bi-yearly – more often if you have allergy concerns or poor energy efficiency. By having your air conditioning unit serviced regularly by a professional, you can avoid unexpected issues requiring repair that leave you in the heat on the hottest summer day. Once the...

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4 Ways to Stay Cool This Summer

May 30, 2014 10:41 pm

Arizona summers can be rough without ample means to stay cool. Across the Valley and the surrounding cities, there are many things AZ residents can do to beat the heat! First and foremost, make sure the air conditioning system in your home is in proper working order. Without an AC that can efficiently cool, being at home will be miserable and even dangerous. Mason Mechanical provides unmatched AC maintenance and Chandler air conditioning repair to achieve maximum efficiency and effectiveness from your system. Don’t wait until your AC goes out on a 120 degree day – contact us today for AC service. Go see a movie! Did you know that movie theaters were some of the first businesses to implement air conditioning systems, even during the Depression? Because people flocked to theaters in the summertime to beat the heat, theaters started to release their best productions during the summer, giving birth to the summer blockbuster. The same hold true today, as theaters are a great place to get out of the hot sun and heat. Go tubing on the Salt River! Families enjoy taking a lazy ride down the river in tubes to stay cool and still enjoy the outdoors....

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Is It Time to Replace My AC?

April 24, 2014 4:29 pm

When should you replace your air conditioner? Many of our customers ask us this question, and the answer is dependent upon many factors. Here in Arizona our air conditioners are heavily relied on for more than half the year to manage comfortable temperatures in our homes, so take advantage of the mild temperatures now if you’re in need of air conditioner installation in Tempe. The following factors determine if it’s time to replace or upgrade your cooling system: –          The system’s age. If your air conditioner is between 10-15 years old, it is possible that it’s reached its maximum lifespan. Regular, professional maintenance can prolong a system’s lifespan, but the general age range is something that homeowners should be aware of. –          The system’s energy efficiency. If your system isn’t very energy efficient, you may be spending enough each month on cooling your home to quickly equate to the cost of a new system. New systems are very energy efficient and can drastically lower your monthly bills. –          The system’s ability to cool. If your system never quite seems to be able to cool your home, it’s possible it isn’t the correct size or capacity to properly cool the square...

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Spring in Arizona – Household Chores

March 4, 2014 11:50 pm

Unlike the remainder of the country, spring in Arizona starts in January or February. We typically experience wonderful outdoor temperatures and some rain. By March, the temperature generally stays in the 50 degree to low 80 degree range, and we get 5 or so days of measurable rain. This is the season to get your yard, house, and HVAC system ready for the next season – summer! Before summer arrives, homeowners should have their HVAC systems evaluated and tuned-up by a professional. The typical homeowner is not depending on their heating and cooling system much, if at all, at this time and while you aren’t depending on your system, you should allow an expert to make any necessary adjustments or repairs. Nobody wants to be left without air conditioning once summer arrives, and attention now can prevent that from happening. In March, when we receive rain it can be significant and unexpected, and it will stir everything up. Humidity levels will spike and your system may be clogged with debris from the storm. A maintenance visit will address these issues. There is also a chance that we may still have a few cold nights in which you’ll need to turn...

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Have a Healthy New Year

January 29, 2014 7:08 pm

Homeowners tend to neglect upkeep schedules for routine home maintenance that can have serious implications for your health. Don’t wait for “spring cleaning” to improve your indoor living space so you can have the healthiest year yet. HVAC filter – Your filter should be changed seasonally, but may need to be changed more frequently if you have pets and/or allergy concerns. Check the manufacturer’s specifications for a more specific filter replacement recommendation. Maintenance with your local HVAC professional should also be scheduled seasonally in order to ensure you are receiving the best quality air. If you are in need of furnace repair in Glendale, contact the experts at Mason Mechanical to get your system back to proper working order in a minimal amount of time. Check smoke and carbon monoxide alarms – Batteries in these types of alarms should be changed yearly, and make sure you are replacing the alarms themselves as recommended by the manufacturer. Perform necessary tests to ensure each alarm is working properly, and make sure you have an appropriate number of alarms for your house size and layout. Radon testing – If you have never performed a radon test in your home, now is the time....

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Mesa Heating Energy Efficiency: Furnace vs. Heat Pump

December 10, 2012 4:50 pm

While winter temperatures in the Sonoran Desert are on the mild side, it can still be quite costly to heat your home. Replacing your existing system with something newer and more energy efficient is one way to reduce your monthly heating costs, while also improving indoor air quality and overall comfort. Below is some important information put together by your Mesa heating repair experts regarding the energy efficiency of two common types of home heating systems: furnaces and heat pumps. Here’s what you need to know: What is energy efficiency? Energy efficiency refers to the amount of energy that is required to operate your heating system. While your system has a maximum efficiency measure, there are a number of other things that could affect its efficiency. Dirty filters, unmaintained systems, and even age can affect the operation and efficiency of your system, therefore costing you more than is necessary in heating costs. Use less energy, spend less on monthly utility bills! Furnace Efficiency- Furnace efficiency is measured by the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE). This measure is expressed as a percentage. Gas fired furnaces tend to have higher AFUE than oil fired furnaces. Fuel availabilities in your area may affect...

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