Evaporative Cooler Repair in Phoenix

Evaporative Coolers Require Regular Maintenance

Just like any other component of your HVAC equipment, your evaporative cooler in Phoenix requires regular up-keep in order for it to operate properly. An evaporative cooler, also known as a desert or swamp cooler, is a device designed to cool off the air through the evaporation of water. It works a bit differently than a standard air conditioner, which relies on vapor-compression or absorption refrigeration cycles to produce cold air. With an evaporative cooler, the temperature can cool down much more quickly when spurred on by the water turning to vapor. This method is preferred in very dry climates like Phoenix, providing an extra benefit to your home through the addition of moisture in the air.

Maintenance is Key

Just like any other AC system, you need to maintain your evaporative cooler so it’s always working at its best as well as to avoid repairs. For top-notch efficiency, Home Advisor suggests waiting until the temperature reaches at least 85 degrees, which saves about 50 percent on water usage. Then, turn on the water pump a few minutes before switching on the fan to saturate the pads and make for a more efficient cooling process. You may even want to put on your ceiling fans to aid in the circulation.

  • Before the summer begins, take off the panels from the unit and clean out any debris that has collected in the water pan. Take a look at the fan belt to make sure it has enough tension. As long as it doesn’t move more than an inch or so in either direction, you should be all set. You may need to replace the belt if it’s sagging, torn, cracked or worn.
  • Replace the cooler pads if they have suffered wear and tear.
  • Oil up the blower assembly bearing and the motor if necessary.
  • Run a test by switching the motor on. Are the cooling pads getting enough water evenly? Are there any leaks in the tray? Are there any cracks, holes or rust spots anywhere in the unit? If so, you may have to call in a professional for help.

Morehart Air and Heating specializes in evaporative cooler repair and maintenance. We are one of the go-to air and heating contractors to call for evaporative cooler service. For more information, please call Morehart’s office at 623-566-0005 or visit https://morehartac.com.

Why Amana and York are Leading the Way

York and Amana Lead the Way in Heating and Cooling

Whether you are looking for reliable heating during the cooler months or an air conditioning system that can meet the demands of a hot Arizona summer, no systems are as highly regarded as York and Amana. According to Consumer Reports, the heating and air conditioning systems (HVAC) produced by these companies are the top rated systems to own.

Here is some additional information about the York and Amana heating and cooling systems. The qualities that make them highly rated are why a vendor such as Morehart Air Conditioning & Heating installs these systems in homes like yours throughout the Phoenix area.

York Heating and Cooling Systems

York Heating and Cooling Systems has been in the business of providing heating and air cooling solutions for more than 140 years. Since 1874, this York, Pennsylvania company has been at the forefront of the HVAC industry, being the first company to create air conditioning in a commercial office in 1924. Users today of the systems developed by York include the Empire State Building, U.S. Capitol building and the famous Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia.

York’s systems are as suitable for residential use as they are for commercial buildings. They offer a variety of solutions for the home, including a furnace and air conditioner combination that not only provides heat and cooling but is also designed to humidify and dehumidify the home. There systems are energy efficient and built to withstand the climates, making them a durable, high quality appliance to consider.

Amana Heating and Air Conditioning Systems

Amana also boasts a long history of meeting the heating and cool needs of residential and commercial users. This Ames, Iowa company has been in business since 1934, creating a niche with restaurants and grocery stores with the development of the cold storage locker. Amana has long since been a leading edge developer of air conditioners, gas furnaces, heat pumps and packaged units. Their systems are energy efficient and built to high manufacturing standards, which the company has been known for throughout its 80-plus years in business.

Find Your Heating and Cooling System from Morehart

You can obtain more information regarding either the Amana or York heating and air conditioning systems when you contact Morehart Air Conditioning & Heating. Morehart, family owned and operated, has been providing HVAC solutions in the Phoenix area for more than a decade. Call the specialists at Morehart at 623-566-005 or online at https://morehartac.com/ to see if they have the solution to your heating and air conditioning needs.

Stay Cool During Excessive Phoenix Heat

If you are a resident in the Valley of the Sun then you know what time of year it is. It is time for the news, the radio, and pretty much everyone under the sun to talk about just how hot it is outside. As the summer bears down on us so do the Heat Warnings that are caused by the insanely high temperatures. Heat warnings occur when temperatures outside are far too high for normal outdoor activity to proceed when this happens. In schools, students are not even allowed to go outside for recess because they are at risk of heat exhaustion.

During days where heat warnings are in effect it is imperative that you stay indoors with air conditioning in order to lower risk of exposure to these extreme temperatures. Everyone who is exposed to these temperatures are highly encouraged to stay hydrated. It is easy to become dehydrated when it is extremely hot outside because your body is having a more difficult time keeping your internal body temperature cool. By staying hydrated your internal body is able to stay cool. If you stop sweating, become lightheaded, or suffer any of heat related illness symptoms immediately get into a cool area and consume water in at a steady pace. If you do not recuperate seek medical help, heat related illnesses are deadly.

People who have broken down air conditioners, or no air conditioners at all are at high risk for heat illnesses during heat warnings. Without an air conditioner that is running properly, or at all, mayhem for your indoor housing temperature may occur. If you happen to contract a heat related illness and are not able to cool down the consequences can be excruciating.

If it has been awhile since your last A/C service check up it’s time to call Morehart Air and Heating for a tune up. With temperatures skyrocketing to record highs waiting to check on your air conditioning unit(s) can be extremely dangerous to you, your family’s, and your pet’s health. Morehart Air and Heating will fix up your air conditioner and get your home nice and cool again.

If your air conditioning does break down here are some family fun things you can do to beat the heat while your air conditioner is repaired:

  • Go to the movies
  • Enjoy frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream, or shaved ice
  • Visit the children’s or science museum
  • Go ice skating
  • Visit Legoland Discovery Center Arizona
  • Explore the Challenger Space Center
  • Discover the Sea Life Aquarium
  • Climb into some fun at an indoor rock climbing gym
  • Check out The Baked Bear ice cream parlor
  • Jump your way into fun at an indoor trampoline gym
  • Enjoy an air conditioned Diamondbacks games (look out for their deals on weekday tickets!)
  • Browse your local library
  • Skate your way past the heat at a roller rink
  • Check out a bowling Alley

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Phone number:(623) 566-0005

Spring Time is for Air Filters and Eliminating Allergens

Nasal allergies affect some 50 million Americans each year, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Making sure your indoor living environment is free of dust, mold and bacteria is one way to keep your allergy sniffles away this spring. Josh Morehart, president of Morehart Air Conditioning & Heating, offers a few home air quality tips for the coming spring season.

Air filter basics

For years, Morehart has told customers to use the electric bill as a monthly reminder to change the home air filter. However, the type of filter used could be a major factor in the life span of your furnace or heat exchanger as well as the overall air quality in your home.

Filters that claim to only need changing every three months can be hard on furnace motors, constricting air and the system’s ability to circulate air throughout the home. “These filters are good, but they’re almost too good,” he adds. Morehart suggest a high-quality pleated 30-day filter. Glasfloss is one brand he trusts.

Morehart also tells customers to evaluate a filter’s MERV (Minimal Efficiency Reporting Value) rating, which is an indicator of the size of the holes in the filter that allow particles to pass through. Rated from one to 16, the higher the rating the smaller the holes and the fewer the number of particles and airborne contaminants there are that can pass through the filter. However, a very high rating can still restrict adequate airflow to your heating and cooling system. That’s why adequate MERV ratings for home use range between seven and 12, while surgery centers and hospitals with higher powered systems are more likely to use ratings between 13 and 16.

Homeowners can also opt for quality electrostatic filter products that come with a lifetime guarantee and can be cleaned each month for re-use.

Air filtration and UV light systems

From HEPA filtration to air-ionization products, the market is abuzz with air filtration systems, many of which claim major reductions in dust, dander, mold and bacteria in your home. Morehart recommends the Air Scrubber Plus system, a technology developed in cooperation with NASA for use on the International Space Station. It uses germicidal UV light along with a unique catalytic process to create oxygen and hydrogen molecules that actually clean the environment, including hard surfaces.

There are other UV light air purifying systems offered by major brands like Honeywell, Morehart added, that can be beneficial, too. UV purifiers must be installed near the coil inside a furnace or heat exchanger and shine directly on the downstream (cool) side of it in order to eliminate bacteria, dust and mold before it enters your ducts.

“With condensation naturally occurring in coils, it’s an ideal place for bacteria and mold to grow, so the UV systems can be very helpful,” he added.

Duct cleaning done right

If you live near an open desert area, keep doors and windows closed as much as possible to keep dust and allergens down, Morehart adds. He also says small dust streaks on vents can be a tip off that it’s time for a duct cleaning.

Unfortunately, the duct cleaning industry is rife with unscrupulous service providers. Poor service starts by cutting corners and it’s not uncommon for some duct cleaners to skip removing some air vents. Also, ask about equipment, the HVAC pro noted. Morehart uses a roto-brush system that literally walks the ducts with a camera mounted to it. He also uses a medical grade sporicide.

“This is something that should take two guys two to three hours to do,” he added. “If it’s done right, you really only need it cleaned every three to five years.” Morehart Air Conditioning & Heating enjoys an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. To learn more about energy efficiency solutions, air quality, and AC and heating system safety for your home, visit us online or call 623-566-0005.

Modern A/C Technology Shows Old Tech the Door

This summer, Robert Krein’s floundering home air conditioning unit was clunking and gurgling towards another expensive repair. It was becoming an annual occurrence for Krein, who openly regrets the purchase of a cheap system four years ago. So, this summer the Surprise retiree, and his wife, opted for something very different.

The Kreins purchased an Amana AVXC20 high efficiency air conditioner from Morehart Air Conditioning & Heating. At first thought, the make and model may mean little to a consumer who hears plenty of marketing noise out there about energy efficiency. But in his conversation with the Morehart team, one word caught Krein’s attention, and it was ultimately the dealmaker. That word was: inverter.

“I’m not a technical genius by any means, but I knew what that meant,” Krein recalled. “I knew it would be more reliable and run quieter.”

The DC power advantage

With the AVXC20’s inverter system, AC (alternating current) power is converted to DC (direct current) power – a more efficient and stable current.

From there, the unit relies on circuit boards to efficiently control the amount of electricity the system uses. The variable-speed compressor consumes the absolute minimum amount of energy needed to maintain a consistent temperature in the home, running more frequently, but using less wattage overall.

“Think of a dimmer switch on a light bulb, using the bare minimum amount of electricity,” adds Josh Morehart, founder of Morehart Air Conditioning & Heating.

A standard system, the A/C pro explained, operates a lot like a roller coaster, with peaks and valleys, using all the energy it can at once to achieve its goal of reaching a certain temperature programmed into a thermostat.

“This really is like the difference between a gas guzzling V8 and a Tesla (electric car),” Morehart noted.

DC and air conditioners

In the late 1800s, DC power was the go-to source in the U.S. DC electricity, which moves in one direction, however, loses power when traveling long distances. The more volatile AC current, which could move in many different directions, was better for long distance power transmission. So, America grew up with AC power distributed to its homes and businesses.

However, through the years, experts and consumers realized the more efficient DC current was better suited for home electronics and small appliances, particularly those with imbedded microchips and semiconductors. Cords that changed AC power coming into homes from the electrical grid to DC power for machines and appliances quietly became the norm. Think of your computer charger today; that’s an inverter that converts AC power to DC power for your machine.

Using inverters in air conditioning systems still hasn’t caught on in America the way it has in Europe and Asia, said Morehart. But Amana has been perfecting the practice in Europe for years, and it’s now making its energy efficiency case with A/C compressor inverter technology in the US.

“This, more or less, is going to be the standard. Solid State compressors will be phased out. This is what will help us meet stricter guidelines from the Department of Energy.” – Josh Morehart

20 SEER on a bad day

Krein is expected to save about 40 percent over an expected 15-year life for the unit, Morehart says. He paid a bit more up front, but between using DC power and other efficiencies built into the system, Amana third-party verifies that savings will pile up the moment Krein first sets his thermostat.

“This, more or less, is going to be the standard. Solid State compressors will be phased out. This is what will help us meet stricter guidelines from the Department of Energy,” Morehart added.

The Amana system comes with a 20 SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating, well above today’s national minimum of 14. However, it’s important to note that the AVXC20 operates at 20 SEER when the air temperature hits 115 degrees. “The rest of the time it’s running at an even higher efficiency,” Morehart noted.

The product is getting favorable reviews, even though it comes with sticker shock during the sales process. Morehart draws a parallel to buying solar panels today.

“They see the price and they’re concerned, but if the math is explained properly then the customer understands what this can do for them,” he added.

For Krein, paying more now means spending less later, but also hearing a lot less today, too.

“The system is very, very quiet. The only thing you ever hear is the wind noise from the cooling fan. You never hear the fan motor itself,” he added.

To learn more about the Amana AVXC20 system or other energy efficiency solutions for your home, visit Morehart Air Conditioning & Heating at morehartac.com or call 623-566-0005.

A New Heating System for the Holidays

What’s on your Christmas list? How about investing in something that can really pay you back over time? We’re talking about a new heating system just in time for the holidays. If your existing home heating system is more than 15 years old, you’re very likely losing energy efficiency and paying much more than you should for electricity and fuel. Let’s take a look at the many reasons why a new heating system can benefit you.

Fewer Repairs

Just like anything else, as your heating system ages, components tend to break down. You may find yourself replacing parts every year or getting extensive maintenance done just to get it to work properly. These repairs bills are unexpected and can really eat into your household budget. A new system will cost you outright, of course, but at least you know you can rely on that unit to do its job when called on.

Efficient Airflow

A new heating system can boost the airflow through the ducts in your home, ensuring every room gets equal and adequate heat distribution. It’s this reliability that you can count on when you replace your old system with a new one. If you’re not getting the airflow you want, your old model could be on its way out. The efficiency of older furnace and boiler systems is only between 60 and 70 percent, compared with modern heating systems that can achieve efficiencies as high as 99 percent, according to Energy.gov. This means your new unit is converting almost all the fuel to useful heat!

Increased Efficiency

Think of your heating system purchase as a long-term commitment that will pay off for many years down the road. You’re not buying a toaster oven here. According to HGTV, when you buy the highest energy efficiency rating possible now, you can avoid the high energy prices that come later.

Installing a new heating system is a great idea for the holidays. Having family to your home for Thanksgiving and Christmas and keeping everyone warm and happy is the gift that keeps on giving. Morehart AC has been serving the valley for many years. We will provide your home with a system made from some of our industry’s top heating manufacturers and give you a nice, warm home to relax in during the colder months. Give us a call today 623-566-0005 or visit our site at https://www.morehartac.com.

Is a Heat Pump Right for You?

When it comes to heating your home, you have several options, but two of the most common choices are either a heat pump or a furnace. There are pros and cons to both, and the final decision depends upon the local utility cost comparisons for electricity vs. natural gas or other fossil fuels.

Here in Phoenix, where winter temperatures can get cold at night, it rarely makes sense to install a heat pump. Rather, homeowners can choose to adapt their gas furnace to a heat pump, called a hybrid heat system, to maximize energy savings during both extreme and temperate weather days.

Heat Pump Basics

A heat pump does double-duty, serving as both a heating and cooling unit. It is essentially a heat transfer machine. To heat your home, it extracts heat from outside air, concentrates that energy—thereby raising the temperature—and then transfers this energy to the inside of the structure. The process is reversed during the warm months, in which the heat pump essentially replaces the air conditioner. In this case, the heat is removed from the inside and transferred outside to accomplish the desired reduction in temperature we call cooling. Their compressors can be noisy, so they need to be installed properly and maintained by licensed HVAC technicians, such as Morehart Air and Heating.

When temperatures dip below 39° F during the nights, it becomes impossible for heat pumps to extract heat from exterior air, so the hybridized mini-furnace system kicks in using electric or gas-fired heating coils.

Geothermal Heat Pumps Increase Energy Efficiency

Eco-conscious homeowners also have the option to install geothermal heat pumps, which place the compressor deep in the ground where ambient earth temperatures are consistent. While the initial investment is steep, it pays for itself over time, providing reduced utility bills year-round. As of 2015, the government is still offering tax credits for qualifying geothermal heat pumps, which can further offset the investment.

To optimize the efficiency of a new heating and/or cooling system, contact Morehart Air and Heating. We’ll determine whether a furnace or hybrid heat system makes the most sense for your home.

How Air and Heating Got Their Start

For the first 100 years home heating in a heavily forested America was dominated by biomass (wood) and it was not until 1885 that the nation would burn more coal than wood. Prior to 1885 the majority of homes in America were heated with wood burning brick fireplaces and derivatives of the cast iron Franklin Stove invented in 1742.

By the end of the 19th century the invention of low cost cast iron radiators would bring central heating to America’s homes with a coal fired boiler in the basement delivering hot water or steam to radiators in every room. At about the same time, in 1885, Dave Lennox built and marketing the industry’s first riveted-steel coal furnace. Without electricity and fans to move air, these early furnaces transported heat by natural convection (warm heated air rising) through ducts from the basement furnace to the rooms above. These two methods would dominate home central heating until 1935, when the introduction of the first forced air furnace using coal as a heat source used the power of an electric fan to distribute the heated air through ductwork within the home.
In 1882, the first coal fired electric power plant opened in New York city delivering enough power to light 11,000 light bulbs and marking the beginning of the end for gas and kerosene lamps.

The heating and AC industry has certainly come a long way since the days of no temperature regulation. Let’s take a look at the history of both the air conditioning and heating industries.

Air Conditioning Units

In the early 1900s, the concept of air conditioning was still very primitive at best. Machines were invented that blew air over ice or cold coils to control room temperature and humidity, says Popular Mechanics. In 1902 Willis Carrier would build the first air conditioner to combat humidity problems inside a printing company and in 1917 the first documented theater to use air conditioning made its debut at New Empire Theatre in Montgomery, Alabama.

Between 1928 and 1930 the Chamber of the House of Representatives, the Senate, the White House, the Executive Office Building, and the Department of Commerce would be air-conditioned.It wasn’t until the early 1930s that individual units were designed to sit on the ledge of a window, which soon grew in popularity — at least with the rich. This is because the units were large and expensive, not very accessible to the masses. With the approach of 1940 came the first air-conditioned car. When 1953 rolled around, residential air conditioners were becoming more available to everyday folks thanks to the prosperity enjoyed by the country after World War II ended, with one million AC units sold that year alone. The 1970s saw the emergence of central air conditioning, making this the coolest way to control temperature throughout a home. Today, central air is still the preferred method of temperature and humidity control.

Heating Units

The very first heating options available to man came about, of course, with the discovery of fire. Fire pits, them chimneys and hearths were the primary way of keeping a home warm, although there was no effective way to distribute that warmth.

The Industrial Revolution brought about the invention of the first gas metering system for residential use, but not until the 1920s did the oil-burning furnace first make its debut. Electric-powered furnaces gained in popularity not long after that. Fast forward to today and you’ll see that nearly eight million homes in this country are powered by heating oil, electric or gas fireplaces.

The future of heating and air conditioning is upon us. To learn about our latest offerings and services, call Morehart Air Conditioning and Heating today, 623-566-0005 or visit https://morehartac.com!

Bigger Doesn’t Always Mean Better

When it comes to Phoenix HVAC and air conditioning systems, sometimes bigger isn’t always better. For example, that 10,000 BTU air conditioner just might be too large for your room – which would fare better with a 5,000 BTU model. What are some of the ramifications of having too large a unit? Well, it can make the room cooler without leaving enough time for the moisture to leave the space, which gives you a cold and clammy feeling during the hot summer days.

The Success of Your HVAC System Depends on the Contractor

The above is just one example of why you need a Phoenix HVAC contractor that knows what they’re doing – no matter what kind of home comfort system is being installed. Even during the colder months, a heater that’s unnecessarily large will raise your energy bill; among other things. The contractor should be able to explain to you precisely the type and size of the system that fits your room, and he should be able to do it in clear and concise language – without using technical terms that obscure the meaning for the layperson.

Can You Trust Your HVAC Technician?

It doesn’t matter if you’re just seeking a service call for some maintenance, you need a technician to help you with a replacement system, or you’re having one installed for the very first time; there’s a tried-and-true roadmap that will help you gauge the qualifications of the contractor at hand: ask him or her about Manual J.

Manual J is an industry-standard document that details the exact specifics of determining the size of the air conditioning unit you need for your room, and doesn’t involve guesswork of the “if your room is X square feet by Y square feet” type. In fact, if your HVAC contractor claims not to use or know about Manual J, you should seriously consider ending the consultation right then and there.

The benefits of installing an HVAC system according to the rules outlined in Manual J cannot be understated; it represents the most surefire way of getting an efficient unit that works perfectly for the room you by taking all relevant factors into account. Because of its utility, Manual J is standard for building codes across the nation.

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