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.

Ready to schedule your fall tune-up? We provide service all around the Los Angeles area. Call Brody Pennell Heating and Air Conditioning for expert help and affordable repairs: (310) 896-4911

 

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.

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.

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With the holidays just around the corner, you’ll want to make sure everything is in your home ready to go—and this includes your HVAC system. All of the holiday hustle and bustle can create extra wear and tear on your system, as your heating and/or cooling units will most likely be working overtime. If you want to make sure that your heating and cooling system is ready to keep you comfortable this winter, you’ll need to show your system some TLC.

Get Your System Ready for the Holiday Season

Prevent any breakdowns during your festivities by following this advice on how to get your HVAC system ready for the holidays.

Holiday HVAC Maintenance

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We make it easy to handle HVAC upkeep! We offer maintenance agreements that will make it easy for you to make sure your system is getting the attention it deserves. Visit our maintenance agreements page to learn more.

How often do you actually stick to your New Year’s resolutions? Though some have the resolve it takes to remain steadfast in accomplishing their goals, many others fall a bit short. The good news is now that 2017 is right around the corner, you have a new chance to make some changes for the better. Why not make a resolution to save money by being a little better to your HVAC system? Below, we’ll tell you which New Year’s resolutions you can adopt this year to keep your home comfortable while cutting back on energy costs.

HVAC New Year’s Resolutions

Here are just a few of our favorite HVAC New Year’s resolutions that can help you take better care of your heating and cooling system:

Invest in a programmable thermostat.

If you don’t already have a smart or programmable thermostat, make 2017 the year that you finally invest in one. A programmable thermostat helps you cut down on energy costs by allowing you to run your heater and air conditioner more efficiently. You can program your thermostat for your preferred temperature while you and your family are at home, and then switch it to a more energy-efficient setting while you are away. These devices help you

Schedule your annual HVAC maintenance visit.

Another way that you can resolve to be good to your HVAC system in the new year is by scheduling an annual furnace and AC maintenance visit with your trusted Los Angeles HVAC company. Many homeowners do not worry about HVAC maintenance until something breaks down. However, an annual tune-up will help promote a long and healthy life for your AC and furnace equipment and keep your system running efficiently. During the tune-up, an experienced HVAC technician will clean and lubricate your system’s parts while checking for any repair needs. This is the best way to ensure year-round efficiency. Not to mention, this annual tune-up allows you to take care of repair needs as soon as they arise, instead of waiting until more costly repairs are needed.

Keep outdoor HVAC unit free of foliage and debris.

Though lawn maintenance may not be your idea of a good time, it is important to maintain the foliage around your outdoor HVAC unit. Any leaves, branches, or other debris near the unit can cause an obstruction. To be on the safe side, keep all bushes, shrubs, branches, grass, and other foliage clear within about 2 feet of the unit in each direction. This will not only help ensure that the greenery does not interfere with your HVAC system’s operation, but it will also provide enough space for an HVAC technician to work on the unit if necessary.

If you need help sticking to one of the HVAC New Year’s resolutions we’ve discussed here, we would be happy to help! Whether you need to schedule your annual tune-up, find the best air filter, or learn more about indoor air quality products, our HVAC experts are here to help. Call today for more information: (310) 836-0606.

Have you ever heard the phrase, “prevention is the best medicine”? Well, the same is true for your HVAC system. Just like your vehicle needs a regular oil change and routine inspection, your HVAC system needs to be inspected, cleaned, and lubricated at least once a year. A maintenance agreement makes this process easy and hassle free, helping you keep your air conditioning and heating system well maintained and working efficiently throughout the year. Below, we’ll discuss how a Maintenance Agreement from Brody Pennell can benefit you as a homeowner.

Benefits of a Maintenance Agreement from Brody Pennell

Regularly maintaining your system is an important part of keeping your air conditioner and heater running smoothly. During regular maintenance visits, your HVAC technician can identify wear and tear or small repair needs early before they become more expensive problems. Not only does this reduce the risk of major breakdowns and malfunctions, but it also ensures that your system is running efficiently, which can help you save money on energy costs while also getting the most life out of your HVAC system.

With a maintenance agreement, Brody Pennell customers are also able to easily maintain and validate manufacturer’s warranties on their heating and cooling equipment. In addition, this maintenance agreement includes warranties on all parts, labor, and repairs completed under the agreement for 12 months.

In the end, one of the greatest benefits that the maintenance agreement can offer is convenience. Homeowners no longer have to worry about maintaining their HVAC system or whether or not their system needs repairs. The maintenance agreement offers improved comfort and reliability as a trained HVAC technician from Brody Pennell is inspecting your system to ensure that it’s working properly and efficiently. Yet another convenience that the agreement offers is extended appointment times that better fit your schedule.

Maintenance Agreement Specials

In addition to saving money through improved efficiency, reduced costly breakdowns, and longer equipment life, homeowners can also save money on HVAC repairs and products with the maintenance agreement. Brody Pennell offers the following specials to customers who have an agreement:

  • 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

This is just another added benefit that the maintenance agreement offers Los Angeles homeowners. Though it is hard to say that any benefit compares to the peace of mind that homeowners get in knowing that a Brody Pennell certified technician is only a phone call away to help keep their families comfortable year-round.

Contact us today if you are interested in saving time and money with our maintenance agreements.

While the differences between an HVAC maintenance plan and a home warranty may seem small, in actuality, maintenance plans offer much more dependable service and support. Warranties are designed to entice customers into coverage that ends up being masked by red tape. By contrast, maintenance plans allow customers to get routine care for their systems in a hassle free way.

1. Priority Scheduling

When your HVAC system needs repairs, you will most likely have to wait a long time before getting service through your home warranty. In the meantime, your system may not be usable, making the wait extremely cumbersome and inconvenient. With a maintenance plan, you get priority service and can often get service that same day.

2. Trustworthy Service

Repairs done through a home warranty are performed by an outside contractor whom you don’t know. The contractor may overcharge you in order to make a profit above what the repair company is offering, and you don’t get a choice of which repair company to work with. Repairs through HVAC maintenance plans are carried out by a company you already know and trust, so you don’t have to worry about surprises.

3. Discounts on Repairs and Parts

Home warranties often put restrictions on what they’ll cover, and many require their customers to pay a deductible. These tactics allow them to make the largest profit possible at the least expense. By contrast, you can often get discounts on labor and parts through a maintenance plan.

4. HVAC Cleaning and Checkups

Regular cleaning is necessary in order to keep an HVAC system working properly, but home warranties require that you do this cleaning yourself. If your system needs repairs and you haven’t performed routine maintenance, your home warranty won’t cover the repairs. By design, maintenance plans give you free routine maintenance every six months. Your system also gets professional cleanings and semiannual inspections through the maintenance plan.

5. Lower Utility Bills

Warranties and plans should always come down to savings. A home warranty covers repairs after problems have arisen, but a maintenance plan can help your system work properly on a regular basis. This maintenance will help ensure that your system is working as efficiently as possible. Regular tuneups can help your unit maintain up to 95 percent of its original efficiency, which helps keep your energy bills low.

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