Why Does My Furnace Smell Bad?

January 23, 2017 6:49 am : Uncategorized

Unusual smells in your home are usually a sign that something’s wrong. Sometimes it’s just an over-ripe garbage bag, but when the smell is coming from your furnace, then it’s time to dig a little deeper. Here are some smells you can experience from your furnace, and what they might mean for your home.

1. Burning Smell

If you’re smelling a burning smell, and it’s the start of the heating season, then  you’re probably just smelling the dust burning off of the system after months of non-use. This is not something to be concerned with. However, if the burning smell smells metallic, similar to an overheated motor, then you may have a problem with the furnace blower. If you don’t address the issue, the motor could overheat, melting the attached wires and creating a serious electrical risk. For this smell, you need to call an HVAC professional immediately after turning off your system.

2. Rotten Egg Smell

If you’re smelling rotten eggs or a similar smell, you probably have a gas leak. This is an emergency. Open all of the doors and windows in your home, call 911 and get out of the home. Natural gas is scented to smell this way so homeowners are aware when there is a problem.

3. Chemical Smell

Chemical smells are difficult to diagnose, because they can be due to a number of causes. If you’re smelling a chemical smell, it may be a sign of a cracked heat exchanger. This particular problem puts your family at serious risk for CO poisoning, so you need to get it looked at right away. Even if you’re not completely sure what the smell smells like, you need to have someone look at it right away to ensure your family is protected.

Shamrock Heating & Cooling: Arizona’s Furnace Experts

Not only do we provide high quality furnace repair service, we are experts in all heating services, including:

Schedule Furnace Repair in Tempe, AZ Today

Are you noticing unusual smells from your furnace this winter? Shamrock Heating & Cooling offers a comprehensive list of furnace repair and maintenance services. Don’t put your family’s safety at risk, but give us a call to have one of our experienced furnace technicians take a look at your system to determine the source of the smell. We even offer emergency repair service, so if you have a serious gas leak or your CO alarm goes off in the middle of the night, we are here to assist.

Give Shamrock Heating & Cooling call or contact us online today to ensure your family is safe and protected from the dangerous causes of these common furnace smells.

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Should You Replace Your HVAC System?

December 15, 2016 9:50 am : Uncategorized

Every day your HVAC system works hard to keep your Tempe home comfortable. It’s easy to forget about how hard it’s working, day in and day out, to protect the comfort of your home. Yet over time certain signs should not be ignored, as they may indicate that it’s time to start thinking about replacement!

If you’re noticing some of these signs, then it may be time to consider calling Shamrock Heating & Cooling for HVAC replacement.

1. Increasing Energy Bills

Energy bills that are increasing without a clear cause can be a sign that you’re ready to repalce that HVAC system. Over time two things happen. First, as the system ages, it becomes less and less efficient. Second, as the technology of HVAC systems changes, new, more efficient models hit the market. Replacing your system with a more efficient model will save you money over time.

2. An Old System Has Broken

Almost any HVAC system can be repaired by the right HVAC professional, but sometimes the cost of repair compared to the age of the system just doesn’t make sense. At Shamrock, we recommend the “$5,000 Rule” to determine if your system should be repaired or replaced. To use this rule, multiply the age of the system and the cost estimate for the repair. If the total is over $5,000, then you’re better off replacing the system. If not, then repair is likely the more cost-effective option.

3. Your Home Is Uncomfortable

If you’re regularly feeling uncomfortable in your home, but know that the thermostat has been set properly, you may want to think about replacing the HVAC system. Overly hot or overly cool spots can indicate that the HVAC system isn’t doing its job well, and a new system could fix the problem. This is particularly true if the existing system isn’t properly sized for the property.

4. The System Regularly Needs Repairs

If you’re finding that you are repairing the system on a regular basis, adding refrigerant or repairing breaking components every few months, then you may be paying more for repairs over the course of a year than the system is worth. Even if each individual repair doesn’t break the $5,000 rule, the combined cost will, and replacing the system will put a stop to these constant repair bills.

5. Your System Has Safety Issues

Finally, don’t forget about safety. Poor wiring, leaking refrigerant, CO leaks, electrical concerns and other safety issues may mean that replacement is essential. Make sure your family is safe by replacing a system with any serious, dangerous problems.

Are you ready to replace your HVAC system with one that is more efficient, better sized for your home and safer for your family? Give Shamrock Heating & Cooling a call at 480-755-7959 to schedule a service and replacement appointment with our qualified team or contact us online now.

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Why Your Heat Pump Is Leaking & What to Do About It

October 27, 2016 11:11 am : Uncategorized

If your heat pump is leaking, don’t panic! Like any other machine, heat pumps occasionally malfunction. If you address the problem in a timely manner, you’ll significantly reduce the odds of extensive damage that could become quite a costly problem.

Give Shamrock Heating & Cooling a call at 480-755-7959 or contact us online as soon as you spot a heat pump leak. Our team of HVAC specialists knows exactly how to diagnose this type of problem, perform the appropriate corrective action, and get your heat pump back to its normal state of operation.

How Heat Pumps Work

Heat pumps function with the use of refrigerant that transfers warm air from one space to another. When a heat pump is set to cool a living space, it functions similar to an air conditioner in that it pulls the warm air out of your home’s interior and sends it outdoors. Heat pumps operating in cooling mode also eliminate extra moisture in your home’s air. The evaporator coils serve as a means of sending condensation down to the designated drain. When heat is pulled from the outdoors to warm your home, condensation occurs along the outdoor unit.

Why Your Heat Pump May Be Leaking

Now that you have a general idea of how heat pumps work, you can better understand why your heat pump is leaking. In some instances, there is an issue with the drain used for condensation. This drain is designed to send extra moisture out of the home, and it can be clogged just like any other pathway. There might be a buildup of algae, random debris, or other gunk that causes a drain pan overflow, creating a puddle of water by your heat pump.

Perhaps the heat pump’s refrigerant level is low. If condensation forms along the indoor evaporator coils, it can freeze into ice. Ice prevents the transfer of heat and hinders your heat pump’s functionality. As the unit turns off, the ice will melt and create the water that you have identified as a leak. If ice forms on your heat pump’s outside condensing unit, its defrost function will kick in and transfer heat outdoors to melt that ice. The water slowly drips downward until it once again freezes into ice.

These are just a few reasons that your heat pump could be leaking, but until you call in a trained HVAC specialist, it’s all just speculation! To diagnose and repair the issue at hand, contact Shamrock Heating & Cooling to schedule service in your Tempe area home today.

Call Shamrock Heating & Cooling for Heat Pump Repair in Tempe, AZ & Surrounding Areas

Though heat pumps are certainly an efficient means of warming and cooling a living space, they have the potential to leak. If you spot a leak or drip, reach out to Shamrock Heating & Cooling right away! Our heat pump repair technicians know exactly how to remedy the problem and preserve your family’s comfort in your Arizona home.

We strive to provide you with the best customer service, top quality work, and guarantee offers most other companies cannot provide, including:

  • Same Day Service – If you have an emergency, we will see to it that you get taken care of today.
  • Finance Options – With Shamrock Heating & Cooling, we provide options that fit your family’s needs.
  • Warranty Plans – Many of our repair solutions include 5 year parts and labor, peace of mind warranty.
  • Satisfaction Guaranteed – Shamrock works hard to provide top quality services for you and your family.

Take care of your heat pump leak or other issue right away, so it doesn’t spiral into a larger problem that requires more money and worry! Give us a call at 480-755-7959 or contact us online now to schedule heat pump service in the Tempe area today.

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Why You Should Get a Whole-Home Humidifier

October 10, 2016 11:49 am : Uncategorized

Has your living or working space become uncomfortably dry? If it hasn’t yet, it may become dryer in the next few weeks when winter arrives in Arizona! Dry air causes all sorts of problems for your health, as well as your overall comfort. There is a surprisingly simple and low-cost solution to the problem of dry air: a whole-home humidifier. Give a whole-home humidifier a chance and you will be shocked as to how much more comfortable your home feels!

Shamrock Heating & Cooling can help you choose a whole-home humidifier and integrate it into your home’s HVAC system. We install, replace, and repair whole-home humidifiers, as well as all other types of HVAC equipment throughout the greater Tempe area. Give us a call at 480-755-7959 or contact us online today to schedule service in your Tempe area home!

The Benefits of Whole-Home Humidifiers

If your home has dry air, don’t feel as though you are the only one with this issue! Indoor air tends to become quite dry as the temperatures dip, particularly here in Arizona. Dry air causes a slew of problems, from cracked and itchy skin to bloody noses and beyond. It is also worth noting that low-humidity living spaces are hotbeds for viruses and germs! Dry environments can even increase the odds of infection and illness.

There is a big difference between portable humidifiers and whole-home humidifiers. Whole-home humidifiers do not require constant attention, and don’t need to be carried from room to room—instead, they add moisture to your entire home rather than just one small space. It doesn’t make sense to improve your air quality in one or two rooms and constantly refill a portable humidifier’s water tank when you can improve your entire home’s air quality! This is the major benefit of whole-home humidifiers.

Shamrock Heating & Cooling knows exactly how to properly install a whole house humidifier so it seamlessly connects to your already existing heating and cooling system. This addition has the potential to revolutionize your living experience. It will add much-needed humidity to the air by way of your heating ducts. Your thermostat will then gauge your entire home’s humidity level and control it to your nuanced specifications.

With a whole-home humidifier, you won’t have to worry about whether your home’s air is a breeding ground for viruses, nor will you have to continuously slather on that lotion for your dry skin or drink copious amounts of water to stay hydrated.

Shamrock’s Whole-Home Humidifier Services in Tempe, AZ & Surrounding Areas

Shamrock Heating & Cooling is your go-to resource for whole-home humidifiers. We’ve been in business for 20 years for good reason! Our HVAC experts know exactly how to install, maintain, and repair whole-home humidifiers (as well as furnaces, air conditioning systems, and other heating and cooling equipment). Our whole-home humidifiers are engineered to last, even when used on a regular basis in the dry Arizona heat. You can trust our team to supply you with only the best equipment, maintain it for optimal functionality, and perform repairs 24 hours a day to keep your home comfortable.

If you live in or around the greater Tempe area, give us a call today at 480-755-5979 to learn more about our whole-home humidifiers, or schedule service online now!

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Signs You’re in Need of Heat Pump Repair

September 19, 2016 12:15 pm : Uncategorized

Heat pumps are extremely efficient pieces of technology. These machines can warm or cool a living space without burning any fuel. All you’ll need is a source of electricity and a bit of patience. However, just like any other piece of machinery, heat pumps will inevitably require maintenance and repairs.

Indicators That It’s Time to Schedule Heat Pump Repair

If you notice that your heat pump is generating an odd sound, performing at a low efficiency or leaking, do not shrug off these warning signs. These are all clues that your heat pump requires a repair by an HVAC professional.

Old Age

If your heat pump no longer heats and cools your living space like it did when you originally had it installed, it might simply be past its prime. Check to see if the heat pump has aged beyond the manufacturer’s anticipated lifespan. If your heat pump is older than 15 years of age, it might be time for a replacement.

Excessive Noise

A heat pump that generates considerable noise is a heat pump that likely needs to be repaired. Don’t live with this annoying sound and assume that it is merely a temporary inconvenience. Anything like a rattling, groaning, or other mechanical sound is cause for concern! Have a heat pump expert take a look at the unit to identify the problem.

Higher Electric Bills

If you notice that your electrical bills have increased, but you haven’t been using your heat pump more often than usual, it is time for a professional HVAC contractor to take a look at it. Though heat pumps are incredibly efficient in terms of electricity consumption, it’s possible for a heat pump in need of repair to reach the point where its efficiency decreases.

Shortened Cycling

Another heat pump problem that raises a red flag is shortened cycling. The unit should not switch on and off at a high frequency. Alternatively, if the heat pump does not remain on long enough to heat your home to the desired temperature, it is an indication that the unit needs the attention of an HVAC aficionado.

Rapid heat pump cycling might be the result of a dirt buildup that prevents air from flowing through the system and consequently reduces the heat pump’s efficiency. Or, the problem could be a malfunctioning thermostat. Even a refrigerant leak has the potential to force a heat pump to cycle at an unnecessarily high frequency!

Reduced Heating

A heat pump that generates significant airflow but a reduced amount of heat might be in need of a repair. In some instances, this problem is caused by having the thermostat positioned at the wrong setting. However, reduced heat can also stem from an issue with the compressor or a refrigerant leak.

Schedule Heat Pump Repair Service in Tempe, AZ

Shamrock Heating & Cooling can resolve your heat pump issues! Our team has the experience and know-how necessary to remedy every type of heat pump issue, from leaks to reduced efficiency and beyond. If your heat pump suffers a serious issue, don’t panic. Our HVAC experts will assess the situation and perform a heat pump replacement if deemed prudent.

If you live in the greater Tempe area and your home’s heat pump is acting up, we can help. Shamrock Heating & Cooling is ready and willing to lend professional HVAC assistance in your time of need. Contact us and we’ll send a heat pump expert over to your place as quickly as possible. Our technician will perform an accurate diagnosis of the problem and determine whether a repair or replacement is necessary. You can also reach us by phone at 480-755-7959.

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Benefits of Installing a Heat Pump in Your Arizona Home

September 7, 2016 12:02 pm : Uncategorized

Many people out there have two HVAC systems in their home: a heating system and a cooling system. However, there is a way to use just one system to both heat and cool your home—by installing a heat pump!

In case you’re not familiar with heat pumps, these systems transfer heat from a cold space to a warm space with electricity. The result of this movement is an even cooler cool space, and an even warmer warm space.

In comparison to furnaces, heat pumps are often favored for their efficiency, along with their ability to distribute heat in an even manner throughout a living space. Learn more about the benefits of installing a heat pump in your Arizona home below!

Advantages of Installing a Heat Pump

Low Cost of Operation

The typical gas furnace turns on and off at a higher frequency than a heat pump. The majority of contemporary heat pumps no longer require cold air to be blown through vents. Antiquated systems would use such cold air to defrost their coils when the system briefly switched into reverse. Aside from heating an area in a uniform manner, the primary benefit of a heat pump is its efficiency in comparison to the conventional gas or oil furnace.

There is no need to burn oil or gas once you equip your home with a heat pump.  This system is totally reliant upon electricity for operation. When a living space must be heated, the heat pump moves heat into the house from the outdoors. In the cooling season, the heat pump transfers heat from the home into the greater outdoors.

The fact that a heat pump does not generate heat but moves it is a testament to its energy efficiency and consequently, its low cost of operation. In general, a space can be warmed or cooled to the proper temperature for about one-quarter or one-third of the cost required to operate a traditional heating or cooling system. You can even leave your heat pump on while you are at work and you won’t receive an exorbitantly high utility bill in your mailbox at the end of the month. This is the no-worry, low-cost heating and cooling solution of your dreams.

Ease of Use

Too many homeowners assume that heat pumps are an archaic means of heating a home that require extensive effort on the owner’s behalf. The truth is that a heat pump merely requires the press of a button to turn on and off. This button can be placed on the wall or even a remote so you don’t have to get out of your chair to achieve the desired room temperature.

This method of heating quickly heats your living space so you don’t have to wait long to enjoy the comfortable temperature you deserve. Give the system a few minutes and it will heat or cool the room to your selected temperature. Furthermore, this temperature will be maintained for as long as you desire.

Heat & Cool Your Home

The beauty of a heat pump is that it can work backwards with its “reverse cycle”. Since a heat pump is designed to extract heat from your living space and send it outdoors in the same manner as a refrigerator cools its interior, it can cool your home in a reasonable amount of time. You can even alternate from heating to cooling with the single press of a button. This is an excellent alternative to a costly central air conditioning system.

Call Shamrock Heating & Cooling for Heat Pump Installation in Tempe, AZ

If live in the greater Tempe area and would like to learn more about heat pumps and/or other heating and cooling solutions, we can help. Our team of heating and cooling experts knows heat pumps inside and out. Reach out to us online today to schedule a heat pump installation for your home, or give us a call at 480-755-7959.

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Top AC Contractor in Phoenix

July 15, 2016 11:58 am : Uncategorized

If you are looking for an AC contractor it is likely you already have a headache. Trying to find the right contractor can be difficult. How do you know who to trust, who will do a great job and which contractor won’t charge you an arm and a leg?

The following tips can help you find the right AC contractor for your needs.

Great Tips to Help You Find the Best AC Contractor in Phoenix

Here are a few things you can do to help ensure you find the right contractor.

  • Age of Company – Finding a company that is at least 10 years old will ensure that the company you are using is not just a pop up shop. The longer the AC contractor has been in business the higher the chance they have a good reputation.
  • Reviews – Check out local review sites to see what reviews are out there on the company you are looking for. You can also contact the company and ask for referrals. Call and follow up on these!
  • Ask for Estimates – Ask for a line by line estimate on the services you need from the AC contractor. Once you have a few estimates from different contractors don’t just look at the price. Look at the warranties, costs of each line and energy efficiency of the products being installed.
  • Look for Energy Savings – Whether it is energy saving products, an energy saving service agreement, or both, a company that can help you save money on your energy costs is a company worth working with.
  • Emergency Service – You may not be thinking about emergency service right now but at some time in your life it is likely you will need HVAC emergency service. Finding a great contractor only to find they can’t help in an emergency is very frustrating. Look for a team you trust that can also provide you with emergency service.

Who is the Top AC Contractor in Arizona?

Obviously the top AC Contractor in Arizona would meet all of the above and more. Here at Shamrock Heating & Cooling, we offer a full range of services to keep your home cool. You can check out our website and see our great reviews, or jump on, we believe just by reading through our reviews you will see why we are a top AC contractor in Arizona.

Our team offers an energy saving service agreement to help you save money and we will certainly provide you with a full estimate on any installation or repairs you need for your AC system.

The team at Shamrock Heating & Cooling have been working with home and business owners in Phoenix and surrounding areas since 1996. In this time we have built a reputation as the strongest HVAC team in our area. Call us today at 480-582-1344 and find out for yourself why Shamrock is a top AC Contractor in Arizona.

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What Is an AC tune-up?

June 15, 2016 8:48 am : Air Conditioning

Here in Arizona, we rely on our AC systems to keep us cool during the brutal summers. For many homeowners, it is a case of out of sight, out of mind. When it gets too hot the switch is flipped, our AC unit turns on, and goes to work cooling our house down. Sometimes we don’t even need to flip the switch; our thermostat takes care of it. One thing we tend to forget is that like our car, our AC unit needs a good tune-up every now and then.

If you would like to learn more about having your AC system maintained, or schedule a tune-up, call us now at 480-755-7959!

What Is an AC Tune-Up?

Does the term AC tune-up sound foreign to you?  It might if you have never had one completed or never thought too much about it. AC tune-ups are an important piece of keeping your AC system running effectively and efficiently. It can help prevent those cooling breakdowns that tend to happen on the hottest day of the year and save you some money.

There are many things that happen during and AC tune-up. However you can break it down into three main parts: the inspection, the cleaning, and recommendations.

Inspection – This should be a thorough inspection of your AC unit, vents, and thermostat. Parts should be checked for wear and tear and any safety issues. Your AC system should be checked to make sure it is running effectively. It’s amazing what can be found in some AC Units and our excellent staff will be meticulous with inspecting your system.

Cleaning – This is the part where dust, dirt, and debris build up inside your system is dealt with. By having a tune-up completed, your AC system becomes a whole lot cleaner, helping it to run more efficiently. That’s especially important when rates spike in the summer from the local utilities. Your AC unit air filter, condensate drip line, and drip pan should also be cleaned or changed during this process.

Recommendations – Once your system has been checked and cleaned, our team will make any recommendations for any work that needs to be done. This is to keep your system running safely and effectively. Most of the time the AC tune-up won’t uncover anything major but if it does it is nice to know before your AC just breaks down on you.

Advantages of Air Conditioner Tune-Ups

Having your system regularly tuned can bring many advantages including:

  • A system that runs more efficiently.
  • An increased life span.
  • A more comfortable home.
  • A system that you know is safe to run.
  • Cleaner air coming into your home.
  • A reduced chance of major breakdowns happening and savings when you don’t have to call for emergency service.

Having your AC unit regularly tuned can keep your home more comfortable and reduce the stress of never knowing when your system might just break down.

If you would like to learn more about having your AC system maintained, contact the team at Shamrock now at 480-755-7959!

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Best Air Conditioner for Arizona Homes

May 4, 2016 8:40 am : Uncategorized

Arizona has a different climate to most other states in the country. When it comes to living here during the summer months, the sun can be exhausting. It is important to have a good air conditioner that can combat the heat in your home so that  you  have a comfortable place to relax in during the day.

If your current air conditioner is not keeping your home cool, it may be time to look for a new system.

What to Look For When Buying a New AC

When it comes to buying a new AC there are a few things you will want to look for. This way you can make the most out of your cooling system.

  • Be sure to have a quality contractor help you choose the right size system for your home.
  • Purchase a unit that is high-efficiency, this can save you a whole lot of money.
  • Look for an AC unit that was built to handle the high temperatures that take place here in Arizona.
  • Look for a company that offers a great warranty program.

Choosing the right unit and having it professionally installed will help reduce your energy costs. It will also help to keep your home cooler over the hot summer months.

A Line of HVAC Equipment Built for Arizona

When the sun is constantly beating down on your home and your AC unit, your cooling system may struggle to keep your house cool. This is when you need a line of home comfort products that were built to stand up to the Arizona weather.

Shamrock Heating & Cooling’s “Extreme Climate” signature series can stand up to even the hottest of days. We worked with HVAC specialists to come up with a line  of products that were made to run in the Arizona climate. You can expect to have a high-quality air conditioner installed that will keep your home comfortable and your energy bills low.

Benefits of Installing a New Air Conditioner

If you have an old AC system in your home you may feel like it works just fine, and maybe it does. However, there are benefits to installing a new AC system.

  • Your energy costs will be a lot less.
  • Your new system will be able to handle those draining,hot days a whole lot better.
  • You won’t have to worry about constantly calling out the AC repair guys for expensive repairs.
  • You can have a system that is built just for the Arizona climate.

If you are on the fence about installing a new AC system, the team at Shamrock can give you an honest assessment on your current unit.

Central Air Conditioning Installation in Arizona

If you are looking for a new AC system that was built to stand up to the Arizona weather, call Shamrock Heating & Cooling. We install, repair, and maintain air conditioning systems across the Phoenix, AZ metro area.


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How to Keep Cool with Little AC

April 15, 2016 6:06 am : Air Conditioning

No matter how long you live in the Phoenix area, nobody is going to hear you say how cool it is when summer hits! Air conditioners are pretty much a necessity. What happens, however, if you have an old and inefficient unit and you’re not looking to replace your air conditioner? With a few adjustments listed below, you can at least be comfortable enough to get through the hot days.

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