Goodman Air Conditioners – ACE HI PLUMBING, HEATING, & AIR

There are seven different types of air conditioners, with different ranges of energy efficiencies, that Goodman makes. Efficiency is measured by a standard call SEER, or seasonal energy efficiency ratio. Goodman’s air conditioners can be stratified by this measurement.

13 AND 14 SEER

These come in two models each and are the simplest and least expensive that are made by Goodman.

The GSC13 uses R-22 refrigerant and the GSX13 uses R-410A Chlorine-Free Refrigerant. The latter substance is considered more environmentally friendly because it does not give off hydrochloro-fluorocarbon.

Both of these models feature sound-dampening elements: a particularly quiet fan and a specially designed top. They make noises of between 71 and 76 decibels.

The GSX14 and SSX14 have some of the same features as the GSX13, such as R410a refrigerant and they both come with a ten-year warranty.  They have high efficiency condenser coils, and faster motors to increase the speed and efficiency with which they cool a space. They also have an 850 RPM condenser fan motor.

16 SEER

The SSX16 is easier to service and has all of the same features and includes a sound-dampening foam condenser on top that allows it to operate more quietly. The DSXC16 has other additional features and is compatible with the ComforNet Communications System, which is easy to install and allows sophisticated monitoring of the heat flow in the device and the area.

There are also high- and low-pressure switches, a filter drier, and extra features for quiet operation on this model. To preserve its appearance over the years, even when exposed to air continually, there is a protective finish on top of its paint.

18 SEER

The top-of-the-line model is the DSXC18. This is Goodman’s most sophisticated and most efficient model. It uses a two-stage compressor, meaning it can run at a lower level when there is less cooling to be done and is quieter and requires less energy. This compressor is a high-performing Copeland Scroll UltraTech.

The air conditioner has temperature sensors for its coil and the surrounding area. It also includes indicator lights that alert the operator to errors, and simple-coded installation capability and only two (low-voltage) wires need to be run to the outdoor component.

The DSXC18 has a sound control top manufactured by Goodman and operates between 71 and 74 decibels. This is about the same as the simplest model.

ACE HI PLUMBING, HEATING, & AIR – GOODMAN FURNACES

There are eleven types of furnaces that Goodman produces, The company separates these into a ‘standard-efficiency’ class and a ‘high-efficiency’ class. Efficiency is measured in AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency), which reflects the percentage of heating energy that reflects the percentage of heating energy that gets converted to thermal energy for a house.

Most Goodman’s furnaces use heated aluminum coils. Some of theses have secondary heat exchanges made from stainless steel. All of the Goodman’s furnaces are gray and have highly durable finishes to protect their exterior.

STANDARD EFFICIENCY FURNACES

All of Goodman’s standard furnace models list AFUE of up to 80% and the standard efficiency models include GHS8,GME8, GMH8, GMS8, and GMVC8. There are several features distributed among these models, in various combinations.

MULTI-SPEED heaters can save on energy because they can operate at various different levels. This depends on the amount of work that needs to be done.  Goodman’s multi-speed heaters have four different operations.

VARIABLE SPEED furnaces operate according to a similar principle. Instead of providing discrete options, they have the capacity to vary their speed across a continuous range.

MULTI-POSITION furnaces can be installed in different positions that may be useful to homeowners who need to fit a furnace into an unconventional location.

SILICON NITRIDE IGNITERS are electric igniters that can increase energy efficiency because they don’t require gas.

COMFORNET COMPATIBILITY

Some of the furnaces are compatible with Goodman’s ComfortNet, which is a system that monitors temperatures in order to create rapid and efficient responses from the heating system. This includes a thermostat display and can be connected with four wires to the main unit.

Goodman’s High Efficiency models include GMVC95, GCV95/9, GMH95, GCH95/9, and GKS9. These range in efficiency from 92% AFUE to 95% AFUE. Some efficiency is due to more sensitive control over the heating function and some is due to better insulation. Many have the same combinations of features as above are available.

There are two stages that some of the efficient furnaces have, meaning that in addition to operating at multiple or variable speeds, they engage a separate component for heavy-duty heating. This process is relatively energy efficient. Two of these models, GCV95 and GCH95 are downflow furnaces, meaning that cool air enters at the top and is heated by rising warmth from the bottom. Since the heat is going to rise anyway, this makes for an efficient model.

The “top model” of these furnaces is the GMV95, which has a 95% AFUE, variable speed, and two stages. It has an electronic control board that allows individualized control over its various elements.

CARE AND MAINTENANCE

Goodman recommends that homeowners work with a professional contractor for maintenance purposes and that they schedule tune-ups for their central air system annually.

WARRANTIES

Most models come with a ten-year limited warranty for their parts. Top models also come with lifetime warranties on their heat exchangers. Through the GoodCare program, you can purchase additional maintenance.

Ace Hi Plumbing Heating and Air

We offer furnace and boiler repair for Northern Colorado. We are located in Loveland. We service Fort Collins,Drake,Estes Park,Greeley,Windsor,Johnstown and Berthoud. We have Nate trained technicians. We offer top quality service at an affordable price.

Ace Hi has been in business since 1996 and is family owned and operated by Rick and Shawn Dowling. They live in Loveland. They enjoy dancing,horseback riding,fishing and riding their Harley when ever they can.

Come by and see them at 4916 W Eisenhower Blvd and say hi!

ACE HI PLUMBING, HEATING, & AIR – CRITERIA FOR SELECTING A CONTRACTOR

You should begin your search for an HVAC contractor with asking friends and associates for recommendations. One of the most important forms of advertising for small businesses is word of mouth. Ask friends if they have used a contractor in the past, who they have used , and if they had a good experience with the company. Contractors are more likely to work harder if they know you have a connection with an existing network they are associated with and that if you do not have a good experience, the news may travel back to the people who gave you the recommendation.

As soon as you have began interviewing contractors, you should make sure to ask several questions to ensure they will provide the support you will need in the future.

LONGEVITY

How long has the contractor been in business for? You would probably want to chose a contractor who has established a successful track record. An established record provides two benefits. One is the likelihood that the contractor has made their clients more happy than not. Another is that the contractor shouldn’t have any problem providing references who can substantiate a good record.

REFERENCES

Always request and check multiple references. A survey 2,000 homeowners, it was found that only 25% of homeowners checked their contractors’ references. These people who did check references were much happier with the ending results. When calling references, be sure to confirm that the hired the contractor in question and whether or not they were satisfied with the contractor’s work. Also, make sure to ask if the contractor finished the project on time and on budget, and if they would willingly recommend this contractor to others. Be aware of references who give lukewarm recommendations, or are unwilling to discuss a contractor. People are reluctant to give bad reference about someone they may work with again in the future.

SIZING

A reputable contractor will provide a load calculation which take into account many factors that will affect how much heat your home needs. They will need to  come to your home to collect this data to help determine the correct size of the new furnace. Be wary of contractors who don’t perform these calculations, or simply plan to replace the old furnace with the same capacity.

LICENSURE

Always be sure a contractor is properly licensed. In the US, HVAC licensing is determined at the state rather than at local or national level. Not all states require HVAC contractors to be licensed and may have a License board, a Contractors Board, or possibly another department will have jurisdiction. It is important to track down the department responsible to find out whether or not your contractor needs to be licensed, or whether they have the appropriate license. You should also check to see if your contractor is properly insured.

PERMITS

Call the town clerk in your city or town and ask if you will need a permit for the work you need done.

ACE HI PLUMBING, HEATING, & AIR – HOW TO CHOOSE AN HVAC CONTRACTOR

People decide to purchase new heating or cooling equipment for all different reasons. They may be selling their current home, and the buyer may have asked that the furnace or air conditioner be upgraded as a condition of the sale. It could be that they are building a new house. The existing equipment may be broken beyond repair, or they may be upgrading their heating or cooling system as an investment to reduce utility bills. Choosing a new furnace or new air conditioner can be an intimidating process no matter what your reason. There are nearly a hundred brands, and thousands of models on the market including high-efficiency models, fully, featured models, and budget models. There are also upflow, downflow, and horizontal models. it is difficult for many to make an informed decision and to make matters worse, you can expect to spend anywhere between $1,000 to $5,000 or more by the time you have your new furnace is installed and working.

People commonly make the decision to let someone else handle all of these choices by calling the first contractor in the yellow pages, provided they find a reputable HVAC contractor by their first call. This can make the process easier, although this is not always the case.

Here is an overview of how the HVAC market works, and how you can identify a reputable HVAC contractor.

HOW THE HVAC MARKET WORKS

Upgrading or installing a new furnace requires the help of a fully qualified and licensed HVAC contractor. This is not a do-it-yourself job and here are some typical steps to follow for selecting a contractor:

1 IDENTIFY and contact at least three or more contractors

2 SET UP an appointment with each of them to visit your home to inspect your current furnace, and collect a wide range of information including how many windows your home has and which direction they face, and how thorough the insulation of the home is, etc. The contractor uses this information to calculate the load, or the correct capacity for the furnace that would be installed in the home.

3 RECIEVE a written estimate from each contractor and make sure it breaks out the different charges that the contractor expects to encounter, including how much the furnace itself will cost and how much for labor and any other work that is recommended.

4 BIDS that are submitted could vary from each of the contractors. If a bid that’s submitted dramatically differs from the other bids, ask the contractor to explain the difference. They may have noticed something the other contractors missed.

5 MAKE SURE the contractor is properly licensed and insured, and ensure the warranties are properly spelled out. You may want to have your lawyer look at your contract. Make sure you get what you think you are going to get at the end of the process.

Some HVAC contractors and companies represent only a single brand or furnace manufacturer and this has its advantages and disadvantages. The contractor has most likely gone through some sort of specialized training offered by the manufacturer. You may have some additional leverage, since you may be able to approach the manufacturer with complaints. If you are getting estimates from a contractor who represents only one brand, be sure to get several other estimates from other contractors to make sure their recommendations are equivalent to the same equipment.

Make sure to ask the manufacturer if they will send a technician to solve any problems if your furnace isn’t working properly after it’s installed. Most manufacturers will expect the contractor who installed the furnace to deal with this issue. This is another reason you should choose a contractor carefully. Although, many people have been able to  appeal to the manufacturer for redress of a concern, usually after quite a bit of persistence.

ACE HI PLUMBING, HEATING, & AIR – WINTER HOME SAFETY AUDIT

To make sure your home and family get through this coming winter both safe and sound, you should take the time to do your own home safety audit. Follow these steps to perform your winter safety audit.

STEP ONE – INSPECT THE FURNACE

Start with the obvious and have a professional inspect and service your furnace. Everyone is going to be spending more time indoors during the winter. You should make sure that your furnace is working properly, the pilot light and the thermostat are both working properly and the filter is clean. You should also make sure that there are no leaks or openings in your supply lines or furnace ducts.

Experts recommend changing regular furnace filters once a month during the heating season and changing high-efficiency filters at least every three months. Make sure to get a supply of filters that fit your unit. Having clean furnace filters is extremely important. A blocked furnace filter can cause the “limit switch” on your furnace to activate, turning it off and leaving you without heat until the switch is replaced by a professional.

Be sure to remove any flammable items from around your furnace including paints, paint thinners, and paper products. If you have a fireplace, be sure to have the chimney cleaned to get rid of any creosote buildup and eliminate the possibility of chimney fire.

STEP 2 – SEAL THE FOUNDATION AGAINST RODENTS

Seal any openings in your walls including the tiny ones and move any piles of wood or firewood away from your foundation. A mouse can get through a 1/4-inch opening. This will keep the mice and voles out of your home. These animals are not dangerous but could be carrying diseases. No one wants to share their home with dirty rodents.

People need handrails and solid steps in icy conditions so be sure your steps and handrails are sound. Repair them now while the weather is still warm. Doing so can prevent accidents from happening this winter

STEP 3 – CUT THE OUTDOOR WATER SUPPLY

Shut off the water supply to your outside taps and drain the supply lines as it gets colder in the fall. Doing so guarantees that there will be no water left in the pipes to freeze and burst them.

STEP 4 – PREPARE THE CARBON MONOXIDE AND SMOKE DETECTORS

Be sure to have fresh batteries for your Carbon Monoxide and smoke detectors if you have these installed in your home. If you do not have these installed, now is the time to do so. They are easy to install and inexpensive. Most importantly, they could save a life. Also, be sure to have your fire extinguisher checked. Consider buying a new one if the extinguisher is more than 10 years old.

STEP 5 – PREPARE FOR EMERGENCIES

Prepare your emergency kit. You will need candle and a lighter or matches, a flashlight and batteries, a portable radio, blankets, and warm clothes for everyone. Be sure to stock bottled water and nonperishable foods for your family and pets, a first aid kit, And finally, be sure to have a camp cooking stove in order to have warm meals even if it’s only canned soup.