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Are Annual Furnace Inspections Required?

A recent blog post about fall maintenance mentioned having your furnace inspected/tuned up by a qualified heating contractor annually. One reader sent an email asking if this was really necessary – here’s his original question:

“I have a question about furnace tune-ups. You say get one every year – is that really necessary? What do the HVAC guys actually do to the furnace to ‘tune’ it up? There’s no spark plugs to replace like a car tune-up, and my understanding is they basically vacuum out dust and inspect it. Couldn’t the homeowner do this himself? Or do I really need to pay $80-$150 every year for a professional to do it?”

Annual Furnace Inspections

These are great questions worthy of a post all on their own.

Are annual furnace inspections really necessary?

All Furnace manufacturers all recommend annual inspections and maintenance by a qualified technician. They also have language in their warranties saying that damage to the units caused by improper maintenance or lack of, is not covered under the warranty. Does this mean that an annual furnace checkup is really required, or the warranty is voided? Probably not, but it’s recommended. The best analogy is going to the dentist every six months for a checkup and cleaning; probably not necessary, but recommended.

Some HVAC contractors recommend getting newer furnaces checked every other year, but once they’re more than 10 years old, have them checked annually.

What do HVAC technicians actually do to the furnace to “tune” it up?

There seems to be no industry standard for a furnace (or boiler) tune-up, so what’s included in a “tune-up” will vary greatly from company to company. If you’re going to hire a heating contractor to do a tune-up on your furnace, ask them what they’ll be doing. Included below is a partial list of generic stuff that different furnace manufacturers recommend be performed annually by a qualified heating technician:

  • A Carbon Monoxide test should be completed annually. More often than not an HVAC technician’s testing equipment is much more precise that the detector on your wall.
  • The vent system needs to be checked for blockage and/or leakage. This includes the outside termination and the connections at and internal to the furnace.
  • The blower access door needs to be checked to make sure it makes a tight seal at the furnace.
  • The fresh air intake grills and louvers need to be checked for blockage.
  • The heat exchanger needs to be inspected for rust and corrosion.
  • The burners need to be checked for proper ignition, burner flame and flame sense.
  • The drainage system needs to be checked for blockage and/or leakage. This includes the hoses internal to the furnace. The condensate drain and trap need to be cleaned, and the water replaced in the trap.
  • The blower wheel needs to be checked for debris and cleaned if necessary.
  • An electrical test should be conducted on the blower motor and all capacitors and transformers.
  • The wiring needs to be checked for corrosion and damage.
  • The filters need to be checked (but this needs to be done much more frequently than annually).
  • A Carbon Monoxide test should be completed annually. More often than not an HVAC technician’s testing equipment is much more precise that the detector on your wall.
  • The gas valve needs to be tested for proper gas pressure both entering and existing the valve.

In addition to this list, heating contractors say that they regularly do static air pressure checks, and temperature rise checks.

Could the homeowner do this?

Of course, but the only homeowners who are knowledgeable enough to do all the tasks listed above also happen to be heating contractors. If the only thing your furnace tech does is stick a vacuum nozzle into the furnace and suck a little dust out, sure, do it yourself. If your furnace tech does half the stuff on the list above, they’re earning their keep.

Before you hire a company to do a tune-up on your furnace, ask what’s included. The company doing the work should be able to quickly rattle off a long list of stuff they’ll be checking.

Do I really need to pay $80-$150 every year for a professional to do it?
In short, yes. This is what a professional charges — maybe even more. For most heating contractors, $80 barely covers the trip charge. Keep in mind, this isn’t just about safety; it’s also about preventive maintenance. It’s about sometimes catching a problem before your furnace quits working in the middle of the night. When you have to hire a heating contractor to show up on a Sunday evening because the furnace stopped working, you’re probably going to end up paying emergency rates.

If you are in need of diagnostics or services before the next season change, contact us at (928) 636-2955 or email.  Check out our great Google reviews and we look forward to hearing from you.

Air Conditioner Maintenance – Stay Cool in the Summer and Fall

Is your air conditioner in need of some attention? Are you ready for summer and fall? Need some tips on how to keep your air conditioner in good working order? If you don’t pay attention then your A/C unit could break down meaning that you could be suffering in the 100-degree weather.  Here are some tips so you can enjoy summer and fall with out suffering A/C unit failure.

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Air Conditioner Unit Maintenance Tips:

  • Check for leaks or puddles
  • Give your outside unit room to breathe
  • Keep an eye on your thermostat
  • Replace or clean your air filter
  • Get some professional help for a tune-up


An unexamined drip pan is not worth having so you need to make sure that you check it for leaks. This is important because leaks could cause water to spill and more damage will be caused from this. A leak is also an indicator that something else is wrong within your A/C unit.


During the seasons high winds can blow things around your outside air conditioner unit. It is important to keep all types of debris away so that your unit will get the proper air flow. When debris is around your A/C unit  your home could be warmer than it should. Keeping your unit clear s an easy way to ensure your HVAC will be able to cool your home.


In order to avoid a breakdown of your air conditioner unit in the summer or fall is to keep track of the thermostat. This means not running your A/C unit unnecessarily when you are not at home. This will also cause your electric bill to be lower since your ax is not running. Thermostat management, I know, can be a bit tricky. One of the things I suggest all homeowners is to look into  a smart thermostat, which can make it quite a bit easier.


When your air filter gets dirty it will need to be replaced or cleaned. If you wait to long though it can cause more damage then good. A dirty filter could cause your A/C unit to freeze up because it is working harder to get the proper air flow to work correctly.


One of the most common ways to help your air conditioner unit is to get it a tune-up. Having a professional take a look to check for any problems plus see if everything is in working order. You will want to plan ahead because everyone else will be doing the same thing.

If you follow these simple tips you can usually avoid any further A/C unit issues. So why not go ahead and gives us a call so we can come check your heating and cooling unit out. Contact us at (928) 636-2955 or email.

Job Openings : Service Technicians, Installers & Dispatcher

Multiple job openings are available at Chino Heating and Cooling.

Job Openings


  • HVAC Service Dispatcher
  • Service Technicians
  • Installers

These openings are available for full time positions. Experience is needed. Benefits are available.  Please apply at Chino Heating & Cooling, Inc. located at 1689 S. Hwy 89, Chino Valley, AZ.

If you are in need of diagnostics or services before the next season change, contact us at (928) 636-2955 or email.  Check out our great Google reviews and we look forward to hearing from you.

Heating Tune Up – Is Your System Ready?

We get it. Spring is almost upon us… your heater is about to be turned off or already is, your air conditioner doesn’t need to come on just yet, and you’re about to enjoy a reprieve on the electric bill. At Chino Heating and Cooling – we think that’s great. Everyone needs a break, and every system does too. But sometimes breaks mean that systems don’t get looked at or need a heating  tune up – and spring is the perfect time to do just that. We are a family business of three generations ready to help you with a heating and air conditioner tune up – see the 3 generations in the photo 🙂

Heating Tune Up


We want to keep it that way! It’s really hard to spend money on something that appears to be working fine, and we know the old adage about “if it ain’t broke…” But let’s talk seriously for a second. When was the last time you had a HVAC tech checked out your system, inside and out, for wear, tear, and damage. Not just a filter change or a repair, but a solid old-fashioned air conditioner and heating tune up?

If the answer is more than a year ago, you should know that your HVAC needs a little routine work now and then. Ideally, each system should get a tune up at least once a year, especially if your system is more than 10 years old. We’re not just talking maintenance or repair, we mean a real checkup to look at stuff that often get missed – from pilot lights to condensers to thermal couplers. Everything that your system has needs to be checked out at times – and it’s cheaper than you might think. That goes double if you’re able to catch a problem early in the game before it develops into an expensive repair job or system replacement!


It’s possible you’ve noticed some new noises or maybe an odd smell emanating from your HVAC system or ducts. Maybe a little bad egg smell when you walk close to a duct in a particular room, or a dirty sock odor you can’t quite place. Maybe you catch a brief whiff of burning rubber when your AC kicks on and it blows just right. Perhaps you’ve noticed a clanking noise in the vent. Or even that the system sometimes trips your breaker once in awhile. These issues are usually more than just “quirks” of your system’s personality – they’re symptoms of bigger problems, portents of future damage and expense.

We know they’re easy to write off, but don’t! Any of the above and a host of other “funny” behavior can spell trouble for your system and your wallet. If you’ve been putting off that heating tune up, now’s the time to get it done. Mention to the HVAC tech any issues you’ve noticed. We know at Chino Heating and Cooling  that homeowners who have lived with an issue for days, weeks, or even months are a font of information about their system. They can give all the salient details that are needed to address a system’s problems and diagnose trouble before it starts. If you feel like you’re getting the brush-off from an HVAC contractor when they’re working in your home, you should know that that’s not a good sign for the work in general. A quality HVAC tech will listen to you and address each of the issues you bring up.


You’d be surprised. Seriously. You’d be surprised how inexpensive an HVAC tune up can run. At Chino Heating and Cooling we price all our work with the client in mind – we know that you have other things you need to pay for, and we want the best for our clients and their systems. That’s why we price affordably and go to lengths to make sure our clients are impressed with the work they get for their money.

Routine tune ups aren’t expensive, but when compared to the cost of serious repair (or heaven forbid, system replacement), they’re downright cheap. And that sort of major cost is exactly what you’re avoiding with a routine heating tune up and maintenance. Like we said before, if your system is working great – that’s great! And, as your go-to HVAC experts, we  want to keep it that way.

If you are in need of diagnostics or services before the next season change, contact us at (928) 636-2955 or email.  Check out our great Google reviews and we look forward to hearing from you.

HVAC – Is Your System Making You Sick?

During this season, feeling unwell is frequent. This is the reason it is referred to as the ‘season for cold and flu.’ It is frequent also for individuals in the same residence to fall sick at the same period; this is the way the illness normally spreads – sometimes caused by an HVAC system that needs maintenance.



However, are you aware that structures can fall ill also? And that the sign of an ‘ill structure’ is individuals in that structure who are always unwell? If that is not clear, do not be concerned; it will be. Today we will discuss your HVAC system and how it impacts your health and wellbeing.

 Ailing Individuals

Colds are common occurrences. We experience them and normally, they clear fast. However, at times they persist for weeks. We have experienced those colds which prevail all winter, hanging around for spring, prior to them eventually going away.

However, if symptoms similar to flu go on for months, the answer might not be found in a doctor’s office; particularly if they appear to go away then recur. These signs are inclusive of headaches, faintness, nausea, tiredness, nose and throat pain as well as other signs which we normally dismiss as ‘experiencing a cold.’

However, the doctor might be confused, uncertain of the reason why your sickness continues and at times goes away. This make you confused also. What is the reason for the great difficulty in diagnosing a common cold?

How come you are unable to treat it? How come it lasts such a long time? The response might be uncomplicated; you are not the one who is unwell, your building is!

Sick Building Syndrome

It is possible that by now you believe we are deceiving you. However, it is not a must for you to believe us. ‘Sick Building Syndrome’ is listed by National Center for Biotechnology Information as a moderately prevalent happening.

The symptoms are signs that are similar to flu, affecting the inhabitants of a building but without seeming to be sick or other descriptions for those signs. Interval and locality are the vital elements in establishing if your home is ‘ailing’ or not.

If you at all times feel sick in a specific building (such as your home) but the signs improve when you go to another place, the issue might be the building itself. And if those signs go on for months each time you venture in the building and stay there, there is even a possibility that the building has a problem.

Similar to flu or the common cold, buildings can fall sick due to numerous causes. Examples of causes are chemical contaminants (indoor or outdoor), biological contaminants such as mold and mildew as well as asbestos.

Any of the above or a blend of them can have an impact on your respiratory system, aggravate your nose and eyes and give you a sick feeling. Mold is a very prevalent cause here; however, we have handled HVAC systems which were piping horrible smog via moldy filters and not ventilating the area appropriately.

One person experienced a sick feeling for months and was disappointed when calling in sick from work did not appear to assist her improvement. This was not surprising, as the issue was her home!

All of these issues will be made worse by bad or ineffective ventilation. If the air is not circulating throughout the house, it is possibly also not being filtered appropriately.

And, a poor HVAC system can make a room be packed with contaminants fast, particularly if that area is not formed to release pollutants out once more. If your rooms have a stale, dank or damp feeling, your ventilation system might not be functioning appropriately or may be insufficient to cater for the requirements of your home. It might also be having a negative impact on your health.

Curing a Sick Building

The initial step is to request a HVAC tech to examine the building. They will explore a list of probable reasons, searching for each and getting methods to make the situation better and solve the issue.

They are going to manage to know if a building is ‘ailing’ with contamination inside or is facilitating entry of exterior allergens and contaminants which are making the occupants’ wellbeing worse.

They will set things in motion on probable answers, working with the owner of the home during each step of the procedure to guarantee their comfort with the procedure and address any worries the homeowner might have.

The good news is that a lot of the cures of sick building syndrome are as easy as asbestos treatment or mold-clearing. They may be as easy as altering the filters and servicing the system to get rid of contaminants or allergens.

Remember that air is pulled by your HVAC system from a moderately small region outside your house (normally the exterior of AC unit). Many times, that small region might have excessive growth of plants or be subjected to utilization of chemical.

One illustration which we always recall is a client who had a HVAC system which was drawing in pesticides from the garden; this is terrible for your health!

Other answers might require HVAC work which is more detailed such as re-ventilating a section or the whole house to attain sufficient air flow. A lot of homes were constructed to conserve energy (70s and 80s). At this time that science had just been launched, homes with inadequate ventilation were a sad side effect of those efforts, which were meant to assist.

If your home falls under this category, your HVAC contractor is going to inform you on what action to take; normally with a number of diverse options. This is determined by how far you want to go in this procedure.

Despite what the trigger is, a solution exists. Similar to human cold, in case your home is ailing, we will assist. It was not our wish to be doctors; however, in regard to your HVAC system, we are surgeons who are very well trained, prepared to work!

If you are in need of diagnostics or services before the next season change, contact us at (928) 636-2955 or email.  Check out our great Google reviews and we look forward to hearing from you.

Furnace Ready for Winter?

If you can’t seem to stay comfortable or keep your heating bills down, first hire a qualified home heating contractor like Chino Heating & Cooling to help evaluate your home or business heating system and determine the best actions to take. It may be that a component of the system was improperly installed or needs a tune-up. In many cases, the furnace isn’t the problem, but rather that your insulation, windows, weatherproofing, or ducts need help.



A new heating system should be sized no more than 25% over the peak heating demand. For example, if your home’s peak heating demand is calculated to be 60,000 Btu per hour, you should select a heating system with a heating output between 60,000 and 75,000 Btu per hour.

What are  common problems you can have with a furnace?

A clogged air filter is a common issue with a furnace. If the air filter in a furnace is filled with dust, pet hair, or dirt, the system is unable to deliver an adequate amount of warm air to the home. We can change your filter and give your system a maintenance checkup to look for any potential issues.

If you’re having trouble maintaining a warm temperature in your home, your thermostat may be the problem. A thermostat that offers an unreliable temperature reading can cause you to adjust the heat when you don’t need to. Our technicians can run a check on your thermostat and address any problems that come up.

A worn-out fan motor is another common issue with a furnace. If this fan isn’t working properly, the system can’t distribute heat throughout a home. Our professionals can diagnose the problem and replace the fan motor if necessary.

What are the benefits of replacing an inefficient heating unit?

An inefficient heating unit can result in high-energy bills. The system is using more power than it needs to. An efficient heating unit can be used with less frequency and it’s designed to conserve energy. A homeowner can save money on the monthly heating bill with an up-to-date system.

Improving the energy efficiency of windows and doors

Windows and doors can raise your heating costs if not properly maintained. Here are some ways to make them more energy efficient.

  • Seal up drafts by adding weather stripping to doors and covering windows with plastic. These are easy and inexpensive ways to conserve energy because they help keep warm air in and cool air out.
  • Repair or replace broken or cracked window and door glass so that drafts can’t get through.
  • Install storm doors and windows. Storm windows and doors can decrease heat loss by up to fifty percent.
  • Keep curtains and blinds open during the day to allow warm sunlight into your home. Then close them at night to keep the warm air in. Consider investing in insulated curtains for especially cold rooms. These will act as a second barrier against the cold air.
  • Install thermopane windows. Old windows are typically very drafty and inefficient. Consider replacing your windows with thermopanes, which can increase the energy efficiency of your home by up to seventy percent.

Capture the sun’s warmth by opening shades on south-facing windows during the day. And cover all windows at night. Use a program­mable thermostat to set back the temperature ten to 15 degrees when you’re away or asleep. Clean or change your furnace filters once a month or as recommended. If you have a fireplace, close the damper and doors when it’s not in use.

If you are in need of diagnostics or services before the next season change, contact us at (928) 636-2955 or email.  Check out our great Google reviews and we look forward to hearing from you.

Heater and Air Conditioner – My BBB Story

Chino Heating and Cooling is a third generation business that has been serving the quad-cities for 35 years. We specialize in HVAC air conditioner and heater systems for custom homes, retro-fits, residential and commercial services. We offer full maintenance and repair services.

“Chino Heating and Cooling joined the Better Business Bureau because it helps guide consumers to companies with integrity” says Mike Little, owner of Chino Heating and Cooling.

Like the BBB, Chino Heating and Cooling does its best to protect home owners like you.

Are you in need of our heating and cooling services in the Prescott area?
If so, then feel free to contact us at (928) 636-2955 or email.

Check This Out – Cool Little League Baseball Team!

Its that time of year again when little league baseball starts.  To support the local community, Chino Heating and Cooling has sponsored another team.


We hope to see lots of people coming to support the Chino Heating and Cooling team in action. Good luck to Chino Heating & Cooling’s own Coach Brady Little as he prepares the team.

If you are in need of diagnostics or services before the next season change, contact us at (928) 636-2955 or email.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Heating and Cooling – Thankful Customers


Chino Heating and Cooling has been serving the Prescott Tri-City area for many years now and our customers have had plenty to say about the work we have done. We strive to make every installation as painless for the customer as possible.

Here is what a few of our customers have had to say:

“….Feeling VERY thankful for Chino Heating and Cooling on this cold morning. Thanks Matt, Tim, Kevin, and Austin!…. ” said Megan P.

“….A thank you for the professional work and friendly workers. Our experience with your company has always been first class. Everyone who entered our home did such a good job. We will recommend your company….” said Mary Jean and Joe

If you are in need of heating & cooling equipment, diagnostics or services as the seasons change, please contact us at (928) 636-2955 or email.  Be sure to visit our website for the latest coupons and HVAC tips. We look forward to hearing from you.

FFA Dutch Oven Cook-off

ffa-1Cowgirl camp (Cameren and Judy Bartling) would like to thank Chino Heating and Cooling for graciously sponsoring our Dutch Oven Cook-off adventure in the Youth Division. Thank you Mike and Denisa Little.


Main dish – Zuppa Toscana

Dessert – Monkey Bread Deluxe

Winter time is right around the corner, so if you are in need of our heating and cooling services feel free to contact us at (928) 636-2955 or email.