Category Archives: Air Conditioning

Same Day AC Service in Omaha

When you need air conditioner service during a sizzling Omaha summer, you need it ASAP! That’s when you need Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning. We offer “on-demand” service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The heating and cooling of your home takes priority. We do our best to get to your home as fast as we can and get it back to feeling comfortable as quickly as possible. In fact, 98% of “on-demand” calls receive same-day service.

Fast Air Conditioner Repairs

Getzschman provides air conditioner and furnace repairs for the entire Omaha Metro. But what makes the G-Force team at Getzschman the best? Experience and expertise. Our technicians are extensively trained in virtually every brand of furnace, AC or heat pump manufactured. The Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning technicians can diagnose the problem quicker and more accurately, saving you time and money. Service is the cornerstone of the G-Force Rapid Air Repair team. representing the best trained, longest tenured service staff in the area. We constantly refresh our skills with ongoing training programs to ensure that we know about all the latest technology. Not only do we fix it fast, we fix it right the first time.

Other G-Force Benefits

Calling Getzschman provides some other benefits as well. Our team is professional and that means you can expect a bit more. They will never curse or smoke in your home and will wear shoe covers to keep your floors clean. They clean up after themselves so when they complete a service call, you will never know they were there. We also offer maintenance agreements which save you money on future repairs and give you priority service as a preferred customer. And when the time comes for a new furnace or air conditioner, our installation team will be happy to provide a free estimate for your furnace or air conditioner replacement.

You want fast service, fixed-right-the-first-time repairs, and a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee – and you get it with Getzschman! When your furnace, air conditioner, or heat pump needs a repair, do yourself a favor and call the G-Force team – Omaha’s most trusted air conditioner and furnace repair team. 

Try These 5 Forehead Slappers before You Call for Air Conditioner Repair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You depend on your air conditioner to keep you comfortable during the hot Omaha summers. But what happens when it stops working? Sometimes you need to call an expert like one of the G-Force technicians at Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning. But sometimes, it’s something you can troubleshoot yourself. In fact, many times it’s a simple fix that may make you feel silly for not checking first. 

Top 5 AC Simple Fixes

Here are the top five things to check before calling a professional and paying for an unnecessary service call:

  1. Thermostat: Make sure it is set to cool instead of heat or even set to off accidentally.
  2. Electrical Panel: Make sure the breaker isn’t tripped. If it is, flip it back.
  3. Filter: A dirty air filter, in some cases, can shut down your entire AC system. Replace it with a clean one. 
  4. Batteries in Thermostat: If these attempts don’t work, the batteries in your thermostat may need to be replaced.
  5. Power Switch: Your outdoor AC unit has a power switch (usually near the unit  inside a metal box mounted to your home and sometimes labeled “emergency shut-off”). Look for a red button and press it to reset.

Okay, it’s not always something this simple that goes wrong, but you might as well rule out the obvious before calling in the big guns. If you’ve double checked these five things  and your AC is still not working, give us a call. Oh, one more tip – if your coils are frozen, turn off your AC and let them thaw before calling us. We can’t work on a frozen unit, and it can take several hours for them to thaw. 

When you need AC repairs, call Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning. We’ve been installing air conditioners, furnaces, and heat pumps in the Omaha area for over 50 years. We offer 24-hour service and we’ll get you up and running as soon as possible.

HVAC Tips for Staying Comfortable during Fluctuating Temperatures

Here in the Midwest, the weather patterns are very unpredictable. It’s not uncommon to have a 70 degree day followed by a sharp drop to 40 degrees the next day. Spring and Fall are a guessing game. Do you run the AC or the furnace? Do you leave your windows open when it is nice out, risking a cold snap to chill your house? Do you build up some heat in your home over a cold day, only to have it be even warmer outside the next day? The team at Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning want to help you navigate this unpredictable weather. Here are a few tips for staying comfortable and saving money on energy bills. 

Hedge Your Bet to Save Energy

When your HVAC system is forced to switch back and forth, it costs you energy. Heating and cooling bills both rise. Instead of trying to keep indoor temperatures exactly where you want them, hedge your bet a bit. 

During warm fluctuations, let your thermostat stay on Auto, and set your Heat to a low temperature (like 67 or lower). This may allow your home to get a little toasty during the day, but when the temperature drops back down at night, your furnace will be set to heat appropriately during your sleeping hours.

Similarly, if you know a cold snap is coming, but the temperature is a comfortable range for you, it might be worth leaving the windows open and monitoring the outside temperature. Set the HVAC to cool at a very high temperature, (like 76 or higher), and close the windows before night so your home can stay at a comfortable temperature without spending any additional money.

Set the Thermostat for the Predicted Temperature at Night

When the temperature is warm, it might seem like a bad idea to switch your thermostat to Heat at night, but since the temperature drops at night, setting the thermostat to kick on when it gets cold is your best bet to stay comfortable. That way you won’t wake up freezing. 

Let the Thermostat Do the Work

One of the best ways to always be comfortable and lower energy bills is to install a programmable or smart thermostat. These thermostats can be set to predetermined temperatures throughout the day every day of the week. You don’t have to watch the weather and try to predict what it will do. Your thermostat will automatically adjust the temperature to your pre-determined settings. 

You can also save money by programming them to adjust the temperature when no one is at home during the day. You can set them to resume heating or cooling an hour or so before people return home so the house is a comfortable temperature when they arrive. This will save you money on your heating and cooling bills year round. 

Stay Prepared with Regular Maintenance

Keeping your HVAC system in peak working condition will help to ensure your comfort. The best way to make sure this happens is to schedule and perform regular cleaning and maintenance. When loose parts are tightened and moving parts are lubricated, everything runs more smoothly and efficiently and breakdowns are less likely to happen. Dust and other particles in the air can build up quickly, so make sure to change your filter when recommended. 

Service is the cornerstone of the G-Force Rapid Air Repair Team. We have the most extensively trained, longest tenured service staff in the area. Our technicians are trained to work on all makes and models of air conditioners, furnaces and heat pumps. While they are highly trained in HVAC repairs and installations, you can expect a little more from a Getzschman technician. They will never curse or smoke in your home. They will wear covers on their shoes to keep your floors clean, and they will leave your Omaha home as neat and clean as they found it. We think you should expect nothing less. 

Call Getzschman Heating and Cooling if you need air conditioner or furnace repairs or replacements. We stand behind our name.

How To Protect Your HVAC System From Power Surges

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Thunderstorms can cause a lot of damage with high winds and downed trees, but one of the biggest dangers they pose is power surges. Power surges are not limited to lightning storms – they occur at any time throughout the year for various reasons. When a power surge hits, not only can it cause serious damage to appliances, televisions, computers, and other plugged-in devices, it can damage your HVAC system as well.

What Causes Power Surges?

Power surges are spikes in electricity that usually occur when the flow of electricity is interrupted and then begins again. They usually only last a couple of seconds. Surges can be internal or external. Internal surges originate from a source inside the home like faulty wiring or damaged components on an appliance or other electric powered device. Lightning strikes are external surges. Power surges also occur due to electricity flow changes within the power grid, such as:

  • The sudden surge when electrical power is restored following an outage
  • Electrical utility equipment malfunctions, such as broken electrical lines or overheated transformers
  • Tree limbs falling on electrical lines, rerouting electricity to the ground instead of through the line

While lightning strikes are the most powerful surges, they are also the rarest. Smaller surges from within the home are actually the most common cause of power surges.

How Can a Power Surge Damage Your HVAC System?

Today’s furnaces and air conditioners have circuit boards and electronics that are highly sensitive to changes in electrical currents. A power surge can cause your furnace or AC to stop working or even blow out. It could also overheat and possibly start a fire. With a power surge, some electricity escapes causing arcing. Overheating also causes damage to the capacitor. Wiring can melt due to arcing and overheating. Depending on the level of damage, repair costs can be extremely expensive. In some cases, it costs less to replace your furnace or air conditioner than repair it.  

Protect Your HVAC System

The best defense for your heating and cooling system against a power surge is a whole home surge protector.  Whole home surge protectors are installed in the breaker box between your home’s electrical system and the power grid and absorb excess electricity, channeling it into your home’s grounding wire. It will protect your entire home from any surges that occur, including lightning strikes and power surges from within the house.

If you have an older cooling system, we can replace it with a high-efficiency AC unit that draws less power, making it less likely to cause power surges. Call Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning if you need air conditioner or furnace repairs or replacements. We stand behind our name.

How Your Air Conditioner Makes Allergy Symptoms Worse

If you suffer from allergies, you know being outside amongst the dust, pollen, mold, etc., can make your symptoms much worse. When you come home, you think your air conditioned home should be allergen free, right? Not so much. Simply using your air conditioner to move air around your home may be aggravating your allergies as well. Here’s why:

Regular Air FIlters Are Created for the HVAC, Not Allergens
Most homeowners know that the air conditioning system has a filter in it that you should change on a regular basis – every 1-3 months to be exact (it varies depending on the type of system and filter). You might think a filter would filter out allergens in the air, but you’d have another think coming. Actually, a clean air filter helps your cooling system operate by keeping large particles out of the air, but it does not filter out all the allergens and contaminants that can cause you to have allergy flare-ups. Every time your air conditioner kicks on, it blows any allergens in your home through the air.  

A Vicious Air Cycle
Allergens make it into your home when you leave the windows open on a nice day, or when they follow you in on your shoes or clothes. Because our homes are sealed up so tightly these days for energy efficiency, not much air escapes once it gets in. So what happens to those allergens? They simply keep recirculating every time the air conditioner or furnace kicks on. You keep breathing the same old stale, allergen-laden air.

Improve Your Indoor Air Quality
If you want to improve the air quality in your home, we have some products that will help. Allergy sufferers will benefit greatly from adding:

UV Germicidal Lamps
UV germicidal lamps can kill these biological contaminants. Mold, mildew, bacteria, and viruses can settle on surfaces inside your HVAC system and circulate through your home’s air. UV germicidal lamps emit rays of ultraviolet light that penetrate the cell walls of these contaminants and kill them. They work continuously even when your heating or cooling system isn’t on. 

Air Cleaners
Our Air Scrubber Plus air cleaner uses positive and negative charges (ions). The charges cause particles to be attracted to one another and clump together. Once the particles are large enough, they are caught by your heating and cooling system filter. It works on all three classes of indoor air contaminants – particles, mold/mildew/bacteria, and odors/chemical vapors. 

Keep your family healthier with one of these indoor air quality upgrades. Just give us a call and we can help you decide which one is best for your home and family.

Getzschman has become one of Nebraska’s premier heating and air conditioning service companies providing repairs and installations of furnaces and air conditioners in the Omaha area. Call us if you need help with your furnace, air conditioner, or indoor air quality solutions.

Family Fun When the AC’s Busted

Remember when you were a kid and there was a power outage, or maybe a tornado warning, or even just a snow day. Those days, the normal routine was messed up, but it also provided a rare opportunity to do something out of the ordinary. Sitting by candlelight telling stories instead of watching TV…gathering in a corner of the basement and playing games or eating snacks instead of dinner around the table…sleeping in or making snowmen outside instead of going to school…half the fun of it was that it was made more magical because it was somehow accidental. It wasn’t supposed to be that way. When life doesn’t go as planned, look at it as an opportunity to do something out of the ordinary and special. 

Tips to Survive an Air Conditioner Breakdown
Let’s face it, it’s never a good time for the AC to break down. As air conditioner professionals, we want to educate families on how they can prepare for, and survive an AC breakdown. The tips below should provide ample advice to help you keep cool in an emergency and make the best of a bad situation.

Grill Outside or Order Delivery
The last thing you want to do is turn your oven or stove on and create more heat in your home. If it’s possible to grill outside in the summer months, this will save energy and help to reduce the heat inside your home. Grill hot dogs on sticks like a campfire and add s’mores for dessert. Order pizza or other delivery food and take it to a local park where you can sit in the shade. Or use a slow cooker and place it in your basement or garage where it won’t add heat to the house. 

Made in the Shade
Keeping the shades drawn during the hottest part of the day can help to keep the inside of your home cool during warmer weather conditions by keeping the sun’s rays out. Once the sun sets, open up the shades to let cool breezes in and create air movement. 

Pools & Sprinklers
If you have a neighborhood pool or live close to a lake, make the most of the summer weather and spend time enjoying the outdoors until your AC is fixed. Water is a great way to cool down. Fill a spray bottle with water and spritz yourself. Turn on the garden sprinkler and run through it. The kids will love it and you just might feel like a kid again too! Water balloon fight, anyone?

Open Windows and Crank Up Ceiling Fans
Windows and ceiling fans can increase airflow and ventilate your home in the event of an air conditioning emergency. Make sure that your windows and doors allow a steady flow of air if there is a breeze outside. Depending on how hot it is outside it may be best to close the windows in rooms with ceiling fans and make the most of the cooling breeze the fans provide. TIP: Make sure your fans are rotating  counterclockwise during the summer months. This pushes air down and creates a nice breeze that will cool your skin with a windchill effect.


Try to make the best of it and call Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning right away. We’ve been installing air conditioners, furnaces, and heat pumps in the Omaha area for over 50 years. We offer 24-hour service and we’ll get you up and running as soon as possible.

Don’t Wait for the Heat – Get an AC Tuneup Today

Omaha summers can get pretty hot. If you don’t want to be a victim of the heat, get your air conditioner tuned up now. Need more convincing? Here are several good reasons to seek maintenance before the summer hits:

The Beginning of the Season Is the Busiest

Once the heat wave hits, everybody’s system is running at capacity and that’s when they tend to break down. That means that air conditioning companies are all busy and you may not be able to get same-day service. Don’t get stuck in the miserable and uncomfortable heat waiting for a busy technician to eventually get to your house. Call now and get your AC tuned-up today from one of our air conditioner specialists.

Time Off Isn’t Necessarily Good for Your AC

When an AC unit sits idly for months, you may think that it’s resting and that’s good for it. In reality, while it’s resting, it’s also collecting dirt and debris. Dirty parts can cause unnecessary wear and tear on the components which can reduce its efficiency costing you extra money in the long run. A clean system is more efficient. 

Tune-Ups Extend the Life of Your AC

The proper care and maintenance of an AC system involves much more than merely cleaning the unit. Let one of our highly-trained technicians clean, lubricate, tighten, check electrical connections and make sure all is working as it should. This will ultimately extend the life of your air conditioner and considering the cost of replacement, that alone is worth it. 

Reduce the Chance of Breakdowns 

We can’t promise that your system won’t ever have trouble, but by having annual maintenance, you greatly reduce the chance of breakdowns happening. We tend to catch any small problems early and prevent them from becoming big problems later. Plus, your system will run as efficiently as possible which saves you money on your energy bills.

What to Expect from a Tune-Up

A tune-up includes many steps, but basically, we clean the system, check all the parts, make adjustments and ensure that everything is working properly. Our tune-ups include:

  • Checking the air filter and replacing it if necessary
  • Cleaning the air vents and testing them for mold
  • Adjusting the blower
  • Inspecting the evaporator and components
  • Calibrating the thermostat
  • Tightening loose parts
  • Checking electrical connections
  • Lubricating moving components
  • Checking refrigerant for leaks

At Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning, we’ve been providing air conditioner maintenance to Omaha and the surrounding areas for over 50 years. That means we’ve not only survived 50 summers but have kept our customers cool and comfortable throughout every single one of them.

Don’t wait until the unexpected cost and discomfort of a complete AC system breakdown derails your entire summer. Get your air conditioner maintained or replaced today with Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning!

Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Your Air Conditioner

AC FactsYour home’s air conditioner is complicated. It consists of several pieces of equipment that all work together to provide you with a cooler, more comfortable home environment. While the way it works is no laughing matter (a broken air conditioner can be costly, and not much fun for homeowners), there are some mostly unknown facts about your air conditioner that you might find fascinating.

The First Places to Use AC?: Movie Theaters

Suprised? Us too. Movie theaters were among the first public places to have air conditioning, as a ploy to try and get everyone to come to the movies. Theaters would release big pictures in the summer, hence the term “summer blockbuster.”

What Relies on Air Conditioning to Survive?: Medications

Air conditioners allow many of the medications you take each day to be studied and developed. Researchers require cool and less-humid air in their labs to accurately study these groundbreaking necessities.

The U.S. Uses the Same Amount of Energy to Power AC Systems as Which Continent?: Africa

The U.S. is one of the biggest consumers of air conditioning in the world. We use so much of it, that our energy consumption for them is equal to the amount of energy Africa uses every year to power the entire continent.

Before BTU’s, How Were Air Conditioner Output Ratings Judged?: Ice

Prior to the invention of the air conditioner, people used to keep cool with large blocks of ice. So, when air conditioners were first introduced in 1902, their output ratings were judged based on how much ice you would need to get the same cooling power.

What Was the Driving Factor Behind the Invention of the Air Conditioner?: Newspapers

In 1902, Willis Carrier came up with the idea when working at a publishing company. He needed a way to keep his paper from expanding and the ink from running. Viola!

Air Conditioners Are Responsible for Changing What in Humans?: Our Heat Tolerance

Scientific studies have shown that the introduction of air conditioning has actually lowered the natural human tolerance for heat. Meaning a hot summer’s day seems much more amplified than it did to people generations ago.

Who Created The First Pseudo Air Conditioner?: The Chinese

In 180 AD, a Chinese artisan invented a 10-foot wide rotary fan that had seven connected wheels. It could cool an entire hall of people just by turning a crank.

Who Is Considered the Father of Air Conditioning & Refrigeration?: John Gorrie

Gorrie was a Floridian doctor, and in 1842 he developed a machine that made ice in order to cool the air for his patients. He was granted a patent to create a similar machine for homes and buildings, but died before he could create it.

What U.S. Landmark Building was Among the First Ever to Use Air Conditioning?: The New York Stock Exchange

The New York Stock Exchange Building was one of the first buildings to use air conditioning in 1903.

The Invention of the Air Conditioner Changed What Other Industry? Architecture

Before air conditioners, architects used to design homes and buildings with high ceilings, porches, breezeways, and landscaping that provided shade in order to keep occupants cool.
Getzschman Heating & Air Conditioning Cooling may not be the original inventors  of air conditioning, but we sure are the Omaha AC industry experts. Give us a call at 402-554-1110  if you ever have any questions or need AC service fast.

Why A Bigger AC Unit Isn’t Better

AC Too BigBigger isn’t always better. This rings especially true when referring to air conditioning systems. It’s actually much more efficient and effective to have a unit that is appropriately sized for your home. Here are some of the biggest problems you’ll experience if you install a cooling system that’s too big, and how you can figure out what size air conditioner you should be considering instead.

Humidity Problems

Installing an air conditioner that is too big for your home can cause a your home to feel more humid, which can cause other issues. Air conditioners are supposed to remove heat and humidity from the air in your home, but if your system is too large, it will cool your rooms quickly, but only remove some of the humidity. This can leave your home feeling damp and clammy. A properly sized unit will remove humidity effectively as it cools.

Related Read: How to Beat the Humidity

Cost Concerns

An oversized unit can also end up costing you more. Not only will you have to cash out more to buy it, but to operate it as well. A unit that is too large will start and stop more often. It starts up and shuts down a lot more because it runs for only a short time to meet the thermostat set point. All those starts and stops mean you’ll probably be repairing it more often and replacing it sooner, meaning it will have a shorter lifespan.

Figure Out the Right Size for Your Home

First, determine the square footage of the area to be cooled using the following formulas:

  • For square and rectangular rooms, multiply the length of the area by its width
  • For a triangular area, multiply the length of the area by the width and divide by 2

Next, using the square footage and the chart below provided by Energy Star, determine the correct cooling capacity. Cooling capacity is measured in British thermal units (BTUs) per hour.

AC Unit Chart

Lastly, make any adjustments for the following circumstances:

  • If the home is heavily shaded, reduce capacity by 10 percent.
  • If the home is very sunny, increase capacity by 10 percent.
  • Adjust capacity based on how many people will occupy the home, as each person adds 600 BTUs.

For help figuring out which air conditioning system will be the most cost effective and efficient for your home, call the Omaha air conditioning company you can trust, Getzschman Heating & Cooling at 402-554-1110.

5 Simple Tips to Get Your Home Ready for Spring

5 simple tips to get your home ready for springMarch is here which means spring is on its way! As you shake off the winter blues and prepare for summer, here are some spring cleaning tips from the experts at Getzschman Heating to keep your home clean and comfortable as we move into the warmer months. Schedule an appointment with Getzschman today to spring clean your HVAC system. 

Clean or Replace Furnace Filters

cleaning or replacing the furnace filter in your homeYou should change your furnace filters every 3 to 6 months depending on the type of filter and your family’s needs. Filters remove dust, pollen, and other pollutants to keep your home’s air cleaner and safer.  filters screen out dust, pollen, and pollutants from the air to keep your home air cleaner and safer. Clean filters make your system more energy efficient and extend the life of your a/c unit. 

Check Registers and Vents for Dust

Inspect your registers and vents. If you see a buildup of dust, you should strongly consider getting your air ducts cleaned. If any members of your family have allergies or asthma, it is important to make sure the air coming from your vents is clean and free of pollutants. If you want to deep clean your home’s air filter system, call Getzschman to do your air duct cleaning for you.

Change the Batteries in Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Daylight Savings Time in March is a great time to test your batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace them as needed. Nearly two thirds of fire related deaths occur because smoke detectors weren’t working due to dead or missing batteries, or homes didn’t have any smoke detectors at all, according to the National Fire Protection Association. It is recommended that smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector batteries be changed at least once a year.

Get an A/C Tune-Up

To prepare for the summer heat, spring is a great time to tune-up your HVAC system. Get to any minor problems before they become major problems. The last thing you want is to have your A/C go out in July! A system that has a yearly tune-up experiences considerably fewer breakdowns, saving you money and providing ease of mind. Take a look at Getzschman’s planned maintenance program that includes an annual tune-up. Save 15% with our G-Force Membership today!

Clean Out That Dryer Vent

Lint builds up over time and becomes a fire hazard. Unplug the dryer from the wall and remove the vent from the back of the dryer. Use a lint brush to clean out the lint. When you are through, the flaps on your vent on the outside of your house should move freely. 

For help with spring cleaning your HVAC system, call the experts at Getzschman 1-800-657-2158 or schedule an appointment online.