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Air Duct Leaks – Is There A Leak Test For My Home?

July 28th, 2016

How can I find out if my duct system is leaky?

So how do you know if your duct system has leakage?  If your home seems dusty, or has dust around registers, there may be leakage.  If you have rooms that are too hot or too cold in comparison to the rest of the home, you may have duct leakage.  The best way to determine if a duct system has leakage is by performing a duct leak test on the home.  First, one of our home comfort specialists will take measurements of your home and system, and visually inspect the ductwork for any problems.  We then install an infiltrometer into an outside door on the home.  The infiltrometer is basically a giant fan that will suck the inside air from the home and blow it outside, causing a vacuum in the home.  While the home is in a vacuum, our home comfort specialist will test each supply register and return grill for any air leakage using special tools.  After getting the needed measurements, our specialist will check the shell of the home for any leakage that could have a negative effect on the system.  Once he has completed his inspection, he uses advanced computer software to calculate how much air is being lost from the duct system, and determine the overall effect it is having on the efficiency of the unit.  Our specialist will then explain the situation and give you options on how to solve the issues. The cost for Cool Touch to perform a duct leak test is just $99.00 per system, and usually takes about 2-3 hours to perform the test.

What Causes a Leaky Duct System?

In many cases the duct system is leaky because it was never sealed when the home was built.  It wasn’t code to seal ductwork until recently, and most contractors didn’t fully understand the effect that a leaky duct system had on the unit.  There are also many duct systems that were sealed using inferior products such as duct tape.  The brutal Arizona summers tend to deteriorate many products that contractors use to seal ductwork, and the ducts separate from the seal or the product falls off of the connections.  Even new homes will occasionally have severe leakage, depending on the materials used by the contractor who installed the duct system.  It is important to use the proper materials when sealing the duct system, because of the heat created in the attic.  Many contractors today will use a sealer that is not designed for extreme temperatures in order to save money.  This allows the contractor to pass the code requirements when the job is inspected, but the seal cracks and separates after being exposed to the extreme heat during the first summer.

It is actually somewhat rare to find a duct system that is leaking because of disconnected ducts or crushed and torn ductwork.  In those cases, it’s usually because someone was in the attic (like a cable guy or phone repair tech) and accidentally caused the damage.  We usually find that leaky duct systems don’t have one certain spot where there is excessive leakage.  It’s usually several very small leaks throughout the entire system that gradually add up to become the equivalent of a large hole.  In most cases, the existing ductwork is still in good condition, and the leaks in the duct system can be repaired without replacing the ductwork.

Find out if your home has air duct leaks

Contact Cool Touch today or contact our office team at (623) 584-3762. Cool Touch, an Arizona LLC serves the entire state of Arizona for residential HVAC service and commercial HVAC service, repairs, replacements, installations and regular maintenance. We also offer great deals on new HVAC unit sales, as an Authorized Dealer for Amana.  Need a new air conditioner?  Then our deals are the best in the west! A family owned business with an excellent reputation in business since the 2002 located in the Phoenix West Valley city of Peoria Arizona. Our service area extends all over the Phoenix Valley including Scottsdale, North Phoenix, Surprise, Buckeye, Goodyear, Tolleson, Laveen, Avondale, Estrella Mountain, Verrado, Vistancia, Peoria, Sun City, Sun City West, Sun City Festival, Sun City Grand, Glendale, Deer Valley, Arrowhead, Marley Park, and many more.  For more information or to schedule an appointment —  contact us, visit our website or call us at (623) 584-3762.

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One Of The Best Warranties In The West

June 24th, 2016

Air Conditioner Warranty On Parts And Labor ~ We Offer The Best

At Cool Touch, we stand behind our service, parts & equipment.  That is why we offer some of the best warranties on parts and labor, in the entire Phoenix West Valley.  Dependable & reliable, that’s Cool Touch! We are so confident that you will be happy with our service, that is why we are able to offer some of the best warranties. 

Let’s take a moment and break it down.  Our new 18 SEER equipment has a LIFETIME CONDENSER REPLACEMENT if the compressor ever fails plus 16 YEAR parts & labor warranty – WOW, that’s a great warranty! See what I mean? But, for those of you that don’t need a new air conditioner or new HVAC unit, perhaps you simply need repairs? Then, this is the warranty for you:  Our 5 YEAR parts and labor guarantee on repairs is for you. For details, please call the main office.  We want to be your first choice for all things HVAC related.

READY TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT?  Visit our website or contact our office team at (623)584-3762.

Cool Touch, an Arizona LLC serves the entire state of Arizona for residential HVAC service and commercial HVAC service, repairs, replacements, installations and regular maintenance. We also offer great deals on new HVAC unit sales, as an Authorized Dealer for Amana.  Need a new air conditioner?  Then our deals are the best in the west! A family owned business with an excellent reputation in business since the 2002 located in the Phoenix West Valley city of Peoria Arizona. Our service area extends all over the Phoenix Valley including Scottsdale, North Phoenix, Surprise, Buckeye, Goodyear, Tolleson, Laveen, Avondale, Estrella Mountain, Verrado, Vistancia, Peoria, Sun City, Sun City West, Sun City Festival, Sun City Grand, Glendale, Deer Valley, Arrowhead, Marley Park, and many more.  For more information or to schedule an appointment —  contact us, visit our website or call us at (623) 584-3762.

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Preventative Maintenance – USA Club Program

May 17th, 2016

Extend the life of your A/C Unit with Preventative Maintenance

Many people do not understand just how important  regular A/C unit maintenance is, to extend the life of your HVAC unit.  This type of service is known in the air conditioning industry as Preventative Maintenance.  If you ask any HVAC Technician or Air Conditioner Repairman in Phoenix Az about the importance of preventative a/c unit maintenance, they will likely share that it is extremely important to the overall health and efficiency of your air conditioner.  That’s because it is true!  An air conditioner that has annual preventative maintenance and seasonal HVAC tune ups will have a longer life expectancy, nearly double that of a unit that is not maintained.  Did you catch that?  You can extend the life of your HVAC unit, condenser, compressor and all the moving parts that make your air conditioner work, by simply having regular preventative maintenance completed.

What is included in a HVAC Unit Maintenance Service Call?  At Cool Touch our technicians are thoroughly trained to follow the industry standards to ensure that your A/C unit is functioning properly, is running efficiently and is mechanically sound. The HVAC Repairman (Cool Touch Technician)  will complete a detailed inspection that includes the following services: (Recommended Twice Per Year)  – Check electrical connections, Check safety controls, Check thermostat calibration, Check fan blade tightness, Lubricate fan motor, Measure amp draw, Check air flow. (For Summer) – Clean condenser, Check evaporator coil, Check refrigerant lines, Check “Start” and “Run” capacitors, Check “Start” and “Run” relays, Check refrigerant level, Check condensate drain. (For Winter) – Check burners, Carbon monoxide check, Check for proper venting, Check manifold pressure, Check service valves, Check heat exchanger/chamber and more.

As you can see, quite a lot is involved in the HVAC unit preventative maintenance.  After this inspection is completed, you will know that your A/C unit is ready to tackle the hot summer months and your heating furnace is prepared for the chilly winter season.  In the Arizona Valley of the Sun, we see a wide range of temperatures throughout the year.  So, be prepared.   A cool comfortable home is a happy home.

READY TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT?  Visit our website or contact our office team at (623)584-3762. Cool Touch, an Arizona LLC serves the entire state of Arizona for residential HVAC service and commercial HVAC service, repairs, replacements, installations and regular maintenance. We also offer great deals on new HVAC unit sales, as an Authorized Dealer for Amana.  Need a new air conditioner?  Then our deals are the best in the west! A family owned business with an excellent reputation in business since the 2002 located in the Phoenix West Valley city of Peoria Arizona. Our service area extends all over the Phoenix Valley including Scottsdale, North Phoenix, Surprise, Buckeye, Goodyear, Tolleson, Laveen, Avondale, Estrella Mountain, Verrado, Vistancia, Peoria, Sun City, Sun City West, Sun City Festival, Sun City Grand, Glendale, Deer Valley, Arrowhead, Marley Park, and many more.  For more information or to schedule an appointment —  contact us, visit our website or call us at (623) 584-3762.

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Eco-Friendly Products ~ Going Green

April 22nd, 2016

We’ve Gone Green With Eco-Friendly Products

It’s Earth Day, the perfect day to honor Mother Earth!

At Cool Touch we are proud to offer environment friendly “eco-friendly” products and services that help homeowners to be more energy efficient and make a smaller carbon footprint on Mother Earth. Are you thinking of going green?  We offer a varietyeco-friendly-product-sticker-29541280676384aida of products and services that can help you transition to an energy efficient “green” home.

Let’s talk about the attic – air duct work and insulation. Our team at Cool Touch are experts at air duct cleanings, air duct repairs and proper insulation.  All of which are necessary to have an energy efficient property.  The insulation product that we offer is Owens Corning’s fiber glass and foam building insulation which is GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified.  The GREENGUARD Certification is awarded to products that are low-emitting and help to maintain better, cleaner indoor air quality.

What does GREENGUARD Certification mean to me?

greenguard-logoProducts certified by the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute have been subjected to rigorous tests and found to produce low emissions of formaldehyde, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), respirable particles and other pollutants. Therefore, GREENGUARD Certified products meet stringent indoor air quality standards. GREENGUARD Certification provides customers with an independent third party’s assurance of the indoor air quality performance of Owens Corning’s insulating products.

When you choose Cool Touch you can be confident that we are doing our part to honor the Earth. And, after your appointment you will be doing your part too! Let’s celebrate Mother Earth together!

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Cool Touch is a family–owned, Phoenix area business established in 2002. The owners, Chris & Charmaine Funk, have over 20 years of experience in the air conditioning, heating, plumbing and electrical industry.  We install American Standard, Goodman, and Amana equipment, but we service almost all other makes and models. We also offer service agreements for preventative air conditioning and heating maintenance. Cool Touch installs and repairs air conditioning and heating systems throughout the greater Phoenix and surrounding cities. Our air conditioning and heating technicians are highly skilled and provide exceptional customer service to both our residential and commercial clients. The team at Cool Touch has a combined 50 years of experience in the Arizona heating and cooling, plumbing and electrical industry. To learn more about us CLICK HERE TO VISIT OUR WEBSITE.

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Sweet 16 – The last A/C you’ll ever need!

March 3rd, 2016

Sweet 16 Winter Savings Promotion – The Last Air Conditioner You’ll Ever Need!

 

Winter Savings Sweet 16 Deal at Cool Touch HVACPurchase a 16 SEER Total Comfort System with a variable speed furnace – or Variable Speed Air Handler.  This system carries a lifetime unit replacement guarantee and qualifies for up to a $300 utility rebate.  Have it installed by March 30, 2016 to receive an installed price that is absolutely ironclad guaranteed to be the best value at the lowest cost you can get in the Central Arizona in that time period.

At a 20% discount from our normal price. Normally $9,850 we will discount 20% to $7,880 PLUS a $200 Cash Rebate and $300 from our utility so $7,380 installed after rebates.  16 SEER package unit is $6,728 after 15% Discount & Rebates  (3 ton/80,000 BTU, same discounts and rebates apply to all tonnages. Plus tax).

Here’s how we make the offer even sweeter….

This system comes with a 16 years parts and labor warranty for service and repairs. That’s right – 16 full years of no worries, in writing 10 Year Parts and 16 Year Labor Warranty on Package Equipment.  No one offers this — no one!

You will also receive a 3 Year Maintenance Agreement and we will add one High Tech Honeywell Vision Pro 8000 Touch Stat Thermostat.Amana Equipment

ON TOP OF ALL THAT – Cool Touch Ironclad Peace of Mind Guarantees:

  • 2 Year Money Back No Questions Asked Test Drive Guarantee
  • Best Value at the Lowest Cost in Writing Guarantee
  • 2 Year Hotel Guarantee
  • Both the A/C and Furnace come with a LIFETIME UNIT REPLACEMENT guarantee should a compressor or heat exchanger fail you get a brand new unit (On Split Systems, 99 Year Compressor Warranty on Package Equipment).

HURRY! OFFER EXPIRES 3/30/16

 

Cool Touch Logo Contact Cool Touch today!  ON CALL 24 HOURS (623) 584-3761

Cool Touch is a family–owned, Phoenix area business established in 2002. The owners, Chris & Charmaine Funk, have over 20 years of experience in the air conditioning, heating, plumbing and electrical industry.  We install American Standard, Goodman, and Amana equipment, but we service almost all other makes and models. We also offer service agreements for preventative air conditioning and heating maintenance. Cool Touch installs and repairs air conditioning and heating systems throughout the greater Phoenix and surrounding cities. Our air conditioning and heating technicians are highly skilled and provide exceptional customer service to both our residential and commercial clients. The team at Cool Touch has a combined 50 years of experience in the Arizona heating and cooling, plumbing and electrical industry. To learn more about us CLICK HERE TO VISIT OUR WEBSITE.

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Air Duct Leaks – Is It Happening In Your Home?

February 10th, 2016

AIR DUCT LEAKS – HOW A LEAKY DUCT SYSTEM AFFECTS YOUR HOME AND UNIT

    Air leakage in your duct system can have a poor effect on your heating or cooling unit, reducing the efficiency, lifespan, and performance of the system.  Air duct leaks can increase your energy bills, create excessive dust, and cause poor indoor air quality.

    In order to fully understand how air duct leaks and a leaky duct system can affect your unit, it is important to know how the duct system works in conjunction with the unit to heat or cool your home.  We will use the example of cooling your home, rather than heating, because we have such harsh summers it helps put things into perspective.  When you turn on your A/C at the thermostat during the summer, the unit turns on and a motor turns a fan to suck air through the “return” ductwork to the inside of your unit.  The air from inside your home is sucked in through that “return” duct and passes over a filter to catch dust particles. The air is then blown over a coil that is made of copper and aluminum, and looks similar to a giant radiator.  That coil has refrigerant inside of it that cools the coil ice cold in the summer.  The air gets sucked through that coil and cooled down.  After the air gets sucked through the coil and is cold, it gets pushed out the other side of your unit into the “supply” ductwork.  The ductwork is either made of metal tubes or rectangular boxes that are connected together in sections, or it can be flex tubes that are like a giant slinky wrapped in insulation, or sometimes a combination of both.  The air travels through the “supply” ductwork and is spit out of all the different registers in your home.  

    You also have a “return” duct that connects to a filter box and grill.  Some homes have multiple return ducts, each connecting to a box with a filter grill.  In many cases, those “return” boxes are leaking at the seams and at the main collar connection where the ductwork is attached to the box.  The return ducts may also be leaking at various connections in the ductwork, and at the main connection at the unit.  The unit should pull air from the inside of your home over the filter to remove particles, and blow it over the coil to be cooled and distributed throughout the home.  If the return ducts have leakage it causes some of the air to bypass the filter.  That means that the unit is sucking in some air from your home and the filter is catching the particles, and some of the air is sucking in through all of the seams, gaps, and holes in the “return” ducts from the attic.  That attic air is full of dust and debris, as well as fiberglass insulation that you don’t want to breathe.  Also, the attic air is usually between 120-170 degrees in the summer, much hotter than the 75-85 degree air inside your home.  So the unit has to work much harder to cool down 120-170 degree air, rather than 75-85 degree air.  That reduces the lifespan of the system and increases your energy bills.  The system is also affected by the particles that bypassed the filter.  You don’t want to breathe the attic air full of dust and fiberglass, but it also hurts the unit.  The air from the attic gets blown over the coil to be cooled, and that causes the coil to sweat condensation.  Some of the dust and fiberglass particles from the attic air end up sticking to the wet coil, and it creates build up, sort of like a lint trap in a dryer.  Most manufacturers recommend that you clean the indoor coil every 2-3 years, and APS and Energy Star recommend cleaning it every 2-4 years, but with leakage, it needs to be cleaned more often.  Cleaning the coil is difficult and costly, so sealing the ductwork will help keep that coil cleaner.  When the coil gets residue and build up, it causes the motor to run harder in order to suck the air through that coil because it’s impacted with debris so the airflow is restricted.  When the motor runs harder, the amp draw increases, and so does your energy bill, not to mention the fact that it reduces the lifespan of the motor.  The dust and fiberglass particles that make it through the coil are pushed through the “supply” ducts and distributed in the air throughout your home.  Those particles also build up in both your “return” and “supply” ducts as well.  So if you have leakage in your “return” ductwork, it creates poor indoor air quality, an increase in dust throughout the home, an increase in your utility bills, and it reduces the efficiency and lifespan of the unit.

    There can also be leakage from the “supply” ductwork.  The leaks are usually also found at connections, as well as the seams and gaps inside the trunkline, distribution boxes, or the “supply” boxes that have the registers attached to them.  So after the air is sucked through the unit and cooled from the coil, it travels into the supply ductwork and some air just blows into the attic.  So besides cooling down your home, you’re also cooling down your attic, which is a waste of money.  

    The other issue is that the leakage from the supply ductwork will cause a vacuum effect on the home.  A five ton unit is made to suck in 2,000 cfm of air through the filter, and spit out 2,000 cfm through the registers.  So if that five ton system has 10% air leakage from the “supply” ducts, it’s sucking in 2,000 cfm, but it’s only blowing about 1,800 cfm into the home, and 200 cfm into the attic.  The unit still needs to suck in 2,000 cfm, and since it can’t get all of the air back that it spit out because 200 cfm went in the attic, it causes a vacuum in the home.  That vacuum pulls in warm outside air from doors and windows, and it also pulls in dusty and polluted air from behind electrical outlets and switches, as well as from any gaps at plumbing penetrations, light fixtures, ceiling fans, recessed can lights, and so on.  So once again, the leakage is affecting your indoor air quality.

HOW DO YOU REPAIR A LEAKY DUCT SYSTEM?

    Sealing air duct leaks in your duct system is usually an all day job, and in some cases it may take 2 or 3 days.  The total cost to make the necessary repairs depends on the size of the home, the type of ductwork used in the system, the amount of air leakage detected during the negative pressure test, and the overall condition of the duct system.  The cost can be as little as a few hundred dollars, or as high as several thousand dollars.  The good news is that both APS and SRP offer rebates to homeowners who have their duct system properly sealed by a certified contractor.  APS will refund up to $325.00 towards repairs and SRP will refund up to $400.00 towards repairs.  In many cases, customers who seal their duct system see a reduction in their utility bills and a return in their investment in just a few years.  Our home comfort specialists seal all of the supply and return ductwork in the attic at all seams, connections, and collars using a high temperature fiberglass reinforced elastomeric sealer.  We also seal any distribution boxes and trunklines at seams, collars, and end caps using the same sealer.  Our specialists then remove all supply registers and seal the ductwork from the inside at seams, joints, collars, and connections with a high temperature fiberglass reinforced elastomeric sealer.  Then we fill up any gaps in the drywall behind the registers using a silicone latex caulk, and reattach the registers.  They also seal inside all return boxes at seams and collars with the sealer, and fill up the gaps in drywall around the filter grills using a silicone latex caulk.  Some circumstances require additional sealing.  Duct systems that use return air platforms may require plating off areas using duct board or sheet metal and sealing over the plates.  Systems with fresh air return ductwork also usually require plating off areas and sealing over the capped section with sealer.  Sometimes leaks in the duct system are located at torn or deteriorated flex duct runs, or damaged hard duct runs or distribution boxes that cannot be properly sealed.  In those cases we replace or repair the ductwork as needed, and proceed with sealing the ductwork after making the repairs.

    Some homeowners have conditioned air loss from the shell of the home, referred to as the home envelope.  In some cases, customers request that Cool Touch make the necessary repairs to reduce the conditioned air loss as well as seal the duct system.  Our specialist can explain the benefits of sealing the home envelope after performing the negative pressure test, and inform you of the priority of the repairs, depending on the issues (allergies, asthma, COPD, dust, warm or cold rooms, energy consumption, etc.) each customer is concerned about the most.  There are a variety of repairs that can be made to the home to help reduce conditioned air loss, ranging from replacing leaky can lights with air tight can lights and sealing around plumbing pipe penetrations and installing weather stripping around door frames, to sealing inside electrical outlets and switches and sealing around speakers, sky lights, and light fixtures.  In some circumstances Cool Touch is unable to repair the issues we locate, such as replacing a leaky window.  In those cases, our specialist will inform you of the problem, and recommend a company that can perform the repairs.

    Once we have completed all of the necessary repairs to all of the leaky ductwork and conditioned air loss that we detected in your home, we perform the air duct leak test again to ensure that the duct system is properly sealed.  We guarantee that you will have a 60% or more improvement in air loss from the duct system after we have completed the sealing, and in many cases we have made a 70%, 80%, or even 90% improvement in the leakage.  We use high quality products when sealing your duct system, so the seal should last decades, and you will most likely never need to seal your ductwork again in the future.

FIND OUT IF YOUR HOME HAS AIR DUCT LEAKS – Contact Cool Touch today!  ON CALL 24 HOURS (623) 584-3761

Cool Touch LogoCool Touch is a family–owned, Phoenix area business established in 2002. The owners, Chris & Charmaine Funk, have over 20 years of experience in the air conditioning, heating, plumbing and electrical industry.  We install American Standard, Goodman, and Amana equipment, but we service almost all other makes and models. We also offer service agreements for preventative air conditioning and heating maintenance. Cool Touch installs and repairs air conditioning and heating systems throughout the greater Phoenix and surrounding cities. Our air conditioning and heating technicians are highly skilled and provide exceptional customer service to both our residential and commercial clients. The team at Cool Touch has a combined 50 years of experience in the Arizona heating and cooling, plumbing and electrical industry. To learn more about us CLICK HERE TO VISIT OUR WEBSITE.

 

 

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Why Would Thieves Steal Air Conditioning Units?

December 2nd, 2014

When late spring, early summer arrives here in Phoenix AZ, residents all over the valley start bracing themselves for the sweltering heat that usually comes with it. Phoenicians place a lot of value on their air conditioning, after all, it’s what keeps us sane when then temperatures climb over a 100 degrees. In fact, summer in Phoenix Arizona is like cold, harsh winters in Buffalo NY! People back east generally stay inside where it’s warm and cozy and don’t do much outside for at least 4-5 months. Here in the hot, summer heat, most of us don’t do too much outside unless you have a pool or it’s in the evening, which pretty much means we stay inside where it’s cool roughly for 5 months. Our air conditioners become our savior during these months.

So now that you know why air conditioners are so valuable to us living in the valley of the sun, were you aware of why thieves place so much value on them? Copper value has increased over the years. It’s becoming a hot commodity on the black market. Thieves are starting to not only target the copper coils within air conditioning units, but also the whole unit itself. Generally, criminals who remove the copper from an a/c unit will take it to a scrapyard in exchange for a few hundred dollars. Some are even selling the copper in bulk on the black market.

Neighborhoods and vacant rental homes are the more consistent target for air conditioner copper theft, but that doesn’t mean that thieves aren’t keeping an eye on other places too. As metal prices have steadily risen over the past 10 years, so has the problem of metal theft at both urban and rural plants. The cost to certain industries and the people they serve is profound. A single act of copper theft from one quarry may yield approximately $300-$400 for the thief, but results in over $100,000 in lost production as the plant is idled while awaiting new parts. This can be very costly for an industrial plant!

When copper is taken from a household or even a small business air conditioning unit, the costs to the owner can also be very expensive. Criminals are not professional air and heating technicians, so the removal of copper coils from the unit can be very damaging. Whether the homeowner or business owner has to pay for parts, damage to the unit, or even worse, having to replace it with a brand new unit, parts and labor costs can range from $1,000-$7000. This can get very expensive.

In a 2013 report, the National Insurance Crime Bureau took a close look at metal thefts. The report reviewed metal theft claims from Jan. 1, 2010, to Dec. 31, 2012. During that period, 33,775 insurance claims for the theft of copper, bronze, brass or aluminum were handled — 32,568 of them, or 96 percent, for copper alone. This shows a 36 percent increase in claims when compared with the 25,083 claims reported (between) Jan. 1, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2011.

There are ways people can help prevent the theft of air conditioning units. Police in local theft hot spots are letting residents know about the recent criminal activity around them as well as speaking with local business owners too. They are encouraging homeowners and business owners of vacant properties to check on the properties and possibly adding fencing around their air conditioning units, along with motion lights detectors to scare of potential thieves.

A new company called Vital Security offers a new product designed specifically for protecting air conditioner units. The Whip® is an excellent and professional choice for tamper-proof air conditioner alarm protection. It works by monitoring the pressure in the coil of the air conditioning unit. When the thieve attempts to cut the copper line, the pressure drops and the alarm is activated. This has also proved to be successful in decreasing the amount of copper theft cases reported. Whether you add fencing around your unit, install motion detectors, and purchase a product like The Whip, be sure and stay alert. Sometimes by being alert to criminal activity around your area can start sending a message to criminals that the local community is on to them and they better take their activities elsewhere.

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The Smart Way to Replacing Your Old Heating System

November 10th, 2014

If your heating system is less than 15 years old, it should still have some life left in it. You can expect as many as 15 to 20 years of service from properly installed and maintained heating equipment. To help make this long service life a reality, it is a good idea to have your heating system inspected and adjusted on an annual basis. If your system is over 10 years old, then you should definitely place it on an annual maintenance program. Good preventive maintenance will ensure that your system runs safely and efficiently for a long time.

Eventually, an older system may need to be replaced. You should replace your heating system when it is no longer cost effective to keep it in good working order. When trying to decide how to select a new heating unit, and even better, what heating contractor your going to hire for the job, you should follow these tips:

Don’t go with the lowest bid
Service calls are twice as likely to be related to poor installation as to defective equipment. The guy with the lowest bid often makes the biggest mistakes.

Contractor markup
The heating contractor actually pays about $300 to $500 more for a 95 percent furnace than he does for a 90 percent furnace. If that added cost is passed through with little markup, you might be able to justify it. If the contractor marks up the price a whole bunch, then you have no chance of making a payback in your lifetime.

Have a pro install a new thermostat
Furnaces and thermostats, just like cars, have gotten increasingly computerized, and they can require some pretty serious know-how to get them to work right.

High vs. very high efficiencies
Higher efficiency means higher complexity. The more complex it is, the more expensive it is, and the more it will cost to fix when it breaks. Generally, your best value is to get a 92 percent efficiency furnace with one of the new ECM fan motors.

Get a proposal, not a bid
Go with someone who provides a detailed written proposal that outlines exactly what he will and won’t do. He should list the manufacturer and model number of the proposed equipment as well as the cost of any plumbing, venting changes or electrical work required.

Buy a reputable brand
Stick with the major brands or one of their subsidiaries. If you don’t recognize the brand, do your own checking online before you buy.

You may need a smaller furnace
Older furnaces were usually oversized so that the house was always warm enough. But new higher efficiency furnaces can have a lower Btu rating and still put out the same amount of heat.

Follow these tips when it comes time to replace your old heating system. You want to make sure that you’re making the best decision based on what fits your homes needs. If you need additional assistance please don’t hesitate to call the professionals at Cool Touch Air and Heating. We’ll help you every step of the way. 623-584-3762

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Does Your A/C Unit Need a New Motor?

October 3rd, 2014

Your air conditioner is a complicated piece of equipment, but it is also one of the most important pieces of equipment in your home. When you live in places like Glendale and Phoenix where the temperatures routinely reach the triple digits in the summer, any disruption in service could create not just an extremely comfortable situation, but also one that is hazardous to your health.

One of the most common parts to need repair or replacement is the motor. While you don’t want to rebuild the motor or repair it yourself, you should be aware of the signs that there could be a problem so you know when to call an experienced air and heating contractor in Phoenix.

Some common things you might notice when there is a problem with your AC motor include:

  • Humming sounds or other unusual noises.
  • Your AC stops running after a few hours, or it runs only intermittently.
  • There is no cold air blowing out of the unit.

When your air conditioner stops putting out cold air that’s a sure sign that you need to have it looked at right away. However, you may think that issues like unusual noises or intermittent operation are “no big deal” or maybe even just something to be expected from an aging unit.

The earlier you address any of these issues, the more likely you are to be able to repair your cooling unit and add years to its life. If you let these issues linger, they could lead to even bigger problems for your air conditioner, which could require extensive repairs or even a total replacement.

If your air conditioner is humming or buzzing, it likely means that the motor is being powered but its blades are not working. Several things could be causing the problem, such as a bad capacitor, relay switch or motor shaft. Replacing a simple part is far less work (and money) than replacing the whole air conditioner motor.

If your air conditioner is working but cuts out periodically, it may be because the motor is overheating. There could be a problem with the relay or the motor itself. You’ll need to talk with an experienced technician to find out what is causing it for sure. Replacing a relay will cost far less than replacing or rebuilding the motor.

Finally, if your air conditioner is not putting out any cold air, it’s because the blower motor is not working. There could be a bad connection, or you could have a problem with the relay or the motor. Again, working with an experienced technician can help you get to the bottom of the problem to know for sure what is causing it.

For a complete and honest assessment of your current air conditioning and heating units, please call Cool Touch or visit the Cool Touch site.

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The Benefits of a Properly Insulated Home

September 22nd, 2014

In Phoenix our summer heat can be extremely brutal, no question about that. Your air conditioning is often running full-blast all day long and home owners start to wonder about that extra expense, which is one of the necessary evils of living in the desert. Your air conditioning expense doesn’t have to be as big as what you’re currently paying to keep your home cool. Properly insulating your home can cut the costs of air conditioning in the summer months and, additionally, it can also help lower your heating bill in the winter.

Good insulation keeps the cold air (or heat) circulating inside your home more effectively, thereby reducing the need for raising the thermostat. Some homes are better insulated than others and some homeowners find less of a need to keep the central heat or air conditioning running during the day saving them money in the long run.

Having a well-insulated home far outweigh the costs of having the air conditioning running all day in a poor insulated home. There are many insulation companies in the Phoenix and surrounding areas, like Scottsdale, Tempe, and Mesa that specialize in heating, air-conditioning and the various types of insulation jobs. Ask our air conditioning experts if they think adding additional insulation is the right move for you to help keep your air conditioning and heating bills down. We can also assist you in estimating how much it may be possible to save by having insulation installed throughout your home. You might be pleasantly surprised to find that, with proper insulation, you could potentially cut your heating and air-conditioning bills in half!

Contact Cool Touch today and see how we can assist with your energy savings 623-584-3762 or http://cooltouch.us

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