Cool Touch Air Conditioning and Heating Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Your AC May Get a Short Break—And You Can Help It Out at This Time

Monday, December 6th, 2021
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Right now the Valley is looking at cooler temperatures, which means it’ll be about 70°F on most days. This is one of the reasons so many people flock to Phoenix and Scottsdale for their winter holidays! It’s warm but not boiling hot, so it’s a perfect getaway spot when brutal cold tears through other parts of the country.

In our last post we discussed why heating maintenance is still important for our winters. Today we’re shifting back to air conditioners in Glendale, AZ, because this is the time of the year when you’ll have both your AC and the heating system turned off for stretches. This is a great time to make upgrades and schedule important services for an AC, and our technicians have less-cramped work calendars so we can easily find time to help you out. 

Below are ways you can help out your AC during the time when it gets a bit of a vacation from the Arizona Anvil of the Sun.

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Some Great Uses for Ductless Air Conditioning Systems

Monday, November 8th, 2021
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One of the important trends in residential and commercial HVAC over the past twenty years is the increase in the use of ductless mini-split systems. These are HVAC systems that bypass the need for a complex duct network that moves through walls and ceilings to bring conditioned air into rooms. Rather than use a large indoor unit that blows conditioned air into the ducts with a large fan, a ductless system uses multiple smaller blower units that hang on the walls of rooms. Each of these units connects through refrigerant lines to a single outdoor unit.

Ductless air conditioning systems (and most units are heat pumps so they’re also capable of heating) have a wide range of uses. If you want to know what ductless air conditioning in Glendale, AZ can do for you, we’ve gathered a list of some of the best ways to put them to use. 

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Can I Replace My Old AC on My Own?

Monday, September 27th, 2021
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We’ve been over this territory recently when we looked at why it’s not the best idea to attempt to repair a malfunctioning air conditioner yourself. We can understand why a homeowner might think it’s fine to get out the tools and tinker with an AC that’s not working right. When it comes to putting in a full new air conditioning system, however, there’s no ambiguity… 

Do not try it!

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The Tilted AC Condenser: Why You Want It Kept Even

Monday, September 13th, 2021
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If we told you the foundation of your house was starting to sink into the ground, you’d feel a bit … concerned. What if we told you the concrete foundation slab of your air conditioner’s condenser was starting to sink on one side? You probably wouldn’t feel as much concern. You might shrug and think it’s not that big of a deal. The AC isn’t going to really sink into the ground, after all.

Well, probably not sink completely. But if even part of the condenser’s slab settles down into the earth, it will make the condenser sit unevenly on the ground, and this is a serious problem that can jeopardize the operation of the AC and lead to an early system replacement.

If you look at the outside condenser (we’ll wait for you to go check on it!) and it looks uneven, we recommend you call on HVAC professionals for air conditioning repair in Tempe, AZ. The problem can only get worse, and the sooner you have it corrected, the more likely you’ll avoid the troubles that a tilted AC cabinet can cause… 

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Sage Air Conditioning Advice for August Scorchers

Monday, August 16th, 2021
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August in Phoenix can be brutal. Even people who don’t live here know how hot it gets during the later summer—and how much air conditioning becomes a vital part of life. 

Unfortunately, home air conditioning systems face their greatest peril during August: a combination of intense heat and the strain they’ve already experienced through early summer. Trust us, this is a busy time for air conditioning contractors. We handle many emergency calls in summer, and this is a reason we offer ‘round the clock service. 

You can make August easier on your air conditioner and yourself if you follow several tips. In this post, we’ve compiled some of the best ways to improve the performance and efficiency of your air conditioning in Scottsdale, AZ and keep some of the heat off both of you.

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Why Is There Water Leaking From My AC?

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021
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When you listen to the sounds from your air conditioning system, you’ll periodically notice the sound of dripping water. This is normal. Your AC doesn’t use water to cool the air it sends into your house, but it does create water in the process of removing heat from the air. The AC has a special condensate system to remove this water from the unit to outside the house.

If you’re noticing water dripping from your AC, it’s probably because something has gone wrong with the condensate system. This isn’t a minor problem! You obviously don’t want water dripping around the air conditioner because it can create water damage, but a broken condensate system can cause the AC to stop working and may also lead to problems with corrosion and mold inside the HVAC system. In most cases, when you see water leaking from the AC cabinet, it’s time to call us for air conditioning repair in Glendale, AZ.

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Find the Right Size Commercial AC for Your Business

Tuesday, July 13th, 2021
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If you are opening a new business location, or you are making changes to your current one that requires you have new air conditioning installed, one of the important factors you need to know about commercial cooling is how large an AC you need. “Size” in this case doesn’t refer to how large the actual HVAC unit is, but its cooling capacity.

You might feel tempted to say, “I’ll have the largest AC I can afford installed,” and imagine that should take care of your needs. But commercial air conditioning installation is more complicated than that. It’s one of the reasons you want professionals, and professionals only, to handle all your needs for commercial HVAC in Goodyear, AZ.

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How Long Will My Air Conditioner Last?

Monday, July 5th, 2021
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How old is your air conditioning system? Have you had it for longer than you care to remember? Depending on how old it is, your AC might not have much service left to give before it gives up on you. If the air conditioner dies on you out of nowhere, you could end up facing a lot of discomfort during the hot Arizona summer.

Knowing when it’s time to schedule an appointment for air conditioning in Goodyear, AZ to install a new unit is crucial to ensuring a smooth transition from the old to the new without experiencing boiling temperatures in your house.

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My AC Costs Are Out of Control! What Can I Do?

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021

An air conditioner draws on a large amount of electricity to run. The compressor consumes, on average, 3,500 watts per hour to run, making it one of the biggest consumers of electrical power in a household. In a place where it gets as hot during the summer as Phoenix, electric bills rise when the air conditioners run. 

But you’re not thinking about the standard increase in electrical costs during an Arizona summer. You’ve got bills that have you puzzled and maybe alarmed. You’re paying a lot more than ever before, and there’s no easy reason to account for it. So what’s happening? And, more importantly, what can you do about it?

We handle HVAC services in Avondale, AZ and throughout the Phoenix Metro Area, so we know plenty about how ACs can turn expensive. We’ll look at what may be happening and what can be done.

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Can I Make Any AC Repairs Myself?

Monday, June 7th, 2021
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The short answer: No.

The longer answer: There are some troubleshooting steps you can take when you have a malfunctioning AC that might resolve the problem. However, anything that involves tools and opening up the air conditioning cabinets is a job to leave to professionals.

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