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

What Do You Need in a Commercial HVAC Company?

Monday, July 9th, 2018

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When you choose an HVAC service for your commercial needs, you’ll find that a lot of HVAC companies do offer commercial services. But you don’t want an HVAC company that just offers—you need one that truly understands the needs of businesses and commercial building owners.

How can they prove this? By providing any number of services and perks that truly make the difference for commercial needs. In this post, we’ll go over just a few things that you need from a commercial HVAC company.

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R22 Refrigerant Phase-Out: Know Your Options

Monday, June 25th, 2018

Close-up photo of the insulated refrigerant pipelines connected to the air handling unitRefrigerant. It’s one of those terms you’ve likely heard before. You probably have an idea of what it is, and maybe even a very basic understanding of how it works, but that’s probably where your knowledge ends.

You may have even had a handyman or misleading professional tell you at some point that refrigerant needs to be refilled (what we in the HVAC industry call recharged) once a year—this isn’t true. If your system is losing refrigerant, it means you have a leak that must be repaired before being recharged. Ideally, your air conditioner is supplied with enough refrigerant upon installation to last its entire lifespan.

If you have an older system (10 years +) chances are very likely that it has refrigerant in it called R22. This type of refrigerant is being phased out due to its harmful effects on the environment, particularly its ozone-depleting properties.

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How to Improve Your Air Conditioner’s Performance

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

air-conditioner-outdoor-unitHow do you keep cool during the summer? Most of us move from one air-conditioned space to the next, and with all that wear and tear on your AC, your system may start to misbehave. Perhaps, it’s already starting getting a bit louder than normal. Or perhaps you’ve noticed a sudden, unexpected rise in your energy bills. You may even be concerned as your AC moves past the 10-year mark.

The first call should be to a pro technician, like those on our team. That’s the quickest way to a resolution. There are some powerful ways to improve your air conditioner’s performance.

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Watch Out for Short Cycling in Your Air Conditioner

Monday, April 30th, 2018

short-cycling-ACSpring is here, and summer won’t be far behind. Here in the Phoenix area, that means triple-digit temperatures and homes in desperate need of cooling. Your air conditioner will be called upon to work for days on end to keep the heat from creeping into your home.

In light of that, now is the time to pay close attention to the way your air conditioner runs, and to call for a repair service in the event you spot anything out of the ordinary. Generally speaking, anything out of the ordinary should be cause for concern, but in particular, watch for the appearance of short cycling: turning on and off again far more frequently than it should. It doesn’t sound like a huge issue, but in fact, it can be devastating.

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The Benefits of Ductless Mini-Split Systems

Monday, April 16th, 2018

ductless-air-conditioningAir conditioning season starts early and stays late in Arizona, and selecting the best kind of system for your home is of paramount importance. Air conditioners need to be properly sized and suited for the specifics of the building in question, and while traditional centralized air conditioners are often the best fit, they’re not the only option for your home.

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3 Ways to Lower those AC Bills This Summer

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

air-conditioning-systemSummer will be here soon, and hot weather seems to come earlier and earlier every year. Your air conditioner is more than just a luxury in these cases, and you’re going to need it to perform reliably every day without fail in order to keep your home cool and comfortable.

That means you’re very likely going to pay more for your air conditioning bills than you would during cooler parts of the year. Some of that is inevitable and unavoidable. You’re running your system for longer periods of time by necessity in the summer, and that’s going to cause your bills to spike. But just because you’re paying more doesn’t mean you should pay more than is absolutely necessary.

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Does Your Air Conditioner Need Replacement?

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

air-conditioning-replacementSpring will officially be here this week, and summer will be along before you know it. As the weather warms up, we’re going to be using our air conditioners more and more often, until we’re running it all day every day to counteract our scorching Arizona heat waves.

If your air conditioner is on its last leg, now is the time to get it replaced. You have plenty of time to schedule a replacement session, and your new air conditioner will save you a great deal of money and worry.

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Get Your Air Conditioner Serviced Today!

Monday, March 19th, 2018

Today is the first day of spring, and in terms of your home, it usually marks the point when you’ll gradually stop running your heater and start running your air conditioner Before you know it, temperatures will have hit triple digits and you’ll need your air conditioner every day.

The last thing you need is an unexpected breakdown right in the middle of a heat wave, and while you’re likely paying more for your air conditioning bills in the summer simply because you’re running your system more often, you shouldn’t pay any more than is necessary.

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

Thursday, 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

Friday, 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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