Cool Touch Blog: Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

Low Air Flow Problems in Heaters Explained

Monday, January 21st, 2019

inside-furnaceNothing is more irritating than a heater that just isn’t blowing hot air. The heater could be blowing room temperature air, or maybe it doesn’t seem to be blowing air at all. We understand the frustration. After all, blowing hot air is the one thing it’s supposed to do right!

Along with your airflow woes, the heater may not be displaying any particular symptoms that could help you pinpoint the source of the problem. That just makes it harder to understand why it’s happening at all.

We can’t tell you what the problem is for sure without being there, so the least we can do is tell you about some of the most common issues.

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4 Reasons Your Thermostat is Malfunctioning

Monday, January 7th, 2019

cold-man-inspecting-thermostatIf you’re experiencing problems with your furnace this winter, the natural reaction is to call for an expert in Phoenix, AZ heating services and have them inspect your furnace. But what if they don’t find anything wrong with your furnace? In that case, it could be a problem with the thermostat.

The thermostat is the brain of your HVAC system, but it’s often taken for granted. It’s not uncommon that many people overlook it when troubleshooting issues with their system.

Knowing the difference between an HVAC problem and a thermostat problem might save you from having to make a service call! We’ll explain 5 common issues down below so you can know what to look out for.

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The Best Time to Schedule Heating Services

Monday, December 24th, 2018

One question we get every now and then is:

“When’s the best time to get HVAC repairs?”

The answer to that question is simply, “When you need it!”

Sorry, we know that’s not the actual answer you’re looking for—but it’s true. You typically won’t need to schedule a heating service unless the need arises. The only other time would be when it’s time for maintenance (and we do have some advice for when that time comes).

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What to Do About a Short Cycling Furnace

Friday, December 7th, 2018

technician-inspecting-furnaceIn the past, HVAC equipment was made with one simple objective in mind: heat or cool your home as fast as possible. Often, that meant installing powerful equipment. It was certainly effective—but at the cost of an extravagant energy bill.

Advances in HVAC technology made it possible to introduce a balance between efficiency and power. This was achieved with cycles. But even so, this balance of efficiency and power must be maintained in accordance with the size of your home. If there’s a problem in the furnace—or even a problem with the furnace’s installation—it can cause short cycling.

We’ll explain what short cycling is and what you can do about it.

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Which to Install: Ductless Heat Pump or Furnace?

Monday, November 26th, 2018

question-markAlthough they’re both considered forced-air heaters, ductless heat pumps and furnaces couldn’t be more different. They both have a range of benefits but understanding their differences can make all the difference when it comes time to install a new heater. Keep reading to see how they compare in three different factors.

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Preventative Maintenance – USA Club Program

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

Thursday, 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

 

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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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The Benefits of a Properly Insulated Home

Monday, 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 https://cooltouch.us

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Cool Touch Offers Air & Heating Services for Goodyear AZ

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Goodyear is a suburban community in the southwest portion of metropolitan Phoenix Arizona featuring more than 188 square miles of plains, rivers and the beautiful Estrella Mountains. With a rich, rewarding quality of life and tremendous community spirit, Goodyear was the recipient of two prestigious national awards in 2008: the All-America City and City Livability awards. Today, Goodyear is a city of relaxed sophistication, where you will feel at home right away.

Goodyear Arizona

Goodyear AZ

Forbes recently named Phoenix one of the country’s next big boomtowns. As one of the fastest-growing regions in the country with a population that’s expected to nearly double over the next 20 years, Goodyear, as the leader in the west valley, is poised to be an industry leader in Information Technology. With infrastructure already in place, technology companies have several options.

The region has some of the best business schools and technology programs in the country, as well as one of the largest community college networks in the nation. Estrella Mountain Community College has developed the coveted “Red Hat Certification” program and has recently submitted to become a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Security for two year programs.

Goodyear offers a unique blend of metropolitan amenities and suburban hospitality packaged in a fresh, contemporary setting. Located 20 minutes from downtown Phoenix, Goodyear offers an abundance of attractions including over 100 restaurants, great shopping, theaters, over 20,000 acres of recreational parks, and approximately 47 miles of multi-use paved trails and equestrian multi-use unpaved trails.

During the spring in Goodyear AZ, just when the weather is near perfection, Major League Baseball spring training kicks off. Goodyear AZ is the home of the Cleveland Indians and the Cincinnati Reds. What’s not to love about Cactus League Spring Training in Arizona? Hope springs eternal as the boys of summer get in shape in the sunshine and fans get up close and personal with their favorite players.

Shopping is abundant in Goodyear with everything from upscale boutiques to discount retailers. Estrella Falls Mall, set for completion in Fall 2016 will be the largest indoor-shopping mall in the southwest valley with over 1.1 million square feet of specialty shops, high end retailers and dining.

Goodyear AZ Landscape

Goodyear AZ Landscape

All of Goodyear’s nine excellent hotels offer customers an exceptional experience; conveniently located near major highways, allowing easy access to the Phoenix metro area. With over 912 rooms, guests are sure to find accommodations fitting one’s lifestyle and budget. For a true luxurious experience visit the esteemed Wig Wam Resort with over 300 guest casitas and a championship golf course.

With 4 public and semi-public courses, Goodyear offers something for golfers of all levels. Rolling hills and tree-lined fairways, water hazards and sand traps, each course has its own character filled with competitive challenges. From executive style to championship courses, you’ll enjoy playing Goodyear’s unique golf landscape.

The city of Goodyear is growing so much it only makes sense that Cool Touch Air and Heating expands it’s air and heating services into this area. With all the new neighborhoods and new commercial projects that have been developed, as well as several new ones on the horizon, it’s only a matter of time before Cool Touch’s excellent reputation becomes a household name in this area. Goodyear residents that are in need of air conditioning maintenance, repair or installation, or would like to have their heating system serviced to get ready for the fall and winter months, please call Cool Touch today 623-584-3762 or visit https://www.cooltouch.us/

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Trusting Your A/C & Heating Contractor is Important

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

We’ve all heard the stories about home owners and commercial businesses getting ripped off by their local HVAC contractor. Too many times people have called upon A/C and heating companies to come to their home or business for what they thought would be a simple tune up only to be taken for hundreds, sometimes even thousands of dollars. We’ve even heard of a homeowner who’s issue had to do with a simple adjustment to their thermostat, however, the HVAC company they called told them they needed a whole new cooling system which ended up costing them a few thousand. Ridiculous!!

Cool Touch A/C & HeatingCool Touch Air Conditioning and Heating is proud to state that we have a perfect rating with the Phoenix Better Business Bureau. We also have an outstanding reputation on the social website Yelp. Our technicians are professionally trained and certified and offer the best customer service you will find around Phoenix and the east and west valleys. If a customer doesn’t need an expensive part, repair or system replacement, our techs will be the first to tell them. We’re not in the business of increasing profits through lies. Cool Touch is in the business of gaining our customers trust so they become a customer for life.

In order to prevent getting ripped off by a dishonest air conditioning & heating company in Phoenix, please follow the list of tips below.

How to Find a Credible Air Conditioning & Heating Company:

— Find out about license and insurance requirements for contractors in your state. And before you call a contractor, know the model of your current system and its maintenance history. Also make note of any uncomfortable rooms. This will help potential contractors better understand your heating needs.

– Ask for referrals — Ask friends, neighbors, and co-workers for contractor referrals. You can also contact local trade organizations for names of members in your area.

– Check your local Better Business Bureau and popular local business social websites (Yelp, Magic Yellow, Brown Book, Angies List, Google Plus, etc)

– Call references — Ask contractors for customer references and call them. Ask about the contractor’s installation or service performance, and if the job was completed on time and within budget.

– Find special offers — A heating and cooling system is one of the largest purchases you’ll make as a homeowner. Keep your costs down by checking around for available rebates on energy-efficient ENERGY STAR qualified heating and cooling equipment. Begin your search at www.energystar.gov.

– Look for ENERGY STAR — ENERGY STAR qualified products meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and offer significant long-term energy savings. Contractors should be able to show you calculations of savings for ENERGY STAR heating and cooling equipment.

– Expect a home evaluation — The contractor should spend significant time inspecting your current system and home to assess your needs. A bigger system isn’t always better; a contractor should size the heating and cooling system based on the size of your house, level of insulation, and windows. A good contractor will inspect your duct system (if applicable) for air leaks and insulation and measure airflow to make sure it meets manufacturers specifications.

– Get written, itemized estimates — When comparing contractors’ proposals (bids), be sure to compare cost, energy efficiency and warranties. A lowest price may not be the best deal if it’s not the most efficient because your energy costs will be higher.

– Get it in ink — Sign a written proposal with a contractor before work gets started. It’ll protect you by specifying project costs, model numbers, job schedule and warranty information.

– Pass it on — Tell friends and family about ENERGY STAR. Almost one-quarter of households knowingly purchased at least one qualified product last year, and 71% of those consumers say they would recommend ENERGY STAR to a friend. Spread the word, and we can all make a big difference.

– Don’t Assume The Lowest Price Company Is The One You Should Hire. While price matters, don’t let the initial price be the only consideration when choosing a heating and cooling contractor. As with most things in life, price is usually an indication of quality. And high quality is essential for a new heating and cooling system. The long term costs to own it usually far exceed the initial cost to buy it. Another concern is that the low price you see advertised or are quoted may not be the price you end up paying. Some contractors offer an unrealistically low price to get the job and then pressure you into paying a lot more after starting.

If you want to get the best value for your money, solve existing discomfort or dust problems, fix repairs and prevent them, or end up with a new comfort system you’ll be proud to own and enjoy for many years to come, take the time to identify one of the few contractors who can really put your new system in right. This is a unique opportunity. Don’t waste it.air-conditioning by Cool Touch

And always remember Cool Touch is one of the highest rated HVAC contractors in Phoenix AZ. We have a solid reputation and our customers always do repeat business with us. If you have any questions please visit our website https://www.cooltouch.us.

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