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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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The Advantages of Using a Humidifier in Your Home

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

People are usually more concerned about overcoming humid air than dry air. A “dry heat” means a more comfortable heat, after all. However, humidity levels that are too low can cause as many health and comfort problems as humidity levels that are too high. You can purchase small portable room humidifiers to deal with the low humidity trouble on a small level, but to take care of dry air throughout a home, you need to contact professionals in indoor air quality and have them install a whole-house humidifier.

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There are a number of good reasons for you to consider humidifiers in Phoenix AZ. We have many decades of experience finding comfort solutions for homes and businesses in Phoenix and Peoria Arizona, and we’re ready to help you find the ideal balance of humidity in your home.

Some benefits of installing a humidifier

Increased comfort: High humidity makes you feel hotter because the moisture in the air slows down your body’s ability to release heat. Low humidity does the opposite. It draws water—and therefore heat—rapidly from your body, making you feel cooler. This is an advantage during the summer, but a severe handicap during our winters. A humidifier will give the balanced “just right” moisture level to keep you comfortable.

Decreased health issues: Low humidity causes problems from dried-out skin, causing itching and flaking. It will also lead to eye-irritation, nose bleeds, and sore throats. In addition, the dry environment makes the transmission of illnesses easier, and a number of viruses thrive in arid atmospheres. You can eliminate these discomforts and dangers with humidity raised to a safe, balanced level.

Protect you home and furnishings: When the air in a home becomes excessively dry, it will begin to cause cracking and splintering in wood. This will not only damage your floors and wooden furniture, but it can ruin precision devices such as wooden musical instruments. Low humidity will also cause paint to peel and chip and wallpaper to peel. Keep all this from happening with the right humidifier working to keep the humidity at a safe level.

A whole-house humidifier goes into your HVAC system, and a professional installer will make sure that the unit will function well with your heater and air conditioner and not make your home too damp.

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A/C Blower System Repairs

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Your air conditioner blows cool air into your home from the indoor unit, where the evaporator and blower are stored. When there are problems going on with your blower, you can experience significant decreases in air flow, warm air, or even system failure. As we head into the hot Phoenix AZ summers, which happens to be the busiest time of year for HVAC contractors, there are a few common problems in regard to your system’s blower that we see a lot of while performing a/c repairs in Phoenix.

Fan Problems

The blower in your unit is a fan that blows the cooled air into your duct system. The fan has its own motor that is wired into the system. There are a few common problems that can happen with fans, including your blower:

Bent, loose or broken fan blades
Worn-out or broken fan belts
Motor issues, such as overheating
Wiring issues, including shorts, frays, corrosion and disconnections

Any one of the above can affect how the fan functions, from turning slowly to not turning at all. All of them will affect the air flow in your system, which can lead to other problems, so an issue with the blower shouldn’t be ignored.

Fan repairs can be challenging, particularly if the problem involves the wiring, so it’s best to call your Alaskan Home Services expert to inspect and repair any fan issues you may be experiencing.

Dirty Evaporator Coils

Like the outdoor unit, the indoor unit of your air conditioner contains coils that help circulate the refrigerant in your system. These coils can collect a lot of dust and dirt, and when this debris isn’t removed, they form a layer that acts as an insulator. If the coils become insulated, the heat release and cooling process won’t work as it should and icing can occur.

As long as the refrigerant level is normal, the repair for this involves giving the coils a thorough cleaning, which should always be done by an air conditioning specialist.

Identify Potential Blower Issues with Consistent Maintenance

Scheduling bi-annual maintenance in spring and fall is the best way to catch these kinds of problems before they have the chance to grow into bigger ones. Why? During an Alaskan Home Services maintenance call, we’ll inspect your entire system, check the wiring and components, and clean the coils, fans and condensate drain.

Have you scheduled maintenance for your air conditioning system yet? Don’t put it off until next year. Contact Cool Touch Air Conditioning and Heating today and help yourself avoid AC repair in Phoenix.

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Watch Out for these Air Conditioning Nightmares

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Living in Phoenix AZ has many luxuries. We get seven months of really awesome weather which makes up for the other five months of really intense heat. In Phoenix we have all major sports teams, all the big concerts, beautiful lakes and mountains, and if you want to ski in the winter you can drive two hours north and get radical, and when you’re done, you can drive back down to the valley back into seventy degree temps. The valley of the sun also offers some of the best fine dining in the country and we’re becoming more well known for our micro brews and wine.

Having many luxuries in our large city can also have it’s negatives. As mentioned above, our summers are brutal with temps reaching as high as 115 degrees. With so many people living out here and so many HVAC contractors to choose from, sometimes it’s a bit overwhelming to choose the most qualified and most honest and trustworthy.

Making sure our air conditioning units are running efficiently before the summer heat get’s here is very important. Having an a/c unit breakdown in the middle of 115 degree heat is no fun at all. You can put your family and pets in a lot of danger if your home does not having cool air flowing through it during these hot summer days. That’s why it’s so important to research the local air conditioning repair and installation companies in your town. Here’s at Cool Touch we have a perfect rating with the Phoenix Better Business Bureau and a perfect rating with YELP. Yelp is a very popular website that people use to check out the local services in their cities. You can get reviews from people who have used your services and usually if you come across a company profile like ours, you’re more than likely to call and use our services.

Back in May 2014 (this year), a woman in Florida needed to have an air conditioning repair technician come out to her home for what was supposed to be a quick fix of her stuck thermostat. When the a/c tech got to her home he tried to pull a fast one. Just because this was in Florida does not mean that Phoenix Arizona does not have these types of con artists. You need to do your due diligence and select only the local HVAC contractors that have good track records, even if that means paying a little more. Get it done right the first time and protect yourself from being swindled out of thousands of dollars.

Check out this video http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Team-6-Investigation-AIr-Repair-Nightmares-258050741.html.

Remember, sometimes you may pay more for a service call, but usually if the company has a solid history, you’re not going to pay much more than the service call fee or for service work that may need to be done. I’d rather pay for those things than get hosed out of a few hundred or even thousands of dollars for equipment that I never even needed in the first place. Contact Cool Touch today for an honest assessment of your cooling system. Please visit our website https://cooltouch.us.

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Diagnose Your AC Unit

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Here are instructions on how to troubleshoot your air conditioning system. To diagnose your air conditioner or HVAC system in an ordered, methodical and proven way to get the answers you need, you have to take some time, get educated, and this will save you a lot of money. Commission based A/C techs love nothing more than an ignorant consumer. They can sell you anything from a surge protector to float switch, even up to a new unit for a simple run capacitor or burnt wire.

Experienced HVAC companies will take the time to explain things and provide the best service possible with honesty and integrity.

First question in the diagnosis:

1) Is air blowing from the registers? Yes or no

If yes, then go through this check list:

A) Is the condenser fan motor and compressor also operating?
B) If all motors are operating and you are getting warm to ambient air than probably a refrigerant issue.
C) That can come in the form of low refrigerant, slow leaks, big leaks,
leaking reversing valve if the heat pump is clogged.
D) If air is warm at registers check condenser fan motor and compressor.
E) Does the condenser fan blade turn freely with a long-handled screwdriver? or is it binding up?
– binding up usually means it is seized up
– test the run cap first before replacing the condenser fan motor
F) Compressor may or may not start back up if run cap on fan motor is popped
– it has an internal overload protection that must reset at appx 115 degrees to operate again.

2) Is there air at the registers?
A) It may be cool but very low airflow
– dirty evap coil
– leak in ductwork
– very dirty filter
– if this is the case the compressor and outdoor fan motor will probably trip on overload

Referring back to question #1 above, if the answer is No then review this check list:

A) when you operate the thermostat does any other modes work (fan to on or heat)?
B) Is there ice on the big copper pipe (suction line) when the outdoor unit (compressor, condenser fan motor) comes on?
C) If yes than shut off the system.
D) If No and all other modes are shut down, this maybe an issue with:
– control problem
– change batteries in t-stat
– float switch backed up
– 5amp fuse in air handler (there is a reason it popped – gotta find out why)
– transformer blew (it happens)
– bad wiring
– main breaker for whole unit

This is just a short list to help get you going and to provide steps in the proper way to diagnose your air conditioner. If you feel you need an expert please don’t hesitate to call one of our experienced techs at Cool Touch to come out and give you a hand. Choosing the right AC company to help you with a complex problem is very important so feel free to browse our customer reviews section.

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Your AC Unit’s Condenser Coil

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

What is a condenser coil? It’s basically one of many types of heat exchangers, and the primary purpose of a heat exchanger is to effectively transfer heat between two mediums. Your AC unit has a condenser coil within it, which has a snake like shape to it. In a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system, water, steam, or a chemical refrigerant is used. The liquid is cooled by the chiller, then circulated through the system. The condensing coil is where the liquid mixture changes from liquid to gas. This compressed, cooled gas is then pushed through the ventilation system.

In the vapor-compression and refrigeration cycle, the condenser coil is the evaporator. This process is repeated to continually supply the building with cooled air. It is important to note that most condenser units are self-maintaining. However, over time, the unit may break down, causing a reduction in efficiency that may require the complete replacement in time.

It is very important to replace the condenser coil with the corresponding unit to avoid any damage to the air conditioning unit. Keep in mind it is best to hire a professional HVAC contractor to replace the coil on your unit. This is often required to maintain the warranty and to avoid any damage to the very expensive unit. The first sign that there may be a problem with the condenser coil is when the temperature of the cooled air is warmer than the thermostat setting.

Check the amount of refrigerant available in the system to make sure there is enough coolant. If the coolant level is OK, but the air is not cool enough, then think about replacing the condenser coil. In many areas, there are restrictions on the disposal of old condenser coils. Take the time to review the local guidelines to ensure the old unit is taken to the proper disposal center.

If you feel that it’s time to check your AC unit or the parts within it, or if home’s air is feeling warmer than what the thermostat reading states, please give us a call as we can send one of our trained professionals out to assess the potential problem. Contact us with any questions or to schedule a maintenance check.

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