Cool Touch Air Conditioning and Heating Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning Repair’

How Our HVAC Services Can Help You Move Into Fall

Monday, September 28th, 2020
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Preparing for fall in Arizona isn’t as extreme a job as it is in more northern states where the change in seasons means heading toward days where the temperatures are below freezing. But we still have to make adjustments for cooler weather, and we also have to make sure our air conditioning systems remain in top shape because they may need to kick back on at any time.

So, what HVAC service in surprise, AZ do you need to help you get ready for fall? We have some suggestions of ways that we can best serve you as we move toward the season of pumpkins and somewhat cooler weather.

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Is It Important to Know the SEER Rating for a New AC?

Monday, August 17th, 2020

SEER is one of two ratings used to measure the energy efficiency of an air conditioner. (The other is EER, we’ll get to that in a minute.) Because SEER is often displayed prominently on air conditioning systems and is one of the criteria for a unit to earn the ENERGY STAR label from the Department of Energy, people imagine it’s important. But how important? Is it the main factor in choosing the air conditioner when you are ready for an AC installation Glendale, AZ?

No, it’s not—but it’s still important!

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Water Dripping From Your AC? Let’s Take a Look!

Monday, August 3rd, 2020
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What are the normal sounds you hear from your central air conditioning system when it’s running? The whirring of the motors, the movement of air through the ducts, and the occasional dripping of water.

About that last sound … do you know why you hear water in your AC? It’s not because an air conditioner uses water to cool the air. Water is a product of how the air conditioner cools the air. As the blower fan pushes warm air over the evaporator coils in the air conditioner, the cold refrigerant in the coils absorbs heat from the air and causes moisture vapor to condense along its surface. It’s like the way moisture appears on the outside of a glass of cold liquid during a hot summer day.

However, the air conditioner is set up so that water leaves your house. If you notice water is dripping from your air conditioner, that’s not a good sign. Something is wrong with the condensate drainage system the AC uses to remove the water moisture, and you may need to call us for air conditioning repair in Mesa, AZ.

Why is this happening? A few possibilities:

Condensate drain is clogged

The water moisture from the evaporator coils drips down from the A-frame of the coils and into a shallow pan. The water then moves down a drain, helped by a special pump. This drain, like any drain, can become clogged. Algal growth is a common way this happens, but small debris can also work its way into the drain. The pan (only about 1” deep) will soon overflow, tripping a safety switch to shut off the AC. You’ll need pros to clean the drain.

Broken condensate pump

A small pump is responsible for moving the water from the shallow pan and either into the wastewater system or out a PVC pipe that deposits the water outside. The pump motor may burn out, making it difficult for the pan to drain, leading to the overflow and water leaving the AC.

Loose drain

Corrosion can weaken the connection of the drain to the condensate pan, leading to the pan coming loose. This will permit water to drip straight out of the air conditioner and into your house. Usually the entire pan and drain system must be replaced by professionals.

Cracked drain pan

The condensate pan is made from plastic, and in most HVAC cabinets it is set up over the furnace. Heat from the furnace over the years can cause the pan to eventually crack and allow water to drip out. The pan must be replaced if this happens—although the AC may be so old at this point that getting a new system is a better idea. Also, you don’t want water to drip onto the furnace, since it can cause corrosion on the heat exchanger and lead to potentially dangerous heat exchanger cracks.

When in doubt about your AC, call our technicians and leave the diagnosis and repair to us. We have 24/7 emergency service available.

Call Cool Touch Air Conditioning and Heating for air conditioning repair in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. Kick back and relax: we’ll keep you cool.

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Is It Too Late for AC Maintenance? No, Never!

Monday, July 6th, 2020
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Welp, it’s hot. Summer is officially here and we are experiencing the hammering of heat that we expect in the Valley. This is when you appreciate having a reliable central air conditioning system in your home. Let’s face it, most of the Phoenix area would never have become so densely settled without the invention of affordable central ACs for homes and businesses.

But wait … is your home’s central air conditioning system reliable? Did you remember to schedule maintenance for it in the spring? If you did, great! You can expect few troubles during the season with your AC. If you didn’t, there’re two things we don’t want you to do:

  1. Panic.
  2. Decide it’s too late and wait for maintenance next year.

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The Refrigerant Leak: Why It’s Bad News for Your AC

Monday, June 22nd, 2020
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You probably know that refrigerant is an important part of how your central air conditioner keeps your home cooled down during a roasting Arizona summer. If you don’t know more about it, that’s fine—not everyone can be an expert on refrigerant systems. That’s why you have professionals like us around. We’re here to see you have expert service for your cooling system when you need it. We offer 24/7 emergency air conditioning repair in Tempe, AZ, and throughout the Phoenix Metropolitan Area from NATE-certified technicians.

However, we would like to share some information about refrigerant because understanding refrigerant leaks will help you know why calling for repairs ASAP is essential. Fixing refrigerant leaks is an easy job for us—and the consequences of letting leaks go without repairs are often catastrophic.

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Why Is My AC Making That Strange Sound?

Monday, June 8th, 2020
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Your air conditioner has a few built-in ways to tell you that it needs help. We don’t yet have air conditioning systems designed with complex artificial intelligence that can self-diagnose issues, alert their owners to the problem, and even contact a skilled contractor to fix the problem—although that may be in the future. For the moment, the warnings you’ll have to watch for will come in ways such as that odd noise you’re hearing right now.

Yeah, what does that noise mean? If we narrow down what the noise is first, we can help you find the answer. Below are some of the most common warning sounds that come from air conditioning systems and what they may mean. If you realize—or even suspect—that you need to have air conditioning repair in Scottsdale, AZ, because of these noises you can reach our technicians any time of the day or night to help you out.

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Call for AC Repairs if You Notice These Tell-Tale Signs of Trouble

Monday, April 13th, 2020

If you live in Glendale, AZ, you know how much of a blessing air conditioners can be. They can keep you cool and calm when you are indoors, even under the hottest Arizona sun. However, things can quickly take a turn for the worse if your AC stops working. All that protection from the heat you get is gone, and your home can become an oven.

Homeowners often tend to miss the signs that their ACs need repairs. We advise looking out for signs to see if your AC is working properly. If you notice any issues, you should call us immediately for AC repair in Glendale, AZ. We can sort out the problem for you.

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Yes, Now is a Good Time for AC Maintenance!

Monday, April 1st, 2019

For many residents across the nation, they’re gradually using their heaters less, they’re venturing outdoors without a jacket, and they’re ac-maintenance-techniciansbeginning to think fondly of the coming warm weather.

Here in Arizona, we’re already experiencing some moderate heat that other states would consider a “sweltering summer day.”

That being said, there are much hotter days ahead of us. Now is going to be the best possible time to get your air conditioning maintenance done and out of the way so that you can go into summer with full confidence in your air conditioner. And not just for your sake, either—your AC will thank you for it.

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Why Is My Air Conditioner Frozen?

Monday, August 20th, 2018

frozen-pipeLet’s say one day your air conditioner doesn’t seem to be blowing cool air into your home. It certainly sounds like its working, but your home is still hot. You open the indoor AC unit’s cabinet to see if you can spot any problems. What you find is a steel block and copper tubes caked in frost.

The air conditioner makes cold air, so logically, a little ice on the components isn’t a big deal, right? Unfortunately, this is where some AC owners go wrong. A frozen air conditioner is not something to be happy about, but we’ll help you figure out where things went wrong.

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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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