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

How to Improve Indoor Air Quality Using Your Central AC

Monday, October 1st, 2012

The air quality in your Phoenix home is impacted by many things, and there are many ways to try and improve it. One such way is by servicing and making some modifications to your central AC. Because your air conditioning system is at the center of air circulating through the living spaces of your home, it’s in the ideal place to target and remove all types of contaminants before they reach the rooms of your home.

Keep Up with Maintenance

One of the best ways to make sure your air conditioning system is not contributing to poor indoor air quality in your home is to have it serviced regularly by a professional Phoenix AC technician. This type of service will ensure that all filters are cleaned and replaced and that no debris has accumulated in various areas of your system from which it can reenter your indoor air circulation.

Upgrade Air Filters

In addition to preventing your central AC from worsening your indoor air quality, you can actually use it to remove more contaminants by upgrading the air filter from the stock version that came with the system to a higher rated product. This simple exchange and allow your air conditioning system to remove many more of the contaminants that pass through it every day, and that means those contaminants won’t be finding their way into your indoor air.

For more tips on how to improve the air quality in your Phoenix home, give Cool Touch Air Conditioning, Heating, Plumbing & Electrical a call today!

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Air Conditioning Guide: Common Reasons Your AC Freezes

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Air conditioning has changed our lifestyle a lot in Phoenix. It lets us stay comfortable indoors, while doing anything from working to sleeping. However, there is nothing worse than your Phoenix air conditioner freezing up on a hot day. Many common problems can cause your air conditioner to freeze.

  • Lack of Sufficient Air Flow

If the air filters in your air conditioner get clogged, collapsed or obstructed or you have undersized air ducts, the air flow from the air conditioner will be restricted, causing the system to freeze. Dirt build-up on the evaporator coil and humidity in the air collected on the coil causing ice build-ups can also restrict air flow.

  • Problems in the Refrigerant

Your air conditioner may end up freezing, if the amount of refrigerant in it is not balanced. If there is very little refrigerant in the coil, it will be extremely difficult for it to absorb heat. This can cause the air conditioner to freeze.

Air conditioners use refrigerant to cool the air that circulates through their system. If the refrigerant level becomes very low, the air conditioner will need to work overtime to circulate cool air. This can cause your AC to freeze. If you suspect that your AC has a low level of refrigerant, it is advisable to get the help of a licensed Phoenix AC professional immediately. Refilling the refrigerant can help you fix this problem. However, it is not advisable to attempt to refill your system on your own, as should be handled only by licensed technicians.

  • Outside Temperature

If there is extreme change in the outdoor temperature within a short period of time, there’s a good chance your air conditioner will freeze up. This problem can be prevented, however, by turning off your AC when the outdoor temperature drops significantly.

A frozen air conditioner causes cooling problems. Regardless of the reason that your Phoenix air conditioning system developed this problem, it is worth getting the help of a certified professional to fix it. This not only helps you restore a comfortable environment in your home, but it will also save you a lot of money in energy bills.  For any AC repair in the Phoenix area, give Cool Touch a call!

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AC Question: Why is My AC Cooling Slowly?

Monday, August 13th, 2012

The purpose of owning an air conditioning system is to have comfortably cooled air in a home or office.  Cool Touch has air conditioning technicians in Scottsdale that understand the most common reasons an air conditioner does not cool fast enough and can easily fix any AC problems which arise.

Reasons for AC Systems Not Cooling

AC systems are created with a number of mechanical and electrical systems which work together to air condition the air, and as such any number of variables can go wrong to cause an AC to not cool as it was designed to.

A clogged condenser or dirty evaporator coil could have caused insufficient air flow through the air conditioner, and thus the air coming out of it is not as cool as it could be.  A refrigerant leak can also cause low refrigerant levels or refrigerant which is not fully charged, this will result in air that is not cooled sufficiently.  If a ventilator fan fails, cooled air will not be properly pushed through the ducts and into various rooms, making rooms feel warmer.

A duct system that has not been taken care of can cause cold air to be pushed into unused spaces through holes in ducts and duct leaks.  If ducts need repair some rooms will feel cool while others will not.  This is also the case with dirty filters, as they can block air flow to not only the air conditioner itself but to various rooms depending on their location.

If a building is poorly insulated an AC system will never properly cool it, because air that it cools is immediately met with much higher temperatures from the outdoors that have pushed their way into the walls of the insufficiently insulated building.

A broken thermostat or a thermostat that is not set to appropriate temperatures will also make the air feel as if it is not being properly cooled.  Additionally, a tripped breaker could have turned off the outdoor condenser and compressor unit but still left the indoor air handling unit blowing air that has not been cooled.

These are just a few of the standard reasons for an AC not cooling indoor air fast enough.  Because it could be any number of causes, it is important to work with a well-trained air conditioning professional in Scottsdale such as those at Cool Touch Air Conditioning, Heating, Plumbing & Electrical who have the experience and education necessary to properly diagnose AC cooling problems and fix them speedily.  Contact us today!

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AC Q/A: What Are Common AC Fan Problems?

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

It is common for central air conditioners to make a small amount of noise while running, such as a small humming sound when the fan blows.  However, excessive noise is a sign that something has gone wrong: possibly a blower problem or a fan problem.  When think you have a fan problem, contact the Scottsdale air conditioning professionals at Cool Touch and have your AC system inspected, fixed and running efficiently.

What Is An AC Blower?

The air conditioner blower is actually the fan inside the AC unit which sends cool air through the cooling coil and into an indoor space.  It keeps the air moving.  When it doesn’t work the air conditioning system tends to not work as well.

When an AC Blower Will Not Start

When you turn on the air conditioner and it doesn’t start, there tends to be no sound coming from the fan motor as well as no cold air moving into the building.  This could mean that the air conditioner is overheating, or even that a fan belt has stopped working.  Our air conditioning technicians can identify and resolve this type of AC blower problem.

When There is Ice Buildup on the Air Conditioner

If your air conditioner has begun to form its own colony of icicles, which can also cause it to not work as efficiently as it once did, this tends to be a sign of a fan problem.  Commonly this could mean that the air conditioner fan has become clogged with dust and dirt and is no longer efficiently allowing the cooled air out of the AC unit.  Or it could mean that a broken fan is no longer properly circulating air.  Either way, our experienced Scottsdale air conditioning technicians can diagnose and solve these air conditioner fan blower problems.

Contact Cool Touch and receive excellent air conditioning system services from our team of highly trained Scottsdale AC technicians.

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Thank You For Your Feedback!

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

From all of us here at Cool Touch Air Conditioning, Heating, Plumbing and Electrical, we would like to express our gratitude to our loyal customers. We strive to offer the highest quality service and always welcome your feedback. Please consider taking our online survey to let us know how we are doing!

Here is a recent testimonial from a long time customer:

My husband and I would like to Thank you……. We appreciate you fixing our AC as well as your customer service. It’s not often these days you meet individuals or companies who care about the wellbeing of others. Once again we are grateful to you and Cool Touch for outstanding service. Please accept this letter as a token of appreciation.

– C.C. in Glendale

Thank you!


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