Cool Touch Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Peoria’

Our Favorite Ways to Keep Cool and Save!

Monday, September 16th, 2019

It’s finally September! Do you know what that means? It means apple pie, colorful leaves, warm sweaters, and jack-o-

Wait, what? Arizona? Nevermind! 

We’ve still got plenty of summer of left, which means that you won’t be switching off that air conditioner anytime soon! Therefore, now is the perfect time to learn about all the ways you can boost your AC’s efficiency — all on your own! You see, when your air conditioner is energy efficiency, you’ll spend less time worrying about costly repairs and sky-high energy bills, and more time enjoying the weather!

Below, we have listed some of our favorite ways to keep cool and save this season… all you’ve got to do is keep reading to find out more.

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Beware These Common AC Repairs!

Monday, September 2nd, 2019

Here’s the thing: summer isn’t quite over, and in fact, it’s going to be quite a while before you can turn off your air conditioning system. Therefore, it is important to make sure that your system is working as efficiently and as effectively as possible! But, in order to do that, you are going to have to take care of any repairs that pop up as soon as possible.

Now, we know what you’re thinking: What could possibly go wrong with my system this late in the game?

Well, to answer your question, there’s a number of repairs you may find yourself dealing with towards the end of the summer, and below, we’ve listed a number of them for you. All you’ve got to do is keep reading to find out more.

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3 Ways Plumbers Can Clear Clogged Drains

Monday, May 28th, 2018

drain-clearingWhen you have a clogged drain, your first impulse may be the nuclear option: Pour as much of the most caustic cleaner you can find down the drain. Not only are there other options, every other option is better than this one.

Caustic cleaners may provide some relief in the short run, but their use – especially repeated use – will corrode pipes to the point you’ll have bigger problems than a stopped-up drain. Plumbing professionals have access to powerful equipment with specialized capabilities to unclog drains without creating more trouble in the future. 

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Heating Tip: Understanding the Safety Features on Your Furnace or Heat Pump

Monday, November 19th, 2012

One of the most important measures you can take as Peoria, AZ homeowner is to understand how to safely operate your furnace or heat pump. While there are the same basic types of safety devices on furnaces and heat pumps, there function differently for the different models. Knowing how these devices work on your specific model. Call Cool Touch if you have further questions.

Safety Features for Gas Furnaces

The main safety feature of gas furnaces is the limit switch, which shuts off the gas supply if it detects flames or heat outside the burner chamber. This device is typically located outside the chamber, and once it cuts off the gas, it will shut down the furnace until it is reset. Some furnace models feature controls that will display an error message or a manual reset button. If the limit switch has shut down the furnace, this button needs to be pushed before the furnace will turn back on; however, the reason for the limit switch locking out the furnace needs to be resolved or it will keep happening.

Heat Pump and Dual Fuel Safety Features

Heat pumps and dual fuel systems also feature a type of limit switch called the high-pressure limit switch. This device functions like the limit switch for gas furnaces, and it detects temperatures that are higher than normal in the airstream near the heat exchanger. It will shut down the backup gas furnace on dual fuel systems, but in the summer, the limit switch can accidentally get flipped under certain weather conditions, such as high air pressure.

More often than not, the limit switch on a heat pump shuts down the system because it got too hot due to improper airflow, which can be caused by a dirty or clogged air filter. If this happens often, these devices may eventually need to be replaced, and this is another reason it is important to change filters regularly. If you aren’t sure how to re-set your system, check the owner’s manual or call an HVAC technician.

Feel free to call the Peoria, AZ heating professionals at Cool Touch if you need more instruction or would like to schedule a service visit. Call us today!

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Getting Your Peoria Heating System Ready for Use

Monday, November 5th, 2012

When the coldest days and nights of the year are just around the corner, will you be ready for them? If your heating system is not prepared to handle the task of keeping your home warm and comfortable in the coming season then the answer is no. Don’t risk the comfort in your Peoria home this winter. Call Cool Touch Air Conditioning, Heating, Plumbing & Electrical today to ensure that your home heating system is ready for the chill coming your way. We can get your heating system ready for action to ensure your comfort all winter long, so contact us to schedule service and guarantee that your heating system is up to the challenge.

There are a few things that you homeowners can do on your own to start preparing your heater for use. First of all, clean or replace your air filters. When dirt and debris are allowed to accumulate and build up on the air filters in your heating system it creates airflow resistance. The more airflow resistance there is the harder you heating system has to work. Conversely, the harder that your heating system has to work the less efficient it is. This means that you will pay more to heat your home while getting less of a return on that expense. Forcing your heater to work harder than it should have to can also cause it to incur damages and wear and tear that could easily be avoided. Don’t let something as simple as dirty air filters compromise the performance of your home heating system in Peoria.

There are airflow issues to take into consideration outside of your house as well. Make sure that your outdoor unit is clear of all fallen leaves and debris that can disrupt the intake of air to your heating system. The easier it is for this outdoor unit to operate the less likely it is that your system’s performance will suffer. Of course, not all of the preparation to ensure the efficient, effective performance of your home heating system can be performed on your own. That brings us to the most important step that you can take in getting your home heating system ready for use.

Schedule regular, professional maintenance with a dependable heating service provider. This is the best, most important way that you can ensure your comfort this winter. Only skilled, trained professionals are capable of tuning up your home heating system and making any repairs necessary to get your heater in good working condition. Operating a heating system when it is in any way compromised will cost you money in lost efficiency and repair costs. Don’t take that chance.

For more information about the importance of preparing your home for the coming cold, call the home heating professionals at Cool Touch today. We’ve been providing high quality heating installation, maintenance and repair service throughout the Peoria area for years, and we’d be happy to do the same for you.

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Reasons to Replace Your Water Heater

Monday, October 8th, 2012

There can be a number of reasons that you may be interested in replacing your water heater in your Phoenix home. Your utility bills may have suddenly spiked which could indicate that there is something wrong with your water heating unit. You may have low hot water pressure or your hot water may be discolored. Before you do anything, you should consult a professional plumber and get their opinion. Some water heaters may just need a simple repair instead of replacing the whole system. Below we discuss some of the main problems that usually result in the replacement, rather than the repair, of a water heating unit.

Discolored Hot Water

If you start to notice rust or sediment in your hot water then it maybe an indication that the anode rod in your tank has failed and that your water heater may soon follow suit. The anode rod hangs in the water and absorbs little electric currents that would normally corrode the tank and the fittings. This way, the rod erodes instead of your tank and extends the life of your water heater. When the rod is used up, the tank itself and the fitting will begin to rust which can cause discoloration in hot water supply. When you check the anode rod and see that there is very little metal left around the core wire, then damage has most likely been done to your tank.

Not Enough Hot Water

If you notice that you suddenly no longer have enough hot water in your house you should definitely check your hot water heater. If you see that there are leaks in the actual tank itself or water collecting below the tank, it usually means that the tank is corroded and needs to be replaced. However, if there are leaks in the fittings then you may just need to repair those. Always consult your local plumber before you make any decisions.

Energy Efficiency

Over the last 5 to 10 years, there have been amazing developments in the energy efficiency of hot water heaters. Not only is the insulation in the tanks better, but entirely new systems have been developed that use remarkably less energy. Tankless water heaters, for example, can be a good option for some people who are looking to replace their aging water heating system.

Safety Features

In addition to energy efficiency developments, there have also been improvements in water heater safety. One development in particular can decrease the chances of a house fire as the result of combustible fumes being ignited by the water heater’s pilot light or flame element. Using an air damper on the bottom of the tank, the entire combustion chamber of your water heater can be closed in the event that flames start to get out of control.

Call the water heating professionals at Cool Touch if you think that your water heater might need repair or replacing.

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Air Conditioner Tip: Signs of an AC Fan Motor Problem

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Should your air conditioner suffer from a problem with its fan motor, there are a number of signs you can look for that will signal it is time to call an air conditioning professional to inspect and repair the problem. Here are three such problems and what you should do about them.

Fan Shuts Off

If your fan turns off before the cycle is fully completed, there may be an electrical issue that keeps it from continuing. Bad wiring, a short out in the motor itself or an issue with the circuit breaker or fuse may cause this problem, and it should be inspected by a professional right away. In many cases a single part can be replaced to repair the problem.

No Air Flow

If your fan is on but is not actually circulating air, either because it is not only high enough or because of another issue, it can be due to a couple possible problems. It may be worn to the point that the fan itself needs to be replaced or it may be that the motor is dying – a natural problem late in its life cycle. Other possible issues include loose screws or wiring or an actual obstruction in the fan assembly.

Noisiness

If the fan motor is making a lot of noise, most likely it is because of a loose part clanging against the body of the fan motor when it is running. If this is the case, you can look for such a loose part, though because this repair often requires opening the cover to the fan motor, it is recommended that you call a professional for any such inspections.

Whatever your issues, it is important that you call a Phoenix air conditioning professional to repair the problem. Fan motor problems are often electrical and it can be dangerous to work on them without specific expertise working on electrical systems.

For air conditioning repair in the Phoenix area, you can count on Cool Touch for quality service.

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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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Indoor and Outdoor AC Components Should Be Replaced at the Same Time in Peoria

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Does one of your ductless air conditioner components need replacing? If so, you are probably tempted to just replace whichever unit is failing in order to fix the problem quickly and cheaply. This is not always the best way to go, however. Here are six reasons why you should replace both the indoor and outdoor units at the same time.

#1: Cost

Although replacing just the failing component – whether indoor or outdoor – will be less expensive up front, that choice often proves more costly overall. You will see just what that means in the rest of these reasons.

#2: Advances in design

Heating and cooling technology is always advancing, so since you purchased your AC system, the products on the market have gotten quieter, more efficient and better overall. By replacing just the failing indoor component, you won’t reap all the benefits of this new technology, as the older outdoor component will still lag behind the times.

#3: Higher efficiency

When both units are replaced at the same time, and with models that have the same technology, they work together more efficiently. That means more savings on your bills and a more comfortable home.

#4: Matched system

Split AC systems are designed such that the indoor units are engineered to work best with a matching outdoor unit. When the system is matched, you get optimum performance and efficiency. By replacing just one component, you lose the benefits of that matching, meaning degraded efficiency and performance.

#5: Warranty considerations

A new system means new warranty coverage. Replacing both units at once means a whole new warranty that covers your whole cooling system, so you won’t have to worry about paying for any more replacements jobs for a long time.

#6: Wear and tear

Finally, think about the wear and tear your air conditioning system has undergone since it was installed. Maybe only your outdoor unit needs to be replaced now, but since your indoor unit has tolerated the same number of hours of use, it may be on its way out sooner than later. It’s like when you buy new tires for your car– you don’t buy one or two, you buy a whole set of four so that the whole system starts fresh. That way you only do it once, and not again in six months or a year.

For all these reasons, replacing both components of a split system is often the best and least expensive route to choose when facing a replacement.  For help with air conditioning replacements please call Cool Touch Air Conditioning & Heating Specialists.

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Air Conditioning Tips: How to Troubleshoot a Failed AC Unit

Monday, April 30th, 2012

In most cases, an air conditioners in need of maintenance may be fixed by going through some troubleshooting guidelines. If you would like one of our Cave Creek air conditioning technicians to help you get your AC unit running again, give Cool Touch for assistance. We can also send someone to your home if we can’t get your system working again.

Here are some basic steps to try before you call for a repair.

Check All Controls and Fuses

When your air conditioner won’t cool your home properly, always check the thermostat to see if it is on “cool” and set for the right temperature. If the air conditioner has shut down, check to make sure that the unit is receiving power by looking in the fuse box for a flipped circuit breaker and also making sure it is plugged in properly. You can also inspect the visible wires and electrical components for obvious damages. Call a Cave Creek air conditioning technician if you see physical damage to the electrical components. Never try to fix this yourself.

Sometimes when there’s extreme weather conditions in the summer, such as very high temperatures or high humidity levels, the high-pressure switch can get flipped and turn off the air conditioner. You can easily find the switch on most AC models in the compressor’s access panel. Check your owner’s manual or call us if you don’t know how to locate or reset the limit switch.

Check for Refrigerant Problems or Condensate Pan Leaks

Refrigerant problems caused by the wrong amount of refrigerant can keep the AC unit from cooling your home properly, and you can usually tell if there’s a refrigerant issue by looking for frost or icing on the evaporator coil. When there’s excess coil icing, it means that there isn’t enough cool air being delivered to your home. If you see thick frost on the evaporator coil, a technician will most likely need to charge the refrigerant, or there could be a leak in the refrigerant line.

Condensate leaks into the condensate pan can also cause an air conditioner to fail. The condensate drip pan is installed underneath the air handler to catch condensate leaks if the drain system gets clogged. Most of the time, a small clog in the drain line can be easily cleared. Also check the condensate switch for issues; sometimes these can be defective and cause your air conditioner to shut down.

At Cool Touch, we want to be the only Cave Creek air conditioning contractor you’ll ever need. Call Cool Touch any time to get troubleshooting advice for your AC system.

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