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Keeping It Cool In Phoenix: Summer HVAC Maintenance

Summer is in full swing! We’re deep in the heat, with no end in immediate sight. Monsoons are mixing it up, and it’s already time for the kids to head back to school. This is Phoenix summer. Let’s make sure you and your family are comfortable for the remaining months of heat. Let’s keep your cooling system operating and your home at safe temperatures when outdoor temperatures skyrocket throughout the summer! With these HVAC maintenance tips, you’ll know exactly how to care for your cooling system throughout the summer. If you need help completing any of these tasks, contact AccuTemp Refrigeration for expert assistance! Check your air filter. During periods of heavy cooling system use, the filter should be inspected monthly to make sure it has not become full of contaminants, dust and grime. You may find it necessary to replace it sooner than the 3-month mark during our hot summer season, so have a replacement ready just in case.   Inspect all registers and return air grilles in your home to ensure they have not been blocked or shut. These vents should never be blocked, as doing so will restrict airflow through your HVAC systems, which could create performance issues and system overheating….read more →

Expert Answers to Your AC & Air Conditioning Questions

There’s nothing like walking into a cool home or business on a hot summer’s day! Cooling systems, such as air conditioners, make that comfort possible! Many homeowners aren’t particularly familiar with these systems, so the pros at AccuTemp Refrigeration are here to answer your most common AC & air conditioning questions! Air Conditioning Questions: How Does My AC Work? Air conditioners work to cool a home using refrigerant that absorbs and discharges heat. Here are the steps an AC takes to cool your home. Warm air from you home moves across the air conditioner’s evaporator coils. The refrigerant within the coils absorbs the air’s heat. Refrigerant converts from cool liquid to hot vapor, cooling the air. The vapor travels to the compressor located in the outdoor air conditioner unit. The refrigerant vapor is compressed here, raising temperature and pressure. Refrigerant travels to the condenser where it is condensed into a liquid form again. This causes heat to release, and heat dissipates to the outdoors through the exterior unit’s fins. The refrigerant is now cooled and in a liquid state. It cycles back to the indoor unit, regulated by the expansion device, so the cooling process can continue. AC Questions: What Are…read more →

Benefits of Quality Installation for a New HVAC System

Installing a new HVAC system for your home offers many advantages. You’ll gain improved energy efficiency, fewer repairs, better indoor comfort, and a longer service life. Quality installation for your new HVAC system is critical for making sure you gain these benefits – a botched installation can leave you feeling uncomfortable and with many problems to correct. Why is Quality HVAC Installation Important? When selecting a new HVAC system, features are important – capacity, efficiency, convenience. The truth is, these features will not do you the good you expect if the heating or cooling system is not installed properly. Proper HVAC installation allows a new heating or cooling system to function as expected and perform to the levels stated. Here’s how proper installation will improve your new system experience: Efficiency: If a new heating or cooling system is not installed according to the manufacturer’s specifications, it will not perform properly. When the system isn’t performing as expected, efficiency levels are impacted. While you purchased your new system based on the high SEER, HSPF, AFUE, and/or EER ratings, the system will not be offering such efficiency when it is not installed properly. The additional investment you made in a higher efficiency unit will not provide the…read more →

Why Is It Important To Have A NATE Certified Technician Service Your HVAC?

You may think that all HVAC technicians are created equal, but that’s just not the case. NATE-certified have many benefits to offer. What Does NATE Stand For? NATE stands for North American Technician Excellence, a non-for-profit organization that trains on the latest heating, cooling and air conditioning technology. It’s the only nationwide program accepted by the entire HVAC industry, including contractors and manufacturers. Technicians who are NATE members must take periodic classes and tests on their knowledge of HVAC topics to keep on top of developments in the industry. NATE certification proves that technicians are experts in their chosen field. This program ensures that qualified technicians have a core set of competencies and can be trusted by those who hire them. Why NATE Certification Is Important An important part of NATE membership is regular training to update HVAC skills as technology is constantly changing. NATE-certified technicians can efficiently and properly install, repair, service and replace many different types of HVAC equipment. Properly detecting and fixing problems is essential because of the nature of these mechanical systems. If equipment is not serviced or installed properly, systems may not operate properly and could expose customers to dangerous situations. Improper service and installation can not…read more →

Tips for Improved HVAC Efficiency

Energy efficiency is not some unattainable goal. Well, easy for you to say, but I cannot afford to invest in a new HVAC system right now. That’s totally understandable, and many, many homeowners find themselves in that same boat even as they pine for better energy efficiency in Phoenix, AZ. However, this also makes our point for us: you don’t have to! Investing in a brand new, high-efficiency HVAC system is a great idea, but it’s not the only way to scale back energy costs. Now, the following tips are not going to result in the kind of efficiency increase that such a new system would. Just because you plan to replace your vehicle with one boasting a better gas mileage sometime in the future doesn’t mean that you just stop maintaining the one that you currently have, though, right? Of course not! So keep these tips in mind, and remember that we are here to handle any HVAC services that you may need. Ceiling Fans: Use’em If You’ve Got’em Those ceiling fans up there above the living space sure are nice to look at, aren’t they? Well, if you’re just keeping them around because they add a nice aesthetic touch to…read more →

Thermostat Not Working?

In our homes and businesses we control our air conditioning systems with a thermostat. It’s a modern word based on two ancient Greek ones: thermo (meaning heat) and statos (which means standing and is related to words like stasis, status quo, and static—meaning to stay the same). When our home is too hot, the thermostat switches on the air conditioning so things quickly cool down; once the temperature reaches the level we’ve set, the thermostat switches the AC off so we don’t freeze. When your air conditioner thermostat is not working the temperature is not staying at the level you have selected. Thermostat not working? Consider the following: The thermostat is a critical piece of technology in any home or business, especially in the Phoenix summer. An improperly working thermostat may cause a room to be too warm or too cold. If it is too warm then people will be uncomfortable and possibly sweaty. This may cause guests or customers to leave and will make family members and co-workers short fused. If the AC is running too cold then you are wasting power and money. Problem #1: Thermostat is placed in direct sunlight Is your home cooling all summer long?…read more →

Fun Facts: Get To Know Your Thermostat

The thermostat on your air conditioning/heating system is the most obvious part of your system. It is probably located in the hallway of your home or some other central area. Homes with multiple systems often have more than one. What Is A Temperature Differential? Did you know that most thermostats have a temperature differential of plus or minus 2 degrees? In other words, most systems will not turn on until the temperature is within 2 degrees of the set point. For example, if your heating system is set for 72 degrees, most systems will not turn on until the indoor temperature is 70 degrees. This prevents the unit from turning on and off all the time for short periods of time. The majority of electricity used by your system is when it turns on, therefore, if your unit is turning on and off all the time, your utility bills will increase. It also creates unnecessary wear and tear on your system. It is important to keep this in mind when reading your thermostat and wondering when the equipment is going to start to run again or shut down. You may want to set it a few degrees cooler or warmer…read more →

When In Doubt, Change Your Air Filter

Keep your units blowing strong! AccuTemp wants remind you to change your air filter regularly. It is important to change your air filter, or clean it if you have a washable air filter, at least every 30 days. Change Air Filters more often if Animals or Dirt are present Your air filter may need to be replaced, or cleaned, more often if you have animals, or if there is a considerable amount of dirt near your home. In those cases we recommend replacing or cleaning your air filter every 2 weeks. Animal dander and dirt tracked in from outside will plug your air filter more frequently. When the air filter is dirty your HVAC unit is not getting sufficient air and air flow is restricted. This can can lead to a multitude of other problems. Dirty Air Filter can cause a Frozen Coil One of the most common problems associated with dirty air filters is a plugged, or frozen, coil. The dirt from the dirty air filter gets sucked up in the coil and restricts it. A dirty or restricted coil makes your entire system work harder, by putting a strain on the operating components, causing unnecessary breakdown, as well…read more →

These 3 Air Conditioning Mistakes Are Raising Your Bills

When you consider just how hot our summers can get here in Phoenix, it makes sense that you want a fully functioning, and efficiently operating air conditioner. This starts with having your cooling system installed by a professional, and ensuring it is it properly matched and sized for your specific home. Without this, there’s no way to be sure that your air conditioner will run as effectively as it should all summer long. But this is just the beginning. Properly caring for your air conditioner is another important part of efficiency, keeping your bills down as a reasonable level and preventing the biggest and costliest of air conditioning repairs in Phoenix. This means avoiding the following 3 air conditioning mistakes. 1. Skipping Pre-Season Maintenance Preventive maintenance gives our technicians the chance to thoroughly inspect your air conditioning system. During this inspection, we’ll make any adjustments necessary, clean the system inside and out, and alert you to any repair needs that exist. Maintenance not only helps improve the efficiency of your air conditioner, but it also helps the system last longer. If you are alerted to repair needs during your system tune-up, do be sure to get them on your schedule right away. You…read more →

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