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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 have more than one. Many of us enjoy reading the thermostat when we are feeling warm or cold, and some models include time and temperature. I read mine at times to find out what time it is! The Temperature Differential Did you know that most thermostats have a temperature differential of plus or minus 2degrees? In other words, most systems will not turn on until the temperature is within 2degrees of the set point. For example, if your heating system is set for 72degrees, most systems will not turn on until the indoor temperature is 70degrees. 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. In addition, it creates unnecessary wear and tear on your system. It is important to keep this in mind when reading your thermostat…read more →

Air Filter Changes

Keep your units blowing strong! AccuTemp reminds 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 as…read more →

Should you get the first Apple HomeKit Devices?

What is HomeKit? If you haven’t heard much about Apple HomeKit you aren’t alone. It is a relatively new home automation protocol announced in 2014 when Apple came out with the iOS8 operating system for their iPhone’s and iPads. From the Wikipedia article on iOS8 HomeKit section: HomeKit is a database similar to HealthKit and PassKit that allows developers to make software that discovers, configures, communicates with and controls devices for home automation. Actions can be grouped together and can be initiated using Siri either from home or Apple TV. There are also the option for manufacturers of existing equipment to make gateways that connect equipment using their protocols to HomeKit, which includes equipment manufactured by Insteon.[Link] Since a lot of people have iOS8 installed this should be a pretty quick growing market with healthy margins. In the last month over 10% of traffic to our website was on devices running iOS8. If HomeKit works like most Apple protocols setup should be easy and reliable, unless you want to talk about Wifi on Yosemite. Ok so why are you talking about HomeKit now? Fair enough. Our company philosophy is to provide useful and relevant service and until June 2, 2015…read more →

2015 Pre-Season Air Conditioning Tune Up Special

Spring time means air conditioning tune up special Its the end of March which means its going to start getting consistently into the high 80’s and low 90’s. For many in Phoenix this means its time to start using the Air Conditioner again. The problem is that while you haven’t been using the AC this winter your equipment has still been exposed to the elements and other hazards that can cause it to either work inefficiently or not at all. Announcing the 2015 AccuTemp Pre-Season Air Conditioning Tune Up Special The AccuTemp Pre-Season Air Conditioning Tune Up Special is based on the Arizona Heat Pump Council‘s 16 Point Cooling System Checklist: Check thermostat operation Clean filter or replace (customer supplied) Check system temperature split Inspect fused disconnect Inspect wiring & tighten electrical connections Inspect contactors, relays and pressure controls Inspect electrical safety circuits Check voltage & amperage to all motors Inspect indoor blower & motor for dirt build up Inspect bearings & lubricate all moving parts (as required) Inspect belt & adjust tension (as required) Inspect & clean condensate drain (cooling only) or Check defrost operation (heating only) Inspect outdoor coil and advise customer Inspect duct seal at unit and…read more →

AccuTemp Refrigeration wins 2015 Carrier President’s Award

Carrier President’s Award highlights Phoenix AZ Residential Air Conditioning Experts AccuTemp refrigeration has been awarded the 2015 Carrier President’s Award for delivering the best sales and support to our customers. This means that Carrier, the largest air conditioner manufacturer in the world, has recognized and verified that we work for our customers to deliver the best solution for their needs and then follow up with unparalleled service & support. The Best Air Conditioning Service & Support for Phoenix AZ When you work with AccuTemp Refrigeration for your residential air conditioning needs you are getting the best of everything: AccuTemp Air Conditioning Technicians have extensive training: NATE tested and certified Master Heat Pump Technician Program from the Arizona Heat Pump Council HVAC System Consultant Series from the Arizona Heat Pump Council Over 30 years of expertise from coworkers and founder Bill Murley to gain real world expertise Are paid for their work and craftsmanship, NOT for selling more equipment!(Learn more here) Experience with Residential and Commercial Air Conditioning and Refrigeration We have worked in every HVAC, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration environment/application/setup imaginable. We can help you regardless of the size and scope of your situation. For over 30 years we have…read more →

Commercial Refrigeration Maintenance in Phoenix

Commercial refrigeration, such as commercial walk in coolers and walk-in freezers, are expensive, but supermarkets, restaurants and other food establishments cannot do without them. These businesses need to preserve perishables, so that they last longer. Regular maintenance is an important part of commercial refrigeration equipment because not only can the repairs be expensive, the perishables kept in the cooler or freezer could get spoiled quickly. If you notice a problem with your commercial walk in coolers or freezers and you are based in the Phoenix Metro area, you can rely on our expert technicians for repairs. Our technicians are well-trained and posses the skills required for carrying out repairs and servicing of commercial refrigeration. We also provide emergency service anywhere in the Phoenix Metro area. Usually, we suggest to all our customers to undertake preventive maintenance. This will help ensure that no major problems occur and your commercial refrigeration is always in proper working order. This will help your business tremendously, as perishables will stay fresh for a long time. Sometimes, something as simple as the magnetic cooler gasket may not seal the door of the commercial walk in coolers properly. This will cause the coolant inside the cooler to…read more →

Repairing and Maintaining Federal Refrigerated Systems

A refrigeration system from Federal Refrigerated can be very costly to install. Keeping it running at maximum efficiency is important. To do this, a lot of pieces need to function correctly, and be regularly checked, maintained, or even replaced. Downtime in a refrigeration unit is often expensive for a restaurant or caterer, and can lead to the loss of foodstuffs. AccuTemp Refrigeration provides maintenance and repair services on Federal Refrigerated systems to restaurants and food caterers all over the Phoenix Metro Area, in a variety of shapes and sizes, including: refrigerated bakeries, delis, self-serve bars, and combinations of the above. While product specs and manuals are available with each of these systems, professional help in installing, inspecting, and repairing Federal Refrigerated systems helps prevent issues from arising, and makes sure that they are dealt with quickly when they do. All Federal Refrigerated systems require assembly, cleaning, maintenance, and wiring to be operational, and mistakes can lead to the machine working at less than maximum efficiency, or broken in a worst case scenario. Professional help will ensure that the system runs as efficiently as possible, keeping energy bills and the cost of maintenance lower, and resulting in a more reliable system…read more →

Maintaining Restaurant Refrigeration Equipment

For restaurant owners, keeping your commercial fridge, freezer, or ice machine in working order can be a big deal: storing food at improper temperatures can become a serious problem come inspection time, so it’s important to keep these systems in good working order. Servicing refrigeration systems consists largely of two components: containing refrigerant and measuring pressures accurately. There are several pieces of equipment that need to be checked and cared for: the refrigerant gauge manifold set which measures pressure, compound gauges, condenser coils, fan blades and motors, and vacuum pumps which are all responsible for moving and monitoring refrigerants. Interiors need to be cleaned regularly. AccuTemp Refrigeration can provide a wide range of maintenance services for commercial refrigeration including checking holding temperatures to assure the safety of the food stored within, checking door gaskets for proper seals, replacing interior lights, unblocking vents, and spotting and correcting any problems present in any refrigeration system. Routine maintenance inspections can do a great deal toward preventing system failures; this is best done once every few months. Some things need to be checked more frequently. The condition of the gaskets in a refrigeration system can make a big difference in the performance of the…read more →

Food Safety and Proper Hoshizaki Maintenance

Food safety is the most important aspect of running a restaurant. Safe food preparation will ensure guest safety and will also help food taste fresher. There are many food preparation safety tips restaurants should ensure all staff are following from cooks to wait staff. Proper equipment in good condition is also important to ensure proper cooking and storing of food. Using quality kitchen equipment such as Hoshizaki refrigerators and ice machines will assist in keeping restaurant kitchens running safely and efficiently. Regular Hoshizaki Maintenance should be an important aspect of keeping your kitchen clean. Hand Washing: Anybody handling food from servers to cooks must be in the habit of constant hand washing. Being certain that there is a proper hand wash centre in the kitchen as well as in the dining area will ensure staff are able to follow this strict rule without difficulty. Hand washing will help prevent cross contamination. Keep Produce Clean: Many restaurants overlook this important step in food preparation. Even if a food item is to be peeled, washing the skin prior to peeling and then again under water after peeling will reduce the possibility of bacteria remaining on the food. Properly Clean Ice Machines: Ice…read more →

Ice Machine Maintenance and BioFilm Removal

Being certain commercial ice machines are safe involves meticulous care and cleaning on a regular basis. In fact, it is the law that restaurants maintain safe practices in the care of ice machines. Not providing proper maintenance and care means a restaurant or bar could be serving ice contaminated with serious germs including salmonella, listeria, E Coli, Shigella and Norwalk virus. The prospect of passing on these serious illnesses is a scary one and shows just how important the proper cleaning of commercial ice machines is when it comes to keeping guests safe. The Threat of Biofilms Many restaurant owners are not even aware there is such a thing as biofilms. Biofilms are an unpleasant slime that can build up in commercial ice machines and cause a number of unpleasant and dangerous problems. Biofilms develop when microorganisms such as bacteria are allowed to collect in a matrix. Once created the bacteria are actually protected by the biofilms which means fighting them becomes that much more difficult even with the most aggressive attempts at sanitation. In fact, once formed many cleaning procedures will prove to be too little too late and proprietors may not realize their attempts to clean have been in vain. This means their commercial ice machines may appear…read more →