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Sounds crazy, but now is the time to prep that Furnace.

Now that we are finally feeling some cooler temps, its time to make sure your furnace is ready to provide your home with ample heating performance. There are plenty of things you can do to prepare your furnace this winter: Make sure you check and change your furnace filter. This is the most important, yet most overlooked aspect of preparing your furnace for the coming winter. A clogged furnace filter can easily hamper your furnace’s overall performance and lower your home’s indoor air quality. You should always replace your old filter with a new, clean filter at the start of each season. Check and properly set your thermostat. Make sure your thermostat is able to start your furnace without any issues. If you haven’t upgraded to a programmable thermostat, now is the time to do so. With a programmable thermostat, you’ll be able to control your home’s temperature while you’re asleep or away. Check the flue for debris and other obstructions. Take a look at the flue and make sure there’s no significant soot buildup. Also be on the lookout for leaves, birds’ nests and other debris that could cause a fire hazard while your furnace is in operation. Inspect and clean the…read more →

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 →

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 →