How to Put Refrigerant in Your AC Unit

If your air conditioner system is sluggish and not keeping up with cooling your home, it might be an issue with low refrigerant levels. It is easy to add refrigerant yourself be knowing the basics. Determine the type of refrigerant needed for your system. This information is often found on the manufacturer’s label on the AC unit. The most common are R-22 and R 410-A. Check your system for escaping refrigerant. If a leak is located, fix the leak prior to buying new coolant. The most common device used to locate a leak is the Nitrogen Leak Detector. The second most common is the Electric Detector. These can be borrowed, rented or bought for a reasonable price. Determine how much refrigerant you will need. The amount depends on the size of the unit. Purchase 2 to 4 pounds of refrigerant for each ton. So, a 3 ton Ac unit would require somewhere between 6 to 12 pounds of refrigerant. If you still aren’t sure of how much to purchase, start with a lesser amount. You can always add more if it still is low. Remember to protect yourself while installing the refrigerant. Before inserting the refrigerant, ensure that the unit is...

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Avoiding Scams from AC Contractors

Running air conditioning systems are crucial in Arizona homes, and failure of the unit during a heat wave can lead to rash decisions. Most homeowners aren’t familiar with the finer points of AC repairs and rely on the contractor’s expertise. Although you hope that the contractor is honest, it’s unfortunate that many aren’t. Some will try to scam you into believing you need extensive repairs or expensive part replacements which will result in you paying much more than necessary for repairs. However, you can avoid scams in the Glendale area by following these tips: Read Reviews and Ratings Before you call the first air conditioning service contractor that shows up in your Google search, read their reviews and ratings. Previous customers provide a wealth of information, and if they have been scammed or had an unfortunate experience, you will be able to read about it online. Check multiple review sources before deciding on which contractor to call, including the Better Business Bureau(BBB). The BBB lists reliable companies who are BBB members and have excellent ratings. Beware of Paying Upfront It is normal for a contractor to ask for a deposit for larger AC repairs, but they should never ask for...

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Should I Continue Repairing My Scottsdale AC Unit?

We often get asked by customers if they should continue repairing their air conditioners, or if they should just go ahead and replace them. There are various factors that go into this hefty decision. We suggest they consider the following questions: How old is your unit? After a unit has been in use for 10-15 years, it’s time to replace. By this age, parts start to break down and air quality is compromised.   How often are you repairing your AC unit? If you’re repairing your air conditioner often, it could mean the unit needs to be replaced. Think about how much money you’ve spent on repairs and what portion of the cost of a new system that could cover.   How efficient is your system? Older systems have poor energy efficiency ratings, and you could notice a big difference with a new, efficient system.   How much are you spending to cool your home? The more efficient a system, the less you’ll spend on energy bills. Whether you’ve decided to continue with AC repair in Scottsdale or to go ahead and schedule the installation of a new, energy-efficient system we have you covered. Our knowledgeable techs will provide you...

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Upgrading your AZ home to a Wi-Fi Thermostat

Here at AAA Cooling Specialists, we pride ourselves in offering premier air conditioning service in Scottsdale. Part of our commitment to quality is a commitment to affordability and savings. With your heating and air conditioning system accounting for nearly 50% of your energy consumption, small changes can have a big impact on your bills every month.   One small change you can make is to upgrade your home to a Wi-Fi thermostat. A Wi-Fi thermostat is exactly what it sounds like, a thermostat that is connected to the wireless internet in your home. This connection has several benefits that save money and energy.   A Wi-Fi thermostat can be controlled remotely from any device that connects to the Internet. What this means is you can turn your thermostat up or down from anywhere you have the wireless service. Rather than either paying more for heat no one is using or running home on your lunch break, you can control your thermostat wirelessly and turn the heat down from your smartphone or computer. This is also very useful if you go on vacation and realize at the airport or in the car that you forgot to set your thermostat to an...

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Why Get an AC Tune Up?

With summer here in and temperatures starting to heat up, it’s time to make sure your A/C is up to speed. The best way to do that is to get an A/C tune up. This is important because cooling and heating can account for almost half of a typical homeowner’s energy costs. Energy Star says that investing in an annual A/C system tune up can help improve your unit’s efficiency and reduce your energy costs. Build-up from not cleaning your unit can reduce efficiency by as much as 5% a year – and that can really add up. When temperatures rise, too many people just turn on their A/C unit without even thinking about it, even though they haven’t thought about cool air in months. Not only can this damage your unit and make it inefficient, it can cost you big over the long run. Don’t be penny-wise and pound-foolish – the average cost of an AC tune up from a reputable AC repair company is only around $70. Here’s what an AC tune up and professional cleaning includes: A thorough cleaning of condenser coils Clean air filter Inspect indoor coil if accessible Check condenser coil and remove debris A...

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Reasons to Get an AC Check Up

hnical name for it is “Dirty Sock Syndrome.” Your air conditioner can sit for months without use. In your cooling system, dust and dirt build up from the summer before, and those dust and dirt particles collect and lead to mold and mildew, which is the source of the smell. The mold, mildew, and bacteria often or found on or near the AC filter, coils, and ductwork. The only way to rid the system of this odor is clean it, clean it thoroughly. You have some serious AC repair and maintenance ahead of you: When is the last time your air conditioner’s filter was changed? The filter gathers dust and dirt from the air that can accelerate mildew growth when exposed to moisture. Last summer’s filter has been collecting odors for months. If you haven’t changed your system’s filter since last summer your whole home may be getting dirty air blown back into it. Problem solved? Not necessarily. That stench may have another source. The evaporator coils become both cool and damp, creating the perfect conditions for bacteria to grow. Knowing that evaporator coils may need regular cleaning does come in handy, but remember that the best prevention for this...

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5 Summer Prep Tips for AC

Summer time is here and the weather is set to warm up. Are you ready for those sunny days ahead of you? Your AC unit is going to be working overtime to keep you cool but it’s important that you make sure its running smoothly. Preparing for summer can make your air conditioning service experience much more pleasant and it’s pretty easy too. At , our top priority is your experience with your air conditioning unit and making sure you’re ready for a summer. We believe that proper Scottsdale air conditioning service is key to keeping your home comfortable. Below are 5 ways you can make sure your AC works to the best of its ability this summer. The first thing you can do to make sure your AC unit is in peak condition is to replace your air filters. Over time, filters can start to collect dust and grime which will lead to decreased airflow. Regular air filter replacements are a great way to make sure your air conditioning unit lasts longer and works better. Another tip is to keep your evaporator and condenser coils clean. After a period of time, dirt can start to overrun your air conditioning unit’s...

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The Stay Cool Specialists

If you need a professional and reliable service offering ac repair in Fountain Hills, AZ it’s definitely worth considering giving The AAA Cooling Specialist a call, with over fifteen years’ experience helping the people of Fountain Hills stay cool we have personal experience of how hot it can really get in Arizona and how important it is to have effective air conditioning to be able to go about your daily tasks comfortably during the hot summer months so we always aim to offer the best possible service to every customer every single time they call. If your air conditioning breaks down during a hot spell you can be certain that many other people will be having similar problems so finding an ac repair company that is able to come out at short notice can be difficult, at The AAA Cooling Specialist we have a flexible team that is large enough to cope, even during more busy periods, so you can be sure that we will be very likely to be able to visit you the same day if necessary and do everything we can to get your system working again, and if your system is completely beyond repair we have...

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The Benefits of Air Conditioner Installation

How old is your current air conditioning system? If you’ve been using it to cool your home for more than 10-15 years, it’s time to consider an upgrade. You may be concerned about the initial cost of a new system, but once you learn the benefits of upgrading, you may be surprised about how worthwhile it is. Some of the primary benefits of upgrading are: Energy Efficiency – New air conditioning systems have higher energy efficiency standards than those of years past. Savings – The more energy efficient a system is, the less energy it consumes to do its job. When a system is energy efficient, it costs less to run, saving you every month on your cooling bills. In Arizona, this has huge implications since we rely so heavily on our AC units and have long summers. Air Quality – Newer systems cool more evenly, produce cleaner indoor air, and will be more responsive when the temperature is changed. A big part of getting the most out of a new cooling system is making sure it’s properly sized. Our technicians will evaluate every aspect of your home to make sure we recommend the correct size air conditioner so you...

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Vegetation and Energy Efficiency

Here in Phoenix, we’ll take all the help we can get when it comes to staying cool in the summer, and doing so efficiently. Believe it or not, vegetation can be a big part of doing this. The summer sun in Arizona is relentless – just look at anything in your yard (such as patio furniture) that is exposed to the sun over the summer. Now consider what kind of beating your exterior walls and roof experience during this time. It is best to make your home as well-insulated as possible, regardless of the climate you live in. But in Arizona, if we can keep the harsh sunlight from ever getting to our roof and walls, we’ll stay so much cooler, have lower energy bills, and less wear and tear on our homes. Go to your local nursery to learn what types of shades trees are fast growers and do well in our climate. Then plant them on the sides of your home that get the most harsh, and most direct sunlight. If you have windows or doors with glass that are constantly exposed to the sun, these are key areas to plant shade vegetation around for protection. Consider what...

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