The Great Scottsdale HVAC Debate: Repair or Replace?

Excessive heat warnings have been in full effect this summer, leaving customers across the Scottsdale AZ area with overwhelmed air conditioning units. If the system in your home or business has not been providing the results that you need for optimal indoor comfort, you may be in need of repair. But what if it is a more deep-seated problem that can only be resolved with system replacement? How can you be sure? Answering this question will require a bit of inquiry into your specific system history and symptoms. Initially, it is recommended that you contact a Phoenix air conditioning contractor, who is reputable and trustworthy, to evaluate your system and offer recommendations. You may even choose to get a second opinion. This step is important in ensuring that the problems you are experiencing are properly diagnosed. Why spend thousands of dollars to replace a system that could have easily been repaired? Ask yourself the following questions when deciding whether to repair or replace your equipment: How old is your system? As systems age, they begin to lose efficiency. If the system in your space is 10+ years, it may be time to upgrade to a system that is more efficient and capable...

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Phoenix Air Conditioning Systems Experiencing Phaseout of R-22 Refrigerants

If your home or business has a Phoenix air conditioning system or heat pump, you probably understand the importance of refrigerants in ensuring that your system provides only the coolest air. What you may not know is that this refrigerant may be helping to deplete the ozone, and adding to the problem of global warming. If your system uses R-22 refrigerant, also known has HCFC-22, you may be surprised to learn that the production of this substance is being gradually phased out, worldwide. In accordance with the Montreal Protocol, established in 1987, the U.S. has agreed to reduce production and importation of R-22 and other ozone-depleting substances over the next few years, until 2020 when it will cease entirely1. Initially this may sound alarming, but it is important to understand that its production is being restricted and not its use.Scottsdale AC repair companies will still be able to provide your existing systems with R-22 when they need serviced or recharged. Although as time passes, supply will decrease and prices may ultimately increase. While this is a gradual process, you may be wondering about the proposed options for a solution to the phaseout. You may have your system retrofitted into compatibility with environmentally safe refrigerants such...

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Importance of Regular AC Maintenance Featured on ABC 15 News

The Arizona heat has officially arrived! Whether you were prepared or not, triple digit temperatures settled over the Phoenix Valley area over the weekend. While you may not have realized it during the mild winter months, your AC system is one of the most important in your entire home. It is responsible for keeping you and your family cool, comfortable, and safe from the harsh elements just outside your front door. A while back, we did a blog entry on the importance of spring air conditioning maintenance. More recently, Phoenix ABC 15 News did a story on this very topic. If you did not have routine maintenance performed on your equipment prior to the heat, you may have found that your system was not operating as it should over the weekend. Especially if this was the first time you turned it on for the year. The ABC 15 News AC repairs story discussed not only the importance of air conditioning maintenance services, but also the hardworking AC repair companies that have been working overtime to help residents prepare for the heat. AC maintenance services are recommended in order to clear your machine of debris such as dirt and dust, which...

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Can your AC catch a cold?

We may not have been swarmed by 150 mph Santa Ana winds, but the temperatures have definitely given Arizona residents a rush. Going from 80 to below 50 is a shock to anyone’s system, but can it effect your A/C unit? One concern that may warrant a call to your Scottsdale air conditioning provider is frost. If blocked with frost or ice, an air conditioning system will not operate properly and will lose cooling capacity. When the cooling coil develops a thick ice build-up on its surface, cool air cannot be produced by the air conditioning system — at all. Many conditions (requiring immediate AC repair) cause the level of refrigerant in the cooling coil to be too low. Surprising, it’s not the cool temperatures that cause the frost block. What is the likely culprit? Dirt, debris, damage or malfunction. So letting the ice melt during the day isn’t going to solve the problem. So just because you switched off your unit for the chilly days doesn’t mean it doesn’t need a check up. Now is the perfect time to get your AC needs taken care of while there’s still time and while many great rebates are available. As any...

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Air Leak Problems In Your Home

Air leak problems in your home can not only make your life during the winter unpleasant, even in a warm area like Arizona, but can also end up costing you excessive amounts of money on energy bills, and in some cases, major repairs. For these reasons, it’s a good idea to inspect your home for certain air leak problems that can arise and to contact a licensed professional if you encounter any of the following situations: Wet insulation – The insulation in your attic and throughout your home should be completely dry. If you find any wet insulation, or even a little bit damp, it’s one of the telltale signs that your roof is leaking. Contact a professional right away to get to the root of the problem. Vents exhausting warm air into the attic – Check your household’s vents, specifically the ones for your kitchen, bathroom and clothes dryer. These vents all need to be pushing their warm, moist air directly outdoors rather than inside your home. Make sure that this is the case in your home. Moldy rafters – Take a look at the rafters and floor joists in your attic. Are they showing any signs of mold or rot? If they are, you’ve...

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Why to get your AC serviced before summer

While most of the country is begging for a few signs of Spring, we Arizonans are relishing the cool nights as we dread the impending heat wave just on the horizon. You’ve likely been wearing your flip flops for weeks (if not months) and you already have a pretty decent base going on your tan. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the temperatures are about to hit triple digits. That means your air conditioner is about to get a workout and you’ll want to make sure neither you nor your unit breaks a sweat. You’ll find AAA Cooling when you search for AC service Mesa, because we believe in servicing the entire unit from installation, to tune-ups and preventing large scale repairs. Preventative maintenance for your air conditioning is no different than rotating your tires or changing the oil on your car. We all know that investing in small maintenance keep our cars functioning properly so we can avoid major and costly issues down the road. The same applies to your air conditioning system. Scheduling a service appointment during the spring can help ensure that your air conditioning will keep you cool during the summer. As the...

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