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Advantages and Disadvantages of Touchless Kitchen Faucets

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Thinking about a plumbing upgrade for your kitchen? You’ve seen them in restaurant bathrooms most everywhere in Arizona—touchless faucets. They save time and effort by simplifying cleaning. These technological wonders deliver a stream of water anytime motion is detected. How do these faucets work and what are the advantages and disadvantages of installing them in your kitchen by your local plumber?

How Do Touchless Faucets Work?

Touchless faucets have a sensor positioned usually at the base of the faucet. When you move your hand or even a pot or plate in front of the infrared detector, the sensor sends a signal to the solenoid valve, turning water on or off.

Advantages of Touchless Faucets

Hands Free

Whether you have dirty hands or hands full, you only need to place your hands close to the sensor to begin the flow of water. Less spreading of germs and food debris on faucets.

Saves Water

No water is wasted because the faucet turns off when there’s nothing in front of the sensor. The sensor takes three seconds or less to send a signal to shut off the water. Better for the environment and your monthly water bill, as you’ll save hundreds of gallons over a few years.

Safety

No need to reach for knobs or handles. Easy to use for all family members and automatic water temperature and flow settings.

Easier Cleaning

The spray head with a pull-down feature allows you to utilize the faucets’ stronger water flow to quickly clean dishes and cookware with less mess.

Disadvantages of Touchless Faucets

Sensor Malfunction

Since these faucets are activated by motion sensors, having too few sensors or low-quality sensors means the faucet won’t quickly turn on or off, leading to a frustrating situation.

Cost

Generally more expensive than standard faucets and the solenoid or valve can stop functioning properly over time.

Flow Rate

It can be difficult to change the water flow rate or temperature. You’ll have to touch different areas of the faucet, or for some models, use a remote control.

Call Your Plumbing Experts

Need additional information on touchless kitchen faucets or require other plumbing services? Your family-owned plumbing professionals at Cool Blew have the expertise to help you anytime of the day or night. Call us today at 623-872-2900 to schedule an appointment. We’re committed to providing unbeatable customer service and quality products.

Cool Blew Money Saving Tips

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Homeowners deal with many costs to keep a house cool, the pool running, and the landscaping green. Now that the heat is on, you’ll be spending more on utilities. Here are some best practices to consider when it comes to keeping costs in check.

Keep Air Filters Clean

Replacing your AC system’s HVAC air filter every month will cool your home faster with better air flow.

Lower Your Water Heater Thermostat

Lowering the thermostat on your water heater to 120 degrees or less can save up to 15% per month on utility bills. And with hot weather in the foreseeable future, taking a cooler shower just feels better, too.

Raise Your AC Thermostat

A common misconception is that setting your thermostat at a cooler than normal setting when you turn on the AC cools down your house quicker. In fact, your AC will not cool the house down faster and could even result in excessive cooling. Higher utility bills will be the outcome. By raising the thermostat up to 9 degrees Fahrenheit for 8 hours a day, you can save almost 19% in energy costs. Even raising the thermostat by one degree can save up to 4% on monthly utility costs.

Implement These Other Seemingly Minor Tweaks

Even small adjustments can have a big impact on your utility bill when it comes to energy usage.

  • Closing blinds, drapes, and curtains during daytime hours helps keep the heat outside. Your home will feel cooler and more comfortable.
  • Check your fireplace damper to make sure it’s closed to prevent cool air from going up the chimney. Turn on ceiling fans to reduce the feels-like indoor temperature by a few degrees.
  • Reduce your use of heat generating appliances like dryers, ovens, and stovetops.
  • Check to make certain that any electrical, HVAC, or plumbing issues are fixed. Properly maintained appliances and systems run efficiently using less electricity.
  • Change out incandescent, halogen, and compact fluorescent light bulbs with LED bulbs. The many benefits include lower electricity bills, a longer bulb life, and an improved quality of light. Smarter LED lights have glowing reviews as they can last 10 years or longer.

Cool Off with Cool Blew

Our experts at Cool Blew will offer you the best solutions for energy savings. Let our certified technicians help today. Just give us a call at 623-872-2900.

Air Conditioning Issues That May Spring Up

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With the heat on in the Valley of the Sun, the need for staying comfortable and cool is a necessity. Your AC needs to run efficiently all spring long. For the most part, air conditioning units operate smoothly, but Sonoran Desert conditions can result in accelerated wear and tear on your HVAC system. You may be experiencing more problems depending on how many years your air conditioner has been operating. Here are some of the most common problems:

Fans and Blowers

After months of not running, AC fans and blowers may have issues firing up in spring. When there’s arcing or pitting on the motor contactors, it can be difficult for the motors to start up. Sometimes with servicing, fans and blowers can start working again, but many times these components need to be replaced at some point during the lifespan of your AC.

Condensation Drain Line

The condensation drain line may become clogged for a few reasons. There may be water around or beneath the drain pain under the evaporator. Typical causes include algae or mold in the pipes blocking the drain line.

Refrigerant

Even though air conditioning refrigerant lines are completely sealed, over time leaks can start in the coils or fittings through very tiny holes. It can be difficult to visually spot or even hear any refrigerant leaks except for a hissing sound which may or may not be audible. The best way to detect refrigerant line leaks is during a springtime HVAC system tune-up.

Breakers or Fuses

Breakers and fuses keep the AC motor and compressor from overheating. When triggered, your AC unit will not work.

Condenser Coils

The most common cause of condenser coils leaking is when the coils are dirty due to dirt, dust, and debris. When cleaning with a water hose doesn’t resolve the issue, an HVAC technician will have to service the coils. Another cause of condenser coil leaks is traces of fluoride in household water causing the coil to become corroded over time.

Capacitor

Failed capacitors can occur from wear and tear, electrical power surges, or other fluctuations in power. Sometimes, a visual inspection can spot a burned-out capacitor. Other times, the capacitor appears fine, but isn’t functional. With electrical problems causing about 80 percent of AC repairs, fixing them is best left to trained professionals.

Call Cool Blew

Your safest bet is to schedule a spring AC servicing appointment with your trusted technicians at Cool Blew. Call us today at 623-872-2900.

Typical Water Heater Issues

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Water heaters are a convenience homeowners expect at all times. Even though water heaters are manufactured to last, problems can still occur—and usually at inconvenient times. An interruption in hot water or low water pressure when you want to take a shower or run a load of laundry can quickly become a stressful situation. Let’s look at some typical water heater problems.

Temperature Issues

Water temperature problems can be very frustrating. The water can be too hot, too cold, or not hot enough.

Cold Water

Issues arising from water being cold when it should be hot may include the water heater not getting power, or the thermostat and heating elements not working correctly. If your water heater is gas powered, check to see if the pilot light is lit. If there isn’t a pilot light, then the water heater may not be getting an adequate gas flow. If it’s an electric water heater, check if the power cord is plugged in properly, reset the power breaker, and check for blown fuses. If the pilot light won’t relight, there’s not enough gas, or the power supply isn’t functioning properly, call your trusted local plumbing company.

Not Hot Enough

When the water is warm, but not hot enough, there may be a thermostat problem or a heating element that’s not functioning. A water heater too small for your household water needs may be another cause. These issues are best taken care of by a professional.

Overly Hot Water

Thermostat settings are the most likely cause of water that is too hot. The thermostat may have been set above the recommended setting of 120 degrees Fahrenheit. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends this setting for optimal power efficiency and to reduce the chances of scalding hot water.

Stinky or Discolored Water

Foul smelling water flowing from your faucets may be the result of a failing water heater element. A foul odor may be caused by the heating element releasing hydrogen causing the bad smell.

Rust-colored water is most likely caused by corrosion inside the water tank from a failing element. This is when you should call your plumbing technician to inspect the unit and decide if the water heater element needs to be replaced or the entire water heater needs replacement.

Call Cool Blew

These are a few of the typical water heater issues you may encounter. Call our expert plumbers at Cool Blew today at 623-872-2900 to schedule your plumbing appointment.

Earth Day and Your HVAC System

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This year, April 22 is Earth Day. It’s a yearly reminder to make a difference by being an active participant in your local and global environment. Over one billion people across the world will celebrate Earth Day in over 190 countries—all with the goal of helping to make our planet a better place to live, reduce waste, and lessen pollution. Did you know that your HVAC system consumes the most energy of any system in your household? Let’s look at some actionable steps to reduce your carbon footprint.

Seal HVAC Ductwork

The average home cooling and heating ducts lose up to 30% in air leakage. Sealing ducts reduces cooling and heating costs on your utility bill, improves HVAC efficiency, and eliminates air leakage.

Change Out Air Filters

Earth Day is a great day to change your HVAC system air filters. Dirty, clogged air filters waste precious energy resources, cause your HVAC to work harder, and contribute to air pollution. A clean air filter reduces indoor contaminants, allows air to circulate properly inside your home, and keeps your system working efficiently.

Plant Trees

Planting trees on your property increases shading for your home and decreases your energy bills. Trees help to purify the air we breathe and regulate neighborhood temperatures.

Schedule Maintenance

Small changes can have a big impact on the environment. Your HVAC system contributes upwards of 46% of combined energy usage in your house. By scheduling spring maintenance, you’ll help ensure it’s running effortlessly, and conserving valuable energy. You can’t expect your AC to be operating at peak performance levels without a tune-up. Without regular maintenance, you’re taking a chance on a breakdown of your HVAC unit.

Reduce Heat Entering Your Home

You’ll save substantial amounts of money on monthly utility bills by blocking solar heat from entering your house. By drawing the blinds or shutters, closing curtains or drapes, or even installing UV window film, helps keep direct sunlight out. Furniture, carpets, drapes, and curtains can fade over time from UV exposure. Your HVAC system benefits from a reduced workload trying to keep your house cool.

Call Cool Blew Today

These simple steps will save you money on air conditioning, reduce your carbon footprint, and help make our planet a better place to live. Would you like to learn more about HVAC energy saving tips for Earth Day 2022? The professionals at Cool Blew will be happy to answer all your questions. Call Cool Blew today at 623-872-2900 to schedule a maintenance appointment.

Spring Allergy Season Tips and Your HVAC System

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One of the best times to be outdoors in the Valley of the Sun is April. Pleasant weather makes for the perfect time of year to take a hike, have a picnic, and open windows to let in springtime sunshine. With desert wildflowers blooming, ragweed, mulberry, ash, and juniper causing pollen levels to be in the very high range, fresh spring air invites unpleasant allergy symptoms. Luckily, there are some preventative measures you can implement to minimize symptoms during allergy season.

  • The biggest deterrent to allergens and dust taking over your home is changing out your air filters. The primary function of an air filter is to clean air passing through your house’s cooling and heating system. Homeowners often forget to change out HVAC air filters, which causes a buildup of debris, dust, and allergens, leading to maintenance issues over time and allergy symptoms to rapidly increase.
  • Dust vents and registers. These vents circulate all the air from your air conditioning system. If your vents are dusty, your inside air will be dusty. Use a damp cloth to prevent dust mites and other dust particles from being kicked up, potentially causing allergy and breathing issues.
  • Use HEPA filters in your vacuum to pick up 99.97% of viruses, dust, allergens, pet dander, and mold.
  • Take off your shoes to avoid bringing in allergens from outside.
  • Keep home windows and doors closed to limit the amount of pollen and dust indoors.
  • Stay indoors on windy days, especially mid-morning to mid-afternoon, when pollen counts are highest.
  • Dust window coverings, blinds, and wipe down window sills every other week. Don’t forget to vacuum drapes and curtains to help keep them free of potential allergens.
  • Vacuum floors and carpeting at least once a week to rid your home of dust and allergens.
  • Wash sheets, pillowcases, comforters, and stuffed animals in hot water to eliminate allergy causing dust mites.

Call Cool Blew

Pollen is in the air and on our minds. Don’t let allergic symptoms stop you from enjoying springtime. Schedule a spring maintenance appointment today. We’ll be happy to service your entire HVAC system, replace your air filters, and ensure your system is healthy. Proper air conditioning maintenance, especially in the spring, removes allergens already in the air, and helps keep new allergens from entering your house. Call your qualified, licensed HVAC professionals at Cool Blew today. We’re available anytime of the day or night at 623-872-2900.

What’s an AC Compressor Starter Kit?

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The air conditioning unit’s compressor is one of the vital components of your HVAC system. It works hard to keep you cool. As the system workhorse, this part uses its power to move air and keep all the other components running. Think of the AC compressor as the heart and maintaining it properly is key to having a comfortable house. Let’s look at why adding an AC compressor starter kit may potentially reduce wear and tear on the compressor.

Extra Starting Power

A compressor can be very expensive to repair or replace. They degrade over time and may have difficulty continuing to spin properly to keep your home cool. Potential failure signs can include the AC pumping out less cool air, no air at all, or the fan inside your AC unit will spin very slowly, or not at all.

Also called a hard start kit, an AC compressor starter kit essentially jump starts the AC compressor. Air conditioning systems with a starter kit generally start up 30% to 50% faster. With the compressor consuming the most energy at startup of any device or appliance in your home, it can also break down faster than other component parts. The electrical heat occurring at start up can damage electrical components over time. The AC compressor, contact points, wiring, and the AC capacitor are impacted most.

The AC compressor, on average, uses 10 times more wattage when the motor starts than when it’s running cool air throughout your house. Combined with an air conditioning unit starting up more than 7,000 to 9,000 times every year, adding an AC compressor starter kit may increase the lifespan of your HVAC.

Other Benefits

The relay and large capacitor add extra torque, making the startup phase much more efficient. Electrical efficiency can be increased as high as 98%.

Adding a hard start capacitor can eliminate light flicker in your house when the air conditioning system is turned on. By minimizing energy consumption, you’ll no longer hear clicking or stuttering noises when your AC turns on, and your compressor will no longer trip the circuit breaker.

Contact Cool Blew for an HVAC inspection to determine if an AC compressor starter kit may be needed to help prolong the lifespan of the compressor. We’re here to help with all your air conditioning needs. Call us today at 623-872-2900 to schedule your appointment.

Should You Replace Your Compressor or Your Air Conditioner?

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One of the most vital and expensive to replace components of your HVAC system is its compressor. It’s the key part circulating refrigerant throughout the system helping to keep your home cool. What do you do if it breaks down? Should you have the compressor replaced? Or will it be more economical to replace the entire air conditioner? Deciding when to repair or replace can be a challenging decision for homeowners to make. The correct choice depends on your situation. Here are some considerations to discuss with your local HVAC professionals at Cool Blew.

Would the AC compressor be covered under warranty terms and conditions?

If the compressor is still under the manufacturer’s warranty, it can be replaced with a new compressor. You’ll only have to pay labor costs unless the AC unit is relatively new and the labor warranty from the installing contractor is still active. Your local expert technicians from Cool Blew will be able to determine if the compressor is still covered.

How Old Is Your Air Conditioner?

Generally, the lifespan of an air conditioner is 10 to 15 years. By paying close attention to the performance of your AC unit, you’ll be able to make the right decision by answering these questions:

  • Is your AC unit more than 10 years old?
  • Has your AC unit been breaking down more frequently or making unusual noises?
  • Have your monthly utility bills been rapidly increasing for unknown reasons?
  • Has your AC suffered from a refrigerant leak in the past few years?

Usually, the cost of a new AC unit will be less than what you’ll spend on frequent repairs on an aging, less efficient unit. A new unit will have vastly improved energy efficiency, a new long-term warranty, and possibly rebates from the manufacturer, installation company, and your local utility company.

Should the entire outdoor condensing unit be replaced?

You should only select this option if the AC compressor is still under warranty, the inside AC unit was replaced recently, and there are no major problems with the current unit. The inside unit (evaporator unit) and the outdoor unit (condensing unit) are matched units. Replacing with a newer mismatched unit may cause premature failure of the older unit due to better functionality and efficiency of the newer outside unit.

Considering whether to replace the AC compressor or a complete AC replacement? Don’t wait another day. Call your Valley of the Sun experts today at Cool Blew at 623-872-2900 for a free quote.

P-traps and Home Plumbing Problems

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A P-trap is a plumbing pipe that you’ve likely seen underneath your sink. But you probably don’t know much about it. When you have a clogged sink, a P-trap becomes one of the first suspected culprits causing the clog. Here’s a brief overview of what P-traps are, why your home has them, and two common P-trap problems.

What’s a P-trap?

Look under any sink in your house and you’ll see a pipe with a curve resembling the letter “P” or the letter “U.” The P-trap has a very specific purpose with its bend. It connects your home’s drain and waste pipes to your municipal sewage system or home septic tank. The bend contains a small pocket of water which blocks foul smelling, toxic sewer gases from entering your home through the pipes. Methane is the most common foul smelling offensive odor blocked.

P-traps have one other important job. By being an integral part of every home’s plumbing system, these traps allow you to quickly find small items that have fallen down the drain such as jewelry. They’re found under every sink, toilet, shower, and bathtub in your house.

Typical P-trap Problems

Now that you understand P-traps as barriers to noxious fumes traveling up the sink and preventing objects from going down the drain, let’s look at two common P-trap problems you may encounter.

Clogs

The bend in the P-trap pipe contributes to all sorts of objects getting wedged in the trap curve and blocking the pipe. Objects ranging from large quantities of hair, paper towels, wet wipes, sponges, and sediment can lodge in the bend. Food, dead skin, soap scum, grease, and mineral deposits can build up over time and reduce the diameter of the pipe. Eventually, this build up will clog the pipe and if your DIY remedies don’t work, it will be time to call your local plumber to unclog.

Dry P-traps

P-traps can dry up due to evaporation, a leak, a clog absorbing the water, or even dry winds entering your home’s pipes. When the water evaporates, you’ll quickly smell the horrible sewer gases. The best way to prevent water from drying up in P-traps is to run water down every drain in your home at least once every three weeks.

Frequently encountering clogged drain pipes? It may be time to consider having your drains professionally cleaned as the best long-term solution. Call your local plumbing experts at Cool Blew to schedule your appointment today. We’re available 365 days of the year at 623-872-2900.

Spring Cleaning Tips for Your HVAC System

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If you haven’t already done so, you may want to spring forward with preparations to ready your HVAC system for even warmer weather ahead. By following these steps, your AC will be set for the official start of spring on March 20.

Clean the Outdoor Unit

After fall and winter, your outdoor HVAC unit might be surrounded by excessive debris, leaves, branches, and dirt. Clean the top and sides and clear a three-foot radius around the unit making certain nothing is obstructing air flow.

Check the Air Filter

Changing your air filter is a great way to ensure proper airflow in your home. Often an afterthought, the AC air filter is one of the most important system components. An air filter that has become clogged with undesirable contaminants or excessively dirty with pollen, pet dander, mold, or dust will let pollutants and allergens circulate throughout your home environment. The cleanliness of AC air filters is essential for family members who are especially sensitive to air quality indoors and outdoors. Filters with a paper or cardboard frame are disposable, while those air filters with a plastic or metal frame may be reusable and washable. From April to October, it’s best to replace your disposable air filters monthly or thoroughly clean reusable air filters.

Check the Drain Line

The condensate drain line is vitally important to the proper functioning of your AC system. The drain line does several things with the most critical function being to drain excess moisture outside of your home. When air is cooled inside your HVAC system, humidity is released. The humidity turns into condensation and the condensate line keeps moisture from building up inside your home and HVAC unit. Moisture can lead to mold, mildew, and corrosion. Inspect the drain line located near the outdoor condenser unit and check to make certain it’s not restricted by vegetation or blocked by dirt or debris.

Schedule a Maintenance Visit

While there are many AC spring cleaning tasks you can easily do as a homeowner, a spring preventative maintenance appointment is necessary to make certain your AC system is running safely and efficiently for the hot weather ahead. Your local professionals will do a thorough inspection, cleaning, and any needed repairs, ensuring your AC system and all its parts are functioning properly.

Schedule an appointment today with your highly trained and dependable professionals at Cool Blew. Call us today to schedule your spring AC maintenance tune up at 623-872-2900.