Category Archives: Air Conditioning

What to do if Your AC Unit Won’t Turn On

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Uh oh! It’s hotter than a pistol outside, and your air conditioner isn’t turning on. This is the quintessential desert living problem that every Phoenix area homeowner dreads. Yet, before you get hot under the collar about it, there are a few tricks to try that may get your air conditioner back up and running.

  1. Take a Look at Your Thermostat – The first thing a repair person will do is check this, so you might as well check it first! You will want to make sure that it’s set to COOL and then lower the temperature setting by five or more degrees below the indoor temperature. You’d be surprised how often this solves the problem.
  2. Look for a Blown Fuse – A power surge or even too many appliances used at once can blow a fuse or trip a circuit breaker. First, check your home’s main electrical panel. In older homes, there will be a fuse box. Replace any blown fuses. On a circuit breaker, check for any sign of a tripped circuit and flip it to “on.” There may also be a shutoff box near your AC unit. If this fuse is blown, you will need to replace it to get your AC unit working again.
  3. Check Your Condensate Line – Air conditioners create condensation. Normally, this moisture is drained out via a drain line. However, it can sometimes get clogged. When it does, it can trip a safety switch that shuts off your air conditioner. You can attempt to unclog the drain line yourself by using a wet/dry vacuum to remove the blockage.
  4. Try Resetting Your Air Conditioner
    Some models of air conditioners have reset switches. You can try flipping this switch to see if it will kick your unit back on. If your air conditioner doesn’t have a reset button, turn off your unit at the thermostat and wait at least five minutes. Turn it back on again.
  5. Call Cool Blew
    These tips may solve your problem completely. However, if your air conditioner is still malfunctioning, call Cool Blew. We’re experts in diagnosing and repairing all makes and models of air conditioners. We help homeowners just like you throughout the Valley. Call us at 623-872-2900 now for service.

5 Ways to Cool Down Your Air Conditioning Costs

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AC Costs
Triple digit temperatures return this month and that means opening those dreaded triple digit utility bills. While we Arizonans are used to the heat, we still need a little cool relief. Yet, the challenge is keeping our home while not breaking the bank. While it’s almost inevitable that you will use more electricity during the summer months due to air conditioning usage, there are plenty of ways to help keep energy consumption under control. The following are 5 simple ways to keep your cool and your money, too!

  1. Manage Your Thermostat
    You can save up to 15 percent of our total air conditioning bills by raising the temperature on your thermostat when you’re away and don’t need cooling, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. When you are home, the optimal temperature for most individuals ranges from 75 to 80 degrees.
  2. Turn on Your Fans
    Air circulation is the key to keeping your home cool. Turn on ceiling fans and consider purchasing smaller, portable fans for other rooms. Moving air also helps to evaporate sweat from your skin which can provide an extra cooling effect.
  3. Keep Your Meals Cool
    Stop-top cooking and oven baking can increase the temperature inside your home. During the hottest days and evenings, consider eating salad or sandwiches instead of flipping on the kitchen heat. If you must cook, make sure to use the kitchen exhaust to remove heat and moisture at its source.
  4. Add Window Screens
    Mesh window screens can block up to 70% of solar energy before it can heat up your home. While it’s great to place screens on every window, it’s most important on east and west-facing windows that obtain the most sun exposure. If you don’t like the aesthetics of window screens, consider window film which can be virtually transparent yet block the sun’s rays.
  5. Maintain or Replace Your Air Conditioning Unit
    Your air conditioner’s efficiency can drastically impact how much electricity you’re using. Keep the filter clean and obtain regular preventive maintenance to ensure your AC unit is working properly. If you are regularly calling for repairs or if your utility bills are climbing quickly, it may be time for a new unit. By choosing an air conditioner with a high SEER rating, you can save up to 50 percent on your monthly air conditioning costs.

It’s also important to have a trusted provider of HVAC repair in the Phoenix metro area who you can count on when you need maintenance, repairs or installation. Call Cool Blew today at 623-872-2900 to schedule an appointment.

Why It’s Worth It To Have Your Air Ducts Sealed

Did you know that you could save up to 30% off your home’s energy bill ,and all it requires is a call to your AC service in Peoria?

Air duct cleaning is an important part of keeping your ductwork in optimal condition. Though it’s not necessary to do it all the time, you should have your air ducts cleaned by a professional as needed. If there is mold in your ductwork, excessive debris or pests, it’s a good time to call in an HVAC company.

Another way to keep your air ducts in good working condition is to have them sealed. A duct system that is properly sealed makes your home more comfortable and energy efficient. This is how you can see up to 30% savings on your monthly utility bill and enjoy continued comfort and safety for years to come.

What is Duct Sealing Exactly?

Over time, ductwork can develop a number of leaks and creases that let out cool air. This can lead to multiple problems such as making your AC unit work harder than it needs to, extra humidity in the ducts, indoor air quality issues and higher energy costs. Since you can’t see these leaks, the only way to determine if you have a problem is by being proactive.

If you’ve noticed unusually high energy bills or if your ductwork is old, it might be time to seal things up. Thanks to improved technology, sealing up air ducts is simpler, cleaner and easier than in years past.

How are Air Ducts Sealed?

Many trusted HVAC companies used a product called AeroSeal to seal up ductwork. With AeroSeal, a technician doesn’t have to crawl through your ducts, which means less work and lower costs for you. Not to mention, places that would otherwise be unreachable can be sealed. The product also comes with a 10-year warranty.

Let’s take a look at some of the benefits to having your ductwork sealed by an HVAC service in Peoria.

Increased Comfort

Your home is your comfort zone, so should it feel like anything less? When your air ducts are properly sealed, you can enjoy consistent temperatures throughout the home. Living in sunny Arizona, you can expect to see the most difference in the summer.

Improved Indoor Air Quality

Plenty of things enter your duct system, including insulation particles, dust and fumes from household cleaners. When these pollutants build up, they blow back out into the air and can trigger allergy and asthma symptoms. With sealed ductwork, you can improve indoor air quality by decreasing the number of pollutants circulating in your home.

Enhanced Safety

You might not think that having your ductwork sealed by AC repair in Peoria would offer safety benefits, but it does. When your appliances are running, they release combustion gases through their ventilation systems. If you have leaky ductwork, your system might cause “backdrafting” which is when gases are pushed back into the home rather than outside.

Reduced Expenses

Sealing your ductwork pays for itself in a short time. At Cool Blew, our air duct sealing can save up to 30% off your home’s energy bill. By sealing up leaks and creases, you save energy consumption and keep your home more comfortable. Your AC system won’t have to work as hard, either.

As you can see, there are many benefits to having your ducts sealed. This simple procedure can be done during one visit, so give Cool Blew a call for an estimate on air duct sealing services.

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8 Ways To Beat The Heat In AZ Without Touching The Thermostat

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8 Ways To Beat The Heat In AZ

Arizona is hot. Sometimes unbearably so. It almost makes one wonder why people stopped here when pulling their wagons west. Well, they had some ways of beating the heat that have fallen out of common usage, for one.  Secondly, it’s beautiful here. But we’re here to talk about the heat today, not the beauty, and how to be cool in it.

Let’s go over the ways you can stay cool, without ever needing to adjust the thermostat.

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When It Comes To Heat Pumps, Does Size Really Matter?

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Time For Facts-Does Heat Pump Size Really MatterWhen it comes to the heating and cooling system in your home, the heat pump is an important aspect. It’s responsible for shifting air inside or out to control and maintain the temperature in your house. Getting the right size heat pump is crucial and will ensure that you have a comfortable indoor environment, an efficient system, and lower energy costs.

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6 Easy Steps To Clean Your Air Conditioner’s Evaporator Coils

6 Easy Steps To Clean Your AC's Evaporator CoilsDirty air conditioner coils interfere with efficient unit functioning by inhibiting heat transfer. This means higher energy bills and overly stressed equipment that may eventually malfunction.

Fortunately cleaning your air conditioner evaporator coils is a relatively easy DIY task, and unless there are complications, it is a procedure you should be able to handle yourself.

Find out how to clean your air conditioner’s evaporator coils in six easy steps below. Continue reading

Do HVAC Systems Emit Greenhouse Gases?

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What You Should Know-Do HVAC Systems Emit Greenhouse GasesWhile the part they play in the overall problem is not huge, HVAC systems do release gases that contribute to global warming.

The amount emitted is generally quite small, but these gases are highly potent heat trappers, and when they reach the atmosphere they outperform carbon dioxide on a molecule-to-molecule basis by a significant margin.

Learn more about how air conditioning systems affect the ozone with greenhouses gases and how regular maintenance can help. Continue reading

Can AC Installation Be Done At Any Time Of Year?

Can AC Installation Be Done At Any Time Of Year

Many people are under the impression that an AC unit can only be installed during the warm months of spring and summer. This is not the case. In fact, having your new unit installed in the colder months has a number of benefits.

If you are considering having a new AC installed this year, learn the benefits of scheduling your AC installation during the colder months.

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