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Turn to Cool Blew for Quality Commercial Air Conditioning

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As restaurants and retailers return to full operations, there is a growing focus on commercial HVAC systems and their role in helping to keep employees and customers cool, as well as safe. Faulty air conditioning during the summer months has always been a business-halting, costly situation. Now, there is the additional concern of keeping commercial spaces safe in the age of Coronavirus.

Most experts agree that masks and social distancing are the two best ways to avoid transmission of the virus. However, air conditioning also has a role in stopping the spread of the virus in public spaces. For business owners, proper HVAC can help by serving as a line of defense. Regularly replaced air filters and the installation of air scrubbers can help reduce indoor air quality risks by reducing pathogens in the air.

At Cool Blew, we pride ourselves on our longstanding reputation as the affordable, quality provider of commercial air conditioning repair and installation in Peoria and surrounding areas. We provide a 100 percent customer satisfaction guarantee on all our work, so businesses can be completely confident that customers and employees are cool and comfortable all year long.

Our HVAC technicians are also experts in commercial HVAC installation. We work with businesses to understand their specific air conditioning needs, and our team is experienced in installing all major commercial air conditioning models. We know that downtime without air conditioning isn’t an option – especially in the hot summer months. This is why we continuously strive to provide fast, quality service and installation for all our commercial customers.

With the commercial HVAC team at Cool Blew, businesses have a partner with the expertise and experience to get the job done right – the first time. Call today for more details, to schedule service or to obtain a quote on a new air conditioner.

Get Your Air Conditioner Ready for Memorial Day and Summer

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It’s that time of year again. The kids are finishing up school, and the temperature is climbing into the triple digits. Memorial Day weekend is here. And because of the unusual circumstances we’re all facing right now, many of us are spending more time than ever inside our homes. All the more reason to ensure your air conditioner is running optimally.

Air Conditioning Is a Lifesaver in this Summer of Social Distancing

Few things are more uncomfortable than having to sit in a stifling hot house. The best way to ensure you’re not dealing with a summer HVAC breakdown is to schedule a seasonal service call. We’ll check to make sure it’s running efficiently and can repair any minor issues before they turn into major problems down the road.

Consider a Residential Preventive Maintenance Agreement

With all of us spending more time at home, there’s never been a better time to invest in a preventive maintenance agreement that can keep your entire HVAC system in tip-top shape all year long. The benefits on this agreement are impressive, including:

  • Air filter cleaning
  • Check of operation of thermostat
  • Inspection of wiring, connections and fuses
  • Inspection of contractors, relays, motor bearings and amps on motors
  • Inspection of condensate pan, drain lines, coils and air ducts
  • 10% off new equipment
  • Outdoor rinse of coils
  • No overtime fees
  • Priority service
  • Schedule service reminders
  • And more!

And, Cool Blew is here for you 24/7/365 – even on holidays. So, this Memorial Day, we hope you and your family stay cool and safe. And if you need assistance, don’t hesitate to call.

Coronavirus – Is It Safe to Use Your Air Conditioner?

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With triple-digit temperatures now officially here, many Valley residents are once again turning to their air conditioners to keep their homes comfortable. Yet, with the continued advice to social distance and stay at home, it begs an important question. Is it safe to use your air conditioner?

Many homeowners have asked us this question lately – especially since the publishing of evidence that suggested that air conditioners may circulate infectious droplets of COVID19. While debate continues on how the virus is spread, nearly all health experts agree that the largest risk remains close contact with other people. In other words, if you’re practicing safe social distancing measures on a consistent basis, you have little to worry about when it comes to running your air conditioner.

Added Protection from Indoor Air Quality Solutions

Because most of us are staying inside due to the pandemic, indoor air quality has become more important than ever. Clean indoor air not only contributes to overall well-being and comfort, it can increase productivity – something that’s especially beneficial for family members who are working or learning from home.

An optimally functioning HVAC system can play an essential role in purifying indoor air from airborne contaminants, including bacteria, mold, mildew, and yes, viruses. So, it’s a great time to schedule an HVAC tune-up. Belts, condenser, evaporator coils and more are inspected and cleaned. Your filter will also be replaced as it serves as a first line of defense in indoor air quality.

At Cool Blew, we are also recommending to homeowners that they consider a complete cleaning of their air ducts to remove dust, mold and other microorganisms that can negatively impact air quality. For those who are at higher risk, we suggest the Air Scrubber Plus which has been shown to reduce up to 99.99% of harmful contaminants. The system uses advanced technology that is more than 50 times more powerful than standard air filters.

Call us today to learn more about our indoor air quality solutions and how we can help ensure your home’s indoor air is safe and comfortable all summer long.

Optimize Your Air Conditioner for the Summer

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As desert residents, we all know the value of having a fully functioning air conditioner in the summer. You only need to step outside and feel the rising temperatures to be reminded of just how relentless our climate can be. So, it certainly provides peace of mind knowing that your air conditioner is ready to go when June arrives.

April Is Primetime for Air Conditioner Preparation

This month, temperatures are warm but still comfortable. It’s not only the perfect time to dig out those t-shirts, sandals and shorts, it’s also when you should be scheduling a spring tune-up of your air conditioner. Yes, there’s more to air conditioner maintenance than changing out your filter.

At Cool Blew, we recommend a complete inspection and evaluation of your HVAC system. Air conditioners are complex with many electrical, mechanical and moving parts that need to be checked and fine-tuned to ensure efficiency.

Consider a Programmable Thermostat

If your home still has an older, manual thermostat, spring is also a good time to consider replacing it with a smart, programmable thermostat that learns your routine and regulates settings according to your habits. With this heightened level of control, the thermostat will not only pay for itself, it will save you considerably over the coming months and years.

Avoid Summer System Failures

Small HVAC malfunctions now can be very disruptive in the middle of the summer. If you haven’t had your system tuned up recently or if you’ve noticed a loss of efficiency, unusual sounds or other potential problems, don’t hesitate to call Cool Blew. We’re here for all your HVAC needs and can ensure that you’re ready to go for when hot weather hits the valley.

Coronavirus – Safety Precautions

Cool Blew remains available for all your air conditioning needs throughout the Coronavirus crisis. In addition, we’re thoroughly focused on ensuring the health and safety of our customers and employees. Call us today to schedule a spring tune-up or service at 623-872-2900.

When Should You Turn on Your Air Conditioner?

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We all know that spring-like weather starts early in Arizona. And this year is no exception. Temperatures are already starting to creep back up above 80 degrees. Although nights and mornings can still be chilly, many of us are tempted to turn on the air conditioner in the afternoon to cool off a bit. But before you touch that thermostat (and long before that first 100-degree day hits), it’s important to ensure your air conditioner is working optimally.

Spring Cleaning for Your AC

Like with the rest of your home, your air conditioner requires maintenance to stay in tip-top shape. Early spring is the ideal time to make sure it’s clean. This includes replacing or cleaning air filters, cleaning up dirt and debris around the exterior unit and cleaning the coil and condensate drain. If you don’t feel comfortable with any of these tasks, the team at Cool Blew is happy to help as part of preventive maintenance service.

Professional Tune Up

As part of preventive maintenance, you will also gain the advantage of having an expert technician ensure every component of your air conditioner is working optimally. If malfunctions are identified, they can be fixed in a timely manner. This means not having to experience an unexpected system failure on a summer day when cooling is critical. Even if you think your air conditioner is working fine, it makes sense to schedule a tune-up with an HVAC professional. And spring is the optimal time before the busy summer season begins.

Considering a New Air Conditioner?

If you’ve been putting off replacing an aging, inefficient system, we can help you with that, too. We provide free in-home estimates and can help you determine the best system for your specific needs. A new air conditioner will save you a substantial amount on your monthly utility bill and will improve your home’s comfort considerably.

Why not enjoy spring and summer with cool comfort? Call Cool Blew today at 623-872-2900
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Replace the Air Conditioner or Just the Evaporator Coil?

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In the Valley of the Sun, weather can be tough on air conditioners. While they can run for many years without missing a beat, the elements can eventually begin to erode components – including the evaporator coils. When this happens, the refrigerant that flows through the coils can begin to leak. This is a significant repair, and often it makes sense to simply replace the unit. But this isn’t always the case.

Signs of Evaporator Coil Problems

  • Loss of cooling power
  • Registers not blowing cool air
  • Hissing sounds from the unit
  • Rising electric bills

Reasons to Replace the Unit

Your AC is 10 years or older – If you have a unit that is approaching the end of its life (10 years or older), it typically makes sense to go with replacement because of the increase in efficiency that you will gain with a newer model. Here’s another way to think about it. Replacing just the evaporator coils in an old unit is akin to replacing the engine in a car with 150,000 miles on it. It just doesn’t make sense.

Your AC uses R-22 (Freon) – If you have a very old unit that uses the now banned R-22 refrigerant (Freon), replacement is a no-brainer. This type of refrigerant is no longer being produced, which means it’s in limited supply and increasingly expensive. Regardless if it’s a problem with the coils or any other type of refrigerant leak, unit replacement is the way to go if your unit takes R-22.

The evaporator coil you need is obsolete – If you have a unit with a low SEER rating, the replacement coil may no longer be available. Mismatched coils can drag down the performance of your unit and ultimately cause a full system breakdown.

Think you may have an evaporator coil problem with your air conditioner? Considering a new unit? Call the experts at Cool Blew today.

How Will the Upcoming Ban on R22 Freon Affect My Air Conditioner?

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As a reminder to all our customers, in approximately 90 days, R22 freon (once an industry standard) will be prohibited from use in the United States. As part of a continuing, multinational effort to protect the earth’s ozone layer, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been steadily phasing out hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) over the last decade. As of January 1st, 2020, a complete ban on the production and importation of HCFC-22 and HCFC-142b will go into effect. Once the new year begins, servicing of HVAC systems with R-22 will rely strictly on recycled or stockpiled quantities of R22. This ban will mainly affect older air conditioners. In fact, AC units using R22 have not been manufactured in the U.S. since 2010. It is quite possible the ban on R22 will not affect your system at all. However, if you have an older AC unit, you may want to schedule a fall service so we can check your refrigerant.

What Are HCFCs and How Do They Affect Our Ozone?

The EPA’s website has the following to say about HCFCs; “The stratospheric ozone layer shields the Earth from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation. Emissions of certain synthetic chemicals—including CFCs, halons, and HCFCs—destroy the ozone layer, and have created an “ozone hole” over the South Pole.” Essentially, by using HCFCs, we are destroying the very stratosphere which protects us.

Options to Remedy the R22 Ban

Here are a few options for dealing with the R22 ban which will go into effect in three months:

Replace Your Air Conditioner

Replacing your older, R22 freon based AC unit with a new, energy efficient air conditioner could be a sensible option. If your air conditioner uses R22 that means, it’s more than ten years old. Given Arizona’s extreme summers, your air conditioner probably has a lot of miles on it, so to speak. A new air conditioner will save you money on energy expenditures and give you peace of mind going forward. The best approach is to have one of our friendly service techs inspect your current system to evaluate the overall condition of your air conditioner and to provide you with information so you can make an informed decision.

Retrofit Your R22 Equipment

Retrofitting and upgrading to the most common alternative to R-22 (which is R-410A) might be an option if the rest of your system is in excellent condition. As air conditioners get older, they tend to break down and require more and more service. Retrofitting might make sense if your AC unit has not gotten heavy use over the last seven to ten years. A review of your recent service calls will tell the story of which components have been replaced and how many more years your AC unit has left.

Cross Your Fingers and Hope for the Best

If your AC has been running smoothly on R22 without any leaks or issues, you just might be able to squeeze another year of service out of your air conditioner. It’s important to note, the ban is on the production and importation of R22. It’s perfectly legal to continue to run your air conditioner with R22, as long it’s not leaking. However, supplies of R22 will dwindle as we go forward. It’s best to have a plan (just in case something goes wrong), and remember it’s much easier to replace a system in the off season – so don’t wait until next summer to make your move.

The Move to Non-Ozone-Depleting HFC Refrigerants Is Good for Our Environment

We support the ban on R22 and believe the switch to non-ozone depleting HFC refrigerants is the right move for protecting the earth’s ozone. After all, we want to leave a better, healthier environment for our children and grandchildren. If you have questions regarding the refrigerant in your air conditioner, please give us a call and we’ll be happy to explain it all.

Financing a New Air Conditioner This Fall

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Let’s face it. Fall is just around the corner, but you still are reliant on your air conditioner to keep your home cool and comfortable. If you’ve been reluctant to invest in a new system this summer, despite frequent breakdowns or rising utility bills, you may want to consider an installation this fall. In fact, fall is the ideal time for air conditioner installations!

And at Cool Blew, we make financing a new air conditioner fast, simple and easy. We offer a range of financing arrangements with leading lenders, including Wells Fargo, GE Capital, Synchrony Financial, Microf and RedBrick Financial Group.

Wells Fargo

If you’re considering the purchase of a new air conditioner, you may want to consider the Wells Fargo Home Projects Card, which offers a fast, in-home, in-store or online application and credit decision. By applying, you’ll have instant access to a revolving credit line that you can leverage for home improvement purchases, including HVAC-related projects. You’ll enjoy low monthly payments and competitive interest rates, as well as no annual fee or pre-payment penalty.

Synchrony Financial

Synchrony Financial is another option with a low interest rate. Cool Blew customers enjoy up to 18 months of financing at a low rate. Credit can be used to purchase a new system which will instantly help to reduce your monthly bill and eliminate the need for costly repairs.

Microf

Don’t want to undergo a credit check? Consider Microf, a unique, rent-to-own program which gives homeowners the ability to enjoy a new HVAC system with affordable monthly payments and a range of convenient payment terms and options. The application process is simple, and you can be enjoying cool air with greater efficiency sooner than you think.

RedBrick Financial Group

Want a simple, short-term financing option on your next air conditioner? Take a look at RedBrick Financial Group which offers 90 days with no interest and no down payment.

Don’t Put Off the Inevitable

In the Valley of the Sun, air conditioners work hard and occasionally need to be replaced. If you’ve been struggling with rising repair costs, sky-high utility bills and sleepless nights worried about a system failure, why wait another day? Call Cool Blew today to schedule your free in-home estimate on a new system. We’re happy to share details on available financing options, as well as opportunities to help you save on your home cooling.

By Late Summer, Air Conditioning Compressors Are Pushed to the Limit

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Water is wet. The sky is blue. The desert is dry, and Phoenix runs H-O-T (at a High Operating Temperature). As summer winds down through September, we receive calls from nervous customers who are worried their air conditioner may not make it to the end of summer. July (which is statistically the hottest month), August and September are the toughest months of the year on your AC unit. If your air conditioner is making odd noises, or if your AC unit is not cooling your home properly, you might want to consider having a late summer AC check-up.

Why Is an AC Compressor So Important?

Air conditioning systems have many major parts, all of which are important. One of the largest components in your HVAC system and certainly the most expensive to replace is the AC compressor, sometimes referred to as the heart of an air conditioner. Located up on the roof or placed on the grounds outside your home, the compressor functions at the core of the cooling cycle. As is indicated by its name, a compressor pressurizes refrigerant gas and propels it through highly pressurized pipes throughout your entire system, in order to reduce the temperature inside your house and to transfer (remove) unwanted heat outside. There are many factors that can cause your compressor to break down, including:

  • Low Refrigerant Levels

    Refrigerant lines are a closed system under pressure and demand very specific amounts of gas to operate efficiently and correctly. Too little refrigerant indicates a leak and will cause problems within your system. Conversely, too much refrigerant can also be an issue. Checking refrigerant levels requires special equipment and should be handled by a professional technician.

  • Leaks or Punctures in the Coils

    The system of coils in your air conditioner are designed with twists and turns, which makes it easy for leaks to occur. Miniscule punctures on the coils, barely perceptible to the human eye, can be caused by corrosion. These tiny holes are almost impossible to detect, yet gas slowly escapes. Depending on the age of your air conditioner, corrosion may be affecting the refrigerant level in your compressor.

  • Dirt and Grime Create Clogged Coils

    The coils in your compressor expedite the transfer of heat out of your house where it is released to the outside. Unfortunately, coils often attract dirt, debris and grime. When coils acquire a layer of thick grime, it almost acts like a layer of insulation and impedes the heat transfer process. As a result, your compressor ends up working harder to achieve the same level of cooling. Over time, clogged coils can harm your compressor.

  • Electrical Power Problems

    Electrical power and the correct voltage (not over, not under) is crucial to the normal operation of your compressor. Over time, depending on how old your AC system is, wires can degrade, and other electrical issues may arise simply due to normal wear and tear. Power surges, which are fairly common during the summer in Phoenix, especially during monsoon season, can cause electrical issues with your AC system. As with all electrical problems – please do not try to handle these repairs on your own. When it comes to electricity, call in the professionals.

Have Your Compressor and Entire AC System Checked Before a Major Breakdown Occurs

Of course, we’re in the business of servicing air conditioners so it might seem self-serving for us to advise you to schedule a checkup at the end of the summer if you’re worried about your air conditioner. However, it is much better for us to catch compressor problems before you reach the point of total breakdown. Remember, you can drive your car with the oil light on for only so long. At a certain point, it’s going to grind to a halt, and you’ll need to replace the entire engine. If you’re concerned about your AC unit, give us a call and we’ll be happy to send someone out to check on it.

Summer Crunch Time – Air Conditioning Parts Most Likely to Breakdown

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Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer for most regions of the US. However, this isn’t the case in the Southwest. Phoenix residents understand there are at least six more weeks of hot weather ahead before the temperatures start to slide into fall. At this point in late August/early September, air conditioners have been operating full tilt for months. Like an automobile running at an extremely high rpm on a long trip through the sweltering desert, the motors and moving parts of AC systems are being pushed to the limit. Not surprisingly, depending on how old your air conditioner is, some components may falter, and you may experience service issues with your AC before the end of the season. This is the time of year when air conditioners are really put to the test.

Customers Always Ask – What Are the Most Common Reasons for Air Conditioner Breakdowns?

No one wants to deal with an AC breakdown in the heat of the summer. Air conditioners are highly complex, multi-component systems operating under extreme conditions with very little protection from the elements. Rooftop AC units bake in the sun all day long in temperatures easily exceeding 140 degrees, unless there’s a monsoon which brings wind-whipped dust storms and driving rain. With so many fans, motors, capacitors, condensers, compressors, electrical parts, intricate wiring, and pressurized lines, it’s easy for AC systems to get out of synch. Most HVAC service technicians will tell you that they wish there was a simple answer. However, the most common reasons for air conditioner breakdowns are simple to wear and tear due to extreme conditions, ignoring early warning signs and irregular service.

What Parts Are Most Likely to Breakdown?

Of course, every air conditioner is unique with its own set of challenges and issues. Over the years, we’ve noticed certain patterns in terms of components wearing out. Here’s a list of the some of the parts most likely to need replacement:

  • Air Filters

    Critical to the smooth operation of your AC unit, air filters remove dust, dirt, dander and other particulate pollutants from the air that circulates in your home. Air filters require regular replacement. Ideally, AC air filters should be swapped out once a month. Even more, if you have pets or if one of your family members suffers from a respiratory condition. Replacing air filters is not a difficult task to perform.

  • Capacitors/Contactors/Wiring

    Electrical problems, such as replacing capacitors, contactors, motors, and fans, as well as electrical wiring issues, are responsible for over 80 percent of all service calls. Capacitors and contractors are some of the most heavily used parts in your AC unit. Constant wear and tear on electrical parts, along with extreme heat, which dries out and degrades the plastic insulation around wires means problems are bound to come up over time. As always, when it comes to electric issues, it’s best to let experienced professionals handle the electric repairs.

  • Evaporator Coils

    Here’s the dirt on evaporator coils. Over time, they get covered with dust and grime which reduces their effectiveness. Cleaning the evaporator coils on a regular basis is the solution to the problem. Rust and corrosion can cause tiny pinholes in the sealed system which will allow refrigerant to escape into the air. Low refrigerant causes your AC unit to work harder and ultimately can cause harm. Pinhole leaks are not easily detected by homeowners, although if you hear a slight hissing sound, that might be an indication of a leak. Our specialists will check for refrigerant leaks during a late summer service inspection.

  • Blower Motor / Fan Motor

    The fans in your AC system keeps the air moving and run constantly throughout Arizona’s extended summer. Depending on the age of your air conditioner, it’s only a matter of time before an AC fan may require adjustment, lubrication or sometimes, the fan motors simply burn out. If that happens, give us a call immediately.

  • Is It Time for a Late Summer Service Call?

    If you forgot to schedule a HVAC service or if you’ve noticed issues with your air conditioner in the extreme heat of August, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’re always happy to check your entire system and restore your air conditioner to top form. Why not give us a call today?