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6 Scary Things That Can Happen without HVAC Maintenance

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It’s Halloween, the time for scary, spooky things like ghosts, goblins and ghouls. Yet, for homeowners, there are few things more haunting than an HVAC problem that could have been prevented with regular HVAC maintenance.

With temperatures beginning to drop in the Valley of the Sun, it’s the ideal time to schedule preventive HVAC service. This can greatly reduce the risk of your system experiencing a frightful malfunction. Here are 6 scary things you can avoid by scheduling an HVAC maintenance appointment.

  1. Unexpected Loss of Heat or Cool Air

    Minor issues can be identified early during an HVAC maintenance check and repaired so they don’t turn into system failures. This can prevent the unexpected frustration of having a home without heat or air conditioning.

  2. Reduced Efficiency

    Without regular maintenance, you can have a host of issues that impact your HVAC system’s efficiency. The result can be one downright frightening utility bill! Cleaning, early identification of problems and proactive repairs are fundamental to ensuring your system is functioning at full capacity.

  3. Compressor Failure

    Dirty condenser coils cause your compressor to work harder than it needs to, shortening its lifespan and putting you at risk for a costly system failure. During regular HVAC maintenance, your coils are cleaned, greatly reducing your chance of a compressor failure.

  4. Leaking Refrigerant

    Your air conditioner requires a set amount of refrigerant to properly function. Even with a minor leak, your system efficiency can be reduced by 20 percent or more. Don’t take chances with this easily corrected problem. During a system-wide tune-up, leaks can be identified and repaired.

  5. Heater Exchange Failure

    Do you have a gas heater? A failing heat exchanger can result in the seeping of dangerous carbon monoxide into your home. Besides having working carbon monoxide detectors, it’s vital to get regular maintenance on your heating system to ensure your heater exchanger is functioning properly.

  6. Motor and Bearing Malfunctions

    Like with any piece of machinery, HVAC equipment requires lubrication to keep the motor and bearings operating smoothly. Without this, the motor can heat up and result in a completely preventable system failure.

Schedule your fall maintenance appointment today with Cool Blew. We’re here to help you maximize the life and efficiency of your HVAC system.

Preparing Your HVAC System for the Fall

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Yes, it’s finally happening! Temperatures in the greater Phoenix area are finally cooling down. Soon, it will be time to turn off the air conditioning and even flip the thermostat to “heat” as morning and evening temperatures begin to dip. In other words, it’s now the perfect time to get your HVAC system ready for the fall and winter months.

Start with Your Air Filter

Summer dust storms can wreak havoc on your HVAC system. Your air filter likely is loaded with dust and needs to be replaced. A simple swap with a new, clean filter can take you less than two minutes and can have you breathing cleaner air.

Adjust Your Thermostat

Lower night time temperatures will keep it much cooler in your home. Go ahead and turn your air conditioning off or set the temperature for what feels comfortable. You definitely will save money over what you’ve been spending throughout the summer months. If you’re getting chilly over night or in the mornings, you may even want to switch your thermostat to the heat setting.

Remove Debris Around Outdoor HVAC Equipment

While summer winds and rain are now over, you may continue to see their impact around your exterior air conditioning unit. Take a few minutes and clear away vegetation, debris, tree limbs and other things that could potentially obstruct your HVAC system’s blower and evaporator coils.

Schedule a Maintenance Check

Regularly servicing your air conditioner, heater and ductwork can add years to your HVAC system, as well as improve your interior air quality. While many homeowners get tune-ups on their air conditioners before the hot summer months begin, far fewer take the time to schedule a fall maintenance check to ensure their heat pump or furnace is working as it should be. This can be a costly mistake that can leave you in the cold when you need heat.

Call Cool Blew today to schedule your fall tune-up. As a leader in preventive maintenance plans for residential and commercial property owners, we encourage you to call us to learn more about how to keep your HVAC system working efficiently for as long as possible.  Call us now at 623-872-2900.

Maximizing Your Air Conditioning Efficiency during the Monsoon Season

The monsoon season is officially here, and in full force. It’s hot and muggy out with plenty of wind, dust and rain, too. These aren’t the most optimal conditions for running your air conditioner. Yet, with a few simple strategies, you can stay cool while ensuring your unit is functioning efficiently.

Remove Tree Branches and Yard Debris

One of the biggest risks to air conditioners during monsoon season is flying tree branches and other items caused by high winds. Because gale force winds are not uncommon, it’s important to remove any dead branches and items from near your air conditioner. Because leaves and twigs can also be blown into the unit, it’s also wise to thin out trees and cut back surrounding vegetation.

Be Proactive with Air Filters

We’ve all seen how dust can blanket the entire Phoenix metro area during a haboob. With each one of these weather events, dust collects in your air conditioner’s filter. This is why it’s important to replace or  clean filters at least once a month or even more often if there is a series of dust storms.

Check Drain Lines

Dirt and dust can also clog your air conditioner’s drain lines. If water is collecting in the drain pan, you probably have a clogged line. You can unclog it using a wet/dry vacuum or call us to help you. It’s important to not ignore this problem. A clogged line can cause your unit to work harder than it needs to and can even result in a complete system failure.

Don’t Take Chances

Has it been years since your air conditioner was last serviced? Don’t try and make it through the remainder of the season without a tune up. You could already have an underlying problem which could be effecting your unit’s efficiency. During a tune up, problems can be identified and repaired proactively so that your air conditioner is working optimally now and will function next season, too.

Call us today to schedule your HVAC maintenance at 623-872-2900.

Why You Should Choose a N.A.T.E. Certified HVAC Technician

When it comes to HVAC service providers in the greater Phoenix area, you have no shortage of options. You’ll find everything from national companies to single operators. With so many choices, many homeowners are uncertain who to turn to when they need service on an air conditioner or heater. Industry experts will tell you that your best choice is choosing a technician with certification from the North American Technician Excellence, the largest non-profit certification organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technicians.

There are many reasons why it makes dollars and sense to choose a NATE certified technician. Here are just a few of the many reasons:

Time Savings – Because technicians are tested in an extensive range of complicated situations, NATE certification means they have the capabilities to quickly identify the source of a problem and determine the right solution.

Cost Savings – With this higher degree of knowledge, NATE certified technicians know how to optimize the efficiency of your HVAC system. This translates into less energy waste and more money saved on utility bills.

Peace of Mind – NATE certification is the top technician certification in the industry. By hiring a NATE certified technician, you’ll gain the peace of mind that your HVAC system is in good hands and that work will be done right the first time.

Don’t take chances with less-than-qualified HVAC companies and technicians. Yes, there are plenty of them out there. Don’t be tempted by the lowest price on service or installation. Instead, select the service provider that takes pride in their work and has invested the time and money to become certified in this highly specialized field.

At Cool Blew, our technicians are NATE certified and 100 percent dedicated to your satisfaction – guaranteed! We’re here for you 365 days a year with unbeatable knowledge and experience. Call us today to learn more about our home and commercial air conditioning installation and repair services.

The Value of an Air Conditioning Preventive Maintenance Agreement

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You’ve probably heard the old adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This certainly rings true when it comes to the function of your air conditioning system. In other words, it’s much easier to obtain preventive maintenance on your air conditioner than to deal with costly repairs. Unfortunately, air conditioners have a habit of breaking down at the most inopportune time – like during a holiday weekend when the temperatures are soaring into the triple digits. The fact of the matter is that it’s always easier to proactively prevent a problem than to deal with it after it has happened.

With a Residential Preventive Maintenance Agreement from Cool Blew for your home in Peoria, AZ or anywhere in the Phoenix area, you’ll gain the advantage of regular inspections and maintenance to ensure your air conditioning system is working optimally. This includes cleaning and inspecting the air filter, as well as checking the operation of the thermostat, wiring, connections, fuses, coils, amps, motor bearings and more. You’ll also enjoy priority service, if and when you need it, as well as a 15 percent discount on all parts and labor, access to emergency service, no overtime charges, and scheduled service reminders.

Measurable Cost Savings

You’ll enjoy considerable savings by investing in a preventive maintenance agreement. This includes lowering the number of repair calls you’ll need over the lifetime of your air conditioner, as well as decreasing repair costs and lowering the risk of a system failure.

Yet, perhaps the most important benefit of a preventive maintenance agreement is gaining the peace of mind knowing that Cool Blew technicians will identify problems before they turn into system failures. We are the experts in Arizona air conditioner repair. And, if you need a new system, we are a certified American Standard Customer Care Dealer.

What to Consider

Before signing any preventive maintenance agreement, you’ll want to evaluate the cost of routine maintenance for your unit to make sure the cost of the service contract is comparable. Ask if emergency repairs are included and carefully read the fine print before signing any contract. Remember – a maintenance contract is only as good as the service provider who is backing it.

Learn more about residential preventive maintenance agreements. Call the experts at Cool Blew today to find out more about the benefits of a preventive maintenance agreement.

Do I Really Have To Change My Air Filter Often?

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Do I Really Have To Change My Air Filter Often-CoolBlewQuestions about the need for frequent air filter changes are common, and it is important to get an accurate answer. The simple response is that frequent changes are necessary, but the good news is that the job is usually easy.

The exact frequency with which a change is necessary varies a little from system to system and personal living situations. Changing your filter according to the optimal schedule will help to keep the HVAC system running efficiently, and it will help to keep pollutants out of the air.

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Energy Efficiency Tips For Your HVAC System

Energy Efficiency Tips For Your HVAC System-Cool Blew Inc.Homeowners everywhere are looking for effective ways to save money. One of the biggest line items in any household budget is the energy required to run major home appliances, including the heating and cooling system.

Following these energy efficiency tips will not only save you money on your monthly gas and electric bills but also extend the life expectancy of your system and all its components. Continue reading

Does My HVAC Really Need Regular Maintenance?

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Does My HVAC Really Need Regular Maintenance

Research carried out by the EPA’s Energy Star division shows that most cases of premature HVAC system failures are caused by neglect and dirt and dust due to improper maintenance. Properly maintaining your unit will not only save you money on repair and replacement, but also improve its operation and increase the life span. Continue reading

What Is Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

What is Carbon Monoxide Poisoning-www.CoolBlew.comCarbon monoxide poisoning; it’s probably something that you’ve heard of in the past — and it certainly sounds suitably-ominous — however understanding what it is is important in order to prevent it from occurring in your home. First, you must understand not only the signs and symptoms of this sort of poisoning, but also how you can be alerted to carbon monoxide’s presence in your home before it gets to dangerous. Additionally, it’s important to know how to prevent leaks before they occur.

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Important Air Filter Maintenance Tips

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Important Air Filter Maintenance Tips - CoolBlew.comHVAC Maintenance, which includes changing air filters, is a critical part of taking care of your home. Most heating and cooling professionals recommend a seasonal check-up of air conditioners and furnaces to keep them in great working condition, reduce energy costs and extend the life of these units.

An often overlooked, but important, part of HVAC maintenance is

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