Keep your home or business running smoothly with our services and tips and tricks for all your HVAC and Plumbing needs. Subscribe to our blog and stay in the loop on HVAC maintenance and home comfort advice.

Subscribe Today for the Latest Tips

In a Plumbing Emergency? Here’s what to do

This entry was posted in Plumbing on by .

Plumber
Description: Stressed out by a plumbing emergency and don’t know what to do? Read on to discover more aboutemergency water heater repair best practices.

Plumbing emergencies are common and every person or home has experienced it in one way or another. When you know how to handle a plumbing emergency, you can then more easilyprotect your loved ones and home.

The emergency may be either pipe or drain troubles.

But should you call anemergency water heater repairservice right when you notice a problem?

Here is some advice from a renowned Arizona 24-hour emergency hot water heater repair service.

Related Read:What to Do If Your Tap Water Looks Rusty

What to do If the Water Heater Malfunctions

If your water heater malfunctions, you should first turn off both the power and water supply to the water heater to prevent any further damages.

If you have a gas water heater, always turn off the gas first.

In case of overheating, you can turn off the water heater and run the hot water faucets throughout your home so that all of the heat will drain out leaving cold water.

Then call a professional emergency water heater repair service to come and inspect the issueas quickly as possible.

Related Read: Unclogging a Drain Pipe – What You Can Do

How do You Know If You Need Emergency Water Heater Repair?

Lack of hot water is the most common symptom of a malfunctioning water heater. However, there are other various problems which may need a professional plumber.

• Discolored or foul smelly water

The water coming from the faucets may have a yellow, brown, or orange tint and this shows there a problem. If the tint appears only when using hot water, it shows the problem is likely in your hot water heater.

Also, if the water has a foul smell you need to have it checked out as it means there is a reaction occurring inside the heater around the heating rod.

• Too hot water

Lack of hot water is an obvious sign something is wrong with the heater, but when the water is too hot, it’s likely there is a malfunction with the heater.

Inconsistent temperature regulation is a sign that your water heater needs to be examined by a professional plumber.

• Loud noises or banging sounds

Properly operating water heaters are relatively quiet, thus if you hear loud noises or banging sounds coming from your heater it means something is wrong and it needs to be repaired.

• Malfunctioning pilot light

When you find yourself constantly restarting the pilot light all because it can’t stay lit, call a plumber.

• Pooling water

A plumber should be called as soon as possible if you have water pooling around the bottom of your water heater.

Related Blog: Water Heater – Repair or Replace?

Are Emergency Water Heater Repairs Preventable?

The best way to prevent emergency water heater repairs is by scheduling regular maintenance of the system. This will improve its overall performance and increase its lifespan.

Also, the plumbing technician will be able to evaluate every component of your system and alert you of the possible problems.

Things to Avoid Doing to Your Water Heater

There are some common mistakes that people do with their water heaters that should be avoided.

• Don’t adjust the temperature

When the water coming out is cooler than you would like, you may be tempted to adjust the temperature control valve on the water heater which is not good.

This is because turning the valve above certain temperature marks can lead to scalding.

• Don’t towel up puddles

You may choose to use a towel to drain the pooling water beneath the water heater which is not good. This only accelerates mold growth and doesn’t fix the problem.

• Don’t release the pressure

Sometimes the water heater may produce a sound as if it’s boiling which means the pressure is building up inside the tank. You should call a professional plumber to come to release the pressure and repair the problem.

Show Your HVAC System Some Love This Valentine’s Day

This entry was posted in HVAC Maintenance on by .

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. While love is in the air, why not show a little love for your air conditioning and heating system? The wonderful thing about caring for your HVAC system, is that it will reciprocate in the form of fewer repairs and lower utility bills. No, you don’t need to buy a box of chocolates or a dozen, long-stem red roses. But you do need to make these gallant gestures:

Change Your Air Filter

Swapping out that dirty old air filter is one way to say “I love you” to your HVAC system. Why? A clean air filter prevents your system from having to work harder than necessary to cool and heat your home. By doing this two-minute task, you will reduce your energy bills, prevent the overheating of system components, prevent frozen evaporator coils, and minimize uneven cooling and heating throughout your home.

Open the Vents

Closing vents doesn’t save energy, it actually makes your system work harder by causing a pressure imbalance. So, open the vents and let the love and air flow freely through the ductwork.

Call an Expert for Maintenance

Doesn’t your HVAC system deserve the best when it comes to regular maintenance? Don’t scrimp on or altogether skip seasonal tune ups. By scheduling regular HVAC maintenance with a qualified service technician, you can keep a healthy long-term relationship with your system. Remember – you should have your HVAC system maintained at least once or twice a year.

Want to buy your HVAC system something extra special this Valentine’s Day? Consider a maintenance plan that delivers the benefits of:

  • Priority service
  • No overtime charges
  • Discounts on repairs
  • And much more

Happy Valentine’s Day

At Cool Blew, we love our customers and their HVAC systems 24/7/365, including Valentine’s Day. Call today to schedule service at 623-872-2900.

The Pros and Cons of Low Flow Toilets

This entry was posted in Plumbing on by .

If going green or saving green are among your New Year’s resolutions, you may want to consider how you can conserve your household’s water usage. Your bathroom is a good place to start. High-efficiency, low flow toilets can help you save gallons of water each day. But many have reservations about installing them. Here are the facts.

Less Water, More Savings

From appearances, a low flow toilet looks just the same as an older, less efficient model. The primary difference is the amount of water it uses to flush waste down the pipes. Traditional models typically use 7 gallons of water per flush. Yes, that’s per flush. So, you can quickly calculate how much water you’re flushing away by multiplying 7 x the number in your household x the number of times each day they flush. You may be quite shocked to see how large this number is!

Compare 7 gallons per flush with 1.6 gallons. That’s how much a low flow toilet uses. Some use even less. On average, low flow toilets save about 35 gallons each day. In other words, you’ll see a pretty significant drop in your water bill by making the switch.

Upfront Costs

While you will certainly save on your water bill by installing low flow toilets, you have to consider installation costs. Low flow toilets do cost more than traditional toilets. If you’re considering a bathroom remodel, you will probably want to figure this additional amount into your budget.

More Clogs?

The most common reason that homeowners choose not to install low flow toilets is because they tend to clog more often. But don’t be fooled. Yes, you may have to flush the toilet more than once every so often. However, even with multiple flushes, you will still be using significantly less water than a traditional toilet. And the best way to combat this issue is to limit the amount of toilet paper you’re trying to flush.

Still on the fence about making the move to low flow toilets? Call the experts at Cool Blew. We’re happy to provide guidance and recommendations to help you make the best decision for your home.

What’s the Air Scrubber Plus, and Do You Need One?

This entry was posted in Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) on by .

Homeowners are often surprised to find out that their indoor air is up to five times more polluted than the air outside. Or, that the EPA has ranked indoor air pollution one of the of top five environmental dangers that we face on Earth.

While many of us are concerned about our impact on outdoor pollution, far fewer actually take time to improve their indoor air quality at home. But there’s good reason to do so. Poor indoor air quality has been linked to a wide range of health problems, including headaches, respiratory problems, frequent colds, sore throats, chronic cough, skin rashes, eye irritation, lethargy, dizziness, and memory lapses. Long-term exposure to poor indoor air quality can even increase the risk of developing some forms of cancer.

For homeowners who do research indoor air quality, many discover information about air scrubber technology and its benefits. But what exactly is it, and how does it work?

What Is an Air Scrubber?

Used by mold remediation specialists, renovation companies, and even the Pentagon after 9/11, air scrubbers leverage advanced air cleaning and filtration technology. At Cool Blew, we offer the most advanced system on the market – the Air Scrubber Plus with ActivePure® Technology.

The Air Scrubber Plus removes up to 99.9% of harmful contaminants in your home and has the seal of approval of the Space Foundation, in cooperation with NASA. The system does more than just improve air quality. It also cleans surfaces of your home, like countertops, doorknobs, and bathroom surfaces.

The Air Scrubber Plus fits into your existing HVAC system, installed directly into your forced air duct system. Airborne contaminants pass through a UV germicidal light which disrupts the DNA of airborne contaminants and pathogens throughout your home. Think you have an allergy to dust? Actually, it’s likely an allergy to dust mites, and the Air Scrubber Plus zaps them with UV light before they can cause you allergic symptoms.

And the system is effective in killing a wide range of viruses, including COVID19.
The system’s scrubbers also reduce gases, vapors, VOCs, and those unpleasant odors that we all have around the house from time to time. Using negatively charged ions, the Air Scrubber Plus is a formidable opponent against pet odor, smoke, and household product fumes. In other words, you won’t be needing air fresheners which only add chemicals into your indoor air.

At Cool Blew, we know how important indoor air is for the health and well-being of you and your loved ones. We stand by the Air Scrubber Plus with ActivePure® Technology and would be happy to provide more information on this quality product. Call today at 623-872-2900.

Is HVAC Duct Cleaning Necessary?

This entry was posted in HVAC Maintenance on by .

With air quality more of a concern than ever, many of our customers have inquired about HVAC duct cleaning. They wonder if it’s a good idea or a waste of money. At Cool Blew, we’re here to provide you with honest answers and professional advice.

Air duct cleaning is not typically part of general HVAC maintenance, but there are times when it is a good idea. We follow guidance from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which recommends that air ducts in a home should be cleaned when:

  • There’s visible mold growth inside the ducts or other components of the HVAC system.
    Mold can make for dangerous conditions, including making you and your loved ones sick. If mold is found, you’ll not only want to get your ducts cleaned, you’ll also need to identify the cause of the mold and get it corrected.
  • Vermin, rodents, or insects are in the ducts.
    Whether you’re alerted to the presence of critters because you hear them or see evidence of their droppings, you’ll want to schedule a duct cleaning, along with an exterminator. You will also want to eliminate any sources of water or food that are attracting them.
  • Excessive dust and debris
    Over time, plenty of dust and debris can collect in your ducts. By looking at your air filter, you can gauge just how much is building up and being circulated in your home. By scheduling duct cleaning every few years, you can reduce allergens and help keep your entire HVAC system running more efficiently.

How Are HVAC Ducts Cleaned?

Ducts are primarily located above the ceiling or under the floors of a home. This means that it really does take an HVAC professional to clean them. At Cool Blew, our technicians have a specialized cleaning process that removes the debris from your ducts without causing any to spill out into your home. We thoroughly clean and sanitize ducts, always keeping your safety and comfort in mind.

Have questions about HVAC duct cleaning or want to schedule a service call? Call the experts at Cool Blew today at 623-872-2900.

What to Do If Your Tap Water Looks Rusty

This entry was posted in Plumbing on by .

Seeing discolored water is a common occurrence if you’ve been away from home for a week or more. The cause is dry pipes and turning on the taps usually solves the problem quickly. But what if rusty discoloration in your water continues? We have some tips that can help.

The Source of the Discoloration

A red, brown, or orange tinge to water and a distinctive metallic taste is indicative of oxidized iron – commonly referred to as rust. While it doesn’t pose any particular health hazard, it can be unsightly, and it can stain dishware and clothing. But more importantly, rust is a sign that there may be a more serious problem with your plumbing.

What Should You Do?

The first step in addressing rusty water is determining its source. There are two primary possibilities – your home’s plumbing or the municipal water supply. To identify the source, you’ll want to start with a simple test. See if the discoloration is coming from only the hot water tap or both taps. If it’s only the hot water, you can pretty much assume that the source of the problem is your water heater. If the rust is coming from both hot and cold taps, you may want to make a call to your water department. They might need to make repairs to correct the problem.

If there doesn’t seem to be a problem with the water being distributed to your home, there are other possibilities, including corrosion of your pipes or water main. When the rust is caused by your home’s plumbing, the best solution is to call a professional plumber who can swap out rusted-out parts before they lead to more serious problems.

Whether it’s the water heater or aging pipes, repairs can be made rapidly with little disruption to you and your family. Don’t wait until corrosion of pipes or plumbing fixtures causes a leak or worse.

Want to learn more about repiping, water heater replacement, or other plumbing services? Call the experts at Cool Blew today – 623-872-2900 for all your plumbing needs.

3 Reasons Why You Need a Programmable Thermostat in 2021

This entry was posted in HVAC Systems on by .

Are you still using a manual thermostat that requires you to rotate a dial? If so, you could be losing out on both comfort and money. Here are three reasons why it makes real dollars and sense to make the switch to a programmable thermostat in 2021.

Reason #1 – You’ll Save Energy and Money

The single most significant benefit of installing a programmable thermostat in your home is the savings that it offers. Your energy bills will fluctuate from season to season while continuing to rise with each passing year. With a programmable thermostat, you can identify the optimal temperature for comfort and establish a temperature schedule that follows your daily routine. With less energy being used while you’re not at home or asleep, you’ll start seeing both your energy usage and your utility bills drop.

Reason #2 – Consistency

Imagine never having to crank up the air conditioning on a hot day or blast the heat on a cold winter’s morning. With a programmable thermostat, you can maintain a steady flow automatically that works with your schedule. As well, you can set up multiple “climates” in your home with the zoning feature. Each zone is programmable to further improve energy efficiency.

Reason #3 – More Control

Programmable thermostats enable you to set or reset the temperature any time of the day, from anywhere. This means that you can change the temperature while you’re at work or on vacation from any mobile device. No more running home at lunch to turn down the air conditioning or having to call a neighbor to check to see if you left on the heater. Now, that’s control!

Need another reason to consider a programmable thermostat? We’re happy to share with you their benefits, including HVAC optimization, improved system lifespan, and more. Give us a call at 623-872-2900 if you’re interested in installing a programmable thermostat or want assistance on picking the right model for your home.

New Year’s Resolutions for Your HVAC System

This entry was posted in HVAC Maintenance on by .

The new year is finally here – time to wipe the slate clean and maybe even make a few improvements in 2021. While eating healthier or getting a solid eight hours of sleep each night are positive resolutions to tackle, they both require self-discipline and dedication to stay with them for more than a couple of weeks. On the other hand, vowing to take better care of your HVAC system is easy to accomplish while also delivering some significant benefits.

Are you ready to be a better HVAC system owner in the coming year? At Cool Blew, we can help. The following resolutions can extend the life of your heating and cooling equipment, while enabling you to improve your home’s comfort and save you money.

Change Your Filters Regularly

Your indoor air has contaminants that can trigger allergies, asthma and other health issues. When was the last time you changed your filter? If you can’t remember, it has been too long. Consider filter replacement a quick monthly task. Once you’ve done it a couple of times, you’ll be able to swap out a filter in less than 60 seconds. Not only will this improve your home’s air quality, it will help keep your system running more efficiently, too.

Invest in Preventive Service

Seasonal maintenance checks on your heating and cooling equipment can help keep moving parts functioning optimally. They’re also helpful for spotting problems early on before they turn into costly breakdowns. Call us any time to schedule preventive service.

Get Ductwork Inspected

HVAC duct leaks can cause temperature fluctuations in your home, along with costing you a lot of money. With a thorough inspection, duct leaks can be identified and repaired. You might be surprised by how much you can save with this one simple HVAC decision.

Invest in a Programmable Thermostat

Gain better control of the temperature in your home in 2021. With a programmable thermostat, you can easily set the right temp for when you’re home and when you’re not, as well as different times of the day and night. Trust us when we say that it will help you save on your monthly utility bill while making your home much more comfortable.

Get More HVAC Knowledgeable

By learning about your HVAC system, you can become more proactive about identifying and addressing minor concerns before they become serious issues. Even if you don’t want to tinker around with the system yourself, having a basic understanding of how heating and cooling systems operate can be downright helpful. You may even find yourself offering a few tips to others, too.

Wishing you and your family the best HVAC year ever!

Happy Holidays from Cool Blew

This entry was posted in HVAC Systems on by .

From our family to yours, we would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones health and happiness this holiday and throughout the coming year. We thank you for your service. Because of you, our business is possible, and we look forward to working with you in the future.

While you may be excited about a few days off, opening a present under the tree or eating some holiday cookies, it’s important to remember that Cool Blew is here for you with valley-wide emergency services. Call us anytime at 623-872-2900 for HVAC, plumbing and electrical service.

Don’t let a malfunctioning heater or a sink backup ruin your festivities this year. At Cool Blew, our team of experienced technicians is ready to help. Rest assured that our dedication to customer service is front and center when you call on us. In other words, you will always get the friendliest, most knowledgeable and timely service.

With offices in the West Valley, our large team of service technicians and fleet available enables us to reach almost everywhere in Maricopa County. Call us now to schedule service.

Happy Holidays!

Christmas Trees and Your HVAC System

This entry was posted in Safety on by .

Although Christmas 2020 may be a little smaller and quieter than past years, many of us are still decorating the house and putting up Christmas trees. While decking the halls is still happening, it’s important to remember some tips when it comes to your HVAC system.

Pick a Safe Location for Your Tree

First and foremost, you don’t want to put your tree, or any other holiday decorations, near a vent or heating source. Avoid fire hazards by placing trees and decorations away from heaters, candles, vents, electric blankets and other items that can spark a blaze.

Real or Artificial Tree?

If you go with a real tree, make sure you choose one that is hydrated. Do the “needle test” by bending the needles on a branch. If they break, leave it. You want to be able to run your hands along a branch without the needles falling off. With an artificial tree, make sure to dust it off before putting it up. Artificial trees can be breeding grounds for mold which can decrease your home’s indoor air quality.

Replace Your Air Filter

Whether you choose a real or artificial tree, it’s likely to circulate an increased number of particulates that can promote allergies and breathing issues. To help keep the air clean, change your HVAC system’s air filter and check it a couple of times throughout the holiday season to make sure it doesn’t need replacing.

Watch the Temperature

Turning up the heat indoors can dry out a real Christmas tree, indoor wreath or live indoor plants. Instead of keeping things toasty by adjusting the thermostat, consider lighting a fire in the fireplace or baking some holiday cookies.

Schedule a Maintenance Tune Up

Don’t get a surprise gift of a broken HVAC system this Christmas. Schedule a tune up and get the peace of mind of knowing that your home will be warm and comfortable throughout Christmas, New Year’s and beyond.

Call the experts at Cool Blew today to schedule your winter maintenance tune up.