Is Your Air Conditioner Overcharged with Refrigerant?

September 25th, 2017

One of the major troubles we warn customers about when it comes to their home air conditioning systems is signs of leaking refrigerant. The refrigerant in an air conditioner must remain at a constant level, which is known as the AC’s charge, during its lifetime. The air conditioner doesn’t consume refrigerant as it runs (it’s not an energy source, but a heat transference medium), so the only way it can lose its charge is due to leaks. When an AC is undercharged, not only will cooling performance drop, but the whole system will suffer damage—eventually leading to a burned-out compressor.

If you notice signs your AC has lost refrigerant, call our expert technicians right away for air conditioning repair in Phoenix, AZ. We’ll seal the leaks and recharge the refrigerant.

But the reverse can happen, an air conditioner that has too much refrigerant. This sometimes occurs because a homeowner tried to do a DIY repair attempt on the air conditioner and put in more refrigerant. (Never do this! Only specially licensed technicians are permitted to handle refrigerant.) But the most likely cause of an overcharged air conditioner is a poorly trained technician who wasn’t sure of the right amount because of unfamiliarity with a particular cooling system. Experience and training are essential in AC repairs, and that’s why we urge you to always call on our team when you need air conditioning repair in Mesa, AZ or the surrounding areas. Continue Reading

How long do mini split ductless air conditioners last?

September 19th, 2017

Last week I posted an article titled “How Long Does an Air Conditioner Last” which can be found here.

I thought I’d follow it up with an article for those considering installing a ductless air conditioning system in their home, garage, or office. So, this go around we answer the question:

How long does a ductless air conditioner last?

It’s estimated that the average Phoenix area household runs their AC unit for approximately 2,141 hours. Obviously, most cities in the country do not get as hot as we do here in the desert, so your city’s average is likely much lower than ours and heating hours much higher.

Think about cooling hours the same way you would mileage on a car. Age isn’t nearly as important a factor as mileage when it comes to the life expectancy of a car…the same holds true for air conditioners. For this reason, we can typically expect to get a 25-40% shorter lifespan out of a standard AC unit than other cities. *

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How Long Does an Air Conditioner Last in Phoenix?

September 11th, 2017

air-conditiioning-condenser-units“How long will an air conditioner last?” This is a question that any HVAC technician hears from customers when they’re considering making an investment in a new cooling system for their home, or deciding if repair is worthwhile. When it comes to air conditioning installations in Phoenix, AZ and nearby cities, people are curious about their AC lifespan for obvious reasons.

With temperatures above 100°F almost every day of the summer (and frankly the Spring in Central Arizona too), many of the those days exceeding 110°F…that adds up to many more cooling hours than central air conditioning in other parts of the country. Unfortunately, that means we tend to “use up” our air conditioners life quicker too. Continue Reading

Do I really need a surge protector for my air conditioner?

September 10th, 2017

What’s the point of installing a surge protector on my new AC unit?

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NEST Thermostat After Power Surge

There probably aren’t many of us that don’t have our television sets or desktop computers plugged into a surge protector, I even carry a mini surge protector in my laptop bag when I’m traveling because my laptop cost me $1,500, and frankly…I want to protect my investment!

While the thought of protecting our home AC unit with surge protection shouldn’t seem so foreign to us, I find myself explaining why I think it’s a good idea more often than I think I should have to.

For anyone reading our blog for the first time – I own Magic Touch Mechanical in Mesa, AZ. Our services include air conditioning & heating service, maintenance, and installation, as well as home energy improvements. This subject is near and dear to me as I was forced to replace my 10-year old Trane heat pump earlier this year due to a power surge.

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When Is The Best Time To Buy A New AC Unit?

September 2nd, 2017

Carrier, Trane, Lennox AC Rebates – Should You Wait?

ac-rebates-phoenix-arizonaIt’s pretty much guaranteed that the major air conditioning manufacturers like Carrier, Trane, and Lennox are going to offer manufacturer rebates in their “shoulder seasons”. Here in Phoenix, AZ our shoulder season is mid-September through mid-November. This is the time when people aren’t typically using their central air conditioning or heating.

The HVAC business is definitely seasonal and cyclical. This is one of the reasons I decided many years ago that my company, Magic Touch Mechanical, was going to take a “whole-home approach” to energy efficiency and comfort, and offer other products and services like insulation, shade screens, pool heaters, fireplaces, energy audits, etc. It’s also the reason we do commercial refrigeration and kitchen equipment repairs – which is not seasonal.

But when you build new AC units for a living, what choice do you have but to offer some sort of incentive to consumers in order to get them to buy your products when they don’t need them as much, right? That’s why you can rest assured they’ll all have some form of rebate in the Fall or Spring (depending on what part of the country you are in). Continue Reading

Commercial Ice Machine Problems That Need Repairs

August 28th, 2017

ice-machince-commercialYou may not realize how important an effective commercial ice machine can be for a company. “Ice is ice, right?” you may think. “As long as the machine is churning our ice, what difference does it make how well it’s working?”

First, any inefficiently operating machine is a money waster, and you never want to waste money while running a business. Second, poor quality ice means poor quality of whatever it’s used for. Think about going to a restaurant where you receive small ice cubes in your drinks that rapidly melt—and you may have to wait to get more ice. An ice machine can have an effect on customer service and operation—and it can even turn into a health code hazard for food service companies if it starts to leak water on the ground. Continue Reading

When Do I Need To Clean My AC Coils?

August 27th, 2017

How Does the Phoenix Monsoon Season Impact Your AC Unit?

ac coil cleaning mesa, ac coil cleaning chandler, ac tuneup  mesa, required ac maintenanceI’ve been maintaining & repairing ac units in Phoenix for almost a quarter century, and started Magic Touch Mechanical, Mesa, AZ, one of the highest rated Air Conditioning Company’s in Arizona, back in 1997. It’s fair to say myself, and the service technicians at my company, have repaired and replaced tens of thousands of air conditioning systems.

I became an HVAC Contractor for one simple reason: There will always be a need for air conditioning & refrigeration in Arizona!  Continue Reading

How to Give a Gas Fireplace an Updated Look on a Budget!

August 22nd, 2017

Here are some ideas on how to give your old gas log fireplace an updated look without spending a lot!

gas fireplace repair and remodel mesa azIf you don’t live near Phoenix, AZ it may surprise you that we have fireplaces that
we use most of the winter too! My company, Magic Touch Mechanical, based in Mesa, Arizona  stays plenty busy with fireplace repair, maintenance, and remodels every Fall & Winter – and we even do a few gas-log and other fireplace remodels a month in the height of summer…
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How to Help Your Air Conditioner Make It Through Summer

August 12th, 2017

thermometer-going-redAugust is historically one of the hottest months of the year here in Phoenix, with average highs still hovering around 105°F during the day and only cooling down to 8o’s very late in the night. Sprinkle monsoon season into the mix, and with all the added humidity our central air conditioners have to deal with, it means a residential air conditioner won’t get much of a break this month. That can be problematic for some because the home’s cooling system has already been putting in steady work since the end of April.

You have to be mindful of how  your air conditioning system sounds, and is performing during the month of August because it hasn’t gotten much of a break in a while and we’re not out of the heat yet…we still have a good two months or more we need them! At the first sign of trouble, call us for air conditioning repairs. If you try to wait out the summer, you could risk something small turning into a major repair.

We also have some preventive recommendations to help your air conditioner in Tempe, AZ and nearby cities make it through the tough summer heat. You can also count on us to assist you with new air conditioner installation if you think the time is now.  Continue Reading

Mitsubishi vs Fujitsu vs Daikin vs Gree Ductless Heat Pumps

August 10th, 2017

Ductless Mini-Split Side-By-Side Comparison. Mitsubishi vs Fujitsu vs Daikin vs Gree

We’ve already installed more mini-split ductless ac and heat pumps in the Phoenix area by August 2017 than we installed all year long in previous years. That’s noteworthy because Magic Touch Mechanical has been installing mini-split ductless systems in Arizona for the last 20-years.

If you’re looking for ductless AC installation prices to determine the cost to install a single-zone, or multi-zone mini-split system, you should read this article as well: How Much Does a Ductless AC Cost Installed

We thought it was about time for a good old-fashion side-by-side comparison of four major ductless mini split brands!


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