Water Leaks – Pipe on Side of House

July 18th, 2018

Water Leaking from a Pipe on Side of House – What Is It?

water-leak-pipe-side-of-houseThere’s water leaking from a pipe on the side of my house. Should, I call a plumber or an air conditioning company?

As the owner of a busy air conditioning company in Mesa / Phoenix, AZ., I hear this question asked a lot. If you see water leaking from a pipe outside your house, the first thing to do is identify where the pipe is and what material it’s made from. This will give you an indication if the water leak is normal, or means you need service – and from whom?

AC Drain Lines and Water Heater PRV Lines

The two most common drain pipes that most people have on the side of their house are air conditioner condensate lines (AC drain line) and water heater pressure relief valve lines (PRV drain line). Let’s talk about each separately as this is the quickest way to know if your water leak is normal or something urgent.

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Fujitsu vs Mitsubishi Ductless AC

July 13th, 2018

Fujitsu and Mitsubishi Mini Splits Side by Side

fujitsu-vs-mitsubishi-ductless-mini-splitIf you’ve read my new AC unit reviews or air conditioning brand side-by-side comparisons before, you can skip the next few paragraphs. This is the “full disclosure” statement I make to demonstrate why there is no bias in these review articles before we dive in.

I am the founder and owner of Magic Touch Mechanical in Mesa, AZ. I started Magic Touch over twenty years ago and we sell many different brands of HVAC systems on a daily basis. We sell “Magic Touch” not Fujitsu, Mitsubishi, Bosch, Samsung, or Daikin – all manufacturers of ductless equipment we currently recommend and sell or have sold over the last two decades.

We follow the philosophy of “Options not ultimatums”. In other words, we offer our clients numerous brand options so they can choose which is best for them, their family, and their budget.

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What Size AC Unit Do I Need

June 29th, 2018

How to make sure your new AC unit is the right size.

how many tons AC do i needIt’s not uncommon to have a homeowner call us at Magic Touch and ask “What size air conditioner do I need for a 1500 square foot house?” or, “How many tons of AC do I need per square foot?”

Chances are, if you are asking that question, you are in the process of buying a new AC unit, or recently purchased a new unit and are wondering if it’s the right size because it’s not cooling well. Hopefully you are the former and not the latter, but either way this article is for you.

Beware of rule of thumb sizing when buying a central air conditioner!

While it is mistakenly used by many air conditioning companies in Phoenix and other cities around the country, there is no such thing as a “good rule of thumb” when it comes to properly sizing an air conditioning and heating system.

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Encourage Kids to Learn A Trade

June 10th, 2018

Momma Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys…Tell Them to Go to HVAC Trade School!

vac-service-technician-azI was one of those kids that could ace every test in school without even trying, especially if I liked the subject. I remember learning that I had been automatically placed in classes titled “Advanced”, and “Accelerated” in multiple subjects when I reached Jr. High…and being quite unhappy about it. As far as I was concerned, that just meant the work would be more difficult and there would be more of it, which didn’t sound so “smart” to me!

I had no interest in being a star pupil, in fact quite the opposite, I rather enjoyed being a bad boy. As a result, I acted out in class when I wasn’t skipping it completely. I went from having “a lot of potential”, to being “in danger of expulsion” per the letters and phone calls my parents would receive from teachers and school administrators.

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Trane XR16 vs Lennox EL16XC1 Review

June 2nd, 2018

A Side by Side Comparison of the Trane and Lennox 16 SEER Single Stage AC Units

trane_vs_lennox_phoenix_azBefore I get started I need to get the usual disclosure statement out of the way. I own an air conditioning company in Mesa, AZ – Magic Touch Mechanical. My company sells both Trane and Lennox AC & heating systems, along with numerous other HVAC manufacturer brands. I also personally own equipment from both brands. I have no bias towards one or the other. Frankly, I have no preference which brand our clients choose – I just want them to choose Magic Touch Mechanical over the next AC Company in Phoenix!

If you’ve read any of my other air conditioner reviews or comparisons, you already know that some models, I give Trane the top-choice and others Lennox comes out as the best. It really is model specific in my opinion as both brands have proven themselves to be “premium” brands in my 20-years owning Magic Touch Mechanical, Air Conditioning & Heating.

Too often I read new AC unit reviews written by HVAC Contractors that clearly favor the brand they sell. As we sell millions of dollars of each brand annually, so not only do I get to see firsthand the pros and cons of each over the course of time, I have no reason to steer people towards one in particular.

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Should I Replace My AC Capacitor

June 1st, 2018

My Home Air Conditioner Isn’t Working. Could it just be my capacitor?

That was the question I got from a friend who rents a condo in Chandler, AZ the other day. I’ve been an HVAC Technician for over thirty years, and have owned Magic Touch Mechanical in Mesa, Arizona for just over twenty of those years. As the owner of an AC and heating company, I get questions like this whenever a friend’s central air conditioner stops working.

My response was, “Have you called your landlord yet?” and, “Why do you assume a capacitor is the problem?”

It’s impossible to put thirty years of experience, a degree in Electro-Mechanical Engineering, and a lifetime worth of continuing education into a one sentence answer – so I didn’t even bother explaining that many air conditioners have three capacitors, not one, or the fact that some newer AC’s may not have any.

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Trane Air Conditioners on Sale Now

May 30th, 2018

Save up to $800 on Trane XV, XL, and XR Heat Pumps and AC Units

trane ac unit instant rebateOf all the different air conditioning and heating system brands we sell, Trane air conditioning and heating systems remain one of the most popular with our customers.

In an effort to give our clients what they want, we have a great new offer for the month of June – another Magic Touch Mechanical exclusive!

Whatever number the Trane model ends with, multiply it by 100 and take that number off your price!*

Qualifying Models

Trane XV18 – Take $800 OFF the regular price

Trane XL18i – Take $800 OFF the regular price

Trane XR17 – Take $700 OFF the regular price

Trane XR16 – Take $600 OFF the regular price

Trane XR14 – Take $400 OFF the regular price

Offer period: 6/01/2018 through 6/30/2018

 

Combine with rebates to save even more…

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Ductless Air Conditioners vs Central Air

May 25th, 2018

Ductless Air Conditioners vs Central Air Conditioners which is better?

ductless_mini-split_mesa_azIf you don’t yet know what a ductless air conditioner is, you will soon because they are the fastest growing segment of new AC units being sold and installed in the USA. Sometimes called mini-split air conditioners, ductless units are available in both cooling only and cooling and heating units.

Many ductless heat pump models can operate in extremely cold weather and provide heat in temperatures as low as -13°F, as well as providing cooling in extremely hot weather as high as 115°F. Many central air conditioning and heating systems a.k.a. ducted heat pumps do not operate well in these extreme temperatures.

In this article we’re going to focus on comparing the two types of air conditioner and heat pump technologies and the pros and cons of each so you can decide what’s the right choice for you and your home or commercial building.

 

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APS and SRP Cool Cash AC Rebates

May 17th, 2018

Before we Talk APS and SRP AC Rebates, Let’s Talk Utility Rate Plans

srp-cool-cash-rebateI have good news and bad news regarding utility rebates for SRP and APS customers who purchase a new central air conditioning and heating system. The good news is for anyone who is an SRP Customer, and the bad news is for anyone who is an APS customer.

I’m not trying to “poke the bear” when I say I’m very glad I’m personally an SRP customer because I really do feel bad for anyone in APS territory.

If you aren’t yet aware, APS recently enacted fairly significant rate increases and we have spoken to many clients that are having trouble trying to figure out the confusing new rate plans, some of which have extremely high surcharges.

Choosing the wrong plan, or not adapting your lifestyle to avoid high surcharges could lead some homeowners and business owners in APS territory to receive unexpected high bills, especially this summer during air conditioning season.

Note 1: I’ll publish an article in the near future that helps explain each plan in more detail, but for now it’s important to understand that you will be penalized if your demand is too high all at one time. EX. Your electric dryer, AC, and oven (for example) are all on at the same time – especially during the “new” peak demand hours. It’s best to “stagger” the usage of each with the new plans.

Note 2: If advised to “supercool” your home by APS (or anyone else for that matter), be sure yourhome and air conditioning system are right first. You can accomplish this by having a home energy audit conducted. If not, you might get a whopper of a power bill at the end of the month.

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Is Trane AC Worth the Extra Money?

May 14th, 2018

An Unbiased Review from a Contractor Who Sells Many Air Conditioner Brands, Not Just Trane

 

trane-air-conditioners-phoenix-azBefore I go any further, for those who’ve never read my blog articles before…

I’ve owned an air conditioning company in Mesa, AZ – Magic Touch Mechanical, for over twenty years. We sell a lot of Trane air conditioners, furnaces, and heat pump units. However, we also sell a lot of Lennox, Goodman, Mitsubishi, Day & Night (a Carrier brand), First Company, the occasional Fujitsu, and then some as well. In other words, this is an HVAC contractor’s opinion, not a Trane Dealer’s opinion.

We “sell” Magic Touch Mechanical and the service we deliver, not Trane, Lennox, Goodman, etc. We choose to sell the brands, more specifically models, that we feel offer the best value, reliability, and performance.

The reason we choose to offer our customers multiple brands is we believe in providing multiple options, not ultimatums. Bluntly said, I feel that any company that only offers their client one or two brands to choose from is offering what they want to sell, not always what’s best for the customer.

That said, there are brands, and even particular models from brands we do sell, that we flat out will not recommend…those that we have found to have a particularly high failure rate. Years ago, we stopped selling brands like Rheem and Maytag for this very reason. I realize there will be contractors that sell one or both of these brands that read this and disagree, however I base that on our experience with the brands.
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