What is the best air conditioner for Arizona?

July 19th, 2017

What is the best air conditioner for Arizona? While this is a loaded question, I think it’s a legitimate one considering we livebest ac for arizona, new ac unit, best air conditioning phoenix in one of the most extreme environments in the USA. Let’s face it, the hot summer temperatures in Phoenix, AZ are rivaled by very few places in the world so which AC unit is best suited to keep your home cool – efficiently, and reliably is a valid question.

To answer that accordingly let’s get some of the important stuff out of the way:

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Is an Energy Management System Right for Your Building?

July 19th, 2017

Is an Energy Management System Right for Your Building or Business?

As the owner of a medium-size contracting business in Mesa, AZ I know as well as the next entrepreneur that keeping operating expenses as low as possible equals a healthy bottom line.

As the owner of both a commercial building which I lease back to my contracting business, as well as vacation rental homes, I know as well as the next building owner or property manager that keeping my utility costs low means more money my businesses get to keep instead of giving it to the power company. building_automation, energy management, ems, magic touch mechanical

My company, Magic Touch Mechanical, has been providing HVAC & energy efficiency improvements to both commercial and residential clients in Phoenix, AZ for more than two decades so I get the opportunity to talk to a lot of people about their energy use, how much their monthly power bill is, business hours of operation, building occupancy, etc.  Continue Reading

Does Your Ductless Mini Split Need Repairs?

July 17th, 2017

ductless-mini-split-unitDuctless air conditioning is a great alternative to standard central ACs for a home that doesn’t have the room for ductwork. Ductless air conditioning is also helpful for add-on rooms or for supplying cooling to areas of a home that are otherwise difficult to keep comfortable.

Our technicians can help you find the best ductless air conditioning solutions in Phoenix, AZ and the surrounding areas.

If you’re already enjoying the benefits of a ductless AC, either as a whole-house cooling system or for only a few rooms, you may at some point run into a malfunction. It can be something as small as water leaks from one of the indoor air handlers units, or something as big as the air conditioner refusing to turn on at all. Below we’ve listed some of the more common troubles a ductless AC might run into that will require repairs. Continue Reading

Why is my air conditioner making a loud grinding noise?

July 11th, 2017

Why is my air conditioner making a grinding noise?

 

The first thing you should do if your air conditioner is making a grinding noise is switch the unit to off at the thermostat. A/C units tend to get louder as they get older but a grinding sound is never normal and always an indication that something has gone wrong.

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Of course, air conditioners always break down at the most inopportune time – when it’s hot, and you need it most! As I type this in July, it’s about 110 degrees at Magic Touch’s office in Mesa, AZ, so if you live nearby you’d probably be hesitant to turn off your air conditioning unit right now. Don’t, go shut off your AC unit right now and then come back to finish reading this.

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A Bigger Tonnage AC Won’t Cool Your Home Better!

July 3rd, 2017

air-conditioner-money-saverOne of the most common misunderstandings we encounter in the HVAC business is that “the bigger the AC you get for your house, the better!” This isn’t remotely true, and unfortunately it leads to people getting an air conditioning system that costs too much and ends up not doing the job expected.

This is one of the many reasons you need to hire professionals like us when it comes to installing an air conditioning system in Mesa, AZ. We ensure that you have an air conditioner installation that is correctly sized to provide the cooling your house needs for comfort in our blazing hot summers without running into the troubles of an air conditioner with too much tonnage. Continue Reading

My AC isn’t keeping my house cool, why won’t my AC keep up?

June 30th, 2017

 

My AC wont cool below 80 degrees (or 84, 85, etc.).

My air conditioner won’t keep up with the heat in the summer.

I think my ac needs Freon, it’s not keeping up.

My AC takes several hours to cool the house down a few degrees.

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These are all things our Customer Service Rep’s at Magic Touch Mechanical hear over the phone and see on our contact us forms every summer when the extreme heat arrives in Phoenix, AZ.

Of course, there are a lot of different reasons why a central air conditioner might not keep up with the heat in the summer in Arizona, after all; Phoenix and nearby cities reach some of the highest summer temperatures in the country. Continue Reading

Some Air Conditioner Terms to Help You This Summer

June 19th, 2017

fenced-off-condenser-unitsAt Magic Touch Mechanical, we believe our customers deserve to have the best education about their heating and air conditioning systems. Of course, you can always rely on us whenever you need air conditioning repair in Gilbert, AZ or elsewhere near Phoenix, AZ Metro-Area. While it’s true that no amount of knowledge we share on our website or even in person could allow you to install or repair a cooling system yourself (HVAC requires years of training, formal education, experience  and thousands of dollars worth of HVAC tools and equipment to do what we do), knowing more about how your air conditioner works will make it easier for you to tell when something is wrong with it. Knowing more about how an air conditioner works will also help you understand why routine AC maintenance and service is so important.

Having a well functioning air conditioning system in Phoenix, Arizona is not a luxury, it’s a must have (it is supposed to be 120 degrees here today). In this post, we’d like to help you get to know your air conditioning system a bit better by defining a few important air conditioner terms. We’re here, and ready to provide air conditioning repairs when you have problems! Continue Reading

The Great Misunderstanding about Thermostat Settings

June 5th, 2017

adjusting-thermostat-settingsWe recently posted about the many options available for thermostats and how the right thermostat can help you save money. If you are considering upgrading your thermostat in Chandler, AZ, make certain that you contact our HVAC professionals first. You may not know this, but trying to put in a thermostat on your own can end up invalidating your equipment warranty! An advanced thermostat can end up damaging an HVAC system if it’s improperly paired with it and installed sloppily. Our technicians have the knowledge and skill to ensure you have the right new climate controls without risking the system warranty.

Curious and maybe a bit confused about all your thermostat choices? We’re glad to assist you with navigating the options! Contact us in Phoenix, AZ today.

In this post we’re going address something a bit more low-tech when it comes to thermostats: finding the right settings for another scorching Arizona summer. Too many people make mistakes when adjusting their thermostat based on misunderstandings about how the thermostat and the conditioner works. Continue Reading

Magic Touch Mechanical Reviews on Yelp

May 24th, 2017

Recently, I read a Facebook post in which the owner of a local restaurant I frequent, was asking anyone who had eaten there to please write a review on Yelp. She was, as she put it; “very worried about some untrue reviews people had written”, and in particular, one where a woman “wrote a scathing review because [they] wouldn’t accept an expired coupon.” magic touch mechanical reviews

To my surprise, and frankly my delight, most of the 300+ comments that followed were people advising her; “not to be concerned” because “they didn’t bother reading Yelp reviews because they don’t trust them” and many who mentioned they were business owners themselves and “knew Yelp is pay-to-play”, “hides good reviews and promotes bad reviews on businesses that don’t pay their advertising fees”, etc.

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Do I need Spring AC Maintenance?

May 22nd, 2017

tools-on-ac-unit“What’s the worst that can happen?” It’s a question people often ask themselves about many different parts of life—and it’s usually a warning that not only is the worst about to happen, but that it will be far worse than expected.

So if you’re tempted to skip having air conditioning maintenance in Mesa, AZ or the surrounding areas this year, asking yourself “What’s the worst that can happen?”… well, we have some answers for you.

If you’re in need of air conditioning repairs in Tempe, AZ right now, we’re here to help! Our technicians are ready to have any cooling system problem fixed. Continue Reading