As Seen On Bar Rescue

July 25th, 2016

When Magic Touch Mechanical co-owner, Michele Morgan got the call from the producer of the Spike TV hit show, Bar Rescue, asking if we could send a refrigeration technician to repair the walk-in beer cooler at the new Brick & Barley, (formerly Baseline Sports Pub) Tempe, AZ., she jumped at the opportunity to be a part of it.

If you’re not familiar with the show Bar Rescue, you’re missing out! Jon Taffer, the star of the show doesn’t disappoint when it comes to making sure to keep viewers engaged. Mr. Taffer is well known for speaking his mind to say the least…shouting what’s on his mind would be a more accurate description!

The 4th season episode, aptly named “Momsters Ball” originally aired on July, 17th, 2016, and in true Taffer fashion, he has some opinions about the way things should be and what needs to change. One of these changes was making sure the walk-in beer cooler was functioning correctly…which is where Magic Touch Mechanical of Mesa, Arizona comes to the “rescue”.

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Patrons of the new and improved Brick & Barley in Tempe no longer have to worry about getting an ice cold beer delivered by their bartender or waitress (called “Barley Babes”), Magic Touch Mechanical’s HVAC Service Technicians saw to that.

Of course, being mentioned as one of the companies thanked for providing promotional consideration didn’t hurt, “it was fun to just be a part of it” said Michele Morgan.

If you need refrigeration repair in Tempe, AZ or any surrounding city, give Magic Touch Mechanical a call today. Whether it’s a walk-in cooler, freezer, refrigerator or air conditioner, we can “rescue” you!

Tips for Selecting the Right Thermostat for Your Home

July 25th, 2016

When you install a new HVAC system in your home, it’s always a good idea to also upgrade the thermostat. That way you’ll receive the most out of your new AC and heater. But you can also choose to upgrade the thermostat at any time, and this is something to consider if your current thermostats are more than 10 years old, or they’re still manual models.

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Can the Summer Heat Lead to Damage to My AC?

July 18th, 2016

Summers in Phoenix are among some of the hottest in the country. You can expect your air conditioning system to put in plenty of work over the season to maintain a comfortable indoors. The stress of all that work will take a toll on an air conditioner—one of the reasons you should sign up for regular maintenance through one of our savings plans, since it reduces the wear and tear. But people are often curious to know if the heat itself can cause damage to the AC. We’ll take a look at this below. Continue Reading

How to Choose the Right Air Conditioning Contractor

July 11th, 2016

Although it is important in almost any part of the country to choose a quality licensed air conditioning contractor to take care of a home’s cooling needs, it is vital in Phoenix. Summer temperatures here regularly crest above 110°F, and 90°F is considered a cool day! It is essential for your home to have an air conditioner in the best condition possible, and that requires hiring an HVAC contractor who can handle any job you may need done, fast and right. Continue Reading

Is the “Hot Room” in My House an AC Problem? Or Something Else?

July 4th, 2016

When the heat ramps up in Phoenix, it means business. Unless you’ve got a working air conditioning system in your home, you’ll be dealing with conditions that are… well, unbearable really isn’t an exaggeration, is it? Not when the outdoor thermometers are registering heat above 110°F!

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Do I Need to Put More Refrigerant in My Air Conditioner?

June 27th, 2016

There’s a very simple answer to this question, which is: No you don’t. But simple answers usually hide more complex ones, and that’s true in this case. Answering the question in more detail explains how refrigerant actually works in an air conditioning system, and also why you sometimes need to contact our expert technicians in Phoenix to help you out with air conditioning repair. Continue Reading

Situations Where a Ductless Air Conditioning Installation Is a Good Idea

June 20th, 2016

Ductless air conditioners have been popular installations for many commercial buildings for years, especially restaurants and bars. But the last decade has seen an immense rise in the number of ductless ACs installed in homes. In Europe, ductless air conditioning is already the most common type of cooling system, and it seems that new homes in the U.S. are going the same way.

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Should I Include Zone Controls with My New HVAC System Installation?

June 13th, 2016

If you’ve chosen to have a new air conditioning and/or heating system installed in your home this month, you’ll have a few choices for features to include with it, such as a Wi-Fi thermostat (something that we highly recommend). Another of those options is putting in zone control. Continue Reading

Is a Radiant Barrier a Type of Insulation?

June 6th, 2016

Insulation is an essential part of improving home performance. In a place that grows as hot as Arizona, you don’t want a poorly insulated home, since it will allow excess heat to seep inside and put extra pressure on your air conditioning system. (And your AC already gets enough work during the summer as it is!) Putting in the proper levels of insulation throughout a house is an essential part of maintaining comfort and energy efficiency. Continue Reading

Trane vs Lennox vs Carrier vs Goodman

May 31st, 2016

Back in 2012, we posted an article called Trane vs. American Standard, What is the Difference? If you’d like to read that article, it can be found here.

That post remains one of the most popular articles on our blog and we receive daily inquiries on this subject, so we thought it would be good to not only revisit the topic, but also expand on it.

If you read that article, you now know there is absolutely no difference between Trane and American Standard with regards to components and models, but how do they stack up to other brands like Lennox, Carrier, Daikin, Rheem, Ruud, Bryant, Day & Night, Maytag, and the rest?

First let’s talk about what other brands also manufacture the same product under different names, just like the Trane / American Standard comparison.

Goodman Manufacturing in Houston, Texas makes all Goodman, Daikin, Amana, and Lincoln branded air conditioners. Did you pay extra for the Amana name? It’s a Goodman!

Carrier Corporation (who recently announced they were shutting down their US based manufacturing facility and moving all manufacturing to Mexico next year) makes Carrier, Bryant, Day & Night, Payne, Arcoaire, Comfortmaker, Heil, KeepRite, and Tempstar.

Rheem Manufacturing makes Rheem, Ruud, and Weatherking.

Nortek Global “white labels” a lot of brands (same machine, different sticker) including; Maytag, Westinghouse, Broan, Frigidaire, Nutone, and Mammoth…to name a few. Thought about that Maytag Repairman commercial when you were buying that Maytag air conditioner? You own a Nortek!

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If you took the time to count the air conditioner brands we listed above, you’d see that these five manufacturers alone are responsible for twenty-four of the brands on the market!

So why do they do it, why not just stick with one brand name? In short, it’s all about increasing market share.

All air conditioner manufacturers have figured out that they can increase their market share by changing the label and adding more distributors, while maintaining some level of exclusivity with each distributor.

Let’s take Phoenix, AZ as an example, where we, Magic Touch Mechanical are located (our main offices are located in Mesa, AZ). Naturally this is one of the hottest HVAC markets in the country (pun intended). If you were to throw a rock in any direction from our office, you would hit an air conditioning and heating equipment distributor. Each of these distributors represents a different brand of equipment, however some are the same manufacturer just rebranded.

So now that you know one of the HVAC manufacturers’ dirty little secrets, let’s talk about another similarity most of these brands have in common…components. When you visit these HVAC manufacturing facilities you start to notice another similarity between them. Most are all using third party components from the same manufacturers as well. For example, odds are General Electric or Dayton made the condenser fan motor in your air conditioner, Copeland probably made your compressor, and Sporlan most likely made your TXV (Thermostatic Expansion Valve) and filter/driers. In fact, it’s not until you start looking at some of the upper end, high efficiency air conditioners that you really see that much difference between them all.

The biggest difference is going to be the level of service the HVAC Contractor receives from the distributor. The better service the contractor receives from the distributor, the better service they can deliver to you, the end user!

What do we mean by that? Well, let’s take this upcoming weekend where it is forecasted to reach 117°F (that’s not a typo, that’s how we roll in Phoenix, Arizona!). Air conditioners are going to break down this weekend, a lot of them, and that includes newer ones too. Some distributors will have plenty of parts on hand for their loyal contractors, some will remain open all weekend, some will open up after hours for their best customers…and others don’t or won’t.

So one big difference is; if you’re A/C broke down this weekend, would it be up and running at the end of the day…or are your parts being special ordered and expected in 7-10 days?

Of course, your air conditioning company plays a huge role in this too. Are they open on the weekends? Are they an important enough client to the distributor that they can get an after-hours opening? Is the weekend technician equipped to & qualified to make a major repair if needed?

Stay tuned for our upcoming posts diving deeper into the differences between air conditioning brands, but for now remember, it’s still more important that you choose the best air conditioning contractor than which brand you choose! Take a company like Magic Touch Mechanical; we are open seven days a week (no additional fees), our weekend technicians are equipped and qualified to do a major HVAC repair on a weekend, our distributors will open when we need them to, and we don’t put all of our eggs in one basket anyway…we represent four major manufacturers for a reason (remember the component similarities?).

For now, we’ll leave you with this, there is more in common between air conditioning brands and equipment than most people know…a lot of times they even share the same address on their birth certificate!

For award winning air conditioning installation and service in the Mesa, AZ and Greater Phoenix Metro area, give Magic Touch Mechanical a call today!