August 29th, 2016
Selecting a new heating and air conditioning system in a home is much more complicated than simply pointing to a unit and saying, “That ought to do it!” It’s vital that a new HVAC system is sized to match a house. Sizing doesn’t mean finding a unit that will fit (although that’s certainly a requirement). It means finding a unit that has the heating power/cooling capacity necessary to provide comfort without wasting energy or malfunctioning. To find the right sweet spot between “too big” and “too small” requires HVAC professionals to perform a heat load calculation. Continue Reading
August 22nd, 2016
One of the major advantages of using a ductless mini split system to provide cooling to your home is that the lack of ducts means there’s potentially less that can go wrong. Leaky and clogged air ducts can create numerous problems for an air conditioning and heating system, but with a ductless mini split you’re free from these worries.
August 19th, 2016
Why Does My Air Conditioner Freeze Up?
When we see ice or frost on something we automatically think “cold”, so this must be good thing for an air conditioner, right? Wrong! If your air conditioner is freezing up, or you see frost or ice on parts of your AC Unit, there is a problem and you need to call someone for air conditioner repair.
So why does an air conditioner freeze up in the first place? There are a few reasons you may find ice forming on your air con unit, and in many cases, it’s a combination of a few problems that eventually lead to a frozen evaporator coil and refrigerant plumbing lines. The most common reasons for an air conditioner freeze up are:
August 18th, 2016
How My Phoenix HVAC Technician Job Turned into A Rewarding Career
If you would’ve asked me thirty years ago what I wanted to do when I grew up, I would have definitely not said, “I want to move to Phoenix, AZ and get a job installing and repairing air conditioning, heating and refrigeration equipment.”
It never ceases to amaze me how many people look down on HVAC Service Technicians or other tradesmen, as if it is a menial job…when in fact there are many techs and installers earning $100k+ annually, and they possess a skill they can use pretty much anywhere in the world! Since my very first HVAC job, I have never been out of work, and always had multiple offers and options lined up when wanting to make a switch.
August 15th, 2016
It’s the worst-case-scenario for any home in Phoenix during yet another sweltering summer day: an AC that either stops working entirely or which will no longer send out cooled air. After you’ve checked to make sure that the problem doesn’t come from a tripped circuit breaker, an incorrectly set thermostat, or other simple trouble, you’ll have to find a method to deal with the intense heat in your home. Below are 5 of the best ways: Continue Reading
August 13th, 2016
There are a lot of air conditioning companies in Phoenix, AZ to choose from. Search Google using the term “Mesa air conditioner repair” or “Scottsdale air conditioning company” and you will get over a half million results!
Now we all know there aren’t really that many HVAC Contractors in Mesa, Scottsdale, and Phoenix combined…in fact, there are only a few thousand in the whole State of Arizona. But even a couple thousand are a lot to choose from, and knowing who to choose is the hardest, but also most important decision when it comes to the care of the most vital and expensive appliances in your home.
Every AC Company has text in their listing like; “#1 in Arizona”, “Most trusted in Phoenix”, “Top rated in AZ” or something similar, so how do you know? Continue Reading
August 8th, 2016
It’s already August, but there are still many toasty days ahead before our air conditioning systems in Phoenix, AZ will start to get a break from the heat. You may be worried that your AC won’t make it to the end of the season without suffering from a breakdown. Don’t worry: we have some tips below for how you can give your home’s air conditioner the best chance possible of sailing through the rest of the summer. Whenever you need help from professionals, simply give us a call! Continue Reading
August 1st, 2016
This is a problem that you may encounter during the intense heat of a Phoenix summer: an air conditioning system that draws on so much electrical amps that it causes a circuit breaker in the electrical panel to trip. It’s always a good idea to check on the electrical panel if your AC suddenly stops working. If you discover a breaker has tripped, reset it and try the air conditioner again. Continue Reading
July 29th, 2016
Rooftop Package Heat Pump Shoot-Out
Today we match up Lennox vs American Standard / Trane, in a rooftop package unit comparison. If you live in Phoenix, AZ or elsewhere in the Southwest, you may have a rooftop air conditioner, gas-pack, or heat pump. In other parts of the country this may not be relevant to you as package rooftop units are more prevalent in the west.
As we delineate in all of our air conditioner comparisons, let’s start by reiterating that Magic Touch Mechanical, Mesa, AZ., sells and installs both of these brands and have for years so rest assured we remain unbiased. Both Lennox and American Standard (also sold as Trane) are proven performers.
July 28th, 2016
Compare the Lennox XC25 vs Trane XV20i / American Standard Platinum 20
In today’s product comparison we do a side by side comparison of the Lennox XC25 vs Trane XV20i air conditioners. NOTE: For all intents and purposes the American Standard Platinum 20 is the same as the Trane. (See Trane vs American Standard)
It is important to point out that there are slight differences between the “straight” air conditioner models and heat pump models. For example, the Lennox Heat Pump model is actually the Lennox XP25 (P=heat pump, C=cooling). Any slight variations in sound ratings, efficiency, etc., may be a result of heat pump vs. air conditioner.
Both the Lennox and Trane / American Standard represent the manufacturers’ top-of-the-line and most efficient air conditioners. Both will more than likely have a similar price installed, assuming the rest of the installation is “apples to apples”.
Full disclosure, Magic Touch Mechanical recommends and installs both of these products so there is no favoritism here. Any opinions expressed in this article are just that…opinions! All information listed is current as of 07/27/2016.