Why Poor Air Conditioning Installation Can Lead to Short-Cycling

May 25th, 2015

Attempting to install a central air conditioning system without the work of trained HVAC technicians is a serious mistake. Whether you try to do the job yourself or you hire inexperienced amateurs to do it, it can lead to numerous issues with efficiency and performance, and most likely a cooling system that won’t last more than a couple years before it needs a replacement.

Perhaps one of the biggest risks of a badly executed central AC installation is a system that short-cycles. Follow below the jump for more. Continue Reading

Some Options for New Air Conditioning Installation

May 18th, 2015

If you are planning to have a new residential air conditioning system installed, either as a replacement for an older system or as the first system in a new house, you have more options today than ever before. It’s important that you take time to consider seriously what type of AC you want for your home, since you will likely have the system working to keep your family cool for the next 15 to 20 years.

Continue Reading

The Benefits of an Energy Recovery Ventilator

May 11th, 2015

In a place that can become as blazing hot as Phoenix, AZ—where even our winters are warm—it is difficult to allow fresh outdoor breezes into a home. To maintain high indoor air quality, a home needs to be able to circulate fresh air through its room to remove stale and particle-filled air; but letting in the heat from outside will seriously jeopardize a home’s comfort and place extra stress on the air conditioner—a system that already gets enough of a workout during the summer as it is.

Continue Reading

How Refrigerant Works in Your Air Conditioner to Keep Your House Cool

May 4th, 2015

Electro-mechanical air conditioning was invented in 1902, and in the following century-plus they have become a ubiquitous part of daily life—especially in desert cities like Phoenix, AZ. But how much do you really know about the AC that keeps your home pleasant even when the thermometer outdoors rises up toward a sweltering 120°F? In this post we’ll talk a bit about one of the essential “ingredients” of the modern air conditioner that lets it keep your home comfortable all through the summer. Continue Reading

Is Dryer Vent Cleaning Really Necessary?

April 27th, 2015

The clothes dryer in your home must exhaust heat and moisture through a hose out its back and to a vent that opens on the outside. You probably don’t give this ventilation system much thought on a regular basis, but ignoring it can lead to serious problems—and not just to how efficiently your clothes get dry. Over time, lint from dryer loads will start to develop inside the hose and vent, and unless professionals regularly clean out this debris, it can lead to unfortunate consequences. Continue Reading

Spring Repairs Your Air Conditioning System May Need

April 20th, 2015

The summer heat arrives long before the summer itself does in Phoenix. You probably have already had your air conditioning system running to keep your home cooled down. To make sure that the AC continues to run and is ready for the even more intense heat of the summer, keep a close watch for any warning signs of malfunctions. If you catch faults in your air conditioner during the spring, you will have enough time to schedule repairs before they become worse and before the AC undergoes even greater stress during the summer heat waves.

Continue Reading

3 Reasons Why You Need Annual Spring Maintenance for Your Air Conditioner

April 13th, 2015

The hot weather in Phoenix, AZ arrives early, so you probably already have your home’s air conditioning system running on a regular basis. Of course, the heaviest heat is yet to come, and right now is when you should arrange to have a professional inspect and tune-up your AC. This annual service is essential for many reasons, and here are three of the big ones: Continue Reading

Reasons That a Pool Heat Pump May Be Right for You

April 6th, 2015

If you have a swimming pool for your home in Phoenix, AZ, you can enjoy warm temperatures from it during much of the year thanks to the radiant heat from the sun itself. But a luxury like a pool is something you should enjoy throughout the year, as well as during warm nights when the sun isn’t around to heat up the pool to comfortable levels. With a pool heater installed, you will always have your swimming pool at a relaxing temperature.

There are many choices for pool heaters available, but at Magic Touch we suggest you look into installing a pool heat pump. These devices work the same as the heat pumps used to heat or cool the inside of a house: they remove heat from the ambient air, and then release it in another location—in this case, in the water of your pool.

Why pool heat pumps are a great idea

There are a number of reasons that pool heat pumps are a excellent idea for your home pool:

  • Safety: Heat pumps rely on electrical power to run, not natural gas as is the case with most other types of pool heaters. If you are concerned about the safety of using natural gas for your home, a pool heater is a good alternative.
  • Available anywhere: Because a heat pump runs from electricity, you don’t need to have a natural gas line. You also won’t need to run any new pipes and vents for it to work.
  • Energy efficient: Drawing heat from the air to move it to the water consumes less energy than burning fuel to create heat; this is the same reason that indoor heat pump are such cost-friendly options for home comfort. Because of the warm weather in Phoenix that lasts most of the year, a pool heat pump will have little trouble drawing sufficient heat from the air and using it to heat up the water.
  • Quiet: A pool heat pump works in the same fashion as an air conditioner and makes no more noise than a typical AC.

Call us for pool heat pump installation and other services

Do you want your pool heated every day of the year and through the nights? Then give our pool heat pump professionals a call today. Magic Touch offers full pool heat pump service, including installation, repairs, and maintenance.

Indications that You Need Furnace Repair

March 30th, 2015

Furnace issues, like many home heating issues, are largely progressive in nature. The longer they are left alone, the worse they are likely to get.

This means that the sooner you catch furnace problems, the more damage you can prevent to your system. If you own a furnace, it pays to be able to recognize when it needs repairs. Let’s take a look at some of the indications that you need furnace repair, so that you’ll be able to react to them as quickly as possible.

Odd Noises

Furnaces naturally make a decent bit of noise during operation. However, it doesn’t take long to recognize which noises are part of natural operation and which are indicators of a problem. Grinding noises are an indication that the bearings in your air handler motor are wearing out. If they aren’t replaced as soon as possible, the motor will burn out and require replacement. Booming could be the result of delayed ignition of your burner assembly. Carbon particles commonly collect on the burner assembly and prevent it from igniting when it should. When the burner finally does ignite, it burns through the excess gas all at once. If the assembly isn’t cleaned, the carbon buildup could eventually prevent it from igniting at all.

Short-Cycling

If your furnace keeps turning itself on and off every few minutes, that means it’s short-cycling. Short-cycling is caused by the system overheating, which activates a safety measure that turns it off to protect it. When the system restarts, it overheats again and gets shut down again. This continues as long as the source of the overheating problem remains unaddressed. Short-cycling is a very big problem, as it can increase the chance of a breakdown and shorten the lifespan of the furnace. If you notice your furnace doing this, you should call a professional immediately.

These aren’t the only symptoms that could indicate that your furnace has a problem. If you suspect that your furnace needs repairs, even if you’re not sure, it’s a good idea to give us a call. Magic Touch offers heating services throughout the Mesa area.

How Does a Heat Pump Actually Work?

March 24th, 2015

Heat pumps are gaining more and more popularity among homeowners looking for an energy efficient and environmentally friendly home heating system. That’s all well and good; heat pumps are certainly high quality heating systems.

However, many homeowners are completely unaware of how a heat pump actually works. The more you know about your heating system, the better prepared you’ll be to evaluate the benefits it provides. You’ll also be better able to recognize problems when they occur, and have them repaired. With that in mind, let’s examine how a heat pump actually operates.

Parts of a Heat Pump

A heat pump is comprised of two units, with one installed inside the house and the other installed outside. The two are connected by power and refrigerant lines, allowing them to operate as once system. Inside each unit is a coil, which is connected to the refrigerant line that they both share. Also connected to the refrigerant line is a 4-way valve called a “reversing valve,” which controls the flow of refrigerant through the system.

Heat Pump Operation

When the heat pump is turned on, one of the units begins evaporating refrigerant inside its coil. The refrigerant becomes a heat sink when it transitions into gas, absorbing thermal energy from the air around it. Then, the refrigerant gas is sent down the refrigerant line to the other unit. The other unit then uses its coil to condense the refrigerant back into a liquid. This releases the thermal energy into the air.

One of the biggest advantages of a heat pump is that it can alternate between being a heating and cooling system. This is accomplished by the reversing valve, which reverses the flow of refrigerant through the system depending on the mode the heat pump is in. This determines which unit is the evaporator, and which is the condenser.

Heat pumps are great home heating systems, but you should still consult with a professional before installing one in your home. If you’d like to know more about how a heat pump can benefit you, call Magic Touch. We provide heat pumps throughout Gilbert, AZ.