What’s That Smell?

Sometimes you can’t blame that smell on the other person in the room, it’s the AC! While musty air conditioners are much more common in more humid climates, at times it can happen even here in the dry Phoenix heat.

So why does my AC smell? That musty smell comes from mold and bacteria that can be formed when you condensate drain line gets clogged and water sits in the drain pan of your AC for an extended period of time. First thing to do is check to see if water is in fact collecting in your drain pan. If this is the case, we have a great tip that we posted in the blog about a trick that you can do yourself to clear your condensate drains. If you don’t feel comfortable with this method, give us a call for AC repair Chandler and we will send one of our highly trained service techs to take care of the issue for you.

If there is no water sitting in the drain pan causing the smell, it is also possible that strong odors such as garbage, pesticides, or tobacco smoke has permeated your evaporator coil, and that smell sticks around when you turn the AC on blowing it all over your home. If you suspect this is the case, give us a call and we can assess whether or not the smell can be cleaned out of the system. For air conditioning repair Mesa contact us right now at (480) 695-7834.

Calling a Truce in the Thermostat War

Have you ever lived with someone who’s ideal temperature is outrageously cold or crazily hot? If finding the right temperature to suit you both is near-impossible, it can make for some frosty relations in the home (pardon the pun).

But starting a thermostat war is no way to live.

When the thermostat is jerked high and low, personal temperatures might freeze some or blast others out. To call a truce on the daily thermostat war, there are a of couple things that can be done to keep both the hot and the cold-blooded comfortable in your home.

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For the Cold-Blooded

Handling a roommate or significant other who is a lot more warm-blooded than you requires some creativity. To both happy at a single temperature will require some negotiation A cold-blooded person needs a warmer temperature, so there are lots of ways that a person who runs cold can warm up without making the whole house an oven.

Wear Layers

To combat cold, layer on sweaters, sweatpants, slippers. Arizona might be hot outside, but in super air conditioned spaces it can get really chilly really fast. Layering up will warm your core and keep you arguing over cooler indoor temps.

Open the Blinds

On a sunny day, open the window blinds and curl up in the sunshine on the couch. This bright light will help heat you up even in a cool home.

Exercise

Nothing warms the blood like jumping jacks or strength training, and any kind of exercise is practical and healthy way to deal with cold temperatures indoors.

Cuddle with a Loved One or Pet

Staying warm in a cool house because your significant other prefers a cooler temperature is the best excuse for cuddling a pet or a loved one.

Hot Drinks

Why not indulge in a hot tea or coffee? A warm drink will warm you up in no time at all!

Hot Gadgets

Get frosty paws when you’re typing away in the office or cold feet when you’re trying to relax? There are all sorts of adorable and sleek hand and foot warmers that keep their heat going via USB plugs, making them perfect for an office warm up. Personal fave: The Yeti warmer set.

For the Hot-Blooded

Living with someone who is always cold makes it incredibly difficult to find that perfect cool temperature. One degree in the wrong direction can make you sweat, especially in the desert heat.

If you’re always hot, it seems like the only option for staying cool at home is to lower the thermostat until you’re comfy. But, a few things can be done to keep you cool while not freezing out your spouse or roommate.

Shower

Damp hair keeps you cool for longer. Whether you use cold water for getting your hair wet or hot water, wet hair gives the sensation of coolness.

Use a Fan

Although fans do not cool the temperature of the air, fans push the air around. The breeze created by a fan helps to make you feel cooler despite not having the temperature set low. Whether you’re into a standing fan, a desk fan, or a personal fan, you can stay cool without disturbing the whole house.

Indulge in Cold Treats

Whether a cold glass of water or an ice cream, cool treats keep you feeling chill. Here’s an inside tip: holding a cold drink to your wrists will cool you down quicker. With the veins of the wrist so near to the surface, the cold drink chills blood as it circulates through your body.

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How to Pet-Proof Your HVAC System

We love their wet noses and sloppy kisses, relish their human-like behavior and scratch those furry butts just to see their tails wag. Our pets fill our hearts and homes with so much love, but unfortunately, they also fill our HVAC systems with some very unwanted debris.

There are some very common issues that occur when it comes to balancing your home’s air quality and your pet’s natural (and of course forgivable) messiness. Don’t worry – you will never have to choose between keeping your HVAC clean and keeping your furry friends around. There are plenty of easy ways to ensure that the air you’re breathing is safe and clean, no matter the type of pet you have in your home. Thousands of customers in Gilbert AZ air conditioner repair, are already enjoying better quality service from Sharp Air Conditioning & Heating LLC. 

Keep Your Wires Safe

Most home air conditioning units in Arizona have an outdoor unit. Typically installed in the backyard or at the side of the house, these outdoor condenser units are just another item in your dog’s backyard kingdom. That is until your pooch notices those interesting exposed wires that run from the condenser unit into your home.

Prevent Erosion of Your Condenser

A dog, even a really smart dog, cannot tell the difference between a tree stump and your condenser when they are looking for something to urinate on. Many people opt to use condenser covers to protect against the natural elements, but those covers won’t do much to protect your unit from urine.

Over time, and with consistent urination, your outdoor condenser may begin to show signs of wear like eroding fins, which may, in turn, lead to larger condenser issues like refrigerant leaks which can be very expensive to repair. To prevent this, you can do one of two things. One, train your dog to avoid the area where the condenser is all together, or two, put up a small fence or another reasonable barrier to prevent your dog from accessing the area at all.

Keep Fur Under Control

You see it every time you sweep, dust, or vacuum your home – pet hair gets everywhere. And it’s not just the pet hair that gets everywhere either. Though you may not see it, pet dander is not only a household nuisance, but it is also a common contributor to allergies and asthma flare-ups.

No matter how on top of your home cleaning routine you may be, tiny little pet hairs and flecks of near-invisible dander can easily become airborne, making their way into HVAC’s intake.

Once inside your system, pet hair and dander should be caught by the air filter, but not all air filters are clean enough or tough enough to handle the onslaught. If you’re not careful about keeping your filters and your vents clean from dander and fur, you may end up with fur-wrapped coils and fur clogs that can seriously damage your system. We offer same-day services of air conditioning repair Mesa for all major brands of air conditioners.

There are a few things that you can do to keep the pet hair and dander from wrecking your system. First, change your filters regularly. Second, keep your home as clean as possible, and inspect your air intakes for buildup and hair which you can clean off. Third, wash and brush your furry children often to keep the fur under control and out of your air system. Fourth and finally, invest in a regular HVAC maintenance plan that can keep your system fur-free and always run perfectly. Give us a call for the service of air conditioning Chandler AZ. Find out more about the benefits of the Sharp Air Maintenance Program!

Condenser Coil – Keep it Clean!

 

Sharp Air Conditioning & Heating, LLCBy now, you know all about changing your air filters in your house to keep dirt out of your indoor system and helping to keep it working efficiently, but what about that part of your system that sits outside? It is important to keep your condenser coil clean as well, and there are a few steps you can follow to make this happen.

  1. The first step is to clear any visible debris from the outside of the condenser. This would be debris such as grass clippings, tree trimmings, loose trash, or anything that can get stuck on the side of your condenser. Free-flowing air through this coil is a very important part of the process of keeping your home cool.
  2. At this point, you should be able to visually see your condenser coil. If it appears dirty beyond just debris on the outside cage of the condenser, your next step would be to purchase a biodegradable coil cleaner that can be purchased at your local hardware store. Spray this into the outdoor coil and wait 5-10 minutes before gently spraying the coil with water from your hose. That’s it!

If these steps still do not clean your condenser coil or you do not feel comfortable with the above steps, give us a call for heating and cooling Mesa AZ and we can take care of it for you.

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What type of air filter should I buy?

Sharp Air Conditioning & Heating, LLCThe most important piece of maintenance that a homeowner can do for their air conditioning system is to regularly change your air filters. If you have been to your local hardware store, you have seen a large amount of very different air filters available for purchase. The question now becomes, which air filter is best for me?

The answer to that question is going to vary. Do you have a lot of pets in the home? Kids? Maybe you live in a construction area with lots of dust present in the air. There are many factors that go into choosing the right type of filter. We have a general guideline that we like to follow when choosing the right type of air filter.

  1. Do not use reusable/washable filters. These types of filters are sold as a more convenient option to buying throwaway filters because “all it takes is to wash them”. In theory, this may be the case. In reality, the washable filters can cause more harm than good. To wash these filters correctly, you need to buy solutions that may contain harmful chemicals. Along with that, these filters need to be completely dry before being put back in the system, and if not completely dry these filters collect bacteria and fungus that is then released into your home. These filters also make it harder for air to pass through the system, creating more work for your system.
  2. Do use a disposable air filter. These are the types that you can find at your local hardware store. You will want to look at the MERV rating for these filters and choose one that is between 8-11. Anything higher than this is more than likely overkill and not needed for residential use. If you have an older system, an air filter with a very high MERV rating can restrict the flow of air enough that it can overwork your older system. More importantly, than the rating is to regularly replace these filters. If you decide to use a cheaper fiberglass filter, you should consider replacing the filter monthly if you have pets or children in the house.

We cannot state it enough, make sure you regularly change your air filters. Not only will this keep the air you breathe cleaner and reduce allergens and dust in the air, but it will also keep dust and dirt from building up in your air conditioning system that can decrease efficiency and damage your system. If you need service of AC repair Gilbert.

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5 ways to extend the usefulness of your HVAC system

In Mesa AZ air conditioner repair there are many ways that you can help your air conditioner run more efficiently and last a few summers longer than expected. While the typical life of an HVAC system is about 14 years, below are a few tips to help you bump that number a little higher, and get some bonus years out of your system.

Sharp Air Conditioning & Heating, LLCRegularly Change Your Filters

These might be the most basic maintenance points for homeowners. It doesn’t take too much time or effort and can save you costly repairs down the line. When a filter gets clogged up, airflow is restricted to your system which can cause a host of issues. At Sharp Air Conditioning & Heating, we recommend using throw-away filters that can be found at your local hardware store and changing them sometimes as often as once a month. We can even help you with one of these steps by providing you with a year’s supply of air filters through our Sharp Air Maintenance Program. Give us a call for AC repair Gilbert!

Take an AC Time Out –

Like with anything mechanical, your HVAC system will wear out more quickly if it is on at all times, day and night. Try to turn your air conditioner off if you plan to leave the house for an extended period of time. Dialing up the temperature just 5 degrees will allow your air conditioner to get a much-needed break during hot parts of the day, without letting the temperature climb into the 90’s inside during the hot Arizona months.

Give Your Outdoor Unit Some TLC –

If you live in the Valley of the Sun, you are probably familiar with what seems like a new phenomenon… the dreaded Arizona “Haboobs”. If you are not familiar with these yet, it is basically a wall of dirt that covers everything in a fine layer of dust once the storm leaves. This includes the outdoor component of your HVAC system. While one of these storms usually wont deposit enough dirt to have an effect, the build up of a few storms and normal debris outside can build up on the condenser coil and cause problems. Every now and then, try to clear any debris that you can see, i.e. leaves, dirt, etc., even just hose down the outdoor unit. This will continue to allow airflow through the coils and keep you cooling efficiently.

Check For Leaks –

When we say to check for leaks, we aren’t really saying to check for air leaks in the duct system. While this might be a good idea normally, checking for air leaks is something best handled by a technician that can get into the attic to check your ductwork. The type of “checking for leaks” that you as a homeowner can perform, is making sure there isn’t any evidence of leaking Freon at your outdoor unit. If you can see an oily substance on any of the surfaces, turn off your system and call Sharp Air Conditioning & Heating for services of heating and cooling Mesa AZ. If your system is leaking Freon, it can be a costly fix if not caught early on, and a system running without Freon can cause other damages to the system as well.

Is your HVAC System Draining? –

Through normal operation, your HVAC system can build up condensation from cold surfaces exposed to the Arizona heat. All good operating and well-maintained HVAC systems will have good drainage as well to allow this condensation to run off to the ground, or anywhere else besides in your home or back into the unit. Annual maintenance through our Sharp Air Conditioning & Heating Program can make sure your HVAC system is draining properly, saving you from costly water damages that can occur when these drains are clogged, blocked, or installed improperly.

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Five Signs Your Home’s Air Needs Cleaning

AC repair Chandler, central air is an extremely common (and very necessary) home addition that keeps us cool and comfortable all year long, no matter how hot it gets outside. Central air runs through your home through a series of ducts that are tucked away inside walls and through ceilings, and they circulate air throughout every square inch of your house.

Obviously, you want the air that your family breathes to be the highest quality available, but that’s not always the kind of air that is blowing through your home. Breathing clean, fresh air may be something that you don’t consider all too often, but when the air quality of your home turns from pristine to downright dirty, it can be a lot more dangerous than you think.

While reduced air quality may not be at the forefront of your mind, if you have children in your home or a member of your family suffers from allergies or asthma, the quality of your home’s air can play a vital role in the development of preventable illnesses and breathing issues.

If you think your home’s air quality can stand to be improved, it may be time to consider that your ducts or your air conditioning unit might be the problem.

Be on the lookout for these five common signs and symptoms if you suspect that ducts or your AC may be causing your home’s poor air quality, and breathe easy knowing that you can do something to change the condition of the air in your home’s HVAC unit provides.

  1. Dust and Debris BuildupYes, living in the Arizona desert means dealing with some blowing dust and debris inside your home, but if you have noticed an unprecedented buildup of dust in your home, your AC unit may be trapping and circulating too much dust. When you turn on your air conditioning unit, do you notice a puff of dust from your vents? If so, it may be time for a cleaning.
  2. Uneven Airflow from Room to RoomIf you have noticed that some rooms in your home are no longer receiving the same level of air output that they originally had, you may have a blockage. If every vent is fully open, but the vents continue to blow a reduced amount of air, there could be a clogged duct in need of professional cleaning.
  3. Buildup on Your InletsYour air intake inlets pull in the fresh air, push it through your air filter, and that air circulates through your home. Inspect your inlets for dust and pet hair, and if you see an uncommon amount of buildup on your intakes or a blockage inside the air conditioning unit, full cleaning of the unit and/or ducts can restore your vents to tip-top shape.
  4. Everyone is Suddenly SufferingIf you have noticed that members of your family have suddenly developed increased asthma symptoms, runny noses, congestion, and out-of-season allergies, there is a chance that your air quality is to blame. Molds, fungi, and dust are all responsible for decreased air quality, and breathing those dangerous microbes can lead to much more severe illnesses like sinus problems and respiratory infections. An air conditioning unit inspection can help you discover the source of your family’s health issues, so do not hesitate to have your heating and cooling Mesa AZ system checked for signs of mold.
  5. Noises Appear
    When your air conditioner kicks on and the air begins to blow, do you hear any whistling, screeching, or banging noises along with the normal operating hum of your motor? If so, you may have a blockage in your duct or a larger issue in your air conditioning unit. When insulation falls inside your ducts, it can act as both a barrier for airflow and a sponge upon which dust, dirt, and debris attach. While some duct blockages can be seen from inlets and vents, others may be hiding in your walls or ceilings. If your air conditioning unit is making noises, a professional technician can diagnose the problem and repair it to make sure that a small clanging sound doesn’t result in a complete system shut down. If you are still unsure if it is your duct or your air conditioning unit, give us a call today. Our team of expert technicians can resolve any problem of air conditioning repair Mesa.

Why is my Air Conditioner Frozen? Its 120 degrees outside!!

 

Sharp Air Conditioning & Heating, LLCWe get this question quite a bit here at Sharp Air Conditioning & Heating. It’s the middle of summer, the Arizona heat is beating down.  And all of the sudden your air conditioning system starts pumping out warm air. After a little bit of inspection, you see ice forming on your air conditioner outside. You would think that would mean your air conditioning is working GREAT, considering its main function is to blow ICE COLD air into your home. What gives? Not to fear, Sharp Air Conditioning & Heating is hear to solve this mystery.

There are a few common issues that can cause an air conditioner to freeze up even during the hottest parts of the summer.

Problems with HVAC systems refrigeration

If your HVAC system has developed a refrigerant leak, this will cause pressures to drop in the evaporator coils, which allows moisture to freeze and accumulate on the coil.

Temperature outside

If you live in Arizona’s high country or even in Phoenix. When the temperatures start to change, night time temperatures can drop below 60 degrees. Most outdoor condensing units, especially in the valley, do not function very well below 60 degrees. If it gets too cold over night, freeze-ups can occur.

Insufficient Air Flow

The most preventable reason for a freeze-up is restricted air flow. Humidity will build up on the coil, causing ice to build up and shut the system down. Dirty filters are the main culprit of this. But this can also come from any other obstructions such as disconnected or undersized duct work. Other components being broken can also lead to frozen coils.

Now that we have pinpointed the issue, what can you do to fix it? Once you have found ice build-up on your HVAC system, the first thing you should do is turn off the system and allow it to defrost. Once it’s defrosted, check to see if there are any airflow restrictions. Replace any dirty filters or clean any visible dirt or debris. Many times, this will fix the issue with no other problems. Other serious airflow problems or refrigeration leaks will require a trained technician to address the issue. Give the pros at Sharp Air Conditioning & Heating a call, and we can free your system from a block of ice and get that ice-cold air back to blowing into your home!

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A Clogged Drain Problem

A common call we get asking us to come out is when an air conditioning drain line becomes clogged. This is an easily fixed and easily avoidable problem, but one that needs to be fix fast when it happens.

Sharp Air Conditioning & Heating, LLCWhen warm air from your home comes in contact with your evaporator coil, it creates condensation. This water condensation needs somewhere to drain and usually your system is equipped with a drain pan and pipe running either to the ground outside your house or maybe into a rain gutter on the roof. If this drain line is clogged, you can be facing some potentially serious issues.

In this situation, you have two options. Call the professionals at Sharp Air Conditioning & Heating to take care of the issue, or you can do it yourself. If you are an avid DIY-er, here is a quick trick you can use to unclog that drain.

  1. Get a wet/dry vacuum.
  2. Find the end of the main drain line outside your house.
  3. Connect the wet/dry vacuum to the end of the drain line. Make sure there are no air leaks.
  4. Turn on the wet/dry vacuum and hold on!
  5. Leave the vacuum on for about 3-4 minutes. Check your vacuum to see what treasures you pulled out of the drain line, and your done!

If you still have a clogged drain after following these steps or you don’t feel comfortable with this process, give us a call and we will be more than happy to take care of the issue for you.

You can avoid having a clogged drain problem by getting an annual tune up through the Sharp Air Maintenance Program. As part of your Program, our technicians will come out twice a year for regularly scheduled maintenance, and checking your drain lines is part of your maintenance.

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Why does my AC keep running?

During the hot Phoenix Arizona summers, most people are used to their AC running quite a bit, just to keep up with the 110+ temperatures that we experience here. While it is normal for your AC to be on more than usual when the temperature goes up outside, it shouldn’t be constantly running. Here are a few troubleshooting tips to try before giving Sharp Air Conditioning & Heating a call that can save you some time and money.

  1. Sharp Air Conditioning & Heating, LLCCheck your thermostat – One of the most avoidable issues is to check your thermostat settings. With the more basic thermostats, it can be as simple as forgetting to switch your system from “ON” to “AUTOMATIC”. Having it in the “ON” position will tell your AC system to continue running, even when it satisfies the temperature you have set on your thermostat. With the more complex thermostat options that are on the market now, yours may need a little bit more programming to be set correctly. Check with your owners’ manual, or give us a call and we can try to walk you through some troubleshooting on your thermostat.
  2. Change your filters! – Airflow restrictions caused by dirty filters can greatly affect your AC system’s performance. If your AC system does not get enough airflow, it can not blow out cold air and will continue to run since it is not able to satisfy the thermostat setting. Change those filters!
  3. Dirty coils – Check to make sure there is no debris built up on your condenser outside. This is the same as a restriction for your indoor components. Restrictions can cause the system to not cooling correctly, therefore not being able to satisfy the thermostat settings leading to a constantly running AC system.

If you go through the above steps and nothing seems to work, give Sharp Air Conditioning & Heating a call and we can send a certified technician out to assess what may be wrong. Another cause of a constantly running system can be age. Your AC system may just be worn out from years of use. If this is the case, we can work with you to best determine the next steps to take in replacement.

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