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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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.

Regular maintenance is always the best way to keep repair costs at a minimum. Part of our scheduled maintenance in the Sharp Air Maintenance Program is to make sure that your condenser coil is clean, and if not we clean it as part of the Maintenance Program. Give us a call for the service of air conditioning Chandler AZ. Find out more about the benefits of the Sharp Air Maintenance Program!

Be nice to your unit! Easy Do-it-Yourself HVAC Maintenance Tips

We all do it, no matter how often we are reminded not to. For a myriad of reasons, from cost to lack of time, homeowners wait until after something breaks before they call a professional to their home to tackle a repair. While this approach may make sense for some major home appliances like your refrigerator, when it comes to your HVAC system, it is a grave misstep.

HVAC systems control heating, ventilation, and air conditioning in your home (thus the acronym HVAC), and it is a critical part of your home’s year-round comfort. We rely on these systems throughout the entire year, and when a component fails or breaks down, it can throw your whole home into upheaval. Not only does your schedule, comfort, and lifestyle become affected by a malfunctioning unit, but it can cost you financially as well.

Regular HVAC maintenance is not only good for your home and wallet, but it is also the smart way to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of your HVAC unit, and extend its life in the process. Contact Sharp Air Conditioning & Heating, LLC for HVAC maintenance and air conditioning repair Mesa.

There are several times each year that you should be maintaining your HVAC unit, and those are: immediately, monthly, seasonally, and annually. By breaking down your HVAC maintenance several times throughout the year, you can be certain that your HVAC system is running perfectly so you can depend on it to work when you need it most.

Immediately

Immediate maintenance includes things like ensuring that you have a clean and properly sized and pleated air filter inside of your A/C unit and keeping your outdoor unit free of debris and leaving build-up that can become lodged inside of the unit or interfere with the fan.

Monthly

Every month, perform a visual inspection of your refrigerant lines and look for signs of leaks or damage. If you see something out of the ordinary, Contact the specialist of air conditioning Chandler AZ, to make any necessary repairs.

Seasonally

Air filters do an incredible job of keeping your HVAC unit clean and keeping unwanted particles, dust, pollens, and other unwanted debris from entering your air conditioning system, but they need to be changed at least every 90 days. For optimum air quality, it is recommended that air filters are changed monthly.

Annually

It is a good idea to inspect the area around your HVAC unit and ensure that the ground is level and that there are no indications of the ground sinking or sloping in any way. To prevent algae and debris build-up in the condensate drain line, pour a mix of 1 cup bleach to 3 cups of water down the tube.

Renewing your HVAC maintenance program is an essential part of ensuring your system is running perfectly all year long, so be sure to mark your calendars so you can stay on top of your maintenance program renewal. A regular maintenance inspection protects your HVAC unit by preventing small issues from becoming big (and expensive) headaches down the line.

When an air conditioning and a heating specialist perform a routine maintenance check, they will tune up your unit, inspect and clean various, integral parts of the HVAC system to catch small problems, from leaks to wear to build-up, which, if not caught early, can lead to costly repairs and even system failure down the line. We also offer the services of heating and cooling Mesa AZ. Contact us to schedule a service.

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.

Looking for a way to save some money on air filters? Check out our Sharp Air Maintenance Program. Along with having regularly scheduled maintenance, we provide you with a full year’s supply of air filters. Give us a call to find out more!

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Air Conditioning Salesman or Technician?

Why we hire Air Conditioning Technicians and not just Salesmen.

Written by: Mitch Apalategui
Published by: Sharp Air Conditioning and Heating

on
4/30/2014

If you are having a problem with your AC system, which of these two people would you rather have shown up at your door, a highly trained HVAC technician or a highly trained salesperson?

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At Sharp Air Conditioning & Heating, our highly trained technicians are not paid on commissions, so you will never be talked into a repair that you don’t need. We will fix the issue you are having honestly and fairly, with no high-pressure sales. When you need the services of heating and cooling Mesa AZ. Contact us at (480) 695-7834.

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.

Getting Your HVAC Ready for Winter

Contrary to popular belief, it’s still important to winterize your heating and cooling Mesa AZ. Though we have mild winters it’s likely you’ll soon shut off your air conditioning for the year, it’s still important to make sure everything is in good working order before you make the switch to heat.

Here are 3 things you should be doing to ensure your HVAC is in ship shape for the winter.

Inspect the Premises

Before you can know you have a problem, you have to do an inspection. Pretty simple, right?

Here are a few things to look for:

  • Debris build-up. Be sure to check all components of your HVAC system, both outside and inside. If there’s debris from any major storms or other buildup outside, sweep it to the side to avoid anything foreign making its way into the fan unit and creating issues.
  • Damages. Over time, your system ages and takes a beating. Eventually, some components may need to be replaced. Look for worn insulation or parts that you think may need some professional attention and make note of them.
  • Air filter. Checking the air filter is one of the easiest things you can do yourself. Open your HVAC closet and see what the air filter looks like. We recommend changing them out at least twice a year, if not seasonally. Even if the filter doesn’t look very dirty, it’s still a good idea to change it. This ensures you’re doing everything you can to keep your family healthy.
  • Dusty vents. Your air ducts and vents will build up dust from everyday living. It’s a good idea to check your vents out each year and to dust them a bit. If someone in your home suffers from allergies, it may be beneficial to have your ducts and vents professionally cleaned.

Get a Pre-Winter Tune-Up

As with most things, the best time to get a system check-up is before you have a problem. As we’re inching further and further into fall, it’s the perfect time to request an appointment for a tune-up. Even if you don’t see anything that alarms you after your inspection, it’s still a good idea to have a professional come take a look to be sure.

A tune-up will ensure your system is free from debris, is operating with a clean and correctly-sized filter, that there are no mechanical issues, that there are no liquid leaks, and that it works as it should when switched from air to heat.

Your system has been working hard to keep your home cool during the overbearing summer and without a previous need to test your heat functionality, you can’t be sure there isn’t something awry. Scheduling a tune-up service and  air conditioning Chandler AZ .Is the best way to ensure you’re prepared for the winter change and that you avoid sky-high utility bills due to undiagnosed issues.

Things to Avoid

As with all things in life, there are a few tasks you should do and a few things you shouldn’t. As you prepare to hibernate your A/C, here’s a quick list of don’ts:

  • DON’T cover your outdoor HVAC unit. Though it may be tempting and seem like a good idea, this can cause moisture to build up and could even lead to mold growth, both of which will cause serious issues to come spring.
  • DON’T use a hose to clean your outdoor HVAC unit. While yes, it is outdoors and gets wet due to rain throughout the year, it’s not the best idea to run water over it freely. While your unit is made to withstand the elements, it’s not made to get a bath from the garden hose.
  • DON’T try to touch coils or interior parts you’re not sure about. If something looks “off,” don’t try to fix it yourself. Instead, call a professional to ensure the job is done right and with the proper tools.

Maintaining your HVAC system may not always be a breeze, but you can certainly do a few things to keep it working efficiently. By giving it a good look-over, calling in a maintenance check, and ensuring you don’t do a few things, your system will work like a charm this winter.

Need to schedule a tune-up and air conditioning repair Mesa? Call us today or submit our appointment form to set a time that works for you.

Hosting Guests with Allergies or Asthma

‘Tis the season to have company! If family and friends will be visiting your home soon, you may be wondering what you need to do to make them feel at home. Of course, there are the usual things such as preparing meals and providing a clean and comfy bed, but what about the more physical things?

Guests with allergies or asthma, for instance, may require some special preparations. After all, nobody wants to be the cause of a friend’s sneezing fit and you especially don’t want to set off a full-on asthma attack.

So how can you prevent these things from happening? Try the tips below.

Move Your Pets

Many people have allergies to typical household pets. Therefore, if you have furry friends, you’ll want to ask about pet allergies before your guests arrive. If any of your visiting loved ones happen to suffer from dog- or cat-related allergies, it’s generally a good idea to suggest another lodging option.

Nothing else available? Do what you can to rid your home of allergens.

You can start preparations by moving your animals to a private room, away from the guest rooms and the common areas. With the animals housed in another space, steam clean all furniture and carpets and dust everything. Get rid of any lurking pet hair and dander to ensure no more is allowed to accumulate before your friends and family arrive.

Invest in an Air Purifier

The air in every home is full of dust and other common allergens that are sure to set off respiratory issues in some. In order to remove these airborne allergens, invest in an air purifier. Not only will this make your visitors more comfortable, but it can also improve your family’s overall health.

Clean Everything

We mentioned steam cleaning the carpets and furniture if you have pets. However, this is actually a good idea even if you don’t have furry friends roaming your home. Pets aside, it’s a good idea to clean absolutely everything before your loved ones arrive. This will ensure your home is free from excessive dust and pesky dust mites. It’ll also leave your home looking and smelling great for your guests.

Not sure what to clean? Some of the most important cleaning tasks include:

  • Cleaning the carpet
  • Cleaning the upholstered furniture
  • Dusting every hard surface with a non-chemical cleaner
  • Washing vent covers
  • Washing all bedding in hot water

Purchase Allergen Barriers

It’s no secret that mattresses and pillows tend to gather dust mites over time. This can pose a real problem for those who suffer from allergies and asthma.

Fortunately, you can make your beds a little less problematic for your guests by purchasing zip-up allergen barrier covers for your mattresses and pillows. These covers trap dust mites, keeping them far from the sleeping faces of your friends and family.

Skip the Smoke

While it might be tempting to set up a nice fire in the fireplace on a cold winter evening, guests with allergies or asthma may thank you for skipping it. Many people are bothered by the smoke created by a fireplace, making the experience of roasting chestnuts on an open fire more irritating than it is fun.

Likewise, you will need to make a conscious decision to forego cigarettes or cigars. If you smoke on a regular basis, be sure to make your guests aware of this ahead of time and offer to help them find alternate accommodations if necessary.

Schedule a Tune-Up

A neglected HVAC system can easily cause issues by spreading dust, dirt, and even mold spores. Be sure to have your system looked at and have all filters replaced in time for the arrival of your visitors.

Need to schedule a tune-up and air conditioning repair Mesa? Contact us today! We would be happy to help get your system in tip-top condition for you and your visiting loved ones.

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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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