Copper Theft is on the rise!

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Tips to Protection You from Being a Victim of Copper Theft

The increase in copper prices has caused a major issue for both Home and Business owners. Copper prices have been on the rise for the past few years which has caused an increase in copper theft. The easiest target for the copper thief is an outdoor air conditioning system.  May Home and Business owners may be surprised by how quickly copper thieves can dismantle an outdoor unit and steal the copper.  The Home and Business owners are faced paying the insurance deductible when copper theft occurs. There are a few things that homeowners and commercial buildings can do to reduce their risk of being victimized by copper thieves.

Ideas on how to protect the unit from Copper Theft

We suggests that AZ residential and commercial air conditioning customers install fencing to the surrounding area.  If fencing in not an option then we recommend putting outdoor lighting around their unit.  Motion sensor lights will deter most Thieves as they are less likely to target a home or business that is well lit to avoid getting caught red handed. Phoenix A/C Contractor also recommends placing a cage around the air conditioning unit to prevent copper theft.  The easiest way to put a stop to copper theft is to keep the air conditioning unit out of view.

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The Copper thieves make $20 to $75 for the copper they take into their local scrap metal dealers, but homeowners and commercial businesses face large and expensive repair bills.   Keep in mind that most times the thief is successful in getting the copper regardless of the challenge or obstacles they have to go through.  There has been two Copper Theft laws in Arizona  passed  Bill 2262 Department of Public Safety will register scrap metal dealers and Bill 2396 which requires the thieves that are caught to be charged based on the amount of damage not off the low value of the scrap metal.  If you see suspicious activity call your local law enforcement to investigate the situation.

What Is A Surge Protector?

We hear people talk about Surge Protectors, but do we know what they are?  More importantly what does a Surge Protector have to do with our Air Conditioning Systems and is it something you need to know about to stay cool this summer?

What Is Surge?

Surge is high amplitude, short duration electrical fluctuation which can cause harm to electric, electromechanical and electronic equipment, basically anything connected to the electrical box in your home.  Surge can be caused by lightning and storms, power outages, large appliances kicking on and other natural phenomena.

A Surge Protector Is

A box or unit designed to provide consistent power flow to anything electrical including your Air Conditioning System  even in the event of incoming surges, bounce surges from in rush current, outdoor moisture conduction from local lightening, or transient surges which are most common caused by other major appliances and electrical devices in our homes.

Different Types Of Surge Protection for A/C Systems

There are whole house surge protectors, which cover everything electrical in general.  However, this does not protect everything sufficiently and especially in regards to the one primary electrical unit placed outside in the elements, separate from the home itself, your Air Conditioning System.  There are specific Surge Protectors that can be installed at the Air Conditioner to protect the largest electrical unit at your home, well worth considering if staying cool in the hot summers in the valley of the sun is on your list of things that are important.

Why A Surge Protector just for Your Air Conditioning System?

The Air Conditioning Unit is outside in the elements it is more prone to and has an increased probability of being affected by storms.  In addition the A/C Unit pulls such a large pull as it starts up it is more likely to not only cause surges but more likely to be adversely affected by surges.   Surge Protectors installed specifically for the Air Conditioning System protects it from electrical surges caused by lightening, outages, hurricanes and any other natural events.

Insurance/Assurance, Are You Protected? 

Do you have a whole home surge protection?  If not, you are leaving every electrical, electromagnetic and electronic device in your home at risk of being destroyed by surge.  Do you have an Air conditioner specific Surge Protector?  If not, your greatest asset during the summer months at risk of being put out of commission and leaving you and your family and business sweating and running elsewhere to be safe from the sweltering heat of the Arizona Desert.

Enjoying the Assurance Plan

Insurance only protects you in the event something went wrong and you need to have it fixed.  Assurance is the protection that prevents anything going wrong in the first place.  Invest in surge protection and invest in peace of mind, the best plan you can have in regards to your Air Conditioning Units in Phoenix in the valley of the sun.

The Importance of the Run Capacitor

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Run Capacitors for your A/C System

      Keeping you informed and educated about the little things that make all of the difference for your Phoenix Air Conditioning Unit is the best way we know to keep you cool and comfortable through the extreme heat of our long summer months.  Knowledge can equal peace of mind.

What is a Run Capacitor?

      A capacitor or condenser as it is sometimes referred to, is commonly used in electronic devices.  It is a combination of three objects, a pair of conductors for sending electricity and a dielectric which is some form of non conductive materials.  An electrical field is created between the two conductors which then stores energy.  This stored energy is used to boost current needed to maintain a charge during constant use of a motor as in your Air Conditioning Unit. 

In the case of the typical Air Conditioning Unit there are dual capacitors, one for the fan motor and the other for the compressor motor. The run capacitor is for the fan motor and the one for the compressor is called the start capacitor.  The Run Capacitor maintains a relatively constant voltage supply for the purpose of increasing the torque of the fan motor on start up.

When Should I check my Run Capacitor?

      If a run capacitor is not working or is not the right size for your unit it does not always shut your system down.  Rather, it throws off the magnetic field, causing the fan motor to run unevenly increasing energy noise and decreasing efficiency with a possibility of causing overheating problems and other performance issues.   The best clues will be the sluggish running of the fan motor or slow start up of the fan motor, with noises you may not have heard previously.  In extreme cases the fan motor will just not start up, so always consider the run capacitor when a fan motor is not working.

 

Do It Yourself or Call A Professional

 

      A multi-meter is required for capacitor testing.  If you are comfortable with the use of a multi-meter you may consider testing it yourself, there are always good instructional articles and videos on the internet.  However if you are not comfortable with using a multi-meter devise it is best to call a A/C Professional in Phoenix. 

Replacement of The Run Capacitor

 

        The Run Capacitor can be quickly diagnosed by a professional and replacement is equally fast, your Air Conditioning Technician can ensure the proper size Run Capacitor is installed providing a smooth running fan that starts up the first time every time.  A run capacitor is not something that is usually diagnosed during routine maintenance.  It does not gradually go out; it is either working or not working.  So if you feel your fan is not working to full capacity or hear it struggle on start up, call your Air Care Cooling & Heating LLC Professional right away.  This quick fix will keep your system running well and keeping you and your space cool.



         

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Repairing versus Replacing that old Phoenix Air Conditioner

            Have you had your  Phoenix Air Conditioning Unit for a number of years now?  Is your A/C unit past all warranties?  Have you been told by a technician that you are in need of major repairs?  Has an Air Conditioning technician or expert recommended replacement of your existing unit?  There are many factors to consider whether it is off season or in the midst of the peak of our extremely hot summers here in the valley of the desert sun when deciding between repairing or replacing your current Air Condition Unit.

            A few of the factors to consider as you are debating this decision are, how old your existing unit is; how much money you have already put in to your existing unit over time for repairs; how much is it going to cost for current repairs; how often has your unit needed repairs; how well has your existing unit been fulfilling your cooling requirements; how much warranty if any, your existing units has; have you had any additions or add-ons to your home since the existing A/C unit was installed; and how efficient your current cooling system is in relation to power usage versus output.

            Before weighing in all of these factors, there is one circumstance that is a 100% guarantee that repairing is the best choice versus replacement.  If your home is the same size and structure it was when you first bought and had the existing unit installed, you know it is still the right size unit to serve your cooling needs now.  In addition, if your unit is still under warranty, and you know it is the right size to continue serving your homes cooling needs, this is the one definite yes to having the unit repaired versus replaced.  Both factors must apply, however to be a clear-cut answer to repair.

            There are two factors that are a pretty solid guarantee that replacement is the best option:  One, if your unit is over 10 years old.  It is impossible for an A/C unit over 10 years old to have anywhere near the efficiency factors available in new units today.  Efficiency factors that can keep your home cooler with less wear on the unit itself and  substantial savings on your power bill adding up to a long term savings well worth the cost of unit replacement.  Two, if you have modified, altered or added on to your home in any way since the current unit was installed.  An Air Condition Unit is rated based upon the amount of space it is designed and capable of cooling effectively.  If you have added on to your home in any manner that increases the space to be cooled beyond the rated capacity of your current unit, any money spent on repairs would be wasted as your unit would be incapable of cooling your space and ultimately would work itself to death very quickly putting you right back where you started.

The best place to start when faced with this decision, if the above rules do not apply, is of course just plain dollars and cents.  Get some quotes, more than one; get a quote for repairs from more than one technician and company.  Then get multiple quotes for replacement cost for different A/C units available, ask for quotes on the highest efficiency unit versus a quote for the lowest efficiency unit.  Get quotes on different name brands like Trane, Rheem, Ameristar and Goodman get quote comparisons for installation and removal. 

Now that you have the dollars and cents factor and stacks of different options, it is now time to start narrowing down the options as you make this monumental decision.  It is not exactly a life or death decision but with the extreme heat we experience for an extended period of time in this hot desert valley, it can seem that important.

            Taking all of the factors into consideration:  If your unit is outside of warranty, under five years old, still has a rating sufficient to cool your homes space requirements, and has never or seldom needed repairs before, it really does come down to dollars and cents and personal preference to replace as repair would seem the most logical choice. 

            If your unit is between five and ten years old and still rated large enough to cool your space requirements and has never or seldom needed repairs, unless the cost of repairs are extremely high comparable to the cost of replacement, it is best to repair.  

            If your unit is between five and ten years old, still rated large enough to cool your space requirements and has needed repairs more than two or three times over the years.  This is a good opportunity to seriously weigh in the price as well as the efficiency factors in making a fair determination as to whether to repair or replace. 

            If your unit is over 10 years old, whether it has had few or many repairs over the years, may not be as important as the fact that all units now available are more efficient and capable of cooling your home more effectively than the one you have now, however, if the cost of repairs are low it may make sense to do repairs.  If your unit is over 10 yrs old and this is your second or third call this season, even if the costs are low, they are now beginning to add up and the discomfort you are experiencing in addition to possible damage to your property from not being cooled far outweighs the upfront cost and the long term cost factors must now be calculated.  In this case, it is best to replace your current unit with the one that best fits your needs from the quotes you have already had done.

       This information does not cover all of the factors to be taken into consideration as the choice to replace versus repair and A/C unit, but does provide some basic guidelines to assist you in making one of the most important decisions you will be making as a resident or even part time resident in Phoenix the Air Conditioning Capital of America.  Stay cool and make informed choices that are good for you, your home and your family.

 

 

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Thinking of Replacing Your A/C Unit?  Why Now Is Better Than the Middle of Summer…

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New Air Conditioning

That old Phoenix Air Conditioning Unit was not doing so well by Seasons end last year, your technician had advised you to be looking into a new unit, you have added on to your home and need a bigger unit, or, worse yet, you may know your Air Conditioner does not work right now and will need to be replaced for your summer comfort.  Whatever the cause, there are many reasons to consider choosing to have the replacement done now rather than later on in the midst of our extreme summer heat here in the Valley.

 

If you even think you may need a new Air Conditioning unit this year, seriously consider calling a technician now.  Right now, their schedules are not quite as full, they will be able to come see you at your convenience rather than when they can fit you in, with much less wait time than you will experience during peak summer months .  A typical appointment can be two days or more in the midst summer with most companies, but with a quality air conditioning contractor they will be able to respond quickly. Air Care Cooling & Heating has some of the fastest response times in Phoenix Arizona.  Air Care responds fast because we know when you call it means you need a technician now.  Even if a technician can be there within a few hours, the removal and installation can be accomplished rather quickly but it’s still best not to be in that situation.  An assessment can be made and a recommendation then begins the wait, in the heaviest heat of our hot Arizona desert summers.

 

Phoenix Air Conditioning installation can be tricky in the summer if you have a special application. Availability of a variety of models and sizes are greater now than they will be as summer progressively gets closer.  Air Conditioning suppliers are not keeping as large of an on hand inventory as they used to.  Often times an AC order needs to be placed for units to match specific needs.  Then you have to allow for delivery time as well as HVAC installation time.  Of course if you are in an emergency situation in the heat of the summer a unit can be installed, even If it is not best suited to your needs, however, this can lead you right back to where you started, needing a new unit, only now, you are out hundreds and possibly thousands of dollars.

 

Prices also tend to go up during the summer months for services, technicians and for Air Conditioning units themselves.  By planning now, and avoiding repeated  air conditioning repairs, you can save a bundle and pay less for the exact same services that can cost you more later in the sweltering hot summer months ahead.

 

The very best and most important reason for scheduling your Air Conditioning unit replacement now is because right now you will not miss, or even notice while your old unit is being removed, the best suited model is ordered, delivered and then the new unit is installed, ready to keep you and your household comfortable all throughout the extreme summer months. In the Heat of the summer, the longer your Air Conditioning Unit is not cooling your home, the more damage can be done to other objects in your home and cause losses greater than you ever imagined from our intense summer heat.

 

Plan now, make that appointment to get your unit replaced and protect your home, your health, your family, and your pets.  Save money and relax, remember, there is no price for peace of mind, but you can buy it now with a little prior planning and stay cool in the comfort of your home unaware of the sweltering heat outside.  Make a appointment today.

Phoenix Children Hospital Air Conditioning Program

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Why Choose to Help Phoenix Children’s

 

Air Care Cooling & Heating LLC is now helping raise money to help Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Phoenix Children’s Hospital is in the top ten pediatric facility’s in the entire United States.  They also have a mobile unit, basically a hospital on wheels. Last year they made 6500 mobile visits to needy children and also to family shelters.

Air Care is committed to help out organizations that provide  superior & specialty service’s for Arizona kids while maintaining their non profit status. Phoenix Children’s Hospital has been doing for the kids of Arizona since 1983.

 

 

How The Program Works

 

The Air Conditioning donation program we are running directly benefits Arizona’s children who need help. This is how it works, for every maintenance check up we perform on your air conditioning unit 50%  will be donated to Phoenix Children’s Hospital.  We also provide repairs and other services, all other services we will be donating 10% to Phoenix Children’s.

 

 

The Goal

 

We hope to raise enough money to help kids in Arizona get the health care service’s they need and can’t get any where else. We  have set a goal of $10,000 of donations we want to raise. We do have a long road ahead of us so lets work together to achieve this goal. Just about everyone in Arizona has a air conditioning unit, and we can all agree that the summer temperatures are brutal. It is always a good idea to do a maintenance check on your air conditioning unit, this year you can get it done and benefit Arizona  children.

For more info visit our page on Phoenix Children’s Hospital website click here: Air Care Arizona Benefiting Phoenix Children’s Hospital