Balanced Air, Inc. Blog

Is a Used Air Conditioning System an Option for Installation?

September 16th, 2019

ac-units-in-scrapyardThe simple answer: no. We do not recommend shopping for a used air conditioning system and calling a contractor to install it. (Or worse, trying to install it yourself!)

We know that purchasing used is often a great way to save money. Used books, furniture, cars, and laptops can all make good, cost-effective investments. But this doesn’t work for all purchases, and in the case of an HVAC system, it’s a major mistake. No reputable HVAC contractor will install a previously owned central air conditioner. The only case where you’ll hear about people buying used HVAC equipment is with window ACs—and even then, it’s not something we recommend.

(We don’t recommend window units, period. If your home doesn’t have ductwork, we advise looking into installing a ductless mini split system.)

We’re going to look at the big reasons why installing a used central air conditioner isn’t worth it.

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Fall Is Coming—Let’s Check in With Your AC

September 2nd, 2019

air-conditioning-unitsTampa Bay doesn’t have to brace for deep chilly weather in the winter. But the temperature does cool down and that allows air conditioning systems in homes to get a break. Not an extended vacation of months, but they won’t need to run all through the season like they do in summer.

As fall comes nearer, it’s a good idea to check in with your air conditioning system. This is to evaluate how well it’s performed, if it has any repair issues to fix, and whether it needs to be replaced before the hot weather returns.

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Odd Noises From Your AC and What They May Mean

August 19th, 2019

shocked-womanIn the future, air conditioning systems may have complex AI programs that can immediately alert a homeowner to a malfunction with a description of the malfunction and the best plan of action. It might even be able to schedule repair services with your local HVAC contractor of choice.

We aren’t there yet with ACs, however. To find out if you need air conditioning repairs in Wesley Chapel, FL requires a bit of detective work so you notice signs of a problem. For example, an air conditioner may start to make unusual sounds. The standard noises from an AC are the whir of the motors running the fans and the compressor, with occasional dripping from condensate falling into the condensate drain. And since the compressor is located outside in the condenser cabinet, you’ll rarely hear it.

When a different noise interrupts these ones, it may be a sign of a problem …

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Reasons Your AC Can’t Keep Up with the Heat

August 5th, 2019

woman-in-front-of-fan-hand-on-headWhat’s worse than buying an air conditioner that can’t cool you down? At that point you might as well just flush your money down the toilet. Though realistically, air conditioners in good condition and maintained properly should always be able to cool your home for a long period of time. Certain problems, like a dirty evaporator coil or clogged air filter, could indicate that you just need some air conditioning repair in Tampa, FL. Other issues, like a refrigerant leak or an electrical failure, could be signs that your system needs replacing.

Nobody wants an air conditioner that can’t keep up with the heat. That is why one of our HVAC technicians can give you a proper diagnosis for why your air conditioner just can’t seem to get the job done, as well as a few affordable solutions to finally cool your home down.

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If It’s Time for a New AC … What Type Should You Get?

July 22nd, 2019

New-air-conditionerIn our last post, we addressed one of the most serious troubles an air conditioning system can run into—the fried compressor. If you have this problem and discovered the best solution is to replace the AC entirely, the next dilemma is making the choice about what type and size of AC to replace it.

You can decide to get a new one just like the old one—but that’s rarely satisfactory, especially with recent advances in cooling technology. You have choices to make, although relying on an HVAC professional will make the choices easier. In fact, the help of a licensed professional is necessary to avoid a major error, as we’ll explain later.

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If the Compressor Dies, Do I Need a Whole New AC? 

July 8th, 2019

service-timeWe do not want to give the impression that any air conditioning problems are too “minor” to take seriously. Considering how intensely hot our summer season is, any and all issues with your AC need to be addressed immediately. No matter how serious the problem may be, you can trust our team with your air conditioning repair in Land O’Lakes, FL. Don’t hesitate to schedule service.

Now, given that, we also want to say that there are certain air conditioning problems that are undeniably more serious than others. Of those, one of the last issues that you want to encounter is a dead compressor. What you may not realize is that no, a dead compressor does not necessarily mean that you need to replace the whole AC. That is definitely the case in some situations, but it’s not a given. Read on to learn more about some of the potential options you may have. 

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How to Troubleshoot an AC That Won’t Work

June 24th, 2019

ac-with-toolsA failed air conditioning system can be serious misery during the heat and humidity of a Florida summer. Because of the high level of stress that cooling systems undergo in this climate, an air conditioner may abruptly stop working during a heat wave.

If you turn on your AC system one hot day and find that the air flowing from the vents isn’t cooled, or that the AC won’t come on at all, you may have a repair emergency on your hands …

… or you may have a simple problem you can correct on your own.

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Troubles You Might Have With a Ductless Mini Split System

June 10th, 2019

ductless-mini-split-on-the-wallThe headline might make it sound as if we aren’t in favor of using ductless mini split systems (a.k.a. ductless heat pumps) for home heating and cooling. But we are! We think ductless heat pumps are one of the best solutions for home comfort around, especially for older homes or smaller homes without room for ductwork. Ductless mini split systems are convenient, easy and fast for professionals to install, improve indoor air quality, and have excellent energy efficiency.

But, like any HVAC system, ductless mini splits may need to be repaired at some point. They don’t suffer from the duct-related problems that can plague standard heat pumps and air conditioners, but there are a few specific repair issues they can suffer from. We’re going to go over a few of the ductless heat pump problems you encounter.

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The Dangers of Refrigerant Leaking From an Air Conditioner

May 27th, 2019

air-conditioning-maintenance-technician-checks-mainfoldYour home’s central air conditioner is a type of refrigeration system, like a freezer or a fridge. It cools down air by removing the heat from it with chemical refrigerant. The refrigerant circulated through a set of indoor and outdoor coils, evaporating in the indoor coils to draw heat from the air and then condensing in the outdoor coils to release the heat.

Because refrigerant is so essential to the operation of an air conditioner, any refrigerant leaks are serious issues that need to be fixed with professional air conditioning repair in Trinity, FL as soon as possible. Losing refrigerant from an air conditioner not only threatens comfort in a home, it eventually leads to a full air conditioner breakdown that permanently harms the compressor.

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Air Conditioning vs. Heat Pump Installation: What’s YOUR Best Choice?

May 13th, 2019

heat-pump-backyardWhen you decide you need a new air conditioning system for your home (and now would be a great time to do it and beat out the worst of the summer heat), you’ll have to make a few decisions. If your previous AC was a standard central system, then the easiest choice is to put in a similar type of air conditioner. You can make upgrades, such as going for a higher efficiency unit or one with a variable speed blower fan. But the new air conditioner will do the same essential job as the last one.

But … there’s another option, which is to install a heat pump. A heat pump is similar to a central AC—and takes up the same amount of space inside and outside the house—but it can switch the way it operates so it can work as a heater when necessary.

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