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Making a Change for the Fall: What to Know About Getting a Heat Pump

September 13th, 2021

air-conditioner-units-near-grassFall is almost here, and no matter what the weather outside currently is, you’ll start making plans for lower temperatures. Part of your plans this year might include a heat pump installation Wesley Chapel, FL. Heat pumps are popular choices in Florida because they can function well in both modes: heating and cooling. If this is what has you interested in replacing your old HVAC system with a heat pump, you’re already on the right track for great comfort. 

Before you go further into finding a heat pump, we have important general information about heat pump installation that will help you with making your decision.

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The Mystery of the Failed AC—Solved!

August 16th, 2021

magnifying-glassHow does your air conditioning system work? It might seem mysterious, maybe even marvelous when you give it close thought. For thousands of years, people had ways to create heat, but they could not discover a way to “create” cooling as powerfully. Then, in the early 20th century, electro-mechanical air conditioning solved humanity’s quest to uncover the mystery of reliable cooling.

If you’re reading this, you’re confronting another mystery: why your air conditioning system isn’t providing your house with the cooling you need for summer comfort. You won’t need thousands of years to unravel this problem, however, because you can find the detectives to solve the case for you with a phone call. 

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Evaporator Coil Freeze: Why It’s a Problem and How to Solve It

August 2nd, 2021

ice-cubesOne of the problems that can trouble an air conditioner is when the evaporator coil—the indoor coil of the system—freezes over with ice. When people see this happen to their air conditioners, they may assume it means the ACs are working too hard and creating excess cool air. But coil freeze isn’t a sign of an AC that’s working too hard. Usually, it means the evaporator coil isn’t able to cool enough.

We know that sounds confusing, but we’ll explain below. Evaporator coil freeze is a major problem that will likely require you to call for professional AC repair in Clearwater, FL, and we want to help you understand what may be going on.

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Know the Cooling Limits of Your AC

July 19th, 2021

thermostat-and-woman-72-degreesAs the weather continues to get hotter, you will be thanking your air conditioner for doing such a good job of keeping you and your family cool. Your air conditioner will have to work harder with the rising temperatures to keep your home cool and comfortable. However, with all the hard work your AC has been doing, there is a higher risk of the unit failing you because of all the strain. Making your air conditioner work harder than it has to can result in even the best-maintained units breaking down.

Air conditioning can only do so much to maintain ideal indoor temperatures. Unfortunately, most homeowners don’t realize that all air conditioning systems have their limitations. Overburdening your air conditioner can result in a complete breakdown that will require AC repair in Lutz, FL.

This guide will help you understand the limits of your air conditioner to ensure that you can get the best performance from your system for much longer.

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Don’t Set Your Thermostat Too Low: Here’s Why

July 5th, 2021

thermometer-going-redWhen the heat starts to climb outdoors and you’re inside your home, what do you do? You turn on the AC, of course! It’s hard to imagine making it through a long summer in Florida without the power of an air conditioner in your house. 

But we have another question: how low do you set the thermostat when you turn on your AC? If the answer is, “As low as I can stand,” you may be pushing your air conditioner beyond its limits and wasting power. We’ll explain why you shouldn’t set your thermostat too low, no matter how hot it is outside. In fact, let’s start right there…

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Enormous Cooling Costs? Let’s Find Out What’s Wrong

June 21st, 2021

money-up-the-chimneyLiving in Florida means you can expect to see bigger electrical costs during the summer months. Air conditioning systems consume enormous amounts of electricity compared to most other appliances in a house, and there isn’t any way to get around using an air conditioner during our summers. Not if you don’t want to be absolutely miserable.

You probably already have a general idea of what the electric cost increase in summer will be. If your monthly utility bills arrive and you see that you’re paying significantly more than you expect, it’s likely that the air conditioner is the cause—and it’s something more than the standard electric usage for the AC. You may need air conditioning repair in St. Petersburg, FL, and below we’ll look into some of the possibilities behind a cooling system that has turned into an energy hog.

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How to Detect Refrigerant Leaks in Your AC

June 7th, 2021

air-conditioner-condenser-3D-renderIn our last post, we discussed water leaking from an air conditioning system. This is an easy problem to detect: you only have to notice water dripping from the AC cabinet. But there’s another type of leak that can affect an air conditioner, and it’s both more damaging for the air conditioner and more difficult to detect until it becomes a major problem, and that’s refrigerant leaks. 

Your AC is designed to run on a specific amount of refrigerant (known as its charge). Any loss in that amount will cause the air conditioner to malfunction and eventually lead to the compressor burning out. When that happens, the system usually must be replaced. So leaking refrigerant is an AC repair you want to get done as soon as you can. Below we’ve listed the signs that will help you know when to call us for AC repair in Spring Hill, FL because of a possible refrigerant leak.

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Does My AC Dehumidify My Home’s Air?

May 24th, 2021

humidity-on-windowIn our local climate, humidity is as much an enemy to summer comfort as the temperature. We all know that humid days feel much hotter and less pleasant. This isn’t because humidity makes the air hotter. High humidity makes it harder for our bodies to release heat through perspiration. With more heat trapped in our bodies, the temperature of the air around us feels hotter. 

For example, on an 85°F day with a relative humidity of around 40%, the air will feel like it’s 85° or 86°F. But if the relative humidity is 75%—a common occurrence in Florida—that 85° will feel like it’s 95°. A huge difference!

But you have an air conditioner in your home, so that should take care of it, right? Well, not exactly. Your AC does dehumidify the air … but not enough that it could be considered a “dehumidifier.”

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How Water Can Leak from Your AC

May 10th, 2021

water-dropletsWhen you listen to your air conditioning system running during the summer, you’ll occasionally hear the sound of dripping water. Your air conditioner doesn’t use water to cool the house (there’s a separate type of cooling system called an evaporative cooler that uses water, but these are rare in Florida); the sound you’re hearing is moisture drawn from the air as the AC goes through its cooling cycle. 

For the most part, you don’t need to think about this water—an air conditioning system is designed to remove moisture from the unit and either allow it to drip outside or enter into the wastewater system. But like any component in an air conditioner, the parts designed to remove water can malfunction, and this is why you might see water dripping from your AC.

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Is a High-Efficiency AC a Way to Guarantee Lower Bills?

April 19th, 2021

air-conditioner-money-saverThis is a question that HVAC installers frequently get. The word efficiency is thrown about often when it comes to major appliances today, and sometimes exactly what it means for a specific piece of equipment can be lost. However, when most people think of an appliance as “efficient,” they connect that to “saving money by lowering bills.” And this can be the case. But not necessarily. 

High-efficiency air conditioning systems can be excellent new installations for homes, and we often recommend them for customers who are hunting for replacement air conditioning in Spring Hill, FL, or elsewhere in our service area. But no AC can be a guarantee of lower bills, because other factors come into play. If you work with professionals for your AC installation, your chance of getting a new system that will save you money is much higher.

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