June 10th, 2019
The 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.
May 27th, 2019
Your 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.
May 13th, 2019
When 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.
April 29th, 2019
You never know exactly how long an appliance might last. It depends on factors like how often you use it, how well it was constructed, if it suffers any damage, and sometimes just plain luck. But with almost any appliance, there’s a general idea of many years you can expect it to last on average—and that’s the case with a central air conditioning system.
We’re going to provide you a few different answers about how long you can expect your central air conditioning system to last, along with a few caveats and advice for the longest possible equipment life.
April 15th, 2019
Heat pumps are a popular option for home comfort in Tampa Bay because they provide air conditioning and heating in one unit. A big benefit of a heat pump in this climate is the energy efficiency of heating mode, which drains less power than a standard electric furnace. A heat pump spends most of the year in cooling mode, but on the few days when it needs to turn to heating mode, it won’t place an enormous demand for electrical power.
Unfortunately, the dual-function of heat pumps—heating and cooling—often leads to a misunderstanding about how they work. People sometimes believe that a heat pump will not be as powerful a cooling system as a stand-alone air conditioner, which can dedicate all its power to cooling. Thankfully, this isn’t true.
April 1st, 2019
You probably don’t know much about the central air conditioner in your home except that it cools you down on hot Florida summer days. You may know it works similar to a refrigerator, moving refrigerant between two sets of coils, and that it uses a compressor to run. But unless you work in the HVAC industry or are enthusiastic about the science of refrigeration systems, this is probably where your knowledge stops.
And that’s fine! It’s why you have HVAC professionals like us around when you need AC repair in New Port Richey, FL or any other air conditioning service. Only technicians with special training and tools should handle fixing or installing a central air conditioner. You can trust any job to us.
But we thought it would be fun to share some facts about your air conditioner you may not have known. These facts won’t allow you to do any DIY work on the AC, but they will help you understand how the system works.
March 18th, 2019
Spring is an important time for any HVAC contractor. It’s the time when we start to change from working on handling broken heating systems to helping our customers prep their cooling systems for another hot and humid Florida summer. During the actual summer, we keep busy with answering emergency repair call—this is one of the most important jobs we do to see our customers stay cool. But spring is when we provide the essential service that can help to stop those awful summer cooling problems.
And that service is … annual spring air conditioning maintenance.
Below are the 5 biggest benefits you’ll enjoy when you schedule maintenance for your air conditioning in Port Richey, FL:
March 4th, 2019
The answer depends on what you mean when you use the word “repair.”
If you mean, “Are there any quick checks or changes I can make to get the heat pump working if there’s only a minor glitch?”, then we have a few tips to help. You might find there’s a basic issue causing the heat pump’s problems, and you won’t need to call for a technician.
If you mean, “How can I open up the heat pump cabinet and use some tools to fix the system?”, then the answer is, “There are no repairs you can do—please do not try!” A heat pump malfunction that’s bigger than any of the simple issues we’ll discuss below can only be repaired by a licensed HVAC professional.
February 18th, 2019
Not this kind of electric heater! You need a central electric furnace.
Florida isn’t exactly known for bone-chilling winters. It’s the warm winters that often draw people to live here in the first place. Because of the mild weather, we’re faced with a bit of a dilemma when it comes to home heating systems. We need to have heaters for the colder days, but also don’t want to sink too much money into running one. The standard types of heaters found in colder regions are often not ideal for our homes.
February 4th, 2019
When a heater stops working in a place where temperatures are frequently below freezing during the winter, it’s an emergency situation. The best course of action is to call for HVAC professionals right away to get the trouble fixed before the deep freeze gets into the house.
Here in Florida, the situation with heaters is different. We don’t rely on them as often, and when one stops working during one of our colder days, it’s more of an inconvenience. That doesn’t mean you should ignore the problem and just hope it somehow “gets better.” It won’t, and you’ll have an unhappy household on your hands pretty soon. You can first take a few steps to check on what might be wrong with the heater before you call for professional heater service in New Port Richey, FL to fix it.