Balanced Air, Inc. Blog

How a Heat Pump Gets Heat From Outside

November 11th, 2019

cold-house-warm-houseWe recommend heat pump installations to many of our customers because they are an excellent option for comfort in the Tampa Bay climate. For those who aren’t familiar with this HVAC system, they are refrigerant-based cooling and heating systems that operate similar to air conditioners. The difference is that a heat pump can work in both directions when it comes to moving heat. An AC moves heat outside of the house to cool the air. A heat pump can also do that, but with only a basic adjustment, it can move heat from outside the house and release it indoors, warming the space.

This is usually where people who don’t know about heat pumps raise their hand with a question: “Since I’ll only use the heat pump in heating mode when it’s cold outside, how is the heat pump getting any heat from the outside air?”

It does seem strange, but the explanation is a simple one.

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Fall HVAC Maintenance: Now’s the Time to Schedule It

October 28th, 2019

furnace-repair-technicianYou may not think of winter as a “rough” time for weather in the Tampa Bay Area. The mild winters here are one of the reasons we’re a major vacation destination. But mild doesn’t mean we never run into chilly days. Our homes need to have effective heating systems we can trust to come on when we need them, and not to waste money when they run.

This is why we recommend you schedule HVAC maintenance in the fall to prepare your heating system and to ensure the ventilation system is also in good shape. If you have a heat pump, this is especially important: a heat pump works all year round, and after a summer of handling the heat in your home, it might not be in the best shape to handle cool weather. A heat pump must have bi-annual maintenance service to keep it in great shape.

There are other reasons why staying current with annual fall HVAC maintenance is essential:

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Too Much Refrigerant in an AC Is a Problem Too

October 14th, 2019

compressor-in-ac-unitWe’ve written a number of times about the troubles an air conditioning system will run into when it loses its refrigerant charge because of leaks. When leaks are left unrepaired, an undercharged refrigerant will not only lose cooling power, it will eventually break down from a burnt-out compressor. At the first sign of an AC running a reduced refrigerant charge, call a Trinity, FL air conditioning contractor to look at the system and get it fixed.

But this problem happens in reverse as well. A central air conditioning system is designed to operate at a specific refrigerant charge and pressure. If there is too much refrigerant in the system, the AC is in danger—the same danger of a catastrophic compressor breakdown.

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Your AC Has Cooling Limits: Here’s What They Are

September 30th, 2019

heat-wave-with-fanHave you ever wondered just how cold the central air conditioning system can make your home? You probably already know what the lowest setting on the thermostat is. For most models, it’s 60°F, which is plenty cool. Too cool for most. But in case of an extremely hot day, how much power can you force from the AC? How much cool air can you blast into the home to keep you as comfortable as you want?

We’re glad you’re asking these questions, regardless of whether you’re in a bind with the heat or you’re just curious. Understanding the limits of a central air conditioning system can help you operate it better, give it a longer service life, lower the cost to run it, and reduce the number of repairs it needs.

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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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