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Is a Heat Pump Less Powerful at Cooling Than an AC?

April 15th, 2019

sun-and-snowflake-badgeHeat 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.

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5 Facts You May Not Have Known About Your Air Conditioner

April 1st, 2019

air-conditioner-evaporator-coilYou 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.

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The 5 Biggest Benefits of Early Spring AC Maintenance

March 18th, 2019

calendar-scheduling-bookSpring 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:

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How Can I Repair My Heat Pump on My Own?

March 4th, 2019

wrenchesThe 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.

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The Electric Furnace vs. The Heat Pump

February 18th, 2019
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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.

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What to Do If Your Heater Stops Working

February 4th, 2019

cold-man-with-thermostatWhen 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.

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Installing a Heat Pump? A Few Things to Consider

January 21st, 2019

ac-plastic-grillWe’ve often discussed heat pumps on our blog because they are one of the most efficient and effective options for total home comfort around the year in our climate. You won’t find many heat pumps sold in the northern part of the country, where they can sometimes encounter efficiency trouble in sub-freezing temperatures. Now that’s not a situation a New Port Richey, FL, HVAC system has to face! Heat pumps can do great work at their highest potential efficient twelve months out of twelve.

But you should never go leaping into a purchase for a new HVAC system, no matter how many wonderful things you may hear about them. We think heat pumps are great, but we want to give you some advice about them—a few things to consider before you make a decision about installation.

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A Few Misunderstandings About Heat Pumps

January 7th, 2019

air-conditioning-tool-bagWe’re big on heat pumps for home comfort! There are few options for cooling and heating a house in Clearwater, FL that are better than installing a heat pump. There are numerous great benefits from heat pumps, and here are just a few:

  • Heating and cooling in one unit
  • Reduced cost for heating compared to other electric heaters
  • Safe operation

But whether you already have a heat pump, or you are considering one for your next installation, we’d like you to know about some common misconceptions about them and clear them up. Our team is available to answer any questions you may have, and we can schedule fast service to repair a heat pump or schedule an installation. We always give honest answers and won’t try to upsell you on anything you don’t need.

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Here’s Why You Must Regularly Change the HVAC Filter

December 24th, 2018

pleated-air-filterNo matter if you’re still using your AC routinely or you’ve turned on your gas or electric furnace to run for short times, there’s one job for your HVAC system you need to stick with: regularly changing the air filter. Any central HVAC system that uses forced-air (air conditioner, furnace, heat pump) has an air filter in place to help it run optimally. The filter eventually becomes clogged with the debris caught in it, and when that happens, the HVAC system will suffer from many problems.

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I Can’t Get My Heat Pump To, Well, Heat!

December 10th, 2018

man-keping-warmThe Tampa Bay winters are mild and often wonderful. But we can’t guarantee you’ll go through the whole season without needing to switch your heat pump over from cooling mode to heating mode. The reason to have a heat pump in the first place is to easily handle the occasional cool days without having to install a separate comfort system. You’ve got air conditioning and heating packed together in a single unit!

But what if you finally switch the heat pump into it’s heating mode, and the only air coming from the vents is either room temperature or cool? Something’s wrong, and we’re here to guide you through what it might be.

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