Balanced Air, Inc. Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

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

Monday, 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

Monday, 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

Monday, 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

Monday, 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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How Long Should My New Air Conditioner Last?

Monday, April 29th, 2019

New-air-conditionerYou 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.

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5 Facts You May Not Have Known About Your Air Conditioner

Monday, 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

Monday, 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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Figuring Out AC and Heat Pump Efficiency Ratings

Monday, November 12th, 2018

air-conditioner-units-near-grassIt’s another warm fall here in the Tampa Bay area, and air conditioners are still doing steady work. You can expect to have your air conditioner whirring away at least a few times during the coming winter as well. So there’s never a “bad” time for replacing central air conditioning in Clearwater, FL. If your AC is falling down on the job, older than 15 years, or driving your electrical bills into the stratosphere, then now is when to call us to arrange for a new air conditioner (or heat pump if you use one).

There are many factors to consider when purchasing a new AC/heat pump. Our technicians will help you with all the steps so you end up with the ideal new system for comfort. In this post, we’re going to look at a part of air conditioner and heat pump performance that often confuses homeowners, and that’s the efficiency rating. Understanding how efficiency is rated on ACs and heat pumps will make the selection process easier.

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As Fall Gets Underway, How You Can Save on Cooling Bills

Monday, October 15th, 2018

air-conditioner-money-saverIt’s storm season in Florida, and thankfully we’re going to escape the damage from Hurricane Michael. But this is a good warning to everybody about how important it is to be prepared for the change in the weather. And that change in the weather means—well, it’s still going to be warm most of the time. This is Tampa Bay, after all.

Although we recommend you have heating maintenance done during the fall in case of cooler weather periods, we want to make sure you pay attention to your central air conditioning in Clearwater, FL, because you’ll still need to rely on it during the coming months.

We have some tips to help you keep from paying too much through the fall on home cooling.

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5 Ways a Ductless AC Can Benefit a Home

Monday, October 1st, 2018

ductless-system-with-technicianFall is a good time to make plans for the future of your air conditioning system. When the most intense heat of the summer season eases up, you won’t need the AC running on a regular basis. This makes it easier to schedule a big job like replacing the system—or putting in an entirely new kind of cooling system.

That’s what we want to talk to you about today: changing from an old AC central system—or possibly just a bunch of window units—to a ductless mini split system. A ductless AC works through a series of wall-mounted air handlers placed in rooms around the house, each which connects to a single outdoor unit.

Why would you make this change? Here are 5 benefits to consider:

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