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

The Mystery of the Failed AC—Solved!

Monday, 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

Monday, 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

Monday, 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

Monday, 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

Monday, 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

Monday, 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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How Water Can Leak from Your AC

Monday, 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?

Monday, 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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Don’t Let AC Maintenance Slip Past This Spring

Monday, April 12th, 2021

AC-maintenanceSummer is on the way! You can feel it in the air—and maybe you’re even feeling it from your air conditioning system.

If so … hold on there a minute! Are you running your AC already but haven’t scheduled AC maintenance in Clearwater, FL? There’s nothing that says you can’t start running your air conditioner as soon as it’s warm enough, but we don’t recommend you go for much longer without arranging spring maintenance for the AC. This is the most important step you can take to ensure your air conditioning system runs smoothly for the summer and doesn’t leave you with unexpected bills for repairs or low system energy efficiency. 

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The Off-Season Maintenance Steps for Your AC

Monday, November 23rd, 2020

air-conditioning-with-flowersAlthough we’re going to call winter the “off-season” for your air conditioning system, we know that this means something different in Florida than it does in, say, Minnesota. The AC won’t shut down and stay off for months. Rather, it will simply see less work. The hot days will still come around and your air conditioning in Wesley Chapel, FL must be ready for them.

This is why taking steps to maintain your air conditioner during the off-season is important. These are basic precautions to ensure the best performance from the system whenever you need it during the coming months. When spring arrives, you can arrange for the professional maintenance the AC requires to handle yet another hot and humid Florida summer.

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