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

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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Why You Only Want a Professional HVAC Contractor to Fix Your AC

Monday, September 17th, 2018

tools-on-ac-unitThe end of the summer can bring with it the worst heat of the whole season. Here in Tampa Bay, we can expect to have hot weather strike any time of the year, including winter. This makes air conditioning systems essential parts of our homes—and it also makes keeping them in good repair a vital part of living in our climate.

If you notice your AC isn’t working as well as it should, or maybe isn’t working at all, you may feel tempted to open up the HVAC cabinet and tinker around. How hard can it be to make a few adjustments to get an air conditioner working again?

Well … plenty hard! Air conditioners aren’t just big fans. They’re complex refrigeration equipment. To repair an air conditioning system, you must have licensed professional HVAC technicians do the work. Here are a few reasons professionals are the only people to turn to in your hour of AC need:

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Is This the Last Summer for Your Air Conditioning System?

Monday, August 20th, 2018
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This one is ready to go…

You expect your home’s air conditioning system to put in hard work during a typical Florida summer. The heat and the humidity place a significant strain on it each year. Even if you keep up with regular maintenance for the AC each spring, the time will come when all the stress, the wear and tear, will catch up and overwhelm the cooling system. And that means … replacement time.

If reading that made you start to doubt the future of your air conditioning system, right now is a good time to start giving serious thought to putting in a new one once the summer heat subsides. We’ll give you some help below for making this decision about what to do with your air conditioning in Clearwater, FL to ensure you have a system that works its best for the years to come.

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Do I Need to Put More Refrigerant Into My AC at Some Point?

Monday, August 6th, 2018

air-conditioner-unit-being-repairedThis is a question homeowners often have about their air conditioning systems. They know that refrigerant (aka “Freon,” which is a brand name) is an important part of how an air conditioner runs. Without refrigerant, there’s no way for an AC system to cool down a house. But what happens if the refrigerant runs out? And when will it start to run out?

The simple answer: You shouldn’t need to put more refrigerant in an air conditioning system because the AC doesn’t consume refrigerant.

A longer answer is necessary, because it helps explain how air conditioners operate and the times when refrigerant will need to be added.

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Why Is There Ice on My Air Conditioner?

Monday, July 9th, 2018

frozen-acIf you’ve noticed the indoor coils for your air conditioning system have ice or frost on them, you’re right to be concerned. Often, homeowners ignore the appearance of ice on parts of an AC because they imagine that it’s part of the normal cooling cycle.

Cool air comes from an AC, so it probably has ice somewhere in it. This, however, is wrong. An air conditioner is a type of refrigerant system, and just your refrigerator, you don’t want frost developing on it. Ice is a sign of a problem and a reason to call for service for your air conditioning in Clearwater, FL from our team.

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