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

Rating Your AC’s Performance Over the Summer

Monday, October 12th, 2020

hand-drawing-checkboxAlthough Florida air conditioning systems never get extended breaks, even during winter, the end of the year is the best time to consider making significant changes to a home’s central AC. The weather cools down a bit and you’ll have more time to arrange for a convenient replacement for an aging air conditioner—if that’s what you need.

Is this the fall season when you stop with air conditioning repair in St. Petersburg, FL, and instead opt to have our technicians install a new air conditioner? A big question, and we’d like to help you address it with a thought exercise: give your air conditioning system a rating for how well it performed over the summer. This will help you think about its future and what work, if any, it requires before the next heatwave arrives. (And there’s no guarantee that won’t occur before the end of the year!)

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What to Know About Fall AC Installation

Monday, September 28th, 2020

air-conditioner-units-near-grassWhen is the best time to arrange for an AC installation in Wesley Chapel, FL? We can tell you the worst time: it’s whenever you need your current air conditioning system working the most and it abruptly fails on you. An emergency air conditioning replacement is a big deal, and it can mean going without vital household cooling while technicians get a new one in place.

So any time other than when you need an emergency summer replacement is a better time to get a new AC. And the fall is up there with the best time. If you think your AC has gone through its last summer of effective and efficient operation, fall is ideal for calling our technicians to schedule installing a new system. We don’t recommend waiting for the spring, since this is Florida and we never know when we’ll need our air conditioners working hard for us again.

A few things we’d like you to know about a fall AC installation:

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My AC Is Making Rattling Sounds—What Does That Mean?

Monday, September 14th, 2020

woman-listening-300x200Odd noises from an air conditioner are rarely anything good. You can expect certain sounds from your AC’s indoor and outdoor components when it’s running:

  • The whir of the motors powering the fans and the compressor.
  • Occasional clicking sounds at startup.
  • The drip of water in the condensate drainage system.
  • The whoosh of air passing through the ductwork.

Sounds aside from this are warning you that’s something is wrong with the air conditioner. One of the most common of these warning sounds is rattling. There are several potential sources for this noise, and if you have any doubts about what’s causing it, it’s time to call for AC repair in Wesley Chapel, FL from our team. We offer 24-hour emergency service—we don’t want you to get trapped with a non-working AC during the Florida heat.

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Ductless Systems Can Work for Homes With Ducts: Here’s How

Monday, August 31st, 2020

ductless-acCentral ducted heating and air conditioning systems only started to become common parts of home construction during the 1970s, which was when central AC became standard for homes. Older homes have often had to get by with window AC units. However, the spread of ductless heating and air conditioning systems, a.k.a. ductless mini split heat pumps, made it possible for older homes without ducts to enjoy excellent comfort throughout the house without adding any ducts. These ductless mini splits also permitted home construction without surrendering any space to putting in a ventilation system.

But when it comes to ductless heating and air conditioning in Tampa, FL, there are more uses than just to accommodate homes that have no ductwork. If you live in a house with a standard central AC and heating system, there are still ways a ductless installation can benefit you.

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You Need Professional Specialists for Your Commercial AC Repair

Monday, August 17th, 2020

commercial-ventilationAugust is a rough time of the year for the weather in the Tampa Bay Area: intense heat and humidity. Every building must have some type of air conditioning system to be bearable. If you run a business in the Tampa Bay Area, you know how vital a working central air conditioning system is just to keep operations going from hour to hour. This is true for a retail shop, a bar, or an office. Heat sends away customers, makes employees unproductive, and can harm objects and processes.

But even though it’s obvious how important a working commercial AC is, it’s surprising how many businesses won’t rely on professional commercial HVAC specialists when they need repairs. Instead, they’ll look to a building “handy-person” to come in a knock around with some tools on the AC. Or they may contact a HVAC company that isn’t focused on commercial systems, just residential ones, and assume it’s “about the same.”

It isn’t! When your business has an AC that isn’t doing its job, only call on a professional commercial air conditioning contractor in Wesley Chapel, FL. You can trust to our trained team to get the job done.

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Don’t Give Up on AC Maintenance Because It’s Already Summer

Monday, July 6th, 2020

man-before-fan-feeling-hotWe know your central AC in Wesley Chapel, FL is already hard at work—the summer weather has already been with us for a few weeks, and now that it’s July we are full into the summer heat and humidity.

Now … did you remember to schedule professional maintenance for your air conditioning system in spring?

If you’re suddenly thinking, “Oh no, I forgot!” or you’re wondering, “Wait, I need to do that every year?” we’re glad we reminded you. It’s not too late to schedule your AC maintenance with our team. Sign up for our Premier Service Agreement and we’ll get you on the schedule right away. Not only will you receive the necessary inspection and tune-up for your air conditioning system, but you’ll also get bonuses such as priority scheduling for repairs and no overtime charges.

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The Fan in Your AC Isn’t Working? Let’s See Why …

Monday, June 8th, 2020

Spinning-fan-closeup.Your air conditioning system contains two fans, both of which are essential for it to provide your home with cool comfort during a Florida summer. The first fan is the indoor fan, the one you hear whirring through most of the day. This fan is responsible for circulating air through the rooms of the house. It also pushes warm air from the return air ducts over the evaporator coil so the air is cooled down. The outdoor fan does the job of exhausting the heat released through the condenser coil to the outside; if it doesn’t work, the AC can’t remove heat from the indoor air.

Because these fans are busy mechanical devices, they can wear down and fail at some point. Regular maintenance can help to head off this problem, but it can’t stop all malfunctions. At some point, you may discover one of the fans isn’t running and your house is rapidly getting hot. Usually, you will need air conditioning repair in Tampa, FL to get the fan working again.

Below are some of the reasons you may have failed AC fans.

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Get Rid of Those Window ACs! Here’s What’s Wrong With Them

Monday, May 25th, 2020

ac-plastic-grillMany homes in Florida were built without ductwork, coming from a time when central air conditioning wasn’t as common as it is today. For these homes, the best way to enjoy cool air from an AC is from window units. You know them: large, boxy objects fit into an available window, with the large compressor section outside to release the heat drawn from the inside air. When window ACs were first introduced back in the 1950s, they were a revolution in making cooling available for houses.

Today, however, we have to be honest: window units have many problems—and with the availability of ductless mini split systems, they aren’t the only way to have cooling in homes without ducts. We recommend you make installing a ductless system to replace those window ACs as your next air conditioning services in New Port Richey, FL.

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When Ductless Mini Splits Are a Big Advantage

Monday, May 11th, 2020

ductless-unit-blowing-airWe are proud to be a Port Richey, FL air conditioning company that offers ductless mini split installation, repair, maintenance, and other services. The technology of ductless mini splits (a.k.a. ductless mini split heat pumps) is relatively new to homes in the US, although they’re already popular in many businesses. As more people discover the advantages of having ductless heating and cooling systems, the more people want them installed for their homes.

But going ductless isn’t ideal for all situations. If you live in a house with extensive ductwork for an existing central AC and heater, a ductless heat pump usually isn’t the best choice for system replacement—you’ll want to benefit the most from having a ventilation system already in place. However, there are still situations when having a ductless mini split is a good idea. Below we’ve listed times when going ductless has big advantages.

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Don’t Trust AC Repair to Unlicensed “Technicians”

Monday, April 27th, 2020

wrenchesTimes are a bit rough when it comes to arranging for important home services. As we move into summer and Florida heat continues to climb, our air conditioners are going to be points of major concern. What happens if your AC malfunctions, or breaks down entirely? Can you try to fix it yourself, or is there a shortcut with an amateur who promises to get it fixed for a low cost?

The answer to the first question is “probably not,” and to the second question is a solid “no.”

(As a reminder, we’re still open and here to help with 24-hour emergency air conditioning repair in Wesley Chapel, FL and the rest of the Tampa Bay Area. You don’t have to search hard for the help you need.)

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