Balanced Air, Inc. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning Replacement’

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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Ways Your Local HVAC Pros Can Help With Better Cooling This Year

Monday, March 30th, 2020

air-conditioning-collageIf you spent the last summer feeling you weren’t getting the cooling you deserved in your house, we are glad you stopped by. We’re an HVAC company in Tampa, FL that’s dedicated to quality, integrity, and professionalism in all we do. It’s our goal to help you enjoy better indoor comfort for your entire household. We treat every customer like family.

So … how can we help improve your cooling this year? We have plenty of ways! Below are a few. Please call our office to find out more.

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Planning for a New AC This Coming Spring? Let Us Help

Monday, February 17th, 2020

air-conditioner-on-leavesIf you’re considering an AC installation this approaching summer to replace your old system, now is a good time to plan for it. Our local warm weather means intense heat can arrive early, and February and March are good months to get started on planning for future cooling needs.

But you can’t install a central air conditioning system on your own as a do-it-yourself project. The work is too complicated and even selecting the right unit must be left to professionals. As soon as you think you’re ready to move with a new air conditioning installation in Tampa, FL, call our team and we’ll arrange to provide you all the help you need.

But first, a few things to consider when it comes to a new AC:

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Too Much Refrigerant in an AC Is a Problem Too

Monday, October 14th, 2019

compressor-in-ac-unitWe’ve written a number of times about the troubles an air conditioning system will run into when it loses its refrigerant charge because of leaks. When leaks are left unrepaired, an undercharged refrigerant will not only lose cooling power, it will eventually break down from a burnt-out compressor. At the first sign of an AC running a reduced refrigerant charge, call a Trinity, FL air conditioning contractor to look at the system and get it fixed.

But this problem happens in reverse as well. A central air conditioning system is designed to operate at a specific refrigerant charge and pressure. If there is too much refrigerant in the system, the AC is in danger—the same danger of a catastrophic compressor breakdown.

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Is a Used Air Conditioning System an Option for Installation?

Monday, September 16th, 2019

ac-units-in-scrapyardThe simple answer: no. We do not recommend shopping for a used air conditioning system and calling a contractor to install it. (Or worse, trying to install it yourself!)

We know that purchasing used is often a great way to save money. Used books, furniture, cars, and laptops can all make good, cost-effective investments. But this doesn’t work for all purchases, and in the case of an HVAC system, it’s a major mistake. No reputable HVAC contractor will install a previously owned central air conditioner. The only case where you’ll hear about people buying used HVAC equipment is with window ACs—and even then, it’s not something we recommend.

(We don’t recommend window units, period. If your home doesn’t have ductwork, we advise looking into installing a ductless mini split system.)

We’re going to look at the big reasons why installing a used central air conditioner isn’t worth it.

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Fall Is Coming—Let’s Check in With Your AC

Monday, September 2nd, 2019

air-conditioning-unitsTampa Bay doesn’t have to brace for deep chilly weather in the winter. But the temperature does cool down and that allows air conditioning systems in homes to get a break. Not an extended vacation of months, but they won’t need to run all through the season like they do in summer.

As fall comes nearer, it’s a good idea to check in with your air conditioning system. This is to evaluate how well it’s performed, if it has any repair issues to fix, and whether it needs to be replaced before the hot weather returns.

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Reasons Your AC Can’t Keep Up with the Heat

Monday, August 5th, 2019

woman-in-front-of-fan-hand-on-headWhat’s worse than buying an air conditioner that can’t cool you down? At that point you might as well just flush your money down the toilet. Though realistically, air conditioners in good condition and maintained properly should always be able to cool your home for a long period of time. Certain problems, like a dirty evaporator coil or clogged air filter, could indicate that you just need some air conditioning repair in Tampa, FL. Other issues, like a refrigerant leak or an electrical failure, could be signs that your system needs replacing.

Nobody wants an air conditioner that can’t keep up with the heat. That is why one of our HVAC technicians can give you a proper diagnosis for why your air conditioner just can’t seem to get the job done, as well as a few affordable solutions to finally cool your home down.

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If It’s Time for a New AC … What Type Should You Get?

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

New-air-conditionerIn our last post, we addressed one of the most serious troubles an air conditioning system can run into—the fried compressor. If you have this problem and discovered the best solution is to replace the AC entirely, the next dilemma is making the choice about what type and size of AC to replace it.

You can decide to get a new one just like the old one—but that’s rarely satisfactory, especially with recent advances in cooling technology. You have choices to make, although relying on an HVAC professional will make the choices easier. In fact, the help of a licensed professional is necessary to avoid a major error, as we’ll explain later.

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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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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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