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Dorian: Crazy Damage!

I get asked all the time, should I cover my AC? Will rain damage it? Should I put a shade over it? What if I install a mister system (worst idea ever)? The answer to all of these is "No"! When the wind kicks up however, it CAN damage your AC system. A few things can happen: Wind can bend your fan blade. There is no getting around this one. if it's going to happen then its going to happen. But it is a thing and when it does occur we just have to replace the blade. Your system will make a vibrating noise if this happens. Projectiles can either pierce your coil or stop the fan from running. make sure no tree branches are lodged in the top of the unit causing the fan to stop spinning. When it hails (not so much here in Florida) it can flatten out the fins causing the unit not to breath correctly. Debris can build up around the coils causing the system not to breath. make sure grass, leaves etc. don't build up. If any of these happen just give us a call to help you out or sometimes you can get [...]

By |2019-09-03T19:16:28+00:00September 3rd, 2019|Air Conditioner Maintenance, Air Conditioning Repair|Comments Off on Dorian: Crazy Damage!

Happy Summer Solstice!

Nothing special. I just wanted to wish everyone a happy Summer Solstice and the first official day of summer. Fun facts: -From here until December 22nd the days get shorter. -The Solstice happens at exactly 15:54 UTC. -This is the longest day of the year. -The summer heat follows the longest day by a few weeks. -The day gets it's name from the appearance of the sun standing still. -The earth is actually furthest from the sun on the Summer Solstice. -In Alaska the Summer Solstice is celebrated by a midnight baseball game. I hope your AC is up to the task of keeping you cool this summer but, if it isn't you can always give us a call and we will be right there to help out. Have a fantastic weekend! John Dungan

By |2019-06-24T19:10:01+00:00June 21st, 2019|fun facts|Comments Off on Happy Summer Solstice!

“I’m hot, come NOW!”

In case you hadn't noticed, it's hot. It isn't really cooling down at night and it's getting really humid and sticky. I'm starting to get calls that accompany this phenomenon. This email is more like advise for those calling for service. So please pay attention. Don't call for a maintenance when your AC stops working or is under performing. IT IS BROKEN! hoping its just a maintenance is not going to help you. Act like we are a doctor. Tell me and my dispatcher everything. We can send the right guy with a full picture so maybe he can show up with exactly what he needs to get you up and going quickly. We don't exactly like doing maintenance calls in the middle of summer. That goes for all AC companies. I don't mean to offend anyone or say I won't service you (because I will). You need to handle this before the heat. you are taking up a valuable slot for someone who doesn't have air. It puts us in an awkward position between upsetting good customers wanting a maintenance or letting a family with a new born suffer with no air. As much as I would like to [...]

By |2019-06-13T16:11:16+00:00June 9th, 2019|Air Conditioner Maintenance, Air Conditioning Repair|Comments Off on “I’m hot, come NOW!”

Some things you can do for your AC

These are all items I take care of for you when I do your AC maintenance however they are items you can do as well. Check and/or change your your air filters EVERY month. let your system breath and it will thank you! You will have better energy bills and this will lessen the chance of mold building up. Use about a cup of bleach down the condensation drain to keep it clear of slime. When the slime builds up it clogs the line causing your unit to shut off or leak. This slime can get so bad we have to replace the whole line. Make sure to follow up the bleach after about 30 min with about a quart of hot water. You can wash out your condenser with a hose. DO NOT USE A PRESSURE WASHER!! clean away any vegetation, leaves etc. Hose water should only be used about 2 times a year as minerals from the city water system can build up on the fins. Other wise call me for regular maintenance I will do all of the above and more ensuring: You pay a lower power bill Your system achieves it's maximum life You stay [...]

By |2019-06-13T16:07:01+00:00May 15th, 2019|Air Conditioner Maintenance|Comments Off on Some things you can do for your AC

Variable Speed

Your air conditioning technician, when he visits you, may throw around some terms that are very common to the industry but may be very foreign to you or you may have associated with something else entirely. When variable speed is mentioned by your technician there are two things he could be talking about. 1. Blower motors (the section that moves air inside the house. 2. The pumping action and actual cooling ability of your Air conditioning system Here are two different breakdowns for you. I have split it into "Red Pill" & "Blue Pill". Take the Blue Pill for a superficial explanation or take the Red if you're feeling brave. What variable speed means for the non technical person: A variable speed blower doesn't actually operate on variable speeds other than it slowly ramps up to a preset speed. Your technician can change this speed but he is limited by the size of the system. This Blower will not be slowed down (easily) by restricted duct systems or dirty filters. It's also much more efficient to operate a variable speed blower motor. It has a tendency to even out the air temperature in your house in some [...]

By |2019-06-13T16:11:33+00:00April 24th, 2019|Air Conditioner Maintenance, Air Conditioning Repair|Comments Off on Variable Speed

What is that? and how does it effect me?

Air conditioning just seems like something magical and mystical. How does it occur and what can I do to effect it in a positive or negative way? If you are interested you can check out this simple diagram above and see how refrigeration works. There is a lot too it, but this is the most simple way to demonstrate it. (sorry it isn’t better quality) You have two sides to a refrigerant system, the condensing side and the evaporation side. One side takes the refrigerant (this is the chemical used to create refrigeration or cooling) and condenses it. It is pressurized by a compressor then ran through a coil of copper with fins to cool it. this condenses the refrigerant or turns it into a liquid. It is very important that all of the refrigerant is turned to a liquid through this process to accomplish the next stage in the cycle. After the refrigerant is turned into a high pressure liquid it is pushed through a small opening. once through the opening the refrigerant is allowed to occupy more space and is then in a low pressure state. the refrigerant is allowed to turn into a vapor. this occurs in [...]

By |2019-04-06T02:34:06+00:00February 21st, 2019|Air Conditioning Repair|Comments Off on What is that? and how does it effect me?

Filters Are The Key To Success

I can come out to your house and maintain your air conditioning and heating system keeping it as efficient and reliable as possible but, "what can I do", is the most common question I get from my customers. "Change your air filters" is what I always tell them. I'm sure you've heard it and maybe you do change your filters regularly. Why? Because I said so? So your air is cleaner? The first thing you have to know is that your air filter is for your system not you. Second is it needs as much air as possible and it should be clean. So installing that $20 1" filter isn't the best thing for your AC. You may as well be installing a dirty filter. It restricts your air flow so you want a filter that catches a lot of dirt and is breathable, white or blue is best. The reasons: Your air conditioner is designed to push a certain amount of air, if it is starved for air then the power consumption goes up and so does the run time. It is a loosing proposition. Your indoor coil is sensitive to debris. It catches what your filter doesn't. When [...]

By |2019-06-13T16:12:52+00:00January 24th, 2019|Air Conditioner Maintenance|Comments Off on Filters Are The Key To Success

Why You Shouldn’t Change 1/2 of Your AC/ heat pump System

I get this situation a lot where people will have the need to change the outside portion of their AC or heat pump system. The air handler will be in good shape and the condenser is falling apart or the fan and compressor are in need of replacement and it seems it is more economical to replace the whole outside unit. “Can I change just the outside part of my air conditioner?” Don’t be tempted to go this route! There are very limited scenarios where you can get away with this. Here is a comprehensive overview of this subject broken down into easy to understand. When you can: 1. You system is very new. The efficiencies changed in 2006 to 13 seer and the change from R-22 Freon to R-410a went into effect in 2010. Your system must also have an ARI number assigned to it, which means the equipment model must be manufactured currently. So basically if your system was installed in a matched set in or since 2010 and it is still being produced, your in good shape. If this is the case then your equipment is most likely still under warranty and it doesn’t make sense to [...]

By |2019-01-06T03:09:37+00:00January 21st, 2019|Air Conditioning Repair|Comments Off on Why You Shouldn’t Change 1/2 of Your AC/ heat pump System

Tips When Your AC Doesn’t Cool

Here are some tips to get you going if your air conditioning isn’t working. Check your thermostat. If it’s digital and the display is blank check the batteries. The thermostat should be set with the “Fan” in the “Auto” setting and system switch or button set to cool. Make sure the temperature is set lower than the current temperature in your home or business. If you haven’t changed the air filter in the last month, check it. If it is really dirty you should change it and turn the fan to the “on” position for several hours. Then try it again. If there is ice on the line at your air conditioning unit then this could be the cause. Check your breakers. There should be two. One is labeled: heat, AH, air handler or furnace. The other is labeled: condenser, AC, air conditioner, compressor or heat pump. If this breaker is popped then you could switch it off then on. You should get your system checked right away. (this is a little more technical) if it is accessible, check your condensation switch. It is located at the air handler either on the drain line or in the emergency drain pan. [...]

By |2019-01-06T03:09:18+00:00December 21st, 2018|Air Conditioning Repair|Comments Off on Tips When Your AC Doesn’t Cool

Tips for Saving Money on Your Power Bill

Saving money on your power bill is usually done by turning up the temperature on your air conditioner or turning down the heat, turning out lights and unplugging unused chargers…Here are some ways to save some money on your power bill that you may not know. They apply to heat as well. •    Change your air filters! Most people don’t know which filters to buy or when to change them. Use the cheapest pleated filter you can find. The trick is to keep the particles in the air from getting in the system and getting the air flowing as much as possible. Change the filters monthly, especially in summer. •    Make sure all your air vents are open! Shutting off vents is like having a dirty filter. You won’t cut down on your power bill by shutting the air off to rooms you don’t use as much. Let your AC breathe! •    Have your air conditioner/heater serviced in the Spring and Fall. You wouldn’t run your car 24/7 for months without some sort of maintenance! The money spent on maintenance will be returned with lower power bills and help prevent unexpected breakdowns. The technician should give you a full assessment of your system [...]

By |2019-01-06T03:09:12+00:00November 21st, 2018|Air Conditioning Repair|Comments Off on Tips for Saving Money on Your Power Bill