North Central Florida Air Conditioning Blog

Should I Have a Ductless Cooling System Installed?

September 17th, 2018

Closeup view about using some appliance such as air condition.While the official start of fall is a few days away and homeowners in other parts of the country are preparing to turn their air conditioners off for the rest of the year, we still have a long way to go before we can turn our attention to our heaters (and some years, we don’t even use those much!)

So, what if your Gainesville, FL air conditioning system hasn’t been functioning very well this season? Did you have maintenance done? How about follow-up repairs? Still not working as well as you think it should? Then it’s probably time to consider a cooling system replacement. If you already have a central air conditioner in place, then you may be tempted to just get the newest model of that same type of system. But that’s not your only option!

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What Happens During AC Maintenance and Why It Matters

September 3rd, 2018

technician working on outside unit of an air conditionerIf you’ve read our blog before, you’ve likely seen us tout the benefits of maintenance. There’s a good reason for this, which we’ll get to below. But a common question our customers have about this service is, “what exactly does a technician do during maintenance?”

We get it, you care about where your money is going, so perhaps you may wonder if the maintenance service you’re paying for is worth it. We’re sure you also care about how efficiently your air conditioner functions, since after all, if it’s not operating as efficiently as possible, it will cost you more to run over the years than it should.

It would take a pretty lengthy post to go into extensive detail about every step a technician goes through during air conditioning maintenance in Gainesville, FL, but we want to share with you a few of the most important ones. This should give you a pretty good idea of how maintenance helps your AC system run better and last longer.

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How Damaged Ducts Can Impact Your Air Conditioner

August 19th, 2018

A worker is sealing two sections of house attic vent duct insulation with aluminum foil tape. The foreground is a section of truss and the background is OSB sheathing for the roof.When you live in as hot and humid a climate as ours, chances are you think about your air conditioner a fair amount. You want it to perform effectively and efficiently as possible after all, right? What you probably don’t think too much about, though, is the “V” part of HVAC. That is, your ventilation system—or it’s more commonly known name, your ductwork.

This ductwork connects your air conditioning in Live Oak, FL to the outside, enabling the distribution of cooled air. Your air ducts are typically out of sight, too, hidden behind walls, beneath floors, or in your attic or crawlspace. Unfortunately, in these locations it’s hard to see if something is wrong, and harder to see if your ductwork was improperly installed. If it was put in by an amateur, or even if your ductwork is aging, then it likely has accumulated damage that can lead to leaks.

And if your ductwork is impacted by leaks from poor connections, improper construction, or some other reason, you aren’t receiving the cooling efficiency that you should be. One of the most common reasons for ductwork problems is that it wasn’t properly sized for the home to begin with by the installer.

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“Isn’t a Standard Filter Enough to Protect My Air Quality?”

August 6th, 2018

Close-up of the elements of a clean air filter; dynamic shot using diagonal lines.The short answer to this is, “no,” but we’d gather that you probably would like a bit more information than simply that.

The thing of it is, the air filter that comes standard with your HVAC system is there to protect the inside components of that system from dirt and debris that can build up and impede system performance. While a clogged air filter can hurt your indoor air quality (IAQ), your IAQ needs are not the primary reason for this filter and simply relying on this air filter will do nothing to protect or improve your indoor air quality. To truly protect or improve your indoor air quality, you’d do well to consider the installation of a:

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Never Ignore These 4 Ominous AC Noises

July 23rd, 2018

woman covering her ears, on a white backgroundWhen you live with our weather day in and day out, it goes without saying that the use of your air conditioner is pretty consistent! Since summer temps haven’t even reached their peak yet, it’s important to keep an eye—and ear—out for any potential issues, especially since the need for Newberry, FL AC repair typically increases this time of year.

But how do you know if you’re even having a problem with your air conditioner? A pretty big sign is a strange or unfamiliar noise coming from the system. There are 4 sounds in particular that we never want you to ignore, and we’ve highlighted them below.

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“How Can I Boost My Air Conditioning Efficiency?”

July 9th, 2018

cardboard house in the hand against the blue skyThis is one of the most common questions we get from homeowners in our area, and understandably so. After all, we use our air conditioners a lot longer and a lot more consistently than people in other parts of the country. Therefore, it makes sense that we want to save money while doing so!

Of course, one way to improve the efficiency of your air conditioning in Williston, FL is to update (and upgrade) your air conditioner if it’s aging—that is, if it’s 10-15 years old. A while back, we talked about the benefits of variable speed cooling, which is an AC technology that’s relatively new and can greatly improve the overall efficiency of your cooling efforts. This isn’t the only way to boost efficiency, though! Read on for more tips.

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HVAC Industry Rallies Around One of Their Own

June 28th, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 06/27/18 Raymond Walsh North Central Florida Air Conditioning 386-454-4767 Ray.Walsh@NCFAC.com

HVAC Industry rallies around one of their own Manufacturers, distributors and dealers all pitch in to bring air conditioning to a technician that fell ill last Thanksgiving.

Gainesville, Florida: Dan Johnson had serviced homeowners’ air conditioners for the last 20 years. He had a passion to serve people, and he was a hero to the residents he helped. All that ended last Thanksgiving. Early Friday morning, Ashley Smith, a dispatcher for North Central Florida Air Conditioning received a phone call from Mr. Johnson. It was very brief. Before she could understand what he was saying, the line disconnected. She tried to call him back, but he did not answer so she called the owner for guidance. Mr. Walsh reached out to Dan, and immediately recognized he was in distress. Mr. Walsh notified the authorities, and they rushed him to Shands.

Dan lived alone and off the grid. He took pleasure in the simple things. Now he was clinging for life in ICU, and nothing about his life would ever be simple again. After more than 6 months in the hospital, countless procedures, and endless prayers, Mr. Johnson is finally able to come home. Unfortunately, the simple life he had always lived can no longer sustain him in his current medical condition. A man that had helped so many for so long now needed help. On Wednesday, he called North Central Florida Air Conditioning and asked how much it would be to install air conditioning in his home? “When I got the call from Dan, I was flooded with emotions” said Raymond Walsh the owner of North Central Florida Air Conditioning. “I visited with him in the hospital several times, and had a mini Christmas party for him in the ICU. I celebrated in early February when he was discharge. I never knew the challenges he faced until he called looking for an air conditioning.”

After receiving the call, Mr. Walsh started making calls of his own and was amazed to hear the stories on how Dan had affected so many professionals in our industry. “I have much respect for Dan, he may not remember how much of an influence he was for me 18 years ago when I first started in this business but he taught me about duct work and installing. He was always patient and kind and I have nothing but good memories of our time working together all those years ago” explained Janise Porter Branch Manager of Goodman Distribution. Call after call, story after story, and donation after donation started rolling in. In less than 24 hours, the local HVAC community came together to get everything needed to install a brand new air conditioner and ductwork for FREE come this Friday the 29th of June!

About North Central Florida Air Conditioning: NCFAC has been serving this area for the last 20 years. They are improving lives by improving homes.

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Tips for Hiring the Best AC Repair Professional

June 25th, 2018

AC technician with tools in pocketWhen you live in the Gainesville area, having a fully functional and efficient air conditioner is an absolute necessity. This means making sure you have that system installed by professionals to ensure it’s properly matched to your home. It also means investing in routine system maintenance each year (or twice a year, if you have a heat pump).

Perhaps most importantly, it means getting repairs done promptly when needed. But, how do you know you’re selecting the right professional for your AC repair in Gainesville, FL? What if you have a general handyman tell you something is wrong with your system, but you haven’t seen any symptoms of such problem? Could you be wasting your time and money?

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AC Troubleshooting: What Causes a Loss of Cooling Power?

June 11th, 2018

Woman feeling hot and trying to refresh in summertime heatWith temperatures already soaring, there’s no avoiding the fact that summer is well on its way. And when it officially begins, you’ll be thankful for a completely functional and efficient Gainesville, FL air conditioning system. But what if yours isn’t up for the job?

The dead of summer is undoubtedly the worst time for your cooling system to accrue problems. However, it’s typically when problems are most likely to occur, unfortunately. And a drop in cooling power is one of the first signs that something is wrong with your cooling system. Should you notice this drop, give our team a call. In the meantime, we encourage you to read on and learn more about what causes this frustrating AC issue.

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Consider These Ratings When Purchasing an Air Conditioner

May 28th, 2018

top view of an air conditionerFor many parts of the country, now is the time of year when people are just starting to think about their air conditioners—scheduling maintenance, handling any pressing repair needs, etc. For our part of the country, air conditioners are a little more at top-of-mind, being used for the majority of the year.

So, what kind of condition is yours in? Is it working as efficiently as possible? If you keep up on your annual maintenance sessions (or bi-annual, if you’re using a heat pump system), then your air conditioner should reasonably be able to maintain 95% of its efficiency throughout the system’s lifespan.

What if your system is aging, though, or if you haven’t kept up on maintenance over the years? Well, then soon enough you may discover that it is time to replace your air conditioner. And when that time comes, you want to ensure you’re selecting one that works as efficiently as possible right from the get go. So, what kind of ratings should you look at with your Gainesville, FL air conditioning installation?

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