North Central Florida Air Conditioning Blog

6 Noises You Don’t Want Your AC Making

July 22nd, 2019

surprised-looking-womanWouldn’t it be great if we had self-diagnosing air conditioners? You know, when something is wrong, like a refrigerant leak or a loose component, our air conditioners could shoot us a text message and say “Hey, service me!”? It’s really not too far-fetched of an idea—but alas, not a reality yet.

No, for now we have to depend on other methods to determine if our cooling systems are in need of service. Maybe it’s being mindful of whether the cooling output is as powerful as usual. Or it could be paying attention to how often the circuit breaker trips.

One of the most common signs that something is amiss with your cooling system is loud, unnatural noises. Essentially, anything outside of the normal hum of the fans and compressor or the occasional clicking of the system coming on and shutting off is cause for concern. 6 sounds, in particular, you never want to hear coming from your AC include:

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Short-Cycling and Your AC: What It Is and Why It’s Bad

July 8th, 2019

top-view-of-an-air-conditioner-outside-unitOne of the most common, and unfortunately harmful, problems an air conditioner can have is something called short-cycling. This is both a symptom of a problem and a cause of a problem. Sometimes a few simple adjustments may be all that’s needed to repair the issue. But in many cases, it will require professional repairs from a trained and experienced HVAC technician (which is what we’re here for!)

Short-cycling must be remedied though, and not neglected. Otherwise, you could find yourself facing a premature replacement need for your air conditioner—and in the meantime find yourself wasting a lot of energy and subsequent money.

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Tips for Boosting AC Efficiency and Avoiding Repair Needs

June 24th, 2019

air-conditioner-unitsWhile the rest of the country gears up for summer weather, we’ve already been dealing with it for months. There is no denying that our air conditioners get quite the workout, and therefore it’s imperative that we care for them properly.

This means scheduling maintenance once a year, for starters (or twice a year, if you have a heat pump). Without this maintenance, you can find yourself facing unexpected repair needs, and perhaps even a shortened system lifespan. Maintenance helps improve the efficiency of your system, too—but it’s not the only way to improve efficiency!

In fact, there are some very low to no cost things you can do on your own to boost your air conditioners performance and efficiency while improving your home comfort and reducing the risk of sudden repair needs.

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How to Hire a Great AC Repair Technician

June 10th, 2019

ac-technician-working-on-air-conditionerIf you want a great technician to handle your air conditioning repair, then you need a great air conditioning company. You rely on your cooling system on almost a daily basis in this part of the world, and therefore you need it to function at its best. Therefore, you wouldn’t want to trust its service to just anyone.

We recommend partnering with a knowledgeable and trustworthy HVAC contractor for whatever your air conditioning or heating needs are. You don’t want to rush into a decision and just go with an amateur repair professional just because it’s cheaper. Remember, the phrase, “you get what you pay for” often rings true for jobs like this. We encourage you to do your research and partner with the best HVAC company and AC repair technician you can find. We’ve provided some guidelines below on how you can ensure this is the case.

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Loss of Cooling Power: What’s Wrong with Your AC

May 27th, 2019

woman-in-home-with-fan-looking-hotMay in Florida may as well be the middle of August for other parts of the country—meaning, it’s already HOT! And we’re using our air conditioners on a daily basis. So if you’ve noticed something wrong with your air conditioner at this point, it’s absolutely a cause for concern. For instance, did you notice a loss of cooling power or lack of cool air coming from your air conditioner?

Obviously, you know this is a problem. You don’t need what essentially is now a fan blowing around warm air in your home. You’ll likely need to call for professional repair, but in the meantime, we’ve shared some insight below into what may be causing this very frustrating issue.

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How Are Your Ducts Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality?

May 13th, 2019

duct-being-cleanedYou may not have realized this when you had your central AC or heat pump installed, but these systems can actually be conducive to lowering your air quality.

But don’t get us wrong—we’re not saying that these devices are harmful. Rather, we’re talking about what happens when you neglect to have their air ducts cleaned!

When you think about it, this kind of chore isn’t much different than cleaning your bathroom or kitchen. But where it differs is in the fact that dirty air ducts can affect every room connected to your air ducts.

For those who suffer from allergies, asthma, or compromised immune systems, their symptoms can be exacerbated by the effects of low air quality.

We’ll explain just how the dust and dirt in your ducts could be impacting your air quality and what you can do about it!

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What Does that Noise Mean for Your AC?

April 29th, 2019

woman-covering-her-ears-on-white-backgroundDue to the everyday, hour-by-hour use of our air conditioners in the summertime, this season is the most likely time for your system to suffer a breakdown. Of course, around here, our air conditioners rarely get a break, so the added wear and tear of summer is even more likely to cause various parts to wear down and break down.

This is why we constantly emphasize the importance of air conditioning maintenance. Maintenance allows our professionals to thoroughly inspect, clean, and adjust your air conditioner to ensure it’s performing as efficiently as possible. Maintenance also helps fend off the biggest of repair needs.

Still though, with or without this service, it’s important to be aware of repair needs in case they crop up between tune-ups. One of the most apparent signs of an AC problem is odd noises coming from the system. But, what noises, exactly?

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The Best Ways to Keep Cool This Summer

April 15th, 2019

woman-sitting-in-front-of-ceiling-fanYou may have read this title and thought, “well I already know the best way to stay cool—run my air conditioner at full blast all day, every day like I do every summer.” We get it, your cooling system is a necessity, not a luxury. But it’s no secret that this is expensive, and we’d like to help you cut costs at least a little bit!

The good news is, there are ways to use your air conditioner more efficiently so that you’re not paying more than you need to on your cooling bills. This is vital for Florida residents since our “summers” are practically a 9-month affair. Keep reading for some great tips on staying cool while letting your air conditioner relax at least a little bit.

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When Is the Best Time to Schedule AC Maintenance?

April 1st, 2019

air-conditioner-being-worked-onThe short answer to this is, if you want to prevent sudden AC repairs, right now is a great time! Most HVAC professionals will recommend that this service is done in the spring. This allows you plenty of time to get the service on your schedule at your convenience, without worrying about techs being too busy with emergency service calls. Of course, it gets warmer even faster here, so the earlier you get your tune-up, the better.

There really is no better time than now to start preparing to use your air conditioner on an hourly basis. There are a couple of things you can do on your own, like cleaning debris away from the outside unit of your air conditioner and making sure you change the air filter of your HVAC systems every 1-3 months. But to truly protect the efficiency and performance of your air conditioner, you’ll want to invest in professional AC maintenance.

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The Impact of Humidity on Your AC (And Why This Means You Need Maintenance!)

March 18th, 2019

young-woman-looking-hotWere you aware that humidity can actually hurt your air conditioner?

Consider this—humidity is excess moisture that comes with the high summer temperatures we deal with here in the Gainesville area and beyond. The moisture makes us uncomfortable and feel even hotter since we can’t sweat, so we turn our air conditioner’s thermostat as low as it will go to try to cool off faster. This makes your air conditioner work harder (harder than it should have to, by the way) and therefore increases wear and tear on the system.

In addition, you’ll have done nothing to actually rid your home of that excess humidity, leaving you still uncomfortable, prone to property damage, and prone to illness brought on by the development of mold and mildew.

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