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Category Archives: Air Conditioning Maintenance

Why We Recommend Hiring An HVAC Professional

Why We Recommend Hiring An HVAC Professional

When companies provide you with lower than normal prices, it may not always be a benefit to you. Hiring an experienced technician is the key. At AC Today, our technicians have the proper experience and training needed to complete any type of air conditioning job request. Your HVAC system is very important to your house and to us.

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By hiring a professional company, you are ensuring the job at hand will be completed in a timely and professional manner. Being an air conditioning technician can be tricky work at times, that's why, do it yourself projects are not recommended. A certified HVAC technician knows how to handle every situation that may occur.

There is an importance that comes with an expert opinion. Whether your HVAC system needs to be replaced or repaired, it should give you a peace of mind, knowing the diagnosis came from a professional company. AC Today believes in getting the job done right, the first time. Since there are many components in your system, any number of potential issues could arise. Handling hazardous materials and electrical components should not be taken lightly. These substances and mechanisms should not be in the hands of a unqualified person.

People To Not Have Fix Your HVAC System

Phone Contractors
When you suspect an issue with your HVAC system, we recommend you call a professional air conditioning company. After you explain your suspicious issue, that company should not respond with a price. Instead, schedule an appointment. Many air conditioning companies try to quess at a diagnosis or quote a price over the phone. An honest company would schedule a free estimate to inspect your system, only then would they discuss pricing and payment options. Never would we give you a firm quote without looking at your HVAC system prior. This is a red flag and should be cautioned, if this were to happen to you. Remember, if it is too good to be true, it probably is.

Your Next Door Neighbor
As knowledgeable as your neighbor may seem, your "handy" neighbor is not who to call when your a/c system is on the fritz, your HVAC system requires someone who is licensed and experienced. There are special tools to be used when doing certain repair jobs. We recommend leaving it for a professional company. Someone who is not certified may cause more damage or unknowingly cause the issues to escalate, if not handled properly. A friendly neighbor offer is always a nice gesture, however, if they are not specialized in this field, refer to your air conditioning company for assistance.

Upselling Contractors
No matter what the business is providing, there are always salesman who will try to upsell you on an item, that you may or may not need. For example, someone arrives at your home to inspect your HVAC system, they may have even cold called you and said they "have a man in the area". He then tells you that you need a brand new, super expensive system for your house, without even thoroughly inspecting the existing one. An honest company will do everything they can to repair or replace the damaged items on the system, before they try to sell you a new one. Trust in a professional technician that inspects every area of your home and every component of your HVAC system. Only then, should the discussion of replacement parts be the next topic.

Start-up Companies
When you hear of a new air conditioning company opening their doors with grand specials, you may want to hold off temporarily. Being a brand new company, whether in a new location or simply being brand new, has its pros and cons. It may seem nice to have the availability for instant service on your HVAC system, they may even be in a convenient location for you. However, an untested contractor may not be the best to try out when you are having a significant issue. Take caution and research the company name. You can find personal recommendations regarding their services or even read the company reviews online. AC Today believes you and your system should be in good hands with a well established company.

DIY Projects
Being a homeowner comes with projects and tasks to fix up things around the house. No matter the size, certain projects should be left to the professionals. You could watch several videos or read books about the project. However, you still may not be as qualified or experienced enough to handle the situation properly. That is why we recommend you call your HVAC company. There are many things a homeowner can do that is acceptable to fix, repair and replace. Your air conditioning system has many components and parts that could cause more harm than help. This is not only to you, but your system as well. Risking your personal protection in not worth saving a few dollars in the long run.

Finding a professional company is not difficult, when you have the proper tools. If you are not established with a company, here are a few tips we can recommend for you. Try researching the company. Get to know them better. Read the reviews that customers have left regarding their experience with the company. You can then form a personal opinion and decide if this company is right for you. It is always good to ask around. Talk with your friends and neighbors to see which company they use for their HVAC system. You may get a reference to a reputable company in your area. And last but not least, never leave a question unanswered. It is important to understand what is happening inside your home. Your HVAC contractor should fully explain or provide details as to what he is inspecting, looking for and his complete findings. If you are unsure, feel free to request a second opinion from another company.

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Salt Water Damage

Can Salt Water Damage My Air Conditioning Unit?

Living near the beaches is a dream come true for many people. However, if you are a local beach dweller, you may beg to differ. There are a few items you want to protect against saltwater damage. Your air conditioning system could be affected by numerous environmental factors in the area you live in. If you are located near coastal regions, you may already be aware of your surroundings. With excessive moisture and minerals in the air, it doesn't take long to notice that these minerals and particles settle on top of everything. Salt is a huge problem for AC units. Deposits left behind or go untreated, will only create damage and breakdown to your outside air conditioning unit.

Did you know that salt corrosion can decrease the life of your AC unit to as little as 3 years? This is a jaw-dropping fact. Seeing as though the average system should last at least 10 years, this is a tremendous difference. Just like the ocean erodes the coastline, it's essentially the same scenario for your A/C system. Saltwater damage is what causes your coils to eventually disintegrate over time.

Why Is Saltwater Damage Such A Problem?

Saltwater contains millions of particles of sodium chloride. With salt and moisture in the air, it can create a film or dust-like substance on all surfaces. The build up that settles from sodium chloride is what causes corrosion and deterioration. Did you know that sodium chloride can be blown up to five miles inland from shore? Protecting your outside air conditioning system is what will keep the saltwater damage at bay.

There are many parts of your AC system that can be affected by excessive moisture and sodium chloride deposits, caused by salt in the air. Your condenser coil, in the outside unit, is the most vulnerable part of the system. The aluminum fins of the coil are bound to copper tubes, the salt and moisture eventually get between the copper and aluminum and create formicary corrosion, which will eventually cause freon leaks. Especially under extreme weather or constant saltwater winds. Once the coils go bad, it prevents proper airflow and reduces heat transfer. This is what causes damage to other parts of your system. If you notice issues regarding poor cooling or circulation, your system freezing or failure of other parts, this could be due to saltwater damage. When replacing your A/C system, you should consider a Trane brand unit beacuse they are manufactured with all aluminium coils and are not affected by formicary corrosion.

Protecting Your AC Unit from Saltwater Damage

Preventative Maintenance
This is one of the best ways, no matter your geographical location, to protect your AC unit. During routine maintenance your technician will inspect your system and identify any potential problems. By having a routine check-up, you are minimizing the risks of preventable damage.

Remove Obstructions
There are many things we store on the outside of our homes. However, these objects could cause potential harm to your air conditioning unit. Be sure to remove debris, leaves and other items that could accumulate saltwater particles. It's these particles that cause saltwater damage and corrosion.

Clean The Coils
The coils are the most susceptible part of your unit to saltwater damage. It is recommended that you clean the coils on a regular basis by rinsing them with a hose. You could also use a no-rinse, non acid, foaming cleaner that will eliminate the particles. If you are not comfortable cleaning them yourself, be sure to contact AC Today to schedule appointment.

When you spend thousands of dollars on a large investment, you want to protect it at all times. Many people forget that half of their investment is sitting outside their home. How many times have you cleaned your outside air conditioning unit? If you had to think about it, it has probably been too long. Call AC Today to schedule your appointment or service call. It is never too late for protection, until you have a malfunction.

How To Avoid Hot and Cold Spots Around Your Home

Avoid Hot and Cold Spots Around Your Home

Hot and cold spots are very annoying and very noticeable. The inconsistencies in temperature can have you feeling cold one minute and hot the next. Unfortunately, many people don't pay too much attention to those hot and cold spots. Some may think it's a draft from the doors or other scenarios. But that isn't always the case. Hot and cold spots can indicate that there is an issue somewhere in your home. Have you ever woke up from sleeping in a hot sweat? Or notice dramatic changes in temperature in certain areas? These hot and cold spots are warning signs that should be addressed. Even though the signs don't indicate an emergency, it does indicate that there is a potential problem that needs to be investigated. By having your AC technician research the hot and cold spots, will allow them to fix the issues before they escalate. There are a few common issues that could be causing this problem in your home.

Proper Air Conditioning Sizing
Having the proper size AC system is the key to great comfort. Having a system that is too large or too small is not effective. You will only end up wasting money and energy. It is very difficult when your system is not properly sized, to control the entire home at the same temperature. There will not be consistency, especially if your system is working harder than it should to maintain that temperature. It takes a specialized technician to understand that proper sizing is the most important aspect of your air conditioning system. Once your air conditioning technician can rule out the sizing, then he's on to the next potential cause. Finding the problem to the hot and cold spots in your home is not always an easy task. However, the solution may be easier than you think. Once you can identify the leading problem, then the technicians can work on providing a solution.

Poorly Sized and Insulated Ductwork
Ductwork is typically constructed from thin sheet metal. When you have your ductwork installed in places such as attics, crawl spaces, etc., you could run into problems if not properly insulated. Regulating your indoor temperature is not difficult, unless the installment was not done properly. Did you know that according to the US Department of Energy states that uninsulated air ducts could lose up to 10-30 percent of energy? That number may not seem like a lot, but it sure does add up on your utility statements. You may notice hot and cold spots around your home where there is poor insulation. If you are not sure about the condition of your ductwork or insulation, contact a technician today. We can examine the ductwork to ensure adequate levels of insulation.

It is very common in older homes that our technicians find fault with the ductwork. Regulations and requirements have changed dramatically over the years, which means what is required now may not have been a requirement that year. When you have poor insulation, improper duct sizes, incorrect designing and placements of air ducts, it could lead to a larger problem than you may think. When an AC company recommends you need new ductwork, a homeowner would not normally question their findings. But what if the issue was not solely the equipment? Every home has something that is called the thermal envelope. The important parts of a thermal envelope are the outer walls, foundation, windows, roof and doors. These are very important to an air conditioning company when trying to fix the issues of hot and cold spots inside your home. The purpose of the thermal envelope is designed to prevent temperature lose from inside to outside and outside to inside. Balance is needed to feel comfortable in your home. Once the AC company understanding the thermal envelope of your home, they will properly size the equipment, ductwork and insulation that is needed.

Leaking Air Ducts
If your air ducts are leaking, that could create a large problem. Not only are you loosing air flow efficiency, but you are letting money slip right through the cracks. Hot and cold spots normally go hand in hand with leaky ducts. That is because the air that is being forced out of crack or breach, is not making it into your home. That could cause an imbalance in temperatures. Imagine drinking from a straw. It can be difficult if there is a crack in it. When you try to suck the straw, the fluids will seep through the crack. So imagine this inside your AC system. The air flow isn't properly flowing throughout the entire system, causing hot and cold spots. If left untreated, you could lose up to 20 percent efficiency from your AC system.

Improper Zoning Areas
Noticing a temperature imbalance may be the beginning of an underlying issue. Many homes are equipped with what is called a zoning system. If you live in a larger home, you may benefit from a customized zoning system. The word zone come from the different sections or zones of your home that could be controlled with different thermostats and be kept at different temperatures. Having controlled zones allows you to maintain control by adjusting the comfort levels within those zones around your home. For instance, if you live in a two story home, you could have multiple temperatures around the home. The downstairs could be a moderate temperature while the upstairs bedrooms could be cooler. Each being controlled by different temperatures. This allows for your home to have a manageable handle for comfort. When you try to provide comfort to the entire house on one standard degree, your air conditioning system may have a hard time maintaining the temperature in every room of the house. This will cause you and your family to notice a temperature differential with hot and cold spots around the home. No matter the size of your home, balance is the key to happiness and comfort.

When you are experiencing these frustrating hot and cold areas around your home, you may benefit from an inspection. Your air conditioning company will examine the problem areas throughout the home. At AC Today, we have experienced technicians who are trained to search for pinpoint issues that may be causing the problem areas. However, we are also relying on the homeowner as well. Once you start to notice abnormal issues, it is recommended that you note them for further references. That way when our technician arrives at your home, you can better explain your concerns. Here is a small list that may indicate there is an issue.

Uneven temperatures throughout the house
High humidity during the summer
Lack of airflow
Poor air quality
Rooms that are either too hot or too cold
Intense allergy and asthma symptoms
Dust is compiling quicker than normal
House never feels comfortable
High utility bills
Poor energy efficiency
Hot and cold spots around the home

All of these are great concerns that you should express with your air conditioning company. Keep yourself comfortable in your own home. Being a homeowner, you should be able to indicate that there may be an underlying problem when you feel that there are hot and cold spots around your home. That's when you pick up the phone and call AC Today. Leave the dirty work for your HVAC specialist.

Why You Should Not DIY Air Conditioning Maintenance

With many homeowners trying to save money, there has been an increase in DIY maintenance projects around the home. With technology evolving, you can find a video that will instruct you with your DIY project. Whether you are fixing a leaky faucet or remodeling your home, there are instructional videos out there to guide you along the process. Even though it sounds like a fun and cost effective goal, it may not be a good idea. There are many reasons for having a professional perform the job instead of taking on the task for yourself. If saving money is your goal, search for a company that has the price range you are looking for. It is always better to hire a professional before creating larger problems for you to fix later down the road.

Working in the air conditioning business, our technicians work with many homeowners on a daily basis. We have seen many instances where people try to perform their own DIY Air Conditioning maintenance on their air conditioners. Not only could this backfire on the individual, it could also end up costing more money in the long run.

Here are a few reasons to avoid these types of projects:

1. Injury:
People are prone to injury with DIY maintenance projects. Injuries can happen at any given time. Many homeowners who attempt to pursue home DIY maintenance may not have the knowledge with the installation of many appliances or maintenance care. Those who attempt projects without the proper instructions or care, will most likely end with injuries to themselves or their property. This is why our technicians at AC Today, recommend letting us do all the difficult work for you and your family.

2. Damage to Your Property:
Oftentimes, the homeowners that are wanting to take on a DIY maintenance project are not physically capable of doing it. This will not only do harm to yourself, but also your property. If you are not experienced with the work that is being done, you should leave the job to a professional company. In many cases, you will be creating further damage. This will result in having to replace or repair the damage that was done before moving on with the DIY maintenance project.

3. Detecting Potential Problems:
Even if you are an avid DIY'er and love to tinker, there are many things about an a/c system that takes a trained technician to figure out. Even your local handyman may overlook issues that could potentially cause further damage or malfunction to an appliance or air conditioning equipment. There are many instances where a professional technician could have prevented issues and malfunctions if it were detected early and by a trained technician. Do not create more problems for yourself.

The Benefits of A Guarantee:
When hiring a reputable company, you are able to have peace and mind with our professional guarantee. At AC Today, we have a 100% satisfaction guarantee. It's a nice feature to have a company to call that actually backs their work with a promise. You don't have to repair or replace your system without piece of mind that it's going to be done right. At A/C Today we also have a 30 day call back guarantee, if your system goes down within 30 days of service we will come back and you will NOT be charged another service fee! For more information regarding the guarantees that we offer, feel free to contact us today. Our staff is able to explain to you the benefits of our professional guarantees.

Although you may believe that starting a DIY maintenance project is a great way to save you money, you may want to explore other options first. Save the headaches and let a professional company take over. You will be able to sit back and relax while we do all the work for you. While hiring a professional air conditioning company is the smarter choice, it is also the recommended choice. When you consider the experience and knowledge that our company has opposed to an untrained homeowner, there is a significant difference. We can take care of all the maintenance and repair needs that your air conditioner may need. It is our goal to ensure that you and your family have the proper comfort levels in your home.

If you have any questions or comments regarding our air conditioning services, please feel free to contact us. We would love to provide you with more information. We look forward to hearing from you.

Upcoming Air Conditioning Efficiency change is on the way for the southern United States.

Air Conditioning Efficiency Change.

On January 23rd 2006 the Department of energy increased the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating from 10 SEER to 13 SEER. The higher the SEER rating the more energy efficient the system is. Well there doing it again, On January 1st 2015 the Department of Energy is increasing the minimum efficiency standard to 14 SEER, for the southern United States. What this means to you, is that the price to replace your air conditioning system is going to increase. (Perhaps by 10-20%) Some other challenges that we’ll face are fitment issues, generally the higher the efficiency the larger the units become. This can be a serious problem if your air handler is mounted in a closet with say 14 ½ inches of width and the new handler is 17-20 inches wide. This situation is quite common in condos and apartments. The good news is that the newer higher efficiency units will save you money on your utility bill and conserve energy.

Some great tricks to save money on your air conditioning System.

Save money on your air conditioning System.

Have you ever wondered how you could save more money with your Air Conditioning System? We have listed a few tricks that will be easy for your system and easy on your wallet.

1. Schedule your Maintenance checks regularly.
When you are having your Air Conditioning company inspect your system routinely, you are less likely to run into issues. Also, by changing your filters and having the unit cleaned when needed will result in you saving money.

2. Save the guess work for the experts.
If you ever have any questions regarding your system, call AC Today "941-799-1889". Do not try to guess what you think will be the best option or answer. Whenever you think that there is a problem or an issue, have a technician come to your home and inspect the unit.

3. My Air Conditioner is working but I'm still warm.
Sometimes you may need more than your AC unit to cool you off. If you have your thermostat set at a certain degree constantly, your body will adjust to that temperature. Try installing or purchasing fans to circulate the air in your home. This will also simulate a breeze, which will make your home feel cooler.

4. What degree is your home considered normal at?
The more you adjust your temperature settings, the more money it will cost you on your statement. By constantly changing the degrees, you are not regulating a consistent temperature in your home. This means that your AC unit will work harder to cool the home. Try keeping a consistent degree that is both comfortable as well as money saving.

5. How old is your Air Conditioner system?
When you are starting to notice that your system is not running properly or that you seem to not have as cold air as you used to, then maybe it might be time to invest in a new unit. By installing a brand new air conditioning system unit, you are going to save yourself large amounts of money in the long run. You will no longer have to worry about parts breaking, leaking parts or even replacing older parts. Everything will be running smoothly.

6. Fresh air can benefit your home.
When the weather is cooler, try turning off your Air conditioning system and airing out your home. This will also help with allowing fresh air to naturally cool your home. For those hot and unbearable days, make sure that you have secluded the windows and doors that let in a large amount of light or heat. The benefits are going to not force your unit to work so hard to cool the entire house.

Our biggest suggestion would be to leave everything to a professional. If or when there is a potential problem with your Air Conditioning unit, contact us immediately. Our trained staff are available to answer all questions, comments or issues that you may have regarding your unit. Why waste money down the drain when we can help fix anything. Contact us today to speak with a specialist.

Benefits of Routine Air Conditioner Maintenance

Benefits of Routine Air Conditioner Maintenance

Routine air conditioning maintenance has several benefits to you and your air conditioner. Some of these benefits are lower utility/energy bills, extended equipment life, untimely/unnecessary equipment failure and better indoor air quality. The old saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” couldn’t be any more accurate when referring to an a/c system.

One of the most commonly asked questions, concerning maintenance, is “how often should I have my a/c system checked.” All manufactures of air conditioning equipment require one routine maintenance/tune-up per year, to uphold any manufacture warranty. For most geographic locations a single maintenance is usually enough, unless you live in a hotter area of the country. If you live in a warmer climate, two maintenances (one in the spring and one in the fall) are recommended. Here in Florida we tend to use/abuse our a/c systems for much longer periods of time, some folks run there a/c systems all year round. Very similar to your vehicle needing routine oil changes, you’re a/c system needs routine maintenance to keep it running properly.

Hundreds of components are used to make an air conditioning system, but it only takes neglect of a few of these parts to make a system run poorly. The filters cleanliness, or lack thereof, is the simplest of things that needs to be maintained. Running a unit with a dirty filter, increases energy consumption and decreases your indoor air quality not to mention your comfort. Checking/Changing your filter is something you can do yourself and will be the first thing a good technician checks on a tune-up.

A clogged condensate drain line is another very simple thing, if neglected, can make your system stop running all together. Most drain lines are equipped with a float switch that will turn the entire unit off if the drain line becomes clogged. Flushing the drain line is always included in any routine maintenance call. **Helpful hint** flush your drain line with a cup of vinegar between maintenances; this will help reduce algae in the line and prevent clogs.

Air Conditioner Maintenance The Evaporator coil or cooling coil is an essential part of your system to keep clean. Even a small amount of dirt on your coil will reduce the effective cooling and efficiency of your unit, not to mention, contaminates the air inside your home. Say your coil is 25-50% clogged, this will put more strain on the compressor and may cause it to fail prematurely. Think of the compressor as the heart of an a/c system, you want to protect it, just like you would protect your own heart. (average compressor replacement costs between $1500-$2500)

Much like a dirty evaporator coil, a dirty condensing coil (the coil around the outside/condensing unit) will also make the compressor work harder, cost you more money and potentially fail, without proper maintenance.

Small parts, such as Contractors, Capacitors, hard start kits and circuit boards all need to be checked regularly. Contractors are essentially a switch that turns the condensing unit on or off. Contractors have contact points that can wear and prevent the proper amount of power to be delivered to the unit, potentially causing damage to any other component connected to it. Capacitors are passive two-terminal electrical components used to store energy in an electric field. (Kind of like a battery, without the long term storage capacity) Capacitors are one of the most common parts to weaken or fail in an a/c system. A weak capacitor can be detrimental to the motor/compressor that it is connected to. If a weak capacitor is detected during maintenance, it most definitely should be replaced. -Hard start kits are devices that give the compressor a boost of power on start up to help prevent internal compressor damage. These can also be tested to verify that they are giving the compressor the power it needs to operate. -Circuit boards control the sequence of operations of all the components. Circuit boards are very sensitive to moisture and can corrode to point of failure, in a very short time.

Most of the parts that are checked on a routine maintenance are pretty inexpensive, but if it goes unnoticed that one has weakened or failed it can cost you thousands! On average a routine maintenance/tune-up should cost between $49-$129, this is a small price to pay to have peace of mind that your system will keep you cool and comfortable, without breaking the bank.

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