Air Conditioning Experts Blog : Archive for September, 2014

3 Common Repairs that May Be Prevented with Air Conditioning Maintenance

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Living in Florida means we have to keep an eye on our air conditioning systems twelve months out of the year. Although the standard time to arrange for air conditioning maintenance is during the early fall to prepare for the heavy summer heat, it is never a bad time to schedule it if you were unable to get to it earlier in the year.

It is crucial that you do not skip a year of AC maintenance. Each year that an air conditioner goes without an inspection and tune-up puts it at risk for major repair needs, a breakdown, and a 5% drop in energy efficiency. Below are three regular repair issues that your air conditioner may encounter if it misses maintenance. Although regular maintenance is no guarantee against malfunctions, approximately 85% of the repairs that air conditioners often need are preventable with regular inspections.

To sign up for air conditioning maintenance in Lithia, FL, call Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. today and ask about membership in our Comfort Club.

3 repairs that maintenance will help your AC avoid

  1. Defrosting the evaporator coil: One of the most common malfunctions in an air conditioner is the frozen-over evaporator coil. This can happen due to dirt along the coil, a clogged air filter, or leaking refrigerant, and it will severely lower an AC’s cooling power to the point that it will generate no cooling at all. Maintenance cleans the coil, changes the air filter, and checks on the refrigerant level to prevent this from occurring.
  2. Replacing burned-out motors: The motors in an AC run the blower fan, the compressor, and the outdoor cabinet fan. If they lose lubricant or develop too much dirt, they will work with excess stress and eventually burn out. The only way to fix this is to have the motor replaced. Regular inspections will spot when motors need lubrication or cleaning to keep them from burning out.
  3. Unclogging the condensate drain: During maintenance, the technician will check the condensate pan in the indoor unit to make sure it is draining correctly and isn’t showing signs of algal growth that might block it. Should this drain become clogged, it will lead to the condensate water overflowing from the pan and causing water damage and increasing humidity in your home.

These are only a few of the ways that regular inspections and tune-ups help prevent repair needs and even early system replacement. Annual maintenance will also grant you peace of mind that your AC is in little danger from a breakdown during the hottest days of the year.

Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. offers the Comfort Club to deliver air conditioning maintenance in Lithia, FL. Joining the Comfort Club also provides maintenance service for your heater, plus a 15% discount on parts and labor.

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Does My Dehumidifier Need Repairs?

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

A dehumidifier integrated into an air conditioning system is often an essential piece of equipment for a Florida home. Muggy conditions can afflict the state throughout the year, creating discomfort and contributing to the growth of mold and mildew inside homes. If you have a whole-house dehumidifier installed, you already know how valuable it is for increasing comfort and helping to reduce the amount of time the AC needs to run.

A dehumidifier can suffer from malfunctions just like an air conditioner (they operate in similar fashion) and require repairs. Call professionals to handle this job. You don’t have to search far: call Air Conditioning Experts in Lakeland, FL for dehumidifier repair, and for any other indoor air quality and air conditioner services you may need.

How to tell that your dehumidifier needs repairs

The most obvious sign that a dehumidifier has started to malfunction and requires professional repair work is when moisture starts to increase in your home. If you begin to notice water droplets appearing on the inside of windows, or interior window fogging, then the humidity in your home has increased past the 60% relative humidity that is the normal threshold for comfort.

Another sign to watch for that indicates humidity is on the rise is when hand and shower towels do not dry fast and remain damp for longer periods of time; higher levels of moisture make it harder for objects to dry by releasing their own moisture in the air. (This includes you as well; the trapped heat in your body is why you feel hotter when the humidity is high.)

If the dehumidifier seems to run constantly, then it may also be malfunctioning. This could be a mechanical issue that has caused it to continuously operate, or it might be due to it losing the ability to remove sufficient moisture from the air, forcing it to remain running to reach its target humidity level. This will also cause a rise in your utility bills. You can also expect your air conditioner to need to run more to deal with the increased humidity.

Because dehumidifiers run in a similar way to air conditioners, they must have repairs from professional technicians familiar with HVAC technology. Do not attempt to fix a whole-house dehumidifier on your own, since you risk damaging it to the point that it will become inoperable and must be replaced. Call experienced repair technicians instead.

Air Conditioning Experts has a team of repair professionals with NATE-certification to deliver the best job possible. Depend on us for your dehumidifier repair in Lakeland, FL and the surrounding areas.

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3 Common Commercial Air Conditioning Repairs

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Florida weather presents a special situation when it comes to keeping a business cooled down: the air conditioning must remain in peak operating condition throughout the year to handle any rise in heat. Since the AC that keeps your workspace comfortable doesn’t receive an extended “vacation” during the year, you need to keep current with any repairs that it may need.

Air Conditioning Experts offers quality repairs for commercial air conditioning in Tampa, FL and the surrounding areas. Our technicians are available 24 hours a day for emergency services, so you won’t have to worry about staying without your valuable air conditioning for long.

Here are 3 of the more common repairs that commercial ACs may need:

One: Sealing refrigerant leaks and recharging refrigerant

The refrigerant blend (sometimes referred to by the trademarked name Freon) inside an air conditioner is an essential part of the heat exchange process that allow the system to work. Leaks can begin to appear in the refrigerant lines as the air conditioner ages, and this will impair the cooling capacity of the system and could even lead to a full breakdown of the compressor. Repair technicians use special equipment to find refrigerant leaks, and then seal them and restore the lost refrigerant to its proper level.

Two: Fixing blower fans and motors

Commercial spaces require powerful blower fans to distribute the air from the air conditioner throughout the rooms. The fans in a commercial AC undergo a great deal of stress and their motors can burn out or the fan itself sustain damage. Technicians will replace any broken motors and do what is necessary to get the blower fan working properly again.

Three: Thermostat recalibration

Because businesses often require a large network of thermostats to control the temperature, any error with a singly thermostat that makes it read the temperature incorrectly can lead to a faulty AC. The technicians will recalibrate the thermostat so that it accurately gauges the indoor temperature and adjusts the air conditioner accordingly.

To help ensure that your air conditioner will need as few repairs as possible, schedule routine maintenance for the system. The best time for maintenance from an HVAC professional is during the spring before the major heat arrives. However, it is never too late to have it done, and it will not only keep away repairs but also make sure that your air conditioning system doesn’t place extra strain on your utility bills.

You shouldn’t risk business productivity on an air conditioner that gives out suddenly.

Schedule your repairs for commercial air conditioning in Tampa, FL the moment you know you need them. Contact Air Conditioning Experts and let our team handle the job.

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Why You Need Professional Duct Sealing

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Imagine trying to blow up a balloon with a small hole in it. You’d probably get it to inflate about halfway, but not entirely. To stop the hole from leaking, you put your finger on top of the hole, essentially sealing it; the balloon inflates fully.

This same type of scenario is what happens with your faulty ductwork, but on a much larger scale. Additionally, because your air ducts are (obviously) larger than a balloon, particles and fumes can get in through holes and cracks, compromising your indoor air quality in Valrico. One of the best ways to help reduce and eliminate these types of issues with your air ducts is to schedule professional duct sealing. Just as placing your finger over the balloon hole stopped the air from leaking out duct sealing helps reduce air loss while also keeping pollutants out. Duct sealing is a hard seal, so it’s good for the long-term.

Since 1995, Air Conditioning Experts has helped customers improve their indoor air quality with a number of services, and we can help you improve yours with professional duct sealing. 

What Is Duct Sealing?

Duct sealing is the hard-sealing of holes and cracks in your ducts. It is also the reconnecting and sealing of sections of your ducts where the binding or seal has broken, creating a break in the duct.

How Is Duct Sealing Done?

Your technician will thoroughly inspect your ductwork to see where cracks, holes and disconnections exist. Once he/she assesses the areas to be sealed, the technician will brush mastic, a thick, fibrous adhesive that dries into a permanent seal, over the cracks and holes, then lay a piece of tape over the mastic; these spots will be left to cure. For disconnections, the technician will brush mastic onto the connecting ends, wrap them with sheet metal binding and secure the binding with sheet metal nails.

What Are the Benefits of Duct Sealing?

There are several important benefits to duct sealing:

  • Improved air quality – as we mentioned above, many different kinds of particles and contaminants can enter your air through cracks and holes in your ducts. By permanently sealing them, you can improve your indoor air quality.
  • Better energy efficiency – duct sealing significantly reduces air loss, so your air conditioner is no longer working harder, which helps reduce energy efficiency.
  • Less stress on your system – when you lose air to faulty ductwork, your HVAC system has to compensate for this by working harder. Systems that work under stressful conditions for long periods of time can age prematurely.

Duct sealing is an excellent way to improve your indoor comfort, reduce your energy usage and improve your indoor air quality in Valrico. Contact Air Conditioning Experts today and schedule an appointment with one of our specialists.

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The Fashion of Wearing White and Labor Day

Monday, September 1st, 2014

You may have heard about the fashion faux pas of wearing white after Labor Day. In the present, this tradition is usually treated as old fashioned and a joke. Few people will criticize you for wearing white articles of clothing after the first Monday in September, or even take notice of it except to wonder why it was ever a major concern at all.

Where did this tradition of white clothing going out of fashion after Labor Day come from, and why did it fade away like colorful fabric washed in a hot load in the washing machine?

In general, white makes sense for the heat of summer. Light-colored clothing reflects away the radiant heat of the sun, instead of absorbing it the way dark colors do, so for thousands of years of human history people have preferred to wear white clothing during the hotter months.

However, the idea of white as strictly fashionable during the summer season only emerged in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries—the time when the very concept of “fashion” began to spread across the Western Hemisphere.

It was only the highest level of post-Civil War society in the U.S. that strict and often bizarre rules for fashion controlled whether someone was in with the “in” crowd. Compared to our ideas of what’s fashionable today, the Czars of Style in the 1880s were true despots. Things as trivial as sleeve length could determine whether a woman in high society—no matter her level of wealth—was fashionable or a pariah.

Wearing white during the only summer, when it was common for weddings and outdoor parties, was only of these restrictive society rules. When the U.S. government made Labor Day a federal holiday in 1894, the Fashion Czars gained a definite cut-off point for when wearing white was no longer “acceptable” in the upper echelons of wealthy society.

For many decades, this rule only applied to a small number of millionaire socialites in a few big cities, but in the 1950s it reached general fashion magazines that were read around the country and started to affect more people.

But time eventually broke apart this odd rule, and during the 1970s fashion became more individual. Some fashion legends, like Coco Chanel, also purposely rejected the restriction and wore white throughout the year. Today, the “no white after Labor Day rule” is little more than an amusing gag to tease friends, and almost nobody takes it seriously.

Whatever you choose to wear after Labor Day (and if it’s white, we won’t tease!), everyone here at Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. hopes you have a happy end of the summer and great plans for the fall!

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