IERNA's Heating & Cooling Blog

Wait! Don’t Replace Your AC System with the Wrong Size

September 26th, 2016

While many parts of the country are starting to think about getting their heaters maintained and ready for the coming cooler weather, our air conditioning systems are still getting some pretty regular use. Hopefully yours has served you well so far. However no air conditioning system lasts forever.

If you’re considering a system replacement, fall is a good time to do so. But before you rush out and get an upgraded version of what you have now—or a bigger system—be careful to consider the air conditioner’s size. If sizing is ignored, you may very well find yourself replacing your entire cooling system way before you should have to.

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Just How Important Is Your Thermostat?

September 19th, 2016

No matter how many times a day you walk past the thermostat in your home, you probably don’t think about it very much. However, your thermostat is one of the most important components of your HVAC system, serving as the “brain” of your air conditioner. It controls when the AC turns on, how long it runs, and how cool it makes your home. Without this integral component, your air conditioner would simply be useless. Keep reading to learn more about what makes a thermostat so important.

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Do You Have an Air Conditioning Emergency?

September 12th, 2016

Given the recent storm damage suffered by residents of Hillsborough County, it comes as no surprise that many people may have air conditioning systems that were negatively impacted. Living in Florida, you are well aware that when your AC system stops running, it’s a big deal. But what if it’s just showing a few odd symptoms? Should you be worried?

The short answer is, yes, particularly after a severe weather event such as the one we recently experienced. If you want your air conditioning system to continue to function effectively through the rest of our cooling season, and for years to come, then you should always schedule AC repairs at the first sign of an issue, but what truly constitutes as an emergency? Keep reading to learn more.

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Dust and Its Impact on Your Air Conditioner

September 5th, 2016

Pretty much no matter where you live, dust is a part of life. It’s brought into your home each time you open a door or window, and it circulates throughout your home thanks to your air conditioning and heating system. We cannot stress how important it is to regularly change or clean your air filter, both to protect your air conditioning system and your family’s health. The right indoor air quality products and services will benefit your home and your AC system greatly too.

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Understanding the Role of Your Air Conditioner’s Capacitor

August 29th, 2016

When it comes to using your air conditioning system, you probably don’t think very much about how exactly it operates… until something goes wrong of course. We don’t expect you to have expert knowledge as to the mechanics involved in your AC system, that’s what we are here for! We don’t think any homeowner should be tasked with fixing an AC unit on their own.

Despite the availability of our professional services, however, it can be beneficial for you to have a basic knowledge of the important components of your home cooling system. This way if something does go wrong you can understand it better. One of these important components is your system’s capacitor.

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Why Should You Have a Water Softener Installed?

August 22nd, 2016

In most cases, the only reason a homeowner would call a plumber is if they have a repair need, an emergency, or they are remodeling their home and making plumbing additions as a result. However, plumbers do much more than just fix and install pipes! Our professional plumbers are also pros at installing water treatment systems to improve the quality of the water you drink and use on a daily basis.

A whole-home water softener is one of the most beneficial water treatment systems there is on the marketing. A water softener can prevent premature pipe failure and can limit the amount of problems you have with the major fixtures and appliances you depend on daily. But how does it do this, and should you have a water softener installed?

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Avoid These Detrimental Water Heater Problems

August 15th, 2016

Having running hot water in your home is something that many people take for granted, even though they rely on this every day. Modern plumbing has brought many conveniences to our lives, with ease, and as a result most homeowners don’t think much about their water heaters—until something goes wrong.

Let’s say that one morning you turn on your shower to find that no matter how long you wait, the water never warms up. This is a clear sign that something is wrong with your water heater, but what is it? Keep reading to learn more about some of the most common reasons for the absence of hot water in your home.

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Help, I Have No Hot Water!

August 8th, 2016

Can you imagine a life without running hot water? This is something that many homeowners take for granted, although depend on regularly each and every day. Hot water coming through the taps with only the turn of a handle may seem normal to us, but it’s actually a luxury: one that we’d all have a hard time going without!

If your hot water heater malfunctions, however, you will be without this daily benefit. You don’t want to turn on your shower one morning to be hit with a rude awakening. If you do though, you’ll need trained water heater specialists—such as the members of our staff—to diagnose the problem and repair it promptly. What could be causing your lack of hot water though? Keep reading to learn more.

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Factors to Keep in Mind When Replacing Your Air Conditioner

August 1st, 2016

Replacing your air conditioner is never a fun task, particularly during this time of year. Nobody wants to deal with a broken down AC system right in the heat of summer. However, no air conditioner lasts forever, and if you need a new one then there is no time to waste. However, this is not something you should rush into, no matter how badly you need it.

Keep reading for a few tips that will help you make an educated decision about whether or not it’s time to replace your cooling system. If and when you decide it is definitely time to replace your AC, then our staff is the team to do the job.

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The Problem with a Clogged AC Condensate Drain

July 25th, 2016

When it comes to troubleshooting air conditioning problems, the most common complaints we get are about the condenser making odd noises, or the AC system not blowing out cold air due to a refrigerant leak. These are both examples of very serious AC system problems that should be repaired right way, but one should never ignore what can go wrong with their condensate drain. But first, you must understand what exactly this air conditioning component is to understand why a clogged drain can create a huge problem.

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