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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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Keep Your Indoor Air Quality in Great Shape this Summer

July 18th, 2016

Summer has been here for a while, and it’s not going anywhere any time soon. So naturally your focus is likely on your air conditioning and its cooling capacity. There is one other factor of indoor comfort you should keep in mind this season, however.

When you rely on your air conditioner as much as you do in the state of Florida, you actually suffer from a drop in indoor air quality. This is because in order to efficiently use your AC, you shut everything up—trapping contaminants and pollutants in your home. Keep reading to learn more about indoor air quality and the products you can invest in to help with this problem.

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How Routine Maintenance Affects Your Air Conditioner’s Performance

July 11th, 2016

We’ve written about it before, and you’ve likely heard about air conditioning maintenance, but do you really know how important it is? Regular maintenance is essential to keeping a well-functioning air conditioner in your home. As you are very well aware, summer means heat and humidity in these parts, and you do not want to be stuck with an air conditioning system that is struggling to do its job.

By hiring a trained professional to thoroughly inspect and tune-up your AC system, you’ll be able to rely on cooling your home as effectively as you should be able to this season. Keep reading to learn more about how regular maintenance appointments affect the performance of your air conditioning system.

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Your Answers to Common Air Duct Cleaning Questions

July 4th, 2016

HVAC systems have brought American homes numerous benefits in recent decades. There have been excellent advances made, increasing the efficiency of central air conditioners and other types of cooling and heating systems. That’s not to say though, that these systems come without problems.

Since HVAC systems are intricate and complex machines with snakes of ductwork making their way through your home, they do serve as a sort of collection point for a variety of contaminants that can have a negative impact on your health. As such, occasional air duct cleaning services are essential.

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Air Conditioning Maintenance Tasks You Can Do On Your Own

June 27th, 2016

Air conditioning maintenance as a whole is something that should be left to the professionals. Only a licensed and trained HVAC technician can accurately inspect, clean, and service an air conditioner in such a way that will leave it functioning well for the years to come.

Maintenance will help your system maintain its efficiency, and cause it to be less likely to suffer from a premature breakdown. Even though you can’t do a complete maintenance job on your own unit, there are a few tasks that you can do on your own, which we’ve highlighted below.

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When Should I Change My Air Conditioner’s Air Filter?

June 20th, 2016

If you are a Florida homeowner who doesn’t pay much attention to their air conditioner’s air filter, you are not alone. However, neglecting this AC component can do a lot more harm than good. This is one maintenance task that you can and should handle on your own, on a regular basis!

The air filter that your HVAC system is supplied with at installation is there to protect the cabinet which houses the system. It helps prevent dust and other debris from entering via return air vents, which can create damage. Basically if the filter is left unattended for too long, it will become congested and will not allow for efficient airflow or an effective AC system at all.

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Should You Have Your Air Ducts Sealed This Summer?

June 13th, 2016

Is your air conditioning system fully prepared for the summer ahead? Preventive maintenance is essential for ensuring that your AC unit is up to doing its job during this hot and humid time of year.

Maintenance is not the only way to ensure that your air conditioner and home is best prepared for the season, however. Duct sealing is an important service that not only helps you, but helps your air conditioning system as well. Keep reading to learn more.

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When Does AC Replacement Make More Sense Than Repairs?

June 6th, 2016

As summer quickly approaches, we don’t need to be reminded of how hot it will get. With temperatures already increasing, you may be faced with the tough decision about what to do with an air conditioning system that’s been troubling you since the last cooling season.

An AC system isn’t something you can fix on your own. Doing so can actually cause additional damage to your system. Rather, you’ll want to rely on a professional technician’s recommendation and your own budget to decide whether to repair an aging system or replace it. But how do you know for sure which is right?

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The Important Role Your Heat Pump Reversing Valve Plays

May 30th, 2016

Heat pump systems have become increasingly popular in recent years for their energy efficiency and for their ability to both heat and cool buildings. However, most homeowners are unaware of how a heat pump actually works.

While you of course do not need to know how it works in order to use it, it’s a good idea to understand how the components of a heat pump work when it comes to needing repairs later down the line. Below, we’ve discusses what a heat pump reversing valve is, and problems that may occur with it.

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Why Is There Water Leaking From My Air Conditioner?

May 23rd, 2016

One of the most common service calls that air conditioning professionals get is in regards to water leaking from an AC system. It’s an emergency that you certainly don’t want to wait to get fixed if you want to avoid water damage to your home and further damage to your AC system. But why is there water leaking in the first place, and why is it such a typical issue?

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