IERNA's Heating & Cooling Blog

Is Your Water Heater in Need of Repair?

October 17th, 2016

The convenience that a water heater offers is something that many homeowners take for granted—without it many of the tasks you perform on a daily basis would be a lot harder, if not impossible. This includes cleaning dishes, washing clothes, and even taking a shower. Fortunately for you, a professionally installed and serviced water heater has the potential to last many years.

However, just like any other appliance, water heaters are not indestructible. No matter how durable it is or how much maintenance it receives, chances are that you will need repairs on this system at one time or another. When this does happen, be sure to give our team a call. In the meantime, keep reading to learn about some of the warning signs that your water heater is in need of repair.

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How to Check for Electrical AC Damage after a Storm

October 10th, 2016

The Florida hurricane season is still alive and well, with recent hurricanes and related tropical storms wreaking havoc on properties throughout the state. We don’t take lightly how devastating these storms can be, but if you are fortunate enough to not have your property too badly damaged, yet suffer a power outage from one, you may be concerned about the functionality of your air conditioner afterwards.

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Use a Dehumidifier to Help Your Air Conditioner

October 3rd, 2016

While other parts of the country get ready to turn on their heaters, we’re still sweltering over here in Florida. Particularly lately, with our humidity making temperatures feel 10+ degrees hotter than it actually is outside. Did you know that your air conditioning system can help dehumidify your home? This works because the evaporator coil in the inside cabinet removes heat and moisture, which gathers along the coil and drips down into a pan and drainage system.

Even if you did know this little fact, what you may not be aware of is the fact that your AC system’s dehumidifying power is very limited—rarely enough to make your home noticeably more comfortable or to protect it from the dangers of excess moisture. Air conditioning systems aren’t designed specifically to dehumidify. Rather, you need to have a whole-house dehumidifier installed into your ventilation system.

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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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