IERNA's Heating & Cooling Blog

What’s Causing My AC Bills to Rise?

July 16th, 2018

outside ac unit sitting on pile of money, on a white backgroundThe simple answer to this question is, “your air conditioner isn’t working as efficiently as it needs to.” Well, that’s great and all, but what’s causing your cooling system to behave inefficiently? That’s a question we’ll answer below. First, we want to stress that, when it comes to air conditioning services, it’s essential that you hire a pro, particularly for diagnosing a problem to begin with.

Symptoms of an inefficient air conditioner can include things like warm air coming from the vents, reduced airflow, and noises that indicate the AC is struggling to turn on or stay on. But just because you know this, doesn’t mean you can do anything about it, at least, not without the right professional assistance.

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Neighbors In Need Get Help From Local Businesses

July 10th, 2018

At IERNA’s Heating, Cooling & Plumbing, we have a long history of community support and involvement. Since our start in June of 2003, owner/operator Charlene Ierna has made certain to always participate in and support as many local charity drives, K-12 school events, youth sports programs and non-profit fundraising events as possible.

In December of 2017, IERNA’s created the “Neighbor In Need Give-Away”. The contest asked for the community to nominate a person or family who has always selflessly helped others but may be in need of help themselves.

When Charlene mentioned the idea to Jeff Hoffman, President of Florida Carrier Enterprises, (CE is the Tampa Bay area’s distributor of Carrier® and Bryant® Heating & Cooling systems. Notably, IERNA’s is a Bryant® Factory Authorized Dealer), Hoffman wanted to be a part and would assist with the donation of a Bryant® Air Conditioning system. The selected recipient would receive a brand new Bryant® Coastal Air Conditioner including the removal of the old equipment, installation of the new equipment and any permitting fees associated with the install, at no cost to the recipient.

After a panel of six judges reviewed the nearly 50 nominations that included a short backstory on each of the nominees, one family was selected. The selection process was an emotional one: “It was truly a very difficult decision to make. Many of the stories of these selfless people moved judges to tears. We wish we could have given everyone a new Bryant® Heating & Cooling system.”, stated Rob Kress, our Director of Marketing & Public Relations.



On January 17th, we contacted Jason & Cristine Rhodes of Springhill, FL  to let them know they had been nominated for the Neighbor In Need Giveaway contest. Jason was overwhelmed and nearly in tears as he was delivered the news. The family of five had to endure extreme summer temperatures and sometimes-frigid temperatures during winter since their central heating and cooling system had stopped working three years ago.

Jason and Cristine Rhodes are parents of three children; Jase, Jacob, and Sage. Their second born, Jacob, became non-verbal at the age of 18-months and remained until around age 5. As professional music instructors, the Rhodes realized they were able to connect and communicate with Jacob through music and the arts. This realization and the success they saw with their own child moved them to create The Inspire Foundation, a non-profit music, and arts program to help other struggling families with children who are diagnosed with autism. These children are able to enroll in the program at no cost. They spent many years, devoting all of their time, money and efforts to develop a very successful music program which has helped countless families bring joy and education to children who seemed to be falling further back before becoming involved with the Rhodes family’s program. In between the autism music program, both Jason and Christine also teach private music lessons to aspiring musicians to help pay their personal bills. Because, the autism music and arts program is free to struggling families, the Rhodes are constantly raising funds to help ensure the program keeps going. Their passion to help these families has consumed the majority of their time and extra money. They have forgone their own personal needs to make sure they are able to continue to help others.

Jason Rhodes stated, “My wife and family and I are so honored and excited to have been chosen by Charlene, Rob, and the rest of the team at IERNA’s to receive a new air conditioner. This is a huge relief for us and we plan on paying this kind deed forward in many ways. Thank you so much, Team IERNA’s!



Our Service Manager, Rich Register, was sent to the Rhodes home to do an initial evaluation of the existing equipment to make sure the new equipment was sized properly and prepared a complete material list. This exciting moment for this deserving and grateful family, quickly turned into a nightmare scenario.

During the inspection, Rich noticed severe damage to the existing ductwork and the attic looked as if animals had been spending a lot of time in it. Although the A/C Giveaway initially included the air handler, condenser, and thermostat, once Charlene was informed of the terrible condition of the homes existing ductwork, she decided it was necessary to also include the donation of all materials and installation of a completely new duct system.

Since it was apparent that critters had been in the attic, we immediately reached out to our friend Chris Wirt, an animal removal expert and owner/operator of A-All Animal Control of Tampa Bay. Rob Kress explained the situation to Wirt and asked if he could help. Without hesitation, Wirt volunteered to go out to the Rhodes home and donate his time and services. After his evaluation, it was clear that rats and raccoons had found their way into the Rhodes home through a severely damaged roof and soffits. The situation was so severe that before the a/c system could be installed, the roof would need to be inspected and hopefully repaired by a professional roofing company.

Since the roof was a high priority and the Rhodes family didn’t know where to start, Rob immediately got on the phone reaching out to several roofing companies in the Tampa Bay area in hopes of finding a company who could possibly help the Rhodes family. When he contacted Arry’s Roofing Service of Tarpon Springs, he spoke to Vice President/Owner, Matt Housh. Arry’s is also a family owned/operated company who is very involved with their local community and also gives back as much as possible. Notably, Arry’s is also involved in an annual Free Roof Give-Away Program, which is held in the later part of the year. The roof at the Rhodes home was not reparable. A full roof replacement was the only option and was a huge task. Arry’s team worked for 3 days replacing a significant amount of plywood in addition to the roof shingles.

After the new roof was installed, Wirt of A-All Animal Removal returned to seal any other potential areas of intrusion to keep additional animals from entering the residence. He also set humane animal traps to remove any and all critters calling their attic home. Because the animals had been living in the attic for so long, the insulation in the attic was full of animal urine and feces, which is a significant health concern to the Rhodes family and would need to be completely removed and the attic space would then need to be professionally cleaned, disinfected and sanitized before IERNA’s team could the new a/c system and ductwork

Wirt reached out to business owner, Mario Maffeo of Gulfside Insulation whom Wirt has worked closely with over the years. After hearing the story, Mario quickly agreed to donate his services and the materials necessary to help the Rhodes family get their home back in order. Gulfside Insulation has special equipment that allows the safe extraction and disposal of the contaminated insulation in the attic space. Once extraction was complete, Wirt properly sanitized and disinfect the attic space making it safe for IERNA’s technicians to work in the space during the A/C replacement as well as for the Rhodes family’s well being.

Charlene Ierna stated, “We are so proud to be a part of such an amazing community of people and local businesses. We cannot thank A-Animal Control, Arry’s Roofing Services and Gulfside Insulation for their kindness, generosity, and willingness to be part of something that means so much to a family who lives to help others.”

It took a lot longer than expected, however, today the Rhodes family is enjoying the comfort of their new Bryant® Heating & Cooling system in a dry, critter-free home, just in time for another sweltering Florida summer.


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Repairs vs. Replacement: Troubleshooting Your AC Needs

July 2nd, 2018

technician working on air conditioning systemIt goes without saying that your air conditioner gets heavy use over the course of the year. If you aren’t already doing so, soon you’ll begin keeping your AC system on consistently to keep your home comfortable this summer season. The last thing you need, then, is a sudden air conditioner breakdown or need for air conditioning repair in New Port Richey, just when summer hits its peak temperatures.

First off, this is why investing in routine maintenance is so important. But even with maintenance, other factors can play a role—such as the age of your air conditioner. The good news in all of this is that most repair needs exhibit clear signs and symptoms before they force your air conditioner to break down entirely. But how do you know the difference between an air conditioner that needs repair, and one that needs replacement?

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How Does Ductwork Affect Air Conditioner Performance?

June 18th, 2018

technician cleaning out ductworkThe better question may be, how does it benefit air conditioner performance?

Many homeowners don’t know this, but the excessive buildup of dirt and debris in the average home’s ductwork can interfere with the overall performance of both air conditioning and heating systems. And with your ducts hidden from view, you probably don’t think about them very much, if at all. When you invest in a thorough duct cleaning in Tampa from trained and experienced professionals, you can count on better HVAC performance overall.

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When Choosing a New AC, Bigger Isn’t Always Better

June 4th, 2018

top view of an outside AC unitIs this the spring you’ve discovered that your home’s current air conditioner is no longer up to the job of keeping your household comfortable throughout the rest of the cooling season? If you’ve come to this conclusion but haven’t yet made a decision on what air conditioning installation to go with, the time is now—but we discourage you from rushing out and buying the first air conditioner you can find!

The reason we don’t encourage this is that too many homeowners go out and buy the biggest air conditioner they can find that matches their budget, not realizing that bigger isn’t always better, and they could actually be doing more harm than good to their cooling system and energy costs. Remember, it takes a skilled and educated HVAC professional to install a new air conditioner. You need a contractor that understands important factors, like the right air conditioner tonnage.

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The Unique Needs of Ductless Systems

May 21st, 2018

Closeup view about using some appliance such as air condition.There’s one option for heating and cooling in modern homes that’s been growing in popularity recently—and that’s the ductless mini split heat pump. Rather than functioning through a network of air ducts connected to an indoor air handler and evaporate unit, ductless systems basically break up the indoor unit and the blower fans to distribute conditioned air throughout your home in the form of mini air handlers, mounted on the wall.

If you’ve been in a home and seen something on the wall that resembles a window AC unit but it doesn’t go back through the wall, then you’re looking at a component of a ductless system. Those wall hanging units you see are each hooked up to a single outdoor unit, creating a central heat pump without ductwork. There are a number of benefits to these systems, however, they do come with unique needs when it comes to air conditioner repair in Riverview, FL.

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Ominous Cooling System Symptoms and What They Mean

May 7th, 2018

woman covering her ears on a white backgroundSpring has officially sprung, and if you aren’t already, this week is typically when most homeowners start using their air conditioners on a regular basis. Soon, you’ll be using it day and night, and as such you need it to operate under extreme pressure—given our very hot and humid climate. The last thing you need is a sudden breakdown and emergency air conditioning repair when summer is at its peak.

Fortunately, most air conditioning repair needs give out signs and symptoms long before they force your cooling system to shut down. And while we discourage you from attempting to diagnose or repair a faulty cooling system by yourself—they contain potentially dangerous components like refrigerant, which requires formal training and licensing to handle safely—you can still spot the signs that you need repairs, and call our team for expert services.

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Top 5 Reasons Your AC Might Struggle This Summer

April 23rd, 2018

Air conditioner with tools on itWhen it comes to air conditioning in Tampa, you expect one simple result from your system—relief from the unbearable heat. Now that spring is officially here and summer is never far behind in our parts, your AC system is going to be taking on the bulk of its annual work to keep your home cool and comfortable.

But what if your cooling system isn’t actually doing its job? If you discover that you have to run your AC almost constantly just to get a moderate amount of relief, or if you’ve discovered that rooms are staying too hot, then you might have a problem with your system. There are a number of possible causes for this, but we’re going to cover the top 5 reasons your AC system may struggle this summer.

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Is a Ductless System Worth the Investment?

April 9th, 2018

Female holding a remote control air conditioner at home. Happy young woman on sofaWe’re all too aware that the weather in our area never really gets “cold.” We use our air conditioners on a pretty consistent basis, and given the cost of running these systems, it’s important that we have reliable and efficiently performing cooling systems. Is yours up to the task of getting you through the rest of spring and then our sweltering summer?

If not, it may be time for air conditioning service in Tampa, whether that be system repair or, in the case of an aging or inefficiently operating AC system, replacement. If you discover the latter is the best option, then you’ll want to look at the pros and cons of different system types. We highly recommend the ductless cooling and heating system! Here’s a look at why.

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It’s That Time of Year, Schedule an AC Tune-Up Now!

March 26th, 2018

technician's hands with tools working on ac unitFor most parts of the country, the end of March marks the end of winter too, both officially and weather wise. But for Tampa residents, “winter” doesn’t last long at all, and our air conditioners are typically still getting plenty of use.

But there’s no argument: your AC system gets its heaviest use in the spring and summer months. For this reason, it’s imperative that you get a Tampa, FL air conditioning maintenance session on your schedule ASAP.

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