IERNA's Heating & Cooling Blog

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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Does Plumbing Maintenance Matter?

March 12th, 2018

shower head spraying waterThe plumbing system within your home is expansive and complex, connecting a number of different Wesley Chapel, FL plumbing appliances throughout, linked up by yards of pipes. It’s one of those systems you depend on daily, and yet you probably take for granted.

Additionally, it can be hard to keep in good shape, even if you do pay close attention to it. At least, it’s hard without professional help. If you want to ensure that your plumbing system serves you as well as it should for the years to come, it’s important that you invest in maintenance.

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Bathroom Clogs: Why Liquid Drain Cleaner Isn’t the Answer

February 26th, 2018

bathtub and sink in large bathroomHopefully, the last time you had a drain clog in your bathroom it was easily resolved with a plunger and a little bit of elbow grease. Most of the time, however, homeowners turn to the liquid drain cleaners you can pick up at pretty much any hardware or grocery store. The way these cleaners are marketed could easily lead you to believe that they’re the standard for approaching bathroom clogs, and drain clogs throughout the rest of your home.

Unfortunately though, as our professional New Port Richey, FL plumbers will tell you, this is just not the case. We do not use these chemical drain cleaners and we don’t encourage our customers too, either. In short, the reason why liquid drain cleaner isn’t the answer is because it’s not as effective as you think, it’s actually harmful to your plumbing, and it’s highly toxic and awful for the environment. We’ve shared more details below.

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Frequent Plumbing Issues You Can Avoid

February 12th, 2018

plumbing pipe with blue cloth tied around leakIt goes without saying that plumbing problems can cause considerable damage to your home, as well as your water bills. Even the tiniest leak can add up to significant water loss. In fact, you could lose gallons of unused water over the course of a year from just one “little” leak. Fortunately, if you do have any type of plumbing problem, you can rely on a professional Tampa, FL plumber from our team to resolve it for you.

Understandably though, we figure you would like to try to avoid plumbing issues altogether, especially those which warrant an emergency service call. We’ve provided a few examples of our most frequent plumbing emergency calls below, along with some tips to help you avoid them.

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Choosing Your Next Water Heater: Should You Go Tankless?

January 29th, 2018

tankless water heaterHow many times a day do you think about your water heater? Chances are, your answer to that is zero, or at least not as many times as you actually use your water heater each day. But when it comes to servicing your water heater, particularly if it’s time to replace it, we urge you to think very carefully about this appliance.

If you need a new water heater—whether it is a replacement or it’s for a brand new home—we are the team to call. You’ll be put in touch with a highly experienced and well trained Land O’ Lakes, FL plumber who has the knowledge needed to help you make an educated decision about what type of water heater to have put in, as well as the size and other factors you’ll want to consider.

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Tips for Avoiding Plumbing Blockages

January 15th, 2018

Plumber unclogging a tub drain with an electric auger.Perhaps the most common call that any Lutz, FL plumber gets is in regards to plumbing clogs. The homeowner might have tried to relieve the issue with chemical drain cleaners, only to discover that the issue came back full force, or was never resolved in the first place.

The first thing you should know about treating plumbing blockages is that using store-bought drain cleaner can actually do more harm than good to your plumbing system. This is because the chemicals in these cleaners are corrosive and eat away at your pipes. It’s important to rely on professional plumbers when it comes to any service on your plumbing system.

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