IERNA's Heating & Cooling Blog : Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Does AC Cleanliness Matter?

Monday, October 8th, 2018

technician taking apart AC to serviceThe short answer to this is, “yes.” Your air conditioner simply cannot function as efficiently and effectively as it is meant to if the internal components are dirty. This starts, of course, with changing your air filter.

“But wait,” you might be wondering, “isn’t my air filter there to protect my indoor air quality?”

No, that air filter—which comes standard with your HVAC system upon installation—is in place to protect the inside components of your system from dirt, debris, and other contaminants that can impact AC performance. You should be changing your air filter every 1-3 months during periods of use—the more contaminants in the home the more often it should be changed (for instance, pet dander and cigarette smoke are both considered contaminants).

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Are You Using Your Cooling System As Efficiently As Possible?

Monday, September 24th, 2018

Woman feeling hot and trying to refresh in summertime heatThere aren’t many people in the Tampa area who would argue against you that having a fully effective air conditioning system is an absolute must. Not only is this needed to make your home comfortable, but to make it bearable. If your air conditioner doesn’t work the way it’s meant to, however, then you may need repairs, or it could even be time to look into a new Tampa AC installation, depending on how old your unit is.

These are not your only options when it comes to increasing system efficiency, though. You may have a brand new air conditioner that works just fine and has a high-efficiency rating already. That doesn’t mean you can’t improve the efficiency even more, though. And by improving the efficiency, you’re ultimately saving money! So, what’s the trick? Well, there are a few—read on!

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Remodeling a Home? Consider Ductless AC

Monday, September 10th, 2018

Closeup view about using some appliance such as air condition.Chances are you’ve heard of ductless mini splits at some time or another. Ductless cooling (and heating) is very popular in Europe and Japan, where central cooling is less common and is now increasing in popularity here in the U.S. If you are considering adding a new air conditioner to your home, whether due to new construction or to replace your existing, aging, air conditioner, then we highly recommend considering a ductless unit.

But is this the right choice for your home and your specific needs? Only a professional can really determine that, so be sure to give us a call if you’re taking this into consideration. In the meantime, we’ve provided some guidelines below on when ductless air conditioning in Tampa may be a great idea!

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Sounds You Never Want to Hear from Your AC

Monday, August 27th, 2018

woman-covering-her-ears-on-white-backgroundAs your AC ages and you spend more days with your system running, you might notice new things arising. Hopefully, these new things are good, like an adjustable fan speed that you never noticed before or a temperature preset feature that you glossed over while reading the manual.

If your realization is less pleasant—for instance, the subtle whooshing noise your AC used to make when it was brand new has progressed into a staccato clunking—then this is the list for you. If your AC is making any of these noises, you should call our amazing team at IERNA’s Heating, Cooling & Plumbing for air conditioning repair in Tampa.

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Is It Ever Too Late for AC Maintenance?

Monday, August 13th, 2018

technician working on air conditioning systemIf your aging air conditioner has broken down and no repair will get it back up and running, then, yes it probably is too late for AC maintenance. But, unless you’ve never cared for your air conditioner in the 10+ years you’ve had it, that’s very unlikely! That being said, no, it’s not too late for air conditioning maintenance.

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Common Summer AC Repairs to Be Aware of

Monday, July 30th, 2018

Downtown Tampa Florida in the afternoonUnfortunately, even though we wish it were true, there is no air conditioner on the market that will perform at 100% efficiency and effectiveness throughout its entire lifespan. Now, you can definitely reduce your chances of needing sudden emergency repairs, and maybe even the most costly of AC repairs, by scheduling routine maintenance. Maintenance should be performed at least once a year for a standard air conditioner and twice a year for heat pump systems.

And when your Tampa, FL air conditioning system does need repair, our team is the one to contact. The sooner you address issues with your air conditioner, the less likely it is that your system will suffer serious problems or damage later on. There is no air conditioner problem that’s small enough to ignore or delay.

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What’s Causing My AC Bills to Rise?

Monday, 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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Repairs vs. Replacement: Troubleshooting Your AC Needs

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

Monday, 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

Monday, 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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