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

It’s Never Too Late for This Important AC Service

Monday, September 9th, 2019

air-conditioner-with-tools-on-topOkay, so there is one scenario where it’s too late for this service—air conditioning maintenance, that is. If your air conditioner has completely broken down and the compressor is shot, then maintenance won’t do anything. In fact, you’ll probably have to replace the entire air conditioner. This is particularly true if its an aging system as replacing just the compressor, unfortunately, won’t help the rest of your air conditioner last much longer.

A sudden breakdown is a lot less likely to happen in a newer system, or a system that’s had maintenance done on it each year. This is essential—your air conditioning maintenance should be done on a routine basis, no matter the time of year. Sure, it’s most ideal to have maintenance done in the spring, before temperatures reach their hottest. But AC maintenance is definitely one of those areas where frequency means more than timing.

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Going Ductless? What You Should Know

Monday, August 26th, 2019

closeup-view-of-ductless-air-handlerIf you already have a ductless system installed in your home, then you know it has a number of great benefits—improved efficiency, versatility, effective cooling and heating capabilities—but you also should know that proper installation is key to the functionality of this system.

If you don’t already have a ductless system in your home, then before you get one you should be aware that professional installation, following by proper maintenance, is the best way to avoid problems—troubles that are unique to ductless systems.  

We’re not saying this to talk you out of going ductless by any means—but rather to show you the importance of professional services from highly-trained technicians for quality ductless operation. Here are a few things you should know could happen to your ductless system if you’re not careful.

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Before You Buy Your Next Cooling System, Consider This

Monday, July 29th, 2019

outside-unit-of-an-air-conditionerWith summer officially here (and really, did it ever leave?) it’s imperative that you make sure your air conditioning system is fully equipped to handle the excessive heat we get in our little piece of the country.

Of course, if you have an aging cooling system, that might mean it’s time to invest in a replacement. If that’s the case, your natural instinct is probably to assume “the bigger, the better” right?

This isn’t actually such a good idea. When it comes to your cooling system, size does matter, but in the sense that too large of a system can be just as detrimental to your home comfort as too small of a system. When the time comes to purchase a new AC system, be sure to work with pros who will help you find the system that’s the perfect match for your living space.

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Are You Cooling Your Home As Efficiently As Possible?

Monday, July 1st, 2019

floor-ac-vent“How do I lower my cooling costs?”

This is a question just about any Tampa homeowner has asked, at least to themselves if not out loud. Considering how comfortably warm it gets in our area, this is a logical question. And the short answer is, “by improving the efficiency of your air conditioning system!”

But how exactly do you do this? Well…

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3 Signs You Need AC Service Soon

Monday, April 8th, 2019

woman-feeling-hot-in-her-homeWouldn’t it be nice if our most used appliances could last forever? Particularly our air conditioners, considering where we live. But alas, our cooling systems have a limited lifespan. When yours starts nearing the end of that lifespan, it may be a good idea to invest in a replacement. But, replacement isn’t always the answer. Sometimes, your air conditioner can get by another season or two with repairs, depending on how well it’s been taken care of over the years.

One thing is for sure—no matter how diligent you are about scheduling air conditioner maintenance and keeping up on repairs, you never want to ignore any signs of an air conditioner in distress. Nor do you want to try to diagnose an air conditioner problem on your own. That’s what we are here for. Our trained and experienced technicians know what to look for when your air conditioner is acting up, so if any of the 3 following signs describe your cooling system, be sure to give us a call!

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Have You Scheduled AC Maintenance Yet?

Monday, March 11th, 2019

technician working on air conditioning systemUnderstandably, when an HVAC professional recommends maintenance for your air conditioning system, it can be easy for you to dismiss. Unless something is severely wrong with your cooling system—like you noticed a loss of cooling power, you might be tempted to put off maintenance, especially if your air conditioner has been working “just fine.”

The fact of the matter is, however, that just like maintenance for your vehicle, routine AC maintenance is vital to the performance of your cooling system as well as repair prevention. And as a trusted resource for professional Tampa HVAC services, we have the responsibility to share with you why regular maintenance is so vital, and when you should schedule it.

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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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