October 17th, 2016
We recently wrote a post about making the choice to replace an aging gas furnace. Usually, when a homeowner replaces an old heating system, they put in the same type of heater as before. But you may be ready for a change, or perhaps you’re putting in the first heater for a new home. In these cases, you’ll have to decide among a number of options for residential heating. Below are some of the models that we install. Don’t try to make a final choice on your own! You’ll need our professional assistance to guide you toward a home heater that will do exactly the job you need from it.
October 10th, 2016
Last week we looked into taking care of an important job for your heat pump: arranging for a second maintenance visit to prep it for the times it will need to switch over to heating mode during the winter.
But even the best maintenance can’t avoid all possible problems with a heat pump (or other type of heating system). During the winter, you may run into a time when you turn your heat pump over to heating mode… and find that you don’t receive warm air from it. Why does this happen?
October 3rd, 2016
Boy, it sure is difficult preparing for another bracing, freezing cold Florida winter, isn’t it? Okay, okay, we can laugh a bit about our great weather, which is the reason so many people in the rest of the country flock to visit us during the winter. But we also know that not every single day in Florida is sunny and 80°F. During rainy days and cloudy nights, enough of a chill can blow through that our homes will need to have their heating systems turned on.
September 26th, 2016
Last week we wrote about something that’s important to have taken care of during the fall if you have a gas furnace for home heating: a regular maintenance visit tune-up.
However, a tune-up and some targeted repairs may not be enough. After all, no mechanical device will last forever, and at some point your furnace will need to be replaced with a new unit. Your maintenance technicians can help you make that choice if it looks like your furnace is coming to the end of its service life.
September 19th, 2016
Last week we asked you to grade the performance of your air conditioner during the last summer. It’s a good way to judge what sort of work the system may need for it to work its best during the rest of the year… and into the year beyond.
This week, we’re going to look at the other comfort system in your home, the one you probably haven’t thought of much, if at all, during the past months: the furnace.
September 12th, 2016
The official start of fall is only a little over a week away: September 22. Because Florida doesn’t experience heavy winters, we can only expect our air conditioning systems to take brief breaks in the months ahead during spells of cooler weather. Nonetheless, this is a good time of the year to evaluate your AC and how well it did its job over the summer. Give it a letter grade from “A” to “F” based on such factors as comfort, energy bills, the number of repairs it needed, and the system’s age. This will help you determine what you might need to have done for it during the fall.
September 5th, 2016
This is a common complaint that HVAC technicians hear from homeowners: “There’s a terrible moldy smell coming from the air vents when my AC is running.” This problem is common enough that it has its own name: dirty sock syndrome. If you’ve ever encountered it in your home, you’ll understand why it earned that name! This isn’t a pleasant odor.
What causes dirty sock syndrome, and what can you do about it? We’ll examine that below.
August 29th, 2016
In some of our recent blogs, we’ve addressed air conditioning problems that can crop up during the winding down days of summer. Because an AC handles an immense amount of work throughout the summer (especially in a hot part of the country like Florida), it’s more likely to face trouble as the season nears its end. In this post, we’ll address one of the more common of these late-summer issues, which is a dirty and grimy outdoor condenser coil.
August 22nd, 2016
It’s amazing that we’re already in the last official month of summer. But we can’t expect to enjoy much relief from the Florida heat, since hot weather often stretches into the fall. Your air conditioner is entering a “danger zone” at this point, since not only does it still need to contend with high temperatures, it also has the stress of a few months of steady work weighing down on it.
August 15th, 2016
It’s August, and your air conditioning system has probably already spent months hard at work providing your family with a cool retreat from the hot and humid outdoor weather. All that work can cause the air conditioner to malfunction at the tail-end of summer. Pay special attention at this time of year for signs that all is not well with your air conditioner.