The A/C Guy of Tampa Bay Inc. Blog

An Air Conditioning Problem You May Not Expect

January 15th, 2018

technician-hand-vent-ac-filterWhen an air conditioner won’t work properly, people often assume what they know to be common air conditioning problems. They may ask us, “Does it just need more refrigerant?” Or, “Is the thermostat broken?” We should let you know, before we move on, that while refrigerant leaks are common, simply refilling the refrigerant is rarely a solution. You must seal the leaks, too.

Otherwise, the thermostat is rarely the problem when the air conditioner completely struggles to run as intended, and we must look to components inside the system. We may have to do a bit of detective work to determine what went wrong, and often we find it’s the same culprit: the air filter.

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Why Won’t Your Heater Turn On?

January 1st, 2018

cold-man-shiversIn Tampa, we don’t get a lot of use out of our heaters. For most of the year, the “heat” setting on the thermostat remains untouched, and our heating systems get a long rest. So when we do find ourselves in need of heating, it’s a big surprise if the unit won’t seem to kick on.

What’s wrong with your heating system? It could be a case of human error. Or, depending on the type of heater you have, you might have components that need replacement. Of course, an older heater might be in need of replacement—but a qualified company will always check for a possibility of repairs first and foremost. For more information about what may be going on, read further and then call our friendly team.

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Install Your Air Conditioner in the Off-Season!

December 18th, 2017

warm-couple-floorWinter is coming, and that doesn’t mean much when you live in the Tampa area. You can expect cooler weather, sure, but there are unpredictable moments when you may still want to use your air conditioner. Still, it gets a nice break during this season, which helps you to save energy—especially if you’ve got an older air conditioner that no longer runs efficiently.

But if this is the case, you may start to consider the benefits of replacing your older AC system with a high-efficiency unit. And the best time to do this is during the off-season, when “winter weather” hits and you don’t need the air conditioner throughout the day and night any longer.

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How a Whole-House Dehumidifier Makes a Difference

December 4th, 2017

Florida-beach-home-comfortableWe all know how draining the effects of high humidity can be. If you live in Florida, you deal with it all the time. You’re thankful to have a central air conditioning system to come home to on a hot, humid day. But is this really the solution your home deserves?

A whole-house dehumidifier that works with your air conditioning system may be the better choice. We know that many homeowners keep portable dehumidifiers around the house, but this just isn’t the same. It’s time to consider a whole-house approach for better comfort, air quality, and energy savings. Learn more about these benefits below, and call our team when you’re ready for a new installation.

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Why a Heat Pump May Be Your Perfect AC System

November 20th, 2017

ductless-heat-pumpThe perfect AC system is a coveted item in a warm place like Tampa. You need a system that can handle the heat and the humidity. You want to make sure it’s a good fit for your home as well. And preferably it would work well with a heating system, even if you don’t use it often.

Why not get everything you need from a single system? A heat pump allows for heating and cooling all in one, using refrigerant for both heat removal (the cooling process) and moving heat into a home. It can absorb heat from the outdoors even when temperatures approach freezing, and it’s perfect for our climate. It may be the only comfort system you need.

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3 Common AC Misconceptions

November 6th, 2017

high-efficiency-ac-unitDid you know that the first air conditioner built in 1902 was actually designed to dehumidify? The fact that it could cool the air was only a secondary consideration, as Willis Carrier simply needed a system that could help with humidity problems at a printing company.

There’s likely a lot you don’t know about your air conditioner. To be honest, you really don’t need to know very much about the ins and outs of central AC. Technicians have the proper training to deal with these components, and they’re the only people qualified enough to provide service. We do think, however, that it’s important to clear up a few common AC misconceptions. What you think you may know about air conditioning could be harmful in the end—at least for your wallet.

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Why Air Ducts Are So Important to Home Comfort

October 23rd, 2017

duct-installationWhen an air conditioner is not working properly, or not cooling down the room as much as you’d like, you assume the issue exists within the system. A broken fan motor, low refrigerant levels, or failing electrical components are likely responsible, but these also may not be the only contributors to your discomfort.

When you notice that your air conditioner just does not seem to live up to its potential, you shouldn’t pass it off as just being a quirk of your older system or perhaps a problem with the thermostat. Most likely, there is a problem within the air ducts, and this is something you should address (with the help of qualified technicians).

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The Dangers of a Leaky Condensate Drain in Your Air Conditioner

October 9th, 2017

water-drop-threeLeaks around the home are often a big deal. If you notice a roof leak in the middle of a rainstorm, you might go running to the neighbor’s house to borrow a tarp and frantically search through the phone book for an available roofer. When a leak springs from a pipe, you put down buckets and call a plumber as soon as you can. These leaks can do a lot of damage, no question, but it’s easy to catch them early on.

The leaks that end up doing the most damage tend to be those you cannot see. The one that concerns our business is a leak from the condensate drain of an air conditioner. This is a huge concern in a humid area like ours, so it’s important to keep track of any potential signs of a leak and call in technicians ASAP.

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Products to Improve Your Home Air Quality

September 25th, 2017

clean-duct-ventSome of us are lucky enough to rarely suffer the effects of seasonal or indoor allergies. The rest of us have to find ways to deal with them, such as with daily allergy medication or a strict house-cleaning routine. But no matter which category you fall into, indoor air quality may be a major risk to your health, whether you know it or not.

Every home with a central AC or heating system can likely be improved with an indoor air quality system. Your local technicians probably have a solution for you. Take a look at some of the products we install for other homes in Dunedin, FL, and start taking control of your indoor air quality for better health and comfort today.

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How Often Should I Change My Home Air Filter?

September 11th, 2017

standard-filter-changeIf you’re not sure how often you need to change the air filter in your home—and you’re not even sure why it’s so important—you’re not alone. To be honest, most of the people we talk to about the air filters that serve their air conditioning systems (and heaters) are misinformed about many aspects of their purpose and how to maintain them.

Today, we want to clear up some misconceptions. Changing the filter regularly can actually help to prevent air conditioning repair. Our repair technicians hate to see repairs that could have been prevented, which is why we feel it’s our duty to help.

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