The A/C Guy of Tampa Bay Inc. Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Ways You May Be Putting Too Much Stress on Your Air Conditioner

Monday, June 13th, 2022
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Summer weather has arrived in Tampa Bay. This is when air conditioning systems become central to people’s home lives. We can almost guarantee you’ve started to run your AC, and it’ll soon be an almost daily companion inside your home.

Assuming an AC will work as you need it, summer after summer, with no issues will eventually lead to grief. You might be putting too much strain on your air conditioning system already without knowing it. We’re here to help! Below we’ve listed ways homeowners can put their ACs under unnecessary strain that will lead to high bills, repairs, and an early system replacement. If you’re doing any of the below, change your ways this summer.

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What Odd Smells From Your Central AC May Mean

Monday, May 16th, 2022
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One of the common warning signs of a problem with a central air conditioning system is when it starts to create weird sounds. But hearing isn’t the only sense you can use to notice an AC in trouble. Your sense of smell can also alert you. An air conditioner that’s blowing strange scents into your house through the vents is sending up a warning flag that you may need to call our technicians for central air conditioning in Tampa, FL.

If you’re currently noticing a strange AC smell, we can help you try to narrow down what it means. Please don’t try any repairs on your own—leave the diagnosis and solutions to our professionals.

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What Are the Most Important Factors When Choosing a New AC?

Monday, May 2nd, 2022
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Getting a new central air conditioning system installed for your house can feel stressful. In Florida, you must have an effective AC or else much of the middle of the year will be miserable at home. There are so many options when it comes to air conditioning models that it might overwhelm you.

The good news is that you have help when it comes to AC installation in Tampa, FL—namely, the team at the A/C Guy of Tampa Bay. Below we’ve listed some important criteria to consider when choosing a new air conditioner. Our experts are ready to give you the best help in making your choice.

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A Brief Guide to Changing Your AC’s Air Filter

Monday, April 18th, 2022
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You may have big plans for your cooling system this summer, such as arranging for a new AC installation in Tampa, FL, or making upgrades to the thermostat, or adding a zone control system. But one job never changes from year to year, no matter the type of AC you have or the features it comes with: regularly changing the air conditioner’s air filter.

An air filter change is a part of the regular maintenance job our technicians do each year when you schedule spring maintenance. But an air conditioner needs more than one filter change per year. You’ll need to take care of this task throughout the rest of spring, through the summer, and into the fall. 

What do you need to know about changing your AC’s filter? We have all the important information gathered here. If you need additional help, our team is ready to assist!

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Spring Into Action This Spring: Schedule AC Maintenance!

Monday, April 4th, 2022
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This is our regular Call to Action when spring arrives: schedule your regular air conditioning maintenance! And yes, we think this is an important call to action, because having maintenance done each year on your AC can save you from some major troubles during the summer. What kind of troubles? We’ll get into that a bit more below.

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Questions to Ask Yourself When Getting a New Central AC

Monday, December 13th, 2021
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A new AC installation in St. Petersburg, FL can be a big deal for your house. We live in a warm and humid climate where air conditioners are essential almost year-round. When you’re planning on getting a new air conditioner, either to replace an older one or as the first AC for a house, you don’t want to rush into grabbing just anything. We recommend you start working early with our technicians so we can assist you with selecting the unit to meet your needs. We’re here to do more than just put the new AC in place—we want to see you have the right cooling that will last for years and help you lower energy costs.

As you start the process of getting a new air conditioner, ask yourself the following questions. They’ll help you focus on what you need the most from your new cooling system.

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How You Can Help a Struggling Air Conditioner

Monday, November 1st, 2021
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One of the difficulties we face with air conditioners in Florida is that they don’t get lengthy breaks. The standard for air conditioners in most of the country is a steady summer of use, shorter periods of use in spring and fall, and then a winter where they may not turn on at all. But we need to have our ACs ready to work all through the year, and this means they take on a lot more stress. 

As winter gets nearer, you may run into an air conditioner that’s starting to struggle to keep the house cool on warm days. This might be the result of the strain on the air conditioner, or it could be a malfunction. We’ll look at what you can do when you have an AC that isn’t living up to expectations.

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Why Might an AC Lose Refrigerant?

Monday, October 4th, 2021
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Refrigerant is a chemical blend that can easily shift between liquid and gaseous states. This makes it ideal for air conditioning systems: as the refrigerant moves through the air conditioner, it evaporates indoors to absorb heat and then condenses outdoors to release heat. During this process, the refrigerant never dissipates—the same amount of refrigerant should stay in the AC for the entire life of the cooling system.

But … leaks can happen. An air conditioner won’t lose refrigerant over time (this is a common misconception) unless it has leaks along its refrigerant lines or at connection points. To prevent the AC from failing due to low refrigerant, experts must locate the leaks, seal them, and then put back in the amount of refrigerant that was lost. 

If you’re curious about how these leaks start and if you can do anything to prevent them, follow us below for more information.

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Your AC Probably Isn’t Enough to Beat the High Humidity

Monday, September 20th, 2021
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Imagine how much easier it would be to have a cool, comfortable house in Florida if our humidity wasn’t so high. Humidity doesn’t make the air hotter but certainly makes our bodies feel hotter because it traps heat. Humidity is like putting on a coat in the middle of July.

But your air conditioning system can take care of it, right? Well, probably not. An air conditioner cools the air in your house, but when it comes to humidity, well … let’s talk about that more below.

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Can My Air Conditioner Rust?

Monday, September 6th, 2021
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Any metal that comes into contact with water in the presence of oxygen can rust. So the short answer to the question in the title is, yes. Rust on an AC is more likely to happen in a place like coastal Florida because of our high humidity and the amount of salt in the air. The outdoor components of your home’s air conditioning system are in regular contact with moisture and salt, and this can lead to parts of it rusting.

The good news is that AC manufacturers build their systems to resist rust for many years. It can still occur, however, and we’re going to take a look at what can happen when you’ve got a rusty AC and what you can do about it. 

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