The A/C Guy of Tampa Bay Inc Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioner Repair’

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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A Bad Thermostat vs. Your AC: What Can Go Wrong

Monday, August 23rd, 2021
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When Thermostats Go Bad!

Sounds a touch dramatic, but we want to make a point about how important your home’s thermostat is for the overall operation of your HVAC system. The thermostat affects comfort, energy consumption, and the health of the AC and heater. Thermostat problems often look like other HVAC troubles, and it takes a skilled professional to make an accurate diagnosis of the malfunction and fix it. 

We’ve listed below ways a thermostat can malfunction and how it affects your house and AC (as well as the general HVAC system). 

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Should I Get a Bigger Air Conditioner for My Home?

Monday, August 9th, 2021
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Earlier this year, we wrote a post about the cooling limits of an air conditioning system in a home. This is called the temperature differential of an AC, which is how much the air conditioner can lower the indoor temperature compared to the outside. The temperature differential for residential ACs is 20°F. 

Of course, this doesn’t mean every air conditioner can work the same for every house. A small air conditioner may be able to lower the temperature by 20°F, but for only a limited area. This is the air conditioner’s capacity, which is separate from the temperature differential. The capacity of an air conditioner is how many BTUs of heat it can remove from a house in an hour. For example, a small window AC can remove about 5,000 BTUs/hour from a space, but this is only enough to cool down a single room. Larger central ACs can remove 12,000 to 60,000 BTUs/hour. 

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Drip, Drip, Drip: Why Your AC Makes That Sound

Tuesday, June 1st, 2021
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One of the best ways you can discover that it’s time to call us for AC repair in Palm Harbor, FL is by listening for unusual sounds coming from the air conditioner’s cabinets. These warning sounds include rattling, creaking, hissing, bubbling, shrieking, and screeching. 

But what about the sound of water dripping? This is a normal noise you can expect to hear from your AC, but we’ve found that people are a bit confused about why they hear water inside their air conditioners. ACs don’t use water to cool down the air, so where is this water coming from?

We’re going to answer this question, not just because it’s an interesting bit of trivia, but because it will help you understand the condensate drainage system of your AC. This information can come in handy in the future if the cooling system malfunctions.

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“Fan Only” vs. “Air Conditioning”: What’s the Difference?

Monday, April 19th, 2021
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In our last post, we explored a topic that’s always popular with homeowners: ways to save money. Specifically, how to lower the cost of cooling a home in the summer. It’s not hard to find ways to reduce how much you use your AC, and our technicians can help out with installations like dehumidifiers and high-efficiency ACs.

We didn’t touch on one way to lower AC costs in the last post, which is “fan only” mode. We’re going to address it here because it’s not exactly a way to save money, but it’s something important to know about.

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Ways to Improve Your AC In Fall

Monday, October 19th, 2020
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Florida is definitely an “air conditioning state,” since we use our ACs around the year. We use them less during winter, but it’s never long before we have to switch them back on. So while fall may be a time when people in northern states stop thinking about their air conditioning systems altogether, we still need to give some thought to helping our cooling systems make it to April and their next scheduled regular maintenance. 

In this post, we’ll examine some ways you can make your air conditioning system better in the fall so it’s prepared for any surprises.

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Tel-a-Tech Phone Consultation Service Now Available

Friday, April 3rd, 2020

Are you concerned about social distancing but have a repair or system concern that needs to be addressed today? The A/C Guy of Tampa Bay is now offering a phone consultation service for just $29.

We will charge $29 for the consult, which includes video chat thru Duo or WhatsApp if so desired. You will be able to show the tech what is going on, and the tech can walk you through basic solutions if available. If the solution is not readily available and an onsite visit is still required, we will credit the $29 toward the onsite service call fee.

To schedule a consult, please call 727-202-2559 and “book an appointment” with one of our CSRs at a mutually convenient time for our tech to meet with you. You will be asked to pay for the service by providing a credit/debit card number to the CSR or by authorizing a checking/savings account debit.

At the arranged time, the tech will contact you to initiate the call. If you have chosen a video consult, the CSR will arrange the app download with you ahead of time and get your contact info to connect.

The tech will gather as much information as possible, then provide any diagnosis and solutions that can be identified. If the problem can be identified and solutions that you can execute are successful, then $29 fee is the only cost. If a solution is not able to be determined or added diagnostics are needed and the tech needs to make a site visit to complete the diagnosis or provide a recommended solution beyond your abilities or requires needed parts etc., then $29 fee will be given as a credit against the normal charges for that visit. Therefore, you don’t end up spending anything more than if you had just had us come straight away. You can’t lose by trying this out!

If additional calls are required (say, for example, because the tech provided a solution the customer executed themselves, but the problem still persists) these would be considered additional phone consults, but would be charged at a 20% reduced rate.

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The AC Compressor—Understanding the Heart of Your Home Cooling

Monday, October 7th, 2019

air-conditioner-evaporator-coilYou don’t need to be an expert on the science and mechanics of air conditioning to enjoy cooling from an air conditioner, the same way you don’t have to be an electrical engineer to benefit from the lights in your house. Trained professionals exist to help you in these areas.

But extra knowledge of home services is always advantageous. When you understand the basics of the operation of your household cooling system, you’ll have a better idea when you need air conditioning service in Dunedin, FL.

Preamble over. Let’s examine the component at the heart of your air conditioning system: the compressor.

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Give Your Air Conditioning a Summer “Report Card”

Monday, September 9th, 2019

Children are heading back to school, and in a few months they’ll start bringing home report cards. But you can hand out a report card before school starts: a report card for your air conditioning system. How did it perform its job this summer? Did it sail through the season and keep those electrical bills steady? Or did it hit a few bumps along the way?

Here’s a guide to help you grade your AC:

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What Low Refrigerant Can Do to An Air Conditioner

Monday, August 26th, 2019

air-conditioning-manometer-pressure-refrigerantAn air conditioning system is manufactured to use a specific amount of chemical refrigerant. This is known as an air conditioner’s charge. People often make the mistake of thinking refrigerant is an energy source for an air conditioner. It isn’t. The energy source of an air conditioner is electricity. Refrigerant is the heat transference medium that allows the air conditioner to move thermal energy outside of the house (cooling the indoor air) and exhausting it. The refrigerant evaporates and condenses in a cycle and never dissipates—so it will never get “used up.”

That doesn’t mean it can’t have a low charge, however! An amateur may have put the wrong charge in the AC when it was installed. The refrigerant lines can also corrode and develop leaks. Whatever the cause of an undercharged air conditioner, it means a range of problems and eventually a broken down AC.

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