The A/C Guy of Tampa Bay Inc Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Clearwater’

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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Did You Get the Best Heating Efficiency This Winter?

Monday, February 22nd, 2021
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The end of this winter season is extremely harsh for some parts of the country. Here in Tampa Bay, it’s standard late-winter-as-usual, which means the spring warmth is already arriving and many of us can expect to start using our air conditioning systems. As the season of heating comes to a close, it’s a good time to assess how efficiently your heating system performed.

It may seem hard to know that, especially when heating systems don’t do as much work during our mild winters compared to more northern states. But there are ways you can analyze your heating system’s efficiency and judge whether you need heating service in Clearwater, FL to improve it.

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Common Repair Warning Noises From a Heat Pump

Monday, February 8th, 2021
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Heat pumps are wonderful devices, especially in warmer climates like we get to enjoy here in Tampa Bay. A heat pump can deliver all the cooling a home needs through the long and hot seasons, and then switch over to energy-saving heating during the short periods of cooler weather. It’s all there in one system, and it can make a difference in energy costs compared to using a combination of an AC and an electric or even gas furnace. 

But this marvel of comfort technology can still malfunction. Whether you have your heat pump in heating or cooling mode, it still operates in a fashion similar to an air conditioner and can encounter the same types of malfunctions as an AC. Many of these malfunctions make specific noises that will give you a warning that it’s time to call us for cooling/heating repair in Clearwater, FL.

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Failing Capacitors and Other Electrical AC Troubles

Monday, July 13th, 2020
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Your air conditioner is going to run into a variety of problems throughout its lifespan–though hopefully, our professional maintenance services will help keep these issues to a minimum! That said, when your air conditioner needs help with electrical issues, you’ll want to get your AC repairs in Clearwater, FL scheduled ASAP before that repair need becomes a replacement.

So what kinds of electrical problems might your A/C encounter and what is the best way to deal with them? We will answer these questions and others below.

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It’s Not Too Late for AC Maintenance If You Couldn’t Do It Earlier

Monday, June 1st, 2020
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We always stress regular air conditioning maintenance with our customers. Why? Because as a company offering air conditioning services in Clearwater, FL, we’ve seen first-hand how helpful maintenance is: how much it saves in repair costs, equipment lifespan, and energy efficiency. It’s also the best way to guard against a sudden AC breakdown during the middle of the hottest of the Florida heat waves–and you know how rough those can be!

We make it easy to arrange for routine AC maintenance with membership in our VIP Club. Joining the club not only comes with two maintenance visits a year, but it also offers bonuses like a 20% discount on repairs and reduced service call fees. Call us for more information and to sign up. We’ll get you on the schedule at your earliest convenience.

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Join Our VIP Club for AC Maintenance This Spring

Monday, March 9th, 2020
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Air conditioning maintenance in Clearwater, FL and throughout the Tampa Bay area is necessary every spring. The summers in Florida are taxing for air conditioning systems, so they need to have a proper tune-up and inspection before they start going to work. It’s similar to the way a car requires a tune-up and check before a long road trip.

We want all our customers to have AC maintenance in the spring—there’s nothing better for an air conditioner. To make it easier for our customers, we offer our special VIP Club, which includes a full system cleaning each year, and a second visit for a tune-up six months later.

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Troubles With Heat Pumps Our Technicians Often Repair

Monday, January 13th, 2020
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A heat pump looks like an air conditioner, sounds like an air conditioner, has components like an air conditioner, and sends out cool air like an air conditioner. But it’s not an air conditioner, because it can also provide heating. It takes special components to allow a heat pump to perform this dual function, but those differences are vital for technicians to know so they can effectively service a malfunctioning heat pump.

We want to help you understand the heat pump that keeps your house comfortable. That means you’ll have a better idea of when to call an HVAC contractor in Clearwater, FL (i.e. us) to repair it when it isn’t working right. Here’s a list of heat pump problems we’re often called to fix.

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Heat Pump or AC—Is There a Clear Choice?

Monday, October 21st, 2019

“Is there a clear choice between installing a heat pump or AC for my home?”

We’ll supply the answer we’d give for any choice between different types of comfort systems: “Yes—but you’ll need the help of professionals to find the clear choice for your circumstances.”

In other words, we can’t give you a definite answer on a blog post. Each home is different, and each homeowner has specific requirements. However, we can provide information about the AC/heat pump choice to help you understand the direction to head. When you’re ready, call our experts for heat pump or AC services in Clearwater, FL. We’ll put our knowledge to work locating the ideal installation.

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Why Your Heat Pump May Not Be Heating

Monday, January 28th, 2019

cold-sweater-manIf you use a heat pump in Clearwater, FL to provide both heating and cooling for your home, you’ll use it most of the time in its cooling mode. After all, Tampa Bay enjoys hot summers and warm to mild winters. It’s not often we need to have heating power for comfort. But this is one of the reasons heat pumps are such good choices for comfort in our climate: they are powerful air conditioning systems that can shift into working as efficient heating systems when necessary.

If a heat pump is working as it should, all it takes to change it to heating mode is to make an adjustment to the thermostat. But what happens if you do make the adjustment to your heat pump, but you either don’t get enough heat or the heat pump continues to send out cooled air?

Let’s take a quick look at what might be happening.

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