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

The New Year Is Not Too Late for Heating Maintenance!

Monday, January 10th, 2022
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The New Year is here and our weather is … nice! Pleasant days in the 70s. This is why Tampa is such a popular spot for winter vacations. And during weather like this, it’s easy to forget that you have a heating system in your home that needs regular service to keep it in prime condition. The winter isn’t always sunny days for us—the cold snaps and storms will make an effective home heater a necessity.

So we want to talk to you about maintenance for your heater. Have you had it done already? If you have, great. If you haven’t, we don’t want you to believe that the start of a new year means the opportunity has passed and you might as well forget about it until fall. This isn’t the case at all! Since our winter weather tends to arrive late, you may be right on time with scheduling heating maintenance now.

But is there any harm in skipping it for a year? Well, yes. The benefits of heating maintenance are tremendous, and we want to remind you what you can avoid when you stay current with it for each winter.

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Your Heat Pump Needs Maintenance in Fall as Well as Spring

Monday, October 18th, 2021
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A Florida winter isn’t as intimidating a prospect as, say, a Wisconsin winter. We experience mild cool weather and rain, and the occasional days when people need jackets. Our climate is one of the reasons that heat pumps are such popular options for local home comfort: a heat pump operates as a powerful air conditioning system during much of the year, but it can also manage heating without much trouble when the outdoor temperatures aren’t too low. A heat pump is a great all-seasons comfort system for Florida.

If you use a heat pump for your house, we have an important reminder: schedule maintenance for the heat pump this fall. People often forget to have this done because they assume a heat pump only needs maintenance once a year in spring. After all, air conditioning systems only need maintenance in spring. But even though heat pumps resemble air conditioners in how they run, they have different maintenance requirements.

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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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What a “Split System” Air Conditioner Is

Monday, July 26th, 2021
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One of the best friends your house can have is central air conditioning in Tampa, FL for the hot summers. You only have to make an adjustment to the thermostat, and cool and refreshing air begins to move through the ducts to the rooms. Easy and convenient—and hard to imagine getting through a summer without one.

The type of central air conditioner that your home probably uses is called a split system. You may have heard this term used, or heard about an alternative called mini splits, and wondered what those terms specifically mean. We’re going to give you a basic rundown on split systems and what makes other ACs different. 

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How Long You Can Expect Your Air Conditioner to Last

Monday, July 12th, 2021
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You know that any major appliance in your house has a limited service life. Proper care can push an appliance to several extra years, but at some point it will wear down beyond where repairs are cost-effective. 

You’ve probably wondered about how long your central air conditioning system will last. This is natural in our hot and humid climate where ACs are vital for making it through much of the middle of the year. Considering all the work your air conditioner puts in during summer, how many years can you expect to have it before you need a new AC installation in Tampa, FL? Below we’ll look into the question and offer some advice about air conditioning replacement.

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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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The Trick About Electric Furnace Efficiency Ratings

Monday, January 25th, 2021
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For homes that don’t have a natural gas connection, an electric furnace is one of the most common options for central heating. Even for some homes that do have natural gas, electric furnaces can offer several advantages. 

But when people are shopping around for a new central heating system, they might feel confused regarding the energy efficiency of furnaces. The trick is that the efficiency ratings for electric furnaces look different compared to gas furnaces, even though they use the same measurement: annual fuel utilization efficiency, or AFUE.

We’ll explain below how to understand the AFUE of an electric furnace vs. that of other types of furnaces (including gas, propane, and oil).

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How Long Can You Expect Your Heater to Last?

Monday, January 11th, 2021
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You don’t want to replace a valuable central heating system in your home until you’ve gotten all the possible useful years of service out of it that you can. That’s just the basic logic of any important appliance. But how long will that heater in your house last? When can you expect to call us to schedule a heating replacement?

There is no one answer we can give you, because not only do different heaters have different life expectancies, but other factors such as use and maintenance come into play. We can make several generalizations that may help you if you’re currently on the fence about the future of your heating in Tampa, FL.

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Why Is My Heat Pump Only Sending Out Cold Air?

Monday, December 14th, 2020
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One of the nice features of heat pumps is that they easily switch between heating and cooling modes. You don’t need to make changes to the heat pump itself when you need warmth from it after months of cooling. All that has to happen is an adjustment on the thermostat, and the thermostat signals the heat pump to change modes. That’s a reason heat pumps in Tampa, FL are popular options: we can quickly leap to heating during the short periods when we need it, then go right back to cooling.

But a heat pump can malfunction like any other device, and you might find that when you need heat for your house that the heat pump is still working in air conditioning mode and sending cool air from the vents. Why is this happening?

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Can Dry Air Really Be a Problem?

Monday, November 2nd, 2020
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We know what you’re thinking when you see this headline: “Of all the possible problems with indoor air quality in Tampa, FL, is dry air something to worry about? Florida is almost legendary for having high humidity!”

However, our climate is often humid. That doesn’t mean the air inside a house will also be humid. Many factors are at play in indoor air quality, and homes in Florida can often experience dry conditions. Why? Air conditioning systems!

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