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

When Is an AC Repair an Emergency Situation?

Monday, May 18th, 2020
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Nobody wants to make an emergency repair call for anything in their house, whether it’s plumbing or air conditioning. And as the summer weather arrives, the words air conditioning repair in Tampa, FL can sound pretty terrifying.

Thankfully, if you’ve had your regular AC tune-up from our pros, you can expect a fine performance from your air conditioning system with no problem. There is no way to guarantee a trouble-free air conditioning summer, however, and so we want to help you with figuring out when you’ve got an emergency repair situation on your hands, and when you’ve only got a minor error.

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Efficiency Is Important for a New AC, But It’s Not the Only Thing!

Monday, May 4th, 2020
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Purchasing a new central air conditioning system is often stressful for homeowners. Not quite as stressful as buying a new car, but the workings of air conditioners and their many stats aren’t something people are familiar with. And getting the right new AC installation in Tampa, FL is essential, since you’ll rely on it for many days of the year, all around the year.

If you’re currently looking for a new AC, there’s one stat that may be on the top of your mind, and that’s the air conditioner’s energy efficiency rating (SEER). Efficiency is an important word in home appliances, and people are always hunting for the best in efficiency so they can avoid higher utility bills. It’s a great idea, but it can sometimes lead consumers to focus on efficiency over everything else—and that can end up going wrong, as we’ll explain.

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Mold vs. The Air Conditioner: What You Need to Know

Monday, April 20th, 2020
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Residents of coastal Florida know that high humidity can cause more problems for a house than making hot days feel hotter. Humidity is also a trigger for mold growth, which can be unsightly and, in the case of black mold, unhealthy for indoor air quality.

Mold is also, unfortunately, an issue for air conditioning systems. It’s one of the easiest places for mold to begin growing, and then a place from where mold spores and icky smells can spread throughout a house.

You may need Tampa, FL, AC repair services to deal with the issues that mold can cause for your AC. We’re here with the basic facts of the situation so you’ll know when to call us—and why!

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A Few Important Facts to Know About Your New Heat Pump

Monday, February 24th, 2020
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Congratulations on your new heat pump installation! (We hope you called our technicians for the installation. Professional work is the best way to ensure a heat pump works right for years to come.) Now that you have a heat pump rather than a furnace and air conditioner, you have a compact and efficient solution for your comfort needs around the year.

Because you’ve never had a heat pump for your house before, we’d like to share some important facts about it. This information can help you get the most out of the new system, as well as help you know when to call for heat pump repairs in Tampa, FL and schedule maintenance.

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Old Furnace Broken? Here’s What to Do

Monday, January 27th, 2020
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When your home’s elderly furnace decides that today, one of the days you need it in a Florida winter, is when it will fail, it’s not a fun time. Depending on the outdoor temperature, your first concern may be staying warm. You can find tips around the internet for temporary ways for your family to keep warm until the heating problem is resolved. Our warm winters usually don’t make this a huge emergency, but you don’t want to feel uncomfortable for long.

What we’re looking at in this post isn’t how to stay warm in the meantime, but what to do about the failed furnace and the future of your home comfort.

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Why We Often Recommend Ductless Heating

Monday, December 30th, 2019
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We often advise our clients to consider ductless heating systems in Tampa, FL as one of the best ways to stay warm during the local short and mild winters. Ductless heating systems are types of heat pumps (a.k.a. ductless mini split heat pumps), which means that investing in one is investing in heating and cooling for the year. Ductless heating systems come with the many benefits of heat pumps (such as how energy efficient and safe they are in heating mode compared to electric furnaces and space heaters) plus the additional benefits of going ductless.

Below are our top five reasons we recommend ductless mini split heat pumps.

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Winter Is a Great Time for a New AC

Monday, December 16th, 2019
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Winter in Tampa Bay doesn’t so much mean turning up our heaters as it does turning off the ACs. Yes, you’ll need a central heating system working at times, and heat waves can always swing through and force your air conditioning system back into action. But during most of this month and the next two, you won’t have to depend on your heating and cooling system too often.

This lull in the weather extremes makes winter an ideal time for an AC system installation in Tampa, FL. Summer heat may feel distant, but it can arrive faster, and sudden heat waves are simply a way of life. With our technicians less busy handling air conditioning repair emergencies, they’re available to help you find the best new air conditioner and have it installed at a convenient time. You’ll be ready for the next hot day.

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How You Can Add Central AC to Your Older Home

Monday, November 18th, 2019
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Are you sick of using window air conditioners to provide cooling to your house? We don’t blame you. Although a window air conditioner can cool down a medium-sized room, it can struggle with larger areas—unless you add extra window units. Window ACs also block up light entering your house, look ugly on the outside of the house, create too much noise, and have poor energy efficiency.

But if you’ve never had central air conditioning in your home, how can you have a new AC system installed in Tampa, FL that will provide cooling throughout the rooms? Are window ACs the only affordable choice?

The answer is no. You may be surprised at how easy and affordable making the conversion to central cooling is.

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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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