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

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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What Are Those Odd Odors From the Furnace?

Monday, January 24th, 2022
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Your furnace shouldn’t smell like … well, much of anything. Neither the system itself nor the heated air it sends into your home. Basically, it should smell like your home usually does during our short winters. 

So when you notice an unusual smell—moldy, dusty, acrid, sulfurous, etc.—coming from your furnace, it may indicate a malfunction that requires professional furnace service in Tampa, FL. Please don’t hesitate when it comes to weird odors from your HVAC system, as they can sometimes alert you to a safety hazard. Even if the situation isn’t as serious as that, these odors often warn that a furnace needs repairs before it stops working.

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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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