Climate Masters Blog

The Important Benefits of Duct Testing & Sealing

January 17th, 2022

duct-being-sealedMany American households assume that the ductwork in their house is orderly and there are no issues with them. Unfortunately, according to the US Department of Energy, most duct systems have significant or minor leaks and defects, resulting in a 30% heating and cooling loss in the average home. 

Let’s look into why ducts get problems and what you can do about it.

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When a Heat Pump Won’t Switch to Heating Mode…

January 3rd, 2022

woman-looking-scaredAlthough our evenings have gotten quite chilly over the past couple of weeks, it’s been a sort of nice relief from the weather we’ve been experiencing, right? We’re used to needing our air conditioners on an hour-by-hour basis, and paying a lot for the energy necessary to make cooling our homes possible.

Soon enough, it will be time to turn our attention away from our cooling systems and toward our heaters instead. If you have a heat pump, this means making sure it’s properly maintained for the season (it’s not too late to schedule heating maintenance this year, if you haven’t done so already!), and then switching it from cooling mode to heating mode.

Wait, what’s that? You just tried to do that and it’s still sending out cooled air through the vents? Yikes!

Okay, first off, this might not be as big of a deal as you think–we’ll cover some troubleshooting tips below. It may require professional repairs, and we’ll talk about that more below as well. Read on to learn what’s happening when your heat pump won’t switch to heating mode.

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Are You in Need of Heating Repair Services?

December 20th, 2021

animated-checklist-gifIf you’ve lived in the St Augustine area for even just a year, then you know that our “winter” season is almost laughable to our friends up north in New England and the New York area. Still though, this is even more reason for us to want to spend as little as possible on our heating systems. One way to ensure this is the case is to invest in routine annual maintenance. Maintenance allows our technicians to thoroughly inspect, clean, and adjust the components that need it inside your heating system, which will help the system perform as efficiently and effectively as it’s meant to, for as long as it’s meant to (10-15 years). This all means lower heating bills for you!

Maintenance can help you avoid up to 85% of the repairs you might ever need in your heater’s lifespan, by enabling us to catch small wear and tear problems before they grow into bigger repair emergencies. Of course, this doesn’t mean you’ll never have a repair need in between maintenance sessions. For this reason, it’s important to be aware of the symptoms of a heater in disrepair. Read on as we uncover some of the most common!

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How to Help Boost Heating Performance

December 6th, 2021

man-pointing-upward-on-green-backgroundIf you’ve lived in the area for even just a year, then you know that you don’t get a whole lot of use out of your home’s heating system. Still though, there’s no denying that when you do need it, you want it to function as efficiently and effectively as possible. There are a few ways to ensure this is the case. First off, maintenance! We can’t say enough about this service. No matter how frequently or how long you use your heating system for this year, it needs an annual professional tune-up. This allows our technicians to thoroughly clean, adjust, and inspect the components that need it.

Maintenance tune-ups not only help your heater work more efficiently, but they also extend the lifespan of your heater, and reduce repair needs by as much as 85%. And maintenance is just the beginning in helping your heater to work as efficiently as possible this winter and every winter throughout the system’s lifetime. Read on to see how to help boost your heater’s performance!

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The Danger of a Cracked Heat Exchanger

November 22nd, 2021

burners-in-a-furnaceAre you utilizing a gas-powered heater this fall and winter to keep your home warm? This isn’t surprising, since after all this the most popular heating system found in modern homes. This is especially true in climates like ours that don’t have bitterly cold winters and so don’t need something like radiant heating or boiler heating.

Furnaces are cost-efficient, and a fantastic choice for many homeowners. However, while they’re not inherently harmful, when you use natural gas in your home for any appliance, there is always a small risk of toxic gas leaks and combustion issues. The primary concern in avoiding issues like this is taking care of your furnace’s heat exchanger.

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AC Installation: Packaged HVAC System Versus Split

November 8th, 2021

rooftop-packaged-hvac-unitsWhether you have a home with a flat roof and little yard space, or you own and operate a commercial space that can’t afford to have valuable parking lot real estate taken up, packaged HVAC units provide a solution to the cooling and heating needs of many properties throughout St Augustine and the surrounding communities.

If your property doesn’t accommodate a traditional split air conditioner–split meaning one outdoor unit and one indoor air handler–then you can opt for the installation of a packaged HVAC system. Unsure of how this works or benefits you? Read on to learn more!

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The Most Common Central AC Repair Needs

October 25th, 2021

smiling-technician-working-on-outdoor-ac-unitEven talking about “Autumn” in Florida is almost laughable. Our weather doesn’t typically cool off until January, and even then we’re lucky if we can use our heating systems for a few weeks. That said, it’s obviously super important that our air conditioners stay in the best shape possible! This starts with routine maintenance.

At least once a year, you should have your central air conditioner professionally tuned-up. During a maintenance tune-up, our technicians comprehensively inspect, adjust, and clean your air conditioner inside and out. When we inspect it, we check for signs of wear and tear. From there we can alert you to any small problems so you have the chance to schedule component replacements before this wear and tear leads to a much bigger repair emergency.

Following an annual maintenance schedule can actually help you avoid up to 85% of the repairs your central air conditioner may ever need! Additionally, maintenance helps the system work as efficiently as possible, for as long as possible. But whether you’re alerted during maintenance to repair needs or you suspect there might be an issue with your central AC system, what are the other 15 % of repairs you’ll likely need at some point? Read on to find out!

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2 Reasons That Professional Duct Cleaning Is Worth It

October 11th, 2021

ductwork-being-cleaned-outIf you’re anything like the average homeowner, you probably don’t think very much about the ductwork running through your home. This makes sense! After all, ductwork is usually hidden up in attics, in the crawlspace, or even behind drywall. You shouldn’t really need to think about your air ducts that much, let alone what condition they’re in.

However, it is actually important to think about this from time to time. They do need some attention after all. You do not need to know all the ins and outs, but there are some things we’d like to share with you about how dirty ductwork can impact your indoor air quality, as well as your HVAC efficiency. Read on to learn more about these two reasons that professional duct cleaning is totally worth it.

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How to Boost Your Central AC Efficiency

September 27th, 2021

two-techs-working-on-air-conditionerAre you constantly monitoring your thermostat? Have your power bills suddenly increased? Climate Masters has 27 years of expertise providing air conditioning service in St. Augustine, FL. We know a thing or two about keeping air conditioning units running efficiently and we are happy to share our knowledge with you. 

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“End” of Season AC Repair Needs to Be Aware Of

September 13th, 2021

two-techs-working-on-ac-unitIf you’ve lived in Florida for even just a year, you know that there really isn’t such thing as “fall” or “winter”… at least not how our neighbors up north understand it. Fall foliage and warm cozy fires, while it snows outside just, aren’t a thing here.

So when you see advice on what to do with your air conditioner at the “end” of the season, you probably laugh! Still though, because of how much we actually use our air conditioners, it’s actually even more important that you read blog posts like this. Since your air conditioner got a lot of work this past season and still has a lot of work to go through, it’s important to be aware of repair needs it might have. Knowing the signs that your air conditioner needs repair and getting them on your schedule now can save you a headache and an expensive bill later. Read on to learn what AC repair needs we’re talking about.

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