Climate Masters Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Common Central AC Problems

Monday, October 12th, 2020

tech-working-on-central-ac-outdoor-unitCentral cooling is not just something that’s “nice to have” in our part of the country. It’s an absolute necessity, affecting not only your comfort but your quality of life. It’s also one of the most specialized features of a home. This means while the average homeowner can take on projects like tightening a bolt to fix a plumbing leak, or replacing an outlet cover in the home, they should take on projects that involve fixing their air conditioner. But that’s what we are here for!

Climate Masters provides exceptional central AC services, from quality installation to reliable repairs and maintenance. It’s important to remember, however, that even the best air conditioner on the market, that’s cared for diligently with maintenance each year, is going to suffer from natural wear and tear and you’ll probably have a repair need here or there that you weren’t expecting. This is especially true if your system is 10+ years old. So, what are some of the common central AC problems you should watch out for? Read on to learn about them!

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“Do I Need Late-Season AC Maintenance?”

Monday, September 28th, 2020

technicians-working-on-air-conditionerIf you ask an HVAC contractor in almost any other part of the country, they’ll tell you the best time for air conditioner maintenance is in the spring, before you need your system the most. It’s not that this is untrue for folks in our area, but what matters the most wherever you are is that maintenance is done consistently, no matter the time of year.

In Florida, late-season AC maintenance can be necessary even if you had spring maintenance done this year, depending on just how hot and humid our summer was, and what kind of shape your air conditioner is in, age and repair wise. Ultimately, maintenance helps your system work more efficiently and last longer. So, regardless of the time of year, if you haven’t had a tune-up in a year or so, go ahead and schedule it now! Read on to learn why this service is so important.

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Is Your Central AC Efficiency Struggling?

Monday, September 14th, 2020

central-ac-efficiencyCentral air conditioning isn’t just something that’s “nice to have” in any area of Florida. It’s an absolute necessity. Of course, by now, you’re probably tired of using yours. Not because it doesn’t provide comfort, but because it’s so dang expensive, right? After all, HVAC use accounts for about half of all utility costs. It makes sense you’d like to use less energy in order to save money. What if we told you there was a way to do so without sacrificing comfort?

Actually, there are a number of ways to do so without sacrificing comfort! All it takes is boosting the efficiency of your central air conditioning system. Read on as we tell you how to do just that.

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It’s Time for a New AC If…

Monday, August 31st, 2020

outside-ac-unit-with-clipboard-on-topAir conditioning in St. Augustine, FL is important. This is no secret. You live here and you experience all the high heat of summer. Because of this, you know that getting cool isn’t just something that happens. In fact, it’s something that takes a great deal of time, care, and planning. If you’ve exhausted all your resources and come to realize that you need an upgrade, we’re going to be here to walk you through it.

Make sure that you invest in your air conditioning. It’s important to invest in your air conditioning across the board, but Florida heat is another beast entirely. If you don’t spend the right amount of time and money upfront you’re just going to end up paying for it later. We’re going to help you make the right decisions.

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Beware These Well-Intentioned AC Myths

Monday, August 17th, 2020

hvac-vent-on-ceilingIt’s a given—homeowners all throughout Florida want to do everything they can to use their air conditioners as efficiently as possible, and subsequently spend as little as possible on their cooling costs. Nobody wants to pay more than necessary to cool their home, after all.

Unfortunately, in the quest to find out how to reduce cooling, homeowners often come across some well-intentioned tips that aren’t great tips at all. In fact, they’ll have the opposite effect of what you actually want. Believing the following myths can lead to AC inefficiencies and higher energy bills.

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Is Your AC Making Any of These Noises?

Monday, August 3rd, 2020

outside-ac-unit-with-clipboard-on-topWe’re nearing the peak of summer, although for us does summer ever really end? That said, our air conditioners go through a lot of work each and every year. This means they accumulate wear and tear faster than cooling systems in other parts of the country, and potentially require more repairs too.

To avoid this, we encourage you to schedule maintenance at least once a year for your AC system. During this tune-up our professionals will fully inspect, clean, and adjust your air conditioner to ensure that it operates as efficiently as possible. With or without maintenance, however, if your air conditioner makes noises you don’t recognize, it’s time to call in a professional HVAC repair professional. What noises are we referring to, exactly? 

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Signs You Need an AC Upgrade

Monday, July 20th, 2020

animated-checklistWe are well into the throes of summer, and as any homeowner in our area knows these temperatures are going to last a long while. It’s vital, then, that you have a fully functional and efficiently operating air conditioner.

But what if you don’t? What if you have an aging unit, and you’re unsure that it’s really up to the task of keeping you cool not only for the rest of summer but well into fall? Nobody should be without an air conditioner any longer than necessary. Air conditioners aren’t just a luxury in a climate like ours, they’re a necessity. But no matter how well yours is made or cared for, it won’t last forever! Is yours ready to retire? Read on to learn how to determine this. 

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Is It Ever Too Late for AC Maintenance?

Monday, July 6th, 2020

technician-servicing-air-conditionerThe short answer to this is, “no!” Well, okay, maybe it’s not that simple. If your air conditioner has completely broken down to the point that it’s beyond repair, then it is too late for maintenance. However, you can avoid this with consistent tune-ups, no matter the time of the year.

Air conditioning maintenance is something we typically recommend our customers have done in the early spring, given how consistently warm our weather is and how much work our cooling systems go through. Having maintenance done this early gives your air conditioner the best chance of making it through the entire summer season without the need for sudden repairs. Plus, it alerts us to small repair needs so you can get them on your schedule right away.

But as we said, consistency is what’s important. As long as you’re having AC maintenance done at least once a year (or twice a year if you have a year-round heat pump system). Read on as we illustrate why this is so important.

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AC Tips for Boosting Efficiency and Preventing Repairs

Monday, June 22nd, 2020

two-technicians-working-on-ac-outdoor-unitIf you’ve lived in Florida for even just a year, then you know the heavy workout your air conditioner gets, especially in the peak of summer. Fortunately, these systems are very durable and designed to handle the heat—when they’re cared for as they should be.

When your air conditioner isn’t properly cared for, you will likely find yourself paying a lot more for cooling than you should have to. You might also find yourself calling for repairs a lot more than you should have to! There’s good news though—there are methods out there to not only boost efficiency and therefore lower your energy costs, but also prevent repairs. Read on!

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“Why Must I Change my Air Filter?”

Monday, June 8th, 2020

man-holding-air-filterIf you think the only reason you should change your air filter is due to the allergens and particles in your indoor air, you’re only partially right.

Many homeowners do, in fact, assume that a dirty air filter is an issue because it keeps the air in their homes dirty, and that this is why we advise to change that air filter every 1-3 months. So if you aren’t suffering from allergies in the moment, this means your air filter is fine where it is, right?

Well, not quite—you see, while an air filter does help with indoor air quality, this is not actually its intended purpose. Rather, it is in place to protect the interior components of your air conditioner, or forced air heater. Read on to learn more, and to get the answer as to why you must change your air filter.

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