Two Common Central Air Conditioning Problems
The refrigerant in the system may be low from a possible leak. The leak should be located, repaired, and recharged.
Compressor failure is a problem, which usually requires replacement of the unit. Usually when a compressor is replaced, the entire condensing unit on the exterior is replaced. The typical life expectancy of a compressor in a central air conditioning system is 8 to15 years, depending on geographic location.
This question was recently asked by a fan on our facebook page. The fan, who happens to be from the northeast, asks a valid question as many of us who live in Florida are not born and raised here (like me) and are not used to the seasonal patterns Floridians face.
In the Tampa Florida area, I (along with most other Florida AC companies) recommend not annual, but bi-annual ac maintenance on your home’s hardest-working appliance.
Schedule a Maintenance in the Fall before it gets cold.
The extreme heat that lasts much longer than in any other state takes its toll on your ac unit. The best time to maintain your unit is once in the fall, before it gets too cold. The first signs of really cold weather in Florida usually lead people to turn on their heater, only to find it may not be working. Don’t wait until your are freezing to find this out. Repairing a unit is ALWAYS more costly than maintaining one.
Schedule a Maintenance in the Spring before it gets too hot.
Of course, Florida is the “Sunshine State”…bringing the heat and humidity that not many can bear if an ac unit goes out. If you wish to stay ahead of the cost of repairs, we definitely recommend a scheduled maintenance (cleaning) of your ac unit in the early spring.
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If you live in Florida, you know that surviving a summer (or even spring) without air conditioning is unimaginable. So, how do you keep your air conditioner at tip top shape the whole year-round? Routine Maintenance.
Routine maintenance inspections are a great way to prevent problems from occurring, and to keep your ac system running at its maximum efficiency. A qualified and licensed AC Technician is trained to spot any potential problem that may occur.
Although routine maintenance is not covered under most air conditioner manufacturer’s warranty, it is highly recommended by all of the manufacturers. Maintenance should be performed on your system at least twice a year.
The equipment warranty only covers functional parts for the period specified. Most homeowners are not aware that if you do not maintain your ac system, you may actually forfeit many manufacturers warranties. Failure to maintain your air conditioning equipment may also cause the condensate pan and drain to become clogged, resulting in water leakage and poor system performance and any unintended strain on other parts.
Consider setting up an affordable, annual maintenance contract to keep your AC equipment in top form all year long.
Even if you rent a apartment, townhouse, or a home in Brandon FL, you can make a big difference, too! These tips will show you how to be more energy efficient and save energy, money, and reduce the risks of global warming. If there are things you can’t change on your own, share these tips and encourage your landlord to help you make a change for the better.
- Lighting is one of the easiest places to start saving energy. Replacing your five most frequently used light fixtures or the bulbs in them with ENERGY STAR qualified lights can save more than $65 a year in energy costs. ENERGY STAR qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) provide high-quality light output, use 75% less energy, and last 6–10 times longer than standard incandescent light bulbs, saving money on energy bills and replacement costs. Remember to always turn off your lights when leaving a room. Turning off just one 60-watt incandescent bulb that would otherwise burn eight hours a day can save about $15 per year!
- Considering purchasing a room air conditioner? Consider an ENERGY STAR qualified model. They use at least 10 percent less energy than standard models. In the winter, be sure to insulate room air conditioners from the outside with a tight-fitting a/c unit cover, available at your local home improvement center or hardware store. This keeps heated air from escaping outside. Alternately, you can remove the window unit in the winter months to prevent energy losses. Be sure the window unit fits tightly in the window so outdoor air is not getting in.
- If possible, install a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust your home’s temperature settings when you’re away or sleeping. When used properly, a programmable thermostat with its four temperature settings can save up to $150 a year in energy costs. Proper use means setting the thermostat at energy-saving temperatures without overriding that setting. You should also set the “hold” button at a constant energy-saving temperature when you’re away or on vacation.
- Consumer electronics play an increasingly larger role in your home’s energy consumption, accounting for 15 percent of household electricity use. Many consumer electronics products use energy even when switched off. Electronics equipment that has earned the ENERGY STAR helps save energy when off, while maintaining features like clock displays, channel settings, and remote-control functions. Unplug any battery chargers or power adapters when not in use (like your cell phone charger!). Use a power strip as a central “turn off” point when you are done using equipment. Even when turned off, electronic and IT equipment often use a small amount of electricity. For home office equipment, this stand-by or “phantom” power load can range from a few watts to as much as 20 or even 40 watts for each piece of equipment. Using a power strip for your computer and all peripheral equipment allows you to completely disconnect the power supply from the power source, eliminating standby power consumption.
- A ten minute shower can use less water than a full bath. With a new 2.5 gallon-per-minute (low-flow) shower head, a 10-minute shower will use about 25 gallons of water, saving you five gallons of water over a typical bath. A new showerhead also will save energy — up to $145 each year on electricity — beating out both the bath and an old-fashioned showerhead. To avoid moisture problems, control humidity in your bathroom by running your ventilating fan during and 15 minutes after showers and baths.
- Make sure all air registers are clear of furniture so that air can circulate freely. If your home has radiators, place heat-resistant reflectors between radiators and walls. In the winter, this will help heat the room instead of the wall.
- During cold weather, take advantage of the sun’s warmth by keeping drapes open during daylight hours. To keep out the heat of the summer sun, close window shades and drapes in warm weather.
- Save water by scraping dishes instead of rinsing them before loading in the dishwasher. Run your dishwasher with a full load and use the air-dry option if available. Rinsing dirty dishes before loading your dishwasher uses a lot of water and energy. Most dishwashers today can thoroughly clean dishes that have had food scraped, rather than rinsed, off — the wash cycle and detergent take care of the rest. To make the most efficient use of your dishwasher’s energy and water consumption, run the dishwasher only when enough dirty dishes have accumulated for a full load.
- Wash your laundry with cold water whenever possible. To save water, try to wash full loads or, if you must wash a partial load, reduce the level of water appropriately. Hot water heating accounts for about 90 percent of the energy your machine uses to wash clothes — only 10 percent goes to electricity used by the washer motor. Depending on the clothes and local water quality (hardness), many homeowners can effectively do laundry exclusively with cold water, using cold water laundry detergents. Switching to cold water can save the average household more than $40 annually (with an electric water heater) and more than $30 annually (with a gas water heater). Washing full loads can save you more than 3,400 gallons of water each year.
- Don’t over dry your clothes. If your dryer has a moisture sensor that will automatically turn the machine off when clothes are done, use it to avoid over drying. Remember to clean the lint trap before every load. Dry full loads, or reduce drying time for partial loads. Learn more.
- It’s easy to over dry your clothes, if one setting is used for various fabric types. Try to dry loads made up of similar fabrics, so the entire load dries just as the cycle ends. Many dryers come with energy-saving moisture or humidity sensors that shut off the heat when the clothes are dry. If you don’t have this feature, try to match the cycle length to the size and weight of the load. A dryer operating an extra 15 minutes per load can cost you up to $34, every year.
- The lint trap is an important energy saver. Dryers work by moving heated air through wet clothes, evaporating and then venting water vapor outside. If the dryer cannot provide enough heat, or move air sufficiently through the clothes, they will take longer to dry, and may not dry at all. One of the easiest things you can do to increase drying efficiency is to clean the lint trap before each and every load. This step also can save you up to $34 each year.
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Efficiency and cost savings
We understand that purchasing a heating or air conditioning system is no small matter. However, if your existing system is old, in need of repair or simply inefficient, purchasing a new unit, one which can be as much as 60% more efficient than a system purchased just 10 years ago, can offer long-term benefits.
Rather than continuing to pay for ongoing maintenance and costly monthly bills, invest in a new system today that will save you money for years to come. Continue reading
The air in your house may not be as clean as it seems.
By Emily Main
Original Article found here.
Keep your home free of airborne toxins: Use air conditioners, vacuum cleaners, and opened windows wisely.
Nobody likes to live in filth, but according to a recent survey, we’re too concerned with the dirt that we see and not concerned enough about the filth we breathe in; namely, all the particles and chemicals floating in our indoor air. The survey, commissioned by 3M (a company that manufactures air filters), found that 73 percent of us are worried about mildew in our bathtubs and 69 percent, about bugs and mice, but only 40 percent are concerned about indoor air quality. Continue reading
Winter is here and Tampa Bay homeowners are looking for ways to heat their homes without breaking the bank on energy bills. The average family spends $2,200 a year on energy bills, nearly half of which goes to heating and cooling. Whether you live in Brandon, Plant City or Riverview, replacing your old heating and cooling equipment with equipment that’s earned the ENERGY STAR can cut your annual energy bill by more than $200. In addition to saving money, reducing energy use at home can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help fight climate change.
ENERGY STAR offers the following five tips to help you save money on heating bills, keep your home comfortable, and protect the environment: Continue reading