Downtown Air and Heat Blog : Archive for August, 2015

What Is the Difference Between a Roof Top Commercial AC and a Package Commercial Unit?

Monday, August 31st, 2015

Like residential air conditioning systems, it wasn’t too long ago that there weren’t very many choices for commercial systems, either. This has changed, though, and business owners have a number of options when it comes to cooling their commercial properties. A couple of options to consider are roof top units and package units, but each has some differences that may make one more preferential than another. The commercial HVAC experts at Downtown Air & Heat can help you review your options so that you have the best AC fit for your property.

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Why Is There Ice on My Air Conditioner?

Monday, August 24th, 2015

We are at the hottest time of the year, and there’s no doubt that your air conditioning system is working its hardest to keep you cool and comfortable. It is during our hottest weather that your system will be most prone to malfunction, but it can be hard to tell if your system is compromised when it still runs and cools your home. However, if you see ice on your AC, there is definitely a problem with your system.

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What Can UV Lights Do for My Home?

Monday, August 17th, 2015

If you have been looking for an indoor air quality product that specifically targets biological contaminants, you are going to want to consider using UV (ultraviolet) germicidal lights. What are UV germicidal lights and how do they work? Let’s take a look below.

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Why Is My Air Conditioner Leaking?

Monday, August 10th, 2015

With all  that can go wrong with your air conditioner, leaking may not be at the top of your list. However, with the humidity level in our area, your air conditioner pulls a great deal of moisture out of the air as it cools your home. This is partly how your air conditioner helps cool your home: by dehumidifying the air. This moisture has to go somewhere, and it does, with the help of your condensate array. But if something is off with your condensate array, you are likely to find your AC in Orlando, FL, leaking.

What Is the Condensate Array?

The condensate array consists of the condensate tray (or pan) and the condensate drain pipe. The two pieces are connected, and the condensate tray is slanted so that water dripping through the evaporator coils lands in the tray and then runs easily into the condensate drain. The drain is connected to your home’s sewer or septic pipe for removal.

What Kinds of Problems Develop?

There are a few common problems that can develop with the condensate array, although all of them can usually be alleviated and even avoided by scheduling annual maintenance:

  • Tray has corroded – the condensate tray can, over time, develop holes or cracks; if this happens, the water dripping into the tray will fall through these openings and onto your floor.
  • The tray and drain line have become disconnected – do to varying circumstances, the drain or tray can shift position, causing a disconnection between the two. If this happens, the water in the tray will continue to run toward the slant, but the askew drain pipe won’t be able to capture it all. This, too, will result in water falling directly onto your floor.
  • The drain line is clogged – your condensate drain line can become clogged if debris falls into the line or if mold, algae and mildew are allowed to flourish there.

Your condensate array is very important to the removal of moisture in your home, and at this time of year, it is working hard due to the excess humidity in the air. If you have noticed leaking from your air conditioner, don’t wait to call the experts at Downtown Air & Heat for AC repair help.

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What Makes an Air Conditioner “High Efficiency”?

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

You’d be hard-pressed to find a homeowner who isn’t trying to be as energy efficient as possible, but it can be confusing to know exactly how energy efficient your air conditioning system will be when most ACs are made to be at least somewhat energy efficient. However, there is a difference between an air conditioning system that is energy efficient and one that is considered to be high efficiency, as we’ll discuss below.

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