Downtown Air and Heat Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Central Florida’

How Does Proper Air Filtration Benefit My Air Conditioner?

Monday, April 18th, 2016

The air filter is a part of every air conditioning system: a screen that filters the dirt and dust out of the air as it moves through the ducts. Central Florida can feature a lot of pollen in the air and other contaminants as well. For those who need more extensive protection, you can have an electronic air filter installed that can cover any and all dirt and dust that creeps into your ducts. For the rest, make sure you clean or replace your filter regularly in order to keep it from clogging. Proper air filtration is a big benefit to the quality of your indoor air, but it can also benefit your air conditioner more directly. Here’s how.

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Do You Have an Older Thermostat? Consider an Upgrade!

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

Thermostats have few moving parts, and are thus designed to last for many years. If yours is still going after a decade or two, congratulations! As the saying goes, if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it. That longevity can have an Achilles heel, however. By going with the same thermostat for so long, you may be missing out on some of the wonderful technological advances that modern thermostats enjoy. You might want to consider upgrading your thermostat this spring, to help you better cope with the onslaught of our Central Florida summers. (And if you still use an old mercury thermostat, you should replace it immediately: mercury isn’t safe to have in your home.) Here’s a brief list of popular features in modern thermostats, to give you some idea of what we mean.  

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Signs of Low Refrigerant in Your Air Conditioner

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Refrigerant is vital to your AC because it continuously cycles through every single component. Refrigerant is a chemical blend that can easily convert from a gas to a liquid under pressure and back to a gas again. Heat dissipates from the refrigerant as it moves outside to the condenser unit, but the refrigerant itself is not meant to dissipate from the system. When refrigerant leaks from the air conditioner, it’s never a good sign, and it may result in some costly repairs if it’s not taken care of ASAP.

Learn to recognize the signs of low refrigerant, and call Downtown Air & Heat at the first sign of trouble. Our team of skilled technicians are trained to locate and seal refrigerant leaks or take care of any other home air conditioning repair in Central Florida.

Loss of Cooling

The main problem you’re most likely to notice from a loss of refrigerant is if there is not a lot of cool air entering the home. Refrigerant is vital to the heat exchange process, and as more and more begins to leak out, heat cannot absorb into the refrigerant effectively, and temperatures may remain high in the home, or it might just take your system longer to cool a space. Either way, immediate repairs are necessary as other parts may become overworked and break down as a result.

Frozen Coil

If you happen to get a peek at the inside air handler portion of your AC, you may notice a set of coils. The evaporator coil cools down as refrigerant runs through and converts into a gas, and the blower fan sends air over it to bring cool air into the home. The warm air blowing over the coil should keep it from freezing, but only if there is the right amount of refrigerant running through it. A frozen coil won’t actually keep you cooler, and your unit may shut down entirely.

Failing Compressor

This last symptom is one you’re a lot less likely to notice, but it’s certainly one of the most important reasons to consider maintenance every year. The compressor is designed to process a certain amount of refrigerant in every cycle. If there is not enough refrigerant the compressor will struggle, and it may fail, which usually results in replacing the entire outside unit.

Speak with the friendly professionals at Downtown Air & Heat for quality air conditioning repair in Central Florida at the first sign of trouble.

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