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AC Maintenance: The Time to Schedule This Service is Now!

April 9th, 2018 by Tom Vatter

technician working on the outdoor unit of an air conditionerWith temperatures never really cooling down in our part of the country, the time to start thinking about how to best take care of your air conditioner this coming summer is now. Caring for it this early means it will be well equipped to get through the rest of spring, and the sweltering months of summer, with ease. We’re talking about tuning up your cooling system to help fend off the need for emergency air conditioning repair Fort Walton Beach, FL.

There are, of course, a few maintenance tasks that you can and should be doing on your own. For instance, your air filter needs to be changed every 1-3 months during periods of use, depending on the level of contaminants in your home. This helps protect both your cooling and heating systems. You should also ensure that both the outdoor unit and indoor vents of your AC are unobstructed. Continue Reading

Is Your Aging Heater Draining Your Wallet?

March 26th, 2018 by Tom Vatter

house and money symbol on seesawWouldn’t it be nice if you had a Destin, FL heating system that would last forever? With how little we use our heating systems around these parts, it can be frustrating when repair needs crop up, and when you discover that you need to replace an aging heater that just can’t be patched up anymore.

Unfortunately, though, as little as we may need these appliances, we still do need them, and the fact of the matter is that you are going to run into some type of problem with your heating system throughout its lifespan. The best thing you can is learn to recognize the signs that your heater is in disrepair, especially if it’s at older system. This way, you can get out in front of the problems before they grow any worse. Continue Reading

HVAC Upgrades: Could You Use a New Thermostat?

March 12th, 2018 by Tom Vatter

studio shot of modern thermostatGenerally speaking, most homeowners know that they need to upgrade their home comfort systems every 10 years or so. Plenty of folks are on top of it when it comes to upgrading their heating and cooling systems, but there’s a component of both of these systems that is often forgotten about—the thermostat.

Your HVAC thermostat is responsible for controlling both of these systems—it doesn’t matter how powerful, efficient, or expensive your heating or cooling system is, if it doesn’t have a dependable thermostat to operate it with. If you’re one of the many homeowners who don’t know when they’re in need of Navarre, FL thermostat services, namely a thermostat upgrade, no need to worry—that’s what we’re here for! Continue Reading

Common End-of-Season Heater Needs

February 26th, 2018 by Tom Vatter

HVAC Return Air Wall Register VentAround our area, the use of heating systems is brief, but necessary for when temperatures do drop to an uncomfortable level. Chances are, you’ve already begun to use your heater less and less in recent weeks. Perhaps you’re even done with it for the season. If a minor repair need cropped up, you’ve probably decided it can wait until next year, since you don’t need your heater that much.

However, this can be a big mistake. Spring may be right around the corner, but neglecting Milton, FL HVAC repair needs can be detrimental for your heater, no matter how late in the season it may be or how little you actually need your heater. Continue Reading

No, You Should Not Have to Refill Your Refrigerant Regularly

February 12th, 2018 by Tom Vatter

HVAC heating and air conditioning residential units or heat pumpsOne of the most common questions we get is in regards to whether or not a customer’s refrigerant needs to be refilled. The short answer is, “It shouldn’t have to be refilled at all, unless something is wrong.”

There is a pretty common misbelief among homeowners that refrigerant is something that diminishes over time, much like gasoline does in a car or some gas-powered appliances. This isn’t the case with refrigerant, though. This important heat-transfer fluid continuously cycles through your air conditioner or heat pump, effectively bringing you a comfortable indoor climate. Continue Reading

When AC Repairs Aren’t Enough

January 29th, 2018 by Tom Vatter

outside unit of an air conditionerWith our weather finally giving us some cooler temps, our air conditioners have gotten a bit of a break. That means that right now is the perfect time to look at the condition of yours, and consider whether Santa Rosa Beach, FL air conditioning repair services may be in order, or perhaps even a replacement. All household air conditioners have limited lifespans, no matter how well taken care of they are. And as your air conditioner approaches the end of that lifespan, it’s efficiency will drop.

We want to help you make an educated decision about the state of your air conditioner and whether you can get by with another repair, or if system replacement is inevitable. Doing so now, before you need your air conditioner on a daily basis, will allow you to arrange for a convenient replacement, prevent an emergency loss of cooling, and start saving money with a fresh system with superior energy efficiency. Continue Reading

Avoid These Heat Pump Problems with Routine Maintenance!

January 15th, 2018 by Tom Vatter

male technician doing service on an hvac systemThis area of Florida usually doesn’t get too chilly during the winter (though we’re sure if we said that to you a couple of weeks ago, you’d be laughing in our faces) and therefore, the chances of needing Fort Walton Beach, FL air conditioning repair are typically a lot higher than needing heating services—so long as your heater is routinely maintained each year. But there is one system that is tasked with both heating and cooling, and that’s the heat pump.

If you are a heat pump user, then you’ve likely heard that you need maintenance twice a year on this system. That’s because it is a year-round unit, constantly working to bring you indoor comfort. This means it’s also prone to various issues that may not impact your average air conditioner or furnace system. This is especially the case if you skip one of your maintenance appointments. By staying on top of your heat pump tune ups, you can potentially avoid the following problems. Continue Reading

It’s Time to Maintain Your Heater

January 1st, 2018 by Tom Vatter

standard clock on a white wallSure, it seems strange to be talking about heaters in Northwest Florida. But when temperatures drop, you’ll be thankful for a fully functional heating system. Or, you’ll be regretting not having your heater maintained to ensure that it is fully functional! Even though our weather doesn’t get nearly as bitter as other parts of the country, the difference in temperature certainly will impact you enough that the last thing you’ll want to be stuck with is a failed heating system in the middle of a January night.

The best way to ensure that this isn’t the case is to schedule preventive Milton, FL HVAC maintenance for your heater, no matter what type of heating system you’re utilizing. Routine maintenance doesn’t guarantee that you won’t have any problems with your system, but it’s the only way to lower the chances of problems developing with this system. Continue Reading

Considering Geothermal Cooling for Your New Home?

December 18th, 2017 by Tom Vatter

animated diagram of geothermal system under homeAre you having a new home constructed in the coming year? This is a great investment, and you have many considerations to make in the process of home building—your Gulf Breeze, FL air conditioning options being at the top of the list. This may seem like something that can wait until the end of the process, but if you’ve ever considered geothermal cooling and heating for your home, then its best to look at the benefits before your home is constructed, as this system is installed underground.

Thanks to advancements in technology, installing a geothermal system, also referred to as a geothermal heat pump, is easier than ever before, and it can certainly be retrofitted for an existing home—so if you’ve come across this and are already in a home, please reach out to us! There are a number of advantages to using a geothermal system, which we’ve covered below. Continue Reading

Beware These Furnace Noises as the Weather Cools

December 1st, 2017 by Tom Vatter

furnace venting outdoorsOkay, it’s true—we don’t have to worry about cooler weather too much around here. But given the vast difference between the coldest night of the year and the hottest day, in the middle of winter you’ll be grateful for a fully functional furnace. Hopefully, you’ve had yours maintained already this season to prevent any problems from cropping up.

But it’s also important to remember that even if you keep up on Navarre, FL heating services, there is still a chance that problems could crop up. One of the most common service calls we get are in regards to heating systems that are making odd noises. What do they mean? Can you ignore them? Keep reading to learn more. Continue Reading