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Are You Haunted By These Scary AC Noises?

October 23rd, 2017 by Tom Vatter

two outdoor units of a central AC unitThough temperatures have begun to cool off some for the fall season, you’re likely still using your air conditioner on a fairly regular basis. And since we all know heat waves can hit even in the dead of winter, you want to do everything you can to ensure that your cooling system is ready to handle whatever comes its way. This means scheduling routine maintenance, but also being vigilant about check for signs that your system needs Destin, FL air conditioning repair services.

For instance, is your air conditioner making strange noises during operation? Sure you could ignore these noises, but they could haunt you, leaving you wondering if your air conditioner is going to fail on you when you least expect it. This is why you should never ignore any ominous sounds. Keep reading to learn what some of these noises are that you should listen for. Continue Reading

Late Season AC Needs You Should Never Ignore

October 9th, 2017 by Tom Vatter

air conditioner in need of service or repair.Fall is officially here! Okay, so that doesn’t mean much for those of us in Florida—but temperatures will start to cool down a bit, at least to the point that we might be able to turn off our AC systems at night soon. With this short reprieve from the heat, now is the perfect time to consider what Gulf Breeze, FL air conditioning services you may need.

For instance, if you notice anything wrong with your air conditioner, even something seemingly minor like a strange noise, you should have our professionals take a look at it to determine if repairs are imminent. It’s understandable why you might want to just ignore any signs of an ill-performing AC for now. After all, if you won’t need it as much soon you can probably just wait until next spring, right?

This can be a mistake, for many reasons, some of which we’ve covered below: Continue Reading

How Does Your Thermostat Impact Your Energy Usage?

September 25th, 2017 by Tom Vatter

a temperature gauge showing just the right temperatureYou have many options when it comes to what type of thermostat you choose to control the cooling and heating systems in your home. For instance, if you have one of the manual, “slider” type thermostats still, simply replacing it with the most basic digital thermostat is an upgrade. You can take this even further by investing in a programmable thermostat or a smart thermostat—which learns your cooling habits and adjusts accordingly.

When it comes to selecting the right thermostat for your home and your needs, you want to trust in a company who is expertly trained and highly experienced with Navarre, FL air conditioning services, which is why you should give us a call. But what we want to address here isn’t necessarily which thermostat you should get, but how you use that thermostat. Too many homeowners adjust their thermostats in such a way that really doesn’t make efficient or affordable use of their energy. Continue Reading

Common Summer AC Needs

September 11th, 2017 by Tom Vatter

An air conditioner unit outside a brick home in a residential neighborhood. The air conditioner is in a back yard in the hot summer seasonHurrah, summer is almost over! Alright, so maybe that doesn’t mean much for those of us in Northwest Florida. In fact, it means we have to do our due diligence even more than other parts of the country to ensure that our air conditioning systems are in good condition year-round, to supply us with efficient and effective cooling.

Still though, AC problems tend to come up around this time of the year, since around these parts, we run them consistently day in and day out. Hopefully, you had maintenance done before the summer season began. Considering how much you use your cooling system, particularly if it’s a heat pump, then this service appointment should be scheduled at least twice a year. Regardless of how well you care for your system though, there’s always a chance that you’ll find yourself in need of air conditioning repair in Destin, FL. Keep reading to learn about some common repair needs. Continue Reading

Mardi Gras Krewe Collects Donations For Hurricane Harvey Relief

August 29th, 2017 by Tom Vatter

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) — A Northwest Florida Mardi Gras Krewe is collecting donations until Wednesday to send down to the Houston, TX area following Hurricane Harvey.

Krewe of Lafitte in Pensacola is taking non-perishable donations until Wednesday evening when they’ll be loading an 18-wheeler and heading to a FEMA location near Houston.  Drop off times at the Krewe of Lafitte float barn on 630 S D Street are from 4-8 Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Other locations accepting donations are:

  • Navarre Krewe of Jesters, 87 Garage, Highway 87, Navarre FL
  • Century 21/Amerisouth 2400 W Nine Mile Road, Pensacola, FL
  • Century 21/Amerisouth 4741 North 9th Avenue, Pensacola, FL
  • Computer Masters, 3829 N 12th Avenue, Pensacola, FL
  • Computer Masters, 8176 3rd St, Navarre, FL
  • Dayside Collision of Gulf Breeze, 202 McClure Drive, Gulf Breeze, FL

The President of the Krewe of Lafitte, Don Richards, says the donations they are trying to focus on are cleaning supplies, toilet paper, diapers, and toiletries.  They are also accepting water, canned goods, pet supplies, and snacks.

To donate financially to the American Red Cross, you can click here and explore the different options.

Using Your Air Conditioner as Efficiently as Possible

August 28th, 2017 by Tom Vatter

icon of a green home with leaves growing on it to symbolize energy efficiencyAs the official end of summer draws near, it doesn’t mean a whole lot for those of us in Northwest Florida as far as temperatures are concerned. What it does mean though is that our Gulf Breeze air conditioning systems have been under a good deal of stress for the past few months, and will continue to endure for a few months still. That being said, efficiency can suffer—and so can your wallet.

This doesn’t have to be the case, however. There are ways to make your air conditioner cost less to run by improving its energy efficiency during the long periods of heat we go through. Keep reading for some of our top recommendations to save money with your air conditioner by using it as efficiently as possible. Continue Reading

4 Signs of a Problematic Air Conditioner

August 14th, 2017 by Tom Vatter

top view of the outside unit of an air conditionerThere isn’t an appliance on the market that can last forever, no matter how well it’s constructed or how well we take care of it. Your air conditioning system is no exception, with a limited lifespan of which when it nears the end, it’s a good idea to have it replaced before it suffers a complete breakdown. You could very well end up trapped on a hot day—when AC systems are most likely to succumb to stress—with no immediate relief in sight, and you rush to schedule a new air conditioner installation.

Additionally, the longer you prolong a dying system’s use, the more money you will waste through inefficient performance. We want to help you determine when it’s time for Pensacola, FL air conditioning repairs, or if it’s in fact time to replace your air conditioner. Deciding to replace a cooling system before it’s broken down gives you time to arrange for a convenient replacement time, prevent an emergency loss of cooling, and start saving money with a fresh system—with superior energy efficiency. Keep reading for 4 signs of a problematic cooling system—one that could very well be ready for replacement. Continue Reading

Help! I See Water Leaking from My AC

July 31st, 2017 by Tom Vatter

help-water-from-acWhen you see water present in your home with no known source, it’s natural that you’d want to call a plumber for repairs. However, the problem might actually be your air conditioner, not your plumbing system. Cooling systems can leak water, but not from any part of the plumbing that snakes its way through your home—rather, it’s from condensation that has built up within your AC system and might, if drainage isn’t property set up, find a way to spill over and into your home.

Depending on where with your home that the indoor component of your AC is located, a leak of this kind can be devastating. So what should you do if you do notice an air conditioner leak? Keep reading to learn more about this particular issue, and be sure to give our team a call when you find yourself in need of Ft. Walton Beach, FL ac repairs. Continue Reading

Beware These Ductless System Repair Needs

July 17th, 2017 by Tom Vatter

beware-these-ductless-system-repair-needsDuctless mini split systems have become increasingly popular in homes throughout the country in recent years, and rightfully so. Instead of operating through a network of ductwork conned to an indoor air handler and evaporator unit, ductless systems use a small outdoor unit connected by refrigerant and conduit lines to multiple small wall-mounted air handlers throughout the home.

We’ve touted the benefits of such a system in previous posts—they are high efficiency, they typically take up a lot less space than central units, they eliminate the indoor air quality problems that ducted systems present—but just like any other climate control system, they may run into a problem at some time or another. The good news is that when you do need ductless air conditioning repairs in Navarre Beach, FL, we are here to help. In the meantime, we’d like to let you know what you can expect by way of ductless system repairs that may differ from more conventional HVAC systems.   Continue Reading

What Will My New Air Conditioner Cost?

July 3rd, 2017 by Tom Vatter

new-air-conditioner-costSummer is officially here—although that probably sounds a bit silly coming from us, since our summers are pretty much year-round! Nevertheless, now is the time that it’s most important to have a fully functional and efficiently working air conditioning system in place. So, if you’ve found that yours isn’t quite up to the task of facing another set of hot months, you could be considering a replacement.

Given that we tend to spend a great deal of money on our cooling systems from month-to-month (in fact, it’s estimated that this accounts for 50% of all your energy costs!) it makes sense that you may be concerned about the cost of a new air conditioner. This is, naturally, a question we get a lot—how much will a new Gulf Breeze, FL air conditioner installation cost? We wish we had a black-and-white answer for you, but the truth is—it depends. Continue Reading