Kool Breeze of Northwest Florida, Inc. Blog : Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Tips for Choosing the Right AC Installer

Monday, June 17th, 2019 by Tom Vatter

air-conditioning-technician-speaking-to-homeowner-while-workingIf you’ve lived in the area for even a year, chances are that you—hopefully—have had maintenance done on your air conditioner at least at one point. Perhaps a professional performed it, and your air conditioner showed signs of improvement in operation afterward.

But when if your air conditioner is old? That is, about 10–15 years old? Even a well-maintained air conditioner is designed to last just about that long. Is it time for yours to be replaced? You can go with the company you hired for maintenance, but that doesn’t always mean they’re going to be the best folks for the job, or the best services for your specific home and needs. The right AC installer will help you make an educated decision on what type of system you should invest in (you don’t need to stick with the one you’ve always had!), how to properly size the system, and more.

So, other than this, what should you know about your AC installer? (more…)

Water Is Leaking from Your AC? Here’s What to Do

Monday, June 3rd, 2019 by Tom Vatter

close-up-of-water-on-white-backgroundWhen you see water puddling anywhere in or around your home where it shouldn’t be, with no explanation, it’s probably your natural instinct to call a plumber. This isn’t exactly the wrong move to make, but the fact is, you may be dealing with a leak coming from your air conditioner—in which case you’d want to give our HVAC pros a call.

Most homeowners don’t even realize their air conditioner uses water to operate. We’ll let you in on a little secret—it doesn’t.

Keep reading to learn more about how your cooling system operates, and to better understand why you’d see water leaking from the unit. And remember, it’s essential that you schedule routine maintenance to detect these problems early on, and schedule repairs as soon as you are alerted to their needs. A leaky water heater can be quite destructive, and end up costing you thousands to repair subsequent property damage. (more…)

“Help! My Air Conditioner Isn’t Blowing Cold Air”

Monday, May 20th, 2019 by Tom Vatter

woman-feeling-hot-and-trying-to-cool-off-using-fan

Spring doesn’t mean much, temperature-wise, for those of us in Northwest Florida. We pretty much deal with soaring temperatures the entire year. This means our air conditioners get a lot of work. As such, without proper maintenance, they can be prone to breakdowns. Even with maintenance, an aging air conditioner can experience problems.

One such problem is an air conditioning system that blows out warm air. Sometimes this can be due to a simple mistake that’s easy for the homeowner to fix, while other times it will necessitate a call to professionals for repair. Read on to learn more! (more…)

Do You Need Ductless System Repairs?

Monday, May 6th, 2019 by Tom Vatter

Air-Conditioner-Blowing-Conditioned-AirDuctless heating and cooling systems have been growing in popularity in recent years, and for good reason. They’re very versatile and energy efficient, and offer a number of benefits to homeowners.

Instead of functioning through a network of air ducts connected to an indoor air handler and evaporator unit, a ductless HVAC system breaks up the indoor unit and air handlers to distribute conditioned air throughout your home in the form of individual, mini air handlers—each of which is mounted up high on the wall in the rooms that need conditioning.

Of course, if you already have a ductless system in place, you’re already aware of this—but do you know what repair needs to look for? (more…)

Should You Invest in an AC Upgrade?

Monday, April 22nd, 2019 by Tom Vatter

ac-unit-being-worked-on-by-technicianSummer is not very far off (really, did it ever leave?), which means that right now is as good a time as any to check if your air conditioner is up to the continued task of getting you through another season of hot weather. If the air conditioner you’re using now isn’t really up to this job, then it’d do you well to consider a replacement now, rather than wait for it to break down later.

The last thing you need is to be without an AC system any longer than you have to be in the middle of the hottest months of the year. Keep reading for some signs that it is, in fact, time to replace your air conditioner. (more…)

Humidity and Its Impact on Your Cooling System

Monday, April 8th, 2019 by Tom Vatter

top-view-of-air-conditionerThe first thing you should know about humidity and air conditioners is that humidity can, in fact, negatively impact your cooling system. And since we live in one of the most humid states in the country, that can be a problem!

Think about how uncomfortable excess moisture makes us. We try to compensate for it by turning our thermostats down lower and lower. Unfortunately, this means you’re making your air conditioner work harder than it should have to in order to perform, and it will accumulate wear and tear faster as a result. Additionally, even though an air conditioner does remove some humidity from your indoor air, it is not a wholly effective means of dehumidification. (more…)

It May Be Your Thermostat, Not Your AC, That Needs Service

Monday, March 11th, 2019 by Tom Vatter

hand-adjusting-digital-thermostatWhen you live in our area, something like a malfunctioning air conditioner can send you into a panic. But what if the problem isn’t actually with your air conditioner, but rather your thermostat? Issues often don’t originate in the thermostat, but something can be interrupting its performance, and therefore disrupting the communication between the device and your air conditioner.

We are here to help, of course. But before you contact a professional, we encourage you to try the tips we’ve outlined below. If you check all of this to no avail, then it could very well be an AC problem, and we encourage you to give us a call. (more…)

It’s That Time Again: Schedule Your AC Maintenance Today!

Monday, February 25th, 2019 by Tom Vatter

air-conditioning-technician-working-on-systemSpring time is almost here. Although we didn’t get much reprieve from the heat anyway this winter, temperatures are about to rise again, meaning you need a fully effective and efficient air conditioning system in place. This means keeping up on your air conditioning services, particularly maintenance and air conditioning repair in Valparaiso, FL.

Is maintenance really that important, though? Well, yes! Especially in Florida, where we use our AC systems on pretty much an hourly basis. Maintenance is basically a tune-up of your air conditioner, much like tuning up your car. During this service, our professional technicians will look at a number of things, such as any early signs of bigger issues that can occur later down the road, any components that need adjusting, and any parts that need to be cleaned. (more…)

AC Sounds You Shouldn’t Ignore

Monday, October 8th, 2018 by Tom Vatter

woman covering her ears, on white backgroundWhile other parts of the country are cooling off and homeowners are preparing their heaters for the long winter ahead, those of us here in Gulf Breeze are still using our air conditioners on a pretty regular basis. That being said, our AC systems go through a lot, accumulating wear and tear faster than AC systems in other parts of the country, and potentially requiring more repairs.

First off, to avoid the biggest and most sudden of repair needs, we urge you to schedule maintenance at least once a year for your air conditioner. During this service, our professionals will fully inspect, clean, and adjust your system to ensure its efficient performance. But with or without maintenance, if your cooling system is making noises you don’t recognize, it’s time to call in a pro. What noises should you pay particular attention to? (more…)

Is a Geothermal System Right for Your Home?

Monday, September 24th, 2018 by Tom Vatter

diagram-showing-geothermal-system-directionWhen it comes to choosing an air conditioner for your home, two things are for sure. You want it to work efficiently, and you want it to last as long as possible. The first way to ensure this is the case is to only hire trained and experienced professionals to install your air conditioning in Gulf Breeze, FL. Another way is to choose the right air conditioning system for your specific home and needs.

And if you’re having a new home constructed, you may want to consider the geothermal heat pump—used for both effective cooling and efficient heating. While the latter may not seem that important—after all, we are in Florida—don’t you want to pay as little as possible for the brief amount of time you need a heater? (more…)