Kool Breeze of Northwest Florida, Inc. Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Gulf Breeze’

AC Care: Prep for the R-22 Phaseout

Monday, October 7th, 2019 by Tom Vatter

refrigerant-line-outside-acFirst off, you might be wondering what R-22 is. It’s refrigerant—the substance needed for your central air conditioner or heat pump to function at all. Perhaps you have a basic understanding of how refrigerant works, and you might have even had someone tell you that refrigerant needs to be refilled (called recharged in the HVAC industry) every once in a while.

First off, that’s not true—if your system is losing refrigerant, it means there is a leak in the line that has to be repaired before it can be recharged. In the ideal scenario, your AC system has enough refrigerant upon installation to last throughout its entire lifespan.

That brings us back to R-22. If your system is a decade old or older, chances are that it uses this type of refrigerant. And unfortunately, R-22 is being phased out. The reason is due to the harmful effects it has on the environment, so it’s for a good cause! But you may be in for an unpleasant surprise should your older AC need refrigerant. (more…)

AC Care: Small Signs You May Need Big Repairs

Monday, July 15th, 2019 by Tom Vatter

ac-vent-near-floorNot all air conditioning repair needs are catastrophic. In fact, not all air conditioning repair needs are actually air conditioning repair needs. For instance, you might have a miscalibrated thermostat, or a thermostat that was accidentally set to heating mode. Or you could have damaged ductwork.

But, you should never assume that a small issue is small. It could be a sign of something much bigger. Waiting on repair needs can only cause them to grow, until you’re stuck making an emergency AC repair call, or even scheduling a premature system repair. That said, what are some signs that your air conditioner may be in need of repairs? Read on to find out! (more…)

6 Sounds You Don’t Want Your AC Making

Monday, July 1st, 2019 by Tom Vatter

woman-covering-her-earsWouldn’t it be nice if we had air conditioners that could self-diagnose malfunctions and report them back to the homeowner, in detail? We’re sure that will exist someday, but in the meantime, we have to rely on other methods for an air conditioner to send warnings that something is wrong. Perhaps it’s a drop in cooling power, an unexplained spike in energy bills, or frequently tripping circuit breakers.

Or it could be something else entirely–strange and unfamiliar noises coming from the air conditioning system. Anything that’s different from the normal hum of the fans and compressors, and the occasional clicking as the system comes on and shuts down, might be telling you of a malfunction. Do not try to investigate these problems on your own, since there are various possible causes for them, and we don’t want you to injure yourself or damage the air conditioner even more by inspecting.

Be sure to call our HVAC pros and we’ll track down the exact source of the problem so it can be quickly repaired.

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Signs You Have a Malfunctioning Furnace

Monday, December 3rd, 2018 by Tom Vatter

scared-woman-covering-mouthIf you’re like many homeowners in the Gulf Breeze area, chances are that you use a furnace for your home heating needs, during our brief but often chilly winter season. This is a good choice, since furnaces offer powerful, efficient, and reliable performance. Like any important appliance or major piece of equipment, however, it can malfunction, and may need professional attention as a result.

The good news is, you needn’t look any further for a qualified, experienced HVAC team to fix your heater. However, in order to know when to call for furnace repairs, you first have to know that your furnace needs repair. For help detecting problems early so you can call our team ASAP before problems worsen, read on! (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…)

Considering Geothermal Cooling for Your New Home?

Monday, 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. (more…)

Late Season AC Needs You Should Never Ignore

Monday, 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: (more…)

Using Your Air Conditioner as Efficiently as Possible

Monday, 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. (more…)

What Will My New Air Conditioner Cost?

Monday, 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. (more…)