How-to Tips For AC Use In Florida Winter

Winter is just around the corner! You are almost ready – how about your air conditioning unit? Check out our important tips you can take so as to ensure the best performance of your unit in the next summer season!

How to prepare your AC for Winter

 

  1. Check And Replace The Air Filter

    When was the last time you look over the filter of your AC unit? Cleaning the filter is specifically crucial if you run the unit often. The filter’s purpose is to ensure healthy air and good airflow as well as prevent and protect air conditioning from breaking down. This will also save your energy costs. Replace the air filter at least every two months, preferably every month. We recommend changing your filter every time you get your power bill. It is an easy reminder that it has been a month.

  2. Change The Thermostat Settings

    In order to enjoy electricity savings and home comfort during winter months, consider programmable thermostats. A programmable thermostat allows you to set humidity and temperature according to the weather condition and to your schedule.

  3. Give The AC System A Thorough Cleaning

    Winter can cause debris and leaves to accumulate around or on your AC system. Debris is responsible for minimizing the flow of air and can lead to other issues. Give the exterior casings, inner coils, and other frequently used parts a rigorous cleaning before the wind gets chilling. Another important air-conditioning component you should thoroughly clean is the outdoor condenser.

  4. Don’t Forget The Ducts

    Dirt and debris, dust mites, pet dander, pollen, and other allergens can get stuck in the air ducts, contributing to a dangerous living environment. You are likely putting yourself at risk for health issues (e.g., hay fever flare-ups) if you are sensitive to allergens or contaminants. Therefore, it is hard to overlook the importance of getting your air ducts clean. Cleaning your ducts can also help reduce odors in your home.

  5. Cover Your Unit

    There are two benefits associated with a covered air conditioning unit: (1) keep your system from freezing rain, winds, and animals; and (2) prevent thieves who might be looking for air conditioning units to ransack for copper wiring. Your local store will give you lots of options to choose from.

  6. Change Worn-Out Components

    If you want your unit to work smoothly and efficiently year-round, most especially in the cool months, now is the right time to replace parts that are worn-out or have outdated. Assuming the AC you own is more than five years old already, have it inspected by an HVAC professional. Any parts or damages will be detected to do replacement before a major issue arises.

  7. Maintain A Consistent Temperature

    As much as possible, avoid big temperature changes. Otherwise, you will notice a big spike in your energy bills. Consider using a ceiling fan or turning off your AC during cool nights or days. Aside from reducing the work of your air conditioning, it is also an excellent way for improving your overall comfort.

  8. Schedule A Maintenance Check Up

    Preventive maintenance is one of the great solutions to protect air conditioning units from potentially expensive repairs. Spending a little bit now on an annual maintenance checkup means saving plenty by avoiding costly repairs later. Most companies or AC service providers offer new duct systems and replacement of air conditioning and heating equipment aside from preventive maintenance, so if there is an issue, they can easily get to work.

Winter is a perfect time to get warm inside and do things you love most, such as cooking your favorite food and having movie marathon – all with the warm air coming from your HVAC unit. Take advantage of the season while it lasts!

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Why Does My Air Conditioner Leak Or Drip Water?

Most of the time, people rarely give their air conditioners much thought until there is a problem and it needs troubleshooting. One common problem with air conditioning unit is they end up leaking water inside. If your air conditioner has this problem, then here is some information you should know about the cause, and how you can fix it.

Humidity in the Air

Humidity is the amount of water in the atmosphere. The function of an air conditioner is to remove the moisture in the air. This then reduces the humidity levels in your home and can be the cause of the water you see “leaking” from your unit.

Generally, your air conditioner producing water is a good sign – you’ll likely see the water draining out of the back of the AC unit outdoors. However, if water is not draining here, then there might be a problem – like it is draining where it shouldn’t or is clogged in your unit.

Causes Of Leaking Air Conditioners

Air conditioners usually produce water as part of their operating process. It comes out of a specific drain line. However, if the water is coming from somewhere else, then your air conditioner is leaking and will need fixing. Some of the causes of a leaky air conditioner include:

Clogged Drain Lines

Air conditioners produce a lot of water, and they usually discharge it down the drain line. If the line is clogged, the water will end up backed-up inside. A clogged drain line can cause water to leak out of other areas. If your air conditioner is leaking water indoors, the first thing you want to do is unplug it (water and electricity don’t mix). Next, you’ll want to inspect the drain lines and clear out any debris that may be clogging it. If you are the DIY-type, then you can use a shopvac to clean out the drain line. If not, troubleshoot with another possibility below or contact an AC repair company, like EasyBreezy A/C to help you get your air conditioner back to normal.

If you have a really old unit that is still going, it may drain into a pan. Check to ensure the pan has not rusted or damaged as these effects can cause leaking.

Icy Coils

If the water is not draining properly, it can back up over the cooling coils. As a result, the water freezes over the coils. To check for this use, turn off your unit and open the cage to inspect the coils. This can be complicated for homeowners unfamiliar with their AC unit – if so, give us a call to solve your leaking air conditioning issue.

Dirty Air Filter

Now… we put this down here at the bottom, because we know that you regularly change your filters, right?  We have found that dirty filters are the number one cause of water leaks in your air handler. If it has been several months since you changed your air filter, it COULD be the cause of the AC leaking.  When the air conditioning’s air filter is dirty, it inhibits proper air flow over the evaporator coils. As a result, the coil gets too cold and freezes – and when it thaws, it leaks.

Call An Air Conditioning Pro

If you cannot find the source of your leak or your troubleshooting methods have not resolved the AC leaking issue, contact EasyBreezy A/C to fully inspect your unit for the source of your problem. Our skilled and professional AC technicians will help your air conditioner get back to normal.



Why Would An Air-Conditioner Stop Working?

We have come in an age of a constantly moving forward economy. The living conditions that were only for the privileged rich in the 1960s are now considered as the basic necessities for everyone. One such necessity is air conditioning. Today, almost everyone in Florida has an air conditioner system in their homes in order to cope with the blazing hot summers. Failure of an air conditioner can cause a lot of stress and panic for repairs. An air conditioner can stop due to many reasons, as simple as of a fuse tripping off. Other common causes for an air conditioner to stop working include:

  1. Mechanical issues
  2. Air Filters Getting Clogged
  3. Your Refrigerant Is Low
  4. The Unit Has An Old Thermostat

Mechanical issues

An air conditioner has 5 components:

  • Fan
  • Compressor
  • Evaporator Coil
  • Condenser Coil
  • Expansion Valve

There are two units of the AC: One inside the home where the fan blows air through the cooling evaporator coil and cools the house. The compressor, condenser coil, and another fan on the outside vent the warm air. The expansion valve controls the regulation of the refrigerant that moves between the evaporator coil and the condenser coil.

Any issues related to any of this machinery can keep your air conditioner from functioning normally. It is advisable to have a yearly checkup to prevent any of these from becoming faulty and replacing a single component is as costly as purchasing a new air conditioner.

Air Filters Getting Clogged

One of the most common reasons because an air conditioner stops working is because of failure to replace the worn-out air filters on time. A clogged filter obstructs the flow of the cold air and decreases the cooling of your house. So, if you are experiencing even a little less cooling, have your air filters checked before it creates any damage to your air conditioner. It can cause your unit to leak water and also result in a clogged drain line. Here is an article about why your air filters may be getting dirtier faster.

Your Refrigerant Is Low

Cooling can’t happen if the refrigerant is low. The amount of refrigerant in your unit must exactly match with the amount specified by the manufacturer. There are two possibilities why your refrigerant is low – the refrigerant was not added properly when the unit was first installed or more commonly, your unit has developed a leak. Leaks are t reason for low refrigerant about 90 percent of the time. That is why you must have regular checkups of your air conditioners by authorized technicians to check for potential leaks and stop them before they occur.

The Unit Has An Old Thermostat

It is common to upgrade an AC unit and not a thermostat – or vice versa. Often times the thermostat is not properly calibrated with the air conditioner. As your thermostat ages, is ability to keep up with your cooling needs can diminish as parts and wires wear out. This is one reason why we, at EasyBreezy A/C, provide a new thermostat with every install.

In conclusion, there could be many factor for AC malfuctioning and we expect that these tips helped you to solve your A/C problem. If you want more orientation or you want request a service, please do not hesitate to contact us to receive more information about it!

 



HVAC Fact VS Fiction

Debunking The Most Common HVAC Myths People Actually Believe

It seems like anywhere you look there is a ton of information available on your HVAC system, how to properly maintain it, and how to get the most efficient use out of it. But how do you know what is and is not accurate? Don’t worry, there’s no need to sweat over it! We’re looking at the most common myths people believe about HVAC systems and separating fact from fiction to make sure what you believe about keeping your HVAC system properly maintained, efficiently running, and long lasting isn’t just full of hot air.

Myth # 1 – You Only Have To Change Your Air Filter Once A Year

How this one even became such a well believed myth we aren’t sure. Over time your HVAC’s air filter naturally gets filled with dirt and dust, and this dirt and dust will cause your air filter to get clogged and your system to run inefficiently if the air filters are not changed out regularly. When your air filter is clogged, both your air flow and air quality will be reduced. You should check your air filter monthly and change it as necessary, at a minimum you should be changing your air filter every few months (at least 4 times a year)! There are some higher end air filters you can purchase that will not require you to change them as frequently but can be regularly cleaned instead.

Myth # 2 – You Only Need To Call A HVAC Professional If You Have A Problem

This myth is easy (and convenient) to believe because of the old adage “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” But there is a lot more that a HVAC professional can do other than replacing or repairing an HVAC system. Your HVAC system is a complex mechanical system that requires regular maintenance and tune-ups. Regularly maintaining your HVAC system can give your system a longer lifespan and save you money in major repair costs down the road. At a minimum you should have your HVAC system professionally checked and maintained once a year, but twice a year is recommended.

Myth # 3 – The Larger The HVAC System, The Better It Will Work

This is one of the most easily believed myths out there about HVAC systems. It’s easy to believe that bigger means better. But in reality, when it comes to HVAC systems you need the system that is just the right size for the conditions in your home. If your system is too small for your home then it won’t be able to get your home to a comfortable temperature, but if it is too large for your home then it will cause the system to consistently cycle on and off which will end up costing you more money in energy costs and shortens the lifespan of your unit.

Myth # 4 – It Doesn’t Matter Where My Thermostat Is Located

One of the most important factors to ensuring your HVAC system consistently runs as efficiently as possible is making sure you have proper placement of your thermostat. The placement of your thermostat is important because it reads the temperature surrounding it to make sure your HVAC system is running at the right time to keep the temperature where you want it. If your thermostat is placed too close to appliances, electronics, radiators, and windows it might misread the temperature in the room and cause your system to continually turn on and off or to continue running longer than it needs to. The ideal placement for your thermostat will be on an interior wall in a room that you and your family use frequently.

Myth # 5 – Adjusting The Thermostat As High Or As Low As Possible Will Make The HVAC System Heat Or Cool The Room Faster

Many people believe that the higher or lower the temperature is set on the thermostat, the harder the HVAC system will work to achieve that temperature at a faster pace. The temperature that is set on the thermostat does not do anything other than tell your HVAC system what temperature you want your home heated or cooled to. Adjusting the thermostat temperature all the way up or all the way down will not make your HVAC system working any harder or any faster to achieve that temperature, which ultimately means your system will just run longer because it has to go further up or down than necessary.

It is great to know how to use your HVAC system to maximize efficiency, but you also need to make sure you know when to call a professional. If your HVAC system needs a regular maintenance check, a repair, or even a replacement, trust the certified professionals at EasyBreezy A/C! Call us today to schedule your next HVAC maintenance appointment!



Welcome Spring Cleaning and HVAC Maintenance

Now that we are fully in the throws of the Spring season we know that our nice days of cool weather will be fading away and will soon be replaced with the hot and humid days of Summer. Spring is the best time of year to have maintenance done on your AC unit as it is right around the corner from the hottest days of the year, but your AC unit has not yet been completely stressed and pushed to its limits. Proper maintenance will ensure that your AC unit is up to the task when that time soon comes.

WHY DO OUR ANNUAL MAINTENANCE EACH SPRING?

 
Allergies


Spring follows the harshest time of year for your AC system: Winter. You start by bringing out your thick winter clothes and blankets – which are now introducing more lint and dust your home than what you had before. Because of the cool weather you are running the furnace much more frequently which keeps your air dry.

You also are not likely to be leaving doors and windows open – which means that dry air and extra lint and dust does not get “aired out” of your home. By this point, your air filter is likely the worst it has been all year, especially if you haven’t been changing your filter regularly. Your home has now become a breeding ground for the ever-dreaded allergies and Spring is right around the corner to add to this poor air quality with pollen. And this year’s pollen season has started early and is expected to be a rough season.


Efficiency


Because of the reduction of air quality both inside and outside of your home, your system is running harder and becoming less efficient each day. The less up-to-date your system is on maintenance, the harder it is working to continue to keep your home cool. Annual maintenance helps you find problems with your central air unit and ventilation system, which in turn will help restore your AC system to its best efficiency.


Longevity


If your system is not running as efficiently as it could then it is no surprise that you may also experience break downs and additional problems at a faster rate. Annual maintenance will keep your system running as efficiently as possible which will slow down wear and tear on your system and may even keep it running longer than its expected life span.

If you want more orientation or you want to request a service, please do not hesitate to contact us to receive more information about it!



Improving Indoor Air Quality In 3 Easy Steps

It is important to keep the air that we breathe clean. Proper use of filters, frequent cleaning of the HVAC unit, and maintaining a clean environment will help ensure cleaner air.

Proper Use of Filters

Filters are usually effective for up to three months. Change your filters frequently to keep unwanted particles out of your unit, out of your ducts, and out of your indoor air. Filters are the most important boundary between polluted air and your HVAC unit, so changing them in a timely manner is imperative.

Frequent Cleanings

Just like keeping a clean oven or washing machine, it’s known that certain machines cannot function properly if they’re dirty. Having the AC unit cleaned periodically will help maintain the integrity of the unit and keep it working at full capacity. In order to do this, you will need coil cleaner, a hose, gloves, and eye protection. You will need to know how to turn off the unit from the circuit breaker as well and have time to complete the task. There are a series of steps you will need to take in order to open the unit and clean it. Or you can call the pros; they’ll be able to knock it out in no time.

Maintaining a Clean Environment

The best thing you can do for your indoor air quality is to clean the inside of your home on a daily basis. Keep surfaces dust-free, sweep and mop regularly, and groom your pets each day to keep pet dander at a minimum. Since HVAC units are designed to pull air in and out of the house – they do not bring “fresh” air into the house. The EPA recommends opening windows about once a week to cycle fresh air into the house to prevent a stuffy feeling in the air and reduce odor in the home. You can also utilize the bathroom fans and the exhaust fan over the stove to help pull moist air out of those rooms.

Make sure you’re taking care of the machine that takes most care of you and your home will be a cleaner and more efficient one.

If these tips helped you, you want more orientation or you want to request a service, please do not hesitate to contact us to receive more information about it!



Why You Should Have Regular Maintenance For Your HVAC System

Its Springtime! Which means many individuals are beginning to pack away winter clothes, are getting ready to deep clean their home, and are preparing their patios for barbecues. One important thing to remember during this rush into Springtime is your air conditioning unit. It has likely sat dormant the majority of the last few months.

Perhaps the heat was on during a few nights during the Florida winter or the AC may have run for a short bit as Spring fought its way to us, but it likely did not get as much use in the last few months as it is about to get in the coming months. Regular maintenance is the key to your A/C unit functioning and cooling air properly and efficiently.

Here’s why it is important to perform (or have a pro perform) regular maintenance on your HVAC:

Prolong the Life of Your A/C Unit

Much like an oil change to your car, regularly scheduled maintenance is one of the most important ways to care for your unit. Regular maintenance of your air conditioning keeps parts well lubricated and clean, so that they can function as best as they can. That means parts are able to last longer and when they show signs of too much wear, they can be easily spotted and replaced during your A/C tune-up.

Keep it Running

The last thing you want in the Florida Summer heat is for your air conditioner to break down. A poorly maintained unit is more likely to break down or not run as efficiently as it could. Save yourself from a costly repair or replacement by getting your HVAC system tuned up, call the pros at EasyBreezy AC.

Save on Your Energy Bill

When your air conditioning system is properly maintained, it does not have to work harder to meet the demands of keeping your home cool. When an A/C system is overworking itself, that means you are footing the bill for the extra energy needed to get the job done. Having your air conditioner receive regular maintenance will save you some money on your energy bill.

If these tips helped you, you want more orientation or you want to request a service, please do not hesitate to contact us to receive more information about it!



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