Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning Repair’ Category

Do Central AC or Heat Pumps Need More Repairs?

Monday, June 24th, 2024
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If you are considering a new cooling system, you’ve probably heard about heat pumps. These are an alternative to traditional central air conditioning systems and are available in both ducted and ductless models, offering great flexibility. However, heat pumps can be more expensive than central air conditioning.

Homeowners in Florida often want to know the answer to an important question, “Do central air conditioning systems or heat pumps need more repairs?” This is an essential consideration to take into account since you’ll have to live with your new system for the next 10-15 years, and the need for air conditioning repair in Wesley Chapel should be factored into the overall cost. Let’s explain.

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Is it Your AC or Your Thermostat?

Monday, April 1st, 2024
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With the arrival of spring, you’ll be heavily relying on your Clearwater, FL air conditioning system to get you through our extended cooling system. As you use your AC system more heavily, you may find that the need for air conditioning repair crops up.

However, what seems like an AC system issue can sometimes be attributed to the thermostat and not the AC system itself. Let’s go over 6 examples of a malfunctioning thermostat.

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5 Common AC Repair Needs & What’s Behind Them

Monday, May 15th, 2023
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The hot weather has arrived in full force and by now, you’ve got a good idea of how well your air conditioner is performing. How would you rate its service? Does everything seem fine and dandy, or do you have some concerns about its performance?

Although calling for air conditioning repair is never fun, it helps to have an inkling of what could be wrong. When your AC needs help, it’ll let you know in obvious ways. Let’s go over the 5 common AC repair needs and what’s usually behind them. That way, you can have an idea of what to expect on your service call. 

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These Spooky Sounds Mean Your AC Is In Trouble

Monday, October 17th, 2022

AC-outdoor-unitIs your AC system making scary noises, just in time for Halloween? Systems that have been stressed by heavy summer usage may start to emit moans and groans when the fall weather arrives.

If your AC unit sounds like it is possessed, now is the perfect time to schedule expert service to address the problem. Here are 5 scary sounds that indicate your air conditioner needs to be checked out. 

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5 Sounds Your AC Isn’t Meant to Make

Monday, July 26th, 2021

man-with-fanAfter a day at the beach or just a day out running errands, you probably want to come home to a cool house. You should be able to rely on your AC to provide this for you. That said, sometimes you may find that your AC isn’t able to provide the way that it should.

When your system needs an AC repair in Wesley Chapel, FL, it is best to make sure you get this task taken care of quickly. After all, the longer AC repairs go unaddressed, the worse your system will get–which means days that are increasingly hotter when you are indoors.

One of the many ways you can tell that your air conditioner needs repairs before your indoor comfort takes a turn for the worse is to listen for any odd noises the system is making. Let’s take a quick look at what you should keep your ears peeled for.

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Refrigerant Leaks Are Bad News–Here’s Why

Tuesday, June 1st, 2021

ACThere are plenty of issues that your air conditioner will encounter throughout its lifespan. one that sticks out and its ability to throw off your home comfort is the refrigerant leak. A leak in your refrigerant line is obviously going to lead to a loss of refrigerant in your system. What some people may not realize is this is the starting point for an avalanche of trouble.

It is clear to see that a refrigerant leak is bad. But why are refrigerant leaks such a serious issue and how can you figure out that you are dealing with one? We are happy to explain.

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Got a Frozen AC? Here’s Why.

Monday, August 24th, 2020

frozen-acThere may be times that your home feels so cool that you might expect to find icicles around the house. While an evenly cool and comfortable house can be a sign of a powerful air conditioner, the presence of ice is not. In fact, seeing ice anywhere in or on your air conditioning system is going to be an indicator of a major problem.

A frozen air conditioner is one that is going to require a professional AC repair in Tampa, FL. You really want to get this issue taken care of sooner than later too since a build-up of ice on your evaporator coil will hinder your comfort and harm your system at the same time.

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The End is Near: When to Replace Your Heating/AC Unit

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Buying a new AC may not be at the top of your list of what you want to spend your hard-earned money on, but not replacing it when it’s time will often cost you more in the long run. It comes down to efficiency. Some of the signs to look out for are easy to see, such as:

  1. Is the unit over 10 years old?
  2. Does your home feel humid even when the unit is running?
  3. Is it unnecessarily noisy?
  4. Has your monthly bill increased?
  5. Is the SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) number on your current unit 10 or under?

If you’ve answered “yes” to any of the above, you are probably at a point where maintenance is required or, more likely, a new, more efficient unit should be considered.

Like anything mechanical, energy efficient and appropriately sized units are the key to optimum operating costs and peak functionality. Today’s air conditioners must have a minimum SEER rating of 13, and must use the more environmentally friendly R-410A refrigerant. The most efficient models have SEER ratings up to 26. Still, even the most effective units work best when they operate in the ideal environment. Some questions to ask are:

Is your home well insulated to protect its interior from drafts/warm air?

  • Is the duct system that distributes the cool air properly sealed?
  • Do you have more than one return in your home?

If you suspect any issues exist, be sure to correct those before installing new units.

So if you believe it’s time to replace your AC unit, a tremendous selection is available at a wide range of price points. The right one, installed with an upgrade like a programmable thermostat, will provide an excellent return on your investment.

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3 Ways to Improve the Indoor Air Quality in Your Home

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

The air quality in your home is put to the test against environmental impurities every day. Like it or not, pollutants such as dust, mold, cigarette smoke, radon, and – especially in Tampa – pollen are going to make their way into your home in a variety of ways. Visitors, pets, or even a new mattress can track them in, or your outside unit can unintentionally draw them in.

Children, the elderly, and asthma sufferers may be more sensitive to poor air quality; however, breathing impure air is dangerous for anyone who is continuously exposed. The good news is you can help minimize the risk of serious health problems by being mindful of these steps to keep your home free of pollutants and toxins:

  1. Keep your floors free of dirt and dust. Regularly vacuuming or mopping your floors will reduce the risk of chemicals and allergens taking up permanent residence in your home. Routine cleaning of your entire home is the best way to ensure pollutants will not linger.
  1. Consistently change your home’s HVAC filters per the manufacturer or your HVAC professional’s instructions. At Bayonet, we always recommend writing the date you replace them on the cardboard edge so you will know for certain the last time you swapped them out. Most store-bought one-inch filters should be changed monthly. Whole-house units, installed at the air handler, can be changed twice a year.
  1. Periodically ventilate your home. Most home heating and cooling systems do not bring in clean outdoor air and should not be relied on to keep your home’s air purified. Periodically opening windows, doors, and vents will bring in outdoor air and help to push unclean air out.

Monitoring your home’s air isn’t always the easiest task to remember. But for the sake of your family’s safety and wellness, it needs to be done. Contact Bayonet today to find out how we can help!

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Don’t Get Blown Away This Hurricane Season

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Hurricane season is upon us here in Florida, and with it lots of rain, wind, and bouts of flooding. And while a disasters are always a possibility, keep in mind we don’t always have to get hit hard to feel the effects of the ‘canes.

One thing that is often overlooked during hurricane season is your A/C unit. While we tend to remember to board our windows, sandbag our doors, and put valuables in a fire/waterproof safe, we often forget that there is a large, expensive appliance just waiting to be destroyed by the gale force winds.

So how exactly do you protect your HVAC unit in times of wild weather?

  1. If you have a window unit, unplug it entirely. Bring the unit indoors and seal the opening.
  2. Turn off your A/C unit before the storm, including the circuit breaker, to avoid electrical shocks if flooding should occur.
  3. Cover your outdoor unit with a tarp, wood panels, or both to keep it as safe as possible from water, dirt, and debris. If high winds are predicted, consider investing in a pair of hurricane straps and batten down the hatches.

Once the storm has passed, portable A/C units can be placed back into their original locations. For the outdoor units, remove the protective covering, inspect the units, and check the base. Should flooding occur, call a professional like Bayonet to ensure that no damage has been done to the electrical portions of the unit.

We are keeping our fingers crossed for a safe and hurricane-free season, but better to be safe than sorry!

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