AA Service and Repair-North Florida AC Blog: Archive for September, 2016

Why You Should Have a Heat Pump Installed This Fall

Monday, September 26th, 2016

Summer has officially come to a close, although with our temperatures you’d never know that! Many parts of the country are thinking about their heating systems now—scheduling maintenance and repairs if they need them.

Of course, we’re still a ways off from that, however if you are thinking about having a new climate control system installed this year, now is a great time to do so—particularly if you are considering a heat pump. Keep reading to learn why.

How Does a Heat Pump Work?

It may seem odd that we’re mentioning heat pumps this time of year. But what many Florida homeowners don’t realize is that a heat pump is not merely for heating—it’s for cooling as well. Two units comprise this system, much like a traditional air conditioning system—one unit is indoors and one is outdoors.

Heat pumps however, unlike central air conditioners, contain a component called a reversing valve, which allows them to offer both heating and cooling mode. When in cooling mode, the inside unit evaporates refrigerant to absorb heat, and the outside unit condenses refrigerant to vent it. In heating mode, this action is reversed.

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Beware These Noises Coming From Your Air Conditioner!

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Have you ever listened to your air conditioner? Really listened to it? You would know more than anyone if it’s making noises that seem unfamiliar. And when this does occur, it’s vital that you call for an inspection and potential repairs right away. No air conditioner is going to be 100% quiet, but loud or unusual noises just aren’t normal.

Odd AC noises typically mean that there’s an issue that needs a resolution right away. Read on to learn more about a couple of the most common air conditioning noises that serve as signs that it’s time for you to give our professionals a call.

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What Air Conditioning System is Right for Your Home?

Monday, September 12th, 2016

It’s no secret that air conditioning is a very important convenience to residents in our service areas. Hopefully, as we near the “end” of the summer season, your AC system has served you well. However if your air conditioning unit has failed on you or you think it may be time to upgrade, it’s important to know your cooling system options. We have a variety of options when it comes to air conditioners, each with their own benefits. Keep reading to learn more.

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Do You Need to Replace Your Air Conditioner?

Monday, September 5th, 2016

With fall “officially” right around the corner, many homeowners throughout the country are starting to consider scheduling maintenance for their heating systems. However in our communities, we’re still relying pretty heavily on our cooling systems! Hopefully you haven’t had any trouble with yours this season. If you have though, it may be time to consider if you need a new one.

In general, a well maintained air conditioning system can last 10-15 years, potentially even longer depending on its efficiency. But no system lasts forever of course, and there are some strong signs to watch out for that your AC may be reaching the end of its lifespan. Keep reading to learn more about these signs.

A Rise in Your Monthly Bills

Running your HVAC system actually accounts for the majority of your energy usage, and typically costs more money than any other system in your home. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that your heating and cooling bills can make up half of your utility costs.

Keeping this in mind, you want to ensure that your cooling system is running as efficiently as it can. If you discover that you are paying more than your neighbors despite comparable use, then your system might not be running as effectively as it once was. This is indicative of an older system nearing the end of its life.

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