Tips For Heat Pump Repair, Delray Beach: What Now?

There are a lot of things you can do to extend the life of your pool heat pump; we can’t recommend enough getting a service package that includes preventative maintenance and care to ensure this huge investment in your home stays functioning in tip-top shape for as long as possible.

That said, sometimes you might encounter problems. Some of them you can handle on your own, some will require professional heat pump service. Delray Beach and the surrounding area look to RomeAire for answers to their questions; we try to offer the best advice and service to help you maintain you system at full capacity.

A common “panic call” from customers involves a blank display at the pool; the good news is, nine times out of ten it’s either a simple power breaker that’s flipped, or a fuse that’s gone out. Obviously customers are delighted when all they need to do is flip a switch or replace a fuse; the other possibility is a failed component inside the heater itself, and that will require a service call.

Another regular problem is an indicator on the heater that reads “low flow” or similar. Again, the usual solution is an easy one; a dirty filter can slow the heater’s flow enough to engage the warning, and replacing it is simple enough. On the other hand, if the filter isn’t the problem, the heater valves themselves might be incorrectly set — or the bypass valve might be too far open, lowering the flow through the heater. Either way we’ve got the experience and equipment to troubleshoot for you, and can usually resolve the problem in a single visit.

For more information about the repair and heat pump installation Delray Beach has come to trust most, please contact us today!

Tips On AC Maintenance Boynton Beach Should Perform Themselves

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The last thing anyone wants to do is suffer through an air conditioning unit failure in the hottest part of the summer — but we’re here to tell you, that’s overwhelmingly when units tend to have problems. Speaking as the best experts in AC repair Boynton Beach has to offer, we can say from experience most folks have their air conditioning running 24-7 during the hottest parts of the year, and don’t seem to find the time then to take on the simplest of maintenance tasks that can make the difference between an efficient, smooth-running AC unit and one that’s going to give you trouble.

There are two maintenance tasks you should never put off — especially when use ramps up as it does in the summer. The first is to just keep your unit’s condenser coils clean of debris. Dirt, dust, pollen and whatever else happens to be floating through the air can clog up the condenser, at first simply reducing the unit’s efficiency but eventually causing real damage. Take a moment to gently brush or even vacuum the coils at least once a month in the summer and your unit will last longer and run better.

The other item to make sure you get to is replacing the air filters. A filter that might last two months or longer when an AC unit isn’t running all the time can need replacement in a matter of weeks during the height of summer; check the filter frequently, and if there’s any doubt, replace it.

When you’re ready to talk to the experts in air conditioning repair Boynton Beach has grown to trust more than any other, give us a call and we’ll schedule an appointment to take a look at your AC unit!

With AC Maintenance Boca Raton Experts Recommend You ‘Beat The Blowout’

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There’s an old joke in the automobile enthusiast world that the best time to replace a tire is before a blowout. How do you know when you’ve waited too long? Your tire blew.

Unfortunately, a lot of people look at their air conditioning units and systems in sort of the same way — waiting until something breaks before calling us. But when it comes to the issues that can lead to someone needing AC repair, Boca Raton’s experts all agree you don’t have to wait for something to fail before getting it looked at. There’s a lot of investment usually tied up in a good air conditioning system, and getting it regularly maintained is the best way to protect that investment.

Even the simplest routine maintenance has value for our customers in several ways. First, of course, getting a qualified technician out to look at your unit on your schedule — rather than rushing out when something’s not working, usually on the hottest day of the year — means no one’s rushing around with upset overheated people in the mix. And with the eyes of an expert checking your unit while they’ve got it open, they’re likely to spot potential problems before they start — saving money that might otherwise have been needed for costly repairs or even new units.

Finally, maintaining an air conditioner in tip-top shape means it’s going to be running more efficiently — and a more efficient air conditioner uses less energy to cool, saving you money in utility costs. To learn more about ways to improve the effectiveness or longevity of your air condition system, or to schedule an appointment with the experts in air conditioning repair Boca Raton homeowners and businesses recommend most, call us today!

RomeAire’s AC Troubleshooting Guide Series! Episode 2:

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Below are some more great tips from Rome Aire’s Air Conditioning Maintenance Troubleshooting Guide, which can also be found in its entirety by clicking here. My Air Conditioner turns on and off continuously…

  1. Water in the Drain Pan may be filling triggering the Overflow Safety Float Switch to shut off the unit. Call for Service. Consider signing up with us for automatic Filter or AC Maintenance Reminders tailored for you.

My Air Conditioner is leaking water…

  1. Drain Line could be clogged with algae or sediment.  Call for Service & consider AC Maintenance Reminders tailored for you!
  2. When was the last time you cleaned your filter?  Make sure it is clean – we recommend every month, depending on the type of filter utilized. Consider signing up with us for automatic Filter or AC Maintenance Reminders tailored for you.
  3. When was the last time you scheduled a maintenance?  Our automatic Filter or AC Maintenance Reminders could prevent this from happening.  Keeping up with your air conditioning maintenance allows for cleaner air, reduces breakdowns and keeps your floors or ceilings dry!

My Air Conditioner has ice on it…

  1. When was the last time you cleaned your filter?  Make sure it is clean – we recommend every month, depending on the type of filter utilized. Consider signing up with us for automatic Filter or AC Maintenance Reminders tailored for you.
  2. Check your Thermostat Setting – Setting it below 70° could cause ice.
  3. Check your Return Grill (by filter area) – is there anything blocking it?
  4. Freezing is a good indication of Low on Freon.  Call for Service & have our Technicians get to the root of the problem.

My Air Conditioner is unusually noisy…

  1. Check you filter – it may not be fitting properly.   Let us find the right filter for you.   Sign up for our free Filter Reminder Service & keep your air clean.
  2. Call for AC Service!  The Blower Wheel may be out of Calibration which requires immediate attention before causing any damages on motor or adjacent components.

RomeAire’s AC Troubleshooting Guide Series! Episode 1:

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Below are some great tips from Rome Aire’s Air Conditioning Maintenance Troubleshooting Guide, which can also be found in its entirety by clicking here.

My Air Conditioner is blowing hot air…

  1. Try resetting the Circuit Breaker.
  2. Check the FPL “ON CALL” Box if you participate in their savings program.
  3. Check your Humidistat Settings – when you are in town set Humidistat to ON.
  4. Make sure your Thermostat is set correctly.
  5. When was the last time you cleaned your filter? Make sure it is clean – we recommend every month, depending on the type of filter utilized. Consider signing up with us for automatic Filter or Maintenance Reminders tailored for you.
  6. Your Outside unit could be off at the Breaker.

 

My Air Conditioner does not have any power…

  1. Try resetting the Circuit Breaker.
  2. Check the FPL “ON CALL” Box if you participate in their savings program.
  3. Make sure your Thermostat is set correctly.
  4. Check your Humidistat Settings – when you are in town set Humidistat to ON.
  5. The Breaker at the Air Handler may need resetting.
  6. Water in the Drain Pan may be filling triggering the Overflow Safety Float Switch to shut off the unit.  Call for Service. Consider signing up with us for automatic Maintenance Reminders tailored for you.

 

My thermostat is blank and/or flashing…

  1. Try replacing the batteries in your Thermostat.
  2. The Breaker at the Air Handler may need resetting.
  3. Water in the Drain Pan may be filling triggering the Overflow Safety Float Switch to shut off the unit.  Call for Service.  Consider signing up with us for automatic Maintenance Reminders tailored for you.

 

More ac maintenance troubleshooting tips to follow in our next blog!  For the best ac service in South Florida, call Rome Aire today!

How to Prevent the Need for Air Conditioning Repair

Living in South Florida requires residents to run their air conditioning units frequently.

Constant running of the unit without proper care by the homeowner can have residents calling for AC service and AC repair.

One of the most common issues homeowners can face is problems with the unit’s refrigerant. If the home isn’t getting cool enough but the unit is still running, a refrigerant problem could be to blame.

A unit that is low on refrigerant can have difficulty keeping a home cool. The problem could stem from a leak, or the unit may have not been charged properly during cooling installation. A quick check by one of my licensed technicians can easily fix the problem for homeowners.

Issues with power to the AC unit can also cause homeowners to feel uncomfortable. If a unit stops working, homeowners should always check the power source. Be sure the thermostat is on the appropriate setting and that the unit is plugged in properly. If those are all in correct working order, residents should check the fuse box to ensure switches have not been flipped. Homeowners should always be sure to keep the owner’s manual handy to reference for proper operating information.

Another common issue is simply a lack of maintenance. Failure to regularly change air filters, clean out the system and maintain regular check-ups with a licensed technician can limit the unit’s efficiency. Homeowners should schedule a yearly maintenance appointment.

Homeowners can also clean out their air conditioner periodically to help reduce the need for repairs. Begin by turning off the unit. Homeowners can begin cleaning by first focusing on the unit’s coils. Using a regular garden hose, spray down the coils of the unit. Then, homeowners can use a commercial air conditioner cleaner to spay the coils. Be sure to read the directions on the cleaner for proper use. Rinse off the coils.

Homeowners should then look for the unit’s drain, which will be located outside. Using a wet/dry vacuum, simply clean the drain of any debris that may be attempting to clog it. Be sure the drain has a cap that covers it to prevent debris from entering in the future.
Remove any debris from the outside unit. Twigs, grass, leaves and other debris can enter the outside unit, making it run less efficiently. Periodically, homeowners should clean the outside unit to be sure no debris is inhibiting it from running properly.

With a few simple steps, homeowners can ensure their air conditioning units are up to face the task of keeping them cool. Avoiding unnecessary AC service and AC repair bills.

Common Air Conditioner Problems

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One of the most common air conditioning service problems is improper operation. If your air conditioner is on, be sure to close your home’s windows and outside doors. For room air conditioners, isolate the room or a group of connected rooms as much as possible from the rest of your home.

Other common problems with existing air conditioners result from faulty installation, poor ac service procedures, and inadequate ac maintenance. Improper installation of a central air conditioner can result in leaky ducts and low airflow. Many times, the refrigerant charge (the amount of refrigerant in the system) does not match the manufacturer’s specifications. If proper refrigerant charging is not performed during installation, the performance and efficiency of the unit is impaired. Unqualified service technicians often fail to find refrigerant charging problems or even worsen existing problems by adding refrigerant to a system that is already full. Learn what to ask for when hiring a technician to maintain your air conditioner.

Air conditioner manufacturers generally make rugged, high quality products. If your air conditioner fails, begin by checking any fuses or circuit breakers. Let the unit cool down for about five minutes before resetting any breakers. If a central air conditioner’s compressor stops on a hot day, the high-pressure limit switch may have tripped; reset it by pushing the button, located in the compressor’s access panel.

REFRIGERANT LEAKS

If your air conditioner is low on refrigerant, either it was undercharged at installation or it leaks. If it leaks, simply adding refrigerant is not a solution. A trained technician should fix any leak, test the repair, and then charge the system with the correct amount of refrigerant. Remember that the performance and efficiency of your air conditioner is greatest when the refrigerant charge exactly matches the manufacturer’s specification, and is neither undercharged nor overcharged. Refrigerant leaks can also be harmful to the environment.

INADEQUATE MAINTENANCE

If you allow filters and air conditioning coils to become dirty, the air conditioner will not work properly, and the compressor or fans are likely to fail prematurely.

ELECTRIC CONTROL FAILURE

The compressor and fan controls can wear out, especially when the air conditioner turns on and off frequently, as is common when a system is oversized. Because corrosion of wire and terminals is also a problem in many systems, electrical connections and contacts should be checked during a professional ac service call.

SENSOR PROBLEMS

Room air conditioners feature a thermostat sensor, located behind the control panel, which measures the temperature of air coming into the evaporative coil. If the sensor is knocked out of position, the air conditioner could cycle constantly or behave erratically. The sensor should be near the coil but not touching it; adjust its position by carefully bending the wire that holds it in place.

DRAINAGE PROBLEMS

When it’s humid outside, check the condensate drain to make sure it isn’t clogged and is draining properly. Room air conditioners may not drain properly if not mounted level.

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Common Heat Pump Noises to Listen For

Heat pumps offer tremendous benefits for homeowners in Florida, where they supply

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excellent cooling during the long hot and humid season, and the right amount of heating during the short winter season. Because heat pumps will work for us around the year, whether helping beat the heat or tolerate the cold, they can wear down quickly and begin to develop repair needs.

Heat pumps often make unusual noises when they need repairs. Here are a few to listen for that may indicate you have to call in an HVAC specialists to look over your system. For quality heat pump repair contact the experts at Rome Aire Service. Since 1982, people have looked to us for dependable service for all their comfort systems.

Pay attention to these heat pump noises:
Grinding during start-up: If you hear a harsh grinding sound when your heat pump comes on, then it could be “hard starting” because of a problem in the compressors—a heat pump uses two different compressors, so you will need a professional to find out which one is having difficulty.

Clanging and striking: The likely culprit here is a loose blower fan belt. A heat pump uses different fans to move air for the condensation and evaporation processes; if the fan belt develops damage or cracks, it could come loose and start hitting against other components. This needs to be addressed immediately, before the belt starts to cause more damage. The noise could also come from loose motor mounts.

Hissing: This usually indicates a leak in the refrigerant, which is responsible for the heat exchange that allows your heat pump to heat and cool your home. If you can hear it, it is probably a large leak and you won’t have a working heat pump for long. Get a professional to seal the leaks and recharge the lost refrigerant.

Humming and buzzing: There are a few reasons for hearing this sound (usually within the outdoor unit). One is that the run capacitor which keeps the motors operating has developed a fault. It could also indicate a stuck relay or a motor on the verge of a burnout.

Regardless of the noise, if you think it means that you are in need of heat pump repair, don’t try to get the work done yourself with a standard toolkit and an online DIY guide. Get a professional to diagnose the problem and offer a remedy. Contact Rome Aire Services for heat pump repair in Boca Raton, FL—any time of the day or night.

HIRING A PROFESSIONAL

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HIRING AN AC SERVICE PROFESSIONAL
When your air conditioner needs more than regular ac maintenance, hire a professional service technician. A well-trained technician will find and fix problems in your air conditioning system.
The technician should:

  • Check for correct amount of refrigerant
  • Test for refrigerant leaks using a leak detector
  • Capture any refrigerant that must be evacuated from the system, instead of illegally releasing it to the atmosphere
  • Check for and seal duct leakage in central systems
  • Measure airflow through the evaporator coil
  • Verify the correct electric control sequence and make sure that the heating system and cooling system cannot operate simultaneously
  • Inspect electric terminals, clean and tighten connections, and apply a non-conductive coating if necessary
  • Oil motors and check belts for tightness and wear
  • Check the accuracy of the thermostat.

To view our awesome Air Conditioner Troubleshooting Guide, Click HERE!