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.

The AC Service Boca Raton Recommends Most

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When your home or business isn’t comfortable, it’s hard to get anything done. And when it comes to AC repair, Boca Raton residents and business owners know there’s nothing worse than having to get your air conditioning repaired when the temperature is rising. Choosing an air conditioning contractor to fix your system in a crisis is tough, but the good news is you’ve found the website of the most recommended air conditioning service, repair and installation company in Boca Raton — and there are good reasons why.

If you run a business, we understand that every moment your air conditioner isn’t working is a drain on your bottom line; even if you’re able to continue operating, your employees, customers and clients are less comfortable and your business isn’t operating at top efficiency. Our priority for all commercial calls is getting your AC up and running as quickly as possible, with the best service technicians in the business on-call to help you day or night.

For our residential customers, we also understand that while you may not rely upon a comfortable temperature to earn your living, you’ve still got to live in your home. We’ll send the most knowledgeable, hard-working and experienced air conditioning professionals to your home quickly, and we’ll get your home — your castle — back on track so you can enjoy everything you do there (and your family will, too).

There are a lot of air conditioning service and maintenance companies in the area; we stand out for our professionalism and commitment to service. When you’re ready to call and make an appointment with the best contractors for AC repair and service or AC installation Boca Raton has to offer, contact us today and let us show you the RomeAire difference!

Professional AC Installation Boca Raton Counts On

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There’s nothing wrong, broadly speaking, with wanting to do things on your own; there are a lot of opportunities for property owners and managers to “get their hands dirty” taking care of small jobs around their homes and businesses. But for some things, there’s no substitute for calling in the professionals — and we strongly believe getting air conditioning professionally installed is the best choice.

First of all, every room in every building is unique. Not every home or workspace has the same air conditioning needs, and a big-box “one size fits all” solution is probably going to fall short; and just going for a huge “overkill” system has its own set of problems (such as cooling a space so quickly the humidity remains behind, leaving cold, damp and uncomfortable air). There’s no substitute for a properly-sized system, and your HVAC professional can ensure you get the right one.

Next, a professional installer will make certain you have the right (and clean) ductwork for your AC application; bad ducts can lead to polluted air, which can damage not only your new AC system but your lungs, as well.

Finally, if there’s ever a need for an AC repair, Boca Raton do-it-yourselfers are stuck with either learning a lot about air conditioning repair quickly, or paying through the nose for a company to come out and repair the system. Professional installers will back their work, and offer warrantees on the job they’ve done; often that will include minor repairs that will keep your system up and running in the event of trouble.

For more information about air conditioning — and to learn why we’ve become the AC service Boca Raton homeowners and businesses trust most to keep them cool — please give us a call today!

New Air Conditioning Service: Is Bigger Always Better?

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When people look into buying an air conditioner and having it installed by professionals, sometimes there’s a sense they don’t feel the AC installation proposed is big enough — because more AC service is always better, right?

Well, not exactly. To understand why the biggest AC unit isn’t always the right one for your particular needs, it’s important to first understand what it is about air conditioners that allows them to make a room more comfortable. First of all, obviously, they make warm air cooler — and that’s obviously an important part of what they do. But air conditioners also remove humidity from the air, making air of any temperature more comfortable.

When an AC unit is too large for the space it’s meant to work in, it will cool the air quickly, all right — and when the air gets down to temperature, the thermostat (which you’ll remember measures only temperature, not humidity) will tell the unit to switch off, leaving a lot of humid air in the room that might be cool, but certainly not comfortable. Damp cold is never comfortable, and your oversized AC unit just made a whole lot of it.

Getting an AC unit that’s the right size for a room is one of the benefits of having professional air conditioning technicians install your system; we’ve got experience and formulas that can help us determine just the right unit for your needs, no matter how many square feet your have to work with — and no matter how cut-up and angular those square feet come!

For more information about our professional air conditioning service, ac repair and ac installation — and for preventative AC maintenance programs that save you money in the long run — please contact us today!

Regular Air Conditioning Service Saves Energy, Saves Money

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If you’re looking to save money on your air conditioning operating costs, and avoid the potential of higher-priced AC repair bills in the future, the best piece of advice we can give you is to maintain your current air conditioner as best you can — and that means having a reputable air condition service inspect your system at least once a year.

An AC repair shop or AC service professional can extend the life of your cooling system by years just by performing routine maintenance procedures — and, what’s more, a system that’s operating more efficiently will cost less to run, cooling the same area the same amount with less energy. Regular checks, adjustments, and calibration of cooling systems can prevent almost three-fourths of all air conditioning outages; keeping your AC service current ensures you’re operating at optimal performance every time your thermostat calls for cool air.

Speaking of thermostats, the US Department of Energy estimates homeowners can save as much as 25% off their cooling costs simply by installing a programmable thermostat. In addition to regular air condition service, adding a “smart” thermostat — or even installing a system that identifies different “zones” in your home to prioritize which rooms to keep cool — can save a bundle.

A few other ideas for our customers to stay cooler for less:

• Before you leave the house in the morning, close the curtains on your south-facing windows.

• Next time you replace those curtains and blinds, consider lighter colors, even white, to reflect more heat.

• As they burn out, replace your old incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) or LEDs, which put out a tiny fraction of the heat of your old bulbs — and cost far less to operate.

What to Look For in a Commercial Air Conditioning Repair Service

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When your air conditioning stops working, so does your business. We understand that there’s never a good time to need a/c repair, but if you do, we’re going to work hard to be the South Florida air conditioning repair service you call first, every time.
Getting you and your business up and running again is our number-one priority; from the moment you contact one of our customer service representatives, our focus is on getting your air conditioning cooling again, quickly and efficiently. Our service technicians are among the best in the business, and are available to meet your needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

We know there are a host of a/c service and maintenance companies in the South Florida area; we know a lot of them, and they’re mostly good at what they do, too. But we also know we’ve got pride in our service they simply can’t match, backed by our personal guarantee and the knowledge our existing customers already have — that we’re going to solve your air conditioning repair problems and stand behind our work 100%.

The key to our continued success as a business is to ensure the highest level of quality service to your business. We’ll send the best-qualified, most knowledgeable and fastest technicians to your service call every time, and we promise we’ll treat your problem as our problem until we’ve solved it — bringing our years of practical experience in South Florida’s crowded a/c repair market.

Our returning customers tell us it’s our commitment to service that brings them back, and we’ve listened; for more information about our air conditioning service, repair and maintenance programs, and to discover why we’re South Florida’s most recommended a/c repair company, call us today!

How to Know If You Need Heat Pump Repair

Heat pumps are remarkably efficient ways to heat and cool your home; they require less energy in general, because instead of creating heat, they simply transfer it around as needed. They’re environmentally friendly, and in our moderate climates, they’re a fantastic choice.

But no matter how well they’re manufactured or installed, eventually every heat pump will need repair or at least maintenance. There are usually a few signs home and business owners can be on the lookout for to help them know when they need heat pump service.

The first and most obvious sign a heat pump repair is in order is that the system seems less effective than it used to; if rooms don’t seem as hot or as cool as they did when the system was first installed, you may need to contact a heat pump service professional to take a look and bring it back up to par.

If the heat pump doesn’t come on, of course, you have a repair situation and should call a heat pump repair company; more subtly, if the heat pump switches on and off more often than you remember, there may be a problem ranging from a simple blocked filter to a more complicated sensor issue. Similarly, if your heat pump seems to regularly trip the switch in your circuit breaker box, there’s a problem; contact a heat pump service professional immediately.

Finally, when your heat pump is operating, stand still and listen. If you hear sounds you haven’t heard before, such as light squeaking or grinding noises coming from the unit, switch it off immediately and contact a heat pump repair specialist immediately before a small problem becomes a big one.

For more information about heat pump repair and heat pump service, or to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.