Common Air Conditioner Problems

AIRCONDITIONER202One 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

ROMEAIRE1202When 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

ROMEAIRE1102There’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?

ROMEAIRE0902When 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

acServiceIf 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

service picWhen 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

heratpumpHeat 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.

A/C Service Troubleshooting Tales: What’s That Smell?

ac service picSometimes we hear from customers who have turned on their air conditioning for the first time after it’s sat idle – maybe they’ve been out of town, or they’re returning to a vacation property for the first time in months – and it’s producing an unfamiliar and unpleasant smell. There’s little that’s less inviting than a room that’s rapidly filling with an odor you don’t care for; here’s a couple of reasons we’ve found are common culprits to the odd smells that can come out of air conditioners.

Most likely, the problem is simply that your air conditioning filter needs to be cleaned. If you haven’t cleaned your filter in a while, you might be in luck and all you need to do to get rid of the unwanted odor is a straightforward cleaning. Filters can clog up with all sorts of unwanted nasties from pollen to mold, and left to their own devices can create quite a stink. We offer an automated filter reminder service as part of our personalized maintenance reminder schedule; sign up with us and never forget again.

If your filter isn’t the problem, there’s a good chance you’ve got a buildup of mold around your evaporator coil. And while the smell is a problem, the bigger issue is that the coil can suffer permanent damage from the mold, and — if not addressed in a timely fashion — that mold can grow and extend into your home’s ductwork, requiring extensive cleaning and sometimes replacement to take care of the problem.

Regardless, we recommend contacting one of our technicians sooner rather than later to diagnose the problem before any permanent damage is done; we can also provide information about UV light air purifiers we install that can mitigate these sorts of problems and make your air cleaner, and safer.

Put Your Pool Heat Pump Maintenance Schedule on Autopilot

pool maint picYour pool heat pump is truly an underappreciated miracle of physics. When you think about all it does for you – extracting heat from the surrounding warm air, intensifying that heat through the use of a compressor, imparting the heat to the water of your pool and then exhausting the cold air, while using a fraction of the energy that an all-electric or all-gas system would use – you’d think you’d give it more than a passing thought.

But while many pool heat pumps are marveled at when first installed, and perhaps remembered now and again when the owner looks over a lower energy bill, most languish in neglect until such time that they experience a catastrophic failure. And while we recognize those failures result in lucrative service calls for someone, we’d rather be known as the pool heat pump specialists who helped you prevent an expensive repair job.

That’s why we offer pool heat pump maintenance programs that can be designed for any budget, from the residential pool owner with a small pool heat pump to the commercial customer with multiple pools and pumps to maintain. Our maintenance plans can be crafted in such a way as to bring our skilled technicians to your pool at a variety of intervals, to stay abreast of any problems that might be developing within the system as well as keep up with the simple maintenance tasks we recommend to all our customers.

Our pool heat pump preventative service schedule includes cleaning the evaporator coil and base pan, checking Freon pressures and amperage draws, tightening all the electrical connections which can come loose over time and testing the system for generally proper operation. Scheduling maintenance just twice a year can significantly reduce the likelihood of major problems and keep your system in tip-top shape throughout the swimming season. For more information about our pool heat pump maintenance program, contact us today!

Air Conditioning Repair: An Ounce of Prevention

ac maintenance picIt’s not really up for debate in Florida: air conditioning is a fact of life, part of the required equipment that can make or break a person’s comfort. And we know there are health benefits as well; people are less stressed when they’re kept cool, are less likely to become dehydrated, and are generally more productive. Central air conditioners have the added benefit of moving enough air to filter out allergens such as pollen, making the atmosphere within the conditioned space healthier for everyone.

But when an air conditioner stops working, it’s a burden that affects everyone. It never happens at a convenient time; invariably the moment you most need a/c service or a/c repair is at the moment most likely proven to be a pain in the neck. Problems that might’ve been less expensive to fix earlier can become more complicated if allowed to worsen – adding needlessly to the cost of your air conditioning repair job.

This is why we recommend “an ounce of prevention that’s worth a pound of cure,” i.e. getting your air conditioner a little routine a/c maintenance from our knowledgeable, courteous professional technicians. No matter how reliable your air conditioner might seem, it can always benefit from regular maintenance; systems that aren’t properly maintained not only are increasingly likely to fail, but become less and less efficient year after year. That lack of efficiency means you’re spending more to cool the same area than you need to be; consider that the cost of a preventative maintenance schedule for your air conditioner will likely be regained through lower electric bills over the life span of the appliance.

If you’d like more information about our a/c maintenance programs, contact us today and discover why we’re South Florida’s Air Conditioning Experts!