Is Your Air Conditioner Sized Correctly?

May 23rd, 2016

Though it may not seem like it, the size of your air conditioner is quite important. You shouldn’t just pick whatever fits in your home and go with that. The size of the air conditioner load can have a huge effect on how effective it is in your home. Let’s take a look at what can happen if you install an air conditioner in your home that is too large or too small. Continue Reading

Air Purifiers That Can Improve Your Indoor Air Quality This Summer

May 16th, 2016

With summer starting to get into full swing, you’re probably going to be spending a fair bit of time in your home with the air conditioning on. That’s great for keeping cool, but it can cause your indoor air quality to degrade pretty quickly. Every time you take a breath in your home, you’re inhaling millions of microscopic contaminants like pollen and germs. If you want to avoid the negative health effects that come with prolonged exposure to those contaminants, you should consider installing an air purifier in your home. Let’s take a look at some of the air purifiers that can improve your indoor air quality this summer. Continue Reading

What Short Cycling is, and how it Threatens Your Air Conditioner

May 9th, 2016

If your air conditioner is turning itself on and off every few minutes, you’ve got a problem. That behavior is called short cycling, and it’s a major threat to the health of your system. Short cycling is when the air conditioner shuts off before it can complete its full cycle, dramatically increasing the strain on the system. If not repaired quickly, it will increase the likelihood of various parts in the air conditioner failing, as well as decreasing its lifespan as a whole. Let’s examine what causes short cycling, and what to do about it. Continue Reading

How Refrigerant Interacts with Your Air Conditioner

May 2nd, 2016

As you start to use your air conditioner more and more often this summer, you may run into a number of odd quirks or problems with the system. This is to be expected in high-stress seasons for the air conditioner, but that doesn’t mean that it should be ignored. One of the most dangerous kinds of air conditioning problems is refrigerant leaks. Let’s take a look at how your air conditioner uses refrigerant, and why refrigerant leaks are such a problem. Continue Reading

Watch for These Heat Pump Problems

April 25th, 2016

If you use a heat pump to keep cool during the summers, you are probably starting to rely on it more and more often these days. As the temperature starts to heat up, and your reliance on the heat pump increases, the wear and tear on the system is going to increase as well. The likelihood of things going wrong increases as the strain on the system increases. Read on to find out more about some of the heat pump problems you might run into this summer.

Short Cycling

When a heat pump turns itself on and off every couple of minutes, it’s called short cycling. This can be caused by a couple of different things, from malfunctioning thermostats sending bad instructions to damaged compressors throwing off the rhythm of the entire system. What matters, though, is that this behavior can severely shorten the lifespan of the system by increasing the amount of wear and tear that it’s put under. Call for repairs as soon as you notice your heat pump doing this.

Air Handler Breakdown

The air handler is the part of the heat pump responsible for circulating air throughout the house during operation. The motor for the air handler uses lubricated bearings to lessen the friction on itself during operation. These bearings wear out over time, though, causing the friction on the system to increase. If you hear a loud grinding sound coming from your heat pump, it’s probably because the bearings in the air handler need to be replaced. If you don’t do that in time, the air handler could overheat and burn itself out. Bearings are cheaper to replace than an air handler motor, so time is of the essence.

Ultimate Air Conditioning offers heat pump repair services throughout Sarasota, FL. If you need heat pump repair services, call today for an appointment. 

Weird Air Conditioning Sounds, and What They Indicate

April 18th, 2016

Time is of the essence when it comes to treating air conditioning problems. The longer AC problems are allowed to progress, the more damage they’re likely to cause to the system. So, it’s a good idea to make sure that you call for repairs as soon as you notice signs of a problem. One of the easiest ways to detect air conditioning issues is by listening for strange noises. Let’s take a look at some of the unusual sounds that may indicate a problem with your air conditioning system. Continue Reading

Improve Your Air Conditioner This Summer with Zone Control

April 11th, 2016

Summer is not far off now, and you’re probably already using your air conditioner on a regular basis. Hopefully, you’ve already had a professional examine the system to make sure that it’s ready for the added stress of summer. Even if you have, though, there are still plenty of other things you can do to improve your system’s performance. Let’s take a look at zone control, and how it can make your air conditioner more efficient this summer. Continue Reading

Why Your Air Conditioner is Icing Over

April 4th, 2016

As you start to rely on your air conditioner more often the closer we get to summer, you may start to notice ice forming on the inside part of the system. This may seem like a sign that the air conditioner is doing what it’s supposed to be doing, but it’s actually a symptom of a pretty serious problem. Let’s take a look at what causes air conditioner ice, and how you can prevent it. Continue Reading

How to Combat Indoor Air Quality Issues This Spring

March 28th, 2016

Spring is in full swing, and summer is not far off. People are starting to rely on their air conditioning systems more and more often in order to stay cool, which is becoming the top priority in terms of home comfort. However, that’s not the only concern. Indoor air quality remains a substantial concern, especially during spring when there are higher levels of allergens in the air than normal. If you want to breathe more easily, and remain healthier, you should take steps to improve your indoor air quality. Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can do that. Continue Reading

Should I Replace My Air Conditioner This Year?

March 21st, 2016

Air conditioners can last many years as long as you take proper care of them. Eventually, though, there will come a year when your air conditioning system will not be able to make it through another summer. It’s a good idea to be able to identify when that time comes, lest your air conditioner die on you in the middle of the hottest season of the year. So, read on for some of the signs that you should have a new air conditioner installed. Continue Reading