Why Spring Air Conditioning Maintenance is so Important

May 25th, 2015

Summer is nearly here, and that means it’s time to make sure your air conditioner is up to the task of keeping you cool throughout the hot season. Part of preparing your air conditioner for the summer is scheduling preventive maintenance with a trained service technician. Preventive maintenance is a huge part of keeping your air conditioner in good repair. It’s so important that a lot of warranties require it for their protection to apply. Read on to find out why air conditioning maintenance is such a big deal, especially during spring. Continue Reading

Air Conditioner Operation: Refrigerant and the Evaporator Coil

May 22nd, 2015

People are starting to use their air conditioners more and more, as the days start to warm up. For all the hours that you spend running your air conditioner, though, do you happen to know how it works? A little knowledge about the operation of your air conditioning system would go a long way towards helping you identify when it’s experiencing a problem. You don’t have to be able to take the whole thing apart and put it back together. You just have to know a few different parts that are important to the system. Let’s take a look at two of the most important parts of your air conditioner: the refrigerant and evaporator coil. Continue Reading

Why is There Ice on My Air Conditioner?

May 18th, 2015

If you have ever noticed ice building up on your air conditioner, you might have thought of it as a good thing. After all, the whole point of the air conditioner is to cool things off, right? Well, yes, but ice is actually a pretty bad sign for the health of the system. In fact, if not taken care of quickly, the ice can cause the entire air conditioner to break down. Read on to find out more about what causes ice to form on your air conditioner, and why it’s a bad thing. Continue Reading

How Zone Control Can Make Your Air Conditioner More Efficient

May 4th, 2015

If you use central air conditioning in your home, you probably appreciate it for its ease of use. If you want to cool your home, all you need to do is adjust the central thermostat. No matter where you go in the house, you can rely on your central air conditioning to keep things nice and cool. As convenient as this system is, however, it is not perfect. There are a number of disadvantages associated with central air conditioning, including energy inefficiency and lack of control. Fortunately, there’s a solution for these disadvantages in the form of zone control. Let’s take a look at what zone control is, and how it can make your air conditioner more efficient. Continue Reading

3 Things You Can Do before Calling for Air Conditioning Repair

April 27th, 2015

So you’ve just tried to turn on your air conditioner and it doesn’t seem to be working. Perhaps it’s not turning on, or it just isn’t blowing cold air. Maybe it’s making some sort of horrible noise when it does. No matter what the problem is, the best thing to do is call a professional to come look at it. Before you do, though, there are a few things you can do yourself. You likely won’t be able to fix the problem, but you may be able to isolate it. Continue Reading

3 Indoor Air Purifier Types That Can Benefit You

April 20th, 2015

The air inside the average home is often rather unhealthy. Millions of microscopic contaminants can be found circulating through a homeowner’s indoor air, including dust, mold spores, dander, and germs. Some of these are allergens and lung irritants, while others are infectious agents capable of causing illness. Either way, they’re certainly not something that you want to be inhaling every time you take a breath. Fortunately, there are a number of indoor air purifiers available that can remove or neutralize these contaminants. Let’s take a look at 3 of them. Continue Reading

How to Tell if Your Air Conditioner Is Nearing the End of Its Life

April 13th, 2015

Every machine has a lifespan, up to and including HVAC systems. No matter how well you take care of them, or what precautions you take, they will eventually break down permanently and need replacement. You probably don’t want to wait until your air conditioner dies completely to replace it, as it will leave you without a cooling system at a time that you might need it.

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3 Furnace Issues That You Need to Know About

April 6th, 2015

Furnaces are among the most popular heating systems in the country. This happens to make furnace malfunctions among the most numerous heating problems in the country, as well. Furnace problems tend to be progressive in nature; that is, the longer they are left alone, the worse they get.

A quick response to furnace problems is the best way to prevent costly breakdowns and the premature death of the system. With that in mind, let’s have a look at 3 common furnace issues that you should know about:

1. Delayed or Failed Ignition

When a furnace is turned on, the ignition system lights the flow of natural gas in the burner assembly. This causes the burner assembly to ignite, and the system to start. Delayed ignition is when the burner assembly refuses to light, which prevents the system from operating. This is often caused by a carbon buildup on the burner assembly, which prevents the ignition system from having access to the natural gas. When the natural gas finally does ignite, it consumes all of the excess fuel at once, causing a loud booming sound.

Failed ignition is when the actual ignition system breaks down, making it impossible for the burner assembly to light at all. This can be caused by many different factors, depending on the type of ignition system. Regardless, it’s a good idea to have your furnace checked out if it is lighting slowly or not at all.

2. No Air Flow

If there’s no air being circulated by your furnace, it probably means there’s a problem with the system’s air handler. The air handler is the motor and fan that are responsible for circulating warm air throughout the house. If the bearings in the air handler motor wear down, they will increase the amount of stress that the motor is put under during operation. If not outfitted with new bearings, the motor will overheat under the increased friction and burn itself out. If you hear a grinding sound coming from your furnace, that means the bearings in the motor need to be replaced, you should have it checked immediately.

3. Short-Cycling

If your furnace is rapidly turning on and off, then it is short-cycling. This is when the furnace gets trapped in an endless cycle of overheating and shutting down, usually because of a clogged air filter. This kind of behavior will rapidly degrade the furnace, leading to more breakdowns and an early death. If you notice your furnace doing this, shut it down immediately and call a professional.

If your furnace is having problems, call Ultimate Air Conditioning. We provide furnace repair services throughout Sarasota, FL. 

With So Many Air Conditioning Installation Options, How Do I Choose?

April 2nd, 2015

When you think of all of the air conditioners you’ve seen in the homes of your friends and neighbors, it may seem as though most air conditioners are alike. However, once you begin the process of shopping around for a new AC system, you’ll realize quickly that this is not the case. Air conditioners come in different sizes with varying efficiency ratings. You can even install a different type of air conditioning system called a heat pump, which provides both air and heat through the ducts.

When you compare prices, efficiency, lifespans, sizes, and performance, you may become overwhelmed. Speak to a technician as soon as you begin planning for new air conditioning installation in Siesta Key. Ultimate Air Conditioning can help you every step of the way, from selecting a new unit to installation to the final inspection, and maintenance later on. Here’s why choosing a professional for installation and planning is so important:

  • Sizing – You can choose the most efficient air conditioning system available on the market today, but if it’s the wrong size for your home, it cannot run as intended. When it’s oversized, it will consume far more energy than it has to. And if it’s not big enough, it will run for longer to get your home up to the proper temperature. Sizing an AC is complicated as it involves complex engineering calculations, taking into account the layout, insulation, windows, and people in your home.
  • Efficiency – A professional is best able to help you find an air conditioning system with a high efficiency rating within your budget.
  • Performance – You want an air conditioner that not only saves you money but also runs smoothly. ENERGY STAR rated AC units only receive this coveted label if they run efficiently but still live up to the high standards homeowners have come to expect. Let a professional guide you toward the most powerful and efficient system for your home and install it in such a way that it remains reliable for years to come.

When you need quality air conditioning installation service in Siesta Key, don’t leave it up to chance. Trust in the proven track record of the air conditioning experts at Ultimate Air Conditioning. Give us a call today.

How Ductwork Repair Improves Efficiency

March 25th, 2015

The ducts in your home form a path so that the air conditioned by your HVAC system can travel into your home through an enclosed space. Your air conditioner will not stop running until your home reaches the proper temperature. But if there are holes and cracks in a duct, it will take a lot longer for your air conditioner to cool your home as desired.

It can be very difficult to detect whether your ductwork is in need of repair. Unless a duct has collapsed in a visible space, it will be very difficult to tell where—or whether—a duct is leaking without the proper professional services. When you call on the duct experts at Ultimate Air Conditioning, we’ll use special equipment to determine if the amount of leakage from your ducts in Lakewood Ranch is too high. After you schedule duct repair, you’ll notice that your air conditioner (and forced-air heater) runs far more efficiently than before.

If you have a collapsed duct or if there are minor cracks along the lining of the ducts, then you’re essentially paying to cool an unconditioned space. Your air conditioner must run for a very long time to cool down your home as the cool air cannot fill the room as quickly. You may also notice warm or cool spots around the home or even poor indoor air quality as your unit sucks in debris from the attic or crawlspace.

Most homeowners notice energy savings immediately after duct repair—but only if the service is performed by a professional. Amateur duct repair is difficult, to say the least. Furthermore, professionals have the tools to find even leaks that are well hidden, and to seal out-of-reach places. They also have the proper equipment for repair. We cannot stress this enough: standard home duct tape is not suitable for duct repair. While duct tape is ideal for many home improvement and crafting projects, it is not a good sealant and may even pose a fire hazard.

Call the duct experts at Ultimate Air Conditioning and ask about our professional ductwork repair service in the Lakewood Ranch area. Our technicians have all of the proper tools to find and repair leaks big or small.