Repair or Replace: What’s Right for Your Air Conditioner?

June 8th, 2015

When a part of your air conditioning system breaks down, it’s normal to fear the worst. You never know if your air conditioner is at the end of its life, forcing you to go through the hassle of replacement. However, sometimes replacing an air conditioner is simply the best option, and as long as you hire quality technicians, the whole job should not be so much of an inconvenience. Here are 3 questions to ask yourself when deciding whether to repair or replace a broken system. Continue Reading

A Helpful Guide to AC Efficiency: 5 Ways to Save Money

June 1st, 2015

Unfortunately, many an air conditioning system goes largely unused on a hot day because the homeowner is worried about the possibility of high energy bills. But if you follow our tips for keeping an air conditioner running efficiently, you can operate your AC more often and feel a lot more comfortable no matter what the temperature is outside. Continue Reading

3 Things to Check before Calling for AC Repair

May 25th, 2015

If your air conditioning system does not run properly or if it breaks down completely, you want repairs fast. That’s why you should always trust trained professionals for AC repair, as they can fix the issue quickly and accurately. However, there may be a few things you can do on your own to try to fix the problem. Continue Reading

Does Your Air Conditioner Have a Refrigerant Leak?

May 18th, 2015

You might have heard that an air conditioner may need to be “recharged” from time to time—to have refrigerant added to the system in order for it to operate properly. When an air conditioner is low on refrigerant, it may run into many problems such as poor levels of cooling or a system that freezes up. If you believe you need to add refrigerant to your system, be sure to call an experienced professional, who will not only add refrigerant but also thoroughly inspect for any leaks. Here’s why professional service is so vital. Continue Reading

A Quick Overview of Your Air Conditioning System

May 11th, 2015

Here in Palm Beach County, FL, it’s getting to be that time of year when it’s tough to go a day without running your air conditioner. How much do you know about this vital piece of equipment that you use every day? Continue Reading

The Heat Pump: An Air Conditioning Alternative

May 4th, 2015

When you’re in the market for a new air conditioning system, the options can seem overwhelming at first. Air conditioners are sized differently, have different efficiency ratings, and come from a number of different brands. Choosing an air conditioner does not have to be tough when you seek the help of a professional air conditioning technician, as a technician can make sure you get a system of the proper size with a high efficiency rating that still fits into your budget. But one of the big choices you may want to make beforehand is whether you want an air conditioner or a heat pump. Continue Reading

How Does Ductless Air Conditioning Work?

April 24th, 2015

In areas where the weather is pleasant much of the year, ducts do not always come standard in houses. Ductless homes and businesses are common in Florida, but you still need air conditioning to make it through the hottest days. If you are looking for a whole-house or single-room air conditioning system, a ductless mini split is the way to go. Continue Reading

Why It’s So Important to Change Your AC Filter

April 20th, 2015

The filter on your air conditioner is an important component which serves a couple of vital functions. For one, it can help to clean the air that you breathe every day, trapping contaminants so that they cannot cycle through the ducts. But another purpose it serves, which many people are not aware of, is protecting the air conditioning unit from damage. Continue Reading

How to Keep Your AC in Good Shape this Summer

April 13th, 2015

When your HVAC technician first installed your air conditioning system, it ran in peak condition, using as little energy as possible while cooling down your home quickly. As the years go on, however, regular use takes its toll on any AC, and the unit cannot run as well as it once did. Luckily, you can restore some of that original efficiency and performance to your system. Take a look!

Change the Filter!

Many people think that the air filter in their HVAC system is primarily intended to keep the air free of contaminants. And while this is certainly an important function, the air filter was originally designed to keep particles away from the air handler in order to avoid damages. When the filter is too clogged with dirt and debris, air cannot flow through the system with ease, but your AC was designed to accommodate a certain amount of airflow, so parts may begin to struggle as a result. Prevent problems such as an overworked motor or frozen coil by changing or cleaning the filter every couple of months or so.

Operate Your Thermostat Efficiently

If you keep your air conditioner set below 70 at all times, it’s bound to become overworked quickly, not to mention the additional energy costs. For optimal efficiency, keep your thermostat set to the warmest temperature you can handle. Take advantage of your programmable thermostat by setting the system to cycle off while your away (or at a higher temperature) and switch back on 30 minutes before your arrival home.

Schedule Maintenance Today

Professional air conditioning maintenance is perhaps the best way to keep your air conditioning system in great condition. A thorough tune up of your air conditioner can keep your unit working more efficiently and can help to prevent some of the most common repairs that result when a system is dirty or when parts need adjustment.

Call the experts at Advantage Air Conditioning for air conditioning services in Saint Lucie and Palm Beach County, FL, including thermostat installation, maintenance, and repair.

3 Things You Should Know about Air Conditioning Maintenance

April 6th, 2015

Air conditioning systems are designed to last many years, 10-15 years in most cases, but any complex system with electrical and mechanical components can encounter trouble over time. When your air conditioning system needs frequent repairs, the unit begins to wear down, and this lifespan is significantly reduced. This is just one of the reasons that it is so important to schedule regular AC maintenance with an experienced professional. A tune-up can reduce the chances of trouble and keep your unit around for longer. Check out a few more reasons to schedule air conditioning maintenance in our brief guide.

1. Maintenance Can Save You Money

The parts of an air conditioner wear down over the course of a year, and they may require more energy to operate properly. If it has been several years since a technician has looked at your system, you may actually spend far more on your monthly energy bill than is necessary. A thorough cleaning and adjustment of some of the most vital parts can improve the operation and efficiency of your system greatly, reducing the amount of time it takes to cool the home.

2. Most Maintenance Tasks Are Not Suitable for Do-It-Yourselfers

If you’re like the average D-I-Y handyperson, the tools you have in your home simply aren’t enough for a complete air conditioning system inspection and tune up. A good technician will check the refrigerant levels, which requires specialized knowledge of the chemical blend, air pressure, and voltage, as well as perform further inspection which requires access to industry-grade equipment.

3. Sooner Is Better than Later

If you want quality air conditioning performance throughout the warmer months, schedule air conditioning maintenance as soon as possible. A sudden breakdown could be costly, and the amount you spend from month to month on extra energy usage simply is not worth waiting to schedule service.

Call on the help of the friendly professionals at Advantage Air Conditioning for service in Saint Lucie and Palm Beach County, FL, and ask about membership in our annual maintenance program.