Air Conditioning Problems?

What to Check Before Writing a Check

What’s your reaction when the AC goes out, especially this time of year? Most people panic a little, then pick up the phone and call their AC company to request a service call. Well, before you incur that kind of expense (and possibly embarrassment), you can check several things and troubleshoot the situation yourself, and it probably won’t take much time.

Is the power on? 

That might sound ridiculous, but we have gotten calls when the power was out. Wait until the power comes back on to ensure your unit is truly out.

Check the thermostat.

This may seem basic too. But sometimes the settings are incorrect. Your AC should be running if your temperature is higher than the setting, and vice versa for heating (although that’s probably not the case right now). Also, if your thermostat has batteries, check those too. They might need replacing.

Check your circuit breaker.

From time to time and for various reasons, the circuit breaker wire will get tripped. Flip it back on (or even off and on). If your unit still remains off, then your problem is somewhere else.

Check the switch on your indoor unit.

According to code, you should have an on-off switch next to your indoor unit for safety when someone is working on the unit. Occasionally, we have found this switch to be off.

Check the disconnect switch on your outdoor unit.

Just like with your indoor unit, you’ll find a disconnect switch next to your outdoor unit. Make sure is it plugged in or flipped on, but be careful. There are 240 volts of electricity flowing there. If you’re uneasy about it, call us.

Check the condensation pump and AC drain line.

Many units have a water safety switch, which should cut your system off if there is a clog in the drain. But check the pan under your indoor handler. If you find water, empty the pan and flush out the line. If your pan has already overflown or water is leaking through a ceiling or wall, you may be calling more than just your AC company (i.e. restoration service providers, handymen, etc.). But hopefully you catch it early.

Keep this list handy so you can check it off when you have a problem. Then, if you still need a service call, we’re ready to help. And we’re glad to answer any questions along the way.  TRAVERSAIR – 561-746-7211

Making Smart Choices on a New HVAC System

Did you know that 50% or more of your energy bill comes from one of your biggest investments for your home or business… your HVAC system? That’s why it’s so important to make intelligent decisions when it’s time to buy a new one.

What Type of HVAC System Should You Choose?

There are four primary types of systems in South Florida: 1. AC Split Systems, 2. Heat Pump Split Systems, 3. Duct-Free Mini Splits and 4. Packaged Heating and AC Systems. Unless you are building a new home or doing an addition, the type of system in your existing home will largely determine what type of system will be the likely replacement.

The first two require indoor and outdoor units and ductwork in your home or building to transfer the air. A heat pump system can be more energy efficient and is ideal in moderate weather because it uses outside air to heat or cool the home.

The latter two are self-contained single units. Duct-free mini splits are ideal for garages, additions, offices and other isolated areas that can’t handle ductwork. They might be a little pricier but are still energy efficient. A packaged system still relies on ductwork and is usually installed on a roof or concrete slab near the foundation.

HVAC System JupiterWhat about size?

It’s crucial to your wallet and your comfort that you choose the right size unit for your home or business. A/C units are measured in tons, which do not refer to weight, but rather to the amount of heat they can remove from a house or building in one hour. To calculate the proper tonnage, a “Manual J” energy calculation is required. Check out this info graphic.

So when is it time to buy?

The obvious answer is when it keeps breaking down and you’re facing expensive repairs. But also consider these two factors:
1) Is it more than 6-8 years old? Even if it hasn’t stopped working, it might make sense for you to replace it. New units are quieter, more powerful, and most importantly, more energy-efficient, which also means lower energy bills. Plus, you might qualify for rebates or tax breaks.
2) Does it use R22 Freon? The federal government is phasing out R22 in order to conserve energy nationwide, which means the cost of this type of refrigerant is going up significantly. Eventually, you’ll have to replace your unit in order to switch over to the new refrigerant (R410A), but it may still save you money to do it now.

Need Help with Your AC Decisions?

All these choices can get confusing. At TRAVERSAIR, we love educating our community about how to be savvy system shoppers. Call us today at 561-746-7221.

R22 Phase Out…Why Should You Care As A Consumer?

You may have heard about R22 refrigerant being phased out. Well it is being phased out, and by the year 2020 all new production of this type of refrigerant will be stopped.

Watch the video below to find out why should you, as a consumer, care that R22 is being phased out.

If you have already updated your air conditioning system to one which utilizes the new refrigerant, you’re in good shape. Otherwise you may want to take advantage of the rebates and incentives which are being offered, by most utility companies such as FPL, to upgrade your system.

To read the full details of the R22 phase out and learn about the Montreal Protocol, visit:

R22 Is Being Phase Out, Why Should You Care As A Consumer. Air Conditioning Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens

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