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Tampa Air Conditioning FAQ

  1. As A Homeowner What Can I Do To Protect My Air Conditioning Equiptment?
  2. Should I Repair Or Replace Old Air Conditioning Equiptment?
  3. Do I Need To Buy A New AC Unit In Order To Purchase An Extended Warranty?
  4. Why Do I Need An Extended Warranty?
  5. How Do I Pay For Extended Warranty Service?
  6. My Unit Does Not Seem To Be Cooling As It Should. Would My Unit Cool My House Faster If I Turn My Thermostat Down More?
  7. Why Are The Coils On The Front Of My Unit Frosting Up?
  8. My Unit Is Making A Humming Noise And Does Not Seem To Be Blowing Any Cold Air. What’s Wrong?
  9. Why Is Water Leaking From My AC Unit?
  10. My Unit Never Drips Water Out The Back, Isn’t It Supposed To?
  11. Will Keeping Windows In My Home Make My Unit Less Efficient?
  12. I Just Replaced My 20 Year Old Unit With A Brand New Unit. Why Is My Electric Bill $10 Dollars Higher This Month?
  13. If You Can’t See Through A Unit’s Filter Is It No Good? Is It Good If You Can See Through It?
  14. What Temperature Should I Set My Thermostat To For Cooling?
  15. Should I Leave My Unit Running All Day Or Turn It On Only When I Am Home?
  16. When I Go Away On My 4 Month Long Vacation In The Summer Should I Turn Off My Unit?

Question: As A Homeowner What Can I Do To Protect My Air Conditioning Equiptment?

Answer:

As a homeowner the best way for you to maintain your air conditioning system is to inspect your filter and change it frequently. Also, it is best if you flush out the drain system on a monthly basis.

Question: Should I Repair Or Replace Old Air Conditioning Equiptment?

Answer:

This basically depends on three main factors which are: Life Expectancy, Operating Costs and The Overall Picture.

If your air conditioning system is old and needs repairs you must ask yourself if you are really fixing the problem by making cheap repairs or if you are merely prolonging the inevitable. A fix that might be the quick-fix at the moment could end up costing you more money in the long run. By deciding on the quick-fix you must be weary of the system breaking down again in the near future which means more service calls and more money spent on old faulty equipment that also runs the risk of causing damage to other components of your heating and cooling system.

In regards to the operating costs of repairing an old system you must keep in mind that you are only restoring an old system back to its previous condition and will not help you save on rising energy bill costs. An old faulty system is not saving energy and going with a new up-to-date system can help you to save up to 60% on your energy costs.

Step back and take a look at the overall picture. If you think you might end up spending more time and money repairing an old system as opposed to saving money by buying a new system then it might be time to replace it altogether. You can often save money on installation costs if you have several components of your system replaced all at the same time instead of a single part every six months.

Question: Do I Need To Buy A New AC Unit In Order To Purchase An Extended Warranty?

Answer:

No, you do not. Not only do we provide extended warranties on new AC units but we also provide extended warranties for existing units 1 year and older.

Question: Why Do I Need An Extended Warranty?

Answer:

You should always have an extended warranty because the prices of air conditioning service parts continue to increase. In the long run a warranty will save you a lot of money on parts and repairs.

Question: How Do I Pay For Extended Warranty Service?

Answer:

You would pay for your extended warranty with a one-time charge at the time of purchase. There are no hidden costs.

Question: My Unit Does Not Seem To Be Cooling As It Should. Would My Unit Cool My House Faster If I Turn My Thermostat Down More?

Answer:

No, turning your thermostat down further won’t cool your home any quicker and might make the problem worse. If your unit is not cooling as it should you should contact us immediately so we can come and assess the situation of your current unit.

Question: Why Are The Coils On The Front Of My Unit Frosting Up?

Answer:

This is a sign of trouble and the unit needs repair. Some frequent reasons this would occur are dirty condenser coils, faulty fan motors, and a dirty fan filter.

Question: My Unit Is Making A Humming Noise And Does Not Seem To Be Blowing Any Cold Air. What’s Wrong?

Answer:

The fan motor might need to be replaced.

Question: Why Is Water Leaking From My AC Unit?

Answer:

The evaporator coils on the front of the unit produce water which would normally travel through the drain system to the back of the unit where it evaporates. If water is pooling the drain is most likely clogged and needs repairs.

Question: My Unit Never Drips Water Out The Back, Isn’t It Supposed To?

Answer:

Most air conditioners are designed NOT to drip water out the back. Usually only larger units may have a drain spout on the back of the unit.

Question: Will Keeping Windows In My Home Make My Unit Less Efficient?

Answer:

Yes. Because heat travels from hot to cold, the heat that is entering through the windows remains in the home and has to be removed by the unit. Even with the door closed, the heat that builds up in a room will eventually travel to a cooler section of the house to be removed by your AC unit.

Question: I Just Replaced My 20 Year Old Unit With A Brand New Unit. Why Is My Electric Bill $10 Dollars Higher This Month?

Answer:

Replacing your old unit with a new system should be showing you AC savings. However, in comparing one month to another, you must also account for weather and outside temperature differences.

Question: If You Can’t See Through A Unit’s Filter Is It No Good? Is It Good If You Can See Through It?

Answer:

Different types of filters rely on different methods of filtration to do their job. It depends on each individual filter as to whether or not you can see through it… and remember, you must change your filter regularly to ensure that it is doing its job effectively.

Question: What Temperature Should I Set My Thermostat To For Cooling?

Answer:

Typically, you should set your thermostat to between 76 degrees and 78 degrees for cooling.

Question: Should I Leave My Unit Running All Day Or Turn It On Only When I Am Home?

Answer:

Turning your unit off in the morning when you leave the house and then waiting until you return at night to turn it back on will save you the most money.

Question: When I Go Away On My 4 Month Long Vacation In The Summer Should I Turn Off My Unit?

Answer:

If your house is well-insulated and tightly sealed you should certainly turn off your unit. In a newer well insulated home the interior temperature typically doesn’t rise higher than the mid to upper eighties when the unit is off.

If you have a lot of fine wood in your home you should turn your unit up and not completely off. By turning your thermostat up and not turning it off completely, you will protect any fine wood furniture or other items that can be damaged by the heat and dryness.

If you have an older home you should continue to turn your air conditioner up to a high setting as you have in the past, as the temperature in older homes can rise into the nineties during the summer in warmer climates.


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