Air On Demand Blog: Archive for August, 2013

Can Severe Weather in Miami Disrupt My Air Conditioning?

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Severe weather is a fact of life in Miami, and your air conditioning system needs to be able to roll with those punches. In most cases, your air conditioning unit can handle rain, wind and other signs of inclement weather. But that doesn’t mean that severe weather can’t disrupt your air conditioning system. Lightning strikes are attracted to metal and can hit your outdoor unit, overloading the circuits if it’s running. Wind and rain can knock debris into it, or clog the vents with leaves and other detritus. Water can flood the interior and damager various internal components. You can help prevent any long-term damage to your unit by exercising a few simple steps before and after the inclement weather hits.

If you know a storm is coming, turn off your air conditioning. That can help keep its components safe from power surges and spare you the cost of an overload. However, this will not protect your unit from a direct lightning strike. It is also a good idea to unplug any sensitive electrical devices from the outlets, such as your TV or computer.

While the storm is going on, take steps to keep any heat and humidity at bay. Turn on any fans in the house and try to stay downstairs if you can (warm air rises). When the storm passes, wait at least thirty minutes to an hour before turning the air conditioning back on. First, check the breakers in your breaker box to see if it’s tripped, then check the breaker unit on the air conditioning itself. Clear any detritus or debris away from the outdoor unit. If there appears to be damage or the air conditioning system isn’t operating the way it should, contact a service tech to help you assess the damage and instigate any repairs.

Air on Demand handles air conditioning issues in Miami, and has considerable experience dealing with damage from severe weather. Keep us in mind when storm clouds gather and contact us afterwards to help keep your air conditioner running smoothly the way it should.

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Whining Sounds and Air Conditioning Repair in Miami, FL

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

All air conditioning units make noise, and most of the time they become part of the normal background noise in your home. Sometimes, however, they may make unusual noises – or unusually loud noises – which indicate a problem with operation. Air conditioning repair in Miami, FL is a serious matter, since a home without AC will be very uncomfortable during the hot months. When a whining sound rises in your unit, it could stem from a number of sources. All of them benefit from the prompt attention of a qualified professional.

  • One likely cause of a whining noise comes from one of the motors, such as the fan motor. It may have a broken component inside its housing, which can require you to replace the whole motor. The fan belt, too, might make a squealing noise if it is not aligned properly or has the wrong tension (too tight or too loose).
  • Whining or grinding can also arise from the blower fan itself. If it’s loose from its housings or one or more of the blades is bent out of shape, it might come into contact with another component in the air conditioning, resulting in an unpleasant sound.
  • In some cases, the whining may come from a leak in the ducts or some other location within the air conditioning system. As air passes thought, it emits the sound, which can be carried by the ducts to anywhere in the household.

All of these conditions are serious enough to merit a service call from a trained expert. The Miami air conditioning repair experts at Air on Demand can respond quickly to your needs, and ensure that your air conditioning unit is running safely again before the next big heat wave hits. Contact the professionals at Air on Demand for quality professional care. We pride ourselves on customer satisfaction and will go the extra mile to make sure you’re happy.

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Should I Consider Ductless Split Air Conditioning in Miami?

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

In Miami, air conditioning efficiency is no laughing matter. Our tropical heat waves and high humidity are a fact of life,and a reliable air conditioning is the best way to keep your home cool. Traditional air conditioning systems use ductwork spreading out from a central unit to cool down every corner of your home. One possible alternative to this model is a ductless split air conditioning system, which, as the name implies, doesn’t utilize ducts to cool your home. Should you consider one?  As always, that depends on your particular circumstances.

Like traditional central air conditioning systems, ductless split systems contain both indoor and outdoor components. The two halves are linked by a conduit, and the indoor unit itself is quite small, especially compared to larger central air conditioning system.  Specific models can connect multiple indoor units to one single outdoor unit. This allows you to set up multiple “zones” in your household, tailoring the temperature of each zone to suit your individual needs or turning the AC in some zones off to save energy. Ductless split systems are also comparatively easy to install, since they have not ductwork involved, and the lack of ducts also helps them save energy (loss of cooling via ducts can reach as high as 30%, according to the U.S. Department of Energy).

Just like any other system, the initial start up cost is the downside. Ductless units also need to be very carefully placed in order to be efficient, and properly sized to handle the space required.

A ductless split system tends to work best for houses that don’t have a ducted system, or which lack the proper space to install a system of ducts. If you’re planning an add-on to your home – a new room or the like – then a ductless spit system may be a comparatively easy way to cool that room without having to expand your duct system. To speak with a trained expert about ductless split air conditioning in Miami, contact Air on Demand. We can advise you on the best course of action for your home, then perform installation services with courtesy and professionalism.

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Preventive Maintenance is Important in Avoiding AC Problems

Monday, August 5th, 2013

In Miami, air conditioning repair usually has to come sooner rather than later. South Florida’s humid summers make life without air conditioning supremely uncomfortable, and no one likes to wait in the heat for a service technician to arrive. You can avoid air conditioning problems by taking a few preventative steps, which can not only save you from an AC breakdown at the worst possible time, but also help extend the life of your air conditioning system in the bargain.

Preventative maintenance serves as an excellent first line of defense. Change your air filter regularly and set up a recurring schedule with a qualified technician to clean and inspect your unit. He can spot leaks, address wear and tear, recharge refrigerant, and otherwise ensure that your air conditioner is running as smoothly as possible. Regular inspections can make you aware of significant issues when they’re still small and manageable, allowing you to correct the problem before it grows too large.

It also helps to pay attention to unusual activity in your air conditioning system, which may suggest a larger problem. This may include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • A low air flow or lack of cool air, which could mean a clogged filter, leaky fittings or a blockage somewhere in the air conditioning system.
  • Ice on the cooling coils, which suggests a damaged fan or low refrigerant levels.
  • Strange noises, which could be anything from loose components grinding against each other to leaves and detritus in the system.
  • An air conditioning system that cycles on and off rapidly, suggesting a problem with the condenser or electrical system.
  • An air conditioning system that refuses to turn on, even though there is power in the home and the circuit breakers haven’t tripped. Many air conditioning components have safety switches designed to shut them off before an electronic overload or similar problem.

Regardless of the cause, once you detect these signs, you should contact a qualified expert immediately. Call Air on Demand for expert air conditioning repair services in Miami. We’ll identify the source of the problem and resolve it completely.

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