Air On Demand Blog: Archive for October, 2013

Miami, FL Air Conditioning Tip: How to Tell if Your AC Refrigerant is Low

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Our city experiences so much heat, we named our basketball team after it, and a reliable air conditioning system is an absolute necessity to keep your home comfortable when the temperature rises. Air conditioners depend on refrigerant, which cycles through the system and cools the surrounding air, which a fan then circulates through your ducts. Refrigerant levels need to stay at a set amount, particular to your model of air conditioner in order to work. When those levels drop through leaks or other problems, it can severely affect the functioning of your unit.  Here’s how to tell if your AC refrigerant is low.

The most obvious sign is to check your evaporator coils for signs of ice and frost, which can build up on the surface of the coils over time. It doesn’t sound like a huge problem – why would an air conditioner be hampered by something cool? – but that ice can insulate your coils, preventing them from absorbing heat from the air in your home. Other signs are more subtle. With your air conditioning’s cooling power diminished, you may notice that it runs longer than it should, or that the air blowing into your house isn’t as cool as you’d expect it to be.

Regardless of the cause, it takes a trained professional to properly address the problem. Simply scraping the ice off won’t work – the underlying problem will still exist, which means it will just come back – and doing so could damage the evaporator coils as well. Luckily, a good technician can solve the problem very effectively. It’s a matter of hunting down the source of the leak and sealing it up, then recharging refrigerant levels to their proper levels.  For problems with air conditioning in Miami FL, call the professionals at Air on Demand. Call us today to set up an appointment.

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Does This Odor Indicate a Need for Air Conditioning Repair in Miami?

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Air conditioning is a year-round necessity for living in Miami. We have our share of cold days during the winter (well, less than our fair share compared to other parts of the country), but we can count on the heat remaining with us all through the season. For your comfort, you need to pay attention to anything that might indicate faults in your air conditioner that require professional repairs from a company like Air on Demand.

An unusual odor coming from your vents is a major warning sign that something might be wrong with your cooling system. If the smell is a musty or dank one, then it’s a good possibility you have breaks in the ductwork. If your ducts suffer damage or excess corrosion, they can develop cracks and gaps. This will lead to a loss of air pressure, meaning lower air flow and higher temperatures; but is can also cause the AC to start to draw air from hidden places in your home, such as the attic or crawlspaces. The break might even draw the stagnant air from the space between your walls. Because the air in these places is usually dusty, you’ll start to notice the musty smell you associate with old attics and spaces that haven’t been aired out in years. Duct breaks need sealing as soon as possible to avoid lowered air quality and a reduction in cooling.

Another cause that comes from your AC itself is mold growth that starts in the condensate pan. The condensate pan collects the water moisture that drips from the normal condensation process of the air conditioner, but if the drain becomes clogged, the water will start to back up and can develop bacterial growth. Get an HVAC repair tech to clean the drain, line, and condensate pan.

There are some odors that aren’t AC trouble: an overpowering rancid smell can mean a dead animal, such as a rat, in the vents. But in general you shouldn’t take chances, and since the problem most likely lies in the ducts, get professionals to come in to make an inspection. You don’t want to tamper with or try to dismantle ductwork on your own.

Air on Demand can take care of whatever air conditioning repair in Miami, FL you need. We can also help clean your air with filters and purifiers, and take care of bacterial problems with UV lights. Make us your first choice for your air conditioner’s care and maintenance.

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3 Reasons to Consider a Trane Air Conditioner in Miami

Monday, October 14th, 2013

In a warm, humid city like Miami, Trane air conditioners make their mark. Other brands offer their share of benefits, but Trane has a reputation for quality and reliability that goes beyond the norm. They specialize in central air conditioners, and their individual units offer a number of attractive features for a quality-minded homeowner. In Miami, with its triple digit temperatures and Florida moisture, there is an ocean of difference between a good air conditioner and a great one. Here are 3 reasons to consider a Tran air conditioner in Miami.

  • Flexiblity. Trane has over 1500 patents and counting for heating, air conditioning, and ventilation products. If you need an air conditioning system,  we’ll help you find the right one to match both your home and your needs.
  • Durable parts. Trane air conditioners feature Scroll compressors, which are the most efficient and reliable on the market. A compressor is the hardest working component in your air conditioner. Replacing it can be a major repair, so you want it to last as long as possible. All of Trane’s outdoor units have powder paint finishes and  fully louvered panels to keep them safe from damage.
  • Easy upgrades. Most Trane air conditioners are readily compatible with extra features, allowing you to augment your unit over time as you wish. Things like programmable thermostats and remote access are able to be added without much fuss, and some models come with those features as standard.

Trane’s various models come with their own assortment of features and range in price from budget models to high-end air conditioners featuring all manner of bells and whistles. If you need more reasons to consider a Trane air conditioner in Miami, contact Air on Demand for advice. Our trained experts are standing by, so give us a call today!

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Miami Air Conditioning Tip: Thermostat Settings

Monday, October 7th, 2013

When temperatures rise, a good air conditioning unit can be your best friend, turning your home into a cool refuge from the sweltering conditions outside. Your air conditioner is controlled by a thermostat which lets you adjust the settings to your liking and otherwise dictate when and how the air conditioner operates. Here’s a Miami air conditioning tip: thermostat settings, when properly adjusted, can save you a great deal of money in your monthly bills.

For starters, tailor your air conditioning settings to fit your daily schedule. A programmable thermostat can make this easy – some units even let you program your thermostat remotely – but even if you have an older manual thermostat, you can make adjustments during the day to reflect the local conditions. In the evening, you can turn the temperature up, open the windows and/or start a fan when temperatures are lower. You should also adjust your thermostat when the seasons change, changing it in the wintertime when Mother Nature is more apt to give us a break.

Adding programmable thermostat if you don’t already heavy one makes an excellent way to increase your flexibility in this arena. You can program it to make all of these adjustments automatically so you don’t have to think about it. It also lets you automatically turn the air conditioning off when you go to work, then back on again ten minutes before you arrive home. (You can always do this manually too, but the programmable thermostat eliminates the need to wait while the AC unit cools down your house.)

If you still have a manual thermostat, or your thermostat is having problems with inaccurate settings, it can impact your ability to maximize AC efficiency. For more tips on air conditioning settings or to install a new thermostat in your home, contact Air on Demand. We handle air conditioning issues of all varieties and our trained staff is dedicated to your complete satisfaction. Call us today to set up an appointment.

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