Air On Demand Blog: Archive for November, 2013

The History of Thanksgiving

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Thanksgiving is upon us: a time to get together with relatives, eat some great food, watch a little football or the parade, and stop to appreciate the good things we have in life. Beyond all that, however, there’s a fascinating history to the holiday and its traditions.

The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 in the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts. Records are spotty at the time, but indicate that the harvest was particularly good that year due to help from the local Native Americans. The meal was probably much different than the one we’re used to, with venison and fish more likely than turkey, but the general principle was unchanged.

It wasn’t a few centuries later, however, that Thanksgiving became an annual tradition. George Washington called for a “national day of Thanksgiving” in 1789, and again in 1795, but they were both “one shot” declarations, rather than a call for an annual tradition. Individual cities and states picked up the ball, but it wasn’t until 1863 that Thanksgiving became a national once-a-year event. President Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November to be a Thanksgiving “to heal the wounds of the nation and restore it.”

From there, it remained a tradition until Franklin Roosevelt signed a law in December of 1941 making it a federal holiday. The law also changed the date from the last Thursday in November to the fourth Thursday in November, making it a little earlier in some cases (which Roosevelt hoped would give the country an economic boost).

Wherever you celebrate the holiday and whoever you choose to celebrate it with, we wish you nothing but happiness and joy this Thanksgiving.  

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How to Keep Your Trane Air Conditioner Working Reliably

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Living in Florida means enjoying a warm climate that lasts most of the year, and even during winter there are days when you’ll need to have your air conditioner humming away doing its job. If you have one of the many types of Trane air conditioners working to keep your Miami home cool, you’ve got a durable and dependable AC at your service.

However, even Trane air conditioners aren’t invincible; they require maintenance and occasional repairs. Here are some steps you can take to make sure that your Train AC keeps doing its high-quality job throughout the year. When you want to sign up for a maintenance plan or schedule repairs, contact Air on Demand today!

Ways to keep your Trane air conditioner working its best

Call for repairs the moment you sense anything is wrong: Although some repair needs are hard to detect, most will give you signs of impending trouble. If you start to smell unusual odors from the vents, hear groaning and grinding sounds from the unit, or notice a drop in cooling ability, don’t wait for the problem to get worse. The sooner you contact professionals, the easier the trouble will be to fix.

Avoid undue stress and overwork on the AC: Just because you can turn your Trane air conditioner down to Arctic temperatures doesn’t mean you should. The lower the temperature, the longer the AC needs to stay on to reach it. Most people will be comfortable indoor at 68°F, so make that the target temperature and you can avoid putting unnecessary strain on your air conditioner.

Change the air filter regularly: The air filter in your air conditioner traps dust and other particles that would otherwise contaminate the interior components of the unit. During times when your AC receives extensive use, you should change this filter once a month before it becomes clogged. A dirty air filter will restrict air flow and may lead to internal damage to the air conditioner.

Schedule regular maintenance: Your air conditioner needs to have a regular check-up once per year, usually during the early spring before the heavier workload starts. A technician will clean and adjust the AC and check if there are any repair or replacement needs. You’ll end up with a reliable and efficient Trane air conditioner that will give you few problems through the next year.

Air on Demand works with Trane air conditioners in Miami, FL, so turn to us when you need help keeping your Trane AC working at top reliability. We handle installation, repairs, and maintenance on a variety of Trane air conditioners, and we can give you the assistance you need to get great results from your AC.

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What is My Air Conditioning Leaking?

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Air conditioning in Miami is no causal luxury. Our summers are as hot as they come, with humidity levels to boot. A good air conditioning system will keep your home cool and comfortable during even the most scorching heat wave. That’s why it pays to notice anything that may be amiss, such as a leak in the lines or elsewhere in your system. “What is my air conditioning leaking?” can sound quite ominous, especially considering the chemical components involved in the system

The good news is that the leak is most likely water condensate. While refrigerant gas can leak from the system, it doesn’t stay in liquid form, and whatever you see on the floor probably isn’t harmful to your or your family. The bad news is that it still indicates a problem with the system, requiring professional maintenance to address.

Water does show up when refrigerant leaks, though the two are only indirectly connected. When the refrigerant levels aren’t sufficient, frost will form on the AC’s evaporator coils, a sign of wasted cooling power. When the AC gets turned off, the frost will melt, creating a water leak. Most AC units have a condensate pan to catch water as it leaks, then safely move it out of the system via a drain line. The frost build-up could overflow the pan, however, and the pan could also overflow from unconnected issues such as a clogged drain line or an improper setting.

Regardless of the cause, the leak is actually an excellent warning sign of trouble brewing. If you spot it, shut your AC off and call in a qualified technician as soon as possible. He can unclog the drain line, reset the condensate pan, or find and seal the refrigerant leak before recharging the refrigerant to specified levels. The experts at Air on Demand handle these kinds of issues, as well as other issues relating to air conditioning in Miami. If your unit is leaking water or showing other signs of distress, give us a call. We’ll give you a straight assessment of the situation before making recommendations for repairs!

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Noises That Signal a Need for Air Conditioning Repair

Monday, November 4th, 2013

One of the first warning signs a machine will give you that something has started to go wrong is a new and unusual noise emanating from it. If you’ve lived with your current air conditioner for a good stretch, you know what sounds you expect to hear it make. But when the unexpected starts, it might be time to call for the services of a trained HVAC technician.

Here are some specific noises to listen for. If you encounter any of these, call for expert air conditioning repair in Miami, FL from Air on Demand. We will send NATE-certified technicians to your home to get your air conditioner healthy again.

Pay attention to these sounds from your air conditioner:

Hissing: A noticeable hissing noise often indicates a leak in refrigerant. The location of the leak is something you won’t be able to determine without a technician’s help. The two most likely places for this to occur are in the compressor or the reversing valve (if your AC is a heat pump). The problem needs immediate repair before you lose more refrigerant. During repair, the technician will also recharge the refrigerant to its proper level.

Rattling/grinding: The most common reasons for these annoying sounds are loose parts in the motors that run the compressor and the fans. Sometimes rattling may only mean loose screws on the outside of the cabinet. If this isn’t the problem, you need to call for repairs before the motors stop working entirely.

Clanking: This noise likely comes from a broken or loose blower fan belt, either in the indoor or outdoor unit. Changing a fan belt in an AC isn’t the same as changing the fan belt in a car, so even if you have experience with the latter, you’ll need experts to handle the former. And get the repair done as soon as you can, since the fan belt will begin to damage other components if it comes loose.

Clicking at start-up: Some clicking is normal at start-up when your AC hasn’t been turned on for a long period of time. But if this sound occurs regularly, the start capacitor may be on the verge of failing. Should that happen, your air conditioner will not turn on at all. The capacitor will probably need replacement, and a technician can handle this task easily.

Don’t hesitate—call the experts!

You should never let a malfunction continue, even for a brief time. An air conditioner can’t repair itself, and a small fault will grow into a large one. For your Miami, FL air conditioning repairs, turn to the experienced staff at Air on Demand.

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