Air On Demand Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Coral Gables’

Make Sure You Schedule Maintenance for Your Pool Heater

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

*Air On Demand no longer offers pool heater services. Please visit our service page to learn more about our Florida air conditioning services.

With summer now over, you’re probably thankful that you have a pool heater installed to keep your swimming pool warm during the cooler weather. A properly installed pool heater will ensure that you receive the most use possible from your pool during the year, even through the winter.

Your pool heater, however, may not be ready for the work it will need to do. During the fall is an excellent time to schedule that important regular maintenance so the heater not only keeps the pool comfortable, but also won’t drain extra energy. Our team at Air on Demand offers quality maintenance service for pool heaters in Coral Gables, FL and the surrounding areas, so contact us today to arrange for your annual inspection and tune-up visit.

Why You Need Pool Heater Maintenance

A pool heater has maintenance needs similar to any home heating system: like furnaces, heat pumps, and boilers, a pool heater must have an annual check-up and inspection to see that it will work throughout the cooler months. Maintenance is also necessary to see that the pool heater lives up to its estimated lifespan.

Most pool heaters work through technology similar to that of a heat pump or air conditioner, and they need yearly service to see that their most crucial component—the compressor—is not in danger of burning out. Should a compressor burn out, the entire pool heater will usually need to be replaced. Electrical components in pool heaters will also start to wear down without maintenance, and will sometimes require replacements. Technicians take special care to investigate electrical components in a pool heater.

What Happens During Pool Heater Maintenance

When you contact us for a regular maintenance session for a pool heater, one of our skilled technicians will run through an 8-point checklist to see that the system works its best and does not require any repairs. The specific types of checks done with depend on the type of pool heater you have.

A technician will check on the refrigerant pressure, check and clean contacts, capacitors, the condenser coil, fan motors, and see that the compressor is working without extra strain. The technician will finish the session with a system efficiency test and a check on the temperature input and outflow. If anything appears amiss, the technician will advise you on repairs and parts replacement, and then help arrange for the work necessary.

Contact Us Today to Schedule Maintenance

If you haven’t had a tune-up and inspection for your pool heater in a few years, it is never too late to get started. Call Air on Demand today and ask about our maintenance services for pool heaters in Coral Gables, FL.

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What Is the Difference between Rooftop Units and Other ACs?

Monday, July 21st, 2014

*Air On Demand no longer offers commercial HVAC services – view a full list of our air conditioning services here.
 
When it comes to commercial air conditioning, the great workhorses are rooftop units. People are accustomed to seeing rows of air conditioner cabinets along the top of office and retail buildings. Some commercial buildings still use “split” systems that are similar to the ones seen in residential housing, while restaurants and bars often use ductless heat pumps that send conditioned air wall-mounted blowers that are connected to an outdoor condenser. But the rooftop unit, because of its space saving quality and ease of service, continues to be the most popular for business use.

What actually differentiates rooftop units from other HVAC systems, aside from their location? We’ll look into this, and it may help you make the decision for what sort of heating and cooling system you want for your business location.

For detailed information on how rooftop units in Coral Gables, FL will work for your company, call Air on Demand and ask about commercial HVAC services today.

What Sets the Rooftop Unit Apart From Other ACs

Rooftop units are what are known as package units in the HVAC industry. A package unit is set apart from a split system, which is the common type of air conditioner/heat pump found in houses. A split system has an outdoor cabinet and an indoor cabinet with different sets of components. The outdoor cabinet has a compressor, fan, and a condenser coil; the indoor cabinet has a blower, dampers, air handler, and evaporator coil, and hooks into the ventilation system.

With a rooftop package unit, all the components are housed in one cabinet stored on the top of the building. Both sets of coils, to release and absorb heat, are in the cabinet along with the compressors and the fans. The unit connects directly into the building’s ventilation system to circulate the air.

Rooftop units can be configured either as air conditioners, or as heat pump capable of both heating and cooling. With installation of a humidistat on a rooftop unit, it can also control humidity and permit the ventilation of fresh air into the system; this is a benefit that split systems do not have, and it is a great asset for increasing indoor air quality.

Rooftop units come in an enormous array of types and sizes, and you will need to have professionals help you select the right unit or units to install for your business. The comfort of your employees, customers, and/or clients rests on making the correct decision for rooftop units in Coral Gables, FL, so make sure you have an experience commercial HVAC company handling the work for you: call Air on Demand for installation and AC repair in Miami. We carry Trane rooftop units from 1.5 tons up to 162 tons of cooling capacity.

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Miami Air Conditioning Guide: Signs of a Damaged AC Compressor

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Without a good compressor, your Miami AC system simply won’t work properly. That’s because the compressor is where the actual cooling takes place. Without a working compressor, your air conditioner is really little more than a complicated, oversized fan that uses a lot of energy to run.

There are any number of reasons that compressors can break down. While it can be hard to determine on your own whether the compressor is really the problem, there are some warning signs that can let you know it’s time to call in a professional to repair your Miami AC system.

What to Look For

  • Inadequate Cooling – If the air coming from your vents is warm, it’s likely your compressor isn’t working properly. Air being blown through the system means that your air conditioner is doing everything it normally does except for cool the air before it delivers it to your living space, and that cooling is the job of the compressor.
  • Strange Sounds – Any type of rattling, growling or squealing coming from your air conditioner can indicate a compressor problem.
  • Short Circuits – An air conditioner with a bad compressor will trip the circuit breaker with some regularity. If you notice this happening with your system, you should call a professional immediately.
  • Hard Starting –When we say an air conditioner has a hard start it means that different parts of the system seem to turn on independently of each other, preventing the system from starting smoothly. This is usually the first thing you’ll notice if you have a problem with your compressor.

While you can’t know for sure that your compressor is broken, you should always call for professional repairs whenever you notice any of the signs listed above. Only a properly trained technician can correctly diagnose the problem and make the necessary repairs.

For air conditioning repair in the Miami area, give Air On Demand a call!

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Richmond Heights AC Tip: Matched HVAC Systems

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Interchangeable parts have made fixing many appliances and machines much easier. From your car to your vacuum cleaner, you can replace broken parts with new components from a variety of different manufacturers. And while this very convenient for a lot of different kinds of machinery, when it comes to your Richmond Heights HVAC system, it is not necessarily a good thing. In fact, your heating and cooling system will work much better if the components are matched.

What is a Matched System?

A matched HVAC system is one in which the parts are designed to work together. For instance, an air conditioner and a furnace made by the same company can be matched, as can a heat pump and a furnace. Usually, the outdoor components, such as the air conditioner or the heat pump, are designed to work best with specific models of indoor components, such as the air handler or furnace.

Increased Efficiency

While a matched system might seem to limit your HVAC options, it more than makes up for any loss of variety with increased efficiency. Because all the parts with designed and made by the same manufacturer to work together, the system is able to perform at peak effectiveness. And while you can replace one part of a matched system without impairing overall function, you will often lose energy efficiency.

For these reasons, it is a good idea to make use of a matched system in your home if possible. If you are installing a new air conditioning system in your Richmond Heights home, this means you might want to consider replacing your furnace at the same time. You should also try to replace any broken components with ones that match your current setup.

To learn more about matched systems or to have one installed in your Richmond Heights home, give Air On Demand a call today!

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Miami AC Guide: Simple Tips for Keeping Your Home Cool

Monday, May 14th, 2012

As the days get hotter and hotter, you want to keep your home as cool as possible. While cranking up your Miami air conditioning system is tried and true solution, there are other ways you can keep your home cool (and help your AC work better). Improving your air conditioner’s energy efficiency is an added benefit of many of these tips.

  • A ceiling fan can help circulate the cool, air conditioned air through your home. A ceiling fan will also make you feel colder, so you can turn your thermostat up a few degrees, saving energy.
  • Pay attention to where you place your thermostat. If your thermostat is near a device that produces a lot of heat, like a TV or an oven, it will read the wrong temperature for the room and cause your AC to cool your home too much. A thermostat that is improperly calibrated can have the same issue. An accurate thermostat will keep your home comfortable, and it will save energy if you no longer have to constantly adjust the thermostat setting in attempt to get the right temperature.
  • Your landscaping can also affect how well your air conditioning system works. Adding trees or shrubs will shade your air conditioner, which leads to it using less electricity. However, make sure the plants to do not restrict the air flow.
  • Close curtains during the day to prevent added heat from entering your home. The curtains can add a layer of insulation that can keep your home cool.
  • Annual maintenance is the best thing you can do to keep your AC cooling effectively. A technician will clean your unit and replace any worn parts, so your air conditioner will be able to keep your home cool all summer. It also improves energy efficiency, which is something that you can appreciate every month when you get your energy bills!

Air conditioners cool and dehumidify your air, which can go a long way towards making your home comfortable this summer. By following these few simple steps, you can keep your home cool and save energy, which is something that everyone can appreciate. For more information about how to keep your Miami AC in peak condition this summer, give Air On Demand a call today!

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