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AC Troubleshooting: Common AC Repairs (And How to Fix Them)

Did you know the average homeowner spends between $165 to $507 for a common AC repair?

Did you also know you could probably AC troubleshoot for much less?

Don't worry, we've got you covered with three common issues you could be having with your AC and how you can fix it.

Dirty Filters

You've heard of AC filters, right? Well, dirty filters are one of the most common reasons your air conditioner isn't working correctly.

When your filter is dirty, the flow of air is reduced and can potentially cause your air conditioner to freeze.

If it's a filter issue, then it's probably a clogged or dirty filter. The manufacturers suggest how often you should be changing your air filter. It could be monthly, every couple of months, or you could have a reusable filter and should be cleaning it once it gets dirty.

Have you ever noticed light peaking through a piece of fabric? Well, this is precisely how you can tell if your AC filter is dirty and needs cleaning or to be replaced. If the light is not passing through, it's time to clean or replace, and that should solve your problem.

If the light passes through your filter when you hold up, then that's not your problem, and you should start looking for another potential culprit.

Unit Freeze Up

Since dirty filters are among the most common problems, they also cause issues for other parts of your air conditioner.

When you have dirty filters, they can cause dirty coils from improper filtering or even allow for ice to form on the coils, which freezes up your unit. Ice forms because of weak airflow in your system.

Suppose the filter is clean and not causing the unit issue, then you should check your refrigerant. The refrigerant could be low and cause a refrigerant charge.

You or a technician will have to thaw the frozen coils to resume proper air conditioner functions.

Drainage Issues

In Florida, drain lines are a significant issue when they get clogged and overflow.

When air conditioners cool, it results in condensation that flows away. However, when there's a clog in the unit, the condensation could build up and overflow. Since we're in Florida and humidity is high, this is a common issue for moisture back up.

Humidity in your system will cause dampness inside and affect the performance of your air conditioner and or other parts in the system.

You'll have to have a technician check all the lines to clear clogs and treat other potential issues that could cause future clogs or leaks.

So What Do You Think Of AC Troubleshooting?

Air conditions come with an array of potential issues like many other appliances and machines. Hopefully, we have given you three examples of simple problems that could help keep your air conditioner at peak performance.

Knowing the most common ac repairs could cut down on service costs from technicians, or provide the knowledge for you to repair it yourself.

Next time you're considering AC troubleshooting check out Romeo Air Conditioning as a skilled and honest resource for all your air conditioning needs.

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4 Things to Consider When Buying a New AC Unit

Maybe you're installing air conditioning for the first time? Perhaps you're looking to replace your existing Naples air conditioning system? Whatever the case may be, you're in the midst of perusing new AC units.

However, before you make a purchase, you want to be sure that you're making the right decision. That's why you're here. You're looking for buying tips.

Fortunately, we can provide them to you. Without further ado, here are 6 things to consider when buying a new air conditioning unit.

1. Unit Size

The most important thing to consider when choosing a new AC is unit size. Not all AC units are designed to work in tandem with all homes. The home's square footage (as well as a few less-important factors) dictate which size unit is sufficient.

A unit that is too small will struggle to cool your home as needed while also incurring substantial amounts of undue wear and tear. A unit that is too large will short cycle, leading to efficiency and lifespan issues.

Your best bet is to utilize the services of a professional HVAC company. They'll assess your home and help you choose an AC unit that perfectly accommodates it.

2. Efficiency

Another thing to consider is efficiency. In terms of energy usage, not all AC units are created equal. Your goal should be to buy the most efficient model you can reasonably afford.

The most important thing is to look for the Energy Star logo. Units containing the Energy Star logo have been rated by the US government as having top-level efficiency. They're essentially a sure bet.

You'll also want to look out for the unit's SEER rating or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. A ratio between 14 and 22 is deemed to be suitably efficient, with a higher number indicating greater efficiency. At a minimum, your unit should have a ratio of 13.

3. Type of Unit

There are several different types of AC units on the market, each of which has its own benefits and drawbacks. Your goal is to choose the type that best suits your needs.

For instance, central ACs are great whole-home solutions while ductless mini-split systems are terrific for accommodating single rooms. If you only need cooling on occasion (unlikely down here in Florida), a window AC will suffice.

4. Your Budget

The last thing you need to consider is your budget. You don't want to overspend and put yourself in a financial hole. Though you might not be able to afford the most expensive unit on the market, there are bound to be a number of high-quality units that you can afford.

Also, keep an eye open for financing options. Some HVAC companies will allow you to purchase your AC unit with monthly payments, sometimes without interest. If you lack the necessary budget currently, this might be a suitable option for you.

Need Help Finding a New AC in Naples, Florida?

Do you need help finding a new AC? If so, you're in the right place. We can help you find an appropriate model for your home.

We're Romeo Air Conditioning and we're the premier air conditioning company in Naples, Florida. Regardless of your air conditioning needs, we can accommodate you.

Contact us now to get the ball rolling!

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5 Ways Summer Humidity Affects Your Indoor Air Quality

Summer in Naples means sunshine, hot weather, and yes, humidity. It's not unusual for the relative humidity to reach 89 or 90 percent. It's manageable when you can cool off indoors, but when the humidity penetrates your home, it can be miserable.

Summer humidity is more than uncomfortable. It can affect both indoor air quality and your health. We'll take a closer look at the connection between high humidity and indoor air quality and give you five tips for managing both.

1. What Is Humidity?

OK. We know you know humidity causes that sticky, hot weather in the summer, especially here in Florida. The technical explanation is that humidity is vaporized water in the air. The more water that's absorbed into the air, the higher the humidity level.

Fun fact: The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) recommends you keep the humidity level in your home less than 65 percent. It's more comfortable, and it maintains a higher level of air quality.

2. How Does Summer Humidity Affect Indoor Air Quality?

The biggest issue caused by high humidity indoors is mold. Mold is actually a fungus, and it loves warm, damp air.

When the relative humidity gets above 60 percent, mold and mildew can begin to grow. The fungus can grow on a number of different surfaces including wood, drywall, and carpet. Incredibly, mold can eat away those surfaces and cause structural damage to a building.

The bigger issue for most people is the health issues mold can cause. You don't have to be allergic to mold and mildew to have trouble. Some of the most common symptoms of exposure to mold are:

  • Respiratory problems
  • Nasal congestion
  • Burning, watery eyes
  • Dry cough
  • Sore throat
  • Skin irritation

The simplest way to tell if your physical symptoms are caused by something inside is to leave for a period of time. If you feel better after leaving your home, that's a pretty good indication the problem is inside.

3. How Can I Tell If the Humidity Is Too High?

There are a couple of ways. One, you can buy a device called a hygrometer. It measures humidity levels indoors. You can find them in most home improvement stores or online.

The second way is cheaper but not as accurate. Fill up a glass with ice cubes and leave it on a counter in your home. Don't use a bathroom counter for this, because humidity levels in bathrooms tend to run higher.

Check on your glass after about five minutes. If you see a lot of condensation on the outside of the glass, the humidity level in your home is high.

4. What Can I Do About It?

As we said a minute ago, humidity tends to run high in bathrooms (and kitchens). If you have an exhaust fan in the bathroom, switch it on when you take a shower or bath. That will help remove moisture from the air. If you don't have exhaust fans, consider having them installed.

You might also purchase a dehumidifier for a room or for the whole house.

5. Is My Air-Conditioner to Blame?

Possibly. You should make sure your HVAC system is functioning well. (HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Cooling). Schedule an appointment with your service provider to have the unit inspected.

If you've had a problem with the humidity in your home, you might consider having the ductwork cleaned. At a minimum, change the filters regularly to maintain good airflow.

You Can Save Money Too!

There is a financial benefit to maintaining your HVAC and keeping those summer humidity levels low. If your unit isn't running well, it's not as energy efficient. That means it uses more energy to run. That costs you money.

Contact us with any questions you have about your indoor air quality. We're happy to schedule an appointment.

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5 Top Air Conditioner Protection Tips for Hurricane Season

Hurricanes aren't like other storms. If you don't take the right precautions, they can cause a lot of damage to your property.

But one of the home features that get overlooked during hurricane prep is outdoor air conditioners. Getting your air conditioner ready for the strong winds and heavy rain, however, doesn't take a lot of work.

If there's a hurricane on the forecast, make sure you follow these air conditioner protection tips to ensure your unit stays safe during the storm.

1. Lift Your Unit off the Ground

Hurricanes bring a lot of water with them, and if your yard isn't used to that much water, it can pool up around your air conditioner unit and cause damages. This is especially true if you live in a moderate or high-risk flood zone.

Raising your unit off the ground can help protect it from this water. But this might not be something you should try to do on your own. If you don't have the right tools and the right amount of help, you may end up hurting yourself.

Get in touch with a professional HVAC expert to take care of it for you.

2. Secure or Remove Loose Items

If you have any loose items around your air conditioner, either secure them or remove them. This might include things like outdoor furniture, tools, children's toys, etc. Otherwise, the strong hurricane winds might slam these items against your unit, which can lead to costly repairs.

3. Cover Your Unit

Even if there aren't any loose items around your unit, a hurricane can still blow other debris, such as rocks, dirt, sticks, etc., into your air conditioner. These things can be a pain to remove, and they may even cause some damage inside the system.

Because of this, it's a good idea to cover your outdoor air conditioning unit with a tarp (or a similar item) during the storm. If you choose to do this, remember to keep your unit turned off until you uncover it again!

4. Keep It Turned Off

Don't turn your air conditioner on during a hurricane.

If there is lightning during the storm, it can cause power surges that'll do a lot of harm to your system. And if debris gets into your unit while it's running, the motor can burn out.

5. Schedule a "Well-Baby Checkup"

Once the storm passes, it's a good idea to have a professional come out and examine your system. If they find any debris stuck inside, they can remove them before they cause damage or take care of any repairs.

Don't put off this examination for too long. The longer you wait, the worse any problems will get, meaning you have to spend more money on repairs.

These Air Conditioner Protection Tips Will Keep Your Unit Safe

If there's a hurricane heading your way, make sure you follow these air conditioner protection tips. You can also talk to a professional HVAC technician if you have any questions or need some advice.

Not sure who to talk to?

We can help! Don't hesitate to reach out to us today!