Thank You, David Chiodo

Good morning, Brown’s Arctic Air

I was encouraged to say some words about the service that Phillip Croup provided me yesterday, and other years when he has helped in the installation of my two systems and provided maintenance to them.

Yesterday was one of those rare occasions when one of your systems “goes down”. In reality, it did not break, it shut itself off to prevent a major water flooding inside of my house. The drain system had plugged up causing the system to automatically shut itself down. YEAH!

I had forgotten that he had instructed me on that safety feature a few years ago when he helped install the unit. So, now I know, and hopefully I will not forget about that in the next few years. ….(forget?, forget what??).

As for the service call, he had one system to “repair”, and both systems for annual maintenance. I was happy that he was on time – almost to the second, and that he had called ahead letting me know he was coming. However, I knew that he would call, and that he would be here as close to the scheduled time as possible. This I knew from previous years experiences with him.

I like Phillip’s attitude, his appearance, and the way he conducts himself while in my house. He presents himself as being trustworthy, which allows me to feel comfortable about him being in my house when I have to be elsewhere.

His work was thorough and clean. Even in this muddy weather, he, somehow, did not leave any muddy footprints anywhere in my house, nor did he leave any unclean spots on any of my systems, or furniture, or door frames, or anywhere else.  

He knew what tools were needed for each part of his work, so he did not have to bring in a ton of extra tools and have to “drape” them over my floors or furniture.

I like his work – you can tell that he enjoys the work he does. And, I like Brown’s Arctic Air as a company. I highly recommend them, and Phillip, to anyone who is wondering ‘who to call’.

David Chiodo

Thank You, Dottie Conklin

Why Is Water Leaking From My Air Conditioner? Four Common Reasons

It’s the middle of summer, and your air conditioner is running constantly to keep you cool. But then one day, you notice water leaking from the unit. Why is your AC unit leaking water? And what do you do? Water leaks from air conditioners can cause a lot of damage, so it’s important to address the issue as soon as possible. In this post, we will discuss four common reasons why water may be leaking from your air conditioner. We will also provide tips on how to fix the problem!

#1: A Clog in the Drain Line

One common reason for water leaks is a clogged drain line. The drain line carries water away from the unit, and if it becomes clogged, water will back up and leak out. You can clean your own drain line using a wet/dry vacuum or a plumber’s snake. However, if the problem persists, you may need to replace the entire drain line. Basic maintenance improves efficiency.

#2: A Crack in the Evaporator Coil

Another common cause of water leaks is a cracked evaporator coil. The evaporator coil is responsible for absorbing heat, and if it becomes damaged, it can cause water to leak out. You will need to replace the entire coil if it is damaged.

#3: Space Is Too Small

Another possible reason for water leaks is that the air conditioner is not properly sized for the space. If the unit is too small, it will constantly run and produce a lot of condensation. This can lead to water leaks. To fix this problem, you will need to purchase a larger air conditioner.

#4: Faulty Installation

Finally, if your air conditioner is leaking water, it could be because of a faulty installation. Make sure that your unit has been installed properly by a qualified technician. This will help to prevent water leaks.

What to Do if Your AC Unit Is Leaking Water

If you notice water leaking from your air conditioner, it’s important to take action immediately. Water leaks from air conditioners can cause serious damage, so it’s important to address the issue as soon as possible. If you aren’t sure what the issue is or aren’t willing to risk DIY solutions, contact Brown’s Arctic Air 352-728-4990

What Causes AC Compressor Failure? 3 Main Sources

When your AC compressor starts to fail, it can be a huge inconvenience. Not only is the weather getting hotter and hotter each day, but now you have to find time to get it fixed. What’s even worse is that you may not know what’s causing the compressor to fail in the first place! By understanding these causes, you can take steps to prevent them from happening in the future. Stay cool this summer; keep reading!

What Is the Compressor?

The compressor is the heart of the air conditioning system. It pumps refrigerant through the system and is responsible for cooling the air in your home. When the compressor fails, it can cause the entire system to fail.

3 Main Reasons for AC Compressor Failure

There are many different reasons why a compressor may fail, but some of the most common causes include:

  1. Dirty coils: The coils on the compressor can become dirty over time. This dirt can build up and prevent proper airflow, causing the compressor to overheat and eventually fail.
  2. Leaks: If there are any leaks in the system, it can cause the refrigerant to escape. This will eventually lead to compressor failure.
  3. Electrical issues: Electrical problems are one of the most common causes of compressor failure. If the compressor isn’t getting enough power, it can overheat and eventually fail.

These are just some of the most common causes of AC compressor failure. By understanding these causes, you can take steps to prevent them from happening in the future. Stay cool this summer – keep reading!

What are some ways to prevent compressor failure?

There are a few different things you can do to prevent your compressor from failing:

  • Keep the coils clean: Make sure to regularly clean the coils on your compressor. This will help ensure proper airflow and prevent overheating. Maintenance is Key!
  • Check for leaks: Inspect your system for any leaks on a regular basis. If you find a leak, make sure to repair it immediately.
  • Electrical issues: Make sure your compressor is getting enough power. If you’re having electrical problems, contact a qualified electrician to help resolve the issue.

By following these preventative measures, you can help ensure that your compressor doesn’t fail this summer. But if it does, contact Brown’s Arctic Air at 352-728-4990. Stay cool and comfortable all season long!

12 air conditioner tips to beat the heat.

  1. Call Brown’s Arctic Air: Each central air conditioning unit should be inspected, cleaned and tuned. A professional tune-up typically costs between $70 and $125.
  2. Keep the filter clean: Clean and replace the air conditioner filter frequently (check the filter once a month). This is especially important during the summer when dust and allergens circulate. If the filter becomes clogged, your system will have to work harder to supply the same amount of cool air.
  3. Made in the shade: Air conditioners with proper shading can be more efficient. Air in a shaded space is cooler than the surrounding air, meaning the A/C will have an easier time cooling the air.
  4. Don’t take the heat: Don’t place lamps, TV sets, or other heat producing appliances near your thermostat. The thermostat senses the heat causing the air conditioner to run longer than necessary.
  5. Dial for dollars: Remember that each degree you dial below 78 increases your energy consumption by about 8 percent. If your monthly electric bill is about $100, you’ll save $8 a month with EACH degree you can stand above 78.
  6. Set and go: If it’s hard to remember to tweak your thermostat before you leave for work, consider investing in a programmable thermostat or a timer for your window unit.
  7. Time to replace? You may find your old air conditioner is no longer efficient. Consider replacing your unit with an energy-efficient model. They’re usually more expensive but thanks to federal tax credits and competitive prices, the prices are falling, and because they use less energy, you save in the long-run, too. When replacing your A/C, look for a properly sized unit. If you install a unit that is too large, it will cycle on and off – reducing the efficiency of the system.
  8. Don’t cool the whole neighborhood: Seal air leaks with caulking and weather-stripping. Add insulation around air conditioning ducts.
  9. Feel the breeze: If your home has ceiling fans, switch your ceiling fan to run counterclockwise in the summer. That will push the cool air down. You can run a ceiling fan half the day for about $1.50 a month, compared to $25 for an air conditioner.
  10. Watch the pavement: Avoid landscaping with lots of rock, cement, or asphalt on the south or west sides of your home. If it’s not shaded it will increase the temperature around the house and radiate heat.
  11. Free from debris: Keep plants, shrubs, and other landscaping about two to four feet away from your outdoor unit to ensure adequate airflow.
  12. Install window film: A great home improvement idea is to install home window film or tint to the insides of your windows. Not only can it help keep your house cooler in the summer, but also warmer in the winter.

Thank You James McFarland

My AC went down on a Sunday on a 91 degree day . Called in to the office and they said Tech will be an hour. , he called me in 20 minutes and was at my place in another 20. . Phillip got right to work, found the problem , fixed it and had everything running in no time. He was friendly and courteous and did an amazing job. Highly recommend this company for service.

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Why change your AC filter?

The air filter’s job is to keep dust and debris out of your HVAC equipment. You’d be amazed how much builds up on there in a very short time.

Recently, AC filters have gotten a lot of attention due to the pandemic. With the uncertainty about airborne transmission of the virus, some experts are recommending the use of higher-efficiency filters to trap virus particles.

When your AC filter gets clogged, dust and dirt start getting into the air conditioner itself, causing wear and tear on the parts. You probably know what that means: the more wear and tear on the parts, the sooner they wear out and you’re dealing with a breakdown. The clogged filter also prevents enough air from flowing through the system to keep it working properly.

It’s helpful to know when to change your air conditioner filter. According to Energy Star, you should check and change the AC filter every month during peak season. That’s probably more often than you want to call your trusty HVAC service guy. We love to see you, of course, but this is a job that you can probably handle on your own if you choose to do so. It’s helpful if you know how to change the AC filter yourself.

How to change the AC filter: LOCATE THE FILTER

AC air filter replacement is a quick and easy task. Before you can do it, though, you need to know where the AC filter is located. That can be the tricky part, because there are several places it could be.

In some systems, the filters are located in the return air duct. This is the one that pulls air from your space back into the air conditioner’s air handler system. If you have a large system with multiple air handlers and return ducts, finding the filters can be a challenge.

If both your heating and air conditioning systems share the same ducts, it’s also possible that the air filter for both systems is located in or near the blower system for the furnace. If so, it’s usually in the front of the furnace near the bottom. You may be able to see and access the filter without opening anything, or you might have to open a metal panel (marked FILTER) on the front or the top of the blower. The panel may be attached with hooks or screws.

Your best bet is to ask your HVAC service tech. Just let him know that you want to learn how to change the AC filter, and he’ll be able to show you where the filter is located, how to remove the old one and insert the new one, and how to get the right filters for your system.

Step up your HVAC maintenance

If, by any chance you don’t have a regular HVAC service tech to ask about how to change an AC filter, it’s likely that you’ve been neglecting other important maintenance tasks besides changing AC filters. Regular maintenance keeps your equipment in top working condition so the parts last longer and work more efficiently. That means the system uses less electricity, needs fewer costly repairs, and has an extended life span.

Give Brown’s Arctic Air a Call today and we will be glad to help! 352-728-4990

Why Is My Air Conditioner Making Noise Even When Its Shut Off?

Most people expect their air conditioners to make some noise when it’s running. But if a buzzing kind of sound persists even after your air conditioning shuts off, it might be because a component isn’t working properly. Whether it’s a faulty motor or an erratic electrical connection, it’s worth looking into. Otherwise, your air conditioner might stop working altogether.

Contacting a professional technician is the best idea when your air conditioner is making noise, since they can quickly determine the source and start repairs. In the meantime, here’s some useful info about why your air conditioner might be noisy.

First, Find Where the Sound is Coming From

Tracing the sound back to its source can help the technician find out the possible causes. Your central air conditioning system consists of two units. The outdoor unit vents the heat collected from your home and cools it down with the refrigerant. This cooler air is sent to the indoor air handler, which ensures the conditioned air is sent into the ductwork. If the noise you’re hearing isn’t coming from either of these units, the problem can be somewhere inside the ductwork itself.

If the sound is coming from the indoor unit: When noise is coming from the indoor unit, it can often be because there’s something wrong with the blower motor. A faulty electrical connection could cause the motor to produce a buzzing sound regardless of if the air conditioner is running.

Sometimes, however, the noise comes from your condensate pump. This component helps drain excess moisture away from the rest of the AC system. It may continue to run after a cooling cycle is over if there’s still moisture that needs to be taken care of.

If the sound is coming from the outdoor unit: Just like the indoor unit, the outdoor unit possesses a fan and motor. But instead of sending cool air into your ductwork, this fan is used to dissipate the heat collected from indoors. A bad connection could produce a similar buzzing sound, and since it’s outdoors, it might be a while before you notice it.

The outdoor unit also houses the relay switch, an important component for controlling the voltage that enters the system. When this part makes a sound, it might have failed and will have to be replaced.

There’s always a chance that a screw has rattled loose or a piece of debris has gotten stuck somewhere inside the system. This can happen to both the indoor and outdoor unit, and will make a variety of noises depending on where the object is lodged. If this is the source of the irritating sound, you shouldn’t hear it for much longer after the AC shuts off. To make noise in the first place, it’d need to be close enough to something that could cause it to rattle against the unit housing.

These Noises Are Most Often Because of an Electrical Problem

You may have noticed that a lot of the possible causes of this unusual noise have something to do with electrical components or the connections themselves. Since most components won’t work without power, a malfunctioning electrical part is the most likely reason you’ll hear something even when the air conditioner is off. After your technician has found where the sound is coming from, they’ll probably start checking components such as the relay switch and compressor, as well as all connections.

Even if you’ve found the source of your problem and think it’s a simple fix, it’s best to let a licensed and insured professional resolve electrical problems.

Leave Electrical Problems to the Pros

If your air conditioner’s electrical system is malfunctioning or damaged, calling a professional is the right move. There are several reasons why:

  • Electrical problems can be hazardous: Service technicians have the training, licenses and insurance for safe and effective resolutions to electrical malfunctions.
  • Improper repairs can end up doing more damage: Even if you think your DIY skills handled the problem, it may have ended up doing more harm than good. Air conditioning systems are still complex machinery, after all.
  • Pros can spot other problems: Technicians with years of experience are more likely to recognize when something else is plaguing your HVAC system. They can handle it right there instead of letting the issue spread or worsen.

Other Common AC Noises

Getting familiar with a few other noises that could come from your air conditioner is a great idea. The next time something is wrong, you may be able to recognize it quicker and call for professional service. A few other unusual noises include:

  1. Trickling or Hissing: A leak is the most common culprit. Air leaks are inefficient but can be simple to resolve. If the coolant is leaking, however, that may spell big trouble. Components related to the refrigerant supply are expensive to fix and may end up resulting in having to replace the air conditioner entirely.
  2. Clicking or Ticking: When functioning normally, you’ll hear clicks as electrical components start up and direct the air conditioning to run. When there’s an electrical problem, these clicking sounds can happen at random.
  3. Clanging or Rattling: These sounds are likely because of a loose screw or a piece of debris. But sometimes it’s a piece of a more important component such as the compressor. The compressor is airtight, so if something breaks off inside it, you may be stuck with an unpleasant rattle until it’s fixed.
  4. If something doesn’t sound right, don’t wait to see if it goes away on its own. The faster a professional technician can start repairs, the quicker things can be resolved. You’ll appreciate a quieter air conditioner and efficient cooling.

Request an appointment with the HVAC pros at Brown’s Arctic Air today by giving us a call at 352-728-4990.

Summer Is Here!

Joyful Summer Solstice! Sure, we all know we’re nonetheless a day away from marking the start of the summers within the northern hemisphere. June 21 marks the day of summer season solstice 2021, the onset of the summer season season!

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