Air Conditioning

  • 3 Pros & Cons of Using a Window Unit to Keep Cool This Summer

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    When the summer heat settles in, it can be hard to keep your cool. Even if your home already has central air conditioning, though, that doesn't necessarily mean you should take that window unit out and put it in the corner of the basement. There are pros and cons to these units, though, and you should keep them in mind before you make your decision regarding keeping your bedroom as comfortable as you can.

  • 3 Signs Your Home is Under-Insulated and AC FAQs Every Florida Homeowner Needs to Know

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    Is the loss of air conditioning in your Florida home concerning for you? As a Florida homeowner, you need to be aware of a variety of AC FAQs and home maintenance repairs. These repairs, such as insulation, ensure your home's systems are performing at it's highest potential. Did you know insulation affects your home's ability to heat or cool the rooms in your home? Here are the facts you need to know about having a well-insulated home.

  • 5 Reasons Why Your Air Conditioning Unit May Need Repair

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    As a homeowner, it's important to keep up-to-date on the maintenance and repairs that may need to be done around your home. One of the most vital components of a home, especially in Florida, is the air conditioner. When an air conditioning unit goes out, it can make for an uncomfortable living environment and even, in the heat of summer, become detrimental to your health.

  • 5 Tips to Beat the Heat This Summer

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    Summer is fast approaching, and many areas are already experiencing massive heat waves. In fact, some areas have already experienced record-breaking highs!

    As a homeowner, you want to keep costs low while keeping your house cool and comfortable. What are some things you can do to make for a pleasant summer this year? This article will discuss 5 tips on how to beat the heat and stay cool when the sun gets hot.

  • 7 Tips for Reducing Your AC’s Power Consumption this Summer

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    It is scorching in these dog days of summer in Florida and air conditioning is a lifesaver, but looking at our electricity bills can be enough to get our blood boiling. With the hottest months upon us and the wild fluctuations in temperature in September, our cooling units are putting in lots of hard work, and we are certainly paying for it.

    The good news is, there are easy ways to reduce our AC's power consumption without spending a lot of cash. Here are some simple tips to save on that energy bill this season.

  • A Guide to Air Conditioning Maintenance

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    Spring is here with summer to follow quickly on its heels. If you're a home or business owner in Florida, you know it's time to prepare your air conditioner for the harsh temperatures to come. Just because your air conditioner will work when you turn it on doesn't mean it's running at peak performance. Regular maintenance will ensure your system is working like it should, and prevent an outage during extreme summer temperatures.

    Maintenance Tips

    It's common for homeowners to know little about AC maintenance. As long as cool air is available, it's easy to forget the details and take the comforts of home for granted. However, these simple maintenance tips can keep your home cool and help you prevent an outage right when you need your air conditioner the most.

    Change or Clean the Filters

    Your air conditioner's filters make a big difference in the system's ability to cool your home effectively. When these filters become clogged with dirt dust and debris your system can't run as effectively as it should. Dirty filters result in reduced air flow, increased dust and allergens, and extra stress on your AC system.

    The main filter in your air conditioning system is located directly in the unit. Additional filters are often located in wall or ceiling ducts. When cleaning your filters, it is important to follow the manufacturer's instructions to avoid damage. If you are replacing the filter, ensure the replacement filter has the same airflow quality as the original. The right replacement for your system should click easily into place.

    Clean the Coils

    The evaporator and condenser coils in your air conditioner have an important job to do. These coils, located on your air conditioning unit outside, are responsible for controlling the main source of air through your home. They remove heat from your home and bring in cool air, which means they can accumulate dust quickly.

    When cleaning the exterior air conditioning unit, vacuum the coils to help clear away accumulated dust. If you notice your air conditioner running often or working harder to keep your home cool, the coils may be clogged. An air conditioning specialist can inspect and clean the portions of the coils that you can't reach with your vacuum cleaner.

    Remove Debris

    Your air conditioning unit is subject to all types of weather. Over time, leaves and outdoor debris build up around the outside of your air conditioner. Leaves, dirt, and even small twigs can get stuck in the working parts of your outdoor AC unit. If you have bushes or shrubs close to the house, it's important to ensure they don't grow close enough to block air flow to your air conditioning system.

    Before cleaning your air conditioner, turn off the unit with the shut-off switch. Remove loose debris from the area surrounding your system. Trim tall grass and weeds, taking care not to damage the unit. Use an outdoor vacuum to remove dirt and grass from the exterior fins. To clean the interior of your AC unit, remove the grille and gently wipe dirt from the fan and interior parts. Clear any gathered debris, and complete the job by using a water hose to rinse the fins.

    Eliminate Blockages

    The fins on evaporator coils are made of aluminum which bends easily. When these fins bend, they can block airflow through the coil. When you are cleaning the fins on your air conditioner, make sure to note if they are bent or damaged. Cracked or damaged fins will need to be replaced. However, bent fins can be gently shaped back to their regular position.

    Professional Preventive Maintenance

    If the idea of digging into the network of your own air conditioning system makes you want to attempt to weather the summer with a series of ceiling fans, regularly scheduled professional maintenance can help you keep your cool. During each preventive maintenance visit, a skilled technician will inspect and clean all of the working parts of your system. Preventive maintenance will ensure your system is free of leaks and measure refrigerant and pressure levels. After inspection and cleaning, your technician will discuss any necessary repairs with you.

    Air conditioning maintenance is responsible for more than just keeping your home cool. Preventive cleaning and maintenance can lower your energy bill, eliminate dangerous allergens and mold, and prolong the life of your air conditioning system. If you live in and around the areas of St. Lucie, Indian River, and Martin County Florida, trust your air conditioning maintenance to the professional team at American Air Cares. Contact us today to set up an appointment and make sure your system is in top form for the summer ahead.

  • Air Conditioner Installations

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    There are many factors to account for when considering the installation of a new air conditioning system. These may include how to manage upfront costs, which system will offer the best lifetime value, and what is the correct size for the unit you may need. American Air Cares has over 100 years of combined experience helping people to answer these questions and lead them to the right decision. With a deep understanding of the features each system has to offer, American Air Cares HVAC professionals will guide you through the process from start to finish.

  • Air Conditioner Replacement

    Air Conditioning Replacement

    Are you considering replacing your air conditioner? Is it time for an upgrade or maybe a different type of AC system?

  • Air Conditioning Repair

    Air Conditioning Repair

    American Air Cares has helped conduct air conditioning repair in Port St. Lucie and Martin County for over 30 years. Our team of licensed HVAC contractors is dedicated to providing your family with the care they deserve when it comes to whole home air conditioning systems. As a family-owned and operated business, we understand that you value the comfort of your family and that you want timely air conditioner repair done efficiently and cost-effectively.

  • Air Conditioning Service

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    Air conditioning service and maintenance is vital to preserving the life of your HVAC system and the professionals at American Air Cares have the expertise to ensure it’s working for years to come. If scheduled and conducted routinely, a thorough and proper air conditioning servicing will add longevity to your whole home system. Regular maintenance reduces operating costs and can provide you with a sense of security knowing that your air conditioner has been professionally inspected and serviced.

  • Do You Have a Coolant Leak?

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    With the summer heat steadily rising in Florida, you're likely running your home air conditioning system constantly. With regular use comes normal wear and tear. This is why regular maintenance is so important to the lifespan of your air conditioning unit, especially in hot places like Florida. Without regular maintenance, your AC could experience a variety of problems such as a coolant leak. Coolant, also known as refrigerant, is what helps your AC keep your home cool and comfortable. Without it, your system can't efficiently and adequately cool your home.

  • Does An Air Conditioner Help Or Hinder During Allergy Season?

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    Air conditioning gets a bad rap for being a hindrance to those who suffer from allergies. While the units themselves aren't the culprits, the fact that they spread allergens and particles through your home is. Those particles wreak havoc and allergy sufferers face the dilemma of turning off their cooling units.

    American Air Cares believes they can be more of a help than a hindrance if you keep up your AC maintenance. The following are three ways you can still beat the heat in the Florida summers and keep allergy symptoms at bay.

  • Ductless Air Conditioning Systems

    American Air Cares offers comprehensive services associated with ductless air conditioning system installation, replacement, repair, and maintenance in St. Lucie and Martin Counties.

  • Five Common Air Conditioning and Service Questions

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    During Florida summers it's a complete necessity to make sure your air conditioner is running smoothly, but it's not always easy to know if something's wrong. Air conditioners are complicated systems. A small problem doesn't always mean it's time for a major repair or replacement. These are some common questions you may have about the operation or repair of your air conditioning system.

    1. Why Should I Care About Home Humidity?

    To cool the air, your air conditioner not only pushes refrigerated air into the room. It also removes the humidity that causes that hot sticky feeling during the summer. If your air conditioning system is the right size for your home, it will extract moisture to help make the air cooler in your home. An air conditioner that is too small won't be able to remove enough moisture from the air. If it's too big, the air conditioner will kick off before running long enough to remove humidity. If your air conditioner was sized and installed by a professional technician and isn't properly reducing humidity, you may need repairs. When your system doesn't properly reduce humidity, it generally uses more energy to cool your home. This means higher energy bills. Excess moisture can also lead to dangerous mold buildup inside the house.

    2. When Should I Replace My Air Conditioner?

    When determining whether to replace your current air conditioning system, consider how cool your home is staying, the age of your system, and your energy bills. If your system is over 10 years old and requires a lot of repairs, it might be time to consider a new system. If your system isn't keeping your home as cool as it used to and you have high energy bills, a new system could save you money in the long run.

    3. What Size Air Conditioner Do I Need?

    To determine what size air conditioning system you need, you must first figure out the size of your home. While it's a common misconception that a bigger system will work better, you'll get the best results with a size that's just right for your home. While you can use an equation to determine approximately what size system you will need, it's best to consult with a qualified technician when making your final decision. An air conditioning specialist will consider all of the factors around your home that might affect how easy it is to keep cool.

    4. Why Is My Air Conditioner Leaking Condensation?

    Your air conditioning system pulls moisture from the air, so it's natural for it to build up a little condensation. However, leaks may be a cause for concern. A blocked drainage pipe or frozen evaporator coil may be to blame. Additionally, an improperly installed system may not be level, causing water to spill from the drainage pan. It is important to remember not to attempt to diagnose or repair your air conditioning system while it is plugged in. If you suspect your system needs repairs, contact a qualified technician to safely fix the problem.

    5. Does My Air Conditioner Have More than One Filter?

    Some air conditioners have more than one filter. Filters may be located within ducts in the walls or ceilings. Filters may also be found in the air conditioner. Since clogged filters severely impact your air conditioner's ability to conserve energy, it's important to learn where all of the filters in your system are located. A preventive maintenance check performed by an air conditioning specialist can help you learn about the filters used in your air conditioning system. If you are concerned about whether your air conditioner is working properly or have questions regarding your system, contact us today. The air conditioning specialists at American Air Cares are prepared to serve all types of AC needs in and around St. Lucie, Indian River, and Martin County Florida.

  • Heating tips for the winter

    Winter is here, and we can’t seem to figure out whether to turn our ac or heater on. Florida weather can be unpredictable, but preparation is king. Cold fronts are common during the winter time in Florida. So, it may be time to get your heaters prepped and ready. Here are a few tips to ensure your heater is ready for the winter season.

  • Home AC Repair: Why Is My Breaker Tripping?

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    Summer in Florida means the constant and hard use of your air conditioning unit. This could mean that your air conditioner might be putting too much of a load on your circuit breaker. Your breaker acts as a safety net to your home and AC system and protects your electrical power system. Your air conditioning breaker trips because it's overworking itself and is putting out more energy than it can handle. If your breaker is frequently tripping on your air conditioner, don't continue to reset it and keep letting it trip. This could harm equipment and even cause a fire. So it's important to get it checked out by a professional and potentially invest in home AC repair.

    Why Do Circuit Breakers Trip?

    Breakers are designed to trip whenever your air conditioner overheats. When an air conditioner overheats, it draws more amps - a measurement of electrical current - from the circuit. So the higher the amperage the circuit draws above the rating, the faster your breaker will trip. Now that you know that overheating can cause AC breaker trips, you might be wondering what is causing the overheating.

    Common causes of overheating include:

    • Dirty Air Filter - Air flow is impeded by dirt on the air filter. Because there is minimal air flow, the AC runs longer to make up for the lack of cool air and to achieve the target temperature. This causes the AC to overheat.
    • Dirty Condenser Coils - The condenser coils that are located in your AC's outside unit could be covered in dust, dirt, or leaves. Because the coils are dirty, they can't properly keep away heat. Therefore, your AC has to work harder to cool your home, which could result in overheating. Air conditioning coil cleaning can fix this problem.
    • Overload - Occurs when your air conditioning system's loads do more work than they are designed to do. This usually occurs several seconds, minutes, or even hours after the AC's operation.
    • Not Enough Refrigerant - Low refrigerant levels can cause your AC to not produce enough cool air. As a result, it can overheat while trying to cool your home.

    What Does This Mean For My Air Conditioning System?

    If your air conditioning system is experiencing one or more of the above overheating issues, then it is time for you to consider home AC repair. Air conditioning service repair will help your AC run more smoothly and cool your home using the lowest amount of energy at the lowest possible cost. Performing a quick Google search of the keywords, AC service near me, AC repair near me, or air conditioning repair near me will help connect you with a qualified air conditioner installer, also known as an HVAC technician.

    Do Circuit Breakers Trip on Other Appliances?

    Yes, circuit breakers do trip on other appliances. Common kitchen appliances like ovens, coffeemakers, microwaves, and toasters have the tendency to overheat if their circuit breakers are drawing more power than the circuit can handle at the moment. The circuit breakers within these appliances are designed to protect against electrical failures and possible fires.

    Can I Just Keep Resetting the Breaker?

    No, don't keep resetting the breaker. You should only reset your breaker if there's been a recent power outage in your home. Other than that, you should avoid constantly resetting your AC's circuit breaker. Doing so will only cause a temporary fix as you are not getting to the root of the problem. Also, it could result in an electrical failure that can cause dangerous consequences such as a fire.

    At American Air Cares, we will take care of your AC installation needs and help keep your home cool during these summer months. Contact us today for more information.

  • Improve Your Home’s Air Quality With an Annual Air Conditioner Tune-Up

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    As summer approaches, the heat and humidity in Florida rise to uncomfortable levels. When it gets like that, there's nothing better than retreating to your cool, comfortable, air-conditioned house. The problem is that if you aren't keeping your air conditioner in good condition, the quality of the indoor air will decrease, your utility bills will increase, and your unit won't last as long as it should.

  • Keeping Your Outdoor Condenser Unit Safe from Weeds & Pests

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    During the summer heat, homeowners need good air conditioning. There are easy steps you can take in order to keep your air conditioner running efficiently and reliably. Let's talk about your outdoor condenser unit.

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    What does your outdoor condenser unit do?

    The outside part of your air conditioner is commonly known as the "condenser unit." It is the big box (some are round) outside of your house. Its purpose is to take the heat that has been removed from your home and release it to the outside air. Keeping the condenser running smoothly lowers your energy bills and reduces the chances of a system breakdown. The key parts of your outdoor condenser unit include:

    • The compressor. The compressor pressurizes the refrigerant (a special fluid essential to the process), thereby raising its temperature.
    • Condenser coils and fan. Next, the refrigerant travels through your condenser coils. A fan cools the coils and releases the heat to the outside air.
    • Refrigerant lines. These lines connect your indoor and outdoor units, to cycle the refrigerant.

    Keeping critters out

    Whether they crawl, gnaw, slither or build nests, critters and pests can cause a problem with your air conditioning system. Mice and rats love small spaces. They can chew through refrigerant lines, wires and can even use duct material to build their nests. Snakes like to build nests in the ductwork. Sometimes they coil up inside the condenser and damage the components. Termites, ants, wasps, and similar pests can also cause a problem. Termites may be attracted to your home by the water produced by your air conditioning unit. Ant mounds and wasp nests may interfere with the operation of your unit.

    Therefore, to maintain your system in good working order, it is important to prevent critters and nesting insects from accessing your air conditioning unit. These simple preventative measures can help:

    • Install mesh screens or coverings made for air vents and flue pipes to keep pests out.   
    • Use caulk or weatherstripping to seal cracks near windows and other spots where bugs may enter your air conditioning system.
    • Have a professional inspect your ductwork and repair cracked or loose ducts promptly. Sealing holes or cracks in your ducts is an easy and efficient way to control pests.
    • Keep the area around your condenser clear of bushes, weeds, and other vegetation that could attract or harbor rodents or snakes. Check for ant mounds or signs of rodents.
    • Watch out for standing water or unusual moisture around your condenser. Wet conditions are ideal for termites.

    Landscaping around your condenser

    Some people prefer to landscape around the condenser unit to block it from view. Others install shade plants around the condenser, theorizing that cooling the air around the unit is beneficial to it. However, it is important to landscape carefully, so that you do not restrict air flow around the condenser. A restricted air flow, as well as dirt and debris, may damage the condenser system. Before landscaping, consider these tips:

    • Create a shade canopy. If your condenser is sitting in the hot sun, adding some plants with sufficient height to make a shade canopy. It may reduce your unit's workload and energy usage.
    • Choose your plants carefully. Evergreen shrubs are a good choice because they won't drop leaves in the fall. If you are looking for a faster growing deciduous tree or bush, you may want to consider installing an air conditioner shield which protects the unit from dirt, leaves and weather elements. 
    • Allow for plant growth. When choosing your plants, consider what size they will be when fully mature. You should allow several feet on each side of the unit and make sure there is easy access for maintenance.
    • Trim regularly. When performing yard work, don't forget to trim all of the vegetation near your condenser unit and hose the exterior casing down. You may wish to install a cement block or gravel barrier around it to deter plant growth, etc.
    • Keep it clean. Dirt around the condenser creates dust and mud, which may collect on the fan blades and coil. Hose your exterior casing down as needed.

    For professional air conditioner repairs, installation, or to schedule a preventative maintenance visit, contact American Air Cares.

  • Only Warm Air is Flowing from my Air Conditioner. Do I Need AC Repair?

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    On a hot summer day, the first thing you do when you get home is make a beeline for the thermostat to cool things off. After a few minutes of waiting, it doesn't feel one degree cooler and, as a matter of fact, it feels like it may have actually gotten warmer. You check the vent and sure enough, the air conditioner is blowing warm air.

    Here are some troubleshooting steps you can take when your air conditioner is on the fritz.

  • Prevent Costly AC Repairs with Proper Service & Maintenance

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    With summer just around the corner, it's time to start thinking about cooling your home. As summer temperatures rise in Florida, your air conditioning system quickly upgrades from a source of comfort to an absolute necessity. No one wants to experience AC failure in the middle of a heat wave. While you can't predict the future, there are ways to avoid unexpected problems with your air conditioner.

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