Climate Experts Air and Heat Blog: Archive for the ‘AC Repair’ Category

Five Simple Steps To Prepare Your AC System For Summer

Friday, February 21st, 2020

Are you ready for the Florida summer?! No, I don’t mean bikini ready, I’m talking about staying cool on those hot summer days with a top-notch running AC system. HVAC maintenance is key to reducing high electric bills, preventing mechanical break-downs, and ensuring the optimal function of your unit. Here are five steps to prepare your AC system for the summer. (Steps 1-4 are to be completed while the AC system is OFF) 1. Check your air filters. Dirty filters are one of the top causes of AC malfunction and are one of the easiest maintenance steps for homeowners. Make sure to date filters when replacing them. Depending on filter type most filters need to be replaced every 30-90 days but always refer to the manufacturer specifications. Even if filters look clean they may be clogged with fine dust particles, this is why it is important to date them and change accordingly. 2. Clean (vacuum or use a dust cloth) supply and return grilles. Dirt and dust can build up on both supply and return air grilles and cause a lack of airflow. After you clean the grilles, sanitize them with a spray or wipe, in order to prevent bacteria growth. 3. Put vinegar in the drain line. The drain line at your air handler usually has a cleanout port to pour white distilled vinegar in, which will eliminate sludge that can build up and cause water back-up or overflow. I recommend adding 1 cup of DWV every 3 months. 4. Clean condenser. Being outdoors the condensing unit can accumulate dirt, dust, and leaves in the coils which reduces efficiency. With a garden hose, use a low-pressure nozzle to spray and rinse condenser. Remove any leaves, sticks, or debris from the top grille of the condensing unit to prevent the fan blade from being obstructed. 5. Turn on your AC system. Set the temperature 5 degrees lower than the current temperature in your home. During operation ensure there are not any loud noises, foul odors, or excessive vibrations coming from the HVAC system. Check each grille to ensure there is proper air-flow. If you don’t feel comfortable or capable of any of the 5 steps, leave it up to us! Call Climate Experts at (321) 345-3415 and we’d be happy to complete a tune-up and make sure you’re AC is running to its best ability- so you can leave the summer heat at the beach!

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How to Choose the Right HVAC Contractor

Friday, August 16th, 2019

Have you ever come home after a long day at work and your home feels like an oven? You scramble to check your thermostat and find the temperature to be above 80 degrees and climbing. What is wrong with my AC unit, you think to yourself. Who do I call to fix it? How much will it cost? Do I need a new air conditioning system? These are common questions that run through homeowners’ minds. I feel your pain, and in this article, I will explain to you how to narrow your search to find the best HVAC Contractor in your area.

The 10 Most Important considerations when choosing an HVAC Company

1. Reviews

The most important aspect of choosing a company to do business with is how previous customers felt about their service. Reviews will tell you a lot about a company. For example, were their technicians on time, was pricing affordable and flat rate, did they fix it the first time, and did customers feel the company was honest and professional? Recommended places to look for reviews online are Google, Facebook, Yelp, Angie’s List and the BBB.

2. Licensed & Insured HVAC Contractor

Always do business with a State licensed HVAC contractor. Licensed contractors need to carry a minimum amount of insurance, abide by strict codes, and participate in continuing education. Only licensed contractors can pull permits for HVAC installations and using someone who is not licensed can cause the city to fine homeowners for not pulling permits. Insurance will also cover any damages caused by the company’s negligence.

3. Background checked & Drug tested technicians

Air conditioning technicians are in your home and around your family. It is very important to have professionals you can trust in your home. Personal belongings can be stolen or you may be the victim of a burglary after an unscrupulous technician has shared information about high value items in your home.

4. Certified & trained technicians

The air conditioning field is constantly changing with new technology. Technicians with more training and certifications will be able to properly diagnose your system’s issue(s) much easier and faster than those that do not have the training. Companies that focus more on sales and less on training, will commonly send sales technicians to your home and attempt to sell you a new system, rather than giving you a repair option.

 

5. Employ NATE Certified Technicians

NATE is a well-known organization in the HVAC industry, known for its rigorous testing and high standards. NATE certification shows that technicians are knowledgeable and proficient in working on your HVAC system. Companies that employ NATE certified technicians show they are competitive in the job market and employ educated and informed HVAC technicians.

6. Same Day Service

When your AC system breaks, you want it fixed ASAP. Hire a company that can get to your home the same or next day. Companies that are booked 3-5 days out for a service call take on too much work and overbook. Make sure the company sends you job reminders and updates, so you know an accurate time of arrival of your technician.

7. Upfront Flat Rate Pricing

Choose an air conditioning company that offers upfront pricing before they do the work, and make sure it is flat rate. Companies that still charge hourly rates can send you an inexperienced technician who can rack up the bill while he is learning the trade. Flat rate pricing insures you get the best price no matter how long the repair takes. Flat rate pricing also protects the customer from technicians making up pricing on the go.

8. Install Quality HVAC Equipment

Nobody wants to purchase a brand new air conditioning system and watch it fall apart a couple of years after installation. HVAC Contractors who are focused on being the lowest bid to win the project typically cut corners by using cheaper brands of air conditioning equipment. These contractors focus on price over quality and it shows in their work. The manufacturer’s parts warranty does not cover rust, corrosion, or wear and tear. Go with a contractor who is aligned with a quality brand such as RHEEM, Trane, Carrier, or Lennox. Being a Pro Dealer for that brand also proves they have been tested by the manufacturer and are very experienced in installing that specific brand.

9 . Offer Financing

Your air conditioning system is the most expensive appliance in your home. To install an HVAC system can cost anywhere from $5,000-$10,000 depending on what type of system you purchase. Having low interest or no interest financing is extremely helpful to homeowners to make their HVAC purchase more affordable over time. Savings on your monthly electric bill may even surpass your monthly payment, so essentially you are not spending extra money on your brand new AC system.

10. Professional Service Vehicles and Uniforms

How a company’s service techs and service vehicles look will tell you a lot about a company. Unkempt service techs without uniforms show the standards of the company and that will most likely show in their workmanship. A company that brands itself professionally shows that they are here to stay in the community and strive to become the best air conditioning company in your local area.

Make the Right Choice

My last recommendation is to choose a company with friendly employees focused on customer service. Companies with happy and professional employees will ensure you are completely satisfied with their level of service and will always do their best. With this information, you should now be able to narrow down your search for the best HVAC Contractor in your area. Hire them and pull out your thickest blankets because it’s going to be a chilly night.

Contact Climate Experts

Call the trusted professionals at Climate Experts next time you need your HVAC unit serviced or repaired. Please call at (321-345-3415) or message us on Facebook!

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Air Conditioning Companies in Palm Bay Fl

Saturday, June 1st, 2019

Air Conditioning Companies in Palm Bay Fl

When you are searching for air conditioning companies in Palm Bay Fl, there seems to be an almost endless amount of options. When you need repairs or service on your HVAC unit you need to make the right choice. An HVAC unit is a major component (and possible expense) so you need to ensure it is functioning properly. When it comes time for service or repair, call the trusted professionals at Climate Experts!

What to look for when choosing air conditioning companies in Palm Bay fl

The City of Palm Bay Fl is one of the fastest expanding cities in Florida. Whether you have recently purchased a house, or are a long time resident considering selling in the near future, it’s important to make sure you HVAC unit is functioning properly. By performing regular maintenance on your HVAC unit, you are sure to keep it in working order. This protects the value of your home. We recommend having an annual service plan, which you can see here. This way you are always covered!

New Homes in Palm Bay Fl

Whether you search online or get a recommendation from a friend or family member, there are some things to keep in mind when researching air conditioning companies in Palm Bay Fl. If you take the time to look into the company further, it becomes clear who you can trust and who you cannot. When completing this research, look at the following:


  • Google and Social Media Reviews

    Take the time to check an ac repair company’s reviews. These reviews tell a story of how well they interact with customers, complete the work, and what they do in case there is an issue. Climate Experts (at the time of this article) has 95 Google review and 27 Facebook reviews, with a five star rating on both platforms. We’re proud of our reviews, because it shows we care about our customers.


  • Response Time and Communication

    Your time is valuable, especially if your air conditioner is not working. A good ac repair company will answer the phone promptly in a professional manner. If none one is available, you should be able to expect a call back quickly to help you solve your problem. At Climate Experts, if we cannot answer the phone immediately, we will call you back within 15 minutes. When you speak with the company, they should be friendly and not rushed.


  • Professional Appearance

    When you are looking at the ac repair company online, make not of their appearance. Are they in uniform? Do they have marked trucks? Is their equipment new and well taken care of? A good HVAC company will invest in themselves, and this should be apparent to you. When a company takes the time to ensure they are professional for their customers, there is a better chance they will provide good service, and stand behind it in the future.

Contact Climate Experts

When it comes time to research air conditioning companies in Palm Bay Fl make sure to check out Climate Experts! Please call at (321-345-3415) or message us on Facebook!

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