Envirotech Air Quality Services Blog

What Does a Frozen Evaporator Coil Mean?

October 23rd, 2016

As we are all very well aware, there’s really no rest from the heat when you live in Florida, save for a couple months of somewhat cooler weather. This is why it’s so important to take care of our cooling systems, by scheduling maintenance and by staying on top of repair needs. The last thing you want during a blazing hot day is to be stuck with a malfunctioning AC unit.

A common service call we get in regards to air conditioners is that of ice developing on the indoor evaporator coil. Many clients ask us if this is normal, since after all, your AC system is supposed to send out air that feels like it was chilled by ice. But no, you should never see ice developing on any part of your air conditioner if it’s working properly. Keep reading to learn what this could mean.

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Preventing Mold Growth in Your Home

October 17th, 2016

High humidity is a well-known problem here in Florida. It makes us feel hotter than we already are on almost a daily basis as it doesn’t allow sweat to evaporate from the skin, and it can impact our indoor comfort as well. Humidity forces your air conditioner to work harder to cool you off, which is not good for energy efficiency.

Most importantly, the excess moisture brought on by high humidity levels creates a rather nasty problem in homes: mold. Mold spores spread easily and create health hazards for even the healthiest of homeowners. It can grow on carpet, clothing, the backside of drywall, areas inside walls, and more. While our staff includes licensed mold remediators, we’d like to share with you how you can potentially reduce the risk of mold growth in the first place.

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UV Lights and How They Help You

October 10th, 2016

The average homeowner doesn’t concern themselves too much with the amount of biological contaminants present in their indoor air. But they probably should, considering that this can make them quite ill. The best way to fight off these types of pollutants is with UV germicidal lights, also referred to as UV air purifiers. They do act as air purifiers, eliminating harmful particles from your HVAC system such as mold, mildew, and other microorganisms.

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Ductless Troubleshooting: One of My Air Handlers Won’t Work!

October 3rd, 2016

Ductless mini-split heat pumps are one of the most effective and efficient ways for Florida residents to enjoy comfort all year long. You have the advantage of heating and cooling in a single system without needing space-consuming and potentially inefficient air ducts. Ductless systems also provide excellent energy savings.

If your home has more than one air handler, which many homes with ductless systems do, you might run into an issue where one of these units stops functioning. When this happens, there are a few steps you can take towards troubleshooting the problem.

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Should You Replace Your Compressor or Your Entire AC System?

September 26th, 2016

There are many problems that can develop with your home cooling system over the years. From failed capacitors to refrigerant leaks or damaged air ducts, potential AC repair needs are around every corner. Fortunately, most of these can be spotted early with proper maintenance, and repaired promptly.

One AC system issue that is particularly detrimental though, is that of a broken down compressor—especially if that compressor is beyond the point of repair. If you do face this air conditioning problem, you may be wondering if it is worth it to replace the compressor, or if you’d be better off replacing your entire air conditioner all at once.

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Avoid These Mold Problems All Year Long

September 19th, 2016

Have you ever noticed the presence of mold in your home? Hopefully, you’ve never had to deal with an infestation, particularly if it’s black mold. Not only does mold of this kind threaten your property, it can also be detrimental to your health and the health of your family. Fortunately, there is a solution: the mold assessing and remediation services that our experts perform. Keep reading to learn more about the problems you can avoid by having mold thoroughly removed.

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Should I Have My Problematic Air Conditioner Compressor Replaced?

September 12th, 2016

While many parts of the country are preparing for fall by ensuring their heating systems are in good shape for the coming cooler temperatures, we are still using our air conditioning systems on a consistent basis. Hopefully, you haven’t had any trouble with your home cooling system, particularly if you had it properly maintained before the summer season began. However, no system is completely immune to problems, whether it be a refrigerant leak, breached ductwork, or a failed capacitor.

One of the most serious AC issues you can find yourself facing is that of a failed compressor. The compressor is essentially the heart of your cooling system. In many cases, replacing the compressor is not only possible but also recommended. However, if your system is aging or showing other trouble, then you may want to consider an entire AC replacement.

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The Trouble with a Frozen Evaporator Coil

September 5th, 2016

For many parts of the country, the official start of fall in just a couple of weeks means that the weather will soon cool down and air conditioners will begin to be shut off for the season. As we are all well aware, this is not the case for Floridians!

In order to ensure that you’re ready for the remaining hot temperatures we have left, it’s important to keep an eye out for problems with your air conditioning system. This is particularly important this time of year, as your system has been hard at work all during summer, and the extra strain can cause a breakdown if the AC unit is not properly maintained and cared for.

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3 Signs That Your Heat Pump Is Struggling

August 29th, 2016

If your heat pump system all of the sudden stops working, then of course you know that you need repairs. However, there are other times where your cooling system may seem to be working properly, but you’ve noticed some concerning symptoms. So how do you know when it’s the right time to call for heat pump repairs?

If you want your heat pump cooling system to make it through the remainder of our summer—and fall—temperatures, then you should schedule air conditioning repairs at the first sign of trouble. We’ve provided 3 signs below that can indicate it’s time for you to invest in repairs.

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Is it Time to Start Considering an Air Conditioner Replacement?

August 22nd, 2016

“Repair It” or “Replace It” is a common argument we go through with ourselves about various conveniences in our lives—our cars, our electronic equipment, and of course our air conditioning systems. Many times—and most ideally so—repairing your air conditioner is sufficient.

Modern air conditioning systems are designed to be very sturdy and last for more than a decade with routine preventive maintenance. The majority of malfunctions that you may run into are those that a skilled HVAC technician from our team can fix quickly. However, there will come a time when your AC system simply can’t handle any more, and it will become more cost-effective to replace the system all together. We’ve listed some signs that it may be time below.

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