Envirotech Air Quality Services Blog

“Pop, Bang, Boom”: Sounds You Never Want Your AC to Make

September 9th, 2019

woman-covering-her-earsIt’s going to start to cool down soon in other parts of the country, and homeowners will begin to prepare their heaters for the winter ahead. But those of us here in the Fort Lauderdale area are still using AC systems on a pretty routine basis. That said, those AC systems go through a lot, accumulating wear and tear faster than AC systems in other parts of the country.

That wear and tear may present itself as loose components, causing banging noises within your system, or a dirty compressor, which will cause it to “hard-start” and create what sounds like a booming noise. These aren’t the only sounds to be concerned with when it comes to your air conditioner—and when you do hear any of the sounds we’re about to describe below, you’ll want to make sure you contact a pro for inspection right away.

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“Can I Remove Ice from my AC Myself?”

August 26th, 2019

ice-on-air-conditionerThe short answer to this is “no,” but we promise to elaborate.

Essentially, trying to scrape ice off of your air conditioner yourself could end up further damaging it, plus removing the ice doesn’t solve the problem that caused the ice buildup to begin with!

So, what does cause that ice buildup? It’s not a normal occurrence, despite your air conditioner cooling the air. We understand how it could be easy to believe that ice might be involved, but transferring heat from one place to another using refrigerant as an air conditioner does, does not use ice, and shouldn’t create it either.

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Mold and Your Cooling System: What You Need to Know

August 12th, 2019

view-inside-ductwork-that-needs-cleaningCould you imagine even one summer day in your home without an air conditioner? We rely on these systems pretty heavily here in the Lake Worth area, so to be told something is wrong with your air conditioner can be pretty frustrating—especially if you’re told that problem is mold.

Fortunately, we are the team to turn to if mold is the issue, as we are one of the very few HVAC companies in the area who are licensed in mold remediation. But, we’re guessing you’d like to know what causes this problem and even more, how to prevent it. Read on to learn more!

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Why Ductless Systems Make Good Investments

July 29th, 2019

ductless-air-handler-being-turned-on-by-remoteDid you know you could cool and heat your home all from one system? True, we rarely need to add heat on any given day in the West Palm Beach area, but that’s even more of a reason to get a 2-in-1 system rather than replacing a furnace or some other heating system that’s barely used when it gets too old.

For many homeowners in our area, a ductless system (also called a ductless mini-split due to its setup), ductless systems are becoming the preferred choice. They’re great for affordably and conveniently keeping your home comfortable all year long.

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A Malfunctioning AC Compressor: Should You Repair or Replace?

July 15th, 2019

compressor-in-outdoor-ac-unitOver the years, there are a variety of issues that can crop up with your HVAC systems. Particularly your air conditioner, which goes through a considerable amount of work.

You may find yourself facing problems like refrigerant leaks, failed capacitors, or breached ductwork. Fortunately, most of these are fairly simple to repair, and in many cases even possible to prevent.

There is one air conditioner problem, however, that is particularly unpleasant to face and doesn’t have a simple solution—a broken down or damaged compressor.

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Common Causes of Mold Growth in Your AC (And What to Do about It!)

July 1st, 2019

corner-of-room-with-mold-and-mildewYou likely don’t think much about this problem—you might not even know it was a problem! But because your air conditioner provides you with the cool air that you breathe in every day during the summer and beyond, it’s definitely a problem that should concern you.

Sure, you could call someone to clean out your ducts, but is that really resolving the problem, or temporarily relieving symptoms? (Hint: It’s the latter!)

We’ll get to what you can do about mold growth that’s an effective solution. But first, let’s talk about the common causes of this mold development.

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Is Your Heat Pump Struggling?

June 17th, 2019

heating-and-cooling-vent-high-on-wallIf you have a heat pump system, it likely spends the majority of its time in “cooling mode.” That’s understandable, but it’s important that you remember what this much demand on a mechanical system means. Summertime is the most stressful time of year for your heat pump, which means even more here, where it’s pretty much always hot.

Now is the most likely time for problems to occur, but if you are able to identify any heat pump problems before they grow worse, you can potentially avoid a sudden breakdown. Keep reading for some of the signs that your heat pump needs repair:

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Common Air Conditioning Myths, Debunked

June 3rd, 2019

white-question-mark-on-blue-circle-on-white-backgroundWhen it comes to getting the most efficient use out of your air conditioner, there is a lot of information out there. For instance, you might have read that you need professional maintenance done on your system once a year (or twice a year, if you have a heat pump). You might have heard that if a compressor dies it’s best to replace the whole AC system (in most cases, this is true).

Unfortunately, there are also less helpful tips that homeowners have heard and believed over the years—tips that, if followed, can be detrimental to the overall performance and functionality of your cooling system. We’ve debunked some of the most common below.

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Ductless Systems Have These Unique Service Needs

May 20th, 2019

technician-working-on-ductless-air-handler

Are you using one of the most popular and highly efficient HVAC systems on the market today? That is, are you utilizing a ductless heat pump?

Instead of operating through a system of ductwork connected to an indoor air handler and evaporator unit, ductless systems essentially break up the indoor unit and blower fans to distribute conditioned air throughout the living space via mini air handlers mounted on the walls.

If you already have a ductless system in place, then you know this. If you’re considering purchasing one, great! We do want you to make an educated choice, however, and this means looking at all aspect of ductless units, including their unique service requirements. Just like any other type of HVAC system, ductless systems can experience problems. But sometimes their repair needs can be a bit different than a traditional air conditioner, heat pump, or furnace.

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What to Do about Mold Lurking in Your Ducts

May 6th, 2019

microscopic-view-of-mold-growthIt’s not pretty to think about—actually, it’s literally not pretty—but mold is a big problem where we’re from. High humidity and long summers create the perfect environment for mold and mildew buildup. And if your home has excess moisture in it, mold can even grow there.

Where’s the best place in your home for mold to thrive? It’s your ductwork, where it is cool and damp for the majority of the year as you use your air conditioner. There’s one way to prevent this, and that’s the installation of a UV air purifier. Also called germicidal lights or UV lights, a UV air purifier is harmless to people and pets, but kills microorganisms lurking in ductwork.

But what if the mold is already there? Is there anything you can do besides rip out all your ductwork and start from scratch? (Please don’t do this! There’s another way!)

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