Envirotech Air Quality Services Blog : Archive for May, 2013

Happy Memorial Day!

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Every year on the final Monday of May, citizens of America come together to honor those who have served our country. Formerly known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day came to prominence after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen soldiers on either side. Although its origins are somewhat ambiguous, it has always been about bringing people together to recognize our country’s military personnel and history. We want to take this opportunity to thank all the men and women who have served our county.

Memorial Day also marks the beginning of summer. We hope that you have a wonderful day off, and that it is a great start to your summer!

If you need air conditioning service in West Palm Beach this season, we are here to help!


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What You Should Know Before Calling for Air Conditioning Repair in West Palm Beach, FL

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Is your AC making a strange sound? Does it turn on and off frequently? Are you satisfied with its cooling performance? Whether you have a central air, ductless mini split, or heat pump, there will come a time when it needs professional servicing. But it’s important to know a few things before you call for air conditioning repair in West Palm Beach, FL. In today’s post, we’ve compiled a brief guide on this topic.

Here are some things to consider:

  • Quality: Are you calling the right company for the job? If you’re not hiring a qualified AC technician, then you might be doing more harm than good. Amateur tinkering can lead to long repair times and increased costs. Make sure you’re hiring a professional to perform any repairs on your AC so that you can ensure the repair is done effectively.
  • Be prepared: Yes, even the homeowner can be prepared before calling for repair. Make sure you have the information about your AC ready to go for the technician. When he arrives, this preparation can cut down on his labor time and allow the repair to go much more smoothly. Keep all the warranty info and the history of any repair work done on your AC organized in a single place for quick retrieval. Here are some questions you might want to ask yourself:
    • Is your system currently working?
    • How long has the problem lasted?
    • Have you changed your air filter recently?
    • How old is your AC?
  • Accessibility: Make sure that all aspects of your indoor and outdoor unit are fully accessible to the technician so that he can get in and out of there as soon as possible.
  • Fee: Keep in mind that there might be a diagnostic fee for coming to look at your system, in addition to the cost of any repair needs.

We hope this gives you some good tips to keep in mind. And if you’re in need of air conditioning repair in West Palm Beach, you know you can rely on the expert care of Envirotech Air Quality Services, so call us today! 

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Air Conditioning Sounds: Should I be Worried?

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Do you hear a strange or unusually loud sound coming from your air conditioning system? If you’re at all concerned about the noises coming out of your AC, then it might be an indication of a significant underlying problem. It should be taken care of immediately, because it might not only lead to inefficiency and high energy bills, but possibly also system damages. If you’re concerned, the best course of action is to shut your AC off and call a West Palm Beach air conditioning repair professional at Envirotech. We can diagnose the problem quickly and recommend a solution.

Here are some sounds that might be cause for concern:

  • Buzzing: If you hear a buzzing sound coming from your AC, the problem may be electrical in nature. It may be a problem with the electrical supply wiring running from the circuit breaker to the AC unit, or a problem with the capacitor. However, buzzing can also indicate a serious electrical problem known as “arcing.” This can be hazardous, as it may cause electrical shock.
  • Hissing: If it sounds like there is an air leak somewhere causing a hissing sound, then there probably is. If it is located in or around your ductwork, then it’s probably because of a crack or hole in the ducts or the air handler plenum. But if you hear it around the coils or the unit itself, then it could be caused by a refrigerant leak. The level of refrigerant in your AC should be constant. If it becomes low, then it can result in higher energy bills as well as system damage.
  • Banging: A banging noise is often due to a loose part within one of the units, or possible a damaged part in one of motors. It could also be a bent fan blade hitting the housing.

It’s better to be safe than sorry. Strange and loud sounds that occur unexpectedly are often the results of something going wrong with your AC. Call Envirotech for comprehensive West Palm Beach air conditioning repair. 

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West Palm Beach Air Conditioning Repair Tip: Keep Your Air Filter Clean

Monday, May 6th, 2013

One of the most common culprits of inadequate cooling, inefficiency, and damage is also one of the most overlooked. Of the few tasks that every homeowner can do with their air conditioning system, keeping its air filter clean at all times is the most important. The AC is a complex system, and it shouldn’t be tinkered with by the non-technician, but one of the things that you must do about once a month during the cooling season is check on your air filter. If it is dirty or even clogged with dust and other debris, then it has to be replaced.

The purpose of the air filter is to prevent the accumulation of dust and other debris on the sensitive mechanical parts and coils of the AC components so that they don’t interfere with the absorption and dissipation of heat, which is the key to the cooling process. It is therefore highly important to the function of your air conditioning system. Your AC will not be able to perform adequately if the compressor is filled with dust, or the coils are covered in various debris. You may find that it is unable to keep up with your cooling needs during the hottest days of the summer.

If that weren’t reason enough to keep your air filter clean, think of the energy inefficiency that results from a dirty or clogged air filter. When your system is full of dust and debris, then its components will have to work harder to compensate for the lack of efficiency. This causes the entire system to use much more energy than is typically necessary. Higher energy consumption leads to high energy bills, and that is something that everyone wants to avoid.

If you want to make sure that your AC lasts, and that it continues to provide efficient and effective cooling, then you can contribute to its success by keeping the air filter clean at all times. For West Palm Beach air conditioning repair, call Envirotech Air Quality Services today!

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