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

Monday, 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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HVAC Efficiency Tips You Can Trust

Monday, February 26th, 2018

white question mark on blue backgroundWhen you live somewhere as hot as we do, it really doesn’t matter what time of the year it is—you need a fully effective and efficiently functioning air conditioning system. Unfortunately though, running your air conditioner can be costly, especially when temperatures are at their highest. And when they are that high, you likely want to blast your air conditioner—which is not only a waste of money but is also potentially damaging to the system itself.

The good news is, when you need an HVAC contractor in Fort Lauderdale, FL to give you some great energy-saving tips, you needn’t look too far! Our team is here to help you give your cooling system a break and to help you use that cooling system more efficiently so you don’t find yourself battling unaffordable energy bills.

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The Impact of Shoddy Ductwork on Your HVAC Systems

Monday, February 12th, 2018

Male hands setting up ventilation system indoorsMost homeowners don’t often think about how important their ductwork is for either of their Fort Lauderdale, FL HVAC systems, whether it’s their forced air central air conditioner or heat pump system. After all, this component of your cooling and heating system is out of sight, hiding in walls, floors, ceilings, and crawlspaces.

But if you had your ductwork installed by an amateur or if you haven’t had your ductwork checked in a while, it could be damaged. And if you have air ducts that are affected by leaks, bad connections, or poor construction, you can be experiencing issues that lead to poor HVAC efficiency and potential HVAC repair needs, too. One of the most common problems we see in regards to shoddy ductwork is that it wasn’t properly sized for the home and HVAC system.

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How to Get Your Wellington FL Heat Pump Ready for Winter

Monday, November 5th, 2012

With winter rapidly approaching you need to start thinking about preparing for the cold days and nights that lie ahead. This includes ensuring that your Wellington FL heat pump is prepared for the task of keeping you warm throughout the season. Here are a few simple tips to help you make sure that your heat pump is ready to perform. If you have any questions about how to make sure that you get the best heating performance possible from your heat pump call the experts at Envirotech for answers. We’re happy to help you get your heat pump ready for the winter season ahead.

First of all, clean out your air filters. This is one of the easiest and most efficient ways to increase both the efficiency and effectiveness of your home heating system. Clean air filters means that there will be less airflow resistance, which in turn means that your heat pump will not have to work as hard to heat your home.

Also, make sure that all air intake registers are free of any blockages. Pull furniture away from walls, move boxes out of the way and make it as easy as possible for air to flow throughout your home. This allows for even, consistent heating throughout your home.

It is also important that you inspect you heat pump’s outdoor unit. Before you start using your heat pump this winter clear away any debris, branches and leaves that may have accumulated over the spring and summer. You need to be sure that the airflow around the outdoor heat pump unit is unobstructed. This improves efficiency while also reducing the risk of damage to your heat pump.

Finally, the most important thing that you can do to prepare you heat pump for winter is to call for professional maintenance service. There is no better way to ensure the proper, efficient and dependable performance you need from your heat pump. Schedule maintenance before you need to put your heat pump to use. This will allow your professional heat pump technician to tune up your system for maximum efficiency, and it is also a great opportunity to diagnose and repair any small or developing problems before they can cause serious headaches. Operating you heat pump in even slightly compromised condition degrades your system and increases the likelihood of a break down. Make sure that your heat pump is ready for action with regular professional maintenance.

Follow these simple steps and know that you’ll get the performance that you need from your Wellington FL heat pump this winter. Let Envirotech know if you have any more questions or would like to schedule service. We’re happy to help, so call today.

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Fort Lauderdale Mold Remediation Tip: Mold Assessment and Removal

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Mold assessment and removal is a critical service especially here in Fort Lauderdale where humidity levels can be high for much of the year. Mold can be a health risk for your family which is why it is a good idea to have a professional mold assessment and removal company inspect your home if you suspect you have a problem. We’ve put together some commonly asked questions and basic information for you to look over to give you a good starting point if you’re thinking about have your home inspected for mold.

Why Is Mold Dangerous?

Mold reproduces by releases spores into the air. When they land on something organic like a piece of wood in your home’s structure or in your lungs, they begin to grow. As long as they have moisture and oxygen they will continue to grow. In the case of wood, mold can rot out your home’s structure which can be costly to replace. Mold can also cause a number of respiratory issues when inhaled in high concentrations.

What Can Cause Mold?

Mold requires two things to grow: moisture and oxygen. Since oxygen is present in virtually every space in your home, moisture is the only other ingredient that mold needs. Some common sources of moisture are excessive home humidity, flooding, leaking plumbing, clogged air conditioning condensate lines or corroded water heater tank. When water sources like these go unnoticed or un fixed, it can create the perfect environment for mold growth.

What Is the Frist Step Towards Mold Removal

If you suspect that you may have a mold problem, the first step is to call a Fort Lauderdale mold assessment and removal company. Whether your home has suffered any kind of water damage or if you think you may already have a mold problem, a trained technician can help you find and eliminate that mold. Mold removal technicians are trained to locate mold growth, especially in areas that may not be immediately apparent.

At Envirotech Air Quality Services, we are trained to assess, remove and repair damage done by mold growth. Call us today to learn more about our mold removal services in Fort Lauderdale.

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Boynton Beach Air Conditioning Question: Why Is My AC Buzzing?

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Some Boynton Beach air conditioning systems make quite a bit of noise. During standard operation alone, they can make several different sounds – from rattling and clacking to the constant hum of the motor. However, the sound should be consistent and should not be overwhelming. A buzzing sound is almost certainly a sign of a problem, but how serious is that problem and should you act on it immediately or wait a bit to see if it goes away? There are three possible reasons for a buzzing sound from your air conditioner – here is what each means:

  1. Faulty Disconnect – If the compressor tries to start and cannot, it will make a buzzing sound. This is usually due to a faulty disconnect or bad fuse. A bad fuse can be replaced quickly by the homeowner, but a bad disconnect should be inspected and checked by a Boynton Beach AC professional. Because this involves working with  heavy electrical equipment, special tools and expertise are needed to complete the work safely.
  2. Missing Isolation Feet – Your air conditioner has rubber feet inside that hold up the compressor to minimize vibrations and keep the system stable. If the system is older, those feet can harden and crack, or they could have been faulty to start with. If this happens, it can result in a buzzing sound as the compressor vibrates against the concrete below.
  3. Loose Parts – Loose parts due to bad washers, loose bolts or other mechanical issues can also cause a buzzing sound. This is often very easily fixed though you will likely need a professional to fully diagnose the problem before repairs can be made.

There are other issues that can result in a buzzing or similar type of sound. They include things like a failing contactor or failing hard start capacitor. Most such problems are electrical in nature, however, and therefore require a professional to repair. If this is the case, call Envirotech Air Quality Services right away to inspect and check your system to find and eliminate the cause of the buzzing.

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Fort Lauderdale Air Conditioning Tip: Duct Sealing and Energy Efficiency

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Duct sealing is one of simplest measures that you can take to enjoy several benefits. Having your Fort Lauderdale home’s duct system sealed properly can make it safer, more comfortable and more energy efficient.

  • Duct Sealing Provides Energy Savings

Duct sealing can help you save a lot of money in your monthly utility bills. Studies prove that leaky air ducts can result in a 20% to 40% increase in home heating and cooling costs. Duct sealing helps increase the efficiency of your heating and cooling system considerably and provides greater energy savings. It is the least expensive step you can take to make your home more energy efficient.

  • Safety

Duct sealing not only helps you achieve energy efficiency, but also makes your home a safer place to live in. Leaks in air ducts can allow all types of contaminants and allergens into the air in your home. Sealing your ducts helps improve the quality of your indoor air and so protects you and your loved ones from many health hazards.

  • Help the Environment

By sealing your ducts properly, you are doing your part to help protect the environment. Since duct sealing helps reduce energy wastage dramatically, it allows you to do your part to conserve energy. If you we use lesser energy, we can reduce the amount of pollution we create. Duct sealing offers an easy way to make our environment cleaner and healthier every day.

  • Increased Comfort

Leaky air ducts are one of the main reasons for reduced or inconsistent airflow in your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. Duct sealing helps regulate the HVAC systems in your home, thereby enhancing your comfort. It also helps the HVAC system to work at its peak efficiency, which in turn helps you achieve even greater energy savings.

With ever increasing energy prices, many homeowners are looking for ways to cut their utility bills.  However, you can reduce your energy bills by avoiding energy waste, and duct sealing is the most effortless way to do this.  So check your ducts for leakage regularly and have them sealed by trained Fort Lauderdale duct sealing professionals to achieve the highest possible levels of energy efficiency for your home. To schedule an appointment today, give Envirotech Air Quality Services a call!

 

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West Palm Beach Mold Removal Question: What is Infrared Diagnostic Imaging?

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Mold detection used to be a very complex process. It required careful analysis of your entire West Palm Beach home, starting with problem areas and radiating out to other regions that could be affected by dampness and air flow issues. As a result, the detection process was often very expensive and wasn’t always 100% accurate. Today, technology has made it possible to detect and pinpoint mold sources much more quickly using infrared diagnostic imaging.

Infrared diagnostic imaging is a system that detects areas of moisture and heat inside your walls. Using infrared technology, this system seeks out areas that are slightly warmer than others, usually a sign of water build up or damage. Because water damage or a small leak behind a wall or under a floorboard is often a precursor to mold growth, this system not only makes it possible to find existing mold much more easily, but it allows you to address possible sources of mold growth before they become an issue.

Why is this system so ideal for anyone concerned about mold in their homes? Consider the fact that traditional abatement often requires removal of insulation, dry wall, wood, carpet and stucco inside a home. Thousands of dollars might be spent looking for and removing mold when it is only in a couple of specific places. Infrared diagnostic imaging allows you to learn exactly where mold is located before any action is taken to remove it.

Even more importantly, this technology enables your West Palm Beach mold removal contractor to find mold in places it might have previously remained hidden like corners, vaulted ceilings or crawl spaces. These areas required human inspection and careful lab testing before. Today, the diagnostic machines will pinpoint mold almost anywhere.

This is a system that requires professional operation so if you are concerned and want your home scanned, it is best to call Envirotech Air Quality Services – you can rely on us to get the job done right.

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Palm Beach Gardens Air Conditioning Tip: Common Causes of AC Failure

Monday, August 20th, 2012

When your Palm Beach Gardens air conditioner stops working you’ll want to have it fixed fast. There are many reasons your air conditioner may fail, and it is helpful to be aware of some of them.

Human Error

It may sound obvious, but check the setting of your air conditioner. It’s always possible that you accidentally set the temperature too high so your air conditioner does not kick in. Make sure that thermostat is set “cool” and that everything is plugged in. Ensuring that these simplest of problems are not the culprit is the best place to start.

Dirty Filters or Ice Build-Up

Low output of cold air could be due to dirty air filters, ice build-up on coils, or air duct problems. Dirty air filters that need to be replaced can weaken airflow.  Ice build-up on the coils can cause major blockages which reduce the amount of cold air output.  If air ducts have become disconnected or have leaks it can cause air to go into unused spaces.

Improper Refrigerant Charge

An AC that does not cool the air properly can be caused by a few things: there could be low refrigerant charge, a refrigerant leak, or a worn out or broken compressor.  With low refrigerant levels or a low refrigerant charge comes a decrease in how much cold air the AC can create.  This can be caused by a slow refrigerant leak or an AC that has not been properly maintained.  If the compressor has worn out or is broken it will also affect how well the air conditioner cools the air, causing the air to still blow but at an undesirable temperature.

Water Leaks

Air conditioners that leak water could have a condensate pump or condensate drain problem. It could also mean that the pool drip pan is full, causing the automatic sensor to turn off the air conditioner to prevent overflow.

We hope that this information is helpful. It’s always good to keep informed, but remember that any maintenance or repairs on your air conditioner should be performed only by professionals.  Call Envirotech for all your Palm Beach Gardens air conditioning needs.

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Royal Palm Beach AC Guide: What To Do About Cool Spots

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Our Royal Palm Beach air conditioning systems are intended to keep us comfortably cool.  However, even if it’s 90 degrees outside and the air conditioner is blowing cold air directly on you, it can become uncomfortably cold quite quickly.  This could be an indication that your your air conditioning system is creating cool spots.

Air Conditioning Cool Spots

Cold spots can happen when an air conditioning system is not properly sized, or with a ductwork system that is not properly installed or not balanced at installation.  If you have a heating system that works with the same ductwork, you may also get hot spots when the heater is running.

When cold spots occur it is usually due to an oversized AC system.  This is because the air conditioner turns on and produces much more cold air than is necessary which results in a flood of cold air in a short amount of time.  The thermostat then detects this drastic change in air temperature and quickly shuts off, which means rather than having a comfortable space, your building feels cold and then hot quite quickly.  Since air conditioners are specifically sized to each space they should turn on for a longer period of time, keeping the entire space cool for longer without quickly shutting on and off repeatedly.

Conversely, if your air conditioning system is not powerful enough it will produce hot spots that never quite cool down because the cold air output is never quite enough.

The other problem could be with vents that are improperly placed or badly designed ducts.  Vents in strange places can cause pooling of cold air which will create cool spots, even if your AC system is the proper size.

Solutions to Cold Spots

When you notice an air conditioning cool spot, it is important to contact an AC company in Royal Palm Beach such as Envirotech.  We can check for the most common air conditioning problems that could be causing the cold spot to occur.  Our skilled technicians will compare the dimensions of your home or office with the capacity of your air conditioning and heating system to determine if your AC system is oversized or undersized.

 

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