Gary Munson Heating & Air Conditioning Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Common AC Repairs to Look For

Monday, June 1st, 2020
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Air conditioners have trouble all the time, but telling the difference between something like a refrigerant leak and a clogged filter is a bit more complicated. That’s where a professional technician can come into play. We’ve got the experience and the tools to boil these issues down to a science, finding the root of a problem and fixing it.

That being said, it couldn’t hurt to inform homeowners to the point where they can more accurately call us for help. Every problem has its source, and if a homeowner can provide us with the right details, as well as know what to expect when it comes to how expensive the repair will be, then the process of air conditioning repair in Winter Park, FL can be much smoother!

Keep reading and we’ll let you in on some of the more common AC problems we come across in our neck of the woods.

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4 Noises and What They Mean

Monday, May 4th, 2020
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Noises can mean everything in our day to day lives, and when it comes to air conditioners this is no exception. From our smoke alarms to our regular morning alarms, we rely on our ears to notify us when there’s something wrong. Alarms tend to be bells or high pitched noises because they better catch our attention and make us uncomfortable, which then prompts us to change something—whether that be getting out of bed or take the burning baked ziti out of the oven!

In regard to air conditioners, noises still serve this same purpose. If there is something wrong with your air conditioner and it requires AC repair in Winter Park, FL, it could be expressing this issue through a loud or obnoxious noise.

That’s why we’re going to go over some of the more common noises that can be expressed through your air conditioner. If any of these noises sound familiar or are things you’re constantly experiencing, it could absolutely be time to call us for repairs.

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When to Tell If It’s Time to Replace Your AC

Monday, April 20th, 2020
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Telling the difference between a struggling AC that needs repairs and an AC that’s on its last legs boils down to a science. While professional technicians might be able to tell where on that scale a system might be, homeowners have trouble deciding whether or not they should pay for a repair or replacement and ultimately it’s their decision. Today we’re going to talk a little bit about how an air conditioner starts to falter and what you can do about it.

Do you call our team again for a targeted repair? Or do you call it quits and decide to start investing in a whole system replacement? Only with the right information and a team dedicated to HVAC service in Orlando, FL will you be able to make the right call. Hopefully, with the information we’ve provided down below, making that right decision won’t be so hard.

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How to Choose an Air Conditioner

Monday, April 6th, 2020
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There are a lot of words going around these days from ductless air conditioners, to heat pumps, and for homeowners that haven’t purchased a new air conditioner in a while, it can be pretty overwhelming. After all, you’re most-likely way to busy to spend hours of your day searching for the best, most efficient cooling system to invest in.

Thankfully, we can give you the lowdown in a quick read. Don’t worry about having to web search every HVAC glossary term you come across, we can try to explain how each of these systems works and what the benefit would be to your home. Each AC installation in Orlando, FL has unique advantages, and we’d like to spell those advantages out clearly so that you’re more informed when you purchase your system.

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Ductless Air Conditioners: A Buyer’s Guide

Monday, March 23rd, 2020
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Ductless air conditioners are all the rage, and for good reason! They’re hyper-efficient, incredibly effective cooling machines that provide year-round comfort for families in homes that don’t have the advantage of ductwork. If you’ve just moved into a home that’s old or too small for ductwork, while your heater might be well-equipped for such a change, you might be able to use the installation of a ductless air conditioner.

However, we’re constantly having to explain how exactly ductless systems in Orlando, FL work to homeowners who just don’t know the science behind them—and that’s okay! Anything we can do to inform homeowners about such advanced pieces of equipment is worth it to us.

So, are you interested in such a system but you’re not sure how it works or what the advantages are? Don’t worry, follow along and we’ll get to the bottom of it.

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AC FAQ: What Is Short Cycling?

Monday, December 30th, 2019
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We like to think of air conditioners as silent protectors, quietly cooling our homes while they sit outside doing their thing. However, when problems arise, sometimes it’s up to homeowners to figure out what’s going on using their keen senses!

One of those problems is called short-cycling, which is the process of your air conditioner turning on and off too quickly without performing a full cooling cycle. AC units need to run an entire cycle in order to cool your home properly and effectively, otherwise, they risk straining certain components of the system and causing a premature breakdown. So, let’s try avoiding that premature breakdown by talking about what causes the short-cycling of an air conditioner and how you can prevent such a problem.

If the problem requires professional AC repairs, don’t fret! Call our team for air conditioning repair in Orlando, FL and get this nipped in the bud before the scorching summer approaches!

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Everything You Need to Know About the 2020 ODS Phaseout

Monday, December 16th, 2019
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While we might be the only area in the country still talking about air conditioners, we have a distinct advantage for the coming refrigerant phaseout. We’d like to use this post as an announcement for everyone looking at AC repair in Orlando, FL since there’s a major change coming in the field of air conditioning refrigerant, and we’d like you to be prepared!

Starting January 1st, 2020, as part of the EPA regulations under the Clean Air Act, substances that have a high ozone depletion potential (known as Ozone Depleting Substances [ODS]), like R-22 refrigerant (Freon) will not be imported and the only amount that will still be usable will be from remaining stockpiles in the United States.

What does that mean for you? Well, strap in, because we’ll give you a detailed overview of who these new regulations will affect and how to mitigate the consequences if you are one of the consumers still using R-22 refrigerant.

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It’s Time to Replace Your Old AC

Monday, November 18th, 2019
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We’ve been talking for a long time about the phase-out of R-22 refrigerant throughout the country, but after a long time waiting it’s finally here! As of January 1st, 2020, hydrochlorofluorocarbons like R-22 refrigerant, which is used in many older air conditioning units, will no longer be produced and imported. The only way to get older refrigerant that is of this type is to purchase R-22 that’s already stockpiled. This could run up costs drastically and make your air conditioner useless if you’re not careful.

If you’ve got an older AC that you suspect might run on R-22 refrigerant, now is the perfect time to get it upgraded into something more efficient, dependable, and environmentally friendly that also won’t cost you an arm and a leg paying for AC repair in Winter Park, FL. Don’t wait until it’s too late, this phase-out is put in place to push people away from using R-22 refrigerant and for good reason!

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It’s Time to Choose Central Air

Monday, November 4th, 2019

If you’ve been struggling while dealing with the hot and humid temperatures of Orlando, it may be because you’re hesitant when it comes to any type of new system installation. It’s a shame that so many families still deal with the heat by buying as many box fans as they can while hoping for the best, as central air conditioners get more efficient, more effective, and more affordable each day.

So, if there was ever a time that you were considering upgrading to a central air conditioner, you might want to take a look below. We’ll go into all the details about what central AC is, how it works, and why it’s the most common air conditioner in the country. We understand that making the decision on purchasing central air conditioning in Orlando, FL is something that takes a lot of time and money, so hopefully, we can provide enough information to make this process a bit easier on you.

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Problems from a Clogged Condensate Drain

Monday, October 21st, 2019
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One of the most important functions of your air conditioner is the removal of moisture from the atmosphere. That muggy feeling causing your clothes to become sticky and covered in sweat quickly disappears when your AC is functioning correctly.

Part of this moisture removal function is draining condensate water that has been taken out of the air. This is where your condensate drain comes in, The water that gets drawn out from the air through condensation turns from gas to liquid, which then drips down into the condensation pan. The water that gets collected in the condensation pan must then be deposited through a drain and away from your home.

In good working order, your condensate drain is a nice drink for your outdoor plants and grass. When clogged though, your condensate drain can cause a multitude of problems in your house, some of which can eventually lead to expensive air conditioning repair in Winter Park, FL. Keep reading to get the full scoop!

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