Why is Spring Maintenance So Important for our Air Conditioners?

Proper cleaning and rising of the outdoor and indoor coils are a big part of ac maintenance.
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As a small business owner of Corman and Sons A/C and Heating, who’s personally been in the field of HVAC services for most of my life, I’ve just about seen it all and heard it all, when it comes to ac maintenance and the need for service.  Growing up with a Father who is an air conditioning serviceman aka AC Tech, he has shared so many scary and funny stories about his discoveries when cleaning, servicing an air conditioner, and when crawling and swimming in the itchy insulation in customers attics, yikes!  LOL  Back in the day during the 1970’s and 1980’s things were different than they are today especially when it comes to air conditioning equipment and how much it has evolved. For instance, a seer rating, what is a SEER rating?  Well, it’s a seasonal energy efficiency rating that determines how much energy your residential central air conditioners are saving and or wasting, or in other words, it’s inefficiency.  Why is this important you may ask yourself?  Well, today we all are concerned now about our energy usage and how we as consumers can help our planet by not being wasteful and caring about what we use and how we can save, right?   Well if you answered yes, then you are like most of our customers who call in every day to set up and schedule their seasonal ac tune up for Spring like clockwork.  Why do we call it preventative maintenance?  Preventative maintenance for our a/c units is just that.  We are getting prepared for our hot sizzling summer, knowing that our air conditioners need to be in optimal tip top shape to withstand the scorching temperatures, and so we are not left without cool air when we need it most!  Like on the fourth of July when everyone is visiting you at your house, and the A/C stops working!  Ahhhhhh!!! That is what most homeowners are thinking about when Spring hits and the temperature starts to rise.  They really want to prevent this sort of thing from happening, because we have all been there before one time or another and it feels terrible.  Then again, there are a lot of us who are just not thinking about it, for example, “out of sight, out of mind” yeah it happens, we take it for granted that our ac unit is just going to work, and we are not trying to neglect our systems but in fact, that is what we are doing in a way.  Many of our customers think it’s only been six months to a year since the last ac tune up, when in fact, the last time we performed any type of service was almost 2 or 3 years ago, and that just goes to show you how quickly the time flies!  Don’t feel bad, we all do it,  we just simply forget.  This is a huge issue with a lot of us who have so many other things to worry about, and it just doesn’t cross our minds until our central ac isn’t functioning, and we are hot and sweaty.  Our air conditioners are tucked away in the backyard or on the roof and we don’t see it everyday, but we just know that it has to work when we go to the ac thermostat and set our temperature, praying it will cool down!  Does this sound familiar?  Did you know a frog or a snake who like to make homes in our a/c condensers outside can stop your air conditioner from cooling in a matter of seconds if they crawl into the electrical components?  We see this all the time, and proper maintenance is a good way to keep these critters out avoiding these types of interruptions.  So let’s get back to the subject of why maintenance agreements with your local air conditioning company, like Corman and Sons is a great way to stay on task.  For instance, isn’t great to have a comfort team who is looking out for your best interest who helps you maintain a great system?  Yes, we all need a helping hand, and the team at Corman and Sons is always here for you when you need us most!  As a Trane Comfort Specialist, we also encourage you to print out a Maintenance Checklist for your home, visit the Trane website for more details.  Here is the link so you can get started! https://www.trane.com/residential/en/for-owners/maintenance-tips/.  Don’t wait till it breaks to call!  Sign up for maintenance and join our comfort club, so we can keep you on task and send you reminders when it’s time to service your hvac system, either annually or bi-annually.  Our comfort coordinators are ready to serve and answer all of your questions regarding the different maintenance programs we offer.  Give us a call or text us today at (352)343-8578 so we can get you started on your comfort journey with the crew who cares!

Ac Not Cooling Causes Troubleshooting Guide

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Why is My Air Conditioner Not Cooling my Home?

The most common reasons your air conditioning system is not cooling:

  1. Clogged, dirty, or incorrect type of filter.
  2. Thermostat is not adjusted properly.
  3. Air flow to the condenser is restricted or blocked.
  4. Low refrigerant/coolant.
  5. Ductwork connection has dislocated.
  6. Fuse or electrical connection has malfunctioned.
  7. Dirt accumulation at the condenser.
  8. Undersized HVAC system.
  9. Thermostat is broken.
  10. Compressor is failing.

AC Not Cooling House Troubleshooting Guide

When your air conditioning system isn’t cooling, pinpointing the cause is a process of elimination.

Let’s start at your thermostat…

Check the settings on your thermostat. Does your thermostat have power? Is is set to cool? If there is no power to the thermostat, your AC will not work.  Ensure the setting is set to “cool” and not “heat.”

Then, head over to your filter…

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  • If your filter is clogged it will restrict airflow.  If the incorrect filter is placed, it can also restrict or block airflow.  Do you have a HEPA filter?  Some older HVAC systems struggle to pull enough air through a HEPA filter. If you have an older HVAC system and you have a thick HEPA filter, try changing the filter to a filter with a lower MERV rating.  Changing your filter is simple. Your HVAC filter should be changed every three months.Inspect Your Condenser (located outside, square shaped component)Your condenser should be free from dirt.  Additionally, the area around your condenser should be clear and clean.  If you have shrubs growing around the unit, it could be restricting air flow.If there is dirt and debris buildup around your condenser, you can simply clean it with a hose.  Use a low pressure stream of water to wash off your condenser..
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  • Many residential properties will have what’s called – a packaged HVAC system.  This is where your system is located on the roof.  If your AC is located on the roof, you will not have a condenser located in your yard.

    If Your Air Conditioning System is Still Not Cooling, It’s possible one of these issues exist.

    1. Your AC system is low on refrigerant.
    2. A section of your ductwork connection dislocated.
    3. A fuse or an electrical connection has malfunctioned.
    4. If your HVAC is new, you may have an undersized HVAC system.
    5. Your compressor could be failing.

    If one of these above issues exist, it’s best to call a licensed, qualified AC repair company to come onsite and diagnose your problem.

    Why Do People Choose Corman & Sons to Fix their AC When It’s Not Cooling?

    “Working with us you will save money, receive prompt, professional service, and have your property looked after.”

    Mindy Rodriguez | Corman & Sons Owner

    • Licensed and Certified through NATE
    • Upfront, Honest, and Responsive
    • BBB Members with an A+ Rating
    • We Strictly Follow HVAC Code Regulations
    • Bonded, Insured, and Qualified to Care for You and Your HVAC
    • 16 Years in Business Serving Your Neighborhood

    We Serve Your Area

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Trane Hvac System Cost Ratings Reviews 2018

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Trane HVAC System Cost

When shopping for new central air equipment, understandably, price is at the forefront of your shopping initiative.

Because HVAC systems are not “plug and play,” calculating costs for these types of installations can vary greatly between units and the property they are being assembled in.

Before going over costs it’s important we mention- the most important decision you can make before purchasing your new HVAC unit, is choosing the right contractor.  Why Choose a Trane Comfort Specialist

Statistics have shown, about 25% of the money we spend in heating and cooling utility costs are due to inefficiencies in the way the HVAC system was installed.

The performance and longevity of your system will rely to a considerable degree on how the HVAC installer chooses to construct your system.

With that in mind, here are some typical prices for Trane units.

Trane HVAC System Average Price
Trane XV20i $6,000 to $11,746
Trane XL20i $4,561 to $10,325
Trane XL19i $4,300 to $9,890
Trane XV18 $4,327 to $9,511
Trane XL18i $4,000 to $9,000
Trane XR17 $3,850 to $8,817
Trane XL16i $3,797 to $8,625
Trane XR16 or XB16 $3,692 to $8,564
Trane XR15 $3,485 to $8,419
Trane XL15i $3,390 to $8,340
Trane XR14 $3,168 to $8,291
Trane XL14i $3,099 to $8,187
Trane XR13 $3,060 to $7,234
Trane XB13 $2,955 to $6,250

Trane HVAC System Reviews 2018

According to a recent study by AdWeek, statistics show that 81% of consumers conduct online research before making a major purchase.  Stats also show that 60% of consumers will read product reviews online before choosing their product.=

When searching for reviews on HVAC systems, you will likely see more negative reviews than positive ones.  In fact, Consumer Reports shows Trane as having a 1 out of 5 star review.

But here’s the problem with these reviews from Consumer Reports…

If you had a central air conditioner installed and it worked perfectly after installation, would you go online and write a positive review on the manufacturer or the HVAC installer?

Presumably, like most people, you would  write the positive review on the HVAC installer, not the system manufacturer.

However…

If your system failed prematurely, you would most likely blame the manufacturer of the equipment, not the HVAC installer.

In this circumstance,  you would immediately go online and express your negative experience with your central air equipment and use the brand name as the culpable party.

What most consumers don’t understand, is that premature failure of your HVAC equipment is predominantly induced by the installing contractor.

If your equipment fails 2 years after installation, it’s probably the contractor’s fault, not the HVAC brand name.

Do you see why Consumer Reports can have a very skewed and oblique review on HVAC manufacturers?

Here at Corman & Sons, we install any make and model HVAC system.  However, we get asked often…

“Which is the best HVAC system to go with?”

Although each answer can vary based on unique situations, we more than often recommend Trane.

Why does Corman and Sons recommend Trane?

After being in the HVAC industry for multiple decades, our experience servicing and installing Trane equipment, has been nothing short of remarkable.  Not only do we see these systems outlast others,  they have longevity, durability, and unique warranties.

We also experience first-hand how Trane stays on the cutting edge of technology to ensure each new unit runs at peak performance.

Additionally, Trane provides unparalleled support to their dealers and installers.  When parts, accessories, or warranty replacements are needed, Trane has always delivered the best overall service to their dealers.

Trane HVAC System Ratings 2018

Trane makes a variety of residential HVAC products.  You can view them all by visiting here: Trane Residential Products.

ConsumerReports.org had a large owner survey regarding the owner satisfaction with Trane. When it came to reliability, Trane had above average feedback from owners and HVAC experts.

Why does Trane have above average ratings?

A unique, and critical part of Trane’s longevity is their testing.  Trane uses a performance factory to run their equipment in extreme heat, extreme cold, rain, and snow to ensure under harsh conditions the HVAC systems still work as intended.

Other Unique Features from Trane:

Spine-Fin Coils: Trane makes their coils out of aluminum.  Which is 5 times more resistant to corrosion than coils made of copper.  The design of the coil fosters more efficient heat transfer.

Variable Speed Cooling: Better humidity control, improved indoor air-quality, and quieter when operating are all features of Trane’s variable speed cooling abilities.

Proprietary Compressor:  Instead of outsourcing the fabrication of it’s compressor, like nearly 80% of other companies, Trane makes it’s own compressor. This allows the system to work better and operate at optimum levels.

Exclusive Air Scrubbing System:  Improved indoor air quality derives right inside the unit.  Trane Clean Effects  is a whole house air cleaner that is 100 times more effective than a standard air filter.

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Remember, the most important part isn’t the brand name you choose, but the contractor your hire to install it.

HVAC systems don’t snap together and plug in.  When your contractor purchases the HVAC, it is in pieces and is uncalibrated.

Your HVAC installer really is the person at the end of the manufacturing line.

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Air Filter Wet Ac Unit Symptoms In Hvac

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What to do when your HVAC air filter is wet?

Before you run your HVAC system again, you’ll definitely need to replace your filter. You’ll also want to confirm the cause of water.

Running your HVAC system while the filter is wet can spread moisture throughout your ductwork and home. This moisture, if left alone, can result in mildew and bacteria growth.

How to Clear a Clogged HVAC Condensation Drain?

If you can find the end of the drain, the simplest way is through the use of a shop-vac.

  1. Locate the end of the condensation drain.
  2. Utilizing a shop-vac, attach the hose to the condensate drain and seal the connection with tape, or a towel to create an air-tight connection.
  3. Turn the shop-vac on to attempt sucking out the debris from the drain.

If you’d like video instructions on how to achieve this, you can watch this brief YouTube video here: Unclog AC Condensation Drain Line

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Our HVAC experts are specially trained and hold the North American Technician Excellence Certification through N.A.T.E.

We will ensure your HVAC repairs are completed to building codes

That’s why more people in Florida count on us.

We Come Prepared to Take Care of You

We offer many services to make sure that we can meet your needs. We have the qualifications to make the appropriate recommendations for your property. Saving you money, and giving you peace of mind.

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Does Ac Need Recharging

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To provide you with clarity- the term “Freon” is commonly used to mean refrigerant. However, “Freon” is actually a brand name of refrigerant.  There are different types of refrigerant, and your AC system needs a specific type.

How Do I Know if My AC Needs Freon/Refrigerant?

If your AC is not cooling your home, there could be a chance your system is low on refrigerant.

If you run your AC without the required amount of refrigerant,  it can induce other problems.

If you suspect your HVAC system is low on freon/refrigerant, call us at 352-343-8578.  If you explain what you are experiencing with your system, we can elaborate on the required steps to get your equipment operating again.

How Much Freon/Refrigerant Does My AC Need?

This depends on your specific AC system.  Your HVAC equipment will come with a label that provides these specific details.  The size of your air conditioner, the length of the copper refrigerant lines, the SEER rating, and the model of your system are variables that need to be considered, prior to knowing how much refrigerant your AC will need.

How Often Does My Air Conditioner Need Freon/Refrigerant?

As long as your system is leak free, your HVAC should not require freon/refrigerant.

Here is the reason why…

The refrigerant inside your AC is contained, and flows only through a sealed, closed loop set of coils. This freon just circulates through your closed system to help cool the air.  Refrigerant is not designed to be used up like fuel inside of a vehicle.  As long as your system does not have a leak, you should never need a freon charge.

If you are experiencing a situation where your HVAC is running but not cooling, you may have a refrigerant leak.

AC not cooling? Common causes, fixes, and troubleshooting guide. 

Would you like an HVAC specialist to evaluate your system for low refrigerant?  We can help.

How Can I Tell if I My AC Is Leaking Refrigerant?

Without an appropriate pressure test, it would be challenging to confirm a refrigerant leak in your system.

However, the most common signs of refrigerant leaks are…

  1. Your AC is not cooling the home.
  2. Visible ice buildup on your evaporator coils
  3. Your AC system makes a “hissing” sound while running.
  4. The AC seems to run longer than normal.
  5. Recently higher utility bills.
  6. Heat blows out of your ducts instead of cool air.

If your HVAC system is having an issue and you would like to hire professional help, then we are the company to count on.

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Central Ac Blowing Hot Air Causes Fixes Faq

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Typically, when your central air conditioner is blowing hot air, it’s due to these three main reasons:

  1. Your thermostat may be set to “Heat” and not “Cool”
  2. Your HVAC fan is “On” and not “Auto”
  3. Your compressor (located outside of your home) is clogged, dirty, or has malfunctioned.

These problems can be easily fixed by setting your thermostat to “Cool,” ensuring your HVAC fan is set to “auto,” and reassure your compressor is not clogged or dirty.

If you confirmed none of the above components are your issue- Why else would your home’s air conditioner be blowing warm air?

  1. Your compressor may have broken down.
  2. Your HVAC filter could be dirty or needs replacement.
  3. Tripped electrical breaker
  4. Insufficient quantity of freon/refrigerant.

If your compressor seems to be running, and you’ve checked all other aspects of your system, your HVAC unit may be leaking refrigerant.

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Finding a refrigerant leak is extremely difficult unless you have specialized HVAC equipment to detect a leak in your refrigerant lines.

Refrigerant leak detection is best left to a licensed HVAC company.

Why Do More People Choose Corman and Sons for their Air Conditioning Repairs?

Our Integrity and Credibility – We have been serving people of Florida since 1992. Your neighbor probably knows us.

Our Advanced HVAC Equipment – Specialty tools allow us to diagnose faster, repair quicker, and save you money!

The Warranties We Provide to You – Pay only once for the repairs we make and you’ll have a guarantee that it will work right, or we fix it free!

Liability Insurances – Don’t hire contractors without adequate insurance. Who pays for accidents? We carry full insurance lines to protect you, your property, and our team members.

Our Reputation – Check out some of our many customer reviews online. You’ll see that we are rated 5-stars.

Licenses and Certifications – We come to your property more than qualified and our technicians are NATE certified.

Need help figuring out why your central air conditioner is blowing warm/hot air?

Don’t sweat… call Corman & Sons. We can handle it.

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Why Is One Room So Hot Common Causes And Fixes

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WHY IS ONE ROOM IN MY HOUSE HOTTER THAN THE OTHERS?

If one room in your home is more warm than the others, and you’ve already checked for closed duct vents, you may have an unbalanced HVAC system.

An unbalanced air conditioning system means that each room in your home is not getting an equal amount of conditioned air flow.

Unbalanced HVAC systems can be induced by inadequate installations or a flaw in the design and construction of your HVAC install.

COMMON PROBLEMS OF AN UNBALANCED HVAC SYSTEM:

  • Insufficient quantity (or too many) vents in each room.
  • Poorly insulated ductwork.
  • Ductwork length too great and limits air flow.
  • Ductwork design flaw.
  • Undersized or oversized HVAC
  • If your home had an addition or renovation you were unaware of before you came into possession.
    Incorrect quantity of necessary vents.

An unbalanced HVAC system is not generally something that can be fixed by the average DIY person.

HOW DO YOU BALANCE AN HVAC SYSTEM?

Ensuring that all the air being distributed through your ductwork has an equal flow is the process of “balancing.”

First, an HVAC inspection needs to be completed. Then, a proper load calculation and air flow test is conducted to help zero in on the root cause. Finally, a plan for remedying can then be executed.

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WHY SHOULD I BALANCE MY HVAC UNIT?

  • Extends the life of your air conditioner
  • Eliminates unequal hot and cold rooms
  • Increases energy efficiency and can lower your utility bills.
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Why Is My Ac Buzzing 5 Reasons Your Ac Is Humming Buzzing

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WHY IS MY AC BUZZING/HUMMING? 5 REASONS YOUR AC IS HUMMING/BUZZING.

Several different problems can induce a buzzing/humming noise in your HVAC system.

The most common issues are:

  1. Failing Capacitor: A humming noise is common when the capacitor starts to break down.
  2. Malfunctioning Compressor: Incorrect amperage can trigger a loud buzzing sound.
  3. Loose Parts inside the HVAC: Your system has moving parts that need to work in sync. If a part becomes detached, noises occur.
  4. Refrigerant Leaks: Freon leaks may cause your system to freeze up. As a result, a buzzing sound may happen.
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5. Fan Motor Seized:: When the fan is jammed or stuck, it creates a humming/buzzing sound as it’s trying to spin.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY AC IS HUMMING/BUZZING?

It’s best to stop running your HVAC system and contact an HVAC professional to evaluate and diagnose the cause of noise.  Even if your AC is cooling the home while the noise occurs, it could be a sign of a more serious issue.

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