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Do You Need a Heating Unit Tune-Up?

Posted by on Nov 16, 2018 in Heating, HVAC, Sarasota | Comments Off on Do You Need a Heating Unit Tune-Up?

Do You Need a Heating Unit Tune-Up?

heating unitWinter is coming! Are you ready to fire up your heating unit to keep you and your family warm this winter, or are you not sure it even works at this point? Modern Air & Refrigeration wants to help you prepare for what is predicted to be a colder than average winter this year. We outlined several steps for you to check to see if your heating unit needs a tune-up to save your budget from potential costly repairs.

Heating Unit Maintenance

Do you perform annual equipment checks on your heating and air conditioning unit? If not it might time to start. Not only is regular maintenance recommended for your thousands of dollars’ worth investment, not getting your HVAC inspected regularly could invalidate your manufacturer’s warranty. Pull out your unit’s warranty and make sure you are meeting all the requirements. The middle of a freezing winter is not the time to find out your heating unit is no longer covered for what could be costly repairs that are out of your control.

Common Heating Unit Issues  

The most common sign that something might be awry with your heating unit is your electric bill. Take the time to compare it to the year before or a more comparable cold period to judge whether your electric bill matches up. Your bill should naturally increase as you turn up the thermostat but it shouldn’t be breaking your budget with astronomical costs. Your ears are your next detective when it comes to heating unit issues. Do you hear sudden or jarring noises when the heat kicks in? A little noise is fine, but too much noise could be the sign of an issue that might be getting worse every time the unit is used. Do you have cold areas in your home that just never seem to warm up? This could indicate a heating unit not being able to cover the whole home with warmth.

Heating Unit Repair Options

Heating units are an integral part of your heating and air conditioning unit. Problems and issues are usually not limited to one part of the system. For that reason, we recommend you acquire the services of a professional to take a look at your heating unit if you think it might have an issue or even if all you need is an inspection. One thing to keep in mind in your search is to pick an HVAC provider who will not charge you an arm and a leg just to take a look at your system. You want a company that is confident in its services enough to evaluate your issue without charging you first.

Do you need professional help with your heating unit? Reach out to Modern Air & Refrigeration, your local Sarasota HVAC system specialists 24/7 at (941) 727-0330 or send us a quick message.

Is it Time to Upgrade to a Heat Pump?

Posted by on Oct 29, 2018 in Air Conditioning, HVAC, Sarasota | Comments Off on Is it Time to Upgrade to a Heat Pump?

Is it Time to Upgrade to a Heat Pump?

heat pumpBrrr! Winter weather is here! All around the Sarasota area heating systems are kicking in for the first time in months. This is a good time as any to explore heating options. Is that old furnace really the best way to warm your home or is time to invest in heat pump? Modern Air & Refrigeration is here to help. We have put together a handy guide for you on the pros and cons of a heat pump complete with an offer to help you manage costs for our budget wise homeowners.

What is a Heat Pump?

Let’s begin our heating and air journey with a definition of a heat pump. A modern-day heat pump serves two functions as part of a heating and cooling system. It can act to both heat and cool a home depending on the needs of an AC system. A typical installation consists of two parts: an indoor unit usually referred to as an air handler and an outdoor unit usually called a heat pump. A compressor between these two pieces regulates temperature by absorbing or releasing heat as necessary.

Cons of a Heat Pump

Let’s start with why a heat pump might not be the solution for your heating needs. First heat pumps are not ideal for climates where the temperature regularly falls near or below freezing. This is due to a heat pump’s mode of operation. Heating freezing air to hot air takes a lot of energy for your heat pump and therefore has a noticeable effect on your electric bill. This is also why a heat pump’s heated air is often described by past furnace users as “not as warm”. The next drawback to a heat pump is size. Since a heat pump typically has an indoor and outdoor component it requires more space inside and outside.

Pros of a Heat Pump

The benefits of having an HVAC unit that uses a heat pump are numerous. There is a reason why they are the preferred method for heating homes in recent times. Heat pumps are more energy efficient drawing their source from electricity rather than gas from their older furnace counterparts. They cost less to install and operate quieter than furnaces. Since they use electricity they eliminate the old risk of carbon monoxide poisoning as well. Overall cost per cost a heat pump is the recommended way to heat and cool your home.

Read to upgrade your HVAC needs with a heat pump? Reach out to Modern Air & Refrigeration your local Sarasota HVAC specialists 24/7 at (941) 727-0330 or send us a quick message. We have financing deals available to help with costs.

Benefits of Leasing an Ice Machine

Posted by on Oct 24, 2018 in Ice Machine, News, Sarasota | Comments Off on Benefits of Leasing an Ice Machine

Benefits of Leasing an Ice Machine

commercial ice machineCommercial ice machines don’t come cheap. Furthermore, maintenance and upkeep can run into thousands of dollars. Modern Air & Refrigeration aims to take all of your Sarasota commercial ice machine headaches away. We continue to strive to be your one stop shop for all of your commercial ice machine needs. We sell, service, lease, maintain and even clean commercial ice machines at an affordable price.

Buying an Ice Machine

This is the easiest approach to using a commercial ice machine. However, this approach requires a large initial capital expenditure that may prove to be a stopping block for most small businesses operating on tight budgets. The costs don’t stop there unfortunately. Large commercial ice machines require constant maintenance to meet standards of operations. Unmaintained machines risk early failure and potentially large fines from regulatory agencies.

Leasing an Ice Machine

For businesses who need an ice machine now with little to no initial capital outlay, there is leasing. Commercial ice machine leasing allows a business to start using fresh ice immediately with minimal effort. Maintenance is usually included and businesses can count on the leasing company to replace the ice machine if it ever becomes inoperable. There is a catch however in the form of long-term contracts that usually last anywhere from two to four years.

Modern Air & Refrigeration Ice Machine Leasing Difference

Not all commercial ice machine leasing services are built the same. Modern Air & Refrigeration believes in providing a hassle-free ice machine leasing experience to any client that chooses us as their provider. We offer the following industry leading features with our ice machine leases:

  • No Capital Investment – and no long-term ice machine lease or contract to sign
  • Maintenance Free – our trained staff handles all service
  • Worry-Free – you’ll never run out of ice
  • Risk-Free – as your needs change, we modify your subscription
  • Delivered with personal service and professional training

Read your own commercial ice machine? Reach out to Modern Air & Refrigeration your local Sarasota commercial ice machine leasing specialists 24/7 at (941) 727-0330 or send us a quick message.

Trane – America’s Most Reliable HVAC System

Posted by on Sep 27, 2018 in Air Conditioning, HVAC | Comments Off on Trane – America’s Most Reliable HVAC System

Trane – America’s Most Reliable HVAC System

Choosing an HVAC system can be a stressful proposition. Your HVAC contractor such as, Modern Air & Refrigeration, will usually make a recommendation based on your wants and needs. But what’s behind the brand? What separates the different system manufacturers that you entrust your HVAC needs in for the next 15 to 20 years? Today we explore Trane, one of the oldest HVAC producers in the world.

A Trane Full of History

Trane was founded in La Crosse, Wisconsin in 1885 by a Norwegian immigrant entrepreneur named James Trane. The cold Wisconsin winters inspired James to create a low-pressure heating system called the Trane Vapor Heating System. In 1913 he joined with his son Reuben Trane to incorporate The Trane Company. Reuben, a mechanical engineer, solidified the company’s innovative reputation with the invention of the convector radiator in 1923. Fast forward to 2018 Trane is a global operator employing more than 29,000 people with over 400 locations in 100 different countries.

The Trane Difference

Trane has never strayed from its innovative background. The company’s culture and philosophy is built around reliability and durability. The industry has taken notice. For example, Trane’s latest innovation, Trane CleanEffects, was just named the world’s most effective whole-house air filtration system by an independent Harvard-led study. Trane is one of the few manufactures that owns its own patents, meaning every product is internally designed, tested, and supported throughout its lifetime by Trane.

Get a Trane HVAC Today

Modern Air & Refrigeration wants to help you get on the Trane “train” today. Browse through out our ever increasing discounts to help you manage the costs of a new AC system. We also offer discounts on maintenance. The savings don’t end there. We now have financing available on any brand equipment and service including Trane.

Reach out to Modern Air & Refrigeration your local Sarasota HVAC system specialists 24/7 at (941) 727-0330 or send us a quick message.

3 Easy Common AC Repair Tips

Posted by on Sep 25, 2018 in AC Service, Air Conditioning, Sarasota, Tips | Comments Off on 3 Easy Common AC Repair Tips

3 Easy Common AC Repair Tips

AC repair tipsModern Air & Refrigeration of Sarasota understands that sometimes calling in the pros is an expensive proposition. There are several steps you can take in your home or office to fix the most common types of AC problems before considering calling in the pros. Your Modern Air AC repair experts have put together a list of the top 3 easy common AC repair tips you can do yourself.

Problem 1: AC’s not working

Check your breaker! If your AC system is simply not responding or working the first place you should check is your circuit breaker. Your AC uses a significant portion of your home’s electricity and is among the first breakers most likely to “trip” in case of power surge. It can be very concerning not hearing your system turn on at all but take a deep breath and a brisk walk to your circuit breaker first before panicking. This tip is the Cadillac of AC repair tips and could save you hundreds on service call fees.

Problem 2: Replace your air filter

Your air filter is the first line of defense for your AC system. It affects the efficiency of your system and works every second that your AC is running. If your air conditioner is turning on and off repeatedly this could be the culprit. If it is working but with subpar cooling effects compared to what you are used to, this could be the issue again. Clogged air filters are the number one cause of AC repair requests calls from homeowners.

Problem 3: Blank thermostat screen

This one is a little tricky. The AC thermostat is almost an afterthought when considering the behemoth that encompasses an entire air conditioning system. Some homeowners may not be aware that the thermostat runs on battery. If your thermostat is blank or blinking it might be time to replace the batteries. Try this and replace the thermostat housing back on the wall. If this doesn’t fix it, it might be time to call your local Sarasota AC repair professionals for assistance.

Do you prefer a professional’s touch with your Sarasota AC repair needs? Reach out to Modern Air & Refrigeration your local Sarasota HVAC system specialists 24/7 at (941) 727-0330 or send us a quick message.