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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

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.

Fall Heating and Air Conditioning Tips

Posted by on Sep 13, 2018 in Air Conditioning, HVAC, Sarasota, Tips | Comments Off on Fall Heating and Air Conditioning Tips

heating and air conditioning tipsIf this fall season is anything like 2017’s we are in for a doozy of a winter in Sarasota. Smart homeowners should be thinking about preparing their HVAC systems for fall weather right now. Modern Air & Refrigeration is here to help you get ready for the expected and the unexpected this fall. We have assembled together a handy list of fall heating and air conditioning tips to help get you organized.

Heating and Air Conditioning Tips Mainstay

Just like your dentist never stops reminding you to come in for your regular cleaning, your HVAC system’s first tip to prepare for fall is regular maintenance. Modern Air & Refrigeration has one of Sarasota’s most comprehensive A/C preventive maintenance checklists out there. Check it out and go through it to make sure your system is operating at optimal capacity.

Heater System Readiness

A big surprise to a lot of Florida homeowners comes in the form of the first time they turn on their heater. A significant portion of heater systems barely see any use leading to homeowners resting on their laurels when it comes to heater system maintenance. Most heater components are internal and may require some electrical knowledge therefore we recommend employing some professional help to check your heater system. We advise you do a test run of your heater before you need it. Switch your thermostat from cooling to heating and set the temperature a couple of degrees higher than the current room temperature. You should hear the heat kick in. Let it run for an hour or so to test for more nuanced issues.

Ventilation and Insulation

To round out our fall heating and air conditioning tips guide we would be remiss to not include ventilation and insulation. These two components will not only keep your A/C unit functioning at optimal levels but save you a bucket of money when it comes to your electric bill this winter. Replace your filters, check for air flow blocks on your vents, and check your indoor insulation for leaks.

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

Rain Damage on A/C Units Protection Tips

Posted by on Aug 20, 2018 in Air Conditioning, Bradenton, HVAC, News | Comments Off on Rain Damage on A/C Units Protection Tips

rain damage on A/C unitsAir conditioning technology has grown leaps and bounds over the years to become quite insulated from most adverse weather events such as rain. Rain damage on A/C units is now a rare occurrence that is unheard of for most modern home owners. We down in Florida on the other hand are more prone to dealing with A/C operation disruptions caused by water damage or extreme weather events. Modern Air & Refrigeration wants your home to be comfortably warmed and cooled so we have put together a list of dos and do-nots to protect you’re HVAC system from potential rain damage.

Built in A/C Unit Rain Protection

The first step in protecting your Bradenton home HVAC system from potential rain damage would be to understand the way your unit already works to fight against rain damage. Barring catastrophic home damage the outdoor portion of your A/C system is the most likely piece to be damaged by outdoor weather such as rain. The outdoor compressor/condenser units are usually made of aluminum, copper or metal to be resistant to water damage. Electrical components are also insulated and sealed to reduce moisture exposure. Flooding however is another matter.

Flooding Effects on A/C Units

Flooding presents the biggest risk to the outdoor portion of your A/C unit here in Florida. Generally speaking as long as flood waters don’t exceed 15 inches air conditioning units are made to withstand storm damage. It is recommend that if flood waters reach this level contact your local HVAC contractor to check out the unit before restarting it. Starting a water damaged unit may cause more problems for the internal portion of your A/C unit.

Rain Damage on A/C Units Protection Tips

Home owners can take several steps to prevent rain damage on A/C units during adverse weather conditions. First make sure that you have an updated HVAC system built with the latest technology in rain, water and moisture damage. Modern Air & Refrigeration offers several discounts and deals to help waylay some of the costs that may go into updating your home A/C unit. Second it is important to keep track of weather conditions especially extreme events such as flood warnings. Your home may be safe but the outside may be more at risk. Third check your HVAC outdoor unit after any extreme weather condition for water damage, foreign objects such as tree branches, and any out of ordinary noises that may be coming from it.

Need professional help with rain damage on A/C unit protection? Reach out to Modern Air & Refrigeration your local Bradenton HVAC system specialists 24/7 at (941) 727-0330 or send us a quick message.

Air Condition Preventative Maintenance Checklist

Posted by on Jul 25, 2018 in AC Service, Air Conditioning, Sarasota | Comments Off on Air Condition Preventative Maintenance Checklist

air condition preventative maintenanceWhen was the last time you bought or fixed your air condition unit? Was it a pleasant experience? If you’re like us at Modern Air & Refrigeration Sarasota you would rather not spend thousands of dollars in repairs or replacements to your HVAC system anytime soon. That’s why we have put together a handy list of air condition preventative maintenance guide for you to apply to your system to keep it running smoothly, efficiently, and most importantly as long as possible.

Air Condition Preventative Maintenance Saves you Money

Air condition preventative maintenance is a key component of saving money on your heating and cooling costs but it has a multitude of other benefits as well. A well maintenance HVAC system will provide improved air quality within your home. Sustained maintenance saves you money while simultaneously helping the environment. According to the New York Times air conditioning use in the US accounts for about 100 million tons of carbon dioxide expelled into the atmosphere every year! This not insignificant number continues to rise year over year further contributing to rising levels of air pollution.

Outdoor Air Condition Preventative Maintenance

Outdoor air condition preventative maintenance begins with the basics by clearing any dirt, leaves, and other debris from inside and around the unit. Next check around the unit to make sure there are no restricted drain openings that may be limiting you’re a/c’s air intake.  For the more technological savvy homeowners who can open the unit check the coil and cabinet for any obstruction or issues. Check the fan motor and fan blades for wear and lubricate as necessary depending on the age of the a/c unit. If you do not or cannot access the inside of the outdoor air condition unit we recommend you call your local Sarasota a/c repair specialists for your air condition preventative maintenance.

Indoor Air Condition Preventative Maintenance

Indoor air condition preventative maintenance is a little more layman friendly. The first step we recommend is to clean or replace the air filters. This piece of equipment is the first line of defense against poor a/c performance and even worse indoor air quality. Check your thermostat settings and lines to ensure an uninterrupted connection to the rest of the air condition unit. Next check the housing for lint and debris and clean s needed. And lastly inspect the ductwork for leaks and weaknesses and fix as necessary.

Need professional help with your air condition preventative maintenance? Reach out to Modern Air & Refrigeration your local Sarasota HVAC system specialists 24/7 at (941) 727-0330 or send us a quick message.

Your Bradenton HVAC System and Your Pet

Posted by on Jul 20, 2018 in AC Service, Air Conditioning, Bradenton, HVAC | Comments Off on Your Bradenton HVAC System and Your Pet

HVAC SystemAs the summer heat ramps up and up there is another home occupant who appreciates you keeping the house cooled and comfortable. The American Veterinary Medical Foundation estimates that up to 66% of homeowners in the US own a pet. Besides providing excellent company your furry companion affects your HVAC’s performance when it comes to maintenance and upkeep. Your Bradenton HVAC system experts at Modern Air & Refrigeration have put together a handy guide on the do’s and don’ts of pets and HVAC systems.

Comfortable Pets are Happy Pets

We love Florida for its warm weather and sandy beaches. Unfortunately that warm weather comes with humidity and its own sets of challenges. Being domesticated animals, pets also feel the heat and cold as we do and prefer a comfortable indoor environment such as you might like with temperatures between 78 and 81 degrees. This might change depending on the breed of your companion and their originating climates so be sure to take that into account. Your HVAC system temperature should be set with considerations for all occupants of the household including pets.

Pet Hair and AC Systems

Pet hair isn’t just an inconvenience for your clothes, furniture or the floor. Pet hair can also get sucked into your air conditioning unit clogging up the AC filter and potentially causing serious maintenance issues for you in the future. To fight this issue before it becomes a costly HVAC system repair be sure to replace your AC filter on a regular basis. While experts recommend changing your filter every couple of months, if you have a furry friend running around the home this period should be reduced by half to every month.

HVAC System Maintenance with Pets

Unfortunately it’s not just pet hair that you have to worry about when it comes to your HVAC system. Besides shedding pets with hair also produce dander which HVAC systems have a hard time filtering out of their regular air intake. This leads to dirtier AC vents. Dander combined with hair can spell allergen trouble for some people and in some cases even trigger harsher symptoms in asthma sufferers. Modern Air & Refrigeration recommends HVAC system maintenance and cleaning twice a year to keep your AC functioning at optimal levels.

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