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3 Tips to Choosing the Right Commercial HVAC Provider

Posted by on Feb 13, 2019 in AC Service, Sarasota | Comments Off on 3 Tips to Choosing the Right Commercial HVAC Provider

commercial hvac providerThere is a huge difference between choosing an HVAC contractor for your home, and selecting one for your business. For starters residential A/C units are only a fraction of the complexity of their commercial counterparts. Furthermore, in most cases a commercial HVAC contractor operates on a contractual basis adding further trepidation to the decision of choosing a trusted HVAC contractor. Sarasota has several options for your commercial HVAC provider needs but how can you be sure you picked the right one? Modern Air &Refrigeration has 3 key tips to help you make the right choice, the first time.

Commercial HVAC Provider Licensing and Insurance

You cannot even consider a commercial HVAC provider without the right licensing and insurance. Florida law requires contractors to be insured and licensed to operate for consumer protection. Considering or even pursing a contractor without a license puts your HVAC system’s warranty at risk of being void, can risk your business insurance coverage, and has potential to cause you issues should you run into problems with any repairs done by an unlicensed service. Needless to say this is a precarious position you cannot afford for your business concerns.

Commercial HVAC Provider Experience

Experience, experience, and furthermore experience. You may be able to do a few days in your home without your heating and cooling unit functioning. In a commercial environment, however, this means a stoppage in business costing you thousands in lost revenue. The difference between risking potential downtime and expedient service is experience. You cannot risk hiring a commercial HVAC provider with little to no experience in the hopes of shaving off a few pennies from your repair costs. Vet your contractor by calling past clients, asking them for past experiences with HVAC units similar to yours, and checking their business operation history.

Response Time is Key

At the end of the day, a great service from a great commercial HVAC provider means nothing if they can’t reach you in time. This is especially true in our great city of Sarasota. Every minute when your A/C is down could potentially spell the loss of merchandise in the thousands of dollars. Take into consideration licenses, insurance, experience but most importantly how fast can your HVAC contractor get to you. How available are they to service your needs at a moment’s notice? Make sure to vet any potential service for their response times to your specific location.

Call Modern Air and Refrigeration’s 24/7 commercial HVAC provider line at (941) 727-0330 or send us a quick message for more information.

3 Tips to Help Your Air Conditioner Last Longer

Posted by on Jan 29, 2019 in Air Conditioning, HVAC, News, Tips | Comments Off on 3 Tips to Help Your Air Conditioner Last Longer

3 Tips to Help Your Air Conditioner Last Longer

Air Conditioner Last LongerThe last thing on any homeowner wants to do is buy a new air conditioning system. Modern Air & Refrigeration understands that this key component of your home needs to work for as long as possible and as efficient as possible. With this in mind, we have compiled a list of 3 key tips to help your air conditioner last longer. These actionable tips are basic and can be applied by any homeowner or business owner today!

Keep Temperatures Consistent

The first tip we have to help your air conditioner last longer lies in consistency. All else being equal, even with perfect upkeep, your air conditioner won’t last long if you frequently and constantly adjust the thermostat. Smart thermostats are a saving grace with today’s HVAC systems that ensures a consistent temperature with minimal interruption from you the user. Wide ranges of change in temperature apply undue stress and pressure to your AC’s operations reducing optimal performance.

Change Your Air Conditioner Filter

We probably sound like a broken record about air filters at this point. But it’s worth mentioning time and time again. One of the easiest ways to help your air conditioner last longer as well as keep your air clean is simply changing your air filter on a regular basis. This crucial piece of your HVAC system is the first line of defense against any loss in heating or cooling performance. Although most filters need only be changed once every two months, we recommend you check them every month. Use of air conditioning is a very important factor in determining how long a filter will last.

Regular HVAC Maintenance

It can be tempting to skip this essential service in an attempt to save money, but in your pursuit to help your air conditioner last longer this tip is a critical component. Regular HVAC maintenance is a necessity to any AC system regardless the absence of any negative symptoms. Preventative care can increase the lifetime of your AC exponentially. A qualified HVAC contractor will also be familiar with your system, warranty coverages, and any weaknesses that need regular upkeep. When selecting your contractor make sure they are certified to operate in your area with the proper insurance to do the necessary maintenance work.

Call Modern Air and Refrigeration’s 24/7 line at (941) 727-0330 or send us a quick message to schedule your discounted HVAC maintenance.

Sarasota Winter Home Heating Safety Tips

Posted by on Jan 17, 2019 in AC Service, HVAC, Sarasota, Tips | Comments Off on Sarasota Winter Home Heating Safety Tips

winter home heating Winter home heating comes with its own set of challenges. Unlike cooler air, heat has a tendency to encourage combustion when improperly used. The Centers for Disease Control estimate that on average 400 people die annually from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning. A significant portion of these deaths occur during winter time from faulty home heating implementation. Modern Air & Refrigeration your local Sarasota HVAC experts has put together a set of tips for you to avoid winter home heating dangers such as carbon monoxide poisoning and fires.

Winter Home Heating Safety: Carbon Monoxide Safety

The two most prominent dangers to you and your home this winter will come in the form of fire and carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death. It’s produced any time a fossil fuel is burned such as a grill, your heating system depending on the type, and your car.  Your first line of defense against carbon monoxide is a handy carbon monoxide detector. What are equally as important as the CO detector are your regular checks on its batteries. Additionally the CDC recommends yearly checks on your home HVAC system to catch any low-level leaks your detector might miss.

Winter Home Heating Safety: Preventing Fires

The U.S. Fire Administration estimates that 890 people die in winter home fires every year, accompanied by over $2 billion in property loss. Heating related fires were second only to fires caused by cooking. FEMA recommends yearly maintenance on HVAC units to catch any issues before they aggravate to the point of a fire. To prevent potential home fires from HVAC issues FEMA recommends at minimum yearly AC unit maintenance cleaning and checks. You should keep any flammable materials at least three feet away from all heat sources. And finally never use an oven to heat your home regardless of the situation.

Modern Air & Refrigeration Maintenance Deal

Sarasota’s premier HVAC contractor understands that with the heating bills pilling up AC maintenance might be put on the backburner. With this in mind we have a special HVAC performance inspection for only $49. The inspection includes drain service and air filter replacement if proper size is provided when calling. Our inspection includes full performance testing and evaluation accompanied by a written report.

Call Modern Air and Refrigeration’s 24/7 line at (941) 727-0330 or send us a quick message to schedule your discounted HVAC inspection.

How to Fix a Clogged AC Drain Line

Posted by on Jan 9, 2019 in AC Service, Air Conditioning, News, Sarasota | Comments Off on How to Fix a Clogged AC Drain Line

How to Fix a Clogged AC Drain Line

AC drain lineModern Air & Refrigeration celebrates the unsung heroes of your HVAC system. Today’s contestant comes to us in the form of your AC drain line. Your AC system is more than just a temperature regulator for your home. It also controls moisture levels by discharging excess water via the AC drain line. This is incredibly important here in our sunshine state otherwise known as the most humid state in the country. So just how does an AC drain line work? What happens when it gets clogged and how can you fix it? We will explore these topics in the following article.

What is an AC Drain Line?

Your HVAC system removes moisture from the air as it circulates in your home. The moisture makes its way to the evaporator coil as condensation. This condensation drips into the aptly named condensation pan that is connected to the AC drain line. Recent modern AC systems come equipped with a safety sensor in the drain pan that turns off your AC if the water levels rise too high. The line itself leads outside of your home where the excess water won’t damage your foundation. The process of draining this excess moisture is automatic and should require no interception from you as long as everything is working correctly.

Signs of a Clogged AC Drain Line

The most common sign of a clogged AC drain line is usually water where it’s not supposed to be. The most common place to find this runaway water is directly from the AC unit itself. Other areas you may find water leaking include exhaust fans, underneath cabinets, or any other adjacent areas to your AC unit. Pay close attention to water damage on your carpet or furniture around your AC. This could be indicative of a clogged AC drain line.

How to Fix Your Clogged AC Drain Line

To go about fixing a clogged AC drain line you will need the following materials:

  • Small towel or rag
  • Warm water
  • General cleaning solution such as dish soap or plain vinegar
  • Wet/dry vacuum
  • Funnel

First things first turn off your HVAC system. Next, find your condensate pan. It should be right underneath your internal AC unit or outside underneath the external component of your system. If the condensate pan is overflowing with water first vacuum the pan to get rid of the water. Next, clean the now empty pan with warm water and your preferred cleaning solution. To ensure the issue is properly fixed you may also want to clean your drain line. This is usually a small vent covered by PVC piping leading from the condensate pan. Remove the drain cap and flush the line with your cleaning solution. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes before clearing. Finally, turn on your AC unit to your new cleared AC drain line!

If you are still experiencing clogged AC drain line issues we recommend you get in touch with your trusted local Sarasota HVAC professional. Call Modern Air and Refrigeration’s 24/7 line at (941) 727-0330 or send us a quick message.


Optimizing Your AC: Best Insulation Types

Posted by on Dec 27, 2018 in HVAC, News, Tips | Comments Off on Optimizing Your AC: Best Insulation Types

Insulation TypesYour home’s HVAC unit is not an isolated system. It relies on several integral parts of your home in order to function at optimal levels. One of these systems is your home’s insulation. Insulation protects your home from heat loss or gains saving you as much as 35% or more in heating and cooling costs. Depending on your home’s construction, you may have one of the several insulation types that are common among residential homes. Faulty or old insulation may be one of the reasons why your electric bills might be climbing. Let’s explore your options when it comes to insulation and the right type for your home.

Insulation Types: Loose Fill

Let’s start with the superstar of insulation types: loose fill. By far the most popular insulation type, loose fill insulation is shredded cellulose that comes from the cell wall of plants. Most commercially available loose fill is made from cotton and treated with borates to protect against fire, mold, and vermin. Installation of loose fill insulation is done using a blowing machine and works best when used to insulate wall cavities and attics.

Insulation Types: Batt Insulation

The most cost-effective of our insulation types list is called batt insulation. Although not as easy to maneuver as loose fill, batt insulation can be cut into smaller pieces to fit custom sizes. A batt piece comes in the form of fiberglass and consists of a sheet of fibers. They are used in attics, walls, and crawlspaces and are excellent at insulating energy from passing through walls, ceilings, and floors. Although they can be cut into any size, the most common sizes are 2×4 and 2×6.

Insulation Types: Spray Foam

The last option on our insulation types list is more of a supplement to the previous two. Spray foam insulation is very popular for filling in small spaces that the previous two types can’t easily cover. It makes a great follow-up over time as you become familiar with your home’s various nooks and crannies that the builders might have missed. It is not, however, cost-effective to use as standalone insulation by itself.

Are you ready to talk to a trusted local Sarasota HVAC professional about your home’s insulation needs? Call Modern Air and Refrigeration’s 24/7 line at (941) 727-0330 or send us a quick message.