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Walk-in Cooler Maintenance Tips

Posted by on May 8, 2019 in Bradenton, HVAC, Tips | Comments Off on Walk-in Cooler Maintenance Tips

Walk-in Cooler Maintenance Tips

walk-in coolerA walk-in cooler is a critical major investment for any business in the food service industry. A faulty or broken cooler could lead to a stoppage of business operations and a loss of major inventory. This would be disastrous for operations. This is why it’s crucial that you keep your walk-in cooler in great shape to avoid any of these problems from plaguing your business. Besides hiring walk-in cooler experts like Modern Air and Refrigeration of Bradenton, there are several steps you can take to increase the lifetime of your cooler.

Walk-in Cooler Condensing Unit

All the components of your walk-in cooler are important but some more so than others. None are as significant as your condensing unit. Your walk-in cooler’s condensing unit consists of three pieces; the compressor, the condensing coil, and the condensing fan motor. Together they are the workhorses of your walk-in cooler. They use coolant to keep the temperature low and your goods properly refrigerated. It’s highly recommended that at least twice a year you shut off the power to your cooler and clean the condensing unit. This can be accomplished by either vacuuming around the unit or reversing the air flow. The latter is more complicated but more effective.

Monthly Cleaning Your Walk-in Cooler

The purpose of a walk-in cooler makes it unavoidable that it will get dirty. Food spills, dirty footprints, and just the general foot traffic these coolers see make it a favorable environment for bacteria and other contaminants to develop. Cleaning a cooler requires a different approach than your home fridge. Certain cleaners and chemicals can damage the surfaces of your cooler. Soap and water are the recommended tools to clean your cooler. Due to the gentleness of these solutions, it’s extremely recommended that you clean your cooler at a minimum once a month.

Walk-in Cooler Yearly Inspections

The complexity of your walk-in cooler’s operations will eventually necessitate the assistance of professionals. The costly nature of a cooler breakdown makes it prudent for every business owner to take the necessary preventative steps in ensuring a walk-in cooler emergency never befalls their business. A walk-in cooler contractor should be local with 24/7 support availability. Every second your cooler is malfunctioning is more of your inventory lost increasing the cost of a breakdown exponentially.

Do you need help affordably maintaining your walk-in cooler in Bradenton? Call Modern Air and Refrigeration’s 24/7 line at (941) 727-0330 or send us a quick message for an immediate response.

Air Sealing Your Home: Summer AC Preparations

Posted by on Apr 29, 2019 in AC Service, HVAC, News | Comments Off on Air Sealing Your Home: Summer AC Preparations

Air Sealing Your Home: Summer AC Preparations

air sealingSummer is just around the corner. And summer temperatures bring summer electric bills. Your AC system represents a significant percentage of that electric bill. Consequently one of the biggest causes of that ballooning bill is air leaks around your home. Air sealing is a critical component of reducing AC heating and cooling waste, especially in extreme temperatures. Modern Air and Refrigeration of Sarasota is here to help! We have gathered information on the consequences of air leaks, with remediation methods to help your air sealing efforts.

The Effect of Air Leaks

Heating and cooling can account to up to 54% of your energy consumption, depending on your home, air leaks may represent more than half of that cost. Air sealing your home is not just a money-saving endeavor, however. Air leaks can damage your home’s structural integrity over time. The constant exposure to the outside air can lead to the development of mold, water damage and pest infestations. This is especially concerning in Florida where humidity levels can lead to trapped moisture in your home. The extra moisture can damage your house’s foundation if not properly treated.

Detecting Air Leaks

Now that we have established the dangers of air leaks, let’s move on how to rectify the problem in your home. Air sealing cannot begin without properly detecting air leaks. Homeowners have several options from free to moderate cost detection methods. The quickest way to test for air leaks is by using your hand. Place it on corners or other outside facing entrants in your home such as doors or windows and feel for a breeze. Candles can also be used for detecting smaller leaks such as around electrical outlets and light fixtures. For the technically apt, an air leak detector might be a good investment for a more accurate air leak assessment. The most accurate air detecting method is to hire an HVAC contractor to perform a blower door test.

Air Sealing Your Home

Air sealing around your house is not a clear-cut process. Different sized leaks call for different methods to seal them. Spray foam is excellent for ceiling around pipes, plumbing, wall joints, and other areas less than 5 inches in length. The exterior of the home can be sealed with rigid foam which is more resistant to the environment and can be applied to the roof, a major source of air leaks. For smaller leaks such as cracks and gaps less than a quarter inch wide, caulking is the preferred method for air sealing. Doors and windows represent a different challenge as they have components that move frequently. Weather stripping is the recommended method to keep windows and doors sealed against leaks.

Do you need help air sealing your home? Call Modern Air and Refrigeration’s 24/7 line at (941) 727-0330 or send us a quick message for an immediate response.

New HVAC System Features that Increase Your Home’s Value

Posted by on Apr 25, 2019 in Air Conditioning, HVAC, News, Tips | Comments Off on New HVAC System Features that Increase Your Home’s Value

New HVAC System Features that Increase Your Home’s Value

Central AC is an after-thought for any home considered to be working and well maintained. This is especially true for areas such as Florida where the heat necessitates a cooling system to keep a home comfortable. Unfortunately, an HVAC system is considered an “invisible” feature for real estate purposes. It’s not as wowing as say brand new granite counters. The advent of new HVAC system smart features works to counter this common perception with parts you can see and feel, even from a cursory look. Modern Air & Refrigeration will explore the top three features for your new HVAC system to give it that “wow” factor.

New HVAC System: Energy Efficient

This first new HVAC system feature is not as perceivable but is crucial. Today’s consumer is smart enough to ask the only question besides age when it comes to the AC system of a home. Besides worrying about the time left to operate home shoppers are looking for the energy bills that will be associated with heating and cooling. This is where energy efficiency comes in. The federal government makes this determination easy with its Energy Star label that marks an efficient AC unit. This label can be called out on a real estate listing as a feature of the AC system.

new HVAC SystemProgrammable Thermostat

We have mentioned before about the importance of this key feature of your AC unit. The thermostat represents the most often touched point of an HVAC system for most homeowners. Your new HVAC system should have this integration that stands out from ordinary mechanical thermostats. The most popular versions are sold by Google and Amazon and look the part of a smart gadget. These thermostats are often Wi-Fi enabled with phone apps that allow for temperature control from anywhere. It’s an eye-catching addition to a home that stands out compared to its traditional counterpart.

Internet Connectivity

As homes grow smarter every day it behooves any smart homeowner to ensure their new HVAC system is a part of this growing microcosm. Wi-Fi connected AC units are becoming more and more popular as their prices decrease due to economies of scale. These new systems can be controlled from anywhere in the world using mobile apps making them ideal for homeowners on the move. They can also keep track of energy consumption for the entire system and in most cases on a room by room basis. That information gives homeowners the ability to easily optimize their energy use and save money in the process. Wi-Fi enables AC are also great keywords to add to a real estate listing description.

This was a brief overview. If you need help picking out your new HVAC system call Modern Air and Refrigeration’s 24/7 line at (941) 727-0330 or send us a quick message for an immediate response.

3 Signs You Need a New AC Thermostat

Posted by on Apr 17, 2019 in AC Service, Air Conditioning, News | Comments Off on 3 Signs You Need a New AC Thermostat

3 Signs You Need a New AC Thermostat

AC thermostatYour AC thermostat is the part of your HVAC system that sees the most traffic. It’s the steering wheel to the car that is your AC system. It’s understandable then to extrapolate that if your thermostat is not functioning or functioning sub-optimally your car is in trouble. To a regular homeowner, non-obvious signs that a thermostat might be malfunctioning may go unnoticed. As a matter of fact, unless the thermostat is completely off most homeowners assume it’s working correctly. This is a common misconception. In this Modern Air & Refrigeration article, we will explore three most common signs that your AC thermostat might be in need of repairs or replacement.

AC Thermostat Unresponsiveness

The quickest way to judge the effectiveness of your AC thermostat is its responsiveness. This can be ascertained by paying attention to the ticking sound you hear when you drastically change the temperature in your home. Listen closely to hear how quickly the click comes after a temperature change. Anything more than 3 to 5 seconds points to a slow to respond or non-responsive thermostat. The size of an AC thermostat makes it unideal to open to diagnose the issue. If you notice unresponsiveness, be sure to contact your local Sarasota HVAC contractor for a professional diagnosis.

Short Cycling HVAC System

This next AC fault is a little more subtle than the easy to identify click from an AC thermostat. As a matter of fact, this issue is often mischaracterized as the entire AC malfunctioning but the culprit is more often than not the thermostat. Your HVAC system might be failing to complete a full heating and cooling cycle due to improper temperature readings from your thermostat. Known as short cycling, the half performed cycles will leave your home feeling unpleasant. This is a headscratcher that is usually assumed to be caused by a broken HVAC system. Again, in this case, you want a professional to take a look at your system to properly nail down the cause.

Uneven Temperatures

Another hard to diagnose sign that your AC thermostat might be malfunctioning is uneven temperatures throughout your home. If the thermostat cannot ascertain the correct temperature then the AC is left to random operation. This is not ideal and will lead to inefficient heating or cooling that can leave homeowners confused as to the cause. If all other parts of the AC are working correctly, and you’re still dealing with uneven temperatures then it might be time to consider the thermostat. This problem can be costly if parts of your AC are working against others due to uneven temperature readings.

Do you need professional help with your AC thermostat problems? Call Modern Air and Refrigeration’s 24/7 line at (941) 727-0330 or send us a quick message for an immediate response.

Summer Air Conditioning Preparation

Posted by on Apr 3, 2019 in AC Service, Air Conditioning, News | Comments Off on Summer Air Conditioning Preparation

Summer Air Conditioning Preparation

Summer Air ConditioningYour heating and cooling needs between winter and summer are different for not only you but your HVAC system as well. Proper summer air conditioning preparation will have your AC humming along without a hitch during the sweltering Florida summer. Modern Air & Refrigeration of Sarasota has put together a list of must-dos to prepare your home for the summer air. Our tips will save you money while prolonging your HVAC unit’s life.

Fans are Your Friends

Your first weapon in summer air conditioning preparation is going to be your fans. Check all fans around the house for proper operation after their long winter break from being used. Fans are essential to fighting the summer heat as they help air circulation and cool the air in your home. Although they do not change the temperature in your home, they make it feel cooler when you’re in their presence. Do a quick check on your fans and take this time to give them a cleaning as well. Dust, pollen and other particulates might have collected on the wings from non-use.

Your Windows to the World

The summer air is not all bad. Temperatures tend to rise during the day and drop during the night. Your summer air conditioning preparation can take advantage of this by using your blinds and drapes to your advantage. First, seal any air leaks around your windows to give your AC a chance to operate at optimal levels while reducing your cooling costs. Second, close your windows and blinds during the hottest part of the day. This will limit your exposure to direct heat from outside. Thirdly, consider opening your windows when nighttime hits and temperatures drop.

Schedule Summer Air Conditioning Maintenance

The sure-fire way to get your summer air conditioning game up to par is to have a professional perform an HVAC maintenance. Your local Sarasota AC contractor should be able to tell you what you need to do in order to get your AC operating at ideal levels. This might include usage recommendations as well as any necessary upgrades to your system. The Department of Energy estimates that on average home cooling accounts for 6% of the average American home’s energy use. A simple maintenance appointment might help you reign in some of the costs associated with the increase in energy use the summer month represent.

Do you need professional help with your summer air conditioning preparation? Call Modern Air and Refrigeration’s 24/7 line at (941) 727-0330 or send us a quick message for an immediate response.