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Palm Harbor AC Repair, Installation, and Maintenance

Palm Harbor is one of Florida’s best spots having sights and sceneries to boast. It is also one of the best places to go for a game of golf, of course!. And after a hot day of golfing in the Sunshine State, cooling off inside by your Air Conditioning is a must and a part of everyday life. 

Now, let’s go over the ABCs of your AC.

Palm Harbor AC Repair: Common Problems and DIY Solutions!

Below are some of the most common problems air conditioning unit owners could face either because of lack of proper maintenance or simply because the unit has already passed its time.

Typically, air conditioning units only last around 15 years, give and take. We’ll be offering some common fixes for some of the most common problems and questions air conditioner owners have. However, if you experience all of these problems constantly, it might be time to get in contact with us to provide a permanent solution.

1. Why is my AC not turning on?

  • Thermostat – Check and replace your thermostat batteries first. If the problem isn’t there, then check your thermostat’s settings.
  • Circuit Breaker – It is also possible that the circuit breaker tripped, and you might just need to reset it.

2. Why is my AC not turning off?

  • Thermostat – Check to see your thermostat’s set temperature. If it’s too low, this could push the air conditioner to keep running until it reaches this temperature.
  • Fan Switch – If the switch is on manual, then you might have just found the problem. Make sure it is on auto so it would stop once the desired temperature is reached.

3. Why does my AC keep turning on and off?

  • Thermostat – Your thermostat determines if your unit should go on or off. It does this by measuring the temperature around it. If it’s in a place where the temperature constantly changes (e.g., window with direct sunlight), then it will detect these changes and give your unit the signal to go on or off as it deems necessary. Consider relocating your thermostat.

4. Why is my AC not blowing cold air? (Why is my AC blowing hot air?)

  • Circuit Breaker – Again, you might just need to reset your circuit breaker.
  • Dirty Filter or Coils – Most of the time, the problem revolves around a dirty filter or coil. If you haven’t been following through with your maintenance routine, then it might be time to check and replace your filter or clean your coils.
  • Clogged Condensation Drain – If your condensation drain line is clogged, the float switch will automatically stop the AC to prevent water overflow. Make sure to flush the drain line with water or compressed air to remove any clogs. After that, pour some white vinegar or bleach into the condensation line to avoid this happening again.
  • Refrigerant Running Low – Your AC might have a freon leak, if this is the case the leak must be repaired first before adding more refrigerant.

5. Why is my AC leaking freon?

  • If your AC keeps freezing up or not cooling your house you might have a freon leak. Refrigerant leaks are hard to find, however, a grease stain around the coil or copper lines would indicate a leak.  To fix a freon leak, you must weld the the copper where the hole is, sometimes this is not possible for most coils, in which case the coil most be replaced. After all holes are sealed, it is time to recharge the unit in accordance to what the manufacturer recommends.

6. Why is my AC completely frozen up? 

  • Filter – Your AC needs good airflow to operate correctly. A dirty filter restricts airflow which in turn freezes the coils. Change the filter or clean accordingly.
  • Freon leak — If your AC is low on freon this also causes it to freeze and stop working.

7. Why does my AC have a weird smell?

  • Filter — Your filter is responsible for cleaning all of the air inside of your house. If not replaced monthly or accordingly, it will build up dirt, dust, mold, etc.
  • Dirty Coils — If the filter is not changed regularly, then the coil starts to get dirty. Over time the air quality inside of the house will start to get worse and a weird smell will appear. To fix, make sure to change your filters regularly, do your yearly maintenance to clean your coils, and install a UV light to kill all bacteria, viruses, mold, fungi growing in your AC.
  • Burning Smell — If there is a weird burning smell when your first turn on your heater, this is normal for about the first week of usage. If it persists have a professional take a look immediately.

8. Why is my AC making weird noises?

  • A weird noise could be a hint of another problem. A wheezing sound could mean a refrigerant leak, a rattling noise could mean a problem in the motor, and a buzzing sound could mean faulty electricals. In any case, you should call an expert. These are just some of the most common problems and easy solutions you could do yourself. There are a lot of other problems where a DIY solution is just not safe or advisable. If you encounter any other air conditioning problems or can’t fix these on your own, then feel free to give us a call. It’s always a good idea to call an expert, especially if the problem persists. We do Free Estimate!

Why Choose The AC Therapist?

The AC Therapist is not only committed to providing the best HVAC services, but also providing the right education to homeowners on how to best handle their HVAC units so that small problems do not become larger and more costly issues down the line. They are a family run HVAC company servicing those in the Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas County for over ten years. If you would like more information, feel free to give them a call at (813) 548-5699 or you can book online and get their latest discount!  

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  • “If you ever need service for your AC, this is the place to call. The owners are SUPER nice, professional, quick and great knowledge on air conditioning etc. I recommend them with my eyes closed. They are the best!!!”

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AC Maintenance: Problem Prevention like a Pro

Now, let’s take a look at how you could avoid having to go to any Palm Harbor AC repair shop. Preventing a problem is always better than having to find a solution for it, after all. However, since you’re here, I’m thinking, there’s already a problem. Don’t worry as it has happened to the best of us. I suggest you still read through this section to find out where it went wrong, to see if there’s anything to salvage, or simply to avoid having to deal with the problems again. 

Most of the air conditioning maintenance is about cleaning. With the Coronavirus around, there is a chance that COVID particles might be present in your unit, especially the filters. Make sure you wear a mask and a pair of gloves when you’re cleaning. You know what they say, “better safe than sorry.” If you’re interested, you can read more about the Coronavirus and the HVAC Industry here.

Filters

Air conditioning filters are the part of your unit that catches the bad stuff in the air to ensure you have great air quality. It has an indispensable role in your air conditioner’s effectiveness and efficiency. Routinely check your filters for dirt build-up and clean or replace them as necessary. We recommend once a month, but this changes based on many factors. 

How often should I check my air conditioner’s filter?

  • It depends on multiple factors. Being that a big part of Palm Harbor is residential, checking every month would be ideal. However, if you have any pets, then you should look upon checking on the filters regularly. On the flip side, if you live alone, then you can look upon checking it every three months.
  • Here are some tell-tale signs you need to check your filter earlier than the expected date:
    • Absence of Cold Air
    • Higher Electricity Bill
    • More Dust
    • More Allergy Attacks

How do I know if I should clean or replace the filter?

  • First, check your air conditioner’s manual. Some filters could be reusable, while other filters are disposable.
  • A simple way to determine if you have a reusable or disposable filter is to check the material from which it is made of. A reusable filter has materials that are washable (e.g., metal, plastic). A disposable filter has materials that usually can’t be washed (e.g., cardboard, paper).
  • Either way, make sure you turn off the unit before taking out the current filter.

Coils

  • Every air conditioner has two coils, the evaporator and condenser coils. The refrigerant absorbs heat at the evaporator coil (inside), then the refrigerant would travel to the compressor, where it is, then pressurized into gas. This gas goes to the condenser coil (outside) and releases the heat. Like the filters, the coils should also be checked and cleaned yearly by a professional or with great care and advise by the homeowner.

How often should I check my air conditioner’s coils?

  • Check your coils at least once a year.
  • Here are some tell-tale signs you need to check either of your coils earlier than the expected date:
    • Absence of Cold Air
    • Higher Electricity Bill
    • Weird Smell
    • Allergy Stacks
    • Bad Indoor Air Quality

How do I know if I should clean, repair, or replace my air conditioner’s coils?

  • Dirty coils call for a clean-up, frozen coils call for a repair or clean-up, and leaking coils call for replacement.
  • Since the condenser coil is outside, it is ideal that its surroundings are checked and cleaned now and then. Ideally, at least two feet of its surrounding is clear.
  • Since the evaporator coil is in a dark and damp space, there is a high possibility that it would be a nesting ground for various bacteria. You can prevent this by installing UV lights inside the evaporator coils, which is one of the services that we offer. If you’re interested, then you can click here to find out more.

Fins

  • In addition to making sure the coil fins are also clean, confirm the fins are also straight. You can use coil fin tools or even a butter knife to make sure the fins are straight. Don’t use anything sharp because you can puncture the coil and cause a leak. Anything with a similar built will do

Condensate Drains

How often should I check my air conditioner’s condensate drain?

  • Ideally, you should check it once a month when you change your filter. Add a cup of white vinegar or bleach to keep it clean.

How do I know if I should clean or repair my air conditioner’s condensate drain?

  • A clogged-up drain calls for a clean-up, while a crack in the drain pan or line calls for a repair.

The AC Therapist: What We Could Offer and Why You Should Trust Us with Your AC

The AC Therapist is a family-run HVAC company that has been in operation since 2017, with over 20 years of experience in the HVAC world. We do everything from AC installations, maintenance, and repairs. We also do thermostat installations and repairs, as well as heating maintenance and repairs. Anything HVAC, you name it, we do it. We’re always aiming for 5-star service. We make sure to serve you professionally in a timely manner, offering nothing but top-quality service! Not only that, but we are also available within 24 hours. We’re always at your service. (Click here to see the list of our services.)

With us, you and your air conditioning system are in good hands.

However, you don’t have to take our word for it. You can, instead, put your trust in our customers who have also gone through the same trouble as you. Below are some of the words of our satisfied customers:

  • “Awesome guys! I had 3 different companies come out to give me quotes and take a look at putting in a new AC. Best priced by far and they were the most helpful! Go with them, you won’t regret it :)” – Anabel Solis (Gave 5 Stars)
  • “I have had nothing but excellent service from these guys. Everyone is extremely professional. Having just bought our house within the last 6 months, The A/C Therapist crew made it very convenient to get all the ductwork replaced and our secondary A/C unit fixed. All at a very affordable price. I will absolutely be using them for any additional work. As well as, referring my friends and family to them.” – Tina Wigglesworth (Gave 5 Stars)
  • “The A/C Therapist is an awesome company with true craftsmanship from start to finish. I highly recommend their professional services for quality AC installation. Thank you your meticulous attention to detail, superb customer service and competitive pricing!” – Ken Meyer (Gave 5 Stars)
  • “We were very pleased with the service from the time of estimate to the final result. Very pleasant, professional and organized team. Would recommend to anyone who needs HVAC service” – Di Anna (Gave 5 Stars)

You can click here to see some of our other customers’ reviews, or you can also do your own research! Our lovely customers have thrown us five stars after five stars on every platform! 

Furthermore, we would also like to thank HomeGuide and Thumbtack for recognizing our excellence. If you’d like to contact us or schedule a free estimate, then you can send us an email at contractor@theactherapist.com or call us at (813) 548-5699. You can also find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can also check out our blog for more tips and advice.

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