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United for your comfort since 1987

Archive for the ‘Maintaining Your Air Conditioner’ Category

Have you ever experienced a day without air conditioning in Florida? I am sure it was memorable.

Preventative Maintenance

A preventative maintenance checklist goes a long way in making sure your system runs efficiently, which keeps you in constant comfort and reduces your electric bill. At UMI Residential Air Conditioning, we know the bottom line is that practicing preventative maintenance is essential when you have an air conditioner.

Here’s a helpful preventative maintenance checklist of what you should expect from a service technician visit.

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Is It Time to Replace The Air Conditioner?

Posted by Larry On March 7th

It’s unpleasant when your air conditioner stops working. Quickly your house changes from an enjoyable environment to an uncomfortable one. It gets hot and humid right away. You end up feeling miserable!

Now what? Do you try to fix it yourself, or call the repairman? Or is it time to replace the air conditioner?

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Let’s see, you have already made sure that:

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Is Your AC Company Missing in Action?

Just the other day I was talking with a friend who was telling me about a bad experience that he had back in 2003 with a local AC company in Southwest Florida who we’ll call “O-Air” to protect their identity.

Jake said:

I remember as if it were yesterday because it was the summer solstice (aka the longest day of the year, north of the equator) when my air conditioner decided not to work. I just had replaced it a little over a year before that so I was quite puzzled as to why there was water all over the floor of the closet in which my air handler was located.

I called O-Air, which was the AC company that installed my air conditioner a year prior, and they told me that they were booked solid that day and couldn’t inspect it to see what the problem was.

By this time, it was approximately 91℃ and I was in no mood to hear that they couldn’t fix my AC especially because I had a maintenance agreement with them! When I told them this, the receptionist said that my maintenance agreement expired a month ago.

While trying to maintain my composure in my 90 degree home, I asked her why I hadn’t seen or heard from any of their technicians within the past year, after all they were supposed to maintain my AC every 6 months. She replied “Because you didn’t call to schedule an appointment with us sir. That’s your responsibility.”

Needless to say, Jake decided that O-Air no longer deserved his business.

The reason I share his story is because it got me thinking…Why wouldn’t an AC company actually call their customer to schedule a maintenance appointment?

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Dirty filters or worse no filters in your air conditioning system can and will cause multiple problems.

Filthy Air Conditioning Filter (Photo courtesy of Flickr User Ivy Dawned)

Air conditioning filters that are not changed or cleaned regularly will form a buildup of dirt and dust causing a lack of airflow through the filter (as pictured above), which seriously impacts the system’s ability to cool properly, forcing longer run times, which in turn relates to higher utility bills.

Now even worse, is no filter at all in the system! This allows all the airborne dirt and dust to enter the air handler accumulating on the evaporator coil, the blower wheel, and housing. When this is allowed to happen…

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