Is Old Age Catching Up with Your Air Conditioner?

Is it possihourglassble? Are we starting to see signs of fall weather in South Florida? I don’t know about you but I have enjoyed the resent cooler temperatures in the evening. It has been a nice break from the blistering heat we have experienced all summer.

The fall season is a perfect time to set aside a few minutes to assess your air conditioner. Is your air conditioner over 10 years old? If so, you may have started to notice some changes in its effectiveness. Here are three tell-tale signs that your AC may be wearing out.

Increased Humidity
One way to tell if your system is working is by how well it cools and dehumidifies your home. The evaporator coil works to remove heat and humidity from the indoor air, exchanging hot air through the refrigeration process, plus condensing water vapor from the air. This collected moisture drains outdoors. If you notice increased humidity in your home and your home doesn’t feel as cool as it used to, it could mean the evaporator coil is not doing its job. This is likely the result of a worn and aged coil, so it may be time to upgrade your unit.

High Energy Bills
If you notice a gradual increase in your utility bills, that may mean your AC is no longer running efficiently. As the unit ages, the SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) will not be the same as when you first bought it. The SEER number refers to how efficiently your AC is running, and as it ages, the effectiveness decreases. The harder it has to work to cool your home, the more you will have to pay. Consider upgrading to a new high-efficiency air conditioning unit with a higher SEER to save money on your energy bills.

Old Age
As a general rule, most air conditioning units have a lifespan of 10–15 years. After this time frame, repairing your old unit may no longer be worthwhile, and it is time for a new one. Your unit will begin to break down more often and decrease in efficiency, causing you to spend more all around. It’s helpful to schedule annual preventative maintenance tune-ups to extend your AC’s life.

If you are unsure about whether your AC just needs repair or is in need of a replacement, Ferrara’s Air, Inc. can help you decide. Recognizing symptoms and signs, however, can give you more knowledge and will save you from further damage and higher repair costs. We know you don’t want to replace your air conditioner just like that, but we also don’t want you to feel stuck in an oven while paying high for your electricity bills.

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When was the last time you changed the batteries in your thermostat?

batteries-levelI couldn’t tell you what I had for dinner last week, never mind when I last changed the thermostat batteries. And if we’re honest, most of us wouldn’t think to change them unless the thermostat suddenly fails.

If your A/C unit won’t turn on, your first instinct may be to call your favorite AC contractor, Ferrara’s Air. And while we would be more than happy to come out and troubleshoot your system, you may be able to save some money and time by first checking the batteries in your thermostat.

While not all thermostats use batteries, if you have a programmable thermostat, it likely runs on AA, AAA or 3V lithium batteries. When these batteries die, the thermostat loses any programmed settings and can cause the AC to fail. To prevent this, make a plan to change the batteries regularly before they die or worse begin to corrode.

To avoid any interruption in your AC’s operation, we recommend being proactive and changing the batteries in your thermostat at least once a year. This could be when you change your clocks for Daylight Savings time, or one a memorable anniversary date, or event during a scheduled maintenance. Ferrara’s Air, would be happy to change them for you during one of our bi-annual visits. Just remind the technician that you have new batteries you would like us to change for you.

Another helpful tip, when you change the batteries in your thermostat, it’s a good idea to replace them in your smoke detectors as well. No one likes that annoying siren going off in the middle of the night.

How to Replace Thermostat Batteries:

  • Locate thermostat and remove the front plate. This may be snapped off or slid up and pulled off of the terminal screw blocks. This should expose the inner workings and the battery compartment.
  • Check for and clear away any dust, cobwebs or debris.
  • Using a fingernail or plastic lever, remove the batteries.
  • Insert new batteries into the same location and in the same position as the old ones.
  • Replace the cover of the thermostat and make any adjustments to the settings as needed.

Do not place any batteries that are leaking into the thermostat. These can damage the thermostat, or any other equipment they’re used in.

For more information, contact Ferrara’s Air, Inc. Serving Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties since 2006.

Throwback Thursday: Father of Air Conditioning

Block of Ice

It’s hard to imagine living in Florida without air conditioning. It’s even harder to imagine a time where they had to use a block of ice and a fan to cool off a room. Interesting fact, thought to be the father of refrigeration and air conditioning, John Gorrie, actually started out as a physician. After years of treating malaria and yellow fever patients, Dr. Gorrie realized that his patients’ fevers dropped when they were in cooler rooms. That’s when he set out to design a way to lower room temperatures. He started out by hanging containers of ice from the ceilings in patient’s rooms and eventually designed a steam-powered air compressor to feed cool air into the patient’s rooms. The design wasn’t’ perfect, but it was a great start for which we can all be thankful.

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The Nest Learning Thermostat learns what temperatures you like, turns itself down when you’re away and can be controlled from anywhere over Wi-Fi. By programming itself, the Nest thermostat can save up to 20% on your heating and cooling bill. Contact us today to purchase a Nest thermostat and schedule an installation.

Tips to Prepare for Summer

Summer SunSpring time is in full bloom but in South Florida, the summer heat is already here.  Temperatures are climbing and the hot weather is here to stay. For some that means more sunscreen and weekends at the beach. But for your air conditioner it means more work and more stress. By making sure your air conditioner is ready to battle the summer heat, you can easily avoid costly repairs, lower your utility bills and improve your indoor air quality.

Here are some helpful tips to prepare your air conditioner for the summer season.

Replace your air filter
A dirty air filter is the #1 reason air conditioning systems fail. A dirty filter blocks the air flow into the system causing excess strain. This can lead to higher energy bills, more repairs and a shortened lifespan for your air conditioner. You should change your filter every 30 – 60 days. As an alternative, ask us about our permanant, Bo Air filters

Check the drain line
Since we use our air conditioners almost year round in Florida, your drain line should be cleaned at least twice a year to prevent a leak.  Dust particles, mold and other particles start collecting in the drain line and can cause a blockage. A clogged drain line is a very common but easily fixed problem. Left untreated, a clogged drain line can cause a lot of damage and frustration. Ferrara’s Air can check your drain line during an A/C tune-up.

Invest in a Programmable Thermostat
Allow your Air conditioner to rest. Running your air conditioner at full capacity when no ones home is a waste of energy and money. With a programmable thermostat, you can keep the house around 80 degrees  when you are away and program it to cool back down by the time you walk in the door.

Get an A/C Tune-up
Just like your car, your air conditioner requires regular maintenance to run safely and efficiently. Annual tune-ups are recommended by ENERGY STAR, the U.S. Department of Energy, the air conditioner’s manufacturer, and local utility companies. The best time for a tune-up is not, before the summer heat paralyzes your air conditioner. Call Ferraras’a Air today to schedule your preventative maintenance.