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Air conditioners can make a variety of noises that can indicate trouble. Pay attention to your AC throughout the day and take note of what noises it makes and how often.  

Certain Sounds That Could Mean Problems with Your AC

It’s summer in Florida, which means your AC is essential. You could even call it your best friend. With a properly working AC, you can live and sleep comfortably in home, even during those scorching-hot days outside. You may think your AC is running correctly, but while your AC could be on and running, it may not be running effectively, which could not leave your home as comfortable and cost you more.

Your AC will start to let you know when it’s having issues, all you must do is listen! Air conditioners can make a variety of noises that can indicate trouble. Pay attention to your AC throughout the day and take note of what noises it makes and how often.  

At Environmental Air Conditioning Services (EAC), we offer preventative maintenance and ongoing maintenance for your cooling systems. Our team of HVAC specialists at EAC wanted to share with you the different types of sounds an AC can make,what they could mean and when you should call us for help.  

Hissing – Does your AC emit a hissing noise as the cool air comes out? Has this hiss become more frequent and louder? Is there more hissing than cool air coming out? This could mean you have a clogged filter or a refrigerant leak.  

Screeching and/or screaming – Does it sound like your AC is screaming for help? That’s because it is! If your AC sounds like it’s screeching or screaming, there’s likely a loose fan blade or a worn-out blower motor belt.  

Rattling – Do you hear rattling coming from your AC? Rattling could be a sign of a leak in your ductwork. Usually, there is a rattling noise before a full-on tear in the ductwork occurs. Rattling can also indicate a loose part that could eventually break off, which could cause damage.  

Buzzing and/or humming – If you’ve heard a prolonged or loud buzzing or humming sound from your AC that doesn’t sound quite right, there could be a problem with electrical components.  

Being a machine, noises are natural; however, certain noises, like those listed above, can be concerning and you shouldn’t ignore them. If you ignore certain noises, your AC unit will likely experience more damage and will end up costing you more money and be harder to fix, which means you’ll be uncomfortable in more ways than one this summer!

Looking for AC Repair in Jacksonville?

Since it’s hot and humid outside, it’s in your best interest to make sure your AC is working properly. Our HVAC experts at EAC can properly maintain your AC unit for you throughout the year, as well as repair any issues that pop up.  

Our maintenance services will help save you big money in the long run. Why not reduce your costs? Maintenance is the smart way to go! You can rely on us to deliver high quality and skilled maintenance HVAC services in Jacksonville. 

Our experienced HVAC technicians can discuss your usage needs and patterns to both suggest a maintenance plan or a better unit for your home or property.  

Environmental Air Conditioning Services is a locally owned and operated business founded by Howard Stalls, Jr. We are committed to providing homeowners, businesses, and builders in the Jacksonville area with high quality and reliable service. 

If you need air conditioning for your home or property, look no further than Environmental Air Conditioning Services. We service all brands. 

Contact us for more information at 904-279-0030 during office hours or even afterwards for emergency service, or make a Jacksonville AC service request or estimate online.

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Is It Time to Upgrade Your AC? 

If you live in Florida, you know you rely on your AC, not just in the summer, but year-round. Our air conditioners in Florida put in work, which means they will see a lot of wear and tear. With proper, regular, professional maintenance throughout the year, you can extend the lifespan of your AC unit. However, nothing lasts forever, and there may come a time when you will have to upgrade your AC. 

Our HVAC specialists at Environmental Air Conditioning Services (EAC) can help you choose the right unit for your property. We provide quality hands-on AC installation by certified and experienced technicians. Whether you need to replace an old or broken AC system or looking for an upgrade, our HVAC installation experts will be there for you and are trained for any type of installation. It doesn’t matter if it’s a smaller or larger cooling system, our team can handle your installation.

Our team wanted to share the ways in which you can tell it’s time to consider upgrading your AC:

  • Your AC is at least 10 to 15 years old – If your AC is this old or older, it is likely to break down and can end up costing you more in repairs than it’s worth.  If it is working fine, you do not need to rush to replace it, but beware it is living on borrowed time.
  • Your AC no longer produces cold air – If your AC no longer produces cold air, what’s the point? It can no longer do its job. We can assess if it can be repaired cost-effectively or not.
  • Your utility bill is large – If your utility bill is unusually large, your air conditioner could be losing its efficiency and it uses more energy than it should be cooling down your home or property. 
  • Your repairs cost more than 50% of the price of a new unit – If your repairs are expensive or often, it’s a good time to consider putting that money towards a new, reliable unit. 

Looking for AC Installation Services in Jacksonville?

If your AC is on its way out or not working properly or at all, it’s time for an upgrade, and our team at Environmental Air Conditioning Services (EAC) can install your new AC unit. 

Our professional HVAC specialists are available to help you with your new system installation. We will work with you to help you choose the best system for you that will meet your wants, needs, and budget. Our mission is to choose a system that is perfect for your home. 

With a new or upgraded system, the air quality of your home will also improve as it removes allergens and air pollution, which can help you breathe easier, deal with allergies better, and fight off colds more easily.  We recommend upgraded filtration systems if air quality is important to you.

Our experienced HVAC technicians can discuss your usage needs and patterns to both suggest a maintenance plan or a better unit for your home or property. 

Environmental Air Conditioning Services is a locally owned and operated business founded by Howard Stalls, Jr. We are committed to providing homeowners, businesses, and builders in the Jacksonville area with high quality and reliable service.

If you need air conditioning installation services for your home or property, look no further than Environmental Air Conditioning Services. We service all brands. 

Contact us for more information at 904-279-0030 during office hours or even afterwards for emergency service, or make a Jacksonville AC request online.

 

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AC Maintenance Jacksonville, Fl

How to Save Money on Energy Bills Before Summer

During the summer, cooling expenses become one of the highest utility bills within a household. Before the Florida heat returns this summer, take control of your bills by properly getting your air conditioning system maintenanced.

With proper routine maintenance, especially before the summer, your air conditioning system will become increasingly reliable, operate more efficiently,and your utility costs will decrease. At Environmental Air Conditioning (EAC), we offer preventative maintenance check ups to keep you comfortable during a hot Jacksonville summer. 

For this article, our team at EAC shares some helpful tips on how you can save money on your utility bills this summer: 

  • Consult our team of HVAC specialists for maintenance before replacing your air conditioning unit. Your unit may just need to be cleaned or have pieces replaced, which is much more affordable than replacing the entire system. 
  • Replace your filters every month in your AC unit to keep it properly working year-round. This will cause less energy to be wasted and your bills will go down. 
  • Check for clogs in your unit’s condensation pipe and make sure it is draining properly. If you are unsure of what this pipe is, let an HVAC technician check it for you. A clear pipe prevents a big repair bill from occurring down the road. 
  • Install a smart/programmable thermostat for your cooling system. A smart/programmable thermostat will help you reduce energy when it is not needed or while you are away.
  • Check the coils on the outside of the AC unit and make sure they are clear of dust, mud, and other debris, especially if it is not covered. A dirty AC unit will cause the system to have to waste energy while having towork and slower. You may need to hose down your AC unit, clean it with a commercial AC cleaner, or hire an HVAC specialist to clean the unit for you. 
  • Check metal fins, like the coils, to make sure they are clean and free of debris. If any of your fins are bent, our team at EAC can help straighten the fins for you. You can clean the fins with a soft brush or we can clean it for you. 
  • Check that the concrete slab that your AC unit is on is level. If the slab is not level, it can cause problems inside your AC unit and interfere with its output and performance. You can place gravel under the slab to level it out or contact our team of professionals to level the slab out for you. 
  • Clear debris (leaves, grass, plants) away from the unit. If anything is near or on the unit, it can reduce your cooling system’s performance and cause damage. You will want to clear the area around your AC unit about once a month before and during the summer. 

 

Looking for AC Maintenance in Jacksonville? 

If you’re looking to lower your utility bills this summer, follow the tips above to properly care for your cooling system or you can call our team at EAC to properly maintain your HVAC unit throughout the year. 

Why not reduce your costs? AC maintenance is the smart way to go! You can rely on us to deliver high quality and skilled AC  maintenance services in Jacksonville, Florida. If your system has been properly maintained and your bills are still high, you may need to replace your HVAC unit with a newer, energy-efficient unit which we can easily install for you. Our experienced AC technicians can discuss your usage needs and patterns to suggest a maintenance plan or a better unit for your home or property. 

Environmental Air Conditioning Services, Inc., is a locally owned and operated business. We are committed to providing homeowners, businesses, and builders in the Jacksonville area with high quality and reliable service.

If you need air conditioning maintenance for your home or property, look no further than Environmental Air Conditioning Services. We service all brands. 

Contact us for more information at 904-279-0030 for 24/7 emergency service, or make a Jacksonville AC service request or estimate online.

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AC Maintenance in Jacksonville?

How to Fix Common AC Problems

Air conditioning systems are made up of a lot of different parts and variables. If even one part malfunctions it can compromise the entire system causing it to work less efficiently or not work at all, which can be brutal during a Jacksonville summer. 

 

Being in Florida, Jacksonville residents are often using their AC units throughout the year due to high temperatures and humidity. Since our AC unit’s are being used so frequently, it is critical to get the problems diagnosed and repaired quickly before a bigger issue occurs. 

 

At Environmental Air Conditioning Services (EAC), we have seen our fair share of AC problems. Below are some common AC problems and how to fix them. Please note: while these do-it-yourself inspections are often easy fixes, a professional inspection is always recommended.

  • If your AC is constantly running, you may have a thermostat issue. Your thermostat could be incorrectly measuring the temperature of the room and/or telling the AC to stay on even if it shouldn’t. The first step you should take is to make sure your thermostat is programmed to “Auto.” If auto is already selected, you can try fixing this by replacing your thermostat to ensure your AC turns on only when necessary. 
  • If your AC freezes up, it is likely low on refrigerant or has a clogged filter. You can resolve this issue by balancing the refrigerant levels and/or cleaning the filter. 
  • If your AC is blowing out lukewarm or hot air, you likely have a low refrigerant level. Check for leaks to see why your refrigerant level is low and refill the refrigerant if there is no leak. You also will want to check if the unit’s compressor is working. If there isn’t enough refrigerant, the compressor will become hot and seize.
  • If your AC is leaking, check the drain line and make sure it is not clogged with dirt or debris. 
  • If your AC motor won’t start or is dead, try inspecting the breaker and fuses. 
  • If your AC won’t run efficiently, check the capacitors, which power the compressor and fans. If the capacitors burn out, the motor won’t keep working in the AC unit. 

These are just a few of the many common problems that can arise with AC units. If your AC is exhibiting any of the above-mentioned problems, our qualified HVAC experts can come to your home or property, check out your unit, diagnose the problem, and let you know what repairs are needed or if your unit needs to be replaced. 

 

Looking for AC Maintenance in Jacksonville?

Before the most brutally hot days of summer arrive, make sure your AC is running efficiently. If you are unsure about the condition of your AC unit, our team at EAC can inspect your unit and let you know if it is working smoothly and efficiently. 

 

Why not reduce your costs? Maintenance is the smart way to go! You can rely on us to deliver high quality and skilled AC maintenance services in Jacksonville. With our maintenance services and agreements, you will never have to worry about your systems again – leave it to us! Our experienced AC maintenance technicians can discuss your usage needs and patterns to suggest a maintenance plan or a better unit for your home or property. 

 

Environmental Air Conditioning Services, Inc., is a locally owned and operated business in Jacksonville, Florida. We are committed to providing homeowners, businesses, and builders in the Jacksonville area with high quality and reliable service.

 

If you need air conditioning maintenance for your home or property, look no further than Environmental Air Conditioning Services. We service all brands. Contact us for more information at 904-279-0030 for 24/7 emergency service, or make a Jacksonville AC service request or estimate online.

 

Warning

We do not recommend you make any repairs to your HVAC system if the system is under warranty or if you don’t have experience. Discharging refrigerants in the air is illegal.

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