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We're all about helping our customers make the best choices for their unique needs. So, we've put together some information and tips on our services to help you out. Plus, don't miss out on our exclusive Preventative Maintenance Agreement, which is like a superhero for your A/C and heating systems, saving you 20% on labor, 10% on parts, and keeping everything in tip-top shape.


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AIR CONDITIONING
Common AC Problems in Florida

AC units in Florida face unique challenges due to the extreme weather conditions. Some of the most common issues that Floridians experience when it comes to AC repairs include:

  • Refrigerant leaks: Florida's high heat and humidity can cause refrigerant leaks, leading to decreased cooling efficiency and higher energy bills.

  • Dirty or clogged air filters: With Florida's high pollen count and dust, air filters can quickly become clogged, leading to reduced airflow, decreased cooling efficiency, and strain on the AC unit.

  • Compressor issues: The compressor is a critical component of an AC unit that can experience wear and tear, electrical problems, or overheating. This can result in reduced cooling performance.

  • Fan motor issues: The fan motor circulates air in the AC unit and can experience issues such as motor failure, loose connections, or damaged blades. This can result in poor airflow and reduced cooling performance.

  • Thermostat issues: The thermostat is a crucial control component of an AC unit that can malfunction due to electrical issues or inaccurate readings. This can result in incorrect temperature settings and discomfort.

Signs You Need Air Conditioning Repair:

No matter if you have a central AC system or a ductless mini-split, we offer comprehensive air conditioning repair services throughout Venice or anywhere in Sarasota, Manatee, and Charlotte counties.

If you are experiencing any of the following issues, you may need air conditioning repair services:

  • Issues with your sensors

  • Problems with your evaporator coils

  • Problems with your air handler

  • Refrigerant leaks

  • Mechanical issues like broken belts or fans

  • Corroded wires

 

AVERAGE LIFE EXPECTANCY OF AN AC UNIT

According to energy.gov, an air conditioning system should last between 15 and 20 years. In Florida, however, the lifespan is much shorter, ranging from 8 to 10 years due to year-round usage. If your AC unit has been well-maintained, it may last longer.

Various factors can affect the life expectancy of an AC unit, including:

  • Proper maintenance: Regular maintenance, including cleaning, filter replacement, and regular tune-ups, can help extend the life of an AC unit.

  • Usage: Heavy usage can play a big factor in how long your AC unit lasts. The more heavily an AC unit is used, the more wear and tear it will withstand.

  • Harsh weather conditions: The hot and humid climate in Florida can put a strain on AC units, potentially shortening their lifespan.

Signs That It's Time to Replace Your A/C Unit

Are you experiencing any of the following issues?

  • Frequent need for AC repair 

  • Unexplained spikes in your energy bills 

  • Inconsistent temperatures in your home 

  • Your HVAC system is past its average lifespan 

  • Loud noises and/or dust buildup 

  • High humidity levels in your home 

 

If you're dealing with any of these problems, it might be time to consider a new AC unit. Our team of air conditioner installation experts in Venice can help you choose from a range of affordable options and provide you with guidance on what is best for your home or office. Additionally, we offer routine air conditioning maintenance services to keep your system running smoothly for years to come!

Why Regular A/C Maintenance in so Important:

Air conditioning experts suggest scheduling AC maintenance twice a year in spring and fall to ensure the unit's longevity and efficiency. Regular checkups reduce wear and identify potential problems before complete failure, increasing system reliability and efficiency, maximizing lifespan, and lowering utility bills. 

 

During an AC maintenance service, the system is inspected, key components are cleaned, defects or broken parts are checked, and fixes are suggested as needed.

How Often Should You Schedule A/C Maintenance?

Air conditioning experts advise scheduling AC maintenance twice a year, in spring and fall, as AC units are frequently in use during these seasons. During your appointment, expect a thorough inspection, cleaning, and tune-up that will identify any issues requiring replacement or repair.

A comprehensive AC maintenance checklist includes replacing air filters, inspecting electrical components, and cleaning evaporator and condenser coils. Following these steps improves the efficiency and longevity of your AC unit. With regular, reasonable investment in AC tune-ups, you can extend the lifespan of your unit beyond the expected 8-10 years in Florida, and receive a greater return on your investment.

IMPORTANCE OF REGULAR MAINTENANCE FOR AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS

Regular checkups are critical for keeping your air conditioning system running smoothly and detecting potential problems before they cause a complete breakdown. Our team of professionally trained AC technicians will examine your equipment to ensure it is operating accurately and reliably.

Benefits of Regular Maintenance:

  • Increased system reliability and efficiency

  • Fewer AC repairs required

  • Maximized lifespan of your system

  • Lower utility bills

  • Peace of mind

Choosing the Right Size A/C Unit

When installing an air conditioning (AC) unit, it's important to take several factors into account to ensure optimal performance. One of these factors is the size of the unit. Installing an AC that is too large for the space can lead to efficiency problems and costly repairs.

Here are some potential dangers of installing an oversized air conditioner:

  • Short cycling, which can cause the unit to work harder and increase the risk of breakdowns

  • Increased humidity levels, which can result in mold growth and other indoor air quality problems

  • Inconsistent temperatures that can reduce your home's overall comfort level

 

If you're unsure about which AC unit size is right for your space, contact us with any questions. We offer reliable AC replacements and are happy to answer any questions you may have.

MINI-SPLIT A/C SYSTEMS
What Is a Mini-Split AC System?

Simply put, ductless air conditioning systems or mini-splits connect individual room units to an outdoor compressor. The indoor unit has evaporator coils that are cooled using refrigerant to absorb warm air from the room. The refrigerant then transfers the absorbed heat to the outdoor unit.

Unlike traditional ACs that have a central indoor unit connected by lengthy ductwork, mini-split systems have small units placed directly in each room. These units draw in warm air and expel it as cold air. Mini-splits offer an alternative to conventional ACs with a less obtrusive installation process, better integration with room aesthetics, and quieter, highly energy-efficient operation.

What Are the Benefits of Ductless Mini-Splits?

Ductless mini-splits are an excellent HVAC solution for Venice, FL residents. Unlike traditional central ACs that require ductwork, mini-splits use individual air handlers to cool and heat specific areas throughout your home, granting homeowners individualized climate control options. Mini-split AC systems are also considered to be more energy-efficient than centralized air, making them popular.

Ductless mini-splits can be installed in any room, making them ideal for new additions to a home, garages, new construction projects, or homes without existing ductwork. They are also easier to install than traditional AC units, only requiring a small hole in the wall to connect the indoor and outdoor units.

Optimal placement for indoor units is the key to maximizing the benefits of a mini-split system. At AC/DC Air Conditioning, our mini-split installation specialists know where to install your indoor ductless AC units, ensuring you reap the full benefits of your mini-split system.

INDOOR AIR QUALITY SYSTEMS
Fresh-Aire UV Light System Installation

Although conventional air filtration systems are capable of removing dust and other particulate matter, they are not effective against other air contaminants such as mold, germs, odors, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). To address this issue, our team at AC/DC Air Conditioning uses award-winning APCO products, such as Blue-Tube UV and Fresh-Aire UV light, to sterilize viruses, germs, mold, and other biological contaminants in the air and on air-system surfaces. This advanced technology is capable of neutralizing biological contaminants as well as eliminating odor-causing VOCs throughout your home.

Using Germicidal UV Lights to Purify Your Home or Office Air can remove:

  • Allergens

  • Dust

  • Viruses

  • Pollen

  • Bacteria

  • Mold

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If you're seeking a way to decrease allergen concentration and other contaminants in the air, consider incorporating advanced air purifiers into your HVAC system. Fresh-Aire UV's whole-house air purifier is a practical and cost-effective solution to combat indoor air pollution.

Reme Halo UV Light & Air Purification System

Take charge of your indoor air quality by selecting one of RGF's air purification systems. These award-winning air purifiers come in both in-duct and stand-alone models, featuring REME® and PHI-cell® technology that produces hydro-peroxides (H2O2). This proven and safe method of cleaning indoor air is guaranteed to make a positive impact. Our team of Venice heating and cooling professionals will conduct a comprehensive inspection and IAQ test, then discuss with you the best options that suit your specific needs.

IMPROVING YOUR HOME'S AIR QUALITY WITH WHOLE-HOME AIR PURIFICATION 

Concerned about the air quality in your home? Breathe easier knowing that a whole-home air purification system can remove allergens, pollutants, and other harmful particles from the air, creating a healthier indoor environment for you and your family. Our team of AC experts in Venice can assess your home's air quality and recommend the best air purification system to meet your specific needs.

Here are some benefits of a whole-home air purification system:

  • Reduced allergens and pollutants

  • Improved respiratory health

  • Elimination of odors and airborne germs

  • Enhanced overall comfort

  • Protection of your HVAC system from dust and debris

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HEATING
When to Call for Heating Repair

Whether you're in need of heating repair, maintenance, or installation, our friendly experts are here to help. At our Venice-based heating repair service, we take the time to understand the specifics of your situation and recommend the best options for your needs.

If you're experiencing any of the following issues, don't hesitate to contact our trusted heating service company:

  • Low heat or no heat - There are many factors that could cause this problem, from clogged air filters to malfunctioning fan motors. We'll perform a thorough inspection and provide you with the right solution.

  • Rising energy bill - If you notice a spike in your energy costs, it could be a sign that you have an issue with your system, causing it to work inefficiently. We can help identify the problem and provide a solution.

  • Burning smell - If you notice an unusual smell coming from your vents when your system is running, this could be a result of a broken or damaged part of the heating system.

  • Cold spots - If you notice that certain areas in your home have uneven temperatures, it may indicate that your system is not functioning as expected and needs repair.

 

Issues with your heater can be dangerous, so it's important to have a professional heating company you can trust to arrive promptly and provide reliable solutions. AC/DC Air Conditioning has the expertise and experience to deliver the results you need.

When to Update Your Heating System

Knowing when it's time to replace a heating system in a home or business can save you a lot of headaches in the long run. There are several signs that indicate it's time to replace your heating system. One of the most common signs is age. If your heating system is over 15 years old, it's probably time to consider a replacement. Another sign is the frequency of repairs. If your heating system requires frequent repairs, it's a sign that it's on its last legs.

 

Energy efficiency is another important factor to consider when deciding whether to replace your heating system. If your system is not energy efficient, it could be costing you a lot of money in heating bills. Upgrading to a more efficient system can save you a lot of money in the long run. Finally, if your heating system is making strange noises or not heating your home or business evenly, it's time to consider a replacement.

Advantages of Upgrading Your Heating System:

  • Increased energy efficiency

  • Reduced heating costs

  • Consistent and uniform heating throughout your home

  • Quieter operation

  • Improved indoor air quality

Heating Maintenance

Your heating system is a significant investment, and it's crucial to keep it functioning smoothly. Regular servicing can extend its lifespan and provide reliable performance. We suggest having your heating system serviced annually in the fall. Our team will conduct a thorough inspection of your system during maintenance, pinpointing any minor issues and performing necessary adjustments and cleaning to prepare your heater for the colder months ahead.

Check out our customizable Preventative Maintenance Agreement to save up to 20% on service and repairs for your heating system.

PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE AGREEMENT

Our Preventive Maintenance Agreement (PMA) is designed to cater to your air conditioning needs. You can customize your plan to fit your specific requirements, and enjoy a range of benefits, including:

  • Two scheduled maintenance visits per year with 20% off labor and 10% off parts.

  • Multi-year agreements are available.

  • Your PMA is transferable to a new owner or to your new home within our service area.

  • Priority service, including 24-hour emergency response time with no overtime rates.

OUR MAINTENANCE SERVICE

If you want your AC and Heating Systems to perform like new, our maintenance service is the perfect solution. Even the best air conditioning units on the market experience wear and tear after years of use, resulting in decreased efficiency. In some cases, your system might have broken or defective parts that require repairs or replacements. By scheduling regular maintenance, we catch small issues before they become big problems that are costly to fix.

What to Expect During an AC Maintenance Service:

  • A comprehensive system inspection of your A/C unit with each visit and your Heating System in the Fall

  • Cleaning of key components

  • Identification of defective or broken parts

  • Suggested fixes and repairs as needed

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