Common Heating Problems

The need to heat your Brevard County home is probably not something that frequents your thoughts. In fact, most of us on the Space Coast never even think about the state of our Melbourne, Florida heating systems. This is a great thing for most of the year; however, now that the weather has turned cold (by Florida standards) many are scrambling to figure out how and why their heat isn’t working properly.

What could be the reason for this? Why are you feeling the chill inside your home? If you have these questions call Space Age Cooling and Heating for any assistance you need. Our team of experts can assess your individual situation and help you figure out why your heat is not cutting it.

If you are experiencing some heating challenges in your home, here are some common issues that we see resulting in inadequate home heating.

Insufficient Maintenance

We have said it before and we will say it again. Regularly schedule maintenance checks are a must for any homeowner. It may seem pointless to examine your HVAC unit when all seems well. We get that! However, there could be an underlying issue waiting in the wings that goes undetected until you try and turn on the heat. That small issue could have been remedied long before it became a big problem by having Space Age Cooling and Heating do a routine maintenance check. If you have yet to have your air conditioner and heater checked out for the year, call us now and let us get you prepped and ready for whatever the weather decides to give you.

Thermostat Problems

Thermostats are handy mechanisms that assess the air and then determine whether or not to send a signal to the air conditioner or heater to turn on. Mechanical thermostats utilize thermal expansion in order to alert a circuit to come on or turn off. Digital thermostats work by running a current through something called a thermistor. The resistance is then measured and from there the temperature of the room can be calculated.

Oftentimes, heating (and cooling) issues arise from faulty thermostats and the solution is quick and simple. Make sure the batteries are working at full capacity and your thermostat is located in an area that is not affected by appliances that give off heat. Don’t forget to dust your thermostat when you are doing the rest of the house. A buildup of dust in and around the thermostat can trigger problems as well.

Clogged Air Filters

You’ve heard this one from us before we know, but it bears repeating. If your filters are clogged air cannot be transported effectively or efficiently. This is a simple fix and easy for anyone.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of possible heating problems, but it is a great place to start. Your HVAC system is complex and many times the solution is not as simple. Never hesitate to call Space Age Cooling and Heating with any questions or concerns regarding your heating or cooling situation. These are powerful machines that require a specialized touch from knowledgeable professionals.

Getting to Know Your AC: The Condensing Unit

Coastal breezes and mild winter seasons make for a grand life here in the Space Coast. The temperatures and outdoor conditions that bring so many people here also have a dark side: summer. High humidity and scorching sun mix together to create weather that drives most indoors searching for cooler air and a break from the wet. Your Melbourne FL HVAC contractor wants you to be aware of your AC unit.

These are certainly the dog days currently. This is the time where having an air conditioner is worth its weight in gold. If you are like most of the general population you probably don’t know much about how your system works. Your main concern is that it does! Most folks don’t think about the components of their units until something goes amiss. Every what the coil is hanging out in condenser? Know where the condenser even is? How does the air conditioner even work? Let’s take a closer look at the outside portion of your central cooling system, the condenser.

Central Air Conditioning Units consist of three basic elements: an evaporator, a condenser unit, and a compressor. The air condenser is located outside of your home in the condensing unit, the machine many think of when they visualize an AC. The condenser receives hot vaporized air from the compressor and then cools it off. The cooling process in the condenser allows the vapor to return to a liquid state. This air is then passed along and eventually cools your home.

This is a pretty basic overview because the process is highly complex and utilized chemicals that allow for heat transfer and more. As you can see, there is so much that goes into cooling your home. It isn’t just a matter of hot air out and cool air in. This is why you need the experts at Space Age Cooling and Heating for any of your air conditioning repairs. Complicated processes and machines all work together to create the modern marvel of centralized air conditioning. These must be handled with a delicate professional touch.

Space Age Cooling and Heating services HVAC units of all types and is the absolute best choice for AC repair in Brevard County. We have truly seen it all and have the experts to handle pretty much anything, just read our stellar reviews from customers.

Frozen AC in the middle of summer?

Your air conditioner is working in overdrive during the sweltering summer months here in Brevard County, FL. Ever walked out on a steaming day and notice that your outside AC unit is frozen over? While you may be tempted to reconsider your sanity, rest assured you are not crazy. Air conditioning units can indeed freeze over even on the hottest of days and this is indicative of a problem (although you probably already figured that one out).

Most of us don’t give a lot of thought to our Melbourne, FL air conditioners and only notice something is amiss when we find ourselves sweating indoors. Space Age Cooling and Heating has seen the gamut when it comes to HVAC issues and we are the experts to call when you notice your AC looks more like a block of ice than anything else. So why does your unit freeze over and what should you do about it?

The evaporator coil, located within the condenser, can freeze even during a heat wave causing your AC big problems. So why and how does this happen and how does it affect your unit? There are two primary reasons whey the evaporator coil freezes: blockage and refrigerant issues.

If airflow is diminished the coil can freeze because the unit is trying to force too much cool air out of the condenser. The more cool air there is within the system the more likely frost is to develop and over time water can freeze causing ice to accumulate on the outside of your AC unit. The second potential cause for a frozen ac unit is due to an insufficient amount of refrigerant.

Now that you know some likely causes to your issue what should you do? First off, turn off the unit and let it completely defrost. Make sure nothing blocks airflow and remove dirt and gunk from around your compressor. Check your air filters and make sure they aren’t the cause for the air restrictions.

Next, call Space Age Cooling and Heating. We will come out and assess the situation and get to the root of your cooling issues. We service all of Brevard County, FL! Got a problem with your unit in Satellite Beach? Call us. Feeling the heat in Indialantic? We can get you comfortable in no time!

Protect Your AC Unit from the Elements

Protect Your ACCooling your home is one of the most important things you will do to battle the scorching heat. The bristling summer heat makes moving indoors quite a refuge. If you have ever had to suffer through several days without air you know exactly what we are speaking of. It just isn’t fun. Not only that, it is not safe. It is vital to protect your AC unit because replacing it can be an added expense that many don’t prepare for in advance.

According to Home Advisor $5,206 is the average national cost to install a new AC unit and of the over eight thousand purchases they surveyed consumers generally spent between three and seven thousand dollars. That is no small sum. In all honesty there are things you can do at home to help protect your outside unit from damage. Space Age Cooling and Heating wants to give you information to help protect the life of your cooling unit. Here are two common issues that can affect your unit here in Florida and what you can do to protect your AC.

The Blazing Sun

It is hard to get away from the sun here in the Sunshine state! Even the afternoon rain showers don’t provide enough shade to do much. Cloudy days are a rarity as well. The goal is to protect your condenser, the outside portion of your air conditioner, from the rays of the sun. So what can you do to protect your AC unit? Try building a simple awning to cover your unit. If that’s out of the question strategically placed shrubbery and bushes could be the fix. If you are going the gardening route be sure that your plants aren’t too close to the unit and keep them trimmed back.

Salty Air

Here in Brevard County we are blessed with a tropical climate and the Atlantic Ocean is just a few miles or a few steps away depending on your location. Salt causes erosion to metal and your outside unit can be compromised in no time because of it. To decrease salt build up, try putting a hose to your condenser on a routine basis. The longer the salt builds up the harder it is to remove but if you are strategic you can rinse some of the salt away before it causes damage.

You can also increase the life of the coils with a variety of special coatings that can add an extra layer of defense. There are several available on the market. If this task seems daunting then you need to call a qualified Melbourne FL HVAC contractor. We can give you expert advice or do the job for you so you don’t waste valuable time and money.

You undoubtedly spent a lot of time choosing your new cooling system or are hoping that the one you do have lasts. Do yourself a favor and take some of these suggestions to heart. Space Age Cooling and Heating wants to help you extend the life of your unit and save you money!

Keep Your Air Clean Indoors

Keep Your Air CleanWe all know about the potential dangers of polluted air from the outside environment. Two contributors to air pollution in particular are the most hazardous to humans according to the American Lung Association: Smog and Particle Pollution. Particle Pollution is, in simplistic terms, a mixture of solids and drops of liquid hanging around in the air.

Exhaust from busted tailpipes is an example. Smog, otherwise known as ozone, is invisible, silent, and deadly. And all of this is waiting you just outside your front door. Don’t let debris from outside effect the air quality within your home.

As your Brevard County air conditioning contractor we invest in your health and that of your HVAC unit. We know there are factors outside of your control when it comes to air quality and we want to provide you with viable options you can do within your home to keep your air clean.

Install A Carbon Monoxide Detector

Carbon Monoxide is a deadly danger to homeowners and you and your family could be at risk and be absolutely oblivious about it. Installing a carbon monoxide detector can help keep your family safe and alert you to this odorless poisonous gas.

Reduce Humidity

Leaky roofs, less than airtight seals, and cracked foundations are all contributors to the humidity level in your home. Keeping humidity down increases your air quality and reduces the likelihood of developing a mold issue.

Choose the Proper Air Filter

Air filters allow for particles such as pet dander and hair, dirt, and debris to be caught before entering your cooling unit. Less junk in the air means superior air quality. Make sure the filter you choose is designed for your needs. If you have questions please call Space Age Cooling and Heating. We can assist you in finding the correct fit and remember our service calls are always free.

Routine AC Maintenance

If your cooling system is not functioning properly, it affects more than the temperature in your home. The quality of air inside will diminish and, the thing is, you can avoid it by having a maintenance plan. We can come out and check your unit and its parts before small problems become big issues.

Keep Chemicals Outside

Store toxic chemicals outside away from the inside of your home. Speaking of toxicity, make sure the paint you use in your home has a low volatile compound count. The paint you use can play a big role in your overall health so choose wisely.

Air quality is one of the most important things to protect when it comes to the health of your family and Space Age Cooling and Heating wants to help keep you safe. Contact us today regarding the purity of air in your home.

Heat Gains and Window Treatments

Now that summer is here in Brevard County, FL we are all feeling the effects..even indoors. Have you ever noticed how warm your sliding glass doors feel from the inside? Your home transfers and absorbs heat from various sources and this process is referred to as heat gain. The sun is the primary source of heat gain within homes but it can come from other places as well. Your oven is an example of this too. Ever noticed how warm your kitchen feels when you are utilizing your oven? Heat is being transferred from within the oven to your kitchen causing things to warm up quickly.

At this point you may be wondering why we are even talking about heat gain. Isn’t that why you have an air conditioner? Here’s the thing, heat gain can make your apparatus work in overdrive, and that spells disaster for your unit over time. Space Age Heating and Cooling wants to keep you in the know so that you aren’t unwittingly causing your air conditioning unit to work harder than necessary. Harder work on the part of your HVAC equals more energy to function properly and that equates to more money on your power bill. Here are some tips to treat your windows to cut down on heat gain and keep your cooling apparatus working at its best.

Consider Installing Interior Blinds

Form meets function with these handy window decorations. You simultaneously block the rays from the sun and blinds can give your home a polished look. With so many options to choose from when it comes to style, blinds are a great asset and can save you money. In fact, fully closed blinds that cover the length and width of your windows can reduce heat gains in your home by 45%. That’s fantastic!

Decorative Window Films

These aren’t for everyone but they can give your windows higher reflectivity and that cuts back on heat gains as well. The downside to window films is that they can be hard to keep clean and prevent light from entering. The may also block visibility. However, they are still a great option to prevent heat gain and can save you money too.

Drapes

If window films and blinds just aren’t your thing perhaps draperies are something worth considering. Drapes come in so many styles and fabrics and can be easily customizable to fit the décor of your home. What’s not to love about that? When choosing drapes to cut back on heat gains make sure to take into account the material they are made from. Flimsy almost transparent drapes may look lovely but they won’t do you much good when it comes to blocking out heat. Also, open drapes may look lovely but be sure to keep them closed during the hottest portions of the day to get maximum efficiency from them.

You have several choices when it comes to window treatments that also help prevent heat gains so decide what it is you want to achieve and go from there. If you are still experiencing difficulties with your cooling unit then most likely you need to call Space Age Heating and Cooling. We will send out one of our experts to assist you and get to the root of the problem. We have years of experience behind us and satisfied clients who can attest to our skills. Contact us today!