Every now and again, disaster strikes, and in Florida, that disaster is often a failed air conditioning unit. Because of Florida’s extreme heat and humidity, a failed air conditioning unit truly is a disaster. Not only is the heat a danger to you and your families health, it can be devastating to your home or business. If a building is too warm, mold and mildew can slowly seeps in, potentially causing thousands of dollars worth of damage.

If you have a problem with your air conditioning unit, do not hesitate to contact our locally owned and operated company. If you think it may just be a small problem, here’s a list of common emergency problems that we routinely see—problems that we recommend be treated immediately.

When an air conditioner begins to leak, it is imperative to get it serviced immediately. The walls, floors, foundation, and even the roof of your building can be compromised, potentially causing thousands of dollars worth of damage. Water leaks that are near electrical outlets can also cause serious damage as electrical fires and electrocutions can potentially occur. Fortunately, air conditioner leaks are usually easy to spot and even easier to fix. The key is to make sure that you get the leak fixed as soon as you spot it.

One of the most common problems throughout Florida is an air conditioner that does not cool. Unfortunately, diagnosing the problem can often be a difficult thing to do, especially for a homeowner, but here are some things you may want to check. In some cases, an A/C unit that is not cooling is simply the result of a flipped circuit breaker. While we always recommend having one of our licensed HVAC contractors out to handle the circuit breakers, if you feel comfortable with it, you may be able to fix the problem with a simple flip of a circuit breaker. If the problem persists, you may want to check the outdoor air conditioner, making sure that any debris is cleared from the unit that may be obstructing airflow. If the problem persists even after debris is cleared, make sure to contact our office.

One of the most frustrating problems is when your air conditioning unit isn’t blowing air at all. The outside unit is turned on and running, but there is no airflow to the rest of the house. In these cases, the problem may be a number of different things, including a frozen coil, obstructed air duct, a broken fan, or a dirty air filter. Before contacting a professional, check to see if air is flowing through any of the vents of the house. If there is some airflow, it may be as simple as changing the air filter. If there is none, you’ll need to give us a call to troubleshoot the issue.
While not all too common in Florida, many people often find out that their heater doesn’t work when they switch their unit to the heat setting during a cool front. Since many air conditioning units very rarely get switched to that setting, most people don’t realize they have a problem until there is a need to use the heat. The most common problem that we see is a heater feeling like an air conditioner. It’s turned on, the air is blowing, but it’s not hot air. Before you call a professional, make sure that your air conditioner is turned to the “heat” position, and the thermostat is at least 3 degrees above the current temperature. If there is still no heat after you’ve done that, give us a call, we would be happy to assist.
Normally, air conditioning units will have condensation occurring on the unit during the cooling process. Sometimes, a problem happens during this process, and the condensation completely freezes, resulting in a frozen coil. When that happens, all kinds of problems pop up, including limited or no airflow throughout the house. If you think you’ve got a frozen coil on your hands, one of the things we recommend is shutting off the air conditioner for awhile, allowing the frost on the coil to melt. Of course, this isn’t necessarily a fix to the problem. You’ve got to figure out what caused the coil to freeze in the first place, or you’re going to be stuck in a cycle of frustration as you continuously have to shut off your air conditioner to melt your frozen coils. If you expect a frozen coil, give us a call!
If you ever smell a burning scent and it feels like it’s coming from your air conditioner, we recommend contacting an HVAC technician. While the most common reason for a burning smell is simply dust settling on the heat exchanger, many times the burning smell is the result of something more serious. If it ever smells like something is burning and that smell persists, do not hesitate to call a service professional.

While not all air conditioning problems are emergencies, if you ever feel like there is one, do not hesitate to contact our office. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, and the longer you hesitate, the more risk you take when it comes to your air conditioning unit or your home. Remember, we’re only a call away!