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How to Choose an Air Conditioning Company and What to do Next?

8 Nov
ac repairman

You should have a list of good service providers  so that it is handy when you need them including a good A/C Company.

At some point we all need to call on trusted professionals to help us solve the day-to-day issues we all face in our daily lives.

You may need a dentist, a veterinarian, an auto mechanic, a day-care provider, a doctor, a plumber, a financial planner, an electrician AND someday you will certainly need to call upon the A/C repairman (or lady) to pay a visit to your home or business…

So, how on earth do you know whom to call upon? Do you look at the sticker that’s 8 years old and fading fast on your equipment? Do you ask your neighbor who they’ve used in the past? Do you (ugh) Google “cheapest ac repair”? Do you look in the yellow pages (what are those!)? Do you try to fix the darn thing yourself?

The truth of the matter is this; all the above are commonplace – we’re going to share a few cold-hard-truths with you.

Four Fast Facts!

Fact #1
The Internet is where more and more people are doing their research and shopping nowadays. Yes, every single method mentioned above (neighbor referral, Google, the sticker, etc.) brings the A/C repairman to your door BUT how do you know you found a good one?

Do your homework!

When searching online or perusing a website be sure to read the reviews; especially any “bad” ones and learn how any issues were resolved. No company is perfect and it’s nice to see to err is human because even the best companies can have an unexpected situation arise leading to a less than perfect experience. Does the company respond to negative reviews? They happen. It’s just how business goes. And for goodness sakes please never Google “cheapest” anything, just search for “ac repair” or “air conditioning repair” so you don’t get someone advertising they are the cheapest. Need we say more?

Fact #2
Not all A/C (HVAC) companies do things the same BUT the good ones will give you what you need to make an informed decision. Once you’ve narrowed it down and decided who you’ll call; all you need to do now is pay close attention to the following BEFORE and AFTER they arrive at your door:

Before they arrive at your door…
• Were you greeted professionally over the phone or called back in short order?
• Is their license number posted on their website? It better be!
• Did they disclose any trip charges? Be wary of “FREE” estimates!
• Did they offer an appointment “window”? Did they call you if they have a delay?
• Be wary of “telephone diagnostics”; some issues are commonplace while others aren’t
• Be wary of “telephone estimates” especially if you’re price shopping (don’t buy on price)

DING DONG – the A/C repair man is at your door…
• Did he arrive in a “marked” truck? Busier HVAC company’s trucks are wrapped / painted
• Did he arrive “on time” or really close? Yes, you’re hot and he’s rushing to get to you
• Is their license / contractor number clearly displayed on their truck? It better be!
• Some park in the street or your driveway. Either is OK but watch for any vehicle leaks
• Did he introduce himself to you and SMILE? You’re having a bad day – let’s smile!
• Did he slip on some little booties over his shoes? Your better companies will do this
• Does he have a pre-printed inspection form? Did he look “inside and outside”?
• Does he answer your questions in a way that’s not condescending BUT easy to follow?

If you “feel” comfortable with your A/C technician and you don’t feel pressured by a salesman, then you’ve probably got one of the “good guys”. Sure, there are some bad actors giving the good guys and our industry a bad name BUT there are good guys out there.

Fact #3
Just because your system is “older” doesn’t mean it needs to be replaced. There are some things to consider such as expense of repair or refrigerant type or efficiency ratings BUT if you’ve got yourself one of the “good guys” then he’ll usually help you keep the ole girl running if she can be repaired reasonably. If not, you’ll be shown replacement options that are modern, sized appropriately, more efficient and carrying very good warranties.

Fact #4
Your relationship with the A/C company doesn’t stop with the repair or replacement unit! Be sure to ask for or listen to them about their Maintenance Agreement. Shameless plug here because ours is a great value but in all seriousness, even if you choose a company other than RDS Air Conditioning please be sure to do the following after your repair or replacement:
• Get every piece of paperwork and save for your records
• Be sure permits are pulled if needed
• A good A/C company will register warranties for you
• BUY the maintenance agreement whether repaired OR replaced – seriously…
• Ask about any available rebates?
• Bake you’re A/C technician some cookies. Just kidding (but who doesn’t like cookies!)

Thank you for reading. We try to bring you good and useful information so you can be a better-informed consumer. Call on RDS Air Conditioning for any of your repair or replacement needs. We work hard to be good at our trade and provide you service so good you’ll refer us to friends, family and coworkers.

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Why is there “water” dripping from that white pipe outside of your home or business…

25 Aug
air conditioning condensate drain line

If this gets clogged, your ac unit will stop working!

Ah, the beaches, the dining and the weather…  Southwest Florida has so much to offer!  But it comes with a price, the HEAT and HUMIDITY. Your air conditioning unit is working very hard to keep your home or business cool and comfortable.

Did you know the high humidity here in SW Florida makes your ac unit work even harder than it would in other climates?

Let’s talk about humidity and the role your air conditioner plays to remove excess humidity from your home or business.

The moment your unit turns on it is moving air through a sealed system to provide you with air that has been filtered, cooled and dehumidified.

Because of this very hard work of producing cold air and removing humidity; as a byproduct, your ac unit produces condensate (water) and this water drops from the evaporator coils into a condensate drain pan which then moves the water through a pipe that is carefully routed to a drain outside of your home or business.  This steady drip is normal.  But, sometimes there’s an issue that occurs…

A common cause of the a/c system to stop blowing cold air is when the condensate drain pan gets blocked up and then the water does not drain through the pipe any longer.  If your air conditioning unit stops blowing cold air and you don’t see that steady drip then it is quite possible your pan and pipe have become clogged.

A safety switch installed inside of the drain pipe will even trip and shut down your unit to help prevent water damage from an overflowing drain pan due to a clogged line.  “Clogged with what?”  We’re glad you asked!  Over time, if not properly treated under a routine maintenance plan, your system becomes susceptible to the growth of algae and mold and your pipe can and will eventually become clogged.

Fortunately, this common breakdown is easily preventable as are most malfunctions we find with poorly maintained a/c systems.  To learn more about what we have to offer to help keep your existing system running in tip-top condition please visit our website or call us today at 239-313-9174. Stay tuned for additional tips and information we hope you may find useful.

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You Will Get a Charge Out of This One…Lightning and You

9 Jul
lightning

Lightning can cause damage in more ways than you may think.  You and your home are at risk.

We are in the midst of Southwest Florida’s 5 month rainy season which lasts from June to October.

It seems like almost daily we experience an afternoon thunderstorm and those bolts of lightning sometimes rival the fourth of July fireworks.

According to Wikipedia, lightning is a sudden electrostatic discharge during an electrical storm between electrically charged regions of a cloud, between that cloud and another cloud, or between a cloud and the ground.

The charged regions in the atmosphere temporarily equalize themselves through this discharge referred to as a strike if it hits an object on the ground, and a flash, if it occurs within a cloud. Lightning causes light in the form of plasma, and sound in the form of thunder.

Lightning may be seen and not heard when it occurs at a distance too great for the sound to carry as far as the light from the strike or flash.

Here are some tips for staying safe during a lightning/thunder storm:

  • Never take a shower or bath or wash dishes during a thunder storm as plumbing is a conductor for electricity and if you are in contact with water and lightning strikes your home or nearby, the electricity could pass through the plumbing to you and that could be very dangerous.
  • If you are stuck outside when a thunderstorm hits, find shelter in a safe place like your car or in a building. Never stand under a tree and stay away from fences and power lines.
  • Stay off of your computer and corded phone until after the storm passes. If you want to use your computer, make sure it is unplugged and running on battery power.
  • If you have a dog outside in a dog house, bring the dog inside as a dog house is not safe during a thunder storm.
  • Do not raise an umbrella, golf club or fishing pole over your head as they act as natural lightning rods.

Florida displays some of the most lethal weather and new research has now pinpointed the exact location that sees the most strikes in the country, and it’s in Southwest Florida.

One thing you can do to help avoid costly damage to your home from lightning is to have a surge protector installed on your air conditioning unit as it will protect your a/c unit against power surges. Lightning is a common cause of a power surge but power surges can also come from inside your home.

Anytime the flow of electricity is interrupted then starts again or when electricity is sent back to the system there is a power surge. Anything that runs on electric in your home can be affected.

RDS Air Conditioning will install a surge protector on your a/c unit to protect it from damaging power surges. Also, if your current a/c unit is in need of repair, maintenance or if you need a new a/c unit installed in your home or business, RDS Air Conditioning is standing by to help.

RDS Air Conditioning is a Certified Florida Contractor – Lic.# CAC1816713. Don’t Settle For Less Use RDS!

Lightning safety source: NASA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Wanna Save Money on Your Electric Bill and Then Some?

31 Oct
hard start kit

Having a hard start kit installed on your a/c unit has may benefits including saving money.

Your air conditioning unit is made up of many different components that all work together to keep your home cool and comfortable.

One component of a central a/c system is the compressor. When your a/c unit starts, the compressor kicks in and uses an extra boost of energy to start your air conditioner.

Your a/c system starts multiple times throughout the day and night. Each and every time your a/c system starts up, the compressor draws a lot of power and this is when your a/c compressor does the most work.

You may want to consider having a hard start kit installed on your a/c unit. A hard start kit lets the compressor start fast while using less power.

The compressor will not have to work as hard each time your a/c starts so less power is used with each start up thus using less power and costing less energy to run.

If you have an older air conditioning system, the older compressor may be sluggish to start.  When your compressor gets weak it is harder to start and will use even more energy (increasing your electric bill).

A hard start kit is good to install on most any central a/c unit even new units.

If you notice:

  • Your lights dim when your air conditioner starts up
  • Your a/c unit not blowing cold air
  • The fan not kicking on

A hard start kit can:

  • Help your compressor start easier and last longer
  • Help your a/c unit cool your home more efficiently
  • Cause less heat / less damage to the compressor and other components of your a/c unit
  • Ultimately cost you less money on your electric bill
  • Help reduce the time for maintenance costs for your compressor or of needing a new compressor down the road

RDS Air Conditoning will install a hard start kit onto your air conditioning system during your next scheduled maintenance, install or repair.

The hard start kit we install is the best available and made in the U.S.A.

With over 25 years of experience, We will be more than happy to handle all your cooling and heating needs. Serving Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero and S Ft Myers, Florida.

We are a Certified Florida Contractor – Lic.# CAC1816713. Don’t Settle for Less, Use RDS!

Schedule your appointment today!

 

Bet You Didn’t Know that Common Dust and Dirt Can Cause this to Happen…

20 Oct
Before and after of a dirty and clean air conditioner

Maintenance and a clean unit = Better cooling/heating and a longer life for your a/c unit.

Dust and dirt is something that if you found in your home, you would probably clean it up right away. Dust and dirt are not always visible especially when it comes to your air conditioning unit.

Did you know that from your air conditioner running, dust and dirt accumulate in certain areas inside that affect its efficiency?

If left alone, this dust and dirt buildup can cause your a/c unit to lose at least 5% of its efficiency each year. This means a dirty air conditioning unit will not keep your home as cool plus it must work harder to do its job.

You may not even know that your a/c unit is in need of cleaning until it becomes less efficient, you notice your home is not as cool, your electric bill increases or your unit breaks down.

Having your a/c system cleaned and maintained regularly will increase the life of your air conditioning unit and save money on your electric bill because it will be running much more efficiently.

Regular cleaning and maintenance also includes changing your air conditioner’s filter. A helpful tip is to use a permanent marker and put the date on a new a/c filter when you change it out then going forward make sure to change it on time (when you hold the filter up to the light and can’t see through it or it starts to look dingy and dirty). When you keep track of  the dates for a few months, you will have an idea of how
often your filter needs changing.

Most people don’t know exactly how much time there is between filter changes. Keeping track for a few filter changes will let you know exactly how often you need to change your filter and then keep changing it on time to help extend the life of your a/c unit and keep it running efficiently.

Your home or business environment (if you have pets or are in a high traffic area etc…) will dictate how often your filter needs to be changed. If you need hard to find filters for your a/c unit, when you find a place that sells your type of filter, stock up so you will have them on hand for when your filter needs changing.

If you are a seasonal resident returning to Southwest Florida, your a/c unit probably has been running all summer long and is now in need of cleaning and maintenance.

RDS Air Conditioning has been cleaning, maintaining, repairing and installing air conditioning units in SWFL for many years. Give us a call today and we will service your a/c unit.

Don’t Settle for Less, Use RDS!  Certified Florida Contractor – Lic.# CAC1816713

Warning! Before You Let Anyone Repair, Perform Maintenance on or Install your New A/C Unit, You Must Read This!

11 May
a/c repair

Don’t spend unnecessary money on your a/c unit

Every a/c unit, sometime during the life of the unit, will require repair, maintenance and eventually replacement but what matters most when having a new air conditioning system installed or current unit repaired or maintained?

Here are some considerations:

Your existing ductwork – Is your ductwork adequate to accept a new a/c unit or does it need to be redone? Is the ductwork properly insulated and/or is there damage to the ducts?

The size of your home vs size of the a/c unit – An a/c system should match the size of your home. For example, if an air conditioning system is too large for your home, you will be spending much more on your energy bill then necessary.

Improper Use – Are you using your a/c unit correctly to save energy? Is it running all of the time? Are you using the correct filter/s?

Proper Control – Do you have control over your a/c unit? Does your thermostat allow for you to control the timing of the temperature? For example, if you will be out all evening, can you raise the thermostat to 78 then set the timer to decrease the temperature a few minutes before you return home or control the temperature from an ipad or phone?

Maintenance – Even after having a new a/c unit installed, it is important to continue with regular maintenance to keep your new air conditioning unit running at top performance.

Repair – Is the company repairing your a/c unit reputable? Will they only tell you what is actually needed to complete the repair?

The person installing your new a/c unit – There are a variety of a/c brands to choose from but when deciding on a new air conditioning system beside the brand you choose, who installs your new a/c unit is just as important.

If the person installing your new air conditioner, repairing or performing maintenance is not a licensed certified contractor then you are putting yourself at risk for potential problems and probably paying more than is necessary to install, repair or maintain your a/c unit.

RDS Air Conditioning is a Certified Florida Contractor – Lic.# CAC1816713 and has a great reputation installing new a/c systems plus repairing and maintaining a/c systems for residential and small commercial customers.

If you are considering having a new air conditioning unit installed in your home or business or are in need of a/c maintenance or repair, contact RDS Air Conditioning with any questions or to set up an appointment.

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Out With The Old and In With the New – A/C Unit

12 Mar

old and new a/c unitsMarch 20, 2015 is the first day of spring and summer is close behind.

For seasonal residents in Southwest Florida, this means that season 2015 is coming to an end and you will be returning to your summer homes very soon.

With summer comes high humidity and it is important that your a/c unit is running efficiently so that it will help keep your home at a cool temperature throughout the summer months while you are away.

New compressor technology and updated fan blade shapes make new a/c units less noisy and more energy efficient.

According to This Old House, twenty years ago, a typical system might use 6,000 watts of electricity per hour to cool an average-size house. Today, that same house can be cooled with as little as 1,710 watts per hour, an astounding 250-percent increase in operating efficiency.

When choosing a new air conditioning unit, purchase one with a SEER (seasonal energy-efficiency ratio) of at least 14. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient your new a/c unit will run which will result in lower electric bills.
seer-rating-chart

Just as it important to choose the correct air conditioner for your space and needs, the contractor you pick to purchase from and install your new a/c unit should be reputable and available when needed.

RDS Air Conditioning is the Go To A/C Contractor (Contractor – Lic.# CAC1816713) serving Southwest Florida. RDS Air Conditioning has a great reputation and you can see feedback from many satisfied customers on their website.

RDS Air Conditioning will be happy to answer any questions you have before purchasing your new a/c unit.

Don’t settle for less, Use RDS!