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Common HVAC FAQ’s

8 Feb
questions

Contact RDS Air Conditioning if you have a question that is not answered here.

Q: Why is it recommended that I change my a/c filter on a regular basis?
Changing your filter regularly helps to improve indoor air quality plus keeps your air conditioning system running with proper air flow while reducing airborne allergens and dust.

Q: What can I do to help between regularly scheduled a/c maintenance visits?
Use extra care when trimming weeds near your a/c unit to avoid wire damage. Keep the area around your a/c unit clear of weeds, clutter, and debris as they can interfere with airflow to the unit. Do not let pets urinate on your a/c unit because pet urine causes damage.

Q: Why is my a/c system is freezing up?
It could be a dirty evaporator coil which over time may cause reduced air flow, inadequate cooling and freezing up of the unit. Low refrigerant due to a leak/s in the lines, valves, joints or loose fittings from vibration or friction. Defective blower motor running at the wrong speed or starting and stopping or relay that only intermittently starts can cause freezing of your a/c unit.

Q: What does HVAC stand for?
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning.

Q: Why should I replace my current air conditioning system?
If your current a/c system is old, in need of an expensive repair, causes increased energy bills, or isn’t cooling efficiently, it may be time to consider replacing your older unit. Newer a/c units are up to 60% more efficient.

Q: Do I need to be concerned with indoor air quality?
According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), air pollutants can be up to 100X higher indoors than outdoors. That is why it is important to use the appropriate a/c filter to fit your needs and change it regularly. Also, you may want to consider an air purification system for your home or business.

Q: How long will my new a/c system last?
The average lifespan for a new a/c system in Florida is 10 to 15 years. Your a/c unit will last the longest with regular maintenance and suggested repairs.

Q: How can I find the system that is right for me?
RDS Air Conditioning will help you choose the most efficient unit that fits your specific needs ie. size and age of your home, number of rooms etc for the best possible price.

RDS Air Conditioning serves Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero and Fort Myers, Florida with air conditioning maintenance, repair and new installations for your home or business and is a Certified Florida Contractor – Lic.# CAC1816713.

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Is Your A/C System Putting Your Home at Risk for Fire and Water Damage?

15 Dec

water damage from a/c unit

Maintaining your air conditioning system is important because it constantly runs and coupled with the hot weather in Southwest Florida, there are many things that can go wrong.

Regular maintenance can often catch problems early or prevent them from happening.

One common problem that can occur from negleting having your a/c unit regularly serviced is water damage to your home.

Water damage can occur when the drain line to your a/c system becomes clogged.

The accumulation of dirt, debris, algae and even mold in the drain line causes it to become clogged.

How does dirt enter the drain line?

  • If your air conditioner is running without a filter or you wait longer than you should to change the filter
  •  A lot of construction being done in our area causes extra dirt and debris to float in the air
  • Dirt and debris that normally floats around in the air

What can happen if my drain line gets clogged?

  • Thousands of dollars in water damage to your home – The water backs up in your a/c unit’s drain pan because the water must have someplace to go.
  • Fire – A fire can start in your home due to leaking water backing up and reaching electrical parts in your a/c unit.
  • Harmful contamanents grow in your a/c drain line – Mold, mildew, virus’ and bacteria.

What are signs that my drain line is clogged?

  • Noticing stains on your ceiling
  • Your a/c unit stops working
  • Your home feels more humid than normal
  • You notice water actually leaking from your ceiling

Preventing your air conditioner’s drain line from clogging is easy. Change your a/c unit’s filter on time (every month or two). If you have pets or a lot of dust in your home, you may need to change it more often.

Scheduling regular maintenance from a professional a/c contractor will help keep the line clear and your a/c unit running at max potential.

A float switch can be installed to shut off your cooling system if it detects that water is backing up before it gets too far.

RDS Air Conditioning is a family owned and operated business in Estero Florida serving Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero and Fort Myers Florida. With over 25 years of experience. Certified Florida Contractor – Lic.# CAC1816713.

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10 ways to keep cool when going to sleep if you have no air conditioner

27 Aug
woman sleeping in bed with no ac

Nothing beats an a/c unit working at full capacity…but if you are ever caught in the heat with no a/c these tips can help you stay cool.

Central air is a beautiful thing…Push a button and your home cools down rather quickly. But… What happens when you have no a/c unit or one that is broken?

How can you keep cool in the sweltering heat?

Here are 10 ways to keep cool if you have no a/c:

1. Buy a hot water bottle, fill with water, freeze, then keep the water bottle close by to stay cool all night.

2. Use cotton sheets on your bed plus wear loose fitting cotton pajamas as both promote ventilation.

3. Use a damp sheet or towel as a blanket.

4. Sleep alone. When you sleep next to another person their body generates heat which will only make you feel hotter.

5. Drink water before going to bed to stay hydrated.

6. Take a cool shower before bed which will wash away sweat and reduce your core body temperature so you can go to sleep feeling nice and cool.

7. Keep the lights off to reduce heat in the room.

8. Hang a wet sheet in front of an open window so as the breeze blows through, it will cool down the room.

9. Sleep on a bamboo mat or straw bed as these raw materials do not retain heat.

10. Buy an air conditioner or have your broken a/c unit fixed.

If you are tired of dealing with the heat or an a/c unit that isn’t cooling properly or would like to upgrade from your current air conditioning unit, there are some things to consider before deciding to purchase a new a/c unit.

Make sure you really need an new a/c system. Often, your current a/c unit can be repaired to help you put off the expense of buying a new one.

RDS Air Conditioning can often repair your existing a/c unit and if a new system is needed, will help you choose the most cost effective and proper air conditioning system to fit your needs.

Call RDS today to have your a/c system repaired, replaced or for routine maintenance.

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Tips to Get your A/C Unit Ready for Summer 2015

5 Jun
man sweating

If your a/c unit breaks down at your home or business, in this heat, you will be very uncomfortable

Summer is just around the corner but we are already experiencing temperatures in the 90’s so your a/c unit is very important for keeping
you cool and comfortable.

If something goes wrong during this intense heat, inside your home or business can become extremely hot and uncomfortable very quickly.

Use these tips to ensure your air conditioner continues to cool your home or business during the summer heat and all year long as well.

Keep filters clean or replace them each month or every three months. If there is a lot of dust in your home (ie, you live near a high construction area or you have pets that shed often), you may have to change them more like every month.

Have the condenser coils and fan cleaned as they tends to accumulate dirt, pollen and debris due to them being located outside all year long. Dirty condenser coils will make your air conditioner run less efficiently, increase your energy bill and can cause your a/c unit to break down.

Remove any leaves, mulch, branches or other debris that may accumulate around the base of your a/c unit which will block air flow and cause your air conditioner to work harder plus diminish the life of your a/c unit.

Have the coolant lines checked because if there is any damage or leaks, coolant can leak out and will cause the air coming into your home or business from your a/c unit to be warmer than it should.

Have a test run on your a/c unit to make sure it is functioning properly and all components are in working order to ensure continuous cooling without a breakdown.

Also, if you are told you need a new air conditioning system, call us at RDS Air Conditioning as we can often get your current a/c unit working again to stave off the big expense of purchasing a new a/c unit.

Many people are engaging in outside activities all summer long and it is a huge inconvenience when you go indoors to cool off and there is no cool air in your home due to a/c trouble.

Having your air conditioning unit serviced and maintained on a regular basis will help your a/c system last longer, avoid a breakdown, run more efficiently and reduce costs on your energy bill.

RDS Air Conditioning Services, Inc. is a family owned and operated business in Estero Florida serving customers in Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero, Ft Myers and Cape Coral . We provide prompt service with a friendly and respectful attitude and will return your phone call promptly. We are a Certified Florida Contractor – Lic.# CAC1816713.

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When is it Time to Upgrade your Current Air Conditioner? Use These Tips to Help you Decide!

6 Feb
new and old air conditioners

Upgrade now and avoid headaches later

Although it is still very cold in most if the northern states, Southwest Florida (SWFL) has the perfect weather.

Season 2015 is in full swing in SWFL and our seasonal residents are enjoying the warmer climate and beautiful beaches.

In a few months season will be winding down as it grows warmer in northern states and SWFL’s seasonal residents will be heading north leaving their Florida homes for the summer.

Summer months in SWFL include sweltering heat and high humidity,  Although people will be leaving, their home will remain here in these hotter temperatures. This is where your air conditioner is very important because everyone leaves their a/c unit running all summer long to help combat problems from arising including mold and mildew.

It can be difficult if your air conditioner breaks down during the hot summer months and you are in another state because you will have to make decisions on repairing or replacing your unit while out of town.

A great way to help avoid this problem is by having your a/c unit serviced just before you leave or replacing your a/c unit before leaving for the summer. So, how do you know when it is time to replace your a/c unit and not just try to repair it?

Use these tips to know when it is time to replace your current a/c unit:

  • If you notice your a/c unit is not cooling as it should or if some rooms in your home are warmer than others.
  • Do you notice your air conditioner is making strange noises and these noises continue even after being repaired.
  • Your a/c unit keeps breaking down and requires frequent repairs.
  • If you have an older a/c unit it can have problems then stop working completely plus older units are less efficient.

Upgrading to a new higher efficiency unit before leaving town will help ensure that your home will stay cool all summer while you are away and when you return next season, your new a/c unit will keep you cool all season long plus you can enjoy it for years to come.

With over 25 years of experience, RDS Air Conditioning has a great reputation providing a/c services for many SWFL home owners and business owners.

If you need a/c repair, a/c maintenance or a new a/c unit installed, RDS Air Conditioning will provide excellent work at a reasonable price and fantastic customer service.

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Is Your A/c Unit Protected Against Power Surges?

21 Sep
a/c surge protector

You protect your computer, television and many other electrical appliances in your home but are you leaving something out?

Many people do not think twice about adding a power strip surge protector to their home to protect computers, televisions or many other electronic devices.

Most of these items cost well under $3,000 but an expensive item in your home that is not often protected against power surges is your air conditioning unit.

Basically, a power surge is a spike in the electrical current in your home. Although it is very brief (1/1000 of a second), it can still cause damage to anything in your home that runs on electricity.

Most power surges are caused by lightning but they can also be attributed to faulty wiring or appliances (dishwasher or refridgerator).

Appliances use a lot of energy to start up and shut down which can interrupt your home’s steady electrical flow.

Power surges can degrade the wiring and components in your a/c unit, cause a/c interruptions plus damage and reduce the life of your air conditioning system.

An easy thing that you can do to protect your air conditioner from power surges is to have a surge protector installed on your a/c unit.

A surge protector works by shunting the voltage to ground. A good ground is imperative. Also, it must be installed properly. It is important to have an HVAC contractor install your a/c unit’s surge protector to make sure it is installed properly for correct operation.

Florida has about 1.4 million lightening strikes per year so there are many opportunities for power surges.

Contact RDS Air Conditioning to have a surge protector professionally installed on your a/c unit to protect it against power surges. RDS Air Conditioning is a Certified Florida Contractor. Lic. #CAC1816713.

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Hurricanes and Summer Weather in Southwest Florida: Are you Really Prepared for Summer 2014?

19 Jun
summer-storms

Summer comes with heat and hurricanes. What is in store for 2014 and what you can do to make it through.

Make your A/C Unit part of your Hurricane Check List – Four simple steps:

You’ve bought the bottled water, canned goods, found the flashlight and picked up fresh batteries.

Now it’s time to do a check to make sure your a/c unit is up to a weather emergency, whether it be a hurricane, tropical summer storm or flooding.

According to forecasters, 2014 calls for 11 named storms including five hurricanes, two of which are predicted to hit major Category 3 or more status.

There are simple things you can do to be prepared:

  • Make sure your air conditioning maintenance is up to date. It will not only help protect you in the event of a weather emergency, but will save you money every month while keeping you cool.
  •  Get those a/c surge protectors in place. A simple step, they can protect you from the hundreds of thousands of lightning strikes that can occur during the current summer rainy season.
  •  Consider remote access. In the event of an emergency, you may need to be out of your home for an extended period of time. Learn more about the new technologies that can put your mind at ease knowing you can check and control your home’s systems from afar.
  • Always check on your unit immediately after a major weather event. Salt water can be blown long distances from the beach; flood water can do as much or more damage. Remember resulting corrosion can cripple your air conditioning unit.

We can help! Contact RDS Air Conditioning for air conditioning maintenance and a/c surge protection.

SWFL Summer Weather Facts:

  •  The average high temperature for June, July and August is 92 degrees. June on average is the hottest month.
  •  The average low temperature for June is 74 degrees. For July and August it is 75.
  •  August is the wettest month.
  •  The hottest recorded temperature was 103°F set in 1981.
  •  There are more tornadoes per square mile in Florida than any other state, but they tend to be much weaker and shorter in duration than in other states
  •  Florida has more thunderstorms than any other US state. In some areas there are more than 90 thunderstorm days per year.
  •  Florida receives the highest density of lightning strikes in the US. Last year, there were more than 330,000.
  •  The Southwest Florida Water Management District includes the infamous “Lightning Belt” named for the highest number of thunderstorms and lightning strikes.
  •  The earliest a tropical cyclone hit Florida was the Groundhog Day Tropical Storm in 1952. The latest was a hurricane on December 1, 1925.

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