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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 You Shouldn’t Let Just Any Contractor Install Your New AC Unit

10 Jan
trane ac unit

Make sure your new ac unit is installed by the right person

In our area of SWFL the outside temperature varies throughout the year. According to US Climate Data, the annual high temperature is 84.8°F, annual low temperature is 65.4°F and the average temperature is 75.1°F.

Although these are average temperatures, if you live in SWFL you know it can get much hotter (summer months) and much colder (winter months) than that.

Over the last few days our overnight and morning temperatures have been in the 50’s and by afternoon it is in the 70’s. So, you may turn on the heat overnight into the morning then switch the thermostat to cool in the afternoon.

It is better to have an efficient system that will keep you both warm and cool as needed.

All ac systems will eventually stop working and get to the point where repair will not help or it would be more cost effective to just replace the whole unit.

When this happens and you need a new HVAC system (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) it is important to have a certified licensed contractor install your new unit because:

  • Precise calculations must be done to ensure the ac unit chosen and installed will be the best fit for your home or business
  • Correct installation and sealing of all duct-work is needed to send the proper amounts of conditioned air to all rooms in the building
  • Size efficiency and placement of your ac system affects energy used and humidity control
  • Proper installation effects operating efficiency and for achieving performance rating
  • Your system needs the right controls and thermostat and they must be installed properly

Your HVAC system accounts for over 40% of your electric bill so you want a new unit that is the right size and is installed and sealed properly so that you can save on your utility bill each month.

After the installation you want a contractor that will be available for future maintenance (to keep your warranty) and when a repair is ever needed.

It is a good idea to build a relationship with a local contractor you can trust who is reliable, has a great reputation in the community and has been around for a long time.

RDS Air Conditioning has been installing new ac systems plus repairing and maintaining them for over 25 years. Give us a call with any questions about your ac unit or if you would like to set up a new install, service or repair.

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Buying a Previously Owned Home? Is it Cool Enough?

18 May
welcome to Florida sign

If you are moving to Florida and buying a home consider this…

We all know Southwest Florida is like living in paradise. We have beautiful beaches, blue skies and wonderful winter weather.

Did you know that 1000 people move to Florida each day? And according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s most recent population estimates, Southwest Florida is one of the fastest-growing areas in the nation.

On the flip side, there are many people moving out of Florida each month so this adds up to a lot of people coming and going. All of these people need someplace to live and many will purchase a home.

If you are planning to purchase a previously owned home in Florida there are the usual questions:

  • When was the home built
  • How old is the roof
  • Inspections for plumbing, electrical and structure
  • Check for any leans on the home (make sure deed is free and clear)
  • Bug and rodent inspection
  • Ask about water system and quality
  • Flooding info
  • Zoning
  • Wetland info

It is also important to inquire about the a/c unit. A new a/c unit could be a big expense (if a new unit is needed) so make sure to have the a/c unit checked as well.

If a home is 10 years old and has the original a/c system ask about maintenance history and cooling efficiency but better still have it checked out.

An a/c system may seem fine but you can’t really tell unless you have a professional take a closer look. After the expense of purchasing a home, adding or upgrading furnishings it would be unsettling if the air conditioning unit failed and you had to add the expense of installing a new one.

If the a/c unit is old and in need of repair or replacing, that is something you can use to negotiate when making an offer to purchase a home.

Call RDS Air Conditioning if you would like us to check out an a/c unit before you purchase a home or for maintenance or repair. We install, maintain and service all residential and small commercial a/c units.

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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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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!

 

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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10 Important Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Air Conditioning Unit

23 Jan
get rid of that old energy burning a/c unit

Only have a new air conditioner installed when you really need one but it is important to buy a new a/c unit at the right time as to not waste money on an old outdated model.

The 2015 SWFL winter season is in full swing. This year, winter runs from December 21 to March 19th.

While people who are staying north for the winter will be experiencing bitter cold and snow, SWFL will enjoy many warm sunny days.

Whether you live in Southwest Florida year round or are a seasonal resident, many of you will have your a/c unit running throughout the year.

The more your air conditioning unit runs, the higher your electric bill.

So, how can you efficiently keep your home cool all year long and still save money on your electric bill?

Start by taking a look at your current a/c unit and ask yourself these questions:

  1. How old is your a/c unit?
  2. Does your a/c unit get regular maintenance?
  3. How often do you change the filter/s in your a/c unit?
  4. Has your air conditioning unit had a major component failure?
  5. Does your a/c unit require frequent repairs?
  6. Does your a/c unit have to work harder to keep your home cool?
  7. Are your electric bills high?
  8. Does your a/c unit have frequent break downs?
  9. Is your a/c unit doing a good job of cooling your entire home?
  10. Are some rooms in your home cooler than others?

If your a/c unit is old and needs frequent repairs, has break downs, is not cooling your home consistently and you have high electric bills, it is probably time to have a newer more efficient unit installed.

Even if your current older a/c unit receives regular maintenance and you change the filters on time, it is using much more electricity than a newer more efficient model.

Replacing your current air conditioner is a big decision but according to FPL, when you upgrade your current outdated air conditioning unit to a new high efficiency model, you can save about $400.00 a year on your electric bill. That is considerable savings!

After you make the decision to purchase a new air conditioning unit there are some other things to consider:

  • What size a/c unit will you need?
  • What is the efficiency rating of the unit you will purchase?
  • What FPL rebates are available?

It is important to hire a Certified Licensed Florida contractor to install your new a/c unit to make sure the work is done correctly. They will also be able to answer all of your questions regarding the correct size unit you will need for your home or business, the efficiency rating and any rebates that are available through FPL.

RDS Air Conditioning specializes in everything to do with a/c units including installation, repair and maintenance. They have a geat reputation in SWFL with many home owners and business owners for providing excellent customer service at a fair price.

RDS is a Certified Florida Contractor – Lic.# CAC1816713

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