Posts Tagged ‘Cocoa Beach’

When to Schedule Cocoa Beach, FL Air Conditioning Repair

Sunday, April 15th, 2018

Air conditioning systems are complex. Because they have so many components that need to work together, it can be difficult to know when you need air conditioning repair. After all, you may hear a strange noise, or a bit of frost on the coil, and think that maybe it’ll hold out another cooling season without any professional attention. While we can sympathize, it’s always better to take care of any air conditioning problems as soon as you discover them. While some problems are obvious, others are subtle. For Cocoa Beach, FL air conditioning repair service, call Steve Hoskins AC today!

  • Inadequate cooling: If you find that your AC no longer cools as well it used to, or it does not meet your expectations, then there is probably a problem in need of repair. You may have a clogged air filter that is reducing the airflow, and may have caused the evaporator coil to freeze over. Alternatively, you may have a leak in your ductwork somewhere.
  • Hot spots: Does it feel as though there’s a certain section of your home that never gets cool? If you have hot spots throughout your home, then you probably have some kind of system imbalance. This could indicate a problem with your ductwork, or even a thermostat issue. It could also mean that your air handler is not supplying enough cool air into your system to reach all the areas of your home.
  • Buzzing noise: While you can expect a certain amount of noise from your AC unit, buzzing often indicates an electrical issue. There may be arcing in the system, or an electrical fault in the power supply. You may need to have your electrical box checked to make sure that it’s supplying enough power to your cooling system. Handling electricity is hazardous, and should only be performed by a trained professional.

These are just a few of the reasons to schedule Cocoa Beach, FL air conditioning repair. Call Steve Hoskins AC today for exceptional AC services! 

How Much Can I Save with a High Efficiency Air Conditioner?

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

A high efficiency air conditioner is defined as an air conditioner with a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating above a certain point. The rating is designed to measure the air conditioner’s efficiency over a single cooling season. For split system central air conditioning systems and heat pumps, it’s usually 14.5 or thereabouts. An easy cheat-sheet is to look for air conditioners with the EnergyStar rating, denoting these high efficiency standards. Here in Cocoa Beach, one of our air conditioning technicians can help find and install a high efficiency air conditioner for you. But what are the benefits to doing so?

“How much can I save with a high efficiency air conditioner?” you ask. The answer as always, depends on your circumstances.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, air conditioners with the EnergyStar sticker can save you over 15% more than conventional models. Of course, that depends on what constitutes a conventional model. It’s more helpful to look at the differences between SEER ratings. For example, an air conditioner with a SEER rating of 8 with cost you about $2,000 more over the course of its lifetime than a unit with a SEER rating of 10, assuming 3,000 cooling hours over 12-year lifespan and a steady cost of electricity. That ratio drops the higher the SEER rating goes; so a unit with a SEER rating of 13 would only save you a few hundred dollars over a unit with a SEER rating of 14, assuming the same conditions outlined above.

All of which is a roundabout way of saying that you’ll save more if your old air conditioner has a lower SEER rating than you would with one with a higher SEER rating. Even so, the savings over the unit’s lifetime – as well as the decreased environmental impact in terms of carbon dioxide emissions – can be considerable.  Here in Cocoa Beach, you can call the air conditioning experts at Steve Hoskins Air Conditioning to discuss the specifics with you, then schedule an installation of a new system.

Why Does Heat Pump Size Matter?

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Here in Cocoa Beach, there are a variety of heating systems people use for those occasional cold winter nights. Heat pumps, in particular, make a lot of sense in our part of the world. They serve as an all-in-one heater and air conditioner, cooling your home in the summer time and providing heat in the wintertime. They work best when temperatures tend to remain above 40 degrees Fahrenheit, as they usually are here on the balmy Florida Coast. Heat pumps are extremely energy efficient, which can save you money on monthly heating bills. When you install one, however, you need to make sure it’s the right size for your home.

With any kind of heating or air conditioning system, you need to follow what we call the Goldilocks Rule: as system that is neither too small nor too large but just right. “Size” in this case, is measured not by the physical size of the unit, but by the amount of energy it generates (measured in BTUs or British Thermal Units). If the unit is too small, it won’t be able to generate enough heat to adequately warm your living space. That’s usually self-evident. What most people don’t know is that a unit which is too large will cause many of the same problems. It will warm (or cool) the space too quickly, which means that it will cycle on and off rapidly throughout the day. Turning on and shutting down both use much more energy than simply running steadily, as well as placing more wear and tear on the unit itself. Neither option is acceptable if you want your unit to function effectively.

Knowing why heat pump size matters is half the battle. The rest comes with calling a quality service like Steve Hoskins AC. We handle Cocoa Beach heating issues of all varieties, and have years of experience installing heat pumps. We’ll measure the square footage of your home and factor in other specifics such as sunlight and the amount of insulation to find the perfect size for your heat pump. Pick up the phone and give us a call today!

What Is Leaking and Does It Require Air Conditioning Repair?

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

If you notice something leaking from your air conditioner, does it mean your AC requires repairs? Probably, although you should understand that water condensation is part of the regular operation of an air conditioner. However, if water starts dripping from your indoor AC unit onto your carpet, floorboards, or furniture, then you do have a problem that will need work from HVAC expert technicians to remedy.

For quality air conditioning repair in Cocoa Beach, FL, contact Steve Hoskins Air Conditioning. You can reach us any time of the day or night: we offer 24-hour emergency service.

As mentioned above, water condensation is part of an AC’s heat exchange cycle. Water moisture condenses along the evaporator coil when the air in your home is cooled. However, this excess moisture should drip down into a condensate pan, where a drain removes it. The pan is shallow, so should debris or mold (common in humid Florida) clog the drain, the water will rapidly slosh out of it and cause leaking. The drain line fitting can also come loose because of damage, corrosion, or improper installation, and this will cause the same water leak trouble.

The leak might not be water: another liquid in your AC performs a crucial function. It’s the refrigerant, a chemical mixture responsible for transporting heat for heat exchange. Should punctures develop in the refrigerant line, it will start to leak. Because there is a fixed charge of refrigerant in your AC, you will not only need the leak sealed, you will need the refrigerant recharged. Only a licensed professional can handle this job..

Don’t let leaks in your AC continue—they will threaten your home with water damage, increase the humidity, and encourage mildew and mold growth. It could also cause your air conditioning to fail. Contact professionals for your air conditioning repair in Cocoa Beach, FL. Steve Hoskins Air Conditioning is ready to help you with our NATE-certified staff of AC experts.

Cocoa Beach, FL Air Conditioning FAQ: How Often Should I Change My Filter?

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Your air filter helps strain dust and detritus out of the air before it gets into your air conditioning system. Dust can build up on the inner workings over time, affecting your air conditioner’s ability to function and even spreading dust through your home – exacerbating allergies and reducing the quality of air. Our climate doesn’t readily forgive a breakdown in your AC unit, and if you need to call for repairs in a sweltering summer heat wave, you won’t be happy. Changing your air filters is a reliable way to help avoid those kinds of problems, especially when they’re accompanied by regular maintenance sessions from a trained professional.

How often to change or clean your air filter depends on the specifics of your home, in particular the issue of pets. Dogs and cats can generate a lot of fur and dander, which circulates through the air conditioning system and gets caught in the filter. That means the filter’s effectiveness will be reduced the more pets you have, which increases the amount of dander the filter needs to catch. Similarly, if you have a sensitive person in your household, you want to keep the air as clean as possible. Someone with allergies night not have pets, but he or she will still need to change the filters more rapidly in order to keep contaminants from moving through his or her home.

If you notice that the air in your home seems dusty or notice some dirt on your vents, you should check your air filter. If you notice that you are changing the air filter frequently but you still have a dust problem, you might need duct cleaning.

All of which is a roundabout way of saying that a lot of factors are involved in figuring out how often you should change your filters. As a rule of thumb, a well-maintained home should probably change it about every three months. Drop that to two months if you have a dog or a cat, and one month if you suffer from allergies or have more than one pet. If you need air conditioning repair in  Cocoa Beach, FL, or any more information about maintaining your system, call Steve Hoskins AC!

3 Great Benefits of Using a Heat Pump in Cocoa Beach

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

In Cocoa Beach, heat pump technology makes an attractive alternative to more traditional air conditioning systems. Heat pumps combine the features of a heater and an air conditioning into a single unit: pulling the heat out of your home in the summer time and bringing it into your home in the winter. Heat pump systems tend to cost a little more during initial installation, but they make up for it in the advantages they provide, especially in warm weather towns like ours. Here are 3 great benefits of using a heat pump in Cocoa Beach:

  • Savings in monthly energy bills. Heat pumps tend to use less energy than traditional electric heaters, while still providing reliable service. That translates to lower electric bills every month, to the point where a well-maintained heat pump could off-set the cost of installation solely on the money saved with heating and cooling bills. Their effectiveness only increases in places with mild winters like we have here in Florida.
  • Convenience. By combining the features of a heater and an air conditioner, heat pumps bring considerable convenience to your household. You don’t need to wrangle with separate controls or individual units; you simply adjust the settings on the heat pump to match the conditions of the moment.
  • Earth-friendly. Electric heat pumps don’t consume fuel the way that traditional furnaces do. There’s no gas, no exhaust, and no excessive use of fossil fuels. That makes them environmentally friendly, as well as more cost effective in the long run.

For Cocoa Beach heat pump issues, whether it’s installation or upkeep, Steve Hoskins AC has the experience and know-how to help. We understand all the great benefits of using a heat pump in Cocoa Beach, and we don’t want maintenance or repair issues to get in the way of them. Call us today to discuss your options.

Cocoa Beach, FL Air Conditioning Repair Tip: Why There’s Water Around Your System

Monday, October 7th, 2013

In Cocoa Beach, FL, air conditioning repair is as important as auto repair and electrical repair. Our hot weather makes reliable air conditioning systems an absolute necessity, and when the time comes to make repairs, they need to be made promptly before the next heat wave hits. You can help out that process by keeping an eye out for potential problems, then calling a service technician the minute you spot them. For example, it pays to know why there’s water around your system. The causes may vary, but if you spot a puddle, it’s probably a sign that something’s wrong. Possible causes include:

  • Frost forming on the evaporator coils. When refrigerant leaks out of the system, frost forms on the evaporator coils: retarding the cooling process and forcing the system to work harder to make your air comfortable. When the air conditioner turns off and the frost melts, it can form puddles. The problem is relatively common, though it takes a service technician to correct. He can seal the source of the leak and recharge refrigerant levels, ensuring that the unit keeps running without forming puddles.
  • There’s a problem with the condensate pan. The condensate pan catches condensation as it drips off of the AC unit, then removes it from the air conditioner via a drain line. If the line becomes clogged or the pan is set improperly, water will fill the pan and could eventually overflow. This is more than just a matter of cleaning up a puddle. The water could damage other parts of the air conditioning system, necessitating major repairs. A service technician can clear the line of any clogs, reset the pan or otherwise address the issue so that the condensation is quickly removed.

If you don’t know why there’s water around your system, don’t worry. You only need to know that it’s a problem, then call in the experts to help solve it. Steve Hoskins AC handles air conditioning repair issues in Cocoa Beach, FL , including problems with the evaporator coil and condensate pan. Contact us today to set up a service call.

Cocoa Beach, FL Air Conditioning Tip: Make Sure Your System is Sized Right

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Our warm weather often turns hot and muggy during the year, and a good air conditioning unit can be your best friend when the mercury levels climb. Naturally, you want your AC unit to be as effective as possible: providing cool, comforting air without costing you any more in your monthly electric bills than is necessary. Part of that comes with regular maintenance check-ups from a qualified service technician. But even before then, you can help yourself by following one key air conditioning tip: make sure your system is sized right.

Air conditioning units measure their cooling capacity in British thermal units (BTUs) per hour. The higher that number, the greater the space an air conditioner can effectively cool. If the AC unit doesn’t have enough BTUs to cover the space, it won’t be able to cool your home effectively (driving up energy costs and leaving your home less comfortable).

You might think that an AC unit with the highest possible BTUs per hour would be the most effective, but that’s not the case either. If an air conditioner cools the space too quickly, it will cycle on and off rapidly, which costs additional energy and creates excessive wear and tear on the system. In light of that, a properly sized unit is key to the most efficient air conditioning system possible.

In rough terms, a service technician can measure the space that needs to be cooled and come up with a corresponding number of BTUs that your air conditioning system will need. But making sure your system is sized right goes beyond that. The technician needs to consider the amount of insulation in your house, the presence of sunny windows that may elevate the indoor heat and myriad other factors that make each individual home unique.

If you want to make sure your system is sized right in order to get the most out of your air conditioning, Cocoa Beach, FL has a company ready to help. Steve Hoskins AC has served the area for over 25 years and is dedicated to total customer satisfaction. Call us for a consultation today.

Why Replace My Air Conditioning in Cocoa Beach, FL?

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Modern air conditioning is a must if you make your home in Cocoa Beach, FL. And your air conditioner may not be as modern as you think. It might be time for an upgrade, and Steve Hoskins AC is the company to turn to when you need the work done. We can also help you make the crucial choice about which kind of system will give you the best results.

We’re going to go over a few reasons you might want to replace your air conditioner:

Increase energy efficiency: If you’re considering a change in your AC, it’s probably because you know you have an older system. Even if it still pushes out the cold air you want, and its motors and fans keep humming, there’s a good chance that it’s putting a drain on your energy bills because years of wear are forcing it to work harder. If you’ve noticed that your electrical bills have climbed and remained high, getting a new air conditioner might solve the problem.

Avoid abrupt breakdowns: If your air conditioner has needed more repairs than usual during the last few years, even with regular maintenance, then the system is much more likely to have an abrupt shut down that could leave you very uncomfortable until repairs are made. Replacing your air conditioner with a new model reduces the risk that you could be stuck with a broken AC during the high heat.

Take advantage of new AC options: With new types of air conditioners now available, you might find that one of them fits your needs much better than your older one. With the availability of ductless systems and two-stage ACs, there are now choices that could provide you with better temperature control and more energy efficiency. Get an HVAC technician out to your home so you can get expert advice on what system will work best for your needs.

At Steve Hoskins AC, we know that making the choice to install a replacement air conditioner is a large one. We can make the process less burdensome with our skills and up-to-date knowledge. When you are ready for a new air conditioning system in Cocoa Beach, FL, contact us right away!

Air Conditioning Repair in Cocoa Beach, FL: What is a Multimeter?

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

In Cocoa Beach, FL, air conditioning repair services are not something that people are willing to wait around for. Heat and humidity are the watchwords during the summer months, and even a few hours without air conditioning can feel like an eternity. A good service technician carries a variety of tools to handle any issue, both in terms of diagnosing the problem, and in terms of implementing a correct solution. A multimeter – a general tool used for electrical diagnosis and repairs – is one such tool.

A multimeter measures electrical current, voltage and resistance in an electronic device. It can also be used to determine if there are any breaks in the line. (Hence the name; the multiple functions differentiate a multimeter from a more specific measuring tool.) A red meter lead is connected to the positive port, and a black meter lead is connected to the negative port. The electrician then adjusts a dial to switch between various ranges and determine the most accurate reading (though some multimeters, called auto range multimeters, do this automatically).

When it comes to air conditioning repair, a multimeter can be used to pinpoint any problems with the electrical current. Most central air conditioning units require a 220-v or 240-v circuit, which is added as part of the installation process. If the voltage is too low, it could cause the unit to hard start (or stutter before starting up), while voltage that is too high can trip the circuit breakers and cut power to the unit. There could also be a problem with some componets in the AC unit itself, causing it to draw too much electricity and possibly tripping a circuit. A service technician can use the multimeter to gauge the voltage of the unit and make sure it’s within operational parameters. If it isn’t, it can help him pinpoint the cause of the issue and implement a proper solution.

If you are experiencing electrical problems with your air conditioning unit, contact the Cocoa Beach, FL air conditioning repair experts at Steve Hoskins AC to help. Our staff of trained professionals is standing by so give us a call today to schedule a service appointment.