December 2nd, 2013
The furnace and air conditioner in your home perform their vital job of providing you comfort by channeling air through ducts that run through your walls and ceilings. These ducts need to remain in good condition, or they will have a negative effect on your HVAC system’s ability to keep your home warm and cool. It will also reduce the quality of your indoor air. Call professionals with expertise in duct repair to fix breaks, leaks, corrosion, and loose connections as soon as you can.
Astro Air Inc. has more than a quarter of a century of experience with duct repair in Deerfield, FL. Make us the first place you contact when you think you need repairs on your ducts.
When is it necessary to schedule duct repair? The simple answer is “the moment you know something is wrong.” Here are some signs that there are issues inside your ducts that require attention.
- Foul odors from the vents: There are a number of reasons you might detect a noxious smell from the vents. A dead animal is one possibility, but it could also indicate that breaks along the ducts have allowed the heater to draw air from musty sections of your house. Corrosion can also create bad smells, and corrosion usually means serious damage somewhere along the vents.
- An increase in dust throughout your home: Ducts that have developed breaks will rapidly gather a thick layer of dust inside them. Fans will then blow this dust into your house. If you notice that no matter how much cleaning you do, the dust comes right back, then your ductwork may be at fault.
- A decrease in airflow from the vents: Ductwork is supposed to remain a sealed system from the heater all the way to the vent. Any disruption to this seal from a break will cause the air pressure to drop, reducing the flow coming from the vents into your living spaces. If you notice that air no longer blows from the vents as well as it used to, call for professional assistance.
Ductwork repair and cleaning requires more than duct tape and a broom. Only duct repair experts can safely access your ductwork and provide the sealing that will hold out for many years.
When you know it’s time for duct repair in Deerfield Beach, FL, contact Astro Air Inc. We handle many services to help your vents: repair, sealing, and testing. If your ducts need help, trust the work to us.
November 25th, 2013
Thanksgiving is upon us: a time to get together with relatives, eat some great food, watch a little football or the parade, and stop to appreciate the good things we have in life. Beyond all that, however, there’s a fascinating history to the holiday and its traditions.
The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 in the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts. Records are spotty at the time, but indicate that the harvest was particularly good that year due to help from the local Native Americans. The meal was probably much different than the one we’re used to, with venison and fish more likely than turkey, but the general principle was unchanged. (Critics have pointed out that the popular image glosses over the suffering endured by Native Americans, but we prefer to see it as a symbol of brotherhood and a call to rise above our differences to find common ground.)
It wasn’t a few centuries later, however, that Thanksgiving became an annual tradition. George Washington called for a “national day of Thanksgiving” in 1789, and again in 1795, but they were both “one shot” declarations, rather than a call for an annual tradition. Individual cities and states picked up the ball, but it wasn’t until 1863 that Thanksgiving became a national once-a-year event. President Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November to be a Thanksgiving “to heal the wounds of the nation and restore it.”
From there, it remained a tradition until Franklin Roosevelt signed a law in December of 1941 making it a federal holiday. The law also changed the date from the last Thursday in November to the fourth Thursday in November, making it a little earlier in some cases (which Roosevelt hoped would give the country an economic boost).
Wherever you celebrate the holiday and whoever you choose to celebrate it with, we wish you nothing but happiness and joy this Thanksgiving.
November 18th, 2013
There are few places in the country that benefit as much from a heat pump as the state of Florida. With our long humid summers and short mild winters, we can get powerful air conditioning from a heat pump and the right amount of heating when necessary. Heat pumps also held combat humidity during the summer. For an all-around comfort solution for Florida’s climate, a heat pump makes a great choice.
Yet you can expect your heat pump to work long hours during the year, and like a human who does the same, that can mean too much stress and eventual burnout. Your heat pump doesn’t need a vacation, however; it needs maintenance and repairs to keep it working.
If your heat pump won’t start up, then you may have a number of issues that require professional attention. In some cases there are simple solutions you can apply yourself in a few minutes. We’ll go over the steps to take to get your heat pump cooling or heating you once more. When it’s time for heat pump repair in West Palm Beach, FL, contact Astro Air Inc. and put our years of experience to work for you.
Steps to take when your heat pump won’t start up
- Check circuit breakers: Although heat pumps do not drain as much electricity as systems like electrical furnaces or boilers, they can occasionally cause power surges that will trip a circuit breaker. Check the electrical panel to see if this is the case. If this occurs frequently, your heat pump may be mismatched with your home’s voltage and you’ll need a technician to help you with the problem.
- Investigate the thermostat: An error programming a digital thermostat can result in the heat pump not receiving instructions to turn on when you want it to. Heat pumps have more complex thermostats than stand-alone air conditioners, so make sure the heat pump is in the right mode (cooling/heating). It’s also possible that the thermostat has become miscalibrated and is sensing the temperature incorrectly, which is a professional repair issue.
- Call for expert repairs: If none of the various solutions seems to get the heat pump to turn on, then you will likely need a professional HVAC technician to diagnose and solve the problem. Many different malfunctions could account for the heat pump refusing to turn on, and only someone with the proper training can find the exact cause and repair it.
We don’t want you to go without the comfort of your heat pump for longer than you have to: Astro Air Inc. offers emergency service 24 hours a day, so when you need heat pump repair in West Palm Beach, FL, call us any time of the day or night.
November 11th, 2013
Air conditioning in Delray Beach is as much a necessity as running water and electricity. Our homes and businesses require reliable HVAC systems to stay cool when the heat and humidity become unbearable. The more you know about how an air conditioner functions, the better you’ll be able to spot potential signs of trouble, and more importantly to understand why they’re signs of trouble. Here is a quick tip about 3 components you should know.
- Refrigerant: Refrigerant is a chemical which can change from a liquid to a gaseous state very easily. That process is what makes air conditioning possible. As the refrigerant chances from liquid to gas, it pulls heat from the surrounding air, cooling it and allowing it to be pushed into your home with a blower.
- Compressor: The compressor starts the air conditioning process. The refrigerant enters it and is subjected to a great deal of pressure, which raises the temperature. The pressurized gas then moves into a set of condenser coils where the heat is dissipated to the outside air and it reverts to a liquid state.
- Evaporator coils: The evaporator coil is where the actual air conditioning takes place. The refrigerant exists the condenser coils still under pressure, but now in a liquid state. A set amount of that liquid is sent into the evaporator coils. As it evaporates, it absorbs the heat from the indoor air. It then moves back to the compressor to start the cycle again. If refrigerant leaks out of the system, frost will develop on the evaporator coils: making it one of the easiest ways to spot problems with your refrigerant levels.
Other components depend upon the exact make and model, but the basic system remains the same for any sort of central air conditioner. If you’re having problems with yours, contact the experts at Astro Air Inc. for help. We handle all sorts of issues concerning air conditioning in Delray Beach and we’re dedicated to you complete satisfaction. Give us a call today!
November 4th, 2013
If you have decided to get your Boca Raton, FL air conditioning installation done during the fall or winter, then you have already taken care of one important step. This time of year, HVAC companies usually have more time in their schedules, since they don’t need to send their technicians out on numerous emergency calls. Scheduling the time for the installation will be much easier for you and the company you hire during the current season.
There are some other preparations you should make, and one of them is making sure that you have a quality HVAC company handling the installation. Get a quote and a time estimate from your contractor, and then look for a second opinion. Give us a call at Astro Air Inc. if you’re searching for that all-important second evaluation.
An important part of preparing for the installation of a new air conditioner is making sure you have the best model and the best size to handle your needs. An AC that’s too large can create as much trouble as an AC that’s too small, since it will “short cycle” as it reaches its target temperature too soon. You may also want to consider a heat pump, which serves as both an air conditioner and a heater. Ask your trained technician about the options and which one will work right for you.
Is your ductwork ready for installation? Do you have ductwork at all? You may want to consider going with a ductless mini split if you have a home without ductwork. If you already have ducts from an earlier installation, now is a good time to have them inspected for spots where they need sealing. You want your ducts ready to handle your new air conditioner.
Make sure you schedule enough time for the installation; this is a complex process that needs the proper amount of time to get done right. How long it takes will depend on how large a system you are getting installed and how many rooms it needs to cool, but it certainly takes more than the simple one-hour visit you might expect for a basic repair. A quality company will get the job done smoothly with minimum interruption to your daily life, but expect at least a day of work.
Astro Air Inc. is ready to give you excellent air conditioning installation in Boca Raton, FL, and we’re happy to offer a second opinion. Contact us today.
October 28th, 2013
In terms of air conditioning, Delray Beach, FL ranks it as important as electricity and reliable transportation. That’s why it pays to notice when something goes wrong: for example, when ice appears in the internal components of the air conditioner.
Air conditioners work thanks to refrigerant, which cycles through the internal system to create cool air. Specifically, a set amount of liquefied refrigerant enters an evaporator coils. As it evaporates, it absorbs heat from the surrounding air. The cool air is then blown into your home through your ductwork. During this process, the water in the air condenses on the coils, since cold air can hold less moisture than warm air. This condensate then drains away from the unit.
When ice forms on the evaporator coils, it disrupts that cycle. The ice occurs when the temperature of the coils is too low, causing the condensate to freeze instead of draining away. The ice insulates the coils, preventing them from absorbing the heat from the air. As a result, your bills will go up without an appreciative change in the quality of service, and as the ice gets worse, so too does the problem.
There are a few potential sources for ice on your system. The first is an excessive build-up of dirt on the coils, which can be corrected with a good cleaning from a qualified professional. The second is a leak that has sprung up in the system somewhere, lowering the refrigerant levels. Again, a trained technician can find and seal the leak before recharging the refrigerant to its prescribed levels. Low air flow can also cause icing issues.
Regardless of the causes, if you’re asking “what is this ice on my system?” you should call in an air conditioning expert repair the problem. If you need air conditioning service in Delray Beach, FL, call Astro Air Inc.. We can seal the leak in your system, recharge the refrigerant and/or clean the evaporator coil to make that ice a thing of the past. Contact us today to set up an appointment.
October 21st, 2013
Air conditioning in Boca Raton is as important as electricity or a reliable automobile. Hot temperatures are almost year round, and humidity levels can be outright unbearable. A reliable air conditioner can turn your house into a refuge from all of that, providing cool and comfortable temperatures to help you enjoy your day. You may assume that you have to pay high energy bills to keep your home cool, but they needn’t be quite as high as you think. The trick is to make your air conditioner function more efficiently: doing the same job without using as much energy. Want to cool your home more efficiently? Here’s a few tips:
- Maintenance. Schedule a regular maintenance visit with a trained service technician to clean up the dirt and tighten any loose bolts or fittings. This will prevent your air conditioning system from expending any unnecessary energy as well as helping to prevent more serious repairs down the road.
- Upgrades. Installing an entirely new air conditioner may be beyond your means right now, but you can vastly improve the efficiency of your existing unit by adding some timely upgrades. For example, consider adding a zone control system which divides your house into different sections that can each be cooled individually. That lets you cool the parts of the house that you’re using while leaving the rest alone: reducing the overall cooling involved and reducing your monthly bills as a result.
- Home improvements. You can help your home retain cool air better by sealing up any leaks around your windows or doors and adding insulation if you can. That cuts down on the thermal exchange between the inside and outside of your home, meaning your AC won’t have to work as hard to keep your home cool.
If you want more efficient air conditioning in Boca Raton, then Astro Air Inc. is ready to help. Our trained technicians can set up options for installing, upgrading or maintaining your air conditioner, with an eye on your complete satisfaction. Call us today to set up an appointment.
October 14th, 2013
Here in Boynton Beach, air conditioning systems are a stalwart line of defense against the heat and humidity that every year brings. If you live here, you know how essential your air conditioner is to your household comfort, and may pay a higher energy bill during those hot summer months as the expected price of a pleasant home. It doesn’t have to be that way. Reducing energy costs are a worthwhile endeavor for any responsible homeowner; you can bring them down with these air conditioning tips from the experts.
In the first place, it pays to schedule regular maintenance sessions for your air conditioning unit, ideally at the beginning and the end of the summer season. During such a session a service technician will tighten any loose bolts or fittings, clean dirty components and seal any leaks in the refrigerant lines before recharging the refrigerant to its optimum levels. That ensures that the unit will function at peak efficiency, without losing any energy to waste or malfunctioning. It also reduces the risk of a more serious repair issue cropping up in the future, helping to keep your costs down.
You can also reduce energy costs with a few sensible upgrades to your existing air conditioning system. For example, if you have an older thermostat, you could replace it with a newer digital model. Programmable thermostats let you automatically turn the air conditioner off and on when you leave for work, helping to keep costs down. Similarly, a zone-control system – letting you tailor the temperature to each section of the house and even turn off the air to rooms you aren’t using – will reduce the amount of energy spent to keep you cool, as well as lowering strain on the system itself.
All of this comes on top of common-sense ways of reducing energy costs, such as not running the stove or the dishwasher during the heat of the day, and setting your thermostat a few degrees higher than you otherwise might. For further air conditioning tips, and for Boynton Beach air conditioning issues of all varieties, speak to the experts at Astro Air, Inc. We can track down the source of any problems and restore your air conditioner to full functionality.
October 7th, 2013
In Delray Beach, air conditioning repair services need to handle all kinds of problems. Our weather can be pretty punishing with high temperatures and humidity, and a malfunctioning air conditioner can deprive you of a cool, comfortable home just when you need it the most. Learning to spot the signs of air conditioning problems is the first step to getting them fixed promptly. For example, no one likes smelling something odd when you turn the air conditioner on. Here’s how strange odors and air conditioning repair coincide.
Most central air conditioning systems use a blower to send cool air into your ducts. If there’s something smelly in the unit itself, the blower will pass that smell through your ducts and into your homes. The exact nature of the small can help pinpoint the problem in the unit. For example, if you smell ozone or something burning, it likely stems from an overheated motor or similar component. Many air conditioning units have automatic shut-off controls for such components, in order to prevent damage to other parts of the air conditioner. Regardless, if you smell something burning you should turn off the unit immediately and call a repair service.
A musty mildew smell is also common in cases like these. The likely culprit is a clogged drain line, which removes condensation collected in the condensate pan. Without an open line, the water will stagnate and the musty, mildew smell will pass into your home. This is particularly prevalent in Florida, where our high humidity contributes to bacterial growth in standing water. A trained technician can clean and drain the line, then restore the condensate pan to its normal functioning.
Regardless of the source, a smell coming from your air conditioning unit usually means trouble. For issues with strange odors and air conditioning repair in Delray Beach, call upon Astro Air, Inc. for help. We service all of Delray Beach, air conditioning repair is one of our primary specialities, and we’re completely dedicated to your 100% satisfaction. Contact us to set up a service call today, and let us get to the bottom of those strange odors.
September 30th, 2013
If well-maintained and subject to periodic upkeeps, a good air conditioning system should provide reliable cooling power for many years to come. Even so, problems will crop up in the most well-kept units, and air conditioning repair in Delray Beach takes on an added urgency because of our hot, humid weather. It may be tempting to try and ride the summer out with an existing problem: hunker down and keep running the AC, then deal with the issue once the temperatures dip. That would be a mistake. There are a number of AC problems that get worse without repair. Here’s a look at a pair of the most common ones.
- Leaking refrigerant. The refrigerant forms the crux of the air conditioner’s ability to function, as it transitions from a liquid to a gas and back again it cools the air blown into your home. In order for that to work, the refrigerant needs to be at a set level. If a leak springs up, those levels drop, forcing the air conditioner to work harder to function and eventually resulting in a lack of cool air completely. The situation will simply grow worse until the leak is sealed and the refrigerant is recharged.
- Dirt and dust. Dust and other contaminants build up on the air conditioner as time goes on. A good air filter will help keep that in check, but the filter needs to be changed periodically, and even then, you need to schedule regular cleanings from a professional to keep the dust off of the unit’s components. Otherwise, the dust and debris will continue to build up, affecting such elements as the evaporator coils and/or clogging vital parts like the drain line.
Few things in life simply get better on their own and the air conditioner is no exception. “AC problems that get worse without repair” pretty much means “AC problems in general,” and the sooner you schedule air conditioning repair in Delray Beach, the sooner our high temperatures won’t become a problem. If you need professional service, talk to the experts at Astro Air, Inc. We serve all of Palm Beach and North Broward County and are fully equipped to hand air conditioning problems of all varieties.