Archive for May, 2016

What Does Frost on the Coils Mean to My AC?

Monday, May 30th, 2016

At first glance, the sight of frost on the evaporator coils of your air conditioner shouldn’t be a caused for alarm. After all, isn’t your AC supposed to be cold? In point of fact, however, the presence of frost on your air conditioner is a significant problem, and considering how how our summers can get in Boynton Beach, FL, you need to get it addressed as quickly as possible. What does frost on the coils mean? It can indicate a number of problems, but the most common involves a loss of refrigerant. (more…)

Keep a Handle on High Humidity This Summer

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

High humidity is part and parcel of life here in Boca Raton, FL: the price we pay for our warm winters and beautiful coastline. The humidity can get quite brutal in the summer, making for a nasty one-two punch with the heat. Your air conditioner can deal with the humidity, at least in part, but doing so puts a great deal of strain on it, and can lead to higher bills and even repair calls in some circumstances. A whole-house dehumidifier provides a reliable answer to the problem and can bring a lot of other benefits to your household as well. Let’s break it down. (more…)

Benefits of Ductless Mini Split Systems

Monday, May 16th, 2016

Centralized air conditioning is par for the course here in Wellington, FL, due to its ease of use and comparatively inexpensive operating costs. But some houses are too old to support the ducts needed for a centralized air conditioner, or possess some architectural quirks that make ducts impractical. Other homes are too large for a centralized system to comfortable cool, resulting in drafts, cold spot and other issues (as well as very high monthly bills in the summer.

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3 Common Myths about Air Conditioners

Monday, May 9th, 2016

Air conditioning is a regular part of our lives, especially here in Ft. Lauderdale, FL where the heat can be unrelenting during the spring and summer months. But even though it’s present in almost every home in the area, it’s not something that very many people understand. That can give rise to some damaging myths about how you use it, which can end up costing you a great deal in monthly bills and unnecessary strain. The more you understand how air conditioning works, the better you’ll be able to shrug off these misconceptions instead of letting them cost you more than you should be paying. We’ve laid out a trio of them below. (more…)

3 Ways to Tell You Need a New Air Conditioner

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Air conditioning is nothing to be taken lightly, especially in a town like West Palm Beach where the heat gets intense during the summer. If you have an older air conditioner, you may be rolling the dice letting it go another season: risking a breakdown right when you need the system to function at its peak. Replacing an air conditioner now may be the best option: sparing you the trouble of having to scramble to get it repaired or replaced when it breaks down in the middle of the summer. But when are repairs the best option and when should you replace your old air conditioner with a new one? Here are three pointers to guide your way.

1. Efficiency is Dropping

Air conditioners don’t need to break down to let you know their race is run. As time goes on, parts will become worn and the system itself will struggle to do the job. That means your monthly energy bills will steadily climb until your wallet cries uncle. If those bills get high enough, then replacing your old system with a newer, more efficient one may be the best option for your.

2. Repairs are Increasing

Air conditioning repairs are never fun, and as your system grows older, you’re going to find yourself paying for them more and more often. Alternatively, you may only be facing one repair job, but it’sexpensive enough to merit replacing thee entire system instead of pussyfooting around with a repair effort that will only delaying the inevitable.

3. It’s Just Too Old

An older machine might not necessarily be at the end of its run, especially if you’ve kept it maintained over the years. But once the warranty expires, you need to keep careful track of its efficiency, and if those bills get too high or repairs start to mount,  it’s probably time to put it to rest.

Call Astro Air Inc. today for all of your air conditioning replacement needs in West Palm Beach, FL.