Posts Tagged ‘Palm Springs’

Spotting a Broken Condensate Float Switch

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

During the cooling season, your AC is put under the stress and strain of competing with the Florida heat and humidity. Considering how hot it is outside, and what your AC has to do to keep your home cool and comfortable, it’s no wonder that it may develop a problem at some point. Of the various things that can go wrong, a broken condensate float switch is relatively minor, but it has important implications for other parts of the system. During the cooling season, you need to make sure that every aspect of your system is in good working order. At Astro Air, we want your home to be comfortable. You can call us for air conditioning repair service in West Palm Beach, FL any time.

In order to understand what a condensate float switch is and how it works, it’s necessary to understand the role of the evaporator that sits in your indoor air handler. The evaporator is a set of pyramid-shaped coils that circulate cool, liquid refrigerant that has come from the outdoor unit. As the blower pulls in your warm indoor air through the ducts, the refrigerant absorbs the heat from the air, which causes it to evaporate (hence the name!). This process causes the moisture in the air to condense, which leaves moisture on the outside of the coils. If this moisture were to collect in the indoor air handler, then it could cause damage to the blower motor or any other components.

There is a condensate drain pan fitted just below your evaporator coils that collects this condensation so that it doesn’t drip outside the indoor air handler or within it. This is connected to a drainpipe that leads to the other drains in your home. The condensate float switch is a device that shuts the system down when the level of the condensation in the pan becomes too high or begins to overflow. If you AC stops working or won’t turn on, the level of condensate might have triggered this switch, and you’ll want to call a professional to find out the source of the overflow. However, if there is a problem with the condensate switch itself, it can cause you AC to turn off for no reason. If the condensate switch is not working at all, it might fail to turn off your AC when the condensate is too high, which can cause water leaks and damage to your system. It’s a small but important part of your AC system, and one of the many things your technician will check during your annual maintenance visit.

Call us today for comprehensive air conditioning repair services in West Palm Beach, FL. 

Should This Noise Worry Me?

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

With the amount of use that our air conditioning systems get in the Boca Raton area, it’s no wonder that at some point, they might develop a strange or unusual sound. If you hear a surprising noise from your AC, then it may be time for professional repair. But, how do you know? There are some common noises that nearly always indicate a problem in need of repair. Give the experts at Astro Air Inc. a call for exceptional air conditioning services in Boca Raton.

Let’s take a look at some common noises:

  • Hissing: Depending on where it is, a hissing sound can indicate either a gas refrigerant leak, or an air leak in your ductwork. In either case, your AC system needs repair. Low refrigerant levels can cause an array of difficulties within the system, and even small air duct leaks can dramatically reduce your airflow and energy efficiency.
  • Buzzing: If you hear buzzing in or around one of your AC units, then it could be a serious electrical problem. There may be a loose or damaged wire in the system, or, alternatively, an electrical arcing problem. Both problems should be inspected and repaired by a qualified technician. Electrical problems may not only risk your comfort but also the safety of your home.
  • Grinding: If you hear grinding in the air handler, turn it off and call a tech. A grinding noise is often the result of dry bearings in the blower motor, which can result in permanent motor failure if not caught early on.
  • Banging: If you hear banging or some other loud noise that resembles two objects striking together, it could be a loose or warped fan blade in the air handler or in the exhaust fan outside. Alternatively, one of the components may be loose inside one of the housings. Such physical damage can cause rapid deterioration of your system components and should be repaired immediately.

For air conditioning service in Boca Raton, FL, call the experts at Astro Air Inc. today! 

Air Conditioning FAQ: What are Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) Systems?

Monday, October 15th, 2012

At Astro Air, we want to help our commercial customers save energy and money. That’s why we specialize in Boca Raton commercial HVAC services, and we install and maintain variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems. If you own a commercial space, these systems are ideal. Here’s how they work.

VRF systems are more efficient than most HVAC systems on the market today. Air source VRF systems offer zone control and don’t need to use ductwork, which can cause air loss and poor indoor air quality. This makes them easy to maintain as well, which means that you don’t have as much operation cost.

They work much like any other ductless system. The “variable” part of VRF indicates that there are variable amounts of refrigerant that can be sent to each evaporator, and each evaporator is a part of a unit that is controlled by a thermostat in that zone of the building. In fact, some models include special inverters and dual compressors outdoors to maintain smooth operation and temperature levels throughout the building.

The zone control comes in with the option of shutting the units off in certain zones that are not used, which saves money and energy. Because there’s no ductwork, there’s no need to worry about affecting the pressure in the ductwork. In addition, VRF systems don’t use large fans, which means that they are quieter and even more efficient. The savings you get from that level of efficiency are significant. Not only that, but you also are helping the environment by not using as much energy.

Whether you are building a new commercial building, or remodeling an older one, VRF systems may be just the right solution for your commercial heating and cooling needs. ideal for retrofitting older buildings without destroying the original integrity.

Let Astro Air help you save energy and lower operation costs with a new variable refrigerant flow HVAC system. Call the Boca Raton commercial HVAC experts at Astro Air today!

Additional Benefits of Air Conditioning

Monday, October 1st, 2012

There are a number of reasons why you should have a good air conditioning system in your home, especially living in the greater Wellington FL area. The summers can be downright hot and without a good air conditioner it will be hard to remain comfortable, but did you know there are other benefits to having a high quality air conditioner installed in your home? Here are a few and how they can benefit you and your family.

 Air Quality

Stagnant air – the kind that results from not having any air movement in your home – can worsen the air quality in a home without air conditioning. By having an air conditioner on in your home you can not only reduce the temperature but filter the air as it is circulated through your home’s air filtration system. Another benefit here is that a dehumidifier can be combined with your air conditioner to keep the humidity levels at a healthy, comfortable 30-50%.

Safe for Everyone and Everything

An air conditioner will make you more comfortable but will also ensure that damage is not done to any components of your home’s other comfort systems. By keeping the temperature in your home at a steady 70-80 degrees, you won’t have to worry about overheating in your electronics or that issues might develop with water pipes or with any of the canned or non-perishable foods you have stored. It also reduces the workload of other compressors such as the one in your refrigerator.

An air conditioner is definitely a must for anyone in the region, but it can also offer a number of other benefits beyond simple comfort control so make sure you choose a good model that fits your needs and budget and keep in maintained with regular tune ups.

For air conditioning service in the Wellington FL area, give Astro Air a call!

The Facts about Indoor Air Quality

Monday, June 25th, 2012

One of the least understood aspects of your Palm Springs home’s comfort system is the indoor air quality. Most people assume that once they have a good furnace and air conditioner installed, there’s nothing left to worry about. However, with the push in the last 20 years to reduce energy loss through poor insulation, most homes are sealed up tighter than ever before. This doesn’t just cause stuffy indoor air – it can actually lead to illness.

How Bad Can Indoor Air Quality Get?

Homes built in the 1980s were recommended to have one third of the ventilation of those built before. Today, the standards have returned to their original levels, but for many years, homes were built with poor ventilation and excessive insulation. The result is a space that holds the air in too well. Everyday contaminants and allergens like dust, pollen, pet dander, mold, or smoke cannot get out of your home and as a result, you can get sick.

In fact, some people even suffer from Sick Building Syndrome (SBS). This is when they feel ill constantly, with respiratory symptoms that have no root cause and are hard to diagnose. Often, it is because they simply breathe too many contaminants and too much stale air.

Fixing Air Quality Is Simple

The first thing needed to fix air quality is a good filtration system. Despite what many people think, simple filtration is not that expensive. There are big, powerful purification systems with advanced ionization units and UV lighting to kill bacteria and viruses, but most families are served well with a simple HEPA filter to remove things like dust, pollen and dander.

It’s a good idea to have your indoor air quality tested, however, just to make sure other contaminants are not present. High humidity can lead to mold growth, and poor ventilation can lead to exhaust or gas fumes in your home. A good carbon monoxide detector is recommended for the latter, but testing should be done to make sure nothing else is floating around.

Finally, make sure your home is properly ventilated. Standard ventilation tends to leak heated or cooled air outside, so many homeowners now opt for energy recovery ventilators. These systems have heat exchangers that transfer warm air between indoor and outdoor air.

However you want to fix your indoor air quality issues, know that there are plenty of things you can do with the help of a good filtration device. To learn more about improving your Palm Springs home’s indoor air quality, give Astro Air a call today!