Posts Tagged ‘Royal Palm Beach’

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. 

Signs You Need to Clean Your Coils

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Your West Palm Beach air conditioner works hard all spring and summer to ensure that your home stays cool despite the scorching sun and high humidity. With all the use (and abuse) that they endure, it’s no wonder that they might need professional repair from time to time. If you haven’t signed up for routine maintenance, then you may need repair more often. One common problem we encounter fairly often in the area is dirty coils. The coils are the veins of your AC system; they allow the refrigerant to undergo changes in pressure and temperature, which are essential to the heat transfer process. When you need air conditioning repair in West Palm Beach, call the experts at Astro Air today!

Here are some signs you need to have your coils professionally cleaned:

  • Inadequate cooling: This is probably the most common sign that your coils are dirty. You have two sets of coils in the AC system: a condenser coil outside, and an evaporator coil inside. Both are subject to the accumulation of dust and debris on their surfaces. When they become dirty, they begin to become counterproductive to the task of heat transfer. For example, your evaporator is designed to cool the air extracted from the interior of your home with the cool liquid refrigerant. If it’s dirty, however, then no such cooling can take place.
  • Warm air: If you feel warm air coming out of your ductwork, then you may have a dirty coil. For example, your condenser coil is designed to dissipate the hot pressurized gas refrigerant inside its coils with the assistance of an exhaust fan. If it’s dirty, the condenser coil will not be able to disperse this thermal energy adequately, and it will send hot gas to the evaporator coil, which may, in turn, heat the air, rather than cool it.

Dirty coils affect both the performance and energy efficiency of your air conditioning system. Make sure your AC is clean with professional air conditioning repair in West Palm Beach from Astro Air. Call us today!


Reasons Your AC Is Not Cooling

Monday, April 15th, 2013

It’s getting hot in Boca Raton, FL, and if you haven’t already tested your AC out for the fast approaching summer, don’t wait. For those who have already tuned on their air conditioning system only to discover that it doesn’t cool, don’t panic. There are many potential reasons that your AC is not cooling, but discovering the root cause can be challenging to the layperson. Only a certified professional will know how to diagnose the problem accurately and fix it, so that you can get back to enjoying the beautiful weather. In this post, we’d like to give you a brief list as to why your AC is not cooling. When you need air conditioning repair in Boca Raton, FL, call the experts at Astro Air!

  • Frozen coil: A frozen evaporator coil is a common cause of inadequate cooling. The most common cause of this frost buildup is a clogged air filter, so make sure you check that first. Your air filter needs to be changed regularly, about once a month during peak cooling times. While your system may have tried to defrost itself by shutting off, make sure you call in a technician to take a look.
  • Low refrigerant: The level of refrigerant circulating through your compressor and coils is known as its “charge.” If the level becomes low, it puts a strain on the whole system, and it can significantly reduce the effectiveness and efficiency of your cooling system. You may have sprung a very small leak in one of the coils, in which case the source of the leak will need to be determined and repaired in order to recharge the refrigerant cycle.
  • Duct leak: If you have only warm air coming out of your air ducts, there may be a significant leak or hole in your ductwork. It may be sucking the air from inside your walls or attic into your cool supply air. Have your ducts professionally tested if you think you might have a leak.

These are just a handful of the potential reason your AC is not cooling. Your home cooling system is complex, so make sure you receive professional repair. For air conditioning in Boca Raton, FL, call the experts at Astro Air today! 

Save Money with a Maintenance Plan

Monday, February 18th, 2013

The key to a comfortable and enjoyable Delray Beach home is routine AC maintenance. General wear and tear on mechanical systems is inevitable: it is part of owning and maintaining a home. Astro Air Inc.’s expert air conditioning team can help you to keep your AC system functioning effectively by cleaning and repairing components, which can help prevent repairs and increase efficiency. You can save money and extend the life of your cooling system by signing up for a maintenance plan; once or twice a year one of our technicians will clean, repair and, if necessary, replace components of your air conditioning system.

A maintenance plan helps you prevent major problems before they happen. The plan often includes biannual system tune-ups, which may cover a detailed inspection and adjustment of the major components of your air conditioning system. Calling an expert technician to check and clean coils, adjust the blower components, test safety controls, voltage, clean or replace air filters, flush lines, lubricate moving parts, and tighten any loose connections, ensures that your Delray Beach, FL air conditioning system is safe and functioning efficiently. Please take a look at our 19-point precision tune-up for an example of a top-of-the-line maintenance plan. By making sure your system is working properly, you can prevent many future problems.

Most homeowners in the Delray Beach area understand the value air conditioning. Appreciating crisp, cool air when it is hot and humid outside is easy. But knowing how a system works and how efficient it is can be complicated and is best left to the professionals. Let Astro Air do the work for you to help you save money on your air conditioning system in the Delray Beach area. From selection to installation to maintenance and repair, we are committed to helping you  keep cool all year long. Call us today for more information. 

Commerical HVAC Gide: What You Should Know About Commercial Refrigerator Installation

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

If you’ve just opened a business in Wellington, FL and need some new refrigeration equipment or if you need to replace your current system, there are some considerations to think about to figure out which unit is right for you. We’ve put together a short list of some of the initial things you’ll have to consider when you get your new commercial refrigeration system.

Available Space

Obviously, one of the major factors that will determine which commercial refrigeration unit you can buy is the amount of available space that you have. Your contractor will measure how much room you have and figure out which unit will best fit the space available.

Available Storage

Another thing to think about is how much storage space you will need. The size of your business and the amount of food you’ll be preparing will help determine the size of refrigerator that you will need. You don’t want to get a commercial refrigerator that is too small for your needs, but you also do not want to waste energy with an unnecessarily large refrigerator.

Kitchen Layout

You and your kitchen staff are going to be using the refrigerator a lot. People will be rushing around, putting items inside the fridge and taking them out. You want to make sure that they have easy access to the fridge and that opening the doors don’t interfere with your kitchen’s operation. In some cases, a refrigerator with sliding doors might be a good option.

Drains and Electricity Source

Finally, you’ll want to discuss with your contractor where the refrigerator is going to be so that it can be connected to your electrical system. You typically want one outlet dedicated to your refrigerator so that you don’t overload it. Also, your refrigerator will need to drain condensation which will require a hose to go out the back of your appliance.

If you have any questions about your commercial refrigeration system, if you need repairs or installation services in Wellington FL or the surround area, contact Astro Air today.

Save Money in the Long Haul with AC Maintenance

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Every year, it’s recommended that you have a Boynton Beach AC contractor visit your home and tune up your air conditioner. This visit will ensure the system is ready for the intense, regular use it will receive during the hottest months of the year. How much money can this visit save you, though? Let’s take a closer look.

Cost of Operating Your Air Conditioning

When a system has dirty filters, hasn’t been cleaned properly or the thermostat is no longer calibrated accurately, the operating cost increases – sometimes dramatically.

Just how much more could you be spending on cooling each month when this happens? The EPA’s Energy Star website estimates an increase in cost of between 10-30% resulting from poorly maintained systems, and it can be even higher if your system is old and is severely affected by a drop in energy efficiency.

Annual Tune Up Necessities

So, what should be at the top of your tune up list? If you call a Boynton Beach AC contractor, they will perform a variety of tasks including:

  • Inspect Coolant and Pressure Systems
  • Calibrate the Thermostat
  • Tighten Wiring, Capacitors, Relays and Contacts
  • Clean the Evaporator Coil
  • Clear and Clean the Condenser and Condensate Drain
  • Inspect the Condenser Fan and Motor
  • Check Compressor Efficiency

This is just a starter list for standard tune up of a central air conditioning unit. You can supplement this tune up by checking your filters once every 30 days and clearing away debris from around any outdoor units. You should also check your thermostat monthly to ensure it is working properly. If not, call for an inspection to avoid heavy increases in operating costs.

Major repairs to your air conditioning system generally take less than a day and when you’re on an annual maintenance plan, they cost significantly less than if you needed someone to fix the device in an emergency situation. Call Astro Air Inc. today if your need to schedule an appointment for air conditioning maintenance or repair!