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All-Pro Electrical & Air Conditioning provides air conditioning, electrical and indoor air quality services in Boca Raton, FL and the surrounding areas.

4 Ways Your HVAC System Impacts Allergies

Allergies can turn your day into a nightmare of congestion, sniffling and coughing. Typical indoor allergens include mold spores, dust mites, cockroaches, pet dander, pollen from outside and house dust.

Here are 4 ways your HVAC system could be making things worse and how to deal with it.

hvac 3Filters
Typical pleated filters don't catch tiny allergen particles. You'll need HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters capable of stopping 99.97% of particles 0.3 microns or larger. To put it into perspective, dog dander is about 2.5 microns and mold spores range from 10 to 30 microns. Keep in mind that HEPA filters affect airflow and the performance of your furnace so you need to discuss this with an HVAC professional before making the change.

Filters must be changed every four months typically but if you're fighting allergies, you need to replace them more frequently. Allergens that build up on the filter can be blown through the ductwork and the longer you leave it, the worse your symptoms will get.

Humidity
High humidity can create the perfect conditions for allergens like mold and dust mites to inhabit your home. Low humidity levels can exacerbate your symptoms by drying out your nasal passage and throat.

If you have a humidifier, have it checked and serviced to ensure that it maintains the right humidity levels in your home. The ideal range is 40-50% in the summer or 30% in the winter. If you have no humidity control at all, you may want to consider adding a humidifier to your home's HVAC system.

Temperature
Certain allergens like dust mites thrive in warm temperatures and poor thermal distribution can create the ideal environment for them to thrive.

Ensure that your HVAC air distribution and controls are in working order to maintain the right temperature in your home. If you have no air conditioning, you lose the benefits of both humidity and temperature control in the summer, which can make you miserable with allergy symptoms.

Ventilation
Ventilation brings in outdoor air to reduce the level of indoor allergens in your home. It helps reduce humidity in key areas like bathrooms and the kitchen and discourages allergens from multiplying. If you have an allergy to pollen or other outdoor allergens, ventilation is still a must. Just ensure that you have the right air filter and this will mitigate the effects of outdoor allergens entering your home.

If you're concerned about your allergies and need to optimize your HVAC system, give us a call and we can help you assess and make modifications so you can breathe easy.

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Prevent Your AC Coils From Freezing

Nothing is more frustrating than having your air conditioner coil freeze up just as the temperature outside is climbing.

Coils freeze when the temperature in your evaporator coil drops too low. Moisture in the air freezes on contact, building up ice on the coil. This buildup blocks airflow and can cause your unit to fail completely.

Why do AC coils freeze?

Low air flow prevents heat from being absorbed by the refrigerant in your evaporator coil. The temperature in the coil then plummets below freezing and ice accumulates. A dirty filter, malfunctioning fan or motor are possible causes of low air flow. Restrictions of any kind in your ductwork can also prevent the air from flowing across the coil.

A faulty thermostat can overwork your air conditioner, reducing the temperature in the coil to the point of freezing it. The unit's internal controls can also cause problems so have the entire control system checked.

Low refrigerant pressure results in a lower temperature in the evaporator coil as the refrigerant expands. This is typically caused by leaking refrigerant which must be repaired immediately.

How to prevent frozen coils

Clean and replace filters at least four times per year to maintain airflow across the coil. If you have pets or live in a dusty area, you'll have to change them more often.

Keep your blower fan and motor well-maintained to ensure that it blows enough air across the coil.

Check your thermostat and controls so the unit operates within its designed temperature range while maintaining your indoor temperature at a comfortable level.

Have a professional recharge your refrigerant if the levels get too low. Checking refrigerant pressure should be part of routine maintenance.

Keep your evaporator coil clean to allow sufficient heat transfer from the air to the refrigerant flowing through the coil. This keeps the unit operating at a higher efficiency, lowering the risk for frozen coils as well as reducing your utility bills.

If you have a frozen coil and manage to melt the ice, the problem will remain unless you address the root cause. If your unit is properly maintained, the chance of it happening drops considerably. If you need help with a frozen coil or want to ensure it doesn't happen to you, give us a call.

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Is your air as delicious as mine?

Telicious airhere was a time when the air outside was more polluted than indoor air.

Nowadays, pollutants can be two to five times more concentrated indoors than outdoors. To compound this problem, most people spend up to 90% of their time inside.

Why indoor air quality (IAQ) matters

The air you breath has a huge impact on your wellbeing. Health issues caused by poor IAQ can be immediate or long term depending on the type and concentration of pollutants. Short term symptoms include sore throat, fatigue or headaches. Long term effects include the development of respiratory illnesses and even cancer.

Here are four ways to improve your home's IAQ:

Air cleaners and purifiers

You can clean the air throughout your house or you can deal with it room by room. Whole house air cleaners are placed in the return duct to your furnace. The air first passes through the purifier's filters to remove allergens and pollutants before entering the furnace. Then it gets distributed throughout your home via ductwork.

Alternatively, you can opt for a purifier that takes care of only one room. These units clean more air in that space but the obvious disadvantage is that the rest of the house won't benefit.

UV light

UV light is used in air purifiers to kill bacteria and mold spores so it helps reduce allergens in the home. Depending on the technology used, it can sometimes produce high levels of ozone, which is a pollutant. If you choose to use UV light, consult the manufacturer about the potential for ozone creation.

Natural ventilation

Depending on the weather, you can use natural ventilation to introduce clean air into your home. Open the windows and doors on opposite sides of your home to allow outdoor air to flow through. Be careful if you have allergies to pollen and dust as this can introduce more allergens into your home.

Mechanical ventilation

To increase the amount of outdoor air in your home, exhaust fans and ventilators can give you measured flow rates so you know you're getting the right amount of air. Whether or not you decide to go with an air purifier, you will still need proper ventilation to replace stale air with fresh air so this is fundamental to all homes.

If you need help cleaning out your home's air, give us a call and we can talk about the best options and how to implement them.

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How To Solve Ductwork Problems

Ductwork is a vital part of your home's heating and cooling. Unfortunately, because it's mostly hidden, we tend to forget about it. But ductwork problems can cause high energy bills and issues with heating and cooling.

Here are some issues that ductwork might have and how to deal with them:

ductLeakage
If your ducts aren't properly airtight, you'll lose air to the surrounding spaces. That means energy loss, since you'll have to turn up your furnace to get a comfortable temperature. You'll also have uncomfortable rooms where there's not enough air to heat (or cool) them.

Finding leaks can be tricky since most of the ductwork is hidden. You can take care of exposed ductwork in the mechanical room, for example. Use a duct sealant like mastic or Underwriter's Laboratories (UL) certified aluminum tape to seal the leak.

Dust, allergen and germ buildup
Ducts can circulate dust throughout your house. This results in poor indoor air quality and can get your family sick. Winter colds are bad enough without dust aggravating your symptoms.

Have professionals clean out your ductwork every few years. The frequency will depend on whether you have allergies, pets or live in a dusty area.

Poor sizing
Air flow distribution depends on ductwork sizing. Even with dampers, ducts must be correctly sized for the amount of air needed to condition a space. Get this wrong and you'll have to deal with discomfort during both seasons.

If you notice some rooms consistently hot in summer and cold in winter, get a professional to assess your duct sizing. You might have to replace and rebalance portions of your ductwork system.

Poor layout
If you have duct runs that are too long, the pressure drops in the system will reduce the amount of air reaching the grilles. Similarly, if the ductwork has too many elbows and branch take-offs, the losses will interfere with your airflows.

As with sizing, get a professional to review your ductwork to see how it can be simplified.

No insulation (or not enough)
Some of your ductwork might be routed through unheated spaces, like the attic. Ideally, you want to avoid this situation but it's not always possible. Losses through these spaces can cost you hundreds on your energy bill annually.

Make sure your ductwork is insulated and verify the condition of your existing insulation. You can add another layer of insulation to ductwork in unheated spaces to save more energy.

For the optimum ductwork that keeps your home's temperature just right, give us a call and we can help you deal with any issues you may have.

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It's not a good idea to purchase an AC System online

Air Conditioning systems are not “plug and play” like a refrigerator or an oven.

If you can save some money by purchasing your refrigerator online, don’t let us stop you. But, if you’re thinking of buying an Air Conditioning system online, there are a few things you should know...

All-Pro Electrical and Air Conditioning will not install a unit that we did not purchase directly from the manufacturer and neither will most reputable contractors.

woman shoppingBut why not just charge you to install the unit you purchased yourself and be happy that we didn’t have to deal with the hassle of loading and unloading this very heavy piece of equipment?

Well, let’s say you’re able to find a licensed contractor willing to install the unit you purchased online. The contractor gives you a quote for the installation, they clear their schedule, and the crew arrives at the specified time with all the additional material needed to install the unit, so far so good, right?

What if the unit is damaged in transit?

The crew unpacks the unit only to find out it’s been damaged in shipping. Now you have to contact the retailer and deal with returning the unit yourself. You’ll likely have to pay the contractor the full agreed-upon price for that visit and then you’ll have to pay again to get the replacement unit installed!

Many online retailers won’t honor their warranties.

Maybe everything went well with the installation and your system is running great for a while. The intricacy of the installation process gives online retailers the ability to shift the blame to issues related to the installation of the system rather than a defect in the unit itself. This means that, when a problem does arise, they can easily get out of any promise they made and leave you holding the bag!

What if a problem arises years after the installation?

Service companies, especially ones that aren’t particularly reputable, have a very high rate of failure (second only to restaurants) so it’s entirely possible the company you used is no longer in business when your unit fails. Had you purchased the unit from a licensed contractor in your area, the manufacturer would be obligated to honor their warranty through another authorized dealer.

What about the Manufacturer’s Warranty?

Most manufacturer do not warranty equipment purchased online “unless installed by a licensed contractor”. This means you are covered, right? Well, not really. Sometimes it’shard to determine whether a problem was caused by a mistake in the installation, improper sizing of the unit, airflow issues or the equipment itself, so the manufacturer can easily get out of honoring their warranty too.

If you hire a licensed contractor and authorized brand dealer, like All-Pro Electrical and Air Conditioning and Heating, to supply and install a unit and a problem arises, it does not matter whether the issue was caused by the installation or the equipment because, either way – you’re not left holding the bag!

What if I buy from a company that offers installation for the unit I purchased online?

Companies that provide installation for online purchases used to show the list of the subcontractors that they sold the leads to. This practice quickly fell out of favor because buyers realized that they weren’t using the cream of the crop. They use start-ups and other struggling contractors who need these leads to survive.

Hopefully, we’ve given you enough reasons to think twice before purchasing something as complex as an Air Conditioning system from anyone other than a licensed contractor and authorized brand dealer in your area.

For more information - click here to visit our friends over at Magic Touch Mechanical and read their blog on buying AC online.

And when you are ready to purchase a new AC system and have it professionally installed, we hope you'll give us a call at (561) 988-0460.

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

The festivities that take place can either bring you out of your funk, or stress you out even more. It's easy to get caught up in the daily grind throughout the year.

christmas all pro acUse this holiday to reflect on all the people that matter most your life, and use this holiday season to express how much your care.

Visiting extended family allows you to maintain connections that otherwise get neglected. Pile everyone in for a road trip, take a flight across the continent or simply visit your relatives in town to keep relationships alive.

In regards to gifts during the holidays remember, it's the thought that counts. You don't have to break the bank to give special gifts this year. You can go as simple as a handwritten card and a tin of butter cookies or as elaborate as you want.

You can have a quiet dinner with close relatives and friends or a huge party with your extended family. Coming together to share a meal is the standard Holiday tradition for a reason. And remember to have a designated driver if you'll be drinking (even moderately) or if you think the turkey will put you to sleep on the drive home.

Christmas and the holidays in general don't have to be crammed full of activities and tasks that stress you out. Sometimes the best plans are the simplest. Take a moment to share how your family and friends have made an impact on you. Spread some holiday cheer of your own by telling those you care about just how great they've been all year.

Review the year and plan for the next

On a more practical note, the end of the year is a great time to take stock of where you are and where you want to go. Before you make those New Year's Resolutions, make sure you know what you really want to accomplish and what resources you have available. If it's been one of those challenging years, focus on the fact that you made it through the rough times.

We thank you for allowing us to service you and your home, and hope that your holiday is filled with joy.

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Find the Perfect Indoor Temperature

The ideal temperature setting is something we rarely think about when fiddling with the thermostat in summer.

Though the perfect temperature may seem purely based on opinion, there are some factors we must all consider before setting the dial.

According to the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the ideal indoor temperature for comfort is between 75°F (24°C) and 80.5°F (27°C) in the summer. This temperature range is based on factors like clothing, humidity levels, individual metabolic rate and airflow speed. Your personal comfort levels may deviate from this range, based on your body's metabolism, but not by very much.

Health

We must consider our health when setting our home temperature. The ideal body temperature is 98.6°F (37°C) so try to maintain that when possible. When you set your thermostat, the humidity of your home is also affected. Air conditioning lowers humidity, which can then dry out mucus membranes. This leaves you susceptible to colds other respiratory issues.

Temperature also affects sleep quality, which impacts your immune system and overall health. For most people, a temperature range of 65°F to 72°F (18°C to 22°C) works best. In the summer, this might mean running your air conditioner on hot nights. As with daytime temperatures, ideal sleep temperatures will vary depending on your body and how bundled up you are.

Energy savings

You can save energy on cooling by finding other ways to cool down in summer. Keeping your thermostat set to slightly higher temperatures will cut your energy bills by 6-8% per degree. You can use a fan with your air conditioner set to a higher temperature to keep cool while consuming less electricity.

Equipment performance and life cycle

Depending on how your equipment is sized, setting the temperature wrong may cause it to cycle on and off or cause it to run excessively. This has the undesired effect of reducing your equipment life cycle as it works harder and experiences more wear and tear.

Make sure that whatever your preferred indoor temperature, your air conditioner is correctly sized so it doesn't experience too much run time or too much cycling. Have a professional review your system to make sure it's the right size for your home.

Keep your cooling equipment ready to go Give us a call for any maintenance issues or simply to review your air conditioning so you're never stuck without cooling.

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How High Heat Effects Your AC

Heat waves are becoming more frequent and severe.

The results of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) experiments show that land areas on earth have become more likely to experience extreme heat.

Not only will you feel the effects when you take the kids to the park, but your air conditioner will experience it while you're cooling off at home.

Air conditioners are a type of "heat pump". That means they transfer heat from one place to another (from inside your house to outside). Normally, heat travels from a hotter area to cooler area so it naturally enters your home on a hot day. The air conditioner works to remove this heat and discharges it to the air outside.

The hotter the outdoor temperature, the harder your AC has to work. One of the effects of high heat is a drop in efficiency.

Your air conditioner efficiency drops when it has to work harder to cool your home, costing you money as your electricity consumption rises.

Since your air conditioner has to work harder and longer, it's inevitable that the lifespan of the unit will be reduced. Moving parts like the fan motor and compressor components burn out quicker and your AC needs more thorough maintenance to reduce and postpone total failure.

To help improve air conditioner's performance locate your outdoor air conditioner in a shady area, preferably with trees nearby, will allow it to run at a cooler temperature than the surrounding air. Setting the temperature inside your home to a slightly higher temperature, like 76°F (24°C) instead of the usual 72°F (22°C), will allow your unit to work less. If it's still too warm, combine your air conditioner with other means of cooling, like a standing fan or ice packs.

If your unit is close to its end of life, consider replacing it sooner. You will have the benefit of a unit that's more efficient and will reduce the risk of sudden failure on the hottest day.

Keep your AC in the best shape

Give us a call if you need to assess whether your air conditioner can handle the heat this summer and we'll help keep you cool during the worst of heat waves.

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Prepare for the next storm

Storms give us very little time to prepare. During the panic phase, just before the downpour begins, you may be focused on stocking up food, making sure you have candles or preparing to go to a storm shelter.

In the midst of all this, don't forget you have important equipment to protect. Here are 5 tips for keeping your air conditioner safe during a storm.

Turn off your AC

Electrical surges are common when lightning hits and you don't want your air conditioner's electrical components destroyed (and you certainly don't want a fire to start!)

Make sure your AC is off before the storm hits. If the weather is particularly hot, you can run it until the sky darkens (lightning might be flashing before the rains come so don't wait that long). Then make sure you remember to turn it off.

Cover it

Exposed components can be damaged from flying debris. Use a tarp, or board to cover your unit and protect it from anything that the wind throws at it. Protect your refrigerant piping from damage since leaking refrigerant is hazardous to both you and the environment.

Make sure your cover is secure so it doesn't turn into debris itself to cause damage elsewhere. And after the storm passes, remove the covering before starting up your unit.

Clean up your yard

Before the storm hits, pack away outdoor furniture, toys, your barbecue pit and anything else that's not tied down.

Clean up branches that might have fallen and inspect and remove anything else that could puncture your equipment. Collaborate with neighbors to clean up their yards as well. Storms have no respect for property lines!

Strap it down

If you live in a hurricane prone area, you need hurricane straps, which are specifically designed to withstand hurricane-strength winds.

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6 Home Features That Cut Energy Use

The move toward passive heating and cooling is growing.

It saves money and reduces greenhouse gases. Here are some ways to cut down on heat gains and losses from your home:

Insulation

Insulation slows down heat flow. In winter this means less heat escapes and in summer, it keeps your air conditioner from working overtime. In both cases, you have smaller equipment to worry about when building or replacing. Upgrading insulation is a sure-fire way to cut your energy use.

Proper sealing

If air leaks in around windows and doors, you undo everything your insulation does. Known as infiltration, this air carries moisture in summer and low temperatures in winter, taxing your equipment and wasting energy. Sealing off these locations is a fairly cheap way to cut back on your energy bills.

Window locations

In the northern hemisphere, the sun in winter sun shines from the south. The opposite is true for the southern hemisphere. Having large windows face the winter sun allows for sunlight to heat up those rooms, reducing your heating load. The downside is that more heat is lost through these windows at night and on cloudy days.

Window treatments

Curtains and blinds can reduce heat gain and loss depending on their insulative value. Blocking out the sun in summer keeps the space cool even if you have no shading from outside. Trees and foliage outside your window also reduce heat gain in the summer. If you pick the right trees that lose their leaves in winter, you still gain the advantage of winter sunlight heating your home.

Heavy curtains keep the heat in on cold winter nights, reducing losses from large windows.

Overhangs

Strategically placed overhangs can prevent your large windows from creating large problems in the summer. During this season, the sun is high in the sky. Overhangs that block windows from direct sunlight reduce the heating effect of the sun and keep your cooling bill down. The winter sun's low path across the sky allows sunlight to enter the room without being blocked by the overhang.

Type of glass

Glass performance has two main characteristics: heat transfer coefficient and shading coefficient. The heat transfer coefficient indicates how well the glass prevent heat from flowing through. The shading coefficient affects the sunlight entering the space. A higher shading coefficient keeps more sun out. Glass thickness, the number of panes and coating type all impact these numbers and vary between manufacturers.

You still need well-maintained equipment.

Even with minimal heat gains and losses, your HVAC equipment needs to run efficiently. Give us a call to assess ways you can reduce your energy usage and keep your equipment in top shape.

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4 Reasons to Tune Up Your HVAC Equipment

When was the last time you changed the oil in your car? Probably when the manufacturer recommended, based on the mileage and time since the previous oil change.

Your heating and cooling equipment should be no different. It might be stationary equipment, but it's certainly not something you can set and forget.

Maintenance is a must for your furnace and air conditioner, not an option. Here's what you can expect from a tune up:

  • A thorough inspection of the fan, burners, pulleys, belts, motors, heat exchanger and controls.
  • Burner cleaning.
  • Filter replacement if needed.
  • Lubrication of bearings.
  • Tightening of connections.

Reduce risk of shutdowns at the wrong time

The first reason to keep on top of your HVAC equipment is to prevent a major catastrophe. Having no furnace in the middle of winter is like shutting down at the side of the highway. You never want to be in that situation. Preventative maintenance on your furnace reduces the likelihood of being left out in the cold.

Keep your equipment working longer

The harder your equipment has to work, the shorter its lifespan. As with any machine, wear and tear will take a toll. The inevitable shutdown happens much sooner if you keep pushing your equipment without proper maintenance. Regular tune-ups will lengthen your HVAC equipment life, saving you money.

Lower your energy bill

No matter what shape your equipment is in, it has to provide the same amount of heating or cooling on a given day. A unit in top shape will do so with less effort, using less electricity and gas to keep your home at the right temperature. Proper tune up will allow your furnace or AC to work without emptying your pockets to pay outrageous energy bills.

Keep your family safe and improve air quality

Furnaces can introduce deadly carbon monoxide into your home if not maintained. A cracked heat exchanger can allow combustion gases to enter the supply air. A dirty burner can result in incomplete combustion, which in turn increases the amount of carbon monoxide produced. A professional inspection and tune-up will prevent these situations from happening, keeping you and your family safe.

Getting it done

To keep your home's air system working well, give us a call and we'll tune up your HVAC equipment so you'll be cool this summer and toasty in the winter.

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Is Your Home Well-Insulated?

Some homeowners seem to think that insulation is a top concern only during the winter season, which is obviously very, very mild in this part of the country. After all, it is during the winter that residents of colder states than ours bundle themselves up in order to insulate their bodies from the cold air, right? Some homeowners seem to think that insulation is a top concern only during the winter season, which is obviously very, very mild in this part of the country. After all, it is during the winter that residents of colder states than ours bundle themselves up in order to insulate their bodies from the cold air, right? Well, this is true, but the fact of the matter is that the insulation in your home plays a vital role all year long. Insulation doesn't simply keep heat in one's home. It serves to prevent the unwanted transfer of heat in both directions, meaning that it is just as important during our long, hot summers, as it prevents heat from making its way into your house. If you don't have sufficient insulation in Boca Raton, FL, you are going to run into a few different issues.
  • High cooling costs are the most obvious sign that you have subpar insulation in your home. If even one area of your house is poorly insulated, you are going to wind up running your air conditioner overtime as you try to evenly cool that house. The more you use your AC, the more it is going to cost you. In this way, poor insulation actually forces you to pay more for a lesser cooling performance!
  • Poor indoor air quality can also result from subpar insulation in one's home. The primary function of insulation is obviously not to protect your indoor air quality. However, it is an added benefit of having sufficient insulation throughout your home. If there is thin insulation in any area, pollutants from the air outside can more easily infiltrate your living space.
  • Discomfort is the most problematic of all issues caused by subpar insulation. The bottom line is that you should be completely comfortable in your home when running your AC. If heat is easily transferring into your home due to poor insulation, this just won't bet the case.

Let All-Pro Electrical & Air Conditioning handle your insulation services.

 
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Signs of Problems with Electrical Wiring

There is no way in which to overstate just how much modern homeowners benefit from their electrical systems. Electricity is an incredibly valuable and convenient resource, which is why it is pretty universal in homes throughout the country.There is no way in which to overstate just how much modern homeowners benefit from their electrical systems. Electricity is an incredibly valuable and convenient resource, which is why it is pretty universal in homes throughout the country. While today's electrical systems, and the wiring that they use, are safer than ever, it is important to remember that electricity is still dangerous when not used properly. If you have any reason at all to believe that you have a problem with your electrical wiring in Highland Beach, FL, dial our number right away. Whatever the problem may be, you can count on our electricians to resolve the situation properly. That way, you can use electricity reliably and safely in your home.
  1. Frequently tripped circuit breakers are among the most obvious signs that you've got a problem with your electrical wiring. Now, flipping a circuit breaker back into position is definitely more convenient than replacing a fuse. That doesn't mean that you can put up with this particular issue, though. Inconvenient or not, this problem suggests that you have an issue with your wiring, and that can prove dangerous.
  2. Flickering lights, or light bulbs that burn out frequently, could also mean that you have faulty wiring. If this is an issue throughout your entire home, this is especially likely to be the case. If it only happens with one particular fixture, it may be an issue with that fixture itself. However, it could still be a more serious wiring problem, and only a professional electrician can determine with certainty if this is the case.
  3. Burn marks on outlets and switches, or the smell of burning plastic, may indicate that you have faulty wiring that is creating a serious fire risk. Do not hesitate to dial our number if you encounter these problems in your home. Your safety is far too important to ignore such issues.

Schedule your electrical wiring services with All-Pro Electrical & Air Conditioning.

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AC FAQ: What Is an Evaporator Coil?

We are no strangers to residential air conditioning systems in this part of the country. In fact, the very notion of living without a reliable whole-house cooling system is something that most of us wouldn't even entertain for a moment.

We are no strangers to residential air conditioning systems in this part of the country. In fact, the very notion of living without a reliable whole-house cooling system is something that most of us wouldn't even entertain for a moment. Despite our familiarity with the comfort that our air conditioners allow for, though, many homeowners in the area don't really understand how that comfort is made possible.

There are a number of different components in any whole-house air conditioning system, and each plays an important role in the cooling process. Among the most vital of these components is the evaporator coil. Read on to lean more about what this coil does for your AC in Parkland, FL.

Evaporation and Heat Transfer

As you probably know, your air conditioner doesn't exactly generate cool air. Instead, it manages to cool your home by removing heat from the air that is already in your home. To do this, the evaporation of refrigerant is necessary. This evaporation takes place, appropriately enough, in the evaporator coil. This coil is located within the indoor air conditioning unit. The cool refrigerant in the coil evaporates as it absorbs heat from the air passing over and surrounding it. Remember, heat is always going to try to balance temperatures, and will naturally move toward cooler climates. The warm refrigerant then travels through the refrigerant lines until it reaches the condenser coil outside. Here, the refrigerant is condensed and cools down. The heat that it absorbed from the air in the house is vented outdoors. With that step of the cooling process complete, the refrigerant then heads back inside, to repeat the steps required of it until the temperature in your home is satisfactory. It is a relatively simple process, but one that we really could not -- or at least wouldn't want to -- live without here in Florida.

Schedule your AC services with the professional technicians here at All-Pro Electrical & Air Conditioning.

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AC Tip: The Importance of the Condensate Drain Line

You've probably seen us talk about the condensate drain line on this blog before. It is an important part of any air conditioning system, and one that can potentially lead to serious operational problems if not kept in great working condition.

You've probably seen us talk about the condensate drain line on this blog before. It is an important part of any air conditioning system, and one that can potentially lead to serious operational problems if not kept in great working condition. That is why it is so important that you have an understanding of the trouble that it can lead to. Maintaining a condensate drain line is not complex. You don't need to be a professional to ensure that the drain line is free of clogs and debris. Read on to learn more about the adverse effects of a backed up drain line, and contact us with any questions that you may have.

Water Damage and Icing

We won't talk too much about the damage that backed up condensate can cause in your home, as we've discussed it before. If the drain line backs up, it can cause water to pool around your AC. That can lead to staining, wood rot, and may even promote the growth and proliferation of biological pollutants. One issue that we have not touched upon, though, is the fact that backed up condensation can actually lead to ice developing on your home cooling system. When that happens, a downward spiral of sorts can be put into effect. How does the condensate ice up, though? When our hot and humid air hits the evaporator coil in our AC systems, heat and moisture is removed from the air before it is redistributed throughout the living space. This is the foundation of the cooling process. However, if the condensation removed from the air does not drain outdoors, instead backing up, the coil can cause it to freeze. This will then wind up blocking the drain line even more severely, and the problem will continue to grow.

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Trouble Cooling Your Home? It May Be Your Thermostat!

To say that you need a great air conditioner in this part of the country is really to state the obvious. When dealing with heat and humidity of the kind that we live with, your air conditioner is a vital part of your day to day life.

To say that you need a great air conditioner in this part of the country is really to state the obvious. When dealing with heat and humidity of the kind that we live with, your air conditioner is a vital part of your day to day life. That is why we suggest that you contact us as soon as you start having any problems with your home cooling system. Not every issue will require complex professional repairs, of course. Even so, having a qualified technician investigate matters is the only way in which to guarantee that the problem, regardless of how severe it may be, is properly diagnosed. In many cases, your thermostat in Boca Raton, FL may be to blame.

Is Your Thermostat In the Wrong Place?

Did you know that many factors, including its installation location, can seriously affect its overall performance. If you have your thermostat installed right next to a window, for instance, or in a spot constantly in direct sunlight, the it may actually register temperatures hotter than they are in your home. That can lead to your system working harder than it should have to. You know what that means, right? Higher energy bills, which nobody wants.

Is It Malfunctioning?

If your thermostat used to work just fine, but is no longer signalling your air conditioner to cycle on and off as it should, then it is very possible that it is malfunctioning. This is going to require professional services to resolve. While it is possible that repairs may be completed, you may also need to have your thermostat replaced. If so, we'll make sure that you have the best thermostat for your needs, and that it is integrated into your home and your system correctly.

Is It Set Properly?

This may sound a little obvious, but you should definitely check your thermostat settings if your air conditioner is not cooling your house the way you expect it to. We all make mistakes from time to time, especially when distracted. It's possible that you've set your thermostat to its "fan only" mode, or that you've simply set the temperature higher than you meant to.

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Why Use a Hard Start Kit?

You probably know that your air conditioner is going to use the most energy when it is just starting up, as opposed to when it is just running continuously. That is why short cycling, in which the system starts and stops too frequently, is such a problem.

You probably know that your air conditioner is going to use the most energy when it is just starting up, as opposed to when it is just running continuously. That is why short cycling, in which the system starts and stops too frequently, is such a problem. Starting the AC up over and over again not only wastes energy, but it also puts a lot of unnecessary strain on the compressor. This is due to the fact that the AC has to get the everything up and running and the refrigerant moving from a full stop each time it starts up. In fact, your AC may use anywhere from 5-10x as much power when starting up as it does when it is running. Using a hard start kit can greatly benefit your air conditioner in Highland Beach, FL.

How Does a Hard Start Kit Work?

A hard start kit cannot eliminate the power surge that your air conditioner will experience when first starting up. What it can do, though, is greatly cut down on the amount of time that it takes for your compressor to get up and running. Many kits can cut this startup time in half, which really adds up over the course of our long heating season, when your air conditioner is starting up many thousands of times. The kit serves to give the compressor a boost when it is just getting going, powering it through the startup process.

Benefits of Using a Hard Start Kit

Say your car breaks down, and you have to push it off of the road a bit. You are going to need some help to get it going, right? Once you've built up a bit of momentum, though, you'll probably be able to push it along on your own. The hard start kit does much the same thing. Once it provides the extra power necessary to get your air conditioner running, it's job is done. The other components, including the run capacitor, can take it from there. By cutting down on the strain when starting up the system, you cut down not only on energy consumption, but on the level of wear and tear that increases the risk of damages and which may shorten the lifespan of your home cooling system.

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What Are the Benefits of an AC Tune-Up?

You've heard it said time and time again; you must schedule routine air conditioning tune-ups. At some point, though, you've undoubtedly wondered just how it is that professional air conditioning maintenance in Parkland, FL actually benefits you. You've heard it said time and time again; you must schedule routine air conditioning tune-ups. At some point, though, you've undoubtedly wondered just how it is that professional air conditioning maintenance in Parkland, FL actually benefits you. We'll give you a few examples to help you better understand just why it is that regular air conditioner tune-ups are so necessary. Improved energy efficiency is one of the greatest ways in which scheduling routine air conditioning maintenance can benefit you. We run our air conditioners constantly for much of the year in this part of the country, so it is important that they are working efficiently. You don't want to live uncomfortably out of fear of high energy costs. Better reliability is another way in which professional air conditioning maintenance can benefit you. At first, the wear and tear incurred by your air conditioning system over the course of the long, hot cooling season can negatively affect the efficiency with which it operates. Eventually, though, the very integrity of your system itself may be put at risk. Prolonged lifespan is a long term benefit of professional air conditioning maintenance. All mechanical systems have finite lifespans, obviously. However, there is no reason to allow your system to break down earlier than is absolutely necessary. By allowing our technicians to thoroughly inspect and tune up your home cooling system, you can keep it in prime working condition for as long as possible. Air conditioning maintenance entails much more than simply cleaning the system and replacing the air filter. It is not the type of service taht you can hope to complete on your own, no matter how handy you may be. That is why you should dial our number if you are serious about getting the most from your system.

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3 Signs of Problems with your Air Ducts

While ductless mini splits have certain grown more popular over recent years, cooling one's home with a ducted central air conditioner is still far and away the most popular method of doing so. If you have any problems with the ductwork in your home, you are not going to be able to enjoy the quality performance that you deserve from your home cooling system.

While ductless mini splits have certain grown more popular over recent years, cooling one's home with a ducted central air conditioner is still far and away the most popular method of doing so. If you have any problems with the ductwork in your home, you are not going to be able to enjoy the quality performance that you deserve from your home cooling system. That is why we'd like to share with you a few warning signs that there are problems with your ductwork. Read on, and remember that we offer the duct testing and duct sealing services you need in Boca Raton, FL. 

Hot Spots

If you are trying to cool your home with your central air conditioner, but there are hot spots in your living space, it is very possible that faulty ductwork may be to blame. Your ductwork will simply not be able to evenly distribute cooled air throughout your home effectively if it is leaking. If you notice unbalanced temperatures in your home, especially if it is a new development, contact us to have your air ducts tested and, if necessary, sealed.

High Cooling Costs

Much as we'd love to tell you otherwise, cooling your home is not going to come free of cost. Chances are, because we use our air conditioners so much on so regular a basis, that you have a general idea of how much it costs to cool your home. If you notice that the cost of cooling your home is getting higher and higher, though you've not changed your cooling habits, it may be due to leaky ductwork reducing energy efficiency.

Low Indoor Air Quality

Have you found that your home is dustier or a bit dingier looking than usual? Is it hard to keep up with your cleaning? Are your allergies or asthma symptoms really starting to act up? When your ducts leak, pollutants can make their way into those air ducts. Once that happens, your ductwork itself can be responsible for distributing pollutants throughout your entire home.

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