Author archives: Sean Blackburn

How to Protect Your A/C Unit From Thieves

A rising trend of air conditioning theft has been growing around the country. For years throughout the United States, thieves have been keen to cut the copper lines in a central air conditioning unit and selling it for scrap metal, but recently there has been a growing number of reports of thieves stealing the entire outdoor condenser to sell for salvage money or as replacement units online. News stories like the one below illustrate the growing problem. A growing number of consumers are have seen their units, worth anywhere from 3 to 10 thousand dollars, destroyed with no choice but to buy a brand new system. It is a costly inconvenience but one that can be avoided. We have a solution below the video for how to secure your unit, and potentially protect your A/C unit and 1000’s of dollars in replacement cost!

Concerned about the possibility of this happening at your residence or business? Don’t be! Protect your A/C unit by installing what’s called an Air Conditioner Cage. This is a steel frame cage that is bolted to the ground around the outside condensing unit. It’s a great way to deter thieves from tampering with or ruining your costly heating and cooling equipment. While it won’t stop every thief, the chances are, it will cause them enough trouble and hassle that they will move on to other homes that aren’t protected. In the end, it comes down to security and peace of mind. If you’ve just recently purchased a new system, or feel like you can’t afford to buy a new one in the event of a robbery, give this product some thought and protect your A/C unit today. Check out the sample picture below and call us if your interested or have any questions about securing your assets and obtaining some more peace of mind!

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Call 352-243-7088 for more information or visit www.KalosFlorida.com

The Essentials of Every Preventative Air Conditioning Maintenance

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The 8 Essentials of Every Air Conditioning Maintenance

1. Clean the drain line, evaporator coil and drain line. Here’s a video tutorial on How to Clean the Air Handler and Drain Line
2. Clean the outdoor condensing unit. Here’s a video tutorial for the Proper Way to Clean and Outdoor Condenser.
3. Check the blower wheel and clean as needed.
4. Test the capacitor. Here’s a video tutorial on How to Check the Capacitor and other Electrical Components.
5. Check electrical connections, heat strips and temperature splits. 6.Inspect refrigerant levels and as needed perform a leak test.
7. Record the superheat and sub-cool readings.
8. Change the air filter. Here’s our article on how to choose an air filter.

If you have any questions or would like to set up an air conditioning maintenance call (352) 243-7088 or visit www.KalosFlorida.com

Air Conditioning Troubleshooting

Check These Things First, Then Call us

Sometimes with a little bit of checking yourself, you can avoid having to spend money for an air conditioning repair by doing a little air conditioning troubleshooting! Below we go through some simple fixes that most homeowners can fix on their own. Here are two types of calls we receive and some of our suggestions. If these don’t work, don’t hesitate to call our office and schedule a Diagnostic Service Call. thermostat is blank / My thermostat isn’t operating at all –Air Conditioning Troubleshooting - Blanck Thermostat

  • Check the float switch near the bottom of your indoor unit. Remove the top of the switch and see if water is present in the switch. If so then a blocked condensate drain line is the most likely cause you may use a wet / dry vacuum to clear the blockage by attaching it to the drain outside and then use it to remove the water from the switch. It is still recommended that you contact a professional so that they can properly clean the drain line and the condensate pan as well as check for other problems.
  • Check the circuit breakers for any that have tripped. To reset push the breaker all the way to the off position and then back on. If they trip again do not continue to attempt to reset them as this is a sign of a more serious issue.
  • Look for disconnects near the indoor unit that may be turned off. Many systems have disconnects that look very much like a common light switch.
  • Look for places where the control (thermostat) wire may have been damaged by a lawn mower or other lawn maintenance near the outside unit. This is very common and usually results in a blown low voltage fuse.

Air Conditioning Troubleshooting- Frozen CondensorMy air conditioner is running inside and out but no cold air (or very little) is blowing-

  • Look for signs of ice forming on the large insulated line coming out of the indoor unit, you may also see ice forming on the lines of the outdoor A/C unit. If so, first check you air filter and if it is very dirty remove it. Shut the system off with the fan in the on position at the thermostat and place towels around the indoor unit as it may leak water as the system defrosts. Do not install a new filter for at least 4hrs as the indoor coil will need time to completely defrost. Once the system has fully thawed it is safe to install a new filter and run the system.
  • It the frost returns, it is highly recommended that you contact a professional for a service call as soon you as you notice the frost. This can reduce the chance of water damage and reoccurring problems.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check here for Energy.Gov’s suggestions to Common Air Conditioner Problems and Air Conditioning Troubleshooting.

So there you have it. If we can be of any assistance or if your air conditioning troubleshooting isn’t helping the problem don’t hesitate call our office at (352) 243-7088!

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