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Need a Hand with Your A/C? Patrick's Heating & Air Conditioning Can Help.

Deciding on the correct air conditioner or heat pump can feel like a daunting task, but Patrick's Heating & Air Conditioning can make it easy. We give free estimates on a range of air conditioners and heat pumps to fit each application. So, if you need some help in making the choice for the best air conditioner or heat pump for your home, give us a call at 352-236-0400. Our air conditioners come in a variety of volumes and prices, so that we can help you find the right system for your needs!

About Air Conditioners & Heat Pumps

There are typically three different types of Air Conditioners.

  1. “Straight-cool” air conditioners pull heat from inside the home and move it to the outside, which lowers the temperature of the air indoors.
  2. Heat Pumps provide the same cooling process but can also reverse the process in order to pull heat from the outside air and pull it indoors, so heat pumps also heat the inside air.
  3. Minisplit Heat Pumps provide room-by-room temperature control, rather than conditioning the whole-home, for buildings that need more concise temperature control for each room.

Air Conditioner Efficiency

Effectiveness of Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps are rated by SEER. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. It explains the ratio of cooling produced divided by the electricity used (in watts). The greater the number the better the energy efficiency of the equipment.

Air Conditioner Sizes

Sizes of Air Conditioners, or their capacity to condition in a particular size space, are rated by Tonnage. Tonnage is used to describe the cooling capacity of an air conditioner. You can figure out your unit’s tonnage by finding the 2-digit number near the model number. This number can range from 18-60. When this number is seen, you will then divide that number by 12. Whatever answer you get, that is your AC’s tonnage.

Varied sizes of air conditioners

Signs You May Need an Air Conditioner or Heat Pump Replacement

So, how you can know when it’s the right time to upgrade the air conditioner? Here are some warning signs you should be on the lookout for:

  • Warm Air Coming Out– This warning sign is kind of obvious. If your air conditioner blows out warm air instead of cold air, there’s something wrong.
  • Increased Energy Bills – The harder your air conditioning unit has to work to give you cold air, the more expensive your energy bills are going to be. If you notice a significant increase in your electric bill, it’s time to call in our experts to see what we can help with.
  • Strange Noises or Smells – It’s a bad sign hear grinding noises coming from your air conditioning unit. Perhaps you have a belt that’s slipped out of position or some other loose component causing the sounds. Likewise, your air conditioner shouldn’t ever have a bad smell to it. If it smells like something’s burning when it’s running, you could have an electrical wiring issue that could be a fire hazard. If it smells musty, you could have dirty or moldy ductwork that could make you and your family sick over time unless you get it cleaned properly.
  • Weak Airflow – Is your air conditioner blowing out cold air but so weakly that you can barely feel it? Your air conditioning compressor is likely failing and needs to be replaced, but we can not know for sure until you give us a call and we come out and inspect it.
  • Failing Thermostat – A central air conditioning system is controlled by a thermostat. When something goes wrong with your thermostat, it can create a variety of issues, including an air conditioner that won’t turn on or one that keeps powering on and off too soon.
  • Freon or Water Leaks – Have you noticed moisture around your air conditioning unit? If you have a Freon leak, this can be poisionous. Even if it’s just a water leak due to a faulty condensation tube, you shouldn’t ignore it. Better let us take a look at it for you.
  • Frequent Problems

If you need help after reviewing this list, give us a call at 352-236-0400 so we can provide a FREE new A/C estimate quickly!

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