Why is There Ice on My Heat Pump/Air Conditioner?

November 29, 2022

  While winters aren’t deathly cold in Dunedin, the temperatures do drop here in the winter months, and when they do, we need to heat our homes. The more efficiently we can do it, the better, especially when it comes to your utility bills. Common problems like ice buildup on your heat pump could be preventing your HVAC system from working most efficiently. This in turn could be causing your bills to increase. Ice on My Heat Pump? That Doesn’t Make Sense! Ice and heat don’t seem congruent, but in terms of your HVAC system’s operation, it’s not all that...

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Why Are My Utility Bills So High?

November 22, 2022

  If you have to be sitting down before opening your utility bills, you know something’s gotta give. Consistently rising electric bills is a clue that something may be out of whack with one or more of your home’s operating systems. For us here in Hudson, Florida (and across Tampa), one of the largest contributors to high household energy bills is our cooling system.   How Does My AC Contribute to Expensive Utility Bills? There are several factors that contribute to rising electric bills – your HVAC system is a big one. So too are the costs to operate other...

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When Should I Replace My HVAC Equipment?

November 15, 2022

  Just like on grocery items, there’s a “best by” date when it comes to your heating and cooling system, too. For most places in the U.S., that’s roughly 15-20 years. Here in Florida? It’s more like 8-14 – and that’s assuming you’re staying on top of regular maintenance. At a certain point, your HVAC system will become less efficient, and though it may still operate, it will require more and more hand-holding by you to do its job.   How to Know if Your HVAC Equipment Needs Replacing   Replacing HVAC equipment is expensive, so it’s something most people...

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Could My Air Ducts Need Cleaning?

November 7, 2022

  Your home’s heating and cooling system is made up of a series of interconnected parts that all work together to ensure a comfortable home. While important components of your HVAC system are visible – things like your air conditioner condenser unit or your furnace and air handlers, for example – there’s a whole system of mostly hidden ductwork traveling throughout your home. These ducts play an essential role in transporting air throughout your home, but, because they are more or less out of sight, their maintenance can easily be forgotten.   Signs Your Air Ducts Could Need Cleaning  ...

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Why Isn’t My Whole Home the Same Temperature?

October 25, 2022

Keeping your whole house cool and comfortable can be a frustrating experience for many homeowners. If your air conditioner isn’t working well or the temperature throughout your home is uneven, it can drive you mad. Rest assured, there are solutions. Below we’ll discuss a few reasons why some parts of your home may be too hot while others are too cold, and what you can do about it so you can achieve cool comfort throughout your entire house. Reasons for Temperature Imbalance in Your Home One of the first things to check if your home is not cooling evenly is...

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Does Your HVAC Company Have Parts on Your Trucks?

October 18, 2022

  HVAC technicians need to be prepared for it all, and as our team at Mario’s AC drives up and down the coast from Spring Hill to Clearwater and everywhere in between, we don’t have time to be making extra trips back and forth between the warehouse or hardware stores. That’s why we try to stock our trucks with everything we need to handle the majority of our service calls to homes and businesses in Florida. What’s on the Truck? As you’ve passed an HVAC truck on the freeway or seen one driving through your neighborhood, you’ve maybe wondered what’s...

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Am I Supposed to Have Regular Maintenance on My AC?

October 11, 2022

  If you live in Tarpon Springs, Palm Harbor, Dunedin or anywhere across the Tampa area, you’re likely getting your money’s worth out of your AC unit. But why not make that money go the distance by prolonging the life of your air conditioner for as long as possible (and saving money on your energy bills to boot)? That’s what regular AC maintenance can do for you. Here in Central Florida, our cooling systems already don’t last as long as they do in the rest of the country – outside of Florida it’s common to see HVAC units last 15-20...

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Is My AC Unit Supposed to Run All The Time?

October 4, 2022

  On those sweltering hot summer days, it’s not uncommon for your air conditioner to run…a lot, but should your AC be running all the time in Clearwater in, say, November? The truthful answer: it depends. Here’s when to worry and when to not. When Your AC Unit Should Run Very Frequently Here in the greater Tampa area, our HVAC systems get worked hard. When the temperature outside climbs, your AC system will have to work harder and run longer to keep your home’s internal temperature regulated. During the afternoon to early evening hours, it’s very likely your air conditioner...

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How Do I Reset My Thermostat?

September 29, 2022

  There are three components in homes that have changed civilization forever: the first was indoor plumbing, the second was electricity and the third was HVAC. They are all complex systems and for HVAC units, the motherboard of it all is your thermostat. If you feel that your AC isn’t turning on when it should – or turning on when it shouldn’t –  you might want to try resetting your thermostat.   Reasons to Reset Your Thermostat   There are multiple different types of thermostats on the market, but they all serve the same basic purpose: to regulate your home’s...

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Protecting Your AC Before a Hurricane

September 27, 2022

The only good thing about a hurricane is you know it’s coming so we all have time to prepare. When it comes to protecting your AC unit before a hurricane, during the storm, and getting it back up and running afterwards, there are three key steps. Lower Your Home’s Temperature Before the Hurricane Just as a lot of the rest of your hurricane prep is assuming the power is going to go out, cooling your home more than you normally would will help keep your home cooler longer and keep you and your family as comfortable as can be during...

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