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Before boarding up, set your thermostat way down to cool your home. During the storm, turn it off to avoid damage from possible power surges. Brought to you by Aloha AC.
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This post was written by Luis | April 2, 2018


Before you Call an HVAC Contractor, Stop and Do These 6 Things

It’s a truly terrible affair when your AC isn’t working properly. Not only have I experienced it myself, but as a guy who’s been helping people out with air conditioning repair Broward County for over years, I get to see just how disruption an HVAC breakdown can cause:

There’s no need to put yourself through any of that. If you experience any problem with your AC system, be it loss of cooling capacity, strange sounds/odors, or unusually high electricity bills, you shouldn’t hesitate to reach out to your trusted air conditioning repair Broward County contractor.

Nevertheless, before you pick up the phone and call your HVAC company of choice (if you’re in South Florida, feel free to check out our service area and call us!), there are a few things you can do to save time and money. You can either watch the video or read the tips below:

Check your Thermostat

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Before you call your air conditioning repair Broward County service, make sure the selectors are set to “cool” or “heat” and not to “off.” When the thermostat is set to cooling mode, it should be below room temperature. When in heating mode, it should be adjusted above room temperature.

Give your Humidistat a Look

If your home has a humidistat, it should always be on the “on” setting.

Air Flow

Before your air conditioning repair Broward County technicin stops, by, review the air flow in your home. Don’t be afraid to move objects that may be obstructing air flow.

See the Condition of your Air Filters

Don’t forget to check your air filter to see if it’s dirty or clean. A dirty filter can cause the unit to ice up. When installing the filter into the system, you want to check the directional arrow that indicates the flow of air. You want the arrows to point in the direction of air flow.

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A restriction of air flow to the air handler results in your AC unit icing up. Unfortunately, this makes it impossible for your HVAC technician to diagnose issues and perform adequate air conditioning repair Broward County.

The good news is it’s to defrost the system on your own. All you have to do is set the thermostat from “cool” to “off” and from “auto” to “on.” This way, the fan will run and defrost the coils for you. When the service technician arrives, he can go straight to diagnosing the problem and doing his job as an air conditioning repair Broward county specialist.

Drain Line Safety Flow Switch

Another item to check before you call for service is the safety flow switch located in the drain line. If you pull it out and you see water is backed up in the drain and overflowing, it’s okay to continue to run the system, as long as you can catch that water without it causing damage to the home.

If you feel you can’t and it’s going to cause damage to the walls or the floors, then simply keep the unit off until the arrival of your air conditioning repair Broward County technician.

Indoor/Outdoor Unit Communication

It’s also important to look at the communication between the thermostat, indoor, and outdoor units. The way to reset that communication is to set the thermostat to the off position.

Then, turn off the breaker to the indoor and outdoor units. Wait five minutes. Turn the breakers back on. Finally, set the thermostat to “cool” and adjust the temperature to the desired setting. Wait 15 minutes. If you’re cooling, great! If not, call Aloha for air conditioning repair Broward County service.

A way to check the outdoor unit to see if it’s working properly is to feel the air. It should be blowing nice and warm. That way, you know it’s cooling inside.

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If you need help at any point, call Aloha Air Conditioning, Inc. We’re ready and eager to help you beat the heat in South Florida.


This post was written by Luis | January 15, 2018


The Deeper Meaning of Aloha

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For those who follow the path of Huna, or are fortunate enough to live in Hawaii, it is common for us to use the word “Aloha.” We use it in greetings and farewells and in expressing love. But the word means even more; it is a way of life.

Besides these common meanings, the word Aloha holds within itself all one needs to know to interact rightfully in the natural world. These insights demonstrate an attitude or way of life sometimes called “The Aloha Spirit” or “The Way of Aloha.”

The Spirit of Aloha lesson was taught to the children of the past because it was about the world of which they were a part. One early teaching goes like this:

Aloha is being a part of all, and all being a part of me. When there is pain–it is my pain. When there is joy–it is also mine. I respect all that is as part of the Creator and part of me. I will not willfully harm anyone or anything.

When food is needed, I will take only what I need and explain why it is being taken. The earth, the sky, the sea are mine to care for, to cherish and to protect. This is Hawaiian–this is Aloha.

The kahuna David Bray this code as “Come forward, be in unity and harmony with your real self, God, and mankind. Be honest, truthful, patient, kind to all lifeforms, and humble.” He also stated that to the Hawaiian of old, Aloha meant “God in us.”

So far, within Aloha, we have found an explanation of our place in the world and a code of ethics to help us with our interactions in the world. The only thing we are missing is our “prime directive” while we are here, and that too can be found within the root words that make up Aloha.

Using Hawaiian language’s grammatical rules, we will translate this literally as “The joyful sharing of life energy in the present” or simply “joy fully sharing life.”

So, we’ve seen that Aloha is indeed a way of life, an attitude, and it even contains guidelines to help us in our lives. It is most definitely a “word to the wise.”

In closing, I’d like to bring to mind another old saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words,” and point out that Aloha is a perfect example that in the Hawaiian language sometimes the opposite of this saying is true as well. So, the next time you greet a friend with “Aloha,” hold its meaning close to your heart and think of the picture you’re painting. It is indeed a beautiful world.


This post was written by Luis | August 26, 2015


The Aloha Difference
Jim Barry Aloha Air Conditioning, Inc.

Jim Barry, Owner of Aloha Air Conditioning, Inc.

People always ask me to tell them about my company. I guess this is how I’d define Aloha Air Conditioning, Inc.

“Aloha is great people working with cutting-edge technology, working together to provide the highest level of service while lowering the cost to our customers.

“We do this by leveraging that technology to gain efficiency on every aspect of our business and passing on those savings.”

Everyone knows there are a lot of air conditioning companies in South Florida, but they’re not all the same.

So why should you choose Aloha Air Conditioning, Inc. over any other firm?

Let me tell you why Aloha is the best choice:

Passion

We love what we do and we care about you!

Commitment

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Aloha has been here for 33 years and we plan to be serving South Florida and the keys for many years to come.

We have been to your homes and businesses many times and know you and your AC system.

Technology

Our technicians carry the latest tablet computers on every sales and service call. Your complete service history and manufacturer warranty information are right at their fingertips.

This allows more efficient and knowledgeable service to you, our customer. If a repair is necessary, we know the closest place to get whatever part you need.

That way, your system will be up-and-running in the shortest possible time.

Relationships

Because we’ve been around since 1982, we have strong relationships with the manufacturers and part suppliers.

I can’t tell you the number of times during an emergency our partners have opened their doors at nights, weekends, and even holidays so we could serve a customer.

Expertise

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Occasionally an AC system has an issue that stumps even the most seasoned technician. On these occasions, our technicians don’t guess or try to make unnecessary repairs.

They instantly transfer a video of the problem in real-time to our service manager or even a manufacturers engineer to ensure the job is done right.

This can all be done on the same service call without delay in getting your system back in working condition.

Customer Service

Many contractors leave it up to the customer to register for the manufacturers’ warranties. If the paperwork is late or filled out incorrectly, it can result in less (or even no) coverage.

If you buy an AC unit from Aloha, we register the equipment for you. You can rest assured of receiving the maximum benefits of your warranty.

Just something simple like a warranty can save you thousands of dollars and a lot of headaches should anything go wrong with your system.

Money-Saving Tips

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Our Team

A lot of AC repairs are simple and may not even need a professional visit to your home. Our website (www.alohaac.com) has videos of simple things anyone can check before calling to schedule service.

These include checking the thermostat, humidistat,  circuit filters, and air breakers.

Efficiency

Al our trucks are equipped with GPS tracking, which allows our main office to see which technician is closest to you so we can quickly respond to your call.

Not only does this improve our response time, but the time-saving efficiency of this technology also lowers our cost to you.

These are just a few of the reasons to choose Aloha Air Conditioning, Inc. as your AC company. Our customers can tell you even more!

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This post was written by Jim Barry | August 15, 2015


How to Stop AC Condensate Drain Leaking in 7 Easy Steps

 

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Condensate drain leaking can put your health at risk and cause costly property and equipment damage. Here’s how to fix it quickly and easily.

Air conditioning is a wonderful thing. Given the miraculous nature of a technology that actually let us control indoor temperature, it’s not surprising that the unique invention that makes our lives more comfortable on so many levels involves a lot of complex processes that entail regular maintenance.

Neglecting to give your AC its due maintenance, even when it involves seemingly insignificant parts and details, can have dire consequences for the well-being of your home and health.

That’s definitely true when it comes to your air conditioner’s condensate drain. The drain line performs an important function that allows your unit to work the way it’s supposed to. It’s easy to ignore build-up in your condensate drain, but when condensate drain leaking occurs, it’s very noticeable and can result in thousands of dollars in water damage.

Fortunately, taking care of condensate drain leaking isn’t hard at all. Prevention is also doable in a few easy steps that take you no more than a few minutes. Here’s what you need to know about condensate drains and how to keep them in shape.

What’s an HVAC Condensate Drain For?

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The condensate drain’s role is to eliminate a natural byproduct of heating and cooling. An air conditioner cools you home by passing hot air over the unit’s evaporator coil. This cools the air and lowers its humidity.

As science teaches us, lower temperatures cause water vapor to condense, so the humidity in your air condensates. The purpose of your condensate drain is to remove this liquid from your AC system and indoor environment. It does this by collecting the condensate in a drain pan and then sending it through a drain line that deposits the liquid outside.

Why is a Condensate Drain Leak Something to Worry About?

Once you know that your AC condensate drain is responsible for removing debris, dirty water, and indoor contaminants from your home or place of work, it’s pretty easy to see the havoc that can result if it starts to malfunction.

A blocked and leaky drain system not only spills water that damages and sullies your property; it also causes mold, mildew, and other harmful substances to remain in your drains for months if not treated. Obviously, this can have serious consequences on your health, including throat problems, nasal problems, and irritation of your eyes and skin.

That’s why condensate drain leaks should be addressed right away.

What Causes Condensate Drain Leaking

If you have a bad case of a leaky condensate drain, the most likely causes are algae build-up and the accumulation of ice on the frozen air handler coil. Either way, you need to unblock the drain. Here’s what you need to do.

How to Fix Condensate Drain Leaking

Unclogging your HVAC drain line and stopping a drain leak is easy!

#1. Set your Thermostat to the “Off” Setting
#2. Clean up water in the dampened area with a towel or mop
#3. Check to see if there’s water in the air filter
#4. If this is the case, it’s time to drain!
#5. Get a Wet/Dry Vacuum, connect the hose to the main drain line outside
#6. Make sure the hose is sealed tightly to the drain line, and start the vacuum
#7. After a few minutes, check for debris build-up

You’re now good to go! For a great visual guide to unclogging your air conditioner’s drain, check out this video by HVAC celebrity Dr. Zarkloff.

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How to Prevent Condensate Drain Leaking

As you can see from the info above, condensate drain leaks are the result of blockage. The best way to quickly detect clogging is to install a float switch. It’s a device in the condensate drain and drain pan that senses when there’s a backup and automatically shuts down the AC system. This way, you air conditioner doesn’t produce additional condensation that ends up spilling onto your floor and equipment.

If you need help treating condensate drain leaking and/or want to prevent it with a float switch, get in touch with us today at (855) 882-5642. We offer all kinds of financing options , so you’re sure to find a plan that fits your budget. No one in South Florida does AC better than Aloha!


This post was written by Jim Barry | May 23, 2015


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