Unfortunately, as homeowners, there will come a day when our AC stops blowing cool air or has an issue. Usually, it is a quick fix, but sometimes the failure can be caused by a much bigger problem. The most expensive part of an AC unit to replace and repair is the air compressor. Today, our AC Techs discuss everything you need to know about air compressors and why they are so expensive to repair!

What is the Air Compressor?

Central air conditioning units are made up of three components, the evaporator, condenser, and compressor. The compressor serves as a go-between between the evaporator and the condenser, so you can imagine that if there is an issue with the compressor, it’s a big problem!

When the refrigerant leaves your AC’s evaporator, it becomes a low-pressure gas. To release the heat that the refrigerant in your unit absorbed, the refrigerant needs to be at a higher temperature or a higher pressure form. This is where the compressor comes in. It packs the molecules in the gas-based refrigerant tightly together which in turn raises the temperature and pressure of the refrigerant. Then, it will be released through the condenser.

A compressor has many moving parts which is why it can be quite expensive to troubleshoot and repair. A variety of things come into play that affect the cost of repairing or replacing an air compressor. Let’s take a look.

Factors That Affect Cost

  • Compressor Size: Air compressors aren’t one size fits all. Generally, the bigger the unit, the more expensive it will be to repair the compressor.
  • Type of Compressor: Your AC unit might have a single-stage or a two-stage compressor. This might not sound that different, but a single-stage compressor can be $300 dollars less to replace than the two-stage compressor!
  • Brand: Some brands just cost more than others. With a name-brand unit, repairs can be more costly, but are typically more trustworthy and have great warranties.
  • Installation Costs: Choose a company like Super Heat & Air with a super-fast guarantee and competitive installation prices!

Tip: In the event of a compressor breakdown, check the warranty on your unit. Most AC warranties last between five and ten years which can include parts and labor.

Related: How Long Should Your AC Unit Last?

How Can I Prevent Compressor Problems?

Obviously, some problems can’t be prevented, but there are some things that you can do to keep your AC unit in tip-top shape which can help prevent unforeseen problems!

  • Proper Installation: Have your AC unit installed by a certified technician at Super Heat & Air.
  • Cleaning & Maintenance: Dirt buildup and grime are the main culprits for compressor failure. Make sure to have your AC cleaned at least once per season and have a Super Heat & Air tech come out for seasonal maintenance to ensure that there are no issues with your AC unit.

Further Reading: Can Regular AC Maintenance Save You Money?

Call on Super Heat & Air

Whether your AC problem is with the air compressor or a different component, be sure to choose your Tampa Bay, Florida, AC company Super Heat & Air for all your AC repair and installation needs! We offer the fastest response time and most competitive prices for all of our services, and once you’ve scheduled a heating or air conditioning repair service with Super Heat & Air, we’ll be at your home within one hour or your service is free! Call us today! 813-322-6823

While we still might be a month or so away from needing to turn on the heat here in Tampa Bay, Florida, there are a few important things to check before turning your heater on this Winter season! Before you switch on the heat, make sure to follow these easy steps from the HVAC pros at Super Heat & Air!

Pre-Heat Checklist:

  • Change your air filter: Before turning on the heat, make sure to replace the air filter in your HVAC system.
  • Check for any obstructions near the unit: Make sure that the heating unit isn’t surrounded by any flammable materials, and is free of clutter on all sides.
  • Check supply and return vents: Walk around your house and make sure that all vents are open. If you notice any dust or debris on or near the vents, make sure to give it a quick clean.
  • Thermostat: Make sure your thermostat is working properly before starting the heat.
  • Check for drafts around windows and doors: A drafty or leaky window will allow precious heat to escape and can even cause your heating bill to be higher! Inspect each window and door in your house and seal any leaks.

If you have an older HVAC system, now is a good time to consider getting a quote on a replacement! Call the HVAC pros at Super Heat & Air for a quote today! 813-322-6823

Now that you have checked these things, it’s time to turn on the heat! Once you turn your heater on, there are a few more things to check for:

Check for Smells

When you turn on your heater for the first time this season, you might smell burning dust. Over the warm months of the year, dust can settle on the heating components of your HVAC and will burn off once switched on again. If needed, you can open a window to help air your home out. If the smell persists though, you might want to consider changing your air filters ( if you haven’t already) and cleaning your ducts. Obviously, if there is smoke or fire coming from the system, turn it off right away!

Check the Current Carbon Monoxide Detector Reading

If your home doesn’t currently have one, we highly recommend installing a carbon monoxide detector in your home. The alarm on the reader will go off if it reads above 30. If this happens, make sure to turn off your furnace and call a Super Heat & Air technician immediately. ( You might want to leave the house if it reads above 30 as well.)

Listen for Strange Noises

If you notice any strange noises or if your furnace sounds like it is struggling, it is probably time for a tune-up! Check the breaker if you notice that your furnace is not blowing warm air, make sure that the unit is receiving power, and take note of any squealing, clanking, or banging coming from the unit. If something seems wrong, give Super Heat & Air a call!

Before turning on the heat, be sure to call Super Heat & Air for seasonal maintenance and duct cleaning, so your heater will be ready to keep you toasty and warm this winter season! Call the pros today! 813-322-6823

We still have a few warm months to go in Tampa Bay, Florida, but as the weather changes, it’s important to check up on your HVAC unit, ductwork, and other related systems. Doing it now will pay off later when the weather gets cool enough to turn on your heater!

Fall AC Maintenance Checklist from Super Heat & Air

Inspect AC Units & Vents

Inspect the AC unit outside and remove any leaves, debris, or foliage that might obstruct airflow to the unit. Keep at least 2-3 feet of clear space around the outdoor unit.

Inspect all the vents inside your home and clean them if necessary. Ensure that all key air-flow areas are unobstructed.

Purchase and Install High-Efficiency Pleated Air Filters

Routine changing of air filters helps prolong the lifespan of your HVAC system. New air filters attract more particles due to their electrostatic charge. These kinds of filters are very effective at filtering particles, dust, pollen, dander, mold, etc. Perfect for those months when the windows are closed and the heater is on!

Turn on Each Heater/Furnace

If you wait until it gets cold to turn on the heater, you might not realize if there is a problem. If your home has a central heating and air system, switch it over to “heat” and make sure that it is running properly. While you’re at it, pull out any other space heaters and make sure that they are working too!

Replace Humidifier Filters

Now that you are changing out your HVAC filters, it’s a good time to change out any other filters that need it, or clean them if they are reusable.

Further reading: How Humidity Affects Your Air Conditioner

Set Humidistat

A humidistat is a small device that helps you monitor and maintain a set or preferred relative humidity in the air of your home. This might vary, but the Florida Solar Energy Center recommends at relative humidity of around 62%.

Check Duct-work and Insulation

Don’t let drafts or issues with your HVAC ductwork creep up on you once it’s cold! It’s best to get the ductwork and insulation inspected at least once a year to ensure that there aren’t any issues, holes, or tears in the ductwork or insulation. This will keep you warm and cozy this Fall/Winter season!

Related reading: How Often Should I Get My Ducts Cleaned?

Clean Air Conditioner

Before shutting your AC down for the season, dump a cup of bleach and water ( 50-50 mix) into the condensate drain. This will help prevent clogging by killing any algae or mold that tries to grow.

Clean Your House

You might be wondering, what does cleaning my house have to do with my HVAC? Well, keeping your home free of dust and allergens can help your HVAC run at peak efficiency as cleaner air moves through filters quickly. Fall is a great time to do a deep clean throughout your home. This also helps minimize the amount of dust, pollen, and dander that will recirculate through your HVAC system when your house is closed up during the colder months.

Calibrate Thermostats

You won’t get reliable heating if your thermostat is off! Make sure that your thermostat is calibrated and working properly before the start of the heating season.

Call Your HVAC Pro

Fall is a great time to get routine maintenance done on your HVAC unit. The HVAC repair experts at Super Heat & Air will check to see if your HVAC unit is clean and functioning properly, and perform any tasks needed to get your unit ready to switch from cooling to heating for the cooler season!

This Fall, call on Super Heat & Air for all your HVAC maintenance needs! Routine maintenance with our membership plan reduces the need for future emergency repairs. It will keep your HVAC system running at peak efficiency and save you money on electricity costs. If you’re experiencing problems with your HVAC system, let us check it out right away. Super Heat & Air specializes in preventing small problems from becoming larger ones. Call today: 813-322-6823

We are in the midst of hurricane season here in Florida, and while we have been lucky thus far, it’s a good idea to have a plan in place in case of extreme weather and power outages. Let’s take a look at some of our favorite tips to get you ready for a power outage – and how to keep you cool, even when the power goes out!

Prepare Ahead of Time

It’s always a great idea to take some time to prepare for the hurricane season. If you haven’t fully prepared, here are some things to keep in mind:

Generators:

Having a portable generator during a power outage can be a life-saver! Generators allow you to operate sump pumps, fans and air conditioners, and critical appliances like refrigerators which will keep your family comfortable until the power gets turned back on. Emergency generators come in a variety of sizes so you can choose the perfect one for your house size and electricity needs.

Like many appliances and machines that you use in your home, a generator needs to be maintained in order for it to run properly come crunch time. Stale fuel is one of the main reasons why gas generators won’t start, so keep in mind: always drain the fuel if you put your generator in long-term storage! For shorter term storage (like during hurricane season) using a fuel stabilizer can help prolong the life of your fuel. Make sure to set a reminder to start your generator and let it run for a couple minutes to prevent gum build up in the carburetor!

Other things to prepare before storm season:

  • Emergency supplies: gas, water, non-perishable food, flashlights, batteries, medication, etc.
  • Create an emergency plan in case of evacuation

Before a Storm:

If there is a forecasted hurricane nearing the Tampa Bay area, here are a few things to do before landfall:

Prepare For A Power Outage:

  • Unplug appliances to protect against electrical surges
  • Turn off any propane tanks
  • Fill your vehicle with fuel
  • Dial up the cold settings on your freezer and refrigerator so they will be able to keep food cold longer if you do lose power.

Power’s Out? How to Stay Cool:

In the event of a power outage, things can get pretty warm in your home, especially if you are trying to conserve fuel in your backup generator! Here are some tips to beat the heat during a power outage:

  • While this might seem obvious, stay hydrated! Proper hydration can help regulate your body temperature. Drink cold water if possible!
  • Close off the warmest rooms in your house to keep cooler air in a central place.
  • If the sun is out, be sure to close the shades, and open windows at night if safe to do so.
  • Invest in battery operated fans or misters.
  • Wear a wet bandana

We hope that these tips will help you and your family stay safe and comfortable during hurricane season! Stay cool friends!

Call on Super Heat & Air for all your emergency AC repair needs! We know how uncomfortable it can be to be without cool air in Tampa Bay, Florida and we’ll be at your home within an hour of scheduling, or your service is free! That’s our Super Fast Guarantee! Call today—813-322-6823!