Air Conditioning Services

We’re willing to bet you or someone you know has experienced a cooling failure recently. It’s the most commonly requested service, especially in the peak summer months when systems are running harder than usual. AC systems fail for a variety of reasons, including:

Age (normal wear-and-tear of the internal components)
Lack of maintenance (dirty coils, clogged drain lines, lose electrical connections, pitted/worn electrical contacts)
Environmental factors (exposure to the harsh elements, issues caused by insects or rodents)

Assurance Aire technicians are highly qualified and equipped to troubleshoot and resolve issues quickly. We accomplish this by integrating the following strategy:

Answer your call/text/email immediately! We know that if you have to wait for an answer when your AC is broken, you’re probably going to contact another company.
Listen to your description of the issue. Many times, this gives us a head start on troubleshooting the problem, which is half the battle.
Get to you ASAP. We’ll tell you specifically when we’ll be there. None of this “4 hour window” business.
Keep our vehicles well-stocked. Unless the issue is something very rare, we likely have all the tools and materials to fix it. No need to run to a supply house.
Perform a thorough quality check. We don’t rush through this! We don’t save anything by skipping this critical step. If the issue is unresolved, you’ll either be calling us back, or calling another company — and we definitely don’t want the latter.

Lack of routine maintenance commonly leads to system failures. Mechanical parts, by nature, require some form of upkeep in order to run smoothly and properly. When neglected, things can and will go wrong.

Assurance Aire offers several different maintenance plans to suit your residential and/or commercial needs. Not only does routine maintenance decrease the chance of incurring a major (costly) failure, it also helps keep the system operating efficiently. This reflects savings on the monthly energy bill.

Some people may question the necessity of a maintenance plan. HVAC can be thought of much like auto mechanics … complex mechanical components working together with some electrical components. You could probably drive your car for a while without changing the oil or tires, but no one recommends that, and you’ll pay for it bigtime in the long-run. Your air conditioner can be thought of in a similar fashion.

Below are the list of some of the cooling-related checks we perform as part of our basic maintenance package:

  • Monitor refrigerant pressure
  • Check super-heat/sub-cooling
  • Test safety controls
  • Clean/replace current air filters
  • Clean/adjust blower components in place
  • Tighten electrical connections
  • Measure volts/amps
  • Check evaporator/condenser coil
  • Clean condenser coil
  • Measure temperature split

When it comes time for your AC replacement, we know that’s a big decision you don’t take lightly…and neither do we. That’s why Assurance Aire works very closely with you to make sure you invest your money wisely, by considering the following points:

Do you truly need a new system?
Because we’re a company founded on integrity, we’re not going to pressure you into an installation you don’t really need. The other side of that coin is — we don’t want to encourage you to put expensive “bandaids” on a system that will likely die out in 6-12 months. Therefore, we determine what’s wrong with the system, possible solutions (if any), and present the information to you for a decision.

What size system to you need? (“3.5-ton”… “5 ton” … etc.)
It is not uncommon for us to see houses with unit(s) that are under-/over- sized for the square footage under air.

Under-sized Unit
Higher energy usage (system running longer than it should)
More wear and tear on equipment, more filter changes

Over-sized Unit
Unit short-cycles (kicks on and off too frequently – can shorten the lifespan of the equipment)
Poor humidity control (system not running long enough on cooling operation)

Both scenarios present poor consequences. As such, our technicians take the time to carefully consider unit size. We like to hear from you, the customer, about your experience with the existing unit — What was the comfort level in the house? Did your energy bills seem abnormally high? In addition, we can (at your request) perform a detailed heat load calculation on your house to determine optimal unit size.

What kind of efficiency are you hoping to achieve? (“14-seer”… “15-seer”… etc.)
The “seer rating” is basically a unit’s measured efficiency. Within each brand, the higher the seer rating, the higher the cost. And within each brand, the higher the seer rating, the more savings on the AC portion of your monthly electric bill.

Source: http://www.fpl.com/residential/energy_saving/pdf/r170_res_ac_buying_guide.pdf

Some units with seer-rating 16 or higher offer either 2-stage or variable speed compressors, along with variable speed indoor fan operation — features that offer even more energy savings and total comfort control (temperature and  humidity) in your home.

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Assurance Aire proudly offers financing through FTL Finance. In addition to a quick and easy application process, they offer several financing options to suit your budget, as well as competitive, fixed interest rates. There is no penalty for pre-payment or early payoff, and they conduct a complete review of your credit profile, so your qualification isn’t based on your credit score alone.
For more information on financing, call us at 321-289-1660, or send us a message.

Heating Services

 

We are all too familiar with Florida’s roller coaster temperatures in the Winter — high of 73 degrees one day, and a low of 37 degrees that night! We don’t have to kick on the heat very often around here, but when we need it — we need it.  If you turn on the heat and nothing happens, that pretty obviously warrants a service call. But there are less obvious things you should look for, too:

  • System takes a long time achieving heat set-point, or doesn’t reach set-point at all
  • Air supply distributed from vent feels lukewarm, or not warm at all
  • Abnormal rise in energy/gas bills (as compared to previous year’s)

Assurance Aire’s technicians are trained properly for repair of heat pumps, electric heat strips, and gas heat furnaces. Some of the more common heat pump issues we encounter are:

  • Improper refrigerant charge (potential leak)
  • Faulty defrost board
  • Faulty reversing valve

Common electric heat strip issues include:

  • Broken strips
  • Faulty overloads
  • Faulty heat-sequencers

And finally, common gas heat furnace problems:

  • Corroded flame sensor
  • Clogged gas burners (lack of maintenance)
  • Weakened hot surface ignitor

We keep our vans well-stocked, so we’re likely to have your heating problem fixed right then and there.

Before you call, let’s see if we can save you some hassle and money:

  • Double-check the thermostat to make sure it’s set properly.
  • Make sure the filters are clean.
  • Verify the breaker/disconnect is ON.

Heating maintenance is equally as important as air conditioning maintenance. It wouldn’t seem so, at first thought. But on one end of the spectrum, air conditioner components run constantly, even vigorously during certain months. On the other end, heating components sit dormant for most of the year. Left unchecked, there’s no way of knowing if your heat will fail right when you need it … until it does.

Assurance Aire offers several different maintenance plans to suit your residential and/or commercial needs. Not only does routine maintenance decrease the chance of incurring a major (costly) failure, it also helps keep the system operating efficiently. This reflects savings on the monthly energy bill.

Some people may question the necessity of a maintenance plan. HVAC can be thought of much like auto mechanics … complex mechanical components working with some electrical components. You could probably drive your car for a while without changing the oil or tires, but no one recommends that, and you’ll pay for it bigtime in the long-run. Your air conditioner can be thought of in a similar fashion.

Below are a list of some of the heat-specific checks we perform as part of our basic maintenance package:

  • Clean & adjust burner assembly
  • Clean ignition assembly
  • Monitor flue draft
  • Monitor refrigerant pressure
  • Test starter capabilities
  • Test safety controls
  • Clean/replace current air filters
  • Clean/adjust blower components in place
  • Tighten electrical connections
  • Measure volts/amps
  • Check evaporator/condenser coil
  • Clean condenser coil
  • Clean heater elements/heat exchanger
  • Measure temperature split

Assurance Aire offers 3 types of heating installation – heat pump, electric heat, and gas furnace. For existing systems that require heat installation, homeowners generally opt to replace with the type of heat source they originally had. That is, if you had a heat pump system, you would likely replace it with another heat pump system. Similarly with a gas furnace. If you had a straight cool system, you could use either heat pump or electric heat. Below we explain a little more about each to give you better insight.

Heat Pump
This type of heating source is one of the best ways to efficiently heat your home in Florida. It acts as a regular air conditioner when you need cooling, and flips the process of your coils when you need heat. Instead of your outside unit blowing hot air and your inside unit blowing cold air, it reverses the process with a valve by blowing hot air inside and cold air outside. This is generally more efficient than regular electric heat because you’re only drawing the power you need for the compressor, rather than kicking on high power using electric heat strips. You can pair electric heat to a heat pump for additional heat when you really need it. Heat pumps are generally several hundred dollars more on the install cost on a straight cool system with electric heat.

Electric Heat
Straight cool systems with just electric heat will cost less on install and have less moving parts to break (compared to a heat pump), but draw more power than a heat pump operating. Therefore your energy bill could be slightly higher in the colder months.

Gas Heat
Gas heat systems are generally seen in Northern climates where the demand for heat spans over several months, but it is found in Florida homes, especially older construction. If you have a gas system and you notice your gas bills running higher in the Winter, it’s possible your furnace has given you its best days, and it’s time to look into a more efficient replacement. A newer gas furnace will not only be far more efficient, but also have the latest components and safety features to ensure your gas furnace will run smoothly and safely for a long time.

PrintAssurance Aire proudly offers financing through FTL Finance. In addition to a quick and easy application process, they offer several financing options to suit your budget, as well as competitive, fixed interest rates. There is no penalty for pre-payment or early payoff, and they conduct a complete review of your credit profile, so your qualification isn’t based on your credit score alone.

For more information on financing, call us at 321-289-1660, or send us a message.

 

More Services

 

Air purification is a highly important, but often overlooked, aspect of your HVAC. There are several ways you can improve the air quality of your home, depending on your budget, home dynamic, and how aggressively you want to purify the air.

Air Filters
All AC systems come with basic filters. Simply remembering to change your filter every few months helps reduce of existence of dust, dander, and other particles in your air. This is the cheapest and least aggressive approach to improving air quality, and can be performed by you, the homeowner, or by our technicians as part of our maintenance packages.

The next step up within this category is a filter upgrade. This option is available on new AC installations and some existing units. Assurance Aire offers a 4″ filter upgrade — a heavier duty filter that will catch even more unwanted air particles, which improves air flow and, in turn, system efficiency.

UV Light – Air Handler
A UV Light in your air handler is a great upgrade for someone looking to vastly improve their air quality at an affordable cost. This UV Light can be mounted above and/or below your indoor coil. It works by destroying unwanted air particles (mold, bacteria viruses, allergens) in the air handler and on the indoor coil through UV-C light. For additional information, visit our preferred vendor link.

UV Light – Duct Work
Whole home UV Light, generally mounted right above the air handler in the ductwork, is the most aggressive way to improve your home’s air quality. This purifier works by the combination of a UV-C Light and carbon cells, eliminating odors (pet, tobacco, cooking, etc.), mold, viruses, bacteria, and chemicals in the air as it passes through the duct work. Carbon cells never need to be replaced; the UV-C bulb will last over 2 years. For additional information, visit our preferred vendor link.

Heat Load Analysis is one of the most powerful tools we utilize to determine your home’s unique heat footprint. We collect data from your house for each room, including — square footage, typical occupancy, ceiling height and material, floor material, window and door material, appliances (if any), and insulation grade. The combination of these factors helps determine not only the optimal unit size (in tons) for your house, but also the duct size and layout. This is especially useful in new construction, or those considering a whole home duct renovation.

The pie graph above shows BTU gain — how much heat load is placed on a system — for a customer’s home. Every 12,000 BTUs is approximately 1 ton, so this customer is just under 3.5 tons of cooling. Each “slice” of the pie shows the various heat sources and what percentage they contribute to the overall heat load.

The chart above shows the Load Preview for the whole home, as well as each room. Based on the Net Tonnage (Column 3, “Net Ton”), 3.37, we recommended a 3.5-ton unit for this home. Other useful data is the calculated cfm (cubic feet per minute) of each room (see highlighted column, “Sys Clg CFM”). And finally, the last column (“Duct Size”) shows the recommended trunk size (“12×20”) and the number/size of supply runs for each room (“2-5″ means two 5”-inch supply runs, “1-4″ means one 4”-inch supply run, etc.)

PrintAssurance Aire proudly offers financing through FTL Finance. In addition to a quick and easy application process, they offer several financing options to suit your budget, as well as competitive, fixed interest rates. There is no penalty for pre-payment or early payoff, and they conduct a complete review of your credit profile, so your qualification isn’t based on your credit score alone.

For more information on financing, call us at 321-289-1660, or send us a message.

 

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