Jim McDonald & Sons Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

What’s Wrong with Your Compressor?

Monday, September 28th, 2020

The weather is a little different down here in Florida. Everyone else all over the country is busy gearing their heating system up for a rough winter, and we’re still encountering air conditioner problems that could be obnoxious for the future. Many hot days are still yet to come for us, so it’s vital that your air conditioner works as it should.

When was the last time you thought about your system’s compressor? A few months ago? Never? Do you not even know what the compressor is? That’s really no problem for us.

As your experts in air conditioning repair in Venice, FL, we’re here to talk about your system’s compressor. We’ll talk about what it does and detail some common issues that usually plague this component. Does that sound good?

Keep reading and remember to call us if you encounter compressor problems.

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Choosing the Right AC System

Monday, September 14th, 2020

What is “the right AC system” anyways? That’s like saying you’re going to choose the right “color” for your bedroom walls or the right style of carpet. There are no right or wrongs when it comes to this kind of thing, right?

Well, kind of. We’d say that there are definitely wrong air conditioners. AC systems that run inefficiently or that don’t maximize your comfort levels are probably wrongly suited for your home. Likewise, an air conditioner that keeps you comfortable and causes your energy bills to be lower is probably better than one that doesn’t, don’t you agree?

Luckily, there are different types of air conditioners that achieve these goals. When it comes to AC installation in Sarasota, FL, it’s a good idea to work with the professionals and ensure you get set up with an AC that makes you happy.

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Noisy Nuisances: Sounds Your AC Might Be Making

Monday, August 17th, 2020

Ah, one of the oldest AC tricks in the book. Systems that make a noise during the middle of the night, or on a hot day, are often trying to tell you something. Whether you’re ready to listen to your air conditioner or ignore it is another matter entirely.

As your local, neighborhood HVAC professionals, we’re here to talk about some of those noises you might hear your AC make. No, we’re not talking about the sound of air coming from your vents, or the gentle click of the system turning on. We’re talking about abnormal noises that signal something is “off.” If you ignore these types of noises, you’re bound to need expensive AC repair in Sarasota, FL sometime in the near future.

So, keep reading and make sure you pay attention to what your air conditioner is trying to tell you!

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Invest in a Central Air Conditioner Today!

Monday, July 6th, 2020

Sometimes our blog posts can be a little frustrating for homeowners. With all the different types of air conditioning systems out there, some people feel confused and annoyed when none of these systems are matching their budget. It’s true, heat pumps and ductless air conditioners are all more expensive cooling machines than central air conditioners. Many people just want their home cooled at the lowest cost possible, by a reliable system.

As much as we love talking about our other systems, it’s true that central AC in Sarasota, FL stands as the most popular and affordable way to give your home proper cooling. Here in Florida, where having a home that’s cooled and comfortable is a necessity, that could be the direction you’re headed.

So, keep reading as we get into the details of how a central air conditioner works, why it’s so popular, and what to keep in mind when looking to invest in one.

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Our Ductless Air Conditioner FAQ

Monday, June 8th, 2020

Could you use a ductless air conditioner? Well, if you’ve stumbled onto this blog post, chances are you don’t know the answer to that question. That’s not a bad thing, we don’t expect everyone not in the HVAC industry to know the ins and outs of every piece of equipment we service. That’s why we’ve developed this handy ductless AC FAQ, to better inform prospective consumers and give them the professional opinion they deserve!

When it comes to air conditioning in Florida, you need the best, most efficient system available. We put so much stress on our systems every year, that anything inefficient or prone to breaking down is just unacceptable. That’s why we think a ductless AC in Sarasota, FL is the perfect choice for many homeowners who are looking for a less conventional solution to their cooling needs.

Keep reading, we promise it will be worth it.

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Choosing the Right Commercial HVAC Professional

Monday, May 25th, 2020

So, you’re deciding to take your business’s comfort to the next level and you’ve been searching online for a good commercial HVAC professional. No, scratch that—a great commercial HVAC professional. The only problem is, how do you find that great professional, and what signs point to a pro that knows what they’re doing?

That’s what we’re going to focus on today with this blog post. There are certain qualities that separate the good contractors from the great ones, and when so much is on the line in commercial service, you’re going to want to spot out the great ones from a mile away. No matter if you’re looking for quality heating or commercial AC in Sarasota, FL, having a team of pros that are qualified, experienced, and well-liked through the community has benefits that many business owners would never go without.

Let’s take a look at what you should look for in a commercial HVAC provider.

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5 Signs of an Aging Air Conditioner

Monday, May 11th, 2020

Air conditioners don’t last forever, and age is one of the primary factors that should be considered when thinking about replacing yours. While many homeowners are fine with letting their old system keep cooling their house because it’s still doing an okay job, the fact is that you could be using more energy and paying more than you normally would with a newer replacement model.

We get it, AC repair in Sarasota, FL can be a good service to call for when you’re being a responsible homeowner. However, too many homeowners tend to repair their air conditioners that are just too old to be still working in peak condition.

While we often recommend air conditioner replacements, today we’d like to talk about why we offer this kind of service so much. AC repairs can be vital for your system, but when you’re dealing with an aging air conditioner, you’re going to have to think about the future.

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Combat Scorching Temperatures with a Smart Thermostat

Monday, April 13th, 2020

Before you spiral into a fantasy with your thermostat turning into a sentient terminator, let us remind you that this is not what we mean by “smart.” Smart thermostats are as smart as your smartphone is, with some select amount of programming that makes your life a lot easier.

Can you imagine what your life would be like without your smartphone? It would be more difficult, you’d probably spend more money trying to get in touch with people, and you’d most likely fall out of line with any recent news or information. A smart thermostat works almost identically, allowing you to save money, curb energy consumption habits, and overall make your life a lot easier when it comes to heating or air conditioning.

So, with blazingly hot temperatures quickly approaching, we thought this would be a perfect time to talk about investing in a smart thermostat in Bradenton, FL.

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Get Your AC Ready for Summer with These Three Tips

Monday, March 30th, 2020

We use our air conditioners a lot here in Sarasota, but one thing is for sure that it’s always a nerve-wracking moment when we start them up for the first time this year. So, in the hopes that homeowners call us in the event that their AC system has trouble functioning when it’s first turned on, we’ve got three unique tips for preparing your AC for the next summer.

We’ve been talking a lot about heaters in the past few months to get our customers through winter, but now as our hot and muggy Florida summer is quickly approaching, it’s time to take care of the systems that matter the most—our air conditioners.

Thankfully, we’re here to provide some tips that can help get your cooling system up and running successfully, including scheduling AC maintenance in Sarasota, FL with the team here!

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Think Ahead with AC Maintenance Now

Monday, January 20th, 2020

We know, it’s the middle of January and you’re probably busy dealing with a faulty heater than you are with your air conditioner. However, we want to take this moment to talk about the benefits that you could receive from scheduling maintenance on your AC while you’re not using it.

It would be different if your air conditioner was surrounded by a few feet of ice and snow, but down here in Florida, it’s a different story. HVAC in Venice, FL can be easier to perform during the winter because we have such a mild wintertime climate. Your air conditioner has probably only experienced wind, rain, and some temperatures that never exceeded freezing.

So, receiving maintenance now means there’s plenty of space and time for a specialist to take an intricate look at your system, to inspect it for any problems that might become front and center this summer.

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