Jim McDonald & Sons Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Sarasota’

3 Tips Budgeting for Your Next AC

Monday, May 9th, 2022

How much money would you be able to spend on a cooling system right now? Do you have a ballpark or an exact amount in your savings when you start planning this project? If these questions sound like a lot, or if you’re starting to get overwhelmed, then don’t worry. We’re here to help. A lot of homeowners are just starting to entertain the idea of a new air conditioning system or a heat pump.

The important thing to remember is that your air conditioner installation, or repair work, or pretty much anything that involves your AC is going to cost money. These systems run on electricity, and as you know from your devices and appliances, electricity costs are still on the rise. The important thing we’re going to discuss today is AC financing in Sarasota, FL.

Let’s talk about 3 great ways to prepare for your next AC financing project.

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Top 5 Most Common AC Repairs

Monday, April 25th, 2022

While high capacity, powerful machines, even ACs are prone to break down every now and then. This is fair considering they handle a lot of work, and the conditions in which they operate aren’t always ideal. There are a number of things that can cause an AC to break down and likewise many things that can necessitate repair. In this article, we’ll go over the top five most common AC repairs homeowners encounter.

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Where Does DIY AC Repair Go Wrong?

Monday, April 11th, 2022

There’s a little bit of a tug-of-war game going on between handy DIY-ers and professional HVAC technicians. They both attempt to do the same thing, and they’ll spend a lot of time telling homeowners how much better off they’d be of they chose one option over the other. It can be enough to drown out any conversation at a barbeque or a block party. We totally understand, this kind of topic can easily get lost in the shuffle.

However, we’re never going to be that kind of HVAC team. We don’t tell homeowners not to work on their homes, it’s their house so they should do what they want to. We love hearing about new projects, new exciting property potentials, and even our neighbors and friends learning new skills. DIY is always a good thing, until you run into problems that were foreseeable.

This blog post is about why DIY AC repair in Sarasota, FL may not be a good idea, even if DIY repairs are good in general.

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Does a Refrigerant Leak Lead to Replacement?

Monday, January 17th, 2022

This is a tricky question. On one hand, a simple refrigerant leak will be easy enough for a professional to patch and recharge. Especially when you’re dealing with highly skilled and well-trained pros, you can get any solution at a price. Today, we’d like to talk about when your refrigerant leak might lead to a quick repair, and when it might be a sign that you need to replace your air conditioning system.

It’s important to look at metrics like cost over time, because that’s going to be the largest impact on your life and budget. A quick fix might be cheaper than a replacement, but if your AC springs a refrigerant leak six months after the last one was plugged, you’ll be wishing you invested in a new air conditioning installation system.

Let’s plan accordingly for the future and discuss refrigerant leaks!

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How Powerful Is Your Air Conditioner?

Monday, January 3rd, 2022

When hot temperatures roll through our area and we start stressing out the air conditioning, there’s one budding question that can linger in the back of our minds—how powerful is your AC system? After all, if you encounter a problem with your AC’s ability to keep your home cool, you can just upgrade it to a larger and more powerful system to do things better, right? Well, that’s not entirely true.

Air conditioners are designed with a specific purpose in mind. They are supposed to efficiently cool the amount of space throughout your entire home. If they can’t, then it doesn’t mean you need a larger cooling system, it means that you need air conditioning repair in Sarasota, FL. An air conditioner should be powerful enough to cool your entire house.

Down below, we’ll explain exactly what we mean. Just remember to explore your options and call our team when you encounter a problem.

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Three Tips for Better AC Efficiency

Monday, December 20th, 2021

Our air conditioners aren’t done yet! We’ve still got a few hot days left in 2021, and don’t even get us started on the hot days coming in 2022! With just one machine powering the cooling comfort of your home, it can be a little anxiety-inducing knowing that you rely on this technology so much.

Don’t worry, take a deep breath. We’re here to help you, and not just by providing seasonal AC maintenance in Sarasota, or last-minute repairs for a homeowner in need. We’ve got some great tips that you can employ that will help reduce your energy consumption and increase the comfort levels of your home. All of these can be done at a minimal cost, and some can even be done for free!

Energy efficiency isn’t just a trick of the trade, it’s a lifestyle. The more you get used to saving energy, the better off you’ll be in the long term.

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Is Your Heat Pump Blowing Hot Air?

Monday, December 6th, 2021

Unlike the rest of the country, our heat pumps need to keep providing us with air conditioning so we can survive the heatwaves that are still ahead of us. We don’t really get any respite from the sun down here, and we like it that way!

However, when your heat pump is working against you, then there could be some problems. For instance, a heat pump is supposed to easily switch between heating and cooling modes for when you need different comfort settings. When your heat pump starts becoming more stubborn, and it’s not switching when you need it to, then that can be a signal for repairs.

Luckily, you’ve got us! Jim McDonald & Sons Heating & Cooling Inc. provides fast and affordable heat pump repair in Sarasota, FL. No hassles, no surprise prices, just good services for a community that needs it. Read on to learn more about how to tell if you need our help.

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Why Fast Repairs Matter

Monday, September 27th, 2021

Back in the old days, there were two types of air conditioners here in Florida. There were working ones and broken ones. If your AC was broken, you had it fixed, and if it was in good shape, then you had nothing to worry about. However, since the advent of high-tech cooling systems like heat pumps and ductless mini splits, things aren’t as simple as that anymore.

Air conditioners can still work while being in need of repair, and the sooner homeowners are informed about it, the closer they’ll be to getting the work done that’s needed. If you’re starting to notice some strange things about your AC system, then you might want to call us for air conditioning repair in Sarasota, FL so we can get to the bottom of it and set you up for success.

Follow our guide to find out why getting quick repairs really matters.

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You Need Heat Pump Maintenance Twice a Year!

Monday, September 13th, 2021

Did these guys say that correctly? Maybe one of them wasn’t paying attention when they wrote this blog. How could your HVAC system need maintenance twice a year?”

If you’re asking yourself those questions, then you’re not alone. Year after year we’re called by homeowners asking about maintenance for their heat pump, only to be surprised when we reveal that heat pumps require maintenance twice a year.

The reasoning isn’t complicated, but the message is not spread as clearly and effectively as it should be from the HVAC industry. Today, we’re going to attempt to change that by being completely transparent with you. When it comes to heat pump services in Sarasota, FL, maintenance is required twice a year. Let’s spend this blog post discussing why that might be the case, and what could happen when you ignore the needs of your system.

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Get Your AC Installed the Right Way

Monday, July 5th, 2021

The summer is here but that doesn’t mean you have to give up on a new AC installation. In fact, now is the perfect time to assess your home, figure out your specific comfort requirements, and look into a system that’s right for you. Every home is different, every person has specific comfort needs, and it’s up to you to figure out what kind of system would be right for your home.

If you need a heating and cooling system to protect you for the entire year, then a heat pump might be perfect. Or, perhaps your central AC needs to be replaced so you’re looking to just invest in a state-of-the-art, efficient cooling system.

This blog post is all about air conditioning installation in Sarasota, FL. Everything you need to know before investing in the right system for you is listed below, just keep reading and remember to call us if you need help!

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