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UV Light Helps Keep Flu At Bay

UV Light Helps Keep Flu At Bay

 

 

The recent surge in flu cases around the country has many home owners taking a second look at UV lights.  Although they have been on the market for years the general public has always seemed a bit skeptical about the effectiveness of the light kits. Now however, they are surfacing in the news once again for their usefulness keeping concentrations of flu virus at a minimum in Doctors offices, hospitals, and operating rooms.

 

Air Conditioning Service Ft Myers| U/V Light

 

 

UV Light effectively fights many types of bacteria and viruses as the air circulates …

 

They have been used for decades in the food preparation industry, and are also used in the Medical field to purify the air and minimize the growth of germs, bacteria, and other types of vegetative growth.

 

 

“UV Light kits are a smart option for those looking to minimize unhealthy contaminants in the air.”

With more homeowners than ever using them and sales on the rise it appears that U/V lights for a/c units are more than a passing fad.  Community Cooling has long recommended UV lights for our customers with health issues, but, it now appears, at least for the duration of flu season, that they are a reasonably priced option for us all.

 

And that is just what UV lights can do for the air.  They also are an effective boost to getting the most cooling, most efficiently, for the most time.  A UV light helps keep a number of contaminants from building up on your ac equipment.  Buildup of this sort has numerous negative effects on your air conditioner, that in the long run will provide inadequate service, and require repair.

 

A U/V LIGHT MOUNTED IN YOUR AIR CONDITIONER BENEFITS YOUR HOME AND FAMILY IN MANY WAYS!
  • Prevents the growth of spores, bacteria, and many types of potentially dangerous vegetative growths.
  • Inhibits the growth of germs and viruses.
  • Effective in removing smells associated with smoke, pets, food, and paint.
  • Helpful in reducing the amount of pollen that circulates through your home.
  • Assists in keeping your air conditioner running at optimum efficiency for as long as possible.

Give us a call and ask how a UV light can improve your air quality, and protect your A/C

Community Cooling new flagship service truck

Community Cooling and Heating has been serving Lee County Florida since 1970, and our long standing reputation for honesty and integrity is important to us!

We believe in putting our clients needs first, earning your trust, and making sure we provide a level of service that ensures you will call us again the next time!

Air Conditioner Compressor Repairs

We guarantee all our repairs and offer a Free Second Opinion

Our Motto is…“We won’t send you a wolf in sheep’s clothing …

just an honest professional”

Call Today For Reliable, Expert Service

239-267-2117

Get Ready For Cold Weather

Cold Weather is bearing down upon Ft Myers, and the entire SW Florida region quickly.  There are predictions thatthe temperatures could dip into the low thirties tonight.  While not a record, it has been a while since we have seen temps that low.  It’s always important to have your home’s heater working properly, but, it’s never more important than it will be this week.

 

 

Cold Weather tonight! Expected lows near freezing!

 

When cold weather strikes there are some genuine opportunities to make some bad decisions.  Don’t let your need for warmth convince you to do something foolish, in an attempt to warm up, that you normally wouldn’t do.

 

Don’t use charcoal or propane grills inside.

Don’t use an electric oven with the door open for heat.

Inspect electric space heater cords before use.

Keep all flamable material well away from heaters.

Pets and small potted plants should be brought inside for the night.

 

” …fixing the heater typically happens quickly, and doesn’t usually require expensive replacement parts …”

 

To be certain your HVAC equipment is ready to face the challenges of winter it is a good idea to have it looked over, before the cold weather  arrives,by a licensed air conditioning contractor.  Often times, once the weather turns cold, ac contractors are overwhelmed with calls and must resort to a “first come … first served” basis,  nobody wants that on the coldest night of the year.  An inspection of your heating equipment should include:

Checking the thermostat for proper settings and operation.
Inspecting the wiring for proper installation and connections.
inspecting the element for proper operation.

 

Community Cooling new flagship service truck

 

We believe in putting our clients needs first, earning your trust, and making sure we provide a level of service that ensures you will call us again the next time!

We guarantee all our repairs and offer a Free Second Opinion

Our Motto is…“We won’t send you a wolf in sheep’s clothing …

just an honest professional”

Call Today For Reliable, Expert Service

239-267-2117

Fixing The Heater

Fixing The Heater

(Ft Myers, Estero, Bonita, Lehigh Cape Coral)

Community Cooling

239-267-2117

 

Cold weather is upon us again in SW Florida.  It might not get quite as cold as the weather our neighbors in the North get, but, to us “thin blooded” southerner’s it’s cold enough that we want to our jackets on hand, and our heat working properly.  Most times, when the heater isn’t working properly, or to your satisfaction, a solution can be found rather quickly, without the need for expensive parts.  The biggest problem with fixing the heater in SW Florida is you don’t know it’s broken until you need it most.

 

Community Cooling new flagship service truck

Regular maintenance of your air conditioning equipment should also include an inspection of your heating equipment as well. Far too often home owners aren’t aware there is a problem with their heater until they actually need it. Typically when the weather turns cold air conditioning contractors receive numerous calls for help and the home owner is without heat until the contractor can get there. By inspecting the heater before the weather turns cold you have full control over the comfort level in your home with the flick of a switch.

 

Our well stocked trucks, and well trained air conditioning technicians are always on call when you need air conditioner serve, repairs, or maintenance.

Our well stocked trucks, and well trained air conditioning technicians are always on call when you need air conditioner serve, repairs, or maintenance.

 

Keep your heat up and running at peak performance … whether you have a problem, or just a question, feel free to give us a call.  Often times, if you can tell us a little about your equipment and the service history, we are well on our way to deducing the problem, and providing viable solutions to your situation.  We take as much pride in our reputation for good customer service as we do for our technical skills.  We are committed to giving you, the customer, the very best value for your air conditioning and heating dollar.

 

 

” …fixing the heater typically happens quickly, and doesn’t usually require expensive replacement parts …”

 

To be certain your HVAC equipment is ready to face the challenges of winter it is a good idea to have it looked over by a licensed air conditioning contractor. An inspection of your heating equipment should include:

Checking the thermostat for proper settings and operation.
Inspecting the wiring for proper installation and connections.
inspecting the element for proper operation.

 

We believe in putting our clients needs first, earning your trust, and making sure we provide a level of service that ensures you will call us again the next time!

We guarantee all our repairs and offer a Free Second Opinion

Our Motto is…“We won’t send you a wolf in sheep’s clothing …

just an honest professional”

Call Today For Reliable, Expert Service

239-267-2117

AC Repairs From Last Summer

AC Repairs From Last Summer

 

Community Cooling’s summer was chock full of ac repairs.  As many folks in the SW Florida community dealt with the combination of heat, humidity, and unfavorable weather our phones  were quite busy with requests for a wide variety of not only ac repairs, but, we had our normal amounts of maintenance calls and installations as well.

AC repairs are cheaper than ac replacement! Community Cooling works with you to work within your budget.

 

 

We have a larger than normal number of calls where we found leaking coils.  It is our opinion that “they just ain’t making em like they used to.”  In an effort to keep their prices down, many ac companies have opted to have their coils made overseas, where the quality of materials used may be suspect.  If the increase in coil repairs is any indicator, that appears to be the case.

 

Damaged ac coils

 

Problems with coils almost always means you need refrigerant, and we have seen a lot of those calls as well.

 

Adding refrigerant to an air conditioner

Any given Summer we seem to see a large number of calls for ac repairs on iced up equipment.  This can be caused by a wide variety of reasons such as poor air flow, low levels of refrigerant, or a combination of weather related/thermostat issues.

 

iced up air conditioner 33

 

 

When you need ac repairs you want a trained technician to show up … NOT A SALESMAN!

Community Cooling new flagship service truck

Community Cooling and Heating has been serving Lee County Florida since 1970, and our long standing reputation for honesty and integrity is important to us!

We believe in putting our clients needs first, earning your trust, and making sure we provide a level of service that ensures you will call us again the next time!

Air Conditioner Compressor Repairs

We guarantee all our repairs and offer a Free Second Opinion

Our Motto is…“We won’t send you a wolf in sheep’s clothing …

just an honest professional”

Call Today For Reliable, Expert Service

239-267-2117

Post Irma AC Work

The past few weeks following Hurricane Irma have been busy for us. Aside from the normal, day to day repairs, services, and scheduled appointments that keep us hopping throughout the year we have also been facing a large number of calls related to Post Irma AC Work. High water and wind have wreaked havoc on many of our loyal clients HVAC equipment, and we have been extremely busy getting their air conditioners back up and running.

palm tree on park model home after Hurricane Irma

Park model home after Hurricane Irma

 

Customers in park model homes have really had it tough with post Irma ac work.  90% of park model homes have their ac ducts underneath the flooring, which makes those ducts susceptible to flooding when the water rises.  Even if somehow the ac is running, and blowing air, the fact that the air is entering the home by blowing over pooled water in the ducts (or even simply over damp duct material) means it is picking up moisture (humidity) before it even re-enters the home, which means that it will be difficult if not impossible to achieve the desired level of comfort.

Flooded or damp duct work makes a home nearly impossible to cool

Flooded duct work in park model home

 

Honest air conditioner repair means putting your clients needs first!

We take great pride in the QUALITY of our work! Too many contractors are in the trade just to make a quick buck, Community Cooling has always been about using knowledge and experience to provide service to our clients at a fair price. That business model has served us and our customers quite well for over 40 years! A substantial portion of our new clients come from previous clients who recommended us. That’s the best kind of marketing there is … word of mouth … friend to friend.

Community Cooling and Heating has been serving Lee County Florida since 1970, and our long standing reputation for honesty and integrity is important to us!

Our well stocked trucks, and well trained air conditioning technicians are always on call when you need air conditioner serve, repairs, or maintenance.

We believe in putting our clients needs first, earning your trust, and making sure we provide a level of service that ensures you will call us again the next time!

We guarantee all our repairs and offer a Free Second Opinion

Our Motto is…“We won’t send you a wolf in sheep’s clothing …

just an honest professional”

Call Today For Reliable, Expert Service

239-267-2117

Hurricane Irma Recovery

Hurricane Irma Recovery

Recovering from the impact of a storm like Hurricane Irma requires an entire community. State government, FPL, private contractors, FEMA, and volunteers from the private sector all working together with one common goal in mind … to restore the quality of life for the residents of Marco Island, Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero, Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres, Cape Coral, and all of SW Florida.

 

Trucks leaving Fplbase of operations in Bonita springs Florida sw Florida

FPL and contractors heading out for another day of restoring power.

 

Thanks to FPL, FEMA, and all contractors and volunteers for your assistance in

SW Florida’s Hurricane Irma Recovery!

Out of state contractors pitch in to help clear power line

 

 

Hurricane Irma Recovery doesn’t end with simply getting the water out, the power on, and clearing away the trees.  Outdoor equipment, such as air conditioners need to be checked thoroughly by a licensed contractor to ensure safe and efficient operation, not just for now, but, for the foreseeable future as well.  Exposure to water, tides, high winds, or impacts with flying debris can create a myriad of problems, both obvious and unseen, that can have a dire effect on …

the air you breathe

the level of comfort in your home

what you pay for that comfort monthly

the lifespan of the air conditioner

 

Community Cooling new flagship service truck

Call Today For Air Conditioner Service, Repair, Maintenance, and Installation

239-267-2117

Our well stocked trucks, and well trained air conditioning technicians are always on call when you need air conditioner serve, repairs, or maintenance.

Our well stocked trucks, and well trained air conditioning technicians are always on call when you need air conditioner service, repairs, or maintenance.

 

Our Motto is…“We won’t send you a wolf in sheep’s clothing …

just an honest professional”

We guarantee all our repairs and offer a Free Second Opinion

Kurt Hartmann, Owner of Community Cooling and Heating

 

AC Service Ft Myers

Community Cooling and Heating Inc.
Air Conditioner Repair, Service
239-267-2117
Fort Myers, Florida
Serving Ft Myers and all of SW Florida since 1970

Hurricanes Floods Air Conditioners

Hurricanes Floods Air Conditioners

Fort Myers Estero and Bonita Springs air conditioners have seen a lot of moisture lately. In fact Many have been either partially or totally submerged as a result of recent storms. With hurricane Irma bearing down upon us now there is the likelihood for more of this kind of flooding.

After this kind of exposure to the elements it is extremely important to have your air conditioning equipment looked at by a licensed air conditioning contractor.  Exposure to water can knock an air conditioner out of position bending or crimping pipes or other components

Burned wires on compressor terminals

Park Model Homes, mobile homes,  any home that has the ductwork underneath the floor, certainly needs to be checked as that is a prime place for vegetative growth to thrive, go unoticed,  and potentially putting harmful spores into the air.  Air quality is a major concern after hurricanes & floods.  Air conditioners are perfect breeding grounds for many types of vegetative growths, that once they take root in your home, are very difficult to get out, and can often require a licensed mold remediation specialist.
Community Cooling and Heating can inspect your HVAC equipment make sure that it is functioning properly and safely and creating an environment that is safe for you and your family.

Hurricanes, floods, air conditioners combined with high winds and flying debris, can also create electrical hazards as well!

Community Cooling and Heating has been serving Lee County Florida since 1970, and our long standing reputation for honesty and integrity is important to us!

Our well stocked trucks, and well trained air conditioning technicians are always on call when you need air conditioner serve, repairs, or maintenance.

We believe in putting our clients needs first, earning your trust, and making sure we provide a level of service that ensures you will call us again the next time!

We guarantee all our repairs and offer a Free Second Opinion

Our Motto is…“We won’t send you a wolf in sheep’s clothing …

just an honest professional”

Call Today For Reliable, Expert Service

239-267-2117

Iced Up Air Conditioners

Iced Up Air Conditioners
Community Cooling
Air Conditioner Repair, Service, Maintenance
239-267-2117

Fort Myers, Florida

Iced Up Air Conditioners

Iced up air conditioners represent a large portion of the calls for service we recieve over the Summer months.  During the Summer our SW Florida air conditioners are fighting a never ending battle against outright oppressive heat.  If a few small things get out of alignment (such as air flow, refrigerant levels, run time, or humidity) the end result can too often be an iced up air conditioner, and insufficient levels of comfort inside the home or business in question.

iced up air conditioner 33

The two main causes of an air conditioner icing up are low levels of coolant, or insufficient air flow.  There are several reasons why these causes can occur, but, basically it usually boils down to the  Joule Thomson Effect.

Frozen over air conditioner

When an air conditioner is running, but, the air it is pushing out is not at the normal flow, or as cool as it should be, there is a good chance your air conditioners icing up. The problem is not going to reverse itself on its own!  It is always worth a try to turn the ac off for a few hours, let the ice melt, and the turn the air conditioner back on and see if the cooling is improved.  While the a/c is off is a good time to check/replace the air filter as insufficient air flow is one of the prime causes of iced up air conditioners.

 

Community Cooling and Heating has been serving Lee County Florida since 1970, and our long standing reputation for honesty and integrity is important to us!

Our well stocked trucks, and well trained air conditioning technicians are always on call when you need air conditioner serve, repairs, or maintenance.

We believe in putting our clients needs first, earning your trust, and making sure we provide a level of service that ensures you will call us again the next time!

We guarantee all our repairs and offer a Free Second Opinion

Our Motto is…“We won’t send you a wolf in sheep’s clothing …

just an honest professional”

Call Today For Reliable, Expert Service

239-267-2117

Air Conditioner Refrigerant Acidity

Air Conditioner Refrigerant Acidity

Community Cooling and Heating Inc.
Air Conditioner Repair, Service
239-267-2117
Fort Myers, Florida
Serving Ft Myers and all of SW Florida since 1970

 

Air conditioner refrigerant acidity often goes undetected and can wreak havok on your air conditioners compressor, the heart of your homes air conditioning system.  It is not unusual for acids to develop in the refrigerants of vapor compression refrigerators, heat pumps, and air conditioners which can severely shorten the life of the compressor and the refrigerant. These acids can be formed by chemical reactions within any of a myriad of combinations of components, Greases, oils, or any number of impurities that may have inadvertently entered your system.

Community Cooling new flagship service truck

In cases of excessive air conditioner refrigerant acidity the refrigerant acts as an abrasive as it passes through the compressor.  Checking for acid in the refrigerant lines on a regular basis is recommended for any air conditioner… however … that goes double if  you have had any recent major trouble with your air conditioner.

 

Often times seemingly unrelated issues like a burned out fan motor, elevated temperatures, or restricted air flow are enough to disrupt the acidic balance in your air conditioners refrigerant.  Once air conditioner refrigerant acidity reaches a certain level, the tendency will always be to get worse, as opposed to getting better.

ac acidity test

Air conditioner refrigerant acidity test

 

Community Cooling can quickly determine your air conditioners level of acidity, and restore it to manufacturers specifications.   Proper maintenance and inspection is always the best way to not only get the most use and longest life from your air condiyioning equipment, but also, to get the greatest level of cooling and comfort from it as well.

 

HIGHER THAN NORMAL ELECTRIC BILLS?

AIR CONDITIONER RUNS LONGER THAN IT SHOULD TO COOL YOUR HOME?

INSUFFICIENT COOLING IN YOUR HOME?

Not knowing why … IS COSTING YOU MONEY!

WE CAN HELP!

Call Today For Air Conditioner Service, Repair, Maintenance, and Installation

239-267-2117

Our well stocked trucks, and well trained air conditioning technicians are always on call when you need air conditioner serve, repairs, or maintenance.

Our well stocked trucks, and well trained air conditioning technicians are always on call when you need air conditioner service, repairs, or maintenance.

 

Our Motto is…“We won’t send you a wolf in sheep’s clothing …

just an honest professional”

We guarantee all our repairs and offer a Free Second Opinion

Kurt Hartmann, Owner of Community Cooling and Heating

Vapor Barrier Keeps Moisture Out Cool Air In

Vapor Barrier Keeps Moisture Out Cool Air In

Community Cooling
Air Conditioner Repair, Service, Maintenance
239-267-2117

Fort Myers, Florida

A vapor barrier, for air conditioning purposes, would be any material, or combination of materials working together, to keep moisture from entering a specific area. ,  Vapor barriers typically come in the form off a plastic or foil sheet, that diminishes the ability of moisture to penetrate the living area through walls, ceilings and floors.

Florida heat and humidity make an effective vapor barrier

critical for park model home owners

repairing a vapor barrier under a mobile home

 

Many of our clients in park model homes think they have air conditioner trouble, when the real problem is that the vapor barrier under the home is allowing so much moisture to rise into their home that the air conditioner has to work full time just to keep up. In restoring the vapor barrier there is far less latent heat (in the form of moisture) for the air conditioner to contend with.

“… the best way to deal with moisture in the air is to not let it in, in the first place … an effective vapor barrier can do that!”

Kurt Hartmann

repairing a vapor barrier under a mobile home 2

Community Cooling and Heating has been serving Lee County Florida since 1970, and our long standing reputation for honesty and integrity is important to us!

Our well stocked trucks, and well trained air conditioning technicians are always on call when you need air conditioner serve, repairs, or maintenance.

We believe in putting our clients needs first, earning your trust, and making sure we provide a level of service that ensures you will call us again the next time!

Air Conditioner Compressor Repairs

We guarantee all our repairs and offer a Free Second Opinion

Our Motto is…“We won’t send you a wolf in sheep’s clothing …

just an honest professional”

Call Today For Reliable, Expert Service

239-267-2117

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