Archive | Air Conditioner Repairs Ft Myers

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

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.

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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

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

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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

SW Florida Air Conditioner Repairs 2017

SW Florida Air Conditioner Repairs 2017

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

Fort Myers, Florida

 

Air Conditioner Repairs 2017

Community Cooling has been SW Florida’s trusted source for honest, professional, and reliable air conditioner repairs, service, and installation for nearly 50 years. Year in and year out we provide our customers in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Lehigh Acres, Estero, and Bonita with a level of customer service, and a cost effective end result, that earns their trust and ensures that they will call us again the next time a problem arises.

 

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 (since 1970) 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!   Our service technicians are all experienced and field tested. Their training goes beyond simply knowing how to do the work on air conditioners in an expert fashion. We fully train our staff to respect our clients and their homes.  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.

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

Community Cooling takes great pride in showing up on time, accurately assessing your air conditioning problem, and providing the consumer with the full range of options available to him … and then letting the customer decide which option makes the most sense to him personally, and fits his family’s budget as well!

We guarantee all our repairs and offer a Free Second Opinion

a/c repairs ft myers

Community Cooling and Heating President/CEO

Kurt Hartmann, Owner of Community Cooling and Heating
Call Today For Air Conditioner Service, Repair, Maintenance, and Installation

239-267-2117

How Find/Fix An Air Conditioner Refrigerant Leak

Air Conditioners with refrigerant leaks struggle to cool homes, and grind themselves into disrepair trying!

 

 

Whether freon, or any other type of coolant, refrigerant leaks can be a frustrating problem.  Not the kind of refrigerant leak where a big whole is torn in your coils or your copper tubing … but that slow leak that seems to make you want to believe that  you will get an extra month or two out of this charging, or the blind hope that somehow the leak will get clogged up and no longer be a problem.  Unfortunately that is rarely the case. Small holes always become bigger holes and will eventually need repairs, recharging your coolant over and over is much like throwing your money out the window.

 

Freon or R-22 air conditioner refrigerant. R-22 spec sheet here https://www.honeywell-refrigerants.com/americas/product/genetron-22/

R-22 air conditioning refrigerant. Refrigerant leaks not only cause inefficient cooling, but, can also damage your equipment.

R-22 refrigerant is being phased out, and being replaced with with R-410A.  Check out the differences between R-22 and R-410A here.

The quickest, easiest, and least expensive way to try to find a refrigerant leak is to do a soap test, wherein we apply watered down liquid soap to the visible, refrigerant conducting surfaces.  If we see a bubble start to form we know we have found a leak.  If we can’t find the leak this way we move on to the second method.  We inject dye into the system to color the refrigerant.  We give the system a day or two ( or overnight if the weather is unbearable) to hope fully reveal the location of the refrigerant leak (although slow bleeding pinhole leaks can take even longer in some cases.)  If this doesn’t reveal the location of the refrigerant leak we tend to assume that the leak is either somewhere under the foundation of the home, or hidden behind the drywall.  In these cases it is more practical to run a new line than to wast time and money stubbornly chasing down the leak.

 

finding an air conditioning coolant leak

injecting dye into an air conditioner to find a leak

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… and more dye still … the more dye there is the easier it is to spot.

Community Cooling and Heating has always been an advocate of addressing minor air conditioner issues before they can evolve into major problems.  Monitoring refrigerant leaks and levels are a big part of this!   There is nothing that a home owner, or a property manager, can do to get the most life, and the highest level of performance from their air conditioning equipment than to have it serviced regularly by a licensed air conditioning contractor.

 

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.

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

a/c repairs ft myers

Community Cooling and Heating President/CEO
Air conditioning service and repair Ft Myers

Kurt Hartmann, Owner of Community Cooling and Heating
Call Today For Air Conditioner Service, Repair, Maintenance, and Installation

239-267-2117

Fort Myers Full Service AC Repair Contractor

Fort Myers Full Service AC Repair Contractor

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

Fort Myers, Florida

Fort Myers full service AC repair contractor

 

Air conditioner service, repair, and maintenance in Fort Myers, Florida

AC Maintenance and Repairs … Community Cooling and Heating inc Has been serving SW Florida since 1970We service all brands of air conditioning and heating equipment and repair or replace pool heaters 24 hours a day Everyday.

Quality Service: We are completelylicensed, insured, certified and fully trained to install, maintain, and repair both residential and commercial  equipment of all makes.
Community Cooling and Heating is a full service company including …

Duct repairs & replacement,

heater repair

thermostat repair and replacement,

ultra violet light air purification,

regular maintenance “Value Plans”,

equipment evaluation reports

and of course total system replacements.

air conditioner service, repairs Ft Myers Florida. A brand new air conditioner ready for installation.

A brand new air conditioner ready for installation.

Kurt Hartmann, owner of Community Cooling, is proud to provide his clients with honest, reliable, reasonably priced air conditioning service, repair, and installation. Serving Fort Myers for over 40 years this family owned and operated business prides itself on it’s knowledge, reliability, and commitment to customer service!

Protect yourself with our Free 2nd Opinion

Other companies may indicate that they will provide a
service call at some discounted rate or even just ‘gas money’, but any
company willing to do that are ‘sales oriented’ and almost always find
ways to make up for any free-be’s they may offer. Cheap work is not good
and good work is not cheap. Our company motto is “We won’t send a wolf
in sheep’s clothing, just an honest professional”.

We are proud to offer anyone a long list of satisfied clients, many of whom we have been servicing for decades.

 

We guarantee all our repairs and offer a Free Second Opinion

Kurt Hartmann, Owner of Community Cooling and Heating

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 serve, repairs, or maintenance.

Emergency Drain Pan A Nightmare Waiting To Happen

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

 

Emergency Drain Pan A Nightmare Waiting To Happen

An emergency drain pan on an air conditioner is a potential source of trouble coming straight out of nowhere.  Many homeowners believe that the sole reason an emergency drain pan will leak is due to it’s rusting through creating a hole in the bottom of the pan.  However, long before the pan rusts completely through, the rust will begin to form into sheets on the bottom of the pan.  As your air conditioner runs, and gives off condensation (which drips into the drain pan) it causes a current in the water, breaking the sheet of sediment and rust off of the bottom of the pan, breaking it into small pieces, which happen to be just the right size and density to float and move about in the emergency drain pan, blocking the drain itself, and flooding the living quarters below.

 

an overflowing drain pan can cause major trouble for the homeowner

This large chunk of rust and sediment is just the right size to block the drain pipe and cause the emergency drain pan to overflow!

 

 

One of  the most important aspects of Community Coolings’s 16 point inspection is to check the condition of your drain pan.  We recently went into a home for a service call and found large chunks of rust (see above)and sediment swirling in the currents of the running air conditioner.  It was a good thing we found it when we did.  It was just a matter of time before the bigger pieces of rust blocked off the drain pipe, causing it to overflow.  The drywall underneath would not have held up for even a half an hour, and the leak would have found it’s way  into the living quarters, and in this instance it would have been directly above the master closet!  Thousands of dollars worth of expensive clothing would have been damaged or destroyed!

 

air conditioner drain pan

air conditioner drain pan

 

Air conditioner maintenance and servicing keeps little problems from becoming big ones!

 

Community Cooling Is Here To Help! Call Today!

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.

 

Community Cooling takes great pride in showing up on time, accurately assessing your air conditioning problem, and providing the consumer with the full range of options available to him … and then letting the customer decide which option makes the most sense to him personally, and fits his family’s budget as well!

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

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

239-267-2117

Air Conditioner Thermal Expansion Valve

Air Conditioner Thermal Expansion Valves

Community Cooling and Heating Inc.
(239)267-2117
Air Conditioner Repairs and Services
Fort Myers, Florida

 

Air conditioner repairs Ft Myers: Thermal Expansion Valve TXV

While on a “no cool” service call in Fort Myers our techs encountered a challenging problem to diagnose.  We opened up the equipment and found low suction pressures, high superheats, low amp draws, and low head pressures.  Typically this seems to indicate a liquid line restriction.  We checked the lines, and after some consideration decided to try a new thermal expansion valve.A system with a restricted metering device has the same exact symptoms symptoms as a system with a liquid line restriction that occurred after the receiver. This is because the thermal expansion valve, or TXV is, in fact, part of the liquid line.A TXV being blocked, restricted, or malfunctioning will cause the evaporator, compressor, and condenser to be starved of refrigerant.

 

air conditioner thermal expansion valve blocks refrigerant line.

Bad thermal expansion valve on air conditioner

 

Expansion valves are flow-restricting devices that cause a pressure drop of the working fluid.

 

new thermal expansion valve TXV

New thermal expansion valve for air conditioner

How effective the thermal expansion valve performs is best determined by measuring the superheat. Observing the accumulation of frost on the suction line or considering only the suction pressure may be misleading. Checking the superheat is, generally speaking,the first step in a thorough and systematic analysis of thermal expansion valve performance.

 

Air conditioner services Ft Myers can depend on!

Community Cooling takes great pride in showing up on time, accurately assessing your air conditioning problem, and providing the consumer with the full range of options available to him … and then letting the customer decide which option makes the most sense to him personally, and fits his family’s budget as well!

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

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

239-267-2117

Air Conditioner Compressor Repairs

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

Community Cooling and Heating inc Has been serving SW Florida since 1970.  We service all brands of air conditioning and heating equipment and repair or replace pool heaters 24 hours a day Everyday.  We are a family owned business and pride ourselves on our commitment to customer service.  With  over 40 years experience serving the SW Florida community we have encountered a wide variety of types of repairs.  We always try to find a solution that fits our customers needs and their budget.  Not that long ago burned out wires and terminals meant the end for a compressor.  Today that problem is not quite the hard hit it used to be.

Burned wires and connections on air conditioner compressor in Ft Myers Florida

Burned wires and connections on air conditioner compressor

“… a burned air compressor wire is a common problem, easily fixed, with the correct tools and hardware …”

It was apparent that there had been a fire, of some sort,  inside the air conditioner and it had burned the insulation off of the wires as far back as about 3 to 6 inches from the compressor
connection, and seem to have charred the wire itself to the same point, but, it could also just be the burned insulation making it look like the wires were burned.   We installed electrical connectors specifically for this type of repair called Term Lok.  10 or 15 years ago burned wires and spade connectors might have been the end of the compressor.  With the introduction of Term Lok to the air conditioning contractors tool bag the expected life of a compressor has gone way up.

 

air conditioner repairs Fort Myers

We recommend Term Lok adapters when appropriate to do so. They can extend the life of a compressor for years!

 

Air Conditioner Compressor Repairs In Fort Myers, Florida

 

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

Happy Thanksgiving 2015

Happy Thanksgiving 2015

Community Cooling, both the business and their employees have much to be thankful for this year. Like most of us we are grateful for our health and homes, our friends and family, for our Country, our freedoms, and the men that fight to preserve it. We are also quite thankful to have had the opportunity to serve Fort Myers Florida, and the surrounding SW Florida communities since 1970. The homes and families that we have served since the very beginning have become something of an extended family to us and we consider it a privilege to be the air conditioning contractor they have called when they need an air conditioner repair. Their faith in us is the best kind of validation that the pride we take in our workmanship and customer service is not misplaced.

 

Community Cooling, Ft Myers, Florida

Community Cooling and Heating Inc.

 

We are also equally thankful for the new customers that have come our way, both by referral and our blog/website.  We want every new customer to receive the very best service possible, for a fair price, and to be fully satisfied with the value they receive from Community Cooling.  We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year.

We are here to help … even on Thanksgiving!

It is difficult to imagine any worse timing than to have your air conditioner go out with the oven blazing, and a house full of people waiting for turkey dinner! You might tough it out any other day of the year, but when you are entertaining guest your home needs to be comfortable. If you have a problem … give us a call … otherwise … sit back, relax, and enjoy the day!

Happy Thanksgiving 2015

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

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

239-267-2117

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