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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

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

AC Coil Cleaning Fort Myers

AC Coil Cleaning in Fort Myers and all of SW Florida

 

AC coil cleaning not only reduces the workload of your air conditioning equipment, but, can also make an immediately noticeable difference in how well you air conditioner cools as well.  By cleaning the coils that exchange heat within your a/c equipment we are effectively doubleing, tripleing, and in some cases even more, the surface area of your coils which enables them to draw much more latent heat (in the form of moisture) from your home.

 

storing refrigerant

Capturing refrigerant before cleaning the coil

 

Capturing and saving the refrigerant saves the cost of replacing it, helps the environment, and gives our techs a chance to see how easily, and to what extent the refrigerants are moving through your ac system.

 

Dirty air conditioner coil

 

Proper ac coil cleaning involves the use of a specially formulated coil cleaner designed to be strong enough to remove thick imbedded layers of dirt and muck without damaging the sensitive coils themselves.

 

 

Cleaned air conditioner coils

 

We let the coil cleaner work for a few minutes, and then rinse it off thoroughly.  The end result is a nice clean air conditioner coil that will cool the living space more efficiently and cost effectively.

 

Three pounds of sludge cleaned out of ac coils

We pulled over three pounds of dirt and sludge from the coils.

 

As we were picking up our tools and cleaning up the work area a bit we let the a/c run to be certain there were no issues.  Before we could finish loading up the service truck the home owner said she could already tell the air conditioner was blowing not only more air, but, colder air as well.  She stated ” there is a crispness to the air that wasn’t there before … it’s dryer air …”.

AC coil cleaning provides a greater opportunity for your a/c to remove latent heat in the form of moisture

Community Cooling and Heating has been serving Lee County Florida since 1970, and our long standing reputation for honest ac service, fairness, and putting the clients needs first  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!

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

Community Cooling Super Bowl 51 Party

Community Cooling Super Bowl 51 Party!

Great game, great food, great people!

Air conditioning contractor Kurt Hartmann, of Community Cooling, hosted a Super Bowl cookout for freinds, family and staff to enjoy not only the game, the half time show, and the advertisements, but also, to sample and share a few of our favorite dishes with some of our favorite people.

Kurt (the owner of Community Cooling) is the resident grill master and once again served up a big pot of his reknowned chicken wings. Kurt monitors the time, heat, spices, and duration to ensure his wings come out both tender (meat falls right of the bone) and crisp (golden brown skin) all at the same time.

 

Chicken wings on the grill

 

Chicken wings hot off the grill

 

Every year Linda Thomas (wife of SEO/Social Media Marketing Strategist Rick Thomas) sends a bowl of albacore tuna/macaroni salad that is so wonderful it is beyond description!  You never know about the game … but … you can count on Linda to send a “super bowl” of macaroni salad!

Thanks Linda!

 

Community Cooling Super Bowl Party.Macaroni salad.

Rick contributed a tray of chicken salad stuffed tomatoes topped with Baco’s, green pepper and onion slices, black olive, and celery salt.

Chicken salad stuffed tomatoes

We were also quite surprised to see a nice shrimp cocktail show up made with collossal shrimp, and with home cocktail sauce that was quite spicy indeed!

Community Cooling Super Bowl Party.Shrimp cocktail

Additionally we enjoyed chips, dips, nuts, beers, and soda.  Thanks to all and from all for an evening well spent.

Even on a great night like this …

we always know …

in the back of our minds …

if a customer calls …

and needs our services …

… We will be there to help!

 

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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 Conditioning And Psychometric Charts

Psychometric Charts are a valuable tool in selecting an air conditioning system “just right” for you.

 

When an air conditioning contractor wants specific, scientific data on the amount of latent heat a new air conditioner will be removing on a regular basis.  This information is a big piece of the puzzle in deciding not only the size of the air conditioner to be installed, but also, the number, layout, and sizes of the ducts and vents throughout the building.

 

Dry-bulb temperature is the temperature of the air as measured by a thermometer suspended in the air and not exposed to radiation and/or moisture.  Wet bulb temperature factors in the moisture in the air and correlates it with measureable levels of comfort.

 

The psychrometric chart is a handy tool that enables the reader to determine and calculate dry bulb, wet bulb, relative humidity, dew point temperature as well as other gas-vapor relationships with only limited information. This chart helps people, especially involved in heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems, to determine human comfort levels in relationship to changes in temperature and humidity

DBT is the temperature that is usually thought of as air temperature, and it is the true thermodynamic temperature. It indicates the amount of heat in the air and is directly proportional to the mean kinetic energy of the air molecules.

 

Example of a psychometric chart

source: www.coolbreeze.co.za

Unlike wet bulb temperature, dry bulb temperature does not indicate the amount of moisture in the air. In construction, it is an important consideration when designing a building for a certain climate. It is generally considered one of “the most critical climate variables pertaining to human comfort as relates to energy efficiency in both residential and commercial properties. The psychometric chart is one of the tools contractors rely heavily upon to determine the amount of latent heat, and moisture, a system will need to keep up with to ensure an acceptable level of comfort once the air conditioner is installed.

 

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

 

 

New Air Conditioning Service Truck

New Air Conditioning Service Truck

Air Conditioning Repairs
SW Florida
239-267-2117

Community Cooling rung in the New Year by adding a brand new,  air conditioning  service truck.  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! Custom designed, and ergonomically correct to give our techs every advantage in keeping our clients ac equipment running properly, and cost effectively.

 

A brand new air conditioning service truck

Starting 2017 with a new AC service truck

The extra shelving and tool storage area allow us to have a wide variety of parts, refrigerant, and materials available and on hand in order to get ac equipment up and running asap!  We also ordered a “greener” more fuel efficient engine which will hopefully, over time, pay for itself in fuel savings.

New a/c repair truck

All the “bells & whistles”, and ergonomically designed for efficiency. Air conditioning service truck 2017

 

Community Cooling invests whatever it takes to be certain our techs have everything they need to handle our clients needs both quickly and cost effectively.  Our service technicians are all experienced and field tested. Their training goes beyond simply knowing how to do the work in an expert fashion. We fully train our staff to respect our clients and their homes. We believe our technicians should be personable, clean, neat and leave behind only a pleasant memory of efficiency and of course a comfortable environment.

 

Community Cooling new flagship service truck

Community Cooling new flagship service truck

Air conditioner service, repair, and maintenance

in Fort Myers, Florida

 

Protect yourself with our Free 2nd Opinion

Other companies may indicate that they will provide aservice 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. 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

Kurt Hartmann, Owner of Community Cooling and Heating

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

239-267-2117

Community Cooling 2016 Yearly Review

Community Cooling
Air Conditioner Repair, Service, and Maintenance

Fort Myers, Florida

239-267-2117

 

A look back at some of the air conditioner repair challenges

we encountered in 2016

 

Another year of air conditioning repairs, in SW Florida, is in the books.  Time for a final look back at 2016 before we bring our full attention to bear on the year ahead.  2016 was a year where we saw many customers that have been with us for years, as well as the many new clients we took on over the 12 months too.

 

2016 was a particularly good year with regard to expanding our “commercial client” as we began doing maintenance, inspection, repairs, and replacement for businesses in several different industries in the Fort Myers/Estero/Naples/Cape Coral areas.

 

a/c replacement in sw florida

Switching out commercial air conditioner for a local SW Florida business.

 

Right at the end of the year we decided we needed another truck and upgraded to a 2017 work truck.  We feel the layout and set up for the truck make it the best air conditioning work vehicle in town!  Everything is laid out to the best specifications we could come up with after 47 years in business!

 

We REALLY like it!

New a/c repair truck

Air conditioning service truck 2017

Our service technicians are all experienced and field tested. Their training goes beyond simply knowing how to do the work in an expert fashion. We fully train our staff to respect our clients and their homes. We believe our technicians should be personable, clean, neat and leave behind only a pleasant memory of efficiency, professionalism …  and of course a comfortable environment.

 

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 make an informed decision as to which option makes the most sense to him personally, and fits his family’s budget 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!

 

We are here to help!
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Honest AC Service

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

Honest AC Service

Fort Myers, Florida

 

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.

 

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.

 

Honest ac service … at a fair price!

Community Cooling is offering a 16 point cooling system check which includes:

  • Clean your condenser coils.
  • Check operating pressures
  • Check electrical connections
  • Check sub-cooling
  • Check fan blade
  • Lubricate moving parts
  • Clean air filters
  • check thermostat
  • Check blower operation
  • Check controls
  • Check super heat
  • Check temperature drop across evaporator
  • Clean indoor coil if visible
  • Check complete unit operation
  • Treat condensate line and pan
  • Make necessary recommendations

 

 

Community Cooling and Heating has been serving Lee County Florida since 1970, and our long standing reputation for honest ac service, fairness, and putting the clients needs first  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!

 

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

Why Do Air Conditioners Ice Up?

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

Fort Myers, Florida

Why do air conditioners ice up?

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.

 

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 …

 

The Joule-Thomson Effect is a principle in thermodynamics wherein if all else is kept at a constant, that a gas, as it expands, will have lower pressure, and resultant from that drop in pressure the temperature of that gas will also decrease. Conversely, as a gas is compressed, its temperature will rise.

Simply put, if air molecules are bouncing around rapidly, then you would feel this air as warm. If the air molecules are moving around slower or at a slower speed, then you would feel this air as colder. The heat generated by any gas is in direct coorellation to the energy of the molecules it is made up of.

This is the most basic concept to understanding how your air conditioner works. Your system works by allowing your evaporator coil to expand refrigerant inside of it, causing the coil to cool rapidly. As this rapidly cooled coil comes into contact with the air being circulated through your home, the refrigerant absorbs the heat from that air at the same time the air is being cooled by the air conditioner coils.

iced up coils due to insufficient air flow

Insufficient air flow caused these air conditioner coils to ice up

 

Frozen pipes inside the air handler.

So iced up even the pipes inside the air handler were frozen!

 

Typically air conditioners will “ice up” when there is a significant drop in pressure within the system, or when the air blowing across the coils is insufficient to exchange warmer air with the cool coils.

An air conditioner running this iced up has the potential to do serious harm to itself!

In this case the cause of the trouble was not low pressure, but rather, insufficient air flow due to an ac filter clogged with animal (cat)hair.  Everyone should change their ac filter once a month … your air conditioner will cool more efficiently and cost less to maintain the level of comfort you prefer.  Those who have multiple pets in their home should be doubly  devoted to keeping their ac filter clean, as animal hair and fur have the potential to block off air flow completely … causing serious damage to their air conditioning equipment.

cat hair caused this ac to ice up

A/C filter clogged with dust and cat hair was the cause of this air conditioner “ice up”!

Whether an iced up air conditioner, or any other problem with your cooling and heating Community Cooling is here to help!  We are available 24/7 to handle all your air conditioning concerns.

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!

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

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