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4 Signs Your Pool Heater Needs a Repair

Posted on August 15th, 2019 by Jupiter Tequesta

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In Florida, we enjoy our pools year-round, but especially in the summer months. With the kids off from school, your backyard is the perfect place for a pool party — except if your pool isn’t working properly. The number one issue we at Jupiter-Tequesta see with customers’ pools concerns their heater. 

4 Signs Your Pool Heater Needs Repair

Read on to see if these warning signs match your pool’s current condition:

1. Your Heater Won’t Ignite

If your pool heater isn’t igniting, there are a few different possible issues:

  • Your heater isn’t turned on and the temperature isn’t set correctly. Make sure the thermostat is set high enough for the heater to kick in. This means the temperature should be higher than the current water temperature in your pool.
  • Your pump isn’t running with a clean filter and basket. A clogged or broken filter can lead to other problems with your pool. Check the pump and filter and clean it if necessary.
  • Your pilot light isn’t lit. Check the gas pressure, air supply, and venting in your pool. Make sure the pilot tube is intact, tightened, and not clogged.
  • Your gas supply valve is off. Be sure that your supply valve is in the ON position. Without gas, the heater won’t operate.
  • The filter valves aren’t open. Make sure your valves are open in order to ensure a constant flow of water.

2. Low Water Flow

To ensure your heater is operating efficiently, your pool needs to maintain a consistent flow of water. Most swimming pool heaters have built-in sensors that allow you to monitor and detect changes in water flow. You may see a ‘Low Water Flow’ warning, or notice the heater isn’t pushing out enough warm water.

3. The Heater Turns On and Off

If your heater is cycling ON and OFF, this is an indication that there’s an electrical issue with your pool. This may not always be the case, but calling your electrician is the safest bet. Your electrician will check a few different variables. These may include:

  • Checking your pool water chemistry.
  • Inspecting your pressure sensor, thermal regulator, or high limit switch.
  • The last time you inspected your heat exchanger.

4. The Pool Isn’t Heating

Your pool heater may still be igniting, but the water just doesn’t seem to heat up to the desired temperature. Or, your heater may not be producing heat at all.

These scenarios are both very common. After checking your settings, inspecting your sensor, and cleaning your filter, if your pool heater still isn’t working, it’s time to call in some help.

Scheduling a Repair For Your Pool Heater

Don’t let a broken heater dampen your next pool party. Schedule an appointment with us, and one of our licensed electricians will repair your heater in no time. At Jupiter-Tequesta A/C, Plumbing & Electric, LLC we’re here to take your call 24 hours a day 7 days a week 365 days a year and provide service within 24 hours.

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What is Dirty Sock Syndrome?

Posted on August 12th, 2019 by Jupiter Tequesta

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At Jupiter-Tequesta, we provide our customers with a wide range of services, including answering any questions you may have about your HVAC. Often, our customers come to us out of the concern for their broken unit. A common warning sign of a malfunctioning air conditioner is a moldy, musky smell. If you notice an odd smell in your home, your AC could be the culprit.

How Do I Know If I Have Dirty Sock Syndrome?

In Jupiter, Florida, it’s common for most of our customers to run their AC all day in hopes of getting relief from the sweltering sun. If your home smells like a dirty gym sock, you could have Dirty Sock Syndrome. “Dirty Sock Syndrome” occurs when your AC has a foul mildew-like smell when you turn it on. When mold and bacteria build up on your HVAC’s evaporator coil, the resulting smell is not pleasant. This smell is the first warning sign of Dirty Sock Syndrome.

Is Dirty Sock Syndrome Dangerous to My Health?

While bacteria causes Dirty Sock Syndrome, it’s not typically harmful to your health. If mold is introduced into your system, you may have a health hazard on your hands. Mold and mildew thrive off moisture and will begin to mix with the dust that becomes lodged in your unit’s filter. This combination can severely impact your home’s indoor air quality and create difficult breathing situations for members of your family that suffer from allergies and asthma. Mold can be a health risk to your family if it isn’t properly removed, and can cause wheezing and coughing.

Preventing and Eliminating Dirty Sock Syndrome

If your HVAC professional tells you that your AC has Dirty Sock Syndrome, your next step should be replacing your air filter. Your first step to remove mold, mildew, and bacteria from your air is to cut off its exposure to dust. Replacing your filter with a new, dust-free one will ensure that these particles are removed.  

If your filter is relatively clean, the next best way to remove and prevent Dirty Sock Syndrome is to install a UV air purifier. These purifiers are the best way to kill mold and its spores quickly.

Scheduling a Maintenance Appointment

The best way to prevent or eliminate Dirty Sock Syndrome is to schedule a maintenance appointment. If you start to notice your home’s air smelling strange, it’s time to call your HVAC professional. We can remove and replace your filter, and answer any questions you may have about adding a purifier to your home. Our professionals at Jupiter-Tequesta, have over 35 years experience and proudly offer both HVAC repairs and new installations in Jupiter, Florida, and surrounding counties. Contact us today!

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Extending the Life of Your Dishwasher

Posted on August 9th, 2019 by Jupiter Tequesta

Your dishwasher can be a very convenient appliance that not all homes are fortunate to have. However, if your dishwasher breaks down or needs to be replaced, it can quickly turn into a hefty bill. Taking care of your dishwasher can help to extend its life and prevent any unnecessary repairs.

5 Tips to Extend the Life of Your Dishwasher

1. Use Alternatives at Least Once a Week

Running your dishwasher every day can place a lot of wear and tear on your dishwasher. There are a few different ways that you can lighten it’s load, literally:

  • Use paper plates. While using them every day is wasteful, using paper plates once a week can give your dishwasher a rest — and you won’t need to spend extra time cleaning up. Think of using paper on the weekends to give yourself and your appliance a much-needed break.
  • Hand wash your dishes. If you only have a small load of dishes, you can wash them by hand. This is a better alternative to either letting the dishes sit for an extra day or wasting water by running a smaller load.

2. Use a Dryer Rack

While the drying cycle on your dishwasher is convenient, it burns through a lot of electricity and significantly shortens the lifespan of your appliance. Instead of using this unnecessary cycle, try catching your dishes before the go into drying. You can take them out and either wipe them off or leave them to dry on a rack on your sink to save yourself some effort.

3. Use Powder, Not Gel

Gel-based detergents typically contain chlorine bleach, which can cause your machine to break down. Use powder-based tablets and pods instead of gel to decrease your chance of damage.

4. Make Sure Your Water is Hot

Many modern dishwashers have different temperatures options. If yours has these options, make sure you’re running your dishwasher on maximum heat. This will take more energy to heat up the water, but cleaning dishes at less than 125 degrees Fahrenheit can lead to detergent residue in your appliance. This build-up will shorten the lifespan of your appliance and cause it to break down more frequently. If you have delicate dishes that require a cooler rinsing, try hand washing them instead.

5. Clean Your Filters

Your dishwasher has a filter, located at the bottom of the machine. These filters catch food and become clogged. Check and clean the filters regularly, at least once per week, to avoid wearing down the lifespan of your appliance. 

Additionally, be sure that your dishes are completely scraped off before they go in the dishwasher for cleaning. Food and grease can cause a clog in not only your filter but your pipes as well. To avoid a major plumbing problem, clean those plates!
If your dishwasher isn’t running properly, you may need to call a plumbing professional in order to restore it to normal. Jupiter-Tequesta is here 24/7 for any plumbing emergencies. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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Why is My Water Bill So High?

Posted on August 7th, 2019 by Jupiter Tequesta

A dripping faucet

No one likes to pay bills, but they are a significant part of owning a home. If you notice your water bill spikes higher than usual, you’re probably anxious to figure out how to fix it. Whether it’s a leak, consumption increase, or a problem with a plumbing fixture, it’s important to get to the bottom of your high water bill. 

Leaking And Running Toilets

Twenty-five percent of your home’s water use comes from the toilet. Most of us don’t pay attention to our bathrooms unless there’s a problem. Sometimes we may associate our toilet running with the fact that it’s an older model. However, if you have a leaking or running toilet, the amount of water wasted will significantly increase your monthly water bill and should be fixed immediately.

To check your toilet for leaks, add a couple of food coloring drops to the water. Wait for about 30 minutes. If the color has seeped into the bowl, then your toilet has a leak. Your next step is to then call a plumber.

Leaking Faucet

A leaking faucet is more than a small nuisance. Without fixing the leak, your faucet can cause you to waste up to 20 liters of water per day. Repairing the leak in your faucet is a simple fix for your local plumbing professional, and within one maintenance call you’ll be back up and running — leak-free.

Underground Leaks

It can be difficult for homeowners to notice an underground leak. You may not realize that you have an underground leak until you get your water bill and see a significant increase. To prevent any surprises, you should keep track of your water usage. Check your other fixtures for leaks, and if your water bill still doesn’t seem right, it may be time to call a plumber for an inspection. They can locate your underground pipes and get to the bottom of your plumbing problems.

Broken Meter

Water companies read the meter before they charge you, and if your meter is broken, you may not be paying the correct amount. You can call your water company to inspect the meter if you think it could be broken.

Occasional or Seasonal Increases in Water Consumption

Though you may be thinking that your water usage increase is out of your control, it isn’t. One of the biggest reasons for a higher water bill is an increase in water consumption. Your water usage may increase during certain times of the year. For example, you may use more water during the summer because you are taking care of your garden or lawn. You may also have more visitors over for BBQs and pool parties. This can increase your water usage significantly daily.
If you have a plumbing issue that is causing your water bill to be high, don’t wait to call a plumber. Contact Jupiter-Tequesta for all of your repair and maintenance needs; we’re here 24/7 to provide you with excellent service and to help you get those utility bills under control.

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What to Do With Your AC on Vacation

Posted on August 5th, 2019 by Jupiter Tequesta

Preparation is the key to a successful vacation. Part of the pre-vacation prepping is making sure your home is properly maintained before you leave. That means you have to decide what to do with your AC. If you’re going away for a few days or for a few weeks, the answer is different. Here’s what you should know:

The Costs of Leaving Your AC On

In order to enjoy your getaway, you shouldn’t spend time worrying about your AC utility costs. The air conditioning at your home is one of the highest costs you will face as a property owner. Whether you will be returning to your home in a matter of days or weeks, it is a good idea to leave your air conditioning unit running at a higher temperature than normal. Raising the temperature will make sure humidity levels do not rise.

Using a Programmable Thermostat

You can reap the rewards of using a programmable thermostat every day, but especially when you’re on vacation. Many individuals look to push the temperature in their home up by around ten degrees in order to keep their home cool and free from humidity. Battling humidity is a major problem for you if you do not use the correct way of preparing your home for your vacation. When your home is filled with moisture, your air conditioning unit works harder and requires more maintenance driving up your heating and cooling costs.

Turning Off the AC

If you are going to be on vacation for more than two weeks, you can consider turning off your air conditioning system and enjoying your vacation, as well as a low utility bill. 
If you need maintenance work done to your AC, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment. At Jupiter-Tequesta Air Conditioning, Plumbing, & Electric, we’re versed in the ins and outs of HVAC. Give us a call today at (561) 747-5740 for a tune-up or inspection.

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Benefits of Lennox Air Conditioning

Posted on August 2nd, 2019 by Jupiter Tequesta

The heat of the summer is no match to the cold air coming from the right air conditioning system! As leaders in the air conditioning industry, we know just how important it is to be able to adjust the temperature indoors comfortably. That’s why the installation of new AC units is essential to keep your home cool and comfortable as the temperatures outdoors rise. Our Lennox Air Conditioning Units are industry-leading and will help you beat the heat during the Dog Days of Summer.

Some of the benefits of a Lennox air conditioning system include:

  • Different options to meet the budget of every customer. One of the most outstanding things about Lennox air conditioning systems is the number of models and price ranges. While each has its list of benefits, all help reduce home energy costs and keep the home nice and cool during the hottest months of the year.
  • Zoning systems that allow you to regulate temps in different areas of the home. Instead of cooling the entire home, residents can choose which rooms they turn the air on in. That way, they’re not wasting energy cooling unused areas of the home the house. This type of system is optional but very cost-effective because it gives owners more control over the cooling process.
  • Better indoor air quality with few allergens. A Lennox air conditioning system works hard to filter out impurities so that people have an easier time breathing inside their homes. Thanks to their air cleaning and humidifying properties Lennox systems help reduce dust, dirt, pollen, and dander. Regular sweeping, dusting and vacuuming of the home allows the system to do what it does best by making a residence more comfortable.

Contact Jupiter-Tequesta Air Conditioning Plumbing & Electric with your request for service today. You can call us at (561) 747-5740 to set up an appointment to install a Lennox Air Conditioning System in your home right away! We’re available to answer your call 24/7, 365 days a year.

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What are Ground Fault Interrupters?

Posted on July 31st, 2019 by Jupiter Tequesta

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Ground Fault Interrupters (GFIs) are outlets that quickly prevent electrical shocks, and can help to lower your risk out electrical problems in your home. GFIs interrupt an outlet’s flow of electricity when an unfamiliar or damaging variant is detected. These variants include things like excessive moisture, overheating of a faulty appliance, or a short in the supply wire. If you’re looking to add a safeguard to your home’s primary electrical outlets, GFIs may be the option for you.

Ground Fault Interrupters vs. Standard Electrical Outlets

Electricity runs through wires to a standard duplex wall outlet, and in a standard outlet, there is no mechanism to interrupt that current. A GFI supplies current similarly. However, this type of outlet has a failsafe mechanism that interrupts or stops the flow of electricity under adverse condition

Test and Reset Buttons

A GFI outlet has a test button and a reset button. The test button can be used to check that the outlet is supplying power as it is designed to do. The reset button is useful if the outlet has tripped off to restrict the flow of electricity. A GFI outlet works similar to the way a circuit breaker does. When the electrical current becomes compromised by moisture, excessive heat, or even a crimp in the wire, the reset button will trip and interrupt the flow of current. Any appliance that’s plugged in will turn off, preventing any potentially severe damage. This prevents the possibility of a fire or shock to anyone nearby.

The test button is useful in determining if the outlet is functioning correctly. The way to use the test button is to plug in a small household appliance, such as a blender or a hairdryer. Turn it on, and then depress the test button. Then, if the outlet is working properly, the reset button will trip the outlet, and the appliance should turn off.

Once the source of power interruption has been identified and repaired, the reset button can be depressed to restore the normal flow of electricity. It is imperative that you hire a reputable licensed electrician to safely and accurately determine the cause of your electrical problem. They can pinpoint the location of the power interruption and make a repair if necessary.

Locations of Ground Fault Interrupters

GFI outlets are most commonly installed in areas of the home where moisture is present. These include:

  • Bathrooms
  • Kitchens
  • Pool enclosures
  • Patios and decks
  • Detached garages
  • Unfinished basements

Installation of GFI outlets is best performed by a licensed professional. An electrician has experience with local electrical and building codes for required placement.
Give our experts at Jupiter-Tequesta A/C, Plumbing & Electric a call for more information on upgrading your electrical outlets. We’re available 24/7 to help out with any questions or concerns! Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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Is My Circuit Breaker Faulty or Broken?

Posted on July 29th, 2019 by Jupiter Tequesta

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You’re cooking dinner after a long, tiring day. You throw something in the microwave while you’re and all of a sudden, something sparks and you’re left in the pitch black. If your power goes out, you can pretty much assume your circuit breaker has blown. But it may be more than a blackout: your breaker could be faulty or broken. Knowing the difference is important. 

Locating Your Circuit Breaker

You’ll need to locate and inspect your circuit breaker. It can usually be found behind a door, in a closet, or outside. Look for a metal door roughly measuring a foot square and set into a wall. If it’s outside, it might be attached to a pole or set away from the house a little bit.

Open the little door. Look at all those switches. How do you know which one is the one you’re looking for? If only some of the lights in the house are out, you can try each switch until the ones that off miraculously go back on. If that doesn’t work, you’ll need to do some further investigation.

Replacing a Circuit Breaker

This would be a good time to mark which switch goes with what room and/or appliance. Next time this happens, and it will, you can go right to the breaker with the corresponding room on it.

If you’re still in the dark after flipping all the switches, one or more of the breakers might need to be replaced. Try turning the panel all the way off. There will probably see a double switch that is bigger than the regular ones. That will turn off the electricity in your whole house.

Now turn it back on. If the lights are still not back on, listen for a quiet hum. If you hear humming, it’s time to call an electrician. You should never try to repair your circuit breaker on your own, as it could be potentially dangerous. Leave this work to the professionals!

Don’t stay in the dark. If you need help figuring out if your circuit breaker needs to be repaired or replaced, Jupiter-Tequesta has you covered! We are available to take your call 24 hours a day 7 days a week 365 days a year. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

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How to Keep Bugs Out of Your AC

Posted on July 26th, 2019 by Jupiter Tequesta

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Your air conditioner is nice and cool on the inside of your home, but on the outside, its warm and humid environment can play host to all kinds of unwanted house guests. Insects such as ants, bees, spiders, and mosquitos can work themselves into the tiny crevices of your unit and make it their home. Keeping bugs out is critical to the efficiency of your air conditioner. Here are a few tips to keep these pesky visitors away. 

1. Keep Up on Your Landscaping

If the grass is left too high, the extra moisture surrounding your air conditioner will serve as a welcome mat for mosquito or other insect nests. In addition to smaller insects, longer grass could be an open invite for snakes. This may be enough to frighten you into action!

Get rid of any puddles or large areas of water that may attract wildlife or bugs, and be sure to check after long periods of rain. Additionally, make sure to mow your lawn carefully and pull out any weeds that may provide a hiding spot for animals. You want to eliminate any areas around your yard that critters may be able to get comfortable in. 

2. Properly Install Screens on AC Vents and Ducts

If bugs can make it into your vents or ducts, getting them out of the air conditioner will pose some trouble. Instead, prevent them from entering your unit by using window mesh to cover any vent openings. This will ensure that your air can flow freely without giving an all-access pass to the insects in your area. If you give pests a way in, they’ll be sure to enter. So be sure to keep these areas screened off year-round. 

3. Contact Your HVAC Professional for Maintenance Work

There are certain things that homeowners should call upon the help of a professional to service, and your air conditioner is undoubtedly on that list! Annual maintenance check-ups are the best way to prevent any issues with your AC unit. If you have discovered damage to your unit, or are experiencing a problem with insects coming into your home, make an appointment today. 
At Jupiter-Tequesta, we have over 35 years experience and proudly offer both HVAC repairs and new installations in Jupiter, Florida, and surrounding counties. Contact us today t

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5 Ways to Stay Cool Without AC

Posted on July 22nd, 2019 by Jupiter Tequesta

man opening his bedroom window to stay cool in summer

One of the worst feelings during summer is being too hot in our own homes. Often when we’re desperate for relief, we run straight to our AC and put it on full blast. Relying solely on your air conditioner during hot summer months not only puts a lot of extra stress on your unit, but it also sends your utility bill through the roof. 

There’s plenty of other ways to buffer your home from the summer sun while also giving your AC a well-deserved rest:

1. Keep Your Blinds Closed

Closing your blinds prevents your home from becoming a miniature greenhouse. By blocking sunlight that may come into your home from bare windows, you’ll notice the temperature in your home drop significantly. 

2. Don’t Close off Unused Rooms

Leaving doors closed all day will prevent cool air from entering these rooms during the hottest parts of the day. When you go to bed to relax at night, your room will feel like a sauna, and your first action will be to blast your AC. Leave your doors open during the day to cool your home.

3. Switch Out Your Bedding

Seasonal bedding allows you to switch your style up, but it also helps keep you cool. We often forget to change our heavy winter comforter out for a lighter throw and thinner sheets. Flannels and fleece are great for insulation against the cold winter months, but cotton is a smart move for the summertime.

4. Crack a Window Open

Temperatures tend to drop drastically at night during the summer. Instead of blasting your air conditioner overnight, try opening the windows and let some night air in. Not only is this a great way to cool your home, but it gives your air conditioners a break from running 24/7. Be sure to close the windows and blinds before things get too hot in the morning!

5. Show your Grill a Little Love

Using your oven or stove will overheat your home and add to heat you’re already feeling. Instead, opt for recipes that favor grilling rather than using an appliance in your home, or put a new twist on one of your favorite meals!

Don’t let your AC get the best of you this summer. At Jupiter-Tequesta, we have over 35 years experience and proudly offer both HVAC repairs and new installations in Jupiter, Florida and surrounding counties. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or simply ask a question. We’re here when you need us the most.

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