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Explaining the V in HVAC

Posted on September 18th, 2019 by Jupiter Tequesta

HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, but one of those is typically left out of the discussion. Heating and air conditioning are straight forward, but what exactly does ventilation mean? Is it opening a window, turning a fan on, or something else entirely? And, why does it matter to your heating and cooling system?

How Ventilation Works

Opening a window and turning on a room fan is both ventilation, but when it comes to discussing heaters and air conditioners, ventilation more commonly refers to the ventilation ducts that run through a building and distribute hot and cold air when you turn on the heater or AC.

The ventilation in your HVAC will work differently depending on how your home is set up. Air ducts require their own sort of installation and maintenance, which require service by professionals. Cleaning out ducts and inspecting them for problems is a tough job and very difficult without both the necessary experience and equipment to reach inside them.

Why Ventilation is Important

If your ventilation is working fine, then your heater will deliver hot air, your air conditioner will deliver cold air, and your rooms won’t get too stuffy when the central fan is blowing.

However, if you’ve got a ventilation problem, then you may experience a dramatically reduced quality of air and serious health risks if mold begins to spore. A blockage in the ventilation could spread a terrible smell throughout the entire house in the case of a dead animal. Even simpler still, the ventilation just might not be delivering hot or cold air to rooms that have vents, leading to you wasting energy on nothing at all.

Air ducts are designed to distribute air throughout your home, but there is a problem that can be quite significant: The contaminants floating in that air is also being moved around. This can be a concern for everyone, especially for those who may suffer from allergies or asthma. 

Who to Call for Ventilation Maintenance

Without ductwork, effectively distributing air throughout your home would be extremely difficult. If you believe that you might have a problem with your ventilation, then it’s time to consult a professional at Jupiter-Tequesta. Contact us today to set up your fast and free estimate!

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Factors That Affect Florida Home A/C Performance

Posted on September 12th, 2019 by Jupiter Tequesta

If you live in Florida, you know home air conditioning is essential to keeping you and your family comfortable. If you find your air conditioning isn’t performing as it should, it could be due to several factors in your home. Below are a few things to look out for that may affect your Florida home’s air conditioning performance.

1. Insulation Issues

Proper insulation is essential if you want to prevent your A/C from working overtime. Your house needs to be sealed from outdoor air to keep your HVAC system running efficiently. If you have insufficient or poorly functioning insulation, more heat transfer will enter your home. This will raise the temperature of your home and cause your HVAC system to work harder to maintain a cold temperature inside. To tackle this issue, have a professional evaluate the amount and quality of insulation in your home.

2. Home Activities that Generate Heat

Everyday home activities that generate heat will also affect your home’s A/C performance. Activities such as cooking, doing laundry, and showering all have the potential to increase the A/C’s cooling load. When it is especially hot outside, try to limit these activities. Use exhaust fans when showering or cooking to decrease the amount of warm air and humidity in your home.

3. Leaks or Blockages in Your Ducts

The process of cooling your home requires the movement of fresh air from the A/C unit through ductwork. Over time the integrity of the ductwork may degrade, leading to air leaks. This means the cool air will leak out before getting to its destination. Blockages such as dust and debris can also build up in your ducts. The result is less air being pushed through your vents and into your rooms. Professionals can clean and seal your ducts, providing better performance from your A/C.

If you think you may be dealing with some of these factors in your Florida home, contact the professionals at Jupiter-Tequesta. We can help you find simple energy-efficient solutions to keep your home cool and your bills low. If you have questions or want to make an appointment, give us a call today at (561) 747-5740.

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Is There Water Running From My AC?

Posted on September 9th, 2019 by Jupiter Tequesta

That Terrible Dripping Sound

There are many pleasant sounds a person can hear in their house, such as a child’s laughter. The sound of dripping water, however, is not one of those pleasant noises, especially when it is coming from the air conditioner. At Jupiter-Tequesta, we understand the stress this sound elicits, especially if you can’t see any signs of water.

The Common Issue

Dripping sounds are often the byproduct of condensation going into the drip pan beneath the AC unit. This process is standard for an air conditioner, as the unit will capture the humidity from the air. This humidity will be liquefied and transferred into the drip pan that is stationed beneath it. Naturally, we understand the average person doesn’t want to hear any wet acoustic noises. Thankfully, there is a DIY solution we can recommend: empty the pan. Most often, this step will fix the problem.

The Advanced Issue

If the noise being heard sounds like running water, then it is likely the draining plan isn’t disposing of the excess condensation properly. Upon spotting physical water leaking from the unit itself, you should seek the help of a professional HVAC technician. A professional will be able to locate the problem and repair it for you. This will fix your AC and the annoying noise you’ve been hearing!

Our Commitment

 At Jupiter-Tequesta, we have professional technicians on standby that can fix any leak or problem that crops up in the home. All it takes is a simple call, and we will dispatch the best in the business to take care of your air conditioner unit. Give us a call; we can service your home and show you why we commit ourselves to nothing less than 100% customer satisfaction.

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Why You Shouldn’t Hide Your AC Compressor

Posted on August 28th, 2019 by Jupiter Tequesta

Air conditioner compressor outdoor unit installed outside the house

AC compressors tend to be big and unsightly. Because of this, many people attempt to hide the compressors in unseen areas of their homes. Hiding your air conditioner compressor can damage the unit, and make it run inefficiently. In the end, this will cause your utility bills to increase and may create the need for a hefty repair. Here’s why:

Compressors Require Air Flow

If your AC compressor doesn’t have enough airflow, it won’t be able to function properly. There should be at least five feet of space between your air conditioner and other structures. Leaving enough space will allow the compressor to have the air that it needs for it to work at its optimal level. You shouldn’t try to hide your AC compressor by putting plants around it either. If you put plants near your AC compressor, you also run the risk of the plants growing into the unit. Allowing plants to grow in the compressor will not only limit the airflow but can damage your AC as well.

Your Service Technician Needs To Have Access

Your service technician must be able to access your AC compressor at all times. They will need to perform maintenance regularly, and they may need to make repairs easily. By hiding your AC compressor, you are limiting the technician’s ability to get to it quickly. This can make it difficult for them to perform the repairs you need and can be inconvenient for everyone involved.

Ultimately, you shouldn’t hide your AC compressor. If you have questions about your AC compressor or your HVAC system in general, Give Jupiter-Tequesta a call today. We will inspect your unit and talk to you about any maintenance that needs to be performed. 

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4 Signs Your Pool Heater Needs a Repair

Posted on August 15th, 2019 by Jupiter Tequesta

young children and pet dog playing in the pool. hitting a beach ball and playing keep away with their pet dog.

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

dirty dust on air conditioner Coil Fins dirty sock syndrome

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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