Fort Myers AC Electrical Problems

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“Wiring/electrical problems are among the most

common problems air conditioners face”

As a Ft Myers air conditioning contractor one of the most common problems I encounter on repair calls is a burned wire.  Air conditioners in SW Florida work in fairly extreme conditions.  Not only are a/c units sitting outside, exposed to sub-tropical heat and humidity, but also generate significant amounts of heat on their own.  This one two punch of internal and external heat sources is hard on all parts of ones HVAC equipment, and especially hard on the housing that insulates the wiring inside your equipment.

From Electrical Air Conditioner Problems – Ft Myers


By the time a wire is visibly damaged it has already been something of a detriment to your air conditioning equipment for some time.  Even a microscopic crack in the housing can cause arcing, minimal performance, and unnecessary strain on the various component parts that work independently, and in conjunction with each other, to provide a level of comfort that is satisfactory.  Any variance in the voltage has the potential to throw the balance “out of whack”, causing the equipment to work harder to achieve the desired result, which often translates into higher utility bills, and equipment that doesn’t last as long as it should.



From Electrical Air Conditioner Problems – Ft Myers

“… damaged or improperly wired air conditioning units will cost more to operate, and deteriorate faster than properly maintained and serviced units will …”



Another common problem that arises in today’s air conditioners is an extremely simple one … many customers don’t realize their thermostat now runs on batteries instead of being wired directly to the homes electrical panel.  We have gotten in the habit of asking our clients that call to check the batteries in their thermostat BEFORE we send a truck out on a service call.  Too many times have we arrived on the scene only to discover all the client needed to fix the problem was two batteries they already had, sitting in their kitchen drawer!

From Electrical Air Conditioner Problems – Ft Myers

“… the good news about electrical problems is that they are, generally speaking, among the easiest and least expensive to repair.”

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Air Conditioning Service Summer Special

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Serving Ft Myers since 1970

Is your air conditioner ready for summer?

Our air conditioners face their toughest challenge during the long hot days of summer.  If there is a time of year when your a/c equipment needs a little TLC the most … this is it!  Battling high summer temperatures, oftentimes 16 hours a day, places a heavy workload on your equipment.  A thorough inspection and servicing is the best way to keep your air conditioner operating at optimum levels cost effectively, and your best opportunity to catch a relatively small problem before it can become an expensive one!

Air conditioner maintenance is crucial to getting the most cooling

for the least amount of money!

Community Cooling and Heating has been servicing Ft Myers air conditioners for over 40 years and has built it’s reputation on honesty, dependability, and putting their clients needs first!  Our 16 point inspection and servicing will enable your air conditioner to provide adequate levels of comfort through the remainder of the summer, Keep repair costs down, and alert us to hazardous conditions such as burned or damaged wires, corrosion, leaking Freon, or vegetative growth within the equipment itself.

Air Conditioning Service Ft Myers

Kurt Hartmann, President of Community Cooling and Heating Inc.

16 Point Air Conditioning Service & Inspection

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 superheat
Check temperature drop across evaporator
Clean indoor coil if visible
Check complete unit operation
Treat condensate line and pan
Make necessary recommendations







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5 Great Reasons To Have Your Air Conditioner & Heat Checked NOW!

This time of year in Fort Myers it is entirely possible that you will require your air conditioner to cool your home during the day, and heat your home throughout the night.  Over the course of the summer we have all become somewhat acclimated to the hot summer weather!  Now that the evenings are turning cooler it may take some time to get used to the colder temperatures.  And if a genuine “cold snap” hits we may be in for a long week or so of  near freezing temperatures!

Not A Good Time To Discover You Have A Heating Problem!!!

When cold weather hits SW Florida that is exactly what happens to many families and households!  The night the first REALLY cold weather hits a typical air conditioning contractor may get 20 – 30 phone calls from customers with heating trouble!  All too often that creates a backlog in scheduling and some clients may have to wait a day or so NO MATTER WHO THEY CALL!

The best way to avoid this scenario is to be proactive now and get your a/c and heater inspected NOW to insure proper operation when you need it most!  Your air conditioner worked long and hard over the summer keeping your home comfortable … and really should be inspected now (or at least before Spring) to ensure …

Safe operation

Optimal comfort levels

Minimal wear to equipment

Energy efficient electrical usage

Just as a clean freshly serviced a/c is important to your comfort during the summer … it is equally important this time of year!

Certain types of heating problems have the potential to double your cost, without providing sufficient warmth!

A dirty evaporator, condenser, or blower can increase the cost of heating your home by up to 50%

Just 100th of an inch of dirt or vegetative growth on an evaporator coil will decrease it’s energy efficiency by 5%

air conditioning coil cleaning


Air conditoning coils after service

Loose panels, caused by vibration, can seriously impact your air conditioning equipment’s energy efficiency

A defective, improperly calibrated, or incorrectly set thermostat will affect your equipment’s effectiveness & cost to run

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Community Cooling & Heating

Ft Myers Air Conditioning Service | Don’t Ignore This Sure Sign Of Trouble

An air conditioner discharging water in uncommon amounts OR in unusual places needs immediate attention!

Air Conditioning service & repair in Ft Myers, Florida


Do yourself a favor and take a look at your outside a/c unit! If your emergency drain pan is constantly putting out moisture to the point of mildew building up and thriving where it discharges there is a good chance your air conditioner needs the services of an air conditioning contractor . Without proper, immediate attention there is a good chance your emergency drain pan can either rust out and leak or become stopped up and overflow resulting in drywall, framing, and/or painting repairs! And the problem’s don’t stop there … if you happen to be away from home when the problem begins furniture, carpeting, clothes, and electronics can be damaged or ruined as well! The water in your a/c’s drain pan is dirty at best, in the worst case scenario …

It Can Be TOXIC!

sludge in air conditioner drain pan.
Sludge in a Fort Myers air conditioners emergency drain pan.

Any build up of fluid in the drain pan … AT ALL

… is a disaster waiting to happen!!!

Nobody wants this kind of muck leaking into their home! It will ruin anything it touches and is without a doubt potentially toxic.  When an emergency drain pan starts to fill up like this on a regular basis it is telling you the primary drain pan has already failed.   This is a disaster just waiting to happen. The only way to avoid the cleanup, the potential structural repairs, and the possibility of having to paint or replace carpet is to call an air conditioning contractor to maintain the integrity of your equipment.

An overflowing drain pan requires immediate attention from a licensed air conditioning contractor!



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Lower Air Conditioning Cost In Ft Myers | Check Your Duct Work

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Your Ducts Moves And Insulates

The Air That Cools Your Home …

Any Leakage Is Significant!

In houses with forced-air heating and cooling systems, ducts are used to distribute conditioned air throughout the house. In a typical house, however, about 20 percent of the air that moves through the duct system is lost due to leaks, holes, and poorly connected ducts. The result is higher utility bills and difficulty keeping the house comfortable, no matter how the thermostat is set.

How do you know that your home has poorly performing ducts?

  • you have high summer and winter utility bills;
  • you have rooms that are difficult to heat and cool;
  • you have stuffy rooms that never seem to feel comfortable;
  • your ducts are located in an attic, crawlspace, or the garage;
  • you find tangled or kinked flexible ducts in your system.

Because ducts are often concealed in walls, ceiling, attics, and basements, repairing them can be difficult. But there are things that you can do to improve duct performance in your house.

Your A/C Contractor Should Check Your Duct Work

During Your Annual Inspection!

Some homeowners choose to take on duct sealing as a do-it-yourself project. Start by sealing air leaks using mastic sealant and/or metal tape and insulating all the ducts that you can access (such as those in attics, crawlspaces, unfinished basements, and garages). Never use duct tape, as it is not long-lasting. Also, make sure that the connections at vents and registers are well-sealed where they meet the floors, walls, and ceiling. These are common locations to find leaks and disconnected ductwork.


Many homeowners choose to hire a professional air conditioning contractor for duct improvement projects. Most heating and cooling contractors also repair ductwork. Look for a contractor who will:

  • Inspect the whole duct system, including the attic, basement, and crawl space (if you have these).
  • Repair or replace damaged, disconnected, or undersized ducts and straighten out flexible ducts that are tangled or crushed.
  • Evaluate the system’s supply and return air balance. Many systems have air return ducts that are too small.
  • Seal leaks and connections with mastic, metal tape, or an aerosol-based sealant.
  • Seal gaps behind registers and grills where the duct meets the floor, wall, or ceiling.
  • Insulate ducts in unconditioned areas with insulation that carries an R-value of 6 or higher.
  • Include a new filter as part of any duct system improvement.
  • Use diagnostic tools to evaluate air flow after repairs are completed.
  • Ensure there is no back drafting of gas or oil-burning appliances, and conduct a combustion safety test after ducts are sealed.


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Air Conditioning Service Ft Myers | Glossary Of A/C Terms

In the process of gathering information for posts about air conditioning services in Ft Myers I quickly realized there are a number of terms and words I didn’t understand.  I looked around the web and found this glossary on wikipedia and found it quite useful.  Thought I would share it here … hope it is helpful!

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HVAC terms

air changes per hour
Main article: Air changes per hour
The number of times per hour that the volume of a specific room or building is supplied or removed from that space by mechanical and natural ventilation. Abbreviated ACH.
air conditioner
Main article: Air conditioner
An appliance, system, or mechanism designed to dehumidify and extract heat from an area. Usually this term is reserved for smaller self contained units such as a residential system.
air handler or air handling unit
Main article: Air handler
A central unit consisting of a blower, heating and cooling elements, filter racks or chamber, dampers, humidifier, and other central equipment in direct contact with the airflow. This does not include the ductwork through the building. Abbreviated AH or AHU.
British thermal unit
Main article: British thermal unit
Any of several units of energy (heat) in the HVAC industry, each slightly more than 1 kJ. One BTU is the energy required to raise one pound of water one degree Fahrenheit, but the many different types of BTU are based on different interpretations of this “definition”. In the United States the power of HVAC systems (the rate of cooling and dehumidifying or heating) is sometimes expressed in BTU/hour instead of watts. Abbreviated BTU or Btu.
Main article: Chiller
A device that removes heat from a liquid via a vapor-compression or absorption refrigeration cycle. This cooled liquid flows through pipes in a building and passes through coils in air handlers, fan-coil units, or other systems, cooling and usually dehumidifying the air in the building. Chillers are of two types; air-cooled or water-cooled. Air-cooled chillers are usually outside and consist of condenser coils cooled by fan-driven air. Water-cooled chillers are usually inside a building, and heat from these chillers is carried by recirculating water to a heat sink such as an outdoor cooling tower.
Equipment that performs heat transfer to air when mounted inside an air handling unit or ductwork. It is heated or cooled by electrical means or by circulating liquid or steam within it.
Main article: Condenser
A component in the basic refrigeration cycle that ejects or removes heat from the system. The condenser is the hot side of an air conditioner or heat pump. Condensers are heat exchangers, and can transfer heat to air or to an intermediate fluid (such as water or an aqueous solution of ethylene glycol) to carry heat to a distant sink, such as ground (earth sink), a body of water, or air (as with cooling towers).
constant air volume
Main article: Constant air volume
A system designed to provide a constant air flow. This term is applied to HVAC systems that have variable supply-air temperature but constant air flow rates. Most residential forced-air systems are small CAV systems with on/off control. Abbreviated CAV.
A device that controls the operation of part or all of a system. It may simply turn a device on and off, or it may more subtly modulate the set point of components. Most controllers are automatic but have user input such as temperature set points, e.g. a thermostat. Controls may be analog or digital.
Main article: Damper (architecture)
A plate or gate placed in a duct to control air flow by increasing friction in the duct.
deep lake water cooling
The heat is rejected to deep lake regions to cool homes and offices, reducing the energy costs.
(Also delta T) a reference to a temperature difference. It is used to describe the difference in temperature of a heating or cooling fluid as it enters and as it leaves a system.
Main article: Duct (HVAC)
Specialized housing for the air flow.
Main article: Evaporator
A component in the basic refrigeration cycle that absorbs or adds heat to the system. Evaporators can be used to absorb heat from air or from a liquid. The evaporator is the cold side of an air conditioner or heat pump.
fan coil unit
Main article: Fan coil unit
A small terminal unit that is often composed of only a blower and a heating and/or cooling coil, as is often used in hotels, condominiums, or apartments. Abbreviated FCU.
A transfer of fluid volume per unit time.
fresh air intake
An opening through which outside air is drawn into the building. This may be to replace air in the building that has been exhausted by the ventilation system, or to provide fresh air for combustion of fuel. Abbreviated FAI.
Main article: Furnace
A component of an HVAC system that adds heat to air or an intermediate fluid by burning fuel (natural gas, oil, propane, butane, or other flammable substances) in a heat exchanger.
A facing across a duct opening, often rectangular in shape, containing multiple parallel slots through which air may be delivered or withdrawn from a ventilated space. The grille directs the air flow in a particular direction and prevents the passage of large items.
heat load, heat loss, heat gain
Terms for the amount of heating (heat loss) or cooling (heat gain) needed to maintain desired temperatures and humidities in controlled air. Regardless of how well-insulated and sealed a building is, buildings gain heat from sunlight, conduction through the walls, and internal heat sources such as people and electrical equipment. Buildings lose heat through conduction during cold weather. Engineers use a heat load calculations to determine the HVAC needs of the space being cooled or heated.
intermediate fluid
A liquid or gas used to transfer heat between two heat exchangers. An intermediate fluid is used when the hot and cold fluids are too bulky (such as air) or difficult to handle (such as halocarbon refrigerant) to directly transfer the heat.
  1. Components made of multiple smaller blades, sometimes adjustable, placed in ducts or duct entries to control the volume of air flow. When used inside of ducts, their function is similar to that of adamper, but they can be manufactured to fit larger openings than a single-piece damper.
  2. Blades in a rectangular frame placed in doors or walls to permit the movement of air.
makeup air unit
An air handler that conditions 100% outside air. Typically used in industrial or commercial settings, or in “once-through” (blower sections that only blow air one-way into the building), “low flow” (air handling systems that blow air at a low flow rate), or “primary-secondary” (air handling systems that have an air handler or rooftop unit connected to an add-on makeup unit or hood) commercial HVAC systems. Abbreviated MAU.
minimum outside air
The lowest amount of fresh air flow that can be allowed into a recirculating system. This limit is sent to ensure that the interior air remains safe and comfortable to breathe.
outside air damper
An automatic louver or damper that controls the fresh air flow into an air handler and modulates to the most energy efficient setting.
packaged terminal air conditioner
An air conditioner and heater combined into a single, electrically-powered unit, typically installed through a wall and often found in hotels. Abbreviated PTAC.
packaged unit or rooftop unit
Main article: Packaged unit
An air-handling unit, defined as either “recirculating” or “once-through” design, made specifically for outdoor installation. They most often include, internally, their own heating and cooling devices. Very common in some regions, particularly in single-story commercial buildings. Abbreviated RTU.
plenum space
An enclosed space inside a building or other structure, used for airflow. Often refers to the space between a dropped ceiling and the structural ceiling or a raised floor and the hard floor. Distinct fromductwork as a plenum is part of the structure itself. Cable and piping within a plenum must be properly rated for its fire and smoke indices.
Main article: Psychrometrics
The study of the behavior of air-water vapor mixtures. Water vapor plays an important role in energy transfer and human comfort in HVAC design.
smoke damper
damper or adjustable louver designed to augment the ventilation of a space during a fire.
General term used to refer to the set or a subset of components that perform a specific HVAC function within a building.
terminal unit
A small component that contains a heating coil, cooling coil, automatic damper, or some combination of the three. Used to control the temperature of a single room. Abbreviated TU.
thermal zone
An individual space or group of neighboring indoor spaces that the HVAC designer expects will have similar thermal loads. Building codes may require zoning to save energy in commercial buildings. Zones are defined in the building to reduce the number of HVAC subsystems, and thus initial cost. For example, for perimeter offices, rather than one zone for each office, all offices facing west can be combined into one zone. Small residences typically have only one conditioned thermal zone, plus unconditioned spaces such as garages, attics, and crawlspaces, and basements.
variable air volume
Main article: Variable air volume
An HVAC system that has a stable supply-air temperature, and varies the air flow rate to meet the temperature requirements. Compared to constant air volume systems, these systems conserve energy through lower fan speeds during times of lower temperature control demand. Most new commercial buildings have VAV systems. VAVs may be bypass type or pressure dependent. Pressure dependent type VAVs save energy while both types help in maintaining temperature of the zone that it feeds. Abbreviated VAV.


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Florida Air Conditioning Upgrade Rebates On Hold

A 17.5 million dollar rebate program that would have helped home owners in Ft Myers, and all across the state of Florida has been put on hold. Legislators are currently debating the value of the program and how to free the money up. Money has been made available by the Federal Government, but, it is tied to a “Solar Rebate” program. Some are now saying those who claimed the money could be used for A/C upgrades spoke too soon. The Florida air conditioning industry is extremely hopeful that the solar and A/C programs can be separated and the A/C portion of it can move forward. Florida has a lot to gain from the program …

  • Upgraded A/C units require less power from our power plants reducing demand from our limited resources.
  • Florida will generate sales tax revenue with every upgrade.
  • Counties will collect revenue from the permits generated by the program.
  • A/C contractors will have more work, which will create new jobs, or at least prevent the loss of existing ones.
  • Upgraded A/C units are, in the long run, better for the environment.

Hope fully legislators will see the value in this program and make it available to the public.  Many in the Ft Myers area, already struggling with the recession, would have a difficult time replacing their outdated A/C systems without it.  Feel free to post a comment and tell us how you feel about this important issue!