Citywide HVAC Services https://citywidehvacservices.com Mon, 21 Sep 2020 22:45:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Removing Cigarette Odor From Home AC Unit https://citywidehvacservices.com/removing-cigarette-odor-from-home-ac-unit/ Sun, 30 Apr 2017 12:28:26 +0000 http://citywidehvacservices.com/?p=567 The continual scent of smoke – particularly from cigarettes – could be an inconvenience that becomes an actual issue, causing allergies and frustration. When the odor of smoke is emanating from an air-conditioning (AC) unit, the smell can be very distasteful. Removing the odor is a bit of a task, but it can be done […]

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The continual scent of smoke – particularly from cigarettes – could be an inconvenience that becomes an actual issue, causing allergies and frustration. When the odor of smoke is emanating from an air-conditioning (AC) unit, the smell can be very distasteful. Removing the odor is a bit of a task, but it can be done thanks to the components of the AC unit that allow easy accessibility to clean.

This short article gives you the best remedy for removing cigarette odor from your AC unit.

You will require a cleaning cloth, towel, small brush, and vinegar.

  • Unplug your AC unit.
  • Remove the air filter – this will slide out from the front or side of your unit.
  • Soak the air filter in hot soapy water, then wipe it clean with the cloth.
  • Ensure the air filter is completely dry before re-installation.
  • N/B: If necessary you may need to replace the air filter.
  • Mix a spray container with a fifty-fifty mix of water and white vinegar.
  • Vacuum the dust off the coils located behind the air filter; additionally, vacuum the coils at the back of the AC unit outside of your house.
  • Spray the coils with water/vinegar solution, and use the brush to scrub them clean.
  • Rinse well with water and dry thoroughly.
  • Slide the air filter back into position.
  • Clean the outside of the unit with spray solution, and dry.
  • Your HVAC should now be smoke-free. For more heavy duty odors this process may need to be repeated as necessary.

Your AC unit may have ultraviolet (UV) light air filtration, which aids to eliminate chemical smells, air contaminants, and smoke.
These UV lights are located in the air ducts, where these problems tend to start.

If your air conditioner is in urgent need of service and maintenance, please call (813) 296-5462 today!

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Regular AC Maintenance Gives You Peace of Mind Over Summer https://citywidehvacservices.com/regular-ac-maintenance-gives-you-peace-of-mind-over-summer/ Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:24:27 +0000 http://citywidehvacservices.com/?p=564 Throughout the peak of summer, your AC needs regular maintenance for excellent performance and to avoid any ongoing system issues. It is recommended at the beginning of summer to have your HVAC professionally inspected and serviced. This service entails – cleaning the condenser, the evaporator coils, the air filter and the fan; a routine check […]

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Throughout the peak of summer, your AC needs regular maintenance for excellent performance and to avoid any ongoing system issues.

It is recommended at the beginning of summer to have your HVAC professionally inspected and serviced.
This service entails – cleaning the condenser, the evaporator coils, the air filter and the fan; a routine check of the cooling agent and the electrical circuit; lubrication of components.
A professional service for summer will guarantee the highest performance of your HVAC, and will also ensure your warranty remains valid.

Inspect the Air Filter Often

Check your air filter monthly throughout summer, and replace when necessary. The air filter prevents harmful airborne bacteria; it also allows for the best quality airflow when clean. A clogged air filter can cause dust and dirt accumulation on the evaporator coil located behind – which in turn lowers the systems capacity to cool – and can potentially cause damage to the system.

Maintain the Condenser Coil (outside the unit)

Poor air flow around the condenser coil can cause the motor to overheat and malfunction. Regular removal of any debris, branches, leaves or other objects that obstruct air movement is necessary – clean the condenser coil thoroughly and wipe down the unit to keep it in good condition.

Maintain the Evaporator Coil Annually

Once a year use a small brush and vacuum, and remove dirt, hair and foreign particles from the evaporator coil, to avoid cooling issues and system damage, and to boost your HVAC’s overall performance.

To arrange a professional service for your AC, phone (813) 296-5462.

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AC Maintenance Before Summer Arrives https://citywidehvacservices.com/ac-maintenance-before-summer-arrives/ Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:18:55 +0000 http://citywidehvacservices.com/?p=560 The Tampa summer season will be upon us quickly, with heat rising to the 80s and 90s. To guarantee your AC unit keeps you cool this summer, book in a professional service before the hot weather strikes. A routine AC maintenance schedule ensures the greatest delivery of cool air into your home. For top rated […]

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The Tampa summer season will be upon us quickly, with heat rising to the 80s and 90s.

To guarantee your AC unit keeps you cool this summer, book in a professional service before the hot weather strikes.
A routine AC maintenance schedule ensures the greatest delivery of cool air into your home.

For top rated local hvac repair in Tampa, call (813) 296-5462 today!

Advantages of a Preventative Maintenance Plan

Ensure your AC unit is operating at peak performance day in, day out, with a preventative maintenance plan.
The advantages of regular scheduling include:

  • Classification as a top priority customer for emergency call-outs
  • Less likelihood of emergency breakdowns
  • Reduced energy costs in the peak of summer
  • Extended lifetime of usage of your AC unit before needing to replace it, due to regular maintenance and replacing of parts.

What to Expect From a Scheduled Maintenance Service

Your regular maintenance service will cover all aspects of your AC unit, with any issues resolved on the spot.

  • Monitoring and recording of your AC units performance and temperature, and readjustment to the manual model requirements if necessary.

Inspection and servicing of:

  • Fan motor
  • Cooling agent
  • Electrical wiring and points
  • Bearings
  • Flush out pipes
  • Lubricate components

Your friendly service technician will give you a record of the report and work carried out.

For more information on booking scheduled maintenance services, phone Citywide HVAC Services at (813) 296-5462.

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AC System Preventative Maintenance: Spring is the Time https://citywidehvacservices.com/ac-system-preventative-maintenance-spring-is-the-time/ Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:14:19 +0000 http://citywidehvacservices.com/?p=557 Springtime is the perfect season for a regular professional ac maintenance service; avoid the inconvenience of a breakdown in the height of summer and the non-availability of qualified maintenance staff – who have a high call-out rate at this crucial time when the family’s need for quality cooling is at its greatest. Take advantage of […]

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Man fixing air conditioning unitSpringtime is the perfect season for a regular professional ac maintenance service; avoid the inconvenience of a breakdown in the height of summer and the non-availability of qualified maintenance staff – who have a high call-out rate at this crucial time when the family’s need for quality cooling is at its greatest.

Take advantage of this cooler season and call your friendly professional HVAC service provider.

For emergency and affordable thermostat replacement in Tampa, give us a call today (813) 296-5462

Four reasons springtime is the best period for preventative maintenance of your AC unit:

  • Warranty Compliance – your guarantee terms require regular annual servicing of your unit
    (without a document of scheduled yearly maintenance you could be refused insurance coverage)
  • Certified HVAC Providers – specialize in guaranteed workmanship
  • Reduced Operating Costs – prolong the effectiveness and lifespan of your AC unit, and reduce costs of expensive parts and power bills
  • Preventative Inspections – allow your area professional to do an analysis on your AC unit, and disclose potentially incipient issues that might cause significant problems later on, when your system is under the stress of high temperatures and consistent usageTaking care of the smaller details now saves time and money in the long run.

Beat the summer rush and have a preventative maintenance service in spring – call the HVAC specialists at Citywide HVAC Services (813) 296-5462.

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Available AC Air Filter Options https://citywidehvacservices.com/available-ac-air-filter-options/ Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:03:43 +0000 http://citywidehvacservices.com/?p=554 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) research finds that interior air could be 100x more contaminated than outside air, calling for a need to detoxify our homes. To improve the interior air quality, we need to ensure our AC unit air filters are clean, and to replace them when necessary. Filters are one of the first […]

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) research finds that interior air could be 100x more contaminated than outside air, calling for a need to detoxify our homes. To improve the interior air quality, we need to ensure our AC unit air filters are clean, and to replace them when necessary. Filters are one of the first things we check when conducting air conditioning repair.

Clogged and dirty air filters cause your AC unit to age faster by making it work harder to accomplish the same degree of efficiency. When installing or replacing the air filter consider the type and size for your unit to operate reliably, filter more particles and decrease power consumption.

 Available 24/7 for all your air conditioning repair needs – call us: (813)296 5462.
To test whether your air filter is due for replacement, consider the below points:

Air filter efficiency
With time and use, filters become less effective. Rather than capturing the larger particles, older filters are compromised and can allow them to stream into your home environment

Blocked air flow
Blocked air filters cause fans to slow down, and place a strain on the motor

Pathogenic activity
Seasonal viruses and bacteria can be reduced with the replacement of your old air filters
Monitor your environment to pre-empt high-risk periods and to take precautions regarding airborne bacteria

The 4 Types of Air Conditioning Filters:

There are various types of air filters in the marketplace today. Speak with an HVAC specialist to establish the best type for your AC unit.
The 4 major types of filters are listed below:

Fiberglass filters

The fiberglass AC filters are the least expensive. They have a sticky surface area where dust and particles are trapped – however small parts still tend to slip through the filter, making this type of filter the least efficient. There is no need to clean fiberglass filters as their life expectancy is only a month. When the filter is dirty and clogged this causes pressure drop, and it is simply thrown out and replaced with a new one.

Pleated air conditioning filters

This filter has an intricately woven textile with pleats that offer an additional layer of defense. The pleated surface area assists in capturing 50% more air particles than the fiberglass filter.
These filters are a little more expensive and their lifespan is around 3 months.

Electrostatic filters

Unlike the other filters which are mechanical, the electrostatic filters take advantage of static as the air molecules are positively charged by friction between the filter and the air – dirt, dust and also various other irritants are attached to the layers in the filter as they pass through.  You can purchase these filters in differing densities and filtering degrees. Electrostatic filters are generally cleaned twice a year, by vacuuming the attached dust, and then hosing the filter down. Electrostatic filters are also suitable for duct systems.

HEPA filters

HEPA stands for High-Efficiency Particulate Arrestance. HEPA filters are available in 2 categories: the “True HEPA” filters (certified to meet the HEPA standard); and other HEPA-like filters. True HEPA filters have an ability to eliminate approximately 99.97 percent of airborne particles determining 0.3 micrometers in diameter and above. HEPA-like and other sub-par filters, on the other hand, may come reasonably close, or conversely, will fall significantly short of the HEPA filtration, making them truly inferior.
True HEPA filters are thought to be one of the most effective – as a result of their high expense, HEPA filters are often advised for use in homes where people are experiencing respiratory ailments.

Whichever filter you pick, it has to be the right dimension, expertly set up, and examined frequently for cleaning as well as replacing. By doing this, you will guarantee optimal performance and energy efficiency.

For a comprehensive review of the best air filter for your AC unit, call us now: (813) 296-5462

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My Air Conditioner Is Leaking Water! https://citywidehvacservices.com/my-air-conditioner-is-leaking-water/ Wed, 19 Apr 2017 07:53:07 +0000 http://citywidehvacservices.com/?p=551 It’s a service call that we receive from time to time – a homeowner is concerned that their AC unit is dripping water. Whilst this appears to be the case, AC units don’t actually contain water, and water around the unit isn’t an exact indication that the system itself is leaking water.  This doesn’t mean […]

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It’s a service call that we receive from time to time – a homeowner is concerned that their AC unit is dripping water. Whilst this appears to be the case, AC units don’t actually contain water, and water around the unit isn’t an exact indication that the system itself is leaking water.  This doesn’t mean you’re imagining things – however – it may not be specifically a system leakage as much as a cooling agent leak.
For more information why your AC unit may be dripping, read below. Additionally, for all HVAC installation and ac repair solutions in Tampa, arrange an appointment with us today.

Interested in speaking with a professional about your ac repair in Tampa? Call us today (813) 296-5462

Where Is This Water Coming From?

One typical reason for water leaking from your AC unit is the above-mentioned cooling agent (refrigerant) issue. You aren’t actually seeing refrigerant, you’re seeing the end result of the process: your AC has evaporator coils, which cool the surrounding air with the aid of the refrigerant. The warm air outside the coils converts the refrigerant gas back into a liquid, which is then carried outside with the help of a second set of coils called condenser coils.
Three reasons you may see the moisture from these coils leaking into your house are:

  • The overflow drain pan in your AC unit is has a crack or hole in it
  • The air filter may be clogged

The condensate line is blocked or clogged – causing condensation to back up and flood the overflow pan.


If you have any concerns regarding condensation dripping from your AC unit, call us now to rectify this issue – Ph (813) 296-5462

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Is Your Air Conditioner Shutting Down Prematurely? https://citywidehvacservices.com/is-your-air-conditioner-shutting-down-prematurely/ Mon, 17 Apr 2017 09:49:21 +0000 http://citywidehvacservices.com/?p=548 Your AC unit shutting down prematurely (short cycling) could be for a number of reasons – let’s explore in-depth what could be causing short cycling in your AC unit. As your system has a very high voltage, please do not attempt to fix any complex issues by yourself – an experienced ac repair man will […]

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Your AC unit shutting down prematurely (short cycling) could be for a number of reasons – let’s explore in-depth what could be causing short cycling in your AC unit. As your system has a very high voltage, please do not attempt to fix any complex issues by yourself – an experienced ac repair man will ensure your safety and your AC units optimal performance at a very reasonable cost. Don’t wait until the hot summer season is upon you, and jeopardize your comfort and well-being – have your unit checked if you are noticing it is short cycling.

Call (813) 296-5462 for professional air conditioning services in Tampa!

What Causes Short Cycling?

Short cycling could be happening to your AC unit for one of the following reasons:

  • Clogged Air Filter: a clogged air filter puts increased pressure on your AC unit, as it is compensating for the loss of air flow, causing the blower motor and compressor to overheat, and subsequently short cycling your air conditioner.
  • Damaged Thermostat: your thermostat could be damaged, causing temperature levels to be erratic. Additionally, the thermostat sensor could have been knocked and is no longer able to measure the temperature. Many thermostats have batteries that can power down, which in turn causes your AC unit to work less efficiently.
  • Oversized AC Unit: When your air conditioner is oversized it may be too powerful for your home, and will cool the room quickly, shut off, then wait for the room to heat up again before turning on.  This short cycling often leads to big temperature swings in your home, frequent breakdowns and high energy bills.
  • Iced evaporator coils. Ice can build up on your evaporator coils for a number of reasons and can cause a domino effect of problems that force your air conditioner to shut down soon after it turns on.

For the best thermostat replacement in Tampa, please call us today at (813) 296-5462

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Is It Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner? https://citywidehvacservices.com/is-it-time-to-replace-your-air-conditioner/ Fri, 14 Apr 2017 10:41:45 +0000 http://citywidehvacservices.com/?p=545 If your AC unit is stopping and starting frequently, inconsistent with air flow temperatures, or ineffective in controlling humidity, it may be due to its age or its size. Initially, AC systems were often large, to guarantee their effectiveness in the hottest of conditions, however other factors weren’t taken into consideration that triggered short cycling […]

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If your AC unit is stopping and starting frequently, inconsistent with air flow temperatures, or ineffective in controlling humidity, it may be due to its age or its size.
Initially, AC systems were often large, to guarantee their effectiveness in the hottest of conditions, however other factors weren’t taken into consideration that triggered short cycling and recurring issues. Nowadays we install units based upon each individual house condition, to ensure much greater efficiency and reduced electricity costs.

Looking to buy a new air conditioning system? Call us on (813) 296-5462 to talk to a professional staff member.

With progressive research and development, upgraded versions of AC units are significantly more functional compared to those made even 8-10 years earlier, ie. an SEER16 model today will conserve about 38% more energy than an SEER10 design did 10 years ago, saving hundreds of dollars annually.

If you’re unsure whether your AC system is due for replacement, don’t wait until the
height of summer before addressing this concern. The benefits of having a new model installed by our qualified HVAC specialists will be immediately apparent.

Some indications that your system is outdated and/or no longer efficient are:

  • A noisy AC unit – inside or outside your house. New units are extremely quiet compared to the older models
  • Constant maintenance issues with your AC unit, requiring valuable time and money
  • Effective controlling of humidity – your system needs to be correctly sized for the room it is cooling.

Your Citywide HVAC professional will calculate the appropriately sized system that your house requires for its optimal performance.
Call Citywide HVAC Services for advice regarding the latest brands when replacing your AC unit – at (813) 296-5462.

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An AC Maintenance Agreement – A Worthwhile Investment https://citywidehvacservices.com/an-ac-maintenance-agreement-a-worthwhile-investment/ Wed, 12 Apr 2017 11:32:56 +0000 http://citywidehvacservices.com/?p=541 When you purchase a new AC system, it is highly recommended that you establish a routine maintenance program to guarantee the efficiency and longevity of your unit. Like all appliances AC systems have a life expectancy – usually of approximately 15 years, however, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has disclosed that many systems don’t even […]

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When you purchase a new AC system, it is highly recommended that you establish a routine maintenance program to guarantee the efficiency and longevity of your unit.
Like all appliances AC systems have a life expectancy – usually of approximately 15 years, however, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has disclosed that many systems don’t even last past 6 years, due to neglect and/or unskilled maintenance.

The short-term savings gained from cheap labour – or not servicing your AC unit will most probably lead to a higher expense down the track; this is why it is important that you can trust quality work is carried out – our qualified technicians can guarantee their workmanship.
As with all investments, your air conditioner is an expensive item – and you will appreciate the great value it returns you with regular attention – the cooling and comfort of your home, and elimination of dirt, dust and microorganisms that cause allergies and disease.

Call today at (813)296 5462 for your emergency AC repair needs!

AC Maintenance Agreement

An AC Maintenance Service Agreement is a legal document, binding to both parties fulfilling their side of the agreement.
Your HVAC professional will be responsible for servicing your AC unit as scheduled; and your duty will be to provide ease of access to the system, along with any information required for the upkeep of the AC unit.

Is It Worth The Investment?

This is a question many people ask – especially those people who haven’t utilised an AC Maintenance Agreement in the past.
Some household owners feel it is just a plan to outsmart them of their hard-earned money; others feel it is too excessive and will not return the benefits to justify the cost.
However, below are some of the advantages you will gain from participating in an AC Maintenance Agreement with a reputable HVAC service provider:

Longer System Lifespan and Improved System Performance:

An AC Maintenance Agreement offers you peace of mind that the life of your AC unit will be extended to its maximum capacity – each service will entail inspection of the whole unit; thus resolving any problems quickly to avoid issues at a later date.
Heatpump, heaters, filters, condensates, evaporator coils and other parts are examined on a routine basis; cooling agent (refrigerant) and filters, etc. cleaned and replaced when necessary, enhancing your AC units efficiency, and saving you on energy consumption.

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VIP Treatment and Discounts:

When you enter into an AC Maintenance Agreement, you obtain certain benefits as a VIP member; discounts on your scheduled payments will guarantee we keep you as a long-term valued customer.
Complimentary air filter replacements; HVAC audits, and any brand discounts and other rewards will be passed on to you.
If your AC unit has unexpected problems, you will have specialized priority above any other standard call-out jobs, with prompt and reliable service.

Documentation of Maintenance:

Every service of your AC Maintenance Agreement will be documented fully; listing the date, and the inspection carried out, and any servicing done on your unit.
This is of utmost importance when validating your warranty; if you need to have compensation for your system due to failure, the documentation and proof of regularly scheduled maintenance will validate the warranty, and cover the expenses of this inconvenience.
Citywide HVAC Services keep records of every service for such an instance as this.

Save cash and energy with a brand-new heat pump installation from Citywide HVAC Services – call us today (813) 296-5462.

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Boost Air Conditioning Efficiency in Your Tampa Home With These Tips https://citywidehvacservices.com/boost-air-conditioning-efficiency-in-your-tampa-home-with-these-tips/ Mon, 10 Apr 2017 10:13:10 +0000 http://citywidehvacservices.com/?p=537 As the summer period comes upon us, the temperatures just keep rising – being indoors in a cool environment out of the scorching sun is every persons desire. Here are some tips to boost your AC units effectiveness and to reduce power – saving you cash, reducing your carbon footprint and protecting against any long […]

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As the summer period comes upon us, the temperatures just keep rising – being indoors in a cool environment out of the scorching sun is every persons desire.
Here are some tips to boost your AC units effectiveness and to reduce power – saving you cash, reducing your carbon footprint and protecting against any long term issues.

Yearly maintenance:

If you haven’t already arranged for a yearly check up of your AC system, today is the day to do so. Maintenance by a certified expert will consist of examining the unit to remove dirt and dust; inspecting all operational components; tightening and lubricating of parts; replacing air filters and cooling agent if necessary, etc.

For effective and affordable HVAC repair in Tampa, give us a call today (813)296 5462

Do It Yourself Maintenance:

While a yearly maintenance, and/or regular scheduled services will certainly boost your AC units performance, there are a couple of month-to-month jobs you can also to do to preserve it throughout the summer season.

  • Check the air filter for dust and dirt build-up, and either vacuum and wash out your filter, or replace it when necessary, to avoid putting undue pressure on the fan – which decreases your systems overall performance.
  • Ensure the outside units casing isn’t blocked with vegetation, dirt and debris, keep the area 2 feet around your unit free from any plant-life, and wash down the unit when necessary.
  • Make sure the area in your house that you’re cooling is sealed off properly, to avoid over-exertion of your unit; seal windows and doors.
  • Use a ceiling fan to enhance your AC units efficiency, this may enable you to reduce the temperature as the fan distributes the air flow more evenly.

For more details concerning how you could enhance your AC effectiveness this summertime, please do not hesitate to call us at Citywide HVAC Services Ph (813) 296-5462.

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