Frequently Asked Questions


+What is SEER?

Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER)- The higher the SEER rating, the more energy efficient the system will be.

+Do I have the right size system for my house?

The rule of thumb is: 1 ton per every 500 square feet of living space. However, be aware that this is often not the case. (Things that need to be taken into consideration are: vaulted ceilings, insulation, and the number of windows in your house.)

+ What's wrong with my system if air is blowing out of my vents, but the air is not cold?

You can have a loss of refrigerant due to a leak, or you could have a condenser or compressor failure.

+What is the difference between a heat pump and a straight cool system?

A heat pump uses the existing refrigerant circulating the opposite way as it does in cooling to heat the home; a straight cool uses electric coils in the air handler to heat the home. A heat pump is better on your heating bill, but a heat pump has more parts and is more expensive to fix later down the road.

+Why do we have a water leak?

Your A/C unit must be maintained regularly and properly, making sure the filters are clean, and the drains are flushed out properly. Also, there may be too much freon, or not enough.

+Why do we have to maintain our A/C units?

Maintenance on our A/C units is essential for peak efficiency, and since they are one of the most depended on machines in our homes, we cannot afford the inconvenience of having them break down. Remember, we maintain our cars to maintain peak efficiency, our A/C units also need to be maintained. We recommend every 6 months, and to change filters at least once a month.

+My temp is set at 65 why can't my house get that cold?

A/C systems are designed to maintain an indoor temperature of 75 with an outdoor temperature of 91. If your system is not maintaining up to these standards you need to have a professional look at your system.

+What is the purpose of UV Light?

An Ultraviolet light is a very effective way to control airborne microbes. In fact, UV lights have been used for over 70 years in water purification. By installing a UV light it will prevent the HVAC system from spreading harmful bacteria, viruses, and molds. Plus it's a great way to improve the indoor air quality in your home.

+Why does my A/C unit trip the breaker sometimes when it comes on?

Your system should not trip any breakers, if everything is working correctly. The problem could be electrical or your HVAC system, and it would need to be properly diagnosed by a professional.

+I have a excess amount of dust even though the windows are closed, what could the problem be?

There are a number of problems that can give a home this symptom, poor filters, building leaks, duct leaks, etc.

+What is 410A freon?

There are many different types of refrigerant for different applications. R-410 was designed to replace the existing R-22, primarily for the environment. One of the components in R-22 is chlorine which is part of the reason for the damage to the ozone layer. R-410a does not have chlorine in it.

+Why is R22 freon being discontinued?

See answer above.

+My lights dim when my A/C unit comes on, why is this?

The compressors in air conditioning systems require a large amount of electricity in a very short period of time. Please consult with a professional if you are having this problem.

+My A/C only cools the house at night, but will not keep cool during the day?

You should have a service professional assess your system.

+Do I need to turn my A/C off during a storm?

The electrical components inside your HVAC system could be damaged by electrical spikes, surges, etc. We highghly sugest you install a surge protector to protect your system from power surges, electrical spikes, and short cycling.

+Why does the A/C smell like smoke when I turn the heater on?

Whatever particles your filter does not catch goes through your entire HVAC system and ductwork. These particles can accumulate on your heater, which burns off when your heat turns on. It is good practice to test your heat a few times per year. This will help the components of the heating system and prevent a large build up on the heater.

+Can I use filters in both the grill and in the air handler unit? Does it hurt the units at all?

You should only have one filter in your HVAC system at a time. Any more could cause a restriction and damage your unit.

+Are electrostatic filters better for indoor air quality? Are they expensive?

Affordable Air Solutions highly recommends not to use this type of filter.

+What are the best filters to get for a normal unit?

We highly recommend PLEATED FILTERS for a standard system.

+With regular maintenance how long should my A/C unit last on the average?

With Florida's harsh temperatures and humidity our A/C systems do not get much of a break, but you should expect 8-10 years with a properly maintained system.