A dirty air filter can cause your AC to not work properly. Clogged air filters can cause your unit to:
- Run without cooling - A clogged filter restricts airflow to your unit, essentially blocking outgoing humid air from flowing. Your unit will try to compensate by running more often but the air won’t feel as cool.
- Freeze up - A dirty air filter restricts the flow of cold air from the unit, causing it to build up in the AC and eventually freeze the coils.
- Lose efficiency - Units that are not functioning properly end up costing you money in added energy costs while also keeping your house at an uncomfortable temperature.
To learn more, call Total Air at 727-822-7700. One of our expert team members can help answer any question you may have on filters and air conditioning maintenance. We also offer an AC maintenance service to clean and check your system, helping it run smoothly and efficiently all year long.
You can use your HVAC to purify the air in your house from dust, leading to a healthier and cleaner environment, in the following ways:
- Increase filter’s MERV rating - Changing your air filter regularly is essential, but what can help even more is to improve the type of filter you install. All filters are given a MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) rating, with the higher the rating, the smaller the particles it will prevent from passing through the filter. With a higher MERV filter, you will have less dust in your home.
- Use your HVAC fan after cleaning - When you dust, particles are scattered into the air and can travel through your home, settling somewhere else. If you switch your system to ON instead of AUTO after dusting or vacuuming, the HVAC will help remove these scattered dust particles. Don’t forget to switch it back to AUTO after some time passes.
To learn more or if you have questions, call Total Air at 727-822-7700. We have been providing heating and cooling services to the St. Petersburg area since 2003 and have years of experience repairing and maintaining HVACs. Call today!
There are a number of reasons why an air conditioner will stop working. The most common reasons include:
- Faulty circuit breaker or fuse.
- Refrigerant leak.
- Frozen coil.
- Damaged fan blades, compressor, electrical connections and contacts.
- Faulty thermostat.
If your air conditioner has stopped working, call Total Air at 727-822-7700 for air conditioner repair service. We provide 24-hour, 7-day-a-week emergency service. Our certified technicians are held to the highest standards of courtesy and professionalism. They are licensed and certified as well as trained on the latest innovations in HVAC technology. If your air is out, don’t hesitate to call.
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Alan - St. Petersburg, FL 33709
Very polite very customer friendly would recommend him to anybody
Vicky - St. Petersburg, FL 33709
Very polite very customer friendly would recommend him to everyone
Diane - St. Petersburg, FL 33713
Nathan was kind, experienced, and non-stop
Stovall - St. Petersburg, FL 33704
Dykstra - St. Petersburg, FL 33710
She took the time to make sure everything was working and served chef throughly
Anne - St. Petersburg, FL 33710
The team of Casey, Kier, Issiah, Jon, and Sherill were fantastic. They worked so efficiently and did such an awesome job on my new ductwork. I am very pleased with Total Air.
Great and professional service
Gallon - St. Petersburg, FL 33712
Wade found the problem causing the turn off the compressor. He identified it very fast. A breaker was changed the next morning.
Professional and Knowledgable
Wendy - St. Petersburg, FL 33710
Jon Conklin was great
AllyH - St. Petersburg, FL 33703
Jon C is always a pleasure to deal with!
Eric - St. Petersburg, FL 33703
Great Company Great Technicians
Ellson - St. Petersburg, FL 33704
Always on time and courteous.
John - St. Petersburg, FL 33705
He was very knowledgeable. And his recommendations made very good sense.
Terrific service! Loved Jeff’s knowledge and positive attitude.
Esme - St. Petersburg, FL 33703
Great experience working with Jeff at Total AC!
Air Conditioner renewal
Michael - St. Petersburg, FL 33713
Tom, the technician arrived exactly on time, assessed the old air conditioning system which is more than 20 years old and made recommendations on the need to replace this unit. Quickly set up a follow up for Total Air to come out to the cottage to provide an estimate. Friendly, knowledgable and very professional service and would highly recommend TotalvAir for all HVAC needs
Stephens - St. Petersburg, FL 33713
J. - St. Petersburg, FL 33713
Very thorough and great explanations of what needs to be done. I appreciate the photos on top of the roof since I can’t access that area.
Kevin - St. Petersburg, FL 33704
Jon was pleasant, communicative, professional, and informative.
Veronica - St. Petersburg, FL 33711
Nathan was knowledgeable, personable, and thorough.
Very Nice and Professional
Boyce - St. Petersburg, FL 33713
Nathan was on time, very respectful and kept me in the loop on all he was doing.
Very prompt service
Wayne - St. Petersburg, FL 33704
Called total air Saturday night and Tom, the service tech, was at my house by 10:30 the next morning. Great response
Nikki - St. Petersburg, FL 33715
Excellent Professional Service
JOSE VALIENTE - St. Petersburg, FL 33710
Nathan was prompt and professional. Identified the problem and corrected the issues. Highly recommend.
ELIZABETH - St. Petersburg, FL 33708
Friendly Techs; Could’ve Done More
Greg - St. Petersburg, FL 33716
The AC tech came out to look at my AC handler which was leaking water. Advised it would be around $2K to fix coil, so I figured best to replace unit. The first tech drained the upstairs AC handler pan and advised another tech would be over in a hour to quote a replacement unit. I paid $79 for that visit. The second tech got there about an hour later and the handler filled back up with water. He suggested to turn the safety valve upside down and let it pour water into a bucket to allow the AC to run - and then gave me a quote for the replacement. I called a buddy of mine for advice and find out that a reputable company would have also offered to clean out the drain pipe for a possible clog. So I did that myself, with a shop vac, and the unit is working perfectly - no water overflow. I feel like I paid $79 for a replacement estimate, which is typically no charge. But I will say, both techs were very kind - just wish they would have offered the extra step of unclogging my drain pipe so that I wouldn’t have to dump buckets of water over night.
John - St. Petersburg, FL 33709
No cool. Found failed thermostat causing no cool. Replaced with a honeywell t6 and cycled system. Showed home owner how to operate new thermostat. System now operating normally again.
No cool Found breaker tripped due to high voltage short. Found failed blower speed relay melted from over heating. Replaced relay and cycles system. System operating normally again. Due to age and condition, the system should be replaced. Homeowner declined quote at this time as he is having other home improvements done this week.
No cool. Found condenser defrost board locked out from low pressure fault. Air filter removed upon arrival. I reset the board and cycled system. System is running normally and with correct pressures. The likely cause of the fault is an impacted filter or intermittent blower motor. With a missing filter and a running blower motor, I am unable to test either scenario. Home owner will replace fter and monitor system. If system faults again, we will need to order a new blower motor. System operating normally at this time.
No cool/water issue Found airhandler condensating and supply plenum damp. Clean out tee on drain line missing. This causes a vaccuum in the drain line and prevents water from draining until fan shuts down. This is also triggering the float switch and resetting time delays in the system. Home owner has been cleaning his drain and didn't know that cap had to be replaced for the drain to work properly. After cap reinstalled, drain began flowing normally again. Home owner signed up for maintenance program today. Office to contact home owner and schedule first visit. System cooling and draining at this time.
No cool System low on 410 a. Homeowner elected to refill the system for now. Homeowner is aware that the system will continue to leak until repaired. Office to check warranty status and schedule leak search with home owner. Home owner is aware that the leak search does not cover cost of repair and is to locate the leak only. System cooling for now.
Upon arrival customer told me the ac was not working. The air handler is running. Went to the condenser and found the fan not running but compressor is. I checked the capacitor and it is reading good. Found the motor bad. Gave customer the option to rent the motor till we get his in and customer Denied work. Please call customer with price and availability on me condenser motor.
No cool. Home owner attempted to install nest thermostat to replace a carrier communicating thermostat. Found bad wire and damaged nest during testing. We will need to return to pull a thermostat wire from furnace to thermostat. Will require 2 technicians. I was able to set up a temporary thermostat to get home owner running. Homeowner aware that he will be charged for tstat if we do not get it back. Home owner prepaid for repair . Office to contact homeowner on Monday to schedule repair. Jeff b to return with another technician to do repair System cooling at this time
Upon arrival customer told me the ac was not working. I found the float switch tripped. The condensate drain was clogged. Cleared drain with shop vac and drain solve. Evap coil is very dirty recommend cleaning Coil and customer Denied.
Throughout existing can hook up existing copper high voltage low voltage plenum and return plenum mastic tape and mastic all connections change out Breakers change out Breakers nitrogen test 400 PSI vacuum down to 500 microns start up everything working in perfect condition cooling to factory specs checking and cool and Heat modes condenser replace pad block pad all tied down to one condenser on top tie down four corners hook up existing copper high voltage low voltage tear out air handler replace new air handler new drain
Warranty Evap Coil Pumped down remaining freon to compressor. Removed old evaporated coil. Installed new coil. Pressured above 400 psi and unit successfully held for over 5 minutes. Vacuumed unit below 500 microns successfully. Started up unit and unit was extremely low on freon. Pointed out to customer and told him we would need to add. Customer was ok with this. Put in 7.64 lbs of freon. Unit now efficiently cooling. Showed to customer and customer was happy with work performed. Went over IAQ options to help protect this coil better. Created estimates and left. Customer happy.
Performed preventative maintenance. Upon arrival located unit in attic. Inspected and tightened electrical. Calibrated and tested thermostat. Cleared drain line and drain pan. Inspected evaporator coil and air handler cabinet. During inspection found biological growth. Cycled heating. Took amperage of indoor motor and electric heat strip. Cycled cooling. Tested float safety switches. Took temperature difference. Located condenser behind the house. Inspected and tightened electrical. Checked capacitor. Checked refrigerant levels. During inspection found capacitor was failing. Replaced faulty part per customer. Took amperage of compressor and outdoor fan motor. Cleared debris from condenser causing. Rinsed coils. System operating to factory standard Highly recommend UV light. Explained benefits to customer and made customer aware of biological growth in the air handler. Highly recommend surge protection. Explained benefits to customer.
Upon arrival customer told me led me the out door fan will run continuously. I found a bad defrost board that is sending power to the fan all time. Quoted out a defrost board and customer want to wait and get a price on a new unit. Comfort advisor coming out 11:30 to 1:30
Performed preventative maintenance. Located first unit in the garage second unit is in a closet in the hallway. Calibrated and tested thermostats. Inspected and tightened all electrical. Cleared drain line and drain pan, cleared and tested condensate pump. Cycled heating. Took amperage of indoor fan motors and electric heat strip. Inspected evaporator coils. Inspected case coil and air handler for biological growth. Inspected uv lights. Cycled cooling. Tested float safety switches. Took temperature difference. Located condensers on roof in back of the house. Inspected and tightened electrical. Checked refrigerant levels. Checked capacitors. Took amperage of outdoor fans and compressors. During inspection of the Bryant that does the right side of the house outdoor fans bearings are starting to go causing over amping condenser is R22 refrigerant. Cleared debris out of condenser housing. Systems are working to factory standard.
Called out today to perform a precision tune up. Checked all electronics and motor components to ensure equipment is operating within manufacture specifications. Sprayed out drain line and condenser coil which was extremely dirty from grass clippings. Noticed that the contactor that controls the electric heat was heavily pitted. Replaced contactor as a preventative repair and renewed maintenance agreement. Equipment is operating properly at this time. Thank you for always choosing Total Air
Tore out all existing ductwork and started to replace with new will return tomorrow install all of duct work hook up startup unit would not start ended up finding bad flow switch replace unit started up running perfect condition everything mass and hung one small hole took picture will save it to service Titan will need to return with a drywall guy to patch hole customers concerned that he didn't get his maintenance done since unit was installed in February
Upon arrival to scheduled maintenance I was shown to an A/H unit in the closet. Pulled off panel doors to inspect all electrical components connections, collect amp draw/voltage readings as well as check the evaporator coil. Evap coil is clean and a picture was uploaded to ST. All electrical components connections were secure and all readings were within range of factory specifications. This unit is very clean, and running well I suggest we install a Pure Air X UV light to negate all kinds of microbial growth to protect electrical components/equipment as well as ensure proper indoor air quality throughout living space. Homeowner agreed and moved forward with installation. Went out to the C/U to inspect all electrical components connections, collect amp draw/voltage readings, vacuum out drain and verify refrigerant charge. Freon levels/pressures were all on point and all electrical components are running well and readings are within range of factory specs. Vacuumed out drain an
Water leak System is hybrid 410a and building hot water heat pump. Breaded hot water hoses corroded and are leaking. Water line turned off. Referred he owner to a plumber for repair. No repairs made.
Upon arrival customer shower me an ac unit in the closet that needed tuned up. Could not we evap coil because it is incased. Cleared the condensate line with shop vac and water. Checked all amps and volts. Recommend a pure air x and customer declined at this time. Went out to the condenser and checked all amps and volt. Also recommend to customer to add a surge protector on the disconnect box to protect the condenser. Thank you for choosing Total Air!
Performed preventative maintenance Located air handler in closet. Calibrated and tested thermostat. Inspected and tightened electrical. Inspected evaporator coil. Cleared drain line and condensate pan. Cycled heating. Took amperage of indoor blower motor and heat strip. Checked indoor blower motor capacitor ( capacitor is starting to fail). Cycled cooling. Tested float safety switch. Took temperature difference. Located condenser on side of complex. Inspected and tightened electrical. Checked refrigerant levels. Checked capacitor. Took amperage of outdoor fan motor and compressor. Cleared debris from condenser housing. Disconnect is starting to deteriorate. Highly recommend uv light. Explained benefits to customer. Customer declined at this time wants to think about it. Recommend replacing indoor motor capacitor. Customer declined at this time. System operating to factory standard.
Customer concerned about unit is heating all the time. Checked thermostat calibration and located cycle for heat not set to #1. Unit is a straight cooling with a heat strip. Unit is now working properly and heating correctly. Customer is happy.
Upon arrival customer told me she does not think the condensate is draining. I found a condensate pump and I dumped water in the tee and condensate pump discharged the water and everything is working as it should.
Performed preventative maintenance. Located unit in attic. Calibrated and tested thermostat. Cleared condensate drain and pan. Inspected Ted and tightened electrical. Cycled heating. Took amperage of indoor fan motor and electric heat strip. Inspected evaporator coil and air handler cabinet. Cycled cooling. Took temperature difference. Located condenser on side of the house. Inspected and tightened electrical. Checked refrigerant levels. Checked capacitor. Inspected surge protector. Took amperage of outdoor fan motor and compressor. Capacitor is starting to fail. Cleared debris from condenser housing. System operating to factory standard.
No heat Found multiple issue during diagnosis 1 heat pump system has a strait cool thermostat and likely was using backup heater instead of heat pump for primary heating. 2 air handler walled in on service panel side by house flipper preventing service to system. 3 defrost board and pressure switches bypassed in condenser likely due to failed defrost board. 4 Return plenum built wrong. Plenum is too small and gap was made up with hogs hair filter. The system is pulling atheist 50% attic air when running. Plenum is also about to fall off due to poor installation and lack of mastic sealant. I was unable to finish diagnosis due to lack of access to air handler panels. There is likely more issues that I cannot access. Due to poor condition and cost of repairs, home owner would like to replace. Our comfort advisor is inroute at this time.
Upon arrival to scheduled maintenance I was shown to an A/H unit in the closet. Pulled off panel doors to inspect all electrical components connections, collect amp draw/voltage readings as well as check the evap coil. Evaporator coil was clean and all electrical components connections are secure and amp draw/voltage readings are all within range of factory specifications. Wiped down A/H cabinet and took delta T readings. This unit has a delta T split temperature of 21 degrees. The inside of the A/H cabinet has built up some dust, and I suggest we install an EAC to catch all dirt and debris before it can reach the inside of the system/duct work. Homeowner won’t be moving forward at this time. Went out side to the C/U to check all electrical components connections, collect amp draw/voltage readings and check Freon levels/pressures. Freon levels were on point, and all electrical components were secure and all readings fall within range of factory specifications. This unit is su
Customer complaint no air flow. Upon arrival located air handler in closet. During inspection found that indoor motor has failed. Main board is functioning, got 240 volts at the motor and 24 volts at the motor, indoor motor will not turn on. Checked capacitor (capacitor is fine). Air handler does not have electric heat strip either. Checked transformer. Located condenser in back of the house. Low voltage wire is exposed and compromised. Highly recommend running new thermostat wire. Due to condition and being exposed to elements. Highly recommend replacing indoor motor. Motor has failed. Customer declined all work since unit was installed by another company in the last year and is still under warranty.