HVAC SYSTEMS

You rely on your HVAC system every day for home comfort. Whether you need to schedule HVAC repair or new furnace and AC installation in Tampa, Air Rescue can help you with all of your home heating and cooling needs. Our HVAC system services include maintenance for central and ductless air conditioners, heat pumps, and furnaces, as well as air duct cleaning, repair, and replacement. Our experienced, trained technicians can provide you with:

We’ve held the name Air Rescue since 1995, but we have been serving local Tampa and Largo customers for much longer. Expertise going back to 1946 goes into every service call. Our family-owned business began as Sheppard’s Air Conditioning & Heating, but the same superior service and low pricing continue to make us the popular choice among area customers.

Hire us, and you’ll get 24-hour customer support, peace of mind, and free furnace life expectancy checkups. If you live in the Tampa Bay area, don’t neglect your heating and cooling system. While there are many more months you need cool air, the wintertime can be unpredictable, and a furnace tends to break down at the most unexpected and inconvenient times. When you seek HVAC service, it also helps to understand the parts of your system, what they are, and what they do.

Key Parts of Your HVAC System

The major components of your HVAC system depend upon the type of appliance you have installed. When the A/C is not working, understanding the basics of your heater, air conditioner, or heat pump can help you perform A/C maintenance more efficiently and more easily spot the signs of A/C repairs before an impending problem.

  • Both central and ductless air conditioner systems have two components: a condenser, which sits outside the home, and an evaporator, which is located inside the home. Central systems share an air handler with the furnace, which blows cooled air through the home’s ducts, while ductless systems incorporate the evaporator and blower into each single-room unit.
  • Heat pumps also have indoor and outdoor units. Air source heat pumps operate much like central AC systems, with an outdoor unit that exchanges heat with the air. A geothermal system’s outdoor component is a series of pipes buried underground that conducts heat exchange with the ground.
  • Part of the AC or heat pump, a condenser coil/compressor is often installed outside. Condensers cool the home by releasing heat from indoors to the outside air. Refrigerant is compressed and condensed. A fan blows the air over the compressor, dispersing heat. This process cools the refrigerant, which is delivered to the evaporator coil via an aluminum or copper tube.
  • A furnace consists of a single indoor appliance that creates heat via combustion or an electric heating element; once the air is heated, it is moved through the ducts by the air handler. Combustion furnaces also have a vent that funnels combustion byproducts and gases out of the home.
  • Furnaces contain a heat exchanger within their housing. Absorbing heat and warming cool air, this component springs to action when the thermostat turns on the furnace. The heat of combustion drives the exchanger, which is found in all types of furnaces. It’s made of stainless steel and metal alloys that resist temperature extremes to prevent damage.
  • A combustion chamber, also known as a burner, is where air and fuel mix within the furnace. The mixture of a gas furnace is ignited when the two mix in the chamber and a dedicated component triggers ignition. Lighting automatically, a glow stick is an electronic device that requires little maintenance. Pilot lights, which release gas to keep the flame going, must be lit manually if they go out.
  • An electric blower motor drives a fan, which forces warm air to circulate inside the ducts. This air passes through until it reaches the air registers where it enters your rooms. With a broken AC system, the motor will keep going even if combustion stops, so you’ll get warm air before it shuts down. For maximum control over air flow, a variable speed blower motor is used.
  • The evaporator coil is a part that’s often the subject of HVAC repair in Tampa and Largo. Located in the indoor air handler, it is a key part of the cooling cycle. The evaporator causes warm air to condense when it touches the cold coil, lowering humidity and adding a cooler feel to your home. A faulty coil increase moisture and the risk of mold.
  • The thermostat serves as a central control system. You may set it to certain thresholds, but the thermostat turns the HVAC system on and off using input from temperature sensors. There may be more than one thermostat, for zone control, which is important to know for any HVAC company conducting HVAC service.

Choosing the Right HVAC System for Your Home

When it’s time to replace your furnace, air conditioner, or heat pump, you have many potential options. In most cases, it is easiest to replace your current HVAC system with newer models of the same type of appliance.

However, if you are looking to achieve better energy efficiency, you may want to consider alternate options, such as heat pumps. Combustion furnaces can use one of many fuels—looking into the projected cost of fuel in the future can also help you determine which type of furnace is best.

You’ll also need to know the heating and cooling capacity that is right for your home—this value is based on the size of your home’s living spaces, and it will affect the efficiency of your furnace, air conditioner, or heat pump.

Experiencing signs of AC problems or air duct leaks? Call on one of Tampa’s best air conditioning companies for AC repair or a duct installer to eliminate your ductwork woes.

Working together with your HVAC service is the best way to select the right HVAC system for your current and future needs—you can reach Air Rescue Air Conditioning of Tampa by calling 1-(813) 612-5600 for more information about HVAC maintenance, repair, and installation.

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