HVAC FAQ2020-08-22T19:23:01-04:00

Frequently Asked Questions

If you’re not sure if you need to schedule service, or if you’re just looking for some answer to some random questions about your AC system, we got you covered! Check out our list of topics and questions related to Heating, Air Conditioning, Air Quality, and more below!

What does HVAC stand for?2020-08-20T11:09:39-04:00

HVAC stands for “heating, ventilation and air conditioning.”

Should I close a door to conserve electricity?2020-08-20T11:10:58-04:00

No. Air conditioning systems are programmed to cool and/or heat a certain number of square feet. When the doors are closed, it disrupts the flow of air, and can cause the air conditioning to run inefficiently.

Should I use a programmable thermostat?2020-08-20T11:14:08-04:00

Yes! Programmable thermostats are electric, which allows you to set a much more exact temperature than mercury thermostats. You can also automatically change the temperature very easily throughout the day without even being home.

How do I troubleshoot my AC unit?2020-08-20T11:14:37-04:00

Here are some simple procedures you can perform before opting for the expense of a service call:

  • Check disconnect switches (indoor and outdoor if you have a split system).
  • Make sure that circuit breakers are ON and that fuses have not blown.
  • Check for sufficient airflow.
  • Make sure air filters are clean and that supply-air and return-air grilles are open and unobstructed.
  • Check the settings on your thermostat. If you want cooling, make sure the temperature control selector is set below room temperature and the SYSTEM switch is on the COOL or AUTO position. If you want heat, make sure the temperature control selector is set above room temperature and the SYSTEM switch is at HEAT or AUTO.
  • Make sure the FAN switch should be set at AUTO.

Click here for a detailed guide on troubleshooting your AC unit.

How do I keep my AC system working well?2020-08-20T11:15:55-04:00

Inspect and change your filter as needed and flush out the drain system on a monthly basis.

Tip: Just say “Hey Google” or “Hey Siri” – set reminder > change AC filter > on the 30th every month

Why should I schedule AC tune-ups?2020-08-20T11:17:11-04:00

Regularly scheduled tune-ups ensure that your heating or cooling system is running as efficiently as it should. Staying on top of any potential issues means less repair work, lower energy bills, and a safer system for your health.

How do I flush out my drain system?2020-08-20T11:17:37-04:00

If your air conditioning drain line has a tee installed, remove the cap and pour one gallon of hot water down the drain slowly so water will not back up into the overflow shut off. Following the hot water, a cup of vinegar may be added to inhibit future buildup in the drain line.

Should I turn down the thermostat if it is not cooling?2020-08-20T11:18:41-04:00

No, turning the temperature down further will not make it cool any better and may only compound the problem. If your air conditioner does not seem to be cooling, there may be a problem with its operation and a professional should be called to check the system.

What is the cost of a new HVAC system?2020-08-20T11:25:55-04:00

There are so many different makers and models available, that it completely depends on what is right for your home. Your home’s needs would need to be evaluated for a price suggestion. However, if you have an idea of what brands you would prefer, see the chart below to get a rough estimate on the price.

New HVAC Unit Cost

Brand Price Range
Amana/Goodman $1,500-$4,000
American Standard $2,500-$5,000
Bryant $1,500-$4,500
Carrier $2,500-$6,000
Coleman $1,000-$5,000
Lennox $2,000-$5,000
Magic Pak $3,500-$6,000
Mitsubishi $2,000-$7,000
Trane $2,000-$10,000
Rheem $1,500-$5,000
York $5,000-$10,000


Can I get a Federal Tax Credit if buying a new AC system?2020-08-20T11:26:51-04:00

We recommend speaking to your tax accountant on whether your new air conditioning is eligible for the Federal Tax Credit. We provide you with the paperwork necessary to prove installation of a qualifying system. Just for further clarification, the Federal Tax Credit is worth 30% of the installed cost, with a maximum credit of $1500. Remember, this is not a deduction, but a credit.

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    • HIGHLY recommend using AAR as your go to company! A little background, I had been using another company for the past month trying to get my AC fixed, they told me I needed to have a part called a TXV replaced and then have my unit filled back up with 7lbs of refrigerant, I had already waited 2 weeks for them to initially come out and diagnose then I had to wait 2 more weeks for them to get the part in and come out to fix it, the guy came out to fix it and left and made our AC much worse keeping the temperature in the house at 80 degrees night and day, now mind you while no one likes to live in that temperature especially in the heat of FL summer I am also 9 months pregnant and completely over this situation. I reached out to AAR and Robert was out here the next day! He showed me how the other company had completely lied to me about replacing the TXV since the type of unit I have doesn’t even have a TXV, and also how they only put half of the amount of refrigerant in the unit that was needed. I was in shock, how does a company completely lie about changing a part that doesn’t even exist in our unit just to try to get more money out of us rather than actually fix the problem. I was so thankful that Robert came out as he was honest, thorough, and trustworthy in his work, he fixed our AC unit and had our house cooling within an hour! A month of run around and lies from another company all fixed within an HOUR by AAR! AAR will forever be our go-to company now! Not only did he fix our problem so quickly he also went above and beyond and gave us the resources to help fight this other company and get our money back! If you are like me and feel like you can never trust a contractor, I promise you this is a company that you CAN trust to do the job correctly, honestly and get you up and running again! This is a company that truly cares about it’s customers and the quality of their work! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

      thumb Karissa Wicker
      August 3, 2022

      Called to schedule system maintenance. Mr. Kinney came out and did a great job. Low and behold my Ac froze up on me a week later on a Saturday, called Mr Kinney, didn't know they were closed on the weekend's. But still got a return call ASAP, he walked me through everything thing to get me by for the weekend. He promised to be here on Monday. Sure enough he was...This Company goes above and beyond to take care of there customers. I would highly recommend this company to everyone. Great people.

      thumb Harbor
      August 3, 2022

      Can not recommend American Air enough!!! When our AC went out we called, right around close of business... Robert took the time to walk us through a few diagnostics, while he waited on the phone. He didn't rush us or even act like it was an imposition, at all. Even though it was late and his schedule was slammed, he found a way to work us in and was headed to our house, within the hour!! How fabulous was that!?! American Air will be our first call, in the future, for any of our AC needs.

      thumb Masterpiece Counseling LLC
      August 3, 2022
    • Robert came out and Diagnose my AC unit he was very professional he went above and beyond for me and my family highly recommend him

      thumb Ariana Lilley
      August 3, 2022

      AAR and owner Robert are fantastic!! Another company told us 14 days for a part to come in for our AC. Imagine 14 days without AC in this Florida heat. Robert took the time to call around and find the part even though it took many hours to drive to get the part. Our AC was repaired the same day. We are so happy!! Thank You AAR & Robert

      thumb Rick Yegge Sr.
      July 27, 2022

      We were having issues with the air not cooling properly. American Air came and found the problem, suggested the repairs and within 48 hours parts were in and our air was fixed. Favorite part was they were not pushing me to purchase a new unit. They wanted to find the root of the problem due to my unit only being 7 years old. Highly recommend this company!

      thumb Stephanie Mittan
      July 27, 2022

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