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How to Keep Your Commercial Ice Machine From Freezing Up

Nothing can be more frustrating to you and your customers than having your ice machine freeze up and stop working. Knowing some of the common causes can help you diagnose your machine and get it operating again at full capacity.

At Stellar Services, we specialize in servicing commercial ice machines, so if you find you’re experiencing issues, please give us a call! We would be happy to take a look and find the solution that works best for you and your budget.

How Does an Ice Machine Work?

Ice machines use electricity and gas to cool water and then freeze it through a process of evaporation and condensation:

  • Gas is heated up and then forced through a tube where it begins to cool.
  • That gas is converted into a liquid as it cools.
  • That liquid gas is moved to the evaporator.
  • Water runs over the evaporator.
  • The evaporator cools the water bringing it close to freezing.
  • At the right moment, the water stops and starts to turn into ice.
  • Once cubes are formed they are moved to a dispenser unit and the process begins again.

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What You Need to Know About Wood Heat

Wood fires can be romantic. They conjure pictures of families gathered around the hearth during the holidays, sipping hot cocoa. As the weather begins to get colder, many families start to think about getting their fireplaces ready and wood stacked up for winter.

But wood fires also pose potential hazards, and left unchecked, can result in dangerous situations. Knowing how to properly operate a wood heat source is essential to keep you and your family safe during the colder Gainesville days and nights.

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5 Tips to Prepare Your HVAC Unit for Winter

Stellar Services Gainesville FL 5 Tips to Prepare Your HVAC Unit for Winter

While we are only just now starting to see the effects of fall here in Gainesville, the cooler chill in the air is a reminder that those cold days are just around the corner. Before you know it, it will be time to turn on the heat for the season. It’s important to prepare your HVAC unit before the cold air hits to ensure it is operational, energy-efficient, and most of all, safe.

At Stellar Services, we work hard to ensure that your HVAC unit is working at its best all year long. From protecting your unit with regular AC maintenance, to making emergency AC repairs, to improving your indoor air quality, we have the AC services to keep your unit running at its best!

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4 Hidden Signs of AC Damage After a Hurricane

hurricane Irma ac damage

Recently, Hurricane Irma ripped through the state of Florida, causing all manners of damage. From roofs to windows, to trees falling in the middle of a house, Hurricane Irma certainly left her mark on Florida.

Here in Gainesville, FL, while the damage wasn’t as severe here as it was for residents on the coast, we still experienced a significant amount of rain and wind. We are still in the midst of the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and the damage is still being felt in many homes.

At Stellar Services, our specialty is air conditioning repair, maintenance, and installation and we’re here to help you determine if you might have hidden AC damage to your unit after the hurricane. We’ve compiled a list of four hidden signs that your AC unit may have been damaged by the storm, and we’re here to help you determine if your AC unit is in need of a repair or replacement.

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Pros & Cons of Portable Air Conditioners

Pros & Cons of Portable Air Conditioners

Portable air conditioners are becoming a popular trend in Gainesville and around the country. They offer cooling comfort for the hotter rooms in a house or they can serve as the primary source of cooling for a home. While they may seem like a great option for those looking to cool their home, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons of purchasing one of these units. We also have information on the other different types of air conditioners on our blog.

At Stellar Services, we stay committed to providing our customers with industry insights and answering the questions we are most often asked.

If you’re interested in portable air conditioners, we have outlined some of the pros and cons of portable air conditioners to help you make the best decision.

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6 Tips to Keep Your Air Conditioner Running Efficiently

When it comes to surviving a summer in Florida, air conditioning is not just a luxury, it’s a necessity. The heat and humidity are a serious concern, so it’s vital to make sure your air conditioning unit is running efficiently. To avoid a possible air conditioning breakdown, there are a few things to pay attention to that can help you avoid costly damage. However, if your AC unit is broken, you can count on the experts at Stellar Services in Gainesville FL to repair or replace your unit.

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Rising Cost of R-22 Refrigerant – What It Means for Your AC Repairs

The summer months are in full swing, which means your AC unit will be working harder than it does all year to keep your home cool and comfortable. Many air conditioning units use R-22 refrigerant to tune up the cooling system. However, the rising cost of R-22 refrigerant may make you faint before the heat does.

So why are R-22 refrigerant costs rising and what can you do about it? Read on to learn more.

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5 Signs That You Need Duct Cleaning

Air duct cleaning is an essential part of regular HVAC maintenance and helps your system run more efficiently. Duct cleaning can also help improve the overall air quality in your home by removing a dust and other irritants from the air you breathe.

But, how do you know when your air ducts need to be cleaned? And how often should you schedule duct cleaning? As your local Gainesville, FL HVAC professional, we have some tips on what you should look for when deciding to get your air ducts cleaned.

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What to Know Before You Buy an Allergen Air Filter

In Florida, pollen season is especially powerful. We never truly get a “break” from seasonal allergies in Florida. Different plants and trees tend to produce pollen here all year long. The heat and humidity can also contribute to other allergens such as mold and mildew.

Your HVAC filter can help protect you and your family from allergens, but there are a few things you should know before you buy one.

Use the MERV Scale

As stated in one of our previous blogs, the Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, or MERV ratings can help you decide what allergen filter to buy. A regular HVAC filter, such as fiberglass options, won’t be sufficient to help filter allergens from the air. Those kinds of filters are designed to protect the equipment and keep it running smoothly, and won’t protect you and your family from allergens, dust, or mildew.

Choosing Your MERV Rating

It is important to note exactly what number on the MERV scale your HVAC system is rated for. The higher the MERV number, the smaller the pores are to flow through your filter. If the MERV rating is too high,

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The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is sometimes known as the silent killer. Without some sort of alarm or detector, it is nearly impossible to determine if carbon monoxide is present since it is colorless and odorless. It is important to familiarize yourself with the various symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning and their corresponding ppm level. While everyone is susceptible to carbon monoxide poisoning, the elderly, small children, and those who suffer from chronic conditions are more likely to experience the effects of CO in their home.

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