What Should I Do If My Drain Line Is Clogged?

What Should I Do If My Drain Line Is Clogged?

We understand that your days are busy. After commuting to and from work, taking the kids to their extracurriculars, cooking your meals, and still trying to find some time for yourself in between all of the daily chaos, who really has time to check their drain line pan?

But checking that pan regularly is crucial. And, if it’s full, we have some not-so-great news: your drain line is clogged. But don’t worry — we promise the process of clearing it out is simple! All you need is some duct tape and either a garden hose or a wet/dry vacuum.

But regardless of whether you use the vacuum or a hose, be mindful to begin this process by turning off your HVAC system and locating the main drain line pipe on the exterior of your home.


  • Using The Wet/Dry Vacuum

Once you’ve located the main drain line pipe, you can start by trying to push a thin, stiff brush into the opening of the pipe. This will serve to help break up some of the clogged particles, thereby making them easier to remove. But if you don’t have a brush, it’s no problem.

Simply connect the vacuum to the pipe and secure it with your duct tape. Turn the vacuum on and let it run for about three minutes or so before turning it off. Once off, check the vacuum for any large particles, such as dirt, algae, bugs, or other tough debris.

Throw out the obstructing material, remove the vacuum, and clean your drain line pipe and pan. That’s all!


  • Using the Garden Hose

If you don’t have a wet/dry vacuum, a garden hose should do just fine for unclogging your drain line. As with the vacuum, you can start by attempting to break up the debris by using a thin brush. 

Connect the mouth of the garden house to the pipe and secure it with your duct tape. Next, turn on your garden hose for powerful 5-second spurts.

Repeat these spurts until there is no longer any debris coming out of your drain.


  • What A Clogged Drain Line Can Do

If left untouched, you might face such consequences as extensive water damage, a buildup of harmful bacteria in your air conditioning system, or even a house fire as a result of the clog. After all, when the drain is backed up, there will be the possibility of water dripping onto the internal electrical components of your HVAC system. 


That being said, it’s perfectly understandable if you do not feel comfortable unclogging your drain line on your own. If that’s the case, then contact Bold City Heating and Air today to experience the bold difference! Providing unparalleled HVAC services to our Northeast Florida neighbors is more than a job to us — it’s our passion. We look forward to providing our services!

Three HVAC Tips for The Change of the Season

Three HVAC Tips for The Change of the Season

With the autumnal season peeking around the corner, the time has once again come to reclaim your energy bill and reconsider how you maintain your home’s indoor temperature and air quality.

After all, the month of September is often a fickle one in Florida, swinging seemingly at whim between the summer’s relentless humidity and the fall’s bone-biting chill. But that’s why we’re here to bring you some of our top HVAC tips that you’ll want to utilize during seasonal changes, regardless of what the time of year may be:

1. Change Your Air Filter

We refer back to air filters often, but their importance truly cannot be overstated. Responsible for removing dirt and dust in your home, a clogged air filter can impede your HVAC’s ability to function properly overall.

Plus, as the seasons change, so, too, do the allergens in the air. Regularly changing your filter, particularly during changing weather, will help to keep your seasonal allergies at bay and your home free of other dust particles.

2. Clear The Area Around Your Outdoor Unit

Your lawn and other surrounding foliage may have sprouted a little taller than you were anticipating during the summer season. Throughout the year, this can attract small bugs or other critters that you don’t want near your HVAC system, as it provides them ample room to hide or burrow.

Additionally, as you turn on the heat or the air conditioning, excessive debris can also pose a fire hazard, so cleaning, cutting, and clearing are all good ideas for tackling seasonal changes.

3. Seal Leaky Areas

It’s no secret that when air can escape in and out, you’re losing money and spending more on your energy bill. But sometimes those leaky areas of air aren’t easy to spot, which means you may benefit from checking around your windows and doors to make sure they’re sealed properly.

Use caulk and window-stripping to ensure that warm air stays in during the fall and cool air can’t escape during the summer or spring. Additionally, calling a professional to inspect drafty ductwork may also aid in keeping your HVAC system functional and cost-effective year-round.


If you’re looking for a local professional you can trust to check your ducts, perform routine maintenance, or help you prepare your HVAC for the fall season, contact Bold City Heating and Air today! Once you’ve worked with a locally owned company and experienced the bold difference, we guarantee you’ll never go back.

My Thermostat Is Set Low. Why Is My Air Conditioner Blowing Warm Air?

When you come home at the end of the day, you’re likely seeking refuge from the oppressive heat and sweltering Florida humidity.

Heaving a sigh and changing into more comfortable clothes than the ones you had worn to work, you likely have no desire to remain a sticky, sweaty mess in the comfort of your own home.

You tick down the temperature on your thermostat, waiting expectedly for the blessedly cooler air to reach you. But it never comes. Instead, it just continues to blow warm air — which is the last thing you need on this particular day.

Sound familiar? If you’re struggling with this particular problem, you might find that the source of your predicament is … 

  1. A Dirty Evaporator Coil

    The presence of warm air is actually crucial to the function of your evaporator coils. This coil is a piece of equipment that absorbs warmth and moisture from the surrounding air, thereby allowing your system to return colder air. But when it is dirty or clogged with dust and allergens, it can’t absorb anything, thus impeding your system’s ability to cool down.

  2. A Dirty Air Filter

    Before the warm, moist air reaches your evaporator coil, it needs to pass through your air filter. But if your filter is dirty or clogged, it restricts airflow and ultimately blocks the air from reaching the coils. And when the coils cannot function properly, your home will remain warm.

  3. A Leaky Duct System

    Another source of blocked airflow could be your ductwork. If there are holes, cracks, or other variations of disconnection in a duct, then your unit is not receiving the return air it needs to cool your home.The cooled air may also be spilling instead into walls or crawl spaces rather than the main rooms themselves.

  4. A Loss of Power To Your Outdoor Unit

    Most HVAC systems feature both an indoor and outdoor unit. The outdoor condenser unit is the one that removes heat before spinning it back indoors to you. However, if the outdoor condenser unit loses power or experiences an electrical complication/outage, your indoor unit will also suffer.

  5. A Refrigerant Leak

    Refrigerant is a cooling liquid that flows in a loop in your HVAC system and helps to expedite the cooling process by also absorbing heat as it makes its rounds. You should almost never, however, have to replace this liquid unless there’s a leak. And when this fluid leaks, it will both impair your air conditioning’s ability to cool the air and pose a serious health threat.

If you’re experiencing an electrical issue or refrigerant leak, be wary of handling these matters on your own — as they are hazardous to your safety, you should always contact a professional to help you fix the problem at hand.

And Bold City Heating and Air is here to help you diagnose, repair, and maintain your system! Ensuring that you are both safe and comfortable in your home is our priority, and we want you to experience the bold difference that comes with having locally based and trusted professionals take care of your system. Call us today at (904) 379-1648 to schedule your appointment today!

Heat Pumps: What Are They and How Do They Work?

In the midst of August, it’s hard to believe that fall is right around the corner. As we wait for the heat and humidity to dispel, the reality of cooler weather may still seem … a little too far off.

That said, it’s always wise to prepare for the slightly chillier months to come in Northeast Florida. And, regardless as to the temperature or time of year, your home may already feature something that is capable of weathering any season: a heat pump.

And if it doesn’t, that’s okay! But you may be wondering …

What is a heat pump?

A heat pump is a piece of HVAC equipment designed to both heat and cool your home using electricity.

In the warmer months, the pump will absorb heat from inside and dump it back outside in order to cool your home.

In the colder months, it will do the opposite, effectively absorbing heat from outside and transferring back it into your home. As a result, the heat pump’s condenser coil acts as an evaporator coil, and the evaporator coil acts as a condenser coil.

Take note, however, that the heat pump only transfers heat — it doesn’t generate it. But as Jacksonville does not experience the same frigid temperatures as other areas farther to the north do, the heat pump is actually an ideal piece of HVAC equipment for local residents.

How is this different from an air conditioner?

Heat pumps are, in some cases, more energy-efficient, meaning they save you money on your electric bill and heating costs once the winter season rolls back around.

Otherwise, the only difference between a heat pump and an air conditioner is that a heat pump provides heating, whereas air conditioners do not. As they are more or less the same thing, some people prefer to actually pair a heat pump with their air conditioner, rather than having only one or the other.

And if this sounds like an ideal match for your home, the good news is that heat pumps are readily available for installation!

If you have further questions about heat pumps, if you would like to purchase a heat pump, or if you are in need of a tune-up for an existing heat pump in your home, contact Bold City Heating and Air! Once you’ve worked with a locally owned company and experienced the bold difference, we guarantee you’ll never go back. Call today to schedule your appointment at (904) 379-1648!

5 Easy Solutions to A Whistling Air Duct

Whistling isn’t always an unpleasant sound. When it’s a small child who just learned how to do it, or if a loved one is whistling their favorite song (mostly in tune, at least), whistling may be something you altogether don’t mind.

Until it’s your air vents making those high-pitched noises, that is.

Typically, an air vent will make a whistling sound when it is starved of proper air flow, resulting in an increase in both air pressure and velocity.

So, to end the whistling sound, you essentially have to open the airways back up. Here are a few ways you might accomplish that:

  1. Change Your Air Filter

    Dirty air filters won’t just degrade the level of air quality in your home — they’ll block airflow and make it harder for your vents to “breathe.” An easy fix may simply be to buy a new air filter.

  2. Clean Your Return Vent

    The return vent is the vent that sucks air from your home and into the HVAC system itself. But dust, debris, and other allergens can block the flow of air in this area, so it may behoove you to check the vent and simply dust it out.

  3. Open Your Supply Vent

    The return vent is the other end of the equation: it’s the one that blows conditioned air back into your home. But many people, particularly if their thermostat is set low, might shut these vents to mitigate cold air flow. But this can hinder your system’s overall efficiency and create whistling, so you’ll want to open these vents back up.

  4. Check the Position of Your Dampers

    Dampers are metal valves that provide you more control over the A/C in your home, as you can shut them off to prevent airflow to a certain area. However, this presents a similar problem to that of your supply vent — when they’re shut, they can cause whistling. Consider keeping them open to see if they end the noise.

  5. Clean Your Ducts

    Dust, debris, and even small toys or other objects might sneak their way into the ducts of your supply vent side. Try cleaning out the ducts or removing any objects blocking the airflow in that area before you grab your earplugs.

While these five solutions are easy DIY fixes, there could also be some causes of the whistling that you need to turn to a professional to fix. An oversized system, for instance, or an issue with your blower wheel might merit another phone call.

So why not contact Bold City Heating and Air? Not only are we your trusted heating and air conditioning experts in repair, maintenance, and installation, but we’re dedicated to helping you experience the bold difference! Call us today at (904) 379-1648!

Extending the Life of Your Air Filter

Your air filter isn’t just key in ensuring that the air you breathe is clean — it’s also a crucial component with regard to your HVAC’s overall functionality and long-term longevity.

This is why it’s important that you be mindful of your air filter, it’s quality, and it’s overall lifespan.

A clean and well-maintained air filter will translate to a clean and well-maintained home, so you’ll want to make sure you’re getting the most out of it! Here are a few easy ways to do so:

Keep your air conditioning fan set to “AUTO”

When your A/C fan is set to the “ON” position, it’s going to be blowing continually, rather than only when it needs to. This alone can be an energy (and money) waster, but it also will grind down on your air filter’s lifespan much quicker.

Because air is being sucked in and cycled through on a non-stop loop by your blower, your air filter is going to absorb contaminants at a faster rate, thereby clogging it and also forcing your system to work harder.

Setting your fan to “AUTO” will not only mitigate this issue and expand the overall lifespan of your filter, but it will also help your entire HVAC unit to run more efficiently.

Set regular replacement reminders

The fact that a person needs to replace their air filter at regular intervals is mostly common knowledge.

But forgetting to replace that filter in a timely manner is also common.

Depending on your home’s indoor air quality and your personal health, it’s important to have an idea how often you want to replace your air filter. Once you’ve determined that timeframe, setting an alarm on your phone or writing the chore into your calendar is a simple way to remember to change the air filter, thereby reducing the likelihood that yours will become clogged, wet, or otherwise damaged.

Know your household’s requirement and plan accordingly

Did you know not all air filters are created equal? This is because they are not a “one size fits all” type of item. For one, you need to know what specific filter measurements fit your unit in order to ensure maximum dirt and dust reduction.

For two, you actually have a variety of air filter options based on filter rate and strength.

In this case, you’ll be looking out for the MERV rating, which indicates just how many particles your unit can catch (and how big those particles can be).

  • MERV 1 through 4 filters are the most common in households, though the least effective.
  • MERV 5 through 8 filters will function more efficiently overall.
  • MERV 9 through 12 filters will be the most effective at improving and maintaining healthy indoor air quality.

But what else helps to expand the life of your air filter? Routine HVAC maintenance! If you’re ready to schedule a maintenance appointment for your HVAC unit, call Bold City Heating and Air today at (904) 379-1648! Not only are we your locally trusted heating and air conditioning experts in repair, maintenance, and installation, but we’re dedicated to helping you experience the bold difference!

Help! What’s the black stuff coming out of my air conditioner?

Maybe it’s time to look up — at your air conditioning vents, that is. If you’ve been noticing a consistent output of black particles from your HVAC system, it may be easy to let your fears slowly build up alongside the matter on your vents, but we think it’s time to eliminate both.

So, you may be wondering: what exactly are those black particles? It could actually be several things! Potentially, it’s …

It’s What’s In the Air

Sometimes the culprit of the black particles blowing out of your HVAC system is not a result of the HVAC itself; rather, it’s the result of what’s near to your system.

For example, if you have a fireplace or multiple candles in your home, soot and smoke may be inadvertently sucked in and trapped within your system, only to be spat back out as “that black stuff.”

Dark dust particles that tend to float about your home or behind your ducts may also get pulled in, meaning the dark particles aren’t a threat to your health so much as they are an indication that you need to clean your home and change your air filter.

It’s Mold Spores

A more concerning problem — and a threat to your health — mold spores are commonly found in your air conditioning system because it is dark, moist, and warm by default.

That humidity means mold will naturally grow in and around your ducts, leading to its circulation around your home when the air conditioning fan pulls it in. Mold can also end up trapped around the fan motor itself, leading to its perpetual presence until your system is cleaned thoroughly by a professional.

You’ll notice mold because the spores are more likely to appear as black flakes around your vents, rather than as dusty particles.

It’s What’s Inside of Your Unit

When the components of your HVAC are burned or otherwise deteriorating, that breakdown will make itself known as black particles.

Deteriorating duct liners, for instance, will be easily carried through air conditioning vents and may even end up on your walls. Meanwhile, a burnt component — such as a heat exchanger — will produce soot internally, resulting in black particles that appear more like ash than dust.

In this case, you may need to completely replace a component or overhaul your system.

Don’t wait until your indoor air quality suffers to call for help. Here at Bold City Heating and Air, we don’t just care about ensuring the adequate maintenance of your HVAC unit, we care about how that maintenance can result in the long-term well-being of those who live in your home! If you’re ready to schedule an inspection or other routine HVAC work, contact us today to experience the bold difference and get the best AC repair Jacksonville!

Tricks to Maximizing the Effectiveness of your AC Unit

We have written several blogs in the past all about the different ways you can save money in the summer when it comes to your air conditioning. Tips such as, making sure windows and doors are properly sealed, that your ducts are free of obstructions, that you change your filters every three months, and so on. If you would like to reference these suggestions, you can visit those blogs HERE.

This summer, we’re back with a couple additional tricks to make sure you can really get the most out of your air conditioning dollars, ensuring your system is functioning to the best of its ability.

Keep your thermostat away from the heat.

This is an effective adjustment that can help your system remain accurate to the true temperature in your house. If your thermostat believes it’s warmer in your home than it actually is, it could be pumping additional cold air into your house that is unnecessarily driving up your costs. Take some time to observe the position of your thermostat throughout the day, is it in the sun, near a window, or maybe by a door that is frequently used? All of these little details could make a big difference when it comes to how often your system will kick on throughout the day – regardless of whether the temperature in your home is actually heating up. If you believe your thermostat may not be in the best place, contact your friends at Bold City Heating and Air to come out, and we would be happy to take a look for you.

Place your air conditioning unit in a shaded area

This may not seem like much, and could sound like a hassle if not already the case, however having your outside unit in the shade could save your system a lot of work when it comes to cooling the air for you. You see, air in the shade is already cooler than the air that’s been cooking in direct sunlight. Therefore, if your air conditioner is in the sun, its efficiency could be affected. If at all possible, you should move your unit to a place where it remains shaded throughout the day, such as under a tree or structure. If you think that your unit may not be in the best location, again, you can give us a call at any time, and we can come out and discuss your options with you.

There’s no avoiding the fact that when summer rolls around, things heat up, leading to outrageous cooling bills. There are little things we can do, however, to not only lessen the sting, but also save energy, which is also good for the environment. For more energy saving tips, or if you think you’re due for an inspection or any type of air conditioning repair Jacksonville FL, give us a call at (904) 379-1648, or visit our contact page. Be BOLD and hire the best, with our 100% satisfaction guarantee.

In Knots and Coils: Fixing Your Evaporator Coil

The loss of your air conditioning Jacksonville FL is probably the last thing you need in the midst of the relentless July heat.

And when you start to notice high energy bills in tandem with longer cooling times while lazing around the house, it’s easy to break a sweat in figuring out where, exactly, to point your finger. If this sounds a little too familiar, we’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you to a key element on your home’s cooling system: your evaporator coil.

A single piece of your overall HVAC unit, you may think to fix a damaged or inefficient evaporator coil would be a quick fix… but that isn’t always the case.

What is an evaporator coil?

The evaporator coil is the coil of your HVAC unit that aids in cooling and dehumidifying your home.

It is one of the most important components of your system, as it plays a major role in regulating your home’s temperature year-round.

How do I know if something is wrong with the evaporator coil?

If your home is becoming more hot and humid despite constantly turning down the temperature on your thermostat, your evaporator coil might be in need of attention.

For one, it may be an issue of cleaning. When the coil collects dirt and debris, it won’t be able to absorb any moisture from the air around it, rendering it essentially ineffective.

Leaks of the coil may also occur, however, when the joints are otherwise not connected well or if portions of the coil are corroded and weak. A leaky evaporator coil will lead to a loss of refrigerant in your overall HVAC system, and thus a warmer indoor temperature.

Okay, what do I do from here?

If the evaporator coil is in need of a cleaning or routine maintenance, a simple replacement may be all that’s in order.

But in some cases, replacing your entire unit may actually be more cost-effective. You should opt to replace the entire unit instead of a single coil if:

● Your A/C unit is more than 8 years old
● Your evaporator coil is an obsolete model
● Your evaporator coil relies on R-22 refrigerant (as the industry standard is currently being transitioned to the R-410A refrigerant)

If you’re unsure about what may benefit your system the most — or if you’re in need of a professional diagnosis for your evaporator coil — be sure to contact Bold City Heating and Air today! A locally owned and trusted Jacksonville business who is dedicated to ensuring that you experience the bold difference, we guarantee we can blow some cool air on your summer stresses.


Now that summer is here, you can anticipate walking out your front door and being slammed by a wall of humid air just about every morning, even if the sun hasn’t been up all that long.

One of the most common (and dreaded) factors about Florida weather, the humidity, is usually only escapable upon setting foot indoors and closing the door securely behind you. But what if it’s still humid in your home?

Why isn’t your HVAC system dehumidifying the air as it should?

  1. Your refrigerant is leaking
    A refrigerant leak is actually one of the most common air conditioning problems. Refrigerant is a working fluid that serves to remove heat and moisture from your home and effectively move it back outside.But your refrigerant lines are susceptible to daily wear and therefore… daily tear. And when they’re a little older, they’ll likely leak or lose overall cooling power, meaning your home will remain more humid until they are properly repaired.
  2. Your ducts are leaky

    If the rooms in your home are only becoming increasingly difficult to cool or heat during a given season, leaky ductwork may be to blame. When your ducts are not secure at the joints or are otherwise not properly sealed, outdoor air is going to pass more easily both in and out of your home, meaning you’ll be out of control of the indoor temperature and also out of more money as your electric bill begins to skyrocket.

    If you’ve noticed humidity creeping in where it shouldn’t, consider calling your local professionals to come and test your ducts for leaks. They can then seal or repair them accordingly.

  3. Your evaporator coils are dirty
    Evaporator coils perform a similar task to that of your refrigerant — they’re designed to absorb surrounding heat and moisture, rendering your home both cooler and drier. When your coils get dirty, however, they won’t be able to do their job. Thus, the humidity will move back in pretty quickly and spoil your summer comfort.If you believe your coils are covered in a layer of grime, you’ll want to hire a reputable air conditioning company to come out and clean them properly.

Don’t let the sweltering heat bog you back down. If you’re tired of the humidity and ready to take advantage of a free air conditioning estimate, contact Bold City Heating and Air today! Not only are we your trusted heating and air conditioning Jacksonville FL experts in repair, maintenance, and installation, but we’re dedicated to helping you experience the bold difference.