Rooftop Packaged Units

What are packaged units?

Packaged units are commercial units that contain all of their parts in a singular outdoor unit. Normally it will be placed on the roof or the side of a building. There are many advantages to this, as it doesn’t have to take up interior commercial space. Commercial buildings, especially in Florida benefit because the land is too low for us to build basements. They usually come in two footprints, small or large. The footprint depends on the BTU and installation requirements. The difficulty of installation varies accordingly.

We have been installing commercial packaged units for 20+ years. We are industry veterans in the commercial packaged unit space. We do work and installations for any and every project! Commercial buildings, warehouses, greenhouses, schools, and new construction you name it.

Signs you need a packaged unit?

If you are a commercial business, a packaged unit is a great idea. There are a few downsides, as with any option. For the packaged unit, there is a shorter lifespan due to being exposed. If you have it installed by experienced technicians, you will definitely get the best bang for your buck. If you are any kind of business that also wants to maximize interior space, you might be in the market for a packaged unit. It’s a nice and easy way to keep your customers cool during the blistering hot Florida summers.

Benefits of Rooftop Packaged unit?

We are going to cover the best parts of having a rooftop packaged unit. It is important to mention that you reap these benefits if it is installed by a trained and licensed technician. It is very easy to skip a step and make mistakes especially when it comes to commercial projects. The benefits are as follows:

Saving Interior Space

Space. Space. Space. Packaged units, save SO much space. Especially if you are in a smaller commercial environment. You can really see the difference. It can make way for more inventory, a bigger base of operations, and more! It also, in some cases adds to the asking price for commercial property, packaged units are sought after in many niche areas and cases.

Easy, Streamlined Maintenance / Installation

Let’s face it, we all have to do deal with maintenance. With packaged units, the maintenance isn’t nearly as bad. With most contractors, an initial fee is charged and an hourly fee when it comes to routine or intense maintenance. That cost is offset with the packaged unit, all the components are in one easy place. It is, for the most part, easy to reach. This allows the technicians to do most of their work in one central area. Tune-ups are also easier!

The assembly of the HVAC package unit is completely done in a controlled indoor environment. This ensures that it is going to work when installed. It’s cheaper because it’s a single unit vs the traditional multi-unit HVAC system. Like we said before, it’s a great option!

Need a packaged unit?

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Heat Pump Services

What is a heat pump?

Technically, a heat pump is a mechanical-compression cycle refrigeration system that can be reversed to either heat or cool a controlled space. Installation for this type of system typically consists of two parts: an indoor unit called an air handler and an outdoor unit similar to a central air conditioner, but referred to as a heat pump. A compressor circulates refrigerant that absorbs and releases heat as it travels between the indoor and outdoor units.

How does a heat pump work?

In order to know how a heat pump actually works you will need to imagine a heat transporter moving warm air from one place to another. Even if it is cold outside, which is rare for Central Florida it can extract the heat energy that is present. Hence, why it is called the heat pump. And in the blistering Florida heat, it reverses that function and becomes an AC removing heat from your home.

Need heat pump services?

GAP Mechanical is Orlando Florida’s best heat pump contractors. We are an employee-owned and operated company. When choosing us, not only are you going with a small business, but you are going with a genuine hard working team that treats you like family. We are the most affordable premium service with financing available. We are always happy to help!

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Heat pump not working?

A good way to tell if your heat pump needs to be serviced is if it develops frost or ice on the outdoor coils. This should not occur. If there is a build up of this ice the heat pump shifts temporarily into cooling mode and reverses the flow of refrigerant. Thus moving the hot refrigerant through the coils to defrost the system. However, if you are having issues with this you need to call an AC professional in Central Florida.

Spotting Issues Before They Get Bad

If you do not repair these issues, the unit will undergo serious damages and will eventually breakdown permanently. Things to look out for are:

  • Low refrigerant levels
  • Defrost not working
  • Bad thermostats or sensors
  • The reverse valve is sticking
  • Damaged fan motors
  • Elevation or leveling issues

Some of the other issues we see

After doing this for 20+ years we have run across a bunch of different issues. Some issues we see more than others are:

Not running at all – Sometimes the heat pump flat out doesn’t run, this could be a simple fix or a very complicated one. It could be as simple as your breaker being off, but it could also be a more sinister issue like damaged fuses, or electrical problems. We strongly advise that you do not try to fix or troubleshoot these issues yourself. You should call a professional immediately.

Heat pump short cycling – In the past we have seen this as an issue when dirt and other pieces of debris start clogging up the unit. With how windy Florida can get, it’s often the cause for these short cycles.

Frost on the outdoor unit – This is the telltale sign of a defrost cycle going off too much. You will need an HVAC specialist with sufficient training to figure out what’s causing this issue. GAP Mechanical is filled with licensed technicians with the know-how to diagnose this issue and get you up and running asap.

Heat pump not heating properly – If a heat pump is not heating properly, again, it can be a number of things. It could be a situation where the unit is not turning on when it needs to, indicating an issue inside the unit. With an internal issue, it is strongly advised that you contact a professional. Or it could be some balancing is needed, where some rooms are too cold or too hot.

 

Need your heat pump fixed?

GAP Mechanical is Orlando Florida’s best heat pump contractors. We are an employee-owned and operated company. When choosing us, not only are you going with a small business, but you are going with a genuine hard working team that treats you like family. We are the most affordable premium service with financing available. We are always happy to help!

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Advantages of Heat Pumps

Well in Orlando, Florida, you’d be surprised at how many people are using heat pumps. It is an extremely cost-effective option to heat your home faster and keep you warmer in the cold weather. A Floridian’s biggest weakness is cold weather. A lot of the newer units have the smart home capability and can be connected via Wifi.

 

Here are some advantages

Heat pumps come with a number of advantages aside from energy efficiency. They also come with benefits like:

  • The ability to heat your home faster.
  • A Wi-Fi capability which allows you to control it from any smart device.
  • The ability to be set with a seven-day program.
  • Better energy efficiency to keep your utility costs down.

Need a heat pump installed?

GAP Mechanical is Orlando Florida’s best heat pump contractors. We are an employee-owned and operated company. When choosing us, not only are you going with a small business, but you are going with a genuine hard working team that treats you like family. We are the most affordable premium service with financing available. We are always happy to help!

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Mini Split Service

What is a Mini Split System?

A mini split is a neat heating and cooling system that offers extreme flexibility and control. What we mean by that is that you are able to control temperatures in separate areas of the home and separate rooms. It allows you to compartmentalize portions of your house.

Mini Splits are typically made of a couple of parts. For a mini-split to work you will need a piece that will stay outdoors and one that will be indoors. The one on the outside is usually a compressor/condenser, and the indoor piece would be your air handler or evaporator.

Mini splits are not ideal for a whole home. Why? Well because quite frankly it’s not as efficient as it could be if it was a standard central system. It would also be a whole lot to control to keep a steady temperature throughout the entire house. Rather, these kinds of systems would go onto your houses as accessories or just to be fitted in. For example, we get a lot of requests to have these set up in garages, a specific room, or area in a home.

 

Signs You Need a Mini Split Service?

Well, if you own one of course! If you own a ductless mini split and it’s acting upon you when you need us. We are extremely experienced when it comes to these kinds of systems, so you are in good hands. It also takes a special kind of expertise to handle them. Why? Because if you are not a qualified installer/service technician you can really mess these (not so cheap) pieces of equipment up. It requires a lot of understanding and the training to maintain certain ductless systems is expensive.

Some instructions for you to follow!

  • Power off the unit – each unit if you have multiple
  • Turn off the circuit switch for the outside unit so that you are safe
  • Make sure you stay away from any exposed parts or wires
  • Call a professional immediately!

Outside of what’s stated above, don’t do anything! This kind of work is meant to be done by a trusted technician. Your system is expensive, and nobody wants it to go bad. So please give us a call!

Need a Mini Split Contractor?

GAP Mechanical is Orlando Florida’s most trusted mini split contractors. We are an employee-owned and operated company. When choosing us, not only are you going with a small business, but you are going with a genuine hard working team that treats you like family. We are the most affordable premium service with financing available. We are always happy to help!

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Mini Split Repair

What is a Mini Split Repair?

When your mini split is broken, not working, not turning on, or whatever the case may be. It’s broken. If you are running a mini-split and it’s for a specific area and it’s going to be really bad in terms of temperature control for that area. Which is why you got one in the first place. It takes a lot of expertise and training to properly diagnose and repair a ductless mini split system. So before you go and try to fix it yourself by banging on it, please give us a call to check it out.

 

You should turn off the unit the second you sense something is wrong and call us to inform a professional. Mini split systems are traditionally more expensive than central air by the unit. Please take that into consideration.

Signs You Need a Mini Split Repair

If you suddenly notice in the part of your house that is cooled/heated by your mini split drastically changes in temperature. If it is hotter or cooler than normal take a look at your unit.

Look for this:

  • The unit is running way too hot – emitting too much heat
  • The unit is not powered on
  • The unit is not connected to the outside component correctly
  • The previous technician did a poor job and it fell down

If any of the above is what you find when you go looking at your unit, give us a call immediately. Make sure you stop any kind of circuit going to the unit and maybe remove some of the ice. Whatever the issue maybe it is a complicated piece of equipment and a professional will need to see it to fix it.

Need a Mini Split Repair?

GAP Mechanical is Orlando Florida’s best mini split contractors. We are an employee-owned and operated company. When choosing us, not only are you going with a small business, but you are going with a genuine hard working team that treats you like family. We are the most affordable premium service with financing available. We are always happy to help!

Benefits of a Mini-Split Repair

When you get your mini-split system repaired, it works again! Which is about as good a benefit as it can get. Outside of that, of course, you get the accessories and features you’d want out of an advanced AC but a miniature version. Some benefits that come with repaired units are:

  • Smartphone connectivity works again
  • Individual control is possible again
  • Extremely precise temperature control is restored
  • You are able to breathe better air again

 

Need Your Mini Split Repaired?

GAP Mechanical is Orlando Florida’s best mini split contractors. We are an employee-owned and operated company. When choosing us, not only are you going with a small business, but you are going with a genuine hard working team that treats you like family. We are the most affordable premium service with financing available. We are always happy to help!

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Installation/Replacement

Installing a Mini Split System

Alright, so you got a mini-split system in hand and have done all the proper research. Congratulations! If you’ve done your homework you’ve made a good decision. It is extremely important that you have a licensed contractor to install the unit. This article will only explain some of the common steps that we take to install these kinds of systems. It is only an educational resource so that you are aware of what’s going on. GAP Mechanical is an employee-owned and operated small business that is 100% transparent. When it comes to process and pricing – we got you covered. If you are in Orlando FL or surrounding areas in Central Florida, call us for the best air conditioning services available!

First, we prep the wall. We need to find and secure a spot on the interior wall to mount the indoor unit. It has to be clear of any obstructions for the unit to be properly installed. We then need to take into account the mounting plate. We will then secure that piece onto the wall that we have selected. Lastly, in terms of the wall, we are going to create a hole to fit the piping.

Second, we will check the electrical connections. It’s important that all of this goes correctly. If this is not done properly you can run into some serious and expensive issues. Which is why you need a licensed and insured contractor to do the job. We go and connect the pipes and secure the unit to the mounting plate as we described before.

Third, we go outside and we figure out where we want to place the outdoor unit. This is important because we might need to lay a concrete pad if there isn’t one available for us to use. We need to ensure that this is leveled and smooth. We take the pipes’ flare nuts and hook them up to the respective pipes on the outdoor unit. The next step is to bleed the air and humidity from the refrigerant circuit, wrap the joints of the piping with tape (insulating). If we need to then we secure the piping to the wall with clamps.

That just about covers what we do in most cases to install these sorts of units. We are licensed and insured contractors in Orlando, FL ready to serve. With our satisfaction guarantee, you are going to be all good to go.

Signs You Need Mini Split Installation

If you are going to be spending a lot of time in a specific part of your home, and for example, that part of your home is an extension. You may want to control the temperature and easily for that part of the home. However, not having any efficient way to complete ductwork for that part of your home has you in a tight spot.

If what you read above is you, then you need a mini split.

 

Read about how it works and what it is – compare it to the cost of doing all the ductwork and other unnecessary costs to make that part of your house controlled by central air. The numbers are probably going to show that it’s a better idea to get a mini split.

Benefits of Mini Split Installation / Replacement

Better Heating of Individual Rooms/Zones:

When it comes to controlling temperature in specific rooms or zones, heat pumps are extremely effective. It is because the room or zone is given a dedicated unit. The individual air handling units allow for more control over a specific room or zone. So instead of a central unit, where it would try to control the temperature throughout the home, heat pumps control for where you need it controlled. In many situations, especially in Florida with the heat, the insulation will have a significant part in how the unit performs. Homeowners end up saving a lot of money throughout the year.

Flexibility/Increased Placement Options:

Maintaining the design of the home is easier with the mini-splits. The components allow us to place them in more places than normal. If we are talking about most other kinds of add-on systems, we may not have that flexibility. Air handler units can be affixed just about anywhere.

Easy Installation:

For anyone that has done duct work before, you’re aware of how bad a project can get. It is no walk in the park, ductwork that is. Installing a mini split is relatively easy and stress-free. An outdoor and indoor unit needs to be hooked up together and that’s about it. It’s way less invasive than other systems. You can also place outdoor units as far away from the home as you’d like.

Improved Energy Efficiency:

Energy use, especially nowadays is an extremely important topic. It’s important for two reasons, the climate, and your bill. The climate is getting worse, and we don’t want to contribute to that any more than we already do. Energy efficiency has a big part in how much you impact the climate. Lower bills, we all want them. Energy is the biggest cost associated with an air conditioning unit or appliance this big. You want to make sure that energy consumption is not being wasted. Mini splits don’t need to go through ducts and lose a percentage of the heat, and it doesn’t need to heat the whole home. This is why mini splits are a great choice.

Need a Mini Split Installation?

GAP Mechanical is Orlando Florida’s best mini split contractors. We are an employee-owned and operated company. When choosing us, not only are you going with a small business, but you are going with a genuine hard working team that treats you like family. We are the most affordable premium service with financing available. We are always happy to help!

 

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AC Repair

What is AC Repair?

This one is a little self-explanatory! AC Repair encompasses everything a licensed AC Repair technician would to fix/repair an air conditioning unit. This includes various things ranging from the unit not turning on all the way to a compressor that isn’t working.

Caution: The AC repair industry is very cutthroat. There will be many predatory contractors trying to rip you off and price high, well, because it’s air conditioning, and you need it. Even if you don’t go with GAP Mechanical, please consult multiple companies and get accurate quotes. Another caution is to ensure you are having your work done by a licensed professional. Otherwise, the quality of the job is at stake and can cost thousands of dollars.

 

Important disclaimer:

GAP Mechanical is Orlando Florida’s best ac repair contractors. We are an employee-owned and operated company. When choosing us, not only are you going with a small business, but you are going with a genuine hard working team that treats you like family. We are the most affordable premium service with financing available. We are always happy to help!

Need AC Repair Services?

We are based out of Orlando, Florida and if one thing is for sure it’s that you cannot have your AC break on you in the extreme heat. When this happens you need services fast and you need to be up and running asap. We are the best AC Repair contractors in Orlando, Florida. We are employee owned and operated. Now, let’s get into some of the things you need to look out for!

Why GAP Mechanical?

We have been serving Central Florida and surrounding areas for 20+ years. We have our own very special satisfaction guarantee. Since we are a small business, we can afford to take special care of our customers. We have an in-depth knowledge of units and have gone through extensive training. Air conditioning is not cheap, and you do not want to go wrong when dealing with it. We are licensed, insured, and certified to render HVAC services.

Signs You Need AC Repair

There are many many signs you would need AC Repair. Some are extremely hard to detect but at GAP Mechanical some of the most frequent calls we get are in regards to:

  • The air conditioning unit won’t turn on
  • Weird noises and shaking when the unit is running or turning on
  • Warm air is flowing when it should be cold
  • The fan can be heard/seen running but the compressor is not working
  • Water is gathering all around the unit

 

The air conditioning unit won’t turn on

The first thing to check when your unit is not turning on is to see if your thermostat is the issue. The primary issue would be the batteries. You need to make sure that it has batteries and the thermostat is working. Once you’ve eliminated that possibility from being the issue, set your AC to cool. If it is still not turning on – it can be a lot of different things. It could range from electrical failure to pressure related issues. Electrical problems include wire corrosion and pressure issues could include too much pressure on your compressor. Normally, routine maintenance can likely prevent these things from happening. You will need to contact an HVAC professional or technician immediately. If you are in Central Florida and surrounding areas, GAP Mechanical has you covered.

 

Warm air is flowing when it should be cold

Like many issues with an AC unit, this could be due to a bunch of reasons. It can be something like a buildup of debris inside your air conditioner. This is why it is highly recommended that you have regular maintenance checks performed on your unit. This is what ultimately results in coils that have gotten dirty and clogged filters. An extremely common issue is the absence of refrigerant. It happens when it hasn’t been charged or a leak. Regardless of the issue, for these kinds of problems you need to contact a professional. If you are just starting to see the signs of an issue like the one above, schedule a routine maintenance call today.

 

Weird noises and shaking of the unit

For this one, it can literally be anything. For your own safety, we advise you to power the unit off. Make sure there is absolutely no power going to the unit and call a professional immediately. If you are in the Orlando area or surrounding central Florida area then we have you covered. Call us today.

The fan can be heard/seen running but the compressor is not working

Sometimes you will run into issues where the unit looks to be fine and working when it isn’t. A lot of the time these issues tend to be a little harder to diagnose and a little more technical. For example, if your compressor is not working it would take a professional know how to properly resolve this issue. Like always the best course of action is to power your unit off and make sure the issue does not get worse. Then the next step should be to call a professional ASAP. You need a licensed professional to assist in any air conditioning needs.

 

Water is gathering around the unit

If you go to your outside unit and see a leak it could be a number of things. You could have something like a refrigerant leak, formation of ice, or some kind of obstruction in the pipes. These kinds of issues and a multitude of others could definitely result in a leak of your unit. If it is leaking excessively, power off the unit as always. Call a professional so that they can diagnose your problem and take a look inside. With any issue that may require taking the unit apart, it is important you get licensed and insured professional so that you are safe. If you are in Orlando FL or surrounding areas of Central Florida, GAP Mechanical is the best in town. You are in safe hands. Give us a call today to come by and take a look. We will have you up and running in no time.

 

Repair or Replace The Unit?

Now when it comes to whether we should repair or replace the unit, that boils down to the circumstances. If your air conditioning unit is more than 10 years old and giving you trouble, you may be more inclined to just replace it. Investments and utilities also play their part in whether you should consider a repair or replacement. In *most* cases, it is advised to get a replacement depending on when your unit was installed and how efficient it is.

Need AC Repair Services in Orlando, Florida?

GAP Mechanical is Orlando Florida’s best ac repair contractors. We are an employee-owned and operated company. When choosing us, not only are you going with a small business, but you are going with a genuine hard working team that treats you like family. We are the most affordable premium service with financing available. We are always happy to help!

Benefits of AC Repair

The biggest benefits to AC repair is that your once not working unit starts to work! Picture this, you are in the extremely hot, sizzling summer and you are sweating bullets. You go to turn on your air conditioning unit, and it blows ice cold air. That kind of feeling is as satisfying as it gets. If your air conditioning unit is not working then you miss out on that big time.

Don’t delay getting your unit looked at because most repair/replacements should be proactive and not reactive. If we wait until it’s too late then odds are when it breaks it will lead to serious frustration and even longer repair times. Here are some of the issues that we take care of all the time!

  • Compressor Replacement
  • Compressor Repair
  • Condensor Repair
  • Sensor Repair
  • Circuit Board Repair
  • Drain Pan Replacement
  • Refrigerant Leak Repair

If you are having any of these common issues in Orlando Florida or the surrounding Central Florida area, we have you covered. We will take care of you in a timely manner. The greatest benefit to AC Repair, after all, is a working AC unit! Especially in Florida!

 

Some of the benefits are:

Lower Humidity

When people think about air conditioning, most people only consider the fact that the system cools the air to reduce the temperature. However, an air conditioning system also reduces the humidity in the air at the same time it cools it. This is good for comfort as the higher the humidity levels are, the less comfortable it can be because of the sticky feeling that high humidity offers. Some air conditioning systems also have options or features to focus on the humidity of the entire home without heating or cooling it too drastically.

 

Increased Air Quality

Most air conditioning systems are great at keeping the air clean in your home. They’re equipped with a filtration system that helps to keep dust, pollen, and other airborne hazards out of the home. Some filters can be installed in different parts of the home, helping to keep the air even cleaner.

Improves Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

Arguably, the most important reason to have your AC system regularly cleaned and maintained is that it will significantly improve your home’s energy efficiency and lower the operating cost of your air conditioner. Annual servicing from our professional HVAC techs is the best way to ensure your system is running to its fullest potential.

Need AC Repair in Orlando, Florida?

GAP Mechanical is Orlando Florida’s best heat pump contractors. We are an employee-owned and operated company. When choosing us, not only are you going with a small business, but you are going with a genuine hard working team that treats you like family. We are the most affordable premium service with financing available. We are always happy to help!

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