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Air Conditioning Repair Service

Living without a functioning air conditioner is difficult. During the milder months of the year, you can get away with keeping your windows open. However, living without cool, dry air in the dead of summer can be a deal breaker. Our experts know how to get your air conditioner working smoothly even in record heat. We can evaluate, maintain, repair and install HVAC systems to provide you with the comfort that you need to survive a hot season.

Find out what might cause your air conditioner to malfunction and how to survive when it does.

Common Air Conditioner Problems

Air conditioner problems can be caused by a number of factors. One of the most obvious-but-overlooked issues is user error. Most homeowners don’t want to hear that they are causing a problem with their air conditioner, but understanding these common problems can help you get the most out of your equipment.

Airflow is crucial to optimal air conditioner operation. The outdoor unit should have plenty of space around it to allow for maximum air flow.

Cool air needs to come in from the sides of the equipment and escape through the top. Bushes, grass and shrubs that surround the unit should be at least one to two feet away from the unit. Don’t set anything on top of the air conditioner.

Inside your house, make sure to replace the filter. We recommend using the cheapest filter to maximize air flow. Just remember to change it about once a month.

Many people think that they can save money by closing supply vents in unused rooms. This can work counterintuitively and add pressure to your system. Your air conditioner will produce the same amount of air no matter which vents are open. Closing some vents can lead to leaks, which waste energy and can cause problems down the road. Accidentally covering vents will have the same negative effect.

If your thermostat isn’t communicating with the air conditioner, you might think that the AC unit doesn’t work. Dead batteries and incorrect settings on the thermostat can make it seem like your air conditioner is broken when it’s really not.

Air conditioners that don’t blow cold air are usually either suffering from an air flow issue or low refrigerant. Units are charged with refrigerant when they are installed. If you determine that your AC problems are caused by low coolant levels, you might have a leak.

Your air conditioner does not use up refrigerant in the same way that a car uses gas. The refrigerant levels should stay steady once the unit is charged. Some signs that you have a refrigerant leak are:

  • Frozen coils on the indoor unit
  • Warm air blowing out of your vents
  • Low air flow at the vents
  • Water near the furnace or indoor unit
  • High power bills

Coolant leaks can affect your system’s efficiency during the winter as well as the summer. If you have central air conditioning and heat pump, your power bills may go through the roof in the winter if refrigerant is leaking from the unit. Eventually, your heat may stop working altogether.

A leak won’t go away on its own. A qualified HVAC technician can diagnose the problem. In many air conditioners, leaks occur in the evaporator coil. Replacing the coil can cost more than $1,000. We will evaluate the problem and discuss all possible solutions. We can help you decide whether it’s more cost effective to repair or replace your unit.

After a repair is performed, you’ll need to charge your system with the right amount of refrigerant. Adding too little refrigerant could result in lower efficiency. Overcharging the system can also cause your system to under perform. Too much refrigerant can also damage the compressor. Our technicians are knowledgeable about different types of systems and will perform repairs properly every time.

Air compressors and fans can burn out after years of use. Your air conditioner turns on and off all day. This activity can lead to failure of the compressor, condenser fan or electrical controls. A unit that sounds like it starts violently or buzzes loudly during operation may have a failing air compressor.

Other issues that can be caused by a malfunctioning electrical component or compressor are:

  • Humming motor
  • Fuse that blows when the unit turns on
  • Expensive electrical bills

If you suspect that you have a problem with your compressor or condenser fan, give us a call. Our experts can safely inspect the unit. Evaluating it yourself can put you at an increased risk of electrocution. It can also damage your equipment further. We do this every day. Save yourself the hassle and let our professionals take care of you.

How Does An Air Conditioner Work?

Although you use your air conditioner to blow cool air into your home, the appliance actually works by removing the heat from your environment.

The outdoor component is often referred to as the condensing unit. It contains the fan, condenser coil, compressor and refrigerant. The indoor component may be located in a closet, attic, basement or garage. This unit contains the blower motor, evaporator coils and circuit board. A filter is installed in the furnace or on the return air vents.

The compressor moves refrigerant back and forth between the indoor and outdoor units. Inside your house, hot air is sucked into the return air vents. As it moves over the evaporator coils, the air loses heat and moisture. The blower then propels the cooled air through your ducts until it flows out of the supply vents. Where does the heat go? It makes its way to the condenser, which releases it outside.

All of these parts work together to keep your atmosphere cool and comfortable. Even if only one component malfunctions, cold air usually stops blowing. Trying to handle the situation yourself could make things worse. A professional HVAC repair expert can pinpoint the problem and give you advice on whether it’s best to repair or replace your air conditioner.

Preventing Air Conditioner Problems and Repairs

Air conditioners aren’t made to last forever. They typically last from 10 to 20 years, depending on the brand. However, you can take steps to make the most of your unit and minimize the need for repairs.

Changing the filter regularly is one of the easiest ways to maintain your system. You can do this yourself. You can also keep pollen, dirt, twigs, grass and sticks away from the outside unit.

Performing regular preventative maintenance is another way to keep everything operating well. Although you might be able to check on some components yourself, remember that there are a lot of elements that make up your HVAC system. A trained repair specialist has experience in inspecting these parts.

A service contract will ensure that your system is inspected consistently. We’ll check your equipment periodically so that we can catch any small problems before they become major issues. Performing a minor repair is usually preferable to doing major work on your equipment. If you need a major repair, you might find that it’s more cost effective to replace the entire unit.

Don’t make these decisions alone. Let us take care of your air conditioning system so that you can keep your cool throughout the year.

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