Thursday, July 18, 2013

Common AC Repairs During Summer

Phoenix summers are notorious for being dangerously hot, and besides a pool, the most important thing residents in the Valley of the Sun need is a working air conditioner. 

Even if you keep your air conditioning unit well maintained throughout the year with check ups and regular maintenance, it’s especially important to keep an eye on it in the summer. During these scorching months, your air units work extra hard to keep your home cool and comfortable and the extra work can take its toll quickly. 

We’re here to point out some of the most common problems air conditioners have and the reasons they break down each summer. Keeping an eye out for these problems can help you recognize the need for a quick fix before an easy repair becomes a big disaster. 

Warm Air

There’s nothing we want and expect more when we turn our AC units on than cold air, but if you find that the air is warm, there could be a number of things wrong. Check your thermostat and make sure it’s programmed properly. If it is, the condenser coils could be covered with dirt and debris which will prevent the air from cooling before it’s distributed into your home. 

Frozen Evaporator Coils 

Aside from dirt and dust, your coils can also freeze up, which is something you don’t want to see. This means that cold air is being produced, but it’s stuck inside the air handler and isn’t getting pushed through the air ducts. Not only will this prevent your home from staying cool, but blocked airflow can cause damage to the working parts of your air conditioning system. 

Sensor Issues

The sensor is a really important part of your air unit. It measures the temperature of the air coming into the evaporative coil, which determines when and how long the AC will blow the air until your desired temperature is reached. If the sensor breaks or gets knocked out of position, the air conditioner can act up, thus resulting in damage or unexpected energy usage. If you find you need to adjust the sensor, move it by bending the wire that holds in place just a little bit. It should be near the coil but not touching it. 

Refrigerant Leaks 

Low refrigerant levels mean one of two things: that it leaks or it wasn’t filled up all the way at installation. If you do have a leak, simply adding more refrigerant to your system won’t do any good. Since the efficiency of air conditioners depends on the refrigerant charge matching the manufacturer’s directions exactly, it’s important that you get a professional to come to your home to fix the leak or fill it up. Plus, these leaks can be harmful to the environment, so if this happens, fix it right away! 

AC Not Working

This could be the most common and most irritating of the common problems your air conditioner can suffer from in the summer. If your air simple won’t turn on, first check the circuit breaker to make sure it’s not a simple fix you can do on your own. If everything looks okay, you might have an electrical problem, in which you’ll nee a professional’s help.

These are just some of the common air conditioning problems we’ve grown accustomed to seeing in the summer. If you feel that there’s anything wrong with your cooling system, contact us and we’ll be out to help your home return to a cool and comfortable oasis in the middle of the desert summer.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Signs That Your Air Ducts Are Leaking

Last week, we debated when the best time is to get a new air conditioning unit over replacing it. If, however, you find that you’re having problems but your unit is function properly, you may have a related but different problem on your hands: leaky ducts.

Research by PG&E in homes finds that faulty ductwork can account for up to 25% of heating and air conditioning loss in your house, sometimes even more. If your air ducts are leaking, your air units will work twice as hard to achieve the temperature that they’re set at, which uses a bunch of extra electricity without you even knowing it.

And what else are you losing if the air you pay for is slipping right out of your home? That’s right… money.
We have some tips and tricks when it comes to spotting a leaking air duct so not only can you stop wasting energy, but your wallet can stop leaking money.

First of all, if you find that certain rooms in your home are almost impossible to cool down in the summer or heat up in the winter, you might have a leaky duct near that room. If the duct is leaking, it won’t be able to transport the cold or hot air to the room, and thus, is likely to leave it an unpleasant temperature. 

Another sign that you might have leaking air ducts is if you find that rooms are dusty and dirty after you turn your air conditioning off. When there are leaks in your air ducts, contaminants will get sucked into your home and will settle in rooms into which the leaky duct leads. Not only will this cause a headache from constantly cleaning, but this can actually be detrimental to the health of you and your family by allowing dirt and pollutants into your home. 

As we mentioned before, another huge indicator of a leaky air duct is an abnormally high electric bill. Your heating/air condition unit will have to work harder in order to achieve the temperature it’s set at, which means it’s going to work longer and use more energy. In turn, you’ll end up spending more money for less efficient heating and air. 

If you notice any of these triggers on a regular basis, call a professional to come out and take a look inside your home.
Especially with the summer officially here, we want our customers to be comfortable day and night, so we’re always available to help, especially in an emergency. Call us at 623-533-5718 for all your heating and air installation and repair needs today!