Aurora Plumbing Company Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning Repair’

The Time to Tackle Late Season AC Repairs Is Now

Monday, September 4th, 2017

HVAC heating and air conditioning residential units or heat pumpsWe’re in the final stretch of the summer season, and that means that your air conditioning system has been putting in a lot of hard work for the past few months. With heat waves still plausible, your cooling system still potentially has a lot of work to do before you shut it off for the season. If you’d like to feel certain that you can live out the rest of our warmer weather in comfort, then it’s important to tackle late season air conditioning repair in Parker, CO now.

Of course, we can’t blame you for ignoring any signs of AC repair needs, if you don’t know what signs to look for to begin with. This is why we’ve put together a brief guide below to help you recognize some early warning signs of a struggling air conditioning system. When it comes to scheduling repairs, sooner is always better than later, so if you have some late season needs, now is the time to tackle them!

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The Role and Importance of Your AC Condenser Unit

Monday, April 25th, 2016

The outdoor unit of your air conditioner is probably not something you think about a whole lot. However, your outside air conditioner—called the condenser unit—plays a very important role. The inside part of your AC system is tasked with absorbing heat from your home’s air, while your condenser unit has the responsibility of releasing that heat to the air outside. Therefore, without your condenser, the warm air from your home would have nowhere to go. This heat exchange process is made possible by a few vital components.

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Why Is My Air Conditioner Leaking Water?

Monday, August 31st, 2015

During the summer, we sometimes show up to repair a plumbing leak in a home only to find out that the plumbing system is not responsible for the leak at all. Air conditioners can also leak water into the home and, depending on the location of the unit, can damage any important structures underneath it. A leaky air conditioner is often a quick fix for a trained technician, but what caused the leak in the first place?

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Does My Air Conditioner Need More Refrigerant?

Monday, July 13th, 2015

This is a question our technicians get asked time and time again. Refrigerant is a chemical blend that many people know under the trademarked name Freon. Of course, a technician would have to look at the air conditioning system closely and carefully in order to determine the problem with certainty. But it turns out that simply adding refrigerant probably won’t solve most air conditioning issues.

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Is It Time to Replace Your Air Conditioning System?

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Eventually, any air conditioner will wear down to the point that it is no longer operational. But most experts recommend taking care of air conditioning replacement before a complete system breakdown. Replacing an air conditioner before its time is up can save you money, and your new system will perform a lot better than one that is over a decade old. Here’s some quick advice on when is a good time for replacement over repairs.

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Why Is My AC Frozen?

Monday, June 1st, 2015

As the weather really starts to heat up, you certainly don’t expect to see frost forming anywhere. But one of the most common issues to occur during the air conditioning season is a frozen air conditioning system. The indoor portion of your air conditioning system could freeze even on the hottest of days, but only if there is something wrong with your AC system. If you notice this issue, don’t attempt to scrape off the ice, and don’t assume it’s normal. Call a technician to your home as soon as possible.

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3 Common AC Repairs (That May Actually Be Preventable)

Monday, May 18th, 2015

After a number of years, your air conditioning system will break down, and a replacement system will become necessary. But some of the smaller problems you run into over the years may actually be prevented with the proper attention and maintenance. Making a few changes to the way you care for your air conditioner can actually stop issues from occurring and keep your equipment around for longer. Here are some of the most common repair calls we receive—and what may have been done to prevent them.

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3 Common Repairs at the End of Summer

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

The summer is coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean you will shut down your air conditioner yet. You can expect your cooling system to keep working for you, on and off, for another few months. This means that you cannot ignore any possible repair needs just because you think the AC might not be important. In general, you should never ignore repairs for any home comfort system, no matter the time of year. The sooner you attend to repairs, the easier and less expensive they are.

Here are a number of repairs you may encounter during the last weeks of summer after your AC has gone through a few months of steady work. Entrust your air conditioning in to professionals like those at APC Plumbing & Heating when you need repairs done right.

3 End-of-Summer repairs

  1. Cleaning dirty coils: You should change the air filter in the cooling system once a month throughout the summer. Otherwise you could have contamination enter the cabinet and make the evaporator coil dirty. A grimy coil will have trouble absorbing heat from the air and will start to lower the AC’s performance. It could also lead to ice developing along the coil. The outdoor coil can become dirty as well if dust and dirt manage to infiltrate the cabinet grill. Professionals will detach the coils and clean them so they work effectively once more.
  2. Lubricating motors: The motors that drive the compressor, the outdoor fan, and the blower will perform hard work during the summer, and this can cause them to lose lubrication. Low lubrication means increased friction, which will cause the AC to begin to drain power. Eventually the motor will burn out and need replacement. If you hear mechanical grinding and shrieking noises from the cabinets, call for repairs to look into the motors.
  3. Recharging refrigerant: No matter how diligently an AC works during a summer, it shouldn’t deplete its charge of refrigerant; this chemical blend does not dissipate during regular operation. But small leaks can begin to drain refrigerant over the summer and lead to damage to the system, even overheating the compressor. Always call for repairs when you notice a drop in cooling; this way the technicians have a chance to find out if loss of refrigerant is behind the problem. The technicians will seal the leaks and recharge the refrigerant to its proper level.

No matter the season, if your air conditioner starts to act oddly or fails to keep your home cool, you must call on experienced technicians to handle the repair work. Since 1984, APC Plumbing & Heating as helped homeowners with their air conditioning, and we are more than happy to answer your call when you need repairs to stay cool for the end of summer. Call us when you need air conditioning service in Denver.

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How Does Maintenance Help Prevent Repairs?

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Your air conditioner plays an important part in helping you relax after a long day. So if you’re ever without air conditioning because your system needs repair, it may not only affect your budget but also your comfort.

One way to prevent the need for future repairs is by scheduling AC maintenance today. Air conditioning maintenance is a service that can help improve the efficiency of a system, extend its lifespan, and prevent the need for repairs. To prevent the need for AC repair, you should schedule maintenance at least once a year. During maintenance, a technician visits your home to inspect the entire system, make any adjustments necessary, and clean dirty components. In this guide, we’ll take a look at how each of these steps helps prevent repairs.

Cleaning

The evaporator and condenser coil are two parts that are commonly cleaned with air conditioning maintenance. These two coils help with the heat exchange process that provides cool air to your home. Inside, the evaporator coil allows refrigerant to absorb heat from the air in your home. Outside, the condenser coil helps heat to dissipate into the air. If either coil is blocked by dirt or debris, it may not be able to complete this process. The air conditioner may run for longer, causing wear and tear to your system that may lead to damages.

Adjusting

A technician may be unable to perform major repairs at the time of a maintenance visit. However, some parts may need a slight adjustment or minor repair that can be taken care of during maintenance. For example, the outdoor coil has metal fins that help heat to dissipate. These occasionally become bent and must be straightened out for optimum performance. Alternatively, the motor may need lubrication to prevent the need for replacement.

Inspection

The technician will also inspect your entire system and check for any components that may need repair. It’s better to schedule AC repair now to prevent a broken part from damaging other components.

APC Plumbing & Heating can help prevent AC repairs when you schedule maintenance once or twice a year. If you need AC Repair service in Denver, call APC Plumbing & Heating today!

 

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What Happens When Refrigerant Leaks in Your Air Conditioner?

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Your air conditioner doesn’t just blow cooler air into a space; it removes the warm air, sends it through your air conditioning system, and returns it as cold air. In other words, your air conditioner conditions the air in your home.

Your air conditioning system is able to do this by using a chemical known as refrigerant. Refrigerant converts easily from a liquid to a gas and back again, making it the perfect substance to help cool your home. Due to its important role, any refrigerant leak in your system necessitates air conditioning repair service before the leak can cause other problems, as we’ll talk about below.

An important item to note about the refrigerant in your air conditioner is that is has to be at a specific level for your air conditioner to work properly. This is why, when a leak occurs and the level of refrigerant drops, you will experience problems with your AC.

For 30 years, APC Plumbing & Heating has offered air conditioning repair service in Denver, CO, so we’ve seen a lot of problems that started from refrigerant leaks. The best thing to do when it comes to possible refrigerant problems with your air conditioning system is to be aware of the symptoms:

Marked Decrease in Cool Air

One of the most common signs that there may be a leak in the refrigerant is that tepid or warm air starts blowing into your home. When the refrigerant level in your air conditioner drops, the heat transfer process no longer works properly, causing a lack of cool air.

A Light Hissing or Bubbling Sound

The refrigerant in your air conditioner is under pressure, so you may hear a light hissing or bubbling sound at the point of leakage. It is important not to handle the area yourself; refrigerant leaks are not DIY jobs. If you hear the hissing or see refrigerant bubbling, call your APC Plumbing & Heating specialist for an appointment.

Icing on Coils

It may seem counter-intuitive that ice will form when there is less refrigerant, but the reason this happens is due to the imbalance caused by the leak. What happens is that the delicate balance between heating and cooling is off causing condensation to form; when condensation forms over the parts that are too cold, the condensation moisture turns to ice.

Let a Professional Handle Refrigerant Problems

Finding a refrigerant leak can be tricky business. You also need to be a trained professional to handle the refrigerant, as there are specific environmental regulations that need to be adhered to when working with refrigerant. The bottom line: when it comes to air conditioning repair services in Denver, call the professionals you can trust: APC Plumbing & Heating.

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