Aurora Plumbing Company Blog: Posts Tagged ‘AC Repair’

Bangs, Screeches, and Hissing: AC Noises You Should Never Ignore

Monday, May 25th, 2020

woman-covering-her-earsImagine you’re sitting in your home, peacefully watching a TV show, or maybe even reading a book, and suddenly you hear a grinding noise that seems to be getting louder and angrier as each minute passes. It seems to be coming from outside—but what is it?

If it’s your air conditioner, it’s cause for concern! Really, any unfamiliar noise that is coming from your air conditioner should be reason enough for you to call air conditioning professionals to inspect the system. No matter the source of the sound, the problem isn’t going to go away by itself. Even if the noise is intermittent, it not only is the sign of a problem, but can cause further issues.

Grinding is just one example of a sound you don’t want to hear your cooling system to make, and typically comes from a motor’s bearings being worn down. This is a natural part of wear and tear, but should still be managed quickly to prevent overheating and subsequent system damage. What are some other noises you should be aware of? Read on!

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No, Your AC System Shouldn’t Be Losing Refrigerant

Monday, September 2nd, 2019

refrigerant-line-behind-ac-unitThis is a fairly common air conditioning myth among homeowners—that the refrigerant in the system “runs out” like gasoline does from a car. Unfortunately, dishonest or well-meaning but ill-informed amateurs have contributed to this myth. They may have told you that refrigerant needs to be “topped off” every now and then, like during your maintenance session.

We understand why you might believe this misconception, too. Refrigerant seems like a “fuel” for your air conditioner, right? Well not quite—it is what enables the cooling process, but it recycles continuously throughout the system rather than depleting like gasoline from a car. In other words, your air conditioner should never lose refrigerant—and if it is, it means you have a leak that needs repair.

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Ominous AC Noises and What They Mean

Monday, April 29th, 2019

woman-covering-her-ears-standing-on-white-backgroundDid you know that summertime is the most likely season for air conditioners to develop problems? This is because they’re placed under a lot more stress than, say, in fall or spring. After all, you’ll be using yours every day for at least 3 months straight, and this added wear and tear makes it more likely for various components to break down.

It’s essential that you have your air conditioner checked out by a trained and experienced professional if you detect any signs that it is malfunctioning in any way. Keep reading to learn more about one of the biggest signs that something is amiss: scary or unfamiliar sounds coming from the air conditioner.

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What You Should Know About Refrigerant

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

white-question-mark-on-a-blue-backgroundYou may have heard the term Freon before. This is actually a brand name given to a very important component within your air conditioner, and that’s chemical refrigerant. Without this refrigerant, your cooling system is nothing more than a large house fan. Fans can certainly help out a bit in hot weather, however if you really want to achieve comfort during the summer, then you need a highly effective and efficient air conditioner. And for that, you need refrigerant.

What many homeowners don’t understand is just how refrigerant works in their air conditioner. As such, a common question we get from homeowners is, “how often do I need to refill Freon?” The short answer to how often you should have to replace—what we call recharge—refrigerant is, “hopefully never!” We’ll explain below.

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AC Repairs Are Often Preventable: Schedule Maintenance Today!

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Have you ever been faced with a sudden AC breakdown in the summer? It’s not something any homeowner wants to deal with. You may have to abandon your plans for the day to find a technician willing to come out for an emergency service call, not to mention the unexpected cost. But what if we told you that you could prevent repairs by calling a technician on your own time, so that you’re not inconvenienced later on in the summer season?

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