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

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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Common Air Conditioning Repairs

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Does your AC’s performance and efficiency leave much to be desired? Are your energy bills high? Does your AC make a terrible noise? Unfortunately, there will come a time when you need to get in touch with a professional for air conditioning repair services. Just like any other mechanical system or other part of your house, your AC suffers a fair amount of wear and tear over the years. Professional installation and follow-up routine maintenance are the primary ways of keeping your system in good working order, but they will not make your cooling system invincible.

While every home is different and no two setups exactly alike, there are some common problems that befall air conditioning systems. Below, we’ve given you some signs to look out for. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, it’s important to get in touch with your local HVAC professional before the issue becomes serious. Neglecting problems can also lead to premature replacement.

Loud and/or strange noises

If you find that your air conditioner makes a loud or strange noise, then it may be time to have it checked out. If you hear a banging noise, there could be a loose component within the air handler or somewhere within the ductwork. Grinding noise could be a serious problem related to the breakdown of your fan motor. Any hissing or whistling sounds are related to refrigerant or air leaks in the system.

High energy bills

We’re sure you keep a close watch on your energy bill, but there’s more to it than just making sure that your utility company is honest. If you notice a spike in your energy consumption, then you may have a serious efficiency issue. There are various causes to such issues, and only a hands-on diagnosis can provide a solution.

Bad cooling

If you find that your cooling is uneven or insufficient, then you’ve got yourself a case of bad cooling. Don’t let it ruin your summer. Make sure that you have your entire HVAC system inspected so that the root of the problem can be discovered and eliminated.

Don’t settle for anything less than comfort and convenience from your cooling system. If you suspect that you need air conditioning repairs, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. APC Plumbing & Heating offers reliable air conditioning repair service in Denver. Call now.

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Common Air Conditioning Repairs

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Does your AC’s performance and efficiency leave much to be desired? Are your energy bills high? Does your AC make a terrible noise? Unfortunately, there will come a time when you need to get in touch with a professional for air conditioning repair service. Just like any other mechanical system or other part of your house, your AC suffers a fair amount of wear and tear over the years. Professional installation and follow-up routine maintenance are the primary ways of keeping your system in good working order, but they will not make your cooling system invincible.

While every home is different and no two setups exactly alike, there are some common problems that befall air conditioning systems. Below, we’ve given you some signs to look out for. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, it’s important to get in touch with your local Denver HVAC professional before the issue becomes serious. Neglecting problems can also lead to premature replacement.

List of Common Air Conditioning Problems

  • Loud and/or strange noises. If you find that your air conditioner makes a loud or strange noise, then it may be time to have it checked out. If you hear a banging noise, there could be a loose component within the air handler or somewhere within the ductwork. Grinding noise could be a serious problem related to the breakdown of your fan motor. Any hissing or whistling sounds are related to refrigerant or air leaks in the system.
  • High energy bills. We’re sure you keep a close watch on your energy bill, but there’s more to it than just making sure that your utility company is honest. If you notice a spike in your energy consumption, then you may have a serious efficiency issue. There are various causes to such issues, and only a hands-on diagnosis can provide a solution.
  • Bad cooling. If you find that your cooling is uneven or insufficient, then you’ve got yourself a case of bad cooling. Don’t let it ruin your summer. Make sure that you have your entire HVAC system inspected so that the root of the problem can be discovered and eliminated.

Don’t settle for anything less than comfort and convenience from your cooling system. If you suspect that you need air conditioning repairs, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. APC Plumbing & Heating offers quick and easy air conditioning repair service in Denver. Call now.

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