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Everybody in Arlington, TX needs a working air conditioner during the summer. With summer still several months away today we will talk over some things to prepare for looking ahead. When temperatures reach over one hundred degrees, conditions inside your home will soon get unpleasant if your unit breaks down and the demand for air conditioning repair surges as do the costs.
The temperature inside will soon get as hot as it is outside. The humidity will become unbearable, and the air quality will quickly worsen. This is not a good situation to be in if you (or your loved ones ) are in poor health or suffer from chronic health problems. You need help from Minuteman Heating & Air. We have technicians on call 24/7, ready to offer you quality air conditioner repair work at a price you can afford.
Signs That There Could Be Problems Ahead
We at Minuteman Heating & Air tell all our customers that the best way to avoid an air conditioning repair is to give your unit an annual service. A routine check will maintain and protect the components of your AC to ensure they are working to the manufacturers’ specifications.
Your energy bills will be lower as a result because your unit will be running more efficiently. You will gain added security in the knowledge that your unit is less likely to break down and need an air conditioner repair. The last thing you want is to take time off work to organize a home visit from one of our highly skilled technicians. If you see any of the following signs, it would be better to arrange a visit now than to wait until your unit breaks down.
Warm Air Is Coming from Your Unit
This is not something you want to happen on a hot summer’s day in Arlington, TX! Reduced levels of coolant in your air conditioner are one of the major causes of these AC problems. The coolant inside the evaporator coils absorbs the heat from the warm air blown over the AC, and these low levels of coolant produce less cool air forcing warmer air to be blown back into your home. There are a plethora of reasons why this might be occurring. Don’t delay in getting it fixed. Putting it off (generally) causes more damage and raises the price of an air conditioning repair.
A sign that you do not have enough coolant is the presence of frost and ice forming on the evaporator coils. Allowing the build-up of ice will eventually cause the coils to completely freeze over. If this happens your unit will shut down, and you will have to wait up to 24-hours (or longer) until the coils thaw completely and the unit can be turned back on again. If the air conditioner keeps shutting down for this reason, then it will eventually break down completely and you will need an air conditioning repair.
Reduced Cooling Effect from Your Air Conditioner and Air Conditioning Repair
Any reduction in the cooling effects throughout your home or office will result in a hot home. There can be many reasons for this:
- Low coolant levels
- Dirty air filters
- Faulty Fan
- Blocked air ducts
- Leaking air ducts
Low coolant levels in your AC may be due to a faulty fan and dirty air filters will reduce the volume of warm air flowing over the evaporator coils. This will mean that less heat will be absorbed by the coolant and the air blown back into your home will be sweltering until you schedule an air conditioning repair.
A faulty fan will reduce the strength of the air blown back. Once again, the frost and ice will start to build upon the coils, and without further action, an air conditioning repair will be needed.
Should you have any damage to your air ducts or if the joints are loosened the cool air will escape through the gaps, further reducing the volume of cool air entering your home. Many people inadvertently cover air grilles with curtains or furniture restricting the amount of air conditioning power making your house very uncomfortable during Arlington, TX intense summers.
Many of these causes will be dealt with during routine, annual service from Minuteman Heating & Air. The service is a worthwhile investment, better to have minor problems fixed during a service than an expensive emergency air conditioning repair.
Each air conditioner has its own cooling cycle., normally ten minutes or so when the compressor is on and ten minutes when it is switched off. If the compressor starts to switch on and off prematurely you have short cycling. Our old friends, the dirty air filter, low coolant levels, and faulty fans are most likely the cause of these air conditioning repair problems. Unless you act, the compressor repeatedly turning on and off too often will damage it causing it to require an air conditioner repair.
Your Energy Bills Increase Unexpectedly
Unless you are going to leave your air conditioner turned off, increased use during the summer will result in larger energy bills. But if you notice a sudden spike during one of the summer month’s bills. It may be due to a problem with your AC unit. We have mentioned the evaporator freezing over before because as the coils start to freeze, the compressor and other components work harder to compensate, the reduced cooling output. The harder working components will draw more electricity driving up your energy bills. The other outcome is that as the components work harder, they may overheat and burn out and may destroy your AC requiring a brand new unit.
A Trusted Air Conditioning Company
Minuteman Heating & Air has been offering quality air conditioning services to the people of our community for many years. We know the stress you will be under should your air conditioner break down on a sticky July day. Our success is due to the transparency of our work, the affordability of our services, expertise, and the commitment to be available around the clock every day of the year. If you are experiencing AC problems call us for a free inspection and we can collaborate to find the best (and quickest) solution for your home.