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Anybody who lives in Arlington, TX, will know how hot and humid Texas summers can get. As temperatures rise, homeowners will rely on their air conditioners even more. Should your air conditioner fail, then life can get soon get intolerable without an air conditioning repair call.
You are going to have to find an air conditioning repair company very quickly, a company that has a highly experienced team of technicians available around the clock. You need Minuteman Heating and Air.
The Most Common Air Conditioning Repair Problems
The period from late spring to the end of summer is when any air conditioning repair technician is in the greatest demand. Having your air conditioner serviced before the summer heatwave begins is a good idea.
Not only will the service give you greater peace of mind from the risk of needing an air conditioning repair but there is a better chance that you will be able to schedule an appointment at a time that suits you.
If you understand when you are going to need an air conditioning repair, then this will help you be on the lookout for any possible problems, and hopefully avoid them. The most common types of problems are:
Frozen Evaporator Coils
A fan inside your air conditioner removes the warm air from inside your home and blows it over the evaporator coils. These coils contain coolant that absorbs the heat from the warm air and the now cooler air is blown back into your home. Without a constant supply of warm airflow over the coils, frost and ice will start to form on the coils and if ignored eventually the coils will freeze.
Several Things Could Restrict Airflow
- The air filters are dirty – a dirty air filter will restrict the airflow and needs to be cleaned or replaced regularly.
- Another benefit will be to improve the air quality in your home.
- Low coolant levels – each air conditioner will need an optimum level of coolant in it.
- If the level of coolant falls because of a leak, there will be less of a cooling effect from the unit.
- This happens because less heat is going to be absorbed from the warm air and will increase the possibility of frost and ice forming on the AC.
- The evaporator coil is dirty – any dirt will act as an insulating layer and reduce the rate at which the warm air transfers its heat to the coil and coolant. Any dirt on the coil needs to be cleaned off.
- Faulty Fan – any problems with the fan will also reduce the airflow over the coil.
Some of these tasks are ones that you can do yourself but are part of a regular service from Minuteman Heating and Air. If you do nothing the evaporator coil will eventually freeze over and you will need to turn off your air conditioner and allow it to thaw. The more often this happens the more likely you will need an air conditioning repair.
After the coolant has absorbed heat from the warm air it is pumped around the air conditioner by the compressor and passes through the condenser and cooling fins. After absorbing the warm air, the liquid coolant is changed into a gas.
After passing through the condenser and cooling fins it loses the heat it has gained to the outside air. The gas coolant now reverts to a liquid and continues its journey back to the evaporator coils to continue the cycle.
Signs of a Coolant Leak Include:
- You can hear hissing sounds – if you hear these sounds, you probably have a coolant leak and need an AC repair.
- Larger than expected energy bills – a leak will mean you do not have the right amount of coolant to absorb all the heat from the warm air.
- The rest of the components in your air conditioner will need to work harder to keep the correct temperature.
- As they work harder, particularly in Arlington, TX an ill-functioning AC will use more energy and increase your electricity bill.
- Overworked components will get hotter, increasing the risk of them burning out needing to be replaced during an AC repair.
- You get less cool air – Less coolant means less cool air. Without enough coolant, the air conditioner will not remove as much heat from the warm air.
- Increased humidity level –hotter air will contain more moisture than cold air. The warmer the air blown back into your room the more moisture it will carry and the more humid it will be.
- A technician from Minuteman Heating & Air will need to top up the coolant levels in your air conditioner and find and the leak, and repair it.
AC Drain Line Problems and Air Conditioning Repair
Any excess moisture removed from the warm air is collected in the drip pan and then flows outside through the AC drain line. Any blockage in the drip pan or drain line could have the following effects:
The air conditioner may shut down – If your unit shuts down it is worth checking outside to see if the AC drain line is blocked by dirt or leaves. This could save you calling for an expensive air conditioning repair.
Water forming around the air conditioner – a blocked AC drain line will mean the water from the drip pan will not be able to leave your home. The drip pan fills up and overflows, creating those puddles of water inside and around your air conditioner.
You see mold or algae growing in the drain line – any smell of mold inside your home could be due to mold growing in the drain line or drip pan. These need to be cleaned regularly to prevent this and any mold spores from entering your home and increased humidity because a blocked AC drain will increase the humidity levels in your home.
Keeping Arlington, TX Cool and Safe
Many of the problems highlighted above will be dealt with during a regular service from one of Minuteman Heating & Air’s many skilled technicians. Having your air conditioner break down during a heatwave is going to be a very stressful experience. That is why we have highly trained technicians available 24/7. If you need an AC repair, then please call us today!