Collier's Heating & Air Conditioning Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioner Repair’

Why Are My Cooling Costs So Much Higher Than Normal?

Monday, August 5th, 2019

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Now that we’re entering the late summer, you’ve had a chance to look over a few months of utility bills with the electrical costs of the air conditioning on them. Have these bills been much higher than what you’re used to? Can you think of a reason why this might be, such as more people in the home, fewer days on extended vacations, or anything else? If you can’t identify the cause of this increase in the cost to cool your home, the issue may be with the air conditioner itself.

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Ice on Your AC? No, That Shouldn’t Be There

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

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This is a topic we need to talk about with all homeowners who have a central air conditioning system. It’s a topic people often misunderstand, and that leads to them failing to call for the AC repairs they need in time. Ice on an air conditioning system indicates that something is wrong—it may be a minor repair issue, or it may be a serious malfunction that puts the entire cooling system in jeopardy. The only way to know for certain is to call HVAC repair technicians.

Okay, let’s get into the “ice on the AC” confusion and why it’s trouble.

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Is Your Air Conditioner Hard Starting? We Have the Cure

Monday, June 24th, 2019

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You’re probably familiar with a car that’s hard starting. Think of a winter day when it takes a few tries for the motor in your vehicle to finally turn over, making a real struggle to get the “juice” it needs to come to life.

The same problem can occur in a central air conditioning system. A powerful motor runs the compressor that’s at the heart of the AC. Sometimes, this motor will have trouble getting started because it’s not drawing enough voltage or it can’t overcome resistance. The same way you don’t want a car to hard start, you don’t want an AC to hard start either. It means too much stress put on the compressor motor and may eventually lead to this vital part of the system burning out. Replacing a compressor is expensive, and often it’s better to put in a completely new AC system (new outdoor condenser and indoor evaporator coil) than get a new compressor.

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When Does the Refrigerant in the AC Need to Be Topped Off?

Monday, June 25th, 2018

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Here’s a question we often hear from homeowners who want to be sure they’re air conditioning systems work at their best: “When will I need to have the refrigerant in the AC topped off?”

The answer is: “Hopefully, never.” If an air conditioning system doesn’t suffer from problems with refrigerant leaks, it won’t ever need to have any additional refrigerant put into it. Adding refrigerant isn’t a maintenance task, but a repair issue. We’ll go into more details below.

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Air Conditioning Noises That Can Mean Trouble

Monday, June 11th, 2018

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As the summer weather gets underway, your home’s air conditioning system will begin to put in the heaviest work of the year. If you already had the AC professionally inspected and tuned up, it will be in excellent condition to handle the stress of another summer. But that doesn’t mean the AC is invincible! We recommend you pay attention to any odd behavior in the air conditioner that can give you an early warning of a malfunction. The sooner you have a repair done on the AC, the less time the malfunction has to affect other parts of the cooling system.

Strange Sounds Are Important Warning Signs

Higher bills, uneven cooling, and generally poor household comfort are common indications that something is wrong with a residential AC. But in this post, we’re focused on how unusual noises from your air conditioner can alert you to trouble.

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