Climate Masters Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning Repair’

Beware Your AC If It’s Making These Noises

Monday, September 16th, 2019

vent-on-wallIt would be great if we had air conditioners that could self-diagnose themselves when something was wrong, and send us a notification about exactly what the problem is and how much it will cost to have a professional fix it.

But alas, this is not the case—at least, not yet. This may be a reality in the future, but in the meantime, we all have to rely on other methods for our air conditioners to send warning signs that something is amiss. Perhaps it’s a drop in cooling power or an unexpected increase in utility bills. It may even be that the circuit breakers for the indoor and outdoor units are constantly tripping.

One of the most common signs that something is wrong with an air conditioning system is strange, unfamiliar sounds. What qualifies? Truthfully, anything that’s outside of the normal hum of the fans and the occasional clicking as the system comes on and shuts down. So, what sounds are we talking about? Keep reading to find out!

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Don’t ignore These 5 Indications of AC Trouble

Monday, May 13th, 2019

heat-pumpIgnoring air conditioner problems is one of the worst things you can do for the overall health of your system. Trying to wish away air conditioning troubles will only increase your risk of a debilitating system breakdown. If you’re one of the many people avoiding calling a professional team for air conditioning repair we understand why.

It’s rare that you want to shell out cash for a repair issue, but it really is necessary. You can’t merely wish the issue away and we wouldn’t recommend a DIY effort either. If you’re concerned about the price of your repairs then make sure you call our team—we provide quality services at the best prices.

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Be Careful of These Air Conditioning Problems

Monday, October 1st, 2018

air-conditioner-repairWhile the rest of the country gets ready for cooler temperatures over the next couple months, we have a fair amount of warm weather left in the season. While you’re using your air conditioner over the next few months, it’s important that you keep an eye out for any signs that the system is developing a problem. There are a lot of different symptoms that can indicate a developing issue with your system, far too many for us to cover them all here. Still, let’s go over some of the more common signs that your air conditioner is struggling with some sort of problem, so you can call for repairs as soon as you notice any of them.

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3 Air Conditioning Problems to be Aware Of This Summer

Monday, June 11th, 2018

Air-Conditioner-TechSummer is heating up, which means more strain on your air conditioner. More strain equals more wear and tear, which means more opportunities for new problems to develop or old problems to get worse. Even if you scheduled preventive maintenance for your air conditioner this past spring, you still need to be on alert for any possible signs of problems developing in the system. The faster you can have the issue repaired, the better off your system will be. Have a look at three of the more common air conditioning problems you may run into below, and their warning signs.

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Common Air Conditioning Problems to Watch For

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

It may seem warm now, but summer is still on the horizon. The days are going to continue heating up for a while, which means you’re going to be using your air conditioning system much more often. All that added use is going to put more strain on the system, which means problems are going to be much more likely to occur over the course of the summer. Part of making sure that your air conditioner stays in good shape is catching problems as early as possible. The best way to do that is to make sure that you know the warning signs that the various problems give off. Let’s have a look at some of the most common problems that can afflict air conditioners, and the warning signs they give off.

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How Short Cycling Harms Your Air Conditioner

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

As summer wears on, you should be on watch for any problems that your air conditioner might run into. One of these problems is short cycling. If it isn’t taken care of quickly, short cycling can completely destroy your air conditioner years before it is supposed to be replaced. Let’s take a look at why short cycling happens, and what it can do to your air conditioner.

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The Importance of Changing Your Air Conditioner Air Filter

Monday, April 25th, 2016

Do you change the air filter in your air conditioner every few months? Did you even know that your air conditioner had an air filter? The air filter is actually one of the most important parts of your air conditioning system, and it also happens to be able to cause one some of the biggest problems. Read on to find out why your air filter is so important.

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Reasons Why Your Air Conditioner Output is Dropping

Monday, March 14th, 2016

Going through a Florida summer without a functioning air conditioning system is not a pleasant thought. So, it can be more than a little alarming if your air conditioning system seems to be losing output right when the days are starting to warm up. If your air conditioner isn’t cooling your home as much as it should, there are a couple possible reasons why. Let’s take a look at those reasons now.

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Do You Think Your Air Conditioner May Have a Refrigerant Leak?

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

An electro-mechanical system like your air conditioner can develop a number of problems. Among the more common problems the cooling professionals from Climate Masters see are refrigerant leaks. The thing to keep in mind about these kinds of leaks is that they aren’t always visible. This is because refrigerant runs throughout your entire AC system as it completes a cooling cycle, so a leak can develop anywhere the refrigerant is. However, there are some fairly distinct signs your AC will give if a leak has developed:

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What Makes Air Conditioning Repair Different from Heat Pump Repair?

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

If you’ve ever had the operation of a heat pump explained to you, then you’ll know how similar it is to an air conditioner. Essentially, a heat pump works the same as an AC—it cycles chemical refrigerant through an indoor and outdoor set of coils, absorbing heat along one coil and releasing it from the other—but with the major difference that a heat pump can change the direction of its heat exchange. An air conditioning system can only remove heat from indoors and deposit it outdoors; a heat pump can also move heat from outdoors and bring it indoors.

Homeowners are sometimes interested in what makes repairs different between the two systems. We’ll look into this and see where the two stand apart as far as fixing malfunctions.

If you need heat pump or air conditioning repair in St. Augustine, FL, come to the experienced team at Climate Masters, where we’ve worked on both since 1988.

The differences in heat pump and AC repair

For the most part, repairing an air conditioner and a heat pump are similar. The compressors, fans, capacitors, and motors work in the same fashion, and replacing these broken components is identical between the two systems.

One of the big differences is that heat pumps contain a key component that air conditioners lack: a reversing valve. This device is attached to the line exiting the compressor; as refrigerant leaves the compressor, it first enters the reversing valve. Depending on whether the valve is in an excited or relaxed state (whether an electric current is flowing through it or not), the refrigerant will either move first to the outdoor coils or the indoor coils. If the refrigerant goes outdoors first, the heat pump will operate in cooling mode; if the refrigerant goes indoors first, the heat pump will operate in heating mode. Should the reversing valve fail, it must be replaced or the heat pump will remain fixed in one mode. Air conditioners do not need this repair.

Heat pumps can develop frost over either their outdoor or indoor coil due to loss of refrigerant, while an AC will only experience this on its indoor coil. The actual repair work is similar in both cases, however.

Another important repair difference: heat pumps work more per year than ACs. If a heat pump is your only method of heating your home, then it will run in both hot and cold weather. With regular maintenance (and a heat pump does require maintenance twice a year, not once) you shouldn’t have too many repairs, but in general a heat pump will have more repair needs than an AC system.

An important similarity: both need professionals to work on them

No matter what problems afflict your heat pump or air conditioning system, they need a trained technician to fix them. Don’t attempt the work yourself or hand it off to amateurs. For heat pump and air conditioning repair in St. Augustine, FL, you can trust in Climate Masters. We have 24-hour emergency service for your convenience.

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