Air Conditioning Experts Blog : Archive for April, 2014

What Those Strange Noises Tell You about Air Conditioning Repair

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Air conditioners do not have complex artificial intelligence programs monitoring and controlling them. (Not yet, anyway. Someone is probably working on it right now in a hidden laboratory.) They don’t have a way to self-diagnose and then inform us when they need repairs and what exactly requires fixing. However, air conditioners do have their own mechanical ways of warning us that they need professional attention. One of them is through unusual sounds.

 

Don’t try to diagnose the trouble yourself, however: call for air conditioning repair in Lakeland, FL from Air Conditioning Experts. We are ready 24/7 to help you.

Common noises air conditioners make when experiencing malfunctions

Grinding and groaning

This is likely a problem with the blower or compressor motors. If they have sustained damage, lost lubrication, or have dirt in their moving parts, they will start to overwork and will eventually burn out. This requires a technician to remove and replace the dying motor.

Clicking

Usually, a clicking sound heard during start-up points toward a failing start capacitor, the device that sends voltage to the motors to start them. Clicking during other part of operating can mean that the run capacitors are experiencing problems. As with motors, this malfunction will require a repair specialist to replace the failing capacitors.

Hissing

A hissing noise often means there is a leak in the compressor that’s allowing refrigerant to escape. Refrigerant loss will impair the air conditioner’s ability to absorb heat and cool down your home. The hissing sound could also come from a leak along one of the refrigerant lines. A technician will need to locate and seal up the leak, and then recharge the refrigerant to its normal level.

Squealing

If you have an older air conditioner, it will use a fan belt from the motor to turn the fan. (Recent systems use direct motors.) A squealing sound often indicates that the fan belt is wearing down and the friction is making that noise. Changing an air conditioning belt isn’t like changing the belt in a car engine, so let the air conditioning professionals handle this task.

This is only a short list, and other problems could lie behind these sounds as well. Let your air conditioning repair technician track down the true culprit and find the solution that will keep your AC in good working condition.

To help ward off repairs in the future, enroll in a maintenance program that includes an annual inspection and tune-up for your cooling system. With the Comfort Club from Air Conditioning Experts, you have the protection you need to avoid unnecessary air conditioning repair in Lakeland, FL.

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Maintaining Effective Air Conditioning

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

At no other season of the year in Florida are we more aware of our home’s comfort systems than during the summer. And you may have noticed that summer is approaching us… fast. It’s time to ready our air conditioners for the long hot and humid season.

We have some tips for how you can keep your air conditioner working effectively for you through another summer. This will help you achieve higher comfort, lower energy bills, and straightforward peace of mind. With Air Conditioning Experts around to assist you, you’ll always have skilled technicians available to work on your air conditioning in Lakeland, FL.

Tips for keeping your air conditioning system effective

  • Schedule regular maintenance: This is the most important step you will take with your air conditioning all year. An annual maintenance plan with a trained HVAC technician will do marvels at keeping the system from premature aging, unnecessary repairs, abrupt breakdowns, and excessive power drain. Spring is the ideal time to arrange for maintenance, since it will give you space to take care of any repairs the technician discovers and makes scheduling easier because heating and cooling contractors have less crowded work calendars.
  • Change the air filter every month: During maintenance, the technician will change out the AC’s air filter, which traps debris from entering the system cabinet through the return vent. Watch the technician do this part of the job so you’ll know where the filter is and how to change it. Once a month, swap out the old filter for a new one. This will make certain the air conditioner has unclogged airflow and won’t overwork. After summer ends, you can drop down to changing the air filter every two months.
  • Keep lower temperature settings on the thermostat: Florida can grow brutally hot in the summer, but that doesn’t mean you’ll have better comfort if you push the thermostat down as low as it should go. First, avoid using the air conditioner if the outside temperature is 80°F or lower; open windows and use fans to cool off. When you do turn the AC on, keep it in the lower 70s, not down around 60°F. Every degree you set the air conditioner higher is a reduction of 2-5% off your electricity bills. Plus, your AC will work less and age slower.

Start off the summer right with membership in the Comfort Club from Air Conditioning Experts. When you join, you’ll receive two preventive maintenance tune-ups each year, one for your AC and the other in the fall for your heater—new regular size filter included. You will also save 15% on parts and labor.

Call our team of trained professionals today to learn more about what we can do for your air conditioning system in Lakeland, FL. You’ll be glad you did. 

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Signs You Need Air Conditioning Repair Service

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Florida is the last place in the world you want to encounter a problem with you air conditioner. Our summers are as punishing as they come, and a good air conditioner is the best means you have of keeping your home cool and comfortable when the temperatures start to rise. That makes air conditioning repair in Lakeland FL and other towns a vital service, as important as a plumber or a car mechanic. You need to find a reliable company to come to the rescue when disaster strikes, but more importantly, you should learn to spot the signs that you need air conditioning service. The sooner you call in the cavalry, the better off you’re likely to be. Here are a few of the most obvious signs that trouble may be brewing with your A/C system.

  • Low air flow. Reduced air flow can be caused by a number of different factors. There may be a blockage in the ducts, or the fan motor may be experiencing problems. The electrical system may be laboring as well, or the problem may lie with a clogged air filter. Unless it’s fixed, the air conditioner will need to work harder to cool your home, increasing strain on the other components and raising the risk of a more serious breakdown.
  • Reduced cooling capacity. The air flow may be fine, but if the air itself isn’t cooled, then you’re going to run into similar problems: increased strain on the unit and the possibility of more serious repairs in the immediate future. Reduced cooling capacity is usually caused by low refrigerant levels, though it could also stem from a problem with the compressor valve or the evaporator coils.
  • Higher bills. Unless the problem is glaringly obvious, one of the surest signs you need air conditioning service is an unexpected rise in your cooling bill. It indicates a strain on your system stemming from any of the above issues: an overall indication that your A/C isn’t functioning as it should. If your bill goes up despite the fact that you’re not using the air conditioner any more than normal, it’s time to call in a repair service.

When that moment comes, Air Conditioning Experts is standing by to help. We handle air conditioning repair in Lakeland, FL and throughout the surrounding area, and when you spot the signs you need service, we’re ready to go. Give us a call today!

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3 Good Reasons to Schedule Air Conditioning Maintenance This Spring

Friday, April 4th, 2014

With winter behind us, the time has come to look forward to summer season, which means giving your air conditioning system a maintenance visit from a qualified professional. During your tune up, the technician cleans up dirty components, recharges low refrigerant and checks for any small problems that may turn into larger ones in the future. In Lakeland, air conditioning maintenance can be performed by a number of qualified service providers, and now makes a great time to do so.

Here are 3 good reasons to schedule air conditioning maintenance this spring:

  • Better performance. By sealing tiny leaks, tightening loose bolts and cleaning off dirt and grime to avoid friction, an air conditioning maintenance visit improves efficiency when you run your system. That means lower energy bills this spring, as well as a reduced risk of larger repairs in the future.
  • Smaller repair bills. One of the points of a maintenance visit  is to get a handle on big repairs when they’re still relatively small. Say there’s a small malfunctioning component that costs $100 to replace. A maintenance visit  helps you catch it and replace it early on. Without catching it, however, it could damage three or four other nearby components when it finally goes down for good. Suddenly, you’re looking at a $600 or $700 repair visit, all because you didn’t catch the problem when it was much smaller.
  • Convenient schedule. Springtime is the best time to schedule a maintenance visit, not just because it puts you in a prime position for summer, but because it gives you maximum flexibility in terms of scheduling. When something goes wrong in the summer, you need to get it treated as soon as possible, and a maintenance session can shut it off just when temperatures hit their peak. Setting it up early not only guarantees you the benefits of a maintenance session but also lets you set it up at whatever time work best for you.

For more good reasons to schedule air conditioning maintenance this spring, or to set up an appointment for your system, give Air Conditioning Experts a call. We work in Lakeland, air conditioning maintenance is a regular part of our service, and we proudly stand behind the quality of our work every time. Contact us today to make an appointment!

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