Comfort Master Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioner Repair’

Tools an AC Repair Technician Uses

Monday, May 13th, 2019

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One of the priorities of an HVAC company during the summer is keeping customers’ air conditioning systems up and running. Once spring maintenance season is over, our technicians are busy answering repair requests, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can always trust us to be there to rescue your AC, no matter if it’s a small tweak or a bigger job.

We always stress with our customers how important it is to leave air conditioning repairs of any size to licensed professionals. There are many reasons for this, and one of them is that only professionals have the specialized tools necessary to do the jobs correctly as well as how to operate the tools.

Below, we’re going to look at some of the vital repair tools our HVAC technician use.

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Rule of 5,000: Knowing When AC Repairs Aren’t Enough

Monday, April 29th, 2019

air-conditioning-recyclingThe Rule of 5,000. Sounds a bit intimidating, almost like something out of a science-fiction future. But it’s really a simple mathematical rule of thumb to help people determine when they should replace their air conditioning system. At a certain point, an air conditioner will be so old that continuing to pay to have it repaired each time it breaks down is throwing away money.

Although the “Rule of 5,000” isn’t always 100% accurate, it’s a good place to start thinking about whether you need to keep up with air conditioning repair in Apex, NC or arrange for a new AC system.

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A Hard Starting Kit: Does Your AC Need One?

Monday, April 1st, 2019

compressor-in-ac-unitAs an air conditioner ages, it can run into different types of malfunctions, and most will require calling for an HVAC technician to provide professional repairs. In some cases, especially with an AC that’s 15 years older or more, the cost-effective solution may be to have the AC replaced. The most catastrophic failure in an AC that usually means it’s time to get a new one is a burnt-out compressor.

However, a compressor that’s overworking and heading toward a burn-out can often be rescued with a “hard starting kit.” An HVAC technician will know when you need one and can handle installing it.

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How to Get a Jump Early on Air Conditioning Repair Issues

Monday, March 18th, 2019

heating-cooling-ventDo you think it’s too early to start talking about repairing your air conditioner? Sure, thinking about the AC in the first week of spring might sound like it’s too soon—after all, you may not need your home’s air conditioning system running steadily until late May. But we believe that it’s never too early to prevent AC repairs or solve any existing issues that a homeowner may have passed over.

Here is a few bits of advice we have for the spring that will make air conditioning repair in Clayton, NC something you’ll rarely need to worry about.

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March: A Great Time to Schedule AC Maintenance

Monday, March 4th, 2019

air-conditioner-unit-being-repairedThe weather in March is famously tricky to predict. Does it come in like a lamb and go out like a lion, or is it the other way around? Hints at early spring appear, and then the cold weather returns again.

It’s an unusual time for HVAC contractors as well, who have to be ready to help with heating emergencies, but are also assisting customers with preparations for the time when the warmer temperatures finally settle in to stay for a good while.

We’d like to help you make those preparations this March, since there’s no better time to get ready to use your air conditioning than a time close to warm weather when you still won’t need to rely so much on the AC.

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When Capacitors in an AC Go Bad

Monday, September 17th, 2018

air-conditioning-maintenance-toolsYou might have read that headline and immediately had an image of a capacitor pulling a handkerchief over its face and trying to hold up a stagecoach with six-shooters. Or maybe you didn’t imagine that—because you have no idea what a capacitor in an air conditioner looks like!

That’s fine. Most homeowners aren’t aware of what a capacitor looks like or what it does in an air conditioner—although they’ll know they don’t want one to “go bad.” We’re going to delve a bit more into air conditioning capacitors and the problems your AC may face when they fail.

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Short-Cycling: Why It’s Bad News for an Air Conditioner

Monday, August 20th, 2018

air-conditioning-condensers-near-plantsOne of the most common and harmful troubles an air conditioner can encounter is a condition called short-cycling. It’s both a symptom of a problem and a problem itself. Although sometimes a few simple adjustments may fix short-cycling, if the root cause is serious it requires a professional HVAC technician to do the repairs. Unless short-cycling is stopped, it will eventually lead to an early replacement for an air conditioner and waste enormous amounts of power until then.

The Brutal Facts of Short-Cycling

The phrase short-cycling is HVAC-speak for when an air conditioner (or heat pump) becomes caught in the start-up cycle and turns on and off repeatedly without completing the cooling cycle. Under normal conditions, an AC powers up the compressor and runs until the thermostat registers it has met the temperature request. The AC then powers down the compressor. A short-cycling AC will prematurely stop the compressor before the end of the cooling cycle, and then start up again a short time later. When the compressor is turning on and off multiple times an hour and the compressor runs for less than 15 minutes at a time, the AC is short-cycling.

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Condensate Drain Problems in an AC

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

water-dropletsThe humid summer weather in North Carolina places extra stress on a home air conditioning system. An AC has to run longer to overcome the additional discomfort that high humidity creates. (An air conditioner isn’t a dehumidifier, however. To deal with serious humidity issues in a home, we recommend you have a dedicated whole-house dehumidifier installed.)

One of the ways that all this extra moisture in the air affects an air conditioner is that it collects along the indoor evaporator coil as the AC is running. This moisture has to go somewhere, so an AC is designed with a condensate pan and drain to catch the dripping moisture and then pump it outside. The occasional sound of water running in the AC cabinet is this condensate system at work.

But like any component in an air conditioner, the condensate drain can run into problems—leading to even bigger problems for a home’s cooling.

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Tripping Circuit Breaker Madness! Why Is the AC Doing This?

Monday, July 9th, 2018

electrical-panel-repairsThe circuit breakers in your home’s electrical panel are designed to protect the electrical system from voltage overloads. If an appliance connected to the electrical system places too high a voltage demand on a circuit, often from a short, the breaker for that circuit trips to cut the connection.

One appliance in your house that may trip the breaker is the air conditioner. It’s one of the most powerful electrical devices in your household, so as soon as the motors in the AC begin to overheat or overwork, they’ll trip a breaker and shut down the cooling system. You might run into this now and then, and you’ll only need to reset the breaker to have your AC working once more. But if this is happening often, you may have a problem with your air conditioner that needs a technician’s attention.

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How to Tell You Have Leaky Ductwork

Monday, June 25th, 2018

interior-ac-ductsYou may not realize it, but the ducts in your home could be stealing money from you each day. You pay to cool the air with your AC system, but before that air reaches you, up to 30% of it can escape through leaks or breaches along the ducts. So for every hundred dollars you spend to cool your home’s air, you’re basically throwing away thirty dollars because of bad ducts.

The way to stop this thief hiding in the walls and ceilings of your home is to schedule professional duct sealing in Zebulon, NC with our experts. Using the best modern tools, we’ll seal up all the leaks so you have an airtight ventilation system again and an AC system restored to its best energy efficiency.

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