During the warm summer season, your air conditioner plays an important role in keeping the temperature cool inside your home. Temperatures in Lewisville, TX, will often rise above one hundred degrees for days on end during the hottest months. Humidity levels will also become unbearable. The last thing you want is for your AC to break down, it is fortunate that you have One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Dallas to depend on for an AC repair. We have NATE-trained technicians on call 24/7, ready to come to your aid at transparent and affordable prices.
How to Prevent an AC Repair
The team at One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Dallas believes that the best way to avoid an AC repair is to have the appliance regularly serviced. This is something we tell all our customers, we also advise them to schedule the appointment for early in the spring.
This way you will have your air conditioner running safely before you start to fully use it during the summer. Most people will have their units switched on all day and night, so a service will ensure that it is dependable and efficient, and a well-functioning AC will also save you money on energy bills. The service makes good financial sense as it will cost less than an emergency call-out and AC repair. It will also give peace of mind, that there is less chance that things will go wrong.
Your Energy Bills Are Going Up a Lot
It will come as no surprise that your energy bills go up the more you use your air conditioner, but if there is an unexpected and severe spike, it may be due to your unit. A service will help extend the working life of an air conditioner but over time wear and tear will reduce the efficiency of each component. They will have to work harder to keep the temperature and humidity at the levels you have set. Harder working units will use more energy and so your bills will go up. They are also more likely to overheat and burn out, thus needing an AC repair.
Your Unit Is Starting to Short-Cycle
A typical air conditioner has about three cooling cycles per hour, each cycle consists of a ten-minute period where the compressor is switched on, followed by another ten minutes where it is switched off. If the compressor in your unit switches off prematurely the cooling cycle is not completed, and you have short cycling.
The causes of short cycling can vary, but the main problem areas are due to not replacing or cleaning dirty air filters, allowing evaporator coils to freeze, and lowering coolant levels in the unit. A routine service will deal with these issues and pick up on any other problems that may lead to a breakdown and an AC repair.
The Cooling Effect from Your Unit Is Reduced
A lack of coolant in the air conditioner is usually the harbinger of many problems. Unless the coolant level is topped up during the service, the unit could break down and you will need an AC repair.
One sign of a future breakdown is that the amount of cool air emerging from your unit starts to drop off. This is because without enough coolant less heat is absorbed from the warm air inside your home and less cool air is blown back in.
Increased Humidity Level
As warmer air is blown back into your home the humidity level will increase. Warmer air will carry more moisture than cooler air, so it will feel more humid.
Frost Materializes on the Evaporator Coils
If you start to see frost and ice form on the evaporator coils eventually, your air conditioner will stop working on a sweltering day due to the coils freezing. But without enough heat, the coils will start to freeze, and your unit will shut down. Once the coils freeze you may have to wait up to (or longer than) 24-hours before they thaw, and you can turn the unit back on again. This is not something you want to do on a balmy day in Lewisville, TX. If you allow the coils to continually freeze over, eventually the air conditioner will break down and you will need an expensive AC repair.
A Problem with the Fans
Reduced warm airflow over the evaporator coils is one of the main causes of a frozen coil, along with dirty air filters and low coolant levels. You can often hear a problem with the fan causing odd noises which is a huge signal there is a problem.
For instance, if the fan belt or bearings are worn out, you will start to hear grinding or squealing sounds. Loud banging noises are produced when loose or bent blades strike the inside of your unit.
You should call One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Dallas once you hear any strange noises, for you will soon need a repair!
The Condenser and Cooling Fins Are Dirty
Another fan helps to blow the outside air over the condenser and cooling fins. This helps with the removal of the heat from inside your home. The compressor moves the coolant from the evaporator coils to the condenser and the cooling fins located outside your home.
The heat absorbed from the warm air inside your home is radiated to the outside air. A faulty fan will reduce the rate at which the heat is lost. Dirt will settle on the condenser and cooling fins acting as an insulating layer further reducing the heat loss. This means that the coolant will be a little warmer when it arrives back at the coils and will not be able to absorb as much heat from the warm air. Cleaning the condenser and cooling fins is part of our affordable routine service from One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Dallas.
A Trusted Air Conditioning Repair Company: One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Dallas
We have been serving the people of Lewisville, TX for many years. You want a speedy and punctual repair service. Please give us a call if you are having plumbing issues! We are happy to come out for an inspection and offer several choices on how to remedy the issue, including AC repair!