Air conditioner repair
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Air conditioner repair
It’s refreshing – literally – to see your A/C working smoothly. Sometimes, simply turning it on can make the day seem like a breeze… unless it’s the root cause of your worries. If your air conditioner isn’t cooling or heating the air as it’s supposed to, if you hear any strange sounds or there’s a leak that makes you keep dodging your angry neighbors, find an experienced professional to fix the issue, whatever it may be. Order an air conditioner repair service near you on Discontract.Learn more
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When your air conditioner stops cooling or heating your house properly, it's often an unexpected, out-of-pocket expense and no fun for homeowners to deal with. Whether you're tracking down a leak that caused your energy bills to skyrocket, or panicking because your AC just gave out in the peak heat of August, don't sweat (well, not too much). A skilled HVAC technician can fix the issue, whatever it may be.
If you’re an experienced DIYer, you may be able to take care of many small repairs. However, it’s best to hire a pro if there’s any electrical work involved. And you should definitely ask for professional help if the project involves working with refrigerant, which is a toxic material that needs to be handled with care.
Think there might be something wrong with your air conditioner? If you notice any of these signs, it's time to call an AC specialist and get it checked out.
There’s almost no air coming out of the vents in your air conditioning system.
In the summer, no amount of ice cream and wishful thinking will break the swelter like a central air conditioner can. But if the vents are barely breathing, you’re going to have to stand a whole lot closer to them to get cool — and spend more on your utility bill in the process.
Poor airflow happens when your HVAC unit is overworked. The causes of that extra strain can be everything from dirty filters to incorrectly sized ductwork — anything that messes with the pressure in your cooling system and causes the blower to work over time. If you’ve been spending the last couple of days lying on the patch of tile directly below your AC vent, it’s time to call a technician.
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Something smells bad — and it’s coming from your duct system.
Sometimes airflow isn’t the problem. If the air circulating through your AC unit smells bad, you’re probably dealing with one of two common HVAC issues: electrical problems or mold.
If your system isn’t draining correctly, it breeds mildew and mold, which collect around the unit’s indoor condenser coil. This sort of must also develops when there’s a leak in one of your ducts, allowing moisture into your ductwork. Even worse, mold is light. If spores are collecting inside your ducts and central AC, they’re also being carried into the rest of your home — and no amount of air freshener is going to cover the smell or protect you from the potential of airborne illnesses and health issues.
Then there’s the burning smell. If you turn on your air conditioner and your house smells like it’s on fire, it probably means the insulation around the wires in your AC system are beginning to wear thin. Leaving the situation to get worse is dangerous — it smells like it’s burning because it could literally start a fire.
As soon as you smell something burnt coming from your AC or heating system, call a pro to come check it out.
Your energy bill is double what it was the same time last season.
Let’s say you’re working on your monthly budget. And your utility bill is twice as expensive, even though the weather is roughly the same as it was last year — winter was just about this cold, summer this hot.
It could be your electricity company charging you for something else (like calibrating a new meter outside your home), but there’s a good chance that something is wrong with your home’s temperature control system. It’s easy for your energy efficiency ratio to slip (and your energy bills to spike) if any single part of your HVAC system is compromised.
Maybe you haven’t realized that you’re keeping the air on twice as long, or setting the room to be twice as cold. Spiking energy costs shouldn’t scare you into buying a whole new air conditioner system. It’s possible your old system works just fine, there’s just a broken link waiting to be fixed.
To figure that out, hire a professional to check all of the components of your cooling and heating systems to make sure everything is in good shape.
Air Conditioning Repair Cost
The total price to repair your air conditioning depends mostly on what part of it you need to fix.
Your rates will be based on how long the task will take, and whether the technician needs to replace parts or add refrigerant. As a rule, the older the unit, the more expensive a repair is likely to be.
Below are some common AC issues you might encounter:
The gas in the air conditioning system is sometimes referred to as Freon, which is a generic term for the class of AC refrigerants or coolants typically used. It's essential for cooling the air that blows out of your air conditioner.
Replacing or topping off refrigerant is a common AC repair. For this, you will have to pay for your HVAC professional's service call, as well as the supply of refrigerant they use.
Detecting and repairing a refrigerant leak
It is fairly simple and routine maintenance to replace your AC refrigerant. However, fixing a refrigerant leak is a larger issue in an AC system. You might have a leak in your AC unit if you hear strange noises from your air conditioner, notice your AC's output has decreased or see dirt on the AC lines.
If you have a leak, your technician will be able to locate and fix it. The repair cost to detect and fix a refrigerant leak depend on the extent of the problem.
Repairing a clogged drain line
Water leaks can also occur, and the cost to fix it depends on the cause and extent of the leak.
Typically, this is caused by a clogged drain line. Fortunately, clearing your drain line is a pretty straightforward procedure. After locating the clog, your contractor will pour a cleaning solution down the PCV drain line.
When components can't be repaired, you will need to replace them. This cost is commonly covered by warranties. However, if you don't have an AC warranty, or your original one has lapsed, you may have to pay out of pocket for these new parts. Purchasing a new component will add to your total cost of air conditioning repair.
Replacing Your AC
If the value of an air conditioning unit is beyond its repair cost, you will need to replace it and install a new HVAC system. Fortunately, a replacement is cheaper than installing air conditioning for the first time in your house, since you'll already have the ductwork and infrastructure to support it.
If the installation job requires putting in more ductwork or additional electrical wiring, the costs will increase. Get the full breakdown on possible HVAC installation costs by talking to a skilled specialist on Discontract.
If a duct system doesn't already exist, ductless air conditioners are an alternative to laying down new ducts. You can place them in your entire house, or just one room, so they're a great alternative if you don't want to extend your ductwork to just one or two rooms, but still want to cool them.
Find an Air Conditioner Repair Pro Near You
Though a broken AC may continue to work for a time, it’s best to get any problems fixed as soon as possible. Ignoring warning signs can make a small problem worse and cause more expensive repairs in the long term. Have your unit repaired promptly to avoid major damage or a high utility bill – book an insured, reliable service on Discontract.