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Why Is My Air Conditioner Making This Noise?

Monday, June 15th, 2015

Homeowners tend to recognize the sounds that mean the components of their homes are running smoothly: the clanking of ice in the icemaker, the ticking of a clock, and the hum of an air conditioner, for example. So when something begins to make an unusual sound, it’s an alarming feeling. When that air conditioner starts to perform loudly or makes a noise you are not used to hearing, you’re right to be concerned. Call a technician if you hear these noises or any others that come as a surprise.

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Can You Repair an AC on Your Own?

Monday, June 1st, 2015

These days, there are a lot of websites and guides out there that aim to help you tackle many home projects on your own. From fixing a leaky sink to building a TV stand, the internet can help you begin nearly any task on your own. But not every home repair should be attempted as a DIY project, and one example is a broken air conditioner.

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Why Is There Ice on My Air Conditioner?

Monday, May 11th, 2015

It’s becoming exceptionally hot outside these days—so how could ice form on the inside of your air conditioner? For many people who notice this issue with the indoor air handler of their air conditioning system, it may seem like a good sign. After all, the air conditioner is meant to cool down the home, so what’s the problem with a little frost? But ice on the inside coil is a major issue, and one that requires professional attention. This guide explains why.

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How You Can Keep Cool While Waiting for AC Repair

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Although you can take steps to prevent your air conditioner from breaking down during a long summer season, sometimes you can’t avoid it—no machine is 100% invincible. We hope you won’t have to deal with emergency air conditioning repair in Atlanta, GA this summer, but if it should happen on one of the hottest days, contact Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. for fast service, around the clock, every day of the week.

While we’re rushing out to help you, you can keep yourself cooled down using a few handy methods. These won’t keep you as cool as a powerful central air conditioning system, but they will make the wait much easier.

Keeping cool in summer (when central AC isn’t an option)

  • Fans: You should have at least one standing or desk fan in your house ready to go to work when needed. Fans do not cool down rooms; they blow away the heat envelope around people to make them feel cooler. However, this can make a significant difference in your comfort. The best type of fans for a home are ceiling fans, which you should install in your home not just as a way to beat the heat in case of an AC failure, but as a way to reduce how much you need to us the AC. (For an extra cool kick, place a bowl of ice in front of a desk fan.)
  • Close the shades: Radiant heat from sunlight will contribute immensely to raising the temperature inside a home. When your AC is down, make sure the shades are down as well. Or the curtains. Or whatever you use to block the windows.
  • Turn off appliances and lights: Almost any appliance in your home will generate heat; shut off or unplug as many as you can. Turn off all but the essential lights. Also avoid using the oven or stove, or running the laundry machine or dryer.
  • Take a tip from the ancients: Ancient Egyptians cooled down rooms by hanging wet sheets or reeds across windows, which moistened and cooled the air. Hang up a few wet towels over open windows (ones facing away from the sunlight) and you’ll receive a similar benefit.
  • Drink plenty of cold water: Keeping properly hydrated is helpful to overcome the heat, and ice water will make you feel better in general. Avoid drinks with caffeine because they will dehydrate you.

Apply what you’ve learned every day

Once your air conditioning system is working once more thanks to skilled repair work, remember a few of these cooling tips to help you save energy during the rest of the summer. If you can cut back on your air conditioner use by an hour or so each day, you’ll see a noticeable reduction on your power bills for the season.

Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. will help you with air conditioning repair in Atlanta, GA so you’ll always have its power to fall back on. Call us whenever you need immediate AC repair.

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How Capacitor Problems Lead to Air Conditioning Repair

Monday, May 5th, 2014

The most common repair needs that air conditioners encounter are electrical ones. (If your air conditioner abruptly stops running, the first thing you should check is the circuit breakers; many times, the solution to the problem is as simple as re-setting a tripped breaker.) One of the key components of an air conditioner’s electrical system is the capacitor. In this post, we’ll look at what can go wrong in an AC when a capacitor begins to fail.

Repair needs due to failing capacitors are usually easy fixes for professionals—provided you catch the trouble in time and call trained technicians to do the work.

For fast and thorough air conditioning repair in Atlanta, GA, contact Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. We have 24-hour emergency service to keep your AC running.

Capacitor problems

A capacitor is a small cylindrical device that transmits electrical voltage to a motor. There are two types of capacitors in an air conditioning system: The start capacitor sends voltage to start the motor running. The run capacitor keeps the motor turning by transmitting voltage about 1.5 times higher than its nominal voltage. In an air conditioner, capacitors are connected to the motors that operate the indoor blower fan, the outdoor condenser fan, and the compressor.

If a capacitor begins to fail, it can lead to motors having difficulty starting or trouble continuing to run, and this can disable the two fans and restrict heat exchange and air distribution. But the most common issue that occurs from failing capacitors is “hard-starting” for the compressor. This is when the compressor begins to stutter when turning on, then runs for only a short time before shutting down once more. Whenever you notice this happening to your AC, call for repairs to look into it. Although failing capacitors are the most common reason for hard-starting, there are other possible causes that could result in damage to the compressor. Compressor repairs are among the most expensive for an air conditioner, so make sure you don’t hesitate when you need to call for repairs.

When capacitors are near to failing, they often make a noticeable clicking sound. This is a good alert that you need to have the capacitor replaced before it affects the performance of the air conditioner. Call on repair technicians to handle changing out the old unit for a new one; a compressor with the wrong voltage will make the air conditioner inefficient.

Since 1995, Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. has handled air conditioning repair in Atlanta, GA that has kept residents cool and content in their homes. When you experience electrical trouble in your AC, or any sort of trouble, give us a call ASAP!

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Signs of Condenser Problems in Your Air Conditioner

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

The South is sultry, as we all know, and your air conditioner can be your best friend when the summertime heat starts to rise. Air conditioning repair in Atlanta is on hand to handle any problems which may appear, and they need to act quickly lest you be left without a cool home on a hot summer’s day.

The condenser, in particular, serves a vital purpose in the system, helping to convert refrigerant gas into liquid, which starts the process of cooling the air. An issue with the condenser can be devastating, which is why you need to summon a repair technician as soon as possible when you spot the signs of condenser problems in your air conditioner.

Signs of Trouble With Your Air Conditioner

Thankfully, the most common sign is also the most pronounced: often if your condenser is broken, then the air conditioner simply won’t turn on at all. On the other hand, a power outage could indicate a more serious issue than just the condenser. In part, the component works to keep the air conditioner as a whole cool. When the condenser runs into trouble – if it’s dirty, for example, or the vents are blocked by growth or debris – the entire unit may overheat, which can damage any number of different components.

A less dire sign of a condenser problem is that of rapid cycling – turning on and off multiple times very quickly during the course of its operation. This forces the air conditioner to use a lot of excess energy, increasing wear and tear while raising your monthly bills in the bargain. Similarly, a condenser which labors may not show overt signs of a problem, but will force your air conditioner to work harder to do its job. You might not notice anything wrong right away, but you may get a shock when your cooling bill arrives and it’s much higher than normal: a sign of all the needless energy expended because of the problematic compressor.

If you spot the signs of condenser problems in your air conditioner, contact Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. to handle the problem.

We’re the go-to choice for air conditioning repair in Atlanta, and we stand by our sterling reputation of fixing the problem the first time, every time!

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How Poor Thermostat Placement Leads to Air Conditioning Repair

Monday, April 21st, 2014

People often underestimate how important the thermostat is to proper heating and cooling in a home. Although a small unit, designed to look as unobtrusive as possible where it is attached to a room wall, the thermostat can make or break an air conditioner. And it isn’t only because of bad wiring, a faulty model, or poor calibration in a thermostat will cause an air conditioner to develop repair issues. Something as basic as the location of the thermostat can lead to serious trouble and discomfort.

There are three basic mistakes in thermostat placement that will cause damage to an air conditioner. In each case, the thermostat will begin to read incorrect temperatures (“ghost” readings) and start to signal the AC to behave in ways that will drain power and cause the system to wear down. Fortunately, relocating a badly placed thermostat to a better position is a basic job for an HVAC professional, and it will help prevent further air conditioning repair in Atlanta, GA.

To avoid pesky thermostat issues in your home Call Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. to help you solve your thermostat problems. You’ll be glad you did!

The 3 errors of thermostat placement

  1. Placed in direct sunlight: If the thermostat sits in a location where direct sunlight falls on it for long stretches during the day, the radiant heat from the sun will cause the sensor in the thermostat to register a temperature much higher than room temperature. This ghost reading will trigger the AC to come on when it shouldn’t and run for too long. The wear and tear will make it require early repairs.
  2. Placed close to outside drafts: When a thermostat is near to windows and doors that allow in outside air, it will also begin to pick up ghost readings, although in this case they will be lower than room temperature. This time, the AC will start “short-cycling,” turning on briefly, and then shutting off again. This strain will rapidly age the system.
  3. Far from the center of the house: A thermostat placed in the distant reaches of a home will not pick up representative temperatures. These outlier readings will cause the thermostat to control the AC so it provides uneven comfort. The air conditioner’s behavior will become erratic, leading to stress on its components.

One of the best locations for a thermostat is outside the master bedroom, which is often near the center of the house and away from sunlight and drafts. Ask your thermostat installer about the ideal location for the unit in your home.

Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. can help you with any air conditioning repair in Atlanta, GA you need, as well as handle thermostat replacement and relocation. We have almost 20 years of experience with delivering quality air conditioning to our customers, and we’ll bring the same quality to your home. Schedule an appointment today.

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Air Conditioning Repair FAQ 3: Do I Have a Leak?

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

The warm and muggy days in Atlanta don’t come to an end just because school is back in session and the leaves are beginning to turn. You want your home to have the same cool and crisp air as during the summer. Getting stuck with a broken AC is no fun, so it’s best to solve problems when they’re small. One problem you can detect is a leak, either of air or refrigerant. This post will give you help determining if a leak is causing trouble. If you need air conditioning repair in Atlanta, GA, contact Air Conditioning Experts today.

How can you tell you have a leak? Here are some major warning signs:

  • Warm air: If you feel warm air coming from your air conditioning system, the trouble can be as simple as an incorrectly set thermostat . If adjusting the thermostat doesn’t solve the problem, then there may be a leak in the ductwork that is drawing warmer air from another spot in your home, or possibly from directly outside. Aside from the discomfort this will cause you, these leaks will force the air conditioner to work harder to lower the temperature, which is both inefficient and can shorten the life of your system.
  • Reduced cooling: This may be a sign of a leak in the refrigerant. Your air conditioner contains a closed system of refrigerant, and the amount running through it is known as the “charge.” The charge must remain at the same level in order for the heat exchange to happen effectively, and a leak will lower the charge. A technician must perform a series of tests to locate the cause of the leak, and will also need to recharge the refrigerant to restore your air conditioner to its original cooling ability.
  • Unusual smell: If your ductwork develops a leak, it might start pulling in air from other parts of the house, such as your attic, a crawlspace, or the space between your walls. This air will have a moldy odor unlike what you normally smell from your air conditioning, and is a strong indicator that the ductwork has leak somewhere.

A leak in any part of your AC can soon turn into a serious issue, so give our experts in air conditioning repair in Atlanta, GA a call today at Air Conditioning Experts!

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My Thermostat Reads the Temperature Wrong: Time for Air Conditioning Repair in Atlanta

Monday, September 9th, 2013

We take air conditioning repair seriously in Atlanta, where hot, muggy summers are typical. The thermostat is a key component in the air conditioning system, allowing you to set the temperature to a level most comfortable for you and your family. But it can’t do that if it isn’t reading the temperature accurately.

In some cases, a thermostat reads the temperature incorrectly because of placement. A poorly placed thermostat might be located in direct sunlight, in a draft spot, near a heating vent, or otherwise in a location that doesn’t accurately reflect the temperature in the rest of the home. In that case, an  AC technician can move the thermostat to a spot that lets it do its job much more effectively.

In other cases, there may be a problem with the thermostat’s sensor, which detects the ambient temperature in the nearby air. Depending upon the model, the sensor may simply need to be recalibrated, which you can do by consulting the unit’s instruction manual.  In other cases, it may be damaged or malfunctioning, in which case professional attention may be needed to correct it.

If you have an older mercury thermostat, the difficulties are slightly different. If it’s not set into the wall properly, its components may be off-kilter and unable to gauge the temperature accurately. There may also be internal damage or dirt which can affect its functioning. In the case of an old mercury-based thermometer, such a malfunction is a good opportunity to upgrade it to a newer digital module.

If your thermostat is reading the temperature wrong, it pays to talk to an expert about either repairing it or replacing it with a newer unit. The professionals at Air Conditioning Experts handle air conditioning repair in Atlanta, and can discuss a new thermostat with you. Pick up the phone and give us a call today. 

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Air Conditioning Repair Tip 6: My AC Blows Warm Air

Monday, August 26th, 2013

In Atlanta, GA, a good air conditioning system may be all that stands between you and the muggy Georgia summers. When functioning properly, your AC provides a cool, comfortable environment to come home to. Imagine the unpleasant surprise, however, when you turn on your AC and the fan starts up, but only warm air comes out. If this happens, you may need AC repair services, fast.  Below we’ll walk you through a few examples of what may be causing this, but there may a deeper problem. For expert advice in Atlanta, simply call us today. The causes may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Low refrigerant: The refrigerant in your AC system cools the air, which is then blown into your home via a series of ducts. If the refrigerant runs low, the AC won’t produce cool air. A trained technician can recharge the refrigerant, as well as spotting and sealing any leaks in the system.
  • Condenser shut down: The condenser works to compress the refrigerant, a key part of the cooling process. If it overheats or malfunctions, it may shut down, leaving warm air to blow through your system. The same thing may happen if leaves and other debris block the system’s air intakes.
  • Thermostat: The thermostat serves to regulate the temperature in your household, allowing you to set the temperature to whatever you desire. In some cases, the thermostat may simply be on the wrong setting: “fan” instead of “cool,” for instance. In other cases, it may malfunction, heating your household instead of cooling it, in which case it will need to be fixed or replaced.

Regardless of the source of the problem, it pays to contact a qualified service technician to perform the repairs. A certified expert knows what to look for when it comes to AC systems blowing warm air, and can pinpoint the problem accurately. Not only will we identify and correct the source of the problem, but we offer routine HVAC maintenance service, designed to identify these issues before they cause any inconvenience. Call us today to set up an appointment.

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