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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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Finding an Efficient Air Conditioning Replacement System

Monday, May 25th, 2015

When you install a new air conditioner, your first thought may be the initial cost. But as any air conditioning technician will tell you, a more important consideration is the efficiency of the unit. A system that uses less energy will likely offset the cost of installation later on. And a more efficient system may last longer and run into fewer problems over time. Here’s how you can get your hands on a more energy efficient air conditioning unit.

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Replacing Air Filters Helps to Save Energy!

Monday, May 18th, 2015

One of the quickest ways to save energy each month is to replace (or clean) your air filter. Air filters aren’t just a means of keeping the air you breathe clean—though that is certainly a major plus. They also help to protect your air conditioner from damage, as long as they are clean. If the air filter is clogged, your AC ends up consuming far more energy than it has to. Take a look at why this is in today’s guide.

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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 Can I Tell If My Air Conditioner Is Having Problems?

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Summer is on its way and it doesn’t get much hotter or more humid than it does in Atlanta, GA. Residents can expect high temperatures and stifling humidity as only the sultry south can bring, and that means you need a proper air conditioner to keep your home cool and comfortable when the mercury starts to rise. If yours is experiencing difficulties, the time to make repairs is now, before the temperature starts spiking and even a few hours without an AC is murder. “But how can I tell if my air conditioner is having problems?” you ask. In general, only an expert can pinpoint the exact problem. However, most air conditioning problems announce themselves with a few more general signs that you can spot with a little care and attention.

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Could Your Ducts Cause Problems for Your AC?

Monday, April 27th, 2015

It may seem as though the ducts in your home would be the least of your troubles when it comes to problems with the air conditioner. Air conditioning systems contain complex electrical and mechanical components, many of which can become worn down and require repair or replacement at some point. The ductwork, on the other hand, is simple. Ducts provide a path directly from the air handler to the rooms in your home—no complex parts required.

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Now Is the Time for Air Conditioning Maintenance

Monday, April 6th, 2015

An air conditioning system certainly will not wait until the weather is ideal before breaking down. In fact, in many cases, air conditioning units are most likely to break down on the hottest of days. Air conditioning systems run into trouble when the parts become overworked, which is a definite possibility if your unit has dirty, loose, or broken parts which are forced to run at full capacity on a hot day. Regular air conditioning maintenance helps to prevent AC failure, so you have peace of mind running your unit throughout the year.

The steps of maintenance

A maintenance visit involves a comprehensive inspection of the most important components of your HVAC system, a thorough cleaning of some of the parts, and some minor adjustments (though major repairs may need to be scheduled for a later date).

  • Inspection – After a thorough inspection, a technician will let you know whether anything needs immediate repair, so that you’re not inconvenienced by a sudden breakdown later down the road.
  • Cleaning – Cleaning the components of an air conditioning system can help to improve efficiency and prevent repairs. For example, a dirty coil may inhibit heat exchange, which can force the mechanical components to become overworked, but professionals know to clean these with every maintenance visit.
  • Adjustment – Some of the components need a quick adjustment before your air conditioning technician leaves. This may include tightening electrical connections, straightening bent coils, and screwing in loose parts.

The important of annual service

If you don’t schedule annual air conditioning maintenance service before the heating season is in full swing, you may find yourself with a number of problems on your hands. For one, you’re likely spending far more on monthly energy costs than is necessary. Furthermore, maintenance can extend the life of your unit and prevent the need for repairs over the year.

Don’t wait any longer to prepare your air conditioner for the hotter weather ahead. Call Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. for air conditioning maintenance in the Atlanta, GA area, and ask about enrolling in our Comfort Club maintenance program.

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Condensate Problems in Your Air Conditioning in Atlanta, GA

Monday, June 9th, 2014

If you listen carefully to the sounds that your air conditioning system makes during operation, you will hear at intervals the drip and splash of water. Your air conditioner does not use water as part of cooling down your home (a chemical known as refrigerant, or “Freon,” is what circulates through the coils and lines), but water is a product of the evaporation process that occurs along the indoor coil. The sound of water you hear is the moisture along the coil dripping down into a shallow condensate pan and then a pump removing it out a drain.

Under normal circumstances, the removal of condensate from your AC will present no problems. But like any component in a mechanical device, the condensate drainage system can develop trouble that will require the assistance of professionals to remedy. At the first sign of condensate problems (as we’ll describe below), call for repairs for your air conditioning in Atlanta, GA from Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. We are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your convenience.

How your AC can develop condensate problems

The moisture that forms along the evaporator coil is water from the air that condenses along the coil when the cold refrigerant inside it absorbs heat from the air. In high humidity, a large amount of water will appear along the coil.

The amount of moisture that drips down into the pan should never present a problem, no matter the humidity. However, the condensate drain can become clogged due to algal growth—a common occurrence in humid Georgia summers—and stop draining the moisture. If this happens, the shallow pan will rapidly overflow and spill water inside your house. This will lead to water damage, an increase in humidity in your house, and the growth of mildew and bacteria. At the first sign of any of these, call for help.

The condensate pump can also break, which will lead to the pump failing to drain. Another problem you may encounter is when the condensate pan becomes detached from the drain or drain line, sending the water in the pan straight down to the floor.

Whatever the trouble with the condensate system for your home, professionals can take care of the problem. They can detach the pan, clean it, unclog or replace the drain, re-secure the drain to the pan, and repair the pump.

Allowing water to continue to drip from an air conditioner is a bad idea: not only will this cause expensive water damage, but it will eventually trip an overflow switch that will shut off the air conditioner entirely.

At the first signs of condensate issues in your air conditioning in Atlanta, GA, call the team that has taken care of ACs since 1995: Air Conditioning Experts, Inc.

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Condenser Problems with Your Air Conditioning

Monday, May 12th, 2014

The condenser is the outdoor section of your home’s air conditioning system. This cabinet contains a blower fan, the condensing coil, and the compressor; these components work together to release heat from inside your home to the outside. The compressor turns the liquid refrigerant into a hot, high pressure gas and sends it to the coil. The blower fan draws outside air across the condenser coil and the hot refrigerant inside, causing condensation that releases heat. The blower then exhausts this heat out of the unit, while the refrigerant moves through a line indoors to the evaporator unit.

If you keep your air conditioner properly maintained, the condenser should give you few problems. However, there are some malfunctions that can affect it, even with the best care. We’ll look at some of the more common condenser problems which will require you to call for professional repairs.

Look to Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. for the professional work on your air conditioning in Atlanta, GA that will restore your system to tip-top shape.

Some common condenser problems

  • Poor air circulation: For the condenser to work, it must receive free air flow into the cabinet. If the condenser originally received a proper installation from professionals, it should have enough open space around it (not pressed too close to walls). However, the area can become overgrown or filled with debris that will restrict airflow—or possibly even enter the cabinet and damage the components. To prevent this, make sure the condenser has a clear region around it, free from shrubs and rocks or any other possible obstruction.
  • Compressor seizing: The compressor operates like a piston engine, and can suffer from “tightness” if it loses lubrication or becomes dirty. This can eventually lead to the compressor “seizing,” and stopping altogether, which will also stop heat exchange. A repair technician will need to look into this and attempt to re-start the compressor. Do not attempt to run the AC when the compressor is having difficulty: you do not want the component to burn out.
  • Leaking refrigerant: The refrigerant lines in the compressor can begin to leak or come loose at connecting points. When this happens, the loss of refrigerant can seriously damage the compressor, and will lower the ability of the coils to absorb and release heat. You will often see evidence for this on the indoor evaporator coil: when ice starts to form across this coil, it may indicate a refrigerant leak. The leak must be sealed and the refrigerant recharged to its standard level.

Because the condenser houses the compressor—the most crucial component for AC operation and the most expensive to fix—it’s vital that you only allow licensed professional HVAC technicians to repair problems with it. The moment you notice issues such as low cooling power, loud sounds from the cabinet, or ice along the coils, call for skilled air conditioning repair in Atlanta, GA. You can reach the technicians at Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. 24-hours a day, so don’t hesitate!

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Steps to Take at the End of the Air Conditioning Season in Atlanta

Monday, September 16th, 2013

In Atlanta, air conditioning can spell the difference between a cool, comfortable summer and a summer fully of muggy, sweltering temperatures. We all appreciate a good air conditioning system when the temperatures start to rise, and regular maintenance throughout the year can keep yours functioning at peak capacity. This is especially true at the end of the air conditioning season, when your AC use diminishes and the system won’t be needed as often. That reduced use marks the perfect time to perform a few basic maintenance steps.

  • Cleaning. Start by scheduling a regular cleaning and maintenance session from a qualified air conditioning technician. He can spot any potential problems, keep the coils free of dust and debris, seal up leaks and recharge the coolant levels. If there’s a more serious issue, you can then schedule a repair in the cooler autumn months, without the threat of a heat wave bearing down on you. You may wish to schedule a similar maintenance visit in the spring, just before air conditioning season starts.
  • Remove debris. Check you outdoor unit for any grass, leaves or twigs clogging the vents. These can be harder to remove if they’ve sat there for the whole of winter, and may cause problems with your AC unit’s ability to function if left unchecked.
  • Reset your thermostat. You may have your thermostat set for a specific temperature to combat the heat of summer. As the weather cools, it’ a good idea to perhaps elevate the temperature a few degrees. It will save on energy costs without losing any overall comfort.
  • Change the air filter. The air filter helps screen out dust and other particles before they get into the air conditioning unit. It should be changed regularly to keep your AC unit functioning at top capacity.

For service and maintenance issues, call upon Air Conditioning Experts. We proudly handle all Atlanta air conditioning needs, from routine service to full installation. Contact us today; we’ll send one of our trained experts to your home to get your unit ready for the end of summer.

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