Air Conditioning Repair Service in Holland & Beyond
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Your air conditioning system is an integral part of your home. It’s what makes your home livable in the summer, and the last thing you’d want is for it to crash in the heat of the summer. That’s why, at Aire Serv®, we’re open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for any of your AC unit needs or questions. Our technicians are licensed on all AC systems, ensuring that whatever problem you have, we can fix it the first time.
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COMMON AIR CONDITIONING PROBLEMS
You don’t have to be an expert to know if something’s wrong with your AC unit. In the summer, when it’s hot and you just can’t seem to keep your house at a comfortable temperature, don’t hesitate to call one of our Aire Serv® experts, who can answer any questions, and ensure that your unit is running as it’s supposed to. Here’s a few obvious signs that your AC unit might need some help.
- Water is leaking around the unit, either indoors or outdoors
- Your home’s thermostat is blank or won’t turn on
- Your AC unit is making odd or louder-than-usual noises
- The unit is constantly turning on and off
- Your home doesn’t seem to be cooling down
- Your AC unit is running, but the fan isn’t turning on
- Your air conditioner simply won’t turn on
If you’re experiencing any of the above problems, here are a few suggestions as to what could be going on with your unit:
Filter needs changing – If it’s been awhile since you’ve changed your AC unit’s filter, that could be the culprit. The best way to keep your air conditioner healthy is to keep up on regular maintenance. So, if you’re experiencing a problem, you might check that filter before you do anything.
Unit isn’t getting power – If it seems like your AC unit is just dead, it could be because it’s not getting any power. You’ll want to check all of your circuits, and see that there aren’t any plants that are encroaching on your AC unit. After you’ve done that, and the unit still isn’t working, it’s a good idea to call a professional. You could have a faulty wiring issue, or your air conditioner could be overheating for some reason.
Fan belt is worn – Are you hearing a squealing noise? You’ve probably got a worn out fan belt. While most AC units can last upwards of 12 years, that doesn’t mean that all of the parts will. It’s a good idea to call a professional as soon as you hear the noise, because if the belt snaps, you’ll be looking at a much more expensive repair.
Refrigerant leak – Another issue indicated by an odd noise, the telltale sign of a refrigerant leak is a hissing sound. This is another one you’ll want to attend to immediately, because if your AC unit is leaking refrigerant it can be extremely negative for the environment. Additionally, if it’s leaking your unit will be less efficient, and use more energy than is necessary to cool your home. You’ll need a professional to change the leaky tubing and recharge your system.
Clogged condensate drain – If your unit is leaking water, a clogged drain could be the problem. Over time, your air conditioner builds up debris, algae, and other matter in the drain. If it becomes clogged, it can overflow, causing a puddle around your AC unit and potential water damage to your home. The best way to fix this problem is to call a technician who can apply an algaecide and flush the system to ensure the AC unit won’t flood in the future.
The best way to make sure your air conditioner consistently functions well is to keep up on proper maintenance. If you keep up routine maintenance, and have your AC unit inspected regularly, you’ll avoid emergency crises, like your unit breaking down in the heat of the summer.
PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE TIPS
Since maintenance is such an important part of keeping your AC unit going, what are some habits to get into that will keep your AC unit running at its best for longer?
- Cut the power – Before you do any kind of maintenance, make sure you cut off the power to your AC unit. Remember that you’re dealing with a large electrical system, and it can be dangerous to work on if you leave the power on.
- Change the filter – One of the best things to do to keep your AC unit running properly is to make sure that you regularly change the filter. You should check it at least once a month, and if it’s dirty, replace it as soon as possible. A dirty air filter means your air conditioner is going to have to work harder, decreasing its efficiency and slowing the air flow to your home.
- Remove debris – If there’s any debris on top of or in your air conditioner, get it out of there! You can use a shop vacuum to clear out any dirt or grime from around the conditioner, as well as in the ducts.
- Keep area around unit clean – If there are any plants or foliage growing around your AC unit, make sure to cut them back or remove them to protect the health of your air conditioner. Plants can cut airflow to your AC unit, and leaves can fall into it, making extra work for the unit. Avoid this by just keeping the area clear.
- Schedule regular maintenance – The best way to ensure your AC unit has a long life is to make sure you’re keeping up with it as best you can. A yearly inspection of your air conditioner is a great way to make sure that everything is running properly. If you have a technician coming to check your air conditioner regularly, they can easily stop smaller AC problems from turning into bigger, more expensive ones.
AC REPLACEMENT AND INSTALLATION
When you’re considering a new AC unit, it’s important to have all of the facts, and to know exactly which type of air conditioning system is right for you. At Aire Serv®, our qualified technicians are here to answer any questions you may have, whenever you need help. We’re also at your disposal to help with any replacement or installation service you need.
SHOULD I REPAIR OR REPLACE MY AC UNIT?
- Age – If you’ve had the same AC unit for upwards of 10 years, or you’re still using the same unit that your home came with, it’s probably time for an upgrade. The older a unit gets, the less energy efficient it becomes, and the more maintenance you’ll be required to do.
- Investment cost – One of the most expensive things to buy for your home, a new air conditioner might seem daunting, but you should take the investment cost into consideration. If you compare the cost of a new AC unit to the potential repairs you’ll have to put into the old unit, it might just make that decision a little easier. You can talk to one of our qualified Aire Serv® technicians to get exact numbers, and to see if a new air conditioner is the right choice for you.
- Utility rates – As technology continues to improve, so too does the energy efficiency of big ticket items like air conditioners. Any air conditioner you buy today will be much more efficient than one that is 10-15 years old. This efficiency can save you a bundle on your utility rates. Even though buying a new system might seem expensive, an energy efficient option can save you more money in the long run.
- Comfort – With improved technology comes improved levels of comfort. A new AC unit will cool your home more evenly, more efficiently, and more quietly. The benefits of a new air conditioner are not just more cost effective, as it can also change the quality of home comfort.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF AC SYSTEMS
Split systems and package AC – The most commonly used AC system, a split system unit releases cool air through the ductwork in your home. These are best combined with a home that has a furnace, because then the furnace and AC can share the ducts.
Ductless mini splits – A good option for a home that doesn’t have ducts, the ductless mini split requires that each room have a separate blower to distribute the cool air. Highly efficient, this system works best if you’re only cooling certain rooms in your home. It can become expensive if you’re using it for the entire house.
Window and wall units – Great if you’re only trying to cool one room or a small apartment, these units are portable and removable. A window unit pulls hot air out of the room, and pushes cool air in. Additionally, you can easily install a window AC unit yourself.
Evaporative coolers – Also called swamp coolers, this system makes use of water saturated pads to cool outside air before pushing it into your home. The pads also trap pollen, allergens and other airborne debris. While these are great for hot, dry areas, it’s not useful to have an evaporative cooler in an area with high humidity.
HIGH EFFICIENCY AIR CONDITIONING UPGRADES
You want to keep your home cool, but you don’t want to break the bank doing it. Our licensed air conditioning technicians can make sure your system is running as efficiently as possible, and we’re also here to answer any questions you may have regarding your high efficiency AC system.
BENEFITS OF A HIGH EFFICIENCY AIR CONDITIONING UNIT
Energy rates – One of the most obvious benefits of a high efficiency AC unit is the savings on your energy bill. Almost any AC unit you invest in now will save you 20 to 40 percent more on your energy bill than one that is more than 10 years old.
Improved home comfort – With recent technology advances, new, energy efficient AC units are able to provide you with the most comfortable, yet still efficient, air conditioning to date. A new air conditioner will give you more even temperatures and quicker cooling, all with less noise than old model AC units.
Environmentally friendly – While your top goal may have been to save money this summer, you’re also helping out the environment. An energy efficient AC unit will lower your home’s carbon footprint by releasing considerably fewer emissions.
Zoning systems are a great option for homes that utilize an heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. Generally, this means that your home has a furnace and a split system AC unit, which can be set to a certain temperature through a thermostat. With this type of system, your home can be divided into zones, or specific areas, each controlled with their own individual thermostat. If you’re considering a zoning system for your home, make sure to contact us at Aire Serv® today.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF ZONING?
Saves money – Since you can choose which areas get more AC, and which don’t need any, you’ll save a lot on that energy bill. You can leave bedrooms at an energy efficient temperature until the evening when they’ll be used, and you can set thermostats so that when you come home from work, your living and dining rooms will be nice and cool.
Increased comfort and control – Your home will be exactly the temperature you want, when you want. The sunroom that’s always too hot? It won’t be with a zoning system. And if you’ve got people in the house who prefer different temperatures, you can ensure that your zoning system has a thermostat in each bedroom, so everyone has a temperature that’s comfortable for them.
Longer life of equipment – Since you’re able to program your zoned system for only the times when you need it, both your furnace and AC unit will have to work less, and will therefore last longer. Neither will have to work too hard to maintain a certain temperature throughout the entire house.