Anyone who lives in Arlington, TX, knows how hot and humid it can get during the summer. When temperatures rise above one-hundred degrees for days on end, your air conditioner needs to be working properly. Should it break down, life inside your home will soon get intolerable, and air quality will soon deteriorate.
If you are unable to find an AC repair company to quickly fix your air conditioner, you and your family could be in danger, especially if you are looking after young children or those suffering from respiratory conditions such as asthma. It is just as well that you can depend on One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth to come to the rescue. Unlike many AC repair companies, we have NATE-trained specialists on standby 24/7.
How to Avoid Having an AC Repair
For a piece of technology that plays such a vital part in our lives, we tend to take air conditioners for granted. But without regular maintenance, they will break down. We at One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth believe that the best way to ensure that your air conditioner is working safely and efficiently during the long hot Texas summer is to schedule an annual service with us. After the service, your unit will cost less to run, an important consideration as they will be switched on day and night for extended periods.
We also suggest that you schedule this service during a quiet period, as the early spring, so your conditioner is ready for the rigors of the summer. A service will give you extra peace of mind, knowing your unit is less likely to break down and need an AC repair.
Signs That Your Air Conditioner Is Going to Need an AC Repair
Even a well-maintained air conditioner can still break down, but if you see any of the following signs you can take remedial action before that happens and avoid any emergency call-out charges.
Your Compressor Is Short-Cycling
All air conditioners are different, but most will have a cooling cycle of about twenty minutes. This is when the compressor switches on for ten minutes and then off for another ten minutes. This allows for effective cooling of your home and removal of the humidity. If the compressor is switched off and on prematurely you have short-cycling, and the cooling of your home is not completed.
Short cycling has many causes, but the main ones are having dirty air filters and low coolant levels in the unit. Both will allow the evaporator coils to start to freeze over. The service from One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth will deal with most of the causes and other problems that can lead to an AC repair.
Frost and Ice Appears on the Evaporator Coils
Seeing frost and ice form on the evaporator coils is not a good sign and you need to deal with it quickly to avoid the coils freezing over and the air conditioner shutting down. You will have to wait up to 24-hours to allow the coils to thaw, and you will be without your unit for this period.
If the coils freeze over too many times the air conditioner will break down completely and you will have to call for an AC repair.
Less Cooling Effect from Your Unit
The coolant in your air conditioner absorbs the heat from warm air from your home. A fan extracts this warm air and blows it over the evaporator coils. The coolant inside the coils removes the heat and the now cooler air is blown back inside your home. The less coolant in the coils the less heat can be absorbed, and the air blown back inside your home will be warmer. These coolant levels will need to be topped up during service.
Increased Humidity Levels
The warmer the air blown back into your home, the more humid it will feel. This is because warmer air contains more moisture than cooler air.
Your Energy Bills Have Gone Up a Lot
Your air conditioner is going to be turned on most of the time during hot spells, so it comes as no surprise that your energy bills will go up. But if they increase by more than you have expected, there could be a problem with your conditioner.
If any component in your air conditioner starts to overperform, then the others work harder to compensate. If the evaporator coil is allowed to start freezing, then the compressor works harder to maintain the cooling effect. Any component that works harder will use more energy and so your bills increase. Another side effect of harder working components is that they are more likely to overheat and burn out, needing an AC repair to have them replaced.
You Hear Strange Noises
Another cause of frozen evaporator coils is reduced warm airflow over them. Reduced airflow is due to a faulty fan or dirty air filters. Without enough warm air, frost and ice appear on the coils, and eventually, the coil will freeze.
A faulty fan can be the source of many strange noises emerging from the air conditioner. When the fan belts begin to wear out you will hear grinding or squealing sounds. A bent or loose blade can strike the inside of the unit and you will hear a loud banging noise. If you hear any strange noises, you should call One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth, you may need an AC repair.
The Condenser and Cooling Fins Covered with Dirt
If the condenser and cooling fins are covered with dirt and dust, this will reduce their efficiency. Dirt and moss will act as an insulating material and reduce the rate at which heat from inside your Arlington, TX home is transferred to the outside air. Cleaning the condenser and cooling fins is part of a service from One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth.
A Trusted Company
We have been serving the people of Arlington, TX for many years. During the hot Texas summers, we will not leave you’re waiting long for any repair work. Call us at One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth today for all your air conditioner needs!