Your building’s heating and AC systems are susceptible to a large number of problems if you don’t perform regular maintenance on them annually. One Hour Heating and AC Service provides maintenance and repair services for the whole city of Fort Worth, TX.
Here we take a look at ten most common problems that can cause faults in your heating or AC system.
Most Frequent Heating Repair Problems
One Hour Heating and AC Services can perform heating repairs for all kinds of problems with heating and AC problems. Some of the more common problems that heating systems develop are listed here.
1. Leakages and Dripping
Leakages in your heater can develop due to a number of reasons. The heater may start leaking from the pipes that push water into or out of the heater. Leakage may also develop due to corrosion inside the water tank.
While a leakage will note stop the heater from functioning it can lead to a bigger problem if left untreated.
2. Pilot Light
The Pilot controls the burner’s function of turning on and off. Problems with the fuel supply can cause the pilot to extinguish which will stop the boiler from turning on.
The pressure gauge in the boiler should normally show a pressure between 1 and 1.5. Anything below 1 means the water has been removed from the system and must be replaced.
There could be many reasons why the pressure may fall below 1. Your tank may have developed a water leak or the pressure valve may need to be replaced.
If the bar is higher than 1.5 it shows that water in the tank may have become too hot.
Thermostat problems are quite frequent in heaters. A thermostat controls the temperature that the water should be heated to. With usage, the thermostat loses its accuracy and starts turning off/on arbitrarily.
You can manually try adjusting the thermostat to see if that fixes the problem. If changing the settings does not fix the problem, you would be better off calling one of our experts.
In a water based heating system, the radiators may stop becoming hot when the system is running. You can check to see if the valves have been turned off by mistake. If that does not resolve the problem, the most common causes are air or sludge built up in the radiator or blocked pipes.
One of the more common problems with the heater is that the burner fails to start or keeps switching off for no reason. If you detect that some of the flames in the burner are uneven or fail to light up even when the burner is on, it could be due to blocked pipes.
7. No Hot Water
This could occur due to a number of reasons. Check if the burner and pilot are working correctly and the thermostat is moderately high. If the heater feels hot to the touch and you still don’t get hot water, the problem could be due to failure of motorized valves, broken diaphragm and airlocks.
8. Strange Noises
If your water heater is making strange popping or gurgling noises, it could be due to sediments or corrosion inside the tank. The main cause of sediment is hard water, rich in mineral deposits. You would require complete cleaning inside the water tank performed by one of our professionals.
9. Air Filter
FWA heaters have air filters that can become dirty and clogged by dust particles causing the heater to stop working.
A leaky ductwork may not even be detectable but it can cause you higher bills as it forces the heater to stay on for longer. This is also likely to reduce the total life of your water heater.
Most Frequent Air Conditioner Repair Problems
The professional and certified electricians from One Hour Heating and AC repair services have years of experience in the Air Conditioning Repair services. Some of the more common problems in Air conditioners are listed here to increase general awareness.
1. Refrigerant Leaks
The refrigerant is the chemical coolant inside the pipes of the air conditioner which controls the temperature in your home. Any damage to the piping causes the coolant to start leaking which can decrease the efficiency of the AC and even cause it to stop working completely.
2. Filter Problems
Problems with the filter are the most common cause of AC faults. The filters prevent dust particles from entering the AC. The filter can become clogged due to dust or oil and can block air from entering the Air Conditioner.
This problem can usually be fixed by cleaning or replacement of the filter.
The drain line lets out the water that condenses inside the AC on its coolant pipes. All Air conditioners come with a drainage system to let out this condensed water through drain pipes. These pipes may become clogged with time, especially on a humid day and may cause damage to the Air Conditioner.
The AC thermostat controls the temperature setting of the Air Conditioner. A problem with the thermostat causes the AC to behave erratically, sometimes not cooling to the desired temperature and sometimes causing the system to cool much higher.
The compressor unit causes the refrigerant to start the cooling cycle by pressing it into liquefied form. Any problems with the compressor will cause the AC to stop functioning. The Compressor can develop problems if the level of refrigerant in your AC is above or below the amount recommended by the manufacturer.
These coils are usually located inside the house and absorb heat from the surrounding air, sending it to the condenser coils. These coils can become corroded due to usage and reduce the efficiency of the Air conditioner.
These coils are located near the compressor and usually outside the house in the main Air conditioner cabinet. They can also become corroded or blocked with usage and any problem with the condenser unit can shut down the whole system.
The capacitor powers the compressor and fans that perform the cooling and blowing of air into the coils inside the house. The capacitor can become damaged due to electrical fluctuations, power surges as well as through normal wear and tear with time. While the AC may continue to work with a partially damaged capacitor, it will cease to function if the capacitor burns out.
There are power breakers inside the AC which are meant to protect the motors and compressor from fluctuations in electrical current. If the breakers get damaged they can stop the flow of electricity into the Air Conditioner. Burned out fuses often cause a distinct smell. If your AC stops turning on at all, it could be due to a burned fuse.
Contactors for the compressor, condenser and blower motor make the electrical circuit that connects the whole system that starts motors and compressors that provide cooling. Problems with these contactors slow down the electric flow between components and can damage major components.