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Well done, you have managed to reach the end of summer without anything going wrong. The temperatures in the Fort Worth region of TX reached over one hundred degrees and your air conditioner kept you safe and cool. You have not had to find an AC repair company. Should you now rest on your laurels or is there something you can do before next year’s heatwave?
We at One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating suggest that the smart thing to do is to have your air conditioner serviced by one of our skilled technicians. Schedule an appointment during a quiet period like the early spring before the long summer starts.
What Is Offered During an Air Conditioning Service?
A service from One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating will deal with any minor problems before you need the services of an AC repair company. This makes good financial sense when you realize that any emergency repair and call-out charges will often run in the hundreds of dollars. The service will give you peace of mind that everything will be working fine during those long hot summers when your air conditioner is likely to be on all day and night. We can make sure your repair is fixed by an expert AC repair company.
So, what happens during service from one of our highly trained technicians?
- Air filters are checked and replaced if dirty.
- The evaporator coils are cleaned.
- Coolant levels are topped up if required.
- The inside of the AC unit is cleaned, and dirt or debris removed
- The air ducts are checked for dirt and damage.
- Thermostats are recalibrated.
- Fans are checked for any faults.
- Wiring is checked for any loose connections.
- The condenser and cooling fins are checked and cleaned.
- AC drain line and drain pan are cleaned.
- And many other checks.
You will be notified of any faults encountered during the service and our technician will only conduct any remedial work once you authorize it.
But even a well-looked after air conditioner can break down and need an AC repair company. At times like this, the people of our TX community will turn to One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating for a quality and affordable repair from an exceptional AC repair company.
What To Look for In Choosing an AC Repair Company
When choosing an AC repair company, there are several factors that you need to consider.
How Long Have They Been in Business? – One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth has been in business since 1988, but not everyone has been in business if we have. A well-established company will have many satisfied customers. You can check online for customers’ positive experiences on trusted review websites, and you will find One Hour at the top of the list in the wider Fort Worth, TX region.
Do They Hire Experienced Technicians? – Before choosing an AC repair company, you need to consider the experience of their technicians. A technician with many years of experience will know about most air conditioners and how to quickly repair them. A well-established AC repair company like One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating with many experienced NATE trained technicians is the winning team for you. Another consideration is whether the technician is courteous, punctual, and professional. All our team is trained in delivering the highest standards of customer service.
Do They Offer an Emergency Service? – You may need an emergency AC repair company at any time of the day or night. Not everyone works after hours or at weekends, but One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating do. If you reach an answering machine or an answering service, it may be the next morning before anybody gets back to you. Our dispatchers are on call 24/7 each day every day.
Are They Affordable? – One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating Fort Worth has a reputation for honest and fair pricing. Our technicians will carefully assess the problem and give you a full estimate before any repair work. You will find our prices both fair and transparent.
How Does an Air Conditioner Work?
Not everyone understands how an air conditioner works, after all, you do not need to understand the workings of the internal combustion engine to drive a car. But a simple working knowledge can give you an insight into how and why things go wrong and what you can do to avoid these problems.
The air conditioner consists of two main parts, one is located inside your home and the other outside. The inside unit contains the internal fan, evaporator coils, and compressor. The outside part contains the external fan, condenser, and cooling fins. All these components are connected by copper tubing that contains the coolant.
An AC Repair Company That Cares About Your Home
The compressor effectively pumps the coolant around the copper tubing. Inside the evaporator coils, the coolant is in a cold liquid state. The internal fan extracts warm air from your home and blows it over the evaporator coils. The heat from the warm air is absorbed by the coolant inside the coils. The air which is now cooled is blown back into your home. The moisture from the warm air is removed and the humidity will fall.
The cold liquid coolant is changed into a warm gas after it absorbs the heat, and this is pumped outside your home to the condenser and cooling fins. Between them, the condenser and cooling fins remove the heat from the warm gas, and it changes back into a liquid again. The external fan helps to blow the outside air over the condenser and cooling fins to remove the heat.
The liquid coolant continues its journey back inside your home to the evaporator coils and the cycle continues. This way the heat and humidity are removed from your home and transferred outside.
Signs That You Need an AC Repair Company
Even with a regular service your air conditioner can still break down and need an AC repair company. Being alert for the following signs will help you avoid a call-out for an emergency repair.
It Gets More Expensive to Run
If you run your air conditioner all day and night of course your energy bills are going to increase. But if they go up by more than you expect you could have a problem with your air conditioner. Without regular servicing, your air conditioner will not run as efficiently and will use more energy as a result. As it gets older, wear and tear on each component will also reduce its effectiveness. A problem with one component such as the evaporator coils starting to freeze over will force the other components into having to work harder to maintain the temperature that you have set for your home. Harder working components will use more energy and be more likely to overheat and burn out so needing an AC repair company.
Your Air Conditioner Is Short-Cycling
Each air conditioner has a different cooling cycle. Typically, the cooling cycle is twenty minutes, during this time the compressor works for ten minutes and then turns itself off for another ten. This way your home can receive the full cooling effect. Short-cycling is when the compressor switches off early, reducing the cooling effect and increasing the wear and tear on the compressor. This can be caused by several factors which include dirty air filters, frozen evaporator coils, low coolant levels, and poorly calibrated or badly placed thermostats. If you allow short-cycling to continue, not only will your energy bills increase, but so will the risk of that you will need to call One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth the best AC repair company in Fort Worth, TX. Of course, all these problems will be dealt with during a regular service.
You See Frost Beginning to Form on the Evaporator Coils
It seems a bit of a paradox that your air conditioner will break down on a hot summer’s day due to something freezing! The evaporator coils need a constant supply of warm air to be blown over them or else they will start to freeze. The first signs of this happening are frost and ice forming on the coils. The heat from the warm air keeps the coils from freezing. Another cause of the coils freezing is a reduced airflow over the coils, with dirty air filters, and a faulty fan being the main culprits.
Another cause of the frost and ice forming is low levels of coolant. A leak can reduce the level of coolant in your air conditioner, and the level will be checked during the service and topped up if necessary.
Should the coils completely freeze your air conditioner will shut down and will need to be turned off. This can be for up to 24 hours to allow the coils to thaw. You will be without your air conditioner for that time. If the air conditioner continually shuts down it will eventually break, needing a call to an AC repair company.
Humidity Level Has Increased
Once the cooling effect from your air conditioner is reduced it will mean warmer air will be blown back into your home. Warmer air contains more moisture than colder air so the humidity levels will increase.
AC Drain Line Is Blocked
After the warm air is cooled any moisture will condense into water. This water will be deposited in the drain pan and then flow outside your home through the AC drain line. Either can be blocked by mold and algae growing in them. They both need to be cleaned regularly so that the water can safely escape your air conditioner. A blockage will result in any water overflowing into your air conditioner, with the potential that it could cause a short circuit. Otherwise, the overflow will end up on your floor. A blocked AC drain line could result in your unit shutting down.
You Notice Odd Smells
Any mold and algae growing in the AC drain line and drain pan could explain any smell of mold around your home. As well as the smell, mold spores will be entering your home lowering air quality.
Other smells could be due to overheating components or because of loose wiring or connections in the electrical circuits. If you detect any burning smell, there is an increased risk of fire, and you need to call One Hour immediately.
Your Air Ducts Are Leaking
Up to 30 percent of your air conditioner’s energy output is wasted by cool air escaping through damaged air ducts or loose joints. The cool air will mean that your air conditioner will have to work harder to maintain the cooling effect in your home. This extra effort increases the wear and tear and the chance of a breakdown and a visit from an AC repair company in Fort Worth, TX.
Thermostats Are Not Calibrated Correctly or Are Poorly Positioned
A badly calibrated thermostat will misread the temperature to be higher or lower than it is. Either you will have too much or too little cooling. A thermostat placed in direct sunlight or near an open window will have the same effect. Again, you are increasing the workload of your air conditioner and the chance you will need a trustworthy Fort Worth, TX AC repair company.
New Installation in Fort Worth and Dallas, TX
If your air conditioner is playing up and needing more repairs, it may be time to consider having it replaced. An older unit will be less efficient because of all the wear and tear that the components undergo. Less cool air will emerge from the unit, it will cost more to run, and it will be noisier. A new install will not be cheap, but it will be cost-effective over time, as it will use 25 percent less energy.
One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth Keeping Every One Cool and Safe
One Hour has been operating in Fort Worth, TX for many years. The people of Fort Worth, TX rely on us as a dependable AC repair company during those hot Texas summers, knowing that our technicians are available every day to come quickly to their aid.