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At One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth, serving our neighbors in North Richland Hills, TX, we want to help you avoid in-season downtime of your heating and AC systems. By taking the right steps in the off-season to ensure your systems are in great shape, you can minimize emergency heating and AC repair service calls for problems that are affecting your family’s comfort in the heat of summer or the cold snaps of winter. We also have a number of suggestions to help you help us diagnose issues if your system does have problems since you spend a lot more time and may have noticed sights, sounds, smells, or operational issues that are important clues. Our emergency heating and AC repair service are dedicated to getting you comfortable as soon as possible, so we arrive prepared with the tools and parts to handle most jobs. With your help, our emergency heating and AC repair service may not only be able to diagnose the problem more quickly but make sure we listen to you and address your concerns.
Using Maintenance Time to Anticipate Upcoming Repair Needs
Our emergency heating and AC repair service technicians can use their skill and experience to anticipate problems when they serve as your system maintenance providers, inspecting and testing your system’s components and identifying wear, underperforming parts, defective components, and other issues. Many of our team members have spent their careers working on hundreds or thousands of heating and AC systems, and they have a thorough knowledge of typical repair needs and manufacturer servicing expectations for each unit we handle. Rather than wait for the demands of summer AC operation, for example, to reveal problems through disruptive failures, our technicians can catch some problems early and replace parts, make adjustments, or clean to resolve the problem. Leveraging maintenance time and effort to get to know your systems and anticipate issues is a great reason to schedule off-season maintenance every year.
Knowledge and Experience Plus Informed Testing Can Uncover Potential Compressor, Motor, and Electrical Issues
The emergency heating and AC repair service toolbox include a collection of meters and gauges that help measure problems with compressors, motors, and electrical components by checking for free rotation without excessive resistance for compressors and motors, appropriate current draw under load for motors, and correct electrical characteristics for relays and control components. Wiring and connectors should be fairly clean and without damage, signs of melting, or other problems, and routed correctly. If any of these parts show signs of being at the end of their service life, for example, motors that no longer turn freely, it can be helpful to replace them before the high-demand service season, which is the hot area summers for AC. When in doubt, the age of your unit can also be supporting information indicating a repair is probably necessary. Even if you decide not to perform repairs in anticipation of issues during the heating or cooling season, you have the information you need to guide any decisions about replacing the entire heating or AC unit instead, and can even select a unit and have it installed in a timely fashion before it is needed.
Neglected Maintenance Items Can Produce Repair Problems Later On
Sometimes our emergency heating and AC repair service will note that a failed fan motor has been trying to pull air through a blocked and dirty air filter. This results in excessive stress for the motor or some other problem that maintenance could have averted. Failures due to belt or hose problems generally can be prevented during maintenance by noticing the age or signs of wear of the components, such as cracks and glazing on belts or cracking rubber hoses. Blocked filters in addition to the air filter can cause stress on systems whose fluids are being cleaned.
Condenser, Evaporator, and Refrigerant Issues and Other Keys to Good Cooling
For AC temperature issues, our emergency heating and AC repair service techs head right for the essential cooling system of the condenser, evaporator, and refrigerant. These components need to be clean, the refrigerant sufficient, valves working correctly, and the tubes conveying the refrigerant need to be insulated for best system efficiency. The outdoor unit has the greatest chance of needing cleaning and even fin straightening, as it is exposed to weather including windblown objects, along with plant material and gravel that makes it through the unit enclosure.
Control Systems and Electrical Issues
Air conditioning systems are increasingly dependent on electronic control systems that need to be cleaned and checked for damage, and our emergency heating and AC repair service will also check components such as wiring and relays to ensure that they’re in good shape, without signs of burns or insulation melting, ready to take on another season. Continuity checks can verify that essential wiring is working, though these tests are mostly to diagnose known problems.
Background Information You Can Provide to Help Your Technician
When your emergency heating and AC repair service technician arrives, it is helpful if you can give background information they wouldn’t be able to detect directly, such as anything that was happening just before the problem occurred, any unusual sounds the system was making, changes in how often the system runs and how long it runs, and whether it has been tripping circuit breakers or not. If the system was maintained before the season started, that’s helpful information as well. Our team will arrive with the tools and parts for the most common repairs, giving them the best chance of a quick and effective repair.
The System Is Blowing, but Blowing Inappropriately Warm (or cool) Air Through the Vents
Under normal circumstances, your system should engage heating or cooling as appropriate, and operate the blower to distribute the air to change your home’s temperature. If the air coming out seems to be around room temperature, it’s time to check your AC or heating system and see what’s going on. Our emergency heating and AC repair service will know what parts of the system to focus on, helping them speed a diagnosis and repair.
No Airflow, but It Seems Like Cooling Equipment Is Operating
If you hear the AC system compressor firing up as if your system is trying to cool your home, but no air is coming out of your vents, our emergency heating, and AC repair service can start by looking at problems with your blower motor, air filter, and ducts. That’s a big help, and hopefully, once the air is circulating again your home will cool and you’ll be comfortable again.
Frequent Cycling, Like the System, Is Trying but not Successfully
It can become irritating enough that, even in the background, a frequent-cycling cooling system gets you to call our emergency heating and AC repair service and get our team to check it out. One possible problem is frozen evaporator coils, preventing air from circulating through and cooling your home. Air filter problems can be the cause, as the system relies on the warm air that’s passing through and being cooled, to also keep the coils from icing.
The Air in Your Home Is More Humid Than It Usually Is with AC Running
Normally, your AC system provides a certain degree of dehumidification as part of the cooling function. If you have humidity control components installed, providing humidification and dehumidification as needed, they may be malfunctioning. The evaporator coil may also be dirty, preventing it from efficiently cooling and dehumidifying the air. Or it could be an excessively humid day. Our emergency heating and AC repair service personnel will investigate the humidity problem, and make sure your home is as comfortable as possible.
You See Water or Fluid Puddles or Leaks Near AC Equipment
This is commonly something that is caught during maintenance, as it is a result of a hose problem, drain cleaning issue, or another common maintenance item. That’s not always the case, though, and our emergency heating and AC repair service can investigate both the likely and unlikely problems centered around these clues. Cleaning also removes a growth medium for bacteria, algae, and other organisms, which can help keep them out of your circulating air. Leaks can also come from your humidifier or dehumidifier units if you have had them installed on your system to help manage your home’s moisture levels year-round.
Bad Smells in Your Vent Output or Around Your AC Equipment
Similar to drain overflow problems and leaks, when our emergency heating and AC repair service notes a bad smell coming from around your AC unit, it’s probably time for a cleaning to remove microorganisms that are growing in stagnant water. If the odor is coming from your vents, another possible issue with your duct system, especially if your ducts have not been cleaned in some time. The accumulation of organic material floating in the air that becomes deposited on the inside of ducts can become a thick growth media for microorganisms as well as release particles and allergens into the air. You’re wise to get this taken care of right away for health reasons, and this is also another great reason to keep up with periodic maintenance of your systems.
Noises, From the Outside Unit or Inside System
Our emergency heating and AC repair service team consists of experts in recognizing the collection of noises that your heating and cooling systems can make. Most common are fan motor and belt noises, grinding sounds and squealing respectively, or damaged fan blades hitting enclosures. The sound of the burner igniting can also be an important clue, as loud ignition can indicate a problem that needs adjustment or repair. Outdoors, you may hear motor sounds and vibrations that aren’t right, and banging of compressors that have internal problems that clearly will need repair soon.
Electrical Power Issues Indicating Overload or Similar Problems
An important indication of problems with your unit that our emergency heating and AC repair service technicians may not notice while there is frequent tripping of your circuit breakers by your heating and cooling units. This can indicate some component is working too hard, drawing too much power to do its job. For safety as well as reliability reasons, our team will need to chase down the problem and make appropriate repairs, after verifying that the problem is not in fact an insufficient electrical circuit or another electrical service issue.
Planning Ahead for Your Next Upgrade or Replacement
When our team keeps you informed about potential repair issues and performance problems that are limiting your efficiency, you can calculate the advantages of making a change. They can tell you what the typical lifespan of your type of heating and cooling equipment is, and you can explore your options with new equipment that, these days, is incorporating amazing improvements in efficiency and intelligent operation. For example, new AC units are available that use multi-speed compressors that adapt to your cooling needs, providing better control of your temperature with quieter operation, only working its hardest when your home needs a rapid cool down. Some customers enjoy the fact that blasts of cold air are less common with multi-speed systems, letting people sit wherever they want and stay comfortable.
Your Emergency Heating and AC Repair Service Serving North Richland Hills, TX
We’re One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth, providing our neighbors in North Richland Hills, TX with expert maintenance, repair, and emergency heating and AC repair service so they can stay comfortable all year long. Our professional service and courteous technicians have been taking care of area residents since 1988, with some customers counting on us for 20 years or more. We welcome you as a new customer with an emergency that needs fixing, and we hope you’ll find reasons to stick with us as your HVAC services provider for years to come. Give us a call and let us get to know you.