One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating has been in business since 1988. We understand the real danger that you and your family face, should your air conditioner break down.
When Fort Worth, TX temperatures outside are over one hundred degrees and rising, life inside your home can get grim. First, the temperature inside starts to climb, and then the humidity too.
There is a real risk of heat exhaustion, dehydration, and heatstroke. The best thing to do will be to open the windows but this will further reduce the air quality in your home, putting those with chronic breathing problems like asthma in harm’s way.
It is at times like these that your stress levels are going to skyrocket, especially if you have children or sick adults to look after. What you need is a dependable AC repair company, which has highly trained technicians available 24/7, ready to come to your home as soon as possible. You need One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating!
Get Your Air Conditioner Regularly Serviced to Avoid an AC Repair
One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth, TX will advise all our customers both business and residential spaces to have their air conditioner regularly serviced and there are many good reasons for this.
The TX Air is Cleaner! One of the key tasks done during the service is to have the air filters cleaned or replaced. This ensures that fewer dirt particles and pollen enter your air conditioner and then your home. You will now be breathing cleaner air.
A dirty air filter will reduce the amount of warm air being blown over the evaporator coils. The coils need a constant supply of warm air, otherwise, they will start to freeze over. You will notice frost and ice starting to form on the coils and if you ignore this sign, you will eventually need an AC repair. The Insides of your air conditioner are also given a good clean, this further reduces the amount of dirt and dust that can enter your TX home.
Electricity costs in the Fort Worth, TX region are forever going up, so you want to waste as little energy as possible. A regular service will also accomplish this by ensuring that the components are working as efficiently as they can. We have mentioned before that as the evaporator coils freeze over, the other components such as the compressor will begin to work harder to maintain the temperature in your home or office.
Any device that works harder will use more energy and this will drive up your energy bill. You are more likely to suffer a breakdown and need an AC repair because the overworked component will get hotter and will be more likely to burn out and need replacing.
Reduce the risk of an AC repair – During the service, many checks are performed, and these include the checking of the electrical circuits, looking for any sign of problems like loose connections. These preventative checks reduce the chance of a breakdown and the need for an AC repair. An AC repair can be very expensive especially if a major component like the compressor needs replacing. Your AC repair bill is now going to run into the hundreds of dollars, plus the inconvenience of your air conditioner being out of action.
Prolong the working life of your air conditioner – an air conditioner that is regularly serviced will have a longer working life than one that does not. Having an expensive air conditioner in your home or office is a waste of money if it is not regularly serviced. With a service, you will get effective use out of your air conditioner for between ten to fifteen years.
The manufacturer’s warranty will be compliant – many warranties are only valid if the air conditioner is regularly serviced. To replace the components could set you back many hundreds of dollars, and this is before any labor changes. One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth advises you to check the terms and conditions stated in the warranty, to make sure you are complying.
Saving the Planet – Each air conditioner requires a certain level of coolant to work effectively. If you have an older air conditioner then it is likely to use Freon (R22) as a coolant. This chemical is known to have a harmful effect on the Ozone layer. So, any leak from your air conditioner has an environmental impact. Freon is no longer allowed to be made in TX or the USA, so it will become increasingly more difficult to obtain any replacement Freon.
Improve the cooling effect of your air conditioner – recent studies have shown that productivity is severely reduced in an overheated office. In many cases, your employees can lose at least one hour of their working day overcoming the effect of heat and humidity. Sickness levels will also go up and so will staff turnover if you allow this situation to continue for any length of time. A happy TX workforce is way more productive.
Other advantages of having a regular service – If the workplace suffers from overheating you will have disgruntled staff. Imagine the effect on your customers, unpleasant conditions will not encourage them to return for repeat business.
Recent times have been hard for all of us, and you may be considering giving the annual service for your air conditioner a miss this year. This is a big mistake! If anything goes wrong, you could be faced with an expensive AC repair bill. A service from a highly trained technician from One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth will give you extra peace of mind. You will know that everything will be running smoothly during the long sizzling summer months and that your air conditioner is less likely to need an AC repair.
What Can Result in an AC Repair?
Even if your air conditioner is regularly serviced it can still sadly break down and need an AC repair. If you can keep a watchful eye open for the following danger signs you may be able to avoid an emergency AC repair and callout charge.
Increased Energy Bills
You will use your air conditioning unit a lot more during the summer months, so you expect your energy bills to go up. But if the increase is unexpected, there may be a problem with your air conditioner. A less efficient unit will use more energy as components will work harder and are more likely to burn out and need an AC repair.
Short-Cycling Is Occurring
Is your compressor turning on and off a lot? A typical cycle of cooling should last about twenty minutes, meaning the compressor should be on for ten minutes and then off for ten more. This cooling cycle will ensure that your home or office is kept cool. If the cooling cycle is shorter than this, you have a short-cycling problem. This can be caused by a dirty air filter that has not been cleaned or replaced, the evaporator coils starting to freeze, or coolant leakage. These problems should be addressed during the service but will need an AC repair if ignored, as overuse of the compressor will lead to it breaking down.
Frost and Ice Starting to Form on the Evaporator Coils
The evaporator coils need a constant supply of warm air to be blown over them to work properly, if not you will notice frost and ice start to form on them. If not dealt with, the frost and ice will grow and eventually the evaporator coils will completely freeze. The air conditioner will shut down and you will have to wait up to 24-hours for the coils to thaw before you can safely turn your unit back on. On a muggy day in Fort Worth, TX that is not a good thing to happen. Before that happens, the air conditioner will start to produce less and less cool air. If the evaporator coils repeatedly freeze you will need an AC repair from One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth.
The main causes for the frost and ice forming are dirty air filters, lack of coolant, or faulty fans. Even the formation of the ice layer creates its own problems. As anybody who builds an igloo knows, ice is a good insulator of heat and will restrict the rate at which heat is transferred between the warm air and the coolant inside the coils.
Reduced Cooling Effect from Your Air Conditioner
If you have had a coolant leak you will start to notice less cool air coming from your air conditioner. A lack of coolant will mean less heat is absorbed from the warm air in your home or office, by the evaporator coils. Should you start to notice any reduction of cool air you should call One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth for an AC repair.
Humidity Levels Are Up
With less cool air being blown back from your air conditioner, you will notice that it becomes warmer and more humid as well. This is because the warmer the air the more moisture it will carry and the more humid it will feel.
A problem with the fan will also restrict the airflow over the coils. If you hear strange sounds coming from the fan, like grinding or squealing sounds this can indicate that you have a worn-out fan belt or bearings. A loud banging sound could be due to a loose or bent blade hitting the inside of your unit. Either way, you are going to need an AC repair from One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth.
You See Puddles of Water
If you see puddles of water in or around your air conditioner this could be due to any loose water hose connections, or a blocked AC drain line. The loose connections are an easy fix needing only a tightening of a nut, but the blocked AC drain line is a bit more serious. The moisture from the warm air in your home or office is collected as water in the drain pan inside your air conditioner. It then leaves your home by way of the AC drain line. The moisture can create the conditions for mold and algae to grow in both the drain pan and AC drain line. The mold and algae can cause a blockage, so the water builds up in the drain pan and overflows into your air conditioner and then onto your floor. This can be a dangerous situation as the water can cause an electrical short in the unit needing an AC repair.
Dirt and leaves outside can block the AC drain line and could cause your unit to shut down, so these need to be cleaned away.
Your Air Conditioner Is Getting Old
There is no getting around it, as your air conditioner gets older it gets less effective, costs more to run, produces less cool air, and needs more repairs as the components develop more signs of wear and tear. Even if it is regularly serviced the average air conditioner has a working life of ten to fifteen years. If your unit is needing more frequent repairs, it may be time to consider having a replacement. Although initially expensive to install, you will recover that expenditure because the new unit is more energy-efficient, will need less maintenance, and will need fewer repairs. Selecting the right unit for your home or office is important as an oversized unit could cause short cycling. If you are thinking of having a new install then please call One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth, we will be happy to help you select the right model for your needs.
A Trusted Air Conditioning Company in Fort Worth, TX
One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth has been serving the community of Fort Worth, TX for many years, and we realize how important it is to offer a speedy repair service. Should your air conditioner break down, we promise to be at your home or office as soon as possible. We will not leave you until everyone is safe again.