One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth provides Arlington, TX with a high-quality and affordable AC repair service. We have been established for many years and cater to both residential and commercial customers.
With summer temperatures often rising above one hundred degrees it is reassuring to know that we have highly trained technicians available 24/7, ready at a moment’s notice to come to your aid at affordable prices and expertise.
How Can You Best Avoid an AC Repair?
Many people wait until there is a problem before arranging for an AC repair service. But there are many advantages to having a regular inspection from a qualified technician. Did you know that an air conditioner loses up to 5 percent of its operational effectiveness every year?
That means higher energy costs and less cooling in your home. One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth serving Arlington, TX suggests you arrange your service before the long summer season starts, like during early spring. Now you will have your unit running at a higher efficiency, giving you peace of mind at a time when you use your air conditioner the most.
Signs That You Need an AC Repair
Your air conditioner can be the source of many weird and wonky noises that sound very alarming. A loud screeching sound is usually due to worn-out fan belts or bearings in the fan motor.
A bent or damaged blade can make a loud banging noise if it strikes the insides of your unit. A faulty fan will reduce the cooling effect from your unit and if not addressed the fan will break down eventually and may break your air conditioner completely. You will need an AC repair not only for the fan but to stop the ringing in your ears!
Your Unit Is Short-Cycling
The length of a cooling cycle varies from conditioner to conditioner, but there are normally three cooling cycles per hour. A cycle consists of the compressor working for ten minutes and then turning off and resting for ten more minutes.
Short-cycling means that the compressor is turning on and off quicker than it is supposed to. Short-cycling places a huge strain on the compressor and other components of an air conditioner. This will increase wear and tear and your energy bills. The compressor is more likely to burn out and needs replacing.
The cause of the short-cycling is usually dirty air filters, low levels of coolant, or a thermostat malfunction. These problems can be remedied with regular service, but if you ignore them, it will lead to an expensive AC repair bill.
The Air Conditioner Is Costing More to Run
A problem with one component in your air conditioner will impact others in your unit. If the compressor suffers greater wear and tear due to short cycling, it will run less efficiently. The other components will work harder to try and maintain the temperature and humidity in your home putting pressure on all the parts of the air conditioner and damaging any number of your AC parts. A component that works harder will use more energy and increase your energy bills. It is also more likely to burn out and needs replacing during an AC repair.
Frost and Ice Is Forming On The Evaporator Coils
Frost and Ice will form on the evaporator coils for assorted reasons, which include:
- Low coolant levels
- Faulty fan
- Dirty air filters
- Dirt on the evaporator coils
The evaporator coils must have a continuous supply of warm air blown over them and an optimum level of coolant in them in order to work properly. Once the ice has started to form it acts as an insulating layer.
The ice reduces the amount of heat absorbed by the coolant from the warm air. The coils will eventually freeze, and the air conditioner will shut down. You may have to wait up to 24 hours for the coils to thaw, and you will be without your unit for that length of time or longer.
On no account should you try to scrape the ice off the coils, for one thing, the ice will return as you have not fixed the underlying problem. But you run the risk that you will damage the coils and need a very expensive AC repair.
Humidity Levels Are Higher
A side effect of a reduced cooling element is that the humidity levels in your home will rise as a consequence. This is because warmer air contains more moisture than colder air. The warmer the air blown back into your home the more humid it will be inside your home.
You See Water on the Floor and Inside Your Unit
As the heat is removed from the warm air the moisture is deposited as water in the drain pan and later flows outside your home through the AC drain line. The moisture creates the conditions for mold, mildew, and algae to grow.
These elements, in turn, can cause a blockage. The water has nowhere to escape to and overflows the drain pan, into the air conditioner, and then onto your floor. The overflow of water could cause a short circuit leading to an AC repair or electrical issue.
The growth of mildew, mold, and algae in the drain pan and AC drain line explains any moldy smells in your home. The drain pan and AC drain line need to be cleaned regularly to avoid this happening.
A loose connection or piece of solder could give rise to a burning smell. Any burning smell is a red flag, so you need to call One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth straight away as there is now a greater risk of a fire. If you see electrical sparks or suspect a fire leave the house immediately and call the fire department.
Your Unit Is Getting Old
As your air conditioner gets older it becomes less efficient and more expensive to run. It will suffer more breakdowns and you will find it more difficult to find replacement parts.
If this is happening to you it may be a suitable time to invest in a new installation. We at One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth are experts in this field of work and are happy to help you select the most appropriate model for your needs and budget.
A Trusted Air Conditioning Company in Arlington, TX
Once you suspect that you have a problem with your air conditioner, please call One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth, and we will send a technician around to your home quickly and provide a free estimate and a transparent perspective of how long and invasive the repair will be.