Relief from the Texas heat doesn’t come often, and it can
still be intense during the fall. All the work your home’s air conditioner has already
gone through this year can take its toll and result in a home that isn’t as
cool as you want it.
If you’re currently experiencing an AC that’s in an uphill battle to provide household comfort, it might be time for AC repairs in New Braunfels, TX. There are many different reasons for an AC to begin losing its cooling capacity after a long summer. We’re going to look at a few of them below to help you understand what you’re up against and what can be done.
Because the heat in Texas hangs around for long stretches, local air conditioning systems put in much more work than they’re accustomed to. It pays to be vigilant of the AC in your home during the end of summer because this is when it’s at the highest risk of a malfunction. All that work stress through summer can catch up to it rapidly, and you want to be prepared to make a call to have the AC fixed before you lose out on cooling.
One of the ways an air conditioner can send out an alert
that something isn’t right is through sound. Weird noises from an AC that you
aren’t accustomed to hearing often mean it needs attention from HVAC professionals.
Below are a few of these warning sounds.
The sound of the air conditioning system running is a basic
background noise during a Texas summer. You probably don’t even think much
about the whirring of the fans and the occasional thump as the compressor comes
on to start the cooling cycle.
But it’s a wise idea to pay some attention to these noises because they can alert you to a problem. For example, if you notice that the AC is turning on and off more frequently than normal, it may be experiencing a problem called short-cycling. The compressor in the air conditioner is supposed to run on cycles that last at least 10 to 15 minutes, and often longer if the weather is hot enough. When the compressor shuts off after less than 10 minutes, only to turn back on again a short time later and repeat the cycle, there’s something wrong. Not only that, but short-cycling itself is bad for the AC since it raises cooling costs and puts extra strain on the compressor. If short-cycling isn’t stopped, it will shorten the lifespan of the air conditioner.
Here in New Braunfels, we experience major swings in humidity
over the year, with days when the relative humidity drops below 30% (too dry)
and rises above 60% (too humid). Relative humidity measure how much water
moisture is in the air: 0% means no moisture at all, while 100% means there’s
more moisture than the air can hold, which means mist or rain.
These swings in moisture into the upper reaches and the
lower depths result in discomfort. In a house, they also mean spending more on
utility bills to run the HVAC system to help overcome this discomfort. The good
news is that, although you can’t control humidity outside your house, you can
do something about it inside!
Modern air conditioning manufacturers design their products
to last for years without running into repair problems. As long as the air
conditioning systems receive regular maintenance each spring, they should rarely
require professional repair service.
But rarely doesn’t mean never. Even the finest
air conditioning system from the top brand might lose cooling power or fail
altogether. Unless the problem stems from something elementary, such as a
mistaken setting on the thermostat, it requires an HVAC professional to
diagnose and fix the malfunction.
To help you better understand the AC issues you may
encounter, we’ve made a list of the most common ones we see on the job.
In a recent blog post, we addressed the trouble with ice on an AC’s evaporator coil. It’s bad news and can point toward several problems in an air conditioning system. One is loss of refrigerant, and this is something we’d like to investigate a bit more.
Refrigerant leaking from an air conditioner is a common source of malfunctions in systems more than five years old. If you recognize the signs of leaking refrigerant, you’ll have time to call for our professionals for air conditioning repairs in New Braunfels, TX.
When you turn on the air conditioning system in your house, cool
and refreshing air flows out of the vents in the rooms. The air feels chilled,
like it has passed over ice on the way to your living space. So when you notice
there’s ice developing along the indoor evaporator coil of the air conditioner,
that’s just a normal part of how the AC runs—right?
No, it’s not. We understand why people might think ice is
just a basic side-effect of how an air conditioner cools down a space. But at
no point in an air conditioner’s operation should ice appear. When you see ice
developing along the evaporator coil, something is wrong and you may need to have
technicians repair the system.
This is the air conditioning problem you never want to run
into during a hot Texas summer day: an AC that doesn’t turn on! Or maybe the
fans come on, but the compressor doesn’t, and that means just circulating room
temperature air around the house—which won’t do anybody in your house any good.
You may need to call for professional air conditioning repair in New Braunfels, TX because the AC has a malfunction that only an expert with the right tools can solve. When that’s the case, you can reach our team 24/7 and we’ll be out quickly to fix the trouble.
However, before examining the big malfunctions that may have
caused the AC to stop working, there are a few simple checks we recommend you
take. There may be a simple explanation for the problem.
You know the air filter, right? That rectangular piece of
cardboard and mesh that they shoved inside your HVAC system when it was
installed? A good contractor will have informed you that it needs to be changed
regularly to keep your system running efficiently. But that doesn’t tell you
what the air filer’s purpose is, how often you need to change it, and what
happens if you don’t change it.
In this post, we’ll go over the most common air filter
questions so you can understand the importance of them: