Red Rock Mechanical, LLC Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning Repair’

What Can Go Wrong When an AC Has a Clogged Filter

Monday, July 5th, 2021

man-with-furnace-filterOne of the top pieces of advice we have for homeowners when it comes to their air conditioning system is, “Replace the air filter regularly.” We’d wager that if you asked a hundred HVAC technicians for their top piece of AC advice, more than 90 would give the same answer. It’s easy to do, and it prevents so many problems. 

During routine maintenance, our technicians will take care of changing the filter. But during the rest of the summer you will have to do the job—usually every 1 to 3 months, depending on the strength of the filter. It isn’t a tough task, and if you have any questions about it, you can always ask our team. If you want to know why this is so important, we’ll list some of the problems that a clogged filter can cause an air conditioner. 

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Why Is Water Leaking From My Air Conditioner?

Monday, June 21st, 2021

water-dropletsYou know if you see water leaking from pipes or the water heater in your home that there’s trouble. But when you notice water leaking from the cabinet of your air conditioner, you might feel confused. Your air conditioning system isn’t hooked up to the water line in your house, so where is this water coming from? And is leaking water a reason to call for technicians to repair the AC?

The answer to the last question is usually yes. We’ll answer the first question as well as get into why water may be leaking from the AC below. 

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Why Does My AC Keep Turning Off Too Early?

Monday, June 7th, 2021

vent-cover-in-ceilingA common cause for an AC failing to keep a house cool enough during summer is because the air conditioning system isn’t completing its full cooling cycle and instead shuts down early. Sometimes the air conditioner may come back on soon after and repeat the process; this is called short-cycling. But the AC may also simply shut off and stay off for a long stretch. Either is bad news for your comfort, since it doesn’t give the cool air ample time to spread through the rooms, and short cycling brings the added problem of extra strain put on the system.

Below we’ll go over some of the more common reasons your AC might be shutting down before it’s done its job.

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5 Steps to Make Your AC More Efficient

Monday, August 31st, 2020

air-conditioner-money-saverAt the end of the summer is when you’re most likely to notice your air conditioning system is wasting money. The bills for the summer have accumulated, and you may see a difference in how much you’re paying—an unpleasant difference.

But you don’t have to accept the fate of a bank-breaking Williston, VT, HVAC system. You can take steps to improve the energy efficiency of your central AC. Some are bigger steps than others, and you may require the assistance of our expert air conditioning technicians. But making the changes are worth it since an inefficient AC is not only expensive, it’s going to decline further and end up sticking you with a non-working cooling system on a day when you need it most.

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6 Great Tips for a Cool House in a Heat Wave

Monday, August 17th, 2020

sun-iconA heatwave may sound cool in song titles, but it’s the exact opposite of cool when it strikes where you live. When the heat arrives, you’re going to rely on your air conditioning a great deal, and the last thing you want is to call for air conditioning repair in Burlington, VT to rescue it. We have a 24-hour emergency service, but during a heatwave we can get busy helping with AC disasters.

We want to help you ease the stress on your AC with some helpful tips to keep your house cooler when those tidal waves of heat roll in.

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The Nonstop AC: What Might Be Causing It

Monday, July 20th, 2020

fan-grill-cuWhen your air conditioning system won’t turn on, you know it means trouble. After all, you’ll feel the effects right away and want something done about it. But what about the reverse problem, an air conditioning system that won’t stop running? You may enjoy the cool house for a bit, but when the AC won’t power down, you’ll not only have a house that’s too cold, you’ll also waste enormous amounts of money and have an air conditioner that’s wearing down so fast that it will need replacement years too early.

Although there are sometimes simple solutions to the nonstop air conditioner, in many cases you’ll need our assistance for AC repair in Williston, VT to get the cooling system under control. Below are some of the possible causes of a runaway air conditioner:

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Signs of an AC Compressor Going Bad

Monday, May 25th, 2020

woman-and-fanThe compressor is the most critical part of your central air conditioning system. All parts of an AC are important for it to operate, but the reason we say the compressor is the most critical is because when it fails, not only does the AC lose its ability to cool, it also usually means the air conditioner must be replaced with a new condenser and indoor evaporator coil.

You can prevent serious damage to your AC because of a compressor that’s going bad if you know what to look for. A call for air conditioning repair in Plattsburgh, NY from our technicians may be able to save the compressor. If that isn’t possible, you’ll at least be able to arrange for a replacement on your schedule rather than being forced to when the air conditioning system breaks down.

Below are the major warnings to look for that you’ve got a bad compressor.

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AC Troubleshooting Before Calling for an Emergency Repair

Monday, May 11th, 2020

tools-on-ac-unitThis summer you don’t want to face a broken air conditioning system and a scramble to get emergency help out to fix it. We are happy to provide you with emergency air conditioning repair in Burlington, VT whenever you need it—it’s a big part of our job. But we’re aware that most homeowners only want to resort to 24-hour emergency services when it’s absolutely necessary.

So in this post, we’re going to look at a few standard troubleshooting checks and steps to take when you have a major air conditioning problem. In some situations, what seems like a malfunctioning air conditioner is only a minor issue you can correct yourself without needing tools or training. (Please don’t attempt any “troubleshooting” that involves using a tool kit or opening up the air conditioner’s cabinets!) Below we’ve listed what you can do about a broken air conditioner before calling for repairs.

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A Short-Cycling AC Is Bad News: Here’s Why

Sunday, August 19th, 2018

spinning-fan-closeup“Short-cycling? What’s that?” We know it sounds like a strange circus act or a short-distance bicycling competition. But it’s a term for faulty behavior from a cooling system. If you hear your home’s AC starting and stopping multiple times over an hour, that’s short-cycling. This isn’t something you want to happen, since it spells trouble for your air conditioning in Burlington, VT. In most cases, you’ll need to call up HVAC technicians to find out why the AC is short-cycling and what to do about it.

Why is short-cycling a problem?

First, we must explain in greater detail what short-cycling means. When the thermostat of a house makes a request for cooling, the air conditioner starts up its fans and the compressor motor. The compressor is the component that allows for heat exchange and cooling of the air. The compressor remains running until the thermostat registers it has reached the target temperature, and then the compressor cycles down. In mild weather, the AC cycle lasts approximately 10 to 15 minutes and completes 2 to 3 times per hour.

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Repairs You Can Do Yourself on Your AC

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

wrenchesWhen an air conditioner loses its cooling power on a hot summer day, or even loses all of its power, it can be a serious emergency. You don’t want to be stuck for long in your home without cooling when the outdoor heat is rising. What can you do?

Trying to fix the AC on your own might be the first idea that pops into your head. And why shouldn’t it? If you want something done right, do it yourself!

Except this isn’t always the case. There are plenty of repair jobs you wouldn’t try on your own unless you were a trained professional, and fixing an air conditioner is one of them. It takes a trained HVAC technician to do them. Only they have the knowledge and tools to accurately diagnose and fix a serious air conditioner malfunction.

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