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

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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June Isn’t Too Late for Air Conditioning Maintenance!

Monday, June 11th, 2018

air-conditioner-unit-being-repairedThe winter weather certainly hung around for a long time, didn’t it? Nobody likes to deal with snow that far into the year, but we’re finally hitting the warm weather stride here in June. If you haven’t arranged for a visit from one of our HVAC experts to give your air conditioner a pre-season tune-up and inspection, it’s definitely not too late! The hottest weather is ahead of us, and as long as you’ve got your AC in good condition with routine maintenance before it starts to put in the heavy work, you should be in great shape for the season.

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Why You Should Sign Up for One of Our Maintenance Programs

Monday, May 1st, 2017

service-reminder-clockAn important part of providing air conditioning service for our residential customers is helping them avoid air conditioning service as much as possible. Yes, this sounds like a self-defeating goal, but the aim of our company is to make sure our customers have the finest in comfort. Finding ways to help our customers’ air conditioning systems work at their best and without the need to call us for emergencies is something we’re glad to do.

And the best way to let us help you with air conditioning service in Burlington, VT is for you to sign up for one of our regular maintenance programs. Here are some of the reasons this is a great idea:

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We Know It’s Still Cold… But You Need to Think about Your AC Now

Monday, March 27th, 2017

air-conditioning-grillIt was only a few weeks ago that a major March blizzard struck most of the Northeast, including here in Burlington and Plattsburgh. The weather has warmed up a touch since then, but we’re still experiencing cold tempeartures at the official start of spring. It may feel as if the real spring warmth is a long ways off.

But it isn’t! April is the month when the last of the cold weather stirs around and finally gives way to the heat that rises until its mid-summer peak. Even though we’re still dealing with chilly outdoor temperatures, this is the time of the year to start thinking about your air conditioning and ready it for the coming hot weather. We’ll look at how you can prepare your home’s AC for the late spring and summer.

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Taking Care of Your Heat Pump After the Blizzard

Monday, March 20th, 2017

ice-pattern-on-glassA major storm swept through most the Northeast last week, and we weren’t spared. Storm Stella dropped heavy levels of snow on Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Ontario, and our own Vermont and New York region, with an average of two feet of snowfall. Schools shut down, flights were cancelled, and states of emergency were declared in some areas.

We hope you and your family weathered Stella’s assault in safety and that your home’s heating system worked steadily during the storm. Now that the weather has settled, it’s time to take stock of the situation and see if there are repairs necessary to restore you home and see that it’s ready in case of another March surprise.

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There’s Water around My Furnace… What’s Going On?

Monday, February 20th, 2017

large-furnaceMost people have a basic idea about how gas furnaces operate: a pilot light or electronic ignition system lights gas burners, which generate the heat that warms up the air sent into the house. This process doesn’t sound like it involves water at any point. So when a homeowner notices that there is water coming out the base of a furnace, it seems strange.

This does happen with furnaces, and if you see it occurring with yours, you almost certainly need professional heating repair in Plattsburgh, NY or elsewhere in Northeast New York or Northwest Vermont. A number of problems might be at work, ranging from minor malfunctions to the need to replace the entire furnace. But no matter what, you must have trained technicians on the job: a gas furnace is potentially dangerous if someone without licensing and training tries to work on one.

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End-of-Summer Issues to Watch for in Your AC

Monday, August 15th, 2016

It’s mid-August, and that means we’re coming closer to the end of summer. The air conditioner that works to keep your home cooled down has probably done a significant amount of work during the last few months, and that’s why it’s a wise idea to pay close attention to it during this time of year. Even with regular maintenance in spring to tune-up your air conditioner, all the strain of the summer workload can turn into malfunctions. The sooner you catch the problems, the less likely that you’ll end up trapped in the late summer heat with a busted AC.

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The Hard-Starting Air Conditioner (And How We Can Fix It)

Monday, August 1st, 2016

During the summer, the average air conditioning system handles an enormous workload. Just like a car that racks up many miles over a road trip, an air conditioner can suffer from extreme stress on its components over the hot season. That’s why you need to keep an eye on the system to watch for indications that something is wrong with it. The sooner you call on HVAC repair experts to investigate the problem, the easier it’ll be to fix and the less likely the AC will suffer a catastrophic breakdown.

One common air conditioning malfunction is when the compressor begins to hard-start.

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Will High Levels of Summer Heat Damage My Air Conditioning System?

Monday, July 18th, 2016

Your air conditioning system does the lion’s share of its annual work during the summer; the heat of the middle of the year is the reason you have an AC in first place! But when the heat crests to its highest seasonal levels, will it possibly cause the AC to overheat, or suffer other types of damage to its components? This is a question we sometimes hear from our customers, and we’d like to address it.

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