Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning Repair’

Household Upgrades to Save You Money on Air Conditioning

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Air conditioners are wonderful appliances, and without them, life in Huntsville, TX would be very difficult in these hot summer months. But most air conditioners can be improved or upgraded in various ways that help them do their jobs more efficiently. In some cases, “upgrade” means a complimentary household system that simply makes it easier for the air conditioner to do its job. But no matter what the step, easing the strain on your air conditioner means lower monthly energy bills: a huge concern this time of year. Here’s a few thoughts on household upgrades to save you money on air conditioning. (more…)

What Is Short Cycling?

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

If you own an air conditioner in Huntsville, TX, keep an eye out for your system to turn off and on in rapid succession numerous times throughout the day. The term for this is short cycling, and it’s actually a fairly large problem which can cost you a great deal if you don’t address it quickly. A trained technician can deal with your short cycling issue, but before you call, it’s important to understand what it is and what kinds of problems it can cause. The better your understanding of the condition, the more readily you can respond in the event it crops up. (more…)

How Does Air Conditioning Refrigerant Work?

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Refrigerant is the substance that makes you air conditioner work: shifting from a liquid to a gaseous state and back, and pulling heat out of the air in the process. A lot of people think that air conditioners consume refrigerant like fuel, but nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, when refrigerant levels go down, it can create a big problem, and with our hot weather in Huntsville, TX, big problems are not something we need. Knowing how refrigerant works, and what happens when it runs low, can help explain a lot about the inner workings of your system and why you sometimes need repairs. (more…)

How Are Duct Breaches Repaired?

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

When your ductwork gets damaged, repairing it can be challenging and usually requires the services of a trained technician. But it’s often quite necessary. A breach in your ducts can cost you a great deal in lost cooling power: raising the price of your monthly utilities and increasing the strain on the core system. Hot air is pulled in or cool air pulled out of the breach, resulting in more effort needed to keep your home cool, as well as spreading dust and contaminants throughout your home.  In cities like Huntsville, TX, with high heat and stifling humidity, a duct breach can lead to further problems with your air conditioner as it struggles to keep up. Duct breaches can be repaired by qualified personnel, but what’s involved in the process? Here’s a quick look. (more…)

How Can You Spot Signs of Air Conditioning Trouble?

Monday, May 11th, 2015

We don’t do anything small in Huntsville, TX, and unfortunately that applies to the weather as well as more interesting aspects of life. Heat and humidity are as outsized here as everything else, and when they hit, you want to make sure your air conditioner is working at its peak. The sooner a repair technician is alerted to the problem, the faster he or she can restore your system to full working condition. When heat waves hit, that can’t possibly come fast enough. How can you spot signs of air conditioning trouble? We’ve provided a quick breakdown of common symptoms below. (more…)

Air Conditioning Repairs to Make Early in the Season

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Calling a technician to your home for air conditioning repair is never an ideal experience, no matter how friendly your AC technician may be. But calling a technician when temperatures climb well over 90 degrees is even worse, particularly if your unit is broken down and you no longer have any cool air moving through your home. When you notice a problem with your air conditioning system, it is important to make the call to an HVAC technician as soon as possible, to avoid any major issues later on. (more…)

Repairs for Ductless Mini Split Systems

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Ductless mini split systems are, at their core, heat pumps that do not need standard ducts to distribute conditioned air through a home. Instead of using a single indoor unit connected to a ventilation system, a ductless mini split uses multiple smaller blower units mounted in different parts of a house to send the cooled or heated air directly into rooms.

Ductless systems can require similar repairs that standard heat pumps need: sealing refrigerant leaks, replacing motors, cleaning coils, swapping out broken reversing valves. There are a few specific repairs for ductless systems, however, and we’ll examine some of them here.

For the heating and air conditioning repair in Madisonville, TX that will keep your ductless mini split heat pump working, call on the experienced technicians of Ardon Maintenance. We have 24-hour emergency service for your convenience.

Some ductless system repairs

  • Repairing broken blower unit fans: The blowers around a house contain smaller fans than those in a central heat pump. The loss of a single fan will not cause you to lose all the heating and cooling in your house, only in a specific zone. Technicians will need to determine if the blower fan is damaged or if its motor needs replacement.
  • Fixing condensate leaks: Each blower unit has a condensate line that runs through the back of the wall and outside to the outdoor unit. If leaks occur along the line or inside the blower unit, water will start to gather between the unit and the wall where it is mounted. This will cause warping and weakening to drywall, which may eventually cause the blower unit to fall off its mounting. If you notice water dripping from a blower, or see discoloration around the unit and warped wallpaper, call for repairs immediately.
  • Recharging refrigerant: This is a repair problem that affects central heat pumps as well, but with ductless mini splits there are more opportunities for leaking to occur because there are multiple refrigerant lines running from the blowers to the outside cabinet. If the copper lines outside sustain damage, refrigerant loss will result in a drop in cooling power, icing along the coils, and possibly injury to the compressor. Professional repair technicians will find the leaks, seal them, and recharge the lost refrigerant.

Heat pumps of any type are complex machines that require special training to repair and maintain. Ductless systems add an extra layer of complexity with their blower units and multiple connections. Don’t attempt to make any repairs on your own when trouble starts with a ductless mini split. Instead, call up a skilled technician for the work necessary.

We also handle the maintenance necessary to ward off problems in the future. Call us today to learn more.

Ardon Maintenance has NATE-certified technicians on staff who can deliver top quality heating and air conditioning repair in Madisonville, TX for your ductless system.

Common Air Conditioning Repairs We See in Late Summer

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Although we get a bit of relief from the intense heat when fall comes around, we still need air conditioners working hard for us during the late summer. But few things put as much strain on a modern AC as much as the force of a full Texas summer! At Ardon Maintenance, we perform many air conditioning repair jobs in Madisonville, TX around summer’s end. We’ll share the most common ones with you to give you a sense of how you can keep your own system in shape for the rest of the year.

If you need repairs, contact our AC specialists today to schedule an appointment.

Common Late Summer AC Repairs:

Recharging refrigerant: The refrigerant in your air conditioner—the chemical compound that moves heat from your home to the outdoors—does not dissipate during operation. However, leaks can develop along the fixed circuit where the refrigerant flows and lower its level (known as its “charge”). When that happens, your AC will have difficulty absorbing enough heat from the indoor air to cool you down. To repair this problem, we not only have to seal up the leak, we must also recharge the refrigerant to its proper level.

Replacing compressors: The reason refrigerant moves around your AC is because of a pump called the compressor. When you notice a shift in the noise your air conditioner makes as it begins the cooling cycle, it’s the sound of the compressor turning on. But an overtaxed compressor can fail, and then you won’t get any heat at all. Usually a failed compressor unit must be replaced.

Fixing trouble from clogged air filters: We hope you’ve changed your air filter at least once a month during the summer to keep it from getting collecting too much dust, lint, and dirt. If the air filter gets too clogged, it can cause numerous other problems throughout your system, particularly damage to the interior mechanisms. It’s easy to change a dirty filter… but it’s much more work cleaning coils, motors, and fan blades contaminated because of a dirty filter. A dirt-clogged AC will run inefficiently and wear down faster.

We hope the end of your summer is a pleasant and cool one, and that your air conditioner is still working its best for you. But if you need any of the above work done, or if you need an expert to diagnose a problem, you should call the Madisonville, TX air conditioning repair experts at Ardon Maintenance right away.

What Happens If My Thermostats Stop Working?

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Do you find that your AC doesn’t reach the correct temperature? Or that it doesn’t start up at all? Knowing whether your thermostat is working properly is critical to ensuring that your entire system operates correctly. What do you do if your thermostat stops working? Get in touch with your local HVAC technician so that he can come take a look. Your thermostat is the key to your HVAC system: it senses the temperature and allows you to customize your indoor climate according to your unique preferences and cooling requirements. Newer models even allow for remote control through wifi. But no matter how sophisticated your thermostat is, it can’t do much good when broken.

Call Ardon Maintenance today for all of your air conditioning repair needs in Huntsville, TX.

A thermostat malfunction can involve more than just a blank screen.

There may be other signs that your thermostat needs to be evaluated  and possibly replaced with a new one.

  • AC won’t turn on. There are various reasons why your AC may not turn on. It could be an electrical issue or a problem with the blower motor, or even a bad capacitor. But it might also be your thermostat. In order to communicate to your air handler that cooling is necessary, the thermostat has to be capable of detecting the right temperature. An AC that fails to start is useless, so it’s best to get a handle on this problem as soon as possible.
  • AC won’t turn off. During a Texas summer, you may never want your AC to turn off again, but it should not run continuously. This can lead to increased system wear and tear, high energy bills, and increased risk of system damage. If you find that your AC won’t turn off, then your thermostat may not be sensing the temperature correctly.
  • Inadequate cooling. If it feels as though the temperature never drops to what it states on the thermostat reading, then you may want to consider thermostat replacement.

Call Ardon Maintenance for all of your air conditioning repair needs in Huntsville, TX.