Premier Heating & Air Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning System Repair’

AC Not Working? Try These 6 Troubleshooting Steps First

Monday, September 12th, 2022
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The end of summer is a serious “danger zone” for even the best air conditioning system. Professional maintenance in the spring will give your air conditioner the best chance of getting through the full season and into the early fall without major troubles. However, the strain from working for several months can still overwhelm an AC, no matter how well cared-for, and require you to call our team for AC repair in Conyers, GA.

But if your AC stops working, we recommend you go through several troubleshooting steps first before you contact us. A simple issue may be the source of the AC’s trouble, and you might be able to clear it up on your own. 

You can tackle these six steps in any order:

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How Your AC’s Compressor Could Fail

Monday, August 15th, 2022
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Dealing with a heat wave requires an air conditioner to do an immense amount of work. In our last post, we offered advice on how you can alleviate some of the strain on your home’s air conditioner so it can make it through the rest of the summer. Today, we’re going to focus on the essential component of your AC that you want to keep in the best shape: the compressor. This part of the AC works the hardest to keep the entire system running and cooling the house. If it fails, it’s often more cost-effective to replace the entire air conditioner rather than just the compressor.

How can a compressor end up failing? There are several ways, and we’ll look at the most common. If you fear you have a compressor at the edge of burning out, call us right away for air conditioning repair in Conyers, GA

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Why an Oversized AC Is a Truly “Big” Problem

Monday, July 18th, 2022
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In a recent post, we debunked several common myths about air conditioning systems. We didn’t have space for all the major misconceptions people have about ACs (there are plenty!), but we wanted to write a specific blog post about one we didn’t include because it deserves special attention. This is the myth that “There’s no such thing as an air conditioner that’s too powerful.” Or, in HVAC terms, “an oversized AC.”

When people are looking for a new air conditioning installation in Conyers, GA, they often fall into the mistaken belief that it’s better to err on the side of an AC that’s too powerful rather than one that’s not powerful enough. It’s easy to see why this is a common belief. If the AC provides too much cooling, you can just adjust the thermostat, right? 

However, the sizing of an air conditioning system for a house is complex, and both undersized and oversized ACs create problems. An undersized AC won’t be able to cool the house fully, and an oversized AC will … well, we’ll get into that below.

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How Long Should My AC’s Compressor Run?

Monday, July 4th, 2022
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One of the small pleasures of the summer season is the satisfying thunk noise of the compressor in an air conditioning system turning on. As this part of the AC goes to work, it means cool, refreshing air will soon flow from vents around the house. 

If you’ve lived with a central air conditioning system before, then you’ll know its compressor doesn’t run constantly when you have the air conditioner turned to cool off the home. Instead, it runs periodically and then powers down for a stretch. These periods are known as cooling cycles, and they help to keep the temperature in a house from becoming too cold and to prevent the compressor (the most powerful part of an AC and the one that uses the most electricity) from overheating. But how long should the compressor run at a time?

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The Sounds That Mean Trouble For Your AC

Monday, June 6th, 2022
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You likely know what the normal noises are that your air conditioner makes while it is running. Sounds like the whoosh of air through your ducts and even some movement from the ducts themselves when they expand or contract are all probably normal. But when your AC begins to create new sounds, then it may be time to pay closer attention.

A noisy AC may be a system that needs repairs. And if that is the case, the sooner a technician arrives to address the problem the better off things will be. But what sounds are we talking about? We are happy to tell you below so you know exactly when to call us for repairs.

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Top 5 Myths About ACs We Want to Debunk

Monday, May 23rd, 2022
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Any important home appliance will have several myths surrounding it, such as the old idea that putting ice cubes down a garbage disposal will sharpen the blades. Well, garbage disposals don’t have blades, and ice cubes can damage the disposal. Toss that idea in the trash and you’ll save yourself disposal grief.

Air conditions have their own body of lore, much of it false. Although some of these misunderstandings are harmless, others can lead to poor operation and wasted money. Below, we’ll debunk several major AC myths we encounter far too often.

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What’s That Moldy Smell Coming From the AC?

Monday, May 9th, 2022
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Here’s an odor you don’t want floating around inside your house: a moldy stench that smells like a pile of dirty socks. It seems to be coming from the air conditioning vents. What’s causing it and what can you do about it?

It won’t shock you to learn that what you’re experiencing is a common problem with air conditioners known as “dirty sock syndrome.” Yes, the people who named it knew exactly what they were talking about. No, nobody has tossed a bunch of dirty socks into your HVAC system (I mean, we don’t think so). But the odor is coming from the same source as smelly socks—bacteria from microbes. You’ve got a source of it in your AC, and we can probably guess what it is. Below we’ll talk more about how dirty sock syndrome happens in an air conditioner and what you can do about it.

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Watch Out for AC Refrigerant Leaks! Here’s Why (And How)

Monday, April 25th, 2022
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One of the more common air conditioning system malfunctions that our technicians repair is refrigerant leaks. Leaks most frequently occur in AC systems older than five years. This is because the copper refrigerant lines may start to corrode after this period due to exposure to formaldehyde in the air. A small spot from formicary corrosion (a type of corrosion that affects copper) will allow pinhole leaks to start in the lines and allow refrigerant to escape.

This may sound like a minor problem. It’s not! Refrigerant leaks will put your air conditioning system in jeopardy of failure and the possible need to replace the entire AC. We’ll explain more about the danger of refrigerant leaks and how to know when it’s time to call us for air conditioning repair in Conyers, GA.

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Watch for These Signs of an AC Compressor in Trouble

Monday, March 28th, 2022
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All the parts of a central air conditioning system are important, but the compressor is at the top of the pyramid. Not only can an air conditioner not do its job with a failed compressor, but the end of a compressor’s lifespan often is the end of the whole air conditioner’s lifespan. This is because compressors are expensive components to replace, and it’s often more cost-effective to get a new AC if a compressor is no longer under warranty. 

However, if you know what to look and listen for, you can sometimes catch a dying compressor early and arrange to have expert technicians fix it. Below we’ve listed several of the warning signs of compressor troubles. Don’t hesitate to call us for repairs: the problem may not end up being the compressor, but you’ll still be glad you had professionals investigating early. You’ll have a much lower chance of getting caught with no cooling in your house during the summer. 

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AC Noises and What They Might Be Telling You

Monday, September 27th, 2021
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Central air conditioners run quieter than ever before, which makes strange sounds more obvious. When you hear your AC starting to make noises you haven’t heard before, please don’t shrug them off. Often, these sounds are warnings to call our technicians for air conditioning repair in Conyers, GA.

Below is a list of some of the more common warning sounds you may hear from your AC and what they might mean.

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