Basnett Plumbing, Heating & AC Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning Repair’

Is It Normal to See Ice on My AC?

Monday, September 9th, 2019

No, it’s not.

But we can’t leave it there, nor do we want to. We care about our customers and want them to have working air conditioning systems. When ice starts to form along an AC’s evaporator coil (which it where it begins), it’s a sign of distress. The AC needs a professional’s eye and may require extensive repairs. If the problem at the root of the ice isn’t fixed, the air conditioner will lose cooling capacity and may suffer from a complete breakdown.

Now that we’ve put an appropriate amount of fear into you, let’s get into what this ice means and why it spells bad news for an air conditioning system.

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How Do AC Refrigerant Leaks Start?

Monday, June 17th, 2019
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One of the most common troubles that can affect a central air conditioning system is the refrigerant leak. Our technicians often answer repair calls for air conditioners that aren’t working right and discover that the fault comes from refrigerant leaking from the system. The big problem with losing refrigerant is that an air conditioning system is designed to operate at a specific amount of refrigerant (known as its charge). If it declines, the air conditioner will lose cooling power and eventually the compressor will suffer from permanent damage.

Why do these leaks start in the first place? Are there any steps you can take to prevent this?

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AC Maintenance Can Help You Settle the “Repair or Replace?” Question

Monday, March 25th, 2019
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When spring starts, we recommend you evaluate the performance of your home air conditioning system over the previous year. Any type of central air conditioning system has a limited service life. No matter how well the AC is cared for, a time will come when continuing with repairs isn’t the best idea and the AC needs to be replaced.

Sometimes it’s easy to decide when to replace an air conditioner. If a central cooling system fails entirely and is beyond what any repair could reasonably fix, that’s a clear-cut sign it’s time for new system. But this extreme situation is rare, and you want to avoid it if at all possible by replacing the air conditioner before reaching this point. On the other hand, you don’t want to choose to pay for a replacement if less expensive repairs will keep the AC going effectively for a few more years.

If you’re currently in a bind about “repair vs. replace” for your air conditioner, we recommend calling professionals for spring AC maintenance. You should always schedule maintenance for your air conditioning system before the summer weather—and in this case you can ask your maintenance tech important questions about replacement.

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The Overcharged or Undercharged AC: Why You Don’t Want Either!

Monday, July 16th, 2018

air-conditioning-manometer-pressure-refrigerantWhat does an overcharged or undercharged air conditioning system mean?

It doesn’t have anything to do with price, and it isn’t electrically charged the way a cell phone or other mobile device is charged. The “charge” in this case refers to the amount of chemical refrigerant circulating inside an AC system.

  • Too much refrigerant: overcharged.
  • Too little refrigerant: undercharged.

To understand why either situation is a serious problem, we have to explain a bit about refrigerant.

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Why Air Conditioning Maintenance Is So Great

Monday, April 9th, 2018

service-blue-markerI know it makes us sound like a little kid when we say that air conditioning maintenance is so great—but we know its genuinely great for your air conditioning system, and that means it’s great for your home and family. We strongly recommend you have AC maintenance done each spring, and so does the U.S. Department of Energy.

The great reasons to schedule spring AC maintenance

Why is air conditioning maintenance so great? Here are a few of the reasons:

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Does Your Air Conditioner Need Repair or Replacement?

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

ac-unit-wrenchIt’s a hot, humid summer day, and your air conditioner has just given up. You run to the thermostat, lower the settings, and reset the breaker, but the system just won’t start up again. As you call a technician, you hope for the best. Will a technician find a way to repair your air conditioner? Or will they recommend replacement? And how can you really tell this is the best solution for your home?

The best way to be sure you have all the right answers is to reach out to technicians you can trust. To get you started, we’ve put together some information about why some air conditioners need replacement while others can be repaired.

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Why Would Water Leak from an Air Conditioner?

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

We get this call a lot, and the sound of the voice on the other end of the phone is usually rather urgent. A leaky air conditioning system is a serious issue, and it can cause some major water damage if it goes on long enough. Our team can get there quickly to fix an air conditioning system that’s leaking.

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Repair or Replace: Can Your Air Conditioner Be Saved?

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

As the summer approaches, you might have to make a tough decision about that air conditioner that’s been troubling you since last season. An air conditioner is not something that you can try to fix on your own, unless you want to risk additional damage to the system. You’ll have to rely on a technician’s decision and your own to figure out whether a repair makes sense or a replacement is the right option. But how can you tell for sure?

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Will My Air Conditioner Run Out of Refrigerant?

Monday, July 13th, 2015

If you are like most homeowners, the most you want to know about your air conditioning system is that it puts out the cool air you need. Whole-home air conditioning systems are complex electro-mechanical systems, which is why it’s so important to hire trained experts to handle any work you may need done to your AC. However, it is never a bad idea to have some basic knowledge about your system, and one piece of information you should be aware of is that your AC doesn’t consume refrigerant the way a combustion heating system will consume gas or oil. Why not? Let’s take a look.

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Common Signs of Trouble with Your Air Conditioner

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

New England summers are as brutal as they come, and residents of Littleton, MA are already gearing up for high temperatures and stifling humidity. A good air conditioning system is vital to staying cool and comfortable during the hot summer months, which means it behooves you to ensure that it’s functioning properly now, while you have time to make repairs at a civilized pace. But how can you tell if your air conditioner needs help? Besides the obvious – failing to turn on when you activate it, for example – here are a few common signs there is trouble with your air conditioner:

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