Air Conditioning Repair
Many of us grew up without air conditioning in our childhood homes. Now, it’s almost impossible to imagine dealing with the summer heat and humidity without having central air conditioning. A/C breakdowns are no fun for anyone which is why Kotz Heating, Cooling & Plumbing tries to respond quickly when we are called for repairs to a cooling system.
What you can do
Fixing HVAC systems is what we do for a living and are always ready to help, but there are some things the homeowner can do to prevent costly breakdowns.
- Keep it clean—Keep the exterior air conditioning condenser clean by rinsing off the cooling fins with a garden hose. Avoid high pressure nozzles as they can damage the fins. Also make sure vegetation is cut back at least three feet to allow for proper air circulation.
- Clean vents & registers—Dirt and dust will always accumulate on these in your home. Cleaning them regularly will assure good air flow and improve your indoor air quality.
- Change your filters—Why do we mention this ALL THE TIME? Because dirty or blocked filters are the single biggest cause of HVAC failures. The filters should be changed every 30 to 90 days depending on the type of filter and the environment. Having multiple pets or living on a dusty country road can mean your filters need to be changed more often.
- Regular maintenance—Make sure you schedule a tune-up and maintenance before the start of every cooling season. It will increase the cooling system’s efficiency and save you money on your power bills.
Despite your best efforts, chances are you will at some point need an air conditioner repair. Here are some of the most common repairs our Kotz technicians deal with.
- Refrigerant leaks—An air conditioner must have the proper amount of refrigerant to cool properly. If it wasn’t charged correctly when installed or if there is a leak, the A/C will have a difficult time keeping your home cooled. Only a trained HVAC technician should be allowed to add or remove refrigerant. It’s imperative your unit has the exact amount required by the manufacturer. Any refrigerant leaks should be fixed to prevent environmental damage.
- Condensate problems—Your home is comfortable in the summer because the A/C not only removes the heat, but also the humidity. The water has to go somewhere. In most cases it’s either drained or pumped to an area outside the house. If the condensate line gets blocked the water can cause damage to the air conditioner or overflow the condensate pan and flood the area around the indoor air handler.
- Broken compressor fan—The outside compressor is what transfers the heat from your home to the outdoors. When there is a fan problem the heat transfer doesn’t happen efficiently, and your home won’t cool properly. A broken fan can also cause the compressor to overheat which could cause expensive damage.
- Frozen condenser coils—Kotz receives calls for this problem all the time. The most common cause is a reduced airflow because of, you guessed it, dirty or blocked filters. The ice-up can also be caused by low refrigerant levels. Our technicians can’t work on the unit until it’s thawed out. In most cases, we advise the customer to shut the A/C off so the ice can start melting before we arrive.
Air conditioner breakdowns tend to happen at the most inopportune time. The hottest day of the year or the day before you’re hosting a fancy dinner party for the boss. Whenever it happens, Kotz Heating, Cooling & Plumbing is available 24/7 for emergency repairs. Yes, this includes nights, weekends, and holidays.