AZ Air Conditioning and Heating Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning Repair’

Late Season Air Conditioning Issues to Watch for

Monday, September 5th, 2016

Summer runs long in Burbank, CA, and while Labor Day marks the unofficial end of the season, So Cal residents know that it can continue into October and even beyond. This comes on top of months of scorching hot weather that can test your air conditioner in all kinds of ways. Hopefully, your system is functioning without a problem, but now is the time to keep an extra close eye out for late-season issues. The strain of all that work often starts to show this time of year, and can cause a breakdown just when you need your air conditioner to step up and perform. Here’s a brief list of common problems we often treat this time of year.

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Why is Air Flow Reduced on my Air Conditioner?

Monday, August 31st, 2015

It’s a subtle problem, but one that becomes increasingly hard to ignore. You turn on your air conditioner and the air comes out as cool as you could hope for, but the air isn’t blowing as hard as it should, and may be barely blowing at all. That’s a significant concern, as much as an air conditioner that can’t create any cool air. And with the late summer heat kicking in right on cue here in Los Angeles, CA, it can cost you a huge amount in unnecessary energy bills as your system works harder than it should to get the cool air into your home. The causes of low air flow are varied, but often boil down to one of the following:

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3 Reasons to Get Air Conditioning Repair Now

Monday, August 17th, 2015

We’re sitting in the height of summer now, with temperatures in Los Angeles, CA hitting triple digits and our air conditioners called upon to respond every day. When serious trouble hits, you need to call in a service technician to get it fixed immediately. But what about trouble of a less serious nature? What happens if the air conditioner makes odd noises or reduces its cooling output somewhat, but still seems to function? There’s a temptation here in the late summer months to ride it out: to wait until temperatures fall and then get the system looked at. In almost every case, this is a terrible idea. Here are 3 reasons to get air conditioning repair now instead of waiting for the weather to cool down.

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3 Possible Causes of a Short-Cycling Air Conditioner

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

The term “short cycling” refers to an air conditioner that turns on and off again very quickly multiple times throughout the day. This is a considerable problem. Air conditioners use far more energy starting up and shutting down than they do when they’re just running. Besides creating higher bills, short cycling increases wear and tear on the system, making it more likely to suffer major damage in the near future. Short cycling can have many causes, and here in Los Angeles, CA, you should consult with a trained technician if you notice your air conditioner starting and stopping excessively often.  We’ve listed 3 possible causes of a short-cycling air conditioner to give you a sense of how the problem starts.

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3 Ways to Detect Leaking Refrigerant in your Air Conditioning

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Air conditioners depend on refrigerant to do their job. The term refers to a variety of chemicals which shift from gaseous to liquid form very easily, and pull heat from the nearby air (or add heat to the nearby air) as they do so. Specific types of refrigerant vary depending on the type of air conditioner, but the basics of how they use refrigerant remain basically the same. It circulates through a closed loop, creating cool air in the process before that air gets blown into your house through ducts via a fan. Theoretically, refrigerant is not supposed to leak, but sometimes it does, and when it does it can cause severe problems with the system. Our summers in Los Angeles, CA are too hot to let such a problem wait. But how can you detect leaking refrigerant? Here are 3 ways.

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How Do Air Conditioning Systems Work?

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Los Angeles, CA relies on air conditioners every summer to keep our homes and businesses comfortable when the temperature outside soars. Air conditioning has changed our lives in numerous ways, and yet despite that, comparatively few people understand how it actually works. The more homeowners know about their system, the more readily they can perceive potential problems and the faster they’ll call in a professional to resolve them. That can make a huge difference not only in getting your air conditioner fixed quickly, but doing so before a small problem becomes a much bigger (and more expensive) one. Here’s a quick primer on how air conditioning systems work.

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Why Is Air Conditioning Sizing So Important?

Monday, May 25th, 2015

Residents of Los Angeles, CA, know better than to fool around with new air conditioning installation, especially with summer on its way. When installing a new unit, you need to be assured that it functions properly the moment you first turn in on, and a big part of that process is making sure it is sized right. By that, we mean that its power levels match the circumstances of your house: taking into account such factors as square footage, insulation and sunlight exposure. Why is air conditioning sizing so important? Mostly because it will cost you money if performed improperly.

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Why Is There Frost on My Air Conditioning Coils?

Monday, May 4th, 2015

If you’ve ever looked inside your air conditioning unit, you may have spotted a coating of frost on the coils. At first, this may seem perfectly normal. Air conditioners cool the air, after all, so why shouldn’t there be a little frost involved? In truth, however, it’s the sign of a significant problem, and with summer on its way here in Los Angeles, CA, it’s something you want to treat sooner rather than later. “Why is there frost on my air conditioning coils?” you ask. It’s likely that the refrigerant in your system is too low.

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3 Things You Should Know about Air Conditioning Installation

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Getting to know the ins and outs of your new air conditioning system can help you to feel more prepared for AC installation. But no matter how much information you gather about the installation process, professional service is always best. Professional air conditioning technicians have years of training to help guide them in choosing the air conditioning system that’s right for your home and installing it safely, securely, and accurately. Learn more about some of the essentials of air conditioning installation in our guide.

Efficiency Standards Have Changed

If you currently have an older model installed in your home, you should know that standards for AC efficiency have changed dramatically. Even within the last five months, minimum efficiency standards for manufacturing and new installation have raised. While a SEER (season energy efficiency ratio) of 13 was once acceptable, any unit installed today in our area must have a SEER of 14 or higher. You can also find AC units with SEERs closer to 20, which is far more efficient than those made 15 years ago. Choosing an energy efficient system can help you to save a lot of money in the long run.

If It’s the Wrong Size, You May Be in for Trouble

No matter how efficiently your new AC is rated, it may not save energy at all if it is not the right size for your home. Sizing an air conditioner is not as easy as it may sound. An installer must collect important information about the layout of your home and perform some tough calculations. An undersized system will become overworked, while a unit that is too large may short cycle and wear out.

Professional Installation Is Vital

Professionals have the proper tools for installing a new unit, know how to make sizing calculations, and will perform a careful inspection with each installation to make sure it doesn’t run into trouble in the near future. And with professional service, you always have someone to turn to if your unit does encounter any difficulties later on.

Call the friendly professionals at AZ Air Conditioning and Heating for AC installation in Los Angeles.

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Signs That It’s Time to Repair Your Air Conditioning

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Has it been a while since a technician has come to your home to look at your air conditioner? Do your utility bills seem to be much higher this month than in the past, even though the weather is beginning to cool down? Your air conditioning system uses up a large portion of your energy bills, as it must use a lot of power to be able to cool such a large space—your entire home. Unusually high bills may indicate that a worn down part is affecting the efficiency of your air conditioner and needs repair or replacement.

Scheduling prompt air conditioning repair service is vital if you want to make sure you keep your air conditioner for years to come. Keep an eye on your energy bills and look out for the following problems that may also indicate that your system is in jeopardy.

  • Reduced Cooling Capacity: Air conditioners wear down over the years, so it’s normal for some wear and tear to affect the performance of your AC. However, with regular maintenance, you should still have significant performance from your unit if it is not nearing the end of its life. Reduced cooling power may mean that a part may be failing, you could have low refrigerant, or you may only need a professional to clean the coils.
  • Strange Noises: Unusual noises can be anything from a low hissing sound to a loud banging or clanking from the outside unit. In any case, noises let you know that there is a major issue that must be addressed. No matter how seemingly insignificant the noise, it still requires immediate attention. A loud banging, for example, could indicate major compressor damage, or it could simply mean a fan needs a quick adjustment. A hissing sound could be even more problematic, as it likely indicates leaky refrigerant, which may cause your unit to break down.
  • Short Cycling: Short cycling, in which your system does not finish its cycle before it reaches the proper temperature, could indicate a problem with the thermostat. Unfortunately, it could also indicate major compressor damage.

Whatever the problem, contact AZ Air Conditioning and Heating right away for any type of air conditioning repair in Los Angeles. We have years of experience so that we can diagnose and repair your unit quickly and accurately. Call us today!

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