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

Why You Should Never See Ice on Your Air Conditioner

Monday, September 6th, 2021

Your air conditioner is still getting quite the workout this summer, but what if you notice something isn’t quite right? What if, for example, you think your air conditioner isn’t keeping you as comfortable as it should, only to go look at the unit and notice that ice has developed on the evaporator coil?

You might not immediately consider this a bad thing–some homeowners think that ice development is a natural part of the air conditioning process–after all an air conditioner chills the air right? Well, unfortunately seeing ice on your air conditioner is bad news. Keep reading as we explain why you should never see ice on your AC system and why you should call for professional repairs if you do.

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“Do I Really Need to Hire a Pro for My AC Repairs?”

Monday, August 9th, 2021

We’ve all seen them…. the DIY videos telling us how to fix or “hack” just about any problem you might run into in your home–organizing your pots and pans, resolving a small plumbing leak, repairing a broken fence post.

Many of these “problems” are very benign and don’t require anything but a little patience and an internet connection so you can watch that online DIY video while you work.

One problem you should never rely on an online video for–unless you are a trained HVAC professional and that video was created by your boss or coworker–is repairing your air conditioner. Any number of things can go wrong. Read on to learn what they are!

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Boost AC Efficiency and Prevent Repairs with These Tips

Monday, April 5th, 2021

It’s no secret that around the Rio Rancho area, air conditioners are an absolute necessity and that they get quite the workout each and every summer. Fortunately, modern air conditioners are very durable, and can take the heat, right?

Well, they can if they’re properly cared for, and used as efficiently as possible, anyhow. How do you know that you’re using your air conditioner efficiently?

First off, there are many ways that you might be paying more than necessary for your air conditioner, and allowing it to accumulate more wear and tear as a result. But there are just as many ways to prevent inefficient AC use, such as by:

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Is Refrigerant Loss Ever Normal?

Monday, August 12th, 2019

refrigerant-line-behind-air-conditionerThe short answer to this is “no,” but don’t worry—we’ll elaborate below.

Your home’s air conditioning system—whether it is a standard central cooling unit or a heat pump—is a refrigeration system, just like your freezer or your fridge. It cools down air by not generating cooled air but by removing heat from the air in a heat transference process.

Refrigerant is circulated through a set of outdoor and indoor coils, evaporating in the indoor coils to draw heat from the air, and condensing in the outdoor coils to release heat. This refrigerant is essential to the operation of your air conditioning system, and any loss means you have a leak that needs to be repaired by a professional.

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“Why Is My Air Conditioner Leaking Water?”

Monday, July 15th, 2019

water-stream-on-white-backgroundWhen you think about a leak, you think about plumbers, right? There the ones who fix these pesky problems. But, what if that leak is coming from your air conditioner?

There’re not many homeowners who wouldn’t be surprised to hear that water can leak from a cooling system, as they didn’t know their air conditioner used water to operate, unless it’s an evaporative cooler.

So here’s the thing—your air conditioner doesn’t use water in its process.

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2 Possible Reasons for Low Airflow

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

vent-on-wall-near-baseboard-with-carpeted-floor-in-forefrontYour air conditioning system is one of those appliances that gets put to the test year after year—even more so than your water heater, an appliance that gets used every day!

With the stifling summers we experience each year, in addition to high humidity, we need AC systems to work as efficiently as possible. So, when we experience low airflow coming into our homes, it’s clearly a problem and frustration. But what’s the cause?

To put it simply, there are two possible reasons for this:

  1. There is something blocking the flow of air.
  2. There is something wrong with the mechanism driving the air—the blower fan.

Read on for more of an explanation.

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Air Conditioning Repairs: Not a Job for an Amateur

Monday, August 28th, 2017

HVAC technician doing repairs on the outdoor unit of an air conditionerThe official start of fall is a little less than a month away, but that doesn’t mean we’re done dealing with warmer temperatures just yet. With how much work our air conditioners have already gone through this cooling system, it’s likely something could go wrong—especially if you didn’t invest in air conditioning maintenance before summer began.

Whether your cooling system has started making odd, alarming clanging sounds, the blower fan has shut off, or you don’t feel cool air coming from your vents, it’s always a possibility that you’ll find a need for quality air conditioning repair in Albuquerque, NM. And when you do, we’re the team to call. But why can’t you just do the job on your own?

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How Your Air Conditioner Uses Refrigerant

Monday, August 24th, 2015

If you read anything about air conditioning, you are liable to come across references to refrigerant. Refrigerant is the lifeblood of your air conditioning system, without which it wouldn’t be able to cool down your home. Though many people understand the importance of refrigerant to air conditioning system, few understand how it actually works. In the interest of increasing your knowledge about a system that you probably use frequently, especially during the summer, let’s take a look at how refrigerant helps your air conditioner operate.

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Why is My Air Conditioner Short-Cycling?

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Is your air conditioner turning itself on and off every few minutes? If so, you have a problem. That kind of behavior is called “short-cycling,” and it’s very damaging to the system. Short-cycling locks the air conditioner into its startup sequence, which is the most stressful part of the system’s operation. Constantly turning itself on and off causes increased wear and tear on the air conditioner, and makes it much more likely that a breakdown will occur. Read on to find out what causes short-cycling, and how you can prevent it from happening.

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4 Signs that You Need to Repair Your Air Conditioning

Friday, November 28th, 2014

Having trouble with your AC? No matter what the issue may be with your cooling system, it’s imperative that you hire an expert to take care of it so that your cooling is restored properly the first time.

Here are 4 signs to look out for

  1. Inadequate cooling. One of the most common complaints that homeowners have about their air conditioners is that there is insufficient cooling (or perhaps none at all). This is frustrating because although your system may be “on” and therefore utilizing electricity, the results are nothing if not disappointing. There is a great variety of reasons why your system is dysfunctional, including a refrigerant leak, frozen evaporator coil or a faulty compressor.
  2. Uneven cooling. It can be frustrating to have spent your hard-earned money on an air conditioner that fails to provide even cooling throughout your home. If you find that your cooling has become uneven, and there are now overly hot and cold spots throughout your home, just let one of our professional AC technicians know. This could be an issue related to duct damage.
  3. Shocking energy bill. Whoa, whoa, whoa—that can’t be right. If you find yourself white-knuckled and frowning as you open up your electrical bill one otherwise breezy afternoon, we feel for you. If your energy bill is sky-high and you haven’t used that much more cool air, then there could be an issue with your air conditioner itself. You may have an airflow issue or even low refrigerant.
  4. Loud and strange noises. Every air conditioner makes noise (although ductless blowers are very quiet), and you should fully expect your system to do so when it’s operating. But there are some noises that indicate a serious issue with its operation, including grinding, whistling, hissing or banging. All of these indicate a problem that requires air conditioning repair. If you notice that your air conditioner is much louder than it should be, that can also indicate an issue that requires professional investigation.

If your need to schedule air conditioning repair service in Santa Fe, NM, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Roadrunner Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration today. Contact us for all of your air conditioning repair needs.

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