Canella Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘AC Repair’

5 Sounds You SHOULD Hear Come From Your AC

Monday, August 8th, 2022

relaxed-woman-leaning-back-on-couch-with-eyes-closedThere’s a common subject you’ll see written about air conditioners–that noises coming from the system indicate something is wrong with it that needs anything from minor troubleshooting to a major repair. On our blog alone, you’ve probably seen us mention this dozens of times.

What you normally don’t see, however, is anything listing out the sounds your air conditioner should make. No air conditioner is silent, after all, and giving us a call for every single sound you hear coming from your cooling system would get pretty tiring. So, how do you know what’s a normal sound and what isn’t? Read on to find out!

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Why You Don’t Want to Believe This Refrigerant Myth

Monday, July 25th, 2022

insulated-refrigerant-line-behind-air-conditionerDo you understand the function of the refrigerant that flows through your air conditioner? You’ve very likely heard the term refrigerant, and you probably even know that it’s important, but it’s possible that you might not understand how important it is.

Without refrigerant, the cooling process would not be possible. This is the chemical substance that allows your air conditioner’s compressor to do its job of cooling down your home.

There’s a pretty common misconception about this substance, however. This myth is that refrigerant depletes, as gasoline does from a vehicle. In other words, people think of refrigerant as a fuel, when that’s not what it is. Your air conditioner is actually supplied with enough refrigerant upon manufacturing to last its entire service life, ideally. If your system is losing refrigerant, it means there is a leak.

Read on to learn why this is a problem and what to do about it.

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Signs That Your Air Conditioner Is Struggling

Monday, June 13th, 2022

Summer is just around the corner, which means that it’s time–if you haven’t done so already–to schedule your next air conditioning maintenance session. Professional tune-ups allow our experienced technicians to comprehensively inspect, clean, and adjust the components that need it, which ensures that your air conditioner operates as efficiently and effectively as it’s meant to, for as long as it’s meant to.

Maintenance helps reduce up to 85% of the repair costs you may ever need during the lifecycle of your air conditioner. Still, though, it’s important to be aware that even with maintenance, wear and tear does occur–and repair needs can crop up between annual maintenance sessions. Since a year is a long time to wait to address a repair need that could grow far worse and lead to an air conditioner breakdown, it’s a wise idea to be aware of the following signs that your air conditioner is struggling.

If you notice any of these symptoms, please don’t hesitate to give our team a call!

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3 Sounds You Don’t Want Your AC System to Make

Monday, May 2nd, 2022

woman-holding-hand-to-ear-to-listenHow do you know that your air conditioner is doing its job as effectively and efficiently as possible?

One way to help ensure this is the case is by scheduling routine professional maintenance each year… or every 6 months in the case of a heat pump system. Maintenance allows our technicians to thoroughly inspect, clean, and adjust the components that need it, leaving your system in the best shape possible for the coming summer season.

Maintenance also reduces repair needs by as much as 85%! This doesn’t, however, mean you should neglect your air conditioner if you suspect it needs repairs. It is, after all, a major appliance that suffers from wear-and-tear just like any other mechanical equipment. But how do you know if it needs repair?

One of the most telltale signs that an AC is in disrepair is strange noises coming from the unit. A “strange” noise can really be anything outside of the normal, day-to-day operational sounds that come from the system. Read on to learn more, and please give us a call right away if you hear any of these particular sounds!

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“What Does It Mean If My AC Is Leaking Water?”

Monday, September 20th, 2021

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There are often times when home service companies get a call from a homeowner who is concerned about a major plumbing leak in their living space, only to realize that the problem is actually a leaking air conditioner. AC systems can leak water, but it’s not because they use your plumbing system to operate. Instead, condensation builds up within the system and can, if it’s not properly draining, find a way to spill over, into and onto your property.

Depending on the location of a cooling system’s indoor unit, the results of that leak can have a huge negative impact. So, what should you do? And is it possible to prevent this from happening again? Read on to learn the answers to these questions!

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What Should You Do If Your AC Compressor Fails?

Monday, August 9th, 2021

compressor-set-down-in-outside-ac-unitDid you know the compressor is considered the heart of your air conditioner? While the thermostat serves as the brain, sending signals to the air conditioner and the heater on when it should cycle on and off, the compressor is the central component of the air conditioner, where refrigerant flows in and out of, in order to make the cooling process possible.

The compressor is also the most expensive part of your air conditioner! It comprises the outdoor unit of your AC and when it fails, it almost always means that it would be best to replace the entire air conditioner. But this isn’t true in all cases.

Read on as we uncover what a failed compressor means for your air conditioner, and when it’s time to replace (or if you could get by with a repair).

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Lower Your Cooling Bills and Prevent AC Repairs by Taking These Steps

Monday, July 26th, 2021

animation-of-seesaw-with-green-house-and-money-symbol-on-either-endIf you’ve lived in this area for even just a year, then you know that your air conditioner gets quite the workout! Unfortunately, this likely also means that your energy bills get quite the workout too. And the more you use your air conditioner, the faster the wear and tear builds up, leading to an increased need for air conditioner repairs you don’t want to pay for.

Maybe this all sounds inevitable–the cost of being comfortable in your home. The truth is, it doesn’t have to be this way. Yes, your air conditioner uses a lot of power. In fact, your HVAC systems account for about half of all the energy use in your home, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. But there are steps you can take to help your air conditioner work more efficiently (and therefore more affordably) this summer, while also preventing sudden and unexpected repair needs.

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The Unfortunate Impact of a Clogged Air Conditioner Filter

Monday, June 28th, 2021

mans-hands-pulling-out-dirty-air-filterHomeowners often think that the only reason they need to worry at all about their HVAC system’s air filter is because of the particles and allergens in their indoor air. Unfortunately, this isn’t quite right.

People often assume that a dirty air filter is an issue because it keeps the air dirty and that this is the reason technicians tell you to change it every 1-3 months. If you aren’t suffering from allergies at the moment, this means your air filter is fine where it is, right?

While helping your indoor air quality is a very small advantage of these air filters, their purpose isn’t entirely for that. Their actual purpose is to protect the interior components of the HVAC system itself from dirt, dust, and other debris. Read on to learn more about how a dirty, clogged air filter impacts the life of your air conditioner.

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Don’t Ignore These Sounds Coming from Your AC

Monday, April 19th, 2021

woman-holding-hand-to-ear-to-listenWhile it’s still on the cooler side in some parts of the country and homeowners there are just now starting to schedule air conditioner maintenance, those of us here are already using our cooling systems on a pretty regular basis. That said, our cooling systems go through a lot, and as a result accumulate wear and tear faster than they would in other parts of the country, potentially requiring more repairs.

First off, to prevent the biggest and most sudden of repair needs, we encourage you to schedule maintenance at least once a year for your AC system. During this service, our professional will clean, inspect, and adjust your system to ensure its efficient performance. With or without maintenance, however, if your air conditioner makes sounds you don’t recognize, it’s time to call in a professional. So, what sounds exactly should you pay attention to?

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“My Ducts Are Leaking Water, What’s Up?”

Monday, September 21st, 2020

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Do your ducts seem to be raining water? First off, we do want to mention that water isn’t used in any part of the cooling process, and if any part of your air conditioner seems to be “leaking water” this is not the case. But what is happening is that there is excess moisture from humidity–something we’re all too familiar with here in Mooresville and the surrounding areas–and that moisture causes condensation to form.

When it does so on your HVAC air ducts, this is known as duct sweating, or in some cases “raining ducts.”

At this point, you might be thinking, “Phew, so it’s not a problem!”

That’s where you are wrong, unfortunately. Excess moisture–humidity–can cause a host of problems, from property damage to unhealthy mold growth. This is true no matter where your ductwork is located and is especially problematic in basements and crawlspace. But, how and why does this condensation occur, and what can be done about it? Read on!

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