Bartels Heating & Cooling Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning Repair’

Why Is Water Leaking from My AC System?

Monday, June 26th, 2017

water-drip-dropWater leaking from a faucet or from underneath your sink is never ideal, but it’s something you may have come to expect from time to time as a homeowner. But water leaking from your air conditioner might come as a much bigger surprise. And it’s certainly not a welcome one; leaky air conditioners can damage whatever they are located near or above. We’ve heard of homeowners having to make hundreds or thousands of dollars to repair water damage in ceilings, walls, flooring, kitchen cabinets, and other structural elements.

You want to know how this happened, and we’ve got some answers below. Of course, the most important thing is that you shut off your air conditioner, attempt to mitigate the damage, and call a technician for repairs. In addition, call a technician for maintenance services once a year to prevent these types of problems!

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Why Does My Air Conditioner Run Constantly?

Monday, May 29th, 2017

working-on-outside-unit-ACThere’s something comforting about the sound of the air conditioner in your home starting up for its next cycle–unless it never stops. Your air conditioner should only run until it reaches the temperature on the thermostat. Of course, on a hotter day, it will take longer to do so. Still, an air conditioner that runs nonstop, day and night, is not going to do the job properly.

So what’s going on with your air conditioner? And can you solve the problem on your own? That depends, but you can learn more by reading on or contacting one of our experienced AC technicians.

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How Dirty AC Coils Affect Your Cooling

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Wondering why your air conditioner is not operating very efficiently in the middle of the summer? There could be a number of reasons for low efficiency and poor performance from your cooling system, but one of the most common is actually something that’s relatively easy to fix. Learn about how dirty AC coils make your air conditioner run less efficiently—and what these coils are meant to do—below.

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Refrigerant and AC Systems: What You Should Know

Monday, May 16th, 2016

Central air conditioners need refrigerant, a chemical blend, in order to move heat around. Heat transfer is essential to the cooling process, because cool air cannot be made without first removing heat. These are the very basics of refrigerant, and there’s not too much more you really need to know about how the refrigeration process works (unless you really want to know or you’re training to be a technician).

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3 Common Reasons to Call for Air Conditioning Repair Help

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

While you should always leave all work needed for AC to a trained expert, especially repairs, it’s good to know what certain terms mean as well as some of the more common issues that can develop with your air conditioning system in Fairfield, OH. However, should you experience any problems with your air conditioner, be sure to call the experts you can count on: Bartels Heating & Cooling.

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How Does an Air Conditioner Remove Humidity?

Monday, May 11th, 2015

To the untrained eye, air conditioners cool your home by blowing cool air into it; the truth is that air conditioners remove the heat and humidity from your living spaces while blowing cool air into it. ACs are able to remove heat and humidity due to the refrigerant in the system. Refrigerant can absorb and release heat because it easily changes from a liquid to a gas and back again, allowing it to facilitate heat transfer. But humidity is moisture, and it is removed in a slightly different way. A typical sign of air conditioning issues is excess humidity, so if you are feeling cold and clammy inside your home in Hamilton, it’s time to give the experts at Bartels Heating & Cooling a call.

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Why Is There Frost on My Air Conditioner?

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Air conditioning systems are designed to keep us cool, which is serious business here in Hamilton, OH. Our Midwest summers can get quite uncomfortable, with high temperatures and higher humidity being the norm. Homeowners who notice frost on their air conditioning system may not think that anything is amiss. In fact, however, the presence of frost or ice signals a significant problem, requiring professional help to address it. “Why is there frost on my air conditioner?” you ask. Simply put, because your air conditioner is malfunctioning.

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Does Your Commercial Air Conditioning Need Repair?

Monday, April 6th, 2015

We are finally starting to see some warmer weather in our area, and if you have a commercial space, this means you’ll soon be switching from heating to cooling. While you need to be aware of potential problems developing with your commercial HVAC system year-round , the switch between seasons is especially important. Why? Part of your system has been dormant for a few months, and there is the possibility that an issue may have developed during that time. So what kinds of things should you keep an eye out for? Here are some tips from the commercial AC experts at Bartels Heating & Cooling:

Poor Performance

Is your thermostat set to 72 degrees and it feels like it’s almost 80 degrees indoors? Does your AC seem sluggish? Poor performance is a telltale sign of a system in need, so if you are seeing these signs, or are simply questioning whether or not your system is operating as it should, call for an expert.

Sky-High Energy Bills

Have you noticed a significant increase in your business’s monthly energy bills, but haven’t changed how you use your AC? When a part or an assembly in your air conditioning system malfunctions, it will create stress on the system; anytime your system is stressed, it will use more energy to operate. It can be tempting to wait for a full breakdown before calling for help, but this is never advisable. If you are seeing very high, inordinate energy bills, call a professional for assistance.

Strange Sounds

Your commercial AC system is designed to operate with minimal noise, so any kind of loud sound is typically a solid indication that a problem has developed. Examples of abnormal sounds would be clunking, banging, screeching, and anything else that sounds of out of the ordinary in regard to the system’s operation.

It’s critical to the operation of your business to have a cool, comfortable atmosphere in which to work – don’t compromise it by hiring an inexpert or amateur person to repair your commercial air conditioner. The commercial specialists at Bartels Heating & Cooling have been serving southwest Ohio since 1973, so call us today for all of your commercial AC needs!

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Air Conditioning Repairs to Schedule before Summer

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Before you start a long car trip, you’ll go out of your way to fix any trouble with the vehicle: motor problems, low tire pressure, weak battery. You should treat your air conditioning system the same way: think of the upcoming summer as a long road trip where your AC travels from coast to coast. To avoid a breakdown along the way, and to make sure your air conditioner doesn’t start “gas guzzling,” you need to schedule repairs before setting out on that summer drive.

It’s easier to have repairs for your air conditioner than for your car. You only need to make a single call to Bartels Heating & Cooling to take care of scheduling any necessary air conditioning repair in Fairfield, OH.

Here are a few common repairs that we perform in spring; watch out for these issues in your AC, and don’t hesitate to give us a call—any time of the day or night.

Spring air conditioning repairs

  • Recharge refrigerant – One of the most damaging problems that can occur with an AC is leaking refrigerant. The Freon inside your AC doesn’t dissipate during normal operation. But should leaks start because of corrosion on the refrigerant lines or loosened connections, the operation of the system will be in danger. The AC will lose cooling power, frost will form over the outdoor coil, and the change in pressure will start to damage the compressor. A technician can seal up the leaks and then recharge the refrigerant to remedy the problems.
  • Replacing electrical relays – The relays on motors control the flow of electrical power. If a relay should become stuck closed or stuck open, a motor will either not run at all or run continuously. This is a common repair for technicians and a simple one to perform.
  • Replacing burnt-out motors – If the motors in an AC cabinet gather too much dust or lose lubricant, they can overheat and cause irreparable damage to their wiring. When this happens, there is usually no choice but to have the burnt-out motor replaced. If you hear grinding, groaning, or screeching sounds from the air conditioner cabinet, it usually signals motors on the verge of failing; call for repairs right away.

Remember to schedule a maintenance visit

Even if your air conditioner shows no outward problems, you still need to have a technician pay it a visit before summer for its annual check-up and tune-up. A maintenance session will make sure there are no hidden repair needs, clean and adjust the unit, and generally get the system into the best condition possible for effective cooling and efficient energy use for the whole summer.

Bartels Heating & Cooling not only delivers excellent air conditioning repair in Fairfield, OH, we also offer a comprehensive maintenance program to tune-up your air conditioner in spring and your heater in fall. Call us today to learn more about the benefits of our regular maintenance program.

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If My AC Turns On, Why Bother with Air Conditioning Repair?

Monday, August 26th, 2013

When it comes to air conditioning systems, people focus on performance, especially in cities like West Chester, OH, where the hot summers necessitate daily use of an AC unit. If cool air is coming out and the house is comfortable, why bother with air conditioning repair? In truth, air conditioning repair services are at their most effective when the issue isn’t pressing. Small problems are much easier to correct than large ones, and jumping on an issue early can save you a lot of money and stress in the future.

Take, for instance, the issue of low refrigerant levels, which is fairly common to a lot of air conditioning units. When a hole develops somewhere in the lines, refrigerant can leak  out, and too little refrigerant can cause problems with the cooling cycle. It probably won’t prevent the unit from functioning entirely, but it will force it to work harder and longer to do its job. Ice will likely form on the evaporator coils, leading to water leaks and inadequate cooling. Motors may be put under greater stress. And as the leak continues, the issues will only grow worse .

If, on the other hand, you contact a professional earlier in the process, a lot of that wear and tear can be avoided. A trained technician can pinpoint the leak and then seal it before recharging the refrigerant to its specified levels. That’s a simpler, easier and more cost-effective operation than simply waiting until the AC stops working entirely, and the extra strain of ineffective cooling has caused multiple components to fail.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure as the saying goes, and you can prevent a lot of problems with your air conditioning unit with regularly scheduled maintenance calls. Bartels Heating & Cooling handles all kinds of air conditioning issues in the West Chester, OH area, and can help set up a maintenance schedule that works for you. Contact us today to set up an appointment.

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