Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

AC repair vs. AC replacement

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

air conditioner repair and maintenanceSummer in Arizona can be brutal!  With temperatures averaging a high of 110° degrees outside; we rely on our air conditioning units to provide us with refreshing coolness as we enter our homes.  However, if your air conditioning unit is old, or is suffering from one problem after another it may no longer be doing a very good job of cooling your home. If you need someone to come out and fix your air conditioner then call Blake & Sons Heating and Air.

This is when we at A-Peoria commonly encounter homeowner’s that are unsure as to whether or not they should pay to repair their air conditioner or replace it.  Quite honestly, it’s tough to know when it’s time to replace an old air conditioner, or if it will function again with a simple repair.  Here are some things we suggest you consider when contemplating AC repair vs. AC replacement:

How old is the unit? – If your air conditioner is less than 10 years old, chances are that a simple repair is all you’ll need to get it working optimally once again.  If the unit has been seriously damaged, or if it’s older than 10 years, you may want to consider replacing it with a high efficiency model.

Does it require constant repair? – Are you calling a professional air conditioning repair company more often than not?  Then it may be time to consider AC replacement.   This type of equipment can only handle so many repairs before they go belly up.

Are your energy bills higher than they should be? – As an air conditioner ages, it uses less and less bluon refrigerant, than a newer model would.  This can lead to it becoming more inefficient as time goes on.  If your energy bills have recently started creeping up for no apparent reason it may be time for an AC replacement.

If you’re trying to decide between AC repair vs. AC replacement , or you’ve already weighed your options, please feel free to give the air conditioning repair and replacement experts at A-Peoria a call at (623) 979-7223(623) 979-7223. We can answer all of your questions and provide you with quality on-time support.Air Conditioning Repair and Install Peoria, AZ

Service & Maintain Your Air Conditioning Unit

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

With Spring fast approaching, there has never been a better time than now to service and maintain your air conditioning unit.  By properly maintaining your air conditioner you will not only save money by eliminating unnecessary AC repair costs, but you will also be provided with the assurance you require that when Arizona temperatures reach  a sizzling 120°, your unit will work efficiently  in ensuring you and your family’s comfort is met.  So what are you waiting for?  Contact A-Peoria today!

During Arizona’s allergy season, which usually occurs between now and April, the level of dust and pollen within the air we breathe (both indoors and outdoors) is usually at its peak.  It is during this time that we highly recommend cleaning-out your air conditioner’s coils and compressor, in order to eliminate any debris that may have collected, therefore ensuring you’re not breathing in contaminated air.  There is a fantastic article posted by the experts at Bluon energy that deatils how you can do this yourself, although most people do not feel at ease working on their AC unit themselves. If you do not, we suggest calling a proffesional whose work will be guaranteed. This service also helps prevent you from having to replace the entire unit before its time.

Its astonishing how often air conditioning systems fail when put to the test in the middle of yet another Arizona summer.    That’s why it’s so important to service your unit, at minimum once a year, rather than waiting in the heat for a technician to arrive and repair it.  Like with virtually all electrical products within your home or business, the best way to maintain your air conditioning unit’s energy efficiency, while extending its lifespan, is to call the professionals at A-Peoria for our 17-point inspection which includes:

  1. Check refrigerant levels
  2. Check for proper airflow
  3. Check filter performance & cleanliness
  4. Check outdoor fan motor’s bearings
  5. Measure capacitors for proper charge
  6. Lubricate motors as needed
  7. Calibrate thermostat
  8. Measure compressor amp draws
  9. Check temperature differentials
  10. 10. Secure loose panels
  11. Inspect disconnect box
  12. Monitor for proper operation
  13. Take superheat measurements
  14. Tighten contractor connections
  15. Inspect unit’s duct connections
  16. Check control wiring
  17. Check insulation on copper line sets

Common Air Conditioner Issues

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

air conditioner repair and maintenanceIn Arizona, keeping your air conditioning unit in working order is essential. If you have been having issues with your air conditioner make sure you do a TRI air test to make sure there isn’t any harmful chemicals that got released from your air conditioner unit. Anyone that has had their air conditioner fail during Arizona summer months know how quickly the sweltering heat can make the inside of your home miserable. Here are some of the more common air conditioner problems :

Refrigerant Leaks

Air conditioner leaks can cause it to become low on refrigerant. Having refrigerant levels at the manufacturer’s specification is essential for your unit to operate at peak performance and efficiency. If a leak occurs, be sure to call a trained technician to fix the leak , test repair and the aircon chemical overhaul, and then charge the system with the correct amount of refrigerant. Leaks will not only create problems with your air conditioner, but can also be harmful to the environment as well.

Inadequate Maintenance

Inadequate maintenance can cause filters and air conditioning coils to become dirty which could result in the air conditioner not working properly, and the compressor or fans are likely to fail prematurely.

Electric Control Failure

If an air conditioning system turns on and off frequently, which is common with over sized systems, the compressor and fan controls can wear out. A professional technician should check to insure your system is the correct size for your home or office. Corrosion of wire and terminals can also be a problem in many systems, so electrical connections and contacts should be checked during any professional service call.

Sensor Problems

Room air conditioners feature a thermostat sensor, located behind the control panel, which measures the temperature of air coming into the evaporative coil. If the sensor is knocked out of position, the air conditioner could cycle constantly or behave erratically. The sensor should be near the coil but not touching it; adjust its position by carefully bending the wire that holds it in place.

Drainage Problems

When it’s humid outside, check the condensate drain to make sure it hasn’t become clogged and is draining properly. Room air conditioners may not drain properly if not mounted level.

If you suspect your air conditioner is not working correctly or malfunctioning, call the professionals at A-Peoria. We provide same day refrigerator repair in Denver; as well as full inspections, repair, and installation of HVAC systems and air conditioner. WE have been in business for years and value our customers satisfaction and loyalty.

What causes my air conditioner to leak?

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Dirty Air Filter - Leaky Air ConditionerThere are three main reasons air conditioning units leak. The first possible reason, a cracked overflow drain pan. Secondly, the air filter is dirty and clogged. Lastly, it could mean the condensate line is stopped up. When the Air Conditioning goes defunct, the air inside basements and other areas receiving minimal sunlight would start to get musty and lay the optimal conditions for the growth of moss. Hence, as a backup, & in order to prevent things from going damp, especially in humid places, it’d be worth installing a dehumidifier. One may click here for full review and more information on how the mere installation of this wonder appliance can lighten things up.

You can check the overflow pan easily by inspecting the pan (a flashlight will be useful). The pan is located underneath unit’s evaporator coils to catch the moisture that the unit removes from the humid interior air condenses on the evaporator coils. Be sure to check each corner, along the outside edges, and, of course, directly above the wettest spot.

The second reason, a clogged filter,  is the easiest to fix. As long as you change the A/C unit’s air filter on a regular basis, you should be able to avoid this problem. It’s recommended to inspect the filter every month. If the filter looks dirty, replace it immediately. Ice will form on the unit’s evaporator coils if your filter is clogged, and when that ice melts, it drips water.

The third and most common cause of air purifier or air conditioner leaks, though, is a  stopped-up condensate line. The condensate line drains directly into a drainpipe or  from the overflow pan to the outside.  If the line is clogged, water will back up and flood the overflow pan. Most modern A/C units are equipped with a water-overflow cutoff switch, which will automatically shut down the A/C system if it detects a clogged condensate line.

If you are experiencing any problems with your air conditioning unit, contact A-Peoria today. We can repair or even install a new air conditioning unit for you.

 

Take Advantage of Energy Rebates

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

In Peoria, AZ , there are many homes over 20 years old that are in a desperate need for appliance upgrades. Not only does upgrading your appliance help the environment, it can also save you money in the long run. Also compare gas and electric to see which could save you money. However, most people are hesitant to take on the initial cost of upgrading appliances. Energy rebates to the rescue! Not many people realize that there are rebates that will help you with the cost of upgrading your appliances.

APS offers an interesting infograph on how to save money throughout the entire house using  their rebate program. SRP also offers a rebate page to show consumers how to save money. You can also visit the government websites, http://energy.gov  ,  for more ways to save money by making your home or business more energy efficient.

If you are ready to upgrade your air conditioner or heating unit,  please contact A-Peoria today!

 

Do you need to replace your thermostat?

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Many homes in the Phoenix-area are over 20 years old and have aging HVAC systems.  Traditionally, the idea was to keep your thermostat set at a constant temperature to make your system work most effectively. But, according to the domestic air conditioning sydney, homeowners can save about $180 a year by changing thermostats to a new, digital, programmable thermostat and maintaining those settings.

Homeowners will often notice some irregularities with regard to their HVAC, such as how hot the house gets before the air conditioner kicks on, or certain rooms hotter or cooler than others. These may be indicators that your thermostat is not operating at peak efficiency and may need to be replaced.

Newer, smart thermostats have many programmable options that older thermostats do not. For example, many new thermostats can be programmed for times when you are at work or school, maximizing energy efficiency. A new thermostat called Nest, dubbed the learning thermostat, can even connect to your wi-fi network, allowing it to programmed via a computer or mobile app.

The positioning of your thermostat can also effect energy cost.  Moving a thermostat to a more central location can help you save money on your energy bill. New thermostats are also more aesthetically pleasing than the old bulky ones so if you are considering redecorating, you can choose a thermostat with a custom designer faceplate to match the decor of the room.

If you have questions regarding the state of your HVAC system, contact A-Peoria today! (602) 979-7223!

 

Sun City Air Conditioning | Efficiency

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013
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Sun City Air Conditioning

Living in Arizona where the heat can skyrocket, you’ll want to make sure that you have a good quality Sun City air conditioning system. If you want to keep your home comfortable, it is imperative that you own an air conditioning system that will keep you cool while not costing you more than you should be paying on your energy bill. However, with all the constant running and hard work your Sun City air conditioning systems do during the summer, how can you ensure that your air conditioning unit works efficiently for as long as possible? A Peoria Plumbing strongly recommends having one of our professionals come out to your home to provide you with maintenance on your Sun City air conditioning system.

Regular maintenance will reduce air conditioning repairs, ensure a longer life and could potentially save you a lot of money on your energy bill. Summer is just right around the corner, right now is the perfect time to have one of our professionals come out and provide a maintenance service on your Sun City air conditioning system!