Max Sr & Paul Schoenwalder Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, A Corp. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘AC Repair’

The Definitive Refrigerant Leak Checklist: Spotting Trouble in Your Air Conditioner

Monday, April 1st, 2024

Your air conditioner is your loyal companion during scorching summers, keeping your home cool and comfortable. But just like any machine, it can malfunction. A refrigerant leak is a common issue that can significantly impact your AC’s performance and even harm your health.

This definitive refrigerant leak checklist equips you with the knowledge to detect a potential leak and understand why calling a professional for AC repair in Warren is crucial.

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The Link Between AC Repairs and Tune-Ups

Monday, June 26th, 2023

Preventative maintenance is necessary for a lot of things. You get the oil changed in your car to prevent it from breaking down while you’re driving. You go to the doctor for annual check-ups to make sure things like your cholesterol level and blood pressure are where they should be. These things aren’t fun to schedule and take care of, but you do it anyway because you know it’s necessary for your safety and health.

Your HVAC systems also need preventive maintenance to avoid problems down the road. In order to try and avoid air conditioning repair during a heatwave, you get your AC tuned up in the spring before you start using it heavily. In order to enjoy the holidays with a working furnace, you schedule heating tune-ups in the fall. Or at least–you should be. Let’s go over the link between tune-ups and how they can prevent repairs.

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3 Common AC Problems, Symptoms, and Their Repairs

Monday, June 12th, 2023

When a homeowner with a malfunctioning air conditioner wants to know what’s going on, nine times out of ten, they’re probably going to search online for it. Turning to the internet for help is common and hey, that’s probably how you ended up here. 

Homeowners turn to the Internet for several reasons. First, they want to know if it’s something they might be able to fix on their own. Two, they want to know if it’s something they did out of neglect. And three, they want to get an idea of what’s wrong and how much it’ll cost to fix it. 

It’s great to be a proactive homeowner and to try and understand what’s wrong with your system. However, we hope you’ll leave the necessary air conditioning service in Union to the pros if you realize the “fix” isn’t something as simple as changing the air filter.

Let’s go over the answers to the questions that brought you here. Here are 3 common AC issues and the problem, their symptoms, and the likely repair.

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Several Sounds You Should Hear Your Air Conditioner Make

Monday, July 11th, 2022

woman-holding-hand-to-ear-to-listenIf you’ve ever read an AC repair blog that tells you some of the signs that a system is in disrepair, then you know that strange noises are one of those indicators. We often spend time telling customers what their air conditioner shouldn’t be doing, and as such, it can be easy to forget to explain what an air conditioner should be doing.

After all, air conditioners are big, complex, pieces of machinery and they are always going to make some noises that might be questionable. But the fact of the matter is, not all noises need to cause alarm. Read on as we put these sounds in context.

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Ice and Air Conditioners Don’t Go Together: Here’s Why!

Monday, August 9th, 2021

ice-on-air-conditionerHave you recently noticed ice on the coils of your air conditioner? Are you wondering if it’s a normal thing? Ice and air conditioners are a bad combination. In the case of frozen coils, these usually result due to a refrigerant leak or a clogged air filter. The airflow in your system becomes uneven, so that coils are unable to stay warm. As the temperature of the coils drops, they freeze and are unable to function properly. This can prevent your AC from cooling well. 

In the case of a refrigerant leak, it can lower the pressure levels of this coolant in your system. As a result, the internal temperature of the system falls, and ice forms over the coils. Refrigerant leaks are worrying due to other reasons too.  It’s the chemical substance responsible for actually cooling your home. Without it, or without enough of it, your compressor (the heart of your air conditioner) will struggle to perform and may even break down years before its time. 

Here we highlight some of the most common signs that your AC coils may have ice on them. We also discuss what you can do to resolve the problem. 

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3 Signs of an AC in Disrepair

Monday, August 10th, 2020

two-techs-with-tool-bag-by-outdoor-ac-unitDid you know that this is the time of year you’re most likely to experience an AC repair issue? Now, no air conditioner will last forever, but yours should be able to make it through this summer–especially if it’s under 10 years of age and it’s been routinely maintained.

What’s that? You haven’t scheduled maintenance yet?

That’s okay! It’s more important that you’re consistent with scheduling tune-ups each year than it is what time of the year you have it done. But regardless of whether you had maintenance done yet or not, it’s important to know the signs of an air conditioner in disrepair. Otherwise, cooling system problems can go unaddressed until they lead to much bigger emergencies, like a total breakdown.

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Know the Signs of a Struggling Cooling System

Monday, August 26th, 2019

top-view-of-air-conditioning-outdoor-unitSummer is progressing right along, and you’ve likely been using your air conditioner on a daily basis as a result. The last thing you need, then, is a sudden and unexpected breakdown and repair call when temperatures are at their highest.

The good news here is that most cooling system repair needs give out signs and symptoms well before the air conditioner actually breaks down. While you shouldn’t attempt to formally diagnose or even repair a faulty air conditioner yourself since they include potentially harmful components such as refrigerant—which requires formal training and licensing to safely handle—you can still spot these signs that you’re in need of AC repairs. So, what are the most common indicators?

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2 Unexpected Reasons for AC Repairs

Monday, May 21st, 2018

technician working on air conditioning unitWeird things can happen that cause your air conditioner to fail. We aren’t talking about anything too bizarre, but they can definitely be unexpected for homeowners who aren’t too familiar with HVAC equipment or how their air conditioners operate.

But any need for AC repair in Union, NJ is no surprise to our HVAC technicians, who have seen it all. The average homeowner is rarely aware of what can cause an air conditioning system failure—and it can definitely sneak up on you. So without further ado, here are a couple unexpected reasons for AC repairs, and a couple not-so-surprising reasons for AC problems.

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What You Should Know about AC Refrigerants

Monday, July 31st, 2017

AC-Condenser-UnitYou probably already know that your air conditioner uses refrigerant (although you might have heard it called by a brand name, “Freon”). When an air conditioner isn’t working properly, homeowners often ask us this: “Does it just need more Freon?”

Sometimes, an air conditioner does only need to be recharged with refrigerant, a chemical blend of which there are actually many brands and types. But usually, it’s a bit more complex than this. To help you understand a bit more about refrigerants, their impact on the environment, and what happens when it runs low, we provide some pertinent information in today’s post.

To learn more or to schedule service for your AC system today, reach out to our air conditioning contractors in Union, NJ.

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Why Would an Air Conditioner Leak Water?

Monday, July 17th, 2017

AC-evaporator-coil-air-conditioningA water leak from your air conditioner can cause hundreds or thousands of dollars in damages—yikes! First, let’s clear up some initial confusion about this topic. No, your air conditioner does not use water to run (unless it is an evaporative cooler, systems which are only common in dry desert climates). So where is the water coming from?

More importantly, what can you do to prevent water from leaking in the first place, and what should you do when you notice a problem? We’ll cover all of that in today’s guide. For more information, reach out to our friendly team!

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