Schaal Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Blog

Why Is My Air Conditioner Leaking Water?

August 12th, 2019

question-markHave you ever walked by a house or apartment with a window unit that’s dripping water? No, that isn’t a special kind of air conditioner, and no it’s not about to short circuit. Air conditioners produce water. It’s a natural by-product of the cooling process. If it weren’t for this process, we’d still be uncomfortable even with the chilled air from our ACs.

However, while some leaks are normal, many are not. There is a specific component of your air conditioner, the condensate drain, that is intended to catch all the condensate water pulled from inside your home and then dump it outside. If there are problems with this drain that stops water from exiting, you might end up finding water leaking elsewhere in your home. In that case, you’re better off calling an HVAC contractor in Indianola, IA.

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Ductless Cooling: Have You Made the Switch?

July 29th, 2019

ductless-blowerWe want to preface today’s post by noting that we understand there is no single air conditioning system that is going to be ideal for every homeowner. If there were a universally perfect fit for every home and every homeowner, then there would not be so many different options available for purchase and installation. That being said, it is pretty tough to argue against the benefits of a ductless HVAC system. We’ll dive into those benefits further below (there are a lot of them to consider).

Before we do, let us also note that a ductless system, like any other whole-house HVAC system, is going to require a professional installation and ongoing services. When it comes to your AC installation, routine maintenance, or unexpected air conditioning repair in Johnston, IA, we’re the pros that you want on the job. Your comfort is too important—and our summers are too hot!—to take any chances with your home cooling system.

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AC FAQ: System Blowing Warm Air?

July 15th, 2019

man-with-fanWhen we’re in the midst of the summer season, there are certain things you want to do. Get outside, soak up the sun, go swimming, maybe check out a ball game or two. What you probably look forward to the most as your day draws to a close, however, is simply getting home and getting out of the heat! That’s what makes it so disheartening to enter your living space only to discover that your AC is blowing around warm air!

The good news is that this is not necessarily the result of a serious problem with your air conditioner. The bad news is that, well, it just might mean that you have a serious problem with your air conditioner. The key to handling the situation is to have a skilled professional make the diagnosis—usually. There is one specific solution in this post you can definitely handle yourself. So read on, and schedule your AC services in Clive with us.

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AC Repair Tip: Delaying Service Can Cost You Big!

July 1st, 2019

AC-technician-workingChances are that if we asked how important your air conditioner is to you throughout the summer season, you’d say something along the lines of “very, obviously.” Unfortunately, while that is a common sentiment, too many homeowners still fail to treat their air conditioners with the level of priority that a crucial system deserves. Truth be told, we’re often found repairing air conditioning problems that could have been minimized with more prompt action.

If you have any reason at all to suspect that you may need professional air conditioning repairs in Clive, IA, then contact a member of our team right away. The problem is not going to resolve itself, and no problem is so “minor” that it can be ignored for long. Don’t give those issues that may not seem like a huge priority the opportunity they need to snowball—that’s one particular snowball that will stand up to summer heat!

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How a Dirty Air Filter Affects Your AC

June 17th, 2019

filterMy air conditioner starts up when it should start, and it cools down my home when I want it to. Well, for the most part. Well, it starts up, but then it shuts down pretty quickly. But it still cools my home. You know. Mostly.

Let us stop you right there and ask a question. If your car started up, didn’t really run too well, and shut down unexpectedly on you, would you feel safe jumping in for a ride? We’re betting that the answer is no, even if you like to live with a bit of adventure here and there.

Why, then, would you put up with that kind of a performance from your air conditioning system? If you ask us, as you should when it comes to all things HVAC in Altoona, IA, you deserve a lot more than that. And something that too few people seem to realize is that many problems are actually caused by homeowners themselves, as they fail to change their air filters as needed.

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AC Tip: Don’t Ignore Short Cycling

June 3rd, 2019

AC-unit-outdoorsWe know that it can be easy to avoid dealing with air conditioning problems. This is especially true when your air conditioner is still technically up and running. The last thing that you want to do, though, is give any problems with your air conditioning system the opportunity that they need to get worse. The longer that you wait to have any problems resolved by a professional HVAC contractor in Altoona, IA, the worse off your system is likely to be.

Short cycling is one such problem that too many homeowners ignore until they are suffering from the further problems that it can create. If your system is short cycling, then you’ll want our help and you’ll want it fast. This begs the question, though: what is short cycling, anyway? Read on to learn more about this problem and the toll that takes on air conditioners.

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What Does a Refrigerant Leak Mean for My Air Conditioner?

May 20th, 2019

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There are a lot of different problems that homeowners may run into with their air conditioning systems. It is important that any and all problems with your AC are addressed as swiftly as possible in order to minimize the risk of serious damage to your system. Even “minor” issues can cause big problems if given the opportunity.

Now, that being said, not all air conditioning problems are on the same level. Yes, they are all deserving of prompt attention. However, something like a refrigerant leak needs to be prioritized immediately. A refrigerant leak can do very real damage to your system if allowed to persist. Here are some signs that your air conditioning in Altoona, IA, may be on the line with a refrigerant leak.

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Is Your Air Conditioner Going to Succeed This Summer?

May 6th, 2019

AC-technician-workingIt’s a thought that you may not really want to explore: What if my air conditioner does not make it through the summer season? Let us make it clear right off the bat, though. It is definitely in your best interest, should this concern arise, to consider it very carefully. Can we replace your air conditioner for you in the middle of the summer following a breakdown? Well yes, of course. Is it much, much more convenient for you to have it replaced before things devolve to that level?

Absolutely.

Your air conditioner is most likely to give out on you just when you need it most, and when it is working its hardest. This is likely to be at a very hot point in the year, when your HVAC contractor in Ankeny, IA, is quite busy. Don’t risk discomfort while you wait for an available technician to remove your old system and get a new one in place. Consider the following, and let us know if you think it’s time to get a new AC installed.

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What Can Air Conditioning Maintenance Do for You?

April 22nd, 2019

condenser-unitIn this day and age, when it seems like there is someone trying to sell you something everywhere you go, it makes sense to exercise some level of caution when making investments and buying into different programs. One investment that is without a doubt worth your money is routine air conditioning maintenance. And our Schaal Priority Maintenance Agreement and Guarantees are definitely worth your consideration! More on that below. We want to get right to the heart of the matter of maintenance first.

Before we even dive into the issue of routine maintenance and its various benefits, however, we want to get this out of the way—you need to work with a reputable HVAC company in Ankeny, IA, if you want to get the most from your maintenance service and agreement. Routine HVAC maintenance is not a job that you can handle on your own, and it is not one that every service company excels in. When you work with the professionals on our team, though, you can count on a job well done every time, every step of the way. And now, onto those benefits!

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What Those Furnace Sounds Might Mean

April 8th, 2019

covering-earsThings are certainly warming up out there, but you’re definitely not done with your heating system just yet. No, you may not need to be running your heater around the clock the way you were even just a few weeks ago, but chances are that you’ll need to take the chill out of the air here and there for a bit longer this year. That’s a lot easier to do when your heating system is in great working condition.

All of this is to say that it is not too late in the season to schedule professional furnace repair in Pleasant Hill, IA. We know, we know—you are fairly certain that your heater is going to make it through the season. We’re so close—why worry about it now? Well, because prompt service, regardless of seasonality, is always in your best interest and is best for your systems. If your furnace is making strange sounds, for instance,  it may be a matter of concern.

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