Schaal Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Blog : Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

AC Tip: Don’t Ignore Short Cycling

Monday, 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?

Monday, 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?

Monday, 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?

Monday, 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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How AC Tune-Ups Prevent Repairs

Monday, July 16th, 2018

man-with-fanIf you are checking in on this blog hoping to see us present some tips for getting a 100% reliable performance from your air conditioner, save yourself some time and stop doing so. There is no such post forthcoming, because there is no tip that we or anyone else can offer that will allow you to enjoy 100% reliability. All air conditioners, even those that are built by the best manufacturers in the industry, are going to suffer from occasional operational problems. That doesn’t mean that you need to accept an unreliable performance, however.

There is a big difference between 100% reliable and as reliable as possible—chiefly the fact that the latter is actually possible! How do you get the most reliable performance that your AC can offer? The answer is simple. Pick up the phone, dial our number, and schedule routine air conditioning maintenance. No, this doesn’t mean that you’ll never need air conditioning repair in Urbandale, IA. It does mean, however, that you’ll need repairs as infrequently as possible.

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Why Is My AC Leaking Water?

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

AC-toolsWhat would you do if you were passing by your indoor AC unit and wound up with soaking wet feet? You’d probably be pretty confused, right? After all, air conditioners (with the exception of evaporative coolers, which are not really used around here) don’t have a water supply piped into them. Why would they, when they don’t require the use of water at any point in their operation? So does that mean that you’re imagining things?

Well, no. The fact is that you may well have water spilling out of your air conditioner. It is not really a leak in the sense that you may expect, though. There is no storage tank or supply line holding or bringing water into your system. However, moisture does have a role in the air conditioning process. Confused yet? Just keep reading, and learn more about why your air conditioner may (appear to) be leaking water. Let us know if you notice any such problems in your home.

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Problems Caused By Dirty AC Filters

Monday, June 18th, 2018

changing-air-filterWe discussed how important it is to keep a fresh air filter in a forced air heating system a few months back. Because changing the air filter in a forced air system is one of the most important steps that homeowners can handle themselves in terms of system maintenance, we want to use today’s post to discuss how doing so can benefit your central AC system, too. Summer is upon us, and you should take any available measures to get the most from your AC.

Changing the air filter is quite simple—in most systems, there will even be arrows or other markings to match up with the filter which will show you how to face it! Just because it is simple and just because replacement filters of this kind are cheap does not mean that changing the air filter is any less vital, though. Sometimes, those “minor” steps can really be deceiving in terms of importance. So here’s how a dirty filter can compromise your air conditioning in Ankeny, IA.

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AC FAQ: How Do I Add Refrigerant?

Monday, June 4th, 2018

ac-toolsThe short answer is that you don’t. Your air conditioner needs refrigerant if it is going to do its one and only job—cooling your home. That is due to the fact that refrigerant is the heat transfer fluid in your central air conditioning system. Remember that your air conditioner is not creating new, cool air when it cools your home. Instead, it is siphoning heat out of the air, resulting in a cooler feeling, and redistributing that cooled air throughout your home.

As you can imagine, that heat has to go somewhere. It cannot just sit in the refrigerant that has absorbed it via the evaporation process, because then the refrigerant would be too hot to draw more heat out of the air.  That is why the refrigerant goes out to the condenser coil outside. There, it releases its heat as it is compressed, before starting the cycle all over again in order to maintain comfortable temperatures. So when is refrigerant consumed?

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AC Replacement: 3 Factors to Consider

Monday, April 9th, 2018

AC-technicianYou don’t need us to remind you that the heat of summer is still off in the distance. Much as you may be done with winter weather at this point, it will be a while yet before warm, sunny days are the norm once more. So why are we going to be talking about air conditioning systems today? Because we’re not just talking about AC systems, but AC replacements. More specifically, we are going to give you some tips that will help you to determine if this is the year for replacing your air conditioner.

If so, then now truly is the time to start thinking about it. After all, it does not really make sense to put your air conditioning replacement on hold until you actually need your air conditioning in Altoona, IA regularly, does it? By scheduling your AC replacement ahead of time, you get access to AC technicians before the busiest time of their year arrives, and you ensure that you’ll have a great system up and running by the time the temperature starts to soar.

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Is My Air Conditioner Leaking Refrigerant?

Monday, September 11th, 2017

AC-technician-outdoorsHopefully not, because a refrigerant leak in an air conditioner can actually do a very considerable amount of damage to that system. That is precisely why we are talking about this subject in today’s post. While refrigerant leaks can prove devastating if left to themselves, there are plenty of warning signs that you may notice which can tip you off to the problem. You just have to know what it is that you are looking for.

While we are not able to give you any definitive way in which to avoid refrigerant leaks entirely, we are happy to share the following information with you so that you are at least able to spot any refrigerant leaks in a timely manner. This gives you a serious advantage in preventing damage to your air conditioner in Des Moines, IA. If and when you do require any AC repairs, for refrigerant leaks or otherwise, call Schaal, ya’all!

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