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

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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Keep the Coils on Your AC Clean!

Monday, August 28th, 2017

evaporator-coilIt’s getting late in the summer season, and before long we are going to be turning to our heaters, and not our air conditioners, in our efforts to live comfortably. That doesn’t mean that we’re out of the cooling season just yet, though, or that it is too late to impart some AC-related wisdom upon our readers. Today we want to talk about some very important components of the air conditioner — the coils — and why it is so important to keep them clean.

Routine air conditioning maintenance will ensure that your coils are clean at least once a year — and we strongly recommend that you explore the benefits of enrolling in our maintenance plan — but sometimes that just isn’t enough. You shouldn’t be disassembling your AC to clean any components on your own, but there are steps that you can take to help protect your air conditioner in Des Moines, IA. Read on to learn more about these coils, and how cleanliness affects them.

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Help! I’ve Got Hot Spots!

Monday, August 14th, 2017

Service-timeWhen you cool your home, it is not enough to do a decent job of it. You want your entire home cooled effectively, and that means that you’ve got to cool your entire home evenly. Unfortunately, this is something that homeowners sometimes struggle to do consistently. So what’s the problem? Well, as is the case with so many AC issues, there are a number of potential answers to that question. That is why working with professional AC repair technicians is so important.

If you are not able to cool your home evenly, then you simply are not going to be able to live in the level of comfort that we know you deserve. Do not tell yourself that it is normal to have hot spots throughout your home. This is only “normal” if you are not normally able to cool your home successfully! Working with our technicians can help you to avoid the inefficiency, discomfort, and system strain that can result from hot spots.

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Beware These Ominous AC Noises

Monday, July 31st, 2017

An air conditioner unit outside a brick home in a residential neighborhood. The air conditioner is in a back yard in the hot summer season.The best way to prevent the costliest of air conditioning repairs is by scheduling routine air conditioning maintenance before summer even begins. If you skipped it this year, however, that’s okay—it’s not too late to schedule a tune-up with us and sign up for our comprehensive AC maintenance program.

Even with maintenance, however, there is always a chance that you may need Des Moines, IA air conditioning repairs at some point—after all, no home comfort system lasts forever! Your air conditioner is really no exception, with a limited lifespan of which when it nears the end, it’s a good idea to look into the possibility of a replacement. When the time comes, we can help you determine whether repair or replacement is the better option. In the meantime, beware of these noises, and be ready to call in a professional when you hear them.

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Is There Ice on Your Air Conditioner?

Monday, July 17th, 2017

AC-technician-workingIf so, then we have something to tell you — this is a bad sign! Yes, your air conditioner has one job and one job only: to cool your home. However, there is a major difference between a home cooling system and a freezer. While you may look at an air conditioner with ice on it and think it is just working a little too effectively, the fact is that ice on any air conditioning system is a sign of trouble.

The good news is that not every problem causing an air conditioner to ice over is going to be very serious. The bad news? At least one of them is. When it comes down to it, no matter what is causing this ice to form on your air conditioner in Des Moines, IA, acting quickly to resolve the problem is definitely in your best interest. Here are some potential causes of the problem. Remember, our technicians are always here to help. 

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Why Is My Air Conditioner Surrounded By Water?

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

woman-with-fanThere are certain air conditioning problems that, while inconvenient and annoying, are not exactly surprising or perplexing. A system that is blowing lukewarm air, for instance, or an AC that is making strange, loud sounds. These are not very surprising problems for such a system. What may be surprising to discover one day, though, is the fact that your air conditioner appears to have a sprung a leak and is now surrounded by a pool of water. What’s so surprising about this? For starters, the fact that your air conditioner does not actually use water in its operation.

Now, if you were to call us and tell us that your system is surrounded by water, we would not insinuate that you are mistaken or that you are pulling a prank on us. This problem can and does develop with air conditioners — it’s just not exactly the result of a leak as you’d normally define it. If your air conditioner in Des Moines, IA is leaking water, here are a few potential causes. Contact us with any questions that you may have.

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Why Opt for Ductless Cooling?

Monday, June 19th, 2017

ductless-blower-and-remoteHomeowners today do not lack for options when it comes to the way in which they choose to cool their homes. This is a good thing, but the sheer number of options can also prove a bit overwhelming for homeowners. If you are ready to replace your air conditioner due to a breakdown, or if you think this is the curtain call for an existing system and are looking forward to replacing it in the fall, keep ductless mini split systems in mind.

Ductless air conditioning systems have much to offer homeowners, and much to recommend them. While a ductless mini split may not be right for every home or every homeowner — no system is — they can benefit certain homes and homeowners in many different ways. Keep the following information in mind, and let us know if you are ready to start using a ductless air conditioner in Des Moines, IL.

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Never Leave a Dirty Filter in Your AC

Monday, June 5th, 2017

man-holding-air-filterOnce the heat of the summer season is upon us, you are going to want to flip on your central air conditioning system or heat pump and cool the air in your home effectively, reliably, and efficiently. This is not going to be possible if you fail to schedule the routine air conditioning maintenance service that your system needs in order to excel in its operation, though. Enrolling in our maintenance program makes it easy to ensure that your air conditioner is prepared for the work that lies ahead, year after year.

However, there is one aspect of air conditioning maintenance that really cannot wait a full year between being completed. That is the act of changing your air conditioner’s air filter. These filters typically require changing every 1-3 months, and cannot sit in the system until our technicians come out for yearly maintenance. While the bulk of your AC maintenance in Des Moines, IA must be left to trained professionals, this is one simple task that you can handle on your own to great benefit your comfort and your air conditioner itself. 

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