Schaal Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Blog: Posts Tagged ‘AC Repair’

3 Things Not to Do to Your AC

Monday, September 7th, 2020

We talk all the time about what you should always be doing for your AC. After all, it’s always easy to be proactive than reactive, so being vigilant isn’t a hard thing to get in the habit of when you have our help. However, we never go into detail about the more sinister things that happen to an AC when a homeowner does something they shouldn’t. What are those things? Well, let’s dive right into it.

Unless you like having to call an HVAC contractor in Des Moines, IA over and over again, it’s important to treat your air conditioner the way it should be treated. Stay away from opening it up, putting your hands where you shouldn’t, and trying to diagnose things yourself.

If you’re looking for more specific directions when it comes to things you should never do to your AC, then keep reading. We’ll give you some good introspection towards the “do’s” and “don’ts” of air conditioning.

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Is Your AC Struggling? Here’s Why

Monday, August 24th, 2020

Imagine two types of air conditioners. Air conditioner “A” works quietly throughout the night to keep a home cool. Day after day, a home is protected by the scorching temperatures outside, and eventually the energy bill comes in for the month. The family of this air conditioner is pleasantly surprised by the steady but low amount of energy the system consumes to keep them happy.

Air conditioner “B” on the other hand, keeps a family awake every night with obnoxious sounds. They’re constantly worried about repair bills and have trouble sleeping or getting work done because they’re nervous about the system’s condition. Eventually, they look at the energy bill and they’ll be forced to postpone their yearly vacation because there’s no way they’ll be able to afford it with this type of bill.

If you’re more like the family with air conditioner “B,” then it might be time to call for HVAC in Des Moines, IA to become more like the family with air conditioner “A!”

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Top 3 Most Common Ductless AC Repairs

Monday, July 13th, 2020

ductless-airi-conditionerDuctless air conditioners really are some of the most reliable air conditioners on the market. Some homeowners have the misconception because they’re small and out of the way, that they’re cheap junk. That couldn’t be further from the truth! Sometimes a small and out of the way unit can be just as powerful as a central air conditioner, and just as reliable as well.

With all that said, there are still some ductless AC repair in Des Moines you should prepare for if you’re a ductless owner. We use these systems day and night throughout the summers here in Iowa, which means they’re bound to run into some sort of problem after years of worthy service.

Let’s talk about some of the ways a ductless system runs into issues, and what you can do about them!

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Everything You Need to Know About a Refrigerant Leak

Monday, June 15th, 2020

rooftop-ac-unitRefrigerant leaks can be extremely detrimental to the lifespan and efficiency of your air conditioner. Not only is refrigerant integral to the cooling process, but the less of it that exists in your system, the harder your air conditioner will have to work to meet your comfort demands. Do you notice a cycle?

Catching a refrigerant leak is the first step in breaking the vicious cycle of air conditioner repair and breakdowns. By ignoring something like this, you’re only setting yourself up for disaster in the future. HVAC service in Altoona, IA doesn’t have to be a hassle, and when it comes to detecting a refrigerant leak and addressing it, you’ll be glad you called us.

So, let’s go into detail about what harm a refrigerant leak can cause for your AC and what can be done to mitigate the damage.

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Are You Suffering from an Electrical AC Problem?

Monday, May 18th, 2020

tech-and-homeownerAir conditioners don’t suffer from electrical problems any more than they suffer from other problems. The only difference is that it can often be hard for homeowners to detect an electrical problem, especially if they don’t have a background in HVAC technology or electrical engineering!

That doesn’t mean you should ignore an electrical problem when it pops up! On the contrary, in this blog post, we’re going to talk about some common electrical problems that can occur within an air conditioner so you know the signs to look for. Once you notice an electrical issue taking place in your air conditioner, you can call a team of professionals and better direct them to the source of the problem.

So, keep reading below and keep in mind that our team is always available to look at your air conditioning in Des Moines, IA.

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What to Look for in a Great Maintenance Plan

Monday, September 9th, 2019

If you’re looking for quality air conditioning maintenance, then you’re going to need to sign up for a quality maintenance plan. Air conditioners don’t last forever, and their problems usually require expensive AC repair in Clive, IA. Problem is, due to diagnostic fees, repair costs, and labor costs, maintenance can get pricey if you’re not looking ahead.

Fortunately, most HVAC contractors include a maintenance plan for homeowners who are trying to get ahead of the game. Thing is, every maintenance plan is going to be different–so we’d like to talk a bit about what makes a great maintenance plan. A great maintenance plan will ensure you pay the lowest amount of money for the highest return value on your air conditioner.

So, what should you be on the lookout for?

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Why Is My Air Conditioner Leaking Water?

Monday, 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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AC FAQ: System Blowing Warm Air?

Monday, 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!

Monday, 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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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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