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

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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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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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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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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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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3 Reasons Your Air Conditioner May Be Blowing Warm Air

Monday, August 8th, 2016

When you come home after a long day out in the heat, you want to walk into a comfortable environment. If you enter your home, having left the air conditioner running, only to find that it is hot inside, something is obviously wrong. In some cases, the air conditioner may have broken down. What if it is still running, though, but blowing hot air from its vents?

There are a few different problems that could lead to this phenomenon. Read on to learn a bit about the potential causes of the issue. If you suspect that your air conditioner is in trouble, be sure to make ours the number that you dial for quality AC repairs in Des Moines, IA.

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Some Air Conditioning Sounds to Listen For

Monday, July 25th, 2016

Even the quietest air conditioning systems on the market are going to make some noise. That doesn’t mean that you can downplay any strange or excessively loud sounds that your air conditioner may make, though. If your system is much noisier than usual, or if it’s making sounds that you’ve never heard before, contact us right away. These noises could actually be indicative of the need for air conditioning repairs in Des Moines, IA.

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Why Is My Air Conditioner Running in Short Bursts?

Monday, July 18th, 2016

Using a central air conditioner that is properly installed in your home, routinely maintained, and repaired promptly when necessary generally means that you’ll be able to enjoy a great performance from your home cooling system. Problems do develop, though, that aforementioned habit of having your system repaired promptly is a must if you want to limit the extent of any damage to your system. An AC that is cycling on and off quickly, running only in short bursts, is a sure sign of trouble. If you notice that your AC in Des Moines, IA is afflicted in this way, dial our number for service immediately.

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Why Is There Ice on My Air Conditioning System?

Monday, May 9th, 2016

If you notice that there is ice on your air conditioning system, on the outdoor unit, the evaporator coil, or the refrigerant lines in particular, you may think that your system is just cooling things down exceptionally well. In truth, though, ice on one’s air conditioning system is always a sign of trouble, and of potentially serious problems with one’s home cooling system. If you notice ice on your air conditioner, or if you see water dripping that may be resulting from the melting of ice, let us know right away. The longer that the root cause of the problem goes unresolved, the greater the risk to your air conditioner in Des Moines, IA.

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Is a Dirty Air Filter Really That Serious of a Problem?

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Before we go any further here, let us answer the question that we’ve posed in the title of this post: yes, a dirty air filter is a very serious problem. While routine air conditioning maintenance is certainly the best way in which to keep your air conditioner in fine working condition, you cannot settle for having your air filter changed just once or twice a year. Typically, an air filter will have to be changed every 1-3 months. There are too many variables to consider to give you a guarantee as to how frequently your air filter will have to be changed. What we can give you, though, is some information regarding the issues caused by clogged filters.

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