Schaal Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Blog : Posts Tagged ‘air conditioning repair’

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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3 Reasons to Replace Your Ductless Mini-Split

Monday, August 26th, 2019

We often talk about the benefits of a ductless mini-split system. Their increased efficiency, reverse heating system, even the advantages of a no-ductwork-needed installation. However, a well-informed consumer should also be aware of the common problems that come from ductless mini-splits, and remember to contact the professionals for air conditioning repair in Indianola, IA.

They actually aren’t as bad as you’d imagine, and these are problems that are easily mitigated with our Priority Maintenance Plan and just some yearly inspections. As far as air conditioners come, every system will have its problems. After all, they are machines that require maintenance, upgrades, and replacements as much as any other machine. We still recommend ductless AC units for many homes, because they provide great air conditioning when their problems are resolved.

So, let’s get down to business. What are the problems with a ductless mini-split?

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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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How a Dirty Air Filter Affects Your AC

Monday, 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

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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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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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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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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