If your air conditioning is not working correctly, we diagnose the problem quickly. If a repair is the best option for you, we make sure it is done quickly and correctly. Our vehicles are well-stocked, so many repair jobs can be accomplished on the same visit as the estimate!
Is It Time for AC Repairs?
To minimize the risk of significant damage to your air conditioner, it’s crucial to promptly schedule service when you detect any problems with your AC. Waiting until your system completely breaks down is not ideal. Instead, keep an eye (or ear) out for warning signs that indicate the need for air conditioning repairs.
Pay attention to the following indicators:
- Strange sounds or smells.
- Blowing warm air.
- Quick starting and stopping.
- Higher-than-usual energy bills.
Don’t disregard seemingly minor issues like strange sounds during your AC’s operation. If you notice any alarming new sounds or if your system starts making usual sounds more insistently, it’s important to inform us. This could be a sign of a serious underlying problem. Call our team immediately to schedule AC repairs!
Air Conditioning Repair Service – 24 Hour AC Repair Available
At Beachwood Air, our friendly and well-trained technicians are equipped with the necessary skills to service, install, and repair HVAC systems of all makes and models. We arrive at each job with industry-grade tools and equipment, enabling us to diagnose and complete repairs promptly.
If you need your air conditioner operating as soon as possible, call (732) 231-5857. A member of our team is standing by 24/7 to help you beat the heat.
What Causes Your Air Conditioner to Stop Working?
There are many reasons AC units might stop working, including:
- Mechanical complications
- Dirty air filters
- Low refrigerant
- A blocked condenser unit
- A defective thermostat
- Frozen evaporator coils
If left unaddressed, low refrigerant levels will eventually lead to frozen evaporator coils, causing numerous complications.
Signs your AC Unit is likely too low on refrigerant:
- Your electric bill rapidly increases
- Ice appears on refrigerant lines
- Water leaks around the heater
- Your home won’t cool
- Your vents blow warm air
- The programmed temperature is never reached
- You hear hissing or bubbling noises in the AC unit
Frozen Evaporator Coils
Insufficient airflow is another common cause of frozen evaporator coils. Over time, limited airflow can cause condensation on the coils to freeze. The presence of ice on the evaporator coils can create a cycle where more ice forms until the coils are completely frozen. Fortunately, you can take proactive steps to prevent these issues, such as:
- Checking refrigerant levels
- Changing your air filters
- Keeping supply vents open
- Increasing fan speed
- Checking for thermostat failure
- Inspecting the condensate drain
- Making sure window units are angled correctly
Dirty Condenser Coils
Accumulation of dirt and dust on condenser coils significantly obstructs heat transfer, leading to frozen evaporator coils. Reduced heat transfer to the outside air results in a less effective cooling system. As evaporator coils are often sealed and difficult to repair, we highly recommend contacting our expert HVAC technicians.
If your evaporator coils freeze over, the blower fan can overheat from the strain of pulling air through ice-encased coils.
An AC unit’s fan motor can also malfunction. Give us a call if:
- The AC fans won’t start or stop
- The blades rotate slowly
- You notice loud rattling, humming, or buzzing noises
- Your AC turns off erratically
At Beachwood Air, we use industry-grade equipment to fix leaky ducts. If you experience uneven airflow from your heating or AC system, unusually high energy bills, or stuffy indoor conditions, contact us. We can inspect your ductwork for holes, poor insulation, and twisted segments in attics and crawl spaces.
Pools of Water Forming Around AC Unit
When water accumulates around an AC unit, it may indicate an underlying issue. Common reasons for water pooling include a malfunctioning condensation pump or a blocked drain hole. If the unit fails to expel condensation properly, the water will overflow and leak. This can result in the growth of mold and mildew, as well as clogging of the AC system.
A faulty thermostat can cause various problems. When stuck in the on-mode, it continuously circulates coolant through the radiator, straining the unit. Additionally, a thermostat may fail to respond to your settings, causing the HVAC system to cycle on and off rapidly, display inaccurate temperature readings, or cease functioning altogether. If you have an old thermostat, we recommend upgrading to a smart thermostat. Our A/C repair specialists can assist you with the installation process.
When a drain line becomes clogged, condensation becomes trapped in the waterline and drain pan, leading to increased indoor humidity levels. Excessive humidity contributes to uncomfortable and sticky conditions, as well as mold growth. Additionally, stagnant water around the AC unit can cause corrosion and rust.
Should I Call an AC Repair Technician?
Signs Your Air Conditioner Needs to Be Repaired
- Your AC is blowing warm/hot air
- Your AC is not simply producing air from the vents
- Your AC is abnormally noisy
- Your AC smells musty
- Your electricity bill skyrocketed
If your air conditioner is blowing hot or warm air, it is likely due to low refrigerant levels or a malfunctioning compressor unit. It could also be a result of a broken or disconnected return duct that draws in hot air from the crawl space or attic.
When a fan’s motor malfunctions, the fan belt becomes loose, or the blades become clogged with debris and dirt, your blower may fail to distribute air effectively. Insufficient airflow will prevent your home from cooling down adequately. Fortunately, One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning specializes in identifying and resolving airflow issues promptly.
Short-cycling is a common and problematic AC malfunction where the unit turns on and off inconsistently or prematurely. Short-cycling often indicates underlying complications, such as low refrigerant due to leaks, a leaky ventilation system, inaccurate thermostat readings, clogged air filters, or an air conditioner that is either too large or too small for the space it cools.
- Low refrigerant due to leaks
- A leaky ventilation system
- Defective thermostat readings
- Clogged air filters
- An oversized or undersized air conditioner
As previously mentioned, high humidity levels can lead to mold, mildew, and respiratory ailments. Excessive humidity also creates sticky and uncomfortable conditions. To help your AC reduce indoor humidity, we recommend having a professional:
- Adjust your fan speed
- Install a thermal expansion valve (TXV)
- Clean your evaporator coils
- Check your refrigerant charge
Indoor AC leaks are often the result of a clog in the condensate drain line, obstructing the water’s flow. When the drain line is clogged, the trapped condensation causes water to leak as it tries to escape. This can lead to property damage, mold growth, musty odors, and increased indoor humidity.
Unpleasant and musty odors are often associated with AC issues. Stagnant water is a common cause of musty smells, which can accumulate in AC drain pans, ducts, and drip lines, fostering the growth of fungi and mildew.
Loud buzzing noises are a clear sign that something is not right with your air conditioner. It may be the consequence of a loose part, a mechanical malfunction with the compressor, missing or broken isolation feet, or a refrigerant leak. We can promptly inspect and diagnose the issue.
Higher Energy Bill
Air conditioners consume a significant amount of electricity and often account for the highest utility costs in many households. If you observe sudden or unexpected spikes in your monthly electric bill, it could indicate inefficiency in your AC system. Aging of an old AC unit may contribute to this issue. Inefficiency can also result from dirty filters, duct leaks, faulty motors, defective capacitors, or low refrigerant levels. By regularly performing proactive maintenance, Beachwood Air can assess each component to optimize your AC unit’s performance.
Contact us today to discover how we can restore your AC to its original efficiency! We are available 24/7 to address your emergency service needs.
How Much Does an Air Conditioner Repair Cost?
Multiple factors determine the cost of air conditioner repairs, including:
- The type of repair
- Whether or not there’s a warranty
- The condition of your AC unit
- The difficulty of the repair
- The parts needed to perform the repair
- The labor involved
After conducting an inspection and diagnosis, we will provide you with a detailed and transparent price estimate. You can be confident that we will never add hidden fees at any point.
We understand that a tight budget shouldn’t hinder you from receiving necessary HVAC assistance. If you choose one of our financing options, we can offer flexible payment plans, credit lines, and financing that suits your needs.
Should I Repair or Replace My Air Conditioner?
EnergyStar recommends replacing any AC unit older than 10 years. As an air conditioning system deteriorates, the cost-effectiveness of repairs diminishes. Unless the repair is a simple fix, such as replacing a worn fan belt or unclogging a condenser, we suggest considering a complete replacement of your AC unit. It’s crucial to remember that as an air conditioner ages, finding compatible mechanical parts often becomes challenging or costly. This can complicate future repairs and increase expenses.
Steps to Troubleshoot Common AC Problems Before Calling for Repair
The next time you’re dealing with AC issues, you can take these DIY measures immediately:
- Replace dirty/clogged air filters
- Check thermostat settings
- Check your home’s main electrical panel to ensure the circuit breaker isn’t flipped off
- Survey the outside AC condenser for damages, debris and dirt
- Make sure all indoor vents are open and unblocked
If these troubleshooting tips don’t resolve the problem easily, don’t hesitate to contact us. We are available 24/7 to provide A/C repair services near you, even on weekends and holidays.
We’re Ready to Solve Your AC Problems Now!
If you are looking for reliable air conditioner service, call or contact us online to request an appointment today!