Walk-in Freezer & Cooler Troubleshooting Guide

Walk In Cooler & Freezer Troubleshooting Guide

Having a systematic approach for walk-in freezer and cooler maintenance is the best guide.

The walk-in freezer or walk-in cooler is a major part of many convenience stores, cafeterias, and restaurants. It is also a big energy user but is rarely even thought of until an issue happens.

Walk-in cooler and freezer problems like compressor failure and failure to maintain pressure can result in costly loss of products inside the cooler. These issues, as well as high energy use can actually be avoided by maintaining equipment and taking action.

How Evaporators Work

Moisture from air will freeze on the cooling coils of the freezer and will form a barrier from heat transfer. The air flow will then decrease due to ice buildup on the passages. Each evaporator will have a defrost cycle that will melt the built up ice on the coils. Water from the ice is drained from the freezer, normally.

Ice On The Evaporator 

It isn’t unusual to find the evaporator in a poor state. For an evaporator unit, whenever water isn’t drained right or the ice has not melted it could cause ice on the evaporator. Whenever the coil freezes, heat transfer is reduced which makes the compressor work longer and harder. It works harder due to suction pressure drops which makes the compressor work at a higher pressure, which requires more power. It will work longer because the heat transfer is reduced. Whenever there is excessive ice buildup, the compressor will run constantly and the freezer temperature won’t be maintained.

Water Won’t Drain Out Of Freezer

When the ice melts, the water has to be drain out of the freezer. This does not always happen. Trapped water that freezes can do a lot of damage, especially to an older freezer where the cracks allow water to come in and then it freezes and expands. Stalagmites and stalactites of ice will show up in the freezer are a reason to take action to avoid a lot of expensive damage.

How Condensers Work 

A condenser coil in the system will remove heat from the refrigeration system. It isn’t unusual to find the condenser in an enclosed space or spaces that do not have a lot air flow to remove heat from the space. The temperature near the compressor will result in a high head pressure for the compressor, which increases the power of the compressor.

Condenser Should Be We Ventilated 

To remove the heat, the condenser needs to be in a ventilated area where the temperature is controlled to allow heat to be removed. Enclosed spaces will need openings for exhaust and cooling air intake. In most cases, there will be a need for a fan to move enough air into the space. Whenever the heat from the condenser is not needed, it should be sent outside.

There are times where it can be used for heating areas such as a dry storage room, controls can be installed to direct the flow inside for heating and outside when heat is not required.

Check Condenser Coils Regularly

Condenser coils need to be regularly checked to see if they are clean. Debris and dust will act like ice buildup. This insulates the heat transfer and reduces air flow, which makes the compressor run longer and harder which may cause the compressor to fail.

Inspecting Refrigerated Space & Shell

However, if the space does not have any equipment or mechanical parts, it still needs to be checked. The freezer or cooler shell need to be regularly inspected for loose panels or installation and leaks. Leaks and other issues in the shell can cause too much moisture to get in which can cause a bigger issue. The door will be a main part of the cooler. Doors need to be sealed right to remove air infiltration which will increase the cooling load and cause a build up of moisture on the evaporator and in the space on as well. A buildup of frost on the door is normal as the whenever a door heater starts to fail, it will either keep it from closing or freeze shut. Proper care needs to be taken whenever placing items inside of the freezer. If the freezer is overcrowded with things, or things are in front of the evaporator fans, the circulation of air will be reduced as well as the performance of the refrigeration system.

Walk In Cooler & Freezer Maintenance Helps Avoid Energy Waste & Repairs

Walk In Cooler/Freezer maintenance and operation issues need to be addressed to avoid costly repairs and excessive energy use as well as potential loss of product.

A/C & Refrigeration Co

A/C & Refrigeration Co is an expert in Walk In Cooler Repair & Walk In Freezer Repair in Phoenix, Arizona. If you live in the Phoenix Valley and could use our services give us a call today at (602) 488-7161.

Fountain Hills Air Conditioning Repair

Air Conditioning Fountain Hills - AC Repair & Installation Services

Are you searching for “Air Conditioning Repair In Fountain Hills” because your home air conditioner is not blowing cold, your ac not working at all or you need air conditioning installation services? In either case, A/C & Refrigeration Co can help! We also offer commercial air conditioning services.

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When your residential air conditioner is broken in Fountain Hills, Arizona, or not cooling properly, call the experts at A/C & Refrigeration Co to troubleshoot and diagnose your home’s ac unit problem. If you are experiencing problems with your home air conditioning unit and need the help of a professional, give A/C & Refrigeration Co a call today at (602) 488-7161. Also, we provide air conditioning installation services.

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AC Troubleshooting & Diagnosis

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We will troubleshoot and diagnose your Air conditioning problem and provide a free service call and free ac repair estimate to let you know what it will cost to repair your ac unit. The most common problems with AC Units are: AC water leaks, AC not blowing cold, AC not working, and AC blowing hot. If you are experiencing any of the above AC problems, give us a call today at (602) 488-7161.

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Our air conditioning repair contractors are trained to know about your home’s air conditioner, regardless of the ac make and model. Our ac technicians are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide you with the best air conditioning repairs at a cost you can afford. Not only will we get your ac unit up and running, but we’ll also service it properly to run at max performance.

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Have an emergency air conditioning problem? No problem, we provide emergency ac repair in Fountain Hills, AZ for those unpredictable air conditioning emergencies day or night.

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When it comes time for AC replacement, you can count on A/C & Refrigeration Co to provide a high quality installation at a price that fits your budget. Choose from all types of air conditioning unit replacements for Fountain Hills residential properties.

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Air conditioning units in Arizona go through some of the most harsh work cycles in the United States. Although unwanted, replacing your home’s air conditioning unit and installing a brand new ac unit is inevitable. However, AC & Refrigeration Co provides high quality air conditioning installations to ensure you have the right new ac unit for your home.

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AC & Refrigeration Co is a licensed, bonded, and insured ac contractor that will protect you and your home from damage that could occur. Should one of our air conditioning contractors break something in your home while we are on your property, you are completely covered!

Our AC Repair contractors undergo regular drug tests and background test to ensure you are protected and safe while we are in your home.

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AC & Refrigeration Co offers routine Air conditioner maintenance, air conditioner tune-ups, refrigeration equipment maintenance and tune-ups and HVAC system tune-ups and maintenance for our Phoenix, Arizona clients. Regular maintenance of your refrigeration and HVAC systems can help prevent equipment breakdowns. Our experienced technicians will thoroughly inspect and test your equipment to keep it functioning at its best.

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We give you peace of mind with our expert HVAC/air conditioner tune-up and maintenance package. Make sure and ask our service technician about SRP and APS utility rebates. ACandRefrigeration is A+ rated with the BBB. Be sure to ask one of our customer service representatives or your service technician if there are any additional APS or SRP utility rebates available for your A/C tune-up.

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“A/C refrigeration is a great company to use. This is the second time they have helped me in 6 months when both of my motors broke on my ac unit. They have worked hard to make sure my extended warranty was in effect and all parts were covered under warranty. I would highly recommend them to anyone and will be using him in the future if necessary!”

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If you are experiencing problems with your home air conditioning unit, need air conditioning installation services or and need the help of a A/C Service Contractor, give A/C & Refrigeration Co a call today, or to request a free AC repairAC service or AC installation estimate in Fountain Hills, AZ by calling us at 602-488-7161, or by filling out our quick contact form.

Furnace Not Blowing Hot Air – Problems & Solutions

Furnace Not Blowing Hot Air - Problems & Solutions

Is your “furnace not blowing out hot air”? Here is a guide to show you how your furnace should be working and tips to fix it and get it running again.

If you have read any of our posts, then you should know that we don’t talk about a topic without explaining how the system should be working in the first place. For this topic, we will give you a basic understanding of how the furnace works so that we can figure out what might be causing your furnace to not blow hot air out. It is vital to point out that we are just talking about the furnace today and not the heat pump. If you have heat pumps, or you aren’t sure about what type of system you have, you need to check out Heat pump versus furnace.

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Intro: How Furnaces Should Work

A: Troubleshooting Furnaces Not Blowing Hot Air

B: Advanced Furnace Troubleshooting

How Furnaces Should Work

Furnaces work with a simple principle, it uses a type of fuel such as gas, electric, oil, etc. to heat up a series of coils. The type of fuel that your furnace uses for this combustion isn’t important for this topic.

The heated coils called heat exchangers will have a fan called the blower motor that blow the cold air in the house over them and into your ducts where it is then blown all over your house. This process, no matter what type of fuel is used, is how your furnace will be able to blow warm air into your home. Now, this could seem pretty simple, but when it is said that there is nearly a limitless supply of things that could cause issues in this process, its true and you should believe it.

We will be addressing the most common causes for your furnace to not be blowing air, and what you could do to fix it. For information on how the furnace works, check out a great article from Popular Mechanics called How your heating system works. “Maintaining your furnace, especially an older one, will improve its efficiency. Replacing air filters improves air flow and reduces wear and tear on blower motors.” Archiscene.

A. Troubleshooting Furnaces Not Blowing Hot Air.

We will go through this issue like a HVAC repairman would, starting with the most obvious causes to some of the most unlikely of causes. When we start troubleshooting, be sure to check for these things:

1. Make Sure Your Thermostat Is Turned To The Correct Temperature

It may seem like this is a no-brainer, but there are a lot of times where HVAC repairmen will get called to a home only to find that the furnace problem is being caused by the husband is turning the thermostat down and the wife is turning it up. Check with your partner to see and ensure that the temperature is set right. If it isn’t set the thermostat for 5 degrees higher than normal and see if the furnace fan kicks on. If this doesn’t work, then keep checking for other causes of the furnace not blowing air.

Once you have checked the temperature setting ensure that it is on heat mode instead of AC. Again it seems pretty simple, but as the programmable thermostats become more complex, so does the number of ways that they could go wrong.

If you happen to have a programmable thermostat, ensure that the time and date on it is correct. This seems pretty simple, but just remember that the point of having a programmable thermostat is to save energy. It does this in the winter by lowering the temperature of the home when the person is at a work or in bed. If the time is off, the thermostat may think that it is 1pm on Wednesday instead of 9am on Sunday, which causes you to suffer the cold during morning coffee and suffer the furnace not blowing out air because there is a miscommunication between the furnace and you.

Replace the batteries in the thermostat. This is the most likely cause of having an improperly programmed thermostat. If there is a power outage, even if it’s a short one and your thermostat has a dead battery, it could cause the whole system to reset itself. So it is possible for the thermostat to dump settings even if the battery is just low so ensure that you replace the battery to ensure that it is taken care of and move on to more complex issues with the furnace troubleshooting.

If the thermostat is down for the count, you should consider spending a bit more and get a smart thermostat.

2. Check The Circuit Breakers For The Furnace

This can’t be emphasized enough, but we are honestly trying not to treat you like your stupid. We are just going off of experience as the most likely causes and some of these don’t even have to be your fault. If you have recently installed a new water heater, or had electrical work done, it is quite possible that the furnace circuit breaker was turned off and is the cause of your furnace problem, so simply go to your main circuit breaker panel as the next step.

Check that the breaker to the furnace is on, but understand that the blower motor may have a separate circuit breaker, so check that as well.

Next, go the furnace and check to see if there is an on/off switch or another circuit breaker that may be shut off, is on.

If any of these are turned off, then turn them on once and allow the system to run. If they turn off again, that this is a sign that there is an electrical problem in the wiring of the system and you will have to call an HVAC contractor. Don’t keep resetting the faulty breaker to your furnace as this can cause an electrical fire.

3. Check Your Furnace’s Air Filter

Your next step should be to check the furnaces air filter as this could cause the furnace to stop blowing air out for a few reasons. Firstly, the filter could be so saturated with debris and dirt that the air isn’t making it into the ducts which causes you to believe that your furnace isn’t blowing air out, when in fact it is, but the clogged filter is blocking it. This is less likely, but some people don’t actually change their filters like they should. You need to change the filter every 3 months.

The second issue with a clogged furnace air filter and more likely is that the restricted air flow out of the furnace is causing the furnace to overheat. Each modern furnace has a safety shut off switch that gets tripped when the furnace gets too hot. Having a clogged filter can cause the furnace to overheat, shut itself off and make you think that the furnace isn’t blowing air when it is the clogged air filter that is causing the furnace to shut off as a safety reason.

Unless it is brand new, the next stop for troubleshooting your furnace should be replacing the air filter.

B. Advanced Furnace Troubleshooting

Don’t let “advanced” and “simple” throw you off, we aren’t talking about experience level. You will have to perform the furnace troubleshooting steps above before going into this section, otherwise it may not actually work. Working your way from easy to hard ensures that you have covered the bases needed for advanced troubleshooting, then continue by using these steps in order:

1. Check The Blower Fan – Furnace Blower Motor or Fan

After you have check the simple issues above, the most likely cause could be a problem with the blower fan, if you remember is what circulates the air over heated coils in your home. In order to check the fan to make sure it is working right, start by turning the furnace to the off position. Then turn the thermostat to the fan only mode. There are a few ways to do this depending on your thermostat, but the most common are:

Turning the heat to off then changing the fan from auto to on.

Or, there are some thermostats will have a fan only position.

Wait for at least 3 minutes for the thermostat to have a decent delay between the input and execution.

If the fan turns on, then you know that the blower isn’t the issue because it is running, and you can move on to the next step.

Although, if the fan doesn’t turn on then go back to the circuit breaker and check to see if the breaker was tripped. If it was tripped, then there is most likely an issue with the wiring and you will need to get a HVAC technician.

If the circuit hasn’t been tripped, then the issue is likely to be the thermostat or the fan has completely failed and consideration should be made to call out a HVAC technician or replace the thermostat with a new one. Start with a new thermostat because it is a cheaper option and don’t let the HVAC technician talk you into getting a new blower right away. Always go from cheap to expensive if you have no way of ruling out the issue.

Side note: If you are spending the money, check into the newest programmable thermostats or smart thermostats which happen to be thermostats that will learn your behavior through the week based on location and then adjust the temperature for energy efficiency and comfort.

2. Limit Control Switch – Furnace Limit Control Switch

Remember that you shouldn’t be jumping straight to this section. This is a later step in a multistep troubleshooting process. Skipping right to this step is like a doctor stating that you have a rare disease when you only have the common cold. If you have followed the above steps, and have the blower fan working, but it still isn’t running with the furnace in heat mode, then the cause may be the limit control switch on the furnace.

What is the limit control switch and how it can cause your furnace to not blow air out?

The limit control switch happens to be one of those parts that have different names like furnace fan limit control switch, fan limit switch, etc. which can be frustrating. But they are all the same thing.

Basically, the limit control switch is a thermometer that is attached to a switch and the switch tells the blower fan to turn on/off. When the furnace is off, this is what senses that there isn’t heat being blown out by the heat exchanger and tells the fan to shut off. If it gets warm from your furnace turning on, then it will turn the fan on to circulate the warm air. This is how the limit control works normally.

Although, it does have a secondary safety roll that is designed to sense whenever the furnace gets too hot and then shuts off as a safety precaution, including the fan. So it depends on if the limit control switch is shutting down the furnace because it believes it is overheating or because the switch is damaged and needs to be replaced. Then replacing the switch is your best step in this troubleshooting process.

Here is what you are getting in calling a local HVAC contractor. We would say that it is quite possible that replacing this part will save around $150, but only if you are handy. If you want to do it yourself, then take a look at this short video for more information on how to replace the limit control switch.

If you live in the Phoenix Valley and are still having problems with your furnace, give the Furnace repairmen of A/C & Refrigeration Co a call today at 602-488-7161.

Best AC Repair in Phoenix

Best AC Repair Phoenix

Looking for the best ac repair Phoenix has to offer. Well look no further than the expert ac repair men at A/C & Refrigeration! We have been repairing AC units in the Phoenix Valley for over 17 years.

For over 17 years, our happy clients have called A/C & Refrigeration Co one of the best air conditioning repair companies in the Phoenix Valley. We maintain an A+ record with the BBB by operating in the most responsible, transparent and honest manner while conducting business.

We know how hot the summer months in Arizona get and how cool the winter months can be. That’s why we are dedicated to maximizing the potential and efficiency of your HVAC unit to keep your home cool/warm and utility bills low.

For the Best AC Repair Services in Phoenix, call A/C & Refrigeration Co today at 602-488-7161.

What Makes Us The Best AC Repair Company

We are a full service AC & Refrigeration company also offering, walk-in cooler service, walk-in freezer service, ice machine repair, HVAC repair services and more.

Need help getting your AC unit running more efficiently? Have questions about upgrading your air conditioning unit to a more efficient one to save on heating and cooling bills? In either scenario, A/C & Refrigeration Co can help!

Our Customers Think We Are The “Best” Too!

“Dave was very helpful in finding out which air conditioner was the right one for our home. He had great customer service and was very professional throughout the entire repair process. Thanks ,Dave!!!”

“I cannot say more positive things about Dave the owner and his crew. Dave saved the day when the A/C in my home blew out during a record heat wave in June 2016. He is honest, professional, reliable, of highest integrity, and has absolute expertise.

I consider myself fortunate to have found him. He also enjoys telling stories and really cares about his customers and whether or not he has solved the problem. Rare and incredibly refreshing to know someone who really gets the job done, takes responsibility, and goes out of his way to help customers.

There are so many other places that I could have called that would have overcharged me. Dave only charged me for labor because he had the heart and integrity to get a new motor that was under warrantee. He is the quintessential small business owner who takes care of his local community. I wish him the best, and you will be grateful for his service.”

“They’re the best. Dave and Lowell never let me down. They always explained how they sort jobs. Lowell is a very good teacher. He’d explain what he’s doing, show me ways I can maintain my equipment. They are exceedingly honest. And they don’t nickel and dime their customers.”

“I seen their Van in the parking lot of one of my malls where I have a restaurant in the food court I needed some service on a cooler at that time I called the number off the van he said he would be right over was here within  10 minutes didn’t excellent job at a very reasonable priced and was very professional”

“I got them off the internet, they sent a pro put in a nice van. He had my unit going for very little money and very quickly . It was a bad capacitor for the compressor whatever that is?

I will give their number out to my friends and family, or anyone who asks me who I use . I am a 45 year resident of the valley , and have had many bad experiences with air conditioner repairs .

It’s like the companies send out a sales pro vs. a top tech. Not these guys thanks a c and refrigeration

Jim c Phoenix AZ”

“A/C refrigeration is a great company to use. This is the second time they have helped me in 6 months when both of my motors broke on my ac unit. They have worked hard to make sure my extended warranty was in effect and all parts were covered under warranty. I would highly recommend them to anyone and will be using him in the future if necessary!”

When you are ready to experience the best ac repair in Phoenix, give A/C & Refrigeration Co a call at 602-488-7161! Our experts are only a call away.

New AC Units Phoenix

Air Conditioning Installations

New AC Units Phoenix Arizona

New AC Units in Phoenix are almost a necessity due to the triple digit heat temperatures Arizona puts on your home’s air conditioning unit every year. When you need a new ac unit in Phoenix call AC & Regrigeration Co at 602-488-7161!

What’s the life expectancy of an a/c unit in Phoenix? The average life expectancy of your ac unit in Phoenix Arizona is 15- 20 years depending on several factors.

Replacement AC Units For Your Home

When your home’s a/c unit reaches the end of it’s life, it’s time for a new system. Here at AC & Refrigeration we guarantee you’ll receive exceptional service and a high-quality product when you choose us for your residential ac installation. We understand the need for maintaining a comfortable temperature within your home when the weather outside is less than favorable.

New AC Unit Replacement Costs 2016

new ac unit installation costs 2016 phoenix

Installation of brand new ac units range from $4000 – $10000. Average AC unit installation cost: $7,000. A basic 2-ton model will cost around ($3,500), A mid range unit will cost ($5,500), and the highest will cost ($10,000). Read more about ac installation costs here.

Regardless of whether it’s scorching hot or freezing cold outside, AC and Refrigeration Co has got you covered. With specifically tailored payment plans, free ac unit quotes and evaluation of your premises, coupled with an installation schedule that suits you best, we strive to make the equipment purchase or replacement procedure as convenient as can be. You won’t need to worry about filling out any warranty or registration paperwork either, because we’ll take care of all that for you, making the entire process hassle-free.

New Energy Efficient AC Units

AC & Refrigeration will not only provide you with a state-of-the-art product but also provide recommendations and advice to make your house and new ac unit as energy efficient as possible. Our ac service technicians will scout your home to evaluate bad insulation, leakages in doors and windows, and anything else that could reduce energy efficiency to ensure that your home and the temperature system installed maximize productivity and minimize costs.

We pride ourselves in our work ethic and our team of professionals will respect your personal effects and space the whole time we’re on your premises. Our air conditioning installation technicians will protect the work area by using plastic and carpet runners, and wearing booties to avoid damage to your flooring. When carrying out attic work, attic boards will be used to prevent damage to your ceilings. We are confident our representatives will exceed your expectations and our work will not be finished till you are completely satisfied.

Phoenix Air Conditioning Installation Process

Our air conditioning installation process stars with:

  • Step 1. We perform a heat lead calculation
  • Step 2. We measure the square footage of your home, ceiling height doors and window.
  • Step 3. We inspect the attic to make sure insulation levels are accurate
  • Step 4. Overall evaluation of sun exposure to your home
  • Step 5. Inspect and ensure proper ventilation and prevent potential leaks
  • Step 6. Remove old ac unit
  • Step 7. Install your brand new ac unit
  • Step 8. Turn your new ac unit on

Common Reasons Homeowner’s Replace An AC Unit

  1. The most common instance when homeowners consider replacing their a/c system is when it’s reaching the end of its service life. The more dated the system is, the more often it will break down, and the costlier it will be to get it repaired.Such equipment isn’t reliable either, with the risk of it breaking down during intensely hot or cold weather, or when you need it to work most.
  2. The older your a/c system is, the less energy efficient it will be, pushing your power bill through the roof.Newer equipment is designed to maximize efficiency and minimize energy consumption, but not all new equipment is made equal either. At AC & Refrigeration, our primary focus in on using nothing but the best equipment and installation material. Additionally, our professionals will also take care of any other issues that may be causing energy loss within your house.
  3. Older equipment will also demand regular tune ups and a/c maintenance which soon adds up. Investing in a newer product, therefore, becomes a more sensible choice. Newer ac systems are economically designed and will come with efficient energy ratings, will comply to environmental requirements, and will come with a repairs warranty above all, saving you the stress of getting the system repaired if it ever falters. Adhering to your requirements is our foremost priority here at AC & Refrigeration.

What Our AC Unit Installation Company In Phoenix Offers

AC Unit Installation Company Phoenix Arizona

Our a/c unit installation company places great importance on staff training and development, and conducts regular refresher workshops and training courses to ensure the homeowner is provided with professional installation service by team members who know what they are doing. Your confidence in our product and our service is what we strive to gain, and our dedicated team will always give it their best to achieve your satisfaction and trust.

We are among the first to adopt new techniques and solutions in the market, not sticking to a solution from 10 years ago that has been replaced by something far more efficient. Adopting the latest trends and keeping track of innovations in the industry allows us to provide unique solutions and insights on any issues you may be facing. Our extensive knowledge and long-standing expertise mean that none of your concerns will go unanswered. Some aspects of the home temperature regulation system that you may be interested in and that we can help you with are ventilation systems, zoning, duct structural design, getting rid of mold and foul smells, along with a host of other upgrades.

Our friendly team of representatives will be available 6 days a week, except Sundays, from 5am in the morning to 6pm to answer any queries and address any concerns about our temperature solutions.

Service Life Of New A/C Units

A/C units lasts for an average of 7 to 15 years. Incorrect ac installation, poor quality replacement parts, or improper sizing and sealing of leaks and crevices will reduce the system’s lifespan. Our service technicians at AC & Refrigeration make it their responsibility to get things done right to begin with, reducing the need for maintenance and repairs later.All equipment installed and work carried out in your home will be thoroughly reviewed on completion by one of our assessment officers, and you will also be walked through the correct use and care instructions for the new system to maximize its lifespan.

New Air Conditioner Inspection

Being selected by companies like SRP and APS as their preferred contractor comes with a lot of responsibility, and a necessity to uphold standards.We are regularly subjected to random third-party air conditioning inspections of our equipment, installation procedures, and staff skill level among other things, and we are proud to say we’ve never failed one yet!

At AC & Refrigeration, your satisfaction with your new ac unit is our priority! Give AC & Refrigeration Co a call today at 602-488-7161 or fill out our contact form for more information!

Air Conditioning & HVAC Parts Guide | AC Systems 2016

air conditioning and heating parts guide

Welcome to the Air Conditioning and HVAC repair parts guide 2016. Heating & Air Conditioning repair parts research can be done through our guide below. If you need service, call 602-488-7161. This guide will give you the basic information when it comes to the parts in your heating and A/C system.

Capacitors

ac capcitors parts 2016

These are the air conditioning starting devices.

Failure Causes:

  • Short cycling compressor
  • Hard starting compressor
  • Bulged or leaking housing
  • Weak capacity caused by shorted plates
  • Open circuit or internal short

Did you know? That when a run capacitor fails, it is wise for your to consider getting a compressor hard start kit to avoid secondary system failure.

Weak Capacitor Chart:

Replace Capacitors not within the following ranges:
3UF 3.18/2.82 15UF 15.9/14.1 45UF 47.7/42.3
5UF 5.3/4.70 20UF 21.2/18.8 55UF 58.3/51.7
7.5UF 7.9517.05 30UF 31.8/28.2 60UF 63.8/58.4
10UF 10.6/9.40 35UF 37.1132.9

 

Ask the Professionals:  Having a weak or bad capacitor may severely shorten the life of your air conditioner.

Relays and Contactors

ac contactors and relay repair parts guide 2016

A contactor is the main switch that will supply power to the compressor.

Failure Causes:

  • Shorted or burned out coil
  • Burned wiring
  • Contacts stuck closed or open
  • Insect(s) shorted out contact points
  • Short cycling
  • Corroded or pitted contact points

Learn More: The big killer of a compressor is the contactor that has become corroded or pitted contact points.

Ask the Pro’s: You should replace a contactor that is older than 5 years which will extend the life of your AC.

Hard Start Compressor Kit

This reduces the starting AMPS.

Failure Causes:

  • Voltage drop (bad contactor points)
  • Compressor drawing too many AMPS at start up
  • Relay contact burnt or stuck

Learn More: When you reduce the amps at start up, you will prolong the life of your AC.

Ask the Pro’s: If you notice that a compressor begins to draw high amps at start up, then it is a sign that it is seizing up and it is at risk for failure.

Blowers and Motors

ac blowers and motors parts guide 2016

This circulates the household air.

Clean Blower Dirty Blower
Causes of Failure:

·         Dirty wheel or blower motor

·         Wheel is defective or out of balance

·         Seized or worn motor bearings such as blower running below normal speed and being noisy

·         Motor electrical failure

 

Causes of Failure:

·         Defective capacitor

·         Short cycling

·         Broken fan blade or out of balance

·         System age

·         Seized motor bearings

·         Shortened or open motor windings

Learn More: Quality contractors will replace both the blower motor and blower wheel when the blower motor needs to be replaced. This will limit that noise and prevent premature failure of the replacement of motor bearings. Learn More: If the blower/fan has failed and the unit is older than 10 years, you need to consider replacing the unit.
Ask the Pro’s: Often times the blower wheel is severely damaged when being removed from a rusted motor shaft. Ask the Pro’s: The condenser blower/fan failure is a great indication that the AC unit is old and there may be more trouble on the way. Replacing the whole system is recommended.

Condenser Coil Dirty 

This prevents you from having efficient heat transfers.

AC’s or heat pump condenser coils may sometimes get plugged up by grass, pollen, dirt, dust, and other types of debris.

Failure Causes:

  • Lack of air flow through the condenser which causes the condenser to run hotter than normal and the compressor to run hotter due to the high load conditions.
  • Higher amp draw means higher electrical bills.
  • Results in higher pressures in the condenser which causes the compressor to pull amps.
  • Unit loses the ability to remove heat from the system.

Which results in:

  • Higher than normal electric bills.
  • Premature failure of the condenser fan motor and/or compressor.

Comfort Membership

Being a part of the Comfort Club ensures that your condenser coils are cleaned on every visit in order to make sure that you get maximum efficiency.

Dirty Evaporator Coil or Filter

This reduces the efficiency and shortens the life of your system.

Dirty Evaporator coil or filter

  • The blower fan will run at higher than normal temps which leads to premature failure
  • Liquid doesn’t compress, which may cause the compressor to fail
  • Issues with not evaporating all the refrigerant in the coil can be harmful to the compressor
  • Diminished airflow capacity causes the evaporator to starve for air.
  • Dirty filters or evaporators can cause the air side of the equipment to lose their ability to deliver the right amounts of air inside of the home

Learn More: There are other things that can cause diminished air flow which are collapsed duct work, low refrigerant charge, and bad blower motor. This will cause your evaporator coil and suction line to freeze.

Ask the Pro’s: Cleaning the coils and blowers will add up to 30% in air flow, reduces energy consumption, and prolongs the systems life.

Transformers

ac transformer repair parts guide 2016

This supplies low voltage to the cooling and heating control circuits.

Failure Causes:

  • Lightning strike or power spike
  • Improper primary voltage
  • Transformer coil shorted
  • Unit has been overtaxed by controls
  • VA capacity is too low for the system
  • Low volt wiring shorted or grounded
  • Control shorted in the system

Learn More: Whenever a transformer fails, it is always an indication for further system failure.

Ask the Pro’s: Whenever you are having remodeling or new construction done to your service professional.

Compressors

ac compressor repair parts guide 2016

This is the heart of the system.

Heat pumps and air conditioning unites will move heat by circulating refrigerant through outdoor and indoor coils at various pressures. Changing the burned out compressor involves the following:

  • Removing all the refrigerant
  • Cutting out the bad compressor
  • Welding in a new compressor
  • Changing and dryer and using an HH type of dryer
  • Cleaning the debris from the line, using a high performance vacuum pump in order to remove any moisture or air
  • Using a micron gauge to determine the level of vacuum
  • Weighing in the recommended amount of new refrigerant

Failure Causes:

  • Improper voltage/power fluctuations
  • Lack of proper maintenance
  • Improper installation techniques
  • Dirty coils and lack of air flow
  • Inaccurate refrigerant charge

Ask the Pro’s: Anytime that a compressor fails, it is a great idea to consider getting a new system.

(TXV) Thermostatic-Expansion-Valve 

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This is the device that will regulate the flow of refrigerant into the heat absorbing coil.

Failure Causes:

  • Age seizing moving parts
  • Debris clogging the valve
  • Loss of bulb charge

Learn More: Having a bad TXV may be a sign of a failing compressor. In order to change the TXV, you would need to follow the steps needed when charging the compressor.

Ask the Pro’s: Having a bad TXV means that it would be time for you to consider a new system.

AC Thermostats

ac thermostat repair parts guide 2016

These control the heating and amps as well as the cooling systems and will allow the indoor the fan to run intermittently or continuously.

Failure causes:

  • Lightning strike or power spike
  • Mechanical or electrical failure
  • Defective heating or cooling controls
  • Low voltage from wiring being grounded or shorted
  • Worn sub-base or thermostat

Learn More: Whenever a thermostat fails, it could be pointing to further system issues.

Ask the Pro’s: Whenever your thermostat needs to be replaced, it would be wise to consider getting a programmable touch screen type in order to reduce energy consumption.

Safety Switch

This is created to prevent water damage.

The EZ Trap Safety Switch was created to prevent water damage by shutting your system down anytime the drain line becomes blocked of plugged up. There is a clear p-trap and brush that is used to see if there is any blockage and allow easy access to clean the trap easily.

Learn More: The EZ Trap will keep costly drywall damage from happening and prevent any excess moisture that may be a source of mold and other unhealthy conditions in your home.

Low Level Carbon Monoxide Monitor NSI 3000 

This is the most advanced low level carbon monitor that is available

Features:

  • 2 year limited warranty
  • Continuous circling line on the display when the reading is below S PPM
  • Resistant to false alarms caused by normal household contaminants
  • Digital readout of CO in PPM (Parts per Million)
  • Will Detect CO continuously
  • Advanced electro mechanical sensor created to accurately measure low levels of CO by providing early warning of toxic CO levels in your home.

Learn More:

  • In high concentrations, CO can kill in minutes
  • Reduces oxygen to the heart, vital organs and brain
  • Carbon Monoxide kills thousands each year and injures many more
  • It competes with oxygen by replacing it in the red blood cells
  • Like oxygen, CO enters the body through the lungs during the breathing process

Ask the Pro’s: Low level exposure (less than 35PPM) of CO can be confused with food poisoning, the flu, and other illnesses and can cause long term health risks if left untreated.

Magnahelic

ac Magnahelic repair parts guide 2016

This is a tool that measures air pressure In the air duct.

Learn More:

  • If your static pressure is too high, your AC unit could fail
  • High static pressure also makes your unit work harder, which results in a high electric bill
  • All HVAC systems are created to work at or below 1 inch water column

Ask the Pro’s: The common cure to high static is simply adding a return duct that will allow your system to breathe.

 Analyzer Of Combustion Tool

ac combustion analyzer kit repair parts guide 2016

This is a test to determine the proper combustion in gas appliances.

Learn More:

  • Without a combustion analyzer test your system could be producing too much CO and wasting energy.
  • Comfort club members get an annual combustion test included in the membership
  • 90% of gas furnaces have never had a certified combustion test completed.

Meg Ohm Meter Tool

ac meg ohm meter tool repair parts guide 2016

The Meg Ohm Meter is a tool that tests motor windings.

Learn More:

  • If you are able to catch a compressor that has a weak winding you should change it before it burns out to prevent the contamination of your system.
  • A compressor or motor that tests the caution range is a sign of future failure.

Ask the Pro’s: Any time that a compressor fails, it would be best to consider a new high efficiency system.

Thank you for reading this 2016 installment of “Air Conditioning & HVAC Repair Parts Guide“, by ACandRefrigeration.

 

10 Reasons Your AC Unit Leaks Water Inside & Outside

10 reason your ac unit leaks water

Have you noticed water collecting around your Air conditioning unit inside or outside of your home or business, but not sure why? This is a list of the top 10 reasons that your AC unit may be leaking water inside or outside of your residential or commercial property in 2016.

The first thing you should do is turn your unit off as the water can cause damages to the electrical parts, wiring and your home too. The second thing to do is contact a professional AC repair company to assist you because leaking water from the unit can be more confusing than expected.

There is often condensation created from the units dehumidifying process, but collected water and leaking is a different thing. There are several things that can cause this, and to have an efficiently running unit, all of them should be checked out.

You can sometimes determine the cause by the EPA site, and there are ways you can make your home even more energy efficient as well. By examining your AC unit and doing a few tests, you may be able to locate the source of the problem. While there are situations where a professional will need to be contacted, there are some things you can repair yourself as well.

What type of AC water leakage is to be expected?

When it comes to the condensation, there are a couple different things that can factor in:

  • Outdoor temperatures
  • Thermostat Settings

It is normal for condensation to be around the drain pipe, this is a common sign of the AC unit being hard at work, even more so on hot and humid days. Additionally, if there is a collection of water under the units condenser, then it is probably normal operations at work.

When is it too much water?

When it comes to the AC unit functioning as expected, or when repairs are needed, there can be a fine line, and this is even more true when you are unsure of the amount of water leakage that is normal. When operating as normal, the AC unit should only produce/leak when in use as it creates condensation. A small puddle is normal, and should dry up on hot days.

However, if the lead is consistent and lasts throughout the day, or longer it can be a sign a repair is needed. In this situation it is a good idea to call in a professional AC contractor.

Below are some common issues that could cause the leakage.

Water is forming in the indoor central AC unit

One of the jobs an air conditioner does is pull the humidity out of the air. The blower inside the unit pulls the hot and humid air in, the hot air travels through the return grill, then over the cold evaporator coil to cool it down. In this situation, just like ice water on a hot day, the evaporator coil creates condensation.

When the water forms around the evaporator coil, in goes into a sloped drain and goes down the condensate drain line. The drain line is generally made from PVC and exits outside by the outdoor unit, or into the plumbing.

Alright, now you know the basic concept of how the parts work together and how a normal amount of water is created. If a problem occurs with any of these parts, it can cause the excessive amount of water to form and collect.

The following are 10 reasons your AC unit could be leaking excessive amounts of water, if you want to try and understand what’s going on before calling the professionals, keep on reading.

Top 10 common reasons for leaking AC units in 2016:

  1. Broken Pump

The first thing you should look into is the condenser pump as it could be broke. To test if it is the condenser pump, you can pour water into the condenser pan, if it works the excess should be pumped out properly. If it’s not able to pump the excess out, check to make sure the pump is getting power. If it gets power, then it’s probably the motor or condenser. A professional should be contacted to determine which it is for sure, and correct it.

Note: It is possible that the AC unit leaks more water because the unit was incorrectly installed, such as not being level or having too much pressure.

  1. Installed Incorrectly

AC Units can leak when they have been installed incorrectly. If it is installed so it’s not level, for example. Too much pressure build up can also cause a leak. To determine either of these, start by checking if the unit is level. If it is level, then look for closed vents around your house as this can cause added pressure on the unit.

It is common for newer AC units to have an installation problem over something else. A condensate trap that was improperly designed can prevent drainage as well, causing water to build up and overflow.

A professional will be able to examine the trap to make sure it is correctly designed and installed.

  1. Blocked Drain Hole

Your unit has a drain hole for the removed water, and it can get clogged up. You should examine the tube to make sure dirt or debris did not get in and block it, if there is simply remove it and water should begin exiting again.

Blocked or rusted condensate drainage line

If the drain line has been blocked, the water is not able to escape and has only one way to go, back into the home. Things such as dirt, mold, insects, or anything small can cause a blockage. In some situations there is a second drain line, but this can also become blocked.

You can use a wet-dry vacuum to remove the blockage from the outside condensate PVC pipe. But, there are a couple ways you can go about cleaning out the condensate line, and a product called the Mighty Pump is a favorite.

The Mighty Pump is a hand pump that has power to such or blow the lines and free the blockage. Stuart Oakner created this neat tool, he is a licensed AC contractor with 30+ years of experience. It runs about $60 online.

Instead of waiting until it’s already clogged, you can prevent clogging or expensive repairs by keeping it cleaned. When you keep it clean, you can also use chlorine bleach to prevent build up of mildew, algae, slime and other bacteria by pouring it in the line a few times a year.

Also, a dirty evaporator coil could be the main cause of the issue. This happens when the water moves dirt into the pan, and causes the drain to get clogged up. You should have the coil cleaned annually by a professional, as part of the yearly AC maintenance.

If the drain pan is becoming rushed it can fall into your floor, causing damage to the home, it is important to replace them.

Note: AC units can have a secondary drain pan for catching water, these have a float switch that will automatically turn your AC unit off to prevent water damages.

  1. Cold Weather Temperatures Outside

When the weather outside changes, it can affect the AC unit and when it starts to get to cold out, it can cause excess water too. More water means it will overflow and collect, and because it’s not as hot out it takes longer to dry up. If the pool of water is small, it could be normal and may not require anything. Once the temperature outside goes up, it should dry up.

  1. The Seals are Bad

If the AC unit has seals that are not properly fitted anymore, such as being lose or just gone bad, it can allow to much hot air to enter. When the warm air hits the cold air in the unit, it condenses and creates the excess water to collect under the unit. By resealing the unit, this can be corrected.

  1. Air Leakage

In the situation of bad or loose seals, the extra warm air entering the unit and condensing with the cold air creates moisture and a pool of water under the unit. Resealing the outdoor unit can correct this and make things close properly, but the water leakage is not the only bad thing that can occur, and it’s not even the worst.

It is important to take care of the seals because it can reduce the efficiency of the unit, meaning you are not getting the temperature indoors that you want, and paying more than needed. If you simply don’t feel like doing the examining to find the problem, call in a professional.

  1. Colder Temperatures Outside

As mentioned in a previous step, it is normal for the water to collect and overflow during colder weather. Once it heats up again, the water should evaporate as usual.

  1. Air Filters Get Dirty

One of the more neglected aspects of the AC unit is the air filters. When they get dirty it causes the airflow to become blocked, and not as much air can hit the evaporator coil. This causes the coil to become to cold and causes it to freeze up. When melting, the excess water falls and the drain pan may not be designed to hold that much water.

The first thing you should do if the unit is freezing up, check your filter. If it’s dirty, change it out for a new one. Depending on the season, it’s recommended to change it out eery 1-3 months.

  1. Evaporator Coil is Frozen

To determine if your evaporator coil is freezing over, open the blower door located inside the AC Unit, can you see ice? If so, the water could be caused by the melting of this ice and the drainage pan not being able to handle the amount of water created, especially if it is freezing, thawing and freezing repeatedly.

When it comes to ice on the evaporator coil, there are two causes:

Dirty air filter: As previously mentioned, when the filter is dirty it will lower the warm airflow access to the coil and causes it to get to cold and freeze. To correct, simply change the filter.

Low on refrigerant: When the refrigerant level is lower than it should be, it can cause the evaporator coil to become too cold, and it freezes.

How to Defrost:

First, turn off the AC unit and turn on the blower (from ‘auto’ to the ‘on’ position). This allows the fan to melt the ice in a time frame the pan should be able to handle it.

Meanwhile, it is a good idea to call a professional AC contractor to examine and make sure the unit is working properly and for any possible damages.

  1. Excessive Pressure

When vents get closed or blocked it can cause excessive pressure on the unit that becomes an issue and causes the unit to begin leaking water. Explore your home for any closed vents to be sure they are not blocked or closed.

So, you now know 10 reasons your AC unit could be leaking, below are 9 additional methods to help prevent water damages from occurring due to leaking units.

Additional Causes for AC Unit Water Leaks

  • Drain line moved or not positioned down
  • Unplugged condensate pump
  • Boiler drain leaking
  • Clogged floor drain
  • Improper condensate pump
  • Blocked drain, trap or pan
  • Pump tubing blocked
  • Evaporator coil faulty or dirty
  • Malfunction causing indoor coil to freeze
  • Condensate pan cracked
  • Tubing kinked
  • Humidifier leaking or overflowing
  • Broken joints, pipe or fittings

9 Methods for Avoiding Leaky AC Unit Water Damages in 2016

The following tips can be used for reducing the chances of water damages:

  • Ensure that the central AC system is installed using a secondary drain line, more so if the unit is in the attic.
  • Have drain pan shutoff switch installed, and equip it with a float.
  • Ensure AC unit is installed with a safety pan to catch overflow.
  • Regularly clean HVAC filter or change it out.
  • Ensure correctly insulated duct work.
  • Regularly check on AC refrigerant levels.
  • Use a 50/50 solution of water and bleach to prevent mold or mildew build up in condensate pump.
  • Ensure drain lines include an air vent and p-trap.
  • Have a yearly HVAC maintenance schedule to ensure best performance while minimizing AC and furnace repairs.

After reading, if you are still unable to determine the cause for your leaking water, contact AcandRerigeration today and don’t wait for water damage to occur.

2016 Air Conditioner Repair Costs | Average AC Repair Prices 2015      




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What are the average and most common air conditioner repair cost in 2016?

The nationwide average air conditioner repair costs in 2016 averaged $165 – $500 with most home owners reporting that they spent an average cost of $320 on ac unit repairs in 2016. If you do need to have repairs made to your A/C unit and are wondering how much air conditioning unit repair cost, then below is some information that will help you to get it done professionally, economically, and quickly.

Table of Contents:

Most Common A/C Unit Repair Costs in 2016 | Average Air Conditioning Repair Costs

Here are the average air conditioning unit repair costs in 2016 broke down by each individual air condition service.

  • A/C refrigerant (Freon) recharge (ranges from $170 – $410) Average AC Refrigerant Cost: $290
  • Detection of refrigerant (Freon) leak and repair (ranges from $235 – $1,650) Average Refrigerant Leak Detection Service: $942.50
  • Replacement of circuit board costs (ranges from $130 – $620) Average circuit board replacement: $375
  • Replacement of thermostat pricing (ranges from $65 – $260) Average thermostat replacement cost: $162.50
  • Replacement of relays, fuses, and/or circuit breakers (ranges from $20 – $310) Average relay, fuses and circuit breaker replacement $165
  • The hard start kit for the compressor (ranges from $110 – $260) Average hard start kit cost: $185
  • Replacement of compressor (ranges from $1360 – $1,810), it will depend on the size and type. Average compressor replacement cost: $1585
  • Capacitor Repair or Replacement (ranges from $100 – $410) Average cost of replacing capacitor: $255
  • Cost of Replacement of evaporator coil (cased or uncased) (ranges from $660 – $1,250) Average cost to replace evaporator coil: $955
  • Drain pan for the evaporator coil, when available (ranges from $160 – $560) Average drain pan replacement cost: $360
  • Cost for Replacement of the motor fan for the condensing unit (ranges from $110 – $320) Average cost of fan motor replacement: $215
  • Replacement of the condensate pump (ranges from $95 – $260) Average cost of condensate pump replacement: $177.5
  • Flush or repair the condensate drain line (ranges from Free – $260) Average condensate drain line flush cost $130
  • The circuit breaker (main fuse box) (ranges from $59 – $139) Average circuit breaker service cost: $99
  • The air handler’s motor’s fan (ranges from $320 – $550) Average cost to repair or replace air handler’s fan motor: $435
  • The condensing unit’s motor fan (ranges from $125 – $260) Average cost to replace condensate unit fan motor: $192.5
  • Contractor replacement, including switches of the capacitor (ranges from $65 – $125) Average cost to replace contractor and capacitor switches: $95 AVG
  • Fan motor on the outside condensing unit (ranges from $310) Average cost to replace outside condensing unit fan motor: $310
  • Power pack booster’s and hard start kits (ranges from $260 – $525) Average cost for power pack booster: $392.5
  • For set repairs & replacements of copper lines, could include refrigerant (ranges from $220 – $660) Average price to replace copper lines: $440
  • Replacement of condensing unit coil(this is not the evaporator coil) (ranges from $1650 – $2,350) Average cost to replace condensing unit coil: $2,000
  • Drain pans, metal or plastic (ranges from $260 – $585) Average drain pan replacement: $422.5
  • Installation of (1) Split System A/C Unit (ranges from $2025 – $3,000) Average AC Installation cost: $2,512.50 AVG
  • Additionally, your service call for troubleshooting a problem can cost ($80 – $190), depending on where you are located and the time of year it The HVAC professionals charge a premium rate in the summer months.
  • A yearly tune-up cost ($85 – $110). Average yearly tune up cost: $97.50 AVG




AC Unit Tune Up Costs

An HVAC professional will be able to give your air conditioner a yearly tune-up will roughly cost: $75 to $125. Average AC tune-up cost is $100 dollars. This yearly maintenance can help you from needing major repairs to your system and even give you a peace of mind and save you money in the long run. Servicing your unit regularly can even help a home inspector to certify that your unit is working right in the event that you decide to sell your home.

Air Conditioning Troubleshooting Costs

Having a troubleshooting service call may cost from $70 to $190, depending on where you are located and the time of year that you call. The premium cost time for a HVAC professional is during the hot summer months.

It’s nearing the middle of the hottest summer we’ve had in years, and when it is the least expected, not to mention badly needed, the central air conditioning unit goes on the blink.  That is why it is so crucial to keep the maintenance up all year long on you’re A/C Unit, and to have you’re A/C system checked at regular intervals, ensuring that it will be in good working condition when you need it the most, without any unexpected breakdowns.

Occasionally, there are going to be repairs needed. The problems may be in the capacitor, or the evaporator, the condenser, and sometimes the refrigerant will run low and need to be recharged. Just about all of the people we’ve done work for, has done the math, and the calculations are showing that more than 75% of those who have had servicing by a professional in Central A/C Units, and had to have servicing done on their A/C Unit has had to spend between ($167 – $495) on the repair costs.

In fact, some of those who fall in that 75%, range had to have repair services to some extent by a professionally trained Central A/C technologist and they have divulged to us that the amount they actually had to spend for their A/C Units Servicing was around ($318). If there is something wrong with your A/C Unit that you, yourseff will not be able to fix, it is of great significance that you contact someone who, not only has the skills that is needed, but they also have the knowledge that was taught to them at the time they learned those skills.

If repairs is what your Central Air-Conditioner Unit is in need of, check out the following information, it will help to get the job done more quickly, economically, and professionally.

These are some common types of air conditioner issues and their average costs:

The following gives the different costs (from the lowest to the highest) on the repairs of a Home A/C Unit:

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Low Range Home A/C repair costs in 2016 ($Free – $280) Average of $140 spent on low cost A/C repairs

With the lowest cost of repairs on a A/C Unit being ($0 dollars to $280 dollars). I hope for your sake the repair you need will fall into this category. The cost is going to be (less than $100) if the problem is related to a circuit breaker or fuse. If you call in a professional the minimum cost to occur can range from ($50 – $100 dollars), that is why you should rule out the circuit breaker before calling in the professionals. This is something that you would be able to do yourself, and the cost for  the fuse is only a few bucks.

Remember, even if it is a minor repair the A/C Unit should be repaired, unless of course, you have the king of money it takes to get the entire A/C Unit replaced. No matter how small the task is, anytime someone without experience messes with the A/C Units, it can be a dangerous situation. can still be a dangerous situation for anyone not experienced in doing it. Some of the other repairs in the lowest cost category are: Thermostats, Pump Replacement, and cleaning/clearing the drain line. The parts and labor for repairs like these will cost between ($50 – $290), so the cost here will depend on what you’re being charged for the labor.

Middle Range Home A/C repair costs in 2016 ($110 – $600) | Average of $355 home owners spent on A/C repairs

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The list would be very long for all of the possible reasons that you’re A/C Unit might suddenly stop working, The majority of the repairs will fall into the category of middle range for the repair costs.

The repairs that will be in this range will include:

  • Capacitors
  • Evaporator Coils to the Drain Pans
  • Control Circuit Boards, Contactors
  • Recharges of Refrigerant
  • Among many others…

The cost of the middle range repairs are going to vary, and will depending on particular factors, such as:

  • The nature of the repair
  • How long it has been in this shape
  • The extent of the damage

You can look forward to the costs being between ($100 – $600).

Mid-High Range Home A/C repair costs in 2016 ($200 – $650) | Average Mid-High range AC repairs costed homeowners $425 in 2016

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  • Fan motors
  • Power Pack Boosters
  • Metal Drain Pans
  • Hard Start Kits
  • Copper Line Set Repairs
  • And, many others…

Repairs of this type put them in the high middle range category, costing between ($200 –  $650).

High Range A/C repair costs in 2016 ($235 – $2350) | Average high repairs costs for the A/C Unit $1,292.50

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The following are the things that will be in the category of the highest repair costs of a A/C Unit, which will fall between ($235 – $2350). These things will be expensive to have repaired, and it is possible they will never happen to you, however, if they do, it might t be beneficial to easier, and more beneficial to just have the A/C Unit replaced.

The things that will cost you the most to have repaired on a A/C Unit:

  • A/C Unit is Leaking Refrigerant
  • A/C Unit’s Compressor is Broken (maybe beyond repair)
  • A/C Unit’s Evaporator Coil is Malfunctioning
  • A/C Unit’s Condensing Unit Coil needs to be Replaced

All the things listed above will have you digging deep for the cost of repairs, or as previously mentioned, it might be more beneficial to replace instead of repairing. Keep reading to find out what each of these things will consist of, and the cost to have them repair.

Home Air Conditioner Labor Costs 2016

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Labor charges for ac unit repairs will vary company to company but normally the repair cost for labor can run anywhere from $70 per hour to $130 per hour. Average air conditioning labor cost: $100. Many companies will use flat rate pricing guides for repairs. This means that a particular fix will cost a certain amount and that includes labor and parts.  If your AC unit was working but stopped working after a few days, they probably did not find and fix all of the issues and the refrigerant has leaked out. It is possible that other parts have failed since they made the repairs. There are plenty of reasons why your unit may have stopped working. Contact the service manager for the company who fixed your unit and inform them what is going on. They may send the same technician back since they would be familiar with your system and know where the leaks are. You are welcome to request a different technician to be assigned if you feel that the job was not done properly.

Questions you should ask your AC contractor/technician

  • Will the company provide a written estimate before the work is done?
  • Does the company have 24/7 emergency service?
  • Is financing available for larger repairs?
  • How does the company charge for their services?
  • Will the technician inspect the duct system as well as the whole unit?
  • Does the company provide AHRI Performance Certification?
  • Does the HVAC repair company require the employees to undergo drug testing and background checks?
  • Will the company provide testimonials and references for you to review?
  • How many years has the company been in business?
  • If something is for free, are their conditions that need to be met to qualify for the special offer?
  • If the unit is still under warranty, is the HVAC professional certified to do warranty work for the brand of Air Conditioning unit that is owned?
  • What types of warranties and guarantees are offered for their work?
  • Are the technicians certified by any professional HVAC organizations?
  • Are they insured, bonded, and licensed?




What should you look for in a professional service

Firstly, it is wise that have a company that specializes in HVAC services. Although there are many handyman companies that will do AC repairs, a company that specializes in heating and cooling will be the best option. AC unit repairs can cost a lot, depending on the issue, so it is best to work with a highly trained HVAC professional that will ensure that you get quality work.

  1. Do your homework.

You should check the licensing and insurance requirements that are in your state. Research the background of the company that you plan to go with. Licensing information should be displayed on paperwork, marketing pieces, and on repair trucks.

  1. Make a list.

Before you even go to speak with an HVAC repair service, you should know the model of your system and the maintenance history. Check to see if your AC unit is still under warranty. So, make a list of what your concerns are to make sure that you don’t forget anything that is important for your repair professional to know.

  1. Compare service packages and prices.

If it is possible, try to get at least three(3) estimates for any type of maintenance or repair work. All of your estimates should be in writing and provide you with a full description of the services that are provided and what will be used.

  1. Get Referrals.

Check with your friends and family to get names of HVAC professionals that may be in your area or service your area. If that fails to get any results, contact the Better Business Bureau or your Chamber of Commerce for suggestions.

  1. Check their certifications

Most HVAC professionals will belong to the SMACNA (Sheet Metal and Air Contractors’ National Association) or ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America). Both of those sites will be able to provide you a listing of HVAC contractors that are in your area. You should look for contractors who technicians are certified by NATE (North American Technician Excellence) and who are partnered with ENERGY STAR.

There are also a few additional things that you should look for as well. Such as if the repair technicians are presenting themselves professionally, are courteous, and if the company vehicles appear to be well maintained. These are the things that will indicate to some extent the type of workmanship that you can expect to get.

AC Certifications

AHRI Certifications

Your HVAC professional may also be able to help you verify that your system has been properly matched by providing you with an AHRI Certificate of Certified Product Performance with your request. This certificate will verify that the outdoor unit and indoor unit combination has been certified as a matched system by AHRI. For the higher efficiency systems, this certification may actually help you to get a rebate from your local municipality or utility, if you have to replace your unit in part or whole unit. Not all areas will offer a rebate, but your technician will be able to give you information about the certification process. Fees for giving your unit the certification may vary, but most are inexpensive.

EPA 608 Certification

The EPA or Environmental Protection Agency does require that all technicians who open a system that contain a control refrigerant be certified to open the system. There are four different levels of certification, one which happens to be universal that allows an HVAC technician to work on any equipment that contains refrigerant. Your technician should be Level II certified or have Universal certification in order to work on your AC unit. Getting this information from your HVAC technician may actually be required in the event that you are working with a realtor to sell your home. The average cost for certification ranges between $50 and $250.

Cost Factors Of Home Air Conditioning Repairs:

  • The A/C Unit is Leaking Refrigerant: It is not uncommon for the A/C Unit to stop working due to a leakage of the refrigerant. It is locating where the leak is, what’s causing it, and repairing the faulty part(s) that is going to cost, for both, the parts and labor. This can range between ($200 – $1500), and possibly more.
  • The A/C Unit’s Compressor is Broken (maybe beyond repair): occasionally, a A/C Unit’s compressor can break down. It may be beyond being repaired, meaning you will have to install a new compressor. Depending on the type and size you’re A/C Unit will need, this can cost you anywhere between ($1200 – $1700).
  • The A/C Unit’s Evaporator Coil is Malfunctioning: If there is a malfunction with you’re A/C Unit’s evaporator coil, it will cost somewhere between ($200 – $1500) to replace.
  • The A/C Unit’s Condensing Unit Coil needs to be Replaced: If you have never encountered this one before, let me tell you, it is a mind boggler. This A/C Unit’s part is quite possibly the most expensive part of the Unit. Replacing this part is also very time consuming. If the Condensing Unit Coil is your Unit’s problem, money wise you will be looking upward from ($1600 – $2300) to have it fixed.

Repair costs of an A/C Unit are affected by many factors

When the A/C Unit’s repairman is sent to diagnose someone’s A/C problem, the customer is going to be charges a service fee, and many people do not feel that they should be charged for this. However, let’s put the shoe on the other foot for a minute – Pretend that you are the repairman for a moment, now, do you think you should go out and diagnose these people’s A/C problems without getting paid? Didn’t think so! Now that we are back on track,

The average day of an heating, ventilation and air conditioning technician:

  • The HVAC Technician Labor: Take into account travel time of approx. thirty minutes each way to the person’s home for diagnosing their A/C Unit. Don’t forget to allot for the time the repairman is at their home working!
  • The cost of gasoline for travels: The repairman has to supply the gasoline for traveling to and from these people’s home. With gasoline being at, let’s say $2.70 per gallon.
  • How about the companies overhead?: When the company answered the phone and told someone that their repairman was on their way, that’s when the company became responsible for any, and all overhead. The overhead is the little things, such as the gasoline it takes traveling back and forth, and all the parts that is being hauled around in the company van. That brings us to the insurance that the company has to keep so its coverage stays in force to cover any possible loss. Keep in mind that none of this is directly related to the service call.

Also, you should keep in mind that for the most part, The companies that repair air-conditioners actually lose money on their service calls, as they don’t mind losing a little in order to gain a new potential customer.

With the vast amount of different kinds of A/C Units out there, it creates a long list of costs, fees, and charges. Here is a list of some factors to consider, and what you can expect on the charges for your (A/C Unit’s repairs):

  • What type of air-conditioning system do you have in your home?: There are single units which either heat or cool, and then there are the units that do both. Which type of unit do you have? Unit’s that only cool will be less expensive to repair.
  • What fuel type is you’re A/C Unit?: The lowest costing A/C Unit repairs will be with the electrical types. A/C Unit’s that run off of natural gas or propane is going to be a little more costly.
  • How old is your A/C Unit?: The older models of A/C Units are not only more costly to repair, but they are outdated and are not so cost efficient. This is why replacing your older A/C Unit makes sense.

The most basic problems to happen to your home’s A/C Unit

  • The HVAC system on your A/C Unit is not working correctly: This could be from problems in the power source, thermostat, and/or the controls, and to have this type of issue fixed it is going to cost you approximately ($140) to have it fixed.
  • Your A/C Unit is noisy when running: This usually only involves a little bit of adjusting and changing the valves and filters, costing about ($160).
  • Is your A/C Unit causing high energy bills?: If you perform a routine maintenance and do some minor tweaks to your A/C Unit it might require you to put out a few extra dollars (approx. $110), but at the same time it is going to keep your energy bill down drastically.
  • Having issues with the A/C Unit’s temperature control and/or thermostat?: Problems with controlling and regulating the temperature using the A/C Unit’s thermostat may require you to replace the thermostat, which will only cost you about ($175).

To prevent needing repairs to your A/C Unit

It is important to schedule regular routine check-ups for your A/C Unit to see a professional in order to minimize the chances of your unit having a break down. With maintenance up-keep being only a fraction of what repairs will cost remember to keep your filters clean and/or changed when they become dirty.

7 Signs that you may need to repair your air conditioner unit

  1. Your unit isn’t working at all.

Before you call a professional to deal with the issue, you may want to look into a few things first. Check to see if your thermostat is set to cool. Ensure that your cooling temperature is lower than the temperature of the home. If everything is set up correctly, check the electrical panel to ensure that you have not tripped the breaker. If all of this checks out and your AC is still not working, then call a professional.

  1. You hear your unit running but there is no cool air coming out of the vents.

If the thermostat has been set to a good temperature for your home and it is still too warm, your air conditioner is not doing what it should correctly.

  1. Your AC unit is making weird noises.

You are most likely familiar with the noises that your unit makes normally. If you live in a warmer climate, then your AC unit is a normal noise that you hear as part of your daily life. When you hear weird noises, it is time to call for repairs.

  1. Your AC smells bad.

Any unusual orders that are coming from your unit have indicated that there is mildew, dirt, or mold inside of the unit, which has been circulated through the air in your home. Bad smells are definitely more than just a nuisance. They are indication that there is an issue that needs to be addressed right away in order to avoid health issues for your family.

  1. Your AC unit is short cycling.

It is normal for your AC to cycle on and off to keep a set temperature through your home. Although, if you notice that your unit is turning off and on more frequently than normal and the outside temperature isn’t warmer than normal, it is very possible that your unit may be malfunctioning. Short cycling puts a lot of extra stress on your AC unit, and can cause it to fail entirely if it isn’t handle quickly.

  1. Water happens to be leaning around and in your AC unit.

While having some small amounts of condensation is normal for an AC unit, having excessive water is a sure indication that you have an issue. It is because your AC has electrical components which needs to be protected from any water damage, and you will need to contact an HVAC professional.

  1. Your unit is frosty or icy.

Just like excessive water is an issue, so it frost or ice in your AC unit. Restricted or blocked airflow can lead to ice buildup, which can cause your unit to literally freeze up.

If you have detected any of these signs that your AC unit is on the fritz, then it would be wise to call a professional AC repair professional. After all, the reason that you have an AC is for your comfort and if your are uncomfortable, then it would be time to call for help.

Is it possible to postpone an A/C repair?

Even though your AC may continue to work for a short amount of time, if you are going to ignore the warning signs for AC troubles, then it may end up costing you more in the long run. Diminishing cooling capacity will not only make your home uncomfortably warm, bit it will also raise your utility bills as your AC unit struggles to get to the right temperature. A system that has been put under strain will most likely overheat, which results in some major damage. So, it is best to have your AC unit repaired as soon as you notice any issue.

Cost factors of installing an A/C Unit:

Cost factors include load calculation, energy efficiency ratings, and the brand.

Installation cost of an A/C Unit, notes and other information:

The estimate for the cost is only a ball park figure, the actual cost can differ according to the basic work performed, and the service conditions. The cost estimates include: local materials, delivery of equipment, and transportation. cost of preparing site for.

The cost of installation of a brand new A/C Unit?

new ac unit installation costs 2016 phoenix

Installation of brand new ac units range from $4,000 – $10,000. Average AC unit installation cost: $7,000. A basic 2-ton model will cost around ($4,000), A mid range unit will cost ($7,000), and the highest cost ac unit replacement will cost ($10,000).

The average cost to buy each of the different brands of air conditioning units:

cost to install a brand new ac unit in 2016

The average cost to buy a brand new ac unit is $2,442.50.

Aire-Flo – ($1,750)

Amana – ($2,650)

American Standard – ($3,300)

Armstrong – ($2,100)

Bryant – ($2,250)

Carrier – ($3,250)

Coleman – ($1,750)

Comfort Maker – ($1,800)

Frigidaire – ($2,950)

Gibson – ($2,350)

Goodman – ($2,200)

Heil – ($2,500)

Lennox – ($3,300)

Payne – ($1,500)

Rheem – ($2,600)

Ruud – ($2,500)

Tempstar – ($1,900)

Trane – ($3,400)

Whirlpool – ($1,950)

York – ($2,850)

7 Tips for AC unit Maintenance 2016

  1. Change the filter.

This is the easiest and most effective way to keep your AC Unit running as smoothly as it should be is changing your filter once a month. When you change your filter regularly, you will reduce the burden on your system. A clogged or dirty filter will make your AC unit work harder than a clean filter would. Regularly changing the filter is easy on your system and budget as it will lower your utility bill and extend the life of your AC.

  1. Keep the coils clean.

The fins and coils outside of your AC need to be clear of obstructions and kept clean. Leaves and other sorts of debris can sometimes accumulate around it. If there are obstructions present, then your unit will begin to work harder than it should. You are able to clean your unit with a broom and garden hose. DO NOT use a pressure washer, as the strong spray could cause damage to your unit. A little bit of housekeeping will go far to keep your AC working like it should.

  1. Keep all the shrubbery trimmed that surrounds the unit.

If you have any type of planted shrubbery around the unit to hide it from view, ensure that you have left plenty of space around it for the AC unit to work without obstruction. If there is a slight obstruction, a quick trim should do the trick.

  1. Ensure that the dryer vent is not angled towards your unit.

The lint from the dryer exhaust can cause issues for your AC unit. Be sure that lint is unable to get inside of the air conditioner by angling the dryer vent in the opposite direction.

  1. Adjust the thermostat.

If you happen to be gone for long periods of time each day, then adjust the thermostat to a higher temperature for the time that you are gone. This will lessen the amount of time that your unit will work each day, and will lengthen the cycle of the unit. The additional benefit is that you will have a lower utility bill each month. Some of the new thermostats will allow you to program it to match your schedule so that your home stays cool when you are home. Optimizing the systems usage will maximize the life in the long run.

  1. Check the ductwork and seal any open spaces.

Ensure that the doors and windows are seal properly to help keep the home cool. You should perform a visual inspection of the ductwork every now and then to ensure that it is seal correctly. If the ductwork isn’t sealed properly, cool air will escape before it gets inside of your home. The less cool air that escapes, the less your unit will have to work.

  1. Schedule yearly tune-ups with a HVAC professional.

A trained HVAC professional will be able to detect most issues before the become major ones. This costs around $100 to $150 for routine maintenance calls, but the benefits will outweigh the cost by a lot. The typical tune-up consists of various tests to make sure that your units internal parts are working right, as well as a filter check and a refrigerant charge if it is needed. The technician will also clear the drain and clean the unit inside and out.

 

The government offers a tax credit for the following:

  • Tax credit offered for those who use a split system A/C Unit at $300, [must be a 16 SEER or a 12 EER].
  • Tax credit offered for Packaged A/C Unit’s at $300, [must have a 14 SEER or a 12 EER].

Conclusion

If you live in a warmer climate, then your AC is one of the most essential pieces for your home. The best course is to have routine maintenance to make sure that the unit runs smoothly during some of the warmest months of the year. Having yearly tune-ups done by HVAC professionals will help to increase the lifespan of your unit as well. When repairs are needed, ensure that you hire a HVAC trained technician for the best results. When you follow these guidelines, it will make sure that you are cool and comfortable through the summer. We hope you enjoyed our article on the average air conditioner repair costs in 2016.