Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning Repair’

AC Noises That Should Prompt a Technician Visit

Monday, October 1st, 2018

AC-unitsAs we wind down from the summer season, it’s important to make sure that your air conditioner is in good shape before you turn it off for the rest of the year. If your system has any problems, you’re going to want to have them dealt with now, rather than at the start of the next summer season. There are many indications that your air conditioning system might be struggling, but the easiest to identify are often strange noises coming from the unit. Let’s go over some common unusual noises below, and the problems they indicate.

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Watch Out for These Air Conditioning Problems

Monday, May 29th, 2017

air-conditioning-repairIf there’s a single time when it’s most inconvenient for an air conditioner to break down, it’s in the middle of summer. Unfortunately, that’s exactly when most air conditioning problems occur. The higher demand you place on your air conditioner during the summer months makes it more likely for various issues to crop up. If you want to limit the amount of damage your system can take from any possible problems, you need to be able to catch them early. The best way to do that is to know which symptoms indicate an issue with your air conditioner.

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Do I Need to Put More Refrigerant in My AC?

Monday, July 25th, 2016

We often get this question from homeowners who want to make sure that their air conditioners are in ideal condition for the summer. While it is true that there are certain conditions under which your air conditioner would need more refrigerant, these are rare. Let’s take a look at how your air conditioner uses refrigerant, and when you need to have more added to it.

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Listen for These Air Conditioner Noises

Monday, April 25th, 2016

Have you noticed any strange noises coming from your air conditioner since you started using it this summer? If so, you probably have a problem. Usually, the reason that an air conditioner starts making strange noises is because there’s a problem with the system. Let’s take a look at some of the more common problem noises that air conditioners make, and what they mean.

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When to Call for Air Conditioning Repairs

Monday, March 28th, 2016

Summer is not far off now, and the weather is already beginning to warm up. As the temperature rises, you’re probably going to start relying on your air conditioner more and more to keep your home cool. That added usage translates to more strain on the system, which means a higher chance for things to go wrong. Let’s take a look at some of the common air conditioning problems that you should look out for this season.

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3 Common Types of Air Conditioning Repairs

Monday, May 11th, 2015

There are many components and moving parts in your air conditioner, which leaves quite a bit of latitude for problems. However, there are some key areas that our technicians see problems with more often than other parts. This doesn’t mean these parts are faulty; rather, it indicates that these parts are sometimes put to more use than others, and as such, they can develop more wear and tear. No matter what your repair issue, though, it’s important to always call an expert for help, like the ones at Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling. We’ve been helping customers in the Fort Washington, PA, area with air conditioning repair since 1976, and we bring this experience and expertise to every job we do. Call us today, and let our AC specialists get your air conditioner back on track.

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Why Is a Faulty Compressor Motor a Problem?

Friday, June 6th, 2014

The core of an air conditioning system is the compressor, which is located in the outdoor condenser cabinet. When an AC switches into cooling, the compressor makes a noticeable humming noise that you probably associate with all air conditioners: that’s the indication the process that creates the heat exchange cycle to remove warmth from your home has started. The compressor increases the pressure of refrigerant by decreasing its volume; the refrigerant changes into a hot, high pressure gas and starts on its path through the air conditioning system until it returns to the compressor.

A compressor resembles a motor in the way it operates, but it needs its own motor to run. Compressor motor faults are serious because they threaten to stop the heat exchange cycle. If you suspect a failing compressor motor, contact Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling right away for air conditioning repair in Quakertown, PA. We offer same day service, your satisfaction guaranteed.

Why motor faults are bad news for the compressor

The compressor motor is similar to most motors: it can suffer from excess stress due to overwork, loss of lubrication, and dirty components. Other problems a motor can encounter include loose wires and a bad start relay. When the motor starts to suffer from extra strain, the air conditioner will begin to “hard start”—i.e. the compressor will struggle to turn on, and it may only work for a short period before it shuts off again. This puts stress on the compressor as well, and it drains large amounts of energy that will lead to an increase on your bills.

The biggest threat from a malfunctioning compressor motor is not that the motor will burn out and stop moving the compressor; that’s a serious issue that will require a technician change out the motor. The biggest danger is that the hard starting will cause the compressor to overheat and burn-out. A burn-out compressor can rarely be fixed. Replacing the compressor is costly, and often it means that the whole air conditioner must be replaced.

When you hear a grinding or screeching sound from the condenser cabinet, it probably means a motor is malfunctioning. Call for repairs immediately before the problem spreads to the compressor. Also call for technicians if the air conditioner begins to hard start.

If you act soon enough, skilled repair technicians can often fix the problem quickly and thoroughly so it will not start up again. However, in cases of aged ACs, sometimes a new installation is the best solution when the compressor and its motor have worn down too far.

Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling has served Quakertown, PA with air conditioning repair for over 30 years. Trust us with your AC’s motor trouble.

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Radnor, PA Air Conditioning Tip: Signs of a AC Fan Problem

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Your air conditioning system uses a couple different fans in order to remove heat from your home and exhaust it outside. It is truly a marvel of engineering, but like any other piece of equipment, it can eventually break down and require repair. One common issue that we get called to repair is a broken air conditioning fan. At Carney Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, we offer fast and good quality Radnor, PA air conditioning repair services and we wanted to share some of the signs that could indicate that your AC is having a fan problem.

If you have a central air conditioning system, then you likely have two different fans: one in the indoor unit and one in the outdoor condensing unit. Whenever you run your AC these fans need to operate constantly. Because of all that use, there are a couple common problems that can arise.

  • New noises – Your fan uses a motor, a belt and a fan blade in order to move air. One common way that you can tell if your fans aren’t working well is if they start to make new noises. If you hear squealing coming from your fans it usually means that the fan belt is old and needs to be replaced. Rattling or grinding noises can indicate that the fan motor bearing need to be replaced or lubricated.
  • Fans won’t turn on – Another common issue is when your fans just won’t turn on. This could be caused by a couple different things. First, it could be that the fan motor is broken or that the system isn’t plugged in any more. But it could also be the capacitor for the motor. Capacitors are kind of like boosters for your air conditioning system’s motors. They store electric charge and then release it when the motors need to start up. If your fans aren’t starting it could be that their capacitors need to be replaced.

When you start to notice any issues with your home’s air conditioning system it is usually best to call immediately for repairs. Call the Radnor, PA air conditioning repair professionals at Carney Plumbing, Heating & Cooling and we’ll be able to get your system fixed as quickly as possible.

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Dirty Air Filters and Air Conditioning Repairs

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Your air conditioning system has an air filter that is there to protect the moving parts on the inside from dirt, dust and other debris. If you don’t change that air filter on a regular basis it can cause problems with your AC. If your air conditioning system is having any issues, call the friendly experts at Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling. We have many years of experience working with all different kinds of air conditioning systems. We wanted to put together some of the common issues that can be caused by allowing your air filter to get clogged.

  • Not enough cooling – If your air conditioning system isn’t producing enough cooling a very common cause of that could be a clogged air filter. If your air filter is full of dust it will restrict the flow of air into your home and cause you to be uncomfortable.
  • Increased repair – If you have a clogged air filter it will cause your air conditioning system to have to work harder to pull air through the system. This will put more strain on your equipment and could cause other AC problems to develop.
  • Increased energy usage – If your air conditioning system has to work harder to pull air into the system then it will need to use a lot more energy.
  • Reduced lifespan – When your air conditioning system has constantly run to cool your home because of a dirty filter, there will be more wear and tear on the system. This could cause parts of the equipment to prematurely wear out, and it could even cause the entire system to break down permanently.

Call the Lansdale, PA air conditioning repair specialists at Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling today if you have any questions! 

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Why is My Central Air Conditioner Making Noise?

Monday, July 9th, 2012

A good air conditioner is a life saver in the midst of a hot and sticky summer, but just because the system makes you comfortable and makes the hottest months bearable doesn’t mean you want to hear it clanging and banging all summer. If you notice excess noise coming from your Newtown air conditioner, it might be a problem that can be fixed by your technician. Here are some common causes of excess noise from an air conditioner and what you can do to fix them.

  • Blower – The blower is a motor and fan blade assembly. If the blade touches the housing or if the motor needs a tune up, it might start to make excess noise. Loose screws, foreign objects, or a need for oiling or new parts will all cause noise problems.
  • Ductwork – If the sounds you’re hearing are in the ductwork or vents, it may be due to expansion and contraction in your ventilation system. This is normal and while it may be obnoxious, it tends not to persist during the hottest months as temperature won’t fluctuate as much.
  • Bubbling Sounds – If you hear a gurgly or bubbly noise coming from your indoor unit, it may be due to a blockage in the condensate line. The easiest solution is to have a tech clean the condensate line and check for any clogs or blockages in the system.
  • Clicking Sounds – If you hear a clicking sound, it is likely from the relay or contactor in the system. If this is the case, have a Newtown AC professional check it right away. Electrical problems are not to be taken lightly where your air conditioner is concerned.
  • Foreign Objects – Sometimes, the condenser fan will make a lot of loud noise because foreign objects get stuck in there. Sticks, leaves, toys, food from small animals – it can all get stuck in the fans and make a tremendous amount of noise. Keep the area around your condenser unit clear of debris and check it often if you hear loud noises.

Most noises from your Newtown central air conditioning unit are explainable and can be fixed relatively easily. If you cannot find the source of the noise, however, and it is only getting worse, call Carney Plumbing, Heating & Cooling before the problem grows.

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