If you want to learn about the construction process and the steps that are taken to complete a project, you should read my blog. My name is Darren White and I've always been fascinated by the way that a construction crew can erect a building so fast. I work in an industrial park and there's always new buildings being built and I see the progress every day. A few months ago, I was at a neighborhood picnic and I started talking to a neighbor that lived down the street. It just so happened that he was a contractor that worked on the buildings in the industrial park. I asked him how the construction crew could build a huge building so quickly and he explained the whole process to me. That's when I had the idea to write a blog to explain the building process to others who are also interested.
It generally goes that the only time your air conditioner starts to suffer issues is when you need it the most, but not all problems mean that a replacement is imminent or necessary. Many problems, even those that may seem serious, can be repaired at marginal costs. Catching certain symptoms before your AC fails completely can help you save money by fixing problems before they get worse.
AC Won't Turn On
Though you may feel a sense of dread if your AC doesn't turn on at all, some of the causes can be simple and free fixes. First, check to make sure that your thermostat is actually set correctly. A bumped switch can turn off your AC completely. It's also possible that you might just have a tripped fuse. If taking care of these problems doesn't work, however, it may be time to contact a repairman—such as one from Bob Bergen Heating & Air Conditioning.
AC is Making Strange Sounds
Air conditioners can be a little noisy, but they shouldn't be rattling or clunking or buzzing. If your unit is old, there's a chance it could be something as simple as a loose part that needs to be tightened. However, it could also be a problem with one of the blades or the blower motor. In either case, the part will need to be replaced, though those repairs typically cost less than a thousand dollars.
Utility Bills Rising
It's normal for electric bills to be a little higher in hotter months, but if your bills start to rise abnormally high, your air conditioner likely isn't operating very efficiently. This can be caused by a choked condensing coil in your outdoor unit, which in turn is often caused by the accumulation of dust and debris on the cooling fins. The good news is that getting a tuneup to fix this problem generally costs between $75 to $150, and you should see efficiency return to normal.
However, there is also a chance that the duct work in your house may have leaks. Leaks in your ducts wastes precious cool air, especially when the sealant starts to dry, crack or fall apart.
Water Next to Furnace
Condensation is normal, but any water is supposed to collect in a tray and then drain itself. If there is any buildup of water, you may need a new drainage tube if you can't clear the blockage. In cases where water flows into a sump basin, you may need a new sump pump. A repairman should be able to fix these issues for less than $100.
Air Isn't As Cold As it Used to Be
Your outdoor unit connects with your indoor unit with refrigerant lines which are covered with sleeves. If the insulating sleeves are old, they might not be doing their job properly. It's also possible that you just need to have your refrigerant recharged, which is a process that can run up to $150.Share