Westland Heating & Air Conditioning Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning Repair’

What Does SEER Stand For?

Monday, August 31st, 2015

If you’ve examined your air conditioner, you may have noticed a label detailing its SEER rating, and wondered what it means. The term stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, and it’s a way of measuring the system’s efficiency. That can have a huge impact on your system, especially with our hot summers here in Westlake, OH. If you’re in the market for a new air conditioner, it pays to understand what the SEER rating means and why it matters so much to you.

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What Causes Low Air Flow in Your Air Conditioner?

Monday, August 10th, 2015

When most people think of air conditioner troubles, they assume it’s a lack of cool air or an inability to turn on entirely. Both of those are huge problems to be sure, especially in the middle of our steamy Westlake, OH summers. But equally as problematic is a system that turns on and produces plenty of cool air, but can’t blow that air into your home effectively. As with a lack of cool air, the issue forces your system to work harder than it has to, which both raises the cost of your monthly bills and increases the risk of a breakdown due to increased strain. So what causes low air flow in your air conditioner? Here are some possible causes.

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Fan Problems with Your Air Conditioner

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

The fan is an integral part to your air conditioner. After all, the system can cool all the air you want, but if the fan can’t blow it through the ducts into your home, it’s not going to do you a bit of good. Problems with the fan tend to create a cascading effect, as reduced air flow forces the system to work harder and increases the strain on individual components. Your monthly bills will go up and the chances of a significant breakdown—in the middle of our Westlake, OH summer no less—tend to go up considerably. There are a number of specific fan problems with your air conditioner that you should watch out for. If you spot them, shut off your system and contact a repair technician immediately.

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Why Should I Worry about Air Conditioning Noise?

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Air conditioners invariably generate noise, and most of us quickly become accustomed to the comforting sound of the motor firing up and fresh, cool air blowing into our homes. Here in Westlake, OH, we run our air conditioners almost every day in the summer, and the noise that they generate simply becomes part of the background.

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3 Causes of Short Cycling in Your Air Conditioner

Monday, May 18th, 2015

You may have heard the term “short cycling” applied to a problem with your air conditioner. This refers to a tendency for the system to turn on and off rapidly multiple times throughout the day, sometimes before it has had a chance to cool your home down. With summer coming and temperatures in Westlake, OH ready to hit the roof, short cycling can be devastating to your air conditioning system. AC units use exponentially more power starting up and shutting down than they do just running—increasing the strain on the system as well as increasing your monthly energy bills—and the faster you can deal with the problem, the better off you’ll be.

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How to Identify if Your Air Conditioning System Needs Repairs

Monday, April 20th, 2015

As spring begins to wind down and summer gets closer, it’s important to make sure that your air conditioning system is prepared for the hot season. Part of those preparations includes getting your system the repairs that it needs to keep up with increased demand. Air conditioner problems are progressive in nature. The longer they are left to develop, the worse they are going to get. A quick response to repair needs is key to keeping your air conditioning system in good condition. With that in mind, here are a couple of the best ways to identify if your air conditioning system needs repairs.  

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The Blower Fan and AC Problems

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

When you consider what an air conditioner actually does in your home, you’ll probably first think about the cool breezes that blow from the vents. That breeze comes from the blower fan in the air conditioner’s indoor unit. If the blower fan doesn’t work, your air conditioner doesn’t work: it’s that simple.

Are you experiencing troubles with your air conditioner’s fan? Then you only need to contact Westland Heating and Air Conditioning for repair in Avon, OH. We take pride in the excellent service we have provided the area for the past quarter century.

Why the blower fan is important

The most common type of air conditioning system is packaged in the same cabinet with the furnace (plus an outdoor condenser unit to release heat) where both systems use the same blower fan, which is housed at the bottom of the cabinet. The blower fan handles two vital functions in the operation of the air conditioner: it sends conditioned air through the ventilation system and out into the rooms, and it runs the warm air from the return vents across the evaporator coils of the AC. To effectively cool down air, an air conditioner’s evaporator coils must have a stream of air moving across them to create the evaporation that absorbs heat from the air.

Because the blower fan does an enormous amount of work whenever an air conditioner comes on, it will suffer from wear and may eventually need repairs. Regular maintenance service from professional technicians will make sure that the blower motor is properly lubricated and cleaned so it will have a long service life. They will also check fan blades for damage.

However, there is no way to avoid all repair needs for a blower fan. If the fan in your AC fails to come on, or you hear clicking and grinding noises whenever it activates, call for repair technicians right away. Also watch for any change in the airflow from the vents they may indicate the fan is experiencing problems. Change the air filter regularly (once a month during the summer) so that no debris will enter the return vents and dirty the blower motor.

For quality air conditioning repair service in Avon, OH on which you can count, turn to Westland Heating and Air Conditioning. Our technicians have more than 100 years of combined experience and use the newest technology to see that any repair they do for your home’s cooling (or heating) system will fix the problem and keep it fixed.

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How Heat Pump Repair Differs from Air Conditioning Repair

Friday, August 15th, 2014

There’s a lot of confusion about how heat pumps differ from air conditioning systems. The truth is that a heat pump in cooling mode is an air conditioner. The main difference is that a heat pump can also heat, due to its reversing valve. So, when it comes to heat pump repair versus air conditioning repair in Avon, there are only a couple of key differences between the two. For over 25 years, Westland Heating and Air Conditioning has helped customers with both heat pump and air conditioner repair, and we can help you, too.

Differences Between Heat Pumps and ACs

The best way to answer the question about repair differences is to first look at the comparative components of a heat pump and an air conditioning system. Both have a compressor, a condenser and an evaporator. Both use fans and refrigerant. The main difference, as mentioned above, is that a heat pump has a component called a reversing valve that allows the heat pump to both cool and heat by reversing the flow of refrigerant; a second difference is that a heat pump’s mode of operation is reverse refrigeration, whereas an air conditioner’s is a vapor compression cycle.

Heat Pump Reversing Valve

The reversing valve resides inside the heat pump. The valve is attached to a small solenoid that supplies low-voltage electricity to it that is necessary for making the switch between heating and cooling. Common problems that can occur with the valve are:

  • The valve gets stuck
  • The solenoid goes bad
  • A refrigerant leak develops in the valve

Sometimes a stuck valve can be repaired, but sometimes it needs to be replaced. A solenoid can be repaired, rather than replacement, unless the solenoid is no longer available. Refrigerant leaks can be repaired, and should be repaired by a trained professional.

Year-Round Operation of Heat Pump

Air conditioners run only during the warm months of the year, whereas a heat pump will run year-round. As such, normal wear-and-tear for heat pumps is higher, so there is more likely to be a need for repairs on a heat pump versus an air conditioner. Additionally, it is important to keep up with bi-annual maintenance on heat pumps due to the year-round operation.

Use a Professional for Both

Whether you need heat pump or air conditioning repair in Avon, it’s important to always use a trained professional. Call Westland Heating and Air Conditioning today and schedule an appointment with one of our trained technicians.

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3 Causes of Reduced Cooling Power in My Air Conditioner

Friday, June 27th, 2014

If you’re sitting in your home on a Saturday afternoon, listening to the whir and hum of your air conditioner as it vents air through the rooms, but you keep thinking to yourself that you’re far warmer than you should be… you may have trouble with your AC. Check on the thermostat to make sure that it’s set right. If the house still doesn’t feel as cool as it should, or if the stuffiness seems to increase, then you should call for air conditioning repair from Westlake, OH specialists as soon as possible.

At Westland Heating and Air Conditioning, we have over 25 years of experience handling air conditioning systems that have started to lose their normal cooling power. Below are three of the most common reasons that your AC might start to malfunction and leave you with an unpleasantly warm house during the summer:

1. Loss of refrigerant charge

The lifeblood of an air conditioner is the refrigerant, a chemical blend that moves through the system and shifts heat from the indoors to the outdoors. Refrigerant remains at a set level, known as its “charge,” as long as the air conditioner is running normally: refrigerant does not become “used up” during the cooling cycle. However, leaks can occur that will lower the charge, and should this happen, an AC will begin to lose the ability to absorb heat from the indoor air. This is a serious problem, because if left without repairs lowered refrigerant will cause damage to the compressor, possibly leading to it overheating and burning out.

2. Clogged air filter

The air filter in an AC protects the interior of its evaporator cabinet from debris that comes in through the return vent. After a month, the filter will start to become clogged with the contaminants trapped inside it, and this will cut down on the airflow into the air conditioner. This will cause the AC to struggle to remove sufficient heat from the air, and will result in a drop in cooling ability. Make sure you change the filter once a month during the summer to prevent this from occurring. Should a clogged filter affect cooling ability, you should call for repairs to make sure the system has not suffered serious damage.

3. Failed outdoor fan

The fan draws warm outside air across the condenser coil, causing the hot refrigerant inside to release heat. Without a properly working fan, the refrigerant won’t cool down enough; when the refrigerant enters the indoor cabinet through the evaporator coil, it will not be able to draw enough heat from the air to provide the level of cooling you want. Fans can fail for a variety of reasons; technicians can replace the motor, capacitor, broken fan belt, or whatever has caused the fan to stop working.

Don’t attempt to troubleshoot AC repairs on your own; the work requires highly trained specialists. Our technicians at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning have over 100 years of combined experience fixing malfunctioning cooling systems, so when you need air conditioning service in Westlake, OH, pick up your phone and give us a call today.

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What Happens When Refrigerant Levels Get Low?

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Refrigerant constitutes the core of most types of air conditioning system. It cycles through a series of valves and coils that first shift it into a liquid form (heating the nearby air, which is then vented outside with a fan) then revert it to a gaseous form (cooling the air, which can then be blown through the ducts into your home). In order for the system to work, the refrigerant needs to be at a specified level, though the exact amount depends on the make and model of your air conditioner. When it gets low, problems can arise. The good news is that there are plenty of services that offer air conditioning repair in Rocky River, OH. But what happens when refrigerant levels get low? How does that affect your unit?

In the simplest terms, it disrupts the entire process. Without the right amount of refrigerant, the cooling process in the evaporator coils is thrown off-kilter. Instead of cooling down the surrounding air like it should, ice forms on the evaporator coils, while the air itself stays comparatively warm. That forces the air conditioner to work even harder to do its job, increasing strain and creating higher monthly energy bills in the process. Even worse, the ice now forms an insulating barrier between the rest of the refrigerant and the air, exacerbating the problem and increasing the chances of a larger breakdown in the future.  Furthermore, when the ice melts, it could overwhelm the system’s drain pan: the water will overflow and possibly damage nearby components in the bargain.

Unfortunately, simply scraping the ice off won’t solve the problem. The ice will soon reform and your efforts may damage the evaporator coils to boot. Instead, you need a trained technician to deal with the source of the problem: seal the leak and recharge refrigerant levels to their current position. If you’re looking for an HVAC company that offers professional air conditioning services in Rocky River, OH, the experts at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning are standing by. We know what happens when refrigerant levels get low and we have the expertise to fix it properly every time! Give us a call today to schedule your next service appointment with us.

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