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Professional AC compressor repair can save you from a stuffy building filled with hot air, making your environment unbearable. Family members can’t breathe and workers can’t think. If your air conditioning system is not functioning properly, then air conditioning compressor replacement may be necessary. Trust the experts at Air Conditioning Repair NYC. AC compressor repair is one of our specialties.

Cool, Comfortable Space All Year Round

Residential and commercial air conditioning provides a healthy and comfortable environment for living and working. Many New York apartments and buildings have very poor air flow, which can be worsened by hot, humid summer days. A properly functioning AC compressor creates a pleasant environment in all types of weather all year round.

The summer heat can be especially tough on the young and elderly. Workers also need a cool environment to enable them to focus. When employees are thinking about the heat, they will struggle to concentrate on their jobs.

ac compressor repairCommon AC Compressor Repair Problems

The AC compressor is usually located outside to collect air for cooling. As the name suggests, this apparatus compresses the air to make it easier to cool. It sends this compressed air past the AC refrigerant for cooling. It is essential that the refrigerant be in gaseous format to be effective.

A typical AC compressor should last up to ten years or more. Here are some of the most common problems that require AC compressor repair:

  • No refrigerant or refrigerant is leaking
  • Loose or corroded wires
  • Burnt out capacitor
  • Faulty control board
  • Improper location of the HVAC unit
  • Malfunctioning thermostatic expansion valve
  • Loss of lubricating oil

Your air conditioner is a vital machine in hot weather. It is very complicated with strong chemicals that must be handled by a professional technician. Air Conditioning Repair NYC has the certified experts to return your environment to cool and comfortable. We offer 24/7 service with fast response times. When you need AC compressor repair, don’t settle for second-rate fly-by-night HVAC companies, rely on proven professionals. Call us today!

ac repairIf you have an older air conditioner, you may need AC repair this summer–especially if your system hasn’t been maintained with professional annual tune-ups. Before calling for HVAC service, try these troubleshooting tips for some of the most common solutions to air conditioning problems.

Problem: AC won’t turn on.

  • Make sure the thermostat is set to the cooling mode.
  • Turn down your thermostat by 5 degrees and wait a few minutes to see if it kicks on.
  • Make sure the circuit breaker hasn’t tripped.
  • Check the condensate tray for proper drainage. If it’s clogged, your air conditioner may automatically turn off.
  • Make sure the air handler compartment is tightly closed.

Problem: Poor air supply from the registers.

  • Replace your air filter if it’s dirty. A full air filter will reduce the airflow to and from your system, and is one of the most common causes for the need for AC repair
  • Check your ductwork and seal loose joints and cracks, a common culprit for air leaks.
  • Remove furniture and window treatments from in front of your supply and return registers to ensure proper air flow to your system.

Problem: Frequent cycling on and off.

  • Make sure your thermostat isn’t obstructed.
  • Spray down the outdoor condensing unit with a hose to wash away dirt and grass clippings from the metal fins. Don’t allow plants to grow close to your unit.
  • Replace your air filter if it’s dirty.

Problem: AC runs but won’t cool.

  • Make sure your thermostat is set to cooling and the fan is set to auto.
  • Turn down the thermostat by five degrees and wait a few minutes.
  • Hose down the outdoor unit to remove debris from the fins.

Prevention is the key to ensuring you won’t need AC repair this summer. Start with a professional tune-up. A qualified HVAC technician will tighten belts and connections, check the system’s airflow, refrigerant and controls, in addition to other essential tasks.

Over the course of the cooling season, keep your air conditioner in top working order and avoid costly AC repair by performing these tasks:

  • Change your air filter when it’s dirty. Most air filters need replacing every one to three months. A dirty filter greatly reduces your system’s efficiency and can cause expensive damage due to poor airflow.
  • Keep obstructions away from your return and supply ducts.
  • Vacuum the area around your indoor unit monthly to remove dust, which can build up inside the system.
  • Hose down your outdoor condensing unit every month to ensure optimum airflow.

If you have any more questions regarding air conditioning repair or service, please contact us today!

Many people have central air conditioning, but few know how their system works. Understanding how your air conditioner works can help you troubleshoot problems with your unit, as well as communicate effectively with HVAC professionals in case air conditioning repair is needed.

air conditioning repair componentsYour air conditioner has four main parts: the compressor, the condenser, the expansion valve and the evaporator coil.

  • The compressor is found on the outside unit of the air conditioner and pumps refrigerant through the system in a continuous loop. Refrigerant, a chemical that converts continuously from a liquid state to a gas state and back again, enters the compressor as a low pressure, warm gas. The compressor squeezes the liquid until it turns into a high pressure, hot gas.
  • The condenser is also found in the outside unit. When the hot gas leaves the compressor, it enters the condenser, where it’s blown by the condenser fan over the finned coils. The refrigerant cools and changes from a hot gas to a hot liquid.
  • The hot liquid moves through a tiny hole at high pressure. It emerges on the other side as a low  pressure, cold mist.
  • The cold mist moves into the evaporator coil located in the indoor unit just above the furnace plenum. Warm air from your home moves across the evaporator coil to be cooled, and is then sent back into your home. The evaporator coil begins to heat up from the warm air, and the refrigerant is converted back into a warm vapor and moves back into the compressor, where the whole cycle repeats itself.
  • Your air conditioner use the same blower, fan and ducts as your furnace. The blower sends the cool air in the plenum throughout your home through the duct system.

Because the evaporator and condenser are sealed, air conditioning repair should be done by a qualified HVAC professional. Common problems that may require professional air conditioning repair include:

  • A condenser that doesn’t turn on.
  • Uneven cooling due to the distribution system being out of balance.
  • The system doesn’t cool your home due to a faulty compressor or low refrigerant levels.

Before you call for air conditioning repair, check your fuses, clean the air filter and remove any debris from the outdoor unit. These common problem spots often solve the issue before service is needed.

common air conditioner problemsCommon air conditioner problems present a unique set of challenges for the Do It Yourself-er.  People who have no trouble making simple repairs around the home, or even the car, will often neglect air conditioning maintenance until the unit simply needs to be replaced.

In most cases, calling an air conditioning repair company when problems arise, will save you hundreds of dollars on replacing the unit. However, following these troubleshooting tips can help prevent or solve most of your air conditioner problems to avoid unnecessary repair or replacement costs.

Keeping air conditioning units clean and replacing the filters will prevent most air conditioning problems from ever developing, and short of replacing or refilling the coolant these common air conditioner problems can be addressed without the need for professional air conditioning repair.

Troubleshooting Common Air Conditioner Problems

  • Often air conditioning units simply won’t turn on. If the electrical connections are clean and connected, and the circuit breakers haven’t been thrown then you will need to call and air conditioning repair company to check the thermostat, wiring, compressor or control board.
  • Inadequate cooling is one of the most common air conditioner problems. If the fan is working, it is likely that your evaporator is in need of cleaning. You should also check coils on the warm end of the air conditioner and clean them with a soft brush. Set the thermostat to a lower temperature first and if there is no improvement, clean the evaporator.
  • Common air conditioner problems can also result from trouble with the condenser, motor, evaporator or compressor which will again require professional air conditioning repair. However, take a close look at the condenser. Any debris blocking the area of the condenser should be cleaned away immediately. A blockage can actually lead to more serious air conditioning problems with the compressor.
  • Erratic off and on problems can also result from a dirty or blocked condenser unit, or a dirty evaporator. So again, a good regular cleaning  will help you avoid an air conditioning repair call.
  • The air damper should be closed and not bringing in outside air. This is one of the most common air conditioner problems. Check the back cover, and open it as soon as the winter season is over. Many cooling problems will be solved by checking that outside air is not being drawn in.
  • Excessive water leakage from air conditioning units is one of the more common air conditioner problems and is almost always solved by simply tilting the unit to allow the water to drain better. However more serious, and all too common air conditioner problems can result from water damage and rust, so make sure your unit is tilted and draining properly.

No company checks and repairs as many air conditioning units in a season as we do. If you’re undecided about the next step in dealing with your air conditioning problems simply give us a call at 646-783-2475.

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