Downtown Air and Heat Blog : Posts Tagged ‘AC Repair’

Signs That Indicate You May Have a Refrigerant Leak

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

As we get closer to needing less and less cooling, you may have started to notice some issues with your air conditioning system. We had a hot summer and continue to have a warm fall, making it necessary to keep the cooling going. With a long cooling season like ours, it isn’t unusual for your AC to develop problems. While you should leave the actual diagnosing and repairing to the trained experts from Downtown Air and Heat, it is good information to know if the problems you are experiencing may indicate a refrigerant leak in your system.

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Why Is There Ice on My Air Conditioner?

Monday, August 24th, 2015

We are at the hottest time of the year, and there’s no doubt that your air conditioning system is working its hardest to keep you cool and comfortable. It is during our hottest weather that your system will be most prone to malfunction, but it can be hard to tell if your system is compromised when it still runs and cools your home. However, if you see ice on your AC, there is definitely a problem with your system.

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Why Is My Air Conditioner Leaking?

Monday, August 10th, 2015

With all  that can go wrong with your air conditioner, leaking may not be at the top of your list. However, with the humidity level in our area, your air conditioner pulls a great deal of moisture out of the air as it cools your home. This is partly how your air conditioner helps cool your home: by dehumidifying the air. This moisture has to go somewhere, and it does, with the help of your condensate array. But if something is off with your condensate array, you are likely to find your AC in Orlando, FL, leaking.

What Is the Condensate Array?

The condensate array consists of the condensate tray (or pan) and the condensate drain pipe. The two pieces are connected, and the condensate tray is slanted so that water dripping through the evaporator coils lands in the tray and then runs easily into the condensate drain. The drain is connected to your home’s sewer or septic pipe for removal.

What Kinds of Problems Develop?

There are a few common problems that can develop with the condensate array, although all of them can usually be alleviated and even avoided by scheduling annual maintenance:

  • Tray has corroded – the condensate tray can, over time, develop holes or cracks; if this happens, the water dripping into the tray will fall through these openings and onto your floor.
  • The tray and drain line have become disconnected – do to varying circumstances, the drain or tray can shift position, causing a disconnection between the two. If this happens, the water in the tray will continue to run toward the slant, but the askew drain pipe won’t be able to capture it all. This, too, will result in water falling directly onto your floor.
  • The drain line is clogged – your condensate drain line can become clogged if debris falls into the line or if mold, algae and mildew are allowed to flourish there.

Your condensate array is very important to the removal of moisture in your home, and at this time of year, it is working hard due to the excess humidity in the air. If you have noticed leaking from your air conditioner, don’t wait to call the experts at Downtown Air & Heat for AC repair help.

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When Is It Time to Call for Emergency AC Service?

Monday, July 6th, 2015

In Florida, you really can’t get through the heat of summer without your whole home air conditioner. This is one of the reasons why the experts at Downtown Air & Heat offer 24-hour emergency service every day of the year. Sometimes, though, it can be hard to identify what qualifies as a true emergency. To help you, our experts have put together some examples of situations that would classify as “emergencies”:

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My Air Conditioner Has Capacitors?

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Your air conditioning system has many different components that allow it to provide your home with the cool air it needs. However, without the right amount of electricity, your system won’t do a thing. The electricity that runs through your home’s air conditioner is alternating current, also known as AC, and this type of electricity may not be strong enough to give the different motors in your AC system the boost they need at start-up. This is where capacitors come in. However, it’s important to allow a trained expert to handle all aspects of your air conditioner, particularly where electricity is concerned, and the specialists at Downtown Air & Heat are here to help. If you suspect you may have an electrical problem with the air conditioner in your home in Orlando, FL, don’t take a risk by trying to repair it yourself; instead, call us and schedule an appointment.

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Why Doesn’t My AC Have Enough Power?

Monday, April 20th, 2015

It’s getting pretty toasty here in Orlando, FL, and the temperature is only going to go up. If you’ve turned on your air conditioner and noticed that it doesn’t seem to be blowing as much air as it should, there are a few reasons for this. Instead of trying to muddle through your system to discover the problem yourself, call the experts at Downtown Air & Heat. We can assist you with any AC repair you may have, and we have emergency service available around the clock. Call us today!

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Why Is There Ice on My AC?

Monday, April 13th, 2015

It can be a very strange site, especially when it’s hot outside: ice on your air conditioner. However, this isn’t just some strange anomaly. Ice on your AC indicates that there’s an issue with your system and it needs to be repaired. Otherwise, you could find yourself with warm air blowing through your home’s vents. Scraping off the ice doesn’t fix the problem, and it isn’t a good idea to try and detect the problem yourself unless you have expert training about your AC system. The air conditioning specialists at Downtown Air & Heat can help you with all your repair needs, so if your air conditioner is “on the rocks,” give us a call.

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