Posts Tagged ‘AC Repair’

“Bang! Clang! Hissss” Sounds You Should Never Hear from Your AC

Monday, June 29th, 2020

woman-covering-her-earsIt’s never a good sign to hear alarming sounds coming from your air conditioner. Sure, there’s no such thing as a silent air conditioner, but you know the sounds yours makes from day to day. You hear the fans whirring, the compressor starting up and shutting down, your outside unit running, and maybe even your ductwork fluctuating with the temperature and airflow.

What you shouldn’t hear is banging or clanging, hissing, grinding, or short-cycling. Wondering what all these sounds mean? That’s what we’re here for! Read on as we uncover why these sounds are so detrimental to your air conditioner’s functionality. (more…)

Don’t Ignore These Late-Seasons Signs You Need AC Repair

Monday, September 9th, 2019

air-conditioner-with-tools-on-topYour central air conditioner is one of the most important features there is when it comes to home comfort. In fact, it’s probably one of the biggest investments you’ve made in your home. It’s also one of the most specialized systems in your home—meaning only a trained and licensed professional should be the one to conduct repairs or any sort of service on the system—services like maintenance, for example.

Just like with your vehicle or many other heavy pieces of equipment, your air conditioner needs routine maintenance to keep working as it should, and it’s a lot easier (and cheaper) to address problems when they are small than it is to deal with an emergency later on because that small problem had a domino effect on the rest of your system.

But, if you had maintenance done months ago, or if you skipped it this year (it’s not too late to schedule it!) how know you need AC repair? And should you tackle those repairs right away or can they wait until next fall? For the later question—you should never delay repairs as it can turn into a premature system replacement if you’re not careful. As for how you know you need repairs, read on! (more…)

Beware These Signs You Need AC Repair

Monday, August 27th, 2018

An air conditioning technician welds a connection prior to installing AC unit.Our summers may not be as hot and as long as other parts of the country, but that doesn’t mean they don’t pack a punch. For days on end, we’ve been using our air conditioners on a consistent basis, relying on it to get through every little heat wave we’ve had. Hopefully, you’ve gotten through the summer so far without any unexpected problems, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t have to call for an AC repair in Tacoma, WA before summer ends.

Fortunately, most cooling system repair issues show signs well before they force the system to break down, giving you plenty of time to give us a call. On that note, please never try to formally diagnose or repair a faulty air conditioner yourself. We say this because your air conditioner contains potentially dangerous components, such as refrigerant, and handling these components requires years of training, experience, and education. You can, however, spot the signs you need repair. Below are just a few of these signs you can watch out for. (more…)

Follow These Tips to Prevent AC Repairs This Summer

Monday, May 21st, 2018

checklist on a clipboardWith temperatures barely approaching the high 70s, you may not be thinking about your air conditioner too much. However, soon enough you’ll be ready to switch your thermostat to cooling mode, and when that time comes you may not notice anything wrong with your air conditioner and think it’s running just fine. But, if you’ve skipped maintenance then you could certainly find yourself facing a costly AC repair in Tacoma this summer.

Midsummer AC repairs are a hassle for any homeowner, with breakdowns being an even bigger inconvenience. You’ll most likely have to stop what you’re doing to get the repairs taken care of, and will have to battle with other homeowners to schedule a repair technician, since summertime is a time of the year where HVAC technicians are busiest (and harder to get ahold of). We’d like to help you prevent AC repairs in the first place. (more…)

Why Ice Forms on Your Air Conditioner

Monday, April 11th, 2016

The days are starting to heat up, and you’re probably going to be using your air conditioner to keep comfortable on a regular basis if you aren’t already. As you start to use your air conditioner more and more often, the added stress may cause problems for the system as the summer wears on. One of those problems is ice. Let’ take a look at why ice forms on your air conditioner, and why it’s a problem. (more…)

Common Air Conditioning Problems to Be Aware Of

Monday, March 28th, 2016

As the weather starts to heat up, you’re going to start relying on your air conditioner more often to keep your home cool. That means more stress on the system, which means a greater chance of problems developing with it. If you want to make sure that your air conditioner gets through the summer intact, you need to keep an eye out for common problems that the system might develop. Let’s take a look at a few of those common problems now. (more…)

Air Conditioning Guide: Things to Check on Your Broken AC Before Calling a Professional

Monday, June 25th, 2012

A broken air conditioner is a stressful situation, especially since you’re considering whether you need a Puyallup air conditioning professional to come out. No one likes spending the money to have a professional take a look at their system, so before you call anyone, make sure to check these problems. You may be able to fix the problem on your own without spending a dime.

Thermostat

The thermostat is one of the most common problems you’ll have with an air conditioner.  Make sure the thermostat wasn’t knocked out of position and the sensors near your coils are in the right place. Often times, a bumped sensor or a slightly off thermostat can cause this kind of problem and as a result, you’ll be left without steady cooling.

Check Your Filters

Another common problem that can cause issues with your air conditioner is filter clogging. While the system will continue to run with a clogged filter, there are a few issues that might pop up – it could smell funny or you might notice icing on the outside line (a major problem). If you allow the filter to get so clogged as to block the air flow from your system, you can expect a number of problems to crop up.

 Blower Belts

Check the system’s blower belt for damage like cracking, excess slack or general wear. A blower belt that isn’t properly installed or that needs to be replaced will reduce air flow which can result in ice buildup or poor air flow – it will make it harder for your system to maintain a steady temperature.

 Check the Outdoor Unit

Check to make sure nothing is blocking the outdoor unit. Clean the condenser coils and remove any debris that might have built up around the outdoor unit. Often, slowed air flow is caused by nothing more than leaves piled in front of your condenser.

If none of these problems is the culprit or if you fix them all and your system continues to struggle, it is time to call a Puyallup air conditioning professional like Sound Heating!