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The End of Season is No Time to Neglect These AC Repair Needs

Monday, September 17th, 2018

woman writing appointment in a scheduleTemperatures are cooling, and the official start of fall is just a few short days away. So, we can turn off our air conditioners for the season and just forget about them until next year, right?

Not so fast! Has your air conditioner been making funny noises in recent weeks? Or perhaps it seemed as though it wasn’t cooling as powerfully as it used to. If you had any sort of problem with your cooling system this summer, then the time to call for air conditioning repair in Post Falls, ID is now, rather than waiting until next year and hoping for the best.

Letting an already malfunctioning AC system sit in waiting all fall and winter long could mean a completely broken down system when spring comes back around. The following are some end of season repair needs that you really shouldn’t wait to call a pro for.

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Don’t Ignore These Late Season AC Problems

Monday, September 18th, 2017

An air conditioner unit outside a brick home in a residential neighborhood. The air conditioner is in a back yard in the hot summer season. Service industry, working class.In our previous blog post, we covered some tips for homeowners to follow in regards to helping their air conditioner last through the rest of our warm weather this season. Summer may officially be over in just a few days, however, that doesn’t mean that your cooling system isn’t still at risk of problems.

You may very well find yourself in need of air conditioning repair in Post Falls, ID within the coming weeks. And you’ll perhaps be tempted to put off such service until next year. After all, you won’t need your AC system for much longer this year, right? Unfortunately, this can be a costly mistake.

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End of Summer Air Conditioning Tips

Monday, September 4th, 2017

vent near carpeted floor inside homeWe’re officially nearing the end of summer, which means soon enough we’ll shut off our AC units in favor or our heaters. But this doesn’t mean that now is the time to neglect your cooling system. After all, it’s been through a lot of stress and has built up a good amount of wear and tear from months of steady work.

It could very well be the case that you are in need of air conditioning repair in Spokane, WA. If this is the case, it’s important that you not wait, and tackle these repair needs right away. Avoiding them can leave you without a cooling system when you need it the most—even if that’s the beginning of summer next year! The longer you wait to arrange for AC repairs, the more expensive the eventual repair will likely be.

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Help! My AC is Blowing Hot Air

Monday, August 7th, 2017

red and black thermostat iconWe may have it easier than other parts of the country when summer hits—after all it’s pretty mild and cool here the majority of the year. However, when summer is at its hottest—now—you need your air conditioner to really step up to the plate and do its job effectively and efficiently. You can reduce the risk of anything going wrong with routine maintenance, but beyond that you can’t always guarantee that nothing will malfunction.

All appliances—with air conditioners being no exception—are subject to occasional operational issues. These problems are most likely to present themselves just when you need your cooling system the most. Therefore, learning to recognize potential indications of trouble and knowing when to call for professional air conditioning repair in Spokane, WA is very important.

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3 Indications that Your AC System Needs Repair

Monday, July 11th, 2016

One of the most vital things you can do for your air conditioning system is call for repairs as soon as you notice a problem. However, many homeowners aren’t sure of how to recognize and identify such an issue. How do you know if it really needs repair right away, or if can wait?

How do you determine if your air conditioner is truly in danger? We’ve shared 3 indications below that signal your AC unit needs to be checked out by a professional HVAC technician.

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Repair or Replace: Which Is Best for Your Air Conditioner?

Monday, August 10th, 2015

When your older air conditioner struggles to run, you are faced with a few tough decisions. The biggest question of all is tough to answer without the proper expertise: Is it worth it to repair the air conditioning system, or is it more cost-effective to invest in a replacement? We’ve put together a guide to when replacement may be the best option, but we always recommend that you consult with a local technician first.

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What to Check before Calling for AC Repair

Monday, June 1st, 2015

While we’d like to think that most HVAC technicians are friendly and professional, we know that calling for air conditioning repair can be a hassle. First, you have to locate a good technician, and then you must find the time to set aside for the repair. While most repairs are far too difficult to complete without the help of a trained technician, there are a few things you should check before calling for repairs to save yourself a little trouble.

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3 Common Evaporator Unit Problems

Friday, August 8th, 2014

The standard “split” central air conditioning system consists of two units: The outdoor unit is known as the condenser, where the AC releases and vents heat to the outside air. The condenser also contains the vital component of the compressor. The indoor unit is called the evaporator, where the evaporator coil absorbs heat from the air, and a blower fan sends it into the ventilation system to the rooms of the house.

The evaporator unit can run into a number of problems that will reduce the cooling ability of the AC and impair its airflow, possibly leading to a full breakdown. Should you notice any trouble with your air conditioner’s operation, contact a company like ACI Northwest immediately and let our trained technicians handle the issue. For more than 85 years, we have delivered excellent air conditioning repairs in Spokane, WA that has kept customers returning to us.

Three of the More Common Evaporator Unit Problems

  1. Ice on the evaporator coil: People often shrug off the appearance of a layer of frost along the indoor coil because they assume it’s a natural part of the cooling process. But any ice on the evaporator coil means serious trouble occurring within the system. It could be a refrigerant leak, a clogged air filter, or grime across the coil. Call for technicians to look into the trouble immediately to discover what is wrong, fix it, and then defrost the coil. If left without repair, the ice will continue to grow until it blocks the coil from performing heat exchange.
  2. Blower motor malfunction: The blower fan is essential both for sending conditioned air into the ventilation system and for running warm air across the evaporator coil to remove its heat. If the blower fan motor starts to fail due to wear, loss of lubrication, or electrical issues, it could cause the blower to stop entirely and prevent the AC from cooling. Major mechanical issues like this always require a technician to fix.
  3. Clogged air filter: The evaporator unit draws air into it through the return vents, and these vents can carry large amounts of dust, dander, and fibers that may damage the interior of the AC. To prevent these contaminants from entering the evaporator, an air filter traps the particles. But unless the air filter is changed regularly, it will become clogged and eventually begin to impede airflow into the system, leading to excess strain and higher AC bills. Make sure to change the filter once a month during air conditioning season, and call for technicians if a clogged filter has triggered a malfunction inside the AC.

Aside from routinely changing the filter, do not attempt to repair an AC on your own. Always call for professionally trained air conditioning repair in Spokane, WA from an experienced company with a long history. ACI Northwest is here for your cooling and heating needs, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Common Problems with Air Conditioning Condenser Arrays

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Air conditioners for homes are known as “split systems,” or simply “splits,” because they consist of two sets of cabinets, one housed inside and the other outside.

The outside cabinet contains the condenser array, the components necessary for condensation to take place in the heat exchange cycle. These components are the compressor (which heats and places refrigerant under pressure), the condenser coil (where the heat of the refrigerant is released), and the fan (which forces cooler air across the condenser coil and then vents the heat outside).

The cabinet that protects the condenser array is sturdy, but no condenser is 100% damage-proof, and other types of repair needs can affect it as well. Here are a few of the more common troubles you can encounter with the condenser that will require you call ACI Northwest for skilled air conditioning repair in Coeur d’Alene, WA. Our NATE-certified technicians will get the job done right the first time.

Condenser Problems You May Encounter

  • Dirty condenser coil: Because the condenser is outside, it can pick up dust and dirt that will infiltrate the cabinet. (Make sure to have regular maintenance to prevent the system form becoming too dirty.) Dirt along the evaporator coil will make it harder for the coil to release heat, and the refrigerant will not cool down sufficiently for the second half of the heat exchange. You will need technicians to remove the coil and clean it if the grime is restricting proper operation.
  • Damaged or broken fan: The fan draws in the outdoor air across the hot coil to cause the condensation that releases heat. If the fan develops damages or it stops working because the motor fails or a fan belt breaks, the heat exchange cycle will become less efficient. Damage to the fan blades from debris can also cause the fan to start striking the casing and injure other components. Loud noises from the condenser cabinet are a reason to call for repairs.
  • Compressor issues: The last part of an air conditioner that you want to stop working is the compressor, which is the “engine” of the whole system and also the most expensive part to replace. (Often, you need to have the whole system replaced in the case of compressor failure.) If the compressor becomes dirty it will start overworking, and possibly overheat. Motor problems and capacitor failures will also affect the compressor’s performance. Any suspicion of malfunctions in the compressor requires immediate action from repair technicians.

When you need to move fast for condenser array repairs for your air conditioning system, call ACI Northwest. We are ready 24/7 to assist you with any AC troubles you have this summer.

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3 Air Conditioning Fan Components That Can Suffer Damage

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

The air conditioning system in your home that keeps you cool during the summer operates using two fans. Inside your home in the evaporator cabinet is the blower fan, which draws in air from the rooms through the return vents and blows it across the evaporator coil (cooling it) and then into the ventilation shafts leading back into your house. Outside your home in the condenser cabinet is a fan that pulls in warm outside air across the condenser coil, releasing heat that then vents out the top of the cabinet.

This pair of fans is crucial for AV performance. If either malfunctions, it can mean a drop in cooling and airflow, resulting in inferior comfort. Here are 3 components of AC fans, each of which can sustain damage that will threaten your home’s cooling.

When you need air conditioning repairs in Spokane, WA, call on the 24-hour emergency services of ACI Northwest. We are committed to quality and your comfort.

1. The blades

The fan blades of the outdoor fan are susceptible to damage from any debris that enters the cabinet, such as rocks, sticks, gravel, even tree branches (yes, this can happen). If the blades of the fan become bent, they will start to strike the edges of the fan casing, leading to an alarming clanging noise. Turn off the system immediately when you hear this sort of noise and call for repairs; the fan will cause more internal damage to the system if it is allowed to continue running.

2. The motor

Older air conditioners used fan belts to connect the fan motor to the fan, and the fan belts could break. More recent fans use direct motors. Motors can wear down from overuse, layers of dirt, or loss of lubrication in their moving parts, and this extra stress will eventually cause the motor to overheat and fuse its wiring together. A motor that burns out will need to have a professional replace it in order to get the fan operating once more.

3. The thermostat wire

Technically, this isn’t inside the fan, but it’s essential to its operation and damage to it will cause the fan to either 1) run continuously, or 2) refuse to run at all. Five different wires originate from a thermostat: one operates the compressor, and the other four turn the two fans on and off. Should one of these wires break or sustain damage, it will affect the connected fan. It’s difficult to determine that a problem with the fan originates with the thermostat, so have technicians look into it. If it is a thermostat problem, it is thankfully an easy fix.

Whenever you hear noises from the fans or notice that one of them has stopped moving, it’s time to call on the professionals at ACI Northwest for professional air conditioning repair service in Spokane, WA. Our NATE-certified technicians are ready around the clock to serve you.

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