Peaden Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Common AC Issues and Repairs

Sunday, August 25th, 2019

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Are you in Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach, or Panama City? Do you have an AC unit? If so, you know how beneficial it can be in the hot, summer months. You want to make sure it is working properly for the sake of your sanity during these hot months and for the sake of your energy bill rates as well. It is important to know that an AC unit can be complex. There are many common AC issues and repairs that often occur. If you are experiencing any issues with your AC unit, you should contact Peaden right away. We will send an AC repair expert out right away to take a look at your air conditioning unit. For now, it might be helpful to know about the most common AC issues that we have seen in the area.

Leaking or Low Refrigerant Levels

If your AC unit refrigerant levels are low, there is a good possibility your air conditioning unit is leaking somewhere. In addition, the unit may have been undercharged during the installation. In either case, it is a problem and should be fixed immediately by an AC repair expert. You can call Peaden and we can get someone out to you right away. You should also know that leaking refrigerant can be dangerous to you and the people in your home. This issue should be handled carefully and promptly. Don’t wait to contact Peaden, do so today.

Evaporator Coil Which is Frozen

Do you only feel warm air coming from your AC unit? Is there no cold air coming out from the AC unit? If this is the case, there may be ice on your evaporator coil. Generally, this is caused from clogged or dirty air filters. In addition, the ice can occur if you have too many of your vents closed and not enough air is flowing throughout your home. To fix this issue, you should open up your vents, change the filters, and have the evaporator coil de-iced. You can call Peaden AC experts to have these things done.

Blown AC Fuses

Another common problem with AC units is blown AC fuses. These often happen when the air filter is clogged or dirty. Sometimes the issue can be fixed just by changing the fuse. However, sometimes a blown AC fuse can signify a larger problem with your condensing unit. You should call an AC repair expert right away to take a look at this issue. We can figure out the source of the problem and what needs to be done about it as well.

Are you experiencing issues with your AC unit? If you are, including the issues mentioned here, you should call an AC repair expert right away. We can take a look and make the repairs that need made right away.

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Is Your Air Conditioning Unit Low on Refrigerant?

Saturday, August 10th, 2019

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Are you in Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach, or Panama City? Are you having issues with your air conditioning unit. You may need AC repair services. Your unit could be low on the refrigerant. Your electric bill may be higher if you are running your AC without proper refrigerant levels. The AC unit could break down quicker as well. It is important that you recognize the signs of the refrigerant being low. These signs could include the following:

  • Longer time frame for cooling your home – When the temperatures are higher, your AC unit needs to work harder to cool down your home. With lower refrigerant levels, it makes it even more difficult for your AC unit to cool the home down, which means even longer before your home is cool.
  • Vents not blowing cooler air – is there lukewarm or warm air blowing out of your vents? If so, your refrigerant could be low or you could be experiencing other AC unit issues.
  • Higher electric bill – Do you have a higher electric bill? If so, this could be related to your AC unit and the functioning of it. If you have low refrigerant levels, this could be the cause for your higher electric bills, since the AC has to work harder to function.
  • Ice located on the refrigerant lines – If you think your AC unit is lower on refrigerant, you should see if there is ice building up on the AC unit. This accumulation could happen if there isn’t enough refrigerant in the AC unit.
  • Water leaks around your heater – If the ice that had accumulated on your refrigerant line but melted, you may have a puddle of water near your furnace. The water can drop on the floor as well. If this is happening, you may have lower refrigerant levels.
  • Bubbling or hissing noise – If your AC unit has low refrigerant levels, it could be caused by a leak. You might a bubbling or hissing noises somewhere from your AC unit.

If you notice any of these issues, you should have an AC repair technician come out right away. Peaden has many of these experts who would gladly come to your home to repair your AC unit. We know that having a broken AC unit is not fun, especially in the hot heat of the summer. If you are experiencing the above mentioned issues, we want to know about it. The longer you wait, the more damage that could be done to your AC unit. It won’t just be low refrigerant. Other parts could break. Get a hold of Peaden today to schedule a visit from our AC repair experts.

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Is Your Air Conditioning Unit Leaking Water?

Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

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Have you had issues with your AC unit leaking water? If so, there are many reasons why this could be happening. No matter what the issue may be, you should always call an AC repair expert to troubleshoot the problem and make the necessary repairs as well. Knowing some of the main reasons why this may be happening can help to bring you some knowledge regarding the issue.

Clogged Condensate Drain

You may have a clogged condensate drain. The drain is needed to get the water out of your unit. If it becomes dirty or rusty, it could become clogged. Our AC repair experts can clean it out for you if you are in Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach, or Panama City.

AC Unit Temperature Too Cold

If the temperature outside is too cold and you are trying to cool your home, the coils could get icy. This can cause your AC unit to start leaking. To stop this issue, you shouldn’t turn your AC on if the outdoor temperature is under 60 degrees.

Disconnected Drain Line

One common issue is to have a drain line become loosened with time. If it is too loose, it can disconnect and cause leaking of the refrigerant. If this happens, be sure to call the professionals at Peaden and we will get out to fix the issue for you.

Broken Condensate Pump

A broken condensate pump can cause excess water to stay in the unit, instead of flowing to the condenser pan. When this happens, the pan will overflow and start leaking. You can contact Peaden experts and we will fix this issue for you.

Low Refrigerant Levels

If your refrigerant levels are low, this can cause the coils in your AC unit to freeze up. This is another common reason for leakage from the AC unit.

Dirty Air Filter

If your air filter is dirty, there could be a restriction of airflow and your coils won’t get the proper ventilation. This can lead to the coils getting colder than they should be and freezing up. When the ice melts, moisture drips off the coils, and overflows the drip pan. Eventually this is going to leak.

All AC units will have some condensation at times. However, excess water that leaks from your AC unit, is not a good thing. You shouldn’t ignore it. You can call Peaden AC repair experts to fix any of these issues for you. We can make sure the problems are properly assessed, offer affordable rates, and have our experienced technicians make the needed repairs. Many people want or try to handle these issues on their own. However, in many situations, bigger problems arise from doing this. Hiring a professional AC repair expert is always the best option. Make the call to Peaden today.

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Top Things You Need to Know About Air Conditioners

Friday, June 28th, 2019

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At Peaden, we have the best and most professional ac repair experts. If you are in Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach, or Panama City, we look forward to working with you. Today, we would like to discuss the top things you need to know about air conditioners. There are many different types of ac units and different issues that might arise. Knowing this information can help you more than you might realize.

Changing Filters

One of the most common ac repair issues we face is problems with a filter. If you are experiencing ac efficiency issues, a dirty filter may be your problem. When you are looking to get a new air filter, you want one with the highest MERV or minimum efficiency reporting value. You can contact Peaden to find out more about air filters and ac units.

Leaks

Your air ducts can lose a lot of airflow just from leaks. Unfortunately, ac units that are put into windows are well-known seal issues. If you put an incense by the unit and smoke blows around it, this means you have a leak. If you have a central AC unit, hold the incense near the connections on the ducts. There are many ways to repair leaks. Get a hold of Peaden to find out more.

Service Compressor

There is a service compressor, as well as a condenser, in your ac unit. Many times, when it comes to ac repair issues, this is a problem. Many issues are when leaves, shrubs, and tall grass are growing or blowing too close to the compressor or condenser. You can easily clear these things away. If there are issues with these things, your ac unit won’t work properly. Contact Peaden to get ac repair services for your compressor or condenser.

AC Unit Maintenance

It is also very important to keep up with the maintenance on your ac unit. There are many issues that can arise if you don’t properly maintain your ac unit.  First, it should be cleaned once a year, minimum. Peaden can do this for you. You should also have a checkup done on it before the summer hits. The inspection should include verifying temperatures for operation, checking the refrigerant and the pressures, inspecting safeties and controls, checking and cleaning fans and blowers, lubricating bearings and motors, adjusting the fan belts, replacing the fan belts, managing the air filters, and cleaning the coils.

Upgrading Your AC Unit

If you have an older ac unit, it may be time to upgrade it. There are many newer ac units that may be a better fit for your home. You can talk to the ac experts at Peaden to find out more about the newer air conditioning units.

If you are having any issues with your ac unit, contact Peaden right away to speak to one of our ac repair experts. If you are dealing with the above issues, let us know and we will be happy to help you.

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Best Air Conditioner Maintenance Tips

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

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If you are in Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach, or Panama City, our ac experts want to share some information with you. We know that having an ac unit can be a great thing. However, it will only stay working properly if you properly maintain it. We have some of the best air conditioner maintenance tips that can help you out. If you want to avoid too many ac repair issues, these maintenance tips will help you out.

Understanding How the AC System Operates

Many of the ac units have 2 main parts – outdoor unit and the indoor unit. You should know how your specific unit works and operates. If you don’t know how it operates, it will be quite difficult to know when or what the issue is if one arises. You can always contact the ac repair experts at Peaden to learn more about your specific ac unit.

Keeping Your AC Unit Clean

One of the most important things you can do is to keep your ac unit clean. You can vacuum the ac unit fins or have a Peaden expert do it for you. You must keep in mind that these are fragile and they can be crushed or bent quite easily. If you want to leave this job up to a professional, you can always contact Peaden experts.

Fixing an AC Pad That is Sinking

There is a concrete pad beneath the ac unit outdoors. This needs to stay straight or there could be many issues that arise with your ac unit. The wiring and entire unit could break down. If your pad is starting to or already has sunk, you should contact Peaden ac repair experts right away. We would be glad to come out and fix this issue for you.

Fixing an AC Unit That is Noisy

If your condenser is newer, than a noisy ac unit is probably a compressor issue. However, this may not be the case. Some of the older units may just be noisy. There are sound blankets you can get. However, those usually only work for newer models. If it is another issue, you can contact Peaden to find out the issue and to have it repaired.

Fixing the Fins

You may also have an issue with the ac unit fins. These may be crushed or bent. They can be adjusted, but this takes caution. If you need help with this type of issue, you can contact ac repair experts at Peaden today.

Unclogging the Drain Tube on the AC Unit

If you have water that puddles by the furnace when you have your AC unit turned on, this may mean the condensate drain tube is clogged. The condensation has bacteria in it and this can become a big problem. The good news is that Peaden ac repair experts can fix this problem for you.

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Signs That You Need AC Repair Services

Monday, June 10th, 2019

7 Telltale Signs Your Air conditioner is Broken

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If you are in Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach, or Panama City and have an ac unit, there are some things you should know. First and foremost, if you are having any issues with your ac unit you can get ac repair services from Peaden. Our experts have made many different types of ac repairs and would be happy to help you as well. Not sure if you need ac repair services? There are some signs that can help you to know whether you should contact us or not.

  1. Hot Air Coming from Your AC Unit:

    One of the first ways to know if you need ac repair services is if your unit is blowing out hot air. This could mean that your compressor is broken. It could mean that you have leaking refrigerant as well. It is possible to fix these problems and may not be that expensive either. However, it is important to get these issues fixed before they become a bigger issue.

  2. No Air Flow or Weak Air Flow:

    If there is low to now air flow, you definitely have a problem and there are few things that you can do before call the AC repair technician. Make sure all of the vents are opened and they aren’t covered with furniture. Also, check the filter to ensure it isn’t clogged. You should also check your thermostat to ensure that it is reading the temperature correctly. Schedule an appointment with an AC repair company to inspect the unit and repair the problem.

  3. Moisture Around the AC Unit:

    If you are noticing some moisture or leakage around the ac unit, this is an issue. It could be a minor issue, such as a drain tube issue. While this isn’t a major issue, you should have it repaired immediately to avoid a bigger problem such as a mold growth. If the moisture is coming from leaking refrigerant, this is a bigger problem. Contact Peaden immediately if you have moisture around your ac unit to see what the problem is and to have it repaired.

  4. Strange Sounds:

    Most of the time ac units are pretty quiet. You might notice a little bit of sound from the ac unit motor. However, there shouldn’t be grating, squealing, grinding, or other strange noises. If you hear odd noises coming from your heating and cooling unit, contact a technician to diagnose the problem. You want to be careful not to try to correct the problem yourself because certain noises will be created by an issue involving the electrical work. To ensure everything is done safely and the unit works properly again, get the pros involved from the start.

  5. Odd Smells:

    Sometimes there are strange smells coming from ac units. If you are noticing a strong smell, this could be an issue with the insulation or wiring. If you are noticing a musty smell, this could be a sign of mold. Make sure you get both of these smells checked out right away.

  6. Higher Levels of Humidity:

    Another issue you might have with your ac unit is higher levels of humidity being produced. If you feel like your home is more humid and you notice there is water around the windows or the air feels sticky inside your home, contact Peaden right away. These are some of the signs that you need ac repair services. Make sure you contact Peaden if you are experiencing any of these problems. We will be happy to come out to your home and check out your ac unit. Our ac repair experts have repaired many other ac units in the past. Let us know how we can help you.

  7. Abnormally High Energy Bills Throughout the Year:

    Pay attention to your energy bills if you want to detect AC repairs. While the bill will often be higher at the peak of the season when the temperatures are extreme, it shouldn’t be consistently like that throughout the year. When your system is need of an AC repair, components have to work harder to keep up, and your energy bill will show you this.

How To Keep Your AC From Breaking Down

A broken AC can be an emergency in the dog days of summer. After you have identified the problem, call a reputable AC repair company like Peaden to get it fixed fast! After the AC unit is back up and running, there are a few things you can do to keep it working as efficiently as possible.

Keep Up With Routine At-Home Maintenance

One of the most important and affordable ways to ensure your unit works in prime condition for years to come is to change filters at least once a month. If you have pets or many people living in the home, consider changing the filter more frequently. Be sure to practice smart temperature setting as well and continue to clean debris around the unit.

 

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Tips for Maintaining Your Air Conditioning System

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

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You need your AC unit to cool down your home and keep everyone comfortable. However, if this is going to happen, you need to properly maintain your air conditioning system. If you don’t keep up with the maintenance, you will likely have to get many AC repair services. Before learning more about how to maintain your ac AC unit, you should know that Peaden can make any repairs if you are in Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach, or Panama City.

Cleaning the AC Outdoor Condenser Unit

The outside of your AC condenser unit should be cleaned once a year. This will make your AC unit much more efficient. It will also protect your air conditioner so you don’t have to make as many ac repairs. You can do this yourself or hire someone to do it for you. If you have plants, such as dandelions, growing around your AC unit, the cleaning of the condenser unit is even more important. If you have many grass clippings around the unit, the cleaning is very important as well.

Leveling the AC Outdoor Condenser Unit

Part of maintaining your AC unit is making sure it is level. Without a level AC unit, your unit isn’t going to work properly. In addition, without the AC unit being level, the refrigerant might leak. You should make sure your air conditioning unit is level a minimum of once every year. This is because the ground under the unit can change at any time, then resettle your AC unit in a different location.

Cleaning the Evaporator Coil

The AC evaporator coil is an essential part of keeping your home cool. These coils will take the moisture from the air, so your home isn’t humid. However, since these coils get moist from condensation, they can get dirty easily. If your coils are dirty, your AC unit may not function properly. However, these coils are quite easy to clean. You can do it yourself or have a professional from Peaden do it for you.

Changing the Blower Filter

Just as things in your home collect some dust, your blower filter will as well. If you never dust or clean it out, the air in your home is going to get quite stuffy. A lot of dust gets trapped inside the blower filter in a short amount of time. The good news is that you can easily clean your AC blower filter to improve the quality of the air in your home.

Now that you know more about properly maintaining your AC unit, there are few other things you should know. One question that is commonly asked is when should you call in the professionals. This is a great question. You can call in the professionals to do all the maintenance for your AC unit. This way you won’t have to remember to do it or have to worry about doing it correctly. In addition, if you want to call the professionals to make any AC repairs that would be a great idea as well.

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Signs That You Need a New AC Unit

Monday, April 29th, 2019

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Are you in Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach, or Panama City? If so, and you have an air conditioning unit, there are some very important things you should know. First of all, you should know that Peaden has many AC unit experts ready to help you today. We want you to know more about your air conditioning unit and AC repair tips as well. Today we will cover some signs that you may need a new AC unit. If you recognize these signs in your unit, be sure to get a hold of us right away.

AC Unit Retirement

Most air conditioning units are only going to be good for about ten to fifteen years. Is your AC unit at the age of retirement yet? If so, you may want to consider getting a new air conditioning unit. Just remember that your AC unit may last less time or longer than this, depending on various factors. One such factor is the maintenance you have given it over the years. The less maintenance it has gotten, the shorter it will probably last.

Major Parts or Repairs

If your warranty has already expired on your air conditioning unit and there are major parts you need for it or big repairs, you may just want to get a new unit. There are some repairs and parts that are just too costly. It wouldn’t be worth paying to have them replaced or fixed. If you talk to Peaden air conditioning experts, we can recommend whether to have something fixed, replaced, or whether you should get a new AC unit.

No Comfort

One of the worst things is when your air conditioning unit isn’t keeping you comfortable any longer. When it is hot in the summer, you want your air conditioning unit to be working the best it possibly can be. You want to feel that cool air flowing throughout your home. However, if you find that your home is humid instead of cool, it may be time to get a new AC unit.

High Electric Bills

Many people find their electric bills are much higher during the summer. If this is the case for you, it may be because your air conditioning unit isn’t as effective as it could be. There may be major issues with it or it may just be getting old. You can talk to an AC unit expert at Peaden to see what the cause is for your unit not working as well. We can help you to figure out the cause of your high electric bill and whether you need a new AC unit.

When it comes to AC repair or whether or not you need to get a new air conditioning unit, you can always trust in Peaden experts to help you out.

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Why You Shouldn’t Skip Out on AC Maintenance?

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

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If you are in Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach, or Panama City, it is important that you get AC maintenance when you need it, instead of waiting for problems to occur. Peaden AC repair experts are here to provide you with the services you need. Far too many people skip out on AC maintenance. They wait until something isn’t working properly or at all before they call in the experts. There are many reasons you shouldn’t skip out on AC maintenance in your home.

Higher Costs to Run the Air Conditioning Unit

If you skip put on AC maintenance, you are going to pay higher costs to run your air conditioning unit. When your AC unit is not working properly, there may be a big difference in your cooling bills. The cost to make the repairs is going to much higher than the maintenance costs as well. In addition, if you skip out on the maintenance your AC unit needs, eventually it may break down and not be able to be repaired. The cost of a high quality, new AC unit can be quite costly as well. It is best to make sure you are getting the AC maintenance you need now, rather than waiting it out.

Feeling Uncomfortable is Not Ideal

You don’t want your home to feel uncomfortable. Paying too much to be comfortable isn’t ideal either. If you haven’t gotten the routine maintenance you need on your AC unit, the higher cooling costs can break the bank. You will have reduced energy efficiency in your home as well. This can make you and everyone else in the home feel uncomfortable too. If you want to feel more comfortable in your own home, getting the routine maintenance needed for your air conditioner would be a great place to start.

Dealing with the Bigger Issues

If you aren’t going to have the routine maintenance done on your AC unit, you can expect to deal with the bigger issues later on. For example, if you know the AC unit needs to be looked at because the cold air just isn’t “that cold”, but you are avoiding it, a bigger problem could be occurring. You may end up having your AC unit completely break on you because you didn’t get the maintenance services you needed. By having reduced functioning of the AC unit, you could be placing yourself up for bigger problems to come from the air conditioner. This could cost you more money, stress, and discomfort.

If you are in Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach, or Panama City and you have an AC unit in your home, it is best to get regular routine maintenance done on it. Peaden provides these services at affordable rates. By having the regular maintenance done you can save yourself money, feel more comfortable, and prevent bigger issues later on.

These are some of the benefits you can get from having AC maintenance done regularly. Contact Peaden to schedule your maintenance visits today.

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Why Might You Need AC Repair Services?

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

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If you live in Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach, or Panama City and you are experiencing issues with your air conditioning system, it may be time to get professional AC repair services. Think about it. How long has it been since you had your air conditioner looked at? If you are having some issues with it, but are avoiding having someone come to take a look, it could end up costing you much more money down the line. You can avoid having your air conditioner completely fail on you by having a Peaden air conditioning expert come repair it today.

Weak Airflow

When you put your hand near the vents in your home when the air conditioning is on, you can figure out whether it is working properly. If you notice there is weak airflow this signifies a problem. Doing this regularly can give you a better idea if the airflow has been reduced. If this is an issue you notice, getting AC repair services from Peaden, sooner rather than later, is a great idea. Our professionals can take a look and make any repairs that might be needed.

Airflow is Not Cold

When you are feeling for how much airflow there is, turn down your thermostat as far down as it goes or down to what you normally keep it at in the warmer months. Do you notice the airflow isn’t as cold as you expected it to be? Is there no cold air coming out at all? If this is a problem, you should make the call to Peaden to have your air conditioner looked at and repaired. If you wait, you could end up with an air conditioner that doesn’t work at all.

No Response From AC After Thermostat Changes

When you change the temperature on your thermostat, do you notice that your air conditioner isn’t responding. This could be a problem with your air conditioner, but it could also be a problem with your thermostat. While many of the issues that occur with air conditioners relate to the ventilation, coolant, condensers, or fans, some issues are with the thermostat. This is something our AC repair experts will figure out for you.

Abnormal Odors or Sounds

When you have your air conditioner running, do you notice any abnormal odors or sounds? If so, this could mean there is a problem with the air conditioner. You might have mold growing throughout the ventilation in your home. A part may have loosened on the air conditioner. There could be many other problems with the AC unit as well. While not every issue requires a replacement part or a full cleaning, it is still best to have a Peaden AC expert assess the problem to figure out what needs to be done.

It can be worrisome when you have issues with your air conditioner. However, an issue doesn’t always mean that the entire AC system needs replaced. Sometimes it is just one part that needs repaired. No matter what is going on with your air conditioning unit, Peaden AC experts have you covered.

Give Peaden a call today and have us assess and repair your AC unit right away.

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