MVP Electric, Heating & Cooling Blog: Posts Tagged ‘AC Repair’

The Time for AC Maintenance Has Arrived

Monday, May 13th, 2019
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Uh oh… it’s already time for air conditioning maintenance! But don’t worry, AC maintenance isn’t anything to be scared about.

However, we do like to give it special attention just after winter. Not only is it easy to forget to schedule your maintenance tune-up, but there’s also the fact that neglecting maintenance is one of the worst ways to begin the air conditioning season.

In this post, we’ll explain why now is the best time for air conditioning maintenance, as well as why it’s in your best interest not to neglect it.

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Why You Shouldn’t Wait for Your AC to Break Down

Monday, November 26th, 2018

ac-maintenanceHomeowners are willing to spend a lot of money on a highly efficient and effective air conditioning system. Yet, as time passes and they begin to take the AC for granted, some may neglect to have it serviced for necessary maintenance and repair checks.

Of course, we understand. After installing an AC, the goal should be to spend as little money as possible—not to find new reasons to spend money! But what if we told you that spending the money on a couple maintenance calls is the key to reducing AC expenses? If you’re intrigued, or simply confused, keep reading and we’ll explain.

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Time to Check Your Air Conditioner

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Kansas weather is rarely predictable, but we certainly know when winter has turned to spring. Soon enough, another blazing hot summer will be upon us, and when combined with our often-stifling humidity, it can turn your home into a sauna in a very short amount of time. You need your air conditioner to work every day without fail when the mercury starts to climb, which means now is the best time to get it properly checked and serviced.

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Should Water Be Leaking from My Air Conditioning System?

Monday, July 13th, 2015

If you listen to the operating sounds that your air conditioner makes during the summer season, you will occasionally hear the noise of falling water. The air conditioner doesn’t use water to cool down the air in your home, but it does produce water as a result of the evaporation process that absorbs heat from the indoors.

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How Refrigerant Works in Your Air Conditioning System

Monday, July 6th, 2015

During our years in the business of looking after the air conditioning needs of our customers, we’ve come across many different misunderstandings about the way these cooling systems operate. One of the most common is the belief that the refrigerant inside an AC works similar to the fuel in a car. It will, from time to time, need to be replaced as the air conditioner uses it up.

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3 Noises You Don’t Want to Hear from Your Air Conditioner

Monday, June 15th, 2015

One of the ways that a residential air conditioning system warns that it is suffering from a malfunction is unusual noises. When the soothing white noise that you expect from your AC during a summer day is interrupted with anything out-of-the-ordinary, you should have the sound looked into right away. The faster you have any repair taken care of, the less likely that it will spread and cause more repair problems.

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3 Ways That Leaking Refrigerant Will Cause Problems for Your Air Conditioning System

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Refrigerant is the chemical blend in an air conditioner that allows it to remove heat from inside a home and then release it the outside. There have been many different refrigerants used for air conditioners since the first electro-mechanical AC was invented more than a century ago, including a number of toxic and combustible chemicals. Today’s air conditioners use a safe blend known as R-410A, or “Puron.” This chemical transitions easily between liquid and gaseous state, absorbing heat when it evaporates and releasing it as it condenses.

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The Basics of How a Central Air Conditioner Works

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

One of the essential parts of a home during the summer is its air conditioning system. Without an effective central AC cooling down a house, it would be hard to imagine making it through a full year in Overland Park, KS.

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3 Warning Signs to Call Now for Air Conditioning Repairs

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Spring is the season when you should have your air conditioning maintenance done, as well as any repairs the system may need. This keeps you prepared for the heavier summer weather to come. Maintenance will catch many hidden malfunctions, but you should also pay attention during this time to any other signs that the AC is struggling during the weeks after the maintenance check. Below are a numbers of warnings that will tell you to reach for the phone and call up skilled HVAC professionals to repair your system.

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Why You Must Change Your Air Conditioner’s Air Filter Once a Month in Summer

Monday, April 20th, 2015

The air conditioner that keeps your household comfortably cool through the late spring and summer contains an air filter designed to keep debris from entering the AC’s cabinet through the return ducts. As part of regular maintenance to see that your air conditioner operates its best—and keeps operating its best for many years—you need to change this filter for a new once a month during the cooling season. (If your AC has a permanent filter, take it out once a month and clean it using a garden hose on low pressure.) If you don’t know where the filter is our how to change it, ask your air conditioning technician during annual professional maintenance session to show you.

Why this job is important

A clogged air filter is one of the leading causes of problems with an AC’s performance. Almost all of these problems are avoidable with monthly filter changing/cleaning. Here are some of the issues that a clogged filter can cause:

  • Reduced energy efficiency – If the airflow into the air conditioner’s cabinet is choked off at the filter, the system will drain more electricity in order to run. This will cause a rise—often a steep rise—in utility bills.
  • Ice along the coils – If insufficient warm air blows across the coils inside the air conditioner cabinet, the coils will remain too cool and water vapor will start to freeze along them. Frozen coils rapidly lose their ability to draw heat from the air, leading to an air conditioner that doesn’t provide cooling.
  • Motor damage – The filter’s ability to stop debris from entering the cabinet will drop if it is clogged, and dust and dirt will start to get inside and coat important mechanical components, such as the motors. The extra stress on the air handler motor can cause it to burn out and need replacement.

Keep in mind that replacing the filter is only one step in maintaining an air conditioner. The other steps need the assistance of professional HVAC technicians during a spring maintenance visit.

To get started with maintenance for your AC this summer, call on MVP Electric, Heating & Cooling in Overland Park, KS.

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