Robbins Heating & Air Conditioning Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning Repair’

Watch for These Signs of AC Compressor Trouble

Monday, August 22nd, 2022

compressor-in-ac-unitThe heat has dropped significantly since the scorcher weather we experienced at the end of July and in early August. This doesn’t mean that your AC is out of this rough patch of keeping your home cooled down, however. Summer isn’t over yet, and we know that intense heat can strike into the fall. 

With this in mind, we want to talk to you about the compressor in your AC. This is the part of your cooling system you want to keep in the best condition. It’s the “engine” of the entire air conditioner, drawing on the most electrical power to perform the job of circulating refrigerant and placing it under pressure. Without the compressor, the AC can’t cool anything and is just a big central fan. Because the compressor is an expensive part to replace, people often choose to replace their whole AC system rather than just the compressor should it fail. 

We want to help you with fast air conditioning repair in Colorado Springs, CO, when you’ve got an imperiled compressor. Watch for these signs and call us ASAP to see if we can rescue your compressor (or fix whatever is wrong).

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How Best to Treat Your AC in a Heatwave

Monday, August 8th, 2022

HVAC-ventWhile many people love the warm weather and appreciate a break from the cold, a true heatwave is always brutal. Sometimes, it gets so hot you can’t even stand being outside for more than a few minutes. 

At times like these, everyone appreciates air conditioning more than ever. However, it’s often over-used and sometimes neglected. Take action now to prevent overworking your AC, and reduce both the stress and the cost of air conditioning repair

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What’s Behind the Rising Cost to Run Your AC?

Monday, July 11th, 2022

If you keep a close track on your monthly utility bills, you’ll expect to see electricity use rise in summer. Your air conditioning system consumes a large amount of electricity to run (the compressor consumes about 3,500 watts per hour, more than almost any household appliance), so when the AC becomes a regular part of summer days, it will raise the electricity bill.

But what if the bill goes higher than you expected, and you know that your household hasn’t used the air conditioner more than unusual? If it isn’t due to an increase in the cost of electricity, you may have a faulty AC on your hands.

In many cases, professional air conditioning repair in Colorado Springs, CO can correct the trouble that’s making your AC expensive to run. Our technicians can quickly diagnose the issue and explain what needs to be done to your HVAC system to get it back in cost-effective shape.

Here are some of the more common causes of an AC costing too much to run:

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Rating AC Problems From “Simple” to “Emergency”

Monday, June 27th, 2022

ac-manifoldWe’re here to help you out with your AC problems no matter when they strike or how bad they are. For us, air conditioning repair in Colorado Springs, CO, is just what we do—and we are prepared 24/7 to see that your family stays comfortable and safe.

Not all AC problems have the same level of severity, although it’s not often easy for a homeowner who isn’t an HVAC professional to determine how bad the situation is. When in doubt, always call professionals to diagnose and fix a problem with your AC. Even if it was a basic issue, you’ll still be glad you got expert assistance rather than ignore the trouble or have an amateur tinker with it. (You are included in that “amateur”!)

Below we’ve presented a range of AC problems and their severity. We don’t mean this as a rock-solid diagnosis, but a way to help you grasp how urgent a problem is, when troubleshooting is still a good idea, and when it’s time to bring in the pros for repairs or a replacement.

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Water Leaking From Your AC Is a Problem!

Monday, May 16th, 2022

water-dropletsWhen you spot water pooling around your water heater, you know you’ve got a serious problem that requires water heater pros to inspect and fix. But what about when you see water leaking from the indoor unit of your air conditioner? An air conditioner doesn’t run on water, so are leaks a serious problem and a reason to call us for air conditioning repair in Colorado Springs, CO? The answer is almost certainly yes, although it requires more explanation. Let’s get to it… 

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Ways a Clogged Filter Will Make Trouble for Your AC

Monday, July 12th, 2021

air-fliter-cuWe offer our customers plenty of advice for how they can get the most out of their air conditioning in Colorado Springs, CObetter performance, lower costs. The one piece of advice we share more than any other is “Change the AC’s air filter every one to three months.” It’s a basic job and it does so much to prevent numerous air conditioner troubles. 

Unfortunately, it’s the basic jobs that people are the most likely to forget. Although we’ll change out the air filter when we come for your annual spring maintenance, you’ll have to remember to do the filter changes through the rest of the summer on your own. One technique you can use to help you remember is to attach checking the filter with another monthly task, such as paying a utility bill. 

To help convince you to keep a regular filter change schedule, we’re going to take a look at the various problems a clogged filter can create for your air conditioner. 

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Your AC Has Limits—Here’s What You Need to Know

Monday, June 28th, 2021

advanced-thermostat-on-hot-dayAn air conditioner can often seem like a magical device. We understand how we get heat from furnaces and fireplaces—combustion gives off warmth. But an AC is a box or set of boxes that somehow creates cool air, the opposite of fire. Because an air conditioner can feel like a remarkable device, people might treat them as if they don’t have limits. They can cool a house down as much as necessary.

Of course, air conditioners aren’t magic, and they do have limits. An AC cools a house by moving heat from the indoor air and exhausting it outside, and there is a capacity to how much heat an air conditioner can draw from a house. We’re going to talk about the limits of your air conditioning system and how it affects the way you cool your home.

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Is Your AC Cooling, But Not Cooling Enough? Let’s Find Out Why

Tuesday, June 1st, 2021

flushed-man-before-fanWhen you have a small window air conditioner, you expect that it will only be able to cool a limited radius, at most a single room, and it still may not make the space evenly cool. When you have a central air conditioner for your house, you do expect that it will keep up with the heat and provide enough cooling for your whole house to stay comfortable. Yes, there will be some temperature fluctuations based on the house, but overall the house should feel close to the setting on the thermostat.

If you are currently not getting that from your AC, it’s possible you need to call us for air conditioning repair in Colorado Springs, CO. Below we’ll take a look at why you may be experiencing this problem. 

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Start of Fall Is a Good Time to Evaluate Your AC’s Performance

Monday, September 21st, 2020

autumn-backgroundThis week is the official start of fall. Temperatures, of course, don’t strictly obey the calendar, and you may still need to rely on running your air conditioner for a few more weeks. But it’s a transition time, and this is an ideal point in the year to stop and consider how well your air conditioner performed over the summer. This can help you make a few important decisions about your HVAC system and home comfort—in particular, answer the big question: “Is my AC good for another year, or should I schedule a replacement?”

The question is more urgent if you have an air conditioner that’s in the 10 to 15-year range. This is the general service life expectancy for an AC, so you’ll want to give close consideration to the system’s performance so you’ll be able to get ahead of a final breakdown. If your air conditioner is older than 15 years, we recommend a replacement system as soon as you can arrange for it.

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The Late-Summer AC Failure—Signs You May Need a Replacement

Monday, August 10th, 2020

Air-conditioner-recyclingThe second half of summer is when you are more likely to encounter a malfunction with your air conditioning system. This makes sense, as the AC has been hard at work for at least a few months, and wear on the system can cause small problems to start to worsen. (Another reminder about why spring air conditioning maintenance is so vital.)

If you have a large-scale air conditioning failure at this time of year, you’ll probably face a big question: When do you need a new air conditioning installation in Colorado Springs, CO, and when can you continue with your current system for a few more years, investing in an occasional repair? It’s not always an easy question to answer, and it’s one you should never rush to answer. You’ll need more information as well as the assistance of skilled HVAC technicians.

We’ll explore more about this question below, but please call our team to examine your broken AC and see what the best path forward is.

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