May 20th, 2013
Does your AC refuse to turn on when you’ve set your thermostat to cooling? Or will it not turn off even though the desired temperature has been met? Some of the most common air conditioning repairs arise from electrical issues. As you know all too well, your AC requires a steady source of electrical energy to operate. In this post, we’d like to address several of the more prominent electrical problems that can arise with your system. Handling electricity should always be performed by a trained professional—you could damage your system or yourself. For comprehensive air conditioning repair in Willoughby, OH, call Apple Heating & Cooling today.
- Bad capacitor: You probably think of your compressor as the engine of your AC. It certainly is. It pressurizes the refrigerant that circulates through your coils. But most residential air conditioners have what’s called a capacitor. Like the starter in your car, it helps to get the compressor going. It stores up a boost of energy that surges through your compressor, which allows for rapid startup. But if there is something wrong with the capacitor’s operation, your AC may not turn at all.
- Electrical connectivity issue: Depending on the size and type of system you have in your home, you have various electrical connections. If your AC won’t turn on, you should check your circuit breaker panel first to make sure you haven’t tripped it or merely blown a fuse. If that doesn’t work, then there may be a faulty wire somewhere within your AC’s electrical wiring.
- Thermostat fault: If you have a hard-wired thermostat, then it needs to be properly connected at all times to work. Any disruptions caused to this connection, due to either other construction projects, or the deterioration of wiring. As the primary interface of your AC, the thermostat is crucial to the effective and efficient operation of your cooling system.
There are numerous electrical connections and components that are all essential to the operation of your AC. Make sure you take care of any Willoughby, OH air conditioning repair needs by calling Apple Heating & Cooling today!
May 16th, 2013
As we enter the cooling season in the Geneva, OH area, it’s important that you take care of any lingering problems with your air conditioning system. While pro installation and routine maintenance can help to ensure clean, consistent operation, sometimes you simply need repair services. However, it can be difficult to know whether your system really needs professional attention, or if that potential issue is just part of its normal operation. If you’re looking for ways to recognize the need for professional repair, then you’ve come to the right place. Call Apple Heating today for comprehensive air conditioning repair in Geneva, OH.
Let’s take a look at a few ways to stay vigilant this summer:
- Monitor your energy bill: Keep an eye on your electricity bill this summer. We’re sure you do this anyway, considering the rising cost of energy, but staying apprised of the details of your bill allows you to recognize any spikes in your energy consumption. What this often indicates is an underlying problem that needs to be addressed. You may have low refrigerant levels, or an air leak. In both cases, you’re paying more for less cooling.
- Listen for any strange sounds: If you notice strange or unusual sounds coming from your AC, it could be cause for concern. Buzzing noise can indicate an electrical problem, while a banging sound may indicate a loose component. Whether the problem is electrical or mechanical, recognizing that something is not right with the operation of your AC is critical to avoiding serious problems.
- Make sure you’re satisfied: If you have inadequate cooling, or you have noticed a decline in your AC’s ability to cool, then that is usually an indication that something is not quite right. Perhaps you have an airflow issue from a clogged air filter or dirty coils, or an electrical problem that causes your AC to fail at startup sometimes. Whatever the issue may be, don’t settle for anything less than your comfort.
We hope this helps you recognize the need for air conditioning repair in Geneva, OH. Call Apple Heating today for comprehensive cooling services.
May 9th, 2013
Have you noticed that your allergies seem more severe, or that allergy season is lasting longer than usual? Research has shown that allergy season is becoming more intense and lasting longer each year. In fact, ragweed season has increased by four weeks in the last 10-15 years alone! For more information, click here to read an article by IQAir.
At Apple Heating & Cooling, we understand the importance of improving your indoor air quality for your health and comfort. We offer many indoor air quality services to meet the needs of you and your family.
- We offer air purifiers and air purifier installation services to help keep your air free of unwanted contaminants and allergens in your home. Whether you choose filtration, electronic air purifiers, or air purification with UV germicidal lights, Apple Heating & Cooling will help you choose the right system for your home.
- The IQ Air Perfect 16 Air Cleaner System is the best on the market because it is the only system to receive a perfect score (16) on the Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) Scale. Since newer homes are completely insulated and sealed, any existing allergens and contaminants in your home’s air will keep circulating. A whole hour air purifier system can help you breathe easier and eliminate irritants in your air.
Call Apple Heating & Cooling today to learn how we can help improve your indoor air quality!
May 6th, 2013
If you own a forced air distribution system, then you already know how much you rely on the efficiency and effectiveness of your ductwork to circulate conditioned air throughout your home. They are not merely an appendage to the AC unit, but an essential part of the system, and your home could not be cooled without them. If you have never had your ducts professionally cleaned, then spring is a great time to do so. In this post, we’d like to share with your some ways that Ashtabula, OH duct cleaning can benefit your home. Call Apple Heating & Cooling today for professional duct services!
Let’s look at some of the benefits of professional duct cleaning.
- Indoor air quality: Over time, and even despite routine air filter replacement, your ducts can accumulate significant amounts of dust, pollen, dander, and other contaminants. The severity varies, but if you’re concerned about your poor indoor air quality—which the EPA ranks as one of the 5 most critical health risks in America—then you might want to have your ducts inspected to see if you might benefit.
- Energy efficiency: Airflow is incredibly important to the efficiency with which your AC performs. A forced air distribution system relies upon clean and swift passage from the indoor unit to the living spaces of your home. Without it, your AC will have to work harder for the same amount of cooling, and this can present problems for your energy consumption. You may find that your energy bills gradually increase without a corresponding increase in cooling.
- Performance: Last but certainly not least, duct cleaning can improve your cooling performance. Your AC will not cool as well if its air filters are clogged with dust, which will happen more frequently the more dirty your ducts are. By scheduling a professional duct cleaning, you can make sure that your AC is able to cool as effectively as possible.
If you’re interested in hearing more about our comprehensive Ashtabula, OH duct cleaning services, call Apple Heating & Cooling today!
April 29th, 2013
As we slowly shift our gears and prepare for the heat and humidity in Willoughby, OH, you may have already tried out your AC. Spring is a great time to make sure that everything’s in order. Your AC works in cycles, moving pressurized refrigerant through coils, and air through ducts. During normal operation, the cycle should last as long as it takes to reach the desired temperature in your home and then turn off. But it shouldn’t be turning on and off too frequently; that’s known as short cycling, and it indicates that your AC is not working properly. We’d like to address this concern. For excellent Willoughby, OH air conditioning repair, contact the experts at Apple Heating & Cooling today!
Let’s look at a few reasons why your AC is turning on and off frequently:
- Inappropriate size: Air conditioners are rated in BTUs and tons for the amount of cooling they can produce. It’s critical that the AC be the right size for your home. If not, then it may be subject to short cycling for the rest of its cooling life. This is typically the case if the AC is over-sized; it may also make your home too cold and increase your energy bills.
- Thermostat fault: Your thermostat is responsible for communicating with the air handler in order to bring the home to your desired temperature. But if it’s not calibrated properly, or broken, then it may cause inaccurate sensing.
- Frozen coil: A common cause of the frozen evaporator coil in the indoor unit is a clogged air filter. When the cold air generated by the evaporating refrigerant in the coils cannot move quickly throughout the ductwork, then it begins to build up, and this can cause the condensation on the coils to freeze. Many ACs are equipped with a defrost mode that will shut off your AC in the event that the coil isn’t working.
These are just a few reasons why your AC may be short cycling. When you need excellent Willoughby, OH air conditioning repair, call Apple Heating & Cooling!
April 22nd, 2013
As we approach the cooling season in Willoughby, OH, homeowners throughout the area are turning on their air conditioning systems to make sure that they are in top working order. One common complaint that we hear a lot during the cooling season is that the customer’s AC is leaking water. In this post, we’d like to explain what causes leaking water in an air conditioning system. For air conditioning services in Willoughby, OH, call the experts at Apple Heating & Cooling today!
So, why does your AC leak water? Let’s take a look at a few reasons:
- Crack or hole in condensate drain pan: The purpose of the indoor evaporator coil is to provide a thermal exchange for the warm indoor air extracted from your home. As the air cools, it releases moisture which condenses on the coil. There is a condensate drain pan attached to a pipe to make sure that this water buildup does not affect the indoor air handler, and does not drip into your living space. However, if there is a crack or hole in the pan, it can quickly damage the mechanical components of your indoor unit.
- Clogged air filter: Your air filter is designed to prevent the accumulation of dust and debris on the system components, but when it becomes dirty or clogged, then it can block airflow and cause the evaporator coil to frost over. When that ice melts, it can overflow the condensate drain pan and pipe.
- Condensate pipe blockage: Over time, the drain line of your condensate pan may become clogged with dust or other debris, and therefore clog the entire drainage process, causing the pan to overflow. Newer air conditioners are equipped with a water overflow shutoff switch so that if it detects your condensate pan is full or overflowing (meaning the condensate pipe is blocked), then it will shut your AC off.
For comprehensive air conditioning services in Willoughby, OH, call the experts at Apple Heating & Cooling today!
April 19th, 2013
The Department of Energy released a statement that they will not be enforcing the rules requiring that residential natural gas furnaces installed in 30 northern states be 90% AFUE starting on May 1, 2013. This update from the DOE is pending the outcome of a lawsuit challenging those rules.
The rules are still in place, but the DOE will not enforce them at this time. Contractors and service technicians may continue to install non-condensing residential natural gas furnaces, such as those with less than 90% AFUE, without penalty to their customers. Click here to read the full statement from the DOE.
April 15th, 2013
If you’re in the market for a new air conditioning system for your Geneva, OH home, then you’re in luck. Today, there is a greater variety of options than ever before, and it has never been easier to be energy efficiency and to reduce your cooling costs. But with all that selection comes the pressure of making the right decision. Your new AC unit is a major investment for your home, and the decision you’ll make is one that is going to last for a number of years. Before you jump into the installation itself, you need to know what options are available. You also need to make sure that you receive professional installation, for only when the AC unit appropriately matches your home can it work properly. Call Apple Heating & Cooling today to talk to an expert about air conditioning installation.
Let’s take a look at some of your air conditioning options:
- Central air conditioning: This is the most popular type of air conditioning on the market today. Central air consists of two units: an indoor unit containing the air handler and evaporator coil, and an outdoor unit containing the condenser and compressor. They are connected by lines through which circulate the “charge” of your cooling system, the chemically designed refrigerant. Today’s models will likely feature R-410A, which is the new non-ozone-depleting standard..
- Ductless mini split air conditioning: Ductless systems use the same type of outdoor unit as central air, but they don’t require ductwork because the indoor units sit inside the cooling space itself, often high on a wall or recessed in a ceiling. This allows for built-in zone control, and highly efficient operation. This is a particularly attractive option for homeowners in historic homes without ductwork, or for those who wish to avoid the indoor air quality issues associated with ducts.
- Thermostat: Consider installing a wifi-enabled or digital programmable thermostat in your home with your new AC. It will improve the energy efficiency of your home and provide more accurate temperature control. It will also allow you to customize your home air conditioning.
We hope this brief guide is useful. For more information, or to schedule a consultation with a Geneva, OH air conditioning expert, call Apple Heating & Cooling today.
April 8th, 2013
Spring is a great time to make sure that you’re ready to go for the summer months. You may have already tried to turn on your AC unit, with the hopes of doing a test run before the heat sets in. If your AC will not turn on, it can be frustrating and stressful. After all, like many homeowners in the area, you rely on the efficient and effective operation of your cooling system, and you expect it to work well when you need it to. There are a few different reasons why your AC won’t turn on, and in this post, we’d like to review some of the common culprits. For air conditioning in Geneva, OH, including repair and maintenance, call Apple Heating & Cooling today!
- Thermostat fault. When you set your desired temperature, your thermostat communicates that setpoint to your AC unit, so that it can adjust its operation accordingly. But if it is faulty, whether due to an electrical or calibration issue, then it cannot activate the cooling cycle. This is a common problem. It may require rewiring, calibrating, or possibly replacing your thermostat. If that’s the case, consider a programmable thermostat for ultimate climate control.
- Electrical issue. As you know all too well, your AC runs on a constant supply of electrical energy. During its installation, you may have had to make additional room in the electrical box because its energy consumption is greater than most other appliances in the house, especially on those particularly hot days. If there is an electrical fault somewhere in the power supply, this may be the reason why your AC won’t turn on. Alternatively, you may have blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker.
- Internal switch off. Depending on the make and model of your air conditioning system, it may have one or several internal switches that may have been switched off over the long off-season, or accidentally. There is often also an external safety switch on an outside wall near the compressor/condenser unit. Make sure everything is in the “on” position.
We hope this list of possible causes of why your AC won’t turn on is useful. For professional air conditioning services in Geneva, OH, call Apple Heating & Air today!
April 1st, 2013
When you need air conditioning repair in Eastlake, OH, call the AC repair professionals at Apple Heating & Cooling. Our team of qualified technicians can handle any air conditioning repair service you may need completed. Modern air conditioning systems are more durable and efficient than ever before. Eventually, though, you will find yourself in need of professional air conditioning repair. When that time comes, timing is an important factor. The sooner you schedule any necessary air conditioning repair in Eastlake, OH, the less likely serious damage is to your system. Contact us today to learn more.
One of the most air conditioning problems that we receive calls about is uneven cooling throughout a home. There are few things more annoying to homeowners than leaving a cool, comfortable room and discovering that the next one is hot and humid. As with most air conditioning problems, there are a number of different possible causes here. A likely culprit, though, is your ductwork system. If there are kinks, twists or tears in your air ducts you cannot expect your air conditioner to operate effectively or to evenly cool your home.
Another call we get fairly frequently is an underperformance of an air conditioner, including blowing warm air. While a professional air conditioning repair technician will have to assess your system to discover the exact cause of the problem, this may be the result of a dirty or freezing evaporator coil. By restoring the evaporator coil to proper condition, the performance of your air conditioning system can be greatly improved.
We also receive a number of calls about air conditioners that simply will not turn on. In some cases this is simple user error. Double check to make sure that the settings at your thermostat are correct. A circuit breaker may have been tripped, or a motor may have blown out in your outdoor AC unit. Whatever the cause, one of our exceptional air conditioning repair technicians can help.
If you are experiencing trouble with your air conditioner, do not wait to schedule service. Call Apple Heating & Cooling today. We’ll make sure that your Eastlake, OH air conditioning repair service is completed properly.