Tag: heating and air conditioning

Everything You Should Check If You’re Having Problems With Your A/C

If you’ve noticed specific symptoms that your air conditioner has, check out our blog about troubleshooting common air conditioner problems. If, on the other hand, you have no idea where to start looking, check out this guide for parts of your air conditioner to look at in order to identify where the problem is coming from.

If you can’t identify the problem or you don’t know how to fix it, contact Max Comfort Heating & Cooling in Oshawa and Durham Region for air conditioner repair.

Check The Air Filter

Your air filter could cause a variety of problems for your air conditioner, so this is an important part of your unit to check if you’re having any sort of issues. A dirty air filter can cause decreased air flow from the air vents, ice on the refrigerant lines, a frozen evaporator coil, water leaking from your A/C, warmer or cooler spots, high energy bills, and even equipment failure.

If you’ve noticed these problems, make sure to check the air filter. It should be replaced or cleaned at least once every six months. For more severe issues related to a dirty filter, contact Max Comfort Heating & Cooling for air conditioner repair.

Check The Thermostat Settings

If your A/C doesn’t turn on at the correct temperature or you feel warm or even hot air coming from your air vents, it could be a problem with your thermostat settings. Check your thermostat and make sure it’s set to “cool” instead of “heat.” If you’re still having problems, check the user manual for the thermostat for information on how to recalibrate it. You can also contact an HVAC professional for help with the settings and calibration of your thermostat.

Check The A/C Circuit Breakers

If your air conditioner doesn’t turn on at all, check the circuit breakers for your home. Find the circuit breaker on your home’s main electrical panel. If it is flipped to the “off” position, flip it back on and try to turn your air conditioner on again. If the circuit breaker is tripped again, do not flip it back on. This could be a sign of a blown fuse or an electrical problem. You may want to contact an HVAC professional as well as an electrician if this occurs.

Check The Outdoor Unit

It may be out of sight, but your outdoor unit shouldn’t be out of mind if you’re experiencing issues with your air conditioner. The outdoor unit, also called the condenser, can cause problems like high energy bills, warm air coming from your vents, an A/C unit that doesn’t cool very well, or the need for frequent repairs.

When you examine your outdoor unit, inspect it for a buildup of dirt and debris. Remove as many leaves as possible and use a brush to gently clean the condenser. If the unit has a heavy buildup of debris, contact Max Comfort Heating & Cooling to schedule an air conditioner repair and more thorough cleaning.

Check All Of The Air Vents

If you’re having various issues with your air conditioner, another key part of the unit to check is the air vents. A closed or blocked air vent could cause problems like:

  • An A/C unit struggling to cool your home
  • Ice on the refrigerant lines
  • A frozen evaporator coil
  • Water leaking from the unit
  • A damaged compressor
  • Blower motor problems
  • High energy bills

When air vents become blocked or closed, they can spring leaks in the ductwork, which is why you’ll see a higher energy bill. If you’re having these problems, check all of the return and supply vents. Rugs, drapes, and furniture can easily block the air vents, but the good news is that they can easily be moved out of the way.

 

If you’re experiencing any of these issues and can’t figure out the cause, contact Max Comfort Heating & Cooling. We offer 24/7 emergency air conditioner repair service so you aren’t left without cool air when you need it most.

How to Troubleshoot the Most Common Air Conditioner Problems

When the warmer weather hits, you’ll want to make sure your air conditioner is running in tip-top shape to keep you cool and comfortable in your home. What happens when there’s a problem though? Check out these most common issues that occur with air conditioner units and contact Max Comfort Heating & Cooling in Oshawa and Durham Region to schedule an appointment for air conditioner repair. We’re available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for emergency repair services.

You Air Conditioner Doesn’t Turn On

When the entire air conditioner isn’t turning on, you might want to panic. However, it could be a simple problem that’s really easy to fix. If your air conditioner won’t turn on, it could be from a blown fuse or a tripped circuit breaker. If that’s the case, all you need to do is replace the fuse or reset the circuit. Your circuit panel should be labeled so you can quickly find a tripped circuit.

If neither of these are the issue, it could also be broken or loose wiring or problems with your thermostat. Keep reading for more information on how to handle thermostat issues.

The Thermostat Isn’t Working Properly

If your air conditioner isn’t turning on at the correct temperature, it could be that your thermostat is calibrated incorrectly. This will also occur if your thermostat isn’t working at all. Many older, dial-type thermostats have calibration issues, but sometimes newer thermostats are difficult to program as well. Consult the user manual for assistance programming and recalibrating your thermostat. If you’re still having issues or you have your thermostat set to the lowest temperature and the air conditioner still isn’t turning on, contact Max Comfort Heating & Cooling to schedule an appointment for air conditioner repair.

An Under-Performing Air Conditioner

If your air conditioner is working, but it isn’t working as well as it should be to cool your home, it could be from a low level of refrigerant in the unit. If this is the case, it was either caused by being undercharged at the time of installation or it has a leak. Another symptom of a unit with a low refrigerant level is a “sticky” feeling to the air as it will be more humid in your home.

In this situation, it is best to contact a professional. They’ll be able to detect if there is a leak and whether or not the leak can be fixed or if you need to replace the entire unit.

It’s Still Hot In Your Home

Part of your air conditioner’s job is to remove warm air from your home and redirect it outside. Your outdoor unit is responsible for this and the condenser coil is the part that specifically releases this warm air outside. If you notice that heat is still building up in your home, it could be due to problems with the condenser coil.

Since this part of the unit is outside, it could become clogged with dirt, dust, and other debris that will prevent it from working properly. Not only does this interfere with how well the air conditioner works, but it could also cause additional wear and tear. Learn how to clean the condenser coil so that it can effectively remove the hot air from your home.

A Noisy System

Your air conditioner has a fan that flows indoor air over the evaporator coil to cool it, as well as a condenser coil fan that blows hot air from your house. If you notice loud noises while your air conditioner is running, it could be coming from either — or both — of the fan motors. This could be caused by dirt and debris buildup, worn out belts, or deteriorating bearings.

When you’re able to identify where the noise is coming from, turn off your air conditioner unit and contact an HVAC professional. At Max Comfort Heating & Cooling, we offer 24/7 emergency air conditioner repair. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

How to Prepare Your Air Conditioner for the Summer

It’s still chilly outside, but believe it or not, warmer weather is just around the corner. Is your air conditioner prepared to work at its optimal level during the hotter months of the year? You can ensure that your home stays cool and comfortable by following the tips below to prepare your air conditioner. For air conditioner repair, or even just general maintenance, contact Max Comfort Heating & Cooling if you live in Oshawa or Durham Region.

Change Or Clean Your Filters

Your air conditioner works best when the air filter is clean of dust and debris. In order to keep your air conditioner running in its best condition — and to avoid air conditioner repair — change out or clean your air filters at least once every six months.

Air filters are usually located behind a metal panel on the face of the blower unit. All you need to do is unscrew the metal panel, remove the old filter, and replace it with the new one. If you have an air conditioner that’s a window unit, the air filter will be on the face of the unit, behind a metal or plastic panel. A lot of window-panel air conditioners come with a permanent filter, so instead of replacing it, you’ll need to gently clean it. We recommend a combination of white vinegar and water. Be sure to let the air filter dry completely before replacing it in your air conditioner.

Replacing your air filter is the most common maintenance you’ll need to perform for your air conditioner. It’s easy, affordable, and helps keep your unit running smoothly so you can avoid breakdowns and needing to call for air conditioner repair.

Clean And Clear Debris

During the winter, you’ve probably covered your air conditioner unit to protect it from collecting dirt and debris. Even so, you should still check for dirt and debris, like sticks and leaves, when you remove the air conditioner cover.

This may require cleaning the A/C condenser coils, which you can access via the side panels of the unit to lift the top off. Use a refrigerator coil brush or soft vacuum brush to gently clean the coils and fins of the fan. Be careful not to bend the fan. If you do, you can purchase a “fin comb” to straighten the fins back out.

You might also need to remove debris from the base of the condenser. If your air conditioner has a drain, make sure the drain is also clear of sticks, leaves, and dirt. When you’re done cleaning, tighten any loose mounting bolts and add a few drops of lightweight oil to the oil ports of the fan motor if it has any. If you see excess water inside of the unit, mop it up before reassembling the condenser. For help with this, any other air conditioner repair or maintenance, contact Max Comfort Heating & Cooling.

Check The Condensation Lines

These pipes in your air conditioner move condensation away from the unit. These lines could become clogged, backing up into the air conditioner as well as your house. This creates a serious mess that costly repair bills. To prevent clogging, use an algaecide to clean the pipes. You can find this product at a pool supply store.

Test The Unit

Before you really need your air conditioner, it’s important to test it and make sure it’s running beforehand. To test it, turn your thermostat to “off,” then turn the power to both the disconnect box and the main panel to “on.” After this, switch your thermostat to “cool.” If your air conditioner is running properly, you don’t need to do anything else! If you are having problems, contact Max Comfort Heating & Cooling to schedule an air conditioner repair appointment. We offer 24/7 emergency repair services and serve Oshawa and parts of Durham Region.