Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing Blog: Posts Tagged ‘AC Repair’

Understanding What AC Efficiency Ratings Really Mean

Monday, May 18th, 2020

If you’re reading this, it’s probably because you have plans to purchase a new central air conditioning system before the summer heat arrives. A good plan, especially if your current AC has shown signs its useful days are done and an AC repair in Frederick, MD won’t keep it running effectively.

But you came to this post seeking answers to a specific question you have about buying a new air conditioning system: “What do these efficiency numbers all mean?” For example, “What is SEER? Is higher or lower better? Is SEER 15 ‘good’? And what’s this EER thing? Please help, I can’t sleep at night!”

No problem—that’s what we’re here for. When it comes to making the actual selection and installation of a new air conditioning system, you’ll need our professional technicians on the job. For the moment, we can give you a basic rundown on SEER and EER and what to look for.

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How Much Power Can an Air Conditioner Have?

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

Last month we wrote about how an air conditioning system can be too powerful, or oversized, for a home. An air conditioner that provides excessive tons of cooling for a home will start to short-cycle, turning itself off too early and turning back on soon after. This wastes power and causes the AC to age rapidly toward an early replacement and too many needs for AC repair in Frederick, MD in the meantime.

But whenever people hear about an oversized air conditioning system, a few start to think, “But how powerful an AC can I get? Isn’t there some sort of AC that can ‘super-cool’ my house for the hottest days?”

This is a separate issue from proper air conditioning sizing. Air conditioning systems have limits on how much they can change the temperature inside a home and have these limits for good reason.

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Why Your Air Conditioner Output is Dropping

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

With the temperature outside rising, now is the worst possible time to have your air conditioner start failing. If your air conditioner output is dropping, there could be a couple of different reasons why. Let’s take a look at why your air conditioner output may be lower than it should be.

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Watch Out for These Air Conditioning Problems

Monday, March 28th, 2016

As the days start to warm up and you start to rely on your air conditioner more often, the strain on the system will increase significantly. All of that wear and tear makes it far more likely for issues to develop with the air conditioner over the summer. Time is of the essence when it comes to protecting your system from damage, so it’s a good idea to be able to identify issues as quickly as possible. Let’s take a look at some of the more common air conditioning problems that you might run into.

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Air Conditioner Short-Cycling: What You Need to Know

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Have you ever noticed your air conditioner turning itself on and off every couple of minutes? If so, you may have a short-cycling problem. Short-cycling is a very serious threat to the health of an air conditioner, decreasing its effectiveness dramatically and increasing the chance of a breakdown. In order to address air conditioner short-cycling, you should first understand what causes it. Let’s take a look at why short-cycling happens, and how to address it.

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Reasons Why Your AC Output is Dropping

Monday, July 13th, 2015

Summer is here, and that means your air conditioner is probably working a lot more than it does during other times of the year. That increased stress of operating on an almost daily basis tends to bring out problems that otherwise would lie dormant. One of the most common symptoms that your air conditioner is experiencing one of these problems is the loss of output. If your air conditioner isn’t blowing as much cool air as it should, read on to find out why.

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Air Conditioning Repair Tip: What To Do if Your AC Breaks Down

Monday, June 4th, 2012

When the heat really starts to rise this summer in Gaithersburg, there is nothing like sitting on your couch with the cold air conditioned air blowing over you. No matter how hot it gets outside, the right AC system will ensure your home stays cool and comfortable. However, few things could be worse than if your AC stops working and the cool air stops flowing.

Your air conditioning system breaking down is something you definitely want to avoid, but even the best maintained system occasionally needs repairs. If your air conditioning system does stop working, here are a few simple things that you should check:

  • Check the Power: Before you assume that there is something wrong with your system, make sure that your unit has power. A power surge or a tripped breaker can interrupt the electricity to your AC and prevent it from functioning. This is an easy fix unless your unit is repeatedly tripping the breaker, in which case you will need a professional to examine its electrical system.
  • Check the Air Filters: If you air conditioner has power but it not cooling your home effectively, it is probably a problem with the unit. Check your air filters – clogged filters can reduce efficiency and possibly cause icing, which prevent it from cooling your home. Issues with your ductwork can also cause uneven cooling, but you will need a professional to examine your system to determine the cause of the problem.
  • Call the Pros: If you have determined that your unit has power and clean filters but is still not working, then it is time to call in your HVAC contractor. Air conditioning systems are quite complicated, and a trained technician will be able to perform diagnostics to figure out the source of the issue and repair it quickly.  The best way to cut down on the number of emergency repairs your system needs is to schedule a maintenance visit for your AC every year.

A good air conditioning system can make a big difference in how comfortable your home is this summer. If you need air conditioning repair in Gaithersburg or the surrounding area, never hesitate to call Tuckers Air Conditioning & Heating at 301-670-0034!

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