May 21st, 2013
If you want excellent performance and efficient cooling from your AC this summer, then you need to make sure that any repair are taken care of. While professional installation and maintenance are both critical to ensuring that your air conditioning works well for the years to come, when problems occur with the operation of your AC, they need to be handled professionally and quickly. They don’t only affect performance, but also the efficiency of your system. And that means higher energy bills over the long term. You can’t control energy costs but you sure can control how you use energy. For excellent air conditioning repair in Atlanta, GA, call South Air today!
- Frozen evaporator coil: Your evaporator can freeze over when it encounters an airflow issue, such as an excessively dirty or clogged air filter. With all that cold air trapped in the air handler with no place to go, the refrigerant cycle is disrupted, and this can also affect other areas of your AC, like the compressor.
- Dirty condenser coil: Another problem that needs repair to restore the energy efficiency of your AC is when you have a dirty condenser coil. Because it resides in the outdoor unit, your condenser is subject to a greater amount of dust and debris than your indoor coils, and may need to be professionally cleaned to restore its ability to dissipate thermal energy.
- Low refrigerant: Your AC was installed with a certain amount of refrigerant known as its “charge.” You need this precise amount at all times to ensure that your cooling is efficient and effective. But if you have a leak in the system somewhere, your AC may expend more electrical energy trying to keep up with your cooling needs. Leaks don’t go away on their own, and it will need to be repaired before your system can be recharged.
We pride ourselves on the diagnostic abilities of our technicians. Call South Air today for comprehensive air conditioning repair in Atlanta, GA, and we’ll get your AC going again in no time.
May 16th, 2013
If your AC keeps shutting on and off repeatedly during operation, that’s called short cycling. All air conditioners rely on what’s known as the refrigerant cycle, which removes heat from your home and brings cool air into your home. When this process is interrupted by the AC’s constant switching on and off, the results can be ineffective and inefficient cooling, as well as other problems. In this post, we’d like to take a look at this problem in more detail. If your AC is short cycling and you need quality air conditioning repair in Atlanta, call the experts at South Air today!
Let’s take at some of the possible reasons your AC is shutting on and off:
- Thermostat fault: Your thermostat is the primary user interface for your air conditioning system. It is meant to be the only device that you need in order to control the temperature of your home, but when it does not work properly, that small, compact box on your wall can actually cause significant problems. Because it senses the temperature and communicates that information to the air handler, the importance of a good working thermostat can hardly be understated. But if it is not sensing the temperature properly, or if it is in some other way impaired, then it may cause your compressor to turn on and off.
- Electrical problem: Another common culprit of short cycling is the AC’s electrical system. There could be a problem with the electrical supply line, or your capacitor could be shot. Electrical problems can be difficult and dangerous to diagnose, so please leave it to the professionals.
- Improper installation: Unfortunately, one of the causes of short cycling is improper installation. One of the reasons for this is that your air conditioning system needs to be appropriately sized for your home. If it is too large, for example, then it may have to turn off mid-cycle constantly because the temperature has already been reached. While this may seem like an inconvenience, it can actually cause significant problems.
If your AC turns on and off frequently, and you’re in need of Atlanta air conditioning repair service, call the experts at South Air today.
May 6th, 2013
Your Atlanta air conditioning system receives a lot of use and abuse during the heat and humidity of the summer, especially the outdoor unit, which works hard to dissipate heat despite the already scorching climate. In this post, we’d like to review some of the strange sounds and their possible causes so that you can take care of any issues in your cooling system before the summer starts in earnest. For comprehensive Atlanta air conditioning repair services, call South Air Heating & Cooling today!
- Hissing: A hissing sound coming from your AC unit is often an indication of leaking refrigerant. Your refrigerant goes through both liquid and gas phases during its cycle between the outdoor and indoor units. It’s imperative that you have the correct level of refrigerant at all times, because low refrigerant can lead to high energy bills, inadequate cooling, and even damage to certain components if not fixed.
- Banging: Unfortunately, banging often indicates serious mechanical or physical damage to your AC unit. If you hear it in your outdoor unit, there could be various causes, but one of the most critical is internal damage to your compressor. Because many of today’s compressors are sealed to sustain adequate lubrication as well as to prevent the accumulation of dust, it may need to be replaced. Alternatively, your indoor blower motor may have become damaged.
- Rattling: A rattling sound can be difficult to distinguish from banging, from it often means that one of the panels securing your AC unit’s housing has become loosened, and is now vibrating, as a result. While this is not often serious, it can lead to airflow issues.
- Buzzing: If you hear a strong buzzing noise from your AC unit, it might indicate a serious electrical issue known as “arcing.”
If you’re concerned about your AC system and the sound its making, then turn it off and get in touch with your local AC technician. For professional Atlanta air conditioning repair services, call South Air Heating & Cooling today!
April 29th, 2013
Due to the intensity and length of the Atlanta summer, you need an air conditioning system that you can depend upon for excellent performance, as well as energy efficiency. But, even more than that, you need it be durable. That’s why choosing a Trane is critical to your comfort. There’s a reason why they say “It’s Hard To Stop A Trane.®” And when you make sure that a Trane Comfort Specialist installs your new AC, then you are well on your way to great performance and excellent durability. Many of our customers ask us what makes Trane products so durable. We’d like to discuss the issue in this post. For air conditioning in Atlanta, call the experts at South Air Heating & Cooling today!
- Innovation: Trane product designs, from the total home heating and cooling systems to their individual parts, often lead the industry in terms of their unique approach to solving problems of energy efficiency and rapid cooling performance. For example, the Trane Climatuff® compressor is a two-stage compressor that is incredibly durable, no matter what the temperature is outside. It is also known for its low noise levels and high efficiency.
- Testing: When you buy a Trane air conditioner, you know it can withstand temperature extremes much greater than those possible in your backyard. At the SEET (Systems Extreme Environmental Test) laboratory in Tyler, TX, your AC is put through 16 weeks of extreme temperature fluctuations, cold and hot, as well as various other tests to ensure that the products are corrosion resistant. With that kind of comprehensive testing behind the development of every Trane product, it’s no wonder that they are widely recognized to be some of the most durable ACs on the market.
- Reputation: Trane is widely recognized as an industry leader. Not only for their innovative product design, from air conditioners and heaters to smart home technology and indoor air quality devices, but also because their products are built to last.
Make sure you hire a Trane Comfort Specialist to install your new durable Trane AC. When you need air conditioning service in Atlanta, call South Air Heating & Cooling today!
April 22nd, 2013
While you may think you never want your AC to turn off during the heat and humidity of an Atlanta summer, your air conditioning system should not operate continuously. It operates according to a cycle, and it’s important it shut off once it reaches your desired temperature. Otherwise, this can lead to high-energy bills and system damage; your compressor can easily overheat, and your evaporator coil may freeze over. Most importantly, your home may actually become uncomfortably cold, especially at night. If you need Atlanta air conditioning repair, call the experts at South Air Heating & Cooling today!
So, why won’t your AC turn off? Let’s take a look at some possible causes:
- Thermostat fault: Your thermostat is the user interface of your cooling system. Without it, your system will simply not work properly. It’s critical, therefore, that it be in good operating condition at all times. Check your thermostat to make sure that it’s not adjusted to a low temperature that makes it continuously call for cool air. Also, make sure that your thermostat is installed in a location away from ducts, sunlight, and windows. All of these can affect the efficiency and effectiveness of your system. If the problem has just now started to occur, then you may have a thermostat fault. It may not be properly sensing the temperature, or it may not be communicating the correct temperature to your air handler.
- Control board fault: Your AC will have various switches and controls. In addition to those at the circuit breaker, the AC will also have one at the outdoor unit, either on the unit itself or on the side of the house; and one on or near the indoor air handler. These service switches control the electrical energy input to each of the devices. And there may be others, depending on your model. If there’s a problem with one of these switches, then your AC may not be able to turn off as it should.
We hope this gives you some information as to why your AC won’t turn off. For more info, or to schedule Atlanta air conditioning repair service, contact South Air today!
April 15th, 2013
Certainly one of the most frustrating things that any Atlanta, GA homeowner can experience during the long hot summer occurs when the AC won’t start. You come home to find it very stuffy and hot. You walk over to the thermostat. Everything looks in order. You press the “On” button on the digital console, and you hear nothing. While professional installation and routine maintenance are great ways to ensure that you are well prepared, occasionally you may find yourself in this situation. When you need Atlanta air conditioning repair, simply call South Air Heating & Cooling.
Let’s take a look at a few reasons why your AC won’t start:
- Thermostat fault: This is one of the most common reasons for an AC that won’t start. Your thermostat needs to be properly calibrated in order to call for the correct temperature. But it also needs to be fault-free, and over time, your thermostat may have developed an electric problem.
- Electrical problem: As you know all too well, your AC runs on electricity, which is supplied by your utility company. If your AC won’t start, be sure to check that it hasn’t blown a fuse or tripped the circuit breaker. If it hasn’t, then it could be a serious electrical wiring problem, or a bad capacitor. Electricity is hazardous, and repairs should only be carried out by a qualified technician.
- Condensate leaks: The evaporator coil in your indoor air handler is equipped with a condensate pan that connects to a drainpipe, so that any condensed water vapor that accumulates on the coils can drip in to the pan and drain out of the air handler. If you have a leak, this can cause the system to shut down.
We hope this helps. For more information about Atlanta air conditioning repair, call the pros at South Air Heating & Cooling today!
April 8th, 2013
Spring is a great time to be in the market for a new AC system for your Atlanta home. Air conditioning technology has rapidly developed in the last 20 years, making even today’s budget model far superior in terms of efficiency and effectiveness to yesterday’s top-of-the-line unit. But with that advancement comes more options and more choices. Not only do you need to select the right AC system for your home, but you also need to have it professionally installed so that you can maximize its efficiency and your comfort. The first step must be to contact an AC professional. For air conditioning in Atlanta, call South Air today!
Your AC needs to be appropriately sized. Bigger is not better when it comes to cooling systems, and the kind and size of your AC should reflect the uniqueness of your home and your cooling needs. While the same refrigerant cycle forms the basis for central air units, heat pumps and ductless mini splits, they are all different. Let’s take a look at each:
- Central air split system: This is by far the most popular system in America. Sturdy and widely recognized as the standard, central air uses an outdoor unit comprised of the compressor pump, condenser coil, and extractor fan; and an indoor unit comprised of the air handler and evaporator coil. These are connected by piping that circulates a pressurized refrigerant. It removes hot air from and sends cool air into your home by using a system of supply and return ductwork.
- Heat pump: The heat pump is not much different from a central AC, and vice-versa. They both transfer heat. The main difference is that heat pumps also work during the winter months to extract thermal energy from the coldest of temperatures and heat your home. While they are most efficient in moderate temperatures, heat pumps work well year round to keep you comfortable.
- Ductless mini split: Widely used outside the US and in commercial applications, ductless mini splits have really only caught on recently for homes. As its name suggests, this type of unit does not require ductwork. Instead, its sleek and compact air handlers sit high on the wall or within the ceiling and connect directly to an outdoor condenser unit by means of a small group of refrigerant and electrical lines. This means that you can have multiple air handlers, one in each zone of your house, each with its own thermostat.
Whatever system you choose, consult with a professional first. Call South Air for air conditioning in Atlanta.
April 1st, 2013
There are few things more annoying than opening up your energy bill to discover that the cost of operating your air conditioning system has spiked. Unfortunately, a sudden spike in the cost of cooling your home not only means that you have a big bill to pay. It most likely indicates an underlying problem with your air conditioning system. If you do not make any real changes to you air conditioning habits then the cost of cooling your home should not fluctuate too much. If your AC costs spike, contact the Atlanta air conditioning repair technicians at South Air Heating & Cooling to find out why.
One common reason that air conditioning costs may rise is a problem with your air ducts. If your air ducts are dirty within you may need to schedule professional duct cleaning service. A duct cleaning technician will use specialized tools to clean the interior of your air ducts. This may help increase efficiency, as dirty ductwork can lead to clogged air filters. It is also possible for dirt and other pollutants to accumulate within the heating and air conditioning equipment itself, causing it to work less efficiently.
Your air ducts may also be improperly sealed or have air leaks in them. If this is the case, cooled air can escape from the system before reaching its destination. This means that your air conditioner will then need to replace that lost air. In doing so, your air conditioner will need to consume more energy. This can account for your air conditioning costs rising.
Of course, one of the most common reasons that air conditioning systems lose efficiency is due to a simple lack of air conditioning maintenance. You must schedule routine air conditioning maintenance with a qualified professional if you want to get the most efficient, reliable performance possible from your air conditioner.
Call the Atlanta air conditioning repair pros at South Air Heating & Cooling today to learn more about why your AC costs may have spiked. We’ll help find the problem and will resolve it accordingly. Schedule service as soon as you discover an issue with the operation of your air conditioner.
March 25th, 2013
When the temperatures in Atlanta begin to rise, you need to have confidence that your AC will perform effectively and efficiently. Delaying air conditioning repair only lets problems fester until they lead to major damages. All of the parts of your cooling system cooperate to make your indoor living space comfortable; if even one of those parts isn’t working well, then it will inevitably impact the system’s performance as well as its energy efficiency. It may even decrease the life of your system and cause premature replacement. If you’re in need of air conditioning repair in Marietta, GA, call South Air today!
Let’s review some common AC problems that will require professional repair:
- Frozen evaporator coil. There are two coils in your AC system: the outdoor condenser coil, which dissipates heat and exhausts it outside; and the indoor evaporator coil, which cools the air on its way into the air handler. If there is a blockage within your AC system, then it may eventually cause the evaporator coil to freeze. This generally indicates that the cold air is not being properly distributed.
- Electrical fault. As you know all too well, your air conditioner relies on electricity to power its components. If your AC was professionally installed, then electrical faults are uncommon, but if you’ve had recent appliances installed that have added to an already taxed electrical system, then the operation of your AC during the peak summer heat may cause problems. Alternatively, if your wiring is old, or has become corroded or otherwise damaged, then this can short the electrical system entirely. Remember, damaged wires are a fire hazard.
- Refrigerant leak. The refrigerant circulating through your system must not only be pressurized, it must also be at the appropriate level. Because of the intricacy of the coils and connections, your system may eventually develop a refrigerant leak. Occasionally, it may be so slow and small that you can hardly notice the gradual loss of cooling performance. But it’s important for your system to have the adequate levels of refrigerant at all times.
Making sure that your system operates well before the summer is critical to your comfort. When your Marietta Trane air conditioning system needs repair, call South Air.
March 18th, 2013
It’s already starting get warm here in Atlanta area, and homeowners are beginning to check out their AC to ensure that it’s ready to go for the upcoming rise in temperature and humidity levels. You rely on your Trane AC to keep you cool during the spring and summer months. But like all mechanical systems, it may eventually require repair. Fortunately, our team of Trane Comfort Specialists is here to help you get the most out of your system, from installation to maintenance. For Trane AC repair in Atlanta, call South Air today!
So what do you do if your Trane AC stops working? The first thing you do is call a Trane Comfort Specialist for certified repair. But the more information you can tell your technician, the easier it will be for them to fix the problem. Here are some potential reasons why your AC stopped working:
- Frozen coil. If you have a clogged air filter or blocked ductwork, cold air can build up inside your AC and cause the coils to freeze. While typically an airflow issue, it can also be caused by low levels of refrigerant, possibly due to a leak.
- Outdoor unit won’t turn on. This is likely an electrical fault, due to a damaged wire or some other problem with the circuit breaker (electrical problems can be hazardous and should only be handled by a professional). You can try resetting the breaker, and if that doesn’t work, call a professional to take a look at your system.
- Thermostat fault. As the communication device between you and your AC, your thermostat adjusts the system to your desired set point. If it is improperly calibrated or broken, then your AC may not be able to turn on. To see if this is the problem, try turning the temperature down 10 degrees to see if your AC unit turns on. If not, you could have a thermostat issue.
- Dirty and dusty. If your AC components are covered in dust and debris, it’s no wonder your system stopped working properly. The mechanical systems require the cooperation of moving parts, but when motors and fans get clogged with dust and debris, they will eventually seize up. A visual inspection will usually let you know if this could be a potential problem.
Don’t panic if your Trane AC stops working. Your local Trane Comfort Specialist is just a quick phone call away. For comprehensive and certified AC repair in Atlanta, call South Air today!