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Solutions to the Most Common Problems

While cooling and heating systems are usually reliable and can last for several years, like any other type of appliance or high-end piece of equipment problems can crop up from time-to-time. Below, we will outline some of the more common reasons why Horizon Services technicians receive calls from our customers needing air conditioning and heating services.Common Types of Air Conditioning and Heating Repair

Heed The Warnings Signs

These kinds of problems typically result in a home not being properly cooled in the spring and summer or heated in the fall and winter. Before a cooling and heating system fails, however, it will usually give some warning signs that can alert you to call a professional contractor. By acting quickly, you may be able to address a small issue before it becomes a large problem.

Listen For A Wailing Noise

A common problem involves a wailing noise that may start out as relatively minor but can become very loud. This may be the bearings in the fan motor. You can check this quickly by shutting off the power to the heater or air handler, than grab the end of the motor shaft and pull. If there is greater than 1/8” of play you may require a new motor because the bearings have been worn. Most times this has been caused by other influences and the failure should be determined before the replacement. Contact Horizon Services to have this checked as soon as possible.

Look Out For Frozen Coils

Another issue that occurs fairly frequently is that of frozen coils. When this happens, the unit will not be able to operate properly because coolant and air cannot flow freely. One of the ways of keeping this from happening is by making sure you replace your filter each month and keep your outside unit free of weeds, grass, and other debris.

Is There A Leak?

If you notice any water coming from your inside system, have a professional come out to provide an air conditioning repair as soon as possible. If a leak is not fixed, water can lead to significant structural damage and lead to dangerous mold and mildew accumulation. More than likely, the cause will be a damaged condensation pan. There could, however, be other problems in your lines that are causing the leak.

Contact An Experienced Technician

There are also times, of course, where a system simply will not work at all and require a more advanced air conditioner repair. An experienced technician will be able to quickly diagnose the cause of the problem and fix it. If the compressor runs but the fan does not (or vice versa), if the unit works only some of the time, or if it either over-cools or does not cool enough, call a professional. Make sure you observe how the system is operating as closely as possible before you turn it off so that you can tell the technician what it’s doing. This will help the professional make an accurate diagnosis.

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(12) Comments

  1. Monty August 17th, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Nice post. These solutions really work.

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  2. Hima Dev September 10th, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Devices like air conditioners are designed in such a way that they produce warning signs when it experiences technical problems. Most of us ignore these signs. You will have to make sure that you watch out for low cooling, over heating, and excessive vapor emissions.

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  3. Brenda Ball September 12th, 2013 at 6:16 am

    I think this is a great job. The furnace is tricky, it must be evaluated each year to assure no fires or other safety hazards will arise. In addition, who in their right mind wants to risk an undetected gas leak being present? No one!

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  4. Jay Taylor September 20th, 2013 at 8:11 am

    This is some real good tips for the common problems faced by people. A/C and Furnace are two very different things but still some things can be checked in both of them very easily. The tips mentioned here will help people by saving their money, they will not have to call an AC technician every time for a small problem which they can fix by themselves.

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  5. Green Cooling System October 30th, 2013 at 3:29 am

    Maintenance is important for every cooling system. Servicing should be done in every 6 months for proper functioning of cooling system. It is important for its long life.

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  6. Sheldon Smith January 6th, 2014 at 6:30 am

    Proper maintenance is very necessary for the efficient working of the Air Conditioner.

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  7. My AC and Heat January 24th, 2014 at 6:07 am

    You need to maintain your Air Conditioners so that it gives you fresh cool air.

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  8. Tom Smith February 5th, 2014 at 2:08 am

    Thanks for sharing the innovative article with us.

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  9. Jenny Smith February 19th, 2014 at 6:17 am

    A system that simply will not work at all requires a more advanced air conditioner repair. An experienced technician will be able to quickly diagnose the cause of the problem and fix it.

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  10. Johnson Smith February 28th, 2014 at 5:18 am

    An Air Conditioning system can provide comfort for occupants by lowering the air temperature and the humidity level in the home. To ensure everything is working correctly the unit should be properly maintained.

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  11. Dave Thompson February 25th, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    The heating and air in my home have started having problems working. I looked for leaks and other warning signs you mention in the article, and I can’t seem to find anything wrong with them yet. Do you recommend hiring a professional company to come out and take a look at it, or are there any other tips you could give me that might be the problem?

    Horizon Services Note:

    At this point, we would suggest that you contact an HVAC professional. Remember that choosing the right HVAC contractor can mean the difference between an installation of your heating and air conditioning system that goes smoothly and provides years of trouble-free comfort and one that winds up costing you thousand in wasted money and aggravation.

    For more information, please visit: http://www.horizonservicesinc.com/install-replace/right-contractor

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  12. Stephan Bashkir April 20th, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    Now that winter has ended, it’s a good time to start cleaning and inspecting my heating and cooling units. If anything needs to be replaced or fixed, these next couple of months are the time to do it. Knowing what needs to be tuned up on a heating system early is important so that you can avoid any unexpected expenses as the weather starts to turn cold again.

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