Troubleshooting HVAC issues- Air ConditioningIs your air conditioning on the fritz?  We understand your pain.  There are several components to an air conditioning system that can cause it to under-perform, make strange noises, or stop working altogether.

We’re here to help you figure out what’s wrong with your system, and get you connected with a professional in your area that can help you get your air conditioning up and running again.  Check out these warning signs that a professional repair might be just around the corner.

Keep in mind that all the price estimates provided are approximate, and vary based on the type of unit you have, where you’re located, and who does your repair—but they do give you an idea of what it might cost to repair your unit and prepare you for the chance that it needs to be replaced.

To get free, no-obligation quotes on air conditioning repair and maintenance, give us a call at (844) 769-5995, or just fill out the form to the right!

My Air Conditioning Won’t Turn On

Cause:
This is usually caused by an improper thermostat setting, or there’s no power to your A/C  unit.

How do I fix it?
Double-check that your thermostat is set to A/C or “cool,” and that your temperature setting is correct.  Replace the battery in the thermostat, and then check your circuit breaker.

Approximate Cost:
Free (plus the cost of a couple batteries)

It’s Not as Cool in my Home As It Was Last Year

Cause:
Most issues on overall temperature of your home not being cool enough are related to some sort of restriction or issue with the airflow in your house, or to your a/c unit.

How do I fix it?
The first step is to check and/or replace all your filters.  There are a lot of variables that determine how often you should replace these filters, but a good rule of thumb is every 30-60 days—especially if you have pets or lots of people living in the house.

If you have an external air conditioning unit, you should have a minimum of 2 feet of clearance on all sides and 5 feet from the top.

Approximate Cost:
 Filters range from $5 to $25, depending on the quality, size and type of filter you need.

My Energy Bills are Increasing Month-Over-Month

Cause:
Increasing utility costs are usually caused by dirty filters and/or a dirty condensing coil

How do I fix it?
You can replace the filters yourself, but if your condensing coil is dirty and needs to be cleaned, you need to schedule a service call to get your energy bills back to what you’re used to.

Approximate Cost:
A maintenance or service call to clean your condensing coil and/or replace your filter ranges from $75 to $150.

I Keep Hearing Weird Noises During Startup and When the System is Running

Cause:
The damage could be something simple that shook loose, to something as serious as a bent fan blade or bad blower motor.

How do I fix it?
The only way to tell what’s going on for sure is to have your system inspected by a professional. It might be a few screws, or it could be a new fan motor or fan blade.

Approximate Cost:

The service call, inspection, and replacement if necessary ranges from $225 to $900 in total—but it could be as little as $75 if there are only minor repairs.

My A/C Doesn’t Run Very Long, or Runs Constantly

Cause:
This problem could be something as simple as the thermostat being placed in the wrong area, such as near direct sunlight, proximity to a register, or even close to a hot kitchen.

How do I fix it?
The easiest solution is to relocate the thermostat to eliminate the chance of external influences on how it registers the temperature of your home.

Approximate Cost:
The cost of this repair really depends on if you will be using the same unit, or if you will need a new unit. If you just need a new thermostat you could see a bill for $250 to $400, which includes having it installed by a professional.

There’s a Puddle of Water Next to my Unit

Cause:
Your A/C generates moisture during normal usage, and that water collects and flows out into a floor drain or condensate sump basin. Any time you see lots of water, it might indicate that the tube is blocked or disconnected.

How do I fix it?
First, you need to take a look at the actual tube—is it crimped, clogged or disconnected?  If you have a sump basin, is the pump operational? If you need to replace the tube or a pump, A Pro HVAC Service contractor can help.

Approximate Cost:
A new tube and condensate sump pump can range from $60 to $130.

The Air That’s Coming Out of the Registers Isn’t as Cold as it Used to Be

Cause:
This situation is usually caused when your air conditioning refrigerant lines aren’t insulated.

How do I fix it?
Locate the two copper refrigerant lines that connect your outdoor a/c unit to your indoor a/c unit. There should be sleeves covering these lines, or you might need to have your system’s refrigerant re-charged.

Approximate Cost:
It’s about $5 for insulating sleeves, and up to $150 for a system refrigerant re-charge.

My Air Conditioning Doesn’t Come on at All

Cause:
There’s a very good chance your compressor is no longer working.

How do I fix it?
If your compressor has failed, your air conditioning won’t run.  You need to replace several small parts, all equipment, and re-charge the Freon.

Approximate Cost:
A new compressor is about $600 to $1,900 for all parts, labor and installation.  If you need to replace your compressor and it’s 8 years old (or older), or if the cost of a repair is more than 50% than the cost of a new unit, it may be a good idea to consider replacing your entire air conditioning system. It will save you money and increase efficiency immediately.

Get Free Estimates on Air Conditioning Service and Repair Today!

If you need repairs or are interested in a maintenance agreement for your air conditioning system, Pro HVAC Service can set you up with an expert.  To get your free estimate, fill out the form to the right, or give us a call at (844) 769-5995.  Within minutes, we’ll contact you with a list of local HVAC Contractors that can help you.