Common Air Conditioning Repair Problems

ac repair or new ac unit installation frederick mdAC season isn’t over yet here in Frederick, MD, and if you never had that strange sound looked at from the end of last summer, or if you’re concerned that it needs professional attention, now is the time to get in touch with your local AC professional. When problems are neglected, they tend only to worsen. In this post, we’d like to examine a few common air conditioning repair problems, so that you can recognize the need for pro assistance when you see them. Call Larry & Sons today!

  • Not enough cooling: This is a common symptom that has numerous possible causes. There’s no quite telling what the root cause of it is without professional inspection. One common cause is an airflow issue, often caused by a clogged air filter. Remember to make sure your air filter is clean of debris about once a month during the cooling season. While it is intended to prevent the accumulation of dust and debris on your system components, when it gets clogged or becomes dirty, it can actually impede airflow and block the cool air that you need to stay comfortable.
  • Dirty coils: When your condenser coils get dirty, which can happen frequently because they are housed in the outdoor unit, it won’t be able to dissipate heat into the outside air. If this process is disrupted, the cycle will not be as efficient, and it may result in warmer air coming out of your ducts. A technician can ensure that all aspects of your AC are clean so that you can avoid any further disruptions.
  • Low refrigerant: When it was installed, your AC was “charged” with a set amount of refrigerant. Over time, however, you may have developed a leak in one of the coils, or the lineset that has resulted in low levels of refrigerant circulating through your system. This causes a wide variety of problems, including inadequate cooling and a lack of dehumidification.

Make sure you’re ready to go the rest of this season, and next summer. Call Larry & Sons for comprehensive air conditioning repair services in Frederick, MD if you’re concerned about your AC!

3 Things You Need to Do to Get Your AC Ready for Spring

The mercury is climbing, the sun is shining, and it’s finally starting to feel a bit more like spring in our next of the woods. With the warmer weather, we will soon be cranking up our air conditioners for the first time of the season. Even if you performed proper maintenance when shutting down your cooling system at the end of last fall, it’s still important to tackle a couple tasks before firing it up for the first time this spring. Check out these three things you need to do to get your AC ready for spring and summer.

Remove Debris from the Outside Unit air conditioner

Use one of these nice sunny days to go outside and clean up around your air conditioner’s outside unit. Known as the condenser, this vital part of your cooling system nears proper airflow. And it can’t get that if there is a bunch of debris gathered around it. Clear at least two feet of space on all sides of the condenser. Remove toys, shrubs, branches, wood piles, etc. Rake away leaves as well to prevent them from getting sucked into the system. You may also want to use the condenser down with your garden hose to remove dirt, pollen and leaves. This helps ensure that your cooling system will run at peak efficiency.

Replace Your Filter

Clogged filters restrict airflow through the blower unit and can cause the cooling coil to freeze up. Ideally, you should check your filters monthly and replace them as needed. But if you haven’t replaced yours recently, spring is definitely a good time to do so.

Schedule an AC Tune-Up

Just like your car needs basic maintenance to run like it should, your AC needs some TLC to keep it operating at peak efficiency. We recommend having your air conditioner tuned up by a professional annually. In addition to ensuring maximum efficiency, tune-ups prevent premature system failure and can help you avoid costly repairs.

Don’t wait until the last minute to get your air conditioner tuned up. For AC tune-ups in Hagerstown, contact the HVAC pros at Larry & Sons today!

Tired of High Energy Bills? Try a Programmable Thermostat

When the mercury rises, you rely on your air conditioner to keep your family cool and comfortable. Unfortunately, using your air conditioner can really drive up your electric bill. If you are feeling tempted to swelter through the summer to save a few dollars, there is a better option. With a programmable thermostat from Larry & Sons, you can beat the heat without breaking your bank account.

How Programmable Thermostats Save Money

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Inside the new thermostat flickr photo by smithdm3 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-ND) license

Even if you have installed a new air conditioner recently, you may not have thought about upgrading your thermostat. The thermostat itself doesn’t use much energy, so upgrading may not seem important. However, old manual thermostats lack features that allow you to reduce your energy consumption and lower you bills.

Programmable thermostats save money by allowing you to automatically adjust the temperature in your home throughout the day. While you are at work or asleep, you can set the temperature a few degrees higher to take some strain off your cooling system. Set it to a lower temperature shortly before you arrive home or wake up to enjoy a comfortable temperature while you are using your home. Adjusting the temperature by just 7 to 10 degrees could have a big impact on your electric bill.

Programmable Thermostat Installation in Fredrick

If you are ready to upgrade to a programmable thermostat or learn more about the benefits, we can help. For programmable thermostat installation in Fredrick and the surrounding areas, depend on the experts right here at Larry & Sons.

At Larry & Sons, we are always here to help you and your family stay cool and comfortable throughout the summer, and we can help you find solutions to make your cooling bills more manageable. To schedule an appointment with one of our expert technicians, please contact us today by calling 301-733-5428.

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