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What Does it Mean if Your AC Unit is Leaking Water?

Posted by Ohio Heating

Jun 18, 2021 10:00:00 AM

Your HVAC system can produce a lot of water in a day...up to 20 gallons. Because of this, many of the service requests we receive at Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning are for AC repair due to leaking water caused by condensation. Leaks can occur if the condensate drain is blocked or clogged, the air filter is dirty, and or if there is a hole in the drain pan. 

The drain line of your air conditioner can fill with dust particles and bacteria. This can result in mold and mildew growingBryant AC 1109 in the condensation drain. Mold in the condensate drain system is especially dangerous.  A mold colony can disperse spores into the airflow in the supply ducts, and contaminate your entire home. People with allergies and other respiratory conditions are especially prone to suffer when this occurs. 

Over time the drain will become blocked. The result is flooding of the overflow pan and possible water damage inside your home. During the colder months when your  air conditioning system is not in use, especially for non-heat pump systems that perform cooling only, condensate and accumulated dust and debris that rests in the drain trap can convert to a dried blockage.

To help prevent the buildup and blockage of the condensate drain line, there are a few various methods of cleaning an air conditioner drain line. The two most popular methods are pouring white vinegar or chlorine bleach in the drain line to clear clogs. We don't recommend you pour chlorine bleach into a drain line. The strong vapors can cause premature oxidation and degrade your pipes.

Residential condensate drain lines are most often constructed of PVC. Chlorine bleach can quickly eat away at the PVC as well as the glue and cement that joins the line to the fittings and the condensate pan. Pouring bleach into a condensate drain will flush the drain pipe and its contents to the outside of the home. This can damage plants, lawns and anything it drips or spills on.

If the blockage does not clear after flushing with vinegar, a wet-vac or air compressor can be used to help clear the clog. Be extra careful. Damage can occur to your system if not carried out properly. Should you damage the PVC pipe, it could lead to water damage.

Flushing your system with vinegar or using an air compressor cannot solve the problem for every homeowner.  Air conditioning systems are not all installed the same way. Often gaining access to the condensate line can be very difficult and an experienced technician is needed. 

Preventing condensate blockage depends on how well your system is cared for and how often you replace the filter. Regular service and HVAC maintenance is always recommended every six months for optimal performance and to extend the life of your equipment. If you need help, give us a call. We can help you maintain your cooling system.

Maintaining your cooling system will result in:

  • Increased Efficiency
  • Quieter Operation
  • Fewer Opportunities for Breakdowns
  • Greater Peace of Mind                                        

Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning can help you keep your system in optimal condition. Just give us a call to schedule AC maintenance check today!

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Topics: ac repair, hvac maintenance, condensate drain, AC maintenance

Repair or Replace? How to Know When to Buy a New AC

Posted by Ohio Heating

May 28, 2021 8:34:00 AM

Making the decision about buying a new air conditioning system can be confusing. It can be a big expense, but continually repairing an old unit can also cost a lot.  The hot humid days are here and you want to be cool and comfortable.  repair or replace your ac

It is much better not to wait until a hot humid day when your home just won't cool off and you find yourself calling a service technician to come and make more repairs on your old system.

At what point should you stop patching up your old equipment and start investing in a new one? There are signs when you know your air conditioner is on its last legs.  Here are a few.

 • Your AC unit  or heat pump is more than 10 years old. The older models start to break down more often and soon repair bills will start to climb. If you are calling a repairman more often, it is probably time to get new equipment. 

• Are you hearing a lot of noise when your AC is running? These units are designed to run as quietly and as efficiently as possible.  More noise than normal is a sign it is time to call in an expert for a system check. There may be a problem with loose or disconnected parts, or the motor might be starting to fail.

• Coolant leaks can be serious. Determining why your air conditioning system is losing coolant is essential. A system that is working correctly should never leak refrigerant. A common cause of leaking refrigerant is due to a leak in the evaporator coil or outdoor condenser coil. This can only be fixed by replacing the part. A coil replacement is one of the most significant AC condenser repairs. This a very expensive part, but some coils can also be hard to get, depending on the model and age of the equipment.

• Have you noticed that your energy bills are rising? Aging AC parts can wear down and become much less energy efficient. Consider replacing it with a unit that has earned the ENERGY STAR label. Installed correctly, these high-efficiency units can save up to 20% on heating and air conditioning costs.

These are just a few of the warning signs that your AC system probably needs to be replaced. Ultimately this question is best answered by a qualified contractor such as Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning.

Our factory-trained and Nate certified technicians can help you with all problems, questions, or concerns that you have about your HVAC system. We can help you find the right equipment for your budget and your home. We even have easy financing options.

During this unprecedented time, we at Ohio Heating & Air are diligently following the protective guidelines from health and government officials to maintain the safety, security, and health of our customers and employees.

We know these are challenging times, and we want to do everything possible for you to get the services you need and to feel comfortable doing it. We appreciate the trust you have in us as a leading heating and air conditioning contractor and are making enhancements to improve your experience with us.

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Topics: ac repair, AC replacement, AC problems

Signs Your Air Conditioning Unit is Broken

Posted by Ohio Heating

May 2, 2021 9:25:00 AM

With warmer temperatures you want to be sure your home is cool and comfortable. If you don’t have your AC serviced regularly, there are many things that can go wrong. Knowing the warning signs before the problems escalate can save you money and headaches.

Warning Signs of AC Malfunction:

No Cold Air
Maintaining your equipment yearly, greatly improves the ability of your unit to cool your home. Lack of cool air can mean several things... the compressor has failed or the level of refrigerant is low are just a few. AC repair 66

Weak Air Flow
If the air vents for the system have weak little air blowing, the issue may be with the compressor. If some rooms in your home have cool air while other areas are warmer, the problem may be with the ductwork. 

Moisture Around the Unit
Unusual leaks and moisture around your air conditioning unit are a problem. A refrigerant leak can pose serious health risks to everyone in your home. Call an expert technician right away if you suspect that this is the issue.

If the area near your air conditioner has puddles of water, this is a sign that the drain tube that removes the condensation from your unit may be broken or blocked. This is not as serious as a refrigerant leak, but you still need a technician to perform the proper repair to avoid mold from growing.

Faulty Thermostat
The most common signs of a broken thermostat are: Thermostat display is off or is non-responsive, turning on the heat or AC does nothing, and the heat or AC will come on, but either stays on nonstop or cuts out before the temperature setting is reached.

Unfamiliar or Musty Odors
Foul or pungent odors emitting from the vents of your AC, usually indicate burned out wire insulation. Musty odors signal that there’s mold growth either in the ductwork or inside the unit itself. These are problems that need to be fixed right away to prevent health problems from developing.

Unusual Sounds From A/C System
Strange or unusual noises from the unit means that there is something wrong. An AC unit that is properly operating barely makes any sound.

These are the major signals that your air conditioning system needs attention. It is advised that your A/C be serviced regularly for proper maintenance, not only to extend its life but also to ensure that it works properly and efficiently.

The only time that most people pay any attention to their air conditioner is when it isn't cooling. If your equipment isn't functioning properly, you need to call Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning for expert service and installation.

Our technicians are highly trained, NATE certified and fully licensed to repair, install and maintain all major brands of air conditioning systems. 

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Common Signs Your Air Conditioning Unit Needs Repaired

Posted by Ohio Heating

Aug 16, 2020 7:00:00 AM

There are many things that can go wrong with your A/C system, especially if you don’t have it regularly serviced. Knowing the warning signs before the problems escalate can save you money and headaches.

Warning Signs of AC Malfunction:


No Cold Air
Maintaining your equipment yearly, greatly improves the ability of your unit to cool your home. Lack of cool air can mean several things... the compressor has failed or the level of refrigerant is low are just a few. AC repair 66

Weak Air Flow
If the air vents for the system have weak little air blowing, the issue may be with the compressor. If some rooms in your home have cool air while other areas are warmer, the problem may be with the ductwork. 

Moisture Around the Unit
Unusual leaks and moisture around your air conditioning unit are a problem. A refrigerant leak can pose serious health risks to everyone in your home. Call an expert technician right away if you suspect that this is the issue.

If the area near your air conditioner has puddles of water, this is a sign that the drain tube that removes the condensation from your unit may be broken or blocked. This is not as serious as a refrigerant leak, but you still need a technician to perform the proper repair to avoid mold from growing.

Faulty Thermostat
The most common signs of a broken thermostat are: Thermostat display is off or is non-responsive, turning on the heat or AC does nothing, and the heat or AC will come on, but either stays on nonstop or cuts out before the temperature setting is reached.

Unfamiliar or Musty Odors
Foul or pungent odors emitting from the vents of your AC, usually indicate burned out wire insulation. Musty odors signal that there’s mold growth either in the ductwork or inside the unit itself. These are problems that need to be fixed right away to prevent health problems from developing.

Unusual Sounds From A/C System
An AC unit that is properly operating barely makes any sound. Strange or unusual noises from the unit means that there is something wrong. 

These are the major signals that your air conditioning system needs attention. It is advised that your A/C be serviced regularly for proper maintenance, not only to extend its life but also to ensure that it works properly and efficiently.

The only time that most people pay any attention to their air conditioner is when it isn't cooling. If your equipment isn't functioning properly, you need to call Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning for expert service and installation.

Our technicians are highly trained, NATE certified and fully licensed to repair, install and maintain all major brands of air conditioning systems. 

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Topics: ac repair, AC problems

Reasons Your AC is Constantly Running

Posted by Ohio Heating

Jun 9, 2020 7:25:14 AM

Does it seem as if your air conditioner is running all the time?


Under normal conditions you can expect your AC to run AC tune up specialabout 15 minutes per cycle on a hot summer day. Cycles that are 30 minutes or longer indicate there may be a problem with your system.

Equipment that runs constantly not only wastes energy and drives up your energy bill, but will also cause the components of your system to wear out much quicker. 

Here are 5 reasons your air conditioner runs constantly:

1. Your unit is too small. If the air conditioner that you have is too small, it will run all the time because it isn't powerful enough to meet your home's cooling demands.
2. Your air conditioner is too old. As air conditioners age, they lose their ability to properly cool your home. Various components can begin to become inefficient, and your air conditioner will have to run much more often than it used to in order to keep your home cool. 
3. Your  system or your home has air leaks. Air leaks can develop around your windows and doors, as well as in your ductwork. These leaks allow conditioned air to escape your home, which means your AC has to keep producing more cold air and runs more often than it should. 
4. Your cooling coils need to be cleaned. When your cooling coils are dirty, your air conditioner has a much harder time removing heat from your home. It's very important to have them cleaned during an annual tune-up.
5. Your thermostat is set incorrectly. Your AC can only handle a specific temperature difference between your home and outside. If it is set at 67 degrees and it's 97 degrees out, your air conditioner will have to run constantly to try and keep up. 

When it comes to conditioning the air in your home, Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning has the knowledge and resources to deliver comfort and safety in a home heating or air conditioning system. From small homes to large ones, we have become a leading heating and cooling company Columbus OH and Central OH. 

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