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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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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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Is Your Air Conditioner Dying?

Posted by Ohio Heating

Jul 3, 2019 10:26:19 AM

How can you tell when it's time to replace that old air conditioner?

As a leading A/C AC repair words_scontractor, we are asked all the time "When should you invest in a new system?"  

Here are some signs that your air conditioner may need to be replaced.

1. Your heat pump or air conditioning unit is older than 10 years.

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 cooling costs.

2. It's really noisy.

These units are specifically designed to run as quietly and as efficiently as possible. If your system is making more noise than normal, it may be time to call in an expert to do a system check. You might have a problem with loose or disconnected parts, or the motor could be going bad. 

As they age, their parts wear down and they become much less energy efficient. These are just a few of the warning signs that your cooling system probably needs to be replaced.

3. Your energy bills are higher. 

You may have noticed a spike in your energy bills.  As units age, they tend to have to work harder to cool your home. This can result in higher bills.

4.  Your calling a repairman more often.

If the problem is something simple and inexpensive like a failed part, you are much better off repairing it. But if a contractor tells you there is a refrigerant leak or the compressor needs to be replaced, you should weigh the cost-benefit options of replacing the whole system versus paying for costly AC repairs. 

You will also need to consider what type of refrigerant your old system has (likely R-22) since it is being phased out in favor of a more efficient and environmentally friendly refrigerant, R410A.  It could be more costly in the long term to continue servicing a system with out-of-date refrigerant.

Ultimately this question is best answered by a qualified contractor such as Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning. There are some general rules that can help guide your conversation.  Depending on the age, how often your system runs and where you live, you could be better off replacing rather than repairing it. 

Ohio Heating and Air Conditioning has factory trained and  Nate certified technicians that can help you with any and all problems, questions, or concerns that you have about your cooling system. We work on all makes and models. 

We make it easy to replace that old system with our easy financing options.

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

Posted by Ohio Heating

May 28, 2019 11:43:21 AM

Is your central air conditioner leaking water? Did you know that your AC system can produce a lot of water in a day...as much as 20 gallons. We get many service requests at Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning for AC repairs 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 growing in the condensation drain. AC repair 2019Mold 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

Reasons Your AC Isn't Keeping You Cool

Posted by Ohio Heating

May 9, 2019 10:11:45 AM

The warm days are here and many of our customers are turning on their air conditioning units for the first time and finding that their equipment isn't lowering the temperature in their home. Here are a few reasons why your AC may not be cooling your home.  dog in front of fan

1.  The air filter is dirty. This is the most common problem. The air filter needs to be changed regularly. Dirty filters restrict the airflow to you AC and less airflow into your AC means less cool air makes it into your house.

2.  A dirty condenser.  The outside unit or condenser can get blocked with dirt, leaves, grass and other debris. If the condenser is blocked, it can’t get rid of the heat efficiently. This creates a major problem for your air conditioner. When it can’t get rid of the heat, it can’t cool your home.

3.  Your AC is low on refrigerant. If there’s not enough refrigerant in the unit, your home won’t be cooled well. Keep in mind, refrigerant is not “used up” like gas in a car.  It’s supposed to be recirculated throughout your AC system. If you need to add more, it means you have a leak. Fix the leak or expect to add more refrigerant soon and that can become costly. Refrigerant leaks need to be repaired by a professional AC repair technician.

4. Your ducts are leaking. The air ducts carry cooled air into your home. When they leak, your AC may be working just fine, but all the cooled air may be going to your attic, basement or crawl space instead of into your living space. 

Regular maintenance can help you identify many of these issues and resolve them before they become major problems. Maintaining your cooling system doesn't have to be expensive! An annual tune-up can extend the life of your equipment and help you avoid costly repairs. Just like taking the time to tune-up your car, regular preventative HVAC maintenance is the best way to save time and money.

If you need your AC repaired contact Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning. Our technicians are NATE certified and undergo 100 hours of company-paid training a year to guarantee they remain the best in our industry. You can rest assured that our service technicians will complete the job right.

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Topics: ac repair, AC maintenance, AC not cooling, AC leaking refrigerant, AC condenser

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