Frymire Home Services Blog: Archive for August, 2020

Why Your Air Conditioner Is Leaking: Common Causes & Solutions

August 31st, 2020

Some condensation on your air conditioner is normal, but excessive water leaking from your system may indicate a larger issue that you’ll need to troubleshoot or have repaired by a professional. Learn about the common causes for excessive condensation on an AC unit and basic troubleshooting tips you can try before calling a pro.

Top Reasons for Leaking Air Conditioners

Clogged Air Filter

Changing your air filter regularly not only helps improve your HVAC system’s efficiency, it can also help prevent problems associated with frozen evaporator coils, like leaks!

When your air filter becomes dirty and clogged, it blocks adequate airflow to the evaporator coil, which can cause the coil to get too cold and freeze. Once it starts to melt, there may be so much water that your air conditioner’s condensate pan is not able to handle it.

Low Refrigerant Levels

Like a dirty air filter, low refrigerant levels and corresponding low pressure can also cause your air conditioner’s evaporator coil to freeze and water to overflow.

On the other hand, the puddle you notice near you air conditioner may indicate that you may have a refrigerant leak, rather than a water leak, although this scenario is not as common. When this happens, you may hear a hissing or bubbling sound coming from your unit. Refrigerant becomes dangerous when it evaporates and becomes a gas, so be sure to call a professional right away if you suspect you may have a refrigerant leak.

Cracked, Rusted, or Missing Condensate Drain Pan

The older your air conditioner is, the more likely this is the culprit for your leaking water heater. Drain pans that have been damaged or corroded will not be able to adequately hold water, which can result in a leak.

There are typically two drain pans in a unit: a permanently fixed one located underneath evaporator coils, and a removable one underneath your unit. If you are a particularly handy homeowner, you may consider trying to fix any cracks in the fixed pan yourself using water sealant, although it is best to replace this item altogether, and that requires a professional’s help. However, you may be able to replace the auxiliary pan yourself.

Clogged or Disconnected Drain Line

There are several drain pipes that channel water through your air conditioner. If any become loose over time to the point of disconnection, your air conditioner will leak. If any of these drain pipes become blocked by debris, algae, or fungi, this can also cause leaks.

You may be able to clear the blockage by pouring a small amount of vinegar down the drain line or using a wet-dry vac. Many home improvement stores sell attachments for your wet-dry vac that are designed for this purpose.

Tips for Diagnosing & Fixing Your Leaking Air Conditioner

The first step you should take when you notice excessive condensation coming from your air conditioner is turning it off. This is essential to prevent further issues, and, if your air conditioner is leaking from inside, to protect your belongings. You should also put a towel down to stem the flow of the leak, or consider using a shop vac if there is a significant amount of water.

If you believe the leak has been caused by a damaged condensate drain pan, you can replace the auxiliary pan or attempt to repair the primary pan with water sealant. Or, if you believe a clogged condensate drain line is responsible for the leak, you can try clearing the clog with vinegar or a wet-dry vac.

To help prevent future air conditioner leaks, be sure to change your air filters regularly and schedule routine professional maintenance visits to help improve the performance of your system and stop any minor issues from becoming major issues over time.

Air Conditioner Repair Services in Dallas, TX

Are you a homeowner with a leaking air conditioner in the Dallas area? If so, trust Frymire Home Services for expert AC repair services. You can count on our team for fair pricing and great workmanship, which we believe everyone deserves. Choosing Frymire Home Services means choosing professionalism and reliability—we won’t send anyone into your home for a job that we wouldn’t let into ours. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

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A/C Repair Troubleshooting Tips for Dallas Residents

August 19th, 2020

Texans know the worst feeling is being left in the Southern heat without air conditioning. When your A/C needs repair, sometimes it’s not necessary to hire a professional technician to get it back to working condition. There are plenty of DIY air conditioning repairs that homeowners can tackle themselves.

In this blog post, we cover some of the most common A/C repair needs and the easy fixes homeowners can try to troubleshoot on their own. We also cover some signs that indicate the need to call in the professional team at Frymire Home Services. Read on to discover our top tips for troubleshooting an unresponsive air conditioner!

Top Three A/C Issues & DIY Fixes

There are three main issues that homeowners commonly experience when their A/C doesn’t work as it should. Take a look through the top three air conditioning problems and what their troubleshooting recommendations are below:

  • A/C Won’t Turn On: If the unit refuses to turn on at all, the problem is likely due to a tripped circuit breaker, blown fuse, faulty thermostat, or internal switch being turned off. Check to see if your unit is receiving adequate power from your home’s electrical panel first. Then, reset the circuit breaker or replace the blown fuse. Ensure all switches in and around the A/C unit are set to the “on” position and make sure the blower door is securely closed.
  • No Cool Air Blowing: When your system turns on but does not blow cool air, it’s likely because something is blocking the airflow inside the system. Check your thermostat to ensure it’s working properly, then examine the condenser to see if it’s dirty or if there’s visible blockage. If there is, clean it, then move on to the air filters and clean or replace as needed.
  • Poor Airflow Circulation: If you’re experiencing poor airflow throughout the home, the problem probably lies in a dirty air filter or ductwork. Resolve the problem by cleaning or replacing your air filter. Inspect the ductwork in your home as well to ensure nothing has been disconnected or clogged. You’ll also want to check register dampers on vents in your home to ensure they’re set to the open position.

While these common air conditioning problems are fairly easy to troubleshoot on your own, there are instances where it’s best to call in a professional HVAC technician like those available at Frymire Home Services. Read on to find out what signs will tell you it’s time to call in a knowledgeable technician for the job.

Signs It’s Time to Call an HVAC Professional

When problems persist and DIY fixes don’t cut it, there comes a time when calling in a professional team is necessary. Such instances include the following signs of needed A/C repair:

  • There’s a faulty compressor or motor in the system
  • The unit is too small for the home
  • There isn’t enough refrigerant in the unit
  • Strange noises or odors
  • Sudden increases in energy bills
  • Excess water/leakage

If you’ve experienced any of the above symptoms, it’s time to call the professionals at Frymire Home Service for air conditioning repair. Contact our team to schedule service and get the relief you deserve today!

Frymire Home Services for Fort Worth A/C Repair

At Frymire Home Services, we’re proud to provide Dallas and Fort Worth area residents with the A/C repair team they can trust. Our HVAC technicians are highly skilled and capable of handling virtually any air conditioning repair request. Contact us to schedule your A/C repair service and take back control of your home’s comfort today.

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