Frymire Home Services Blog: Archive for ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

My Air Conditioner Turns On and Off Right Away

October 26th, 2020

When your Dallas cooling system kicks on, you expect a rush of cool, comfortable air to dispel the heat in your home. What you don’t expect is the feeling of disappointment and confusion that can be caused by the unit kicking right back off again. If you’re dealing with this exact problem, then this post is for you! Follow along while the expert AC repair contractors at Frymire Home Services clue you into what’s going on, and what can be done about it.

Why Is My AC Turning On and Off Rapidly?

When a cooling system starts its cycle but then fails to complete it, shutting off before your home gets adequately cool, this problem is called “short-cycling.” Short-cycling can be caused by a variety of issues:

A Dirty Air Filter

Luckily for many, the most common cause of short-cycling is a simple airflow clog caused by a dust-caked air filter. When an air filter is too dirty, it drastically reduces airflow in the cooling system, which can cause the system to quickly overheat during operation. When the system overheats, it will shut its cycle down in order to protect itself.

Air filters should be changed every one to two months, depending on the quality of the filter, in order to avoid this problem. If left alone for too long, the dirty filter could leave the whole unit coated in debris, which means you’ll need professional AC maintenance to get the problem resolved completely.

Dirty Outdoor Unit

A dirty outdoor compressor unit can also impede how your unit handles heat. This will mean overheating and poor cooling efficiency, as well as increased costs and performance issues. We recommend cleaning the outdoor unit annually at least, which is most easily done with the help of a trained technician. You can help to keep the outdoor unit free of debris by using a hose to run water over the fins when the unit is off.

Refrigerant Leaks

When a cooling system leaks refrigerant, it will actually continue to attempt operating normally. Problem is, without sufficient refrigerant present in the refrigerant line, your air conditioner will freeze itself, as the refrigerant process can’t complete as it normally would. This will lead to a heavy layer of frost and ice forming on the evaporator coils, which will lead to short-cycling.

If you suspect a refrigerant leak, you’re going to need to call on a professional for AC repair. Never attempt to fix or rig a leak! Refrigerant can be harmful in open air, and your system will not function correctly until the refrigerant that was lost has been replaced.

An Oversized Air Conditioner

An oversized cooling system will do its job almost too well. If the unit is too large, it will blast your home with cool air, bypass its targeted thermostat setting, and then shut back off. This means your home never gets cooled thoroughly, meaning you’ll waffle between chilly and hot very quickly.

Call On Frymire Home Services to Repair Your Short-Cycling AC in Dallas!

Short-cycling is a serious problem that will lead to higher energy costs, terrible home comfort levels, and a shorter life span for your cooling system. But the problem is a common one, and it can be taken care of by an experienced professional. Frymire Home Services has been providing leading air conditioner installation, repair, and replacement to homeowners for years.

Need AC repair? Call 972-620-3600 or contact us online to schedule service any time! 

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AC Not Maintaining Set Temperature

September 21st, 2020

Dealing with a malfunctioning cooling system is never a good time. You’re hot, frustrated, and ready to lose your cool! But before you go off the deep end, know that there are some very simple solutions for dealing with an AC system that won’t cool your home properly. Stick with the HVAC professionals at Frymire Home Services while we lay out the best ways to troubleshoot an AC that won’t keep its set temperature.

Simple Troubleshooting Tips

Before we get into problems that require professional service, let’s start with the simplest problems and solutions. Here are the first things you should inspect, in order:

  • Look at the thermostat – Before you do anything else, go to your thermostat and inspect the settings. It’s possible that they’ve been set incorrectly, or that the thermostat was bumped or interacted with unintentionally. The temperature should be set to a cooler temperature than the outdoors, and the fan should be set to “auto.”
  • Check the breaker – Breaker trips aren’t a common occurrence, but they do happen. If the thermostat was set correctly, go to your breaker panel and check the breaker responsible for covering your air conditioning system. If the breaker is tripped, simply reset it. However, if the breaker trips a second time soon after, you may need AC repair or electrical service.
  • Change your air filter – When the airflow in your cooling system becomes restricted, it can lessen the amount of cool air that is released back into your home. Even worse, restrictions can cause AC overheating, which will trigger short cycles, ice formation, and other common issues. If your filter is gunked and filthy, change it and you may solve the problem.

Signs You Need Professional AC Repair

All of the above problems are a fairly simple fix, even for a novice. However, there are also a plethora of possibilities that will require the tools and knowledge of a professional AC repair technician. Other common possibilities for why your AC won’t cool efficiently include:

  • A damaged thermostat – Most modern thermostats are rated to last around 10 years before needing to be replaced. If it’s been this long for you, or longer, there’s a strong chance that this is the cause of your trouble.
  • Refrigerant leaks – When an air conditioning system lacks adequate refrigerant, it will continue to operate for a while, but will produce little to no cool air. Eventually, the system may begin to freeze over, leak water, or overheat.
  • Blower assembly or fan damage – If your fan and blower assembly is worn out or has been damaged, your system will be unable to move much air, which results in poor to no cooling output.
  • Failing AC capacitor – When the capacitor fails, your compressor can no longer function, which results in poor heat movement. Most commonly, this problem produces clicking noises from the outdoor unit — your fan may be operating, but the compressor will not be.

Call Frymire for AC Repair in Dallas

For decades, Frymire Home Services has been providing top-class AC repair services that are equal parts swift and precise. We take pride in offering affordable and honest AC service to our Dallas and Fort Worth clients, so when you’re struggling with an AC that won’t cool or can’t keep the temperature you’ve set at the thermostat, trust our professionals to get your home back to cool normalcy as soon as possible.

Contact us online to schedule AC repair now, or call (972) 910-2041 to connect with a service specialist near you! 

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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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5 Signs You Need an Air Conditioner Tune-Up

May 05th, 2020

If you do not regularly maintain your cooling system, you’ll likely find yourself spending more time and money on it in the future. Look out for these five signs that your air conditioner is ready for its next tune-up.

1.  Higher Energy Bills

Have you noticed an increase in your energy bills lately? This could be a sign that your cooling system needs to be tuned up. When your AC isn’t operating properly, it will have to work harder to keep you cool, using more energy in the process. Save money on your bills by making sure your air conditioning system is working efficiently.

2.  Warm Air

Warmer air in your home is a sure sign that something is off with your cooling system. Your air conditioner should be keeping you comfortable, and if it’s not, something needs to be fixed. Although this may be a minor repair, if your air conditioning system is left as is, it could result in more damage to the system, sometimes causing a total breakdown.

3.  Uneven Cooling

Are some rooms in your home warmer than others? This is a sign that your AC isn’t strong enough to cool your entire home and must work harder to reach your desired temperature. Regular preventative maintenance and cleaning will help to prevent this as minor problems with parts and pieces will be resolved.

4.  Strange Noises

The noises that come from your cooling system shouldn’t be anything out of the ordinary. Strange noises are a sign that your air conditioner is no longer operating as it should. Banging often means that a part is loose, whereas humming may mean that there is an electrical issue.

5.  You Haven’t Had a Tune-Up in Over a Year

If it has been over a year since your AC system has been tuned up, it’s time to schedule a maintenance visit. It’s critical that your system is inspected, maintained, and cleaned at least once every year to minimize damage from wear and tear.

Air Conditioning Maintenance in Dallas, TX

If you live in the Dallas, TX area and notice one of the signs above, it’s time to call the professionals at Frymire Home Services. We are offering a $59 no-contact outdoor tune-up. Or, you can join our Victory Comfort Club, which includes an annual air conditioning tune-up for only $14.95 per month, to take advantage of incredible savings and discounts year round!

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Should You Repair or Replace Your System?

April 22nd, 2020

Whether it’s to keep cool in the Texas heat or keep your home nice and warm during the chillier winter months, you and your family depend on your comfort system. At Frymire Home Services, we want to ensure your system is running at its best at all times! We know that the decision to repair or replace your system is an important one and that there are several factors to consider. It can be difficult to tell which is the best option, but our team of friendly, expert technicians is happy to help you with your decision and answer any questions you may have. The infographic below can also offer some guidance as you determine whether repair or replacement is the best choice for your comfort system.

Reach out to the experienced technicians at Frymire Home Services for all of your repair and replacement needs and questions! Contact us online today, and our team will bring comfort back to your home in no time. 

 

Infographic about repairing or replacing an AC system

 

 

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The DO’s & DON’Ts of Replacing Your HVAC System

April 13th, 2020

Has your HVAC system called it quits? We know it can be hard to keep your Dallas home comfortable during our summer months and having the right HVAC system for your home’s needs is CRUCIAL. When it comes to replacing your system, it’s imperative that you are following these guidelines to ensure you are selecting the correct system for your home.

DO:

Know The Correct Size You Need: HVAC systems are sized based on the square footage of your home. For instance, a two-ton system can effectively control up to 1,400 square feet, whereas a five-ton system can get up to 3,300 square feet. Don’t over- or underestimate your system size!

Establish A Budget: The cost increases with the size of the system. The cost will also vary on what specific part you want replaced – central A/C, central heating, boilers, radiators, or heat pumps. A technician can come to your home and give you an estimate.

Test Out Your New System: You would think that once the new system is in, you could just let it do its job, right? It’s always safer to test it to make sure the HVAC system is in sync and running efficiently before your technician leaves.

DON’T:

Wait For Repairs: Waiting to replace or repair your HVAC system is like avoiding replacing parts on your car until the last minute possible – dangerous. Typically, it increases your costs in the long run and can put your wallet in a pinch more often than not.

Ignore Your Warranty: Know what it says! Some warranties can be extremely helpful and save you some big bucks if something is faulty after installation. On the other hand, you could purchase a unit with a very limited warranty, which may not even be worth the cost.

Forget About Maintenance: Just because you have a new HVAC system doesn’t mean you can leave it on its own for a while. Taking care of your system properly can not only extend the life of your system, but it can even save you money from future repairs. You can help by doing preventative maintenance and leave the repairs to us!

Are you ready to purchase your next system? Get a free estimate and 1,100-day warranty on new HVAC equipment when you choose Frymire Home Services! We stand behind the quality of our work, so if you’re not 100% satisfied with that work, our job is not complete. 

 

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Important Factors To Consider When Replacing Your HVAC System

April 13th, 2020

A properly functioning HVAC is necessary when it comes to the comfort of your home. When you notice that your older system is no longer cooling the way it used to, it’s more than likely time to replace it! Repairs can be costly so opting for a replacement can often make more sense financially. Consider these factors when deciding if a replacement is a right choice for your home’s comfort.

Repair Or Replace

After a long day at work, the last thing you would want to go home to is an uncomfortable home! Spotty cooling or overall higher temperatures are definitely a sign that something’s off with your HVAC system. Depending on the problem at hand, freon could be an easy and affordable fix. Unfortunately, if this is not a refrigerant-related issue, it likely involves the compressor. Compressor-related HVAC issues are costly and, more often than not, it’s best to opt for a replacement.

Energy Efficiency

Cooling and heating systems consume more energy than any other area of your home, so it’s important to make them as efficient as possible. Older HVAC systems aren’t nearly as efficient as newer ones, and this will cost you! Replacing your cooling system can save you up to 40 percent on your monthly bill. Not only will energy-efficient HVAC systems save you monthly, but you will also minimize your ecological footprint! You can find out how efficient your system is by checking its SEER Rating.

Installation

When replacing older systems, you can face more problems than you would when installing a system for the first time. Even if you’re sticking with a central HVAC system, your current ductwork may need to be adjusted, repaired or sometimes replaced. Or you may find that electrical rewiring is needed. Any circumstance that comes up will likely extend the length of the project. It’s important to know what all will need to be done prior to the day of the installation so you have the necessary parts and technicians.

Get started with a free estimate! When it comes to replacing your HVAC system, you always WIN with us. Contact Frymire Home Services—the trusted Dallas HVAC contractors—today at 972-620-3600 to schedule HVAC replacement and get a 1,100-day guarantee!

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Get Rid of Those Window ACs and Go Ductless!

October 28th, 2019

When the window unit was invented in the 1950s, it was a revolution in home cooling. Central air conditioning systems at the time were prohibitively expensive and few homes could afford one. A house needed to be built with a complex ventilation system to even permit central air conditioning. The window AC put an affordable cooling solution into the hands of homeowners. In fact, we can credit the window air conditioning unit with helping to spread the population through the sunbelt. It was easier than ever to live in a warm climate.

That was a long time ago. The central AC is the affordable standard for new homes. If your home uses window units but lacks the space for ductwork, you may think you don’t have the option for a better type of system.

But you do! It’s called the ductless mini split system, a.k.a. ductless heating and cooling. It allows you to ditch those ugly, inefficient, and limited window air conditioners and enjoy cooling throughout the house.

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Take Stock of Your AC This Fall—Should You Keep It?

September 16th, 2019

You don’t have to worry as much about your heating system as you do about your air conditioning system in our Dallas climate. Even though we recommend you schedule maintenance for your heating system during the fall, the bigger question to deal with as we transition to cooler weather is how your air conditioning system is holding up. You still need it during the upcoming months, and it just passed through an intensely hot summer where it worked lengthy days. Do you think the AC still has more years of efficient and effective service left, or is this the fall when you schedule a new air conditioning installation in North Dallas, TX?

Let’s take a closer look at the situation with your central AC.

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