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Electric Repair Services May be Part of Your AC Repairs

Monday, April 30th, 2018

electrical-wiring-repairsWith spring officially here and summer on the way, now is the time to make repairs on your air conditioning system. Right now, we’re not using our systems very often, but soon enough, you’ll be using it every day. When that day comes, you want to make sure that any repairs your system may need are taken care of, and your air conditioner functions as normal. Now is the time to check for anything unusual in the way your system operates.

That can often involve trouble with the air conditioner’s electrical system: charged with running the fan motor and other key elements. Any licensed air conditioning technician should possess electrical skills as part of their repartee, and don’t be surprised if the trouble your system is experiencing has some faulty circuit or failing wire at its core.

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Electrical Repair Is a Key Component in HVAC Services

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

rewiring-electrical-systemsWith the coming of spring comes spring cleaning for most homeowners, and now makes an excellent time of the year to schedule repair services. If your HVAC system was causing trouble – either this winter with your heating or last summer with your air conditioning – then a repair session is very important to schedule. It ensures that your AC unit will be ready to go when the first warm day hits, while promptly addressing any problems with your furnace or heating system over the winter.

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Heating and Air Conditioning Services Require Electrical Skills

Monday, March 5th, 2018

electrical-wiring-repairsMost of us use traditional centralized air conditioning and heating systems in our homes, which heat or cool the air in a specific location, then blow it through the home through a series of ducts. It’s an effective and relatively easy way to keep your home comfortable. As you may have imagined, it also requires electricity to run, which is where most of the monthly costs become involved. (Though gas-fed furnaces also include natural gas in their costs.) That’s one of the reasons why your air conditioning and heating technician is also skilled in electrical work. Here are a few facts to emphasize the importance of good electrical skills for HVAC services.

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Commercial Properties Benefit from Rooftop Units

Monday, July 10th, 2017

commercial-ac-unitsEvery building needs a functioning air conditioner in our summer heat, and that includes commercial properties as well as residential ones. Indeed, commercial HVAC systems are often more important than household air conditioners. Most of us spend our time away from home in an office or similar place of business, after all, and a comfortable environment is vital not only for workers and customers, but for maintaining key business components such as computers and perishable product. You want an air conditioning service that knows commercial systems to take care of the one at your place of business, and respond swiftly when trouble arises.

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Repair or Replace? The Best Options for Your Air Conditioner

Monday, June 12th, 2017

air-conditioning-replacementWhen problems arise with an older air conditioner, it can be hard to know whether you should simply repair it, or whether a replacement is in order. A good technician can run down your options with you and help you make the determination when trouble arises, but in the end, only the homeowner can decide when an old unit is worth fixing and when it’s time to replace it with a new one.

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When is 24-Hour Service Required?

Monday, July 25th, 2016

When looking or a quality air conditioning service you may be surprised to see 24-hour service offered on the company’s web page. That’s usually the sign of a quality company interested in keeping your business. Air conditioning breakdowns don’t always choose the most convenient time to happen, and summers in Nanuet, NY are hot enough so that you may need to be able to wait until regular office hours to address an issue. We’re proud to offer emergency service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so that you’re always covered in the event of trouble. But when is emergency service necessary and when can you hold on and wait? The answer, as always, is up to you.

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Are the Repairs for Heat Pumps and Air Conditioners Different?

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Heat pumps and air conditioners are very similar in the way they operate, except for a couple of key differences. In fact, a heat pump is a type of air conditioner when it’s in cooling mode. When it comes to comparing repairs between the two systems, certain components are the same and therefore have similar repairs. It is the components that are different, such as the reversing valve, where the repairs will be different. No matter which system you use for your home, Design Air, Inc., specializes in both types of air conditioning repair, so if you are experiencing issues with either your heat pump or AC cooling, call us.

Commonalities Between the Systems

Heat pumps and air conditioning systems both use refrigerant, have compressors, condensers and evaporators, and operate on a refrigeration cycle. This means that repairs with these components are basically the same with both systems.

Differences Between the Systems

The biggest difference between heat pumps and air conditioning systems is that heat pumps are dual-action systems: they can both heat and cool. This is due to the reversing valve on a heat pump that allows the pump to switch between heating and cooling. Common valve problems are:

  • Valves getting “stuck” in a certain position
  • The solenoid malfunctions
  • Refrigerant leak develops in the valve

A second difference between the two systems is that you may experience more repairs with a heat pump simply because it runs year-round. However, scheduling annual maintenance for your heat pump can prevent repair needs and increase the longevity of the system, which is important for a year-round appliance.

Heat pumps are great options for those living in climates with long, hot summers and moderately cold winters; for those living in areas that have cold winters – below 32 degrees – a heat pump will have to be supplemented with another heat source.

Since 1986, Design Air, Inc., has helped Spring Valley customers with central AC and heat pump repair. Whether you have a heat pump or central air conditioning system, call us for all your air conditioning repair needs in Spring Valley. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.

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Signs You Need Emergency Air Conditioning Repair

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Our team at Design Air Inc offers 24-hour emergency services. We consider this an important part of our job because we know from experience that the worst repair troubles tend to occur during the least convenient times of the day or night. AC malfunctions do not to strike when it best fits your schedule; it’s usually the opposite. We’re ready around the clock to take care of your air conditioning repair in Pomona, NY so you won’t be stuck in the heat for too long.

But not all emergency repairs signal that they are emergencies right away. When an air conditioner breaks down, there’s no question that you have to call for technicians immediately. At other times, the problem may seem mild, but actually isn’t. We’ll look at some of these cases in this post so you’ll know when it’s time to pick up the phone and make that emergency call.

Warning Signs of Impending AC Emergencies

  • Any loud or unusual sound: The best early warning system that air conditioners have is strange noises that disrupt the calm hum and whir of the compressor and the fans. The two noises to pay the most attention to are mechanical grinding sounds and a hissing like escaping gas. The first are warnings of motor problems, and possibly even the compressor burning out, which is the most serious repair work of all and can mean replacing the whole AC if it isn’t fixed in time. The hissing sound may mean you have leaking refrigerant, which will threaten the whole system and cause a drop in cooling power.
  • Ice along the evaporator coil: Any signs of ice along an air conditioner cannot be dismissed; it means that the evaporator coil is losing the ability to absorb sufficient heat. This might be because of grime along the coil, a clogged air filter, or loss of refrigerant. You need repairs for this right away, because the ice will only continue to grow until you lose cooling power entirely and the AC suffers damage.
  • The air conditioner starts to trip circuit breakers: One sign of an emergency in the electrical system is when the air conditioner causes the circuit breakers to trip when the compressor comes on. This could be due to faulty electrical connections or trouble with the compressor. Call for repairs immediately to find out what’s wrong.

Fast and effective repairs are one of the keys to an air conditioning system that has a long service life. Another key is to schedule regular maintenance for the system; once a year, arrange for an HVAC expert to come to your home and give the AC a thorough inspection and tune-up, which will help keep away emergency repair calls in the future.

Even if you have no emergencies for air conditioning service in Pomona, NY, you can always sign up for our Maintenance and Service Agreement and start receiving a 10% or more discount on our normal and overtime repair pricing. Give us a call today to schedule your next service appointment with us.

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How Excessive Dirt Effects Your Air Conditioner

Friday, May 30th, 2014

It’s a general good rule of life that you want to keep dirt on the ground and out of everything else. This applies to your air conditioning system more than most devices in your home; an AC is susceptible to dust and dirt contamination that can severely limit its effectiveness, efficiency, and may even cause it to break down unless it receives major repairs.

Here are few of the ways that dirt can have a negative impact on your AC. Most of these problems require the work of professionals to remedy, so make sure you have handy a number for a skilled, qualified HVAC service that offers 24-hour air conditioning repair in Nyack, NY. It’s easy to locate one: Design Air Inc is ready any time of the day or night to deliver the repair work that will stop dirt from harming your summer comfort.

AC troubles from excessive dirt infiltration

  • Reduced airflow due to a clogged air filter: Your AC has a defense against dust and dirt entering its cabinet, the air filter. This filter traps debris inside the air coming through the return vents, protecting the sensitive interior components of the air conditioner. However, the filter must be changed on a regular basis (once a month during summer) or a large amount of contamination will choke off the airflow into the system—and consequently the airflow out of it. Extreme dirt clogging can also cause the indoor evaporator coil to freeze over, which will lower cooling ability. Make sure you change the filter monthly, and call for repairs if a clogged filter starts to damage the system.
  • Overstressed motors: Motors run key components in an AC: the fans and the compressor. But if dirt starts to develop across the motors, they will suffer from extra stress on their moving parts, and this will make them inefficient—and they could potentially burnout and need replacement. When you hear shrieking or groaning noises from the cabinet, it could be dying motors with too much dirt on them. Call for repairs.
  • Damaged fans: One of the major problems with dirt entering an AC cabinet is that it can cause damage to the operation of fans, making them run inefficiently, and possibly denting and bending their blades. Damaged fan blades will lead to additional damage to surrounding parts of the cabinet, so if you hear loud clanging and metallic striking noises from inside the AC, have technicians look into the fans for damage.

Regular maintenance will help

AC repair can solve these problems, but you can help keep your air conditioning system clean through yearly maintenance from an HVAC professional. Cleaning an AC is a basic part of an annual inspection and tune-up, and this will eliminate dirt infestations as significant problems for the coming season.

Call Design Air Inc today to schedule a maintenance session for your AC to start off the summer right. You can also depend on us for whatever air conditioning service in Nyack, NY you need.

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Causes of a Leaking Air Conditioning System

Friday, April 18th, 2014

If you listen to your air conditioner operate, you may hear the occasional drip of liquid inside the cabinet. This is a normal part of the AC’s cooling cycle, and you shouldn’t see any water actually drip out of the cabinet…

…most of the time.

Air conditioner leaking does sometimes occur, and should you spot liquid coming from your AC, or stains around the cabinet or anything near it, call for professional repair technicians right away. A number of causes could lay behind this problem, and the experts will be able to determine what’s wrong and how to fix it.

For the necessary skilled technicians to repair your air conditioning in Pomona, NY when leaks happen, call on Design Air Inc. We won’t leave your AC until you are 100% satisfied with our repair work.

Reasons for a leaking AC

First, you should know that liquid leaking from your AC could be either water or the refrigerant that runs through the system. You don’t want either to leak, although they have different effects.

  • Clogged condensate drain: This is the most common cause for leaking. The water that condenses along the evaporator coil of the inside unit drips down into a shallow condensate pan, and then out a drain line. The drain can develop clogs during the summer from mold growth, and when this happens the pan will quickly overflow and leak water. This can damage your walls, carpets, and furnishings. If the AC sits over your furnace, the water will can cause the furnace to start to rust. A repair technician can remove the condensate pan and clear or replace the drain to stop the overflow.
  • Broken condensate pump: This is the pump that removes water from the condensate pan. If it breaks, the water will not drain properly, and as in the example above, the pan will overflow.
  • Air leaks: Air can get inside the cabinet if the seals around the cabinet are loose. This will cause excess moisture inside the AC as the warmer outside air collides with the cooled air. Repair technicians will need to seal the unit.
  • Formicary corrosion: You may think of the refrigerant line in your AC as corrosion-proof, but it isn’t. A specific type of corrosion, formicary corrosion, that develops from household chemicals and building material can weaken the refrigerant line and cause it to leak. Leaking refrigerant will harm the cooling ability of the AC and damage the compressor.

Whatever the cause of the leak, it will likely grow worse if you do not take steps to remedy it. The first step is the easiest: call Design Air Inc and talk to one of our AC repair specialists. We have 24-hour emergency service, so don’t wait when you discover that leak… call us now.

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