JD's Prompt Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Heed These 5 Signs You Might Need AC Repair

Monday, April 18th, 2022
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When our average summer temperatures hover in the 90s, your AC might be your best friend. So when something seems off about it, you don’t want to ignore it and hope for the best. But how do you know for sure when you need to call for repair? 

Some common signs indicate something is wrong with your AC — knowing what to look and listen for can give you a head’s-up that something’s wrong. Calling in an expert when you first notice a problem might just save it from turning into a more serious and costlier problem.

Decreased Airflow 

If your AC is turning out nice, cool air, but the air doesn’t seem to be flowing as powerfully, there could be one of several causes. Check your filter first – dust and debris can clog a filter. If it hasn’t been changed in the past few months or is visibly dirty, it could slow your airflow. 

If changing your filter doesn’t work, you may have a problem that’s not as easy to fix yourself. Decreased airflow can also be caused by blower problems, blocked or leaking air ducts, or frozen evaporator coils.

No Cooling Power

Check your thermostat first if the air is flowing but you’re not cooling down. Sometimes the simplest solution is also the right solution. If that’s good, take a look at the filter. A clogged filter can cause several problems. If your filter is clean, the problem may need an expert. The problem could be a clogged or frozen condenser coil, leaky ducts, or a refrigerant leak.

Cycling On and Off

When your AC keeps turning on and off rapidly throughout the day, it’s called short-cycling. It’s inefficient and causes unnecessary wear and tear on your system. Short-cycling could mean the system may have low refrigerant, a dirty compressor unit, miscalibrated thermostats, or other mechanical problems. It could also mean your AC unit is the wrong size for your home. An expert HVAC technician can diagnose the exact cause of your problem.

Unexpected Noises

The only sound you want to hear from your AC is the soothing whoosh of cool air moving through your air ducts. If you hear a grinding, hissing, rattling, or other unpleasant and unusual sounds, your unit could have a refrigerant leak, a loose component, or other mechanical problem. Your AC needs attention from an expert who can locate and fix the problem.

Higher Energy Bills

If your energy bills increase dramatically and unexpectedly, your unit is not running as efficiently as it should. There are many possible causes of a loss of efficiency, like failing parts, poor maintenance, or an old system that’s simply no longer doing its job. If your unit isn’t old, but your bills are higher than expected, give us a call. 

JD’S Keeps You Cooler

When you know something’s wrong with your AC, but you aren’t sure what, an expert HVAC technician should be your first call. 

For professional air conditioning service in Lubbock, TX, contact JD’s Prompt Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning.

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Should I Repair My Broken AC Compressor or Replace It?

Monday, April 4th, 2022
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Nobody wants to find that their home cooling system isn’t working, especially in the Texas heat. Our air conditioning systems work hard down here, and it’s not very comfortable without them. So, when you notice that your system isn’t cooling as well as it used to or you hear a hissing or humming noise that shouldn’t be there, you hope it’s a quick and inexpensive fix. 

A faulty thermostat or a coolant leak might be relatively quick and affordable repairs, but a broken AC compressor can be a costly problem. In fact, it’s the most expensive part of your AC system.

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How to Set Your Air Conditioner Up for Success

Monday, March 21st, 2022
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Spring is here! Soon enough, temperatures will be at a point where we’re using our air conditioners on a consistent basis. Is yours ready to work as powerfully and efficiently as possible this year?

If you haven’t scheduled professional maintenance in at least a year, then then you can’t really confidently answer this question. Professional maintenance is the best way to set your air conditioning system up for success!

During this service, our technicians thoroughly inspect, clean, and adjust the components that need it. All of this serves to reduce repair needs, lengthen the service life of your system, and boost efficiency. Read on to learn more!

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The Sounds of a Struggling Cooling System

Monday, October 4th, 2021

The summer season has come to a close and fall is here. Fall can be a breath of fresh air. It’s also the time of year where we want you to sit back and evaluate. What’s going on in your home? What’s working? What isn’t? We really want to help you determine what’s going on here. 

Has your home really struggled to perform recently? It’s a valid question worth asking. If you noticed that you had some air conditioning trouble, then it’s time for air conditioning repair in Wolfforth, TX. We can make sure that you’re getting quality air conditioning service. Don’t wait until next year to handle these issues. Make sure that you put these problems to bed as soon as possible. 

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Cooling Tips for Two-Story Homes

Monday, September 6th, 2021
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It’s logical, if you have a home in Lubbock or one of the surrounding communities, that you’d like to keep your home as comfortable as possible during our long and hot summers, and do so as efficiently as possible.

After all, no only do we have to contend with high heat, but sweltering humidity too. This can make for an uncomfortable environment without the right home comfort systems in place!

And even when you do have the right home comfort systems, you’ll want to ensure that you’re using them as you should. We mean, you want to make sure you’re using them in a way that doesn’t waste energy. Read on as we cover some cooling tips for 2-story homes!

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A Refrigerant Myth You Shouldn’t Believe, and Why

Monday, August 23rd, 2021

Do you know what the refrigerant in your air conditioner does? You’ve likely heard of it, and you know it’s important, but just how important? Well, the cooling process wouldn’t be possible without it! It’s literally the substance that allows your air conditioner to do its job and cool down your home.

There’s a common myth about this chemical though. And that’s that it depletes, like gasoline does from a car. On the contrary. your air conditioner is supplied with enough refrigerant to last its entire lifespan upon manufacturing. So, if your system is losing refrigerant, it means there is a leak. Why is this such a big deal? Read on to find out!

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What to Do When You See Ice On Your Air Conditioner

Monday, August 9th, 2021
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When it comes to your air conditioner, you may think that it’s normal to see ice on it. After all, your air conditioner chills the air, so doesn’t that mean ice is involved?

Well… no. The thing is, if you see ice developing anywhere on your air conditioner–it’s most common on the evaporator coil–it means there is something amiss. We’ll dive into the problems involved with ice development below. Read on!

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Why Late-Season Maintenance Is Better Than No AC Maintenance

Monday, July 26th, 2021
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One of the most common questions we get this time of the year from our customers is “is it ever too late to have AC maintenance done?” Or they just avoid the question altogether and assume that it is too late and they should just wait for next year. But, you shouldn’t wait!

The only time it’s ever “too late” for air conditioning maintenance is if your cooling system is absolutely broken down, beyond repair. Otherwise, it’s never too late. In fact, consistency and frequency are actually more important than timing, even though we do technically recommend this service be done in early spring.

Getting your tune-up done before temperatures warm up too much gives your system its best chance to get through the entire summer without problems that could lead to big repair needs or premature breakdown. Unsure if this is really the case? Read on as we uncover some of the benefits of AC maintenance, even this late in the season.

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Don’t Wait: Schedule AC Repairs When These Signs Occur

Monday, July 12th, 2021

If you’ve got a problem with your air conditioning system, then it’s time for you to give us a call for quality and reliable repairs. We know it might seem like you can just wait, particularly if your air conditioner still seems to be running okay. We really want to discourage you from waiting though.

The problem with waiting on repair needs is that you give them time to grow worse. Plus, you threaten your system’s efficiency as well as lifespan, both of which will cost you in the long run. Read on to learn about the importance of prompt AC repairs as well as some signs to watch out for that you actually need AC repairs. What are they? Read on!

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Sounds You Never Want to Hear Your Air Conditioner Make

Tuesday, June 1st, 2021
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Someday, in the not too far off future, we may have air conditioners that self-diagnose problems and report them back to the homeowner.

This simply isn’t the case though–not yet anyway.

One of the most common signs that something is wrong with an air conditioner is strange sounds. What qualifies? Honestly, anything that’s different from the normal hum of the fans and the compressor, plus the occasional clicking as the system comes on and shuts down and the temperature fluctuations cause the ductwork to adjust.

What sort of sounds are we talking about? Well, we’ve listed 6 ominous sounds below. If you hear any of them, please give our team a call right away.

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