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The 4 Most Common Naperville Air Conditioner Repair Problems

The 4 Most Common Naperville Air Conditioner Repair Problems

ac-repair-napervilleIt doesn’t matter whether you live in Barrington or another city in the Chicagoland suburbs, if you have an air conditioner, eventually it will encounter some problems. Whereas some of these problems are only minor, others can be very serious.

Your responsibility is to keep an eye out for these problems so that they don’t put your AC out of commission. You don’t want to be stuck in a hot and humid house, whether it be for one day or one week.

To ensure that you are prepared, Barrington residents should be aware of these 4 common air conditioner repair problems.

1. Refrigerant Line Leaks

Refrigerant is essential for an air conditioning system to operate properly. Without refrigerant running through it, an air conditioner will not be able to produce cold air. It’s really that simple.

For this reason, you need to be aware of any refrigerant line leaks. The refrigerant line is the insulated tube which leads from your outdoor air conditioner condenser to the inside of your home. Every once in a while, this line can be met with some sort of physical trauma, causing it to spring a leak.

The more refrigerant that leaks from an air conditioner, the less effective the air conditioner will become. In most cases, you’ll need to call out an air conditioner repair technician to patch up the leak.

2. Motor Problems

It should go without saying that, once the motor of an air conditioner stops working, the air conditioner itself will cease to operate.

In most cases, a motor will stop operating simply because it’s had too much stress put on it over too many years. Central ACs are designed to last from 12 to 15 years, and will start to struggle at around this age.

If you’ve had your AC for this long, and you’ve noticed that it takes a while to carry out temperature changes, the motor could very well be the culprit. Typically, a full AC replacement will be needed.

3. Thermostat Issues

Though thermostat issues are certainly not a regular occurrence, they do appear every once in a while. In most cases, they occur because the connection between the thermostat and condenser becomes disturbed in some way.

Thermostats are connected to the condenser either by wires or through Wi-Fi. Should a problem arise with your AC, you’ll want to check your thermostat first. Thermostat issues are the cheapest and most simple to problems with air conditioners.

If your thermostat connection is still intact, and it is still running into problems, we recommend bringing in a Barrington air conditioning repair technician from Lifeline Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. He or she will be able to pinpoint the problem and make any necessary repairs.

4. Debris-Ridden Ducts and Filters

A fairly common problem you’ll find with air conditioners across the world is that they have ducts and air filters which are filled with dust and debris. Most AC owners do very little to keep their AC units clean.

Close attention needs to be paid to your AC air filters. These filters see the bulk of dirt that tries to enter an AC, and are typically covered in debris within 2 to 3 months. Fortunately, they can be changed with great easily by you in your home.

Another suggestion, at the very least, is to clear the dust in your vents on a regular basis. Dust and debris can impact the air flow in your vents and should be addressed by having your vents professionally cleaned.

Encountering Air Conditioner Repair Problems in South Barrington?

Have you encountered air conditioner problems in South Barrington? Do you require professional assistance? If so, we at Lifeline Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling are the people to call.

We provide service to the entire suburban Chicagoland area, from McHenry, to Aurora, to Elmhurst, and beyond. Our team of AC specialists are certified/licensed in AC repair and will provide nothing short of excellent service.

Contact us today for a free estimate!

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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Ductless Air Conditioners

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Ductless Air Conditioners

ductless-ac-systemAre you thinking about having an air conditioner installed in your home? If so, you might not realize that there is more than just one type of air conditioning system available. In addition to central air conditioning, there are window air conditioning units, heat pumps, and ductless air conditioners, to name just a few options.

In this post, we’ll discuss the advantages of ductless air conditioners. Hopefully, this will help you determine whether or not a ductless air conditioner is the right choice for your purposes.

Here are the advantages and disadvantages of ductless air conditioners.

Advantages

1. Easy to Install

One of the nice things about ductless air conditioners is that, compared to central air conditioners, they are exceedingly easy to install. Also, they do not need ducts in order to operate, ductless air conditioners can simply be placed in any part of your walls that you would like them to be placed.

Air conditioner specialists at Lifeline Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling can finish the process in just a few hours, needing only to drill some holes and mount some equipment.

2. Very Quiet

Overall, ductless air conditioners produce very little noise, especially on the inside of homes. This makes them a superior alternative to window AC units (which produce a great deal of noise inside of your home).

The outdoor condenser component of a ductless air conditioner will still make noise, but the amount of noise it makes pales in comparison to a condenser from a central air conditioning unit.

3. Allow for Different Temperatures in Different Rooms

Do you have a room in your home which is always substantially hotter or colder than the other rooms in your home? If so, ductless air conditioners could be of great use to you.

A ductless air conditioner is designed to provide air regulation to just one room. This means that, in order to cover your entire house, you’ll need to install a variety of ductless air conditioner. The result of this? The ability to set different temperatures in every different room in your house.

4. Excellent Energy Efficiency

When compared to ducted air conditioners, ductless air conditioners possess terrific energy efficiency. In fact, it has been found that ductless air conditioners reduce energy costs by as much as 30%.

Since ductless air conditioners don’t need ducts, they leak very little air as it’s being transferred from the condenser to the blower. This results in very little wasted energy overall.

Disadvantages

1. Can be Expensive

Perhaps the biggest drawback of ductless air conditioners is that they tend to range on the expensive side.

On a unit-to-unit basis, they are substantially more expensive than window ACs. When compared to central air conditioning, because several ductless air conditioners are required in order to accommodate an entire house, ductless air conditioners are typically more expensive.

2. Can Disturb the Aesthetic of Your Home

Another reason that you might choose not to install ductless air conditioners is that you think they will upset the aesthetic of your home. After all, these air conditioners require that big, bulky blowers be mounted on the walls of your home. They can be a little unsightly.

However, in most cases, homeowners report that these units eventually just become part of the home’s atmosphere. Eventually, they’ll just start to blend in with the other objects in your home. 

Looking to Install Ductless Air Conditioners in Your Home?

What do you think? Is a ductless air conditioner right for you? If so, you’ll likely need a professional air conditioning installation company to help you install it. Do you live in the Elgin, Schaumburg or Aurora areas? Lifeline Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling has you covered.

Our team of seasoned installers are experienced in the installation of ductless air conditioners, and can provide quick service.

Contact us at Lifeline Plumbing, Heating and Cooling today to request an estimate.

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