A central AC unit has a lot of moving parts, and air conditioning service can occasionally be expensive. A common problem is with the condenser fan motor in the outdoor unit, which is the part tasked with keeping your compressor from overheating. Replacing it can sometimes be costly, but it’s a very important repair, and should be attended to as quickly as possible, before the rest of the cooling system is damaged.
First off, if the fan motor in your AC unit is going belly-up, you shouldn’t expect that to be the only problem. You should always have a trusted AC repair technician inspect your system for other problems, including:
If you simply have the fan motor replaced without determining what made it fail in the first place, you may be setting yourself up for more repair bills. However, in this article, we aren’t going to go into too much detail about all of those things; instead, we are going to focus on the costs of the actual fan motor here in Spring Hill Fl, and what you should look for when making a decision about one.
So what’s the range of prices?
On the low end, an outdoor unit fan motor for your AC unit might cost around $300. You may occasionally find the parts for less, but make sure you’re using a reputable retailer and buying a trustworthy brand. On the high end, you may pay as much as $800 or more, depending on several factors.
Most times, you’ll be somewhere in the middle. Avoid being “penny wise,” meaning buying the cheapest available part, as you can end up with a bad motor that does more damage to your cooling system.
What factors go into the price of a fan motor?
The first and most obvious is the brand you select. This goes into buying from reputable Spring Hill air conditioning service dealers, who will steer you toward parts manufacturers that you can trust. You may hear brands like Century, Dayteq, GE, or Dayton recommended, and you should also always strongly consider looking for the fan motor that came with your cooling system in the first place.
But what else will affect the price of your fan motor? Whether it’s a two-stage system or inverter system, mostly.
Two-stage and inverter cooling systems are more complex than their single-stage cousins, and the repair bills are comparably higher. If you’ve got a two-stage AC unit, your fan motor will be more expensive.
If you need a new fan motor or any other AC repair or air conditioning service here in Spring Hill, Fl, give us a call today at 352-436-1876 and save $35 on any paid repair!
Selecting a contractor often feels like risky business. Get it wrong, and suddenly a simple job turns into a headache in which you feel helpless to stop a greedy technician from tacking costs onto an estimate. You don’t get to just Google “HVAC contractors” and trust that the top results will be fair and fast. You’ve got to do a little homework, but even that can seem daunting when you don’t know exactly what to look for. So here are a few pro tips to get you on the right track!
1. When you’re searching for air conditioning contractors, you should always make sure they’re properly licensed. Licensure varies from state to state – check yours out and make sure you’re comfortable with the requirements, too. In some states, you may even want to look for someone who has additional credentials beyond those required by law.
If the HVAC technicians you’re looking at aren’t providing clear and irrefutable evidence of their licensure, however, immediately move your search somewhere else. Those licenses are peace of mind, proof that the contractor has been tested by the state to install systems that meet or exceed building code.
2. You must also be certain that your contractor is insured. Insurance isn’t just to protect you; it also protects the contractor. A contractor who doesn’t provide proof of insurance may be entirely too cavalier for the kind of work being asked of them here in Spring Hill Fl.
3. Look for someone who’s been around the block a few times. If they don’t have experience, then they aren’t for you. Everyone has to start somewhere, but someone who is new to the industry should be working for someone more advanced. HVAC is no joke! These systems can be large and complex, and you shouldn’t allow just any old air conditioning contractors to handle installation in your home.
4. References matter. With the all-pervasive nature of Yelp and Angie’s List, there’s no earthly reason your contractor should be unable to provide glowing reviews from past clients. Ask for these, and read them, because past clientele are often extremely upfront with their opinions.
5. Make sure they back up their work with a guarantee. HVAC contractors who know their business are willing to back that up. Anyone who doesn’t promise to finish the job to your total satisfaction (or your money back) isn’t taking their business seriously enough.
6. Do a cost-benefit analysis. Price should never be the bottom line, because in any industry, you get what you pay for, but you shouldn’t get ripped off by an HVAC technician. Always run your choices through the first 5 tips on this list. If they make it that far, look for the one who’s best suited to your budget!
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Ah, my favorite summer question is upon us again. No, it isn’t “Where’s your favorite vacation spot?” It’s “Do I need ac repair because my central air conditioner is developing a case of the puddles?” Let’s go through it step by step, and we’ll help you figure out what’s going on under the hood. You may need an air conditioning repair service, or you may just need to do a little something yourself. Below are six common causes of a leaky unit here in Spring Hill Fl.
But first: you might not understand why water is being produced in an air conditioner, so let’s take a quick peek at that. The inside unit of a central air conditioner contains an evaporator coil, which cools the air blowing across it so that it can recirculate through the sweaty jungle you call your Florida home. A natural byproduct of this process is moisture, like what happens to the outside of a cold glass of water on a hot day.
Sometimes thing can happen which cause that process to go wrong:
For many of these, simple solutions exist, but if you aren’t sure, call for air conditioning repair service from your preferred Spring Hill professional.
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If you find that your Spring Hill Fl air conditioning system is not working properly, odds are you will have some concerns. Sticky, humid, hot days are no time for machinery to fail! Let’s say you’ve decided to go have a look at your central air unit, and you’ve found ice forming on the coils inside.
Newsflash – that isn’t normal! That’s a problem, and it ought to be corrected as soon as possible. Ice forming inside your unit is a valid reason to consider calling an AC company in for a look, but we can go over a few things you can check on your own, even if you have no experience.
Important: shut off your air conditioner before doing any inspections or attempting any repairs.
Now, the most common reason you’ll find ice forming is that your refrigerant levels are low. Refrigerant is contained within the coils of your air conditioner, and this liquid coolant is directly responsible for dehumidifying your air and making it colder. It’s also in a closed system, which means that if your levels are low, it probably signifies a leak. Refrigerant leaks are not for the DIY handyman in your life.
Call an air conditioning repair service, and have them come in, do a proper inspection, and refill the refrigerant. Many systems use R-22 refrigerant, but due to environmental concerns, it is now being phased out. If your system uses R22 (and if it was made before 2010 or so, it almost certainly does) you will be able to continue using it, but a system with other problems may be worth replacing.
Still, routine maintenance is far cheaper than replacement, and if you can keep your system from developing leaks, you won’t have any need to refill your refrigerant, and won’t be contributing to the ongoing depletion of the ozone layer.
Any AC company in Spring Hill or elsewhere can tell you that another common reason ice may be forming in your air conditioner is that there is an airflow problem. If the air in your system is being choked off due to a dirty air filter or other obstruction, it will not move quickly enough across the surface of the coils which cool and dehumidify it for circulation.
This air is normally just a bit above freezing, but if it is forced to slow its journey through the system, it will drop below that, and the naturally condensing water formed by the evaporator coil will freeze over.
If you see ice in your system, call an air conditioning service to come out and help you quickly solve the problem before it gets worse.
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You spent a lot of money when choosing a central air conditioning system for your home and chances are, you spent considerable time and effort in the selection process. Now is no time to just “set it and forget it” as they say.
Just like an automobile, this investment requires care and maintenance. But what should a good service involve, and how often do you need to arrange it?
If your air conditioning system is not running at its best it could be costing you money in energy bills. At worst, there can be small problems that can quickly escalate into system failures if not dealt with quickly.
You should get you’re an regular AC maintenance program in place to ensure it is running at maximum efficiency and comfort.
Spending money on regular maintenance now will save you big dollars by preventing your system from breaking down. Problems can be identified and dealt with early rather than once they develop into larger issues.
A good AC maintenance service should check every aspect of your system to ensure its running as it should, and also should thoroughly clean certain parts of your system. It should also include a check of your air quality.
Some high quality service providers also offer substantial discounts with an annual service agreement. A thorough service will include:
What can you do to help?
There are a number of things you can make sure of that will keep your central air conditioner system tip top in between your annual maintenance visit:
It is far easier on your pocket to keep your system well maintained than pay for large scale replacements if things go wrong later. Plus, regular AC maintenance ensures improved indoor air quality as well as reduced utility costs.
Of course, your air conditioner leaves you stranded at the worst possible times; the hottest day of the year, holidays, family visits, etc. I know, because it has happened to me and I’m a (humble) Spring Hill air conditioning repair pro.
But what causes these stressful breakdowns and is there anything you can do to prevent them from happening. In a word, the simple answer is yes; usually. Like any piece of machinery, failures can happen; that’s why we have warranties.
But most failures are not the result of a manufacturing defect or happenstance; they occur due to a lack of proper maintenance.
Manufacturing defects are covered under fairly extensive air conditioning industry warranties but maintenance related issues are not. And while there is little you can do to prevent defect-related breakdowns, there is plenty you can do to deal with maintenance-related repairs and failures.
Let’s start with the filter(s). EVERY residential air conditioning system has a filtration system to ward off the abundance of dirt that will otherwise build up within the system. These filters range from $1 replaceable types to sophisticated systems that not only protect your cooling system but also dramatically improve indoor air quality.
Dirt is the enemy of your air conditioning system and is the single leading cause of system failure and air conditioning repair calls. The way to reduce (or eliminate) the buildup of dirt is to install the highest quality filters you can afford that will fit within your existing equipment.
Follow the filter manufacturer’s instructions and clean or replace them frequently and on a regular schedule.
Proper filter maintenance will help improve performance, reduce your utility costs, improve the quality of the air that you and your family breathe, and can dramatically extend the life of your system. ‘Nuff said.
The next best way to prevent dirt related failures and repairs is by having what we refer to as a precision tune-up and professional cleaning of your air conditioning system. Our precision tune-ups provide every conceivable maintenance and cleaning step to restore the full function of the system back to factory standards.
The system is checked for the buildup up dirt which is then removed from both the outdoor and indoor cooling and heat transfer coils. Utility studies have been conducted that revealed that a residential cooling system that is properly maintained with scheduled semi-annual maintenance that is properly conducted will save, on average, $39.67 each month.
Considering that here in Spring Hill, your system operates around 2800 hours each year, these savings will easily more than pay for the cost of the annual maintenance. Plus, as mentioned earlier, you and your family will enjoy the additional life and system enhancements that proper maintenance of your air conditioning system will provide.
So, what are you waiting for? Pick up the phone and call us for more information on how you can prevent expensive A/C repair problems. With our off-season pricing from just $69 for the most thorough tune-up you’ll find anywhere, your decision really is a no-brainer!
So call 352-436-1876 right now and schedule your precision tune-up and professional cleaning today.
There are times when your Spring Hill central AC unit just stops working. And, sometimes the solution is as easy as simply flipping a breaker back on. These 5 common checks that just about any homeowner can make may prevent an unneeded A/C repair service call.
It happens to us all; I even get a little panicky when my air conditioning system stops working on a 90+ degree day here in Spring Hill. And I certainly have a much easier time resolving the problem, but for most of you, it certainly can be a lot more difficult at times. Hopefully, you’ll find that one of these most common AC repair checks may just help you avoid a lot of hassle:
1) Check to be sure the circuit breaker isn’t tripped
Find your homes circuit panel(s) (you may have multiple) and look at the black circuit breakers, locating anything marked "ac unit" or "indoor unit, or "air handler". You are looking for a circuit that appears to be protecting your air conditioning from power surges. You probably have a “split” system, meaning your cooling system is split with indoor and outdoor units.
If one or more circuit breakers are tripped, it may have been an isolated power surge. In this case your breakers did their job and protected your system from an electrical surge. A tripped breaker will be slightly off center with the rest of the breakers above and below it.
Gently hold the breaker with your index finger and thumb and see if it is locked firmly in place or swivels just a little. A breaker that is properly set will feel firm in its positioning and will not be easily moved. If it is tripped, simply turn it back on.
Then go to the thermostat and ensure the system and the cooling temperature is set to come on. Be prepared to wait up to 7 minutes as the system resets itself before cycling back on.
If the breaker trips again, you have a more serious problem so call for service.
2) Locate and remove the air filter
You’re central air conditioner may have multiple filters so be sure to check them all if you have more than one. Simply pull the filter(s) and checked to see if they need to be cleaned or replaced. Many times that filter can become dislodged and choke off the airflow into the system. This, in turn, can cause the system to shut down or freeze up. Be sure the filter is placed within the grill or rack properly and is properly filtering the air
3) Check to be sure you have power to your home
Yes, this happens quite often. We arrive at a no-cooling or A/C repair call only to find the home has no power. Before you call for service, check your other appliances and electrical components before making the A/C system the culprit.
4) Check the thermostat battery
Take a look at your thermostat and see if it is powered up or appears blank. If it appears to have no power, check and see if it has a battery (many do not) and replace it with a new one. Thermostat failure is the cause of a lot of A/C repair calls here in Spring Hill.
5) Check your condensation float switch
Many air conditioning systems have a protective float switch on the indoor unit that is designed to shut the system off in case the condensation drain line becomes clogged and backs up. This PVC line drains the moisture to the outside that the system is designed to remove from your interior air.
The float switch will protect your home’s interior if a backup occurs. Go to interior section of your air conditioning system and locate this PVC drain. It is usually connected to the front of the unit, near the bottom.
See if you can locate the float switch where the drain line connects to the indoor cooling unit and reset it. There should be a lever that you can lift and hold for 60 seconds to re-set the switch. Be especially careful though because if the drain line is backed up it will be full of water and it may just shut off again fairly quickly.
My advice is to then call for service and have the drain line thoroughly cleaned by an A/C repair technician.
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When your air conditioner conks out on a hot summer day in Spring Hill, you probably have no idea what the problem is. It may be very simple, or, possibly a bigger concern. The only way to know is to have it checked by a certified ac repair specialist.
There are, however, a few very common problems that homeowners experience with their central air conditioning system. Following are the top 6 ac repair issues that occur here in Spring Hill.
1) Bad capacitor
Faulty capacitors are the single most common repair problem we find with central air conditioning systems. Fortunately, a capacitor is also one of the least expensive parts that fail. (A failed compressor is the most expensive).
2) Faulty wiring
Worn, frayed, or improper wiring is another lead cause of problems. If the high voltage wiring is in poor condition this is an issue for a certified electrician. It may also indicate other wiring problems within your home so it’s a good idea to have your entire electrical wiring system checked for other problems as well
3) Refrigerant leaks
Refrigerant is how a central air conditioning systems is able to transfer unwanted heat and generate cooling. The 2 most common types are R-410a and R-22, which is being phased out of use.
Low refrigerant levels generally indicate a leak with the refrigerant system. This can be a problem as the leaks are not always easy to isolate and even if it is found, the repair can be expensive or impractical.
4) Bad fan motor
Another common problem here in Spring Hill is the fan motor within the outdoor unit. It’s called a condenser fan and it’s job is to dissipate heat and keep the cooling system working at the proper temperature levels.
A bad fan motor can lead to even bigger problems, such as a failed compressor due to high temperature levels and increased pressure within the entire AC system. If you hear the outdoor unit running but the fan is not spinning, shut the entire system down immediately and do not run it again and call for service.
5) Tripped breaker
This is the easiest item to check for yourself. A tripped breaker can shut the entire system down, or at least the outdoor unit. Just go to the breaker panel(s) and look for breakers marked “ac”, “air handler” “outdoor condenser” or other similar labels.
There may have been a brief power surge which tripped the breaker and prevented a more serious overload of the systems. If you reset the breaker and it trips again, call for service as you another, more serious issue to address.
6) Frozen cooling coil(s)
When you see a large block of ice anywhere within the system, it usually indicates a low refrigerant charge (and possibly a leak) or blocked airflow due to a filter issue. If you see this be sure to shut the system off right away as the AC repair tech will not be able to diagnose the problem until the ice melts.
Sometimes, just turning on the heat for a few minutes can speed up the melting process.
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