Oasis Heating, A/C & Refrigeration Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning Repair’

Air Conditioning Maintenance: It’s Already Time!

Monday, March 13th, 2017

air-conditioning-system-outdoor-unitThere are still some cold days ahead in March and even early April in Northern Virginia. March is a notoriously unpredictable period for the weather, and we’ve already swung between highs in the 70s and lows in the 30s so far this month—and it’s not even half over.

But you can use this unpredictable time for some predictable planning, such as arranging for spring maintenance for your air conditioning system in Arlington, VA. Maintenance isn’t an optional bonus for an AC—it’s a necessity to ensure the longest system life possible with the fewest repairs and the highest energy efficiency. It’s not something only we advocate: it’s a recommendation from the U.S. Department of Energy.

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The Role of Refrigerant in Your Air Conditioner

Monday, August 29th, 2016

A common misunderstanding that people often have regarding air conditioning systems is that ice is used at some point in the process of cooling the air. This is why it’s easy to ignore the formation of ice along the evaporator coil—which is actually a sign of a major malfunction in the system that needs to be addressed.

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Problems with Your Air Conditioner’s Compressor

Monday, August 15th, 2016

The end of summer is a period when you’ll still be running your air conditioner steadily but also have to deal with the immense amount of strain from the many months it’s been working. This is when you’re most likely to encounter AC malfunctions. The component in your air conditioner that has the highest chance of needing repair work is the compressor, which is at the core of the AC’s operation. Without the compressor, you don’t have a working air conditioner—period.

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When Should I Refill the Refrigerant in My Air Conditioner?

Monday, June 27th, 2016

The quick answer to this question: You will never need to refill the refrigerant in your air conditioning system.

It isn’t that an air conditioner won’t need to have more refrigerant (a.k.a. “Freon”) put into it, but a) it’s a repair issue, not a routine maintenance job; and b) even when it does need to be done, you won’t be the person doing it—it’s a task for professionals only.

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Ways to Stay Cool During an Air Conditioning Emergency

Monday, June 13th, 2016

We offer 24/7 emergency repair service for air conditioning when our customers need it. We understand that when the temperature rises, it’s vital to keep your home cool—especially if there are elderly people or young children indoors. When an air conditioner suddenly ceases working, or it won’t blow out cool air, it’s has to be repaired as fast as possible.

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Why Won’t My AC Keep My House Cool?

Monday, April 25th, 2016

During the warm spring and the hot summer months, you’ll depend a great deal on your air conditioning system to provide comfort for your entire household. But what happens if your air conditioner is running… yet the home doesn’t feel much cooler? This can be a major problem if you have infants and elderly people living in your home. Even if you don’t, it’s an uncomfortable situation that’ll you want rectified as soon as possible.

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Watch Out for Air Conditioning Drain Clogs!

Monday, September 7th, 2015

As your air conditioning system works to keep your home cool, it also collects water droplets along its evaporator coil. This is a normal part of how air conditioning works: as the evaporator coil absorbs heat from the indoor air, it also absorbs water moisture. In a place like Alexandria, which often suffers from high humidity, this can add up to a great deal of water collecting across the coil. But the AC has a way to deal with this: the water drips from the coil and collects in a shallow pan (the condensate pan) below. Then a pump draws the water down a drain line and out of the house.

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As Summer Winds Down, Watch for These Potential Air Conditioning Problems

Monday, August 17th, 2015

We hope that you’re enjoying the waning days of summer here in Northern Virginia. We also hope that you haven’t experienced any serious troubles with your home’s air conditioning system that might have interrupted the cool indoors you expect during this time of the year.

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3 Tips for Doing Air Conditioning Repair the Right Way

Monday, June 29th, 2015

During one of our summers in Virginia, a home’s air conditioner will receive a serious workout. An AC here has to deal not only with overcoming high heat but also high humidity. (Although you can have a special dehumidifier integrated into your HVAC system to assist with this.) All this stress can lead to an air conditioner that needs repairs to keep it running effectively and efficiently.

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Air Conditioning Trouble: Is It the Thermostat?

Monday, May 11th, 2015

There are different reasons for an air conditioner to malfunction during the period each spring and summer when it does the most work. Basic wear and tear is one common cause. Another is electrical troubles. Leaking refrigerant can trigger multiple serious problems that require fast repair before they grow worse.

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