Summers in Libertyville, IL can be hot and humid, which means your air conditioning system is likely running around the clock. When this occurs, ACs can break down due to the stress of overworking.
Fortunately, Ravinia Plumbing, Sewer, Heating & Electric specializes in repairing traditional and ductless AC systems, offering cost-effective, intelligent solutions to keep you and your family refreshed and safe from heat all summer long. We have happily served our neighbors in Libertyville and other northwest Chicago towns since 1928.
The NATE-certified AC repair experts at Ravinia Plumbing have extensive experience in maintaining all types of air conditioning systems. And we are always available to come out and inspect your system, and then make honest recommendations about any services you need.
However, there are some things you can do to troubleshoot your system before calling us. Let’s take a look at some of the most common issues that might be causing your AC to run inefficiently.
If you do not hear or feel anything when you turn your air conditioner on, the problem might be something as simple as a tripped circuit breaker. This is the best case scenario as it only requires switching the breaker back to the ON position to resolve the issue. However, it could also be the result of a thermostat malfunction or damaged wiring. If you’re unsure about what the problem is, give us a call and let us come and fix it for you.
If your thermostat is incorrectly calibrated or malfunctioning for another reason, it’s best to call a certified technician to assess the situation and make the necessary repairs. Your thermostat might just need to be recalibrated – or it could need to be replaced altogether.
If the air coming out of your vents is warm, your refrigerant level could be low. This will cause inefficient operation, which costs you more money while keeping you less cool than you should be. It could be that your refrigerant simply needs recharging. However, there may also be a leak in the refrigerant line. One of our technicians can troubleshoot the situation and offer a smart solution.
Your air conditioner’s condenser channels heat removed from your atmosphere to the exterior of your home. If your condenser is not working properly, it can allow the heat to build up inside of your home, working against the efficiency of your AC system. The condenser coil is located on the exterior unit, meaning it can be exposed to grass, dirt, and other substances that can make it dirty. A dirty condenser coil will make your AC system work harder and decrease its efficiency.
If your Libertyville, Illinois home isn’t staying as cool as you would like it to, it might be because your evaporator coil is frozen. The evaporator coil contains a refrigerant that is responsible for absorbing heat. Without proper airflow, the coil can form a layer of ice. If this happens, your airflow from your vents will be significantly diminished. Make sure that your air filters are clean, the refrigerant level is at the appropriate level, and nothing is obstructing your ductwork in order to troubleshoot why your airflow is restricted.
Your HVAC system’s ductwork is supposed to be airtight. If the duct system is not sealed properly, it will allow your cool air to escape and warm air to come in. Your ducting may need to be inspected to be sure that it was installed properly and that rodents or insects have not opened it in spots. It’s important to take care of leaky ductwork because it will make your AC system overwork itself trying to keep your home cool, which will drive your utility bills sky high. Call us for a prompt inspection or to discuss the benefits of a ductless air conditioning system.
If your AC system is making noise during operation, it could be a deteriorating fan motor, a broken part, worn bearings, or a belt that needs replacing. If you hear any banging or clanging when you operate your AC, it’s best to turn it off and call one of our technicians to assess the situation. Running it while it’s making noise can lead to component or entire system failure. It’s better to have it checked out as soon as possible.
While there are some things you can do to ensure that your air conditioning system is working properly on your own, it’s always preferable to have the assistance of a trained and certified HVAC company. The team at Ravinia Plumbing is always ready to assist you with inspections, preventative maintenance, repairs, installations, and replacements. Contact us today to schedule service with a member of our team.
“The service technician who comes to the house is always very professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. I appreciate that the same technician comes to our home for our semi-annual maintenance checks.”
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