Category: Air Conditioning

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Top 6 Air Conditioning Issues

Whether you rely on your air conditioner to keep you toasty warm on a windy winter’s eve or wonderfully cool at the peak of a brutally hot summer, one thing’s for certain. Air conditioners are a blessing. They’re not so great though if they are leaking, not heating or cooling, starting to emit an unpleasant odour or making a great deal of noise!

Unfortunately like all appliances, your air conditioner won’t last forever so keeping it well maintained and regularly serviced is a must. But how do you know when to call in the experts? Here are the top 6 air conditioning issues.

#1 – The unit is short cycling or has air flow problems

It’s relatively normal for an air conditioning units to cycle on and off in order to maintain a consistent temperature throughout your home. However, if it is ‘short cycling’, in others words it has a tendency to switch on and off randomly or more frequently, then you probably need to get it seen to. Short cycling can put extra stress on your system and can cause it to fail completely if the issue is not addressed early enough.

Another one of the air conditioning problems worth investigating is if you notice a significant decrease in airflow during operation, which may be due to an issue with the compressor. And if your air conditioner’s just not working at all and there are no issues with your home’s safety switches or wiring, then it’s worth calling in an air conditioning professional to get to the bottom of the issue.

#2 – The unit is blowing air that’s either too hot or too cold

One of the most common air conditioner issues is units that are producing air that’s inconsistent with the settings you have chosen. Air conditioners are meant to provide a consistent air temperature, and while occasionally you might experience some warm air on a cool setting (and vice versa), if your system stops producing cool or warm air when you need it, it could be due to a range of issues. These include a damaged thermostat sensor, low refrigerant levels, or damaged or obstructed valves, coils or condensation drains.

It’s also important that your system’s filters are cleaned and/or replaced regularly. Air conditioners effectively work by pulling cool air into the unit and pushing warm air out – all the while filtering debris and dust from the air. Failure to keep your filters clean will create a noisy system, it can decrease its productivity and lead to negative health issues like allergies and asthma.

#3 – The unit is leaking water or refrigerant

A small amount of water or condensation dripping from your outdoor unit is relatively normal, however if you notice a leak or a sudden increase in condensation coming from your indoor unit, it’s time to call in the experts. This is not only because water and electricity aren’t a good combination, but unusual moisture around an air conditioner can also be due to leaking refrigerant.

Air conditioning repairs due to refrigerant leaks should only ever be handled by a professional due to the health risks it poses, particularly to the environment. If it leaks into the atmosphere, a single kilo of R410a (which is one of the most commonly-used refrigerants in air conditioners) can cause as much environmental damage as running your car for six months non-stop!

#4 – The unit is noisy or emitting strange smells

In terms of air conditioning issues, unusual odours coming from your unit can be due to a number of things. Blocked drainage pipes can cause water build-up that can lead to mildew, mould or fungi growth which can circulate contaminated air throughout your home. Strange smells can also be due to filters needing replacing, smells being drawn in from outside of the house, or dead animals like birds, mice, lizards or possums in your system.

Fully functioning air conditioners should operate almost silently, so noise changes can also indicate the need for repairs including cleaning or replacing parts or re-affixing internal mechanisms. More unusual sounds like grinding, grating, banging, rattling or screeching can be an indicator of more serious issues such as a dislodged fan belt or damaged motor bearings.

#5 – Your energy bills have dramatically increased

Even if your air conditioner seems to be functioning normally, one of the tell tale signs your unit may need some air conditioning repairs is if you notice sudden spikes in your energy bill.

If you undertake an ‘energy audit’ and realise your unit is to blame, it is obviously working inefficiently. This could be due to air vents or filters that need replacing or there are knots or lumps in the condensing coil. Or it may just be that your air conditioner has become sluggish and it’s time for a new one!

#6 – The unit require frequent repairs

The last of the most common air conditioner issues you may need to face is if your unit needs constant and frequent repairs. This is not only inefficient, it is uneconomical, and can mean you are spending money on a household item that simply needs to be replaced. In order to keep your unit in tip-top shape and negate the need for all-too-frequent service calls, your air conditioning system should be regularly maintained by a professional.

This will assist in prolonging its life, ensure it works all year round and help address any issues that may become larger problems. Air conditioning service technicians will normally measure air flow and motor efficiency, check the refrigerant charge, check for leaks and breaks, and clean and repair ductwork, the condenser and/or evaporator coils if needed. That’s where we come in!

Is it time you had your air conditioner serviced? Contact Crown Power today on 0427 175 654 (Brisbane & Sunshine Coast) or on 0409 678 803 (Gold Coast).

Air conditioner star ratings

How Do Air Conditioner Star Ratings Actually Work?

You’ve probably seen the star-filled labels on a number of white goods including air conditioners and wondered how they actually work. They may look confusing, however luckily for us, the Australian Government has already done all the hard work in terms of calculating how energy efficient certain appliances are.

Top Tips For Cleaning Your Air Conditioning Ducts

5 Essential Tips To Clean Your Air Conditioning Ducts

Keeping your air conditioning ducts clean and well maintained can save you serious money on your power bill. There is also some evidence that dirty air conditioning ducts accumulate pathogens and allergens that can affect the quality of the air that you and your family are breathing.

Without regular cleaning, your air conditioning system can experience a decline in performance, which increases energy consumption and costs more to run. Fortunately, there are few simple tricks of the trade that you can do at home to keep your air conditioning ducts and system clean and efficient. By using less power, a clean air conditioner is also better for the environment.

Air Conditioning Maintenance Tips

Air Conditioning Maintenance Tips

Air conditioners are relatively complex machines, with a large number of somewhat intricate components. Each of these components work concurrently to ensure that your air conditioner is performing to the highest possible standard and if any of them are operating sub-optimally, the efficiency and functionality of the entire unit will be compromised. This guide lists air conditioning maintenance tips and ways in which you might maintain your air conditioner, as well as some of the more commonly encountered problems.

Air Conditioning Review

Air Conditioning Review – Crown Power, Brisbane

There are plenty of companies out there offering air conditioning installation, but not every company gets the rave reviews we get at Crown Power. With quality products and a courteous, efficient approach to business, it’s no surprise that our service is officially award winning!

Ceiling Fans Or Air Conditioners - Which Is Best?

Ceiling Fans Or Air Conditioners – Which Is Best?

You might have heard that ceiling fans aren’t as effective as air conditioners. Or maybe you think air conditioners will cost you a fortune in power bills? The truth is that both ceiling fans and air conditioners have great benefits. The best choice for your home or office will depend entirely on your needs and may, in fact, be a combination of both.

How to Clean an Air Conditioner

How to Clean an Air Conditioner

Stop for a second and consider this: Every single breath of air you take inside your home is sucked through an air conditioner first. It makes perfect sense to regularly and thoroughly clean your air conditioner. A dirty air conditioner can be a safe haven for allergens, bacteria, insects, rodent droppings and dust. Cleaning your air conditioner can improve its efficiency, reduce costs and purify the air in your home. By properly cleaning your air conditioner you will be ridding it of these contaminants and may be pleasantly surprised by a reduction in noise and odour and a better flow of cool air to your home. With regular cleaning and professional servicing, your air conditioner should live a long and healthy life.

Air Conditioning in Winter! How to best use your Air Conditioner to warm your home!

Air Conditioning in Winter! How to best use your Air Conditioner to warm your home!

Our beautiful, balmy Brisbane mornings are fast becoming a distant memory as we head towards the chilly months of winter. If you’ve not already taken care of your home heating, chances are that the colder weather will have you thinking about getting one very soon. When you consider your heating options, air conditioning in winter probably doesn’t spring to mind. In fact, you might think that an air conditioning system that can warm and cool your home sounds too good to be true…and horribly expensive. However, if you’re a savvy home-owner who is mindful of energy efficiency, your first choice should be a reverse cycle air conditioner.

Make Your Air Conditioner Work For Your Budget This Summer

Make Your Aircon Work For Your Budget This Summer

Surviving summer on a budget can be challenging, especially if you’re relying on a faithful air conditioner to pave your way through the thermostat busting temperatures. When the mercury is out of control, you need relief; you need cool, consistent relief, but at what cost? Making your air-conditioner work for you this summer isn’t simply taking the controls in hand and pressing the on button, you can be smart about usage without sweltering in ice-block melting weather and mitigate bill shock when the electricity bill comes through. How? Let Crown Power help you.