Shaw's Air Conditioning & Heating Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Riverdale’

What Kinds of Ductless Cooling Repairs Require Service?

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Ductless cooling may look very different from other systems, and the way a ductless system delivers air is certainly different from ducted systems, but when it comes to repairs, there are a lot of similarities between ducted and ductless systems. Some people may worry that a ductless system is more complicated to repair, but it isn’t any more complicated than a traditional split-system AC. Here are some of the common cooling repairs our Shaw’s Air Conditioning technicians see with ductless cooling systems:

Refrigerant Leaks

Whole-home air conditioning systems need refrigerant in order to operate. Refrigerant leaks are common repairs, but locating them can be challenging, and only certified experts can physically handle refrigerant. It is important to repair a refrigerant leak as soon as it is detected as these kinds of leaks can lead to serious operational issues with your system.

Condensate Drain Clogs

Each indoor blower has its own condensate drain line that drains the excess water from the blower to the outdoors. Condensate drain lines need to be cleaned at least once a year or they can clog from stuck debris and/or mold development.

Compressor Issues

The compressor resides in the outdoor unit. Several common problems that can develop with a compressor are issues with the capacitors, frayed or corroded wiring, refrigerant leaks, and motor issues. The compressor is responsible for pressurizing the refrigerant in the system, so if something is wrong with your compressor, your air conditioner will most likely develop issues with cooling.

Problems with the Indoor Blowers

The each indoor blower contains a set of evaporator coils, an air filter and a fan. Each of these components can develop issues that require the help of a trained professional.

As you can see, ductless cooling repair in Riverdale isn’t that different from traditional AC repair, but this doesn’t mean you should attempt repairs yourself.

If you are having problems with your ductless AC, call Shaw’s Air Conditioning today!

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My Pilot Won’t Light – What’s Happening?

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Pilot lights have an irritating tendency to blow out at the slightest provocation. It’s inconvenient in the extreme, but it’s not actually that big of a problem with your heating system. However, there’s a difference between a pilot light blowing out and a pilot light that won’t light in the first place. There are a couple of different things that could be causing this behavior, depending on what kind of pilot light system you have in place. Let’s take a look at the various reasons that your pilot light may not be lighting.

Bad Thermocouple

In older heating systems, a standing pilot light is the most common type of ignition system. This is a continuously burning flame, often located underneath the system. The standing pilot is fed by its own gas line, which keeps it burning 24/7. The thermocouple is the part that actually decides when to feed gas to the pilot light. When the thermocouple senses the heat from the pilot light ignition, it sends an electrical current to the gas valve to open it. When the pilot light blows out for whatever reason, the thermocouple’s electric current stops and the gas valve closes. This is a safety measure to prevent the home from filling up with gas. A bad thermocouple will often fail to produce the electric current to open the gas valve, rendering the pilot light unable to ignite.

Burned Out Electrode/Heating Element

In newer heating systems, the standing pilot light has been replaced with two other kinds of ignition systems. The intermittent pilot system uses a spark to generate a brief flame and light the burners, while the heating element pilot uses a filament to produce enough heat to start the system. These pilot lights are more complex, and that makes them tougher to diagnose when they break down. Most often, however, they each have one major contributor to their failures.

The intermittent pilot uses an electrode to produce the spark that ignites the system. This electrode can burn out, rendering the pilot system useless. The heating element system uses filaments that have a lifespan shorter than the rest of the system. This means that the heating element will eventually burn out and need to be replaced, just like a lightbulb.

If you’d like to know more, contact Shaw’s Air Conditioning. We provide heating repair throughout Riverdale.

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Are There Any Air Conditioning Repair Jobs I Can Do Myself?

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

DIY may be an option for some home improvements, but there are certain services that should be left in the hands of an expert; air conditioning repair is one of them.

Multiple components are involved with your air conditioning system, leaving a lot of room for potential mistakes. Don’t make a bad situation worse by trying to make a DIY job out of something that really isn’t – call Shaw’s Air Conditioning for all your air conditioning repairs in Riverdale, CA.

Why Isn’t Repairing My Air Conditioner a DIY Job?

There are several reasons why repairing your air conditioner is not a DIY job:

Reason #1: Mistakes Can Cost You Money

Having a working knowledge of mechanical components is great, but is it really enough to do a serious repair on your air conditioning system? And what if you don’t’ even have a working knowledge of your system – do you really want to “learn by doing” on an expensive piece of equipment? Mistakes with your air conditioner can be costly and render your AC totally unusable – something no one wants, particularly in the summer months.

Reason #2: Timeliness

When you do something every day, you gain a level of speed and accuracy with it; the same goes for your air conditioning professional. Because he/she works on air conditioning systems every day, your repair will be finished correctly and in a timely manner.

Reason #3: There May Be More to Deal With

Hopefully there is a singular problem with your air conditioner, but there are times when one presenting problem is actually part of another that may not have been so visible. Do you have the expertise and time to do all this repair work?

Reason #4: You May Need Specialized Tools

Air conditioning repairs require specific tools that a technician will have readily available at any appointment. Unless you want to purchase every tool you may need, you won’t know what you need until you get in there. Tools can be expensive, and the time it takes to shop for the correct tool could be time spent better elsewhere.

Always Call a Professional for Air Conditioning Repairs

A trained technician can conduct your air conditioning repair quickly, efficiently and correctly because it’s his/her job to do so. Don’t spend your time and money trying to repair something that most likely requires a specific level of expertise to fix – call Shaw’s Air Conditioning and schedule air conditioning repair service in Riverdale today.

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