Air Conditioning Service and Repairs
New England’s summers are as hot as its winters are cold. That’s why at Sinclaire Enterprises, we know the importance of keeping your house cool during the hottest months of the year. Keeping your system well maintaned through annual tune-ups is the first step in that direction, but as with anything mechanical, sometimes things just break. Our job is to get your A/C up and running again as soon as possible.
Our A/C repair technicians are constantly being trained in the latest technologies and the most effective techniques to help diagnose and repair your air conditioning system in a timely and efficient manner. Technicians are trained in Quality Installation Verification (QIV) through the MA Coolsmart program which, through closer analysis of the readings, will check for proper charge and airflow of the air conditioning system and confirm that it is running at peak efficiency.
But enough about us, let’s talk about your system. The three types of air conditioning service calls that are most common are (but not limited to) no cooling, insufficient cooling, and water leaking from the air conditioner. Let’s take a look at each of these in turn.
- No Cooling – This can be due to a multitude of things, but the first thing to check is that your thermostat is set to “Cooling” and the fan is set to “Auto”. If you have a digital thermostat, make sure that the batteries are good. Another common cause for no cooling is a clogged air filter. If you have routine maintenance, the air filter has already been replaced and it is less likely to be the culprit. If the air filter is clogged, however, it could actually damage your system. Make sure to shut down the unit until the air filter has been replaced to prevent further damage.
- Insufficient Cooling – This is when your A/C system is cooling, just not very well. As with above, make sure your thermostat is properly set to “Cooling” and “Auto” and that the batteries are new if it is a digital thermostat. Clogged filters will also cause insufficient cooling by restricting the air flow. Another common cause is low refrigerant in the system itself (R22 or R410a). We can determine this by testing the pressures in your system and adding refrigerant as needed. This is also done during our maintenance checkups. Sometimes low refrigerant may be an indicator that there is a leak in your system. If this is the case, we can perform a leak test to determine the location and severity of the leak and advise accordingly.
- Water Leaking – Two things can cause this. The first is called a condensate leak or a condensation leak. When the air conditioner is running, it takes heat and humidity out of the air. The result of this process is condensation, a lot of it. All A/C systems have ways of dealing with this. Some have condnesate pumps which pump the condensation away to a desired location. If the pump fails, water has no where to go and eventally spills out into the basement or attic. Other times, condensation gets deposited into a drain pan and then drained by gravity through tubes, usually to the outside. If the pan or condensate tube gets clogged, the condensation will overflow. This can cause damage to floors if in a basement or ceilings if in an attic. Shut your system down right away so it will stop producing condensation and call us. During routine maitenance, all drains and condensate lines are flushed. This will help prevent them from getting clogged througout the year. The second type of water coming from your air conditioing system is from melting ice. If your A/C system is low on refrigerant or running with a clogged air filter, this may cause the coil to ice up, literally become covered with ice and stop working. When the system is not working, the ice begins to melt dripping water all over your basement or attic. Shut down your system prevent further damage and call us.
Though these are the most common service calls, there are many others that can come about. Routine annual maintenance and prevent a lot of these needless calls, but not all. The simple fact is, mechanical things break. We’re here to fix them.