Do You Know All of the Most Commonly Needed HVAC Repairs?

If HVAC repairs are needed in your home, chances are it’s a high priority. Loss of heating or cooling — or worse, a potential safety issue — usually calls for professional service ASAP.  Fortunately, a rapid response by certified HVAC technicians is typically available 24/7/365 should the need for HVAC repairs arise.

Though today’s heating and cooling technology is more durable and reliable than ever, Murphy’s law has not been repealed. Here are some of the more common issues, as well as the HVAC repairs needed to address them, so you can keep your indoor environment comfortable and safe.

  • Short cycling. A normal heating cycle should last 10 to 15 minutes before the furnace cycles off again. If a furnace repeatedly cycles on and off very rapidly, a professional diagnosis (and possibly repair) is necessary.
  • Defective igniter.  If the furnace doesn’t start at all — or it starts but simply blows cold air — the electronic igniter may be defective. An igniter typically lasts an average of seven years before requiring replacement.
  • Cracked heat exchanger. This component transfers heat into system airflow while keeping deadly carbon monoxide and other toxic fumes out of the airflow. Cracks may develop in heat exchangers after years of use. Inspecting the heat exchanger and testing airflow for dangerous CO gas is part of regular professional preventative maintenance.
  • Low AC refrigerant. Leaks in AC components such as coils and refrigerant lines cause cooling efficiency to decline. Eventually, the system blows warm air. Tracking down and repairing these tiny leaks requires specialized technology and professional experience.
  • Coil ice. Ice obstructing airflow through the indoor AC evaporator coil may cause the system to run nonstop, eventually triggering an automatic shutdown and/or potential compressor damage.
  • Condensate overflow. A clogged drip pan beneath the AC evaporator coil may silently overflow and cause indoor water damage. A qualified professional technician can disinfect the drip pan and clear the drain line to restore proper drainage.

At Paitson Bros., we’ve got 100 years of experience in HVAC repairs. Contact our service department for a prompt, reliable response to restore heating and cooling to your home.

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