All Star A/C & Heating Services Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning System Repairs’

What Can Cause AC to Run Almost Nonstop

Monday, September 5th, 2022

When the summer heat is intense (and this summer has certainly had those days!), you can expect your home’s air conditioning system to run steadily to keep your family cool. But no matter how hot it gets outside, no air conditioner should run continuously. ACs are designed to go through cooling cycles where they run until they’ve provided cooling to lower the house to the level set on the thermostat, then cycle down for a time and come back on. This helps to prevent the AC from overheating and stops the house from getting too cold.

But you may find yourself in a situation where your air conditioner is running all the time, much longer than the usual 15 to 20-minute cycles. This is a problem because it wastes energy and puts so much strain on the AC that it can easily overheat and break down. What can cause this, and what can you do about it?

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Reasons Your AC Can’t Keep Up With the Heat

Monday, July 25th, 2022

It’s roasting hot in Houston, and we can expect record-setting heatwaves in the coming weeks. You’ll be glad to have a working AC system in your home now—it can even be a life-saver for some people!

But as the heat ramps up, have you noticed that your AC isn’t doing the job you expect? Is it just the extreme heat, or do you have a faulty air conditioning system? 

The answer is likely the second. ACs are designed to operate in hot conditions, and as long as your air conditioner was accurately installed so it’s the right size for your home, it should be able to lower your home to at least a comfortable 78°F when the heat is above 100°F. If your air conditioning system isn’t doing the job you usually expect from it, it might be because of…

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What You Need to Know About Your AC’s Refrigerant

Monday, July 11th, 2022

The chemical refrigerant inside your home’s air conditioning system is an essential part of how you can enjoy a cool summer. Unfortunately, many AC owners have misunderstandings about what the refrigerant does and how it works. For example, you may have these heard “facts” about refrigerant:

  • “Your AC will eventually need a refill on its refrigerant.”
  • “It’s best to have the refrigerant in an AC topped off before summer.”
  • “All ACs use Freon.”

None of these are true! We’ll get into some real facts about AC refrigerant that will help you with your future air conditioning needs. 

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Why Is My AC Making That Strange Sound?

Monday, June 27th, 2022

We’re glad you’re asking this question because it shows that you recognize when something is wrong with your air conditioner. Modern ACs run quieter than ever before, and you shouldn’t hear much more out of your home’s cooling system when you’re indoors than the whir of a few motors and the occasional drip of condensate moisture. When a strange sound disrupts this placid environment, it often means something is wrong with the air conditioning system. It may be a reason to call us for AC repair in Houston, TX.

The sound you hear can tell you more specifically what’s wrong with your AC. We’ll look over the most common of these noises and see what might be going on. (Please don’t try to make any repairs on your own, however. You need experts to do the diagnosis and actual work.)

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How Often Do I Need to Change the AC Air Filter?

Monday, June 13th, 2022

This is a question we often hear from customers, and it’s also one of the air conditioning questions people search for online the most. We’re glad people ask in the first place because it shows they know they need to regularly change the filter. Often homeowners forget about this filter and leave it in place—and as we’ll talk about more below, this will have negative consequences for your AC, your comfort, and your wallet.

The simplest answer to the question in the title is “every 1 to 3 months.” But there’s more to explain about the filter changes, so if you want a more detailed and helpful explanation, follow us below…

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Tips for Saving Money With Your AC This Summer

Monday, April 18th, 2022

Hot weather often arrives early in the spring in Texas, so it’s never too early to begin to think about running your AC. Because you use your air conditioning system for most days of the coming months, you can expect to see higher electrical bills. But they don’t have to be as high this summer because we have several tips to help you save money on AC costs. Armed with this advice, you can cut down on those monthly utility bills when the hot weather settles in.

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