Air Conditioning Repair: What New Jersey Homeowners Need to Know

It’s a common problem during the summer: suddenly, your air conditioner stops working. It often happens with little prior warning, and at the worst possible time. Air conditioners have no notion of timing or convenience; they break down when they’re going to break down, often at weird times. Your air conditioner can stop cooling your home on a sweltering hot Sunday afternoon in July. Once it’s stopped blowing cold air, it doesn’t take long for the house to get hot, humid, and just plain uncomfortable. Fans can help, but they’re no substitute for real central air conditioning. Going without A/C during the summer is almost unbearable, with New Jersey temperatures reaching into the 90s on some days.

Fortunately, most air conditioning problems can be fixed by a professional HVAC repair contractor. Although there are a few issues that homeowners can usually fix on their own, more complicated issues will require professional air conditioning repairs. Problems like faulty fan motors, AC water leaks, and freon coolant leaks are beyond most people’s expertise. When your air conditioner isn’t cooling your home, it’s usually best to call a professional for emergency air conditioning repairs. A trained HVAC professional will be able to expertly diagnose the problem, so they can use the right approach for effective air conditioning repair.

When your A/C stops working on a hot day, there’s no reason to wait until Monday’s office hours for fast, reliable air conditioning repairs. At All Done HVAC, we have staff available 24/7 for emergency air conditioner repair service at any time. Air conditioner not cooling? Call us today at All Done HVAC for air conditioning repair in New Jersey, at 201-540-0977.

How to Tell When You Need Air Conditioning Repair

Air conditioners are something we all have a tendency to take for granted. As long as everything’s working properly, you probably don’t give it a second thought– until something goes wrong. Air conditioning problems cover a wide spectrum, from slightly weak airflow or mildly insufficient cooling, to an AC unit that won’t turn on at all. At All Done HVAC, our AC repair contractors have seen almost any problem you can think of. These are some of the most common problems that cause New Jersey homeowners to call us for air conditioning repair service:

  • No cool air from the vents. In many cases, the air conditioning system is blowing air, but that air is far from cool and refreshing. It doesn’t take long for this to become noticeable, especially at the height of the afternoon on a hot summer day.
  • Weak air flow. An air conditioner can suddenly stop blowing air with the usual amount of force, which impairs its ability to cool your home. This can be a compressor issue, or even a problem with your air ducts. It generally requires professional diagnosis and air conditioning repair service.
  • Uneven cooling. Sometimes, one area of the house will cool normally, but other rooms seem warmer than they should be. If this is a regular occurrence, and always has been, it might be an issue with the insulation in some areas of the building. However, when it begins suddenly, it’s usually a sign that you’ll need air conditioning repairs.
  • Moisture or water pooling near the air conditioner. This is another common problem with residential air conditioners: water leakage. Condensation forms naturally as part of how your air conditioner works, since it removes water vapor from hot, humid air. Problems like frozen coils or a leaking drainage system can cause leakage that can damage your air conditioner, requiring professional AC water leak repairs.
  • Ice on your air conditioner. If your air conditioner has ice crystals forming inside it, you should call an HVAC company immediately for fast air conditioning repair service. This can be a sign of dirty coils, an AC freon leak, or other problems that need professional attention.
  • Weird noises from your air conditioner. Homeowners will often call us, reporting that their air conditioner is creaking, groaning, squealing, or otherwise making an unusual amount of noise. This is usually a mechanical problem, indicating that parts may need lubrication, or may have shifted out of place. This can further damage your A/C over time, so timely air conditioning repairs are important for this particular problem.
  • Unusual odors. The telltale “ozone smell” of electrical problems is a clear sign that your AC needs service. However, air conditioners can also emit an unpleasant, musty odor. This is almost always a sign of mold growth, which can pose a serious health hazard. The mold releases microscopic spores, which travel with the air from your AC into your ductwork and your home. Exposure to mold spores can spur allergic reactions, irritate your eyes a throat, and even cause serious illness with certain kinds of molds. It’s important to get this taken care of by an air conditioning service contractor, before the mold problem gets out of hand. Addressing the issue will also improve your overall indoor air quality.

Basic Home Air Conditioner Troubleshooting

Before you call a professional for air conditioning repairs, it’s usually a good idea to check for problems that you could fix yourself. Most air conditioning problems need professional service from an HVAC contractor, but there are a handful of issues you can actually address on your own.

  • Check for dirty air filters. This is a common cause of weak airflow and poor cooling. Air filters need to be cleaned or replaced at least once a month, but busy homeowners often forget to do so. If your filter is dirty and clogged, cleaning or replacing it might resolve the issue.
  • Make sure it’s not a problem with your thermostat. If your home isn’t cooling, it might be a problem with your thermostat. If it’s not working, the display isn’t on, or it’s otherwise malfunctioning, you may want to go out and buy a new one. HVAC professionals often recommend programmable thermostats, which are a great way to make your home more energy efficient.
  • Check for a tripped circuit breaker or a blown fuse. If your air conditioner won’t run at all, it’s worth checking your fuses or circuit breakers.

If none of these things are causing your air conditioning problem, it’s best to call a professional HVAC company for air conditioning repairs. Problems more complex than these are best handled by a trained contractor, rather than addressed with misguided DIY attempts.

What to Expect When You Call an Air Conditioning Repair Company

When your air conditioner isn’t working quite right, the best thing to do is usually to call a professional. At All Done HVAC, we keep staff members on call for nights and weekends, so that we can provide 24-hour emergency AC repair service. When you call us, we’ll dispatch an AC repair contractor to your home within thirty minutes, and we’ll soon arrive with all of the tools we need for same-day service.

  • Step 1: Diagnosis. When we get to your home, the first step in the process is to diagnose the cause of the problem. Our diagnosis is actually completely free; we never charge our customers for sending out a technician to inspect the problem. Our contractors have extensive training and field experience in dealing with all kinds of residential air conditioning repair issues, and it usually doesn’t take us long to figure out what’s wrong.
  • Step 2: Bringing the homeowner up to speed on the problem. Once we’ve identified what’s wrong with your air conditioner, we’ll explain the problem to you in detail. We’ll let you know how long the repairs will take, and how much you can expect to pay. There’s no commitment or obligation on you part; diagnosis is complimentary and free of charge. For more intensive and costly repair jobs, we offer a range of flexible financing options to help homeowners manage the unexpected expense. We do everything we can to keep our prices affordable and to keep repair costs down.
  • Step 3: Performing the appropriate repairs. Once we’ve explained the problem to the homeowner, and they’ve agreed to our service, we’ll get to work with air conditioning repair. In many cases, it only take a couple of hours to fix the problem. In some cases, we’ll need to special-order a replacement part, like a fan motor or other internal components. This may delay repairs by a couple of days, while we obtain the part that you need.

In most cases, it doesn’t take us very long to complete the necessary air conditioning repairs, so that you can get back to enjoying cool, comfortable indoor air.

Air Conditioner Replacement: An Alternative Option

Most air conditioning problems can be fixed with professional AC repairs. Occasionally, however, we’ll encounter an air conditioner that simply can’t be repaired, or that isn’t worth repairing. Most good home air conditioners, from trusted brands like Trane, Lennox, and York, will last for up to fifteen years with proper maintenance and occasional repairs. However, even the best high-end air conditioner has a finite lifespan. Eventually, there will be a time when you’ll need to consider air conditioner replacement.

In most cases, repairs are sufficient to fix the problem, and we’d never try to sell homeowners a new air conditioner they don’t actually need. With that said, there are some situations where air conditioner replacement is actually a more economical choice, even if repairs are possible. You may need to consider new air conditioner installation, instead of AC repairs, if your air conditioner is more than ten years old, and breaks down frequently.

There are a number of economic benefits to air conditioner replacement. Some of the advantages, as opposed to fixing your old AC unit, include:

  • Avoid future repair costs. Aging air conditioners tend to break down more often than they should, sometimes more than once per year. Over time, the repair costs can add up, making air conditioner replacement a financially sound option.
  • Enjoy more effective cooling. Old ACs simply don’t perform as well as they did when they were new. Homeowners with a twenty year old air conditioner often complain about weak airflow or poor cooling, leaving their homes less comfortable than they should be. Air conditioner replacement will usually provide a better standard of cooling.
  • Save energy and money. Air conditioners lose some of their original energy efficiency as they get older. Over time, routine wear and tear puts strain on the system, and it has to work harder– and consume more energy– to provide the same amount of cooling. After air conditioner replacement, homeowners often find that their monthly electric bills will go down during the summer.
  • Enjoy a better, more efficient air conditioner. Modern air conditioners are more energy efficient than ever before. A great new AC with a high SEER rating can be much more efficient than air conditioners that were available a decade ago. They’re also more environmentally friendly, using safer refrigerants.

Air Conditioner Not Cooling? We’ve Got You Covered

At All Done HVAC, we don’t think homeowners should have to wait around in the heat when something goes wrong with their air conditioner. With same-day service, 24/7 availability, free diagnosis, and more, we proudly serve our local New Jersey community with fast, reliable air conditioning repair service. We offer a full range of residential AC services, including:

  • 24-hr Emergency Air Conditioning Repair
  • Ductless Split System AC Repair
  • AC Water Pump Repair
  • AC Freon Leak Repair
  • Air Handler Repair
  • AC Water Leak Repair
  • Heat Pump Repair Service
  • Air Conditioner Replacement
  • Air Conditioning Installation
  • HVAC Air Duct Service

From minor airflow problems, to serious and environmentally hazardous AC freon leak repair, our experienced team of HVAC contractors can solve almost any residential air conditioning problem. When your AC isn’t working, you need service fast– and with great prices and friendly service. At All Done HVAC, we’re always available to solve local homeowners’ air conditioning repair issues. Whether you need refrigerant added to counteract low freon levels, water leak repair, or a brand new air conditioning installed, we’re here for all your home cooling needs. For New Jersey’s best HVAC service, call us today at All Done HVAC.

Need air conditioning repair in New Jersey? Call us today at All Done HVAC for 24-hour service, at 201-540-0977.

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