Air Conditioning Repair in Snohomish, Bellevue, Kirkland, WA, and Surrounding Areas
Air Conditioning Repair & Services in Snohomish, Bellevue, Kirkland, Woodinville, Redmond, Sammamish, Bothell, Medina, Hunts Pointe, Clyde Hill, Yarrow Pointe, New Castle, Washington, and Surrounding Areas
Lifetime Heating & Air Conditioning is proud to be providing air conditioning repair to our customers in Snohomish, Bellevue, Kirkland, Washington, and the surrounding areas. All of our technicians are trained and certified so you can rest assured that you are putting your air conditioning repair project in the right hands. Contact your local experts today!
There isn’t much worse than a broken air conditioner in the middle of a heat wave. At Lifetime Heating, we train all year to handle any problems your unit may face this summer. From our Customer Service Specialists to our skilled technicians and leadership team, our team does everything we can to make your air conditioning repair as smooth as possible.
HOW YOUR AC WORKS
Understanding how your AC unit works can help you prepare for your appointment. Our technicians love to help you understand what’s going on with the system and what options you have to repair it. Please don’t hesitate to ask them questions about your home’s air conditioning system.
TWO BASIC PRINCIPLES
Understanding air conditioning can be a little complicated. A couple of key facts will help you get started:
- Your AC system pumps refrigerant in a cycle, similar to the way your body pumps blood.
- Refrigerants are special chemicals that change easily from liquid to gas at low temperatures. Because of this unique trait, refrigerants absorb heat easily and can cool your home effectively.
THE AIR CONDITIONING CYCLE
Multiple AC components work together to form a cycle to cool the air in your home.
- Most importantly, the Refrigerant is the key to your air conditioner. It acts like the blood for your AC system. It flows through the circuit absorbing and releasing heat again and again.
- The compressor, which lives in the unit outside your home, is the heart of your air conditioner. It constantly pumps pressurized refrigerant through the system.
- First, it sends the refrigerant to the condenser fan in the outside unit. The condenser fan cools the refrigerant into a liquid state so it can absorb more heat.
- After the refrigerant has been cooled, it travels inside your home to the evaporator coil. Next, the blower motor pushes the warm air in your house across the evaporator coil. As it passes, the cooled refrigerant in the evaporator coil absorbs heat and releases humidity. Then, the humidity becomes water that travels down your condensate drain line.
- Once the refrigerant cools down the air in your home, it travels back outside to the condenser fan to cool off again.
- Then the cycle begins again.
TIPS BEFORE YOU CALL
Here are some simple tips to try first before making an air conditioning repair appointment to see if there’s an easy fix you can do yourself. We would love to save you the time and money of a repair call if one of these solutions gets your air conditioning running smoothly again without our help.
CHECK THE THERMOSTAT.
First, look at your thermostat display. Is it set to “Cool” or “Auto”? At the beginning of a new season, it’s easy to forget to change settings. Additionally, if your thermostat isn’t turning on, it may need new batteries. These quick fixes are very common issues and could save you the time and expense of a service call.
REPLACE THE AIR FILTER.
Next, go look at your air filter. Dirt and debris may be blocking airflow and hindering your AC’s performance. If it looks dirty, go ahead and replace it. Afterward, check the temperature of your home to see if it helped.
LOOK FOR BLOCKED AIRFLOW.
Another suggestion we have is to look around your home. Have furniture, doors, or closed vents hindered airflow? Your air conditioning system needs adequate ventilation to run properly. Do a quick walk-through of your home to see if anything is blocked. After you improve airflow, check the temperature to see if that solved the problem.
RESET THE BREAKER.
It’s also a good idea to check your breaker box. When you lose power, even briefly, the breaker may trip as a protection against surges. If it’s tripped, turn the breaker off completely and then on again to restore power to your unit.
MAKE SURE THE EQUIPMENT DOOR IS LATCHED.
Finally, look at the unit itself. As a safety feature, your Furnace and AC will not run if the door switch is not depressed. If someone has been examining it to identify a problem, the door may not be completely closed. Once you confirm that it’s closed, see if the unit turns back on.
If you have tried these tips and you are still experiencing trouble, please schedule an appointment. Our well-trained technicians are ready to diagnose and repair any issues your air conditioner may have. We would love to serve you and help get your home comfortable again.
COMMON PROBLEMS FOR AIR CONDITIONERS:
1. REFRIGERANT LEAKS
Refrigerant (also called Freon™ ) leaks are very common. If you suspect a leak, it’s important to have a trained and EPA licensed technician find it and repair correctly before recharging the refrigerant. Leaked refrigerant harms the environment. Some signs your air conditioner has a leak include:
- Warm or lukewarm air coming out of the supply registers.
- It takes a long time to cool the house.
- A hissing sound can alert you to a punctured refrigerant line either near the outside unit or inside your home.
2. FROZEN EVAPORATOR COILS
If you see ice or frost build up on your evaporator coils, please turn off your unit to avoid damaging your compressor. While you’re waiting for the technician to arrive, change your thermostat from “cool” to “off”, but keep the fan blowing. Running the fan helps the coils thaw so your unit can be repaired faster. Watch for excessive water at the indoor unit. Frozen evaporator coils may signal:
- Inadequate airflow. This could be caused by a dirty air filter, debris around the coils, or closed air supply vents, or blocked air registers in your home.
- The thermostat is set too low. Air conditioning systems are designed to cool your home to 20° cooler than the outside air. If you set your thermostat much lower than that, it can strain your system and cause it to freeze up.
- Blower motor failure. The blower motor keeps air flowing through your system. When it breaks, the coils can freeze.
- Low refrigerant. The refrigerant allows the coils to absorb the heat in your home. When it’s low, the coils can’t hold heat and can drop below freezing.
3. ELECTRONIC CONTROL FAILURES
Age or a lack of regular maintenance may cause electric control failures. When this happens, compressors, fans, and wiring can become overworked or fail. This usually means a part needs to be replaced and can mean either minor or major repairs.
4. CLOGGED CONDENSATE DRAINS
Hot, humid weather often brings blocked condensate drains. When your evaporator coils cool the warm air from your home, humidity condenses around the coils and collects in your condensate drain. Leaks can cause problems, and sometimes dirt or algae block the line. Signs that you have an issue with your condensate line include:
- Water around your furnace. When the condensate line is leaking, or the pan is full, water will pool around your indoor unit or run into the ductwork causing damage.
- Bad odors. A strong smell can be a sign that bacteria or algae growth may be blocking your condensate line.
- System shut-off. Because leaks can cause property damage, many systems have a safety shut-off setting when it senses the condensate line is blocked. If your system does not have one, Lifetime Heating and Air Conditioning can install one.
WE DO THINGS RIGHT
Most importantly, we like to do things the right way and will never cut corners to save a few dollars. You can count on Lifetime Heating and Air Conditioning technicians to be knowledgeable and professional at all times. We will listen to your concerns, identify the problem and give you options for repair. Also, we always offer upfront pricing. In addition, getting your approval before we begin can avoid surprises.