In Orange County, air conditioning is not strictly a summer concern. With beautiful, warm weather throughout the year, residents rely on AC to keep them comfortable no matter the season. For homes that do not have central air and heating, window air conditioning units are a common way to combat the heat. If you have a window unit that needs to be installed or repaired, contact us today.
What is a Window AC Unit?
A window AC unit is a self-contained air conditioning unit that is placed inside of a window. In central air systems, there are multiple components that are placed in different areas of the home. In a window unit, all of these components are within the unit itself. Compared to other cooling solutions, these units tend to be an affordable option. As you can remove them and take them with you, they are ideal for rentals — just make sure you have permission from the owner before installing them.
How do Window AC Units Work?
Without getting into too much technical language, these units work by drawing in air from the room, passing it over cooling coils, and then blowing it back out into the room. The process is simple but highly effective. On newer units, you set the temperature by using the thermostat on the unit; units will turn themselves on and off as needed to maintain the temperature. On older units, you just turn them on and off as needed.
These units will not cool an entire house or apartment, but they will keep a single room comfortable, perhaps two if the placement of the unit is carefully chosen. Using these units in every room can get expensive. You have to purchase them, maintain them, and cover the electric bill, so be wise in your placement. Stick to the rooms you use the most, generally the living room and the bedroom.
Consultations and Recommendations
Not sure which window air-conditioning unit you should purchase? We are happy to help. Thanks to our years of experience repairing AC units, we know which brands tend to perform better and last longer than others. We can also help you determine which model you need based on the square footage and ceiling height of the room you need to cool. If you aren’t sure which rooms you should focus on, we would be happy to survey your space and give you our recommendations.
Window AC Installation
Installing these units is a two-person job. Window air conditioners are large and unwieldy, so we never go it alone. The exact process of placing the unit will depend on a variety of factors, including the condition of your window frame, the types of windows you have, the size of the windows, and the support structure needed to keep the unit safely in place. While there are a lot of factors to consider, installation tends to go pretty quickly, taking only a couple of hours or less in most cases.
Why You Should Trust Orange Coast Plumbing with Your Installation
There are countless guides online that make installation sound like an easy job to do yourself and thus avoid the cost of installation. But, as noted above, there are many factors to consider. The experts at Orange Coast Plumbing make sure that the space surrounding the unit is sealed to prevent air exchange that will make the unit work harder and increase your electric bill. We also know how to install the unit correctly in multiple window styles. We can determine if the window frame is in need of repair before a unit is installed. We can decide which types of support structures are necessary to keep the unit stable and your family safe. When you look at everything that Orange Coast Plumbing brings to the table, we are confident that you will see the value in hiring us to install your window AC unit.
Our Repair Service
If your window AC unit has stopped working or is underperforming, there are a variety of potential causes. The technicians at Orange Coast Plumbing can come to your home or office to examine the unit and diagnose the problem. We know how important it is to have your AC working, even throughout the night. So our technicians are available to help you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All you need to do is call us and our courteous and professional technicians will be at your door, ready to assess the situation and apply the correct solution.
Common Window AC Unit Problems
There are many different parts of your Window AC unit that work together to cool your space. The hot side of the unit — which is on the outside of the window — contains the hot coils, condenser, and compressor. The cool side of the unit — the one that is inside your home — contains the fan, cooling coils, fan, blower, and filter. If there is a problem with any one of these parts, your unit will either underperform or stop working altogether. Below are some of the more common problems we see.
Dirty Coils or Filter
These problems arise from a lack of maintenance. Your coils need to be cleaned and the filter changed regularly. We are happy to perform these tasks for you, cleaning out all the dust and debris, and getting your unit working well once again.
If your unit seems slow to turn on, has no moving air, or doesn’t turn on at all, you have an electrical problem. Depending on how old the unit is, these problems can be expected. However, you never want to ignore an electrical problem, as it could eventually turn into a safety issue. The moment you start to see signs of electrical problems, contact us.
If the unit is blowing air, but it isn’t cold, chances are you have a refrigerant leak. This can be dangerous to your health so you should contact us as soon as possible to repair it and clean it up.
Trust Our Experts with Repairs
Unless you have specific training repairing your brand of window AC unit, if you attempt to repair your unit on your own and something goes wrong, you will have to incur the costs of extensive professional repair, or of replacing the unit. When you compare that cost to the cost of our service, getting regular service is quite reasonable. There is great value and peace of mind in putting your window AC unit in the hands of professionals.
Choose Orange Coast Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning
Our technicians are highly experienced, backed by our training and years in the business. Each of our technicians is professional, courteous, and insured. With quality service and results you can trust, Orange Coast Plumbing is your choice for purchasing, servicing, and repairing Window AC units in Orange County, CA.