Air Conditioning Maintenance & Repair for Orange County & Los Angeles
A summer in SoCal without air conditioning can be downright unbearable. We here at Orange Coast Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning are concerned with your health and safety as well as your comfort. While we handle repair and maintenance on both air cooling and air conditioning units and systems, we also have extensive experience with complete HVAC systems.
How do AC units work?
Air conditioners are relatively simple systems that have been around for more than a century. The technology has improved in terms of quality, control, and effectiveness, but the methodology remains the same. Where air cooling systems are predominantly focused on lowering temperatures – typically via air circulation – air conditioners do much more than that. AC units draw in air and pass it through filtration, over a series of coils (half cold, half hot), then back through a filter and into the room or ventilation system.
One of biggest differences between air conditioners and other methods of air cooling is that air conditioners act as dehumidifiers, which makes a huge difference in lowering temperature and increasing comfort. Moisture isn’t the only thing AC units remove from the air, though. With a variety of filter configurations and options, air conditioners pull dust, debris, pollen, and other allergens out of the air, a feature which enables all of us to breathe a bit easier.
Common Air Conditioner Issues
There are a number of things that can go wrong with your air conditioner. For systems such as a whole HVAC or central air conditioner unit, ducts needs to be maintained and cleaned somewhat regularly to allow for proper air flow. In almost all units, there are filters that should be cleaned and/or replaced regularly. Good air flow is crucial to the effectiveness of any sort of air cooling or air conditioning.
When a unit will not turn on, it is often due to a power problem. The tricky part is finding it. Our expert HVAC repair technicians will determine if the electrical problem exists within the unit or in the wiring leading to the unit. Power and electrical supply issues are not something you want to ignore, because they can easily lead to bigger problems, such as an increase in electricity bills, a disruption of power flow to the unit, damage to other devices on the same circuit, or even an electrical fire.
Malfunctioning thermostats can also be a big issue, causing your air conditioner to do anything from run continuously to not at all. Thermostats may be external to the unit, or part of the unit itself. When they report false temperatures to the air conditioner, the unit will run according to those false temperatures. This could raise your power bill, fail to cool the area properly, or even shorten the life of your air conditioner.
Choosing the Right Air Conditioner
There are many different makes and models of air conditioners to choose from on the market. Our years of experience in air cooling, air conditioning, and HVAC systems are to your benefit when selecting an air conditioning system for your home, office, or apartment. Our technicians will inspect the area you’re trying to keep cool, taking into consideration existing insulation, ductwork, square footage, ceiling height, average ambient temperature, number of people in the building, and equipment being used in the building. With that information, we can provide recommendations to help you stay comfortable and save money.
Window Air Conditioner Units
Window air conditioners are an excellent choice for cooling down a room while on a budget. In some instances, with careful placement, a window air conditioner may actually be able to cool down two rooms, but any more than that is simply impractical. For convenience, these are great items and they keep the upfront costs down. However, they are not the most economical choice when it comes to cooling an entire house or business. When it comes to window air conditioner repair, Orange Coast Plumbing replaces filters and compressors, and has the know-how to repair a malfunctioning thermostat or control board. If the unit is beyond repair or the cost is prohibitive, our HVAC specialists can help you pick out a new unit to suit your needs.
Installing a window air conditioner is a two person job and not something you should try on your own. You also want to pay careful attention to the condition of your window casement. If necessary repairs are not made first, installing a window AC unit could lead to damaging both the window and the air conditioner. Our skilled AC technicians can inspect the window and make repairs if needed before installation. We can also make sure there is a nice, airtight seal around the air conditioner, so you aren’t opening your home or business to the elements or forcing the air conditioner to overwork itself.
Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioners
Ductless air units are often used in place of central air conditioning when the structure of the building doesn’t include room or support for ducting. When one of these units fails, it could be anything from a power supply problem to an evaporator issue. Our expert AC repair techs at Orange Coast Plumbing have extensive experience with these kinds of units, and we will find the problem and solve it, no matter how big or small. We use quality parts that we can stand behind, and we provide a guarantee on all of the repairs we do. Whether you have a single or multi-unit ductless AC system, we will get it back in working order at a better price than our competitors.
Central Air Conditioners
Central AC is common in Southern California. These units are large, typically sitting outside buildings. They are often measured by tonnage, which denotes how powerful they are. The units are connected to ducting in the home or business, allowing cool, conditioned air to flow throughout the building. They often have a single thermostat for the whole building, although modern technology has made sectional or region cooling possible. This innovation has proven to be a huge money saver in most cases, where certain sections of the house or business are cooled better than those not in use.
Programmable thermostats are another great option for central air units. This feature enables the AC to kick on automatically just before you get home or to your office, and turn off automatically shortly after everyone leaves for the day. With a brief inspection, we can help you determine which central air option is right for your home or business.
Whole HVAC Systems
Central air conditioning systems are usually engineered in tandem with heating units, both making use of the same duct system. While the actual air conditioner is one unit and the heater is another, they are considered part of a whole HVAC system. Repair on these central AC units can be complex. The units work like a room or window air conditioner, but on a larger scale. Central AC might be located on the roof or your building or beside it. This is perhaps the most common type of air conditioning system we are called on to repair, both in residential and commercial areas.
HVAC units have a number of components that can fail, including the blower fan, fuses, condenser unit, and thermostat. Having a qualified HVAC repair technician is critical — you want to make sure the problem is found and remedied as quickly as possible. Orange Coast Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning employs technicians certified for this kind of work, and you can count on us.
Improving Indoor Air Quality
Air conditioners are designed to do a few things besides lower temperature, such as remove particles, contaminants, and moisture from the air. As a result, air conditioners have added benefits, especially for the young and elderly as well as those who suffer from asthma or allergies. By removing allergens and particulates from the air, we improve indoor air quality. Cleaner air has been shown to promote health. Orange Coast Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning can help homeowners and business improve indoor air quality by conducting inspections of ducts and filtration systems as well as by installing and maintaining air purifiers, humidifiers and dehumidifiers.
Don’t Forget About AC Maintenance
Yearly AC inspection and tune ups are crucial for ensuring proper and efficient operation. This is just one of the services provided by Orange Coast Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. During this regular maintenance, one of our technicians checks your air cooling system to make sure everything is in optimal performance ranges. This inspection includes testing electronic components, changing filters, and making any necessary adjustments. Regular air conditioner maintenance helps prevent units from breaking down, and thus protects your investment and gives you peace of mind. This also lengthens the lifespan of your air conditioner or HVAC system.
Air Conditioning services Provided by Orange Coast Plumbing:
- Airflow balancing
- Air purification systems
- Air quality testing
- Blower door testing
- Carbon Monoxide testing
- Central air systems
- Control systems
- Coolant freeze-ups
- Coolant leaks
- Electronic air filters
- Energy Efficient Analysis
- Equipment installation and comfort specialists
- Evaporator coil cleaning
- Filter upgrades
- Fire/water damage specialists
- Ice makers
- Indoor Air Quality
- Indoor air quality assessment
- Indoor comfort analysis
- Refrigerant recharging
- Seasonal tune-ups
- Short cooling cycles
- Thermostat calibration
- Thermostats repaired/replaced
- Tubing installation
- UV lights
The Orange Coast Plumbing Commitment
For more than 30 years, we have been serving the fine people of Orange and Los Angeles Counties as their air conditioning repair company of choice. Our customer testimonials and A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau speak for themselves. We have sustained our growth in the service industry over the years due to our dedication to providing only the highest quality services to our customers. What does being the best entail? We strive for quality training, exceptional service, professional attire, and respect for our customers. We work hard to stay informed about the latest technologies and techniques, regularly attending conferences and training for the industry and top manufacturers of air conditioner units. We supply our team with the very best equipment and materials available. When we provide an estimate for AC repair, we keep our word to our customers and honor the price.
If you have questions about air conditioning repair or scheduled maintenance, feel free to call us at (800) 953-1110. You can also schedule an appointment right here on our website. We understand the urgency when your air conditioner isn’t working properly, which is why we also offer emergency 24-hour air conditioner repair.
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