Landry Mechanical Inc Plumbing HVAC & Electric Blog: Posts Tagged ‘AC Repair’

Why Go With a Professional HVAC Team?

Monday, August 28th, 2023

This might sound like a silly question, coming from us. But it’s actually super important that we answer it, since there are a lot of customers out there who are caught between spending more money for professional AC repair in Worcester County or calling a family friend for help. Amateurs and family members will always cost less money, and sometimes they’ll be free, but there’s always a catch to investing in this kind of work.

Getting something fixed without the trained and licensed hand of a professional can void the warranty on your air conditioning system. It can also increase the likelihood that something breaks down or runs into other problems. Professional service is convenient, fast, more reliable, and it also can cost less money in the long run.

If you’re still on the fence, let us give you a few more reasons for you to call our team instead of hiring an amateur.

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3 Tips to Stay Cool This Summer

Monday, July 3rd, 2023

It’s no secret that temperatures are starting to get very hot. You’ve seen it on the news, the weather report, and you’ve likely felt it on your way to work or when heading to the grocery store. That heat isn’t likely to go anywhere, and in fact, it’s probably going to get even hotter before fall arrives.

This means that you need to pull out all of the stops if you’re going to fight against the summer heat efficiently and effectively. AC repair in Millbury is one of many ways that you can ensure you’re well-prepared and cooled off enough to stave off negative effects like heat stroke and uncomfortable temperatures. This blog will focus on additional strategies to remain cool and collected.

Do you know what the best part about these tips is? They’re absolutely free. So make sure you follow along and keep a list on hand so you’re not taken by surprise when hot temperatures threaten your livelihood.

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Pro Tips: When to Choose a Professional

Monday, June 19th, 2023

We’d argue that you should always go with a professional when you need help with your air conditioning system. But we also want to recognize that we’re biased, since we are that team of professionals that you can call. So, trying to take our bias out of the equation, we’d like to earnestly look at when you should call for professional help.

AC repair in Worcester County can be expensive, and you might already have a family-friend or a buddy who has some industry knowledge that can do some repairs for you–but what are the downsides?

Today, we’re going to cover all of the positive reasons to go with a pro for your next AC repair, and some of the potential hazards of choosing an amateur for your next job. We hope that after this blog post, you’ll have all of the necessary information to choose the right team for the work you need.

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Smells, Noises, and Other Red Flags

Monday, June 12th, 2023

What does the term “red flag” mean to you? Perhaps it’s someone bringing up a dealbreaker on their first date. Or maybe it’s a used car for sale with an odd paint choice to cover up the rusted frame.

As consumers, we need to be on the lookout for red flags because they can sometimes be the difference between purchasing a lemon and investing in a system that’s worth it. In the case of AC, there are a million red flags to look out for, but they can get trickier when you already own the system.

For instance, if your AC is running smoothly in your home and there’s nothing that gives you pause, then congratulations! You can sit back and relax. But if your AC is making a sound, smelling bad, or doing something else that makes you concerned, then you might have a red flag on your hand that requires AC repair in Millbury!

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Stay Cool and Comfy This Summer

Monday, May 22nd, 2023

Summer is right around the corner. It might not feel like it yet, but after a couple more work weeks or a long vacation, it’ll be here and temperatures will be hot. That’s why we always like to approach air conditioning blog posts beforehand, so we’re preparing our customers for the inevitable heat waves to come.

However, this blog isn’t just about AC repair in Marlborough. Your AC is absolutely the central figure in keeping your home cool and comfortable, but it’s not the only piece of the puzzle. There are many things that customers can do to alleviate hot temperatures and help their air conditioners run well.

This blog post will get into 5 helpful tips for homeowners to avoid the heat and stay cool, and yes, getting your air conditioner repaired is one of them!

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An AC Estimate Followthrough

Monday, May 8th, 2023

You’ve finally scheduled that appointment for AC repair in Marlborough. It’s tough, but you know it’s the right thing. This time, you’ve done things differently, like hiring a team with credentials. You’re bound to get much better results than the time you hired a family friend or a coworker.

So first, we’d like to congratulate you for getting this far. In a sea of empty promises, it can be tough to just get to the point where you feel like you’re on the right track. And if you’ve scheduled professional AC repair with a licensed technician, you’re definitely doing the right thing.

However, the work isn’t done and there’s more to prepare for! Get ready, take out your trusty notebook, and let’s start talking about the AC repair estimate process. Trust us when we say you’re going to want to know what questions to ask.

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How Much Is Too Much For An AC Repair?

Monday, March 20th, 2023

There are times when you’re out buying supplies or gifts and you discover a price tag that you know is too high to justify. This can be easy to figure out when getting groceries, clothes, and household items. But it can be harder to figure out if the price of some other things is too high.

Determining if an AC repair in Southborough is too expensive is an important distinction to make. That’s because that price can tell you whether you need a new system or not. The price of your AC repair can be a warning that you need a system replacement instead. Here’s how to tell how much is too much for a system repair.

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Quick and Efficient Ways to Clean Your AC Drain Line Clog

Tuesday, May 17th, 2022

Your AC condensate drain line removes condensation from the evaporator coil to prevent leaks and ice clogs. The drain has an exterior opening through which sludge, debris, and bacteria can find their way into your system. The buildup of these elements in your drain line can cause clogs, which, if not cleaned, can lead to water damage and mold growth. Drain line clogs are preventable, and homeowners who schedule regular, professional drain line cleaning services will rarely deal with clogged drains.

It does not require a third eye to detect clogs in your air conditioner drain line. Drain line clogs cause almost the same issues other AC problems cause, including poor performance, increased energy bills, and bad odors. An air conditioner with a clogged condensate drain line may also have an overflowing drain pan. Removing drain clogs is not entirely a professional job, but calling your AC technician should be the first line of action when you detect drain line clogs. To unclog your drain lines at home, check out the following tips.

Start By Locating Your AC Drain Pipe Opening

The initial most essential step to removing drain clogs is to identify the exact location of the AC drainpipe opening. You don’t need expensive tools or decade-long skills to locate a condensate drain and exterior AC unit outlet. Finding such pipe won’t be a hassle if the place you live in receives a humid climate throughout the year. The drain works more in humid weather to remove excess moisture, and lots of water pours out during this time of the year. To identify the drainpipe, you need to look at the area outside your ducting system with more water flowing out.

However, in winter, when the climate is super cold, and humidity levels are low, it will not be an easy task to locate the AC drainpipe opening. In fact, it could take you days or even weeks to identify the drainpipe, especially if you’re not familiar with the setup of the outdoor AC unit. However, you shouldn’t subject yourself to days of futile searching. It only requires knowing the shape, size, and possible locations where the drain pipe could be found. To cut a long story short, an AC drain pipe is a 3/4–inch PV pipe that elongates from the eaves or wall of your home. The opening at the end of this pipe is the drainpipe opening.

Locate the Exact Location Where Your Drain Pipe Connects to the Evaporator Coil

Now that you’ve located your drain opening, it’s time to identify the joint connecting the drainpipe to the evaporator coil. Check the opposite end of your air conditioner pipe and locate the joint connecting the line to the evaporator coil. In a standard setting, water extracted from the evaporator coil will accumulate in the drain fan before channeling out into the drain pipe.

Usually, the water flowing out will make the pipe curve down to create a trap. The drain pipe will have a cleanout at its top section just before the trap. You need to identify the cleanout because it’s from that exact point you will be doing the cleaning work.

Open Your AC Cleanout to Locate the Drain Pipe

The cleanout offers access to the drainpipe, allowing easy cleaning of the mess blocking water flow. It’s the exact opening you need to add chemicals and solutions for cleaning clogs inside your AC drain pipe. In the manufacturer’s state, the cleanout will be sealed, although some manufacturers don’t usually cap the cleanout. Start by removing the slip cap encasing the cleanout if your cleanout comes with a seal. Keep the cleanout seal safely because you need to fix it back to its original position after cleaning your drain line clog.

You can tell the amount of clog and how far the clog is through the cleanout opening. Use a torch to observe the inside of the drain pipe. If the clog is in a close view location, you will notice spiteful substances, including mold and green slime. However, if the clog is not in close range, you may not see anything when you flash the light into the drain pipe.

Pour Your Cleaning Agent Down the Cleanout

Now flush out the clog with the proper cleaning agent. Look for a cleaning agent with potent antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties. You want to remove the clog and still cleanse the bacteria and fungi accumulated in your drain pipe. You can use standard fragrance-free laundry bleach if you’re low on budget. Ordinary laundry bleach is cheap, available, and can do the job excellently.

Add the right amount into the cleanout outlet, and allow it to flow into your drain pipe. The cleanout opening has a limited circumference, so you need to use a funnel to safely add the laundry bleach into your drain line. Watch the flow of the bleach, and if it gurgles or fails to flow, allow it some minutes to flow. You’re advised to add as much cleaning agent as you can. Don’t cleanse the drain line immediately after adding the cleaning agent.

Now Rinse the Drain Pipe

Now that you have poured the cleaning agent and allowed enough time to bleach and remove the mold and slime, you need to rinse the drain line. The setup of the drainpipe enables most of the cleaning bleach to drain out on its own, but all contents of the bleaching agent won’t be removed unless you rinse it out. Allowing the bleach to sit in the drain pipe for an extended period will damage your PVC pipe. It could as well shorten its lifespan.

Don’t celebrate too early and forget the important step of rinsing your drain pipe. Make sure you rinse everything out using hot water. Confirm all debris and bleach contents have been rinsed out before setting the drainpipe seal back to the cleanout opening.

Other Possible Ways to Remove the Clog

Using a cleaning agent is not the only way to clean drain line clogs. You can also use a wet-dry vacuum or plumber’s snake to remove the clog. If you have a plumber’s snake or wet-dry vacuum, you will need to open and put off the AC service panel to access the drip pan and drain. Setup the wet-dry vacuum hose on the tee feature with the threaded plug on your service panel, and then run the vacuum for approximately five minutes to remove the clog. If you’re using a plumber’s snake, you must do it such that you have removed all the buildup before pulling out the snake. After cleaning with a wet-dry vacuum or plumber’s snake, you’ll need to pour vinegar into the drainpipe to remove the remaining clogs.

Remember that DIY drain line unclogging methods don’t always work. If you tried these tricks to no avail or have no time to conduct DIY drain line clog removal, talk with qualified technicians at Landry Mechanical Inc Plumbing HVAC & Electric. We’re a top-leading HVAC company serving clients in central & Metro West Massachusetts, committed to exceeding our clients’ expectations. We have been in the HVAC and plumbing industry since 2008 and have managed to serve thousands of satisfied clients. The factory-trained and certified at Landry Mechanical Inc Plumbing HVAC & Electric have the expertise to handle air conditioner repairs, installations, and replacements.

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