Air Conditioning Repair in Rapid City, South Dakota

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How to Fix 3 Common Troubles

Diagnosing a problem and completing your own AC repair in Rapid City, SD, can seem like a lot of hassle.

But it doesn’t have to be. There are several fast adjustments you can try without help that might help you get out of an AC service call.

When you’re experiencing air conditioning troubles, follow this checklist before getting in touch with a heating and cooling repair professional like Street Heating and Cooling.

Our professionals are available at 605-206-3915 when you need knowledgeable help. We have air conditioning repair and work on most makes of central air conditioning.

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If you want to buy an updated air conditioning system, we also can do AC installation.

When you’re talking with us, consider a regular AC maintenance plan that could help you keep clear of later problems. We can advise how often you need air conditioner service.

Prepared to begin diagnosing your system? Try our easy guide below. Many of these processes don’t require any HVAC knowledge.

 

Air Conditioner Repair Checklist


1. AC Won’t Turn On

There can be a few causes why your air conditioner won’t cool: a triggered circuit breaker, wrong thermostat settings, a shut off switch or an overflowing condensate drain pan.

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Overloaded Circuit Breaker

Your cooling won’t start when you have a tripped breaker.

To see if one has blown, find your house’s main electrical panel. You can find this gray fixture on the wall in the basement, garage or closet.

  • Make sure your hands and feet are free of moisture before you work on the panel or breakers.
  • Find the breaker labeled “AC” and ensure it’s in the “on” spot. If it’s triggered, the switch will be in the in between or “off” spot.
  • Steadily move the breaker back to the “on” spot. If it instantly trips again, leave it alone and reach us at 605-206-3915. A fuse that keeps flipping may mean your home has an electrical issue.

incorrect thermostat icon Incorrect Thermostat Settings

If your thermostat isn’t telling your system to start, it won’t activate.

The key step is making sure it’s set to “cool” and not “heat.” Otherwise your air conditioner will probably not start running. Or you may have hot air coming from vents since the heat is going instead.

If you’re using a traditional thermostat:

  • Swap out the batteries if the screen is clear. If the screen is presenting jumbled numbers, get a new thermostat.
  • Ensure the proper program is showing. If you can’t change it, reverse it by dropping the temperature and pushing the “hold” button. This will cause your AC to run if the configuration is incorrect.
  • Attempt to set the thermostat 5 degrees lower than the space’s temperature. Your AC won’t work if the thermostat is identical to the room’s temperature.

Once your thermostat is adjusted accurately, you should receive cold air fast.

If you’re using a smart thermostat, including ones made by Nest, Ecobee, Lux, Honeywell or Bosch, go to the manufacturer’s website for assistance. If you’re still having problems, reach us at 605-206-3915 for support.


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Your system typically has a shut-down device near its outdoor unit. This switch is generally in a metal box hung on your residence. If your unit has recently been tuned up, the switch may have unintentionally been positioned in the “off” location.


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Condensate drain pans hold the surplus water your AC takes out of the air. This pan can be found either below or within your furnace or air handler.

When there’s a clog or blocked drain, water can become concentrated and prompt a safety feature to turn off your system.

If your pan has a PVC pipe or drain, you can clear the extra condensation with a custom pan-cleaning tab. You can get these tabs at a home improvement or hardware store.

If your pan has a pump, find the float switch. If the switch is “up” and there’s water in the pan, you could need to replace the pump. Reach us at 605-206-3915 for assistance.


2. AC Blows Warm Air

If your system is working but not providing cold air, its airflow could be obstructed. Or it might not have enough refrigerant.

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Obstructed Airflow

Your unit’s airflow can be limited by a plugged air filter or dirty condenser.

How to Put in a New Your Air Filter

A dusty filter can lead to countless issues, such as:

  • Lower airflow
  • Icy refrigerant lines or evaporator coil
  • Uneven cooling
  • Higher energy expenses
  • Making your system break down sooner

We propose installing new flat filters every four weeks, and accordion filters every three months.

If you aren’t sure when you last replaced yours, shut off your unit fully and remove the filter. You can spot the filter in your furnace or air pump’s blower compartment. It may also be found in an attached filter case or wall-mounted return air grille.

Tilt the filter up to the light. If you can’t see any light, you should get a new one.

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5 Tips on Cleaning Your Cooling Equipment

Greenery, grass and shrubbery can block your condensing system. This could limit its airflow, make it less energy efficient and impact your comfort. Here’s a way you can get your system operating smoothly again.

  1. Shut off power totally at the breaker or outdoor device.
  2. Get rid of greenery waste around the equipment. Once you’ve removed bigger refuse within a two-foot space, you can use a paint brush or vacuum to slowly remove dirt from the equipment’s fins. Misshapen fins can also hurt effectiveness, so you can attempt to straighten them with a dinner knife.
  3. Remove the upper part of your system and pull out any leaves or sticks that has accumulated. Then wipe off the condenser fan with a moist cloth.
  4. Use a hose nozzle to slowly clean the fins from inside the unit. Make sure to avoid getting water on the fan motor.
  5. Install the top again and turn the power back on.
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Not Enough Refrigerant

When air conditioning systems don’t have sufficient refrigerant, they’ll have to work much harder to remove heat and humidity from your house.

Here are a couple of symptoms that your equipment is leaking refrigerant:

  1. It takes a long time to cool your home and you’re regularly lowering the thermostat.
  2. Air coming through the vents isn’t as chilled as it should be.
  3. You’re experiencing fizzing or bubbling noises when cooling is on.
  4. Your evaporator coil is frozen because it’s having an issue handling humidity.

Think your system is seeping refrigerant? You need a certified heating and cooling service specialist to repair the leak and replenish the correct measurement of refrigerant in your unit. Contact us at 605-206-3915 for support.

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3. AC Not Blowing Enough Air

When it seems like you’re not receiving enough cold air, there’s potentially an obstruction or detachment inside your AC equipment.

  • The initial place is checking your air filter. Buy a new one if it’s soiled.
  • Then check the ductwork is clear across your house.
  • If you’re still not receiving ample cold air, you should have your duct system checked by a expert like Street Heating and Cooling. Your ductwork might need to be serviced or reconnected in limited space areas like your attic, basement or crawl space.

Request Professional Air Conditioner Repair Right Away

When you need air conditioning service quickly, contact the HVAC repair professionals at Street Heating and Cooling at 605-206-3915. We’ll promptly pinpoint the problem when your system won’t start or deliver sufficient cool air.

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