Air Conditioner Not Cooling? Here are Some Common Causes

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During the summer, you count on your air conditioner to work without giving it much thought. Yet, when it doesn’t work properly, it becomes a huge inconvenience. Before you panic, however, there are some simple things you can check on your own that might just fix the problem quickly and easily. Knowing what you can do and when you will need a professional is important.

Before Calling a Professional:

  • Check the Thermostat
    The thermostat can accidentally get switched to the wrong setting. Make sure it is set to “auto” and not “heat” or “on.” If it is set to “on” the fan will blow air even when the air conditioner is not cooling.
  • Clean the Outside A/C Unit
    Make sure there is nothing clogging the coils. Clear away any leaves, dirt, or other debris. Keep shrubs and plants trimmed and at least two feet from the unit. Carefully clean the outside of the unit with a hose (low pressure), coil cleaner, and a coil brush.
  • Change Your Filter
    Dirty filters make your A/C work harder than necessary and compromise performance. Replace your filter every one to two months during cooling season.

Problems a Professional Will Need to Fix:

  • Restriction in the airflow
    This could be caused by a number of things, including a clogged filter or lack of regular maintenance. Restricted airflow can cause the compressor to freeze up.
  • No electricity getting to the outside unit
    This can happen if the circuit breaker has tripped or a fuse has blown, and can indicate a major problem with the unit.
  • Dirty evaporator coil
    The evaporator coil, which is part of the inside A/C unit, can get dirty if the filter isn’t changed regularly and must be cleaned by a professional.
  • Outdoor condenser fan not operating
    The condenser fan can fail if the fan motor is bad.
  • Low on refrigerant
    This usually indicates a leak in the system that needs to be repaired, and can also be a sign that the compressor is about to fail.
  • Broken or disconnected return duct
    A damaged return duct will pull in unconditioned (warm) air from the outside or an attic space.

Have you determined you need a Professional? Don’t wait! If your air conditioner is blowing warm air, contact a Rheem Pro Partner to schedule an appointment today!

Is Now a Good Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner?

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If your A/C has been malfunctioning, or is not working as efficiently or effectively as it should, you may be thinking about purchasing a new one. There are several factors to consider when contemplating this major investment.

  • Age of the Air Conditioner

    Age alone is not a reason to replace your air conditioner. If it works, and your utility bills are low, you’re probably fine not making a change. It is worth noting, however, that many improvements have been made to newer air conditioners. Improvements such as programmable thermostats and better overall design make them much more energy efficient. The savings on utility bills could be significant if you have an older unit, and those savings can greatly offset the cost of a new air conditioner. Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current A/C is 10 or more years old. Many HVAC technicians typically recommend replacing units if they are 15 years or older. Your HVAC professional can help you evaluate the savings you are likely to achieve with a new system and determine whether a replacement makes sense for you.

  • Frequency and Cost of Repairs

    If you’re constantly replacing parts or repeatedly having the same repair issues you should consider replacement. Even if this is your first significant repair, a good guideline is the $5,000 rule. Multiply the age of your air conditioner by the cost of the repair. If the number is greater than $5,000, replacing it makes sense.

  • Nature of Repairs

    If your A/C requires additional refrigerant (Freon) that can indicate there is leak. This type of repair can get pricey pretty quickly. The coolant itself costs $40-$175 per pound. While that may include the cost of the service call, repairing the leak plus topping off the coolant can run between $550 and $1,000. This type of leak can also signal that the compressor is about to fail. All together, replacing the compressor, repairing the leak, and adding coolant can cost as much as a new low-end unit.

  • Energy Efficiency

    The industry measures efficiency of new air conditioners with the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the product. In January 2006, the standard for residential air conditioners was increased to a SEER of 13 or higher. Efficient A/C systems keep your utility bills low and also reduce your environmental impact.

Additional Factors

Some other things to consider include:

Is the repair covered by a warranty?

Are replacement parts available?

How long do you plan to stay in your home? Will you reap enough benefit from a new air condition, either through your own comfort or through the sale of your home?

What is the life expectancy of the unit? Is it serviceable for a few more years?

New refrigerants. R22 was the standard for many years and is now being phased out and the price is getting very expensive. Manufacturers are no longer allowed to make AC units with R22. All newly manufactured air conditioning units are now using R410A – an earth friendly refrigerant.

To gauge the condition of your existing air conditioner, schedule an inspection today with the most qualified HVAC technicians – a Rheem Pro Partner.

5 Ways to Prepare Your Air Conditioner for the Summer Heat

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Your air conditioner has been unused for the past six months or so, and you may be thinking that it will just be ready to go when you need it. Over the winter, however, your system has been collecting leaves and debris that could impact its performance. Consider doing a bit of maintenance now to get your unit running properly. Taking care of your air conditioner early can save you headaches later on when busy service professionals are harder to schedule and top-of-the-season prices apply.

Why wait? Here are 5 things you can do yourself right now.

1. Check the Thermostat

Turn the unit on by lowering the temperature on your thermostat to the “cool” setting. Your AC should turn on within a few minutes and begin cooling.

2. Replace the Air Conditioner’s Filter

Chances are you haven’t replaced the filter since last season. Start the new season with a clean filter. Then, change the filter each month in order to ensure optimal performance, maximize the life of your air conditioner, maintain good air quality and eliminate allergens.

3. Clean and Clear Debris Away from the Unit

If your central air conditioner’s condenser unit (typically located outdoors) has been uncovered all winter, it will need to be cleared of leaves, dirt, and debris. Debris that has collected over the winter can clog the coils. Start by turning off the power to the unit. Clear any dirt and debris from around the unit, then move on to cleaning the coils.

4. Test the Unit

After cleaning the unit, allow it to dry thoroughly. Turn the thermostat in your home to OFF. Next, turn on the power at both the disconnect box and at the main panel. Last, switch the thermostat to COOL.

If the air conditioner doesn’t come on, or your home doesn’t reach an adequate cool temperature, call to schedule a service appointment right away.

5. Schedule a Tune-up

If cleaning and maintaining your air conditioner seems overwhelming, consider scheduling your certified service professional to do it for you twice a year. Regular maintenance prevents a host of costly problems and ensures your system is ready to go when you need it. Schedule an Air Conditioner tune-up with your Rheem Pro Partner for optimal efficiency and peace of mind.

Contact a Rheem Pro Partner to inspect and service your AC equipment today and breathe easy this summer.

7 Tips to Determine Whether You Should Repair or Replace Your Air Conditioner

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By now, most of us are ready for a break from the cold and snow, but are you ready for those hot summer temperatures?  Now is the time to be thinking about your old air conditioner, before the heat catches you off guard.

You may be wondering if your air conditioner still has enough life to get you through another season, or if it’s time for a new one.  There are several things to consider when making that determination:

1.The age of the unit.

Energy Star recommends replacing an air conditioner that is 10 or more years old.  Many HVAC professionals recommend replacing units after 15 years. Newer models are much more energy efficient, which can result in substantially lower operating costs as well as improved performance.

2.The nature of the repair.

If your A/C requires additional coolant, it may have a leak.  Fixing the leak and replacing several pounds of coolant can cost $500 to $1000.  A coolant leak is also an indication that the compressor will soon go out.

3. Operating costs vs. performance

Are you repairing your A/C often, yet it still does not cool your home sufficiently? Are your energy bills rising?  Energy Star estimates that newer units can save 20 percent on heating and cooling costs.  In addition to being more energy efficient, new units often include programmable thermostats, which allow you to run your A/C only when someone is home.

4. How long you plan to stay in your home.

If you expect to own your home for a long time, and both your utility bills and the cost of a repair are high, it may make sense to purchase a new air conditioner.

5.Your cooling system is noisy or you have excessive dust.

A noisy A/C could indicate that your duct system is undersized or that there is a problem with the indoor coil of your cooling equipment. Excessive dust can mean a leak in your ductwork.  An HVAC professional can determine if repair or replacement of your ductwork is warranted, either instead of replacing your A/C mechanicals, or in conjunction with installing a new system.

6. How well insulated is your home?

Poor insulation can make your cooling (and heating) system work harder and less efficiently.  Addressing leaks throughout your home may allow your current air conditioner to work adequately.

7. Size of your A/C.

If the current unit in your home is undersized, that could be the reason it is not cooling sufficiently.  Similarly, replacing an older unit with a new one that is too big will result in higher costs and inefficient operation due to more frequent on/off cycling.   Make sure your HVAC contractor includes a load calculation with a computer printout (not just a ballpark estimate) to be sure you are choosing a unit that is the correct size for your space.

Repair or replace? Your Colorado or Wyoming Rheem Pro Partner can help you make the right choice.  Contact us today!

Advantages of HVAC Maintenance Performed by a Colorado or Wyoming Rheem Pro Partner

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Your home is the one place where life should be worry-free. While we can’t guarantee that you’ll never have any disappointments, we can guarantee that you won’t be disappointed when you choose a Colorado or Wyoming Rheem Pro Partner for your HVAC maintenance (and all your HVAC needs).

Heating and cooling are two of the most important systems in your home, and it is important to have maintenance and repairs done by someone you trust.  Rheem Pro Partner was created with that in mind.

Rheem Pro Partner Contractors (formerly The Rheem Team) has been serving customers throughout Colorado and Wyoming since 1992. 
Formed with the goal of being the most highly trained, reliable, and professional technicians in the industry, Rheem Pro Partner backs individual contractors with the strength of a national organization.  That means you can rest assured that you will receive the highest quality workmanship and customer service.

All Rheem Pro Partner Top Contractors strive for complete customer satisfaction with every job. 
Each of our contractors is a licensed, highly trained, courteous, NATE-certified HVAC professional offering free on-site evaluations and quotes, and 100% satisfaction of the completed work.

Did you know Rheem Pro Partner services all HVAC brands and systems 24/7?  

Our full range of services includes:

  • Installation
  • Repairs and maintenance for heating and cooling systems
  • Water heaters
  • Indoor air quality
  • Real time monitoring service that allow you to adjust your thermostat from your mobile phone          

Rheem Pro Partner is dedicated to always providing exceptional service and workmanship.  Call us today and have one less thing to worry about!

How to Choose a Commercial HVAC Contractor

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One commercial HVAC contractor is not necessarily the same as the next one. It’s important to understand that almost every commercial building requires the assistance of a reliable commercial HVAC system repair company at some point in time. Finding a good match for your building’s unique needs is essential. As the manager or owner of a commercial building, it’s a good idea to build a professional relationship with a reputable and reliable commercial building HVAC company.

A good commercial HVAC contractor is not necessarily hard to find. But it does require a bit of work. Calling the commercial HVAC contractor that offers the absolutely lowest price is not necessarily the way to go. While you might pay less for a maintenance appointment or a one-time service call, that company might not be reliable or dependable in the long run.

Here are tips on how to find and select a commercial HVAC contractor:

The internet. It’s not necessarily advisable to find a commercial HVAC contractor on the internet without reading reviews of the company. A reputable commercial HVAC company can be discovered by conducting an internet search. Make sure to carefully read online reviews, check the company’s complaint history with the Better Business Bureau, and search for any negative information on the internet before calling the company to schedule an appointment.

Ask for a referral. If you work in the building management industry, you probably know other people who also work in this profession. Ask your colleagues for a recommendation. World of mouth referrals are often the most reliable and useful.

Inquire with the HVAC company you typically use for residential HVAC services. If you have ever called for residential HVAC services and you liked the company that helped you, give that company a call. It’s possible that the company offers commercial HVAC services as well as residential services. If it doesn’t, the company might be able to provide you with an excellent recommendation.

Once you’ve narrowed down your commercial HVAC contractor choices to one or two, it’s important to verify that the contractor is licensed, bonded and has insurance.

Other considerations when hiring a commercial building HVAC contractor:

The details of the work contract. When you hire a commercial HVAC system contractor, it’s a good idea to get a description of the work in writing. Also, make sure the contractor puts the cost of the work in writing as well as the anticipated completion date for the work.

Is the HVAC contactor available to handle emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? When your commercial building must have a functioning HVAC system every day of the year, it’s important that an HVAC contractor is on-call in case of an emergency.

Does the contractor offer a maintenance plan (and what does it include)? It’s a good idea to consider a maintenance plan if the price is reasonable. A maintenance plan may include seasonal tune-ups and equipment checks – which are both essential to the upkeep of your commercial building’s HVAC system.

Stop Paying for Preventable Air Conditioner Repair!

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If you have a pile of extra money laying around that you would like to spend on air conditioner repairs… that is your choice! But if you don’t want to spend your savings on home air conditioner repair, there are things you can do to try and prevent it. While there are certainly Denver air conditioner repair companies that are willing to repair your central air conditioning system when it is not functioning properly, your goal should be to spend as little as possible on ac repairs each year. This is a possibility by following a few simple guidelines.

Here are tips on how to stop paying for preventable air conditioner repairs:

Always call a Top Contractor. If you are in need of air conditioner repairs, call Rheem Pro Partner. All of our HVAC technicians are Top Contractors. Our group of Top Contractors are known as elite. Every independently owned HVAC contractor in this group is highly trained and completely professional. It is the goal of Rheem Pro Partner to provide 100% satisfaction to all customers. When you have your home air conditioner repair completed by a member of Rheem Pro Partner, you can rest assured that the repair is completed correctly. This can help prevent future problems – and can ultimately save you money.

Follow the advice of your HVAC technician. One of the best ways to learn more about your home’s central air conditioning system is to ask questions and listen to your HVAC technician. During your next routine HVAC system maintenance appointment, make sure to ask questions about the most effective method for taking care of your air conditioner. Find out as much as you can about you system, so you know how to avoid preventable air conditioner problems.

Have ac repairs completed as soon as they are detected. It’s always best to repair ac problems as soon as they are discovered instead of waiting weeks or months to call a Denver air conditioner repair company. When problems are left unfixed, they can lead to further damage to your HVAC system.

Always have your air conditioner maintained and tuned-up at least once a year. One of the most effective ways to prevent air conditioner problems is to have your system checked and tuned-up by a professional home air conditioner repair person at least once a year. During the maintenance appointment, the system can be checked for impending problems, and problems can be repaired before they become more significant and more expensive to fix.

It’s absolutely possible to prevent certain air conditioner problems. For additional advice on how to keep your central air conditioning system in tip-top shape, give Rheem Pro Partner a call. We are happy to give homeowners advice, tips and guidance on all issues related to their HVAC system. If you ever need air conditioner repairs, we always provide quick, reliable and dependable HVAC service to homeowners located anywhere in the Denver metro area.

HVAC Tips Can Be Found on Many Reputable Websites

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Looking for HVAC tips? There are countless websites on the internet that contain HVAC advice and HVAC information. Many of the sites are highly reputable and provide a great service to homeowners and individuals responsible for commercial building maintenance.

We’ve compiled a list of 10 websites that offer excellent HVAC tips and provide information that can be beneficial to anyone in need of HVAC advice.

  1. gov – This website is maintained by the U.S. Department of Energy. Many of the helpful articles published on this site provide information on HVAC efficiently, tips on how to select an HVAC system, and information on how to save money on energy consumption.
  1. House Logic – The House Logic website is produced by the National Association of Realtors. The goal of the website is to provide information to homeowners that will help you make decisions related to your home. A multitude of articles related to HVAC tips and HVAC information is published on this website.
  1. The United States Environmental Protection Agency – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which is commonly referred to as the EPA, has a website that provides an abundance of information related to indoor air quality, HVAC systems, HVAC tips and much more.
  1. Home Advisor – The Home Advisor website contains a large amount of information in its Articles & Advice section. The articles provide HVAC tips that can be helpful to homeowners looking to learn the basics about various home projects and about how systems within your home work in general.
  1. This Old House – There are hundreds of HVAC tips available to visitors of the This Old House website. From video clips to step-by-step instructions, anyone looking for information about a heating, cooling or ventilation system will likely be able to locate useful information on this website.
  1. Heating and Cooling Help – The Heating and Cooling Help website is an excellent resources for anyone looking for HVAC tips or information on heating, cooling or air quality. Information on topics ranging from air cleaners to heat pumps to thermostats to zoning is covered on this site.
  1. Porch – According to its website, the mission of Porch is to encourage homeowners to love their home. The site contains many articles that include HVAC tips and other important pieces of HVAC information that can be very useful to homeowners looking for more information about their heating, cooling and ventilation system.
  1. Today’s Homeowners – Today’s Homeowner website offers readers expert advice on many issues related to homeownership – which includes HVAC Tips, insulation, maintenance tips, air duct cleaning, air filters, and much more.
  1. Bob Vila – If you are looking for information on HVAC installation, HVAC tips, HVAC advice, or any other type of information related to an HVAC system, the Bob Vila website is a great place to start. This website provides information to homeowners looking for advice related to either minor or major home projects or the replacement or repair of any type of system or appliance that exists in a home.

Tips for Fall HVAC Maintenance

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Getting your HVAC maintenance accomplished and preparing your HVAC system for fall is simple. As long as you adhere to an HVAC maintenance checklist, you should not have to put too much effort into preparing your system for the cooler weather ahead.

September is usually a transition month. The weather can still be quite warm, but it’s easy to tell that fall is on the way. While temperatures during the daytime hours can be sweltering, nighttime typically brings much cooler and pleasant temperatures. You might still need to use your air conditioner round-the-clock during September, but chances are your system will run less frequently.

This time of year, it’s a good idea to think about HVAC maintenance and scheduling an end-of-season appointment with your  HVAC company. When you call for an appointment, make sure to ask for a an HVAC maintenance checklist to help you better prepare for your appointment.

Fall HVAC maintenance on your air conditioning system can be seen as a preventive measure. If your air conditioning system is in tip-top shape going into the fall season, it should be ready for use next year. Additionally, an HVAC maintenance appointment will ensure your HVAC system is ready to handle the upcoming winter season.

Following are several very good tips to keep in mind regarding a fall HVAC maintenance appointment:

  • A fall HVAC maintenance appointment will provide an opportunity for an HVAC technician to help you re-program your thermostat for upcoming cold weather. If you need help programming your thermostat for the winter, this is a good opportunity to have an HVAC technician help you set your thermostat with desired temperature settings for cold weather.
  •  A fall HVAC maintenance appointment is a good time to make sure your HVAC filter is clean. You should be regularly changing or cleaning your HVAC system’s air filter. If you haven’t changed your filter in a while, it can be changed during your fall HVAC maintenance appointment.
  •  A fall HVAC maintenance appointment will ensure your HVAC maintenance checklist is fulfilled. There are certain tasks that should be completed as part of your HVAC maintenance checklist. Your HVAC technician will make sure all items are checked off the list.
  •  A fall HVAC maintenance appointment is a good time of year to make sure your system is in good shape and ready for winter. The last thing you want is for cold weather to arrive, and your HVAC system to not be ready. A fall maintenance appointment will reduce the risk that something will go wrong with your furnace when you need it.

 The short period of time in between summer and winter, during which you may not need to utilize either your air conditioning system or your furnace, is a good time to schedule an HVAC maintenance appointment. If your system is in need of repairs, the repairs can be completed during this period of low usage. It’s always a good idea to stay ahead of the game with your annual HVAC maintenance appointment. Schedule yours today!

 

 

Schedule Your Commercial HVAC Maintenance Appointment Now!

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Commercial HVAC maintenance is important and should not be put off. If you own, operate or are responsible for the maintenance of a commercial building, it’s essential that you schedule routine commercial HVAC services so that your building’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning system remains in good working order all year long. Because the season is on the verge of changing from warm to cold, now is a good time to schedule your commercial HVAC maintenance appointment.

The HVAC system in a commercial building is just as important to maintain as an HVAC system that exists within a private residence. People who work and spend time in a commercial building expect the indoor air quality inside of the commercial building to be at a healthy level. Additionally, individuals who work or spend time in a commercial building expect the indoor temperature to remain at a comfortable level all year long.

Regularly scheduled commercial HVAC maintenance is important for several reasons including:

Costly commercial HVAC repair can be averted. Depending on the size of the commercial building, the building’s HVAC system can be quite large and complex. With regular maintenance and tune-ups, the system can be kept in good working order and potential costly repairs can oftentimes be avoided when issues are caught early.

A well-maintained commercial HVAC system can be less expensive to run. When an HVAC system is in good working order, it functions the most efficiently. A commercial HVAC system can be expensive to run – but costs can be kept as low as possible by keeping the system maintained.

A commercial HVAC system that is tuned-up on a regular schedule may have a longer lifespan. As the owner, operator, or person in charge of the maintenance of a commercial building, you probably know that the cost of a new commercial HVAC system can be quite expensive. If you want to put off or avoid the need to purchase a new commercial HVAC system, make sure to have your current system maintained. It may be possible to prolong the life of a commercial HVAC system by keeping up with its maintenance and repair requirements.

If your commercial building exists in a climate that experiences drastic seasonal temperature fluctuations (e.g. you experience hot summers and cold winters), it’s especially important that your commercial HVAC system is in good working order all year long. Many commercial buildings are not equipped with windows that open or an alternate source of ventilation. The health and comfort of the workers or visitors to your commercial building is put at risk when your building’s HVAC system is not functioning properly.

Commercial HVAC maintenance and services should be easy to schedule with a local commercial HVAC repair company. Many HVAC companies service both commercial and residential customers. It’s important to have the HVAC system in your commercial building ready for the upcoming change of season. Avoid potential problems by scheduling your commercial HVAC maintenance appointment today!