It’s hot outside in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and the surrounding areas. You can’t escape the heat because it’s the middle of summer. Your last vestige of hope is your nice and cool air-conditioned home. But your air conditioning unit has frozen. At Affordable Service Plumbing Heating and Cooling, we know how this sounds. Frozen in the middle of summer? It doesn’t make sense. But a frozen AC Unit is common. Here’s why and what you need to know!How your AC Freezes Up
Not Enough Air. Not enough air flowing through your unit to exchange heat for refrigerant could be the main culprit of a frozen AC unit. The condensation that appears around the coil is usually carried away by the exchange of heat, but if the unit doesn’t receive air, it will not heat up and it will freeze instead.
Mechanical Failures. More specifically, this usually comes down to the blower fan, which helps remove the warmer air from home and replace it with the cool. Cold air is heavier, and it doesn’t flow as easy as warm air does. If the warm and cold air doesn’t switch places, a pressure problem can make your AC unit freeze.What to Do
Clean Your Filters. This is step one. It’s the most common reason your AC Unit may not be getting enough air. Air filters keep dust and other airborne debris from getting into your AC unit. So, like any filter, they need to be changed regularly so they don’t get too clogged up.
Add Refrigerant. If the filters are good to go, the next thing to check is your refrigerant level. Ask the experts at Affordable Service Plumbing Heating, Plumbing, and Cooling to inspect your AC unit and refill your refrigerant if needed. Alternatively, the refrigerant could be leaking and causing a variety of problems. Have Affordable Service tend to these leaks, especially if your unit is leaking freon. Lastly, freon units will no longer be around by 2020. So, this may be the time to upgrade your unit as well.
Preventive maintenance is always the best method in avoiding a frozen AC unit. Call the professionals at Affordable Service Plumbing Heating and Cooling and we’d be happy to help you out. Visit our website to schedule an estimate in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho or the surrounding areas.
Affordable Service Plumbing Heating and Cooling does not celebrate Christmas in July nor do we celebrate “Halloween in July” either. So, let’s cut to the chase, solve the mystery and remove the proverbial scary mask from the problem that’s making all the scary sounds in your HVAC unit!
Summertime happens to be the one season where your air conditioning unit can accrue the most wear problems. It is, after all, when your unit will be working the most! Especially in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho! Therefore, it’s a good idea to call Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating and Cooling and have them inspect your HVAC unit and determine if there are any signs of malfunction or a possible need for repair or replacement.
Even with servicing, if you hear one of these noises from your HVAC “go bump in the night”, it’s indicating that something is wrong.Grinding
If you’re hearing grinding coming from your HVAC unit, It’s most likely an issue with the air handler. The motor of the air handler has oiled bearings in place to help keep friction as low as possible during its operation. But, when these bearings wear down over time, they can cause excessive friction on the air handler motor. When the friction gets bad enough, the motor will start making a grinding sound. You should call Affordable Service for repairs as soon as possible. The bearings will need to be replaced, before the air handler motor overheats and burns out.Hissing
This is a good news/bad news item. Good news – It’s not a snake. Bad news – It’s probably air bubbles in your refrigerant line! If you leave this unchecked, the refrigerant level will drop low enough that the air conditioning unit will force itself into shut down. So, when you hear that hiss, call Affordable Service.
Eventually, the refrigerant level in your cooling system will drop so low that the air conditioner will be forced to shut down. So, be sure that you call Affordable Service for repairs as soon as you hear this noise.
While these noises should never be ignored, they are not the only odd noises an air conditioning unit can make. At the end of the day, if your HVAC system is making noises that you are unfamiliar with, chances are there is something wrong. Even if you only suspect something is amiss with your air conditioner, it’s always a safer and more affordable choice to contact the professionals at Affordable Service Plumbing Heating and Cooling to inspect the system. We service Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and the surrounding areas. Visit our website to schedule a free estimate or call us at 505-255-4328.
Spring has arrived in Albuquerque and while we still have a few weeks here and there of cold weather, the warmer months are approaching quickly. Summer will be here before we know it and with summer comes high temperatures. You’re going to want to make sure you have the right cooling system in place to combat those high temperatures and keep you and your family nice and cool. If you’ve been using a swamp cooler, maybe it’s time to investigate refrigerated air and the benefits it can provide over your evaporative cooler. But, how do you know if changing over is the right thing for you to do currently? Don’t worry, Affordable Service Plumbing Heating and Cooling can give you the answers. Let’s look at some of the many benefits that refrigerated air can offer you!Humidity
If you’ve lived in Albuquerque or Rio Rancho for any given amount of time with a swamp cooler, you know what happens: when the humidity rises during monsoon season, it means that your home won’t stay cool! This is one of the most common complaints from people with swamp coolers. There is a myth that refrigerated air removes all moisture from a home, but that is false. It will remove most moisture, but it will still maintain a comfortable 20-30% level of moisture. If you’re tired of having sleepless nights because your house won’t stay cool during the monsoon, it may be the right time for refrigerated air.Less maintenance
Swamp coolers need start up and shut down services each year, replacement pads, belts, and pumps. Refrigerated air will cut down on the cost of that maintenance. Plus, if your swamp cooler is a rooftop mounted unit, it will eliminate the need to climb up on your roof. Not needing to get on your roof can be an issue of safety, especially if you’re older. Allergies
Swamp coolers use evaporated moisture to cool your home. If you have allergies, asthma or if you’re sensitive to mold, a swamp cooler certainly isn’t your best bet for cooling. Refrigerated air will deliver a higher level of air quality into your home which means you’ll spend more time relaxing in comfort instead of blowing your nose or fighting off illness.Security
Window-mounted swamp coolers require you to leave a window open so the unit can process the air outside and filter it into your home. Obviously, leaving a window open for your swamp cooler adds the potential for a security issue. Those of us with pets also want to keep our homes cool for them as well during the hot summers. Refrigerated air can resolve this issue for you!Consider the future for your home
Lastly, adding refrigerated air to your home can increase its value if you’re looking to put your home on the market whether it be in the near future or down the road. If you’ve decided to pursue a refrigerated air system, call Affordable Service at 505-891-8907. We have various financing available for conversion. You can schedule a free estimate today! We’ve been servicing Albuquerque and Rio Rancho for over 33 years. Call Today!
Purchasing a new air conditioner unit for your home is a major decision that you may have to deal with at some point in your lifetime. If you’ve had problems with your refrigerated air levels or additional problems, it may be time to invest in a new one.
When buying a new air conditioner, you may wonder, “When is the best time to shop for one?” You may be surprised to know that the most affordable time for purchasing one may be in the fall or winter. You may not like to hear this because Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner. Spending more money in the fall may not be in your budget, and you say to yourself, “I can just wait until spring!”
To help with your decision, consider some reasons why fall may be the best time to do so. In the fall, refrigerated air isn’t needed as much, so you won’t need to rush. You can take your time shopping for the best air conditioner with the best value at Affordable service. In the off-season, companies may offer price reductions on their products. Affordable Service may have extra air conditioners available that are left over from the summer and will offer you a significant discount. In the summer, the demand is higher when everyone else is purchasing one; therefore, the cost may be higher.
Affordable Service Rio Rancho will also help with your decision. Free estimates, easy instant financing and affordable prices are offered from Affordable Service. We’re available in Rio Rancho and Albuquerque, so call us today.
Affordable Service has earned the designation as a Carrier® Factory Authorized Dealer, which entails performance to the manufacturer’s rigorous standards.
Across the country, there are thousands of HVAC companies, but only an estimated 5% of them earn a factory-authorized certification. The Carrier Corporation, one of the heating and cooling industry’s leaders, sets rigorous standards in professionalism, expertise, and efficiency for its dealers that earn this award.
The HVAC technicians at Affordable Service occasionally receive phone calls that reference hot or cold zones in their home or office. Before you call us for service, there are some easy, do-it-yourself options that you might consider.
New Mexico summers can make you lose your cool, literally. When our daytime temperatures reach the 90 degree mark, and especially when they tip over the 100 degree level, we really know the summer heat has arrived.
Now that it’s getting a little warmer out, you no doubt are ready to turn on you air conditioner! In New Mexico, the summers can get reach the 90’s so you definitely want to make sure your swamp cooler or refrigerated air system is working properly. If you find that it’s in need of repair or replacement, you should be aware of the benefits of working with a Carrier Home Comfort Dealer like Affordable Service Plumbing and Heating.
Allergy season in New Mexico typically hits in the spring and fall. And if you suffer from allergies, the extra pollen in the air during allergy season likely makes your life very difficult. If you are plagued by sniffling and sneezing during these times of the year, you may be willing to consider any option to alleviate your symptoms.
As the temperature climbs this summer in New Mexico, you will certainly notice if the air conditioning system at your home or business is not working hard enough to bring you relief. At Affordable Service Plumbing and Heating LLC, we know how much local residents depend on their HVAC system to keep them cool and comfortable all summer long. If your air conditioner doesn’t seem to be blowing as cold as expected, the problem might be caused by refrigerant leaking from the system, as noted by the U.S. Department of Energy.