When you need trusted air conditioner repair service in Omaha or one of the surrounding communities, give us a call. Accurate Heating & Cooling is an established HVAC contractor and we have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. We are experts at diagnosing and repairing your homes air conditioner no matter what brand it is. Call our office at 402-238-2425 to schedule a repair call.
You rely on your air conditioning unit to perform at maximum efficiency when you need it the most. When your system breaks, you need expert help fast—especially in the hot summers of the Midwest. When the temperature and humidity start to rise, you probably run your air conditioning system many times every single day. While systems are built to last, the continual use may begin to cause break downs requiring air conditioning repair services. And if your air conditioning equipment fails we can install a new air conditioner, heat pump, or geothermal unit in your home or business.
We Offer 24–Hour Emergency Air Conditioner Repair Service in Omaha
Unfortunately your air conditioner does not only work on a 9 to 5 schedule, and there’s a chance that it could experience trouble over the weekend or at night. For this reason, Accurate Heating & Cooling offers air conditioning repair services on a 24–hour schedule, 7 days a week. If you need emergency air conditioning repair services in the Omaha metro area, we’re at the ready. Call us to schedule air conditioning repair service.
Common Air Conditioner Repair Service Issues in Omaha
There are some typical air conditioner repairs that happen to all models of A/C units.
- Air conditioner won’t start
- The outdoor unit starts but won’t stay running
- Air conditioner starts and stops and cycles on and off
- A tripped A/C circuit breaker is found in the breaker panel
- The outdoor unit fan does not run
- A/C unit or furnace makes unusual noise
- Blower in furnace not working (air not coming out of the home registers)
- Blower in furnace making squealing sound
- Air conditioner won’t satisfy thermostat cooling setpoint
- The air coming out of the supply registers is not cool
- Water present at the base of the furnace
- Refrigerant copper lines have frost or ice on them
- The compressor in the outdoor unit has frost or ice buildup on it
- Thermostat isn’t responding
- No power to thermostat
Common Air Conditioner Repair Service Applications in Omaha
Accurate Heating & Cooling can repair all of these air conditioner issues. The above A/C issues can affect all the various air conditioner designs identified below.
- Residential air conditioners
- Residential heat pumps
- Commercial air conditioners
- Commercial roof top units
- Geothermal heat pumps
- Mini split systems
What Happens When We Come Out on a Call?
One of our professional service technicians will diagnose the cooling system repair issue. Then we will explain the issue and offer options available for the repair. This way, you can decide which repair option is the best option for you. In some cases replacement is the right option. Once you decide on the course of action, we will take the action to get your home cool again. Prompt response for air conditioner repair service here in Omaha is one of the things that make our customers happy with us.
Common Things to Check Before Calling Accurate:
Check the thermostat
Many thermostats have internal batteries that can fail. A lot of the thermostats that have batteries will display a dead battery symbol on the screen. This is an indication that the battery needs changed out. A dead thermostat battery may prevent the air conditioner from operating. It is also possible that the thermostat was turned off or the setpoint was adjusted higher than normal. If your home has an older mercury thermostat, and you wanted to know a little more about why these thermostats have mercury, refer to this blog.
Check the furnace air filter
This is a very common source of both furnace and A/C trouble. Many Air Conditioner Repair calls in Omaha are related to a dirty air filter. A clogged air filter restricts air flow through the evaporator. This means less cool air flowing from the supply air vents. It also creates the potential for the unit to freeze up. In extreme cases, a block of ice forms around the evaporator further restricting air flow. This may cause the outdoor unit to cycle on and off. The outdoor unit may start and run for twenty minutes or so and then shut off for half an hour.
Look for ice accumulation on the copper refrigerant lines and the compressor in the outdoor unit. Refer to the photos below for images of what a frozen up unit looks like. Maintaining a clean furnace filter will prolong the reliable operation of both your furnace and your air conditioner. For a standard 1” air filter, it is recommended to check and/or replace the air filter monthly. For information on what air filter is best for your home, refer to this blog.
Make sure the outdoor unit coil is clean
Cottonwood floating around and other airborne matter can restrict airflow across the outdoor coil. A dirty condenser coil is responsible for many air conditioner issues. Looking closely at the coil will reveal if you can see a clean coil or an obstructed coil. We recommend cleaning the coil before the start of the warm weather in the spring. If there are a lot of cottonwood trees in the area, it may be necessary to wash the coil down one or two more times throughout summer to ensure unrestricted air flow to the coil. An effective method of washing the coil is to shut the air conditioner off and wash down the coil with a garden hose.
Use a straight stream nozzle on MEDIUM water pressure. High water pressure may bend the fins on the coil. Turning the air conditioner off during cleaning helps to prevent water spraying all over with the fan running. Watch the water coming across the coil and keep washing the area you are on until the coil is clean and the water is also clear. For more information on what maintenance items can be performed by a homeowner to keep their HVAC system running optimally, refer to this blog. There are photos in the previous blog that show a clean versus a dirty outdoor coil.
Check the A/C breaker
There should be a breaker in the breaker panel labeled A/C. Once in a while we respond to a service call where the breaker for the A/C unit is off. Someone may have turned it off for some reason then forgot to turn the breaker back on. If the breaker has tripped, this information can be helpful in diagnosing the issue. If the breaker has tripped, this is indication that a service technician will need to be out to diagnose the issue.
Photos of Iced Up Air Conditioners
The photo above shows the large copper refrigerant line on the outdoor unit with ice accumulation on it. This image shows a unit that has frozen up. Actual ice forms on the refrigerant suction line.
The photo above similarly shows ice formation on the copper refrigerant lines connected to the indoor evaporator coil. In this case, if one were to remove the covers in place and look inside the evaporator housing, one would find the evaporator coil has become a block of ice. The whole evaporator will have ice formation on it. This also restricts air flow across the evaporator coil. One may find reduced or even no air flow out of the room supply vents in the house when this condition is severe.
The photo above shows a commercial roof top HVAC unit. The compressor is seen near the center of the photo with ice accumulation on the compressor. You can look down into your outdoor residential air conditioner unit to see the compressor. Sometimes the compressor has an insulation blanket surrounding the compressor for noise isolation. In this case, it may be difficult to tell if the compressor has ice accumulation on it. However, the copper refrigerant line will have ice accumulation that will be easier to see.
If you find the air conditioner frozen up, shut off the air conditioner as it may harm your unit to operate when frozen up. Plus, when we get there for a service call, we will want all the ice melted from the unit.
Call Accurate Heating & Cooling for a Service Call
If these common troubleshooting items do not resolve the cooling issue then it is time to give us a call for your Air Conditioner Repair Service needs in Omaha. Our office number is 402-238-2425. We have 24 hour emergency service and will be out any time of the day or night.
The photo above shows Justin working on a residential air conditioner.
Regular HVAC System Maintenance
An important step to ensure your A/C keeps running all season long is to schedule annual preventive maintenance. We will come out in the spring to perform a clean and check. This lets us check the health of the vital parts of the unit. We can identify when a part is weakening before the part goes out. This will save a costly repair down the road. And may save you from having the air conditioner fail on the hottest day or weekend of summer. The cost for the clean & check is affordable and the piece of mind is priceless. And you may have heard your air conditioner tonnage mentioned before. Ever wonder what a ton of refrigeration means? If so, refer to this blog on what a ton of air conditioning means.
There are a number of advantages to having your equipment maintained by our Air Conditioner Repair Service Omaha experts.
Reduce A/C Breakdowns:
Air conditioner failures can happen over the weekend or at night when everyone is sleeping. Or they can happen when friends and family members are over from out of town. Many air conditioner breakdowns can be prevented with annual clean and checks.
Catch Problems Early:
Many times we can catch a part when it is starting to weaken. This lets us replace the part before it leads to an air conditioner failure. Most of the time we will have the replacement part on the service vehicle. We sometimes have to get the part from our supply house. And on rare occasions the replacement part will need to be ordered from the factory. In these cases, it works out best for our customers if we can get the replacement part while the weakening part is still keeping the air conditioner running. It compounds the situation if the part fails at night or over the weekend and there is a further delay waiting for the part from the factory. These unfortunate but rare problems can be avoided with annual clean and checks.
Lower Your Utility Costs:
Air conditioner clean and checks help ensure everything in your cooling system is running as efficiently as possible. This can allow us to save you up to 30% on your electric bills without impacting your comfort level.
Efficient Equipment Cools Better and Faster:
When an air conditioner is struggling to operate optimally, it doesn’t cool as well. The system may run longer or even constantly to cool your home. A well maintained system will cool your home faster and keep your home at the desired temperature. And it will properly dehumidify.
Prolong Your Air Conditioner Life:
Regular vehicle maintenance including having the oil changed every 3,000 miles will prolong the life of your car. Having Accurate Heating & Cooling out every spring to perform an air conditioner clean and check will prolong the life of you’re A/C.
Piece of Mind:
Our air conditioning equipment cycles on and off many times a day. Components transition from hot to cold creating thermal transients during these cycles. Vibrations over the years may cause fasteners, connectors, and components to loosen with time. As HVAC equipment ages, a certain point can be reached where equipment starts to break down. Parts begin to weaken and fail. Having regular annual preventive maintenance gives piece of mind that older equipment has been inspected and maintained to help it operate reliably all season long. The piece of mind from knowing your equipment is properly maintained is priceless.
Protection Against Mother Nature:
Acts of nature in all the various aspects can adversely impact HVAC equipment. Hail can damage outdoor equipment causing equipment failure and damage outdoor coils. Insects can affect electrical switching components. Rodents can chew through wiring and build nests in equipment. Pets can damage equipment in a number of ways. Other creatures can infiltrate equipment causing operational issues. Having us out regularly will help to identify these conditions early.
Checking System Malfunction Devices and Safety Features:
Your air conditioner may have circuitry and various devices that help protect the unit. These include pressure switches, temperature devices, control components, time delays, relays, electrical disconnects, and thermal overload protectors. There are also devices that make motors start and run more efficiently. When we you have us out for annual maintenance, we can inspect these components to ensure they are all working correctly to protect your system. This helps to prolong the life of your equipment and keep you safe.
We are also available to answer any HVAC questions that you might have:
We find that many homes have some air quality or equipment performance issue. Maybe there is one room in the home that stays a little warm. Or one room may have stale air from inadequate return ducting. Sometimes the air flow to one part of the home is lower than needed. There are cases where occupants have allergies and want better air filtration. Some homes have pets or medical issues and are interested in higher air purity that we can provide with in-duct accessory devices that purify the air.
There are cases where an older outdoor unit is louder than would be desired. These homeowners may be interested in newer ultra quiet models. Many Omaha residents are interested in how heat pump or geothermal system upgrades can be undertaken. There are also cases where a space above a garage, or a sun room, or similar space can be heated and cooled with minisplits. We can speak to all these concerns when we are out for an annual servicing.
While Under Warranty:
If your air conditioner is still under warranty, many times we can replace a weakening part under warranty before the warranty expires. Most manufacturers stipulate that coverage is dependent on regular maintenance. So having us perform the annual clean and check will help ensure the warranty remains in force.
When Should We Schedule an AC Clean & Check?
Wondering when to schedule your next AC clean & check? Spring is the best time of year for an AC clean & check. Your air conditioner just spent the last several months in hibernation. A tune-up in the spring sets up the cooling equipment for a successful summer. This lets us get the outdoor coil cleaned and check refrigerant levels. We can identify any components that are getting weak and inspect the wiring and connections. This is a great time for us to repair anything that might cause a breakdown later in the season.
Some Omaha homeowners put off calling us for an AC clean & check until later in the summer. Better late than never! Still, spring remains the best time of year for air conditioner maintenance. Don’t wait until your cooling equipment breaks down on a muggy summer afternoon in Omaha. Instead, schedule your AC tune up in the spring!
Equipment Upgrades as an Option
When it comes time to replace your older air conditioner with a new, higher efficient model, we can help. We will advise you on the best air conditioner options for your particular home comfort needs.
Newer high efficiency air conditioning equipment can reduce your utility costs significantly. Advancements in HVAC technology have led to systems that cool quieter, dehumidify better, boost comfort and last longer. Newer air conditioners with higher SEER ratings are much more efficient than an older air conditioner. To get these higher SEER ratings, newer air conditioners of the same tonnage are usually physically larger than older models. This is because they require larger evaporator coils and condenser coils to achieve higher efficiencies.
Check out our air conditioner page here for more information on new units. If a new air conditioner is the right path forward for you we can install it for you. For some technical information on Trane residential air conditioners, visit the Trane website here. We also install professional grade Armstrong models. Visit the Armstrong website here for more information.
Accurate Heating & Cooling is an established HVAC contractor serving the greater Omaha metro area. We have proudly been in business for more than 20 years. Call us today at 402-238-2425 for all your Air Conditioner Repair Service needs in Omaha and surrounding communities.