Mark Carpenter Plumbing Blog

Do You Need a New AC When the Compressor Dies?

October 7th, 2019

compressor-in-ac-unitAt some point, the AC cooling your home will need to be replaced. The end point for many air conditioners is when the compressor dies. Because the compressor is the literal heart of the system—the component that causes refrigerant to circulate and allows it to evaporate and condense—when it goes, it often means the entire AC needs to be replaced. Although a new compressor can be put in, the more money-saving option is to go with a new air conditioner. Or even a complete HVAC system replacement.

But, is this always true? No, not necessarily. We’re going to look below at the different dead compressor situations and the best options for the future.

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What to Consider When Installing a New AC

September 23rd, 2019

air-conditioning-systemWhen you decide your old, clunky, money-gobbling air conditioning system just went through its last summer, you’ll have a few big decisions to make. One of the first is to choose when to have it replaced. Although we’re heading into the end of the year and colder weather, we recommend you don’t wait for the spring to have your new air conditioner installed.

Take advantage of the cooler temps in fall to have the system put in. That way, you’re prepared for when a sudden fall heat wave occurs—and we’ve certainly run into those from time to time. Fall is an easier time for the work schedules of an HVAC company in Clovis, NM, so you can find a convenient time to have the work done.

Fall also gives you a bit more time to consider your options and the best way to ensure you have the right new central AC for your house. Below are a few considerations during the new installation process.

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Warning Sounds of an At-Risk Air Conditioner

September 9th, 2019

loud-noises-womanLate fall-early summer for air conditioning in Farwell, TX is a high-risk period. Air Conditioners have run steadily since the end of spring. Even with a professional tune-up before the start of the hottest weather of summer, an AC can still be in danger of a malfunction after so many months of putting out cooling power.

We recommend our customers stay alert for signs of an air conditioning fault at this time of year. ACs don’t have AI programs to diagnose and report malfunctions, so you will have to rely on conventional warnings, such as odd sounds. Below are some out-of-the-ordinary noises your AC might make that are begging you to call for repairs from our pros.

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The Start-Stop-Start-Stop Air Conditioner: What’s Going On?

August 26th, 2019

AC-plastic-grateWhen you notice your air conditioner is turning on and off more frequently than usual—something that disrupts the standard steady sounds you expect during summer days—you’re right to believe there’s a problem. When an AC’s compressor only stays on for ten minutes or less before it shuts down, and then comes back on a short time later and repeats the same process, the air conditioner is short-cycling. This is a common trouble with central cooling systems, and it’s often difficult to detect the malfunction that’s at the root of it.

Short-cycling shouldn’t be allowed to continue. It puts an enormous amount of strain on the compressor, and if the compressor burns out it often means the entire AC must be replaced. The extra strain also means higher costs—an AC uses the most electrical power when it sends voltage to start the compressor at the beginning of the cooling cycle.

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Why Can’t My AC Keep Up With the Heat?

August 12th, 2019

sunshineThe heat during the second half of summer can be brutal in New Mexico. That’s the reason you have a central air conditioning system in your home. You always have a retreat from the outside heat waves when you go back indoors.

Well, “always” isn’t exactly accurate. Nothing can guarantee an air conditioning system won’t begin to suffer from malfunctions and wear and tear, leading to it starting to fall behind on the job. If you’re wondering why your house isn’t getting cool enough when you turn on the AC, don’t start lowering the thermostat to try to compensate! You may need professional AC repair services in Clovis, NM to restore the air conditioner. Or you may even need a new AC. Below we’ll look at why your air conditioner is struggling.

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Who Can You Trust to Repair Your Broken AC?

July 29th, 2019

air-conditioning-manometer-pressure-refrigerantWhen a home’s central air conditioning system breaks down during a New Mexico summer, it’s not a fun time. You’ll want to have the AC repaired right away, or else you’ll spend some unpleasant days and nights in a sweltering home, desperately trying to stay cool with an oscillating fan.

Okay, so it’s time to repair the air conditioner. Who do you trust for the job?

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The Art of Detecting Hidden Plumbing Leaks

July 15th, 2019

Plumbing_Pipe_Tube_Water_Pipe_Construction_Industry_Improvement_HouseBecause so much of the plumbing in a house is hidden from sight behind walls, in the floors, and beneath concrete slabs, it’s easy for leaks to start and escape notice. These leaks can go on for days, months, and years undetected—wasting water and accumulating construction damage. It’s imperative to have these leaks found and repaired as soon as possible.

But how do you find hidden leaks? How can you even know they’re present in the first place?

You’ll need the skill of leak detection—and almost all the time this requires calling for a professional plumber in Portales, NM.

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Can I Repair My AC Myself?

July 1st, 2019

air-conditioner-unit-being-repairedWe live in the “Do It Yourself” age. The internet has made it easier than ever for a homeowner to find advice for ways to tackle numerous jobs around the house without needing to call for professional repairs. YouTube alone has thousands of videos explaining DIY tactics for almost any job imaginable.

There are limits, however, to what an enthusiastic amateur can achieve. One of those limits is repairing broken refrigeration systems, such as air conditioners. So the answer to “Can I repair my AC myself?” is “no.” Repairing a busted air conditioner must be left to licensed HVAC professionals.

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A Few Fresh Ideas for Your Bathroom Remodel

June 17th, 2019

bright-spaceBathrooms were not originally designed in homes with any sense of elegance. They were functional, and they looked functional. That was yesterday, however. Today, elegance and style are a major part of new bathrooms. Brighter colors, better storage, tile floors and walls, luxury fixtures, heated towel racks, and more.

If you have an older and drab-looking bathroom, you can achieve a modern look for it with a professional bathroom remodel in Clovis, NM. Unlike a kitchen remodel, a bathroom remodel is less intrusive on your daily life, but can be just as beneficial. Keep reading for some ideas for a great bathroom remodel. 

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These Are the Top Signs You Need to Repair Your Air Conditioning

June 3rd, 2019

woman-in-front-of-fan-hand-on-headThe early days of summer weather are a time when we recommend homeowners pay close attention to how their air conditioners are keeping up. Catching early warning signs that something is wrong with an AC makes it easier to schedule air conditioning repair in Clovis, NM and have the trouble fixed while it’s still small. Believe us, you never want to allow an air conditioner to continue to run when it has a malfunction. The problem will worsen, affect other components, and may eventually cause a system breakdown or shorten the AC’s lifespan.

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