Phone: (405) 618-2247
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A/C Repair Choctaw

Outdoor A/C Noise! What is causing it?

An air-conditioner will not work properly if the outdoor unit condenser coil looks like this! And it will make a lot of unusual noises!

 

The outdoor air conditioning unit is getting louder and louder! What causes it to get so loud?

Many things can make the cooling unit louder, but the most common is lack of service. Cleaning, adjusting and checking the operation is a must to keep the noise down and the comfort up!

Cleaning –  the air conditioner condensing coil is the first thing that must be looked at. As the dirt and debris build-up on the coil, it will cause air flow issues, so the condenser fan labors to pull the air through the coil. The labor is loud! Or louder than normal and a cleaning must be performed to eliminate or lessen the noise. (The cooling unit in the picture above had to be completely disassembled to clean, flushing it with a water hose will not work to clean it!)

Adjusting – the system charge, voltage irregularities and unwanted foreign objects can be a source. All the air conditioning parameters must be set to the manufacturers specifications or the unit will be louder than normal.

Checking  – the indoor unit must be working properly or the outdoor unit will not sound correct as well. Proper air flow across the indoor evaporator coil can cause the outdoor cooling unit compressor to make unusual noises due to over heating or in some cases getting to cold and freezing up.

Call A.I.R. Plus today if you need help cleaning your cooling equipment.

Call 405-618-2AIR (2247) or 405-421-5191 or go to our website at airokc.com  

 

R22 Refrigerant / Freon – what should the installed cost be?

The overall installed cost is a good question! The answer is, it depends!

Every year after 2006 the price has consistently gone up and down. Mostly up!  Without reason at times, but it fluctuates, down for  while, but back up shortly thereafter. The most used reasons are, EPA, demand, production cost, reclamation cost, seasonal demand, etc.  But what is for sure the cost will continue you to go up every year until no one wants or needs it anymore.

Production of R22 totally stops in 2019/2020 and only reclaimed/recycled R22 refrigerant will be available in the future.

So, what is a good, reasonable price? It depends!

Right now I’ve heard $80 a lb. to $175 a lb. We try to stay on the low side of the price range to be fair and we do that by buying the R22 refrigerant in the off season.  $80 a lb. is what A.I.R. charges for R22 installed plus labor, at this time. That will probably go up in the near future as the wholesale price goes up, sorry!

What are your options? Alternative refrigerants like R422, R421A,  M099, NU22, etc. They usually cost half the price installed. But, they drop the capacity of the equipment and lower the overall cooling performance, especially above 90*F and in heat pumps. But, it is an option.

The other option is to change out, buy new cooling equipment. Which can be expensive, but maybe necessary. Why? Because the cost of charging and or repairing the old system may not be cost effective long term. Especially if the leak in the system is not found and repaired.  Thousands of dollars, versus hundreds of dollars sounds better, but long term what will the overall cost be?

It depends! On you, your budget, your long term goals for your home or business, or the going rate for R22 refrigerant installed.

The choice is yours! Just make sure you discuss all your options before you spend a lot of money charging an old system. And please consider repairing the leak before you have it charged.

If you need help with your cooling system, R22 refrigerant prices or with any of your heating and cooling equipment, please call 405-618-2247 or 405-421-5191 and let A.I.R. Plus help you out. We provide free phone quotes on repairs and free on-site quotes or estimates for new equipment.

 

 

Air Conditioned Air – where is it going and why am I uncomfortable?

Supply Plenum – allowing cooled or heated air to escape to the attic!

 

As you can see from these pictures there are two different air flow issues that could be causing your discomfort in your home or business.

The supply plenum supplies the conditioned air to your duct work that distributes the air into the living space or work space. If it is losing that cooled or heated  conditioned  air into the attic the system will never perform up to it’s ability.

The return plenum pulls the conditioned air back into your heating or cooling system to be reconditioned to the desired temperature you have set at the thermostat. If the return air is pulling in unconditioned air from the attic it will never be able to perform during extreme outdoor weather.   

So have your heating and cooling system inspected every season to insure your system is not trying to do something it can’t do. Heat and or Cool outdoor air!

Your system will thank you and your pocket book will thank you for the lower utility bills and most of all for your improved COMFORT!

Call A.I.R. Plus today at 405-618-2AIR or 405-421-5191 to have your comfort level checked out! Or email us at gcollins@airokc.com to schedule an inspection or tune-up. Or go to our website at airokc.com

Return Plenum sucking in hot or cold attic air!

How much does a new A/C or Air Conditioner cost?

The cost for a new a/c unit or system can be very complex. In fact there is not a simple straight forward answer without some detailed information gathered at your home or business.

For example: You have may have a 5-year old complete heating and cooling system and it just went out of  factory part warranty coverage and your indoor equipment (furnace and evaporator coil) are in good shape and have more life in them. You may not need to purchase the entire system, just the outdoor a/c condensing unit is all you need.  Especially if it operates on the newer 410A refrigerant. So all you need is an estimate for the outdoor equipment and this may save you thousands of dollars in replacement cost.

Another example: You have a 11 year old complete system, operating on R22 refrigerant (R22 is the old refrigerant that is being deleted by the year 2020) and you find out you have a leak in the evaporator coil and the compressor is weak on the outdoor unit when it runs! But the system is a heat pump system set-up on dual fuel (gas furnace inside instead of an air handler) and the furnace has hardly been used because the heat pump has been used for all the heating for your home or business. The furnace may be of value for another 10-years if it is in good shape, which means you may only need to replace the evaporator coil and the outdoor unit -heat pump.

Last example, but here are many I could use: You have a 20-year old complete heating and cooling system and you have had a major failure with the outdoor condensing unit, the compressor has failed and needs to be replaced. The evaporator coil holds a charge but it looks like it is about to fail any minute and the air handler looks like it has been standing in water with all the rust you can see from the outside and inside! It’s time! Time to replace all the equipment and get a new 10-year factory part warranty on a new complete system – indoor and outdoor equipment.

Free Estimates, Free 2nd Opinions are a premium service that most HVAC – Heating and Cooling Contractors offer. If they don’t offer free on site estimates, then you need to keep calling until you find contractors that will give you free estimates and 2nd opinions. Get as many estimates as you can, this will give you some additional insight to all the options you may have. One contractor may see some other option the other did not. And always be wary of the contractor pushing for quick buying decision – quick sale!   

A.I.R. Plus offers free estimates and 2nd opinions for major repairs or replacement. Call 405-618-2AIR (2247) or Call 405-421-5191 today to set-up an appointment. Or go to our website airokc.com and click on Free Estimate.

 

 

 


A/C Air Flow Restriction – What is it? Why is the amount of air so slow coming out of my a/c system?

Air Flow Restriction – Loose Insulation inside the air duct system or plenum-causing air flow problems in Cooling or Heating System.

What can cause an air flow restriction in your air-conditioning or heating system? The most common reason is a dirty or clogged air filter. The next most common reason is aging air duct work and or lack of knowledge. For example: air duct dampers are installed in the duct work system and the new home owner or business owner is not aware of them, flexible duct pipe has sagged and now has a kink in the run,  there is another air filter in the system up in the attic (double filtering), the evaporator coil is older and has never been cleaned, etc.

Or it could be a unwanted object restricting the air flow in the duct work system that is causing poor air flow into the home or a particular room. See the attached picture –  this is a good example of an older system that has experienced a problem with the glue that holds the insulation to the side of the sheet metal plenum, when the glue ages it will allow the insulation to come loose and then restrict the air flow.  And ultimately your Cooling/Heating or A/C system works harder to keep you comfortable!

So if you have concerns about the amount of air flow in your home or business, call A.I.R. Plus today for an inspection.

Phone 405-618-2247 or 405-618-2AIR or go to airokc.com to set-up an appointment .

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May God bless you and yours!

A/C Tune-Up and Inspection should include duct work inspection!

The attached picture is of flex duct piping for a central heating and cooling system installed 25 years ago. As you can see the insulation that is to insure the heated or cooled air arrives efficiently to the room or rooms it is to heat or cool has lost it’s ability to do so! In most cases the plastic barrier that holds the insulation to the pipe and insures it does its job, is brittle and can not be reused.  So replacing the duct work piping all together is typically the best option.

When you have your air conditioner serviced for the upcoming summer, please insure that part of the inspection and tune-up includes the duct work being inspected for performance issues. In this case the occupants knew there was an issue. The comfort level and performance of the cooling and heating was very poor in this particular room.

Call A.I.R. Plus at 405-618-2247 or 405-421-5191 for an A/C inspection and tune-up. We use a check list that includes the duct work system.

Old and In-efficient duct work!

Old and Inefficient duct work!

 

 

 

 

 

 

New HVAC Phone # 405-421-5191 for A.I.R. llc

We have added a second phone number to better serve  the Midwest City and Del City area.

The phone new # is 405-421-5191.

You can now call our original phone number of 405-618-2247 or now 405-421-5191 or go to airokc.com to contact us for all your Heat and Air needs!

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Air Filter Program for all home owners and businesses!

A.I.R. llc is now set-up with FilterFetch to handle all of your air filter needs.

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