Air Conditioner Repair Services

Residential AC Repair

Around the Clock Heating & Air specializes in repairing, installation, and maintenance of residential air conditioner units.

We offer expert AC repair services at reasonable prices as well as free estimates on equipment replacement.

Customer satisfaction is our number one priority. If we can’t fix it there is no cost to the customer.

How often should I get my AC unit serviced?

You should have AC repair and/or maintenance once a year by Around the Clock Heating and Air.

Why HVAC Maintenance Is Important?
Many people make an investment in a HVAC system yet fail to maintain proper upkeep. An HVAC system is like that of a car – it needs the proper care and maintenance to function properly. A properly functioning HVAC system is one that will keep your home cozy or cool for many years to come, which is why HVAC maintenance is important.

Lower Utility Bills
Saving money is one of the main reasons a person should maintain their HVAC unit. An HVAC unit that is running efficiently, as well as a home that is properly insulated, means less money spent on electricity, heating, and cooling costs. HVAC maintenance is also important to prevent the need for major repairs or entire replacements.

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Healthy Air
A properly maintained HVAC unit will not only keep a home warm or cool, but it will prevent problems with air quality. Clean filters and coils mean better breathing for an entire family. An unmaintained HVAC unit is a breeding ground for dirt, mold, and bacteria, all of which can cause or worsen respiratory problems for those living in the home or building.

Life of the System
The better a person maintains their HVAC unit, the longer that unit will be able to function well and provide cooling and heating to a home or building. With proper HVAC maintenance, a unit can last well over 10 years. Considering the amount of money a person spends to install an HVAC unit, it makes sense they would want to keep that unit running well for as long as possible.

As with the life of the system, a well-maintained HVAC unit will run more efficiently. Research shows that dirty or unmaintained units need to work 20 percent harder to produce the same amount of cooling or heating as a well-maintained machine. Less energy will be expended when it is running, which means less stress on the components of the machine. The less wear and tear on the machine means simple maintenance during the spring and fall months. Maintenance will be much quicker and smoother if a person takes the preventive steps to keep a system running in tip-top shape.

Less Emergency Repairs
Most HVAC units may need emergency repairs from time to time. Well-maintained units are less likely to fail during the months of hard use (June through September and December through March). Keeping a unit up to date on all inspections and maintenance checks means less worry that the unit will break down when it is needed the most.

Parts Under Warranty
In the event of a problem, the part or component in question might still be under a warranty. This is another important reason to maintain an HVAC unit on a regular basis. Keep a list of all warranty expiration dates and check the parts prior to that date to ensure there are no problems before it is too late. Parts under warranty can often be fixed at no cost, aside from the labor charges that may arise if homeowners are unable to fix or replace parts alone.

For many obvious reasons, HVAC maintenance is important. Scheduling regular checks and following through on fixing minor problems will help homeowners enjoy the comfort of a system with the worry of it failing. A well-maintained unit is likely to have less serious problems, meaning less hassle and unnecessary costs.

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Home AC Repair Near Me

We service the following areas:

Lake County

Cedar Lake
Crown Point
East Chicago
Lake Station
New Chicago
St. John

Porter County

Burns Harbor
La Crosse
La Porte
Long Beach
Pottawattamie Park
Trail Creek

When should I replace my air conditioner?

If your Air Conditioner is More Than Ten Years Old
This may sound obvious, but if your A/C is getting older, you should start preparing for the purchase of a new unit. Unlike furnaces, air conditioners are often outdoors and exposed to extreme temperatures throughout the year, which shortens their life expectancy. Modern air conditioners can last between 15-20 years, and older air conditioners last around 10-12 years.

The health and efficiency of your A/C depends on several factors, including whether you properly maintained the unit throughout its lifetime. If you skipped the yearly A/C tune-ups, your A/C’s lifespan may be shorter than it was meant to be. The lifespan can also be affected by how often you use the unit, how hot and humid it gets in the area you live, and whether or not the unit was sized correctly when it was purchased for your home.
If you kept your air conditioner in good condition over its lifetime, expect to need a replacement in about 10-15 years. Keep in mind that as your A/C grows older, its mechanical parts can become unavailable or obsolete over time. If you can’t replace a broken part, you will need to purchase new unit.

If your Air Conditioner Frequently Breaks Down
If you’re getting yearly A/C tune-ups from qualified technicians, your air conditioner should not be experiencing breakdowns during the summer. Many common A/C issues are caused by a lack of maintenance, and getting your unit maintained can prevent them.

With this in mind, it’s a cause for concern if your A/C has multiple breakdowns despite regular maintenance. You might not need an A/C replacement, but you should start preparing for one just in case your unit becomes inoperable.

Frequent breakdowns also mean frequent repairs, and the cost of those repairs can add up. At a certain point, it might be more economical to purchase a new unit rather than sinking money into expensive repairs—especially if your warranty has expired.

If your Energy Bills Have Skyrocketed
Unless there are any sudden changes in your home’s energy use, your energy bill should stay around the same amount every month, fluctuating a bit for furnace and A/C season. If your energy use habits have stayed the same but your monthly bill has noticeably increased, it might be time for a new air conditioner.
Higher energy bills can indicate that your air conditioner is either malfunctioning or losing efficiency. Energy bills often start rising as an air conditioner gets older, so the two issues can be related.

Receiving a high energy bill once or twice isn’t a cause for alarm. However, if your energy bills go up and don’t come down, you might need to start looking for a new A/C.

If your A/C Uses R-22 Freon
January 1, 2020, is when they stopped producing R-22 Freon in the U.S. This may not sound important, but it could affect your home more than you think! If you own an air conditioner that is over ten years old, it likely uses a refrigerant known as R-22 Freon. R-22 has been found to have negative effects on the environment, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has phased out use of it.

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