COMMON AIR CONDITIONING PROBLEMS AND HOW TO REPAIR THEM

COMMON AIR CONDITIONING PROBLEMS AND HOW TO REPAIR THEM

air condition unitIn this blog, learn to identify the most common air conditioning problems and how to repair them.

As temperatures slowly begin to tiptoe upwards, and we start turning on the A/C it becomes easier to leave memories of winter cold behind and ready yourself for the inevitable arrival of the summer’s heat. It’s important to prepare for the possibility of an air conditioning outage just when you least expect it.

Refrigerant leak

This relatively minor fixable issue is one of the reasons your air conditioner may suddenly fail right at the hottest time of the year.  Refrigerant is a fluid that can easily transition from liquid to gas and back again.  Both your heater and your air conditioning interact with the refrigerant to perform their jobs.  When refrigerant levels drop in your air conditioner, the unit is no longer able to keep your indoor air cool.  Normally, the reason your unit lacks refrigerant is due to a leak, which can be fixed during an air condition maintenance or repair appointment with your technician.

 

Condenser malfunction

The condenser is a component of the air condition system that pressurize the refrigerant to heat the liquid. This aids in keeping the indoor air temperature as cool as you prefer it to be.  When the condenser begins to malfunction, you will first notice it when your indoor air temperature is no longer cool.  There are a number of possible causes for this.

  • One of the most common causes is a blown fuse or tripped switch, which you can check for yourself if you have access to the breaker box.
  • Another common cause is that dirt and debris have gotten into the condenser, causing it to function poorly.

If your air conditioner seems to go on and off at random, it’s often because the condenser is in need of a good cleaning.  You might need a service technician to come for a repair or maintenance call on your air condition unit.

Dirty evaporator

The evaporator component of an Air condition unit is responsible for evaporating, or vaporizing, the refrigerant from a liquid to a gas state. There are many reasons why the evaporator may not be able to perform correctly.  A common issue is that the evaporator has become dirty or may have debris. This requires is a simple cleaning, which can be done during a normal repair call.  Sometimes the evaporator is not being supplied with enough refrigerant to work properly, which may be an issue elsewhere in the Air condition unit itself and this can be diagnosed by a service technician during a repair call.

Condensate back-up

The word “Condensate,” when used with air condition unit issues simply means “Water.” Running your air conditioner a lot can cause the condensate to overflow in the drainage area. It can also result in a blocked condensate drain pipe that backs up into the unit itself. A condensate drain pan that is mounted unevenly can cause leaks that may lead to the growth of mold and mildew as well as structural damage around the leak.

Insufficient cool air

When your air conditioning unit seems to be working fine, but somehow the air it blows just doesn’t feel cool, it could be for two reasons.

  • The first reason is that the outside air temperature has risen to above 37.7 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit) and your air conditioner unit just cannot keep up. It may require you purchasing a new air condition unit.
  • The second reason is that the insulating sleeves covering your refrigerant lines have come off or are worn out (maybe you haven’t installed them at all). Insulating these two lines with insulation sleeves is a minor fix that can make a major difference in your indoor comfort.

Low airflow

If your air condition unit suddenly seems to be blowing cool air less forcefully than last year usage, it’s often because the air filter has become dirty/clogged.  This is one of the easiest issues to solve by simply replacing the filter with a new one.   Click here to purchase a new air filter from Guaranteed Parts.

 Air condition unit maintenance

Regular maintenance of your air condition unit can prevent nearly all of the issues that would require you to place an emergency service call. Being proactive about maintenance will save you time, money and discomfort.  Make sure that when you need parts for your unit that you always have the model number on hand to ensure you getting the correct parts for your unit.

For all your A/C repair parts please contact Guaranteed Parts

Here’s a video on how to clean and maintain your outdoor Air Condition unit:  Cleaning your outdoor A/C unit

Below are some examples in which you may find the model number of your air condition unit:

Window unit

 Split Unit

 model search on split a/c unit

HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR BLUESTAR RANGE BURNERS

HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR BLUESTAR  BURNERS

 BLUESTAR BURNERS

BURNERS:

In this post we will help you learn how to maintain your Bluestar Burners:

Each of your Bluestar burners has a specific BTU (British Thermal Unit) rating. Before disassembly, note the location of each burner. If a burner is replaced in the wrong position it may not function correctly.

Your ring grates, top grates and burner heads may darken over time with use. This is normal.  To prevent your burners from darkening at an uneven rate, rotate the ring grate and top grates between more and less active burners.

  • Clean spills as soon as possible to prevent sticking and build up.
  • When the burner is cool, remove the ring grate, top grate and center filler grate (30” models only).
  • Wash in hot, soapy water. Rinse well, dry thoroughly to prevent rusting and Handle gently to prevent  nicks/chips, which can lead to rusting

Bluestar Burner head locations are specific to the valves on the front of the unit.  If burner heads are removed for cleaning or other purposes, they must be re-installed in the same location they were removed from.  Failure to do so may result in a burner that will not light or possibly have a high flame.

  • Burners have a re-ignite feature in case the flame is extinguished for any reason. It may take several seconds for the burner to re-ignite.
  • Never operate the burner with the knob set between the HIGH and OFF position. The flame will NOT re-ignite in this position and a gas leak may occur.

For Burner Configurations click here

If needed, the burner head can be removed for cleaning:

  • When cool, remove the ring grate and top grate.
  • Lift the burner head up and slide the burner head unit including the venturi tube up and slightly toward the back of the range so it clears the metal bar.
  • Disconnect the orange igniter wire from its connector.
  • Gently clean the exterior of the burner head with warm, soapy water. DO NOT submerge the burner head in water and rinse well and dry thoroughly.
  • If the burner ports are clogged, use a push pin, safety pin or other metallic device to carefully clear the hole. Do NOT use a toothpick or any object that could become stuck in the hole.
  • Replace the burner head by sliding the burner head unit underneath the metal bar; be sure the air shutter of the venturi tube slides over and is centered on the gas valve jet.
  • Reconnect the orange igniter wire to the connector.
  • Set the burner head in place and replace the top grate and ring grate.

Click here to watch a video on how to clean your Bluestar Burners

TOP BURNER AIR SHUTTER ADJUSTMENT:
HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR BLUESTAR RANGE BURNERS
Burner Adjustment

 

 A properly adjusted Bluestar burner head will have sharp conical shaped blue flames. The flame should be an almost all blue but with propane gas the flame is sometimes yellow tipped.

Before you adjust the burner shutter make sure the burner is cool.

  • Remove the grate, top grate, griddle or Charbroiler associated with the burners that need to be adjusted.
  • Remove the burner to expose the air shutter adjustment screw in the burner cavity.
  • Use a Phillips screwdriver to loosen the air shutter tightening screw.
  • Use your fingers to adjust the air shutter gap:
  • Widen the gap to remove the yellow tips and eliminate a lazy flame
  • Reduce the gap to remove the lifting flame.
  • Tighten the air shutter screw and replace the burner.
  • Test it to make sure the adjustments have corrected the problem.
  • Turn off the burner and tighten the shutter screw with the screwdriver when adjustments are complete.
  • Replace the burner and make sure the venturi is over the orifice correctly and replace the grates.

Click Here for video on how to adjust your burner shutter

Important warnings:

Do not store or use gasoline or other flammable vapors and liquids in the vicinity of this or any other appliance.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU SMELL GAS:
  • Do not try to light any appliance
  • Do not touch or activate any electrical switch
  • Do not use any phone in your building and immediately call your gas supplier from a neighbor’s phone.
  • Follow the gas supplier’s instructions.
  • If you cannot reach your gas supplier, call the fire department
  • Installation and service must be performed by a qualified installer, service agency or the gas supplier like ServiceParExcellence.com

For basic troubleshooting help click here

For all your Bluestar Parts you can contact Guaranteed Parts. or call:  1-855-472-4443

Are Appliance Extended Warranty Worth It?

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Reasons for Buying Appliance Extended Warranty

Introduction to appliance extended warranty and how it affects you as a buyer:

  • Most appliances last up to 5-10 years.  Since advancements in technology and the use of more electronic part and control boards appliances fail at a much faster rate.
  • Repair parts are much more expensive.
  • An extended warranty should pay for itself in just one service call.

Reasons for Not Buying appliance Extended Warranties

  • You may be purchasing insurance you already have. Most products you purchase will carry some type of manufacturer’s warranty. If your appliance purchase fails prematurely, this warranty usually covers your loss. If the manufacturer’s warranty has expired, you may be covered if you paid for your purchase with a credit card. Many (but not all) credit cards offer some form of warranty protection.
  • extended warranty fine-print
  • The fine print can be costly. Most extended warranties come with pages of fine print which we never read. The companies that issue the extended warranties know that we don’t read their fine print.

However, they know exactly what the fine print says and this protects them. When a claim is filed, if there is anything in the fine print that will allow the company to avoid paying the claim or repairing the appliance, they will take advantage of it. You may find out that your purchase isn’t covered against whatever caused the damage.

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Our conclusion is to consider a warranty on the most expensive products like your fridge, stove, washer & dryers (depending on the manufacturer).  Most importantly, at least understand what the service warranty experience will be like after the sale before buying additional coverage.

Finally, ask many questions before the sale of your appliance, do your research for the online reviews and don’t fall into a trap of buying an extended warranty when the provider cannot resolve any warranty repair problems in a reasonable amount of time.

 

How To Change The Water Filter On Your Refrigerator

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Introduction on How To Change The Water Filter On Your Refrigerator:

Here are some general directions on how to replace the two main forms of refrigerator water filters.  Your filter should be replaced every six months. Guaranteed Parts carries genuine refrigerator water filters.

locking water filter

How to Replace a Twist-on Refrigerator Water Filter

  • Locate the water filter  (On the bottom grill or the back or inside of the refrigerator)
  • Twist the water filter turning counterclockwise
  • Pull the fridge water filter out
  • Remove the knob on the filter and place it on the new water filter
  • Push the new water filter into the housing
  • Turn the fridge water filter turning clockwise to lock it (Make sure it is locked in straight and correctly)
  • Run a gallon or two of water out of the water dispenser to remove any carbon residue
  • Throw away the first two batches of ice from the ice maker

water filter change

How to Change a Push-in Fridge Water Filter

  • Find the water filter (On grill at the bottom of fridge,  at the top rear of the fridge or in a drawer)
  • Push the button to release and remove the old water filter and pull out old fridge water filter out
  • Take the cap off of the old filter and put it on the new water filter
  • Push in the new filter until it locks into place
  • Run two gallons of water out of the water dispenser to remove any carbon residue
  • Throw away the first two batches of ice from the ice maker

If you have questions on how to replace the water filter on your refrigerator,  guaranteedparts.com can help. Give us a call at 1-855-472-4443 today!

 

Why It Is A Good Idea To Know Your Model And Serial Number Of Your Unit When You Are Looking For Replacement Parts For Your Appliances:

The model and serial number is the key reference to locating the correct parts for your appliance as well as if the manufacturer has issued any recalls. The appliance’s serial number may identify if there are any revisions on the parts on your unit. When inquiring upon ordering replacement parts from your parts supplier you should have your model and serial number to ensure you receive the correct part info.

Usually, any information besides the appliance’s brand name found in clear view on the front face of your appliance is just a marketing name and is usually of little use in identifying the actual appliance model number.

The appliance’s model/serial numbers will only be found right on the appliance’s model and serial number identification tag. Differing to their name, model numbers will usually consist of letters, numbers and often dashes and sometimes dots as well and not just numbers.

To get replacement parts for your appliance you’ll need to know which part(s) you need. Each and every part of an appliance including the individual screws has a part number. This is the means by which a specific part of your appliance can be identified and ordered.

You may be able to get a part number right off the defective component and if possible, look on the old part to see if it is stamped with a part number to identify it. Some parts may be stamped or listed with codes, but it’s always a good idea to consult with an experienced parts distributor. Some manufacturers only put manufacturing codes on their parts which cannot be traced. Part numbers may consist of letters, numbers and dashes but Just numbers are the most common.

model and serial number

Ever have trouble locating your model or serial number on your appliances? Here’s how: LOCATING YOUR MODEL-SERIAL NUMBER