Posts made in May 2017

Why is My Air Conditioner Leaking?

air conditioning unit in wallNow that the temperature is steadily climbing up each day, you may find yourself starting to turn toward your air conditioner for a break from the heat. Air conditioners can provide a much needed respite on days when you’ve been out in the sun and need to cool down, or during nights when the heat makes it a little too hot to sleep. However, sometimes people notice that their unit begins to drip water from the part of the unit that is in the home. There are a few reasons why this could be happening – read on for more information.

Damaged/rusted drain pan – If your air conditioning unit is older (10+ years), you may have a damaged drain pan. If a drain pan is rusted through, water will fall right through it.

Clogged condensate drain line – When a condensate drain line gets clogged with dust, dirt, sludge or mold, the water that’s supposed to be disposed through it is going to back up into your home. This is the most common cause of a leaking air conditioning unit, and can easily unclogged by an expert in air conditioning service in Wheaton, IL.

Dirty air filter – A dirty air filter prevents necessary airflow over the evaporator coil which often results with the coil freezing over. When it eventually melts, the drain pan will have too much water to handle, resulting in the drip.

Low refrigerant – Without the proper levels of refrigerant, pressure will lower in the AC system and this will also cause the evaporator coil to freeze over, resulting in a similar issue as having a dirty air filter.

If you’re AC is leaking and you need it fixed for the upcoming warmer months, contact Armbrust Plumbing for air conditioning service in Wheaton, IL today.

Strange Noise Your Garbage Disposal is Making

Garbage disposals are a great modern convenience that can help shred food into small pieces to go smoothly down your pipes instead of sitting in a garbage can and accumulating odor. While these machines may not be your priority in the home if something doesn’t sound quite right, it’s important to address any issues as disposals can be dangerous if there’s something wrong. There are three distinct noises garbage disposals tend to make that may alert you that something isn’t right:

Loud, metallic rattling – If you start hearing a sound like this, chances are something got down the pipe that wasn’t supposed to. A hard object that falls into the disposal with gets bounced around by the blades, causing the rattling noise. This is a simple fix as long as no damage has been done to the disposal: simply unplug the disposal and use heavy work gloves or slender tongs to remove the object.

Humming or whirring – When debris gets stuck between the shredder ring and the impellers, you can cause the flywheel mechanism of your disposal to get stuck, causing the humming and whirring you hear. This is not as simple of a fix if you are not comfortable with the machine, and should be handled by a professional.

Squealing – If you hear a squealing noise coming from your unit, turn it off immediately. This can indicate a larger issue with the flywheel drive belt or a failing motor or bearing. Once your disposal is shut down, contact Armbrust Plumbing for a trusted plumber in Glen Ellyn, IL to take a look and determine the issue.