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AC Repair in Charlottesville, Albemarle & Central VA

When your air conditioner malfunctions, the best way to avoid additional damage is by having it repaired. Repairing your AC system is a cost-effective process and our proven professionals at Zephyr Environmental Solutions can help you rebound from worn parts, sensor problems, leaky refrigerant lines and more.

We are proud to carry exceptional parts and products by multiple industry-leading brands, and our service area includes Charlottesville, ShipmanKeswickEsmont, Albemarle, and their surrounding cities in Central Virginia

What Causes My AC to Break?

Knowing what caused your unit’s failure will make it much easier and faster to repair. Some of the most common causes of AC unit malfunctions or damages include:

Leaks in the Refrigerant – This is usually caused by undercharging during the installation or by leaky pipes. Either way, contact a trained technician for repairs.

Poor Maintenance – It is essential to keep your appliances, systems, and units in top working order. This requires scheduled maintenance checks. Irregular check-ups lead to dust and dirt buildup that can clog the fans, reduce the functionality of your unit, and create damages. Regular cleanings will remedy the situation.

Electric Control Failure – Turning your unit on and off can wear out the compressor and fan controls. This causes the wires and terminals within your unit to corrode, leading to electrical failure. You should contact professionals to fix this problem.

Sensor Problems – This sensor is located behind the unit’s control panel and measures the temperature of air coming into the evaporative coil. If this system is damaged or removed, your AC unit could cycle constantly or behave erratically.

Drainage Problems – This happens most frequently during humid weather. Always check the condensate drain to make sure it isn’t clogged.

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Let Zephyr Environmental Solutions Repair Your AC in Virginia

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Repairing your AC unit is a difficult task that is best left to trained professionals. Whether you need emergency repairs, scheduled maintenance, or a replacement unit, the certified technicians from Zephyr Environmental Solutions are ready to assist at a moment's notice. Just give us a call at  434-363-4565 and we, at Zephyres, will do just that.

Ever since the early 1900’s our company has been servicing the surrounding areas of in Charlottesville, Albemarle, and Central VA. We know how to turn your home into a four-walled structure to, a four-walled structure that can work for you! With our simple and easy to install systems, you will be able to lower your carbon footprint, consume less energy, and make your home’s environment even more livable. You may also visit our contact page or call 434-363-4565.


Recent Air Conditioning Jobs

First, we set up several portable AC units to provide some relief to our client and his guests. Second, we identified the problem as a complete failure of an indoor coil on a system beyond its warranty period. Third, we provided options to repair the system and to replace it - recommending replacement to achieve higher efficiency and to bring the system back under warranty.

In the end, the client selected a complete system replacement. We replaced the system and returned comfort to our client's home.

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Bottom line: After our repairs and adjustments, and in the midst of the heat wave, Carissa and her family reported that the system caught up and maintained a comfortable - lower than ever - temperature.

On our first visit we discovered a failing high pressure safety switch that would trip, even when pressures were not at or above the safety cut-out level. We also found a dirty system in need of maintenance. Importantly, we also noted an apparent airflow problem that could contribute to these issues. We took care of the maintenance and scheduled a return visit to examine the airflow concerns and replace the high pressure switch.

On the day of our second visit, the system had another cutout but returned itself to service after pressures equalized. We replaced the switch and began to look at airflow.

We found that the ducts are severely undersized for the equipment in place. We also found a very restrictive filter. And most importantly we found a "fresh air" duct had been added that was pulling in hot, humid air directly from outside. So on the 100 degree days, this duct was adding more heat to the house than the system could remove.

Based on a quick calculation, we decided to remove the "fresh air" duct and have it pull return air from the basement. We replaced the restrictive filter with a standard filter. And we recommended leaving the ducts unchanged and matching future new equipment to the ducts as we believe the equipment is oversized for the home.

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We found that the primary system was low on refrigerant, which was the cause of the loss of cooling. We also found the condensate drain was plugged and the system had begun to leak water on the basement floor. Outside, we found the outdoor coil clogged with dirt. As it was late in the day, we thoroughly cleaned the coil, recharged the system and cleared the condensate line so that Paul would have air conditioning for the evening.

We scheduled a return visit the following week (another post) to identify the leak and hopefully repair it to prevent future loss of refrigerant. (Based on discussions with Paul, this has been a recurring problem - which is not acceptable to us without an effort to repair the leak.)

On the secondary system, we found a 23 year old R-22 heat pump completely out of refrigerant. Given its age, the cost of R-22 and the environmental cost of R-22, we recommended a replacement of this system and delivered a proposal.

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