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AC Repair in New Richmond, WI

A trusted HVAC company in the New Richmond area

Whether you live in the town or out in the countryside, Hurlburt Heating AC and Plumbing is happy to be your 24/7 HVAC experts in New Richmond and its surrounding areas. Hurlburt has been serving the local community for over 60 years and we hope to continue on that path by offering prompt and affordable AC repair to our customers.

We repair all brands of residential air conditioners

It doesn’t matter if we installed it or not, Hurlburt will come out and repair your AC if it fails. Our technicians carry a variety of AC parts in the truck so we can make repairs quickly and get your home feeling cool again. 

How much does AC repair cost in New Richmond?

We hear this question a lot. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to say unless we know what’s wrong with the system. Something simple, like a capacitor or a contactor, will be significantly less than a compressor failure. 

At Hurlburt Heating AC and Plumbing, we believe in being transparent with our clients. We will always discuss pricing before we make any repairs to your AC system. This way, there’s no surprises when the final bill arrives. 

If we notice any other problems with your AC that could cause an issue down the line, we will let you know and get you a quote for the work we recommend. If your AC is getting older, we will show you some options for when it comes time to replace it so you can make an informed decision. 

Should I repair or replace my AC?

This depends on what is wrong with your current AC and what kind of shape it’s in. Air conditioners in our area typically last between 15 and 20 years. If your AC is getting up there in age and requires a big repair, it might be a better choice to replace the system. 

We often recommend replacement on older ACs if the compressor fails or if we find a leak in the indoor evaporator coil. Both of these parts could be replaced if that’s what you want. However, they are quite expensive and it might be a better investment to replace the AC. If you choose to do extensive repairs on an old AC, it might be a little less upfront, but you’ll still have an old air conditioner at the end of the day and you’ll still have to budget for an eventual replacement down the line. 

Will Hurlburt repair my old R-22 air conditioner?

R-22 is the coolant that used to be used in both residential and commercial air conditioners. The R-22 phase-out began in 2010 when air conditioner manufacturers switched over to the more environmentally-friendly R-410A. For a while, we were able to get R-22 gas and continue to service R-22 systems. As the years went on, the cost of R-22 skyrocketed…so much so that it was often cheaper to replace a leaking R-22 system than it was to repair the leak and recharge it with gas.

As of 2020, R-22 cannot be produced or imported to the US. That means the only R-22 coolant available is used coolant that has been reclaimed from old systems. That’s not good news for anyone with a leaking R-22 system. 

In 2024, the youngest R-22 air containers are already 14 years old. They are nearing the end of their lifespan if they haven’t passed it already. If we find a leak in your R-22 system, there’s not much we can do besides a replacement. That being said, if the charge looks good, we can repair other internal parts (like capacitors, motors, etc.) and keep your R-22 system running as long as possible. 

What should you check yourself before calling Hurlburt?

We know air conditioning repair can be expensive. Here’s a few things to check before giving us a call. We’re always here if you need us but if you have one of these problems, you can save yourself the service call.

  1. Check your thermostat batteries. Most modern thermostats have batteries, with the exception of smart thermostats that get their power from the furnace itself. The batteries are either located right behind an access door on the stat or they are located behind the unit. If they are on the backside of the stat, you will have to pull it off the wall to replace them. We get several repair calls every year just to find out that the thermostat batteries are dead!
  2. Change your furnace filter. A dirty furnace filter can cause enough air restriction to freeze up your AC. Air restriction means your AC is unable to release heat and begins to malfunction. You could notice decreased performance or it might even get so bad that your AC experiences a buildup of ice on the coils. When the ice begins to melt, you could notice water on the floor in the furnace room. All that water will go down through your furnace as it melts, causing even more damage. And all from a dirty filter! 
  3. Check the drain fitting on the indoor evaporator coil. Sometimes this drain fitting can get clogged up with debris and the drain becomes blocked. If this happens, the first thing you’ll notice is water on the floor near the furnace. This happens because the drain pan beneath the coil overflows. This is an easy fix and you can likely do it yourself. If the drain has a clear hose attached, all you need to do is remove the hose, unscrew the fitting and clean it out. If you cannot remove the drain line, you can use a wet/dry shopvac to suck the debris out.
  4. Clean the condenser coils on the outdoor unit. If you look at your outdoor unit and you see a buildup of dirt, grass clippings or cottonwood seed, you will need to clean it out so your air conditioner is able to release its heat. Cottonwood seed is a huge problem in parts of New Richmond. Luckily, you can take care of this one yourself with a simple garden hose and a spray nozzle. All you need to do is rinse the debris down the coils until they are clear. 

Why choose Hurlburt for your AC repair needs?

Hurlburt has been a leading name in the community since 1959. That’s a lot of years repairing air conditioners! We strive to be honest and transparent in all of our business dealings. Whether repairing or replacing, we know just how big of an investment your home’s air conditioner is. With the high humidity in our area, summer heat waves can be pretty extreme. Our goal is to keep you cool and comfortable at home without breaking the bank on repairs. 

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