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Reliable Air Conditioning Repair in River Falls, WI 

Whatever your AC troubles may be, our team is ready to help you beat the heat with affordable air conditioning repair services in River Falls and its surrounding areas. 

A local company with a long history

Hurlburt Heating AC and Plumbing has been repairing air conditioners in River Falls since 1959! That’s over 60 years of AC service in the community. While we’ve grown a bit since then, we still offer the same reliable and affordable AC repair that helped build our reputation. We know just how difficult it can be to find honest contractors and when someone has to come into your home to work, choosing the right company is important. We have a hand-picked team of well-trained technicians that will take care of you whenever your AC system fails, day or night.

We repair any brand of residential air conditioner, whether we installed it or not.

24/7 Emergency Service in River Falls

While a broken air conditioner might not seem like an emergency, for older individuals, children, pets and people with certain medical conditions, an AC failure can spell disaster. The high humidity levels that accompany our Wisconsin heat waves can make it difficult for many people to regulate their internal temperature. 

Even if you don’t have a medical need and are just uncomfortable in your home without AC, we will have a technician out in no time ready to get your system back up and running. 

What to do if your AC isn’t cooling?

Call us, of course! 

But first, there are a few things you can check yourself. You might be able to save on a service call if it’s something simple. 

Change your thermostat batteries. Unless you have a smart thermostat, it likely relies on batteries for power. If your thermostat batteries are on their way out, your AC might turn on and off frequently. If the batteries are totally dead, the system won’t run at all. Every year we get no cooling calls that are just bad thermostat batteries. If you haven’t checked the batteries lately, here’s your reminder to go and change them!

Check your furnace filter. The furnace filter is often forgotten until there is a problem. Unfortunately, running your AC with a dirty filter can cause a whole host of problems from the increased air restriction. If your air conditioner can’t breathe, it can’t cool. If you run the unit with a dirty filter often enough, it will weaken the compressor and shorten its lifespan. 

Clean your outdoor AC coil. Air conditioner coils have a tendency to suck up any dirt, dust, and dander in the air. This, along with grass clippings, cottonwood seed and other debris can plug up the coil, making it unable to release its heat. You can clean the coil yourself with a garden hose and a spray nozzle. All you need to do is rinse the debris out until the aluminum coil is clean. Some parts of River Falls have quite a few cottonwood trees. If you’re in one of those areas, be sure to keep an eye on your AC unit and clean it out as needed.

Dust return air grills and supply vents. Believe it or not, but if you don’t regularly dust your return air grills, your central HVAC system can have trouble distributing air throughout your home. If this is the problem with your air conditioner, you’ll notice decreased performance. Your AC might seem like it struggles to keep up with the thermostat setting. This can be a symptom of numerous other problems but try this first and see if it fixes the problem. If it doesn’t, give us a call and we’ll find out what’s wrong.

What does air conditioner repair cost in River Falls?

We get this question a lot. It is difficult to say without seeing the unit and diagnosing the problem. Some issues are relatively simple and inexpensive (capacitors, contactors) while others (compressor failures, coolant leaks, motors) are more costly. 

Hurlburt Heating AC and Plumbing believes in complete transparency. We will always discuss repair options and pricing before we begin our work. That way, there are no surprises when the repair bill comes. 

If your AC is in rough shape and it would be more cost effective to replace it, we will tell you that too. Of course, the decision is yours but we will let you know if we think it’s a bad idea to put money into an old air conditioner that will need to be replaced in a couple of years.  

How long will an air conditioner last?

Air conditioners in our area typically last between 15 and 20 years. Regular preventative maintenance will help you get the most life out of your AC system. If you keep your furnace filter and outdoor coil clean and have an annual tuneup done every spring, you will likely have an AC system that will keep you cool for many years.

Can my old, R-22 air conditioner be repaired?

Unfortunately, if your old R-22 air conditioner has a coolant leak, the answer is probably not. The phase out of R-22 started in 2010, so the youngest R-22 air conditioners are now 14 years old. All air conditioners made after 2010 use the more environmentally-friendly R-401A coolant.

For a while, we were able to repair leaking R-22 systems and recharge them with gas. However, in 2020, the production of R-22 was banned and we can no longer import it. Any R-22 available is old gas that has been reclaimed from old systems. The price of R-22 has gotten so out of hand the past several years that it is more cost effective to replace the whole system than to fix the leak and recharge it with R-22 gas.

That being said, if the pressures look good on your old R-22 air conditioner, we can certainly repair any other parts that have failed. If your old R-22 system simply needs a new capacitor, we’re not going to try to sell you a brand new unit. 

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