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Air Conditioning Repair, Tune-Up, and Installation Services

You name the air conditioning service, and we probably offer it. Additionally, we will stop by for regular tune-ups to ensure these issues don’t happen again. Should you have an emergency, our technicians can be at your doorstep in no time to fix your HVAC in VA.

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Your system should last 15 to 20 years. If yours is getting to this age, start budgeting now. Then, use Snell Heating and Air Conditioning for all your installation needs.

Air ConditionerCommon Air Conditioner Problems

Drain Blockage

Just like how your gutters get clogged, so can your HVAC drain pipe. All that moisture your air conditioner is responsible for removing (and the dirt and debris that come with it) can build up over time.

Go outside and find the end of your drainpipe. If the AC is running, but there isn’t much water coming out of it, you might have drain blockage. This issue could cause leaks in your home, so call a professional right away to unclog it.

Refrigerant Leaks

The refrigerant is a vital part of your air conditioner, as it is the ingredient that keeps the evaporator coils cold and, therefore, your air cool. However, if your HVAC system is older, wasn’t installed correctly, or has corrosion that created holes, you could have a refrigerant leak. If your AC is on, but there’s warm air coming out of it, this might be the problem.

Frozen Evaporator Coils

The evaporator coils in your air conditioner should be cold, as their job is to cool the air taken from inside your home. However, the coils should not be frozen.

Part of how they cool the air is by removing the moisture in it. This moisture becomes condensation, which should go down the drainpipe. However, if there’s an external issue with your air conditioner, the condensation can build up and freeze over the coils. Check your air filters, drain pipes, and fans, to see if they are the root of the issue.

Malfunctioning Fan

There are two blower fans inside a central air conditioner. One circulates airflow, and the other removes heat from inside the system.

When these fans aren’t lubricated, have a worn belt, or a broken capacitor, they cannot do their job. You’ll need to order a new part or have a professional come out to do some touch-ups.

Contaminated Condenser Coils

The condenser unit is the air conditioning box that sits outside your house, and inside are condenser coils. This box is where the air conditioning process begins.

Because of its location, lots of dirt and debris get inside the box and onto the coils. Contaminated condenser coils make the AC unit less efficient at cooling your air, which will overwork your unit. Hiring an expert to come out and clean them regularly will prevent this from happening.

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Furnace Repair, Tune-Up, and Installation Services

Snell Heating and Air Conditioning will complete a full HVAC repair if you want your furnace checked out too. You don’t want it breaking down in the middle of winter when you need it most. Our ten-step tune-up process will have it running smoothly throughout the season.

Furnace Repair

Some common gas and electric furnace problems we’ll fix for you:

  • Faulty Gas Control Valve
  • Water Damage
  • Loose Wires
  • Dirty Filter
  • Gas Line Issues

Deciding Between Gas and Electric Furnaces

When it’s time to buy a new furnace, you need to decide between the gas and electric options. Luckily, no matter which one you choose, Snell Heating and Air Conditioning can install both. To make a decision, though, you need to know a bit more about how they differ.


The installation cost for an electric furnace is cheaper than that of a gas one. There is a lot of wiring required, and if you don’t do it correctly, your furnace could blow a fuse or become a fire hazard. However, it’s not as unsafe as installing a gas furnace, where you have to ensure there won’t be any carbon monoxide leaks.

Energy Efficiency

Additionally, the electric furnace has a higher annual fuel utilization efficiency rating, as it converts nearly 100% of the energy it uses into heat. The gas furnace isn’t inefficient per se, but its AFUE rating is still in the 90% range. If you live in a place with long winters, gas furnaces may be better for you because they heat your house quicker than electric ones.


While the gas furnace is more expensive up-front, it’s cheaper to run. Electricity costs more to distribute to residential areas. You may want to factor this into your budget to see if you’ll end up paying more for the electric furnace in the long run.


Both furnaces need annual maintenance. For a gas one, it’s more for safety. For an electric one, it’s more for efficiency.

A professional can detect gas leaks that may go unnoticed otherwise. Plus, a gas furnace needs cleaning, while an electric one does not.


You may find yourself wondering how long these furnaces last because you want to get your money’s worth. The gas furnace will last you a maximum of 20 years and the electric one for about 30 years.

Water Heater Services

Water Heater Repair & Replacement Services

A water heater warms up and distributes hot water throughout your home when the thermostat signals it to. Typically, most homeowners don’t think much about their water heater until they hear loud noises. Give yourselves peace of mind and get in touch with an emergency plumber by phone at (703) 543-9649. Our experienced staff can give you same-day water heater repair and installation as soon as the next. Expect nothing less than than the highest standard of service, thanks to our weekly training that keeps us sharp and aware of all industry innovations.

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Sump Pump Repair & Installation Services

During extreme weather conditions, your sump pump could be the only thing standing between you and an expensive water damage bill. Snell Heating and Air Conditioning can keep groundwater out of your home. With periodical maintenance, you can ensure your household is at maximum preparedness to deal with rising water levels. Never get caught with a failing sump pump in times of trouble ever again! Call our staff of emergency plumbers in Oak Hill at (703) 543-9640 to have your sump pump looked at before it’s too late.

Indoor Air Quality Services

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports the air inside an ordinary home is five times worse than the air you breathe while you’re outside. That goes for Oak Hill as well! Remove air pollutants like dust mites, pollen, and dander with our skilled indoor air quality specialists. We can build an air care plan customized to meet your home’s specific needs. Whether we install UV lamps to kill bacteria or dehumidifiers or humidifiers to control moisture, you can count on Snell Heating and Air Conditioning to assist your healthful efforts with a call to (703) 543-9649.

Oak Hill, VA Community

Located 25 miles west of Washington D.C., Oak Hill was built in 1790. While you are there, take a tour of the Sully Historic Site to learn about the former home of Robert E. Lee. You can also walk the trails, where there are picnic tables and gardens along the way.

For all the aviation lovers out there, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is the place to go. Fill up on air and spacecraft knowledge by visiting their discovery stations, simulators, and science demonstrations. While you are there, check out the Donald D. Engen Observation Tower to get a nice view of the planes taking off at Dulles Airport.

Franklin Farms is another family-friendly outdoor spot. With swimming pools, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, there’s plenty of activities for you to do there.

If you need help with a plumbing, heating, or air conditioning issue, give our staff a call by phone at (703) 543-9649 to book an appointment.

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