Signs You’re Overworking Your AC System

There are many reasons why an air conditioner can get overworked. Whether it’s poorly sized for your home or having some issue that has decreased its efficiency, overworking a system can cause numerous problems. Our Trinity, TX, company will make sure that your air conditioner can cool your home evenly and reliably. There are several signs you can watch for that could indicate that your system is being overworked. Frequent On and Off Cycling If you’ve noticed that your air conditioner is turning on and off more frequently than normal during regular cooling cycles, there might be an issue with it. When this happens, extra stress is put on the various components of your system. The frequent cycling can decrease the efficiency of your unit and reduce its lifespan. Higher Energy Bills If your cooling system has an issue, it might start working less efficiently. When this happens, your energy bills could go up. If you’ve noticed a sudden spike in your summer cooling bills, it might be because of a broken AC system. An issue with your unit could cause it to work harder than it would otherwise. Uneven Cooling An overworked system might not have the power to...

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A Guide to Fixing Hot Spots in Your Home

has provided a full range of air conditioning services to homeowners throughout Trinity, Huntsville, and the neighboring communities for more than 25 years. Uneven cooling, sometimes called hot spots, is a rather common AC problem in Texas. Let us consider where to focus in order to diagnose the trouble. Malfunctioning Air Conditioner or Heat Pump The unit itself is an obvious culprit. If you have not had your unit inspected recently, you should schedule service to rule out malfunctions, such as a bad blower motor or leaking refrigerant. Air Duct Leakage In a ducted system, sealed air ducts are crucial to ensure that conditioned air is distributed in an efficient manner. Leaks can develop over time, and if you have not had your ducts cleaned and inspected in the last several years, this may be a good time to do that. Defective or Misplaced Thermostat A defective thermostat can result in not enough cooled air being provided to the home. A misplaced thermostat can result in incorrect readings as well. If you don’t get enough cool air, you’ll get hot spots based on how air flows through the home. Closed, Suboptimally Placed and Missing Vents Unless you have a variable-speed...

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5 Causes of AC Repair and How to Prevent Them

As a homeowner in Trinity, you rely on your air conditioner to get you through the hot summer months. Although your HVAC system is designed to work efficiently for decades, certain problems can affect its performance and longevity. This may lead to increased energy bills and uncomfortable temperatures. The following discusses five common causes of AC problems and what you can do to prevent them. 1. Lack of Regular Maintenance One of the most common causes of air conditioning failure is the lack of scheduling regular maintenance service. Your HVAC system needs ongoing care and cleaning once or twice a year for it to continue running in peak condition. AC problems that start small can grow into major issues that could be avoided by ongoing maintenance. Scheduling maintenance service can reduce the likelihood of AC problems. 2. Faulty Fuse or Circuit Breakers If your air conditioner doesn’t turn on, the first things you should check are the fuse and circuit breakers. If you replace a fuse and the problem still exists, you should contact a licensed professional to inspect the system. 3. Frozen Coils Blocked air ducts and dirty air filters can cause airflow problems in your air conditioning unit...

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What Happens When You Close Vents in Unused Rooms?

You might have heard of this life hack before — close the vents to your unused rooms, and you’ll save money on your next energy bill. But is it actually true? You may want to learn more before you close vents throughout your home. Don’t Expect to Save Money It’s a tempting idea. If you close the vents to the rooms you don’t use often, then cool air will theoretically only head to the rooms you’d actually like to keep at a refreshing temperature. This means you’ll save money, since you can raise the thermostat a few degrees, safe in the knowledge that your air conditioner won’t have to work as hard to keep you cool. Right? Not really. See, the problem is that closing the vents of some rooms will lead to an increase in pressure in your entire HVAC system. This pressure means that your air handler will have to work even harder to get the air through to the rooms you want to be cooled. The result could actually be an increase in your energy bill. You’ll Pay More for Repairs Increased pressure is also not a good thing because it can lead to another expensive side...

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Top Product Warranty Benefits

Customers of heating and air conditioning products look for different benefits when considering a company to patronize. They look at prices, quality, years in service, and more. Hopefully, they also look at the warranty options available. Not everyone thinks much of warranties since they “only” have value if something goes wrong. Don’t overlook the benefits of a reliable warranty, however. They help out in many ways. Warranties Save Money Most people already realize that warranties save money on replacement parts. If something is wrong with a filter, a warranty covers a new one. What customers don’t realize is that warranties frequently cover labor. Depending on the job, labor could cost more than the part. Why pay the repair professional out of your pocket when a warranty covers the expense? Also, financing repair and replacement costs with a credit card, a home equity loan, and the like comes with interest expenses. Borrowing means you pay more. Warranties Save You Time Not everyone has the budget to repair a malfunctioning HVAC unit or air conditioner. Waiting around to acquire extra money or credit takes time. The weather won’t wait, though. With a warranty in place, the customer follows the appropriate steps to...

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Is It Time to Upgrade to a New Air Conditioner?

Your air conditioner has been cooling your house for years and years. It hasn’t given out on you yet, so is there any reason to replace it? Once you learn the improvements that have been introduced in the last decade, you might be ready to replace your air conditioning unit. Changes to Refrigerant Old air conditioners rely on Freon, a refrigerant also known as R-22. However, because Freon isn’t great for the environment, it’s being phased out. Only air conditioners built before 2010 use this chemical. Newer air conditioners rely on a replacement refrigerant called R-410A. In fact, after 2020, new Freon won’t be produced in the United States. Homeowners with old air conditioners will have to rely on the existing supply or use reclaimed refrigerant. The cost of recharging a Freon-based unit will continue to rise as the supply dwindles. People with newer R-410A units won’t have to deal with that problem, however. Improvements in Energy Efficiency An air conditioner’s Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER) is a figure that gives you an indication of how efficient you can expect a new unit to be. A decade or two ago, most air conditioners had a SEER of 10 or less....

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Improving Your Air Quality During the Winter Months

During the winter season, most people keep their windows and doors closed to keep the chill away. Although the interior setting can stay warm, the indoor air quality may suffer due to a lack of fresh air. If you want to maintain excellent indoor air quality until the spring season arrives, there are a few important tips to follow. Keep the Carpet and Floors Clean The dirt and debris that settles onto the floors and in the carpet can easily circulate into the air. You’ll need to keep the carpet and floors clean by vacuuming, sweeping, and mopping weekly. Cleaning the floors and dusting on a routine basis will remove pet dander, dust, pollutants, dead skin cells, and pollutants. Inspect the Heating and Cooling System Hire one of the technicians from in Trinity, TX, to inspect the heating and cooling system to determine if the filter needs to be replaced or if additional air purifiers need to be used in the building. Dust, pollen, and hair can collect over time, which can circulate in the building and lead to asthma or respiratory issues over time. Our technicians can even offer freshness-inducing air purifiers and ventilators to improve the air quality...

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What Is Super Cooling?

In the summer and in particular, the July and August months, the temperatures peak to the unbearable points such that the air conditioning systems have to run non-stop. And with that comes high energy bills. Considering the outdoor temperatures in Texas tend to skyrocket, the ‘set it and forget it’ old-school energy-saving trick isn’t always effective. Luckily, there’s ‘cool’ way to bring your power bill down called supercooling Super Cooling Well, supercooling may mean a lot of things in the science world, say cooling a liquid below the freezing point without it becoming a solid. But in the HVAC industry, it means chilling everything in the house simultaneously during the right time in the summer season with the objective of saving on the A/C energy bills. How Super Cooling Works Electricity rates are cheaper or high at certain hours. From your utility, develop a time-of-use or time-of-day plan. Sign up for the plan that works best for you. These plans work particularly well for those away from home most hours of the day, although anyone can benefit. To start supercooling your house, tune your thermostat to a temperature as cool as you can bear, say 68 to 74 degrees. But...

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Most Common Air Conditioning Problems

The average Trinity area homeowner can expect their air conditioning system to last anywhere from 15 to 20 years with the right amount of care and maintenance. While a lucky few may go that entire time without encountering any problems with their A/C system, chances are you might run into an unexpected problem or two. Here are four common A/C problems that you’re likely to experience throughout the course of A/C system ownership and the solutions that could help solve them: The unit runs, but it doesn’t cool – Make sure the condenser, located in the outdoor A/C cabinet, isn’t being blocked by tall weeds, debris or other obstructions. Blockages are just one of the many common A/C problems that could prevent adequate cooling. Poor cooling performance – First, try lowering the thermostat by five degrees. If the problem persists, inspect and clean the evaporator coil located within the inside cabinet of your A/C system. If the system still does not cool after a few hours, you may have an air conditioner that’s too small to handle your home’s cooling needs. In this case, you might need to replace your existing A/C with a brand-new, more energy-efficient model. The unit...

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