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What If Your Heat Pump Won’t Switch Modes?

February 12th, 2018

white question mark on blue circleIt’s not quite time to switch your heat pump from heating mode to cooling mode just yet, but that time will come soon enough. And when it does, you’ll want to easily adjust your heat pump system so that it begins cooling as effectively as it heated your home all winter long.

However, we can’t guarantee that your heat pump will work accurately every time, especially if you skipped your maintenance appointment (this tune-up should be scheduled twice a year for heat pumps) or if your heat pump is aging and is about ready for retirement. If either of these scenarios are the case, then you might find that warm or lukewarm air is coming through your vents still when you try to switch over to cooling mode.

If this is the case, you’ll want to call for professional Sugar Land, TX heat pump services right away. In the meantime though, we’d like to tell you what’s probably going on with your HVAC system.

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It’s Never Too Early to Schedule AC Maintenance

January 29th, 2018

male technician working on outside unit of an air conditionerIn a place like Texas, it can be hard to keep an air conditioner in pristine condition, considering how much demand homeowners put on their systems. If you care for your cooling system properly, however, there’s no good reason it can’t work as efficiently and effectively as possible for as long as possible. Part of this care is ensuring you invest in routine Sugar Land, TX air conditioning maintenance.

One of the most common questions we get about maintenance is when the best time to schedule it is. Generally speaking, air conditioning maintenance should be scheduled before the system’s heaviest period of use, so in early spring. However, when you have your maintenance scheduled is not as important as how often you have the service completed. But why is preventive maintenance so necessary?

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Don’t Let These Midwinter Furnace Problems Get You Down

January 15th, 2018

man looking very cold standing in front of thermostatWhen you think of all the appliance repair and service needs you may have over the course of your homeownership, one that sticks out as particularly concerning is likely that of your Katy, TX HVAC system. True, our climate doesn’t get nearly as frigid as other parts of the country, but when you’re dealing with heat for as long as we do during the year, winters seem that much colder.

Given the current time of year, we’re going to focus on heating systems for this post—particularly, furnaces. First off, we hope that you invested in furnace maintenance before winter began. Maintenance gives our professionals the chance to fully inspect your heating system, cleaning it and making any adjustments or recommendations for repairs as needed.

If you skipped maintenance this year, or you didn’t follow up your tune-up with recommended repairs, then you might run into one of the following furnace repair needs this season.

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How Can You Get the Most from Your Ductless System?

January 1st, 2018

Closeup view about using some appliance such as air condition.Ductless cooling and heating systems often get mistaken for standard room air conditioners thanks to their setup. They do have many of the same components; however, the configuration of a ductless system is much different than that of a traditional Houston, TX air conditioning system. Ductless systems include an indoor unit and a separate outdoor condenser. They also involve a larger investment, but for good reason (namely, efficiency!)

Take care of your investment by scheduling routine maintenance. Since ductless systems are used all year, the best way to care for the system is by scheduling this maintenance session twice a year rather than once annually as you would with a conventional air conditioner. Why is this so important?

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Upgrade Your Heat Pump for Winter Comfort!

December 18th, 2017

family in living room looking comfortableAre you already using a heat pump system for your cooling needs during the year? Living where we do, it’s vital that you have an efficient Sugar Land, TX air conditioning system, and investing in a heat pump ensures this is the case. A heat pump system is a great choice for homeowners who want year-round comfort all from one system, as heat pumps have a reversing valve that allows for sufficient heating too, when winter comes.

Now, it’s true that for the most part, our winters are fairly mild. It’s rare that our lows dip below 45°. But it has been known to get colder than that, especially at night during the winter. And when that happens, your heat pump can struggle to draw in warm air in order to effectively heat your home. All is not lost, though! Your solution lies in a system upgrade, from a heat pump system to a dual fuel system!

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Don’t Neglect Post-Season AC Needs

December 4th, 2017

A heating/cooling vent register on the wall of a home, with open/close leverWe may be edging closer to winter, but around our area that doesn’t mean much when it comes to the use of our air conditioners. Still though, as the weather does cool off, you’ve likely begun to use your AC system less and less, and probably aren’t thinking about it much, either. But your Houston, TX air conditioning system shouldn’t be neglected—especially not after a long, hard season of use.

We understand how tempting it is to wait. After all, you’re going to need your air conditioner a lot less in the coming months, right? But if you want to ensure that your AC system lasts through any heat waves that we experience and won’t break down on you when you need it the most, then it’s time to take care of any problems that do currently exist. But what problems should you look out for?

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Don’t Skip Heating Maintenance!

November 20th, 2017

technician servicing furnaceWe are well into fall, and even though our temperatures don’t dip as drastically low as they do in other parts of the country, we still have some pretty cold weather to contend with! That being said, the time to schedule Katy, TX HVAC maintenance for your heating system is now! This is a service that should be scheduled on a yearly basis, or biannually if you’re using a heat pump system.

There are some basic maintenance tasks you can handle on your own when it comes to your heater. For example, you should change your clogged or dirty air filter every 1-3 months. However, full system maintenance that actually makes a difference in the performance and functionality of your heater requires the assistance of a professionally trained heating technician.

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Does Your Ductless System Need Maintenance?

November 6th, 2017

hands adjusting air handler of a ductless systemBecause of how they look, ductless air conditioning and heating systems often get mistaken for window or portable air conditioning units. They do have many of the same components, but the configuration of the two is much different. Ductless systems, for instance, have an indoor unit and separate outdoor condenser. Due to their complexity, they necessitate extra care.

Taking care of your investment includes scheduling Sugar Land, TX HVAC maintenance for your ductless system on a regular basis. Because this is a heating and a cooling system in one, you should have this maintenance done twice a year—ideally once in spring to precede the cooling season and once in fall, before you need the heat. Keep reading to learn why ductless system maintenance is so essential!

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Compressor Failure: Repair or Replace?

October 23rd, 2017

top view of an air conditioning compressorOver the years, there are a number of problems that can crop up with your home cooling system. Especially since it has to work so hard, for so long, given our climate. You can find yourself facing refrigerant leaks, failed capacitors, and even damaged ductwork. There is no shortage of potential Sugar Land, TX air conditioning repair needs. Fortunately, many of these needs could be fairly easily reparable and maybe even preventable.

One repair need that is particularly unpleasant to face, however, is a broken down or damaged compressor. With most AC components, replacement is usually the best option. However, if you have a broken down compressor, then the question becomes, “should I replace just the compressor, or my entire cooling system?” Our staff can help you make an educated decision in this regards. But we may very likely recommend replacing the entire system, and here’s why:

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As Summer Comes to a Close, Get the Most from Your AC

October 9th, 2017

two outside units of an air conditioning systemFall is officially here, although the cooling season doesn’t officially stop for those of us in Texas for a while still. As far as your air conditioning system is concerned though, this late in the season it’s built up a good amount of wear and tear from a few months of consistent operation. In our climate, any home AC puts in a good amount of work starting from, at the latest, May.

So by now, your cooling system might face problems with malfunctions, or may start to perform inefficiently, raising your utility bills. We have some tips to share that can help your air conditioner get through any more warm weather we might experience. Keep reading to learn more, and contact us for professional Katy, TX air conditioning repair should you be experiencing any problems with your system.

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What If Your Heat Pump Won’t Switch Modes?

February 12, 2018

It’s not quite time to switch your heat pump from heating mode to cooling mode just yet, but that time will come soon enough.

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It's Never Too Early to Schedule AC Maintenance

January 29, 2018

Generally speaking, air conditioning maintenance should be scheduled before the system’s heaviest period of use, so in early spring.

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