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Is Your AC Refrigerant About to Be Phased Out?

April 24th, 2017

In our last blog post, we discussed some of the most common misconceptions about air conditioning maintenance—one of them being that your refrigerant needs to be refilled during each maintenance appointment. On the contrary, if this is the case, it means that you have a leak and that the source of that leak must be found and repaired.

Another important fact to know about your refrigerant is that if you’re using an older air conditioner with R-22 in it, your refrigerant is about to be fully phased out, due to the harmful effects it has on the environment. The good news is, if it’s time for you to replace your cooling system, you don’t need to look any further than our team for quality Richmond, TX air conditioning services.

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Common AC Maintenance Misconceptions

April 10th, 2017

common-ac-maintenance-mistakesFrom reading our past blog posts, you probably are well aware of how strong of advocates we are for scheduling regular air conditioning maintenance in Houston, TX and beyond. But some homeowners have an idea of what maintenance is that could actually harm your cooling system. Keep reading to learn more.

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Is Your Home Ready for an AC Replacement?

March 27th, 2017

home-ready-ac-replacementNow that spring is officially here, and summer is right around the corner—not that we got much reprieve from the heat—it’s the perfect time to consider a Katy, TX air conditioner replacement if you think your system has just about had it.

A well-maintained air conditioning system has the potential to last about a decade, give or take a couple of years. Whether or not you have had maintenance done on a regular basis though, it’s a good idea to know the various signs of an air conditioner in need of replacement, versus repair.

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Upgrade Your Air Conditioner before Summer and Save!

March 13th, 2017

upgrade-air-conditionerTemperatures may be on the cooler side right now, but you know as well as we do that summer is going to creep up on us faster than we realize. When temperatures begin to soar, you’ll want to have the peace of mind that you are equipped with an efficiently and effectively working AC system in Missouri City, TX.

If you barely made it through last summer without your AC system breaking down, or if you had to make multiple repairs on it throughout the year, then it’s certainly time to consider an air conditioner replacement/upgrade. It’s also important to remember that keeping up on maintenance is key to helping your air conditioner last longer.

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Pre-Summer AC Prep: How Clean Are Your Air Ducts?

February 27th, 2017

clean-air-ducts-summer-ac-prepThe cooling season here in Sugar Land is only just a couple weeks away. Before you start to use your AC system most heavily, it’s a good idea to make sure it’s ready to serve you as efficiently as it can. This first includes scheduling a maintenance appointment, if you haven’t done so within the last year.

Maintenance will help ensure that your system is fully operational and that there aren’t any small repair needs that need addressing. Another step to take toward prepping your air conditioner for spring and summer weather is investing in Sugar Land, TX duct cleaning services. But why does this matter?

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Furnace Check Up: Yes, It’s That Time of Year

February 13th, 2017

furnace-check-upSure, we might not get as much use out of our furnace systems as other parts of the country—say, in the Midwest and East Coast. That doesn’t mean, however, that we can neglect caring for our heaters. If you haven’t scheduled your professional Richmond, TX furnace maintenance appointment yet, don’t worry—it’s not too late! We can perform your furnace check-up any time of the year—though we do highly recommend this service be done at least once per year.

There are many reasons to have your furnace professionally maintained on a yearly basis, and safety is a huge one, particularly if it is a gas-powered system. Today’s gas-powered systems are designed for maximum safety and efficiency, however, the combustion process involved with gas still means that there is a risk. Even minor damage to a furnace can cause gas leakage in your home, making you ill or worse. As vital as your safety is, however, this is not the only reason you should have your furnace checked.

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Heating System Maintenance: No, It’s Not Too Late

January 30th, 2017

heating-system-maintenance-not-too-lateWe talk about maintenance a lot. Typically, it’s in regards to your air conditioning system, considering we use our air conditioners for the majority of the year in this part of the country. However, as our temperatures finally begin to cool down, it’s time to think about the other half of your HVAC system—your Houston, TX heating unit. When is the last time you had it maintained? If that answer doesn’t fall within the past year, then the time to schedule a tune-up is now!

You can think of maintenance like a tune-up for your heater—our trained technicians will thoroughly examine the system, checking the burners for proper operation, cleaning any dust or build-up, and making any adjustments deemed necessary in the process. It’s also at this time that we’ll make any recommendations for repairs. Addressing these repair needs right away ensures your system will last as long as possible. Is now really the time, though?

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When Your Heat Pump Won’t Switch Modes: What to Do

January 16th, 2017

With temperatures still relatively mild here compared to other parts of the country, it may be hard to imagine how many people are using their heaters on a regular basis right now. Although, when temperatures are as high as they are during the majority of our summers, anything below 50 degrees at night could seem pretty chilly!

So perhaps you are one of those homeowners who has decided to switch their heat pump over to heating mode to begin using for warmth. But what if it won’t switch to heating mode? What should you do then?

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Air Conditioner Installation: Size Matters!

January 9th, 2017

While many other parts of the country brace for winter, we’re finally cooling down from summer, making now the perfect time to shop for an air conditioner. When you’re in the market for a new AC system, it’s understandable that your first instinct may be to choose a new system with the best deal or lowest price. While this might work for many of the smaller appliances in your home, choosing an air conditioner without confiding in a professional can actually cost you.

AC systems that aren’t properly sized by a professional can run into major issues. The cooling capacity of an air conditioner is measured in BTUs (British Thermal Units) and AC technicians such as the professionals on our staff measure your home using many different factors to determine the correct BTUs needed for air conditioning installation.

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No, Your Refrigerant Should Not Need Refilling

January 2nd, 2017

With temperatures still hovering in the high 70s and even 80s, we are still using our air conditioners on a fairly consistent basis. As such, hopefully you’ve found yours is working satisfactorily. One of the most common service calls we get is in regards to refilling refrigerant in AC systems. We want to set the record straight—your refrigerant should not need refilling!

Your HVAC system is supplied—charged—with enough refrigerant to last its entire service life. Therefore if you are losing refrigerant, what is actually happening is that you have a leak. Refrigerant is not like fuel—you can’t burn through it. Rather, it is recycled. Recharging your refrigerant is sometimes necessary, but doing so without resolving the source of the leak will get you nowhere fast.

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Is Your AC Refrigerant About to Be Phased Out?

April 24, 2017

If your current cooling system is still utilizing R22, then if you have a refrigerant leak, you’ll find yourself spending a lot more than you otherwise would to have it repaired and have the refrigerant recharged (refilled).

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Common AC Maintenance Misconceptions

April 10, 2017

Some homeowners have an idea of what maintenance is that could actually harm your cooling system. Keep reading to learn more.

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