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The Role Your Insulation Plays in Your HVAC System’s Operation

November 4th, 2019

technician-installing-blown-in-insulationToday’s newly built homes often tote the detail that they are “green and efficient” because they are sealed. This means that the way they are built reduces air leakage which helps to improve the efficiency of the homes systems by making it easier to maintain the ideal indoor temperature.

One big factor in your home’s efficiency is it’s insulation. This may seem like a strange concept since this is merely the fluffy material between the inner and out wall of your home. However, insulation is one of the biggest players when it comes to keeping your house temperate and comfortable. And we are here to explain how (and to offer our HVAC services in Katy, TX when your insulation isn’t enough to keep your heater in good working order anymore).

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What is Short-Cycling?

October 21st, 2019

white question mark on blue circle with white backgroundTexas is one of several states that requires the use of efficient, well-maintained air conditioning systems. If you are live in the Lone Star state and you don’t have a properly working AC, you are likely to encounter uncomfortable days filled with heat and humidity throughout most of the year.

If you have a good cooler though, you don’t have to worry about finding sanctuary from high temperatures in a coffee shop or library because you can keep your home as comfortable as you want. However, this doesn’t mean your system will never encounter issues.

One of the many common problems that we see in residential AC systems is short-cycling. Some residents may not realize that short-cycling is an issue simply because their air conditioner is still running, even if it seems to be doing so in short spurts.

The truth is that an air conditioning system that is short-cycling is one that needs repairs sooner than later.

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Why Won’t My AC Turn Off?

October 7th, 2019

technician-working-on-air-conditionerIdeally, when your cooling system runs, it should produce a low key amount of noise that blends into the background of your day. The only downside to this is that you may not notice when your unit seems to keep running.

If you have recently realized that your cooling system simply seems to keep going and going, it may be time to look into this phenomenon. The fact is that your AC shouldn’t run all day long and it doing so is actually an indicator that you will need the help of professionals offering air conditioning repair in Richmond, TX.

If you would like to know more about what is keeping your system from ever shutting down, we suggest you read on!

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When You Need a New Air Conditioner, Size Matters!

September 23rd, 2019

outdoor-ac-unitsYou’re probably expecting us to say, “get an air conditioner that’s big enough!” right? After all, most homeowners understand that a cooling system that’s too small for a home won’t be able to cool it effectively. You might be surprised, however, to find out that too large of a system can be just as detrimental to its efficiency.

And the bottom line with this is that an improperly sizes air conditioner will mean big trouble for your comfort and for your budget. Similar to an incorrectly sized engine in your car, you can find yourself with a malfunctioning or even completely broken down piece of equipment. Keep reading to learn more.

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AC Troubleshooting: When to Repair vs. Replace

September 9th, 2019

old-outdoor-ac-unitJust because the official end of summer is near doesn’t mean our temperatures will suddenly cool down. In fact, you can expect to need your cooling system for quite a bit longer.

However, this winding-down time of the season is a good point to assess your air conditioner’s needs and whether you want to keep using it after you fix it up a bit, or if you’re ready for replacement.

The bottom line is you don’t want to wait for your AC system to completely break down before you get it replaced—this can leave you in a stifling home in the middle of summer. If possible, we advise you to get ahead of the problem and replace your system before it starts giving you any issues such as increased electrical bills and unreliable operation. But, how do you know when replacement is the better option over repair?

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What Poor Ductless Installation Leads To

August 26th, 2019

closeup-shot-of-ductless-air-handlerWe hope that you’ve never been in a situation where you learned the hard way what a poor HVAC system installation can lead to. It is important, though, to be aware that ductless cooling and heating systems have unique needs that aren’t concerns for other types of more traditional HVAC systems. Therefore, if your ductless system isn’t installed just right, and followed up with regular professional maintenance, the system can suffer—as can your heating and cooling bills.

Ductless systems are a leading choice for more and more homeowners, due to their excellent efficiency. They enable homeowners to have zone-controlled cooling and offer a number of other tangible benefits. They’re fantastic for homes that don’t have a space for a ducted system, or even households that experience indoor air quality problems from a ducted HVAC system. But, as we said, ductless systems do have unique needs—what happens if yours isn’t installed the right way?

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“Why Can’t I ‘DIY’ My AC Repairs?”

August 12th, 2019

ac-being-repaired-by-techWhen temperatures soar during out hot summer days, you might run into an air conditioning problem that prevents your system from rising to the occasion. It’s alarming when your air conditioner isn’t sending out the cool air you need to feel comfortable, or if it isn’t sending out any air at all!

In the scramble to get your air conditioner back to work as quickly as possible, you might try to fix it yourself by opening up one of its cabinets and poking around inside with a DIY guide up on your laptop. You may even call a handy neighbor to help.

We really do need to discourage this, however, for a number of reasons that we’ll cover below.

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How to Choose the Best Air Conditioning Technician

July 29th, 2019

technician-working-on-air-conditionerThere are a number of people out there who are willing to work on your air conditioner (or heater, for that matter). Many of these HVAC “professionals” or enthusiastic handy people have little to no experience in the industry and are hoping to learn a thing or two by working on your system—but, do you really want your system to be used as a guinea pig?

We really do not recommend putting the wellbeing of your HVAC system at risk—faulty installation or incomplete repairs are a couple of the top causes for premature AC system failure. Fortunately there are qualified HVAC contractors out there with the training and skills that go above and beyond to ensure your home comfort systems are in the best shape possible—Fresh Air is one of those contractors!

We understand you want to do your due diligence in choosing an air conditioning technician—so we’ve shared some factors to look for below.

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6 AC Noises You Never Want to Hear

July 15th, 2019

woman-covering-her-ears-so-she-doesnt-hearSomeday, in the not too far off future, we may have air conditioners that self-diagnose malfunctions and report them back to the homeowner in detail. It’s really not too far-fetched of an idea when you think about it.

In the meantime, however, before this becomes a reality, we need to rely on other methods for our air conditioners to send warning signs that something is wrong. Maybe it’s a drop in cooling power, or an unexplained spike in your energy bills. Or, it could be that your circuit breakers for the indoor and outdoor units are constantly tripping.

One of the most common signs that something is wrong with an air conditioner is strange noises. What qualifies as a strange noise? Honestly, anything that’s different from the normal hum of the fans and the compressor, plus the occasional clicking as the system comes on and shuts down and the temperature fluctuations cause the ductwork to adjust.

What sort of sounds are we talking about? Well, we’ve listed 6 ominous sounds below. If you hear any of them, please give our team a call right away.

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Is It Ever Too Late if I Skipped AC Maintenance?

July 1st, 2019

technician-working-on-air-conditionerThe summer seasons is officially here, though we’re sure you’d agree with us that summer started quite a while ago. As such, you’re probably already using your air conditioner on a daily basis. Does that mean it’s too late to schedule maintenance if you skipped it pre-season?

No, not at all!

In fact, unless your air conditioner has totally broken down and is unresponsive, it’s never too late to have your air conditioner professionally maintained. This is, in fact, a great example of “it’s better late than never.”

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The Role Your Insulation Plays in Your HVAC System's Operation

November 4, 2019

Insulation is one of the biggest players when it comes to keeping your house temperate and comfortable

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What is Short-Cycling?

October 21, 2019

The truth is that an air conditioning system that is short-cycling is one that needs repairs sooner than later.

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