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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 Story of an Air Conditioner That Won’t Cool

June 17th, 2019

heating-cooling-vent-on-wallUnlike some other parts of the country where homeowners are turning on their air conditioners for the first time this week, we’ve already had ours going for a while. And we hope, as you’ve been running your cooling system, that it’s been working effectively.

But what if you don’t feel the cool air you expect? This tells a story, and it’s likely not a cheerful one. Granted, it might be a minor issue that you can fix right away. But it could be a major malfunction you’re facing, which will require the help of our AC technicians. Turn to us and we’ll ensure that whatever your AC problem is, it gets properly diagnosed. In the meantime, read on to discover what might be happening with your system.

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Signs of a Cooling System in Distress

June 3rd, 2019

old-outdoor-air-conditioning-unit-showing-major-signs-of-wearSummer may as well be here already, with the warmer temperatures we’ve already been dealing with in prior weeks. As such, you’re probably already using your air conditioner on a daily basis, and need it to operate as you expect it to. The last thing you need, after all, is an unexpected breakdown when temperatures are at their highest.

The best thing you can do, if you haven’t already, to fend off ac repair needs is to schedule a maintenance appointment for your system—this allows us to fully inspect, adjust, and clean the system while making recommendations for repairs. Still, though, it’s a wise idea to be aware of the signs that an air conditioner does, in fact, need a repair! Keep reading to learn more.

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Tips on Caring for Your Commercial Cooling System

May 20th, 2019

technician-working-on-rooftop-ac-with-refrigerantWith temperatures on the mild side the last couple of months—relatively speaking, anyway—you might not have given much thought to how much we’re going to need our air conditioners in the coming months. And if you run a business or own a commercial property in the Katy area or one of our surrounding communities, it’s even more important you give it some thought. Below are 2 important tips on how to care for your commercial cooling system.

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Cooling System DIY: Changing Your Air Filter

May 6th, 2019

man-holding-air-filterWhen it comes to air conditioning maintenance, you may already know what to do. Once a year, give a professional a call to come in and inspect your system, make any necessary adjustments, clean the unit inside and out, and recommend repairs if needed.

Is that all that can be done, though? If you’re wondering if once a year is often enough to do any maintenance to your air conditioner, the answer is no.

There is one maintenance task in particular that homeowners can not only do on their own, but they should be doing on their own, and that’s changing the air filter in the system. But, why?

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AC Troubleshooting: When to Repair vs. Replace

September 9, 2019

The bottom line is you don’t want to wait for your AC system to completely break down before you get it replaced.

Read More

What Poor Ductless Installation Leads To

August 26, 2019

If your ductless system isn’t installed just right, and followed up with regular professional maintenance, the system can suffer.

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