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How to Choose an AC Repairman in Houston

Houston’s scorching summer heat can be unbearable without the help of air conditioning. The problem is when your AC unit suddenly breaks down. If your meager attempts to repair it on your own fail, you’re going to have to call for professional help.

There are a lot of repair companies in the city. How is one to choose from all of them? Here are a few things to check to make sure you are making the right choice. Read more of this post


Choosing the Right AC Repair Service in Your Area

When your air conditioner suddenly conks out, it is imperative to have it repaired as quickly as possible. This is especially so in the hotter regions in the country, such as in Houston or Las Vegas. Because of the important function of your AC units at home, it only necessitates that you choose a reliable and efficient repair service provider.

Expect to shell out some cash, so you might as well make sure that you’ll be getting the service that you pay for. Before calling up the repair company, the Better Business Bureau advises to do a bit of fact-checking first before committing to anything.

When looking at prospective repairmen, a customer should check on the company’s background and what they are licensed to do. A company’s reputation is a good barometer to whether they can do a good job or not. Secondly, you should check out their price and service package; part of the selection process is if the repair company can deliver a competitive price.

Next, a review of what the company’s warranty covers makes sure that any damage caused by their repairs would be handled easily. Finally, a customer should inquire about energy efficient air conditioning units. These units can deliver savings in the form of lower electricity bills and tax credits.

With these things in mind, take a good look at your prospective repairmen.

AC Repair Tips

Most of the time, when an appliance in your home is malfunctioning or seemingly so, you always think of seeking a technician right away. Yet most of these troubles can be mended by common sense. Technicians are like doctors, you should only call them if the situation requires their expertise.

The two most common troubles of air conditioning that people encounter are that the unit doesn’t cool the house and that the unit has little or no airflow at all. Well, like the physicians, before they prescribe medicines or do procedures they establish first the cause of the problem.

To detect the trouble you must hold your hand in front of any cooling vents in the house. By doing so you will know if the air is warm or cold, yet not blowing enough to circulate the cold air in the house. Warm air coming out from the vent means there is a cooling problem, while poor blow corresponds to an airflow problem.

Cooling problems requires you to check the thermostat and make sure that it is set to cool option. If it doesn’t work, most probably you are low on coolant so you need to ring your AC dealer. If the trouble is airflow, you need to make sure that the vent is fully open. If it still doesn’t work, check to see if the filter is dirty and clean it. However, it is advisable to replace it with a new one.

Taking care of the heater’s supply line

Imagine your house being equipped with one of the best water heaters in the market today. A preferred contractor set it up for you and educated you on the finer points of maintaining it. The water heater performs as advertised if it is connected to a well-secured water supply line. However, what if it acts up one day? An expert contractor inspects it and determines that there is nothing wrong with the heater, leaving the supply line as a prime suspect for replacement.

The initial step in the process is to locate the pressure release valve and both hot and cold water lines somewhere on the heater. Measure the lengths of the cold and hot water supply lines, accounting for any flexes or in the tubing, plus their diameter. Show the numbers during consultations with your contractor, who can then quote you for parts and labor after checking the entire system.

When the plumbing crew pushes on with the repair job, lay the groundwork for them by shutting down the power and water connections to the heater. You will also have to pull the pressure release valve to ease the pressure. The team will then proceed to replace the lines. If the water lines are the main reason why the heater’s not performing well, replacing them will help. 

Getting On the Budget Trane

Homeowners, who want to keep their homes exceptionally warm this winter and save money, should look at upgrading to a Trane furnace. These high quality furnaces have a particularly high annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating. However, if your budget for your HVAC is a bit limited, and you live in a moderate climate, you can opt for a gas furnace of lesser AFUE grades – of which Trane Inc. offers in the form of the XL80.

The XL80’s AFUE has been graded at 80%, which is enough for heating solutions in moderate climates, but not enough for higher latitudes. The core of the system is a four-speed blower motor backed up by a primary heat exchanger with two-stage heating operation and a multi-port burner.

The furnace also has the capability of being interlinked with existing digital thermostats. Product support and reliability are among the hallmarks of the XL80. Like every Trane product, the XL80 carries a 20-year warranty on the heat exchanger and ten years on other parts. The furnace is listed at a cost no more than $1,400 including installation.

If you aren’t living on the North Pole, and you are looking for a furnace that won’t cost an arm and a leg, hop on the budget train, and purchase a Trane XL80! 

Get Your AC Repaired Before the Heat Hits

Air conditioning is an important aspect of life for the residents of hot and humid Houston, Texas. The insanely hot temperature that makes thermometers dance around 90-100 degrees Fahrenheit is sure to take the wind out of Houstonians and overused AC units. Such heat prompts keen attention to AC repair and maintenance. Read more of this post

What to Do When Your AC Won’t Cool Your Home

The primary function of your air conditioning unit is to maintain a cool indoor environment during hot days. If it stops giving off cool air, your home will lose its comfort and the intense heat both indoor and outdoor may lead to heat stroke. Here are some of the reasons why your AC won’t cool your home. Upon identifying them, you will know the right troubleshooting techniques.

Frozen Condenser Coil

Essentially, freezing condenser coils may be a result, not a cause, of your device’s failure to produce cool air. When the duct is dirty or blocked, cool air returns to the system and starts freezing the coil. However, the frozen coils eventually lock the passage of cool air until nothing comes out of your AC. Thaw your frozen coils and eliminate whatever it is that’s blocking the air passage.

Improperly Set Thermostat

A thermostat is a device that switches a home’s AC on or off when needed. It controls the cool air being released by your devices according to your preferred setting. When your AC doesn’t cool down your home enough, check if your thermostat is properly set.

Inappropriate Size

An AC’s capacity is measured by its size. The larger the space to cool, the larger the unit should be. If your home is not getting sufficient cool from your AC despite setting it to maximum coolness, chances are it’s not big enough for your home. You can decide to distribute the cool air only to select rooms in the house.

Signs You Need to Call an AC Repair Service

In warm cities such as Houston, air conditioning units are necessary in the battle against the blistering heat. Frequent use, however, leaves these appliances more vulnerable to wear and tear. With this in mind, here are a few signs your unit needs to be examined by an air conditioning repair professional

Why is my AC so noisy?

Air conditioning units will make a few noises every now and then. However, it isn’t natural for these noises to be excessive or loud. If your air conditioner is making loud or excessive noises, turn off the unit to avoid further damage and call a repair service right away.

Why are my energy bills so high?

When there is a sudden spike in the energy bill, most people are quick to blame an inefficient unit and immediately make arrangements to purchase a replacement. However, be sure to call a repair service first before purchasing a new unit. Inefficient energy consumption can be a sign of clogged filters or low refrigerant levels, a fairly easy task for a professional.

Why isn’t it as cold as usual?

It doesn’t matter what the SEER rating of your unit was when you bought it; as the years go by, your unit will lose its efficiency. Call a professional if the temperature in your house is uneven or if the time it takes to reach the desired temperature is longer than it usually is.