Thayer Air Conditioning Blog

Now Is the Time for Heating Maintenance

November 4th, 2019
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Of the many home heating services in New Braunfels, TX we provide, the one that does the most long-term good for our customers is fall heating maintenance. The benefits of these inspections and tune-ups are immense, and the cost for maintenance is minimal compared to future savings, improved convenience, and peace of mind. You can’t put a price on feeling relaxed that your heating system won’t fail on you during a cold day.

Unfortunately, many customers forget about heating maintenance or don’t think that arranging for it is an annual obligation. Because we experience much more intense summer weather than winter weather, air conditioning systems receive more attention. But cold weather still occurs in winter, with nights that can creep down into the 30s. Don’t let our hot summers trick you into thinking your home’s heater is unimportant.

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Options for a Better Efficiency Air Conditioning System

October 21st, 2019
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Are you thinking about installing a new central air conditioning system this fall? An AC system replacement in New Braunfels, TX is best done either in spring or fall, between the periods when HVAC systems do the most work. We recommend you act soon to have a replacement system. Call our technicians and they’ll help you with a great installation.

Since you’re planning on getting a new cooling system, consider some of the newer air conditioners on the market that have higher efficiency than your current system. You could switch from an old, outdated 13 SEER unit to one with 20 SEER or higher. Below we’ve listed a few of the choices for an AC with superb energy efficiency:

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Is Your AC Not Getting the Job Done? Let’s Find Out Why

October 7th, 2019
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Relief from the Texas heat doesn’t come often, and it can still be intense during the fall. All the work your home’s air conditioner has already gone through this year can take its toll and result in a home that isn’t as cool as you want it.

If you’re currently experiencing an AC that’s in an uphill battle to provide household comfort, it might be time for AC repairs in New Braunfels, TX. There are many different reasons for an AC to begin losing its cooling capacity after a long summer. We’re going to look at a few of them below to help you understand what you’re up against and what can be done.

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Other End-of-Season Warnings an AC Is Malfunctioning

September 23rd, 2019
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In our previous post, we pointed out strange noises you may hear from your air conditioning system and what they mean. Odd sounds are only one of the indicators of an AC in trouble at the end of a long summer season. We’ve collected other signs to look for so you’ll know when it’s time to call our New Braunfels, TX air conditioning repair experts. We have 24/7 emergency service for when you need your household cooling restored right away.

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Odd Noises From Your AC and What They May Mean

September 9th, 2019
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Because the heat in Texas hangs around for long stretches, local air conditioning systems put in much more work than they’re accustomed to. It pays to be vigilant of the AC in your home during the end of summer because this is when it’s at the highest risk of a malfunction. All that work stress through summer can catch up to it rapidly, and you want to be prepared to make a call to have the AC fixed before you lose out on cooling.

One of the ways an air conditioner can send out an alert that something isn’t right is through sound. Weird noises from an AC that you aren’t accustomed to hearing often mean it needs attention from HVAC professionals. Below are a few of these warning sounds.

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Air Conditioning Short-Cycling—Bad News for Your Cooling!

August 26th, 2019

The sound of the air conditioning system running is a basic background noise during a Texas summer. You probably don’t even think much about the whirring of the fans and the occasional thump as the compressor comes on to start the cooling cycle.

But it’s a wise idea to pay some attention to these noises because they can alert you to a problem. For example, if you notice that the AC is turning on and off more frequently than normal, it may be experiencing a problem called short-cycling. The compressor in the air conditioner is supposed to run on cycles that last at least 10 to 15 minutes, and often longer if the weather is hot enough. When the compressor shuts off after less than 10 minutes, only to turn back on again a short time later and repeat the cycle, there’s something wrong. Not only that, but short-cycling itself is bad for the AC since it raises cooling costs and puts extra strain on the compressor. If short-cycling isn’t stopped, it will shorten the lifespan of the air conditioner.

In most short-cycling situations, you’ll need to call for air conditioning repairs in New Braunfels, TX to fix the problem. Below are a few of the most common reasons for an AC to start to short-cycle.

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How Balanced Humidity Means Better Comfort, Lower Utility Bills

August 12th, 2019
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Here in New Braunfels, we experience major swings in humidity over the year, with days when the relative humidity drops below 30% (too dry) and rises above 60% (too humid). Relative humidity measure how much water moisture is in the air: 0% means no moisture at all, while 100% means there’s more moisture than the air can hold, which means mist or rain.

These swings in moisture into the upper reaches and the lower depths result in discomfort. In a house, they also mean spending more on utility bills to run the HVAC system to help overcome this discomfort. The good news is that, although you can’t control humidity outside your house, you can do something about it inside!

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The Most Common AC Malfunctions

July 29th, 2019
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Modern air conditioning manufacturers design their products to last for years without running into repair problems. As long as the air conditioning systems receive regular maintenance each spring, they should rarely require professional repair service.

But rarely doesn’t mean never. Even the finest air conditioning system from the top brand might lose cooling power or fail altogether. Unless the problem stems from something elementary, such as a mistaken setting on the thermostat, it requires an HVAC professional to diagnose and fix the malfunction.

To help you better understand the AC issues you may encounter, we’ve made a list of the most common ones we see on the job.

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Leaking Refrigerant in an AC? Call for Repairs Right Away

July 15th, 2019

In a recent blog post, we addressed the trouble with ice on an AC’s evaporator coil. It’s bad news and can point toward several problems in an air conditioning system. One is loss of refrigerant, and this is something we’d like to investigate a bit more.

Refrigerant leaking from an air conditioner is a common source of malfunctions in systems more than five years old. If you recognize the signs of leaking refrigerant, you’ll have time to call for our professionals for air conditioning repairs in New Braunfels, TX.

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Ice on an Air Conditioner Is a Problem

July 1st, 2019
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When you turn on the air conditioning system in your house, cool and refreshing air flows out of the vents in the rooms. The air feels chilled, like it has passed over ice on the way to your living space. So when you notice there’s ice developing along the indoor evaporator coil of the air conditioner, that’s just a normal part of how the AC runs—right?

No, it’s not. We understand why people might think ice is just a basic side-effect of how an air conditioner cools down a space. But at no point in an air conditioner’s operation should ice appear. When you see ice developing along the evaporator coil, something is wrong and you may need to have technicians repair the system.

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