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!
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.
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.
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.
This is the air conditioning problem you never want to run
into during a hot Texas summer day: an AC that doesn’t turn on! Or maybe the
fans come on, but the compressor doesn’t, and that means just circulating room
temperature air around the house—which won’t do anybody in your house any good.
You may need to call for professional air conditioning repair in New Braunfels, TX because the AC has a malfunction that only an expert with the right tools can solve. When that’s the case, you can reach our team 24/7 and we’ll be out quickly to fix the trouble.
However, before examining the big malfunctions that may have
caused the AC to stop working, there are a few simple checks we recommend you
take. There may be a simple explanation for the problem.
You know the air filter, right? That rectangular piece of
cardboard and mesh that they shoved inside your HVAC system when it was
installed? A good contractor will have informed you that it needs to be changed
regularly to keep your system running efficiently. But that doesn’t tell you
what the air filer’s purpose is, how often you need to change it, and what
happens if you don’t change it.
In this post, we’ll go over the most common air filter
questions so you can understand the importance of them:
Your air conditioner lives to cool your home. But sadly, it
might overwork itself to the point that it overheats and needs to be reset.
Resetting an air conditioner isn’t a big deal, but you can’t
just ignore the fact that your air conditioner overheated. Sure, overheating is
much more common on very hot days in the summer, but air conditioners are
designed to withstand that kind of heat.
There comes a time in an HVAC system’s life where you have to
ask the hard question. You know, the big question:
Is it time to replace the air conditioner?
Of course, there’s no reason to feel sentimental about that.
At least, none of our customers have ever felt sentimental about it when we
showed them just how much extra money their old and degrading system was
Replacement is all about timing. You want to replace before the system is able to squeeze extra dollars out of you, but at the same time, there’s no need to replace it too early. Here’s how you can figure out the difference:
Choosing the right air conditioner for your
home is one thing. After that, it’s all about efficiency. Maintaining
efficiency is the key to paying as little as possible on your cooling bill.
Do a quick internet search and you’ll find
countless articles telling you how to get by with using your air conditioner as
little as possible. But hold on… What’s the point of having an air conditioner
if you’re going to be told how not to
Being efficient doesn’t mean you have to
forego the use of your air conditioner. However, we don’t believe in “quick
fixes,” so you won’t find them in this list.
How hard can it be to have your air conditioner
replaced? After all, you just need something the same as your current AC but
Not quite right at all. A new air conditioner
means different efficiency level, different output, and different capabilities—all
of those factors will need to be assessed in order to ensure that your air conditioner
is not too big or too small. For that, you need to make sure you’re getting a professional.
We’ll explain in more detail: