Thayer Air Conditioning Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

5 Facts You Never Knew About Installing an Air Conditioner

Monday, September 6th, 2021
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Time for a new air conditioner? We’re glad you know that you have to move on from your aging current system and have a new one installed, since you’ll get a fresh start and not have to worry about the old AC failing. 

You only want professionals to install a new air conditioner. Below are five facts about AC installation that will help you understand why experts are essential.

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AC Costs Going Up? Let’s See What We Can Do to Change That

Monday, August 23rd, 2021
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It takes electricity to power an air conditioning system, and electricity comes with a price tag. We can’t change the cost of using energy, but we know ways to help you lower how much electricity your air conditioner uses.

Something to keep in mind about the AC: it uses both fans and a compressor to run. Running only the fans only uses around 500 watts of electricity per hour. When the compressor runs and the AC goes into its cooling mode, it consumes an average of 3,500 watts per hour—a substantial difference. That’s where most of the money to stay cool goes. 

Now let’s see how we can cut down on that electricity consumption…

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Only Trust HVAC Pros With Your Air Conditioner—Here’s Why

Monday, August 9th, 2021
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Saving money on jobs around the house is a good idea, and there are many ways to handle do-it-yourself tasks that help your budget. If you can’t do a job on your own, you may know someone who can help out or an amateur who won’t charge too much. 

But when it comes to your home’s central air conditioning, you shouldn’t try to do any DIY work nor call on an amateur, no matter what promises they make or how low a price they quote. In fact, the lower the quote, the higher your suspicions should be. 

The simple fact: The only people to trust with your air conditioning in San Marcos, TX—whether it’s repairs, installation, or maintenance—are licensed professionals. There are several reasons why:

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5 Signs Your AC Is on the Way Out…

Monday, July 26th, 2021
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“The readiness is all.” That’s AC advice straight from William Shakespeare, impressive considering he was centuries before the invention of the electro-mechanical air conditioner. But that’s why Shakespeare was a genius. When it comes to replacing an old air conditioner, readiness is the most important part. Why? Because you want to replace your AC before it has the chance to completely fail on you. 

To help you with readiness (which, we must repeat, is all), we’ve put together a list of five signs your air conditioner is going into its last stages.

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Why Won’t My AC Turn On?

Monday, July 12th, 2021
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No matter how long you have lived in San Antonio, nobody can get used to the searing heat from the hot Texas sun during the summers. You need to have a properly functioning air conditioning system to ensure your comfort and sanity as the temperatures go higher and higher every day. If your air conditioner isn’t working, especially in the summers, your home can become unbearably hot.

Nothing could be worse than coming home after a long and hot day in San Antonio only to find that your air conditioner refuses to turn on. An air conditioner that doesn’t turn on is not entirely uncommon. There are a few easy steps to figure out why your air conditioner might not be turning on.

You might need to schedule services for repairs to get it back working. Depending on how bad the situation is, you might even need to call us for air conditioning installation in San Antonio, TX, to replace your old unit.

We will tell you about some of the reasons your AC won’t turn on so that you can make a more informed decision on what to do next.

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What Causes Refrigerant Leaks in An AC?

Monday, June 28th, 2021
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A few blog posts ago, we wrote about an important topic: the types of refrigerant used in air conditioning systems and why we recommend you upgrade to a unit that uses R-410A refrigerant. The short version (if you don’t want to go on a click-adventure): if you have an old AC that uses phased-out R-22 refrigerant, technicians cannot repair it if it leaks refrigerant. Refrigerant in an air conditioning system must remain at a set level (known as the AC’s charge), so in case of leaks, technicians must restore the original charge after sealing the leaks.

This brings us to another topic, one that often affects air conditioners—the leaks themselves. We’ve addressed why leaks can wreck an air conditioner and cause other problems on the way to ruin. Now we’ll take a closer look at why refrigerant leaks occur in the first place. 

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Why Your AC Is Leaking Water

Tuesday, June 1st, 2021
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You probably know that your air conditioning system doesn’t use water to cool down the air in the house. It uses refrigerant, which moves heat from the indoor evaporator coil and releases it outdoors through the condenser coil. But when you listen to your AC as it’s running, you’ll occasionally hear the sound of water dripping. This is normal and nothing to worry about.

What is something to worry about is when you see water leaking from the HVAC cabinet or puddling around it. An air conditioner is designed to remove water, so when you notice water leaking out of the AC, it’s time to call us for AC repair in New Braunfels, TX. The problem may be a small one we can easily correct, but you don’t want to ignore it—otherwise, you’ll end up with more serious problems on your hands, such as water damage, a moldy AC, or an AC that won’t run at all.

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AC Refrigerant: Some Basic Facts That Will Help You

Monday, May 17th, 2021
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We’ve talked in the past about the dangers of refrigerant leaks in an air conditioning system. When an air conditioner loses refrigerant, it not only places the cooling of a home in jeopardy, it puts the entire AC in danger of a full breakdown. 

Refrigerant isn’t an energy source but a heat transfer medium: the air conditioner doesn’t consume refrigerant as it runs, so the same amount of refrigerant (known as the AC’s charge) will remain the same through the system’s lifespan, unless there are leaks. So if you hear a so-called HVAC “technician” tell you that your AC needs to have its refrigerant “topped off,” go find another technician! You only need more refrigerant if the AC has leaks.

Those are a few of the most important facts about refrigerants to know. But we want to add some specific information about refrigerant types. This may help you know if you need new air conditioning in San Marcos, TX.

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Pushing the Thermostat Way Down Doesn’t Work: Here’s Why

Monday, May 3rd, 2021
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How do you like the inside of your house to feel during the hot Texas summers? Probably cool. Not too cold, but enough so you can relax and forget about the scorching heat outside your walls. How do you manage the indoor temperatures with your air conditioning system? With the thermostat. But trying to find the right cool temperature on the thermostat isn’t as simple as it may sound. Often, people push the thermostat setting to its lowest point (which is usually 60°F) hoping they can more rapidly beat the heat. 

However, that’s not how either the thermostat or the air conditioner works, as we’ll explain.

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Sign Up for AC Maintenance Before the Heat Arrives!

Monday, April 19th, 2021
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It’s already getting warm outside, and we imagine you’ve started to run your air conditioner during the day. It won’t be long before the serious heat of summer is here, and your AC will get a major workout almost every day. 

Is your air conditioner ready for it? Not unless it has professional maintenance! 

If you haven’t yet arranged for our experts to come to your home and give your AC a complete inspection and tune-up, now is the time to do it. We have a special maintenance program with two tiers to fit your needs. Give us a call to sign up for one of the tiers, and then we’ll get you on the schedule for a spring AC tune-up.

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