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Getting a Grip on Higher Heating Bills

December 14th, 2020
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When we offer to help you “get a grip” on higher heating bills, we’re not offering to make it easier for you to look at higher bills and just cope with having to pay more. No, we want to help you get those bills under control. You expect the cost to heat your house to rise during the winter: even in Texas, our weather grows colder this time of year. But if that rise is much higher than you’ve seen before and it’s not connected to an uptick in energy costs, you can take various steps to lower your bills back down to a sensible level. 

Below are some ways to manage lower winter heating costs in your house. Some you do on your own, others may require calling us to assist.

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The Biggest Gas Furnace Worry: A Cracked Heat Exchanger

November 30th, 2020
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Gas furnaces are one of the best ways to provide comfort to a home during any winter season. They are reliable, work fast at delivering heat, and are powerful enough to help drafty and poorly insulated homes get through cold days.

Homeowners sometimes have worries about the safety of using a gas furnace. But if gas furnaces were inherently dangerous, they wouldn’t be permitted in homes at all—and they certainly wouldn’t be the number type of heating system in the country. The modern gas furnace is built with numerous safety precautions. If you make sure to keep up with regular maintenance and prompt furnace repair in San Antonio, TX when necessary, you shouldn’t have to worry about your gas furnace posing any hazards. 

However … we do need to talk about one concern: the cracked heat exchanger.

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Why Won’t Your Heat Pump Actually Heat?

November 16th, 2020
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A heat pump is a convenient way to provide comfort to a home since it works as both a cooling and heating system. Changing between the two modes is as easy as adjusting the thermostat. Once colder weather starts in winter, you only need to set the thermostat to a higher temperature and the system will switch over without trouble to begin heating. 

Except—well, no heat pump can work 100% free of malfunctions, so you may find yourself in a situation where your heat pump isn’t changing into heating mode when you need it. It may still send cool air from the vents, or maybe it isn’t sending out air that’s warm enough. What’s wrong, and does this mean you need to call us for heating repair in Schertz, TX?

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Heating Maintenance Is the Secret for a Trouble-Free Winter

November 2nd, 2020
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Well, secret may be an exaggeration. Any professional HVAC contractor will tell you that the way to enjoy a successful winter with your heating system is to schedule fall maintenance for it with experienced technicians.

However, so many people skip out on maintenance or forget about it that it seems like it may be a secret. We’re going to make sure that it isn’t, at least not for you. With this “One Simple Trick!” that’s hardly a trick, you can banish most of your worries about indoor winter comfort.

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With Summer Over, Do You Still Need an AC Contractor’s Help?

October 19th, 2020
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You might think this is a silly question. You live in Texas: of course you may need to have the help of a San Antonio, TX, HVAC contractor! Hot weather can arrive at any time during the year, it’s merely less frequent during the winter. If you have busted AC on a hot day, you’ll need to give a shout to our technicians, and they’ll be on the way to fix it.

But what we want to address in this post is the help an AC contractor can give you beyond those repair emergencies that can crop up. An air conditioning expert can help out with cooling and other upgrades and improvements to your HVAC system in fall and winter. Below we’ll go through a few ways you can put us to work for you during the end of the year.

Replace Your Air Conditioning System

We’ll start with the Big One—you may need to have a new AC installed after this last summer. This is a big choice, but if you have reasons to suspect your current air conditioner just went through its final summer, fall is an ideal time to schedule a replacement with us. You won’t be in a rush and you’ll find we have a more open calendar for appointments. Rather than wait for next spring, move now to put in a fresh air conditioner.

Maintain the AC (If You Forgot to in Spring)

We recommend all our clients schedule air conditioning maintenance during the spring each year. There is nothing better for an AC than this service: maintenance prolongs system life, increases efficiency, improves capacity, reduces repairs, avoids breakdowns, and protects the warranty. There is no expiration date during the year for maintenance, and with the regular heat in Texas, it’s worthwhile to have it done in fall if you missed it. The important thing is not to skip it for a year.

Upgrade the Thermostat

Do you have a manual thermostat that uses slides or a dial to adjust the temperature and has no read-out? Or a digital thermostat with no programmability? This might be the season to make a change to an advanced digital thermostat with Wi-Fi and smart capabilities. You must have professionals take care of choosing the new thermostat and installing it. A poorly matched thermostat and HVAC system can end up damaging the HVAC system—make sure you work with us.

Install a Ductless Unit for a Hard-to-Cool Spot

Is there one room in your house that never gets cool enough because of its position or other factors not in your control? You can cool that spot without having to resort to a window air conditioner (nobody wants that). We can install a ductless mini split for the space. You may think of ductless mini splits as whole-house cooling solutions for homes that don’t have ducts. But they also have smaller uses, such as point cooling. A ductless mini split installation for a single room means you don’t have to make any major changes to the rest of the HVAC system.

Call on Thayer Air Conditioning for your home cooling needs. Your comfort is our #1 priority!

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Assess Your AC Needs at the End of the Cooling Season

October 5th, 2020
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Texas doesn’t have to worry about the same winter weather extremes as many other parts of the country, so this makes air conditioning in San Antonio, TX a concern throughout the year. But the start of fall is still an ideal time to take a step back from your home’s cooling and assess it so you can think about making upgrades and changes. With cooler weather ahead, you won’t rely on the AC as often, and this is when you can schedule important air conditioning service with our team.

We’ll help you focus on the AC needs you have now that the summer is over with a few things to consider:

Is the air conditioning system ready to be replaced?

This is the big question to ask at the end of every summer so you’ll be ready to have a new AC put in when it’s convenient. If your air conditioner is less than 10 years old, it probably isn’t ready to be replaced unless it has encountered extreme repair issues or already broken down.

In the 10 to 15-year range is when to start giving more serious thought to a replacement if the system is showing signs it can no longer keep up with comfort demands or it costs too much to run. A system older than 15 years is ready for a replacement.

How are your cooling costs compared to previous summers?

We recommend our customers keep a close watch on their summer electricity bills each year so they can compare them. A rise in costs means you should have technicians examine the system to see if there is a hidden repair problem. For an older AC (see our recommendations above), a steady cost rise often means the system is ready to retire for a replacement.

Do you have an ancient thermostat?

It’s easy to overlook the thermostat in your house when you’re thinking about the larger components or your air conditioner. But a thermostat upgrade can be an important part of improving an air conditioning system that isn’t ready to be replaced but could be performing better.

An old thermostat—i.e. a manual or non-programmable digital thermostat—can hold back your AC from giving you top results. Please don’t try to buy a new digital or Wi-Fi thermostat on your own, however! It’s essential that experts find a new thermostat that matches your current system, otherwise, the HVAC system could suffer from damage.

Are there spots in the house you simply can’t get cool enough?

If you have always had trouble with certain rooms or areas in your house when it comes to proper cooling, you have a few different options—and you don’t necessarily need to have a new AC put in to solve them. One alternative is to have a ductless mini split installed to handle the trouble spots. A ductless unit can provide powerful cooling without interfering with the rest of the HVAC system: an easy modular update!

Call our professionals with all your questions. We can take a look at your house and the cooling system and help you discover your best cooling future.

Your comfort is our #1 priority at Thayer Air Conditioning! Schedule the air conditioning services you need with us—we’re already on our way!

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Why Are Some Rooms Getting Cooler Than Others?

September 21st, 2020
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Uneven cooling in a house isn’t something that should happen if the air conditioning system is in good repair and was accurately sized when installed. If you have noticed hot spots in your house when the central AC is running, the HVAC system is sending signals that something is wrong, and you may need air conditioning repair in New Braunfels, TX—or you may need a new air conditioning system.

When in doubt about what to do about an AC that’s failing to meet expectations, call our team. We can diagnose the problem and offer you the best solution so you can get back to relaxing in a cool indoor oasis.

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Keep the Outdoor AC Unit Clear—Here’s Why

September 7th, 2020
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If your home’s central air conditioning system is like most, it’s a split system. That means it has indoor and outdoor components: an indoor air handler and evaporator coil connected to the ductwork system, and an outdoor condenser cabinet. You pay more attention to the indoor parts, because you can hear the operation of the blower fan. The outdoor unit is a functional object that’s placed out of the way where it doesn’t detract from the exterior of the house.

We recommend you pay some attention to the condenser, however, particularly at this time of year. If the condenser becomes dirty or the area around it congested with branches, leaves, dirt, and other obstacles, the AC’s performance will suffer. We’ll explain why.

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Never Delay Putting in a New AC, No Matter the Time of Year

August 24th, 2020
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Yikes! The August heat! We don’t need to say much more, do we?

We hope that you and your family are able to enjoy this time of year inside your house because you have an effective central air conditioning system able to hold up to the work it needs to do. If you have any concerns about AC performance, call us at your earliest convenience—your comfort is our top priority, and we’ll see your air conditioning system gets back to work.

What if the situation looks grimmer? What if you think you may need to have a new AC installation in New Braunfels, TX? Your old air conditioner is in the high-double digits, you can’t rely on it, it isn’t keeping the house cool enough … whatever is up, you suspect it requires more than repairs. Yet you may feel tempted to put off the work until the weather cools down in fall. This is a mistake, and we’ll tell you why.

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Is Your AC’s Compressor in Danger?

August 10th, 2020

It’s our job, our top priority, to see that you have a working air conditioning system during the often brutal heat of a Texas summer. There are many AC repair emergencies we help homeowners overcome, such as broken blower fans and leaking refrigerant. Big or small, when it comes to AC repair in San Antonio, TX, we can fix them all!

And we can think of no more urgent repair for an air conditioning system than saving the compressor from failure. The compressor is the vital component of a cooling system responsible for circulating refrigerant through the coils and putting the refrigerant under pressure so it does the job of heat exchange that cools the house. Not only is the compressor essential for an air conditioner to provide cooling, but it’s a costly part to replace if it fails. Often, it’s more cost-effective to replace the air conditioner than to only replace a burnt-out compressor.

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