Thayer Air Conditioning Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioner Repair’

Assess Your AC Needs at the End of the Cooling Season

Monday, 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?

Monday, 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

Monday, 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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Is Your AC’s Compressor in Danger?

Monday, 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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Mid-Summer High Cooling Bills? Tips on Cutting Down on Costs

Monday, July 27th, 2020
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You expect to see your electrical bills rise during the summer because you have to send so much more power to run the air conditioning system. But you’ve probably looked at those bills and wondered if you’re paying more than you should. “Does the air conditioning have to cost this much?” you’ll ask yourself.

Pardon us while we intrude on your inner thoughts, but the answer is, “Probably not.” We can’t say for certain that you are paying more for cooling than you should, but chances are good there are a few steps you can take that will cut down those high bills. We’ll look at a few of them. Some you can do yourself. For others, you may need the assistance of our New Braunfels, TX, air conditioning professionals to help get the most efficient performance from your cooling system.

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What to Do When Your AC Sounds Off

Monday, July 13th, 2020
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When your air conditioning system starts to make strange sounds it should prompt you to turn to our team of technicians for air conditioner repair in New Braunfels, TX. Why? Because in most cases, loud and out-of-place sounds that are coming from your AC unit are indicators of trouble.

The sounds that your system makes are going to indicate a variety of different possible issues. When you contact our team for services, it is actually helpful to have an idea of what sounds you are hearing because that will let you know what kind of repair you might need to reach out for.

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Broken AC Fan? The Trouble Might Be…

Monday, June 1st, 2020
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We’re going to look at the reasons one of your AC fans stopped working, but first, let’s get you more acquainted with these two fans.

An air conditioning system without a working fan is known as a broken air conditioning system. Actually, we should be more specific when we mention “fan,” because there are two fans in an AC system, one in the indoor unit and one in the outdoor unit, that are both essential for the air conditioner to work. If either breaks, you won’t have cooling.

The Two Vital AC Fans

The indoor fan is the blower fan, and it’s responsible for sending cooled air around the house to the various room vents. The blower fan also sends the warm air it draws through the return ducts across the evaporator coil to cool it down in the first place. Without this fan, no air will come from the vents and the house won’t have cooling.

The outdoor fan is responsible for letting the air conditioner release heat. This is the heat it has removed from indoors, which has to go someplace. The fan draw air across the condenser coil to allow it to release heat, and the fan then exhausts it. Without this fan, the indoor unit of the AC will not be able to cool down the air.

Why These Fans May Stop Working

  • Tripped circuit breaker: The first thing to check whenever an AC fan stops running is the electrical panel for the house. The motor for the fan may have overloaded the circuit. If you flip the circuit back on, and the fan trips it again, call for repair technicians.
  • Failed Capacitor: The capacitors send voltage to the motors to start them and keep them running. The capacitors for the two ACs fan will eventually wear out (the outdoor ones probably first, since they’re affected by high heat) and need to be replaced. Don’t try to replace them yourself, since this can be hazardous if done wrong. Call technicians to take care of it.
  • Failed Contactors: Contactors control the voltage flow on a motor. If the contactor breaks or becomes dirty do it won’t close, the motor won’t run. Technicians can replace the contactor.
  • Burnt-out motor: A motor that overheats because of too much friction (often an effect of lack of maintenance) will burn out when its wires melt and fuse to the casing. This can’t be fixed; technicians must put in a new motor.
  • Broken or loose fan belt: Newer ACs don’t have fan belts but instead use direct motors. An older air conditioner may have a fan belt break or slip loose. We don’t recommend doing repairs for this problem–the air conditioner is probably long overdue for a replacement.

You don’t have to look far for great air conditioning repair in New Braunfels, TX or the surrounding areas. We have the experts who can be to your door fast to provide real solutions to your home cooling woes.

At Thayer Air Conditioning, your comfort is our #1 priority! Call us for any AC repair—we’re already on the way!

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An Early Reminder: Sign Up for Spring HVAC Maintenance

Monday, February 24th, 2020
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An essential job a professional San Antonio, TX, HVAC contractor performs for clients is pre-summer inspections and tune-ups for home air conditioning systems. HVAC maintenance twice a year is important almost everywhere people use heaters and ACs. But in Texas, it’s vital to have air conditioning maintenance done each spring. You know what a Texas summer feels like. Don’t face the coming heat without a sturdy cooling system in the house that has gotten the necessary prep work.

Even though spring doesn’t officially arrive until next month, we recommend getting on our schedule for air conditioning system maintenance as soon as possible. The maintenance schedule crowds up during April as the mid-year temperatures rise. Take advantage of the current slower period to find an ideal time for AC maintenance.

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

Monday, 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

Monday, 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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