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

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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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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