Thayer Air Conditioning Blog: Posts Tagged ‘New Braunfels’

Why Does My Furnace Turn On and Off So Often?

Monday, January 25th, 2021
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During our mild winter months when you run the furnace to keep your household warm, you’ll become used to a standard pattern for how the HVAC system turns on and off. You’ll hear the blower fan come on, then the furnace burners ignite, and the rush of heated air pushed through the ductwork. After fifteen minutes or more, the furnace will then start cycling down, turning off the burners and eventually the fan. When the temperature begins to fall below the setting on the thermostat, the HVAC system will begin another heating cycle.

This is the normal behavior you’re used to from the furnace and probably don’t pay much attention to it. But if the furnace breaks this pattern and begins to turn on and off with greater frequency, you may notice. And then you may wonder: is this a problem?

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How Long Can I Expect a Furnace to Last?

Monday, December 28th, 2020
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If you’re asking this question, you’re likely in one of two positions:

  1. You had a new furnace installed (we hope we installed it!) and you’re curious about how many years of good heating performance you’re going to get from this investment.
  2. You’ve had your current furnace for many years—you may have lost count—and wonder when it will be advisable to replace it.

If you’re in the first position, it’s good that you’re thinking ahead. A bit of knowledge can help your furnace last even longer. If you’re in the second, you’re entering a planning stage and may have reason to think your furnace won’t last much longer. It’s important that you don’t just let the furnace run until it completely fails. Getting ahead of an emergency breakdown is part of wise home comfort and will help you avoid high bills and unnecessary expenses.

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

Monday, 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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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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Picking a New AC: Central or Ductless?

Monday, June 29th, 2020
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Are you looking for a new air conditioning installation in New Braunfels, TX for your house? If you don’t have a cooling system already or you’re worried about your current one making it through another hot summer here in Texas, then getting a new AC is probably heavy on your mind. But what type? Is there an ideal air conditioning system to have installed?

The short answer is no, because each home is different, and there are flexible options for cooling to fit different needs. You have to find out what is the right choice for your home and your budget. The best way to ensure you end up with the right system is to work with experienced professionals, such as the technicians on our team.

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Sizing a New AC—Why This Has to Be Right

Monday, June 15th, 2020
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You might find yourself in a situation where you need an air conditioning replacement in New Braunfels, TX as the summer starts. This can be rough, but when your current AC is simply too old to do the job you need from it, or it isn’t working at all, then it’s the right choice to make.

But don’t get so hasty that you call on an amateur who makes big promises to install that AC! There are many reasons you need to have skilled professionals, like the HVAC technicians on the Thayer team, to do the installation. We’re going to talk about one of those reasons in this post: accurately sizing the AC.

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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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