March 12th, 2018
We live in a very warm part of the country and every building in the area needs a reliable HVAC system to stay cool and comfortable when the temperatures start to rise. Most of us think of this in terms of our homes, but if you own a business or manage a commercial space, you know how important it is to keep those spaces cool too. Commercial HVAC systems have unique needs that differ from residential systems, and if your space is going to fulfill the needs of your customers and employees, you need that commercial HVAC system to function exactly as intended. That means using a service for installation and repairs that understands the unique needs of commercial HVAC systems.
February 26th, 2018
The end of winter tends to see the most heater breakdowns and repair calls in our neck of the woods. Heating systems have been running regularly for months now, and while temperatures will start going up again soon, there’s still a few more weeks to get through where our heating systems will be vital. If your system is experiencing trouble and has a serious breakdown, you need a qualified heating repair company to arrive and get the problem fixed right away.
But which service should you call? There are a number of qualified companies throughout the greater Austin area, and in the end, only the homeowner can determine which service is the best fit for their needs. There are, however, several qualities you should look for in service you call that can make that decision easier. We’ve included a list of the most important below.
February 12th, 2018
We’re in the middle of the coldest period of the year, but here in Texas, the weather never gets quite so cold as it does further north. That makes now a good opportunity to give your heating and air conditioning system a good look and determine whether it could benefit from any additions or upgrades. HVAC systems can be improved greatly by adding new components.
You don’t need to replace the whole system to put them in, and most technicians can ensure that the new components work seamlessly with your existing system. You can see the difference not only in added convenience and new ways to use your HVAC systems, but with considerable savings both in monthly bills and in reduced repair costs as well. We’ve provided a list below of some of the more popular upgrade options to give you an idea of what you can expect.
January 29th, 2018
Most people in the area use traditional centralized heating and air conditioning systems to keep their homes comfortable. A furnace generates hot air and an AC cold air—both in a centralized location—which is then blown through the ducts in the house with a fan. They’re inexpensive, comparatively simple, and easy to operate, which is what makes them so popular.
They’re not the only means of keeping a home comfortable, however, and in some cases an alternative system might work better. Older houses may not be able to support the ducts necessary for a centralized system, while larger homes may struggle to feel as warm or as cool as they should with a centralized system. If your home can’t support a centralized system or has experienced recurring problems with its effectiveness, you might want to consider other options. We’ve laid out a few below for you to consider.
January 15th, 2018
Residential air conditioners usually consist of a single unit that cools the air and then blows it through the ducts in the home with a fan. Commercial spaces are larger, however, and often have unique heating and cooling needs. While most of them use ducts to move the cool air around just like residential systems do, they usually employ modular units: multiple smaller air conditioning units placed on the roof to provide cool air. Why do commercial HVAC systems rely on modular units? Why not just put in a single unit and be done with it? The answers have a lot to do with the unique nature of commercial properties and the specific needs of the space.
January 1st, 2018
Most heating systems in the area are forced-air furnaces, which generate heat in a single locale and then blow it through your home via a series of ducts. It’s inexpensive and effective, especially in towns with mild winters like ours. You may find it strange if the air flow out of one or more vents has dropped, but not think much about it. It doesn’t seem to be a huge deal. In point of fact, however, it can signal a serious problem. If you detect lower air flow coming out of your furnace, turn it off and call in a repair service immediately.
December 18th, 2017
Winter arrives slowly in the Austin area, and even at its worst, it doesn’t get nearly as cold in our neck of the woods as it does further north. Nevertheless, we need our heating systems to keep warm on the chilly winter nights, and chances are you’ve already had to run your heater more than once this fall. That makes now an excellent time to spot any problems that your heating system may have.
Laymen should never attempt to diagnose a heating problem, much less repair one. Heating systems are complex and contain potentially dangerous components such as gas lines. Determining the exact cause of an issue, much less fixing it, requires formal training and licensing from the state. That doesn’t mean you can’t spot the signs that something is wrong, however, and call in a trained technician to deal with the issue. Generally speaking, anything that doesn’t match your heater’s normal functioning is cause for concern. However, there are several common symptoms that recur across a wide variety of problems. The next time you turn your heating system on, watch for these specific issues, which can include, but are not limited to the following:
December 4th, 2017
One of the benefits of living where we do is that cold weather arrives late and leaves early. We have a tendency to avoid focusing on our heating systems the way we would our air conditioners because of this. Certainly, our air conditioners see much more use during the year, and therefore need more attention. But chances are you’ve already used your heating system a number of times, and its usage is only going to grow more frequent as the weather continues to cool. If you’ve noticed any kind of a problem with your heating system, now is the time to schedule repairs. Doing so will ensure that the heater works exactly the way it should for the rest of the winter. What kind of problems should you be looking for? We’ve provided a brief explanation below.
November 20th, 2017
With winter on the way, now is the time to give your furnace a thorough look. The fall weather is still relatively mild, but in a few weeks, you’ll have need of your heating system on a daily basis, and if there are any problems with it, you need to spot them before the winter begins in earnest. This is especially true with older systems that may have an expired warranty, and if you’re having trouble with such a device, you should be prepared to consider replacing it instead of repairing it. Sometimes, the money you intend to spend on repairs would be better served going into a replacement system instead.
But how can you tell when a furnace needs replacing and when repairs are enough? Frankly, only the homeowner can answer that question. Every furnace is unique, and you are probably more qualified than anyone to determine if it has another winter left in it, or if you should replace it now. There are a few guidelines that can help you make that decision, however.
November 6th, 2017
Cooler weather has arrived, and while we still get a few periods of intermittent heat here in Southern Texas, most homeowners have turned off their air conditioners and turned on their heaters. It can be easy to ignore any lingering signs of trouble with your air conditioning system: things you may have ignored over the summer since our lengthy heat waves made the prospect of turning off the AC difficult at best.
But those repairs should be dealt with sooner rather than later, and waiting until spring means the issue is likely to get worse. Now is the ideal time to handle any problems with your air conditioner, since you have all winter to schedule the repairs with a trained technician.