Old Furnace Broken in Mid-Winter? Here’s What to Do

January 20th, 2020
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When your home’s elderly furnace decides that today, in the middle of winter, is the day to fail, it’s not fun. Depending on the outdoor temperature, your first concern may be staying warm. You can find tips around the internet for temporary ways for your family to keep warm until the heating problem is resolved. Our local winter temperatures usually don’t make this a huge emergency, but you don’t want to feel uncomfortable for long

What we’re looking at in this post isn’t how to stay warm in the meantime, but what to do about the failed furnace and the future of your home comfort.

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Bad Thermostat, Bad Heating—The Basic Facts

January 6th, 2020
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When you rely on your heating system during our short winters, you expect the heater to, well, heat. If the heater isn’t providing sufficient warmth in the house, is heating some parts unevenly, or won’t come on at all, you’ll probably assume there’s a mechanical or electrical failure somewhere in the heater itself. But a large number of heating troubles come from a source outside of the heater: the thermostat.

Thermostat malfunctions can cause a range of comfort problems in a home. Unless you’re a professional HVAC technician, it’s difficult to diagnose whether a heating problem is coming from the thermostat or another source. No matter what you guess is the source of the heating issue, please always call for professional heating repair in Kyle, TX.

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Why Is My Furnace Inadequate at Heating the House?

December 23rd, 2019
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You may not need your furnace running every day during the winter to keep you comfortable. But when it is running, you want it to do the job you expect—keeping the house warm. If the furnace isn’t up to the task and you’re finding cold spots in the house and the family is complaining about the temperature, you may need to consider heating repair in Cedar Park, TX, or even look into getting a new furnace installed.

We’ll look at some of the possible reasons for why your furnace isn’t getting the job done.

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Does My Heat Pump Need Maintenance for Winter?

December 9th, 2019
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Heat pumps are great for the climate here in Austin. During the heat of the middle of the year, a heat pump is as powerful as the best air conditioning system. When temperatures cool down enough that a house needs a bit of warmth, a heat pump shifts smoothly into heating mode—and uses much less electricity to run than an electric furnace.We’re still enjoying warm weather in December, but the time to change your heat pump over to heating mode is coming up. If you haven’t done so yet, it’s time to schedule maintenance for your heat pump with an HVAC company in Leander, TX.

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The Most Important Repair Your Furnace May Need!

November 25th, 2019
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During the short winter season when you run your gas furnace, your main concern will be that it works the way it should and provides the heat necessary for household comfort. Safety, however, is another concern. We don’t want to be alarmist and make you think the gas furnace in your house is a constant source of potential danger. Modern furnaces are constructed with the uppermost safety in mind, and few furnaces will create any hazards provided they receive routine maintenance inspections from professionals and are repaired promptly when the need arises.

But there is a specific repair issue we want to address—it’s the most important repair your furnace may need, because it is a major safety hazard. And that repair is…

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Is Duct Sealing Beneficial at All?

November 11th, 2019
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Unless you live in an older home that doesn’t have any ductwork, you rely daily on the unseen air channels set into the walls and ceilings of your house. Because you can’t see these air ducts, it’s easy for you to forget about them and believe they’ll just take care of themselves. The suggestion of duct repair service in Austin, TX may sound a bit absurd.

For example, duct sealing. Is this something ducts actually need, and is it any benefit? And even if it’s beneficial, why hire a professional for the job when you’ve got duct tape?

We can answer these questions for you—and then provide the duct services you need.

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Does an Evaporative Cooler Really Work as an Air Conditioner?

October 28th, 2019
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The heat in Austin is intense in the summer, and hot weather can linger through many other times of the year. That means air conditioning systems take on immense workloads. You probably have a central air conditioner for your home, so you know how high electrical bills rise when the AC runs. When you hear about a possible energy-saving alternative like an evaporative cooler, you might start to consider making the change.

And then you’ll stop because … maybe this “evaporative cooler” thing won’t do the job?

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The Fall Heat—Watch Out for Your Air Conditioner!

October 14th, 2019
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We’re dealing with another hot early fall here in Austin, with days frequently peaking in the 90s. This isn’t good news for your beleaguered air conditioning system, which has already had to deal with a long summer of steady work. This is a time when your AC is most likely to suffer a major malfunction because of the accumulation of wear and tear on it.

It’s important to never ignore any signs of problems with your air conditioner in Austin, TX, no matter how late in the year it is. Don’t count on the relief from cooler weather to bail you out when your AC is struggling. A call to our NATE-certified, dependable HVAC technicians for repairs is easy to do—and it rewards you with a dependable AC that has a longer service life.

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UV Air Purifier Against Cold and Flu Season

September 30th, 2019
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There are many reasons to enjoy the fall and winter seasons, especially since Austin doesn’t have to suffer through the intense cold weather of many other parts of the country. But even in our milder weather, we can’t escape the effects of the cold and flu season. Flu shots and other medications are recommended to help people make it through the season in good health even as numerous germs and viruses float through the air.

But did you know you can make an addition to your home’s HVAC system that improves you and your family’s defense against seasonal illnesses? Installing a UV air purifier in Austin, TX is a strong defense against the cold and flu bugs of fall and winter—and it offers other benefits during the rest of the year.

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Our Maintenance Program Is Here for Your Fall HVAC Tune-Up

September 16th, 2019
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One of the great advantages of living in Austin is our winter weather. Temperatures cool down, sometimes dropping into the forties during the evenings, but we rarely suffer from any bracing cold spells. Homes, however, still require heating systems to handle the cooler evenings and help with the draftier houses.

We assist homes in Austin, TX with HVAC maintenance in fall through our maintenance plans. Regular maintenance is necessary to ensure a house can make it through the winter and all the way through to spring with minimal problems and maximum energy savings. A heating system may not need to run every day during our mild winters, but it should be able to operate reliably when a home needs heating and without draining excess energy while it runs.

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