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HVAC Services | Air Conditioning Service

Daniel Reichert - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Just as your car requires maintenance, so too does the air conditioning that cools your home. Neglecting to provide the necessary air conditioning service with annual maintenance is a guarantee of declining performance, a reduced lifespan, and a steady increase in energy use. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning NATE certified professionals offer the quality HVAC services your air conditioning system requires.

Air Conditioning Filters

Besides scheduling annual maintenance, routinely replacing the filter each month or as instructed by the manufacturer is essential. Filter changes assist in maintaining a clean system. Clogged, dirty filters block the normal airflow, and reduce a system’s efficiency, leading to system failure and permanent damage. With normal airflow obstructed, air that bypasses the filter carries dirt directly into the evaporator coil and impairs the coil’s ability to perform its function of keeping you comfortable. Our HVAC professionals can provide coil cleaning when required with air conditioning service.

It’s essential to use the filter recommended by the manufacturer. Some types of filters are washable, while others require changing every 1 to 3 months, depending on the type. Upgrading to a HEPA filter in a system not designed for it may result in damage, and the need for air conditioning service. How often the filter requires changing will depend on the type of filter, and the environment the system performs in. All filters should be checked each month, and more frequently when heavy dust conditions exist such as during remodeling.

Air Conditioning Coils

Over time, the evaporator coil and condenser coil will become soiled. A clean filter routinely changed assists in preventing the evaporator coil from soiling as quickly, although it will not prevent it entirely. Inspection of the evaporator coil during maintenance, and cleaning when required is an air conditioning service your HVAC technician will provide. Outdoor condenser coils can also become soiled, and are inspected and cleaned as necessary. 

You should take extra care to minimize dirt and remove debris near the outdoor condenser unit. Maintain a clean area around the condenser of at least 2 feet to allow adequate airflow to the unit. This includes trimming foliage back by the same minimum distance to ensure the air flow is not impaired. In addition, when cutting grass, never aim the mower discharge chute towards the condenser, not only will the grass cause soiling of the unit, a pebble or other item can cause serious damage and costly repair.

Sealing and Insulating Air Ducts

The air ducts, also called ductwork delivers conditioned air to each room in a home or office. In order to avoid the loss of conditioned air, the ducts must be airtight. Up to 30% of conditioned air is lost from ducts in need of maintenance. Over time ducts can loosen and the seals break. Ask your Garland HVAC professional to check your ducts during your next maintenance visit. Loose tape on duct joints, disconnected or loose ducts, and gaps between the pipe are a definite sign duct repair is required.

Common Air Conditioning Problems

Refrigerant leaks, and improperly charged refrigerant is a common problem. Even in the absence of a leak, an improper amount of refrigerant affects the performance and efficiency of the unit. Common causes of AC problems include: 

·      Low Refrigerant– When the AC is low on refrigerant, it was either undercharged by a technician, or has a leak. Either situation will require air conditioning service by an HVAC technician. If a leak is present, professional leak repair will be required. DIY adding of refrigerant can lead to a damaged system, and requires a certified technician to determine the proper AC repair. Repair may include the need for evacuation of the system prior to adding the manufacturer specified amount of refrigerant.

·      Inadequate maintenance - If you allow filters and air conditioning coils to become dirty, poor performance and efficiency will result, and it can result in premature compressor failure. The cleaning of coils, and fan motors is a component of maintenance that is provided when necessary during the annual air conditioning service.

·      Electrical component failure -The compressor, fan controls, switches, contactors, and other components will experience wear over time. Oversized and undersized systems and those with failing components can run more frequently than is necessary, resulting in premature wear, and the need for replacement. Electrical connections and components are inspected during the annual maintenance call.

Contact Garland Heating and Air Conditioning today to schedule air conditioning service. Our NATE certified HVAC technicians provide the expertise you can rely on for the service of all the major brands. We serve Dallas, Plano and the surrounding areas, and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating. 

AC Troubleshooting | Air Conditioning Repair Dallas

Daniel Reichert - Monday, July 18, 2016

While a majority of baby boomers grew up without air conditioning until the 1970s, few of us today can imagine life without it. Cold air is not the only benefit air conditioning provides, it reduces humidity and helps to clean the air in our homes and offices. Furthermore, high humidity can make it harder for those with heart and respiratory problems to breathe comfortably, and air conditioning can mean the difference between life and death for them. When the AC breaks down, the need for air conditioning repair in Dallas becomes a life-threatening emergency for them.

When the air conditioning fails, the following AC troubleshooting tips may prevent the need to schedule an air conditioning repair in Dallas:

·      Ensure the thermostat is in the COOL position, and the temperature is set lower than the inside temperature. Someone may have changed the settings, and inadvertently failed to restore them. When the inside temperature is less than the set temperature, the air conditioner will not run.

Check the fan switch and ensure it is on AUTO. The ON function causes the fan to run continuously, and if the compressor does not run, the AC will blow warm air. With the fan on auto and the thermostat set to cool, turn the temperature down to see if the system operates normally.

·      Check the air conditioner breaker in the electrical panel, the breaker should be labeled. Ensure the breaker is in the ON position and check the system for operation.

·      If the air conditioner will not operate, check the condenser, the outside portion of the central air conditioning system. In some systems, there is a disconnect switch typically located near the unit in a gray box mounted nearby. This switch is a common cause of the central air conditioning to shut off. If you are unable to locate a switch, or when resetting the breaker does not restore AC operation, contact Garland's certified HVAC technicians for air conditioning repair in Dallas.

Common AC Problems

·      A refrigerant leak can be the cause of the AC blowing warm air. Furthermore, the coil and other components can freeze over due to low refrigerant. Contact our NATE certified technicians for air conditioning repair in Dallas.

·      Compressor failure can be the result of age, the failure of other components causing compressor damage, refrigerant leaks, and other causes. Compressor failure is a typical reason homeowner’s replace the system.

Professional maintenance service can prevent these and other common problems, while extending the system’s lifespan and maintaining performance and efficiency. Remember to provide filter changes each month or as recommended by the manufacturer.

If these AC troubleshooting tips fail to restore your air conditioner's operation, contact Garland Heating and Air Conditioning to schedule an air conditioning repair in Dallas. Remember, filter changes along with professional maintenance provides the best means of preventing breakdowns. We provide emergency service 24 hours a day and 7 days a week for your convenience. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning serve Dallas, Plano and the surrounding areas, and is a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.

Repair or Replace | Air Conditioning Repair Plano, TX

Daniel Reichert - Thursday, July 14, 2016

When facing a decision whether to repair or replace an air conditioning system requiring frequent repair, contact Garland Heating and Air Conditioning. Our NATE certified HVAC technicians will provide with an honest opinion of whether you should replace an air conditioner, or opt for air conditioning repair in Plano, TX.

When Repairs are Best

Over time, parts will become worn in an air conditioning system, and air conditioning repair in Plano, TX will become necessary. The question is, when do you replace?

The factors in the decision include age of the system, condition, and the amount of repairs to date. When air conditioning repair in Plano, TX will be of significant cost, from one quarter to half the cost of a new system, consider replacement with a new trouble free, and more energy efficient system.

Regular maintenance provides the long-term performance and an extended lifespan of the air conditioning system. However, no system can last forever, eventually age, and wear will take a toll.

Air Conditioner Replacement

1.    When an air conditioner is more than 10 years old, and in need of expensive repairs consider replacement. Newer systems have achieved higher efficiency in the past decade, and will help to pay for itself with energy savings.

2.    When faced with a costly air conditioning repair in Plano, TX, weigh the costs of the repair against the costs of a new unit. When the cost of the repair would cover a 25% or more of the cost of a new system, it may make more financial sense to replace it.

3.    When the air conditioner constantly breaks down, the repair costs can add up. Prevent the headaches, an uncomfortable home, and save energy dollars by investing in a new unit.

4.    Consider replacing air conditioners with R 22 Freon, which is no longer being manufactured. As a result, the cost of it is rising exponentially. If you are having consistent problems requiring repair with an air conditioner, and especially if it involves the need for costly R 22 Freon, replacing the unit will provide the best choice.

5.    When an aging system can no longer maintain your comfort, it may be a sign to replace it. This could be a sign of an air conditioner weakening from age, or an incorrectly sized system. In either case, replacement provides the logical choice.

A Benjamin Franklin professional will work with you to determine whether to repair or replace is the best option. When you prefer a new air conditioning installation, our HVAC technicians will provide assistance to you in the selection of an energy efficient replacement, or the expert air conditioning repair in Plano, TX that you require. Contact Garland Heating & Air Conditioning today to schedule air conditioning installation. Our Nate certified technicians serve Dallas, Plano, and the surrounding areas with professional expertise. We are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating. Don’t suffer the heat, call Garland Heating and Air Conditioning experts today.