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Geothermal Heat Pump | Air Conditioning Installation Plano, TX

Daniel Reichert - Friday, April 07, 2017

For those who are dedicated to the highest energy efficiency possible, and who are considering the purchase of a geothermal heat pump, read on to learn more about the system. The geothermal heat pump uses the Earth’s fairly consistent underground temperature to provide efficient heating and air conditioning in Plano, TX. Below the ground surface, at approximately  4-6 feet deep, the temperature remains an average of 52-55 degrees F year round. This factor enables a geothermal heat pump to yield up to 4 kilowatts of heat for every 1 kilowatt of electricity consumed. Furthermore, it can save you up to 70% on the cost of heating and 40% on the cost of cooling your home. In addition, on average the system will pay for itself within 5-10 years. The system lifespan averages 25 years with routine maintenance on the heat pump, and approximately 50 years on the ground loop system. Customer satisfaction ratings are high with the system when properly installed by a qualified contractor. Contact Garland Heating and Air Conditioning for  heating and air conditioning installation in Plano, TX.

The Field Loop

The geothermal field loop, also called a ground heat exchanger, is comprised of pipes buried beneath the ground. The pipes are designed to be either a horizontal or vertical field loop, depending on the land available and its characteristics.  An additional option is an “open loop” system if a water source, such as a pond is available. The pipes of the field loop are filled with water, antifreeze or other liquid medium. This medium is preconditioned below ground and is either heated up or cooled down in the heat pump, depending on the time of the year. By using a medium with a preconditioned temperature, you gain greater energy efficiency in any weather.

Maintenance on the  ground loops consists of the technician checking for a leak. If a leak occurs, repair will be required. Without repair the system will not perform effectively or efficiently. However, leaks are unlikely in a proper installation. However, the heat pump will require routine maintenance as recommended by the manufacturer. Our technicians can provide geothermal maintenance, repair and heating and air conditioning installation in Plano, TX.

The dynamics and installation of a geothermal system differ from a typical heat pump installation. Using a qualified installer ensures mistakes will not be made that affects the performance, your comfort and the lifespan of the system. As with any HVAC system, the geothermal heat pump requires accurate sizing for your home. However, unlike other types of HVAC systems, the geothermal system also requires proper design and  installation of the field loop. Not all HVAC professionals  are properly trained or experienced in geothermal heating and air conditioning installation in Plano, TX. Contact Garland Heating and Air Conditioning to ensure a professional and reliable installation for your home.

An Investment in the Future

The geothermal heat pump heating and air conditioning installation in Plano, TX  is an investment in energy efficiency that continues to give throughout the system's lifespan. While the initial investment is higher than a conventional heat pump, the energy saved can pay for the system over a reasonable period of time, in some situations, as little as five years.

How a Geothermal Heat Pump Affects the Environment

       The number of geothermal heating and air conditioning installation in Plano, TX continues to grow. This means  geothermal systems currently installed have eliminated the use of upwards of 40 trillion BTU's of fossil fuels have been eliminated from our environment, each year.

       The amount of carbon going into the atmosphere has been reduced by 1.6 million metric tons, and carbon monoxide by 5.8 million metric tons  each year.

       The production of electricity has been reduced by 8 million kWh of power each year.

       More than 60,000 geothermal units are installed each year, with an expected growth rate of 20%. Currently, existing units are the equivalent of planting more than 385 million trees, and removing 1,300,000 automobiles from the road.

Contact Garland Heating and Air Conditioning today to schedule a consultation with our NATE certified technicians for answers to your questions, and/or to schedule  geothermal heating and air conditioning installation in Plano, TX. You can rely on the expertise of our technicians to meet and/or exceed the industry standards for geothermal heating and air conditioning installation in Plano, TX. When you contact us to provide installation and maintenance, you are assured of receiving the expected performance, and life span of the geothermal heat pump. Our expert HVAC technicians serve Plano, Dallas and the surrounding areas. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning is a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.    

Air Quality | Heating and Air Conditioning Dallas, TX

Daniel Reichert - Monday, April 03, 2017

Home's built today are more tightly constructed than even a decade ago. Energy efficiency is almost everyone's goal and tight construction is one way of achieving it. Unfortunately, saving energy with a tightly sealed home has the unfortunate effect of poor indoor air quality. Just how bad it is can be surprising. According to the EPA, the air inside modern homes may be five to one hundred times more polluted with harmful substances, than the air outdoors. If you're concerned about air quality, Garland Heating and Air Conditioning can help you in improving your home's indoor air quality. We can assist you in the solution through HEPA filters with approved systems, or the installation of an air purifying system used in conjunction with your heating and air conditioning in Dallas, TX.  In addition, the following tips to improve indoor air quality may assist you:

The Causes

One of the reasons of poor indoor air quality is a lack of air exchange between the indoors and outdoor air. Older home's have air leaks, although you may be unaware of it. These leaks allow outdoor air in, and indoor air out. The exchange reduces levels of pollutants in the home.  The sources of bad indoor air may surprise you, and include:

       The materials used to construct your home

       Pressed wood products such as furniture or cabinets

       Carpeting and potentially other flooring products

       Air fresheners

       Dirty air filters in your home's heating and air conditioning in Dallas, TX

       Unvented gas or kerosene heaters, and not using the ventilation exhaust fan with a gas stove

       Some paints, always choose paint that says it contains no volatile organic compounds (VOCs)

       Personal care products


       Chlorine gas from showering

       Pesticide treatments

Polluted indoor air can cause illness, exacerbate allergies, asthma and chronic lung conditions, and may even cause cancer. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning can improve your indoor air. Give our NATE certified technicians  a call to schedule a consultation about a whole house air purifying system for your home.

Other Ways to Help Reduce Dangerous Pollution

Every day, Americans across the nation unknowingly use harmful products in their homes.  Always check the label, and select those which say no VOCs,. Avoid spraying pesticides, use only all natural cleaners, and make your own air freshener. Check for products that state they contain low or zero VOCs, or use natural products.

Newer homes should have heating and air conditioning systems with air-to-air heat exchangers, which bring outdoor air into the home without wasting energy or affecting its energy efficiency. Ensuring annual heating and air conditioning in Dallas, TXmaintenance is provided will ensure peak performance, and the longest possible lifespan, and that it remains clean. With maintenance and routine air filter changes, the air in your home will be cleaner and healthier for you.

One of the best things you can do to allow polluted air put, and fresh air in is to open windows and doors, allowing fresh air in. In addition, always use bath and kitchen exhaust fans when showering or cooking, especially on a gas stove. If you don't use the exhaust fan, when you cook with gas carbon monoxide is being emitted in your kitchen. You can also turn these fans on intermittently to reduce the level of bad indoor air. After showering or bathing allow the bathroom exhaust fan to run for at least twenty minutes. This will ensure the removal of moisture and drying of damp surfaces such as walls.

Filter Quality

Use the best quality air filter your home's heating and air conditioning in Dallas, TX can tolerate. HEPA filters do a fantastic job, but if your system isn't designed for HEPA, it can damage the system. You can always consider a system engineered for using HEPA filters when it is time to replace your homes heating and air conditioning in Dallas, TX. Although not as effective as a HEPA, quality pleated filters do a good job of removing contaminants from the air. Most heating and air conditioning in Dallas, TX can tolerate the pleated filter, but to be on the safe side contact the manufacturer or your Garland Heating and Air Conditioning HVAC technician. Low cost fiberglass filter will not help the air quality in your home at all.

Controlling humidity will help improve the air quality. Dust mites, mold and mildew have a hard time developing with a humidity of 30 to 60 percent. Lower humidity  can cause sore throats, and make you vulnerable to colds, flu and other illness. Our technicians can install a whole house humidifier for use in the winter, and a dehumidifier for summer use. Both devices are integrated in your home's heating and air conditioning in Dallas, TX. You will be more comfortable, and should experience less illness.

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning NATE certified technicians professionals have the expertise to provide your home with reliable installation of heating and air conditioning in Dallas, TX, maintenance and repair. Contact us to receive the cleanest indoor air quality possible. We serve Dallas, Plano and the surrounding areas, and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.

HVAC-The Decision to Repair or Replace Garland Heating and AC Services in Dallas, Texas

Daniel Reichert - Tuesday, March 28, 2017

With the rising cost of energy you may want to consider a new heating and cooling system in Dallas, Texas. The following information can help you decide whether to upgrade to a new system, or correct problems that affect your current system.

First, if your system is more than 10 years old consider a new one. Newer models will have much improved energy efficiency and new features to increase your comfort. Consider the following when making your decision:

Your equipment needs frequent repairs: age can affect efficiency and age can cause more frequent break downs.

You leave your thermostat set at one temperature: Consider a new programmable thermostat. You can program temperature changes when they are needed. For example, program your thermostat to 65 at bedtime in the winter, and when the occupants are all gone. Multiple changes can be programmed, ultimately saving you money.

Some rooms are too hot or too cold: Problems with your ducts, inadequate insulation, or inadequate sealing may be the cause. Check ducts for joints being sealed and the ductwork for being insulated. Check any location where wire, pipes or duct exits the walls, basement or foundation. With the exception of a hot flue use latex expanding foam or caulk to seal holes. Duct problems and inadequate sealing cause your system to overwork.

Excessive Dust or high humidity: Your equipment may be poorly operating; the wrong size system or leaky duct work can all cause these problems. Dirty ducts can cause an excess of dust as well. Have duct cleaned every 10 years or more often as needed. Change your filter every month.

Know the energy star rating of your equipment: If your equipment rating is less than 5 replace it. Go to for an analysis of your home. The higher the rating the more efficient it is.

Your best defense against high energy cost is a new energy efficient model coupled with a well-insulated and sealed house. The money you save will pay for your new system. An energy efficient central air unit can save you as much as 75% when compared to a 20 year old model. Reducing our carbon footprint goes hand in hand with energy efficiency.

Choose the correct sized equipment: Having a bigger system won’t save you money. It may cost you more. A bigger unit will cycle more often, never reaching its peak efficiency. It will be unable to remove humidity from the air. Remember, humidity makes it feel warmer.

Your tonnage need may be different than your old system. If you have added insulation, new energy star windows, and sealed air leaks, your system needs may be smaller. Your old equipment may have been too large in the beginning. Also, if you have a new addition, this will change your system needs. Your contractor will need to gather the following information about your house: floor area, level of insulation and type and size of windows.  He will do this by performing the following:

  • Measure the square footage of your home noting the direction it faces
  • Measure the square footage of windows and doors and note the direction they face
  • Look in the attic to estimate the value of the insulation
  • Look in basement or crawl space to estimate the value of the insulation
  • If possible, look into the walls to estimate the value of the insulation
  • Look at the duct system for leaks and estimate insulation value
  • Note the number of appliances
  • Note the presence of any leakage from a fireplace
  • Note the number of bedrooms for fresh air needs
  • Note the temperature you plan to keep your home

A professional will calculate these things, so be careful that your contractor is licensed, and insured. Sizing is the most common mistake according to national surveys. Many installers simply replace the same size as your old system without considering changes made to your home or the increased efficiency of new systems. Your contractor can use an ACCA/ANSI Manual or the equivalent sizing tool that takes all the above and other factors into consideration including proper size duct. Computer software is also available to contractors to calculate your home’s needs.

Choose a high efficiency Energy Star rated system for the best value and the least impact upon the environment.

If your system is not ten years old or older, you may want to beef up your home by sealing it, installing energy efficient windows and doors, and adding insulation. Even sun blocking window films or awnings can help.  Reflective blinds and drapes can also assist your wallet. Open the curtains on sunny windows in the winter and close them to the sun in the summer.  Consider installing a programmable thermostat, lower it to 68 degrees during winter days and wear a sweater. Raise it to 78 degrees in the summer and turn on ceiling fans and other fans. Using a humidifier in the winter can make it feel warmer. Rugs on cold floors can make you more comfortable in the winter.

Certainly, have your system checked and serviced every year. The old saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure certainly does apply to your homes heating and cooling. Clean coils make for a more efficient system.

If you’re still in doubt, your HVAC contractor can advise you on whether you should correct any problems with your old system, or invest in a new energy efficient system for your home.

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning is a leader in the HVAC field servicing Dallas, Plano, and surrounding areas. Our NATE certified technicians provide professional HVAC related services, installation and repairs.  If you are looking for help with your home or business’ HVAC system do not hesitate to give us a call today. One of our professional technicians will be more than happy to assist you and schedule a service call at your earliest convenience.  Garland Heating and Air Conditioning is a proud member of the BBB and maintains a rock solid A+ rating.

A Guide to Insulation in Dallas, Texas | Garland Heating and AC

Daniel Reichert - Friday, March 24, 2017

Having adequate insulation is one of the most cost-efficient ways of saving energy dollars and reducing energy waste. By investing just a few hundred dollars in weatherization and proper insulation you can increase your comfort level while saving as much as 30% on your heating and cooling’s use of energy in Dallas, TX.

Insulation is used in the attic, walls, floors, basements and crawl spaces. Check your insulation in these areas to see if it meets recommended levels for your region. Insulation is measured in R-value-the higher the R-value the better your home will be insulated.

Insulation is made from many different materials, but usually comes in four types-batts, rolls, blown loose-fill, and rigid foam boards.  Batts are made to fit between the studs in your walls, or between ceiling or floor joists. Batts are usually made of fiberglass or rock wool.  Batts are the most common form of home insulation and it is also one of the least expensive.

Rolls or blankets are usually made of fiberglass and comes in three types, faced, unfaced thermal or sound insulation.  It is also available in multiple densities and thickness so that it can conform to various-shaped spaces.

Loose-fill or blown, is usually made of fiberglass, mineral wool or cellulose, and is blown into the attic or walls.  These materials are manufactured from recycled waste materials.  Cellulose is mostly made from recycled newspaper. Fiberglass contains anywhere between twenty to thirty percent recycled glass. Mineral wool is typically produced from 75% post-industrial recycled content.

Rigid foam boards are lightweight, provide structural support, and generally have an R-value of 4 to 7 per inch. It is made to be used in confined spaces such as cathedral ceilings, concrete slabs, foundations, basement and exterior walls. Some manufacturers recommend its use under metal roofing and behind siding.

Some signs your home may be under insulated are as follows:

  • Uncomfortably hot in the summer and cold in the winter;
  • If you have noticed excessive noise from the outside intruding into your inner home;
  • Excessive cost of energy bills;
  • If your home was built before 1980 it probably is under insulated.


To determine if your attic has adequate insulation measure the thickness of the insulation. If there is less than R-19 (6 inches of fiberglass or rock wool or 5 inches of cellulose) you will benefit by adding more insulation. Adding attic insulation is the easiest way to add cost effective insulation if you can't insulate everything at once. If cold winters and hot summers still intrude in your home you probably should insulate your walls next. This is more expensive and usually will require a contractor to do it for you. It can pay for itself in energy savings, especially if live in an extremely hot or cold environment.

Crawlspace insulation is recommended only if the crawlspace is dry year round, the floor above is not insulated and there is no ventilation in the crawlspace. In addition, a vapor barrier of 6 mil polyethylene film should be installed on the ground to prevent moisture intrusion in to the crawl space.

Windows, doors and skylights are another area that energy is lost. Look for energy star products and consider the directions they face. Depending upon your area, north facing windows will receive more cold exposure and south facing windows can receive more heat exposure in the summer.

Ultimately, when planning a remodel, addition or even building a new house-it is to your benefit use energy efficient products to save energy and money.

Don't let your project cost you more by wasting energy. Your contractor is your best source for energy saving solutions, products and a professional installation.

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning NATE certified technicians will ensure professional HVAC installation, repairs, and other related air conditioning repair services in the Dallas, TX area.  If you are in need of heating and cooling repair, air quality solution or other related HVAC services give us a call today. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning also offers twenty-four hour emergency services for your convenience in Dallas, Plano and surrounding areas. We are also a proud member of the Better Business Bureau and maintain a solid A+ rating. 

Commercial HVAC System | AC Repair Dallas, Texas

Daniel Reichert - Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A commercial HVAC system works extra hard, so providing routine maintenance and  changing the air filter routinely, is essential in receiving the optimum energy efficiency, performance and ensuring a long life span. Whether you own or rent the building, you are responsible for the electric bill, and changing the filter as recommended is one important step that helps to save you money. Contact Garland Heating and Air Conditioning to schedule an AC repair in Dallas, Texas.

Regular Maintenance

Providing routine maintenance of the AC system helps to prevent breakdowns and problems with the system. Furthermore, when you schedule a professional service at the annual or biannual schedule as the recommended, the benefits are multiplied, along with the lifespan of the system.   

Monthly Tasks

Choose a day to perform regular maintenance on the AC and mark it on the schedule. Select a high quality air filter approved for use in your unit by the manufacturer. The filter helps to protect the evaporator coil from the dust that can impair its performance. Routine maintenance by your HVAC technician will allow the coil the be cleaned when required, ensuring its performance and optimal efficiency.

The Annual Inspection

Schedule an annual air conditioning service now, if you haven't already. Your Garland Heating and Air Conditioning technician will provide a comprehensive inspection and service.  If your commerical unit is a heat pump, remember they require biannual maintenance, spring and fall, because the heat pump works twice as hard to provide both heating and air conditioning year round. 

Protect Your HVAC System from Remodeling Dust and Debris

A remodeling project can promote your business and make customers more comfortable in their shopping experience.  However, during a remodel project you should take extra care to protect your vital HVAC system from the dust and debris remodeling causes.  

A running system and open vents allow dust and debris to be pulled into the system. Dust not only coats the coils and impairs performance, it creates friction in moving parts causing wear, and can impair electrical contacts. Not protecting the system can result in AC repair in Dallas, Texas. The easiest way to protect the system is leave it turned off during t

he remodel and duct tape the registers closed from the dust.  If this isn't possible tape up the registers in the affected area. When remodeling will affect the layout or size of a space, it's always best to talk to your HVAC contractor before remodeling begins. This can prevent hot or cold spots affecting your employees or customers' comfort.

Reducing the Effets of Construction Dust

Construction dust during a remodel seems to get into other areas, despite your best efforts. Fiberglass filter pads are an option for wall vents that won't break the bank. Unfortunately, they are not a good solution for floor vents because debris is heavier on the floors and the filter will not keep all particles from entering. Taping floor vents off is still the best solution.

Finally, during construction change the air filter every week or two during the project. Once the project is complete, contact Garland Heating and Air Conditioning for an HVAC inspection to ensure your efforts were successful in keeping the system clean. Otherwise, the need for  AC repair in Dallas, Texas may result.

Commercial Air Conditioning Installation

Eventually, even a well maintained system will require replacement.  As the system ages, it is likely to continue to cost you for AC repair in Dallas, Texas. Furthermore, a 15 year old system is going to cost you more on energy, than a new one. A new system may even help to pay for itself in time on energy costs, especially if you select an Energy Star approved model. The question business owners often ask is, when is it time to replace the unit? When you are contacting your HVAC technician several times a year for AC repair in Dallas, Texas it would be more cost effective to just replace the air conditioning system. A newer, more energy efficient system can save you money, and provide greater reliability. In addition, when the AC appears to no longer maintain your comfort, it is a sign of weakening components, and the need for replacement.

AC Repair in Dallas, Texas

It's easy to overlook signs of an AC in need of repair. The following are common signs of the need for AC repair Dallas, Texas

  • A common sign of a unit in need of AC repair in Dallas, Texas is a rising electrical bill. An unexplained increase in the power bill may be due to an HVAC system with low refrigerant, failing motors, a dirty coil, clogged filters, or age. Contact Garland Heating and Air Conditioning NATE certified technicians to diagnose the problem.

  • Uneven cooling can cause hot or cold spots. Uneven heating or cooling may indicate a problem with the thermostats, ducts, or a system too worn to meet the demand. 

  • Strange odors from the registers may indicate gaps or breaks in the ducts, Furthermore,  an overheated motor or or other failing components can cause unusual smells. A musty odor is common when the system needs replacement. Contact us today to schedulean  AC repair in Dallas, Texas.

Commercial air conditioning repair requires a NATE certified technician trained and experienced to work with commercial HVAC systems. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning offers commercial maintenance, installation and AC Repair Dallas, Texas. In addition,  you can rely on us for emergency services 24/7. We serve Dallas, Plano and the surrounding areas, and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating. 

What You Need to Look For When Hiring a Company for Heating and Air Conditioning Repair in Dallas, TX

Daniel Reichert - Monday, March 20, 2017

It is important to hire a company that provides the right heating and air conditioning repair in Dallas, TX. Your HVAC system is the key to creating and maintaining a relaxing atmosphere at your home. When you come home after a long day and need a long nap, or simply wish to spend some quality time with your loved ones, the presence of a working HVAC system aids your recovery from work stress. On the contrary, if you reach home to find that the air conditioning has stopped working, you will no longer be able to relax until it gets fixed and starts working again.  

What happens when you hire an inefficient service for heating and air conditioning repair in Dallas, TX? The answer’s easy. You lose money and your system would break down again. To prevent this nightmare, you need to make sure that you choose the best service provider for a heating and air conditioning repair in Dallas, TX. For your ease, we are listing the best ways to check if the company that you are hiring provides a reliable and efficient service. Look out for these features:

1. Has an Established Reputation in the Area as a Reliable Service Provider

Reputation matters. Reviews and testimonials from people that have used the same service will give you an insight about the way the workers deal with clients and the quality of service that they provide. Companies providing heating and air conditioning repair in Dallas, TX, that do not have an established reputation may not be able to help you out in the future if the problem arises again. You need a service that will be there for you when you need it most.

2. The Company has Licensed Workers

This is one of the most important things that you should check for when looking to hire a heating and air conditioning repair company in Dallas, TX. There are many contractors that hire unlicensed workers. Hiring them would be a mistake because they would be unaware of the safety regulations and might get flustered when the face a complex problem. In the case of the latter, more often than not the worker will do a botched job, charge you for it and leave you with a problem that is not fixed. Worse, they might aggravate the situation further. When you are hiring a service, it is your right as the customer to ask if they are licensed to work. If the company shies away from the question, steer clear away from them. Choosing a licensed worker to tend your need of heating and air conditioning repair in Dallas, TX would be a choice that you will not regret in the least.

3. The Employees Have Experience

The employees at the company you are considering should have enough experience to handle any kind of issue that occurs in your HVAC system. A good experience ensures that the worker has been in the industry long enough to deal with numerous problems and issues and would be able to devote his skills to the task at hand. While it is true that an experienced worker at a heating and air conditioning repair in Dallas, TX company may cost you a little more than an inexperienced one, the benefits of the former are worth the extra money. Not to mention that in the long term, the seemingly expensive worker would actually be the affordable one, as they would make sure that your unit does not need repair for a long time. A cheap, inexperienced worker may solve the problem at the surface, but will not be able to diagnose and fix the root cause. This would only bring the need for constant repairs, which will accumulate to a hefty cost.

4. The Company Responds Quickly When You Reach Out to Them

A heating and air conditioning repair company in Dallas, TX that sends over a worker without having you wait for hours at an end is the one that you should be looking for. A prompt service means that the company takes your problem seriously and shows eagerness to help fix your problem at hand. A quick response time reveals that a company puts their customers on a pedestal. And this is what distinguishes a great company from an inefficient one.

5. You are Not Rushed or Forced to Make a Decision

A company that forces you to rush into a decision is not worth your time. If a worker tries to coerce you into buying certain expensive parts, they do not have your best interests in mind. Choose a heating and air conditioning repair company in Dallas, TX that guides you through, and explains, the process in a friendly manner. This way, you will be able to understand what is best for your system, and trust the company for the service they provide.

6. Courteous and Friendly Workers

While experience and professionalism will help fix the problem, for which you hired a service of heating and air conditioning repair in Dallas, TX, it is not the only thing that makes a company trustworthy. Friendly and polite professionals will be able to answer your queries with a smile and help you relax around them. You will be able to better describe the problem in detail, allowing them to pinpoint the problem area quicker. Friendly workers provide a more targeted service than a rude worker who disregards your worry and dismisses your queries.

If you are looking for a trustworthy service, then Garland Heating and Air checks all the boxes for the features described above that make a company reliable. If you ever feel the need for a heating and air conditioning repair company in Dallas, TX, this is where you should go. The workers here are experienced, licensed, friendly, and will not engage in any behavior that makes you uncomfortable or unsatisfied with their service. The company also responds promptly, and gives the customers the option to reach out to them via phone or online. We are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.

Keep Your Eyes Open for These Sure Signs that Indicate You Need Heating and AC Repair in Dallas, TX

Daniel Reichert - Friday, March 17, 2017

Your central heating and air conditioning system is vital to keep your home warm and cozy during the winters and cool and dry during the scorching Texan summer. However, the entire system requires regular maintenance to ensure it continues to deliver optimal performance for years to come. As it is with any machinery, the appliances in your heating and cooling systems would require constant repairs when they are worn out and damaged.  In order to have them up and running in no time, you need to hire reliable heating and AC repair services in Dallas, TX.

Many homeowners miss the chance of having a heating and AC repair service in Dallas, TX on time, mainly because they have no expertise in understanding the warning signs of trouble. In many of our jobs that we have undertaken, the problem had festered for a long time under the very nose of the homeowner, while they had no idea if anything was wrong. Or if they thought something was wrong, they assumed it was something trivial which could wait for the yearly inspection and maintenance service. We do not mean to say that the homeowners had been irresponsible; they had simply been oblivious of the fact that the seemingly small problem could mean something much sinister for their appliances.  

There are many problems that can cause serious issues with your heating and cooling systems. The most prominent being dirty filters. We have had numerous calls for heating and AC Repair in Dallas, TX and when our technicians looked for the main cause that set off the series of issues, the major culprit had been dirty, clogged air filters. There were many warning signs of the clogged filter, like high bills and black lines on the carpeting, but the homeowners had not considered it to be a problem that was linked to the dirty filter. There are many more problems like these that make the list of the most common issues our technicians face.

As a homeowner, it is important that you are aware of the problems and warning signs that allow you to know and prevent serious damages to your appliances and systems. Once you understand the warning signs of major problems, you can prevent them from festering and ruining the performance of your system.  

For your ease, we are listing some of the warning signs that indicate that it is time you need to call for a service of heating and AC repair in Dallas, TX.

1. Elevated Energy Bills

When your electricity bills shoot through the roof, and you are sure that you haven’t utilized any more electricity than you usually do, then it is a sure sign of the inefficiency of your system. Your air conditioner might be using up the energy resources because something could be hindering it from working efficiently. The problem could be a dirty filter that makes the job harder for the air conditioner to throw clean air, or a blocked condenser, which prevents airflow and the air conditioner has to exert more effort to make up for the loss. When you notice your energy bills rising and remember that you have not had maintenance for long, chances are that there are issues that need professional attention. Do not ignore this warning sign and call immediately for a heating and AC repair service in Dallas, TX.

2. Bad Odors

If you can smell bad odors coming from your air conditioner, then the issues could range from burnt wiring to the presence of molds in the ductwork. It is important that you get it checked as soon as possible because these issues are potential health hazards for you and your family. In the case of bad wiring, you would need to replace it before it damages the internal system, and in the case of mold, you need to mitigate the effects, prevent it from damaging more of your house, and have it removed by a professional.  

A professional will guide you to the best way to handle the main cause of the bad odors, so do not hesitate to call for heating and AC repair in Dallas, TX as soon as you start smelling something foul.

3. Non-Uniform Heating

During the cold months, if you notice that some areas in your home are heated but some remain cold spots, it is a warning sign that there is an issue with your heater. If the problem persists no matter how high you turn your thermostat, then you need the help of a heating and AC repair in Dallas, TX company. The main cause could be leaks or damages in the heating system. An efficient heating system provides uniform heating, and if you are not receiving that, there is a problem with your heating appliance or system that you need to get checked.

4. Yellow Pilot Light

Homeowners do not usually note the color of the pilot light in their furnace, which means they are often left out when the change in color indicates a problem with the furnace. A properly-maintained furnace would have a blue flame. If the color changes to yellow, red, purple, orange or green, then it shows that there is a problem with the furnace.

If you are wondering, the color change takes places due to the high concentration of condensates in the furnace. Tar and rust are common examples of the condensates that reduce the efficiency of the furnace and which require expert heating and AC repair in Dallas, TX.

Anyone can come up to your home and claim to make the fixes that are required to make your appliances get right back to providing you maximum comfort. But it takes an expert in heating and AC repair in Dallas, TX to take a close look, diagnose the root problem, and nip it in the bud before it can do any damage to your system. Garland Heating and Air is the heating and AC repair in Dallas, TX company to go for if you find any of these warning signs in your heating and cooling system. We are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.

Heating And Air Condition Service in Dallas, TX—Maintaining Your Heating and Cooling Systems

Daniel Reichert - Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Your heating and cooling system plays a crucial role in maintaining comfortable thermal levels at home. But all of that happiness of having a state-of-the-art central heating and cooling system goes down the drain when it stops working or starts creating unbearable issues. You wouldn’t want your ac sputtering and dying out on you during sweltering heat, or have the furnace not working during winter. If it happens, then all your comfort now turns into extreme distress and you start looking for heating and air condition service in Dallas, TX, or maybe—if you are spooked enough—for a new system. Although it is a good practice to call for expert backup immediately when you face an issue that you can’t handle, you can at least prevent the issue from turning into an even greater one by using these quick homeowner fixes.

1. Clean and Replace Air Filters on a Regular Basis

It is surprising that so many of issues that our technicians face when they are called for heating and air condition service in Dallas, TX include problems caused by dirty air filters. Air filters are responsible for preventing any dust particles from contaminating the clean atmosphere. This means that they can get clogged. While it may not be visible to the naked eye, the air usually contains a huge amount of dust and carbon particles that are not good for our respiratory system. When they accumulate in an air filter, these seemingly negligible particles cause havoc with the cooling system. The air conditioner has to put in more effort to work and uses up more energy, causing your energy bills to rise significantly.

Cleaning and replacing the air filters can help you avoid the need to call for heating and air condition service in Dallas, TX constantly. Dirty air filters can cause extreme damage to your cooling unit if they are not replaced for a long time. Generally, to the number of days before you would need to replace your air filter is 90 days. But, if there is any construction going on in or around your house, or if you have pets, you would need to replace the filters sooner as they would get clogged at a faster rate.

Some air filters are replaceable, others are not. Make sure that you understand the type of air filter that is installed in your cooling unit. If it is reusable, check how many washes are recommended before you need to replace it with a new one.  

2. Protect Your Cooling System from Humid Air

Humid air can be one of the worst enemies for your heating and cooling system. Its presence makes the task difficult for the air conditioner and it has to exert more in order to provide optimum cooling. This exertion can account for about 15 to 30 percent of your air conditioning requirements. You can caulk up, or weather-strip the areas where humid air can pass through. The sneakiest places are doors and windows, and you should make sure that no humid air accumulates inside the house from these places. If you have any problem with this, call for your heating and air condition service in Dallas, TX and discuss the various methods to protect your air conditioning system.

3. Clear Away Debris from the Outside Unit

The outside unit of an air conditioner is often neglected because it is placed far from sight. When our experts are called for heating and air condition service in Dallas, TX, they often find that the outside unit is blocked with vegetation and debris, which obstructs the passage of air. This blockage can cause many problems for the condenser and condenser coil. You need to make sure that any twigs, leaves and other fragments are removed so that the outside unit stays clear and your cooling unit receives sufficient airflow and does not get insulated.  

In addition to clearing away the debris at least two feet away from the outside unit, it is also important to clean the condenser coil so that the fins remain clear of dust and is able to throw hot air outside without bringing in dusty air. If you have not maintained the outside unit for a long time and the air conditioner starts to create issues, it is not the time for a DIY fix. Call for a professional heating and air condition service in Dallas, TX immediately, so that an expert can take a look at the issue and fix it.

4. Oil Burner Unit Doesn’t Run

If you have an oil burner at your home and it doesn’t come on, leaving you and your family to scramble for blankets and sweaters in a cold night, then try this one-time-only trick.

All the oil burners are powered by electricity, so first check the shutoff switch that is mounted on the wall and circuit breaker and see if they are both in the “on” position. If they are, and the oil burner is still not lighting up, then press the reset button ONCE. It would be on the primary control.

Please note that this “fix” is temporary and that you should never press this button more than once. If you do so, it could cause some serious issues with the burner. Also understand that your oil burner would’ve gone into reset because there would be some issues with it. Call for a heating and air condition service in Dallas, TX as soon as you can to fix the root problem.

In Conclusion

Appliances need to be maintained so that they can perform their best for you all year round. The preventive measures mentioned in this article are actions that any homeowner can accomplish, and which will prolong the life of your appliances. However, you would need to call for regular heating and air condition service in Dallas, TX so that a trained technician can give a professional look-over and warn you if any potential problems are arising within your heating and cooling systems.

Scheduling for a regular heating and air condition service in Dallas, TX will make sure that both your heating and cooling systems work impeccably. You also need to make sure that the service you are hiring is licensed, certified and has the most experienced workers in the area. If you are looking for a reliable heating and air condition service in Dallas, TX, then you won’t be disappointed with the services of Garland Heating and Air. The professionals at this company have extensive experience in the industry and will be able to quickly troubleshoot and fix the issues. We are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.

Air Conditioning Repair in Garland, TX— The Common Problems that Decrease the Efficiency of Your Air Conditioner

Daniel Reichert - Monday, March 13, 2017

Saying that the Texan summer is hot is like saying that the sky is blue. We all know it. The heat prompts the residents to crank up the air conditioning all day long, which means that most of the times the unit is ignored and not well-maintained. This negligence can cause problems that affect the cooling, and you would need to call for a reliable air conditioning repair in Garland, TX.

Ignoring the first signs of problems can lead to serious issues with your air conditioning unit. And if they are not addressed soon enough, you will get into the dreadful situation of having a damaged air conditioner in the middle of the Texan summer. Of course you wouldn’t want that. No matter issue you are facing, whether the unit does not provide enough cooling or if it simply stutters and stops working, you need to call in professional services for air conditioning repair in Garland, TX who would have a look at your unit, diagnose the problem, and fix it immediately. If you try to attempt it at home, you will only make matters worse, because you may not understand the problem, or misdiagnose it, and end up with a bigger problem at hand—and yes, still no cooling.  

If you are wondering about the problems that can cause damage to your air conditioner, and for which you need the aid of a service for air conditioning repair in Garland, TX, we are listing some of the most common issues with air conditioners here for your ease.

1. Frozen Evaporator Coil

This is one of the most common problems with air conditioners that call for air conditioning repair in Garland, TX. The evaporator coil freezes up due to the improper flow of air, which can be caused by any of these reasons:

  • Blocked air return grill
  • Dirty air filter
  • Dirty evaporator
  • Failed blower motor
  • Low refrigerant

On your end, you can prevent your unit’s evaporator coil from freezing up by cleaning and replacing the air filters on a regular basis. Make it a habit and include this as one of the important chores on your checklist, as the dirty air filters are the most common culprits of this issue. That said, this is a prevention method. If, for some reason, you evaporator coil freezes, whether or not you replaced the filter regularly, do not attempt to open it up, under any circumstances. This is because it is important to diagnose the root cause before attempting to fix it.

For instance, if the issue has arisen because of low levels of refrigerant, then replacing the filter will not fix it. Not to mention that thawing an evaporator coil the right way is important so that you do not damage it. Simply call a service for air conditioning repair in Garland, TX, and have them deal with the issue.

2. Refrigerant Leaks

Refrigerant is the key that provides cooling to the system. It converts the hot air passing through it in cool, relaxing air. If the level of refrigerant does not match the manufacturer’s specified level, the unit has to work harder to convert cool air and uses up more energy. The low levels of refrigerant can be caused by either an inefficient installation or leaks. In both cases, you would need a service for air conditioning repair in Garland, TX to fix the problem. In the case of leaks, simply filling in refrigerant will not work. The level has to match exactly to the level of refrigerant that the manufacturer has prescribed.  

3. Outside Fan Not Working

Issues with fans are another problem that requires air conditioning repair in Garland, TX. The compressor in the outside unit generates heat, and the outside fan makes sure that it doesn’t heat up too much to incur serious internal damage to the system or tripping the safety overload. The fan rotates and throws the hot air outside and maintains optimum working temperature for the compressor. If you notice that it has stopped working, immediately call for a repair service before the problem festers.

4. Clogged Drains

An air conditioner removes moisture from the air to prevent a clammy atmosphere, and all the accumulated moisture has to be drawn off through the drain line and drain. If the drain is clogged, then the water can drip through the cooling unit and create a mess on your floor or carpet. It can also damage your walls and furnishings. A serious problem that can result from a clogged drain is that the water can go back into the system and damage it.

You should clean the drain pan and drain regularly to prevent this from happening. But if the problem persists, you should a professional air conditioning repair in Garland, TX company right away.

5. Blocked Condenser

Another common issue with air conditioning includes the blocking of the compressor. Many people mistakenly block the condenser with their plants or other vegetation. Or they are unaware of the weeds that grow and block the passage of air for the condenser. This blockage will result in the damage of the cooling system. If you notice that your air conditioner is not providing uniform cooling, check if the condenser is blocked, and remove the blockage. If the problem continues, call a service for air conditioning repair in Garland, TX.

If you try to fix these problems without taking any help from a professional air conditioning repair in Garland, TX, you will only prolong the issue and get charged more when you finally do call in the experts because the damage would be greater by then. Handling the problems of an air conditioning system requires efficient and trained individuals who understand the requirements of different models, and can diagnose and fix the problem quickly. The professionals at Garland Heating and Air are the best in the industry. Once you hire them, you can rest easy knowing that your problem will be fixed in no time. We are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.

Air Conditioner Installation in Garland, TX— Why You Should Hire a Professional

Daniel Reichert - Friday, March 10, 2017

When you Google “Air conditioner installation,” you will find a plethora of articles and posts that explain how you can do it at your home on your own. While the prospect of “saving” money by accomplishing a feat like installing a system without hiring a professional may seem appealing, there are hazards that you may not foresee. These will not be included in the articles that only focus on trying to convince you how you can do everything and anything without much trouble.

Let us give you the truth and state the facts right here. Air conditioning systems are quite complex as they are made up of components that should be handled with extreme care, and which often get damaged by inexperienced hands. Contrary to the popular online opinion that you can save huge sums of money by accomplishing an air conditioner installation in Garland, TX without any professional help, it actually costs you more. After all, if a DIY job of such a measure was so easy and efficient, the lack of need for air conditioner installation in Garland, TX would have put companies out of business by now! The technicians at Garland Heating and Air are licensed and experienced and are fully capable of handling all types of HVAC installations. Here are the reasons listed by our experts why hiring a professional will actually help you in the long run.

1. Professionals Have the In-Depth Knowledge of Different Models and Systems

A professional at air conditioner installation in Garland, TX would be trained to install different models and would understand the requirements of each. This means that they won’t simply install your new air conditioner and leave it at that. They would ensure that it works efficiently and does not create any issues for you. Because they would be knowledgeable about the differing requirements of various brands and models, they would be better able to install an air conditioner in the proper manner that a manufacturer would recommend.  

2. Air Conditioner Installation Experts In Garland, TX are Quick at Their Job

Imagine trying to install an air conditioner at your place without hiring any help. You follow the “step-by-step” guidelines that you find on the internet, only to find that there is no detail about how to go about the wiring, or about any other component. You have no one to approach if you get yourself in a tangle of wires and instructions. Not to mention that it could take days before you figure out exactly what you need to do. On the other hand, if you hire an expert to do the job, they will give you a time according to your flexibility, and complete the job swiftly.

3. One Mistake Could Completely Ruin Your System, and Professionals Do Not Make Rookie Mistakes

Did you know that an inefficient installation can lead to low levels of refrigerator? This can cause non-uniform cooling and would make your system use more energy than it is required to make up for the low refrigerator levels. When you hire a professional for air conditioner installation in Garland, TX they will make sure that the refrigerator levels match those specified in the manufacturer’s manual so you can enjoy uniform cooling. This is only one example of a rookie mistake. There are many more that would take an entire article if we only list them down. It is safe to say that hiring a certified and licensed expert who knows every small detail about ac installations would be able to do the job without making such mistakes.

5. Down the Road, You Will be Saving Money

The best benefit of calling for professional air conditioner installation service in Garland, TX is that in the long term, you would be saving money. An expert would make sure that the installation is perfect and that there are no issues that might create trouble for you later on. Comparing it with an installation that you do on your own as a DIY project or by using an inefficient service, you would spend more money on frequent repairs and fixes because the installation would not be accurate in these cases.

6. Hiring a Professional Means You Don’t Have to Worry about the Tools

When you hire an air conditioner installation in Garland, TX professional, you never have to worry about providing them the tools that would be required for the job, as they would bring their own. On the other hand, if you try to do this on your own, you would be at a loss about the tools, and would have to rush off to buy them if you do not have any in your toolbox.

7. No Matter What Issue Crops Up During Installation, An Expert Would’ve Seen and Handled It Before

Hiring a professional means you are delegating the task of air conditioner installation in Garland, TX to someone who does this on a daily basis. They have enough experience to handle any and every issue that may crop up and would be in a better position to guide you throughout the process. They would handle the installation with the efficiency that only a veteran in the HVAC services industry could.

8. A Professional Would Be Well-Versed With the Inspections and Permits

Professionals for air conditioner installation in Garland, TX are knowledgeable about the permits and inspections, which would be to your benefit. You do not want an inexperienced, untrained person to handle an important task like installation.

If you have just shifted to a new place, or your old air conditioner has broken down beyond repair, or if you need to upgrade with a newer, better model to deal with the Texan heat, you would need to hire professional help to install the new air conditioner. Here is where we come in. You can reach out to Garland Heating and Air, and our certified and licensed air conditioner installation experts in Garland, TX will get back to you promptly. They will assess your installation requirements and provide you with a fair quote. And if you agree, you are guaranteed an impeccable service from us! We are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.

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