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Heating and Cooling Repair in Dallas, TX – Tripped Breaker

Matt Parker - Wednesday, July 19, 2017

If you are experiencing problems with your HVAC system that is continuously tripping a breaker, you might have a serious and even potentially dangerous problem on hand. Circuit breakers help by preventing electrical fires, shock and other potential electrocution methods by shutting down the electricity to an affected area of the home whenever there is a short, or too much electrical current going through them. As an example, whenever an external surge happens, the circuit breaker will detect the incoming excessive voltage and trip the breaker to shut off the circuit.

Heating and Cooling Repair in Dallas, TX – Tripped Breaker

Potential causes for a tripped breaker can include a faulty breaker itself, and a short. If you are having a problem similar to this where your air conditioning system is tripping your breaker constantly then quit using the air conditioning, contact Garland Heating and Air and schedule for heating and cooling repair in Dallas, TX.

Electrical Causes

Electrical issues within your air conditioning system can also cause a circuit breaker to trip. There could be a loose wire in the system that is causing the problem, or there could be a damaged wire in either the AC unit itself or the circuit between the electrical panel and the AC. The culprit could be a loose wire, a power surge, lightning, or even rodent damage.

Any of the above is more common than this, but even though it is uncommon, a tripped breaker can also be due to a bad breaker itself. Everything eventually wears out over time, and damage may occur to a breaker whenever there is excessive voltage such as from a power surge or even lightning.

Overloading the circuit will also trip breakers. For example, if a problem occurs in the air conditioner, it may cause the unit to pull excessive voltage, over heating the wires, and then triggering the breaker to trip. An overheated air conditioning system could be due to a refrigerant leak, or a component going out can result in a breaker tripping. These conditions will all require a professional technician to inspect the system and provide heating and cooling repair in Dallas, TX.

Whenever a circuit breaker is replaced with different amperage than is required, circuit breakers can also trip, and a fire may possibly occur if an over-sized one is purchased. Only replace breakers with the correct size. Other possible causes are as follows:

FilterCheck the HVAC system’s filter, if it is excessively dirty it will obstruct the air flow to your system, and this can cause the air conditioner to overheat, if the filter is soiled, change it and attempt to turn on the air conditioner again.

Coils – The coils for your HVAC system are essential in the performance of the system. First, inspect the outside condensing unit. If there are leaves, grass or soil, this may be the catalyst to what is causing the circuit breaker to trip. Contact your HVAC technician for a thorough cleaning of your heating and cooling system as well as any other heating and cooling repair in Dallas, TX that may be needed.

Refrigerant – If the refrigerant in the system is low, this indicates a leak, but more importantly it can also cause the system to overheat and trip the circuit breaker. In order to resolve this you will need to get in touch with Garland Heating and Air Conditioning and schedule an appointment for heating and cooling repair in Dallas, TX.

Wiring – over time the wiring will expand and contract and this can end up making wires become loose. Due to the danger from high voltage in the system, homeowners should not attempt to fix these themselves, instead contact your technician at Garland Heating and Air Conditioning to schedule heating and cooling repair in Dallas, TX.

If you are having problems with your home’s heating and cooling system continuously tripping the circuit breaker in your panel box and you are not sure what is causing it. Do not turn the air conditioning back on until you contact Garland Heating and Air Conditioning and schedule an appointment to have your heating and cooling repair in Dallas, TX. Once scheduled, one of our NATE certified technicians will come out to your home assess the problem, find the underlying cause, and make all of the necessary repairs to get your heating and cooling back up and running promptly and professionally. A system that flips your circuit breakers can be extremely dangerous, you should not tinker around with the system trying to find the problem yourself whenever this happen. Give Garland Heating and Air Conditioning a call today.

 

About Garland Heating and Air Conditioning

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning has been helping homeowners and businesses alike in Dallas, Texas and surrounding areas for many years with heating and cooling repair in Dallas, TX. We are one of the leading heating and air companies in the area. Dedication, determination and professional services that you can rely on have helped made us the go to source for customers in the area who are in need of heating and cooling repairs, installations and maintenance.  When you contact Garland Heating and Air Conditioning in Dallas, Texas you can rest assured knowing that you are receiving high quality professional heating and cooling repair in Dallas, TX that is both reliable and affordable.

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning in Dallas, Texas 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 and need heating and cooling repair in Dallas, TX in Dallas, TX 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 heating and cooling repair in Dallas, TX your earliest convenience. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning is a proud member of the BBB and maintains a rock solid A+ rating.


Heating and Air Repair in Dallas, TX - Duct Sealing

Matt Parker - Sunday, July 16, 2017

Winter is around the corner and before it sets in you should consider having your home’s duct work system inspected. Over time the seals between the joints in ductwork can come loose or deteriorate. This will allow conditioned air to escape from the ducts, and this can cause the electric bill to increase by as much as 30%. Additionally, if there is leak in the duct work, it will force your heating and air conditioning system to increase its workload, reducing the lifespan of the system and the need for premature heating and air repair in Dallas, TX.  By ensuring that your duct work is sealed nice and tight, you can prevent all of these problems.

Heating and Air Repair in Dallas, TX - Duct Sealing

The duct work system performs the task of delivering conditioned air to every room in your home that is connected to the duct system. Whenever there is a fault in the delivery of conditioned air this not only allows the conditioned air to leak out and overwork the system, but it will also create problems with pressure in the system that will also add to the workload for the HVAC system.

The reason behind leaking ducts is broken or missing seals, loose connections, pipe separations, and damage. Additionally, homeowners with ductwork in the basement or attic can ensure the insulation is up to par to prevent the loss of energy. Otherwise, you are losing heat and air conditioning in the spaces in your home.  The best solution to preventing this, is inspecting your duct work on a regular basis to ensure that everything is tight and sealed. However, ductwork can be difficult to reach in some areas and may be just as hard to have inspected.  If you do not have the time, or ability to inspect all of your ductwork in your home, then call upon Garland Heating and Air Conditioning for assistance. Schedule a time and date for our NATE certified technician to visit your home and inspect your ductwork. If the technician finds any problems, it will be addressed and taken care of. While the technician is there you could also ask about heating and air repair in Dallas, TX maintenance programs.


The following signs may indicate your home's ducts need to be sealed:

  • If you are experiencing rising costs in your electric bill and temperatures outside have been steady over the past month then it is quite possible that you have leaky ductwork. However, systems that are not serviced at least annually will also experience a degradation of efficiency over time.
  • If your system is not adequately cooling during the summer or heating during the winter, this may be due to leaky ductwork.
  • Unusual odors can be due to dislocated or loose ductwork. For example, if your home has a crawlspace and your ductwork runs under your home’s crawlspace, it is possible that the ductwork has become loose or damaged by a wild animal.


Whenever the ductwork is properly sealed and any heating and air repair in Dallas, TX  is administered this will lower electric consumption per month and increase the performance of your HVAC system, while also increasing your comfort levels inside of your home. Additionally, the indoor air quality will be improved with less dust and other indoor air contaminates being spread. Leaky ducts also allow moisture to enter the system and your home as well as dust. A sealed system will provide a much cleaner, and healthier home.


Sealing the Ducts

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning in Dallas, TX can identify if there are any duct leaks and also check for possible damage in your ductwork. Once identified, our NATE certified technician will be able to provide heating and air repair in Dallas, TX that you will require to get your system back up and running at peak efficiency. Homeowners who intend to provide the repairs themselves should use mastic sealant or metal backed tape to seal up any loose ductwork or cracks. Duct tape is not for ducting, even though you would think so due to the naming of the tape, it however is not and should never be used on ductwork.

If you need heating and air repair in Dallas, TX or maintenance for your HVAC system do not hesitate to give Garland Heating and Air Conditioning in Dallas, Texas a call today. One of our professional technicians will be more than happy to assist you and make any repairs or maintenance requests that you have. While the technician is at your home, you can also request to have your ductwork maintained to ensure that it is in peak shape and if not it too can be repaired. Chances are if the ductwork is loose the cost of repairs will be superseded by the lower electric costs you will have in preceding months after the repairs are made.


About Garland Heating and Air Conditioning

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning has been helping homeowners and businesses alike in Dallas, Texas and surrounding areas for many years with heating and air repair in Dallas, TX. We are one of the leading heating and air companies in the area. Dedication, determination and professional services that you can rely on have helped made us the go to source for customers in the area who are in need of heating and cooling repairs, installations and maintenance.  When you contact Garland Heating and Air Conditioning in Dallas, Texas you can rest assured knowing that you are receiving high quality professional heating and air repair in Dallas, TX that is both reliable and affordable.


Garland Heating and Air Conditioning in Dallas, Texas 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 and need heating and air repair in Dallas, TX 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 heating and air repair in Dallas, TX at your earliest convenience. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning is a proud member of the BBB and maintains a rock solid A+ rating.

Heating and Air Conditioning Service in Dallas, TX - A Matching System

Matt Parker - Thursday, July 13, 2017

When it comes to HVAC systems, there are two major components in the system; they are the outdoor condensing unit and the indoor air handler. The two components are designed to work side by side to provide optimal performance, maximum efficiency and comfort for everyone within the household. Whenever you have heating and air conditioning service in Dallas, TX and one of the two components is removed and a new one installed, it can compromise the efficiency and performance of the system. If the system is more than 10 years old, you should really consider purchasing a whole new system, gains in energy efficiency alone will pay for itself over time.

A properly sized matched system will enable the HVAC system to perform as designed. It will have proper cycle times, intended humidity control, and the system sound will be minimized. Features such as these, are likely to be lost or marginalized in a mismatched system. When an outdoor unit is replaced, it may be appealing due to the lower cost, but it is likely to cost you more over time due to the loss in maximum efficiency and it could possibly end up requiring you to need more heating and air conditioning service in Dallas, TX.

Heating and Air Conditioning Service in Dallas, TX - A Matching System

Sometimes mismatching is not always an option when you have heating and air conditioning service in Dallas, TX. However when it is an option, the system may work, but there will be other negative consequences involved with using a mismatched system. It will not provide the promised energy efficiency for one. In fact, you might lose as much as fifteen percent of the stated efficiency when you do so. Furthermore, comfort is likely to be compromised also. On the hottest days, a mismatched system may not likely perform up to par, nor be able to cool efficiency or properly remove enough humidity from the indoors. Finally, a mismatched system can overwork the system and it will require more heating and air conditioning service in Dallas, TX.


With today’s energy efficient HVAC systems, they are designed for greater energy efficiency, the components found in both the indoor and outdoor unit are designed to match the technology. The compressor is the most expensive component in a modern air conditioning system and because of this; it is extremely dependent upon proper system design and installation. A mismatched system may compromise this, resulting in premature death of the system.

An old indoor coil will most likely provide less heat transfer capability when paired with a newer, more energy efficient outside unit. Next, it will usually have an expansion device that will not be the correct size or designed for the use with the recommended refrigerant charge. Furthermore, the existing coil not being the proper design for the new outdoor condenser will increase the risk of compressor failure, requiring premature heating and air conditioning service in Dallas, TX.


A mismatched system is a gamble, and with as much as outdoor compressors cost, is it really worth that gamble?  The chances of a compressor failing increases by as much as 45% within the first year. Also, mismatching a new condenser and compressor to an old, undersized coil and fixed expansion device is almost certainly going to result in failure, and this is why it is not covered under most heating and air conditioning manufacturer’s warranty coverage.


Furthermore, almost all utility companies will require that both components of an air conditioner or heat pump system be ARI certified and properly matched in order to quality for their rebate programs.


Despite all of the negatives and disadvantages of a mismatched system, a number of contractors and dealers are still routinely failing to replace the indoor coil with the installation of a new condensing unit. Few homeowners even realize the importance of a matching system for their HVAC system at home or that a critical component has failed to be installed.


Luckily, you can depend on Garland Heating and Air Conditioning’s NATE certified professional technicians to perform the job the right way the first time in all respects, including educating you and informing you on the importance of a matching system. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning in Dallas, TX only hires the best HVAC technicians in the area, to ensure that you receive the satisfaction that you expect, and the professionalism that you deserve.  Give us a call for heating and air conditioning service in Dallas, TX or any other HVAC needs such as installation, and maintenance. You can count on Garland Heating and Air Conditioning.


About Garland Heating and Air Conditioning

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning has been helping homeowners and businesses alike in Dallas, Texas and surrounding areas for many years with heating and air conditioning service in Dallas, TX. We are one of the leading heating and air companies in the area. Dedication, determination and professional services that you can rely on have helped made us the go to source for customers in the area who are in need of heating and cooling repairs, installations and maintenance.  When you contact Garland Heating and Air Conditioning in Dallas, Texas you can rest assured knowing that you are receiving high quality professional heating and air conditioning service in Dallas, TX that is both reliable and affordable.


Garland Heating and Air Conditioning in Dallas, Texas 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 and need heating and air conditioning service in Dallas, TX 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 heating and air conditioning service in Dallas, TX your earliest convenience. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning is a proud member of the BBB and maintains a rock solid A+ rating.

Heating and Air Conditioning Repair in Dallas, TX - AC Leaking Water

Matt Parker - Monday, July 10, 2017

If you have found that water is leaking from your heating and cooling system into your home your system will most definitely require immediate attention in order to avoid water damage to not only your home but to prevent further damage from happening to the HVAC system also. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning’s NATE certified technicians can provide you with heating and air conditioning repair in Dallas, TX.

Heating and Air Conditioning Repair in Dallas, TX - AC Leaking Water

The HVAC system in your home removes humidity from the indoor air, which makes the indoor temperatures in your home feel cooler. This water collects into a pan where it will evaporate and any excess amounts will drain out to the condensate drain that leads to the outside of your home. If there is a problem with the pan or the condensate drain you will know, when water begins leaking into your floor. This will require immediate attention to prevent costly water damage from happening in your home, as well as the problems related to increased humidity. Give Garland Heating and Air Conditioning a call for heating and air conditioning repair in Dallas, TX.

Common Causes of an Air Conditioning Water Leak

A Clogged Condensate Drain – Dirt and biological growth are the usual reasons behind a clogged condensate tube, resulting in the shadow condensate pan overflowing. Water leaking from the cabinet can not only cause expensive water damage to the floors and walls of your home, but it can also damage the HVAC systems electrical components and that can be extremely hazardous. The drain will require cleaning and it is likely that the condensate pan will also be required to be removed and clean also. Give our experienced NATE certified technicians a call for prompt heating and air conditioning repair in Dallas, TX.

Loose Drain Connection – The drain tube might not be clogged up, but the drain itself may have become disconnected due to age, corrosion, improper installation, or tampering. Either of which will cause leakage to happen. The connection must be restored or replaced and the line will then need to be checked to make sure that it is operating as intended and in good condition. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning’s professional technicians will be happy to provide this service for you and take care of your heating and air conditioning repair in Dallas, TX.

Frozen Coils – If you have water leaking from your HVAC system and you notice that the coils are covered in ice, then this very likely can indicate that there is a refrigerant leak in the system. Refrigerant is the chemical that enables the air conditioning to keep your home cool. If there is a refrigerant leak, you will notice that your air conditioner is blowing warm air instead of cool, crisp air. A refrigerant leak will require the professional services of a technician in order to seal and repair the leak as well as recharge the system with replacement refrigerant in order to restore the cooling functionality of your HVAC system.

If all coolant has leaked out of it it is likely the system will require evacuation, this means that air has entered the system and it will need to be removed before the technician can refill the system with refrigerant. Refrigerant loss is common with aging systems. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning’s professional technicians have the experience and know-how to deal with heating and air conditioning repair in Dallas, TX.

The age of your HVAC system can also cause refrigerant leaks with pinhole cracks in the system or even loose connections. A technician will be able to identify where the leak is occurring, repair it and if there is no other problems they will be able to restore the cooling to your home promptly.

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning’s NATE certified technicians have the experience and skilled training in order to provide you with professional service, maintenance, installation and heating and air conditioning repair in Dallas, TX. Do not wait until your air conditioning complete fails before you give us a call. If you do not already do so, you should seriously consider establishing a maintenance plan with Garland Heating and Air Conditioning to have your HVAC system professionally serviced and maintained at least once per year.

If your HVAC system is getting rather old, between 10 – 15 years, you might like to consider taking advantage of our financing options. A newer, more energy efficient HVAC system will pay for itself over time, due to the increases in energy efficiency with newer models. Give us a call today to learn more.

About Garland Heating and Air Conditioning

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning has been helping homeowners and businesses alike in Dallas, Texas and surrounding areas for many years with heating and air conditioning repair in Dallas, TX. We are one of the leading heating and air companies in the area. Dedication, determination and professional services that you can rely on have helped made us the go to source for customers in the area who are in need of heating and cooling repairs, installations and maintenance.  When you contact Garland Heating and Air Conditioning in Dallas, Texas you can rest assured knowing that you are receiving high quality professional heating and air conditioning repair in Dallas, TX that is both reliable and affordable.

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning in Dallas, Texas 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 and need heating and air conditioning repair in Dallas, TX 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 heating and air conditioning repair in Dallas, TX your earliest convenience. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning is a proud member of the BBB and maintains a rock solid A+ rating.

Heating and Cooling in Dallas, TX - Window Condensation

Matt Parker - Friday, July 07, 2017

Window condensation forms whenever there is warm and moist air that meets the cooler surface of a window. The moisture in the air will cause the condensation, and the draft free, energy-efficient windows that you have in your home may be the very reasoning behind it. As new home builds are built tighter with energy efficiency in mind, window condensation is becoming a bigger problem nationwide. The proper performance of your heating and cooling in Dallas, TX will help in controlling the humidity in your home, while you made to implement other actions in order to take control of extremely high humid conditions.

Heating and Cooling in Dallas, TX - Window Condensation

Modern construction methods, including new windows, are designed to keep outdoor air outside of the home, and war moist air inside. Older windows were nowhere near as efficient as modern day windows. These older windows would allow air circulation and moisture to escape from the home. High quality windows and insulation all create barriers to the circulation of air in an energy efficient home build. When this is all combined with the additional moisture that we create in our own homes, such as hot showers, cooking and drying clothes, if none of these are vented to the outdoors, then excessive moisture can accumulate from within the home, and this will increase indoor humidity levels, which in turn creates window condensation.

Treating Condensation

In order to get rid of the condensation, we have to control the humidity levels indoors or prevent them from happening to begin with. Opening a window briefly is a quick temporary solution to remove moisture from a room, such as a bathroom after a shower, or the kitchen after cooking. But no one will want to crack open a window during the middle of the winter.  To prevent moisture accumulation, you should have the exhaust fan on at all times while cooking so that the moisture is drawn up through the exhaust and expelled outdoors. If you do not have an exhaust system in your bathroom, consider having one installed that directs the air from your bathroom outdoors.

Indoor Plants

Many plants that we have in our homes for decorative purposes can also increase the humidity levels in a home. You should place these plants in a sunroom for an infrequently used room during extremely cold weather. Whenever moisture is a problem in the basement, consider adding waterproofing protection to the basement floors and walls. If you own a gas furnace make sure it is well ventilated. Older styles of gas heaters may not be, consider replacing them with a more modern, safer and ventilated source for heating and cooling in Dallas, TX.

Window condensation should only be occurring in your home whenever there are extreme differences in indoor and outdoor temperatures. During the winter, condensation should be on the inside of the glass, while during the summer it should be on the outside of the glass. If you see condensation occurring in between the two layers of glass in an insulated window, then this means that the airtight seal for that window has most likely failed, and it will need to be repaired.

Whenever moisture is on the ceiling or walls, or if you have peeling paint, rotting wood, fungus, mold or mildew, this is most definitely signs of an extremely serious problem with moisture inside the home. If these signs are occurring in your home, give Garland Heating and Air Conditioning a call today for a diagnosis and solution to fix the problem.

If you allow high levels of humidity to continue to buildup in your home, you are not only increasing the risk of the proliferation of fungus, mold and bacteria but your heating and cooling in Dallas, TX will also have to work extra hard to try and condition your home as well as remove the excessive amounts of humidity from the air within your home. You may be able to benefit from having a whole house dehumidifying system installed alongside your heating and cooling in Dallas, TX.

High levels of humidity in your home will aggravate symptoms for people with allergies, asthma and other upper respiratory problems. If you are having problems with your indoor air quality and have excessive amounts of indoor humidity and you need help, then give Garland Heating and Air Conditioning in Dallas, Texas a call today. One of our NATE certified technicians will come out and assess your heating and cooling in Dallas, TX and check for other problems in your home that may be causing the excessive humidity. Once all the causes are established, the technician will explain the problems, the remedies and how they can help you resolve them.

About Garland Heating and Air Conditioning

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning has been helping homeowners and businesses alike in Dallas, Texas and surrounding areas for many years with heating and cooling in Dallas, TX. We are one of the leading heating and air companies in the area. Dedication, determination and professional services that you can rely on have helped made us the go to source for customers in the area who are in need of heating and cooling repairs, installations and maintenance.  When you contact Garland Heating and Air Conditioning in Dallas, Texas you can rest assured knowing that you are receiving high quality professional heating and cooling in Dallas, TX that is both reliable and affordable.

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning in Dallas, Texas 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 and need air heating and cooling in Dallas, TX 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 heating and cooling in Dallas, TX your earliest convenience. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning is a proud member of the BBB and maintains a rock solid A+ rating.

Heating and Air Conditioning in Dallas, TX - Tips to Stay Cool – Part II

Matt Parker - Tuesday, July 04, 2017

In the previous article, we discussed tips on how to stay cool whenever it is hot outside by cutting the cost of cooling by reducing the load on your air conditioning in Dallas, TX and reducing heat gain in your home as well.  In this article we continue those tips that will help you lower your electric costs and reduce your carbon footprint on the environment. Below is a continuation of the tips to help you stay cool.

Heating and Air Conditioning in Dallas, TX - Tips to Stay Cool – Part II

1.     Ceiling fans will increase your comfort levels indoors. Fans themselves will not cool a room, but they will circulate the indoor air throughout the room, and in turn this will make you feel cooler. The higher the RPM in the fan’s motor the move air it will be able to circulate. Of course the higher the RPM’s the noisier the fan may be. You will need to find a balance in what is comfortable for you in both air circulation and sound; luckily most fans have multiple settings for their speed to accommodate for this.

2.     Programmable thermostats will enable you to program around your comings and goings at home. For example, a programmed thermostat will automatically adjust the temperatures when you are due to arrive home after work or school.

With a WiFi enabled thermostat you can adjust the temperatures at home while you are away from home. There are a number of additional benefits depending upon the model that you select, and they all provide a home with intuitive options according to the programmed schedule, with override and remote adjustment options available. A programmable thermostat enables you to set it and forget it, and enjoy comfort without the air conditioning in Dallas, TX having to be in operation all day long.

3.     The attic in a home can become exceptionally hot during summer months. By installing an attic gable fan, it will pull out this extremely hot air from the attic and pull in cooler outdoor air through a vent on the opposite end of the home. When you keep your attic cooler, you will also keep your home cooler, thus, reducing the cost and how hard your air conditioning in Dallas, TX will need to operate.

4.     It takes quite a bit of time for a tree to grow large enough in order for it to provide adequate shade for a home. However, planting deciduous trees on the eastern and western side of your home will eventually provide it with shade. Shade can lower temperatures as much as 20 degrees cooler than in the direct sunlight, and whenever you plant deciduous trees, they will shed the leaves enabling you to gain the benefits of the sunlight during the winter months. Shrubs can also assist in shading the lower portions of the home, while trellises with climbing vines will be able to provide shade for exterior walls.  The combination of all of this will help lower the load on your air conditioning in Dallas, TX.

5.     If your home’s air conditioning in Dallas, TX is more than 10 years old, you should consider investing in purchasing a newer, more energy efficient system, such as an Energy Star approved system. Newer tech has created more efficient systems that produce colder air, but with much more efficient components that will reduce your electric bill. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning can assist you with all that you can expect to gain in purchasing a new, more energy efficient, energy star certified HVAC system.

6.     Whenever you need to update your roof, choose a cool roof for substantial savings. Like window film, a cool roof will reflect the sun and its heat away from your home by as much as 97%. A cooler roof will provide less heat gain in the attic, thus reducing the workload of your air conditioning in Dallas, TX, saving energy and reducing the wear and tear on your system.

7.     There are many types of attic insulation available on the market, consider adding more insulation in your attic to reduce the transfer of heat gain from the attic to your living space, or look into other new forms of attic insulation that is available such as poly expanded foam.

8.     While the largest contributors to heat gain are doors and windows, hot air will also find its way into your home thru narrow holes around cables, pipes and other cracks in the homes foundation and walls. Inspect your home for these and seal them up with poly expanded foam.

9.     One of the best ways to improve efficiency in your air conditioning in Dallas, TX so that it will operate efficiently is by providing annual maintenance to your system. Not only will this reduce the chances of breakdowns, but it will also extend the lifespan of the system whenever you have it professionally maintained at least once a year by a professional heating and cooling company.

10.                         Your ductwork in your home can also be another source of massive amounts of energy loss. If there the ductwork has any damage, has become loose or deteriorated in areas, it can account for a loss of anywhere between 20 – 30% in energy loss due to leaky ducts.  The next time your HVAC system is maintained have your technician inspect your ductwork also.

About Garland Heating and Air Conditioning

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning has been helping homeowners and businesses alike in Dallas, Texas and surrounding areas for many years with air conditioning in Dallas, TX. We are one of the leading heating and air companies in the area. Dedication, determination and professional services that you can rely on have helped made us the go to source for customers in the area who are in need of heating and cooling repairs, installations and maintenance.  When you contact Garland Heating and Air Conditioning in Dallas, Texas you can rest assured knowing that you are receiving high quality professional air conditioning in Dallas, TX that is both reliable and affordable.

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning in Dallas, Texas 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 and need air conditioning in Dallas, TX 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 air conditioning in Dallas, TX at your earliest convenience. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning is a proud member of the BBB and maintains a rock solid A+ rating.

Heating and Air Conditioning in Dallas, TX - Tips to Stay Cool – Part I

Matt Parker - Saturday, July 01, 2017

The following tips will help you stay cool when it is hot outside by cutting the cost of cooling by reducing the load on your heating and air conditioning in Dallas, TX and by reducing the heat gain in your home also. Even if you are on a tight budget and cannot implement all of these tips, select what you can, and it will still add up to additional savings from your air conditioning in Dallas, TX on your future electric bills.

Heating and Air Conditioning in Dallas, TX - Tips to Stay Cool – Part I

1.     Doors and windows are quite often a common source for air leaks in a home. You should inspect around your windows for cracks or missing caulking or seals, and if you find any, replace as needed. Inspect around your doors for improper fits, cracked or broken seals and gaskets, and once again if you find any of these problems, replace as needed. When you provide these repairs it will prevent hot air from intruding into your home and adversely affecting your home’s air conditioning in Dallas, TX.

2.     Another method to prevent heat from entering windows and glass doors in your home that you can easily do yourself is by adding UV filtering window film to your windows and any doors with their own glass. You will not need to purchase new windows, or even hire a professional to do the installation. UV filtering window film is available in pretty much every major home supply store. It is easily installed and it is attached to windows by using soapy water. Due to the ultra-thin properties of the film, special care is needed to prevent the possibility of wrinkles in the film. It is however, removable with care and caution and can be reused. If there are a few wrinkles after installing it, it will not affect the performance of the film, only its appearance.

UV filtering window film is exceptionally effective at preventing heat gain from glass. If your budget is constrained and will not allow for all doors and windows to have this film installed on, then install the film only on doors and windows where sun heats up the interior of your home for a more comfortable indoor environment. By doing so will offer less strain on your air conditioning in Dallas, TX.

If you really do not have a budget and would prefer an upgrade, commercial grade window film is easier to handle, and there are even a few brands that will offer the equivalent of an additional layer of glass, thus increasing the window energy efficiency year round.  You can have a professional install a higher grade of window film, or you can remove the windows and take them to their shop. Window film is an excellent way to cut back on heat gain that accumulates within a home due to glass, and it is also great reducing the workload and costs of operating and cost of air conditioning in Dallas, TX.

3.     Make sure that you change the air filter in your home’s air conditioning in Dallas, TX every month, unless the manufacturer from your system recommends otherwise. By doing so, your system will work more efficiently, last longer, and will require less repairs. To help you remember to do this every month, you could arrange a monthly alert, alarm or reminder on your smartphone.

4.     Any homeowner that enjoys cooking with the oven knows that it will dramatically heat up your home and cause your air conditioning in Dallas, TX to run more often while the oven is in use. In order to reduce the amount of heat from cooking, use the microwave, serve cold salads, sandwiches and the like. If using the oven is unavoidable, use a toaster oven or an outdoor grill when permitted. If using an oven, cooking early in the morning will usually allow the heat from the oven to dissipate before the heat of the day begins to shine down on your home.

5.     Whenever the indoor humidity is too high, it can make you feel hotter than it really is. A home’s heating and cooling system will remove moisture from the air, however whenever humidity is excessively too high, the system may not be able to reduce humidity to a more comfortable level which would range from 30 – 50%.

In order to resolve this, you may want to purchase a whole house dehumidifier which will reduce humidity levels in your home and make it feel cooler. This will make it so that you can adjust the thermostat without sacrificing comfort. Dehumidifiers are available in all sizes ranging from portable ones that will dehumidify one room to whole-house ones that can be installed alongside your air conditioning in Dallas, TX. Give Garland Heating and Air Conditioning a call for a quote on the installation of a whole house dehumidifier.

About Garland Heating and Air Conditioning

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning has been helping homeowners and businesses alike in Dallas, Texas and surrounding areas for many years with air conditioning in Dallas, TX. We are one of the leading heating and air companies in the area. Dedication, determination and professional services that you can rely on have helped made us the go to source for customers in the area who are in need of heating and cooling repairs, installations and maintenance.  When you contact Garland Heating and Air Conditioning in Dallas, Texas you can rest assured knowing that you are receiving high quality professional air conditioning in Dallas, TX that is both reliable and affordable.

GarlandHeating and Air Conditioning in Dallas, Texas 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 and need air conditioning in Dallas, TX 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 air conditioning in Dallas, TX at your earliest convenience. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning is a proud member of the BBB and maintains a rock solid A+ rating.

Air Conditioner in Dallas, TX – Common AC Problems

Matt Parker - Monday, June 19, 2017

Reliance on your home’s air conditioner in Dallas, TX during the sweltering summer season is of critical importance to any homeowner.  No one wants to come home to find their air conditioning isn’t working during the summer and if you do not take care of your system and have it routinely serviced the chances of an unexpected breakdown happening is much higher. Routinely changing out the air filter, scheduling maintenance and contacting a local heating and cooling company to provide prompt repairs will ensure that your system operates at its peak performance and provides the best possible energy efficiency.  Below we will go over some of the tasks that can be done to ensure that your air conditioner in Dallas, TX performs as expected and that you can extend the lifecycle of the system as long as possible.

Air Conditioner in Dallas, TX – Common AC Problems

Homeowner Tasks

One of the most important tasks that a homeowner can do themselves is changing out the air filter in the system as directed by the manufacturer. However, there are quite a few other tasks a homeowner can do to help extend the life cycle of the system. Outdoors, you will need to keep the area that is directly around the condensing unit free of debris, clutter and overgrown grass. The failure to so can result in the system having to work harder in order to condition the air inside of your home, this will result in less airflow and the possibility of damage to the unit.  Additionally, when cutting the grass make sure that the chute is not facing the outside unit to avoid the possibility of kicking rocks into the unit and damaging its fins or worse.

Indoors, routinely clean the air return grill. This is located in the section where you should be exchanging the air filter for your system. You should do this every month when you exchange air filters, simply just vacuum the grill at the same time you exchange filters and you will be good to go.  Every few months you can also clean the registers with a vacuum cleaner. By doing this you help ensure that lint, dust and debris do not get into the system.

Professional Service

By providing your air conditioner in Dallas, TX with professional service you will have problems caught before they can catastrophically break down other components in your system as well as extend the lifecycle of the system and ensure that it operates at peak performance. When you contact Garland Heating and Air Conditioning, your NATE certified technician will provide a thorough inspection and test the HVACs components, as well as oil components that require it. The inspection will be both visual and with the usage of specialized equipment to monitor the health of your HVAC system. Professional service will detect if there is weakening of some components, and whether they need to be replaced or not.

Sealing Ducting that is Leaking

Leaking ductwork will cost money due to the loss of conditioned air in a central air conditioned home. Check the duct system in your home for loose or separated joints, loose sealant or tape at the joints, and damaged ducting. If you find any of these problems, you can seal the joints with metal or aluminum tape. Do not use duct tape, as it really is not for ducts. You can also contact Garland Heating and Air Conditioning if you need help with sealing up the ductwork for your air conditioner in Dallas, TX.

Dirty Coils

Dirty coils are a common problem that can be found in many air conditioners; usually this happens when an air filter is not replaced as instructed or not often enough. Even when air filters are routinely replaced, eventually the coils will still need to be professionally cleaned. Both dirty filters and coils will reduce the systems performance, and can cause the coils to freeze up. This will result in the air conditioner in Dallas, TX not producing cold enough conditioned air and the eventuality that it will need service repair.

When an air conditioner in Dallas, TX is operating as it should, once desired temperatures are met it should shut off, if it does not, then there is a problem. Common problems with this include issues with the thermostat, or the system is undersized for your home. If this used to not be a problem it could be due to many factors such as the deterioration of the efficiency of the system itself to a tree having fallen during a recent storm. Give Garland Heating and Air Conditioning a call today if you need service for your heating and cooling system or if you require maintenance.

About Garland Heating and Air Conditioning

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning has been helping homeowners and businesses alike in Dallas, Texas and surrounding areas for many years with air conditioner in Dallas, TX.  We are one of the leading heating and air companies in the area.  Dedication, determination and professional services that you can rely on have helped made us the go to source for customers in the area who are in need of heating and cooling repairs, installations and maintenance.  When you contact Garland Heating and Air Conditioning in Dallas, Texas you can rest assured knowing that you are receiving high quality professional air conditioner in Dallas, TX that is both reliable and affordable.


Garland Heating and Air Conditioning in Dallas, Texas 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 and need air conditioner in Dallas, TX 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 air conditioner in Dallas, TX at your earliest convenience.  Garland Heating and Air Conditioning is a proud member of the BBB and maintains a rock solid A+ rating.


Heating and Air Conditioning - Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Matt Parker - Saturday, June 17, 2017

One of the greatest dangers in homes nationwide is carbon monoxide poisoning. One of the best ways to preventing the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning is by installed carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home. CO poisoning is a possible danger in any home that utilizes appliances that use fossil fuels, such as, water heaters, stoves and gas furnaces, a component of a heating and air conditioning system being the most common.

Heating and Air Conditioning - Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide poisoning is potentially fatal and is caused when someone breaths in excessive amounts of carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas, making it very hard to detect without the assistance of a device such as a carbon monoxide detector. Whenever there is an excess of Co in the air around you, it will diminish your body’s ability to absorb oxygen, leading to serious tissue damage and the possibility of death if exposed to it for too long.

Carbon monoxide is produce by appliances that use fossil fuels. The furnace for a heating and air conditioning system that utilizes gas is an example of one. Gas, propane and wood are commonly used fossil fuels in homes. The danger is made possible whenever excessive amounts of carbon monoxide accumulate in a poorly ventilated area or due to a faulty appliance. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a life-threatening medical emergency. Immediate medical care is required for anyone who may have been exposed to excessive amounts of carbon monoxide.

Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning can include:

  • Blurred vision

  • Chest pain

  • Confusion

  • Dizziness

  • Headache

  • Loss of consciousness

  • Nausea

  • Shortness of breath

  • Vomiting

  • Weakness

The Causes of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

CO poisoning is brought about when someone inhales combustion fumes. Whenever there is too much carbon monoxide in the air around you that you breathe in, your body replaces the oxygen in your red blood cells with carbon monoxide instead. This will prevent oxygen from reaching tissues and organs throughout your body.

A gas fueled furnace can be a source of carbon monoxide gas in a home. Due to aging and wear and tear of the heating and air conditioning system, a furnace can break down due to corrosion which will cause holes and cracks to occur in the gas burner. The end result will be the escape of dangerous carbon monoxide and the possibility of an explosion. Annual service for the heating and air conditioning system will identify problems and provide the opportunity for the furnace to be repaired or replaced before it is put into use each winter.

Appliances like gas fueled hot water heaters, the home’s gas furnace, gas cook stoves, wood heaters and even fireplaces should receive maintenance at least once per year and idealistically before winter begins to ensure that they are in working order and safe to operate. Outdoor appliances such as a charcoal grill, camp stoves and heaters should never be used within indoor spaces. Additionally, if you have a garage, open the garage door before you start your automobile in order to allow for carbon monoxide the ability to escape. The fumes from the vehicle can enter cracks and crevices of your home. Also, you should always use the vent hood whenever you cook with a gas powered stove so that carbon monoxide can be vented outside of your home.

Receiving Medical Treatment

If you or someone else in your household is showing signs of symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, get into fresh air immediately and then call 911. You should leave the doors open on your way out of your home. In the ER, the doctor might order a blood sample to test for carbon monoxide in your bloodstream. The treatment for carbon monoxide poisoning is as follows:

  • Administration of oxygen - In the emergency room, you may be given a respirator in order to breathe in pure oxygen. This will help oxygen reach your organs and tissues much faster. If you are not able to breathe on your own, a ventilator may be issued do the breathing for you until you are able to improve and breathe on your own.

  • A pressurized oxygen chamber - In some scenarios, hyperbaric oxygen therapy inside of a full-body pressurized chamber is recommended where the air pressure is more than twice as high as normal atmospheric pressure. This speeds the removal of carbon monoxide out of your body as oxygen is replaced into your bloodstream. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can be used in cases where severe carbon monoxide poisoning is present. It may be recommended for pregnant women due to the increased possibility of damage or even death to unborn babies from carbon monoxide poisoning.

About Garland Heating and Air Conditioning

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning has been helping homeowners and businesses alike in Dallas, Texas and surrounding areas for many years with heating and air conditioning. We are one of the leading heating and air companies in the area. Dedication, determination and professional services that you can rely on have helped made us the go to source for customers in the area who are in need of heating and cooling repairs, installations and maintenance.  When you contact Garland Heating and Air Conditioning in Dallas, Texas you can rest assured knowing that you are receiving high quality professional heating and air conditioning that is both reliable and affordable.

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning in Dallas, Texas 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 and need heating and air conditioning 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 heating and air conditioning at your earliest convenience. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning is a proud member of the BBB and maintains a rock solid A+ rating.


Air Conditioning Repair in Dallas, TX - Air Filtration System

Matt Parker - Thursday, June 15, 2017

Did you know that the inside air in many homes nationwide has higher concentrations of air pollutants than the air outdoors?  You may be shaking your head at this point, but once you consider the sources of pollution inside of your home, the claims become seem credible. Fortunately, there are solutions for providing healthier, cleaner indoor air. An air filtration system combined with your existing HVAC system can help remove these indoor air pollutants that threaten the health of you and other household members. Ask your HVAC technician about this the next time you are having air conditioning repair in Dallas, TX. First though, let us take a look at the sources of pollution that is found in many homes nationwide:

Air Conditioning Repair in Dallas, TX - Air Filtration System

Ironically, today’s tightly built homes that are meant be highly energy efficient by keeping conditioned air inside of the home and outdoors air pollutants from entering the home, have a negative side effect. The indoor air pollutants have nowhere to go. Lack of ventilation is a potential breeding ground for bacteria and viruses, even in the most pristine of homes.

Pet dander is another common indoor air pollutant that homeowners with pets have to deal with. With proper care of your pets, you can reduce the amount of it, but you will not be able to eliminate it. Only with a sufficient air filtration system combined with proper pet grooming will you see significant improvements in indoor quality air.

While opening windows and doors will provide ventilation, whenever it is pollen season this will not be desirable for most homeowners. Pollen can also enter a home through ventilation pipes and even on the clothing of people entering the household. An air filtration system will be able to effectively remove all pollen indoors, providing great relief for anyone within the household that suffers from allergies and asthma. If you need assistance for your existing system and you need help with air conditioning repair in Dallas, TX then give Garland Heating and Air Conditioning a call today.

Your home’s duct work should be periodically inspected and cleaned as necessary. Ducting can contribute to the buildup of dust and other indoor air contaminates found within your home. Whenever condensation occurs on the inside of the ducting, bacteria and mold may possibly proliferate and as the HVAC system kicks on, these spores can be distributed all throughout the home.

Whenever a home is built, or upgraded, or even new furnishings are added, look for products that are labeled as to containing no VOC’s or also known as volatile organic compounds. When you do your grocery shopping, make sure your purchase household cleaning materials that do not have ingredients such as formaldehyde, benzene, chloride, toluene and ethylene. These contaminants and others can cause serious health problems and it is worth a few extra dollars to select products that are free of these harmful VOC’s.

Additionally, it is important to understand that not all air filtration systems will remove VOC’s. If you are purchasing an air filtration system yourself, inspect the label, if the system does not remove VOCs, request for one that is capable of doing so from your HVAC technician the next time you have air conditioning repair in Dallas, TX.

The Effects on Human Health

Indoor air pollution contributes and also worsens conditions experienced by persons who have allergies, asthma, chronic respiratory conditions, headaches and nausea. The long term consequences of indoor air pollution can even lead to serious health problems such as cancer, heart disease, chronic respiratory diseases and additional illnesses. Whenever our professional technicians are providing professional services for your home such as air conditioning repair in Dallas, TX, ask them about providing solutions for clean, healthy air in your home.

The Air Filtration System

There are three primary types of air filtration systems that are available in today’s marketplace. These three types are whole house air filtration systems, portable air cleaners and whole house air filters.

Whole house air filtration systems – These connect directly to your home’s existing heating and air conditioning system. Due to the required specifications and skillsets required, this is a job that only a certified HVAC technician should accomplish to ensure that proper installation and functionality is in place.

Portable air cleaners – Portable air cleaners are small appliances that you can relocate throughout your home as needed. They are only capable of cleaning the air around you in a limited radius. These small appliances are only effective for single room applications.

Whole house air filters – This type of air filter replaces the standard air filter that you use with your existing HVAC system. While it will be able to remove some of the indoor air contaminates, it will not provide the complete solutions that a whole house air filtration system will be able to provide your entire home.

Air filters are rated by their Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, also better known as MERV. MERV ratings are usually between 1 and 16. The higher the number, the more effective the air filter is. However, it is critical for the filter to be compatible and approved for use with your existing heating and cooling system, in order to prevent the possibility of damaging your existing system.  Ask your technician about HEPA filters the next time you are having air conditioning repair in Dallas, TX.

About Garland Heating and Air Conditioning

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning has been helping homeowners and businesses alike in Dallas, Texas and surrounding areas for many years with air conditioning repair in Dallas, TX.  We are one of the leading heating and air companies in the area.  Dedication, determination and professional services that you can rely on have helped made us the go to source for customers in the area who are in need of heating and cooling repairs, installations and maintenance.  When you contact Garland Heating and Air Conditioning in Dallas, Texas you can rest assured knowing that you are receiving high quality professional air conditioning repair in Dallas, TX that is both reliable and affordable.


Garland Heating and Air Conditioning in Dallas, Texas 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 and need air conditioning repair in Dallas, TX 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 air conditioning repair in Dallas, TX at your earliest convenience.  Garland Heating and Air Conditioning is a proud member of the BBB and maintains a rock solid A+ rating.