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Geothermal Heat Pump | Air Conditioning Dallas, TX

Matt Parker - Saturday, May 20, 2017

The geothermal heat pump, also called a ground source heat pump, is a central system that uses the energy of the earth to transfer heat. During the winter, it uses the stable temperature of the ground about 4 to 6 feet deep, as a heat source. In the summer, the ground is used as a heat sink. The moderate temperatures of the ground increase the efficiency of this specialized heat pump, and reduces the costs of energy for the homeowner. The system is also often called a ground source heat pump, in order to avoid confusion with traditional geothermal  power. Contact Garland Heating and Air Conditioning for additional information or to schedule installation of heating and air conditioning  in Dallas, TX.

The geothermal heat pump can save you as much as 70% on the cost of heating and up to 50% on the cost of cooling your home. The initial investment is higher than for a conventional air source heat pump, but the system will pay for itself. The return on your investment averages 3 to 10 years, depending on the amount of energy you use and your local cost. In addition, its long service life saves you money. The typical lifespan of the geothermal heat pump system is 25 years on the heat pump, and 50+ years for the ground loop system.

The Ground Loop

The geothermal ground loop consists of pipes buried 4 to 6 feet underground. The ground loop is available in a horizontal or vertical field loop, depending on the amount and characteristics of the land available. An open loop is also an option when a water source, such as a pond is available. The field loop contains water, antifreeze or other liquid medium, which is preconditioned in the ground, and  either heated up or cooled down in the heat pump, depending on whether it is winter or summer. The process reduces the heat pumps workload, providing a higher efficiency.

Maintenance on the ground loop is limited to the technician checking for a leak. If a leak occurs, repair will be required for proper performance. Leaks are not common when properly installed by a qualified technician. Our technicians can provide the installation, maintenance and repair of geothermal  heating and air conditioning in Dallas, TX for your home.

As with any heating and air conditioning system, the geothermal heat pump requires accurate sizing for your home. However, the geothermal heat pump is unique from conventional air source systems. The geothermal requires the proper design and  installation of the ground loop. You can rely on Garland Heating and Air Conditioning to provide a reliable installation of geothermal heating and air conditioning in Dallas, TX for you. Contact our NATE certified technicians today to schedule a professional geothermal heat pump installation for your home.

An Investment That Continues to Give

The geothermal heat pump  is an investment that continues to give throughout the system's lifespan. In addition, it is a great investment that also benefits the environment.

  • The number of installations for geothermal heating and air conditioning in Dallas, TX increases each year. For the environment, this translates to 40 trillion BTU's of fossil fuels that have been eliminated from the environment,  and continues to grow.   
  • The superior energy efficiency of the geothermal heat pump has reduced the need for 8 million kWh of electricity each year. Furthermore, the number can only continue to grow as installations continue to be provided. In fact, installations of geothermal heat pumps are approximately 60,000 per year.
  • The effects of currently existing geothermal units are equal to planting more than 385 million trees, and removing 1,300,000 automobiles from the road.
  • When you plan to upgrade to geothermal heating and air conditioning in Dallas, TX, rebates and tax credits may be available. Check with federal, state, county, local resources and your electric provider for up-to-date information.

Contact Garland Heating and Air Conditioning today to schedule a consultation with our NATE certified technicians. Our technicians will be glad to provide you with answers to your questions regarding the geothermal heat pump. Give us a call to schedule the installation of geothermal heating and air conditioning in Dallas, TX. You can rely on our expertise to meet and/or exceed the industry standards for installation of geothermal heating and air conditioning in Dallas, TX. Our expert HVAC technicians serve Dallas, Plano and the surrounding areas. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning is a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.

What is an HVAC filter? | Heating and AC Repair in Dallas, TX

Matt Parker - Wednesday, May 17, 2017

An HVAC filter is an indispensable component of your HVAC system that secures the system from dust and / or airborne particles that can be pulled in.  It also increases the indoor air quality in your Dallas home by counteracting the buildup of these particulates from circulating throughout your home.  In order for HVAC filters to do as intended they need to be changed out regularly in order to avoid the buildup of airborne particulates and breaking down the system. A clogged filter will produce poor indoor air quality, higher electrical bills and can possibly bring about a breakdown in the heating and cooling system.

Air filters have a rating system that is based upon their minimum efficiency reporting value, otherwise known as MERV.  These ratings can vary between 1 and 16.  The higher the number, the smaller the particles that particular filter can catch and prevent from entering your system or being dispersed throughout your home.  The smaller the number then the less likely the filter will be at filtering certain airborne pollutants.  This rating system was created by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers, otherwise known as ASHRAE.  It is a universal system in place that can be used to compare all brands and types of filters. 

The higher the rating for an air filter does not always mean the better it will be for your HVAC system.  Highly rated air filters can also restrict airflow which will in turn force your system to work harder than it should at conditioning your indoor air.  In order to find the best air filter for your particular HVAC system you should consult the manufacturer to see what the maximum MERV rating for your system should be and what it can handle.

Different Types of Air Filters

DISPOSABLE FIBERGLASS – Disposable fiberglass air filters are inexpensive and disposable solutions that will help in the prevention of only large particulates, such as dust and debris from getting into your HVAC system. This type of filter will not do much in reference to actually cleaning the air and enhancing your indoor air quality.

DISPOSABLE PLEATED – Disposable pleated air filters are one of the most popular choices for air filters in HVAC systems. They do a pretty good job at filtering out most of the common dust and debris that can be found in your heating and cooling system. They are a bit more expensive than their disposable fiberglass counterparts but they do a much better job at ensuring your system and home is free of most air pollutants and irritants.

WASHABLE AIR FILTERS – Washable air filters are much more costly to purchase than the disposable counterparts but that is due to the fact that they can be cleaned off regularly and can be reused for up to five years or more.

HIGH EFFICIENCY PARTICULATE ARRESTANCE FILTERSHigh efficiency particulate arrestance filters, more commonly referred to as HEPA filters have the highest MERV ratings and are beneficial for homeowners with special air quality needs. They are some of the most efficient air filters that you can purchase but are also one of the most costly on the market.

Whenever you have your next service call from your local HVAC company, ask your technician what type of filter they would recommend for your system. They will be able to give you a recommendation for your particular heating and air system that will help ensure that your system stays healthy while allowing it to run as efficiently as possible.  Once your technician has given you a couple of recommendations to check out it does not hurt to look these products up online and see what other users have said about them. While it is a good rule of thumb that you do not trust everything that you read online, you should be able to get a good feel by visiting numerous sites such as Amazon for example to help gauge which of the filter options best suit you.

When you decide on what filter to use, first and foremost ensure that you get the correct size for your system. There’s nothing worse than finding out that the air filter is either too big or too small.  If you are unsure, check your existing system’s air filter and measure the length, height and thickness when shopping for a replacement.  Always ensure that you buy an air filter that fits properly in your system.

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning has been helping homeowners and businesses alike in Dallas, Texas and surrounding areas for many years.  We are one of the top 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 you can rest assured knowing that you are receiving high quality professional heating and cooling services that are both reliable and affordable.

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.

What are NATE Certified Technicians? | HVAC Repair in Dallas, TX

Matt Parker - Friday, May 12, 2017
Garland Heating and Air Conditioning’s technicians are all NATE certified. In fact, we are one of the only companies in the area with the largest number of HVAC certified technicians in and around Dallas, Texas.  Certification is important to us, but you are probably wondering what exactly does it mean for you as a customer.



North American Technician Excellence (NATE)

North American Technician Excellence, otherwise known as NATE is an independent, non-profit organization that tests and certifies installation and service technicians in the United States.  It was founded in 1997 and is located in Arlington, Virginia. It is the only technician certification organization that is owned, operated and governed completely by the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration industry, otherwise known as HVACR. 


How are your technicians NATE certified?


Garland Heating and Air Conditioning technicians must pass a core exam and a specialty exam that is created by the NATE Technical Committee. This is a team comprised of nationwide experts.   Most NATE certifications last for 2 years before they expire.  In order to renew NATE certification, technicians must take specialty continuing educational courses, earning 16 hours or more in these classes in the two year period or by retaking the certification exam every 2 years. 


Why you should expect your technician to be NATE certified.

NATE certified technicians are the cream of the crop and considered to be the best of the best in the HVAC industry.  Not only are these technicians extremely skillful and knowledgeable in their field of expertise in order to pass the NATE certification exams, but they are also committed to excellence.  Heating and cooling technicians are not required to go through this certification process but we do so in order to provide the highest level of service possible for both residential and commercial customers in Dallas, Texas and surrounding areas.  When you use Garland Heating and Air Conditioning for your HVAC needs you can rest assure knowing that you will receive expert installation, repair and HVAC service each and every time. 

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning has been helping homeowners and businesses alike in Dallas, Texas and surrounding areas for many years.  We are one of the top 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 you can rest assured knowing that you are receiving high quality professional heating and cooling services that are both reliable and affordable. 

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.

Uneven Heating & Cooling | Air Conditioner Repair in Dallas, TX

Daniel Reichert - Thursday, May 04, 2017
Have you ever walked into one room in your Dallas, Texas home only to realize that it is around 10 or 15 degrees warmer in that room than the other one? What about reducing the thermostat to make it comfortable in one room but when you do so it makes it freezing in other? This is what we call uneven heating and cooling


 
There are multiple reasons why you may have a problem with your heating and cooling system conditioning the air unevenly in your home. It could be a problem with your vents, improperly sized unit, excessive shading on one part of the house in comparison to another, or even improper or inadequate insulation in other parts of the home compared to others. 

To help alleviate the problem with uneven heating and cooling in your Dallas, Texas home there are multiple checks you can do and options you can consider. Below is a list and outline of each check and consideration that could help you. 

Zoned System – A zoned system takes advantage of multiple thermostats in different zones or rooms in a home. For example, the first and second floor of a home could be established as two different zones. Initial cost with the installation of a zoned system can be high, but it could help you recoup your costs in savings from your high energy bills further down the road. 

Air Ducts – Ductwork that has been improperly installed, old or other factors can lead to it leaking conditioned air. This will limit the pressurized airflow throughout the home and will lead to uneven temperatures. Your air ducts may be in hard to reach areas and you may require professional service in order to have this examined. Air ducts that are kinked, obstructed could also potentially be areas where conditioned air is leaking. If you suspect that your air ducts are leaking contact a professional to have them inspected. 

Vents Blocked – Is there a rug, curtains or other object blocking the air vent in an area in the home? If so, this could be the reasoning behind the uneven heating and cooling in a room or area in your house. In order to prevent uneven heating and cooling make sure that there are no objects blocking the vents or obstructing them. 

Doors & Windows – When air escapes your home, your heating and cooling system needs to work harder in order to condition the air around you. One area to look at is the doors and windows in your home. Check the weather stripping, replace caulking if needed, install draft guards under doors to help in minimizing the amount of conditioned air that is escaping. 

Regular Maintenance – Having your HVAC system professionally maintained is one way to prevent uneven heating and cooling in your Dallas home. Also make sure that you are changing out the filters as suggested by the manufacturer. Scheduling regular routine maintenance once or twice a year with your local HVAC company will also help catch problems with your system before they become critical issues. 

Sizing – If the HVAC unit in your home was not properly sized, or if renovations and additions have been done since then, you may have an improperly sized system in your home. Contact your HVAC company to come assess your home and look at the unit to determine if the system meets the requirements for the size of your home. 

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning has been helping homeowners and businesses alike in Dallas, Texas and surrounding areas for many years. We are one of the top 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 you can rest assured knowing that you are receiving high quality professional heating and cooling services that are both reliable and affordable. 

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.

Smart Thermostats | Heating & AC Repair in Garland, TX

Daniel Reichert - Tuesday, May 02, 2017
Smart thermostats allow you to monitor and control your home’s temperature, indoor air quality and more through your smartphone, PC or tablet. With the versatility of how you can control your smart thermostat comes additional savings. Since these devices can be controlled from outside of the home, you can customize your heating and cooling according to when you need it. 



There are many different types of smart thermostats available on the consumer market today to choose from. Some of these thermostats offer options that others will not. Take for example, the Ecobee4, one of the most popular smart thermostats in the United States. The Ecobee4 allows you to deliver the right temperatures on a zoned or room by room basis. It also knows which rooms in the home are currently occupied and it comes with an intuitive app that works with Apple’s Home kit as well as other smart home system software. The Ecobee4 also has Alexa programmed into it, so you can use it with Amazon’s voice assistant. 

How to Install a Smart Thermostat 
Depending on your current heating and cooling system in your home will determine the simplicity or lack thereof installing a smart thermostat. If you are not sure what you are doing then it is best to contact a local heating and cooling company to assist you in the installation of the smart thermostat. Working with electricity can be quite dangerous and if you do not know your way around electricity then it is best to hire a heating and cooling technician. Garland Heating & Air can assist you with smart thermostat installation and any of your heating & air repair or installation needs. 

Why You Should Upgrade 
Smart thermostats have positioned themselves as one of the top must-have devices available on the consumer market today among homeowners looking to be more energy efficient. Although smart thermostats can be quite pricey and range upwards to $300 or more depending on what smart thermostat you decide to go with – these thermostats are the next generation of temperature control for your home. They offer long-term savings that will far exceed the initial costs to purchase them. 

Is there a difference between programmable and smart thermostats? 
Absolutely, smart thermostats are very much so different from programmable thermostats. A programmable thermostat basically only allows homeowners to pre-program temperature settings. Thus, allowing heating and cooling to be lowered during pre-scheduled times of the day or night. Programmable thermostats are a decent tool at reducing the consumption of electricity when conditioned air is not needed and they do offer a quick return on initial costs. 

Smart thermostats however take programmable thermostats to an entirely different level. Smart thermostats learning capabilities allow the device to actually pick up on your habits and preferences automatically. Once the thermostat and its sensors understand the routines of the occupants of the home, it will automatically adjust temperatures in the home based upon triggered actions. Actions, such as when you get out of bed, the number of persons in the home and at what times, and more. Capabilities of smart thermostats vary from manufacturer to manufacturer but most of these devices are WiFi-enabled and have an application that can be downloaded and managed remotely through a smart phone, tablet, or other smart enabled device. 

Smart Thermostats: Savings 
Manufacturers of smart thermostats, claim that their products can help homeowners reduce their heating and cooling bills from anywhere between 10 to 15 percent on average. The ecobee4 stouts that homeowners average energy reduction is as much as 23%. The potential in savings is honestly depicted upon how much the homeowner is willing to leverage the said smart device to saving. Homeowners that work from home for example may not see a large reduction in their costs in comparison to homeowners who have 8 to 5 jobs away from home. 

Heating and cooling accounts for a very large amount of the typical monthly electrical bill, ranging from anywhere between 40 to 60 percent. Any changes that can be made to lower the monthly electrical bill can be cost effective over the long run and have a pretty decent impact on lowering your monthly energy usage. 

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.

Heating and Air Conditioning in Dallas – Why is my Air Conditioner not Cooling the House

Matt Parker - Sunday, April 30, 2017

Your home’s heating and air conditioning in Dallas is a detrimental part of your home, especially during the summer. If you are having problems with your air conditioning not cooling your home adequately then this guide may help you resolve the issue. If you need a professional heating and air conditioning in Dallas technician to help you then you can give Garland Heating and Air Conditioning in Dallas a call and we will be more than happy to assist you and schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience.


Air Conditioning Problems That You Can Take Care of

Thermostat – Check to ensure that the thermostat is set correctly. If your air conditioning is blowing cool air sometimes but warm air at others then the fan setting may be set to “ON” on your thermostat. If this is the case then it is just the fan that is running and would explain why you are getting warm air at times.  Set your thermostat to AUTO instead to fix the problem.

Filter – An air filter that has not been changed in a while may be dirty and this can cause multiple problems.  A dirty air filter will make the air conditioning system struggle with being able to circulate enough conditioned air in your home to the desired temperatures.  Another problem that a dirty air filter can cause is it will literally make the evaporator coil inside of the system freeze over. This ice will also block the conditioned air being distributed throughout your home.  To resolve this, exchange out the dirty air filter with a fresh one and make sure you frequently change the filter based upon specified instructions from the manufacturer.

Outside Unit – The outside unit for your air conditioner, which is called a condenser, may be dirty.  If this is the case it will have a hard time dissipating the heat from the indoor air and transferring it to the outdoor condenser.  To resolve this problem you will need to clean the outside condenser and in doing so you must be extremely careful as to not damage any of the fins on it. You will use a garden hose and set it to a gentle spray. If you are unsure on how to do this or not comfortable in doing so then you can give Garland Heating and Air conditioning in Dallas a call and we will be more than happy to assist you.

Problems a Professional Needs to Solve

Fan Motor – If the fan motor for your heating and cooling system has gone bad then it will not be able to remove heat from your home, meaning that your air conditioning will not be able to condition the air in your home.

Refrigerant – Refrigerant is the liquid that assists in absorbing the heat from the indoor air.  If your system is low on refrigerant or if there is a leak then the air conditioning system will not be able to absorb enough of the heat to condition the inside air.  If you are low on refrigerant then you will have a leak somewhere in the tank where the refrigerant flows.

Signs that you have a refrigerant leak will include ice buildup on the refrigerant line as well as the outside unit. You may also hear bubbling or hissing noises coming from your system and if the system is not able to cool your home during hot days but cools just fine during cool days and during the night when outside temperatures are lower.

If you notice any of these signs, you should immediately cut off your air conditioning system and get in touch with Garland heating and air conditioning in Dallas as soon as you can.  If you continue to run the air conditioning system in this state then it can cause irreparable damage to the compressor and it will need to be replaced.

Problem 3: A bad compressor

Compressor – The compressor is the main component in your air conditioning system. It circulates refrigerant between the inside and outside unit. If the compressor is damaged, then the air conditioning will not be able to condition the indoor air.

If there is a problem with the compressor, then in most cases it will need to be replaced. Unfortunately, the compressor can be rather expensive. So you should do everything you can to make sure you keep your air conditioning system working at peak performance, even consider having annual inspections on your system and give it a tune-up one or twice a year. If you are interested in having your home’s air conditioning system scheduled for annual check-up and a tune-up then give Garland heating and air conditioning in Dallas a call today.

About Garland Heating and Air Conditioning

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning in Dallas has been helping homeowners and businesses alike in Dallas, Texas and surrounding areas for many years.  We are one of the top 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 you can rest assured knowing that you are receiving high quality professional heating and cooling services that are both reliable and affordable.

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning in Dallas 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 in Dallas is a proud member of the BBB and maintains a rock solid A+ rating.


Air Conditioning Service in Dallas – Why is my Air Conditioner Not Working

Matt Parker - Friday, April 28, 2017

Are you in need of air conditioning service in Dallas? Is your air conditioning system not working? Then continue reading this article to learn why. If you would like air conditioning service in Dallas, Garland Heating and Air Conditioning can assist you. Give us a call and one of our professional certified technicians will come and assist you with resolving the problem with your system.


Air Condenser isn't Running

If the condenser in your air conditioning system is not operating, inspect the power to ensure that the unit is plugged in. If it is, check for a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker.   Another possibility could be that the thermostat is not set correctly.  First, lower the thermostat by five degrees or so and see if the condenser kicks back on. If it does not, then the problem could potentially be a bad motor or compressor. You will need to get professional air conditioning service in Dallas to further assess the situation.

Not Enough Cooling

If your central air conditioning system just isn’t cooling the air in your home like it used too, the first thing you should do is start by lowering the thermostat by five degrees or so and give it a few hours.  If this does not seem to resolve the issue, you may potentially have a dirty evaporator and will need to it cleaned.  If you are sure of what you are doing then you will need to carefully clean the evaporator and then let the system run for a few hours. If the problem still remains, you may want to get professional air conditioning service in Dallas to help diagnose the problem.

Always keep in mind that if it is extremely hot outside, this can impact the effectiveness of your central air conditioning unit.  If the temperatures outside are a scorching 100 degrees or more,  you may not be able to get your home’s indoor temperature to 67 degrees no matter how much your system blows conditioned air.  If this is the case, the problem may not be the air conditioning system itself, but the inadequacies of your home’s insulation capabilities. Always consult with a professional technician for you make a decision on replacing your system with a bigger one.

No Cooling at All

If your air conditioning system is not producing cool air at all even though it is running, you should first inspect the thermostat gauge and make sure that it is set correctly.  Make sure the thermostat is set to AUTO and not ON. If this is not the case then the very next thing you should do is have a look and see if the filter is dirty. If it is clean then check out the condenser and make sure that it is clean and / or not blocked by weeds, grass, dead leaves or any other debris.

If none of the above is the problem, then it could very well be that the compressor itself has become faulty or there is not enough refrigerant in the system and you have a refrigerant leak somewhere. You will need to schedule air conditioning service in Dallas to further assess this problem and find a resolution.

System Shuts Off and On Continuously

If your air conditioning system is turning on and off all the time then this problem is typically due to a dirty or blocked condenser unit, as well as a dirty evaporator. In order to resolve this, the system should get a good cleaning and the removal of any obstructions to assist in eliminating the issue. If you are not comfortable doing this then you will need to contact a professional for air conditioning service in Dallas to assist you.

When to call an HVAC professional?

There are quite a few problems any homeowner can resolve with their home’s heating and air conditioning system. Cleaning the system however, will require a basic understanding of the parts of the unit, as well as being extremely careful handling these parts to not damage them and further compromise the efficiency of the system.  If you are not comfortable in doing so then you should schedule an appointment for air conditioning service in Dallas.  

Other times, issues with the system can be too complicated or even too dangerous for a homeowner to handle. For example, if there is an issue with the coolant, you will need to call in for air conditioning service in Dallas to handle this problem because not anyone can just get their hands on refrigerant coolant. Other issues with the AC system will need electrical work and handling electricity can very well be dangerous and is better left in the hands of professionals. For top quality air conditioning service in Dallas consider giving Garland Heating and Air Conditioning a call. We are a well-known and respected brand in the metropolitan Dallas area and have been servicing both residential and commercial clients for many years.

About Garland Heating and Air Conditioning

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning has been providing air conditioning service in Dallas to homeowners and businesses alike in Dallas, Texas and surrounding areas for many years.  We are one of the top 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 you can rest assured knowing that you are receiving high quality professional heating and cooling services that are both reliable and affordable.

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


Air Conditioning Repair in Dallas – Why is my Air Conditioner Leaking Water Inside?

Matt Parker - Wednesday, April 26, 2017

One of the most common Air Conditioning Repair in Dallas, Texas questions we receive is “Why is my air conditioner leaking water inside my home? There are quite a number of different problems that can cause this to happen and we will go over these problems in this article. If you are having problems with your air conditioner leaking water inside your home and you would like air conditioning repair in Dallas then get in touch with Garland Heating and Air Conditioning today.

The first thing you should do in a scenario such as this is turn off your air conditioner’s thermostat to prevent possible or further damage. To comprehend why there is water coming into your home from your AC, you will need to understand how water forms in the first place on your air conditioning system.

Inside of your air conditioning system is an important piece to the system called an evaporator coil. The evaporator coil’s purpose is to cool war air that is blown across it.   If you have ever poured a glass of cold water on a hot summer day and noticed the condensation that builds up on the outside of the glass, then you can get an inkling of an idea of how this can happen on the evaporator coil as well.

This moisture that forms on the evaporator coil is supposed to drip into a drain pan and the water will follow itself down what is called a condensate drain line that should lead out of your house.  Now if the condensation is not exiting your home and is instead pooling up inside of your home then the problems that could give arise to this are listed below.

Stopped up Condensate Drain Line – One of the most common air conditioning repair in Dallas and reasons behind water leaking from an air conditioning system into the home is due to the condensate drain line becoming clogged from dirt, dust and other debris.

If the condensate drain line has become clogged from the like, then the condensation will build up and back up eventually overflowing into your home. There are multiple ways to solve this problem and one of the most popular choices is to use a vacuum on the condensate line to suck out the clogged gunk. If you are not sure what to do and require air conditioning repair in Dallas from a professional company then give us a call at Garland Heating and Air Conditioning and we will be more than happy to help out.

Damaged or Rusted Drain Pan – How old is your air conditioner? Is it more than 12 years old? If so, then the drain pan may have become damaged or even may have rusted to the point that it has holes in it and water is just falling right through it. If this is the case then you will need to replace the drain pan. If you are not sure on how to do this or you are having a hard time locating a drain pan for your air conditioner and you require air conditioning repair in Dallas from a professional company then give us a call.

Broke Down Condensate Pump – Where is your indoor air conditioning unit located? Is it in the basement? If this is the case then there should be a pump that pumps the condensation outside of the home. If that pump breaks, then the water will not be pumped outside.  In scenarios such as this you will need air conditioning repair in Dallas and the pump will need to be repaired or replaced.

Dirty Air Filter – A dirty air filter is another common issue. When an air filter has become clogged with dirt and debris it will restrict airflow over the evaporator coil. Whenever this happens, the evaporator coil will become too cold and begin to freeze over. Whenever that ice begins to melt it might be to excessive for the drip pan to handle.  When this happens the drip pan will overflow. You should inspect your systems air filter often to see if it needs to be replaced. Most systems should have their air filters replaced every 1 to 3 months. If you need air conditioning repair in Dallas make sure to ask about HEPA filters if you do not already use one.

Refrigerant is Low – Whenever the refrigerant is low in your system, this will lower the pressure in the system itself. When this happens the evaporator coil will begin to freeze over.  Whenever the ice on the coil melts, excessive amounts of water will drip into the drain pain and it may be too much for the pan to handle causing the excessive water to overflow.  You will also notice if you are low on refrigerant because the air conditioning system itself will not be cooling as well as it used too and you might possibly hear a hissing or bubbling noise from the system and you will most definitely need air conditioning repair in Dallas to resolve the problem.

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.  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 you can rest assured knowing that you are receiving high quality professional heating and cooling services that are both reliable and affordable.

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 and need air conditioning repair in Dallas 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

Save on Cooling Costs This Summer in Dallas, Texas | AC Repair in Garland, TX

Daniel Reichert - Monday, April 24, 2017
During the summer months in Dallas, Texas the first thing that comes to mind is cool drinks and ocean waves. The last thing on our mind is our electrical bill. The scorching heat in Dallas can drive up electrical costs the more we need to use our air conditioning. Thankfully, there are ways we can cut back on cooling costs. It is surprisingly possible to save quite a bit on energy costs without having to invest that much in making it possible. Below we go over some tips to help put some money back in your wallet during this summer. 

 
 
Seal up Leaks and Drafts – Instead of letting money literally seep through the cracks and under your doors in your home, you can seal up your home. Inspect around your windows and under the doors of your home. If you can see daylight then you can bet that your conditioned air is escaping out of your home. For less than ten bucks you can get some caulk to seal up your windows and get some draft guards to install under your doors. 

Sun Block – No, not the kind you put on your skin. During the summer, sunlight coming through your windows or directly heating the walls or roof of your home can quickly increase the temperatures in your home. If you haven’t done so already you should consider purchasing a little on landscaping around your home. Consider planting leafy trees and / or shrubs around the exterior of your home to help block the sun from shining on it. If you are not ready then consider getting heavy curtains and blinds and closing up the windows during the particular hot and sunny days this summer. 

Oven & Stove Top – Whenever possible, skip using the oven and stove top entirely to help reduce indoor heat this summer. Summer is a great time to eat cold dinners or even fire up the grill. 
  
Maintenance – If you currently do not have your HVAC system routinely maintained then you should seriously consider contacting your local HVAC company and establishing a routine maintenance and cleaning for your system. With little or no maintenance, your system will not run as efficiently as it could and the less efficient your system is the more it’s going to cost you. Keep your filters replaced as necessary and keep your outside unit clean of debris. The more efficient your system, the less your power bill. 

Don’t set the bar to low – Consider adjusting your thermostat to a few degrees higher than you typically do. If you have it set at a 67, bring it up to 70 degrees. Adjusting the dial can do wonders to your energy bill; if only for just a couple of days a week. 

Frugality – Only use your AC when you need it. If you’re going to be gone during the day, don’t let it run all day long while you are gone, cut it off. If you have a smart or programmable thermostat, adjust it for the time you will be gone, and cut it on just before you get back home so you do not enter a sweltering home. If you are headed on a vacation, cut it off. 
 
Garland Heating and Air Conditioning has been helping homeowners and businesses alike in Dallas, Texas and surrounding areas for many years. We are one of the top 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 you can rest assured knowing that you are receiving high quality professional heating and cooling services that are both reliable and affordable. 

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.

Improve Indoor Home Air Quality in Dallas, Texas | Air Conditioner Repair in Dallas, TX

Daniel Reichert - Saturday, April 22, 2017
Typically when we think about air quality, we think of the outdoors. When it comes to our Dallas, Texas homes, we should really be thinking about indoor air quality. Usually indoor air quality will be worse off than the air quality outdoors. Low indoor air quality can lead to many health problems such as allergies, illness and more. In this article we will discuss tips for assisting in keeping the indoor air in your home fresh, crisp and free from harmful air pollutants. 



Keep your home clean – Cleaning your home on a regular basis will avoid dust, allergen and particle build up. You should make sure to dust and vacuum your home at least once a week. When cleaning, make sure you clean fans and the dust off the ceiling near fans as they will circulate the air around your home. 

Filter Replacement – You can help maintain your HVAC system and keep it working efficiently by changing out the filters based upon the manufacturer’s instructions. By replacing filters you will help ensure the indoor air quality of your home as well as avoid potentially costly repairs or replacements further down the road. 

Make sure your home is dry – Excessive moisture in your home will increase the likelihood of mold and mildew growth. If there is too much moisture in your home you can rectify this by installing a dehumidifier. Dehumidifiers work with existing HVAC systems and do not require extensive work in installing one. If you have any water damage in your home make sure that you get that repaired as soon as possible and if you do not have any exhaust fans in your bathrooms or kitchens you can benefit by having those installed. 

Humidity levels – If you frequently experience static shock from the carpet in your home, your humidity levels might be too low. If there is condensation on your windows then your indoor humidity levels might be too high. When humidity is too high or too low it can lead to various health problems and potential issues to your home itself. Adequate humidity levels range between 30 – 50% and if your humidity levels are off, you will need to look into either installing a humidifier or dehumidifier to fix the issue. 

Smoking – Cigarette smoke contains multiple harmful chemicals and toxins that can cause serious illnesses and diseases. These dangerous toxins can get trapped inside your home by attaching themselves to the carpet, furniture, curtains and more. This upon itself will further increase your health risks and if you are not able to quit smoking altogether then definitely avoid smoking inside the home. 

Shoes – Shoes track in all kinds of harmful pollutants. You should never wear shoes within the home ever. Consider taking your shoes off before you enter the home and slipping on slippers or just using socks when walking around the house. 

Air Ductwork – Dust, mold, bacterial and other airborne particles will build up quickly in the air ductwork and ventilation of your HVAC system. If you notice dust buildups then clean it. You can also vacuum the inside of your ductwork but for a more thorough job, consider contacting your local heating and cooling company to have a professional do this for you. 

Air Circulation – No matter what time of the year it is, try to allow fresh outside air into your home every day by opening the windows even just for a few minutes. If it is during the winter then make sure to turn your heat off as to not waste energy when you do so. Circulating fresh air throughout the home will increase the indoor air quality. You could also look into a whole house fan to automate the process for you. 

Frequent Service – By allowing a professional technician from a local heating and air company frequently maintain your system on a bi-yearly or annual basis not only will ensure that the components inside your HVAC system are working at peak performance but it will also keep the system clean from mold, toxins and other airborne pollutants. You should schedule a regular maintenance program with your local HVAC company if you haven’t done so already. 

Indoor Plants – Some indoor plants will help purify the indoor air around you by helping with the removal of harmful chemicals and other airborne toxins. If you are unfamiliar with what type of plants to get a quick Google search for indoor air quality plants will help you out. You could also get in touch with your local heating and cooling company and ask their advice as well. 

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning has been helping homeowners and businesses alike in Dallas, Texas and surrounding areas for many years. We are one of the top 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 you can rest assured knowing that you are receiving high quality professional heating and cooling services that are both reliable and affordable. 

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.