AC Comfort Blog

Repair or Replace the AC: Why It’s a Tricky Choice

November 4th, 2019

old-air-conditionerAir conditioners never shut down “for the season” in Katy. They only get less use during stretches of the year. Because we’re entering one of those cooler periods, you have an opportunity to make a big change to your air conditioner if it’s malfunctioning: replace it. You’ll have no trouble managing an AC replacement in Katy, TX with us during the late fall.

But … is the malfunctioning AC ready to be replaced? Maybe it’s worthwhile to repair it. But, if the repair only squeezes another year or two from the air conditioner, that wouldn’t be worth it. And new air conditioners have better efficiency, so you’d start saving money. But a new AC is a large expense, and what if the repair is money-saver and …

Aaaaagh! Help, I don’t know what to do!

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Can I Buy a Used AC as a Replacement?

October 21st, 2019

air-conditioner-recyclingIt’s difficult, it not outright impossible, to get along in the heat in Katy, TX, without an air conditioning system in a home. Central ACs aren’t low-cost appliances, and immediate finances often present an obstacle when it’s time to have an old system replaced.

This is why it occurs to some people to see if they can have a previously owned air conditioning system installed instead. Buying used cars, books, and furniture are all excellent ways to save money, so why not buy a used AC?

There are plenty of reasons! Installing used air conditioning equipment is an absolute no way. We’ll explain why.

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Dry Air Can Be as Bad in Your Home as Humid Air

October 7th, 2019

desert-landscapeDuring the summer, high humidity can make the hot weather dreadful. And everyone knows this. A dry heat is much better. Helping to lower high humidity during the summer is why we install whole-house dehumidifiers. If you don’t have a dehumidifier, you’re missing out on better indoor comfort and lower air conditioning bills.

But we’re here today to talk about the other end of the humidity spectrum: when the air is too dry during the winter.

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How Cool Can an Air Conditioner Make My House?

September 23rd, 2019

frozen-acA residential air conditioner has a straightforward job: remove heat from a house using refrigerant and release the heat outside, cooling down the air inside the house so it can then be spread through the rooms. This process is called heat transfer, in that it shifts heat from one place to another. A good way to think of it your AC is as a pump that pumps out the heat from your house to make you feel cooler.

But how much heat can an air conditioner pump out? What are the limits on how cool your air conditioner can make your house during a heat wave? You’ve come to right place for an answer, since we are a NATE-certified air conditioning contractor in Katy, TX who work with all types of systems.

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Dead Compressor—Does It Mean You Need a New AC?

September 9th, 2019

compressor-in-ac-unitWhat’s the worst problem a central air conditioner can face? We won’t keep you in—it’s a dead compressor. When you turn on the air conditioning system to cool down your home, and you hear no sound from the outdoor cabinet aside from the fan, the compressor has stopped working. The fault might not be a dead compressor—it could be a failed capacitor or an electrical issue—but it’s a possibility.

The compressor is the literal heart of an air conditioning system. It’s where energy is applied to the refrigerant to make it circulate through the rest of the AC. Without the compressor to turn refrigerant into a high-pressure hot gas, the refrigerant won’t move between the indoor and outdoor coils and cool the inside air of the house.

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When Your AC Starts and Stops Too Often

August 26th, 2019

air-conditioner-cabinetsDuring a hot summer day in Katy, air conditioners in home put in long hours. You’re used to hearing the air conditioner humming away for long stretches during a 90°+ late summer afternoon. This is normal, although we recommend setting the thermostat as high as comfortably possible. This will reduce the strain on the AC and allow it to cycle down for periods.

However, your air conditioning system should for cycles of 15 minutes or more. When you notice cooling cycles shorter than this, something may be wrong. The AC’s compressor shouldn’t run for less than 10 minutes and then turn back on a short time later and repeat the process. This is short-cycling, and you don’t want it affecting your cooling system.

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The Capacitors in Your AC—What Can Go Wrong?

August 12th, 2019

Hvac-wiresYour air conditioner is not a magic wand. It’s an electronic device that works with wires, switches, capacitors, and everything else that’s contained within our modern technology. So when something goes wrong, there’s usually a technical way to figure out what’s going on. Troubleshooting electrical devices isn’t rocket science.

Does that mean you should open that baby up and start pulling out wires? Of course not.

If your AC isn’t working, even if you’re positive it’s an electrical problem, you can always contact a professional for anything technical having to do with air conditioning in Katy, TX. That being said, sometimes curiosity can’t be stopped! How can we figure out if your AC problems are due to a bad capacitor? Let’s find out!

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What Can Happen to Your Cooling During the Intense Heat

July 29th, 2019

thermometer-going-redThe heat we’re experiencing right now in Katy is extreme. It’s not easy to stay outdoors for long, but at least you have a home with a powerful air conditioning system so you can always retreat to it.

You can’t rely on your AC 100% of the time, however, because no matter how well it was built and installed, no matter how dutifully you’ve had it serviced and maintained, it can still malfunction. When the heat rises to levels such as we’re currently experiencing, there’s a higher risk of an air conditioner problem due to all the extra work the system takes on.

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What Goes Wrong With a Clogged Condensate Drain in an AC

July 15th, 2019

water-dropletsWhat sort of sounds do you hear coming from your air conditioning system? You expect to hear the whir of the fans and the hum of the compressor when it turns on. But what about the dripping of water? Yes, this is one of the routine noises you can expect to hear coming from your AC as it works on a hot day. It’s the condensate moisture in the system dripping down into a pan, where it is then pumped down a drain and out of the house.

Your AC doesn’t use water to cool down air, but water is a product of how it cools the air. When the cold refrigerant in the evaporator coils and fins evaporates, it draws heat out of the air as well as moisture. The moisture collects along the coil and a pan below catches it when it falls. The condensate drain and line removes the water—unless the drain is clogged up.

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I’m Not Feeling Cool Enough in My Home! What’s Wrong?

July 1st, 2019

woman-in-front-of-fan-hand-on-headWhen the Katy summer heat settles in, it doesn’t fool around! When it’s hot, it’s hot. You want to be assured that your home is always a cool retreat from the summer heat thanks to a central air conditioning system.

But have you started to feel less comfort in your home? When the AC is running, does it feel like it’s not doing its job as well as it once did? You may have a malfunctioning air conditioner, or even one that needs to be replaced. On the other hand, you may only have a simple problem you can take care of on your own. We’ll look over the possibilities to see when you need to call for air conditioning services in Katy, TX.

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