AC Comfort Blog

The Sounds You SHOULD Hear From Your AC

July 4th, 2022

woman-relaxingA common topic about air conditioners is the odd noises that warn of something wrong that may require repairs or basic troubleshooting. We’ve mentioned AC warning noises in several of our blogs.

What’s not talked about as often are the sounds an AC normally makes. These are the sounds you should expect to hear from your air conditioner as it operates. We’ve decided to make this post to tell you what you want to hear from your AC. This will make it easier to put strange noises in context—you’ll have a better idea what constitutes a warning sound.

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Can a Ductless Mini Split Cool My Whole House?

June 20th, 2022

ductless-system-sending-out-snowflakesPeople are so used to central air conditioning systems that they imagine they’re the only effective way to provide cooling to an entire house. Window air conditioners have obvious limits: in order to cool a house, they need to be placed in every room, and not every room has an available window that works with them. Window ACs also struggle to cool larger rooms. For example, a single window air conditioner won’t do much for a living room.

There’s another option for whole-house cooling, the ductless mini split heat pump. These systems use wall-mounted air handlers to send cooled (or heated) air directly into spaces. They connect through a small hole behind them in the wall to the outdoor cabinet that exhausts heat in the summer. 

Is installing a ductless system in Katy, TX for a house an effective method to keep cool during our hot summers? Or is it always inferior to a central HVAC system?

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My AC Won’t Shut Off! What’s Wrong?

June 6th, 2022

Spinning-fan-closeupPeople worry about their air conditioning systems in their homes not turning on when they need them. The opposite problem can also occur—an air conditioner that comes on and then won’t shut off. Not only does this mean a house that’s too cold, it wastes massive amounts of energy!

What can cause this? As with most AC malfunctions, there are several possible suspects. We’ll go through the main ones to help you know when it’s time to call AC comfort for air conditioning repair in Sugar Land, TX that will stop your runaway cooling system.

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How You May Be Raising Your Cooling Bills Too High

May 23rd, 2022

air-conditioner-money-saverEnergy costs are high now, and you may not want to look at your electric bills this summer because they make you winch. Unless you want to live miserably through a hot summer in Texas, you’ll have to run your AC … but does it have to cost this much?

The answer is probably “no.” In our experience providing air conditioning service to Cypress, TX and throughout the Katy, TX area, many homeowners have gotten into habits with cooling their homes and operating their air conditioning systems that unnecessarily waste power. You may not have control over the price of energy, but you do have some methods to slice away wasteful habits and power-draining mistakes. 

Allow us to go through what you might be doing wrong so we can help you make corrections that will keep your house cool for less.

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Signs You May Have a Dying Air Conditioner Compressor

May 9th, 2022

compressor-in-ac-unitThe compressor is the heart of your central air conditioning system. Almost literally, since it does a similar job to the heart in a body: it pumps a vital substance through a circulatory system that allows for an exchange. In the case of the compressor, it exchanges heat, moving heat from inside a home to outside it to cool down the interior.

Not only does the compressor perform an essential function for your air conditioner, it also consumes the most power to run. Most of the electricity you use to power the AC goes to the compressor’s motor. When the compressor fails, you’ll face two problems: an air conditioner that can’t cool; and a repair that may be too expensive to justify, leading to having to replace the entire system.

This is why watching for signs of a dying AC compressor is helpful: you may avoid an early replacement and be able to have an air conditioning repair in Katy, TX that will keep your cooling system working for several more years.

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Understanding Heat Pump Efficiency Ratings If You Want to Replace Your AC With One

April 25th, 2022

Spring is the prime season to get a new AC installation in Katy, TX if your current AC looks to be coming to the end of the line. You don’t want to get caught with a failing air conditioner when the first major heat waves of summer arrive, so if you think you need a replacement, call our technicians as soon as you can and schedule an appointment. We’ll help determine if your AC is ready to go, and if it is, we’ll get a new one installed for you far in advance of the summer.

But maybe this is the year you decide you want to replace both your AC and heater and put in a heat pump. A heat pump is similar to an air conditioner, but it does the job of both heating and cooling. We often recommend heat pumps to our customers, and we’ll gladly assist you with making the choice. 

One important difference between ACs and heat pumps is their efficiency ratings. You’ll notice that they have three efficiency ratings, whereas air conditioners have two. We’ll talk about what these heat pump efficiency ratings mean.

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How You Can Avoid AC Repairs During the Summer

April 11th, 2022

ac-unit-repair-with-technicianWe were thinking of titling this post “This One Weird Trick Can Help You Avoid the Majority of AC Repairs!” But that was a bit too “click-baity,” and what we’re going to tell you here isn’t a “trick” or even remotely “weird.” It’s an important basic service that many homeowners overlook or forget about, and that’s why numerous AC malfunctions occur that shouldn’t.

This not-weird non-trick is called annual air conditioning maintenance. Any worthwhile HVAC contractor will tell you that professional AC maintenance is required each year. The US Department of Energy agrees. This yearly service has so many benefits for air conditioners, and one of them is the prevention of repairs.

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When Should I Schedule a New AC Installation?

March 28th, 2022

old-air-conditionerAir conditioning system replacement doesn’t run on an exact schedule. The standard central air conditioner can last around 10 to 15 years. But depending on how much they work and how often they’re serviced, they can run for shorter or longer. So to answer the question in the title, we need to first look at why you might be asking this question. We can then give you an idea of whether you’re due for an AC replacement. The best way to get answers is to call our professionals to help you with your air conditioning in Houston, TX

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With Our Climate, Now Is a Great Time for AC Maintenance

March 14th, 2022

air-conditioning-manometer-pressure-refrigerantAir conditioners are used around the year in Katy, and we need to take special care of them because of all the wear they accumulate. This makes regular maintenance for air conditioning systems in homes more essential than ever—we can’t stress enough the importance of scheduling a maintenance tune-up and inspection each year with our technicians.

And when should you schedule your air conditioning maintenance in Katy, TX? It’s March, it’s almost the first day of spring, and our weather heats up fast once the warmer season starts. So the best time for maintenance is … let’s see … right now!

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Why You Should Still Take Care of Heating Repairs at the End of Winter

February 28th, 2022

dog-under-the-blanketWe’ve gone through some colder spells recently along with rain, but with the calendar turning over to March, we can see the end of the winter ahead. Winter is not usually rough for us here in Katy (with some major exceptions), and you’ll probably be ready to switch to a “summer weather” mentality by the end of March.

However, that doesn’t mean you should entirely forget about your home’s heating system even as you begin to use it less. If you notice problems with your heating system, we urge you to call for professional heating repair in Katy, TX as soon as you can. Please don’t delay with those repairs because the winter’s almost over and you don’t think you’ll need to worry about the heater. Here are the benefits of acting soon when it comes to getting your heater fixed, no matter the month:

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