AC Comfort Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning Replacement’

5 Signs of Compressor Trouble in Your AC

Monday, September 21st, 2020

compressor-in-ac-unitLast year we wrote a post about what to do about your air conditioning system when the compressor fails: do you pay to repair it or have the entire AC replaced? The reason this question comes up is because the compressor is vital to an air conditioner and expensive to replace if it does fail. This is the part of your air conditioning system that you want to watch out for the closest so you don’t end up having to make this big decision.

Since we’re at the tail end of an extremely hot summer, the compressor in your air conditioning system has gone through a heavy workload. We have listed five signs to watch for that you need AC repair in Katy, TX to rescue a compressor that’s entered a risky zone. A fast response can repair a compressor before it’s beyond help and you’re looking at possibly replacing the entire air conditioner.

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How High-Efficiency Air Conditioners Lower Energy Use

Monday, April 20th, 2020

air-conditionerThis may be the spring when you choose to get a new air conditioning installation in Katy, TX. It’s good to make the choice now, because spring is the best time to have an air conditioner replacement. You won’t have to worry about intense heat during the short time you’ll be without a cooling system, and our technicians can find a convenient place on the schedule to have the job done. Best of all, you can take some extra time to consider your different options for a new system.

You don’t have to get a new air conditioner that’s almost the exact same as your current model. If you’ve had your AC for long enough, it’ll be outdated and any new system will perform better than it did even when it was originally installed. But there are also advanced high-efficiency air conditioners on the market that can significantly reduce your electrical use thanks to SEER ratings in the 20s. Compare that to an old AC with 13 SEER, and you’ll see how much a difference a professionally installed high-efficiency unit can make.

What makes high-efficiency ACs so efficient? There are a few reasons:

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Planning for Mid-Year: Do You Need to Replace Your AC?

Monday, February 24th, 2020

old-air-conditionerHandling air conditioning repairs, maintenance, and replacements are the biggest part of our job because the weather in Katy means ACs in homes do plenty of work around the year. Your home’s air conditioning system never gets an extended vacation and probably must turn on a few times each month of winter.

Now that we’re heading toward the big heat of the year, it’s a good time to consider getting a new air conditioner if your current one is too old or in poor shape.

You never want to jump to a hasty conclusion about a project as large and with so many long-term effects as replacing a central air conditioner. We recommend you call our technicians to inspect the AC in your house as part of regular spring maintenance. Our technicians can give you an expert opinion on replacement and if repairs are still cost-effective.

Below we’ve listed criteria used in making the choice about an air conditioner replacement:

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

Monday, 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?

Monday, 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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How Cool Can an Air Conditioner Make My House?

Monday, 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?

Monday, 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

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

Monday, 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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Why Does My AC Just Keep Running and Running?

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

The runaway air conditioner is a common cooling problem homeowners may run into during the summer. Everyone knows why it’s bad news when an air conditioning system won’t turn on at all. But an air conditioner that just won’t power down and keeps its compressor running on and on is just as bad a problem. In most cases, the AC will need to have professional repairs to fix what’s wrong.

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