It’s that time of year again! Your air conditioner is going to start working very hard very soon. It’s important to do whatever you can to keep it happy, so it won’t poop out during a serious heat wave. There are a few things you can do to make life easier for a hard-working Texas air conditioner. Here are our summer maintenance recommendations.
JD's Prompt Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category
Our Guide to Proper Summer MaintenanceMonday, May 15th, 2023
Reminder: AC Maintenance Makes Summer So Much Better!Monday, April 17th, 2023
As the weather gets gorgeous and we start planning more outdoor activities, it’s easy to forget some of the things that should always be on our springtime to-do lists. But when spring turns into summer, and we need to cool off after those times outdoors, we’ll be relying on our air conditioners to bring us some much-needed relief. But will they be ready for the hard work of a Texas summer? There’s one way to make sure. Getting AC maintenance done should be at the top of your to-do list before the weather gets hot. Here’s why.
It’s Officially Spring—So Spring Into Getting Your AC Maintenance!Monday, March 20th, 2023
It’s that time of the year again! Spring has finally arrived, and as the weather begins to warm up (or at least acts like it will), we recommend you think about getting your air conditioning system checked and tuned up. Or don’t just think about it—actually call us to schedule air conditioning maintenance in Lubbock, TX or the surrounding areas. After all, you don’t want to wait until the first hot day of the year to discover that your AC isn’t working properly. With maintenance, you’ll have your air conditioner prepped and in the best condition for any heatwave that may strike in the summer.
Is Professional Duct Cleaning Worth It?Monday, September 5th, 2022
The average individual probably doesn’t think very much about the air ducts snaking their way through their home, and this is logical. After all, ductwork is mostly hidden from view for a good reason. Homeowners shouldn’t really have to think about the condition of their air ducts too often, but from time to time they do need attention.
While you certainly do not need to understand all the “ins and outs” of your ductwork, there are a few things we would like to share with you about how dirty ductwork can impact your overall indoor air quality (IAQ).
Our professional duct cleaning services ensure that the air ducts that move air through to your living space each and every day is clean and breathable, and contribute to good HVAC efficiency. Read on to learn more!
4 Reasons You Might Want to Go DuctlessMonday, August 8th, 2022
Many folks still don’t realize this, but there is a singular alternative to having both an air conditioner and a heater, in one system. It’s the heat pump system! And one type of heat pump system is a ductless air conditioner (and heater). These systems are highly efficient at keeping your home nice and cool in the summer, and warm during our brief but chilly winters.
Choosing the right HVAC system for your home may seem like a daunting task. There are, after all, many great options to choose from. We advise speaking with a trained professional before you make a final decision. We’ll be able to guide you to the best choice for your specific home.
Not all homes are the best setup for a ductless system, but when we say that we mean it might not be the most efficient option for you and there may be something even better. This is why we really encourage our customers or potential customers to talk to our staff to learn more. Read on as we uncover some of the benefits of this system!
The Refrigerant Myth You Shouldn’t BelieveMonday, July 25th, 2022
We have all heard someone, or perhaps even a so-called expert repair person, talk about the refrigerant in air conditioning systems needing to be replaced or recharged every year. It is spoken about as the fuel that keeps the air-conditioner running. They would be wrong. Air conditioners use electricity for energy, not refrigerant.
Your air conditioner is manufactured with enough refrigerant to last the life of the unit. Loss of refrigerant fluid is not part of the normal operation of an air conditioner. JD’s Prompt Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning will provide air conditioning service in Lubbock TX to help diagnose and repair leaks.
4 Signs You Have a Struggling Air ConditionerMonday, June 27th, 2022
Imagine you’re in this scenario: you are sitting in your home, relaxing. It’s about 85°F outdoors, but that’s fine! Your AC is blasting away, providing your whole home with the chilled air that makes you feel perfectly comfortable. Until, suddenly, you don’t feel that cold air anymore.
You rush over to the thermostat–the settings seem to be correct… the thermostat seems to be working okay.
So you check the circuit breaker next–did it trip? No, it’s fine. So, what’s happening?
You decide to call for emergency repairs. It’s going to take a bit though because everybody is calling for AC repairs right now. All of the sudden, your nice, relaxing afternoon turned into a frustrating and hot one.
Below, we’re going to dive into 1–how this might be prevented to begin with and, 2–what signs you should watch out for that your AC is struggling, before it just stops working altogether. Read on!
What You Need to Know about the Size of Your Next ACMonday, May 16th, 2022
First, we need to clear something up. When we talk about “sizing” an air conditioner, what we mean is finding out how powerful an air conditioner is necessary for your home to provide the specific amount of cooling for your space.
If you’re in the market for a new central cooling system for your living space, then the system has to be properly sized so that it provides the home with the comfort level your household needs during our hottest summer months.
But sizing is about so much more than the actual physical area of the air conditioner–it’s about how much power it outputs. And too powerful of a system can be just as detrimental to AC efficiency as a system that isn’t powerful enough. Read on to learn more!
Heed These 5 Signs You Might Need AC RepairMonday, April 18th, 2022
When our average summer temperatures hover in the 90s, your AC might be your best friend. So when something seems off about it, you don’t want to ignore it and hope for the best. But how do you know for sure when you need to call for repair?
Some common signs indicate something is wrong with your AC — knowing what to look and listen for can give you a head’s-up that something’s wrong. Calling in an expert when you first notice a problem might just save it from turning into a more serious and costlier problem.
If your AC is turning out nice, cool air, but the air doesn’t seem to be flowing as powerfully, there could be one of several causes. Check your filter first – dust and debris can clog a filter. If it hasn’t been changed in the past few months or is visibly dirty, it could slow your airflow.
If changing your filter doesn’t work, you may have a problem that’s not as easy to fix yourself. Decreased airflow can also be caused by blower problems, blocked or leaking air ducts, or frozen evaporator coils.
No Cooling Power
Check your thermostat first if the air is flowing but you’re not cooling down. Sometimes the simplest solution is also the right solution. If that’s good, take a look at the filter. A clogged filter can cause several problems. If your filter is clean, the problem may need an expert. The problem could be a clogged or frozen condenser coil, leaky ducts, or a refrigerant leak.
Cycling On and Off
When your AC keeps turning on and off rapidly throughout the day, it’s called short-cycling. It’s inefficient and causes unnecessary wear and tear on your system. Short-cycling could mean the system may have low refrigerant, a dirty compressor unit, miscalibrated thermostats, or other mechanical problems. It could also mean your AC unit is the wrong size for your home. An expert HVAC technician can diagnose the exact cause of your problem.
The only sound you want to hear from your AC is the soothing whoosh of cool air moving through your air ducts. If you hear a grinding, hissing, rattling, or other unpleasant and unusual sounds, your unit could have a refrigerant leak, a loose component, or other mechanical problem. Your AC needs attention from an expert who can locate and fix the problem.
Higher Energy Bills
If your energy bills increase dramatically and unexpectedly, your unit is not running as efficiently as it should. There are many possible causes of a loss of efficiency, like failing parts, poor maintenance, or an old system that’s simply no longer doing its job. If your unit isn’t old, but your bills are higher than expected, give us a call.
JD’S Keeps You Cooler
When you know something’s wrong with your AC, but you aren’t sure what, an expert HVAC technician should be your first call.
For professional air conditioning service in Lubbock, TX, contact JD’s Prompt Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning.
Should I Repair My Broken AC Compressor or Replace It?Monday, April 4th, 2022
Nobody wants to find that their home cooling system isn’t working, especially in the Texas heat. Our air conditioning systems work hard down here, and it’s not very comfortable without them. So, when you notice that your system isn’t cooling as well as it used to or you hear a hissing or humming noise that shouldn’t be there, you hope it’s a quick and inexpensive fix.
A faulty thermostat or a coolant leak might be relatively quick and affordable repairs, but a broken AC compressor can be a costly problem. In fact, it’s the most expensive part of your AC system.