June 28th, 2021
No matter what season it is here in Lubbock, TX, there is one appliance in your home that provides you with comfort and works all year round. No, we aren’t talking about your air conditioner (remember winter 2020? Definitely didn’t need your AC then!) but rather your water heater.
This is that one system that’s easiest to take for granted in your home–you turn on a tap or appliance in the household and just expect that hot water will come flowing through.
But when you think about all the stress this system goes through, you begin to understand that you cannot expect to work 100% free from errors for decades without taking proper care of it. At some point, you’ll need to call for professional water heater repairs. But how do you know when it’s time?
Here are some clues:
June 1st, 2021
Someday, in the not too far off future, we may have air conditioners that self-diagnose problems and report them back to the homeowner.
This simply isn’t the case though–not yet anyway.
One of the most common signs that something is wrong with an air conditioner is strange sounds. What qualifies? Honestly, anything that’s different from the normal hum of the fans and the compressor, plus the occasional clicking as the system comes on and shuts down and the temperature fluctuations cause the ductwork to adjust.
What sort of sounds are we talking about? Well, we’ve listed 6 ominous sounds below. If you hear any of them, please give our team a call right away.
May 17th, 2021
The official start of summer is right around the corner, and we all know what that means. It’s time to make sure that your air conditioner is in the best shape possible to handle higher temperatures. Despite our crazy blizzard like temperatures we had just a few short months ago, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts that this summer will be hotter than most in the U.S.!
If this concerns you to the point that you’re wondering if your aging air conditioner has what it takes to keep you cool this season, then it may be time to consider an upgrade.
And no, we don’t want you to rush out and find the biggest, most powerful air conditioner on the market, because that could actually leave you with an inefficient system and a lack of comfort rather than the other way around. We encourage our customers to carefully consider their air conditioning system purchase. Bigger is not always better, and this applies to air conditioners as well. Yes size and power matter, but not necessarily in the way you might think.
Read on as we go into why an undersized unit won’t do you much good, and why an oversized air conditioner will leave you disappointed too.
May 3rd, 2021
Have you ever been watching a TV show or a movie that depicts a character discovering a leak when a rainstorm hits or when they’re getting their home ready for a gathering? That’s for dramatic effect, but the truth is—leaks are pretty undetectable up to that point. After all, your plumbing system is hidden behind drywall and beneath floors—so unless water is gushing into your property like it does in the movies, you’re probably not going to know about a leak until it does significant damage.
Of course this is not an ideal situation, and it’s not one we want you to face. While you do need a professional plumber to come out and accurately pinpoint where the leak is occurring and actually fix it, there are fortunately factors you can watch out for that indicate you might have one and it’s time to call a plumber. Read on to learn what they are:
April 19th, 2021
So let’s say you’ve just come in from your kids’ little league game, or you just went for a morning run. You are likely looking forward to relaxing in your home with the air conditioner blasting on you, right? So you set the thermostat to where you like it, and you wait for the system to cycle on.
Wait, what’s that? You turned it on but you don’t feel cool? This is no time of the year to be stuck with a malfunctioning air conditioner!
You’re a lot less likely to be surprised by this if you have routine annual maintenance done for your air conditioner. During maintenance, our team thoroughly inspects, cleans, and adjusts components that need it, ensuring that your system is able to run as efficiently and effectively as possible for as long as possible. Even with maintenance though, it’s a good idea to reach out if your system is showing any signs that it needs repair. So what are these signs?
April 5th, 2021
Well-maintained air conditioners are designed to last about 10-15 years, but throughout that time there are some issues that can befall it, whether it’s from natural wear and tear, a manufacturer defect, or some other type of event. Considering how much we need our AC systems to work reliably in this climate of ours, you want to take care of any of these issues right away.
One of these potential problems is a broken down compressor. While with other AC components replacement is typically the best option, replacing a compressor component can be very expensive, since it is the most expensive component of your air conditioner.
March 22nd, 2021
The cooling season is right around the corner, and when you start using your air conditioner this spring and summer, you want to do so efficiently, right? After all, while it is of course vital to have proper air conditioning in the Lubbock area, nobody wants to pay an arm and a leg to stay comfortable in their own home.
This is one of the reasons maintenance is so important. Air conditioner maintenance helps your AC system perform as efficiently and effectively as possible, for as long as possible. But maintenance isn’t the only way to help your air conditioner cool your home better. Read on to learn some other methods you can take too.
March 8th, 2021
With the crazy winter we just experienced, it’s hard to imagine that it’s almost time to start thinking about our cooling systems. But you know as well as we do that when it does get hot in our area, it gets hot fast, and you need a fully functional and reliable cooling system to keep you comfortable and healthy all summer long. So, if you’ve had your air conditioner for a year or longer, no, it’s not too early to tune it up!
Properly maintaining your air conditioner on a regular basis will help it to work as efficiently as possible, costing you less money to run it every month. Plus, maintenance helps prevent problems that can shorten its lifespan and/or leave you with expensive repair bills. Read on to learn more!
February 22nd, 2021
Our wintertime temperatures do not usually get as cold as our neighbors in the Midwest or the Northeast, with this year’s winter being a huge exception!
That said, it may typically seem pretty silly to worry about heating efficiency too much. When you don’t use yours that much, why should you care about how efficiently it operates? Well, because how efficiently it operates informs how much you spend on your monthly energy bills, and every homeowners wants to save money where they can, right?
That said, there are a number of things you can do to boost your heating efficiency during a standard winter (again, with recent events being a large exception to this rule). Read on to learn more!
February 8th, 2021
Good news, it’s not too late to schedule it now!
If you ask the average HVAC professional, they’ll tell you that the best time to schedule heating maintenance is in the fall, or the very early winter. Why? Because that’s right before you’ll actually need your heating system the most and it will go through the most work. Checking it early could be the difference between a great heating system and an emergency breakdown.
We agree, fall is the best time to schedule your heating maintenance. So, does that mean since you skipped it this year, and winter’s almost over, you can just wait until next fall? Not quite—read on as we uncover why it’s never too late for heating maintenance.