JD's Prompt Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Lubbock’

AC Installation: Does Size Matter?

Monday, May 17th, 2021
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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.

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Drip, Drip… Do You Have a Leak?

Monday, May 3rd, 2021
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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:

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Heed These Signs Your AC Needs Help

Monday, April 19th, 2021
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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?

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AC Compressor Damage: Should You Repair or Replace?

Monday, April 5th, 2021
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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.

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Help Your Air Conditioner Cool Your Home Better!

Monday, March 22nd, 2021
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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.

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Is It Too Early to Tune Up Your Air Conditioner?

Monday, March 8th, 2021
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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!

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Are You Using Your Heater As Efficiently As Possible?

Monday, February 22nd, 2021
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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!

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Did you Skip Heating Maintenance This Winter?

Monday, February 8th, 2021
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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.

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Why You Should Care about Your Furnace Heat Exchanger!

Monday, January 25th, 2021
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Gas-powered furnaces seem to be among the top preferred heaters on the market today. Do you have one? If so, you have one of the most powerful and effective heating systems there is! But how old is it? If it’s 10-15 years old, you might have noticed it experiencing repair and inefficiency issues more frequently. And there’s one particular repair need you should really care about—a cracked heat exchanger!

Read on as we uncover what a heat exchanger is, how it operates, and why you should care if you have a damaged component.

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