Archive for May, 2013

Happy Memorial Day!

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Memorial Day, which is observed on the final Monday of May every year, is an opportunity to honor and commemorate those military personnel who have fallen while serving their country. The day began in the aftermath of the American Civil War, when the country was damaged and in need of remembrance. Originally called Decoration Day, owing to the flowers that would decorate gravesites, its principal purpose has been to mourn those who have died during service; but it’s also a time to come together as a country and take stock of the way that our soldiers have shaped this country.

There is a national moment of silence and various events throughout the day. You may see volunteers putting flags up at your local cemetery or flowers decorating war memorials. It’s also a reprieve from our work schedule that should be enjoyed in tandem with remembrance. We wish you all the best this Memorial Day.

Why Change Your Air Filter Regularly?

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

The air conditioning system in your home has an air filter that is there to keep the working parts from getting clogged with dirt and dust. If that air filter isn’t changed regularly it can cause some serious problems. Call the San Antonio, TX air conditioning repair professionals at General Air Conditioning if you’re having any issues with your AC. We’ve responded to countless calls for AC repair and have noticed that the air filter is usually to blame. We thought it would be a good idea to put together some of the repairs that you could potentially avoid by replacing your air filter regularly.

Benefits of Changing Your Air Filter Regularly

Because of all the use that your air conditioning system gets your air filter could get clogged very quickly. The San Antonio, TX air conditioning repair professionals at General Air Conditioning have years of experience working with all different kinds of air conditioning systems. We can set you up with regular maintenance visits during which we’ll change the air filter. Here are a few of the benefits of getting your air conditioning system regularly maintained and changing the air filter.

  • Reduced repair – When the air filter in your AC gets clogged it will restrict the flow of air through your AC. This causes your equipment to have to work harder to pull air inside. This causes extra wear and tear on the system and can lead to repairs. When you get your air filter regularly changed you might be able to avoid those repairs.
  • Increased efficiency – When your air conditioning system has to work harder to cool your home it means that it is operating below its optimum levels. The San Antonio, TX air conditioning repair professionals at General Air Conditioning can help you with any services that you need.
  • Extended life – With a clogged air filter, your air conditioning system will experience more wear than normal. This can lead to your AC equipment wearing out faster and requiring replacement.

For all your San Antonio, TX air conditioning repair just call the friendly specialists at General Air Conditioning. We specialize in helping our customers get their air conditioning system back up and working again quickly.

Air Conditioning Noises That Mean You Need Repair

Friday, May 17th, 2013

We all want to come home to a nice cool home during the hot summer months. But if your air conditioning system isn’t working well you could be left sweating in your home. The San Antonio, TX air conditioning repair professionals at General Air Conditioning have years of experience working on all different kinds of AC systems. We thought it would be helpful if we put together some of the sounds that your AC can make that can indicate that you need repair.

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There are a few common noises that your AC could start to make when it needs to be fixed. Here are just a few of them.

Air Conditioning Making a Squealing Noise

If your air conditioning system makes a squealing noise when you turn it on it likely means that there is something wrong with the fan belt. If your fan belt is old and worn out it will likely start to squeal when you turn on your AC. This problem is easily fixed by changing the belt.

Air Conditioning Making a Hissing Noise

If your air conditioning system makes a hissing noise it likely means that you have a refrigerant leak somewhere. It could be coming from your compressor or from your reversing valve (if you have a heat pump).

AC Making a Buzzing Noise

If your air conditioning system is making a buzzing sound it likely is coming from one of the solenoids inside your system. This is usually normal and doesn’t indicate that anything is wrong.

AC Making A Gurgling Noise

A gurgling sound coming from your air conditioning system is usually an indication that you have low refrigerant. If your refrigerant is low, the gurgling is usually caused by air in the lines.

For all your San Antonio, TX air conditioning repair make sure that you call the experts at General Air Conditioning.

How a Heat Pump Produces Heating and Cooling

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

A heat pump does just what it says it does. It pumps heat into and out of your home, depending on the time of year. This type of versatility makes it an ideal choice for homeowners in our service area, which is why we’d like to run you through the basics of what a heat pump is in this post. Whether you’re in the market for a comprehensive home comfort solution, or just curious about your options for when the time comes, we hope you find what follows useful. When you need San Antonio heat pump services, look no further than General Air Conditioning. Call us today!

  • How it works. A heat pump comprises two units: indoor evaporator/air handler and outdoor compressor/condenser. It basically works just like an air conditioner, but, of course, has the distinct option to heat as well as cool. In order to understand how it works, we’ll need to review the refrigerant cycle. Circulating through your heat pump is a refrigerant, which is chemically designed to undergo radical fluctuations of temperature under pressurized conditions. The compressor is the engine of the heat pump, providing the necessary pressure to heat the refrigerant up before it dissipates its thermal energy through the condenser coils. After this outdoor part of the cycle, it changes into a cool liquid form and cools the warm indoor air that the blower motor has extracted from the interior of your home. The entire process is reversed during the cold months.
  • Benefits. As we already mentioned, the primary benefit of a heat pump is that it works to both heat and cool your home within a single system. It integrates with your existing ductwork for year-round comfort. It also tends to be highly energy efficient, using less electrical energy than either an AC or a furnace. That said, it tends to be less efficient when operating in extreme temperatures. Speak to a professional to find out whether a heat pump is right for your home.

For comprehensive San Antonio heat pump services, from installation to maintenance, call General Air Conditioning today!