Archive for July, 2013

Why Is My Air Conditioning Leaking Water?

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

An air conditioning system plays a vital role in keeping your home comfortable during the hot summer months. In San Antonio, air conditioning is especially important in keeping the high temperatures and humidity at bay. When your air conditioning unit starts acting strangely, it pays to call in a trained professional before the problem interferes with its functioning. For example, you may notice water leaking from your AC, a seemingly minor problem that may signal a need for professional servicing.  Why is your air conditioning leaking water? Possible explanations can include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Faulty drain line. Many air conditioning units contain a condensate pan with a drain line to siphon condensed water safely out of the unit. If the drain line becomes clogged with water, it may overflow the pan, causing a leak. In some cases, an improperly installed condensate pan won’t allow for proper drainage, resulting in the same issue. It needs to be addressed before the water can damage other components in the air conditioning unit.
  • Low refrigerant. When the refrigerant gets too low, ice may form on the evaporator coils. When the ice melts, the water may leak out of the system. A trained professional can recharge the refrigerant and fix the issue.
  • Leaky duct work. A leak or fissure in your duct work can cause air to escape that is intended to help cool your home. It can also allow vapor and water to get into the ductwork, which may condense and leak water. (Texas humidity doesn’t help in this regard.)
  • Failing condensate pump. Some AC units feature a pump that pulls condensation out of the system. A leak indicates that the pump has failed and needs to be replaced.

If you notice your air conditioning leaking water, contact the expert technicians at General Air Conditioning. We pride ourselves on doing the job right the first time, every time, and our experts will go the extra mile to fix the source of your leaky air conditioning. We service all types of air conditioning units in San Antonio, as well as the surrounding communities. Call us today to make an appointment.

Why Won’t My Air Conditioning Turn On?

Friday, July 26th, 2013

There are few situations more frustrating than not being able to start up your air conditioning system on a very hot summer day. If your air conditioner simply won’t turn on, contact the professional San Antonio air conditioning repair technicians at General Air Conditioning today. The longer you put off any necessary AC repairs, the more likely it becomes that your system will face serious damages. Do not allow minor AC problems to cause you a big headache down the road. As soon as you realize that your AC will not come on, give us a call. Here are a few tips to help you handle the situation properly.

Before jumping to a worst case scenario mentality, double check that you have set your thermostat properly. If you have it set to “heat” rather than to “cool,” or if you have set the temperature to an inappropriately high level, then the air conditioning system just may not realize that it ought to be running. It is also possible that your air conditioner has come unplugged from its power source, or even that something has severed the power line. Finally, check your circuit breakers. You could have your air conditioning system back up and running with the flip of a switch.

Once you have determined that this is not a simple case of human error and that your AC really will not start up, it is time to contact your air conditioning repair technician. It is very possible that there is an electrical problem within your air conditioning system, or that your start capacitor, which gives the system an extra energy boost to get going, has failed. It may also be a problem with a fan motor or even a slipped fan belt. If your AC seems to turn on but does not want to cool your home, you may have a low refrigerant charge on your hand. Contact us to determine the exact cause of your problem.

If your air conditioner won’t turn on at all, or if some component of it does not seem to operate, contact the San Antonio air conditioning repair pros at General Air Conditioning. We’ll make sure that you are able to cool your home effectively and reliably. Call now to discuss your AC repair options.

Air Conditioning Issues Caused by Clogged Air Filter

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

The air filter in your air conditioner screens out dust and allergens that can create problems in the rest of the system, which is why you need to replace it periodically in order to keep the air conditioning system running at high efficiency. In Bexar County, our AC repair technicians contend with dust and allergens during the dry season, while keeping AC units working in order to hold off those muggy Texas summers. If you don’t routinely inspect and replace the filters in your air conditioning, you may have to deal with any of the below issues caused by a clogged air filter.

  • Monthly energy bills rise as the air conditioning functions less efficiently and works harder in order to keep your house cool and comfortable.
  • The air conditioning itself suffers more wear and tear, leading to large repair bills and breakdowns at inconvenient times. The cost of a regular filter change is considerably less than the price of a repair or replacement bill later on down the line.
  • Similarly, the overall lifespan of the air conditioning unit drops, necessitating the installation of a new unit sooner than necessary.
  • Air quality in general goes down, making your house considerably less comfortable even if you don’t suffer from allergies.

Bexar County AC repair services often deal with issues cause by a clogged air filter. With the humidity of central Texas, dust in the air, and the need for cool comfortable air conditioning throughout the summer months, it pays to refresh your air filters on a regular basis.

I Don’t Want My Air Conditioner to Break Down This Summer: What Should I Do?

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

This summer you want to make sure that your air conditioning system works consistently and efficiently. But how can you make sure that it happens? Here at General Air Conditioning we are dedicated to the complete satisfaction of our customers and to the quality of work that we do. That’s why we put together a quick list of some of the things that you can do to make sure that you stay comfortable this summer.

San Antonio Air Conditioning Services: How to Take Care of Your AC

When it comes to the air conditioning in your home you want two things: consistency and efficiency. Here is a quick description of how you can do that. If you need any kind of San Antonio air conditioning services just give us a quick call here at General Air Conditioning.

  • Get regular maintenance – One of the best ways for you to get consistent and efficient service from your air conditioning system is to have it regularly maintained by a professional. As your AC system operates, it will develop small problems and issues which can negatively impact the performance and consistency of your air conditioner. During regular maintenance visits, your air conditioning system technician will look for these small problems and fix them before they cause further damage. This can reduce the need for repair, increase efficiency and also extend the life of your air conditioning system.
  • Change the air filter – During regular maintenance visits, your air conditioning technician will change the air filter or your AC system. This filter is there to protect the inside of the AC equipment from any dust, dirt or insect parts that might get pulled in. However, you should make sure to check the air filter on a regular basis and keep changing it as needed. A clogged air filter is probably the most common cause of AC issues that we see. Changing the air filer will improve the efficiency of your AC system, increase its operating life and could also reduce the need for repair.

When you need San Antonio air conditioning services just call General Air Conditioning. We have years of experience and are dedicated to the complete satisfaction of our customers.

Happy 4th of July!

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

In the history of the United States, there are few days that hold such high importance as the 4th of July. We all remember baseball games, hot dogs, fireworks, ceremonies, patriotic music, and barbecues throughout the years as we’ve celebrated this special day. But we can quickly forget what our Independence Day is really about.

On this day in 1776, the second Continental Congress voted to approve the Declaration of Independence which was a written explanation of why America must be free from Great Britain. The legal separation of the two countries actually occurred on July 2, but Americans have celebrated on the 4th because that was the date on the much-publicized Declaration.

So whether you go to a ball game, watch the fireworks with family, barbecue some burgers or hoist a cold one with your friends, make sure that you take a moment to remember the sacrifice that many women and men made over 200 years ago to ensure the freedom that we cherish today.