Archive for August, 2013

Why Does My AC Have A Strange Smell?

Friday, August 30th, 2013

There is no denying the luxury – or necessity – of a great performance from your air conditioning system during the hot summer months. The heat really lingers here throughout the cooling season, and an efficient, reliable air conditioner is a must. Unfortunately, there are numerous problems which your air conditioning system may experience which can hinder its operation and your enjoyment of its performance. Not all of these issues are as obviously serious as a complete breakdown of your system. Remember, though, that even “minor” problems with your air conditioner, such as strange odors during operation, can be indicative of serious problems.

Schedule service with the San Antonio AC repair technicians at General Air Conditioning to get to the root of your AC odor problem.

One of the reasons that your air conditioner may smell strange during operation is due to dirty air ducts. When pollutants such as microorganisms or waste from infestations build up within your air ducts, the air that is distributed throughout the ductwork can take on that odor. Not only can such materials have a negative impact on the odor of your home, but they can also aggravate allergies and other respiratory issues. Proper duct sealing or duct replacement can help keep such contaminants out of your system.

Another reason that your air conditioner might begin to give off an odd odor has to do with the air filter. If your air filter gets wet, it can take on a mildew odor. When this happens, the air circulating throughout your home can spread the odor to different areas. If condensation within your system drips onto your air filter, or if your system has iced over for any reason and the ice melts onto it, this problem can develop. By replacing your air filter and addressing the problem that led to the saturation, you can clear the air in your home.

For more information about why your air conditioner gives off an unpleasant odor, call the San Antonio AC pros at General Air Conditioning.

We can answer any questions you may have regarding problems with your AC. Contact us today to schedule service.

Why Won’t My Home Get Cool?

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Few situations are as frustrating as flipping on your air conditioning system during the hottest time of the year, sitting back…and being met with warm, stubborn temperatures throughout your home. There are a lot of different reasons why your home may not get cool enough during the summer months, and all of them require the services of a skilled, professional air conditioning technician. If you have trouble adequately cooling your home, call the San Antonio air conditioning experts at General Air Conditioning. We can determine exactly what is wrong with your air conditioning system, or if it actually a problem with your AC at all.

One of the most common reasons that find customers’ homes won’t cool down is unfortunately a problem without an easy solution. In many cases, the air conditioning system itself was improperly sized prior to the installation. If this is the case, replacing the system with an appropriately sized air conditioner is necessary. When an AC is too small, it will struggle to reach target temperatures, putting unnecessary strain on the system and increasing the risk of damages, as well as high cooling costs.

It is also possible that your air ducts are damaged if you use a forced air distribution system. The ductwork in your home is responsible for distributing all of your conditioned air throughout. If your ducts are torn or if your system was poorly designed, it may not be able to do so as effectively as possible. This will result in a subpar performance from your air conditioning system, as well as an inefficient one.

Finally, you may have a refrigerant leak somewhere in your air conditioning system. Refrigerant is a necessary component if you hope to cool your home effectively, and a refrigerant leak can lead to a number of different problems, including an underwhelming cooling performance. Call a professional to have the leak repaired and your refrigerant recharged.

To learn more about why your air conditioning in San Antonio is struggling, call the professional AC technicians at General Air Conditioning. We have the answers you need to get a better performance from your AC. Schedule service today.

Why Is My Home So Humid?

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Have you noticed condensation on the inside of your walls? Is your home feeling stuffy and muggy? These are all signs that you have a humidity problem in your home. There are a number of reasons why this might be happening so call the San Antonio air conditioning repair experts at General Air Conditioning today. Here’s a quick explanation of a few of the things that could be causing humidity problems in your home.

San Antonio Air Conditioning Repair: Humidity Problems

Humidity is just moisture in the air. If you’ve ever taken a cold glass outside on a hot day then you’ve likely noticed how moisture will collect on the glass—this is condensation. It happens because as the warm air cools against the glass it releases its moisture. But if you notice that your home is humid, it could be a sign that your air conditioning system isn’t working that well.

Your air conditioning system cools your home my blowing the warm, moist air from your home over a series of very cold coils. As the air cools, condensation forms on the coils and then drains away. If you’re having humidity problems, it could be that your AC doesn’t have enough refrigerant which means that the coils aren’t getting cold enough. It may also be that your compressor is broken or it’s motor isn’t working well so that the refrigerant isn’t being compressed or circulated properly.

If you have a dehumidifier in your home and you start to have humidity issues you likely need to call San Antonio air conditioning repair. Your dehumidifier removes moisture from the air in the exact same way as your AC system does. The moisture it removes is supposed to drain away in a condensate drain. However, if that drain gets clogged it could prevent the dehumidifier from removing moisture—it could also cause a water leak that might damage your home.

When you need any kind of San Antonio air conditioning repair, installation or maintenance just call the experts at General Air Conditioning.

What Types of Ductwork Are There?

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Ductwork refers to the system in your home that transports cool air from you air conditioning system to the various parts of your home. (It also makes a cool way for movie heroes to sneak around without getting caught by the bad guys, though if you’ve ever seen your average length of ductwork, you’ll know that this has no basis in reality.) In San Antonio, air conditioning systems help us fight the heat and humidity of summer, and those systems need quality ductwork if they’re going to function as they should. What types of ductwork are there, and what advantages and disadvantages do they provide? We’ve listed some of the more common types below:

  • Rigid metal ducts. The most common type of duct consists of sheet metal such as galvanized steel or aluminum.  Metal is inexpensive, moisture and outside contaminants usually can’t get in, and its non-porous surface makes it comparatively easy to keep clean.
  • Flexible ducts. Flexible ducts are often composed of a mixture of metal and plastic, and as their name suggests, they possess much more flexibility than rigid metal ducts: making it easier to bend them around corners. They’re also lightweight and fairly strong. They tend to work best as short lengths, since they’re not as impermeable as rigid metal ducts and suffer stress if they’re twisted in too many directions.
  • Fiberglass-lined ducts. These ducts are metal, but retain a fiberglass lining to help insulate the line. That helps keep the cool air cool, while repelling moisture and other external conditions.
  • Fiberboard ducts. Fiberboard use concentrated resin as material, with a metal foil wrapping to help repel moisture and airborne contaminants.

The exact type of duct used depends on the specific household, as well as issues like the availability of crawlspace and the amount of ambient humidity in the air. As you may have guessed, some houses use multiple types of ductwork in their system. If you’re looking to install a new air conditioning system or if you just need some maintenance on your existing one, call the experts at General Air Conditioning. Our trained service professionals can handle ductwork issues throughout the greater San Antonio area. Schedule a consultation with us; we’ll inspect your existing system and let you know what your best options are, then embark upon the maintenance or installation service with an eye toward your complete satisfaction.