Archive for September, 2013

How Do I Know If My Air Filters Are Clogged?

Monday, September 30th, 2013

One of the basic maintenance services you can perform on your air conditioner to keep it working is to regularly change its air filters. When your AC is doing its hardest work in hot Texas weather, you should change the filter once a month; during the winter you can lower the frequency to every three months. But make sure you keep to a schedule, because if your filter becomes overly clogged with debris, it can lead to malfunctions, a drop in energy efficiency, and poor indoor air quality.

Even with regular maintenance, a filter can still get clogged. We’ll go over some warning signs that this has happened. If a dirty filter creates serious problems, get in touch with General Air Conditioning for air conditioning repair in Hollywood Park, TX.

An early sign of a clogged filter is reduced airflow from the vents. The filter does the job of catching particles in the air that flows through the AC so they won’t damage the important interior components. A thick coating of grime across the filter will start to choke off the flow. You may still feel cool air, but it won’t blow out at the same level.

Impeded air flow will make your air conditioner work harder, and you will see this reflected in your electricity bill. If your energy costs take a sudden upward spike, your AC might be overworking. A clogged filter isn’t the only reason for this to happen, although it is one of the most common. In addition, if the filter becomes damaged from dirt build-up, it could lead to problems inside the AC cabinet, and that will also mean an inefficient performance and energy drain.

If dust starts to collect in your home despite your cleaning efforts, the air filter may be at fault. If the air filter gets jammed with dirt, dust will start to gather in the vents and get blown around the house. Pay special attention to allergy symptoms that people in your home may experience; if they worsen, then a clogged air filter may be causing a drop in air quality because of the excess dust.

Because air conditioners are complicated machines, other faults aside from a clogged filter might cause the above warning signs. If you suspect a filter problem, change the filter right away—and then call in an expert to diagnose what might have gone wrong and find a way to repair it. In Hollywood Park, TX, air conditioning repair services should be left to the expertise of General Air Conditioning. We have 15 years of experience to help give you top-quality repairs.

What Happens During an AC Maintenance Visit?

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

To keep your air conditioner working—and working well—throughout a warm Texas year, you’ll need to schedule routine maintenance and tune-ups. A maintenance visit from an AC professional can help you prevent future repairs and keep your air conditioner running at its best, and that means long-term savings for you. General Air conditioning offers a superior 4-Star maintenance agreement that gives you two scheduled visits a year, and the second one is pre-paid.

The first visit you receive from a technician will be to check on your air conditioning. This is what you can expect from your San Antonio AC maintenance visit:

The technician will examine the outdoor unit of your air conditioning system, which is where the hot air absorbed from inside your home is expelled to the outside. The technician will check over all the components inside the unit to see that they are working and aren’t suffering from extra stress: the compressor, motors, fans, capacitor, and condensing coil. Then the technician will check on the refrigerant level (called its “charge”) to be certain none of it is lost to leaks. The visit will also include a cleaning of the condenser coil to make certain that no excess dirt or debris is preventing it from releasing heat into the air.

Hopefully, the technician will not find any serious faults inside your air conditioner, and will leave you with a finely tuned machine that will keep you cool for the months to come. However, part of maintenance is to detect small problems before they grow into large ones. If your technician discovers an issue, such as bent fan blades or overworked motors, you’ll receive advice on what repairs will fix the problem.

When you purchase a 4-Star maintenance agreement with General Air Conditioning, you’ll get all these services with each visit, which goes above and beyond what other contractors offer. (Many do not clean condenser coils.) We use postcards and phone calls to remind you when you’re due for regular maintenance, so you’ll never miss out on one.

When you want excellent AC maintenance in San Antonio, TX, contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Benefits of Getting Professional AC Services

Monday, September 9th, 2013

In Texas, many of us take pride in doing our own repairs. When there’s trouble with the car, a clog in the sink, or a loose hinge on the door, we like to dash for our tool boxes and try to get to work on it ourselves. But when it comes to your air conditioning system, going DIY is often a recipe for further problems. You don’t want a personal fix-it job to turn into damage control that will cost you more money in the long run. You should summon trained HVAC experts to diagnose the problems, offer solutions, and then do the repairs.

For AC services in San Antonio, General Air Conditioning offers the benefits you should expect from professionals with 15 years of experience.

Here are a few of the reasons to seek professional AC Services:

Avoid further damages: The modern air conditioning system is a complex device that depends on multiple components to work in harmony with each other to cool your home. If one of these components starts to malfunction because of a faulty repair, the damage can rapidly spread to the other parts. For example, if your coolant begins to leak, it can lead to frost on the evaporator coils. A trained technician can provide pinpoint repairs to prevent any further damage and need for more repairs.

Keep efficiency high: HVAC professionals don’t just fix what’s wrong with your AC. They also keep your system working at peak efficiency levels. A technician can check the air flow of your air conditioner to see that it is performing at its best and not working harder than it should.

Expert diagnosis: Your AC is suddenly blowing warm air… what’s wrong? There could be any number of reasons, and unless you’re a trained expert, it can be difficult to determine correct cause. This is true for almost every malfunction your AC can experience, from strange noises or odors to the unit failing to turn on. Get professional help to diagnose the problem instead of guessing what’s wrong—and potentially getting it wrong!

When you are ready for professional AC services in San Antonio, whether you need to have repairs or you want to get preventive AC maintenance before problems arise, contact the experts at General Air Conditioning.

Why We Celebrate Labor Day

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

We hope our present and future customers had a pleasant Labor Day this September. We know how hard you work to ensure that you and your loved ones have a good life, and we feel the same way about the work that we do throughout the year. Home comfort is our business, so you can rely on our technicians to take care of any issues that you may have. To many of us, Labor Day means BBQ, the start of the football season, and spending quality time with our friends and family. But there is much more to this holiday, and we wanted to share its true purpose with you.

Like many US holidays, the origins of Labor Day are somewhat disputed. While many cite Peter J. McGuire’s (of the American Federation of Labor) suggestion of a demonstration and picnic as the inaugural Monday, others cite Matthew Maguire, then secretary of the Central Labor Union of New York. In the wake of the massive and violent Pullman Strike of 1894, which pitted George Pullman and US Marshals and Military against workers of the Pullman Palace Car Company outside Chicago. Designated as a federal holiday by Congress and President Grover Cleveland in 1894, a mere six days after the strike ended, Labor Day has since become a way of recognizing the contribution that hard working Americans have made to this country.

We wish you all the best, and hopefully you took the time to relax, eat some good food, and take a load off.