Posts Tagged ‘Heating’

How Do Heat Pumps Heat My Home?

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

If you just went through a prolonged Texas summer, which can stretch far into the fall, then you know the benefit of an effective heat pump working for you. It provides the same level of cool, refreshing air as a quality standalone air conditioner. It’s just what you need to beat the heat.

But now the short winter season is almost here, and you’ll switch your heat pump over to “heating” mode. That seems a bit strange. After all the work the heat pump did providing you with a cooled home, now it will do the exact opposite. How is a heat pump capable of heating a home in addition to cooling it?

We’ll explain the basic operation of the heat pump in heating mode. If your heat pump can’t provide you with heat, however, you may need it repaired. Contact General Air Conditioning: we can assist you with your heat pump in Terrell Hills, TX so it does both the jobs for which it was designed.

A heat pump in heating mode

A heat pump isn’t much different than a standard air conditioner in operation: it moves heat from one location and puts it in another. When in cooling mode, it removes the heat from the indoors and puts it outdoors. But a heap pump contains a reversing valve, a mechanism that can change the direction of the flow of refrigerant through the unit. When the refrigerant’s direction changes, the heat pump switches the direction of the heat exchange as well: now it removes heat from the outdoors and moves it indoors.

Yes, there is enough heat outside, even in cold weather, for a heat pump to extract a sufficient amount to warm up your home. In Texas, heat pumps rarely need to struggle because of our mild winters. People in colder states often have to pair their heat pump with a back-up system for extremely cold weather.

Keep your heat pump working for you

If you don’t keep up regular maintenance on your heat pump, you can lose its great advantages. Make sure you sign up for a regular preventive maintenance program to have a professional give your system a thorough check-up and tune-up each year.

If you purchase the 4-star maintenance agreement from General Air Conditioning, you will receive two maintenance check-ups each year (one for your heater and the other for your air conditioner), and the second visit will be prepaid. We also offer other benefits with the agreement. Contact us today to start taking excellent care of your heat pump in Terrell Hills, TX.

San Antonio Heating Tip: Benefits of a Heat Pump Tune-Up

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Even in a dry and hot climate like the one in San Antonio, having a working heat pump system that heats your home efficiently is important to many homeowners. During the summer, you may run your air conditioning system almost every day. But your heat pump system is just as important in the winter. If it breaks down, you don’t want to be left without it for very long.

One of the best ways to prevent repairs and generally take care of your heat pump is to get it inspected and tuned-up on a regular basis. That’s why at General Air Conditioning, we recommend that you have your heat pump tuned at least once a year. There are a number of benefits to heat pump tune-ups. Here are a few of them.

  • Less Repairs – When you schedule a tune-up for your heat pump, one of our expert San Antonio heating technicians will thoroughly inspect the equipment, and they will be able to detect any small problems and repair them as needed. This prevents those small issues from developing into larger, more costly repairs.
  • Increased Efficiency – Over time and with extensive use, your heat pump may begin to wear down. Some of the components may not work as well as they get dirty or start to deteriorate. But when you schedule routine tune-ups for your heating system, the technician is able to clean out any debris, replace worn out parts and lubricate moving parts. All of these things contribute to a potential increase in efficiency.
  • Extended equipment life – Many of the heat pumps that we replace for our customers were destroyed by a small problem that went unresolved for a long period of time. With regular tune-ups, those small problems will be detected and repaired. This can potentially extend the life of your heat pump system.

If you would like to know more about the benefits of a heat pump maintenance in San Antonio, call the heating professionals at General Air Conditioning any time. We can also schedule your next service if it is time for your annual tune-up. Contact General Air Conditioning today!

Common Heating Repairs in San Antonio

Monday, January 21st, 2013

None of us enjoy having to repair the components of our home. At General Air Conditioning, we have been providing heating repairs in San Antonio for many years. We get heating repair calls for all different types of heating systems and we thought it would be helpful if we put together a short list of some of the most common repairs that we see. If your heating system isn’t working, it’s always best to call your local San Antonio heating contractor. Some problems can be indications of much larger and more dangerous issues.

The Air Filter

If you have a forced air heating system like a furnace or a heat pump, you should always try to remember to change the air filter regularly. The air filter is, by far, the most common culprit of heating repairs in San Antonio, TX. The air filter is often located near the return air duct for your heating system. It keeps dirt and dust from getting inside your heating system. But without regular changing it can get clogged and restrict the flow of air into your heating system. This can cause a bunch of nasty problems including low heat, no heat, overheating, short cycling, heat exchanger cracks and much more.

Strange Heating System Noises in San Antonio, TX

Another common heating repair call that we get is for homes whose heating system is making a strange noise. Here are some of the most common heating system noises in San Antonio.

  • Squealing – This is most common with forced-air systems like heat pumps and furnaces. Normally, this is caused by a fan motor or fab belt that is worn out. This fix is easy and can almost always be done in very little time.
  • Rumbling – If you have an oil boiler, rumbling can indicate unburned fuel left over in the combustion chamber. In furnaces, rumbling can be from the ducts expanding at the hot air or it can be a dirty burner.
  • Rattling – This is one of the most dangerous problems. It can sometimes be caused by a cracked heat exchanger which might mean that carbon monoxide is leaking into your home’s air supply. The heat exchanger is responsible for exhausting all of the harmful and toxic combustion gases.

No Heat or Not Enough Heat in San Antonio, TX

Finally, this is another common heating repair that we do in San Antonio, TX. If your heating system isn’t putting out any heat, it could be caused by a faulty thermostat. It could also be that the pilot is out or that the thermocouple has mistakenly shut off the flow of gas into your furnace or boiler.

If you need any kind of heating repairs in San Antonio, contact General Air Conditioning today!

San Antonio Heating Tip: Getting Year Heater Ready for the Winter

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Even though Texas isn’t really a state that is known for its harsh winters, there are a few months when a good heater is critical. When you need your heater, you want to know that it will work. There are a few things that you can do in order to make sure that the heater at your home in San Antonio is ready to keep you comfortable. At General Air Conditioning, we specialize in making sure that each and every one of our customers is comfortable all year round. If you need any kind of heating services in San Antonio, make sure that you contact General Air Conditioning. We thought that it would be a great idea to put together some of the basic tasks that you can do to make sure your heating system is ready to work.

Regular Heating Maintenance in San Antonio

Probably the best thing you can do to make sure that your heating system is ready for the winter is to get regular maintenance for it. We all know that regular maintenance for our cars is great, but few people actually do it for their heating system. One of the main benefits of regular heating maintenance in San Antonio is that your heating technician will be able to detect small problems before they turn into larger ones. This has the potential to reduce repair costs, increase efficiency and extend the life of your heating system.

Change Air Filter

One of the most common causes of heating problems is one of the easiest to fix: the air filter. Most furnaces and heat pumps have an air filter that sits at the return air duct. If it isn’t changed regularly it can clog with dirt and dust and cause a bunch of problems including overheating, short cycling, low air flow and more.

Check Attic Insulation

Another good thing to do is to inspect the insulation in your attic. The quality of insulation in your attic is critical to your comfort and to the energy efficiency of your home. If the insulation in your attic is old, thin or rotted, you could be losing valuable heat into your attic. Making sure that the insulation in your home’s attic is a great idea before the heating season.

If you’re interested in scheduling heating maintenance in San Antonio, call General Air Conditioning today. We have experienced and trained technicians who have worked on many different types and brands of heating systems throughout the San Antonio area. Call us today!

San Antonio Heating Tip: Why Heating Maintenance is Important?

Monday, January 7th, 2013

While Texas isn’t known for its incredibly cold weather, there are a few months of the year where we run our heaters. During that time, you want to know that your heating system is able to keep you comfortable and that it is operating efficiently. While many people understand that regular oil changes are good for their vehicle, most people don’t apply the same logic to their heating system. At General Air Conditioning, we provide heating maintenance for all different types and brands of heating systems. We thought it would be a good idea to talk about some of the benefits of regular heating maintenance in San Antonio.

Benefits of Heating Maintenance in San Antonio

No matter what kind of heating system you have, whether it’s a furnace, boiler or heat pump, having it regularly inspected is probably a great idea. Here are a few of the benefits to regular heating maintenance in San Antonio.

  • Increased efficiency – As your heating system ages, it will develop small issues or problems. These problems don’t necessarily cause the whole system to break down. But they do cause it to have to work harder. With regular maintenance, your heating technician will be able to fix those problems and potentially increase the efficiency of your system.
  • Reduced repairs – Small problems with your heating system can eventually turn into larger ones. During regular inspections, our trained heating technicians will be able to detect small problems and fix them before they turn into costly repairs.
  • Extended life – Many of the heating installation or replacement problems that we see started out as small issues. With regular inspection, your heating technician can remove those problems before they cause your whole heating system to break.

Common Heating Maintenance Tasks

There are a few common heating maintenance tasks that our San Antonio heating technicians will perform on each visit.

  • Change the air filter – If you have a forced-air heating system like a furnace or a heat pump, then you most likely have an air filter. Without attention, that filter will get clogged with dirt and cause a whole bunch of nasty problems.
  • Check fan – The fan is one of the most important parts of your heating system. During our regular maintenance visits, our techs will check the fan’s bearings, the blades, the fan belt and much more.
  • Check thermostats – The thermostat in your home and also the ones that are located on your furnace, are critical to its proper operation.
  • Check the burner – If you have a gas-fired heating system like a boiler or a furnace, our technicians will check the burner to make sure that it is clean and unobstructed.

When you need any kind of heating maintenance in San Antonio, call General Air Conditioning. We have years of experience working with all types to heating systems throughout the San Antonio area. Call us today!

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Thursday, November 15th, 2012

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