Advice From the Pros

Trane Authorized Dealer

Why Trane is the Best Air Conditioner Manufacturer

Trane Authorized Dealer

You may have heard it in the memorable ads for years on television and radio: “nothing stops a Trane.” We in the industry know from countless experiences that this is so much more than a catchy tag line. Trane manufactures the best air conditioning units available, and we at Gentry Air Conditioning and Heating are proud to offer them to you. What is it that sets them apart from the rest?

Trane units are well known in the business for their reliability. We are happy to set you up with their products, and we expect to leave you at the end of your installation call a satisfied customer who does not need to call us again for a good long while. They are consistently well manufactured using the highest quality materials, so you have the peace of mind of knowing that once that unit is installed, you don’t need to spend your valuable time worrying about your home’s temperature, even in the hottest Texas summer.

Trane’s air conditioning units run so well and so effortlessly because of the attention to detail put in long before your unit arrives at your home. Strong research and development combined with expert engineering equals unparalleled quality.

Further, Trane is selective about the contractors that they allow to sell their product. Understandably, a manufacturer of their caliber only partners with the best contractors to sell, install, and service their units. The professionalism and training of the technicians is as important as the air conditioner itself, and you will find that Gentry Air Conditioning and Heating provides you with outstanding service that lives up to this high standard.

Once your purchase is complete, registering your Trane products gives you one of the strongest manufacturer’s limited warranties on parts available. Trane even offers a process to transfer your warranty to a new owner, should you sell your home.

All these factors combine to give the customer a deep sense of value, longevity, and contentment with a world class product. Put simply, Trane is the best around.

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HVAC Servicing

Signs Your HVAC May Need Servicing 

HVAC Servicing

 

Texas Summer is approaching and it is always better to be ahead of problems before they become emergencies. Some servicing may come down to calibrating the system, and some problems can be repaired before components failed completely. If you notice these signs that your air conditioning is not working as expected, schedule an appointment with us.

Warm Air

One obvious sign that something is wrong with your air conditioning system is nothing but warm air coming out of the vents. Shortly after the system engages, you should be able to feel a cool breeze come through the vents as the temperature control kicks in. The first thing to check is what mode your thermostat is set to. Set it to cooling mode and then set the temperature lower than your home’s current temperature. Check the vents, is it still blowing warm air?

If it is, then schedule a visit with us as your system needs servicing. It could need calibrations done, or it could be an indication that something more serious is wrong. Either way, it should be looked at.

Insufficient Airflow

Is the air coming out, but very weakly? There are many reasons that this could be the case. The first thing to check is your air filters. We have covered common questions with air filters earlier, but if you are not in the habit of checking once a month, please check it.  Airflow issues are either blockage or blower problems. If it is not the air filter, then have us come out to diagnose the problem.

Frequent Cycles

If the system starts and stops often, this could be a calibration issue or something more complicated with the sensors.  Low refrigerant levels can cause short cycling as well. Any of these causes can stress out the system and lower the life expectancy of the components. Components that begin to overheat and then shut off are symptoms of something about to fail.

High Humidity

If it is sticky outside, that can be normal. If it is sticky inside, that is a problem. The air conditioner should adjust humidity levels on its own and remove water from the air. If you can’t tell a difference in high humidity between the outside and inside your home, that is definitely something that should be serviced.

Water Leaks

Pooling water under your unit or dripping into your home could indicate refrigerant leaks and you should call us if you see any signs of this. It will absolutely cause problems with the system if it tries to run on low refrigerant and you may notice other symptoms above. While it is normal for a little condensation to accumulate during operation, any standing pools of liquid are signs that something is wrong.

Unusual Noises

The startup and operation noises are normal. Sudden, unexpected clunks and grinding are definitely not. Rattling and buzzing noises usually mean something that is bolted down is coming loose, so having these traced down and serviced before something breaks is the goal. If you notice noises that are out of the bounds of normal operating noise, it is better to catch it sooner than after a part has failed and possibly causes more damage within the system.

Electricity Bills Twice as High

Has your electric bill during the summer doubled?  Yes, pricing for utilities go up, but if they are drastically increasing over last year, it could be a sign that your system is working too much. There are so many factors that could affect this, but if you haven’t installed any energy-intensive appliances, an aging HVAC system could be to blame. How old is the system? You can expect to need a new system every 7-10 years depending on how well it has been maintained.

Newer HVAC systems are becoming more and more energy efficient, and smart thermostats make remotely monitoring and adjusting temperature easy. We also recommend HVAC Zoning systems to help you keep efficient energy schedules and fine-tune your home’s temperature where you want it when you want it.

Call Gentry Air Conditioning today to schedule your HVAC maintenance services!

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HVAC Zoning Thermostat

HVAC Zoning – What Is It and How Does It Work?

HVAC Zoning Thermostat

HVAC Zoning allows you to provide different climate control conditions for zoned areas of your home. There should be no more arguing over what to leave the temperature set at when you can have your own personal space be the perfect temperature for you. Do you want the temperature in the bedrooms different from the living areas? HVAC Zoning allows you that luxury.

EWC Ultra-Zone Homes require no special attention. You set the temperature in each zone, and the EWC system manages the details. Each zone is controlled by its own thermostat and communicates to each other to maximize energy efficiency. The Ultra-Zone system is a quality solution that integrates zoned thermostats, a zone control panel, zone dampers to control airflow, a transformer and occasionally a by-pass damper.

In normal single zone HVAC systems, you set the temperature and the entire home is set to that temperature. The only way to change individual rooms is often to close vents manually. You can actually end up damaging your HVAC system by running it with too many outlets closed as it affects the airflow that the system requires to run properly.

How does HVAC Zoning create different climate environments?

A combination of the zoning control system and electronic zone dampers sequences the thermostats call to control airflow in the ductwork. It senses and provides the correct temperature air to each zone as specified with the thermostat for each zone. The dampers insert into existing ductwork or can be installed at the air outlet for each room or zone. Multiple dampers can be controlled together for a single zone if there are several ducts serving one zone.

Each zone also uses its own thermostat which directs heating, cooling and fan operations for that zone. They connect into a central control panel that organizes all the parts to provide customized areas by using the existing HVAC system.

If an area needs more air, the thermostat tells the dampers to open. Once the desired temperature has been reached, the control panels tells the dampers to close for that area and continue to provide air to other areas if they need it.

This works for both heating and cooling through the same system.

Where would I use this system?

These systems are ideal for places that tend to have hot or cold spots. Most two-story or multi-level homes can benefit from the even temperature distribution provided by an HVAC zoning system. At a basic level, two zones are installed – one for the upper floor and one for the lower floor. Basements are another area that benefits from this kind of zoning solution.

Bedrooms make another great zone that can be different from living areas. If someone in the home likes it much colder or warmer than the rest of the house, this is the solution that stops arguments over what temperature to set the house.

Call Gentry Air Conditioning in Southlake, Texas today when you’re ready to invest in HVAC zoning!

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