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What Is An Air Conditioning Tune-Up?

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Customers ask us all the time what happens during a tune-up. An air conditioning tune-up is a full inspection and analysis of your cooling system along with the cleaning of accessible parts. The cost of scheduling regular maintenance will easily pay for itself by extending the life of your air conditioning system and breakdowns that are avoided. Below is a list of what we do during a tune-up and what makes Gentry AC different than the rest.

Inspect all electrical components

Capacitors, fan motors, compressors, thermostats and circuit boards. The key to checking these items is that we can see signs of weakness that can cause a break down during the hottest days of the year. When we find these issues, we inform of the issue and their options and then let them decide to leave the part as is or replace it to prevent the breakdown.

Refrigerant levels

A system that is low on refrigerant will start developing other directly related issues. Checking your refrigerant annually helps catch a leak before it becomes a larger problem

Condensate Drains

Have you ever seen water dripping from a pipe on the side of your house? That typically means that your condensate drain is clogged. We check for this and clear any clogs if present.

Air Filter

A dirty air filter can cause issues all down the line of your system. We make sure that yours is clean and ready to go

Condenser coils

We thoroughly wash the outdoor condenser coils. Keeping these clean helps your AC system run at peak efficiency

Ductwork and other items

We visually inspect your ductwork and other items to identify and air leakage or efficiency issues.

We only use knowledgeable “Service Technicians” with several years of experience that can, not only, maintain your AC units, but identify any potential issues that may arise. Some companies use “Maintenance Technicians” that have limited knowledge of AC systems and perform only basic functions.

Call Gentry Air Conditioning today to schedule your maintenance before the heat gets here!

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Replace Your HVAC System Before Putting Your House On The Market?

Replace HVAC System Before Selling

A question we get asked often is “Should we replace our HVAC system before putting our house on the market?” 

Selling your home can be a nerve-wracking time. Packing, hiring movers, last minute showings and all of the other necessities are all stressful. Most sellers have little time to think about their HVAC system. It may seem counter-intuitive to make a large investment on an HVAC system for a home that you are selling. When a potential buyer walks through and around a home, that rusty unit or dusty furnace can be a red flag. No one wants to purchase a home, then months later have to spend thousands of dollars on repairs or replacement. Having the ability to show that your current HVAC system is healthy and shows no signs of breaking down is vital to selling your home.

Potential HVAC Issues

We often get called to homes by sellers and buyers to evaluate HVAC systems to see if there are issues or weaknesses. An old or inefficient system can lead to high utility bills, plus signal possible breakdowns in the future. A trend that is popping up nowadays is home buyers requesting recent utility bills. A higher average electric bill will likely detract a person from purchasing a home. 

Many home sellers schedule us to come out and identify any potential issues that could hold up the sale. You may not recoup 100% of the cost from replacing your HVAC. However, it will help with marketability and the ease of selling your home for the price you’ve asked. All home buyers would prefer a new HVAC system in their new investment! If you want to make sure your home’s HVAC system will pass the test before you put your home on the market, give us a call!

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Why Should You Consider a Two-Stage Furnace?

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Everyone knows that, in DFW, it’s hot. When we replace an HVAC system, the first thing we have check is that it is the new HVAC system is the right size to properly cool your home on the hottest day of the year. Since a large air conditioner must match up with a furnace of the same size, this means that sometimes we have to put in a furnace that is larger than what your home needs. A furnace that is too large can cause comfort issues, poor indoor air quality, and higher utility bills.

Why a Two-Stage Furnace? 

Our solution to this common problem is a two-stage furnace. The difference between a traditional furnace and the two-stage furnace is all in the name. Traditional furnaces have just one speed, so when you put the thermostat on to heat, it blasts you with 100% heating capacity. While percentages vary, a 2-stage furnace will start out at 50%-75% of capacity and then bring on the remaining heating capacity if needed to achieve the desired temperature. The reduced capacity creates a more comfortable environment that heats the home evenly.

Other Benefits

The most common application for the two-stage furnace we see is for the HVAC system on the second floor of a house. The second floor benefits from warm air rising up from below, so less heating is required to keep that area comfortable. The 2-stage furnace also corrects poor indoor air quality. When a traditional furnace comes on, it heats the house up quickly and then shuts down. This does not allow the air to circulate through the home and pass through the air filter to get purified. A two-stage furnace slows down the air flow so that more air can move through the system and the air filter. Two-stage furnaces are also quieter than their single speed counterparts.

It helps with A/C too!

Lastly, the metered air flow also helps in the cooling seasons to reduce humidity and improve comfort in your home. The air flows out of the vents in a uniform flow and doesn’t hit you with a freezing blast of air. Go a step further and combo a 2-stage furnace with a 2-stage air conditioner to make a highly efficient and comfortable HVAC system.
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