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Signs Your Air Conditioner is Failing

Signs That Your Air Conditioner is Failing on You 

Signs Your Air Conditioner is Failing

There are usually signs of failure before the system completely stops working. Noticing the signs of failure can help you get ahead of costly repairs and hopefully save you from an expensive emergency.

Blowing Warm Air or Weak Air Flow

If the system is running but the air temperature is not what you have set it to, or even warm, you should have it checked out. Common causes are clogged air filters or return ducts. Worse, it could be a symptom of a compressor failure or refrigerant leaks. Weak airflow could be a sign that your blower is malfunctioning.

Circuit Breaker is Tripping

A tripped circuit breaker is a symptom of AC compressor failure. The compressor could be overheating during operation and drawing too much power, which causes the breaker to trip. One thing is certain, the “fix” is not to routinely flip the breaker back on! The circuit is tripping for a reason, and that reason needs to be discovered and corrected. It causes a potential fire hazard when a circuit breaker is popping under load during what should be normal operation.

HVAC Short Cycling

This happens when the system shuts off before a cycle is complete. A full cooling cycle will bring the temperature to the level set at the thermostat. When something in the system prevents it from reaching that temperature and prematurely shuts down, you have a problem. It could relate to compressor failures or clogged filters. It may even just require a refill on refrigerant levels. Evaporator coils can become frozen, or the air conditioner could be too large for your space. Short cycling can drive up energy bills and cause stress on the unit that will degrade its lifespan, so you should have it checked out sooner than later. The frequent on and off of the cycles as they are unable to reach the right temp are also symptoms of short cycling.

Outside Unit Shakes on Start-up

Sometimes the condenser will have trouble starting and begin to shake. This is known as “hard starting” and is generally a sign that it is going to fail soon. You definitely want to catch it before it fails, so if you notice this happening then turn the system off and give us a call.

Condensing Unit is Making Strange Noises

It is perfectly normal for the system to make some noise when it starts up and the fans kick in, and compressors turn on. However, grinding, squealing or clanking are NOT part of those expected noises. It may be just a loose part or a broken motor bearing or something needs to be lubricated- the key is to catch it while it is still a maintenance issue and not a broken part problem.

The Compressor Doesn’t Turn On

You have hot air coming out and go to check the unit. The fan is working, and there is power to the system but the compressor doesn’t seem to be running. The first thing to do is to turn down the thermostat to get the compressor to cycle on. If that fails to start it, there could be any number of problems causing it. You should give us a call to come in and diagnose the cause at this point.

When it comes time to replace your air conditioning unit, give Gentry A/C in Southlake, Texas a call!

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Spring Tune Up

Benefits of a Spring Tune Up For Your AC

Spring Tune Up

Inspections and tune-ups are the best way to stay ahead of expensive repairs and ensure that you have reliable climate control before the Texas summer hits. Is your business or home on our maintenance schedule yet? We service the condenser coils, filters, do thorough inspections and give you updates on any issues as part of our tune-up servicing. We will also check coolant levels and make sure everything is in perfect working order before the peak Summer season.

Lower Energy Costs

A thorough tune-up should includes comprehensive cleaning of the condenser coils. Buildup on condenser coils causes a drop in efficiency which directly leads to higher energy costs. It will also reduce wear on the system and this will lead to it lasting longer. We also evaluate coolant levels to maintain the systems best performance.

Less Risk of a Breakdown

Routine maintenance and inspections keep you ahead of any failures. Being in the middle of a Texas summer and having to deal with emergency repairs is never preferable to fixing a problem before it becomes a disaster. Our tune-ups include a complete inspection of the system to give you peace of mind that any developing problems are addressed before the Summer season.

Avoiding Costly Repairs

Maintenance and inspection schedules are specifically intended to get ahead of any developing problems. This allows us to address issues before they cause more significant breakdowns that you experience when an issue is left undiagnosed until failure. Airflow problems and part failures can be found earlier and this leads to direct savings for you in the long run.

Extend the Life of your System

The problem of build-up on coils, blocked airflow and component stress is that the increased strain can cause reliability and life expectancy to drop. Routine maintenance is the best way to get the absolute best return on investment with your HVAC systems.

Better Air Quality and Comfort

Air conditioning is a quality of life issue. During tune-ups, we also change filters that otherwise would stop working as effectively. When filters become clogged, it reduces airflow and efficiency. All the debris and grime from the past seasons are also brought right into your office or home if not cleared out. For the best experience of clean, spring air, get on our routine maintenance schedules.

Contact Gentry Air Conditioning today at 817-488-6733 to schedule your Spring tune up!

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Flu Season

Tips for Avoiding and Stopping the Spread of Flu

Flu Season

February is peak season for germs and bacteria, the flu hits hardest at this time of year. Thankfully, there are steps to keep to your home safer and prevent it from spreading even if you have someone that has become ill already. The virus that causes cold and flu are airborne, and your HVAC plays a key role in whether you become ill yourself – or stay healthy.

Moving Air allows your filters to do their job

Running your system, hot or cold doesn’t matter as much as actually having it operate, creates movement of air and allows the filtration system to work as intended. When the air in your home stays still for too long, airborne viruses stick around and that increases your chances of becoming infected.

This same concept is one of the reasons subways are so prone to causing the spread of infection. The lack of moving air allows infectious viruses to be deposited and easily picked up by casual contact.

Cold weather drives us inside and for longer periods of time. While that isn’t a bad thing on its own, please be mindful that to keep your environment healthy, you need to circulate the air you are breathing.

Whole House Humidifiers

Dry air lets flu and cold virus run unchecked. Moisture not only makes the environment more pleasant and helps with overall heating costs, but it also dramatically reduces how contagious a virus is. See our article last month on whole house humidifiers, they can bring a lot of benefit to your life. Not only can they stop flu viruses from spreading, but they can also treat the symptoms if you have already caught the flu and are suffering.

Sore throat, congestion? Whole house humidifiers help ease these symptoms dramatically. And they do it effortlessly, so you can stay tucked in bed and recover that much easier.

A Warm Home is Good for the Body

Your body’s natural defenses are strengthened when the home is warm and it is not having to spend energy keeping the body at a warmer temperature. When you come in from the cold, a warm home temperature can help prevent a cold from setting in.

Invest in Air Filtration

Dry, recycled air is more prone to airborne germs. During the middle of winter, it is not practical to open up the windows and let fresh air in. It is these times that great air filtration becomes so important. The most effective filter types come with a High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter. Doctors and allergists prefer these as they are the most effective air purification tools available. They are essentially mats of randomly arranged fiberglass fibers, somewhere between 0.5 and 2.0 micrometers. Many HVAC systems meet the requirements of hospital air filtration systems, but they require the filters to be replaced on a timely schedule to work as effectively as possible.

When you’re ready to replace your air conditioning unit, contact Gentry Air Conditioning!

 

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