Advice From the Pros

Five Reasons to Make Gentry Air Conditioning Your HVAC Company

 

We know that you have plenty of choices when it comes to the company that you trust with your home or business’s HVAC systems. We also know that the company you choose makes a big difference. Here are five reasons to make Gentry Air Conditioning your HVAC company:

1) We’ve been here, and we will continue to be here for you when you need us. Gentry has over 35 years in business, and we intend to have many more. Our extensive experience also means that if it can happen to your system, chances are, we’ve seen it before, and we’re ready to help you through it.

2) We are a locally owned business. This means that we are driven by maintaining our reputation and our ties with our community, and not by corporate profits. Our owner and employees are from and live right here in the mid-cities area. We constantly see our customers around town, and we are proud to provide the best service possible.

3) We go above and beyond. The industry standard labor warranty on all complete HVAC systems is one year. We back our work with a two-year warranty, so you can turn your attention to everything else going on in your life. Let us worry about your HVAC.

4) Our zero upfront cost maintenance program. Our Service Reminder Program is easy to sign up for by just telling your technician. You don’t pay anything until we come out for your maintenance check, which we contact you for in the spring and fall.

5) Our system, our trusted technicians. We never use subcontracting companies for our installations. It is standard practice in the DFW area for HVAC companies to use third party contractors to install their HVAC systems. While there are many benefits on the business side, there are almost none for the consumer trusting that HVAC company to properly install their new air conditioning or heating unit. There is significantly less accountability with a subcontractor. We only send technicians we already know and trust to your home or business.

Give us a call at Gentry Air Conditioning today! We’d be honored to be a part of your team.

 

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Air Filters

All About Air Filters

Air Filters

The air filter in your home’s furnace, air conditioner or heat pump is an important but often overlooked component of the HVAC system. Though they may seem like nothing more than cardboard boxes full of fibers or pleated material, air filters actually affect several crucial areas of indoor comfort and HVAC equipment performance. The continued high performance of a system begins with the air filter.

An air filter is usually made of a spun fiberglass material or from pleated paper or cloth enclosed in a cardboard frame. Its basic function is to clean the air that circulates through your heating and cooling system. Filters trap and hold many types of particulates and contaminants that could affect your health and comfort, including dust and dirt, pollen, mold and mold spores, fibers, lint, metal, plaster or wood particles, hair, animal fur, bacteria, and microorganisms.

Filtration usually occurs when expended air is brought back into the HVAC equipment to be conditioned and distributed again. The air is forced through the filter, and the material removes particulates and other contaminants from the air.

Filter efficiency and performance is often indicated by the filters’ minimum efficiency reporting value, or MERV rating. Standard MERV values range from 1 to 16, with the number serving as an indicator of how well the filter will remove material from the air. Higher MERV numbers indicate high levels of filtration.

For a residential setting, you will want to stick with a midrange MERV rating of 8-10. These filters provide good filtration and are commonly used in residential settings. They’re often made of pleated cloth or paper to provide more surfaces for capturing particles.

The higher-rated types of filters are highly effective (and cost more), but they’re also thick and dense and can interfere with airflow inside your home’s HVAC equipment. High-MERV filters can reduce your heating and cooling effectiveness and could damage your HVAC system by restricting airflow.

All of the air that heats or cools your home will eventually pass through the air filter in the HVAC system. For this reason, it’s extremely important that you keep clean filters in your heating or cooling equipment.

Dirty, clogged air filters are a primary source of HVAC system malfunctions. In the more extreme cases, dirty filters can damage heating and cooling equipment. Dirty air filters can reduce the airflow inside the HVAC system, which can cause air-handling fans to work harder and wear out quicker. Dirty air filters can’t remove particulates and contaminants effectively, which allows these materials back into your indoor air.

If you have a one-inch filter, it’s important to replace it every 30 days. A four-inch filter needs replacing once every 3-6 months. Electrostatic filters are replaced as needed.

Call Gentry Air Conditioning today!

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Leaking Refrigerant

What Does Leaking Refrigerant Mean for My Air Conditioner?

Leaking Refrigerant

If your air conditioner is low on refrigerant, either it was undercharged at installation or it leaks. If it leaks, simply adding refrigerant is not a solution.

One great way to think of it is that refrigerant is like air in your tire, not gas in your vehicle’s tank. If you find that you need to add refrigerant every year, then you have a leak that needs to be identified. We cannot always pinpoint and fix the leak, but we can usually find the component that the leak is in and replace that.

Leaking refrigerant will eventually prevent your system from cooling your home. Refrigerant is also used to cool your compressor, so your air won’t feel as cold when it comes out. It will also cost money in terms of your cooling bill. Leaks increase the wear and tear on your system’s parts and freezing up causes blowers to work harder. If left undiagnosed for too long, it can also cause major component failure as well. Low refrigerant can cause premature  compressor failure. It is also one of the most common HVAC issues according to energy.gov. Refrigerant leaks can also be harmful to the environment.

The old standard for residential air conditioners, now being phased out by the U.S. In 2020, R-22 will no longer be produced or imported. After 2020, only recovered, recycled, or reclaimed supplies of R-22 will be available. The production (not use) of R-22 is being phased out. You are not required to stop using R-22 air conditioners nor to replace existing equipment. The phase-out period provides time to switch to ozone-friendly refrigerants when you normally would replace your air conditioner. In the future, R-22 supplies will be more limited and costs to service equipment with R-22 may rise. What this all means for you is that if your system uses the old refrigerant, acting quickly will save you money.

When the refrigerant levels circulating through the evaporator coils is insufficient, the coil swill not adequately absorb heat. This will result in the condensation on the coils to freeze. Sometimes the frozen condensation will begin to melt and drip onto your ceiling. Though ice on the evaporator coil might not seem alarming, it could lead to a system breakdown and could translate into an expensive repair such as a compressor replacement.

A trained technician should be able to identify a leak, repair it, or recommend a replacement solution to stop the refrigerant leak. Remember that the performance and efficiency of your air conditioner are greatest when the refrigerant charge exactly matches the manufacturer’s specifications. If you suspect you are leaking refrigerant, don’t hesitate to give us a call at Gentry Air Conditioning today! We can help make things right.

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