Texas Heat and Common AC Problems

 

With summer temperatures shortly around the corner, now is the time to ensure you won’t run into ac problems.  We all know Texas heat gets brutal with high temperatures and high humidity, we take relief and comfort in relying heavily on proper functionality of our home AC and commercial HVAC systems. Proper maintenance is always important for functionality and longevity, but the ultimate test on your ac system occurs during summer time.  Be prepared and get inspected if you are uncertain. If you are already experiencing common AC problems, don’t prolong the issue and risk further damage.  You can contact Expert Air for inspections, AC repair, HVAC maintenance, and more.  We are your all-in-one company for all things A/C.

·         Uneven Cooling.

o   Cause - Obstructed airflow. Leaking ducts.

o   DIY Effort -  Windows closed and check that vents are open and unobstructed.

o   If above efforts are ineffective, contact Expert Air to schedule your appointment for a professional diagnosis and solution to balance the system or repair the ductwork.

·         Constant Cycling.

o   Cause -  Obstructed airflow by dirt/debris

o   DIY Effort -  Clean condenser coil with proper grade condenser cleaner. Clean evaporator. Replace the air filter.

o   If above efforts are ineffective, contact Expert Air to schedule your appointment for a professional diagnosis and solution.

·         Not Cooling.

o   Cause -  Faulty parts, blocked airflow, refrigerant leaks, and more

o   DIY Effort -  Lower temperature that’s set to cool.  Clean coils and evaporator.  Replace the air filter.

o   If above efforts are ineffective, contact Expert Air to schedule your appointment for a professional diagnosis and solution.

·         Won’t Turn On.

o   Cause - Faulty contactor, tripped breakers, worn out parts, or user error

o   DIY Effort -  Thermostat set to cool, lower by several degrees. Check for tripped breakers or blown fuses.

o   If above efforts are ineffective, contact Expert Air to schedule your appointment for a professional diagnosis and solution as all issues will require professional repair.

·         Constant Running.

o   Cause -  Faulty Contactor

o   DIY Effort - Not Advised

o   Contact Expert Air to schedule your appointment for a professional diagnosis and HVAC repair or replacement service.

·         Frost or Ice Inside Unit.

o   Cause – Faulty contactors and refrigerant leaks

o   DIY Effort -  Turn off unit. Listen for hissing or bubbling noise

o   If after turning unit off and back on a few minutes later doesn’t resolve issue, contact Expert Air to schedule your appointment for a professional diagnosis and solution.

AC issues are always a problem, whether more of an annoyance or a major issue that can cause safety or health hazards.  If your ac issue isn’t listed here, be sure to check out our site for more common problems.  You can always contact Expert Air for assistance with any AC issue you have.  We are available 24-hours a day and 7-days a week. Let us keep you cool and comfortable.

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What You Should Do When the Power Goes Out

Power outages are inevitable and occur without notice.  Power outages often occur during bad storms or because something went wrong with your electricity. Usually the outage is simply an annoyance but can cause anxiety and worry.  What makes the difference for severity that impacts the emotional aspect? How you respond and react to the power outage in the beginning as well as how well you prepare prior to.

If you need help preparing for power outages, contact the certified electricians at Expert Air for all your electrical upgrades and any electrical repair services needed. Our electrical evaluation will let you know what needs to be done preemptively so that you aren’t reacting to a power outage.  Expert Air will help you get prepared.

STRUCK BY POWER OUTAGE

·         FIND THE CULPRIT. Get informed. Information like what caused it, how long the outage will last.  Use the radio or a smartphone to research.

·         TURN OFF APPLIANCES. If the outage is from a storm, all power needs to be turned off for safety purposes.

·         KEEP THE OUTSIDE TEMPERATURE IN MIND. Long power outages mean you will be affected by the outside temperature, so bundle up if lows are cold and have as much (bottled) water as possible nearby if the highs mean it will hot.

·         WHEN OUTSIDE, AVOID STANDING WATER. Severe weather may cause downed power lines which can be hidden in any standing water.

PREPARE FOR A POWER OUTAGE

·         INVEST IN SURGE PROTECTION. Look into whole home surge protection plans to protect against potential property damage caused by storms.

·         INVEST IN STANDBY GENERATORS. Whether automatic switch or portable, the unit will help with temperature control and food preservation. A big investment up front will pay itself off during a storm both in peace of mind, health, and safety.

·         INVEST IN FOOD AND WATER SUPPLY. Whether you opt to prepare before hurricane season, June to November, or you just want to have it on hand year-round, it’s best to have at least 3-4 days’ worth of food and water for each member of your family, pets included. One gallon of water per person per day, and canned or nonperishable food for each. If you can afford it and have space for it, a 6-12 week supply is the highest recommended amount for emergency preparation.

·         PREPARE AN EMERGENCY KIT. In addition to the food and water supply above, you will also want to have a first aid kit, flashlight, and a radio that can operate on battery or hand-cranked.

Whether you have been victim to severe storms causing long power outages or you want to ensure that if it happens you will be inconvenienced as little as possible, contact Expert Air for top of the line electrical protection, as well as repair and installation services.  We offer 24/7 emergency services, so if needed, we are here to help.

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