Do you want to know what your Expert Air technician does during spring HVAC maintenance?

Do you want to know what your Expert Air technician does during spring HVAC maintenance?

Spring HVAC maintenance is the best thing you can do for your HVAC system…and your wallet! During the summer, your air conditioning system works hard to make sure your home is at just the right temperature. On hotter days, this can make the air conditioner work harder, creating a higher electricity bill.

Spring maintenance does a couple of things for your cooling equipment:

  • Helps you avoid emergency “no cool” calls during the peak cooling season.
  • Helps your unit run as efficiently as possible, saving you money during the peak cooling season.

Here are a few things that go on during an Expert Air spring maintenance appointment:

  • Our technician will inspect the indoor coil for cleanliness. The coil will be cleaned if necessary.
  • While inside, the technician will inspect the furnace or air handler blower assembly for proper operation and cleanliness.
  • All electrical connections will be inspected.
  • The technician will check the operation of the compressor and outdoor fan motor.
  • Lastly, the technician will check the system’s refrigerant level. If the refrigerant level is low, we will check for a leak, NOT just replace the refrigerant. If it is determined that there is a leak, we will eitherfix the leak or replace the component that is leaking.

There are also things you can do to help your air conditioner run as efficiently as possible during the summer, like changing your furnace filter. Click Here to find out more about common air conditioning components weservice

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What Does a Heat Pump Do?

What Does a Heat Pump Do?

Simply put, the heat pump uses the outside air to heat a home in the winter months while using the same outside air to cool a home during the summer months. The outdoor unit is referred to as a heat pump. Heat energy is always present, whether in cold or hot temperatures. The heat pump acts like an air conditioner during the summer, removing heat from your home.

A major advantageous aspect of the heat pump is that it doesn’t generate heat, but moves heat, making it more energy efficient. The HVAC system is powered by electricity. What makes the heat pump more energy-efficient is how they operate. The heat pump uses renewable energy in the form of low temperature heat

The major components of the heat pump include:

The outdoor unit
– compressor, reverse valve, fan and motor, defrost control, and electrical components

Air Handler
– evaporator coil, blower motor, electric heater pack

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What Does a Boiler Really Do?

What Does a Boiler Really Do?

The boiler, a magnificent tool making cold winter temperatures more enjoyably endurable. The boiler is the key to central heating system bringing warmth to all parts of your space. Imagine a large fire with an endless supply of natural gas via a pipe. That’s your boiler. The electric switch that signals the boiler to turn on, has a valve open where gas enters the sealed combustion chamber via mini jets, and an electric ignition system sets them ‘on fire’. The gas jets connect with a heat exchanger to a pipe that carries cold water. Heat exchanger takes energy from gas jets and heats the water to roughly 140 degrees Fahrenheit.

Water travels through each hot-water radiator and then returns to the boiler.Passing through the radiator, heat is given off and warms the room(s) in turn. On the way back to the boiler, the water cools significantly, so the boiler must keep going with the fire; it keeps the water temperature high enough to heat your home or office.

Good Things to Know About Your Boiler:

    • Standard efficiency or high-efficiency model
      • Standard – vented in a metal pipe
      • High-Efficiency – vented in a PVC pipe
    • Type of Radiation
      • Fintube
      • Baseboard
      • Cast Iron Radiator
    • Fuel Sourcel
      • Gas
      • Oil
      • Electricity
  • Annual maintenance ensures efficient operation, contact Expert Air today to schedule your inspection or to join our maintenance program and gain many perks
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Types of Ductwork

Types of Ductwork

Ductwork is not visible but is highly significant when it comes to air distribution and utility costs. Whether buying a home, or finding it’s time for ductwork upgrades, take the time to learn why it matters, so you make the right investment. If you notice your energy costs keep rising, your indoor air quality continues to degrade, or you constantly have uneven temperatures in all the zones of your home, it may be time to replace your ductwork The Woodlands.

Contact the certified technicians at Expert Air today for a proper and reliable ductwork evaluation that will include a visual inspection, air flow measurements, and ductwork blower test.

When it comes to choosing the right type of duct work for you space, preferences, and budget, you do have choices. No matter your choice, evaluate the pros and cons of each type.

  • Flexible
  • Sheet Metal
  • Fiberglass Duct Board

Duct work is how the cooled air is carried from the air conditioning unit through your home. Ductwork also removes stale air and is a type of filtration system. Sheet Metal is the most commonly used type of air ductwork. Easy installation and comes in variety of shapes and sizes of thickness. Biggest pro is that sheet metal air ducts are the most durable type of duct construction and are the least likely to have mold growth.

A second option for ductwork material is Fiberglass Duct Board which is the lowest cost option for air duct systems to install. Well insulated but has the downfall of mold and mildew overgrowth and the design surface inadvertently impacts airflow and energy efficiency. Other benefits of this option as an unexpected perk is that it provides thermal and acoustical benefits.The material design serves as an air barrier, water vapor retardant, and it’s sealed to prevent fiberglass fibers from entering the air stream.

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What’s the Future for Your Air Conditioning Unit

What’s the Future for Your Air Conditioning Unit

The obvious comfort and relief that comes from your home or business air conditioning unit will forever be significant and a basic requirement for overall well-being. That may sound a tad extreme but taking it back to psychology, physiological requirements must be met before the psyche can further develop, and from our youngest days to our last days, part of that need is a comfort that your ac unit is built for.

AC Units are not new though, and the technological advancements for them only continue. What then does the future hold for your residential or commercial air conditioning system? In some ways, the future is now. We are already experiencing the changes and benefits of home automation and smart technology. Depending on the brand and model.Smart technology already seems to be integrated into our everyday lives, even for those who aren’t overly tech savvy.From controlling lighting with a remote or phone application, setting alarms or turning of lights remotely from online, to newer television sets, smart technology has been integrated into these products.

Over the more recent years, the heating and cooling industry has already been integrated by smart technology. You can already control your temperature settings from smartphone applications, which gives you convenience, peace of mind, and improved utility usage. It’s not far fetched to say that in the future voice-activated technology can be used to change your ac unit settings, report the internal status of working components, schedule repairs, and more.

AC units are no longer designed to be bulky, ugly, and disregarded as just a requirement for the home. Today HVAC systems are designed with style, seamlessness, and overall energy impact in mind. Units today are designed to be smaller, blend pleasantly, and be more efficient.

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Talk of Radiant Barriers

Talk of Radiant Barriers

The importance and impact of radiant barriers can be seen by evaluating your utility bills before and after the installation. If you are considering installing radiant barriers so you too can experience the cost savings, contact Expert Air today to schedule your evaluation, professional installation, or to have any questions answered.

Simply put, the hotter the temperatures, the more effective the radiant barrier. You can save 5-17% on cooling bills by investing in radiant barriers. Over time, the effect the radiant barrier has, pays for itself in overall cost savings. You will basically be paying yourself to be more comfortable.

What is a Radiant Barrier

How the radiant barrier works is simple physics. It’s made of an aluminum surface that reflects heat back to where it originated. From the sun to beating down on your roof, the heat seeps through the surface into the attic, which works into the rest of the house, creating more need and overhaul on the air conditioning system. The radiant barrier reflects the heat from the roof back to the sun, thus not allowing the same intensity of heat to penetrate the roof

Another cost saving of the radiant barrier is the impact saved on the air conditioning unit. Again, no radiant barrier means more heat in your home or business, and the ac unit runs more to compensate, but with a radiant barrier, the ac unit doesn’t have to work as hard or as often. Less wear and tear on the ac unit means more savings long-term for the consumer.

A note to remember when considering investing in a radiant barrier is that it MUST be installed correctly to be effective, so before you attempt to do-it-yourself, consider what a waste it would be if you did it wrong. Worry not about installation by trusting the certified technicians at Expert Air.

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Get Allergy Relief with a Dehumidifier

Get Allergy Relief with a Dehumidifier

If allergies are something you are regularly bothered by, you can rejoice in the relief that a dehumidifier can bring you. From seasonal allergies to dust miters and mildew, the suffering can end with a good dehumidifier. From the comfort of your nicely cooled home to humid weather right outside, the common allergy triggers are thriving. Moisture can easily build up, especially in small areas with limited ventilation such as small living space to kitchens or bathrooms.

Common Reactions to Allergy Triggers

  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Sneezing or difficulty breathing
  • Skin rash and/or other irritation
  • Childhood Asthma

Signs You Could Use a Dehumidifier

If you constantly suffer from seasonal allergies, you may want to consider investing in a good dehumidifier, but also if you see obvious signs of high humidity throughout your home or in specific rooms, such as:

  • Water stains on the ceiling or walls
  • Mildew or musty smell
  • Growth of mold spores (little black spots)
  • Regular condensation on windows in certain areas
  • High humidity rooms with little to no ventilation

Also, if you live in an apartment building, you should consider buying a dehumidifier.Mold and mildew spores easily travel though the ventilation system, right into your living space. The spores can also build up in the walls between apartments.

Benefits of Owning a Dehumidifier

  • Reduced humidity levels, your home will be less susceptible to common allergens
  • Run quietly and efficiently that they cause no disruption to your daily activity
  • Reduce the possibility of mold growth on furniture, clothing, and curtains
  • Breathe easier with reduced irritants to the respiratory system
  • Clothing dries faster, bread stays fresh longer
  • Reduced dust development, so less frequent cleaning
  • Reduced utility costs because the ac can run more efficiently

The dehumidifier you choose will depend on your needs, the size of the space in which it will be used, as well as the current humidity levels. There are various options on the market that can meet all consumer needs. The more advanced dehumidifiers have special features for the more specific and unique needs.

Invest in a good dehumidifier for happier and healthier living

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Things to Consider for Chilled Water System

Things to Consider for Chilled Water System

For any commercial company, regardless of size, overhead costs and safety are of the highest concern to be handled efficiently. Chilled water systems come to mind here because your ac system is a must for comfort, productivity, and safety. The pros and cons for a chilled water system will be discussed below, but what’s to be remembered is that overall, chilled water systems are cost effective avenues for cool temperatures that are also safe. Safe because having refrigerant piped all over your commercial building, has inherit hazards, and chilled water systems take that hazard out.

Advantages

  • Energy Reduction and Lower Utility Bills – Compared to standard air cooled chiller/HVAC system
  • Noise Reduction – Extremely quiet choice, excellent in certain environments. Water is not as susceptible to duct and vent expansion and contraction.
  • Healthier Option – water is non toxic and non corrosive, unlike your standard cooling systems that use refrigerant and other chemicals for operation
  • Safer Solution – again, no refrigerant piped hazard to be worried about
  • Longevity – Lasts longer than standard air cooled chiller alternative because water chilled is installed indoors and the alternative is outdoors, impacted by the elements. Also alternative uses chemicals that the water chilled system doesn’t require

Disadvantages

    • Higher Upfront Costs – All technology advanced equipment costs more upfront than the standard option. Also, more complex units tend to have higher labor costs due to specialized training. It can pay for itself over time in a multitude of ways (think advantages)
    • Standard Maintenance Increase – More working parts means more chance of increased inspection, repair, and/or replacement of faulty parts. Water treatments will also be required.
    • Not as Effective in Humid Environments - Higher levels of humidity raise the  wet-bulb temperature, which is an indicator of how efficiently water absorbs heat. This equates to higher operating costs.

Whether you are ready for your first water chilled system or need a repair or replacement to your already installed unit, the HVAC technicians at Expert Air are certified, knowledgeable, and professional.  For all your commercial needs, you can rely on Expert Air. Contact us today for more information or to schedule your appointment.

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Clean the Air in Your Home with UV Germicidal Lights

Clean the Air in Your Home with UV Germicidal Lights

Indoor air quality is vital to proper health standards and overall quality of life. Your comfort at home goes beyond the temperature setting of your a/c or heater unit. You may not even think about the air you are breathing because after all you don’t really see the air. Now you may see dust particles but there is so much more than that floating around us at all times. The list of obvious potentials that impact indoor air quality are more than a few but mostly, pollen, dust, pet dander, people dander, dirt, debris, etc. Now let’s discuss how the plethora of germs surrounding us highly influences our indoor air quality.

Germs spread bacteria and viruses, so we know to wash our hands before we eat, before we touch our face, etc., but what about all the germs on all the surfaces of every item inside your home or office? You can’t possibly constantly keep that clean, or can you? UV (Ultraviolet) Germicidal Lights can do a better clean for your indoor air quality than any effort you may attempt on your own.

UV Germicidal Lights emit UV rays that have no negative effect or byproduct.They are safe for humans and animals alike, and they are installed inside your HVAC system. The main beneficial difference between your standing air filters and electronic systems and UV germicidal lights is that the latter is about destroying living biological pollutants that simply cannot be filtered out. All the common pollutants you likely thought of initially, those can all be filtered out with standard methods. Clean air and proper indoor quality is two-fold for it is about air filtration and biological pollutant sanitation.

The beauty and key to UV lighting is that it kills pollutants on a biological level, down to the core. The pollutant will no longer be able to reproduce, thus stopping the spread. With your standard air filtration methods, the pollutants are trapped but not dead.

If you are ready to make your indoor air quality the best, contact Expert Air today to discuss the most beneficially fitting UV lighting options for your home or office.

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Should You Go with Zone System for Your HVAC

Should You Go with Zone System for Your HVAC

If you are tired of having an imbalance in temperatures in your home or office building, you may be suffering from inadequate cooling options, with a solution option of zoning for your HVAC system. If during the summer months, it seems some rooms never cool off, or in the winter it seems some rooms never warm up while others do, you may need to consider zone systems for your residential or commercial cooling needs.

To determine if you should seriously consider changing your current ac system and retrofit a zone system or to have a new installation all together, consider the following:

  • Some areas get hotter or colder than others
  • Do you have multiple floors in your floor plan
  • Do you have vaulted ceilings
  • Do any of your rooms have floor to ceiling windows
  • Do some rooms get little to no use
  • Does a part of your structure lay over a basement
  • Do certain users have different temperature needs than the rest

If you answered yes to two or more of the above questions, you should consider contacting Expert Air, your local HVAC contractor, to determine if a zone system is advised for your home or office. Ideally, you can expect to spend around $2,500 - $3,500 if the zone system is installed at the beginning, whereas if you are installing only part of the overall HVAC system, you can anticipate higher costs.To get an accurate estimate, contact Expert Air for your onsite evaluation.

 The main factors to evaluate when considering zoning for your HVAC system include:

  • Comfort
  • Improved comfort is the main goal for HVAC zone system
  • Eliminate hot or cold spots, regardless of ac system running
  • For those who prefer it cold, get it, while those who like it a little warmer, get it too
  • Save Money
  • Conserve energy and lower your monthly utility bill
  • Specifying the area for cooling/warming instead of a whole home/building means no wasted energy
  • Control
  • The ability to choose individual sections for specific temperatures. Takes comfort, energy savings, and overall control into consideration

Whether you are focusing on one, two, or all three factors for benefits of HVAC zoning, the professionals at Expert Air are trained and efficient in evaluation, installation, or repair.  Let the knowledge of all the pros and cons of zone systems be at your fingertips, when you work with the HVAC certified technicians at Expert Air.

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Importance of Attic Ventilation

Importance of Attic Ventilation

Summer heat gives a beating to all things under the sun rays. Advancements in technology continue to create and improve measures to help alleviate the pressures of the intensity of summer heat. A properly ventilated attic keeps the attic cooler, which equates to a cooler home. Your cool and comfortable home means you can be relieved from the heat inside your house.

Expert Air has decades of experience in attic ventilation and attic insulation, so trust our certified and professional technicians to get the job done right from the start. You will feel the difference right away. Whether aiming for attic ventilation for a new home build or as a repair years later, Expert Air technicians will ensure you get the best type of attic ventilation for your home.

Types of Attic Ventilation, with 5 common types, each has its own set of pros and cons.

  • Static Vent- moving parts means it will fail over time and use. Also only offers ventilation in the immediate area.
  • Ridge Vent – Best bang for your buck, you get the most ventilation for the amount of money spent
  • Gable Vent – Specific design placement of vents may have ineffective results
  • Power Fan – Constant and increased utility bill as it’s run by electricity. Allows for constant use for consistent moisture alleviation
  • Turbine Vent – Wind powers this vent, which equates to lower utility bills, but higher chance for ineffectiveness if the wind is not blowing

Attic ventilation is important all-year round, from keeping warm temperatures inside during the cool winter months as well as ensuring proper exhalation of accumulated moisture during the hot summer days. When inadequate insulation and improper installation causes issues with attic installation and/or ventilation, then the consequences can be detrimental to your roof or worse, the foundation of your home. Don’t risk poorly installed insulation, get your attic ventilation done right with Expert Air.

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Why Duct Sealing is Important

Why Duct Sealing is Important

Duct sealing becomes necessary when leaks are present. Leaks can occur over time. If you’ve noticed higher electricity bills, more humidity in the ac system, or decreased air quality, it’s time to call the professionals at Expert Air. Duct sealing is necessary but beyond the requirement there are multiple benefits to the HVAC service provided by Expert Air. Below are the major benefits of duct sealing, whether residential or commercial.

    • Increased Comfort.
    • Consistent temperatures, experience what you want when you want. Reliability.
    • Indoor Air Quality Improvement.
    • Decreased pollutants caught in the ductwork that triggers allergy or asthma symptoms.
    • Elevate Safety Measures.
    • Backdraft occurs when leaky ductwork is what you have. Functioning appliances naturally release combustion gases through the ventilation system. Duct sealing increases safety in your home or business.
    • Lowered Expenses.
    • Upfront costs pay themselves off sooner than expected when it comes to duct sealing
    • Save up to 30% in energy bills
    • Lowered energy consumption equates to lower energy bills and an ac system that works more efficiently

If you are ready to experience all the benefits of Duct sealing and enhance the lifespan of your HVAC system, contact us at Expert Air to schedule your appointment, discuss in-house financing, or to schedule your free estimate.

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Texas Heat and Common AC Problems

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.
  • Cause - Obstructed airflow. Leaking ducts.
  • DIY Effort - Windows closed and check that vents are open and unobstructed.
  • 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.
  • Cause -Obstructed airflow by dirt/debris
  • DIY Effort -Clean condenser coil with proper grade condenser cleaner. Clean evaporator. Replace the air filter.
  • If above efforts are ineffective, contact Expert Air to schedule your appointment for a professional diagnosis and solution.
  • Not Cooling.
  • Cause - Faulty parts, blocked airflow, refrigerant leaks, and more
  • DIY Effort - Lower temperature that’s set to cool.  Clean coils and evaporator.Replace the air filter.
  • If above efforts are ineffective, contact Expert Air to schedule your appointment for a professional diagnosis and solution.
  • Won’t Turn On.
  • Cause - Faulty contactor, tripped breakers, worn out parts, or user error
  • DIY Effort - Thermostat set to cool, lower by several degrees. Check for tripped breakers or blown fuses.
  • 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.
  • Cause -Faulty Contactor
  • DIY Effort - Not Advised
  • Contact Expert Air to schedule your appointment for a professional diagnosis and HVAC repair or replacement service.
  • Frost or Ice Inside Unit.
  • Cause – Faulty contactors and refrigerant leaks
  • DIY Effort -Turn off unit. Listen for hissing or bubbling noise
  • 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

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.

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DIY HVAC is Not Advised, Leave it to the Professionals

DIY HVAC is Not Advised, Leave it to the Professionals

 

Spending money happens as automatically as breathing or blinking.  Almost everything we do today, from work to play and everything we need to get things done like cars, food, and air conditioning all cost money to maintain.  When the opportunity presents itself to save money by alternative methods, sometimes what saves money today costs more money tomorrow.  DIY projects come with a lot of inherit risk, so we discuss why hiring professional and certified HVAC technicians is the advisable route.  Expert Air HVAC technicians Houston will save you time, patience, and money from the start.

Reason #1: SYSTEM IS COMPLEX

Certification and training are required for HVAC systems and home ac units due to the level of complexity and difficulty in handling.  Don’t be fooled by YouTube tutorials, this is one unit that is not an easy feat. One malfunction can lead to total system failure, for all components work together, so you need to be knowledgeable of the entire system and on an individual part level. The gamble in handling HVAC systems when not certified or truly knowledgeable is unsafe with highly dangerous results, and that far outweighs the cost savings. Those cost savings will wither away in repair, let alone if something more dangerous were to occur, like a gas leak or a fire!

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Myths about HVAC Systems

Myths about HVAC Systems

Whether planning to shop or have already purchased your ac unit, being aware of the truth about HVAC myths can help you save money. Being educated about your ac system can overall help you save money and potentially avoid ac repair The Woodlands.

Below are 7 common myths regarding ac units:

  1. Myth: You save more money when you constantly run your unit rather than turning it off while gone and back on later thus re-cooling your home again
    • Truth: Off saves money and doesn’t waste energy. Turn it off if no one is home. The key is proper insulation to trap the cool air inside. Also, remember to block some heat by drawing the curtains when you leave so you can come home to a cool room.
  2. Myth: Energy efficient ac unit is all you need to save money
    • Truth: Size matters when it comes to appliances. Too much drains you financially and can be ineffective at removing the humidity that makes you feel clammy
  3. Myth: The lower the temperature setting, the faster the room is cooled
    • Truth: If your thermostat doesn’t offer a multi-setting (low/med/high), you will have one fan speed regardless of the temperature setting. Practicing this myth will get you wasted energy, higher utility bills, and a lower chill than you really want.
  4. Myth: Leaving the ceiling fan on keeps the room cool
    • Truth: Again, if no one is home, you are wasting energy and your money, turn it off if no one is home to experience it.
  5. Myth: Location of your ac unit doesn’t impact the efficiency
    • Truth: Location is a crucial key to overall ac efficiency. When the location is too close to light fixtures or electrical appliances, the ac unit gets tricked by the emitted heat surrounding them; wasted energy by false input. You get higher bills and wasted use of your ac unit, thus increasing the frequency need for ac repair The Woodlands.
  6. Myth: You only need to clean your ac unit once a year
    • Truth: Dust is constantly inevitable and it clogs filters quickly. Change your air filters every 2-3 months and sooner if the ac unit constantly runs for longer periods of time.
  7. Myth: Closing the air vents to unoccupied rooms reduces the load on your ac unit and saves you money.
    • Truth: Modern units are built to be balanced in pressure, so you intentionally closing the vents can cause an imbalance, making your HVAC system overhaul, leading to more ac repair The Woodlands and decreasing the lifespan of the unit.

A solid ac unit is essential today, but there is a lot of information surrounding the best buy as well as proper use to fully extend the lifetime of your HVAC system. If it happens that you forget the truth to the debunked myths and your habits cause the need for ac repair The Woodlands, contact Expert Air today to schedule your repairs.

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Why Isn’t the AC Cooling

Why Isn’t the AC Cooling

When your ac unit isn’t functioning properly, you’ll know right away, and it may be a big problem, especially in Texas. Our summers can get downright steamy, so hot you can fry an egg on the road. There are several things that could be wrong with your residential or commercial ac unit, and they all impact the energy bill, your comfort level physically, and your mental state, because who can work or relax when you’re feeling sticky from sweating inside. It’s also uncomfortable to go from one room to another and feel like you switched time zones in temperature levels, this too is an a/c issue. Whether you have ac questions or concerns, the certified technicians at Expert Air, are ready to bring the comfort of cool back to you today.

Below are some of the more common reasons for a/c issues:

  1. Insulation Installed Improperly
    • For inspection and to schedule proper insulation installation, contact Expert Air today.
  2. Condenser Unit Not Maintained
    • Ensure proper lawn maintenance surrounding unit. Keep an eye out for debris
  3. Thermostat Issues
    • For your thermostat repair, replacement, upgrades, and installations, contact us today.
  4. Airflow Insufficiency
    • Change out your air filter when needed, usually every 3-4 months
    • May need a duct cleaning or fan testing, contact Expert Air today to schedule.
  5. Electrical Issues
    • Check your breakers, flip them off and back on again
    • If that doesn’t work, contact the professional HVAC team at Expert Air
  6. Air Handler Frozen
    • Check behind your AC unit and inspect the evaporator coils
    • Frozen coils will cause the air to be hot, turn off unit for 24-hours to thaw
    • Once defrosted, check coils to see if they are dirty, clean if needed
    • HVAC service and cleaning may be required if above efforts were fruitless.
  7. Low Refrigerant
    • Required to produce cool air, just like in your car
    • Must hire a professional HVAC technician to install and dispose of used refrigerant.

If you are ready to have your air conditioning unit inspected, repaired, replaced, or installed in the Houston area or any of the surrounding cities that we provide expert service to, contact us today.

The Woodlands Office (281) 907-3887
Clear Lake Office (281) 709-4183
Magnolia Office (281) 766-9147
Baytown (832) 514-2513
Conroe Office (936) 228-9757
Humble/Kingwood Office (281) 713-4517
Houston Office
Katy Office
Spring Office
 

 

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Is it Time to Replace the AC Condenser?

Is it Time to Replace the AC Condenser?

As February rolls on, Texas weather will continue to fluctuate but ease into warmer temperatures. As the warmer conditions hit, you will want to start cranking on the air conditioner for relief from the heat. If your ac unit appears to not be functioning correctly, you may need to replace the ac condenser. Contact Expert Air today for a professional evaluation and solution that is best fitting your needs.

Purpose of the AC Condenser

This vital part takes the gas created from the air conditioner and converts it to a liquid form by cooling it down. The liquid version creates the refrigerant that your ac system needs to function properly. If this crucial part malfunctions, the entire AC system will malfunction. Ignoring this issue can lead to very expensive replacement.

Causes of a Malfunctioning AC Condenser

  • Blockage or leak
    • Faulty tubes or seals will cause leaks
    • Can occur over time or from a puncture or rupture
    • Blockage from external debris but most likely from metal particles flaking off the condenser itself
    • Blockage occurs usually from age or poor maintenance
  • Dirty components and/or bad run capacitor
    1. Outside elements like grass can dirty your components. Clean the area surrounding your ac unit regularly to avoid this
  • Faulty control board
    • The control center of all component communication. When this is bad, the system won’t work correctly
  • Motor has been burned
    • Occurs gradually and is usually caused by stress on the unit and/or poor maintenance
  • Blockage can mean multiple surrounding AC components will also need to be replace
  • Have your AC system inspection by the professional technicians at Expert Air
  • Repair or Replace

    • Repair if it’s a dirty condenser, bad run capacitor, bad switch, faulty control board, or burnt motor
    • Replace when there are leaks, blockage, or the system age. Because ac systems have advances in technology every few years, sometimes it is more cost effective to replace with a newer model over repairing the current one.
    • Have the professionals at Expert Air evaluate to determine the true extent of damage and the most advisable route
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    AC Capacitors Not Working & What It Means

    AC Capacitors Not Working & What It Means

    For the ultimate comfort today, we rely heavily on electrical systems and electricity. Reliable electricity is required but your systems must be functioning correctly to be effective. When your capacitor goes out in your ac system, you aren’t feeling that beautiful breeze. Your air conditioning system is as complex as a car in that many components work in conjunction. From the smallest of issues to major haywire conditions, contact the professionals at Expert Air to repair or replace your ac units.

    A major component of your air conditioning unit is the capacitor. They are so crucial, that without them, the motors connected to the fans and compressor wouldn’t work. Without getting thorough training on all the intricate details of the product, here’s an abbreviated lesson on Capacitors.

    What Are Capacitors?

    • They are small components that store energy.
    • Attached to motors, they send a jolt of energy to kick start the motor
    • They also send a series of jolts to the motor to keep it running
    • The AC has 3 motors: Compressor, Blower, and Outside Fan
    • Your capacitors energize them all

    Why Failing Capacitors Matter…

    • Regular wear and tear is inevitable in all parts, and over time the capacitors will lose their charge
    • The beginning failure is notable by the “clicking sound”
    • Call Expert Air for repair at this stage, before one of those 3 motors goes out completely
    • “Humming Sound” indicates run/start capacitor(s) has gone out
    • Repair before entire system goes out and requires replacement over repair
    • “Hard Starting” means the compressor motor has gone out
    • “Hard Starting” is when the AC struggles to start then shuts off shortly after. This is extreme strain on the system. Immediate professional assistance needed.

    Replacing capacitors is not a do-it-yourself job, for the oil that can spill from the system is dangerous to handle. Contact Expert Air today to schedule your repair or replacement. Remember, regular maintenance will often help in avoiding majoring repairs and replacements. Expert Air has a great maintenance program that saves you money, time, and worries.

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    Winter Affects HVAC Operations

    Winter Affects HVAC Operations

    When you least expect it, HVAC issues can occur when you do not regularly maintain your equipment, or you opt to skip on an annual HVAC inspection by the professionals at Expert Air. HVAC repairs can be costly, and it only takes one or two repairs to see the benefit in regularly scheduled inspections by certified technicians. Consider the perks of maintenance programs, like ours, click here.

    Some common HVAC issues include:

    1. Faulty Thermostat Readings
      1. Feel like the thermostat isn’t displaying the right temperature
      2. Thermostat placement may need to be changed
      3. Thermostat upgrade may be needed
      4. Thermostat repair may be an option
    2. Inconsistent Room Temperature Setting
      1. Causing discomfort and increased energy bills
      2. Culprit could be debris, rectified by a proper cleaning and filter replacement
      3. Potentially major HVAC issue
    3. Frozen Evaporator Coils
      1. Likely the airways are clogged or too low of temperature setting on unit
      2. We advise not setting the temperature below 60 degrees
      3. You need an inspection done immediately

     

    HVAC Tips for Texas Winter

    1. Clean the Furnace Air Ducts
      1. Year-round contents in the air clog the air duct – dirt, pollen, smoke, pet dander
      2. Cleaning or replacing every 6-months is best in Texas
    2. Replace Parts on Unit that are Worn-Out
      1. Proper inspection is needed if unit is 5+ - years old
      2. Schedule inspection if you have the following issues
        1. AC not blowing cold air
        2. Heater not blowing hot hair
        3. Furnace is loud
        4. Power issues are observed
    3. HVAC System Upgrade
      1. Newer models are energy efficient
      2. SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficient Rating) models are best
    4. Clear Debris Around HVAC System
      1. Leaves and yard debris should be kept clear of HVAC system
      2. Leaving unclear will lead to bacteria and mold build up that gets into your system and in the air you breath
    5. Schedule Routine Maintenance with Expert Air
      1. From routine maintenance to unplanned inspections, repairs, and installations, the certified technicians at Expert Air, are ready to help
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