As any resident in San Antonio, TX will tell you, temperatures can vary from bitterly cold in the colder months to reaching a sweltering one hundred degrees in summer. The recent cold snap has shown us how vital it is to have your HVAC unit functioning properly. The best way to do that is to have it regularly serviced by one of bluefrog Plumbing’s highly trained technicians.
bluefrog Plumbing + Drain + HVAC of San Antonio has been the leading heating and AC repair company in San Antonio, TX for many years. Why? Well because we hire only the best technicians who we train to offer only the best customer service.
The people of San Antonio, TX know we provide the highest standards of workmanship at affordable prices. If you do not believe us, then check all our online reviews and see how many satisfied customers we have in the great city of San Antonio.
Routine HVAC Service to Prevent a Heating and AC Repair
A service from bluefrog Plumbing + Drain + HVAC of San Antonio will ensure that your HVAC is running more efficiently. This will reduce your running costs, which is welcome news given the recent rise in energy costs. You will gain greater peace of mind, knowing that your HVAC will be less likely to break down and need a heating and AC repair.
Things to Look Out for to Avoid a Heating and AC Repair
Even a well-looked after HVAC can still break down and need a heating and AC repair. An emergency can occur at any time, and it is not always easy to find a company to come out and fix your HVAC for you. That is why bluefrog Plumbing + Drain + HVAC of San Antonio have technicians on call 24/7. You never know when you are going to need us. An emergency call-out is always going to put a strain on any family’s budget, but there are some warning signs to keep a lookout for to prevent this from happening.
You See Frost on the Evaporator Coils
It may seem strange to see frost and ice on the evaporator coils during a heatwave. But this can happen if you are not careful. The evaporator coils carry out a key role in keeping your home cool and safe for you and your family. The warm air from inside your home is removed and blown over the coil by a fan. Coolant within the coils will absorb the heat from the warm air. The now cooler air is then blown back inside your home.
So far so good. Several factors can reduce the efficiency of this process, and these include
- Dirty air filters.
- Faulty fan.
- Low coolant levels in the HVAC.
- Dirty evaporator coils.
Unless the evaporator coils get enough heat from the warm air, they will start to freeze over, and you will notice frost and ice appearing on them. Unless the problem is dealt with, the evaporator coils will completely freeze over, and the air conditioning element of your HVAC will shut down. If this happens too many times your unit could break down completely and you will need a heating and AC repair.
Dirty air filters need to be replaced or cleaned regularly. Although this is part of a service from bluefrog Plumbing, this is a task you can do yourself, especially if you notice a buildup of dirt on the air filters. There is also a further benefit, dirty air filters will allow more dust, dirt particles, and pollen into the HVAC and then into your home, lowering the air quality. The time intervals between changing air filters will vary from home to home, but the more people and pets that live in your home the more frequently they need to be changed. The longer you wait between changes the more chance your HVAC will break down and need a heating and AC repair.
Fixing faulty fans, topping up coolant levels and cleaning are probably jobs best left to the experts from bluefrog plumbing.
Larger Than Expected Energy Bills
If you allow ice to build upon the evaporator coils, you will be adding an insulating layer to the coils. This reduces the rate at which heat is absorbed from the warm air by the coolant. The result will be that the other components such as the compressor will have to work harder to maintain the temperature you have set. Harder working components use more energy and so your energy bills go up. You also increase the chance that these harder working components overheat and burn out, needing to be replaced during a heating and AC repair.
Problems with the Furnace
Air filters are also used on the furnace to block pollutants, and these too will need to be changed regularly. It is also important to check and clean the air vents if you have a gas or fuel-driven furnace to ensure they are not blocked. The vents allow fresh air to enter to provide combustion and expel any hazardous exhaust gases, like carbon monoxide produced in the combustion.
The Condenser and Cooling Fins Are Dirty and Have Moss and Weeds Growing on Them
The condenser and cooling help the coolant in losing the heat gained after the warm air passes over the evaporator coils. Being located outside the condenser and cooling fins will have dirt and grime deposited on them. You may also see weeds and Moss growing on them too. These materials need to be removed as they obstruct the rate at which heat is expelled to the outside. If these materials are not removed, the condenser could overheat and burn out, requiring replacement during a heating and AC repair.
Cleaning the condenser and cooling fins is part of a service from Bluefrog Plumbing + Drain + HVAC of San Antonio but is something you may want to attempt yourself.
San Antonio’s Best Heating and AC Company
Occasionally any HVAC will break down and you will need a reliable heating and AC repair company to quickly fix the problem. Life can soon get unbearable without a functioning HVAC and that is why we at bluefrog Plumbing + Drain + HVAC of San Antonio are ready to help you 24/7.