Is Poor Air Flow Design Attacking Your CPS Energy Bill & Savings?

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In the movie ‘Three Hundred’, the Spartans held back the Persian Army, the most powerful army in the world at the time, from entering their country because of a pass too small for a lot of men to enter. This restriction created the opportunity for a small force to compete with an army that was much larger. The same basic concept is true in the home air conditioning system. Installing a new high efficiency system in your home is like the Persian Army trying to invade, with the efforts being thwarted by too small of a pass to fit through. The army, now being air flow, cannot get to the battlefield; the rooms in your house, no matter how great the system can’t win the fight against heat and humidity.

Home Comfort System: Each Component Matters

The home comfort system is only as good as the corridors that carry the air. The system must be designed so that it gets the air to where it needs to be, with the proper force and velocity to overtake the enemy. Under-sized returns, improperly sized supply trunks can hold back the cool dry air from doing its job removing heat and humidity. The design phase is extremely important. If your system is not designed properly, meaning system sizing as well as duct work, you are going to be left with hot and cold spots, uncomfortable rooms, utility and repair bills that are higher than they needed to be. This means that you could be replacing the system before its time to do so.

Existing Home Update Example: Correcting Poor Design

ac repair air returnOriginal return air design for this 1967 San Antonio home were too small for the system. The home owner was frustrated with the AC company who installed the system due to the lack of performance and mold starting to form on the outside area of the evaporator coils. After testing and calculating we determined air velocity was insufficient for the unit which was allowing mold to grow and not cooling the home efficiently.

 

 

 

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The new air returns we installed were larger and contain a slow for the air filter. We added an additional air return as seen in the featured image. The larger returns allow the correct amount of return air to enter the system. With the filters in the grills the air is sucked in from the rooms into the cavity under the closet and up through the system with enough velocity to treat the mold issue.

We Don’t Guess, We TEST!

TASCO runs a heat load on our replacement systems to ensure it is properly sized. We also perform a flow hood test, to see how efficiently your duct work is supplying air to each area of the home. These measurements and calculations are paramount in the efficiency and comfort the new system will provide. If we don’t calculate how the supply and return ducts affect the efficiency and just replace an old aging system for a new hi efficiency system, you are only going to enjoy a fraction of the comfort and cost effectiveness that the system is designed to provide.

So when you are thinking about replacing your system, or you begin noticing that you have uncomfortable rooms in your home, make sure any HVAC contractor that comes to give an estimate looks at all the variables that are involved with efficiency and comfort, now you know what those factors are. And everyone remember; ‘If it has to be right it has to be TASCO’.

AC Repair Prior to 4th of July Parties

With the Fourth of July coming up, most homeowners are gearing up to have company over and entertain. They will go out to the stores in droves and buy things like ground beef to put on the grill, sodas to put in the fridge, and chairs to put on the patio, but, often, homeowners neglect one of the most important parts of entertaining: the comfort of the guests. Of course, you can’t just run to your grocery store and pick up just anything to make your guests comfortable, but we’re willing to bet that you have all the necessary equipment to make sure your home makes your guests feel comfortable.

That equipment would be your air conditioning unit and, while many homeowners don’t even think about it, it’s one of the most crucial considerations when keeping company. This is why, as the dog days of summer are upon us and our thoughts are turning to the fourth of July, homeowners should be thinking about their air conditioners and any possible ac repair they may need. Nothing ruins a party faster than an overheated home, and nothing can cause a home to overheat faster than an ac unit needing ac repair. Perhaps you haven’t noticed, but your guests will notice an ac unit needing ac repair right away. They will notice the sluggish operation that ac repair can fix, and they will notice the inefficient air flow that ac repair can address. This is why you don’t want to wait until your doorbell rings to think about an important thing like ac repair. There are many things that can cut a party short, and overheated guests are at the top of the list.

So ensure that your home is comfortable and ready to receive company by scheduling any ac repair you might need. Unsure if your unit needs ac repair? Schedule a service call today so a licensed professional can evaluate your unit and advise you on your next steps. Ac repair can forestall many traditional ac repair problems and keep you from having to splurge on last minute ac repair costs. So if you are preparing to entertain guests but are worried about your ac unit needing ac repair, schedule an appointment with a ac repair technician today and ensure that your next party is a hit. Keep your air conditioner up to date with ac repair and concentrate on the fireworks.

Schedule Regular AC Checks To Avoid AC Repair Emergencies

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What a hot summer it’s been so far and its only getting started! All around San Antonio the thermostats are climbing and, as anyone who has lived here for a long time can tell you, it will only get hotter from here. As a consequence, homeowners all around the city are pumping air conditioning into their homes nonstop, and a few of them are coming home to find warm houses or waking up to find malfunctioning units. Why is this? Well, it doesn’t take a storied company that’s been around for decades in San Antonio to tell you why: subjecting your unit to demanding use will sooner or later tire it or may even cause the need for ac repair.

Nothing can stop a homeowners dead in their tracks faster than needing ac repair. This often expensive operation can cause great discomfort in your home, especially during these grueling summer months. Luckily, ac repair experts can help you with all your ac repair needs. Most problems leading to ac repair stem from a lack of maintenance. These problems can be greatly exacerbated by over-reliance on ac units during the summer. You’ve often heard the advice to turn your thermostat up in the summer; this is good advice, because it can reduce the burden on ac units, and overburdened ac units can lead to ac repair quickly.

Homeowners can combat needing ac repair by not only reducing the burden on their ac units, but also by scheduling regular maintenance with their ac repair specialists. Regular maintenance can stave off emergency ac repair, but it’s also essential for keeping your ac unit working as it should. While ac repair can be costly, getting your ac repair from a trusted, professional ac repair company can help mitigate your future need for ac repair. With most cut-rate ac repair companies, your upfront costs will appear low, but continued ac repair due to shoddy workmanship can cost you more in the long hall. This is why ac repair is so important and should be trusted to only the experts: chasing a few dollars now can cost you big bucks down the line.

So make an appointment with your specialist today and make sure you aren’t among the homeowners desperately trying to arrange emergency repairs. That way, you can sleep easy knowing that your ac unit will be working through the night—but not too hard.

TRANE AC System Repair San Antonio

TRANE System AC Repair San Antonio

There are many kinds and types of air conditioning systems to choose from when your old unit needs AC repair or bites the dust. Many of these units are satisfactory, but, then again, you probably don’t want to entrust the comfort of your home to just a satisfactory unit. Most homeowners understand that there are precious few items worth their price tags, and almost all of them—especially the ones who have undergone AC repair before—will tell you that a new AC unit is one of those items. Yes, an AC unit is one of those items where satisfactory just won’t cut it. When dealing with a new unit after emergency AC repair or buying a new unit for your home, you want an elite unit that is up to the dynamic challenges of your family and will stand the test of time. Going with just a satisfactory unit or, worse yet, the cut-rate units that discount based contractors will push on you. This is why more and more homeowners, when faced with a faulty unit after AC repair or buying the first unit for their home, are turning to the elite AC unit: the TRANE system.

TRANE ACAC Repair Savings With a TRANE System

With AC repair one of the most important parts of any homeowner’s experience, purchasing and installing a quality AC system like the TRANE system is essential to staving off costly AC repair. TRANE has been building elite equipment since before the start of the 20th longevity you can expect from their products. When AC repair does come calling, because even TRANE units can run into problems, you can be assured that your AC repair specialist will be providing you with licensed TRANE parts that will keep your unit running at its best for years to come. Though don’t expect that too often; TRANE systems are some of the best on the market, and their superior performance means that your AC repairs will be less frequent that with regular units. AC repair can cut into the life of units, as it often signifies a lack of maintenance. But TRANE systems come with long lasting warranties that ensure your AC repair needs will be few. TRANE has been manufacturing systems for over a century, and their knowledge is built into a product that almost never needs AC repair. When purchasing a TRANE, you’ll know the difference immediately. century, and that is the kind of

AC Repair & Service Plans

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One of the most important parts of a home is that home’s heating and cooling. No matter what season or what the weather brings, the heating and cooling of a family home remains one of the most
important aspects of that home’s comfort. Ask anyone and they’re sure to tell you: a family home starts and ends with its heating and cooling. This isn’t lost on any homeowners, many of whom pay more in energy bills than anything else. This is why, when it comes to heating and cooling, you want to trust the most professional, experienced, and expert professionals with the care and service with your home’s heating and cooling needs. The best way to do this is with a quality heating and cooling service plan, which ensures that your chosen trusted professionals will be at your home, servicing your equipment when it might be the last thing on your mind. It also means your units will be less likely to need emergency AC repair, which can be expensive and lead to large heating and cooling problems.

Service plans help forestall needing AC repair because neglected maintenance is one of the foremost causes of emergency AC repair. With a service plan, you don’t have to worry about providing your units with the maintenance they need to stave off AC repair. Your trusted AC repair specialists schedule and perform the maintenance, leaving you to not worry about the maintenance itself or emergency AC repair. Additionally, service plans make you eligible for special discounts on maintenance and free checkups. AC repair can be devastating. Not only can it be expensive, but AC repair can also drastically reduce the comfort of your home. As it normally takes time, AC repair can lead to large gaps in your home’s comfort if not handled.

AC Repair Service Plans TASCO Air Conditioning

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Value Service Plans Over Emergency AC Repairs

When we speak to customers about regular maintenance, one of the things we’re most frequently asked about are our service plans. Many homeowners have AC repair service plans, and they pay dividends almost immediately. With an AC repair service plan, you can be confident that cleaning and checkups will be covered by trusted, expert AC repair specialists. This is why, when it comes to AC repair, nothing can keep your home comfortable and your energy bills under control like the assurance and stability that an air conditioner service plan can provide you. Additionally, because a service plan can provide continuous and trusted maintenance, it can save you on costly AC repair in the future. Most emergency AC repair can be avoided, and regular maintenance is key to avoiding such costly repairs. This is why, for the discerning homeowner, an air conditioner service plan is an essential.

But what other benefits can a service plan bring? There are many. Select service plans can offer your priority access to parts and maintenance, which will allow you to get the care your air conditioner needs as quickly as possible. This can be very helpful to a homeowner, as fast maintenance can help a unit keep over 95% of its original efficiency over a lifetime of timely, expert maintenance. This not only helps keep your home more comfortable, but also keeps your energy bills to the level you want. Nothing can cause skyrocketing energy bills like a malfunctioning air conditioner, and nothing stops malfunctioning air conditioners like the regular maintenance that comes with a service plan.

With TASCO’s platinum service, we offer the pinnacle of AC repair service, and help to ensure your unit never needs emergency AC repair. We stave off these emergency AC repairs with award winning service and the kind of attention to detail that can only come from AC repair specialists like TASCO. With the platinum plan, you’ll have AC repair technicians in your home to check on your unit twice annually. The plan also comes with a complimentary additional check, so that our experienced and expert AC repair technicians can help with any additional issues and AC repair problems. Also in the platinum plan, you’ll receive discounts on repairs and priority scheduling. And, as always with TASCO, you’ll know that your AC repair specialists are second to none in knowledge of your system. So call for platinum service today.

Home HVAC Tips: Clean Air Condenser Coils Help Avoid Costly Repairs

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As the blistering San Antonio summer begins to rear its ugly head again, phones are ringing off the hook for AC repair and our spring service calls. Those units that were humming along last year during the blazing heat have been neglected for the duration of an especially cold winter. As a result, our AC repair technicians are as busy as ever servicing the many Air conditioner repair problems all over the city. But, with so many homeowners needing repairs, some are forgetting to ask the right question: what are some ways to care and maintain my air conditioning unit so it doesn’t need any major AC repairs?

Should your outside AC condenser coils be clean?

We recently wrote about the role that cleaning and maintaining your units’ filters in staving off costly AC repairs, and this month we’re helping even more homeowners out by writing about the importance of your air conditioner’s coils. There are different types of coils in most AC units; these are the evaporator coils and the condenser coils. Condenser coils are located outside of your home in your condenser unit and are chiefly responsible for expelling the heat from your home and flushing heated refrigerant from your home. Over time, these coils can be covered with dirt, which makes it harder to transfer the heat from inside your home to the outside. This can inevitably lead to a more inefficient unit and, of course, emergency AC repairs. Just as condenser coils release captured heat outside, evaporator coils are responsible for capturing the heat and thus require immediate repairs when they become dirty or non-functioning.

Ask your AC technician if your condenser coils need to be cleaned?

To ensure these parts don’t get too dirty and demand AC repair, homeowners must contact their professional, licensed HVAC company. The technician will come to your home, inspect your unit, and perform the maintenance needed should any be required. It is essential that you trust this task to only licensed professionals whose work you trust. So-called “discount” AC repair technicians will often cut corners and leave homeowners in a bind when it comes time to use their units heavily. Don’t be fooled by a cheap price; that price is often concealing shoddy work or below standard parts. Sure, you may save a few dollars by handing work to the discount AC repair workers, but your costs will far outweigh any small amount you saved once your air conditioner is malfunctioning and you need repairs.

Common AC Repair Problems: Regular AC System Service

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In this article we will quickly discuss why a common AC repair problem such as no system service in San Antonio, TX is such a big issue. Bottom line; just like your car or home regular service helps fix problems before they become big and catches developing problems early.

One of the pieces of advice we give out most often when we perform service calls is how to care for and maintain an air conditioner so as to avoid AC repair. The truth is, a small amount of maintenance can go very far in forestalling AC repair. Not many homeowners know this or, if they do, either neglect to care for their air conditioner or forget. As we will explain, caring for your air conditioner is a great investment, as it often involves little work and can reward you with a more efficient unit and, more importantly, a more comfortable home. AC repair can not only be expensive, but needing AC repair is also indicative of an inefficient or inoperable unit. The great thing about AC repair is that it often can be just as simple as replacing air filters or continually checking your unit for dirt or grime. These are small measures that can help eliminate the need for emergency AC repair.

Undoubtedly, the most important maintenance task that can help you stave off emergency AC repair and ensure the efficiency of your unit is routinely cleaning or replacing air filters. Clogged or dirty air filters can block efficient airflow and reduce a system’s operability significantly. With dirty or clogged air filters, air that bypasses the air filters can carry grime and dirt directly into other parts of the air conditioner and cause further problems. This is why, when it comes to eliminating the need for repeated AC repair, maintaining the air filters is one of the most important aspects.

This importance is no different for central air conditioners, which normally have their air filters located somewhere along the return duct’s length. Other common air filter locations are in walls or ceilings. What never changes is that cleaning or replacing air filters is integral in stopping the kind of AC repair that will not only give you worry, but also make your home uncomfortable. AC repair is, of course, necessary at times and such complicated machines can break even with continued maintenance. But, if you frequently need emergency AC repair or having AC repair related problems, you should ask yourself whether or not you’re doing the most you can for your air conditioner’s continued health. Most homeowners don’t think about their air conditioners until they need AC repair, but this wastes time, money, and makes your home uncomfortable. Findelio Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Directory

Common AC Problems: Low or No Refrigerant

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When it comes to air conditioning repair, preventative maintenance is one of the most important steps. While there are, of course, remedies that savvy homeowners can undertake when it comes to air conditioning repair, those remedies can only go so far. Many homeowners, when undertaking “do-it-yourself” air conditioning repair can only partly fix problems or, at worst, exacerbates existing problems so that they become major incidents that necessitate service calls from experienced air conditioning repair technicians.

One of the most common air conditioning problems is lack of refrigerant. This problem occurs most often when units are installed insufficiently or not serviced properly. This kind of problem makes air conditioning repair necessary because  is obviously essential to the air conditioning process and can leak from a unit for several different reasons. One reason for a lack of refrigerant that can necessitate air conditioning repair is the unit being undercharged at installation. Another reason for lack of refrigerant, and perhaps the most common, is a leak in the unit. These problems can lead to needing air conditioning repair, and should be evaluated immediately by an experienced and professional air conditioning repair specialist.

There are also many other causes of needing air conditioning repair, with another common one being lack of maintenance. This occurs when homeowners—likely worrying more about their heating units in the winter months—neglect to schedule regular maintenance with their air conditioning repair specialists. This kind of neglect can cause normally fixable problems—such as dirty filters or air conditioning coils—to escalate into serious concerns that necessitate emergency air conditioning repair. Another common problem with air conditioners is known as electronic control failure. This mainly occurs when an air conditioning unit’s compressor wears out; this is most common with units that are over-sized. Over time, the electrical connections within a unit can wear; this will be evidenced by erratic cycling in the unit. Homeowners with this problem will notice their units turning on and off at random times.

All of these problems require the attention of a trusted and professional air conditioning repair technician. While many homeowners armed with the internet and the can-do attitude attempt to fix the more common problems themselves or with cut-rate technicians, the knowledgeable homeowner understands that any savings they may find by either doing it themselves or using discount service providers will quickly be overtaken by the spiking costs of continuing to maintain their units.

Avoid Costly AC Repairs With Regular Maintenance Plans

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Now that the worst of the winter has seemingly come and gone, South Texas is heating up again; this means air conditioning units are switching on and thermostats are quickly rising. However, just as we’ve discussed before with heating units, some South Texas homeowners are switching on their air conditioning units only to find themselves in need of AC repair in a hurry. Though today’s homeowner is very knowledgeable and has a variety of resources at their fingertips, not all homeowners understand some of the very basic maintenance procedures that can forestall needing emergency AC repair. So, today we’ll talk about some of the most common air conditioner malfunctions leading to eventual AC repair.

One of the most common air conditioner problems stems from improper operation. Many times, homeowners needing AC repair could have avoided their predicament by simply ensuring their doors and windows were closed while their unit was operating. A unit operating while windows or outside doors are open naturally has to work harder than an isolated unit conditioning air inside of a closed home. Such work can lead to many different problems with a given unit. Those problems can be various, but they all invariably lead to AC repair.

Another common problem leading to AC repair is harder to remedy even for the most savvy homeowners. This AC repair problem stems from faulty installation or inadequate service procedures. Of course, this AC repair problem can manifest without the homeowner’s knowledge. This is why it is always best to trust your home AC repair and maintenance to trusted, experienced professionals. Homeowners seeking to save a few dollars by having their units installed and serviced by cut rate providers oftentimes end up paying more through repeated AC repair and even new units altogether. One of the most common technical problems homeowners face that leads to eventual AC repair is leaking refrigerant. Refrigerant is key to any AC unit, and its absence is a sure sign of needed AC repair. The lack of refrigerant is often symptomatic of a leak or faulty installation. Your licensed, experienced AC repair technician can diagnose the problem and help you along in fixing it. The bottom line is, there is no substitute for a highly trained, professional and experienced AC repair firm. So, if you have been needing AC repair, can’t get your unit to function, or would like to know more, call today.