San Antonio Seasonal AC Service – Heating System Check

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HVAC Seasonal Service – Heat Checks

For many homeowners in San Antonio, a change of seasons means switching HVAC settings from cooling to heating. Of course, anybody who lives within the San Antonio is also well-aware that there can be days when some AC is needed even during the fall and winter months. This is exactly why we firmly recommend that HVAC season service include AC repair, furnace inspections, and an overall evaluation of your heating and cooling system and its various components and parts. Fortunately, we’re your trusted source for this type of service.

Why Have Your Heater Checked Before Cooler Weather Arrives?

Being proactive about HVAC maintenance before you are regularly using your heater can reduce the odds that you’ll suddenly be without heat when days get cooler. When you contact us for seasonal maintenance, one of our trusted local heating technicians will arrive promptly to check your furnace. A typical furnace-related inspection includes:

  • Checking each heating element
  • Inspecting system controls
  • Removing and cleaning burners, when necessary
  • Inspecting the heat exchanger for signs of cracks and deterioration
  • Cleaning and adjusting the pilot and pilot assembly on gas units
  • Inspecting the electric ignition on electric units
  • Checking the thermostat to make sure it’s giving accurate readings
  • Inspecting the motor, air filter, belts and pulleys, and flue pipe

You may be surprised to learn that lack of maintenance is commonly ranked as one of the top furnace-related problems. This is because dirt and debris can accumulate over time and accelerate wear and tear. A poorly maintained system also tends to work harder, which can contribute to even more issues with motors, belts, and other essential parts.

The good news is that if you do need a new heating element, a replacement filter, or various repairs performed we can easily provide what you need or get the necessary work done quickly and affordably. If there are any serious issues detected during a routine check, we’ll tell you what’s going on, give you an honest estimate, and let you decide what’s right for your needs and budget.

What Does Air Conditioning System Maintenance Involve?

It’s just as important to consider seasonal preventive maintenance for your cooling system. You’re welcome to schedule HVAC seasonal service for the purpose of assessing your AC before you get ready to start using your air conditioning on a regular basis of just prior to the arrival of cooler weather.

A licensed and trained AC repair technician from our team will evaluate all components of your air conditioning system to identify possible sources of inefficiency. AC repair can also be performed on the spot if a problem that should be taken care of sooner rather than later is discovered. A routine cooling system inspection involves:

  • Cleaning dirty condenser coils
  • Lubricating moving parts
  • Checking refrigerant levels and making necessary adjustments
  • Looking for and correcting worn contacts and loose wire connections
  • Evaluating the condensate drain
  • Filter checks and replacements
  • Thermostat checks and calibrations
  • Cleaning and inspecting the motor

Proactive AC repair can also be performed if a clogged or dirty filter. Plus, we can give you advice on how often to change your air filter and how to tell if it’s time to clean or change it. An easy way to do this is to see if any light passes through your filter. If it doesn’t, it’s time to change or clean it. If your unit’s motor or compressor isn’t operating as expected, breakers and fuses can be checked, as can wiring. Our seasonal HVAC checks include both inside and outside units.

Why Call On an HVAC Service or AC Repair Technician?

An El Niño winter can mean warmer than usual temperatures throughout Texas. When this particular weather phenomenon occurs, you may find yourself switching back and forth between heat and cool settings on your HVAC system. For this reason, it’s best to err on the side of caution and have a full HVAC check performed that includes both furnace repair and AC repair if issues are detected. We also pay attention to ductwork when performing seasonal checks and routine maintenance inspections since damaged or dirty ducts can be just as problematic.

Seasonal preventative maintenance is meant to improve your peace of mind and guard against unexpected issues. A seasonal check could also extend the life-cycle of your HVAC unit, furnace, or heat pump. Our technicians are trained to look for leaks, damaged wires, and signs of inefficient operations when performing this type of work. Seasonal HVAC checks and regular preventative maintenance steps may reduce HVAC-related energy costs by anywhere from 5 to 40 percent, depending on what type of system or set-up is being used. Another perk associated with our seasonal checkups is the ability to maintain your indoor air quality, which can be especially beneficial if you have people in your household with allergies or respiratory issues.

Another reason to contact us for seasonal HVAC service is to reduce your odds of needing AC repair right in the middle of a hot Texas summer when we’re getting a lot of requests for service. While we always make an effort to arrive promptly regardless of when we’re contacted, calling on us when we’re not as busy can be even more convenient for you. There is no industry standard for what HVAC seasonal maintenance should involve or include. However, we make a point of being as thorough and meticulous as possible with the services we provide for this purpose.

Be proactive about furnace and AC repair in San Antonio and give your peace of mind a much-appreciated boost at the same time. Give us a call today to take advantage of our HVAC seasonal service.

Keep Your Furnace Running in the Winter

A colder than average winter is sweeping across San Antonio and many homeowners have been learning whether or not their furnaces are up to the task of running more often, being turned off and on frequently, and providing the type of continuing heat that keeps San Antonio homes warm and free from furnace repair. For those San Antonio homeowners who did schedule furnace maintenance and furnace repair if they needed it, their homes are comfortable during this surprisingly cold winter. However, there are homeowners in San Antonio who have neglected their furnace maintenance, which leads to eventual emergency furnace repair, and who have placed themselves at risk for rising energy costs, uncomfortable homes, and, maybe worst of all, inoperable furnaces when the next freeze approaches.

As we’ve mentioned before, the furnace is a very complicated piece of home equipment, and also one of the most important. Some homeowners, especially in San Antonio, neglect to think how important their furnaces really are until they need furnace repair. The truth is, furnaces need periodic attention so when a bitterly cold and surprising San Antonio winter like the current one rears its ugly head, you can be prepared to keep your home comfortable and safe. As smart homeowners understand, periodic attention does not mean emergency furnace repair, but rather checks performed by experienced furnace repair specialists in parts of the year when the last thing you think of is your furnace.

Periodic checks can help reduce the need for furnace repair and your furnace repair specialist can perform these checks year round while also checking for the warning signs that often lead to furnace repair. One of the most common furnace problems that can necessitate furnace repair is furnace parts covered with carbon. This is a common sign of a furnace in need of maintenance and can lead to needing emergency furnace repair, even in a warmer climate like San Antonio, if left untended to.

So, while your furnace and its furnace repair may be central in your thoughts during this particularly punishing San Antonio weather, also keep it in mind throughout the year. Be sure to schedule furnace maintenance in the warmer months so that you won’t need furnace repair should another stretch of harsh winter weather be just around the corner. Always remember that, when it comes to your furnace, your calendar should dictate when your technician arrives, not your thermostat.

TASCO Air TRANE Furnace RepairFurnace repair and maintenance is not something just anyone can do, but it is definitely one of the most important facets of a comfortable and energy efficient homes. Having regular maintenance performed on your furnace can not only help reduce the need for eventual furnace repair, but can also limit the kind of heating problems which raise energy bills and lower the comfort of your home. However, even top-of-the-line furnaces can break down periodically and necessitate furnace repair. Here are five of the most common heating problems you might experience.

1. Lack of Maintenance

One of the most common heating problems requiring furnace repair is lack of maintenance. Fortunately, it is also one of the easiest to solve. We’ve written before about how regular maintenance can forestall many heating problems, and how it’s something to keep in mind during all times of the year. Ideally, furnace owners should have their furnaces appraised by an experienced professional just before temperatures start climbing; this ensures that, when the calendar flips towards those colder months, homeowners are enjoying their operational and efficient furnaces instead of facing heating problems and eventual furnace repair. Aside from being completely inoperable, a furnace that hasn’t been regularly tended to will work less efficiently and substantially raise your heating costs. Luckily, heating and furnace experts can regularly maintain your furnace at nearly a moment’s notice.

2. Pilot Light or Ignition Problems

Furnaces with pilot light or ignition problems will often blow cold air or only intermittently blow arm air. While many furnace models allow homeowners to check the pilot light themselves, it is never advisable to relight the pilot light yourself. Rather, homeowners suspecting their heating problems are attributable to an unlit pilot light or malfunctioning ignition should immediately contact a professional who can not only relight the pilot light or fix the ignition, but also educate the homeowner as to what led to needing furnace repair in the first place. These heating problems can be especially worrying, especially if the furnace is still operational. Often, operational but malfunctioning furnaces will continuously blow cold air, leading to higher energy bills and an extremely uncomfortable wintertime household.

3. Filter Problems

One hallmark of a furnace lacking regular maintenance is problems with the unit’s filters. However, this problem is one of the most preventable. Filters can affect a furnace’s performance when they become clogged from the dirt and dust in the air around the unit. Dirt and dust restrict air flow, and this can lead to clogged filters which will overheat the heat exchanger. A dirty filter also causes soot buildup on the heat exchanger, which can lead to reduced efficiency and, more problematically, a shorter life for your furnace. Filters can be easily maintained by cleaning them and changing them at least monthly to ensure your unit is operating at peak efficiency and will not contribute to heating problems and necessitate furnace repair.

4. Air Flow Problems

Mechanical problems ranging from broken belts to worn bearings can lead to often very serious heating problems. These problems are most often felt with a lack of air flow throughout the home. Air flow is crucial for proper performance of your home’s system and can be hindered by any number of seemingly miniscule problems. According to Energy Star, about 20% of the air that moves through the duct system is lost due to leaks, holes, and poorly connected ducts. Leaky ducts can be signified by cold spots in your home, dust emanating from your furnace unit, and, of course, higher utility bills due to an inefficient system. Proper air flow is essential to the comfort of your home and efficiency of your furnace. As most homeowners cannot diagnose the root causes of these heating problems, it is always best contact an experienced furnace repair representative who can not only perform furnace repair but also inform the homeowner about better practices for maintaining the furnace, stopping heating problems, and can offer more tips about faulty furnaces.

5. Thermostat Issues

A furnace’s thermostat operates as the control device that determines when and how much heat the furnace will produce. In other words, it is one of the most important devices in a home heating system and operates as a kind of nerve center for the whole system. So obviously, thermostat problems will lead to heating problems very quickly and may signify that significant furnace repair is needed. And any homeowner will definitely know if there is a problem with the thermostat, as their home is either overheated or not heated at all. Any given homeowner may think that, because the thermostat is a such a seemingly simple device, it can be repaired or tended to easily. However, this is usually not the case, as thermostat issues can often be emblematic of issues that require furnace repair. Any potential thermostat issue should be tended to an experienced professional who, ideally, knows about your unit and has serviced it in the past.

Furnace maintenance and furnace repair are major concerns for your home heating system. If you’re noticing heating problems as the calendar turns toward the colder months, don’t hesitate to contact your preferred furnace repair expert. Furnaces are very complicated and essential pieces of the home which, when operating efficiently, can be a boon to both your home’s comfort and your energy bill savings. As the days grow shorter and temperatures begin to fall, understand that a functioning, efficient home heating system is your first line of defense from the cold. Furnace maintenance and furnace repair can greatly enhance your peace of mind and keep you confident that your house will be a comfortable and safe home when you go to turn your thermostat up.

Technician inside AC & Furnace Repair

As winter comes, homeowners everywhere are beginning to think about the condition of their furnaces. Some, having neglected their furnace during the blistering summer months are just now turning them on to find unknown odors, unnatural sounds, or furnaces that don’t work at all. These home owners are needing furnace repairs due to a lack of maintenance when the furnace was out of sight and out of mind. More attentive home owners, having scheduled regular furnace maintenance by their calendars instead of their thermostats, are switching their furnaces and battling the encroaching cold with a well heated home. However, some homeowners are in danger of making a crucial mistake after the first cold morning sent them running to their furnaces. As the air conditioners in San Antonio begin to switch off, homeowners could be neglecting to ensure those air conditioners are ready to be called upon in the event that San Antonio temperatures climb unexpectedly. Just as furnace maintenance is important in the beginning stages of autumn, so too is AC repair as the sun sets on the unforgiving south Texan summer.

Should you need AC repair, it is important to hire an expert that you can trust, someone with experience and reputation. Some AC repair needs immediate attention in order to ensure the continuing comfort of your home should temperatures spike again. Residential AC units can avoid costly or emergency AC repair by regular maintenance. Regular maintenance visits can help prevent emergency AC repair, as technicians will continually check your unit for signs of leaks, or broken pieces. Such checks are essential to not only maintain your unit, but also to catch troubling signs before they blossom into an emergency you will only notice upon using your air conditioner again, which could be months from the last time you use it. Technicians will also clean the filters and the vents, and replace any that need attention or are showing signs of wear. This will have a dual benefit, as air conditioners with quality, regularly serviced parts will help their owners save money both on their energy bills and also in possible tax credits for energy efficiency. Though you may not be thinking of it when reaching for that extra layer in the morning, or opening your long neglected drawer of winter clothes, AC maintenance and AC repair are just as crucial to the homeowner in the beginning of winter than ever.

With your air conditioner receiving that last AC repair or regularly scheduled maintenance, you have the peace of mind necessary for ensuring your home is comfortable and energy efficient in the event of quickly rising temperatures, but what about that furnace? Have you stumbled into your basement or opened the door to your furnace, switched it on, only to find that your furnace is exhibiting one of the telltale signs of needing immediate furnace repairs? If this is the case, you must call a professional as quickly as possible and take care of the problem immediately. There are many tips to ensure your furnace repairs go well and you receive the furnace repair services you need. Early repairs mean that problem developing in your furnace can be prevented from worsening. Compared with the costs of multiplied problems or even perhaps replacing your furnace entirely, quick furnace repair is relatively inexpensive. Think of it like taking your car into the shop immediately after you hear your breaks squeaking or a strange knock from the engine compartment instead of waiting until the car is nigh on inoperable. Furnace repair is the same way; the sooner you move to deal with the problem, the less expensive it will be, and the less you have to deal with a cold home.

After you have identified the problem with your furnace, it is crucial that you contact an expert. People who consider themselves “handy” will try solving any problems at home themselves first, and this is a bad idea with something as important as furnace repair. Furnaces are not only expensive, they require a significant amount of care to keep from being damaged. By attempting furnace repairs yourself, you are increasing the chances of such damages and possibly doing further harm to a furnace that may have been easily fixed by a trained and experienced technician. One thing you can do is ensure the unit is ready for furnace repair by a trained technician. You can do this by making sure the furnace has cooled down completely. Furnaces are obviously meant to keep heat, meaning they will stay hot for a long time after they are engaged. A hot unit could spell trouble for a technician doing furnace repair, so be sure to put out the unit’s heat source as quickly as possible, which will allow the technician doing the furnace repair to work quickly and efficiently without the fear of getting burned or more seriously injured. When you choose a technician with great experience and a great reputation, you will be amazed by how quickly and easily your furnace repairs go.

So, as the winter months approach and the thermostats start dropping, remember that the heating and cooling needs of your home can change rapidly. To combat this, ensure that you schedule regular maintenance on both your air conditioning units and your furnaces. Remember, one way to help avoid AC repair and furnace repair is to have these units regularly serviced by trained professionals, because you have worked hard to maintain and care for your home, so make sure it takes care of you.

TASCO Air is one of San Antonio’s oldest air conditioning and heating repair companies with over 30 years of experience helping our neighbors. We are there for you in the summer when your AC needs a repair with scorching temperatures outside. We are here for you in the fall and winter when your family needs a reliable furnace to keep them warm at night.

Furnace Repair San Antonio, TX

The transition from summer to fall in San Antonio doesn’t leave much room for a home owner to let the furnace go unchecked. One day you could be running your AC, and the next day you need your heater on full blast! The weather in San Antonio is usually hot until fall and winter. Most of us know this season by the characteristic 80 degrees weather one day, and 40 degrees the next.

Many San Antonio home owners experience this scenario on an annual basis. Thankfully TASCO Air customers are covered under our Platinum Service Agreement. We check your system in the spring and in the fall.

The checks we perform really can’t be called simple maintenance like other companies claim. Ask any of our customers or check our Angie’s List reviews to see why TASCO Air continues to outperform our competition as one of San Antonio’s oldest and most trusted AC and Heating repair companies!

Part of our superior rating is how we help home owners prepare for different seasons, such as the coming fall season! Our goal is fix the issues we find during the check. However we don’t stop there. Our customers are informed of issues that could arise in the future.

Our technicians will discuss the items you should watch and consider replacing before it’s too late with freezing temperatures. We want to leave your home with a well maintained, repaired, and optimized furnace. It’s especially important to us because we are a locally owned company. We want to ensure our neighbor’s furnace is running at peak performance for the fall and winter.

TASCO Air is one of San Antonio’s oldest air conditioning and heating repair companies with over 30 years of experience helping our neighbors. We are there for you in the summer when your AC needs a repair with scorching temperatures outside. We are here for you in the fall and winter when your family needs a reliable furnace to keep them warm at night.

Flow Hood TestLet’s put ourselves in this home owner’s shoes.

My house was not comfortable and I didn’t understand why. My current AC repair technician couldn’t figure out what the problem with my air conditioner is after several very expensive service calls. I begin asking around about more reputable San Antonio air conditioning repair companies. My friend referred me to their ac repair company called TASCO.

One of their technicians came out the same day I called to see what the problems were with my air conditioning system. The technician came in and discussed a list of questions called Comfort Concerns with me. The comfort concerns list asked questions such as; “Are there any areas that get too warm or too cold?” “Does anyone in your family suffer from asthma or airborne allergens?” “Are you concerned about future energy costs?”

I mentioned that there were several rooms in my house that are hotter than the others and the first technician couldn’t figure out the problem. The TASCO technician asked to perform a test called the Flow Hood Test to see how well the air conditioning unit was working in my house.

I watched as the technician placed a funnel type structure called the flow hood over the supply register. The flow hood measures how much air is coming in through the supply air vent to see how much air was coming out. He repeated this process on every supply register in my house.

After testing each area we sat down and discussed the results. The technician explained to me that the duct work was under sized and it must be correctly sized installed so that the system will run efficiently and provide greater comfort.

The following day, two TASCO technicians arrived on time at my house ready to install new duct work that qualified for rebates. Within a day’s time, my system had new duct work and my house finally was comfortable and livable.

I now know why my friend referred me to TASCO. After this quick and efficient experience with TASCO I will continue to trust and call TASCO for my air conditioning repair needs.