|Posted by michaelmaj on June 21, 2019 at 9:45 AM||comments (0)|
Keeping your home cool in the Summer does require upkeep on your part!
Here are a couple of easy ways to ensure you are getting what you need out of your air conditioning unit.
- Airflow is important for efficient cooling. Remove anything that might obstruct the vents, including furniture, window or wall treatments, and decor. Blocked vents make it more difficult for an air conditioning system to reach the required room temperature and affects its overall efficiency. A ceiling or standalone fan can further improve circulation, requiring less output from the air conditioner. In addition to cooling your home faster, it also uses up less energy.
- Regular inspections complement the scheduled preventive maintenance conducted by an HVAC technician. Issues like punctured ducts, leaks, and electronic malfunctions can be addressed in a timely manner before they develop into bigger problems. It also helps keep your air conditioning system at full efficiency, reducing strain and helping prolong its lifespan. Also, make it a point to inspect the filters and have them replaced or cleaned (if reusable) at least once a year.
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|Posted by michaelmaj on June 12, 2019 at 4:45 PM||comments (0)|
A lot of businesses practice reactive maintenance or “run it till it breaks” which has low upfront costs but will ultimately degrade equipment performance and reliability. Before the season gets any hotter, it's time to do some Spring Cleaning!
Preventative maintenance is a planned activity to clean, inspect, and test heating, cooling, and refrigeration equipment to ensure they run efficiently, reliably, and have a long service life. Over 50% of business owners still operate with a philosophy of reactive maintenance. True Blue Air Service is not one of those businesses. We encourage you to do some "Spring Cleaning" and call to schedule your preventative maintenance service!
- Replace all filters quarterly
- Inspect and clean evaporator and condenser coils quarterly
- Inspect and lubricate fan motors quarterly
- Replace all belts annually
- 30 Point Maintenance Check
30 Point Maintenance Check (needs for specific systems vary):
- Check system for proper refrigerant charge
- Check compressor amps
- Check condenser fan amps
- Check condenser coil
- Check contactor points
- Check capacitor
- Check thermostat (level)
- Check thermostat calibration
- Check temperature split at evaporator coil
- Check blower amps
- Check heat strip amps
- Check safety controls
- Check all electrical connections
- Check air circulation
- Check for air leaks at plenum
- Check all visual leaks
- Change filter if available
- Lubricate all moving parts where necessary
- Check and clean evaporator coil
- Flush or blowout condensate line
- Check for excessive vibration
- Level a/c condenser
- Check defrost control
- Clean, check & adjust condenser fan
- Check condensing temperature split at condensing coil
- Clean indoor blower
- Check the crankcase heater
- Check final performance
|Posted by michaelmaj on June 5, 2019 at 9:30 AM||comments (0)|
Is your HVAC refrigerant about to be outlawed?
January 1, 2020, the refrigerant R22 will become illegal and systems that use it will become obsolete. In order to repair or maintain systems that requires R22, the only options for technicians will be to use reclaimed and previously produced R22 refrigerant, but those products won't be around forever.
What does this mean for you?
Your unit that currently requires R22 will not be illegal for you to use. It is only illegal to produce more of it; therefore, when your system fails you are in a tough spot. You may be able to convert it to a different type of refrigerant; however, his is costly and may only buy you a few years.
What can you do?
First and foremost, do not purchase a system that requires R22 refrigerant, no matter how good of a deal! Some HVAC companies will try to clear out their inventory, but now you know better. The most cost-efficient solution is to prepare to purchase a new one before the product is no longer available. At True Blue Air Service, you can finance a system and not have to worry about the huge expense you aren’t prepared for!
Call your friendly True Blue Air Service technician if you are unsure or need some guidance! We are always happy to help.
|Posted by michaelmaj on May 30, 2019 at 12:55 AM||comments (0)|
Thermostat technology advances are becoming more attractive. New homes come equipped with smart technology and temperature control, but you can upgrade your system and take advantage of the luxury and savings!
How many of us have programable thermostats that have never been properly programmed? The odds are – MANY of us! The early programable thermostats were pretty hard to program, thus frustrating homeowners and never completing the task. Things have changed and there are some new products that have really set the bar.
The Trane ComfortLink™ II XL1050 Zoning Control with built-in Nexia Bridge combines zoning technology and a home automation hub to remotely control your home, comfort, and energy use. It's easily accessible from a smartphone, tablet or computer, which makes adjusting the temperature for your family's comfort a breeze.
Compatible with Nexia Home Intelligence, the Trane XL624 has a programmable, touch-screen thermostat and control can remotely control your home's temperature to help suit your lifestyle and reduce your energy consumption. This Trane touch-screen thermostat connects you with your home and family, even when you're away.
With a newer programable thermostat and a minute or two, you can program a thermostat to automatically adjust your home and provide you with a comfortable climate. When you are not at home, you can program the thermostat to revert to a setting that will save you energy. You might even be the first in your neighborhood to do this.
Get in touch with a True Blue Air Service technician today so we can go over your options!
|Posted by michaelmaj on May 21, 2019 at 4:50 PM||comments (0)|
Choosing the right contractor is the first step in any project.
Find a HVAC contractor you can trust!
Here are a few ways to help you find the company who is right for you!
Getting the bid
Do the bids clearly describe service and pricing, or are they vague and open ended? Written quotes should always be provided prior to commiting. It is likely there will be additional research to complete your bid following your visit, but don't let that scare you. This means the contractor is checking sources and ensuring you get the best deal on your system. Upon receiving the quote, it should be transparent and make sense while giving a clear picture of what will be done.
Cost of the visit
First of all, consider what you are requesting a technician for. Service calls usually indicates that you know something requires professional repair. A service call will always cost, but at True Blue Air Service estimates for a new system are always free! If the contractor charges you for a new system estimate, you need to be weary as this is a good indication they will find other ways to charge you for services you should not be paying for.
Big brand companies
Are you a person or a number? Do you speak to a different person in a different city or state every time you call for an update on your technician? Are the plans for repair, install or maintenance vague or is there a custom product for you? There is no need to go through a big brand name to get guaranteed service. Trust the local contractor who will understand the demands North Texas weather can put on your system. True Blue Air Service understands that you can’t wait weeks to get your air conditioning repaired during the summer months or your heating repaired in the unpredictable winters.
|Posted by michaelmaj on May 15, 2019 at 11:15 AM||comments (0)|
Keeping our HVAC system properly maintained has many benefits.
Benefits range from our wallet, to the environment and even our health!
So what exactly are some of the benefits of professional HVAC service? Well, it keeps the system running smoothly and can prevent or prepare you for costly repairs or replacements; but let's dig into some hard core facts about what it does for us personally...
Saves Us Money
Regular upkeep and maintenance could help your system run 5% to 15% better. While 5% may not sound like a large number, if you have your system running all year long, the savings can really add up. An efficient system not only will save money by reducing your energy costs, but also using less energy will help the environment. Every little bit can help. Investing the time and money to keep your unit running smoothly, is a small price to pay compared to replacing or repairing the system due to poor maintenance.
Benefits Our Health
Routine maintenance can help reduce the pet hair, dander, dust and mold in your home. When your unit is running properly and cleaned regularly, it can greatly reduce these triggers for allergies and asthma. Regular maintenance can help keep your home a haven from these irritants. It can be difficult to know for sure if your system is up to par, so it's always a safe bet to rely on the professionals!
Keeps Us Cool
This one is pretty straight forward. Summer is near in and the temperatures are definitely rising! Texas heat is pretty much unbearable and we don't' want to get stuck with a busted AC. Regular maintenance will help keep you cool all summer long.
|Posted by michaelmaj on May 7, 2019 at 11:40 AM||comments (0)|
We don’t always think about maintaining our HVAC system...
but we DEFINITELY notice when something goes wrong!
Upkeep on our home is important to all homeowners. But when it comes to our HVAC unit, we don’t always stay on top of it like we should. What exactly do we need to do? Here are a couple steps you can take to prevent the catastrophe of losing AC in the Texas heat…
Regular maintenance at home:
- Check the filters: Filters should be checked every 30 days. Most filters will last from 30 to 90 days, depending on the environment around and in your home. If you have pets that shed or live in a dusty area, plan on changing or cleaning them every 30 days, depending on the type of filter you have.
- Check the area around your outside unit: Look around your outside unit and make sure there are no leaves or mower trimmings up against it. Keep all hedges and foliage trimmed back 2 feet away. This will help keep debris from getting in and give room for air circulation.
Trust the professionals:
- Professional Maintenance: You should have your system serviced by a professional at least twice a year. Spring and fall are the routine times to service your unit; however, if something isn’t running properly, please reach out for a check up!
- During routine service checks, we will be able to check refrigerant levels, look for leaks, measure airflow, check for thermostat accuracy and more. The trained technicians are likely to be able to spot an issue before it becomes a costly problem or has you sweating in the relentless Texas summers!
Give us a call today and get set up on our annual service plan for only $120/ year!