All Star A/C & Heating Services Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Ductless Systems Are a Good Alternative to Central Air Conditioning

Monday, September 19th, 2022
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When it comes to home cooling, people usually think of central air conditioning systems first. These are the ACs that operate using an outdoor condensing unit that connects to an indoor evaporator and blower fan. The evaporator removes heat from the air, and the blower fan sends the air into the ventilation system that carries the cool air to the rooms. The heat is exhausted outside through the condenser coil in the condenser unit, which also houses the compressors that keeps the whole cycle moving.

This isn’t the only way to have cool comfort spread throughout a house. No, we aren’t talking about sticking bulky window ACs into each room. For older homes that don’t have ductwork, as well as for newer construction homes that would like to bypass ductwork entirely, there are ductless systems that can work as well, if not better, than a conventional central AC.

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What Can Cause AC to Run Almost Nonstop

Monday, September 5th, 2022
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When the summer heat is intense (and this summer has certainly had those days!), you can expect your home’s air conditioning system to run steadily to keep your family cool. But no matter how hot it gets outside, no air conditioner should run continuously. ACs are designed to go through cooling cycles where they run until they’ve provided cooling to lower the house to the level set on the thermostat, then cycle down for a time and come back on. This helps to prevent the AC from overheating and stops the house from getting too cold.

But you may find yourself in a situation where your air conditioner is running all the time, much longer than the usual 15 to 20-minute cycles. This is a problem because it wastes energy and puts so much strain on the AC that it can easily overheat and break down. What can cause this, and what can you do about it?

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True or False: Does a Dead Compressor Mean the AC Must Be Replaced?

Monday, August 22nd, 2022
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The answer is false. Except when it’s true.

No, we don’t mean to confuse you. Like many “true or false” questions, the simple answer doesn’t adequately cover the details. A failed compressor doesn’t always mean that the entire air conditioning system must be replaced. But in most cases, it does.

We’ll explain more below about what a failed compressor can mean for an AC and what options you have when you have a dead compressor on your hands.

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Is Your AC Short Cycling?

Monday, August 8th, 2022

An air conditioner is made to run in cycles. The compressor powers up when the temperature is too high, circulates refrigerant until the target temperature is reached, and shuts down. But what if your air conditioner turns on and off frequently, stopping its cooling cycle before your house reaches a comfortable temperature? That’s called short cycling, and it’s a sign of an underlying problem that needs to be addressed.

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Reasons Your AC Can’t Keep Up With the Heat

Monday, July 25th, 2022
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It’s roasting hot in Houston, and we can expect record-setting heatwaves in the coming weeks. You’ll be glad to have a working AC system in your home now—it can even be a life-saver for some people!

But as the heat ramps up, have you noticed that your AC isn’t doing the job you expect? Is it just the extreme heat, or do you have a faulty air conditioning system? 

The answer is likely the second. ACs are designed to operate in hot conditions, and as long as your air conditioner was accurately installed so it’s the right size for your home, it should be able to lower your home to at least a comfortable 78°F when the heat is above 100°F. If your air conditioning system isn’t doing the job you usually expect from it, it might be because of…

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What You Need to Know About Your AC’s Refrigerant

Monday, July 11th, 2022
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The chemical refrigerant inside your home’s air conditioning system is an essential part of how you can enjoy a cool summer. Unfortunately, many AC owners have misunderstandings about what the refrigerant does and how it works. For example, you may have these heard “facts” about refrigerant:

  • “Your AC will eventually need a refill on its refrigerant.”
  • “It’s best to have the refrigerant in an AC topped off before summer.”
  • “All ACs use Freon.”

None of these are true! We’ll get into some real facts about AC refrigerant that will help you with your future air conditioning needs. 

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Why Is My AC Making That Strange Sound?

Monday, June 27th, 2022
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We’re glad you’re asking this question because it shows that you recognize when something is wrong with your air conditioner. Modern ACs run quieter than ever before, and you shouldn’t hear much more out of your home’s cooling system when you’re indoors than the whir of a few motors and the occasional drip of condensate moisture. When a strange sound disrupts this placid environment, it often means something is wrong with the air conditioning system. It may be a reason to call us for AC repair in Houston, TX.

The sound you hear can tell you more specifically what’s wrong with your AC. We’ll look over the most common of these noises and see what might be going on. (Please don’t try to make any repairs on your own, however. You need experts to do the diagnosis and actual work.)

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How Often Do I Need to Change the AC Air Filter?

Monday, June 13th, 2022
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This is a question we often hear from customers, and it’s also one of the air conditioning questions people search for online the most. We’re glad people ask in the first place because it shows they know they need to regularly change the filter. Often homeowners forget about this filter and leave it in place—and as we’ll talk about more below, this will have negative consequences for your AC, your comfort, and your wallet.

The simplest answer to the question in the title is “every 1 to 3 months.” But there’s more to explain about the filter changes, so if you want a more detailed and helpful explanation, follow us below…

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Do You Need to Install a New AC Before Summer?

Monday, May 16th, 2022
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You don’t want to get caught with a failed air conditioning system during the Texas summer heat. One of the best ways to prevent an emergency AC breakdown like this is to arrange for regular maintenance. If you haven’t already called us to schedule this service for your AC, now is a great time.

But no amount of maintenance will keep an air conditioner running forever. Eventually, all ACs wear down to the point where it’s better to have the old system replaced. If you’re wondering if it’s time for you to get a new air conditioning installation in Houston, TX before the summer, this is the blog you need. We’ll look at ways to tell your air conditioner is ready for retirement. 

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Join Our Ultimate Savings Agreement for Your Spring AC Maintenance

Monday, May 2nd, 2022
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We’re enjoying warm spring weather here in Houston, and we can expect those temperatures to continue to rise over the next few weeks as we head toward the summer. This is the right time to schedule one of the most important home services you’ll need all year: regular professional air conditioning maintenance. 

Air conditioning maintenance in Houston, TX is one of the most helpful services we offer our customers, and we have a special maintenance program to make it an even better value: the Ultimate Savings Agreement. With our maintenance plan, you’ll enjoy peace of mind with your AC each summer, plus better performance, lower energy costs, fewer repairs, and a longer unit service life.

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