Air Conditioning Repair

Don’t let air conditioning repair spring up on you

Spring is officially in the air and Texans know that the sweltering heat is well on its way.Air Conditioning Repair

In preparation, Better Business Bureau suggests homeowners get their air conditioning units checked by a trustworthy professional to make sure it’s in good working order so to avoid air conditioning repair.

Don’t get burned by hiring the wrong service company. Nationally, BBB received nearly 1,000 complaints against residential air conditioning service companies in 2013. Complaints against AC service contractors often allege problems with the final price or payment process, as well as complaints that the service was ineffective.

If you’re due for an upgrade, spending a little money on improvements can save you a lot over time. Air sealing is one of the quickest ways to cut your heating and cooling costs. Also, you can visit the Energy Saver website for DIY Savings Projects that provide step-by-step instructions on how to weatherstrip your windows and seal air leaks with caulk.

There is a growing industry of professionals who are qualified to make recommendations to homeowners on how to improve the overall energy efficiency of their homes. Be sure to use a certified energy auditor.

According to Energy.gov, turning your thermostat back from its normal setting by seven to 10 degrees for eight hours a day can save you as much as 10 percent a year on heating and cooling costs. Small changes have big results.

Unplug devices that aren’t being used

Keep air vents open

Replace traditional bulbs

Turn off lights when you leave

Change the filter

Install a programmable thermostat

Use fans

Plug leaks

BBB offers this advice when hiring a trustworthy air conditioning contractor:

• Consult your owner’s manual. Before doing anything, check the warranty on your current air conditioning unit to determine whether any tune-ups, repairs or replacements may be covered.

• Hire a professional to maintain your heating and cooling system. Arrange for annual maintenance with a qualified technician. This includes checking the airflow over the coil, testing for the correct fluid (refrigerant) level, checking the combustion process and ensuring proper air-flow to each room.

• Research the company. Visit bbb.org for the BBB Business Review of any air conditioning service or energy auditor you plan to hire to learn details about the company, like its history of complaints.

• Check licensing. The Department of Licensing and Regulation requires a license for heating, ventilation and air conditioning technicians and electricians. Ask to see a copy of the license before work starts.

• Compare prices. Get at least three estimates in writing. All bids should provide a full description of the services provided and the materials used.

For more information on air conditioning repair or if you are interested in an AC Conversion call on the guys in the yellow booties.

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Would You Hire A Blind Surgeon? – SoBellas Air Conditioning

“Wait! Is that your gallbladder or your tonsils?”

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That’s scary to think about. But the point is a
blindfolded surgeon can’t do his job because
he’s missing the whole picture of the problem.
Too often that’s what happens with home energy
“improvements.”

Trying to diagnose a sick home air conditioning system is the same thing. Some contractors guess at ways to make your home comfortable. Some say you need more insulation, or a new heating and cooling air conditioning system, or to seal up your windows. And it’s a guess.

Are you sick and tired of putting up with cold, drafty rooms in the winter … and sweltering hot rooms in the summer? Not to mention (though I will) out of control utility bills.

If so, you’re not alone. Many homeowners suffer these same “environmental” issues in their homes without ever solving the problems. To solve the root problem – not just the symptoms – you’ve got to look at the WHOLE house.

This type of diagnosis requires a Whole House Energy Analysis. The Analysis is conducted by a specialist who runs a series of tests, does an analysis and prepares a report that pinpoints and identifies all trouble spots at once.

This crucial first step scientifically reveals: elusive drafts, heating and cooling losses, overuse and waste of energy, and a whole list of other issues that stand in the way of your comfort.

This blueprint enables you to (finally!) identify and fix all those previously impossible to find, energy draining and comfort depriving issues you’ve suffered with for years.

Here’s some of what we’ll do:

  • Ventilation Check: Makes sure the house is “breathing” properly so YOU stay healthy.
  • Physical Review: Room-to-room evaluation, appliance efficiency assessment and inspection of your furnace and central air conditioning. (We check for the obscure along with the routine items.)

Why this matters to YOU:

  • Lower energy bills.An energy efficient home means lower monthly utility bills (i.e. dollars back in your pocket rather than out the window.)
  • Increased Home Value.Given the cost of energy today, sealing your home’s “envelope” to improve energy efficiency can increase home value overall.
  • Greater Year-round Comfort. We’ve mentioned this before, but inconsistent room temperatures, air leaks and condensation can all make your house less than comfortable – and your family deserves better.
  • Overall Better Health. Drafty rooms can make you more susceptible to germs, colds and flu. Plus, when you do away with the causes of mold, mildew and excessive dust, you’ll also improve the air quality in your home and the environment.

Special Invitation from SoBellas:
Save $25 off a Whole House Energy Analysis

Now is the perfect time to start saving on energy use and FINALLY get the year-round comfort you’ve dreamed about. Just fill out this form online, email us at support@sobellas.com or give us a call at 800-617-6235 to schedule your custom Whole House Energy Analysis and to take advantage of the $25 discount offer.  If you would like more information on refrigerated air conversion, just give a call to the guys in the yellow booties today.  We are your local heating and air conditioning repair experts.

 

P.S. A Whole House Energy Analysis will FINALLY uncover all those impossible drafts and help make your home more energy efficient AND comfortable!

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Why Did the Government Secretly “Break” Your Home AC System?

Did the Government “Break” Your Home AC System?

I’m sorry to report the statement above is completely true and without exaggeration. Central air conditioning systems that were installed just a few short years ago may soon become totally UN-repairable – all thanks to Uncle Sam.

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You can never tell what the government is going to
come up with next. One recent law directly impacts
homeowners and their home comfort systems.

A recent government regulation makes your existing air conditioning equipment obsolete and un-fixable.

Why this is so: In January 2010, the U.S. Government banned the use of Freon R-22 refrigerant in new refrigerated air conditioning systems. R-22 has been used in almost EVERY Air Conditioner made for the last 40 years. Replacement refrigerant is INCOMPATIBLE and will not work with any systems using Freon R-22.

What this means to you. Air conditioning equipment manufacturers have stopped making replacement parts for many pre-2010 “orphaned” AC systems. Within a short time, it may become impossible to repair parts of “older” systems: condensers, air handlers, etc. We’ve ALREADY seen this happen. 

What you can do about this…

It’s probably time to consider a replacement before you’re “forced” to make a costly decision. This is a good idea IF: 1) your system was installed more than five years ago, 2) your system has been experiencing ongoing problems, or 3) you just don’t want to risk having un-repairable A/C equipment.

You probably know newer high efficiency systems use less energy than equipment built even a few years ago. (Annual savings in running one of these systems could – over its lifetime – make it absolutely FREE!)

The Silver Lining: THREE WAY SOBELLAS CAN HELP.  If you do choose to upgrade, take advantage of these very attractive savings opportunities available until the end of June:

  • 5% discount off ANY new central air conditioning system we install.
  • $100 trade-in credit. Through June, (whether your old system is working or not) on the purchase of a new energy efficient unit.
  • 10 years of LABOR Warranty. This is EXCLUSIVE to SoBellas Signature Series and covers ANYTHING that could possibly go wrong for a FULL 10 years.

This is how SoBellas is working to enable you to get all the benefits of the latest cooling technology … and avoid the risk of having an UN-repairable central air system.  Call us for all your refrigerated air conversions.

Schedule today because this special offer is only good until the end of June.

 P.S. Don’t get stuck mid-season with an AC system that’s UN-fixable. Just fill out this form online, email us at support@sobellas.com or give us a call at 800-617-6235 to start saving. Call the guys in the yellow booties for all your heating and cooling repair service needs.

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Attention: Seasonal Energy Alert… AC Service

Is Your Home at the Center of an Energy-Loss Vortex?

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Your home comfort system worked hard to keep you cozy over the Winter. And with Summer just around the corner,you don’t want system wear and tear to cost a fortune in energy bills.

That’s not quite as far-fetched as it seems. See, your home comfort system worked very hard to keep you cozy all Winter. Now with Summer around the corner, you sure don’t want system wear and tear to create a black hole in your wallet. I think we all know how expensive space programs can be!  Get summer ready with quality home AC Service from SoBellas.

The good news? It’s totally preventable. 

It’s also crucial – for family, friends and visitors to your home – that your central air conditioning is operating comfortably and efficiently this Summer. And it only takes one step to make sure you get comfort and manageable energy costs. In fact…

That’s why I’m writing to you today.

Through June, SoBellas is offering a huge discount on pre-season tune-up service.  You can get a full $15 off our normal charge for this comprehensive service. (We ONLY make this special offer once a year… now.)

Here’s SOME of what’s covered in SoBellas’s comprehensive AC service:

  • Inspect, clean and adjust: blower motors, belts and thermostats.
  • Test airflow and check and refrigerant.
  • Lubricate motors and clean out all drains.
  • Make sure the entire system is working properly and is tuned to manufacturer specifications.

PLUS, if any repairs ARE needed: we’ll give you the same discount off parts AND labor. We’ll also guarantee ALL repair work for a FULL YEAR! (This gives you peace of mind for the entire season.)

Fill out this form online, email us at support@sobellas.com or give us a call at 800-617-6235 to lock in your savings: make your appointment soon from your local heating and cooling repair company, so you’ll get the date and time that’s most convenient. AND, of course, to lock in your savings on this once a year pre-season AC service sale.  (This offer expires the end of June.)

 

P.S.  Why risk out-of-this-world energy bills this Summer? Just fill out this form online, email us at support@sobellas.com or give us a call at 800-617-6235 for local ac repair before June ends or the discount vanishes into this air.

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Combine an AC Tune Up with Tuning Up Your Ability to Keep Cool on Your Own

 AC tune up by the pros at SoBellas Home Services

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Enjoy cold foods on hot days, as a healthy way to cool down.

Getting ready for hot weather in the summer can be a little intimidating, especially if you are not up to snuff on keeping cool in your home without relying on your air conditioning to do the job.

While it is perfectly okay to use your air conditioner to stay cool, you should also know how to keep cool on your own, which will help you strike an ideal balance between the two.

Following the tips below and getting an AC tune up will ensure you have a cool summer and help avoid residential hvac repair.

Get a Recipe Book on Eating Cold Meals

There are countless recipes that can be found online or in recipe books that revolve around eating cold meals, so there is no reason that you cannot find some meals you can enjoy during hot days.

If you love salads, get a salad cookbook. If you are passionate about sandwiches, experiment with as many combinations as you can think of to enjoy good food and not get tired of eating the same meals.

Invest in Satin Sheets

While you may have your favorite bed sheets, that happen to not be satin, you should consider adding satin sheets to your bedding collection as they are perfect for keeping cool in the summer.

Have Fun with Cold Water

Cold water can be used in so many ways to keep cool. For instance, drink plenty of ice water, take a cold shower, or carry around an ice pack to cool down whenever you start warming up. Even better, start taking advantage of that swimming pool in your backyard, which will keep you cool as you come inside.

Wear Appropriate Clothing

Another way to avoid overheating is by wearing appropriate clothing. In some cases, this means no clothing at all, but it really depends on your living situation. It is ideal to minimize the clothing you are wearing to the point where it is still appropriate and you feel most comfortable.

In addition to tuning up your cooling abilities, contact us for tuning up your air conditioning and heating and cooling systems prices and other home cooling ideas.

Central AC Repair

Central AC Repair Company Pros Discuss the Importance of Servicing Ducts

Central AC Repair pros discuss ducts, not ducks.

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Central A/C Repair Company Pros Discuss the Importance of Servicing Ducts
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Have you ever been told by friends and family that it’s important to have your system’s duct work periodically cleaned by a central AC repair company? If so, whoever told you that was absolutely right on the money. That’s because HVAC systems’ duct work is notorious for harboring dust, debris, mold, mildew and pests.

If that isn’t disturbing enough, over time, all of that build-up may also impact the system’s effectiveness and efficiency. After all, in order for an HVAC system to function as it was intended, air has to make its way through those ducts. Therefore, it stands to reason that the more dirt and debris is present, the less efficient a HVAC unit will be.

What your learned friends and family members may not have shared with you is how crucial it is to select the right central air conditioning company for the job. HVAC systems’ duct work, if not cleaned correctly, may sustain noticeable damage. That’s why it’s important to select knowledgeable, highly rated, central AC repair technicians that opt to use time-tested, cleaning methods. They tend to effectively, and safely, remove mildew, mold, debris and dust from a variety of duct work set-ups.

Once our highly trained technicians finish thoroughly servicing your central A/C system, there is a good chance that you’ll notice a marked improvement in efficiency and indoor air quality. If you do not, keep in mind that our superior trained technicians offer a 15% energy saving guarantee and free energy surveys.

We also offer hassle-free maintenance agreement plans, up-front pricing, on-time service guarantees, three year system warranties and check call status updates for those that may be interested. So there is no chance that our service techs will leave you red-faced and fuming over unfulfilled promises. To learn more about our central AC repair and routine maintenance services, please contact our SoBellas cooling specialists at (800) 617-6235 today.

Air Conditioner Repair

3 Troubleshooting Tips to Remember When You Inspect Your Air Conditioner

Air Conditioner Repair pros discuss troubleshooting tips for your AC.

Air Conditioner Repair

3 Troubleshooting Tips to Remember When You Inspect Your Air Conditioner
Air Conditioner Repair

Air Conditioner Repair

While air conditioners provide homes with the comfort of cool air during hot days, they also have a tendency to break down at the most inconvenient times. Troubleshooting your appliance gives you a better understanding of why your unit is malfunctioning and whether or not a phone call to your local air conditioner repair company is necessary. Below are 3 tips to keep in mind while you are troubleshooting your air conditioner.

Leaking Refrigerant

A refrigerant leak is not the most obvious air conditioning defect, but if you pay close attention to your unit’s performance, it is possible to spot the malfunction. Ice buildup around your supply line is a clue your unit is suffering form a leak, unfortunately, it can also point to other issues, so your best course of action is to turn your unit off and call a repair company. Another sign that can help you diagnose a refrigerant leak is your air conditioner’s inability to produce cool air. If you’ve turned your unit on and you’ve set the temperature accordingly, and you notice the air coming from the vents does not cool down after 5 minutes, you could be facing a refrigerant leak. When this happens calling a repair company is the safest way for you to determine if you have a leak.

Outdoor Unit Won’t Stop Running

If your outside unit won’t shut down, an infestation of creepy crawlers may have damaged your air conditioner. The type of bugs that are often the culprit in these situations are ants. On a mission for a food source, ants will take up residence in your outside unit. Though, these tiny pests may not seem like they can do significant damage, the opposite is true. Their ability to chew through the tubing and foam housed in your air conditioner can corrupt your units integrity and result in the appliance breaking down. Leaving ant bait around the outside of your unit can attract the bugs and eradicate them from your air conditioner. Once the ants are gone you can assess the amount of destruction done to your appliance and decide whether or not you need to call a professional technician.

Poorly Placed Thermostat

If you’ve noticed you’re air conditioner is turning off before your home is completely cooled, a common error that can occur is the placement of your homes thermostat. Your thermostat regulates the temperature inside your house and signals your air conditioner to turn on or off. Placing the thermostat close to a vent can hinder this process. When cool air is blowing directly on your thermostat, the temperature it reads will not represent the actual temperature of your home. Instead, your thermostat will determine your home is cooler than it is and turn your unit off prematurely. To avoid this issue, your thermostat should be installed in an area that represents the average temperature of your home.

If you have a question about your air conditioner or your unit is in need of repair, please contact us at SoBellas Home Services, where we strive to provide you and your appliance with the best care possible.

Ruminating Over Recharges? Home AC Repair Service Team in TX Can Help Home AC Repair Service

Ruminating Over Recharges? Home AC Repair Service Team Can Help

Home AC Repair Service discuss Freon recharging.

Ruminating Over Recharges? Home AC Repair Service Team in TX Can Help Home AC Repair Service

Ruminating Over Recharges? Home AC Repair Service Team in TX Can Help
Home AC Repair Service

Home AC repair service companies often receive calls from people concerned that their properties’ systems need more coolant. But should they really be worried about that? In our experience, there are times when home air conditioners need to be recharged. However, it doesn’t happen as often as many people think.

In general, the only time systems need to be recharged by our home air conditioning repair service team is after a breakdown. Why? During breakdowns, cooling systems may spring leaks. When they do, it is possible to lose enough coolant to require a recharge. In those cases, the damaged components will obviously have to be repaired or replaced. Afterward, home AC repair service technicians can go ahead and top off coolant levels.

If there are no leaks, chances are the coolant levels are just fine. Consequently, the refrigerated air condition systems’ failures will likely be attributed to other, easily corrected problems. So, how does a home or business owner know which problems require a charge? In our experience there are several, key signs and symptoms to watch out for before making a call.

For instance, what is the temperature of the air coming out of the building’s ventilation system? And how long does it take that air to bring the building’s interior to the right temperature? If the air is unusually warm and the building never seems to reach or hold temperature, there may be one or more system leaks present. The only way to confirm the existence of one or a multitude of system breaches is to hire a company that provides home AC repair service.

Home AC repair service techs can easily test a property owners’ coolant loss theory and issue recommendations on how to proceed. To find out how, please contact SoBellas Home Services. We’re conveniently located in El Paso, San Antonio and Las Cruces and offer emergency, coolant related services.

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