Riteway Service Company Blog

Looking for a New AC System for Next Year?

October 9th, 2017

two outside units of an air conditioning systemAs the cooling season slowly but surely comes to a close, you may be turning your thoughts to your heater. Is it well maintained? Are you ready to turn it on and rely on it for our cold—albeit relatively short—winter? Before you get that far, however, it’s important to look back at the previous few months and assess how well or how poorly your air conditioner performed.

Is your AC system aging? Depending on the manufacturer and model, most cooling systems are designed to last 10–15 years on average. And this is a well-maintained air conditioner. One that hasn’t been taken care of properly will last even less time. So if yours has gotten to the point that you’re questioning whether it will still function next year, now is the perfect time to consider a aAC installation in San Antonio, TX. But, what are your options, and how do you choose the best system for your specific needs?

Continue Reading

AC Care: More Important Now than Ever

September 25th, 2017

top view of the outside unit of an air conditionerSummer is officially over, which may not mean much for those of us in the San Antonio area. But even so, we will soon have a break from running our air conditioners day in and day out. With how much you’ve surely been using yours in recent months, it’s likely accumulated a lot of wear and tear. So even though we are about to have a reprieve from hot weather, now is not the time to ignore your cooling system. Late season repairs are likely, even if you had maintenance done before summer began.

We get how tempting it is to put off this San Antonio, TX air conditioning service. After all, you aren’t going to need your cooling system. But if you want to ensure that it is able to do its job next year, you need to take care of any problems that exist, now. What repair needs should you watch for?

Continue Reading

Don’t Ignore Ice on Your AC Coil

September 11th, 2017

Beautiful frost pattern on a window in blue tones. Can be used as a winter / holiday background.Our customers trust our professionally trained HVAC technicians to give them quality advice when it comes to their cooling systems, and rightfully so. One of the questions our technicians often receive is whether or not they should ever see ice forming on the indoor coil of an AC system while it is running during the summer.

We understand why you may think this is a common occurrence. After all, chilled air is coming from the vents, so ice should be a natural part of the coolin process, right? One of the ways to rig up a simple cooling system is to place a bowl of ice in front of a fan, so shouldn’t an AC work similarly?

The short answer is no, this isn’t normal. Allow us to explain why.

Continue Reading

The Many Benefits of a Whole Home Dehumidifier

August 28th, 2017

happy family and dog sitting on couch in living roomWith our cooling season winding down, now is the time to take care of any late season air conditioning repairs and turn your attention to heating system maintenance—our chilly nights certainly warrant the use of an efficient and effective heater! But another item to keep at top of mind in between seasons is the quality of your indoor air, which can actually be worse than the quality of the air outdoors.

Humidity is a big problem in our area. For optimal comfort, the relative humidity levels in your home should rest between 30%–50%. When levels reach any higher than this, it can cause a number of problems—problems that can be relieved with a professional San Antonio, TX dehumidifier installation. But what makes this such a great investment?

Continue Reading

Are UV Air Purifiers All They’re Cracked Up to Be?

August 14th, 2017

uv light on blue backgroundNo matter the time of year, the air outdoors is filled with allergens of various forms, in addition to mold and bacteria spores which, over time, can make your life pretty miserable. Allergens and germs cause problems for even the healthiest people, but particularly infants and the elderly, to can be more susceptible to colds and other illnesses. Unfortunately, you can’t keep your home completely safe from germs and bacteria simply by closing your doors and windows. There are, however, other methods you can use to stop these microscopic intruders from invading.

We’re talking about the installation of the right kind of Alamo Heights, TX indoor air quality product: the UV air purifier. This product is perfect for any household worried about biological contaminants such as germs and mold spores, and will help cut down on allergens too.

But how do they work? Are they safe? What benefits do they provide? Keep reading to learn more.

Continue Reading

Signs That It’s Time for a New Heat Pump

July 31st, 2017

new-heat-pump-time-signsThe summer season is chugging right along, with no real reprieve from the heat. With that being said, homes with older heat pump systems should take into consideration whether their system is prepared to last through the remainder of summer. If it can, fantastic! If not, however, there’s no time like the present to install a replacement heat pump system in Alamo Heights, TX. True, the middle of summer isn’t the most fun time to schedule AC work, but it’s better to have it on your calendar than to have your cooling system suddenly die right when you need it the most.

But how do you know if your heat pump has reached the point that it even needs replacement? Well, there are three general symptoms you should watch out for. On their own, each of these symptoms may not warrant a replacement. However if two or more of them are occurring in a single heat pump system, it’s definitely time to consider a heat pump upgrade. Keep reading to learn the signs.

Continue Reading

When You Might Need Compressor Repair or Replacement

July 17th, 2017

compressor-repair-replacement-might-needThe compressor of your air conditioner is essentially the heart of your cooling system—applying energy to the refrigerant and propelling it through the coils to carry out the necessary heat exchange. Without an operational compressor, your air conditioner won’t produce any cooling effect whatsoever. That being said, if you find your air conditioner blowing warm air, it could be the compressor, or it may be that the thermostat wasn’t set correctly, or simply that you have a clogged air filter needing to be changed.

But when AC systems start to show serious signs of problems, the compressor is usually one of the main suspects, and the first thing our repair technicians take a look at. Many common AC issues arise from problems with either this component or its motor, necessitating professional AC repairs in Bulverde, TX. And since fixing a cooling system’s compressor is not something you can simply watch an online video for and figure out how to fix, you’ll need the assistance of trained and experienced HVAC professionals—which is what we’re here for.

Continue Reading

5 Reasons You Should Leave AC Repairs to the Pros

July 3rd, 2017

shouldnt-attempt-ac-repairsThere isn’t a home improvement out there that you can’t do a quick internet search for and find a long list of do-it-yourself articles and videos. From gardening to car repairs, you can almost always find a few handy lists of “surefire” tips for how to take care of any problem without needing to pay a professional to do it.

For some jobs, a little bit of knowledge and some hard work is all it takes to be a do-it-yourselfer (like the above-mentioned gardening!). But this DIY culture can often lead homeowners astray, and too many people try to handle tasks that should only be completed by a professional in order to be done properly. One of these tasks is Boerne, TX air conditioner repairs.

Continue Reading

Is It Ever Too Late for AC Maintenance?

June 19th, 2017

ac-maintenance-ever-too-lateIn short, in the absence of a full system breakdown, no. True, we typically recommend scheduling this service before the weather starts heating up, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still reap the benefits of this service as summer officially begins. Arranging for this service ASAP will benefit you in many ways.

And remember, although there are a few basic jobs you can do on your own when it comes to New Braunfels, TX air conditioning services (like changing the air filter), full system maintenance that makes a difference must be left to the professionals! Only a trained HVAC technician can handle the various tasks, such as inspecting motors and electrical connections, and cleaning coils and moving parts, that all go into a complete maintenance check-up.

No matter the time of year, you can count on our technicians for quality maintenance each and every time.

Continue Reading

4 Reasons for You to Consider Going Ductless

June 5th, 2017

consider-going-ductless-4-reasonsNow is the time of year that we usually see an increase in calls for air conditioning installations and replacements, as older systems wear out and new systems need to be put in before temperatures are at their highest. Most homes in our area use traditional central air conditioners, which work by generating cool air in a single location and blowing it through a house through a system of ductwork. However, not every home can support such a system.

Fortunately, there are options available that still allow you to gain effective and efficient whole-house cooling without this system. In fact, a New Braunfels, TX ductless system installation can actually solve a number of problems that centralized systems cannot. For example, unlike a centralized system, a ductless system is comprised of multiple smaller units, installed at different areas throughout the home, and each charged with cooling a single section.

Keep reading to learn about 4 great reasons for you to invest in ductless cooling this summer.

Continue Reading