Riteway Service Company Blog : Archive for May, 2016

What Role Does Refrigerant Play in Your Heat Pump?

Monday, May 30th, 2016

Heat pumps—which most people think are primarily for heating the home in the winter—are different from traditional heating systems in the way they are constructed. In fact, heat pumps are more similar to air conditioners than combustion based heating systems, and they are also used as a cooling system.

Their construction is what allows them to be so energy efficient, however it also opens them up to a couple of potential issues. To make sure that your heat pump remains in the best possible shape, you should be aware of how the system works. Below we’ve discussed one of the most vital components of a heat pump system: the refrigerant.

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Could Your Ductwork Be Causing Your Discomfort?

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Have you been running your air conditioner, but finding that you are having trouble getting comfortable? If you aren’t getting the cooling temperature you desire, or if your indoor air quality is suffering, you may assume that there’s something wrong with your HVAC system.

While you should always have your air conditioner checked by a professional if you believe you have a problem, it’s important to know that there is one component of that system that is often forgotten: your air ducts. Your ductwork is a lot more susceptible to problems than you may realize. Keep reading to discover how your ductwork may be causing you discomfort.

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Why Isn’t My Air Conditioner Cooling My House?

Monday, May 16th, 2016

When you live someplace like San Antonio, the absolute last thing you want to be stuck with as we approach summer is a malfunctioning air conditioner. So if you’ve turned on your system to discover that it is not effectively cooling your home, your first reaction may be to panic.

It’s important to remember that most major problems with your cooling system can be prevented with regular AC maintenance, which allows an HVAC professional to provide a thorough inspection and cleaning. However, even a well-maintained system can run into problems every now and then. We’ve addressed this concern below, citing a few common reasons this might happen.

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AC Installation: Why Bigger Is Not Always Better

Monday, May 9th, 2016

One of the biggest HVAC myths we hear most often is that homeowners believe that the bigger an air conditioning system is, the better it will perform. So when it comes to replacing your air conditioner this season, you’ll want to take that into consideration. Air conditioning systems are similar to the vehicle you drive. The more you drive in stop-and-go traffic, the quicker your vehicle wears down. The more an air conditioner rapidly shuts on and off to compensate for its size—called short-cycling—then the faster it breaks down.

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Avoid Air Conditioner Breakdown This Summer

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Though we haven’t reached our hottest period yet, we’ve had a few days approach 90°F recently. One of the most common HVAC emergency calls we get is from families who have elderly individuals or ill individuals living under their roof, and the AC has died on a 90°F degree day. While there may be times where an emergency like this is unavoidable, there are steps you can take to reduce the probability that it will happen to you. Keep reading to learn more.

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