Riteway Service Company Blog

Does Your Refrigerant Need to be Refilled?

November 5th, 2018

top view of the outside unit of an air conditionerSeasons don’t define the temperature here in New Braunfels, although the calendar indicates that we’re well into fall, the temperatures are still quite hot. It’s likely you’re still running your air conditioner here in South Texas. We rely on our cooling systems heavily and for an extended time throughout the year here. If you’ve noticed that your air conditioner isn’t working as well as it once was, you might be struggling with inadequate levels of refrigerant. If you need a great HVAC contractor in New Braunfels, TX then contact our team today.

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Central AC vs. Heat Pump: Which One is Right for You?

October 22nd, 2018

Fall is the perfect time to upgrade or replace your current air conditioning system. Because of our climate here in Southern Texas, both central air conditioning and heat pumps are viable options. Many homeowners are confused when it comes to these topics. If you’re having trouble deciding which system is right for your home, our knowledgeable experts can help you make the decision. If you need great air conditioning service in Schertz, TX, then look no further than our team here at Riteway Service Company.

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Is It Time to Upgrade Your AC?

October 8th, 2018

top view of the outside unit of an air conditionerWe had a long, hot summer here in San Antonio and the high heat continues into fall. Make sure you’re getting the most out of your HVAC system. If you’ve noticed your air conditioning’s efficiency has decreased, that your airflow has dwindled, or that you’re spending more money on repairs than you ever have in the past, it might be time to upgrade your air conditioning unit. Many homeowners feel hesitant to upgrade because the process is so expensive or because they’re not convinced that it’s more beneficial to simply replace their system or to keep maintaining their old unit. If you need superior San Antonio HVAC services, contact our team here at Riteway Service Company.

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Summer Is Over but High Temperatures Aren’t!

September 24th, 2018

male technician's hands working on outside ac unitSummer has come to an end but here in Texas, our high temperatures tend to defy seasons. If you’re hesitating to schedule a last-minute air conditioning repair, schedule it now! Our lingering heat will cause you to run your air conditioning for a little while longer. Just because it’s a little late in the season for this type of repair work doesn’t mean you should procrastinate. If you need great air conditioning repair in Universal City, TX, our technicians at Riteway Service Company are here to help.

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Is a Heat Pump Effective in Our Climate?

September 10th, 2018

Here in Southern Texas, we’re fortunate enough to bypass a lot of the frigid winter weather people experience in the Northern half of the United States. Our winters are mild because they rarely dip below freezing and they require less heating power as a result. Heat pumps are perfect for our climate and serve as a great alternative to a furnace or a standard air conditioner. If you’re looking for Schertz, TX air conditioning alternatives, contact our knowledgeable team at Riteway Service Company for more information about heat pumps and how they can work with your home.

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Is Ice on the Evaporator Coil OK?

August 27th, 2018

Frozen air conditioning with icicleIt’s a hot summer day, and your air conditioner seems to be losing some of its cooling power. You go to check out the unit to see if anything is wrong, and you see ice on the evaporator coil. “Oh!” you might think, “Well my air conditioner must be working if I see ice. After all, it’s a sign the air conditioner is cooling.”

This is a misconception. Ice on the evaporator coil is not okay, and is a sign you need AC repairs sooner rather than later.

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3 AC Repairs to Leave to the Pros

August 13th, 2018

An air conditioning technician welds a connection prior to installing AC unit.We get it, when something is amiss with your air conditioner, it probably seems far easier—not to mention, cheaper—to hop online and find a “how-to” video to solve the problem on your own. This can be a mistake for a number of reasons, however.

First off, it takes a trained and experienced professional to accurately diagnose a Bulverde, TX air conditioning issue. Additionally, if you don’t know what you’re doing, you could end up damaging other components of your air conditioner and make the problem worse. Lastly, you might injure yourself or expose yourself to potentially harmful substances, like refrigerant.

Keep reading to learn more about 3 common AC issues people try to solve on their own, but should really leave to the pros!

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Is Humidity Hurting My Air Conditioner?

July 30th, 2018

vent on wallIt goes without saying that summers in Texas are HOT, particularly in our area. Even worse than the soaring temperatures are the increasing humidity levels that can turn our homes into unwelcome steam rooms. Your air conditioner does have some dehumidification properties. However, it isn’t built to effectively lower the humidity to an acceptable level.

In turn, humidity can, in fact, hurt your air conditioner, and also leave your home feeling muggy and uncomfortable. That’s the bad news. The good news, however, is that our New Braunfels, TX, HVAC professionals have a way for you to deal with it: the installation of a whole-house dehumidifier.

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Compressor Problems: Repair or Replace?

July 16th, 2018

compressor-inside-the-outside-unit-of-an-air conditionerOver years of consistent use, there are a variety of issues that can arise with your cooling system. This is particularly true in our part of the state! You might find yourself facing a refrigerant leak, failed capacitor, or potentially even breached ductwork. Fortunately, many of these San Antonio, TX air conditioning repair needs are actually preventable, especially if you stay on top of your annual maintenance appointments (or biannual, if you have a heat pump).

There’s one repair need, in particular, that is a pain to face—and that is a broken down or damaged compressor. With most air conditioner components, replacement is typically the best option upon breakdown. But a broken down compressor is another story, and often it leads to the question of if you should repair the system by replacing the compressor, or replace the entire air conditioner. The latter is naturally not always the preferred choice, but might be the best choice. Why is that? Read on…

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It’s Never Too Late for AC Maintenance

July 1st, 2018

Technician is checking air conditionerWhen is the last time you had an oil change on your car? A tire rotation?

When is the last time you had an air conditioning tune-up in San Antonio?

Chances are, you were able to answer the questions about your car pretty quickly, but the AC question may have you going, “Ummmm… about that.” We get it.

But the fact of the matter is, you can’t afford to go without it. That being said, if you didn’t schedule maintenance yet for this summer season, it’s not too late!

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