Riteway Service Company Blog

Don’t Believe This Refrigerant Myth

May 21st, 2018

white question mark on blue circle with white backgroundHVAC professionals get one question in particular pretty often, and it makes us shake our heads in disappointment, because we know you’re being fooled by an amateur or dishonest “service professional.” That question is: “how often does my refrigerant need refilling?” Our answer is, “hopefully never!”

It is, unfortunately, a common myth among homeowners that refrigerant is something that runs out over time, like gasoline in a car. However, this isn’t the case with refrigerant. Upon installation, your HVAC system is supplied with enough of this important fluid to ideally last throughout its entire lifespan. Refrigerant continuously cycles through the air conditioner or heat pump, and effectively transfers heat to bring you a comfortable indoor climate.

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“Help! My Cooling System is Not Cooling”

May 7th, 2018

man in front of fan looking hotOne of the best ways, if not the best way to prevent air conditioning repair San Antonio needs is to schedule routine preventive maintenance before your cooling system’s heaviest period of use. So that means you’ve hopefully already had your tune-up performed this year. Without regular maintenance, you may find yourself facing any number of potential cooling system malfunctions, which we’ll cover below. The result of such malfunctions can be anything from low airflow or a noisy system to an AC that doesn’t actually cool—its only job!

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How Can You Best Avoid an AC Breakdown?

April 23rd, 2018

white question mark on a blue backgroundAs the weather already begins to trend toward summer temperatures and we get ready to switch our thermostats into AC mode full time, you may not notice anything amiss with your San Antonio air conditioning system right away, if there is something wrong. But if you skipped maintenance, or if you’ve neglected an AC repair you know is necessary, can you rely on your system to get you through the coming months?

Midsummer cooling system repairs are a hassle, with breakdowns of course being an even bigger one. You’ll likely have to stop what you’re doing or potentially even cancel plans to call in a professional technician at one of the busiest times of year for HVAC contractors. If you can prevent that, wouldn’t you? Fortunately, there is a way!

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The Impact of Excessive Moisture in Your Home

April 9th, 2018

mold on wallWe might not get it as bad as some other states do during the summer, but the effects of high humidity affect us here too. If you have an effective and efficient cooling system, it can relieve some of your discomfort on a hot, humid day. But are you really doing all you can to improve your San Antonio, TX indoor air quality?

When humidity brings excess moisture into your living space, you need a whole-house dehumidifier that works with your cooling system. Many homeowners “get by” with portable dehumidifiers around the house, but this isn’t the same, and doesn’t do much to lessen the impact of excessive moisture in your home. Consider a whole-house dehumidifier installation to improve your comfort, air quality, and energy-saving efforts.

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Things to Think about When Installing a Central Cooling System

March 26th, 2018

High efficiency modern AC-heater unit, energy save solutionSpring is here and our cooling season has already begun. Is your central air conditioner in good shape? Will it get you through the next 6 months or so without any trouble? If it’s a newer system and you’ve had it regularly maintained—and kept up on repair needs—then you should have no problem! But if you have an aging system, and it’s been experiencing problems, then the time to look for a new system is now.

But we don’t encourage just jumping right into an AC installation in San Antonio, TX without considering all the factors that go into the cost of a system, as well as how that system will work in your home. For instance, the first thing our technicians will do when getting ready to install a new system in your home is perform a load calculation. This determines how large of a system you’ll need for your living space—too large of a system will be just as inefficient and detrimental to AC performance as too small of a system.

Keep reading for some more factors to consider!

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Before You Turn on Your AC This Season, Consider This

March 12th, 2018

hvac return vent on wallIt goes without saying that we’re known for our hot weather and long summers that start long before the official season. That being said, our air conditioners get a lot of use. As such, now is the perfect time to make sure it’s ready for months of heavy work.

Nobody wants their San Antonio, TX air conditioning system to break down on them when they need it the most, and the best way to make sure this is not the case is by following the tips we’ve outlined below.

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The Time Has Come for This Important AC Service!

February 26th, 2018

male technician's hands working on outside ac unitIt may still be winter, but warmer temperatures aren’t too far off, making right now the ideal time to schedule a maintenance session to keep your air conditioner performing at its best. There are a few basic tasks you can do on your own—like regularly changing the air filter (every 1 to 3 months, depending on the level of contaminants in your home). But for full maintenance that makes a difference to your Universal City, TX air conditioning system, you only want to trust in the pros.

Only a trained HVAC professional can address the numerous tasks that come with maintenance, with accuracy and precision. These tasks include inspecting motors and electrical connections for safety, cleaning coils and other moving parts, and making any necessary adjustments. We’ll also alert you to any repair needs that might have cropped up since your last maintenance appointment, which we hope you had done around this time last year.

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End-of-Season Heating Repairs to Be Aware Of

February 12th, 2018

technician working on the inside of a furnaceIt may still be unbearably cold in other parts of the country, but around here we’re just about ready to gear up for the cooling season again. As such, you may be tempted to put off any heating repair needs that may have cropped up over the winter.

Of all the New Braunfels, TX HVAC services you should never neglect, late-season heating repairs are at the top of the list. Neglecting your heater when it needs work done on it can be detrimental to the system, and potentially even to your safety.

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Upgrade Your Insulation for Optimal Year-Round Comfort

January 29th, 2018

rolled up insulation inside atticA pretty big chunk of your income goes toward your heating and cooling costs each year. In fact, it’s estimated by Energy.gov that over half of all your energy usage is spent on using your HVAC systems. Of course, this will vary on a few factors, but overall, you’re paying a lot to keep your home comfortable.

But shouldn’t you do everything in your power to ensure your heating and cooling systems are working as efficiently as they can? Yes, and this starts with scheduling Canyon Lake, TX HVAC service as needed, such as routine maintenance and any subsequent repairs. But it also means keeping your indoor air quality in check, and a huge part of this is having the right amount and type of insulation surrounding your living space.

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Are You in the Market for a New Heater?

January 15th, 2018

cold man wearing warm clothes and hugging radiatorWe are well into the throes of winter, and while it may not get as desperately frigid here as it does in other areas of the country, it’s still vital that you have an effective and efficient heating system installed in your home, and that it’s serving you well.

But what if during your last regular maintenance, the HVAC technicians suggested a replacement? Or what if you skipped maintenance and are experiencing problems with your heater?

Then it may be time to begin exploring your heating options. As tempting as it may be when you’re already shivering in your home, we do not recommend rushing out and purchasing the first heater you find within your budget. Rather, you should be strategic about your decision. For instance, if you need a new heating system and your air conditioner is on its last legs as well, then you’d do well to consider a New Braunfels, TX HVAC system that can both heat and cool your home: the ductless system.  

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