Riteway Service Company Blog : Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

How Can You Best Avoid an AC Breakdown?

Monday, 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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Things to Think about When Installing a Central Cooling System

Monday, 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.

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Before You Turn on Your AC This Season, Consider This

Monday, 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!

Monday, 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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How Do Ductless Systems Work?

Monday, November 6th, 2017

Closeup view about using some appliance such as air condition.One of our common recommendations for homeowners who are looking for a way to both heat and cool their homes more efficiently, and/or without the use of ductwork, is the ductless mini-split. This San Antonio, TX AC installation is ideal for certain types of homes and applications. For instance, if you’re putting in a room addition or adding air conditioning to a small home that doesn’t have room for ductwork, this system might be ideal.

But, how does ductless heating and cooling actually work? When people think of an HVAC system that doesn’t use ductwork, their minds typically go to boilers. However, ductless systems are forced-air systems that blow conditioned air throughout your living space. How is this possible without ducts?

If you know what kind of service your system needs, schedule it now or request an estimate!

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Troubleshooting Your Heat Pump

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

white question mark on a blue backgroundHeat pump systems are highly versatile in that they offer your home both heating and cooling for year-round comfort. This means that they run more than separate heating and cooling systems—such as a furnace or a standard central air conditioner. Because they do operate more, the incidence of repairs can be higher.

Heat pumps are quiet systems, and because they don’t generate heating or cooling, it can sometimes be hard to detect when something is off. While we’re still dealing with warmer temps for now, if you feel something is off with your heat pump, don’t hesitate to contact our team for quality San Antonio, TX air conditioning services. In the meantime, we’re happy to share some common signs that a heat pump needs repair.

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Looking for a New AC System for Next Year?

Monday, 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?

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AC Care: More Important Now than Ever

Monday, 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?

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Don’t Ignore Ice on Your AC Coil

Monday, 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.

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Signs That It’s Time for a New Heat Pump

Monday, 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.

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