Riteway Service Company Blog : Posts Tagged ‘San Antonio’

Cost-Effective Ways to Boost Heating Efficiency

Monday, January 14th, 2019

It is the beginning of a new year, meaning we all have a chance to start fresh, reflect, and think about ways in which we can do better. If one of your resolutions is to cut back on spending, consider improving your heating efficiency. We still have a couple of months of chilly weather ahead of us, so you’ll be running your heater consistently for a little while more. It’s not too late to start saving this winter.

There are numerous ways in which you can boost your heating efficiency, some costing not a single penny! Maintaining your heating efficiency is an excellent way to keep repair costs and utility bills to a minimum. Plus, it’s great for the environment! Below, we have outlined some of the various things that you can do to boost efficiency and save money. 

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How Duct Sealing Can Improve Your HVAC System

Monday, December 17th, 2018

Chances are that if your HVAC system relies on a network of ducts to circulate air throughout your home, it will experience a breach at one point or another. Since ducts are hidden out of sight, it can be quite difficult for homeowners to detect any sign of a problem. However, it is super important to have your duct system regularly inspected, maintained, and repaired. Your duct system plays a vital role in the overall effectiveness and efficiency of your HVAC system.

One way that homeowners can improve their HVAC systems is to invest in proper duct sealing. A qualified technician can look for breaches in the system and repair them before your bills skyrocket. Duct sealing can restore your system’s efficiency and keep it running smoothly for many years to come. If you are in need of San Antonio, TX, indoor air quality services, look no further than Riteway Service Co. Below, we have provided a list of some of the many benefits that proper duct sealing can have on your system.

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Is It Time to Upgrade Your AC?

Monday, 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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Compressor Problems: Repair or Replace?

Monday, 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

Sunday, 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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Why Do Businesses Use Rooftop Units?

Monday, June 18th, 2018

commercial rooftop air conditioning unitWith summer “officially” here in just a few short days, you’re likely focused on a number of things for your business, ensuring that your customers, employees, and/or tenants are happy, and making sure that your commercial space is comfortable.

Wait, what’s that? You haven’t thought about that last point? True, it’s not usually something on the top of the mind for any business owner or manager. However, it’s important! An uncomfortable commercial space can lead to a variety of problems, not the least of which is a major business interruption.

There are many factors that go into creating a comfortable commercial environment, with one of the biggest being how effectively and efficiently your commercial air conditioning in San Antonio operates. Whether you were already thinking about replacing your commercial AC system, or you’re wondering what your AC system options are, you’d do well to consider rooftop units.

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The Effect of Damaged Ducts on Your AC System

Monday, June 4th, 2018

Male hands setting up ventilation system indoorsConsidering where we live, chances are that you think a lot about your air conditioner. Naturally, you want it to function as effectively and efficiently as possible. What most homeowners don’t think about in this regard is the “V” part of HVAC—their ventilation, which connects the air conditioner to the outside and makes the distribution of cooled air possible. This ventilation system, known as your ductwork, is usually out of sight for the most part—hidden behind walls, in your attic and crawlspace, and even maybe beneath flooring.

Unfortunately, if this ductwork was installed by an inexperienced technician, or if you did it as a “DIY” project without the right training and expertise, or if your ductwork is getting older, there’s a fair chance that it’s accumulated damage over the years. And if your ductwork is affected by leaks, any poor connections, or improper construction, then you may be experiencing problems that lead to poor HVAC efficiency and soon enough, San Antonio duct repair needs. One of the most common issues that lead to ductwork damage is the fact that those ducts weren’t properly sized upon installation.

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Don’t Believe This Refrigerant Myth

Monday, 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”

Monday, 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?

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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