Houston AC Repair
Village prides itself in providing you with the Best AC Repair Service in Houston. Our Licensed HVAC technicians are highly trained and skilled at diagnosing your HVAC system's issues and get your ac system up and running cold and efficiently as quickly as possible.
- Licensed and Insured AC Repair Technicians
- 24/7 Emergency AC Repair Services
- Trained to Repair all HVAC Unit Makes and Models
- Thousands of Satisfied Village Customers
Common Air Conditioning Issues You May be Experiencing:
- Low air flow
- Air handler issues
- Compressor failure
- Malfunctioning thermostat
- AC zoning issues
- Air filtration issues
- Air cleaners
- Blower fan not working
- Air duct problems
Common Signs of AC Problems
The Texas heat can be taxing on A/C units and when they start to break down, it isn’t a problem you can just sweat out.
We want to help you get ahead of the curve so that when the truly scorching (or freezing) weather comes, you’ll have nothing to worry. Here are a few signs that your heater/furnace might be dying or in need of maintenance.
- Your furnace is 15 to 18 years old
- Your energy bills are increasing
- You can't feel or hear a strong airflow
- Your furnace is making strange noises
Age of your Furnace:
The average lifespan of a furnace is roughly 18 years. Once your furnace turns 15, chances are it will be operating at a much lower efficiency which will cost you more money on your energy bill.
It may be time to perform maintenance or, in extreme cases, find a replacement furnace. Our expert HVAC technicians will be able to run full service on your furnace to tell you if it’s showing its age.
Increase in Utility Bills
Energy costs don’t tend to fluctuate too much in terms of what your given city charges you, so if your energy bill is beginning to ramp up, there are a few places to look first.
The most obvious cause is that your personal consumption has increased. If you are running your furnace for longer hours or keeping your house at hotter temperatures, you’ll see an increase in the amount you pay towards your energy bills. If you haven’t made any notable changes in consumption, the culprit may be a failing furnace. If your furnace or one of its parts is starting to fail, it will be having to work overtime to heat your house to a reasonable temperature.
Our HVAC techs can run affordable Furnace Tune-Ups to help you ensure your furnace is reliable and ready for the cold weather to come!
Normally, you should be able to feel and hear signs that your furnace is pushing air throughout your house, whether that comes in the form of palpable air flow when you get closer to your vent, or even ambient noise. If you can’t sense either of those things, there’s bound to be a problem with your furnace’s ventilation.
It’s entirely possible that your furnace is heating air just fine but is struggling to effectively distribute that air across your home. There are a lot of issues potentially causing these symptoms. You could have a clogged air filter, breaks/crack in your ductwork, a broken air handler, etc. Our HVAC techs will be able to quickly and economically diagnose what is preventing proper air flow and get your home back on track ASAP!
Noisy HVAC Unit
This can also be described as a high-pitched whistling and is one of the more serious noises your unit can make. It is imperative that you immediately shut off your A/C system if it begins to make these noises. This sound could mean numerous things, but it is commonly indicative of a refrigerant leak, which poses a serious threat to both the health of your system as well as your family.
Depending on how new your system is, it might have a built-in sensor to detect leaks like this and will automatically pull the plug on your unit to minimize harm, and we recommend installing systems with these types of counter-measures.
These screaming noises can also be the result of built-up pressure inside the A/C unit’s compressor, which can be just as dangerous as it sounds. If you hear these noises, make sure your system is turned off and call a professional technician immediately.
Buzzing is probably one of the most annoying noises your A/C can make, but the good news is that it usually isn’t a sign of an emergency failure. The running theme here is that something is loose inside your system and as it runs, those loose parts vibrate against each other instead of being as tightly fastened as they’re supposed to be.
A few common culprits are the fan motor, fan blades, copper lines, or even loose debris inside the unit. Especially with outdoor units, it’s not uncommon for organic debris like leaves and sticks to get caught in the grating and work their way into the system.
The best way to avoid this noise (and even future, more serious problems) is to have your unit routinely and professionally maintained. With the Village Partner Plan, you receive bi-annual HVAC tune-ups that address any and all of these noises before they even begin.
Electrical, electrical, electrical. It’s normal for electrical parts to click when turning on or shutting off, but a more constant clicking while the A/C unit is in use may be cause for concern. It could be a failing thermostat or control, but there are far too many separate electrical parts within your unit to diagnose specifically just based on sound alone. This is another important sound to pay attention to, however, as catching electrical issues early helps prevent an issue from worsening or multiplying into other problems.
We want to make sure your whole house is ready to go for the cold weather, and in Texas, that cold weather could come at any time! Call us today and set up an appointment to have a licensed Village HVAC Technician get your home ready for the weather to come! Don’t forget to ask about our seasonal specials!
If you're dealing with any of the above symptoms, call to schedule an appointment with a licensed, expert Village HVAC technician right away.
Tips to Stay Cool When Your Air Conditioner Breaks
If your A/C unit breaks or isn't working properly, the first thing you need to do is call a licensed HVAC technician from Village Plumbing & Air. Once you have an appointment scheduled, here are a few things you can do to stay cool in the meantime before your tech arrives.
- Close your Curtains - Lower the shades and close the curtains to limit the amount of heat and light entering your home from the windows. Even simple plastic blinds will create the first line of defense for heat entering your home. If any of the windows in your home face the sun at various times of day, this step is a must!
- Turn on your Fans - This seems obvious, but it provides the fastest gratification. Turning on your ceiling fans and floor fans can’t cool your entire home but will provide an essential breeze. Even if the air hasn’t been cooled down, simple circulation will alleviate a significant amount of your discomfort. Placing a bowl of ice in front of a floor fan is a fleeting, but useful way to provide temporary relief as well!
It is imperative that each of your fans is set to rotate in the proper direction (counter-clockwise). This ensures that your fan is pushing air down away from itself, creating that circulation. Running your fan clockwise actually helps to heat your home by sucking cool air up towards the fan in an updraft. If you ARE trying to heat your home, running your fan clockwise can save up to 15% on your energy bill! You can typically find the switch to change your ceiling fan’s direction right next to the pull cords you use to turn it on.
- Use Cool Water - Take a cold shower or wet a cloth with cold water and place it on your neck. When the cloth begins to heat, you can switch its side like you would a pillow while you sleep. If it feels too hot to sleep, you can wash your sheets and put them back onto your bed damp. The feeling of wet sheets may be more uncomfortable than being warm though, so this is more of a last resort. Give this a shot in the most scorching months when your A/C stops working.
- Avoid using heat-generating appliances.
Refrain from using any house appliances that generate heat. This includes your oven, range, dryer, blow dryer, curling irons, etc. Making smart decisions when you buy lightbulbs can also help set you up for success when you are trying to reduce heat generation in your home as much as possible. Incandescent light-bulbs are often the cheapest to purchase but will cost you a lot more money in the long-run. They produce significant heat, especially when a bunch of them group together (when used in a bathroom vanity for instance). Switch to types that are more energy efficient and produce less heat.The two best types are compact fluorescent and LED light bulbs, the latter being much cheaper to purchase. You will save on your energy bill, the lightbulbs will cost you less, and your home will be cooler as a result!
- Open the windows at night.
After the sun sets, open the windows to release some of the heat from the house. Depending on outside temperatures, you may find your house becomes significantly cooler. At the very least, this will provide much needed circulation (especially when paired with the aforementioned ceiling fans). Close up the windows in the morning before it gets too warm outside.
- Stay Low.
In quite literal fashion, the lower to the ground you are, the cooler you will be. Hot air rises and cool air falls, so try to stay on the ground floor of your home. If you have a basement, that’s even better, though basements aren’t very common in Houston.
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