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Know Your AC Warning Signs

As a homeowner in Lewisville, Highland Village, Flower Mound, Lantana or the surrounding areas, you are no doubt aware of the need for a dependable air conditioning system when it comes to the uncompromising temperatures of a Texas summer. Because our summer season can be intense, you need to know that your AC is going to be there for you when you need it most. If your system is compromised, it is mostly likely to break down while working its hardest.  Even seemingly minor problems can lead to very real damages if not addressed in a timely manner. Review these common AC WARNING SIGNS, and contact Southern Comfort Mechanical at the first sign of trouble with your AC system – you don’t want to be the one waiting for service during the busiest season of the year.

Reduced Cooling Output

AC WARNING SIGNS:  Your air conditioner previously cooled your home evenly but now is blowing warm air, only cooling sporadically, or only cooling certain areas effectively.  This decrease in cooling output should be taken very seriously. You may have a refrigerant leak, an air flow issue, or problems with mechanized components such as fans. Whatever the issue may be, it is best to have it resolved as soon as possible, both for the sake of your comfort and for the condition of your system.

 

Premature Shut-Down

AC WARNING SIGNS:  Your AC seems to be starting up fine, but running only briefly before shutting back down.  This system issue is known as short-cycling. Short cycling may occur for a few different reasons, such as very dirty air filter restricting airflow and overloading the motor, or a faulty thermostat registering temperatures incorrectly, causing the system to cycle off before your house is actually cool enough. Short cycling can also occur when the system experiences a refrigerant leak or a failing run capacitor that cannot maintain the appropriate electrical charge in the motor. Short-cycling puts a lot of unnecessary stress on your system that could result in increased damages or premature breakdown. Call our office as soon as you notice your system cycling in this manner.

Strange Sounds

AC WARNING SIGNS:  Popping, whining, grinding, whistling, clanging, hissing and other atypical sounds. One of the most obvious signs of a system in need of repair are odd sounds coming from any component of your system, and should prompt you to call Southern Comfort Mechanical to schedule a service appointment with our professional technicians right away. These sounds are warning signals from your unit, and continued use could potentially make the problem worse and far more expensive to repair.

Ice on the System

AC WARNING SIGNS:  Frost or ice on your system’s supply lines or coils.  It would be easy to mistake ice on the evaporator coils of your unit as a sign that your air conditioning system is working well. The reality, though, is that icing in an AC system could indicate refrigerant leaks, dirty coils or filters, restricted air flow or operational issues. Ice accumulation is a sign that your system is not able to absorb heat from its environment, which is your AC system’s primary role. If you notice ice on your coils or refrigerant lines, call Southern Comfort Mechanical right away for service.

Tripped Breakers
AC WARNING SIGNS:  An unresponsive system with a tripped or melted electrical breaker.  If you find your AC is tripping your circuit breaker frequently, do not ignore the issue. The breaker is a safeguard against power surges that can damage your electrical system and start electrical fires. There are a few reasons your AC unit could be tripping the breaker, including dirty coils, a shorted motor, an issue in the breaker box, or an issue in the compressor. Regardless of the cause for the tripped breaker, we strongly advise you to address the issue as soon as possible so no further damage is done to the system.

 

High Energy Costs

AC WARNING SIGNS:  Higher than average summer energy costs.  Any number of issues in your Lantana home can contribute to increased energy usage and electricity expenses. However, if you’re having a hard time identifying why your bill has increased, read over the other AC system distress signals above and see if any of them sound familiar. An air conditioner that is not routinely maintained, a system that is compromised in any way, or an improperly sized unit could all be contributors to system inefficiency.

Not properly maintaining your system or seeking repairs in a timely manner can compromise both your budget and your comfort in your home. Let the Southern Comfort Mechanical team diagnose and repair any problems with your AC as soon as you discover them. Call us today at (972) 420-1700.

Indoor Air Quality – Battling Allergens Indoors

Most of us think of Spring’s arrival as a breath of fresh air.  That is, until we realize that we live in one of the allergy capitals of the US.  That’s right – the Dallas area was ranked by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America in the top 30 Spring Allergy Capitals for the last five years.   While there’s little that can be done to improve the air outdoors, there are ways to make the air we breathe indoors healthier for our families.  In honor of Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, Southern Comfort Mechanical is bringing you indoor air quality tips for your Flower Mound air conditioning system.

 

Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality, or IAQ, refers to the condition of the air inside your home and how it contributes to your comfort and wellness.  The EPA reports that people are spending up to 90% of their time indoors.  Spending more time indoors exposes your family to higher levels of airborne pollutants like viruses, bacteria and other organic compounds in the air.

Without proper ventilation in the home, indoor air pollutants become trapped and contribute to unhealthy indoor air quality levels.  To mitigate poor indoor air quality in Corinth homes, Southern Comfort Mechanical recommends:

Air Duct Cleaning

Over time, air ducts become contaminated with dust particles, pollen and other debris that aggravate allergies and cause other health issues.  High humidity levels increase the potential for mold and spores dispersal into your home via the air conditioning system.  Schedule your professional air duct cleaning in Flower Mound with Southern Comfort Mechanical to eliminate the risk for microbiological growth and other airborne contaminants.

Air Duct Sealing

Duct systems are supposed to distribute conditioned air from your central HVAC system to your living spaces.  Duct systems with leaks, holes or poor connections can result in a loss of efficiency of up to 20% according to EnergyStar.  Further, those leaky ducts allow insulation particles, dust and fumes to enter the system, aggravating asthma and allergies.  Sealing ducts save you money while reducing the risk of pollutants entering ducts and circulating through your home.

Air Filtration

Most modern homes are designed to be self-contained for energy efficiency.  This means very little outside air enters the home via your Lantana air conditioning system, making air filtration a key component of maintaining indoor air quality.  Your HVAC filter collects contaminants and particles before the air gets distributed into your living spaces. Air filters will inevitably get dirty, but should not be allowed to become clogged. A clogged filter is not only bad for your indoor air quality, it can also create serious airflow problems and may cause a system shutdown.  Your Corinth HVAC filter should be replaced every 30 to 90 days, depending on variables in your home environment, such as high-traffic, pet shedding or home repair projects. Check your filter monthly to determine if a change is needed.

If you want to improve your Flower Mound indoor air quality, contact the skilled technicians at Southern Comfort Mechanical. We’re here to help you improve the efficiency and air filtration of your system.  972-420-1700.

Proper Care for your HVAC System as it Ages

In many of the communities we serve, the average age of homes exceeds ten years. While new construction continues in many areas such as Lantana, Argyle, Flower Mound and Highland Village, several homes in those areas are now at the point where they no longer are under a new home warranty, so maintenance becomes more and more about prevention and efficiency. This is particularly true for your HVAC system. Here are some tips and pointers for caring for your system as that time approaches for your home:

Perform basic maintenance. Periodically check and change your filters and dust your vents and registers. Keep your intakes clear of furniture or other blockages. Clear grass, leaves and debris away from exterior condensers and rinse the condensing unit with water from your garden hose as part of routine preventative maintenance.

Service your system professionally. Commit to having your air conditioning systems professionally serviced prior to the seasons that are most taxing to your A/C and heating equipment – summer and winter. Biannual service, whether as part of our Comfort Club membership or your regular home preventative maintenance plan, helps ensure that the HVAC components that keep your system operating at peak performance are properly tested, cared for and monitored for wear and tear.

Review your electrical consumption from year to year. If you check your gas and electrical bills and find your usage steadily increasing over a period of years, it is a good indicator that your that your A/C system is having to work harder to meet the demand placed on its components. This increase in energy consumption is a sign that the overall A/C system is aging and that standard maintenance may no longer be enough to keep your A/C system performing.

Make timely repairs. Short-cycling, uneven cooling, loud operation, unusual noises, etc., are all indicators that your A/C system is in need of repair. Delaying repair only prolongs the potential for additional damage to the compressor which will only shorten the lifespan of your HVAC system.

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Consider replacement. An air conditioning system in regular need of repair or rebalance will eventually become more cost prohibitive than installing a new system. Cost considerations include the rapidly rising costs of R-22* refrigerant used in older units, parts and labor, time, energy consumption, and a sacrifice in comfort and indoor air quality, just to name a few. Air conditioners have a manufacturers estimated lifespan; if your unit has reached that age or is showing signs of failure or inefficiency, it is time to have your A/C system evaluated for recommended repair or component replacement. Current models that make use of improved refrigerants and utilize the latest technology will deliver more efficiency and will be backed by a warranty that better protects your investment.

As always, we hope you will choose Southern Comfort Mechanical as your Lewisville area partner in the care of your HVAC system. We are here to keep your system functional and healthy for the full extent of its lifespan. Please contact us today if you are in need of preventive maintenance, repair or replacement or if you have questions about how to get the most efficiency out of your unit.

*A note on R-22: Many systems manufactured before 2010 still use a coolant known as R-22. The EPA began phasing out this refrigerant at that time and continues to step down the amount available for sale each year. This decrease in supply will mean that the cost of R-22 that is used in these older units continues to steadily rise in price. In the next three years, the supply available will fall to only .5% of what was available in 2010. That scarcity will make the cost of maintaining older units incredibly pricey.

Commercial Repair & Maintenance

Here at Southern Comfort Mechanical, we take care of businesses from bakeries, to computer shops, to aquariums. All of which require year round specific temperatures. Temperatures matter and in order to keep and maintain that specific degree range, preventative maintenance and fast response time is crucial.

Most commercial properties need maintenance four times a year; spring, summer, winter and fall. Spring/Summer maintenance includes brushing condenser coils, cleaning out drain lines, changing filters, checking all electrical and Freon, and much more. Fall/Winter checkout includes inspection and adjustment of heat exchangers, burners, search for gas leaks and safety switch and again, much more.  Each checkout is very thorough and our technicians are highly trained to go through your system with a fine tooth comb. Should we find anything that needs repaired, we can repair that day as our trucks are fully stocked and we give discounts to those who have a contract with us.

Many times if you are in a lease agreement, there is a stipulation where you have to have a maintenance contract with licensed professionals. Southern Comfort Mechanical, a local Lewisville company, can customize an agreement to fit your businesses HVAC needs and make air conditioning repairs faster and more cost effective than other competitors. Whether you only want filter and belt changes or you need a whole system checkout we are here to help. Call us today at 972-420-1700 to speak with someone about setting up a maintenance plan to help fit your needs.

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Flower Mound – Capacitor Troubles?

As many of you know, there are easy ways to maintain your air conditioning system. Changing your filters regularly, keeping your condenser clear of pollen and bugs, and scheduling regular maintenance are ways to get the full life expectancy of your system. However, it’s inevitable that something could possibly go wrong. The consecutive 100 degree days are about to be upon us, the most common air conditioning part that fails is a condenser fan motor capacitor. That brings us to today’s topic, your capacitor. Where is it?  What does it do? What is it?

A capacitor, which is located in your condenser, regulates the voltage running to your motor. In its simplest form it consists of two conducting surfaces separated by a dielectric. There are many reasons your capacitor can go out – High temperatures and pressures, age of part, leaking has occurred, insulator deteriorated, or a power surge. With proper preventative maintenance, a failure may be avoided saving you money and frustration. Typical life expectancy of a capacitor is approximately 5 years.

Southern Comfort Mechanical, serving Flower Mound, Highland Village and surrounding areas, has technicians available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with no over time charges. With fully stocked trucks and knowledgeable technicians, we can get your system running in no time! Call us today at 972-420-1700.

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Left – Blown Capacitor. Right – New Capacitor

Is Your AC System Frozen Up? Helpful DIY Tips

After a long, hard day at work, the last thing you want to come home to is a hot house. If your air conditioner is blowing warm air, check to see if your system is “frozen up.”  Go to your evaporator coil, which is typically located in the attic or hall closet. If you see ice, here are a few tips to help pin point the problem and to know what to financially expect.

First, you need to thaw it out. Turn your air conditioner off and your fan on. Be sure to have a bucket or pan to catch the water from it thawing out.

While the coil is thawing out, check your air filter. If it’s dirty and 100% clogged, you may have identified the problem. Remove the filter and go get a new one. Be sure to get the correct size. Once home, put the filter in. Do not turn on the system until it is completely thawed.  Once it is, turn it back on. If the air conditioner comes on and cool air is coming out, you’ve saved yourself a service call. If starts, but freezes up again it’s in all likelihood that you have low refrigerant. If you never heard the indoor fan motor come on at all, then it is your motor.

In order to avoid any of these common problems, preventative maintenance is key. Give Southern Comfort Mechanical a call at 972-420-1700 and schedule your check up today!

 

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Air Conditioning Repair in Flower Mound from Southern Comfort Mechanical

Located in Lewisville, Texas, Southern Comfort Mechanical provides air conditioning repair services to people all around the Dallas area. If you need an air conditioning repair in Flower Mound, Grapevine, Carrollton Southlake, Corinth or Highland Village, our technicians can come out to your home. We understand how inconvenient it is to be without air conditioning, especially during humid days in the middle of the summer. Our technicians will work hard to find a timely solution to your air conditioning problem.

Our family-owned business, which has been around since 2007, has quickly built a reputation in the heating and cooling industry because we provide customer-driven and quality repair services to heaters and air conditioners. Our small company works hard to provide customers in the Dallas area with affordable air conditioning services, including repairs. Our technicians are fully qualified to repair and do preventive maintenance on commercial and residential air conditioning units.

Our company has technicians available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to take care of air conditioning problems. When you have a late night or early morning problem with your air conditioner that is keeping you from getting a restful sleep, you just have to give us a call. We will send one of our skilled technicians out to do an emergency repair on your air conditioner for an affordable price. We are committed to 100 percent customer satisfaction. If you let us know that you aren’t satisfied, we will work with you to resolve any air conditioning problem you have, even on a holiday or in the middle of the night.

Along with repairs, our technicians can also come out to your home to do preventative AC maintenance and energy analyses to make sure that your heating and cooling systems work efficiently and properly for years. We are certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and North American Technical Excellence, and we are committed to helping customers to have energy efficient homes. Our preventative maintenance plans help to make maintenance jobs on your heaters and air conditioners more affordable for you. We also offer insulation and duct cleaning services to keep air conditioning units efficient and fully functional.

Our president Jason Fraser, who has worked in the heating and cooling industry for over 10 years, and our staff are fully committed to taking care of your air conditioner repair needs. When our technicians come out to your home, they look at your air conditioning unit at no cost.

Our top priority at Southern Comfort Mechanical is to make sure you receive a top-quality repair to your residential or commercial air conditioning unit. Through July, receive free Clean Effects with the purchase of a qualifying system. For more information, give us a call at 972-420-1700 or contact us online.

AC Repair from Your Lewisville Air Conditioning Service

With more than 10 years of experience performing preventative AC maintenance and air conditioner repairs in the Lewisville area, Southern Comfort Mechanical is proud to serve our local community. We offer all of the air conditioning services that bring value to your home and comfort to your family. Our team at Southern Comfort Mechanical has the experience, training and knowledge necessary to keep your home comfortable all year long.

Preventive Air Conditioning Maintenance

At Southern Comfort Mechanical, we believe that preventive air conditioning maintenance is the key in keeping your air conditioning system running efficiently and effectively. Our preventive air conditioning maintenance services include a complete system inspection, replacement of your old air filter, checking of the refrigerant level and ensuring that your air conditioner cools as quickly and effectively as it should. Regular air conditioning maintenance each spring may even prevent the need for a costly air conditioner repair. When an air conditioner problem is detected during our preventive maintenance service visit, we explain our findings to you and give you the option for us to make the repair or to wait to make the repair at a later date. Whatever choice you make, we will provide you with a written report and free estimate of the cost of the repair.

Air Conditioner Repairs

We understand that air conditioner problems often develop at inconvenient times, such as the middle of a holiday weekend or when you are hosting guests. For your comfort and convenience, our team at Southern Comfort Mechanical offers emergency 24/7/365 air conditioner repairs throughout the Lewisville area. Our air conditioning service technicians are EPA and NATE certified, bringing excellence in all of our work. As master air conditioning technicians and factory authorized Trane and Amana dealers, our team brings to you the highest level of air conditioning expertise in the area.

When you need air conditioning repair in Lewisville, our team at Southern Comfort Mechanical has the training, experience and skills to do the job efficiently and correctly the first time. We have built a strong reputation throughout Lewisville and the surrounding areas for affordable and trust worthy air conditioning services. When you want the highest quality of air conditioning repair available in the Lewisville area, call our team at Southern Comfort Mechanical any time of the day or night at 972-420-1700 for prompt service.

Coppell TX Air Conditioning Tune Up from Southern Comfort Mechanical

Anyone who has spent a summer in Texas understands the value of a working air conditioning system. Before the first heat wave hits, it is a smart idea to have an air conditioning tune up each year. Having a trained air conditioning technician from Southern Comfort Mechanical check over your AC unit for potential problems can both give you peace of mind and save you money.

No one wants to spend the summer wondering if their AC unit will make it until fall. What’s worse than the worry, though, is the reality of an AC unit going out on the hottest day of the summer. Southern Comfort’s Comfort Club Service Plan provides the best air conditioning tune up in Coppell. The service plan includes a thorough inspection of belts, lubricants, coils and electrical connections. Your technician will change filters and clean condenser coils and drains. The AC unit will be tested to ensure that it is running correctly.

Knowing that your AC unit has been prepped for its summer workout will give you confidence that you will remain comfortable all summer long. What may be more important, however, is that you can save money by having your AC checked out and cleaned. An efficiently running AC unit is one that requires less power to function, leading to lower electric bills. If there is a problem with the AC unit, it can be addressed before the unit breaks down completely. Fixing your AC unit while the weather is cool and you have the time to research the least expensive solution can save you a significant amount in repair costs.

As important as these short-term savings are, the long-term savings associated with preventative maintenance on your AC unit are significant as well. Many of the elements that keep your air conditioning system functioning efficiently in the short term can also lead to a longer life for your unit. Keeping filters, coils and drains clean helps reduce the wear and tear on the unit’s mechanical parts from dust and other particles. Periodic replacement of belts and refrigerant keeps the unit functioning smoothly for many years.

Southern Comfort Mechanical provides the best Coppell TX air conditioning service. To keep your AC unit running properly through the summer heat, call 972-420-1700 and let Southern Comfort keep your family comfortable.

Air Conditioning Preventative Maintenance in Coppell TX

In a place that gets as hot and humid as Coppell, TX, an air conditioning tune up is a must. The beginning of cooling season is the perfect time to have a home air conditioning unit inspection. Southern Comfort Mechanical A/C & Heating is the premier Coppell TX air conditioning service and are experts in air conditioning preventative maintenance.

An air conditioning tune up in Coppell is straightforward and can save the homeowner much money in the long run. The experts at Southern Comfort Mechanical will:
• Check the circuit breakers and the main power switch to make sure the thermostat is operating properly.
• Check the filters and blowers to make sure that they’re unclogged and are working well.
• Recharge the refrigerant, a job that must be left to a professional.
• Keep the condensing unit clear for the proper airflow. They can hose out leaves and other debris and make sure that the shrubs or other vegetation around the unit aren’t obstructing it.
• Check the condensate drain, change the filter if necessary and clean insulation and ducts.
• Inspect wiring, drain pans, belts and will lubricate motor bearings.

Southern Comfort Mechanical offers homeowners free estimates and is certified by the Environmental Protection Agency as well as a member of the North American Technician Excellence (NATE). The Coppell TX air conditioning experts are fully insured and licensed and are available around the clock for emergency service. Homeowners should take advantage of the Comfort Club Service Plan where HVAC professionals at Southern Comfort inspect and repair the homeowner’s heating and air conditioning system twice a year.

Coppell homeowners should rely on Southern Comfort Mechanical A/C & Heating for their air conditioning needs this coming cooling season at 972-420-1700.

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