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The Best Time to Purchase an A/C System

One of the best and most frequent questions our technicians receive in the field is “When is the best time to purchase an air conditioning system?”  If you’re in the market to replace your Flower Mound air conditioning system, you might be tempted to hold off on investing in new HVAC equipment until your A/C is on its last legs or for the change of seasons and extreme temperatures.  However, waiting for either of those things to come to pass will likely work against you. The key to receiving the best price for a new A/C system in Lantana and beyond is to understand the cyclical nature of the industry.

It would be easy to think that, because Lantana HVAC companies are busy as bees installing new systems in the Summer, it’s the best time for competitive prices, but that often isn’t the case. In our last Blog entry, we introduced you to the so-called “Shoulder Seasons” – those times of the year edging into the more demanding Summer and Winter months for HVAC companies such as Southern Comfort Mechanical.  In Texas, those seasons are late Autumn and early Spring.

 

 

Why, you may ask?  These times of the year are beautiful – perfect for getting out of doors, opening up your home for fresh breezes and saving on your energy bills.  Simply put, it’s not a time of the year you’re completely reliant upon air conditioning to regulate the temperature of your home.  It’s also when your Southern Comfort Mechanical Technician has the most time to spend with you to examine your options when buying a new A/C system.  During peak seasons, that time is at a premium and ultimately you end up competing not for a better price but for the first available system installation date for your Corinth area home.

 

 

In early Spring and late Fall, the industry itself experiences lower volume.  The various manufacturers offer promotional sales and preseason discounts during those times to engage consumers year round.  This means Southern Comfort Mechanical can work with you to select a quality system that is optimized specifically for your Flower Mound home at a price that can’t be matched during the peak Summer and Winter months.  In other words, the best time to purchase is when you can take your time and make an educated purchasing decision with the help of qualified professionals.  Call our office today to discuss these great deals and to schedule your free air conditioning estimate.  Our office staff is standing by at (972) 420-1700.

The Nose Knows – Dirty Sock Syndrome

 

Earlier this month, a school in Arlington with a number of indoor air quality issues received back an environmental analysis that had a peculiar-sounding HVAC ailment you may not have heard about before now – Dirty Sock Syndrome.  It may sound like a very made up name, but it’s actually a very real and common problem.  In the last few weeks alone, Southern Comfort Mechanical’s staff has fielded calls for HVAC service in Corinth, The Colony, Lantana, Flower Mound, Coppell, Lewisville and more, all reporting an unusual odor emanating from their heating and air conditioning systems.  They used colorful language to describe the smell – it’s like a “locker room,” or “dirty gym clothes,” or “stinky feet” – so it’s no wonder where Dirty Sock Syndrome got its name.

The district said it has already removed allergenic mold that was on the coils of heating and cooling units… http://bit.ly/2kPyxDy

Posted by FOX 4 News on Wednesday, February 8, 2017

But, just what is Dirty Sock Syndrome?  Dirty Sock Syndrome is caused by a buildup of mold and bacteria within your unit.  The indoor evaporator coils and heat pump of your Corinth air conditioning system are a perfect environment for bacteria and fungi, especially as you quickly transition from warm to cold and back frequently.  In the so-called “shoulder seasons” of the year, when the daytime and nighttime temperatures fluctuate significantly, your system is doing exactly that.  As your unit cycles out of cooling in the afternoons, the coils begin to defrost, the ice evaporates and the warmer, moister dark and dusty environment inside your unit allows these microbes to flourish.  Eventually this breeding ground produces enough waste product and decay that it becomes noticeable to the human nose as the warm air of the system pushes the odor out into your home.

Is Dirty Sock Syndrome a health hazard?  Generally, no.  While mold and mildew and bacteria are all pretty scary words on their own, typically, unless you or someone in your family is immuno-compromised or incredibly sensitive to mold and allergens, Dirty Sock Syndrome is unlikely to cause any ill effects unless left untreated.  Delaying treatment will only increase the number of bacteria and mold spores that contribute to the smell and further deteriorate the indoor air quality produced by your Highland Village air conditioner system.

How can I prevent Dirty Sock Syndrome?  Like most illnesses, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure for Dirty Sock Syndrome.   Mildew, bacteria and mold need dust and other debris to truly thrive, so preventing foreign particles from entering your system is of primary importance.  Choose a high-quality air conditioning filter that can stop Dirty Sock Syndrome before it starts.  Change filters regularly for both your family’s health and the health of your air conditioning system.   Periodically cleaning your evaporator coils with a non-acidic solution is also recommended as part of your routine heating and air conditioning maintenance.  Having your Lantana AC system regularly serviced, such as with Southern Comfort Mechanical’s Comfort Club Service Plan, is a further measure that helps ensure your heating and air conditioning system’s overall health.

How to get rid of Dirty Sock Syndrome?  If your Flower Mound air conditioning system is emitting a certain gym locker smell, you may already have Dirty Sock Syndrome.  If you have performed preventive maintenance and changed your filters as scheduled, and you still have a pervasive odor, it’s time to call Southern Comfort Mechanical and request a professional coil cleaning for your affected Corinth AC system.  Our skilled technicians can help identify if there are any contributing factors to the odor you may not have considered and can clean and treat your coils with expert care.

 

 

 

Why Your Address Matters

In our last blog post, we discussed the evolving HVAC industry on a more global level, but there are local initiatives that continue to change and to affect Southern Comfort Mechanical clients in Corinth, Flower Mound, Lewisville and beyond.  The changing regulatory environment is not just some broad-reaching future issue — there are immediate down-home implications for your new equipment purchases that you should be aware of.  So, how does your location, or more specifically, your home address and city come into play?

Almost every city in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex and some smaller enclaves have established municipal codes that exceed what is required at the state level.   Typically, you learn more about your cities unique code requirements during the installation of new equipment, which is a two-part process:  obtaining the Permit, which is required before any major HVAC installation is completed, and completing the Inspection, which is performed after installation and ensures that your system is configured up to code.  Most commonly, inspectors are examining your system for proper installation of your HVAC components and that system safety measures have been taken:

  • Duct work is free-hanging, accessible, not compressed, sealed and with appropriate clearance.  The B vent is the the correct size and direction.
  • P-traps are insulated, primary and auxiliary drain lines properly leveled, and float switches (if applicable) installed to prevent drain pan overflow.
  • Gas line is made of appropriate material (flex or hard pipe) and has the proper amount of clearance,  and a sediment trap installed to capture debris that could potentially cause the gas valve to stick open or cause system issues.
  • The condenser is installed on a concrete base and is level, has the correct breaker size and electrical wiring throughout.
  • Freon locking caps are installed.  (Note: This a newer requirement you may not be familiar with – this prevents refrigerant theft, the accidental release of Freon, and discourages the dangerous practice of “huffing” this toxic and potentially lethal gas.)
Freon locking caps prevent theft, protect the environment, and prevent the abuse of Freon as an inhalant.

Freon locking caps prevent theft, protect the environment, and prevent the abuse of Freon as an inhalant.

While those items are fairly standard, you should be aware that your local jurisdiction may have additional requirements.  Here’s the list of some local, notable additional requirements.

Flower Mound heating and air conditioning code requirements include completion of a heat load calculation prior to installation.  The heat load, known as a Manual S, is an in depth measurement of the heat loss or heat gain that is unique to your home.  A measurement of your walls, windows, roof and other factors are taken and a calculation within proprietary software is then made to determine the amount of heating or cooling needed to maintain the desired temperature and humidity in your home.  The heat load calculation ensures that we are installing appropriately sized equipment for your home.  Additionally, all breakers to your Flower Mound HVAC system must be labeled in permanent marker.

Lewisville, Flower Mound, Highland Village and Frisco heating and air conditioning codes require Carbon Dioxide detectors be present in the home when new HVAC equipment is installed.  Southern Comfort Mechanical feels strongly about the safety of our customers so we apply this potentially life saving precaution to all installations, even if not explicitly required under local code.

Holding ourselves to the strictest level of codes across the board helps ensure that as additional jurisdictions add to their city code requirements, we have already met that need for your installation.

 

HVAC System Distress Signals

As a homeowner in Lewisville, Highland Village, Flower Mound, Lantana and 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 warning signs of AC system distress, and contact Southern Comfort Mechanical at the first sign of trouble with your HVAC system.

Reduced Cooling Output

If your air conditioner previously cooled your home evenly but now is blowing warm air, only cooling sporadically, or only cooling certain areas effectively, then 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

If you notice that your AC seems to be starting up fine, but running only briefly before shutting back down, your system has an issue 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

One of the most obvious signs of a system in need of repair are odd sounds coming from any component of your system. Popping, whining, grinding, whistling, clanging, hissing and other atypical sounds should prompt you to call Southern Comfort Mechanical to schedule a service appointment with our professional technicians. 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

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
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

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.

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.

Earth Day 2016

More than a billion people worldwide will participate in observance of Earth Day today, April 22. In our little pocket of the world, as A/C and Heating Specialists in Lewisville, Flower Mound, Lantana, Argyle and all our surrounding communities, Southern Comfort Mechanical is doing our part to promote environmental awareness not just with indoor air quality in the homes and businesses that we service, but in all of our business practices day in and day out.

In addition to the general paper, plastic and glass recycling services we engage for our office, we are always looking for ways to reduce our waste and preserve resources at our shop wherever possible.

We remove refrigerants from all HVAC units we replace and recycle those through a reputable vendor to ensure those chemicals are not released into the environment. With our responsible Refrigerant Management Protocol, you can rest assured that any equipment you replace is handled according to EPA standards.

Southern Comfort Mechanical also scraps metal from all machinery that cannot be repaired so that raw materials find new life over and over again.

And we break down and recycle the cardboard packaging for the equipment that we install in area homes and businesses. There is an enormous amount of resources used to package and protect the products we bring to you, and recycling that packaging keeps it out of our landfills.

SCM Recycling Program

Almost 1,000 Pounds of Packaging

In addition, all our pallets are sent to a reuse and refurbishing center so that they get a maximum lifetime of use.

SCM Recycling Program

Pallets by the Pile!

As you’d expect from your preferred A/C repair specialists, we also look to maximize efficiency through state-of-the-art customizable and programmable heating and air-conditioning systems.

Smart Thermostat

Smart thermostats remind us when maintenance is due.

By choosing Southern Comfort Mechanical, you’re choosing a local A/C specialist that cares about the environment you live in, inside and out. Happy Earth Day!

“Comfort is our middle name.”

Can You Trust Your AC Repair Company?

 

Work Less, Make More

TR_XV20i_Air Conditioner - LargeIf you have been researching for a new HVAC system for your Coppell home, by now you should know that high efficiency air conditioning systems will give you the most bang for your buck. How exactly do high efficiency systems work? How much will they really save you? Is the government regulating this too? All of these questions are answered and more!

Variable speed condensers and furnaces maintain a consistent temperature with maximum efficiency by making minor, continuous adjustments all day long. With minor adjustments, the temperature in your Coppell home never fluctuates more than a couple of degrees, evenly distributes air and the humidity stays at which you set it to. During winter here in north Texas, you don’t want the humidity in your home to be more than 35-45%. Also, your output capacity and operating speed are lowered, therefore saving you money and energy on your electricity bills. With the Coppell home energy costing an average of 9.5 cent per kWh, you can save up to $564 per year just by having a higher SEER rating on your complete air conditioning system. The new 2015 minimum efficiency regulated by the government is 14 SEER, but to get the best deal, and eventually have your HVAC system pay for itself, you should look for a system of up to 18 SEER or higher. Tired of hearing your old clunker kick on? Not a problem anymore. They are just a little bit louder than the humming of your refrigerator. No worries about waking the baby!

So whether you are looking to replace you’re heating and air conditioning system now or in the near future, be sure to stay up to date with the latest and greatest equipment. Southern Comfort Mechanical is not only here to help you pick the perfect A/C system for your Coppell but we make sure you are comfortable every step of the way. After all, “Comfort Is Our Middle Name!”

Save Now, Save Later!

Have you been putting off getting a new air conditioning system for your home because it can be quite costly? Well now is the time to make that investment!  With  the government tax credits and factory rebates, combined with your 2012 tax return, you can get your brand new A/C and heating system for an extremely low price.

Factory rebates from Trane include up to $1250 cash back or take advantage of special financing with approved credit.

Going green saves you green!  According to the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, buying a new air conditioner with a seasonal energy efficiency rating (SEER) of 16, to replace an older one rated at 10, can half the cost of cooling that room.

You can get up to a $500 federal tax credit with new energy-efficient air conditioner systems.  Minimum efficiency to qualify:

 

$300 for Heat Pump System Requirements:

 

  • Split System: 15 Seer, 12.5 EER & 8.5 HSPF

 

$300 for Central Air Conditioner Requirements:

  • Split System 16 SEER (13 EER)

 

  • $150 Natural Gas Furnace: 95% AFUE

 

  • $50 Efficient Indoor Fan: See specific Tax Law for qualifications

 

As you can see, now is the time to make the investment for your comfort. Southern Comfort Mechanical is your premiere choice air conditioning company for Lewisville and surrounding areas. Call 972-420-1700 for a free estimate and start saving money now!

 

Advantages of Joining the Comfort Club Maintenance Program

Comfort Club MaintenanceKeeping your air conditioning and heating systems in working condition is important to your health and comfort level. To keep from sweating or freezing in your home or office because of a major heating or cooling problem, your air conditioner and furnace need regularly maintenance. Having professionals come in to regularly inspect and make minor repairs to your systems can help to ensure that you won’t have a major issue during the middle of the summer or winter. If you are looking for a Coppell air conditioning and heating company that offers an affordable maintenance plan, consider Southern Comfort Mechanical. Our Lewisville company is committed to providing quality maintenance, repair, and installation services to customers in different parts of northern Texas.

Through our Comfort Club maintenance program, you can get regular inspections on your air conditioning and heating units. Our masterful technicians look at and replace different parts, change your filters, and clean out drains or coils to keep your heating and air conditioning systems in working order. We save our customers money over the long run by doing maintenance work to your units early and keeping your systems working efficiently. When you use our service plan, you can also get discounted prices on filters and parts.

Along with servicing your heating and air conditioning units, we also can do any repair or installation needed. If you need an emergency air conditioning repair or a late night fix to your furnace, you can count on Southern Comfort Mechanical to be there for you. Whatever make or model you have, our tidy and insightful technicians are trained to make repairs to your furnace or air conditioner. If you need a new unit, our licensed professionals will work with you to find a more energy-efficient heating or cooling system that will save you money on your energy bills.

If you live in Coppell, Flower Mound, Lewisville, Carrollton, Southlake, Corinth, or a surrounding area, we can help you to find an air conditioning or heating solution. We will send someone out as soon as possible to inspect your unit and provide you with a free estimate. Call Southern Comfort Mechanical anytime at 972-420-1700.

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