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Why Should I Schedule Air Conditioning Repair Now?

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Summer is coming, and we can anticipate another long, sometimes pleasant, sometimes scorching, season in Texas. But with an effective air conditioning system in your home, you shouldn’t have many worries about making it through to the fall in fine comfort.

But you should have worries about your air conditioning if it has indicated it has repair needs. Even if you aren’t using your air conditioner much at the moment, you cannot afford to wait on calling for repair technicians to take care of its malfunctions.

For quality air conditioning repair in Brazoria, TX, trust to Switzerland Air. We have emergency service available 24/7 so you won’t have to get stranded in the heat for long.

Why Prompt Air Conditioning Repair is Important

If you detect a malfunction in your air conditioning, you should always have it inspected and fixed as soon as possible, no matter the time of year, no matter how far in the future until you plan to use it again.

First, the last thing your want to happen when you do need your AC is to have the system break down as soon as you turn it on. But you take this risk if you leave a repair need without attention. What may seem like a small fault (a slight grinding noise from the cabinet, a bit of ice along the coils) could be only the tip of the iceberg of a much larger problem that could shut down the air conditioner at any moment. Waiting to look into the problem puts the entire air conditioner in danger breaking down.

Second, any malfunction in an AC will cause the system to work less efficiently. It will need to draw more power to reach its normal level of cooling, and this will translate into higher energy bills. Don’t pay more for cooling your home than necessary.

Third, repair issues in an air conditioner tend to spread. One faulty unit will place additional stress on others, leading to them beginning to deteriorate. The longer you wait for repairs, the more expensive and extensive those repairs are likely to be.

Finally—and this pertains specifically to spring—scheduling repairs is easier during this time of year since HVAC technicians have fewer emergency calls between winter and summer. You should have little trouble finding a convenient time to have repairs done.

To make sure that all the repairs your AC needs are done correctly, contact experienced professionals. At Switzerland Air, we have enough confidence in the work we provide that we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Call us today in Brazoria, TX for air conditioning repair to ready you for the summer.

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How Duct Mastic Works in Duct Repair

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Duct mastic is a type of sealant, used to repair breaches in your ducts.  It’s a reliable tool that most HVAC repair services are familiar with, and can help resolve a potentially huge problem with your heating and air conditioning system. Breaches in your ducts will pull conditioned air out of the system or bring conditioned air in, which lowers the efficiency of your HVAC unit and increases both monthly bills and the frequency of repairs. A good repair technician can get it fixed, and here in Sweeny, TX duct repair service is usually just a phone call away. Duct mastic is one of the most potent ways of handling the issue. Here’s a quick breakdown on how duct mastic works in duct repair.

The material is essentially a paste, applied with a brush or a trowel and used to cover up the breach in question. It goes on very smoothly and a good technician will ensure a thick and even coat while he or she is applying it. Once it dries, it forms a solid seal that prevents air form escaping, restoring the integrity of your system. Duct mastic work well in part because it retains its flexibility, even after it dries. That means it won’t crack or splinter over time. Yet it’s still quite strong: waterproof, resistant to the effects of sunlight and able to handle the variations in temperature that your HVAC system will subject it to. Perhaps most importantly of all, it won’t degrade the material that forms your ducts, ensuring that the breach stays sealed over a long period of time.

Duct mastic works best in small cracks of seals. Like any past, it can’t handle a large breach of more than an eighth of an inch wide. But eve with larger breaches, it can still be used to seal the fitted pieces typically used to seal a larger breach. For more on how duct mastic works in duct repair, or to schedule a repair serve in your home, call upon the experts at Switzerland Air to help. Duct repair is included in our list of indoor air quality services, and we often use duct mastic as a part of our operations. We also offer a variety of professional AC services in Sweeny. Let us show you what we can do. Give us a call today!

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3 Potential Problems with Your Ductwork

Friday, April 11th, 2014

The ducts in your house spread through the attic, crawlspaces and similar unseen locations: connected to your heating and air conditioning system, and spreading conditioned air from one corner of the house to another. When problems arise with your ductwork, it can affect the system to which it is attached: causing your unit to work harder than it should and increasing wear and tear in the process. That can cost you money you don’t need to spend in monthly heating and cooling bills. Here in Brazoria, TX, ductwork services including air duct repair and sealing are offered by qualified HVAC services such as Switzerland Air. Here are 3 potential problems with your ductwork that a trained professional can solve.

  • Lowered air flow
    Low air flow can be caused by blockage or build-up in your ducts, or by damage to the ductwork caused by outside forces. In some cases, the ducts can develop a breach thanks to insufficient seals or a break in between individual sections of ducts. In those cases, air can escape out of the ducts rather than traveling where it should go. In any case, the lowered air flow means your system won’t be able to condition your air efficiently.
  • Dust
    Dust and debris can get in through breaches in the ducts, as well as building up over the course of time. The ducts can spread it throughout your house, lowering the quality of air and increasing the likelihood of an allergic attack. A qualified technician can perform a duct cleaning to remove the dust.
  • Reduced cooling capacity
    Ducts can warm up if they’re exposed to sunlight, if they’re in a hot area of the house or if they’re too close to an un-insulated outside wall. (The same holds true when you’re trying to heat up the house on a cold day, as the ducts cool down and cool the air down as well.) A technician can fix the issue by adding insulation or similar protective measures to the affected area.

For professional ductwork and other indoor air quality services in Brazoria, TX, contact the experts at Switzerland Air. We can address most potential problems with your ductwork and ensure that you are satisfied with our work every step of the way. Give us a call today to make an appointment.

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3 Signs You Need Heat Pump Repair

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Heat pumps are a reliable and cost-effective alternative to more traditional forms of air conditioning, but since they use the same basic system as air conditioners, they often suffer from very similar problems. Good maintenance can help, of course, and here in Freeport TX, heat pump repair services are on call to provide assistance. But it starts with the homeowner realizing the need for a repair and acting accordingly. Here are 3 signs you need heat pump repair.

  • Cooling capacity is reduced
    If your heat pump isn’t creating cool air like it should (or warm air if you’re running your heat pump in the winter), it increases strain on the unit and costs you in higher monthly heating costs as well.  Lower cooling capacity can result from a leak in your refrigerant, a problem with the compressor motor, difficulty with the expansion valve and similar issues. You might check your evaporator coils for frost build-up, which is a good sign that your cooling capacity isn’t what it should be.
  • Air flow is lowered
    Reduced air flow can be as problematic as reduced cooling capacity, since the heat pump isn’t able to blow air into your home with the speed hat it needs to. Again, they usually mean the heat pump has to work harder to do its job, which costs you more money in monthly bills as well as increasing strain on the heat pump as a whole.
  • Strange noises come for your heat pump
    This can include odd humming noises, arcing noises, rattling noises or anything that you don’t associate with the normal operation of the heat pump. It’s an obvious symptom of a problem, but the cause can come from almost anywhere. Shut off the heat pump immediately and call a technician the moment you detect any odd noises.

Spotting the signs you need heat pump repair is just the first part of the process. The next is contacting a trained professional like the ones at Switzerland Air. We specialize in heat pump and other heating system repair in Freeport, TX is our specialty, and we’re dedicated to making you completely happy. Give us call today to make an appointment!

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