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Air conditioning problems are a headache whether its summer or winter, and it can be tempting to accept the bill from the first person who can fix it. Then again, making sure you’re getting a fair price and good service is important, even in the middle of an emergency. Follow these three steps:

1. Write down all the problems you’ve noticed.

Air conditioners usually go bad over time instead of in a sudden breakdown. If you’ve been looking for a contractor to fix rumbles and heating cycles that have been increasing in frequency, start to keep notes about everything wrong. Even if you’re not sure the problems are connected, more information can help the technician find the complete answer the first time. You should also go from room to room and make sure temperature-controlled air flow is reaching the whole house.

2. Get an estimate in writing.

Getting your air conditioning fixed is just like getting your car fixed. A reputable company will inspect the whole contraption and let you know about all of the problems they find before starting on repairs since the information helps you decide your budget before you’re trapped into paying. Get an itemized list of each repair, replacement, and expected hours of work. Then ask the technician which repairs need to happen immediately and what the consequences are of putting it off.

3. Make sure the proposal matches the estimate and that it’s binding on their side.

Contractors or technicians are generally more than reliable. But one bad experience can be a costly lesson, so make sure everything is agreed to — on paper, not just verbally — before services start and before you pay.

Last but not least, we encourage you to contact us at Barrett & Sons with any questions or service needs you may have.

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Sometimes, you may not realize that the problems you’re having with your heating can be fixed with heating repair. This is because the problems may not seem very serious. Your heating might be working overall. It may just not be working perfectly. However, you can greatly increase your degree of comfort in your home by taking care of your heating problems, no matter how slight they might seem. Read on to see if you have any of the following problems.

  1. Uneven Heating: Does one of your rooms get really hot while another is a little chilly? This is a common problem in many houses. The rooms which get more sun might get warmer while the ones which don’t are cooler. As a result, you might have to keep your heating at full blast so that you’ll get a decent amount of heat in certain rooms. However, you’ll end up sweltering in the warmer rooms.
  2. Fluctuations Throughout the Day: Are your days really cold and your nights really warm? Or vice versa? This often happens when the heat is set to come on when the temperature drops outside. However, it’s not convenient for the people who live there, who have to keep changing what they wear or using energy-sucking space heaters in addition to the heating system they already have in the house.
  3. Loud Radiators: Do your radiators make funny high-pitched sounds when they come on? Is there a rattling sound that continues when they’re emitting heat? This can be really disturbing, especially in the night when you’re trying to get some rest. But even throughout the day, you can do without squealing and rattling noises that interrupt your flow of thought, if you’re trying to get work done.

If you have any of the following problems with your heating system, give Barret & Sons a call and they’ll let you know if there’s any way they can help.

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Electrical appliances always have some small degree of danger, whether it’s primarily through electrocution or fire. But devices are becoming safer and safer, and turning to professional repair technicians rather than trying a DIY fix helps keep them in good condition. Heaters still top the list as one of the appliances most likely to cause danger, and here’s why:

All heaters can cause a fire, especially space heaters.

Because the appliances are putting out heat and aren’t very visible, they can start a serious fire faster than visible appliances like an oven. But electric central heating systems in Bulverde TX are safe, especially if you keep a good margin of empty space around them. Furnaces are slightly more dangerous because they run on combustible gas and always have a flame while in use. But it’s space heaters that are the most problematic at all. Sometimes their heat output can be greater than their materials can protect against, and, because they’re portable, it’s much easier to accidentally place it too close to something flammable or combustible.

Furnaces can have carbon monoxide leaks.

Carbon monoxide is a tasteless, odorless gas that’s very hard to see. It fills part of your furnace to heat the air blown over it, and, if there’s a crack or worn patch in your furnace, the carbon monoxide can start to leak out. There are only two ways to catch a leak, and you need to use both methods: one, make sure your smoke detector can also detect carbon monoxide or buy a separate device that constantly monitors your home’s air; two, regularly get your furnace inspected by a technician, who can check for cracks, leaks, and other general damage. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Barrett & Sons today.

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Many people will eventually get their heating systems replaced. There are many different factors that will make heating installation and replacement more complicated. People typically decide to get a new heating system that is identical to the old one.

It makes sense that people would want this, because they already had a great deal of experience with the old one and they will prefer something that is more familiar. However, there are many reasons why a household will need a heating system that is very different from the old one.

1. The household might have additional doors or windows at this point in time.

The doors and windows in a household can have a huge effect on the indoor air flow and whether or not certain parts of the house are getting enough heat. Even slight changes with the windows and doors of a house can make a difference.

2. There might be changes associated with the insulation of a house.

Getting additional household insulation is popular these days, especially among people who are trying to save energy around the house. This will have an effect on the type of heating system that the household needs.

3. A new addition might have been created.

If people have added new additions to their homes, they might need a very different new furnace. However, it should be noted that the new addition could have been constructed before they moved into the house, and the old furnace might still be older than that new addition. The number of rooms in a house will certainly make a huge difference when it comes to its heating needs.

When people replace their furnaces, their contractors should know as much about the history of the house as possible, including information about the changes that might have occurred. This will help the contractors decide on the exact heating system that a household will need in the present day. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Barrett & Sons today.

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In many old houses, the heating system comes on too hot or too cold. There are even certain houses where it might be cold during the day and extremely hot in the night. Plus those old radiators always have a problem with noise. They’re likely to wake you up several times in the middle of the night as the heating goes on and off.

If you live in an old home like this, you might be thinking about updating your heating system so that it works smoothly. In this case, you will need heating installation. Also, if you’re moving into a new home, you’re likely to need heating installation.

Avoiding Future Problems

It is important to find a good company to set up your heating system from the get-go. If your heating installation is set up correctly right from the beginning, you can avoid the need to spend excessive sums of money on problems down the road, such as one room being hotter than another, the thermostat breaking down, etc.

Finding the Right Company

In terms of finding a good company for heating installation, you might have to do some research. Look online and see which companies have good reviews; or if you know someone who got heating installed lately, you can ask them for a referral.

We encourage you to give Barrett & Sons a call so that your HVAC needs can be fulfilled from the start.

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Combustion analysis is one of the most important diagnostic tools in a furnace technician’s skill set. It allows them to accurately measure the amounts of various chemicals in the exhaust stream. With this information, they can then make subtle adjustments to improve your overall home heating experience. This blog post will explain three ways a combustion analysis can benefit you.

Improved Fuel Efficiency

The most important thing an HVAC technician can learn from your furnace’s exhaust is how efficiently combustion is occurring. An elevated level of certain exhaust substances–carbon monoxide, for one–is indicative of incomplete combustion. By making adjustments to the gas valve and other components, a technician can ensure that the maximum amount of gas is being combusted, thus providing more heat while lowering your overall gas consumption.

Less Toxic Exhaust 

The sorts of substances present in incompletely combusted exhaust are highly toxic. In addition to carbon monoxide, such substances may include the highly corrosive sulfur dioxide, which has been shown to have grave environmental impacts. Combustion analysis will ensure that the levels of such substances are as low as possible, thus reducing your home’s carbon footprint and helping contribute to a healthier earth.

Safer Home 

As you surely already know, exhaust fumes aren’t just a threat to the environment. They also pose a much more immediate threat to the safety of your family. Should your heat exchanger develop a crack, those gases could begin entering your home, with potentially deadly results. Combustion analysis will ensure that, should that scenario develop, the amounts of deadly gases present will be as low as possible.

We encourage you to call Barrett & Sons today with any questions or needs you may have.

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Just as air conditioning systems are complex, the process of choosing a new AC unit should be viewed as more than just a simple decision. There is more that goes into AC installation than just picking out a new unit, and it’s important to consider all aspects of replacing your current system. Here are three important things you need to know about air conditioning installation.

There are many types of air conditioners

There are many types of air conditioners to choose from, depending on the needs you have. It’s important to note that the type of air conditioner you choose could influence price and installation costs, depending on the complexity of the system.

The size of your house matters

The last thing you want is to have a new air conditioner installed, only for it to not be the right fit for your home. It’s important to remember that there isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ solution for air conditioning. If your air conditioner isn’t strong enough, your home may never reach a comfortable temperature. Likewise, if your air conditioner is larger than your home needs, you may spend more on utilities than you need to. When choosing a new air conditioning system, it’s important to take into consideration the size of your home.

Get a good contractor

Before you make the final decision, you should ensure the contractor you hire has a solid reputation. Look for reviews online and ask for a list of past clients you can contact as references. The effects of a new air conditioner can quickly be diminished if the contractor does not install the system properly.

We’re air conditioning professionals in Schertz, TX – we encourage you to give us a call!

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Air Conditioning 101 – 3 Signs Your Unit Requires Servicing

Your air conditioner often displays warning signs before breaking down. Unfortunately, if you don’t know what to look for, the symptoms will likely go unnoticed until your system stops working. Being aware of some of the less obvious signs can alert you to a problem and save your air conditioner from a complete break down on a hot summer day.

Warm Air Blowing From Your Vents

When your A/C is running, but your house isn’t getting cool, hold your hand over one of the supply registers. If the air coming out is warm, your unit is most likely malfunctioning. However, before you grab the phone to call a HVAC technician, check your thermostat to ensure it’s set to cool and not heat. Once you’ve determined that isn’t the problem, there may be a number of other issues affecting your system, such as a clogged outside unit or dirty evaporator coils. Having your system serviced by a professional will get your air conditioner the care it needs to avoid a more significant malfunction.

Your System Short Cycles

If your air conditioner repeatedly turns on and off quickly, it’s short cycling. Running in such short bursts puts a lot of wear and tear on your unit, meaning parts will give out prematurely if the problem is not taken care of. Short cycling is due to a variety of issues. Luckily, recognizing the pattern early on and having your system inspected can stop your A/C from short cycling and save the components in your unit from wearing down.

Puddles Around Your Outside Unit

Finding moisture around your outside unit suggests your air conditioner is leaking. Oftentimes, the malfunction is with a blocked or cracked drain line. Fortunately, this issue isn’t too serious, however, allowing the leak to continue can lead to mold growth and other more serious problems.

If your air conditioner is showing any of the above warning signs, please contact Barrett and Sons, we’re an hvac repair company in University City TX – we’ll be happy to help diagnose and fix the problem.

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Don’t wait until the summer heat is already here to start thinking about getting your air conditioning units ready to keep you cool without sending your energy bills sky high. Consider these suggestions for lowering your AC costs this summer.

  • Schedule Regular Routine Maintenance: A semi-annual maintenance program for your HVAC system is the best way to keep your system operating safely and efficiently. Call an HVAC company to come out to inspect and clean your unit every fall and spring.
  • Clean the coils: Good for you if you’re changing your AC filters regularly, but indoor and outdoor coils also get choked up with dust and debris. Have an HVAC pro give them a spring tune-up.
  • DIY Tips: There’s a lot you can do to lower your bills. The Department of Energy says window coverings like awnings and shades can reduce heat gain by up to 77%. They also point out that you can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by turning your thermostat back 7°-10°F for 8 hours a day from its normal setting.

Since we’re talking about staying cool, what’s actually in the forecast for summer 2017? Sounds like it’s hot but there will be more rain and less heat in much of the US compared to 2016. AccuWeather Lead Long-Range Forecaster Paul Pastelok says, “I think we’ll have some hot weather, but it won’t be as prolonged as we saw last year a couple of times.”

Questions? Give Barrett & Sons Inc. a call today at (210) 659-5801. We’re an air conditioning maintenance company in Schertz, TX.

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Unfortunately, air conditioning units won’t last a lifetime. Homeowners have a tough decision to make when it comes to their household, and knowing when it’s time to replace their air conditioning unit is one of them. With that said, here are 4 signs it’s time to replace your air conditioning unit:

  1. If your air conditioner unit is over 10 years old: All air conditioners will stop performing to the best of their ability at some point. However, if you need relatively expensive repairs, and your air conditioning unit is over 10 years old, you should consider replacing your unit.
  2. Your repairs are expensive: It comes to a point where you need to consider whether the repairs you have are worth the cost. A temporary fix is tempting, but when you have to continuously repair your unit to keep it running, you will end up spending more money in the long-run. A one-time replacement cost will save you money and stress in the end.
  3. Extreme temperatures in your home: If you notice that some rooms in your house are either too hot or cold, you need to consider a replacement. The cause of this could be improper equipment operation, bad insulation, or duct problems.
  4. Your energy bill increases: No one wants the stress of a high bill that they don’t need. If you start to notice a steady increase in your utility bills, but your air conditioning unit loses efficiency, upgrading to an efficient unit will decrease your energy bill drastically.

When it comes to air conditioners, it’s best to replace them as soon as possible. Many homeowners wrestle with the idea of this, but it will certainly save you money if you are facing some of the problems mentioned above.

Questions? Give Barrett & Sons Inc. a call today at (210) 659-5801. We’re an air conditioning repair company in New Braunfels, TX.