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You don’t want to wait to replace your air conditioning unit until you have no choice but to do so. It’s easy to leave well enough alone but it’s best to be proactive if you know your unit is getting old. Once you’ve decided to make the call to a professional HVAC company, you should also take the time in which you call into consideration.

Timing is Key

For instance, the start of summer is unquestionably the most hectic time of the year for air conditioning repairs and installation. For that reason anything related to your HVAC needs may be delayed, plus the majority of deals in pricing or promotion specials have most likely expired. If possible, we suggest you plan for your air conditioning installation either early on or late in the year.

Thinking that Price is Everything

Air conditioning will be a lifelong “necessity”, so thinking about short-term thriftiness over long term reliability isn’t exactly in your long-term’s best interest.

Also speaking of long term reliability, usually a company that’s been in business longer is a better choice. Getting into business does not always mean staying in business, so knowing that a company has several years of local service speaks volumes when it comes to building confidence before you request service.

Not Having a Maintenance Agreement

Not to be confused with a warranty, a maintenance agreement for HVAC is similar to checkups for vehicles scheduled at regular mileage intervals (30,000 miles, etc.). This type of program not only extends the life of your air conditioning system, it can lower your energy costs and offer savings on necessary parts and labor. It’s an investment, not a cost.

Presence of Due Diligence

It’s important to do your research so that you know you’re making the choice that’s best for you and your unit. Trying your luck by choosing a random company will most often prove unlucky in the long run. Therefore, considering the influence air conditioning installation has on our lives for years to come is a decision that should not be taken lightly.

In addition, while you can’t trust everything you read on the internet, online reviews can serve as a good reference while trying to gain a better understanding of how a particular company truly operates. However, the constant and tradition way of hearing about a company, if not by your own experience, is by “word of mouth”. A straight forward testament from someone who we know and have trust in is sure to speak volumes.

Barrett & Sons is a leading provider of commercial, industrial, and residential HVAC services for San Antonio and the surrounding tri-county area. We hope you decide to give us a call with any questions and/or service needs you may have.

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There are certain signs that your air conditioner needs to be looked at by an air conditioning contractor. These signs might include a strange noise coming from the air conditioner, a weird smell emanating from the air conditioner, too much cooling or not enough cooling, and even ice formation.

These are things you need to look out for, even if the air conditioner is performing to your expectations. It’s best to call the experts right away, before the situation gets any worse, and your air conditioner breaks down completely. Here is some more information for the signs we previously mentioned:

Strange Noise.

Your air conditioner should emit a low, steady hum which you should be able to ignore completely. If the sound of the air conditioner is bothering you, it could indicate that something is wrong. The loud sound might be continuous or it might come and go; either way, keep an ear out for it and call your contractor as soon as this problem occurs.

Weird Smell.

Sometimes, when there is a gas leak in the air conditioner, there might be a weird smell in the air coming into the room. In such cases, it is best to turn the air conditioner off and call your contractor right away, even if the smell seems bearable. Getting the problem fixed right away will keep your air conditioner working better for longer.

Too Much Cooling.

This might happen if something is wrong with the keypad or remote control of your air conditioner. It might get stuck at a very cold temperature or it might get stuck in “turbo” mode. Make sure to call your contractor right away because it can be very uncomfortable to be in a frigid room.

Not Enough Cooling.

This is usually the thing that prompts most people to call their contractor. If their AC is not giving them enough cooling, they get uncomfortable and want to get it repaired. Obviously, you should call your contractor when this happens and get it fixed but don’t ignore the other problems.

Ice Formation.

Sometimes, you go to clean out the filter of your air conditioner and you notice that ice has formed behind it. This is not normal. Your air conditioner is not supposed to be full of ice, no matter what temperature you set it on. So if you see ice forming, it’s time to call your contractor right away.

We encourage you to contact us with any questions and service needs you may have. We’re here to help, and hope to hear from you!

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A lot of homeowner’s take pride in being able to fix things around their home. However, if the problem you’re having is with your air conditioner, you’re better off letting a professional handle it. Here are three jobs you should leave to an air conditioning contractor, rather than trying to do it on your own.

An Air Conditioning Contractors Knows Repairs

A lot can go wrong with your system. If you don’t know what to look for, you could find yourself spending hours trying to figure out the problem. Not only is that a waste of your time, but while you’re fooling around in there, you could make the problem worse, or even hurt yourself. An expert air conditioning contractor will know what to look for and will be able to diagnose the problem in no time.

Install a New System

Unfortunately, sometimes an AC unit is beyond repairs, and it makes more sense to replace it. This isn’t a job you’ll want to do on your own. A good air conditioning contractor can help you to pick out a new system, and then install it for you. This is a big job, so you’ll want to leave it to the experts.

Maintain Your AC System

Finally, you can have your air conditioning contractor maintain your system. AC maintenance is the best way to prevent the need for future repairs, and keep your system running efficiently for a long time to come. By working with a contractor, you don’t have to waste your weekends maintaining your AC system; instead, you can rest easy knowing the job will get done right.

As you can see, there are plenty of benefits to working with an air conditioning contractor. Not only can they get your system running again, but they can keep it running well, or even install a new one if it’s needed.

We encourage you to contact us at Barrett & Sons with any questions or service needs you may have.

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If you notice that there is an issue with your air conditioner, the first thing that you should do is call an air conditioning contractor. There are so many reasons why it is in your best interest to hire an air conditioning contractor to handle these repairs. Here are three of those reasons:

They Are Licensed, Insured, and Certified

When you hire an air conditioning contractor to repair your air conditioner, you have the comfort of knowing that they are licensed, insured, and certified. Their license and certifications indicate that they have the proper training and experience to correctly diagnose what is wrong with your air conditioner and repair it. The fact that they are insured protects both you and them when it comes to the actual repair process.

Save Money on Misdiagnosed Repairs 

If you try to figure out what is wrong with your air conditioner on your own, there is a good possibility that you may misdiagnose what is wrong. If this happens, you may spend money on unnecessary repairs. This can add up quickly if you do this more than once. In contrast, when an air conditioning contractor comes to repair your air conditioner, the chances of them misdiagnosing the issue are very low because they have so much experience.

Keep your Air Conditioning Unit Running at its Best

If an air conditioning contractor is the only person that works on your air conditioning unit, you have the comfort of knowing that it is in good hands. They will likely make sure that all issues are fixed and will also inspect your air conditioner to see if there are any other underlying problems or even maintenance issues that you should be made aware of. This ensures that your air conditioning unit is always running as it should and that its life expectancy is also increased.

Hiring an air conditioning contractor to fix your air conditioning unit instead of fixing it yourself is in your best interest. We encourage you to contact us at Barrett & Sons today!

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Now that spring is here, it’s time to start thinking about what you can do to keep your air conditioner performing at its best. With a little routine maintenance, you can ensure that your system will keep you cool when you need it the most.

Follow these tips to get your air conditioner into shape for spring and summer.

Replace the air filters. Clean air filters ensure that your air conditioner is running efficiently. Your unit will use more energy if the filters are dirty, leading to higher cooling bills. Dirty filters also create poor indoor air quality, which can have a negative effect on your health. Your air filters should be changed once every month for optimal performance.

Make sure all of your vents are clear and open. Inspect all of the air vents in your home and check that they’re open and not blocked by drapes or furniture. Blocked or closed vents obstruct the airflow of your air conditioner. Poor airflow will cause your air conditioner to run longer, leading to increased energy use and higher bills. It also puts additional pressure on the blower and increases the chance of it breaking down.

Clean the condenser coils on the outside unit. This is an especially important step if you do not cover your outdoor unit in the winter. Buildup on the condenser coils can inhibit airflow and limit your air conditioner’s performance. Make sure all debris, leaves, or plants around your outdoor unit are cleared away. Clean the inside of the unit as well.

Have your air conditioner serviced and inspected each year. Annual maintenance and inspection can help to lower your monthly energy costs by up to 15%. It will also let you address any problems early on, before they lead to expensive repairs.

If you need help getting your air conditioner ready for hot weather, contact us at Barrett & Sons to schedule your air conditioning service.

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You rely on your air conditioner to keep your home cool and comfortable. Given that, the last thing you want is for your air conditioner to break down. Catching a problem early on can save you a lot of time and money down the road. You need air conditioning service if you notice any of these signs of trouble.

Lack of cooling. Is your air conditioner blowing warm air, or is the air simply not as cold as you expect? Your unit’s condenser might be failing. The refrigerant could also be low. In either case, you need the help of an HVAC professional. If some rooms in your home are cool while other rooms aren’t, it can indicate a problem with your duct work. Leaks in the duct work make your entire home warmer.

The thermostat does not work properly. You might notice that your air conditioner runs for a short time before turning off – or it doesn’t turn on at all. Your thermostat might be malfunctioning so you should have a technician check this as well.

Loud noises. If you hear grinding, scraping or squealing sounds, a belt might be slipping. This can damage other, more costly components as well, and should be fixed by a professional right away.

Increased humidity in your home. One job of your air conditioner is to reduce the amount of humidity in your house. If your house is more humid than usual even with the air conditioning on, the unit may need repair.

Bad odor when A/C is turned on. A musty smell can indicate that mold is present in the A/C unit or the ductwork. A more pungent odor can mean the wire insulation inside has burned out. You should have your unit serviced as soon as possible.

Last, but not least, do not fear; Barrett & Sons is here to help! We encourage you to contact us if you recognize any of these troublesome signs.

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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.