Three Reasons to Change Your AC/Heating Filter More Often

January 10, 2021

While it can be easy not to think about, there are three good reasons why you might need to change your AC/heating filter more often than you currently do. Keep in mind that different HVAC filters are rated for different usage spans. The majority are rated for 1, 3, 6 months. If your filter is rated 1 month, you’ll want to change it every month, year-round. However, because conditions in every home and individual AC/heating system are unique, even if your filter is rated for 3 or 6 months, we recommend checking it at least once a month and changing it as needed if it’s dirty. Here are three reasons why changing your filter more often can be beneficial. 1. HVAC Systems Can Last Longer with Clean AC/Heating Filters When the filter is clean, your heater and air conditioner don’t have to work as hard as when the filter is dirty. An excessively dirty filter allows more dust and particulates to work their way into the delicate parts of your AC/heating system, which can lead to overheating and other problems. In the long term, this can significantly shorten the lifespan of your system. It’s much less expensive to regularly replace...

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Five Common Reasons Why My AC Isn’t Working Properly

August 10, 2020

With high temperatures regularly exceeding 100 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the Guadalupe Valley and South Central Texas this summer, you turn to your AC unit for relief. If the air conditioner isn’t working properly, your home could be sweltering hot and unbearably humid. Read on to learn about five common reasons why your cooling system isn’t working properly. 1. Dirty HVAC Filter Dirty air filters are a leading cause of AC and indoor comfort problems. The air filter is located in a small compartment within the indoor unit of your air conditioner. Slide it out and check it. If it’s dirty, replace it. At GVEC Home, we highly recommend checking the air filter monthly regardless of its rating. Admittedly, depending on filter type and the operating environment, some filters can continue working effectively between three and six months. 2. Clogged Condensate Line The humidity condensed from the outside air processed by your AC collects in the AC drain pan and leaves through the condensate line. The pipe can get clogged with algae and other assorted muck. Once every three months, we recommend that the air conditioner be turned off and a solution of vinegar and water poured down the drain to...

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Why Is My AC Freezing Up?

June 10, 2020

It can be pretty stressful to come home on a hot day and find your air conditioning unit frozen over. There are a few common reasons why this occurs. Here are some some of the issues you can watch for that may lead to freezing over. AC Airflow Problem The condenser coil in your AC unit needs proper airflow or else it can freeze over. The most common reason airflow becomes restricted or blocked is because the air filter is dirty. Manufacturers recommend changing the air filter anywhere between every one to every six months depending on the filter type, size and materials used. However, at GVEC Home we recommend checking your air filter monthly and replacing or cleaning at least every 3 months. Air Conditioner Refrigerant Leak A leak in your refrigerant lines can lead to reduced pressure. This results in the refrigerant not being able to absorb heat, which leads to the condenser coil freezing over. You will need to contact a professional HVAC technician like those at GVEC Home to solve this problem. If you have an AC system made before 2010 and it’s leaking, you will likely need to replace the entire system because it probably...

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Why You Should Inspect the HVAC Unit Before Purchasing a New Home

May 29, 2020

There are many things to have inspected before you purchase a new home. One of these is the heating and cooling system. You want to make sure you’re eliminating as many surprises as possible when you buy a new home, after all. Why Have a Separate HVAC Inspection? The average home inspection doesn’t include a detailed inspection of the HVAC system. The inspector will make sure it’s functioning but not much beyond that. If there’s an underlying issue, such as a cracked heat exchange in a gas furnace, the inspection won’t uncover it. Home inspectors are not HVAC professionals. They don’t have the skills or experience to make sure a home’s heat pump air conditioner is really in good working order. It takes a specialist to make sure these systems are really working as they should. GVEC Home® is a professional HVAC firm that serves Gonzales, Seguin, New Braunfels, La Vernia, Schertz and surrounding areas in South Central Texas. Our technicians are highly skilled in inspecting heating and cooling systems and making sure they are performing well. It’s an Investment to Replace an HVAC System Heat pump air conditioners and other heating and cooling equipment are usually one of the...

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Explaining the Differences Between HVAC and AC

April 9, 2019

HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. AC is a general term used to refer to any air conditioner, including the air conditioner in an HVAC system. Do you know what kind of AC equipment is installed in your home? What Does an HVAC System Look Like? Many companies such as in Gonzales refer to complete HVAC systems as packaged products. You’ll also hear these products referred to as central heating and cooling units. A single, or central, the thermostat is used to manage the operation of both a heater and an AC compressor. In addition, all air, whether hot or cold, is pushed through a duct system that runs throughout the home. The air exits through a series of vents placed in each room. Each vent can be adjusted to direct air up, down, or out into the environment. Do You Have a Standalone AC Unit? Most people are familiar with window units that contain a cooler, blower, and compressor in one product. Ductless cooling units, which are different than window units, are installed to cool single rooms without a ventilation system. Unlike the large AC compressors you see outside many homes, each ductless product requires a separate...

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