Why is My AC Making Weird Noises?

October 16, 2017

One of the worst sounds you can hear on a hot day is a new sound from your AC unit. Whether it’s a rattle, whistle, screech or thud, it’s important to take the time to investigate the cause of the weird noises you are hearing. Before you panic, investigate. You may discover your air conditioner fix will be quick, or you might need to call a repair service. There are several reasons that your unit makes noises: loose or broken part in need of a compressor replacement The indoor blower is unbalanced debris in unit refrigerant leaks The fan motor is going bad electrical issues high internal pressure What Should I Do? First, you need to turn the AC unit off. If you have a loosening part or motor that is going bad, it will cause additional harm to continue to run. Next, if possible you should do a visual inspection of your system. If you see a dent on the outside of the unit or spot where the metal has become discolored from heat, tell your air conditioning repair company when you call to schedule an appointment. Don’t forget to check for liquid around the unit. You will also...

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R-410A vs. R-22 in Your Houston Home AC Unit

September 27, 2017

This year, the new standard refrigerant will officially be R-410A, instead of R-22, which is what it has been traditionally. What is the difference, and what does this mean for you as a Houston homeowner? Freon, or R22, is a hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) which depletes the ozone. Puron, or R-410A, is a hydrofluorocarbon (HFC), which does not deplete the ozone. In 2010, Freon was discontinued for use in air conditioners, and systems have been gradually changing over to Puron ever since. Being environmentally cleaner is not the only benefit to using Puron. There are some differences in performance, as well. Puron absorbs and releases more heat than Freon, helping air conditioning compressor run cooler and reducing the risk of compressor burnout. Puron also functions at a higher pressure than Freon, so new compressors are built to withstand greater stresses, reducing the chance for cracking. We recommended switching to R-410A refrigerant since supplies of Freon will soon completely diminish. A new unit is not required to make the switch, so the cost wouldn’t be as high as you expect. Give us a call and we will discuss all the options available to you. If you are looking for the best Houston AC...

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The Many Benefits of a New Air Conditioner in Sugar Land

September 13, 2017

How old is your air conditioning system? If it was new 10-15 years ago, it’s time to start looking for a replacement. Don’t dread upgrading, it could be a very wise decision for you and your home. Instead, consider all of the benefits you stand to gain: · Boosted energy efficiency · Reduced cost of cooling your home · Cleaner indoor air · Better humidity control · More even cooling throughout your home · Greater air pressure · A more reliable system · Fewer repairs and maintenance needed · A properly sized system that will cool more effectively · You’ll know the service history of the system because you’ll be the original owner Our team is standing by, ready to help you find the perfect system for your needs. We will take a look at how well insulated your home is, as well as the square footage of your home, to determine what size system will be recommended for your needs and best fit you and your family. From helping you find the perfect system for your needs, to installation, maintenance, and repairs if needed, we’re with you every step of the way. Air Bourne Air is dedicated to customer...

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Managing the Humidity in Your Texas Home

September 7, 2017

Back in the early 1900s, the modern air conditioner was invented by a man named Willis Carrier. He invented the modern AC not for comfort, but for a publishing company in Brooklyn to remove the humidity from the air and keep the temperature steady so the paper and books wouldn’t expand and contract. As Texas residents, we are forever grateful to Mr. Carrier for his invention. The humidity during the summers in Texas can be unbearable. Even though air conditioners were designed to remove humidity from indoor air, sometimes they need a little bit of additional help. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the humidity here in Texas and it’s difficult to always manage it. If your AC unit is struggling to properly manage the humidity in your home, you may want to consider a whole-home humidity management system. With the addition of this type of system, your air conditioner won’t have to work as hard, and energy efficiency will be increased. You will also experience a better quality of air, more comfortable indoor air, and benefits for your health when the humidity level in your home is at the proper level. If you’re interested in humidity control or air conditioning repair in...

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Are Expensive AC Filters Worth It?

August 24, 2017

When you’re dealing with the effectiveness of your AC unit, you want to make sure you’re being as smart and efficient as possible. One of the questions we get a lot at is whether it’s worth the extra money (up to seven times as much) to buy expensive filters for your air conditioner. It’s important to remember that a filter’s main job is keep unwanted items – dust particles, pet hair and the like – from getting into the coil and clogging things up. Filters are made to protect equipment, not people. The makers of expensive, high-end filters claim their products can “capture at least 90% of large airborne particles like dust, pollen and pet dander from the air passing through the filter.” Even if that’s true, that means they’re preventing those foreign objects from passing through the filter; not even the filter manufacturers claim they can improve indoor air quality for people in the house. While there is anecdotal evidence from people who say expensive filters lead to cleaner air, here at we haven’t seen reputable studies to back up the claims that pricy filters make a big difference in indoor air quality. Of course, if you really feel...

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5 Tips to Extend the Life of Your AC Unit

August 11, 2017

AC units, heat pumps and furnaces seem so self-sufficient. It’s an illusion. They need some simple, regularly AC maintenance. Routine inspection of your cooling system by an AC professional is important to help extend the life of your AC unit. But between visits, you can properly care for your system by doing the following: Keep It Clean Do these simple cleaning tasks to extend the life of your AC unit: clean the evaporator coil annually, replace filters at least every two months, whisk a wire brush through the drain channels, and check window seals for leaks. Contact for more tips or assistance! Give Your AC Unit Some Down Time Please avoid running your AC all day. It is tempting on a sweltering Texas day, but it is better to install a programmable thermostat or use a timer to cool your home before you get home from work. This is more efficient and does not overwork your system. There is no need to blow your AC while you are away. You are only going to keep your houseplants cool and refreshed. Don’t Crank It Way Down Do you like your home at a chilly, brisk 72 degrees? Then it is not a...

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Why Do AC Units Freeze Up?

July 28, 2017

Here’s the situation: you’re enjoying your AC unit, your home is comfortable and everything is right in the world. Then, suddenly, you find that your air conditioning unit is malfunctioning and what once was a pleasant home environment is now an uncomfortable hell-scape. It’s happened— your AC unit has frozen over. When something like this happens, it’s easy to get frustrated and wonder where the problem lies. At , we want to make sure you not only get great AC repair but also know the facts about why your AC unit has frozen over. Once you know where the problem is coming from, it becomes easier to fix. One reason AC units can freeze up is due to refrigerant issues. Refrigerant is a substance that helps to cool your air conditioning unit to make sure it doesn’t overheat. However, in some cases, too much refrigerant can cause a drop in temperature for your AC unit. The best solution is to call and schedule an appointment to check the refrigerant levels in your AC unit. Keeping up with regular maintenance can make sure that you don’t end up with too much or too little refrigerant in your air conditioning unit. Another...

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What to Look for in an Air Conditioning Company

July 14, 2017

For most of us, a house represents the largest financial investment we’ll ever make. That means finding a company to handle your AC needs is of utmost importance, as well. The company you pick will be your partner in choosing and maintaining your home’s HVAC unit, which has consequences you might not have thought about. Since cooling and heating can account for almost half of a typical homeowner’s energy costs, making the right decision can have an impact on your financial well-being, in addition to the comfort of you and your family. For years, people in have trusted for their HVAC needs. We’ve assembled a list of things to consider when you’re looking for a company to trust with your air conditioning needs. It pays to seek out a firm with that gets consistently good reviews. Do you homework and see what the Better Business Bureau has to say, and check for consumer reviews on Yelp and other sites that post real-life feedback on local companies. An HVAC company should hire technicians who are certified by North American Technician Excellence. A NATE certification signifies a firm believes in hiring employees who are knowledgeable and know their stuff. Ask friends, neighbors and...

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Should I Continue Repairing My AC Unit?

June 30, 2017

We have a lot of customers ask us if they should continue repairing their air conditioners, or if they should just go ahead and replace them. We tell them to consider the following factors: How old is your unit? After a unit has been in use for 10-15 years, it’s time to replace. By this age, parts start to break down and air quality is compromised. How often are you repairing your AC unit? If you’re repairing your air conditioner often, it could mean the unit needs to be replaced. Think about how much money you’ve spent on repairs and what portion of the cost of a new system that could cover. How efficient is your system? Older systems have poor energy efficiency ratings, and you could notice a big difference with a new, efficient system. How much are you spending to cool your home? The more efficient a system, the less you’ll spend on energy bills. Whether you’ve decided to continue with AC repair in Sugar Land, TX or to go ahead and schedule the installation of a new, energy efficient system, we have you covered. Our knowledgeable techs will provide you with the services you need to have cool...

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Upgrade Your AC System and Save

June 30, 2017

You may be wondering how you can save money by purchasing a new air conditioning system. There are many benefits you stand to gain with a new cooling system, all of which will be more cost-effective: New air conditioning systems are highly energy efficient, which means they use energy more efficiently to cool your home. This means you won’t spend as much to cool your home. When you start from scratch with a new cooling system, ideally as long as it’s maintained regularly by a professional, that will be the only service it requires. Newer systems that are properly cared for will require less or no AC repair in Katy, TX than and older, poorly-maintained system. When you get a new system, are the first owner, and take care of it from the start, you can ensure you get as many years as possible out of it to maximize your investment. When having your home evaluated for the best system for your needs, you may want to have your ductwork checked too. If you maximize the layout and design of your ductwork, your air conditioner won’t have to work as hard to deliver cool air to the rooms in your...

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