Thankful for Air Conditioning

3 Reasons to Thank Your Air Conditioning Unit This Year

Thanksgiving season is here and we are all preparing to share what we are thankful for, this 2017 season. You will most likely hear some of the usual comments make their rounds at the table.

People are always thankful for jobs, livelihood, family, and friends. While they should be thankful for all of these things, a lesser thanked object is often left out of the conversation, your air conditioning and heating unit.

Your unit is with you day in and day out, all year. You may take your air conditioning for granted, but at Lex Air Conditioning where we spend our time repairing and replacing your HVAC systems, we believe that there are several reasons to thank your air conditioner this time of the year.

3. Your Air Conditioning Unit Continuously Pumps Fresh Air Throughout Your Home

Air quality is something that is seen as a given until it is poor and begins to take a toll on the family in a home. Your air conditioning unit is not just something that heats up and cools down your home, it is also a system that keeps you safe.

The air conditioning filters that are used on your system help block out pollutants like dirt, pollen, mold, and other allergens that could potentially make their way into a home. By filtering these problems out, your home Is kept comfortable and respiratory issue free.

Cost Efficient HVAC2. Cost Efficient

Although you do pay a regular bill that covers your air conditioning and heating expenses, unless something really goes wrong, and an air conditioning repair is required, your unit really doesn’t suck up too much cash for the job that it does.

It costs money to completely run a home, and luckily, modern HVAC systems are built to run smoothly, and cost efficient. The only thing you really need to remember is to routinely change your filters and run maintenance check-ups by Dallas professionals at least once a year. That is two things out of a whole system that works for you. That is truly something to be thankful for.

1, Your System Regulates the Temperature in Your Home

Yes, this is the most obvious point to make about your air conditioning and heating system. However, without your system, think about how your home would feel during the middle of a hot Texas summer or a frigid Texas winter. You would be living in the exact same temperatures inside as there are outside.

In modern society, comfort is king, and regulating the temperature is something that we can all stand behind as one of the main comforts in life.

Lex Air Conditioning Helps You Thank Your HVAC

If you are part of a family that is thankful for their air conditioning and heating unit this year, we have the best way to keep up the gratitude. Contact Lex Air Conditioning to schedule a heating maintenance check before the weather starts to really cool down.

Also, if you are dealing with HVAC problems that require repair or replacement, we have the expertise to assist you. Give us a call today to find out more about our services.

Common Heating Problems and Causes

Top 3 Common Heating Problems and Causes

We are most definitely in cooler weather season and now it is time to start warming up our homes by putting our heating systems to work. Since we are already well into fall, most homeowners have already gone through the process of starting up their heating system and making sure that it is in proper working order.

If you have not done so, fire up that system, because you won’t want to be caught without heat once the Texas air gets really chilly. Once you do start your heating system, keep an eye out for these common problems as it runs the first few days.

Areas of the House Are Not Heating

One common problem with modern heaters is that they unevenly spread out heat in the home. We have all experienced the situation where the bedroom is well heated, yet the living room is experiencing low heating sensations. This is never a fun situation, but luckily, it is not one that is too complex for a Carrollton homeowner.

If you notice your heating system having this problem, the first step towards a solution is to check the air filters for any dust or debris that might be causing any blockage. If, after you have cleared out your air filters and the problem persists, give your local air conditioning and heating repair company a call to come examine your unit.

Heating in Cold Room FailsCold Air Is Blowing Out of the Heater

If your heating unit is blowing out cold air, the first place to look is the thermostat and making sure that it is set to the right temperature to heat up your house. Also, check to see that your unit is turned on to “Auto” and not “Fan On.” The “Fan On” selection will have your fan blowing but not producing any heat.

One possible way to test this issue is to turn your thermostat up and see if there is a difference. Problems like this are usually caused by dirty air filters, leaky ducts, a malfunctioning pilot light, or lack of power.

Do You Smell Something Burning?

If you turn on your heater and smell a faint toasty aroma, that is usually dust burning up from the heating system not being in use for a year or so. However, if you continue to smell a strong burnt smell or see that your heater is smoking, this is a sign that something is very wrong.

Unplug your heater immediately and call your local HVAC repair company to have them come out for an inspection.

Lex Air Conditioning and Heating Keeps Your Family Warm this Season

If you have turned your heater on to some foul surprises, fear not this Halloween, call Lex Air Conditioning and Heating. When your unit isn’t working in the way that it should for your house, our licensed experts will be able to find the problem and solve it for you.

Our services come with a quick response, quality work, and at a fair price. Call us today for more information on a free quote.

Change Your Air Filters Prevent Replacement

Prevent Air Conditioning Replacement by Changing Your Filters

One of the most important maintenance steps that a homeowner must take is routinely changing out their air conditioning filters. Most homeowners understand that changing your air conditioning filters helps to reduce the likelihood of requiring air conditioning repair service or air conditioner replacement.

How Often Should You Change Filters?

The frequency with which you need to be changing your air filters at home depends on several different factors.  Most manufacturers usually recommend that you change your filters every 30 – 60 days. However, if you own a vacation home or are a single occupant with no pets or allergies, manufacturers recommend changing your filters every 6 – 12 months.

Some of the factors that determine when your filters need to be changed include:

  • The type of air filter you use
  • Indoor air quality
  • The number of pets in the home
  • Number of people in the home

Clogged Air Leads to Air Conditioning Repair Services

If you fail to change your air conditioning filters in a timely fashion, although your AC may technically work, you can’t see the clogs that are forming in your filter, forcing your unit to work into unnecessary overtime.

Clogged air filters cause major damage to your system that not only lead to air conditioning repair, but possibly air conditioner replacement. Remember, that two of the leading causes of an HVAC unit failing is dirt and neglect. The sad thing is that these issues are completely avoidable if homeowners keep track of their AC filter changing schedule.

Save Money by Changing Filters

When your air conditioning filters are clogged and your unit has to work twice as hard to keep your house cool, it is obvious that your electricity bill is going to be higher than you would wish. A dirty filter uses more energy than a new filter and by keeping your air conditioner clean, not only do you avoid air conditioning repair, but you also could see up to 15 percent in savings on utility costs.

Everyone Loves Clean AirEveryone Loves Clean Air

The clearest advantage to changing your air filter is that the simple maintenance step promises your family cleaner, fresher, and healthier air. Clean air is always better for everyone, but this is especially true for children and the elderly that may be residing in the home.

By not cleaning out your air filters you are exposing your loved ones to a constant flow of circulated dust, dust mites, and other particles in the air that could trigger allergies and asthma attacks. Keep your air clean and keep your family healthy.

Lex Air Conditioning and Heating Helps with Repairs and Maintenance

Sometimes even though you have stayed on top of standard AC maintenance, life happens and air conditioning repair or replacement becomes a reality for your household. If your home is currently in need of air conditioning installation or repair, give us a call today. We are prepared to provide you with prompt, efficient service.

 

 

 

Questions to ask during your central ac repair.

Questions to Ask During Your Central Air Conditioning Repair

During the hot summer months, our schedule fills up with central air conditioning repair appointments. Rarely do our customers know their air conditioning isn’t working until the heat kicks in and they need relief. Since you want to get the most out of your time with your central air conditioning repairman, here are a few things you’ll want to ask during the repair.

What’s the Warranty Like?

The intense Texas heat may make you forget to ask questions about the repair but it’s crucial that you do. When the AC repairman comes to your home or business, ask him or her what the warranty is on the fix, particularly if new parts are involved. If you find out you need a new central air conditioning system, knowing the warranty is even more important.

Many of the systems we sell and install at Lex Air Conditioning are from top-rated brands that have excellent warranty packages on them.

 

Should I Expect More Problems in the Future?

If your central air system has broken down once, you should know whether or not there could be more problems in the future. During your repair, ask the technician to look at the rest of the system and let you know if there are any foreseeable problems you should be budgeting for. Knowing ahead of time that something could break lets you start saving money in anticipation of the problem.

Is the Central AC Repair Energy Efficient?

Energy efficient systems and repairs are important not only for the environment but also for your wallet. Every year, air conditioning systems get more and more energy efficient, thus saving you money. Before the repair begins, ask your technician if the parts he or she is using have a high energy efficiency rating.

If you have to buy an entirely new system, also ask about tax credits and rebates regarding a new system installation. Many states offer tax breaks for air conditioning systems that are energy efficient.

 

Is the Problem Preventable?Summer AC Repair

Some things break down over time while others are preventable with proper maintenance. When the technician is working on your AC unit, ask what caused the problem and how you can prevent a similar problem from occurring in the future. They’ll be more than happy to share their knowledge with you!

Call Lex Air Conditioning for Repairs

When your central air conditioning system stops working, it can ruin your summer. Don’t let the heat get to you! Call us with all of your air conditioning repair needs. We’re professional and provide quality services to customers like you!

How to choose the right air conditioning brand this summer

Choosing the Right Air Conditioning Brand This Summer

Air conditioning in Dallas is a must-have for anyone who lives here during the summer months. AC is necessary for our personal comfort but also for our health. Many people suffer heat strokes during the summer simply because they need their air conditioner repaired. If you’re worried about choosing the right air conditioning brand for your home or business, then read on for our take on the best brands on the market.

Trane Air Conditioners

When we do residential or commercial air conditioning installation, we usually advise the customer as to what brand and product will give them the most bang for their buck. One of our top air conditioning units that always exceeds even our expectations are Trane air conditioners. We’re certified Trane Comfort Specialists that have been installing and repairing these kinds of units for years. They come with a great warranty and have a fantastic reputation among HVAC companies.

Honeywell Systems

To keep your home or business from being too hot or too cold, a control system has to be installed. One of the most energy efficient systems on the market are Honeywell products. At Lex Air, we install and maintain Honeywell systems to help keep energy costs down in commercial buildings and residential homes. New Honeywell thermostats also come equipped with the ability to connect to your smartphone via an app that will allow you to control internal temperatures even if you aren’t at home!

Amana HVAC Systems

For businesses or homeowners that have a strict budget but still want a quality HVAC system, we recommend choosing an Amana System. These units are less expensive than better known brands but they’re still a great buy! Air conditioning repair on these systems is usually a simple fix. We partner with Amana to provide quality service and maintenance to all of their customers.

Mitsubishi Electric

This is our most popular brand of ductless air conditioning solutions. We install and maintain these hard working wall-mounted AC units for customers who prefer cooling or heating their spaces in this manner. It’s a great alternative to traditional window units and performs far better.Stay Cool this Summer

Stay Cool This Summer

As the Dallas heat starts to kick in, you’re going to need a way to stay cool. Get in touch with our AC repairmen to schedule your air conditioning maintenance or to learn more about the brands and units we offer!

Central AC repair by Lex Air

Who Invented the First Air Conditioner and Other Surprising Facts

Anyone that’s ever lived in Texas knows that a functioning air conditioner is essential. Every summer we hear news reports of people having heat strokes due to the intense heat that the Dallas area brings us. Often times, these heat strokes are deadly. Your AC unit can literally be the difference between life and death. Anyone who enjoys the comforts of a cool home owes their gratitude to a few men who changed how modern society lives today.

Who Invented Air Conditioning?

Crude forms of air conditioning have been around for ages, however when Willis Carrier invented the first functioning air conditioning, it fundamentally changed how people lived. In 1902, Carrier was standing on a train platform in Pittsburgh when he realized that he could dry air by passing it through water to create fog, which would then allow him to control the moisture and humidity of the air. This invention is why we’re in the air conditioning repair business today.

The Carrier Brand went on to be a leading brand in air conditioning and made enjoying Texas summers possible. At Lex Air Conditioning Repair, we provide both commercial and residential HVAC services to property owners with AC repair needs. While Carrier invented the AC unit, we fix and install them for our customers.

Invention of Portable AC Units

Although Willis Carrier is largely credited with inventing the modern air conditioner, Frederick Jones, an African-American, invented the first portable air conditioning unit. His invention was used largely in field military hospitals keeping wounded soldiers comfortable while they recovered from injuries sustained while fighting. Jones had at least 60 patents on various inventions including refrigeration for food transport trucks.

Coining the Term “Air Conditioner”

Soon after Willis Carrier came out with his invention, a mill engineer named Stuart Cramer created a similar device that added moisture to the stale, hot air inside textile plants. He called is invention an “air conditioner” because it conditioned the air to be moist and cool. This device was installed in many mills and plants to make work environments more productive and easier to work in.

Air Conditioning Installation for Your Home or Business

If your commercial or residential property is in need of a new air conditioning unit, then let us help. Our air conditioning installation is fast and affordable for both businesses and homeowners. Don’t let the Texas heat ruin your summer, get in touch with us today!

Save Money Using AC Unit This Summer

Easy Ways to Save Money While Using Your AC Unit this Summer

Anyone who’s ever spent a summer in Texas knows how important it is to have an air conditioning unit that works. When temperatures run well into the 90s and start to stay that way, the cost of keeping your home or business cool skyrockets. Before you turn up the AC this summer, here are a few things you can do to save money and keep cool.

Save on Air Conditioning by Sealing Cracks

When you turn your AC on, you shut the windows and doors to keep the cool air in. However, if the seals around your doors or windows are old, then they probably aren’t doing their job anymore. Our local AC repair servicemen are often called to homes and businesses with owners that are upset that their cooling costs are high and want to know why. Poor insulation around door cracks is the most common culprit.

Keep the Heat Out

There are several things that can drive up the cost of air conditioning that are completely out of your control. One thing that you can control is how much sunlight you let into your home. If you want to help keep your monthly electric bill down, then close the blinds and curtains in your home. While sunlight is something we all enjoy, it really does drive up the temperature inside your home or business. When your air conditioning doesn’t have to work as hard at keeping your home cool, that means less AC unit repairs for you.

Use a Ceiling Fan Instead of Central Air

If you’re thinking of turning on your central air to cool your home, try your ceiling fan first. A ceiling fan uses far less electricity than your air conditioning unit does and can make a room feel up to 10 degrees cooler. Even the most energy efficient units still use lots of energy to run properly. If you’re considering an air conditioner replacement to help keep your home cool, try a ceiling fan first.

Place Your Thermostat in the Right Place

The reason your air conditioning turns on is because the thermostat on your wall is reading a high temperature. If that thermostat happens to be next to a hot window or otherwise warm surface, then it’s going to kick on a lot more often regardless of how cool the rest of the home is. Have your thermostat installed in an area that doesn’t get too warm during the day.

Lex Air Helps You Save Money

If your AC unit is no longer energy efficient, it could be costing hundreds of extra dollars each year. We can replace your unit and offer tips on how to reduce your energy bill each month. Get in touch with us today to learn more.

AC Energy Saving Tips For This Earth Day

AC Energy Saving Tips for This Earth Day

Caring for the health of our Earth should be one of our top priorities. As far as we know, there’s no other planet that can sustain human life in our solar system. One of the easiest ways to reduce our use of Earth’s natural elements is by reducing how much energy we consume. Even though technology is more advanced than ever and most air conditioning units are energy efficient, they still suck up a significant amount of resources. In honor of Earth Day, here are a few simple air conditioning unit energy saving tips to try out.

Get Your Air Conditioning Unit Serviced

Your air conditioning unit might be energy efficient already, however getting it look at can prevent future problems that cause it to use more energy. Air conditioning repair can be costly if the problem is major. Have a repairman take a look at your unit and remove any debris that may have fallen inside. Things like sticks, leaves, or even sap can affect its efficiency.

Turn Down the AC at Night

If you want to reduce the cost of running your air conditioning, a great way to do that is by setting your AC thermostat to a warmer temperature at night. While this may seem like a sacrifice, it’s a great way to reduce energy. Turn on a regular oscillating fan to supplement the lost cool air coming from your vents and remove heavy bedding in favor of thinner, less bulky fabrics. Little changes like these can make a big difference on your energy bill and for the earth’s health.

Check Your Ducts for AC Problems

The ducts that your air conditioning travels through are just as susceptible to damage as anything else in your home. Have an air conditioning repair company examine your air ducts for cracks or leaks that allow the cold air to seep out and cool down places like your attic instead of your home.

Close Your Curtains

The sun’s light can be wonderful for many things however cooling your home isn’t one of them. If you want to reduce your energy consumption, then close your curtains and blinds to keep sunlight out and reduce the inside temperature of your space. Your AC unit works hard to cool your home and when it works too hard, you end up needing home AC repairs.

Let Lex Air Care for Your Home AC Unit

We value energy efficiency and know that you do too. All of our solutions are cost-effective and energy efficient. The health of our planet and the health of your wallet are important to us. Let our HVAC repairmen take care of your air conditioning problems. Get in touch today with questions or for more information!

Dallas HVAC repair- caring for your heat and air

Caring For Your Heat And Air

Have you ever suffered through a hot summer day without air conditioning? Most people would agree that the heating and air-conditioning system inside your house is an integral part of your quality of life. Without it, your family would be sleeping in front of the fireplace every night during the winter, and sweating through the hot Dallas summer months.

Regular air conditioner and furnace maintenance along with prudent owner care is something you can do to help keep your HVAC (Heating, ventilation and air conditions) system working properly.

Change The Filters In Your Air Conditioner

It’s good to keep in mind that if your HVAC system’s return air filter is dirty, so is everything else. Remembering to change the heating and air conditioning filter in your home is critical. A dirty air filter is a problem for several reasons including:

-Reduction of the air flow into your home’s ventilation system

-Forcing your air conditioning system to work harder, straining the parts and the system

-Increase in your energy bill because your air conditioner is being forced to work harder due to restricted air flow

-Decrease in Indoor air quality due to high levels of pollen

-Accumulation of pet dander in your home’s ventilation system being circulated throughout your home contributing to allergic reactions

If you or a family member is severely allergic to pets or pollen, think about using a HEPA air filter designed to capture more smaller particles than a normal filter. By simply making sure your filter is clean and in working order, you can increase the air quality in your home and ease the workload on your heating and air conditioning system.

Landscaping Around Your Air Conditioner

Another way to help protect your home air conditioning from needing repairs is by properly landscaping around your A/C unit outside. Your air conditioner needs air to breath and to move into your home. Although you may want to hide it for esthetic reasons with fencing or shrubbery, you don’t want to crowd the unit. Be sure that anything you plant or build to hide your unit still gives it enough space and air to keep cool and perform properly.

As the seasons change you’ll want to also make sure your outside condenser unit is free of any foliage. In the fall, dead leaves can get caught on the outside blocking airflow into the unit. In the springtime, especially after mowing your yard, be sure to check for grass, which has blown up into the sides of the unit. A gentle stream of water from your garden hose can be used to clean out not only vegetation, but also dirt from the “fins”, which can clog condenser coils.

Lex Air Can Help With HVAC Repair

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In regard to your home air conditioning and heat, changing your return air filter inside your home and keeping your outside condenser clean can help the performance and lifespan of your HVAC unit. If you do need air conditioning repair, you can call us 24 hours a day for quick responses to any emergencies you may have.

Summer AC repair is often necessary to keep your house or business cool

Reasons You Need to Check Your A/C Unit Before the Summer

As spring gets underway and the temperatures begin to rise, Dallas residents are beginning to think about summer plans and keeping cool under the hot Texas sun. At Lex Air Conditioning, AC unit this summer, we always recommend that you check how it’s functioning long before it becomes necessary to use it everyday. Air conditioner repairmen are a lot more knowledgeable in this field than the average homeowner is. They’ll be able to check your home’s air quality, investigate any strange noises coming from your unit, and permanently fix or replace parts that aren’t working. If you wait to fix it or hope that it miraculously fixes itself, you’ll regret it come this June.

Long Air Conditioning Repair Wait Lists

Speaking to our previous point, by the time summer rolls around, many customers end up on a waiting list to have their AC unit repaired. We do our best to get to our customers as quickly as possible but Contact Us today to learn more about our services or schedule a repair.

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