Justice Air Conditioning & Heating Blog

Why Does It Cost So Much to Run My AC?

May 15th, 2017

air-conditioner-on-pile-of-wasted-moneyThe heat can be killer here in Texas, even down along the coast. Each summer, you’ll see higher electrical bills when you have the air conditioning system running for longer in order to maintain a comfortable household. All the electricity flowing to the AC motors and the compressor adds up: it can be costly to run an air conditioner over a hot summer.

However, there are upper limits on what you should expect to see on your electrical bills during the season. If your bills start rising higher than this, your air conditioner is costing more than it should. We’ll look into some of the reasons an air conditioning system might become too expensive to operate and what you can do about it.

If you require air conditioning repair in Corpus Christi, TX or the surrounding areas to fix energy-wasting problems, we offer 24-hour emergency service to help you. Continue Reading

The Dangers of Low Refrigerant in an AC

May 1st, 2017

technicians-evaluate-air-conditioning-systemAs we move into the warm weather here in Texas, it’s time to start paying close attention to how the air conditioners in our homes are running. If they’ve received regular maintenance, they should be in good shape. (Sign up for our Service Efficiency Agreement if you haven’t had your spring AC maintenance yet.) But troubles can still crop up as the heat rises, and one situation to be cautious of is when an air conditioner starts to lose its refrigerant.

Under normal circumstances, the amount of refrigerant set in an air conditioner when it was installed (known as its charge) will remain the same for the system’s entire life. An AC doesn’t consume refrigerant, it cycles it. But leaks in the refrigerant lines or coils, or loose connections, can cause refrigerant to escape and the charge to drop—and that’s a big problem. Continue Reading

Understanding AC Energy Efficiency: EER and SEER

April 17th, 2017

air-conditioning-unitWhat’s in a letter? In this case, the letter “S”?

There are two important measurements of an air conditioner’s energy efficiency: EER and SEER. They’re separated by only one letter. What really makes them different, and which one is the more important one to pay attention to when you’re looking to have an air conditioning replacement in Corpus Christi, TX?

The easiest way to answer those questions is to contact our HVAC specialists and let them answer it. After all, you cannot do a new air conditioning installation on your own; professionals will need to handle the main work. So have our professionals there from the start to help you select the ideal new central air conditioning system with the ideal energy efficiency rating.

However, a bit of knowledge always helps, so without further ado, and explanation of SEER vs. EER… Continue Reading

Planning Ahead: Some of the More Common AC Problems

April 3rd, 2017

Air-conditioner-repairmanThe weather here in Corpus Christi has definitely taken a turn for the warmer now that spring is officially here. (Although rain has also come along with the spring.) You’ve probably already started using your air conditioning system to cool down your home. If so, we hope you have already scheduled regular maintenance for it from our professionals. We offer an excellent maintenance program through our Service Efficiency Agreement, so if you haven’t gotten around to arranging for this essential spring tune-up and inspection for your AC, now is a great time to do it.

Professional maintenance can’t take care of everything that may happen to an air conditioner. You might need to call us for repair service at some point. The harsh summer weather puts any air conditioning system through its paces, so keep a sharp eye out for problems so you can have them fixed.   Continue Reading

Ways to Combat Allergy Season with Indoor Air Quality Services

March 20th, 2017

Dandelion-in-FieldThe weather is steadily warming up here in Corpus Christi, TX. We experience a short winter season, but spring has only officially started and we’re already seeing temperatures in the 80s. It won’t be long now before the serious heat of summer hits us and settles in for many months.

Your first concern during this time of year is preparing the air conditioning system for the heavy work ahead. But these early days of warmth bring in problems aside from the heat. This is allergy season, the time of year when the pollen count in the air spikes and people start to suffer from allergic reactions. Allergy problems can start as early as when the weather begins to warm up. The first warmer temperatures cause plants to pollinate, and these conditions will last until the high heat of the middle of the summer.

There are a number of ways to protect yourself from the sniffles, coughs, and headaches of allergy season with indoor air quality service from professionals: talk to our HVAC technicians today and they’ll help see that you have the best installations for your home to keep everyone healthy until the pollen count drops again in mid-summer. Continue Reading

March Is in Like a Lamb This Time: Be Ready with HVAC Services

March 6th, 2017

cooling-and-heating-badgeThere’s a saying found in many farmers’ almanacs dating back to the 18th century—and probably from much earlier—that “March comes in like a lion and leaves like a lamb.” This is a short acknowledgement of the basic facts of the seasons: when March begins, it’s winter; when it ends, it’s spring. (This year, specifically, spring starts on March 20, the date of the vernal equinox when the periods of night and day are equal. After this, longer days will start to become the norm until the summer solstice in June.)

However, “in like a lion, out like a lamb” is only a proverb—and you’ve probably seen the opposite happen. In fact, the reverse version of the phrase is almost as common. March is a time of highly unpredictable weather, when it can seem as if summer has already arrived, only to have a cold snap sneak in later the same week. Continue Reading

Steps to Shut Down Your Furnace for Warm Weather

February 20th, 2017

girl-welcomes-spring-as-winter-fadesWith temperatures now starting to rise into the 70s and even the 80s here in Corpus Christi, we’re already getting ready to merge into the spring. You’ve probably already had your air conditioning system running during a few days (and it’s definitely time to sign up for a maintenance inspection and tune-up for the AC to see that it’s prepared for summer—our Service Efficiency Agreement makes this easy).

Your natural gas furnace needs attention at this point as well. You may still need to use it during some of the coming nights, but soon you’ll shut it down for the middle of the year. Shutting it down means more than just stopping using it. There are a few important steps to take that will help ensure the furnace remains in good condition, and that your family stays safe. Continue Reading

Is a Maintenance Program Really Worth It?

February 6th, 2017

money-saving-piggy-bankYou’re used to receiving offers for warranties and service programs for many products that you purchase, such as computers. We can understand why you may be wary of them and wonder if there’s really a benefit to signing up. Will you end up saving money in the long run? Or is the initial cost just too much?

We can’t speak for other products, but we do know plenty about heating and cooling systems. We’ve been helping out with heating and air conditioning in Corpus Christi, TX for many years. We know from experience that signing up for an HVAC maintenance program pays back homeowners in many tangible and intangible ways. With our weather heating up already, it’s a good time to sign up for our Service Efficiency Agreement and have your AC given its full annual check-up and tune-up! (The heater will have its turn in the fall.) Continue Reading

Is Your AC Already at Work Again? Watch Out for These Problems!

January 23rd, 2017

cats-and-air-conditionerIt’s a warm winter we’re experiencing here in Corpus Christi, and that’s why last week we brought up the idea of getting a head start on your air conditioning maintenance. With temperatures that are already this warm, it pays to be prepared!

If you’re already running your air conditioner ahead of its maintenance schedule, make sure to keep a close watch on its performance. (And don’t delay arranging for the maintenance visit. We have an excellent Service Efficiency Agreement that will get the job done.) An air conditioning system that starts running at this time of the year has a long stretch of work behind it… all the way back to last spring. The amount of stress an AC accumulates over this time can easily lead to a malfunction. So while you’re planning for the maintenance visit, pay careful attention to any of the following behavior from your cooling system—and then call for air conditioning repairs right away! Continue Reading

It May Already Be Time for Air Conditioning Maintenance

January 16th, 2017

Large parts of the Midwest are bracing for a possible ice storm that may sweep through this week. However, down here in the farthest southern parts of Texas, none of that will touch us. In fact, we’re enjoying weather that’s sometimes even rising into the low 80s at midday. It’s a warm January, and that means it’s already a good time to ask if you should schedule air conditioning maintenance.

To which we answer, “Why not? It certainly can’t hurt. Maintenance is always a smart idea.” All you have to do is sign up for our Service Efficiency Agreement and we’ll get you on the schedule. Continue Reading