Justice Air Conditioning & Heating Blog

FAQ: What Does “Tonnage” Mean for an Air Conditioner?

July 10th, 2017

condensers-on-risersThe HVAC field, like any other technical field, has a language and jargon all its own. For example, we divide the year into two seasons, heating season and cooling season. Except they mean the opposite of what they sound like. Heating season is the time of year when it’s cold, and cooling season is when it’s hot.

This is a simple example. There are plenty other terms that are even more confusing to people who don’t work in HVAC for a living. One of them is the tonnage of an air conditioner. No, it’s not how much the air conditioner weighs! It’s a measure of something much more important. Continue Reading

Trouble with Your AC’s Condensate Drain

June 26th, 2017

water-dropletsThe condensate drain is an important part of how an air conditioning system runs, but it’s one that homeowners often overlook—until something goes wrong with it, leading to multiple problems that include water leaking from the indoor unit, the development of mold that can create troubles for a home’s indoor air quality, and even damage to the air conditioner itself that leave a house suddenly stuck with a non-working AC on one of the hottest days of the year.

As a resident of the Corpus Christi area, you don’t want to face troubles with either humidity or a busted AC. Our summers are simply too hot for this! In this post, we’re going to take a look at some of the more common condensate drain problems that require help from HVAC technicians. Contact our Corpus Christi, TX air conditioning repair experts when you require assistance. Continue Reading

Call Professionals for AC Repairs… And Here’s Why

June 12th, 2017

tools-on-ac-unitIt’s another hot summer here in Texas, and your air conditioning system is humming away providing crisp, cool air for your house. Suddenly, something goes wrong. The AC starts making odd, alarming clanging noises. Then the blower fan shuts off. You aren’t getting cool air from the vents, and you can begin to feel the sweat beading across your forehead as 90°F+ temperatures begin seeping inside the house. What do you do?

The answer isn’t “Go online and hunt for AC fix-it tips.” We know it’s tempting to try to go DIY with home repairs: people think it’ll save time and money. But when it comes to a malfunctioning air conditioner, trying to repair one will likely end up wasting time and money … and result in an air conditioner that still doesn’t work right. Continue Reading

Ways You Can Make Your AC Cost Less to Run

May 29th, 2017

air-conditioner-on-leavesIn our last blog post, we confronted a question customers often ask: “Why does it cost so much to run my air conditioner?” We then looked over problems that can afflict an AC, some from neglect, other from standard wear and tear—that will lower the system’s energy efficiency and hike up bills.

This week, we’re switching to the more positive approach and share some ways to improve your air conditioner’s energy performance this coming summer. Any air conditioning system in Corpus Christi, TX receives a huge workout during the heat of summer, so keeping it working at peak efficiency can stave off unnecessarily high utility bills. Continue Reading

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