Justice Air Conditioning & Heating Blog

Helping Life Get Back to Normal after the Hurricane

September 18th, 2017

home-with-rainbowHurricane Harvey is gone and people in Corpus Christi and the surrounding areas have come back home and businesses are reopening. We hope that your home didn’t sustain any serious damage or suffer from flooding. It’s hard to adjust to the idea of “getting back to normal,” but of course we’ll all get there eventually. And you can trust that our professional team is here to help you with whatever you need for your home or business when it comes to HVAC work.

In our previous post, we addressed one of the biggest concerns for a home in the wake of flooding, which is the danger posed by a damaged natural gas furnace. We’d like to take a look at other ways we can get your HVAC system, in your home or in your business, back to normal after the recent natural disaster. Continue Reading

Important Flooding Precaution about Your Home’s Gas Furnace

September 4th, 2017
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You don’t want any of these controls on your furnace exposed to flooding!

Corpus Christi has just been hit with one of the worst disasters in its history: a powerful hurricane that slammed into the coast and inflicted immense damage to homes and residents. The rebuilding and recovery effort will be long and hard. We’ve been members of this community for years, proud to serve homeowners and their families, and we’re in this with everybody in the recovery effort.

If your home has suffered from flooding during Hurricane Harvey, you probably have a million things to worry about, from salvaging possession and water damage. We’d like to bring your attention to a piece of equipment in your home that we know a little something about: the gas furnace. This might not be a part of your house that’s immediately on your mind since the time when the furnace normally receives use is still a long ways off—and you’ve definitely got other pressing concerns! However, a flooded furnace presents some potential safety hazards if you attempt to use it later when the flooding has receded. Here are some things to consider if you have a flooded gas furnace in Corpus Christi, TX. Continue Reading

If I Close Room Vents, Will This Cuts Down on Cooling Costs?

August 21st, 2017

room-ventSometimes, it seems as if our hot weather will never take a break. August signals the tail end of summer, but it’s the “dog days,” and that often means streaks of days that are 90°F and above in Texas. And if you’re starting to grow wearied of seeing high air conditioning bills, you may take the step of closing the metal shutters of some of the room vents. It means less air used in cooling down the house, so won’t that save money on your bills?

The short answer is: No, it won’t.

And the slightly longer answer is: No it won’t, and it may cost you more—including repairs for damage your air conditioner will suffer! Continue Reading

High AC Bills in Summer: Are Leaky Ducts the Problem?

August 7th, 2017

duct-sealing-with-caulkingHave you looked over your recent utility bills and thought the electrical costs seemed a bit—well, extreme? During summer, the air conditioner is responsible for a large percentage of a home’s monthly electrical costs, so it’s a high probability the AC is behind the spike in your bills.

If you’ve used your air conditioner more than usual—for example, if you’ve had guests at your home, or you’ve been staying home more during the day—then this may account for the costs increase. But if you haven’t used the AC more than normal, there may be a malfunction somewhere in the HVAC system that’s placing extra strain on the air conditioner’s components. We’re going to look at one of possible sources of higher AC bills: leaks in the ductwork. Continue Reading

Why You Must Regularly Change Your Air Conditioner’s Air Filter

July 24th, 2017

pleated-air-filterIn Corpus Christi, TX, air conditioning maintenance done each year is essential for an air conditioner’s survival. Both in the short-term and the long-term: it means fewer repair troubles or breakdowns each year, and it means a longer service life with higher efficiency.

Our professionals can take care of this annual maintenance for you (and yes, you do need professionals for the job). But there are a few steps you must take on your own over the summer. One is to regularly change the air filter. We’ve discussed this before and offered advice on how frequently a filter needs to be changed. (There are different types of filters, and the stronger filters need to be changed out less often.) But we want to emphasize how important this task is, especially in a place lie Corpus Christi, where ACs do an immense amount of work over an extended summer season. If a clogged filter is left in place, here are some of the problems it can create: Continue Reading

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