Justice Air Conditioning & Heating Blog

Electric Furnaces Need Annual Maintenance Too!

November 13th, 2017

service_reminderThe winters in Corpus Christi are mild, although chillier than other parts of the state because we’re located on the coast. For these types of winters, an electric furnace is often sufficient to handle the comfort needs of a family without becoming extravagantly expensive. Many homes don’t have connections to gas lines, making an electric furnace one of the best alternative options for heating.

We stress the importance of arranging for maintenance for residential heating systems each year, and we have an Energy Efficiency Agreement to provide our clients with the regular maintenance their heater (as well as air conditioner) requires in the pre-season. With fall in full swing, now is the time we recommend people schedule their heating inspections and tune-ups. Continue Reading

Duct Sealing May Be the Answer to Your AC Problems

October 30th, 2017

duct-sealing-with-caulkingAir conditioning systems here in Texas don’t often receive long breaks, even during the winter. Hot days can make a sudden return in the middle cool days, so you may have to rely on your AC at some point during the coming months. With all the wear and tear the air conditioner has undergone, it might be at the point where it starts to lose cooling power or cost too much to run. It might even be making odd rattling sounds. When any of these warnings arise, you may need to schedule a major air conditioning repair in Corpus Christi, TX.

However, sometimes the issues with your air conditioner don’t originate from the air conditioner itself. A common problem in the rest of the HVAC system that will have an effect the air conditioner is ventilation system leaks. Let’s take a look at how poor ductwork can make trouble for your air conditioner, and the ways you can stand up to leaks in the ducts. Continue Reading

Too Much Refrigerant in the AC? Yes, That’s a Problem!

October 16th, 2017

air-conditioner-unit-being-repairedIt’s October, but the summer heat continues to hang around. That mean’s air conditioners are still running, and in a much higher danger of suffering from a malfunction because of all the stress they’ve been through from the summer and then the recent hurricane. We like to remind our customers to always stay on the watch for air conditioning repair needs at the end of the season. You never want to let an air conditioner go without repairs just because you think you may not need it for a few weeks. Continue Reading

It’s October! This Is a Great Time for a New AC

October 2nd, 2017

air-conditioning-condensersThe arrival of fall means some cooling down for us in Corpus Christi, but we never get full and total relief from warm days, even in the middle of the winter. You may not need to use your home’s air conditioning system as much over the next couple of months, but that’s a good reason to use the time to ensure that it’s ready to get to work at its best the next time you need it—because that next time could be right around the corner.

Keeping up with air conditioning repairs is the main way to keep your AC in good shape at this time of year (you’ll want to arrange for maintenance in spring to get the system properly tuned up for the intense heat of summer). However, if you have an older central air conditioner and you think that it’s coming to the end of its service life, fall is an excellent season to have a new system put in.

Let’s take a close look at fall air conditioning replacement in Corpus Christi, TX. Continue Reading

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