Justice Incorporated Blog : Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

Electric Furnaces Need Annual Maintenance Too!

Monday, 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. (more…)

Helping Life Get Back to Normal after the Hurricane

Monday, 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. (more…)

Important Flooding Precaution about Your Home’s Gas Furnace

Monday, 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. (more…)

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

Monday, 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. (more…)

Steps to Shut Down Your Furnace for Warm Weather

Monday, 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. (more…)

Is It Possible to Install Ductless Heating Myself?

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

There’s a law of the Internet: “If it’s something you want to do yourself, the Internet will tell you how to do it.” But this law should be changed to, “If it’s something you want to do yourself, the Internet will try to tell you how to do it.”

No matter how many “How To” videos you watch on certain subjects, you still won’t be able to handle them yourself unless you have proper training. “How to varnish your own table” video—that might work. “How to repair a low-earth orbit satellite” video—probably not.

A ductless heating and cooling system isn’t as complex as satellites, but it still falls into the category of “things the Internet can’t really teach you to do.” It’s true that putting in ductless mini splits is a simpler installation job than putting in a central heating and cooling system. But it still requires professionals for a number of reasons.

Proper sizing

Any new heating and cooling system for a house must be matched to the homes specific comfort requirements. A system that’s oversized will waste power as it cycles on and off rapidly; a system that’s undersized won’t deliver the right heating and cooling. With a ductless system comes the specific concern about how many mini splits to use indoors, and how many and what power of outdoor unit to use. This takes experienced professionals to determine accurately.

Air handler mounting

The small indoor air handlers can’t just be mounted up on a few nails like a framed picture. They must have special mounting frames secured first so they won’t rip off the walls. A hole must be bored through the wall behind each one to allow for the condensate, refrigerant, and power line to pass through. This work is something to leave to professionals—otherwise too much can go wrong.

This is only the start of the reasons to leave ductless heating and cooling installation to the experts. But experts are easy to find in Corpus Christi, TX: simply contact Justice Air Conditioning & Heating.

What Those Sounds from Your Furnace May Mean

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Furnaces run much quieter now than they did 20 years ago, but they will never be able to run completely silently. However, there’s an advantage to this: when your furnace starts making a noise that you don’t expect, you can tell that something may be wrong with it. These strange sounds are one of the ways that a furnace signals that it needs attention and possibly repairs. (more…)

Don’t Let Warm Weather Trick You: Get Heating Maintenance!

Monday, November 28th, 2016

During October, we wrote a post about how it was time to arrange for maintenance for your heating system. It’s always wise to plan ahead with maintenance jobs, since it not only means that you’ll be ready early, it also allows you to take advantage of a slower period for technicians so it’s easier to schedule the service at a time that’s convenient for you.

But you may have simply been too busy to arrange for maintenance, or it slipped your mind. Or it could simply be that with our current warm weather it’s hard even to think about the idea of “home heating.” Whatever the reason, there’s still time to have maintenance done before the cooler temperatures arrive. We offer a special Service Efficiency Agreement that makes you a preferred client and provides regular precision tune-ups. (more…)

Don’t Let These Mistakes Get in the Way of Your Home Heating

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Although people wouldn’t refer to our winters here in Corpus Christi as harsh, the temperatures still regularly drop down into the 40s  from December through early March—and that’s enough to make it mandatory to have an effective heating system at work in your home.

Unfortunately, it’s easy to make some basic mistakes that will make it harder to keep your home as comfortable as you want during the winter, and you might also end up spending more than you need to on heating costs. Below are some of these common errors and how you can avoid them for superior heating this winter. (more…)

A Few Mistakes with a Gas Furnace You Don’t Want to Make

Monday, November 7th, 2016

You probably know that tampering with a gas furnace on your own can lead to serious safety hazards. (If you didn’t know that already, now you do!) But fiddling with a furnace without proper training and equipment is only one of the errors you can commit with your furnace. There are mistakes you may be doing and not even realize it. Below are some of the most common and easily avoidable mistakes that you may make with a gas furnace this coming winter. (more…)