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How HVAC Maintenance Fights Spring Allergies

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Regular HVAC maintenance can help with your seasonal allergies!

 

Spring allergies bogging you down? Here are 3 ways you can combat those pesky allergens in your home this season with JAK Services’ HVAC Preventative Maintenance!

Change your filters!

You change your air filters on a monthly basis, right? Well, okay maybe you’ve forgotten once or twice. However, when you change your filters on a regular basis you will drastically improve the indoor air quality and remove those unwanted allergens! In addition, it will increase the efficiency and help you to save money! Scheduling your spring AC maintenance will help you remember the importance of this. If not, rest assured that your AC service tech will. You can even order them through our website and have your air filters delivered to your door!

Receive expert recommendations!

An AC service technician can help catch inefficiencies in your system before they become a major issue. Service techs are also trained to look for other potential air quality issues. Having a professional conduct HVAC maintenance on your system will assist you in combating the discomfort of seasonal allergies.

Learn about new air purifying products!

Your service technician will make beneficial suggestions to you, and will go over the latest HVAC indoor air quality products. Products, such as the APCO Air Purifier, make a huge difference in your home’s indoor air quality. This means taking away the allergens, mold, and bacteria from your home!

If your home’s HVAC system is in need of a little checkup, give us a call! We are fully equipped to help you with those pesky allergens, and to make your home as comfortable as possible in preparation for the hot summer to come! You can reach us at 817-313-4985, by leaving a comment, or submitting a repair request! We are always here to help with your HVAC maintenance!

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Single-Stage VS. Variable Speed AC Unit

Single Speed vs Variable Speed AC Unit

Do you know the difference between a single speed and a variable speed AC unit?

Are you looking to purchase a new AC system for your home? Trying to decide between a Single-Stage and a Variable Speed AC unit? If you can’t decide, or just want to know more about the options, please keep reading! We’ll tell you about these three main differences; how they work, the benefits, and the prices.

How They Work

  • A single-stage compressor operates at one speed. It’s either 100% on, or 100% off – there is no in between.
  • A variable speed compressor operates at different speeds. This allows the AC to cool your home at lower speeds for longer periods of time, while still maintaining higher speeds when the outdoor temperature gets hot.

Benefits

The variable speed air conditioner definitely beats out the single-stage air conditioners when it comes to these two benefits: Energy efficiency and home comfort.

  • A single-stage air conditioner has shorter, more frequent on and off cycles
  • A variable speed air conditioner runs at a lower setting, which uses less energy, for longer periods of time. It also has fewer on and off cycles. This system costs less to operate.

Moreover, longer run times (Variable Speed) increases your home comfort in two ways:

  • Reduced humidity – Longer running times means your system has more time to remove the humidity from the air.
  • Even temperatures throughout your entire home – As the fan blows for longer periods of time, your home benefits from better air circulation and fewer hot/cold spots.

Price

It’s pretty clear that the variable speed option is going to be the most expensive upfront. However, as a consumer you’d get more bang for your buck! A single-stage system is a great option, but the variable speed system is the best option. In the long run, the variable speed AC unit will actually cost less! Less energy = lower utility bills.

In conclusion, if you’re on a tight budget and need a cheaper upfront cost, then a single-stage can get the job done. If you want the lowest energy cost and reduced humidity, then a variable speed system is probably what you are looking for. Maybe you’re looking for something in the middle, like the two-stage system – this system offers some of the benefits of a variable speed at a lower cost.

If you’re looking to replace your system, give us a call at 817-313-4985!! We can answer all questions you may have. We’d be happy to schedule your free consultation TODAY!

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Top 5 Signs it’s Time to Replace Your Air Conditioning Unit

 

Air Conditioning Unit Replacement

Is it time for an air conditioning unit replacement?

Here’s our list of the top 5 signs it may be time for
an air conditioning unit replacement!

 

Your System Is Over Ten Years Old

A well-maintained air conditioner lasts about 15 years. However, if you’re constantly having a service tech come out to make repairs, it may be time to upgrade your system. Moreover, this is true when you consider the advancements in efficiency being made in AC units; especially in the last decade.

High Utility Bills

If your energy bills have been through the roof lately, it could have something to do with your cooling system that is simply working too hard to get the job done. This is a sign that it’s probably time to upgrade your unit. In the long run, you will save more money with an efficiently running system rather than an outdated unit trying to keep up.

Frequent Breakdowns

If it seems as though your system is constantly breaking down, maybe it’s time to invest in a new system. HVAC repair costs can really add up. Save yourself some money by making the changer to a brand new system.

Your System Uses R-22 Freon

Freon is being phased out by the federal government in order to conserve energy nationwide. As a result, the costs of freon are rising exponentially. If your system uses R-22 freon, you’ll have to replace it eventually in order to switch over to the new refrigerant R-410.

Your AC Unit Is Noisy

Is your AC unit louder than it used to be? The presence of loud noises such as grinding, squeaking, or chattering is never normal. Most AC units are supposed to operate at a noise level that is barely detectable, so if your cooling system is drawing attention to itself, it’s probably time to upgrade.

Are you debating an air conditioning unit replacement, or just have questions? Let JAK Services help! We offer free AC unit replacement quotes, as well as quality equipment and service! Give us a call at (817)-313-4985 today! OR leave us a comment below, and we will answer any questions you may have!

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Helpful, Money-Saving HVAC Tips

Money Saving HVAC Tips

Below you will find a list of things you can check before calling your HVAC Company. We hope you find these money saving tips to be helpful!

 

  1. Entire System is Not Running

A lack of electric power is a common cause of system failure for a heat pump, AC unit, or even a gas furnace. Before calling the experts, reset all circuit breakers and check all fuses in the main electrical panel to be sure the unit has power running to it.

  1. Temperature Varies Greatly From Room to Room

This problem is an air distribution problem, not a problem with the AC, Heat Pump, or Furnace. The issue is caused by uneven airflow. To adjust the airflow, many houses are equipped with adjustable dampers inside the air supply ducts. Additionally, each register or vent is usually equipped with a damper to restrict the air entering that room. Try fully opening the dampers in rooms with deficient airflow while partially closing the dampers in other rooms.

  1. Airflow Leaving Room Vents Seems Weak

A dirty filter may be the cause of this problem. The inside blowers of AC, heat pumps, and gas furnaces use filters to remove airborne particles and dust from the air circulating throughout the house. The filter, which is located in the blower unit, naturally clogs; checking your air filter once per month is ideal. You can replace dirty, disposable filters and clean dirty, washable filters. Moreover, the washable filters should be cleaned with water and allowed to dry before re-installation. Without changing or cleaning your air filters, the entire system consumes more energy in order to maintain the desired temperature throughout the home.

  1. Water Leaks onto the Floor Around an Inside Unit

When AC units and heat pumps operate in the AC mode, moisture from the air condenses onto the inside coil. The system is designed to collect the water in a pan and transfer it out of the house through a drainage tube. Moreover, a dirty pan or a blacked drainage tube can cause water to overflow onto the floor. Removing the dirt or clog may fix the problem.

  1. Unit Freezes Up

Insufficient airflow or not enough refrigerant can cause AC units to freeze, and then stop working. If air is not coming out of the vents, first check to see if the fan is working. If the fan is running, check inside the unit for signs of ice around the coils. This problem is often caused by an extremely dirty filter or low refrigerant. When the filter is dirty, air cannot pass over the coils, and condensation freezes. To fix this, try replacing the filter. If replacing the filter does not work, there may be a refrigerant leak. Before calling an expert, turn the unit off and let the ice melt. The technician will be unable to diagnose or fix the problem unit the ice melts.

Do you have any money saving HVAC tips?

JAK Services® LLC was started in June of 2003 by David and Piper Horton. David and Piper have worked tirelessly to build a company that has a widely known reputation for integrity, fair pricing, and excellent service. JAK Services® LLC provides heating, air conditioning, electrical services, and appliance repair in Keller, Texas and the surrounding areas.

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HVAC Equipment Warranty – Why It’s Important

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Not Registered = No 10 Year Equipment Warranty

Why is it important to register HVAC equipment? It’s simple. As a result of not registering, customers will not qualify for the 10 year equipment warranty for their HVAC system. If a part should need replacing, the customer will pay out of pocket for the repair. On the other hand, if the equipment is under warranty, parts will not cost anything for 10 years! At JAK Services, if we install the system, we will automatically register the customer’s equipment and, therefore, send a confirmation with a proof of warranty! Unsure if your equipment is under warranty? Please visit the brand’s (American Standard, Carrier, Lennox) website to double check. By entering the model and serial numbers, the equipment should pull up. If the numbers aren’t recognizable, more than likely the system is not under warranty.

 

New Home Owners & Warranty

New home owners are often told that the HVAC system is under warranty. However, if the HVAC equipment isn’t listed under the new home owner’s name, the warranty becomes void. After purchasing a new home home, there are only 90 days to transfer an equipment warranty into the new home owner’s name. Moreover, if the transfer doesn’t happen the warranty is no longer valid. It is very beneficial for the new home owner to make sure the system is under warranty. Consequently, it will save so much money long term if something should go wrong with the equipment.

 

Preventative Maintenance & Warranty

Lastly, preventive maintenance can aide in prolonging the life of HVAC system and greatly improve its efficiency. HVAC systems are not small investments, so protecting the investment with an annual maintenance agreement is crucial. Furthermore, some warranties require annual preventive maintenance. This prevents warranties from becoming void in the long run. Therefore, make sure proof of annual maintenance is provided for records. If you’d like to learn more about our annual preventative maintenance plan, fill out the form below!


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10 Reasons Why You Should Have Your Furnace Checked

Is furnace maintenance really necessary? Absolutely! But, why? Here are 10 reasons as to why heating tune ups are absolutely critical for your furnace and the safety of your home:

Your Safety:

To begin with, an annual furnace tune up helps you and your family remain safe. The furnace produces the heat in your home. Moreover, heating units are ran by fossil fuels such as propane, oil, or natural gases. If a small crack or defect in the design occurs, there will be a higher chance of harmful emissions.

Saves Money and Energy:

Clean systems are able to use the energy they consume more efficiently. Consequently, less energy is wasted with each cycle, and your energy bill will begin to shrink!

Increases Your Comfort:

Dust and dirt make it more difficult for your air conditioner to remove excess moisture and heat from the air and your comfort suffers. Don’t let this be a barrier to your total home comfort!

Prevent Breakdowns:

During the winter months, your furnace works hard to keep up with the demand of warming your home. As the furnace runs continually, there are more chances for a system failure. One of the leading causes for system failure is the buildup of dirt and dust. Hence, if you schedule a yearly furnace tune up, the chance of buildup decreases.

Increase the Lifespan of Your System:

When your furnace can run in an efficient manner, the system will last longer. You want your heating unit to run in efficient capacity for as long as possible. Replacing an entire heating and cooling unit due to improper furnace maintenance is a very costly expense.

Keeps Your Warranty Valid:

With some heating and cooling systems, the only way for the warranty or extended warranty to remain valid is by having an annually furnace tune up. You do not want to lose your warranty coverage from lack of furnace maintenance. Therefore, Maintenance Agreements can help you save on higher expenses in the future.

Allows for Proper Airflow:

A furnace tune up can ensure you are getting proper airflow throughout the unit. The venting system is critical for efficiently distributing heat throughout your household. If you are experiencing minimal airflow, you system will have to run harder to maintain the desired temperature.

Filter Checks:

Checking filters more than once a year is ideal. During a furnace tune up, air filters can be checked and replaced. Clean filters keep your system free of dirt, dust, and allergens. As a result, the process helps keep your furnace running in an efficient manner while keeping possible harmful particles from entering into your household.

Blower Maintenance:

The furnace tune up should include blower maintenance. Checking the seal will ensure the blower access door is properly sealed. The blower helps keep the heat flowing properly. If any type of debris has gotten into the blower wheel, the unit will need to be cleaned to ensure proper efficiency. The smallest amount of debris can cause the blower to break down leading to higher furnace maintenance costs.

Peace of Mind:

Lastly, PEACE OF MIND. A furnace tune up may seem like an unnecessary expense. Truthfully, annual furnace maintenance can keep your HVAC system running in an efficient manner saving you from costly repairs and system failure. In addition, annual furnace tune ups will save you in other ways, from lower utility bills to a healthier living environment.

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What No One Tells You About Humidity Inside Your Home…

The Magic of Air Conditioning

Did you know that one of the most important aspects of air conditioning in the North Texas area, is the removal of humidity from your home? A properly sized air conditioner keeps you comfortable not only with cooling. But, also keeps you comfortable by drying the air. This is done through a simple process of condensing the moisture that is in your home. This means that the proper Air Conditioning system keeps your home cooler. But with more efficiency, and using less electricity. Living in an area where the humidity is higher than normal, it’s important to have an Air Conditioning system that is right for the job.

Most modern day Air Systems do have the ability of removing the humidity inside your home. If you come home, and the temperature on the thermostat is where you set it, but you still uncomfortable then the likely culprit is too much humidity.

Getting Rid of Humidity

In your home, you want to get rid of humidity. A common mistake that is made is that people believe that the bigger the air conditioning system, the better. A system that is oversized will leave you uncomfortable and likely to face a mildew problem in your home. The air conditioning system in your home needs to have enough power to allow great airflow.

A great indication that the humidity in your home is high is how long it takes for dish and bath towels to dry. When you leave a towel overnight, it’s dry by morning. But, when you leave them out over night and they are still not dry. It’s very likely that the humidity in your home is too high.

Being comfortable in your home is important, especially in Texas. “Summer” stays for longer than just three months. JAK Services in Keller, Texas can help you properly size and install the right Air Conditioning system for you. Giving you years of comfortable, and consistent cooling and heating.

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The Three C’s to Maintaining a Great HVAC System

When you become a homeowner, sometimes there is blurred lines regarding your home. They don’t really tell you that you need to maintain your HVAC system. Among all the questions we get, the question that we receive from our clients often is, “do you really need to have your HVAC system cleaned?” That being said, we’d like to share with you the 3 C’s to maintaining a great HVAC System and how these 3 simple tips can help you save your money and time.

1. Changing Air Filters.

We cannot express how important it is to change your air filter on time. When you should change your air filter also depends on what type of air filter you purchase. Some are meant to be replaced monthly, and some are everywhere months. If the air filter is not changed on time, it can effect the quality of air that is being produced indoors. If you have kids or pets, this subject is even more delicate. Dust can build up this can cause a lot of contamination. This can cause some very serious issues with your lungs and allergies.

2. Cleaning HVAC System.

Cleaning is another important part. When you keep a clean HVAC system, you are saving money. Your air conditioner doesn’t have to work twice as hard to keep the desired temperature in your home. When it is not clean, more and more energy is used. This leads to the cost of your bill being higher. It also leads to your HVAC system having a shorter life than expected.

3. Conditioning.

Living in the state of Texas, air conditioners save lives. With a clean HVAC system, you are able to use your air conditioner to its’ maximum potential. A great tip we recommend is whenever you are going to wash and dry clothes or use the oven, leave it for when the temperature is cooler outside. Maybe in the morning when it’s cool or even in the evening. This allows for your air conditioner to not work as hard to maintain a pleasant indoor temperature.

At JAK Services in Keller, Texas, it’s not only important for us to help you, but, it’s also important for us to help the environment.

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3 Helpful Tips When Looking to Hire an Electrician

At JAK Services in Keller, Texas, we want to provide a professional residential or commercial electrician. Our mission is to provide you the highest quality service you can have in all electrical work. Our electricians not only have years of experience, a high level of education but they are also highly trained. Electrical work is something that requires the time, attention and high expertise. When electrical wiring is done incorrectly, it puts a high risk of a fire happening. We want to ensure your safety by providing 3 helpful tips when looking to hire an electrician that are the most important things to look for.

1. Be Prepared.

Before you begin looking, write down the work that you want the electrician to do. Once you have analyzed what work needs to be done to your home or business, it will be easier to find an electrician that is experienced in what you are looking for. JAK offers several different services. Our electricians are qualified. They have experience in many different areas. Our goal is to be able to help you reach your needs at an affordable, reasonable price. You are our number one priority.

2. Time is important.

An electrician that is qualified is able to give you an estimate of the cost of work, as well as the projected timeline for the project. The timeline may be subject to change. But it will be a good indicator of how long the project should take. At JAK, we always communicate with our customers. We like for our customers to be in the know of what is happening.

3. Recommendations to find the right electrician.

We are very proud of our electricians and all of their hard work. A way that you are able to know how good the electrician doing work is by obtaining a reference from friends, family or the internet. We love seeing our customers be satisfied with our work. If you do not look at recommendations or reviews, do you feel safe trusting the electrician?

We hope that you find this helpful. Just doing a little bit of research can help you hire an electrician who is right for you.

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3 Ways to Stay Cool Indoors without Breaking the Bank

Although Summer is coming to an end, the hot temperatures will be sticking around. Nothing like that Texas heat! A struggle that we all face is how to stay cool without our electric bill being a little higher than normal. We understand the importance of saving money. We offer many services that help you save more money. Regular Maintenance check ups are something that we believe in. We offer this service because we know that a dirty air conditioner could higher the cost of your electricity bill by 50%. Luckily, there are plenty of ways that we can stay cool without breaking the bank.

1. Fans Help to Stay Cool…

Who knew that fans would become your number one supporter in staying cool… Ceiling fans help the airflow circulate better around your home, making it feel colder than what the temperature shows. You may also use a portable fan for the rooms that do not have a ceiling fan! In the winter, ceiling fans help push the hot air down. Making it comfortable in your home. But, you will be hearing more about that tip in a later post.

2. Keep the Air Filter Clean…

Always, always, always change the air filter on time. It makes a huge difference in your A/C system. Dirty air filters can become a hazard. If you have children or pets, it is important that you do have a clean air filter. Dirty air filters also make the A/C do double the work than it needs to. When the filter is not changed, the air flow is reduced, causing the A/C to work twice as harder than usual. Changing the air filter is something that takes a few minutes to change. If you ever need help, give us a call.

3. Set A/C to “Auto”…

Setting your A/C system to Auto makes a big difference in your electric bill. When you leave your Air Conditioning system on “cool” or “on” it increases the cost, making your electric bill higher than normal. While you are not home, this setting helps regulate the temperature for your A/C  to not overwork while you are not home.

With these tips, you’ll not only be able to save money but stay cool!

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