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Answers to Common Questions About Heating and Air Conditioning Systems

A central heating and air system is complex and if you haven't been trained to work on them, its likely you'll have questions about their operation in your home. Most residential systems are split systems where the individual components are segregated to the indoor units and outdoor units. How Does a Furnace Work?Obviously you know the furnace in your home is responsible for burning a source of fuel to heat your home or business. HVAC questions are more centered around how it does this exactly. Most furnaces are what we call air to air furnaces, where they heats the air it circulates around your home and indoor spaces. Furnaces typically burn natural gas, oil, or propane to accomplish this. Air Handler units are part of a heat pump system which we'll discuss later. These units use electric strip heat to heat the air it is circulating around your house to warm it. 
When you turn your thermostat to heat mode and set it to the desired temperature, a sequence of operations take …

What to Look For When Hiring a HVAC Professional

Working with Air Conditioning ContractorsWhen dealing with a breakdown of you central heating and air equipment, you don’t want to struggle finding honest, reliable help when you're pressed to find relief from the sweltering heat or bitter cold. Right off the bat you should know you're getting help from a qualified and skilled professional able to handle any repair or situation that is put before them. You might wonder who you can trust, and what you can expect them to do for you, or if its worth it to call a local service provider? These questions can be easily answered and give you the desired results for any service need you have. When Should You Call a Local Service Provider?Some homeowners may attempt to fix their air conditioning system on their own without having a good understanding of how to deal with bigger issues. If you are attempting to work on your own furnace, air conditioning system or heat pump, look for these noticeable signs that may indicate a bigger proble…

How Much Do Furnace Repairs Cost?

How Much Do Furnace Repairs Cost?
Top Gun Air is one of the best in the business when it comes to heating repair in the Fort Worth area. That being said, we guarantee that you will receive the absolute best service possible. We also won’t gouge you on the price. Now that the cold weather is coming, it is good to have a general idea of what it takes to repair a furnace. Service fees will typically run from $50 to $100 and could be more in the event of an emergency. The average cost for a furnace repair according to HVAC.com is around $300. This is for your typical maintenance and if a furnace is not routinely maintained could result in a lot higher repair costs.
Top Gun Air is completely transparent when it comes to pricing. We like to give our customers the best furnace repair pricing in the Fort Worth area.
Approximate Costs of Common Furnace Repairs
Companies may vary between HVAC companies. The average costs for a furnace repair is as follows according to HVAC.com. ·Faulty ignitors: $3…

What Happens During a Air Conditioning Maintenance Visit?

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All HVAC contractors would like their customers to sign up for long term maintenance contracts during which their company goes through a checklist of maintenance tasks. The problem is, is that most homeowners are unaware of the benefits of this maintenance, and what should be covered during these visits. Most homeowners would even assume that the company performing the maintenance should do everything that would prevent a breakdown during the heat of summer and are shocked to find out that is not often the case. In this post we hope to shed some light on the issues surrounding air conditioning maintenance and hopefully better equip you in knowing what to look for when choosing a local service company.

   One of the most overlooked and critical aspect of maintenance for an air conditioning system is cleaning the outside condenser units coils. you wouldn't tape cardboard to the front of your car radiator, blocking almost all airflow across it, and drive down the highway going a 10…

Why Is My Air Conditioner Blowing Warm Air?

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What the HECK!?

In Fort Worth when your air conditioning system is blowing warm air, those words have probably crossed your lips or run through your mind as you fumble with the thermostat trying to revive that fountain of cool air. So what causes your A/C system to blow warm air? before you whip out your phone to google local air conditioning service providers, read the following.

There can be many causes of your air conditioning unit blowing warm air. We can't cover all of them in this article, but we'll address the most common ones.

1. Check your Thermostat. Is the display visible? if not, try changing the batteries, then check again. Are there loose wires or connections on the baseplate attached to the wall? Thermostat manufacturers include a wiring diagram if you get lost or are unsure of what goes where. Some thermostats have a time delay built in to them to prevent short cycling the compressor. Wait five minutes then check system again if you've recently raised or lo…

Important Factors for Choosing Central Heating and A/C

Important Factors for Choosing Central Heating and A/C
Efficiency, size, ease of maintaining, are all important factors for choosing central AC. 
Efficiency This is the amount of electricity that is used to cool your house. Efficiency ratings for air conditioning systems is known as the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER). The higher the SEER, the more cost efficient, approximately 5% less energy per SEER. So a 10 SEER upgraded to a 16 SEER system will use roughly around 30% less energy, which in return will lower your electricity bill. The minimum SEER in our region (DFW) is 14, therefore 14 and above SEER is what you need to be looking for.  
Size Size matters! The rule of thumb for sizing is approximately 1 ton per for every 500 square feet. A manual J Heat Load calculation is the standard for sizing residential systems. different areas have different design temperatures and system needs. For sizing guidance, use the calculator on the Energy Star website. An over-sized AC syste…