A/C Leak Stop: Good or Bad?

A/C Leak Stop: Good or Bad? Although it may seem like a slam dunk solution for those small persistent leaks that require topping off year after year. There are however two different schools of thought on application of leak stop. On one hand you have HVAC professionals who insist nothing should ever be present in the system except refrigerant and oil. On the other, there are those that insist that it comes down to using a trusted product. Since it is not a permanent repair, there are specific, but limited uses for it.  What is Leak Stop? An air conditioning system is a closed loop system, meaning all the refrigerant is hermetically sealed in it. The same amount of refrigerant that existed in the system since installation is the same amount you should always have. Sometimes small leaks occur, usually do to improper installation practices. An HVAC service professional may offer you leak stop as a repair option, but is that the right choice? This depends on the size of the leak

The 4 Different Types of Heating & Air Conditioning Systems

The 4 Different Types of Heating  & Air Conditioning Systems For most people, the systems that provide central heating and air for our homes remain mysterious and complicated. The reality is the basics of  heating & air conditioning/HVAC  are fairly easy to understand. Buckle up and get ready to expand your HVAC knowledge! HVAC or, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning systems come in all different sizes and applications for your home or business. The whole purpose is to provide a comfortable indoor environment.  The Four Types of Heating and Air Conditioning Systems Heating and Air Conditioning Split Systems Heat Pump Systems  Ductless or Mini-Split Systems  Packaged Heating and Air Conditioning Systems  Heating and Air Conditioning Split Systems  It is called a split system because the components are split up into the outdoor and indoor units connected via a copper line set. On the outside is the air conditioning condenser. This house the compressor,
The Phaseout of R22 and How it Affects You Most homeowners have probably heard of R22 or its common name Freon. If you have an air conditioning system installed before 2010 and would like to know more, keep reading. Many air conditioning systems 10-15 years or older use a refrigerant called R22. Its commonly referred to by the EPA as HCFC-22. For the sake of simplicity we’ll call it R22 when we refer to it in this article.  The Montreal Protocol R22 was first introduced to the industry in 1950s and became the leading air conditioning refrigerant for use in the HVAC industry. Decades later the United States realized that R22 refrigerant was aiding in the depletion of the ozone layer. So, the EPA in cooperation with other agencies groups around the world, initiated a phaseout of R22 and other ozone depleting agents. An international agreement known as the  Montreal Protocol  took place in 1987. Considered on of the worst offenders R22 was slated to be phased out along with othe

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 opera

What to Look For When Hiring a HVAC Professional

Working with Air Conditioning Contractors When 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

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 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