Milton Frank Plumbing & Cooling Blog

AC FAQ: Where’s This Water Coming From?

August 13th, 2018

teamLiving in Houston obviously means living with some seriously hot temperatures throughout the summer season. It goes without saying that you want your air conditioner to deliver an effective, reliable, and efficient performance. While routine air conditioning maintenance is going to help keep your AC  functioning as close to perfectly as possible, you need to expect problems to develop at some point. That is just the reality of using any mechanical system.

One of the more baffling problems that homeowners may encounter with their air conditioning systems is a water leak. Why is that so confusing? Well, for starters, air conditioners do not use water to cool homes. They evaporate refrigerant in order to remove heat from the air in the house. If no water is used in the cooling process, is piped to the system, or is stored in that system, what can cause a leak? And does this mean air conditioning repair in Houston, TX?

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Do You Have Hot Spots in Your Home?

July 30th, 2018

angry-manProblems of any kind with your whole-house air conditioning system are troubling. However, an air conditioner that is up and running, but not performing well, is sometimes even more frustrating than an AC that is failing to do its job at all! The whole point of using a whole-house air conditioner is to cool your whole house, right! So, needless to say, an AC that is leaving hot spots throughout the house is not one that you can ever be satisfied with.

There are a number of different reasons as to why your air conditioner in Spring, TX may fail to cool your home evenly. Some of them are quite simple to fix, while others, well—we’ll get to it. Regardless of the cause of the problem or how serious it may be, you want to have it resolved as soon as possible. That is why we suggest working with the trained professionals on our team. We’ll diagnose the problem accurately and resolve it completely.

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Would You Like to Cool Your Home More Efficiently?

July 16th, 2018

house-money-seesawGreat, you may be thinking as you instinctively reach for your mouse, a sales pitch for a more efficient air conditioner that I could not possibly afford. No thanks! Don’t worry—and don’t click away! Yes, we are happy to help you choose a new, more efficient AC to install in your home, but that is not at all the focus of today’s post. Quite the opposite, in fact. Today, we want to help you to better understand how it is that you can use your existing AC to cool your home more efficiently.

It is not as hard as you may think, and it really need not demand investing in expensive new technology—though some minor upgrades may be well-worth your consideration. Read on, and let the professional AC technicians on our team know if you have any questions. The following suggestions may be simple, but they are a good step toward more efficient air conditioning in Spring, TX.

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Is Your AC Starting and Stopping Rapidly?

July 2nd, 2018

AC-toolsIf so, then you are experiencing firsthand the phenomenon that we in the biz call “short cycling”. Now, you may assume that this is just an annoying quirk of your air conditioning system—that it is not that big of a problem because your air conditioner is still producing cool air when it is up and running. This could not be further from the truth, though. Remember, the fact that your AC is up and running in no way guarantees that it is running properly—and a short cycling AC is definitely not running properly.

So what can cause this problem? Well, keep reading to find out. The “good” news is that, while you definitely want to resolve a short cycling issue immediately, it is not always the result of a very serious underlying problem. The bad news is that, well: sometimes it is. And the worse news is that there may be an issue at play that has no real solution, short of a full system replacement. So let’s take a closer look into what’s potentially behind your short cycling air conditioner in Spring, TX.

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Never Miss an Annual AC Tune-Up

June 18th, 2018

relaxing-on-couchOh, come on, some homeowners out there are bound to think. I don’t need to schedule professional air conditioning maintenance every year. They’re just trying to cash in on me. We won’t make the false claim that there are no AC contractors out there simply looking to line their own pockets at your expense. That is why working with trustworthy, well-regarded professionals is so important. We can say with all certainty and expert authority, however, that yes, you do need AC maintenance in Conroe, TX every year.

This is just not debatable. The benefits of routine air conditioning maintenance are many, and we’ll get into them a bit more below. Even if you are willing to go without some benefits, though, the consequences of skipping maintenance are also many—and you really cannot afford to risk running into those. If you are serious about getting the most from your air conditioning system, we strongly recommend that you enroll in a Maintenance Program.

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Tips for Avoiding Clogged Drains

June 4th, 2018

Of all the problems that may strike a plumbing system, the clogged drain may not sound like the most serious. And it’s not, really. However, it is one of the most common—by a long shot—and it is also one of the most underestimated in terms of the trouble that it can cause. Make no mistake about it. While a ruptured water heater or main water line may cause pretty immediate damages, a clogged drain can definitely pose a threat to your plumbing system and your property over time.

The good news is that there are some very simple steps that you can take which will help you to prevent these clogs from forming in the first place. Of course, no amount of prevention is ever going to be 100% effective—you are going to encounter a clog at some point. These steps will keep the risk down, though, and we’re always here to provide professional drain cleaning in Cypress, TX when the need does arise. 

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Yes, Leaky Ductwork Is a Serious Problem

May 29th, 2018

ductsMany homeowners think that air conditioning problems are limited to the air conditioning units themselves. Short cycling, refrigerant leaks, damaged fans, electrical failures, and so on. It is important to remember the important role that your air ducts play in this system and its performance, though. It is equally important to remember that problems with these air ducts are just as serious as those within your AC units proper.

Leaky ductwork in Spring, TX is among the most common of all problems that homeowners face with their forced air HVAC systems. Don’t let problems with your air ducts catch you off-guard. In today’s post, we are going to talk about the issues that leaky air ducts can cause, as well as how you can spot the signs of trouble early on. Contact us the moment that you do.

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Spotting Water Leaks in Your Home

May 21st, 2018

burst-pipeChances are that if you ask the average homeowner to name a problem that they may encounter with their plumbing system, they are going to say “a water leak”. There is good reason for this, as the water leak is certainly among the most common of all plumbing problems. Unfortunately, the fact that water leaks are so common does not necessarily mean that they are always easy to spot. That can lead to issues with water damage.

Today, we are going to talk about some of the warning signs that can tip you off to a water leak in your plumbing system. If you notice any of them in your home, we recommend that you contact us immediately. You can count on our plumbers to take exceptional care of your plumbing in Houston, TX. If you suspect a leak, we’re the pros that you can count on to pinpoint its location before resolving the problem entirely.

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Is a Dirty Air Filter That Big of a Deal?

May 7th, 2018

filterBelieve it or not, yes—yes it is. The air filter in your air conditioning system is much more than a “minor” component that you can just forget about. The air filter may not be a complex mechanical device, but this does not change the fact that it has an important job to do, and that it is doing that job whenever your air conditioner is running. It really shouldn’t come as no surprise, then, that a very dirty filter can cause a fair amount of trouble.

In fact, it can even lead to the need for air conditioning repair in Spring, TX if you let the issue persist long enough. So, today’s post is all about this deceptively simple air filter, and why you really need to keep a clean one in place. They’re cheap, readily available, and very easy to swap out when need be. Even so, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

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Even Small Refrigerant Leaks Are Big Problems

May 1st, 2018

ac-technician-workingThere is nothing like coming home to a cool and comfortable living space after being out in the heat of summer here in Texas. That heat can get pretty extreme at times, and our “summers” tend to extend well beyond the official dates of that season. You need a great air conditioner in Houston, TX if you are serious about making it through the season unscathed.

With this in mind, we want to remind you that there is no problem “minor” enough with your air conditioner to ignore. Even those problems that you think are relatively minor issues can lead to much more serious ones if you don’t take care of them in a prompt manner. A refrigerant leak, by any measure, is one of the more troubling problems that you may encounter with your system.

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