D'Spain Sales & Service, Inc. Blog

Common Heat Pump Problems: What to Watch Out For

July 9th, 2018

service-timeWe service a pretty heat pump-heavy market in this area, which makes a lot of sense. Our winter weather is quite mild and generally quite manageable for the heat pump’s method of heating (meaning the transfer of heat through a refrigerant cycle). While we do deal with many dual-fuel systems that incorporate propane into the equation, there are plenty of homeowners out there that are solely dependent upon their heat pumps for year-round comfort.

That is precisely why any problems with one’s heat pump are of such concern. When a heat pump fails, it can have a serious effect on your comfort regardless of what time of the year it may be. By scheduling prompt repair services, you can limit any potential damages to your heat pump while also limiting the duration of any disruption to your comfort. We excel in all manner of AC repair in Castroville, TX, and we’ve got a few tips to help you spot trouble with your heat pump.

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VRV vs. VRF: What’s the Difference?

June 25th, 2018

question-markFor some homeowners, simply knowing how to adjust their thermostats to successfully regulate temperatures throughout their homes is really all they need to know in terms of their air conditioning systems. We believe that it is beneficial for homeowners to have a better understanding of their systems than this, however. No, you don’t need to be an expert on the subject. Having some background information to draw from can prove to be very helpful, though, especially when the time comes to start researching a new system.

In today’s post, we are going to examine the differences between VRV, or variable refrigerant volume, and VRF, or variable refrigerant flow systems. Here’s a bit of a preview—they are essentially the same! This type of technology allows home and commercial property owners to take greater control than ever before over the way in which different rooms and areas of their properties are cooled (and, in the case of heat pump systems, heated).

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Beware of These Air Quality Issues Inside Your Home!

June 11th, 2018

mold-sporesWhen it comes to air quality, most people in the Texas Hill Country keep a close eye on exterior mold, pollen, cedar, and ragweed levels. Indoor air quality (IAQ), however, is an even more pressing issue as pollutant levels can be up to 100 times higher in your home. Most Americans spend 90% of their time indoors, and that percentage is even greater for people with allergies or other respiratory conditions. Given that, these are the most important air quality issues you need to be aware of.

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What to Do If Your AC Freezes Up

May 28th, 2018

outdoor-ac-unitSo you’ve noticed that your AC system is performing poorly and you go outside to have a look. What you can see without removing any access panels is a big buildup of ice and frost on the copper lines that come out of the unit – not a favorable sight indeed. In extreme cases, there may be a big block of ice that’s formed, preventing the system from working properly. The good news is that an iced-over, frozen-up AC system is pretty simple to address.

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How to Avoid High Energy Costs this Summer

May 21st, 2018

home-energyIf you’re like most homeowners in our area, you’re probably wondering how to shave costs off your home expenses during the most expensive time of the year. While not as expensive as that new roof you’ve been putting off, taking care of your HVAC system will help you avoid unnecessary energy costs this summer. Every little bit counts.

Well, we’re happy to say that we’ve got a few tips that any homeowner can benefit from. Read on to take advantage!

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Frost in Your Air Conditioning Spells Trouble

May 8th, 2018

air-conditioner-upgradesIf you’ve ever checked your air conditioning system, you may have noticed frost or ice forming on your air conditioning coils. At first glance, this might not seem like a big deal. After all, isn’t your air conditioner supposed to be cold? In point of fact, however, it spells all kinds of trouble for your air conditioner, and if you spot it, you need to turn your system off and call in a repair service as quickly as possible.

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What’s the Difference between Commercial and Residential HVAC?

April 30th, 2018

rooftop-commercial-acEvery building in the area needs to have air conditioning, and that applies to commercial buildings as well as homes and residences. In fact, most of us probably spend the heat of the day in an office or commercial space of some kind (schools count, since they have the same requirements as commercial spaces). That means that commercial HVAC systems need specific care when they run into trouble. You can’t just call a residential AC repair service and expect the results to be the same. Commercial systems differ from residential systems in a number of specific ways. We’ve listed a few of them below.

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How Do Commercial HVAC Systems Differ from Residential Systems?

April 16th, 2018

rooftop-commercial-acEvery building in our part of the world needs a reliable heating and air conditioning system to function. Summer is just too hot and humid to go without reliable air conditioning, making it as much of a necessity as your electricity and plumbing. That applies to commercial space such as offices and retail stores as well as homes. And it should: we spend most of our daytime hours in such spaces, after all, and we need to stay just as comfortable when we work, go shopping, or study our lessons. 

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Indoor Air Quality can Affect Heating Repair Services

April 10th, 2018

heating-repairs-repalcementAnother heating season is drawing to a close, and with it comes the need to assess your heating system and determine the need for repairs. A good maintenance session can be just what you need to catch any lingering issues that may cause a shutdown or similar repairs.

Among the things to keep an eye out for when assessing damage to your system is the presence of high amounts of dust in your air. Dust and dirt are common in our part of the world, and that can have a surprising effect on your heating system. Without preventative care, it can have a huge impact on heating repair services.

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3 Things to Consider with New Air Conditioning Installation

April 2nd, 2018

HVAC-system-installationIf your air conditioner is on its last legs, now is the time to get a new one installed in your home. Spring has officially arrived, and summer won’t be too far behind. Hot temperatures seem to come sooner every year, and often linger well into the fall. If you have an old, worn out air conditioner in your home — one that struggled to do the job last summer and might not be up for another marathon of temperature control — replacing it with a new one can provide a number of benefits.

New air conditioners tend to turn much more efficiently: cutting down on monthly bills, reducing the chances of breakdowns and giving you the peace of mind that comes with reliable service. A good technician can ensure that your new system is functioning as effectively as possible, and ensure that your home is covered for high temperatures the moment the thermostat starts to rise.

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