Troubleshooting An Air Conditioner

With temperatures reaching 100 degrees outside, having a broken air conditioner in Austin, Texas can turn into a dangerous situation.  At A-Plus Air Conditioning & Home Solutions we like to make sure our customers are cooling just as quickly as they can. Over the last 40 years, we have found that some Austin AC repairs are simple fixes.

How to Repair Your AC in Austin When It Doesn’t Work at All

Our skilled HVAC service techs in Austin have been known to guide home owners over the phone with a few simple to do repairs.  Not only does it help our customers get cool quickly, but it also saves them the heat-induced discomfort of waiting for our Air Conditioning repairman to arrive.  If you’re ever in a situation where your AC has stopped cooling, consider checking the following to see if you can get it working on your own.

  • Check your thermostat
    If the thermostat display does not light up, change the batteries.  If there is a display, check to see if the temperature on the thermostat is set to the correct temperature.
  • See if the circuit breaker tripped
    Check your circuit break in the breaker box and make sure it has not tripped.  If the HVAC breaker has been tripped, reset the breaker by flipping the switch into the proper position.  If the breaker trips keeps tripping, there might be an electrical issue and your safety could be at risk.  Give A-Plus a call and either one of our AC Technicians in Austin, or our Home Solutions Department can help resolve the issue.
  • Check your switch at the indoor unit.  
    Many AC units have an on-off switch next to the indoor air handler for safety reasons.  It looks like a standard light switch.  There is a chance this switch might have been hit or toggled into the off position.  Flip the switch and see if your AC system turns back on.
  • Check the disconnect switch on the outdoor unit
    There should be a disconnect switch behind the outdoor unit on an exterior wall.  Make sure this switch is flipped on.  Once again, this could have been accidentally hit or toggled into the off position.
  • Look for water in the condensate drain line
    Check your indoor air hander for pooling water.  Most AC systems have a float switch that shuts off an AC unit if water begins to pool inside the drain pan.  This float switch helps prevent damage to the AC as your home.  Try to empty out the water and clear the drain pan with debris.
  • How to Repair and AC Unit that Runs but Doesn’t Cool
    Sometimes, your Air Conditioner runs but does not blow cool air.  Here is what you can do if you encounter this problem.
  • Check your air filter
    It is important that your air filters are changed on a regular basis.  If the filters are not changed regularly, the restriction of the air flow due to dust, dirt & debris can cause your AC unit to stop operating.  We recommend using the cheapest pleated filter you can buy.

 

If your AC Unit is not keeping you cool after these quick repairs, we have skilled HVAC techs in Austin who are ready to assist.  A-Plus Air Conditioning & Home Solutions offers fast after hours AC Repair Services, and Weekend Air Conditioning Repair Services in Austin.  We have experience serving all major brands including Lennox, Carrier, Trane, American Standard & Rheem.  With over 40 years of experience as a locally family owned business, we have earned the trust of our community.  Please give our office a call to schedule your AC Repair, Air Conditioning Check Up, or HVAC Replacement today!

 

Austin Handyman Service Tips from A-Plus!

How to Get the Most Out of Your Handyman or Handywoman Experience:

Are you looking to repair a leaning fence, or replace a ceiling fan?  Hiring an Austin Handyman can be a quick and cost effect way to tackle your “Honey-Do-List.”  Typically billed on the hour, a handyman can handle a wide variety of smaller projects, as compared to a general contractor, who would be better for coordinating larger projects that involve multiple trades or specialized skills.  There are a few simple things a homeowner can do prior to a visit with their local handyman to get the most bang for your buck.

How to prepare for a local handyman:

    • Make a List: Before even scheduling your Handyman Service in Austin, make a list of all the home repairs and improvements you need to have done. Since most handyman visits are hourly, be sure to place your most desired home improvements high on your list to ensure they will be taken care of.  Consider having the handyman perform outside work last, to help keep dirt outside of your home such as fence repairs or deck repairs.

 

    • Know Your Budget: When looking for your trusted Handyman, research pricing before hiring. Does your company charge by the hour?  What is the hourly rate?  Is there a trip fee?  Is there a charge if the handyman needs to go to the store?  Knowing your budget will also help prioritize your list on the day of your service.

 

    • Purchase Materials Ahead of Time: Though many handyman will go to the store to pick up materials for you, consider planning a head and having the materials at your home before the handyman arrives. Handyman services that charge by the hour will bill for time to go to the store.  If you are unsure of all the materials you need, consider purchasing some of the materials for your home repairs, and have the handyman make a list for you once they arrive.  While the handyman is working on your projects, you can than go to the store to buy the missing materials.  Sometimes, even the office staff can assist making you a shopping list.

 

    • Prep Your Home: Clear out the space you would like the handyman to work in. For instance, if there is a repairing a cabinet, remove all items from the cabinet.  If you have breakable items, remove them from the workspace as a precaution.  If you have materials, place them near the project sites to save time.  For example, if you are looking to replace a light fixture, place the new light fixture in the install room.

 

    • Protect your Pets & Kids: For all A-Plus clients, we call each customer before heading to their home so there are no surprises. Consider placing your pets in a safe room, kennel or outside while the handyman is at your home to keep them safe.  Many handyman projects will require power tools that could be dangerous for small children.  Try keeping your children occupied in a different room, or supervise them closely when in the same room as your A-Plus Handyman.

 

Schedule Your Austin Handyman Service

Whether you need your gutters cleaned, driveway power washed, light fixture replaced, door adjusted, or many other task, A-Plus can help with our team of experienced Handyman in Austin, Texas.  If you are unsure if your home repair falls into our handyman service, just give our office a call at 512-450-1980 and they can help schedule the right worker for the job.  From kitchens, to flooring, to AC repair, A-Plus does it all! Give us a call today!

Don’t Forget to “Deck” your Decks

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Decks and patios can create an additional exterior room in your home. It is a great place for a little fresh air during the warm spring months. Proper deck maintenance is key to ensure a long deck life.

Basic Maintenance

  •  Don’t stub your toe – tap down all loose boards and nails.
  •  Replace any damaged, splintering or decaying deck boards.
  •  Wash with a power washer – To remove wood fibers and dirt to get a better seal.
  •  Allow deck to dry fully before applying stain or sealer. Usually this takes approx 48 hours.
  •  Apply stain, paint or sealer to product the deck boards, steps and handrails.

Types of Stain and Sealers

There are 3 main products used on wooden decks to help protect for the outdoor elements, Transparent, Semi-Transparent and solid stain.  Each has a different look, so choosing the right

product is key.  If your deck has never been stained, sealed or painted, you have more options. If you have had product on it, it is best to stick with the same type of product, or go with a more solid product.  It is hard to revert back to a lighter stain.

1.Transparent Stain

Often referred to as deck water sealers, transparent stain allows the grain color of the nature wood to show through.  It is best to reapply every one to two years for best protection.

        2. Semi-Transparent Stain (Opaque)

Semi-Transparent stain is similar to transparent, in that it shows the grain of the wood, however it is tinted with a color.  This stain tends to last for a good few years; however the color will fade with time.  When fading is significant, another coat can be reapplied

        3. Solid Stains

Solid stains do not permeate the deck wood, but rather just sits on top.  It’s more like paint.  Because it does not soak into the wood, solid stains have a tendency of chipping, cracking and

peeling.  If your deck has discolored patterns on the deck boards, it can provide a uniform appearance.  A new coat should be applied once a year.

Ever Heard of Deck Over Paint?

This product is perfect for older decks with lots of cracks and slippery decks that are often wet around pools for instance.  It has the look of a composite deck like surface.  This product easily fills in nail holes, cracks, and has a slightly gritty finish that is slip-resistant.  It is also mildew resistant.  We painted one of our wooden landings here at our office and I can confirm it is very comfortable to walk on with bare feet.

Two coats are needed and the paint must be mixed thoroughly before applying to allow for even grit.  If applied properly, the Deck Over deck should last around 5 years.  This paint also has many different color options for you to choose.  If you want to check out this product in person, just swing by our office and we will be more than glad to show you our little deck.

Cut the Grime, Have Your Gutters Cleaned

With Spring right around the corner, it is a good time to start thinking about your gutters.  This is the most commonly overlooked home maintenance item that can wreak havoc and can cause major damage to your home.  Many times, homeowners have no idea they have a clogged gutter until a problem occurs

Gutters are designed to protect your home by navigating water away from it.  Having clean gutters will not only prevent possible wood decay and erosion around the foundation of your home but can save hundreds to thousands of dollars in costly home repair bills.

Gutters clogged with leaves and grime will cause a backup of water in your gutters.  This will most likely create moisture damage to the wood fascia on your home and possibly generate undetected roof leaks.  Water travels the path of least resistances and likes to end up in places where no wants it

Cleaning gutters can be a daunting task in itself.  Setting up ladders, hanging out on the roof and of course cleaning out the dirty gunk is not everyone’s cup of tea.  It is important to find a good reliable company that can help get your gutters in tip-top shape!

Let your A-Plus professional Handymen take care of the job for you. Below are a few coupons to help cut down the expense.   Give us a call at 512-450-1980 to schedule to have your gutters cleaned out, or for an estimate to install gutter guards