How to Keep Ants Out of Your A/C Unit!

Your Air Conditioning and Heating system is one the most expensive pieces of equipment in a home. Not only the initial purchase but they can use a lot of electricity if not running properly. Keeping them at 100% of their effectiveness and efficiency is critical for saving you money and of course the comfort level in your home!

One of our most common AC repairs here in the Central Texas area is due to Ants getting into the delicate controls and causing failure. These repairs are not covered under any warranty due to the fact that it is not a manufacturers defect, so this is something you want to avoid!

In most cases this is something YOU CAN PREVENT!

Fire ants and other insects are attracted to the electrical currents that are present in certain areas of the machine. One or two ants will show up and before long there will be thousands of them congregated around these parts. Keep in mind it only takes one well positioned ant to stop an Air Conditioner in its tracks!

With all of the rain that we have had this Spring, we expect this will be a bigger problem than usual!

Here are a few tips you as a homeowner can do to prevent this from happening to you!

  • Keep your grass cut and the area around your unit clean.
  • Treat the area with insecticide regularly. There are many options at places like HEB and Lowes.
  • Have your system regularly maintained. We use a special spray in our tune-ups that leaves an insecticidal residue sprayed in just the right spot and is effective for about 6 months.
  • Keep your eyes peeled for ant mounds developing. Especially after rainy weather! Treat with Insecticide

With summer around the corner, a working air conditioner turns from a luxury into a must-have item. If ants wreak havoc on your HVAC system, call Garner Heating and Air Conditioning for the fix!

Fixing an Old System Replacement in the Attic

before old heating air conditioning system attic

This is the BEFORE photo of a system replacement done in San Marcos. The system was over-sized and the ductwork was coming apart releasing conditioned air into the attic! Notice the old repair parts laying around, as well!

 after new heating air conditioning system attic

This is the AFTER photo of a great job done by 2 of our Installers in San Marcos. There’s a whole lot more to this job than what you see here. The entire duct system was re-designed and improved so that the new unit could be a full Ton smaller. As part of the package, attic insulation will be added soon. This customer will see a significant drop in utility costs and be much more comfortable in time for Christmas!

Ever wonder what happens to all of the old Air Conditioners and Heaters that we remove?

Ever really think about this? Honestly, probably not, but I thought I would tell you anyway!

As you can imagine a company our size accumulates quite alot of old equipment, parts and pieces.  An Air Conditioning and Heating system is built to last while sitting outside in the elements, 100 degrees for months , then 25 degrees, then rain, hail, reckless lawn mowers, weed eaters, your kids and of course dog pee! They are also built to transfer heat, therefore these systems are built out of metal, specifically, Steel, Copper and Aluminum. All of these metals are recyclable and have a certain amount of monetary value on the scrap metal market.

The first thing that we do is to remove all of the refrigerant (freon) that  might be left in the system. That refrigerant gets captured and cleaned to a high standard, then re-used as new refrigerant.

We then disassemble the equipment, removing the capacitors and other items that the scrap yard will not take and separate all of the steel, the clean copper, and the copper/aluminum coils. These all get recycled and made into anything from a new car to a Pepsi can.

 

Kyle Train Depot

We reconnected all of their existing equipment and ductwork to work with the new location and duty of the original Train Station in Kyle, TX. Extra care was given to retain the look and feel, as well as the dignity of the 100-year old building.