FAQs

How does an air conditioner work?

Simply put, an air conditioner moves heat from inside your home to the outside. Excess heat is absorbed by refrigerant and pumped through a system of pipes to an outside coil, where a fan transfers the heat into the outdoor air. With the heat removed, the indoor air is cooled.

My AC isn't working what could be wrong?

If the system isn’t running at all, it could be something as simple as a blown fuse or an improperly set thermostat, or as major as a broken compressor. If the system is running but not cooling properly, the problem might be a low refrigerant level. If you hear odd noises, your compressor might be going out. Please call Ultimate Comfort at (713) 266-3678 and we can send out a certified technician that will be able to quickly diagnose the problem.

What causes a condensate water leak problem?

Leaks generally occur when the evaporator coil drain line becomes clogged, and moisture removed from the air during the cooling process backs up and overflows. Because the evaporator coil is normally located in a closet or attic, leaks aren’t always discovered right away

Drain line clogs can be caused by a variety of causes, including algae build-up, crimped drain lines, airborne debris, attic insulation, house settling, and the actions of rodents, snakes or other animals.

How often should I replace my filter?

Standard throwaway filters should be changed monthly. High efficiency pleated or media filters can last as long as 6 months.

When should I replace my air conditioning system?

It’s often a judgment call. Like a car, once repairs aren’t cost-effective to make it’s probably time to consider purchasing a new system. Pay particular attention to your compressor — once it starts to go, you might be better off buying a new unit than trying to repair the old one.

Should I repair my own air conditioner?

Not Recommended. Today’s cooling systems are much more complicated than they once were, and without proper training you could cause serious damage to your unit. Federal regulations also require proper disposal of refrigerants. The best course of action is to call Ultimate Comfort at (713) 266-3678 at the first sign of trouble.

Will a new system save me money?

The home comfort industry , like all electronic industries, has made great gains in technology. Today's home comfort systems are over 100% more efficient than those made a decade ago.

How do I know which system is right for my home?

The houses on your block may look alike, but each is quite different. By having a complete home inspection performed by a Ultimate Comfort certified technician, you can be sure you have a system that is perfect for your house and your life style. Our certified technician will spend time with the most important element of designing a heating and cooling system for you.

How do I figure out what size system I need?

Again, our certified technician will thoroughly inspect your home including insulation values, size of the living area, skylights, windows and all the other factors that contribute to accurately sizing a heating and cooling system. We want to tailor a system to fit your specific situation.

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