How We Price and Repair A/C & Heating Issues

The difference in our approach to your A/C and Heating repair and service needs is what separates us from the other companies here in Abilene. If you’re a home owner, you want a company you know is qualified to do the work correctly, and will warranty their work. You also want the best price. Our very mission in beginning this business is to fill the gap between great service and great price. With Ab-Tex Appliance & Air Conditioning, you no longer have to choose either great service or the best price. We’re going all out to keep our overhead expenses low, using technology to help make our business more efficient, and sourcing the best quality parts at the lowest price. Then, we pass those savings on to you! Our diagnostic/ service fee of $59 allows us to send out a technician to go through your system to ensure we are correctly diagnosing the issue so the repair needed will be lasting and right the first time. Then we give you the best possible price to make the repair by adding whatever time and materials may be needed. And that’s it, the best service at the best price. It’s what we do, day in and day out. It’s not just our motto, it’s the foundation of our business plan. And with our ongoing training program, your technician will always be well trained and have access to online diagrams or any other information he may need about your equipment. So next time you need your air conditioner or heating serviced or repaired, by calling Ab-Tex Appliance & A/C, you’ll get the best of both worlds- the best service at the best price!

How Your Central Heating Works

Central heat and air conditioning comes with a furnace, or air handler, as it’s known in the industry. The indoor unit in your home here in Abilene, Texas comes in mostly 2 different types- gas furnace or heat pump system with electric emergency heat. They work quite differently, depending on which you have. First, we’ll take a look at the heat pump model.

The heat pump uses your outdoor air conditioning unit just like you use for cooling your home. The reason it gets warm inside instead of cooler when you have the heat on is because of a special valve on the outdoor condensing unit, call the reversing valve. The heated vapor from the compressor is diverted indoors, instead of outdoors. Thus your air handler inside blows warm air out of the supply registers in each room, warming your home. Then, the returning vapor that is still warm returns to the outdoor condenser where it’s heat exchanged to the cold outside air, and the cycle repeats. This process works well until the outside temp gets really cold. At lower outdoor temperatures, a heat pump is not very efficient at producing heat because it has to reduce pressure and temperature outside, where the temp is already really cold. At temps below 32 degrees F., the heat pump begins to lose efficiency, so your air handler inside is equipped with electric heat strips to assist heating your home on the coldest winter days.

The other most common type of central heating is the gas furnace. Many residents here in Abilene have this type of heating. In a gas furnace, the outdoor unit is not used. The furnace uses natural gas, an ignition system, and a gas valve to regulate the burner flow. The gas mixes with air and burns inside a metal heat exchanger that gets very hot while the indoor fan or blower moves air across the heat exchanger to warm your home. The main safety concern with natural gas heating is due to the fact that the combustion process inside the heat exchanger produces carbon monoxide as a residual from incomplete combustion. This is removed from the furnace by way of the flue, and vented to the outdoors, so long as the furnace is working properly and the heat exchanger has no cracks or breaks in it. That’s why we check for carbon monoxide presence during preventive maintenance or any time we work on a gas furnace.

Your home heating system is as important in winter as cooling is in summer. So keep your return air filters checked and replaced as needed, and don’t forget to schedule your preventive maintenance with the pros at Ab-Tex Appliance today so we can help keep your central heating and cooling in tip top shape! Our prices are super affordable- just $78 for a thorough one time maintenance, or sign up for our most recommended twice yearly maintenance for just $139 a year! Don’t put it off until something breaks and becomes a big expense. Call today- (325) 704-5475

Refrigerator Repair Questions- (Answered)

Ahh, the most used and important appliance in your home aside from the air conditioner- the FRIDGE! How they work these days is similar in some respects but very different in others from the older models of yesteryear. Refrigerators still cool and freeze using a sealed refrigeration system as always, but the way everything is controlled in the modern refrigerator is very different. Using printed circuit boards with microprocessors these days is commonplace. Troubleshooting the conditions that bring a repair person to your door can take some serious training in electronics. Even the compressors at the heart of the refrigeration system is sometimes an inverter compressor that runs using a digital signal and DC voltage. Sensors, rather than thermostats, send signals back to the microprocessor to turn something on or off or adjust speed. So with all the features you have at your disposal, you can also have some complications when it doesn’t perform properly.

At Ab-Tex Appliance & A/C, we rise to meet your needs with training in electronics, refrigeration and controls technology to keep your fridge doing what you love about it, keeping food fresh or frozen. And while the technology is changing, our commitment to educating ourselves on the brands you love is always the same. We care about making sure we can repair your refrigerator at an affordable price. In most cases, even the electronics parts aren’t too expensive to replace in a worst case scenario. The important thing to remember about purchasing a new refrigerator is the more you pay for it, the more expensive it will likely be to maintain. The cost of parts and the sheer amount of technology put into them can be more time consuming to troubleshoot because they are no longer a simple mechanical device. Yet with all they offer us in modern conveniences, we think they’re worth it! And we offer just what you need to keep them from breaking down- preventive maintenance for your fridge and other home or commercial appliances. We know what to look for that can cause issues, such as loose plugs or electrical connections, dirty condenser surfaces, water or ice formations around the coil, restricted drain lines, ice maker and water supply problems. Stopping these problems before they cause a breakdown in cooling is what we do on preventive maintenance visits. So call the experts and let us help!  (325) 704-5475