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By diazservice30317722, Feb 6 2018 08:36PM

When it is time to replace a faulty or broke down swamp cooler, also known as evaporative coolers, homeowners always pause to ask themselves, is it time to upgrade? Making the switch to a refrigerated air conditioner is a big commitment that can pay off in the long run. But because of the costs and other factors, many people in El Paso do decide to purchase another swamp cooler. It all boils down to a matter of budget and preference. If you are wondering if you should make the switch we have a bit of information listed here to help you decide.

Continuing on With Swamp Coolers

Most people that decide to purchase another swamp cooler do so for several reasons. Most often times, these reasons are related directly to costs. A refrigerated air conditioner can cost anywhere from $2,000 - $5,000 depending on the size of the home and the model that is chosen. Evaporative coolers on the other hand cost $800 on the high end. In addition, maintenance is fairly light on these types of units. The rudimentary system is easy to troubleshoot and replacing parts comes with minimal costs. On the same note, these coolers do tend to break down more often than refrigerated air conditioners.

Some homeowners choose not to upgrade to refrigerated due to their ductwork. This is especially true when it comes to older homes. There are some cases where the home needs new ductwork in order to change over. Because of the added costs and construction, some choose to stick to evaporative coolers.

Making the Switch

Switching to refrigerated air does come with many benefits. A refrigerated system is connected to a thermostat for easy temperature control in any home. They are also much easier to winterize and switch over to heat in the fall. This is especially true for El Paso where we experience little adverse weather. Many people like to switch from swamp coolers because they don’t work in humid weather. This means if it is rainy or cloudy yet hot, the evaporative cooler will simply not bring the temperatures down in the home. A lot of homeowners also don’t like the idea of opening windows and doors to give the cooler the proper venting it needs.

Contact Diaz Services Today

Whether you want to continue on with an evaporative cooler or you want to make the switch, our certified HVAC technicians can help. If you need your home inspected to see if what options are best for you, give us a call. We can provide advice that is customized to your situation.

By diazservice30317722, Nov 13 2017 06:54PM

Your HVAC is a complicated machine and while it’s pretty durable, it still needs some TLC every now and then. These tips and tricks, brought to you by Diaz Services, can help ensure your HVAC stays up and running for years to come.

Tip #1: Get Routine Professional Maintenance

Because your HVAC is so complicated to handle, you won’t be able to do all of the maintenance on your own. Routine maintenance from a professional HVAC technician will:

- Find issues early on, preventing serious ones from happening later

- Make quick repairs

- Inspect the unit for damages or needed replacements

- Make sure everything is working properly

- Determine if you need to upgrade your unit

There are many things a professional can help you with that you may not be able to do on your own. Because of this, you should schedule routine maintenance regularly throughout the year. Now, let’s talk about things you can do on your own.

Tip #2: Don’t Neglect Your Unit

While you may not have an eye for finding every single thing that can go wrong with an HVAC, there are still warning signs to keep an eye out for. For example, if your unit is making strange sounds, isn’t performing as well as it used to, or strange smells are emanating from your vents, you may have problem. These tell-tale signs should not be ignored. Also, if your unit is outside and on the ground, be sure to check up on it after experiencing crazy weather in El Paso, like hail or heavy rain. Plus, the sun can do quite a bit of damage to it. Keeping your eye on it can help find issues early on.

Tip #3: Keep it Clean

Many times, when an HVAC is giving you trouble, it’s because it’s dirty! Dirt, grime, and dust can all put your HVAC through a world of hurt. Be sure to change out the filters regularly and ensure that the vents in your home are free of dirt, dust, hair, pet fur, and carpet fibers. This will help keep your HVAC running smoothly while also making the air in your home cleaner.

Tip #4: Stick to a Schedule

The important part about routine maintenance is the routine. You’ll want to stick to a schedule to ensure your HVAC is maintained well.

If you need professional help maintaining your HVAC, Diaz Services in El Paso is happy to help. Call us today to learn more!

By diazservice30317722, Jun 26 2017 06:40PM

It is the time of year when you sweat just walking from your car to your front door. As you make that short trek, you cannot wait to feel the cool air coming from your HVAC. However, there are those times when you open the door and there is no cool air. Before you freak out and wonder how much it is going to cost to have it fixed, there are a few things that you can check on yourself that may get you back in the comfort zone.

Easy HVAC fixes

Before you call an HVAC technician because your unit is on the fritz, you can check out these few things yourself so you are not stuck paying for unnecessary services. First and foremost, you should begin by making sure that all windows and doors are closed. In addition, check your supply and return vents are open and unobstructed. The next thing you should do is examine the thermostat. Be sure it is set correctly and that the battery does not need to be changed. Sometimes the fix is as easy as flipping a switch. If there is nothing wrong with the thermostat, change the air filter. A dirty filter can cause your system to have to work harder to keep you comfortable.

If you are still sweating, check circuit breakers, fuses, and other power supplies. Make sure they are all on and in the right position. This includes the safety switches, as well. Another thing you need to investigate before you call for HVAC service is the condensation drain line and cut off switch. It is usually located in the secondary pan that is under the unit. If there is a problem, the secondary pan will be flooded with water. This means you have a clogged condensation line and it needs to be unclogged before the system will operate normally again.

When to Call for HVAC Service

If you are not comfortable doing any of these checks, then it is best to leave them to an HVAC technician. The same is true for unclogging the condensation line. If these fixes do not eliminate the problem and your system is still not cooling, you definitely need the help of a professional. Technical expertise and knowing how to stay safe while fixing the unit are necessary. Otherwise, you may end up doing more harm than good. Additionally, in order to ensure that you do not run into this problem again, you should set up a service call for twice a year. This will enable the HVAC technician to find issues before they become problems and keep your system running.

If you are currently sweating in the El Paso area and would like some relief, call Diaz Services. We have been keeping the area comfortable for more than a decade, you can trust our professionals know how to help!

By diazservice30317722, May 4 2017 10:10PM

Spring is actually the best time for some much needed HVAC maintenance and cleaning. Preparing your AC unit now will ensure it is ready for the intense El Paso heat. Not only that, taking the time to clean out your system now will also ensure that any upcoming problems are spotted and fixed before you end up without an air conditioner on a hot day. If you are not familiar with how to conduct preventive maintenance or cleaning, one of our experts at Diaz Services can help.

Clear Your HVAC System of Allergens

Taking the time to call an expert will help drastically with your allergies. With the windy season going on, cleaning air vents, changing air filters, and the whole HVAC system in general will make a big difference. Your air filter does play a role but particles do sneak past. As the particles make their way into the HVAC system they settle on the coils in the air handling unit. They they will combine with any moisture. This causes grime. At that point more than a simple wash will be needed. This is where mold and bacteria will come from on units that aren’t cleaned regularly.

Cleaning Your HVAC Can Lower Bills

Having an expert perform regular maintenance and a good cleaning to your HVAC system will improve performance. And if your AC is running smoothly it will help lower your energy costs. Blockages and leaks due to buildup can increase your energy costs drastically as well. An inefficient AC unit will naturally use more energy.

Not only that, the last thing you want to do is turn on you air conditioner for the first time this summer only to find out it’s not working. A good spring cleaning far in advance will help a technician to spot any problems and take care of them right away. Aside from buildup and blockage, if anything is broken or about to break down, it will be fixed right away.

Contact us Today

If you have not conducted a good cleaning and preventive maintenance on your AC unit yet this spring, now is a good time. You can avoid future problems and lower utility bills. If you are not sure how or what to clean, one of our certified technicians can help. We will be sure to provide exactly what your system needs. Contact us today to set up an appointment.