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Need a Repair? Insist on a NATE-Certified Technician

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Not all certifications are the same, and learning which certifications provide value requires that homeowners vet a technician first before hiring. Once you understand the value of a NATE-certified technician, no other certification program will do. With its uniform standards and industry-wide support, the North American Technician Excellence (NATE) organization offers certification worthy of your support, as it benefits homeowners, […]


High-Efficiency A/Cs Have Top SEERs: Is Yours Reaching Its Peak Performance?

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When it comes to high-efficiency A/Cs, homeowners expect a solid return on their investments through lowered utility bills and excellent performance. What many folks fail to realize, however, is that there's more to SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) ratings than meets the eye. Here's a look at several installation and service factors that can affect system efficiency. Installation plays a role in […]


Replacing One Side of Your Split-System A/C? Why a Match With the Other Is a Must

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What happens when only one component of your split-system A/C starts acting up? Although you may think that you can simply replace the failing unit, there's more to it than that. By taking the time to understand why a correct match is important, you'll save yourself a lot of stress and expensive problems down the road. A mismatched air conditioner means trouble […]


Have You Switched from R-22 to R-410A AC Unit?

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R-22, also called Freon, is the most common chemical refrigerant used in air conditioners today. However, that's all set to change as a government-created shortage has caused the price to triple. Many consumers, caught off guard by unexpectedly high repair costs, have sought to switch over to air conditioners using the new R-410A, also known as Puron. Discover why it's […]


Choosing the Best AC Filter For Your Home

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Changing your filter is integral to proper AC maintenance. To find the best AC filter, you should compare your needs with the abilities and price of the filter. Here are a few things to consider. How to Compare Filters with MERV Ratings Developed in 1987, minimum efficiency reporting value, or MERV, is a system for evaluating the quality of filters. […]


Avoid Emergency AC Repairs with Regular Maintenance

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Many people falsely believe they're saving money by paying only for AC repairs when the unit breaks down. They think they save money by not paying for air conditioning maintenance. Nothing could be further from the truth. There are hidden costs that any HVAC professional or experienced homeowner can explain . They show up as an emergency repair bill or […]


Air Conditioner Ices Up? How to Troubleshoot the Problem

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Air conditioners do a great job of helping Port Arthur TX families beat the summer heat, but even the best air conditioners are vulnerable to some maintenance issues. One of the most common such problems we at Thermacon Service Company see is ice formation on air conditioning coils. If your air conditioner ices up, look for a few common issues […]


Should You Repair or Replace Your Air Conditioning System?

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Your home's air conditioning system should provide a high level of comfort for everyone in your family. If you're having problems with your unit, you may wonder if you should repair or replace your air conditioner. Deciding which route best fits your needs will depend upon your current unit, your home comfort preferences and your budget. Remember to carefully evaluate […]


How to Leverage Energy Savings with Ceiling Fans All Year

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Making the most of your ceiling fans requires conscious planning — planning that's based on a solid understanding of which practices actually lead to energy savings with ceiling fans and which don't. To leverage your energy savings with ceiling fans all year long, you'll need to develop a few smart, consistent ceiling-fan habits that will maximize the return on your […]


Air Conditioning Filters – Which One is Right for You?

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Our HVAC technicians are often asked about their recommendations for HVAC filters. Customers want to know what type of filter should be used to improve the efficiency of their HVAC systems. In past years, fiberglass filters were the most commonly used. However, pleated filters have overtaken fiberglass filters in popularity. Pleated filters are more effective than fiberglass at removing particulates […]