Here are 6 major signs you need AC repair this summer

As everyone here in Louisiana knows, summer is coming. When it arrives, you’ll turn on your air conditioner for the first time in a long time. How do you know, right then and there, if your AC unit is ready to go, or if it’ll need to be repaired at some point over the summer? In this article, we review the 6 major signs you need AC repair this summer—and when you should call in the professionals here at Foulks Heating & Cooling.

Call Foulks if you're noticing the signs you need AC repair this summer.

If your air conditioner is making loud, unusual noises, it could be one of the signs you need AC repair this summer. Call our team!

At Foulks, we’re proud to be the premier HVAC company of Southeast Louisiana, including Amite City, Hammond, and beyond. When you need 24/7 AC repair this summer, contact our team online, or give us a call at (985) 748-8838.

Here are the 6 major signs you need AC repair this summer

#1. Low airflow

You know you have a problem when the AC is on, but your house is not getting any cooler. You should put your hand by a vent to see how much air you are really getting. The airflow coming out should feel fairly powerful. If it is not—or there’s no cool airflow at all, even though your system is running—you need to call the techs here at Foulks and have our team take a look.

#2. Uncomfortable air

Even if the airflow is powerful, it might not be cold. Warm air, especially after the system has been running for some time, is typically a sign of trouble. Additionally, the air quality in some rooms may feel cooler than others. You also need to be aware of when the air feels humid or muggy.

#3. Leaking unit

Finding a puddle around your AC unit is a good reason to contact professionals at Foulks Heating & Cooling. You need to clean up this moisture before mold begins to form. Additionally, leaks in the unit means you could have to deal with freezing once winter comes around.

#4. Noisy unit

In addition to leaks, you need to watch out for noises coming from the AC. It is normal to hear something coming from the unit, but you need to watch out for banging or rattling sounds. This typically means a component is loose. It could result in significant damage around the machine.

#5. Strange odors

The air coming from your AC should never smell like anything. Instead of lighting a candle, you need an expert to inspect the unit. Mold may have already formed.

#6. Increased energy bills

Your energy bills may increase somewhat during the summer. However, you need to watch out for bills that are hundreds of dollars higher than what you are used to. Repairing the unit will pay for itself in the long run.

Call Foulks Heating & Cooling for 24/7 AC repair service this summer

When your air conditioner stops working or isn’t working just right, call in the experts here at Foulks Heating & Cooling. We provide 24/7 emergency AC repair service in Amite City, Hammond, and surrounding communities.

It’s time to schedule your spring heat pump tune-up with our team

The weather is about to turn. We’re able to say goodbye to winter and hello to spring and—eventually—summer. That means that it’s time to start thinking about scheduling a heat pump tune-up here in Southeast Louisiana. A heat pump tune-up is more than just a formality: regular maintenance can actually keep your system running the way it’s supposed to!

Schedule your heat pump tune-up by calling the team at Foulks!

This spring, call Foulks to schedule your heat pump tune-up. You’ll see the benefits throughout the hotter months of summer.

For example, tune-ups help your cooling system run more efficiently, but they also help prevent major breakdowns. That alone is reason enough to call your local HVAC pros at Foulks Heating & Cooling for a tune-up!

The checklist

During an inspection and tune-up, our technician will run through a checklist to make sure the following parts of your heat pump are all operating correctly:

  • Thermostat
  • Return air filter
  • Safety devices
  • Condensation drain

Once the checklist has been completed, your Foulks technician will then begin to make any necessary repairs. Here are some of the maintenance and upkeep work that we’ll tackle while inspecting and maintaining your heat pump:

  • Adjust belts
  • Clean filters
  • Clean blowers
  • Lubricate all moving parts
  • Remove soot and corrosion

What are the benefits of a heat pump tune-up?

There are many specific benefits of a heat pump tune-up, especially when completed routinely, once or twice per year. Here are just a few of the reasons you should call us for maintenance this spring:

  • A tune-up increases the dependability of the heat pump system as it gets very little, if any, downtime throughout the year.
  • It increases the efficiency of the heat pump to ensure it doesn’t have to work harder over time to cool or heat your home.
  • It extends the lifespan of your system, putting off the day you eventually have to replace the system.
  • Routinely replacing air filters helps to maintain good air quality in the home. This is especially helpful for residents in the home who may suffer from or be susceptible to respiratory illnesses, such as asthma.

Call us to schedule your heat pump tune-up this spring

Don’t wait until your heat pump system begins to show the signs of wear and tear. Contact our team to schedule your spring heat pump tune-up. We look forward to serving you and getting your heat pump ready for the summer ahead!

Your guide to how HVAC manufacturer warranties work

A new heating or cooling system is a significant expense for any homeowner, which is why it’s important to do your research before purchasing. A system’s warranty is one major detail to consider, as you want the best protection for your investment. Here’s a look at how HVAC manufacturer warranties work, and how to get the best out of your policy.

Have a NATE-certified technician tune-up your air conditioner or heat pump, and keep your HVAC manufacturer warranties intact.

Many HVAC manufacturer warranties stipulate that you must have a NATE-certified or professionally trained technician work with your system to keep the warranty active.

Here at Foulks Heating & Cooling, we’re proud to install both Carrier and Trane systems. These two manufacturers are among the world’s most-trusted sources for new AC, heat pump, furnace, and ductless systems. Both also offer fantastic manufacturer warranties protecting their systems from defects and other problems. For a free in-home estimate on a new Carrier or Trane cooling or heating system, contact us today!

What’s generally covered

Your HVAC system has hundreds of components, and the manufacturer stands behind those parts and the manufacturing process. If a part fails as the result of a defect, the policy calls for the company to replace the malfunctioning component with a new or reconditioned piece at no charge to the owner.

Things that aren’t protected

Since this type of warranty deals with the quality of the machinery produced by the company, it won’t protect you from things that happen after production. Any complications that are the result of mistakes during installation won’t be covered. This is why we stand behind all of our installs with our 100% satisfaction guarantee and our other Ironclad Guarantees!

How to get the most out of your warranty

Once you have your new system installed, it’s important to read the manufacturer’s policies so you know the terms. To maintain eligibility for the protection of HVAC manufacturer warranties, you need to demonstrate a commitment to proper care of your equipment. If you don’t get regular, professional maintenance and tune-up services for your system, you may void your warranty!

Since the warranties require that a professional work with your system, it’s crucial to have your service done by an HVAC expert. Any work performed by someone who isn’t certified by the North American Technician Excellence (NATE) program could be enough for the manufacturer to deny your claim.

Your first step after installation should be to register your product with the manufacturer in a timely manner. It’s easy to forget about this task, but your delay could cost you a significant portion of your warranty’s value. Carrier and Trane both add years to the term of protection for free simply because the product is registered.

Trust us with your HVAC installation and service needs

No matter if you’re looking for a new system or simply need service on your existing equipment, trust the experienced professionals at Foulks Heating & Cooling. To learn more about our services or schedule an appointment for a free estimate, contact us today.

Here’s how heat pumps work, and why you should upgrade to one

Here in Southeast Louisiana, we’re known for our long, hot summers and our mild, short winters. This kind of climate is a perfect fit for heat pumps. Heat pumps are HVAC systems capable of both cooling your home in the summer and heating your home in the winter. In this article, we’ll review what heat pumps are, and why you should consider upgrading an older furnace or air conditioner to this type of two-in-one system.

For a free in-home estimate on a new heat pump or other type of heating or cooling system, call your friends at Foulks Heating & Cooling!

In this article, we describe how heat pumps work here in Louisiana.How heat pumps work

Traditionally, homes have a furnace to keep them warm during the winter months and an air-conditioning unit for cooling in the summer. A heat pump is an ideal fit for mild winter climates because they can both cool your home in the summer like a normal air conditioner and heat your home in the winter by reversing operation. Here’s how they work:

A system for all seasons

In the summer, heat pumps work like an air conditioner: they use coolant to capture heat energy from inside your home and then move it outside to the condenser, where the heat energy is released into the outdoor air. This process cools your home through the removal of the heat energy. In the winter, that process reverses. The heat pump draws heat energy out of outside air and then brings it inside, where it’s released to heat your home. Even on days where it may not seem like there’s much heat in outdoor air, the heat pump is able to draw this energy into your home.

Energy-efficient design

Since the heat pump is simply moving heat energy from one place to another instead of having to produce it (like a furnace does through combustion of oil or gas), there’s less energy used. This can significantly cut your winter heating bills.

Why you should upgrade to a heat pump

There are advantages of having one of these versus using your furnace and a separate air conditioning unit. For starters, these units are often more energy efficient, as they use electricity instead of fuel. This means you can save on energy costs while using the natural heat found in the air around your house.

You can also streamline your heating and cooling systems into one unit, thus making maintenance and repairs easier to manage. Our professional techs can help explain all the ins-and-outs of heat pump ownership during your free in-home estimate.

Call Foulks for a free in-home estimate!

If you’re ready for a new heat pump or other type of heating system for your home, give our team a call. We offer free in-home estimates on new Carrier and Trane systems—including heat pumps. If you want to know more about how heat pumps work and how much they can save you on your annual utility bills, talk to one of our friendly technicians!

Call Foulks to schedule your fall heat pump service

Your heat pump is integral to your home’s comfort, helping you stay warm during the winter and cool during the summer. While it’s still warm outside right now, you may not be thinking about a heat pump inspection in advance of the cooler months of the year. However, now’s actually the ideal time to schedule your fall heat pump service.

That’s because you really want a professional inspecting your heat pump before the weather changes and you need to switch the system over to heating. To schedule your service, call the professionals at Foulks. We’re proud to serve Amite City, Hammond, and Southeast Louisiana.

Heat pump service benefits

Here are some of the many benefits to having a Foulks technician perform a heat pump tune-up:

  • Avoid potential emergency repairs
  • Energy efficiency improvements in your system
  • Longer lifespan for your heating system

These benefits will all save you money, as well as a lot of headache and aggravation, later in time. Many people are surprised to find out the cost savings that can be associated with energy-efficiency and longevity of your system.

We can service all systems

We can provide service for all makes and models, no matter the brand or age of your system. Maybe you have a well-known brand, such as Whirlpool, American Standard, and Carrier. If you have a lesser-known brand, don’t worry. Our expert technicians can help you with whatever type of system you have.

All of our service technicians are certified by NATE (North American Technician Excellence), and independent body for HVAC standards. We take pride in these certifications and consider them an example of our commitment to excellence.

Why do I need a professional?

Some people may feel that they have the ability to examine their heat system, and perform any subsequent maintenance and heating tune-up needed. This is generally not advised due to the risks that it poses.

Professionals have the training, knowledge, and equipment to service your heat system safely and effectively. Performing maintenance yourself without the proper knowledge and tools could result in you doing further damage and having to pay more in repairs.

Contact us today for heat pump service

We stand proudly behind the work we do, and that’s why all of our work comes standard with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Contact Foulks Heating & Cooling today and let us ensure that your heating system is running safely and efficiently. We’re available 24/7 for your heating and cooling needs.

Here’s why Foulks is proud to be your certified, local Trane dealer

At Foulks Heating & Cooling, we pride ourselves in offering superior HVAC services. As part of our pledge to provide our customers with the very best heating and cooling systems in Amite City, Hammond, and Southeast Louisiana, we install Trane. We’re proud to be your certified, local Trane dealer.

In this blog post, we’ll run through just some of the reasons that we work with Trane, and why you should consider a new Trane system for your next air conditioner or furnace. For a free in-home estimate on a new system installed by our team, call us today!

A Foulks technician installs a new Trane furnace and heating system.Why Trane?

1. They have a solid reputation

Building a solid reputation requires time and consistency. Trane has patiently developed a reliable reputation over the years by consistently putting out great products. Their grateful customers have rewarded them by spreading the word that the Trane brand name can be trusted.

2. They have high online ratings

If you only like to buy something after looking at online reviews, you’re bound to be impressed by the Trane HVAC brand. It consistently appears in “Top 10” lists and other positive reviews covering the best HVAC brands available for purchase.

3. They cater to both residential and commercial markets

Some air conditioning brands cater to either residential or commercial market segments. Not Trane. Whether you need to heat your home or cool down a massive warehouse, you can find a Trane HVAC system that will get the job done.

4. They are selective about who installs their products

Even the very best HVAC systems won’t work very good if they aren’t installed properly. Fortunately, Trane is rather selective about who they allow to install their products. In fact, they call these people “Trane Comfort Specialists.”

We are proud to be your local Trane dealer, and we have extensive experience professionally installing Trane air conditioners and heating systems.

Call Foulks, your local Trane dealer

Your preferred HVAC professional can help you select the right Trane heating and cooling system for your home or building. If you don’t currently have a favorite HVAC professional, contact us here at Foulks Heating & Cooling.

We’re so confident in our ability to properly install your HVAC system that we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all the work we do. We’ll install your Trane system the right way the first time or we’ll work to make it right.

For a free in-home estimate, contact us today!

Here are the 5 signs you need AC repair this summer

Summer is here, which means you need your air conditioning unit to work better than ever. You need your home to stay comfortable while the temperatures rise. In this blog, we’ll review the top signs you need AC repair this summer, and what you should do if you observe any of these symptoms of a malfunctioning AC unit.

For complete AC repair services here in Amite City, Hammond, and Southeast Louisiana, contact the pros at Foulks Heating & Cooling.

5 signs you need AC repair

Here are some of the most common warning signs you need AC repair:

Pictured: If you're observing any of the signs you need AC repair, it's time to call Foulks.1. Lack of proper airflow

This is perhaps the most obvious indication you need a summer AC repair. When you turn on your AC and cool air doesn’t flow out, there’s probably something wrong with it. Limited airflow or lack of cold air is a sign that your ductwork or piping is clogged.

2. Higher energy bills

When you get your utility bill and see a sudden increase, this is an indicator that your AC unit needs some maintenance. Your cooling system may be working too hard because it’s getting worn out. Deal with the problem as soon as possible so your monthly bills will get affordable again.

3. Weird sounds

Are you noticing strange noises coming from your AC unit? If you’re hearing odd sounds such as squeaking, chattering, or grinding, you should get a professional from Foulks Heating & Cooling to take a look at it. Heating and cooling systems should hardly make any noise, so you know there’s a problem if it is being annoyingly noisy.

4. Bad smells

Your AC unit is designed to put out clean air with a neutral smell. However, when problems exist, it may emit a foul stench. If your AC system is stinking up your house, a repair may be necessary.

5. Moisture build-up

While it is normal for an AC unit to create some moisture, it shouldn’t be leaking. If you’re noticing puddles near your unit, you’ll want the issue fixed right away. Not only is a leak harmful to the performance of your unit, it also poses a health risk to everyone in your home.

Call Foulks for AC repair this summer

If you notice any of these signs you need AC repair, you should resolve the problem before it gets worse. Foulks Heating & Cooling is here to inspect your AC unit and conduct any necessary repairs. Contact us to schedule service!

Here’s how you can improve energy-efficiency this summer

As temperatures rise here in Southern Louisiana, it’s tough to keep the climate comfortable in a home without spending a ton of money on your energy bills. To keep your family and guests comfortable, we have a few tips to improve energy-efficiency this summer. Keep reading to learn how you can cut down on your energy costs!

Pictured: Improve energy-efficiency this summer, and you can reduce your summer cooling costs.

4 ways to improve energy-efficiency this summer

Get an AC tune-up

At the beginning of every summer season, you should have your air conditioner tuned up and filters changed or replaced regularly. This can help improve energy-efficiency of your central air conditioning unit and make it work less to keep your home at a comfortable temperature.

Regular maintenance on your entire HVAC system is essential for increasing your system’s longevity. If your system is regularly maintained, it doesn’t have to work as hard and will save you money in the long run on cooling costs.

Be strategic about when you run your appliances

Things like dishwashers and dryers can increase the temperature in your house and force your air conditioner to work harder to cool your home. If you want to improve energy-efficiency, try running these appliances at night when temperatures are lower to save energy.

Replace an old air conditioning unit

If your air conditioner seems to be struggling and requires repair each year to control the temperature in your home, it may be time for a new one. Most systems last around 15-20 years, and there may be a newer, more energy-efficient model that will lower your utility bills and improve energy-efficiency in your home.

Close windows and blinds throughout the day

If the windows are open and the outside air is coming in, it’s almost impossible for your air conditioner to keep up and your house will get warm quickly. When blinds are open, the sunlight coming through can also warm your home up quickly.

If it’s a really hot day outside, make sure to keep blinds and windows close to help cool your house and enjoy extra home energy savings.

Call Foulks for AC services this summer!

At Foulks Heating & Cooling, we know exactly what it takes to improve your home’s energy efficiency and save money on utility bills each month. Contact us to learn more about how to keep your home cool in the summer.

What are the benefits of replacing your older air conditioner?

Even if you have an older air conditioner that still works, you still might be better off starting to look into replacing your air conditioner.

Here at Foulks Heating & Cooling, we’re committed to helping you with your HVAC needs. In this blog post, we’ll review the reasons why you should replace your old air conditioner with a new model, professionally installed by our team.

#1. Eco-friendly

Much like older automobiles, older air conditioners aren’t as good for the environment as you might like for them to be. Less-efficient units can churn pollutants in the atmosphere, and there’s also the fact that replacing your AC can lower your energy bills as long as you select an efficient new model.

#2. Boost your home’s value

If you plan on putting your residential property on the market anytime soon, an air conditioner replacement can most certainly go a long way in boosting your resale value. The less work potential buyers have to put into a home, the more likely they are to make an offer. Upgrades make both selling and buying real estate that much easier.

#3. Longer lasting units

Something else to consider with a new air conditioner is that more current models last longer than older ones. There was a time when air conditioners didn’t last longer than a decade, but modern technology has made it possible for units to last much longer. That being said, your unit, no matter how old or new it is, can last even longer if you do a good job of taking care of it, such as scheduled maintenance and regular inspections done by professional technicians like ours.

#4. Better air quality

It might be that your current air conditioner doesn’t pour out air that’s as cool as you’d like for it to be. If that’s the case, a newer model is likely to offer you better results, which also saves you money.

Call Foulks for more information about replacing your older air conditioner

Is your air conditioner not working as well as it used to when you first bought it all those years ago? Reach out to us here at Foulks Heating & Cooling to start exploring your options for something newer and more efficient.

Invest in your home, spend your tax refund on a new AC system this spring

If you’re like a majority of Americans, you’ll be receiving a tax refund this spring. And while many may plan to use their refund to pay down existing debt, buy new cars, or take a vacation, there’s another use for that money: investing in your home by upgrading to a new air conditioner.

In this blog, we’ll discuss the reasons you should consider a new HVAC system, and why you should call the trusted team at Foulks for a free in-home estimate here in Amite City and Hammond.

Use your tax refund to invest in your home’s value

Pictured: Calculator and pencil. If you've calculated and received a tax refund this year, consider spending it on a new air conditioner.If your home is being cooled by an old air conditioner that’s just getting by, that system may be acting like an anchor for your home’s value and curb appeal.

Think about it like a buyer: you have many upfront costs to deal with when you’re buying and moving into a new home. From the downpayment, closing, and moving costs to new furniture and decor, the last thing a new homeowner wants to deal with their first summer in the home is the air conditioner.

In fact, many prospective buyers may be turned off of a home they otherwise liked because of an old air conditioner. Here in Amite City and Hammond, the summers are too hot and humid to go without an AC. An older system can depress your home’s value and your curb appeal.

In fact, the real estate website Zillow lists “HVAC Upgrades” as one of the best home improvement investments.

Greater energy-efficiency, for years to come

Even if you’re not planning on selling your home in the near future, you can still benefit by upgrading to a new air conditioner using your tax refund. That’s because a new, professionally installed system, will make your home more energy-efficient, saving you money for summers to come.

As air conditioners age, they become less efficient. Old, worn parts don’t move like they once did, and new advances in efficiency mean that they’re being passed by newer models. If your air conditioner has been around for 15-20 years, it’s likely an energy hog compared to new Carrier and Trane systems.

Comfort, both now and later

Of course, the entire purpose of an air conditioner is to make your home comfortable. If your older system can no longer effectively do that, it’s time for an upgrade, and spring is a great season to have Foulks install a new AC unit.

Comfort matters. Along with the boost to your home value and energy-efficiency, it’s a compelling reason to consider spending your tax refund on a new air conditioner.

For a free in-home estimate, call Foulks!

When it’s time for a new air conditioner in your home, call the local team you can trust at Foulks. We’re proud to install both Carrier and Trane air conditioners and heat pumps, and we believe in working with you—as the homeowner—to find the air conditioner that’s right for your home and your budget.

To get started, check out our air conditioner buying guide and then call us to schedule your free in-home estimate.