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Fort Worth is a great city to call home. Did you know it is the 13th largest city in the United States and the 4th largest urban metro area in TX? Originally, the founder of the town (Jarvis J. Green) wanted to name the town ‘Pontiac’ as his first choice but the U.S. Postal Service dismissed it.
Our town began as an important stop on the Chisholm Trail which was the route many cattle drives took leaving many people to call Fort Worth ‘Cow Town.’
Our region has come a long way since being a primary stop for cattle drives. Voted as one of America’s Most Livable Communities and an All-American City for the third time by the National Civic League in 2011.
In 1875, a local lawyer, Robert E. Cowart wrote a Dallas Herald article about the fall of the city after a difficult winter in 1873 which slowed the cattle industry, caused economic ruin, and kept train tracks being completed about 30 miles from the heart of Fort Worth. He claimed a wild panther slept openly on the street outside of the courthouse.
Cowart meant the observation as an insult, but Fort Worth bounced back and embraced the panther as an emblem for their resilient home. You can still find panthers on the badges of the police. This TX town has come a long way since a panther slept on the street.
Access to plumbing and other household advancements makes living in the area a comfortable and welcoming place for all different types of people who value prompt and reliable heating and AC repair when it’s most needed. Our community trusts One Hour for all their HVAC servicing needs.
A City of Culture
Many visitors to the United States focus on New York City and Los Angeles as places to explore the cultural diversity our great nation has to offer, but many people are trading in these well-tread tourist attractions for the less-well-known treasures like the breath-taking Kimball Art Museum designed by genius architect Louis Kahn.
The Kimball Art Museum houses the only Michelangelo on exhibit in the United States with 350 works of art encompasses Rubens, Cezanne, Picasso, Caravaggio, and many other pieces.
Fort Worth hosts the annual Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Texas Civil War Museum, and many other events to enrich and entertain the community.
The Importance of Air Conditioning and Heating
Can you imagine what it was like living in northern TX was like for the early residents in the 19th century? Considering the average high temperature reaches upwards of 90 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer months and rarely climbs above 50 degrees during wintertime, it probably was more comfortable experiencing mild winters than it was for settlers enduring the scorching Texan heat in May, June, July, and August.
Air conditioning is a necessity for most homes in TX. Without fully functioning air conditioning the most vulnerable people are at risk of developing heat stroke or heat exhaustion.
Heatstroke symptoms build quickly with dehydration and heightened body temperatures being the primary dangers associated with the condition. Cool showers, light, breathable clothing, drinking plenty of fluids, and staying in shaded or air-conditioned spaces are steps you can take to protect you and your family from heat exhaustion.
Anticipate Heating and AC Repair Before the Temperatures Rise
Benjamin Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” The words of our founding father echo true more than 200 years later and apply to maintain a safe and happy home life.
It is easy to take heating and AC repair, plumbing, and other home-centered infrastructures of modern life for granted. Don’t wait until that first chilly, autumn night when you turn on the heating, but respond with icy air blowing out of your vents, you’ll soon regret forgetting to conduct maintenance on your HVAC system.
One Hour Air Conditioning and Heating of Fort Worth, TX offers a routine, maintenance package to ensure your heating and AC repair services never leave you too hot or too cold.
10 Warning Signs Your Home Needs Heating and AC Repair
Most Fort Worth, TX residents take pride in their homes and strive to be prudent with their resources. It’s wise to save money when you can, but there are a few instances when attempting to conduct heating and AC repair (when you’re not trained or outfitted with the appropriate tools) will cost you a lot more money than relying on professional heating and AC repair service.
1. Unusually High Electric Rates
It’s normal for your energy bill to change depending on the time of the year. For instance, you’ll see a reduction in energy consumption during fall and spring, while energy rates typically rise during the winter and summer months. However, if you see an unexplained spike in your energy rates, it could mean you’ll need immediate heating and AC repair.
2. Different Temperatures in Different Sections of your Home
Your home’s temperature should be consistent throughout the structure. If you’re noticing hot areas or cold-spots then the vents might be blocked or the appliance might be struggling to meet the set temperature. Often, this indicates a circulation issue and will require attention from a professional trained in heating and AC repair.
3. An Aging HVAC System
Sometimes your HVAC system doesn’t need a heating and AC repair, sometimes it needs to be replaced. Older heating and air conditioning units often don’t meet the standards set by the governments’ ENERGY STAR program. An energy-efficient HVAC system can save you up to 25 percent annually on your electric tariff.
4. An Increase in Respiratory Problems
Due to the invisible nature of air, it’s difficult to see the quality and level of airflow throughout your home. Dirty air from mildew or mold growth can cause serious issues for someone with allergies or respiratory disease. Keep vigilant in regards to symptoms like an irritation to the eyes, nose, and mouth, asthma attacks, coughing, bronchitis, or any related breathing troubles. Consult a physician and an HVAC expert for heating and AC repair.
5. Water Collecting in Puddles
It is normal for an air conditioner to produce condensation. Condensation shouldn’t form puddles. Excessive water surrounding your appliance may indicate a problem with the motor or aerator. Discuss excessive water issues with an HVAC professional during a heating and AC repair visit.
6. Odd Sounds
Healthy appliances may make the occasional sound or bump, but gurgling, hissing, and clanks mean your unit isn’t functioning correctly. Contact One Hour Air Conditioning and Heating of Fort Worth, TX to immediately schedule heating and AC repair.
7. Unpleasant Scents
Most of the time when your HVAC systems are working efficiently the units won’t produce a lot of scents. It’s unusual for an HVAC system to emit nasty smells, but if you do notice any unpleasant scents then it’s time for heating and A/C repair.
8. Sulphur/Rotten Egg Smells
This is an indicator to leave your home and call the gas company because this smell could be caused by a natural gas leak. Don’t return to your home until you’ve been given the all-clear from the authorities.
9. Moldy and Musty Scents
These types of smells are common problems for air conditioners. Condensation escapes the vents leaving an ideal environment for mold to grow. Mold grows in HVAC systems and may negatively impact your air conditioners’ capabilities. Our tradespeople specialize in mold prevention and removal. Eradicating it from your vents and airways.
10. Rubber Electrical Burning Smells
Unfortunately, burning rubber or electrical burning smell means that the unit itself is on fire. Thoroughly inspect the appliances for fire. Call the fire department if necessary. Don’t attempt to fix a charred connection yourself. There may be other malfunctions within the appliance which require expert heating and AC repair.
ENERGY STAR offers environmental guidelines for energy efficiency. The United States’ Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency has created minimum standards of energy efficiency for American household appliances.
This guideline is referred to as the Energy Star’ Home Performance Evaluation. These guidelines provide a predicted measurement of the amount of electricity an appliance will use on average within your home. ENERGY STAR also provides an estimate for how much it will cost to run appliances in your Fort Worth, TX home.
There is good reason to follow the ENERGY STAR guidelines when purchasing new units, not just because it’s good for the environment, but because it protects your bank account by saving you money on electricity costs. One Hour Air Conditioning and Heating fully endorse the ENERGY STAR program because we understand the importance of environmental and economic sustainability.
“I’ve got the worst luck. Last July was super hot here in Tarrant County. The last time it reached 100 degrees was in 1989-but I was vacationing in the Gulf Coast back then. Last year, I was at home, in my chair, watching my programs. I’d just been counting my blessings for my cool home when I heard what sounded like metal scraping on metal. It was the blades of the air conditioner. I knew I’d need immediate heating and AC repair, so I called One Hour. They’re true to their word, the technician arrived and had my AC fixed by mid-afternoon. It cost a lot less than I expected too!”
Mary Knox, Tarrant County, September 2019
“Stuff always breaks down when you need it to work the most. My heating and AC repair came when I was moving my Mom into the apartment connected to our house. The air conditioning in the apartment was usually icy cold and before my Mom moved in, it was my summer hideout. I’d go watch old reruns of 1960’s television.
Anyway, it wasn’t two weeks that she’d lived with us when she started complaining it was hotter than Hades in the apartment. I thought she was having a hot flash, but I was wrong. The air conditioner was making a deep buzzing sound and smoking.
My mom isn’t the most patient woman in the world when she’s happy, and she’s definitely not calm when sweaty. I called my usual handyman but he couldn’t fit us in for a week. That’d never fly. I called One Hour and they scheduled a heating and AC repair for that same afternoon. The blades needed adjusting and the motor was running too fast, but the technician fixed it easily enough and it didn’t cost me an arm and a leg. I signed up for their routine HVAC maintenance package which will make sure my Mom is always comfortable in her new home.”
Jack Harty, Dallas, June 2018
“I can’t remember the last time we turned the heat on. We rarely use it because my wife and I both tend to run hot. I wasn’t too happy when I turned it on only to discover it was pumping out cool air.
One Hour AC and Heating turned up early the next morning. Because the heating vents hadn’t been used recently, a mucky build-up prevented the heating from reaching our house. The tech had us up and running before lunchtime! I’ll be relying on them from now on.”
Brad Fuponti, Lake Worth, November 2019
NATE-Certified & Trustworthy Technicians for Heating and AC Repair
All our technicians are certified by the (NATE) North American Technician Excellence board. Our employees further their education with factory training and specializations in heating and AC repair to offer the most up-to-date services.
NATE is a non-profit organization that regulates technical skills in heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and commercial HVAC systems. All employees are NATE-certified and submit to a background check to ensure the safety of our clients and our community.
We hire individuals who pride themselves on providing air conditioning and heating services which demonstrate high-quality care at competitive prices. Our team strives to make dedicated customers from every home we service.
We accomplish this through transparent pricing and exceptionally trained technicians with pragmatic skills who understand the necessity for comfortable homes. Contact us at One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating today!