Austin Air Companie Blog : Archive for July, 2016

How To Do Air Conditioning Yourself

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

You go outside and take a look at your AC condenser, you peer inside see a few parts and say “hmm, this doesn’t look very complicated.” I think I could do this myself.

I can’t tell you how many times a year that I get calls from people who thought they could fix it themselves only to make the repair more costly because they damage something or worse yet spin the unit so far into the ground to the point it is not worth repairing.

I named this subject this way to hopefully warn those who think this way is really a rational way to solving their AC problems. Your home is the most expensive asset you will likely own in your lifetime. You should be more interested in protecting this asset than potentially destroying it. Hopefully I am saving you from the extremely possible nightmare that lies in front of you.

How To Buy AC Equipment Online

Worse still is if you think you can buy the equipment online and then get someone to install it for you. Certainly you can buy the equipment online. This is no secret, but if you have a problem with the unit, if a part fails look at the fine print on the website from which you plan to buy this equipment from. No one installing the equipment for you will warranty anything you bought online, that becomes your burden. When you don’t have the HVAC licensing backing you up you’re in shark infested waters to say the least. A Technician does not have an HVAC license. A Technician has only the ability to work under the ‘SUPERVISION’ of a Licensed HVAC Contractor. A Technician who does ‘side’ work, faces immediate termination from their job in most cases if they’re caught. Why do you suppose? Any person willing to install equipment for you this way is likely not worth their salt anyway. Now think for just a few seconds on how I could possibly¬†know this.

Licensed HVAC Contractors Carry General Liability Insurance

Ah-ha the very important difference between a Technician and a licensed HVAC contractor. What happens if the Technician burns down your home while trying to install a AC system on your property?

What happens if after the Technician installs the system on your property and the AC system does not cool well? Who will take the blame? The Technician will likely blame the equipment and thusly you because you bought it. Do you see the error of your ways yet? Without a HVAC Contractors license backing you up you have no recourse what so ever. You are ‘STUCK’ in a big bad way.

HVAC Manufacturer’s Void Warranty For Purchases Online

Ok, So now prove it to yourself with what I just said: visit the manufacture website of your choice and find out the fine print of the warranty documents they provide: purchases of equipment online the warranty is void. Go ahead and look if you don’t believe what I am putting here. Every Manufacture has an Online purchase policy, it makes no difference which manufacturer’s product you choose.

HVAC Licensing And Building Codes

Ah yes the fine little details to keep your home legal and avoid serious health problems, not to mention damage to your home up to and including burning it to the ground or turning it into a health hazard years later with mold growth. Watch the evening news. There are at least a half dozen stories a year in which a fire originates in the attic of a home. Why do you suppose?

As a Licensed HVAC contractor myself I am required by law to be licensed within the segment of the HVAC market in which I perform work for others. On top of this licensing I am required to carry General Liability Insurance, not to mention commercial vehicle insurance. I am also required to follow current building codes, this type of knowledge and know how is to ensure you get what you are paying for. I am what is called a ‘working’ HVAC contractor. I do all the work, including new HVAC installations. From a quality stand point on¬†the product(s) I offer there is no substitute. I back this quality pledge up with prompt service after the sale should your new system ever need repairs. If you take any other route to accomplish this you are on your own. There is no HVAC company I know of that will stick their neck out on a HVAC installation gone bad. The cure in many cases is to rip it all out and start over. Remember hindsight is always 20/20.

Home Inspections Prior To Selling Your Home

Certainly you had a home inspection prior to buying your home didn’t you? But you think you are somehow going to pull a fast one and when you go to sell this home that others will forgo a home inspection prior to buying it? Certainly you could sell the home to the ugly home buying people, but they will only give you pennies on the dollar for it. So much for your home being an asset.

Realize what I say in this blog post is a ‘popular theme’ these days. Part of my job as an HVAC contractor is to deal with the dirty side of the market and warn those who may be thinking such things. The lure of what appears to be a ‘great deal’ winds up being a great deal of trouble up to and including the loss of your home and maybe effects on your health.

When it comes down to it, all I can do is warn you. In 21 years of doing this for a living, I can tell you it matters not one bit how much I write or warn about this subject. There are always those who must learn by experience rather than by me warning them. Hopefully ‘you’ are not one of them.

About the author of this blog:
My name is Ray Austin. I am the owner and operator of Austin Air Companie, a HVAC Service Company serving Katy, Texas | Cypress, Texas | Richmond, Texas and some surrounding areas. I am a Texas Licensed HVAC Contractor with over 20 years experience in Air Conditioning and Heating Systems. I hold an AOS degree in HVAC/R, EPA universally certified to handle any refrigerant and NATE certified in HVAC installations and repairs.

Austin Air Companie
“Your home comfort from A to Z”
Air Conditioning | Controls | Heating | Zoning

For more information on everything air conditioning and heating

for your home visit me at my main website:

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Important Facts About Air Conditioning Locator Services

Saturday, July 16th, 2016

There are several ways in which you might find or locate your HVAC contractor. No matter which way you choose to find your local HVAC service provider it depends ultimately on how much home work you do to make sure the service provider is who they say they are and will do what they say they will do. This day and age anyone can say anything and often times they do.

One way you could go about finding an HVAC service provider is by using a 3rd party locator service. While using a 3rd party service is convenient and easy as pie it doesn’t really vet the service provider necessarily. Reviews on such sites of the service providers can in some cases be manipulated and controlled, even though they say they are not. Finding the truth the hard way is not recommended. Do your homework, it’s why you are here right?

Why Would A Third Party HVAC Company Locator Service Lie?

Money. The third party service has a motivation by collecting advertising fees of the AC service providers they list on their site. So if the third party listing service lists unfavorable reviews of a HVAC company that spends a lot of money in advertising with them, why would that HVAC company want to keep spending advertising dollars on that site? It’s really no different than the game that the BBB was caught up in years ago, by collecting fees and erasing bad reviews and turning F’s into A+’s. It’s about collecting fees and little else. The end user (customer) has little recourse to do much of anything, other than call the company with a complaint and try to get them to do something to fix the problem.

What Are Some Popular AC Listing Service Providers?

Angie’s List, Home Advisor (formerly Service Magic), and Yelp to name a few. There’s certainly more than this but there is rarely much difference between them because they generate their revenue by selling ads of the companies they list or charge fees via other methods by producing and distributing leads to the companies that listed with them.

There is no method, no matter how these hosting companies are set up that isn’t complicated by potential fraud from one degree to another. It matters not one bit how they collect the fee.

Angie’s list originally was noted as being less geared toward the company and more geared to the customer. Problem with that method is that they lost a lot of money. So they have since shifted gears and the advertising revenue ‘conflict of interest’ method was generated out of a need to survive. Angie’s list still collects fees via the customer route as well, but that is likely a very small revenue stream.

A listing service (any of them) is likely going to give precedence to their biggest advertiser. This advertiser whomever it is, is spending a lot of money. This money has to be made up somewhere. Who do you suppose pays for it?

Any service business in which the service provider comes to your home is a costly business to be in to begin with, even before the advertising costs. Austin Air Companie is a small HVAC business a one man operation. I run it myself and do everything from repairs, to new equipment installations. Yes, I’ve installed complete systems by myself.

From merely an expense point of view I often have thousands of dollars in expenses every month. Realize I said $1,000’s much more than what someone would think looking in from the outside without a service company perspective. These expenses do not include paying myself anything.

Why Would I Bring Up This Air Conditioning Locator Subject

To make the customer aware of the games and tricks of advertisers and those of whom they represent. A single man, a one man show — Austin Air Companie — has proven that none of these worthless gimmicks are needed to run a HVAC Service Company.

You know what I’ve learned? You can not be something you’re not. There is only one Ray Austin. Sell that to the best of your ability. Service as well as service quality sells itself.

Check me out. My foot print on the internet is larger than ever. More than 99% of my content was made by: ME (Ray Austin if you’re hard of hearing, LOL) Subscribe to my You Tube Channel here. All of the videos on my You Tube Channel were made by me.

I don’t follow the grain when it comes to these things — I go against the grain. If I have to sell you something using a flashy gimmick, I would rather not. I would rather warn you against such things. Hype doesn’t last. An HVAC system is designed to last approximately 15 years. This is the national average replacement timing. Now what do you suppose hype does to HVAC replacement timing?

My goal is to give you less hype and surpass your expectations rather than give you more hype to wind up giving you nothing but frustration. HVAC service for life.

That’s a tall order to fill, isn’t it? Do you want anything less?

Thank you for visiting with me today. I hope you learned something and as always, I hope your day is comfortable.

About the author of this blog:

My name is Ray Austin. I am the owner and operator of Austin Air Companie, a HVAC Service Company serving Katy, Texas | Cypress, Texas | Richmond, Texas and some surrounding areas. I am a Texas Licensed HVAC Contractor with over 20 years experience in Air Conditioning and Heating Systems. I hold an AOS degree in HVAC/R, EPA universally certified to handle any refrigerant and NATE certified in HVAC installations and repairs.


Austin Air Companie


“Your home comfort from A to Z”

Air Conditioning | Controls | Heating | Zoning

For more information:

Videos, tips and everything Air Conditioning and Heating

for your home visit me at my main website.

Better Service. Done Right. On Time. Guaranteed.