Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating Blog

Is Your Air Conditioner Making One of These Scary Sounds?

July 23rd, 2018

woman covering her ears, on white backgroundWere you aware that summer time is the most likely season for your air conditioner to develop problems? This makes sense—after all, summertime is when it’s put under the most work and accrue the most stress as a result. Then you have typical wear and tear to worry about.

This is why it’s so important that you have your air conditioner professionally tuned-up once a year (or twice a year, if you have a heat pump). This gives our pros a chance to discover any signs of malfunction or need for air conditioning repair in Selma, TX. It also allows us to thoroughly clean out the system to ensure full functionality.

Even with maintenance though, your AC system can suffer at some time or another. And the following noises indicate that something is, in fact, wrong.

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Air Filters: What You Never Thought You Needed to Know

July 9th, 2018

person's hand changing out air filterYou’ve likely had someone in your life, whether it was an HVAC professional or not, tell you that your air conditioner’s filter needs to be changed. However, the reason why this is so important may be surprising to you.

Most homeowners have the mistaken assumption that the biggest problem with a clogged or dirty air filter is that it contaminates their indoor air—and that this is the reason HVAC technicians tell them to clean or replace it every 1-3 months.

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No, Ice on Your AC Is Never Normal

June 25th, 2018

Frozen air conditioning with icicleSummer is officially here, and you know what that means! It is only going to grow hotter than it already is. And when the peak of heat is upon us, you need an air conditioner you can rely on. So, if you suspect anything is wrong with yours—or if you pre-season maintenance—now is the time to call in a pro. Remember, only a trained HVAC professional should work with and diagnose problems in an air conditioner, since it involves potentially dangerous chemicals and heavy equipment.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t learn to spot the signs that something is amiss with yours, without a formal diagnosis. And when you do notice that, we are the team to call!

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AC Troubleshooting: What’s Causing My Low Airflow?

June 11th, 2018

register hvac ventIt probably goes without saying that your air conditioner is one of those appliances in your home that you rely on, and probably appreciate, the most. This is particularly true during the scorching and long summers we experience. With soaring temperatures and occasional humidity on top of it, we rely very heavily on these systems for a huge chunk of the year. So when you need Boerne, TX air conditioning services, you need them fast—and we’re the team to call!

In the meantime though, we’d like to talk a bit about one of the most common AC repair services we get called for, and that’s reduced airflow. That is—cool air that’s coming out of your vents but is just not as powerful as it should be. This may not seem like a huge issue at first, as long as you’re able to stay relatively cool, but the problem is that it causes your AC system to struggle and thus wear down much faster than normal. In addition, neglecting the problem means that whatever is causing the problem will only get worse. With that being said…

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How Excess Moisture Hurts Your AC and Your Health

May 28th, 2018

Woman feeling hot and trying to refresh in summertime heatTexas residents are no strangers to heat. About 2/3rds of the year is spent with our air conditioners on, and with that heat often comes humidity as well. This excess moisture in the air makes it harder for the human body to release heat through sweat, making humid days feel hotter than the actual temperature outside. As a result, you’ll probably try setting your thermostat lower and lower (or you’ll just accept that this is as good as it is going to get and accept this level of comfort)—but is that really helping?

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Damaged Ductwork and Its Impact on Your AC

May 14th, 2018

A worker is sealing two sections of house attic vent duct insulation with aluminum foil tape. The foreground is a section of truss and the background is OSB sheathing for the roof.When you live somewhere like San Antonio, chances are that you do think a bit about your air conditioner. You want it to operate effectively and efficiently, after all. What most homeowners don’t think about those is the “V” in “HVAC”—the ventilation that connects your air conditioner to the outside, making the distribution of cooled air possible. This ventilation system, known as your air ducts, is typically out of sight—hidden behind walls, beneath floors, or in your attic and crawlspace.

Unfortunately, if you had your ductwork installed by an amateur, or if you have aging ductwork, there’s a good chance it’s accumulated damage over the years. And if your air ducts are impacted by leaks, poor connections, or improper construction, you might be experiencing problems that lead to poor HVAC efficiency and possibly San Antonio air conditioning repair needs, as well. One of the most common problems that leads to damage is ductwork that wasn’t properly sized for the home in which it’s installed.

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Don’t Forget to Schedule Your Air Conditioning Tune-Up!

April 30th, 2018

air conditionerYou don’t need to be able to predict the weather to know that San Antonio has a history of sweltering hot temperatures, that can become unbearable without efficient San Antonio air conditioning. Sufficient cooling is far more of a luxury in our parts—it’s a necessity. This is why you should make sure it gets professionally inspected and tuned-up each year.

Without routine AC maintenance, you have no hope of your home’s cooling system functioning at peak performance levels as reliably as you need it to. Air conditioners are mechanical systems, after all, and running them as hard as we do for as long as we do means it will accumulate some serious wear and tear over time. Let us maintain your cooling system so you can enjoy the comfort you deserve, this summer and beyond.

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How Does Skipping Repairs Impact Your AC?

April 16th, 2018

technician repairing air conditionerTo say that summers can be long an unbearable in our little corner of the world would of course be an understatement. With temperatures climbing to their highest in the next few months, the condition of your cooling system is vital to your comfort and health. We imagine that you’re already running your AC system on a regular basis. Hopefully, you already had spring maintenance done so you can rest assured that you won’t be in need of any huge AC repairs in San Antonio anytime soon.

But what if your system wasn’t recently tuned-up? Or what if it was and you were alerted to small repair needs, but you’ve decided to skip them “for now.” Unfortunately, given the time of year and the amount of stress your air conditioner is going to be going through throughout the summer, this can be a big mistake. Keep reading to learn more about what happens when you skip AC repairs.

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Why You Should Replace Your Aging Heater with a Ductless System

April 2nd, 2018

Closeup view about using some appliance such as air condition.If you’re like most San Antonio residents, you likely aren’t using your heater anymore this season, albeit except maybe at night for an hour or two. But is that lack of use due to the fact that the weather is warming up, or your heater has aged to the point that it can no longer perform as efficiently as it should? Efficiency is a big deal, since it directly contributes to how much you’re paying to heat and cool your home every year. But if you’re really serious about boosting your San Antonio heating and cooling efficiency, then it’s time to upgrade your aging HVAC unit!

There are a number of economic benefits to switching from a standard furnace to a ductless system. Keep reading to learn more, and if you already have a ductless system in place, turn to our team for maintenance to ensure it lasts for as long as it should!

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No, It’s Never Too Early for an AC Tune-Up!

March 19th, 2018

technician's hands working on outdoor ac unitTemperatures are still on the cooler side for now, but we’re all very well aware of how when spring and summer hit, they hit hard. Is your air conditioner ready for the seasonal change? Now is the best time of year to arrange for your cooling system’s annual maintenance session (or biannual, if you have a heat pump) to make sure that it’s ready.

There’re a few San Antonio, TX air conditioning maintenance tasks you can, and should, handle on your own, such as swapping out your air filter every 1-3 months depending on the level of contaminants in your home. But full maintenance that actually helps your cooling system perform as best as it should needs to be left to professionally trained technician.

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