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Temperatures Are Dropping: Time for a Furnace Tune-Up!

Monday, October 29th, 2018

It’s finally cooling off here in Southern Texas so it’s time to start thinking about your heater. Furnace maintenance helps increase your system’s lifespan, lower your heating bills, and boost your indoor air quality. This simple and affordable service is the difference between an average heating system and a great heating system.

When it comes to heating maintenance, always leave this job to a professional. Our technicians here at Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating are knowledgeable, licensed, and experienced—they know how to immaculately maintain your system. If you need superior furnace maintenance in Fair Oaks, TX, contact our team today.

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Air Filters: What You Never Thought You Needed to Know

Monday, 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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Why Sizing Your New Air Conditioner Is So Important

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Among the preparatory steps for installing a new air conditioning system, one of the most crucial is sizing the system, i.e. finding out how powerful a system is necessary to provide the ideal balance of cooling. Sizing a system requires the work of technicians familiar with performing heat load calculations. This isn’t a task to leave to guesswork, because the consequences of putting in an air conditioner that’s too small or too large are extreme and usually require replacing the system entirely.

When you want to start your air conditioning installation in Fair Oaks, TX right, call the contractor with more than a quarter of a century of experience matching people’s home with the ideal AC: Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating. We are 100% committed to your satisfaction.

The problems of an air conditioner that’s too small

If you end up with an AC too underpowered to provide enough BTUs of cooling for your home, you will end up with inferior comfort. In order for the system to reach its expected level of cooling, it will need to run almost constantly, wasting energy and aging its components rapidly. Even then, it’s unlikely that the air conditioning system will have the power to cool down your entire house, leaving you with warm spots and a general weaker level of cooling.

The problems of an air conditioner that’s too large

Homeowners often make the assumption that an air conditioner cannot be too large. It makes sense that an AC can be too small, but how can a system that’s too powerful create a problem? Can’t you just put it on a lower setting?

However, when an AC is too large for the house it’s supposed to cool, it can cause as much trouble as one that’s undersized. An oversized air conditioner will so rapidly cool down a space that the thermostat will turn off the compressor before it can finish its full cycle. A short time later, it will turn it back on again, then turn it off again, and so on…. This is called “short-cycling,” and it creates an immense waste of energy (activating the compressor requires more electricity than any other operation) and puts inordinate stress on the compressor and the other components, shortening the system’s life.

Professional sizing will find the right air conditioner for you

When you bring in an installation team of licensed and seasoned professionals, they will perform an extensive heat load calculation for your home to determine how it traps and keeps out heat. This will give them an idea of the amount of cooling in BTUs an air conditioner must provide to reach your desired level of comfort.

Our team at Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating will handle your air conditioning installation in Fair Oaks, TX so that you end up with the perfect system to keep you cool for many Texas summers.

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3 Reasons Why Your Furnace Won’t Ignite

Friday, March 21st, 2014

For a gas furnace to work, the burner needs to ignite to create the combustion gas that transfers heat to air. If the burner won’t ignite, the furnace will not generate heat, and you’ll only receive room temperature air from your vents.

A furnace can fail to light for different reasons; we’ll look at a few of the more common. In most cases of furnace burner failure, you should never attempt to solve the problem on your own. It is dangerous to tamper with any system connected to a gas line without proper training because of the risk of toxic gas exposure and explosions. Instead, shut off the gas to the furnace and call heating professionals. Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating can handle your furnace repair and maintenance in Fair Oaks, TX. Our technicians are available 24/7.

3 Culprits Behind a Furnace Failing to Ignite

  1. Blown fuse/tripped circuit breaker: Modern gas furnaces do not run entirely on natural gas. Electronic ignition systems have started to replace standing pilot lights, which has resulted in more efficient furnaces. But this also means that if the furnace trips a circuit breaker, the electronic ignition will not turn on to ignite the burner. Check your circuit panel or fuse box to see if this is the case. Reset the breaker or replace the fuse and try to start the furnace again.
  2. Gas valve or gas line trouble: The issue with the furnace’s failure to ignite may lie in the gas line itself: the burner is not receiving enough fuel to start up. This might be trouble in the gas valve (a safety mechanism may have closed it, or it’s stuck) or an issue deeper down in your gas supply line. Whatever the cause, it’s work for a skilled technician only.
  3. Dirty or rusty burner: One of the reasons that it’s important to keep the filter of your furnace clean with regular replacements is to prevent dirt from getting into the cabinet and along the burner. A layer of grime will block the oxygen necessary to allow the burner to ignite. Rust flakes inside the burner will also cause this. You should not attempt to clean the burner yourself; it needs to have a professional remove the unit and clean it.

Sign Up for Regular Maintenance for Your Furnace

You can avoid most troubles with furnace ignition with a preventive maintenance program. An annual visit from a heating technician will make sure that the burner, the pilot, and the igniter are clean and in good shape. The technician will also check that your furnace is running without safety issues.

Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating has an excellent preventive maintenance agreement that will keep your heating and cooling tuned-up with two maintenance visits per year. You’ll receive other benefits as well. Give us a call today to find out more, or if you’re in need a heating repair service in Fair Oaks, TX.

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