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3 Things You Need to Know When Buying a New Furnace

Monday, December 10th, 2018

If you’re buying a new furnace it’s either because you’re moving into a new home and providing a new furnace to heat this space, or because it’s time to upgrade from your old system. You’re preparing to make a huge decision in either scenario. Your furnace system is a heating system that’s built to last and it’s a unit that has a big job to do here throughout the winter. Choosing the best furnace available to you will keep your home comfortable all winter, last for years to come, and save you money in the process. We understand that choosing can be difficult at times, so we’ve put together a quick guide for you to reference during the process below. If you need further help in choosing a furnace in San Antonio, TX then contact our team. All our technicians are experienced, knowledgeable, and ready to help.

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How to Tell If Your Heat Exchanger is Cracked

Monday, November 12th, 2018

Inside a gas furnace. Focus = the top of the middle flange. 12MP camera.So, you’re having trouble with your furnace and you have a feeling that you might have an issue with a crack in your heat exchanger. But what is a heat exchanger exactly? How can you tell what the issue is for sure? And what should you do about it? We can help you through this process.

If you think you have a cracked heat exchanger, the best practice is to call a professional as soon as possible because a cracked heat exchanger is a serious safety issue. Even though your furnace may seem fine, dangerous gases leaking into your home is a serious detriment to your health and even a potentially life-threatening situation. If you have a problem with your furnace in San Antonio, TX, then contact our team today.

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How Your Home Benefits from a Humidifier

Monday, October 1st, 2018

ice-air-conditioners-dont-mixWhen you think of the word “humidity” in relation to our weather here in San Antonio, your mind probably jumps to our unbearably muggy summers. The thought of purposefully adding humidity to your home is probably enough to make you recoil. But homes here in San Antonio really can benefit from a humidifier during our colder months. You might not notice the effects of a dry climate during this time of year but they’re drastic. If you’re considering installing a whole-home humidifier in San Antonio, TX, our team at Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating will help you find, purchase, and install the right unit.

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No, Ice on Your AC Is Never Normal

Monday, 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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Damaged Ductwork and Its Impact on Your AC

Monday, 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!

Monday, 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?

Monday, 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

Monday, 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!

Monday, 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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Beware These Late Season Heating Repair Needs

Monday, February 19th, 2018

malfunctioning-furnace-troubleshootRecent weather may have been rainy, but temperatures are warming up, which means we’re almost ready to stop using our heating systems. With spring creeping up on us pretty quickly, it’s easy to ignore any San Antonio, TX heating repair needs you might have. But this could actually be very damaging to your heater, and your comfort the rest of this winter.

But how do you know when you need heating repairs? Are there any telltale signs, other than a complete heater breakdown, that let you know your heater is in disrepair? Some symptoms aren’t as apparent as others, but yes there are certainly indicators you can watch out for. Keep reading to learn what they are.

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