Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Selma’

Is Your Air Conditioner Making One of These Scary Sounds?

Monday, 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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Do Heat Pumps Have Special Maintenance Needs?

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Heat pumps are very similar to air conditioning systems: they use an identical system of circulating refrigerant between two sets of coils to carry out heat exchange (moving heat from one location to another) and contain a similar set of components in an almost copycat configuration. They both use indoor and outdoor cabinets, with the compressor housed in the outdoor cabinet, and two sets of fans used to move air across the coils. The indoor blower fans send conditioned air into the ductwork.

Because of their similarities, they also share similar maintenance needs that a technician will take care of when he or she arrives for the annual tune-up and inspection. The technician will look over the electrical system, the capacitors, the motors, the compressor, the thermostat… none of this is different from one system to the other.

But heat pumps do have some specific needs, which are listed below. Make sure that when you schedule heat pump maintenance in Selma, TX, you call the experienced team at Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating.

The special maintenance needs of a heat pump

  • The reversing valve: The component that makes the difference between a heat pump and a standard air conditioner is the valve the controls the flow of refrigerant. The reversing valve is located in the outdoor unit connected to the compressor. As refrigerant exits from the compressor, the reversing valve guides the direction it will go, and subsequently, whether the system will run in heating or cooling mode. Part of maintenance is to see that this crucial valve is operating correctly and doesn’t need replacement.
  • The drip pans—both of them: Air conditioners have a condensate pan to catch moisture that drips down from the evaporator coil, where a drain and pump removes it. Because a heat pump can swap the role of the two coils, both the indoor and outdoor unit perform evaporation and therefore there are two sets of condensate pans to check and clean at each maintenance visit.
  • The thermostat: The thermostat for a heat pump must go an extra level of control because it activates the reversing valve as well. If the thermostat is miscalibrated or loses its connection to the reversing valve, the heat pump will become stuck in one mode or the other.

Have you had your heat pump maintenance yet?

All home comfort systems require annual maintenance to make sure they work correctly, efficiently, and without impending repair needs. The special balance needed for a heat pump to work as both heater and AC means they must have technicians familiar with their workings to perform the maintenance. You’ll find the experienced people for the job at Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating.

We have worked on heat pump maintenance in Selma, TX for over 25 years, and our preventive maintenance agreement will take care of all your needs for tune-ups and inspections.

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3 Different Types of Insulation You Can Use for Your Selma, TX Home

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Some people thing of insulation as a luxury rather than a necessity, but in point of fact, good insulation can be the smartest decision you make for your home. With proper insulation, cold air stays inside in the summer time and warm air in the wintertime, lowering your heating and cooling bills in the process. In Selma, TX, insulation can save you a great deal in monthly costs, enough to offset the cost of installing the insulation in some cases. The type of insulation involved can play a big part in that. Here are 3 different types of insulation you can use for your home in Selma.

  • Spray foam insulation
    Spray foam insulation comes in pressurized canisters and can be sprayed into the area like shaving cream before it hardens into a permanent shape. Spray foam insulation works extremely well for cramped crawlspaces and other areas where more traditional types of insulation can’t reach.
  • Blown-in insulation
    Blown-in insulation consists of numerous loose particles, inserted into the area with a blower. It’s less expensive than spray-foam insulation, and still does the same job of covering awkward spaces without a lot of fuss. Blown-in insulation is usually composed of recycled materials, making it an environmentally friendly option.
  • Radiant barriers
    In hot climates like ours, radiant barriers – consisting of reflective material mounted on your roof — make another cost-effective form of insulation. They work best in the summer, when temperatures rise, but now is an excellent time to have them installed, when temperatures are still mild and the heat hasn’t hit us yet.

No matter what different type of insulation you can use in your home, you can count on Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating to help. Our trained experts provide professional HVAC services in Selma, TX, and we understand how insulation affects your home and can prepare a plan to install the most efficient type and amount for your particular needs. Insulation is an absolute must for any home owner in Selma. You don’t want to leave it in the hands of amateurs. Pick up the phone today and give us a call. Let us show you what we can do for you.

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When Is a Good Time to Schedule Duct Cleaning?

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Most heating and cooling systems use forced-air to send out conditioned air around a home. With the exception of ductless mini splits, forced-air systems all use ductwork to carry the air from the unit cabinet to the vents. The condition of these ducts is important to improve your indoor air quality and for keeping your HVAC system as efficient as possible. For these reasons—and the reasons listed below, you should schedule regular duct cleaning.

There are some specific times when you should schedule duct cleaning instead of waiting until a point marked on your calendar. Call Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating in Selma, TX for duct cleaning at any of these times:

When You Have Unexplained Heating/Cooling Bill Increases

A lining of dirt and dust along the inside of ductwork will increase the resistance against the airflow from your furnace, heat pump, or AC. This will force the system to work harder to reach its target temperature, and will result in an increase on your power bills. If you see a spike in your bills, and it doesn’t change because of maintenance or repairs, you should schedule duct cleaning to give your HVAC system as easier path to keeping you comfortable.

When You Notice an Increase of Cold and/or Allergy-like Symptoms

Ducts that have become contaminated with dust, dirt, pollen, dander, mold, and microbacteria will have a negative impact on your air quality, leading to people in your home suffering from symptoms similar to colds and allergies. People with actual allergies will notice the effects first, but you don’t have to have any allergies to suffer from these effects. If problems such as wheezing, coughing, headaches, and nose and eye irritation start to become frequent, you should look into duct cleaning to help remedy the problem.

When More Than a Year Has Passed Since the Last Cleaning

Although ducts will have different cleaning schedules depending on their size and frequency of use, in general a year is sufficient time for dust to grow inside to the point of causing cold and flu-like symptoms. If it’s been more than a year since you’ve scheduled duct cleaning—or if you’ve never had duct cleaning done before—now is the right time to take care of it.

Duct cleaning requires professionals, both to safely access your ducts and to use the specialized equipment necessary to get down to the deep-set grime. Give us a call today and speak with our ductwork cleaning specialists at Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating to schedule a thorough duct cleaning that will leave you with a safe, cleaner home and a more efficient heating and cooling system. We also offer a variety of other indoor air quality and HVAC services in Selma, TX, so be sure to let us know what you need!

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Common Mistakes During Furnace Installation

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Congratulations, you’ve decided to have a furnace installed in your home—either as a replacement for an older system, or as a system for a new home. A furnace should provide you with years of indoor comfort. However, we want to caution you about some of the mistakes that can occur during furnace installation—and the one simple solution that you apply to avoid them.

Call Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating for more advice about furnace installation in Selma, TX.

Furnace installation mistakes

  • The furnace isn’t sized properly: A furnace cannot be either too large or too small for the space it must heat. An undersized furnace will not provide enough heat and will need to run constantly to strain to reach its target temperature. Too large a furnace and the system will “short-cycle,” turning on and off repeatedly as it reaches the target setting too fast. In both cases, the furnace will rapidly wear down and require premature replacement.
  • The furnace is improperly connected to the ducts: If the furnace you are having installed will hook up to a preexisting set of ducts, careful work must go into securing the new system. Often, some ducts will need to be reconfigured in order to accommodate the new furnace. A sloppy or inexperienced job will result in leaks in the ductwork and a furnace struggling to provide the heat required from it.
  • The ventilation is done poorly: If you have a gas furnace installed, it needs to have proper ventilation to release the combustion exhaust gas after its heat is transferred to the air. If the exhaust flue in the furnace is put in incorrectly with a faulty damper, or if it is the wrong size, it can lead to a dangerous situation where the exhaust flows back into the cabinet or never makes it to the outside at all.

There is a simple way to avoid all these mistakes: hire experienced, licensed professionals to handle your installation, and handle it from the start of choosing and sizing your furnace. If you rely on amateurs, you won’t have any assurance that the work will be done right, and you may even end up with a potentially dangerous furnace in your home! Rely on professionals with a long track history of successful installations.

Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating has kept our customers happy and cozy for over 25 years. We can handle your furnace installation in Selma, TX so that you will have the warmth you want along with many years of trouble-free performance. Call us today to get started.

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Can Flexible Ductwork Be Repaired?

Friday, November 15th, 2013

In the earliest days of central heating and air conditioning, ducts came in only one style: solid, inflexible sheet metal constructed into rectangular channels. Sheet metal ducts still perform a hefty amount of the work in many buildings, especially commercial structures. But for homes with smaller spaces, flexible ducts can do a much more efficient job.

Since flexible ducts aren’t constructed from durable sheet metal, they can suffer damage easier than standard metal ducts and develop leaks that will make them less effective. But does their less durable construction material mean that they have to be replaced if they sustain damage? Do you have an option to repair them instead?

The answer is, yes, flexible ductwork can benefit from repairs. Extreme damage may still require replacement, but since flexible ducts costs less than sheet metal ducts, this isn’t a drastic alternative. However, you should consult with duct repair specialists to see what your best option is. Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating can take care of many kinds of problems you may encounter with your ductwork.

We perform duct repair in Selma, TX as well as replacements: whatever your ductwork needs, we can provide it.

The common type of flexible ducts consists of folding plastic material with an insulation casing. Loss of insulation or holes through the plastic will cause a decrease in air pressure and harm your HVAC system’s ability to function, adding unnecessary stress to it.

You can’t repair duct holes using duct tape; despite the name, that’s not what duct tape is good for. What will work on gaps and tears in flexible ducts is mastic sealing, a resin-based material that stands up to temperature changes. This is a job for professionals to handle using a mastic caulking gun.

Professionals can also locate places where the flexible ducts have come loose from their connections and seal them back into place so the problem will not immediately re-occur.

One of the reasons you should not take on repairs to flexible ductwork yourself is that it is difficult to access many of the ducts in your home, and detecting where leaks have started to occur presents a problem if you lack HVAC experience. Tampering with ductwork can lead to more problems… you need the experts to take care of this job to keep the repairs from spiraling out of control.

In the long run, you’ll be thankful you called a company like Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating to handle your flexible duct repair needs in San Antonio, Selma, and beyond!

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