January 13th, 2020
No matter how much you would like the current furnace in your home to be the only one you’ll ever need, eventually, a time will come when continuing to have it repaired and maintained is throwing money away. There are several warning signs about a furnace that’s over-the-hill, but the easiest metric is its age. (If you don’t know the furnace’s manufacture date, check on the metal plate on the unit.)
The age when a furnace is considered “old” is 15 years, although well-cared-for units sometimes make it to 20 years. We recommend you give serious consideration to replacing a furnace that’s older than 15. Below are the reasons an older furnace can be a problem.
December 30th, 2019
We live in an age of the “do-it-yourselfer.” You only need
to type a few words into a search engine about any project you’re considering
taking on, and you’ll be zapped to a set of videos offering to show you how you
can do it.
But there’s a big difference between a video telling you that you can do something and whether you can actually do it. Would you trust DIY instructions on how to fly a plane? Perform heart surgery? Of course, you wouldn’t. And you shouldn’t trust DIY instructions for when it comes to fixing a broken gas furnace. We know it’s tempting to attempt to save money by tackling a faulty heating system on your own. But you absolutely shouldn’t.
December 16th, 2019
When it’s time to replace part of your HVAC system, either
the air conditioner or the heater, you have more options than to make a simple
swap-out. You can take out both comfort systems and replace them with a
single new installation, a heat pump.
If you know anything about heat pumps, it’s that they are
capable of working as both cooling and heating systems. That’s a great benefit,
but it also makes potential buyers cautious. Does a heat pump sacrifice some of
its cooling power to also work as a heater? And since it resembles an air
conditioning system, can it ever deliver enough heat to keep a home comfortable?
We’ll answer these questions below. (Spoilers: heat
pumps work great at both heating and cooling for our climate!)
December 2nd, 2019
Because we don’t have to deal with severe winters in Texas, having major repairs or upgrades to a heating system can sometimes wait until late in the year. There usually isn’t a fall rush to have a furnace replacement in New Braunfels, TX. However, if you think that you need to have a new furnace installed for your home, it’s best to have it done before the start of the new year. January is when we’ll have our coldest days, and you’ll feel much more relaxed knowing you have a fresh and reliable new heating system ready to get to work when it’s needed.
We understand that nobody wants to pay to replace a heating
system if it’s unnecessary, so we’ll look at the big question involved in
furnace installation: Is it really time for a new furnace?
November 18th, 2019
The winter nights and early mornings in Greater New Braunfels
may not reach the bone-freezing colds of, say, Minnesota, but they’re still
cold. When the temperature drops into the 40s and upper 30s, you won’t want
your house to be without a reliable heating system.
Because homes don’t use their heaters as much as their air conditioners here, people are less likely to look to an HVAC contractor in Schertz, TX when they need heating assistance. They either shrug it off and put on a jacket indoors or they rely on an amateur “handyperson” to swing by and tinker with the furnace or another system to see if they can get it back in line. Maybe hitting the cabinet a few times will get it working again, who knows?
Well … we know. If you have a central heating system, anything more complex than a space heater, you cannot handle any standard service for it: installation, replacement, repair, or maintenance. You must leave it to an experienced contractor with the proper licensing and certifications, as well as the best experience and tools. There are some good reasons why:
November 4th, 2019
Of the many home heating services in New Braunfels, TX we provide, the one that does the most long-term good for our customers is fall heating maintenance. The benefits of these inspections and tune-ups are immense, and the cost for maintenance is minimal compared to future savings, improved convenience, and peace of mind. You can’t put a price on feeling relaxed that your heating system won’t fail on you during a cold day.
Unfortunately, many customers forget about heating maintenance
or don’t think that arranging for it is an annual obligation. Because we experience
much more intense summer weather than winter weather, air conditioning systems
receive more attention. But cold weather still occurs in winter, with nights
that can creep down into the 30s. Don’t let our hot summers trick you into
thinking your home’s heater is unimportant.
October 21st, 2019
Are you thinking about installing a new central air conditioning system this fall? An AC system replacement in New Braunfels, TX is best done either in spring or fall, between the periods when HVAC systems do the most work. We recommend you act soon to have a replacement system. Call our technicians and they’ll help you with a great installation.
Since you’re planning on getting a new cooling system, consider
some of the newer air conditioners on the market that have higher efficiency
than your current system. You could switch from an old, outdated 13 SEER unit
to one with 20 SEER or higher. Below we’ve listed a few of the choices for an
AC with superb energy efficiency:
October 7th, 2019
Relief from the Texas heat doesn’t come often, and it can
still be intense during the fall. All the work your home’s air conditioner has already
gone through this year can take its toll and result in a home that isn’t as
cool as you want it.
If you’re currently experiencing an AC that’s in an uphill battle to provide household comfort, it might be time for AC repairs in New Braunfels, TX. There are many different reasons for an AC to begin losing its cooling capacity after a long summer. We’re going to look at a few of them below to help you understand what you’re up against and what can be done.
September 23rd, 2019
In our previous post, we pointed out strange noises you may hear from your air conditioning system and what they mean. Odd sounds are only one of the indicators of an AC in trouble at the end of a long summer season. We’ve collected other signs to look for so you’ll know when it’s time to call our New Braunfels, TX air conditioning repair experts. We have 24/7 emergency service for when you need your household cooling restored right away.
September 9th, 2019
Because the heat in Texas hangs around for long stretches, local air conditioning systems put in much more work than they’re accustomed to. It pays to be vigilant of the AC in your home during the end of summer because this is when it’s at the highest risk of a malfunction. All that work stress through summer can catch up to it rapidly, and you want to be prepared to make a call to have the AC fixed before you lose out on cooling.
One of the ways an air conditioner can send out an alert
that something isn’t right is through sound. Weird noises from an AC that you
aren’t accustomed to hearing often mean it needs attention from HVAC professionals.
Below are a few of these warning sounds.