Thayer Air Conditioning Blog: Posts Tagged ‘New Braunfels’

A Furnace Spring Retirement Plan

Monday, March 9th, 2020
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Winter is coming to an end, and soon you won’t need the furnace in your house running at all. Not until late fall. But perhaps that furnace should never run again because this is the spring for it to retire and go into the recycling heap. Because furnaces don’t receive as much use as air conditioners in Texas, people often let older furnaces linger on when they should have replaced them years ago.

We’re going to help you understand if this is the spring to plan a furnace retirement (no, you don’t have to throw it a party) and arrange for new furnace installation in New Braunfels, TX.

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How an Old Furnace Can Be Bad News

Monday, January 13th, 2020
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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.

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Fix Your Own Gas Furnace? Please Don’t Try It!

Monday, December 30th, 2019
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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.

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Are Heat Pumps Viable Options for Our Climate?

Monday, December 16th, 2019
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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!)

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Should You Replace Your Furnace Before the New Year?

Monday, December 2nd, 2019
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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?

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Now Is the Time for Heating Maintenance

Monday, November 4th, 2019
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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.

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Options for a Better Efficiency Air Conditioning System

Monday, October 21st, 2019
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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:

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Is Your AC Not Getting the Job Done? Let’s Find Out Why

Monday, October 7th, 2019
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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.

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Other End-of-Season Warnings an AC Is Malfunctioning

Monday, September 23rd, 2019
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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.

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Odd Noises From Your AC and What They May Mean

Monday, September 9th, 2019
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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.

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