Converse A/C & Heating Named One of Angie’s Best in San Antonio

Converse A/C and Heating has been  added to one of Angie’s Best. Angie’s List is the trusted site where more than 3 million households go to get ratings and reviews on everything from home repair to health care. We are very proud to be one of Angie’s “Best HVAC Providers in San Antonio”, and to have been awarded their Super Service Award.

RICK DAVIS, Converse A/C & Heating

RICK DAVIS, Converse A/C & Heating

We think it indicates hat we provide the kind of quality and service that customers demand.

Since the best must have a certain number or reviews, a flawless recent record, and a minimum of four Page of Happiness nominations in their reporting period, Converse A/C has certainly earned a place in “Angie’s Best” in San Antonio list. This means that by meeting these extra requirements, Converse A/C places among the top 1 percent of contractors eligible for the SSA (Super Service Award) nationwide.

For all of your air conditioning and heating needs, call Converse A/C and Heating at (210) 659-1353 or (830) 214-7564.




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Top Reasons to Hire Professional Air Conditioning and Heating Experts

Many people try to do home improvements or tackle problems themselves in their home.  Others will trust a handyman when they have problems in their home.  While DIY work or a general purpose handyman may be fine to do some jobs around your home, you do not want to try to fix your heating or air conditioning system on your own.

Instead, you want to ensure that if you have a problem or need help with your heater or your air conditioner that you place your trust in experts and professionals who have experience and training in the business.  Your heating and cooling system are too important to take a chance with and the consequences of having inexperienced people do the work can be grave.

Why You Need Air Conditioning and Heating Professionals

Whether you need help troubleshooting your air conditioning system or your heating system, there are many reasons why it makes a lot of sense to have a professional take care of repairs or improvements.

Some of the many reasons why you should always hire heating and cooling professionals include the following:

  • You could be dealing with dangerous gases and chemicals. Air conditioners use Freon and other chemicals in order to work and cool your home. Your furnace, on the other hand, may use natural gas or propane in order to provide heat to your house. If your air conditioner or if your furnace are not hooked up properly by professionals, you could have dangerous chemicals and toxins released into your home and into the air that you and your family are breathing. You do not want to trust just anyone to hook up a furnace or an air conditioner because there is a major risk of getting sick due to chemical exposure if things are not hooked up in he correct way.
  • You could shorten the life of your furnace or your air conditioner. Buying a furnace and buying an air conditioner are both expensive investments.  You do not want to do anything to increase the chances of this equipment breaking or getting damaged.  It is important that you do everything you can to ensure that your unit lasts as long as you can. Hiring a professional to help you to take care of these units or to install or fix them is one of the keys to maximizing the life span of your heating and cooling equipment.
  • You could end up wasting lots of energy and lots of money.  Heating and cooling your home are some of the biggest drivers of your monthly electrical costs. If your units are not hooked up correctly and working optimally, you could end up wasting a lot of money and a lot of energy.

These are just some of the key reasons why it pays to hire a professional for any type of service, upgrades or repairs that you need to do to your heating and cooling system. Be sure to ask for references and qualifications whenever you hire HVAC experts to do work on your space.

For all of your air conditioning and heating needs, call Converse A/C and Heating at (210) 659-1353 or (830) 214-7564.


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How to Make Your Air Conditioner Last Longer

When your air conditioner breaks or stops working optimally, it can be a major hassle to deal with the problem. Installing a new air conditioning unit can be an unexpected expense that your household budget is not prepared for. You may have to go several days without a functioning air conditioning unit if your unit breaks and needs to be replaced. This can be a big problem in the summer time, when your house becomes too uncomfortable to be in without air conditioning and you are forced to incur more costs to either have an emergency repair or replacement or to stay in a hotel until your unit is fixed.

Because of all of the hassles associated with replacing an air conditioning unit, not to mention the expense of replacing your A/C, it is always best to take care of the air conditioner that you have and to do everything possible to extend the life of the unit for as long as you can.  Here are some tips to help you to make sure that your air conditioner lasts for a long time.

Steps to Lengthen the Useful Life of Your HVAC 

In order to make your air conditioner last as long as it possibly can before it breaks down and you are forced to buy a new one, follow these simple tips:

  • Make sure your air conditioner unit is appropriately sized to your home. If you buy a unit that is too small for the space that you are trying to cool, the air conditioner will end up working harder than it has to and for running longer than it should. This can significantly shorten the life of the air conditioning unit. Likewise, if your air conditioner is too large it will waste energy and it may cycle on and off more often which can also reduce its life span.
  • Have your air conditioner serviced regularly. You may wish to enter into an annual contract with an air conditioning professional who will come to your home once a year and check the air conditioner for problems or defective parts. Your air conditioner is, in many ways, like your vehicle. By taking care of it, maintaining it properly and solving small problems when they first start to arise, it will stay in better shape over the long haul.  Many maintenance companies will offer annual contracts and it is very affordable to have someone come out and do a check on your air conditioner to ensure that it works at the optimum level.
  • Clean the filters when they need it. Your air conditioner filters should be cleaned or replaced when they become clogged or dirty so that your unit does not need to work harder than it should in order to cool your home.

These are just a few of the many things that you can do in order to extend the life of your air conditioning unit. You should talk to air conditioning professionals who perform regularly maintenance on your air conditioner about ways that you can take care of it and make it last as long as possible.

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What Happens If You Neglect Your HVAC System?

Most homeowners know that deferred maintenance can lead to disaster and that letting problems go unsolved for a long period of time can only serve to create more expensive home repair projects down the road.  Of course, there are certain areas where homeowners may have more leeway than others in terms of whether maintenance is important.

When it comes to your HVAC system, this is not an area where routine maintenance should be optional. Your heating and cooling system are what make it possible to stay in your home during the weather extremes, both in the summer and in the winter.  By regulating the temperature in your home, conditioning the air to avoid extremes in heat or cold, the HVAC system also protects your home as well. Without being able to heat and cool your home, you would have problems ranging from pipes freezing to the expansion and contraction of your floors.  None of this is something that you want to happen in your home, and it is essential that you understand the importance of regular maintenance on your HVAC system.

Regular Maintenance is Important For Your HVAC System

There are a lot of reasons why regular maintenance is very important when it comes to your heating and cooling system. For example, some of the key reasons why it makes sense to keep both your heater and your air conditioner in tip top shape include the following:

  • Regular maintenance allows you to catch little problems before they become big problems.  If you have loose parts, a clogged motor or a host of other little issues with your furnace or your HVAC unit,  you want to get the problems with the defective parts solved right away. If you leave the unit running with parts that don’t work, you could end up damaging the entire thing and having a much more costly repair to contend with.
  • Regular maintenance helps to prevent problems from happening in the first place. There are certain maintenance tasks, like changing the filters on your units, that are needed in order to avoid the units having to work harder than they should.  By taking care of the basic upkeep tasks, you protect the investment made in your HVAC unit.
  • Regular maintenance can cut your energy bills. For most homeowners, the biggest utility expense they face is the cost of heating and cooling their house.  Having HVAC units that are not working at optimum level only serves to increase the expense associated with keeping the house comfortable.  Regular maintenance helps the units to work the best way they can, reducing the amount of money you spend.

These are just a few key reasons why regular maintenance is essential on any HVAC system.  You can typically enter into a maintenance contract with a trusted and reliable heating and cooling company and the company will send a technician out at appropriate intervals to check out your system, make needed repairs and ensure that everything is working the way that it should in your home.

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Signs Of Trouble With Your Heating System? Should You Call in a Professional?

Problems with a heating system are always bad news for homeowners, but this is especially true during the cold winter months when a problem with a heating system could force you to leave your home if the weather gets too cold. If your heating system stops working during the winter months, not only do you run the risk of your house becoming too cold to inhabit but you also take the chance that you are going to end up with frozen pipes and a whole host of other problems.

Heating systems usually give you some sign before they give out for good and stop producing heat, and it is important to be on the lookout for any indicators that might arise that show that your heating system is no longer working for you. If you notice that your heating system is having problems, it is important to call in a professional as soon as you can to get the system evaluated and to make any necessary repairs so that the system can get back to functioning at an optimal level. It is usually easier and cheaper to fix problems with a heating system when they are small problems than to wait until the system is not working at all, so don’t hesitate to act when you are having trouble.

Signs of Trouble with Your Heating System

There are many different indicators that can suggest that your heating system is not working as well as it ought to be working. Some of the different signs of trouble can include:

  • A system that stays on and runs all of the time. While your heating system should be on a lot during really cold days, it should eventually reach the set temperature and shut off for at least a brief period of time. If your system is running all the time or if you notice it is running far more than it has in the past, this can be an indicator that your system is not functioning as well as it should and that a professional should be consulted to help find out the solution.
  • An unexplained increase in electrical bills. Again, if your system stops working as well as it should, it may run more or stay on longer and thus your electrical bills could rise. A system that is working inefficiently is going to cost you money in electricity, not to mention the unit itself could give out quicker.
  • A lot of unexplained noise. If you hear banging, clanging or other unexpected noise when your heating system has been turned on, this should alert you to the fact that you might have a serious problem you need to deal with. Clanging and banging can be a simple problem to fix as just a few parts of your heating system may be loose and need tightening. Still, you need to make sure you solve the problem before a bigger issue arises.
  • Air that feels cool. If your air is not coming from your vents warmed, this is a big indicator that you have a problem.

If you experience these or other signs of trouble, call a professional right away to at least have your heating system evaluated so you can figure out what the problem is.

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Is it Time for a New Heating System?

Keeping your house warm enough is a top priority during the winter months as there is nothing less pleasant than coming in from the cold outside and stepping into a home that is also freezing cold.  Of course, you also want to make sure that your heater is energy-efficient and that you are not spending a fortune on heating bills over the course of the winter months.

For many people, the best way to ensure that they keep costs of heating down and to ensure that they have a toasty warm house during the winter is to simply have regular routine maintenance performed on their heating system. By taking care of your system with the help of annual maintenance performed by HVAC professionals, you can usually extend the life of your heating unit and catch big problems before they happen.   For others, however, their heating system hasn’t been well-maintained or it is simply getting old and not functioning as it should.  If this is starting to happen to you and you are thinking about getting a new heating system, it is important that you weigh the decision carefully and make the right choice.

Is it Time for a New Heating System?

Here are some things to consider when deciding if it is time for you to invest in a new heating system:

  • Does your old system require expensive or extensive repairs? If something has gone very wrong with your old heating system and the repairs will be close to the price of a new unit, then it is definitely a better choice to just bite the bullet and get the new heater. You don’t want to spend a lot of money on an old heater just to have it break again in a few weeks or a few months.
  • Have conditions in your home changed? For example, perhaps when you installed your heater, you only had electric available but you now have been hooked into the gas line. A gas heater can be way more efficient and less costly to run than an electrical system, so you may wish to think about switching to a different kind of heater if it is possible.
  • Are there newer and more energy efficient options available? If your heating unit is old and it is no longer running as well as it should, it may be worthwhile to look at new heating systems that use less energy.  Check for the Energy Star logo on heating systems that you are thinking about buying in order to make sure that you are getting one that is as efficient as possible. Over time, the money you save on your heating bill could make up for the cost of getting rid of the old energy inefficient unit for the newer model.

These are just a few of many considerations that you need to think about when you decide whether it is time for a new heating system or not. An HVAC professional can assess your situation and help you to make an informed choice on whether a new heating system makes sense for you. 

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Is Your Heating System Ready for Winter?

When the weather starts to get chilly, it is essential to keep your home nice and toasty warm. A problem with your heating system could be a disaster during the winter months, not just because it forces you to leave your home for the shelter of a hotel but also because freezing temperatures can cause a whole host of problems including pipes bursting.

You don’t want a heating system breakdown during the dead of winter, and the best way to avoid that is to make sure that your heating system is well maintained and that it is professionally serviced before the cold season approaches.   Many heating and cooling companies will offer a maintenance contract or will conduct an annual maintenance visit and this is a service that you should definitely think about taking advantage of in order to ensure that you significantly reduce the chances of an unexpected and unpleasant surprise with your heating system.

Getting Your Heating System Ready for Winter

The specific things that are going to need to be done with your heating system in order to ensure it is ready for winter are going to vary depending upon what kind of system you have.  A geothermal system, for example, can work differently than a heat pump and a standard furnace is yet another different type of heating system that has its own unique needs.

No matter what kind of heating system you have, it pays to have a professional come out and make sure it is well maintained and ready for the season.  Having your heating system checked regularly can prolong the life of the unit, which means you won’t have to invest in an expensive new system quite as often. It can save energy by allowing you to ensure that the heating system is functioning at optimum levels and that there are no serious problems that result in the system not working as well as it should.  It can also allow you to avoid expensive and costly surprise repairs by taking care of little problems before they become big problems.

When you have your heating system checked and serviced for the season, you can expect that filters should be changed and that the system should be checked thoroughly for loose or damaged parts. The system may need to be cleaned depending upon the type of heating unit you have, and you may need to flip a switch or change the settings on peripherals in your home like a dehumidifier in order to keep everything running smoothly and to keep your house as comfortable as you can during the cold months.

Upgrading Your Heating System is Also an Option

If you haven’t had your heating system checked in a long time and you are starting to have problems with it, this is also something you should address before the cold season starts.  Problems with the heating system could mean that it is time to upgrade to a new unit, and you’ll want to get that taken care of well before it gets too cold to stay in your home during the installation when your old system has been taken out.

A professional can let you know if replacing your old heating system with a newer, better and more energy efficient model is the right way for you to get your system ready for winter.

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Does Heat Pump Maintenance Make Financial Sense?

If your home relies upon a heat pump for heating and air-conditioning needs, you probably realize the importance of heat pump maintenance. Unlike many other types of heating and air-conditioning systems, a heat pump serves as the both a source of cool air in the summer and warm air in the winter. Therefore, no matter what time of year your heat pump breaks down, you have a problem.

Heat Pump Maintenance Doesn’t Cost, It Saves

Repeatedly, we find that a few dollars each month applied towards maintaining a heat pump turn out to be cheap insurance. Home heating and air-conditioning units are like everything else – they have a finite life span. The moving parts start to wear just as soon as the unit is placed into service. Neglecting your heat pump can result in:

  1. Unnecessary stress placed upon the compressor
  2. Frozen coils from low levels of refrigerant
  3. Inexpensive parts breaking, leading to expensive parts and motor replacement

A 10% loss in refrigerant level can result in in increase of 20% on your heating and air-conditioning bill!

Your Ductwork Can Be a Concern

We often find that homeowners are oblivious to the extensive loss of heating and air-conditioning efficiency caused by leaking ductwork. We have seen homes that are losing up to 25% of the capacity of their system from ductwork alone.

Is It Time for a Heat Pump Replacement?

Many people today are looking to a new heat pump whenever an older air-conditioning or heating system fails. Keep in mind that local utility companies often provide rebates with the installation of new equipment.

Contact us to arrange for a free estimate to determine whether a new heat pump is right for you or to schedule a maintenance check.

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Is Your Furnace Ready for Winter?

Summer is winding down, which means that soon, winter will be gearing up. Before you know it, you will be firing up the furnace in your home. There is nothing quite like that telltale odor the first time you turn on the heat. By the way, that smell is only the dust that has accumulated in the burner unit since you last used it.

While that dust is not usually much of a concern, a few other areas may require your attention. The best time to look into these is before everyone else does. That way, should you need a service call from one of our technicians, we can get to you right away. It is a good idea to turn on the furnace early to make sure it is working properly before you need it.

Scheduled Maintenance Saves Money

The benefits of routine scheduled maintenance usually outweigh the costs. Often our service professionals can spot a needed repair that can prevent a costly motor or burner replacement.

New PictureThey will inspect and adjust the belt and look for other areas that simply need to be fine-tuned. Many details require attention and our trained technicians have the skills and equipment to sense any problems.

What Can You Do?

There are also a few things you can do to prevent system breakdowns. Those who just spend a couple of hours each year on their heating and air conditioning systems usually end up saving a lot in the long run.

  • Change you filters, without fail. Different types have differing replacement intervals. They are often available online for less than you would pay at a local hardware or box store.
  • Look for water leaks that might indicate loose or failing connections.
  • If you notice any unusual sounds, call us immediately.

Some repairs are obvious and most homeowners with a basic set of tools can easily fix the problem. Others require a seasoned professional. No matter what, ignoring anything out of the ordinary can result in costly repairs later. Schedule an inexpensive maintenance call today to be sure you stay warm all winter long.

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Why You Should Renew Your Equipment with Converse AC

While there are many air conditioner and heater maintenance companies to choose from, we are certain that Converse AC is the best in the industry. We guarantee the lowest prices and the best performance when it comes to our highly educated technicians. And for your convenience, we offer a free estimate when new equipment is needed.

Further, utility rebates are being offered for:

  • Equipment Replacement
  • Duct Replacement
  • Attic Installation Upgrades
  • Duct Testing

We understand that indoor climate is one of the most important things when it comes to being comfortable inside your own home or business, which is why we offer service 7 days a weeks for quick and convenient repair. We promise to always be on time, and deliver not only fast, but professional results. Converse AC & Heating offers many benefits to our customers.

Just some of these benefits include:

  • Up front pricing, before work even begins
  • Repair of any heating and cooling brands
  • Low, affordable prices on all repairs and equipment

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