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Sound Check

You may be noticing more sounds coming from your air conditioner these past days in these extreme El Paso temperatures. That’s because it is working overtime.

There are sounds that the A/C makes that are normal, but they are also some that are not. Knowing the difference can save you on repairs and possibly an early retirement of your HVAC system. Here are some sounds you could be hearing, what they may mean, and if you should call Longhorn Maintenance Heating and Cooling for service:

Bang Bang Bang

Light banging may mean that something has come loose in the compressor like a rod or a piston. It could also be the compressor itself. Either way, this requires a check up from Longhorn Air to fix.

Screeeeeech

A metal on metal screeching sound may mean you have worn out bearing in the fan motor. This requires a repair from Longhorn Air to fix.

Squeal

A squealing sound may mean you have a misaligned or worn fan belt. It will need replacing the professionals at Longhorn Air. High temperatures and humidity, like we are experiencing in El Paso these past couple of weeks, can wear on a fan belt eventually causing it to break.

Click. Click. Click.

Like a playing card in the spokes of a bicycle, a clicking sound may mean you have a stick or some other obstruction that has fallen into the condensing unit and is hitting the fan blades. Try turning off the A/C and clearing the obstruction. If that doesn’t work, you may have an electrical problem (especially if the A/C will not turn back on). If that is the case, call Longhorn for a repair or estimate on a replacement.

Hummmmmmm

A humming sound can be many things. While some humming is normal in heavy use periods, continuous humming is not. It could mean you have loose wires, an electrical problem, or a blower motor issue. Call Longhorn Air to troubleshoot the hum if it doesn’t go away on its own.

Whistling While it Works

A whistling or wheezing sounds may simply mean you need to change the air filter. Or, in heavy use periods like this week in El Paso, open those vents that you have closed too much to let airflow pass through. They are trying to pass more air through to those living spaces because the extreme heat has made it hotter in those spaces than normal.

If you are hearing more noises than normal, use this guide to determine whether or not you should call for a repair or replacement by Longhorn Maintenance Heating and Cooling. Call 915-852-7334 for service or visit our website at www.longhornairep.com to learn more about our equipment offering and financing deals.

Longhorn Air is El Paso’s Rheem ProPartner

Longhorn Air is El Paso's Rheem equipment Pro Partner

Longhorn Air is El Paso’s Rheem equipment Pro Partner

When it comes to heating, cooling, and indoor air quality equipment, there are many great brands to choose from. But, Rheem HVAC equipment is a brand leader that produces high-quality air conditioners at the BEST PRICE POINTS.

If you are searching for a new air conditioning system this summer, we encourage you to take a look at dependable, affordable, high efficiency Rheem air conditioners featuring:
o Up to 20 SEER
o Variable, two-stage, or single-stage operation
o Cleaner, quieter cooling
o Environmentally safe refrigerant

Call Longhorn Air at 915-852-7334 for a free new Rheem HVAC system estimate. Or, visit us at www.longhornairep.com

Longhorn Installs Sheet Metal Duct Construction NEVER Duct Board

Longhorn Air is El Paso's Sheet Metal Fabrication professionals

Longhorn Air is El Paso’s Sheet Metal Fabrication professionals

Along with your A/C unit, the duct work makes a significant difference in the proper air distribution, energy efficiency and increased level of comfort in your home or business.

When you choose Longhorn Air for your new system installation, we’ll:

1. Inspect your duct work, and

2. Make repairs to significant problems in the duct work, or

3. Upgrade your duct work to sheet metal.

Longhorn Air NEVER uses inferior duct board in our HVAC installations. What that means for you is better air, more comfort, and higher energy efficiency due to the elimination duct leakage (or the breakdown of duct board over time).

For a free estimate on converting to refrigerated air with new sheet metal duct work, call the professionals at Longhorn Maintenance Heating and Cooling at 915-852-7334.

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The Evaporative Coolers Fluctuating Temperatures

DID YOU KNOW?
Most evaporative coolers are only prepared to cool efficiently up to approximately  85-90 degrees in our extreme summer heat…and that’s if we don’t have elevated humidity like what’s coming to our area today and for the next few days.

 

Once El Paso’s outdoor temperatures soar above the 100+ degree level, you can expect to feel quite a few degrees of inconsistency with the indoor cooling if you have a swamp cooling system. In addition, you can also expect the system to run a lot more than normal — near continuous in some instances.
If it feels like your evap cooler isn’t quite reaching the temperature you set it to this time of year; it’s actually completely normal for these hot, hot days. Your evaporative cooler is doing the best it can do.

 

Converting to refrigerated air is the only way to completely control the indoor temperature (and humidity). If you are simply not cool, comfortable or concerned about the operation of your old system, it may be time for a conversion to refrigerated air.

 

If you have a refrigerated air system already and are seeing (and feeling) more than a few degrees temperature swing from what your thermostat is set at during these hot days, this is NOT normal. You could be experiencing an air conditioner break down. It would be wise to schedule a service check.

 

To schedule a service call or free in-home estimate  our friendly, professional HVAC team of experts in El Paso, call us at 915-852-7334.

Convert to Refrigerated Air or Replace That Old System…It’s the Smartest Investment You Can Make in Your Home.

Convert to refrigerated air to add value and make your home more sellable

Convert to refrigerated air to add value and make your home more sellable

People look at home improvements for two reasons: 1. they either make your life easier or more comfortable, and/or 2. they want increase the property value of the home. 

 

Upgrading your HVAC system to a high-efficiency heating and cooling is a great way to add value to your home. And, at the same time, you can decrease your heating and cooling costs up to 20-40% by replacing an inefficient system. You’ll may also enjoy a system that doesn’t run constantly, reducing noise and improving the cool comfort of your home.

 

Currently, buyers are quite selective about homes they will consider in El Paso. One fact is for sure…it’s hard to sell a home that is equipped with evaporative cooling and not refrigerated air. Converting to refrigerated air with a new high efficiency air conditioner and variable speed furnace will add value to your home and help it sell like no other feature will! The state of your HVAC equipment has the potential to make homeowners back away from bidding on your home, or rush to get in their offer before someone else does.

 

Take advantage of great financing offers and our offer of a free Ecobee Wi-Fi thermostat with any new system, exclusively from Longhorn Maintenance Heating and Cooling. Adding an Ecobee Wi-Fi thermostat will provide home automated HVAC services for best “away-from-home” features, as well as programming for less energy usage when you are not home and most comfort for when you are!

 

Call 915-852-7334 to schedule your free estimate and financing application today!

How to Decide Between a Cooling Repair or a Replacement

If you’re starting to hear threats of an A/C or evaporative cooler wearing out, then you have to be pondering the question: “Do I replace this old thing or do I try to get it fixed?” Here is what Longhorn Air suggests you consider when coming to the answer”

HVAC System Life Expectancy

Because of our extreme El Paso summers, most refrigerated air system lasts about 10-15 years. But, we are luckier with the furnace. They are warrantied for about 20 years and most will make it to that!

Evaporative coolers are built to last for about 5-10 years. Of course, many last longer. But, they are usually warrantied for only 5 years. The cost of replacing one is less than that of refrigerated air, but by the time you replace 3 or 4 at their cost plus labor, you are pretty close to what it would have cost you to install one HVAC system.

Life expectancy should help with your decision to repair or replace. You probably won’t want to put many hundreds — or even thousands — of dollars into a repair of broken A/C if it is at, or nearing, life expectancy, only for it to completely fail soon after. The money you will spend on repairs could be invested in a new system.

 

Efficiency

Newer HVAC systems are much higher in efficiency. Your old refrigerated air system is probably at only 10-12 SEER at best, especially if it is 7-10 years old or older. Today, standards require an efficiency of at least 14 SEER to meet code. With a higher SEER, homeowners enjoy more efficiency…meaning more in energy savings. Lower utility bills could potentially pay for your new air conditioning system if you replace it instead of repair a low efficiency one. Something to consider.

 

Tax Credits and Utility Rebates

It never hurts to get an estimate for a new system when you experience problems with your old one. Tax credits and utility company rebates offer free money on certain systems if you purchase and install new based on their recommendations. Ask our estimator what is available today in our area or at EnergyStar.gov. The extra research may help you with your decision between repairing and replacing.

 

When to Repair

Of course, sometimes it doesn’t make sense to replace a system. If you already have one that is high in efficiency and is less than 10 years old, a repair is probably recommended. While you may think your condenser is acting up and causing a cooling issue, it could be something as minor as a thermostat needing a replacement. That’s not a very big $repair$.

Most contractors are honest and will likely only recommend a repair if:

  • your system is not nearly a decade old
  • your system is still under warranty
  • you have a higher SEER system already
  • you haven’t needed any repairs in the past
  • you won’t be staying in the home much longer

There is one difference that must be stated about estimates for repairs or replacements because a lot of confusion is centered around this it seems. Repair estimates have a charge associated with them. With a repair, a trained technician is performing a service: diagnostics. Diagnosing a problem and preparing a repair estimate takes skill, training and time. This technician may recommend a replacement, however. If that is the case, that service would be applied to your purchase should you choose Longhorn Air for that. With a replacement estimate, generally a knowledgeable project manager can assess your system based on the information your provide as well as a quick check, some measurements and photos. Replacement estimate are free at Longhorn Air.

 

For repairs and replacements, Longhorn Air wants to be your HVAC contractor. To schedule an appointment for repair or estimate for replacement, call our office at 915-852-7334.

What Air Conditioning System is Best? Consider Rheem. Here’s Why…

Your investment in heating and air conditioning is probably the biggest one you’ll ever make. But, selecting a new HVAC system for your home is a difficult one, mainly because there are so many options. It can all be so confusing.

It’s because of this that Longhorn Air offers a free in-home survey and estimate for a new Rheem HVAC system. We don’t charge you to research the costs and compare the features before committing to any one brand. And, we’re ok with that because we know that in the end you’ll be convinced that Rheem ranks among the best that money can buy!

So, what brand is best when it comes to HVAC? Here’s why we suggest it is Rheem:

When it comes to efficiency, Rheem ranks among the highest.
Much like automobiles, today’s air conditioners are required to rate their equipment according to its efficiency. This rating is known in the industry as a SEER, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. The higher the SEER, the more efficient the equipment. And, the higher the SEER, the more savings in energy usage you’ll enjoy!

Rheem Prestige Series™ high SEER models are the among the highest efficiency systems that you can buy today. For example, the Prestige with a SEER of 18 is among the highest available. It’s significantly higher than today’s standard models of other brands, many of which carry SEERs of only about 14. Higher SEER models are generally a little more expensive up front, but they easily make up the difference by reducing your home energy bills over the long run. That increase in SEER is going to save you significantly every month when your utility bill arrives!

Also know this…it’s not just that key role in your home energy expenses every month that a premium model of Rheem plays, they also last longer. For years to come, Rheem systems (if well maintained) continue to run at high efficiency providing an extended period of high performance.

 

Not all air conditioners are built the same. That is especially true of Rheem.
The compressor is the heart of an A/C system. On a hot day, it works long and hard—sometimes in El Paso that is all day long! Rheem offers the highly advanced scroll compressor in every condensing unit they produce. Scroll compressors are recognized by the industry as the leader in reliability, efficiency and quiet operation.

Also, with some condensing units, the fan can be another source of bothersome noise. Rheem units have a grill design that minimizes air restriction for the ultimate in quiet fan operation.
The right size for the right home. There is Rheem model for every environment.
An air conditioner that’s too small won’t keep your home sufficiently cool, especially in El Paso where our heat is extreme. But, what many homeowners don’t realize is that an oversized system will cycle (turn on and off) more than necessary, too. This also wastes energy and will possibly put undue strain on the A/C compressor. That could potentially cause premature failure. It definitely causes you to have higher utility bills. Rheem makes many models from which to choose…one perfectly sized to fit any home or building.

Longhorn Air can help determine the perfect Rheem model for your home by making a careful study of its size, layout and your cooling requirements. Other considerations are built in to every Rheem model we recommend: window dimensions and exposure, floor space, and insulation. Longhorn Air also looks at the direction your home faces and the style of your home (2 stories; open concept, cathedral ceilings, etc.). These are all factors in our proposal for a properly-sized Rheem system. We’ll specify what Rheem system will work best for maximum comfort, efficiency and performance based upon our free in-house assessment and estimate.
Dependability. Efficiency. Performance. All hallmarks of Rheem and Longhorn Air.

When you are looking for a new HVAC system and contractor, look for the ones who offer what matters most to you, your home performance and within your budget! When you choose a high performing brand like Rheem and a contractor like Longhorn Air who’s been providing El Paso homeowners with comfort for over 30 years, you’ve chosen reputation, dependability and simply the best the industry has to offer!

The premium high-performing, high efficiency Rheem brand and excellent installation from Longhorn Air

The premium high-performing, high efficiency Rheem brand and excellent installation from Longhorn Air

It isn’t easy to decide what new HVAC system brand is best for your home and that is why we want to help you with a free estimate and education on Rheem systems. And, now that the summer heat is here at its worst, you’ll want to make sure you choose the most cost-efficient system, as well as reliable and comfortable one, as possible. Even if it isn’t Rheem or us who you choose to ultimately install your new system, we will feel good that you have been somewhat educated on this choice.

For your free in-home survey and estimate for a new Rheem heating and cooling system in El Paso, Horizon City, Socorro or surrounding areas, call Longhorn Air at 915-852-7334 or visit us at www.longhornairep.com.

 

Why Referrals and Online Reviews Should Matter to You

Opening your home to contractors can be risky business. We know and respect that at Longhorn Air. That is why we provide referrals and post reviews as your best reference to our contracting services. But, there are some home service contractors who insist that online reviews don’t matter. The truth is that reviews should matter because we value experiences and verification of the quality of work completed AND WE KNOW YOU DO, TOO!

El Paso homeowners are great about sharing their experiences with HVAC contractors in our area. And, that is great for the many who depend on this information to hire heating and cooling contractors they read about at Facebook, Google or at the websites. If the contractor you are hiring doesn’t post reviews or provide references when you ask for them, you may want to reconsider hiring them. With conversions to refrigerated air, it’s especially important to choose a trustworthy HVAC professional who can prove their ability for these sometimes difficult installations and repairs.

At Longhorn Air, we know we can’t please all of the people all of the time…but we sure work hard to try! That’s why we’ve posted our reviews for many years. We believe it is also why we’ve been in business in El Paso and providing comfortable cooling solutions for homeowners here for more than 30 years.

For highly referred and well-reviewed refrigerated air conversions, repairs and estimates in El Paso, Horizon City, Socorro and surrounding towns, call the respected professionals of Longhorn Maintenance Heating and Air at 915-852-7334. But, before you do, read our reviews!

 

Longhorn Air posts all reviews for your consideration

Longhorn Air posts all reviews for your consideration

You can find our reviews at our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/longhornmechanicalcontractorsinc/

 

Longhorn Air posts all Google reviews

Longhorn Air posts all Google reviews

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or, on our website at: http://longhornairep.com/testimonials/

VACATION TIME AND THE A/C SYSTEM

Tips on how to monitor and run the A/C while on vacation

Tips on how to monitor and run the A/C while on vacation

It’s that time of year when many of us are heading out of town for summer vacation. While we are excited about getting away from the home for a bit, many still worry about what will be going on with home systems while we are away. That is especially true of people when it comes to the HVAC in El Paso’s hottest summer months.

When you are on a break, the A/C refrigerated air system can have a little break, as well. This shouldn’t compromise your cooling system at all. Many people wonder how they can control that so that the A/C provides the proper amount of “away-from-home” cooling while they are gone. Or, how they’ll adjust the thermostat for the best vacation settings from afar.

Some of the best industry sources say that you should set your thermostat 4-6 degrees warmer than you normally set it when you are away. For example, if you like to keep the temperature around 72 degrees when you are home, set the thermostat to 78 degrees for your getaway.

DO NOT TURN YOUR A/C OFF COMPLETELY. Additionally, you shouldn’t set the thermostat too high or turn the system off completely because it can create more problems. 4-6 degrees is the sweet spot for setting your thermostat because it allows you to experience some savings while you are away. It also keeps your home dry from humidity and the air clean. Warmer temperatures and higher humidity create a perfect environment for mold and mildew to occur. It also may ensure that your system won’t burn too much energy cooling things back down upon your return.

Save on energy costs in El Paso with Ecobee4 Smart Thermostat

Save on energy costs in El Paso with Ecobee4 Smart Thermostat

For help controlling and monitoring the A/C, consider installing a Wi-Fi thermostat, like Ecobee in your home. The Ecobee thermostats enables you to control your refrigerated air systems from your smart phone, computer or tablet. Additionally, Ecobee will alert you while away from the home when there’s a problem with your system. This can help you identify small problems before they become bigger issues.

Longhorn Maintenance Heating and Cooling will be happy to help you set up your Ecobee thermostat so that you get the maximum benefits of your system while you are in or out of the home. Call us for an estimate on a smart thermostat installation, like Ecobee, or to convert to refrigerated air.

Call us at 915-852-7334 or visit us at www.longhornairep.com.

We are proud to be a top-rated air conditioning service provider serving El Paso, Horizon City homeowners and surrounding areas for over 30 years.

Why Consider Rheem for Your HVAC Replacement

Rheem Contractor Pro, Longhorn Air, is El Paso's #1 installer.

Rheem Contractor Pro, Longhorn Air, is El Paso’s #1 installer.

Rheem’s central air conditioners have energy-efficient features and durable designs that can handle even the hottest weather and keep your home cool.

With SEER ratings of up to 20 and six central air conditioning models, Rheem’s units are more efficient than average.

Longhorn Air has been providing comfort, including Rheem installations, for more than 3o years in El Paso. That’s a track record of successful installations and stability you can trust!

For a free estimate on high performance Rheem A/Cs, call Longhorn Air, your El Paso Rheem Pro Partner, at 915-852-7334 or visit us atwww.longhornairep.com.