CAAW Parts has evolved over a period of many decades, starting in 1955 when
Billy Carlisle Sr. opened his doors at
1049 New Laredo Hwy on the south side of San Antonio. He then began specializing
in the Automotive Air Conditioning field in 1960. Using a unique approach to the
market, sales and service of air conditioning consisted of recycled parts from
salvage facilities. These parts were refurbished and made available as one of
the largest sources of air conditioning parts and units in south Texas. A reputation developed that
recognized the company as a leader in the field and a major source of supply.
In 1969 the aftermarket industry of air conditioning units had given way to
factory installed air conditioning and Carlisle’s began sourcing and supplying
quality replacement parts and units from major manufacturers throughout the US. As a direct source from the
manufacturer, Carlisle’s began distribution to jobbers and dealers throughout
the Central and South Texas area.
In 1978, the company was partnered with the current parent company of Evapocore,
Inc., and rebuilt evaporators were supplied to almost every air conditioning
company in the country. This
quality product was superior to original equipment because of the unique coating
applied making the cores impervious to erosion from the acids present in air
In 1983 a substantial investment in warehousing and rebuilding again set another
level in the industry and Carlisle’s CAAW Parts brand was introduced. Expanding to two locations allowed
for the continued operation of EVAPOCORE brand evaporators and eventually the
small parts line of “COOL-AID” air conditioning parts.
In 1987, the “COOL-AID” line of “nuisance” parts incorporated seals and gaskets
that were vehicle specific in a single pack that eliminated the frustration of
unavailable or incorrect seals and gaskets. This division of Carlisle’s was sold
to a International Company; Motormite/Dorman Products, in 1989 and set the stage
for vehicle specific seal assortments that is widely used today.
Currently, CAAW Parts, Carlisle Auto Air, Evapocore, Inc., and the two
wholesale parts centers supply quality air conditioning parts and related
products in San Antonio, Austin, and the greater south Texas area along with
internet sales that have included countries like Saudi Arabia and France.
Quality has been imperative in the evaluation process for products carried along
with pricing that is beyond competitive.