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Ice on Your Air Conditioner Is a Bad Sign

July 17th, 2017

AC-technician-workingWhat would you do if you were walking by your AC and noticed that it had ice on it? Give it a smiling nod of approval, and thank it for putting in some overtime when cooling your home? If so, you need to reevaluate the situation. Yes, your air conditioner is obviously there to keep your home cool. There is a world of difference between your air conditioning system and a freezer, though, and there should not be ice anywhere your AC in Wake Forest, NC.

But what could be causing this problem to begin with? It is not as though there is water coursing through the air conditioner that can freeze anyway, right? As is the case with most air conditioning problems that you may encounter, there are a few different issues that could be the root cause of the ice on your AC. They range in severity, and you may not need professional intervention. In any case, however, acting fast is paramount.

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Keep the Filter in Your Air Conditioner Fresh

July 3rd, 2017

man-holding-filterWhat is the best thing that you can do for your home cooling system? If you said “schedule routine air conditioning maintenance,” then you are correct! Keeping your air conditioner tuned up is a great way in which to ensure that the system will be able to handle anything and everything that it encounters during the hottest time of the year. However, there is one vital maintenance task that cannot be left to your air conditioning maintenance sessions. That is changing the air filter in the system.

Yes, your AC technician will change the filter in your air conditioner as needed. However, the filter cannot only be changed once a year. In fact, these standard air filters typically need to be changed once every 1-3 months, depending on a variety of factors. It is a simple step to take, but one that can have huge benefits for your air conditioner in Apex, NC. Failing to keep up with it can also have huge consequences.

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Why Choose Ductless Air Conditioning?

June 19th, 2017

ductless-blower-and-remoteWhen you hear the term “ductless air conditioning,” what do you think of? If your answer has anything to do with those inefficient, inconvenient window units that leave homes unsecured, then you’re way off the mark. Ductless air conditioning systems, or ductless mini splits, offer whole-house cooling in the vein of traditional central air conditioners — but with some very unique benefits, as well.

While these benefits, which we’ll detail further below, are definitely enticing in nature, it is important to remember that no air conditioner, including ductless mini splits, will function as effectively, reliably, and efficiently as possible if not expertly installed and serviced. That is why we strongly recommend that you remember to schedule service with us when the time comes to have your ductless mini split system in Cary, NC installed. 

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Why Does My AC Blow Warm Air?

June 5th, 2017

blue-question-markWhen problems develop with your air conditioning system, you want to have them resolved as soon as possible, rather than waiting for them to get worse and worse. This means that you should learn the warning signs that your air conditioner is in trouble to begin with. One of the most obvious, perhaps second only to a completely broken down system, is an air conditioner that is blowing warm air. It is an alarming problem, but it also may not be quite as serious as you’d first suspect.

Of course, there are some fairly serious problems that could cause an air conditioner to blow warm air as well. In this post, we’ll give you a few tips to help rule out very simple fixes. If you cannot find any such a fix, though, it is time to contact trained professionals for air conditioning repairs in Knightdale, NC. The longer that you wait to have the problem resolved, the greater the risk of serious damages to your system.

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Some Possible Repair Issues for Ductless Mini Splits

May 22nd, 2017

ductless-mini-split-unitOne of the popular options for heating and cooling in modern homes is the ductless mini split heat pump. Rather than operate through a network of ducts connected to an indoor air handler and evaporator unit, ductless mini splits basically break up the indoor unit and blower fans and distribute it around the house in the form of mini air handlers mounted on the wall. If you’ve been in a house and seen something up on the wall that resembles a window AC, but it doesn’t go back through the wall… that’s part of a ductless mini split system. Those wall hanging units are hooked up to a single outdoor cabinet, creating a central heat pump system without ducts.

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Why Raising the Thermostat Settings in Summer Is a Smart Move

May 8th, 2017

temperature-gaugeOne of our goals at Raleigh Heating & Air, Inc. is to help our customers enjoy comfort without wasting energy. The two don’t have to be mutually exclusive! In fact, if you haven’t already arranged for your air conditioning maintenance in Wake Forest, NC to prepare for the hot weather, you already have an excellent way to start saving money as soon as the summer begins. A tuned-up air conditioning system won’t lose energy efficiency from wear and tear until extremely late in its service life.

There’s another way you can begin saving energy with your AC, and it doesn’t require much more than understanding the best way to set and program your cooling system using the thermostat. Unfortunately, many people misunderstand how the thermostat and AC operate, and this leads them to programming settings that waste energy without delivering ideal comfort levels.

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Dealing with Air Quality Troubles in Spring

April 24th, 2017

dandelion-in-field-allergiesSpring is the season when indoor air quality often becomes a major issue for homes. This is “allergy season,” a time when increasing warmth causes plant blooms to raise the pollen count. Mold is also common during the season, and mold spores are a major source of asthma and allergy attacks.

You don’t have to simply accept allergy problems, or even rely only on medicine to deal with it. We all know how awful allergy medicines can make you feel! You can make your home healthier for everyone during the spring thanks to professional assistance. What kind? Well, we have some excellent suggestions for indoor air quality installations in Apex, NC and the surrounding areas that can make spring much more sniffle-free. Speak to one of our team members today to learn more.

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Can I Fix My Thermostat Myself?

April 10th, 2017

Technician-working-on-thermostatThe thermostat is an essential part of running an air conditioning and heating system in a home. If you don’t have a working thermostat, you won’t have the heating or cooling you need (or you may have a system that won’t shut off!). When you find that no matter what adjustments you make to your home’s thermostat, the HVAC system isn’t responding the way it should, it probably means it’s time for a repair.

But can you handle fixing the thermostat on your own? Let’s take a closer look into that.

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Is It the Right Time to Replace My Air Conditioning System?

March 27th, 2017

air-conditioning-condenser-unitWarm weather! At last we’re enjoying a thaw as spring springs into action. It’s time to start saying goodbye to your furnace or other heating system—at least until the fall—and greet your air conditioner for another cool summer season.

But is your air conditioner going to greet you back? It may be time to have a new AC installed. Is spring a good season to do this, or is it better to see how the summer goes before making a commitment to an air conditioning system replacement?

Before we answer the question about whether now is the best time for air conditioning replacement in Knightdale, NC, let’s look into whether your air conditioner needs to retire.

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How You Benefit from an HVAC Maintenance Plan

March 13th, 2017

sun-and-snowflake-badgeOn our last blog post, we recommended homeowners start planning for the coming hot weather with professional air conditioning maintenance. March is the ideal time to have this task scheduled: the weather hasn’t settled into steady warmth yet but the temperature change is coming up soon. Having the AC tuned-up close to when it will be needed the most is a smart strategy.

Air conditioning maintenance is often part of a larger maintenance plan for a home. If you’re looking for air conditioning maintenance in Cary, NC, we advise that you contact us to find out about our Comfort Club, which provides a complete annual maintenance plan with other benefits.

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