Raleigh Heating & Air Blog

Is My Air Conditioner Leaking Refrigerant?

September 11th, 2017

service-timeThe purpose of the blog posts that we provide on our website is not to cause alarm among our readers. They are intended to inform homeowners about how their home comfort systems work, the benefits of professional services, etc. However, there are certain subjects that cannot be broached without acknowledging how serious the issue at hand can be. The case of the refrigerant leak is one such subject. The good news is that we are not writing this to hammer home the many ways in which a refrigerant leak can negatively affect your AC.

Instead, our goal is to help you better understand the role of refrigerant in your air conditioning system, and how you can recognize that your system may be leaking this vital heat transfer fluid. We’ll touch on the the problems that this can cause, of course, but our hope is that you will keep this information in mind, and that you’ll contact us the moment that you notice a problem with your air conditioner in Cary, NC. That way, we can resolve the problem before serious damage is done.

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AC Coils Need to Be Clean!

August 28th, 2017

evaporator-coilWhat does your regular cleaning regimen look like? Making sure that the dishes are done each night or every morning? Running the vacuum cleaner once or twice a week? Even a small household requires a lot of maintenance, and that is why certain things should be left to outside parties. Such as your friendly HVAC technicians on our team! Why? Because chances are that, as you’re cleaning your house, you’re not cleaning your AC coils!

There are 2 coils that your air conditioner utilizes in order to effectively cool your home. These are the evaporator coil, which is located within your home in the air handler unit, and the condenser coil, which resides outdoors in the condenser unit. If either of these coils is very dirty, expect some big problems to head your way. Scheduling routine air conditioning maintenance in Apex, NC is the best way in which to guarantee that your air conditioner receives the level of care that it deserves and demands

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HVAC Replacement? Consider a Heat Pump!

August 14th, 2017

money-in-grassWe are still embroiled in the summer season at the moment, and the hot temperatures that we are experiencing are not going away anytime in the immediate future. How is your air conditioner holding up so far? Are you satisfied with its performance? Do you think it may be time for a new model once this season is passed? Looking ahead to winter, are you confident that you’ll enjoy a great performance from your home heating system? Interested in a more efficient model for more affordable comfort?

If you are not completely satisfied with your AC or confident in your heating system, or if you’re just interested in greater convenience and efficiency, then you should consider making the jump to a heat pump in Knightdale, NC. Heat pumps have much to offer, and the fact that so many homeowners are making the switch proves that this technology has really caught on. Read on to learn more, and contact us if you think that using a heat pump is the right move for your home.

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Tripped Circuit Breaker? What Your AC is Telling You

July 31st, 2017

tripped-breaker-ac-tellingWouldn’t it be great when something goes wrong in our household, if our appliances could just talk to us and tell us what the heck is going on? Take a tripped circuit breaker, for example. On its own, it’s not that huge of a deal. You go out to your electrical panel and switch the breaker back on, and all is right with the world.

But what if it’s your air conditioner that’s tripping the circuit breaker—and it keeps on doing it? The fact of the matter is, your cooling system should not trip its circuit breaker that often. If this is occurring, then you have a major problem on your hands (we wish we were exaggerating). Fortunately, you have us to turn to for quality air conditioning repairs in Clayton, NC. But in the meantime, we’re happy to share with you a few possible explanations for why this is happening with your system.

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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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