Raleigh Heating & Air Blog

Does My Heat Pump Have a Refrigerant Leak?

February 12th, 2018

outdoor-unitHeat pumps are becoming more and more common in the residential sector. As homeowners look for more efficient and convenient ways in which to keep their homes comfortable throughout the year, the heat pump becomes undeniably attractive. This is thanks, in large part, to its use of the heat transfer process in heating one’s home. This process is thanks to the refrigerant cycle, which the heat pump is able to reverse in order to transfer heat into the home in the winter, and out during the summer.

For that reason, a refrigerant leak in your heat pump is of serious concern. The last thing that you want to do is to ignore the signs of a refrigerant leak, as doing so could lead to very serious problems developing with your heat pump. That means you need to learn how to spot signs of trouble with your heat pump to begin with. Today, we’ll be looking at some of those signs and helping you to better understand the function of the refrigerant in your heat pump. Contact our Cary, NC HVAC pros with any questions that you may have.

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Heating Issues: What’s That Smell?

January 29th, 2018

dog-under-blanketNorth Carolina is certainly not known for its extreme winter weather, we’ll give you that. However, residents here know that temperatures can and do drop down well below what could possibly be called “comfortable” levels during the winter season. Your AC system may do the lion’s share of the work in terms of temperature maintenance in your home, but your heater is actually very important as well. That is why you really don’t want to wait when it comes to any necessary heating repairs in Cary, NC.

Now, investing in good equipment and having that equipment installed and serviced by trained professionals is definitely the best way in which to ensure that your heating system functions as reliably as possible. It is not enough too make your system 100% reliable, though. In fact, no system can truthfully make that claim. One symptom that you may notice, and which may indicate the need for heating repairs or even a dangerous situation, is a strange odor coming from that heater.

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What Makes a Heat Pump So Efficient?

January 15th, 2018

cold-coupleHere in North Carolina, the heat of the summer season far outweighs the cold of our winters. While mild winters are definitely something that a lot of us love about living here, it is important that you are not lulled into a false sense of security. Sure, you may not be using your home heating system to the same extent that you are your air conditioner. That being said, it is still vitally important that you keep your heater in great working condition.

It is also very important that you choose your home heating system wisely. Living in a relatively warm climate such as ours actually gives you a benefit when choosing your heating system. You see, our weather is perfectly suited to the use of a heat pump, which just so happens to be one of the most efficient home heating options out there. If you are interested in using a heat pump in your home, give the Durham, NC HVAC pros on our team a call.

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Your Forced-Air Heater Needs a Fresh Filter

January 1st, 2018

air-filterHomeowners today are definitely not lacking when it comes to options for heating their homes. While there is a wide variety of different heaters on the market today, there are certain components that many of them share in common. Furnaces, heat pumps, and ductless mini splits, for example, all use air filters in their operation. Another thing that they all share in common is the fact that their air filters really do need to be replaced on a regular schedule.

We cannot really define that regular schedule for you here, as many factors are going to influence the frequency with which your filter needs replacing. These include the tightness of your home’s thermal envelope, as well as any pets in the home and other factors. Typically, though, the filter (or filters in the case of ductless mini splits) should be changed every 1-3 months. Our Durham, NC HVAC pros have some information to share with you about why this is so vital.

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Commercial HVAC Options: Why Choose a Rooftop Unit

December 18th, 2017

rooftop-unitWhether you’re talking about clients visiting your eatery on one of the hottest days of the year, or a team of workers diligently doing their jobs one of the chilliest days of winter, those individuals deserve a comfortable environment upon entering and patronizing your commercial property. That is why it is so important that you have a great commercial HVAC system in place. If the time has come to install or replace your commercial HVAC system, you should give the rooftop unit some serious consideration.

Rooftop units offer commercial properties some unique benefits, a few of which we will discuss in today’s post.  Just keep in mind the fact that even the best commercial heating and air conditioning equipment will fail to impress if you do not schedule your commercial HVAC services with trained,  experienced professionals. Our Durham, NC HVAC technicians are some of the finest in the industry, and they have the training and expertise to handle your commercial HVAC services properly.

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HVAC Problems: Are Your Ducts to Blame?

December 4th, 2017

interior-of-corrugated-ductIt does not matter if you’re talking about one of the hottest days of summer or the chilliest night of our admittedly-mild winter season—you need to know that your HVAC systems are going to be there for you when you need them. Unfortunately, even a great installation and routine maintenance will not guarantee that your HVAC systems always function exactly as they ought to. There are a lot of different issues that could negatively affect the overall performance of your heating and air conditioning systems, after all.

In fact, some of these problems don’t even stem from the heating or AC units themselves. If you use a forced-air heating and/or cooling system, then the very ductwork that those systems use to distribute conditioned air throughout the house could be the source of the problem. If you are experiencing trouble with your home comfort systems, you need only dial our number to work with some of the finest Garner, NC HVAC professionals around.

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Signs That You Need Furnace Repairs

November 20th, 2017

chilly-manMention North Carolina to most people at all familiar with our country’s geography, and they’ll probably immediately think of hot, sticky weather. While that may be our reality for much of the year, what many people seem to forget is that the most intense heat of summer does not, in fact, last indefinitely. Truth be told, we have more than our share of uncomfortably chilly weather around here, especially on winter nights. Just because we don’t get hit by blizzards doesn’t mean that winter doesn’t come to visit.

That is precisely why it is so important that you keep your heater functioning at peak performance levels. The furnace is such a popular heater thanks to the fact that it functions very effectively and is, overall, quite reliable. The moment that you see any heater advertised as 100% reliable, though, is the moment that you should recognize an impossible claim. At some point, you’ll need furnace repairs. When you do, call in the Apex, NC HVAC pros on our staff.

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Simple HVAC Efficiency Tips

November 6th, 2017

AC-money-pileIt doesn’t matter if you are talking about heating your home during our relatively mild winter season, or if you have the hot, humid summers and your air conditioning system in mind; you don’t want to be paying more than you should have to in order to keep your home comfortable throughout the year. That is why our team has some efficiency tips to help you enjoy a more affordable — but no less comprehensive — comfort experience in your home.

Our Apex, NC HVAC experts are some of the finest in the industry, and we are happy to help ensure that you are able to keep your home comfortable all throughout the year with as little damage to your bank account as possible. And no, we are not just going to suggest that you invest in a brand new, more efficient HVAC system, either. Replacing low-efficiency models with new ones is definitely a good means to this end, but there are smaller steps that you can take which can also offer big benefits.

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HVAC FAQ: Why Is My System Short Cycling?

October 23rd, 2017

comfortable-womanWhether during the very hot, very humid days of summer, or on the chillier nights of the winter season, one thing is certain. You want to be comfortable in your home. You are not going to be able to achieve that goal if your HVAC systems are not functioning properly. There is a lot that can go wrong with any mechanical system, our heaters and air conditioners included. Remember, just because these systems are technically running does not mean that they are running as they ought to.

Spotting the signs of trouble with your HVAC systems is not always as simple as it sounds. An air conditioner that is blowing warm air, or a heater that won’t start at all, are pretty clear cases in which you’ll need to contact a Durham, NC HVAC service. However, you should also recognize short cycling as a sign of trouble, and one that could be caused by a number of different issues. So what is short cycling?

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HVAC Replacement? Consider a Ductless Mini Split

October 9th, 2017

ductless-blower-womanIt’s inevitable. Eventually, your existing HVAC system is going to give out on you. Whether you are replacing an old HVAC system that can no longer keep up, or if you need to invest in a brand new system for a brand new home, it is always in your best interest to weigh all of your options very carefully. There is no need to stick with what you’ve always known, and you may do yourself a disservice by deciding on the first type of system you research.

Today, we are going to talk about an HVAC system that has really grown in popularity recently. This is the ductless mini split. With a ductless mini split system, you can enjoy many benefits unique to this particular design. So read on, and be sure to contact our Garner, NC HVAC experts if you have any questions about this unique type of system. We have the answers that you need to determine if going ductless is right for you.

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