Raleigh Heating & Air Blog

Learn to Spot the Need for AC Repairs

April 9th, 2018

AC-technicianIt won’t be much longer now until we are once again in the middle of a hot summer season, with humidity added to the mix just to make things really uncomfortable. Because we do live in such a hot climate during the summer, any problems with your air conditioning system can be serious cause for concern. The last thing that you want is for an issue to sneak up on you, which is why it is always best to schedule your air conditioning repair in Raleigh, NC as soon as you notice that something is amiss.

To do that, obviously, you are going to need to learn how to spot the warning signs that your system may be in trouble. There are actually quite a few of them, and some are fairly obvious. Others are more difficult to spot, though, so it helps to have an idea of what to look for ahead of time. So read on, keep this information in mind, and be sure to let us know if you have any concerns regarding the overall condition or operational quality of your air conditioning system.

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Gas vs. Electric: Which Is the Better Furnace?

March 26th, 2018

It’s still pretty chilly around here right now, particularly at night. With that in mind, we really hope that you are getting the performance that you deserve from your home heating system. If we installed and serviced it, we’re betting that this is the case. That being said, even the best heaters from the best manufacturers installed and tuned up by the best technicians will not last forever. You’ll need a replacement eventually, and you’ll want to do some research before deciding on a new system.

If you are investing in a heating system for the very first time, or you need to replace an old heating system that just cannot cut it anymore, let us know about it. We install and service many great systems, including furnaces. Furnaces are incredibly popular, but you still need to narrow it down a bit further. Will you be using a gas or electric furnace in Cary, NC? Both have their pros and cons.

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HVAC FAQ: How Is Efficiency Rated?

March 12th, 2018

money-through-chimneyThere is a lot to consider when it comes to investing in a new HVAC system. You need to have your budget planned out, you need to decide what type of system you are going to use, and so on. Perhaps the most important consideration, though, is the efficiency rating that you want your new system to have. The sticker price of a new heater or AC is obviously important, too, but that efficiency rating will inform you about how much you’ll be spending to heat and cool your home for years to come.

Today, we are going to talk about how it is that efficiency is rated for these systems. Those numbers are not necessarily something that every homeowner understands, but we want you to choose your new HVAC system confidently. And remember, even the best HVAC systems will fail to impress if they are not expertly installed and serviced. Leave your heating and AC services to the Cary, NC HVAC pros on our staff.

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Why Is My Heater Making Strange Sounds?

February 26th, 2018

heating-technicianWe have an unfortunate truth that we need to share with you today. There is no such thing as a perfect heating system. Sure, there’s a heating system out there for everyone. If you keep looking, you’ll find yours eventually. However, there is no heater, regardless of make or model, that is going to operate 100% reliably at all times. It just doesn’t happen. The best thing that you can do, aside from scheduling the routine heating maintenance that will help to keep your heater as dependable as possible, is to report any signs of trouble immediately.

The longer you wait to have an ailing heating system repaired, the worse off that system is going to be. It really is just that simple. If you break a bone in your foot and continue to walk on it every day, you can expect further complications that will only snowball the longer that you push through the pain. Trouble with your heating system is no different. Keep your eyes out for any signs of trouble that could indicate the need for heating repair in Cary, NC—or, per today’s topic, keep your ears open!

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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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