Raleigh Heating & Air Blog

Look Out for These Abnormal Heater Noises

November 4th, 2019

Sometimes noises that come from appliances are normal. Your television, computer, phone, and your dishwasher all make noises. Even your toaster makes a good amount of normal noise! However, some appliances are specifically designed not to make excessive noise. Your heater is one of them.

Aside from the sound of a gentle warm breeze this winter, and the sound of the jets firing on, your heater shouldn’t be making any suspicious sounds. If it is, it could be high time for heater repairs in Durham, NC.

A furnace making excessive noise is generally a sign that there’s something seriously wrong with it that needs to be addressed. Like a child yelling for help, hopefully, the sounds of a misbehaving furnace will garner your attention and give you a reason to call a professional technician as soon as possible!

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The Importance of Your Heater’s Air Filter

October 21st, 2019

Heaters aren’t magic. They don’t just turn on and wondrously turn cold air warm. Heaters like furnaces consume fuel, either gas to fuel burners, or electricity to heat coils, that eventually turn the air in your home warm enough to be comfortable. Homeowners often forget that heating systems have air filters at all, because without the knowledge of how these systems work—it makes sense to forget that there’s a filter as part of the process.

These filters exist to protect the interior of your HVAC system. When these filters get dirty, they inhibit the airflow that goes through your heater, eventually causing the system to overheat. The more dust or debris in a filter clogging the airflow, the more likely you are to need serious heating repair in Clayton, NC.

Keep reading and we’ll fill you in on just how important it is to replace your heater’s air filter this winter.

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Prepare Your Heater for Winter Today!

October 7th, 2019

Get your mittens ready, some hot cocoa, and get ready to hear all the holiday tunes on the radio because winter is coming! Okay, so winter is still a little ways off, but it’s good to start thinking about it now. Why? Cocoa and mittens are a lot less fun when your home is struggling to stay above freezing due to a malfunctioning heater. Your property and your health can seriously suffer when your furnace is having problems. That’s why proper furnace maintenance is absolutely essential to keep your heater working effectively through the coming months.

While we’d like everyone to schedule furnace maintenance in Wake Forest, NC with a trained professional from our team (which is obviously the best course of action), we know it’s not a perfect world and homeowners are always looking for some tips to check on the health of their furnace by themselves. So, we’re not going to swim against the tide, we’ve got a checklist that you can use to help you examine whether or not you need professional heater maintenance. Take a look below.

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What to Look for in a Great AC Maintenance Plan

September 23rd, 2019

What’s the point of a maintenance plan if you’re not going to get a few perks out of it as well? Sure, maintenance is absolutely essential when it comes to air conditioning, but no contractor just stops there. Nobody likes paying for just maintenance since paying to prevent problems doesn’t feel nearly as good as paying for something tangible. That’s why the best companies—companies like ours—offer unique benefits to their maintenance plan, to ensure that you don’t feel like you’re getting stiffed.

In this post, we’ll talk about what we believe should be included in every maintenance plan in the most unbiased way we can! Regardless of who you choose to perform AC maintenance in Cary, NC, feel free to take our checklist and ask every service professional whether or not their maintenance plan includes the following information. Make sure you get your money’s worth when it comes to air conditioner maintenance!

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Are You Ready to Go Ductless?

September 9th, 2019

You don’t have to answer that question now, but it might be a good idea to think about. Ductless air conditioners are all the rage these days, and for good reason! It can be disheartening when so many homeowners don’t even know the difference between a central air system and a ductless AC system, since they have such different applications and benefits.

For instance, have you ever felt the desire to cool off a certain room more than another one? Perhaps a member of your family likes their air cooler than another person, but you’ve only got one thermostat? There is a solution to that with ductless AC in Apex, NC! A ductless air conditioner is comprised of many air handlers in different rooms of your house that can offer custom cooling to your own specifications.

Why would you ever switch to a different kind of AC? Well, let’s take a look and see if you’re ready to go ductless.

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Hiring the Best Technician Money Can Buy

August 26th, 2019

When it comes to air conditioning repair, replacement, or installation- you don’t want to be hassled by untrained or unprofessional contractors. Especially with how much money an AC can cost, you want the most bang for your buck- and a great technician is the conduit that will take you there. Too many contractors want to sell you the most expensive and state of the art air conditioner with no regard to how much money you might actually want to pay. Or we’ve all been in those situations where a contractor neglected to mention a promotion, tax credit, or the gradual increase in energy costs that this brand-new system would incur. That’s not fair to you and it’s not fair to all the hard-working contractors out there who treat their customers well.

So that’s why we’ve developed a list of things to look out for when considering air conditioning service in Clayton, NC. Using this information, it might be easier to choose a technician who is more prepared to address your specific needs when it comes to air conditioning.

Let’s take a look.

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Why is There Water Surrounding My AC?

August 12th, 2019

blue-question-markLet’s talk about condensate drains. Many people who schedule air conditioning repair in Cary, NC don’t know that their air conditioning unit also functions as a dehumidifier. As any technician will tell you, all that water taken from the atmosphere must go somewhere, right?

That’s where your condensate drain comes in. Your air conditioning system has been specifically designed to draw water from the air as it releases the heat outside of your home and cools the air inside. The water that condenses is usually dispersed through a drain and brought outdoors. We say the word usually because if there is a problem with your condensate drain, you’ll start noticing that water in places you’d rather not have it. Is your ceiling or wall dripping with moisture? Does your carpet have stains and mold right around the air conditioner unit but nowhere else?

This looks like a condensate drain problem, so let’s take a look at what could be going wrong.

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What a Refrigerant Leak Means for Your AC

July 29th, 2019

woman-with-fanIf you don’t know what refrigerant is or what function it serves in your home cooling system, then you may not understand just why the mere mention of a “refrigerant leak” strikes such fear into the hearts of homeowners everywhere. Make no mistake about it—a refrigerant leak can have serious implications for your comfort, your budget, and your air conditioning system itself. If you want to avoid major issues, then you need to have any refrigerant leaks addressed ASAP.

That is why, in today’s post, we’re taking a look at what refrigerant does, and how you can recognize a potential refrigerant leak in your home. It is important to note that a refrigerant leak shares some symptoms with other, less serious air conditioning problems. That is why professional air conditioning repair in Cary, NC, is so important. You not only want the problem solved—you want it diagnosed swiftly and accurately. You can count on that with our team.

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Save Money While Living Comfortably This Summer

July 15th, 2019

summer-sunObviously, you’re going to be running your air conditioner a lot this summer season. It is way too hot and humid in this area to entertain the notion of going without your AC. If anything were really to deter you from turning that system on, though, we’d bet it’d be the sticker shock some owners suffer when the energy bills arrive throughout the summer season. There’s no getting around it. You need to pay to cool your home and live comfortably.

What there is getting around, however, is overpaying to cool your home and live comfortably. If your energy costs seem suspiciously high, it may not be the result of wishful thinking. There are plenty of ways in which you can help your air conditioning system in Apex to provide you with an affordable and efficient performance. And no, we’re not trying to sell you a new, more efficient system—though we certainly will if that’s what you’re looking for!

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Do You Know When to Call for AC Repairs?

July 1st, 2019

AC-repairWell, yeah. I call to have my air conditioner repaired when it stops working. Not really a tough question, if you ask me? 

Well, not so fast there! Yes, you obviously need to call to have your air conditioner repaired when you discover that it’s no longer operational, either failing to cycle on at all or to blow cool air. Ideally, however, you’ll be calling for air conditioning repairs before your air conditioner ever has a chance to get to that point. As a general rule, remember that you want to schedule any HVAC services in Wake Forest the moment that you suspect there is a problem.

Remember that there are plenty of air conditioning issues that you may encounter which fall short of causing the AC system to break down entirely. Just because your system is up and running, however, does not mean that it is up and running properly. So reach out to us if you have any concerns about your system.

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