Raleigh Heating & Air Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Cary’

Does My Heat Pump Have a Refrigerant Leak?

Monday, 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?

Monday, 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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Is My Air Conditioner Leaking Refrigerant?

Monday, 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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Why Choose Ductless Air Conditioning?

Monday, 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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Can I Fix My Thermostat Myself?

Monday, 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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How You Benefit from an HVAC Maintenance Plan

Monday, 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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What’s the Point of Blower Door Testing?

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Among the many home comfort and performance services that we offer is blower door testing. You may not realize the benefits of blower door testing and wonder if there’s any point in arranging it for your home. The truth is that almost any home can benefit from this service: it’s an excellent way to discover where you can improve your home to boost energy savings 12 months of the year.

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Frozen Condensate Drain Lines: Fixing and Preventing It

Monday, December 5th, 2016

When winter sets in, your home can encounter a number of problems from freezing weather outside. You may think that your furnace, which sits entirely inside your house, is immune to trouble from freezing. But that’s not necessarily the case! A furnace produces condensate as it works (it’s part of the combustion process), and this condensate must be drained and removed to the outside.

If the pipe that runs the condensate to the outside of the house freezes over, your furnace won’t be able to work! This is something that can unfortunately happen if the drip of condensate outside builds into an icicle that enters the drain line.

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Do I Really Need a Whole-House Humidifier?

Monday, October 17th, 2016

Something we like to emphasize about home comfort is that it depends on more than just the temperature inside the house. The quality of the household air is important as well, and a huge part of that is maintaining a balanced humidity level. This means relative humidity between 30% and 50%. Outside of that range is either too dry or too humid, and both will cause problems during the year.

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Answering Some Questions about Furnace Maintenance

Monday, September 12th, 2016

Last week we wrote about the importance of arranging heating maintenance in the early fall. In this post, we want to address natural gas furnace maintenance in particular: most homes in the area use gas furnaces to supply them with heat. When you sign up for our Comfort Club, you’ll receive a maintenance inspection and tune-up for your furnace to get ready for the approaching winter.

Below we’ve answered some questions people often have about furnace maintenance. If you have additional questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call!

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