Raleigh Heating & Air Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Clayton’

Tripped Circuit Breaker? What Your AC is Telling You

Monday, 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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How Zone Systems Work for Better Heating (and Cooling)

Monday, February 13th, 2017

vent-coverOne of the services that we offer to customers is setting up homes for zone heating and cooling. What does that mean? Basically, we divide up your home’s ventilation systems so you can decide which rooms receive the heated or cooled air. It’s way to defeat one of the big flaws in central HVAC systems, which is that air goes to every room with a vent when the heater/AC comes on, regardless of whether the room needs it or not.

Sure, at times it’s convenient to have the whole house kept comfortable. But what about the many times there are empty rooms? After all, if a room is kept heated and there’s no one there to enjoy it… does the heat really exist? (Unfortunately, yes—which is why this is a big waste of energy.)

Anyway, the point is that it’s a smart idea to be able to close off some of the rooms from the ventilation system so you don’t have to heat and cool empty rooms. And that brings us back to zone control systems.

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Winter “Problems” with a Heat Pump (That Aren’t Actual Problems)

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

Heat pumps are increasing in popularity for homes, especially homes that don’t have connection to a natural gas line. Using a heat pump consumes much less energy than an electric furnace, making one an ideal choice for an all-electric household.

If you are spending your first winter with a heat pump to warm your home and family, there are a few things you’ll need to acquaint yourself with. Heat pumps can do things during cold weather that will look suspicious to people who aren’t used to them. They might make it look like the heat pump needs repairs. But these are normal activities, as we’ll explain.

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Have That Old Furnace Replaced before Halloween!

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

We don’t want you to feel rushed, but it is important to remind all of our customers and soon-to-be customers that we can expect temperatures to start to drop in November, maybe even before we finish all of our Halloween candy. The furnace in your home needs to be completely prepped before then, ready to go when the outdoor temperature drops. A maintenance visit from our technicians will often be all you need to see that your furnace has all it needs.

But what if it isn’t? What if you have an old furnace and it’s time to replace it? Now is when you should find out and have the job done professionally.

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What to Do When One of Your Ductless Mini Split Units Isn’t Running

Monday, August 29th, 2016

A ductless mini split heat pump is one of the best ways to enjoy comfort around the year: you have the benefits of heating and cooling in a single system without needing dusty and space-consuming air ducts. High quality Mitsubishi ductless systems also offer great energy savings.

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How to Tell if Your AC Is Losing Refrigerant

Monday, July 18th, 2016

One of the most common myths about air conditioning and heat pump operation, one that our technicians often have to dispel, is that these comfort systems “run” off of refrigerant, as if it were a form of fuel like gas in a car or propane for an outdoor grill. What refrigerant actually does in an AC/heat pump is exchange heat, moving thermal energy from inside a house and releasing it to the outside. The chemical refrigerant doesn’t get used up in this process. Barring a leak in the system, the refrigerant should remain at the same level (known as the system’s charge) for its entire service life.

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Types of HVAC System Air Filters—And How Often to Change Them

Monday, June 13th, 2016

If we could only give only one piece of advice for taking care of your air conditioner during the summer—after you’ve had its routine maintenance visit (you’ve scheduled that with us already, right?)—it would be: regularly change the HVAC system’s air filter. This filter traps the dust and debris that flow through the return air ducts and prevents them from harming the internal components. It serves to protect both the air conditioner and the furnace. But when the buildup of lint and dust and other particles becomes thick enough, the clogged filter will throttle the AC’s airflow and seriously affect its energy efficiency. It may even lead to problems with iced-over coils and damaged parts.

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Why Is Water Leaking from My Air Conditioning?

Monday, April 18th, 2016

If you listen to your air conditioner while it runs, at times you may hear the drip of water coming from it. However, you shouldn’t see any water actually dripping from the air conditioner cabinet. If you do, there may be something wrong with it that will require you to call for professional repairs. We’ll take a closer look at what a leaking air conditioner may mean and what repairs will do to fix it.

Your AC doesn’t run using water

First, we’ll clear this up becomes it sometimes confuses people who don’t have professional refrigeration training. (Which, if we’re being honest, is most people.) An air conditioner uses a chemical blend called refrigerant (Freon is one of trademarked names) to cool down a home. The water you hear in the AC is a byproduct of how this refrigerant works. In the indoor refrigerant coil of your home, the cold refrigerant goes through evaporation to absorb heat. At the same time it also absorbs water moisture in the air—especially during humid days. This water moisture gathers along the coil and then drips down from it. That’s the water you hear inside the AC.

The condensate pan and drain

Where does the water from the coil go? It falls into a narrow pan called the condensate pan. From there, it leaves into the wastewater system through a drain. If everything is working the way it should, you’ll never see the water.

But when something’s wrong with the condensate pan…

Yes, you’ve probably guessed already: this is where water will leak from an AC. If the pan is in the wrong position (or missing for some reason), the water will drip right out of the indoor cabinet. The drain can also come loose from the pan, giving the water a hole to escape through. Another common trouble is algal growth inside the drain, which will clog it and cause the condensate pan to rapidly overflow. It is, after all, only about an inch deep!

Professional repairs

Air conditioning technicians will be able to find quickly the source of the leaking water and figure out how to fix it. They can replace the drain, the pan, or reattach a loose drain. Your air conditioner should be back to working shape in no time at all.

Call Raleigh Heating & Air, Inc. for air conditioning repair services in Clayton, NC.

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Can I Reduce HVAC Costs by Shutting Room Vents?

Monday, March 14th, 2016

We like to focus on helping customers save energy in their homes with their heating and cooling systems, not just during a single season but throughout the year. That’s why we offer services for energy-efficient geothermal heat pumps and ductless systems.

However, there are methods you can use with your current AC or heater (whichever one you’re using right now during the temperature swings of early spring) that can lower utility bills. But there’s one “trick” that actually doesn’t do what it’s supposed to, and that’s closing off the vents in rooms. People often think that shutting off parts of the house to the flow of heated and cooled air from the HVAC system means less energy will be used. Not only is this not true, but doing this can cause damage to your ducts as well as your heater and AC.

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Furnace Facts: Atmospheric vs. Sealed Furnaces

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Because most homeowners don’t give much more thought to their heating system aside from “does this thing work when I need it to?” they often unaware of how the technology behind something like a standard natural gas furnace has advanced, and continues to advance. Of course, there’s no reason for homeowners to understand the cutting-edge technology of their heating systems, the same way that someone who works on a computer every day doesn’t need to understand the newest developments in microchips. But we’d like to share with you an important development in furnaces—the sealed furnace—and what makes it different from the more conventional atmospheric furnace. Knowing about this will help you understand how furnaces are becoming safer and more energy efficient.

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