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Seriously, Avoid These 3 AC Repairs

Monday, July 13th, 2020

Air conditioner repair is required a few times throughout the system’s 10-15 year lifespan. It’s bound to happen, and we want you to be ready for it. The problem is that some homeowners think that a repair or two every year is normal when it’s not.

How many problems do you deal with on a yearly basis with your air conditioner? One? Two? Are you constantly calling us for repairs and groaning every time your AC makes a noise? Well, pay attention, because we’re going to talk about the three most common and obnoxious repairs to deal with. These are demonstrable differences that can be seen in an air conditioner that’s cared for and one that’s neglected, so let’s try and turn your system into the former—not the latter.

Give our blog a read and call us if you think you need AC repair in Holly Springs, NC.

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Geothermal Guide: Some Basic Components

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Geothermal heat pumps draw upon the heat of the Earth to help make your home comfortable. While the air above ground is subject to seasonal variations in temperature, the temperature is remarkably even just a few feet below ground. Geothermal heat pumps use that principle to pull heat from the earth into your house in the winter, and remove heat from your house into the ground in the summer. (In some cases, a pond or lake is used instead of the ground, but the principle it the same.) In towns like Holly Springs, they could make an extremely attractive option for home comfort.

The basic components to a geothermal system break down as follows:

  • Underground Loop: The underground loop is a series of pipes planted below the earth (or sometimes placed in a pond or a lake). Water or antifreeze circulates through the loop and absorbs heat from the ground to take into your home (or discharges heat into the ground if you’re trying to cool your home).
  • Geothermal Heat Pump: A heat pump then transfers the heat from the loop into the wintertime and moves it into your home, then reverses the process in the summer time. Heat pumps in geothermal systems can also be used to heat the water in your home.
  • Ductwork or some similar air delivery system: This serves the same purpose as the ductwork in a traditional central air conditioning system: to distribute the hot or cool air efficiently throughout your home. If your geothermal system was installed in a home with a previously existing AC system, it might actually use the same ducts as that earlier system. However, you might need different size ducts, so you should consult a professional before deciding to use your current ductwork.

Geothermal systems aren’t right for every home, but if the conditions work and you’re willing to pay a higher up-front cost, you can save a great deal on monthly energy bills. Not only can they cool your home more efficiently, but they do so without generating the kind of pollution that traditional systems do. If you’re interested in a geothermal system for your home in Holly Springs or any of the nearby communities, contact the experts at Raleigh Heating & Air. We can explain your options and help you determine what’s right for your home, then perform an installation with an eye on your complete satisfaction.

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AC Repair FAQ: How Do I Know I Have a Condenser Problem?

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

The condenser in your air conditioning works to cool the refrigerant turn it from a gas to a liquid state: a vital step in your air conditioning cycle. When it malfunctions, it usually requires the services of a professional to resolve the problem. That can spell trouble in Raleigh, NC, where air conditioning repair services need to be completed quickly in those hot summer months. But how do you know if you have a condenser problem? What signs can you look for that signal a problem there instead of somewhere else in the air conditioning system? There are numerous possible symptoms, but some of the most common are listed below.

  • The condenser fan won’t start: If the fan on the AC isn’t moving, that means it’s not blowing the heat out of your air conditioning system. That could mean that electricity isn’t getting to the condenser, or that some kind of obstruction is preventing the fan from blowing.
  • The AC is making an unusual noise: A condenser fan that has come loose from its bearings or which is grinding against some other piece of equipment might make a buzzing or rattling noise. If you hear such a noise, shut off your air conditioning immediately
  •  The AC is blowing air, but it isn’t cool: If the condenser coil gets too dirty, the refrigerant won’t cool down the way it should. That means the air in your home won’t be sufficiently cool and the air conditioning system isn’t doing its job.

Regardless of the cause, shutting off the AC is paramount when you realize that you have a condenser problem. Without the condenser, heat may not be dissipating from your unit, which might cause other components to malfunction. Turn off your system and call a service professional in order to prevent further damage to the AC. In Raleigh, NC, the air conditioning repair experts at Raleigh Heating & Air can help. We pride ourselves on doing the job right and can come to your home to deduce the cause of the condenser problem. Call us today to schedule an appointment and get your AC running the way it should.

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Steps to Take Prior to a Air Conditioning Installation

Monday, May 6th, 2013

If you’re in the market for a new air conditioning system in Wake Forest, NC, then you may be surprised to learn all of the various options you have to select from. The selection can be daunting enough, but remember that with the guidance of an AC technician, you can make sure that you make the right decision. After all, a new AC is a major investment of time and resources, so you want to make sure it’s a keeper. We’d like to share some advice about what you can do to make sure your new AC is a success. For superior Wake Forest, NC air conditioning installation service, call Raleigh Heating & Air today!

  • Do some research: Central air, heat pump, and ductless mini split systems all have their advantages. If you want a sturdy and cost-effective option, and you already have existing ductwork, then a central air unit may be exactly right for you. If you want something that will also provide heating when it gets colder out, then consider a heat pump, which operates just like an air conditioner, but has a reversing valve that enables it to bring thermal energy into the home during the fall and winter months. If you don’t like air ducts and would prefer not to install them, consider a highly energy efficient ductless mini split system, whose sleek indoor air handlers sit directly on the wall or recessed in the ceiling.
  • Make a budget: Make sure you know what you can spend on your new system, so that you can communicate with your contractor with confidence. Being upfront about costs helps you to determine what kind of system to choose.
  • Hire a pro: This is the most important. Make sure you hire a certified, professional HVAC technician who is trustworthy and reliable. A botched installation can end up costing you in the long run.

We hope you found these tips helpful. To schedule a Wake Forest, NC air conditioning installation consultation with one of our professionals, call Raleigh Heating & Air today! 

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Air Conditioning Repair FAQ: Do I Have a Refrigerant Leak?

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Your air conditioning system relies on the same type of cooling process as your refrigerator. It’s known as the refrigerant cycle, and it uses refrigerant to move thermal energy from one place to another. All air conditioning units work like this, from central air splits and ductless mini splits to heat pumps. The refrigerant flowing throughout the system of coils has to be of a certain level in order to work properly. That’s what’s known as its “charge.” Some of the most common AC problems are related to this level of refrigerant, particularly when there is a leak. For superior Raleigh, NC air conditioning repair services, call the experts at Raleigh Heating & Air today!

But, how do you know if you have a refrigerant leak? Here are some things to look out for:

  • Hissing sound: One of the sure signs that you have a refrigerant leak is when you can hear a hissing sound near the coils or one of the units. When it circulates throughout your system, the refrigerant changes from a liquid to a gas, and vice versa, so the leak is probably at a section where it is in gaseous form. Even a seemingly microscopic puncture can significantly reduce performance and cause problems in other areas of the system.
  • Inadequate cooling: If you notice a sudden or even gradual decline in your AC’s ability to cool your home, then you may have low refrigerant, perhaps caused by a leak somewhere. Due to the intricacy of the coil patterns, and the difficulty of diagnosing very small leaks, only a professional diagnosis can determine the true cause. Nevertheless, if you have inadequate cooling, you should make sure you get your AC checked out as soon as possible.
  • Frozen coil: While one of the major causes of a frozen evaporator coil is blocked airflow, it can also be caused by low refrigerant. If your system’s refrigerant cycle is not cooling properly, then it is also not dehumidifying the air, and this can lead to increased moisture vapor in the system.

These are just a few possibly symptoms that you might notice when you have low refrigerant caused by a leak. For more information about our Raleigh, NC air conditioning repair services, call the experts at Raleigh Heating & Air today! 

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Air Conditioning Repair: How it Saves You Money

Monday, April 8th, 2013

While it’s not yet summer in Raleigh, NC, most homeowners are beginning to think about their air conditioners. If you’re wondering whether your AC will stand up to another long cooling season, you’re not alone. No matter how comprehensive your AC maintenance has been, there may come a time in the life of your AC when you’ll need air conditioning repair. While this may be viewed as a problem that needs to be solved, it’s also an opportunity to save money. Many of the problems associated with general wear and tear on air conditioning systems also lead to energy inefficiency. Quickly taking care of any necessary repairs can only help your system. For Raleigh, NC air conditioning repair services, call the experts at Raleigh Heating & Air today!

Here’s how repair saves you money:

  • Energy efficiency: Efficiency measures the ratio of cooling output against electrical energy input. While it depends on a variety of circumstances and factors particular to each home, repairs often make the system to work harder, either due to an airflow blockage or due to mechanical fault. While it’s well known that a clogged air filter can present efficiency problems, low refrigerant levels and frozen coils need immediate professional attention if they are not to impinge upon your energy efficiency.
  • System life: Air conditioning repair leads to improved system life. The better you take care of your air conditioning system by repairing small and large problems during the course of its service life, the longer it will take care of your home comfort. Air conditioning maintenance is also critical to system life.
  • Prevent major repairs: Sure, minor repairs can be a hassle. But keeping a vigilant eye on your cooling system means that you may prevent a major problem down the line. Often, the smallest issues can rapidly balloon into disastrous problems if they’re not noticed in time. They key to preventing major repairs and premature system replacement is vigilance and ensuring that you call for professional assistance when necessary.

If you have a problem with your air conditioner, don’t wait for it to fix itself. The consequences could be far more expensive than the cost of today’s repair. For Raleigh air conditioning repair, call Raleigh Heating & Air. 

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Air Conditioning Repair: Problems with Air Ducts

Monday, April 1st, 2013

The ability to keep your home cool and comfortable throughout the hottest days of the year is a luxury that most homeowners value. Of course, with a mechanical system as complex as your air conditioning system, it is no surprise that problems sometime come up. There are a number of different issues that you may encounter with your air conditioning system. Many of them take place in your air ducts. The air conditioning repair technicians at Raleigh Heating & Air have the services necessary to ensure that proper operation of your air ducts and your Wake Forest air conditioning system as a whole.

One common problem that many homeowners face with their air ducts is the development of air leaks in their ductwork. This can be a serious issue, considering the fact that all of the air your air conditioning system cools is distributed through these air ducts. Any leaks, holes, tears or improper sealing in your air ducts can drastically reduce comfort levels in your home while also increasing the cost of operating your air conditioning system. Call the Wake Forest air conditioning repair professionals on our team to have your ductwork inspected. If you are having trouble keeping your home comfortable efficiently, the source of the problem may be in your ducts.

Keep in mind that your air ducts do not need to be torn or full of leaks to work inefficiently. In fact, the installation of your air ducts and the design of the ductwork system itself can have a major impact on the performance of your air conditioning system. When you work with us you can have total faith in the integrity of your ductwork. We have a full, in-house sheet metal fabrication shop where we can custom tailor ductwork to the specifications in your home. We’ll make sure that your air ducts fit your home perfectly to keep you comfortable no matter how hot it gets outside.

For more information about Wake Forest air conditioning repair or the importance of your air ducts, call Raleigh Heating & Air. We’ll answer any questions you may have. You can count on us and the quality of our work to keep your home as comfortable as possible.

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Air Conditioning Question: Which System is Right for Me?

Monday, March 25th, 2013

If you’re in the market for a new air conditioning system, there have never been so many options to choose from. Because this is a major investment in the future of your home and your comfort, you need to make sure that it’s the right decision the first time. In addition to weighing your options, you also need to make sure that you hire an AC professional. The quality of your new AC will not matter much if it is not accompanied by a high quality installation. For exceptional air conditioning installation in Wake Forest, NC, call Raleigh Heating & Air today!

Let’s take a look at your options:

  • Central airThis is probably the most common type of air conditioning system in the US. It is cost-effective and efficient. As a forced air distribution system, it relies on a system of ductwork to circulate the cool air throughout your home. It comprises two units: an outdoor compressor/condenser and an indoor evaporator/air handler. Like all air conditioners, it works by virtue of a cyclical movement of refrigerant through coils, which dissipate heat outside and cool air inside.
  • Heat pump: A heat pump works a lot like central air. The one major difference is that it works year-round. Not only does it cool during the summer months by removing air from your home, it also heats during the winter by absorbing the latent heat of the outside air and moving it into your home. It is versatile and highly efficient.
  • Ductless mini splitsAs its name suggests, ductless mini split air conditioners do not require ductwork in your home. This makes them highly efficient because ducts can account for up to 30% of energy loss, especially when they are dirty, cracked, or loose fitting. Ductless systems rely on the same refrigerant cycle, but the indoor air handlers are compact devices that sit directly on the wall of the space you need to cool. You can even outfit your home with several air handlers to customize the temperature in different “zones.”

Remember, your AC is only as good as its installation. For exceptional Wake Forest, NC air conditioning installation, call Raleigh Heating & Air today! 

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Air Conditioning Question: How Does Ductless AC Work?

Monday, March 11th, 2013

If you’re in the market for a new AC, ductless technology is an innovative way to cool your home efficiently. Installing a ductless AC system is a great solution to energy loss associated with ductwork. It may also be able to help prevent moisture and allergy problems common in homes with ductwork. In this post, Raleigh Heating & Air would like to show new and current clients about how this technology works, so that they can make informed decisions when it comes to choosing a new AC system. For ductless air conditioning services in Raleigh, NC, call us today!

Ductless AC has two major components: the indoor air handlers that are installed high on the wall or in the ceiling, and an outdoor unit, which houses the condenser and compressor. They are attached by flexible refrigerant piping and electrical lines that run behind the walls to each of the indoor units, and these lines are connected to the outdoor unit. This separation allows for quieter operation of the entire system. The air handler blows the cool air into the living space, extracts hot air, and pumps it back to the outdoor unit, along with any condensation that may have built up.

The advantages of ductless AC are extensive:

  • No air ducts. The US Department of Energy estimates that 25% to 40% of cool air can be lost within ductwork that has gaps, cracks, and loose joints. Faulty or damaged ductwork requires maintenance and repair. By sidestepping ductwork entirely, ductless AC avoids many of its issues.
  • Energy efficiency. Ductless AC tends to offer greater energy efficiency than conventional systems. Many of the more recent models have SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficient Ratio) ratings of up to 23.
  • Zone control. Ductless systems allow you to customize your living space by using different air handlers for various parts of your home. You can set one room at 70 degrees Fahrenheit, while keeping the bedroom off until you go to sleep. This allows for efficient cooling as well.

We hope this brief guide helps you understand how ductless AC works as well as its advantages. If you need air conditioning installation in Raleigh, NC, call Raleigh & Air today!

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Heat Pump Tip: Making Sure Your Heat Pump is Ready for Summer

Monday, March 4th, 2013

You rely on your heat pump to cool your home all summer long. Because your heat pump works throughout the year, getting regular heat pump maintenance in Raleigh, NC is critical to ensure successful operation. Here are a few of the things that you can do to make sure that your heat pump works well.

Remember that major maintenance duties and even minor repairs should be carried out by a heat pump expert. The following components should be inspected and cleaned:

  • Air filters. This is one of the most important parts of your heat pump system. While it protects your system from dust, dirt and other foreign debris, it can become clogged and can actually prevent the passage of cool air into your home.
  • Drain line. As with any drain, if it gets clogged, it prevents the passage of wastewater outside the system. This can lead to water leaks which might cause water damage in your home or on your property.
  • Fan blades and fan enclosure area. To work effectively, your heat pump’s fans must rotate freely without restrictions. It’s surprising how much a layer of dust and other debris can inhibit the fan components.
  • Outdoor condenser unit. Making sure nothing obstructs the outdoor condensing unit. This is where heat from inside your home gets exhausted to the outside. The effectiveness of the heat transfer process can be severely disrupted, if leaves, grass or dirt impede the airflow.
  • Indoor coil. If your coil is dirty, it will not adequately cool the air as it moves through its cooling cycle, and will therefore have to work harder.

The best way to make sure your air conditioning system is ready for summer is to get routine heat pump maintenance in Raleigh, NC. Only by ensuring your heat pump and its components receive the best possible professional care, can you expect their consistent performance all summer long. At Raleigh Heating & Air, we are committed to the comfort of our customers. Call us today!

 

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