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Air Conditioning Repair Warning Signs

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

We rely on our air conditioning systems all summer long in Cary, NC to provide excellent, reliable comfort in our homes. For that reason, professional installation and routine maintenance are critical to ensuring that you receive solid performance and high-energy efficiency from your AC, whether you have a heat pump, central air, or ductless mini split AC. However, eventually, you may find that your AC is in need of professional repair. While sometimes problems seem to occur spontaneously and suddenly, typically there are some warning signs. If you identify one or more of these signs, make sure you call for repair sooner than later. Neglecting a problem in development may end up you costing much more in the long run. For more information about Cary, NC air conditioning repair, contact Raleigh Heating & Air today!

  • Inadequate cooling: This is probably one of the most common warning signs. If your system’s ability to cool has recently fallen off, or if you have noticed a slow decline in its ability to cool your home, it could be a sign that you need repair. One of the preventive measures you can take, one that is also necessary for consistent operation, is to replace your air filter regularly. This will keep your system clean and clear of dust and debris.
  • Strange noise: If you hear hissing, grinding, buzzing, or banging, these could be signs that something is not right. In general, you should expect your AC, especially the outdoor unit to make some noise. But, if the noise radically changes pitch, or it sounds wrong, there is probably something wrong with your system. Make sure you have a pro come take a listen.
  • Spike in energy costs: If you notice your energy bill jump from one month to the next, without a corresponding increase in usage, then it’s possible your system needs professional attention. While there are numerous reasons for this occurring, there may be an air leak somewhere within the system, or possibly low refrigerant.

These are just a few warning signs. For more information, or to schedule a Raleigh, NC air conditioning repair, call Raleigh Heating & Air today! 

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Air Conditioning Guide: Air Conditioning Repair vs. Replacement

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Making the decision between air conditioning repair and replacement can be difficult. It’s an important financial decision. While you don’t want to throw a system that may retain its usefulness over the next few years, you also don’t want to support an obsolete system. So how do you make the call? Your Cary, NC air conditioning contractor can evaluate your system and let you know what the best option for your home. Please call Raleigh Heating & Air if you need advice on whether to repair or replace your air conditioning system.

Let’s first go over some reasons to repair:

  • Frozen coil: The frozen coil is often the result of an airflow problem. Often, your air filter may be clogged so that the cool air that is meant to circulate throughout your ductwork is building up inside your air handler. This is easy to fix and doesn’t require you to replace your system.
  • Electrical problem: If you hear a buzzing sound around your AC unit, or if doesn’t respond to the thermostat, you might have an electrical problem. There may be a damaged wire in the supply line. Many of these issues are small and can be fixed quickly.
  • Low refrigerant: If your AC does not seem to cool your home enough, or to the extent that it once did, then it’s possible your refrigerant charge is low. This can be due a leak or an improper installation. Both of these problems do not require system replacement.

Next, some reasons to replace:

  • Age: If your AC is getting older, you should start thinking about replacement sooner than later, even if it appears to be running beautifully at the moment. A new system will run more efficiently and require fewer repairs, which can save you a lot of money in the long run.
  • Frequent repairs: If your existing AC needs constant repairs, it will probably save you money to replace your system. Problems with your compressor or other large repairs can be tough to fix, and replacing your older system can often be a better choice.
  • Spike in energy bills: If your AC is costing you too much money, consult with a professional to find out whether replacing your AC unit will make a difference in your energy bills.

We hope this brief guide helps you consider the problem of repair vs. replacement more clearly. However, seek professional guidance in order to make an informed decision about the future of your cooling system. For Cary, NC air conditioning repair, call the pros at Raleigh Heating & Air today!

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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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Benefits of the Trane CleanEffects™ System in Raleigh, NC

Monday, March 18th, 2013

When you think of home comfort, you may think chiefly about temperature. After all, 70 degrees Fahrenheit feels good when it’s 105 outside. But comfort is also about indoor air quality. While your existing air conditioning system offers some dehumidification and air filtration as part of its design, you may be wondering how you can further improve the quality of the air inside your home, so that you can breathe fresher and cleaner air throughout the year. While some have been deterred from buying an auxiliary air cleaner due to extra costs and maintenance, you can count on Trane to provide an excellent solution. Trane CleanEffects™ offers top of the line air cleaning with a low operating costs and no need to change the filter. For more information about how you might benefit, call Raleigh Heating & Air today!

Let’s look at some of the benefits of the Trane CleanEffects™ air cleaner:

  • Low pressure drop. Conventional air cleaners have very dense filters, which are good at catching micro-particles, but are not great at managing airflow. Pressure drop is the term for the negative side effects of dense filtration, which prevents your heating and cooling systems from pushing air throughout your home. While you want clean and clear air, you also need an appropriate air cleaner that won’t reduce energy efficiency and cause problems in other parts of the system.
  • Reduce allergens and other respiratory triggers. Residents sensitive to allergens and susceptible to asthmatic attacks may be comforted by the fact that Trane CleanEffects™ greatly reduces the airborne presence of dust, pet hair and dander, lint, fungus, dust mites, bacteria and pollen. Up to 99.98% of such debris, in fact.
  • Innovative and patented technology. When you get a Trane, you know you’re buying quality and technical innovation. The Trane CleanEffects™ air cleaner is patented technology, verified by experts at the Harvard School of Public Health, and performance-tested by LMS Technologies and Environmental Health & Engineering, Inc.

If you’re looking to make your indoor air clean and fresh all year round, look no further than the Trane CleanEffects™ air cleaner. For more information, call Raleigh Heating & 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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Getting Your AC Ready for the Raleigh Summer

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Summers in North Carolina typically have consistent temperatures well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit with high humidity. Homeowners throughout Raleigh know that their air conditioner is one of the most essential parts of the home during this season. Avoid the heat this summer by making sure your AC is ready. Schedule maintenance service for full inspection and cleaning, or for repair if you think your air conditioner needs some work. Raleigh Heating & Air installs and maintains a wide variety of AC systems, from central air, to ductless mini splits,  to heat pumps. Call us today.

Below is a list of how to get your AC ready for the Raleigh summer.

  • Enroll in a maintenance plan. The Raleigh summer is long: it begins in spring and ends in fall. Ensuring the effectiveness and efficiency of your system ensures that you will avoid hot and uncomfortable temperatures within your home. The Raleigh Comfort Club boasts extensive benefits, such as 15% discount on repairs, bi-annual visits, priority service, no overtime charges, and a monthly payment plan. Let the pros keep your home cool.
  • Clean your air filters. Air filters are there to prevent dust, pollen, dander, vermin, and other particles from entering your ductwork. They are an essential part of the home cooling system, and when they become dirty or clogged with debris, they can negatively impact the efficiency of your AC, causing the system to overwork itself, which can lead to costly repairs.
  • Give it some room. Check to see if any organic matter or debris has built up around your outdoor unit. Depending on the type of unit and where it is placed, it may be necessary to trim surrounding hedges, or to clean up any twigs, leaves or other foreign objects that may be lodged against the outside of the device. Your AC needs proper ventilation to work properly.

Think of preparing your AC for the Raleigh summer as part of spring cleaning. And remember that Raleigh Heating & Air is just a phone call away. If you need AC maintenance, repair or are considering upgrading, then please get in touch.

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Getting the Most from Your Heat Pump

Monday, February 11th, 2013

With energy prices constantly on the rise, homeowners everywhere are looking for every opportunity to reduce their energy consumption. If you have a heat pump in your home in Raleigh, then you are likely enjoying comfortable heating and cooling all year long. But if you’ve started to notice that your utility bill is increasing, you probably are interested to know why and how to reduce it. At Raleigh Heating & Air, we want our customers to be comfortable in their homes and to get good efficient heating and cooling from their heat pumps. Here are some of the ways that you can get the most out of your heat pump in Raleigh.

Regular Heat Pump Maintenance in Raleigh

Perhaps one of the best ways to get the most out of your heat pump is to get it regularly maintained by a professional contractor in Raleigh. There are huge benefits for homeowners who have their heat pumps regularly tuned up. During regular maintenance visits your heat pump technician will thoroughly inspect and clean every aspect of your system. This will allow them to find any small issues and repair them before they cause your system to start performing poorly. This can potentially increase the efficiency of your system. It might also be able to extend the life of your heat pump. Small problems are often the cause of homeowners needing heat pump replacement.

Thermostat Upgrades

Another great way to potentially improve the performance of your heat pump is to upgrade your thermostats. The thermostats in your home control when your heat pump turns on and for how long. If you were to upgrade to a web enabled thermostat you may be able to gain more control over your home’s energy consumption. Web enabled thermostats connect to your home’s internet connection. You can access them from anywhere in the world using a computer or your smartphone. You can control when they turn on and when they turn off. They can also send you email alerts when your home starts to use too much energy.

Blower Door Testing

Blower door testing is a great way to find out exactly how efficient your home is. During these types of tests, technicians will seal off your home and attach a blower to your front door. This will create pressure in your home and allow us to find out exactly where any leaks are.

If you’re interested in getting the most out of your heat pump in Raleigh, call the experts at Raleigh Heating & Air today.

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What Does SEER Stand For, and What Does it Mean?

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Believe it or not, the heating season is almost behind us here in Raleigh, NC. Spring is on its way, and everyone knows that when spring finally shows up the summer heat is never far behind. Many homeowners are already looking forward to the summer heat. Many more are beginning to think about their air conditioning systems, or lack thereof, and are wondering how they are going to beat the heat this air conditioning season. Raleigh Heating & Air encourages homeowners to carefully consider not only the air conditioning model they are investing in, but also its SEER.

All home cooling systems are assigned a SEER, which stands for seasonal energy efficiency ratio. The SEER of your air conditioner or heat pump tells you how efficiently your home air conditioning system will operate. The high the SEER, the more efficient the home cooling system and the more energy savings you can expect to enjoy.

Manufacturers are required to disclose the SEER of air conditioners and heat pumps so that consumers like you can know what to expect from their air conditioners and just what they are paying for. Due to today’s U.S. regulatory codes, all new air conditioners and heat pumps need to have a minimum SEER of 13 or higher. Many air conditioning systems have a SEER reaching 20 or 21, offering great energy efficiency and great saving potential.

The key to buying a new air conditioning system is to make an informed decision. As with most other mechanical systems, you tend to get what you pay for. That being said, the high the SEER the more money a system will generally cost. We understand that not everyone is able to afford a top-of-the-line air conditioner with a 20 SEER. Consider your budget, do a little research and make sure that you get the most efficient system that you personally can afford.

Contact Raleigh Heating & Air today to learn more about SEER and air conditioning options in Raleigh. We can help you save money this cooling season. Call today to schedule service.

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Heating FAQ: What is Blower Door Testing

Monday, January 28th, 2013

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a blower door test for your Raleigh, NC home, call Raleigh Heating & Air. Our home energy experts can perform an audit and provide you with advice on areas that need improvement before installing a new high-efficiency heating system. You should always upgrade other areas of your home that need improvements before upgrading or retrofitting your heating system.

A blower door test will determine whether or not your home needs better sealing or more insulation and where. If you upgrade to a high-efficiency heating system without taking care of these issues first, you won’t get the most energy savings from your new system. A blower door test is fairly simply. We attach a large fan to a door leading to the outside. We then close all windows and inside doors. The fan changes the pressure in the house so that we can locate air leaks. This process should not take too long if you help prepare your home for the test.

Once we determine which areas have air leaks, if any, we can help you prioritize your heating needs. Whether that’s adding insulation in your attic or replacing your ductwork, we will help you out with all your upgrades. Keep in mind that updating your heating system and other places in your home will also add value to the home, so it will pay off in that and energy savings in the long run.

Call us if you have further questions or would like to schedule a blower door test for your Raleigh, NC home. Raleigh Heating & Air can handle all your heating and home energy needs!

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Heating Tip: Signs of Furnace Problems

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

A high quality, professional installation and regular preventive maintenance service can keep the furnace in your Raleigh home operating very efficiently and effectively for years to come. Along the way, though, you are bound to notice a problem or two with your furnace. No mechanical system is perfect, and even impeccably serviced furnaces have issues every now and then. Some furnace problems are more serious than others, and you should always contact a professional service provider if you suspect trouble with your furnace. At Raleigh Heating & Air, though, we still believe it is good for homeowners to have some basic information about common furnace problems.

One of the most obvious problems that your furnace may exhibit is a lack of effective heating power. There are a number of factors that may cause this problem. Not all of them even have to do with the furnace itself. For instance, your thermostat may not be reading the temperature in your home accurately. This will cause it to regulate temperatures improperly. Your ductwork could also be inefficient, damaged or otherwise compromised, allowing heated air to escape or lose energy before reaching its destination.

It is very likely that at some point you will notice some odd noises coming from your furnace. Again, there are a number of possible causes of this issue, and only a professional service technician can diagnose it with certainty. It may be a problem with a slipped fan belt, an issue with ball bearings or you may just need the moving parts of your furnace lubricated. The only thing you can be certain of is that running a furnace that is in need of repair will eventually damage the system.

If your pilot light keeps going out, you should call for professional help immediately. It may just be that you have a faulty sensor or thermocouple that needs to be replaced. This issue may also indicate a dangerous gas leak, though. A professional technician will be able to ensure the safe operation of your furnace.

For more information about common furnace problems in Raleigh, contact Raleigh Heating & Air. We can make sure that your furnace is operating as efficiently and effectively as possible. Call today to schedule service.

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