June 11th, 2018
The simple answer to the question: “Yes.”
But that simple answer requires a longer explanation. Refrigerant—what it is and what it does—is something few people outside of the HVAC and refrigerant industry understand. We’re going to look closer at refrigerant to explain why ensuring your AC has the right type is vital and you should leave working with it to professionals.
May 28th, 2018
As the weather warms up, does it feel like your house isn’t keeping as cool as you’d like it? It’s not fun to discover your air conditioner is struggling to do its job, but at least you’ll find out about it early enough that you can have the problem corrected before more heat arrives.
You may need to schedule air conditioning repair in Raleigh, NC to boost your cooling system back up to where it used to be. In some situations, the best solution is to replace the air conditioner altogether. Below we’re going to look at some reasons you have an air conditioner that just isn’t making the grade this year and what can be done about them.
May 14th, 2018
It’s the second half of spring, and we’re enjoying steady warm weather here in the Triangle Area. Is your air conditioner already putting in a solid few hours of work each day? If it is, did you remember to arrange to have it inspected and tuned-up by an HVAC professional?
If your answer is “No, should I?” or “Oh, I forgot—is it okay to skip this year?” then our answers are “Yes,” and “No, we recommend AC maintenance every year” respectively.
April 30th, 2018
Heat pumps are great. Instead of using a separate air conditioner and furnace to manage your comfort around the year, you only need a single system that can provide heating and cooling. And it works the same way, no matter if it’s in heating mode or cooling mode: the only difference is the direction the refrigerant moves. In one direction, the refrigerant moves heat from inside and releases it outside (cooling). In the other, it moves heat from outside and releases it inside (heating).
We’re at the time of the year when you’re going stop using the heating mode on the heat pump, and will eventually change the setting on the thermostat to “cooling.” But what do you do if you change your heat pump over to cooling—and you don’t get cool air from the vents?
April 16th, 2018
The changeover to spring doesn’t mean the permanent arrival of warm weather, no matter how much we’d like that. But warmer days are here, and the heater in your home will put in less and less work over the coming weeks until it finally turns off for the middle of the year, not coming back to work until fall.
But your heater still needs TLC in spring! If you have reason to believe your heater has a malfunction of any kind, don’t choose to “wait it out” until the warm weather arrives so you won’t have to worry about it. Have professionals repair the heater as soon as you can arrange for it. There are a number of reasons why prompt heating repair is necessary even with warm weather right over the horizon.
April 2nd, 2018
It can be a sudden shock when your furnace turns on during these last cold days of the season and it makes a loud boom sound. You expect to hear a distinct noise when the gas jets on the burner assembly ignite each time, but when the sound becomes something that makes people jump, it can be alarming.
Why does this happen, and does it mean a serious problem with the gas furnace? We have some answers below.
March 19th, 2018
The air quality in many homes today is much lower than it should be. In fact, it can be three to four time worse than the air pollution outdoors—something that often surprises people. The trouble with air quality in a modern home is the lack of proper ventilation to allow air replacements; i.e. moving out stuffy air filled with pollutants from indoor sources and replacing it with air from outside. Opening up windows and doors can help—but this kills a home’s energy efficiency and doesn’t do much good for comfort either.
One of the best ways to enjoy better indoor air quality while keeping your house from drafts and hot spots is to have air filters and air purifiers installed into the HVAC system. A Chapel Hill, NC, HVAC contractor can help find the right type of air purifiers and air filters to help see that your house has the cleanest and healthiest air possible.
March 5th, 2018
March never means the cold weather in the Triangle Area simply vanishes overnight. Anyone who’s lived here for even a few years knows the temperamental shifts of the spring weather. Although the cold weather can return at any time, this is still the part of the year to schedule service to gear-up your air conditioner to prepare it for the full return of warm weather.
And that means (drum roll, please) … it’s time to arrange for regular cooling system maintenance from your friendly local professionals.
February 19th, 2018
As you count down the days until the end of winter—whether the official date in March or just the first day of wonderful warm weather—you should give some thought to the furnace that’s been providing you with indoor warmth. Has it struggled this winter to do its job? Have you needed to call for repairs to keep it running? Have you had it for longer than a decade—or for so long you can’t remember how old it is? If you said “yes” to any of these questions, we recommend you consider replacing the furnace when spring arrives and you no longer need its heat.
February 5th, 2018
It’s not a fun situation to turn on your furnace during a cold day or night only to have nothing happen. The burners don’t ignite, and there’s no heat. There’s probably no danger in this situation, since modern gas furnaces are built to prevent an accumulation of unburned gas if the burners don’t come on. But you still have a non-working furnace and a freezing house.
What’s the problem? And is there anything you can do about it on your own? Let’s roll up our sleeves and take a look …