Comfort Master Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Blog : Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

End-of-Season AC Repairs Are Important!

Monday, October 30th, 2017

ac-repair-workHas the last heat of the year come and gone? Maybe. Or maybe not. You might still require the hard work of your air conditioning system in your house before it shuts off for the rest of the year and the heating system takes over for winter. Because the AC may need to leap back to work, it needs to be in the right shape to handle a heat snap.

Do you have any current concerns that your AC may not be up to the task of coming back on for another run at the heat? If so, please don’t decide to wait it out until the spring. Repairs for an air conditioner should always be done promptly, regardless of the date on the calendar. Yes, even in November. We’ll explain why these fall repairs are still important below.

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Is Your Air Conditioner Able to Handle the Last of the Heat?

Monday, October 16th, 2017

thermometer-going-redJudging by the history of weather here in the Triangle Area, we likely have some heat left at the end of the year. Although you should be preparing your household heating system for the winter (start by scheduling routine maintenance through our Comfort Club), this isn’t a time to take the air conditioning system for granted. It’s tempting to simply leave any issues with the AC alone, thinking you can have them dealt with next year when it’s time to get ready for warm weather again.

What you need to ask yourself now is whether the AC can deal with a final heat wave. If it can’t, or you have any reason to believe it has a malfunction, we recommend calling us right away to have our technicians look into it and fix any problems. You don’t want to delay with air conditioning repair in Cary, NC or elsewhere in our service area, no matter how close to colder weather we are.

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House Not Cool Enough? Don’t Keep Turning Down the Thermostat!

Monday, September 18th, 2017

thermostat-at-66-degreesAs summer ends and we officially enter the fall, you’re more likely to encounter problems with an air conditioner. After all, it’s just done a hard summer of work, and that causes it to accumulate dust, grime, and general strain. The cumulative total of a full summer workload for an AC can result in it struggling during the fall homestretch.

This is a time to be cautious about an air conditioner’s performance. Unfortunately, caution is usually the opposite of what happens: people are more likely to simply ignore the trouble because the falling cooling is about to start. For example, if an air conditioner begins to have difficulty providing the cooling for the home that it usually does, homeowners often just push the thermostat setting down lower. Is the standard 78°F setting not getting the job done? Push it down to 70°F! Hey, the thermostat can drop as low as 60°F, there’s plenty more to go to keep cool!

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Compressor Burn-Out: The BIG Air Conditioning Problem

Monday, September 4th, 2017
compressor-in-ac-unit

Hey there, compressor! How are you feeling this late summer?

As summer winds down and temperatures cool, homeowners are often a bit more careless with their air conditioning in Rolesville, NC. They’ll keep it running—there are still hot days ahead, and fall can strike with major heat waves—but they may not pay as much attention to it or carefully monitor how long it runs. And this is unfortunate because at the end of cooling season is the period when an AC is most likely to suffer a catastrophic failure. The system already put in an immense amount of labor handling the heat and humidity of summer, and when that wear and tear catches up, it can mean a serious malfunction…

…including the most dreaded of all, COMPRESSOR BURNOUT!

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End of Summer and the Great “Repair vs. Replace” AC Debate

Monday, August 21st, 2017

air-conditioning-repairIt’s already the second half of August, and peeking over the horizon is the official end of summer in September. We aren’t out of hot weather trouble in North Carolina yet, but now is a good time to take summary of your air conditioning system’s performance over the hottest parts of the year and ask the big question: “Is it time to replace the air conditioner in the coming fall, or can I stick with repairs as needed for a few more years?”

Autumn is one of the better times to arrange for an air conditioning system replacement in Zebulon, NC. You’ll have fewer worries about the short period when your house will go without cooling, and you’ll be prepared for any of those fall heat wave surprises. But you don’t want to arrange for an air conditioning replacement unless you have to. The more effective and efficient performance you get from your current system, the better a return on your original investment you’ll receive.

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When Do I Need to Put More Refrigerant in My Air Conditioner?

Monday, August 7th, 2017

top-of-outdoor-ac-unitWe’re glad you’re asking this question, because understanding refrigerant and how it works inside an air conditioner is an essential part of understanding when an AC may need to have repairs.

The short answer to “When do I need to put in more refrigerant?” is “Never.” Because

  • you shouldn’t need to replace refrigerant because the AC doesn’t use it up, and,
  • even in the event of a loss of refrigerant because of leaks, you must have licensed professionals handle the job of putting new refrigerant in.

Let’s take a look at both these points to give a fuller answer to the question.

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Why Closing Room Vents Isn’t “Zone Control”

Monday, July 24th, 2017

room-ventOne of the services that we’re proud to offer our customers when it comes to air conditioning in Wake Forest, NC is installing zone control systems. With zone controls, you can manipulate temperature levels in different areas of your house separate from one another. There are plenty of benefits to this, such as providing individual comfort for people in your household (no more wrangling over the thermostat when people don’t agree on temperature) and reducing your energy bills by only cooling parts of the home that need it (helpful if you have a guest room).

However, when people hear about the basics of zone controls—dampers inside the ducts shutting off airflow to specific vents—they sometimes wonder why can’t they just do zone control by closing the shutters over the room vents.

There are two good reasons why they can’t: 1) It doesn’t work. 2) It can damage the HVAC system. Let’s take a closer look.

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4 Reasons Your Cooling Costs Are So High (Aside from the Heat!)

Monday, July 10th, 2017

piles-of-US-currencyWhen summer rolls into the Triangle Area, people expect to see their electric bills start to rise. Air conditioners can be pretty greedy about using electricity: the compressor that’s at the core of how a cooling system works draws a large amount of amps as it runs. High electric bills are simply part of life during the summer.

But there’s a difference between higher electrical bills—and bills that are absurdly high. If you’ve noticed you’re paying much more to run your air conditioner this summer, and you don’t believe it’s because you’re using it more or the days are hotter, then this post is for you. We’ve put together four reasons your cooling costs might be higher and what you can do about it.

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The Great Thermostat Misunderstanding, or Cool Your Home for Less with This Tip

Monday, June 26th, 2017

setting-wall-thermostatAs HVAC technicians with plenty of experience working with both residential and commercial customers, we often encounter misunderstandings about cooling and heating. Many of these misunderstandings have been around for decades.

But today, with the quick access that almost everybody has to information, these misunderstandings travel even faster—and it’s almost impossible to stamp them out. We can only try our best to see that our customers are informed so they receive the most efficient and longest service from their heating and central air conditioning system in Zebulon, NC.

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Ice on the Air Conditioner: No, It Shouldn’t Be There

Monday, June 12th, 2017

air-conditioning-unitHere’s a question we often hear from customers. In fact it’s a question any quality HVAC company will hear multiple times:

Hey, there’s ice on my air conditioner’s evaporator coil. Is that … supposed to happen?

It’s a good question. That people think to ask it in the first place is good sign. It shows they have an understanding that, even though air conditioners blow out chilled air when they’re running, ice is probably not a part of the cooling process. Or at least, it shouldn’t be.

This instinct is correct: when ice starts to appear on the indoor coil of a central air conditioner (i.e. along the evaporator coil), it means something is wrong. In most cases, you’ll need to call for air conditioning repair in Raleigh, NC or elsewhere in order to fix the problem—and sooner, rather than later.

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