Comfort Master Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Blog

Keep Repairing the Furnace? Or Replace It This Spring?

February 19th, 2018

old-basement-furnaceAs 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.

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Why the Burners Aren’t Lighting on Your Gas Furnace

February 5th, 2018

gas-energy-flamesIt’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 …

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Why Isn’t One of My Ductless Heating Units Working?

January 22nd, 2018

ductless-split-on-wallDuctless mini split heat pumps have many benefits. One that customers love is that ductless heating only needs to provide warm air to the rooms that require it. Are the bedrooms currently empty? You don’t need to expend energy running the wall units in them! Have your family and friends all gathered in the living room to watch a movie? Then the only wall unit that needs to be on is the one serving the living room. It’s smart comfort and excellent savings.

But what if you find one day you don’t have any choice about running one of the ductless units—because it won’t turn on at all? There are some simple reasons this can happen, and a few that aren’t so simple. In the latter case, you may need to call us for heating repair in Raleigh, NC or elsewhere in our wide service area. Let’s run down some of the possibilities.

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Learn About Your Electric Furnace: The Sequencer

January 8th, 2018

electric-wiring-furanceWhen it comes to supplying a home with heat during the winter, the gas furnace is the most common option. In fact, more than 64 million homes around the country use natural gas power to stay warm. However, not every home has this choice. If you live in a house without a connection to a natural gas pipeline, you’ll need to rely on electricity to supply your heating. In most cases, this means using an electric furnace.

Electric furnaces do have a number of advantages, however. One of the key ones is the lower amount of repairs they tend to need compared to natural gas furnaces. This is because electric furnaces have a simpler operation that doesn’t wear them down as fast. But electric furnaces still aren’t simple. In this post, we’re going to look at a critical component that allows an electric furnace to work accurately: the sequencer.

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Furnace Repairs You May Need in the New Year

December 25th, 2017

crossed-wrenchesAre you looking forward to 2018? Or maybe you’re feeling hesitant about it, wondering if you’ll get done all you want to? We understand: approaching a new number on the calendar is intimidating.

We won’t be able to help you get that novel written, or start construction on a new addition to your house, or help you begin a new career. But we can handle an important issue that might make the start of New Year a hassle, and that’s a wonky or busted furnace. With all the plans you’re making, you don’t want a failed furnace making life miserable! Thankfully, you have us for your heater repair in Raleigh, NC. When you’ve run into problems with your furnace, our experts are on call 24/7 to come to your assistance.

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Replacing an Old Furnace with a Heat Pump: Good Idea or Not?

December 11th, 2017

sun-and-snowflake-badgeThe furnace is the ol’ workhorse of home heating. There are more furnaces in houses in the U.S. than any other type of heating system. Furnaces have held this top position for decades because, simply put, they get the job done. A well-maintained furnace can last more than 15 years—even longer for an electric model—and they can combat the most intense cold conditions.

Yet, when it comes time to make a big change in an HVAC system, some homeowners have switched from a furnace to a heat pump. A heat pump is an electrically powered system that operates on the same principle as a split system air conditioner, and uses the same set of ducts to distribute air. The difference between a heat pump and an air conditioner is a heat pump can work as both a heating and cooling system by switching the direction of operation.

If you’re considering replacing your furnace this year, a heat pump might be on your list of possibilities. But is it the right choice?

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Are There Any Reasons to Prefer an Electric Furnace?

November 27th, 2017

question-mark-badgeWhen it comes to choosing a furnace to provide heating to your house in North Carolina during the winters, you’ll probably lean toward a furnace that burns natural gas to generate heat. Natural gas furnaces are the most popular type of heating system across the country because of the immense heating power they can put out and their relatively low cost of operating compared to using electrical heating systems. (Natural gas is a less expensive energy source in general.)

The electric furnace option, however, is there as well. Electric furnaces aren’t going anywhere! Considering the benefits of going with a natural gas furnace, are there any reasons to instead select an electric one? The answer is yes, and we have listed some of the reasons below.

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Schedule Heating Maintenance before Winter Weather Strikes

November 13th, 2017

winter-landscape-pictureThe weather has cooled down for the fall, but the true chill of winter still hasn’t arrived. This means you have time left to arrange for regular maintenance for your residential heating system. This is a job that requires HVAC professionals: you can’t simply run through a checklist and do it yourself. (You can, and should, change the HVAC filter on a regular basis, but this is the only major maintenance job that can be don DIY.)

Don’t delay calling to schedule your maintenance inspection and tune-up, because you want your heating system ready to go when the big drop in temperatures arrive—probably in the next month.

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End-of-Season AC Repairs Are Important!

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?

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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