Comfort Master Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Blog

Should My Furnace Be Leaking Water?

February 20th, 2017

large-furnaceHomeowners who have boilers to provide heat to their homes know that water leaking from the system is always a possibility. But if you, like the majority of homeowners in the area, use a gas furnace to provide heat for the winter, you won’t expect to see water leaking out of it. After all, a furnace generates heat through gas burners that create hot combustion gas. Water shouldn’t be involved.

But furnaces can leak water—and that isn’t normal. If you spot water starting to pool around the base of your furnace during the winter, you’ll need to have it professionally repaired. You can rely on our experts to fix your furnace in Raleigh, NC or in the surrounding areas. Our technicians are NATE-certified to see that the job gets done fast and gets done right the first time.

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Low Refrigerant in a Heat Pump Is a Danger in Winter as Well!

February 6th, 2017

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Refrigerant leaking out of an air conditioning system is one of the more common AC troubles, and it requires professional repair work right away.

Here in winter, however, you may not think that you need to concern yourself with refrigerant at all. If you use a heat pump, it’s easy to think that loss of refrigerant won’t affect your comfort. It’s refrigerant after all—it’s supposed to keep things cooled down, and what you need during the winter is heat.

But this is a misunderstanding of both refrigerant and how heat pumps run. If a heat pump loses refrigerant during the winter, it will have just as serious consequences as during the summer.

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How Zone Control Works for Better Home Comfort and Energy Savings

January 23rd, 2017

two_houses_with_heating_and_cooling_symbolsOne of the important services we offer customers, which is one that you won’t find at every HVAC contractor, is setting up homes with zone control systems. Zoning the heating and cooling for a home is an excellent way to lower energy costs and make comfort more convenient for everyone in a household. There are many different advantages that a professionally installed zoning system offers.

People are curious when they first hear about the potential of installing zone controls. They think of the layout of the HVAC system: a heater and AC connected to a series of ducts branching out to the room vents. When the HVAC blower comes on, heated or cooled air travels through these ducts to all of the rooms. All of them. How is it possible to control which rooms receive conditioned air and which don’t?

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Attic Fans Are Helpful in Winter Too

January 16th, 2017

Attic fans, especially solar attic fans, are excellent ways to improve a home’s energy efficiency during the summer. That’s why we often recommend people have them installed. These fans are designed to vent out the accumulation of heated air in the attic during a summer day (the radiant energy from the sun on the roof can elevate temperatures in the attic up to 130°F) so this excess heat doesn’t seep down into the rest of the house.

But you may not know that attic fans are helpful in winter as well—just as much help as they are in the summer.

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Should I Get Air Filters or Air Purifiers to Improve Air Quality?

January 9th, 2017

If you have concerns about the quality of the air in your home, you’re probably not worrying over nothing. Low air quality is common throughout homes in the U.S. because the modern residential building is designed to be so energy efficient that it doesn’t “breath” well. For instance, too many contaminants are allowed to build up indoors. This includes dust, dander, pollen, dust mites, volatile organic compounds, bacteria, mold spores, chemicals, smoke, and more.

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How a Faulty Thermostat Can Lead to Heating Repair

January 2nd, 2017

The modern thermostats (or “climate controls” to give them the slightly fancier name) are complex pieces of computerized equipment. But no matter how many energy-saving features a new thermostat comes with, it still fills that same function: turning the heating system and blower fan on and off, and registering the temperature indoor to tell when it needs to turn these appliances on and off.

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Warning Sounds That Your Furnace Needs Repairs

December 26th, 2016

Natural gas furnaces are the standard way that homes receive heat during the winter. Although there are other types of heating systems, some which are gaining popularity, the gas furnace remains the kind of heater found in the majority of households around the country thanks to their heating power and reliability.

But no furnace can be 100% reliable. There are some ways that a furnace can send out warnings that it needs repair work. One of them is odd sounds. Below is a guide to warning sounds that will tell you it’s time to contact our heating professionals for repairs.

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My Heat Pump Won’t Switch over to Heating Mode!

December 19th, 2016

With the temperature here in North Carolina dropping as the official date of winter arrives, you’re going to need to have your heat pump change over into its heating mode, where it will probably remain for the rest of the season. Normally, this isn’t an issue: you simply set the thermostat to provide you with warm temperatures, and the heat pump automatically starts the process of running refrigerant in a different direction so that it brings heat from the outside to the inside of the house.

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Burning Smells from Your Furnace: What They May Mean

December 12th, 2016

We’re at the point of the year when furnaces are going to start coming on in homes all around Raleigh, putting in their first full day of work since the early spring. Furnaces that received a timely inspection and tune-up from a professional should be off to a good start.

But wait… is that burning you smell from the vents when your furnace starts running? Is something already broken? Is it an emergency? Should you call for help right away?

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An Energy Recovery Ventilator: Great for Winter AND Summer

December 5th, 2016

To keep as much heat trapped as possible indoors and prevent cold drafts in winter, a house must have extensive insulation and air sealing. This may help with comfort and energy efficiency, but it also leads to a build-up of indoor contaminants and air that can be too humid or sometimes too dry.

What can you do about this? Open up the doors and windows for some fresh air? No, that just ruins the whole point of having a home insulated in the first place. All the energy used for the heating system simply goes to waste.

But what if you could recover that energy and use it to heat up fresh air coming from the outside? That’s just what an energy recovery ventilator (ERV) does, and it’s a great solution to unpleasant indoor air during winter.

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