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Heating Maintenance: Yes, You Need It Every Fall

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

furnace-repair-technicianThere’s no denying fall has arrived. When the calendar turns to October and the store displays switch over to a Halloween theme, you know that it’s autumn—even if the weather hasn’t cooled down significantly yet.

But winter will arrive quicker than we can imagine (think of how fast the summer went past), so now is the time to turn your attention to having your heating system inspected and tuned-up, whether it’s a furnace, heat pump, or ductless heating system.

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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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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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Options When It’s Time for an AC Replacement

Monday, April 17th, 2017

question-mark-badgeYou’ve weighed the decision about whether you should continue to repair your home’s ailing air conditioning system or have a new one put in. You’ve talked to our professionals, and made the choice: you’re ready for an air conditioning replacement in Raleigh, NC.

What next?

Now you have to find out what type of air conditioner you want for a replacement. It isn’t a straightforward choice, because there is a larger variety of possible replacements than before. You’ll want our HVAC technicians’ expertise for help making the ideal selection, but we’ll give you a head start by going through the list of options.

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Should My Furnace Be Leaking Water?

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

Monday, 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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Burning Smells from Your Furnace: What They May Mean

Monday, 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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Watch Out for Ice on Your Heat Pump This Winter

Monday, November 7th, 2016

Winter preparations are now under way as temperatures cool. Soon, you can expect to have your residential heating system working regularly through the days and nights. Before that time starts, it’s a wise idea to review the warning signs that may crop up during the early days of operation that something is wrong with the heater. The sooner you call for repairs, the easier they will be to get done, and the less likely you’ll run into a busted heater when you need it the most.

This post is for those of you who use a heat pump for winter comfort. You might see ice developing along the outdoor unit when it runs… and that’s not a good sign!

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What Does Energy Efficiency Mean for a Furnace?

Monday, October 10th, 2016

When you are in the market for a new furnace installation in your house, one of the major factors to look at in any model you may purchase is its energy efficiency. This is the measure of how well the furnace takes its energy source (natural gas in most cases) and turns it into the actual heat you feel in the house. An energy-efficient furnace will waste little of its fuel source and convert most of it to heating. This usually means you will pay less to run the system than a furnace with worse energy efficiency.

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Danger! Cracked Heat Exchanger in a Furnace!

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

One of our priorities as professional HVAC technicians is keeping our customers safe in their homes. We want you to enjoy comfort during the winter without worries that the gas furnace you have installed might become hazardous.

Gas furnaces are built today with safety uppermost in mind; we don’t want you to think that a natural gas furnace is automatically dangerous. If you make sure to always schedule annual maintenance in the fall to inspect and tune-up your gas furnace, you can enjoy many winters of comfort without concern.

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