Comfort Master Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Raleigh’

Condensate Drain Problems in an AC

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

water-dropletsThe humid summer weather in North Carolina places extra stress on a home air conditioning system. An AC has to run longer to overcome the additional discomfort that high humidity creates. (An air conditioner isn’t a dehumidifier, however. To deal with serious humidity issues in a home, we recommend you have a dedicated whole-house dehumidifier installed.)

One of the ways that all this extra moisture in the air affects an air conditioner is that it collects along the indoor evaporator coil as the AC is running. This moisture has to go somewhere, so an AC is designed with a condensate pan and drain to catch the dripping moisture and then pump it outside. The occasional sound of water running in the AC cabinet is this condensate system at work.

But like any component in an air conditioner, the condensate drain can run into problems—leading to even bigger problems for a home’s cooling.

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Does the Type of Air Conditioning Refrigerant Make a Difference?

Monday, June 11th, 2018

air-conditioning-manometer-pressure-refrigerantThe 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.

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Is Your AC Already Having Trouble Keeping Up?

Monday, May 28th, 2018

flushed-man-in-front-of-fanAs 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.

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Ways Air Conditioning Maintenance Pays You Back

Monday, May 14th, 2018

Air-conditioner-repairman-maintenanceIt’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.

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You Turn Your Heat Pump to “Cooling”—And Nothing Happens

Monday, April 30th, 2018

climate-controlHeat 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?

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It’s Spring, But You Still Need to Repair Your Heater if Necessary

Monday, April 16th, 2018

technician-looks-at-gas-furnaceThe 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.

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What Does a Booming Sound Mean in My Furnace?

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

shocked-by-loud-noiseIt 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.

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Furnace Repairs You May Need in the New Year

Monday, 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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Are There Any Reasons to Prefer an Electric Furnace?

Monday, 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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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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