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

Rule of 5,000: Knowing When AC Repairs Aren’t Enough

Monday, April 29th, 2019

air-conditioning-recyclingThe Rule of 5,000. Sounds a bit intimidating, almost like something out of a science-fiction future. But it’s really a simple mathematical rule of thumb to help people determine when they should replace their air conditioning system. At a certain point, an air conditioner will be so old that continuing to pay to have it repaired each time it breaks down is throwing away money.

Although the “Rule of 5,000” isn’t always 100% accurate, it’s a good place to start thinking about whether you need to keep up with air conditioning repair in Apex, NC or arrange for a new AC system.

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How HVAC Experts Know What AC to Install for a Home

Monday, April 15th, 2019

air-conditioning-collageReplacing an old air conditioning system is something you can schedule for any part of the year. But the spring is the best season for it, since the hot weather hasn’t arrived yet but is just around the corner.

Choosing a new AC for a replacement isn’t a simple process of just looking over various models and picking the one that best fits your budget. To ensure you get the right unit and that it’s installed correctly, look to a licensed professional HVAC company in Garner, NC or elsewhere in the Triangle Area. An expert will find out what air conditioning system to install to keep your house cool for many summers to come.

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A Hard Starting Kit: Does Your AC Need One?

Monday, April 1st, 2019

compressor-in-ac-unitAs an air conditioner ages, it can run into different types of malfunctions, and most will require calling for an HVAC technician to provide professional repairs. In some cases, especially with an AC that’s 15 years older or more, the cost-effective solution may be to have the AC replaced. The most catastrophic failure in an AC that usually means it’s time to get a new one is a burnt-out compressor.

However, a compressor that’s overworking and heading toward a burn-out can often be rescued with a “hard starting kit.” An HVAC technician will know when you need one and can handle installing it.

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How to Get a Jump Early on Air Conditioning Repair Issues

Monday, March 18th, 2019

heating-cooling-ventDo you think it’s too early to start talking about repairing your air conditioner? Sure, thinking about the AC in the first week of spring might sound like it’s too soon—after all, you may not need your home’s air conditioning system running steadily until late May. But we believe that it’s never too early to prevent AC repairs or solve any existing issues that a homeowner may have passed over.

Here is a few bits of advice we have for the spring that will make air conditioning repair in Clayton, NC something you’ll rarely need to worry about.

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March: A Great Time to Schedule AC Maintenance

Monday, March 4th, 2019

air-conditioner-unit-being-repairedThe weather in March is famously tricky to predict. Does it come in like a lamb and go out like a lion, or is it the other way around? Hints at early spring appear, and then the cold weather returns again.

It’s an unusual time for HVAC contractors as well, who have to be ready to help with heating emergencies, but are also assisting customers with preparations for the time when the warmer temperatures finally settle in to stay for a good while.

We’d like to help you make those preparations this March, since there’s no better time to get ready to use your air conditioning than a time close to warm weather when you still won’t need to rely so much on the AC.

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The Future of Your AC (Yes, It’s Time to Think About It)

Monday, October 1st, 2018

fall-pumpkins“Wait, it’s October! Why should I worry about my air conditioning system when I’m getting ready to have the heating system on?”

First, it’s always a wise idea to pay attention to the AC in the fall in case you might need it again during a surprise hot day. But we’re not talking about air conditioning repair in Durham, NC specifically this time. You can always call us to take care of any repairs, and we urge you to act fast at the first sign of problems, no matter how late in the summer.

What we’re talking about here is making long-term plans with your air conditioner: thinking about the summers ahead and if your current AC system can handle them. Because fall is a less busy period for the HVAC service industry, it’s one of the best times to schedule a major job like replacing an old air conditioning system.

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When Capacitors in an AC Go Bad

Monday, September 17th, 2018

air-conditioning-maintenance-toolsYou might have read that headline and immediately had an image of a capacitor pulling a handkerchief over its face and trying to hold up a stagecoach with six-shooters. Or maybe you didn’t imagine that—because you have no idea what a capacitor in an air conditioner looks like!

That’s fine. Most homeowners aren’t aware of what a capacitor looks like or what it does in an air conditioner—although they’ll know they don’t want one to “go bad.” We’re going to delve a bit more into air conditioning capacitors and the problems your AC may face when they fail.

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Sizing an AC Doesn’t Mean Exactly What You Think

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

tools-on-ac-unitWe can list many reasons why new air conditioning system installation must be left to professionals. One of them is only experienced HVAC technicians can do the calculations necessary for proper new cooling unit sizing.

What does sizing mean? It sounds like the technicians are taking measuring tape to find out how large the AC can be so it will fit into the space available. Which does sound a touch silly. Of course, a new air conditioner must be the right size to fit in a house, but why hire professionals for a job anybody with measuring tape could do just as well?

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Short-Cycling: Why It’s Bad News for an Air Conditioner

Monday, August 20th, 2018

air-conditioning-condensers-near-plantsOne of the most common and harmful troubles an air conditioner can encounter is a condition called short-cycling. It’s both a symptom of a problem and a problem itself. Although sometimes a few simple adjustments may fix short-cycling, if the root cause is serious it requires a professional HVAC technician to do the repairs. Unless short-cycling is stopped, it will eventually lead to an early replacement for an air conditioner and waste enormous amounts of power until then.

The Brutal Facts of Short-Cycling

The phrase short-cycling is HVAC-speak for when an air conditioner (or heat pump) becomes caught in the start-up cycle and turns on and off repeatedly without completing the cooling cycle. Under normal conditions, an AC powers up the compressor and runs until the thermostat registers it has met the temperature request. The AC then powers down the compressor. A short-cycling AC will prematurely stop the compressor before the end of the cooling cycle, and then start up again a short time later. When the compressor is turning on and off multiple times an hour and the compressor runs for less than 15 minutes at a time, the AC is short-cycling.

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Should You Install a Ductless AC System?

Monday, August 6th, 2018

room-with-ductless-mini-splitIf you’ve ever been in an air-conditioned building and noticed a unit up on the wall that looked like streamlined version of a window AC without having to protrude through a window, then you’ve seen part of a ductless AC. A ductless mini split system (as it’s also called) combines the benefits of a standard central AC with a window unit: point cooling with the cooled air sent directly into the space, but able to cool multiple rooms.

As ductless mini splits grow in popularity, more homeowners are confronted with choosing between going with a conventional split system air conditioner that relies on ducts and a ductless system. If you’re struggling with the question, or you’ve only started to consider it, we recommend you call a trustworthy Raleigh, NC, HVAC contractor to help you. You’ll need professionals to eventually install either system, so have them on board early to assist you with making the best choice.

We can provide some help to get you started thinking about whether ductless will work for you.

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