Comfort Master Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Blog

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

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

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?

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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How Air Purifiers Work in Your Home

March 19th, 2018

UV-air-purifier-lightThe air quality in many homes today is much lower than it should be. In fact, it can be three to four time worse than the air pollution outdoors—something that often surprises people. The trouble with air quality in a modern home is the lack of proper ventilation to allow air replacements; i.e. moving out stuffy air filled with pollutants from indoor sources and replacing it with air from outside. Opening up windows and doors can help—but this kills a home’s energy efficiency and doesn’t do much good for comfort either.

One of the best ways to enjoy better indoor air quality while keeping your house from drafts and hot spots is to have air filters and air purifiers installed into the HVAC system. A Chapel Hill, NC, HVAC contractor can help find the right type of air purifiers and air filters to help see that your house has the cleanest and healthiest air possible.

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Air Conditioning Tune-Up Time Has Arrived

March 5th, 2018

service-written-on-windowMarch never means the cold weather in the Triangle Area simply vanishes overnight. Anyone who’s lived here for even a few years knows the temperamental shifts of the spring weather. Although the cold weather can return at any time, this is still the part of the year to schedule service to gear-up your air conditioner to prepare it for the full return of warm weather.

And that means (drum roll, please) … it’s time to arrange for regular cooling system maintenance from your friendly local professionals.

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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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