Comfort Master Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Blog

Changing the Furnace Filter: The Basics on How to Do It

December 24th, 2018

man-hold-furnace-filterOne piece of advice we stress when it comes to heating efficiency and effectiveness is regularly change the furnace air filter. (In most HVAC systems, the AC uses the same filter, so this advice applies throughout the year.) A clean furnace filter is necessary to ensure a furnace doesn’t waste energy, has proper airflow, and won’t collect dust and dirt inside the cabinet that may damage it.

You may not know how to change the filter, but it’s not difficult. Here’s a brief guide to the best practices when it comes to keeping a clean filter.

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Are There Heating Repairs I Can Do Myself?

December 10th, 2018

hand-holding-wrenchMany homeowners consider themselves to be handy, and so many people love DIY projects. In fact, there are many websites dedicated to providing homeowners with tips, tricks, and “how-to” projects. However, there are just some skills you can’t master by watching a video or reading a blog. Heating systems are extremely complex, and only a well-trained, experienced HVAC technician can correctly and safely repair your system. Often, doing something yourself can lead to further damage and more hassle.

We can understand why some of you would want to perform heating repairs on your own: you think it will save you time and money. This is simply not true. Below we have provided a list of reasons why you should not perform heating repairs yourself.

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My Heating Bills Seem Too High

November 26th, 2018

money-savings-heatingWe hear you! Each time colder temps arrive, usually in late November, and home heating systems turn on, utility bills start to rise. Of course, you expect some rise in those bills after the mild temperatures of fall that don’t put much stress on the heater or the AC. And you’re probably already familiar with what that rise in the bills looks like.

But what if those bills have risen much higher than you expect? When the utility bill for the first full month of heating season arrives and it seems bigger than anticipated, you might think something is wrong.

And you may be right! Let’s take a look at some of the possible causes for steep heating costs this season.

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Is a Heat Pump Your Ideal Heating System?

November 12th, 2018

girl-welcomes-winterAs winter approaches, are you considering installing a home heating system? No matter if it’s because you have a new house that hasn’t had a heater put in yet, or because the old heater looks to be at the end of its practical service life, you’ll have to pick a new heating system.

The easiest choice is to go with whatever type of heater you had before. For most homes, this means a new furnace, since furnaces are the most common type of heater. But there’s also the choice for a heat pump—and if you’ve considered this option, we’d like to offer some advice to help you figure out if a heat pump is the ideal comfort system for your home.

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How Regular Fall Heating Maintenance Prevents Heater Repair

October 29th, 2018

technician-looking-at-gas-furnaceThe fall is moving past quickly—it always seems like the season is in a rush to get to the cold weather before we’re ready for it. We want to make sure that your home heating system is ready for the winter with our pre-season maintenance service. When you sign up for our Comfort Club, we’ll have our technicians come to your home and give the heater a thorough inspection and tune-up. Our 25-point inspection will see that the central heating system is ready to handle another winter. You’ll receive other benefits as well, such as a 10% discount on repairs and double parts warranty from one to two years. The program also covers your air conditioning maintenance for spring.

There are many reasons to have fall heating maintenance, and one of the best is how it helps you avoid having to call for heater repair in Raleigh, NC during the winter.

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Planning on Replacing Your Home Heater? We Have Some Advice!

October 15th, 2018

furnace-with-pipesWe don’t want to rush you, but winter weather can arrive sooner than expected. If you think you need to have a new heating system installed, right now is the time to schedule it. Not only is fall the last time you’ll have a period of warm weather when it’s convenient to have an old heater removed and a new one put in, it’s also a period when our HVAC technicians have more open schedules so they can find a convenient time for the service.

That’s our first piece of advice about heater replacement in Raleigh, NC—don’t delay with scheduling service. You’ll beat out the cold weather and have time to make important decisions about the future of heating your house.

But we have plenty of other advice about heating replacement …

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

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

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

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

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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