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

A Noisy Furnace: What It Might Mean

Monday, January 7th, 2019

service-technician-and-furnaceA furnace is one of the best ways to keep a home comfortable through the winters, whether it’s a mild cold or a deep freeze! The gas furnace is especially powerful at putting out levels of warmth to keep an entire household comfortable.

But if you have a furnace working in your house, you’ll need to pay a bit of attention to it if it begins to act strangely. Such as when it makes noises you aren’t accustomed to hearing, or if it starts to just make too much noise in general. This is often a sign you need to call for professional heater repair in Raleigh, NC. Never try to do the diagnosis and repairs on your own, since this can lead to potentially hazardous situations and a furnace that’s in worse shape than it was before.

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My Heating Bills Seem Too High

Monday, 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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How Regular Fall Heating Maintenance Prevents Heater Repair

Monday, 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!

Monday, 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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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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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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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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