Raleigh Heating & Air is the trusted heating and air conditioning service company of Raleigh, NC. In 1992, Raleigh Heating & Air was acquired by Chris Barnhill. Chris ran the company from his home in Garner with just two employees. In the past 20 years, the company has grown, and we now have 26 coworkers, as well as a modernized office, a professional sheet metal and ductwork shop.
Well, yeah. I call to have my air conditioner repaired when it stops working. Not really a tough question, if you ask me?
Well, not so fast there! Yes, you obviously need to call to have your air conditioner repaired when you discover that it’s no longer operational, either failing to cycle on at all or to blow cool air. Ideally, however, you’ll be calling for air conditioning repairs before your air conditioner ever has a chance to get to that point. As a general rule, remember that you want to schedule any HVAC services in Wake Forest the moment that you suspect there is a problem.
Remember that there are plenty of air conditioning issues that you may encounter which fall short of causing the AC system to break down entirely. Just because your system is up and running, however, does not mean that it is up and running properly. So reach out to us if you have any concerns about your system.
Is Your Air Conditioner Blowing Warm Air?
Okay, this may sound like a pretty obvious instance in which a homeowner would schedule AC repair services. Trust us on this one, though—”obvious” problems are frequently overlooked until they become irrefutable problems. Homeowners can sometimes sell themselves on an excuse for their systems’ shortcomings. We’ve heard them all.
Well, it was warm, not hot!
It was still cooler inside than out!
And the old standby: I was getting to it!
In reality, an AC blowing warm air could have anything from a refrigerant leak to damaged ductwork to problems communicating with its thermostat. If the air coming from your system is insufficiently cooled, let us know immediately.
Is Your AC Running in Short Bursts?
This is actually a great example of how problems of varying severity can manifest similar symptoms. This condition is called short cycling, and it’s a major problem that can result in higher energy costs, excessive wear and tear on the system, and unsatisfying performance quality.
It can also be the result of a dirty air filter.
Or, you could have a refrigerant leak that, if left untreated, can damage your system beyond repair. If you ask us, this is a pretty clear cut instance of where you should choose to be safe over being sorry. Contact us to have the situation evaluated.
Are You Hearing Strange Sounds?
Your air conditioner won’t operate completely silently, but there’s a big difference between normal operating sounds and a system that sounds like it’s about to launch itself into space. Remember, “strange” sounds don’t necessarily have to be “new” sounds, either. They can be regular operating sounds happening at a much louder level than is normal.
Ultimately, the best advice that we can give you is to take any abnormalities with system performance seriously. If there’s not an obvious solution, like changing a filthy air filter, call in the pros right away. You’ll save money and a serious headache down the road.
Summertime is here, and that means it’s time for afternoons outside with family and friends! After a barbecue or pool party, there’s nothing better than getting out of the heat and coming back to a cool home. When your air conditioning unit is working so hard to keep your house cool, it’s not uncommon for homeowners to see condensation around their unit. This leads to the common question: “Will water around my AC unit attract bugs?”
There are many reasons why your unit might have condensation or water around it, and each situation is unique. If you have questions about whether or not the amount of water around your unit is normal, call your local HVAC company today.
What Bugs Are Attracted to Water?
Just like other animals, insects need to stay cool in the heat. Some are more likely to be found around your HVAC unit than others, like roaches, spiders, and ants. You might also find that other animals enjoy the cool, dark spaces of your HVAC system, including mice and snakes.
Standing water is also a great breeding ground for mosquitoes, and these pests are some of the worst uninvited guests you’ll ever have at a backyard barbecue. When it comes to keeping your yard pest-free and enjoyable for everyone, it pays to make sure there is no standing water or consistent puddling around your air conditioning unit. Still having pest problems? Contact a local pest control company in Raleigh to take care of any unwelcome bugs that may be lingering around your home or business.
What Causes Water Around My HVAC Unit?
Two of the most common reasons you’ll find water around your HVAC unit are the outdoor temperature and the temperature you have set on the thermostat. Moisture around the unit can actually be a sign that it’s working properly! Humidity and large changes in the refrigerant temperature can cause condensation, which will leave a small puddle or wet spot on the HVAC slab outside.
You can also check the drain line for condensation; humidity inside the home will condense on the evaporator coils of your unit and drip down into a drain pan that will run outside through the drain line.
How Much Water Is Too Much?
If the amount of water around your unit is large enough that it doesn’t evaporate quickly, you could have a blocked drain line, low air flow, or a problem with the compressor. A consistent leak throughout the day or a leak that forms a puddle lasting throughout the day are signs that it’s time to call a licensed HVAC technician who will be able to identify the problem and offer a solution.
When Should I Call an HVAC Technician?
If the amount of water around your unit is unable to evaporate quickly on a hot day, it’s time to call an expert. Of course, you should also call a technician if your home isn’t cooling properly or if the unit is leaking inside the home.
Enjoy everything that summer has to offer with a well-operating HVAC system, and let the team at Raleigh Heating and Air make that happen! Contact us today for more information.
My air conditioner is there to cool my home. It’s not an air purifier or anything. And besides, my indoor air quality seems okay. So why worry about the air filter?
Because the air filter in your air conditioning system is not actually there to boost indoor air quality throughout your home, and there is a good chance that the dirty filter you’ve got in your AC right now is already causing problems for your system, even if you don’t realize it yet. That’s why.
In today’s post, we’re going to look at why a clean air filter is so important to your air conditioner and its performance, and how a dirty filter can really start to work against your system and your comfort. Ultimately, a very dirty filter can and will result in the need for AC repair in Durham, NC. You’ll need repairs eventually, but don’t encourage them!
Why Change Your Filter Regularly?
The purpose of the air filter in your air conditioner is to keep pollutants from building up on sensitive components within the air conditioner itself. You don’t want a bunch of dust and dirt caking your evaporator coil, for instance. If the filter in your system gets too dirty, though, the air coming into the system may actually bypass the filter and force through its mounting bracket. When that happens, you’re looking at an influx of pollutants into the system. Airflow will ultimately choose the path of least resistance if faced with a clogged up filter.
You should be changing your air filter every 1-3 months. Of course, there are a lot of different factors that will influence just how frequently you actually need to change your filter, including general cleanliness in your home and the presence of any pets. Check in on your filter regularly until you get a feel for how quickly it needs to be replaced.
What Happens to an AC with a Dirty Filter?
It works a lot harder than it should have to! And you know what happens when it works harder than it should have to? It uses more energy in the process. Think about it—do you go through more gas on the highway when you’re cruising at 55 or pushing it up to 75? The harder you go, the more fuel is consumed. That translates to your AC, too.
That excessive strain puts a lot of wear and tear on the system. Plus, airflow can decrease to the point where condensation collected on the coil can freeze. That creates an insulating barrier of ice that further impedes the heat transfer process, adding even more strain to the system. Short cycling can occur, driving up energy costs further while also increasing the risk of damage to your system.
Filters are cheap and they are very easy to install. We’ll change or clean yours during annual maintenance, but that one change a year is not enough. Make the right choice for your AC, and keep a fresh filter in place.
Think we’re stressing that word too much? Think again. The fact of the matter is that skipping routine air conditioning maintenance, even once, is one of the worst things that you can do for your home cooling system. When it comes to keeping your air conditioner in the best working condition possible, routine AC maintenance is key. Preventive measures always beat reactionary ones.
In today’s post, we are going to take a closer look at the many different ways in which routine air conditioning maintenance can benefit you—as well as how skipping this important service will come back to haunt you. And, considering the added benefits that our Comfort Club maintenance program has to offer, there really is no excuse for failing to care for your air conditioner in this way. So read on, and remember that our team is here to handle any air conditioning services that you may need.
Pay Less for Your Comfort
We’ll start off with the financial benefits of professional air conditioning maintenance, as this seems to be a great motivator for most homeowners. Yes, air conditioning maintenance is a service that you are going to pay for. However, it is also going to save you money in the long run. It’s best to think of air conditioning tune-ups as an investment, and the money that you save in energy costs is your return on that investment—one of them, anyway.
You see, a properly maintained air conditioner is going to operate more efficiently than one that is in poor working condition could. When we tune up your system regularly, it is going to be in optimal working condition. That means that it will cool your home with minimal energy expenditure, and you’ll see that reflected in your energy costs. That’s not the only way that you’ll save money, though.
Pay for Repairs Less Frequently
We won’t tell you that regular AC tune-ups are going to result in a 100% reliable air conditioner, because that would not be the truth. If you find someone making that claim, then we strongly suggest that you find someone else to work with. Every AC is going to require professional air conditioning repair in Cary, NC, at some point.
When yours does, make sure that you schedule service right away. However, those occurrences will be kept to a minimum when you schedule regular air conditioning maintenance. Routine tune-ups will keep your system well-lubricated, will ensure that there are no issues with refrigerant leaks, and make certain that the various electrical components are functioning properly. It also gives our technicians the chance to catch any developing problems with your air conditioner early on.
Keep Your System Up and Running Longer!
If you don’t schedule regular AC tune-ups, then you are going to find yourself replacing your air conditioning system sooner than you should have to. Is your system going to break down just because you skipped one tune-up? No, probably not. Ignoring your maintenance needs will result in excessive wear and tear to your system, however, and that is going to result in a shortened system lifespan.
We understand the logic that can lead to confusion in regards to your AC coil freezing over. After all, it is an air conditioner, right? Cooling things down is kind of the whole point, right? Right.
To a certain degree.
Yes, your air conditioner is supposed to cool things down for you. However, it is not a freezer, and shouldn’t be performing as such. If you see ice on your air conditioner in general, you’re likely dealing with a system that is compromised in some way. The solution? Working with trained professionals that specialize in air conditioning repair in Raleigh, NC.
We’re the team that you’ll want on your side, especially in such cases. Why? Because ice on your coil could actually be an indicator of very serious problems with your air conditioner. Or it could be a relatively simple fix! Our team has the skills and expertise necessary for diagnosing the problem accurately and resolving it completely.
Why Is a Frozen Coil Such a Big Problem?
Well, the AC is supposed to cool things down. So if it’s freezing the coil—what? It’s working too well or something?
It’s not working properly. Let’s cover how that ice forms to begin with.
Remember, your air conditioner doesn’t create “coolness” somehow. It removes heat from the air in your home. This is accomplished through the refrigerant cycle. Refrigerant evaporates indoors, drawing heat out of the air outside. It released heat outdoors as it condenses. If the coil gets too cold, then moisture on that coil that collects as condensation during the removal of heat can freeze up. If the coil freezes up, the ice creates an insulating layer on the coil, and the whole heat transfer process is disrupted. So why might that coil get too cold?
Reasons Why Your Coil Gets Cold Enough to Freeze Up
It’s not because the AC is working too well, as we’ve covered. So what does cause this problem? Well, as is the case with many AC issues, there are a few likely culprits.
Refrigerant Leaks. This is probably the most serious issue that you can encounter with your air conditioning system. If you have a refrigerant leak, that low refrigerant level is going to make it tough for the system to draw heat out of the air. Thus, the coil can get too cold and ice can form on it.
Collapsed Ducts. Reduced airflow through the system puts a lot of unnecessary strain on the coil. If you have a collapsed duct, then airflow is obviously going to be negatively affected. This is why “out of sight, out of mind” is never the way to go with your ductwork.
Clogged Air Filters. This is the best case scenario for sure. It means that you need to be more diligent in changing your air filter, but nothing is really wrong with your system beyond a dirty filter severely restricting airflow.
If your filter is clean but you encounter this problem, schedule service with Raleigh Heating & Air immediately!
There is plenty of hot weather heading our way in the coming weeks and months, and some homeowners may find themselves coming to the realization that their air conditioning systems are not going to cut it for another cooling season. Whether you planned on replacing your air conditioner this spring or if you’ve just accepted that this the end of its road, we’ve got a suggestion for you to consider—using a heat pump to cool your home!
Heat pumps are effective, versatile, and actually ideal for use in warmer climates like our own. We’ll cover what makes the heat pump such a great choice more in the post that follows. First, we want to remind you that the only way to get the most out of any AC system is to schedule your services with an HVAC company in Durham, NC, that you can trust to do the job right. You’re reading this right now, and that means that you’ve already found the company to work with.
With a Heat Pump, You Get It All
Well, if by “all” you mean heating and cooling, that is. And, when it comes to temperature management, that is all you’re talking about! Heat pumps are able to function as effective air conditioning systems in the summer, but they can also reverse their operation in order to heat homes in the summer. That means that you get year-round comfort by investing in just one system.
How Does That Work?
Thanks to the heat pump’s use of:
A. A heat transfer process
B. A reversing valve.
Just like any other air conditioner, a heat pump evaporates refrigerant indoors in the summer, which allows it to draw heat out of the air in the house. That refrigerant then travels to the outdoor condenser unit, where it is condensed and its heat is released. Thanks to its reversing valve, however, the heat pump can reverse this process to evaporate refrigerant outdoors, drawing heat out of the air outside, and then condensing it indoors, to heat up the house.
What’s the Benefit of This?
Well, aside from getting year-round comfort, you also get a very efficient heating performance. You are not burning a fuel or using electric resistance to create new heat. You’re transferring existing heat into your home, compressing it to maximize its potential while using just a small amount of electricity in order to facilitate the process.
We say that heat pumps are ideal for this area because, while modern heat pumps are effective down to lower temperatures than ever, the fact is that our winters are fairly mild around here. In fact, a designated heating system could be called overkill in certain situations. If you’re interested in running just one system while also cutting back on heating costs when you do need your heater, then a heat pump is probably the system for you. We’re here to answer any further questions that you may have.
When the real heat of the summer season sets in, your concern may be placed first and foremost on temperature control. We get it. Summers are notoriously hot and humid around here. Just keep in mind, however, that maintaining comfortable temperatures alone is not enough to guarantee that you are living in the comfort that you deserve—and it is certainly not enough to guarantee that you are living in a healthful environment. That’s where indoor air quality (IAQ) comes in.
If the air quality in your home is not of the high caliber that you deserve, then you really need to address that situation. The good news is that, in addition to our outstanding HVAC services in Chapel Hill, our team also provides exceptional indoor air quality services throughout the area. Be sure to reach out to a member of our team if you think that your indoor air quality is not all that it can be. After all, we’re talking about the air that surrounds you and your family, and that you breathe into your bodies! If that’s not a high priority resource, we don’t know what is!
What Can Contribute to Low Indoor Air Quality?
A lot of factors, unfortunately. Maintaining great indoor air quality can really be a struggle regardless of the time of the year. However, spring and summer also see the introduction of a lot of allergens into the air. When that starts to happen, indoor air quality can really start to take a dip in your home. Add to this the fact that we tend to seal our homes up in the summer in order to protect efficiency and comfort as we run our air conditioners, and you can see the trials and tribulations that indoor air quality can suffer.
Another major contributor to low indoor air quality is one that manifests from within your home itself. We’re talking about duct leaks. If you use a central air conditioning system with ductwork to distribute cooled air throughout your home during the hot summer season, then leaky air ducts are a major concern. They drag down energy efficiency and can really decimate your indoor air quality, as they pull pollutants in from unused spaces in your home and then redistribute them throughout the house.
But What Can I Do About It?
Don’t let all of this information get you down. Yes, there is a lot that can negatively affect your indoor air quality. However, there are a lot of options for improving upon the conditions in your home, too. You can count on our IAQ professionals to help determine which system(s) best suit your needs.
If you’re dealing with airborne pollutants like dust and dirt, and that seems to be where the problem ends, then an air filtration system or an electronic air cleaner will suffice. If you’re also concerned about biological pollutants, meaning germs and bacteria, for instance, then adding UV germicidal lights into the mix is a good idea. We can even seal or replace those leaky ducts to improve indoor air quality and your energy efficiency, too!
At this point in the year, you’re no doubt moving on from your heating system and diverting your attention back to your air conditioner. Just because you’re done with your heater for the season, however, does not mean that you should erase it from your mind for the next few months. In fact, you may be doing yourself a major disservice if that’s the path you choose, particularly if you weren’t all that enthused about your furnace for any reason this past winter.
The end of the heating season is a perfectly good time to schedule furnace repair in Durham, NC, and an even better one to schedule your furnace replacement. We know, we know—you’ve got plenty of time. However, that can lead to some poor decision making and some issues that you may not have thought of. We strongly suggest that you take care of the problem now, when you don’t need your heater. Read on to learn more about how this benefits you.
Was Your Heater Reliable This Past Winter?
No, you do not have to replace your home heating system just because it ran into an operating problem here and there. If your heater is well-maintained and you find yourself scheduling frequent furnace repairs, though, then it may make more sense to just invest in a new system. It protects your comfort and it also protects your budget.
We know that a new heater is a pretty major investment, but remember that furnace repairs can also add up pretty quickly over time. Plus, a heater that isn’t all that reliable cannot really keep you comfortable with, well, the reliability that you deserve. Just because we live in a pretty warm climate doesn’t mean that you don’t need and deserve dependable heating!
Is Your Heater Efficient Enough?
Well, what’s efficient enough? That’s a fairly personal question. Any modern heater is really going to be decently efficient. If you find that you’re paying more than you’re comfortable with to heat your home, though, there could be a few factors at play. Your furnace may just be very old and tired, and that can result in reduced efficiency. Or, you may have invested in a fairly low-efficiency at the time of purchase to save money.
Whatever the case, upgrading your system to a more efficient one does make sense. It’s up to you if the time is right. We know it seems counterintuitive to replace a heater that is still working decently, but a decent performance may not be worth the excessively high cost. Contact us if you have questions about your higher efficiency options.
Do You Have the Heater You Want?
Yes, that’s a good reason for replacing your heater! You don’t want to wish for something that you’ve always wanted but feel as though you have to wait for a complete breakdown of your existing system. Treat yourself to the heater of your dreams! Maybe your old furnace just isn’t the right system for you anymore. Maybe a ductless unit has caught your eye. Whatever the case, we’re here to help!
At this point in the year, it’s safe to say that the coldest days and nights are behind us until winter creeps back into the air once more. Now is a great time to get that last heating repair out of the way before shutting your system down one last time for the season. It’s also a great time for reflection, though.
No, there is no way in which you can hope to make your heating system 100% reliable in the future.
With a bit of extra attention and care, however, you can help to make it more reliable—as reliable as possible, actually. That is why, in today’s post, we want to give you some tips and reminders about how you can help to prevent the need for heater repair in Durham, NC. Do we live in the coldest region of the country? No, of course. Does that mean that you should put up with an unreliable performance from your home heating system? Definitely not!
Don’t Block Off Your Vents
Homeowners block off vents for a couple of reasons. The first is quite simple: they don’t mean to. Depending upon where the vents in your home may be, you may stack boxes or push furniture in front of your vents. It’s easy to forget about them when you’re rearranging or moving things around in a hurry. Doing so can cause problems, though.
Another reason why vents get closed off is that homeowners intentionally close off the louvers on the vent all the way. This may be done in an attempt at zone control, but that’s what zone control systems are for! Just blocking off a vent does nothing to modulate airflow or redirect it. It just sends air to a dead end. Either way, a system can overheat and suffer excessive strain leading to damages if it’s not able to distribute heat effectively.
Do Change Filters Regularly
This is the best task that you can complete on your own when it comes to protecting the integrity of your home heating system. If you use a forced air heater like a furnace or a heat pump, then you have an air filter that needs regular changing. If you don’t change that air filter regularly, then you run the risk or operational problems that could have been very easily avoided.
The dirtier your filter is, the harder that heater is going to have to work in order to force air through it. That strain can lead to damages if you let it go on long enough. Plus, dirty filters can really decimate energy efficiency!
And Definitely Schedule Professional Maintenance!
This is the big one. If your heater is not tuned up by a professional on an annual basis, then you are really asking for trouble. Your system doesn’t have to break down entirely to be in trouble, remember.
Dropping efficiency, cool spots in the house, short cycling, strange sounds or even odors—all of these issues suggest that trouble is brewing. Scheduling routine maintenance can’t completely eliminate the risk but, paired with prompt action when such problems do start to occur, it can help you to minimize any damage to your system or disruption to your comfort.
Winters are milder here than they are in areas like the northeast, and your heater definitely does not see quite as much action around here as it would in such a climate. Does that mean that you don’t need to keep your heater in the best working condition possible? No, of course not. Not only do you want your heater to function as effectively and reliably as it can, but you want it to function at peak efficiency levels, too.
Relatively mild winters shouldn’t dupe you into accepting heating costs that are higher than they should be. Sure, everything is relative, but you deserve peak efficiency—and we’re here to help you get it. When you schedule your HVAC services in Durham, NC, with the trained professionals on our team, you’re working with qualified pros with your best interests in mind. So, if you’ve noticed that your heating costs have crept up when compared to winters previous, today’s post is for you!
Well, My Heater Is Just Getting Older, Right?
Maybe. But most likely, there is another issue that is at least exacerbating the effects of age in regards to heating efficiency. Sure, if your heater is nearing the end of its projected lifespan, then it is fully possible that this alone is enough to drag down heating efficiency. But ask yourself the following questions.
When did you last schedule routine heating maintenance? It should be happening each and every year. This keeps the risk of operational problems with your home heating system at bay, but remember too that it keeps your heater working as close to peak efficiency levels as possible for as long as possible. Simply put, it’s a minor investment that will yield serious dividends in energy savings year after year.
Have you changed your air filter recently? Typically, this will need to be done every 1-3 months. A very dirty air filter can have serious implications for your overall energy efficiency. The increased airflow resistance created by that dirty air filter is going to make it harder for the heater to do its job, and that is going to result in the heater using more energy and costing more to run. Filters are cheap and easy to replace!
What kind of condition are your air ducts in? If you use a forced air heating system, you can check in on your air filter. You cannot really visually inspect your air ducts, though. While there is no set schedule that you should be following when it comes to duct testing, this service can surface issues with leaky ductwork. We offer professional duct sealing that will patch up your ducts effectively to ensure that you’re not wasting energy through leaks.
Don’t Put Up with High Heating Costs Any Longer
We understand that you may be tempted to suck it up and pay a little more when heating your home. But keep in mind that, in addition to the problems listed above, your heater may also be in need of repairs if it is costing too much to heat your home. One of the most common signs of many heater issues is an increase in operating costs. Protect your system and your budget by having us look into the situation.