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3 Signs That Your AC Is in Trouble

June 18th, 2018

AC-tools-on-topWhen you first got your air conditioner, they probably told you it would need regular maintenance. And while no one is eager to get AC repairs, it’s crucial that you’re prepared for any troubles—especially if you haven’t had maintenance in a while.

If you know the warning signs, you’ll be able to act as soon as they arise. AC trouble left unchecked can drain your finances or leave you sweating in the summer.

They say trouble always comes in threes. So here are three big signs of air conditioning trouble, what they mean, and what you can do about it.              

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No, You Can’t Add Refrigerant to Your AC

June 4th, 2018

AC-manifoldNot only can you not add refrigerant to your air conditioner on your own, but you should never have to! Air conditioners are either factory charged with the right amount of refrigerant before being shipped out to retailers, or they are charged at the time of installation in a dry charge scenario. Because refrigerant is not consumed by your air conditioner at any point in the system’s operation, a low refrigerant charge means that it was either charged insufficiently at the factory—highly unlikely—insufficiently charged by your installation technician—not if you worked with us!—or you have a leak.

That last point is, unfortunately, the one that most homeowners run into. Make no mistake—a refrigerant leak is one of the most serious air conditioning problems that you may encounter with your system. Not only will a low refrigerant charge put your comfort and your budget at risk, but continuing to run an air conditioner that is low on refrigerant can result in serious damage to your system. Given the opportunity, it can even ruin your compressor. In such cases, a full AC replacement is usually the result.

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Avoiding AC Installation Headaches

May 21st, 2018

technician-workingIt does not matter if you are installing a brand new air conditioner in a new home, or if the time has finally come to replace your old air conditioning system with a newer, more efficient model—you want that installation process to go as smoothly as possible. Well, not only do you want it, but we believe that you deserve it. That is why we are here to handle your AC installation, and why we are using today’s post to give you some tips for avoiding any headaches with the project.

Efficient and reliable air conditioning in Fuquay Varina is really more a necessity than it is a luxury. That is why you really want to know that the job is done right every step of the way—and that you’ve also made the right decisions every step of the way. The fact that you’ve navigated yourself to our blog means that you are well on the way to doing so! Read on, and be sure to contact us with any questions that you may have.

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What Short Cycling Means for Your AC

May 7th, 2018

AC-technicianOne of the worst things that you can do for your air conditioning system is to convince yourself that your air conditioner is working “well enough”. We know, we get it. It’s hot out, you’re busy, at least there’s still cool air coming from the vents, etc. etc. That may all be true, but the fact remains that ignoring the need for air conditioning repairs is a decision that is going to come back to haunt you. Worse, the negative impact on your air conditioner can manifest in a number of different ways.

So, if your air conditioner is running only briefly before cycling back down, causing your system to take longer and longer to cool your home, don’t settle for “well, it gets there eventually”. You deserve better than this, and so does your air conditioner. Here is some information from our Durham AC repair professionals about why short cycling is serious business. If you notice the problem with your system, you need to nip it in the bud.

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Do Not Overpay for Cooling This Season

April 23rd, 2018

house-money-seesawThe early days of summer are always a welcome change of pace around here, especially after a particularly chilly winter season. Once the real heat and humidity of the season descend upon us once more, though, it can be a bit hard to remember why we were so excited for it in the first place! Even those of us that love the summer season the most will admit that it can be a trying time when the heat and humidity levels hit their peak.

That is why you not only want a great performance from your air conditioning system, but also need an efficient performance from that system as well. After all, you are going to be running that air conditioner pretty much nonstop throughout the hottest time of the year. The last thing that you want is to drain your budget just because you want to live in the comfort that we know you deserve. Here are some tips to help you enjoy more affordable air conditioning in Raleigh, NC.

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Recover Energy for Better HVAC Efficiency

April 9th, 2018

daffodilsEveryone wants to live comfortably in their own homes throughout the year. Not only do they want to, but, we believe, they deserve too. That is why we hate the idea of any homeowner having to sacrifice his or her comfort just to keep their energy bills manageable. The good news is that we have a solution to one of the biggest issues that plague homeowners seeking both efficient comfort and great indoor air quality: keeping the air in their homes fresh without wasting energy in the process.

That answer? The energy recovery ventilator. When you work with our Garner, NC HVAC professionals, we’ll assess your home and your HVAC system to determine if integrating an ERV into that system is the solution that you need. These unique devices are actually quite simple in theory, but they do need to be professionally installed by trained professionals in order to function properly. Read on, and be sure to let us know if you’re ready to start getting more from the energy that you pay for.

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Are You Keeping Up with Commercial HVAC Maintenance?

March 26th, 2018

rooftop-unitsWhat type of business is conducted in your commercial property? Do you rent out housing units? Office space? Do your own business operations see their day to day management in that property? Maybe you own an eatery that has a dining area for your clientele? But it does not really matter what type of business you conduct in your commercial property. It is vital that you keep that property comfortable throughout the year for your own employees, your clients, and/or your tenants.

Of course, the heating and cooling demands of a commercial property can be staggering. How are you supposed to ensure that they are met consistently? By scheduling routine commercial  HVAC maintenance with an exceptional HVAC company in Raleigh, NC. How d0 you find such a company? Well, you’re reading this, so you already have! Be sure to schedule your commercial heating and cooling tune-ups with the qualified professionals on our team. We’ll make sure that your systems really excel.

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Why Choose a Hybrid Heating System?

March 12th, 2018

chimney-moneyIt’s March in North Carolina, so chances are that you are already thinking ahead to the hotter time of the year. Even if you are ready to move past the heating season and to put the very notion of winter out of your mind for the foreseeable future, though, today’s post is for you. Why? Because now is actually a great time to have your heater replaced, and because air conditioning actually plays a role in today’s topic as well. More on that below.

First, let us just remind you that you are only going to get the best performance possible from your HVAC systems (hybrid heating systems included) if you schedule service with professional Durham, NC HVAC technicians. The fact that you are reading this means that you are well on your way to doing so. Schedule service with our team, and you can count on exceptional customer and technical services. And now, let’s review what hybrid heating has to offer.

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Is Your Furnace Still Worth Repairing?

February 26th, 2018

furnace-technicianLook, we get it—homeowners really need to be thrifty these days. Even if you have some money in the bank to deal with unexpected expenses, you may not want to tap into those funds until it is absolutely necessary. That is totally understandable. However,  you also need to assess some situations carefully when trying to save some money. You could wind up doing the exact opposite of what you intended to do. It’s not always about immediate savings, remember.

If your furnace has been limping along for the last season or two, but you are determined to wait for it to break down entirely before you go ahead and schedule a furnace replacement, you may be taking the wrong approach. Just because furnace repair in Raleigh, NC is still on the table, after all, does not mean that your furnace is really still worth repairing. It can be a bitter pill to swallow, but sometimes replacement really is the way to go.

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What Are the Benefits of Radiant Heating?

February 12th, 2018

While North Carolina is certainly not the most frigid of places in the US throughout the winter season, it definitely gets uncomfortably cold around here during this time. That is why you really need to have a great heating system installed in your home, even if you are not going to be using that heater as much as you do your air conditioning system. If you are in the market for a new heater, then you should definitely consider the use of a radiant heating system.

There are a lot of benefits that you’ll enjoy as the result of choosing a radiant heating system, but it is important to note that there is no such thing as a heater that is perfect for everyone. Working with our team means that you’ll have the information that you need to choose the heater that is perfect for your needs, though. Whether you’re looking to replace an old heater or you need to schedule heating repairs in Cary, NC, you can always count on our team for a job well done.

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