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AC Troubles Got You Down?

April 22nd, 2019

woman-fanA broken or inefficient air conditioning system can certainly cause some trouble, especially during a hot summer day! Of course, the last thing that you should have to deal with during the summer is a faulty AC, as you have plenty of other things to worry about, like stocking up on sunscreen, perfecting your cannonball, and finding the best ice cream shop in town.

The best thing you can do when your air conditioner is in trouble is to contact a professional HVAC technician right away. But, what do you do if you can’t quite tell if what your AC is experiencing is normal? Well, we’ll tell you! You read this blog! Below, we have listed some of the tell-tale signs that you need AC repair in Raleigh, NC. Keep reading to find out more, and be sure to schedule professional repairs if your air conditioner is doing any of the following things. 

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Is it Time to Replace My Air Conditioner?

April 8th, 2019

With summer just around the corner, you want to be sure that your air conditioner is in good working condition. You rely on your AC all summer long to keep you and your family comfortable, so what happens when you’re facing some AC troubles? Do you spend the money to have it repaired or do you invest in a brand new AC? This question troubles many homeowners, especially those with older air conditioners, so this week, we’ve decided to help you out a bit.

We understand that the decision to invest in air conditioning repair or air conditioning replacement isn’t always clear cut. So, below, we’ve provided some helpful hints to get you started. Of course, though,  the best thing that you can do is consult with a professional HVAC technician before any final decisions are made. Keep reading to find out more! 

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Have You Considered Going Ductless?

March 25th, 2019

It may only be the official start of spring, but summer has a way of creeping up on us, and Preparing for the warmer temperatures can definitely be a little overwhelming — there is just so much to think about! This is especially true if you have found yourself in the market for a new air conditioner. Fortunately for you though, you have a number of options.

Installing a ductless system in your home is one way to boost efficiency and save money on annual cooling and heating costs. Ductless systems are super efficient and very effective, providing you and your family with year-round comfort with just the flip of a switch. Of course, only a professional HVAC technician can determine whether or not a ductless system is right for your home, but in the meantime, we thought we’d let you in on some of the benefits. Keep reading below! 

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How Zone Control Gets You in Control

March 11th, 2019

Of course, we are all looking for ways to save a few extra bucks each month. So, we cut back on take-out, nights out, and morning coffee runs. But, did you know that you can start saving more money each month by ensuring that your home is energy efficient? When your heating and cooling systems are energy efficient, you’ll spend less time worrying about costly repairs and high utility bills, and instead, pocket some extra money to be used however you wish.

Managing your budget starts by changing the ways in which you interact with and take control of your HVAC systems. Installing a zone control system gives homeowners ultimate control over their home heating and cooling systems, increasing efficiency and lowering monthly costs. Below, we will be discussing the many advantages of installing a zone control system in your home. Keep reading to learn more. 

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Schedule Your AC Services Today!

February 25th, 2019

Sure, it might only be February, but spring is just around the corner with summer to follow soon afterward! We know better than anyone that time flies, so it is best to start thinking about the ways you can prepare for summer now. There are plenty of things that you can do to get ready for the seasons ahead, scheduling your annual air conditioner services being one of them.

Scheduling your AC services before temperatures climb well into the 80s is the best way to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable summer. You have plenty of other things to worry about besides a faulty air conditioner, like getting the perfect tan, finding the best ice cream shop, and mastering your cannonball. By scheduling your services now, you can rest assured knowing that your system will keep you and your family cool and comfortable, even during the hottest heatwave. In case you aren’t yet convinced, we’ve provided a list of reasons why you should call for pre-season AC maintenance and repair below. 

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Benefits of a Hybrid Heating System

February 11th, 2019

ventIf you own a heat pump, you are likely well aware of its benefits: it’s versatile, efficient, and quite effective at providing you with year-round comfort. But, what happens when it gets too cold? An electric heat pump is a great alternative for the traditional heater and air conditioner, however, in areas where temperatures drop too low for the heat pump to effectively heat the home, a hybrid heating system might be your best option.

Of course, winters here in North Carolina aren’t what our neighbors up North would call “harsh”, but temperatures have been known to drop significantly during the winter season. We believe that it is always better to be prepared, and having the right combination of HVAC systems can drastically improve your energy efficiency during a particularly cold winter season. Hybrid heating systems allow you to enjoy the efficiency of a heat pump without having to worry about energy costs when the weather becomes too extreme. Keep reading to learn more. 

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Do You Need Heat Pump Repair?

January 28th, 2019

If you own a heat pump, you are certainly aware of its benefits: it’s versatile, efficient, and highly effective at providing you with year-round comfort. This winter has been quite cold, so if you have been experiencing issues with your heat pump, it is best to schedule repairs as soon as possible.

The best way to keep your heat pump running optimally for years to come is to schedule prompt repairs. But, what if you are unsure about whether or not to pick up that phone? Well, you’ve come to the right spot. In today’s blog, we have provided a quick guide to help you determine whether or not you need repair services. In any case, you will have to contact your local HVAC technician who can pinpoint and correct any issue you may be experiencing. Keep reading below to learn more. 

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When to Call an HVAC Contractor

January 14th, 2019

call-for-serviceIt is a common misconception that the only time homeowners should reach out to their HVAC contractor is when they have an emergency, but we are here to tell you that this isn’t true! Your heater and air conditioner need regular services to keep them running efficiently and effectively. Most services that your systems require are definitely not DIY, so be sure to find a reputable contractor in your area.

Not every HVAC job does require a professional, though. For instance, changing your air filter and dusting the top of your system are things that you can do yourself. So, if you find yourself unsure as to what jobs warrant a phone call, you’re in luck. In this post, we will be discussing when to call an HVAC contractor. Keep reading to learn more. 

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Don’t Let Amateurs Service Your Heater

December 31st, 2018

Sometimes an attempt to save money can end up costing you a lot more in the long run. This is often the case when homeowners hire amateurs to service their heaters. Sure, a “quick-fix” might provide a temporary solution to your problem, but odds are, the problem itself will be left unresolved. Hiring a qualified HVAC technician is the best way to ensure that your heater issue will be properly diagnosed and corrected.

There are plenty of people willing to work on your heating system, but many don’t have the training or experience necessary to properly perform your heater services. There are many qualities that you should be looking for when you hire someone to work on your heater. Below, we have outlined a few of them.

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Early Signs That You Need Furnace Repairs

December 17th, 2018

An efficient furnace can provide you with all the warmth you desire during the winter season. Here in North Carolina, temperatures have already dropped below 55 degrees, so you’ve most likely turned your furnace on. We depend so much on our heating systems to keep ourselves and our families comfortable throughout even the chilliest of days. So, when a problem arises, you will want to contact a trained HVAC technician for furnace repair in Raleigh, NC. 

There are many tell-tale signs that suggest that your furnace is in need of repair services. Below, we have listed some of them for you. If you notice any of the following, don’t hesitate! Contact a professional before more damage occurs.

Strange Sounds

If you’ve heard strange noises coming from your furnace, it’s time for a repair. Furnaces are not inherently noisy. In fact, the only sound you should hear from your furnace is the soft whooshing of air blowing through the vents. Strange noises include:

  • Screeching: is likely a sign that the blower motor in the furnace is not working properly. This is the mechanism responsible for circulating warm air throughout the home.
  • Clanking: indicates a serious problem with the furnace’s blower wheel. If this is the case, turn your furnace off immediately and contact a professional to prevent further damage.
  • Banging: suggests a dirty blower. The noise is caused by a delay in ignition due to build-up. The gas builds up, and when it ignites, a small explosion occurs inside the furnace.
  • Rattling: could mean a cracked heat exchanger, which is a very serious and potentially dangerous problem. A cracked heat exchanger could allow carbon monoxide to leak inside the home.

Lower Heat Levels

If your furnace isn’t quite producing the amount of heat you expect, then there is likely a problem. Heat loss is indicative of several potential issues, such as clogged burners, faulty ductwork, or a lack of fuel if you use a gas furnace. In any case, a professional can restore the heat that you are used to.

Short Cycling

Short cycling is when your system turns on and off over and over again, rapidly, throughout the course of the day. Short cycling is typically caused by a lack of airflow into the furnace. This causes the furnace to overheat and shut down.

Short cycling is extremely inefficient. It takes a lot of energy for your furnace to start the heat cycle, so imagine just how much energy is used and wasted when it is constantly restarting.

Higher Heating Bills

If you’ve noticed your heat bills are higher, but you haven’t used your furnace any more than you normally do, then there is a problem somewhere within the system. When your furnace needs repair, it must work harder to do its job, thus decreasing efficiency. A lack of efficiency means paying more for heat.

If you are concerned about the well-being of your furnace, schedule repair services with Ideal Services Heating & Cooling. Our friendly technicians will accurately diagnose and fix whatever problem your furnace may face.

Contact Ideal Services Heating & Cooling to get started.

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