How Faulty Ductwork Affects Your Air Conditioner

June 4th, 2018

technician's hand professionally sealing ductworkWhen you live in a climate such as ours, chances are high that you think about your air conditioner a good amount. Naturally, you want it to function effectively and efficiently. What most homeowners don’t think about, however, is the “V” part of HVAC—the ventilation system that connects your AC system to the outside, making the distribution of cooled air possible. This makes sense—after all, this ventilation system is mostly out of sight, hidden behind walls, beneath floors, or in your attic and crawlspace.

Unfortunately, this ventilation system can accumulate damage, particularly if it was installed by an amateur or if it’s decades old. And if your ductwork is affected by leaks, poor connections, or bad construction, then you may be experiencing issues that lead to poor HVAC efficiency and repair needs. One of the most common problems that leads to ductwork damage is a ventilation system that wasn’t properly sized for the home in which it’s installed. This is why it’s so important to hire a professional HVAC contractor in Los Alamos, NM for any of your AC and ductwork needs. Continue Reading

“What’s the Best Way to Clean My Drains?”

May 21st, 2018

Plumber unclogging a tub drain with an electric auger.When it comes to drain cleaning, most homeowners, or even renters, are tempted to run out to the store for some of that cheap chemical liquid drain cleaner whenever they have a clog. But this has multiple problems. You know that phrase, “you get what you pay for”? That’s definitely true in this case!

These store-bought solutions are no solution at all. First off, they eat through a clog all right, but consistent use of these products also eats through your pipes, eventually leading to corrosion and leaks that make repiping necessary. Additionally, and relative to our prior point, this drain cleaning method is temporary at best, leaving you going out to buy another bottle in just a few months as the clog that never left builds back up.

For a truly effective resolution to drain cleaning, you want to hire a company that excels in professional plumbing in Los Alamos, NM. You have that with us. Ask us about our hydro-jetting service, and then give us a call to schedule your next drain cleaning appointment! Continue Reading

Got an Evaporative Cooler? Consider Going Ductless!

May 7th, 2018

Closeup view about using some appliance such as air condition.It’s that time of year again—summer is just on the horizon and we’re all ready to leave winter behind. Consider how hot our temperatures already are, that’s going to be pretty simple. If this is the year to replace your air conditioner, you have a number of factors to consider. First off, you don’t have to stick with the same system you already have. For instance, if you’re using an evaporative cooler, you could benefit from upgrading to a ductless system!

One of the biggest complaints about evaporative coolers is that when outdoor air quality is bad (for instance, after a bout of brush fires), the system sucks in the smoky, dirty air. This can lead you to avoid using your air conditioner, which as we know is a pretty unbearable solution in our parts. That’s not to say there aren’t benefits to evaporative coolers. In fact, there are benefits to just about any cooling solution you choose for your home.

Our trained professionals can assess your home for the right products and services that are right for your situation. In the meantime though, we encourage you to consider going ductless. Continue Reading

How Can a Maintenance Program Save You Money?

April 23rd, 2018

two outdoor ac units with tools on top of oneWe’re going to start by saying, not only can a Santa Fe, NM HVAC maintenance program save you money, but it will. And given how much we tend to use our cooling systems the majority of the year, that’s really good news! Your heater benefits from maintenance too, as a tune-up helps it perform more efficiently than it would have otherwise. After all, when temperatures drop in Santa Fe, you’ll be grateful for an effective heating system.

Obviously there are many differences between your heater and your cooling system, but one thing they have in common is that they require maintenance—once a year for each system. If you have a year-round heat pump system, then you should be scheduling maintenance twice a year for the same system. Continue Reading

It’s Time to Start Up Your Evaporative Cooler

April 9th, 2018

person's hands writing in daily plannerAre you already using a Santa Fe, NM evaporative cooler, otherwise known as a swamp cooler, for your home’s comfort needs during the spring and summer? There are a number of benefits to doing so. An evaporative cooler is a budget-friendly and effective way to cool your home, using moisture instead of refrigerant.

The way your evaporative cooler is set up, it requires a water hookup at the beginning of each cooling season. With spring already here and warmer temperatures well on their way, the time to start up your evaporative cooler is now. Our team is here to help! Continue Reading

End of Season Heater Care Tips from the Pros

March 26th, 2018

a hand professionally sealing off heater ductworkWith springtime officially here and warmer temperatures expected to start arriving in the coming weeks, the HVAC system that’s likely on top of your mind is your air conditioner. Did you schedule maintenance yet? It’s certainly not too late, if you haven’t! But just because you might not be using your heating system for much longer this season doesn’t mean you should just forget about it.

When it comes to caring for your Rio Rancho, NM HVAC systems, there are steps you can and should take to benefit not only your heater at the end of winter, but your air conditioner as well as we head into spring. Keep reading for some of our top end of season heater care tips! Continue Reading

What Your HVAC Contractor Really Wants You to Know

March 12th, 2018

technician working on air conditioning unitThe internet: a place where you can find information about anything, at any time. This is great for so many reasons, but unfortunately, sometimes too much information can cause problems, particularly because not all of it is actually fact. For instance, you can type in a question about any appliance in your home and receive pages of helpful tips, “hacks,” and pointers from whoever wants to give them, but it doesn’t mean those solutions will be long-lasting—or that they’re accurate to begin with.

Fortunately, you have an HVAC contractor in Pecos, NM who can bust up a few of the misconceptions that evolve from internet warriors, right here on our team. We’re always happy to share facts since we know myths can wind up costing you money in the long run because they can cause your HVAC system to run ineffectively and inefficiently. Continue Reading

What to do if you have Leak Problems caused by Kitec Pipes

March 2nd, 2018

Do you have leaky pipes? Were any Kitec Pipes or fixtures used in your home? If so, please call Roadrunner Air Conditioning, Heating, and Plumbing today!

What is Kitec?

Kitec Pipe ReplacementKitec pipe was used between 1995 and 2007 as an alternative to copper piping. It was marketed as a cheaper product, however, many problems with the piping surfaced, causing leaks and other types of corrosion. Currently, there are class action lawsuits against the product.

Do I Have Kitec?

Kitec pipes typically have blue (cold side) and orange (hot side) color, but other colors have Kitec. The name “Kitec” is likely to be visible on the pipe and brass fixtures. Kitec piping has plastic with an aluminum barrier. If you think your home has Kitec, call us at call Roadrunner Air Conditioning, Heating, and Plumbing to schedule an estimate!

Why Kitec is a Problem

The short answer is that they cause LEAKS! Kitec’s brass fittings corrode fast and Zinc can assemble in the pipes. Kitec piping especially corrodes fast when exposed to higher temperatures (180 degrees Fahrenheit) such as when running a boiler or water heater.
Exposure to the sun can cause the aluminum barrier to separate from the plastic causing leaks. These leaks can burst open and turn into a flood in a hurry. Because of the known problems of Kitec, selling a home with Kitec is near impossible.

We Provide Solutions

Frankly, homes with Kitec need a total piping renovation done to assure water damage will not occur. The longer you wait to replace the Kitec plumbing in your home, the higher chance there is that a flood will happen, causing thousands of dollars in damage.

What We Do

Our company has been very active in re-piping homes in Santa Fe and the greater northern New Mexico area to solve homeowners Kitec problems. Call us today to set up an estimate so you can have peace of mind that your homes plumbing is in safe hands

Class Action Lawsuit

Repair costs for Kitec can be expensive, running upwards of tens of thousands of dollars. Fortunately, homeowners with Kitec may be eligible to receive payment under the class action settlement.

What to do now

You probably have a lot of questions about what to do. If you have any suspicion that your home is affected, please do not hesitate to call for one of our friendly technicians to check your home. You could save your home from flood damage due to faulty Kitec pipes. Please call Roadrunner Air Conditioning, Heating, and Plumbing! You will be glad you did!

Yes, Your Indoor Air Quality Affects HVAC Efficiency

February 26th, 2018

closeup picture of woman hands holding paper houseOur little part of the world is pretty well known for its heat during the majority of the year. Even in the winter months, we’ve been known to have a few hot days here and there. As such it makes sense that you’d like to know how to use your Santa Fe, NM HVAC system most efficiently to save money. But do you ever consider how your indoor air quality is affecting this?

We’re talking about humidity, in particular. Your indoor relative humidity levels should be between 30-50% for optimal comfort, health, and even property protection. During this time of the year, it can often drop below that, with your heater drying out the air even more. In the spring and summer, you have high humidity to worry about. It adds to the heat, makes you uncomfortable, and actually forces your air conditioner to work much harder than it should have to. Continue Reading

Enjoy the Benefits of a Ductless System

February 12th, 2018

Closeup view about using some appliance such as air condition.If you live in any part of New Mexico without central air conditioning, we’re sorry. Getting by with window units in a place as hot as humid as Santa Fe can be a pain, to say the least. Of course, we’re still dealing with colder temperatures for now but soon enough you’ll be begging for effective and efficient air conditioning.

Fortunately, central air conditioning is not your only option over window units. Santa Fe, NM ductless air conditioning is an option as well, and a very good one at that. Continue Reading