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

A Look at Your Heating Practices and Home Efficiency

January 29th, 2018

vent register on baseboardIf you are like most of the population throughout the country, chances are you’d like to spend as little as possible on your energy bills. When it comes to saving on an important necessity, like your heating, you might not even know where to start. After all, most of this system is hidden, with the heater cabinet located out of view and the air ducts snaking through the walls, crawlspaces, and ceilings.

Because of this, you may not realize the following practices can affect the efficiency with which your heating system runs, and your heating bills as a result. Please read on for some tips that will help you to make small changes with big rewards for your heating efficiency the remainder of this winter season. Continue Reading

Midwinter HVAC Tips: Preventing Repair Issues

January 15th, 2018

relaxed young woman laying back on couch in comfortable homeThis may seem like a funny time of the year to talk about maintenance, but if you didn’t invest in maintenance before the start of the winter season, you’re more likely to run into Albuquerque, NM heater repair issues as we near midwinter. While there is no 100% fool-proof way to avoid the need for heating repairs, maintenance lowers the risk.

So, what if you did skip maintenance? Is it too late for this service? No! You are not doomed to just “deal with it” if you haven’t scheduled maintenance yet. True, the best time to schedule this annual service (or biannual, if you have a heat pump) is during the fall—because HVAC technicians are usually more readily available. But in short of a full system breakdown, it’s never too late to schedule heating maintenance. Continue Reading

Should You Hire a Professional for Your Plumbing Needs?

January 1st, 2018

Plumber unclogging a tub drain with an electric auger.When it comes to household appliances or systems that get taken for granted, your plumbing system likely tops the list. It’s rare that we think much of the pipes running through our walls and under our property—until something goes wrong, anyway, and we find ourselves in need of a professional Espanola, NM plumber.

But do you really need a professional? Well, yes—and for more than just repairs. Whether you’re having a home built, adding on to your existing plumbing system, or want to explore your water treatment options, there are a number of plumbing installation jobs you need a pro for. But why? Continue Reading

Are You In Need of Pipe Repairs?

December 18th, 2017

Split drainage pipe caused by ingress of tree rootsWhen is the last time you paid attention to what the foundation of your home looks like? How about your ductwork? Chances are, these aren’t things you think to inspect very often. Similar to your plumbing pipes, these are hidden from view, so for regular maintenance you’ll need to call in a specialist for inspection.

Your plumbing system is no different! Your pipes are hidden behind walls, under floors, and in the ground. You can’t effectively inspect them on your own, at least not without specialized equipment and the knowledge of how to use it. For that, you’ll need a professional Santa Fe, NM plumber on your side. There are, however, signs you can watch out for that your plumbing is starting to fail. Keep reading to learn more about how to recognize a problem with your pipes. Continue Reading