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! (more…)

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. (more…)

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!