Roadrunner Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Heed These Signs That Your Air Conditioner Needs Professional Help

Tuesday, June 1st, 2021
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Your household’s central cooling system is one of the most important appliances you have in your home when it comes to comfort and quality of life, right? It’s also one of the most specialized—meaning when you need service on this system, you need a team with special training and knowledge on how to work with them. You also need professionals who will help keep your air conditioner in good shape through routine maintenance.

Professional maintenance allows our technicians to thoroughly inspect, clean, and adjust the components that need it within your system. This helps your system perform more reliably and efficiently, plus it will last longer and with fewer repair needs to boot! Of course, even with maintenance, your air conditioner will still occasionally need repairs as it succumbs to natural wear and tear. But how do you know when your AC system needs professional repairs? Keep an eye out for these indicators:

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Should You Choose Ductless Air Conditioning for Your Home?

Monday, May 3rd, 2021
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There are an increasing number of homeowners these days who are exploring the option of adding ductless air conditioning to their homes to address their cooling needs. There’s a good reason for this! Ductless systems, also known as ductless mini-splits, are very efficient, and very effective at providing individualized cooling through the home.

Still though, this doesn’t mean that a ductless system is the best option for every home. How do you know if it’s right for yours? Well, read on as we uncover some of the perks and drawbacks of such a system.

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AC Installation: Is Bigger Better?

Monday, April 19th, 2021
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Summer is just around the corner, and if you haven’t made the call yet, now is the time to reach out to our team and make sure your air conditioner is ready for the heat. Of course, perhaps you’re a homeowner who needs a new central air conditioner, and if this is the case you may be in a rush to get the biggest and best one you can afford within your budget.

We understand the temptation to rush into a purchase like this, but we really have to discourage this. Rushing into such a big investment for your home can leave you with a system that’s not properly matched for your home. Not only do you want to work with our professionals to make sure you’re getting the best model for your home comfort needs, but also that you’re getting the correct size air conditioner, too. Read on to learn more!

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Boost AC Efficiency and Prevent Repairs with These Tips

Monday, April 5th, 2021
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It’s no secret that around the Rio Rancho area, air conditioners are an absolute necessity and that they get quite the workout each and every summer. Fortunately, modern air conditioners are very durable, and can take the heat, right?

Well, they can if they’re properly cared for, and used as efficiently as possible, anyhow. How do you know that you’re using your air conditioner efficiently?

First off, there are many ways that you might be paying more than necessary for your air conditioner, and allowing it to accumulate more wear and tear as a result. But there are just as many ways to prevent inefficient AC use, such as by:

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What to Know When Considering a Heat Pump

Monday, September 21st, 2020
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Temperatures are mellowing out around here, giving us time to turn off our residential cooling systems and turn our attention to our heaters instead. Perhaps you’ve already schedule fall maintenance for your heater–that’s great if so!

But, what kind of shape is your air conditioner in? Sure, you might be done using it this season, but if it’s aging and/or was struggling through summer to keep you comfortable at an affordable price, then you may be considering an air conditioning replacement. You’d do well to consider a heat pump system installation! Read on to learn more.

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What to Know About AC SEER Ratings

Monday, August 24th, 2020
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Is your aging air conditioner struggling, and leading you to wonder if it’s time to replace the system? Or perhaps you’re wondering if your current system is performing as efficiently as possible. Either way, it’s never a bad idea to learn about AC SEER ratings.

A SEER rating is the energy efficiency ratio of your air conditioner or heat pump, and this rating can guide your cooling system choices now and in the future. Read on to learn more!

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“Do I Really Need a Pro for My AC Installation?”

Monday, August 10th, 2020
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If you’ve come across this blog post shortly after it was posted, it means we’re in the heat of summer right now. That means if you’re reading this specific title, you’re in a tight spot. After all, who would choose August to replace an air conditioner in Santa Fe?

That said, we understand your urge to rush into an air conditioner purchase. You want to get comfortable and get comfortable fast. But we really cannot understate the importance of taking it slow when it comes to a purchase of this caliber and trusting a pro for the installation.

Why? Because there are some specific steps we go through that you wouldn’t know how to manage unless you had the training and experience on how to do so.

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Is It Ever Too Late for AC Maintenance?

Monday, July 27th, 2020
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With temperatures almost at their highest for the year, you may think if you skipped maintenance it’s too late to schedule such a service. But is it really too late? Couldn’t you skip it and wait until next spring to have it done?

Not only is it never too late to have cooling system maintenance done, but skipping it could be a detriment to the system and its efficiency. In fact, this definitely a case of “better late than never.”

In fact, when you have your AC tune-ups done matters less than how consistently you have them done–this is a service you should schedule once a year (or twice a year, if you have a heat pump!) Wondering why? Read on!

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AC Purchase: Central or Swamp Cooler?

Monday, July 13th, 2020
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Summer is here and warmer temps are here along with it for a while. So if you’ve found yourself facing the need for a new air conditioner this time of year, chances are that you’re in a bit of a rush to get one installed. We have to urge you, however, do not make this decision in haste. Doing so could leave you with an air conditioner that’s not quite right for your home—and therefore you’ll be paying for wasted energy and/or not achieving the comfort you deserve this season.

Perhaps you’ve been looking into your cooling options and came across some information about swamp coolers, otherwise known as evaporative coolers. Could this be the right choice for you? Or should you go with a traditional central air conditioner? There are pros and cons of each, which we’ll get to below. First, let’s talk about the difference between the two.

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4 Reasons Going Ductless May Benefit Your Home

Monday, June 15th, 2020
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If you’ve never heard of a ductless system before, you probably at least understand by the name that it is a cooling system that doesn’t rely on a network of air ducts. Rather, it relies on one relatively small outdoor condenser unit and up to four air handlers. Each air handler is connected to the outdoor unit via a conduit containing refrigerant, a power line, and a condensate drain line.

Ductless systems operate like heat pumps, transferring heat out of the home and putting it through an evaporation and condensing process to bring cooling into your home. A reversing valve allows this process to be reversed so you can also use this system to heat your home in the winter. But, what makes this so great? Read on as we uncover 4 reasons going ductless can benefit your home!

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