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

What Type of Furnace Should I Have Installed?

Monday, February 7th, 2022
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Gas or electric doesn’t just apply to your range; it’s also one of the questions you’ll need to ask yourself when looking to install a new furnace. There’s no clear-cut, one-size-fits-all answer to this question, and you’ll need to weigh the differences, advantages and disadvantages of both to find the right furnace for your needs. Keep reading to learn about both furnace options to make the right choice for your home.

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What’s the Problem with a Damaged Furnace Heat Exchanger?

Monday, January 24th, 2022
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If you have heat in your home, there’s a good chance you’re relying on a furnace to keep you nice and toasty during those cold winter months. For years, furnaces have reigned supreme when it comes to heating because they work so well, cost-effectiveness, and their safe design. However, this doesn’t mean a furnace can’t be dangerous, especially if something happens to the heat exchanger.

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Is Your Heating System in Need of Repairs?

Monday, January 10th, 2022
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Waking up in the arctic circle isn’t most people’s idea of a good time. But if your heating goes out without warning, that could be a reality all too soon. 

Okay, we live in the southwest, so maybe that’s a bit extreme. But without a heating system, you can find your house far less comfortable than it should be, and it may even have a negative impact on your heater’s performance as well.

While not every heating problem puts your system in code red, you should still know exactly what to watch out for. The sooner you call the pros (that’s us), the less damage your system takes. 

Translation: The less time and money you lose to costly repairs. 

So, what exactly do you need to look out for? Here are the top 5 warning signs that your heating system needs some TLC.

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Have You Scheduled Your Furnace Tune-Up Yet?

Monday, December 13th, 2021
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You may not have given a whole lot of thought into the condition of your heater lately–and we get it. Temperatures only have just recently started cooling down, and even when we do start using our heaters more regularly, it’s still tempting to ignore any care they need. But we can’t stress enough how important it is to system efficiency and your comfort that you schedule heating maintenance at least once a year (twice a year, if you have a heat pump).

Routine furnace maintenance takes away many of the stresses that homeowners would otherwise need to deal with in the wintertime. Read on to learn why you should schedule your furnace tune-up ASAP.

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Have You Scheduled This Heating Service Yet?

Monday, November 1st, 2021
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With the weather cooling down, but not quite enough to start pulling out your heavy sweatshirts and jackets, you probably haven’t given much thought yet to the condition of your heating system.

Perhaps you’re one of those brave souls who doesn’t even turn on their heater until temperatures get to below freezing at night. Whatever the case, however, when you do need your heater, you need it to work well.

And we are here to help ensure that happens. Routine professional maintenance can take away a lot of the stress you’d otherwise have to deal with in the winter. Read on to learn why now is a great time to schedule a heating maintenance appointment, and to learn more about the importance of this timely service.

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Furnace Installation: Electric vs. Gas

Monday, February 22nd, 2021
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That time has come—you’re looking for a new heating system and you’re a bit unsure what to go with. When you’re in the market for a furnace replacement, there are number of factors to consider. Perhaps the most important factor is how efficient your new heating system will be. After all, you want to be as comfortable as possible as affordably as possible, right?

But what’s the most efficient? And does it make a difference whether you get a gas or electric furnace when it comes to monthly energy costs?

We’re going to get into this below. The answers are a little more complicated than you might think. First off, what efficiency is—efficiency is the rating of the heating output of the furnace compared to the amount of energy it actually consumes. This doesn’t necessarily mean, however, that a furnace with a higher efficiency rating will automatically cost you less to operate from month to month. Read on to learn more!

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A Cracked Furnace Heat Exchanger: What You Should Know

Monday, February 8th, 2021
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There are a number of things that, over the years, could lead you to call our team for expert heating repair in Rio Rancho, NM or one of the surrounding communities.

For instance, the lubrication may have worn down on your blower motor fan. Or you might have uneven heating due to ductwork damage.

These are relatively minor issues and our team can fix them for you quickly and effectively. The best way to avoid emergency heating repair calls, however, is to have your system properly maintained each year.  Routine tune-ups can help you avoid serious problems, such as a cracked heat exchanger—which can be quite dangerous if neglected! Read on to learn more.

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No, Your Furnace Shouldn’t Make Any of These 4 Noises

Monday, January 11th, 2021
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There are some sounds your furnace may make that seem relatively normal. There are some sounds from your furnace that are normal. For instance, the whoosh of air through the vents is standard. You may also detect a faint rattling noise as your ductwork shifts due to the variable in temperatures. What you shouldn’t hear, however, is anything that seems sudden or out of the ordinary.

Ignoring sounds like this can lead to a full heater breakdown at the worst, and inefficient operation at best. Inefficient operation means it wears down on your heater and costs you more to actually use your furnace system.

All that said, are there any particular noises you should be acutely aware of? Well, yes, 4 actually. Read on!

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Is Your Furnace in Trouble?

Monday, December 14th, 2020
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Just this question alone might provoke a little anxiety. Hasn’t 2020 been hard enough without having to deal with HVAC trouble on top of everything?

We get it, and this is a big reason we recommend professional HVAC maintenance so strongly. Maintenance allows our team to comprehensively inspect, clean, and adjust your system components. For a gas-powered heater this is even more important, as forgoing maintenance can lead to potential hazards, which you definitely don’t need, right?

If your furnace is under 10 years of age and you’ve been staying on top of your maintenance needs, then you likely don’t have a lot to worry about. Either way though, it’s a good idea to read this blog post and figure out if your furnace is showing signs of disrepair. The sooner you call us, the less likely the problem will grow into an expensive emergency, and the better peace of mind you’ll have about staying warm this winter. Read on!

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How to Heat Your Home Most Efficiently This Year

Monday, November 16th, 2020
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Winter is right around the corner, which means colder temperatures are ahead. This is all a part of living in our area, but even though you might be used to the chill in the air, it doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate a fully functional heater that doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg to run. Having a great heating system on your side means having an efficient heating system on your side. Wintertime temps last too long for you to be overpaying for comfort.

The first thing you can do to ensure that your heater is, in fact, operating as efficiently as possible is to schedule heating maintenance. We’ll touch on that more below! But maintenance isn’t the only way to boost heater efficiency or to heat your home efficiently this year. Read on as we uncover some of our top tips for doing just that.

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