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

Beware These Unique Ductless Repair Needs

Monday, February 10th, 2020
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Ductless heating and cooling systems have become a very popular HVAC choice for homeowners throughout Santa Fe and beyond. Rather than operating through a network of air ducts connect to an indoor air handler and evaporator unit, ductless mini splits break up the indoor unit and blower fans, and distribute air handlers, mounted on the wall, throughout the home.

If you’ve ever considered this type of system, chances are you’d benefit from it a lot! But we do need to mention just how important it is that you have yours professionally installed. Forgoing professional HVAC installation will lead to a number of problems, which we will touch on below.

This isn’t to say there is a downside to choosing to go ductless. Ductless systems are the optimal choice for climates like ours, with hot summers and relatively mild winters, and most ideal for homes with multiple stories and/or multiple rooms. But without a trained and experienced HVAC professional on your side, your ductless system and home can suffer from:

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Are You Using Your Heater As Efficiently As Possible?

Monday, January 27th, 2020
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The good news is, if you aren’t or even if you don’t know the answer to this question, there are a lot of great ways to go ahead and boost that efficiency. The best part is that some of the tips we’re about to share don’t cost you anything!

Of course, the one main way to ensure that your heater is working as efficiently as possible is by making sure you stay on top of your heating system maintenance. This is a service that we recommend each fall, before you need the unit the most. But it matters more that you have it done consistently—maintenance should be scheduled every 1-3 months for your HVAC systems during seasons of use.

Aside from maintenance, you can increase that efficiency by:

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4 Noises You Don’t Want Your Furnace Making

Monday, December 30th, 2019
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It would be great if someday an HVAC system was invented that made no noise at all. We can’t promise that will ever happen, though I’m sure they’ll get pretty close.

The fact is, you’re going to hear your furnace making noise as it operates. You’ll hear the air ducts fluctuating as temperatures change, and you’ll hear your furnace cycling on and shutting off, plus the whoosh of air coming through your vents.

Of course, there are some noises you don’t want to hear. Honestly, anything that’s outside of what you normally hear on a day to day basis should be cause for alarm. Below are 4 noises, in particular, that you absolutely don’t want your furnace making. If you hear any of them, please be sure to give us a call right away.

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It’s Not Too Late to Schedule Heating Maintenance!

Monday, November 18th, 2019
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Daytime temperatures may still be relatively mild, but with temps already dropping to below zero already, the time to think about heating maintenance is now, if you haven’t scheduled it yet. HVAC maintenance is something that requires professional HVAC technicians—it’s not as simple as homeowners running through a checklist. The only maintenance task you can, and should, do on your own is swapping out the air filter when it gets too dirty and clogged.

Don’t delay calling to schedule your heating maintenance appointment. You want your heating system ready to go when winter hits in earnest. And we really want to stress why it’s important you have this service done regularly—once a year. This is the only way for you to enjoy the full benefits of such a service, which we’ll get into below. Contact us for your heating maintenance appointment today and enjoy:

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Don’t Ignore These Late Season Boiler Needs

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

boiler-technician-working-on-gas-systemWe’ve definitely seem the weather warm up in the last couple of weeks, but even so, you may still be using your boiler at night for a while. And if you are, you want to make sure it’s operating as well as it should be. Sure, if you suspect yours might need repairs, you could wait on them. After all, you’re not going to need your boiler again until next fall, right?

This could be a detrimental mistake, leaving you with a broken down boiler next year right when you need it the most. Handling repairs now means you can put aside the stress of wondering what’s wrong with the boiler and have confidence it will work for you next fall. So, what kind of late season boiler repair needs should you look for, then?

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Heed These Signs You Need Furnace Repair

Monday, April 8th, 2019

technician-working-on-furnaceWouldn’t it be nice if you could avoid heater repairs? Unfortunately, this just isn’t possible. And as winter comes to a close and our temperatures start warming, now is no time to neglect any heating repair needs you may have. Let’s face it, eventually you’ll encounter problems with your heating system. The best thing you can do is learn to recognize when something is amiss with your furnace or heat pump so you can get ahead of them.

Hopefully, you had maintenance done before the heating season began, and you took care of any impending repair needs at that time. But whether you skipped a tune-up this year or forgot to schedule recommended repairs, something led you to read this blog post! If you suspect you may need furnace repairs of some kind, keep reading for an overview of the signs to watch for that something is, in fact, wrong with your heater.

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Tips on Efficiency from Our HVAC Pros

Monday, March 25th, 2019

HVAC pros efficiency tipsWhether we are talking about wintertime or the heat of summer, it’s essential that you’re able to keep your home comfortable no matter what time of the year it is. However, you shouldn’t have to drain your wallet to feel that comfort. Did you know you could be paying far too much on your heating and cooling bills? By following these tips, you can help boost your HVAC efficiency for year-round comfort and savings.

All HVAC systems come with an efficiency rating, and you can’t make it more efficient than that rating. But you can get the most efficient performance possible from your systems. This can be achieved by:

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Late Winter Is No Time to Ignore Your Heater!

Monday, March 11th, 2019

technician-working-on-heaterAs we begin to transition from winter weather into warmer springtime temperatures, it can be tempting to look ahead at your air conditioner needs and neglect your heating system. However, if you have any heating repair needs that require attention, neglecting them can be a big mistake.

Ignoring any type of HVAC system problem can cause it to turn into a much bigger issue, leaving you with a broken down heater next fall before you need it, or even before then as we’re still using our heaters on most days. How do you know if you have heating repair needs, though? Are there certain symptoms you can watch out for? Yes!

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Considering a New HVAC Purchase? Go Ductless!

Monday, February 11th, 2019

hand-holding-remote-to-ductless-air-handlerThere’s no mistaking that these days, affordability is at the top of mind with any big appliance or equipment purchase. And we are not just talking about the initial purchase, but the costs of operating said appliance over the months and years. Efficiency goes hand in hand with this, and if you’re serious about boosting your home’s efficiency while paying as little as possible for your HVAC use, then you’d do well to consider the installation of a ductless system.

You may have seen us discuss the advantages of ductless heating and cooling before. Today, the main benefit we want to focus on is the economical advantages of utilizing such a system. Keep reading to learn more, and remember to schedule your installation or any other ductless service needs you may have with our team.

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Avoid These Common Midwinter Furnace Repair Needs!

Monday, January 14th, 2019

Technician looking over a gas furnace with a flashlight before cleaning it.The fortunate thing about today’s gas furnaces is that they are built to last, and run into very few malfunctions during their lifetime. Well, at least, this is true if you have your gas furnace professionally installed and regularly maintained on a routine basis. This will help ensure you can relax during the winter, knowing there’s little chance you’ll have furnace trouble.

If you skipped maintenance, on the other hand, or even if you have an aging furnace, there’s a bigger chance you’ll run into a midwinter furnace repair need. You can call on us if this occurs. In the meantime, we want to go over a few common midwinter furnace repair needs so you can be more prepared if you, in fact, face one.

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