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

5 Furnace Noises and What They Mean

Monday, May 15th, 2023

Having to wait for furnace repair—or worse, furnace replacement—in the middle of winter can be pretty miserable. Now is the perfect time of year to think about what your furnace might need in order to be in good shape for next winter. If you’ve got concerns about how your furnace was performing, it was probably making some unusual noises. Here’s a guide to what those sounds might indicate.

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4 Most Common Reasons Your Boiler Breaks Down

Monday, February 6th, 2023

Boilers are extremely effective heating systems and with regular maintenance, they can keep your home warm for twenty or even thirty years! Another benefit is that they typically require fewer repairs than other options such as furnaces or heat pumps. However, no system will run perfectly forever, and once in a while, your boiler will need repairs.

Because they’re different from furnaces and have unique components related to circulating the hot water through your home, the most common boiler repair needs are not quite the same as other heating repair needs. If problems are allowed to continue, they can lead to other damage and require larger repairs. We’ll be covering four of the most common issues we see with boilers and how you can spot them early to keep the repairs small. 

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What Furnace Brands Are the Most Reliable?

Monday, December 26th, 2022

If you’re in the market for a new furnace, there are a lot of factors to consider. Gas or electric? Ducted or ductless? How large is the home that needs to be heated? What are the problems with your existing furnace, and how can those be avoided with a new system? But one of the most common questions we get asked is about brand names. Customers wonder: which companies make the most reliable furnaces?

The interesting part here is that the brand of the furnace isn’t actually a very important consideration. While in the past, some furnaces may not have been made to high standards, all modern furnaces from major brands must meet high-quality controls and efficiency standards. The brands we offer include Comfortmaker, Trane, McLain, NTI Boilers, Lennox, and Mitsubishi, and every single one of them builds top-notch products. 

So if a furnace’s brand name isn’t a major concern when replacing your heating system, what are the things you should be paying close attention to?

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How Long Are Furnaces Supposed to Last?

Monday, December 12th, 2022

Your furnace is a hardworking piece of equipment. Any appliance or home system that sees a lot of use has a limited lifetime, and will eventually need to be replaced. It’s always best to have some idea of how long something will last so that having to purchase a new one won’t come as a complete surprise.

Of course, you want your furnace to last for as long as it possibly can. But the flip side of that is that you don’t want to continue to run a furnace that is costing you a ton of money in utility bills because it can no longer operate efficiently. You also shouldn’t keep using a furnace that poses a safety hazard. How long can a furnace last, and how can you make sure it stays safe and efficient for as long as possible? Here are some useful guidelines.

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What Type of Furnace Should I Have Installed?

Monday, February 7th, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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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