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

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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It’s Time to Prep Your Heater for Winter

Monday, November 2nd, 2020
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It’s finally chilly in Santa Fe. Is your heater ready for the cold conditions ahead?

In our last blog topics, we’ve talked about air conditioning, air conditioning, and more air conditioning. That’s because it takes a while for our area to cool down. We’re finally easing into those chilly temperatures and we’re here to help you get your home ready. You can get more from your home’s heater with the help of our professionals. We’re here when you need heating maintenance in Santa Fe, NM.

Preparing your heater is the best thing you can do for your home. If you’re looking for a team of professionals that can help you out this season, make sure you come to us. We answer the phone 24/7.

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End-of-Season Heating Efficiency Tips

Monday, April 6th, 2020
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In many parts of the country, particularly on the west coast, spring has sprung and along with it so have warmer temperatures. Of course, for us, winter is taking a little longer to let go. We’re still using our heaters on a fairly regular basis, and we still need them to function at their best for the next several weeks.

Ideally, you would have scheduled heating maintenance this past fall to make sure your heater can make it all the way to the end of our heating season. If not, the good news is that it’s not too late!

Maintenance is certainly an important service, and we’ll touch on that a bit more below. In the meantime, we want to help you save money on your heating use, for however much longer you may need the system! The good news is, there are cheap and even free ways to improve efficiency and therefore lower your energy bills. Read on as we uncover our top tips for boosting heating system efficiency.

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With 1 Month of Winter Left, Don’t Ignore These Heating Needs

Monday, February 24th, 2020

You could say our weather is relatively predictable, right? Chilly winters and sweltering summers. As we transition into spring here soon, it’s easy to forget about our heaters as we get ready for that aforementioned sweltering weather. You’re probably ready to get AC maintenance done—when our technicians come out and thoroughly inspect, clean, and adjust your air conditioner to ensure top performance.

But before you do all that, don’t forget about your heater! Ignoring any type of heating issue, no matter how small, can cause it to turn into a emergency repair situation, or possibly even a heater that won’t turn on at all when you need it again next fall.

But how do you know when you have a heater problem that needs addressing? Read on as we uncover some of the symptoms of common heating related problems.

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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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