Roadrunner Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Albuquerque’

What You Should Know about Water Hammer

Monday, December 27th, 2021
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The very first thing you should know about water hammer is what it is, and then from there, we can explain the problem with it.

Water hammer may sound like a really ominous term, but really all it is is describing a sound that resembles knocking that comes from inside your pipes. You might have even heard it before and had no idea where it was coming from.

Water hammer is not a plumbing emergency, however, it is something to be concerned about in the sense that you want to have it addressed by a professional plumber as soon as you can. Read on to learn what causes this and the problem with it!

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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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Reasons to Consider a Heat Pump as Your Next Home Comfort Installation

Monday, September 20th, 2021

Did your air conditioner fail to keep you as cool and comfortable as it should have this summer? Or maybe you’re looking to replace your heating system before temperatures cool down this year–or perhaps you need to upgrade both!

Whatever the case, you’d do well to consider the installation of a heat pump. A heat pump system works very similarly to a central air conditioner. It uses refrigerant to pull heat out of your indoor air, and chilled air is returned back to your home.

The main difference is that heat pumps heat as well! Read on to learn more and to see how this setup can benefit you.

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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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Is Your AC Keeping You Cool Enough?

Monday, June 17th, 2019

woman-looking-hot-sitting-in-front-of-fanSummer is just around the corner! Well actually, we’re already pretty much feeling it. So it should come as no surprise that we’re going to tell you how important it is this time of year to make sure your air conditioner is in good shape. If it’s not keeping you as cool as it used to, or as cool as you think it should be keeping you, then chances are it’s not in good shape.

But the good news is there may be a simple solution. Yes, sometimes it is a matter of calling in a professional to conduct repairs or maintenance—have you scheduled that yet, by the way? But other times, it can be resolved by a small adjustment or task on your part.

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2 Possible Reasons for Low Airflow

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

vent-on-wall-near-baseboard-with-carpeted-floor-in-forefrontYour air conditioning system is one of those appliances that gets put to the test year after year—even more so than your water heater, an appliance that gets used every day!

With the stifling summers we experience each year, in addition to high humidity, we need AC systems to work as efficiently as possible. So, when we experience low airflow coming into our homes, it’s clearly a problem and frustration. But what’s the cause?

To put it simply, there are two possible reasons for this:

  1. There is something blocking the flow of air.
  2. There is something wrong with the mechanism driving the air—the blower fan.

Read on for more of an explanation.

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“How Can I Maintain My Air Conditioner?”

Monday, May 20th, 2019

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This is a common question our professionals get, and we understand. You’d like your system to run efficiently, so you want to know how to best maintain it—yourself, that is. We commend you on this effort and we will get into some maintenance tasks you can do on your own in a little bit. But we do want to stress the importance of professional preventive maintenance.

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Evaporative Cooling vs. Ductless Cooling: Should You Make the Switch?

Monday, May 6th, 2019

ductless-air-handler-blowing-conditioned-airWe’re not here to knock evaporative cooling—it’s an effective and efficient means to cool a living space in many homes. It requires little maintenance, and is well-suited for homes in dry and arid climates. But, evaporative cooling isn’t right for every home, and yours may be one.

For instance, they struggle when there is too much humidity in the air. Where a centralized air conditioner that uses refrigerant can bring down the temperature lower than the average homeowner would ever even need, an evaporative cooler has limitations and simply can’t lower the ambient temperature as much as a vapor-compression or refrigerant-based system.

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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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