Roadrunner Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Santa Fe’

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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Avoid These Holiday Plumbing Woes

Monday, November 4th, 2019
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It may be hard to believe, but the holiday season is right around the corner. With that, you have lots to consider. Will you be vacationing this year? Is your heating system ready to keep you warm all winter long? Are you hosting Thanksgiving or other holiday parties this year?

This last one is what we’re going to focus on today. Hosting parties can be fun, but they can also be disastrous if you’re ill-prepared. Part of that preparation is making sure you avoid certain plumbing problems that are prevalent this time of the year. Read on to learn more about this!

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How to Prep Your Plumbing for Winter

Monday, October 7th, 2019
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It may only be fall, but soon enough we’ll be dealing with below-freezing nights, and the need to prepare you home. More specifically, you need to prepare your plumbing.

Once our temperatures drop to 30°F and below, your pipes are in danger of freezing. This might not seem like an urgent need, however, if you’ve reached the middle of January to suddenly find yourself with a frozen or even burst pipe, you’ll wish you had taken precautionary steps.

That’s what we’re going to discuss today. We want to help you take the steps to ensure that frozen or burst pipes don’t impact your home. Taking warning now means it won’t be a concern later. The thing is, it’s not so much the frozen pipe itself that’s the problem, but what happens when that frozen pipe starts to thaw—it creates negative pressure in the pipes, and that’s what leads to burst plumbing. So, what can you do to avoid this?

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Signs You’re in Need of Plumbing Repair

Monday, September 9th, 2019

Plumbing issues can be hard to detect without the right equipment and know-how. Most of your plumbing system is hidden from view, after all, and the problems that might affect it are usually subtle to start off. This is a big part of the reason we suggest scheduling preventive maintenance at least once a year.

However, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the warning signs that your plumbing system is having a problem. On the off chance that a problem does occur between maintenance sessions, you’ll be able to detect it quickly so you can call for professional repairs. Read on to learn more about the symptoms of plumbing problems.

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Detecting a Plumbing Leak: A How-To Guide

Monday, July 29th, 2019

blue-cloth-tied-around-white-pipeIn our previous blog post, we talked about how your air conditioner could leak, why this happens, and what to do about it.

But what about the leaks we’re more familiar with—plumbing system leaks? They can happen from literally anywhere within your plumbing system, which can sound pretty ominous. They also aren’t easily noticeable in most cases—they may do a significant amount of damage beneath your slab or behind your walls before you even see that you have a leak.

But wait, there’s good news! There are tell-tale signs you can watch out for that indicate your home is, in fact, experiencing a plumbing leak. Keep reading to learn more.

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Are You Using Your Heater Efficiently Enough?

Monday, January 28th, 2019

dog-under-blanketIf you’re like most homeowners, you’d probably like to do anything you can in order to save money on your energy bills. And there are a couple appliances in particular that heavily contribute to these costs—your air conditioner and your heater. We’re going to focus on your heater today, given the time of year we’re in.

Did you know there are some simple steps you can take to not only ensure your heater is performing efficiently, but also boost its efficiency? You don’t have to sacrifice your comfort to save money. You can just follow the tips below, many of them small adjustments, to see huge benefits.

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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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The Importance of Hiring Professional Plumbers

Monday, December 31st, 2018

Technician servicing an hot-water heaterWe’ve met many a homeowner who loves DIY projects. If you are one of them, we admire your ingenuity! However, your plumbing system really isn’t eligible for a do-it-yourself experiment. It needs a professional team to keep it running as it should. Any plumbing issue, no matter how mild you think it is, needs to receive expert service.

The plumbers here at Roadrunner are licensed, highly trained, and appropriately experienced. We’re serious about the quality of our service, and that shows in the work that we do. This is something that you simply cannot get with an amateur or a general handyman. What does a pro bring that an amateur can’t? Read on to learn.

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Heed These Signs You Need Plumbing Repair

Monday, December 17th, 2018

bursted copper pipe with water leaking out, 3d illustrationIn many cases, plumbing issues can be hard to detect without professional equipment and experience. Obviously, if you have a burst pipe spewing water across your kitchen floor, you’ll know there’s a problem—but then you probably wouldn’t be reading this post!

It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with more subtle signs that you’re, indeed, in need of professional plumbing repair in Santa Fe, NM as most of your system is hidden from sight. Maintenance will help prevent the worst of your plumbing problems, but if a problem happens between maintenance appointments, knowing these signs will allow you detect it quickly and call for repairs before it does turn into a much bigger emergency.

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