RKM Heating and Air Conditioning Blog

The Purpose of Refrigerant in Your AC System

June 17th, 2019

air-conditioner-in-need-of-serviceIf you have an air conditioner in your home that you’ve ever had serviced, you’ve probably heard the word “refrigerant”, but do you know what it is? You might know what refrigerant is on a literal level, but it’s important to understand how refrigerant functions in your air conditioning system. If you understand the basics of your air conditioning system you’ll be able to avoid a lot of problems down the road.

The specific requirements of your refrigerant depend on the needs of your particular unit. If you want to make sure that your AC system is always treated with care make sure you contact our team for our air conditioning repair in Riverside, CA. Done Right, Priced Right.

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Why Do AC’s Break Down at the Worst Time?

June 3rd, 2019

ac-repairIt seems as though air conditioners are always breaking down at the worst possible times…what’s up with that?

Well, there’s a very logical explanation for it: Your air conditioner can take on a lot of damage and dirt over the months. Then, during the hottest time of the year—when the AC is being pushed to its limits—all that cumulative wear and tear will finally cause a serious problem to develop.

If you don’t want to become one of our air conditioning repair customers in Corona, CA this summer, we suggest having your AC checked before the season starts. All it takes is a quick maintenance check to prevent problems from things like:

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Easily Prevent These AC Issues With Maintenance

May 20th, 2019

ac-boyzEven though we’re an air conditioning repair company in Riverside, CA, it wouldn’t be in our conscience to simply let your air conditioner develop repair issues. That’s why, every year, we urge homeowners to have your systems tuned-up just after winter and before summer.

That’s the perfect time to have it inspected and prevent some of the worst AC issues. Some of them will be expensive to fix, while others can be hard to detect and might raise your cooling bill substantially until it’s fixed.

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It Might Be Time to Replace Your Heater If…

May 6th, 2019

heating-replacementIt’s true that winter is already over. And it’s also true that we live in the “always sunny” Southern California. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t subjected to cold nights that linger on through spring.

While we’re in this last phase of the heating season, you might turn on your heater for some particularly cold nights. During this last stretch, it might be worth it to evaluate your heater’s performance up to this point.

And don’t think that it’s too late to think about a replacement—replacing your heater now will be much more convenient than trying to replace it at the beginning of the next heating season.

That’s why we invite you to think about your heater while it’s still fresh in your mind. It might be time to have it replaced if…

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Is It Possible to Cool the Home at Different Temperatures?

April 22nd, 2019

ac-too-coldThose with central air conditioning systems will inevitably ask themselves this question: How can I cool the rooms of my home at different temperatures?

For example, someone who spends a lot of time in their bedroom might complain they’re too cold. Meanwhile, everyone else in the home feels fine.

A natural response to this might be to close the air register in that room. Although it seems counter-intuitive, this is actually a bad practice—closing the air register increases pressure in the air ducts and can cause damage.

Instead, what you’re looking for is called “zone control.” This is an HVAC practice of sectioning the home into separate parts, thereby giving you the ability to control the temperature differently. There are a couple of ways that you can go about achieving zone control.

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Busting Myths About HVAC Maintenance

April 8th, 2019

toolsHVAC maintenance is one of the most controversial topics out there in the HVAC industry. Why? Mostly because those who own HVAC systems understand the idea of striving for efficiency: paying the least amount of money for the most amount of output from your system. Likewise, these same people might see maintenance as an unnecessary expense.

Of course, we have to disagree. If your goal is efficiency, maintenance is exactly the kind of thing that you need! We’ll explain why that is by breaking some of the common myths around maintenance.

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Keep This in Mind While Operating a Heat Pump

March 25th, 2019

heat-pump-operationHaving a heating system is nothing new, even for residents of Southern California. However, if we look at the statistics, the odds are high that you’ve been using a furnace up to this point. While furnaces have certainly earned their reputation and are great choices for heating, we’d argue that heat pumps are better in our climate. It’s not difficult for heat pumps to achieve the same level of comfort with greater efficiency.

With all that being said, if you’re considering switching from a furnace to a heat pump, there are several things you’ll want to keep in mind:

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Why Should I Make My Home a Smart Home?

March 11th, 2019

home-automation-illustrationNowadays, we are surrounded by “smart” technology. It’s rare to find someone without a smartphone; our televisions have their own app stores; there’s even a smart kettle, which is admittedly much more trouble than it’s worth. But the bottom line on all the smart stuff is this: you only need it if it makes sense for your needs.

Of all the smart applications out there, we think making your home a smart home with home automation services is something that most people can get on board with. It may sound excessive at first, but after you understand some of the benefits, you might start wishing you had one.

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Ways to Start Improving Your Indoor Air Quality

February 25th, 2019

duct-cleaningFor many homeowners, the idea of “indoor air quality” might be new to them. It’s surprising to find out that your home’s indoor quality can be several times worse than the outdoors. But after learning that, what are you supposed to do now?

There are various approaches to improving indoor air quality. You don’t want to just try all of them without the help of a professional, however, as they might not all be necessary—it depends on your home’s needs. That being said, here are some methods that might work for you:

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Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Put Off HVAC Services

February 11th, 2019

service-timeIn Southern California, there’s really no wrong time to have your heater serviced. If you lived in Vermont, sure, we would suggest having that done before the worst of winter takes hold. But with our weather, we can get away with having to service our furnace in the middle of the cold season.

That being said, we’re not suggesting that you wait until the last minute to have your heater serviced. In fact, we don’t recommend having any HVAC services in Mission Viejo, CA done at the very last minute. As soon as you notice a problem, it’s always a good idea to call it in. Almost nothing good comes out of putting it off! For example:

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