RKM Heating and Air Conditioning Blog

It’s Not Too Late to Schedule Your Annual Furnace Maintenance

December 17th, 2018

technician-overlooking-gas-furnaceIf you’ve been using your furnace since the beginning of fall and still haven’t had a maintenance check, you might be thinking that you’re off the hook. We don’t blame you—if you’ve already made it to winter, why not just take your chances and see if you can make it through to spring?

Of course, we’re only asking that rhetorically. Neglecting your heating maintenance is never something that we would condone for homeowners! Not only is it terribly inefficient for your system, but it will also introduce the risk of some serious danger to your home and your family. We’ll explain in more depth down below.

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When Should I Replace My Furnace?

December 3rd, 2018

blue-question-markKnowing when to replace your furnace can be a major benefit for you and your wallet. Our qualified team at RKM Heating & Air Conditioning can help you upgrade to a more efficient system! Winter can get pretty chilly, even here in California, so you won’t want to have a fussy furnace. A qualified HVAC technician can help you decide if your furnace is ready to be replaced.

Just remember that even a great furnace is going to underperform if it is not properly sized for your home and installed by trained professionals. Leave nothing to chance when it comes to your new heating system. Let our team help you find the perfect new furnace for your living space.

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How to Find a Good HVAC Contractor

November 19th, 2018

three-techniciansThe internet was supposed to make our lives easier, but it certainly doesn’t make it any easier to find a good HVAC contractor. Reviews, websites, social media, and other online resources just give you too many options.

Despite all of that, we think you can easily spot a good HVAC contractor by looking at some of their services. If they’re able to fulfill any of the following, then you should give them a try:

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I Don’t Feel the Heat From My Furnace

November 5th, 2018

cold-man-inspecting-thermostatNo heater in the world is going to make your home feel warm within mere seconds, or even minutes. Especially if you’ve allowed your home to get cold as an icebox! It will take even more time to heat up, in that case.

But we’re not saying we don’t believe you when you say you don’t feel the heat. If you feel air that is distinctly not warm coming out of your air vents–or can’t feel any air at all–it could be a sign that you need repairs. A furnace that isn’t blowing hot air could be suffering from one of these issues:

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Should I Install My AC with Temperature Zoning?

October 22nd, 2018

zone-control-houseTemperature zoning can offer you unmatched flexibility and efficiency with your air conditioning and heating. We definitely think that installing it is a good idea. We won’t say “yes,” because it might not be the right decision for you. However, if this is the first air conditioner you’re installing, we believe that you should strongly consider whether you want temperature zoning installed. Regardless of if that’s a “yes” or “no” from you, knowing your options will prevent you from feeling any regret later on down the line.

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Why Does My Air Conditioner Need Refrigerant?

October 8th, 2018

hvac-technician-recharging-refrigerantNow, don’t misinterpret that headline. We don’t mean to suggest that your air conditioner needs refrigerant like a car needs gasoline. However, that’s exactly how most homeowners assume it works! But this leaves them vulnerable to some shady practices from less than reputable HVAC contractors.

Don’t worry, though. We’ll clear up all the misconceptions and tell you everything you need to know about refrigerant.

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Some Air Conditioning Symptoms of Bigger Problems

September 24th, 2018

air-conditioner-repairIs your air conditioner acting weird? Some air conditioner problems are more subtle than others, so we understand why some AC problems go on longer than they have to. Not knowing any better, you might think that the symptom your AC is experiencing will disappear after a few hours. More likely, you end up forgetting about it until it becomes too big of a problem to ignore. In that case, we want to inform you of a few big issues that can save you from having to call for an AC catastrophe.

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Give Your Furnace a Quick Test Before the Cold Season

September 10th, 2018

furnaceThe cold season is approaching, and it will soon be time to turn your furnaces back on. Before that happens, though, you should consider turning your furnace back on now. It’s a great opportunity to see if things are still working properly, and if there is something wrong, there will be no rush when you schedule the repair.

There are a few things to look out for before and during your furnace test, and we’ll list them below.

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How to Make the Most of Your Duct Cleaning

August 27th, 2018

air-duct-cleaning-before-and-after

We won’t try to tell you that your AC’s air ducts are the most filthy and unclean things in the world, but let’s look at the facts. The average home is said to collect 40 lbs of dust yearly. Of course, we actively clean and dust our home as part of our weekly chores, or even when we have time to do it. But can you say the same for your air ducts? Just think of how much dust is collected in your ducts after a few years of neglect.

If it’s time for you to get a professional air duct cleaning, you can call up for a basic cleaning, or you can go all out. In this post, we’ll show you how to make the absolute most of your duct cleaning.

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Why Bother With a Maintenance Plan?

August 13th, 2018

hvac-technician-maintenance-on-outdoor-unitIf you read every air conditioning repair blog on the internet, you’d be convinced that your air conditioner was going to break down tomorrow due to a leak you didn’t know about, or some complication with your compressor that you never saw coming.

Our goal isn’t to make you paranoid that every day you turn on the AC is a new day for a potential problem. At the same time, in our hearts, we can’t neglect to inform HVAC system owners that maintenance is a crucial responsibility.

At the very least, a good maintenance plan is going to make maintenance worth your while by throwing in some good benefits.

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