RKM Heating and Air Conditioning Blog

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

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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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Why Choose a Dual Fuel System?

July 30th, 2018

hot-and-cold-house-iconsFor the ultimate in heating and cooling comfort, a dual fuel system might be just the thing you need. However, it is a system that was made with a very particular type of homeowner in mind. You wouldn’t want to invest in one if it didn’t make sense for your personal needs. To learn more about dual fuel systems and how they work, read on.

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Benefits of a Dehumidifier

July 16th, 2018

man-suffering-from-humidity-uses-electric-fanThere’s nothing quite like walking into your home and sinking into that sticky, humid feeling. It might only be 75 degrees outside, but a humidity of 80% is going to make it feel so much worse. Humidity will even bring us discomfort late into the night when we’re trying to sleep. At that point, humidity is no longer a mild discomfort—it’s becoming a detriment to your quality of life.

Your best defense against humidity is, of course, a dehumidifier! The way it works is pretty simple—it reduces the humidity in your home by removing moisture. Below are just a few ways that dehumidifiers in Riverside, CA are helping homeowners.

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