Rattle, Clang, Hiss: Warning Sounds From Your AC

May 15th, 2023

As summer gets underway, it’s a good idea to know some of the ways that ACs can give us warnings they aren’t in the best condition. The easiest way to tell when an AC is malfunctioning is when it stops sending out cool air. But we want to help you get ahead of a “no cool” air conditioner if possible with some tips on warning signs you can watch for. Or, in the case of this post, listen for.

Strange sounds are one of the easiest ways to determine that you’ve got a cooling system that needs professional air conditioning repair in Greenville, SC. Anything that isn’t the standard sounds you hear from your AC—the whirring of fan blades, the hum of the compressor, the occasional drip of water, a few clicks as it shuts off—are reasons for concern. Below we’ll look over the most common warning sounds.

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Before Summer, Should You Get a New Air Conditioning System?

May 1st, 2023

In our last post, we talked about the importance of having regular maintenance for your air conditioning system during the spring. But sometimes you don’t need to have your current AC given a tune-up. What you really need is to replace it entirely. 

The decision to replace an air conditioner is a large one, and the “repair vs. replace” debate is one many homeowners have to deal with at some point. Our technicians are glad to help you with a new air conditioning installation in Greenville, SC, but we’d also like to help you decide if it’s necessary yet or not. You want to make the choice that’s best for your budget and comfort. 

We strongly recommend you work with our team to make the choice. You can use the info in this post to start thinking about whether you should replace your AC before summer, but please don’t make the decision on your own.

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Spring Is the Time to Join The Moose Plan: It’s Cool!

April 17th, 2023

Spring is usually considered a slower time of the year for heating and air conditioning companies like us. This makes sense: the weather is in that middle zone where heating and air conditioning emergencies are extremely rare. However, we still keep busy at Carolina Climate Control during the spring—because this is when our customers need The Moose Plan! 

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Here’s How Heating Maintenance Helped You This Past Winter

April 3rd, 2023

Good news, it’s spring! That means warmer weather (although not consistently and not always immediately) and longer days and the feeling that soon summer fun will arrive. It’s also an important season for HVAC because it’s when people find it easiest to make major changes to their heating and cooling systems and when they arrange for their regular AC maintenance.

But before we start talking in depth about air conditioning maintenance (and we’ll get to that, don’t worry; our mascot Moose is big on AC maintenance), we want to take some time to talk about heating maintenance. Think about how your heating system performed over the winter. Did you enjoy the right level of comfort in your home? Did your heater run smoothly without encountering malfunctions or a breakdown? Were your utility bills what you expected and never sources of sticker shock?

If so, then you can thank the heating maintenance you had during the fall for your heater’s success. You may not think about it regularly, but maintenance was a big part of your comfort through the winter. As a wrap-up to the winter that just ended, we want to look at the ways professional heating maintenance helped you:

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Yes, Geothermal HVAC Can Cool as Well as Heat

March 20th, 2023

We are proud to offer geothermal heating and cooling in Greenville, SC and the surrounding areas. 

Now, if you read that and wonder why “cooling” was included with “heating,” then this is the post for you. It’s a common misunderstanding with geothermal HVAC systems that they provide heat only. After all, they have “thermal” right there in the name and they operate by accessing heat coming out of the Earth itself. Why would they have the ability to cool?

We’re going to get into why geothermal HVAC not only cools as well as heats, but offers better cooling and heating than many standard air conditioners and air-source heat pumps.

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What Is “Flame Roll-Out” in a Furnace?

March 6th, 2023

One of our biggest concerns as an HVAC company offering heating services to local homeowners is ensuring that natural gas furnaces operate safely throughout the year. If a gas furnace receives regular professional maintenance annually (and right now is a great time to schedule it!) it has the highest likelihood of presenting no safety concerns during its service life. 

Nothing is able to stop all safety worries with a gas furnace and you might also have a furnace that is aging or which hasn’t received the routine maintenance it needs. In this post we want to caution you about a furnace safety issue that might occur, one which people aren’t often aware of: flame roll-out.

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How Long You Can Expect Different HVAC Systems to Last

February 20th, 2023

There’s no such thing as finding “the last heating or air conditioning system you’ll ever need to buy.” All systems have a limited service life and will eventually wear down to the point they won’t run anymore or cost too much to keep in service. 

Nobody wants to go through the process of replacing an HVAC system. It doesn’t come with the same excitement as getting a new car or finding a new home. But it’s necessary for the health and comfort of your family and we’re going to help you today with a look at the estimated service lives of the most common HVAC systems. Age isn’t an absolute determining factor for when to replace an HVAC system, but it’s definitely one of the best and easiest to calculate.

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Strange Noises That Warn You Your Heater Needs Repairs

February 6th, 2023

Moose, our mascot, has sharp ears and can hear the smallest strange noises inside a heating system that tell him something is wrong. You don’t have ears as finely tuned to tiny noises, but you can still use your heating to detect when your heater isn’t working properly.

Outwardly, nothing else may seem wrong: the heater is still turning on and sending out hot air. But these noises can warn of bigger problems on the horizon. The sooner you act on getting heating repair in Greenville, SC, the less likely you’ll end up with a heating disaster later on. Catching repair issues early makes them easier for us to fix as well!

So let’s get into the real detective work and go over some of these warning sounds to listen for. You already know what your heating system sounds like when it’s running normally, so pay attention to anything that sounds out of the ordinary and compare it to this list.

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Can I Do Any HVAC Repairs on My Own?

January 23rd, 2023

The simple answer to this question is “no.” If you are having troubles with your home’s heating system this winter, or with your air conditioning later in the year, there’s not much you can do to repair it unless you are a trained HVAC technician with the right equipment. Modern HVAC systems are complex and even attempting to diagnose what’s causing problems is difficult unless you’re specially trained. Attempting to make any type of repairs yourself risks the following:

  • Making the problem worse
  • Causing possibly irreversible damage to the HVAC system
  • Voiding the system’s warranty
  • Causing harm to yourself or others

We want to draw special attention to the last point: when it comes to gas-powered heaters like furnaces, it’s actually illegal for anyone without the proper certification to work on them. The potential for gas leaks and combustion hazards is simply too high. Don’t risk it!

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My Heat Pump Isn’t Heating—What Gives?

January 9th, 2023

Our mascot, Moose, loves heat pumps. We agree with his reasons! You see, heat pumps not only offer a home both heating and cooling from a single unit, they also work at high efficiency in heating mode. Compared to using an electric furnace to heat a home, a heat pump uses far less energy and can save hundreds of dollars over a year. Plus, heat pumps are ideal for our climate because our milder winters make it easier for heat pumps to draw heat from outdoors to transport indoors.

But heat pumps aren’t perfect, and that’s why sometimes we have to set the Moose loose in your neighborhood to have them repaired. We handle services for heat pumps in Greenville, SC and we can get to the bottom of a problem such as a heat pump that won’t heat.

We’re always glad to share information with our clients, so let’s look at why your heat pump isn’t doing the “heating” half of its job.

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