Bud Matthews Services Blog

A Hard Start Kit May Save an AC in Trouble

May 27th, 2019

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Most of the parts of an air conditioning system are essential for it to run. But if one part of an air conditioner deserves to be called the essential piece, it’s the compressor. This component is what allows the air conditioner to carry out a cooling cycle—it places the chemical refrigerant in the AC under pressure, turning it into a hot gas that then travels through the two coils to release heat from one set and absorb heat from the other. If the compressor doesn’t work, an air conditioning system will only blow around room temperature air.

Because a compressor undergoes immense amounts of work each summer, it starts to degrade over time. Eventually, the compressor needs to be replaced (and it’s usually best to replace the rest of the AC along with it). But earlier, a compressor can be rescued with the appropriate air conditioning repair in Mebane, NC—such as adding a hard start kit.

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We Want to Help You Beat Indoor Humidity

May 13th, 2019

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Humidity. You don’t like it. We don’t like it. None of us like it—at least not during the summer! Humidity makes hot days feel worse, forces air conditioning systems to work longer and run up bigger bills, and allows mold and mildew to develop inside homes. High humidity can even damage surface, warp wood, and ruin precision musical instruments.

Yep, high indoor humidity is no fun—and we want to help you get rid of it in your house.

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Reasons to Get Rid of the Old Window ACs

April 29th, 2019

old-window-unitCentral air conditioning systems started to become common for residential buildings in the 1970s. But many homes in the Durham area still rely on window units to provide their summer cooling. We recommend you have these window units replaced, either with a standard central air conditioning system (if you have ductwork in the house for it) or a ductless mini split system (a flexible option that makes it easy to transition away from window units).

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Seal Your Ducts This Spring for a Better Summer

April 15th, 2019

inside-air-ductIf you’re active about preparing your home for the summer, you’ve probably already schedule air conditioning maintenance. That’s great—there are few preventive home service jobs that are more effective than an annual inspection and tune-up for an AC. However, you might not have considered services for your ducts to prepare for the summer. Ducts are easy to forget about, since you can’t see most of them because their hidden in the walls at attics. But professional duct sealing may be the most important Chapel Hill, NC, HVAC service you can have done before the summer weather arrives.

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Is Your AC Losing Refrigerant? How to Tell

April 1st, 2019

air-conditioning-maintenance-technician-checks-mainfoldTo create lower temperatures indoors, your air conditioner uses the circulation of refrigerant, a chemical compound that can easily change between liquid and gaseous forms. As the refrigerant evaporates in the indoor coil of the AC, it absorbs heat and makes the air cooler. Then the refrigerant condenses in the outdoor coil, which releases the heat to the outside. This process is called heat exchange, moving heating from one place to another.

Without refrigerant, an air conditioner cannot carry out heat exchange, and that means no cooling. But that’s not the worst part! Without the proper amount of refrigerant, the entire AC is in danger of failing—usually permanently.

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We’re Ready to Inspect and Tune-Up Your Air Conditioner

March 18th, 2019

calendar-scheduling-bookLet’s all say a big “Hello!” to the official first day of spring, which is this week!

For HVAC technicians like us, spring has an important meaning—it’s the season of air conditioning maintenance! This is when we encourage all our customers to arrange for a visit from one of our technicians to put their ACs through the gamut of inspections and tune-ups that will help them perform at peak condition during the coming hotter mid-year weather.

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Now Is the Time to Maintain Your Sump Pump

March 4th, 2019

underwater-flooding-interiorThe beginning of the spring is the time to make sure the sump pump in your house is ready to do its job in case of flooding. Spring rains, snowmelt, and more water saturated into the ground bring the danger of water seeping—or flooding—into your basement. The entire purpose of the sump pump is to get that water out of there as fast as possible. Just like a generator, a sump pump is a device you hope you never need to use—but you want to ensure it will work in case ever need to use it.

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Getting Less HVAC Noise in Your Work Space

February 18th, 2019

commercial-ventThe new modern work space encourages the “open office” layout. Instead of hallways and doors leading to shut-in smaller spaces, offices now are wide open—a more natural feeling that also permits the office to “breathe.” It’s also a layout that’s more conducive to teams working together and feeling connected to the other people in the company.

But these open office spaces are much trickier for commercial HVAC systems. Providing and even spread of heating and cooling in larger areas, often with high ceilings, is a challenge that requires professional and experienced commercial HVAC technicians to handle. (You never want anyone except an HVAC professional with a commercial background to work on any part of your building’s HVAC system.) There’s another challenge as well, which is how easily noise travels through an open work space—and the HVAC system is often a prime noisemaker.

We have some ideas on how you can reduce noise pollution from a commercial HVAC system in a work space:

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Why Is My Furnace Leaking Water?

February 4th, 2019

waterIf you’re asking this question, you’re probably a bit confused. After all, furnaces don’t use water to run, do they? A boiler uses water, but a furnace heats up air with either gas burners or electric heating elements, and then sends the air into the ducts.

And yet, there is it: water leaking out of the furnace cabinet onto the floor. What’s happening? And does it mean you need heating repair in Chapel Hill, NC for your HVAC system?

We’ll take a closer look into this apparently odd, but actually common, heating problem.

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Do You Know Where the Shut-Off Valve Is?

January 21st, 2019

If you don’t know where this shut-off valve is … we’re here to help you learn!This isn’t a topic you want to think about often, but what happens if your house experiences a massive plumbing leak that threatens water damage and flooding? You may have seen this happen in movies, usually for comedy, but it’s a real issue and not funny at all when it happens to you. The damage to personal possessions can be devastating, and remediating water damage is difficult and costly.

Fixing major plumbing leaks is one of the most important jobs our plumbers in Pittsboro, NC do, and they’re ready 24/7 to help out. But they can’t be there instantly, so to prevent as much damage as possible, you must know where the main shut-off valve to your house is. When you close this valve, you stop water flow to all parts of your house. If you don’t know where this shut-off valve is … we’re here to help you learn!

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