If living in South Carolina has taught us anything, it is that is can get really, really, hot! Here in Charleston, Air Conditioning is a welcomes appliance in any home. As with most, consumers have options of different types of appliances. When it comes to Air Conditioning, there is a choice between electric or gas. Even though these categories make it seem as though the units are run only on either or, that isn’t the case. It is just which is used more in the different systems.
Completely electric air conditioner will use that energy to support the use of both cooling and heating. A predominantly electric unit will have a condenser and a furnace. The split system causes warm air to be pushes outwards in summer, and warm air to be pushed inside in the winter. Having this split systems is crucial to home owners because you will want your homes to be comfortable and livable.
Like we states before, this title does not actually mean the unit will only use gas. The furnace will be what is fueled by gas, yet the unit will still need some level of electricity to function the condenser.
While the titles of these units make it seem as though they are an either or case, they still incorporate the same equipment. Heating and cooling systems are the most expensive part of the utility bills for most Americans. The costs of gas and electric will both fluctuate over the corse of the time you have a unit, so in a way, whichever you choose has the potential to run the same amount of money over time if kept at a reasonable temperature.
If you have any future questions or concerns, be sure to ask us! At Rudd Heating and Air, we understand that making the right choices for your home are crucial! Call us today!
Noisy Equipment? Here’s Why
There is constant noise around us at all times, but when there is something in your home making a noise you have never heard before— you start to worry. If your home is making a noticeable noise and you think it’s your HVAC system, call Rudd Heating & Air today! In the meantime, here are some reasons your HVAC system could be making that racket!
Does the noise sound like a bang, or even a pop? This noise could be your fan turning on and then stopping. It has to do with negative pressure within the duct. When the fan begins, the ductwork con-caves due to the pressure, and when it stops abruptly, it returns to it’s natural resting shape. This noise and movement of the ducts in your unit can be a sign of a clogged filter, flimsy equipment, and even improper sizing of your duct!
Is your HVAC uniting humming you a tune? A noisy transformer could be the serenader. All transformers make a humming noise, some louder than others. On the flip side, if the unit is not working properly, you may have a bad fan motor or capacitor and in need of servicing.
Does it sound like there is pieces of something being rattled, or maybe even a high pitched sound that gives you a headache? Heat pumps are typically the culprit. Some units have noisy parts such as check valves and metering devices. Once the air filter is checked, and you’ve just had enough of that terrible sound, give us a call and we will service it!
Rumbling noises specifically for gas or oil systems? We take extreme precaution when it comes to this noise with these types of units. It is extremely important that you call for service immediately if you are hearing these sounds because it can be a warning sign of combustion. Turn the equipment off.
Hearing a thump or a vibrating hum? Something is off balance! Particularly the blower wheel. This sound isn’t as disruptive as the others, but shouldn’t be ignored due to further complications.
Hearing a metallic scraping sound? Or perhaps metal hitting metal? Turn your system off as soon as you hear these noises. This sound is the worst of all the sounds described. This sound could indicate pieces of your unit are coming apart and shifting to places they should not be. Once you call for service and we see no signs of damage, we can easily place the parts back in their original positions, re-tighten, and fix the issue. In the possibility that parts are broken instead of solely being out of place, the parts must be replaced.
So now you have an idea of what that noise could be. That doesn’t mean you can go in and fix it yourself! Call our family owned and operated service, and Rudd and we will treat you like you’re a part of the family!