First Rate Plumbing Heating and Cooling Inc Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Albuquerque’

What Does the R-22 Phase Out Mean for You?

Tuesday, June 1st, 2021

Back in 2020, we talked a lot about the January phase-out of R-22. This was huge, because there were still so many air conditioners in our area and the rest of the United States that used Freon as the primary refrigerant. Sure, no manufacturers were making new systems, but plenty of innocent, unsuspecting homeowners were running into incredibly expensive repairs because of this problem.

So, we understand that 2020 and the first half of 2021 haven’t been even close to normal, but we think it’s time to return to that topic. If you’ve been looking at an air conditioning installation in Albuquerque, NM, or if you’re exploring options for AC repair, and you notice the term “R-410A” refrigerant, or the colloquial term “Puron,” then please keep reading!

We’ll discuss Freon, Puron, and what the January 2020 phase-out means for you and your family. Don’t worry, as long as you’ve got our number, you’ve got a trustworthy professional who can help.

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Don’t Neglect Your Ducts

Monday, May 17th, 2021

Air ducts don’t get enough attention from our vantage point. Sure, everyone knows they’re important for cooling during the summer and heating during the winter, but they’re not the star of the show. Everyone gets excited when installing a brand new air conditioner, but there’s a lot less love for the ductwork that tirelessly provides your home with the conditioned air you desperately want.

Well, today we’re shining the spotlight on our air ducts—the unsung heroes of HVAC. Not only should your air ducts be in good shape when running your air conditioner this summer, but they should also be clean! Duct cleaning in Albuquerque, NM is a vital service we provide that helps remove any contaminants from your ducts and improves the efficiency of your whole HVAC system?

How does it improve efficiency, and what kind of contaminants does this service remove? Keep reading to find out!

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3 Common AC Problems

Monday, May 3rd, 2021

There are two types of homeowners that we encounter. The first is the kind that’s going to call us first no matter how severe the problem is with their air conditioner. We always value these kinds of customers because it shows that you trust us, and it reminds us to always put our best foot forward and give you accurate information that will save you money.

The second type of homeowner we encounter is the kind that’s only going to call our team for air conditioning repair in Albuquerque, NM when they have to. After days, weeks, or months of a strange noise or poor performance, they’ll finally (and begrudgingly) call us for help. Well, for all of you out there that would rather ignore the problem—this blog post is for you!

Take a look at some common AC problems we regularly fix, and let’s discuss why they can be a huge problem when left alone.

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Swamp Coolers: Converting to Refrigerated Air

Monday, April 5th, 2021

Not all cooling systems are the same. Depending on where you live, different air conditioners will provide different results that can impact comfort, your budget, your indoor air quality, and your energy efficiency. That’s why today we’d like to focus on an underdog in the HVAC industry, the evaporative cooler (also known as the swamp cooler).

Swamp coolers in Albuquerque, NM are unique in the fact that they can cool your home at a hyper-efficient rate without the use of refrigerant. These systems rely on cool moisture, which can have a big impact in environments that are dry and hot.

Keep reading as we get into the details of how swamp coolers work, why they’re so great in our area, and how one could benefit your home. We don’t talk about technology that we don’t absolutely recommend for homeowners, so it’s time you understood why we recommend these systems.

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It’s Time to Repair Your Heater Before It’s Too Late!

Monday, February 8th, 2021

We know that “too late” is a bit subjective. People do things differently, some people need to have a midday snack at 4:30 and others eat dinner at a comfortable 8 PM. While we don’t want to tread over anyone’s preferences, HVAC equipment is a little bit different. While it’s your prerogative to hold off on repairs for your heating system, it could end up costing you in the long run.

When we tell homeowners to avoid waiting too long for heating repair in Albuquerque, NM, we’re talking about avoiding further problems. Things don’t work as smoothly in your heating system when there’s a problem that needs to be fixed. Sometimes these problems get worse, or they cause other problems that quickly turn into a full system breakdown.

Now, you don’t want to deal with a heater breakdown, do you? Then follow our guide about early heater repair so that never becomes a reality.

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Which Homes Are Perfect for Daikin Mini Splits?

Monday, January 25th, 2021

Ductless mini splits are wonderful solutions for homes that have unique requirements. From the lack of ductwork to the need for versatile heating and cooling, many homes in our area would be absolutely perfect for ductless mini splits in Albuquerque, NM. If you’re wondering whether or not your home might be perfect for such a system, or how you could find out if ductless heating is right for your family, then you’re in the right place!

Today we’re going to focus on the specifics of how ductless heating works, which homes are best suited for it, and why that could be your home! We want to be very clear that ductless HVAC systems are not the only type of heating system we offer, so it’s important that we talk about these systems accurately. The more informed you are about ductless heating and cooling, the better off your home will be!

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Your Indoor Air Quality and You

Monday, November 30th, 2020

Indoor air quality is a complicated topic to talk about. For starters, air purifiers and air filters often get mixed up and confused with one another, and they do very different jobs. Also, homeowners often get less excited about handling indoor air quality issues than they do afraid about the dangers of their home’s air quality. We never want to scare anyone into thinking that their home’s air is dangerous or harmful. We just want people to be aware of the facts.

Homes are 2-5 times more contaminated than the air outside, because over the years we’ve gotten better and better at making our houses more airtight. This is good news, because it saves you money on your heating bill. The bad news is that this saved money will need to be spent on an air filtration system or air purifier in Albuquerque, NM.

To learn about which system is right for your home, just keep reading!

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Albuquerque Journal Readers’ Choice Award Top Contender!

Friday, November 13th, 2020

Shout out to the First Rate team for placing among the top 3 in the heat and air category of the Albuquerque Journal Readers’ Choice Award! Each and every year, the Albuquerque Journal has a readers’ choice poll where you and other members of the community can vote for their favorite businesses. This year, we’re honored to be chosen as one of the community’s favorite businesses to work with!

We’d just like to say that we are so honored! Providing quality services to this community is, and always will be, our pleasure.

Thank you to all of our amazing customers who voted for us. We’re so proud to be a part of this wonderful community and we won’t stop working as hard as we can to provide the best plumbing, heating, and cooling services out there.

Don’t forget to call First Rate Plumbing Heating and Cooling Inc if you need help. Quality work, exuberant service!

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CO Safety: Preparing for Winter Weather and Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Monday, October 5th, 2020
shot of a carbon monoxide

Carbon monoxide is nothing to scoff at. This odorless, invisible gas can be devastating for families and their quality of life. Not only is it important to call for help when you think you’re being affected by carbon monoxide, but it’s invaluable to prepare for this type of problem with detectors installed correctly.

We’re proponents of furnaces in Albuquerque, NM. These systems can be some of the most affordable and efficient ways to keep your home heated during the winter. However, when these systems start to break down, they can sometimes lead to carbon monoxide leaks that can be awful to deal with. From furnaces to gas ovens and our own automobiles, carbon monoxide is everywhere and it’s important that we learn about it before we need to deal with it.

Let’s talk about ways we can improve the safety and security of your home by preparing for carbon monoxide leaks.

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Keep Your Drains Clear the Easy Way

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

As with everything in life, there’s an easy way and a hard way. The hard way, when it comes to plumbing, is using tools that aren’t right for the job, waiting too long to call a plumber, and so on. The easy way is to default to our plumber’s opinion as to what you should do next. Perhaps we should end this post early since we just figured that out!

Well, hold on just a minute. What else constitutes a bad plumbing habit? Why are so many homeowners choosing to perform bad plumbing practices that inevitably cause their drains to clog up more frequently? Well, we can answer those questions for you down below. When it comes to services offered by a plumber in Albuquerque, NM, we’re the ones for the job.

Let’s make sure you’re dealing with your drains the easy way.

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