The Short Cycling Heat Pump—Why You Need It Fixed

February 19th, 2024
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The heat pump is your household’s best friend when it comes to year-round comfort. But you might notice your heat pump doing something strange. It’s turning on and off much faster than usual, sometimes five to eight times per hour. This is called short cycling, and it’s not something you want to keep happening.

What Is Short-Cycling?

Short cycling in a heat pump refers to a situation where the system turns on and off more frequently than necessary to maintain the desired temperature in a home. Instead of completing a full heating or cooling cycle, the heat pump starts and stops rapidly, leading to inefficient operation and heavier wear and tear on the system.

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Why We Recommend Regular Duct Cleaning

February 5th, 2024
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How often have you thought about scheduling duct cleaning in Conway, SC for your home? Probably not often. Ductwork is a part of the HVAC system of a home that tends to slip people’s minds.

But those ducts can get extremely dirty, and dirty ducts are bad news for several reasons. Today, we’ll look at why routine duct cleaning is a great benefit to your home.

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Do You Need an Air Purifier for Your Home?

January 29th, 2024

Do you know what’s floating in the air of your house right now? You might not want to know—but it’s important that you do. Indoor air quality in many modern homes is often extremely poor. The US Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the air inside buildings is often four to five times worse than the outdoor air, which is the exact opposite of what most people believe.

So the simple answer to the question, “Do you need an air purifier for your home” is probably yes. But there’s more to the answer that we’ll get into below. If you decide you need an air purifier in North Myrtle Beach, SC, our technicians can answer all your questions and take care of the installation.

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Why Is My Heat Pump Only Working in One Mode?

January 22nd, 2024
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The biggest advantage of using a heat pump for your home comfort is that it can work as both an air conditioner and a heater. You only need to make an adjustment to the thermostat to change the heat pump from one mode to the other. Simple, and you get excellent energy efficiency along with your comfort.

But a heat pump can malfunction in a way that it won’t change modes (or seem like it won’t). If you find your heat pump trapped in one mode, you’ll probably need professional heat pump repair in North Myrtle Beach, SC. Heat pumps aren’t something you can fix as a DIY project!

What can cause this heat pump problem? We’ll look at the most common causes below.

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Your Furnace Won’t Make the House Warm Enough? Let’s See Why…

December 25th, 2023
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The reason to have a central heating system like a furnace is to keep your house warm in the winter. A simple idea. But what happens when your furnace runs, but your home doesn’t feel warm enough?

If you find yourself starting to push up the thermostat setting higher than usual trying to get the normal amount of comfort, there’s probably something wrong with your furnace. It might be something basic, or it may be something that will require you to call us for heating repair in North Myrtle Beach, SC

To help you out, we’ll look into some of the common causes for a furnace that won’t keep up.

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Ways to Tell You’ve Got a Faulty Furnace

December 11th, 2023
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When your furnace won’t turn on, you know you’ve got a furnace problem. 

When the furnace seems to turn on but the house has no heat whatsoever, you know you’ve got a furnace problem.

Those are all obvious cases. Not all furnace malfunctions are polite enough to explain to you so directly that something’s wrong. Furnace malfunctions often start subtle before they escalate and you suddenly find yourself scrambling to arrange for heating repair in North Myrtle Beach, SC from our experts.

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Ways to Tell You Need a New Furnace Before Winter

November 27th, 2023
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“Winter” is a relative term here in Florida. We have a winter season, but it isn’t a deep chill that requires running our furnaces through most of the day. But the weather does get cool and rainy enough that it’s still necessary to have a quality heating system. You may not know it, but that furnace you’ve relied on for many years to help you through the winter might not be ready for this winter.

How can you know that you need a furnace replacement? We’ll take a look at several of the indicators and warning signs. If you believe you need heating replacement in North Myrtle Beach, FL or you want a professional opinion, reach out to Martin Heat & Air. We can give you the peace of mind you need that you’ve made the right choice for home heating.

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Why Go Ductless With Your HVAC? Here’s Some Great Reasons

November 13th, 2023
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When you think of a residential central heating and air conditioning system, what images come to mind? Do you think of a network of ducts carrying the air to the rooms and through vents? That’s probably one of the first things you thought of. These vented systems have been the standard for residential heating and cooling since centralized comfort became big.

Using ducts isn’t the only way to have great, energy-efficient comfort around the year. Today, you can opt for a ductless system, also known as a ductless mini split heat pump. We install and service ductless systems in North Myrtle Beach, SC, and we’d like to share with you some of the great reasons to consider going ductless in your house.

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Why Heat Pumps Are Great Options for Homes

November 6th, 2023
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The fall is a good time to look into making changes to your home’s HVAC system. We’re past the most intense heat of the summer, and we may not experience anything remotely like “cold” weather until deep into December. If you think your HVAC system is no longer reliable or if it’s costing you a lot more to run than it used to, now is a great time to call our technicians and ask about upgrading your system.

We want to talk to you about the possibility of having a heat pump installed. Heat pumps in North Myrtle Beach, SC are an excellent idea—we’ve got a climate that’s perfectly suited for how heat pumps work so they supply powerful air conditioning and energy-efficient heating. Let’s look at why we think heat pumps deserve your consideration for your next HVAC installation.

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Can You Run a Furnace With a Cracked Heat Exchanger?

October 16th, 2023
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We can experience cold conditions even here in Florida—it’s a hazard of living close to the ocean. The majority of homes in our area still use gas furnaces to provide heating during these cold days, and our technicians are highly experienced with repairs for furnaces in North Myrtle Beach, SC.

One critical element of a gas furnace that demands attention is the heat exchanger. This question often arises: “Can you run a furnace with a cracked heat exchanger?”

The short answer is a resounding no, and here’s why.

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