Climate Control Heating & Cooling Blog

Why Your Heat Pump Can’t Switch to Cooling Mode

July 8th, 2019

woman-looking-hot-in-house-and-trying-to-cool-off-with-fanWith temperatures already in the 80’s, Comfort Bear is going to go out on a limb here and assume you’ve already tried to switch your year-round heat pump from heating mode to cooling mode. If not, I am super impressed! But then again, I’m a bear—I literally can’t take that much heat.

Anyway, if you’ve just tried to switch modes to discover it won’t actually go into cooling mode, what can you do? Assume that your HVAC system has broken down completely, throw it out, and rush out to buy a new one? No, no, we’re not going to encourage that at all.

Instead, give us a call for an inspection and potential repair, and in the meantime read on to learn what could be causing this problem, and discover some solutions, straight from the Comfort Bear:

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The Many Benefits of Duct Cleaning

June 24th, 2019

duct-being-cleanedIf there’s anything humans and bears have in common, it’s the desire for a clean home. Okay, well that’s not necessarily true, but even Comfort Bear will admit that when I’m indoors, I don’t want to be sniffling and sneezing because of dust.

You might be thinking that’s just a fact of life this time of year, as the cooler temperatures dissipate and all the dust and pollen outdoors gets kicked back up again and makes its way into our homes. Well not to worry! In addition to getting you set up with the right indoor air quality services, my team will also make sure that your ducts are so clean you can eat out of them. Not that you would want to, but you catch my drift.

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3 Dangerous Water Heater Problems

June 10th, 2019

residential-water-heater“Comfort Bear, are you using a scare tactic?”

No, that is not my intention—but hear me out. Water heaters are one of those systems that we all suffer for if we go without, but take for granted the fact that we have them for cooking, cleaning, and bathing.

I may like it when temperatures outside are a bit on the chillier side, but cold showers early in the morning are not my favorite.

When you forget about your water heater, it means you’re forgetting about the care it needs. While your system isn’t inherently dangerous on its own, ignoring the need for maintenance or water heater repair can be hazardous. Here are 3 potential risks of neglecting your water heater.

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Reducing Humidity Is Key for Comfort in the Summer

May 27th, 2019

fan-familyComfort Bear here, ready to dispense some wisdom for you. Hold onto your seat, because this one’s a real mind blower:

You know how it gets hot and uncomfortable in the summer? You might think that it’s the high temperatures that have got you feeling gross and sweaty. But you’d be mistaken.

The truth is that it’s not the heat, it’s actually the humidity that makes you feel uncomfortable.

Sorry, what? You say you’ve already heard that expression? And you’ve heard it more times than you can stand it?

Okay, okay. But did you know that you can turn your home into a safe haven, free from the discomfort of high humidity, with the simple addition of a whole-house dehumidifier?

And not only will this help you feel more comfortable, but it can even save you money! Here’s the complete rundown:

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4 Signs You Need Air Conditioner Replacement

May 13th, 2019

For most of you humans, you tend to view your air conditioners as a luxury, and your heating systems as a necessity.

For Comfort Bear, it’s the exact opposite. If you’ve been keeping up with the blog, you might remember how sentimental I got about having to replace my furnace, even though I barely used that thing.

But now you’re asking me to replace my air conditioner?

Just as a reminder: what you consider to be a “relaxing summer day” is a sweltering inferno for me. I need my AC to keep my fur cool!!

But no matter what you say, I don’t have to give up my AC that easily. Unless my air conditioner is displaying the right combination of issues, there’s really no reason to have my AC replaced so soon—and neither should you!

Here are the signs to look out for:

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Don’t Forget About Duct Cleaning

April 29th, 2019

air-duct-cleaningComfort Bear here, this time with an important PSA for all homeowners:

Duck cleaning is a scam. Don’t trust anyone who comes to your home claiming that your ducks need to be cleaned. For one, ducks are constantly in the water. And two, it’s called “preening,” not “cleaning.”

That being said, duct cleaning is definitely something you should have performed if you want your HVAC system to run efficiently and smoothly. If there’s ever any concern, you can always consult the National Air Duct Cleaners Association. They were founded specifically to establish the standards for what makes a proper duct cleaning in Kansas City.

Duct cleaning is an essential part of a balanced maintenance tune-up, so I don’t want you to forget about it when it comes time to fire up your air conditioner again this year. Don’t worry, I’ll explain everything:

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What to Do About Low Air Flow from Your AC

April 15th, 2019

blue-question-markIf you know Comfort Bear in summer, then you know there’s nothing I love more than feeling the cool air from the air conditioner blowing across my fur. It can get really warm under here, after all.

So you can bet that I’ll be calling up the HVAC technicians from the office if my air conditioner suddenly starts having air flow problems. You can find air flow problems easily by putting your hand up to the air vent, or by feeling if some rooms of the home are warmer than others.

If I suspect my AC isn’t outputting air like it’s supposed to, there are a few things I can do to fix the problem myself. If that doesn’t help, I’ll then call an expert to have them do some inspections. Here’s how that process goes:

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Winter is Over! Get Started Early With AC Maintenance

April 1st, 2019

ac-maintenanceAt the office, everyone keeps asking, “Comfort Bear, aren’t you excited? Winter is over!”

To be honest… No, I’m not. Winter is the only time of year that I can feel comfortable! I’ll have no choice but to blast my AC as soon as temperatures start rising. If my home isn’t colder than an igloo, you can bet that I won’t be happy.

What’s that? I should just cut my hair? Nope, not happening!

So, if I don’t want to suffer through the heat this summer, then I’ll need to make sure my air conditioner is ready for the season. After all, firing up your AC without any maintenance is just asking for it to break down on you at the worst time!

Before you run your air conditioner this year, take the time to have it inspected by a professional. They’ll be able to find any potential problems that might affect the efficiency or performance of your system. Some examples of those problems include:

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Help for Flooding Victims in the Kansas City Area

March 27th, 2019

Climate Control Heating & Cooling wants to help our neighbors in the KC area

Flooding and water damage can come unexpectedly.

If you are in the St Joseph area and you experienced recent flooding, you probably want to just get back to normal life as soon as possible. A lot of things are probably running through your mind like how you are going to clean up and how to repair water damage to your home. You may not realize this, but if your HVAC unit was submerged during the flood, you may have a whole list of other issues.

Sure, the outside of your air conditioner or furnace may look just the same as it did before the flood! It is highly likely that water-damaged HVAC equipment may not work or may not work for long after being flooded. Furnaces, heaters and boilers have gas valves and controls that are especially vulnerable to water damage. Even electric furnaces have coils that are susceptible to corrosion if flooded.

What should you do?

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We Offer Daikin Ductless Systems

March 18th, 2019

If you’re a homeowner in Kansas City, chances are that you’ve been using a ducted system.

These systems use ducts and vents to send cool and warm air through your home. They’re effective systems that have been used for decades.

However, there’s another option that just might change everything:

Ductless mini-split systems.

We’ve partnered up with Daikin, a company that offers some of the industry’s best warranties on ductless mini-split systems. If your new system doesn’t meet your expectations within one year after installation, they’ll be happy to resolve the issue at no cost (and that’s on top of a 12-year warranty).

That all being said, there’s plenty of reasons why you might want to switch from a ducted system to a ductless one:

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