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Be Careful of These Furnace Issues

January 15th, 2018

furnaceFurnace issues are more likely during the winter, when the demand on the system is greatest. As you use your system to keep your home warm during the cold days and nights, you should keep careful watch for signs that the system is having issues. If you can identify problems quickly enough and then have them repaired, you can prevent quite a bit of damage to your furnace.

Have a look at some of the more common furnace issues and what you can do to catch them.

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Boiler Kettling, What It Is and How to Deal with It

January 1st, 2018

Boiler-RepairIs your boiler making a sound like a giant kettle boiling? If so, you have a problem. Don’t worry, though. Your boiler (most likely) isn’t going to explode. That sound indicates a problem called kettling. If the issue isn’t dealt with in time, it can cause a wide range of problems for the system including breaking down. Make sure that you call for repairs as soon as you notice your system doing this.

While you’re waiting for your technician to arrive, though, take a look below at what causes kettling and why it’s a problem.

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Signs That You Need a New Furnace

December 18th, 2017

furnaceWinter puts a lot of strain on furnaces across the country. Some are going to have to be repaired, while others will need to be replaced over the next couple of months. If you aren’t sure whether or not your furnace can get you through another winter, you should probably replace it sooner rather than later. Have a look at some of the following signs that it’s best for you to replace your old furnace, before it breaks down on you permanently.

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What You Need to Know About Air Conditioner Short Cycling

December 4th, 2017

air-conditionerBefore you shut off your air conditioner for the year, did you happen to notice if it was turning on and off every couple of minutes? If so, you might want to have a professional come look at it before you start using it again. That behavior is called short cycling, and it’s a serious threat to the health of the system. If you leave the problem alone, you will not only have to pay more for repairs in the long run, but will likely have to replace the entire system much sooner than you would otherwise have to. Read on to find out more about short cycling, what causes it, and why you shouldn’t wait to have it checked out.

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How to Get Your Boiler Ready for Heating Season

November 20th, 2017

radiant-heatingIt’s time to get your heating system ready for the next few months, since you’re likely going to be using it quite a bit to keep your home comfortable for the winter. If you’re using a boiler to heat your home, then there are a few tips you should follow in order to make sure that it’s properly prepared. If you don’t follow these tips, you run the risk of having your boiler malfunction on you in the middle of the coldest day of the year. Not a good situation to be in. Have a look at what you can do to get your boiler ready for heating season.

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The Importance of Bi-Annual Heat Pump Maintenance

November 6th, 2017

heat-pumpAs we wait for a consistent drop in the daily temperatures, to indicate heating season has begun, it is important to make sure that your heating system is ready to handle the added strain. For most homes, that means scheduling preventive maintenance for their heating systems. If you have a heat pump that you’re going to be using this winter, it’s especially important that you schedule maintenance for it. Even if you had maintenance conducted on the system already this year, you should have it done again if it’s been more than six months. Read on to find out why.

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Heating Options to Consider This Fall

October 23rd, 2017

gas-burnerWe may not be dealing with consistently cold weather yet, but it’s not far off. Before long, you’re going to be relying on your home heating system to keep comfortable on a daily basis. If you are in the market for a new heating system, it’s probably better that you have one installed sooner rather than later. That doesn’t mean that you should just pick one without proper vetting, though. Each heating system has its own set of advantages, and it’s important that you find one that best fits your needs. Let’s take a look at some of the more popular heating system types available on the market, and the advantages that each can offer you.

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Why Your Air Conditioner Output Is Low

October 9th, 2017

air-conditioner-blowingWe may be in the middle of fall, but we still have a fair amount of hot days ahead of us before the weather is consistently cooler. If you’re still using your air conditioner to keep cool during the day, you need to be on the watch for any signs that the system is malfunctioning in some way. One of the big signs that your air conditioner might be in trouble is if its output is lower than it should be. There are a couple of different causes of low air conditioner output, which we outline below.

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Should I Replace My Air Conditioner?

September 25th, 2017

air-conditioner-technicianWe still have a bit of hot weather to go until things finally start to cool off. So, if you’re still using your air conditioner to stay cool during the daylight hours, you should keep a close eye on it to make sure it’s functioning properly. If your system is beginning to give off signs it can’t handle another cooling season, you might want to consider replacing it now. After all, if you wait until the weather starts to warm up again next year, you’re likely going to have to wait longer and pay more for the installation.

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Get Your Ducts Sealed Before Heating Season Starts

September 11th, 2017

air-ductConsidering what the entire area just went through, it may seem rather crazy to be thinking about something as seemingly insignificant as HVAC systems. Believe us, though, you’re going to want to make sure these systems work in a couple of months when the weather starts to cool off. As you start to get things back in order over the next weeks and months, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to start making sure that your heating and ventilation systems are in good shape. One of the key components of making sure that your heating system is ready for winter is the ductwork.

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