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Heater Repair & Maintenance
The winter temperatures in New Jersey can get downright frigid at times, not to mention the snow, and having a heating system that continues running smoothly all winter long is imperative. Your furnace will be working its hardest during the coldest days, so you want to make sure it is in top condition when the time comes. Aligning yourself with a reputable company is the best way to accomplish this.
Who Needs Annual Maintenance?
The reason you should have annual maintenance performed on your heating system is to lower your heating bills, reduce the need for repairs and extend the life of your furnace. When all of the components of your heater are cleaned and tuned up properly, it’s like hitting a reset button so the next winter, your system is almost running like new again. If you schedule your maintenance just before the cold weather starts, you’ll get the best results.
Pay Attention to the Subtle Signs
Some of the more subtle signs of heating system troubles can elude the average homeowner if you aren’t paying attention. Things like slight changes in the indoor temperature, to rough operation of the system, to slightly elevated heating bills can all signify a problem with the furnace’s function. If you notice any small issues or signs, be sure to call for help.
New Air Filter Equals Better Air Quality
The furnace filter is part of your heating system that requires changing about every 90 days for it to remain clean and operating at a higher level. When the filter is dirty, the furnace has trouble blowing clean air into the ducts and into your living space. Some of the dirt and particles will dislodge and end up in the air you are supposed to breathe. A simple replacement every three months will help to remedy this type of scenario.
Heater Installation & Replacement
Poor furnace installation is one of the biggest reasons heating systems break down and need so many repairs. If the system wasn’t installed professionally and according to the manufacturers’ instructions, breakdowns are more frequent, the system won’t run as efficiently as it should and the repair costs may start to mount when they shouldn’t. Professional installation is the best way to ensure your heating system runs well and stands the test of time.
Why Is My Heater Broken?
Furnaces generally break down for a handful of common reasons, and while you probably won’t be able to identify the technical reasons, you will be able to watch for signs of trouble. If the heating system starts banging or vibrating loudly when it is running, you should probably call for help. If you detect burning smells or if the air coming out of the vents isn’t warm, then the heating system needs professional attention. One sign that many people blame on their utility company is an elevated heating bill from an inefficient system.
How to Prevent Future Issues
If you want to prevent issues with your heating system in the future, consider having regular maintenance done to keep it working efficiently. The technician will inspect all the various components of your heating system and clean all the dirt and grime away. He will also make any small repairs, so those problems won’t multiply when the furnace is in heavy use. Aim for having heating system maintenance every year, just before the winter.
What to Look For in an Installer
When it comes time to have a new heating system installed in your home, make sure you opt for a reputable, experienced company that has a proven track record of success. There are many companies that will install your furnace for a discount, then you never hear from them again. A good company will provide you with top-notch installation and continue the support after the fact.
Furnace Installation & Replacement
It’s easy to take your furnace for granted when it is producing the heat you want, but if it ever stops during a cold winter night, you might be left panicked and scrambling to find an answer. Just because there is no furnace emergency happening at the moment doesn’t mean you can’t find a reliable heating expert to use if your heating system ever does shut down. Searching this way allows you to take your time and you’ll know exactly what to do if trouble does happen out of the blue.
When Should I Have My Furnace Replaced?
Saying you should have your furnace replaced every 15 or 20 years doesn’t paint the clearest picture of the situation. It’s true, a properly installed heating system can last for up to 20 years, but you have to take care of it during that time. Sometimes, as a furnace gets older the repairs start to add up and the cost of repairs doesn’t justify keeping the old system around. There may also be newer, more energy efficient furnaces available that will save money when compared to the older one. The key is to align yourself with a trusted heating expert and then follow their advice on when the best time is to switch your old furnace for a new one.
Longer Furnace Life with Yearly Maintenance
One way to help your furnace reach that 20-year mark is to keep it in good condition with regular maintenance checks. If you have maintenance performed on your furnace every year, it will stay clean and won’t build up dirt and grime with each passing year. The longer it goes between maintenance visits, the less efficient it will be and the higher your heating bills will be. Having a quality maintenance inspection and cleaning is like resetting your furnace back to zero every year. It’s not going to last forever, but it will last longer and you’ll encounter fewer repairs and problems along the way.
Furnace Repair & Maintenance
If your furnace sputters to a halt during the evening or overnight in the middle of winter, you can bet that the indoor temperature will plummet by morning and everyone will be cold and uncomfortable. It isn’t as bad as outside because you have wind protection and residual heat, but no one in the house will be happy. The key to finding a quick solution to these kinds of scenarios is to align yourself with a reputable, reliable service provider before there is a problem. If you have a local expert in your corner, you can call as soon as something happens and your service disruption will be minimal.
Why Do I Need a Clean Furnace Filter?
When your furnace filter becomes dirty, dusty and clogged, you can expect some negative effects on your furnace efficiency and your indoor air quality. The forced air is supposed to get blown through the filter and the filter is supposed to trap any particles so they don’t end up in your air ducts and throughout the house. When the filter has trapped too many particles and it is clogged up, the air keeps blowing, but some of those trapped particles will end up in the system and your living space. Another effect is that the furnace has to work harder to get the same amount of air through that dirty filter, so your heating bills may go up.
Which Month for Furnace Maintenance?
You can help prevent issues with your system by scheduling routine maintenance on your furnace every year. During a maintenance visit, our technician will inspect and clean your furnace to help the system to run more smoothly and efficiently for the coming winter. You can have it done any time, but the maintenance is typically performed in the fall. Ask about our planned service agreement program!
Heat Pump Services
You can use a heat pump to heat or cool your home, and while the technology is nothing new, many people are choosing to use a heat pump for their heating and cooling needs, instead of their current system. Anyone who lives in Massachusetts knows that the temperatures can fluctuate wildly during the year, so the fact that a heat pump is effective all-year round is a big plus.
How Your Heat Pump Operates
Heat pumps use a cycle of condensation and evaporation in order to function properly. This cycle transfers heat from one place to another, and it will replace the air that’s inside your house, whether that air is warm or cold. A heat pump generates energy from the air or the ground, and it doesn’t matter if the air outside is cold or not, it can still generate the necessary heat from the energy.
Why Should I Use a Heat Pump?
Many homeowners switch over to heat pumps from their current systems because they offer more benefits in the homeowners’ eyes. Heat pumps are typically more energy efficient, which results in lower energy bills, and they have fewer moving parts than a regular system, which means fewer repairs and less maintenance. Since heat pumps take their energy from the air or the ground, many people like this environmental element and it factors into their decision.
Choosing the Right Service Provider
It’s wise to choose a service provider that is local, and has a good deal of experience when it comes to heat pump installation. You want your installation and service to go as smoothly and trouble-free as possible, and having the local option means help is always close by. Local experts also mean that there is a level of accountability to the service that isn’t always evident with other companies. It’s also important to find a company that provides affordable services to meet a range of budgets. This shows they are serious about keeping their customers happy and finding a solution, no matter who you are.
Boilers use steam or hot water to distribute heat throughout the house, with either baseboards or a radiator as the end point for that distribution. If you want your boiler to run smoothly and trouble-free well into the future, it’s important to find a reputable service provider to make it all happen for you.
How Do I Know if My Boiler Is Struggling?
If you have a boiler that is acting up and not working at full capacity, you will see different signs that indicate there is a problem. Rumbling noises that take place inside the boiler are known as “kettling” and it is telling you that there is a buildup of limescale inside the boiler. Limescale refers to a white residue that occurs when you have “hard” water in your home. If you hear gurgling noises or whistling, that’s also a sign that your boiler may need repairs, as well as not reaching the temperature you’ve set on your thermostat.
Boilers Last Long, But Not Forever
If you have your boiler professionally installed and you maintain it well, it can last for up to 50 years. That is a long time with one appliance, and it is important to replace it when age has caught up to it or it is no longer cost-effective to keep it. Since they do last for so long, there may be newer models and versions that are far more energy efficient than your original, so changing over early will actually save you money in the end.
Choosing Professional Boiler Repair Is Key
Whether you need a new boiler system installed or want repairs made to the current one, it’s important to choose a reputable, local company that has relevant experience to carry it out. When you are able to find a company that has a proven track record, you know the quality will be there and a local option means the people in your own community trust them, not to mention the added level of accountability.
With most home heating systems, the air is heated in some way, and the people in the house enjoy the warmth in the air. With a radiant heating system, the surface is heated, and then that heat radiates out into the living space, similar to how the burner of an electric stove heats the air around it. Radiant heating can be used for ceilings and walls, but it is most often used under floors.
Radiant Heating Benefits for You
One of the main benefits of radiant heating for the user is comfort. How many times have you hopped out of bed on a cold Massachusetts morning, only to have your feet freeze once they hit the floor? Radiant heating makes the floor warm first, so no matter how cold it is outside, the floor will be warm and those annoying drafts will be non-existent. The floors use heated tubes that run beneath the floor, so airborne contaminants that are common with forced air systems are also a non-factor. Radiant heating provides greater control for the homeowner, and is much quieter than standard heating systems.
Improving Energy Efficiency
Energy efficiency is always a consideration when it comes to home heating, and radiant heating allows you to set temperatures lower than you normally would because there is no air ducts to distribute the heat throughout the house. Some radiant heating systems use water and some use electricity, but either type provides energy efficiency that is above the traditional type of heating system.
Avoid DIY Installation
To some, a radiant heating system is just calling out for some DIY action, but it’s probably not a good idea if you don’t have direct experience with this type of system. Having the ability to run the piping under the floor safely and effectively in order to create an efficient heating system that will last, and provide all the benefits that this type of heating should offer is best handled by professionals and not your typical DIYer.
If you’ve ever been in the middle of a comforting hot shower, only to have a blast of cold water shock you out of your relaxed state, you know how irritating a water heater issue can be. This isn’t the only thing that can happen if your water heater starts acting up on you, but it is one of the more unsettling. Finding a reputable water heater repair and installation expert in your area is a key factor in keeping your hot water flowing well.
Is My Tank Too Small?
If you have a larger family and regularly run out of hot water when multiple sources are being used at the same time, you may benefit from having a larger tank installed in your house. Many people just get accustomed to the disruption and having to wait for the tank to fill with hot water once again, but it doesn’t have to be that way. If there isn’t any damage found in your tank, you might just need a bigger one to accommodate all the people in the house. With a larger tank, your bills will likely be a little higher, but your family members won’t have to wait, and those unpleasant surprises will be kept to a minimum.
Different Water Heater Issues
A leaking tank is one of the more obvious issues you can encounter with a water tank, but it isn’t the only one. Sometimes, the thermostat that is attached to your water tank will malfunction and the water temperature will be affected one way or the other. The temperature might be too cold or it can also get too hot. Electrical issues or gas line problems can also happen with a water heater and affect the production of hot water.
Don’t Fall for DIY
Many homeowners end up trying the DIY route when it comes to water heater installation, but it’s usually not a good idea unless you have direct experience in the industry and know how the electrical and gas connections fit into the big picture.
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