Archive for February, 2016

Heating Problems at the End of Winter

Monday, February 29th, 2016

We’re in the final stretch of winter, with less than a month to go before the official start of spring. But that doesn’t mean an instant end to colder weather and putting your home heating system into summer hibernation just yet. In fact, this is the time of year when you’re most likely to encounter operating problems with your heater, since it’s had plenty of time to build up wear and tear during the past few months, and the strain can lead to it failing on you at a time when you still need it. (more…)

What Does a “Squirrel Cage” Have to Do with My Comfort System?

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

If you ever listen to HVAC repair technicians talk about the work they do, you may overhear a strange bit of jargon: talking about “the squirrel cage.” You may immediately have the silly picture in your heat of a squirrel running around in a wheel as the source of the energy for your air conditioner, furnace, or heat pump. Of course, your home’s comfort system doesn’t rely on squirrel-power (or the power of any other animal aside from the humans who first built it), but you may be interested to learn exactly what your technicians are talking about and why it’s important. (more…)

Questions You Should Ask Your Heating & Cooling Contractor

Monday, February 15th, 2016

When you’re looking for service for your home’s heating and cooling system, whether a small job like a routine maintenance visit, or a large one like installing a new gas furnace, you should ask a few important questions to any potential HVAC contractor. You want to make sure that you are hiring people with the right kind of experience and training. Amateur work can end up causing you major headaches, and it will also cost you more money in the long run. (more…)

Is It Normal for My Furnace to Make a Lot of Noise?

Monday, February 8th, 2016

When the furnace turns on in your home during a winter day, what sort of noise does it make? There’s no such thing as a furnace that will run completely silently (although modern variable-speed furnaces can run very quietly), but if the sounds that your residential furnace makes can be described as “noisy,” then there’s probably a malfunction with it.

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Cracked Heat Exchangers in Your Furnace and Carbon Monoxide Concerns

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Do you have a natural gas furnace working to keep your home warm during winter? Chances are strong that you do, since this type of heating system is the most popular throughout the country, and can provide a level of warmth few other heaters are able to match. However, if you have a gas furnace, there’s always a potential of carbon monoxide leaking into the house. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, toxic gas that’s a byproduct of the combustion process. (more…)