Westland Heating & Air Conditioning Blog: Archive for November, 2012

Westlake Furnace Tip: 3 Sounds You Need To Listen For

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Our homes in Westlake make weird noises from time to time. This is to be expected. But the furnace in your home might be a different story. If you start to hear certain noises it might be a good idea to call for furnace repair services. At Westland Heating and Air Conditioning, we’ve responded to countless calls for furnace repair service in Westlake. So that our customers can have a better understanding of their furnace, we put together a few of the most common furnace sounds that should cause trouble.

Squealing

If your furnace makes a squealing sound when you start it up, you should probably call for service. This isn’t a life-threatening problem, but it can be annoying. This happens when the blower’s belt or bearings have worn out. This can be easily fixed by a professional Westlake heating technician.

Rattling

If you hear a rattling sound when you turn on your furnace this a very serious problem. While it might be that some screws are loose on one of the covers, it can also indicate a problem with your heat exchanger. The heat exchanger in your furnace has two jobs: first, to heat the air going into your home and second, to exhaust the harmful combustion fumes out of your house. When the heat exchanger cracks, those dangerous combustion fumes, that can include carbon monoxide, are blown into your home. Call your local heating contractor immediately.

Rumbling

If you have a fuel oil furnace and you hear or feel a rumbling when you start it up, this could be another critical problem. The cause of this is unburned oil in the combustion chamber continuing to burn after the unit is turned off. This could also leak carbon monoxide into your Westlake  house.

Roaring

If your furnace erupts with a loud roaring sound, like when you fire up a welding torch, this is a very bad sign. It means that there is an uneven mixture of fuel and air.

If the furnace in your Westlake home is making any strange noises, contact the experts at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning. We have years of experience working with all types and brands of furnaces. We would love to help keep your home safe and give you peace of mind. Call us today!

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Why You May Be Paying Too Much for Heating in Avon Lake

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Don’t let the high costs of energy dissuade you from keeping your Avon Lake, OH home as comfortable as possible come this heating season. Did the cost of heating your home last winter come as a shock? Are you hesitant to heat your home to the same degree this winter? If so, call Westland Heating and Air Conditioning today. We have the products, services and supplies to help you heat your home more effectively and more efficiently this winter.

When it comes to reducing your home heating costs, efficiency is the name of the game. You deserve total comfort in your home, even when energy costs are high. By boosting efficiency you can heat your home to your heart’s content while keeping the process more affordable. Here are some helpful tips to help you get started and, as always, feel free to contact Westland Heating and Air Conditioning today for more help and advice on how to heat your Avon Lake home more efficiently.

The first step that you must take in order to heat your home more efficiently, allowing you the monetary savings you need to feel comfortable turning up the thermostat, is to call your professional heating service provider to schedule regular heater maintenance. A poorly maintained heater is not only one of the leading causes of damage to heating systems requiring costly, professional repair service; it is also one of the main contributors to inefficient heating. Failure to provide your home heating system with regular maintenance allows small problems and basic wear and tear the opportunity to cause serious damage to your system. Even minor issues can cause your heater to work less efficiently, costing you more money for less performance and heat output. Schedule heating maintenance today to get the journey to heating efficiency started.

Of course if you cannot keep the heat that your home heating system produces inside your home it is impossible to use that heat efficiently. Poor insulation and drafty doors or windows allow the heat that you have paid for to slip right through the cracks in your home, meaning that your heater will have to work harder and more continually to keep your home warm. Make sure that your heat is staying inside by having your insulation inspected and, if necessary, repaired or replaced. Also, affordable items such as window shrink wrap kits and weather stripping are great, do-it-yourself ways to boost energy efficiency.

These are just a couple of reasons that your Avon Lake, OH heating system may be costing you more than it should to keep your home comfortable. For a complete inspection and diagnosis of your heating system call the heating professionals at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning today. We’ll help you lower the cost of comfort in your home.

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Common Winter Furnace Repairs in Rocky River

Monday, November 12th, 2012

It is important that you have your furnace and all other home heating components professionally installed and serviced in order to ensure its proper function and efficient operation. Even with an expert installation and high quality maintenance and repair service, though, your furnace may need some repair work during the winter. Professional maintenance can help reduce this risk and keep any necessary repairs simpler and less costly, but it is important to be prepared for the event of furnace failure this winter. Be sure to call a local Rocky River furnace repair company such as Westland Heating and Air Conditioning the moment you suspect a problem with your furnace this winter. Putting off repairs will just make it more likely that you will have the comfort in your home disrupted for a longer period of time. Here are some examples of common furnace repairs that you need to be prepared for this winter.

If your furnace is simply having trouble warming your home to the specified target temperature there are a number of possible causes. Not all of them even have to do with your furnace. It is good to start off with eliminating any best-case-scenarios causes of the problem. During the off-season for your furnace it is possible that furniture and other objects have shifted around. Make sure that no couches, chairs or other obstructions are blocking your air vents and that the vents have not been accidentally closed. If there is no obvious reason for the trouble, call a professional at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning for help right away. There may be a more serious problem with your furnace itself.

A short-cycling furnace is another common problem that many people face during the winter months. There are a lot of different reasons why your furnace may turn on and off too frequently. One common cause is a faulty thermostat. If your thermostat is malfunctioning or even placed in a poor reading location it can register the temperature incorrectly. This can account for your short cycling problem, resulting in lowered efficiency, increased energy costs and uncomfortable temperatures.

You may also experience hot or cold spots throughout your home, and again there are a few different probable causes. Your furnace may have trouble keeping up with your heating demand. However, it is important to remember that your heating system is comprised of multiple components. This development of cold spots could be indicative of a problem with your ductwork or the insulation around it. This can account for the development of the cold spots and may also cause excessive strain and damage to your furnace.

Whatever issues you experience with your furnace this winter the right decision to make in these situations is always the same: call the Rocky River furnace repair professionals at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning for expert service and repairs.

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New Home HVAC Considerations in Avon Lake

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Purchasing a new heating and air conditioning system for your Avon Lake home is a big decision, and with all of the choices and options on the market it can be a tough one to make. When you add the stress that comes with the construction of a new home to this situation, though, you can really have trouble figuring out where to begin. At Westland Heating and Air Conditioning we like to make the home heating and air conditioning system installation process as pain-free as possible for our clients. That’s why we’ve put together a list of tips and items to consider before commencing with the HVAC system installation project in your new Avon Lake home. Feel free to contact Westland Heating and Air Conditioning with any additional questions that you may have. We’re always happy to help you make the best decisions for your home and comfort.

First of all, you must have total confidence in the contractor that you choose to hire for the heating and air conditioning installation project. Do not rush into anything without getting a few estimates, and be sure to ask all of the contractors that you are considering for a few business referrals. Talk to as many real customers as you can; anyone can write a testimonial online. Find out what accreditations and qualifications they have and what their field experience is like. Do your homework and make sure that your contractor is up to your high standards. After all, not every company provides the same level of exceptional HVAC installation services that Westland Heating and Air Conditioning does.

You will also have to decide what type of heating and air conditioning system you would like to have installed in your home. Whether you are using a furnace, heat pump, ductless mini splits or other HVAC systems will affect the design of the system and inform your contractor whether components such as ductwork will be necessary. The more information you have about your options the better, so don’t be afraid to ask questions.

It is important that once all of the installation work is completed you have everything inspected to be sure that it is up to local codes and regulations. There is a reason that these codes are in place. Total compliance with these laws and expectations is necessary to ensure that you can heat and cool your home safely and with confidence.

You deserve total comfort in your new home, and Westland Heating and Air Conditioning can help. Let us handle the installation of your HVAC equipment in Avon Lake. We’ll make sure that every aspect of the project is handled with the exceptional service that we are known for.

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