Westland Heating & Air Conditioning Blog: Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

Geothermal Heating vs. Radiant Heating Systems

Monday, May 6th, 2019

technician-explaining-to-customerIn this showdown, we have two types of heating systems: the geothermal system and the radiant heating system.

Both of these systems are installed below your feet and provide unmatched heating power. However, the differences between the two will have you choosing sides. Either way, they’re both great systems that deserve a chance and can be installed by a qualified HVAC company in Fairview Park, OH.

Here are all the details:

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Here’s NOT How to Fix Your Furnace

Monday, April 8th, 2019

service-tech-at-furnaceWhen your furnace needs repairs, there’s really nothing you should do except call up a professional trained in furnace repair in Avon, OH. Since furnaces deal with heat and fire, it’s too risky to try and tackle the problem on your own. That’s why you need a certified and licensed professional from the beginning.

If you don’t believe us, we’ll list a few of the worst ways you could try to have your furnace fixed—and why they’re the worst.

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Troubleshooting Airflow Issues in Furnaces

Monday, March 25th, 2019

blue-question-markYour furnace has one job: to blow out hot air. So, if it’s not even doing that properly, then you have an issue on your hands.

Okay, maybe you didn’t need an HVAC technician to tell you that a broken furnace is a problem. We’ll take it a step further, then, by giving you some ideas on why it may not be working.

Of course, diagnosing a furnace isn’t something we can accurately do through a blog post. If at any point during your inspection you find yourself in over your head or are uncertain about what you’re doing, don’t hesitate to call us up for an expert opinion. We can walk you through some basic troubleshooting issues or offer to come over if necessary.

With that being said, airflow issues in furnaces might be caused by:

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Keep Your Furnace Safe and Operational With Maintenance

Monday, February 25th, 2019

technician-overlooking-gas-furnaceOne question we want to answer is whether there’s such a thing as too much maintenance. The answer is certainly “yes!”

To keep your heater or air conditioner in good shape, you only need to have it checked once a year. So, if your heater and AC are two separate systems (i.e. not a heat pump), then you’ll actually be scheduling maintenance two times in the year.

On this note, we want to talk specifically about why gas furnace maintenance is not the maintenance you want to skip. In addition to some operational issues, neglected maintenance can also bring about safety hazards.

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It’s Time for Furnace Replacement If…   

Monday, January 14th, 2019

old-furnaceDeciding whether to stick with your current furnace or replace it with a new one is always a complicated decision, but it’s one you have to make if you want to keep your expenses low. A worn-out furnace isn’t just less efficient—it’s likely outdated in terms of efficiency.

So on one hand, you don’t want to fall victim to “shiny object syndrome” and get a new furnace too early just because it sounds really awesome. But on the other hand, a closer look at your furnace’s behavior might show you’re completely justified in replacing it if…

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Why Is My Furnace Making Noises?

Monday, December 31st, 2018

furnace-inspectionIs your furnace making weird and unnerving noises? Noises that make you ask, “Did it always do that?”

A majority of the time, the reason that your furnace is making a strange noise is for one very simple reason:

Your furnace needs repairs!

Of course, what you really want to know is just which noises indicate a problem, and what that problem might be. In this post, we’ll explain common furnace noises and what kind of attention they need.

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Changing Your Furnace’s Air Filter Is Super Important

Monday, December 17th, 2018

air filterGas furnaces are some of the most popular heating systems in the country. There’s little to dislike about them: they’re fast, they’re effective, and they can be decently efficient. It’s true there is the risk of complications with the gas and heating components, but as long as you’re getting regular maintenance on the furnace from a heating repair expert in Westlake, OH, there’s nothing to worry about.

But there is one part of your furnace you have to be really careful about … and that would be the air filter. Luckily, all you have to do is change it out. We’ll explain below a few serious problems that can be caused by a dirty air filter (and in case changing the air filter doesn’t help, we’ll offer a few alternatives, too).

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Finding a New Heater for the Cold Season

Monday, November 19th, 2018

cat-on-radiatorOne of the trickiest parts about having your heater replaced is knowing exactly when you’ll need to have it replaced.

Hardly anyone wants to install a new system too soon—the money could be spent elsewhere. But waiting for too long to install a new system isn’t much better. An old system will cost more to run, will experience more repair issues, and take longer to warm the home.

So when you confirmed with a heating expert in Westlake, OH that it’s almost time to replace, the best thing you can do is plenty of research on all the kinds of heaters out there. Here are just a few different types:

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Don’t Get Left in the Cold! It’s Time for a Yearly Tune-Up

Friday, August 31st, 2018

There’s no better time to get a tune-up than right before a new season. If you haven’t been keeping up with maintenance, we forgive you—but we don’t want your luck to run out.

The fact is, many HVAC system owners are waiting until their systems break down before making a repair call. But HVAC systems don’t just break down within seconds—there’s usually a problem that has been silently degrading the system’s performance over the span of months. When the wrong part breaks or stops working, that’s when you get problems.

Since most furnaces use gas or oil, neglecting maintenance can be especially costly or dangerous.

  • Gas furnaces need to be checked annually to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • When dealing with gas or oil fueled heaters, age can have a larger effect on their efficiency and safety than with electric furnaces.
  • A faulty ignition or pilot can prevent the heater from functioning efficiently or at all.

Maintenance can prevent up to 80% of HVAC system problems before they happen. That leaves only a 20% chance you’ll need repairs at a time when you need it most. And if you sign up for our service agreement, that 20% will be mitigated with discounts and priority service.

Don’t wait for your heater to break down this season. Contact Westland Heating & Air Conditioning today for a comprehensive maintenance check for your entire heating system.

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Schedule Furnace Repair Now, Before Next Fall

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

furnace-repair-serviceThe coming of spring usually sees homeowners using their heaters less and less often until they finally turn them off until next fall. Now is the ideal time to schedule repairs on any problems you may have. Doing so can save you effort when the weather starts to cool again at the end of summer, as well as ensuring that your furnace is ready to go on the first day you need it. It can be easy to keep the system running in the face of an obvious problem, but with winter now behind us, any lingering issues with your furnace should probably be dealt with.

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