Westland Heating & Air Conditioning Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Heating’

The Ultimate Gas Furnace Safety Checklist

Monday, November 18th, 2019

We’d all feel a lot safer at night if we knew for certain that our gas furnaces were working at peak efficiency and were as healthy as can be. While that can’t always be the case, using a safety checklist for your furnace could be the closest you can come. If you’ve ever stayed awake at night hearing your furnace make odd noises, or brooding over the fact that you haven’t scheduled furnace maintenance in years, then you might want to take a good look at your heating system.

Essentially, gas furnaces are safe systems. Regardless of whatever rumors you might have heard, most gas furnaces are incredibly safe to use and can provide efficient and effective heating with only a little yearly maintenance required. But it’s generally a good idea to be aware that there is a combustion process happening in your home, and that you know it’s all happening in good condition. Otherwise, you might need to call some professionals for furnace repair in Westlake, OH.

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Heat Pump or Furnace: Which Is Right for Your Home?

Monday, October 21st, 2019

Unfortunately, there isn’t a right or wrong answer to this question. If you are looking for a straightforward answer, we’re sorry to disappoint you. That’s because HVAC in Westlake, OH isn’t clear-cut; our winters are cold and our summers are warm. Living in a climate like ours isn’t easy for heating or cooling because the temperatures can vary so greatly.

Since Ohio is right on that line between moderate and extreme cold during the winter, we’d like to take a second to talk about the heating options available and what they mean for you and your home. If you’re in the market for a new heating system, you’re probably used to seeing both furnaces and heat pumps advertised in the Westlake area.

So, let’s break down each type of heater with some pros and cons, and make sure you’re informed when it comes to deciding the system that’s right for you.

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Noises Your Boiler Should NOT Be Making

Monday, October 7th, 2019

One lesson you learn very early on in the HVAC industry is that every heating or cooling system has its own noises it makes. This exists on a spectrum, from normal noises of the heating or cooling process, to the noises that spell disaster to every homeowner who hears them.

There’s a misconception that boilers don’t make as much noise as other heating systems like furnaces or heat pumps, but that’s just not true. Sure they might run quieter since they’re not a forced-air system, but they still make noises when they’re having issues and you should still be on the lookout for those issues. Whether it’s banging, shrieking, or grinding, your boiler could be warning you that you need some work on your HVAC in Avon, OH. These problems can be costing you money on your heating bill that could only get worse the longer you ignore them!

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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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Heating Maintenance Benefits Older Furnaces (Even When They’re New)

Monday, March 26th, 2018

heating-maintenance-servicesWe’re reaching the end of heating season, even though there are still plenty of cool days left before the weather really starts to warm up. This is the right time of the year to schedule a maintenance session for your heating system and give the technician a chance to look it over for any damage that may have been incurred over the winter. This is especially the case for older heating systems, which suffer more from the wear and tear, but it can serve as a preventive measure for new systems as well.

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Heating Maintenance Can Prevent Repairs

Monday, March 12th, 2018

furnace-repair-serviceWe’re coming to the end of winter. Your heating system is likely going to get a bit of a break after months and months of daily use. This is the time of year that breakdowns become the most common, as heating systems continue to see regular use and the strain finally catches up with them.

If your system undergoes a sudden breakdown or similar serious problems, a licensed repair service can be dispatched to get it fixed promptly. But we believe that an ounce of prevention can beat a pound of curse. Regular heating maintenance can prevent repairs before they start, as well as giving you an early jump on any issues that need addressing. Now is an ideal time to schedule heating maintenance—in the spring, right as heating season ends. And if you can set a regular annual date for heating maintenance, it can benefit your system a great deal.

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Leave Furnace Repair Services to the Professionals

Monday, February 26th, 2018

furnace-repair-serviceWe tend to see more furnace breakdowns and similar repair issues late in the season. Months of daily use have increased the strain on your heating system, and the chances of a breakdown or repair call tend to go up. Enterprising do-it-yourself-ers may be tempted to try repairing a heating problem themselves, or even just “patch” the issue until the spring when you don’t need your furnace to run. This is always a huge mistake. Furnace repairs require professional training and licensing to deal with. More specifically, the professional technician brings a number of components to the table that even the most talent layman can hope to match.

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Low Air Flow Indicates a Need for Furnace Repair

Monday, February 12th, 2018

low-air-flow-heatingMost homes in the area rely on forced-air furnaces to stay warm in the winter. These furnaces heat the air via burners or electric coils, then blow the heated air through a series of ducts into the various corners of the home. It’s effective and inexpensive, which is why it’s such a common form of heating. But like any system, it can run into trouble from time to time. You need to be able to notice when that happens with your furnace, and call in a repair service when it does.

Homeowners should never attempt to formally diagnose a problem with their furnaces: that requires proper licensing and training. You can, however, note when something isn’t right with your furnace and call in a repair service. Generally speaking, anything that doesn’t match your system’s normal behavior is cause for concern.

More specifically, a lack of air flow from your system usually indicates a significant problem. The sooner you spot it, the better.

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3 Things You Need from Heater Repair Services

Monday, January 29th, 2018

heating-repair-servicesWe’re in the throes of winter and heating systems are being put to the test like they won’t be for more of the rest of the year. Ideally, your system won’t encounter any problems (which is why we recommend regular maintenance for your heater every fall before the cold weather begins in earnest). Sooner or later every system runs into trouble, however, and when heating repairs are needed, they often are needed now, when the system is under strain from extended daily use.

There are a number of qualified heating repair services in the area, and it can be hard to decide which one is right for you. In the end, only you the homeowner can make that call. There are, however, several factors you can use to help make the decision.

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Signs You Need Heater Repair

Monday, January 15th, 2018

heating-system-repairsCold air is a part of life in our neck of the woods these days, and you’re going to need your heating system to run every day without fail. When it runs into trouble there’s no time to waste. An unexpected breakdown in the middle of a cold front isn’t just a nuisance: it can pose an actual health risk as the cold temperatures turn your home into an icebox in a matter of hours.

The good news is that heating systems almost never just break down without warning. Most give out signs and symptoms of trouble that a canny homeowner can spot, allowing you to call in a repair service before the situation gets too dire. Not only does this prevent you from having to scramble after an unexpected breakdown, but it will often reduce the cost of repairs since the damage doesn’t have as much time to spread.

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