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

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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How to Lower Heating Costs This Winter

Monday, January 1st, 2018

lower-heating-costsWinter has officially arrived, and with the new year comes a fresh crop of freezing cold weather and tons of snow. In that environment, your heating system is far more than a luxury. It’s an absolute necessity. Running it not only keeps your home comfortable but keeps your family healthy and safe. Daily use isn’t uncommon for months on end. That, by necessity, means your monthly heating costs are going to go up, and to a certain extent, there’s nothing you can do about that.

But just because you’re paying more for your heat in the winter doesn’t mean you should be paying more than necessary. You can take some simple steps in your home to cut down on those high costs and help you get through the winter comfortably without being quite so hard on your pocketbook.

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Don’t Wait for a Breakdown to Call for Furnace Repair

Monday, December 4th, 2017

furnace-repair-serviceHeating season is well underway and temperatures are going to get a lot colder as winter approaches. You’ve likely been using your furnace for some time now, and soon enough you’ll be using it every day. Heating is far more than a luxury in our neck of the woods, and if yours is having a problem, you need to get it treated right away. It can make a great difference not only in terms of getting the repairs made in a timely fashion, but in the costs involved as well.

Unfortunately, most homeowners tend to wait until the system breaks down before calling in repairs. We all have busy lives to lead, and the immediate pressures of work and family can often take priority over something like the heating system. Unfortunately, this can be an expensive mistake. You shouldn’t wait for the system to flat-out stop working before recognizing a problem and calling in a repair service.

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How Does a Radiant Heating System Work?

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

radiant-heating-systemsAutumn is the time for heater replacement services. With winter on the way and cold weather already here, homeowners with old, worn heating systems want to put in new ones before the temperatures drop too much lower. Doing so means you can take advantage of the improved efficiency a new heating system can bring, as well as reducing the chances of a winter breakdown as much as possible.

Most homes in the area rely on traditional heating systems like forced-air furnaces and boiler systems. But they’re not the only type of system available, and if you are in the market for a new heater, it pays to explore the possibilities that an alternative model may provide.

Among the systems you may want to consider is a radiant heating system, which involves warming the home directly through the floor. Here’s a breakdown of how it works and what kind of benefits it brings.

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