Boehmer Heating & Cooling Blog

Does Your Air Conditioning System Need a Tune-Up? 

May 21st, 2018

ac-top-condenser-fanMost air conditioning experts recommend having your air conditioning unit inspected and serviced at least once a year. The ideal time for this routine maintenance is during the spring months, so the unit is ready for the summer when you need it most. If you’d like your tune-up to be scheduled automatically, consider a professional maintenance plan.

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Call a Heating Professional Instead of Attempting Repairs Yourself

April 23rd, 2018

furnace-service-technician-flashlightWith the spring air growing warmer every day, you’ll soon be using your air conditioner full-time and put your heater away until the fall. If there’s a problem with your heater, now is the time to make any repairs you might have been waiting on until the spring. Enterprising do-it-yourselfers may be tempted to attempt heating repairs themselves, which is a huge mistake. Heating repairs require the services of a professional, with the proper licensing and experience that even the most adept layman can’t hope to match.

Why should you summon a heating professional instead of trying to repair the system yourself? There are three very good reasons.

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Check for Heating Repair Issues Now

April 9th, 2018

heating-repair-servicesThe weather is turning warmer every day, and soon enough homeowners in the area will be turning off their heaters and turning on their air conditioners. Ironically, we actually see more heating repair calls now – when heaters have been running for months on end – than earlier in the winter when the strain had not yet begun to show. If your system is in need of repairs, it pays to discover that fact sooner rather than later.

You should never attempt to diagnose a problem with your heater, let alone repair one. Proper heating repair requires formal training and licensing. It involves potentially dangerous components like gas, and can constitute a hazard to your whole home without proper care and precautions.

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Get Your Air Conditioner Serviced This Spring

March 26th, 2018

AC-repair-maintenanceSpring is here, and that means mild weather and lots of rain. You’re likely still using your home’s heating system quite a bit this time of year, but soon enough you’ll be turning on your air conditioner every day to keep cool while the temperatures soar. Before that happens, however, it pays to schedule a servicing session to your air conditioner. Not only can it avoid nasty surprises over the summer, but it will help your air conditioner do its job more effectively. Here’s a breakdown of what it all entails.

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Spring Energy Audits Mean Year-Round Savings

March 12th, 2018

money-saving-home-performanceAt the beginning of spring, Pittsburgh residents can expect chilly weather well into March and April. Soon, though, you’ll be perfectly comfortable sitting in your home even without hearing the heater running. This is what’s called the “shoulder season” when you work in the HVAC industry, an off-period when the rush of repair and installation calls come to a stop.

These services may not seem so important in the spring, but this season should be used as a time to prepare your home for the harsh weather to come. Hot, humid summers are followed by another cold winter season means you pay quite a bit for heating and cooling. But you can take the time now to prepare your home with an energy audit.

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How Can You Save Money on HVAC Service?

February 26th, 2018

hand-piggy-bank-coinSo your heater has broken down, your air conditioner needs replacement, or you’re looking for technicians to perform routine service. We know how frustrating this can be, and for many people, it’s a daunting task to take on. Finding technicians in your area that you can trust is hard enough. Will they overcharge you? Is there any way to save money on having technicians out to your home?

It won’t be easy, but there are ways you can cut down on costs when it comes to needing HVAC service. Some will require advance planning, but in the end, you’ll have a comfy home without overpaying.

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Why High-Efficiency Heating Equipment Makes a Difference

February 12th, 2018

Couple-sofa-comfortableIf you’re like most people, you typically spend time comparing your options before making a big purchase. When you want a new car, you might spend time looking into special features like reclining back seats or sunroofs or any number of safety features. When buying a new washer or dryer, you might prefer them to be stackable or to have a stainless steel finish.

So why are we content to pick just any model of heating and cooling equipment? In our area, high efficiency makes a huge difference, and we recommend putting this as a priority above the initial price. Here’s how this may benefit you.

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Common Heating Repairs in Old Furnaces

January 29th, 2018

furnace-service-technician-flashlightWhen a problem comes up with a newer furnace, there are a few things you can probably pin the issue on. Unfortunately, new furnaces often run into problems because they were not properly installed. Incorrect sizing or sloppy installation lead to long-term and short-term issues within the system, likely causing an early breakdown. However, most problems with a newer furnace have to do with a smaller issue, like a small wiring issue or even a dirty filter.

But older furnaces are a different story. Problems that come up with an older furnace are often the result of a long history of wear and tear on the system, and the issues can be complex. That’s why you should always contact qualified technicians when you need furnace repair!

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Thermostat Troubleshooting: No Heat

January 15th, 2018

thermostat-maintenance-technicianThe first place to look when a heating system is not working the way that it should is the thermostat. This is what most people do, anyway, but it may be a bit more confusing an endeavor than expected. Today’s programmable thermostats can have complex settings that may be difficult to understand. And you may be wondering how to tell whether your thermostat is actually at fault.

That’s what we’re here for. We hope to help you decipher some of the mystery behind your thermostat so you know what to look for when something goes wrong. If you aren’t getting heat from your thermostat and HVAC system, give us a call or read on for some questions to ask yourself.

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Is Scaling Dangerous for My Boiler?

January 1st, 2018

mpa-boiler-pressureYou may have been told before that your boiler is affected by boiler scale (or boiler deposits), but you’re not sure whether to take this issue seriously. Scaling in boilers is actually an incredibly common problem. High levels of minerals in the water, such as calcium and magnesium, get left behind in the boiler tank and tubes, which may lead to a reduction in heat along with a loud banging noise, in some instances.

If this is such a common occurrence, is it really dangerous for your boiler? In most cases, yes! A boiler suffering from scale buildup is in danger of breaking down or leaking water into your home, both of which require immediate heating repair. Learn more about these issues in the following guide, and call us in if you suspect an issue.

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