Boehmer Heating & Cooling Blog : Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

A Furnace That Does This May Fail On You Soon

Monday, March 11th, 2019

shocked-woman-covering-earsThis time of the year, when spring is almost here but winter temperatures are still gracing us with their presence, is a lousy time to have your heating system develop problems. It’s also the time of the year when heating system problems are most likely to happen, thanks to the stress they’ve been put under all season long. If you can detect problems in your heater early enough, though, you can have them repaired before they develop too far.

A furnace system that’s clearly showing signs of disrepair, though, that isn’t inspected, can fail you before the season is over, or never even start up next fall.

We can’t stress enough how important it is to watch for signs that something is amiss. One of the most common signs is a furnace that’s making strange noises. Keep reading to learn more about common problem noises, and what causes them.

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How to Efficiently Stay Warm in Freezing Conditions

Monday, February 11th, 2019

family-home-covered-in-snowNeedless to say, it’s been a cold winter thus far! As your local HVAC contractor, we want to ensure that our customers stay as comfortable as possible during this chilly season. But we also want to make sure you’re doing so efficiently. High efficiency heating is accomplished in many ways, but one of the best ways is through correct use of your thermostat. Better use of your thermostat and control of your settings can do a lot for your heater, including reducing repair needs and helping it last longer.

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Common Furnace Repair Needs

Monday, January 28th, 2019

cute-dog-under-blanketIf you’re like many Pittsburgh area residents, you likely use a furnace for your winter heating needs. Since the furnace is the most common type of residential heating system across the country, we do see a lot of them and many of our professional Pittsburgh heating services involve repairing and replacing these systems.

Our expert heating repairs will get your malfunctioning furnace back in good shape. However, some furnace problems can be tricky to spot at first. We’d like to help you detect these problems early so our team can get out to you ASAP before the trouble grows worse and you end up with a cold and uncomfortable home. Keep reading for a list of warning signs, and if you notice any of them, do be sure to contact us right away.

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Is My Older Thermostat Causing My Furnace to Fail?

Monday, December 31st, 2018

hand setting a thermostat down to 62 degreesWe wouldn’t go that far. But, an outdated, miscalibrated, or improperly installed thermostat can certainly hinder the performance of your heater (and your air conditioner, for that matter). Given how much we use our HVAC systems around here, it stands to reason that you want to do everything you can to save energy, and subsequently save money. We want that for you too! Which is why we offer thermostat services as part of our comprehensive Pittsburgh heating services.

The first thing we want you to understand about your thermostat is that the quality of this device and how you use it plays a pretty big role in how efficient your heater will work. Read on to learn more about this relationship, and to discover what your thermostat options are (and how they improve efficiency).

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Don’t Underestimate This Potential Gas Furnace Hazard

Monday, December 17th, 2018

Three natural gas burners with bright blue flames inside an operating gas furnace.First, we want to start by saying that if you have a gas furnace warming your home each winter, it is not inherently hazardous in any way. What can make it a danger, however, is not keeping up with system maintenance once a year, and/or not following up on furnace repair needs that your system may have.

Over 64 million homes in the U.S. use natural gas for winter heat. If they did pose a basic health threat to a home, this number would not be as high. The fact of the matter is, current standards for the manufacturing of natural gas furnaces places a special emphasis on maintaining safety in operation. So, what’s up with the title of this blog post?

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Tips for Staying Warm in Your Home

Monday, November 5th, 2018

Young smiling woman sitting on sofa and looking up while drinking hot tea. Young brunette woman thinking at home in a leisure time. Happy girl relaxing at home on a bright winter morning.Temperatures are dropping quickly, and with that you want to make sure you are well prepared. This means making sure your heating system is ready for the season by scheduling maintenance, and taking care of any repair needs that crop up right away, rather than waiting. But getting the right heater service in Upper St. Clair is just part of staying warm in your home. There are a number of steps you can take to actually use your heater more efficiently to get the most out of and to ensure your comfort all winter long. Read on to learn more!

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Never Ignore This One Furnace Problem

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

Technician looking over a gas furnace with a flashlight before cleaning it.There are a number of reasons a homeowner may choose to invest in an electric furnace over a gas-powered system. For one, they may not even have access to their municipal’s gas line. Another reason might be that they’re worried about the safety hazards that a gas-powered system presents.

That’s not to say gas furnaces are inherently dangerous. In fact, today’s systems are built much sturdier than those of the past, and so long as you have your system professionally installed and serviced by trained professionals, you shouldn’t have much to worry about.

However, just like any other powerful appliance, gas furnaces do need routine maintenance done. And skipping this service certainly can leave you in danger—in danger of a carbon monoxide leak due to a cracked heat exchanger.

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What Heater Repair Issues Could You Face without Maintenance?

Monday, October 8th, 2018

cold man looking at thermostatWouldn’t it be nice if there were a way to guarantee your heater would work flawlessly all fall and winter long this year? Unfortunately, this just isn’t the case. Eventually, you will have a repair need that requires professional attention. Of course, you can reduce the risk of major and sudden repair needs by scheduling maintenance once a year for your heater! This is one of the most important HVAC services in Baldwin, PA you can invest in.

We get it, with temperatures still pretty high in recent weeks, you probably aren’t even thinking about your heating system yet. But let’s face it when winter hits, it hits hard. You’ll be grateful for a fully functional and efficient heating system. Below, we’ve detailed some heater problems that can crop up if you skip this service, and what they potentially mean for your heater.

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The Time Has Come: Schedule Your Furnace Tune-Up

Monday, September 24th, 2018

Technician looking over a gas furnace with a flashlight before cleaning it.HVAC maintenance, also known as a tune-up, isn’t something we just throw out as a recommendation to make a few extra bucks. We get it, it’s an easy recommendation to pass over unless something is already seriously wrong with your air conditioner or heater. But whether it’s all of the sudden or not, if you can’t get any cooling on a sweltering day or heating on a freezing cold night, you’re going to wish there had been some way to prevent it.

Well, there is. As we progress toward the cooler months, we encourage you to get a heating tune-up on your schedule if you haven’t already. It really is one of the most important Pittsburgh furnace services you can have done, for a number of reasons that we’ll get to below.

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Call a Heating Professional Instead of Attempting Repairs Yourself

Monday, 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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