Boehmer Heating & Cooling Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Heating Maintenance’

It’s Time for Annual Heater Maintenance!

Monday, October 9th, 2017

woman-by-heater-boiler-armAs we transition into cooler weather, technicians tend to catch a break, as AC systems are shut off and heating systems have barely started to run. You probably won’t be able to tell if your heating system is not working correctly quite yet (unless it’s completely broken down), so we don’t expect a lot of calls for heating repair or replacement until late fall or winter, when temperatures really begin to take a dive.

You might think that we’d be excited to get some relief from emergency AC and heating calls, but the truth is that we care about your heating system, your health, and your home. We don’t want you to have to make emergency heating calls in the winter, and we definitely don’t want you to risk your health and safety by putting off service. That’s why it’s time to call in technicians for annual heating maintenance!

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How to Find the Right HVAC Contractor for Your Home

Monday, September 25th, 2017

handshake-woman-technician-doorIt’s that time of year again: soon enough, HVAC companies all around the country (that’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning contractors) will be flooded with calls about heating service. Colder temperatures will lead to inevitable heating equipment failures, some of which may have been preventable.

That’s why we always recommend contacting a heating service technician as soon as possible. Early repair or replacement of heating equipment, along with a routine tune-up in the fall, helps to keep heating costs manageable and prevent you from dealing with a heating system breakdown when you can’t afford to wait for a technician.

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Is Your Heating System Properly Maintained for Colder Weather?

Monday, September 12th, 2016

Are you sure your heater is ready to start running when winter comes around? It may have been working just fine last season, but that doesn’t mean you should skip out on service this year. Professional heating system maintenance is the only way to know your heater will be safe, to catch repairs early, and to save a little more money next season.

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How Dust and Dirt Negatively Affect Your Heating System

Monday, October 5th, 2015

You’ve probably seen a thick, stubborn layer of dirt on things sitting in your garage, or maybe on items that have been in your basement for a long time. That same layer can and will accumulate on your heating system and its components, gumming things up and making operation cumbersome and difficult. Annual maintenance is the best solution for getting rid of that stubborn layer, and experts at Boehmer Heating & Cooling are ready to take your call and schedule you for professional heating maintenance in Pittsburgh.

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Have You Scheduled Heating Maintenance Yet?

Monday, September 21st, 2015

We know many of you haven’t even turned off your AC yet, but it is the time of year to start thinking ahead to the heating season. Specifically, it’s time to make sure your heating system is ready to go for that first chilly morning in the fall all the way into next spring, and the best way to do that is to schedule heating maintenance with your Boehmer Heating & Cooling technician. Our thorough tune-up for your heating system will help ensure that you get the warmth, comfort and performance you need all winter long in Upper St. Clair, PA – just give us a call!

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Geothermal System Guide

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Geothermal systems serve as a viable alternative to traditional gas furnaces, using the ambient temperature in the ground itself to heat your home. They usually cost more to install than gas furnaces, and may require certain types of property to function as they should, but they make up for that with lower month-to-month costs and a reliability that can’t be beat.

The system basically works like this: a trained technician installs pipes under your yard, which circulates a water or a mixture of water and anti-freeze. This liquid absorbs heat from the ambient temperature of the ground, and then goes to a heat pump. The heat pump heats the air and circulates it throughout your home. In the summer, this process is reversed to cool your home.

Some geothermal systems are planted horizontally,  with the pipes at least 4 feet beneath the surface.  This usually needs a large property lot for it to work, but makes it easier for the technician to reach it if there’s a leak or some other repair is needed. For houses that don’t have a lot of spare space, there are vertical installations in which pipes are installed running down from 100 to 400 feet deep. While this takes less space for installation, the pipes  may be trickier to reach in the event of a problem.

Whatever the particulars of the system, they’re extremely easy to use once they’re in place. They’re also extremely efficient, which will lower your monthly heating bills as well as raising the resale value of your home. Call the experts at Boehmer Heating & Cooling for a consultation. Our trained professionals can discuss your options with you, then set up an installation schedule that works for your circumstances.

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Why Schedule Routine Heating Maintenance in Pittsburgh?

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Cold weather demands adequate household heating in order to maintain your family’s comfort during the winter months. Pittsburgh is as cold as they come, and a good furnace or boiler is an essential part of your home. You may ask yourself “why schedule routine heating maintenance in Pittsburgh?” especially if your furnace or boiler isn’t breaking down. In point of fact, routine maintenance is the best way to save money on heating.

With machines that see a lot of use, such as your furnace, refrigerator or air conditioning unit, trouble doesn’t arrive all at once. Problems build up over time, exacerbated by normal wear and tear and fed by an “out of sight out of mind” approach to upkeep. Components can become dusty. Clogs can build up in flow lines. Old components can become worn out, leading to leaks, loose fittings and overheating motors. Every little issue like that forces your heater to struggle a little more get your home to a cozy temperature. Every little problem means additional cost to your monthly heating bill. And as the months and years go on, those problems can build up, adding more stress to the system until it suffers a serious breakdown. Since the heater does the most work in the winter, that may mean it stops functioning right at the point where you need it the most.

A routine heating maintenance plan can avoid all of that. A service technician can clean the heater’s components, tighten any loose cogs, replace minor components and identify potential problem areas before they get out of hand. That allows you to address upcoming issues in a timely fashion – preventing more expensive repairs down the line – as well as improving your heater’s overall efficiency (which saves money on those monthly energy bills). If you wish to schedule routine heating maintenance in Pittsburgh, contact the pros at Boehmer Heating & Cooling. We have years of experience installing and maintaining all manner of heating systems, and can set up a maintenance schedule that fits your specific needs. Call us today and let us show you what we can do for you.

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Why Enroll in a Maintenance Plan? A Pittsburgh Heating Guide

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Making a sound investment is a great feeling. You work hard for your money, and when you spend it in a way that improves your life over time while saving you money along the way. Enrolling in a maintenance program with your Pittsburgh heating and air conditioning contractor is one of the best decisions you can make in terms of spending a little to gain a lot.

At Boehmer Heating & Cooling, we pride ourselves on not only the quality of our service but the value that we provide our customers. That is why we encourage you to enroll in one of our exceptional maintenance plans available throughout Pittsburgh. Contact us today for more information.

When it comes to getting the best, most efficient and most dependable performance possible from your heating and air conditioning equipment, regular maintenance is your best bet. There are numerous benefits that come with the professional maintenance of your home comfort systems. Maintenance ensures that each individual component of the system is operating properly, boosting efficiency and reducing the risk of damages and breakdowns. It also allows for the safe operation of your heater and air conditioner.

By enrolling in a maintenance plan you get many additional benefits. Our maintenance plans include discounts on repairs and reduced diagnostic charges or an option that includes no additional labor or diagnostic charges. You will not pay any overtime charges and we will always be there when you need emergency services.

Maintenance plans are a great idea considering the busy, hectic lifestyles that most people lead these days. You do not need worries about your heating and air conditioning systems added to your plate. When you enroll in a maintenance plan, you have a professional team to do that for you. You don’t even have to worry about remembering to schedule service.

As heating and air conditioning professionals, we here at Boehmer Heating & Cooling cannot recommend enrolling in a maintenance plan enough. It is the best way to keep your Pittsburgh home comfortable with total confidence. Feel free to call us with any questions you may have.

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Why Fall Maintenance Is Important for Your McKeesport Heating System

Monday, September 17th, 2012

When it comes to heating equipment maintenance and repairs in McKeesport, it does not pay to procrastinate. The longer you put off the maintenance, the higher the probability that your heating system will break down or your heating and cooling contractor will be unable to make an emergency repair when you need it. That’s why fall is the best time of the year to have maintenance and repair procedures performed.

Consider this: when do most people call a heating and cooling contractor? The answer: when they need a repair. The call could come in the middle of the night when a furnace stops working or during a family party on a weekend – both times when it is hard to find someone to do the repair work. Has this happened to you?

You can avoid this aggravation and extra expense by scheduling fall maintenance for your heating system. Fall is often the “slow season” for heating and cooling professionals and many schedule their routine service and maintenance appointments during this time. Contractors expect to be busy during the peak winter months and prefer to spread out the workload as evenly as possible.

Most McKeesport heating and cooling contractors offer service or maintenance agreements, which lock in at least one or two visits a year for furnace or air conditioner inspection. It is rare to find a contractor who will schedule a furnace inspection during the cold winter months. They know that time is usually saved for people with real emergencies. If you don’t have a service agreement with a contractor, you may want to consider signing up for one and avoid the risk of waiting in line for a furnace repair in the dead of winter.

During fall maintenance, your heating equipment will be switched on and inspected. That may sound routine but by running your heating system early, you may be spared the expense of repairing your system when it fails to operate or run smoothly during the cold months. If there is a problem, it is better to fix it ahead of time.

There is no guarantee that a furnace that is tuned up in the fall will last throughout the winter without needing service. But a little preventive maintenance ahead of time will save a lot of heartache – and dollars – when a real emergency comes up. To schedule a heating maintenance visit in the McKeesport area, give Boehmer Heating & Cooling Company a call!

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Pittsburgh Heating Guide: How to Monitor Heat Flow from Furnace Registers

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Of the many kinds of heating systems, forced air furnaces are among the simplest in Pittsburgh and monitoring the flow of heat is as simple as checking the registers and feeling the flow.

The Basics of Hot Air

At your Pittsburgh furnace, usually in the basement or a central location, air is heated to a temperature set by the thermostat.  Once large and dominant, over the years, technological improvements have enabled furnaces to be much smaller and fit into closets.

With a fan, the warm air is circulated through a system of ducts and distributed at registers or grates usually in the floor.  A second grate takes the cooler air back to the furnace to be heated.

Going With the Flow

While a forced air system tends to fluctuate between cycles, temperatures should be consistent throughout the home from room to room.  As heat is distributed, rooms get quickly warmer, then cool several degrees as heat dissipates until the thermostat setting starts the cycle over.

If there is poor circulation, the efficiency of the system is greatly reduced.  The furnace runs more often, adding strain and cost to the heating of your home.  Some rooms remain comfortable while the rise and fall of temperatures in others may be more radical or remain too cool.

Monitoring the Flow

By turning the thermostat higher, the furnace will engage and begin to force air to the registers.

Most registers have adjustable slats that can be rotated to allow more or less flow.  Checking to make sure all are fully open is the first step.  There is usually a lever or gear in obvious view.

Make sure all registers are free to allow air movement and not blocked by furniture or carpets.

After testing with your hand to see if there is adequate air flow, using an infrared or dial thermometer will more accurately identify if there are differences from register to register which could indicate a blockage of some sort in the vent or a problem with the system at the furnace.

Solutions

Furnaces should be maintained on a yearly basis by contracting with a company like Boehmer Heating & Cooling who can regularly change the filters, inspect the internal elements and ensure proper and efficient functioning of this most important part of your home.

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