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HVAC Philly Knows Furnaces; We Are Philadelphia’s Go To For All Your Furnace Related Needs — November 19, 2017

HVAC Philly Knows Furnaces; We Are Philadelphia’s Go To For All Your Furnace Related Needs

HVAC Philly knows that there is a lot that goes into keeping your home warm. From deciding to replace your furnace to scheduling maintenance or furnace repairs, our HVAC Philly service expert have got you covered in all aspects. Family at home

Truly. HVAC Philly has been serving the greater Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery County PA areas for over 20 years. We have developed trust and lasting relationships with our clients that have lasted throughout the years.

 

 

Just take a look at our services listed below to find out just how well your home heating needs can be taken care of when you call in the experts.

Keeping your home comfortable does not have to be a stressful situation, either. HVAC Philly is available for emergency repair services so you would not have to wait long before our technicians arrive for a repair. Plus, All HVAC Philly staff members are old enough to take the wheel. If steered in the wrong direction, the responsibility lies with us. So call 215-725-6111 or schedule a free appointment with one of our technicians online, and don’t forget to browse our coupons to save on services and more.

Furnace Repair Service

Whether your unit stops working in the middle of breakfast or the middle of the night, we can be out to service your furnace in no time. Our NATE-certified technicians have earned the most prestigious training and certification in the industry, so they’ll get the job done right the first time. Our expert professionals at HVAC Philly are trained to service any type of furnace or boiler, so you know you’ll get the best service around.

Furnace Sales & Installation

Replacing your furnace is a big step. Do you know where to begin? Don’t worry. Our expert heating and cooling consultants will help you determine which unit is best for your specific home based on the size of your home, your family’s air quality needs, financing budget and your desired energy efficiency. We will be with you every step of the way from finding the best system and financing solution, to performing an expert equipment installation when it arrives. If you’re in the market for a new furnace or air handler, look no further than HVAC Philly. We are able to install a variety of gas furnaces, oil furnaces, air handlers, boilers and garage heaters – and all our products rate well for efficiency, low noise levels and, of course, long-lasting performance. Check out our website for current sales or to get expert advice.

Furnace Maintenance

You can’t always prevent your furnace from breaking down, but you can help avoid it with annual furnace maintenance visits. Our expert furnace tune-ups and PLUS service plan actually save you money in two ways. First, a well-maintained unit will run more efficiently and uses less energy, which is good for the environment. Second, proper maintenance means fewer costly repairs. With lower utility bills, you will not only be able to save money but also stress less when it comes to the holiday season. Lower utility bills equal more cash to appease your loved ones this holiday season!

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Heating Services In The Greater Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery County, PA Areas — November 15, 2017

Heating Services In The Greater Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery County, PA Areas

When the chill of the winter season really sets in, you are going to turn to your heating system in order to keep your home and your family warm. Make sure that your heater is going to be able to handle that challenge effectively and dependable. hvac-philly-repair-truck

Schedule your heating installation, repair, and maintenance services with one of the heating experts at HVAC Philly. We have many different heating systems in the greater Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery County, PA areas for you to choose from, and we are happy to help ensure that your comfort will go undisputed this heating season. Call today if you require anything to ensure a warm home this winter. We’ll have a skilled, trained professional over to your residence in no time.

The heating experts at HVAC Philly offer quality heating services throughout the greater Philadelphia area.

WE CARRY A GREAT SELECTION OF HEATING SYSTEMS

Don’t limit yourself when it comes to your heating system selection. Make sure that you work with a company willing to help you find the perfect heater for your home and heating needs. No matter how you may choose to heat your home, we have the right heating system waiting for you. From heat pumps to boilers, furnaces, ductless heaters, and geothermal heating systems, we truly do it all. Trust us: you will want for nothing when you explore our heating system options available to you.

SCHEDULE ANY HEATING SERVICE WITH OUR TECHNICIANS

You may think that a great heater is all that you need to enjoy a great heating performance throughout the winter months, but this is not entirely true. In fact, it is very possible for a quality heating system to give a lousy heating performance. This is due to the fact that the quality of your heating services is every bit as important to the overall quality of your heater’s performance as the quality of that heater itself. Don’t take any unnecessary risks when it comes to your heating service. Call the pros on our team today.

YOU CAN COUNT ON OUR HEATING CONTRACTORS

Our heating contractors are some of the finest in the business. We boast a number of accolades and certifications, and we believe in continuing the education of our exceptional heating contractors. That is the only way, after all, that we are able to stay on the cutting edge of the industry. When you are seeking a heating contractor you can trust, you need only dial our number.

HEATING INSTALLATION

You need to know that your heater will not only work reliably but safely as well. When we complete your heating installation, you can count on it. Contact us today and enjoy the peace of mind that a quality heating installation allows.

HEATING REPAIR

A damaged heater is a serious issue, especially when the temperatures fall uncomfortably low. Don’t allow a compromised heater to put your safety or comfort at risk. Schedule service with us, and know that your heating repair in the greater Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery County, PA areas will be handled promptly and professionally.

BOILERS

Boilers have long been a favorite in residential and commercial heating sectors. Boilers do not depend upon forced air distribution, but rather upon radiators or radiant heating. Let us know if you think a boiler may be the right option for your home.

FURNACES

Perhaps the most popular of all heating systems, furnaces have earned their accolades time and time again. Forced air heating distribution allows for quick, effective heating results. We offer both gas and electric furnaces.

HEATING PUMPS

Do you want to heat your home more efficiently? Are you looking to reduce your carbon footprint? Consider the installation of a heat pump. This can help you to achieve both of these worthwhile goals.

RADIANT HEATING SYSTEMS

There are a few benefits of using a radiant heating system. They eliminate the risk of IAQ and efficiency issues that can sometimes impact forced air distribution systems. They also allow for very even, comfortable heating, so call today to learn more.

GEOTHERMAL HEATING

By using the heat stored in the ground beneath your feet, you can heat your home in a very efficient, eco–friendly manner. Just call us to schedule your geothermal heating services. Don’t trust just anyone with the installation, repair, or maintenance of your geothermal heating system.

DUCTLESS HEATING

If your home does not have existing ductwork, or it cannot accommodate the installation of such ductwork, make sure that you consider a ductless heating system. This will help you to enjoy all the benefits that central heating has to offer, without the need for air ducts. Contact us for more information.

THERMOSTATS

You control your heating system through the use of your thermostat. Clearly, you must find the right thermostat for your heating system and your personal preferences. Our skilled heating technicians can help to ensure that you do.

ZONE CONTROL SYSTEMS

Why bother heating your entire home to the same temperature? Reduce energy consumption, while boosting comfort levels, by utilizing a zone control system. Our technicians are waiting for your call, so contact HVAC Philly today.

Get a heating system that works for you: schedule a service online now or request an estimate.

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PhiladelphiaSouth Philadelphia FeastervilleBensalemBristolLanghorneYardleyFairless hillsChurchvilleNewtownSouthamptown,  Warminster,  Holland,  Jamison,  MorrisvilleElkins parkCheltenhamGlensideAbingtonHuntingdon valleyWillow grooveHorsham and Jenkintown.

Why Being Proactive About Your Furnace Maintenance Is A Smart Move. — November 12, 2017

Why Being Proactive About Your Furnace Maintenance Is A Smart Move.

Have you ever hosted a family holiday party (that can sometimes even mean overnight guests) or invited friends over for a big game, and little by little the house starts to lean toward frigid? reminder-dictionary-n02Qo3-clipartYou think to yourself that the house getting a bit chilly is odd, as it usually heats up with a house full of people. You check the thermostat, confirming the switch is turned to heat, but the temperature continues to drop and there is no warm air coming out of the vents. Your guests start to notice the crisp air, your great Aunt is now wearing gloves, and you start to remember that you had missed scheduling your annual furnace maintenance with your local greater Philadelphia HVAC experts.

If this sounds familiar, then you certainly are not alone. Furnaces breakdown every single day in homes throughout the greater Philadelphia, Montgomery and Bucks County, PA areas, and most often at the most inconvenient of times. In all reality, there is never a really good time to have your furnace stop working and having to call for heating repair, unless it somehow coincides with unseasonably warm weather. However, we are now headed into steady cold weather and it is imperative to make sure your furnace is in good working order.

There is no need to worry because there is hope when it comes to controlling the fate of your furnace. That is right, there is no need to head into winter with your fingers crossed, hoping that this will not be the winter that the furnace breaks down. Nope, this winter you can take matters into your own hands, take the bull by horns, grab the wheel, and keep your home warm and toasty for the holidays, eliminating your need for emergency furnace repair in the middle of a cold winter night.

What we are talking about is scheduling a furnace tune-up before the weather really starts to get cold. An annual furnace maintenance tune-up is a proactive measure to ensure that your furnace continues to run smoothly. Just like your car, your furnace requires regular maintenance. An annual furnace tune-up is not only good from a maintenance standpoint, but it can also help detect potential issues, preventing unexpected breakdowns in the future.

Wait!!! We’ve got more good news. If you do experience furnace issues, convenient times or not, you can call HVAC Philly to help. We are available during regular business hours and we also provide 24-hour emergency service to customers in the greater Philadelphia and surrounding areas.

Give us a call at HVAC Philly, 215-725-6111 to schedule a furnace tune-up.

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PhiladelphiaSouth Philadelphia FeastervilleBensalemBristolLanghorneYardleyFairless hillsChurchvilleNewtownSouthamptown,  Warminster,  Holland,  Jamison,  MorrisvilleElkins parkCheltenhamGlensideAbingtonHuntingdon valleyWillow grooveHorsham and Jenkintown.

Telltale Signs That You Need Heating Repair — November 7, 2017

Telltale Signs That You Need Heating Repair

As the weather turns cold here in the greater Philadelphia area do you find yourself worried that your heater could break down at any moment? Family of Feet warming at a fireplaceIf you are not confident that you would know the signs that your heater needs repair, HVAC Philly, heating repair experts of the greater Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery County, PA area, strongly suggest you should learn to recognize the telltale signs. Obviously, it is inconvenient, at the very least, to have to repair a heating system, but it’s even worse when your heater has broken down completely, calling for an emergency heating repair that could cost you even more.

The experts at HVAC Philly, say it’s important to repair a heating system early in order to avoid sudden system breakdowns and higher repair costs. In addition, the sooner you repair your system, the lower your monthly bills may be, and the longer your system can last. Be aware of these signs listed below you may have a heater in need of repair sooner rather than later.

Sign #1: You hear odd noises from the cabinet or vents

What makes it difficult to detect heating system issues sometimes is that it can be easy to ignore problems that aren’t really getting in your way. An odd noise from the cabinet of the furnace may be something that is not a bother, especially when you don’t hang out in the area of your furnace all day.

But it can be a sign of a major issue. A buzzing noise could indicate something electrical, and a screech may signal a worn-out belt that could break at any moment. A pop or bang could even be dangerous, potentially damaging the heat exchanger.

Sign #2: You spend way too much on heating

You would not be surprised that your heating bills go up as the weather gets cooler. That just means your heater is running for longer, which means it’s working. But if you seem to be spending far more than you did last year around the same time, you should suspect a problem. Most likely, you’ll also notice your heater is running nonstop instead of cycling properly, and this should be checked out ASAP.

Sign #3: You can’t seem to get the thermostat up high enough

If it seems like no matter how high you turn up the thermostat, it’s still not warm enough, there’s a problem. And chances are, that problem has nothing to do with the thermostat itself. Your heating system is running nonstop to try to meet your preferred settings, and this causes parts to wear down quickly, meaning you’re likely to have to replace the system sooner rather than later. It’s important to call in HVAC Philly technicians ASAP.

Sign #4: You notice brief, sporadic cycling

We call this “short-cycling,” and it’s something that shouldn’t be ignored. When an air conditioner short cycles, it’s not running long enough to complete a heating cycle. Worse yet, it’s using a ton of energy every time it has to start and stop and start again.

Sign #5: The pilot light is yellow

“Wait…isn’t this the color a flame is supposed to be?” Not if you want your furnace operating safely. The light at the burner should always be blue, or else there may be substances present on the burners interfering with operation and safety, such as rust. Shut off the heater if you notice flame discoloration, and call expert technicians as soon as you can.

When you need furnace repair in the greater Philadelphia, Montgomery and Bucks County PA area, you can count on the team at HVAC Philly.

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PhiladelphiaSouth Philadelphia FeastervilleBensalemBristolLanghorneYardleyFairless hillsChurchvilleNewtownSouthamptown,  Warminster,  Holland,  Jamison,  MorrisvilleElkins parkCheltenhamGlensideAbingtonHuntingdon valleyWillow grooveHorsham and Jenkintown.

HVAC Philly, Philadelphia PA Heating Repair Experts, Provide Tips On How To Reduce Winter Allergies — November 2, 2017

HVAC Philly, Philadelphia PA Heating Repair Experts, Provide Tips On How To Reduce Winter Allergies

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The winter months can be not so pleasant not only because of the frigid temperatures, but also for people who are sensitive to dust mites, mold spores, and other allergens that tend to show up when we fire up our furnace for the first time. Unfortunately, closing the windows so you that you can stay warm and cozy during the bitter cold can actually lock those harmful contaminants inside your home. If you have been experiencing heavy allergy flare-ups during the winter, HVAC Philly, who have been serving the greater Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery County, PA areas for over 20 years, provides tips that are effective ways to stop allergies during the cold season that come highly recommended by the best heating repair and installation companies in the area.

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HVAC Philly, Philadelphia PA Heating Repair Experts, Provide Tips On How To Reduce Winter Allergies —

HVAC Philly, Philadelphia PA Heating Repair Experts, Provide Tips On How To Reduce Winter Allergies

The winter months can be not so pleasant not only because of the frigid temperatures, but also for people who are sensitive to dust mites, mold spores, and other allergens that tend to show up when we fire up our furnace for the first time. AllergiesUnfortunately, closing the windows so you that you can stay warm and cozy during the bitter cold can actually lock those harmful contaminants inside your home. If you have been experiencing heavy allergy flare-ups during the winter, HVAC Philly, who have been serving the greater Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery County, PA areas for over 20 years, provides tips that are effective ways to stop allergies during the cold season that come highly recommended by the best heating repair and installation companies in the area.

Replace your HVAC air filter frequently

Make sure to change your HVAC filter on a regular basis. The cleaner the filter, the more efficient it will be in removing allergens from your air before it’s circulated throughout your home. There are several filter types to choose from, with each receiving its own minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) rating. The higher the rating, the fewer allergens and other contaminants pass through.

Vacuum regularly

Regardless of the type of flooring in your home, you need to be religious about vacuuming. This is especially important if you have carpet, as carpet fibers harbor allergens. Make sure to vacuum your furniture as well. For best results, use a vacuum cleaner with a built-in HEPA filter.

Wash sheets weekly

Dust mites commonly bury themselves in pillows, mattresses, carpeting, and upholstery. Wash your sheets in hot water and dry on high to keep dust mites at bay. And purchase protective allergen-proof covers for your box springs, pillows, and mattresses.

Give a bath to pets once a week

If you have pets, they could be worsening your allergy condition more than you know. Allergens can be found in in pet dander, and no breed is allergy-free. Bathing your furry family members at least once a week can be effective in keeping dander amounts to a minimum. It can also help to wash your hands thoroughly in warm, soapy water after petting your cat or dog. Keep pets away from sleeping areas.

Install a whole home humidifier

Dry winter air can make allergies worse. Install a whole-home humidifier to infuse your indoor air with some much-needed moisture. You’ll notice your breathing improve right away. That said, air that’s excessively moist can promote mold growth. For ideal results, use a humidity meter to monitor humidity levels in your home, and keep the levels at 50-percent max.

Have your HVAC system checked by a professional

If your allergies are still getting worse despite performing the steps enumerated above, it may be time for a greater Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery County, PA heating repair and installation professional such as HVAC Philly to take a look at your furnace. These HVAC pros can check your furnace and identify if it has become inefficient in protecting you and your family from unhealthy air.

Follow your HVAC manufacturer’s maintenance instructions, and get it checked regularly to make sure your system is clean and in good operating condition. In case your HVAC professionals recommend a furnace replacement, please do so immediately. The health of your whole household could be at stake.

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HVAC Service Provided to

PhiladelphiaSouth Philadelphia FeastervilleBensalemBristolLanghorneYardleyFairless hillsChurchvilleNewtownSouthamptown,  Warminster,  Holland,  Jamison,  MorrisvilleElkins parkCheltenhamGlensideAbingtonHuntingdon valleyWillow grooveHorsham and Jenkintown.

The Importance Of Furnace Maintenance: Heater Repair — October 30, 2017

The Importance Of Furnace Maintenance: Heater Repair

Winterizing your home is an important part of getting ready for the quickly approaching cold weather. The cold, brisk wind that we have been experiencing here in the greater Philadelphia area, in combination with condensed moisture, can be damaging to some of the components inside and outside of your home. Furnace_Maintenance_Ottawa_Impressive_Climate_ControlThis includes your defense against the fall evening and winter cold, your furnace. There are a few simple steps and important tasks provided by HVAC Philly, that you can do that will protect your furnace from breaking down or running inefficiently and needing heating repair. You can hire the professional heating repair and maintenance services of HVAC Philly who service the greater Philadelphia, Bucks, and Montogomery County PA, to address these concerns, or get to work on them yourself. Make sure your home is going to be winter-ready, by performing the following checks and tune-ups on your heating system:

Step One:  The homeowner should change the filters in their furnace. This will prevent fires associated with dirty filters and will allow more air to flow freely through the heating system, keeping it efficient and reduce risk.

Step Two: Another thing to consider is running the fans in reverse to keep them from getting stuck and to maintain that the unit is running smoothly.

Step Three: Be sure there is nothing flammable near the furnace. Such as items like gasoline cans or loose wood. Once you have cleared the space around and near your furnace, block any drafts from nearby doors or windows. The drafts will force the furnace to work harder, which can lead to a need for furnace repair.

Step Four: Make sure to secure all panels in place as well be certain all the screws and fittings are snug and properly tightened.

Step Five: Ensure all electrical fittings are in place and that none of the wirings are worn, loose, or frayed.

Step Six: Give the furnace a test by using your thermostat to turn it on and making sure that the furnace is being responsive. Gauge how long it takes to blow warm air and try to detect any foul odors that it may be emitting through your vents.

Step Seven: Most importantly homeowners should also get the contact information of a professional emergency heating repair in the surrounding area of Philadelphia, PA. HVAC Philly services can assist you on a cold day in the event of a furnace breakdown.

Servicing your furnace regularly and heater maintenance are the most preventive ways to avoid breakdowns, avoid costly heater repairs, and keep your energy bills low during the frigid winter months. While you can certainly attempt to tackle the above heating maintenance tasks yourself, it is safest and best to turn to HVAC Philly for their heater maintenance and repair services, for more thorough and effective winterizing.

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PhiladelphiaSouth Philadelphia FeastervilleBensalemBristolLanghorneYardleyFairless hillsChurchvilleNewtownSouthamptown,  Warminster,  Holland,  Jamison,  MorrisvilleElkins parkCheltenhamGlensideAbingtonHuntingdon valleyWillow grooveHorsham and Jenkintown.

Heating Repair: Heat Pump Diagnosis — October 27, 2017

Heating Repair: Heat Pump Diagnosis

HVAC Philly Gives Heat Pump Troubleshooting Advice. When problems occur with your heat pump you want to check the basics before contacting your local, greater Philadelphia area HVAC heating repair specialist. Anything beyond the basic heat pump Air Conditioning Repairissues, you really need to call in a professional to troubleshoot the heat pump. The heat pump or any type of electrical mechanical equipment you have problems with and need to troubleshoot. Whether your heat system calls for heat repair or any other repair there is only so much you can do.

Heat Pump Troubleshooting Advice

Before calling a heating and air conditioning company, like HVAC Philly who serve the greater Philadelphia, Montgomery and Bucks County, PA, check the following:

  1. Thermostat
  2. Power Supply
  3. Ice or Freezing
  4. Air Flow
  5. Condenser Fan Motor

HVAC Philly provides a basic description of that list below. This was put together to give you the basics of heat pump troubleshooting.

1. Heat Pump Troubleshooting Advice | Thermostat

Check selections on the thermostat. Make sure that it is set to the desired settings. It is not unheard of for HVAC specialist to respond to service calls where the homeowner made a no heat or no cool call and they found the homeowner had the thermostat set to heat when they wanted cooling, or set to cooling when they wanted heat. Additionally, make sure the set point is correct. For example, if you want heating, make sure the thermostat is set for heat. If the temperature in the house is 65° F make sure you turn the thermostat setting up above 65° F. to get heat.

2. Heat Pump Troubleshooting Advice | Power Supply

Check power supply. This can include a circuit breaker and or/a regular looking wall switch close to the unit. This is another easy fix. Double check that your “no heat” calls are not actually the cause of the power being turned off inadvertently. Perhaps relatives were visiting and someone mistook the wall switch for a light switch. These switches are typically not on heat pumps as a heat pump liking has a breaker next to the heat pump. Make sure you check the breaker at the air handler and the breaker in the main panel. A typical split system will have separate breakers. One for the condenser and one for the air handler.

3. Heat Pump Troubleshooting Advice | Ice or Freezing

In the winter, check that the condenser (outside unit) does not have excessive ice on the coils. This could mean the defrost mode isn’t working properly and may need a minor adjustment or a repair altogether. It is best to call a pro to fix that issue.

4. Heat Pump Troubleshooting Advice |  Air Flow

Is the air handler blower working good and blowing air out of all of the supply vents? If not or it is weak then you likely have an airflow issue. Always make sure you have a clean filter and that all of your supply vents are open and unobstructed. If this is all good then you have another problem with the airflow. Perhaps a bad blower motor, the unit is freezing up inside the evaporator coil, or collapsed ductwork. In any of these cases, it is time to call HVAC Philly for a heating repair service. Bad air flow indicates a serious problem.

5. Heat Pump Troubleshooting Advice | Condenser Fan Motor

Is the condenser fan motor turning at the heat pump condenser? Word of note – sometimes in the winter or when you have the heat pump in heating mode the fan will not turn while the compressor is running. This is normal and a part of the automatic defrost mode for the heat pump. If the fan is not turning but you hear the compressor running then something is wrong (unless as noted above with defrost mode) and you need to call a professional.

Heat Pump Troubleshooting Advice | Heat Pump Diagnosis & Repair

Additional Helpful Troubleshooting Hints

  • Always change your filter on a monthly basis
  • Make sure all your supply vents are open and unobstructed
  • Keep area clean around indoor unit especially the return grills
  • Keep outdoor condensing units free of leaves, grass, and debris including trash cans and/or children’s toys or playthings like small plastic pools or playhouses. Additionally, your service technician will appreciate you not planting holly bushes near the outside unit
  • Have air conditioner, heat pump, or furnace system serviced every six months

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HVAC Service Provided to

PhiladelphiaSouth Philadelphia FeastervilleBensalemBristolLanghorneYardleyFairless hillsChurchvilleNewtownSouthamptown,  Warminster,  Holland,  Jamison,  MorrisvilleElkins parkCheltenhamGlensideAbingtonHuntingdon valleyWillow grooveHorsham and Jenkintown.

Heating Repair In The Greater Philadelphia Area — October 22, 2017

Heating Repair In The Greater Philadelphia Area

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As the fall and winter months are coming into full swing in the greater Philadelphia, Montgomery, and Bucks County PA  area, the temperature starts to drop significantly and in comes the cool, crisp air.  When the weather outside is cold, who does not like to relax in a nice, warm home?  The last thing you want on a cool fall evening, or a frigid winter day is for your heating system to stop working, unfortunately, it does happen.  The good news is that when your system does have problems, HVAC Philly is here for all your heating repair needs, and we offer 24-hour emergency service!

When to Call for a Heating System Repair   

There are a few signs to look for that could indicate that your heating system is experiencing problems.  Some fairly obvious problems are unusual noises and smell.  With that being said, keep in mind that different systems make different noises, so just because you hear a noise does not necessarily mean there is a problem.  Also if you are turning your heat on for the first time, it is not uncommon for there to initially be an odor.  Other signs to look for are if your energy bill is abnormally high, or your system is having trouble maintaining the set temperature.  Ultimately, however, the best time to call for a heating system repair is when you first notice an issue.  By having a professional take a look right away, they could most likely prevent a major and costly repair.

Before Calling for a Heating Repair Service

There are a few things that you can check before calling for a heating system repair that might solve the issue your system is experiencing.

If your system is not heating, here are a few issues and their possible solutions:
  • If you have a gas system, your gas might be turned off. The recommended actions would be to check the gas valve at the gas company meter, check the shutoff valve at the furnace, and check for other shutoff valves. Contact the gas company to have the gas valve turned on or call HVAC Philly.
  • Your system could be turned off or unplugged. In this situation, you should check both your thermostat as well as your heating system to make sure both are plugged in.
  • Your thermostat may be on the wrong setting or may be turned off. Check that your thermostat is set to heat, and that it is set to your preferred temperature.
  • Your circuit breaker may have tripped. If this is the case, check your circuit breaker box, and reset the circuit breaker.
If you have limited or no airflow, there may be a few different causes for why this could be occurring.  Here are a few of the reasons that you may have restricted airflow, and some recommended solutions:
  • Your filters could be dirty, in which case you may need to clean or replace them. This is one of the most common causes of air restriction.  This, as well as energy costs, is why it’s very important to change your filters regularly.  If the problem persists then give HVAC Philly a call.
  • Your heating system might have frozen up due to a dirty coil. Our recommended action, in this case, would be to call HVAC Philly to come check the system.  In the meantime, you can shut the thermostat off for 1-3 hours to see if it will defrost.  If it does defrost, you’ll still want a professional to come and evaluate it to prevent the issue from happening again in the future.

There are several other reasons to call for a heating system repair, such as your system constantly running, an overflowing drain pan, or high utility bills. If you don’t feel comfortable diagnosing the issue by yourself, please do not hesitate to call!  No repair is too small or too big!  Also, remember to leave major heating system repairs to the professionals.  And do not forget, the best way to prevent a repair is to have your heating system maintenance inspection done annually!

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HVAC Service Provided to

PhiladelphiaSouth Philadelphia FeastervilleBensalemBristolLanghorneYardleyFairless hillsChurchvilleNewtownSouthamptown,  Warminster,  Holland,  Jamison,  MorrisvilleElkins parkCheltenhamGlensideAbingtonHuntingdon valleyWillow grooveHorsham and Jenkintown.

Heating Tips For This Fall And Winter Season — October 12, 2017

Heating Tips For This Fall And Winter Season

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HEATING TIPS

No matter what type you have, your heating system is an incredibly important part of your home. It ensures that you and your family will stay warm and safe through all those chilly winter days and nights, and so you want to have confidence that it will continue to work well whenever you need it. However, you don’t want to be paying an arm and a leg for this level of comfort either. And by utilizing some of the following heating tips provided by HVAC Philly, who have been providing expert service to the greater Philadelphia, Montgomery and Bucks County PA area for over 20 years, you won’t have to.

TIGHTLY SEALED HOMES ARE MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT

One of the first and best things to do when you’re trying to reduce your home heating bill is to seal up any leaky or drafty spots in your home. Make sure all insulation is in place and close any storm doors or windows tight. After all, you don’t want to be paying to heat the whole neighborhood. If you let that warm air escape or let more cool air in, your heating system will have to work overtime to keep the indoor temperature up.

And since you don’t open your windows in the winter, you can even give yourself better insulation against the cold by putting up plastic over them. Covering windows, and even doors you don’t use, with plastic provides an extra layer of protection against cold drafts coming in and keeps the heated air where you want it.

BENEFITS OF PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTATS

Another way to save significant amounts on your heating bill is to invest in a programmable thermostat. After all, you don’t need to keep your house at the same temperature all day long even when no one is even there. But you do want to come home to a warm home.

A programmable thermostat can help you achieve this goal. Simply set the heat to come on shortly before you’re due to arrive home or before you get up in the morning and you’ll be able to enjoy a cozy house without heating it unnecessarily.

MAINTAIN PROPER HUMIDITY

While it’s probably not something you think about much, the humidity level in your home is an important factor that contributes to the overall indoor comfort level. If it’s too dry, as often happens in the winter, the air won’t hold the heat as well as it would if the humidity way properly regulated. Also, air that’s too dry can cause your skin to dry out and can even damage wood furniture and fixtures.

In order to remedy this situation, investing in a humidification system is really the best option. And once the humidity level in your home is properly regulated, you will be able to turn the thermostat down a few degrees without sacrificing comfort. And even turning the thermostat down a couple of degrees will make a big difference in terms of the size of your heating bill each month.

REGULAR HEATING MAINTENANCE

You can also help keep the efficiency of your home heating system high by keeping up with a regular maintenance schedule. This includes a few simple monthly tasks you can take on yourself as well as an annual visit by professional heating technicians.

On a monthly basis, you can take some basic steps like cleaning out vents and changing filters. This helps to keep dust and other contaminants from getting into your heating system and gumming it up and it also cuts down on the number of airborne contaminants circulating through your home.

When they come out for their annual visit, home heating technicians from HVAC Philly, will complete a thorough inspection of your system and clean some of the areas that you can’t reach on your own. With this type of service, your heating system will be able to maintain peak efficiency and should continue to work well for you for many years to come.

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