Power Outages and Your Furnace

Don’t let the warm weather fool you, Bucks County, PA residents,  although the weather is unusually warm for this time of year there is indeed some winter storms on the way.  With the sever winter weather can come power outages which can affect your furnace as well.

HVAC Philly wants to give you some helpful tips in the event that the lights are back on and everything else in your home seems to be working fine, however when checking the thermostat you realize the heat still isn’t coming on. What can you do before calling the heating and air conditioning pros of Bucks County, PA, HVAC Philly?

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  • First thing to do is to check the breaker panel and make sure that the breaker for the furnace isn’t tripped. If your breaker panel isn’t labeled, most furnaces have a 15A circuit so you can check if any 15A breakers are tripped. If you have a heat pump system, you want to check that breaker for both the indoor and outdoor units are not tripped. Sometimes after power outages breakers can trip unexpectedly so it is something  that you may want to check before calling a professional.

 

  • Second, some furnaces installed within the past decade may have a GFI outlet tied into the circuit. This is even more common with furnaces installed in basements where there may be water. Power outages can cause these outlets to trip. Check to make sure that any GFI outlets attached to or near the furnace have not tripped. To fix this problem just press the reset button on the GFI outlet.

 

  • Finally, if the power is out for more than 5 minutes you may want to check that the thermostat did not reset. Many newer thermostats are wired directly into the furnace and that means when the power goes out so does the thermostat. When the power goes out for an extended period of time, the thermostat may reset to the factory defaults and not operate your system properly. If you still have the thermostat manuals you may set it back to its proper settings; however, it is recommended that a HVAC contractor, like the professionals at HVAC Philly, do this because it can be complex.

These suggestions should help to get your heat back up and running, if not please be sure to contact HVAC Philly for any of your emergency furnace repair needs at 215-725-6111.

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Keeping Your Home Safe In The Winter

Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths. Half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February. Some simple steps can prevent most heating-related fires from happening.

For those of us in the Bucks County, PA area the recent fire in Peddler’s Village sent a shock-wave throughout our community.  Although the fire was not started through any heating or faulty HVAC reasoning, it certainly makes us more aware of potential hazards in the winter months with heating our homes.  It is vitally important to be cautious and hyper vigilant in making sure your Heater or furnace are working properly and maintained.

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Heating safety tips from HVAC Philly to keep your Bucks County,PA home safe:


Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths. Half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February. Some simple steps can prevent most heating-related fires from happening.

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
  • Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
  • Never use your oven to heat your home.
  • Have a qualified professional, like HVAC Philly, install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month.

Protect your home from carbon monoxide poisoning:

Carbon monoxide poisoning is extremely dangerous. The gas has the potential to cause people to experience nausea, chest pain, extreme dizziness and numerous other symptoms. Medical attention needs to be sought immediately if you believe you have inhaled large quantities of this substance.

Here are some things you can do to lower your family’s risk to coming into contact with this gas.

Install Alarms

You should install carbon monoxide alarms on every floor of your home, and you should ensure a backup battery is present. This will allow it to work even if your home experiences a power outage.

Get Annual Inspections

Gas leaks are most likely to come from your HVAC system. If you suspect a dangerous gas is being emitted, then you definitely do not want to inspect the area yourself. Contact a professional such as HVAC Philly in the Bucks County, PA area,  who has dealt with these systems before. Even if nothing is discovered, you will have peace of mind that everything is OK.

Turn Your Heater off if You Suspect a Leak 

Unfortunately, this gas is completely odorless and colorless. Therefore, it is almost impossible to detect until it started creating severe health problems. People in the vicinity are going to experience flu-like symptoms. One way to tell if the symptoms are from a poisoning or from an actual flu is to see how you feel once you leave the house. If you feel completely fine elsewhere and only feel awful at home, then there is probably a leak.

Carbon monoxide can be deadly, but with proper vigilance, you can stay one step ahead of it. Keep your family out of harm’s way and take essential precautionary measures to stay safe!

Contact HVAC Philly, online or by phone 215-725-6111 with any questions or concerns.

Why You Should Hire a Professional Heating Repair Company

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When your heater breaks and you need heating repair, a few questions are going to cross your mind: Why me?, ‘How do I get my heater fixed ASAP?’, ‘How much is this going to cost me?’, & ‘Who is going to repair my heater?’

Unfortunately, everyone gets unlucky with a broken furnace from time to time. During the winter months, you’ll want same day heater repair. You might be worried that a heating repair company will take advantage of your situation and charge a high price. This is a valid concern, but don’t worry, we have tips on finding the right heating repair company in Philadelphia so you never pay inflated repair costs.

Now, you might be tempted to have a handy friend do the repair. You might even be tempted (we hope you aren’t) to find someone on Craigslist. It’s always a better idea to hire a professionally licensed heating repair company, and we’ll tell you why.

Let’s start with an botched heating repair horror story from one of our technicians:

“So we get a call from a new homeowner in Fishtown about the heater in her new house because it kept shutting off after running for a few hours. The house had been renovated, and everything in it looked new, but the leaky sink was causing the electric breakers in the bathroom to trip and stop her heater from working. The client was very angry and mentioned that she was going to file a law suit against the seller and his general contractor.

When we had our technician inspect the heater, he found it was grossly over-sized and had under-sized ducts. It was a nightmare. The improper installation was causing the heater to overheat and cycle on and off repeatedly.

He also noticed the high voltage wire gauge was wrong on several wire cap connections.  Even worse, the chimney didn’t have a cap or clean out, and an old mercury filled thermostat was mounted on the wall. The builder/contractor may have been instructed to cut corners in an effort to save pennies here and there. This unprofessional work was extremely dangerous to say the least, and the homeowner had to pay a small fortune to correct the issues.”

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Need any more convincing you should go with the pros for your heating repair? Here are a few more reasons…

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Heating Repair is Dangerous:

If you play with fire, you might get burned. If you play with carbon monoxide, you might put your life in danger. There are simple heater repairs you can perform yourself, but if you don’t know what you’re doing, heater repair can be extremely dangerous. Licensed heating repair companies like HVAC Philly have technicians with decades of experience.

A Professional Heating Repair Company is Insured:

Can the guy on craigslist say the same? Probably not. Even if your friend is a self taught HVAC repair wizard, having your heater repaired by someone who doesn’t have insurance is risky. In Philadelphia, heating repair companies are required to be licensed, bonded, and insured in order to operate. Let’s take the worst case scenario and say you hire someone on Craigslist to fix your furnace. If your Craigslist repairman explodes your furnace and gets injured while he’s working on it, you could be held liable!

Amateur Repairs Cost More in the Long Run:

Have you ever started a home improvement project and wondered how you went $300 over budget when you thought you’d only spend $50? It happens to the best of us. A professional heating repair company will provide you with a detailed estimate including thoroughly documented details about your repair. With the pros, you’ll know how much you should and will be paying. Don’t forget about our heating repair horror story from earlier either. A general contractor might promise to save you money, but if they aren’t heating specialists, there’s a good chance they’re going to do something wrong.

If you need heating repair or service and live in Philadelphia, Montgomery, or Bucks County, give the experts at HVAC Philly a call at 215-725-6111. We have over 20 years of HVAC experience offering competitive pricing, free estimates, and unparalleled professionalism.

Stay warm my friends.

HVAC Specialist in Bucks County, PA

Bucks County residents are experiencing the same fluctuation in temperatures as the rest of the nation. From freezing temperatures to cold rainy days we are really giving our heating systems a run for their money. The question is whom do we turn to for our HVAC needs this winter?

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HVAC Repair Bucks County PA

Bucks County residents are experiencing the same fluctuation in temperatures as the rest of the nation.  From freezing temperatures to cold rainy days we are really giving our heating systems a run for their money.  The question is whom do we turn to for our HVAC needs this winter?

From furnace repair, heating system installation, to HVAC maintenance here are some helpful tips to choose the best HVAC specialist in the Bucks County, PA area.

Look for these essential qualities before making your choice.

1) Company has a good reputation

It pays to seek out contractor with consistently good reviews. Check out potential contractors on the Better Business Bureau (BBB) website. The BBB is good third party that rates businesses on an A+ to F scale.

2) Contractor surveys your home, then estimates cost.

A contractor should always come out to your place to survey your home (this includes checking your air ducts for leaks) before they make any definite estimations. Anyone who tries to give you estimations over the phone before checking your home might be trying to give you a low estimation over the phone and then raise the price when they come to your home.

3) They will not discourage you from buying higher efficiency equipment.

Contractors who don’t stay up to date with the latest HVAC technology might discourage you from buying higher efficiency equipment because they don’t know how to install it. A quality contractor will always be able to install the latest energy efficient models and can explain to you how much money those models can save you.

HVAC Philly currently works with the following brands:

Aaon, Air Temp, American Standard, Bryant, Carrier, ClimateMaster, Comfort-Aire, Cool Air, Daikin, Fedders, Florida Heat Pump, Fujitsu, Friedrich, Goodman, Ice Air, Icecap, Islandaire, LG, Lennox, Luxaire, McQuay, Mitsubishi, Rheem, RUUD, Skil aire, Skymark, Totaline, Trane, Unitary, United Cool Air, York

4) Contractor is properly certified and licensed.

An HVAC company should be willing and able to provide licensing and certification information upon request.  This way you know you are hiring someone who is knowledgable, efficient, and qualified to provide your Bucks County home with the proper HVAC needs and repairs.

Contact HVAC Philly today online or at 215-725-6111 for questions or to schedule your estimate.

Philadelphia Winters Call for Same Day Heater Repair

Winter is here! HVAC Philly provides same day and 24 hour emergency heater repair if your heater breaks down when it’s coldest.

Remember the crisp fall days in Philadelphia?

Me neither.

Autumn flew by, and winter is here to stay.

During the winter months, you can count on two things: holidays and higher heating bills. Most of the time, heaters work without a problem, but unfortunately, they break down from time to time. If your heater stops working, you’ll need it repaired FAST.

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At HVAC Philly, we offer same day and 24-hour emergency Heater Repair service because we don’t want any of our customers suffering through a winter night without heat. We also guarantee the best pricing on a wide range of some of the most recognized names in the industry.

Even with same day heater repair, Philadelphia winters can be brutally cold, and it doesn’t take long for a house with a broken heater to get uncomfortably cold. What should you do if your heater breaks during the winter? Read on and we’ll tell you how to stay warm while you wait for your HVAC technician.

Keep the Doors Closed – Any door that opens up to the frigid winter air is going to quickly drain heat from your home. If your heater breaks, only open exterior doors if it’s absolutely necessary. You should also close doors to any rooms you aren’t using. Ideally, you should try to stay in one enclosed room that you can focus on keeping warm.

Bundle Up – This is a no brainer, but wearing extra layers will keep you warm when you need it. Also, a lot of people don’t think about how much heat is lost through the head, so grab your favorite winter hat and keep your noggin toasty. Here’s an extra tip: Bundle up even if your heater is working! You can turn the thermostat down a few degrees and save money on your heating bill.

Block Those Drafts – Everyone has a leaky window they’ve been meaning to fix. If you lose heat and are in a pinch, grab a towel and stop cool drafts from letting in that dreaded Philadelphia winter air. The same goes for drafty door gaps.

Head to the Basement – If you have a basement, it will be your best friend when your heater stops working. The temperature will fluctuate less since you’re underground.

Use the Fireplace – Why not go the old fashioned route when you need to keep warm? A fireplace is nice and cozy, just remember, while it will heat the room you’re in, a fireplace draws heat from the rest of your house. Don’t forget fire safety 101: Make sure the flu is open when you start a fire.

Drink a Hot Beverage – There’s nothing like some hot chocolate or tea to keep you warm while you wait for your heater to be fixed!

Wait at a Friend’s House – What better time to become friends with your neighbors than when you have a broken heater? Let’s be honest, you’d have to be pretty heartless to turn down someone without heat in the dead of the winter.

Hopefully you have enough ideas to keep you warm while you wait for your heater to be repaired! Our technicians are so quick and efficient, that you probably won’t have to use these tips, but hey, knowledge is power.

If you live in Philadelphia, Bucks, or Montgomery County, give the pros at HVAC Philly a call at 215-725-6111 for great service, the best prices, and unparalleled professionalism. Stay warm my friends.

Preparing Your Furnace For The Cold Winter Months

As we are bundling ourselves more and more in warm clothing we also need to make sure that we are prepping our furnaces for the cold weather ahead.

 As we are bundling ourselves more and more in warm clothing we also need to make sure that we are prepping our furnaces for the cold weather ahead.

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Prepping Your Furnace

  • Say goodbye to the programmable thermostat. The weather in the greater Philadelphia area has certainly been erratic the past few years. When you have no idea how the temperature is going to fluctuate each day, it’s best to turn off the programmable thermostat. If left on, it could end up unnecessarily cooling your house and wasting energy.
  • Make sure insulation is at its best. This is a great time of year to assess the insulation in your home. Check attics and walls. Updating your insulation increases energy conservation and leads to lower electric bills.
  • Invest in a heat pump. If you have a heat pump, you’re able to transfer energy from one part of your house to another. Use it to transfer heat into your home during the fall transition. For questions about installing a heat pump in your home contact HVAC Philly to learn about our service options.
  • Fill up your gas furnace now. Gas prices are on the rise again, so now is the time to filler up. Don’t wait. By planning ahead, you prepare yourself for any unexpected bursts of wintery weather.

 

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Show Your Furnace Some TLC

Once you have successfully acclimated your home and energy usage to the new season, you’re going to see lower energy costs and less strain on your HVAC unit. It is also important to continually maintain your HVAC system with a professional consultation from HVAC Philly and following these simple steps, you are guaranteed to increase the longevity of the unit and its efficiency.

  • Keep an eye on your furnace filters. Regularly changing them gives your unit a boost. Make sure to change them every one to three months. Monitoring them will make it easier to visibly recognize when it’s time for a replacement.
  • Make sure the area around your furnace is clean. Sweep often and remove all debris. This helps to keep the filter clean and prevent any chance of fire involving your furnace.
  • Air vents and ducts need to be regularly cleaned and maintained. Keeping airways open prevents the unit from overworking itself.
  • Utilize a programmable thermostat. You may have turned it off during the transition period, but once the temperatures are regularly cold, utilize it to heat the house according to your lifestyle habits.
  • Bleed your valves. If you have a hot-water radiator, it’s beneficial to open the valves slightly and close them again when water starts to appear. This keeps water from freezing in the pipes.

If you’re interested in professional assistance, contact us online or call: 215-725-6111

 

 

Simple Heater Repair you can do

 

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Fast Heater Repair when your furnace , heat pump or boiler break down in the coldest of Philadelphia nights can save lives. before rushing to call your Heating repair contractor let us see if we can save you a few dollars and waiting time.

Types Of Heater Repair

Let me point out that most heater repair must be done by a professional as all heaters contain high voltage electrical parts along with others that deal with natural gas, propane
or oil and all can be life threatening. So here is a few simple steps a home owner can do in hope to turn a non operational heater back on when the issue is as simple as:

  • Heater is not running

If your heater is not running and not making any attempts to turn on while your thermostat is set on heat, you might want to go to your home broker panel and check your heater/furnace breaker, if off turn it on. If you find it turned on then proceed to the heater and locate an On/Off switch on or near your heater, make sure the switch is on the On position.

  • Heater repeatedly runs for a  minuet and shuts down

If your hear the blower motor running you should check your air filter, if dirty replace it with a clean one.

  • Heater ignites for no more than three seconds then stop

Clean out flame sensor with a sand paper.

  • Pilot is out

Go to Gas valve,follow direction on how to light a pilot, if pilot  flame goes out when you start to release the gas valve’s red button, clean out the thermo-coupler with a sand paper.

If you follow these simple fixes and heater is not  responding then you should call your Heating Repair contractor for help.

Below are 5 tips for heater repair that will help keep you warm this winter season. Just a little knowledge about warming your Philadelphia home or business can make the difference in saving hundreds of dollars in heating costs over the winter.

  • Make sure there’s room around the heating equipment and that nothing is stored on top of it. Combustible materials should be moved away from both the furnace/boiler and hot water tank to prevent a fire hazard. In addition, move any cat litter boxes.
  • detergents or cleaning products away from the area around the furnace or boiler.
  • Get a precision tune up every year. Studies show that heating equipment that is maintained annually lasts 4-6 years longer and can be up to 25% more efficient than equipment that has not been maintained. You can also catch small repairs before they become major issues and verify your equipment is operating as safely as possible.
  • If your furnace vents through PVC piping, make sure the dryer vent is not too close to the air intake pipe. We have seen situations where homeowners moved their dryer vent and caused real problems with their high efficiency furnaces.
  • Make your windows work for you. Opening the drapes on the sunny side of your home can really warm things up. Once the sun has moved to the other side of the home, closing an insulated drape can help keep the cold air out. Remove your screens as they can block about 25% of solar radiation.

    If you are in need of heater repair or service call HVAC Philly at 215-725-6111 or visit them online to schedule online service at http://www.hvacphilly.com/heater-repair.html.