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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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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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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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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HVAC Safety: Carbon Monoxide

With the heating season upon us here in the greater Philadelphia, Montgomery and Bucks County PA area, it’s important to educate yourself on the dangers associated with carbon monoxide, or CO, a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas. When HVACingested in high concentrations, this gas can poison and even kill you or your loved ones. Sources of carbon monoxide can be large appliances, including your home’s furnace.

CARBON MONOXIDE DANGERS

Carbon monoxide is an invisible threat to your family’s safety. Because it’s so hard to detect, it can unknowingly be released into your home and ingested in excessive quantities. This is especially dangerous when you are sleeping as carbon monoxide poisoning can occur without waking you. When awake, the first signs of carbon monoxide poisoning are often overlooked because they are similar to flu symptoms.

SYMPTOMS OF CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING

The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning will vary depending on the amount of exposure. Symptoms can vary from a headache and dizziness after mild exposure to unconsciousness, cardiorespiratory failure and even death after excessive exposure.

HVAC PHILLY PROVIDES A CHECKLIST TO HELP IN PREVENTING AN HVAC CARBON MONOXIDE LEAK

  • Always have your heating and cooling equipment installed by professionals like the technicians at  HVAC Philly has been serving the greater Philadelphia area for over 20 years. Oftentimes, carbon monoxide leaks are found in equipment that wasn’t installed properly or isn’t functioning properly.
  • Invest in a high-quality HVAC system that is more likely to safely provide heat to your home. Be sure to quickly replace your system when it gets old and starts to break down.
  • Keep up with regular HVAC maintenance. During a bi-annual maintenance appointment with an experienced technician, your system will be inspected for carbon monoxide leaks or potential leaks. Carbon monoxide levels will also be tested.
  • Be sure that all air passages, including chimneys, vents, and fireplaces, are cleaned and cleared regularly to prevent blockage.
  • Ensure your home is equipped with functioning carbon monoxide detectors, especially close to where you and your loved ones sleep. Be sure they are tested regularly.
  • If you suspect a carbon monoxide leak and especially if one of your detectors goes off, evacuate your home immediately. Be sure all of your family members and pets are out of the house but don’t stop to pack up your belongings. Call the fire department to inform them of the leak and call your doctor to determine if you need medical attention.

Use these quick tips to keep you and your family safe this winter and be sure to give HVAC Philly a call to set up a furnace inspection before the cold weather hits.

 

 

**Editor’s Note: This blog post is intended to provide helpful tips on HVAC safety. It is not to be substituted for emergency services or medical advice. If you suspect a carbon monoxide leak, please dial 911 or your local emergency service number immediately.

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WAYS TO SAVE MONEY ON ENERGY FOR YOUR HOME AND OFFICE THIS FALL

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Spend the Extra on Halloween Candy or a New Wool Sweater; You Can Thank Your Thermostat Later

And what better way to celebrate the season than with some sensible energy saving tips? Take a look at these easy suggestions that will make a big difference every month when it comes to your energy costs. Thank goodness, it’s finally here. The dog days of summer and the sweaty weather of late August and even September seem to have dissipated in favor of cooler nights and foggy mornings. While the sun is still shining most days, even the leaves are changing in here in the greater Philadelphia and Bucks and Montgomery County, PA.

Here Comes the Sun

Make sure any curtains or shutters covering your south-facing windows are open to heat your home naturally throughout the day. Accordingly, make sure to shut them in the evenings to block out any cold air coming in.

Also, inspect each window in your home for drafts. You’d be amazed how much energy a loose or old window frame can waste on a daily basis, letting warm air escape and cold air inside. Don’t have the money for a lot of home repairs? Consider using even clear plastic film taped around the inside of your window frames to reduce drafts during the winter. And surprise: this will help keep cool air inside during the summer months, too.

For even more energy savings, think about investing in insulated curtains or drapes for your home. Certain design companies manufacture stylish, energy efficient window coverings available at almost the same prices as regular curtains or drapes. Check them out!

Get To Know Your Thermostat

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: the thermostat is your secret weapon when it comes to saving money on energy costs. On a cold day, just make sure to set the temp as low as possible when you plan to be out of the house. Even reducing the temperature by just 10-15 degrees for 8 hours out of the day will result in a 10% reduction in your monthly energy costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Too busy in the mornings to remember? Consider a programmable thermostat to set your ambient temperature schedule ahead of time.

Fireplace Friendly Energy Bills

Nothing embodies the spirit of the season more than a crackling fire in the fireplace. Nevertheless, remember to keep the damper closed when you’re not using it (and open when you are). The damper is like a window. If you’re running the furnace with it open, you’re letting all that warm air escape right up the chimney. Moreover, make sure to lower the thermostat when you have the fireplace going since all that warm air won’t be needed.

Never use your fireplace? Consider sealing up the chimney flue altogether to prevent unnecessary drafts.

Follow these suggestions and you’ll notice an immediate change to your utility bills. Use the extra money for things like candy corn or caramel apples, a new fall sweater or heck, maybe just getting your car detailed. Whatever you decide, who doesn’t want some more money in their pocket? Enjoy the season and the savings!

 

Need help winterizing your home? Give HVAC Philly a call. Our experienced professionals can help you save energy and keep you comfortable throughout the year. Get in touch today at (215) 725-6111.

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Why Local Is Best When Choosing A Heating Company

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When homeowners are deciding on an HVAC company, they will always have the option to choose a national chain that you may see advertised often. Nonetheless, there are so many benefits, which encompass outstanding customer service, local expert knowledge, and even more importantly, money savings, in choosing to work with a trusted, local heating and cooling company, like our expert family of HVAC technicians at HVAC Philly. We have been serving the greater Philadelphia, Montgomery and Bucks County PA areas for over 20+ years.  Read on to learn more!

COMMUNITY SUPPORT

Most local businesses are usually owned by fellow members of the surrounding neighborhoods and provide jobs for those local individuals who live there as well. When you do business with a company that is close to home, you are often supporting your neighbors, your friends, and local families. In addition, local business will often give back to the areas and communities in which they live, as well as well as work, through local charity donations, providing community service and much more.

INCREASED COMMUNITY SERVICE

Local heating and cooling companies will work harder to offer the best possible customer service, simply because their success is solely dependent on satisfied customers who will then spread word-of-mouth referrals.

IMMEDIATE ACCESS

If your furnace or heat pump breaks down in the middle of a bitterly cold winter day, you most certainly not have time to wait for a response from a national chain. There is nothing that beats a local company’s response time, especially one that focuses on emergency repairs and service.

LOCAL EXPERTISE

HVAC technicians that work across multiple states may not have the same expert knowledge of your local climate or other area information, that can determine what type of maintenance your HVAC system may need in order to work properly, and may not be equipped to recommend the correct, most efficient heating and cooling solution.

ECONOMIC SUPPORT

Spending money in your own community helps to keep it in your community. On average, 48% of the money you spend locally is then recirculated locally, compared to 14% at chains.

LOCAL REVIEWS

Reading reviews and testimonials is an important part of shopping around for an HVAC company. However, when you research a national chain, you’re likely to see reviews from all over the country and not necessarily any that are specific to your neighborhood. You may have to dig deep to find reviews from your area, if there are any at all. Local reviews are often more trustworthy and can give you a more honest view of the company’s level of service.

MONEY SAVINGS

Locally-owned and operated companies are oftentimes able to provide a better price and more value than national competitors.

If you’re looking for a local HVAC company in the greater Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery County PA areas, contact the trusted experts at HVAC Philly!

Give HVAC Philly a call at (215)725-6111 to schedule your annual maintenance tune-up or if you have any questions.

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