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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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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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HVAC Safety: Carbon Monoxide — October 8, 2017

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 — October 4, 2017

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 — October 1, 2017

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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How To Choose The Right Residential Heater To Heat Your Home: Part 1 — September 25, 2017

How To Choose The Right Residential Heater To Heat Your Home: Part 1

90_goodman_upflowMost homes that are serviced by HVAC Philly in the greater Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery County Pa areas are heated with either furnaces or boilers. Now that we are officially in fall and the temperature is starting to drop our natural habit is to wonder if our homes are ready to handle the next heating season.

HVAC Philly is providing this guide, which is specifically geared toward those homeowner looking for more information on residential boiler systems; common boiler fixes, features, considerations before a new purchase, energy efficient upgrades and top brands.

Considering that half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling (according to Energy Star), making the most economical decisions about your home’s heating system can have a significant effect on your utility bills.

And most importantly your comfort.

Now is the best time to check your boiler and make sure it is working properly. If it is not or if it is getting old, you might want to consider purchasing one of the newer boilers on the market.

Common Problems with Boilers You Could Encounter

There can be one or two minor problems when your system is first started for the season. Unfortunately, you usually learn about these common problems when it’s already cold outside, making the need to address the issue much more urgent.

Let’s face the most common problems you might encounter first before you take a look at a newer energy efficient boiler.

You’ll need to know what type of boiler you have. Most produce steam or hot water using natural gas or heating oil, and all are either condensing or non-condensing. While these systems differ in their controls they both utilize a boiler.

Your first step will always be to determine if you have a hot water boiler or a steam boiler. If you don’t see a circulator (pump on a hot water heating system) or if you have a clear glass tube on one side of your boiler then it’s a steam boiler. That is great information to know if you have to contact a technician.

Here’s a quick checklist before calling in the experts:

1. Check Your Pilot Light

The problem could be as simple as a draft blowing the pilot out. Or it could debris clogging the gas delivery nozzle. Checking the pilot light is a consideration if you have either a hot water or steam boiler.

2. Investigate Loss of Pressure

This commonly occurs because of a water leak somewhere in the system. However, the cause could also be due to a faulty pressure relief valve. In order to determine the cause, it’s best to contact a professional at HVAC Philly who will be able to pinpoint and repair the problem quicker than you can on your own.

In the case of the steam boiler, you can check the water level at the site glass. The site glass should be filled up 3/4 of the way.

3. Could You Have a Faulty Thermostat?

Thermostat issues are exactly as they sound. If yours is inaccurate or is not operating properly then you must replace it. This is something that you can typically replace on your own.

4. Is There a Deep Rumbling Coming From the Boiler?

The noise you hear is called – Kettling. Not the best sign for the health of your boiler. Probably at the top of the list of the most common problems with boilers is limescale buildup within the boiler’s heat exchanger. Cleaning the system will take care of that problem. Probably best to call a professional to “err” on the side of caution.

Be sure to follow us for Part 2 of this guide where we will go over Key Boiler Features and Advantages.

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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HVAC Heat Pumps and Your Home — September 21, 2017

HVAC Heat Pumps and Your Home

imagesOne of the most important aspects of any heating system is the actual heat pump itself, which acts like the “lungs” of the entire HVAC system. It works by drawing in cold air, and pushing heat out, in turn creating a comfortable temperature for you to live in.

 

HVAC Philly, who have been serving the greater Philadelphia, Montgomery and Bucks County areas for over twenty years, has put together some important facts that you need to know about your heating systems.

 

What Is A Heat Pump?

  • A heat pump is a device that actually does both the heating and cooling in a space, usually a residential or commercial building. But when you hear the word “heat,” you might initially think of a heater.
  • A heat pump is a device that uses a small amount of energy to move heat from place to another – usually from either the air or ground into a building.
  • Heat pumps pull air from outside inside. When cooling is needed, then refrigerant cools the air before a fan blows the air indoors.
  • One of the biggest advantages newer heat pumps have over traditional HVAC units is that there’s no need for a separate furnace and air conditioner. The unit is one unit and does both. They are also more energy efficient, since they move existing heat, rather than burn fuel to create it.
  • They work best in moderate climates where the temperatures never swing to extremes, so those home and business owners that live in the greater Philadelphia, Montgomery and Bucks County, PA area where the seasons are fairly constant, a heat pump may be able to help you put a little money back in your wallet while keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
  • A reputable company will sell several types of HVAC products. But, the main types of heat pumps on the market are “air-source,” “ground-source,” and “absorption” heat pumps. Air-source heat pumps use an outdoor fan to bring in outside air and move it over coils filled with refrigerant.
  • There are two sets of such coils that transfer heat indoors. From there, it’s blown off the coils by a secondary fan and then distributed through your home as cold air.
  • Ground source pumps absorb heat from the ground or an underground body of water. They then transfer it indoors and from there the secondary fan provides the cold air.
  • Finally, an absorption heat pump is powered by natural gas, solar power, propane, or geothermal heated water rather than by direct electrical current.
  • Absorption pumps can be used for large-scale cooling applications, but they can also be used in residential. The main difference between the absorption and air-source (or ground-source) pump is that there is no compression of refrigerant. Instead, the absorption pump absorbs ammonia into water and then a low-power pump pressurizes it.
  • From there, the heat source boils the ammonia out of the water, and the cycle repeats.

Other Types Of Heat Pumps

Two uncommon types of pumps include the mini-split heat pump and the reverse cycle chiller. The mini-split heat pump connects an air-source unit to multiple indoor units. These indoor units then connect to water heat or space heaters.

A reverse chiller heats and cools water, rather than air and operates in below-freezing temperatures.

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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Stormproofing Your HVAC System during a Hurricane — September 19, 2017

Stormproofing Your HVAC System during a Hurricane

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As we all know hurricane season is in full force and tearing through the Atlantic with a vengeance this year.  With the devastating damage occurring throughout the east coast, Florida, Keys and Texas, it makes those of us in the greater Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery County, PA areas much more concerned about what we can do to be prepared.

Hurricanes are, to a very great degree, destructive.  Most homeowners and residents already know to stock up on water, nonperishable foods, flashlights, batteries, and stormproof your home. However, most people simply forget about their HVAC systems. HVAC Philly put together some tips to help you protect your home and HVAC systems before and after the storm to help you keep your family safe during hurricane season.

Before the Storm

Prevention is crucial when it comes to protecting your home and HVAC systems during the hurricane season.

Home and business owners invest a significant amount of money to install and maintain their systems. By not taking precautions to secure your HVAC system to remain unaffected by the storm or with minimal damage, it will cost hundreds even thousands of dollars to repair or replace the unit. Here are some tips to get your HVAC system ready before the storm hits.

  • Have a professional HVAC technician, like our experts at HVAC Philly, come out to perform a maintenance check on your systems.
  • If the current climate is warm enough that you need to use the A/C, cool your home as much as possible before the storm since you are not able to use it during it. If you are using a window A/C unit, unplug and remove it before you seal the opening.
  • Secure you’re A/C unit or any HVAC components are secured to the base using either hurricane straps or a protective cage. Put a tarp over your A/C unit to help keep any loose debris and objects from damaging the unit.
  • Remove any loose debris and items around the unit to prevent any impact damage as well as trim any trees that can break free during the storm.
  • In case the storm knocks your power out, purchase a generator to use until the power comes back on.

During the Storm

Even with preparing and prepping before the storm hits, when the storm is actively striking your home, there is still work to be done. It is most important, to prevent damage to the unit during the storm, that you turn off the circuit breakers for HVAC equipment.

After the Storm

Once the storm has passed, follow these steps to make sure your unit is running properly.

  • Step outside and check your equipment for any damage like dents or dings so that you know if you have to take any action. If you feel that something is obstructing your system and preventing your unit from working properly, contact HVAC Philly before you turn your unit back on.
  • Switch your breakers back on and make sure you restart your unit slowly while monitoring the equipment for any unusual noises.
  • If you removed your window A/C unit or any outdoor furniture, feel free to put the items back into place.
  • If any flooding occurs on the inside or outside of your heating and air conditioning units, never restore power to the system or turn the thermostat on until you have a qualified HVAC technician inspect your equipment. It’s best to call HVAC Philly to schedule a system inspection on your unit.

Whether it’s hurricane season or not, it is important to schedule an annual maintenance tune-up for your HVAC system to make sure it’s working efficiently. 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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Avoid Heater Repair with Fall Heater Maintenance — September 17, 2017

Avoid Heater Repair with Fall Heater Maintenance

It’s already mid September, and although the weather is still warm, crisp Fall days are right around the corner. Before you know it, you’ll be running your heater nonstop to escape the winter weather. When’s the last time your heater had a check up? If you’re like most folks, chances are, it’s been a while. Getting heater maintenance before the long winter ahead will save you money in the long run by preventing breakdowns, avoiding the need for heater repair, and ensuring you’re comfortable all winter long.

Let’s check out some common heater issues that occur due to a lack of maintenance.

Inadequate Heat Flow

As a heater ages, integral parts of the machine lose efficiency due to rusting, normal wear and tear, and dirt accumulation. If you don’t properly maintain your heater, you may start to notice uneven heating in your home. Common signs include cold areas due to inadequate heat flow, rooms that get too hot, or weak air flow. If you experience this in your home, you’ll know that you’re long overdue for a tuneup. Regular maintenance will prevent these problems and stop them from becoming major issues that require expensive heater repair.

Rising Heating Bills

Another effect from an inefficient heater that hasn’t been maintained is the drain it puts on your wallet. Heaters that don’t receive regular maintenance have to work harder to keep the same temperature as a new heater. A harder working heater requires more energy to operate, and you’re going to pay for that extra energy. Over the course of a full winter, the cost really adds up. Think of it like a bicycle. If you let your chain get rusty, it’s going to be a lot harder to pedal than if you had kept your chain lubricated all along. A little maintenance really does go a long way in this case.

Loss of Warranty

Most heater warranties state that the warranty is void if your heater breaks down or is damaged due to improper maintenance. This could lead to big headaches if you haven’t had regular maintenance and need an expensive heater repair that would normally be covered by your warranty.

Avoidable Danger

Remember that your heater is a potential fire hazard. No one wants a worst case scenario. An unchecked heater could develop a deadly gas leak in its heat exchanger, become backed up due to air flow problems, or present a handful of other dangerous situations that could’ve been avoided and identified with regular maintenance.

Don’t put off heater maintenance this fall if you want to avoid costly heater repair. Your wallet will thank you, you will be comfortable all winter long, and you will have peace of mind knowing that your heater is operating safely and efficiently.

If you’re in Philadelphia, Bucks, or Montgomery County, give the experts at HVAC Philly a call at 215-725-6111. We have over 20 years of experience as trusted HVAC experts in the Greater Philadelphia Area and would be happy to make sure your heater is in top condition.

Stay warm, my friends.

Preventive Maintenance To Prepare Your HVAC System For Winter — September 11, 2017

Preventive Maintenance To Prepare Your HVAC System For Winter

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As the change in the temperature comes with the fall season, it gives a great opportunity for homeowners to save on HVAC costs by being able to open windows and temporarily power down our HVAC units. However, it will soon be time to turn on the heat.


Will your system be ready to handle this year’s cold weather?

By scheduling regular preventive maintenance, which is performed twice a year, you can help your system keep up with seasonal temperature changes here in the greater Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery County PA area, as advised by our local HVAC experts, HVAC Philly. As well, it can increase HVAC performance and help you avoid costly emergency repairs—there is nothing worse than for you and your family to be left without heat in the middle of a snowstorm. Even though most newer heating systems require little maintenance, a quick tune-up will greatly extend the life of your HVAC equipment, making sure that it always runs at peak efficiency.

*Be sure that all major furnace maintenance is always handled by a licensed HVAC technician.*

HVAC Philly provides some steps you can take on your own that can result in a more comfortable winter:

Step 1) Power down

Turn off all power to the unit before performing any maintenance; wait for the blower to stop.

Step 2) Replace filters

Replace air filters at least once every three months. Dirty filters can cause your system to work harder, resulting in lower efficiency.

Step 3) Perform a sound check

Turn your unit on, and check for unusual sounds, like banging or rattling.

Step 4) Look for signs of moisture

Check for moisture on windows or rust or dirt accumulations on the vent pipe. This can indicate improper operation.

Step 5) Assess the room temperature

Check your thermostat’s temperature while the unit is on to ensure rooms are reaching their full comfort potential.

If, during your basic unit checklist rundown you find any unusual noises, excess moisture or other signs that your unit is not functioning properly, contact a certified HVAC technician. Our HVAC Philly technician will perform a variety of diagnostic procedures in addition to regular pre-season maintenance. This will ensure that all parts are cleaned, drained and lubricated, and all assembly and burner controls are working correctly. A thorough inspection will also verify that the heat exchanger is doing its job and the flue system is free of cracks and corrosion.

Once maintenance is complete and your system is running at peak capacity, you can relax in the comfort of knowing your system will provide ample and consistent heat throughout the season.

Give us a call today at (215) 725-6111 or schedule your appointment online.

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