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.

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