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When a Dual Fuel System Is a Good Choice for Heating

February 5th, 2018

heating-cooling-zones-homesHeat pump systems are making their way into more homes each year, and for some excellent reasons. Heat pumps offer both heating and cooling functions in a single unit and are much more energy efficient at heating than standard electric furnaces, making them perfect for homes that don’t have a natural gas connection. The warmth heat pumps deliver in winter is less stuffy than the warmth from furnaces, providing ideal comfort throughout a home.

But heat pumps do have some limitations. Because they must absorb heat from the outside during the winter, they can struggle if the temperature falls to extremely low levels. There’s always some heat in the air, no matter how cold. But when the outdoor temperature drops too far below freezing, it forces heat pumps to work much harder to extract the available heat. Suddenly, the energy efficient performance of heat pumps is much less than it was.

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Help, My Heat Pump Won’t Switch to Heating!

January 22nd, 2018

cold-sweater-manWhen it comes to Summit, NJ heating for a home, a heat pump is a fantastic device. This comfort system serves both as a forced-air heater and air conditioner. When used properly, a heat pump can help a home save around 30% off the costs of using a furnace during the winter.

A heat pump becomes a much less fantastic device when it doesn’t work right, of course. Even the best constructed and maintained heat pump can develop faults. The worst is when a heat pump won’t turn on at all. This rarely happens without some warning, however. It’s more common for a heat pump to develop a small operating concern, such as failing to change from cooling mode to heating mode and vice versa.

That brings us to the title of this post: What do you do when your heat pump won’t do the “heat” part of its name?

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Can My Gas Furnace Become Dangerous?

January 8th, 2018

gas-energy-flamesMore than 64 million homes in the U.S. use natural gas for winter heat. That number alone can give you an idea of the safety issues with gas furnaces—i.e. not that many. If gas furnaces posed a basic health threat to a home, they wouldn’t be installed in so many of them around the country. Current standards for the manufacturers of natural gas furnaces place a special emphasis on maintaining safe operation. Furnaces are designed with numerous safeguards, such as a limit switch that prevents a furnace from overheating.

However, no natural gas appliance can ever be 100% problem-proof. Although you shouldn’t fret about using your gas furnace during the winter, you should make sure you take precautions each year to help it keep up its safety record.

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How a Bad Thermostat Can Give You a Hard Time in Winter

December 25th, 2017

setting-thermostatWinter can be a cozy time in your home if you have a powerful and reliable heating system at work. You may not have realized, however, that the heater is part of a larger HVAC system that cares for household comfort. The thermostat is an integral part of that system—and if it’s not working right, or it’s outdated, it can mean a drop in comfort, a rise in bills, and even a heating system that won’t turn on at all!

Thermostat problems can be tricky to diagnose, since often they seem like something is wrong with the actual furnace, boiler, or heat pump, or perhaps trouble with the ductwork. This is why we recommend you contact our team of professionals to look into the problems you’re experiencing. If the thermostat is the problem, we can fix or replace it so everything is back to normal once more.

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Be Aware of These Furnace Repair Warning Signs

December 11th, 2017

natural-gas-furnace-basementDo you use a furnace for your winter heating needs? Since the furnace is the most common type of residential heating system across the country—ahead of boilers and heat pumps—chances are high that you do. A furnace can offer powerful heating and reliable performance, but like any type of complex mechanical system, it can malfunction and need attention from trained professionals.

We offer the heating repair in Westfield, NJ that can get your malfunctioning furnace back to work. However, we know that some furnace issues can be a bit tricky to spot at first. To help you detect problems early so you can get us out to help before the trouble worsens and you end up with a cold house, we’ve put together a list of warning signs. When you notice these, contact us and we’ll be there to locate the problem and fix it.

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When Is Furnace Repair No Longer Worth It?

November 27th, 2017

furnace-gas-with-pipesNo appliance lasts forever, and when you consider how much strain a home’s furnace undergoes during New Jersey winters, it’s impressive they last as long as they do. If you keep up with maintenance for your furnace and always call for repairs as soon as you notice anything wrong, you should enjoy a long life from your natural gas furnace.

However, the next time you need a furnace repair in Summit, NJ or elsewhere in our service area, you might find yourself in a situation where a repair isn’t the best solution—it’s time to have the furnace replaced. Let’s take a look at some of the cases where repairs should stop and a new installation arranged instead.

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It Isn’t Too Late for Heating Maintenance

November 13th, 2017

heating-in-homeYour home needs heating in Summit, NJ during the winter—there’s no way around that! And unless you are just moving into a new home, you already have a heating system to take care of the comfort of you and your family during this coming winter. Is the heater ready to handle another chilly season?

The best way to answer that question with a strong “Yes!” is to schedule fall maintenance for the heating system. We recommend all homeowners do this in early fall to get a head start on the cold weather. It’s mid-November now—does that means it’s too late to have it done and maybe you should just skip it this year? Definitely not!

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Why Won’t My Heat Pump Switch to Heating Mode?

November 7th, 2017

heating-cooling-zones-homesFurnaces are the way the majority of homes keep the chill of winter away from their families. But heat pumps are becoming more common, thanks to the advantages they offer the right homes: a two-in-one operation that takes care of air conditioning needs in summer, energy-saving performance in winter, and increased safety in general.

You’re probably about ready to turn your heat pump over to heating mode, where it will stay for the next few months. There’s nothing complex about doing this: you make an adjustment on the thermostat to raise the indoor temperature rather than lower it, and the heat pump automatically switches the direction it moves refrigerant so it brings heat into the house, rather than removing it.

But… what if you make the changes and instead of feeling warm air from the vents, you feel either room temperature air or cold air? This might be a simple mistake, but in some cases, a heat pump that’s stuck in one mode requires you call for heating repair in Westfield, NJ or wherever you are in our service area throughout Central and Northern New Jersey.

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Why Timely Furnace Repair Is Critical

October 16th, 2017

furnace-burnersNow that it’s the middle of October, you’ve probably got cooler weather and winter planning on your mind. Have you arranged for maintenance for your gas furnace yet? If not, there’s no time like the present to sign up for our Comfort Plan so you can have your furnace tuned-up and inspected. Then it will be ready to tackle any cold weather!

But no matter how well you care for your furnace, it may still malfunction. If you detect something wrong with your furnace, but it’s still able to work, don’t ignore the problem. Call for repairs. There are some good reasons why prompt furnace repair in Summit, NJ from our trained technicians is so important.

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October Is Here! Have You Planned Heating Maintenance Yet?

October 2nd, 2017

furnace-repair-technicianIt’s amazing that it’s already October and the stores have their Halloween displays put up. You may be planning a costume, or maybe planning a party. But there’s other planning we recommend you do in October.

Fall is the season when residential heating systems need special attention from HVAC professionals to ensure they are prepared for the coming winter. If you haven’t scheduled your fall heating maintenance yet, right now is the ideal time to contact us and get on the schedule.

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